Talk and Beans: NXT Worlds Collide & WWE Royal Rumble 2020

Episode #81 is another wrestling special as we cover the first steps on the road to WrestleMania. Scott and Tom talk about The Imperium impressing, reactions to Alexander Wholfe’s scary injury, Andrade’s wellness violation, Fluidity of the Women’s Royal Rumble, the need to capitalise on an exciting Shayna Baszler, the return of DIY and the interesting booking of the Men’s Royal Rumble with two very distinct halves.
Plus, Thoughts on all of the surprise entrants, the winners, certain superstars not being included and more.

 


Talk and Beans: NXT War Games 3 & WWE Survivor Series 2019

Episode #77 is a return to wrestling as we talk about the current state of the industry, if claims that Seth Rollins isn’t cool anymore are true, the DX NXT invasion and the not very believable brand allegiances, the growth of NXT and their great surprises, new title designs and the incredible Women’s War Games match.

Plus, Plenty of questionable impressions and a funny misunderstanding about CM Punk and much more!

 

 


Talk and Beans: WWE Money in the Bank 2019 (feat. The IIconics interview)

Episode #72 is the one where we cash in our first ever Money in the Bank episode and talk about our thoughts on who won the two briefcases, the women’s division needing more opportunity to grow and the state of wrestling in general with the Wildcard rule, 24/7 Championship, AEW around the corner and more. We also speak to Peyton Royce and Billie Kay of The IIconics about how they met and the frenemy relationship they had whilst growing up together.

Plus, Tom is shocked by a change of heart that Scott has had after being caught up in a “Falls count anywhere match” on Raw.

 


Former WWE star Ashley Massaro has passed away at 39

Ashley Massaro, the former Diva Search winner who spent three years with the WWE between 2005 and 2008 was found unconscious in her home in Suffolk County, NY. TMZ have reported that Massaro was pronounced dead after being transported to a near by hospital and that Officials were investigating the cause of death but have declared that the investigation is “non-criminal“.

The last social media post from the former WWE Superstar was posted hours before the news broke and contained a photograph of replies to fan mail waiting to be sent out.

WWE and many of their current and former talent have been expressing their shock towards the death of the former wrestler who was just a few days shy of her 40th birthday.

We would like to offer our condolences to those close to Ashley and to thank her for her contribution to the WWE Women’s division in an era where she most certainly stood out.

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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BREAKING NEWS: WrestleMania to feature first ever Women’s Main Event

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STAMFORD, CT – March 25, 2019 – For the first time in WWE history, a women’s match will be the main event of WrestleMania as the Raw Women’s Championship Match featuring Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch will take place on Sunday, April 7 in front of a capacity crowd at MetLife Stadium and streaming live on WWE Network around the world.

Ronda Rousey is the current Raw Women’s Champion, Olympic medalist, the first female UFC Champion, and the first woman to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. She is also an actress and New York Times bestselling author. Charlotte Flair is a seven-time Champion in WWE, a former Division 1 volleyball player, philanthropist and author. She is the daughter of two-time WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair. Becky Lynch is the 2019 Women’s Royal Rumble winner, a two-time SmackDown Women’s Champion and was named Wrestler of the Year by both Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports in 2018. She was also the first woman ever to top ESPN’s WWE Power Rankings.

At WrestleMania 32 in 2016, WWE re-branded the Divas Division the Women’s Division and unveiled a new Women’s Championship title. Since that time, the women’s evolution has placed a greater spotlight on WWE’s female performers, including more prominent storylines and deeper character development that showcases their athleticism, charisma and star power.

Last October, WWE held it’s first-ever all-women’s pay-per-view event, Evolution, in front of a sold-crowd and millions more watching on WWE Network.

We are fortunate enough to be there in person to witness this monumental occasion first hand, and cannot wait.

Talk and Beans: NXT Phoenix & WWE Royal Rumble 2019

Episode #67 is our first WWE special of the year as we focus on NXT TakeOver Phoenix & the Royal Rumble. Scott and Tom are joined by Dan to talk about what’s next for the Undisputed Era, Sasha Banks’ old school performance, Ronda Rousey’s first year, Disappointing Dream Matches, fantasy booking the final DIY chapter, the AEW shirt controversy and the Men’s Rumble surprise devaluing the Women’s Rumble.

Plus, Scott has a rant about WWE using serious global issues for cheap heat, Tom continues to struggle with an impression and much more!


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.