Tag Archives: New Day

Are New Day and Sasha Banks Victims of WWE Racism?

capture

      Last week, WWE Superstar and one third of The New Day, Big E (Langston) –real name Ettore Ewen– tweeted out the above photo with the hashtag Black Excellence. The photo featured The New Day, Sasha Banks, and Rich Swann all holding their respective WWE championships. Most people reacted normally and took it as Superstars being proud of their titles, but some decided that it was racist, stating that a “White Excellence” post would have caused nothing but anger and outrage.

      New Day’s own Kofi Kingston –real name Kofi Sarkodie-Mensah– responded to the criticism with the following statement on his own Twitter account:

      “While much of the feedback has been positive, there has also been a lot of negative response with regard to the picture we posted illustrating Rich, Sasha, Xavier, E, and myself wielding our championship titles. Perhaps this is because many are in question of the motivation behind the post. It does not come from a place of malice, spite, or gloating. It comes from a place of joy and a place of happiness. We have a very strong sense of pride in being the Black People simultaneously holding championships in WWE. Historically in our nation, there was period in time where this would not have happened, followed by a long period of time where it became possible, but had not actually materialized. Now, we are in the time in which the possibility has become a reality.

      Why does this matter? It matters because even though it is hard for some to fathom, the fact is that there are many people who feel as though it is impossible to attain certain goals because of the color of their skin. This is why we must acknowledge the color of ours in this instance. It is important for people of all races, but particularly people of color, and especially the youth, to see that it is entirely possible to achieve your dreams and aspirations regardless of your race. We are a shining example who want to be a source of motivation for others to believe in themselves and do the same.

      Excellence is not the same as supremacy. #BlackExcellence is not meant to be divisive. For even if you do not fall into the specific category, you can still take enjoyment in our pride, because in the biggest picture, in a society that often focuses on the negative aspects of race relations, what has transpired with the 5 of us speaks positively to the progress we’ve made as a nation.”

      Perhaps his words angered someone backstage because this past Sunday at RAW’s pay-per-view Roadblock: End Of The Line, New Day lost their titles, Sasha Banks was dethroned, and while Rich Swann retained, he was attacked by Neville after his match. Black Excellence was destroyed in just a couple of hours. There is no proof that any of the actions on Sunday were in retaliation to the Black Excellence post, but it does seem strange for New Day to drop their titles so soon after breaking the reign record, for Sasha to tap when she only had to last two more seconds, and for Neville to return as a heel. Was this just several bad booking decisions or did WWE have some other ulterior, albeit racially charged, motive behind the events? We will probably never know, but it should be noted that WWE and Vince McMahon have a long documented history of racism and discrimination within the company, on-air talent, and booking angles.

      Looking back at Sunday’s show, you’d be hard pressed to say that race and pride didn’t play a least some small factor in how the pay-per-view was booked. Anyone who has watched WWE for years can tell you that racist events and actions have taken place in the past, leading up until now and still continue well into the current product. What do you think? Mere coincidence or did the young black talent on WWE’s roster suffer from more sinister sabotage? Let us know in the comments below!


Article by Mrs Jamie Bakermrsjcb

@OhhhTweener

The TNA/WWE Rumor Mill Keeps Churning Out Unverified Reports and Rumors

corgan-wwe_opt

      Just when you think the rumors are over about WWE purchasing TNA, they start up all over again. Prior to Bound for Glory on October 2nd, there was a large group of people who assumed that if WWE didn’t bite the bullet and buy out TNA, the BFG PPV would have to be cancelled. Obviously, neither of those things ended up happening. Now, the rumor is that WWE is looking to buy out TNA’s video library. It’s said that it may be about to happen or has already happened and simply hasn’t been announced yet.

      It’s no secret that Impact Wrestling has seen quite a few ups and downs over the years. It seems that the threat of running out of money and, to quote Matt Hardy, becoming obsolete is always hanging over their heads. It doesn’t help that Bobby Roode and Samoa Joe are a big part of NXT right now, involved in major storylines. Eric Young will be debuting soon, Austin Aries has been having stellar matches for months, and AJ Styles is the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Those were five big names in TNA who are now wrestling with the enemy.

      On the flipside of that, you could argue that TNA has been able to pick up some of WWE’s talent as well, which wouldn’t happen if they were truly circling the drain. WWE’s Brodus Clay made the jump to TNA after his release, debuting as Tyrus and being featured alongside Ethan Carter III as a bodyguard. He’s now solo and in a new gimmick as The Fixer. Damien Sandow was released after creating comedy gold as The Miz’s stunt double. He debuted on TNA as Aron Rex and is now the current and inaugural Impact Grand Champion. Cody Rhodes requested his release from WWE after growing tired of the Stardust gimmick, and his wife Brandi Rhodes (ring announcer Eden Stiles) followed suit. Now known as simply “Cody,” he made his TNA debut at Bound For Glory alongside his wife by confronting Mike Bennett and wife Maria to begin a feud between the couples.

      TNA also currently has one of the most successful factions and greatest stories currently going on in any company. Jeff Hardy threw his brother Matt from a staircase in the Impact Zone and “broke” him. Matt returned as Broken Matt Hardy, a blond streak in his now frizzy hair, an insane accent, and aspirations to DELETE DELETE DELETE! We got The Final Deletion, Delete or Decay, and The Great War; three battles that are beyond epic, overly dramatic, and definite masterpieces. WWE has tried to capitalize on the success of the Broken Hardys by enlisting Bray Wyatt and company. They tried to recreate their version of The Final Deletion by pitting The Wyatt Family against The New Day in an outdoor brawl. Now they have Bray Wyatt torturing Randy Orton, who he is calling “damaged.” Try as they might, they can’t match the broken brilliance of the Hardys.

      One thing that hurts TNA is their need to tape multiple shows within a very short period of time, then show those tapings over weeks or months. TNA reportedly has already finished filming enough to carry them to the end of the year. Thanks to the internet, I already know about a major title change, and I wasn’t even searching for anything related to that. There are us fans who avoid spoilers like the plague, and then there are those fans who adore being the first to know and try to share their “knowledge” with anyone who will listen. I’m still going to be tuning in every week, but I can understand how a casual fan would just say to hell with watching after finding out about this title change.

      2017 could be TNA’s year though. With Billy Corgan edging out Dixie Carter as TNA President, big changes are in store. If WWE does buy out the library, that would give Corgan more money to use for improvements; new talent, more live tapings, and more opportunity to travel and play to different cities. There is also the idea of Corgan changing the company’s name, rebranding and starting fresh. No more TNA, no more Impact Zone. A name is just a name, but because “TNA” carries so much negativity to so many people (not to mention makes people think “tits and ass” instead of wrestling), a name change brings about a new beginning.

      Even if you’re not a fan of TNA wrestling, preferring the company of others, its existence is important. WWE is top dog, but it doesn’t thrive without TNA, NJPW, ROH, AAA, the companies that were left in the past and those that will come in the future. Your favorite wrestlers don’t get to where they are now without the independent circuits, trials and failures in other companies, and competition. TNA needs these other companies, but they also need TNA. All rumors aside, I am cheering for TNA to succeed, and if you’re a true wrestling fan, then you should be too.


Article by Mrs Jamie Bakermrsjcb

@OhhhTweener

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

wwe-monday-night-raw

      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.


Face To Heel at CLASH OF CHAMPIONS!


Article by Mrs Jamie BakerIMG_20140926_193145

@OhhhTweener

WWE Clash of Champions Full Match Card and F2H Predictions

wwe-clash-of-champions-2016-date-live-telecast-time-in-india

      Face To Heel is very excited to be going to Clash of Champions with some of our good friends, right here in Indianapolis, Indiana. This is the first Raw exclusive PPV since the brand split and replaces Night of Champions. Every Raw title is on the line, which includes the new Cruiserweight Championship. Let’s take a look at the card and make some predictions.


      Alicia Fox vs Nia Jax – Preshow Singles Match

      I love Nia Jax; she is anything but the stereotypical WWE female athlete and has the potential to be a champion down the line once she gets more experience. Since her Raw debut, she has had squash matches each week against local talent where she has been dominant and unstoppable. Alicia Fox stepped in when a friend of hers faced Jax and was disrespected. Jax “injured” Fox by slamming her through the barricade, which was a move that seriously got fans behind her. I’m excited to see her perform live and hope that this match gets a decent amount of time.

      F2H Prediction – Nia Jax


      Cesaro vs Sheamus – Final Match in Best of 7 Series

      I am so glad that this series is finally coming to an end. I never ever want to see these two fight each other again. There was so much potential for this series; they could have made it so interesting, but instead kept it as vanilla as possible. Both Cesaro and Sheamus are great in the ring, so I don’t mean to insult either; I just wish this was booked differently. I am curious to see what happens once we’ve determined which man comes out on top. Where do they go from there?

