Cena vs. Reigns

No Mercy, September 24th, we get a match billed as Wrestlemania worthy when John Cena squares off against Roman Reigns. Cena has been the company guy for more than a decade and Reigns has been positioned as the predecessor of this coveted spot. Cena and Reigns have exchanged words and called each other on their flaws and have disputed who THE guy actually is and whether Reigns can step in and fill the shoes of Cena.

I thought I’d take a look at the history of Cena and Reigns since Roman arrived on the scene and it is clear that this match has been destined happen since day one.

2012

Survivor Series
Roman and the Shield debut and  help CM Punk retain his WWE Championship against Ryback and John Cena.  Rollins, Ambrose and Reigns making a name for themselves on day one and what better way then attacking the top name in Cena!

TLC
The Shield make their PPV match debut as they square off against Team Hell No and Ryback. This was an excellent match and arguably could have closed the show as a main event. What was the main event? A ladder match for the Money in the Bank Contract between Dolph Ziggler and THE top guy, John Cena.

2013

Royal Rumble
The Shield looked to continue making their mark as they presumably attacked the Rock in the main event looking to help CM Punk hold onto the WWE Championship. What was John Cena up to on this night? Winning the Royal Rumble guaranteeing his main event spot at Wrestlemania.

Elimination Chamber
On this night Roman and Cena would stand across from each other in the ring, but this wasn’t one on one but a six man tag. Roman’s side picked up the win in this one so Reigns had an early 1-0 record in matches against Cena.

Wrestlemania 29
The Shield and Roman make their Wrestlemania debut in the opening match as they won another six-man tag. As Roman opened the show, John Cena was closing the biggest show of the year with a WWE Championship win in the main event against the Rock.

Extreme Rules
The Shield were gaining a ton of momentum and Roman was able to pick up his first championship with Rollins as they beat Team Hell No for the tag titles. John Cena was in the main event against Ryback however it ended in a draw.

Payback
Reigns and Rollins successfully defend their titles against Orton and Bryan prior to the main event where Cena retained the championship against Ryback.

Money in the Bank
Roman and Rollins were relegated to the pre-show on this night in a great match where they successfully defended the titles against the Usos. Whereas on the main card John  Cena successfully defended the WWE Championship against Mark Henry, after a great angle hyping this match.

Summerslam
Roman wasn’t on the card at all minus an appearance on the pre-show. John Cena conversely was in the main event of the second biggest show where he lost the WWE Championship match to Daniel Bryan. Cena would announce the next night he fought the match with an injury would need surgery.

Night of Champions
Funny that with John gone, Roman was able to be back on the main card however this was a gimmick PPV where every title had to be defended and the Shield easily beat the Primetime Players.

Battleground
Rollins and Roman competed in a classic on this night where they lost the titles to the Rhodes Brothers in an emotional and match of the year candidate!

Hell in a Cell
Reigns and Rollins challenge for the tag titles but are unable to pick up the win in a triple threat tag match. John Cena would return on this night and would win the World Heavyweight Championship, immediately returning to the title picture.

Survivor Series
Roman had a break out moment during the traditional Survivor Series tag as he almost single handedly eliminated the opposing team and ending up being the sole survivor. Cena meanwhile successfully retained the World Heavyweight Championship against Del Rio.

TLC
Roman and the Shield lost a 3-on-1 handicap match where a Shield split was teased against CM Punk. Cena and Orton main evented in a title unification match where Cena would come out on the losing end.

You could see over the year Roman getting better and paying dues even being left on a few cards, whereas Cena was essentially in the title picture all year working with a few new talents to the main event scene like Ryback, Mark Henry, Del Rio and Daniel Bryan.

2014

Royal Rumble
Cena loses after challenging for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a raucous environment. The match was heavily booed with accurate chants of “same old sh*t!” In the Rumble match, Roman set the new record for eliminations and was the runner-up and was in fact cheered with “Roman” chants as fans were irate to see Batista win and no Daniel Bryan.

Elimination Chamber
The Shield and The Wyatt Family do battle for the first time in a classic brawl and an electric atmosphere. The Shield would lose on this night. In the main event, John Cena was in the WWE World Heavyweight championship Elimination Chamber match and the Wyatts showed up once again and attacked Cena leading to his elimination. The Wyatts getting the best of both Roman and John Cena on this night!

Wrestlemania XXX
The Shield made quick work of the New Age Outlaws and Kane whereas John Cena beat Bray Wyatt in a 1-on-1 match. I don’t think Cena buried Bray but I do believe Bray should have won on this night on a big stage against the biggest name.

Extreme Rules
The Shield defeated Evolution in a good match and Cena lost to Bray in a terrible steel cage match.

Payback
Cena defeated Bray Wyatt in a Last Man Standing. Roman and the Shield were in the main event on this night winning an elimination tag match against Evolution. This was the first time where Roman was in a main event where John Cena competed on the card as well.

