2017 Survivor Series 9 Deuce Review

Russ and Kent watched Survivor Series, or most of it and we are here to discuss the show in graphic detail.  Still no Paige.  I also found myself missing Ellsworth.

Pre Game Deuce (Or the matches that weren’t advertised)

  1.  Elias defeated Matt Hardy

Russ:  Didn’t know this was a match, didn’t care.  I’ll take Kent’s word for this and not bother watching it.  Rating N/A  

Kent:  Fat Hardy is fat.  He has let himself go, yet again.  I am not one that can criticize, but I can point it out.  This wasn’t even a fun match and I love watching Elias.  This was a dud.  Aiden or Rusev instead of Hardy would have been much better.

Rating: 2.5 with all those points dedicated to Elias trying to carry this match the best that he could.

  1.  SamiKO defeated Breezedango

Russ:  Glad they gave Breezedango a match, but Kent is right! This should have been against a RAW team.  I can’t believe SamiKO was relegated to an impromptu match on the Kickoff Show.  I hope they get treated better over the next 5 months.  Rating:  4.  It was an adequate match, but with no story or reason for the match it did very little.  

Kent:  Why didn’t they go Gallows and Anderson vs SamiKO is beyond me.  This match was given some time, but it wasn’t all that good.  Probably the best of the kickoff show, but that doesn’t require much.  SamiKO along with Breezedango deserve better booking.

Rating: 3.3

 

The 9

  1.  .  205 Championship Match – Enzo defeated Kalisto

Russ:  Oh man, this was hot garbage.  Kalisto doesn’t do it for me.  He had one good match against Baron.  The only reason that was good, I think, was because Baron could ragdoll him a bit.  Well Enzo can’t do that because they are the same size.  Also, with all the interbrand will they, won’t they put us #undersiege shit going on this month this match got lost in the shuffle.  Please, PLEASE, have Enzo move on from Kalisto.  Rating: 2.2

Kent:  I tried to try to pay attention, but i just couldn’t.  I honestly wasn’t into this match at all.  I don’t enjoy Kalisto as a singles guy.  Bring back Lucha Dragons, PLEASE.  Enzo needs a better opponent with some technical skills.

Rating: 2.7

  1.   The Shield defeated New Day

Russ:  Alright let’s get this out of the way.  The end result was obvious.  If you thought The New Day had a chance of winning this then you don’t know WWE.  Overall this was a fun match.  The New Day played the role of Heel, but never really utilized a lot of heel tactics.  It was typical tag match in the beginning.  The second half of the match really picked up the pace and a lot of fun sequences occurred.  I love how the rules go out the door when the WWE needs them to.  At least commentary did their best to try and cover this up.  Loved some of the innovative finishers they did at the end.  Overall I was satisfied with this opener.  Rating:  5.8   On a side note I like how they are keeping score of the wins for the night.  

Kent:  The refereeing sucked so much in this match, and this would be a common theme throughout the night, unfortunately.  The ref allowed both team, but especially the Shield too much time with 2 or 3 guys in the ring at the same time.  Grow a pair ref and make them abide you!  When the fuck did Seth get so lazy or bland in the ring?  He was just good as a tag team with Dean, but if you notice, Dean has been the workhorse, but Seth used to be.  It’s odd and I don’t like it.  Seth is a great workhorse, but I don’t know if he ever fully came back from injury.  It’s weird and sad.  It’s sad to see how Dean’s arms have no definition and the shirt exemplifies that big time.  This was a good match, and it was fun.  It kept me engaged all match, but not always for positive things. Still, I can say that this may be rewatchable.

Rating: 5.1 Just to be safe as I could be coerced into rewatching, or I may never watch it again.  Everybody tried at least.

  1.  Women’s Traditional Survivor Series Match:: Team RAW (Asuka, Sasha, Alicia, Nia, & Bayley) defeated Team Smackdown (Natty, Tamina, Carmella, Naomi, & Becky)

Russ:  Ok, Let me get this out of the way again.  The end result was obvious.  I wrote this before the match even started so let’s see how right I am with how this will end.  I’m saying Asuka and Foxy team Raw.  Well I was wrong about Foxy, though I wonder if her pin was a mistake.  The way they eliminated Becky was horrible.  She deserves a lot better.  The battle of the Hosses was underwhelming.  Tamina needs to learn how to wrestle.  I guess the count out was one of the only ways to get Nia out without making her look weak.  This match was mediocre at best.  At least it wasn’t unwatchable.  Rating: 4.1

Kent:  Poor Becky Lynch and Bayley to a lesser extent.  This match was insulting to both of them.  I also was not fond of Natty’s ring gear, but am loving Carmella’s.  Alicia looked great tonight, but I think the ref fucked up.  That was not a 3 count and believe me when I was I immediately text Keri, Eric, and Twan about how it wasn’t a 3.  Poor reffing again.  Nia tried, but this wasn’t a very good outing for her, while Tamina shined some.  Naomi was an afterthought as was Sasha to a certain degree.  This was all about showcasing Asuka and having the Hoss Showdown.  The effort was there, but wasn’t a good match.  I was paying close attention, so my rating may be higher than it deserves.

Rating: 4.3 Because it kept me engaged.

  1.  Baron Corbin defeated The Miz

Russ:  This was a well told story in the ring, but it definitely wasn’t the match of the night.  Both guys deserve a lot of credit.  The lead up to this match was mostly done on Twitter.  I don’t pay attention to Twitter so I missed a lot of this feuds build.  Still these two have a decent chemistry in the ring.  The only real negative I have about this match was the fact that The Miz worked on Baron’s leg and Baron sold it.  For about 1 minute.  It really should have played more into the match.  Ending sequence was fast and fun.  Rating: 5.4

Kent:  Yup, I fucking nailed it.  This was definitely the match of the night and both guys looked like stars doing it.  Both guys played to their strengths.  I am so proud of how far Baron has come, and he sold this match so much better than the supposedly superior Finn Balor.  The Miz deserves another run as the World champ next year in my opinion.  Everything about this worked, including Baron to tell a fan to shut up and sit down.  This was a fine example of 2 guys figuring their shit out and putting together a well executed match with good psychology and a logical progression.  

Rating: 6.8 I really enjoyed this one as you can tell.

  1.  The Uso’s defeated Sheasaro    

Russ:   This was a really good match.  I didn’t expect anything less.  These two teams continue to prove why they are the two best tag teams in the WWE.  The back and forth in this was great.  The spots were well executed.  Loved the last tag between Jimmy and Jay. It was a thing of beauty.  The right team won this I think.  Sheasaro didn’t need to win they just had to look good.  This match definitely delivered that.  Rating: 6.3

Kent:  This was the second best match of the night, and I nailed that too.  No, my arm doesn’t get sore patting myself on the back.  They did what they were supposed to but I can’t say that it was better done than Miz and Baron.  It was close.  Some stuff looked a little sloppy and Cesaro looked like he hurt his head.  I felt that he and possibly Sheamus were hampered by pain at various points in the match which hurt the pace a bit.  It was still very good, but it could have been at least a point better, without a doubt.

Rating: 6.6 I liked it, but I could have loved it and so I can’t rate it higher.

  1.  Female Flair defeated Alexa Bliss

Russ:  I’m sure this match was adequate.  I wouldn’t know because while I had it on I was most definitely playing video games.  So I would look up every once in awhile.  What I saw was standard stuff.  There were a few moments of entertainment, this wasn’t a total trainwreck. I mean Little Miss Bliss is always great, but the way she was treated for the past month as an afterthought made this pretty easy to predict.  I can’t wait to see what Kent has to say!  You know he loves Charlotte.  Rating:  3.8

Kent: This was on my laptop while The Walking Dead was on.  I made the right decision.  I can’t stand a Charlotte match and she won.  Fuck this.

Rating: N/A  

  1.  Brock Lesnar defeated AJ Styles

Russ:  Wow, this match is already on at 9:30!  The 5 man Survivor Series Match must be close to an hour because I don’t think Lesnar can go for more than 15 minutes.  AJ is a good ragdoll for Brock. AJ sold Brocks offense like a champ!  On a down note I couldn’t tell if this match was sloppy or just too many high impact moves and a few of them were just off. Still this was fun!  They set up the Calf Crusher beautifully by attacking Brock’s knee often.  Brock getting out of the Calf Crusher was also a thing of beauty.  I hate that Brock has turned into a one-note wrestler, but that’s the way he wants to go out.  The match went 17 minutes so I was close to being right about the 15.  Jinder Mahal is in rarified air.  I think he is the only human being who can’t put a good match together with AJ.  This was fast paced and fun.  Rating: 6.2  I think this would have been match of the night, but it was a bit sloppy at points.  

Kent:  This match was way better than I expected, and I accept that I was sorely mistaken on this.  I am fearing for Brock Lesnar’s well being.  He is red and purple so early in the match.  He was not in great shape, yet again.  You can not be ripped and have great cardio like Joe and KO.  Brock was carried.  Brock did his role, but AJ carried it.  There were some sloppy moments, and I believe that Brock legit hurt his leg, probably his knee.  He swore a few times and his knee looked swollen and he was visibly in some discomfort.  AJ is still the best in the world, and I think that will be the case for another 2 years at the very least.

Rating: 5.9  It was fun and kept my attention.  It told an okay story, but Brock needs to do something about his long term health.

  1.  Team RAW (Braun Strowman, HHH< Kurt, Finn, & Joe) defeated Team Smackdown (Shane, Randy, Cena, Shinsuke & Bobby)

Russ:  This seemed like a slam dunk win for Smackdown, but that was before they actually kept track for us all night. Makes me think RAW might actually pull this off.  I guess we will see.   The entrances alone took 20 minutes, because everyone had to get their own entrance.  I am shocked!  Shocked! Well not that shocked that Shinsuke, Bobby,  and Joe, were the first to be eliminated, but this isn’t a match about showcasing the young up and comers.  No, this is a match to showcase those who really need it, you know those part-timers and old guys.  Cena getting eliminated was an actual shock.  SamiKO’s interference was very welcome for 5 seconds until they were taken out like bitches *sigh*.  Kent called Shane being the last man standing for team Smackdown and that was a complete ego stroking.  HHH attacking Angle was odd, but we saw it coming to set up their feud for Mania.  Braun at the end was fantastic.  They made him look like a million bucks and he went over huge with the fans.  Overall, this was decent. It wasn’t anything special, but it did help elevate Braun a bit.   Too bad it won’t translate to belt wins or anything because gotta have Brock look strong for his feeding to Roman.  YEA!  Rating: 6   

Kent:  Yup, wrong again.  I definitely had a fun first 5 or so minutes.  Some of the spots worked.  I have to admit, the part timers ruined this for me. You have 4 part timers and Randy and it felt like WCW in the mid to late 90’s with all of their old asses.   Not much clicked for me as it progressed.  Shane needs to be done.  I am done with Shane, and I hate to admit it, but Kurt is starting to be iffy for me.  HHH is all psychology and body sculpting.  I don’t even know why Cena was there.  Smackdown had all the teamwork, yet were made to look like total bitches.  This match is what’s wrong with WWE.  Yes, it’s great that Braun walked out as the #1 guy, but when it counts, he’s not going to get the Brock rub at Mania, so who gives a shit?  I wanted to love this, and I didn’t really enjoy it.  Yes, it totally kept my attention and kept me guessing, but this match did more harm than good in the grand scheme of things.

Rating: 5.8

  1.  What was the most logical booking of the night and most illogical?

Russ:  I think the most logical booking was having Baron go over The Miz.  Baron needed a rub and The Miz delivered it to him in spades.  I also want to say the way they treated Braun was smart.  I just know it won’t lead to anything great for him.  The most illogical had to be the traditional 5 on 5’s.  For the women I just don’t like how they treated Becky in the match.  As for the guys, I think it is obvious but allow me to explain.  I don’t understand why they had to showcase the old guys and the part-timers.  They could have had all the same stuff happen except have it happen in the beginning of the match and then let Joe, Finn, Shinsuke, Bobby, Braun show us what they can do in the end.  I don’t even know why Cena was apart of this.  Yes I know his name alone is a draw, but he added nothing to this match.    

Kent:  Logical was Baron, Uso’s, and Asuka all winning.  Illogical, the referee just allowing anything and everything to happen.  More importantly, the women’s 5 on 5 really bothered me with how Becky and Bayley were treated.

Bonus Deuce Deuce

  1. Match of the night:

Russ:  Going to have to give it the tag match.  I had the most fun just watching that one so I’ll give it to that.  

Kent:  Baron vs Miz, no doubt.

  1.  Worst Match of the night

Russ:  Women’s Champions match.  It was ok, but overall, the wrong person won and it was the match I paid the least amount of attention to.  

Kent:  Charlotte’s match for obvious reasons.  Fat Hardy vs Elias also deserves recognition but nobody knew about it and therefore, expectations were incredibly low.

Final Thoughts

Russ: The PPV wasn’t bad.  I actually paid attention to most of the matches and enjoyed them.  Nothing was spectacular, but the matches were decent throughout the night. Rating: 5.8

Kent:  4 above average matches is a success in my eyes.  See, I’m not always negative.

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2017 Survivor Series 9 Double Deuce Preview

Keri and Kent break down every match on the card for WWE’s Survivor Series.  We are both hoping to try to enjoy this.  The go home shows were not very good, but the build ups were decent, so we are torn.

The 9 – This is going by the card as of 4:15PM on Friday

  1.  Kickoff Show – 205 Championship match – Enzo Amore vs Kalisto

Keri:  I’m not invested in this match at all nor do I care about it happening. With that said though, Enzo is putting some eyeballs (not mine) on the 205 product and that hasn’t been done in over a year. So that’s good. I predict this match to be decent but nothing special.

Prediction: Enzo retains because the E wouldn’t bite the hand that feeds the division, would they?

Kent:  I am really pulling for Enzo.  For better or worse, he is the shining light in that division that is keeping it relevant and giving it shine on RAW>  You may hate that, but it’s the truth.  I also hope to see Drew cut a promo.  

Prediction: Enzo via Drew’s interference or distraction like the ref throwing Drew out

  1.  Women’s Champions Clash – Alexa Bliss vs Ric’s Untalented Daughter

Keri:  I’m going get booed by Kent for saying this but I like Charlotte and I’m genuinely happy that she won on Tuesday. With that said, this is the better matchup. No offense to Natty but she is not a draw nor was she strong enough to spar with Alexa. Did you see the Instagram or Twitter video promos between these two? They were very one sided and showed Natty’s shortcomings. Natty, while decent in the ring is just not that strong overall. This is why the change was made and Charlotte is in the match. That and Alexa said it perfectly after the change was made. She has beaten three out of the four horsewomen and its Charlotte’s turn now. The storyline fits and the match should be good as well.

Prediction: Alexa puts the final Horsewoman out to pasture.

Kent:  If I had to bet my life on this, and this is how serious I am, I would still pick Alexa.  I would rather die in that scenario than to live knowing that I owed my life to the lesser Flair.  I cannot stand this girl and how she is gifted so much is utterly absurd, and it’s cause Ric calls in favors.  That’s all this bull shit is.  The only realistic chance Alexa has is if it’s revealed that Shawn Michaels is her real life daddy.  Still, I would rather be dead wrong and stand firm on my morales.