      F2H Prediction – Sheamus


      TJ Perkins (c) vs Brian Kendrick – Cruiserweight Championship Match

      The Cruiserweights debuted on the go home episode of Raw on September 19th, and for some reason, our champion TJ Perkins did not make an appearance. After the success of the Cruiserweight Classic, I was hoping for more fanfare. That aside, I’m glad I get to see Perkins battle Brian Kendrick in person. Kendrick was a favorite to win the CWC, so it makes sense to have him as the first opponent. Perkins was my pick to win the whole thing, and I don’t want him dethroned any time soon. The cruiserweights have a lot to show us on Raw; we’ve barely scratched the surface.

      F2H Prediction – TJ Perkins


      Sami Zayn vs Chris Jericho – Singles Match

      Ever since Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens became best friends, he has been hilarious every time the camera is on him. Since Owens is now officially done with Sami Zayn, we have a battle between the former and new BFFs. Nothing will compare to the chemistry between Zayn and Owens, but Zayn and Jericho is a nice consolation prize. You have to think that eventually, Zayn will challenge for the Universal Title (assuming Owens retains), so this is a logical way to keep the feud going while keeping both men busy elsewhere.

      F2H Prediction – Sami Zayn


      The New Day (c) vs The Club – Tag Team Championship Match

      All right guys, keep an eye out for me during this match. I made a Booty O’s sign that I am incredibly happy with, and while I’m too short to be captured on camera, I will be holding it high. New Day don’t seem to be on their way out, so I’m always confident that they will retain any time they have a title match. That said, nothing lasts forever, and The Club would be a logical choice to take the titles away. New Day don’t need the titles to be over, so losing them isn’t a damaging move. I want to see the tag division moving forward, and I think New Day losing the titles needs to happen. I will miss the dance though.

      F2H Prediction – The Club


      Charlotte (c) vs Sasha Banks vs Bayley – Triple Threat Women’s Championship Match

      I am so glad that this is a triple threat match! Sasha Banks is my favorite female wrestler in WWE, and Bayley just happens to be my second. The internet was nice enough to spoil this set up before it was made official on Raw, but I’m so excited to get to see it live that I couldn’t care less. Charlotte’s little helper may very likely be present during this match, but I hope any interference isn’t a move that determines the winner of this match. We need a clean win; no double pins or outside assists or anything shady. This is a main event worthy match; three of the most talented women in wrestling, fighting it out to win the gold.

      F2H Prediction – Sasha Banks


      Rusev (c) vs Roman Reigns – United States Championship Match

      My husband and I are going to be sitting with our friend, Cameron, and I made him a ridiculous sign that hopefully gets on TV for this match. Recently married Rusev has been a great United States champion, and his beef with Reigns stemmed from Reigns ruining his wedding celebration and throwing Lana into a cake. I am not happy about Reigns getting a title shot, but it does make sense. I am not a fan of new Reigns, it’s no secret, but this should be a pretty good match. Reigns has been struggling to become the new top guy, and has failed time and again to get it done. He may be getting a chance to prove himself with a lesser title; we’ll have to wait for the results tonight.

      F2H Prediction – Rusev


      Kevin Owens (c) vs Seth Rollins – WWE Universal Championship Match

      Kevin Owens is champion. Life is good. His opponent for the title is Seth Rollins. Life is awesome. I am still bummed about Finn Balor having to vacate the title, but I couldn’t ask for a better first title defense. Owens and Rollins are two of the best trash talkers and two of the best in-ring workers, and I’m going to be out of my seat cheering for this entire match! The big question here is whether or not Triple H makes another statement by assisting Owens or possibly turning the tables and giving Rollins a helping hand. Things are already tense between Mick Foley and Stephanie McMahon, so an appearance by Triple H could be very problematic. I hope he shows; I never turn down an opportunity to see The Game.

      F2H Prediction – Kevin Owens

      Because my husband and I will be downtown for this PPV, we won’t be able to post an article immediately following the show. Follow us on Twitter at @FaceToHeel, and our personal accounts @MrNotWell and @OhhhTweener for updates and photos during the show. The preshow kicks off at 7pm EST with the main card starting at 8pm.


Article by Mrs. Jamie BakerIMG_20140926_193145

@OhhhTweener

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

cn_su75wyaapfqd

      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

Monday Night Raw Match Results and Feedback (09.12.2016)

new-wwe-monday-night-raw-logo-2016

      After watching Smackdown’s Backlash PPV last night, Raw has a lot to live up to. General Manager Mick Foley starts off the night, acknowledging Becky Lynch’s victory in winning the Smackdown Women’s Championship, but insists that Raw still has the best female wrestlers in the business. He invites out Charlotte, who is accompanied by Dana Brooke. Charlotte makes it clear that she is fed up with Dana Brooke, then Sasha Banks comes out to tell Charlotte that she’s taking back the Women’s title at Clash of Champions. Bayley is out next, saying that she also deserves a title shot for beating Charlotte last week. Sasha takes off her jacket and hits Charlotte square in the face with it, which just cracked me up. Mick Foley decides that Sasha and Bayley will face off, with the winner facing Charlotte at Clash of Champions. Out of nowhere, Dana slaps Charlotte across the face, which has been a long time coming. With that, Mick adds Dana to the match, making it a Triple Threat to decide Charlotte’s next opponent.

      The triple threat match starts right after the break, with Brooke looking strong right away. Banks’s lower half of her midsection is completely taped up, but she gets the upper hand on Brooke and tries for the first pinfall. Brooke throws Banks from the ring, then Bayley sneaks in to try for a pin. She quickly gets control of the match, locking Brooke in an arm bar that she is unable to break free from. She throws Brooke against the ropes, where Banks drags her out of the ring. The two team up briefly against Brooke to keep her out of the match. Brooke isn’t out for long; she targets Banks’ injured back and then sets her sights on Bayley. Banks gets back in, stacking Brooke and Bayley in the corner to hit them with her knees, but Bayley rolls away and goes to the ropes to hit a cross body. Brooke hits Bayley and Banks with a double clothesline, then tries pinning both women to win the match. Sasha hits both women with a superplex, but can’t finish this. She hits a backstabber into the Banks Statement, but Bayley breaks the submission hold. Bayley hits Brooke with a Bayley to Belly, but now it’s Sasha breaking things up. She rolls up Bayley and secures the win and her match at Clash of Champions!

      Backstage, Dana Brooke tries to apologize to Charlotte, but is shut down as our champion demands Brooke grab her bags, then walks away. We move on to a dreadful Shining Stars promo. Primo and Epico are trying to sell a timeshare to R-Truth in Puerto Rico. Not even R-Truth can make these two interesting. Before Truth can waste his money and more of his time, Goldust saves him and takes him away. Enzo and Cass step in next to shut down the not-so-Shining Stars. Enzo challenges the pair to a tag match for later tonight. Next, Tom “Tyler” Phillips interviews Kevin Owens, who is fed up with both Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns. Owens promises to leave Clash of Champions with his Universal Title. Jericho pops in next, announcing to Tom “Felipe” Phillips that Sami Zayn will be on the Highlight Reel tonight.

      Back in the arena, Bo Dallas makes his way to the ring. He says some Dr Seuss rhyme to his opponent, Brandon Scott, and to the audience about Bo-Lieving in Bo. Scott is able to drive Dallas fro the ring, but is caught in the corner, allowing Dallas to slam him to the mat. The crowd is chanting “Let’s Go Jobber” as Dallas hits a clothesline. He quickly pins Scott for the win in a fast squash match.

      The Highlight Reel is up now, and Jericho is upset that Kevin Owens was not allowed to be on the reel tonight. He gets down on the mat to demonstrate how low he thinks of Sami Zayn before inviting him out. Jericho rubs in the fact that Owens and he are no longer friends, then Zayn asks why he’s even here. Jericho wants to know why Zayn ruined his friendship with Owens, but Zayn doesn’t want to talk about him anymore. He does want to talk about the Universal Championship, which he plans on winning one day. He also points out that if Jericho honestly believes that Owens is his true friend, he is the stupid idiot in this equation. Jericho gets fed up and hits Zayn with a cheap shot into a Code Breaker.

