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    Tim’s Analysis: Money In The Bank 2017

    Welcome to Tim’s Analysis where The Last True Wrestling Critic will scientifically deconstruct the hottest wrestling events on the planet. Put your safety goggles on because we are going to bust this wide open.

    Money In The Bank 2017 was a show of lows and highs. It had some good moments but also there were moments that I felt were not that good.

    Rating using my patented Cheesecake Scaling System

    WWE Money in the Bank 2017 Preview and Predictions


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

    The Usos vs. New Day for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship


    New Day returning and The Usos being great heels each helped the Smackdown tag division finally get back on track. The likely American Alpha vs. Fashion Police secondary feud should be good as well. I don’t think WWE can take the titles off The Usos just yet. They are finally clicking as heels. I do think New Day wins the belts by Summerslam, but MITB will be Day One Is H.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Usos win.


    I love WWE right now. It’s running on all cylinders like a finely tuned car. When it comes to The Usos what more can be said about them? They’re the best in the world hands down. The New Day have returned and are also the best in the world too. What happens when these two teams clash will undoubtedly result in a match talked about for decades to come. Needless to say, I am ecstatic about this one.

    Interest Level: 10/10
    Prediction: The New Day wins.


    The  Smackdown tag division has stood out to me for the past month or two because it was probably the one part of the show post-brand split that never quite caught on. I think The Usos are very good in their current roles and The New Day going away for a little while was definitely the right move, as it feels nice to see them back again.

    HOWEVER, my main concern is that The Fashion Police are not involved in this match, and I very badly need for them to stay as a prominent part of the tag scene. I will never get tired of their antics and I will always love them. Feel free to screenshot this if you think you’ll ever be able to use it against me because guess what: not gonna happen.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: The Usos win and I will love Breezango 4-ever.


    I’m a big fan of The Usos as disgruntled men in streetwear who may run a prison. Jimmy and Jey have been placed in charge of something called the Uso Penitentiary––some kind of correctional institution that they’re constantly inviting the New Day to visit. They love their new jobs as angry prison guards! Both teams will deliver some sassy one-liners and sick burns and The Usos will retain. Back to jail for you, New Day.

    Interest Level: /10
    Prediction: Usos win

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    WWE Money in the Bank 2016 Preview and Predictions

    Ladders and dream matches.

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


    The Lucha Dragons vs. The Dudley Boyz on the kick off show


    The Golden Truth vs. Breezedango on the kick off show


    Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler


    These two have the most boring matches and it’s still going on for some reason. Dolph Ziggler is the most aggressively uninteresting personality in the business today. Baron Corbin is extremely lucky the brand split is coming or he would be in trouble. I’d love to not meet anyone out there in the world excited to watch this one.

    Interest Level: 0/10
    Prediction: Ron Swanson’s favorite wrestler wins.


    Are we on the third month of this now? Is that it? It feels like it’s been going on for years. “The Big Breakfast” Baron Corbin had a promising main roster debut at Wrestlemania by winning the prestigious Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Okay, maybe that wasn’t a huge deal but it showed that maybe they wanted to get behind him immediately. Instead they throw him to the black hole of irrelevance known as Dolph Ziggler and decide to not let it ever end. Get this over with please!

    Interest Level: BIG FAT ZERO/10
    Prediction: Baron Corbin wins and can hopefully rebound from this huge mistake.


    FUCKING ZIGGLER MAN. Hopefully Breakfast kicks his ballbag literally off and yells “YOU GOT SWERVED… BITCH” so we can put this to rest while also kicking off a fantastic new season of the WWE Network’s hit hidden camera show.

    Interest Level: 2/10
    Prediction: Corbs finally escapes the Ziggler black hole to do something interesting on the main roster.

    Sheamus vs. Apollo Crews


    I am looking forward to this!!! God bless the good people that make Breaking Ground and the not so great people that make Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies. Apollo Crews may be my favorite person featured on Breaking Ground and I love watching him wrestle. Sheamus has a dull presence but he’s always pretty good in the ring. I think this is the best spot for him on the card but how about WWE keeping him off TV and making him work the dark match during the weekend of his #1 hit movie appearance?

    The match WILL deliver. I will be pleasantly surprised if Apollo gets the win but I think Sheamus is the victor here.