Prediction: Alexa after Paige costs Charlotte the match

As an aside, I just finished watching the Ric Flair 30 for 30 on ESPN.  It was really well done and it makes it really hard for me to hate on Charlotte.  Come Sunday, I feel that I will be back to normal.

  1.  Terribly Predictable Match – Shield vs New Day

Keri:  I’m going to keep this short because we all know who’s winning this match. This has the potential of being match of the night provided the teams are given time to work. But alas….  

Prediction: The Shield wins because you will cheer Roman and like it.

Kent:  I hate to say this because I know that this match should be good, but I also know that I am going to hate the ending, so what is the point?  I am sick of the Shield.  I don’t even know how I would feel if they were heels  That’s where I am at.  The whole will they or won’t they touch butts, I mean fists, really soured me on this, and that sucks, it really sucks, but it’s the truth.  It was a nauseating story arc.  This one is a no brainer, and New Day has been cast as the villains in this. My hope is that they revert a bit to their heel ways once they realize the crowd is only 20% at most, behind them.

Prediction: The Shield, and fuck anybody rooting for the Shield.  You’re idiots.

  1.  Women’s 5 on 5 – Alicia, Asuka, Nia, Sasha, & Bayley vs Becky, Camella, Naomi, Tamina, & ? – Predict who the question mark is  (Update, the 5th member is Natty, but Keri and I already told you this a day early.)

Keri:  The only thing I will say on this match is Asuka better come out on top somehow. As I said on this week’s blog, there is no other option. If any other option occurs, then WWE proves what I’ve been saying for a few weeks now and why I’m no longer interested in watching its product. As for our mystery person. I’ve been missing Paige so I would like to see her. But at the end of the day, this should and will be Natty’s spot.

Prediction: RAW women win and Asuka continues to look unbeatable

Kent:  The question mark is incredibly easy actually.  That will be Natalya with a 5% chance of a surprise being Lana.  It’s not going to be Paige.  Paige would spice up that division, but even then, Natty deserves to have a match, so I think the bland answer is the right one here.  Paige needs to come to Smackdown and kill the untalented one and then work a great program with Becky.  That is something my clue would like to get behind.  Alllllright.  Oh yeah, the match, Asuka is winning.  That’s another reason to not bring back Paige.  That’s why I think people are idiots for predicting Paige.  Are they really going to bring her back to instantly job.  They would NEVER do that.  Hang on, I just got a phone call from Bray Wyatt.  Ohhhh, man, now I am worried it may be Paige.  Yikes.

Prediction: Asuka and Alicia win and Natty is the 5th member of Smackdown and I am also predicting that Bayley is taken out backstage by a mystery assailant.

  1.  1 of 2 good matches – The Miz vs Baron Corbin

Keri:  Lately, Twitter feuds have been knocking it out of the park. There is the one that I’m extremely interested in (and the reason I’m getting up at 3 am on January 4th ) and this one. I will talk this one though. This one was well done and got me excited about the match. This also has the potential of being a match of the night contender again provided both guys get the time to put in the work (something the E doesn’t like to do).

And my prediction is: Axel and Dallas get thrown around by Corbin and Corbin wins. See Kent there will be lackey tossing in this PPV after all.

Kent:  This has gotten no hype, no shine.  Baron and Miz had to do all the hype on Twitter, and kudos to them for still having me hooked.  I think the Miz juggled everything incredibly well and Baron had that nice feud with Sin Cara.  I really enjoyed how WWE didn’t WWE the hell out of this.  That leads me to believe that will be a solid match.  It’s also listed as the 7th most important match on the card, so there is that.  Still, 12 minutes would be perfect here.  I think Baron needs it more than Miz, but whiny Baron and cocky Miz are the best of both of their worlds.  That’s why I think WWE will WWE this outcome.

Prediction: Baron and I won’t be upset.

  1.  The other good match – Sheasaro vs The Uso’s

Keri:  So, this week ROH put on their Facebook page a throwback match between the Young Bucks and the Briscoes. It was a two out of three falls match and it was amazing to watch. You are probably asking why I’m bring this up and not talking about this match. Because it was one of the best damn tag team matches I ever watched. Now, here is why it relates to this match. This match has two of the best tag teams that WWE currently has on their roster and both can go.  I predict a good 20 minute match (provided the E doesn’t screw that up)  and this match will rival what I just watched. This will be match of the night (no probably about it) and will steal the show. This is honestly the one I’m looking forward to the most.

Prediction: The Usos

Kent:  I think this match may be great, but mentally, I have a roadblock.  The Uso’s wouldn’t attack Roman in the retaliation and that made them look like lil bitches.  On top of that, Sheasaro is only in this because Shield Reunion part 2 had to happen, so they needed New Day, a team that lost to the Uso’s, to get them into this match.  Nobody, and I mean nobody at WWE is thinking along these lines, and if they did, they would be fired.  But this is deeper psychology.  The thing that you have to understand is that WWE is trying to build up The Uso’s as the best tag team in WWE and Sheasaro losing will be meaningless.  That’s how you know who to back.  With that being said, it would be interesting if Smackdown lost all of their matches prior to the men’s 5 on 5 as the main event.  Damnit, i talked myself into it.

Prediction: Sheasaro

  1.  Men’s 5 on 5 – Kurt, HHH, Braun, Joe, & Finn vs Shane, Randy, Shinsuke, Bobby, & Cena

Keri:  This match is the sole reason why I no longer watch WWE. It has everything that I hate about the promotion right now. Part timers, the same old storylines, and lots of ego stroking. There is nothing going on in this match that interests me. Except maybe the potential of 5 minute mini-matches between Finn and Nakamura, Finn and Bobby, Bobby and Joe, or Joe and Nakamura. Honestly, there is the talent that should be put over in this match. Braun should also get a chance to shine in this match and he probably will to an extent. But at the end of the day, this is going to be the Triple H, Cena, Kurt, and Shane show. And that is why I no longer care about the product.

Prediction: Team Smackdown because there has to be a reason for Angle vs Triple H at Mania.

Kent:  OK, this is my theory that I trademarked Wednesday on the podcast.  Cena and Braun are going to eliminate each other because that gets both of the unstoppable guys removed from the match, and sets up a feud for when Cena turns his back on Smackdown again.  What a dick he is!!!  Kurt and HHH seem destined to screw each other over.  I think that leaves us with Finn and Joe vs the other 4.  This would make sense given the writing of the past 2 weeks.  It’s subtle, but it is actually well written.  I think that they mount a comeback and take out Randy, Shinsuke, and Bobby, leaving the spotlight and that young up and comer, Shane…..what’s his last name?  Eh, it can’t be THAT important.  I can see Shinsuke going for a big kick and taking out Randy for instance, and the confusion, Shin also eats a pin or maybe Randy retaliates with and RKO.  You can see that playing out where Randy gets pinned and Shin tells him that he’s sorry and they shake hands but Randy doesn’t let go and then RKO out of nowhere, so Randy can go back to what he is best at .  That’s how you eliminate them.  Bobby could really use the rub here, buT I don’t think they will give it to him.  This seems destined for Shane to be sole survivor and bragging until Daniel gives him the business.

Prediction: Shane is sole survivor

  1.  Brock Lesnar vs AJ Styles

Keri:  I’m a firm believer that AJ Styles can get a good match out of anyone including Brock Lesnar. But the Brock Lesnar I’m referring to in this scenario is the Brock Lesnar of two years ago (think the Royal Rumble match with Cena and Rollins). The Brock Lesnar that we get today is the one that is there for the payday and nothing else. He hasn’t put on a good match in ages and just doesn’t have the endurance or desire to put on an AJ Styles caliber match. He will hit a few F5s and a few suplexses and in the end will win the match. Why you ask? Because of the money that WWE is paying him to be there. Brock is not the wrestler he once was and I don’t believe has the desire to be again. He knows he has the WWE wrapped around his finger and for that the rest of the talent has to suffer. With that said, I don’t expect this match to be anything special and I hate saying that about any AJ match.

Prediction: Brock will win because Vince needs to justify the big hit to his bank account.

Kent:  I know that a lot of you are talking yourselves into this match saying that AJ can’t have a bad match, unless Jinder is there.  You think, Brock can still go, and he may pull out moves since he’s working with the best in the business.  I get it, you are stupid.  It happens.  Brock ain’t pulling out 7 moves that are brawling tactics, suplexes, takedowns, and F5’s.  They have both wrestled in Japan, so expect multiple near falls.  Jinder will cost AJ this match.  That is inevitable and guaranteed and after gloating about costing AJ, he will get taken to Suplex City for his troubles and maybe Brock and AJ shake hands after.  Also, I think it is irresponsible of us to always blame Brock for his matches.  I feel that they are booked a certain way, and he likes that it doesn’t tear his body up, and if the boss is happy and his body is happy,

Prediction: Brrrrroccckk Lessssnar

  1.  Which match will main event?

Keri:  Men’s 5 on 5.

Kent:  Men’s 5 on 5 just because my theory of Smackdown losing every match until the main event to help inflate Shane’s ego seems like such a good way to keep the Daniel vs Shane feud going.

Bonus Deuce Deuce

  1. Which match are you most excited for?

Keri:  Usos vs Sheasaro.

Kent:  A trainwreck is still a trainwreck.  Men’s 5 on 5 will be a trainwreck and I will be sitting here with my popcorn.  

  1.  What do you think will be the worst of the 8 listed matches?

 Keri:  Both women’s matches.

Kent:  Women’s singles match.  The chemistry will not be very good.  Alexa needs time to get comfortable with her opponents.  That’s something that she is working on, but it is apparent anytime she faces somebody unfamiliar, or hasn’t wrestled against in a while.  Also, because of the dumbass.

  1.  Will Sami and KO do anything during Survivor Series?

Keri:  Nope. They are going to be in the back with the other deserving talent. You know Rusev, Gallows and Anderson, etc. You know the people that should be on the card..

Kent:  I would enjoy if they beat up Shane after the match, but I am in agreeance with Keri on the Nope and Rusev.

  1.  Pick another match to be on the pre-show.

Keri:  I have a wild idea. SamiKO vs Gallows and Anderson vs Rusev Day. That way we get those who should be on the card on the card even if it is the preshow. Sigh. Why am I going to watch this crap again?

Kent:  Cruiserweight 5 on 5 or G&A, Ginger Rhynos, & Elias vs Breezeango, The Ascension, & Rusev

Final Thoughts:

Keri:  This is going to be a trainwreck of a show but hopefully will have its good points. Maybe just maybe the WWE will win me back a little with some of the matches on this card. I doubt it but let’s be optimistic for once, shall we?

Kent:  I shit all over this show on the podcast, but the reality is, this should have some fun moments.  I love Survivor Series, and I am really going to try to take my smark glasses off and just enjoy the show and not be bitter for most of 4 hours until I hear a certain talentless hack’s music.  On the plus side, remember how awesome this team was?

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TLC 2017 – 9 Deuce Preview

Welcome to 9 Deuce’s preview of the 2017 Hell In A cell event.  Let’s face it, the card looks good on paper, but when that happens, it rarely lives up to it’s potential.  Joining me in my circle of negativity are Keri, Cece, and Teddy.  We should get at least a match of the year candidate out of this event….we hope.

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The 9

  1.  Kick off Show – Alicia Fox vs Sasha Banks

Keri:  I’m indifferent about this match. In fact I will probably be doing my weekly meal prep during it. If I’m not then I’m going to be wondering when Balor vs Styles is going to start.

Prediction: Sasha wins.

Teddy: I like Alicia fox she is a great wrestler and her gimmick is hilarious. Sasha has been falling off for me lately.

Prediction: Clever like a fox picks up a win

Cece:  I didn’t even know this was a thing, to be honest. Kind of don’t care. However, Fox has been around a while and she deserves some love.

Prediction: WWE will continue to screw over people who put in work and are never recognized, so, I see Sasha taking the win.

Kent:  The thing is, this is actually a solid match up that I enjoy.  This actually is a good card, just weak compared to what it could have been.  I am positive that Foxy is built up to be the next to eat defeat at the hands of Asuka.  Still, give them 12-14 minutes please.  Prediction: Crazy like a Fox

  1.  Cedric Alexander & Rich Swann vs THE Brian Kendrick & Gentleman Jack

Keri:  I’m enjoying heel Gentleman Jack. This match will be good and I’m looking forward to watching it. It will be a good warm up for Balor vs. Styles later.

Prediction: The Brian Kendrick and Gentleman Jack

Teddy: Cedric has been looking amazing lately and is one of the reasons I’ve been paying attention to the cruisierweights. On the other had brian kendrick and Jack have never disappointed me.

Prediction: Cedric carries Rich Swann to the dance party after they win.

Cece:  I honestly don’t really care about this match either, considering I don’t really watch much 205 and I missed this week’s RAW. However, I do love the team of Kendrick and Gallagher. Should be fun.

Prediction: Gallagher/Kendrick

Kent:  This could be the best pure match of the night.  I have really high hopes, but i also feel this could be an absolute boring, dull affair.  I hope that these guys own the night with a spectacular showing given 17-20 minutes.

  1.  Asuka vs Emma

Keri:  I’m going to quote a wise man’s entrance music and say Emma has no chance no chance in hell.

Prediction: Asuka is going to kill you

Teddy: #giveemmaanL because Asuka is gonna fuck her up

Prediction: No one is ready for Asuka

Cece:  Asuka is back, baby! I am excited to see her return, however, it won’t last long. Asuka will kill Emma.

Prediction: Literally, nobody is ready for Asuka!

Kent:  Squash match alert.  Emma is going to destroy Asuka in 92 seconds.  

  1.  Women’s Championship Match  – Alexa Bliss vs Mickie James

Keri:  Ok here what I predict for the next 6 months for the RAW women’s title. I’m hoping that this is what happens. Mickie wins the belt at TLC but the feud with Bliss continues and there is a rematch. Mickie retains in said match and carries the belt into Mania. At Mania she faces Asuka in a career vs championship match, where she loses. Then the following year, Mickie is inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Prediction: Mickie wins

Teddy: Mickie needs love. They’ve got lots of ground to cover in order to make up for the “fat” and “old” angles they threw her up against. Seriously I thought WWE “cared” about women’s wrestling.

Prediction: Mickie gets the win but not the belt.

Cece:  Honestly, this is a pointless match. However, I am very much over Bliss. Someone else needs the title. Although, I don’t think it should be Mickie James, per say. Nia Jax should have been next in line.

Prediction: Bliss retains.

Kent:  Asuka needs to be kept away from Bliss til Mania.  Bliss and Mickie could feud until the end of the year.  Mickie should get the win and title here to support her decision to return, give her the rub and let Alexa get her win back in December perhaps.  Also, why is this the only picture without the TLC background?  Somebody is getting fired. 

Prediction: Mickie James wins the belt.

  1.  Cruiserweight Championship Match – Kalisto vs Enzo Amore

Keri:  I don’t care about this match. I will wondering the entire time when Styles vs Balor is starting.

Prediction: Enzo wins, I guess.

Teddy: I love they gave Kalisto the title but not at the expense of Neville leaving the WWE. On a lighter note who knew getting jobbed to Braun and tossed in a dumpster would lead to a title run….oh and enzo’s there

Prediction: More nut punting but Enzo gets caught this time.

