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No Mercy and Monday Night Raw Were Actually Worse Than You Thought

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      Disclaimer: I was in a bad mood when I wrote this so reader discretion advised. Read at your own risk.

      Our constant readers may have noticed that the F2H family failed to post their usual live review articles about Smackdown Live’s No Mercy and last night’s Monday Night Raw. Have we lost faith in Vince McMahon’s promotion? Are we bored with the product? I’ll answer your question with a question: does a bear shit in the woods? In this instance, the bear is Sean Waltman and the woods is Rena Lesnar’s luggage; and the answer is an emphatic yes.

      While on the surface the No Mercy pay-per-view seemed like a solid venture, when you scrutinize it even a little bit, the entire show folds like a wet house of cards. Here is a short list of some of the more cringe-worthy moments of the show. The pre-show featured Jerry Lawler awkwardly flirting and eye-fucking Nikki Bella, a 4-team tag match (overkill in any scenario) that included The Acesnsion, and Curt Hawkins big debut that was only a declaration by him that he would have a match on Tuesday.

      Prior to the show, WWE announced the “main event” triple-threat would go on first to start the show, essentially confirming WWE’s lack of confidence in their own product, being fearful that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton would pull viewers and bomb their PPV. Although the triple-threat was a decent match, it still featured yet another John Cena title attempt, grasping for the coveted Ric Flair record; and Dean Ambrose in the main event picture, a man with no charism, character evolution, or ability to carry a promotion as either a heel or babyface. And while AJ Styles put on a great outing, I am still watching him on NJPW every week on AXS-TV and his crimped style with WWE is nowhere near his best work in a ring.

      No Mercy also featured Nikki Bella utilizing the antiquated 50/50 booking style of WWE in order to beat Carmella. Speaking of the women, Becky Lynch was suddenly injured and not competing. So we saw Naomi not only wrestle but defeat Alexa Bliss. Both finishes were weak and did nothing at all for the losers while barely giving a boost to the winners. The third women’s match of the night was between Jack Swagger and Baron Corbin. Yeah, I said it. Why is this on a pay-per-view? Nobody cares!

      The highlight of the night was Dolph Ziggler and The Miz. This was an excellent match and the best on the entire card. Nothing to complain about here. The main event was Randy Orton taking on Bray Wyatt. Oh great, two of the weakest in-between heel/face chimeras in the entire company. Wyatt has strewn together infinitely more losses than wins. And Orton has been a watered down version of himself ever since returning from injury. The build to this match was terribly dis-interesting. And the big “twist” finish was a Luke Harper run in. This ended a pay-per-view in 2016.

      Skip ahead to Monday Night Raw and now we’re really swimming out to the deep end with no life preservers. We’re talking about a show that surprisingly opened with Sasha Banks and Charlotte declaring they were having a rematch INSIDE Hell in a Cell. This was a groundbreaking moment…that was immediately cut short by Rusev interrupting. He insults both of them, along with all women’s wrestling (as does Lana) and hijacks what should have been an epic segment. Then Roman Reigns comes out and further buries the angle. Then, in all of Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley’s jaded wisdom, they put Charlotte on a team with Rusev against the team of Banks and Reigns. Despite Rusev belittling Charlotte, she now gets the “honor” of being his tag team partner.

      Do you know why this segment happened? Because Kevin Dunn (a guy that probably has twenty Donald Trump signs in his yard) objectifies women and probably doesn’t think they can carry a moment on their own. They needed big, strong men to come out and bolster their credibility. “Nobody is going to buy women in the Cell! We need men to put it over!” Nevermind the fact that when you have a match with Roman Reigns, Rusev, Charlotte, Lana, and Sasha Banks, the only goddamn babyface in the entire thing is Banks. Reigns is not a face! But WWE continues to try and pair him with any one in order to try and persuade the crowd to oh and ah over him.

      Then we have a match between Kofi Kingston and Cesaro. The big angle here is Sheamus sits ringside and tweets during the match. Oh, just brilliant fucking television. Really helps sell Cesaro and Sheamus as a team and absolutely helps make New Day look strong. *vomits in mouth, down onto Ultimate Warrior t-shirt*

Bayley comes out and wrestles Cami Fields. Who? Exactly. She beats a jobber and then gets attacked from behind by Dana Brooke (wearing a way-too-tight outfit) and then Brooke just stands there awkwardly like Will Ferrell in Talladega Nights when he doesn’t know what to do with his hands. Brilliant. There were four horsewomen in NXT. Becky has the Smackdown Women’s Title. Sasha and Charlotte are breaking new ground fighting for the Raw Women’s Title. Meanwhile, Bayley is given about two minutes against someone named Cami Fields. Just a real career booster for her. Good job, Vince!

      The newly formed Cruiserweight Division continues to get its legs cut out from underneath it as WWE, despite having three hours of television, just keeps hitting us with Cruiserweight tag-team matches. We get Tony Nese and Drew Gulak against Sin Cara and Lince Dorado. Without fanfare, Sin Cara is now suddenly in the division. Dorado spends the whole match carrying Sin Cara before picking up the win. According to Kevin Dunn and Vince McMahon, there are only two Cruiserweights named T.J. Perkins and Brian Kendrick. Anybody who isn’t them will just be the bathroom break match on Raw.

      Then we come back from commercial to find Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas in the ring. Oh boy! That’ll really boost the ratings! Luckily we are saved by Enzo Amore and Big Cass. But before we can even see them wrestle, they are attacked by The Club. So let me get this straight. Cesaro and Sheamus, a team thrown together two weeks ago get to face New Day, but two of the top three tag teams on Raw have a segment with Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel? Then WWE hits us with a bullshit 4-team tag at a PPV the night before? Why not save the multi-team matches for actual talent? I’d definitely watch New Day vs Enzo and Cass vs The Club any day.

      Oh, but that segment isn’t even over. After The Club and Enzo and Cass leave, Axel and Dallas are still competing! They demand a team! So we have to suffer through not only them in a match, but a hastily thrown together Sami Zayn and Neville tag-team. Is Teddy Long running creative all of a sudden? We’ve had five matches so far and four of them have featured tag teams! Brilliant! I’m just as baffled as Vince as to why the ratings continue to tank. Fuck you, McMahon.

