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Raw to Raw Women’s Wrestling Wrap-Up

Welcome to the latest edition of the Women’s Wrestling Wrap-Up, which details everything in women’s wrestling in the past week, beginning with Monday’s Raw.

Last Monday’s Raw featured Alexa Bliss again attempting to humiliate Mickie James, only for the six time champion to again fight back and take down her upcoming PPV opponent. Speaking of opponents, Asuka needed one for TLC, and Kurt Angle decided to have the rest of Raw’s women compete in an elimination match for that honor. Surprisingly, Bayley was the second woman eliminated after Dana Brooke, leaving Alicia Fox, Emma, and Sasha Banks. In the end, Emma was victorious, and she’ll face Asuka at TLC next Sunday. On SmackDown. Charlotte and Natalya got physical backstage, and Becky Lynch picked up a huge victory over Carmella.

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Wednesday’s NXT featured the first step to determining who will join Mae Young Classic winner Kairi Sane in the chase for the vacant NXT Women’s Championship at NXT Takeover next month. Nikki Storm, Peyton Royce, and Liv Morgan all faced each other in a Triple Threat Match, and during that match, Taynara Conti appeared with the Undisputed Era, who sent her to sabotage Nikki Storm during the match. Thanks to Conti’s interference, Nikki ended up pinned by Peyton Royce, who advances to Takeover. Later that evening, Sexy Star defeated Taya in a thrilling Last Luchadora Standing contest in Part III of Ultima Lucha Tres, but Taya would get the last laugh on Rosemary the next night on Impact, as she used Rosemary’s own mist against the Demon Assassin. This came after Gail Kim delivered a vicious slap to Taryn Terrell, and before Allie and Sienna were participants in a six person tag match, with Allie’s side winning.

Staying on the subject of Mae Young Classic competitors, it was announced this past weekend, that WWE officially signed Kavita Devi, who took part in the inaugural tournament this summer. Kavita made history as the first woman of Indian descent to compete in a WWE ring, and at the tournament, she was defeated in the first round by Dakota Kai. Kavita was one of my faves from the tournament; she reminded me a lot of one of my faves from the independent scene: Queen Maya. In her match against Dakota, Kavita played the villainess role to perfection; displaying arrogance and nastiness to go with her massive power. A lot of us expect to see Kavita aligned with Jinder Mahal, but I myself am just waiting ever so patiently to see her on NXT TV.

This Monday on Raw Mickie James teamed with Bayley to take on Emma and Little Miss Bliss with Mickie picking up the win. Per usual, this makes their rivalry look better as they build James up, but it ultimately means that Bliss, who took the pin will more than likely retain her title this Sunday. But, in my opinion the other womens match was the more interesting. Alicia Fox took on Sasha Banks. This match has many different levels for me. First, as the announcers pointed out, Foxy has been in WWE for 10 years, is a former womens title holder and yet she is rarely used on WWE television with the exception of lately. Plus, in a move that reminds me of how Zack Rider forced WWE to notice him, Alicia Fox has been using social media to her advantage voicing her frustration earlier this month when she stated the fact that WWE had never sold a shirt with her likeness or character on it. Suddenly, earlier this week, there is 1 shirt for her available for purchase on WWE Shop now and she and Sasha Banks had a very physical match where Foxy gave Banks a real bloody nose with a vicious back elbow. But, Sasha did win the match with her submission, the bank statement. But that was not all. They also did a back stage segment where Foxy took her to task as well as going crazy on a referee. It was announced later in the broadcast that Alicia was fined an undisclosed amount of money for assaulting the referee. Those two incidents ultimately lead to a kickoff show match between the two ladies before TLC.

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We also have a womens wrestling rumor to report on. According to multiple sources former TNA womens wrestler, Knockout Champion and current GFW creative partner as well as the wife of GFW announcer Josh Matthews was actually at the WWE performance center this past weekend. Yes we are talking about Madison Rayne. She replaced the departed Christy Hemme as head of creative for the Knockouts Division. But, with her husband working for GFW, I would think that would be a turn off for WWE as Matthews is also on the creative side with GFW. We will monitor this situation and see how things shake out.

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A new week begins with Raw and will end with TLC, which will feature Alexa Bliss and Mickie James competing for the Raw Women’s Championship, as well as Asuka’s main roster debut against Emma. On NXT, Sonya Deville, Ember Moon, and Ruby Riot will face off for the right to join Kairi Sane and Peyton Royce at Takeover. Thursday will feature Taya and Rosemary facing each other on Impact! Until next week!

Straight Up Smack Down

 

Just a few short days after Hell In A Cell (that seemed like a week), Smack Down was live from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Both cell matches lived up to their hype at HIAC & much of the fallout was addressed in Grand Rapids. The first segment of the show was led by The Usos, who reclaimed their Smack Down Tag Team titles on Sunday in an entertaining, innovative cell match against The New Day. In fact, The Usos invited New Day to the ring tonight to show their respect to Kofi, Xavier, & Big E.  They all seemed to bury the hatchet in a ….Truce-O?

