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8Aeu4Rm9_400x400 (1)It has been a very long time since the last time I posted an article on this blog and there is a perfectly good explanation for that. Back in January, I started a podcast with a couple of friends of mine in The Afterman Devin and Juicy Josh called Five Star Wrestling Podcast. It’s a weekly episodic podcast where we discuss the events of the WWE’s shows like Raw and Smackdown as well as NXT and on occasion NXT UK. We also discuss every WWE pay per view when it is time to and we try to branch out as best as we can when it comes to All Elite Wrestling, New Japan Pro Wrestling, and Ring Of Honor. We just released our eight episode of the podcast and I really like the direction that it is heading in. You can find the Podcast at Podbean, on Youtube, and you can find it on Spotify as well. The podcast (starting from episode 6) is also on this blog as we set up a tab on top of the page that says Five Star Wrestling Podcast. You can also stay social with us as well by liking us on Facebook and Twitter. The Podcast is young and we are working out all the kinks, but we hope for many episodes to come in the future. So, check us out and give it a listen.

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WWE Royal Rumble 2019- My Thoughts And Predictions

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rroyal_rumble_2019_posterAs I stated in my article yesterday, “This weekend is one of the coolest weekends in professional wrestling besides WrestleMania weekend because not only is it Royal Rumble weekend, it also marks the start of the Road to WrestleMania.” NXT TakeOver: Phoenix was last night and it did not disappoint, but tonight is where it all begins. The Royal Rumble is the platform that a wrestler can elevate his/herself to have the greatest opportunity afforded to them if they can out last 29 other men/women in the Royal Rumble match.  This is one of two PPV’s that the WWE does that you hope that they don’t screw up and that they deliver on a product that is worthy of being presented to us as the main product. When the Royal Rumble invades Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, it will be the 32ND edition of the Rumble and I am excited because this is the start of the playoffs that will lead to the SuperBowl of the WWE in WrestleMania 35. Who will walk out WWE Champion? Who walks out Universal Champion and who wins the rumble match? Who will have the right to step on the stage that us wrestling fans like to call the “Showcase of the Immortals.” Hopefully, all of those answers will be answered and you as the wrestling fan get what you have hoped for.

19283-15485760108150-800I am going to talk about the Rumble matches first because it’ll paint a picture of who will win the championship matches tonight. Out of all the participants in the men’s Royal Rumble match, there are only two men that come to mind as a legitimate threat to win it all if Kenny Omega does not show up. Those two men are the architect Seth Rollins and the Scottish psychopath Drew McIntyre. Those two men have the best chances of winning the match, but only one can survive and I think that man is Seth Rollins. Seth has been quite the push as has Finn Balor and it just seems like destiny that he wins and claims his place at the top of the food chain. My iron man for the match which means the person who lasts a long time in the rumble is going to be Baron Corbin. I just feel like that snake will somehow find a way to stay in the match for a long time as he has done it before. The women’s Royal Rumble match is pretty cut and dry for me as I believe Becky Lynch will lose her match to Auska, but she’ll enter the rumble and she’ll win as she decides to challenge Ronda Rousey for her title as she’ll defeat Sasha Banks tonight. My Iron Woman for the rumble is going to be Sonya Deville who I believe in my heart deserves the push more than Mandy Rose and you can believe that.

ajNow, you probably guessed from the paragraph above that I believe that Brock Lesnar is walking out of the Rumble with the title. It’s not easy for me to say that because I would love to see Finn slay the beast or Goliath as Vince McMahon has referred to Brock as, but I just don’t see it happening. I just feel that the WWE is teasing you by giving you what you want, but I think Finn gets his real shot at the belt after Mania. The other championship match that is intriguing to me is the match for the WWE Championship between champion Daniel Bryan and challenger AJ Styles. I would love to see AJ walk out of the Rumble as champion, but I am starting to really get into Daniel’s heel run so I feel it’s too soon for him to lose it now. I don’t know what it is about the tag team match, but it’s one that I do not care about because I don’t believe in Shane and The Miz as a legitimate team to beat The Bar. I feel the same exact way about the United States Championship match between Rusev (Champion) and Shinsuke Nakamura. That has been a non-existent storyline on my radar so I have no vested interest. The only other match that seems interesting is on the pre-show and it’s the Fatal Four Way for the Cruiserweight title as Buddy Murphy defends his belt against Hideo Itami, Kalisto, and Akira Tozawa. I believe Buddy Murphy will retain, but it has the potential to be one heck of a match. Check out my predictions below and enjoy one of the coolest nights in Wrestling.

