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WWE Royal Rumble Aftermath

The women’s Royal Rumble match went on last and what a match it was. Asuka eliminated Nikki Bella to become the first woman to win said match. Before she could choose which champion she wants to face at WrestleMania, Ronda Rousey made her appearance staring down Charlotte Flair, Alexa Bliss and Asuka. She event had a stare down and handshake with Stephanie McMahon.

Some of my favorite highlights was seeing Beth Phoenix wrestling again, I miss her in ring work so bad. Natalya Neidhart eliminated Phoenix. Another person I was surprised to see was the number thirty entrance, Trish Stratus and she still can go. She and Mickie James faced off reuniting their feud. A couple other names appeared was Molly Holly and Lita. Lita got some ring rust. Torrie Wilson and Michelle McCool were good. And entering at number nineteen was Kelly Kelly… What a joke!

Let me get this out there… Jason Jordan is the Marty Jannetty in every tag team he is in. The Bar defeated Seth Rollins to win the RAW Tag Team Championships. Jordan got taken out early by Cesaro by slamming him face first into the ring post. The match was basically a two on one match and Rollins worked his tail off.

The men’s Royal Rumble match was good but it was a bit fast. Shinsuke Nakamura eliminated Roman Reigns to win the match. I and everyone watching the Rumble was happy Reigns didn’t win. A one point it could’ve came down to Cena-Reigns and if that have happened everyone in the crowd would’ve rioted.

Rey Mysterio, Adam Cole and Andrade Cien Almas made surprise appearances. Mysterio shocked me the most since he’s been in Lucha Underground and the way he left the E wasn’t on good terms.

Brock Lesnar retained the Universal Championship in a brutal match with Braun Strowman and Kane. Strowman kneed Lesnar in the head and got a punch in the face receipt for it. Strowman looked a bit shaken by it. This match was spot heavy, from getting hit by chairs and destroying three announce tables and two additional tables. Just watch the match it’s worth it.

AJ Styles defeated Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn to retain the WWE Championship.

The Usos defeated Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin to retain the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.

Royal Rumble (2018) was good but I still say NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia was a better show when it comes to in ring work.

Rhodes Turns On Omega At New Beginning

Last night at New Japan Pro Wrestling: The New Beginning event in Sapporo saw Cody Rhodes turn on Kenny Omega after he lost his IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship to Jay White. After Cody hit the Cross Rhodes on Omega and anymore damage could be done Kota Ibushi made the save. Reuniting the Golden Lovers once again!

Omega getting kicked out of the Bullet Club has people saying he may appear in tonight’s Royal Rumble match. I don’t see that happening. Omega is a face now and with the help of Ibushi, I see them trying to destroy the Bullet Club. Maybe a Omega-Cody match is in the works, love to see that in a year long build and at Wrestle Kingdom 13.

NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia Results

Mix reactions for tonight’s NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia but I thought it was a solid show top to bottom. Sure there were a few hiccups in Ohno-Dream but still a good match. The Royal Rumble tomorrow night has a lot to live up to.

Authors of Pain taking on Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly is the best tag team match I’ve seen this year. Undisputed Era working over the knee of Rezar really showed how good Fish & O’Reilly are when it comes to facing someone bigger than them, when size and strength isn’t on their side. Fish & O’Reilly retained the NXT Championships.

Ohno and Dream had an okay match. They could’ve slowed it down a little and paced it out. And I still can’t get over how big Kassius Ohno has gotten but he can still movie around the ring like a hero.

Ember Moon put on one hell of a fight reversing the arm bar from Shayna Baszler to get the pinfall. The match was one sided with Baszler dominating but Moon hit the eclipse and a handful of kicks. I don’t see this feud ending anything time soon. Baszler attacked Moon after the match.

Aleister Black defeated Adam Cole via pinfall in an Extreme Rules match and it’s probably one of the best hardcore matches I’ve seen. Other than CZW or some indie show you don’t see extreme wrestling anymore other than the E and this match had everything.

The match between Andrade “Cien” Almas and Johnny Gargano is being called match of the year by some on Wrestle Twitter. Was it a good match, yes. Five stars, argument could be made. I thought it was a good wrestling match. Would I put it next to Omega-Okada, nope. But it was still a damn good match. Gargano is someone I been following since his days in Pro Wrestling Ohio and I’m very happy to see him get an NXT title shot but he came up short.

