Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Booing Roman Reigns is No Longer the Cool Thing To Do

This past Sunday at Clash of Champions Roman Reigns competed in a very physical match against Rusev and walked away with the United States Championship. Roman Reigns came into the WWE with Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins as The Shield. The Shield ran hard in 2013 and into the early months of 2014. When The Shield broke up all three men went their own ways. Seth Rollins was backed by The Authority while Ambrose and Reigns chased after him. I want to take you back to the Royal Rumble in 2014. The final two men were Batista and Roman Reigns. The crowd desperately wanted Reigns to beat Batista but it didn't happen. Over the next year Roman Reigns was being pushed heavily as the guy to replace John Cena but fans didn't take to it very well.

At Wrestlemania 31, Reigns took a massive beating from Brock Lesnar and proved just how tough he was. He proved he belong in the Main Event and proved he's the only one who could take such a beating. Even then the fans still did not respect him. He spent most of 2015 chasing Rollins but once Rollins got injured he feuded with Sheamus and Triple H. From Survivor Series 2015 to Wrestlemania 32 Reigns captured the WWE Title 3 times, Even though he was the anti-establishment guy he was still being boo'd, Many people have stated that "Roman Reigns is being shoved down our throats." Even I didn't care for how much was being used. WWE in it's history has had a habit of only making one mega star for an era. They did it with Hogan, Cena and were trying to do it with Reigns. The fans caught on and made WWE take a different approach.

Back in June Roman Reigns violated the WWE's Wellness Policy and I'll be the first to admit that I was extremely disappointed but I also realize people make mistakes and learn from them. The previous months leading up to this suspension Reigns had two phenomenal matches with AJ Styles. It was in these matches that I realized it was no longer cool to boo or hate on Roman Reigns. Some might say guys like Styles, Rollins and Balor carried Reigns in those matches but the last I checked it takes two to have a great match. So what's everyone going to say about his matches with Rusev? No disrespect to Rusev but he's nowhere near the performer of an AJ Styles or Finn Balor. Reigns can have great matches with anyone on the roster because he himself has become an elite performer. I personally think that one of the reasons he's become an elite performer is because he teamed with Seth Rollins in The Shield. I think he learned a lot from Rollins and has carried on what he's learned from his time in The Shield.

Right now Reigns is in a a good place right now. He's the United States Champion who will make that title who will make that title mean something again. People got their wish and Reigns is not main eventing but he is putting on main event type performances. I think this is the right path for Reigns to get back into the main event spotlight and WWE Universal Championship picture. At this point if you're hating on Reigns and booing him then you're obviously a fan that will never be happy with anything. Fans should just be happy going to a show and enjoying the product that's put in front of them. I think Reigns is still a big part of the future for WWE and his abilities, talent and passion should be appreciated. I choose not to boo or hate Roman Reigns because at this point there is no reason to. I hope someday he will get the respect he deserves and people will appreciate his efforts night in night out. 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Results, Review, Recap of WWE Clash of Champions 2016

For the last month I kept telling myself Night of Champions is coming up but this year they renamed it Clash of Champions. Clash of the Champions use to be an old WCW show that was aired every few months almost like a free pay-per-view. The question is could WWE live up the legendary hype that WCW set for these events. Before I can begin those thoughts here are the results of Clash of Champions

-Preshow: Nia Jax defeated Alicia Fox
-The New Day defeated Luke Gallows/Karl Anderson to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship
-TJ Perkins defeated Brian Kendrick to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Champion
-Cesaro and Sheamus ended in a No Contest
-Chris Jericho defeated Sami Zayn
-Charlotte defeated Sasha Banks and Bayley to retain the WWE Women's Championship
-Roman Reigns defeated Rusev to win the WWE United States Championship
-Kevin Owens defeated Seth Rollins to retain the WWE Universal Championship