Buddy Murphy Retains

Rusev Retains

The Bar retains

Daniel Bryan over AJ

Brock Lesnar over Finn Balor

Auska over Becky Lynch

Ronda Rousey over Sasha Banks

Becky Lynch wins the Women’s Royal Rumble

Seth Rollins wins The Men’s Royal Rumble

 

NXT TakeOver: Phoenix- My Thoughts and Predictions

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nxttakesoverThis weekend is one of the coolest weekends in professional wrestling besides WrestleMania weekend because not only is it Royal Rumble weekend, it also marks the start of the Road to WrestleMania. This is the most important time of the year because all of the storylines throughout the year have been building up to this point (or so we hope it does). Tonight at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, the WWE presents NXT TakeOver: Phoenix which features some of the most power packed matches which are a true testament to what they have been building all year long. NXT is the superior brand right now and that is a testament to all the amazing indy talent they pick up all the time as well. Usually with a PPV, there are a couple of matches that I am looking forward to, but that is not the same with NXT which is all killer and no filler. Every match on the card has the potential to be a show stealer and as a wrestling fan that is all I can really ask for. One match that I am interested to see where they will go with it is the NXT Women’s Championship match that sees Shayna Baszler put her title on the line against the undefeated Bianca Belair. Is Shayna going to end her run or is Bianca going to be challenging Auska’s record run in NXT? The other question is what kind of a factor are the rest of the Horsewoman going to play and if Shayna loses, do we see her in the Royal Rumble?

nxtTommaso Ciampa is the best heel in the business as we speak and I am so thankful that he went in this direction because he has mastered the arts of the dark side. The only problem is his way is Aleister Black, a man that many feel Tommaso cannot beat because of the interference that occurred thanks to Gargano. However, one cannot contest that Tommaso is not a serious threat as he has been NXT champion for 190+ days. That is no easy feet as the man has run through competition like Gargano and the Velveteen Dream to name a few. Will Tommaso pay for his sins or will he succeed in defeating Aleister Black and ending that notion once and for all? Another match that I am looking forward to it the NXT Tag Team Championship match that pins NXT Tag Champions The Undisputed Era (Kyle O’Reilly & Roderick Strong) against the behemoths known as the War Raiders (Hanson And Rowe). The WWE really needs to build their tag team division and what they don’t realize is that it’s thriving in NXT. This is going to be one unbelievable match due to the contrast of styles and I can’t wait to watch.

maxresdefaultI definitely saved the best for last because NXT North American Champion Ricochet is going to be putting his belt on the line against the underachiever Johnny Gargano. Gargano is going to be under a lot of pressure in this match because he has to prove that he can win under pressure and when it counts in a championship match. I truly believe for his legacy in NXT, Gargano really needs this win more than you think he does because if he loses then what’s next? This match in my opinion is going to be the match of the night as we witness some magic that is going to be on display as Johnny Wrestling clashes with a man that defies the laws of gravity in Ricochet. The other match on the card features indy wrestling darling Kassius Ohno who is looking for some revenge over the embarrassing loss to the “King of Bros” Matt Riddle who defeated Ohno in six seconds at NXT TakeOver: War Games II. Something tells me that we are actually going to get more of a wrestling match out of this one, but I expect the same outcome when it is all said and done. I hope all of you wrestling fans are going to check this one out because it’s going to be phenomenal. Check out my predictions below:

