WWE TLC Thoughts and Predictions: December 4, 2016

WWE presents TLC featuring Smackdown on Sunday night on the WWE Network from the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas. And that means it’s time to break out the who-do, voodoo and pretend I know what it is, was and shall be as I do that little thing we call prediction time. I honestly almost forgot that there even was going to be a pay-per-view event this weekend, but luckily, I saw where someone on Facebook mentioned it and remembered in time. Let’s knock this sucker out and do this…

WWE World Champion AJ Styles versus Dean Ambrose in a TLC Match

This should be a brutal and stiff match and I expect the plunder to be used to the max. AJ Styles, right now is as good and hot as he’s been since coming to the WWE and should not and will not, in my opinion, lose the belt yet. The only question is how will he manage to retain and how will James Ellsworth be involved? Will Ellsworth cost Ambrose the match intentionally or will it be a freak accident where Ellsworth is trying to help Dean, but the distraction backfires? I have a theory, but it’s too early to pull the trigger as I suspect will eventually happen so I’ll save my thoughts on that for another few weeks. Look for AJ to get the pin and retain the WWE title. He’s too good to lose it yet.

Winner and STILL WWE World Champion: AJ Styles

Smackdown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch versus Alexa Bliss in a Tables Match

Becky is good, but I’m ready for someone besides the NXT three (Becky, Charlotte, Sasha) to hold gold in the WWE Womens Division. It already looks as if a glass ceiling might be there for the women and you have to be one of the NXT Originals or someone named Bella to be the top lady on one of the brands. Hopefully, that’s not the case though and Alexa will prove me wrong by taking home the Smackdown Live version of Women’s Gold.

Winner and NEW WWE Women’s Champion: Alexa Bliss

WWE Intercontinental Champion Miz versus Dolph Ziggler in a Ladder Match

Miz doesn’t need the belt to be over with the fans or the WWE Universe. Dolph needs something big to happen or else he’s in danger of falling to “Jack Swagger Territory” on the main roster. I’m looking for a damn good match, but in the end, Dolph manages to climb that ladder and bring home the IC title.

Winner and NEW Intercontinental Champion: Dolph Ziggler

Smackdown Tag Team Champions Heath Slater and Rhyno versus Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt

I love seeing Heath Slater holding gold and a spot near the top of the roster, but I think the dream is nearly over. Bray has yet to hold any kind of belt since coming to the WWE and WWE loves to have these makeshift tag teams wearing gold. Heath, you my boy and Rhyno is a good dude, but their time as the Champs is coming to an end. The kids will be crying at Heath’s home, but the other “family”, the Wyatt Family, will be walking out with the gold on Sunday night.

Winners and NEW Smackdown Tag Team Champions: Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt

Kalisto versus Baron Corbin in a Chairs Match

If Corbin doesn’t win, his push and WWE career is pretty much over.

Winner: Baron Corbin

Nikki Bella versus Carmella in a No Disqualification Match

Carmella versus John Cena’s girlfriend and the sister-in-law of the Smackdown General Manager, Daniel Bryan, who just happens to be named Bella. Carmella should win (how you doing?), but things in WWE don’t always go as they should. Look for Nikki to take that trip to the pay window and walk out on top. Why? I don’t know, but it’s the WWE and that’s how things will go down. ‘Nuff said!

And there you go with my thoughts and predictions. It should be a good card, but like most of the WWE cards as of late, totally forgettable once the smoke clears. Doesn’t matter. I’ll be watching. Thanks for reading. Thoughts and comments are welcome. I’m Doug, I’m down and I’m gone. Have a great one and I’ll catch you on the flip side.

Ubuntu!