Money in the Bank
The Shield has split up at this time and thus begins the official single run of Roman Reigns. John and Roman both qualified for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder match. Cena wins this main event match and the championship on this night. We would now have a 1-1 record between these two despite these two not going one-on-one.

Battleground
John Cena defended the championship in a Fatal 4-Way against Randy Orton, Kane and Roman Reigns. There’s a moment where Cena and Reigns are the only ones in the ring and come face to face. The crowd gets into the staredown and even boo Cena and cheer Reigns. Nonetheless, Cena retains in this match. 2-1 record but neither man has pinned the other’s shoulders.

Summerslam
Roman defeats Orton and in the main event Lesnar destroys John Cena and Cena loses the championship.

Night of Champions
Roman needed emergency surgery and was out of action. Cena challenges Lesnar but Rollins interferes leading to a DQ finish.

Hell in a Cell
John Cena defeats Randy Orton in a Hell in a Cell match for the #1 Contendership. Reigns is still out of action.

Survivor Series
John Cena captains a traditional tag team against the Authority’s team. Cena is eliminated but Ziggler ends up the sole survivor. Had Roman not been injured, it is believed he would have been the sole survivor.

TLC
John Cena defeats Seth Rollins in a tables match. Big Show looked to get involved and Reigns returned on this night making the save for Cena leading to his win.

2015

Royal Rumble
Brock defeated Cena and Rollins to retain the WWE championship. Roman Reigns wins the Royal Rumble to boos as fans were irate Daniel Bryan did not win on this night similar to a year ago when Roman was in fact cheered. This reception continues and I firmly believe the rejection of Roman isn’t based on his skills but feeling he is the “chosen one”.

Fastlane
Cena started a feud with Rusev and passed out in a US Title match. Roman defeated Daniel Bryan in the main event to ensure he was going to the Wrestlemania championship main event.

Wrestlemania 31
John Cena defeated Rusev for the US Championship. Roman Reigns challenged Brock Lesnar in his first Wrestlemania main event. Unfortunately, Rollins cashed-in his Money in the Bank briefcase and pinned Reigns to win the championship.

Extreme Rules
John Cena had begun his successful United States Championship Open which led to fresh opponents and something to look forward to every night on RAW. Cena defeated Rusev to retain his title. Roman defeated the Big Show.

Payback
Cena once again defeated Rusev, who again wasn’t buried in this feud but he too could have benefited over a winning feud against Cena. Rollins defeated Ambrose, Orton and Reigns in the main event.

Elimination Chamber
Kevin Owens defeated John Cena making for a strong debut for a new star proving what a win over Cena means. Reigns isn’t competing on this night but looks to even things for Dean Ambrose in his main event match.

Money in the Bank
Reigns loses in the opening match as Bray costs him the Money in the Bank briefcase. Cena defeated Owens in their rematch.

Battleground
Roman began a feud with a former foe of Cena in Bray Wyatt. Bray beats Roman on this night but a win over Roman isn’t a career maker yet at this point. Cena retained his US Championship against Kevin Owens.

Summerslam
Ambrose and Reigns defeated the Wyatt Family and Rollins beat Cena for the US Title while defending the WWE Championship.

Night of Champions
The Wyatts won a six man tag against Ambrose, Jericho and Reigns. Cena won back the US Championship against Rollins.

Hell in a Cell
Del Rio made his return to the company and answered the US Open Challenge and defeated John Cena. Reigns would defeat Bray Wyatt in a Hell in a Cell match. Cena would take some time off to begin filming a movie.

Survivor Series
The WWE Championship was vacated due to a Rollins injury. There was a tournament set up and Reigns defeated Del Rio to move to the finals to square off against Ambrose. Reigns would win his first WWE Championship but Sheamus cashed-in his Money in the Bank briefcase to win the title moments after Reigns won his first championship. Compare Reigns first title win to Cena’s who won it against JBL at Wrestlemania 21.

TLC
Sheamus retained the championship in a TLC match against Reigns after interference by the dreadful League of Nations.

2016

Royal Rumble
Roman had recaptured the WWE Championship by this point but was forced to defend the title in the 30-Man Royal Rumble match. Triple H would come out number 30 and eliminate Reigns and then Ambrose to win the championship. It was announced prior to this event that Cena would need surgery be out for a lengthy period of time.

Fastlane
Roman Reigns defeated Dean Ambrose and Brock Lesnar to earn a shot at the championship in the main event of Wrestlemania.

Wrestlemania 32
Cena made a surprise return to help the Rock in a segment with the Wyatt Family. Roman Reigns won the WWE Championship in his second straight Wrestlemania main event for a more fitting title win for a top guy.

Payback
Roman Reigns successfully defended the title against AJ Styles who was new to the main event scene.

Extreme Rules
Reigns once again defended the title successfully against AJ Styles in a great match and looking back these series of matches helped elevate Styles’ stock in the company. Cena would return shortly after this event.

