Taking A Peek: WWE Payback 2016

WWE_Payback_(2016)_poster

Hello everyone, and welcome back to my blog.  Posts are still going to be hit or miss depending on whether or not I get the time to work on some posts or not.  But, here I am, ready for my preview post for WWE Payback 2016.  Let’s dive right in!

match_payback_1920x1080_romanstyles_NEW--ed1534b63a77b7adb6809ab5448c9743

Well, this might be a way to really drive the idea home that Roman Reigns is “The Guy”. After all, that’s what WWE is currently branding him as. If that doesn’t scream “This is our guy whether you like it or not”, I don’t know what does.  On the opposite side of the coin, there’s AJ Styles.  Now, I don’t know about you.  But, I’m feeling that this is more about the relationship between Styles and Doc Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson.  After all, we’ve got more interaction between Styles and his former Bullet Club stablemates, than we have gotten Styles vs Reigns.  I’m more interested to see if Styles aligns with Gallows and Anderson after all or if they are going to go in a different direction.  I’m going to go with Reigns to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship to continue on his way as “The Guy” going into the summer.

20160411_match_payback_MizCesaro--87023364a0c978c18ace0700281eb67d

Is there anyone on the current roster (minus Reigns) that can draw the amount of hate that the Miz has? Go ahead.  I can wait.  Back? Did you think of one? No? Neither can I.  It shows how good he is at making people hate him. Then, there’s Cesaro, the man that the crowd has grown to appreciate.  I’ve always been a fan of Cesaro’s work since I watched my first CHIKARA DVD.  And ever since last year, the WWE Universe have enjoyed the work and strength of the Swiss Superman.  Just take a look at his body of work since this last summer with the 20-30+ minute matches on RAW with the likes of John Cena.  And it seems like Cesaro hasn’t lost that momentum that he had before his shoulder injury.  I pick Cesaro to walk away the new Intercontinental Champion.

20160418_match_payback_EnzoColinVaudevillians--dac5dad8213e2bb38d0e60164eea2af3

The smell of NXT is all over this match.  Both teams are recent call-ups, and are going to have their first high-profile main roster match.  I’ve been doing some headscratching on the call-ups for both of these teams.  With Enzo Amore and Big Cass, they are the first NXT Tag Team that did not win the NXT Tag Team Championships.  With Aiden English and Simon Gotch, it’s that their characters are a little too over the top.  Then again, The New Day is rather over the top themselves.  I’m going to pick Enzo and Big Cass to become the #1 contenders, if only to have great promo battles between them and The New Day.

20160418_Payback_CharlotteNattie--458dac70f8f854c92142af79d616b614

This is the first major match for the WWE Women’s Championship…and it’s more about who’s in the corner of the these two ladies than it is about the ladies.  Both of these ladies are solid competitors on their own, and have put on some good matches against each other, but since Ric Flair started backing his daughter, it’s been a never-ending nightmare of interference finishes and disqualifications. I hope that with the addition of Bret Hart in Nattie’s corner, that Charlotte is going to be forced to have to retain the championship on her own. Either way, I’m looking for a good, solid match-up with Charlotte walking away with the gold.

20160418_match_payback_ZaynOwens--40f631a3b4cbb9ca62d88a10052668ac

It’s the match-up that keeps on giving and giving.  Kind of like Santa Claus year after year.  Seriously, have these two ever had a bad match? Okay, so maybe they might have had one early on in their careers.  But, these two have some great chemistry together, and it translates out to some pretty great matches.  I’m only worried about WWE mucking it up and making what could be a show-stealing match turn out to be complete garbage.  Which is always a possibility.  I’m picking Owens to take the win here, but let the feud continue on.

20160418_match_payback_AmbroseJericho--732ea5979abb212ff0acf9d44de3e6d4

So, the premise of this match-up is a little confusing.  Since Shane McMahon cancelled Chris Jericho’s Highlight Reel and replaced it with Dean Ambrose’s Ambrose Asylum, Shane put them in a match due to some hostilities between the two of them? I’m confused. You too? Yeah.  WWE’s storytelling isn’t the greatest sometimes, and this is one of those times.  Though, I’m looking forward to this match.  Both of these men are great competitors in the ring, and I can see these men put on one heck of a match.  I’m going with Jericho to get at least another match going between these two.

20160418_match_payback_DolphBaron--4c7a540edd9b9137ea3766723061ca13

I’m not sure why we are getting this match on the main card rather than the United States Championship match, but here we are.  I’m interested on what WWE is thinking with the recent call-ups.  I mean, I can see what they see in Apollo Crews, but he still needs a little bit more seasoning down there in NXT. As for Baron Corbin, I’m not sure if they see something in him that we haven’t seen yet, or if they are banking on his size and character.  And there’s with the up and down going of Dolph Ziggler’s booking.  He’s gone up and down the card so many times, I feel like WWE is playing a game with him.  What sort of game, I have no idea.  But, even though there’s plenty of experience on Ziggler’s side, I’m going with Corbin to walk all over Ziggler.