These 5 performers even make these same old, recycled segments become interesting. I don’t know how many times I’ve watched an A-B conversation between 2 Smack Down tag teams quickly morph into the entire tag team division on camera…but it’s a lot of times. A funny part of The Usos interaction with said tag team division, was not in this clip.  The teams were told to get to the “Back of the Line!” Instead, they competed in the aforementioned Fatal 4 way match to decide the number one contenders for the Smack Down tag team titles:

As expected, Gable & Benjamin were victorious. They will eventually challenge The Usos for the tag team titles. We also learned of another tag team that should make some waves within the division upon their return: Luke Harper & Erick Rowan. They have been renamed as the Bludgeon Brothers….

Looks like they discovered World of Warcraft or something.

 

Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn were given a chance to explain the ending to Sunday’s Hell In A Cell match with Shane McMahon, which if you haven’t yet seen Zayn rescue Owens from Shane’s incredible elbow drop….here you go:

That’still amazing for me to see, even though I have watched that an unhealthy amount of times. Shortly before that, Shane had sent Owens crashing through a table, from the cage:

That thumbnail above just shows how outrageous those spots really were. Owens appeared on Smack Down, still showing the effects of his Hell In A Cell match:

Ok, so now let’s get to Sami’s motivation for saving Owens. I think any fan would agree that Zayn needed a fresh coat of paint for his character. His in-ring work was phenomenal in NXT & he’s one of the best ever to compete there. Since moving to the main roster, Zayn has not been able to have those long one on one high stakes matches. Except against Owens, but even those matches were better on the pay-per-view events than on weekly TV. Plus, Zayn’s character was not compelling for TV. So someone at WWE decided to attach Sami to the hip of the Kevin Owens rocket ship & send him along for the ride. It’s probably the right move & Sami gave a list of reasons for his sudden change of heart:

This will undoubtedly be fascinating to watch evolve over the next few weeks, but I have more faith in attaching Zayn to Owens than letting Zayn get over on his own at this point.

 

Baron Corbin faced A.J. Styles in a rematch for the U.S. title & retained! With a clean win nonetheless!!

This seemed like the final encounter for these two, much like The Usos & New Day. Corbin looks like he will be champion for awhile, leaving Styles to challenge for the WWE title?  I don’t think any fans would argue with that booking.

 

Next week should provide more answers as to where Smack Down intends to head with their roster of superstars. Until then, thanks for reading!

Women’s Wrestling Wrap-Up

Welcome to the latest edition of the Women’s Wrestling Wrap-Up, which recaps everything in women’s wrestling in the past week, beginning with Monday’s Raw and ending with Hell In A Cell.

Fresh off the verbal confrontation on Raw, Mickie James was looking to get physical with Alexa Bliss, especially after the cracks on Mickie’s age continued. Instead, she ended up facing Nia Jax (while WWE makes us forget that Alexa and Nia were actually feuding), and ends up winning via DQ after Bliss gets involved. After Mickie takes out Bliss, she is encountered by Kurt Angle, who gives Mickie a Raw Women’s Championship opportunity against Bliss at TLC on October 22. Later on, Bayley and Sasha Banks team up again and win, this time against Emma and Alicia Fox.

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SmackDown saw Natalya and Carmella victorious over the Charlotte and Becky Lynch, and on this past Wednesday’s NXT, a double dose of women’s action, beginning with Ruby Riot and Nikki Cross defeating Billie Kay and Peyton Royce. Kairi Sane, the inaugural Mae Young Classic winner, made her NXT TV debut and defeated Aliyah. Lucha Underground featured Part 2 of Ultima Lucha, which saw Ivelisse defeat Catrina, and Mariposa turn against Marty the Moth during and after his loss to Fenix, resulting in Fenix and Melissa Santos shaving his head. On Thursday’s Impact, a Knockouts Championship match was set for Bound For Glory: Sienna will defend against Gail Kim, Taryn Terrell, and Allie at the event on November 5.

The Hell In A Cell event featured Charlotte vying for the SmackDown Women’s Championship against Natalya, and as stated in the pre-show, Charlotte has a chance to become the first to have held the NXT Women’s Championship, the now-defunct Divas Championship, and both Raw and SD Women’s Titles at least once. Natalya, who also made history for breaking Trish Stratus’ PPV match record, prevented Charlotte from doing so, as she intentionally got herself disqualified by using a steel chair. Clearly this thing isn’t over.

Natalya is disqualified after savagely attacking Charlotte with a steel chair, but is still the SmackDown Women's Champion.

The Bayley/Sasha team-ups have been interesting as of late; it has me wondering if this is the moment that they’ll finally go through with the Sasha heel turn that had been rumored and planned for about seven months. If WWE is going though with Horsewomen vs Horsewomen at (most likely) Survivor Series, then we may have to wait on that. Charlotte’s face turn after WrestleMania puts all four WWE Horsewomen on the side of good for the first time ever, and while the UFC Horsewomen aren’t established heels (though it may seem like they are), WWE wants to keep their own quartet as babyfaces for the time being.

A pair of former Mae Young Classic combatants made the news, as Serena Deeb visited the WWE Performance Center, mainly to mentor the up and comers. Serena participated in the tournament this summer, defeating Vanessa Borne in the first round before she was eliminated by Piper Niven. On the flipside, it was reported that Impact may be interested in indy sensation Tessa Blanchard, who has competed in several indy promotions and even appeared on WWE’s NXT a few times. Tessa’s MYC participation was brief; she was eliminated in the first round by eventual tournament winner Kairi Sane.