Money in the Bank
AJ Styles defeated John Cena with some help from the Club in a big victory. Seth Rollins would defeat Roman Reigns for the WWE Championship. After this match and loss, we found out that Reigns was suspended for a Wellness Policy violation which Cena recently referenced.

Battleground
Cena, Enzo and Big Cass would defeat the Club. Dean Ambrose would successfully defend the WWE Championship in a triple threat match against his former Shield members as Reigns returned from his suspension.

Summerslam
AJ Styles would defeat Cena in a classic match and win the feud at this point and Styles remains a top guy to this day. Roman Reigns was scheduled to face off against Rusev but their match never took place as both men brawled prior to the match getting underway. This was also the first pay-per-view after the brand split where Roman went to RAW and Cena went to Smackdown Live and also could take some time off.

Clash of Champions
Roman Reigns would defeat Rusev for the US Championship but unlike Cena we would not see any US Open Challenges which was Cena’s point in calling out Reigns for seeing this title as a demotion.

No Mercy
AJ Styles successfully retained the WWE Championship against Ambrose and Cena in the opening match on this night.

Hell in a Cell
Reigns defended the US Championship successfully against Rusev in a Hell in a Cell match.

Survivor Series
Roman Reigns was on Team RAW in a traditional tag match but was pinned by Bray Wyatt. No Cena on this co-branded PPV event.

Roadblock
Roman Reigns had lost the US Title by this point but was quickly inserted into a feud for the Universal Championship against Kevin Owens. Owens would retain the title due to a DQ.

It’s interesting to see the commonality in opponents of Reigns and Cena. Styles and Owens getting some key wins over both and are presently two top guys in the company. Rusev and Bray came out on the losing end in their feuds with both and are currently floundering on the roster which may be telling.

2017

Royal Rumble
John Cena defeated WWE Champion, AJ Styles making history to win his 16th World championship, tying Ric Flair. Roman once again challenged Kevin Owens for the Universal Championship but was unsuccessful. He was able to enter the Royal Rumble and eliminate the Undertaker and but ended up being the runner up after being tossed out by Randy Orton.

Elimination Chamber
Cena’s 16th World title reign comes to an end in the Elimination Chamber.

Fastlane
Roman Reigns defeats Braun Strowman in the first of many great battles.

Wrestlemania 33
After some great promos John Cena teamed up with his girlfriend Nikki Bella to defeat the Miz and his wife Maryse. It was strange to see Cena in a bit of a midcard match but it still felt like a big deal with Cena proposing at the end of the match, proving once again anything with Cena is always a showcase. Roman Reigns was in his third straight main event where he became the second man to defeat the Undertaker at Wrestlemania and presumably made history of his own by ending the Undertaker’s career and now declaring its his yard now!

Payback
Braun Strowman defeated Roman Reigns in the main event.

Extreme Rules
Samoa Joe defeated Finn Balor, Bray Wyatt, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns in the main event for a shot at the Universal Championship.

Great Balls of Fire
Braun Strowman beat Reigns in an Ambulance match.

Battleground
Cena finally returns to WWE after some time off and squares off against Rusev in a Flag match which Cena wins.

Summerslam
Cena was in the opening match in a win against Baron Corbin. In the main event, Brock Lesnar won a fantastic Fatal 4-Way Universal Championship match against Samoa Joe, Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns who was the one who took the pin and his fourth straight PPV loss.

No Mercy
Here we are where it seems these two have been destined to square off. Reigns certainly comes in with everything to lose and everything to gain. Cena’s legacy is already made and like every match to this point Cena gives all his matches a big feel. Cena has been winning on the mic but I see Reigns coming out the winner on this night in their first one-on-one encounter.

 

 

 

 

 

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Backlash 2017 Predictions

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I figured this match was coming to the Backlash pre-show but I hope it isn’t the regular spot for Tye Dillinger going forward on all the Smackdown PPVs. It’s also good to see Aiden English finally, as he says, having the spotlight on him. He’s lost two matches already to Dillinger so he could finally get a win here but in Chicago I think the power of the 10 chants will lead to a Tye win. Maybe he’ll look to go 10-0 against English and before the tenth victory is where English gets his heat back.
WINNER: TYE DILLINGER

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I’m a big fan of Luke Harper and think he is the most underutilized and underrated guy on the roster. I am also a fan a crazy gimmicks and I was entranced watching Erick Rowan on Talking Smack as he created such an uncomfortable and awkward atmosphere. I may be in the minority but I dig the Crazy Sheepherder gimmick and so this match has my attention. Hopefully Harper gets the win here and has momentum going into Money in the Bank.
WINNER: LUKE HARPER

