2018 Elimination Chamber Review

Russ and I had to review this night of 2 matches and a bunch of nonsense.  Huh, that’s what I wrote for the preview and I was not wrong!!!  Over on our podcast, Are You Not Kentertained we discussed this and other topics that may or may not be relevant.   Please enjoy.

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The 9

  1.  Good Brothers def Miztourage

Russ:  If mediocre kickoff match had a face this would be it.  Nothing really worth noting except that both teams looked ok.  I hope they start moving The Good Brothers up the tag team ladder soon because they deserve it.  You could skip this one.

Rating: 3.5  

Kent:  I read about this match.  Nothing remotely unexpected occurred.  The Good Brothers won. This would have been a mediocre match on RAW, so yeah., not PPV quality.  Both teams tried to work with what they had, and I think we will get more from G&A vs The Revival moving forward, or some I hope.

Rating: 2.5 due to no excitement or build up

 

  1.  Alexa Bliss def Sasha, Bayley, Mickie, Sonya, and Mandy to retain her belt in the Elimination Chamber

Russ:  I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by this match.  I figured it would probably be good, but this went above what I was expecting.  The pacing was good and the spots were there, which helped make this good. However, what put this over the top for me was some really good storytelling in the ring.  Banks turning on Bayley, Bliss running away and Mickie still showing she has it are just a few things in-ring stories that helped make this match better than the rumble.  Finally, Bliss’s speech at the end was just phenomenal. The crowd’s reaction to her was priceless.

Rating:  6.9 Get your mind outta the gutter!  

Kent:  I really thought that this match delivered at the right pace, told a lot of good stories, and in the end, it made a lot of good sense.  I honestly thought Absolution would be in the final 3 but this was the better story, I simply didn’t trust WWE to tell it. As much as I loathed the women’s Royal Rumble, I truly enjoyed this match.  Was it anything astounding? No, but I would watch it again.

Rating: 6.2 Not a match of the year candidate, but good, and probably one of the best women’s matches we will see this year.

 

  1.  Sheasaro def Titus Worldwide to retain their Tag Team Championships

Russ:  I completely spaced out when this match came on.  Apparently, I missed nothing of worth. I don’t understand how this match flopped so hard!  You have several amazing talents in the ring. This should have been at least enjoyable. Instead, it was forgettable approximately 10 seconds after it started.  Not a good showing for anyone involved.

Rating: 3.0  I’m being generous here, only because The Bar usually delivers.  

Kent:  I wanted to care.  I tried to care. This was my darkhorse match of the night.  Wow, this wasn’t very fun at all. It was average in every sense.  Apollo needed more time to shine. I blame the time given more than anything.  I just didn’t have fun.

Rating: 3.5 Sorry, but this is one of the worst tag team title matches that we have had in a lot of months.

 

  1.  Asuka def Nia Jax

Russ:  I’m noticing a bad trend here.  If the match doesn’t have the words Elimination Chamber attached to it then the best you are getting is meh.  This wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t good either. I will give credit to WWE they did everything they could to keep both women looking strong.  Unfortunately, in doing so they sacrificed some good match chemistry. After the match was well done, but that doesn’t save the whole thing.  

Rating: 3.7 I’ve seen worse, but I expect more out of these two, especially Asuka.  

Kent:  I knew that this match wouldn’t click and I argued this with Russ.  So I get redeemed a bit after how bad I did on the previous match. These 2 don’t click well because Nia is hard to work with due to her size.  She tries really hard, but as improved as she is, she still lacks a lot of skills in my opinion. Asuka tried, Nia tried, but this match was very forgettable ad the only positive I saw was after the match with Nia’s attack and Alexa being happy.

Rating: 3.3 This may be too high, but I love Asuka and I don’t hate Nia.  I’m acknowledging her shortcomings.

 

  1.  Matt Hardy def Bray Wyatt

Russ:  Wow… I feel so sad for these two.  I was once a person who wanted to see this. Now that WWE has finally delivered it I really wish they wouldn’t have.  This was boring and bad. The crowd didn’t help matters. Also, I blame WWE creative for this match falling flat. They did nothing to make this match worth note on RAW.  

