VIDEO: Cesaro on Raw after Mania returns and the Cesaro vs Beach Ball feud

Scott has a fun chat with WWE Superstar Cesaro about his memories of being the special surprise return on the Raw after Mania back in 2016 and what it’s like to be in that position having been away from injury for so long. Cesaro also sheds light the story behind his tearaway suit entrance and on one of his greatest rivalries – the Beach Ball and contemplates the idea of WWE 2K adding his fierce rival to the video game series.

This interview was filmed in London ahead of the two night residency at The o2 Arena for WWE.

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Talk and Beans: NXT War Games 2 & WWE Survivor Series 2018

Episode #62 is time to focus on the last big wrestling week of the year as the boys give their thoughts on NXT War Games 2 & Survivor Series.
Scott and Tom talk about what’s next for Becky Lynch, compare NXT & Main Roster match quality/storytelling, how to build for the Four Horsewomen match, Velveteen Dream’s potential, if NXT have wasted their greatest ever feud’s big payoff, Enzo Amore’s run in with security and the amazing Charlotte vs Ronda Rousey match.
Plus, Scott tries to hold off on a rant about WWE’s ethics for an hour and Tom does some theme song karaoke.


WWE Survivor Series REVIEW

WWE’s 32nd Annual Survivor Series PPV came from the famous Staples Center in Los Angeles – The event was marred with last minute changes as a result of Becky Lynch’s injury on last week’s Raw and Daniel Bryan defeating AJ Styles to become new WWE Champion on SmackDown.

Here are the Results of the show, along with my predictions and my match rating out of 5:

KICK OFF

Tag Team 10 on 10 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match

Team Raw: Roode & Gable (Captains), The Ascension, The B Team, The Revival & Lucha House Party

vs.

Team SmackDown: The Uso’s (Captains), The New Day, The Colon’s, The Good Brothers & SaNiTy

The kick off show featured this 10 on 10 tag team match and was won by sole survivors The Uso’s

Winners: Team SmackDown

My Prediction: Team SmackDown

Rating: 2.5/5

The Main show kicked off with the 5 on 5 Women’s match:

Side Note: During the kick off show a fight broke out between Natalya and Ruby Riott, leading to captain Alexa Bliss removing them both from the team and replacing them with Sasha Banks & Bayley. On the blue side, speculation was rife as to whom would replace Charlotte Flair, with some even speculating it could be Paige. It turned out it was Paige’s former Absolution team mate – Mandy Rose.

Women’s 5 on 5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match

Team Raw: Mickie James, Nia Jax, Tamina, Bayley, Sasha Banks (Captain: Alexa Bliss)

vs.

Team SmackDown: Asuka, Carmella, Sonya Deville, Mandy Rose & Naomi

It was clear from the off that the crowd were pro SmackDown in this one, and due to the incident on Raw this past Monday, the crowd were insanely booing Nia Jax. This worked in Nia’s favour though as she went on to be the sole survivor in this match and pick up the W for team Red to make it 1-0 on the main show.

Winners: Team Raw

My Prediction: Team SmackDown

Match Rating: 2.5/5

 

Intercontinental Champion vs United States Champion

Seth Rollins (Intercontinental Champion) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (United States Champion)

I had Nakamura to win this match due to some shenanigans from a certain lunatic, but luckily we were met with a great contest between two champions. Ultimately the IC champ overcame the US champ to put another victory into the column of Raw.

It was announced after that at TLCSeth Rollins would defend the Intercontinental Championship against Dean Ambrose

Winner: Seth Rollins

My Prediction: Nakamura

Match Rating: 3.5/5

 

Tag Champions vs Tag Champions

AOP w/ Drake Maverick (Raw Tag Team Champions) vs. The Bar w/ The Big Show (SmackDown Tag Team Champions)

Solid, decent, hard hitting contest between the WWEs Tag Team Champions. A certain ex WWE star decided to try and hijack the show from ringside, and this was a fairly underwhelming match in all honesty, until the last few minutes in which Drake Maverick broke up a pinfall and got choked on the apron by Big Show causing him to piss himeslf, this was enough to cause a distraction to The Bar, leading to AOP hitting their finisher for the win.

