In the past handful of years HighSpots has been producing and releasing their own wrestling documentaries on people WWE would never touch upon like Dynamite Kid and coming in 2017 HighSpots will be releasing a documentary on Bruiser Brody… View the teaser trailer below.
Last night on the 900th episode of SmackDown! Live The Miz defeated Dolph Ziggler to be come the Intercontinental Champion once again.
I’m happy to see Miz holding the IC belt again, I think Ziggler has run his course in WWE. His latest storyline with the Spirit Squad has fallen flat and I don’t see him getting a major push anytime soon. If he would step away from the E and start having matches on the indies, like a Cody Rhodes my interest in him may return.As for the Miz, he’s been incredible as of late. His back and forth with Bryan Danielson on Talking Smack was good and his in ring work has improved. Hopefully he’ll get a world title soon, the E needs that top heel holding the strap.
This Sunday is the 2016 Survivor Series and it’s RAW vs SmackDown. But before I get to my predictions, allow me to address all these WWE Network specials or “pay per view” every two weeks. I find having these specials every two weeks a bit overwhelming and it’s too much at times. For example, the only match I was looking forward to with Hell in a Cell was Sasha Banks vs Charlotte. Because I know those two can have a good match and they did. Some matches and Network specials I could care less about, just overwhelming.
Now Survivor Series is part of the big four but it’s feeling like Bragging Rights but I digress… To my predictions…
Goldberg is back and wants to face Brock Lesnar in a one on one match… I’ve seen their match at WrestleMania XX and it was awful but I have a small glimmer of hope that this match will be good. Hopefully Goldberg can get the ring rust off because that lock up he had with Rusev looked bad. In the match I can see Lesnar bring Goldberg to Suplex City. But if this match is just a one off for Goldberg, I can see Lesnar winning the match.
In an five on five elimination Survivor Series tag team match with Team RAW (Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, and Seth Rollins) vs. Team SmackDown (AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton and Shane McMahon) (with Luke Harper and James Ellsworth)… This match is stacked and I hope it goes on last. I see Team SmackDown winning this match because SD needs a victory over RAW to keep their momentum going so they won’t be seen as the “B Show”.
Sami Zayn in WWE has done well for himself but he needs that big win. Sure he’s gotten some over Kevin Owens, but it’s time for Zayn to carry a belt and I see him defeating Dolph Ziggler to become the new IC Champion.
I know one thing, the E has this Network special stacked with Survivor Series type matches… So let me give you all a quick run down, if you will. The winners are!
Team SmackDown – Nikki Bella, Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss, Carmella, and Naomi with Natalya.
Team Raw – The New Day, Sheamus and Cesaro, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, Enzo Amore and Big Cass and The Primo and Epico.
Kalisto defeats The Brian Kendrick for the Cruiserweight Championship, to bring the Cruiserweight division to SmackDown.
There you have it, my predictions! But who do you want to see win at Survivor Series? Comment below.
Renowned commentator Joey Styles was fired from EVOLVE over the weekend … and now he’s issued an open letter explaining why he made such a tasteless joke during the event.
In the letter — sent to PW Insider this morning — Styles says, “Friday night, I panicked on camera during the live broadcast of Evolve 72 on FloSlam when I realized that heel manager, Stokely Hathaway and I would be doing our promo at ringside and not in the ring with ring announcer, Joanna Rose as I had anticipated.”
Joey explains that he had originally planned to include Rose in his promo and, having to come up with something different on the spot, became flustered and made a political joke — something he admits that Gabe Sapolsky specifically instructed him not to do.
Styles continues, saying that as a veteran, he should have walked through the segment beforehand and that Sapolsky was justifiably furious. The announcer claims that he apologized to Sapolsky after the show, and told him to fire him publicly, which he did.
Styles also mentions that he apologized to Rose, FloSlam representative Jeremy Botter and the wrestlers in the locker room … claiming that none of those parties were upset.
Source: Pro Wrestling Sheet
WWE finally updated their Beyond the Ring section on the WWE Network. There you will find a lot of their home video releases… in other words, home video release I’m not willing to buy.
Starting off the documentary with the intro I got a bad feeling because a lot of the sound bites and footage came from The Monday Night War: WWE Raw vs. WCW Nitro (2004) DVD, so I thought this was going to be a rehash but was I wrong. All new interviews with Eric Bischoff and I was surprised seeing Sonny Onoo being interviewed. But here’s the break down… Majority of the stories from Bischoff running WCW have been told before but there is a couple things that caught my eye. Like Bischoff blaming himself for not bringing up talent and elevate them to the main event level. He was mostly talking about cruiser weights like Jericho, Kidman, Guerrero, Malenko etc. Another point Bischoff made was about the PPV revenue because at the end of the day that money went to Turner Broadcasting and Time Warner and not to WCW.
Overall… I find this documentary okay, because I heard a lot these stories about Bischoff, WCW, and Monday Night War before. A lot of rehashing but it does give you a good history of 90’s wrestling and how WCW beat WWE for like 84 weeks in a row. Just watch it on the WWE Network.