Tossing Salt: NXT Takeover: Toronto and WWE Survivor Series Predictions…

Tossing Salt – Worldwide News
NXT & Survivor Series Predictions
November 18, 2016
Doug Maynard

It’s a big weekend for the WWE, the city of Toronto and wrestling fans in general. The WWE has taken over the city of Toronto and will be holding two big live events this weekend, exclusive to pay-per-view buyers and subscribers to the WWE Network. On Saturday, the men and women of NXT will do their thing with a great event highlighted by Shinsuke Nakamura defending the NXT Championship against the challenge of Samoa Joe. And then, on Sunday night, it’s a night of brand versus brand as we have three multi-person elimination matches as it’s RAW versus Smackdown, plus the man who dominated WCW for so many years returns to the ring after over a decade away to face “The Beast” Brock Lesnar. Two shows with a lot of hype and build, all for us, the fans of pro-wrestling / sports-entertainment. And of course, with two big shows coming up, that means it’s time to break out the crystal ball, the tarot cards and the magic 8-ball. I’m Doug, your host with the most, and it’s prediction time. So in my best “Sister Cleo” voice, “are you ready mon’?”… I said… “Are you ready?”. This never works with the written stuff. I guess you need a live audience and a microphone to make it happen. *sighs* It’s time for some predictions. Let’s just do this already…

WWE NXT TAKEOVER: TORONTO – Thoughts and Predictions…

WWE NXT Title Match:
-Samoa Joe vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (c)

I love watching these two men compete against each other. I’ve never been a big fan of Samoa Joe, but I appreciate the brutality and toughness he brings to the ring and each and every match. And Nakamura is just poetry in motion to watch perform in that ring. His style is kind of hit or miss in my opinion, but it grows on you and his character and personality is strong and enduring. So what happens here? Does Joe kick ass and take names and take back his championship or does the master of the “strong-style” overcome the odds and head to the next NXT Takeover Event in Japan as the reigning champion and hero? I think we’ll see one helluva match. That goes pretty much without saying. And I think we’ll see a title change here. No matter how it goes, these two men are so good, wins and losses don’t really matter. Joe wins here to regain the title and then at the next NXT: Takeover event in Japan, Nakamura gets his rematch and goes in as the man determined to perform in his home country and be the conquering hero, attempting to bring that title back home. Sounds like a plan to me.

Winner and NEW NXT Champion: Samoa Joe

NXT Women’s Title Match:
-Mickie James vs. Asuka (c)

This should be one helluva match and a great mix of contrasting styles and different eras, but let’s be honest here. If Vince Russo was doing the booking, we’d have Mickie win and capture the title for some major hot-shotting. But it’s not Russo as the booker (thank God!) and cooler heads should prevail. We’ll get a great match and heads will turn. In the end though, the right woman will win and Asuka’s reign as the top woman in NXT will continue.

Winner and STILL NXT Women’s Champion: Asuka

2 of 3 Falls for the NXT Tag Team Titles:
-Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa vs. The Revival (c’s)

Two out of three falls is the catch here. The Revival will use trickery and old-school shenanigans to capture the first fall in quick manner. We’ll see Gargano and Ciampa come back to win the second fall and it will be glorious, just like their videos with Bobby Roode. And in the third fall, old school triumphs with brutality and pain as the Revival wins the match and hold on to their tag team gold.

Winners and STILL Champions: The Revival

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals:
-The Authors of Pain vs. TM-61

The catch to all of this is, same as he was during the classic “Last Battle of Atlanta” so many years ago, Precious Paul Ellering, the manager of the Authors of Pain, will be suspended high above the ring in a shark cage, thus to avoid his interference and shenanigans from ringside. And that will make all the difference in my eyes. TM-61 are the underdogs and are being built as the fan-favorite franchise for NXT. That means overcoming the odds, taking a beating from hell, and snatching a victory from the jaws of defeat, plus after three heel wins so far, gives the fans a major reason to be happy. TM-61 wins the finals of the tournament and the Dusty Rhodes tribute trophy, if you will, and takes that trip to the pay window.