#RAW25 Is In The Books

I was hyped more than anyone for #RAW25 and it had its moments but fell flat when it came to the Manhattan Center and the fans let everyone know by chanting “bullshit”.

I would be pissed too because the Barclays Center was getting all the top names and segments like John Cena, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Godfather. Where the Manhattan Center got the Undertaker cutting an in ring promo which came off bad and two short matches with Wyatt-Hardy, and Bálor Club-Revival. Sure D-Generation X and Razor Ramon segment went over well, but it took Triple H putting over the fans to get them back on his side.

What you didn’t see was during the commercial breaks the Manhattan Center was getting 205 Live matches and even those went short.

The E tried to do something good but couldn’t really pull it off. I did kinda like the original format, one hour will take place at the Manhattan Center and the next hour Barclays Center and have the third hour rotate. I did like seeing Brooklyn Brawler, Brother Love, the return of the Peep Show even though Christian became a background character. The Manhattan crowed chanting 1 2 3 for X-PAC that hit me in the feels. And let’s not forget the fan dressed in drag like Bobby Hennan did.

Here’s to another 25 years of Monday Night RAW… I said in my Royal Rumble predictions that there may be a setup for a Bryan-Miz match and tonight the seeds were planted again! Miz became the new IC Champ defeating Roman Reigns.

WWE Royal Rumble Predictions (2018)

The road to WrestleMania starts at the Royal Rumble. One man and one woman will go on to headline WrestleMania 34.

Dirt sheets are saying John Cena will win the rumble but face Undertaker at Mania and not go for a world championship title shot. Cena has won in the past and I really don’t like repeat winners and if Cena wins there still needs to be someone going for the SmackDown or RAW world championship. I’m predicting Bray Wyatt to win.

The women’s rumble match I’m really looking forward to but let’s not have Ronda Rousey win the match, just have her as a surprise entrant. I can’t wait to see who’s all going to be in this rumble, hopefully some past WWE superstars pull a one shot. Right now I’m high on Nia Jax and want her to win the rumble.

Triple threat match for the WWE Universal Championship… Brock has been champion for awhile now and Kane is kinda busy on the political scene and then there’s Braun Strowman. The man who tipped over an semi truck! He’s so over with the crowd and Wrestle Twitter, it’s time for him to win gold and I hope he does.

Handicap match for the WWE Championship… AJ Styles will face Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn. I like the direction where Owens and Zayn is going but I can see Owens turn on Zayn if they win the championship. Keep it on AJ and give him his WrestleMania moment in a singles match that has nothing to do with Shane McMahon.

Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin over the Usos to become the new SmackDown Tag Champs.

Cedric Alexander is going for the Cruiserweight Championship facing Enzo Amore and it’s time for Alexander to get gold. He’s a great performer and the Lumbar Check is a sick finisher.

Update: Enzo Amore got future endeavored. So he won’t be making it to the Royal Rumble.

Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan vs Cesaro and Sheamus… Not a fan of Jason Jordan and Kurt Angle’s family storyline and ever since I’ve been sour on Jordan. The Bar has already seen tag team gold, Jordan and Rollins will hold the belts a little longer.

Side Notes: Wrestle Twitter is saying Daniel Bryan will make his in ring return at the Royal Rumble. I would like to see D-Bry back in the ring but not to win the rumble. If he does have a come back, let’s get that Lesnar match out of him and put Reigns to the side. Or Bryan-Miz would be a match I see Bryan wrestling in because the storyline is there if you watched Talking Smack in 2016.

Top 10 Monday Night RAW Moments

WWE is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Monday Night RAW this Monday night by having a simulcast, part of show will take place at the Manhattan Center while the other half will go down at the Barclays Center. And the WWE is bringing back some of their heavy hitters like Stone Cold Steve Austin, Chris Jericho, Scott Hall, and even… She’s so bad they named her twice, it’s Kelly Kelly!

And I’m here tonight to give all of y’all my top ten favorite Monday Night RAW moments!