Cece:  Another pointless match. Enzo is getting on my 10th nerve. Like, why did WWE punish him by taking him down a peg and then just hand him the title? Stupid. Kalisto will hopefully kick his ass again.

Prediction: Kalisto squashes Enzo.

Kent:  I am telling you, Enzo is going to impress you with how much he has grown in the ring.  I know, I know.  Trust me, he is going to have a match that makes you pay attention.  Also, he needs that belt back so he can feud with Mustafa.  Prediction: Enzo cheats to win.

  1.  Finn Balor vs AJ Styles (Bray is out with viral meningitis)

Keri:  It is no secret that I’m a huge New Japan and Bullet Club fan. I mean my favorite wrestler is Kenny Omega, the current leader of the Bullet Club.  We have two former leaders of the Bullet Club in the same match. A match that you would not have seen in New Japan since Balor was leaving as AJ was coming into the promotion. I can’t wait for this match. In fact, when I heard it was happening I said I will force myself to stay awake for this match because I must see it. This match I assure you will be a wrestling clinic.  Match of the night if not match of the year. This is going to be amazing.

Prediction: Balor will get the win because this is a RAW show. But you know who really wins us the fans. Now someone give me a one sweet.

Teddy: Since Bray is out I am a lot more pumped for this match! It’s a NJPW wetdream.

Prediction: With Bray out I’m going with Balor club on this one

Cece:  I honestly don’t know how I feel with this one just yet. It is 2 of the greats in one ring, so, I am excited in that aspect. However, it is a brand crossover, there is where I get iffy. I mean, I don’t quite understand what is going on here. But, WWE has been kind of on my shit list the last month anyway. Hoping this match will amaze and astonish.

Prediction: Balor needs a good, solid, win. He deserves so much better than he’s given.

Kent:  This is a huge dilemma for me.  This will be a solid match, and the best match that Finn has had in WWE, but make no mistake of it, it doesn’t mean that he’s great in the ring.  Only Jinder Mahal can have a bad match with AJ Styles.  With that said, I am pissed that I am missing out on the car wreck that was to be, in the Demon vs Abigail match up.  This match-up is an absolute downgrade for me.  Both guys had recently acknowledged that they felt like they had started clicking together in the ring, which meant something interesting was due.  Honestly, I am glad that I am watching Walking Dead because now I won’t feel so bad about missing this one if it’s not on prior to 8.  Oh, and one last thing, fuck Japan and their bullshit wrestling.  Yup, I’m in the minority, but I don’t enjoy it.  I’m sick of the stiff shots and unnecessary risks.

Prediction: Finn will win which will make this match even worse for me.  Fuck that.

  1.  TLC Match – Kurt Angle, Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose vs The Miz, Sheasaro, Braun Strowman, & Kane (Roman is out with viral meningitis)

Keri:  This match for me will have a lot to live up to after Styles vs Balor. But it has Kurt Angle so that is something. This will be a good match.

Prediction: 2/3rds of the Shield and Kurt Angle win

Teddy: OMFG I’m so fucking pumped to see Kurt wrestle again! That being said the whole roman being out changes everything in the match dynamic wise. I feel since Angle is coming back Shield will pick it up

Prediction: Kurt Angle will break the Miz’s ankle

Cece:  Another really random change. Although I am happy to see Angle come back to wrestle, I still think this is awfully random. There’s no way they’ll bring Angle back to lose. He’s just that loved. But then again, they’ve been known to bring greats in to eat the pin.

Prediction: still think Shield will take the win.

Kent:  Well, I should be pumped for Kurt’s return.  I know I should be.  The WWE made a HUGE mistake in putting him in.  Kurt deserves the huge Angle of having his return mean something.  Not something slapped together on a Friday.  Kane also deserved better, but that was acceptable because he came out from under the ring.  I know people are going to be pumped, but it is short term thinking.  They should have just pulled a guy like Randy, or gave us Shinsuke vs Finn and put AJ in with The Shield.  That would have made the most sense.  No, let’s put in old ass Kurt in a TLC match.  We like Japanese wrestling!  See the fucking correlation?  Nobody is thinking about the safety in these matches.  It’s instant gratification at it’s worse and I am not happy about it.

Prediction:  Braun pins Kurt and hurts him leading to Jason Jordan wanting revenge.

  1.  Which title is more likely to change hands?

Keri:  Cruiserweight

Teddy: Cruiserweight since the only other title is the women’s title up for grabs that night.

Cece:  Not sure. Don’t care.

Kent:  Cruiserweight

  1.  Do you expect anybody else to get involved in the TLC match?

Keri:  Nope. I’m watching for Styles vs Balor

Teddy: Miztourage will interfere. Or maybe the Goodbrothers

Cece:  Probably no one. Unless Roman somehow gets better.

Kent:  Authors of Pain because there are no DQ’s in this match.  No idea why they can’t just add guys to this match as it goes.

Bonus Deuce

  1. Most anticipated match?

Keri:  Styles vs Balor. Bullet Club 4 life. Now goodbye (mwah) and good night (bang).

Teddy: Asuka vs Emma because I miss seeing Asuka 🙁 *update* Kurt Angle coming back makes me so hyped for it! Sorry Asuka boo <3

Cece:  Not too sure honestly. Probably Kurt’s return.

Kent:  TLC I guess, just to see Kane and Braun with weapons.

  1.  Least anticipated match?

 Keri:  Enzo vs Kalisto

Teddy: Sasha vs Alicia now

Cece:  Enzo and Kalisto.

Kent:  Finn vs AJ because I already know that this will validate Finn in dumbass mother fucker’s minds.  He’s not that good.  Just remember, I warned you that this will happen.

Hell In A Cell 2017 Review

Welcome to 9 Deuce’s preview of the 2017 Hell In A cell event.  Let’s face it, the card looks good on paper, but when that happens, it rarely lives up to it’s potential.  Joining me in my circle of negativity are Keri, Cece, and Teddy.  We should get at least a match of the year candidate out of this event….we hope.

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The 9

  1.  Kick off Show Match:  American Beta defeated The less than Hype Bros.  

Russ:  For a Kickoff Show match this was really good.  Shelton was surprisingly spry and doesn’t look like he has missed a step.  The Hype Bros. also put on one of their best televised matches I’ve seen.  I am surprised that The Hype Bros didn’t break up, but I guess we will get to see that on Smackdown. Or they may just drop the whole story, you know typical WWE shit.   Rating: 4.5  

Kent:  I didn’t watch it because I was watching Prom Night from 1980, and I have too much to do, so I am passing on what sounds like a decent match.

Rating: N/A

 

  1.  The Uso’s defeated The New Day and became your new Smackdown Tag Team Champions in a Hell in the Cell Match.  

Russ:  First of all the fact that  this match didn’t close out the night is a real shame.  Both teams deserved it, so let’s make this the curtain jerker.  As for the match itself.  We thought this might be the match of the night and as of this writing it certainly held up to that standard.  This was a fantastic match for both teams.  It was brutal, it was high flying, and it had some great innovation.  The right team won and this is where this feud should end.  Big E was fantastic tonight and I honestly have no idea why he hasn’t been given a singles opportunity.  He is a star and tonight he really showed why.  

Rating: 7.4

Kent:  This match lived up to my lofty expectations, which was to say it would be a match of the year candidate.  Some may say that they overly relied on weapons but it is a Hell in a Cell match and you have a more hardcore match environment.  They had a ton of creativity in this one.  Big E doing the Urinagi right into Xavier catching Jimmy in a back cracker was compelling stuff.  You had the corner spot of caging the Uso up.  The handcuffs made an appearance, just as I had suggested should have been used in the build up.  Everything that happened made a lot of sense to me, and you know that it’s a great match when it gets to a point where I have made up my mind that I will not be upset over who wins.  Kudos to everybody involved.  I a down year for match of the year candidates, this may end up in the top 5, unless you have a hard on for the Okada and Omega stuff, which I don’t think is good for the industry.

Rating: 7.8

 

  1.  Randy RKO’d Russev out of nowhere and into obscurity.  

Russ:  I really didn’t have much interest in this match other than I wanted to see how Aiden would be used and how good Russev would look in the ring.  Well Aiden wasn’t used which I have no idea why he wasn’t!  Big waste of an opportunity if you ask me.  As for Russev, it was a pretty good showing for him.  It wasn’t flashy, but I thought it was a good showing.  Unfortunately the match was kind of blah.  I think some of that has to do with being right after a fantastic match for the Tag Team Championship.  Randy didn’t seem very inspired out there.  Why does Russev take all of the losses for all of the older guys?  He lost this month and he lost at SummerSlam to Cena.  He has become a joke!  He should be one of your top heels, instead I’m not sure if we should be taking him seriously anymore.  Rating: 3.6  (and I might be being generous.)

Kent: Russev?  Who’s writing this stuff?  Anyway, I said during the last match that I felt bad for whoever had to follow up that match, and unfortunately, for these guys, they were chosen.  This match was never going to be fast paced.  So it was going to pale in comparison.  This was a perfectly acceptable, and pretty expected match in reality.  Right at the end, Rusev had that one counter to get the Accolade on, and I really thought that was well done.  These guys could have used some kind of gimmick, like a strap match where you touch the four corners.

Rating: 3.7 It existed but nothing I ever need to see again.  Missed opportunity to not use Aiden.

 

  1.  Triple Threat match Where Baron defeated Tye Dillinger and AJ to become the new WWE United States Champion.  

Russ: I am so glad that they decided to put Tye in this match!  We talked about how it seemed odd that he would be left out of the match after the entire month or so leading up to the match he had something to do with the feud.  As for the match itself, it was pretty darn good!  All three guys put on a good show.  Lots of great near falls and the match just felt smooth and looked good.  Tye was a good fit in the match and was a great showing for him.  AJ was AJ and he was of course phenomenal.  Congratulations to Corbin on his first WWE Championship.  Corbin ragdolled the hell out AJ and Tye which made him look like a beast.  Sure Adding Tye to the match made it seem inevitable that Corbin would win, but I’m not against a Corbin win.  Kent might end up with a raging clue all week.  Rating:  6.4

Kent: Adding Tye made a lot of sense.  Almost too much sense.  Honestly, there was at least one moment where I was absolutely hoping that Tye won it.  You all know that Baron is my boy and I have loved AJ for over a decade now, but Tye would have benefitted most by a win.  I like Tye a lot and he could really use a big push to cement himself.  Still, this match was well paced, told the story it needed to.  Baron was talking trash to fans, which I love.  It’s nice to see him with the belt that he should have had before winning MitB.  Now he needs to stay hungry and prove to the world that he deserves this and more.

Rating:  7.1 I thought the pacing kept this must pay attention throughout most of it.

 

  1.  Charlotte wins via DQ against Nattie, but Nattie is still your WWE Smackdown Woman’s Champion.

Russ:  I did everything I could to pay attention to this match.  The build up and everything else leading to the match was just awful, so this was a tough to keep an eye on.  Overall, the match wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.  It wasn’t that good either, but I was surprised at how well these two jelled in the ring.  I liked how this ended.  Nattie knew she didn’t stand a chance in hell against Charlotte so getting the chair and intentionally getting DQed was a pretty smart move on her part.  Unfortunately, this also means that this feud will continue.  Sigh…

Rating: 4.2

Kent: Didn’t watch it, don’t plan on it.  Sorry, but I won’t do it.  I played ESO and waited for Twan to give me the all clear.

Rating: N/A

 

  1.  Jinder Mahal is still your WWE Champion after he beat, sort of cleanly, Shinsuke.

Russ:  Oh boy talk about having difficulty paying attention.  This was a really boring match.  I knew it was going to be.  I think everyone in the world knew it was going to be.  I love Shinsuke, but this feud has done nothing for him.  I’d rather he be in a match where nothing is on the line and fighting a great opponent, rather than waste him on these boring matches.  It looks like Jinder is going to be champion for awhile longer, which sucks!  The belt has become a joke.  It was the third from last match!  The Belt should be the most prominent thing in a PPV and it has become a worthless prop.   Rating: 3.1  

Kent: I’m at a point with Jinder where I am going to start treating him like Charlotte.  I’m done with his boring ass matches.  I am sick of this experiment.  This isn’t heat.  This is hate.  I am bored to tears by this guy.  Randy, AJ, Shinsuke are the names that he has faced and every fucking match sucked.  The old saying is that if you can’t have a good match with AJ, HBK, or Benoit, then you are incapable of having a good match.  Well there you go.  So until further notice, I will not be watching Jinder matches.

Rating: 2.1

 

  1.  Bobby Roode def Dolph ZIggler

Russ:  Alright, I’ll be honest I was hoping that Dolph would come out to a crazy awesome entrance and I was a little disappointed when he came out to absolutely nothing.  However, as more time passed I started to think how awesome this entrance truly was.  What a heel move that was.  As for the match:  it was ok.  Bobby is not very flashy, but he is damn good in the ring.  The match didn’t really showcase this, but I thought both guys did pretty good in the ring.  They needed a little more time to flesh out the match.  Still I like how Dolph attacked after the match.  Usually means we will see these two at it again and that’s ok with me.  Rating: 4.6

Kent:  I enjoyed Dolph’s entrance, but I just wish they would go the other extreme.  Dolph knows that and that is why this is working.  He refuses to give us what we want, and I can’t fault him.  He’s being a true heel.  This match was not as good as my lofty expectations, but I was also riding a 2 match doldrum.  I was also drinking heavily at this point.  Good job WWE promoting alcoholism.  I enjoyed the match, but not enough to see it again.  I want to see more of these 2, so that is a plus.

Rating: 4.9 I didn’t dislike it, just no point in rewatching it

 

  1.  Kevin Owens def Shane McMahon in a Falls Count Anywhere Hell in a Cell

Russ:  Now this was a match that exceeded my expectations and I had high expectations for this one.  Go ahead and read Kent’s review of the match because I’m really just going to mimic him for the most part.  The story told in this match was fantastic.  I thought the stuff done in the ring was sufficiently brutal and made a fun match.  Then when they moved things outside the ring I like how they started to build for a big spot and instead gave us a nerve wrecking fight on top of the cell.  The crowd was silent not because they were bored but because they were breathless watching that.  Exceptional stuff and then we get the big spot and the interesting swerve with Sami.  There go my hopes that he becomes a top face that faces KO at Mania for the WWE belt, though that was never going to be a reality this year anyway.  I can’t wait to see why Sami pulled KO to safety.  I actually want to watch Smackdown!  Rating: 7.1  (still think the Tag Team was slightly better overall.)  

Kent:  This match absolutely delivered in a different way than a normal match would   This was all about the story.  The moves, at points looked good and brutal.  Shane always gives his all and this is the character that KO excels at.  Prior to the climb, it was a middle of the road Hell in a Cell at best.  I loved KO’s indecisiveness of whether to do the big jump, but he couldn’t pull the trigger, and it just amp’d up the excitement.  Then the battle on top of the cell was absolutely riveting and scary stuff.  We all sat there and winced and worried if they would break the cell or if they would do a big fall.  They did a 10 foot movie, but that wasn’t good enough for Shane.  He went for the big move and Sami pulled KO off at the exact precise moment and it was a thing of beauty.  This was showcasing the art of storytelling in wrestling, and they did an excellent job.  This was the opposite of the Japanese stuff.