The opening match of the Clash was for the WWE Tag Team Championships. The New Day went in to tonight as champions for 399 days. It looks like they are going to keep those titles for at least 400 days. I really do hope The Club eventually get those titles because if they do they would only be the third team in history to hold the WWE and IWGP Tag Team Titles. The other two are The Dudley Boys and The Steiner Brothers. That is very impressive company to be in once they get there.Speaking of getting in the history books, it's great to see the WWE Cruiserweight Championship back. This has been a long time coming but the one thing I didn't care for is how they changed the ring ropes and turnbuckles for one match. They need to be looked at as equals among the rest of the roster. Now for all the people complaining about the Cruiserweights just don't get it. Even though it was a solid match they do not need to ever do the purple ropes again. Those ropes were very slippery and it could have ended up badly for both competitors.

Something that hasn't been bad has been the Best of 7 Series between Cesaro and Sheamus. Sheamus won the first 3 matches, and Cesaro won the next 3 matches. This match was very physical and brutal. This match was really good but Cesaro took a very unnecessary risk. Both men took some risks but that's what happens when you're overlooked and underutilized. Since the match ended in a No Contest what do you end up doing? I think they both deserve a title shot or put together as a tag team possibly. When it comes to get deserved attention there are no two guys right now who are more deserving then Sami Zayn and Chris Jericho. Jericho has been awesome in terms of character and telling a story and being extremely entertaining as of late. Zayn always delivers in his matches and hopefully they don't hold him back like they have others before him. The match was very solid except for a few questionable spots but I don't agree with Jericho winning. It doesn't do anything for his career whereas it would have helped Zayn's.

In a match where I didn't care who won was the WWE Women's Championship match. All three women are worthy of that title. All three women have put on incredible matches in the past. This was an incredible match for all three competitors. All three women should be applauded for their efforts no matter who won. Charlotte has now won 12 pay-per-view matches since her arrival and it her momentum is continuing to grow as each day progresses. When you talk momentum you have to talk about Roman Reigns and Rusev. These two have been built very heavily but and I was hoping that something would give tonight. Rusev and Reigns had an awesome match, I think this is a redemption road for Roman Reigns. I am hoping that this United States title win will bring more prestige for the title and this will get Reigns back to where he needs to be. I don't know what people have against Reigns but it's ridiculous. Congratulation to Reigns for winning the U.S. Title.

The Main Event of the evening was between Kevin Owens defending Universal Championship against Seth Rollins. I love how Foley and Steph were kissing up to both competitors. That's the problem with Raw is that they are still making it about the people in charge instead of the people in the ring. Both Owens and Rollins are a product of Ring of Honor and if you would have asked me 5 years ago if they would be main eventing a WWE show I would have thought otherwise. WWE has become a little bit more open minded with who is being put in the spotlight.  People can say what they want about ratings and who is champion but it wouldn't matter if it was Rollins or Owen as champion. During NFL season the ratings suck all around but that doesn't mean they shouldn't put in the effort. I feel like these two put in a good effort but no one will care because everyone cares too much about the viewership of Raw. Owens kept the gold but they sure made an interesting story out of Jericho's interference. Clash of Champions was a solid pay-per-view and I will give it 7 out of 10. I think Styles vs. Ambrose was better then Owens vs. Rollins. Next up for Raw is Hell in a Cell on October 30th. They have a lot to build on but also a lot to improve on. Tonight was about the champion but in 5 weeks it will be about hell inside Hell in a Cell!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

WWE Cruiserweight Classic: Episode 10 (Final Episode)

Tonight was the finals of the Cruiserweight Classic and what a great two months this has been. I have seen so many great matches from so many amazing competitors but only one of thirty can win. Tonight it was down to the final four and those men were TJ Perkins, Gran Metalik, Zack Sabre Jr, and Kota Ibushi. Each man had their own path to go through in order to get here and it wasn't easy. TJ Perkins had to go through Da Mack, Johnny Gargano and Rich Swann to secure a spot in the semifinals. Gran Metalik had some tough challengers in Alejandro Saez, Tajiri, and Akira Tozawa. Zack Sabre Jr, conquered Tyson Dux, Drew Gulak and Noam Dar to make his way into the semifinals. Lastly, Kota Ibushi had great matches against Sean Maluta, Cedric Alexander and Brian Kendrick to be where he's at in the tournament. With all of these great matches and competitors I was excited to see what exactly what was going to go down tonight. 