10. Chris Jericho’s RAW debut (8-9-99)

9. Shane McMahon buys WCW (3-26-01)

8. Brian Pillman – Pillman’s got a gun (11-4-96)

7. Lita and Trish Stratus main event RAW for the WWE Women’s Championship (12-6-04)

6. Lightning Kid defeats Razor Ramon (5-17-93)

5. Brock Lesnar returned and destroyed John Cena (4-2-12)

4. DX reunites on Raw’s 1,000th episode (7-23-12)

3. CM Punk’s pipe bomb promo (6-27-11)

2. Hardy Boyz and Edge & Christian received a standing ovation (10-18-99)

1. Bret Hart returns (1-4-10)

There you have it my top ten RAW moments! Now let’s see what special guest Lawrence from the Awesome 80’s Pod have to say about some of his favorite RAW moment.

1. RAW is Owen: Nothing will ever rank higher than me than the night after Owen died. The emotions were high and every superstar was vulnerable and real. Best moment for me was the Road Dogg and Godfather deciding to go smoke a fatty and swap Owen stories instead of wrestling each other. (5-24-99)

2. Formation of the Union: Foley, Test, Shamrock and Big Show. The group only lasted a few weeks but their gimmick was perfect for the time and place. (5-3-99)

Their hokey entrance music just added to the legend.

3. Steven Regal – Real Man, unfortunately Mr. Regals substance abuse issues led to this gimmick lasting only a short time but this theme and gimmick made me pop every time I saw it and is too often forgotten. (10-24-98)

Honorable Mention: Ric Flair had the best retirement in the history of wresting from his last match to the next night on RAW. This would be my number one if he didn’t screw it up by wresting for TNA. (3-31-08)

Survivor Series (2017) Aftermath

After two nights of wrestling, give me more. I’m calling it now. Survivor Series (2017) was the best PPV, special event, whatever you wanna call it from the WWE. NXT TakeOver: War Games is just a notch below.

The five on five Survivor Series style match’s were awesome! The face off between Snuka-Jax was something I been waiting on for awhile. And I popped when Snuka said, I’m a real samoan. That five on five ladies match was great. Hated to see Becky Lynch get eliminated so early and Asuka cleaning house I didn’t expect anything less.

As for the men’s match. I knew someone was gonna double cross their teammates but thought it was going to be SDLive who did it but it all started with Joe and Balor and it all went down hill from there. Strowman getting taken out early was expected. Having a power house like him, he could take out all of Team Blue. Cena made a return, I guess he is Team Cena unless you count his blue jean shorts. Angle, glad to see he’s back in the E but he can’t go like he used to, a bit slower in the ring and his match up with Cena was a letdown. The ending with Triple H turning on Angle wasn’t a big surprise but Strowman dominating Hunter was nice. It even happened twice. Team RAW won the night beating Team SmackDown Live four to three.

Styles and Lesnar put on a great match. Hated to see Styles ragdolled around the ring but once he got his comeback it was on he took Lesnar to the limits. Styles should’ve won but they gotta keep Lesnar strong. Styles can’t put on a bad match and he brought out a lot in Brock tonight.

SHIELD beat New Day… Also Miz-Corbin was good, it became my match of the night. Corbin won. And Usos best the Bar.

Alexa Bliss and Charlotte Flair did not disappoint… Woo! I can see these two ladies having a program together very soon. Bliss had the upper hand most of the match but Flair walked out the victor, but she had to work for it.

Tomorrow is Monday Night RAW and the fallout of Survivor Series… What did you think of Survivor Series? Comment below.

Survivor Series Predictions And Thoughts On NXT TakeOver: War Games

Tonight is the WWE Survivor Series and it’s RAW vs. SmackDown Live in a battle for brand supremacy. And after last nights NXT TakeOver War Games match I’m totally looking forward to Team RAW taking on Team SmackDown in a five on five Survivor Series match and after looking over who’s on who’s team I gotta say Team RAW with Angle, Triple H, Strowman, Bálor, and Samoa Joe will walk out as victors.

I can see Team SDLive fall apart mid match with someone turning on their partner, maybe Orton attacking Nakamura or even Roode doing so.

In a non-title match Universal Champion Brock Lesnar is taking on WWE Champion AJ Styles. I really want Styles to go over because Lesnar is getting old in the ring with Suplex City. But the E likes to book Lesnar strong and he’ll go over, not in a matter of minutes or seconds because Styles will put up a fight.