      As if things couldn’t get any worse, we then are “treated” to a match between R-Truth and Titus O’Neal thrown together, on the premise, and I shit you not, of Truth trying to give O’Neal’s favorite candy bar to another wrestler. Now, while I can appreciate both men as they have skill and could be great if pushed properly (yeah right, as if that would ever happen), they certainly should not be in a match facing each other. Why, you might ask? Because they have a combined age of fucking 83. R-Truth is in his mid-forties and Titus is 39. This is not a live-TV match. This is not something you expose people to and then try to laugh off the sliding ratings to the board of directors. In simple terms, this is not a match you put on TV if you want people to take what you do seriously.

Backstage segment with Perkins and Kendrick showcasing the 50/50 booking again. I won’t even elaborate on any of that. Braun Strowman then squashes the “Splash Brothers” (who look like a Sheamus and Xavier Woods cosplay couple) and then asks Foley for stronger competition. If only Braun could be what he’s asking for: better talent. He has become a spectacle much like Big Show, Kane, and The Great Kahli before him. Vince will take a giant, twist and contort them, and turn them into a traveling freakshow.

      And then the inter-gender match. Holy shit what a waste of time. Rusev and Charlotte against Reigns and Banks. The big creative ending here was Sasha making Charlotte tap to the Bank Statement timed perfectly with Reigns hitting Rusev with a spear. Been there, done that, played all the way out. Then Reigns and Banks stand with their arms in the air, smiling. As if Reigns was suddenly a good guy. Then T.J. Perkins defeated Jinder Mahal. Oh wait, that was Ariya Daivari. Another useless squash match doing nothing for anybody, including the viewers.

      The main event was Seth Rollins versus Chris Jericho. Alright, I really can’t complain about this if I’m being fair and unbiased. It was a great match, highlight of the night for me. My only real gripe is that Jericho has main-evented a shit ton of Raw’s this year and did so again last night. Yes, Jericho is awesome. And his work these past few weeks with Kevin Owens has really been the crutch that has saved Raw from swirling into a black hole from wince there is no return. That being said, Jericho is older than both R-Truth and Titus O’Neal. Is the best WWE can do is to have a 45-year-old in the main event? Does that sound bonkers to anyone else? It says a lot about how incredibly talented and what great shape Y2J is in; but it also speaks volumes about how weak WWE thinks their own product is.

      They don’t trust their youngers guys to do the job. They don’t have faith or confidence in their roster. And this is true across the board. Both Raw and Smackdown suffer from this inability to pull the trigger on younger talent. The result is getting a 39-year-old John Cena in a main event trying to get another world title. When is WWE going to move on? They speak of a new era and yet continue hitting us with out-to-pasture talent. Now the big hyped up sell is a potential match between Brock Lesnar and Bill Goldberg, a match about fifteen years too late between two men with a combined age of 88. Granted, both men are genetic anomalies (Lesnar more so on the chemically enhanced side) and will probably look great. But the point being is that WWE continues to live in the past. And the WWE Universe seems nostalgic to days gone by.

      That’s why Sasha Banks gets a pop for mentioning Eddie Guerrero. That’s why Charlotte gets a “Woooooooooo!” every single time she mentions her dad. WWE doesn’t do anything to make their current talent relevant. They are censored and limited and forced to get over by mentioning long since retired or dead Superstars. It’s a vicious cycle all the way around. Fear, uncertainty, doubt; it all mixes together to make WWE unsure of their talent, the talent unsure of their place, and the fans unsure of why they should even give two shits about any of it. There are so many problems to list but I’m just one man and this article is already absurdly long. I have a love/hate relationship with WWE. It’s a frustrating partnership because I see the potential of what this company could be. As a kid I watched wrestling. Then I grew up. But wrestling never did. It plateaued and in some instances took a step back.

      You can blame the break of kayfabe. You can blame the dirt sheets. You can blame the internet. You can even blame Vince for bringing too many promotions together and “killing the biz.” It doesn’t matter what the cause was. The effect is what truly matters, and in this case the effect is mediocre, unfulfilling, lazy, and often boring professional wrestling. CM Punk said it best: “Vince McMahon is a millionaire who should be a billionaire.” The reason why he isn’t is that the wrestling experience he presents is no longer thrilling to a certain extent. We demand more but WWE keeps coming up short. Smackdown Live is on tonight and we won’t be doing a live review for that either. If they want us to write something, they need to give us something worthwhile to write about. Until then, let the onslaught begin.


Article by Jamie Curtis Bakerfotoflexer_photo
@MrNotWell

NXT Tapings Match Results and Feedback (09.28.2016)

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      Catch up on last week’s NXT taping as the WWE Network ushers in a new class of workers with our full REVIEW and all match results. And make sure to enter our Twitter Giveaway! It ends tonight at midnight EST, with the winner announced tomorrow!

      The broadcast kicked off with NXT General Manager, William Regal, talking about the one year anniversary of the death of Dusty Rhodes. He says they are again doing the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament with the Finals culminating at NXT Takeover: Toronto. First round of matches kick off on next week’s show. Very cool and a great tribute to one of our fallen heroes. Corey Graves and Tom Phillips on commentary as per usual.

      Tye Dillinger starts things off coming to the ring, Perfect 10 style. His opponent is Angelo Dawkins. Dawkins starts the match ‘stirring up trouble.’ Dillinger puts a stop to that and throws two hands in his face as the crowd chants “Ten! Ten! Ten!” Dawkins doesn’t like that and he attacks Dillinger in multiple corners. Reversal by Dillinger, followed by a big chop. The two trade blows in the middle of the ring. Dillinger wins the exchange. Averted Atomic Drop and Dawkins is down. Dillinger stomps him in the corner. Dillinger removes his knee pads and hits Tye Breaker for the pinfall victory. Okay match, no real magic here. Two young guys with not very much momentum trying to carve their way. Unfortunately, we have to suffer through it.

      As Dillinger walks up the ramp we have a GLORIOUS interruption as Bobby Roode’s music hits. Roode says he sees potential but that Dillinger is not a perfect 10 yet. Roode says he wants to win the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic! The crowd immediately starts a “Glorious 10!” chant. I am so excited right now! Yes! Roode says to be in the tournament, he needs a partner. And not just any partner….the perfect partner. He holds out his hand and Dillinger shakes it as the glorious theme song hits. Dillinger points to the heavens and mouths, “For Dusty.” Wow! This is a really amazing idea, provided the booking allows them to win the tournament. Time will tell, but initial reaction is this is awesome!

