WWE Payback 2017 Preview

This Sunday is the RAW exclusive Payback PPV. Right now, Payback looks like an A+ grade name for a show when you consider we are getting a show in the coming months called Great Balls of Fire. I really want to know why the WWE thinks that is a great name for a show.

Well I look forward to seeing Brock Lesnar defend the Universal Title on this show. Oh wait, he isn’t doing that? Okay. I should have known considering he hasn’t even been mentioned on RAW in the last few weeks. Why even have two Champions at this point? How does this help elevate the Universal Title when the Title and Champion himself are nowhere to be found? I was fine with the first time Brock Lesnar won a Title and left, but now I think it hurts a newly made Title.

Even without Brock, this should at least still be a good wrestling show. On to the preview!

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Quick Hits: NXT Takeover Orlando 4.1.17: Spewin’ Snark Recap w/Cameron Dougharty

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Sanity v. Roderick Strong, Kassius Ohno, Tye Dillinger & Ruby Riot

Sanity is great, simple enough, right? Eric Young and his crew came into Takeover needing to continue it’s dominance over the baby faces so instant rejection wouldn’t have taken place in Orlando. An argument could have been made for the likes of Dillinger and Strong, especially since this was Kassius Ohno’s Takeover debut; oh well, soon Ohno will be NXT Champion and none of this will have ever happened.

Other than the lack of Riot and Cross’ involvement in the match this was a great tone setter for the rest of the show. Dillinger proved, again, that he is a great NXT talent but if he makes the main roster he may just end up making the tag team of Tyler Breeze and Fandango a trio.

Aleister Black v. Cien Almas

Aleister Black lived up to the hype and some. Black isn’t a crazy renegade like the members of Sanity are. He isn’t here to tear down the establishment like the Wyatt’s are, he simply is a scary, gypsy who wants, not only the NXT Title, but your soul; all of them.

Black and Almas put on a wrestling clinic that could have easily headlined any of the million independent shows this weekend in Orlando. Instead, they did it on the biggest stage you can. There is more bad blood between the two after this match. Almas may have lost but he didn’t lose a step against Black. Best two out of three, anyone?

NXT Tag Team Championship: The Revival v. DIY v. Authors of Pain (c)

In a NXT Universe that demands a hard work ethic the Authors of Pain are here to tell the Indy darlings, to slow down; way down. AOP brings a certain something to the table that will make Vince McMahon droll. The rowdy Orlando fans let the big boys hear their dissaproval and to some it sounded like a cash register.

The Revival have to be main roster bound now. There is nothing left for the old school tag team to accomplish in Florida. A call up to shake up the lack luster Smackdown Live tag team roster is just what the wrestling doctor ordered. Now, give us The Revival against American Alpha, please.

NXT Women’s Championship: Asuka (c) v. Ember Moon

Asuka is the unbreakable force in the entire women’s division, despite that, a lot of people thought maybe Asuka would lose to Moon and debut on Raw tomorrow night, looks like a lot of you are wrong. The women’s division is the weak link of NXT so Asuka sticking around to bring along the other talent is just smart business.

Once the WWE’s women tournament happens this Summer and the WWE brings in more talent the path to Raw or Smackdown will become much more clear for Asuka. Until then, enjoy her beating the crap out of the roster until Candice LeRae comes knocking.

NXT Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura v. Bobby Roode (c)

If NXT is the work rate promotion for the WWE then why is Bobby Roode the top guy? Roode has all the intangibles to be a top guy and I, personally, like the idea of him being the champion of NXT but what kind of match will he have with Ohno or Strong? Roode continues to stay over with his beyond impressive entrance but he will be able to keep up with other, younger guys with strong styles?

This match did not and, arguably, could not live up to other NXT Takeover main events. The continued selling of Nakamura’s leg injury wasn’t the best story telling considering Nakamura may be headed to the main roster sooner than later. I fully expected a blood bath, instead a got a match that came straight out of 1992. Hunter, you and your guys are better than that; work on it.

Until next time, leave a comment, tell a friend, listen to the latest HTC Wrestling podcast on Podbean, follow me on Twitter @camdougharty and let’s talk wrestling!

WWE Fastlane Preview

Justin C here with a preview of WWE Fastlane this weekend. It is the last PPV before we get fully into Wrestlemania. And I would expect the final pieces of the puzzle to be put into place after this show. Of course, from what we know, it sounds like most of us won’t like the puzzle when it is completed.

On paper Fastlane looks okay. There will be a couple of good matches. But for the most part, the build has been ho hum. It is a problem with the booking of RAW. Unlike Smackdown, RAW can’t find a way to mix all of the pieces they have in a new and fun way. RAW seems to be stuck on repeat half the time. And that is why Smackdown is constantly getting praised while RAW suffers every week.