Rating: 2 So many Meh’s given.  

Kent:  Yeah, in all fairness, nobody alive thought that this match would steal the show.  Matt tried to sing the song, but the fans were meh about it. Jeff does a better job with the song in all honesty.  The effort was there, but zero fucks were given. This needed a gimmick in the worst way. Bray need a stable again.  Before you try to diminish how good Bray is by needing a stable, I will offer this guy, Ric Fucking Flair always relied on stables and everybody wants to suck his cock.  The Bludgeon Bros can go back to Bray once Bray returns to Smackdown. Please have him return.

Rating: 3.4 Mainly for the effort early on.

 

  1.  Ronda Rousey Contract nonsense

Russ:   WWE took something away from me during this segment.  My hope that Rollins would face Kurt Angle at Mania. I was really hoping that I would get that match.  Now that this crap sandwich happened it seems inevitable that Kurt will be Rousey’s Tag Team partner. BOOOOOOOOO!  

Rating: 2.9  I’m reverse deucing this shit.   

Kent:  Now we are getting to the real shit in this shit sandwich.  The 2 EC matches were tasty bread, and the Tag Title match was a decent condiment, but this here is the shit.  Fucking brutal. Kurt was funny at least, but this was so awkward. Oh, and Steph went unscathed again. I……am…….so…..shocked.

Rating: Well Carl and Gavin died on The Walking Dead tonight, so that makes me very sad.

 

  1.  Roman Reigns became #1 contender to face Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania by defeating Braun Strowman who defeated The Miz, Elias, Cena, Finn, and Seth

Russ:  Let’s get this out of the way first.  The ending was predictable as fuck. We’ve known that Roman was winning this since it was booked.  With that said this was a lot of fun. Even though Braun didn’t win he came out of this match a winner.  He eliminated 5 men, he also took more finishers than Kenny Omega in one match and still kept getting up.  Rollins and Finn also looked good in this match. Rollins is turning himself into an Ironman and I’m fine with that.  Finn was about the only person to get any real offense on Braun during the match in a one-on-one situation. I was worried that WWE might fuck this thing up, but besides the ending this was a lot of fun.  

Rating: 6.9

Kent:  This match was good, it was really was.  Unfortunately, the sword of Damocles tattoo on Brock’s chest swung over the match, and the outcome was inevitable, and that hurt this match.  I think Seth, Finn, and Braun all walked out as bigger stars tonight. I think ROman didn’t look very great tonight, Cena looked pathetic at times, Elias and Miz played their parts to perfection.  Still, I just didn’t have a lot of fun during this, and I think it is because Roman was gifted the win.The action was solid. At the end, I was simply happy to have it be over with, and I don’t think you should feel that way after a very good match.

Rating: 6.1

 

  1.  Biggest Surprise of the night for you

Russ:  How Shitty every match that didn’t have the PPV’s name in it was.  

Kent:  How good the Women’s EC match was  I really expected much worse. Also, that Nia jobbed cleanly.

 

  1.  Which Elimination Chamber match was better booked in your opinion?

Russ:  Gotta go with the women.  They did everything right.  

Kent:  The women’s and it wasn’t close.  The story was better told.

 

Bonus Deuce

  1. Best Match of the Night

Russ:  I tied the EC matches.  

Kent:  Women’s EC is the match I will walk away thinking about.

  1.  Worst Match of the Night

Russ:  Everything else, seriously fuck the rest of this PPV.  

Kent:  Nia vs Asuka ratings-wise, but Sheasaro vs Titus Worldwide disappointed me the most.  I expected one to be awful and one to be good at the very least.

 

Final Thoughts

Russ:  Even though the majority of the matches were garbage juice the 2 EC matches delivered and since they took up the majority of the PPV’s time I guess that isn’t too bad.  Overall Rating: 5

Kent:  This night was a shit sandwich.  The bread, the 2 EC’s the only things to watch.  Just skip the second hour basically. With that being said, we had more good than bad which you consider about an hour and a half of quality wrestling.