      Hideo Itami is interviewed backstage and asked about facing Lince Dorado. Itami says he is looking forward to fighting him because he has heart, unlike Austin Aries. He calls Aries a baby and a coward. “Maybe I need to put him to sleep again.”

      Tag team action up next with the twin siblings, The Ealy Brothers, taking on The Revival. As Dash and Dawson walk down the ramp, Samoa Joe runs past them and gets in the ring, destroying The Ealy Brothers without mercy. He turns and looks at The Revival, but they back away and head towards the back. Joe gets on the mic and says this is the first two victims and it’s Regal’s fault. He says the beatings will continue until Regal gives him Shinsuke Nakamura or the NXT Championship.

      Women’s action next. Hopefully Samoa Joe doesn’t come out and beat up any females. Mandy Rose comes to the ring set to take on Ember Moon. Stiff, strong style to start with both women hitting a little too hard. If this is a work, I believe it. They seem to not like each other at all. Before long Ember is bleeding from her mouth, which seems to only piss her off. She attacks, violently, and plants Rose with a spinning stunner off the top rope for the pinfall win. This was too brief. Was into it quite a lot, just not given enough time. The 60 minute broadcasts really hinder NXT. Maybe they should put in less and longer matches.

      DYI (Gargano and Ciampa) interviewed backstage and they say they have a long checklist of things still yet to accomplish. First and foremost is winning the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. They also want to win the NXT Tag Team Championships.

      Authors of Pain with Paul Ellering come down to the ring, set to take on a couple of jobbers. The bell rings and I start a stopwatch on my phone; assuming this one won’t go two minutes. This is a brutal. AOP just destroys these two guys. They double team and cover for the pin. One minute, 14 seconds and this one is over. Goodness. These guys are dominant. Vince is tripping over himself to try and get these behemoths called up to the main roster.

      After the match, Paul Ellering gets on the mic. He says the first chapter started with “The Arrival.” He says the second chapter will start with a “Plethora of Pain.” And for now, that’s all the NXT Universe needs to know. He tells his boys to go and they stomp up the ramp. No mention of the Dusty Rhodes Classic. William Regal backstage and says he doesn’t know what’s going on because Nakamura doesn’t answer his phone. He is asked about the Dusty Rhodes tournament and Blake and Murphy interrupt saying they want to be included. Before he can answer they start arguing with each other. Regal stops them and says they obviously don’t have their act together and to please get out of his office.

      Liv Morgan heads to the ring. She’s about to be in for a rude awakening as she takes on Asuka. The NXT Women’s Champion wastes no time going right at Morgan. She tries to counter, but Asuka reverses it down to the ground and makes her tap out! Good god, what a ridiculous match. After, Asuka is asked who is the next victim on her list. She says nobody is ready for Asuka. This isn’t really impressive for the Women’s Champ. They need to find her an opponent and quickly.

      Hideo Itami and Lince Dorado square off in the main event. Crowd goes wild for Dorado when he comes out. The pair shake hands before the match. Slow grappling to start this one, crowd is quiet. Hideo controls the tempo at the start. Dorado recovers, gets Hideo out of the ring and then moonsaults out onto him. Both men down on the ramp. After relishing the Cruiserweight Classic, this match is very sloppy and slow. Both men seem almost timid and too controlled. The crowd must feel the same because they are mostly silent throughout. Not sure if the language barrier is making them hesitant, but this is a very spotty match for both guys. Dorado misses with a Shooting Star Press off the top rope and Hideo makes him pay. Dropkicks in the corner and the crowd starts chanting, “GTS!” Hideo hits it, covers, and that’s the ball game. Very lackluster, uneventful match. Maybe the CWC spoiled us. Or perhaps, and more harshly stated, Hideo Itami has peaked in his current slot. Austin Aries attacks Hideo from behind. No surprise there. As Hideo comes back after him, Aries rolls out of the ring and hightails it up the ramp.

      The new class of NXT “stars” need to step up their game immediately. NXT has been flat the past few weeks. This is the problem with too many main roster call ups before having new talent ready to go. It’s been hard to watch. Still, fans must be patient. We often forget that NXT is the developmental area of WWE, as crazy as that seems. Things won’t just happen over night. Keep tuning in and start picking out your future favorites now because they won’t always suck and it won’t be long before they are main eventing shows.


Article by Jamie Curtis Bakerfotoflexer_photo

@MrNotWell

Monday Night Raw Full Match Results and Live Feedback (09.26.2016)

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      Be sure to check out our Twitter page to enter our contest for a chance to win a copy of WWE’s Greatest Stars of the 90’s on DVD! Contest runs now through midnight this Thursday. Check out our gallery at the end of this post for our live photos from last’s Clash of Champions! For more photos, check out our Instagram page. And now, our Monday Night Raw coverage. 

      After spending a few hours at Bankers Life Fieldhouse for Clash of Champions, my voice is nearly non-existent from cheering and I’m ready for Raw to resolve some issues that weren’t put to rest last night. Raw kicks off in Cincinatti, Ohio with our new United States Champion, Roman Reigns. Right off the bat, he will be defending his title against Rusev. Rusev gets Reigns down on the mat early on, but Reigns is able to counter and get Rusev in a headlock. This crowd is definitely more behind Reigns than we were in Indianapolis. Rusev targets Reigns’ back with kicks before hitting a suplex into an unsuccessful pin. Reigns is able to get Rusev in the corner and hit chops to the chest, and Rusev counters by hitting a fallaway slam that sends Reigns out of the ring. After the break, Rusev has Reigns on his back in the ring as Lana looks on. Reigns fakes his injuries about as well as John Cena, if not somewhat worse. Reigns hits a few punches, but Rusev counters with a dropkick. As Rusev lands kicks, Reigns starts to do that mini headbang to get himself psyched up. He hits Rusev with a clothesline, then cocks his fist and goes for a Superman Punch, but Rusev catches him and both men go flying out of the ring.