      Sheamus and Cesaro are facing off in the 5th match in the Best of 7 series. This is a No Disqualification Match! Just kidding; they haven’t given us anything interesting to vary these matches whatsoever. Just regular ol’ matches, first to pinfall or submission. Sigh. Cesaro tries for a submission hold, but Sheamus slips outside of the ring. He hits some uppercuts before rolling Sheamus back into the ring for a pin attempt. Sheamus is up 3 victories to 1 right now, so Cesaro can’t lose tonight. The two go up to the top rope, but Cesaro knocks Sheamus away and starts again with the punches to the face. He hits a crossbody and goes for a pin on Sheamus. Cesaro is on his back, while Sheamus tries for the Cloverleaf. The nearfalls are starting now as Cesaro locks in the Sharpshooter, but Sheamus gets to the ropes. Cesaro is able to roll Sheamus up and use the ropes to secure the pin and get the win, moving this series to 3-2.

      Backstage, Seth Rollins addresses Foley; he’s grateful for the save from suspension but unhappy with Roman Reigns getting yet another title shot. Foley says that Reigns was just as wronged as Rollins was. Rollins wants to bring Stephanie McMahon into this conversation, especially considering what Triple H did, but she’s away in Singapore. Foley gets heated when Rollins questions his integrity, and Rollins ends the conversation by calling him a fool if he continues to support McMahon.

      Nia Jax faces off with Alicia Fox next, which is her first match against a regular member of the Raw roster. Jax quickly throws Fox into the corner, flinging her around like a rag doll. She fights back, but is knocked out of the ring. Jax follows her out and gets a kick to the face before Fox jumps on her back. Jax quickly regains control, throwing Fox into the barricade over and over. Jax drives Fox through the barricade, getting a brief “Holy Shit” chant for her efforts. Love it! As the referees attend to Fox, Jax stands by, glaring at her opponent before walking away to cheers from the crowd. I’m so glad to see the fans getting behind her!

      The New Day come out to brighten the mood, promising us that we will NEVER have to see that godawful “Old Day” nonsense ever again. Thank you, New Day. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson come out to break up the fun, getting some cheap heat by calling the crowd stupid. They promise to win the tag titles at Clash of Champions, and head to the ring to face Woods and Kingston. Woods and Anderson start things off, with Woods delivering elbows to the rhythm of the New Day Rocks chant. Kingston tags in and goes to the top rope to deliver a boot to the face. Anderson pins Kingston in their corner, then tags in Gallows who throws Kingston from the ring, allowing Anderson to tag in and take Kingston to the mat. Gallows kicks Kingston in the face once he’s back in the ring, then hits elbows. Kingston is able to knocks Gallows off the apron, but is hit with a Spine Buster by Anderson. The Club start using quick tags to isolate Kingston and keep Woods out of this match. Woods is finally back in the match and he knocks Anderson into the ropes, takes out Gallows, and nearly wins the match. The two trade punches, with Anderson ending it with a rough uppercut. Woods is able to hit a DDT, then dives off the top rope to hit an elbow. The Club gang up on Woods, hitting the Magic Killer for the win.

      Jinder Mahal, AKA “The Man Who Comes In Peace,” comes out to the ring next. Who made up that nickname? He says something in foreign, then lets us know that he has learned to let hate go and has found inner peace. I miss 3MB. Cue Jack Swagger, our representation of America, who is apparently going to beat up the evil peace-loving Mahal. Mahal immediately goes to his knees, saying he comes in peace, then hits Swagger with some forearms before pinning his neck on the ropes. Swagger regains control outside of the ring, but Mahal kills his momentum as soon as the two reenter the ring. He tries pin after pin, but Swagger won’t stay down. He hits a belly to belly suplex, followed by a kick to the face. Mahal counters the Swagger Bomb and gets the pin on Swagger! That one was a surprise. Good for him.

      Enzo Amore and Big Cass come out now; the crowd goes wild when these two enter an arena. The Shining Stars come out next, and get the exact opposite reaction from the crowd. Literally no one cares. They are terrible. Enzo faces off against Epico, who lifts Enzo into a vertical suplex. He asks if he should do it again as the crowd chants for Enzo. Epico tries for a quick roll up but can’t get it done. Enzo starts landing punches, then dances around the ring before going to the top rope. Primo distracts him before he can dive off the rope, but Cass steps in and takes Primo down. Enzo dives off the top rope to take down the Shining Stars, and the referee begins the count. Enzo is about to suplex Epico, but Primo grabs his leg, allowing Epico to get the pin for the victory. What?

      Backstage, Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins square off. Owens confronts Rollins about his lack of momentum since returning, but Mick Foley breaks things up before it can come to blows. Foley then warns Rollins again to stay out of tonight’s main event. Back in the arena, Roman Reigns walks out to a chorus of boos as we get ready for the last match of the evening. As the bell rings, Owens immediately rolls out of the ring. Reigns goes on the chase, delivering punches and knocking Owens down. He rolls Owens back into the ring, where our champ gets Reigns down to his knees and delivers kick after kick. Owens starts in with the trash talk, allowing Reigns to get the upper hand, which earns boos from the crowd. Owens takes control back (after an obnoxious fan WOOOOS right in his face), going for a pin. He gets Reigns in a chin lock while mocking his “I’m not a good guy, I’m not a bad guy” speech. Owens is gold. Reigns is finally able to fight out, delivering clotheslines and yelling about something while the crowd hates on him. After the commercial break, Owens has Reigns back in a chin lock, telling him he sucks and to stay down. Reigns gets to his feet, but throws himself into the ringpost thanks to quick thinking by Owens. He throws Reigns into the stairs, but Rollins runs down the ramp and begins attacking Owens, causing Owens to win via DQ. Does this mean I don’t have to see Reigns at Clash of Champions? Or is Foley about to kill Rollins’ title chances?

      Foley gets in Rollins’ face and the two stat yelling at each other. Foley demands that Rollins go backstage so they can talk, then restarts the match. The bell rings and Owens immediately throws Reigns into the stairs again. Reigns starts to gain his Cena-strength and hits Owens with punches before hitting a clothesline that Owens made look awesome. He starts hitting Owens in the chest, then lifts him up and into a Samoan Drop. Please don’t let Reigns win. Owens goes full Matt Hardy and bites Reigns on his side to block a move on the ropes, but sadly Reigns gets back in position. Owens counters at the last second, but John Cena — I mean Roman Reigns, kicks out at two. He hits a frog splash but long-haired Cena kicks out at two again. Owens shoves Reigns in the back of the head, telling him to stay down. Owens hits a superkick, mocks Reigns’ battle cry, and tries for a Cannonball, but Reigns ducks away. Reigns hits a Superman Punch, but Owens thankfully kicks out. Owens hits two solid kicks to the face, then connects with the Cannonball. Twice! Reigns lifts Owens up into a powerbomb, but he kicks free. Man. I do not want a Triple Threat match, you guys. Come on. Out of nowhere, Rusev shows up! His distraction allows Owens to hit the Pop Up Powerbomb and win the match! Thank you, Rusev, for saving us from Reigns in a main event. Bless you.

      Owens makes his way up the ramp, but Rusev isn’t done. He attacks Reigns, who is now lying helpless in the middle of the ring. Rusev lands punch after punch to a helpless Reigns, who is “out” according to our announce team. Lana stands at the top of the ramp, holding Rusev’s title and looking gorgeous. In the ring, Rusev locks in the Accolade, screaming as Reigns is twisted and unable to counter. Give me more Raws that end with Reigns getting his ass kicked!

      I went into this Raw expecting the worst, partially because I was exhausted from grocery shopping and dealing with pharmacies and a sick kid, and partially because Backlash last night was so good. I’m glad that they surprised me tonight with a great show that had minimal lulls. The main event was fantastic, thanks to Rollins, Foley, and a surprise return by Rusev. Next week on Raw, the Cruiserweight Division will make their debuts, and I cannot wait! Be sure to follow @facetoheel on Twitter for updates throughout the week.


Article by Mrs. Jamie BakerIMG_20140926_193145

@OhhhTweener

Monday Night Raw Review and Feedback (08.15.2016)

cn_su75wyaapfqd

      It’s time for Monday Night Raw! This is the go home show before the Summerslam PPV; WWE’s second largest event of the year. We start off with a look back earlier today, where Seth Rollins lets us know why he is the man and why he will be the first WWE Universal Champion. He addresses Finn Balor, calling out the Demon King, then feigning surprise when no one shows up. If the Demon King is too scared to find The Man, then The Man will find the Demon King.