Winners: TM-61

-Bobby Roode vs. Tye Dillinger

Bobby Roode is glorious and has the best theme song in wrestling today. He can win or lose and it doesn’t matter right now. Tye Dillinger can’t really afford to lose right now, at least not in my opinion, so I’d expect one heck of a good match. I’d expect to see Roode dominate for 98% of the match and get overconfident. And when he makes that one mistake, Tye sneaks in and steals the victory.

Winner: Tye Dillinger

And there you go. And then, with NXT Takeover: Toronto in the books, the WWE will move on and focus on one of their biggest events of the year, the only time (so far) that the RAW and Smackdown brands compete against each other, the Survivor Series. It’s a stacked card, especially if you’re a fan of tag team wrestling and elimination style matches. I do have to admit one thing here though. It kind of annoys me to see men and women who are feuding and having issues, week in and week out, all of a sudden all smiles and happy as a team because why? They’re fighting for their brand? I know we’re supposed to suspend our belief sometimes when it comes to the world’s greatest sport, but at least show some tension and hard feelings between the teams and the wrestlers. Show a few frowns and muttered words under the breath when former foes are forced to team. Sheamus and Cesaro are great at this and the team of Anderson and Gallows is playing it right. AJ Styles is doing this too, but the rest. In the tag team gathering backstage at Smackdown Live, why are the Usos clowning around and smiling when King Booker came in to do his schtick? They just turned on all of their former friends and tried to put the American Alpha dude out of wrestling repeatedly. Why was Roman Reigns smiling and laughing when Chris Jericho, a man who has attacked him several times, is verbally attacking AJ Styles and James Ellsworth and threatening to put them on “the list”? It was funny. Yes, I admit it. Jericho is comedy gold and Ellsworth’s facial expressions and reactions, as well as Styles, were great. But Roman is out there with several men, as his team-mates and partners, who have tried to cripple him and end his career. Why would he be laughing and smiling? Show the tension and hard feelings between these forced partnerships. Show some anxiety or nervousness. Make it realistic and true to life, damn it. Just imagine, if you can, Jim Crockett coming out back in the day and telling Ric Flair, Roddy Piper, Wahoo McDaniel, Jimmy Valiant and Ivan Koloff, for example, that they were going to be a team and represent Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling in a match against Georgia Championship Wrestling. And imagine Ole Anderson, over in Georgia, telling Tommy Rich, Masked Superstar, Mr. Wrestling II, Buzz Sawyer and Dusty Rhodes the same thing. Do you think these men would stand there smiling and joking with each other in the ring? Do you think they’d be standing next to each other, without even a care in the world, cutting promos against the other team? They might team up for the match itself, but the build would have you wondering if they can be a team, who will turn on who and why were the men even agreeing to be partners. All of that is missing in today’s wrestling and in the build for Survivor Series. Heels and faces might have to work together on occasion, but there should be a real, legit reason besides “Team Spirit” and they shouldn’t be so non-chalant and happy about it. Just saying. And that’s my rambling rant for the day. Let’s go do some predictions for the Survivor Series.

WWE SURVIVOR SERIES – Thoughts and Predictions…

Brock Lesnar with Paul Heyman vs. Bill Goldberg.

The question isn’t who will win, but how much offense will Brock allow Goldberg to have before he delivers the F-5 and takes home the victory. I think we’ll see Brock sell a little bit for Goldberg and we mave even see Goldberg hit a spear and jackhammer at some point, but he’ll only do as much as Brock decides to allow. Then the “Beast” will take over, dominate and conquer before he decides to take it home and get the big pin.

Winner: Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman

WWE Intercontinental champion The Miz vs. Sami Zayn

This one has me slightly torn. I can see Sami Zayn getting the push and capturing the IC title. Miz doesn’t need it to be over. But I can’t see the WWE having both the IC and United States titles on one show, aka RAW. We could have Zayn win the title and then announce that he’s switching brands and moving to Smackdown. We could also have Miz retain and then announce he’s moving to RAW due to his problems with Smackdown GM Daniel Bryan. My gut feeling here though is that we’ll see Miz retain the title. What he does after that is anyone’s guess, but at the end of the show on Sunday night, it will be Miz who will stand tall, take that trip to the pay window and talk out of the arena as the WWE Intercontinental Champion.