      They break for a second time for commercials, and we return to Rusev in control. Reigns is placed on the ropes, and Rusev tries for a suplex but Reigns is able to hit punches and knock Rusev away. He dives off the ropes and hits a clothesline, then hits a Samoan drop into a cover. I really wish Corey Graves would quit calling Reigns the “big dog.” Rusev tries pin after pin, but can’t keep Reigns down for the three count. This match started off a bit slow, but it’s really picked up the pace. Rusev calls for the Accolade, but Reigns catches him by the foot, then hits a Superman Punch into the cover, and nearly wins. Lana jumps on the apron as a distraction, allowing Rusev to roll out of the ring. Reigns follows, throwing Rusev into the steel stairs and then into the crowd. The referee counts both men out and calls the match, but the two are still fighting in the crowd. Rusev throws Reigns back into the ring area, then slams him into the barricade and ring apron. A “this is awesome” chant starts right before Reigns throws Rusev into the barricade. Rusev grabs a steel chair and takes Reigns down, nearly finishing him off, but Reigns is able to hit a spear and takes Rusev out. We’re a little over thirty minutes into Raw at this point; I’m surprised they gave these two that much time. Reigns grabs the steel chair and sits by Rusev, who is out cold, while holding his belt and talking trash. Once Rusev gets up, Reigns gets one good chair shot in before continuing his celebration. Not the match I would have booked, but they both did a good job. Compared to last night, this was a better match.

      Mick Foley gets in the ring to address the Best of 7 series that concluded last night at Clash of Champions in a draw; medical staff decided that neither man was able to finish the match. This was very confusing to me as a fan who was present, as our seats didn’t allow us to see the move that “injured” the pair, and Cesaro hopped back into the ring to try and continue the fight. Foley invites Sheamus and Cesaro to the ring, and Sheamus is angry because he wants his title opportunity that Foley promised either he or Cesaro. Both men consider themselves the winner even though the series ended in a tie. Foley decides that both men get a championship opportunity, but it will be as a team for the Tag Team titles. What? This was seriously unexpected! I like it!

      Speaking of our tag titles, our champions come to the ring to compete again against The Club. Kofi Kingston gets control of the match early, as Woods cheers him on via trombone. He starts using quick tags with Big E to keep Anderson down, but Gallows attacks Big E outside of the ring, then hits Kingston with a clothesline that flips him completely over. As Kingston gets back to his feet, Anderson hits him with a dropkick, then rolls him back into the ring for a cover. Gallows hits Kingston with a chokeslam after an unsuccessful attempt by Kingston to knock him down. Anderson tags in during the break and will not allow Kingston to tag in Big E. After a miss by Anderson, Big E finally tags in and hits him with a Belly to Belly. Outside the ring, Kingston takes down Gallows. Anderson dodges Big E, sending him into the ringpost hard, and trying for another pin. This is essentially the same match we were given last night. It isn’t bad, but having just seen it 24 hours ago, I could do with something different. New Day nearly win after hitting The Midnight Hour, but Gallows breaks the pin. Anderson and Gallows hit the Magic Killer on Big E and almost win it, but Kingston saves the match. He is able to get the pin on Anderson for the win, but has blood gushing out of his head! What the heck happened?

      Bayley makes her way to the ring now, facing a local soccer mom named Anna Fields. Fields pins Bayley on the rope early, hits her with her forearms, pins her in the corner with her foot, and then goes for a pin. The crowd starts chanting for Bayley, who is in a headlock. She finally breaks away from Fields, slamming her head into the turnbuckle. She hits Fields in the back, then with a running clothesline. Bayley picks up a quick win after hitting the Bayley to Belly. I’m confused. It strikes me as odd to give Bayley a random squash match at this point in time. After the match, Tom Phillips asks Bayley how she feels about her match last night. She calls Charlotte and Sasha Banks the top two women in this industry, but promises that she’ll be back in the title picture soon.

      Backstage, Foley accuses Stephanie McMahon of playing favorites when it comes to Kevin Owens. Because last night, Chris Jericho interfered with the match and was not disciplined and because McMahon “took her time” getting a new referee for the title match, she was helping Owens. McMahon snaps back at Foley, telling him that she was picking up his slack and he isn’t doing his job. He needs to stop letting his ego get in the way and stop accusing her of not properly doing her job. Foley admits that he was out of line, and walks away like a hurt puppy dog.

      It’s Cruiserweight time! Cedric Alexander and Rich Swann versus Lince Dorado and Drew Gulak. Swann and Dorado start the match off, and both men are so acrobatic that neither can land a move. This is awesome. Dorado gets the first pin but Alexander saves his partner. Dorado sends Swann outside of the ring and into Gulak and Alexander. He then moonsaults off the top rope and takes down all three men. After the commercial break, Gulak is in the ring with Swann and has him down on the mat in a chinlock. He tags in Dorado who tries to get Swann down for the three count. Swann dodges a dropkick, sending Dorado into the ring post. Gulak and Alexander tag in, and Alexander dominates immediately. It’s amazing watching the cruiserweights fly around the ring. Alexander flies off the top rope into a pin, but Dorado breaks it up. Gulak suplexes Alexander back into his corner where he tags in Swann. He hits Gulak with a hard kick into a bridge cover for the win! These guys should hbe given the thirty minutes allotted to Sheamus and Cesaro; they are truly amazing athletes.

      Cesaro and Sheamus awkwardly walk to the ring together to battle Nick Cutler and Willis Williams. Cesaro and Cutler stat things off, and Sheamus is already refusing to tag in. Cesaro gets him tagged in when he is playing to the crowd, and Sheamus proceeds to show off at the expense of Cutler. Cutler tags in partner Williams, who is immediately taken down by Sheamus. Cesaro tags himself back in and hits Williams with an uppercut. The crowd starts a “let’s go jobbers” chant, which isn’t a good sign for our new tag team. Cutler tags back in and targets Cesaro’s shoulder. Cesaro hits an uppercut to Williams, then goes for the neutralizer on Cutler. Sheamus jumps in and Brogue kicks both Williams and Cutler, allowing Cesaro to get the pin and win the match. This was… different.

      TJ Perkins joins Tom Phillips backstage, saying that winning the Cruiserweight title is a dream come true, and debuting on Raw is a dream come true. He is interrupted by our resident pirate, Brian Kendrick. Kendrick is still very bitter about losing the CWC and losing his match last night at Clash of Champions. Kendrick says that Perkins owes him for his entire career. I personally am very glad that Perkins is champion over Kendrick.