Winners: AOP

My Prediction: The Bar

Match Rating: 2/5

 

Cruiserweight Championship

Buddy Murphy (C) vs. Mustafa Ali

Yet another fantastic match between two cruiserweights, I’m glad this was given some time, and not just a two minute throwaway match, this was a decent contest and was won by Buddy Murphy.

Winner: Buddy Murphy

My Prediction: Buddy Murphy

Match Rating: 3/5

 

Men’s 5 on 5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match

Team Raw: Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler, Finn Balor, Bobby Lashley & Drew McIntyre (Baron Corbin captain)

vs.

Team SmackDown: The Miz (capt.), Shane McMahon, Samoa Joe, Jeff Hardy & Rey Mysterio

The match ended with the three big men, Strowman, Lashley and McIntyre for Raw against Shane McMahon, but unfortunately for ‘The Best In The World,’ he could not overcome this huge obstacle and much like last year, Braun Strowman was standing tall.

Braun then got attacked from behind by Captain Baron Corbin, as Strowman now will have the opportunity to face Corbin and Lesnar on his terms.

Winners: Team Raw

My Prediction: Team Raw

Match Rating: 3/5

 

Ronda Rousey (Raw Women’s Champion) vs. Charlotte Flair

I predicted that this match would have some kind of screwy finish, possibly including Becky Lynch, but I don’t think anyone was prepared for what would ensue at the end of this match, and the nature of the victory, a fully fledged Charlotte Flair heel turn, where she absolutely anihilated Ronda with kendo sticks, chairs, steel steps etc. Ronda is one tough lady, but you have to say with Nia Jax next in line for a Women’s Title match, could Ronda’s days with the belt be numbered?

Winner: Ronda Rousey (Via DQ)

My Prediction: Charlotte

Match Rating: 4.5/5

 

Champion vs. Champion

Brock Lesnar (Universal Champion) vs. Daniel Bryan (WWE Champion)

This was originally scheduled to be the rematch between Lesnar and AJ Styles, and much to everyones surprise, Daniel Bryan defeated AJ Styles on SmackDown to become new WWE Champion, this match looked to be a forgone conclusion when Brock dominated early on; However, after senior official, Mike Chioda, got knocked down, Bryan hit a low blow to get some advantage back into his favour, and this got him back in the match and made you believe that he would again triumph in the David vs. Goliath scenario. However, this was not to be, and Brock ended up winning this match, with more of a challenge than I think he anticipated.

Winner: Brock Lesnar

My Prediction: Brock Lesnar

Match Rating: 4/5

 

Overall, I think that some of the results, and a clean sweep 6-0 victory for Raw was very stupidly booked, I thought the last two matches took this from being an okay show to a good show. Brock has had two of his best WWE matches at the last two Survivor Series PPV’s, and unsurprisingly really considering he faced AJ and Bryan, the lack of acknowledgment of SmackDown winning the Pre-Show match was silly, and as much as I was looking forward to Becky vs. RondaCharlotte did a fantastic job, and kudos to WWE for the booking of the last hour of this show.

WWE Survivor Series Predictions

WWE Survivor Series is the annual extravaganza from WWE which pits Raw and SmackDown Superstars against each other.

This year Survivor Series is coming love from The Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday 18th November 2018.

 

Tag Team 10 on 10 Traditional Survivor Series Match (PRE-SHOW)

Team Raw: Bobby Roode & Chad Gable (Capt.), The B Team, Lucha House Party, The Ascension & The Revival

vs.

Team SmackDown: The Uso’s (Capt.), The New Day, SAnitY, The Colon’s & The Good Brothers

The Raw side of things seems pretty poor here, and the sheer firepower that SmackDown will have in the Tag Team division I think will pay dividends here. I believe that Team Blue will pick up the victory in this one.

Prediction: TEAM SMACKDOWN

 

WWE Cruiserweight Championship

Buddy Murphy (C) vs. Mustapha Ali

The battle for 205 Live supremacy intensifies, the wonder from Down Under – Buddy Murphy battles with Mustapha Ali with his Cruiserweight Championship up for grabs. The Brisbane native will look to build on his fantastic end to 2018, and look to head out of Los Angeles with his championship in tact.