In another five on five Survivor Series match Team SDLive with Lynch, Carmella, Naomi, Snuka and Neidhart will go over Team RAW. SDLive have the strongest women wrestlers out of the ten.

In a match between Charlotte Flair and Alexa Bliss should be a classic. And the amount of momentum Flair has behind her, I see Bliss going over. WWE loves a good story but they also like to turn everything upside down.

SHIELD is facing New Day and SHIELD will go over to keep Roman Reigns strong.

Lastly… Miz, Enzo, and Uso’s will win their matches.

NXT TakeOver: War Games was a fantastic show. I never seen Kassius Ohno get man handled before. He and Lars Sullivan put on a good short match with Sullivan going over via pinfall.

The fatal four way women’s match for the NXT Women’s Championship was match of the night for myself and I’m so happy Ember Moon won and became the new NXT Women’s Champion. I’ve been following her career since Shimmer. She’s a great athlete and what she is doing with the Ember Moon character is awesome.

As for the NXT War Games match I loved every bit of it, but I could’ve done without bringing weapons into the match and I didn’t have a problem that the cage didn’t have a top on it. Having a ceiling on the cage is more restrictive.

Hulk Hogan: The Missing Matches

When a buddy comes up to you at work and hands you a VHS tape that says, Hulk Hogan: The Missing Matches still sealed. You gotta ask where did you find this gem. I was told at our locale thrift store and there’s like ten copies. Told him to get me another because I need one opened and sealed.

Cut to a few weeks later I finally sat down and watched said VHS tape and it’s gold. The first match is Hogan-Lawler, and the tag line is “The match that Hulk did not want you to see!” Yea, it’s basically highlights from a match from the 80’s in Memphis. The video quality is okay.

The next two matches are pure gold to me. The next match is Nick Bockwinkel facing Manny Fernandez in a classic Tv taping match. And the last match is a looser leaves town between Mark Lewin vs. The Sheik. I haven’t seen much from the Sheik but what I saw was so brutal. The Sheik did win the match and Sheik U.S. Title. The video quality for the last two matches are good.

This release has nothing to do with at the time WWF, it’s kinda a bootleg tape with some awesome matches on it. 3-G Home Video is who put it out and they did a great job putting this collection together.

ESPN 30 for 30: Nature Boy Gets Its Premiere Date And Trailer

ESPN announced that its 30 for 30 documentary “Nature Boy,” on wrestling legend Ric Flair, will premiere on Tuesday, November 7th, at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN. You can watch the trailer below.

Geek Nerdery Podcast: GLOW and Spider-Man Homecoming

A few weeks ago (I got busy) I rounded up a crew and we sat down to discuss not only the new Netflix series GLOW but also the recently released Spider-Man Homecoming.  Joining me is Doug from The Last Horrorcast, Noah from Hero Unabridged, Michael from The Awesome 80’s Podcast, and Mike Patterson of being Mike fame.  There is a spoilery section but we denote it in the show so feel free to listen without worry.

Music provided by The Fantastic Plastics.

Shoot Interview With Carlson Mann, Part One

Ladies and Gentlemen I’m sitting here with Michael Carlson, but many of you know him as Carlson Mann from his time at Federation of United Wrestlers.

Michael, how are you doing this evening?

What got you watching pro wrestling?

I got into wrestling because the neighborhood kids like putting on their own matches. This was like 87′-88′.

At that point, did you start watching wrestling on television?

My friend Stephan who also wrestled with us literally could not get enough of wrestling. When we were at his house we wouldn’t just watch WWF but everything. I love the Pomp and Circumstance of WWF, they were cartoon characters. They looked like super heroes and movie stars. AWA, WCW looked like guys on my dads softball team. We had USA at my house and I loved coming home from church and watching the recap show. Gorilla Monsoon, Jesse Ventura, Mean Gene.

The matches from 87′-88′ were you and the neighborhood kids taking bumps or just going through the motions, keeping if safe?

The other kids were intense outside, fearless. I liked inside with the pillows. There were camel clutch, figure four, sharp shooter kids. Most of that did not interest me and I think that continues today. I need the story, why do I love this guy? Why do I hate this guy?