      Our women’s champion, Charlotte, is on now with Dana Brooke. She calls Clash of Champions “her night” thanks to her win; she is now 12-0 at PPVs when defending her title. Charlotte admits she isn’t huggable like Bayley, isn’t an internet sweetheart like Banks, but she is the face of the division. Sasha Banks interrupts, saying that last night may have gone her way, but that is still her title. Bayley was pinned, not her, and she is still owed her one-on-one rematch. Charlotte says she is “just as much better” than Banks, but admits that Banks has earned a title shot. She agrees to fight Banks next week because if she doesn’t, Banks will just whine until she gets her way. Banks delivers a hard slap across Charlotte’s face, then attacks Brooke. Charlotte gets back up and Banks throws her and Brooke from the ring. I was hoping they would have the rematch tonight, but next week works just fine.

      Backstage, Seth Rollins runs into Mick Foley. Rollins is currently not medically cleared for competition, but is determined to go out to the ring during Chris Jericho’s segment with Kevin Owens. He knows McMahon is sabotaging him and wants to confront Owens instead of just let him brag. But first, TJ Perkins comes to the ring! He will be facing Tony Neese, who is a bad ass. Neese tries to lock Perkins’ wrist, but our champ flips around too much for him to lock it in. Perkins locks in a knee bar, but Neese grabs the rope. Neese lands a superkick, then dives from the ring to take Perkins down. They break for commercial only a couple of minutes into the match, which is frustrating. THIS IS HIS DEBUT RAW MATCH. As we return, Neese is in control. The crowd starts an obnoxious CM PUNK chant as Perkins goes for another pin. Perkins tries for a tornado DDT, but Neese blocks it and nearly gets the win. This crowd is filled with a bunch of dicks, chanting names of other wrestlers as these two put on a clinic. Perkins gets the tap out victory via knee bar. This was an awesome match. A shame some idiot fans have to ruin it.

      Jericho’s Highlight Reel is up now, and Jericho is adding more stupid idiots to his list. Sorry, unnamed cameraman. His BFF, Kevin Owens, is his guest for this evening. Jericho says that Owens proved what excellence was last night during his match. Owens says that he proved that he is the man, he is the main event, and he is better than Seth Rollins. He then calls out Rollins for injuring John Cena, Sting, and Finn Balor. Cue Rollins! Every security guard in existence rushes out to stop Rollins before he can get down the ramp. Foley and the security team manage to get Rollins backstage, but now Enzo and Cass are here! The crowd loses it; I wish they had been at the PPV last night. This is funny, and Jericho’s threat to go sit on their lap was fantastic. YES! I have never laughed this hard at Jericho ever. Our main event is set; Enzo and Cass versus Jericho and Owens, right after the break.

      Jericho and Enzo are in the ring after the break, but Owens is quickly tagged in. Owens demands “the big one,” so Cass tags in and is immediately targeted. Cass slams Owens in the corner, then tags in Enzo who dives into Owens. With Jericho and Owens outside of the ring, Cass lifts Enzo over his head and throws him on top of both opponents. Cass throws Owens back into the ring, gets a knee in his midsection, and then gets hit with chops from Jericho. Cass counters with a sidewalk slam to both opponents, then tries to hit Jericho with a kick, but Jericho grabs the ropes and sends Cass flying. After the break, Owens is thrown to the mat by Cass who then tags in Enzo. Owens tags in Jericho, and he is hit over and over by Enzo. He goes to the top rope and hits a crossbody on Jericho, then kicks Owens off the apron. Jericho tries a quick roll up but Enzo kicks out. Owens grabs Enzo by the legs, assisting Jericho in knocking Enzo out. Owens then throws Enzo into the barricade and showboats for the crowd, then does a fantastic impression of Enzo’s dance. Enzo is stuck on the top rope thanks to Jericho, but he is able to counter and knock Jericho off the ropes. He dives off, but Jericho hits a kick and knocks him out. Owens tags in and nearly gets the win on Enzo, then argues with the referee. Jericho goes for a lionsault, but Enzo gets his knees up. Owens and Cass get tagged in, and Cass starts hitting shoulder tackles. He hits a fallaway slam, then kicks Jericho right in his face as he tries to interfere. Cass hits the Empire Elbow, takes out Jericho again, and tries to finish Owens, but he ducks away. Cass manages to regain control with a well timed kick, then tags in Enzo. Jericho slams Cass across the face, so Cass gives him another kick to the head. Meanwhile, Enzo hits a DDT on Owens, but can’t win the match. This is a great main event, guys. Owens hits the Pop Up Powerbomb and wins the match.

      Next Monday, Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson will be guests on Raw to confront Jericho and Owens. Brian Kendrick will get his rematch against TJ Perkins to try to win the Cruiserweight title, and Sasha Banks also gets a rematch against Charlotte for the Women’s title. Let us know what you thought of tonight’s Raw in the comments below, and give us a follow on Twitter at @facetoheel. We’ll see you tomorrow for Smackdown.


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Article by Mrs Jamie BakerIMG_20140926_193145

@OhhhTweener

Monday Night Raw Full Match Results and Live Feedback (09.19.2016)

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      To catch up on last week’s RAW episode, click HERE. Tonight promises to be interesting with the introduction of the Cruiserweight Division. Click HERE to see the Final Four of the Cruiserweight Classic Tournament and find out who won.

      Tonight is the go home episode of Raw prior to Clash of Champions. My husband and I will be in attendance, so that review article will be delayed. Roman Reigns opens Raw to a chorus of boos, but before he can get a word out, Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley make their way into the arena. Foley takes responsibility for the mess on Raw last week, and puts Seth Rollins and Rusev in a match later this evening. To make it right with Reigns, Foley gives him a shot at the United States title at Clash of Champions. I was hoping this wouldn’t happen. He then gives Reigns a rematch against Kevin Owens for tonight. Owens, who is probably as happy about this as I am, comes out to the ring now. He accuses Foley of joking, says he already beat Reigns twice, and should be preparing for his match on Sunday instead of wasting time on Reigns. Their match won’t be for the title, but will be in a steel cage. Nice twist.