A new week beginst with Raw, and will include a Triple Threat pitting Liv Morgan, Nikki Cross, and Peyton Royce against each other, with the winner joining Kairi Sane in the NXT Women’s Championship contest at Takeover. Until next week!

WWE: Hell In a Cell Predictions

 

This Sunday WWE goes to Hell in Detroit Michigan at the brand new Little Caesars arena for Hell in a Cell. This is the smackdown brands exclusive Pay-per-view how will it stand up to the Raw Brands No Mercy where we had two WrestleMania caliber matches and a very surprising title change. We won’t know the answer to that until Sunday but here are the matches, lets break them down and see who will make it out of Hell and who will go down in flames.

Randy Orton vs. Rusev

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This will be the third instalment in this rivalry, the quote on quote rubber match which in all honesty there rivalry could be watched in about 20 seconds. At Summer Slam Orton won with an rko ten seconds after the match started then on Smackdown Live Rusev won with a kick to the face after a distraction and nine seconds into the match. So hopefully this match will go somewhere because both men are very talented performers and together they could put on one hell of a show.

My Prediction: Randy wins

 

Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler

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This will be Roodes debut on pay per view on the main raster and he is going up against a man who as of late has been disrespecting the greats of WWE history by impersonating their entrances and saying all they had was a flashy entrance and no in ring skill. This new gamic of his won’t last long and neither will this feud with Roode. It seems like if you come from NXT your starting feud is with Ziggler and you always win.

My Prediction: Roode wins

 

United States Champion AJ Styles vs. Baron Corbin

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After weeks of interference and cheap shots Corbin will get his one on one shot at Styles’ United States Championship. Corbin has been determined to redeem himself after being one of only a hand full of people to cash in his money in the bank and lose to Jinder Mahal. He has interfered in Tye Dillinger’s attempts to win the title so that he could be the one to take Styles title from him.

My Prediction: Styles retains

 

SmackDown Tag Team Champions The New Day vs. The Usos (Hell in a Cell Match)

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As much as I despise the new days gimic and I believe that it has become stale, there is no denying that when the New Days steps into the ring with the Usos that their matches are one of the best, if not the best match, on the card for the night. The past matches have been full of high spots and false finished and amazing moves but now you add the element of the Hell in a Cell and this could be a match of the year contender. Inside the cell there will be no numbers game for the New Day. There will only be two of them in the cell which the Usos will turn into the Usos Penitentiary and tear the house down. But will the Usos prevail or will the New Day reign supreme inside the Devils Playground known as Hell in a Cell?

My Prediction:  the New Day retains

 

SmackDown Women’s Champion Natalya vs. Charlotte Flair

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After taking close to a month off to be with her dad during his recent severe medical scare where they feared the worst, Charlotte Flair maid her triumphed return to Smackdown Live where she laid out the challenge to Natalya for her Championship but before any decision was maid GM Daniel Bryan told Flair that this is the land of opportunity and she must earn her shot at the title in a multi women match that night. Flair went onto win the match that night to become the number one contender to the title. Whether Natalya retains her title or Flair wins the title yet again we must not forget about the unknown variable in Carmella and her Money in the Bank Contract to be used anywhere any time.

My Prediction: Flair wins the Women’s Title yet again

 

WWE Champion Jinder Mahal vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

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Since their first meeting at Summer Slam where they had very anti climatic match Mahal as slung nothing but threats and racial biased insults towards Nakamura even getting to the level where WWE had to issues an official statement apologizing and having Mahal somewhat apologize on air without damaging his heel charter. Over the last two weeks however their rivalries have become more violent where two weeks ago Mahal was going on another one of his rants about Nakamura’s crazy facial expressions and showed what he thought was a still picture but turned out to be a live video, then Nakamura came to the ring and attacked Mahal and the Sings leaving them laying in the ring. Then this week Mahal returned the favor and blindsided Nakamura in the ring. This rivalry has been very one-sided promo wise do to Nakamuras limited English and putting the title on him without a manager would make it very difficult to get a believable feud going. On the other hand, WWE hates having to issues official statements it makes them look bad and that could fall on the superstar how was in the wrong so that promo may cost Mahal.

My Prediction: Mahal will retain

 

Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens (Hell in a Cell Falls Count Anywhere Match)

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This match is as preanial as it can get and has been building for months since Owens came over from raw. Owns believes Shane has been screwing him out of title opportunity’s anytime he defends or attempts to win the title. Shane has denied the allegations and as it looks he is right every time Owens had lost it was his fault not Shane’s and to prove it Shane even let Owens pick his own ref for his title match with styles where he picked Corbin and then Corbin left the ring side area so Shane took over and of cores owns lost. The next week owns called out Shane a verbally ran down his entire family in front of Shane even saying his kids would have been better off if he had died in the helicopter crash and that set Shane off and he beat down Owens. After the refs separated the two owns said he was going to sue Shane, all the McMahons and all WWE after these comments Shane was suspend by Mr. McMahon and it was announced that he would be on Smackdown live the next week. The next week Mr. McMahon reinstated Shane and made the match for hell in a cell and after that owns made Mr. McMahon promise to him that he could beat a McMahon senseless and not be fired and after they shook on it Owens head butted Mr. McMahon busting his head open the fallowed it up with a frog splash. After this week’s Smackdown it’s been changed from a regular hell in a cell match to a fall count anywhere hell in a cell match which can lead to only one thing and that is some big spots and the cell will be broken out of.