The first match of the evening was between Gran Metalik and Zack Sabre Jr. This match got off to a very fast start with the clash of styles. I could not believe the action I saw in this match. Metalik brought the fight to Sabre Jr. and he earned every be bit of that victory. I really thought that Sabre was going to submit Metalik on multiple occasions. I have to consider this a huge upset because Sabre has had so much momentum all over the world against some of the biggest names in the industry. How do you follow that? Well TJ Perkins and Kota Ibushi had to follow that and they had a classic encounter. They had a mixture of aerial tactics, technical mastery and even some strong style. I was shocked as I could be to see TJ Perkins tap out Kota Ibushi. I know some fans are probably upset that Ibushi and Sabre didn't advance to the finals but at the end of the day it's somewhat of a political move. Ibushi and Sabre did not sign with WWE. Perkins and Metalik did sign with WWE and got rewarded with being put in the spotlight.

When it comes to the spotlight no two guys have been more deserving as of late then Johnny Gargano and Tomasso Ciampa. DIY tagged up tonight to take on Noam Dar and Cedric Alexander. I am so glad Alexander got a chance in the spotlight as well as Noam Dar. They put up one hell of a fight against DIY. I am so excited for this Cruiserweight Division to start on Raw. With how drawn out Raw is these days it will be a breath of fresh air to have the Cruiserweights on the show. Before we can get to Raw we have to talk about the finals. Gran Metalik and TJ Perkins had two incredible matches to get to the finals. How would their endurance be? What would their game plans be? Before we could find all this out Triple H came out and announced that this finals match would be for the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion This announcement fueled Perkins and Metalik even more. Perkins technical prowess and Metalik's high flying moves made for a great match. At the end of the night we saw TJ Perkins  become the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion along with winning the Cruiserweight Classic Tournament Trophy. This was the best two hours of wrestling that I have seen in a long time. I am sad to see this tournament end but I look forward to future CWC Tournaments.

If you did not watch the Cruiserweight Classic you need to sit down and watch it from start to finish. I have to applaud Triple H, William Regal and the rest of people behind this tournament. This was a genius move by Triple H and the WWE. This has been an incredible 10 weeks of great professional wrestling action. I cannot wait for the future of the Cruiserweight Division and I for one hope they continue to do this tournament.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Results, Review, Recap of WWE Backlash 2016

Tonight was the first Smackdown pay-per-view since the two shows split . I went into this pay per view worrying because of the lack of depth. I am glad they brought back a classic name for a show in Backlash. Could this Backlash live up to the of previous Backlash shows? Before I talk about the night here are the results:

-PreShow: Baron Corbin defeated Apollo Crews
-Becky Lynch wins the 6 Pack Challenge to become the First WWE Smackdown Women's Championship
-The Uso's defeated The Hype Bros.
-The Miz defeated Dolph Ziggler to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
-Kane defeated Bray Wyatt in a No Holds Barred
-Heath Slater/Rhyno defeated The Uso's to win the WWE Tag Team Championships
-AJ Styles defeated Dean Ambrose to win the WWE Championship

The opening match was the 6-Pack Elimination for the Smackdown Women's Championship. All 6 women put on one hell of an effort. It's great to see Becky Lynch finally get her due. I think this women's championship really showcased the talent of these women. They have a lot talent but they also have room to improve. Another thing that needs improvement is the booking of the tag team division. It makes no sense to reward a tag team for injuring another tag team, I understand the heel vs. face concept but I would have been content with a face vs. face match with The Uso's interfering in the finals. 