Tomasso Ciampa over Aleister Black

Ricochet over Gargano

Shayna Baszler over Belair

War Raiders over Undisputed Era

Matt Riddle over Kassius Ohno

XWA Xtreme Rumble 19: My Thoughts

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xwaOne thing that has always been true about life is that there are absolutely no guarantees in life. The same can be said about professional wrestling whether it be the WWE or the indies like Rhode Islands own XWA (Xtreme Wrestle Alliance) who held their annual event Xtreme Rumble 19 from the XWA Event Center in West Warwick, RI last night which was also visible on the app FITE. It was promising to be a great night with matches like rising superstars Danny Limelight vs Ace Austin while rising star Trigga The OG was set to take on Indy wrestling legend Colt Cabana, but like I said nothing is guaranteed and unfortunately the weather conditions (which also moved the event from an 8PM to a 7PM start time) stranded Colt at the airport in Chicago. Nonetheless, the event took off without a hitch and the XWA started us out with what I believed to be the match of the night as Danny Limelight and Ace Austin tore the roof off the place. One thing is for sure and that is even though Danny lost the match, he has nothing to be ashamed about and I would love to see him return. The next match featured one of the most unlikely duo of Bones and Steel (Joey Bones & Jon Steele) as they defended their newly won XWA Tag Team Championships against Bear Country who were a more established team. Despite the adversity stacked against them, Bones and Steele were somehow still able to pull off a victory which upset their opponents who had now failed twice to capture the gold.

49674013_10156468427606919_2012291271661453312_nIt was then revealed at our next match that Colt Cabana couldn’t make it to the rumble to face Trigga The OG, but they had a replacement for him and it was the young upstart from Toronto, Canada Kobe Durst who had made quite the impression the last time he was at the XWA Event Center as fans begged for him to come back. They had a decent match, but having Rich Bass in your corner proved to be fruitful for Trigga The OG as he pulled off the win. The next match featured a man who could be considered the heart and soul of the XWA Universe as XWA Firebrand Champion Kellan “Riot” Thomas defended the belt against Impact Wrestling rising talent “All Ego” Ethan Page. The match was a decent one, but as Matt Striker had said throughout the match that Thomas was lucky he won due to the lazy pinfall covers that prevented Page from winning the belt. The last match featured XWA Champion JT Dunn defending his title against rising star Sammy Guevara in a rematch of their WrestleCircus encounter. The match was an exciting one as they gave it their all, but JT Dunn survived the match due to the fact that he gave the death by elbow to the ref and then hit Guevara with not one, but two low blows. A shameful ending to a great match, but it goes down in the books as a win for Dunn.

si1cba9lThe XWA rumble was next and the winner of the rumble would receive as shot at JT Dunn’s championship at a later date. My pick for the rumble was Richard Holiday, a kid with superstar written all over him as he entered the Rumble at number one. Holiday absorbed everything that was thrown at him in the match from a whole stable of CZW wrestlers, Matt Striker, Space Monkey, and even an appearance from ECW legend The Sandman, but in the end Sammy Guevara was just too much as he eliminated Holiday to claim his stake at the rubber match against JT Dunn. One of the promising things about last night’s Rumble was the mixture of talent from XWA’s very own Wrestle Kingdom School as Buff Dad, Todd Harris, Nick Delta, Joey Bones (who was almost killed by The Sandman), Jon Steele, Bob Whitney, etc. It’s amazing to see what the school is doing and it shows through their events. As I said, my match of the night was Ace Austin vs Danny Limelight and the promise of the night was that former WWE superstar Santino Marella was going to be at their next event XWA D.T.A. on March 23RD. The best wrestling around and you can take that to the bank.

NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool- My Thoughts and Results

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nxt_uk_takeover_posterThe WWE made an amazing announcement back in December when they announced the first ever NXT UK TakeOver event that was emanating from the home of the inaugural UK Championship Tournament at the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool. Unless you follow NXT UK every week, you might not be too familiar with some of their wrestlers on the card, but you should all be familiar with Moustache Mountain (Tyler Bate and Trent Seven), Pete Dunne, and even the second Mae Young Tournament winner Toni Storm. All of them were in action in what was a fantastic card of action that did not disappoint. The card started with the finals of the WWE NXT UK Tag Team Championship tournament that pinned Moustache Mountain against the team of Zack Gibson and James Drake. While I may have mixed feelings about the way the match ended, there was no denying that this match set the bar very high for the night. Tyler Bate is further proving to me that he is going to be a big star in this business with so much amazing strength and athletic ability. I loved the nod to The British Bulldogs that we saw from Moustache Mountain and the trunks they wore.

balor-nxt-ukJordan Devlin is another superstar who has really found his footing in NXT UK and he was in action next against Travis Banks. The only problem is that the match didn’t happen because of a knee injury that was reactivated by Devlin who was attacked outside the ring by Banks. Johnny Saint and Sid Scala however had other plans for Devlin as they announced that Banks’s replacement was none other than Devlin’s teacher Finn Balor. Now, we knew that Finn wasn’t going to lose the match, but Devlin kept up with Balor all the way through the match even in defeat. The next match saw Eddie Dennis get his shot at redemption against the man who ended his undefeated streak in Dave Mastiff in what was an OK match that had a couple of good spots. Other than that, it was a little sloppy and not as exciting for a No DQ match. Nevertheless, the show would move on and we would get out NXT Women’s Championship Finals rematch as champion Rhea Ripley defended her crown against Toni Storm. There had to be some of you out there that were pulling for Storm especially with the last couple of weeks she has had.