Winner and STILL Intercontinental Champion: The Miz w/ Maryse

WWE Cruiserweight champion Brian Kendrick vs. Kalisto: If Kalisto wins, Cruiserweight division shifts to Smackdown Live.

With the announcement of the new upcoming 205 Live series on Tuesday nights on the WWE Network, it’s pretty obvious that the Cruiserweights will be working on Tuesday nights immediately after the Smackdown taping ends. So does that mean that Kalisto will be the new Cruiserweight Champion at the end of the night? Not really. I think Kalisto will win the match and thus, the division will be moved to Tuesday nights and Smackdown Live. But look for Kendrick, who is doing in my opinion, a great job becoming a character and important part of the WWE roster, to keep the gold belt as his “last chance” continues. A blatant low blow or hitting the referee or whatever. Kendrick is DQ’ed and Kalisto wins the match, but the title doesn’t change hands. Thus Kalisto wins and the Cruiserweights move to Smackdown Live, but Kendrick remains the top dog and champion.

Winner (by DQ): Kalisto (Kendrick retains the title)

Raw vs. Smackdown Live Survivor Series Elimination Tag Matches:

Team Raw (WWE Universal champion Kevin Owens & Chris Jericho & Braun Strowman & Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins vs.) Team Smackdown Live (WWE World champion AJ Styles & Randy Orton & Dean Ambrose & Shane McMahon & Bray Wyatt)

I expect to see RAW team mascot James Ellsworth figure prominently in this match and cause the elimination of Braun Strowman. AJ Styles will either walk out on his team or be the first one eliminated, thus leading to a future encounter with the Undertaker. It’s a tough call and I don’t know how this will play out. My gut says that Team Smackdown Live will end up as the last ones standing though. I’ll say Ambrose and Wyatt as the two final men with Seth being the final man for RAW.

Winners: Team Smackdown Live…

Team Raw (WWE Raw Women’s champion Charlotte Flair & Nia Jax & Bayley & Sasha Banks & Alicia Fox) vs. Team Smackdown Live (WWE Smackdown Women’s champion Becky Lynch & Nikki Bella & Carmella & Alexa Bliss & Naomi with Coach Natalya)

This should also be a fun and good match to watch. I’m not even going to try and call eliminations though. It’ll end up being Bayley and Sasha Banks as the two final women, eliminating Becky in the end. And Charlotte, although eliminated early in the match, will claim all of the credit for “winning the match” for Team RAW.

Winners: Team RAW

Team Raw (WWE Raw Tag Team champions New Day & Shining Stars & Cesaro and Sheamus & The Club & Enzo and Big Cass) vs. Team Smackdown Live (WWE Smackdown Tag Team champions Heath Slater & Rhyno & The Hype Bros & American Alpha & The Usos & Breezango)

The Usos will remember that they’re heels and walk out on their team. The Club, who already know their role, will do the same to Team RAW. I can’t see the Shining Stars, the Hype Bros or Breezango lasting very long. The two championship teams, American Alpha and Enzo & Cass are the teams to watch here. I think American Alpha are going to be the shining stars (no pun intended) of the night and put on the performance of a lifetime. I’d have the two tag team championship teams of the New Day and Slater / Rhyno eliminate each other and allow the final two teams be Enzo & Cass versus American Alpha, thus giving us a taste of their earlier matches in NXT. And in the end, winning for Team Smackdown Live, it should be American Alpha standing tall at the end.

Winners: Team Smackdown

And there you go, with it ending up a big night for Smackdown Live as they win the tag teams match and Team RAW versus Team Smackdown match, as well as gaining the Cruiserweight division and retaining the Intercontinental Championship. RAW wins the Womens match and we have all sorts of craziness and hell to be paid as a result on RAW Monday night.