Prediction: BUDDY MURPHY

 

Intercontinental Champion vs. US Champion

Seth Rollins vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

My opinion here is that Dean Ambrose may well get involved here to cost his previous Shield brother Seth Rollins this match. Therefore, I am going with Nakamura

Prediction: SHINSUKE NAKAMURA

 

Women’s 5 on 5 Traditional Survivor Series Match

Team Raw: Nia Jax, Mickie James, Tamina, Natalya & Ruby Riott (with Captain – Alexa Bliss)

vs.

Team SmackDown: Carmella, Naomi, Sonya Deville, Asuka & ???

There could well be some big egos in this match, and while it would be hard to look past Asuka who was 2017’s soul survivor, I believe this could well come down to Asuka and Ruby Riott, and I believe that she could well become victorious again!

 Prediction: TEAM SMACKDOWN

 

Raw Tag Team Champions vs. SmackDown Tag Team Champions

Champion vs. Champion

AOP vs. The Bar

With AOP recently winning the Tag Titles over The Shield on Raw, it seemed like a bit of an after thought, they have been on a decent run since being back in the picture in the tag division, but I believe that The Bar will have enough to win in this one.

Prediction: THE BAR

 

Men’s 5 on 5 Traditional Survivor Series Match

Team Raw: Braun Strowman, Drew McIntyre, Dolph Ziggler, Finn Bálor &  Bobby Lashley (with Captain – Baron Corbin)

vs.

Team SmackDown: The Miz (Capt.), Jeff Hardy, Shane McMahon, Rey Mysterio & Samoa Joe

I can see Strowman becoming a one man wrecking machine in this match, and it could well come down to him and Samoa Joe, I reckon that the big man from Raw will get the victory in this one.

Prediction: TEAM RAW

 

Raw vs SmackDown 

Ronda Rousey (Raw Women’s Champion) vs. Charlotte Flair

This was due to be Rousey vs. Becky Lynch, however, due to Lynch sustaining a concussion, broken nose and black eye on the go-home episode of Raw, WWE doctors have not cleared her to compete in this match, as we saw on SmackDown, Charlotte Flair will take her place representing Team Blue, in a match that many predicted could headline WrestleMania, we are in fact getting it at the second biggest WWE PPV. I predict a Charlotte screwy victory here. Possibly with the help of Becky.

Prediction: CHARLOTTE FLAIR

 

WWE Champion vs. Universal Champion

Daniel Bryan vs. Brock Lesnar

Leading into Brock’s potential UFC return, I can’t see WWE’s booking team letting Bryan get much offence in during this contest. I feel like Brock will go over fairly quickly.

Prediction: BROCK LESNAR

 

With many last minute changes here due to Raw and SmackDown events, I believe that SmackDown will come out on top in this event.

WWE Crown Jewel : REVIEW

Warning: This Post Contains Spoilers

 

 

WWE hosted their Crown Jewel PPV live on 2nd November 2018; Here are the results:

The Pre-Show kicked off with Shinsuke Nakamura successfully defended his US Championship against Rusev, in a non-advertised match. Hence there being no prediction for this match.

The main show kicked off with guest host Hulk Hogan making his return to WWE.

 

MATCH ONE:

World Cup Quarter Final

Rey Mysterio vs. Randy Orton

Quick match won by Mysterio with a Roll Up. Orton attacked Rey after the match and slammed him into the announce table.

Winner: Rey Mysterio

My Prediction: Rey Mysterio

Score: 1-0

Match Rating: 1.5/5

 

MATCH TWO:

World Cup Quarter Final

Jeff Hardy vs. The Miz

The staple of this show, an average match on this tournament. Miz won to advance with a Skull Crushing Finale.

Winner: The Miz

My Prediction: The Miz

Score: 2-0

Match Rating: 1.5/5

 

MATCH THREE:

World Cup Quarter Final

Seth Rollins vs. Bobby Lashley 

Another very average match, nothing special, Seth won the match with The Stomp.