Top three things for me in FUW.

3. Keep yourself safe
2. Keep your opponent safe
1. Don’t be boring
Your job is to make people love or hate you period.

I’ll get to FUW a bit down the line…

Even if it is at a sale barn where they auction cows off. Entertain Basically to me I didn’t want to do a show initially. I’m cool with just messing around on some flip and fucks. I did not want to show anyone our attic wrestling. We also at the same time played Wrestling games on OG PlayStation and N64. The tournament champion would get a belt. One thing led to another and wrestling happens. I also loved a-holes, just loved hating them. Bobby Heenan, Roddy Piper, Rick Rude, Million Dollar Man.

The initial build of Hogan V Sheik, bromance with Hulk and Mr T. Andre being a bad guy; but I knew deep down inside that he was a good guy.

I also loved the stuff with the Russians because obviously they are coming to take over the red white and blue ala Red Dawn.

The neighborhood and attic wrestling, did you have your own characters or gimmicks?

Yes, but nothing planned. Other people in our fed came into it with entire characters ready to go. I had to find my way with help from others. I never stood in front of a mirror and did a promo until 1999. Most of the others had been waiting for this since Wrastlemania I.

Storylines and WWF characters aside. How about the NWA, Crockett, AWA etc. Did you watch any of those promotions?

Like I said earlier, My friend Stephan made me watch everything. Loved the Steiners, Luger, Sting, Dusty. Loved to hate Rick Flair.

What made you love Dusty Rhodes?


His belly stain, For all intensive purposes he was not an athlete. Did not matter his physique he willed himself over, crazy amount of confidence for the son of a plumber. It felt like a ride, a show with Dusty. He wanted you to have fun along with him. Flair, you just knew he probably was a dick of a character.

Did you enjoy the Rhodes-Flair matches?

Flair broke Rhodes ankle that gave me drama. Jesus, how many times did they wrestle?

That was around Starrcade (1985) where Rhodes defeated Flair for the Championship.

I was in and out of AWA, NWA, emotionally, their mid card guys were pretty boring to me.

CoCo Beware, JYD, Brutus Beefcake… Loved those guys.

Everyone has their one favorite wrestler growing up. Mine is Bret Hart, who was yours?

Hogan, don’t care how you feel. He may be a racist sushi eater, but I love the character.

I got no problems with Hogan. I wore my Hulkamania banana for Dan Cortese Day 2017.


#DCD17

Correct!

To Be Continued…

Jared Followill Vs The IWC

If you been following along on Twitter today, Kings of Leon’s Jared Followill made a huge mistake by tweeting out “Hey, adults. Let’s maybe not watch professional wrestling. Ya know?” Since that tweet the IWC has been on a rampage… For the full story visit Pro Wrestling Sheet

WWE: Fight Owens Fight – The Kevin Owens Story Blu-Ray Content

There has been many Keven Steen DVD’s released over the past couple years and it was a matter of time for WWE to release their own. And on July 4th, 2017 you’ll have your chance to see Fight Owens Fight when it drops on DVD and Blu-Ray. So what’s on the Blu-Ray… Let’s have a look. 

Starting off you have your standard WWE produced documentary. Here’s the chapter listings.

  • My Journey
  • Maybe I could be a wrestler?
  • A Moment that Switched Our Lives Entirely
  • Mr. Wrestling
  • Turning Point
  • The Top Guy
  • WWE Tryout
  • NXT
  • WWE Debut
  • WrestleMania 32
  • All For Family
  • Payback
  • WWE Universal Championship Match
  • The Kevin Owens Show

With every WWE home video release you gotta have some matches and maybe bonus content from the documentary.

