Wednesday, August 24, 2016

WWE Cruiserweight Classic: Episode 7

Last week on the Cruiserweight Classic I was very disappointed to see Jack Gallagher and Tony Nese get eliminated. The matches were great last week but I wasn't feeling. This week I was hoping I would feel it and get into it. The matches were great and the second round has been completed. It was a great way to cap off the second round. I guess Johnny Gargano has a knack for closing out rounds and making them count win or lose.

Tonight's first match was between Rich Swann and Lince Dorado. I love Swann's charisma and attitude. He has an incredible story but his struggles have not stopped him. Lince Dorado is pretty entertaining himself and that made for a great fast pace match. Swann won which I thought was great but I don't think we have seen the last of Lince Dorado. Following that was Drew Gulak taking on one of the best wrestlers in the world in Zack Sabre Jr. I love Sabre Jr and everything he's doing. This tournament has been beneficial to him and will probably make his stock rise even more. Drew Gulak is no slouch when it comes to technical wrestling either. This was the best technical wrestling match in the Classic so far. Gulak and Sabre Jr. both belong in WWE with their styles. It's a style that is sorely missed and much needed. Even though Gulak didn't advance he is someone to look out for in the future. The Main Event was Johnny Gargano and TJ Perkins. Gargano has been in some high profiled matches lately on the WWE Network so this was a good match for Perkins especially now the he's going to be on Raw's Cruiserweight Division. I can't wait to see what the future holds for Gargano and Perkins after this wonderful match. Perkins won but Gargano is becoming an elite performer.

The third round has some great matches and I have a feeling they are going to pick the intensity. The third round matches are Akira Tozawa vs. Gran Metalik, Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Noam Dar, Brian Kendrick vs. Kota Ibushi, and TJ Perkins vs. Rich Swann. So far the two guys I picked to win it are still in it. I still feel Sabre Jr. and Kota Ibushi are going to make the finals and have WWE's Match of the Year. This Cruiserweight Classic has elevated all of the talent and as we learned the Raw Cruiserweight Division will feature Rich Swann, Brian Kendrick, Noam Dar and TJ Perkins. I am sure there will be more names to come. Keep tuning in for more on the Cruiserweight Classic.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Results, Review, Recap of WWE Summerslam 2016

Tonight was the annual summer event for the WWE. It's the hottest party of the summer and it took place with one of the hottest crowds anytime WWE goes there. After watching NXT TakeOver I knew the main roster had to raise the bar. I think the overall card looked impressive and I was hoping to see some surprises. Before I get into all that here are the results of Summerslam:

-Pre-Show: The Uso's/American Alpha/Mojo Rawley & Zack Ryder defeated Breezango/The VaudeVillains/The Ascension 
-Pre-Show: Sami Zayn/Neville defeated The Dudley Boys
-Pre-Show: Sheamus defeated Cesaro in the 1st Match of the Best 7
-Chris Jericho/Kevin Owens defeated Enzo Amore/Big Cass
-Charlotte defeated Sasha Banks to win the WWE Women's Title.
-The Miz defeated Apollo Crews to retain the Intercontinental Title.
-AJ Styles defeated John Cena
-The Club defeated The New Day by DQ, New Day keeps the WWE Tag Titles.
-Dean Ambrose defeated Dolph Ziggler to retain the WWE Title.
-Nikki Bella/Natalya/Alexa Bliss defeated Becky Lynch/Carmella/Naomi
-Finn Balor defeated Seth Rollins to become the first WWE Universal Champion
-Brock Lesnar defeated Randy Orton

The Pre-Show featured three matches. The tag team division does look great on Smackdown. It may not have the big name power that Raw does but they all have great technical ability. I really would like to see The Uso's feud with American Alpha over the Smackdown Tag Titles. It only took until the last minute but two great talents in Neville and Sami Zayn got put on the show. Both men should have been on the mains show but I guess it's better then not being on at all. I really wish Cesaro and Sheamus would have been on the main show. Both are still being underutilized and both should be in a bigger spotlight.