20160425_match_payback_KalistoRyback--32e493c175e2be0b9cf8a0bb46faab8c

Why, oh why are we having this match on the pre-show? I saw a graphic either last night or earlier today, and it was of all of Kalisto’s title defenses…which have all happened on the Network Special pre-shows.  Seriously, is there absolutely no faith in Kalisto? If you go by where Kalisto is on the card, then I would have to say no.  Ryback keeps wavering back and forth, and I’m not so sure that I would want another Ryback title reign after his uninspiring Intercontinental Championship reign. And, have we even gotten either one of these two on RW since Mania? This feels like a throwaway match that we are only getting because the United States Championship involved.  However, I’m giving this win to Ryback, if only to bring the title back up into some sort of recognition.

porkypig

Well, that’s it for this round folks.  Agree or disagre with me? Let me know down in the comments. Until next time, I am the Baumeister, and I am…obediently yours.

Advertisements

Royal Rumble 2016 Breakdown

royalrumble2-730x356

Hello ladies and gentlemen, I am your host, the Baumeister.  Welcome back to the WWE Network Special Breakdown.  In this case, it’s going to be the on-ramp to the Road to WrestleMania, the Royal Rumble.  And this year, the stakes couldn’t be higher, as the WWE World Heavyweight Championship is going to be defended inside of the Rumble match.  But, more on that later.  Let’s dive right on into the Royal Rumble Breakdown.

20160119_1920x1080_RR_Match_kickoff_nosponsor

Kickoff Fatal 4-Way Match to Qualify for the Royal Rumble: Darren Young (0-1 (0-1)) and Damien Sandow (0-5 (0-3)) vs The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray Dudley (2-4 (0-1)) and D-Von Dudley (2-3)) vs The Ascension (Konnor (1-0) and Viktor (1-0)) vs Jack Swagger (1-5 (0-1)) and Mark Henry (0-9 (0-7))

Well now.  Maybe this is to draw interest to the kickoff show, or maybe just to get some more announced names into the Rumble match, but here it is.  Now, out of all of the names on this list, the Dudley Boyz seem like the obvious choice. However, there’s a team on this list that we haven’t seen much of on the main shows, and that’s Swagger and Henry.  I don’t know about you, but this looks like a formidable team.  Swagger and Henry are going to walk out of the pre-show match and right on into the Rumble match…

20160112_LIGHT_RR_Match_CharlotteBecky_HOMEPAGE

WWE Divas Championship: Charlotte (26th champion, 6th defense) (Debut) vs Becky Lynch (Debut)

I always love it when the heel’s mouthpiece makes the match for the competitor.  Especially just after the heel talks up a big game about how their opponent isn’t ready to face them, or doesn’t deserve a championship opportunity.  However, I really don’t like the fact that WWE has to use Ric Flair to get Charlotte over.  I’m pretty sure she can do it on her own, but then again, this is the main roster creative team we are looking at here.  I’m expecting Becky Lynch to pull out the win here, by counteracting the presence of Ric out there with someone.

20160111_LIGHT_RR_Match_NewDayUsos_HP

WWE Tag Team Championship: The New Day (Big E (0-3 (0-2)); Kofi Kingston (0-8 (0-7); Xavier Woods (Debut)) (56th champions, 7th defense) vs The Usos (Jey Uso (1-2 (0-2)); Jimmy Uso (1-1 (0-1)))

Probably my least looked forward to match of the evening.  I love the New Day.  They are entertaining.  Wildly so.  But, they just don’t have a whole lot of competition. Fresh competition anyway.  We’ve seen New Day vs Usos before.  We’ve seen a lot of the New Day vs various tag teams before.  It doesn’t help that the constant injuries are breaking up tag teams (just look above at who Darren Young is teaming with…certainly isn’t Titus).  That being said, I’m going with The New Day, cause I feel the power.

20160112_LIGHT_RR_Match_DelRioKalisto_HOMEPAGE

WWE United States Championship: Alberto Del Rio (44th champion, 1st defense) (2-1 (1-1)) vs Kalisto (Debut)

I was extremely excited about having Kalisto winning the United States Championship on RAW almost two weeks ago.  But, WWE just had to go and ruin it by having Del Rio win the title the next night at the Smackdown tapings.  I really do think that Kalisto needs an extended reign with the United States Championship, while letting Del Rio focus on bigger battles as a part of the League of Nations.  I’m going with the high-flying Kalisto to walk away a two-time United States Champion.

20151230_1920x1080_RR_Match_DeanKevin

WWE Intercontinental Championship Last Man Standing Match: Dean Ambrose (155th Champion, 3rd defense) (0-2 (0-2)) vs Kevin Owens (Debut)

The main event of the undercard.  And quite possibly the best match of the night.  These two are going to hell and back with each other.  This match is the perfect for Owens’ character of a prize fighter who does whatever it takes to win.  After all, look at what he did in NXT with Sami Zayn (and yes, I know that part of it has to do with Zayn’s injury).  But, he’s going up against one of the most resilient…and craziest superstars that have ever stepped into the ring. But, I think that Ambrose won’t be resilient enough against the former champion.  Owens will walk out of the Rumble with the Intercontinental Championship.