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2018 Elimination Chamber Preview

Hi, Kent here.  Keri and I had to preview this night of 2 matches and a bunch of nonsense.  Yay!!!  Over on our podcast, Are You Not Kentertained we discussed this and other topics that may or may not be relevant.   Please enjoy.

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The 9

  1.  Kickoff Show – Gallows & Anderson vs Miztourage

Keri:  This matchup is so random.  But then again, if you have been paying attention it looks like Finn and the Miz have been getting into it on Twitter, so maybe it does make sense, you know since Finn is the leader of the Balor club and Miz is the leader of, well, the Miztourage. I don’t know maybe I’m just grasping at straws trying to rationalize this one.

Prediction:  Gallows and Anderson win.

Kent:  So the Miztourage get a match while The Revival has nothing.  Explain to me how that makes a damn bit of sense.  Considering how good G&A are against the Revival, it’s even more baffling.  Is this even going to be taken seriously by anybody?  Bo and Curtis are both so damn good too, but this is a squash.

Prediction: The Good Brothers – Gallows, stop encouraging the Young Bucks to come to WWE.  We don’t want them.  It’s going to be the Hardy Boy debacle all over again.  We want broken universe.  You got it, you hate it, suck it.  Bang bang!

  1.  WWE Tag Team Championship Match – Sheasaro vs Titus Worldwide

Keri:  I could have sworn I just saw this match Monday night on RAW. Maybe I was wrong. Anyways…..

Prediction: Titus Worldwide wins and maybe brings new life to a stagnant division.

Kent:  This is the right match, but they could have fucking announced it.  Jesus tap-dancing Christ, do your fucking job people.  The go home show should have the final card.  I don’t even remember when this became commonplace, but fuck that noise.   My issue here is timing.  Are they going to have Titus Worldwide head into Mania as the champs?  Will they win the belts at Mania?  This is tough.  I’m ready for the title change.  It’s time to sink or swim.  If they sink, The Revival is waiting to dominate.

Prediction – Apollo wins it for Titus Worldwide.  I know that I am wrong, but I want this so I predict it. Much love to Sheasaro, the best tag team in the business.

  1.  Asuka vs Nia Jax

Keri:  This matchup was enjoyable when it was in NXT and Nia has improved significantly since the last time these two faced off so I expect a good match. With that said, they are not breaking Asuka’s streak.

Prediction: Asuka wins and finally declares that she will face Wooooo Jr for the Smackdown title.

Kent:  Why? The best case scenario is that Alexa gives Nia a pep talk in the locker room and plant the seed.  Then have Alexa interfere and cost Nia the match so we can get that match at Mania while protecting Asuka.  Also, just know that this year’s Wrestlemania will feat at least 4 women’s matches.  Fuck my life as a wrestling fan.

Prediction – I already told you.  Asuka wins because streaks are one of the worse things that you can do in pro wrestling.  That is a fucking fact.  It stifles creativity and good finishes.

  1.  Ronda Rousey’s contract signing

Keri:  So this week on As the Bullet Club Turns. We had Cody declare himself leader of the Bullet Club, the Bucks joined the heavyweight division, Cody and Kenny brawled, Hangman Page is feeling unappreciated by everyone and wants to know where his moment is, and Marty Scrull (the Villian), due to all the stress of the situation, now has grey hair. Oh and Kenny called Cody a WWE reject. Can’t wait to see what happens on next week’s exciting episode of how As the Bullet Club Turns.

Prediction: I wonder how Tama, Fale, Tanga, Leo, and the rest of Bullet Club NJPW feel about their new leader. I bet that will be on next week’s episode. Stay tuned everyone. (Kent: slow clapping)

Kent:  Hang on, hang on.  Okay, I found the lube.  Okay, now gently massaging my asshole.  OKay, gritting my teeth because WWE is about to fuck me and the rest of us right in the asshole.  I can’t vouch for Keri, but I don’t like being on the receiving end of anal. I expect some bullhshit with Stephanie.  Yay.