Winner: Seth Rollins

My Prediction: Seth Rollins

Score 3-0

Match Rating: 1.5/5

 

MATCH FOUR:

World Cup Quarter Final 

Kurt Angle vs. Dolph Ziggler

This was the first surprise for me, I had Kurt down to win the whole thing, I think it was rather a disappointment to have Kurt come back to in ring action for a few minutes. Ziggler got the 3 off a Zig-Zag.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

My Prediction: Kurt Angle

Score: 3-1

Match Rating 2/5

 

MATCH FIVE:

Smackdown Tag Team Championships

The Bar (C) vs. The New Day

Kofi Kingston and Big E were representing The New Day in this match, which was won by The Bar after Big Show punched Big E in the face, allowing Sheamus to hit the Brogue Kick to win.

Winners: The Bar

My Prediction: The Bar

Score: 4-1

Match Rating: 2/5

 

MATCH SIX:

World Cup Semi Final

Rey Mysterio vs. The Miz

I predicted Miz to go all the way in this tournament to the final, and so he did, getting his knees up into the ribs of Rey, who attemped the Frog Splash in memory of his good friend Eddie Guerrero, Miz followed up with the Skull Crushing Finale to advance.

Winner: The Miz

My Prediction: The Miz

Score: 5-1

Match Rating: 2/5

 

MATCH SEVEN:

World Cup Semi Final

Dolph Ziggler vs. Seth Rollins

I had initially picked Kurt Angle to advance, and go all the way. But I do think that if he got eliminated then Seth should have gone all the way. Ziggler won with a Superkick.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

My Prediction: Kurt Angle 

Score: 5-2

Match Rating: 2/5

 

MATCH EIGHT:

WWE Championship

AJ Styles (C) vs. Samoa Joe

Probably the best match of a bad bunch, AJ and Joe was always going to be a solid match, and a few decent spots in this one, AJ focussed on Joe’s knee and ended up winning the match with the Phenomenal Forearm.

Winner: AJ Styles

My Prediction: AJ Styles

Score: 6-2

Match Rating: 3/5

 

MATCH NINE:

Universal Title

Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman

Baron Corbin was at ringside to hold the title aloft, and preceded to hit Strowman in the back of the head, it then took Lesnar 5 F5’s to win this match, including one out of the ring, almost causing a count out. In my opinion, a stupid result, and making the championship again, seem like a joke!

Winner: Brock Lesnar (New Champion)

My Prediction: Braun Strowman

Score: 6-3

Match Rating: 0.5/5

 

MATCH TEN:

Final of The World Cup Tournament: To Determine The Best In The World

The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler

So, the result that no one saw coming; The Miz had an angle where he jumped out of the ring, and got ‘injured’ and therefore couldn’t continue the match. It looked like it would be called off, until Smackdown Live Commissioner, Shane McMahon inserted himself in the match in place of Miz, and ended up beating Ziggler with a Coast to Coast to become The Best in The World

Winner: Shane McMahon 

My Prediction: Kurt Angle

Score: 6-4

Match Rating: 2.5/5

 

MATCH ELEVEN:

First Time Ever

D-Generation X vs. The Brothers of Destruction

A match which would have been incredible many years ago, sadly had more mistakes and errors than good moments. Triple H unfortunately suffered a torn pectoral muscle injury, Kane’s mask fell off, and HBK face-planted the floor. Triple H hit the Pedigree and HBK hit two Sweet Chin Music’s on Kane to get the victory.

Winners: DX

My Prediction: DX

Score: 7-4

Match Rating: 2/5

 

 

I think WWE did the best with the hand they were dealt with the controversy surrounding Saudi Arabia as well as John Cena and Daniel Bryan pulling out of the event, there is also the sadness surrounding Roman Reigns’ illness, throwing the Universal Title picture into turmoil. I think WWE could have handled this PPV a bit better, and some of the results of the matches were very baffling.

Overall Score: 1.5/5

WWE Crown Jewel PREDICTIONS

WWE Crown Jewel Predictions

Crown Jewel is the controversial second WWE event coming from Saudi Arabia, this event will take place this Friday (2nd November) from The King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Here I look at each match and give my thoughts on what will go down at this event.

 

WWE World Cup Tournament – To determine the best in the world

Quarter Final 1

Bobby Lashley (USA) vs. Seth Rollins (USA)

As the current Intercontinental and Tag Team Champion – I believe Rollins will come out on top in this match and lead to an awesome Semi-Final match up with Kurt Angle. There will undoubtedly be the influence of Lio Rush at ringside for ‘His Man’ Bobby Lashley, the replacement for John Cena, who refused to take part in the event with it still being held in Saudi Arabia, however, I believe The Architect will be able to ‘Burn It Down’ and come out of this victorious.

