Recap of Every Survivor Series Match

By Joe Smeltzer

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Elimination Match: Raw (Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Nia Jax and Alica Fox vs. SmackDown (Carmella, Becky Lynch, Alexia Bliss, Naomi, and Natalya)

This was a solid opener. The growth that we have seen in the women’s division over the past few years has been impressive, and every worker in here got a least some time to shine.

Nia Jax had some spurts of dominance but did not take away from others in the match who, frankly, are more interesting. Charlotte and Sasha Banks both did what we have come to expect of them, and Charlotte did a fantastic job of playing the heel, which is somewhat of a lost art in pro wrestling today.

Bayley was able to be one of the two remaining survivors in the match, and even Alicia Fox had some moments of impressive athleticism. As for SmackDown, Natalya was a late substitute, as Niki Bella was attacked backstage before the match, and she was fantastic. Although Charlotte eliminated her, she did pin Sasha Banks and looked pretty good throughout the match.

The tension on team Raw was evident, as Bayley, Sasha and Charlotte were all at each other’s throats. On SmackDown, things weren’t quite as impressive. However, the thought that Natalya might pick up the win in her home country was intriguing, but it was to be cut short by Becky Lynch. Overall, the match had some interesting storytelling elements to go along with the in-ring work.

I was pleasantly surprised that Bayley was booked to pick up the winning pin. Did Charlotte’s post- match assault take away from Bayley’s moment? A little bit, but nonetheless, Charlotte was made to look like a great heel, so the purpose was served well. I thought the finish was the best part of the match and could build up Bayley for a run at the Women’s title. Continue reading “Recap of Every Survivor Series Match”

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Survivor Series Preview

Event pits strong competitors in winner-take-all matches

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By Donny Chedrick

The week of Thanksgiving every year since 1987 has featured one of the big four pay-per-view events that World Wrestling Entertainment has offered since that time – Survivor Series.

The event is remembered for memorable matches, moments and debuts. The Rock and The Undertaker both made their respective debuts at Survivor Series. Shawn Michaels won the first ever elimination chamber match at Survivor Series. And we can’t forget about the Montreal Screwjob – a match between Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart that is one of the most controversial in history. If you haven’t seen it, look it up sometime.

This year’s version of the event doesn’t feature a match for a major title (WWE Heavyweight/WWE Universal), nor does it include a women’s championship match. Fans will see all of the big names in traditional elimination style Survivor Series matches. Tonight also touts a rematch 12 years in the making between Bill Goldberg and Brock Lesnar. WWE is in Toronto and Survivor Series is expected to wow the crowd. Continue reading “Survivor Series Preview”

Hell in a Cell Preview

No champions will be changed in the cage match

By Donny Chedrick

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WWE has to truly consider returning the Halloween Havoc pay-per-view next year if they plan an event falling this close to Halloween. Tonight we get Hell in a Cell – a structure of steel that has shortened careers left and right.

The event has an intriguing concept, and the matches inside the cell are almost always entertaining. We get to witness three championship matches inside the cell as Roman Reigns defends his United States title against Rusev, Kevin Owens defends the WWE Universal belt versus Seth Rollins and Sasha Banks clashes with Charlotte for the Raw Women’s Championship. Thousands will pack into the TD Garden in Boston in hopes for an exciting show. Continue reading “Hell in a Cell Preview”

Goldberg is Next

All-time great wrestler makes triumphant WWE return

By Donny Chedrick

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We got the music, we got the walk from the back, we got the pyro and smoke. We got Goldberg.

The man who hasn’t entered a WWE ring in more than 12 years made his return to the company on the Oct. 17 edition of Raw. Goldberg came back to answer the challenge coming from the guy he had encountered in his final WWE match at “WrestleMania XX” – Brock Lesnar.

Since the initial trailers of WWE 2K17, there has been speculation that Bill Goldberg would make a WWE return due to the fact that he is the special pre-order character for the game. Plus, fans had reason to believe in the return because previous pre-order characters made at least one last return to the ring, like Sting and Ultimate Warrior.

Bill Goldberg is somebody best fit for a surprise return, but due to the recent ratings and the ratings an advertised Goldberg appearance brought in, there was no way WWE wanted to make it a surprise. Continue reading “Goldberg is Next”

WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who Had the Better Week?

A segment-by-segment breakdown of the two events

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By Joe Smeltzer

Looking back at Raw and SmackDown last week, both had their high points and low points. Let’s compare similar segments from each show (i.e., Raw’s women’s match vs. SmackDown’s women’s match), compare them and see which one was more effective.

Raw: The show got off to a good start with Kevin Owens cutting a promo with Chris Jericho. Owens has come a long way on the microphone, and I think that he and Y2J make an interesting pair.

Seth Rollins then interrupted the segment, and this led to a match between Rollins and Jericho. While I enjoyed the opening promo, I did not like how the last match from last week had to be the first match of this week.

From an in-ring standpoint, the Seth Rollins over Chris Jericho match was solid. Both Jericho and Rollins are excellent workers and thus can work well together. Continue reading “WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who Had the Better Week?”

WWE No Mercy Grades

Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz should have been the main event

By Joe Smeltzer

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WWE No Mercy was last Sunday, and it was exciting at times with other events turning out to be duds. Here are grades for every event for the pay-per-view event.

AJ Styles over Dean Ambrose and John Cena: B

Picture this. King of the Ring, 1995. Bret Hart is the WWF Champion and both Razor Ramon and Shawn Michaels want the belt. So a triple-threat title match is arranged for the PPV. Fans are understandably excited about all this, assuming it will main event or at least be near the end of the card. Instead, this title match is the very first match of the night. Continue reading “WWE No Mercy Grades”

Clash of Champions Grades

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By Donny Chedrick

WWE brought back the Clash of Champions pay-per-view Sunday night, and it could be labeled as an “OK” show. My predictions could also be listed as “OK,” as I went four-for-eight on the evening.

I had a few surprise picks by what most WWE fans would say, in which none of them paid off. Here are grades of each matchup from last Sunday: Continue reading “Clash of Champions Grades”