My Prediction: Owens wins

 

Straight Up Smack Down

 

We are just days away from Hell In A Cell & tonight’s go home episode took place in Denver, Colorado. The episode began in the exact same way that Raw did, the night before. All of the present WWE wrestlers, even Shane & Vince McMahon, appeared on the entrance stage area. They gathered to stand in a moment of silence, honoring & remembering the victims of the Las Vegas shooting. WWE has always been mindful in these tragic situations & this seemed like a thoughtful way to pay their respects to the victims.

 

As the show began, Renee Young appeared in the ring to invite Shinsuke Nakamura out for an interview. As you might guess, that interview did not last long.  Shortly after the interview began, the Singh Brothers interrupted to announce the WWE champion…..

It took a few weeks, but the main title program was finally treated like the main title program. It felt important. This was, again, the first segment featured on the program. The interview with Renee, the misdirection by the Singhs, and the following sneak attack by Mahal, gave this feud a much needed spark as we approach Hell In A Cell.

 

One championship feud that has a lot of buzz heading in to Hell In A Cell is the Smack Down Tag Team title card: The New Day & The Usos. Both teams confronted each other & were surprisingly complimentary of each other, referencing their recent matches that always seemed to steal the show….

Sunday’s match has been billed as the final chapter in the saga of this long feud. I have no doubt that these two teams will have an unforgettable Hell In A Cell match together & quite possibly, steal the show, again.

 

The feud that has been given the most attention over the past weeks, has not had a championship attached to it. The United States title initially began the feud between Shane McMahon & Kevin Owens, as the friction started months ago. In case you need a refresher or just want to watch what the full saga looks like, Smack Down created this video montage of the McMahon/Owens rivalry:

It’s a pretty incredible story that these two have written thus far, but there was one more chapter to write before Sunday….one of their best parts yet:

That was simply awesome. Logically, I’d say that Sunday will provide the best opportunity to mark an end to this feud. But I’m not sure it ends there. This feud has so much momentum behind it, there’s a real possibility that this could continue on past Hell In A Cell.

 

Baron Corbin lost to Tye Dillinger, as Corbin prepares to face A.J. Styles at Hell In A Cell. It’s unclear what’s next for Tye Dillinger….

 

Bobby Roode quickly defeated Mike Kannelis in under 2 minutes. Roode is set to make his WWE main roster debut at Hell In A Cell against Dolph Ziggler. Dolph continued his extremely annoying, sarcastic characterization of WWE superstars following Roode’s victory:

 

In a somewhat surprising outcome, Charlotte Flair tapped out to Natalya’s sharpshooter as the tag team of Carmella & Natalya defeated Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair:

 

As it stands, the pay-per-view Hell In A Cell looks pretty good. New Day versus The Usos should be great, as well as Shane versus Owens. Natalya & Charlotte have had great matches against each other in the past, so there’s the potential for another really good match on the card. A.J. Styles doesn’t know how to have a bad match, so I’m expecting an entertaining title defense against Baron Corbin. That leaves 2 other matches: the WWE title match between Nakamura & Mahal and Roode versus Ziggler. At worst, these are opportunities to refill salsa, take a bathroom break, or tweet with me about the pay-per-view so far. With any luck, one or both of these matches will be compelling.

Thanks for reading & enjoy HELL IN A CELLLL!  (Vince McMahon voice)

Women’s Wrestling Wrap-Up

Welcome to the latest edition of the Women’s Wrestling Wrap-Up, which recaps everything in women’s wrestling in the past week, beginning with Monday’s Raw.

Raw featured a verbal confrontation between Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss and Mickie James; in a continuation from Alexa making disparaging comments referring to Mickie as an “old lady.” Of course, as we recall, Alexa and Mickie started 2017 as villainous allies on SmackDown, but my how a few months has changed a person. Mickie dared Alexa to repeat what she said to her face, and when she did, the former six-time champion made her pay for it. Also, we saw Bayley and Sasha Banks paired together in defeating Nia Jax and Emma in tag team action. The following evening’s SmackDown featured a battle between #1 Contender Charlotte and Miss Money In The Bank Carmella, with the former winning.

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Wednesday’s NXT featured Liv Morgan defeating Mae Young Classic competitor Vanessa Borne, while Ruby Riot was informed that she is not done with Billie Kay and Peyton Royce, as they’ve requested a rematch. Before all of this happened, NXT General Manager William Regal announced that the vacant NXT Women’s Championship will be up for grabs in a Fatal Four Way Match at next month’s NXT Takeover: Houston. Kairi Sane is one of the combatants, earning the opportunity after winning the Mae Young Classic tournament on September 12. On Thursday’s Victory Road edition of Impact, Taya Valkyrie, Taryn Terrell, and Sienna defeated Gail Kim, Allie, and Rosemary.