Rating: 7.5

 

  1.  Was this the best WWE PPV of 2017?

Russ:  Yes.  that isn’t saying much because this year has not produced many good PPV’s.  Still this was above average even in a good year.  We had two great HiaC matches.  The United States Championship match was very good.  Dolph/Bobby and Russev/Randy were adequate.  Only two matches that truly made me hate this PPV.  Being one right after the other didn’t help.  Still I enjoyed watching this one and I’ll take that the way this year has been going.  Overall Rating: 5.8 I’d watch certain matches over again, but their are definitely some one and dones too.  

Kent:  Yes, I think it has to be.  It sounds like they had a solid kickoff show match, which is all you can really ask for.  Yes, this had 2 matches that I loathed, but that is pretty much every PPV, but both of the matches took too long in my opinion.  The Rusev/Randy and Dolph/Bobby matches felt about right as what you’d expect.  The US championship match was exciting the whole way through as was both HIAC matches.  I would say I spent over half of this PPV actually enjoying myself.  I know, that’s odd to hear me say, right?  Also, in honor of Keri, the Fashion Files returned!

 

Bonus Deuce

  1.  Worst match of the night?

Russ:  Jinder vs Shinsuke, which is terrible to say because Shinsuke doesn’t deserve this.  

Kent:  Jinder vs Shinsuke because Shinsuke shouldn’t be in bad matches.  I expect trash from Charlotte and I didn’t see it so I can’t confirm nor deny my guesses on that.

 

  1.  Best match of the night?

Russ:  Tag Team Championship match Uso’s vs New Day

Kent:  The Uso’s vs New Day was easily the best match of the night despite some other very solid matches.

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Hell In A Cell 2017 Preview

Welcome to 9 Deuce’s preview of the 2017 Hell In A cell event.  Let’s face it, the card looks good on paper, but when that happens, it rarely lives up to it’s potential.  Joining me in my circle of negativity are Keri, Cece, and Teddy.  We should get at least a match of the year candidate out of this event….we hope.

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The 9

  1.  American Beta vs Hype Bros

Keri: You know who would be great in this match instead of the Hype Bros. Breezedango.

Pick: American Beta

Teddy: is their name really American beta? If so I feel bad for them…

Prediction: Shelton Benjamin will Carry this match and hype bros will be butt hurt about it.

Cece:  Of course Hype Bros will lose. Duh.

Prediction: Benjamin/Gable

Kent:  I would say that this has to be the easiest match of the night to pick.  Hype Bros are in a breaking up storyline and American Beta is still in the midst of establishing itself.  

Prediction: American Beta after Zack screws up

  1.  Charlotte vs Natty for SD Women’s Championship

Keri:  What is it with the Smackdown writers and not properly building up a women’s match? I don’t care about this match at all. Fashion Files. Now there is something I care about.

Pick: Charlotte

Teddy: Charlotte needs a decent push and Natty just isn’t cutting it as a top heel champion. Rousey doesn’t have a contract yet so it seems like a great place for a carmella cash in.

Prediction: either Carmella cashes in or cause for Natty to win via DQ

Cece:  We all know Charlotte deserves the win, however, I think since she just came back, Natty will hold on to the title for a bit longer.

Prediction: Natty Ice

Kent:  YAAAWWWWWN.  Don’t know, don’t care.

Prediction: Ronda Arousme will distract Charlotte and cost her the match and while Natalya is watching, Carmella won’t cash in if Ronda is there because WWE can’t have her steal the spotlight from female Naitch.  If Ronda isn’t there, expect a cash in by Carmella.

  1.  Shinsuke Nakamura vs Jinder Mahal for SD Blue Belt

Keri:  I hate Mahal as champ. He has been the worst champ we have had in a long time. It’s not entirely his fault but still he’s pretty awful.

Pick: Nakamura wins because we really need to get the belt off Mahal

Teddy: Mahal also is failing as a champ. He hasn’t had a clean win as champion ever. People are getting sick of the Singh bro’s interference and Shinsuke is still Hella over

Prediction: Shinsuke should win but WWE sucks Mahal’s dick…Singh bro’s get involved…….again

Cece:  Meh. I mean, I love Nakamura and I think he has a good chance at getting the belt. Jinder has had it for way too long. However, I see the WWE teasing us and having Jinder retain by a shitty DQ move.

Prediction: Nakamura wins by DQ, Jinder retains.

Kent:  YAWWNNNNNN. Don’t care.  Shinsuke hasn’t really been booked in this feud, not poorly or properly, but just not booked.  Jinder has had the upper hand almost exclusively.  So is this finally the night that WWE says enough is enough?  Probably not, but I will be optimistic.

Prediction: Shinsuke because this nightmare has to end at some point, right?

  1.  Randy Orton vs Rusev

Keri:  I like what they have been doing lately with Rusev since he returned from his post Summerslam hiatus. It’s like they are given him the opportunity to be himself and it works. Also, I expect Aiden to play a role in this match. I just don’t know what role he will play.

Pick: Rusev wins

Teddy: I’m loving Rusev lately and since his boo is doing her own thing he could really use some momentum. I am an avid Orton fan but please god give Rusev the win.

Prediction: Rusev wins via distraction from mediocre singer Aiden English

Cece:  I don’t really care about this feud, however, I do like the entertainment from Aiden English. I think Rusev needs a push, though.

Prediction: Randy wins again, but it goes further for a longer build.

Kent:  For a lower end feud, this has been fun.  I like seeing Aiden and Rusev get some shine.  Randy is ready to turn heel ASAP.  I think he needs to put these guys over first and then set his sights on the new champ, Shinsuke and eventually AJ.

Prediction: Rusev crush!!!!!

  1.  Bobby Roode vs Dolph Ziggler

Keri:  This match has the potential to be dare I say it glorious. Both guys match up well. Also, I predicted this match weeks ago so right now I’m giddy about being right about something.

Pick: Ziggler wins. I know I changed my prediction from what I said on the podcast.

Teddy: Roode’s first WWE PPV. He is gonna win. They like to job Ziggler to the new guys and I am expecting no different.

Prediction: Roode will hit the Glorious DDT and make Ziggler look stupid

Cece:  This match will be GLORIOUS! Honestly, we have needed something for Dolph to do for a hot minute now. He’s been teasing us with his getups and entrances. I’ve loved it. I’m anxious to see them square up.

Prediction: Bobby with the win, to piss of Dolph and to get hype from WWE Universe.

Kent:  Traditional booking says that Bobby needs to win his first PPV match on WWE.  What rub is to be had when Dolph hasn’t been relevant since last November?  Dolph can cheat to win and continue this feud that has a lot of potential.  I know I am gonna be proven wrong, but I have to book smartly, unlike WWE.

Prediction: Dolph Ziggler with the greatest entrance ever….I hope

  1.  Aj Styles vs Baron Corbin for the US Championship

Keri:  Honestly, I could careless about this match. And I hate saying that about something involving AJ. This would have been a little more intriguing if they added Tye to this match but maybe that’s something for the future.

Pick: Corbin. Only because I picked Shinsuke in the other match and damn it I want the build for my Styles-Nakamura dream match before there is another brand shakeup.

Teddy: this match is boring since it’s not a triple threat match (when is Tye’s time damnit!) Corbin looks to take the title.

Prediction: Corbin finally cuts the Right Corner

Cece:  The most stupidly booked match of the night. I am so over Baron. They need to re-do his character. He needs more personality and a better story.

Prediction: AJ will win because… well, he’s AJ.

Kent:  Baron shouldn’t win this right now.  Crybaby Baron is great.  Prolong this a bit and have Tye involved.  I think this is the night that they give Baron a belt, but I would hold off one more month and allow Baron to get back to where he was in July.  It’s like, something bad happened in August, but I can’t recall anything.

Prediction: Baron wins because it’s the wrong time to do it.

  1.  HIAC: Shane McMahon vs Kevin Owens

Keri:  I’ve enjoyed KO the past few weeks. He has been killing on the mic as of late. The match should be good because we usually don’t see Shane in something mediocre. I expect some really good spots and I expect Shane to jump off something.

Pick: Shane because pissed off KO is best KO

Teddy: Who’s ready to see Shane fall off of shit? I know I am! Shane should take this and finally set KO off the deep end. Bring back Fight Owens Fight and stop this whole coward shit they’ve been running.

Prediction: the WWE universe wins because this match is Hype AF. Also shane lol

Cece:  I like this feud. It took a lot of build up and I think it has kept a lot of us on our toes.

Prediction: Match will be long and hard fought, Shane will jump off something high, and I call Shane for the win because it’s not a title shot and who doesn’t love Shane O’Mac?

Kent:  I expect a good match, some backstage chicanery, and a big spot at some point.  I fully expect Sami to get involved at some point.  Sami should remain a face. Sami should win the Royal Rumble and KO should be the champ for Mania, but I am willing to bet Russ’ left nut that AJ wins the rumble and takes on Shinsuke at Mania because that would be huge as well.  So with that in mind…..

Prediction: Shane wins, KO beats him down after the match and Sami interferes and appears to help KO, and then we get a supergroup with them and the Ascension all in red and black.

  1.  HIAC: New Day vs The Usos for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship

Keri:  This will be match of the night. I calling it now. Why? Because everything leading up to this match has made me believe that it will be.

Pick: The New Day retain

Teddy: I think Shane and KO will steal MoTN but this will be a close second. I love new day and it’s clear they wont turn heel soon.

Prediction: IT’S A NEW DAY YES IT IS!

Cece:  I want this to be a damn all out war between both sides. These guys have been going at this for so long now and have built up such a strong chemistry.

Prediction: I say New Day retains.

Kent:  This should be the best match on the card, and these guys are going to go all out to make this memorable.  I hope that they get the final match of the night.  I don’t want any interference, no nonsense, just a great match.  I am curious which New Day member is left out.  I am guessing Xavier will be unless Kofi isn’t 100% healed.

Prediction: The Uso’s win after Xavier turns heel because he was left out of the match.

  1.  Will they have the HIAC matches spaced out on the card or next to each other?

Keri:  Probably back to back. You don’t want to keep lowering and raising a structure like that. It takes too much time.

Teddy: definitely back to back, unless the structure is damaged then they may space it out to repair it before the next match takes place

Cece:  They should be spaced out, but, they may keep them one after another.

Kent:  I think that they will be the final 2 matches of the night.

 

Bonus Deuce

  1. What will be match of the night?

Keri:  Tag team match

Teddy: Shane vs KO is closely followed by TND vs Usos

Cece:  Honestly, I’m hoping for Roode/Zigler to be great and Shane/Kev.

Kent:  I can see downsides to every match having something silly, except for one.  Sometimes the obvious answer is also the right one.  Tag Team title match is my answer, but I wouldn’t be shocked is the KO or Dolph match steals the show.

  1.  What will be the worst match of the night, better known as the Charlotte Flair Award?

 Keri:  Toss up between the Women’s match and Jinder-Shinsuke.

Teddy: Worst match will be Mahal v Nakamura. Because theyre gonna copy and past the last how many matches Jinder has been in.

Cece:  Hey now. I love me some Charlotte. However, I do think either the women’s match or the beginning tag team match.

Kent:  Women, no doubt.  It shouldn’t be as long as Jinder’s, but Shinsuke is fun to watch at the very least.  If the answer ends up not being one of these 2 matches, I will be a saaaaad panda.

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2017 No Mercy Review

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Russ and Kent break down No Mercy as only they can.  Unfortunately, this is a week late thanks to technical issues on our servers.  We apologize.  Still, we tried.   Not only that, but on this week’s Are You Not Kentertained we do a better job at selling No Mercy than RAW did.

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The 9

  1.  Elias def Apollo crews

Russ:  Elias is getting pretty popular with the crowds lately.  He always gets a loud pop when he asks people if they want to walk with him.  Overall, this was a good showcase for both guys. This will hopefully lead to a real story on Raw instead of obscurity, which we all know it will. Thought Apollo looked good in losing here.  Rating: 4.6

Kent:  I liked this match because it was a solid showcase for both guys and I wouldn’t mind a feud with actual storylines.  I know, it will be tough with all of that focus on the Finn story, you know, because they clearly tried hard there.  Still, I love when Elias does some spot or move where you think to yourself, this guy is a special combination or strength, size, and speed.  Can I get Elias vs Luke?  That’s a match I would pay extra for.  

Rating: 5.5 I really enjoyed it

  1.  The Miz def Jason Jordan

Russ:  I thought this match was actually watchable.  Jordan has proven he can be decent in the ring.  Tonight I thought he did another adequate job.  I’m glad they didn’t pull the trigger on him winning.  The Miz was the real star of the match. I just wish they would do more with him on Raw.  Rating: 4.2  

Kent:  Blah.  I am so over this feud.  I am over Jason Jordan.  I am over The Miz on RAW.  Think about all of the the people that came to RAW from the trades.  Bray, Miz, Dean, and Bliss.  Well Alexa has done OK for herself.  Anyway, give the Miz a good feud, like with Bray or Elias.  This match existed, and it was technically sound, but bored me.

Rating: 2.5 I couldn’t get invested in it.

  1.  Finn Balor def Bray Wyatt

Russ:  Ok this match seemed like it was going in a good direction.  Bray kept on getting the upper hand after being very underhanded in attacking Finn before the match even started.  Afterwards they kept on telling a great story of Finn who just wouldn’t quit even when the odds were against him.  This was a perfect opportunity to give Bray a win. Then it goes to shit at the end and they give Balor the win.  I have no idea what giving Balor the win accomplishes, especially the way the match started, except to continually bury Bray.  I can’t wait to see what stupid ass excuse Bray comes up with as he goes after his next victim.  Rating: 3.2

Kent:  So they start off with bray injuring Finn.  Perfect excuse to give Bray a win and lengthen the feud, perhaps tell a story, you know, anything that would make you give a fuck about this feud.  Nope.  The match was really well done.  I do have a major gripe and it’s towards Bray actually.  It is beyond infuriating when Bray catches his opponent for the set up to Sister Abigail, and the opponent just has to lay back in Bray’s arms.  It’s so absurd, no matter how early into the match.  I wish they would alter that somehow.  This match was really good.  Lots of good action.  The outcome was silly.  Bray beat regular Finn before, why is he losing now?  Who can Finn feud with now?  This story was absolutely stupid, no matter the spin that some may put on it, like Eric.  I don’t feel a story was told.  I don’t believe anybody sat there prior to the match and thought: “My God, the story that Bray and Finn have told has been something I care about or will remember ever.”  No, nobody will remember it positively.  Waste of god damn time.

  1.  The Fist def The Bar

Russ:  Wow, this match was brutal!  I have always hated the slingshot because of how fake it looks, but man did Cesaro’s face plant into post look brutal.  He also lost a lot of his front teeth there.  Got to give him credit though he kept on fighting.  This was good match, lots of hard hits and great back and forth.  Best match of the night so far and one I’d happily watch again, with exception of that slingshot, I cringed every time they replayed it.,  Rating: 6.2  

Kent:  This match delivered, surprise surprise.  The tag team matches at PPV’s have been the shining light all summer.  So good.  I gotta give Cesaro big time props for sticking it out.  Like, I probably would have cried a bit.  What holds this back is that Sheasaro didn’t win after White Noise and then the powerbomb.  That should have finished it.  Poor booking, but great match.  Still, not enough for a 7.

Rating: 6.4 sadly the wrong team won with Cena booking.