When it comes to right booking and great matches I love The Miz vs, Dolph Ziggler any time they have a match against each other. They are really good friends which means they always have great chemistry.  I love the heat that The Miz getting these days. People are actually somewhat talking about him again. They had another great match for the most prestigious belt in the WWE. I think The Miz's reign and momentum is far from over. I think they need him to hold the title for awhile longer to really bring some legitimacy back to the title. We go from a good championship match a rather boring No Holds Barred Match! Randy Orton is still suffering from his match against Brock Lesnar and Kane ended up being his replacement. Orton ultimately came out and cost Wyatt the match to continue the feud that is suppose to happen.

As I mentioned before The Uso's advanced to take on Heath Slater and Rhyno for the WWE Tag Titles. I still don't like The Uso's on TV and still don't like them in real life. I really don't like how it was booked but I am so happy that Heath Slater and Rhyno got put into the spotlight. I really hope Heath Slater starts being used properly. He's been in the company for so long and now he's getting a good spot in the company. When it comes to great spots in the company AJ Styles has earned his top spot in the company with all these incredible matches he's had since his arrival. He definitely deserves the WWE Championship to his list of accolades. 

The pay-per-view was very drawn out and I was about to give it a very bad review until the last two matches. The last two matches put this pay per view in a great place. I am excited for AJ Styles as WWE Champion. Smackdown just a good boost but now they need to add some depth. I will give the show a 7.5 out of 10. The ending of Backlash was simply phenomenal! 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

WWE Cruiserweight Classic: Episode 9

Tonight was the final night of the quarterfinals. The other two competitors in the semifinals are Kota Ibushi and Gran Metalik. They both had an incredible matches and victories during this tournament. Tonight we found out who will be joining these two in next week's two hour live special that will determine the winner of the Cruiserweight Classic. I for one am not disappointed in who has made it so far. 

The first match of the evening between "The Technical Wizard" Zack Sabre Jr. and Noam Dar. I love the aggressive the technical wrestling by these two. I am excited for Noam Dar to be on Monday Night Raw's Cruiserweight Division. I love the different styles in these matches. Some are absolute technical masterpieces and others are wild and crazy high flying spectacles. Regardless of your preference this tournament has tested each man with their style and it has made for some instant classics. Sabre's victory over Dar was definitely an instant classic. We go from technical mastery to a charismatic high flying battle from TJ Perkins and Rich Swann.  I love the comedy, the entertainment and the athleticism in the match. These two took some chances but in the end that chances caught up with Rich Swann. TJ Perkins worked on the knee that Rich Swann injured to move on to the Semi-Finals next week. We have not heard the last from Rich Swann or a lot of the other competitors in the tournament.

Next week you will see Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Gran Metalik and Kota Ibush vs. TJ Perkins. The winners of these two matches will face each other later in the night to crown the Cruiserweight Classic Tournament winner. We also learned that Tomasso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano will be involved in a tag team match. Tune next week to see who Ciampa and Gargano's opponents are and who will become the winner of the Cruiserweight Classic.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

WWE Cruiserweight Classic: Episode 8

Tonight was the start of the quarterfinals and all eight man have fought hard and valiantly to make it to this point. I have to say that going into this match I knew nothing about Akira Tozawa or Gran Metalik. I have done a lot of research on all of these guys since the start of this tournament and 80 percent of them could make it in the WWE with no problem. I have been so into this tournament so far and tonight was not different.