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This is a great matchup of the underdog versus the big brawler and in a classic wrestling town like Chicago I think it will be a fun match. I, like many, see Corbin being the future Money in the Bank winner so a victory here may be great for momentum. That being said, Sami Zayn has been losing a lot as of late and I think he needs the victory more before he is perceived as a “job guy”. I don’t want a fluke win but I guess to keep Corbin strong they’ll have to creatively set a up a shock win.
WINNER: SAMI ZAYN

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I am delighted to see that Naomi continues her reign as champion and is doing a great job at it. I find the name “Welcoming Committee” to be a great wrestling faction name. It is almost too obvious Charlotte doesn’t care about the result of this match and has her eyes on the championship so look for that riff to lead to victory for Natalya, Tamina and Carmella (who may just end up pinning the champ a third time!)
WINNERS: THE WELCOMING COMMITEE

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It’s great to see Fandango and Tyler Breeze getting a shot at the titles here and getting some character development on television. I was really entertained by these two after watching their performances in the Southpaw Regional Wrestling skits. I think they really showed that are exemplary sports entertainers which will get you far in the WWE. Unfortunately, they come up against tough competition in the Usos. These guys are the best tag team on Smackdown (as evidenced by their present championship reign) and I don’t know who will dethrone them.
WINNERS: THE USOS

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This should be a great match with all the right ingredients. Two of the best overall performers and a Chicago crowd in the Allstate Arena. The atmosphere should be electric and these two should undoubtedly have a classic. Look for the Face of America to hold onto his championship and ruin a potential classic by either getting himself disqualified or counted out.
WINNER: AJ STYLES by COUNTOUT

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I’m enjoying the early portrayal of Shinsuke Nakamura on the main roster. Every time he has made his way ringside he has felt like a mega superstar. His limited appearances and his debut match on PPV is similar billing to that of Brock Lesnar or the Undertaker; an absolute attraction. His debut main roster match couldn’t happen in a better place than Chicago who will be thunderous upon hearing his entrance music. He’s also in the ring with a great opponent in Ziggler. This could close the show so look for a classic main event!
WINNER: SHINSUKE NAKAMURA

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Jinder Mahal will be competing at Backlash for the WWE Championship and wrestling fans have had varying opinions on the matter. How Chicago reacts to this match has my anticipation as much as the outcome. They have my interest in this match because I do feel there is a chance of Jinder winning the title. I am learning more and more about the global reach the WWE has and India is one of their largest markets so perhaps it’s time they one of their own as the World Wrestling Entertainment Champion!
WINNER: JINDER MAHAL

 

Wrestlemania 33 Predictions

The Ultimate Thrill Ride is upon us! It has been a roller coaster of emotions in regards to who is walking in as champion, who will be on the pre-show and who will be main eventing. Wrestlemania is the biggest professional wrestling event in the lives of any fans. Let’s take a look at how this night may shape out.

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On the Wrestlemania kickoff show we have a Cruiserweight championship match. 205 Live and the division has been less than impressive and so the division needed it’s best on the Wrestlemania card. Neville has been a tremendous champion and Austin Aries stands out as a star in the division. I think this will be a good, competitive match but I can’t see the King of the Cruiserweights being dethroned on this night.
WINNER: NEVILLE

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Another championship match on the kickoff show. We have Alexa Bliss defending her Smackdown Women’s Championship against all available women on the roster. The odds are certainly against Alexa as she knows a few of her opponents but not all. I do envision a few surprise women showing up for their chance at the gold. I like that Naomi has been cleared and will be a part of this match. She had an emotional surrendering of the title and I envision a greater moment when she wins the title in her hometown Orlando!
WINNER: NAOMI

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The final kickoff match will be the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Unfortunately this match has been less of an honour and more of an opportunity for the non featured talent to have a chance to compete. I hope guys cease the opportunity but there is only one man who looks to be the favourite. Braun Strowman has been the most improved superstar over the last few months. He is a dominant force and I think a win here will add to his claim of having no competition. He will have a case for himself as he’ll be able to declare he dominated men from both RAW and Smackdown. As we approach the summer Braun can tell the GM that he has a trophy but is now seeking the Universal Championship.
WINNER: BRAUN STROWMAN

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i know that the tag divisions have been rather cold going into Wrestlemania. I am still a big fan of Enzo and Big Cass and I anticipate that my favourite team will win their first WWE Tag Team titles on the grandest stage of them all. This match is now a Ladder match so it should be an exciting start to Wrestlemania. Ladders and tag team wrestling makes many fans think of one team; will they appear on this night?
WINNER: ENZO & BIG CASS

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i am officially fed up with the Dean Ambrose character. As seen on the final Smackdown, his humour is getting stale and I’d love to see Baron beat down Ambrose in a vicious brawl or street fight. I am a fan of Baron Corbin and I think he’d be great as Intercontinental champion before he moves up to the World title picture later in the year.
WINNER: BARON CORBIN

