• Monthly Archives: January 2014

    PWG DDT4 2014 Preview and Predictions

    Everyone loves PWG. We love talking about it. Here’s a preview of the DDT4 tag tournament coming up tonight in Reseda.


    Giving their thoughts and predictions on what to expect from the show are members of the site @typicalROHfan, @TimWelcomed and @TomBlackett.

    First we’ll do the non-tournament matches.

    Chris Hero vs. Johnny Gargano vs. Kyle O’Reilly vs. Drake Younger in a Four-Way #1 Contender Match


    The best thing about this match aside from the overall talent and clash of styles is that it’s very realistic any of them could win. Chris Hero still has his “return buzz” going. Johnny Gargano apparently had the PWG World Title match vs. Adam Cole in 2014 on the recent All Star Weekend show. Kyle O’Reilly was “screwed” in his title shot due to Mount Rushmore attacking. Drake Younger is a king in Reseda. I think Drake wins this match and wins the title on the next show. Or maybe even the same night if the title shot happens then. PWG does crazy things, yo.

    Interest Level: 9/10
    Prediction: Drake Younger wins.


    This match is ridiculous in the best way possible. Hero, Gargano, and O’Reilly are some of my favorites and I’m finally starting to warm up to Younger. This match is loaded with great performers and all of them have a reason they could win. I think O’Reilly wins here so he can try again for the belt since Mount Rushmore ruined his chance last time and they will save Younger getting a shot for another time in the not-so-distant future.

    Interest Level: 10/10
    Prediction: Kyle O’Reilly wins.


    Four way matches are rarely something I look forward to (even when there’s a dynamite stipulation like having a different member of the same awful family in each guy’s corner), but this is a really fun mix-up that should be great. While all four are very different, I don’t see it as being a clash of styles – it might get a little messy and chaotic, but in that really fun PWG way.

    As far as the winner, Drake’s the only one to have not had a singles title match recently, so he seems to be the natural choice to win and get a title shot. Just from an emotional perspective though, it feels like it’s Drake’s time – after rewatching some of his PWG matches from the past year, I’ve found a new appreciation for what he brings to the company and he’s ridiculously likeable.

    Interest Level: 9/10
    Prediction: Drake Younger wins.

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    Match Of The Week: Booker T vs. Buff Bagwell (WWE Raw 7/2/2001)

    Many sites have a match of the week but ours is a little different. These matches are the ones that are fun to watch… in the non-traditional way.

    This week, we’ve chosen Booker T vs. Buff Bagwell from the July 2nd, 2001 episode of RAW. This was the first WCW match on RAW after WWE purchased the WCW. Many says this match is the reason why WWE decided to end the concept of WCW shortly. Members of the site @TimWelcomed, @typicalROHfan and @TomBlackett give their (lack of) expertise on the action.

    Part 1: WCW Monday Night Raw



    Arn Anderson as a commentator is… well, something different, I guess. I don’t know if anyone has ever said this but there were a few different ways they could have handled having the WCW name that would have been way better. We did get this match out of them doing it this way though so there is that.


    The first introduction we get to WCW is Scott Hudson botching by saying Buff Bagwell is going for the “WWF Championship” against Booker T. In retrospect going with Stacy Keibler as ring announcer and Hudson & Arn Anderson as the commentators was not the best decision at all. (Sorry, Arn. You still have the best Spinebuster ever.)

    Here comes Buff Bagwell in an airbrushed top hat and the theme song “Buff Daddy.” WCW never had a chance.


    As a die-hard WWF fan, I’d been conditioned to believe that WCW was a backwards company of has-beens and losers and I’d be mad to watch it. On this fateful night in 2001, Buff Bagwell and Booker T proved me wrong; it was much, much worse.