The first match of the quarterfinals was none other then Akira Tozawa and Gran Metalik. Tozawa has some really impressive and aggressive technical skills. I for one was not happy he beat Jack Gallagher in the last round and I have not been able get interested in him as a wrestler. When I say that I am not saying he's a bad wrestling. I just don't see anything that stands out about him. That's my my personal preference and not a knock on him or anyone who is a fan of him. I was very happy to see Metalik win this incredible match. This was a great match that could have gone either way but it went the way I was hoping it would. Following this great match was Brian Kendrick and Kota Ibushi. I am glad Kendrick is being given the opportunity to redeem himself. Kota Ibushi had some great matches in the Cruiserweight Classic and even has an appearance on NXT. These matches have gotten better as the rounds have went on. What a hard fought match between the veteran and the "Shining Star." These were two incredible matches and next week's matches are going to have to come up with something special to top what we saw this week,

Next week we will see Noam Dar vs. Zack Sabre Jr, and TJ Perkins vs. Rich Swann. Both matches should be absolutely amazing. This Cruiserweight Classic is nearing it's end but we will be seeing more of these competitors soon. This week on Raw they announced that Cedric Alexander, Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa were going to be apart of Cruiserweight Division. This Cruiserweight Classic is going to have a lasting impact on the WWE and the men who competed in it. All 32 men have new found exposure that they have never had before. This has been something special and I am sad that it only has two weeks left. However enjoy those next two weeks and keep checking back for more on the Cruiserweight Classic.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

ROH Should be Credited for WWE's Current Success

Last night Kevin Owens shocked the world by winning the WWE Universal Championship. By winning one of WWE's newest and richest prizes he puts himself in elite company. Before Kevin Owens three other men from Ring of Honor Wrestling have won a version of a WWE World Championship. Those men are CM Punk, Daniel Bryan and Seth Rollins. When I watched Kevin Owens win the title on Monday Night Raw I couldn't help but think that Triple H has a vision and that he truly knows talent. I think his influence is starting to show more and more these days. If you don;t believe me look at the WWE roster as a whole including NXT. It is heavily influenced by the ROH/NJPW partnership.

On Raw you have Cesaro, Finn Balor, Karl Anderson, Kevin Owens, Luke Gallows, Neville, Sami Zayn, and Seth Rollins. On Smackdown you have just AJ Styles but he's be absolutely awesome for the show and the company. On NXT right now you have Austin Aries, Hideo Itami, Johnny Gargano, Samoa Joe, Shinsuke Nakamura, and Tommaso Ciampa. Even the new Cruiserweights coming like Noam Dar, TJ Perkins and Cedric Alexander even spent time in ROH. There a guys like Bobby Roode, Eric Young and possibly James Storm may have not been in ROH but they were the heartbeat of TNA for a long time. It's almost like Triple H is pulling another Vince McMahon move. In the early 80's, Vince McMahon got every great talent from all the various territories and made the WWE a powerhouse that no one could touch. 

In the last 15 years the WWE has gotten very stale, predictable, and has had the same old talent doing the same old thing. Triple H has the Vince McMahon vision from 30 years ago. He is seeking out the absolute best talent in the world to make WWE the best place for the foreseeable future.  There are a lot uneducated wrestling fans who call some of these superstars "vanilla midgets" and some criticize Kevin Owens for not having an athletic body. Guess what folks? "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes didn't have an athletic figure either. For those who say Owens lacks character obviously don't see it. He's one of the best heels in WWE right now. He's quick witted, and a complete jerk in everything that he does in front of the camera. These so called "vanilla midgets" have more talent then most of the guys that were around in the 80's and 90's. I don't judge the direction WWE goes anymore because when I do I ask myself could I get in there and do it? The answer is absolutely not. 

I only wish I had the amount of talent that the former Ring of Honor, The World Wrestling Network AND New Japan stars have brought to WWE. All these promotions should be given some sort of funding from WWE considering all the talent WWE has taken from the over the last 5-10 years. I am pretty sure that WWE is heading in the right direction for the future but what if these promotions weren't around. Could WWE honestly survive with just having the Performance Center? Hopefully we will never have to find out. If you don't follow promotions such as NJPW, ROH, RPW and The World Wrestling Network I suggest you start because these promotions are going to shape and influence the future of WWE for many years to come. 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Colin Kaepernick: Activist or Unpatriotic?