On last week’s blog, it was reported that former WWE Divas Champion Kaitlyn stepped in a ring for the first time in three years on a training regimen. Now reports are out that WWE is interested in bring Kaitlyn back to the fold. After winning the NXT competition in 2010, Kaitlyn spent nearly three more years competing in WWE, which included a five month reign as Divas Champion in 2013. Seeing Kaitlyn return to WWE would be interesting giving their current group of women. If it were up to me, Kaitlyn would return to NXT as a heel, with her villainous persona seeing her state that started the rise of NXT’s women. She would be golden in a feud with women such as Liv Morgan, Aliyah, and Ruby Riot, and in this angle, the evil Kaitlyn could align herself with heels such as Vanessa Borne and Sonya Deville.

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SmackDown’s Hell In A Cell is next week, but the more anticipated PPV is Raw’s TLC, which is in three weeks. That PPV will feature the main roster debut of the undefeated former NXT Women’s Champion, Asuka. One has to wonder who Asuka will face at the event; if she has a match at all. Or maybe she’ll make an appearance to confront the Raw Women’s Champion–whoever that may be. In any event, Asuka’s main roster debut will be one of the most epic things to happen in WWE’s women’s division.

A new week begins with Raw and will end with Hell In A Cell in Detroit, where Natalya and Charlotte will clash over the SmackDown Women’s Championship! Until next week!

Straight Up Smack Down

 

Smack Down aired live from Glendale, Arizona this week as a video recap began the show, reminding WWE fans of the most interesting feud currently on any show, Shane McMahon versus Kevin Owens. Owens was first to appear in the ring afterwards & called out Shane McMahon. Shane did not appear, but Owens went on to say that he respects & even likes Vince McMahon. He then followed that by saying, “Shane you saw what I did to a man that I actually respect & like, so imagine what I’ll do to a man that I don’t.”

Sami tried to help Kevin here, but to no avail. In fact, his appearance brought to light many of his own shortcomings in WWE. However, Daniel Bryan made this match between Zayn & Owens the main event of the evening. I will never get sick of the matches between these two. The chemistry that both have on the mic & in the ring between each other is special. They know each other so well that the result, well speaks for itself:

Great visuals at the end of this match with Owens going through the range of emotions then “snapping” as Zayn put it earlier. Throwing Sami at Shane with the chair around his neck was pretty unique, but if you’re thinking “Man, where have I seen that powerbomb on the ring apron before?” then here’s your answer:

Ahh, the good old days at NXT. Nice to see some things never change. Anyways, the heat is really building in the Shane/Owens feud & next week will be one final opportunity for the two to raise the bar even higher before Hell In A Cell.

 

Jinder Mahal continued his racist tirade on Shinsuke Nakamura, in nearly in the exact same fashion. I say nearly because this week, Shinsuke would have the last laugh.

Hopefully, that angle is now over but we still have one more episode until Hell In A Cell. Moving on….

 

In other international superstar news, September 26 was declared Rusev Day by the mayor of his hometown in Bulgaria. This was, of course, due to his incredible victory of Randy Orton last week. Even Aiden English was lucky enough to be a part of “Pride of Bulgaria” celebration in Glendale:

I thought this was a pretty entertaining segment by everyone involved & I kind of hope there is some sort of sequel next week!

 

One segment I don’t want to see next week is Dolph Ziggler in his feigned identity crisis. Dolph portrayed The Undertaker this week & hopefully, due to a “glorious” interruption, we won’t see this angle from Dolph any longer:

The Hell In A Cell card is building up pretty nicely. Next week, we should have a concrete lineup of matches to look forward to. I’m pretty excited to see what the go home episode of Smack Down looks like before Hell In A Cell.

 

Thanks for reading!

Women’s Wrestling Wrap-Up

Welcome to the latest edition of the Women’s Wrestling Wrap-Up, which details everything in women’s wrestling in the past week, beginning with Monday’s Raw and ending with No Mercy.WWE Photo

Raw took place in San Jose, so for those of you expecting You-Know-Who to return, you got it! On the program, Nia Jax defeated Alexa Bliss in non-title action, and we saw a confrontation between those two and Sasha Banks. At that moment, Bayley returned from injury and got involved in the brawl, which ended with Bayley and Sasha standing tall! Later in the program, Bayley was added to the Women’s Championship contest, making it a five way at No Mercy. As for Emma, she was still in her native Australia following WWE’s latest trip to the Land Down Under.

Charlotte made her first appearance on SmackDown in weeks, as she thanked the WWE Universe for supporting her during the hospitalization of Ric Flair. Of course, that didn’t deter Natalya from interrupting and making it all about her, which led to Charlotte challenging Nattie for the SmackDown Women’s Championship. Naomi, Tamina (with Lana), and Becky Lynch all threw themselves in the mix, and that prompted Daniel Bryan to put the potential challengers in a #1 Contender’s contest. The match main evented SmackDown and was won by Charlotte, who pinned Tamina for the victory. Charlotte’s championship shot will come at Hell In A Cell on October 8.