20160119_RoyalRumble_Roman_Light_HOMEPAGE

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Royal Rumble Match

30 men. One championship. And for Roman Reigns, it’s One vs All.  As in previous years, the Rumble seems to be the most predictable part of the show.  Especially when it comes to the amount of star power in the match itself.  Besides Reigns, we have Brock Lesnar and Chris Jericho as two of the biggest names in the very short list.  Of course, going off of WWE’s list on their webpage, there are only 13 names confirmed, plus the addition of the two pre-show match superstars.  Even if the statements are true about The New Day making it into the Rumble (and pulling double duty), that still leaves room for 1o men or women to enter the Rumble. The Rumble is also known well for it’s surprises as to who will walk through that curtain.  This year, who knows who it could be.  It could be someone coming back from injury.  It could be someone returning for one night.  It could be a NXT superstar’s debut.  Heck, it could be someone like Triple H.  Only the bookers know.  But, I’m looking at the final four, in which Lesnar, Sheamus, Wyatt and Reigns will be standing tall, with Lesnar winning the Rumble match and going on to the main event at WrestleMania.

That’s all I’ve got for you folks.  Thanks for enjoying.  Until next time, I am the Baumeister.

TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs Breakdown

TLC_2015_official_poster

Hello ladies and gentlemen, I am your host, the Baumeister. Yes, I am back with another WWE Network Special Breakdown.  I missed Survivor Series, mainly because there were too many gaps in information for announced matches, like the Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match, which had no announced competitors until it was time for the match, and the finals of the tournament, which I could have written on, but oh well. What’s done is done, and it’s time to move right along to TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs.

20151125_TLC_Match_SheamusReigns_1920x1080

WWE World Heavyweight Championship TLC Match: Sheamus (123rd Champion, 2nd Televised Defense) (2-2) vs Roman Reigns (1-1)

With the cash-in at Survivor Series, anyone else get the feeling that the WWE is re-hashing Bryan’s storyline to the title? Sure seems like it. I think that the WWE is constantly pushing Reigns as their next face of the company is what is prompting the negative reactions (just listen to the booing at the end of Survivor Series).  The question here is if WWE can sustain this storyline until Mania? Though, if the crowd (mainly the IWC) have already thrown in the towel, then there is no salvaging any sort of face reaction there.  Due the nature of the match (and recent booking), the League of Nations will make their presence known, leaving Sheamus to hobble out of TLC the champion.

20151130_TLC_Match_OwensAmbrose_Thumbnail

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Kevin Owens (154th champion, 4th Televised defense) (TLC Debut) vs Dean Ambrose (1-2)

This should be a good match. These two had a pretty competitive match at Survivor Series, and with the Intercontinental Championship on the line, I would expect both men to leave it all out on the mat.  I do really appreciate Owen’s family man “character”. A man who will do whatever it takes to provide for his family is a very relatable concept.  Kevin Owens will find a way to walk out of TLC the Intercontinental Champion.

20151130_TLC_Match_triplethreat_Light-hp

WWE Tag Team Championship Triple Threat Ladder Match: The New Day (Big E (2-0), Kofi Kingston (4-2); Xavier Woods (TLC Debut)) (56th Champions, 5th Defense) vs Lucha Dragons (Sin Cara (II) (TLC Debut) and Kalisto (TLC Debut)) vs The Usos (Jey Uso (1-0) and Jimmy Uso (1-0))

Now, this isn’t any sort of knock towards Big E, but I would be more enthralled with Woods and Kingston going into this match.  Now, I thought I heard that the trio were supposed to defend the titles under “Freebird” rule, but we barely see Woods in the ring anymore.  That being said, this match is going to be chaos.  WWE’s multi-man matches tend to break down at the very end, and by throwing in ladders in the mix, bodies are going to be hitting the floor everywhere.  I see Woods getting into this match and pulling down the belts for The New Day.

20151207_TLC_CharlotteRicPaige_1920x1080

WWE Divas Championship: Charlotte (26th champion, 4th defense) (TLC Debut) vs Paige (TLC Debut)

Three times in about three weeks.  That’s how many times that we’ve gotten this matchup for the title starting with Survivor Series. This would be better with a stipulation, such as a submission match.  That being said, throwing Ric in to help this match get over is like throwing a man in a sinking rowboat a holey bucket so he can bail himself out.  As much as I like both ladies (especially their work in NXT), their time on the main roster reveals only one thing: we need somebody new in Creative writing the Divas division.  Most of these Divas can go in the ring, but only if they are allowed to do so. Awful storylines and metaphorical hand-tying has lead this feud, and by extension, this entire division, head-first into the gutter. Charlotte will retain here, with some assistance from her daddy.

20151204_TLC_Match_DelRioSwagger_Thumbnail2

WWE United States Championship Chairs Match: Alberto Del Rio (48th champion, 1st Televised Defense) (1-2) vs Jack Swagger (0-4)

I was wondering just how long it was going to take to drop Colter once Del Rio joined the League of Nations.  It would have been extremely confusing for Del Rio to be a part of two completely separate storylines. Swagger has languished in obscurity since the Real Americans split, with the random appearances here and there.  Swagger also hasn’t done well at TLC, so I’m expecting his streak of bad luck continuing here with Alberto Del Rio standing victorious.