The show kicked off with the hometown boys of Enzo Amore and Big Cass. The crowd was on fire right away. I am really disappointed that Enzo and Cass didn't win but it was a really great opening match. Owens and Jericho have really made themselves as a really fun formidable heel tag team. I don't think we have seen the last of these two teams going at it. Speaking of fun rivalries, I love the rivalry between Sasha Banks and Charlotte. These two had an incredible match four weeks ago  I don't know what was going on in the beginning of the match but it was not your typical women's match. It looked very sloppy in which Sasha looked like she was legitimately hurt. This match got really aggressive after the top rope botch. I could not believe that they took the title off of Sasha after four weeks. I really hope Sasha Banks is okay and not seriously hurt.

One title match that was very disappointing was The Miz vs. Apollo Crews. That is not what a Intercontinental Title match is all about. It was short, not epic and not a classic. I don't know who booked the match or where creative was going with this match but it was uneventful.We went from disappointment to an absolute wonderful match. Styles and Cena had two great encounters prior to this match and I didn't expect any less. This match was better then their Money in the Bank match by far. I cannot believe what I witnessed between both Styles and Cena. I am really curious to see what happens with Cena after he left his armbands in the ring.

AJ Styles two friends Gallows and Anderson followed that incredible match chasing The New Day for the tag titles.Jon Stewart was out with the New Day and I am not what drugs he was on but he looked rough. The match was kind of rough with Stewart's involvement and the fact that the match ended in DQ. I think they did this to add to the New Day's title reign a little longer. It was an entertaining for the story but the story needs to get more serious. When it comes to serious title matches I thought Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler had a great story coming into Summerslam. Everyone assumed that Dean Ambrose would keep the WWE World Title but even with that assumption they had a great match.

The Smackdown women had a chance to shine in a 6 women tag match which the return of. Nikki Bella. Nikki replaced the suspended Eva Marie and she looked great. The women of my Smackdown I think are being overlooked but tonight they showed what they are made of. Speaking of showing what they are made of I think the future showed what they are made of in Seth Rollins and Finn Balor. Tonight they competed to see who the first ever WWE Universal Champion. I must say the brand new Universal title looks very unoriginal and very hideous. Even though the belt is hideous the two men that fought for it are not. Both men are going to be around the title scene for a long time. Congratulation to Finn Balor for a hell of an accomplishment.

When it comes to belts I am so glad the United States belt is not as hideous as the Universal Championship. Reigns and Rusev had a hell of a match six days prior to tonight but tonight we didn't get much of a match. In fact the match never took place. It was an all around beat down. In terms of beat downs, no one beats down people better then Brock Lesnar. The Main Event was 14 years in the making. Randy Orton and Brock Lesnar is the dream match that fans have wanted for a long time. I had a feeling it was going to by physical. There was nothing fancy and nothing athletic about this match. However it was one hell of a fight until they stopped the match. Orton got busted open, Shane got an F5.

Summerslam had some great action and great storytelling but there was somethings I really questioned a few title matches. I really think Sasha, The Club and Apollo Crews should have walked out with titles and got some momentum. I will give Summerslam a solid 7 out of 10 because the Main Event was not good as it should have been and there was nothing of shock value.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Results, Review, Recap of WWE NXT TakeOver 2: Brooklyn

One year ago NXT made history by being in the Barclays Center! One year ago it was a phenomenal event that I still haven't forgotten about. The big question going into tonight is could they repeat this history and set a new precedent. Before I begin with my thoughts here are the results of TakeOver

-Austin Aries defeated No Way Jose
-Ember Moon defeated Billie Kay
-Bobby Roode defeated Andrade Almas
-The Revival defeated Johnny Gargano/Tomasso Ciampa to retain the NXT Tag Team Titles
-Asuka defeated Bayley to retain the NXT Women's Title
-Shinsuke Nakamura defeat Samoa Joe to win the NXT Title

The opening match was between No Way Jose and Austin Aries. Right from the beginning the crowd was absolutely on fire and absolute a joy to listen to. Both men have very different styles but that it was intense for an opening match. I was honestly surprised Aries went over but I was even more surprised the Hideo Itami came out after the match. Aries continued a beat down on Jose after the match and he got a GTS from Itami for his troubles. Speaking of trouble, Billie Kay got herself in some much trouble by asking for a high profile match. That match was against Ember Moon. Moon looked like a comic book character with lots talent. I could not believe what Moon did for a finisher. All I have to say is wow and what a hell of a debut for Ember Moon,

Speaking of debuts, tonight marked the WWE Network debut of Bobby Roode. What a debut and what an entrance. Andrade Almas usually isn't booed but in this case he couldn't over match the popularity with Roode. This match had action, comedy and intensity. A lot of great storytelling in this match for two guys who have never fought each other. Roode had a glorious victory and the crowd was very into the character through the entire match. When I think of glorious in terms of wrestling I think of what I saw a couple of weeks ago between Tomasso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano. They really deserved the tag title shot against The Revival.  I really think the Revival should be on the main roster and this match proved it. This was really great tag team wrestling. This is what tag team wrestling should be all about. I was hoping for a Ciampa-Gargano win but what a classic match that will be remembered for a long time.