f7573-15473311398637-800I was definitely pulling for her, but in reality I really wanted the both of them to have an amazing match. While it started a little shaky at first, they definitely picked up the pace and challenged the opening match for match of the night honors. They gave it their all and they definitely left it all in the ring as Toni pulled off the amazing win. I feel as though this is not the last time we’ll see this two clash. The last match was just pure brutality as Joe Coffey challenged WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne in what is ultimately my match of the night. Both of these guys went back and forth for what seemed like more than a half hour, but the match did not disappoint. The match reminded me of what made the NXT brands so amazing, but the excitement didn’t just end with Dunne retaining the championship. No, it was the NXT UK debut of Walter that ended the show with a bang. The final thing that I will say is that the UK crowd definitely puts the American crowd to shame as the noise level is pure insanity from beginning to end. The crowd at Blackpool last night should be proud of themselves for that enthusiasm. It was a great night and I look forward to more from NXT UK.

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Dream Matches Part 2

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dream matches part 2 copyLast month I listed some of my dream WWE matches that I would love to see happen in the near future. I thought it was a pretty good list, but I am back to do part two and this one is different. You see for today’s Dream Matches, we are thinking outside the box and beyond the walls of the WWE for matches we would just love to see happen in general. While Chris Jericho made a lot of our dreams come true last year by challenging Kenny Omega, there are still a ton of matches he and many others haven’t had and the possibilities are endless. Now the rules are simple, all you have to have is an imagination and leave your elitist opinions at home because we are just trying to have some fun here.

1. Tessa Blanchard vs Charlotte Flair

charlotte vs tessaI’m naming this one first because we have to be honest with ourselves in realizing that the best thing going in the Impact Knockouts division is Tessa Blanchard! She had an amazing match at All In, sher’s had an amazing 2018 as champ, and she is the daughter of a Horseman (Tully Blanchard). Charlotte has been on top of the WWE since the moment she stepped foot through the doors and she has not disappointed us one bit. She had a 2018 that was up and down that saw her lose her title to a new and improved Becky Lynch, but she reinvented herself thanks to her match with Ronda Rousey. Oh yeah, she is also the daughter of a Four Horseman (Ric Flair) so while we will have to wait and see what happens this year. I’ll hope that the Diamond standard gets a shot at the Queen to see how good genetics really are since these are two of the most superior athletes in the game right now.

2. CM Punk vs AJ Styles

aj styles vs cm punkI have about a hundred different opponents that I would love to see CM Punk do battle with in the ring, but I’ll narrow it down to one (maybe two) match that I would love to see him wrestle. I look at matches like I am promoting a match and instantly the title The Best In The World vs The Phenomenal One comes to mind as I would love to see CM Punk take on AJ Styles. It’s one of those scenarios that probably never happen because Punk is dead set against coming back to wrestle and not just the WWE, but one can dream. This would have been a WrestleMania caliber match that would have tore the roof off the place with arguably two of the best in the business. Now, we do not know what lies ahead for any of these two other than the rumor that AJ will be headed to RAW and that Punk will be doing commentating for a small MMA promotion, but one can sit back and wish in his heart that this might happen someday. Would Punk hit AJ with the GTS or would AJ hit the phenomenal forearm and follow it up with a Styles clash?

3. Kenny Omega vs AJ Styles

aj styles vs kenny omegaYou didn’t think that I was going to keep the Phenomenal One off of this post just because of the last one did you? Listen the hottest free agent in all of professional wrestling is out there right now in Kenny Omega and if you are a WWE fan then you hope that this guy makes his debut at the WWE Royal Rumble and hits the ground running like his predecessor AJ Styles. AJ was the leader of The Bullet Club until he was hit with his own finisher by his successor Kenny Omega. You don’t think that in all of the madness that has been the last two years or so that AJ Styles has forgotten about that? We at one time hoped that the WWE was going to give us our dream rematch of AJ/Nakamura and they delivered at WrestleMania 34. They also delivered us Finn Balor (who was the leader of the Bullet Club before AJ) vs AJ Styles and that match was amazing. Now, we can only sdit back and hope that we get AJ Styles vs Kenny Omega at a WrestleMania or maybe even a Summerslam. That my friends is what is best for business and lord knows the WWE needs it now that AEW is around the corner and threatening. So, let’s make it happen WWE!!!