20151207_TLC_8-man_new-thumb

Elimination Tables Match: The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt (2-0), Luke Harper (1-1), Erick Rowan (1-1) and Braun Strowman (TLC Debut) vs Team ECW (Bubba Ray Dudley (TLC Debut), D-Von Dudley (TLC Debut), Tommy Dreamer (TLC Debut) and Rhyno (TLC Debut)

We should have gotten an elimination match on this past RAW (which should have eliminated the last two matches on the card for the night, but that’s just me). But, this match should be brutal.  We should have gotten this match stipulation a few months sooner when it was the New Day vs The Dudley Boyz.  Despite the extra help from Dreamer and Rhyno, The Wyatt Family will come out of TLC relatively splinter free.

20151207_TLC_RybackRusev_1920x1080

Ryback (1-2) vs Rusev (1-0)

Eh.  There really hasn’t been too much buildup to this match.  Having it start all over an interrupted kiss is just too far out there for me to even believe.  But then again, it is WWE.  Anything can start a feud.  I’m going with Ryback here.

Well, that’s all I’ve got for you today folks.  Until next time, I am your host, the Baumeister.

Survivor Series Speculation

20151105_SurvivorSeries_Champ_LIGHT_HP

Hello ladies and gentlemen, I am the Baumeister.  The Internet has been abuzz since Thursday when wwe.com announced that Seth Rollins was injured in Dublin, Ireland and will be out 6-9 months with a severe knee injury.  In that same announcement, they used a tweet from Jonathan Coachman which announced that the WWE will host a tournament at Survivor Series to crown a new World Heavyweight Champion.  Everyone and their Brawling Buddies(TM) are speculating as to who the new champion will be, whether it will be their own personal favorite, or WWE’s favorite.  But, most people have just assumed that WWE is going to go with a standard single-elimination tournament.  Well, I’m going to think out of the box and throw out a couple of other options besides the traditional single-elimination tournament that WWE uses, as well as my thoughts against WWE going to the Royal Rumble without a World Heavyweight Champion.

SS_98

This isn’t the first time the World Heavyweight Championship has been vacant and decided at Survivor Series.  Back at Breakdown: In Your House, there was a triple threat match for the WWE Championship involving The Undertaker, Kane and Steve Austin, in which Kane and Undertaker couldn’t pin each other.  They ended up pinning Austin together, which subsequently vacated the title.  The next month, The Undertaker and Kane squared off in the main event, with Austin as Special Guest Referee.  Austin had to count the pin, or else he would have been fired.  Well, he ended up taking out both Taker and Kane and declaring himself the winner, which made the match a No Contest.  This leads to the tournament at Survivor Series.  The tournament would be good if WWE keeps it simple and doesn’t repeat the same sort of events that happened during the 1998 edition.  But, this all depends on whether they use RAW and Smackdown to air qualifying and preliminary round matches.  I give this a 90% chance of actually happening.

SS_90

At Survivor Series 1990, WWE held all of their Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Matches as was the norm at the time for the event.  However, unlike previous years, they added a twist.  The main event of the show was that the survivors of the previous matches teamed up and squared off in one final Elimination Match to determine who is the “Grand Survivor”.  This concept could work well here.  Sure, they could only do a certain amount of Elimination Matches because of the roster (if you count Undertaker, there are 47 current active main roster male superstars).  In this case, they would have to go to 4 vs 4 matches and have more than one man survive in multiple matches, while having the main event go down to one man.  Sole survivor finishes are not uncommon.  Out of the 73 matches, 32 of them have finished with one survivor.  Though, I’m pretty sure that WWE won’t go this route with their reluctance to do more than 3 elimination matches since 1999.  I’m giving this idea a 5% chance of happening.

battlebowl

Now, hear me out here.  Let’s say WWE doesn’t want to use the amount of men needed for option #2.  All they’d have to do is pull 20 guys, put them in a drum, draw out the random names for tag matches, then hold a battle royal with the winner of the tag matches to crown the new champion.  It cuts down on the number of people needed, it can justify shorter match times (I feel that Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Matches need to be at least 15 minutes in length).  It also can add to new feuds between the random draws and eliminations in the battle royal.  However, Vince doesn’t like using other properties from previous competition, therefore, this gets a 0% probability of actually happening, but hey, it’s a fun idea, right?

Royal_Rumble_1992

There’s a few people I’ve seen online that think they should pull off a Rumble 92 and have the title awarded to the winner of the Rumble match.  I think that’s an awful idea.  Simply, WWE won’t be able to go that long without a named champion.  Sure, we did without a champion when Brock Lesnar was champion, but at least we had Paul Heyman to constantly talk up the champion and the title, but if there’s no champion to talk about, then the title may get forgotten (but then we might get a lot of love for both the Intercontinental and United States Championships).  There’s also the matter that while it’s already been done before, the roster isn’t nearly as strong as it was in 1992.  It’s just not feasible to award the title where there might be one or two strong competitors.

In short, I would love to see something unconventional out of the WWE to crown a new champion.  But, I have a feeling that WWE will go the safe route and do a single elimination tournament to crown a new champion.  But, that’s the fun of speculation, you don’t know what’s gonna happen until it happens.  See you on Monday for “Time of the Fall”.  I have been the Baumeister.