    Interest Level: 9/10
    Prediction: Sheamus wins.


    This match should be fine, I guess. It seems like Crews got thrown on to the main roster without much of a plan so this is way better than him fading to the background. He needs a good showing because that unfortunate Jericho match still comes to mind when I think of him post-NXT and I know he’s better than that. Sheamus is a good hand when it comes to ring work so this should do the trick. I figure Sheamus will win but hopefully they can get Crews a big win sometime soon.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Sheamus wins.


    Weird. So weird. I feel very bad for old Crewsy, his main roster debut felt rushed and it hasn’t really done him any favours. That one match with Jericho was absolutely hideous and even though a feud with WWE’s newest crossover star Sheamus has some potential, it still feels like an uphill battle.

    Speaking of Sheamus, he was fairly excellent in that new Turtles film, and by “excellent”, I don’t mean he was good at acting or anything like that but it was always fun and surreal to see him onscreen and sometimes that’s enough.

    Interest Level: 4/10
    Prediction: Crewsy wins but gets beaten up a bit after.

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    WWE Money in the Bank 2015 Preview and Predictions


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


    R-Truth vs. King Barrett on the kick-off show


    I have a theory that R-Truth is retiring this year and he’s being randomly inserted in weird situations (WM Ladder match, Elimination Chamber match, the recent Raw promo) on TV before he leaves. As for this match, it is what it is. Fine match that you don’t care much about.

    Interest Level: 3/10
    Prediction: R-Truth wins.


    R-Truth legitimately got a laugh out of me on Monday. That doesn’t happen often nowadays. That doesn’t make me care about this match. They are both decent wrestlers so the match should be okay but I doubt I’ll remember it in a week.

    Interest Level: 2/10
    Prediction: King Barrett Wins.


    Did Barrett do something to get people cross at him? Or is this just what happen to modern Kings of the Ring(s)? R-Truth being confused is a good time but I don’t have any interest in seeing him wrestle.

    Interest Level: 2/10
    Prediction: R-Truth wins.

    Ryback vs. Big Show for the Intercontinental Championship


    The set-up for this match has been as great as one could have hoped for. Big Show has been absolutely hilarious on the last two episodes of Raw. Ryback has been a very likeable character lately. As great as the character work has been, I still have no interest in this match based off past history. Hopefully they prove me wrong.

    Interest Level: 3/10
    Prediction: Ryback wins.


    I have not enjoyed any bit of this. Ryback is doing fine as a face and is actually tolerable but I just can’t get into him. I sure as hell can’t enjoy The Big Show and his “wit.” I don’t care for either of these guy much when it comes to their wrestling style so this match just isn’t for me.

    Interest Level: 1/10
    Prediction: Ryback wins.


    Jesus. JESUS. I’m not ready for this. I’ve enjoyed The Big Show and The Big Guy engage in some Big Banter, but the only matches I want to see them in are ones with mad stipulations. Musical chairs or yo momma joke diss-offs or something. You know what would be best? Just force them to compete in all those mad contests from the first season of NXT, I want to see Ryback and Big Show carrying barrels around the ring and having to dance with the corpse of Mae Young, anything but wrestle.

    Interest Level: 1/10
    Prediction: Ryback wins.

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    WWE Money in the Bank 2014 Preview and Predictions

    The most ladder-heavy show of the year!

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


    Daniel Bryan interview on the pre-show


    Expectations are Bryan cuts a babyface rallying promo. Stephanie comes out. They go back and forth. Bryan vows to win the title back when he returns.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Nothing noteworthy happens.


    He’ll probably cut a promo that WWE thinks makes him look like a good guy but instead does the opposite. He’ll answer some questions and then it will be done. I’m just happy to see him again.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: A whole lot of nothing.


    While the pre-show might be transformed from a wasteland of idiots to an almost passable form of entertainment now that Renee Young is set to replace the departed Josh Matthews, it’s still kind of a bummer that they’d shove Bryan on there, rather than have him be a part of the actual PPV or featured on Raw or whatever.

    Who knows, maybe it’ll all be a big swerve and he’s actually healthy enough to be worked into one of the ladder matches on the show, but that seems really unlikely. Instead, I’m guessing it’ll just be a pretty disposable promo with maybe some Stephanie/Kane interference.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Talking happens.