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So the story for this one could have been each woman trading victories on RAW thus leading to them all deserving a title opportunity. Charlotte’s streak and title could have been on the line on the biggest show in WWE. Bayley seeking her first main roster title and perhaps surviving all the eliminations for her first win would have been a great Wrestlemania moment, Alas, this isn’t the story going in but I think this will still be a good women’s match. I see the three women ganging up on Nia in order to eliminate her. After that I could see Charlotte tapping out Sasha to eliminate her with Bayley strategically not breaking up the submission. Bayley then pins Charlotte and retains her title. This sets up a story of Sasha coming out and putting Bayley on blast saying that in all honesty Sasha did help Bayley remain champion and Bayley ruined the opportunity to have these two best friends square off one on one because deep down Bayley knows she can’t beat Sasha thus leading to Sasha turning on Bayley moving forward after Wrestlemania.
WINNER: BAYLEY

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This feud has had a solid build that has been straight forward and a bit of a throwback. Rollins’ injury did add to this feud as he almost missed he second straight Wrestlemania. Triple H’s arrogance was heightened and has fueled his confidence that he can defeat the man he made. I anticipate a great match between these two, possibly match of the night with Seth getting the biggest win of his career!
WINNER: SETH ROLLINS

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If you’re a Shane McMahon fan you are probably happy he has a match at Wrestlemania. I do not see the need for him to have a match and his pairing with Styles still remains odd to me. As a fan of Styles I would have preferred him compete for the WWE Championship or square off against someone the likes of Finn Balor in a RAW vs. Smackdown match. This match may be great but my expectations are low. I think Shane will put up a good fight but AJ has to come out victorious.
WINNER: AJ STYLES

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I do have to remind myself that Bray Wyatt is the WWE Champion because in this feud a lot of extra curricular has been the focus rather than both men fighting to be champion. I do think Bray needs a big win in his first defense of the title. It is easy to have good matches with Orton and I hope we see Bray’s best match to date in a strong title defense.
WINNER: BRAY WYATT

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I really wished I cared about an Undertaker match in 2017. Since the Streak ended I haven’t had any interest in his matches. Undertaker will remain my favourite WWE superstar of all time but Reigns has to win this one. Reigns was tremendous on RAW with such smug confidence that he often can back up. The exciting aspect of this match is that normally at Wrestlemania I want to see Undertaker win but here I’ll be thrilled to see him lose.
WINNER: ROMAN REIGNS

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This best built feud in WWE has to be the implosion of these two “best friends” Hindsight, I do think this match should have been title for title. Jericho could have claimed he’s won all titles except for the big red belt. I think this will be a great match, maybe not a classic, but tremendous storytelling. I know the hero Chris Jericho should come out victorious in this feud but I much more prefer seeing Owens win this one.
WINNER: KEVIN OWENS

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Remember when this match was rumoured and everyone groaned? The promos! The promos have been beyond tremendous and the Miz has been at the top of his game. You can feel the personal animosity and everyone has done well. Both girls have done their part and I was most impressed with Maryse and her role in the Total Bellas spoof. I am looking forward to this match and think it will be entertaining. Does Cena propose after the match making it the most emotional Wrestlemania moment since Macho Man reuniting with Miss Elizabeth?
WINNER: JOHN CENA & NIKKI BELLA

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This match seems so separate from the rest of the card. You have two anomalies going at it which is perhaps the feel they wanted at Wrestlemania XX. If this is the final match it may be the most unique Wrestlemania Main Event of all time. I think most expect it not to last too long based on Goldberg’s previous matches and so it is a bit exciting to know that this match could end at any time. It is time for Brock Lesnar to finally defeat Goldberg and walk out champion.
WINNER: BROCK LESNAR

 

 

WWE Fastlane 2017 Predictions

Fastlane is upon us as we continue on the road to Wrestlemania (dreadful marketing). I am intrigued in a few of the matches, primarily the main event! Let’s go through the matches and see how this night may turn out.

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If you go back and read some of my posts from the summer during the CWC, you’ll see that two of my favourites were Rich Swann and Akira Tozawa. How things have changed where I have no interest in this match and to be honest the division. I have tuned in to 205 Live weekly and kept the TV on during RAW but they have done nothing to captivate my attention. I think each competitor is talented but there is nothing unique about the division compared to the heavyweights who perform similar moves themselves. Who wins? Does anyone care?
WINNER: SWANN & TOZAWA

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Once again, two talented superstars in a dying division so what prestige does the title have? Gallagher goes from an umbrella spot in the Rumble to a dual to challenging a legitimate champion in Neville. It would be shocking to me if Jack Gallagher won the title here.
WINNER: NEVILLE

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Oh boy, where is the New Day because I continue with no positivity! Another dying division with boring champions. I feel bad because I want to like Gallows & Anderson but I tune out whenever they come on the screen. I am a fan of Enzo and Big Cass but Enzo’s new character may be headed in a  disappointing direction. If Enzo continues to be a annoying as he’s been and Cass turns on him I will be devastated. I think Cass and Enzo need to continue as a they are because both will be exposed in a singles run. I think they’ll lose here but win at Wrestlemania!
WINNER: GALLOWS & ANDERSON