Deleted Scenes include…

  • WWE Tryout Match?
  • IWS
  • Steve Corino
  • Reflections in Brooklyn
  • No Singlet
  • The Name Kevin Owens
  • Six Months
  • WWE Debut
  • Grandfathers
  • Superstar Ink
  • Unfiltered
  • Teaser # 1
  • Teaser # 2

Matches…

Kevin Owens vs. CJ Parker
NXT TakeOver: R-Evolution December 11, 2014

NXT Championship Match
Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
NXT TakeOver: Rival February 11, 2015

Kevin Owens Confronts Sami Zayn
San Jose, CA March 27, 2015

Kevin Owens WWE Debut
RAW May 18, 2015
Kevin Owens vs. John Cena
Elimination Chamber May 31, 2015

Intercontinental Championship Match
Kevin Owens vs. Ryback
Night of Champions September 20, 2015

Last Man Standing Match for the Intercontinental Championship
Kevin Owens vs. Dean Ambrose
Royal Rumble  January 24, 2016

Dolph Ziggler vs. Kevin Owens
Main Event April 12, 2016

Kevin Owens & Triple H vs. Sami Zayn & Dean Ambrose
Paris, France April 22, 2016

Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
Battleground July 24, 2016

Fatal 4-Way Match for the Universal Championship
Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins vs. Big Cass
RAW August 29, 2016

Hell in a Cell Match for the Universal Championship
Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins
Hell in a Cell October 30, 2016

United States Championship Match
Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho
WrestleMania 33 April 2, 2017

Blu-Ray Extras…

NXT Championship Match
Kevin Owens vs. Adrian Neville
NXT February 18, 2015

Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
Payback May 1, 2016

Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns
RAW September 12, 2016

No Disqualification Match for the Universal Championship
Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins
RAW November 21, 2016

There you have it, the complete Blu-Ray breakdown for WWE: Fight Owens Fight – The Kevin Owens Story.

Geek Nerdery Podcast: Top 5 Animated Batman Films

I am once again joined by Sometimes Co-Host Mike and Michael from the Awesome 80s Podcast as we’re breaking down our Top 5 Animated Batman Movies!  Some claim to have the best list of everyone, some made their list just before we started.

After all that we chat about Wrestlemania 33.   Is it really Undertaker’s final match?  And the guys give their reactions to the new trailer for Stephen King’s IT.

In usual podcast chaos Sometimes Co-Host Mike and I knock equipment around and my cat seems to ring its bell a lot which I did not noticed while recording.  We aim for high quality here!

Music provided by The Fantastic Plastics.  Catch them this summer at Warped Tour.

WrestleMania 33 Aftermath

The fatal four way to me was match of the night and even though Charlotte Flair lost, she did steal the show. Unlike the SmackDown six pack challenge. Alexa Bliss put on a good performance and should’ve kept her championship.

Since Goldberg’s WWE return it’s been disappointing until tonight when he went to Suplex City ten times. This match was far better than Goldberg-Lesnar from WrestleMania XX.

Since Brock Lesnar defeated Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX, every time I watch Taker at Mania I’m expecting him to loose and tonight that happened. The WWE’s golden boy Roman Reigns defeated Undertaker and this starts the road to Undertaker’s retirement. Hopefully going in to the Hall of Fame at WrestleMania 34.

And now a word from Disco Stu…

With this match ultimately being Takers final match it makes sense that Reigns would go over and let The Undertaker go out on his back.

I’m glad that Taker made this decision to hang up his boots. Tonight was by far one of his worst outings in years. I have read the rumors for weeks that he was in a great deal of pain and needed career ending surgery and tonight’s match showed me that’s all true. He looked miserable out there and clearly wasn’t himself. He had one of the best WWE careers any wrestler has had and certainly was relevant longer than any modern day wrestler. Now it’s time for him to live as Mark assuming he still knows how to.

Charlotte Flair may have stole the show for me, but having the Hardy Boyz return got the biggest pop in the Massive’s household.

I’m glad Owens, Styles, and Rollins won their matches. As for the Miz and Maryse they should’ve won. Miz was so over, he was getting bigger pops than Cena. But Cena had to ask Nikki Bella to marry him… Lame!

Overall, WrestleMania 33 was a damn good card from start to finish. And what was up with that Orton-Wyatt match? 

WrestleMania 33 Predictions

The go home shows are over, dirt sheets have been read. But here’s my WrestleMania 33 predictions!

Goldberg and his thirty seconds matches will come to an end… Hopefully. Goldberg already defeated Lesnar on more than one occasion, it’s time for Brock to get the victory.

People are saying Roman Reigns will defeat Undertaker and the way the E is booking nowadays I see that happening. But my soul is on Undertaker.

I really wanted AJ Styles to have his WrestleMania moment without the help from Shane McMahon. It’s obvious we will see a OMG high spot from Shane, that’s all he does. Styles is getting the upper hand when it comes to SmackDown! but Shane will get his victory at Mania.