For the past three weeks I been seeing vignettes on RAW for Emmalina. Basically, the E is just repackaging Emma with a new gimmick and from the vignettes I’m seeing I have no idea what her gimmick is going to be. But I hope she returns as a heel, because her heel run before she got hurt was great. Her look was good too with black gloves, mirror sunglasses and a remixed themed. Why fix something that isn’t broken? I’m looking forward to her return.
So what do you think, is Emmalina returning with a heel her gimmick or back to babyface?
Former WWE Superstar Ted DiBiase Jr. is coming out of retirement for a match at Pro Wrestling EGO’s “The Last Call” event on Saturday, December 3rd in Pearl, Mississippi. The event will be a law enforcement fundraiser to benefit Rankin and Hinds County Honor Guard teams. Full details on the event are at this link. It appears DiBiase last wrestled in December 2013 for the FWE promotion.
Side Note: Personally, I want DiBiase Jr. to return to the ring. He was good, I know the E booked him wrong. Just give him the Million Dollar Man gimmick and let him do his own thing.
Challenge TV in the UK announced this morning that they will no longer be carrying TNA programming as of January 2017. They issued the following statement…
We know that many TNA fans will be disappointed to hear this, but we wanted to let you all know that as of January 2017, Challenge will no longer be the home of TNA in the UK. TNA has been a huge and important part of Challenge’s story over the years and we will treasure some great moments like the British Bootcamp and UK tours. We have been proud to bring UK viewers coverage of TNA and have huge respect for the company and its fans. TNA is packed with great talent and we know they will continue to do great things – we wish them all the best.
TNA responded by blaming spoilers in social media…
“We are proud to have had such a great relationship with Challenge, and appreciate how the channel brought Impact Wrestling to our avid viewers through the years. In today’s world, spoilers are inevitable. We’ve heard from the amazing fans in the UK and know you do not want to wait 3-5 days to watch the program after it airs in the US.
Our goal is to broadcast Impact Wrestling in the UK as close to the US premiere as possible. We look forward to announcing that opportunity soon, so stay tuned. In the meantime, we hope you continue to watch Impact Wrestling on Challenge, Sunday nights at 9pm, as well as Xplosion and pay-per-views and follow us on social media. Thank you.”
It looks like The Dudley Boyz and The Hardy Boyz will do battle one more time as they have been announced for House of Glory’s 6th anniversary show on December 17th in New York City.
Meet professional Japanese female wrestler known by many as ‘Aja Kong’. She tells us her story about growing up as a mixed-race child in Japan and transforming herself into a powerful role model.
* It All Begins Here
* The Prestige
Ric Flair’s Return
Women in the Rumble
Royal Rumble Match
Royal Rumble • January 24, 1988
The Rockers vs. The Orient Express
Royal Rumble • January 19, 1991
WWE Championship Match
Ultimate Warrior vs. Sgt. Slaughter Royal Rumble • January 19, 1991
Royal Rumble Match
Royal Rumble • January 22, 1994
WWE Championship Match
Sycho Sid vs. Shawn Michaels
Royal Rumble • January 19, 1997
Tazz vs. Kurt Angle
Royal Rumble • January 23, 2000
Royal Rumble Match
Royal Rumble • January 21, 2001
Royal Rumble Match
Royal Rumble • January 28, 2007
WWE Championship Match
CM Punk vs. The Rock
Royal Rumble • January 27, 2013
WWE Divas Championship Match
Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch
Royal Rumble • January 24, 2016
Winner Gets #30; Loser Gets #1
Duke Droese vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley Royal Rumble – Free For All • January 21, 1996
Winner is #1 Contender 15-Man Royal Rumble Match SmackDown • January 29, 2004
Winner is #1 Contender RAW Royal Rumble RAW • January 31, 2011
Booker T Interview with Shawn Michaels Royal Rumble Kickoff • January 25, 2015
High Spots has released a follow up to their $5 Wrestling series with $10 Rasslin but this time around our two favorite commentators Marty and Colt are no where to be seen. Instead you have comedian Tim Statum and Gene Jackson pervading commentary and cheap jokes.
The difference between $5 and $10 Wrestling… Is nothing at all, it’s still bad. But Gene Jackson’s commentary makes up for it. But some of your favorites do return to the ring like Freight Train, Dynamite and Jeff Hart and a few new superstars are added like Jason Jr. a man dressed in black with a black hockey mask and Mikey, a Michael Myers knockoff who is drunk because he can’t stand on his own two feet.
Once the main show is over you are treated to a handful of extras with a match between Joe Hogan vs Antonio Garza, and a few backstage interviews.
Lastly… I’m a bit disappointed with $10 Rasslin I wasn’t feeling the awfulness that came from this three hour show. Plus the lack of Marty and Colt was felt, but as I said Gene Jackson made up for it.