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 

 

 

 

NXT TakeOver: Toronto Predictions

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Two Canadian boys should be kicking off NXT TakeOver: Toronto and I think it will be both a “glorious” and “perfect” atmosphere. This will be a fun match I anticipate with fans being into it from the entrances. It will be a hot start to the night. Look for Bobby Roode to pick up the victory in this one.
WINNER: BOBBY ROODE

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My prediction for the Dusty Rhodes Classic was the Authors of Pain. I’m glad they’ve gone with two new teams so to speak and they’ll have their opportunity to win the coveted trophy. If TM-61 wins this, it would help legitimize and add something to their team that they desperately need as they do remain a bit generic. If the Authors of Pain win it will be interesting to see how they handle accepting this trophy as they may destroy this trophy and show total disrespect to the Rhodes name.
WINNERS: AUTHORS OF PAIN

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I predict this will be match of the night. 2/3 Falls in a Tag Team match is usually pretty fun and these two teams always have tremendous matches. In every prediction I’ve ever made on this blog I don’t believe I’ve chosen the Revival. I have learned my lesson.
WINNERS: THE REVIVAL

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It’s pretty clear that Mickie James was an alternative pick to Trish Stratus who is pregnant and unable to compete in a return match in her hometown. Mickie James is a known name and will give Asuka a competitive match. Asuka will continue her impressive dominance not only in the women’s division but NXT.
WINNER: ASUKA

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Main event time. I am very disappointed that I won’t be there live in my hometown to see Nakamura compete. I think we’ll see another great, hard hitting and brutal match between these two. I can’t see Nakamura losing the title so quickly and nor should he lose to Samoa Joe. I say that because I anticipate that Joe is finishing up his run in NXT and will be moving to the SmackDown roster in the very near future.
WINNER: SHINSUKE NAKAMURA