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WWE Elimination Chamber Preview w/Justin C

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Yes, the Royal Rumble was just two weeks ago. But with the bran split comes more PPVs. So that means the Elimination Chamber is this Sunday. From a build up stand point, I’m looking forward to this show. There are three women’s matches on this card. And there is some good heat to every single one of them. Orton/Harper and the Chamber match should also be good. There’s nothing announced for the pre-show yet, but I could see Mojo Rawley taking on Curt Hawkins. I mean how else to get the crowd going other than getting them HYPED!!!

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WWE Survivor Series 2016 Preview

WWE Survivor Series is here. And myself and Cam are here to give you our predictions for the show!

This Sunday will be the first Survivor Series in years that means a little more than year’s past. The brands are split and there is pride and titles on the line. A lot better than usual booking has gone into the build for this once highly anticipated pay per view. Wrestlemania season usually begins to show it’s face in January during the Royal Rumble but the road to Wrestlemania 33 begins this Sunday in Toronto.

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WWE SummerSlam Preview

WWE SummerSlam is this Sunday. The show always seems to cap off the end of the WWE’s summer storylines. You could also say when SummerSlam comes about it signals the end of summer as well.

On paper, this looks like a great card. The top 4 matches on this show should all deliver from an in ring standpoint. Some of the stories are lacking in substance, but hopefully the in ring action makes up for it. The card will easily be better than last year’s show. I hate that SummerSlam is 4 hours again. But the matches taking place will hopefully make the time fly by.

There was a six woman tag from Smackdown that had Becky Lynch/Carmella/Naomi vs Natalya/Alexa Bliss/Eva Marie. But Eva Marie is suspended and the WWE.com preview itself says the match is in limbo. So I’m not previewing that.

But on to the rest of the card!

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WWE Battleground Preview

 

Battleground is this Sunday. Once again, it seems like a filler PPV for the WWE. For some of the undercard, it is about tying up loose ends with the brand split. There should be some good wrestling on the card, and the main event is a match people have been waiting to see for two years. Can it live up to the hype? If it was on a bigger show I would say yes. But the story that could have been told wasn’t (thanks Roman Reigns).

On to the preview!

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Predicting the CruiserWeight Classic, Sort of.

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2016 has already been a very good and oddly satisfying year in the WWE as the majority of the top spots in the WWE is held by Internet beloved guys like Kevin Owens, AJ Styles, Seth Rollins, Sami Zayn and Cesaro. Shane McMahon’s presence continues to be seen on screen and NXT is full steam ahead. Now just weeks away the WWE is doing something NO ONE could have expected or predicted to ever see, the Cruiserweight Classic exclusively on the WWE Network. Not just the idea but the talent the WWE is bringing into, hopefully for most, not just a one time deal. Zack Sabre Jr, Kota Ibushi and Johnny Gargano headline an all star tournament of guys weighing 205 pounds or less.

The WWE hasn’t done the best job of promoting the event as the talent arrived in Florida today but announcing Daniel Bryan and Mauro Ranallo as the commentators for the tournament will surely help the ratings. But the one question the remains, how are you going to get the younger fans or the quote un quote part time fans to tune in?

Out here of the gate I completely expect the returning Tajiri and Brian Kendrick to put over the likes of Drew Gulak, TJ Perkins, Cedric Alexander or Akira Tozawa. This tournament, when it was announced and all of the talent was revealed it became a fantasy bookers wet dream; it also became almost impossible to not only figure out who’s going to win it but who’s going to beat who?

My final eight:

Zack Sabre Jr. v. Drew Gulak

Cedrick Alexander v. Akira Tozawa

Johnny Gargano v. Tommaso Ciampa

Kota Ibushi v. Rich Swann

All eight of these guys are beyond great in the ring and all have made names for themselves heading into the tournament. Aside from Gargano, Swann and Ciampa, who have NXT contracts or at least agreements, I hope and would expect the WWE to offer contracts to the other five. As far as the tournament I think we will see Johnny Gargano go up against Zack Sabre Jr in the finals with ZSJ winning it all.

Until next time, leave a comment, follow me on Twitter @CamDougharty and let’s talk rasslin!

WWE Money In The Bank Preview

The WWE is hyping this Money in the Bank as the biggest Money in the Bank show ever. It’ll have to be close to perfect for the show to top the 2011 show. The CM Punk/John Cena WWE Title match from that show is still one of the best matches from the last decade. But there is a lot to like about this show. Cena/Styles should be great, as should the WWE Title Match. And the MITB ladder match has a good mix of participants. So could it be the best ever? Yes. But lets see what happens with the show first before calling it the greatest Money in the Bank ever.

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WWE Extreme Rules Preview

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Extreme Rules is this Sunday. Similar to Payback, I expect the card to be filled with some good matches. Not only that, but the show should be the end to a good amount of these feuds that are going on. I’d be surprised if any of these stories stay connected after this show. Some of them might intertwine with the Money in the Bank build up, but that’s it. Maybe the Tag Title program keeps going as well. But there is a lot to like about this show and I hope it delivers similar to Payback.

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