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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.

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.

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? 

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. 

Beth Phoenix Into The HOF, Plus Flash And Riverdale

It was announced tonight on Monday Night RAW that Beth Phoenix will be inducted into the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame.

I’ve been hearing rumors of Phoenix going into the Hall for a few months and I was even saying it’s too soon, and I’m a Beth Phoenix fan. Because of her, she made the Divas division worth watching when all you had was three minute squash matches.

If Beth Phoenix was around today she would totally dominate the Divas Revolution Era. If I had to fantasy book her into a match, I’ll put her against Charlotte Flair.


On a few unrelated notes… I’m digging Riverdale. I’ve read a handful of Archie comics in the past and if they were as cool as Riverdale is I may have kept reading them. And yes, I’m in the same boat of people that’s saying Riverdale is a bit like Twin Peaks.

I’m still grinding through Arrow, sometimes it’s to hard to watch. But I been told to stick with it, because they are at least trying to make the series good again.

And then there’s Flash… It hasn’t failed me yet as a series. I’m really into the Killer Frost storyline. Danielle Panabaker is great playing good and evil. I just hope, if she does turn heel she won’t leave the show because she’s an awesome actress.

Elimination Chamber Aftermath (2017)

I totally forgot that Elimination Chamber was an all SmackDown Pay Per View, because I was looking forward to Kevin Owens defending his championship against Goldberg. But that will take place at Fastlane next month.

I pretty much skipped the first half because The Walking Dead was on but Orton-Harper put on a great match. Liked to see Harper win because Orton already is going to WrestleMania and this loss would not hurt him at all.

The main event was good. Baron Corbin put on a strong performance. Cena-Styles never disappoints as always. But it was Bray Wyatt who became the new WWE Champion and it’s been a long time coming… Side Note: Like the new look to the Elimination Chamber.

When WrestleMania comes around and the E doesn’t change their card we will see Wyatt-Orton for the WWE Championship. I say keep it on Wyatt, he doesn’t need it but it’s nice to see him with it. He’s like Jake Roberts or Roddy Piper, so good he doesn’t need a championship.

See you at Fastlane…

Royal Rumble Aftermath (2017)

The road to WrestleMania kicked off with the Royal Rumble and what a fine Rumble it was. The opening match between Flair and Bayley was good. I been saying it for months, the WWE women’s division has been spectacular. Hopefully this feud continues to Mania with another meeting between the two.

The hardcore style match with Owens and Reigns was fine, the finish with Braun Strowman interfering was a surprise. Maybe a setup for Strowman-Reigns at Elimination Chamber or even Mania, but where does Undertaker fit into all this? I can see Owens-Jericho going at it too.

The Cena-Styles match delivered 100% they never disappoint. Their feud is up there with Rhodes-Flair, Lita-Trish, and Hogan-Piper. This may be the end of their feud if nothing happens at Elimination Chamber. But Styles does have rematch.

The Royal Rumble match wasn’t a let down. No major surprises or legends. I did have hope for Kenny Omega to appear but that was shot down. Mr. Ten Tye Dillinger entered number ten, not a huge surprises but everyone was expecting that to happen. As for Orton winning, that’s cool. At least it wasn’t Reigns again. Undertaker, Lesnar, and Goldberg had short moments building to Mania matches. Strowman on the other hand was a best and I did thought a couple times that he may win. Jericho was the ring general, and Miz using D-Bry’s moves was a good storyline nod.

Next up is Elimination Chamber and a lot can change from that PPV until WrestleMania. Only time will tell… Massive!

Former WWE Women’s Champion For Hall Of Fame

This past Monday WWE announced Kurt Angle will be inducted into the Hall of Fame and today Beth Phoenix is being rumored to be a candidate for this years class.

I’m a huge fan of Beth Phoenix but it’s kinda too soon for her to be inducted. I would like to see Ivory go in before Phoenix. But if the rumors are true, I’m happy for her.Other names being rumored for the class of 2017 include Diamond Dallas Page, William Regal, Rick Rude, Christian, IRS, and The Natural Disasters, Earthquake and Typhoon. 

Thoughts On WWE2K17

Christmas was good to me this year with WWE2K17 waiting in my stocking. After a day of updates and DLC, I finally sat down and played it. You gotta remember I was still playing WWE2K16 for the XboX 360 since its release. Now playing 2K17 on an XboX One is a big improvement. I still have to work out the new submission reversal and as I said in 2K16, there is a one to two second lag when reversing a punch or grapple. But over time I’ll get the hang of it.

The roster alone is stacked! and adding DLC to it, the match making is endless. I went ahead and unlocked all legends and I’m very pleased with the likes of Dusty Rhodes, Arn Anderson, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash. With DLC I did get Goldberg and Nakamura, both worth the couple bones I spent.

I also dabbled in community creations thanks to Drunken Zombie Facebook Fan Dave Drasheff, and found about ten CAWs. Such as Steiner Brothers, Hollywood Hogan, and Chris Hero. With some CAWs looking so good there’s no need for DLC at times. But you gotta have that entrance and theme music.

Overall WWE2K17 is a good wrestling game, a big improvement from 2K16. I know I will be playing this game for a long time.

ESPN: 30 For 30 – This Was The XFL Trailer

Over the years ESPN: 30 For 30 and E:60 series has released some fantastic documentaries and when it comes to wrestling ESPN isn’t afraid to cover such a great sport. First example would be The Wrestler, spotlighting Scott Hall (Razor Ramon) and his rise and fall in professional wrestling. Another example would be Behind the Curtain, looking at WWE’s developmental territory NXT and a handful of then up in coming talent trying to make it to the main roster. 

With that said, February 2, 2017 ESPN will be releasing another 30 For 30 special but this time it’s for Vince McMahon’s football company XFL. The XFL only lasted one season back in 2001. Look for This Was The XFL coming in 2017.

Flair-Banks Title Run

This past Monday Sasha Banks defeated Charlotte Flair once again to become WWE Women’s Champion… As I said in the past, these two wrestlers can put on a show. But my problem is, the championship changing hands too many times between Banks and Flair. Let one of them have a decent four to five month run or have someone else get the strap for a while. Bayley, Dana Brooke, or the long over due return of Emmalina. 

Thoughts On Survivor Series (2016)

Goldberg defeated Brock Lesnar in a two minute squash match… You can say I was disappointed in this match, I wanted to see Suplex City at least once or a couple press slams from Goldberg but I didn’t. This match was a lot better than their WrestleMania XX meet up.

The RAW vs SmackDown! Live Survivor Series match was one of the best I’ve seen. Sure the way Kevin Owens and Jericho got eliminated was odd, but I enjoyed the whole thing. The SHIELD reunion was a treat. Maybe in the future we can see a six man tag with the Wyatt Family-SHIELD later down the line. It was said the MVP from this match was Shane O Mac, but I think that title needs to go to Seth Rollins he had more match time than anyone.

WWE: Survivor Series (2016) Predictions

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. 

WWE: The True Story Of The Royal Rumble Content Listenings

Disc One
Documentary:

* It All Begins Here
* Origins
* The Prestige
* Controversies
* Surprises
* Undercard
* Records
* Moments
* Legacy

Disc Two
Special Features:

Devil Hair
Pamela Anderson
Mae Young
Ric Flair’s Return
Batista Zipper
Women in the Rumble

Matches:

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

Disc Three:

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

Blu-Ray Exclusives:

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

Source: WDNews