Have they announced a match for the pre-show yet? Whoever wrestles and competes in that match, the RAW guy will win. Just saying.

And now, with that, I’m going to sign off and go get ready for work. Thanks for reading. I really do appreciate it. Enjoy NXT, Survivor Series, RAW and Smackdown over the next few days. I’m Doug and I’m down and gone. And dat’ is all de people need to know. I’ll catch ya later.

Ubuntu!

One Word Survey

One Word Survey

1 Word Only!!! What is the first thing that pops into your head when you hear these words?

1. Dog – Fleas

2. Cat – Food

3. Truck – Drive

4. Moon – Night

5. Sky – Clouds

6. Hurricane – Floyd

7. Drunk – Kenneth

8. Pee – Awake

9. Poop – Nasty

10. Rabbit – Carrot

11. Darling – Love

12. Love – Alone

13. Skunk – Cute

14. Tree – Leaves

15. Money – None

16. Vacation – Yes!

17. Monopoly – Cousins

18. Obama – Sucks!

19. World – Dangerous

20. Earth – Planet

21. Swine Flu – Pigs

22. Kitchen – Cook

23. Floor – cold

24. Soda – Pepsi

25. Grass – smoke

26. Boy – kids

27. Wart – Penis

28. Musk – smell

29. Gun – bang!

30. People – Bleh!

31. Sand – Beach

32. Wind – relaxing

34. Fire – bonfire

35. Mole – yard

35. Alaska – Palin

36. China – hungry

37. Islam – dangerous

38. Pony – horsey

39. Fake – Hillary

40. Friend – alone

41. Sister – love

42. Bat – man

43. Barbie – crazy

44. Slow – brother

45. Command – boss

46. Stars – night

47. Worship – god

48. Church – Dogma

49. Ghost – dead

50. Monster – vampire

51. Silent = Bob

52. School – old

53. Desk – messy

54. Rainbow – gay

55. Sleigh – santa

56. Bunny – bugs

57. Woman – roar

58. Man – kinky

59. Strong – weak

60. Flight – sky

(Yes, I was bored – can’t you tell?)

WWE Hell In A Cell 2016: Thoughts and Predictions…

WWE Hell In A Cell 2016: Thoughts and Predictions
Doug Maynard
October 29, 2016

We are just a little over a day away from the WWE Raw exclusive pay-per-view presentation, live on the WWE Network, known as WWE Hell In A Cell. Eight matches have been announced for this event including the first ever Women’s Hell In A Cell match, as well as matches for the WWE Universal, WWE United States, WWE Raw Tag Team and WWE Cruiserweight Championships. It’s a stacked card and looks like it should be one helluva show. And of course, what that means is that it’s time to break out the Crystal Ball and do that prediction thing. Yeppers, my friends… that’s why we’re here. So with a little channeling of Jeanne Dixon, Sister Cleo and Gary Spivey, let’s see how well I can look ahead and see the future. It’s WWE Hell In A Cell and it’s Sunday night. And here is who I think will win each match and why. Let’s do this…

WWE Universal champion Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins inside Hell in A Cell.

I’m expecting Jericho to get involved in some way, shape or form. It also wouldn’t surprise me to see Triple H make a return and get involved. This match will be brutal and stiff and both Owens and Seth will give 150%, sacrificing their bodies for our amusement. Seth is slowly making the baby-face turn, but he’s not there yet. Not entirely. Owens is just awesome and RAW has truly become the Kevin Owens (and Chris Jericho) show in more ways than one. It’s not time to switch the championship yet. I think Owens has only just started to show what he can do as the “longest running WWE Universal Champion of all time”. Just like the Beatles, we’ll see Kevin get by with a little help from his friends.