NXT featured a battle between a pair of Mae Young Classic combatants, as Bianca BelAir defeated Lacey Evans; all the while another MYC participant, Dakota Kai, threw her name into the NXT Women’s Championship mix, as did Sonya Deville. Lucha Underground featured Melissa Santos’ in-ring debut, as she and Fenix were defeated by Marty the Moth and Mariposa, while Impact featured Taya Valkyrie defeating Ava Storie, as well as a brawl between six Knockouts.

Raw Women's Champion Alexa Bliss is set to defend the gold in a Fatal 5-Way Match.

The No Mercy PPV saw Alexa Bliss successfully defend the Raw Women’s Championship in the five-way match when she pinned Bayley, which was a bad move. Bayley was supposed to have a comeback story, but instead she gets pinned in her first match back, on PPV no less. For the entire week, we saw promos for Asuka’s upcoming debut on the Raw brand, and the PPV officially confirmed that Asuka’s Raw debut will come at the TLC event on October 22.

Happy birthday this past Tuesday to Eva Marie, who turned 33! Eva Marie’s WWE career began in 2013, when she was also announced as part of the cast of Total Divas. On-screen, Eva Marie portrayed a villainous henchwoman for the Bella Twins for the first few months, until all three became babyfaces due to AJ Lee’s promo. She continued working the main roster until 2014, when she began training to improve her in-ring skills. Eva Marie returned on NXT, portraying a villainess once again with a gimmick that included donning a red robe and referring to herself as the “Red Queen.” She racked up wins against various women and later formed an alliance with the debuting Nia Jax in the process, before returning to the main roster last year and teaming with her fellow Total Divas at WrestleMania. Eva Marie was drafted to the SmackDown brand in the returning brand split, and she was given a new gimmick which included a voiceover promo and also had her backing out of competing. She received a 30-day Wellness Policy suspension last summer, but even after it ended, she didn’t return to WWE TV and finally left last month. Outside of WWE, Eva Marie filmed movies, one of them being Inconceivable, which starred Nicolas Cage and Gina Gershon.

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Kaitlyn returned to a wrestling ring this weekend, training at the Main Event Training Center in Fort Lauderdale. Her last wrestling match came on January 8, 2014, when she was defeated by AJ Lee on Main Event before retiring. Kaitlyn competed in WWE for three and a half years, which included a five month Divas Championship reign in 2013. In the years that have passed since leaving WWE, Kaitlyn has focused on her clothing line, Celestial Bodiez, but after reading that news, I do hope she returns to wrestling; in the indies, Impact, or even back in WWE. It still bothers me that Kaitlyn never had a proper run as a heel; she would have made an excellent villainess if given the chance. I could definitely see Kaitlyn as a returning heel on NXT; most likely aligned with Sonya Deville and Bianca BelAir.

A new week begins with the fallout from No Mercy, and will featured SD’s build to Hell In A Cell! Ultima Lucha begins this Wednesday, and Victory Road takes place on Thursday! Until next week!

WWE No Mercy Preview & Predictions

On Sunday WWE No Mercy comes live on the WWE Network from Las Angeles California. No mercy should be called pyromania because this card is exploding with matches we all expected to be the top matches at mania this year. We have John Cena vs Roman Reigns and we have Brock Lesnar Vs Braun Strowman for the Universal Title. Then we have a match that I never thought we would see we have Enzo Amore vs Neville for the Cruiserweight Title. We have come to the fall of the fall where WWE kind of takes a back to the NFL and we tend to get throw away pay per views and low rated RAWs and Smackdowns but this year the RAWs are getting better every week and the pay per views are top notch.

 

Universal Champion Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman

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After the way that Strowman victimized Lesnar at Summer Slam by putting him through not one but two announce tables and then burying him under the third causing Lesnar to be taken to the back to be evaluated during the match we knew these two monsters would have to clash. The next nigh on Raw we saw Strowman absolutely destroy Lesnar and then hold up the title and the match was set the Beast vs the Monster at No Mercy for the Universal title. Then a few weeks ago we saw Lesnar deliver a suplex to Strowman and Strowman just rolled through it and stood up to Lesnar and then destroyed him.

My Prediction : Braun Strowman wins but I believe this match will end in a disqualification or interference

John Cena vs. Roman Reigns

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The match we all knew was coming and wanted to see the Franchise player, the 16 time World Champion, John Cena vs The guy,  The Big Dog Roman Reigns. The build up to this match has been a war of words and shoot style promos. On the night after Summer Slam these two were in the ring and exchanged one of the best promos heard in a long time but it made Reigns problems on the mic blatantly obvious. Over the last few weeks the mic skills have improved tenfold and culminated on Monday where Reigns lays out probably the best solo promo he has ever given and you could see all the time he has spent working with Cena had paid off.

My Prediction: Reigns wins

 

Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss vs Sasha Banks vs. Bayley vs. Nia Jax vs. Emma (Fatal 5-Way Match)

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This match has grown almost every week since it was announced. It originally started as a Summer Slam rematch were Sasha Banks was going to get her mandatory rematch with Bliss for the Women’s title. Then Nia and Emma wanted in so they were teamed up and if they beat Alexa Bliss and Banks they would be put in the match. They did so it was set of a fatal 4 way. Then this week on Raw after Nia and Bliss’s match Bayley made her return in her home town and then Bliss, Banks and Bayley teamed up to lay out Jax.  The one thing that was noticed again was the lack of Emma before her big match.