      Before Owens can go backstage, Seth Rollins comes out to prepare for his match against Rusev, who isn’t happy at all about having to face Reigns on Sunday. Rusev gets Rollins in the corner early, but he regains control quickly and pounds Rusev into the opposite corner. Rollins hits a drop kick to drive Rusev out of the ring, but gets thrown into the ringpost as he tries to take the US champ down. He gets Rollins back in the ring as Lana looks on, working on Rollins’ back to set up the Accolade. Rollins lands a few punches, but Rusev easily overpowers him until Rollins hits an inseguri and then a slingblade. He lifts Rusev over his head and drops him into a pin, but Rusev beats the count. The crowd is chanting for Rollins as Rusev calls for the Accolade, but Rollins ducks away. He dives off the top rope to hit Rusev with a knee, then hits two suicide dives out of the ring to take him down again. The men take the fight up the ramp, ignoring the ten count of the ref. The match is called as Rusev drags Rollins over to the announce table. He tries to drive him through it, but Rollins pushes him off of the stage. He hops up on the table and dives onto Rusev. Rollins definitely came out of this one looking strong.

      Backstage, Charlotte and Dana Brooke address the fact that in last week’s match, Bayley and Sasha Banks both had their shoulders down, meaning Banks did not win the match. Foley decides that instead of Banks versus Charlotte at Clash of Champions, it will be a Triple Threat and include Bayley! This is exciting! Charlotte is understandably upset, and knocks Brooke to the ground for pointing out the double pin and saddling her with another obstacle in her title match on Sunday.

      Our next match is Braun Strowman versus Sin Cara, and Strowman immediately takes Sin Cara to the mat. He throws Sin Cara around as if he weighs nothing, hitting him in the chest with his fists. Sin Cara is finally able to escape, rolling outside of the ring and forcing Strowman to give chase. Sin Cara attempts a moonsault, but Strowman catches him and slams him into the mat to pin him for the win. Sorry, Sin Cara. BRAAAAUNNNN wins.

      The Boss makes her way to the ring along with Bayley for her tag match against Charlotte and Dana Brooke. Banks still has her lower back heavily taped up; she starts the match along with Brooke. Banks tries for an early pin, then tags in Bayley who gets tag teamed briefly by Charlotte and Brooke before knocking the teammates into each other. Charlotte regains control of the match, isolating Bayley in her corner and letting Brooke strong arm her. Our champ gets back in, hitting Bayley with a strong chop to the chest. Bayley is finally able to hit an arm drag, then a clothesline into a pin. She tags Banks back in, and Charlotte targets the taped up back almost immediately. She and Brooke use quick tags to keep Banks down and away from her corner. Charlotte goes for the Figure 8, but Banks kicks her from the ring and tags in Bayley who attacks Charlotte immediately, not allowing her to react. She tries for a Bayley to Belly, but Brooke breaks it up. Banks goes to deal with Brooke, but the damage has been done and Charlotte is able to pin Bayley for the win. Sad to see my two favorites lose, but maybe this means there will be good news for one of them on Sunday?

      Back in Stephanie McMahon’s office, Rollins is demanding answers from his boss. McMahon can’t speak for Triple H, but she thinks that maybe he was tired of being embarrassed by Rollins’ losses lately and wanted to regain control. She insists that she had no idea that Triple H was going to interfere, but she does think that Kevin Owens is the right man to be champion, and she also thinks that Owens is a fantastic replacement for Rollins. I guess they aren’t friends anymore.

      The “inspirational” Bo Dallas is up now, reciting a weird poem before his match against a mountain man looking fellow, Gary Graham. He immediately tackles Graham when the bell rings, but Graham is able to regain his footing and get Dallas down for the two count. The crowd is chanting “let’s go jobber” as Dallas hits Graham in the back with his fists. Dallas hits his finisher (that looks a lot like Cross Rhodes) and pins Graham for the win. I’m still not a Bo Dallas fan. Never gonna happen.

      Sheamus and Cesaro will do battle now in their Best of 7 Series. This is match 6; Sheamus is up 3 wins to 2. I’ll be honest here and let you know that I really don’t care about this match whatsoever. We’ve already seen it eight times in the recent weeks; five in the series and three times prior. This is the exact same match you’ve seen already. Nothing against either of these men, but there’s only so much you can do before things get stale, and this is stale. Anyway, Cesaro wins this match, so it’ll be decided in the 7th.

      Ready to drink in the gift of Jericho? He is in the ring now with his list of grievances against Mick Foley. Jericho starts reading the complaints to us, then reminds us all how he attacked Sami Zayn last week. Enzo Amore and Big Cass interrupt, and they have some lovely new shirts! Enzo rips on Jericho’s wardrobe, and Cass gives him a list of actual best friends. Cue the collective groan by the entire arena and everyone watching at home because the Shining Stars are here. New Day doesn’t let them babble on for too long; they come out next, throwing boxes of Booty O’s to the crowd. New Day is just here because they’re bored. Now The Club come out, and things are starting to get crowded. Remember Jericho? He just added everyone in the ring to his list of Stupid Idiots. Sami Zayn pops out now, attacking Jericho, and now everyone is fighting everyone as we break for commercial.

      We return from break to find that Foley made this into a ten man tag match. Zayn, New Day, Enzo and Cass against Jericho, The Club, and the Shining Stars. This is setting up the tag match for this Sunday as well as the singles match between Jericho and Zayn. Big E spanks Epico to the “New Day Rocks” chant rhythm, Gallows hits Kingston with a cheap shot while the referee is distracted, and I’m realizing that Enzo and Cass don’t have a scheduled match this weekend, which is a shame. Hopefully that changes. Anderson hits Kingston with a spine buster into a pin, then knocks Big E off the apron. Kingston is able to tag in Cass, who destroys the opposition one by one. He slams one of the Stars to the mat and hits the Empire Elbow to nearly get the win. Zayn and Jericho face off one on one, with Zayn hitting a DDT and accidentally taking out Primo. Enzo is able to get the pin on the Stars and win the match. This was a fun match for sure.