  1.  Alexa retained her belt against Emma, Bayley, Sasha, and Nia

Russ:  Well, Emma didn’t take the pin.  WWE was very adamant that she wouldn’t and boy were they right.  Of course overall she was a complete no-factor anyway.  This was boring, which is sad because they had several great competitors in the ring.  I thought Nia did a good job, but I’m not sure how Alexa got the win in the end.  I thought I was paying attention to most of the match, but I can’t remember the ending.  Rating: 3.1

Kent:  That was a really good match.  I thoroughly enjoyed how they kept me Kentertained throughout the match.  Kudos for Nia kneeing herself in the face after that powerbomb.  I gotta say that Michael Cole is a retard saying that he has never seen the stacked Samoan Drop.  Ryback says hello.  I know that Cole called his matches.  Emma looked good as did Sasha.  Bayley didn’t look like she belonged and that worries me a lot.  Alexa is gonna be the one to keep the belt until Asuka debuts.  Will Asuka immediately get a title shot for doing nothing?  Bayley did!

Rating: 5.2 because Emma should have won, and Bayley didn’t really do shit.

  1.  Roman kicked out of 4 AA’s and beat Cena…yeah

Russ:   This was a tale of two matches and how we are supposed to see this match.  The first tale of this match was the decent back and forth between the two guys.  I thought for the first 10 minutes they did a really good job of telling a good story.  Then Roman got AA’d and everything went downhill.  That brings us to the second tale of this story and how cartoony it all felt.  After that first AA Cena kept on upping his AA game and Roman kept on kicking out.  I’m ok with him kicking out of one AA, but after that every other AA was a super AA or more than 1 AA.  Which would have put out any other wrestler.  They really made the AA look useless.  Overall it wasn’t a bad match, but between these two I expected a lot more and I don’t feel they delivered it.  If this was a Mania Main Event caliber match then it bombed because it never once felt like a Mania match.  Rating: 5  

Kent:  Fuck this.  4 AA’s, kick out.  This win is more important than beating Taker at Mania.  FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK!!!! No!  Why even have finishing moves?

Rating: Go fuck yourself

  1.  Enzo kicked Neville in the nuts to win the Cruiserweight belt

Russ:  Beetlejuice outfit?  Sure why not Enzo.  Decent match.  Enzo had some good lines in his intro.  He can be pretty clever when he wants to.  Also, I Thought Enzo did a good job making Neville look good.  The crowd was dead for this.  Which was sad, because they’ve been pretty good most the night.  I don’t understand why everything Enzo does is underhanded and slimy, yet he is the face?  He has to cheat every time he is out in the ring or he loses.  Now he is Cruiserweight Champ.  Should make 205 Live interesting.  Too bad I doubt I’ll see how it plays out, unless they show it on Raw.  Rating: 4.7

Kent:  To sum up my feelings as I just text to Twan.  “Jinder Mahal approves of that match’s finish,”  Yeah, the match was fine, and it was creative.  Kudos to how good that leaping DDT that Enzo does.  

  1.  Brock Lesnar defeats Braun Strowman

Russ:  Wow, way to not shake things up WWE.  WWE had a chance to do something right and give a great up and comer in Braun the belt and a chance to shine.  Instead they kept with the Status Quo.  I guess they made Braun look strong in the first 3 minutes.  The next 5 minutes was a bit of a mix between the two where you thought: “Well Braun still has a chance.”  Then the last 3 minutes of the match ended all hope for those of us who thought it would be nice to have a change up at the top.  Missed opportunity WWE, but that has been the story of the WWE for the past 5 months.  Gotta give Roman one more torch cause he loves collecting them.  Rating: 4.2

Kent:  Oh yay, a 10 minute match. Okay, maybe 11 minutes, but I wrote that before the match happened.  It’s sad how easy that was to predict.  What a shit show!  I enjoyed the match for what it was, but you just killed Braun and his momentum.  For what?  To give us Brock vs Roman, the rematch that nobody is asking for?  Thank your WWE kids.  “Thanks Vince!”

Rating: 4.0 and moving along displeased.

  1.  Rate No Mercy overall.

Russ:  It felt like watching Raw except there weren’t commercials for products other than WWE anyway.  There were also a lot less promos.  The matches were not out right bad, which I guess is a minor win, but none of them came close to being must watch.  The only belt that ended up changing hands was the cruiserweight belt, so there is that.  Raw Exclusive PPV’s are just like watching Raw on the USA Network.  Very boring and safe.  So why the fuck am I paying WWE $10 a month?  Oh, right!  I’m a fucking idiot!  Overall Rating:  4.2  

Kent:  Loud over exaggerated yawn.  I should have just watched horror movies all night.  Waste of my mother fucking time.

Overall: 3,8 thanks to the big matches sucking long hard schlongs

Bonus Deuce Deuce

  1. Worst match of the night.

Russ:  Take the whole night!  Alright:  for me it was it was the Woman’s Title Match.  I watched the whole damn thing and I can’t remember much about it.  The Finn and Bray match was damned close to being just as bad. 

Kent:  Miz vs Jordan to no surprise.  You cannot be shocked.  Cena and Roman is a close second for pissing me off.

  1.  Best match of the night.

Russ:  The Tag team match.  It wasn’t great, but it was the best thing offered on this mediocre borefest called No Mercy.  Also, I have to give props to Cesaro for finishing that match!  

Kent:  Tough call, but I think the tag team match but the women were damn close.  I liked both a lot.  I give the slight edge to the tag teams.  

Final Thoughts

Russ:  I feel like I wasted my time with No Mercy.  The worst part, I’ll continue to waste my time with the fall out tomorrow on Raw and then of course I’ll have to watch Smackdown.  By the time the podcast comes around I’m going to be very sick of wrestling.  Oh sure, WWE could shock me and make their TV show’s good, but we all know it is a safe bet that isn’t true.  

Kent:  Twix makes a fine candy bar.  Channel Zero is a great TV show on SyFy Wednesday nights.  It’s way better than AHS.  Fuck RAW, Fuck Smackdown, Fuck AHS, watch Channel Zero and eat Twix.  This was 3 plus hours of my life that I won’t ever get back.

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2017 No Mercy Preview

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Keri and Kent break down the No Mercy as best we can.  As of this time, there has been no Kickoff Show match(es) announced, so we just wildly speculate without a care in the world.  Not only that, but on this week’s Are You Not Kentertained we do a better job at selling No Mercy than RAW did.

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The 9

  1.  Kick off Show Match – ?

Keri:  Something with Elias.

Kent:  Elias will sing, and maybe Curt Hawkins will get to extend his streak

  1.  Intercontinental Championship match – The Miz vs Jason Jordan

Keri:  This is the match that everyone saw coming a mile away. Apparently, the WWE thinks Jordan is  ready for a feud. This will be a decent match and there will be Miztourage involvement in the outcome.

Prediction: Miz retains.

Kent:  Will I be looking at porn during this match?  Probably.  Do I give a single, solitary fuck about Jason Jordan’s push?  Nope.  Do I already miss Maryse?  Yup.  Do I miss Miz having interesting feuds?  Yup.  This can be a very good, technical match.  Alas, I just am not remotely interested in this match.  I don’t see any way that Miz can rebuild at this time, he needs something different, and I think WWE is hellbent on giving us the Jason Jordan experience.  SIgh.  
Prediction: Jason Jordan is the new IC champ

  1.  Finn Balor vs Bray Wyatt

Keri:  Honestly, I could careless about the match or the people in it. WWE has ruined Finn and that in itself is shameful. With that said, I didn’t know they could ruin Bray after putting the WWE title on him roughly a year ago yet here we are.

Prediction: Bray wins, I guess.

Kent:  I fear I will have run out of energy and or porn by this point.  God damnit.  I am done with this feud.  Give me Bray vs Miz and Finn vs Roman moving forward,  That would feel so much better than what we are given here.  Put Elias in with Jason.  As for this match, Finn probably wins, but Bray has a tendency to win matches that are meaningless.  There’s no demon, there’s no storyline.  At this point, bring Luke and Rowan over and reform the family.  Would you honestly be opposed to that?  Brock vs Bray would be way better with them involved.  Joe vs Bray would also be more fun.

  1.  Cruiserweight Championship Match – Neville vs Enzo

Keri:  I think Neville’s tone as champ is over. WWE, in order to hopefully save the division, is probably going to put the belt on Enzo. Enzo has more “star” power and that is going to out eyes on a stale product.

Prediction: Enzo wins and we get at least a month have of bad promos.

Kent:  I just don’t care.  I think Neville’s reign of dominance ends this Sunday.  It should have been Akira to have a run, but Enzo provides something that Akira doesn’t, in WWE’s mind, which is mic work, despite Akira having Titus.  I will admit, I am kinda intrigued how Enzo’s belt will be personalized.  Also, the potential for Enzo to be a champion before Cass is amazing.  At Summerslam, had I asked which participant would be most successful by the next PPV, nobody would have said Enzo.  Most would have said Cass, some may have said Big Show out of spite.  Both guys are injured, so how you doin?
Prediction: Enzo wins the 205 Belt

  1.  Women’s Championship Match – Alexa vs Nia vs Sasha vs Emma vs Bayley

Keri:  I think adding Bayley to this match is pointless but what do I know. She comes back and gets a title shot. Yeah good one Creative. Prediction: Alexa retains and drops the belt to Asuka when she debuts

Kent:  So Bayley is magically in despite having not won a match or a feud in how many months?  This is fucking absurd.  Even better, most people assume that Emma is there to eat the pin and go back to obscurity.  Honestly, just last week, I was still very excited for this match.  Now, I am daring to be sour.  It should still be good, lots of interesting spots with Nia and Bliss I hope.  Bayley will be outside the ring a lot I speculate.  Emma and Sasha will keep the match flowing in between bigger spots.  It should be a well done match.  Still, I am less excited than I had been the past month.
Prediction: Emma wins the belt

  1.  WWE Tag Team Championship Match – Fistius vs Sheasaro

Keri:  I don’t care about this match at all. The build they had going up to this match just doesn’t translate well. Why are we getting an all tag team on deck match at this PPV? WWE I would like a thorough explanation.

Prediction: The Bar wins and this feud continues this time with the assistance of Chad2Badd

Kent:  Fistius isn’t losing this.  They just lost on RAW.  Making it a 3 way would have added far more intrigue to this match.  I am actually saddened that Gallows and Anderson aren’t in this.  Dean and Seth are fine at what they do, I am just not into them as a team despite doing everything right.  Their will they or won’t they build to Summerslam simply burned me out.  Sheasaro are sooo good right now.  I want them as the champs.
Prediction: Fistius Retains

  1.  John Cena vs Roman Reigns

Keri:  I guess I’m looking forward to this match. It should be good and hopefully it lives up to the hype. Honestly, couldn’t this match had waited until Mania?

Prediction: Cena wins. But I’m still rooting for that meteor.

Kent:  This match should be very good, no doubt about that.  Roman doesn’t put out shitty matches much anymore.  Cena puts on a match if he’s into the feud.  Something to really pay attention to is how much of a show Cena is putting on.  If he goes for a couple of flashy or big moves, it’s more likely that he loses.  This is how he works.  If he loses, he takes more of a beating during the match and hits his more traditional moves, only off the top rope or something that adds a little extra oomph.  Rumors have it that Cena is going to win and then have Roman get his redemption as he builds to Wrestlemania against Brock.  Does anybody really want to see this or thinks that this story would add any more legitimacy to him?  I hate to say this, but an injury to Roman that takes him out for a year would be best for business so WWE can do the right thing.  I’m not wishing injury on him, just saying that WWE would benefit from it because then Braun would get the push that he deserves.
Prediction: Cena wins via golden shovel

  1.  Red Belt Match – Brock Lesnar vs Braun Strowman

Keri:  I want to see this match. It’s the one on the card that I’m positively giddy over. This is going to be a great brawl that I know will probably leave me very disappointed. As much as I want him to win and how much he deserves this win, Braun is not going to win on Sunday. But maybe WWE will surprise me and do the right thing. Therefore rediction: Braun wins!

Kent:  This is the match I am most looking forward to.  Both guys will put on a show.  I do fear the amount of time that this match will get.  10 minutes at most seems likely.  Expect Brock to get manhandled at some point, going through tables.  Expect some struggles to suplex, but eventually land a bunch.  I don’t know if we will see just one finisher or if this is going to be whoever hits their finisher 3 times type of match.  I think it’s going to be a 3 F-5 type of night.  I really wish WWE would put the belt on Braun.  Fuck it, let’s pull a Revival and go hard.
Prediction: Braun Strowman wins the belt

  1.  In your opinion, is this card better than Summerslam’s?

Keri:  I’m going to go with kinda. There are some strong matches and some real duds. It should be at least watchable for the majority of the time.

Kent:  It’s a tough one.  Summerslam had more high quality matches on paper, but it also had like twice as many matches and took 6 damn hours.  Add to that, there’s no Jinder on this card, and it’s 2 hours shorter, I will take this card.

Bonus Deuce

  1. Predict the best and worst match of the night.

Keri:  Best: Tag Team

Worst: Cruiserweight

Kent:  Best: Tag Team Championship

Worst: Cruiserweight Championship

  1.  What match are you most looking forward to and least looking forward to?

 Keri:  Most: Brock vs Braun

Least: Cruiserweight

Kent:  Most: Brock vs Braun

Least: Cena vs Roman

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Summerslam and NXT TakeOver Brooklyn 2017 Review – 9 Deuce

First I am tackling NXT TakeOver Brooklyn III by myself.  After that, Russ helps me review the PPV that never seemed to want to end, Summerslam!  This is a long one folks, but we put a lot of effort into this, so I hope that you enjoy it.

Of course, there is also my podcast with Steve, Are You Not Kentertained, where we discussed this long weekend.  It’s like a verbal companion to the blog. Please check us out at 9 Deuce Wrestling on Facebook , on Twitter @official9deuce, or Instagram at Official9Deuce.  Share this, like this, write us an email with a question at wrestling@9deuce.com.  Thank you.

Brooklyn 9 Minus Deuce

  1.  Andrade Cien Almas def Johnny Gargano

Kent:  This was an adequate opener from my perspective.  Unfortunately, the story simply wasn’t there so it felt more thrown together than anything.  I’d rather have tossed on Roddy and somebody else in a match where the winner gets a  title shot this week on NXT.  Or even give us another UK Championship match.ALso, can we never start an NXT event with an awful concert ever again?  Thanks!  Even when Andrade is winning, it doesn’t feel like he’s winning, if that makes any sense.  Something is missing with him.  Midcard, at best, for life.

  1.  Sanity def Authors of Pain to become the new NXT Tag Team Champions

Kent:  This was a surprisingly good match.  I have been waiting for Wolfe to show us his potential, and quite frankly, I didn’t know if we would ever get to see it.  Well we did and he put on a show for the fans.  Eric Young is still a very talented in ring hand.  The AoP is legit and this was simply a well done, fun tag team match.  Nikki Cross continues to convince me that she will be a star.  Her spot where she got sandwiched was a really well done one, and props for the spot getting booked, and the execution of it.  Everybody involved should be proud of that match.