      Back in the arena, Rusev and Lana are in the ring and both look enraged. Rusev accuses Roman Reigns of ruining a historic event, so he is cancelling Raw tonight. All is on hold until Reigns apologizes. These stand-offs always go so well, don’t they? The crowd starts a USA chant, because they aren’t creative. Thankfully, Mick Foley breaks things up, wearing an amazing “Have A Nice Raw” shirt. Rusev demands respect as Foley pleads with him to leave the ring. After an awkward few seconds, Stephanie McMahon comes out to the ring, at Rusev’s request. McMahon calls Rusev’s behavior unacceptable, especially the disrespect of Foley. Rusev threatens to call up Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon, which is when Reigns decides to make an appearance and offer an apology.

      Reigns makes a terrible joke about mail order brides, then says that their future babies will be ugly. He has a hell of a black eye, which I can’t say doesn’t make me a tiny bit happy. The crowd again starts chanting USA, and Reigns launches into his best impression of Ghetto Cena, and challenges Rusev to a title match right now. Foley decides that they will have a match tonight, but the title will not be on the line. Instead, this match will be all about Lana’a honor.

      We return from commercial to find Sheamus in the ring with Byron Saxton. Sheamus says he is more dominant than Cesaro and shouldn’t have lost the match last week. He proved that he is the better athlete when he interfered in Cesaro’s title match later in the night. Sheamus promises to kick Zayn’s head off, and the two literally trip over the referee trying to beat each other up before the bell even rings. As the match begins, Cesaro joins the commentary table, which is always awkward; Cesaro needs to work on his public speaking and interview skills. Zayn throws Sheamus from the ring and tries to go to the top rope, but Sheamus ducks out of the way and then knocks him into the ringpost and to the ground. During the commercial, the two get back into the ring where Sheamus tries for the first pinfall. Zayn is able to send Sheamus over the top rope, then dives over the rope to knock him down. He gets Sheamus back in the ring and goes to the top rope again, but Sheamus hits White Noise (and Michael Cole calls it the wrong move) and tries for another pinfall. As Sheamus sets up the Brogue Kick, Cesaro leaves commentary and heads to the ring. His distractions allows Zayn to hit a Helluva Kick and win the match.

      Backstage, Tom Phillips is interviewing Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho, who have recently formed an alliance. Owens will face Big Cass tonight, but it won’t be a one on one match because Jericho has Owens’ back. They mock Enzo and Cass, saying they are closer than their Summerslam opponents will ever be, and that Cass can’t spell to save his life. Cass better watch IT. And by IT, they mean watch Owens beat Cass tonight and watch them humiliate the team at Summerslam.

      It’s time for some positivity, as New Day (minus Big E) come to the ring. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, our resident MDs, deliver a message regarding Big E’s ringpostitis. The ball jokes are amazing. And the microwave has a NADS button! Kingston and Woods face The Dudley Boyz, and D-Von is in complete control of Woods as Bubba yells from ringside. Using quick tags, they keep Woods down, but a misstep sends the Dudleys into each other. Kingston tags in and hits Trouble in Paradise for a quick win. Confusing squash match. Anderson and Gallows appear on the screen again, for more testicle jokes at poor Big E’s expense. They produce more jars as a warning that Woods and Kingston are next on their hit list. Kingston gets serious and says that this isn’t a game to them; this is serious business. Patchy-haired human plalluses have no chance of beating them at Summerslam.

      Seth Rollins is walking around backstage, searching for the Demon King. He finds Neville, who tells Rollins that he isn’t ready for the Summerslam match against Balor. Back in the ring, Nia Jax is facing Rachel Levy, who has been watching the Olympics nonstop, so she can do anything she sets her mind to. Okay, Rachel. Jax throws Levy across the ring, then sets her on the top rope before shoving her hard off the rope and to the floor. The ref begins the count as Jax retrieves her opponent. She slams her to the mat and gets the pin for the win. I love Nia Jax, but we have got to give her longer matches.

      Paul Heyman goes into Brock Lesnar’s dressing room to speak with The Beast before they go to the ring. The crowd is cheering like crazy and chanting Suplex City. Heath Slater interrupts at Heyman begins his speech, and says that he is the hottest free agent in sports entertainment. He proposes becoming a Heyman guy, and Heyman just laughs. Slater clarifies, saying that what he wants is a match with Lesnar to earn a contract. What? The crowd is into it, but Heyman goes back to his speech. Slater screams an interruption, saying do NOT disrespect him! I love Heath Slater. He doesn’t want to face Lesnar, he HAS to. Heyman is trying to save him from a beat down, but Slater’s ass can’t be saved! Lesnar gets on the mic and tells Slater he has guts. He invites Slater in the ring to talk about his kids. Lesnar gets right in his face and says “I don’t give a shit about your kids. You’ve got two choices right here. One, you walk out of here on your own two feet. Two, you can stand there and keep pissing me off.” Lesnar is a scary dude. Slater fakes him out and tries to attack him, but Lesnar hits a clothesline and then takes him to Suplex City! He hits an F5 and kicks Slater out of his ring. Heyman puts on Slater’s sunglasses and gives Slater credit for stepping up to Lesnar, something Randy Orton doesn’t have the guts to do. The beast is in heat, which is an uncomfortable thought.

      Up next, Big Cass will face Kevin Owens. I dare you not to smile when Enzo is in the ring. He addresses the Summerslam match, or Summerslam BBQ as he calls it. If Jericho and Owens want beef, they’re bringing it straight to their grill. Cass hits a shoulder tackle and pins Owens in the corner, but he rolls to safety before Cass can get a kick in. He hits Cass on the rope and throws his opponent from the ring where Jericho delivers a cheap shot while the ref is distracted. Owens has controlled the match during the commercial break, and continues as we return until Cass hits a side slam. Owens finally gets a kick to his face from Cass, who then hits a splash in the corner and tries to throw Owens from the ring. Owens grabs the rope to send Cass flying. He tries for a powerbomb, but Cass counters. Jericho and Enzo are fighting outside of the ring, then Jericho begins fighting Cass and the match is called for disqualification. Owens and Jericho don’t mind the loss; they continue to attack Cass. Jericho hits a Code Breaker to take Cass down for good.

      Roman Reigns is backstage, promising a bunch of nonsense, when Rusev comes out of nowhere to attack him. He throws him around like a rag doll as Lana watches on from a safe distance. Eventually, the referees and security are able to break things up as we go to commercial. I love seeing Reigns get his ass kicked.

      Titus O’Neil’s music hits, but Bob Backlund comes out. He is followed by Darren Young and O’Neil, who all attempt to do the Millions of Dollars dance. On the Raw preshow, Young and O’Neil buried their beef and reunited as a tag team with Backlund’s blessing for one night only. They are facing the Shining Stars. Watching the two together makes me miss them as a tag team; they are great as a duo. Primo manages to get O’Neil pinned in the corner, and Epico tries (and fails) to get the crowd behind them. O’Neil gets back to his feet and easily tosses his opponent aside. Young inadvertently knocks O’Neil off the ring, so he retaliates by hitting Clash Of The Titus and abandoning the match, allowing the Shining Stars to get the win. What?

      Now it’s time for the return of Jinder Mahal! Is it weird that I am excited for this? He’s facing off against Neville, who trips in the ring as he tries to go to the top rope to pose. Neville gets an early pin, but Mahal kicks out. He’s controlling this match, hitting the Red Arrow from the top rope to take down Mahal outside of the ring. Mahal begs Neville to stop, using it to bait Neville in and try for a pin. Neville goes to the top rope again and hits the Red Arrow, beating Mahal in his return match. I see we’re still not done shitting on 3MB. Shame.

      Meanwhile, Seth Rollins is still searching for the Demon King. Foley and McMahon haven’t seen him either, and Rollins says he’s looked everywhere and has to change his focus to his title match. He asks for the night off, and McMahon doesn’t have anything for him. Foley says that before he takes the night off, go out to the ring and try to get him to come out… unless he’s scared.

      Foley calls for his music and Rollins heads to the ring. Rollins is insulted; Balor talked about the Demon King last week, and for what? Rollins says there is nothing and no one that can stop him from winning on Sunday. He calls out the Demon King and is greeted with silence. Finn Balor is only trying to intimidate Rollins because he is scared. Our former champ says that no one can touch him; even he would be afraid of himself if he was someone else. The Demon King is just another chapter in the book of Rollins. He suddenly stops talking, focused on something in the ring that we don’t get to see. The lights start going wonky and the sound is messing up, but Rollins continues to yell.

      Finally, out of the smoke, comes Finn Balor! I have chills all over! I will say, they definitely should have saved this moment for Summerslam, but damn if this isn’t amazing to watch. I don’t understand the logic of this decision, but I’m enjoying the moment. As is the crowd! The two men stare each other down as the crowd chants HOLY SHIT and THIS IS AWESOME! The two begin fighting, and Balor takes Rollins down quick. This is the first part of Raw that has gotten me hyped for Summerslam, so maybe there was a logic behind this bizarre decision. We’ll see.