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Nia Jax has been improving as of late so that’s exciting for the division. I do think SmackDown has more captivating women’s feuds right now. I would have Sasha Banks win in this one so that we can say Sasha beat Nia who beat Bayley who beat Charlotte who beat Bayley who beat Nia who beat Sasha (did you follow that?) This will set up the 4-Way at Wrestlemania!
WINNER: SASHA BANKS

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Charlotte will not have her PPV streak broken here so it begs the question why not have Bayley’s first championship victory be at Wrestlemania?
WINNER: CHARLOTTE

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I have been incredibly impressed with Samoa Joe since his arrival on the RAW roster. His promo delivery has been tremendous and the manner in which he carries himself makes him a top star already. I wasn’t really a fan of Joe in NXT or TNA but I knew he was talented so its great to see him being the star he’s been toted as over the years. Zayn is also underrated because he also has great promo delivery and is excellent in the ring. Zayn consistently has great matches from classics with Kevin Owens to getting the best matches of Strowman’s career. I anticipate this will be match of the night. I hope it’s a no decision so that we can see another at Wrestlemania between the two.
RESULT: NO DECISION

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Here we go! Two bulls colliding in this one. Every now and then you get two superheavyweights you want to see square off. Both men have had a great matches with other wrestling generals so it will be interesting to see the type of match both men have together. The Undertaker told Reigns he owes him after Reigns tossed him out of the Rumble. Will the Undertaker cost Reigns a victory?
WINNER: BRAUN STROWMAN

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Main event time! You may criticize Goldberg being featured but he continues to draw my interest. I am a Kevin Owens fan and this is the biggest threat to his championship reign to date. There’s many possible scenarios in this one. Goldberg may destroy Owens in less time than he did Lesnar. Owens may cheat and find a way to pin Goldberg. Owens may buy some time going in and out of the ring but Goldberg eventually beats Owens for the title. Lesnar may cost Goldberg the match (which wouldn’t make much sense). Lastly, Jericho may cost Owens his title and Goldberg capitalizes. We also saw Triple H talk to Owens the night he turned on Jericho and Hunter is also aligned with Samoa Joe so could they make their presence known? I can’t predict the exact path this match will take but I do see Goldberg leaving as champion.
WINNER: GOLDBERG

WWE Elimination Chamber 2017 Predictions

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This match is a bit puzzling as you don’t usually give the advantage to the good guys. Also, I can’t see anyone affording a loss in this one. If Ziggler loses than that goes against his point of saying he can beat both. If Ziggler does defeat these guys than Crews and Kalisto will be dead in the water. The match psychology is simply bewildering and so I have no interest.
WINNER: APOLLO CREWS & KALISTO

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Here we have the first of three women’s matches on this show. I appreciate that all the women’s matches have logical storylines and in this one Becky Lynch is seeking retribution on Mickie James for costing her  the title. Mickie also wants to prove that a women’s revolution didn’t happen with the women from NXT but was cemented when Mickie stepped foot in the WWE. I think we’ll see a great match between these two.
WINNER: BECKY LYNCH

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An absurd angle led us to this match but a tag team turmoil match is always fun to watch. I can’t see anyone defeating the tag champs in this one. Of the teams here I’m excited to see the Usos and American Alpha square off against one another.
WINNER: AMERICAN ALPHA

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It’s nice to see Naomi get her chance at the Women’s title and I like her story of wanting to walk into her hometown at Wrestlemania as champion. Unfortunately for Naomi, I see Alexa Bliss finding a way to hold onto her title as she has the champion’s advantage. This may be the weakest women’s match of the three but I’m glad both women are getting a chance to prove themselves.
WINNER: ALEXA BLISS

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I would say week to week you get great in-ring action but not always great stories. The story here between Nikki Bella and Natalya has been surprisingly captivating with some awesome promos. There is heated feelings going into this one that I just want to see a good fight between both women. I think Nikki gets her retribution for all the shade Natalya has thrown her way.
WINNER: NIKKI BELLA

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i think this will be a great wrestling match if given the time. Both men are tremendous in-ring performers and it is believable that Harper and Orton are seeking to destroy one another. I’d love to see Harper get a big win here but Orton is headed to Wrestlemania so I can’t see him losing in this one.
WINNER: RANDY ORTON

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i can see any of these men walking out the Chamber as champion. I think Styles and Orton would be a tremendous Wrestlemania main event for the title so I’d like to see him win. Corbin I still believe should have won the Royal Rumble and goneon to a triple threat match with Styles and Cena. I wouldn’t mind Miz winning the title one more time but I’d hate to see a Miz versus Orton. Ambrose and Cena are the ones I’d least like to see go on to face Orton as champion. Then there is the apparent favourite; my favourite Bray Wyatt. The rumours hurt my excitement a bit but if Wyatt does win the title it will be great to see him in a featured Wrestlemania match as long as he retains and defeats Orton! This will most likely be match of the night and I think it will showcase the direction for these six as we approach Wrestlemania.
WINNER: BRAY WYATT

Royal Rumble 2017 Predictions

The Royal Rumble, my favourite WWE pay-per-view is back for the 30th time. The elimination match is always a spectacle and will be a mega one this year. We’ve had a lot of major names announced and I love that the surprises can range from a NXT call up to a returning legend. Let’s get to predictions and see how the event may play out.