I hate political issues, I hate racism and I don't believe in oppression and segregation. In fact I try to avoid these subjects when it comes to Hollywood's World of Sports. However with all the controversy surrounding Colin Kaepernick I feel the need to talk about this with my readers and followers. I consider myself a Christian man who loves everyone no matter what their background is. I believe you should treat people well if you wanted to be treated well. I try my hardest not to be judgmental. This past week Colin Kaepernick sat during the National Anthem because he said he will not support a flag to oppresses "African Americans." He said that he will continue to sit until there is change. There are better ways to start change then disrespect the flag of the country that allows you to live freely and make a lot of money being mediocre. In my heart of hearts I do believe the violence, rioting and hate need to stop. It is not just effecting one group of people, it's effecting all groups of people.

Colin Kaepernick is making 119 million dollars over a six year period and all he wants to do is complain about the issues at hand. Instead of sitting on his rear end like he does in every other aspect of his life I challenge him to get out and do something. If you want better treatment for soldiers that come home with PTSD then go out and start a research fund. If you think that there is oppression in this country then go out and help those you think are "oppressed." Cam Newton, who arguably is the most popular and successful African American athlete in the NFL goes out and helps people. Just a few weeks ago he was spotted feeding a homeless man in Baltimore. He also help underprivileged youth and their families. LeBron James paid 41 million dollars to send over 1000 kids to College last year. This is how start change. This is how you make a difference.  There are more positive ways to get your message across without acting like a total self-entitled, whiny and pathetic jerk. This is the way to do it:

I believe their is a small section of this country that still is racist but they don't represent or stand for what I believe in. I believe the majority of this country does believe in diversity and do respect others of different backgrounds. I believe it is the small minority of racists in the country that are giving the rest of this country a bad name. Colin Kaepernick needs to remember that people of all different backgrounds have fought and died to give him his freedom. One of those men use to play in the NFL. Pat Tillman enlisted in the Army right after 9/11 and turned down a 3.6 million dollar contract. I have family members and close friends who served for this country and I will never disgrace or disrespect what they have done.

Kaepernick needs to remember this isn't pre-Civil War in the 1800's. This is not the 1960's when things were severely segregated. We live in a country where he have an African American as a President and where there a lot of other successful African American individuals. I really don't see how this is oppression. Michael Jordan who I consider the greatest athlete of all time spoke about how ALL of the violence needs to stop. A few months ago he donated one million to the NAAPC's Legal Defense Fund and the International Association of Chiefs of Police's Institute for Community-Police Relations. There are so many more positive ways to start the change then to do what Colin Kaepernick did.

Someone recently in discussion compared Colin Kaepernick to the great Muhammad Ali. The difference between Ali and Caepernick is the fact the Ali wasn't making 20 million dollars a year. He was also fighting segregation and the injustice that plagued our country during the 1960's Civil Rights Movements. Ali wasn't fighting for self-entitlement, he was fighting for equality. It was that fight that allowed Kaepernick to make his millions of dollars and live a pretty easy life. Unfortunately for Kaepernick the self entitled attitude and his actions have led to some serious backlash. It is a backlash that probably won't stop until he's no longer in the league Does the NFL really want this kind of backlash?

I believe you can disagree with how this country is being ran without being disrespectful to the flag and what it truly stands for. The flag represents what we have that others don't. It represents what a lot of us take for granted. It also represents that we can believe whatever we want to believe and we shoudn't be judge or persecuted. I hope Colin Kaepernick realizes that he has the freedom to do what he wants but with that comes the freedom of millions of fans to call for the end of his career in the NFL. I believe Kaepernick wants change as a lot of us do but making the statements he made and the actions behind it may have caused more harm then anything. I pray that their is change and I will pray that Kaepernick goes out and helps those less fortunate then him. I also pray for this great country that the violence, riots and hate will stop. I will simply pray for peace and that I never ever have to write about something like this again!

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.