Hell in a Cell Breakdown

Hell_in_a_Cell_2015_Poster

Ladies and gentlemen, I am the Baumeister, and welcome once again to a WWE Network Special Breakdown.  This time, it’s Hell in a Cell.  Two Cell matches are on the docket, as well as all titles on the line.  So, without further ado, let’s dive right into the matchups for Hell in a Cell.

20150920_HIAC_Taker_Brock_Sponsor_Homepage_EP_Light

Hell in a Cell XXXII: Brock Lesnar (Hell in a Cell debut) vs Undertaker (1-1)

WWE has a noted habit of forgetting or neglecting their own history for their own personal promotional purposes.  In this case, it’s the previous history between Undertaker and Lesnar in the early stages of the Brand Split Era.  In fact, this is the second encounter between these two inside the demonic structure.  If there’s anyone that can be placed as the face of the Cell, it’s the Undertaker.  This year’s match will mark Undertaker’s 13th entrance into the sadistic structure. However, between Lesnar and Taker, I’m going to go with Lesnar for the victory here.  Lesnar has been dominate since his return in 2012, and in their overall 1 vs 1 battles, Lesnar holds the edge in victories with a 4-3-1 record over the Undertaker.  WWE is going to continue Lesnar’s dominant streak.  I’m just hoping that WWE plays it safe in this match to keep both competitors healthy for the long-term.

20150920_HIAC_romanbray_EP_Lights-hp

Hell in a Cell XXXI: Bray Wyatt (Hell in a Cell debut) vs Roman Reigns (0-1)

Where else can this feud go? Hell in a Cell is usually the end point of any feud.  These two have been going at it of and on since late 2013, whether it’s a part of the Shield/Wyatt feud, or on their own in singles competition.  WWE is bound and determined to push Reigns as the next top guy on the roster, no matter how the crowd rebels against the idea.  And if the records are any indication for how this match is going to go with Reigns having a 14-7-2 advantage over Wyatt, then this is going to be a no brainer.  Reigns is going over here, and hopefully moving on to a brand new feud.

20150928_HIAC_EP_Lights_HP

WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins (121st champion, 10th defense) (1-1) vs Kane (1-1)

The stipulation here is that if “Demon” Kane loses, then “Corporate” Kane is relieved of his duties as Director of Operations.  Now, I don’t now about you, dear reader, who is reading this, but I am enjoying Kane’s new character tweak.  Sure, it’s very hokey, but Kane is making it work with his delivery during promos.  That said, it seems like a lot of people have lost faith in Rollins as champion, if the dirt sheet reports are to be believed.  WWE is incredibly guilty about relying on veterans to draw viewers in, but can’t sustain those viewers with underdeveloped characters and badly developed plot points (wait, this is starting to sound like one of my wife’s book reviews).  Rollins has the upperhand advantage in their overall series with a 9-6 record over Kane.  It might be time to take the title off of Rollins, but I don’t see that happening here with Kane.  I’m going with Rollins to retain the title and move on to a better suited challenger for the gold.

20151005_HIAC_EP_LIGHT_R_OwensRyback_HP

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Kevin Owens (154th champion, 3rd defense) (Hell in a Cell debut) vs Ryback (0-2)

Except for the United States Championship, Owens has made good on his promise on being a prizefighter.  There’s a lot of development that could be down with his character down the road, but for right now, it works perfectly. Especially with the underused tactics of eye raking/poking to pick up the pinfall via roll-up.  However, Ryback has had Owen’s “number” in their rivalry, going 3-1 in their career interactions so far, most of them having to do with Owens getting counted out or disqualified.  Owens is going to find a way to pull out the victory and retain the title, much to the chagrin of the Big Guy.

20151012_HIAC_EP_Lights_HP

WWE United States Championship Open Challenge: John Cena (47th champion, 6th defense) (2-3) vs Unknown

The rumor mill has sprinted on with the rumor that John Cena is leaving for a couple of months, and that same rumor mill (and the IWC for that matter) are all speculating that Cena is going to drop that United States title.  If the rumors are 100% true (because we all know that it’s not completely true until it actually happens), then Cena would most likely be dropping the title here.  Here’s the fun part, who is it going to be? Since Cena regained the United States Championship, his open challenge challengers have been Ziggler and the New Day.  It really could be anyone.  But, whoever it is, I’m picking Unknown to walk out of Hell in a Cell the new United States Champion.

20151005_HIAC_NewDayDudleyBoyz_EP_Lights_HOMEPAGE

WWE Tag Team Championship: New Day (56th champion, #4th defense) (Big E: 1-0; Kofi Kingston: 3-1) vs Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray: Hell in a Cell debut; D-Von: Hell in a Cell debut)

Third time’s the charm? That’s what the Dudley Boyz have to be thinking with this challenge for the Tag Team Titles.  Twice it has been foiled by the 5th wheel on the match, Xavier Woods.  The New Day is super hot with the crowd right now.   Sure, they started off colder than absolute zero, but with an attitude change, the New Day have taken charge of the Tag Division.  However, the Dudley Boyz have the upper hand in this feud, going 5-3 against New Day since re-arriving back into the tag scene the night after SummerSlam.  In fact, I think the titles changing hands here will actually be a good thing for The New Day (better than when they lost the tag titles the first time).  Dudley Boyz win the titles here.