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The Royal Rumble will be nearly six hours long with a two hour kickoff show. On the kickoff show we have the first of three women’s matches which is great to see more women getting a chance to perform. Unfortunately this match only has my interest as I’m a fan of Sasha Banks who I don’t see winning this one.

WINNER: NIA JAX

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If Gallows and Anderson lose this match straight up in a match that serves their best interest than it’s time for new scenery; SmackDown or out of the WWE.

WINNERS: GALLOWS & ANDERSON

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Six women tag match will further the feuds of Nikki/Natalya and Becky/Mickie but where does that leave champion Alexa Bliss? Look for Naomi’s team to win this one.

WINNER: NAOMI, NIKKI BELLA & BECKY LYNCH

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I was really excited to see Rich Swann win the Cruiserweight championship as he’d been one of my favourites in the CWC. Now that he is champion I haven’t see any progression or evolution in his character or his arsenal of maneuvers. Contrarily, Neville has drastically changed his character and appears reinvigorated to take over this division. I think Neville will win this one and Swann and the rest of the division challenges him in an effort to dethrone the King of the Cruiserweights.

WINNER: NEVILLE

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I wish I cared more about the WWE Universal title more than I do. Unfortunately for both men, they’ve been featured in matches against one another in the entire build to this match that it leaves you as a fan with limited interest. I think Chris Jericho being locked away in a Shark cage won’t stop Owens from retaining in this one. I hope they keep the title on Owens because Reigns winning just doesn’t make any sense to me as I have NEVER heard Reigns’ reasoning for wanting to be champion (furthering how un-relatable this character is) . I think Jericho finally winning the United States title recently leads to Jericho identifying that he has one more title to win for the first time and that is Owens’ WWE Universal title! Will this lead to a Reigns change in attitude?

WINNER: KEVIN OWENS

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I do think that this feud has potential to be one of the top feuds going into Wrestlemania. The story here is that Charlotte and Bayley are complete opposites. If you think back to NXT when Sasha and Bayley met, both women played their antagonist and protagonist roles to perfection. It was so emotional seeing Bayley triumph and after being ridiculed and working so hard to achieve her dreams. I believe Charlotte is currently a better villain then Sasha was at that time. Charlotte is from wrestling-royalty lineage and has won like no other competitor on the roster when its comes to big time matches. Bayley has fought hard but hasn’t won the big one when its mattered. I think it remains early for Bayley to win at the Rumble but a hard fought match with an underhanded win by Charlotte will build the desire to see Bayley overcome and finally win the title she covets.

WINNER: CHARLOTTE

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Both men have had great matches throughout 2016 and here we are kicking 2017 off with hopefully yet another classic. I would have preferred this match at Wrestlemania but here we have it. I originally thought Cena was winning his 16th championship but given the “exchange” of words on SmackDown I don’t think it is wise for Styles to lose this one. Styles unfortunately will have to once again defend this title in an Elimination Chamber and perhaps that’s where Cena wins.

WINNER: AJ STYLES

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RUMBLE ENTRANTS:

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  1. The Undertaker
  2. Goldberg
  3. Brock Lesnar
  4. Big Show
  5. Dean Ambrose
  6. The Miz
  7. Sami Zayn
  8. Dolph Ziggler
  9. Big E
  10. Xavier Woods
  11. Kofi Kingston
  12. Bray Wyatt
  13. Randy Orton
  14. Luke Harper
  15. Mojo Rawley
  16. Braun Strowman
  17. Chris Jericho
  18. Baron Corbin
  19. Cesaro
  20. Sheamus
  21. Big Cass
  22. Rusev
  23. Apollo Crews
  24. James Ellsworth
  25. Samoa Joe
  26. Tye Dillinger
  27. Jason Jordan
  28. Chad Gable
  29. Enzo Amore
  30. Sycho Sid

I can’t wait to see many of these superstars make their way to the ring in this one. It will be exciting to see the countdown and then hear the music of the Undertaker, Brock Lesnar and Goldberg. Additionally, I think WWE should be commended for how they’ve made it seem that Braun Strowman and Baron Corbin are also among potential favourites in this match. I’m excited to see who from NXT may be in this match; two names being Tye Dillinger entering at number 10 and a Samoa Joe debut. I’d also be ecstatic if I heard “GLORIOUS!”and Bobby Roode made his way to the Rumble. I can’t think of any legends I’m clamoring to see. I wish Vader was in better health cause he’d be a fun entrant and I don’t know if Sycho Sid is available to return to the building he main evented 20 years ago. So who is winning the Royal Rumble? Honestly, I’d be disappointed if the Undertaker or Goldberg won cause they are already mega stars. I’ll go with a dark horse in this one!