Bayley had a memorable Brooklyn last year against Sasha Banks. Going into Brooklyn I kept thinking to myself that this is Bayley's last NXT match. I also kept thinking that Bayley and Asuka were going to have a hell of a match. I thought it was a great match but I still think Bayley and Sasha will always be the greatest Women's Match in NXT history. I really see Bayley moving to the main roster now. There is nothing left for her to prove down in NXT. It is Asuka's playground now and she's the future of the division. Another start from Japan is also looking to be the future of NXT. Shinsuke Nakamura challenged Samoa Joe for the NXT Championship in the Main Event. Nakamura had an amazing violin player play his way to the ring. Once the theatrics were over this match was absolutely hard hitting and aggressive. This match was epic and an instant classic for what a title match should. I do hope Samoa Joe is not seriously injured. He walked out with trainers after the match.

NXT TakeOver Brooklyn Pt. 2 was another successful event for the NXT brand. As always they raised the bar for the main roster and Summerslam. I really think this event ended the NXT run of Bayley and possibly Samoa Joe once he gets his rematch with Nakamura. I have to rate NXT TakeOver Brooklyn 9 out of 10. NXT is indeed taking over

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

WWE Cruiserweight Classic- Episode 6

Last week on the Cruiserweight Classic we saw Cedric Alexander get a stand ovation and a approval from Triple H. It is being reported that the other participant in that match Kota Ibushi will not be signing with WWE. I am wondering how this will play out in the tournament. I would think that WWE would not have someone win that they cannot build a future with. That discussion is for later because we have to focus on now. Tonight had some more incredible matches as well and we got a step closer to seeing who would advance further in this classic tournament. 

The first match of the evening was between Akira Tozawa and Jack Gallagher. You talk about a clash of personalities and styles. There some comedy spots that turned into some serious hard hitting action. I have not see this much great technical mat wrestling out of someone in a longtime but Gallagher definitely showed what he's made of. Tozawa won the match which I don't agree with but Gallagher earned himself a WWE contract in my opinion. Following them was Noam Dar and HoHo Lun which had the better result in my opinion. It was a very competative match but was not happy to see Lun beat Ariya Daivari in the first round. I am glad Lun has developed pro wrestling in China but I was very happy to Noam Dar with his ability and the "Darth Vader" chant move on to the second round. In the Main Event Brian Kendrick took on Tony Nese. Both men have a chip on their shoulder and both know time is running out on them to make an impact in WWE. The Brian Kendrick may have won the match but Nese reminded of a vicious version of Apollo Crews. What an awesome match between and Nese and Kendrick that made this week very enjoyable to watch.

There hasn't been one bad match yet but it was hard to get into it this week because of what happened last week. I mean Kota Ibushi and Cedric Alexander should be a Match of the Year candidate so how do you follow that. Next week we will see Lince Darado vs. Rich Swann, Zach Sabre Jr. vs Drew Gulak, and Johnny Gargano vs. TJ Perkins. This will be the end of round two. I am looking forward to seeing next weeks matches especially Gargano and Perkins. Be sure to keep checking back for more on the WWE Cruiserweight Classic. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Previewing and Predicting NXT TakeOver 2 and WWE Summerslam 2016

This weekend will arguably be the biggest weekend WWE has this year. Most say that Wrestlemania is the biggest weekend of the year but many dubbed Wrestlemania 32 as a failure. When you look at what has happened since then Wrestlemania was a failure. With that being said a lot has changed in four months. We have had the brand split, the new era, an overhaul in NXT and the addition of the Cruiserweight Title. This also marks the 25th Anniversary of my all time favorite pay-per-view Summerslam 1991. I hope this years Summerslam is as good as the one 25 years ago. With that being said here is what we have to look forward to this weekend. 