20151005_HIAC_nikkicharlotte_EP_Lights-hp

WWE Divas Championship: Charlotte (26th champion, 1st defense) (Hell in a Cell debut) vs Nikki Bella (1-0)

Ever since we’ve gotten the belt off of Nikki, we still have yet to shut her up.  Night in and night out, she’s squawking around on the microphone, “gracing” the world with her grating voice and her ignorant ideas.  It’s no secret that I’m not a big fan of Nikki Bella.  And as much as I was excited about the Diva’s Revolution, its quickly become a flop mainly because of the typical Divas booking that the main roster Divas have seen for years.  I’m going with Charlotte here, whether clean or getting attacked by Paige to retain the title via disqualification.

20151016_HIAC_KickOff_EPLights_HP

Pre-Show: Dolph Ziggler (1-2), Cesaro (1-2) and Neville (Hell in a Cell debut) vs Rusev (1-0), Sheamus (2-2) and King Barrett (1-0)

First of all, the pre-show match was supposed to be Dean Ambrose and Randy Orton vs Luke Harper and Braun Strowman.  Those plans vanished when Orton has been reported to have a shoulder injury (Luke Harper has also been absent from TV for the past week due to personal issues). So, we get this match, which we happened to have gotten during this past RAW, in which Rusev, Sheamus and Barrett picked up the win  I see a reversal of fortune here, with Team Ziggler pulling out the win here.

Some other fun tidbits:

  • Lesnar/Taker is the second 1 vs 1 rematch inside the Cell structure, with the first one being Orton vs Cena.
  • Plenty of newcomers in Hell in a Cell.  Last year, newcomers went 2-2.  Let’s see if the newcomers (numbering 7), will make things different.

Until next time, I am The Baumeister.

 

NXT TakeOver: Respect Breakdown

20150930_TakeoverRespect_DustyRhodesClassic_LIGHT_HP

Ladies and gentlemen, I am the Baumeister, and it is time once again for another Breakdown.  This time, we are going to take a look at NXT TakeOver: Respect.  I’m going to try something different. Click on the picture to take you to match previews, while I give you my thoughts on the matches themselves. Now, let’s cut the pleasantries down to a minimum, and dive right on into NXT TakeOver: Respect.

20150930_TAKEOVER_RESPECT_LIGHT_NXT_BayleySasha_HP

Main Event: NXT Women’s Championship 30-minute Ironman Match: Bayley (c) (1st Champion, 1st Defense) (2-2) vs Sasha Banks (2-2)

Wow.  What an announcement that we got in terms of this match.  These two ladies tore down the Barclays Center with their outstanding match, and what better way to end their years long rivalry than in an Ironman match.  This match is all about stamina. 30 minutes is a long time for any one wrestler to go.  Especially in a match where multiple falls are going to be the keys to victory.  Granted, all it takes is one fall in that 30-minute time frame, but I’m sure we’ll be bound to see multiple falls including submissions.  The NXT brass certainly have a lot of faith in these ladies to tear the house down at Full Sail University, and I’m certainly looking forward to Bayley walking out at the end of the night with the NXT Women’s Championship raised high.

Takeover-RESPECT_LIGHT_NXT_BalorJoeDashDawson-hp

The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Semifinal #1: Samoa Joe (1-0) and Finn Balor (4-0) vs Dash and Dawson (TakeOver Debut)

Both of the two semi-final matchups are between an established team and a thrown together pair.  In this case, we’ve got a tag team that have been a pair for a while, but are just now starting to see some success in the Mechanics, better known as Dash and Dawson.  Then, we have Joe and Balor, two of the bigger powerhouses on the NXT roster.  I’m going with Joe and Balor here.  It’s going to be too much for the Mechanics to handle.

20150930_TAKEOVER_RESPECT_LIGHT_NXT_JordanGableCorbinRhyno_HP

The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Semifinal #2: Jason Jordan  and Chad Gable (TakeOver Debut) vs Baron Corbin (4-1) and Rhyno (0-1)

The second semifinal match has a recently paired tag team against a team paired just for the tournament.  Both teams seem to click well with each other.  But I feel like Corbin and Rhyno just won’t be able to get along for too long.  I’m going with Corbin and Rhyno here, just because I can see them implode in the finals.

20150930_TakeoverRespect_DustyRhodesClassic_LIGHT_HP

The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals: TBD vs TBD

It’s always hard when it comes to predicting tournament finals, because we could think one way, and it could the complete opposite way.  Yes, this is a scripted sport, and so there’s a little more predictability, but at the same time, things tend to happen that can throw everything off.  Here, the big favorite here is going to be Joe/Balor.  However, I can see a real dark horse pick in Jordan/Gable.  While I picked Corbin/Rhyno over them, the team of Jordan and Gable could really go places if they happen to win this tournament.  However, I am going to go with the favorites in Joe/Balor.