I’m pleased having Bray Wyatt as WWE Champion. There’s no need for Orton to win, he already made it to the mountain top many of times over. I see happening is a screwy finish to get the belt off Bray.

I’m glad to see Austin Aries back in action, he’s always been one of my favorites. Enjoyed his TNA Impact Wrestling run as well and now it’s time to take the cruiserweight division by storm. I see him defeating Neville to become the new cruiserweight champion.

Jericho-Owens have been putting on a damn good show. From being the best of friends to Owens turning on Jericho at the Festival of Friendship. Some say Jericho is taking time off after Mania, I’ll give this win to Kevin Owens.

John Cena and Nikki Bella vs. The Miz and Maryse… I can care less about Cena and Nikki. Give it to the heels, Miz and Maryse.

Bayley vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax… I’m a Bayley fan 100% but as of late not so much. I don’t really see a change but maybe that underdog character she’s been playing is getting to me. Banks is injury prone and the only person that can have a decent run with the strap is Charlotte Flair and that’s who I’m going with. As for Nia Jax, it’s too soon for her to get the belt.

2017 Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal… Pick anyone on the WWE roster and that’s your winner but Luke Harper is mine. Picking a second, Bo Dallas. Bolieve!

Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson vs. Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs. Cesaro and Sheamus… These multi tag team matches at Mania is too loaded. It’s like having a triple threat match each year at Mania. I like Gallows and Anderson so I’m going with them.

Alexa Bliss vs. Mickie James vs. Becky Lynch vs. Natalya vs. Carmella vs. Naomi… Another multi person match that may last three minutes, gotta get everyone’s spots in. Keep the belt on Bliss.

Dean Ambrose vs. Baron Corbin… It’s time to give Corbin a championship. And defeating Ambrose for the belt would make his stock rise.

The Triple H, Seth Rollins story has been ongoing for a good couple years or so. And finally they are facing each other. I do hope Rollins gets his revenge but let’s not forget that Samoa Joe is a factor.

A Conversation With Disco Stu

With WrestleMania 33 only weeks away, I sat down with Lawrence (Disco Stu) to get his thoughts on WrestleMania, podcasting, The Undertaker and so much more.

WrestleMania 33 is next month are you excited about any of the matches?

So far the only one that really has peaked my interest is the Jericho vs. Owens match. There is potential for some good matches that haven’t been booked yet. A lot will depend on how AJ Styles is booked. The E also seems on path to book a Neville vs. Austin Aries match which I would pop for.

The Undertaker has been booked to face Roman Reigns, do you see Undertaker walking out of Mania with the win or will we see 23-2 in the streak?

At this point I don’t see why they should book the Undertaker to lose this match unless its to fully cement a Roman heal turn. The Undertaker is special and should only be beaten if its going to result in something that will change the company for the better. To beat Undertaker just to push a guy who has failed to get over with the fans as a face over and over again would be a huge waste of a valuable Undertaker loss.

It has been said WrestleMania is the can’t miss wrestling event of the year. But I disagree, last year I watched Pro Wrestling Guerrilla’s BOLA tournament and to me it was better than Mania. In your opinion, is there any “big event” shows that could or get close to surpassing WrestleMania if you take out all the glitz and glamour, celebrities, etc?

I don’t think it’s fair to take out the glitz and glamour as that is as big of a part of WrestleMania as the wrestling is. I agree there are shows that are better wrestling shows than Mania, as you mentioned BOLA and Wrestle Kingdom year after year deliver at the highest level. The thing that makes Mania different though is the glitz and glamour, the big show feel. WrestleMania is a spectacle and nothing will come close to topping it.

We all read them and we all have our go to people when it comes to reading the dirt sheets. What’s your thoughts on people like Meltzer, Keller, and Satin… Are they fair with their criticism on pro wrestling?

For the most part dirt sheets are just another form of entertainment for the “smart” fan. They serve a purpose, that is to allow smarts to think they know what’s going to happen or to give us the “inside” scope. Whether it’s true or not. As long as you read them for what they are and that is an extension of the entertainment wrestling provides.