      We return to the ring to the Golden Truth, who are facing Anderson and Gallows. Anderson and Truth start off this tag match, with Anderson quickly gaining control and tagging in Gallows. Truth hits an amazing kick to break The Club’s momentum and tag in Goldust. Unfortunately, The Club hits the Magic Killer on Goldust and wins the match. Another quick squash for our go home Raw. Out of nowhere, Kingston and Woods come out to attack The Club. New Day has their game faces on. They take out The Club and make their intentions for Sunday clear.

      Dana Brooke is backstage, apologizing for losing last week to Charlotte. Charlotte isn’t having it though; she wanted the handicap match on Sunday to happen. She calls Brooke an epic failure and walks away to prepare for her match against Alicia Fox. Sasha Banks is on commentary and isn’t buying into any of Charlotte’s big talk. Fox goes for an early pin, but Charlotte kicks free. Charlotte pins Fox on the ropes as the crowd chants for Banks. Fox is hit with Natural Selection and pinned for the loss as Charlotte turns her attention to Banks. Banks walks to the ring and Brooke runs out to distract Banks so that Charlotte can lock in the Figure Eight. The refs are unable to break the hold, thanks to Dana Brooke, and Banks looks hurt. Charlotte is playing the villain to perfection.

      Moving on, Braun Strowman has a video package showing the way he has evolved since being separated from The Wyatt Family. Back in the ring, Lana addresses the altercation between Rusev and Reigns before welcoming her husband to the ring. Reigns comes out and the two go at it immediately. This match should not be happening. We’re getting a match at Summerslam; I don’t want to see this beforehand. The bell has not rung as Reigns dominates Rusev while the ref pleads for him to stop. During the commercial, Rusev injured Reigns’ arm, and as we return, Rusev is still working it. Maybe he’ll be “injured” and unable to compete Sunday? Reigns is getting back in the match, screaming and making faces, but Rusev throws him into the ringpost and out of the ring. Our US Champ throws Reigns into the steps once again, then targets it as the crowd chants RUSEV MATCHKA!

      As we return from hopefully our last commercial break, Rusev has a mic and demands that the crowd cheer for him. Reigns is looking rough, and Rusev doesn’t let up, hitting him with knees and still targeting the arm. The two men go to the top rope, but Reigns blocks Rusev’s attempts and hits a clothesline. Reigns starts doing his best John Cena impression, cocks his fist and goes for the Superman Punch, but Rusev counters. Rusev hits flying headbutt after headbutt on Cena/Reigns, but he kicks out at two. Reigns manages to hit a clothesline and send Rusev out of the ring. He tries for another Superman Punch, but Rusev kicks him in the ribs. Please end this match. Cena/Reigns finally hits the AA/Superman Punch and pins Rusev for a nearfall. Rusev goes for the Accolade but can’t get the right arm locked in. He finally lands a kick that allows him to get the Accolade locked in. Reigns manages to grab the rope to force a break. Reigns hits a spear and wins the match. That was exhausting.

      Overall, this wasn’t a great Raw, especially for our go home episode for Summerslam. The main event was godawful and most of the matches were mediocre at best. There was only one moment tonight that got me hyped for Sunday, and that was a moment that ended up angering a lot of other fans. Please leave your thoughts below, and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter at facetoheel. We will have predictions coming for NXT Takeover and for Summerslam; you don’t want to miss out.


Article by Mrs Jamie BakerIMG_20140926_193145

@OhhhTweener

Monday Night Raw Review and Feedback (08.01.2016)

new-wwe-monday-night-raw-logo-2016

      It’s nice to be excited about Raw again. The debuts and brand split have given us one solid week, and I’m hoping this week is equally as successful. With the exception of the ridiculous name, it’s fantastic to know that a new title is being introduced. The introduction of the “Last Week On Raw” graphic before the recap is a nice touch. Raw kicks off with Sasha Banks, and damn does that belt look great around her waist. The crowd starts a “You Deserve It” chant, as Banks discusses her epic match with Bayley back at NXT Takeover. Charlotte interrupts, walking to the ring alone. She promises to beat Banks at their title match at Summerslam, and brings up her long title reign. Charlotte calls Banks a “one night stand.” Banks retorts by saying that if it wasn’t for a one night stand, Charlotte wouldn’t be standing there.

      The gift of Jericho interrupts, because he wants to fight Sasha Banks for the title? He calls Banks an ungrateful, disrespectful little punk. Charlotte is royalty and doesn’t deserve the verbal abuse. Jericho says that Charlotte has outdone her father already with her accomplishments. He then calls Banks the boss of purple hair and stupid idiots, and ends by calling her a brat.

      Unexpectedly, Enzo and Cass’s music hits! Enzo comes out solo, takes Sasha’s hand, and very smoothly asks “how you doin” before kissing her hand. Charlotte interrupts by saying “when it comes to Enzo’s love life, there’s only one word to describe him.” Good one. Enzo says that listening to Jericho speak makes time pass like a kidney stone, and watching him try to process words is like having a conversation on an iPhone, watching those little 3 dots, but the person never hits send. He calls Jericho Bon Jovi, mocks the Direct TV commercials, and destroys his stupid scarf. Mick Foley decides now is the time to break this up, setting a match for after the break; a mixed tag match with Charlotte and Jericho versus Sasha Banks and Enzo Amore. My husband called this the minute Jericho set foot in the ring.

      After the break, Kevin Owens has joined the announce team and has stolen Corey Graves’ tie. Owens says that after hearing Enzo and Sasha flirt for 15 minutes, the fans might need something enjoyable, so he is here to provide it. In the ring, Jericho embraces Charlotte as an odd way of tagging her in after going against Enzo. Banks tries to pin Charlotte with a backslide, but Charlotte kicks out and delivers chops while yelling “I’m the boss!” Enzo and Jericho get back in the ring, and Sasha and Enzo team up to knock both competitors out of the ring. After the break, Jericho is in control of the match as Owens calls Byron Saxton “unbearable.” Jericho tries for a Running Bulldog, but Enzo counters and is able to take Jericho to the mat for a pin. Jericho tries for the Walls, and is able to lock it in, but Enzo manages to grab the bottom rope. Enzo goes to the top rope, but Jericho counters his move with a Dropkick that may have ended up injuring his own knee. The women are in the ring now, and The Boss is in control. Banks hits a Backstabber, but Dana Brooke runs out and distracts her. Charlotte is able to hit Natural Selection and get the pin for the victory. As Enzo checks on Sasha, Jericho hits a Neckbreaker. Thankfully, Big Cass picks this moment to come out and Jericho runs away with his tail between his legs.

      Braun Strowman is out now, and I’ve gotta say, his entrance theme makes me laugh hysterically and I love it. He is in another squash match with a local named Evan, who says he gets $1,000 for fighting and $5,000 if he wins. The bell rings and Evan tries to run before Strowman throws him clear across the ring. He knocks him down with his shoulder, then throws him into the turnbuckle. He hits a reverse chokeslam and pins poor Evan for the win.

      Backstage, Mark Henry is speaking to Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley about his involvement in the Olympics and to discuss reopening the Hall of Pain. Henry wants one more run before he steps away from the ring and goes into another role. Foley puts Henry in a match tonight with our United States champion, the newlywed Rusev. We then move to R-Truth and Goldust, who are still catching Pokemon; they run off before we cut to another break.

      Time for your bathroom break match of the night; Golden Truth are facing the failed Shining Stars. Primo has Goldust pinned on the rope as R-Truth chases Pokemon (or Poke-MAN if you’re talking to Michael Cole). Goldust is able to hit a Powerslam and is trying to make it to Truth for the tag, but his partner is still looking for virtual creatures to catch. The Shining Stars are able to pick up the win, and the entire arena comes together in a show of not caring whatsoever.

      Michael Cole invites Finn Balor to the ring now for an exclusive interview. Cole states that his draft pick was a shock, and his win last week proved that the pick wasn’t a fluke. Balor says that he knows he needs to make an impact on Raw, but Seth Rollins decides he’s had enough and steps out. Rollins kicks Cole out of the ring (thank you, Rollins), and tells us that Balor is a former NXT champ, but surely wasn’t the first; that honor goes to Rollins. Everything Balor has done, Rollins has not only done first, he’s done it better. The crowd starts doing the Tomahawk chant, likely confusing any wrestling fans that haven’t ever been to a Braves game. The two trade insults, and it’s 100% effective at getting me excited to see them at Summerslam. The two briefly trade punches before Balor drives Rollins from the ring with a well placed kick.