Prediction – I hope to pass my kidney stone during this segment so I can say that was less painful than seeing this segment.  Top that Keri!!! (Keri: Challenge Accepted).

  1.  Bray Wyatt vs Fatt Hardy

Keri:  Why is this still a thing?

Prediction: I don’t care. This has run its course.

Kent:  It’s a good thing I didn’t put that lube away yet.  Good lord.  Can we give Bray someone and something to work with?  Please put him back on Smackdown to feud with…..Shinsuke, Tye, Rusev, and Bobby.  Yeah, all 4 of those feuds sound great compared to this, right?

Prediction – Bray wins setting up a match at the Woken Compound in North Carolina

  1.  First Ever Historic Women’s Elimination Chamber for the belt – Alexa Bliss vs Mickie James vs Sasha Banks vs Bayley vs Mandy Rose vs Sonya Deville

Keri: This match will be good. I really don’t have anything more to say than that really.

Prediction: Alexa retains and is forced back into hiding by Creative until Mania.

Kent:  My poor, poor asshole.  I think that Paige and Nia were meant to be in this one with Asuka taking on Sonya and Mandy.  That’s my best guess.  This match may not be terrible.  That’s what I thought about the women’s Royal Rumble.  I was SO FUCKING WRONG!  Alexa makes everything work better, especially when working with Mickie and I think her and Sasha have good chemistry.  Bayley is the one to watch for botches.  I think she’s going to be the worst performer, and I hope she proves me wrong.  I think the standout will be Sonya.

Prediction – It will be my moment of Bliss for #100 because that only seems fair.

  1.  Men’s #1 Contendership Elimination Chamber – The Miz vs John Cena vs Seth Rollins vs Finn Balor vs Roman Reigns vs Elias vs Braun Strowman

Keri:  Unlike Kent, I’m going to state the inevitable conclusion of how this match will go and I’m not even going to include the words prediction in my response. Roman is winning this match. He is facing Brock at Mania. We all have to deal with it so let’s just start dealing with it now.

Kent:  I’m not doing it.  I will not predict Roman to win.  It is the single worst choice, yes even worse than Cena……yeah worse.  I want Braun to win.  The crowd wants Braun or Finn to win with a bit that wants to WWE.  Really, Seth should have a lot of momentum after Monday’s match, and I think his fatigue should tie into an early elimination and Kurt mocking him on RAW.  I think The Miz can be easily dismissed as can Elias, although Elias vs Brock would be fucking money.  I think Cena can be easily written off due to his recent storyline.  That leave 4 very legit possibilities.  Roman and Brun have both had a match with the Beast while Seth had a three-way with Cena also involved, and then there is Finn.  The thing is, and we say this on the podcast when a big make or break is present.  Right now, this is when they could make the Randy Orton to Roman’s version of John Cena.  They could make Braun the fucking man.  I’d have him and Roman come to a draw somehow.  They can make anything happen.  This is the match that should close out the PPV, so I won’t be shocked if it doesn’t thanks to history, blah blah vagina.

Prediction – Braun and Roman come to a  draw somehow and make this a great Mania main event.

  1.   What’s the hardest match on the card to predict?

Keri: Probably the tag team match

Kent:  Tag Team Title match is the answer for me, although the Bray match I am quite divided too.  I can at least foresee Bray vs Matt at Mania.  The tag division, it seems like destiny that we get a clusterfuck multi-team match at Mania.

  1.  Any other matches?  If so, predict one.

Keri:  I don’t think so.

Kent:  Ginger Rhynos vs The Revival.  Honestly, I don’t think so.  The EC matches are going to be an hour a piece adding entrances.

Bonus Deuce

  1. Best match of the night will be?

Keri:  Tag match or pre-show match.

Kent:  Dark horse is the tag title match. Tag matches on PPV have been money.  Now if you aren’t looking forward to Roman vs Brock, I think this has to be your answer.

  1.  Worst match of the night will be (excluding kick off show)?

 Keri:  Asuka vs Nia

Kent:  I don’t think Asuka vs Nia is going to deliver.  I hope that I am wrong.  I just have a gut feeling about this one.

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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.

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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