My Prediction: Jax wins

 

Raw Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose vs Cesaro & Sheamus

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This is Cesaro and Sheamus’ contractual rematch for the Raw tag team titles that they lost in a big upset to the newly reunited Shield brothers of Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose back at Summer Slam. After weeks of testing the waters to see if the other could be trusted after the backstabbing destruction of the Shield over three years ago Rollins and Ambrose put the past behind them and realized together they were a very effective tag team. They were given an opportunity to prove it at Summer Slam for the Raw Tag Team titles and boy did they show that they belong at the top by taking the titles from The Bar, Cesaro and Sheamus. Winning the titles are one thing but now they must show they can defend and keep them.

My Prediction: Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose retain

 

Finn Bálor vs. Bray Wyatt

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On the Raw just before Summer Slam Bray Wyatt brought out the Demon Finn Balor after beating Balor in a match then covering him with “Blood”. At Summer Slam The demon destroyed the eater of worlds Bray Wyatt and now ever since then Wyatt has had a vendetta on any superstars who in his words “hide behind their ring gear”. He demanded a rematch with the man Finn Balor to show that the paint meant nothing. After being granted his match Bray has attacked Golddust and rubed his face paint off in the ring after beating him.

My Prediction: Finn Balor wins

 

WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville vs. Enzo Amore

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This is a match I never thought I would see, not only is Enzo Amore on 205 Live as a singles competitor but now he is challenging for a World Title. On Sunday at No Marcy we will see Enzo Amore step into the ring with the King of the Crusierweighs Neville with the WWE Cruiserweight Championship on the line. Neville has held the Cruiserweight title pretty much since 205 Live started and has only lost it once to Tazawa on the Raw before Summer Slam then he regained the title at Summer Slam. Then there is Enzo Amore who has never held a title. This will be a very interesting match to watch, it will either be a good match or a complete train wreck.

My Prediction: Neville retains

Intercontinental Champion The Miz vs. Jason Jordan

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This match was added this week on Monday Night Raw, Jason Jordan beat six other men in a six pack challenge to face The Miz for his Intercontinental Title. The build for this match has been happening since it was reviled that Jordan was Kart Angles son and ever since then the Miz has been verbally and physically attacking Jordan and claiming that general manager Angle has been giving his son special treatment. Now its time for the Miz to put up or shut up ( we all know the Miz will never shut up), Jordan earned this match by pinning the Miz’s buddy Curtus Axel in the six pack challenge.

My Prediction: Miz retains

 

 

 

21 Things Your “Brain” May Not Know About Bobby Heenan

If you are a loyal fan of our website you have probably seen other articles like this in the past. First of all thank you for either being a loyal fan or a first time reader. Before founding and running this website, I was a pastor of a church for almost 10 years. When someone passes away there will ultimately be tears shed, but the funeral services are obviously not for the dead, they are for the living. It is a time for us who were involved in the person’s life to celebrate their accomplishments. This takes a different sort of turn with a professional sports figure. There are memories that you may have watched on television, or was in attendance at your favorite arena and felt apart of the life we are celebrating. I have fond memories of Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, I am sure you do as well. Here are 10 facts, a couple of which are new to you I hope, as we celebrate the life of one of the best managers, commentators and characters of the WWE.

1)Raymond Louis Heenan was born in Chicago on November 1, 1944, he started in the wrestling profession early on, carrying bags and jackets for the wrestlers, and selling refreshments at the events.

2) Bobby was forced to drop out of school in the eighth grade to support his mother and grandmother with his first break in the wrestling business was as a heel manager and wrestler in 1965 when he was known as “Pretty Boy” Bobby Heenan.

Image result for bobby heenan3) In 1967, Heenan became a regular in the Indianapolis-based WWA promotion both as wrestler and manager. He initially managed Angelo Poffo and Chris Markoff.  But, in 1974, he left the WWA attributing his departure from the WWA to a dispute with the owner whom you may also know if you have been watching wrestling as long as I have, Dick the Bruiser over his pay for his participation in the first-ever wrestling event held at Market Square Arena.

4) This turn of events led Heenan to the American Wrestling Association it was here that Heenan announced he was to now be known as “The Brain.” He took up managing the team of Nick Bockwinkel and Ray “The Crippler” Stevens. While Bockwinkel and Stevens feuded with The Crusher and another famous wrestler, that man famously called Bobby a “Weasel” and the name stuck through out his entire career, the wrestler who gave him that famous nickname, was the one who he left another promotion because of. Yes, it was Dick the Bruiser.

5) The AWA was the starting point for his first Heenan Family, which consisted of Bockwinkel, Stevens, Bobby Duncum Sr., and the man who would eventually induct Heenan into the WWE Hall of Fame, Blackjack Lanza.

6) In 1975, with Heenan in his corner, Bockwinkel captured his first of several AWA World Heavyweight Champions, ending the seven-year reign of perennial champion Verne Gagne. While Bockwinkel was AWA Champion in 1976, Lanza and Duncum captured the AWA World Tag Team Championship, making Heenan the first manager in history to simultaneously manage both a major promotion’s singles and tag team champions.