    Scott Hudson and Double A, Arn Anderson are here to call one of the weirdest matches ever. “WCW is back in business!” Oh, okay! Stacy Keibler is ring announcer, and she’s… sort of competent? Definitely not good, but she manages to say the words at a pitch that’s almost audible to humans. Buff’s theme song is pretty incredible. They don’t make ’em like that anymore.

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    Sexy Wrestler of The Week

    Hello again. I hope you have your eyeballs ready because it’s time for The Sexy Wrestler of The Week!

    This week’s Sexy Wrestler of The Week might be a little bit controversial due to timing. We did have an upset and a new winner. Prince Devitt came in second. Adam Cole came in third. It was all very close.

    I don’t have my “Sexy Vote Counting Spreadsheet” (SVCS as we call it in the biz) because all of my files were lost this morning (as was my main computer) due to an intern with a clumsy hand. Once I reveal the winner I will give the vote count from what I can remember off the top of my head to prove that we did not do this to capitalize on any recent news for clicks.

    Now, without any more hesitation…


    There you have it. CM Punk is your new Sexy Wrestler of The Week. This is his first time to be crowned with such a prestigious award and it was all thanks to you, the voters. I promise.

    Here are how the votes checked out (from what I can remember):

    CM Punk: 312,931,121,920 votes.

    Prince Devitt: 312,931,121,918 votes.

    Adam Cole: 312,931,121,915 votes.

    So as you can see, this was totally legit just as it is every week and was not faked in order to exploit a popular news item for page views. Have a great week!

    ScoopZone Elite: January 28, 2014

    We’ve consulted our inside sources to bring you the best and most EXCLUSIVE dirt on your favorite wrestling promotions from around the world. Unlike other sites, we’ll only bring you 100% accurate and truthful wrestling news every week. We’re still working on our paywall, so please only read these stories if you’re an elite member.


    News for The Week of January 28, 2014


    • WWE are toying around with the idea of a NCC (No Chanting Clause) that comes with the purchase of a ticket to any of their events. Chanting will have you immediately kicked out from the arena where Vince McMahon will be waiting for you to kiss his ass.


    • With DirecTV and various cable companies angry at the launch of The WWE Network, WWE purposely made sure fans would hate the Royal Rumble out of spite so the PPV providers would get numerous complaint calls.


    • KENTA was recently at the WWE Performance Center for a tryout. Word is he’ll get signed to a developmental deal and have a great match with Natalya on NXT.




    • Dixie Carter has been trying to get her husband, Serg, to write a song that will hypnotize the mystery investor into selling his share back to her. Serg accidentally created a song that puts people to sleep instead and has been snoring on his studio floor for the past week.


    • TNA has recently attempted to trademark the name “Martel Vaclava Peters.” No word yet on who this person could be.


    • IMPACT returns to the United Kingdom this week. With him no longer part of the active roster, we can confirm the annual tradition of Garrett Bischoff getting booed out of the building will unfortunately come to an end.

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    • Dana White said something about WWE or something.


    • Adam Cole is attractive.


    • Lance Storm steals condiments and utensils from restaurants.


    This Or That: 1/27/2014

    Everybody loves binary decisions, especially wrestling fans! In This Or That, we’ve forced ourselves to choose between two options that relate to wrestling.

    Over five questions, @TimWelcomed, @typicalROHfan and @TomBlackett will have to choose one of two options and give their reasoning on each of their choices. You can then vote on which one you’d choose, giving you the false impression that you’re somehow involved and we care about your opinion chance to join the conversation!

    First off, here’s last week’s results:

    Better yearly PPV?

    Royal Rumble – 65%, Wrestlemania – 35%

    More exciting potential WM feud?

    Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar – 56%, Triple H vs. CM Punk – 44%

    More likely to hold a TNA title by the end of 2014?

    American Wolves – 88%, Sting – 12%

    Better to visit?

    Zoos – 65%, Aquariums – 35%

    Lamer rumored Wrestlemania match: Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus or Batista vs. Randy Orton?

    Both matches seem likely with the rumored Wrestlemania plans starting last night. What match pisses you off more?