Dan’s Prediction: SETH ROLLINS

 

Quarter Final 2

Kurt Angle (USA) vs. Dolph Ziggler (USA)

I feel that McIntyre could well cost Ziggler in this match, and the lack of Baron Corbin on this show is also a slight mystery. Don’t be surprised to see at least one of the two interfere in this match, which I ultimately believe will be won by Kurt Angle.

Dan’s Prediction: KURT ANGLE

 

Quarter Final 3

Jeff Hardy (USA) vs. The Miz (USA)

The Charismatic Enigma has blown hot and cold since his return from injury, and his feuds with both Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura have been well documented and somewhat well recieved by the WWE Universe. However, I don’t feel like Jeff will have enough here, and I can see a sneaky victory for The Miz and him advancing to set up a Semi-Final match with his new nemesis Rey Mysterio.

Dan’s Prediction: THE MIZ

 

Quarter Final 4

Randy Orton (USA) vs. Rey Mysterio (USA/Mexico)

Rey Mysterio’s return to WWE at SmackDown 1000 was a refreshing moment, he still looks in as good shape as he always has done and despite this new vicious streak from The Viper, I feel that Rey will pull the win out of the bag in this one and go on to face The Miz in the Semi’s.

Dan’s Prediction: REY MYSTERIO

 

Semi Final 1 (Going on My Predictions)

Seth Rollins vs. Kurt Angle

Another first time ever dream match for both Angle and Rollins, this is one which has the potential to steal the show, and I think the wily old veterean Kurt Angle will have just enough to beat Rollins, potentially with the unwanted help of Dean Ambrose.

Dan’s Prediction: KURT ANGLE

 

Semi Final 2 (Going on My Predictions)

The Miz vs. Rey Mysterio

The Miz and Mysterio have been at each others throats now since the segment on Miz TV last week, and this could well be the next chapter in that recently started rivalry. We all know that The Miz, more often than not will find a way to win and bend the rules to his advantage, and I can see him being victorious in this match up against The Master of the 619.

Dan’s Prediction: THE MIZ

 

Final (Going on My Predictions)

Kurt Angle vs. The Miz

It is my belief that this tournament was set up to insert Kurt Angle back into WWE as a credible player, and a good showing in three matches here I feel will culminate in the 1996 Olympic gold medalist (which he won with a broken freakin’ neck) becoming ‘The Best In The World’. This tournament should have been around years ago and would have been the perfect end to Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk. But we have it now, and I believe that The World Cup will be won by Kurt Angle.

Dan’s Prediction: KURT ANGLE

 

Smackdown Live Tag Team Championships

The Bar vs. The New Day

The New Day always have the advantage using their Freebird Rule, and not knowing which two members are going to be in each match can often be an excuse used in storylines. However, this time The Bar have a third member of their own, and not only a third member but The World’s Largest Athlete, The Big Show, in their corner. Show could well be the ace in the hole that The Bar need to keep hold of their championships, and I believe that he will indeed be the difference in this match and help the champions retain their belts.

Dan’s Prediction: THE BAR

 

First Time Ever

D-Generation X vs. The Brothers of Destruction

The match which some people are saying will close the show, and will most likely go very VERY long. This is a match for the ages which I for one am surprised didn’t happen sooner. It is the return of my idol; HBK! I have said for years that he can still go, and I think he will prove that he is still every bit as good as he has always been. I believe that Kane will work a great deal of this match for BoD and can see this match ending with Kane taking the fall to protect ‘Taker and make him look strong for the ineveitable rematch with Shawn Michaels.

Dan’s Prediction: D-Generation X

 

WWE Championship

AJ Styles (c) vs. Samoa Joe

This match was initially meant to be AJ Styles defending against Daniel Bryan, but due to the well documented issues within Saudi Arabia, Bryan, like John Cena, has refused to travel to Saudi Arabia for this event. Therefore Samoa Joe will be taking his place and getting himself a WWE Championship opportunity, but can he capitalise on Bryan not going? I don’t think he can, I believe that Styles will have enough and will win this match against his arch nemesis.