      Mick Foley is in the ring now, botching a quote from Mark Twain (we love ya, Mick) to introduce the new Cruiserweight division! He starts by inviting four to the ring; Rich Swann, Gran Metalik, Cedric Alexander, and Brian Kendrick. Whoever wins this match, a fatal 4-way, will face Cruiserweight Champion TJ Perkins at Clash of Champions. Kendrick hops out of the ring immediately and Alexander tries for an early pin. Metalik is flying around the ring, making Sin Cara irrelevant with every move. Kendrick gets back in the ring and is hit by chops courtesy of Alexander. Swann pops back in to attack Alexander, hitting him in the spine, then throwing Kendrick from the ring. He and Alexander focus on each other, with Alexander showcasing his acrobatic skills. I miss Mauro Ranallo right now; none of our three announcers can call a single move. Swann hits Kendrick with chops outside of the ring, but he counters by throwing Swann into the barricade, then into the steel steps. Metalik tightrope walks across the top rope to dive and break a hold Kendrick has on Alexander, then he does the high risk move again to take down Swann. Alexander and Swann are locked up in the middle of the ring, with Alexander hitting Swann and nearly getting the win. Kendrick hits Metalik with a DDT, but he stays alive. Kendrick is trying every shady move to win this match, but his holds and pins keep getting interrupted. After a near win by Metalik, Kendrick wins the match via submission on Alexander. My husband predicted this win prior to the match starting. Daniel Bryan will be pleased. For some bizarre reason, they do not bring out TJ Perkins. Really, guys????

      Our main event is finally here; Owens and Reigns in the steel cage. We’re nearly at 11pm by the time both men make it to the cage. Owens taunts Reigns, then tries to quickly escape the cage through the door. Reigns won’t allow Owens to stay on his feet while Michael Cole calls him the “big dog marking his territory.” Owens manages to throw Reigns face first into the cage and nearly gets the pin. During the commercial, they both get on the top rope to try and escape the cage. Owens knocks Reigns down, but he retaliates by sending Owens into the rope, baby-maker first. Reigns tries to talk trash and fails, then resorts to hitting Owens in the chest with his forearm. Owens counters with a suplex into a cannonball. The two start trading punches back and forth, with Owens landing a superkick and going for the Pop Up Powerbomb, but Reigns counters with a Superman Punch. At least he didn’t cock his fist, I guess. Nevermind, there it was. Owens hits the Powerbomb, but Super-Reigns kicks out at two. Owens slams Reigns’ face into the cage over and over again, but he hits another Superman Punch to knock Owens down. As Reigns climbs over the cage, Owens goes for the door, but Reigns hits the ground first and wins the match. Meh. It’s not for a title and he won’t be in the Universal Championship picture, so I don’t care.

      Out of nowhere, Rusev shows up attacking Reigns! Reigns manages to get him down by the step, but Owens comes in with the assist and kicks the cage door into Reigns’ face. Nice. He screams at Rusev to “Machka something!” Reigns is in the cage with Owens, and Rusev uses a chain to lock the door. The two men begin attacking Reigns, and surprisingly, there are a few people booing this. Never boo Roman Reigns getting beat up! Rusev locks in the Accolade, and then Seth Rollins’ music hits! He climbs right up the side of the cage and dives off the top onto Owens and Rusev! Is he helping Reigns or is he just angry at Owens? We won’t find out tonight. All in all, this was a decent three hours of wrestling. I may be biased and excited for the PPV simply because I’ll be there in person. Let us know what you think of the go home episode of Raw in the comments below, and check back with us later this week for our Clash of Champions predictions.


Article by Mrs. Jamie BakerIMG_20140926_193145

@OhhhTweener

Cruiserweight Classic Results and Feedback (08.24.2016)

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      Round two continues tonight, and we can only hope it’s as amazing as it was last week. WWE has really hit a homerun with this cruiserweight tournament. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that when they bring the division up to Monday Night Raw it stays this special. Without further ado, let’s review tonight’s newest episode!

      Three matches scheduled for tonight. The first is Rich Swann (United States) taking on Lince Dorado (Puerto Rico). Some insane athleticism from both guys to start. They are fast and agile as all hell. Crowd applaud break 30 seconds in. They keep doing high risk moves but the other guy counters with an impressive athletic move. The two have fun with the crowd, doing some dances. Major dropkick by Swann. Dorado off the top rope with a missile dropkick. And then we are outside the ring. Back in the ring, spinning neckbreaker by Swann. The pair trade submissions on the mat. Huge chop by Dorado! Forearms traded between the two then Swann gets Dorado on the top rope. Blocked and Dorado gets off the ropes. Moments later double scissors kick by both men, and they drop to the mat. Ref starts a ten count. They get to their feet and trade blows, both wobbling. Cross body off the top rope by Dorado, near fall. DDT by Swann, and a near fall for him. Standing 450 splash by Swann, but Dorado gets his knees up and then tries a cover. Two count. Elbow and kick by Dorado. Huge kick by Swann. Reverse hurricanrana by Dorado and a two count. Dorado misses with a Shooting Star Press. Swann climbs the top rope. A Phoenix Splash for the pinfall! Swann advances to the quarter finals. Wow. That was a hell of a match.

      Next up, Zack Sabre Jr. (England) gets set to take on the dangerous submission expert Drew Gulak (United States). Sabre tries to shake hands before the match and Gulak slaps his hand away. They run right at each other out of their respective corners as soon as the bell rings. Straitjacket submission by Sabre early in the match. Gulak reverses it into the same hold. Zabre reverses that and pulls Gulak’s arms behind his back. This is some vicious grappling. Springboard into a stomp kick by Gulak. Chop in the corner. Then a suplex. Gulak covers, but Zabre kicks out at two. Another submission by Gulak. Gulak leaps off the top rope but Zabre grabs him in mid-air and follows him down to the ground into an armbar submission. A gruesome torture rack hold by Gulak. Ouch. Tries a cover after but no dice. Ankle lock by Gulak. Gulak tosses Zabre into the ropes. Penalty kick by Zabre and two count on Gulak. The pair trade some painful looking slaps in the middle of the ring. Bridge submission out of no where and Gulak’s shoulders can’t get up after three! That was so cool to watch. Geez, never seen grappling and submission wrestling like that. Those two are experts at their craft. Terrific match! Zack Sabre Jr. advances. After the match, Zabre again tries to shake hands. Gulak sort of taps his hand real quick and then rolls out of the ring.