I will say I think Satin is right on. He is very reliable and doesn’t give into the pressure to break news on a weekly basis. If there is a story he will pursue it, but so far I have not witnessed him create a story for the sake of breaking news. That is something I believe all the other dirt sheets have been guilty of.

I like Satin, he’s good and his credibility hasn’t insulted my intelligence, when talking about his website or podcast.

Since leaving the E Cody Rhodes has been leaving his mark in many indie promotions. Thoughts on the grandson of a plumber since leaving the E?

I think Cody has done a great job of building his name into something creditable over his last eight or so months. The key is now for him to do something with it. We have watched ten’s of indie darlings over the years get over but then not do anything with that momentum. I think his end game is to go back to the E and show them what he has done and that they were wrong. If there is money to be made VKM will swallow his pride and have him back. The problem is that a shelf life for an indy darling is two years tops before that shine starts to wear off. I would like to see him talking with the E in early 2018 about a return. I think it’s what he ultimately wants and the fans win because we will get to see him weekly and hopefully with a rocket ship attached to him.

To change the subject a bit. You are someone who host their own podcast, The Awesome 80’s Pod. Nowadays it seems like every wrestling podcast needs a hook and that hook being having a wrestler on their show to give insight on today’s product. As for myself, I’m not too keen of those types of podcast. What’s your opinion?

So I was in early on the originals, Colt, Austin, JR, Jericho. I however have backed off. I still subscribe to all of those but I rarely to more than one show a month per show. I’m a completist and used to believe I had to listen to everyone start to finish to feel whole. The guests are mostly recycled and most hooks are similar. There are 100’s of them out there now and they are all too similar. To be honest the only must list wrestling podcast out there is Something to Wrestle with Bruce Prichard. I plan my Fridays around it. The Monday Nitro version is also good but not nearly as good as Prichard. The cohost Conrad has been friends with my show since he first entered the podcasting realm and now he had the #1 podcast in all of wrestling. It feels good to see a friend succeed.

Over the past month or so WWE has been announcing the 2017 Hall of Fame class. People like Rick Rude, Kurt Angle, Beth Phoenix and Diamond Dallas Page to name a few. Thoughts on the class of 2017 and who would you like to see go into the Hall?

Brad Maddox, I kid I kid. Actually I don’t think too much about the HOF. I have been to two of the last three ceremonies and I love the spectacle of it. Ultimately it’s all about entertainment. It’s a show produced to get the best fan reaction. There is always a little truth a little spectacle and a lot of awesomeness. People hate on the HOF which I think is ridiculous. The business is a work. The HOF is a work. Enjoy it or stop watching. Yes their are wrestlers in there who don’t deserve it and wrestlers who should be but aren’t. When it makes sense from an entertainment stand point they will be in. I saw the Ultimate Warriors last three public events in person and to this day I am only half joking when I say Vince booked his death perfectly. I mean Vince knows WTF is up.

Lastly… The year is still young, what are you looking forward to seeing in pro wrestling this year?

Honestly there is not one thing I look forward to specifically. Don’t get me wrong I’m not some old smart who thinks they can’t do anything right since Smokey Mountain folded. I love the business and I love the surprise aspect. When I was younger I would had notebooks full of fantasy booked cards and I would have WCW & WWF booked out months ahead of time. Now I just watch for the experience and enjoyment of the shows. I don’t agree with everything they put out but ultimately the product dictates whether I watch more or don’t. My biggest thrill will be what they do with Joe and if my man SN gets called up from NXT. Either way I’ll watch and consume it’s just a matter of how much and only they can dictate that.

There you have it… A bit of an inside scoop from Disco Stu. 

Thoughts On WWE FastLane (2017)

The booking for Bill Goldberg in the WWE is ridiculous. He has had nothing but squash matches and tonight Goldberg defeated Kevin Owens in less than a minute, yes thanks to Jericho but that’s not the point. I am so disappointed in the E for throwing away Owens’ title run and giving the championship to a part timer who wants to show his family he can still go. From what I’ve seen, Goldberg couldn’t last five minutes in a ring. He even jobbed to a door to his forehead.

The rest of FastLane I skimmed through. I did watch Bayley-Charlotte and it was a good match. Now we are on the road to WrestleMania and hopefully it’s better than the last few PPV’s the E put together.