  1. Aleister Black def. Hideo Itami

Kent:  This was my favorite match of the night.  I do like the strong style stuff when you have 2 guys who are up to task and know their strengths and limits.  I get that it probably wasn’t match of the night for most people, but this was my most enjoyable.  I like Aleister, but he is missing some mic time and he probably needs to add some more moves other than kicks and meditating if he wants to be more than a midcard guy.  I would work hard to mold this guy in NXT so that when he comes up in a year or year and a half, you have a truly finished product.  Hideo needs to get called up.  He‘s not going to really improve much beyond what he has shown.  Whatever you see, that’s what you have.  It’s up to booking to put him in a spot to allow him to sink or swim.  I really think he should have been the one that beat Shinsuke first……but Jinder.

  1.  Asuka def Ember Moon

Kent:  This was a very well done match, but when Ember hits her finisher, I think it is getting Dolph’d, which is the wrestling version of getting nerfed a bit.  I think she needs to get moved up because she’s caught in a precarious spot.  She can’t move up because she is the clear cut #2 or 3 girl on the roster, but can’t get put over Asuka apparently, so move her up and see what she can do.  Smackdown could use both her and Asuka for sure.  I very much liked this match, and I don’t know if I would have it higher than my fourth favorite match.  It’s not fair, but the last 4 matches all had their strengths and weaknesses and if you break it down, they were all win a point of each other on a rating scale in my opinion.  If you don’t see it that way, I would suggest that your favoritism is showing.  All of these matches were probably in the 6-7 range, which is to say that they delivered, but none got to the must see level either.  Still, this match was fun as hell.

  1.  Drew McIntyre def Bobby Roode

Kent:  I think this was probably the best match on the card, just not my favorite.  I do love how Bobby finds ways to roll out of the ring after eating a finisher.  That’s a solid gimmick.  They dropped the ball on his entrance in that it was the same as the last NXT I do believe, and yet I enjoyed it.  I was simply hoping for something different, especially if this was his farewell NXT match.  Drew is ready to lead NXT right now, he’s the next gatekeeper, even if it’s not for very long.  He’s main roster ready, but there’s more of an urgency for Bobby to get called up, plus Drew can showcase all that he has learned in his time away, especially in how he can carry a title properly.  Both guys looked great out there and I would love a rematch down the line.

  1. Match of the night?

Kent:  Drew vs Bobby as far as quality goes, but you could put any of the last 4 matches here and I wouldn’t vehemently disagree with you.  I would say Ember not winning with her finisher is the biggest nitpick.  The Aleister and Hideo match was equally as flawed.  The tag team match was damn good, but for different reasons.  

7, Final Thoughts?

Kent:  This show delivered a stellar night of matches.  We don’t need all the special video packages and appearances, we just need wrestling.  Glad to see the Adam Cole, Fish, and Reilly thing come to fruition.  I think we are looking at a feud between them and Sanity, and I am very excited to see that play out.  I suspect Asuka’s next opponent will be the winner of the Mae Old Classic.  Drew could feud with any number of guys including Kassius, Aleister, Hideo, Roddy, or Cole I suppose.  NXT is looking good right now.  Keep up the great momentum!

Let’s tackle Summerslam now!

  1.  The Miztourage def The Hardly Boys and Jason Jordan

Russ:  I missed this one due to a lack of caring about tuning in on time. 6 hours is too much.  So I know what you are going to say, it’s on the  network just watch it.  Well, the match had no crowd reaction and it didn’t appeal to me. So I didn’t waste my time.  I feel bad for The Miz. He went from the most relevant ic champ on smack down to a chump on Raw.

Kent:  I saw the last minute or 2 due to pizza related issues.  The pizza was better than this match.  I feel bad for these guys due to how the crowd was still trying to get in.  These guys all deserved better, and it is insulting to the IC title

Rating: N/A due to pizza

  1.  Neville def Akira Tozawa to become the new 205 Champion

Russ:  OK, I’m glad they had a match on Raw because this was what I feared.  The match was OK,  but damn the crowd  couldn’t have cared less.  Not sure why they decided to have Neville reclaim the title, it made. Mondays great match irrelevant.  Shame, but WWE knows what they are doing…

Rating 4.8

Kent:  A rematch that wasn’t as good as the RAW match.  This was good, but I wouldn’t want to rewatch it.  The title change was so anticlimactic.  I would have rather had Neville cheat Monday and then have Akira win Sunday.  Instead, we got this, and I feel entitled to be upset with their logic.

Rating: 5.0 as I liked the match quality ,but wouldn’t watch ever again..

  1.  The Usos def New Day to become the new Smackdown Tag Team Champions

Russ:  Fun match, definitely one of the better matches of the night (don’t hold your  breath there is a lot of garbage coming up.) The right team went over.  Now can we start moving New Day to some singles competition?  It’s high time Big E got some titles of his own.  They don’t have to break up,  but let’s let him these guys shine on there own.   Rating:  6.5

Kent:  One of the best matches of the night, no doubt.  This match deserved to be on the main card over a variety of others.  This is tag team wrestling done properly.  The finish made a ton of sense, the double teams and saves all worked incredibly well.  The Uso’s winning indicate that Breezedango is going to get a turn sooner than later, but maybe the Hype Bros tell their story first.  New Day, please feud with the Ascension and help them get over.  PLEASE!

Rating: 6.3 as I have rewatched it and would again.

  1.  John Cena buried Baron Corbin

Russ:  Alright there is so much h wrong with this match I don’t know where to begin.  Well Kent will mention most of it.  I’m just going to say that WWE has buried Corbin.  He looks like an idiot for cashing in his contract and then he doesn’t even get revenge.  Hell I would have accepted the match never getting underway and  Corbin just going to town unfairly on Cena.  Instead Cena wins and Corbin now is a joke.  I don’t know how they can salvage this travesty.  Maybe Corbin will wake up on Smack down and the past week will just have been a dream and he will still have his money in the bank contract. Hey, that’s a better scenario than WWE will come up with.

 Rating 2.9 reverse deuce is the worst grade you can receive.  

Kent:  I don’t know why, but both of my hands are telling WWE that they think they are #1.  What a great story and what a great match, and man, that was a great ending.  It’s a good thing that the young hungry guy got the win in the match as he will need it to attempt to get over with the fans.  WWE, you can seriously get butt raped for the next 5 decades, and I don’t feel that it will make up for this.  Go fuck yourselves.

Rating: 1.0 I don’t have to be rational when they fuck my favorite wrestler this hard.  And if you try to say, well at least he was in a match with John Cena, so that’s a push, I would be very likely to punch you in the face, and I hit harder than you do, so don’t say it.

  1.  Natalya def Naomi to become the new Smackdown Women’s Champion

Russ:  This match was mediocre at best.  Natalya looked good but it was an off night for Naomi.  I’m shocked that Natalya won to be honest, mainly because I was shocked they even gave her a chance in the first place.  I feel sorry for Naomi.  Her title reign was subpar because they didn’t bother giving her any feuds or story.  I hope they don’t make the same mistake with Natalya.

Rating: 4.2

Kent:  Naomi needs to stop with her awful jumping kicks.  In the words of the great corpse of Enzo Amore, if I had a dime for every time that Naomi connects with one of those kicks, I’d have ZERO dimes!  Meanwhile, This was one of Natalya’s 3 best matches that I have ever seen from her.  You see, and Steve pointed this out in Monday’s podcast, Natty looked like such a great wrestler early on as she was surrounded by lingerie models with very little, if any, experience.  As the women have been properly trained, the holes in Natalya’s game has grew in size, much like our collective asshole after WWE sodomized us with the Baron BS.  Yup, I am vulgar.  Natty pulled out a great showing, and my hats off to her.

Rating: 5.7 as I would rewatch it without issue.

  1.  Big Cass def Big Show

Russ:   I don’t know if this was bad or awful.  I don’t like shark cage matches and this one was utterly pointless.  Enzo’s escape was funny in the same way a clown is funny.  You know, you feel bad for them and give a pity laugh, but then you remember they ultimately chose this life and stop caring.  His escape lead to nothing which is the story of Enzo’s life. He got booted immediately and then  Big Cass won.  I was hoping for a heel turn, since that didn’t happen, I hope these two move on from each other because I’m done with them.  

Rating : 2.7

Kent:  I know that I have done some bad. , but really, what did I do to deserve this shit show of a match?  Seriously, Enzo took off his pants and lubricated himself mid match.  Seriously, this was allowed.  Big Cass booting him in the face was fantastic, but it’s like The Brooklyn Brawler defeating the Red Rooster.  Yeah, it’s cool to put down the Rooster, but at the end of the day, it’s still just the Brooklyn Brawler.  Yeah, Brooklyn!  I seriously think I would prefer a proctologist appointment over seeing this ever again.

Rating: 1.5 mainly for the big boot.

  1.  Randy Orton buried Rusev

Russ:  This was garbage.  I am glad I stuck to my guns about how terrible Orton has been since Mania, because this helped further my cause.  What a waste of talent.  At least now Russev has a friend in the burial department in Corbin.  Now he won’t get lonely.  

Rating: 2.9: another reverse deuce, this ppv is shaping up well.  

Kent:  So Steve and I both jokingly guessed that as soon as the bell actually rang that Randy would hit an RKO and end the match.  WE WERE JOKING, WWE!  God damnit, this was fucking insulting.  Rusev deserves better. Rest assured, the rematches will be very good.  Still, if you put this and the Cass stuff on the Kickoff Show, then The New Day and Usos could have gotten their proper shine.

Rating: 2.9 because at least they ensured that it was short.

  1.  Sasha Banks def Alexa Bliss to become the new RAW Women’s Champion

Russ:  Holy crap, this is turning out to be the worst PPV of the year.  The match itself was decent,  but taking the belt off of Alexa made no sense.  There was no build up between the two so it didn’t feel significant at all.  This just made Alexa’s title reign feel useless, just like this PPV.  The last few matches better be amazing, that would be the only way to save this PPV.  Even then I’m not so sure.  

Rating: 3.5 the title change brought this way down.  

Kent:  Yeah, fuck the wrestlers that Kent likes, right WWE? What a stupid fucking ending to what was an otherwise good match.  It wasn’t great, but it was pretty   I am not OK with Bliss losing to the forehead, but if she has to, it should be done better.  Sasha’s shoulder is hurt and she had to relinquish the Bank Statement.  That doesn’t mean that after the announcers tell us why she let go that she should re-apply it immediately and get the win.  Logical fallacies are a bitch.  Sigh.

Rating. 4.5 because that ending was really poorly done.  Damn shame as  this could have been in the low 6 range.  I feel that this was on the booking and not either of the girls.  Hats off to both women.

  1.  Finn Balor def Bray Wyatt

Russ:  Entrance: fantastic by both guys.  I always love watching the demon enter and this didn’t disappoint.  Rating: 6.3

Match: Meh, both guys can do better.  I hope this feud goes further than this because I can see this turning into a contender for feud of the year (it’s got an uphill battle because Roman and Braun are far ahead of them.) They have chemistry, but they need the story to give us some stakes between them. If this is where these two end then shame on WWE.  Rating: 4.5

Overall : 5.4

Kent:  Now here’s a Tale of 2 Kitties.  You have the entrances and then you have the match.  Be honest, if you could only see the entrances or the match, which would you choose?  You would choose the entrances, which were enjoyable.  The match, well it was bland.  When the entrance completely outshine the match, it can’t be that great.  Hell, even the HHH vs Sting match falls in this category, you know, the one where Sting had his first and only Wrestlemania match and jobbed to HHH?  Yeah.

Rating: 3.7 mainly for the entrances

  1.  ⅔ of the Shield def Sheasaro to become the new RAW Tag Team Champions

Russ:  This was a good match! I’m not just saying that because my boy won the tag titles (remember I didn’t want Sheasaro to lose.) All 4 guys really put on a good show. Loved the near falls and submissions. This was just a well paced match.  Now, lets keep Rollins and Dean relevant and have them help the tag division heel teams get some time to shine.  Rating 6.9 yes I’d watch this again.  

Kent:  The fisting duo won.  This was another solid match.  Am I the only one who has noticed over the past 2-3 months, just how good the tag team matches have been on both shows?  Cesaro locking on the Crippler Crossface made me smile.  The beach ball incident was great.  I admired all the saves and near falls.  The outcome was inevitable, so it was a match of appreciating everything aside from the ending, and all 4 guys delivered big time.  This was the best that Seth has looked in quite awhile, same for Dean aside from that cesaro match.  This was almost as good as the Uso’s vs New Day.

Rating: 6.2 Absolutely rewatchable.  The predictable outcome did hurt it slightly in all fairness.

  1.  AJ Styles def Kevin Owens to retain the US Championship

Russ:  I think this was good, I’m not sure because at this point I just wanted the PPV to be done.  I was hoping that they would swerve us here and have Shane go heel, but what do I know WWE has their finger on the pulse! Overall, I enjoyed this match and I will say that this was the best match between these two. However, I’m still shocked by how these two high caliber guys can’t put together a match of the year candidate.  Rating: 5.5

Kent:  Speaking of predictable endings, did anybody out there think that this would end in a different way?  I just need a show of hands.  Has everybody lost their hands?  Exactly.  This match was fine, but would be have been better without Shane being too big of a focus.  This has to go down as most disappointing feud of the year considering the caliber of the wrestlers involved, in my opinion.  Glad to see that it should be over with.

Rating: 5.0 I don’t want to see it again, but good effort.  

  1.  Jinder Mahal def Shinsuke Nakamura to retain the blue belt

Russ:  The match was very mediocre.  So now I’m starting to blame Jinder. He’s been in several matches with great competitors and none of the matches would be what I consider to be up to the caliber of a Main Event.  If Jinder can’t put together a good match with the likes of AJ and Shin, then who the hell can he have a good match with?  Also, if he can’t have good matches then at least give us a compelling story. Again, this isn’t happening.  Get him in a feud with a good story or get the belt off of him.  The worst part, they had a chance to make this a compelling story and instead they had Shin lose cleanly! Really? A cheap loss here would have been a great way to jump start a feud between these two. Now, I don’t know where they can go from here.  

Rating: 3.8

Kent:  I am seriously asking, is this the worst world title run since JBL?  No, we aren’t counting Brock or Goldberg or those stupid short ones that are just for storyline.  This is like 3 months now with a full time wrestler, and it’s just not working.  The matches aren’t improving.  He’s had lackluster matches with Randy, Tye, AJ, and now Shinsuke. I fully supported his initial win and push.  The joke is over.  Jinder isn’t improving his in ring work by an acceptable margin and is not putting on upper card level matches.  His ring work is that of a midcarder at best.  His gimmick is there as well.  Also, really, you had Shinsuke job cleanly?  REALLY?  Good job WWE.  Don’t be mad when he leaves at the end of his contract.

Rating: 2.7 this was a very big dud.  I didn’t derive much pleasure from this one unfortunately.  SHin never had  a chance to get into a groove to make the match memorable.

  1.  Brock Lesnar def Braun Strowman, Samoa Joe, and Roman Reigns to retain the red belt

Russ:  Finally, a match that delivered a PPV quality main event. It only took 4 of the best big men in the business.  Braun is so over with the crowd it isn’t funny.  Seriously WWE now is the time to put the belt on him.  I remember about a year ago when we predicted that Braun would be gone by now. Wow, were we wrong and I’m glad we were wrong because he is one of the best things about wrestling.  Brock winning was predictable, but I’m glad WWE made us think there was a chance he wouldn’t win, by using all of the MMA crap circling around the internets. I really enjoyed this one. It may have helped that I watched it fresh on Monday instead of bunched in with all the other crap I watched on Sunday.  