Dan’s Prediction: AJ STYLES

 

WWE Universal Championship

Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman

Following the heartbreaking announcement last week that Roman Reigns is battling Leukemia for the second time, WWE officials made the call to make this match a One on One singles match. It is my belief that Roman would have come out of this with his championship in tact, but with the events of the past couple of weeks, plans have had to be re-written and I believe that this is the time to put the belt on The Monster Among Men. I don’t think that WWE will put the title on Lesnar again at this stage, but as with WWE, nothing is ever straight forward. Don’t be surprised to see a Drew McIntyre interference in this match, possibly to help Braun win the title, then insert himself as the #1 Contender for said title.

Dan’s Prediction: BRAUN STROWMAN (New Champ)

WWE Evolution RESULTS

Warning: This Post Contains Spoilers

 

WWE, again made history on Sunday 28th October when they brought their first ever all Women’s PPV, Evolution, to The Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY.

Lzzy Hale of Halestorm and Nita Strauss performed a song to open the PPV.

Michael Cole is joined on commentary by Reneé Young and Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix.

We also get a return from Lilian Garcia on ring announcing duties for some of the matches.

 

MATCH ONE:

Trish Stratus & Lita vs. Mickie James & Alicia Fox w/ Alexa Bliss

This was a good back and forth match, Trish and Lita did look slightly rusty, but that is to be expected. Overall this was a decent match with Trish and Lita getting the victory with a Litasault followed by a Chick Kick.

Winners: Trish and Lita

Dan’s Prediction: Trish and Lita

Score: 1-0

Match Rating: 3/5

 

MATCH TWO:

20 Women Battle Royal (winner earns Women’s title match)

Alundra Blayze vs. Asuka vs. Billie Kay vs. Carmella vs. Dana Brooke vs. Ember Moon vs. Ivory vs. Kelly Kelly vs. Lana vs. Mandy Rose vs. Maria Kanellis vs. Michelle McCool vs. Molly Holly vs. Naomi vs. Nia Jax vs. Peyton Royce vs. Sonya DeVille vs. Tamina vs. Torrie Wilson vs. Zelina Vega.

The IIconics were the last two to come out and berated the city they were in, they got in the ring and were eliminated immediately, this was a surpisingly short Battle Royal, which Zelina Vega thought she had won by throwing Moon and Jax over the top rope, only for both women to land on the apron, Nia then eliminated Vega meaning that the match came down to Nia Jax and Ember Moon, who looked like she had it won, but Nia Jax ended up eliminating her and setting up a future Women’s Championship match for herself.

Winner: Nia Jax

Dan’s Prediction: Asuka

Score: 1-1

Match Rating: 2.5/5

 

MATCH THREE:

Mae Young Classic Final

Toni Storm vs. Io Shirai

Last years Semi Finalist, 22 Year Old Aussie, and NXT UK performer Toni Storm battled The Genius Of The Sky: Io Shirai, in the final of the Mae Young Classic. This match was refereed by Jessika CarrNXT’s Female referee. This was a very good match, I’ve heard a lot about both of these female superstars, and the match didn’t dissappoint. It was a match that throughout seemed as though it could go either way, and in the end it was Toni Storm who ended up hitting her finisher The Storm Zero for the win and becoming the second Mae Young Classic Winner.

At the conclusion of the match, both women were presented by flowers in the ring by Stephanie McMahon, and Toni Storm presented with the MYC Trophy by Triple H.

Winner: Toni Storm

Dan’s Prediction: Toni Storm

Score: 2-1

Match Rating: 3.5/5

 

MATCH FOUR:

Six Women Tag

Bayley, Sasha Banks & Natalya vs. The Riott Squad.

The Riott Squad started this match very strongly, and with not much Natalya action, was a lot of the time Sasha and Bayley tagging in and attempting to work together. Bayley sacrificed herself at one point to protect Banks from a Senton, and the match looked to be over when Nattie locked in a double Sharpshooter on Ruby Riott and Sarah Logan, only for Liv to make the save at the last second. This then led to Sasha hitting the Frog Splash, paying homage to her idol the late, Eddie Guerrero, to earn the W for her team.