No Way Jose vs. Austin Aries
Austin Aries has two very impressive TakeOvers since his arrival. He took on Baron Corbin and Shinsuke Nakamura in two very good matches. No Way Jose has some crazy energy that puts him in the same category as the New Day, Enzo/Cass, and The New Day. As much I would like to Aries win I see Jose getting the victory and building his career and character even further then it was before.

Andrade Almas vs. Bobby Roode
This a very tough match for me because Almas is very new to NXT programing but this will be Bobby Roode's first match on NXT programming. I think with Roode's character and his experience he will have a GLORIOUS victory and debut in Brooklyn. However this will be a highly compatetive match that I look forward to seeing.

NXT Tag Team Championship: The Revival(c) vs. Johnny Gargano/Tomasso Ciampa
I like The Revival but I feel that they are so ready to come to the main roster. With the lack of depth in the tag team divisions because of the draft Raw or Smackdown could very well benefit from this team coming to their show. After what I saw from Gargano and Ciampa in the Cruiserweight Classic they deserve this opportunity to shine. I got to go with the Gargano and Ciampa on this match.

NXT Women's Championship: Bayley vs. Asuka(c)
I believe this is a given. After Bayley's appearance at Battleground I believe she's going to give the NXT fans one last great match to remember her by. Asuska has not lost yet since arriving to NXT and I don't feel like this will be any different. This match has big shoes to fill considering what Bayley did with Sasha Banks last year. I will be very shocked if Bayley comes away as the two time NXT Women's Champion.

NXT Championship: Samoa Joe(c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Some people it takes awhile for them to make an impact and others make an impact right away. Shinsuke Nakamura made a huge impact right away when he made his debut Wrestling weekend. He had a match of a lifetime against Sami Zayn and has been NXT's most beloved star since. Samoa Joe has clawed his away for a long time. Samoa Joe needs to be on the main roster because he's on the same level as an AJ Styles. I believe this is Nakamura's time and I believe this will be the start of his rise in WWE. The King of Strong Style will become the King of NXT.

First Match of the Best of 7 Series: Cesaro vs. Sheamus
I have heard a lot of criticism of this being made. Some say it's boring, some say it will get old and I've even heard this will be people's piss break match. I think this match is really going to showcase the absolute best out of both men and it's going to show once and for all that both men deserve the main event spotlight. I am going to give the first match to Cesaro. 

Enzo Amore/Big Cass vs. Jeri-KO
I think the pairing of Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens is complete genius. They are two of the best heels WWE has ever had and I think working with Jericho will only elevate Owens even more. I think this is a transition match for Enzo and Cass because I have a feeling a tag team championship situation is in their future. I am giving the nod to the Certified G's on this one. Look for the Barclays Center to banana's when their hometown boys hit the arena on Sunday

Intercontinental Championship: The Miz(c) vs. Apollo Crews
I don't even have to think about this one. If Apollo Crews does not win this match then whole mission of statement of Smackdown has failed. This is suppose to be about the future and new era right? Well if Apollo Crews doesn't win then it's a step back from what they are trying to do. Crews is athletic, has a great look and just has the overall presence of a champion. Out with The Miz and in with Crews,

WWE Tag Team Championship: The New Day(c) vs. The Club
The New Day have been the WWE Tag Team Champions for a year now. They have taken on all comers but it's time for The Club to take over. The Club has won tag team gold everywhere they have went. Summerslam will be no different.because The Club will kill New Day's magical run with the Magic Killer.

United States Championship: Rusev(c)
I am not sure how I feel about Reigns getting a shot at another title. I still think his punishment isn't over quite yet. I don't see Rusev beating him cleanly though. I think Rusev keeps the title by losing via disqualification. I think in a few more months Reigns will be pushed right back into the WWE Universal Title picture. I hope the match is as good as the one they had the Monday before Summerslam. 

John Cena vs. AJ Styles
I am so sick of hearing about Cena burying talent or Style being misused. AJ Styles has been used perfectly since his arrival at the Royal Rumble. We all know Cena is slowing down and working less. It is for this reason that AJ Styles will come out victorious against Cena at Summerslam. I believe this victory will propel him into the WWE Championship picture and will face the winner of Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler. 