4. Bray Wyatt vs “The Switchblade” Jay White

I think the only reason I want to see this match is only because these guys essentially have the same finishing move. One calls it the Sister Abigail while the other calls it the blade runner. One can cut amazing promos that can mystify a crowd and the other is the hottest name in Indy wrestling now that he is the fifth leader of The Bullet Club. I have nothing else so let’s move on (maybe this isn’t a dream match yet).

5. Abyss vs Mankind

abyss vs mankindI don’t know how one promotion would have dealt with a match like this considering one was a carbon copy of the other, but I honestly would loved to have seen Mankind in his prime take on Abyss to settle once and for all who is the better monster. Mankind was definitely the better of the two, but Abyss is a physical specimen that is imposing. Both of these men have had legendary matches and have carried their respective companies at one time or another. This is definitely catagorized in the dream matches that we all think of when we’re playing WWE2K and saying imagine if Andre The Giant faced The Big Show? So, we’ll go ahead and put this int he video game fantasy mode because this is a fantasy match of mine.

6. The Young Bucks vs The Revival

young bucks vs revivalI want to indulge wrestling fans every where with this pick because it’s one that both teams have tweeted out that they’d love to do. These two could be considered hands down the two best tag teams in the business with The Young Bucks proving it on their own and after an outcry from the WWE Universe, The Revival are finally getting their chance to prove why they are the best in the WWE. I don’t see this match happening in the WWE if I am being honest so maybe when their contracts expire with the WWE maybe The Revival will head over to AEW. Nevertheless, I think this would be a fantastic match that combines two contrasting styles with the high flyers vs the nasty, fist in your mouth, Brain Busters styled team and those always make interesting matches. There was a belief once that Tag Team Matches carried the business and it definitely ruled in the WWE, but every time like it looks to get better they ruin it. Hopefully, The Revival is the start of the revival of tag wrestling and hopefully we get to see this match one day as well. This is it for part two, stay tuned for more dream matches as they come.

Impact Wrestling Homecoming: My Thoughts and Predictions

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330px-impact_homecomingThere is something that we should all be thinking about when it comes to tonights Impact Wrestling Pay Per View entitled Homecoming. Is the end near for Impact Wrestling as we know it? How much more into obscurity can this company go to when it switches to a channel that does not exist in my neck of the woods. It is the saddest deal that I have ever seen a company get excited about especially with the news of the new promotion AEW (All Elite Wrestling) that is sure to be the final nail in the proverbial coffin for Impact Wrestling. It really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone considering they tried to sell their company to AEW (Don’t believe me, just click here) and they couldn’t even get that deal to work. Nonetheless, there are some interesting matches on the card that fans should enjoy like the best women’s wrestler that is not in the WWE in Tessa Blanchard as she defends her Knockouts Championship against Taya Valkyrie. The other match that has peaked my interest is the Ultimate X Match that sees Ethan Page, Jake Crist, Rich Swann, and Trey Miguel all compete for the Impact X Division Championship. X Division matches never seem to disappoint so you can bet I’ll be looking forward to that one. Enjoy Impact Wrestling while you can because soon enough they won’t have a home or a network. Here are my predictions below:

Abyss will defeat Eli Drake

Tessa Blanchard will retain

Ethan Page will Ultimate X

Brian Cage will defeat Johnny Impact

LAX will defeat The Lucha Brothers

Moose will defeat Eddie Edwards

Willie Mack will defeat Sami Callahan

Jordynne Grace and Kiera Hogan will defeat Allie and Su Yang

Wrestle Kingdom 13 Does Not Disappoint

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wk13New Japan Pro Wrestling’s annual WrestleMania like event Wrestle Kingdom 13 took place yesterday at The Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan with some sort of unrest in the air as some futures still lied uncertain. Nevertheless, the company did not disappoint the fans with the caliber of matches that were on the card and the wrestlers certainly delivered what would be one memorable night of wrestling. One word could be used to describe what we saw in the Tokyo Dome and that word is passion. That is exactly what was displayed in the ring and that was passion for the art and love of professional wrestling and that is why people will wake up at four in the morning eastern time just to watch this annual event. One match that definitely helped set the tone for the night was the very first match of the card that featured NEVER Openweight Champion Kota Ibushi who defended it against Will Ospreay in what ended in such a brutal fashion with Ospreay hitting Ibushi with a forearm that looked like it knocked Ibushi out. That match was followed by the first of two three way tag team matches with this one for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship as champions Yoshinobu Kanemaru and El Desperado defending against Roppongi 3K and Bushi and Shingo Takagi. It was definitely the better of the two matches as Bushi and Takagi were able to steal a victory.

47cf1-15465938408661-800The next match was a lesson in basic torture as Zack Sabre Jr. physically took apart and dissected “The Stone Pitbull” Tomohiro Ishii for The RevPro British Heavyweight Championship. If you love submission wrestling then Zack Sabre Jr. is the man to watch besides Jonathan Gresham. The next was the second of the three way matches and I just thought that while it did contain some good spots, it was just a little too sloppy for my liking as Sanada and Evil walked away the new champs. I didn’t know until after the event that Cody Rhodes shouldn’t have even been wrestling with the injuries he has, but he still gave a valiant effort even in defeat against Juice Robinson. Now we get to the matches that make it hard to choose just one for Match Of The Night. The first up was the very impressive match between “The Bone Solider” Taiji Ishimori who took on IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Kushida in a match who from start to finish gave us a match that was one of the best I have seen as both men left it out in the ring.

nkwk 13The next match featured the legendary “Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada who took on what could be the future of pro wrestling and the Bullet Club in “Switchblade” Jay White. I have to say that the last five minutes or so of this match was the best wrestling I had seen in a very long time. I am very impressed with what Jay White brings to the table and he will continue to be on my radar. The next match was a no DQ match that pitted IWGP Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho against the very strange Tetsuya Naito in a match that was worth the price of admission. I continue to be impressed with Jericho and how he has been able to hang and reinvent himself once again in New Japan. Naito won the match in what should be the finale of this rivalry and what a good one it was. The last match of the night pinned the IWGP Heavyweight Champion and former Bullet Club Leader Kenny Omega against the legend of NJPW “The Ace” Hiroshi Tanahashi who was looking to win the title for an eighth time. The match went almost 40 minutes in length falling just short of the mark and it never disappointed. Kenny Omega has mastered the art of fighting long matches and there never being a dull moment. Whether it was Tanahashi hitting Omega with the Styles Clash, Tanahashi going through a table, or just the high powered offense of Omega never left a dull moment in the ring.

njwk13Tanahashi would escape the clutches of the One Winged Angle to finish off Omega for good with a frog splash to claim the title for the eighth time. Both men left it all out in the ring as both men were visibly tired from what had transpired in the ring. The only question remaining now is where does Omega go from here? Does he take the same road that his predecessor AJ Styles took and go to the WWE? Or does he go with his mates in The Elite and sign with All Elite Wrestling? Only time will tell on what decision he makes in the coming months, but there is one more choice and that is he can resign with NJPW where he is considered a wrestling God. I am going to give the match of the night honors to Omega Vs Tanahashi, but just know that Ibushi vs Ospreay was a close second for me.

My Top Dream Matches Part One

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dream matches part oneWith all of the sudden changes and the McMahon family taking over the WWE telling the universe that they plan to listen to what they want had me thinking a bit. Since Christmas is around the corner and the results from the tapings this past week already getting spoiled for me, I decided to come up with a list that I wish Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Vince McMahon, and Shane McMahon will all listen to. All I want for Christmas this year are my dream matches that are yet to happen in the WWE or haven’t been explored enough. Let’s be honest, we are all sick of seeing Rey Mysterio take on Randy Orton, but we want more of matches like Seth Rollins vs Shinsuke Nakamura which we saw at this years Survivor Series which by the way was a fantastic match. All the WWE Universe is saying is that we want you to stop force feeding us trash like Bobby Lashley, A.O.P., and anything else we haven’t been enjoying over the last year or so. What we want is more tag team matches because that division is dying and it needs a boost. Right now, here are all of my dream matches that need to happen WWE:

Becky Lynch vs Ronda Rousey

becky vs rondaThis is obviously at the top of the list for a reason and that is because what we saw from Becky and Ronda before Becky’s injury was absolute gold. Their feud on Twitter and in the the halls of the WWE has trumped (for lack of better words) anything that the men have been doing and is certainly more interesting than Seth vs Dean. We all know that this match more than likely may happen at WrestleMania 35 (which it should) and if it does happen than this needs to main event the whole damn show. This is the greatest generation of women’s wrestlers the industry has ever seen and there is no one better to set history than these two. We just hope that the brass at the WWE know a smart business decision when it smacks them right in the face.