Takeover-RESPECT_LIGHT_NXT_CrewsBreeze-hp

Apollo Crews (1-0) vs Tyler Breeze (2-3)

I’m not really sure about who is going to win this match.  On one hand, there’s the undefeated Crews, who has been on a hot streak since debuting at Brooklyn.  Meanwhile, Breeze has been on a bit of a lukewarm streak since Brooklyn, with the defeats at Brooklyn and against Gargano and Ciampa in the Dusty Rhodes Classic.  And then there’s the beef with Bull Dempsey (no pun intended, I swear). For some strange reason, I have a feeling that Bull is going to make his presence known and it’ll give Crews just that split second he needs to pick up the 1-2-3.

Takeover-RESPECT_LIGHT_NXT_AsukaDanaBrooke_HOMEPAGE

Asuka (NXT Debut) vs Dana Brooke (0-1)

Do I really have to say anything here? I have not been a fan of Dana Brooke at all.  God awful voice, character blander than celery, and just isn’t good in the squared circle.  I’m looking for Asuka to blow Brooke out of the water.

Well, that’s it for me.  I’ll be back next time for “Time of the Fall” for TakeOver, as well as “And Your Winner Is…” for Hell in a Cell. Until next time, I am the Baumeister.

WWE Night of Champions 2015 Breakdown

wwenoc

Ladies and gentlemen, I am the Baumeister, and it is time once again to dive into the PPV Breakdown.  Storylines will be covered, outcomes will get analyzed, and I will give my overall thoughts on the matchups to come. So, let’s get started shall we?

20150824_LIGHT_NOC_Match_HOMEPAGE_RollinsSting_01

WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins (120th Champion, 9th Televised Defense) (1-0) vs Sting (NoC Debut)

After SummerSlam, Seth Rollins is on top of the world.  He’s a duel champion, and he has gotten the statue that he was promised by The Authority.  So, the night after SummerSlam, they were all set to do a big reveal in the middle of the ring. However, it wasn’t the reveal that The Authority was expecting.  Instead of the statue, we got The Vigilante, Sting.  In the subsequent weeks, Sting has been playing mind games with the World Heavyweight Champion, even destroying Rollins’ statue with a garbage truck.  This past Monday, we got Sting in competition on RAW for the first time ever, in an effort from the Authority to take out Sting and John Cena, but that ended up backfiring.  This is Sting’s first opportunity for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.  Will he be able to capitalize or will The Authority have something up their sleeve to keep the title on Seth Rollins? And there’s also Mr. Money in the Bank Sheamus waiting to cash in.

Well, we’ve got a very interesting matchup here.  It’s another part-timer challenging for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.  There’s been a lot of speculation that Sheamus is going to come in and cash in on whoever wins this match.   I don’t see Sheamus cashing in just yet.  However, I do have a problem with people expecting there to be a cash-in at every PPV.  It needs to be seen as a threat and only that, not an expectation.  When it happens, it happens.  Simple as that.  I’m predicting Seth Rollins to retain the World Heavyweight Championship and walk out of the arena still the champion.

20140831_LIGHT_NOC_Match_HOMEPAGE_RybackOwens

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Ryback (152nd Champion, 4th Televised Defense) (NoC Debut) vs Kevin Owens (NoC Debut)

In a champion vs champion challenge two weeks ago, Ryback was taking on Seth Rollins.  Before the match, Owens confronts Ryback during Ryback’s interview.  On the following Smackdown, Owens was the direct catalyst for Rollins to pin Ryback in their Lumberjack Match.  On RAW last week, we got a in-ring face to face promo in which the match was made for Night of Champions between these two men.  Will the prizefighter get another prize to add to his collection, or will The Big Guy shut up the brash Owens.

This is going to be a battle.  Both of these men are powerful, but the speed edge has to go to Owens.  Personally, I’m going with Kevin Owens to get the pinfall victory.  Even though there isn’t much of a story between these two going into Night of Champions, I feel like Owens could be a much better Intercontinental Champion than Ryback.

20140831_LIGHT_NOC_Match_HOMEPAGE_RollinsCena

WWE United States Championship: Seth Rollins (40th Champion, 1st Televised Defense) (1-0) vs John Cena (3-3-1)

The feud between these two gentlemen continues on, but it is no longer about Cena’s broken nose.  It’s now about Cena getting the United States Championship back.  This feud has taken a bit of a backseat to the Sting/Rollins feud, in which there has been very little progress made in their storyline.

That being said, I’m thinking that at least one title is going to change hands here.  Since I’ve already predicted that Seth Rollins is going to retain here, I’m going to go for John Cena to win back the United States Championship.

20150910_LIGHT_NOC_Match_NewDayDudleys_HP

WWE Tag Team Championship: The New Day (56th Champions, 2nd Televised Defense) (Woods: NoC Debut; Kingston: 3-3; Big E: NoC Debut) vs The Dudley Boyz (NoC Debut)

The New Day, after winning that Tag Team Championships in the Fatal 4-Way at SummerSlam, took to celebrating the next night, including a pinfall victory over the Lucha Dragons.  But then, to the surprise of everybody in attendance at the Barclays Center, the Dudley Boyz returned.  And in typical Dudley fashion, they sent Woods through a table.  Since then, The New Day have been campaigning to #SaveTheTables.  In order to face the Dudleys at Night of Champions, the New Day had to retain their titles against the Primetime Players on this past RAW, which they did.  This past Smackdown, Kofi picked up a victory over D-Von Dudley.