Rating: 7.5

Kent:  This match lived up to the hype and expectations, as long as you had reasonable expectations.  That means, you expected Brock to win the match.  I will offer a critique in that Joe was never allowed to be dominant in the match while everybody else got a run as dominant guy.  I do wonder if the flung chair may have hit Joe a bit too hard so they improvised a bit.  It’s a possibility.  Braun looks like the next big thing and is the most over guy on RAW and possibly the WWE in totality.  I did feel bad for Brock’s knees.  Watch the end of the match and notice how bad his knees look.  Roman, I feel bad for him in a way.  He was relegated to Spears and Superman Punches, and rest assured, the spear in Game of Thrones was way more effective.  Suck it dragon fans!!!  This match was a great way to end it and the NYC crowd came alive for this, so kudos to them as they must have been exhausted.

Rating: 7.2 as it was really fun and kept me excited the whole way through with some nice spots and close falls.  It also told a logical story.

Bonus Deuce Deuce

  1. Worst match of the night was?

Russ:  the first hour of the PPV.  What a garbage heap of matches.  

Kent:  Cena vs Corbin for me, but Cass and Show were right there.

  1.  Best match of the night was?

Russ:  Fatal four way.  The tag matches were good, but the last match was about the only redeeming thing on this PPV.  

Kent:  The Main event hands down with acknowledgement of the 2 tag team championship matches as well as the women’s effots.

  1.  Who got buried the deepest?

Russ:  No contest, Baron. Sure Russev, Miz, and Enzo looked terrible, but Baron lost everything this week and looked stupid doing it.  

Kent:  Baron…obviously, but maybe Miz and maybe Enzo.

  1.  Dumbest decision of the night?

Russ:  The fact that this was scheduled to be a 6 hour PPV and yet we still had several matches that weren’t worth a damn.  I don’t want to sit in front of my TV for 6 hours, it’s just too much time.  Add in the fact that many of the matches were not even suitable for a place on Raw or Smackdown’s card and it starts feeling like a chore to watch.  I want to watch wrestling because it’s fun. This PPV was not fun.  By the time I got to the matches that started getting good, I just didn’t care and that hurt the overall feel of this Summerslam.  

Kent:  Not to have the SD tag title match on the main card.  I simply would have laid out the matches differently.  Shinsuke losing cleanly is up there, as is the ending to randy and Rusev.  Then of course, lolCenaWins.

Final Thoughts

Russ: I saw the first hour of the PPV and was seriously defeated, I was done.  Everything was utter garbage.  This just killed the rest of the PPV for me.  Also, fuck 6 hours of wrestling. If it feels like work, and I have to sit there as long as I would for work it stops being fun.  Overall this is one of the worst PPV’s I’ve seen in a month or so. (get it?) overall rating: 3.4 none of the good could save the complete trash that we witnessed for the majority of the PPV.  

Kent:  It was a mixed bag.  3 matches that we had seen 5-6 days prior hurt a bit.  Lots of title changes that felt like changes for the sake of changes.  It was a normal PPV in that you have bad, mediocre, and a couple of good matches.  That’s really what a PPV should be.  It shouldn’t be 6 fucking hours with 13 matches where Randy vs Rusev only get 6 minutes.  Just don’t have that match.  I’d rather have a match advertised for the week after Summerslam to get it time, rather than to blow it off at a PPV in that capacity.  This was a hard PPV to watch.  WWE’s choice in music was fucking awful as well.

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WWE 2017 Summerslam Preview – The 9 Deuce Deuce

Here we are, the second biggest PPV of the year for WWE.  Back at Barclays, yet again, so expect a solid crowd, so the opposite of Canada.  There are 13 matches in total.  Why?  Who knows, it’s way too much.  Expect to be watching well past 11PM folks.  We did the best that we could in predictions.  After looking at the odds, I can see that my picks will be terrible.

Of course, we also did our podcast, Are You Not Kentertained, where we discuss some of these topics and others, plus do our weekly segments.  It’s like a verbal companion to the blog. Please check us out at facebook.com/9deuceblog , on Twitter @official9deuce, or Instagram at Official9Deuce.  Share this, like this, write us an email with a question at wrestling@9deuce.com.  Thank you.

The 9

Kickoff Show

  1.  The Hardly Boys & Jason Jordan vs The Miztourage

Keri: Since this PPV is going to be, well awful. I’m going to have a little fun with my predictions. As some of you, or maybe all of you, know Southpaw Regional Wrestling returned this week to WWE.com and that was better than anything we are going to see on Summerslam. So, I’m going to change names to their Southpaw counterparts and all my predictions will be with Southpaw characters. And with that said, on with the predictions. This match seems very thrown together. Oh wait it was and that probably explains why it is on the pre-show. I don’t care about Pork Chop Jones and the Hardy’s or Adam Dung and his entourage. So…

Prediction: Tex2Badd comes out and beats up everyone.

Teddy: I’m not sure if I care about this match. Like why the fuck are the Hardy’s teaming up with Jason Jordan? Thought they were feuding with The Club? Why WWE? Well at least it’s preshow and I have the option to not see this dumpster fire.

Prediction: I will watch the defenders instead of this match

Kent:  Nope, don’t care.  I like some of these performers, actually all of them in their own way, but together, this is just stupid as hell when somebody like Elias, Sami, and Chad can’t get on the card.  The smarter move would have been to have a brand versus brand clusterfuck for kickoff shows.  Hear me out.  Get rid of the Cass match entirely, same with this one.Those matches don’t exist.  Move the 205 and SD Tag Team matches to the main card, they both deserve it.  The idea is to have 3 matches, and whichever brand wins the most gets to main event Summerslam.  Match 1 would be the battle of tag teams that aren’t being used so Hardlys, Gallows & Anderson, and Ginger Rhynos vs Breezedango, The Ascension, and Hype Bros.  In match 2 you could have the leftover women, so it would be Emma, Nia, Mickie, Dana, and Alicia vs Carmella, Lana, Tamina, Becky, and Charlotte.  The third match would be The Miz, Elias, Jason Jordan, Big Show, Apollo Crews, and Cass vs Sami Zayn, Tye Dillinger, Mike Kenellis, Chad Gable, Luke Harper, and Eric Rowan.  Tell me that kick off show wouldn’t be fun as hell to watch for a clusterfuck.

Prediction: The Hardlys and Jason Jordan since Miz can eat a pin here.

  1.  Cruiserweight Championship Match: Akira Tozawa vs Neville

Keri:  After Monday’s match, I don’t care. What I do want to see instead is Big Bartholemew vs. The Sea Creature at Lethal Leap Year.

Prediction: The Sea Creature wins.

Teddy: bout time they took the title off Neville, hopefully they don’t give the title back to Neville. Maybe Tozawa can save the increasingly boring crusierweight divison

Prediction: Titus Worldwide will get more hype than the Hype Bros.

Kent:  I just saw this match, and while it was good, I am not interested in seeing it again this soon  to be perfectly honest.  I was looking forward to this prior to Monday.

Prediction: Akira retains because he just won it and the Titus Brand deserves wins

  1.  Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match: New Day vs The Usos

Keri: I like this feud. It’s entertaining and this should be a good match. Probably will end up being match of the pre-show.

Prediction: Voo and Doo win.

Teddy: This is one of the only matches I’m invested in. New day is always good in my eyes, and Usos are getting more and more over. I still don’t see a new day heel flip or them getting the shield treatment, so only other options are to have them get squashed to push over the Usos, or bury the Usos because NEW DAY ROCKS!

Kent:  Gosh, the Uso’s are better as champs.  New Day don’t need the belts because it only changes a few words of their whole schtick.  The Uso’s don’t need the belts either, but they can feud with The Hype Bros and eventually Breezedango down the line.  New Day can feud with The Usos and The Ascension.  Yikes.  Both brands need more tag teams for guys who aren’t being used.  Still, this match should be really good so I am looking forward to it.

Prediction: The Usos after Kofi turns heel.  I will keep predicting that New Day breaks up until they actually do.

 

Main Card

  1.  Smackdown Women’s Championship Match: Naomi vs Natalya

Keri: Don’t care about this match. But maybe this will give us some insight as to who Debbie Desperado’s opponent will be going forward on Southpaw Regional Wrestling.

Prediction: Debbie Desperado wins. Carmella cashes in.

Teddy: I love naomi, but her gimmick is getting stale. I hate Natalya because her gimmick is Charlotte’s gimmick without Rick Flair or Charlotte’s athleticism. Also can she lose the who Sailor Moon hair? It looks terrible on her.

Prediction: Carmella pulls a corbin and flops her cash in. No chin cashes his in and becomes smackdown’s Women’s champion.

Kent:  These 2 could be wrestling in the nude and I’m still not sure that I would care.  The build has been more about Carmella than Natty.  That’s stupid.  That’s really piss poor on WWE’s end.  Not at all interested.

Prediction: Naomi retains with a Carmella tease that never fully happens.  Thanks WWE.

  1.  Big Show vs Big Cass with Enzo in a shark cage

Keri:  Please let this be the final chapter. Please. I want this to end so badly. I think this feud has officially jumped the shark, literally.

Prediction: I don’t care enough to assign a Southpaw Reference to this one. But I am routing for an actual shark in this case.

Teddy: Big show isnt too old for the need to retire him. Hopefully Show continues to show (pun intended) Cass’s glass jaw. Also wtf was the club helping Cass again???

Prediction: Big Show will win and forget Enzo in the shark cage

Kent:  Why wrestling gods?  What did we ever do to you to deserve this awfulness?  I don’t care.  Enzo will cost Show the match and I don’t care.  Please happen during Game of Thrones.

Prediction: Cass wins and the crowd will not care at all.

  1.  RAW Women’s Championship Match: Alexa Bliss vs Sasha Banks

Keri:  No Southpaw reference here cuz I actually care about the match. I would like to see these two feud for awhile. So I say

Prediction: Alexa retains. I will always pick Alexa.

Teddy: Bliss is adorable irl but her gimmick is that of a whiney child. Was looking forward to Bayley bodying Alexa finally, but I’m okay with Sasha doing it.

Prediction: Little Miss Bliss, falls off her throne and cries about it.

Kent:  This is one of the few matches that I think can actually be match of the night.  They may have a bit of real life bad blood, and their styles mix incredibly well.  Sasha thrives in Brooklyn and Bliss is legit. The question is how much time will they be afforded, and can they keep the botches to a minimum?  I say yes.

Prediction: Alexa wins thanks to Nia’s interference.

  1.  Rusev vs Randy Orton

Keri:  There has been a decent build up for this feud. Kinda sorta. Am I looking forward to the match? No.

Prediction: Big Bartholomew wins and gets his farm back.

Teddy: RKO outta nowhere. Rusev being back he needs some sort of win. I love Orton but I feel like he can hold his own and still put rusev over.

Prediction:  Rusev Crush.

Kent:  Both guys need a win big time.  The thing is that I think some matches need to be shortened, so I think this should be one where Randy catches Rusev.  Afterward, he can say that he got caught off guard and get a few wins to put him over Randy.  Definitely excited for this one.

Prediction: Randy via RKO outta nowhere around the 6-7 minute mark.

  1.  Finn Balor vs Bray Wyatt

Keri:  I’m going to break with tradition here because quite frankly WWE has broken me.  Am I excited to see this match? Nope saw it Monday. Am I excited to see the Demon? Kinda sorta much more into monsters these days.

Prediction: Wyatt wins and doesn’t job for a change. Oh look I’m all out of Southpaw references.

Teddy: The Demon build up was super predictable. Hopefully they don’t bury Finn because Finn is the future.

Prediction: Sister Abagail gets Coup De Graced back to the pit Randy Orton burned her in.

Kent:  I swear that I just saw this match and Bray won cleanly.  Oh?  That did, in fact happen.  Ohhhh, now we’re going to bring in the demon because Bray dumped some acidic red goo on Finn.  Well that changes everything, right WWE?  I just am not interested in what should have been one of the easiest feuds to build up.  This was sooooo easy to build up.  Morons!  Not very interested, although if Finn does an original Demon outfit, he will have my attention momentarily.

Prediction: Finn wins because getting acid dumped on you means that you get the win back.

  1.  John Cena vs Baron Corbin

Keri:  Corbin will beat up Lance Catamaran.

Prediction: Lance Catamaran will still win.

Teddy: Corbin is pissed, but Cena is back in his “I’m gonna be a dick phase”

Prediction: Can Corbin bury Cena finally?

Kent:  Nope.  PASS

Prediction: Kent drinks heavily

Bonus Deuce Deuce

  1. RAW Tag Team Championship Match: Sheasaro vs Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins

Keri:  The match has potential and will be fun to watch. But honestly, I want to see Ambrose and Seth get into it beforehand. Ambrose leaves and Rhyno comes out and we get Sheasaro vs. the Butchers.

Prediction: the Butchers win.

Teddy: I’m hoping that Dean/Seth is back for good. However Sheasaro is still my bae. I think it’s too soon for Dean/Seth to win the titles, but I think it’s a future for them.

Prediction: Baesaro gets another win, Dean/Seth charge their spirit bomb a little longer

Kent:  This match could be match of the night, but I don’t think it will.  I have it as the 4th best on the card, but it is my darkhorse.  Everybody in this match can work their ass off.  I like every guy in this match.  Unfortunately, I think the storyline will ruin what should be a great match by determining which spots they must hit.  Dean or Seth are going to need the hot tag and then get screwed over and whatnot.  

Prediction: Sheasaro defy the odds due to Dean not being able to hot tag Seth.  After the match, Dean turns on Seth.  Yup, both tag team titles will have heel turns according to me. Don’t listen to me.

  1.  United States Championship Match: AJ Styles vs Kevin Owens

Keri:  I’m looking forward to this match. It’s one of the few on the card that I am. These guys have the potential to put on a match of the night type match.

Prediction: Malibu Al retains and sells KO a car.

Teddy: KO vs Aj is always good to watch, shane being the ref is just icing on the cake. I feel like I cant solidly predict this match because one of two things. 1. Shane will help AJ leading to Shane v Owens or 2. Shane helps Owens turning him Heel since Steph isn’t around to do that job.

Prediction: mind will be blown either way

Kent:  Here is the most obvious choice for match of the night if given the time.  I think that it’s a trap.  It will be very good, but Shane’s involvement will taint it just enough to where it only hits the 7.5 range instead of 8.5.  Trust me, this will happen and you will feel like you got cheated out of a great match.  I am absolutely looking forward to this match.

Prediction: AJ retains and KO vs Shane becomes a feud.

 

  1.  Blue Belt Championship Match: Jinder Mahal vs Shinsuke Nakamura

Keri:  I’m looking forward to this match. It should be decent to watch.

Prediction: Nakamura wins

Teddy: Nakamura is Hella over and Jinder is getting stale.

Prediction: Nakamura adds some bumps to the Singh brothers. Hopefully Jinder retains and they take their time with Shinsuke.