      The lovely Lana is in the ring, looking like she just came from her wedding with Rusev. She introduces her husband, and I’m wondering now if it was a legit wedding because Cole says that it was filmed for Total Divas and a second wedding will be held in September. Mark Henry comes out wearing his patriotic gear, and I feel sad because I like Henry but am pretty confident he won’t be winning this title match. Henry comes out strong, effortlessly lifting Rusev before powering him to the mat. Rusev tries to gain momentum, but Henry hits a shoulder tackle before jumping THROUGH the bottom and middle ropes to squash Rusev. Mary Henry jumped through the ropes, you guys. I love it! Rusev tries for the Accolade, but Henry fights out and hits some strong clotheslines before trying for a kick, but Rusev counters with kicks of his own. Rusev goes for a second Accolade and Henry reluctantly taps out. Rusev then tells the crowd that no American deserves to win a medal in the Summer Olympics and that no American will take his title.

      Roman Reigns decides to come out and try to intimidate Rusev, wearing a shiny new vest with bright red trim. He looks absolutely ridiculous. Easy way to get the crowd to cheer for him though; put him against the guy that just insulted America while in Georgia with countless rednecks in the audience. I get to say this; I lived there for a good nine years. Rusev starts hitting Reigns with punch after punch, but Reigns knocks him down and lands a Superman Punch outside of the ring. Please don’t let Reigns win the US Title, you guys. I’m not emotionally strong enough for that.

      Nia Jax has a solid video package after Cole does an uncomfortable job talking her up, and then we move on to Darren Young who will face former tag team partner, Titus O’Neil. O’Neil gets Young down early, then tries to be friendly and help his former partner up, but Young slaps his hand away. O’Neil has the size and strength advantage, and hits a backbreaker before sending Young across the ring. He goes for a lazy pin that Young rolls out of. O’Neil locks in an arm bar, then lands a deafening hit that grounds Young. He lifts Young up and violently drops him to the mat, going for another pin. Young manages to briefly lift O’Neil onto his shoulders, but he can’t keep him there. He rolls up Young and is able to pin him for the win. Bob Backlund is furious, likely because O’Neil had a good grip on Young’s trunks to secure that pin.

      Sheamus and Cesaro are backstage, arguing with each other and Steph and Mick about their positions in the draft and the fact that Henry got a title shot that they deserved more. Foley says that whoever can impress them the most this evening will be the one to get a title shot. In another area, the unstable basketcase that is Backlund is screaming at O’Neil, which gives Young a chance to knock him down. This fell flat, no pun intended.

      Back in the ring, Nia Jax is facing another local talent, Ariel Monroe, who looks unimpressed with Jax. She’s able to get in a solid kick before Jax clotheslines her and takes her down. Jax is dominating the poor girl, whose punches have zero effect. Jax is getting some decent reactions from the crowd thanks to her strength and pins Monroe with her boot; not even bothering to go down to the mat. A very short squash match; we need to get Jax in longer matches if we’re going to build her up properly. After the match, Saxton asks Jax how it feels to compete on Raw. Jax responds by attacking Monroe one last time and instructing Saxton to ask Monroe how it feels.

      Sami Zayn is speaking to Tom Phillips about his upcoming match with Rollins, whose weakness is his big mouth according to Zayn. Speaking of big mouths, he takes this time to call out Owens again, calling that chapter of his life closed, and promising to shut Rollins down later tonight. But now, it’s time for New Day to bring us into our final hour. They are facing Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, but thanks to a complaint by The Club, Xavier Woods will be banned from ringside. Big E and Anderson start things off; Anderson starts strong but E breaks his momentum with a Belly to Belly. While Gallows and Anderson are busy showing off, Big E gets the win. They have no time to celebrate; The Club immediately attacks New Day, with Big E taking the brunt of the punishment. Woods comes out to help his teammates, but he’s defenseless against The Club. They may have blown their shot at the titles, but they definitely made a statement.

      Cesaro and Sheamus are up now, trying to impress the Raw General Manager, Mick Foley. The two trade blows and uppercuts; Cesaro eventually takes control, prompting Sheamus to roll outside of the ring for a breather. Cesaro goes after him, where Sheamus targets the taped shoulder before hitting the Beats of the Bodhrán. He pins Cesaro after a shoulder tackle, but Cesaro kicks out. The most impressive thing about this match thus far is how bushy Sheamus’ beard is right now. He yells “RESPECT THE HAWK” before spitting gross yellow garbage into said bushy beard. Cesaro picks up the win, but I don’t think either man was impressive enough tonight to earn anything. It wasn’t a bad match, just painfully average. Apparently, during the commercial break, the two men started brawling and security had to come break it up.

      But the real action is back in the ring! Not only is Heath Slater out there, but Jinder Mahal is there too! 2MB baybay! Foley comes out to address the situation, since neither man is a part of the Raw roster. Foley decides to hold a battle between both men to decide who should be part of Raw. Slater refuses to let the band get broken up, but Mahal is all about it and the bell rings. Mahal kicks Slater in the face and pins him to win the match and a Raw contract! Dude. This is hilarious. Welcome back, Jinder!

      Chris Jericho and Tom Phillips are speaking backstage about the match with Enzo earlier and the fact that Enzo has Big Cass to help him while Jericho has no one. According to Jericho, he has someone to watch his back as well. When Phillips asks who it is, he spouts off with some nonsense. In steps Kevin Owens to save this bit. Surprisingly, he tells Jericho that he will have his back. Also, Tom’s new name is Tim.

      I’m ready for the main event; Seth Rollins versus Sami Zayn. I’m curious to see if Balor makes an appearance, given the confrontation earlier. Rollins quickly rolls out of the ring and to safety once Zayn starts gaining momentum, but Zayn follows him out and takes him down with a moonsault from the barrier. Some overzealous fan yells “JESUS, that had to hurt!” as Zayn is thrown into the barricade. Zayn tries to go to the top rope, but Rollins knocks him down and out of the ring. We return from commercial to hear that Rollins has been in control during the entire break. Rollins is unable to hit the Pedigree, so he throws Zayn into the turnbuckle instead. Zayn retaliates with a clotheslins, and is able to hit a DDT but Rollins again rolls out of the ring. This is a great match, but I’m slightly distracted because I’m trying to figure out what Brock Lesnar will be doing when he eventually comes out. After two failed attempts, Rollins hits the Pedigree and pins Zayn for the victory.

      Paul Heyman is in the ring as we return from break, introducing The Beast of the Brock-tagon, The Viper Slayer; Brock Lesnar. Heyman promises that Lesnar will entertain us at Summerslam, but his form of entertainment is politically incorrect and violent. Lesnar isn’t here to put his stamp on this new era, nor is he here to court favor with Foley or McMahon or anyone else in the locker room. Heyman is gold on the microphone. As he goes on about how Randy Orton will never hit Lesnar with an RKO, Orton appears from thin air and hits it! Orton walks into the crowd as McMahon and Foley call out every single security guard they have hidden in the back. Orton rips off his shirt as the crowd chants “R-K-O!” and that concludes our Raw for this evening.

      The brand split is definitely agreeing with Raw; this was a very enjoyable night. Next week, Sean Combs will be part of Raw, which I couldn’t care less about. American Alpha will be debuting on Smackdown tomorrow night, which I am thrilled to see. Let us know your thoughts on tonight, and follow us on Twitter at @facetoheel.


Article by Mrs Jamie BakerIMG_20140926_193145

@OhhhTweener

Monday Night Raw Live Review, Feedback and Results (5.23.2016)

20160522_Show_Preview_RAW_Seth-1470cc1a21eeaed8340aaf17f2ecf024

      Last night at Extreme Rules, we saw the long awaited return of our former WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Seth Rollins. He interrupted Roman Reigns’ celebration after successfully defending his title by knocking down his former brother with a pedigree and making it clear to everyone that he fully intends to get the title back. I was so excited to see him, especially since this return was not ruined for me whatsoever via Twitter or other wrestling blogs. Extreme Rules was a great PPV and I’m excited for Raw tonight. The majority of the matches have already been announced and will be qualifying matches for Money In The Bank.

      Rollins kicks off Raw and is greeted by thunderous applause and cheers. There are “Welcome Back,” “Seth! Seth!” and “YES” chants all competing, but the “Welcome Back” chant wins out and is deafening. Man, I’ve missed him. It’s been 200 days since we’ve last seen the man. Rollins addresses his betrayal of The Shield and the fact that the crowd was not behind him while he was champ, saying that us fans discredited all the hard work he put into winning that title. If there was any question about whether Rollins was returning as a face or a heel, he puts the questions to rest by telling us that he burned all the fan mail he received and that he doesn’t need us for anything. The man has still got it. He is interrupted by Roman Reigns, who enters the ring just as Rollins jumps out, stating that things will be done on his time. Shane McMahon is out now, addressing the tension between the two men and the title shot that Rollins is demanding. Shane sets the title match for the MITB PPV. Seems that AJ Styles was just an easy placeholder as Rollins prepared for his return.