Well, we’ve got a returning tag team that is back for an undetermined amount a time against probably one of the hottest teams in quite some time.  The New Day is over like Rover.  I honestly expect New Day to go over to continue their amazing streak, however, I’m going with The Dudley Boyz to win the WWE Tag Team Championships.

20150831_LIGHT_NOC_Match_HOMEPAGE_nikkicharlotte_01

WWE Divas Championship: Nikki Bella (25th Champion, 14th Televised Defense) (0-1) vs Charlotte (NoC Debut)

The Divas Championship has been hotly sought after by the members of Team PCB after their victory at SummerSlam.  They traded a win back to Team Bella the night after RAW.  Then, we get the first ever Divas Beat the Clock Challenge.  Becky Lynch sets the time to beat, but Charlotte takes the opportunity and becomes the #1 Contender to the Divas Championship.  Meanwhile, we get the countdown for Nikki to becoming the longest reigning Divas Champion ever.  Charlotte petitions, and successfully gets the opportunity to break that record on this past RAW.  But, thanks to twin magic, Charlotte fails to win the Divas Championship, and Nikki Bella moves into the record books as the longest running Divas Champion.  However, after the match, Stephanie McMahon makes a rematch between the two Divas, and the only way for Nikki to win is to win clean.  If Nikki gets disqualified or counted out, then Charlotte becomes the champion.

I hope that this the opportunity that the Divas division needs to get some fresh blood in the top of the picture.  The Bella Twins need to see their way out the door and never, ever come back.  Now, granted, they are the “face” of Total Divas and I’m sure that they’ll be in the WWE as long as they want to.  But I’m tired of them.  Especially Nikki.  I’m rooting for Charlotte to take the win here.

20150914_LIGHT_NOC_Match_HOMEPAGE_AmbroseRomanWyatts

The Wyatt Family (Wyatt: NoC Debut; Harper: NoC Debut; Strowman: NoC Debut) vs Dean Ambrose (1-0), Roman Reigns (1-0) and Mystery Partner)

The night after SummerSlam was filled with wild returns, and a giant debut.  I’m referring to Braun Strowman of course.  The hoss of a man came in and choked out Ambrose and Reigns.  Ever since then, the Black Sheep of the Wyatt Family has been choking people out left and right.  When the match was made official, the Wyatts went and took matters into their own hands, by taking out men that have even remotely sided with Ambrose and Reigns.  Randy Orton and Jimmy Uso both met the same fate at the hands of Strowman.  Ambrose and Reigns say they have a third guy, but his identity remains to be revealed.

I’m predicting the Wyatt Family to walk out of Night of Champions with the victory.  It looks like it’s going to be a easy victory with the likes of Strowman picking up and taking out whoever gets in his path.  But, it is the WWE.  For all we know, this is just a way to make Reigns look good and Strowman will head back into obscurity.  But I really, really hope that isn’t the case.

20150709_LIGHT_NOC_Match_HOMEPAGE_rusevdolph

Dolph Ziggler (2-4) vs Rusev (1-0) with Summer Rae

These two have gone back and forth since SummerSlam, where the match ended in a Double Countout. Things have become rather heated after Summer Rae goes into Ziggler’s locker room, and has claimed to have been “seduced” by Ziggler while in there.  Meanwhile, Ziggler’s squeeze, Lana, has been put out of action after suffering a wrist injury that required surgery.  Summer Rae is going to be the catalyst in this matchup, and we will see just where her allegiances truly lie after this coming Sunday.

As much as I would love to see Ziggler get some momentum coming out of Night of Champions, he really hasn’t gotten much love in this show (a 2-4 record after all), and the booking seems to never go his way for very long.  I’m predicting a Rusev win here, and hopefully this will be the final nail in this feud’s coffin.

20150915_LIGHT_NOC_Match_kickoff_HP

Pre-Show: Neville (NoC Debut) and The Lucha Dragons (Sin Cara (II): NoC Debut: Kalisto: NoC Debut) vs Stardust (4-2) and The Ascension (Konnor: NoC Debut; Viktor: NoC Debut)

Two different feuds uniting into one for this matchup.  For Neville vs Stardust, it’s another round on PPV.  The Man That Gravity Forgot is looking to put Stardust behind him, but Stardust has other plans.  He’s enlisted the help of the Warriors from the Wasteland in the Ascension.  They’ve had their on and off troubles with the Lucha Dragons, ever since the Dragons took the NXT Tag Team Championships off of them.  Now, all six of them go head to head in the Kickoff match to see whether good or evil prevail.

Now, it would be fitting for Stardust and his Cosmic Wasteland to win the match, but it’s all about getting the crowd fired up.  And what better way to get the crowd fired up than having Neville and The Lucha Dragons win.  And that’s my pick.

There you have it folks.  Our breakdown of WWE Night of Champions 2015.  Stay tuned tomorrow night as we find out the results of the card and to see where exactly the storylines go from here.