WINNER: BARON CORBIN

 

Survivor Series 2016 Predictions

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I have absolutely enjoyed the return of Goldberg over the past few weeks especially his fire and the motivation in his promos. Brock Lesnar remains the dominant force in the WWE and I can’t see him losing this match but I’ll certainly be rooting for Goldberg in this one. I loved the final segment where Heyman calls out Goldberg’s family to further enrage him. The match does have a big fight feel so I see it closing the show and I’m excited to see the Toronto crowd’s response to these two men.
WINNER: BROCK LESNAR

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The match does appear to come out of no where but the Cruiserweight division is in need of something different. To date, it simply hasn’t worked on RAW. The magic of the Cruiserweight Classic just isn’t apparent on Monday nights. SmackDown certainly could benefit from this division but the best show to catch these athletes may be 205 Live! Kalisto is a bit cold and so it’s hard to predict he’ll win.
WINNER: THE BRIAN KENDRICK

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It isn’t guaranteed (as of this writing) that it will be Zayn vs. Ziggler. With these two in the match, it’s bound to be a good one. Ziggler and Miz have had a great feud on SmackDown over this title so it would make sense to keep the title on Ziggler but they’ll be having another match with may be their final one on the 900th SmackDown. 20161115_match_survivorseries_mizzayn-3fb0290d3ab0dd57c5a689f121490d85So the Miz is the NEW Intercontinental Champion!
Nonetheless, I’d have Zayn win this one, however, Zayn would not bring the Intercontinenal Championship to RAW but rather inform the GM/Commissioner that he is moving to SmackDown and keeping the title where it belongs. Zayn could benefit from blue scenery!
WINNER: SAMI ZAYN

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I assume that once a partner is eliminated, the team will be too so let us which teams will be eliminated until we uncover the surviving team!

SHINING STARS: Will be eliminated by American Alpha.
BREEZANGO: Will be eliminated by Cesaro.
SHEAMUS & CESARO: Sheamus will be gored by Rhyno and eliminated.
HYPE BROS: Ryder will be eliminated by the Magic Killer.
ANDERSON & GALLOWS: Will be counted out as they walk out on a tag from Enzo; later revealing they are now part of SmackDown.
ENZO & BIG CASS: Enzo distracted by Gallows and Anderson exiting will be superkciked by the Usos and eliminated.
RHYNO & SLATER: Eliminated by the New Day, proving which champions are more dominant.
THE USOS: Eliminated by the New Day
THE NEW DAY: Eliminated by American Alpha

SURVIVORS: AMERICAN ALPHA

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Despite unity on SmackDown I still believe this match has the potential for each team to disintegrate and turn on one another because of the feuds within each team. I’ll attempt to predict each elimination.

ALICIA FOX: Will be eliminated first from Team RAW.
NAOMI: Will be eliminated first from Team SmackDown.
CARMELLA: Will be eliminated by Bayley
NIKKI BELLA: Carmella out of frustration will lead to Nikki being hit by a finisher and eliminated.
BECKY LYNCH: Will be eliminated via submission (Banks Statement) as Bliss refuses to tag in or make the save and walks off.
ALEXA BLISS: Counted out after walking away from her team

SURVIVORS: CHARLOTTE, SASHA BANKS, BAYLEY & NIA JAX

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I enjoyed the brawl to end RAW between the two teams. Based on the Women’s match goes down, I believe SmackDown GM and Shane will demand that for one night this team work together.

BRAUN STROWMAN: He may be distracted by former opponent, James Ellsworth. This leads to Strowman destroying Ellsworth. Strowman then turns into a superkick from Styles and lands on the Spanish announce table. Shane hits an elbow drop driving Braun through the table and he is counted out.
SHANE MCMAHON: Eliminated by a Codebreaker
CHRIS JERICHO: Eliminated by AJ Styles
ROMAN REIGNS: Reigns is hit by an “inadvertent” kick from Owens and eliminated with a Sister Abigail.
KEVIN OWENS: Reigns, infuriated looks to Rollins and Ambrose and they hit a triple powerbomb on Owens and he is eliminated by Styles who blind tags Ambrose to take credit.
AJ STYLES: Ambrose, upset with the blind tag, looks to Reigns and Rollins and they hit another triple powerbomb and eliminate Styles.
SETH ROLLINS: The 3-on-1 proves to be too much and he is hit with all finishers by the remaining men.

SURVIVORS: DEAN AMBROSE, BRAY WYATT & RANDY ORTON