      We return from commercial to see Sheamus interviewing with Renee Young backstage regarding his MITB qualifying match with Sami Zayn. He’s insulting Zayn because he’s not from the USA, and promises that his match will not be PG. Sheamus takes Zayn down first, but Zayn doesn’t stay down long and gets Sheamus in the corner and hits some vicious chops. He counters and gets hits Zayn with a few leg drops, goes for a backbreaker, but Zayn counters and the match moves outside of the ring where Zayn hits Sheamus with a moonsault from the barrier. After the break, Sheamus is able to get Zayn pinned but he kicks out. Sheamus hits an Irish Curse Backbreaker and goes for another unsuccessful pin. Zayn turns the match around quickly and goes for a pin. Zayn goes to the top rope, but Sheamus kicks him off and tries for a Brogue Kick, but misses. Zayn gets Sheamus pinned in the corner and hits a rough kick and gets the pin, earning himself a spot in the MITB match! Sheamus is livid that he doesn’t qualify and is throwing a fit in the ring.

      Renee Young is backstage again to interview Apollo Crews about his MITB qualifying match against Chris Jericho, discussing the damage Jericho suffered in his Asylum match. He is interrupted and attacked by Sheamus, who throws him around while screaming in his face, leaving Crews lying on the floor. We return to the ring with The New Day, who have a Happy Birthday cake in the ring to wish Raw a happy birthday. Big E takes the cake out of the ring and teases throwing it at the fans before targeting the announce team. The Social Outcasts break up the party by attacking New Day and we break for commercial. We come back to the 3-on-3 tag match already in action; Adam Rose is notably absent; he was suspended for 60 days for violating the Wellness Program for the second time, was arrested on May 11th for domestic violence and witness tampering, was suspended by the WWE indefinitely, and then requested and was granted his release today. The New Day earn a quick win against the Outcasts, and Big E decides to celebrate by sticking his hand in the birthday cake. Kofi and Xavier then slam the cake into Slater’s face. Poor Heath Slater.

      The next MITB qualifying match will be The Miz against Cesaro. The Miz says his title match last night was THE match at Extreme Rules, and I agree 100%. Cesaro hits Miz with uppercut after uppercut before going for an early pin. Maryse pulls Miz out of the ring so he can catch his breath, but Cesaro isn’t having it and goes outside of the ring and knocks him down. The men return to the ring where Miz gets in a few kicks and tries for a suplex, but Cesaro gets him up for a vertical suplex instead and goes for another pin. Cesaro hits a corkscrew into an uppercut that is pretty amazing, and we break for commercial. When we return, The Miz has Cesaro on the mat, and then hits a neckbreaker and goes for the Skull Crushing Finale. Cesaro counters and goes for a quick roll up, but Miz breaks free and goes for a cover of his own. Miz gets his opponent tangled in the roles to target the taped shoulder, then goes for a finish but Cesaro hits him with another uppercut. Ever get the feeling that no one pulls punches with Miz? These uppercuts are pretty loud. Cesaro tries for a swing, but gets a kick to the face. He gets in on the second attempt but it doesn’t last due to his shoulder, that Miz quickly targets again. Cesaro hits Miz with a Neutralizer and gets him down for the three count, earning his spot in the MITB match. We will have three more qualifying matches tonight.

      Seth Rollins and Stephanie McMahon briefly speak backstage, where Rollins gets a lukewarm welcome back. Back in the ring, the next MITB qualifier is on with Chris Jericho against Apollo Crews. Jericho has bandages all over his back from the tacks he landed on last night. Crews looks just fine as he comes out to the ring, even though Michael Cole is trying to make us believe he is crippled from his attack by Sheamus. Jericho is clearly in bad shape, and Crews is taking advantage. Jericho turns things around and gets Crews down, but he kicks out. I’ll be upset if Crews loses this one. He takes Jericho down with a few clotheslines, then knocks him to the mat. Jericho tries to jump from the top ropes to take Crews down, but he ducks and responds by flipping out of the ring to knock Jericho down before high-fiving the fans. Jericho locks in the Walls, but Crews makes it to the ropes. Lots of near falls in this match. Jericho goes for the walls, and when it is countered, hits a Code Breaker for the win, putting him into the MITB match. Very let down by this one; it would have been great to see the new talent in this match. Maybe next time.

      Now it’s time for more awkward Life Lessons with Coach Backlund. I’m confused as to why Darren Young and Bob Backlund are never in the same place together. This pairing is strange. JoJo interviews Baron Corbin next, coming off his victory at Extreme Rules over Dolph Ziggler. She asks if he has comments on his questionable victory, despite the fact that the match was No Disqualifications. Corbin says he doesn’t care what people think and did it simply because he can. Dolph Ziggler interrupts and calls him a tool and says that he couldn’t beat him in a technical match. Corbin says he didn’t grow up dreaming of being a wrestler, he grew up beating up punks, and if you’re good at something, don’t do it for free.

      Next up, Ezno Amore is back and more energetic than ever! I’m so excited to see him again. Ezno says that he was diagnosed with a concussion, or what he calls “a hard sneeze.” Enzo must have had about ten Red Bulls before coming out tonight; the man is on it. He calls out the Dudleys, who come out to the ring next for a match between Big Cass and Bubba Ray. Cass isn’t playing around, getting Bubba down to the mat quickly. Outside of the ring, D-Von knocks Enzo to the ground, allowing Bubba to get the upper hand off the distraction and take Cass down. It looks like Enzo isn’t 100% cleared to be in the ring just yet, but it’s good to have him ringside; something was lacking when Cass was alone. Bubba goes to the top rope, but Cass grabs him and throws him to the ground before hitting him with a kick to the face. He hits an Empire Elbow and gets the pin. A quick win and a nice way to welcome Enzo back.

      Charlotte, our Women’s Champion, comes out next with Ric Flair and new friend Dana Brooke. Flair starts talking about how wonderful Charlotte is and how everything she touches, she makes happen. Not quite sure what that means, and neither does the crowd, as a quiet “boring” chant can be heard. He says that without Charlotte, there is no Dana Brooke, before handing the microphone over to his daughter. Charlotte thanks herself for the victory, then says she is proud of Dana for making the right decision. Dana thanks her for the privilege of standing in the ring with the dirtiest player in the game. Charlotte then begins attacking Ric for never being there for her. She says Ric was The Man, and now she is The Woman, and she finally has the courage to tell Ric to get out of her ring. It seems that Charlotte is finally ready to get out of her father’s shadow, which is a solid move. Ric looks like he truly might start crying any second, as Charlotte says she doesn’t need him anymore and that she is the new #1 dirtiest player in the game.

      Dean Ambrose will fight Dolph Ziggler now for the next spot in the MITB match, which is a shame because both men would be great additions to the match. Things start off pretty even; no one man keeps control of the match for long and they trade pins, with the kickout at one. Ambrose throws Ziggler outside of the ring and tries to dive onto him, but Ziggler moves, and then we break for commercial. We return to see Ambrose manhandling Ziggler, again throwing him outside of the ring and then diving out to knock him into the barricade. Ziggler hits a Famouser but Ambrose kicks out. The near falls are starting now; Ziggler hits an ineffective Super Kick and Ambrose is able to withstand it and go for a pin. Ambrose goes to the top but Ziggler counters with another kick, but Ambrose kicks out. Ambrose finally hits Dirty Deeds for the win. It’s hard being a Ziggler fan, but Ambrose will be a good addition to the MITB match.

      Renee Young catches up with a still weepy Ric Flair backstage, but he doesn’t have anything to say to her or anyone else. The Shining Stars make a statement next, inviting us to Puerto Rico after talking about how successful their debut was. AJ Styles comes out to the ring to address his loss last night, saying Roman Reigns is one of the better men he’s been in the ring with, but he still isn’t on his level. He states that if not for the interference last night, he would be our champ right now. He’s interrupted by The Club, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. They take offense to Styles not wanting them out there to assist, and Styles says he wanted to earn the title on his own. Styles says he brought them in to build a legacy, not drop people for him. Gallows and Anderson counter to say that without their help, he wouldn’t have made it out of some bars, nevermind make it to Extreme Rules. Styles simply wants a separation in their professional relationship, but they are still brothers. Gallows and Anderson aren’t having it and end the friendship.