WWE Women's Championship: Sasha Banks(c) vs. Charlotte
The Boss returns to Brooklyn where she had her greatest match last year against Bayley. I think this match is going to rank right up there. Charlotte has been pushing hard for the last two years non-stop between NXT and WWE's Main Roster. It's rumored that she will take some time off after Sunday so I will be curious to see if those rumors are true. Even without those rumors I believe Sasha will retain, and continue on through the end of the year as WWE Women's Champion.

Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton
This match is 14 years in the making and it's coming at an interesting time. There are rumors Lesnar will be champion during Wrestlemania season. There are rumors Goldberg is going to return. There are rumors beyond rumors but I don't care about rumors. As a fan I really feel Lesnar should lose as punishment due to his failed drug tests at UFC 200. I know he wasn't tested by WWE but he was there representing and be promoted as a WWE star. As a business man I think making Lesnar lose would hurt the momentum he's had since his return. I can't give a definite winner but I predict that an F5 will be reversed into an RKO out of nowhere.

WWE Championship: Dean Ambrose(c) vs. Dolph Ziggler
Everyone think it's a foregone conclusion that Ambrose will walk out champion. In my heart of heart I believe it too. In this world where everything is considered predictable I really would love to see a swerve here and watch Dolph Ziggler walk out as WWE Champion. Ziggler has been compared to Shawn Michaels and Curt Hennig through out his career and I can fully see why. He's that good in the ring but so is Dean. I have a feeling that this match will be off the charts and both men will have leave us talking after this match is over. Ambrose will win but Ziggler will prove that this title shot was long overdue. 

WWE Universal Championship: Finn Balor vs. Seth Rollins
Who will be the first Universal Champion? What does the championship look like? There are so many questions heading into this incredible match. This will be the first time Balor and Rollins will face each other on WWE programming. I can honestly not find any past evidence of them facing each other outside of WWE. This should be the Main Event because this match will steal the show. Both men are great performers, both gifted in the ring and will bring everything they have to outshine each other and the rest of the matches at Summerslam. At the end of this match you will Finn Balor holding the WWE Universal Championship.

NXT TakeOver and Summerslam have so many great matches too look forward to. How can you not be excited for Summerslam weekend? I truly believe the new era, and the new stars are going to make this Summerslam weekend one to remember for a long time. Check back for results and thoughts on both shows. It's time for red hot action. It's time for Summerslam!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Thoughts on the New Pro Fighters Association Union

Following all the controversy of UFC 200, the fighters of the UFC have now unionized under the Professional Fighters Association. The talk of a union became more serious once Mark Hunt kept calling out the UFC for how they handled the Brock Lesnar situation. Lesnar along with Jon Jones are two of the biggest draws in UFC history and both cheated. Jones was taken off the card, while Lesnar was not even punished. A lot of outrage from fighters and fans sparked the talk of a union being a legitimate thing. The Union is being led by Jeff Borris, Lucas Middlebrook, and  Andrew Zimbalist. The PFA is also being endorsed by five major sports associations that consist of the. MLBPA, NFLPA, NHLPA, NBAPA and MLSPU. They are still seeking recognition from the National Labor Relations Act but I am thinking that recognition from them will only be a matter of time.

I believe this union is a great thing for the fighters. The fighters have made very little money compared to all the other sports organizations in the country. Here is a chart of the revenue splits between the four major sports and the UFC:

As you can see the UFC organization has gotten the better of the deal since the beginning. Even though fighters of the UFC only fight a maximum average of three times a year I believe they are being paid unjustly and that people like Dana White and higher executives are raking in more cash then they probably know what to do with. If a Collective Bargaining Agreement comes into play between the UFC and it's fighter it will benefit the fighters in so many ways. The fighters will be able to provide better for themselves, give back to their gyms and maybe even give back to their communities. I also like this union because now it will hold the UFC accountable for what their fighters do and the union will also decide if the punishment is appropriate or not appropriate. I don't think you're going to see a Jon Jones or Brock Lesnar situation like you have so many times in the past. 

The other affect of the union I am curious about is how it will play out with UFC's deal with Reebok. If the UFC has to share more revenue with it's fighting I am wondering if they will try to re-negotiate with Reebok to get them to pay more for sponsorship in the company. I personally feel if the fighters would have been allowed to keep their own sponsors, wear their own gear and represent who they wanted I don't even think this would have been an issue. When the UFC and Reebok struck their deal it made is so that the fighters couldn't be seen wearing their own sponsors. This resulted in the fighters losing out on a lot of money and not being evenly compensated by Reebok or the UFC. So it would not surprise me at all if the UFC deal with Reebok has some major changes in the long run. 