      One match left on the card and it should be a doozy. The high-flying T.J. Perkins (Philippines) takes on the incredible Johnny Gargano (United States) for the final spot in the quarter finals. Grappling to start, as per the usual course for this tournament. Perkins with a scissors leg takedown. Armbar by Gargano but Perkins quickly reverses it. Irish whip into a dropkick sends Perkins out of the ring and Gargano leaps out after him, knocking him down. Ref starts a ten count. Chop by Gargano, then he rolls Perkins into the ring. Submission by Gargano. Perkins reverses it into a rocking horse submission, into a Romero Special. This one slows down for a few minutes. Gargano chops Perkins in the corner multiple times. The pair trade some devastating kicks. Outside the ring, Perkins reverses Gargano leg first into the timekeeper area. He lands painfully. Ref starts counting them both out. They manage to get back in the ring and Perkins kicks Gargano and nearly gets a pinfall. Springboard rebound dropkick by Perkins but Gargano kicks out at two. Gargano attempts to get a submission on Perkins, but he blocks it. Gargano holding his left knee, grimacing. Neckbreaker by Perkins. Gargano launches Perkins face first into the corner like a lawndart and covers. Perkins narrowly kicks out at two. Crowd in a frenzy now. Superkick by Gargano. Perkins rolls him through into a kneebar submission on Gargano’s bad knee. He crawls to the ropes. Perkins locks it in even tighter and Gargano has no choice but to tap out! Goodness! Everybody is shocked! What a finish! Can we consider this one a minor upset? Tough week for Johnny Gargano.

      Just another outstanding group of matches out of the Cruiserweight Classic. This truly gets better each and every week. I can’t wait to see who wins this whole thing. What did you think of tonight’s three matches? Let us know in the comments below. See you tomorrow for TNA!


Article by Jamie Curtis Baker20140601_175649

@MrNotWell

Cruiserweight Classic Ep 2 Review and Feedback (07.20.2016)

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      Episode 1 kicked off what should be a pretty damn awesome tournament. Mauro Ranallo and Daniel Bryan start the show on commentary, with Corey Graves in the control room. A brief recap is given, showing who advanced last week and then we’re off to our first match.

      Tajiri (Japan) comes to the ring to much fanfare. He is definitely a known legend in the United States. Hailing from across the seas, he is about to take on Damian Slater (Australia). Slow grapple to start, before Tajiri breaks it up. Slater off the ropes and he shoulder tackles Tajiri. Bridge cover but only a one count. Vicious kicks from Tajiri and he goes to work on Slater’s left arm. Slater spills Tajiri out of the ring and then corkscrews into him. Ref starts a ten count. Back in the ring, Slater continues to dominate, landing a running knee and a two count on Tajiri. Crowd rallies behind the Asian. Some more kicks from Tajiri, but Slater sweeps the leg and drops him. Moments later, the tarantula submission is applied on the ropes but Tajiri has to break it up at the ref’s count. More kicks, then one to the head. Tajiri covers and that’s it, he advances. Almost a one-sided match. Tajiri raelly didn’t do much. A handful of kicks and then he wins. Not a great outcome, really. And not a very good match for either man.

      Up next, T.J. Perkins (billed from the Philippines by way of Los Angeles?) takes on Da Mack (Germany). The hype video prior to the match for Da Mack makes me instantly hate him. I’m all in for Perkins now. You might recognize Perkins from his time with TNA as the masked character Manik. Now that I know who he is, he definitely has my support. The two shake hands prior to the fight and then they bounce around the ring, sizing each other up. Perkins takes control early, and gives the crowd a couple of oh’s and ah’s. Da Mack hits a dropkick and then punches Perkins in the corner. A few chops but Perkins shoves him off. Okay, at this point I’m just wondering when we will see T.J. Perkins vs Shinsuke Nakamura. Da Mack goes for a cover, but Perkins kicks out and takes kicks to his back for his troubles. Perkins puts the Muta Lock on but Da Mack somehow crawls to the ropes to break the hold. Dropkick to Da Mack’s knee but he rolls up Perkins for a pin. T.J.P. kicks out at two. Da Mack dropkicks him off the top rope and gets another near fall. 450 Splash fail by Perkins. Da Mack tries to mount offense but a facebuster stops the momentum. Perkins puts him in a knee-bar submission and Da Mack taps out! What a match. That was exciting. It seems all but guaranteed that HHH will sign Perkins to NXT. Afterwards, Da Mack and T.J. Perkins shake hands and hug one another. Good sportsmanship, great match. Hats off to both guys.

      The third match of the night is Mustafa Ali (Pakistan) vs Lince Dorado (Puerto Rico). We missed the start of the match because of Network issues, but we returned just in time to see Ali land a running knee off the apron, which was very nice. Back in the ring, Ali misses a moonsault and Dorado dropkicks him. Springboard hurricanrana by Dorado, throws Ali to the apron. Another hurricanrana on the apron and he throws Ali to the floor. Big time moonsault and Dorado drops Ali. Crowd lively and fired up for this one. Cross body off the top rope and Dorado goes for a cover, but kick out at two. Awesome offense by Dorado for a couple minutes and a few close pinfalls. Too much action to even keep up. Ali tries a 450 from the top rope but face plants. Dorado climbs to the top rope and lands a beautiful Shooting Star Press. Dorado covers and wins. What an excellent, excellent match. Amazing action from both men. Absolutely no complaints about that one.

      Tonight’s “main event” is Akira Tozawa (Japan) taking on Kenneth Johnson (United States). Ground game by Tozawa to start. Crowd quiet, feeling these two out. Tozawa tries to control the action, but Johnson has a counter for everything. Eventually they start trading chops in the middle of the ring. This one is very slow and has drained the air out of the room. One of the previous two matches should have been in this slot. Double clothesline and both men down. Bridge by Tozawa into a pinfall win. Mauro was really into this match, but I was not. Just didn’t really wow me. Akira Tozawa advances and that’s tonight’s broadcast.

      It felt as if this episode was two great matches wedged into a crap match sandwich. The first and last matches were not that great at all. Slow grind and not necessarily good opponents chosen. Ali and Dorado were the highlight of the night. And T.J. Perkins was the best performer of the episode, in my opinion. What did you all think? Let us know in the comments below. And don’t forget to subscribe to get all these articles straight to your inbox.


Article by Jamie Curtis Baker

@MrNotWell