Winners: Bayley, Sasha Banks & Natalya

Dan’s Prediction: Riott Squad

Score: 2-2

Match Rating: 3.5/5

 

MATCH FIVE:

NXT Women’s Championship Match

Kairi Sane (c) vs. Shayna Baszler

I predicted that Shayna would win and that her ‘Four Horsewomen’ buddies would get involved and I was totally correct. Marina Shafir got involved and the match ended with Jessamyn Duke kicking Sane in the head and Shayna locking in the Kirifuda Clutch until Sane passed out.

Winner: Shayna Baszler – NEW Champion

Dan’s Prediction: Shayna Baszler

Score: 3-2

Match Rating: 3.5/5

 

MATCH SIX:

Last Women Standing Match for SmackDown Live Women’s Championship

Becky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte Flair

The match started very quickly and got very physical with the use of kendo sticks and chairs. Both women took it in turns to slam each other onto the pile of chairs in the ring. Charlotte attempted her Moonsault through a table on Becky, but the table didn’t break, she ended up doing a Swanton Bomb which did. Becky tapped out to a Figure 8 which Charlotte had used a ladder to apply, but as this is a Last Woman Standing match, it doesn’t matter. Becky breaks it with a chair and attempts to leave through the crowd. Becky ends up doing a legdrop off a ladder, through the announce table to Chharlotte who beat the count. The finish occured when Charlotte laid Becky on a table and went for a Moonsault, but Becky got up and Powerbombed Becky through the table and Charlotte was unable to answer the count of 10. The crowd gave this a standing ovation

Winner: Becky Lynch

Dan’s Prediction: Charlotte Flair

Score: 3-3

Match Rating: 4.5/5 – MATCH OF THE NIGHT

 

MAIN EVENT:

Raw Women’s Championship

Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Nikki Bella w/ Brie Bella

From the get go Ronda Rousey controlled this match, but Brie attempted to interfere when the referee wasn’t looking, attempting to help her twin sister. Nikki did manage to get some decent offence in during this match and even got a near fall with a springboard kick. When Brie again tried to interfere, Ronda ended up slamming both Bella’s simultaniously. Nikki got a couple more near falls off of an Alabama Sla and then the Rack Attack 2.0. But ultimately the Baddest Woman on The Planet locked in her patented Armbar causing Nikki Bella to tap out. Ronda hugged family and friends at ringside.

Winner: Ronda Rousey

Dan’s Prediction: Ronda Rousey

Score: 4-3

Match Rating: 3.5/5

 

The PPV Ended with Rousey walking up the ramp and the entire Women’s division on stage in a huge show of unity, this was a fantastic PPV and goes to show that the days of using the Women’s matches as the ‘Piss Break’ are long gone.

A superb Effort from all involved

Overall Score: 3.5 out of 5

WWE Evolution PREDICTIONS

WWE Evolution Predictions

Evolution is WWE’s first all Women’s PPV and will be taking place at The Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York this Sunday (28th October). Dan looks at each match and gives his thoughts on what will go down at the event.

Tag Team Match

Trish Stratus & Lita vs. Mickie James & Alexa Bliss (or Alicia Fox)

Although this has been announced for a few weeks, there was a rumour that Bliss suffered a concussion over the weekend at a live event, and if this is the case then there is talk of her being replaced by Alicia Fox. I can see the Hall of Famer’s picking up the victory in this one, rolling back the years and pulling out all their old moves.

Dan’s Prediction: TRISH & LITA

Six Woman Tag Match

Riott Squad vs. Bayley, Sasha Banks & Natalya

I believe that WWE are grooming The Riott Squad as the first Women’s Tag Team Champions, and so I believe that this will be a big win on a big stage for the team. I can see there being some dissension in the ranks between Bayley and Sasha and this could indeed cost them the match

Dan’s Prediction: RIOTT SQUAD


Mae Young Classic Final

Io Shirai vs. Toni Storm

I’ll be honest here and say that I haven’t seen any of the Mae Young Classic this year, but having heard about a few of the ladies from this years tournament, I think it is going to be won by Toni Storm.