Kalisto vs Rey Mysterio

kalisto vs reyFor a very long time, all I wanted was to see Rey Mysterio take on Sin Cara in the battle of the Luchadores, but in the sense of a generational thing like the Rock had with Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania X8. Unfortunately, Sin Cara never really panned out in the WWE (both versions to be exact) and Kalisto seemed to be this day and ages new Rey Mysterio in the past couple of years. It almost seems impossible that it’ll happen with Rey on Smackdown Live and Kalisto trapped in the Lucha House Party on RAW and 205 Live, but I think this is a match that can happen somewhere down the road. Rey is an absolute legend in the business who showed that you didn’t have to be 6’7″ and built like a brick sh** house to be a star in the wrestling world. Now he needs to pass the torch to the next in line which is obviously Kalisto and while I’ll try not to hold my breath for this one, I’ll definitely dream about seeing it. Plus, I truly believe that these two would excite a crowd with the action whether it be on RAW, Smackdown Live, or 205 Live.

Seth Rollins vs AJ Styles

aj vs seth copyI honestly do not believe that Seth Rollins and AJ Styles have ever locked up in a one on one match in the WWE. Seth Rollins is a guy who is carrying a generation of wrestlers in the WWE right now as he is and always was the future of the company. AJ Styles is a legend in the business that did things a little differently than most when it came to his road to the WWE. In the last two years or so, AJ has proved that he can carry a championship and a brand on his shoulders and he continues to do so. I mean the man had a five star match with John Cena which are words that are often not uttered a lot. Seth Rollins had one of the most impressive title runs the first time around before he suffered that knee injury that put him on the shelf for a while. He has since made a major return and has had some fantastic matches with whomever he steps in the ring with (except Dean Ambrose). I think the two best wrestlers in the business need to clash in the ring sooner rather than later.

Lars Sullivan vs Braun Strowman

Braun vs LarsI know one has done very little in the WWE itself while the other one is the darling of the WWE Universe with his catchy catch phrase, “Get These Hands.” I am talking about the monster of NXT Lars Sullivan and the Monster Among Men Braun Strowman who despite having a title shot at the Royal Rumble is most likely not walking out with the Universal Championship. What should happen is what I like to call the battle of the Gargantuas as I propose Lars Sullivan vs Braun Strowman. It would be the perfect match to establish Lars as the most dominant monster in the WWE since you’ve established that the Monster Among Men is nothing compared to the Beast Incarnate. This one also plays into my next dream match after this one so bare with me. I have to agree with my fellow colleague on Five Star Podcast who has stated that the WWE should treat Lars in the same way they had treated the Big Red Monster Kane when he first debuted in the WWE and that is just make him dominant.

Brock Lesnar vs Lars Sullivan

brock vs larsI am giving you a two for one right here with Lars Sullivan, but I want to treat it more like a funeral for Brock Lesnar. I think the WWE Universe is absolutely done having a Universal Champion who is only contractually obligated to be there six times a year. They have a plethora of talent to the point that if they knew how to use them then they’d be all set bringing back someone like Brock. It was cool for the first year or two when he was picking on guys like John Cena, but there is no use for him anymore. That is where Lars Sullivan comes into play here and again bare with me. Lars has just come off a big win over Braun and now to establish himself as the most dominant force the industry has ever seen, he sends Brock Lesnar into retirement and back to the UFC where he belongs because this is Lars’s house now. It would be a passing of the torch moment that I would force Brock to do so that we can move on from him and into the future. I know the guy hasn’t wrestled on the main roster yet, but this is a chance for the company to establish him as a dominant force. This is part one of Dream matches with Mr. X so stay tuned here for part 2.