Kent:  I am interested in Shinsuke’s entrance and Jinder’s.  I anticipate fuckery by the Sing Bros.  I expect Jinder to walk out of the match incredibly sore.  The hard part about this is predicting a winner.  Let’s face it, prior to the event that I will not speak of, we all thought that there was a decent chance at Baron cashing in his briefcase.  With that gone, I say Jinder wins and has a longer run than his gimmick and workrate deserve, if we are comparing him to his 6 closest peers in the upper card.  Should Jinder hold the belt over Cena, Randy, AJ, KO, Baron, Shinsuke, Luke, or Sami?  No.

Prediction: Jinder remains unhindered and walks away as world champ, but via count out.

 

  1.  Red Belt Championship Match: Brock Lesnar vs Samoa Joe vs Braun Strowman vs Roman Reigns

Keri:  The only match on the card I care about and the one that will leave me the most disappointed in the end. This match will probably nothing more than a glorified brawl but I will probably be awesome.

Prediction: I would love to see Braun win but Brock will probably retain. Sigh.

Teddy: This match is too hype and will probably dissappoint everyone with a reigns win.

Prediction: Reigns wins but Braun isnt done with him.

Kent:  I really think that this is going to be match of the night.  It has to be the odds on favorite because you can rotate guys in and out of the ring, hit huge spots, really have fun with it.  The crowd will be bonkers for this.  There is a caveat though.  If they stretch out the PPV too long, the crowd may be dead by this point, like at Wrestlemania.  With a lesser crowd, the guys may not be able to feed off the energy and emotions.  It’s entirely possible.  All 4 of these guys know how to be great.  I think that they will be given the time to be great.  The question is, will you, as a fan, be worn out by the time you see this and hurt how you feel about it?

Prediction: Brock seems like a lock to retain.  With that being said, I’m going with Samoa Joe.  Please do the right thing and give Joe the opportunity while he is young enough to have the great matches that he is capable of.  

 

Final Thoughts

Keri:  This PPV is going to be a roller coaster for all of us involved. Wait wasn’t that the thing for Mania?  It’s going to have its high points and low points and it’s ultimately going to make some of us feel nauseous in the end. I predict I will not make it past the first two hours of this PPV so in the end at least I will get a good night’s sleep out of it.  Thanks WWE, I guess?

Teddy: this PPV has the potential to be Good or completely suck ass. Hoping for the first one always but WWE likes to remind me that they dont give a fuck about what fans really want.

Kent:  This is going to be a 6+ hours show.  I’m very bitter and the penultimte episode of Game of Thrones airs the same night for season 7.  Admit it, GoT for that one hour is going to be better than all 6 hours of Summerslam.  And that is where we are at as fans sadly.  Hey WWE, try to make it up to us as fans.  We are sick of the same old boring BS>  Give us something memorable.  At least NXT delivered.

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2017 Battleground Review – The Return of The Great Khali Edition

Battleground happened this past Sunday and it was the most mediocre, middle of the ground PPV pf the year.  Nothing great happened, but the lows weren’t terribly low either.  It was weird.  Anyway, Russ and Cece are here to help me wade through the sea of mediocrity.

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The 9

  1.  Aiden English def Tye Dillinger

Russ:  This was fun match.  I’m glad Aiden got the win, because even though Tye really needs wins Aiden needs them more.  These two have done well against each other maybe it’s time to get them some story on Smackdown.
Rating: 4.6

Cece: I really dug Aiden’s tights, to start. This match was decent but it didn’t really pull me in. They both need more story work.
Rating: 4.0

Kent:  This is one of the absolute best kickoff show matches that they have had in years.  Yes, I was impressed.  Yes, I was happy to see Aiden win a match.  Yes, I am fearful that I was right that Tye DIllinger wasn’t ready for the call up to the main roster, which I covered a lot months ago.
Rating: 4.9

  1.  The New Day def The Uso’s to become the NEW Tag Team Champions

Russ:  Wow, this match was way better than I thought it would be.  I was surprised that Big E sat on the sideline, but I think the mix of Kofi, Xavier, Jimmy and Jay made for some great chemistry.  A lot of near falls several that were believable and a great pace made for an exciting match.  I think not knowing for sure which team would win made this more exciting.  Unfortunately, the wrong team won.  I like New Day, Big E is one of my guys, but The Uso’s have been on a tear since winning those belts and they deserved a decent run.  Oh well, let’s prepare for another record breaking run for New Day (It could happen, these belts haven’t been held very long by one team.)
Rating: 6.3  

Cece: This was easily the best match of the night. The energy was just right and they kept me watching the entire time. As much as I love New Day, it’s interesting that they would be getting the titles again as there are other tag teams who need a push. But DON’T YOU DARE BE SOUR!
Rating: 8.0

Kent:  Match of the night in a night where it didn’t seem like any other match wanted to challenge this for the honors.  I liked the match.  I watched it a second time.  It wasn’t great, but fun and well done.  I don’t care for New Day winning, but that doesn’t change my rating in my eyes.  I won’t watch a third time, under any circumstances.
Rating: 6.5

  1.  Shinsuke Nakamura def Baron Corbin via DQ

Russ:  A hard hitting match and well choreographed.  This wasn’t either guys best match, but it was a decent match.  It was obvious Baron was going to lose, but I wasn’t expecting it to be a DQ loss. Knowing he wasn’t going to win Corbin decided to deliberately cheat in front of the ref in the most painful way possible.  That’s just good character building.
Rating: 4.8

Cece: This was a pretty decent match up until the end. I love Shinsuke and his striking style. I also think Baron was a good match for him as he is a powerhouse when he wants to be. I think the low blow to end the match was what ruined it for me.
Rating: 6.1

Kent:  I wanted to love this match.  I really did.  Then came the bearhug and I did mentally lose interest.  Sorry, but it happened a second time when I tried rewatching it.  I didn’t make it through the match.  Because I tried rewatching, I have to obey my rule of higher than 5.0.
Rating: 5.1

  1.  Natalya def Charlotte, Becky, Lana, and Tamina to become the #1 Women’s contender

Russ:  I’m not going to lie, I paid scant attention to this match assuming Charlotte had the win.  So imagine my surprise when they said Natalya was the winner.  I think she was one of the ones I thought had no chance of winning.  I guess I’m not watching wrestling this week.  (oh no, I was really looking forward to watching wrestling too.)
Rating: Bathroom Break / Food Break / Read reviews of Game of Thrones  

Cece: I thought this match could have went a bit better. I’m tired of the whole Lana/Tamina thing. They need to use Tamina better, not just as a ‘bodyguard’ or something. That’s bullshit. She can be much better if they’d let her. I am upset Charlotte didn’t win, but I didn’t predict her to win anyway. Natty was a surprise for me.
Rating: 5.2

Kent:  Around this time, Game of Thrones came on and it was such a good episode.  To have to force myself to come back to this match did negatively affect my view.  I’m simply being honest.  With that being said, it was a surprising match.  It was well done.  The cameraman got some great shots of Lana’s backside.  Natalya winning, well I am quite surprised.  I’m happy for her, but stop talking about your fucking cat!  None of this matters until the greatest female is holding the belt, and that’s Carmella.
Rating: 4.8

  1.  Kevin Owens def AJ Styles to become the NEW US Champion

Russ:  This is a tough match to give a score to.  On the one hand this was a decent match.  Several good moves and counters and some decent chain wrestling.  A few near falls that were exciting.  On the other hand this was completely underwhelming for these two.  By far neither’s best match.  I think the ending had a lot to do with it.  The ref bump was odd and seemed to give neither guy an advantage, it took forever to get the ref back into it when he was clearly ok and watching the two men.  Finally, the ending was very anti-climatic.  How come AJ who wasn’t injured and had a slow count didn’t even struggle to get out of the pin?  It was odd and I hope they explain it on Tuesday, even though I can’t watch it (Damn!)
Rating:  4.9  

Cece: Meh. This match had the potential to be awesome. And, as much as these two fought, it still could have been better. I think they robbed AJ of having more time in the spotlight, so that sort of ruined things for me there. But, it was overall a decent match.
Rating: 6.5

Kent:  This match wasn’t terribly exciting.  Add to it, that awful ending and this is hard.  The work was good.  I simply have ZERO interest in rewatching what should have easily been a 7 or higher match.  Hel, this had 8 potential.  That ending was soooo bad, and that AJ didn’t seem too fazed by it after the fact hurt it even more.
Rating: 4.99

  1.  John Cena jobbed out Rusev for the 137th time in a flag match

Russ:   I really hoped that the WWE would troll us on this match and give Rusev a victory here.  Unfortunately, and I should have known this,  #LolCenaBeatsRusev137thTime.  I have no idea why Cena likes to “crush” Rusev, but you can tell he enjoys it!  As for the match it wasn’t bad.  Look it’s a Flag on a pole match. If you are looking for anything more than stupid fun then you are looking too deep into this type of match.  Watching Cena and Rusev slow climb 4 steps was hilarious and watching Cena stop Rusev from planting his flag with his bare hands was laugh out loud!  What I’m saying is I had a few good laughs and there were a few moments of entertaining wrestling.  I’m ok with that.
Rating: 4.7

Cece: I thought this match was boring and pointless at first. Tired of the foreigner is bad trope. BUT, it did pick up when the two got closer to the flag posts. I did think the last 5-10 mins of the match were exciting. The winner was super predictable though.
Rating: 4.2

Kent:  This match has it’s moments, and there was some good moves in it.  Without the flag gimmick, this probably is in the 6 or higher territory.  The stipulation dictated that the match had so many stupid moments.  Like, just throw your opponent’s pedestal, or break the flag pole so they are unable to plant it.  Cena like overpowering Rusev from planting the pole.  So many dumb, dumb things.  But some of that was funny too.  Mixed bag.  I would rewatch this for the humor.
Rating: 5.1

  1.  The Fashion Files happened

Russ:  This was good.  It left me with more questions than answers.  Like does Konnor just want to act, because he put more effort into this skit than he has his wrestling career and physique since being called up from NXT.  Also, the mystery got deeper as we still don’t know who trashed the office, but now Deputy Dango was being dragged off someplace!  This will be the one thing from wrestling this week that I will really miss.
Rating: 7  

Cece: This was another hilarious skit. I loved it. The Ascension bluffing made things too funny. EDDIE MONEY! Also, it definitely left me wanting more. I was actually upset nothing was revealed last night! Who did it?!?!
Rating: 9.0 because it’s intriguing, damnit!

Kent:  I am working with people who are easily amused apparently.  No, this wasn’t THAT funny.  I laughed twice, once at Konnor’s silhouette and once for Eddie Money.  Seriously, where are your standards people?  Just saying, this is why the comedy film genre is at a new low, because we have allowed our standards to be so low that people think that Seth Rogen and Amy Schumer and Melissa McCarthy are funny.  Please, you are not going to rewatch this multiple times.
Rating: 4.0 because it’s the same old stuff but with less jokes, but more Konnor.  Hmm, 4.5.

  1.  Sami Zayn def Mike Kanellis

Russ:  I’m still not sold on Mike and Maria Kanellis.  This match did not help either.  The crowd was just not into this match and you could tell they didn’t know what to think of Mike.  Zayn tried, but the crowd was dead by the end.  There were some glimmers of hope here.  I thought it was fun when Maria blew Mike a kiss and he used that hand to immediately punch Zayn with.  Mike can take a hit too, because that Heluva Kick was pretty nasty.
Rating: 3.8

Cece: This feud continues to be pointless and stupid. The whole ‘true love’ gimmick is the most stupid thing I’ve ever seen. I really cannot get behind it whatsoever. So, therefore, I paid almost 0 attention to this match. Sami deserves better. That’s all I’ll say. Again.
Rating: 3.0

Kent:  Mike needs a different opponent as Sami isn’t vicious enough to continue this one and keep it fun.  The matches are ok, but too short, and both guys are way better than they showed on Sunday.  I am getting some dread that Mike and Maria are going to not get a chance to shine.  I hope that is not the case.  Randy Orton needs somebody to be pissed off at, and everybody hates seeing PDA, so make it happen, please.  This match needed about 3 more minutes to maybe get us excited.
Rating: 4.0

  1.  Jinder Mahal def Randy Orton in a Punjabi Prison match to retain his championship

Russ:  This match concept is stupid.  The doors are really useless.  Just let your opponent go out the first immediately, and you climb up the top  and jump to the other structure (like Randy did) and climb out.  Ding Ding Ding, you win.  Getting over that, there were a few good moments and spots in this one.  The Singh through the announce table sounded totally devastating.  Jinder has improved in the ring, but he is still boring to watch.  The whole ending of the match seemed forced.  Khali just doesn’t have the movement to pull what they tried to pull off.  However, it’s over.  Now give Jinder a real opponent that can make him look good, because Orton was not helping the cause.
Rating: 4.3    

Cece: Meh. I was super unhappy with how this match turned out. It had so much potential but it definitely was just another match. The one I will give props to, is Samir Singh. He took that table like a champ, man. Also, Khali coming out was kind of stupid. I understand people like legends when they show up, but he could have done it in a cooler way. The shaking of the prison to make Randy fall over the way he did was so unbelievable. Idk I wasn’t impressed.
Rating: 3.6

Kent:  Nobody in the history of ever said that they wanted a third Punjabi Prison match.  Do you know why?  Because everybody fucking hated the first 2!  Seriously, it looks cool as shit, and then you get to the rules and you realize how much of a clusterfuck it is.  The door concept is beyond asinine.  The minute rule is just an excuse to waste 4 minutes.  Then the cages are so close that you can just stretch over from one to the other.  Seriously, what were they thinking?  I felt bad for both guys.  I will admit, I did not foresee the Great Khali returning.  Do you know why?  Because nobody liked the Great Khali, his knees betrayed him, he had no mic skills, no in ring skills, he simply has a large jaw and is Indian.  The fuck?  What a shit storm of fuckery.  Still, that Singh brother took that bump like  a fucking champ, and the kendo sticks actually added to the match.  Notice how the kendo sticks did the damage in the match, not this shitty structure.  Just give us a hardcore match and it would have been way better.
Rating: 4.1 mainly for the bumps and kendo sticks

 

Bonus Deuce Deuce

  1. Best Match of the Night

Russ:  New Day vs. Uso’s.  There wasn’t a close second, but none of the matches were out right bad either.  

Cece: New Day VS Uso’s for sure. Such energy.

Kent:  Tag team title match

  1.  Worst Match of the Night

Russ:  I’m going to have to go with the Women’s match.  I barely paid attention to it and I didn’t really care.  

Cece: Probably Sami and Mike.

Kent:  Mike and Sami, but not by much.

 

  1.  What booking decision surprised you the most, either positively or negatively?

Russ:  Definitely Natalya winning.  I was 100% confident that she had about as much of a chance of winning as I did.  So I guess that is positive because at least it is something different and I don’t have to tolerate Charlotte going for the belt yet.  

Cece: Most surprising was Natty winning and AJ losing.

Kent:  I’m torn because 4 happened.  The Breezedango thing made no progress.  Khali made his triumphant return.  Natalya won an important match.  AJ jobbed like a little bitch.  I guess I gotta say that the AJ thing is still resonating with me days later.

 

  1.  Rate Battleground overall from 1.0-9.2

Russ:  Battleground was overall an ok ppv up and down the card.  It wasn’t spectacular and no matches were memorable, but none of the matches outright stunk up the place either.   

Rating: 4.8

Cece: 6.5

Kent:  4.82375….or 4.8 if you want a well rounded number.  I simply took the averages of everything.

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