Dan’s Prediction: TONI STORM

Battle Royal – Winner Receives a future Women’s title match

Alicia Fox vs. Alundra Blayze vs. Asuka vs. Billie Kay vs. Carmella vs. Dana Brooke vs. Ember Moon vs. Ivory vs. Kelly Kelly vs. Lana vs. Mandy Rose vs. Maria Kanellis vs. Michelle McCool vs. Molly Holly vs. Naomi vs. Nia Jax vs. Peyton Royce vs. Sonya DeVille vs. Tamina vs. Torrie Wilson vs. Zelina Vega.

So far, there have been 21 participants announced for this Battle Royal for the chance to win a future Women’s Championship Match, I am surprised at the lack of announcements of any NXT talents, and think that there may be some announced, and this will I think determine the winner of this match. I believe that Asuka will win if the current line up remains, and I think it will be won by NXT’s Nikki Cross should the NXT Superstars be added to the match.

Dan’s Prediction: ASUKA / NIKKI CROSS

NXT Women’s Championship

Kairi Sane (C) vs. Shayna Baszler

With Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir signing WWE Developmental deals, could this lead to The Four Horsewomen from UFC joining forces in WWE – With Rousey defending her championship on the same show, there could well be something special about this. I predict that WWE may well put the belt on Shayna again and have her UFC buddies in her corner, making her even more of a force in the NXT Women’s division, and in the process making history by becoming the first ever Two-Time NXT Women’s Champion. 

Dan’s Prediction: SHAYNA BASZLER (New Champ)

WWE SmackDown Live Women’s Championship

Last Woman Standing Match

Becky Lynch (C) vs. Charlotte Flair

WWE are currently pushing Becky as a super heel and Charlotte as a super face, and I can well see this match causing a ‘double turn’ with Rumours circulating that Old Man Flair will be in attendance backstage at this event, could Naitch play a part in this and help his little girl to regain the Women’s Championship? I believe he may, as much as I don’t want to see Becky lose the title this soon, this is certainly a feud which can run and run.

Dan’s Prediction: CHARLOTTE FLAIR (New Champ)

WWE Raw Women’s Championship

Ronda Rousey (C) vs. Nikki Bella w/ Brie Bella

Ronda will dominate from start to finish in this match, which I have a feeling is going to close the show. I think that this will be a quick match which will cause a retention for the Champ.

Dan’s Prediction: RONDA ROUSEY

Roman Reigns steps down from WWE due to battle with Leukaemia

Shocking news out of this week’s WWE Raw with the announcement that WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns will be stepping away from the wrestling world to focus on his battle with Leukaemia. Raw kicked off with Reigns making his way to the ring with a look on his face that hinted that this was not a regular appearance for the WWE Superstar and soon revealed that to be the case as he ‘pulled back the curtain’ with some personal information firstly with the mentioning of this real-life first name Joe. This is something that may not sound like a big deal to most but the acknowledgement of a real-life persona outside of the WWE Universe is not something that happens within the actual show often at all and was a telling sign that some important news was about to come.

Roman Reigns would go on to explain that he had previously fought Leukaemia back in 2008 but that the illness had recently come back for the 33 year old as fans in the arena turned their pantomime cheers and boos into real-life gasps. The wrestler from the legendary Anoa’i family went on to say “I’m not going to lie, I’ll take every prayer you can send my way but I’m not looking for sympathy, I’m not looking for you to feel bad for me because I have faith” and would later say “I want to make one thing clear: By no means is this a retirement speech because after I’m done whupping leukaemia’s ass, I’m coming back home“.

The heart wrenching segment would come to an end as Roman made his way up the ramp to be joined by his brothers in The Shield, two men that have been alongside Roman throughout his WWE career in both storyline and real-life. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins would initiate their trademark fist bump with Roman with emotion running high as Ambrose looked blankly into the packed arena and Rollins could not stop the flow of tears down his cheeks. A truly emotional moment that will go down in the history of the WWE.

We at Rebellious Noise would like to extend our prayers to Roman Reigns and the rest of the Anoa’i family at this difficult time and thank them for all of the great memories in the WWE so far, we are in your corner for this one Roman.


Lay The SmackDan! Quiet Week More History

Dan is back with Episode 17 of Lay The SmackDan! – On this episode, Dan will tell you about a sad ending for one of the Mae Young Classic competitors as well as who takes over on Raw from The Coach

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