WWE TLC 2018: My Thoughts and Predictions

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759104-1After watching Ring Of Honor’s biggest show of the year in Final Battle on Friday, there is only one thing that I am hoping for out of tonight’s WWE TLC 2018 and that is some solid performances with a shot of the right decisions made. We are steadily approaching the Road to WrestleMania so the proper story lines need to be planted now. When the clock strikes 7PM ET at the SAP Center in San Jose, California, the tenth annual TLC will kickoff and there is quite the list of matches on the card and I am not even sure if there is a pre-show match. Out of all the matches on the card tonight, let’s be 100% honest with each other because you know just as well as I do that there is only one match that we are all chomping at the bit to see and that is Becky Lynch vs Auska vs Charlotte in the first ever women’s TLC match. This has been the most exciting television for the WWE in a very long time whether they like to admit it or not, but Becky Lynch is the man of the company now. She is not only making women’s wrestling exciting, but she is make the WWE exciting again. I am also predicting that this will headline TLC and it will be match of the night.

Ronda-Rousey-Nia-JaxNow that I was able to get that off of my chest we should take a look at the rest of the card that has matches ranging everywhere from interesting to who cares. The first match I am saying who cares to is the Ronda Rousey vs Nia Jax match because you know damn well that Nia is not winning the title tonight. Ronda will be walking into WrestleMania with the belt and she’ll be taking on one of the losers of tonights WWE TLC match in the main event. A match that has definitely peaked my interest is the triple threat match for the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championships. ow  that we’ve seen these competitors in plenty of tag team matches, but have The USOS, New Day, or Cesaro & Sheamus ever really disappointed you? These are three of the best tag teams on Smackdown right now and they’ll prove it once again tonight. Another match that I say who cares about is the Mixed Match Challenge match. The only thing that sucks about a series that no one has followed are the implications that winning it provides which is the number 30 spot in the Royal Rumble respectively.

20181203_TLC_BryanStyles-a6876e25834c419cc94bdce1b8fecc5dYou know Braun Strowman will not be showing up to TLC to take on Baron Corbin due to elbow surgery so I think that Bray Wyatt makes the return tonight in his place. It has been a while since we’ve seen the eater of worlds and he needs the proper push plus Vince is making an appearance which either means he is firing Corbin or making him the permanent general manager. Corbin’s cronies all have matches tonight as well and those should be decent matches as Drew McIntyre takes on Finn Balor and Bobby Lashley takes on Elias. 205 Live will make another appearance on a WWE PPV as Buddy Murphy defends his belt against Cedric Alexander in what should be a good match as well. One match that you know will be good, but I am just not impressed with his heel turn is the WWE Championship match between Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles. You know these two are going to deliver tonight, but will anyone still care about Daniel being a heel? Well, the answer is maybe because it is growing on me a little bit. I just thinking making it happen the same week that Dean turned on Seth was a bad idea.

wwe-tlc-2018-match-card-758x332Speaking of Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rollins, this is just there rivalry from a few years back renewed, but with the roles reversed as Seth is now the face who was betrayed by his partner who is now the heel. Way to go WWE on being so creative with your storytelling skills, but I will still watch the match because these two are money in my opinion. I am a huge fan of the Riott Squad which means that the veteran Natalya should be there to put Ruby over tonight in their tables match especially after the segment on this past week’s Raw. I’m just saying that there is no better person than Natalya to put Ruby over at a PPV. I am not sure if I throw this next one in the I don’t care lot, but I am not sure I am even excited to see Randy Orton vs Rey Mysterio to be perfectly honest. I’m definitely glad to see Rey back in the company, but that is only because I want my dream match of Kalisto vs Rey Mysterio. I am also definitely happy that Randy got his killer instinct back, but I could pass on this one. I think this should be a decent PPV with a lot of good spots, but the question is where is the WWE going with the company moving forward. Check out my predictions below and be sure to follow the Twitter account for a new Podcast project that I will be apart of in 2019 called Five Star Wrestling:

Ruby over Natalya

Charlotte over Auska and Becky

Ronda Rousey over Nia Jax

Rey Mysterio over Randy Orton

Carmella and R-Truth over Alicia Fix and Jinder Mahal

Buddy Murphy over Cedric Alexander

Elias over Bobby Lashley

Drew McIntyre over Finn Balor

Baron Corbin Over Bray Wyatt (I know better than to think that this is where Lars Sullivan will make his debut because it won’t happen)

Daniel Bryan over AJ Styles

Dean Ambrose over Seth Rollins

The USOS over The Bar and The New Day