      Styles will now battle Kevin Owens for the next spot in the MITB match. The two start trading blows in the center of the ring, with Owens locking onto Styles and screaming “Headlock Master!” Styles gets a quick cover, but Owens is out at one. He hits Owens in the face with his knee and tries for a second unsuccessful cover. Owens hits Styles with a dropkick and tries for a cover. I wish Mauro Ranallo was on commentary, because some of these moves are foreign to me and it would be nice to know the names. The two men go outside the ring, with Owens screaming “I’m Phenomenal!” Owens is thrown into the steps and we abruptly break for commercial. Owens has regained control during the commercial break, but Styles is able to throw Owens against the apron and again get the upper hand. The two begin trading blows, with Styles aggressively knocking Owens down to the mat. Michael Cole starts talking about “blockbuster news,” and Owens screams “Shut up, Michael Cole, I can hear you from here!” Owens is golden. Styles hits a knee to the back of the head and nearly wins the match, but Owens kicks out at the last second. Owens gets a near pinfall of his own; this match is starting to get very tense. Owens hits Styles with a headbutt and goes for a moonsault but misses. Styles does an impressive flip off the top rope to pin Owens, but he kicks out at 2 and rolls out of the ring. A “This Is Awesome” chant starts. Styles is down and out outside of the ring, and barely beats the 10 count to make it back in. Owens hits a mean looking Pop Up Power Bomb and gets the pin, advancing to the MITB match. Very excited to see him advance, especially since Sami Zayn qualified earlier.

      Overall, this was a great Raw. I’m excited to see Seth Rollins and Enzo Amore back in action, especially since Rollins is right back into the title picture and Enzo is picking up right where he’s left off where the Dudleys are concerned. Charlotte finally separating from her father is another positive; the Women’s division needs a strong leader, and that means someone who doesn’t have to rely on her daddy in order to succeed. With one exception, I am very pleased with the 5 MITB match entrants, and very curious to see who the other two participants are. What did you think of tonight’s Raw?  Leave your opinions and thoughts in the comments section, and we’ll see you next week for the Memorial Day episode.


Article by Mrs Jamie BakerIMG_20140926_193145

@OhhhTweener

Extreme Rules Match Card and Predictions

extremerules

      Tonight, WWE’s Extreme Rules PPV will be held in Newark, New Jersey, making it the 8th PPV of its kind. It was originally scheduled for May 1st in Rosemont, Illinois but trades places and venues with Payback. Unfortunately, we will not see Enzo and Cass compete tonight for the Tag Team Titles; after suffering a concussion at Payback during the qualification match, Enzo was taken out of active competition and is working on healing so he can return to the ring. Being the Extreme Rules PPV, nearly every bout will be stipulated in some fashion, so we should hopefully see a departure from PG as the athletes are allowed to be more intense. Let’s take a look at the card and make some predictions.

      Preshow Kickoff – Dolph Ziggler vs Baron Corbin – No Disqualification Singles Match

      The build to this fight has been solid. Ziggler had an unexpected win against the Lone Wolf at Payback, so Corbin is definitely going to take advantage of the No DQ stipulation tonight. His call up from NXT was solid; he won the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal and has since faced off against one of the company’s best in-ring workers. We’re all but guaranteed to see Kendo sticks and steel chairs, but I’d like to see Corbin and Ziggler get a little more creative and really push the boundaries. It would be nice to see more meaningful matches on the kickoff shows.

      WINNER:  Baron Corbin


      The Usos vs The Club – Tornado Tag Team Match

      This departs from a normal tag match, as all participants are allowed to be involved at all times. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows have aligned themselves with AJ Styles from the second they debuted, and given his fight with Roman Reigns, it makes sense that The Usos would get involved to even the numbers. The downside to these type of matches is that even though everyone can be involved, you always have one or two competitors “knocked out” for brief moments either in the ring corner or outside on the floor, so it generally ends up being one-on-one for the most part anyway. This is an extension of the battle between Reigns and Styles and will be all about “The Bloodline vs The Club.” I for one will be glad when it’s over.

      WINNER:  The Usos


      The New Day (c) vs The Vaudevillians – Tag Team Title Match

      This is one of two non-stipulated matches for the evening. Why this one wasn’t made the Tornado Match, I’ll never understand. The New Day are the hottest tag team in the company, and the best one they have had in a long while. I was excited to see them go against Enzo and Cass, but we have plenty of time in the future to see that. Simon Gotch and Aiden English are a big departure from the teams we’re used to; the gimmick is unique and they work very well together as a team. However, considering the fact that they likely wouldn’t have this match tonight if Enzo was still standing, I don’t see a good outcome for them.

      WINNERS:  New Day


      Charlotte (c) vs Natalya – Submission Match for the WWE Women’s Title

      Ric Flair will be banned from ringside tonight; if he interferes, Charlotte will automatically lose her title. Natalya got screwed during her last title match against Charlotte when the bell was rung prematurely under the incorrect assumption that Natalya had tapped out. My husband filled me in on the rumor that Stephanie McMahon is training hard so she can eventually take the title from Charlotte, so Natalya may once again be out of luck tonight. She has been with the company for years and has been grossly underutilized lately. I can’t imagine how badly she wants to be Women’s Champ, but tonight may not be her night to shine.

      WINNER:  Charlotte


      The Miz (c) vs Sami Zayn vs Kevin Owens vs Cesaro – Fatal 4-Way Match for the Intercontinental Title

      A Fatal 4-Way is a great match, but I wouldn’t call it extreme by any means. There should have been an added element to this to take it to the next level. When you have four strong talents, you need to take advantage of that. Creative dropped the ball here by taking the easy route, but it’ll be a solid match regardless. The tension between Owens and Zayn is fantastic; I could watch them wrestle at every PPV. Cesaro has been solid since his return, and The Miz has been revitalized with the addition of his wife, Maryse. In typical Miz fashion, I can all but guarantee he pulls something shady with the help of Maryse in order to hold onto the title.

      WINNER:  The Miz


      Kalisto (c) vs Rusev – United States Title Match

      My husband already ruined this match for me. His idea is that Rusev will win the title to set things up for John Cena’s return. Cena will win the title from Rusev, because we can’t have Cena without a title, and that will be that. I want him to be wrong, but he rarely is when it comes to guessing WWE’s directions. Another rumor has this match working to set up a mixed tag with Lana and Rusev against Kalisto and a yet to be determined female competitor. That would definitely be interesting. This is the second non-stipulated match tonight, which is a disappointment, and I hope we don’t have Kalisto yet again bringing down another monster competitor.

      WINNER:  Rusev


      Dean Ambrose vs Chris Jericho – Asylum Match

      An Asylum Match is basically just a cage match with accessories. Jericho has had the same gimmick with everyone he’s wrestled lately. “Anything you can do, I can do better. I am the best in the world at what I do.” With Ambrose, it was the battle of the talk shows, and ultimately Jericho came out on top. Tonight, Ambrose has the upper hand, being the unhinged guy who should be at home in an asylum-type setting. I’m not a fan of Jericho, but he almost always does his best to put his opponent over, whether it’s obvious or not. If his role tonight is to be Ambrose’s punching bag, he’ll do it and he’ll do it well. I’m hoping the whole Asylum theme has more to it than what we’ve already seen.

      WINNER:  Dean Ambrose


      Roman Reigns (c) vs AJ Styles – Extreme Rules Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Title

      This is basically the same as a No Holds Barred match. Anything goes, no DQ, weapons allowed, no rope breaks, and the action can and will leave the confines of the ring. The chances of seeing Gallows and Anderson interfere, only to be stopped by The Usos, are pretty high. Hopefully, their match will end by one team being too “injured” to participate later in the night, so we have a clean one-on-one for the title. Reigns is my second least favorite champion that we’ve had over the past few years, losing out on first to John Cena. The crowd can’t stand him either, leading the announce team to scramble and attempt to convince us that we boo because we love it. We don’t. We boo because we want the belt off of him and onto literally anyone else. If AJ Styles is that someone else, it would be a big statement of the WWE’s faith in him. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that tonight ends with me cheering rather than cussing at the TV.

      WINNER:  AJ Styles


      With John Cena back on May 30th, and Money in the Bank pay-per-view coming next month, Extreme Rules should be a good jump off point to throw us into the summer schedule and hopefully finish (and start) some new in-ring feuds. What do you hope to see tonight at Extreme Rules? Let us know in the comments what the outcomes might be, your predictions, and what the fallout might be at Monday Night Raw tomorrow night. Extreme Rules is live tonight on the WWE Network with the pre-show starting at seven.


Article by Mrs Jamie BakerIMG_20140926_193145

@OhhhTweener