I will be curious to how long it will take for this union to take full affect and how Dana White will respond to this new formation. The landscape of MMA is changing and I believe the change will be for the positive. For more information on the Professional Fighters Association check out

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

WWE Cruiserweight Classic- Episode 5

After watching the final match of round one between Johnny Gargano and Tomasso Ciampa last week, I really wondered how the first part of round two was going to follow up. Round was so fun to watch and it really gave me a sense of hope and excitement for some of the future talent that's coming to WWE. The fact that some of these competitors are going to be on the flagship show is probably giving them a reason to compete harder and showcase more then they ever have before. Round two kicked off tonight and let's just say it didn't disappoint.

The first match of the night was the legendary Taijiri taking on Grand Metalik. Everyone knows about the Japanese Buzzsaw but Grand Metalik had an incredible first round match against Alejandro Saez. Metalik had another impressive match against Taijiri. Both men had some really great technical mat wrestling during the match. I was really shocked to see Taijiri lose to Metalik but a guy like Taijiri didn't need a boost to his career. This will go a long way into helping Metalik's career out. The Main Event of the evening was Cedric Alexander taking on Kota Ibushi. Last week I thought Gargano-Ciampa couldn't get any better but I was wrong. Ibushi and Alexander tore the house down. This match was so dynamic from the start and it didn't stop. I am still in awe of the match I saw between Cedric Alexander. Kota Ibushi may have won this phenomenal match but I tip my hat to Cedric Alexander. He has come a long ways since I have first started watching him 10 years ago, You know this was a special match when the fans chant "Please Sign Cedric" and Triple H comes out to shake his hands and gives a thumbs pretty much saying I go this. How do you follow this up?

Next we will see Akira Tozawa vs. Jack Gallagher,  Noam Dar vs. Hoho Lun and Brian Kendrick vs. Tony Nese. I keep asking how do you follow up with what we saw tonight but there has not been one bad match on this tournament. I am just so impressed with what I've seen so far. Every professional wrestling should be watching this tournament regardless of what promotion you like or don't like.I hope you continue to keep tuning and checking back for more recaps of the WWE Cruiserweight Classic.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

McGregor's WWE Comments Make Him and UFC Look Bad

I have always been a lifelong WWE fan and have also been a fan of the UFC since it's beginning. I remember guys like Ken Shamrock, Don Frye, Dan Severn and Royce Gracie. These guys are legends and are as tough as they come. There is no doubt in my mind that the fighters of the UFC have to train very hard to fight but when Conor McGregor makes the remarks he did about the WWE roster then it makes me lose some respect for hard they train. The stars of WWE wrestle on average 250-300 times a year while having to train and workout to maintain their health and look. The fighters of UFC may fight three times a year. For McGregor to discredit the talent, toughness and ability of the entire WWE roster just makes him and the UFC look bad. I understand Brock Lesnar upset a lot of people with his failed tests but Brock Lesnar is not the entire WWE. He wrestles in WWE a whole 3 times a year much like a UFC fighter. If you want to slam Lesnar go for it, but to bash entire roster for talented men and women is just absurd and dumb here is what McGregor said to get the backlash he's getting.

As you can imagine WWE stars past and present didn't take too kindly to those remarks

One guy who took very a big exception to McGregor's comments was the "Nature Boy" Ric Flair

I could go on and on all day with WWE guys lashing out at McGregor but I know you all get the point. WWE is scripted and everyone knows but to say they aren't tough has got to be a lack of common sense. Why don't you ask Daniel Puder how tough they are? Yeah Daniel Puder, an inspiring MMA fighter won WWE's Tough Enough and he didn't last long. I don't think UFC stars should talk trash about WWE and WWE stars shouldn't talk trash about UFC. They are two totally different things that require different types of talent. My advice to Conor McGregor is don't worry about the WWE. You should worry about your fight with Nate Diaz so you don't end up getting embarrassed again. UFC 202 takes place August 20th, which is the night before Summerslam. The Summerslam event is one of WWE's biggest events of the year so WWE could be rejoicing in the moment if McGregor loses to Diaz again. Until then we will have to see how many more WWE stars come out to call out McGregor. This is not over by a long shot.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

WWE Cruiserweight Classic- Episode 4

This week on the Cruiserweight Classic, it was the final week of round one. Before we jump into the Classic I have to say it's cool that participants from the CWC are being featured on NXT. Sean Maluta took on the returning Hideo Itami. This is what the CWC is all about. It's given a few guys some really great opportunities. I have a feeling that once the Classic is over we are going to see a few of these being signed to contracts to work on Raw's Cruiserweight division. It's been a great three weeks so far and going into this episode I had to ask how this was going to live up? We've seen Ibushi, Zabre Jr., Taijiri, and Kendrick. How could tonights matches shock and awe us? Well I can honestly say I was not disappointed at all. 