7) In early 1979, Heenan left the AWA to work in Georgia Championship Wrestling, a tenure he later said he did not enjoy due to his dislike of then booker, a name you might recognize, Ole Anderson. But, he returned in late 1979 and resumed managing Nick Bockwinkel to renewed championship success, including against a young Hulk Hogan in 1983.

8) In 1984,a man by the name of Vince McMahon was luring wrestlers away from AWA. But not only was a luring them away, they were doing so without proper notice (the AWA required departing talent to work a six-week notice for booking and syndication-based reasons, with most talent claiming that McMahon paid them extra not to work out their notices with the AWA), only Heenan worked out his notice in good faith to the Gagne family. Once Heenan was away from the AWA he managed Jesse “The Body” Ventura for WWF.

Image result for bobby heenan9) Heenan managed two challengers to Hogan’s title at consecutive WrestleManias, King Kong Bundy in 1986, and André the Giant in 1987. Neither Bundy nor André won the title at those times.

10) After being made fun of by announcers for his first five years in the WWF (mostly by Gorilla Monsoon) for never managing a champion, along came WrestleMania V Heenan finally managed his first champion in the WWF when “Ravishing” Rick Rude upset The Ultimate Warrior for the WWF Intercontinental Championship, a match Heenan insured Rude would win by holding Warrior’s leg down so he could not break the pin.

11) Heenan also had a parody talk show known as The Bobby Heenan Show, which was broadcast in four segments during the second half of WWF’s regular weekly program Prime Time Wrestling. It was co-hosted by Jamison Winger and featured several overweight women known as The Oinkettes.

12) Heenan retired from managing in 1991 to become a full-time “broadcast journalist.”In 1986, WWF owner Vince McMahon took full advantage of his microphone and comedic skills and Heenan became a color commentator in addition to his managing duties. He replaced the first person he ever managed in WWF, Jesse Ventura. Bobby was teamed up with Gorilla Monsoon. Heenan often referred to the fans of the face wrestlers as the humanoids, and babyface wrestlers, especially jobbers, as “ham-and-eggers.”

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13) Heenan, still suffering from the broken neck he received ten years earlier and unable to cope with the long working hours, decided to leave the WWF at the end of 1993. Heenan’s original plan was to retire, spend time with his family, and relax, but he was contacted by WCW soon after he left the WWF. He was unsure at first, but accepted their offer once he found out that WCW provided lighter work schedules and health insurance. Heenan also cited the short driving distance between WCW’s home base of Atlanta and his daughter’s school in Alabama.

14) On January 27, 1994, Heenan made his debut in World Championship Wrestling (WCW). He replaced, you guessed it, Jesse Ventura. When WCW Monday Nitro premiered in September 1995, Heenan worked on the new show full-time and joining former Chicago Related imageBears defensive lineman Steve “Mongo” McMichael as an analyst alongside play-by-play man Eric Bischoff.

15) Heenan said he was uninspired in WCW due to the negative work environment, which he later described as night and day compared to the WWF, and due to conflicts with Bischoff and Tony Schiavone.

16) Starting in late January 2000, WCW replaced Heenan on Monday Nitro and pay-per-view events with Mark Madden. Heenan continued to commentate on Thunder, another WCW show that aired Thursday Nights and was equivalent to Smackdown Live today in WWE, along with Mike Tenay until April 2000. Hennan was eventually replaced on Thunder by Stevie Ray (the real life brother of current WWE commentator Booker T and Booker’s tag team partner with Harlem Heat). Heenan was then released by WCW in November of 2000.

17) He was one of the speakers on “Mr McMahon appreciation night” in his last WWE appearance in 2007. His last appearance in a wrestling role was on the September 7, 2006 episode of Impact!, Heenan appeared making a bid to manage a then “free agent” who is now one of Image result for bobby heenanthe newest superstars on WWE’s Smackdown Live, the “Glorious” Bobby Roode.

18) Heenan was honored by the Pro Wrestling Report at the annual Blizzard Brawl event on December 5, 2009 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as he was given their Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition to this, The mayor of Milwaukee,Tom Barrett, declared December 5, 2009 to be “Bobby Heenan Day.”

19) Heenan was married to the former Cynthia Jean Perrett (known as Cindy) from June 21, 1978 until his death. Together they had a daughter, Jessica Ida Heenan (married name Solt, born 1978). He also had two grandchildren.

20) During his lengthy wrestling career Hennan manged 32 singles competitors. Just for fun and to completely connect the dots, one of the superstars he managed does commentary for WWE today. He is NXT commentator Nigel McGuinness. Bobby also managed 7 different tag teams.

21) In January 2002, Heenan announced that he had throat cancer. On September 17, 2017, Heenan died at the age of 72 while surrounded by family at his home in Largo, Florida. His cause of death was organ failure due to complications from the throat cancer which had been in remission since 2004.

Everyone associated with Cleatgeeks prays for his family and friends in their time of morning. We are proud to use this article to celebrate his accomplishments and implore the WWE to find more managers for their current product. If you don’t think managers do wonders for heel wrestlers, look no further than Paul Heyman.

 

 

 

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