    They are both awful matches to even have to think about but I am going to go with Daniel Bryan vs Sheamus.  Daniel Bryan and Sheamus can have great matches. They had one of my favorite 2 Out Of 3 Falls matches at Extreme Rules 2012. It was even my favorite Sheamus match ever. However, Daniel Bryan is WAY too hot right now to be saddled wrestling someone like Sheamus on the biggest stage of them all. Not to mention that Sheamus as a character is always extremely annoying.

    There are three things that could happen here.

    1: Sheamus wins. Oh god… That is scary.

    2: Daniel Bryan gets his revenge and beats Sheamus in 18 seconds or less. It would make the most sense with their history but would totally leave us without a decent Daniel Bryan match.

    3: Daniel Bryan defeats Sheamus in a decent match that doesn’t get enough time because of all of the other “high-profile” matches.

    Daniel Bryan vs Sheamus 


    Before giving my answer, Randy Orton vs. Batista is my nightmare. It consists of my two least favorite performers of the last era in terms of many facets I will explain in a piece closer to Wrestlemania. That being said, my answer has to be Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus.

    Bryan’s red hot buzz was sabotaged to make sure he stays in that 2nd tier position on the card with guys like Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio and The Big Show. The only problem with that was the fans have started to revolt and treat him as if he’s THE guy. You’d assume with the last 6 months that he’d have a title program or face someone like The Undertaker or John Cena. Nope. It’s Sheamus. Fucking Sheamus. Unless plans change the fans at live shows push their hands, what an absolute waste and slap in the face to wrestling fans.

    Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus


    It’s a tough one to call – Orton / Batista is undoubtedly the match that I want to see less, but there’s something incredibly depressing about the idea of Bryan wrestling Sheamus at Wrestlemania for the third time in four years, even if the first two times barely count. I really loved their two out of three falls match at Extreme Rules 2012 but after the year Bryan’s had, is this the best they can manage for him?

    Having said that, Batista vs. Orton main eventing a Wrestlemania in 2014 is a massive pile of shit, so I’m forced to pick that.

    Batista vs. Randy Orton

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    Alternate Timelines: The Royal Rumble

    Ever wondered what would have happened differently in the world of wrestling if one small thing would have changed? Welcome to Alternate Timelines.

    The Royal Rumble takes place this Sunday. We decided to expand our minds into other dimensions and the alternate timelines of what would have happened if the last 20 years of the Royal Rumble had ended differently. What would Wrestlemania and beyond have been like if the last person eliminated managed to hang on and win the Rumble match? Would the Wrestlemania main event(s) have been better?

    Starting in 1993 when the Rumble winner would begin to get the Championship title shot at Wrestlemania, these are the alternate timelines of what would happen if the last person eliminated somehow won the Royal Rumble:

    1993 Royal Rumble winner Randy Savage?

    What happened:

    Yokozuna won the Rumble in a dominating performance eliminating seven men. The last man eliminated was “Macho Man” Randy Savage. Yokozuna went on to defeat champion Bret Hart for the WWF Championship at Wrestlemania IX….. before losing it seconds later to Hulk Hogan. Randy Savage would not have a match as he was a commentator for Wrestlemania IX.

    What would have happened:

    If Randy Savage won the Royal Rumble, he would have faced Bret Hart at Wrestlemania IX. Two of the best wrestlers of all time, it was unfortunate that they never had a high profile match or angle together. Savage replacing Yokozuna vs. Bret would have improved the show by miles. Unfortunately, even in this timeline, Hulk Hogan would still have politicked his way into being WWF champ by show’s end.

    Would Wrestlemania IX have been better?


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    WWE Royal Rumble 2014 Preview and Predictions

    The Royal Rumble is on Sunday. We talk about it. Because in the words of a sexual chocolate being, that’s what we do!


    Giving their thoughts and predictions on what to expect from the PPV are members of the site @typicalROHfan, @TimWelcomed and @TomBlackett.

    Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. The New Age Outlaws for the WWE Tag Team Championship (Pre-show match)


    The Attitude Era is back!!!! Suck it, PG nerds. Jokes about the match featuring 75% 90’s superstars aside, it should be really cool. I honestly wish this was on the actual show as an opener and Daniel Bryan/Bray Wyatt wasn’t happening at all. The match should be fun and entertaining.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Cody Rhodes and Goldust win.


    I am pretty tired of The New Age Outlaws by this point but I think this should be a fun match. Billy Gunn can still work pretty well and the team of Goldust and Cody Rhodes are always a good watch.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Cody Rhodes and Goldust win.


    Wow, this is a weird one. I think the Outlaws might have just about worn out their welcome, especially now they’re in that strange place where they’re supposedly heels but they have the nostalgic factor, catchphrases and t-shirts hiding their old man tummies that make it hard to really get invested in hating them.

    However, assuming this is their last appearance with WWE for a little while then it could be a fun time. The spotlight’s been off Cody and Goldust for a while, but they’re still just quietly having really good matches, so hopefully they’ll give us another good one here.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Cody Rhodes and Goldust win.

    Daniel Bryan vs. Bray Wyatt


    Since re-debuting in WWE, Bray Wyatt’s PPV singles matches have been a train wreck to the point where the guy rarely ever participates in actual matches. Can Daniel Bryan further cement himself as one of the best in-ring wrestlers of all time by changing this? I think so but my hope is Bryan destroys him in 2 minutes, proclaims he’s not done for the night and enters himself in the Royal Rumble match. Or perhaps he takes out the other two Wyatt dudes opening two spots in the Rumble; one for himself.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Daniel Bryan wins.


    I really don’t want to see Bray Wyatt wrestle. I don’t have good memories about his other matches but at least he’s working against Daniel Bryan so maybe it’ll be entertaining. I feel like I’ve already seen the pay-off to this feud when Bryan annihilated Bray Wyatt in the cage. At least they can move Daniel Bryan on to something else after this.

    Interest Level: 4/10
    Prediction: Daniel Bryan wins.


    Man, does this need to happen? Whining about a Daniel Bryan PPV match is a bit mad, but as relatively short as this feud has been, it does feel like it’s already culminated – Bryan tricked Bray, beat the shit out of him and that was that.

    I guess they need to keep him busy if he’s really not going to be in the Rumble (which I refuse to believe because that would be SUCH a shame) and Bray could really use a great singles match to cement him as a wrestler as well as a character, but… look, I just really want Bryan in the Rumble.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Daniel Bryan wins.

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    4 on 4 Fans: Brad Ward, Mike Killam, Tom Holzerman, Blake

    Welcome to this week’s edition of Four on Four.  As always, we’ve chosen four of the most entertaining and intelligent wrestling fans on Twitter and decided to peer into their minds four questions at a time. After some time away, 4 on 4 returns with a batch of Royal Rumble questions! Let’s meet the panel:

    Brad Ward: Biggest pro wrestling fan you’ve ever known. Video game lover. Cult following on the twitter. Past 4 on 4 contributor.
    Check out Brad on FightingGameNation and follow him on Twitter: @BradWardFGN

    Mike Killam: Wrestlezone writer and editorialist. Film aficionado and part-time critic. Chuckie Finster fan. Past 4 on 4 contributor.
    Read his work at Wrestlezone and follow Mike on Twitter: @MikeKillam

    Tom Holzerman: Creator of The Wrestling Blog. Philly’s #1 sports fan. Fond of food. Past 4 on 4 contributor.
    Read The Wrestling Blog and follow Tom on Twitter: @tholzerman

    Blake The Snake: Formerly known as TNA Percenter. Currently a shark on Mars. Once was crank called by Joey Image. Past 4 on 4 contributor.
    Follow him on Twitter: @SharkOnMars

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