The opening match of the evening was Rich Swann taking on Jason Lee. Rich Swann has been on NXT in the past and had a really great match with Finn Balor so I expected to some great stuff from him. Rich Swann knows how to get a crowd going but his in ring skill backs up the energy in his entrance. Jason Lee has a lot of great striking skills which made for a great opening contest. Rich Swann is moving on and hopefully going far after this tournament over. Noam Dar and Gurv Sihra followed in the second match and we lost one Bollywood Boy a week ago. Well we lost another this because Noam Dar capitalized on some of Gurv's mistakes. I do think the Bollywood Boyz would be a great addition to the tag team division because of their talent and ability to entertain. I never thought I'd see anyone like Sheamus again but Jack Gallagher proved me wrong. He's definitely the English version of Sheamus and I don't mean that in a bad way. Gallagher may have won but I love Fabian Aichner's passion for wrestling considering Italy doesn't have a big market in pro wrestling. It doesn't matter if it's Italy, China or America, this tournament has had tons of international flavor and I love it.

The Main Event of this week is another thing I loved. It featured two NXT regulars in Tomasso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano. These two are looking to become NXT Tag Team Champions but tonight they put that aside and went one on one. They had a lot of great chain wrestling in the beginning but then they got real physical. They definitely didn't act like tag partners and I don't blame them. This was a hard hitting phenomenal match and this could have gone to either man. Johnny Gargano gets the win but if they fight like this against each other I really feel bad for The Revival when they eventually fight them. This was an incredible first round and I got the very good feeling that the second round is going to be out of this world. Here are the second round matches:

TJ Perkins vs. Johnny Gargano
HoHo Lun vs. Noam Dar
Lince Dorado vs. Rich Swann
Akira Tozawa vs. Jack Gallagher 
Zack Sabre, Jr. vs. Drew Gulak
Gran Metalik vs. Tajiri
Tony Nese vs. Brian Kendrick
Kota Ibushi vs. Cedric Alexander

Keep tuning in each week for the recap on the Cruiserweight Classic. I love this tournament, I love the talent and I love that they are bringing back the Cruiserweight Division because of the this. Tune into to next week to see what takes place in the Cruiserweight Classic.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

WWE Cruiserweight Classic- Episode 3

Last week on the WWE Cruiserweight Classic we saw Taijiri,T.J. Perkins, Lince Dorado and Akira Tozawa all advanced into the 2nd round. Since this tournament began I was looking forward to Kota Ibushi and Zack Sabre Jr. Both are very talented and are international stars. Ibushi made his NXT debut before this week's episode. Could Sabre live up to what Ibushi did and could the Classic continue it's momentum?

Zack Sabre Jr kicked off the show against Tyson Dux. This was a hell of a technical wrestling match and ZBJ proved why he is the absolute best wrestler that is not signed to WWE right now. I really hope that WWE signs him. Another technical wrestling match that took place was between Drew Gulak and Harv Shirva. Drew Gulak is another talent that is going to do great things with his career. The third match of the evening was between Tony Nese and Anthony Bennett. I couldn't get into this match for some reason. I did enjoy the intensity of Nese and his attitude about winning. The Brian Kendrick was in the main event of this episode against Raul Mendoza. Mendoza had some really great innovative offense but the veteran Kendrick pulled out a victory in another great episode of the WWE Cruiserweight Classic.

Next week we will see Rich Swann vs.Jason Lee, Noam Dar vs. Gurv Shira, Jack Gallagher vs. Fabian Aichner and Tomasso Ciampa vs. Johnny Gargano in the final episode of round one. I will be giving my thoughts on the second round once next week concludes so please stay tuned for more recaps on the WWE Cruiserweight Classic.