    Paige vs. Naomi for the WWE Divas Championship


    I am actually interested in this one. Naomi is probably the best female wrestler on the main roster and everyone swears Paige is great so maybe she shows it here? I’m expecting a good match and while rooting for Naomi to finally get past that lame gimmick/partnership with Cameron, I think Paige gets the win here.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Paige wins.


    Hopefully they get some time to have the good match that I know they could have. This has a lot of promise. I’m ready for Paige to prove herself on the main roster.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Paige wins.


    I enjoyed the Naomi / Alicia Fox match on Raw, though I think a lot of that was because I was just glad to have Paige and Cameron on commentary to drown out the sounds of three old men amusing themselves.

    Anyway, the Paige run has still underwhelmed but Naomi is one of my favourites, and I’m hoping that they’ll make for a fun dynamic together (and also that the commentary team can find it in themselves to call the match, rather than giggle over their old-man jokes).

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Paige wins. Continue reading

    The Merch Table: WWE Auctions Special

    Wrestling companies make merchandise. It’s usually pretty bad, but sometimes, it’s terrible. Welcome to The Merch Table.

    Every week, @TomBlargh will look at some of the awful merch that someone expects you to buy. Up this week: WWE AUCTIONS SPECIAL.

    Hey, remember last week when I referenced the return of WWE’s auction site, but talked about how I wasn’t going to cover it until the future? WELL GUESS WHAT, IT’S THE FUTURE NOW SO THAT’S WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT TODAY.

    I actually held off on writing about it until the first round of auctions were over, just so I could properly analyse both the items and what they went for, in order to prove whether or not the winning bidder got a good deal or not. LET’S GET STARTED.

    The top rung of one of the Money in the Bank ladders


    So we’re starting with what’s probably the weirdest item from the WWE Auctions, the top rung of “one of the ladders that were used in the main event Money In the Bank Ladder Match in Philadelphia, PA on July 24, 2013” that’s been autographed by every wrestler in both the MITB matches on that show.

    My favourite thing about this are the messages Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes left:


    Cody’s sad little “so close…” and Damien’s “I WON” are both pretty perfect for their characters.

    The main problem with this is I have no idea how you’re supposed to display it. I guess you could just use it as a functional step stool to reach the upper shelves in the kitchen or something, but man, that’d be an expensive step stool.

    Realistically, I imagine it’ll end up in some guy’s garage until he dies or is forced to sell it on eBay for a tenth of what he paid for it.

    How much did it go for? $2,190!

    Is that a good deal? Alright, time for some maths. On the WWEShop, you can get an autographed picture for about $20 a pop. 14 guys signed it, so that’s a value of $280 right there. You can get a metal step stool which would look about the same as this for $20. That’s $300. So, what that means is whoever bought this is paying a bit over $1,800 for the magic of an event-used prop.

    What’s more, they don’t even have any way of telling WHICH ladder it was, so it could have been the one Orton climbed to get to the title OR it could have just been one of the unused ladders by the side. The last thing ANY serious collector needs is ladder confusion, so you know what? NOT WORTH IT. Continue reading

    Money In The Bank 2013 Preview

    Hi. My name is Wakefield. Got a box full of your predictions. I’m sorry. That was terrible but I couldn’t resist. I decided to write most of this on a train ride home after seeing Despicable Me 2. I forced myself to finish it despite my animated film buzz wearing off. I’m not sure if this makes it better or worse than my usual writing. I’ll assume better. Enjoy! Continue reading

    4 ON 4 Fans: Killam, Holzerman, Deathlock, Rosenbaum

    Welcome to the third edition of Four on Four. 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. This week, we have a Money In The Bank theme! Now let’s meet the panel:

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

    Tom Holzerman: Creator of The Wrestling Blog. Philly’s #1 sports fan. Fond of food.
    Read The Wrestling Blog and follow Tom on Twitter. If you’re hungry, Holzerman Hungers.

    Deathlock: Librarian. Dean Ambrose addict. Flow chart master.
    Be sure to follow Deathlock on Twitter.

    Jason Rosenbaum: STL political journalist for STL Beacon. Long time fan. Rock Band master.
    Read his work at the STL Beacon and follow Jason on Twitter.

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