Winner and STILL WWE Universal Champion: Kevin Owens

WWE Raw Women’s champion Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte inside Hell in A Cell.

Two of the best female wrestlers going today taking on the steel cage and making history as they fight to determine who will be the WWE Raw Women’s Champion. I don’t think this is going to be a great match, but it won’t be from lack of effort by Sasha or Charlotte. These two women are incredible athletes and damn good wrestlers that can more than hold their own against any man or men. Sasha is the champion, but so far, her title reign has been less than impressive. Charlotte, as her father did before her for so many years, casts a wide shadow that the other ladies of the WWE seem to pale in comparison. I think there will be at least one or two really big high-spots to give the fans a reason to do their “holy crap” chants. And when the smoke settles, the “Queen” will be champion once more.

Winner and NEW WWE RAW Women’s Champion: Charlotte Flair

WWE United States champion Roman Reigns vs. Rusev (with Lana) inside Hell in A Cell.

The fans still don’t like Roman. Rusev is a beast and honestly, Reigns has been more of a heel in this feud (in my opinion) than Rusev. I think we’ll see one helluva match and I’m going for a title change here. Rusev crush and Rusev win.

Winner and NEW WWE United States Champion: Rusev (w/ Lana)

WWE Raw Tag Team champions The New Day vs. Sheamus & Cesaro.

The New Day don’t need the belts and to be honest, their act is starting to get stale. They need a major change in their routine and going from Champions to challengers may be just the way to do it. And if Sheamus and Cesaro can’t win the belts together as a team, then what was the point for this whole storyline anyhow? I’m looking for some new “teammates who can’t get along” champions.

Winners: Matt Hardy and MVP… ooops, my bad… New RAW Tag Team Champions: Sheamus and Cesaro

WWE Cruiserweight champion TJ Perkins vs. Brian Kendrick.

If Kendrick doesn’t win, we riot. Actually, I don’t think he will… yet. Kendrick is getting desperate so let’s twist the knife just a few more times and do the title change a little further down the line, perhaps at the Survivor Series. After a fast paced and great match, the Champ keeps the belt.

Winner and STILL WWE Cruiserweight Champion: TJ Perkins

Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows vs. Enzo Amore & Big Cass.

The WWE doesn’t know how to use Anderson and Gallows properly. They’d be better off working on Smackdown as the “Arn and Tully” to AJ Styles “Flair” as part of “The Club”. Enzo and Cass don’t need to win here. They’re over. These teams need to do something big and make an impact to get things started again. Look for Anderson and Gallows to dominate, devastate and kick ass. Look for Enzo and Cass to get big pops. And I think we’ll see an “injury” to Enzo before the night is done.

Winners by DQ: Enzo and Big Cass

Bayley vs. Dana Brooke

Bayley has really stalled since coming to the main roster. Dana is… well, I don’t even know. I’m not impressed by her all that much honestly and this match does nothing for me. Bayley needs a jump-start to get things moving again. This may be what happens.

Winner: Bayley

Cedric Alexander, Lince Dorado, & Sin Cara vs. Drew Gulak, Tony Nese, & Ariya Daivari

The Cruiserweights get to fly and show off what makes them special. I would personally prefer to see the Daivari team get the win. I was once friends with Ariya back on MySpace and he’s a cool dude. But this will probably kick off the show and they want the fans to be happy so look for Sin Cara and friends to get the win. Cedric Alexander is impressive in that ring too. These guys are no Juvi or Jamie Noble, but they still surely have it going on and this should be a good match.

Winners: Cedric Alexander, Lince Dorado and Sin Cara

And that’s it. Am I right? Am I wrong? Am I getting ready to go to work? For all of those questions, “YES!”. I’m Doug and I’m out of here. Thanks for reading and I’ll catch you later, gators. Have a great one and always stay a fan.

Ubuntu!

TNA Bound For Glory 2016: Thoughts & Predictions…

TNA BOUND FOR GLORY 2016 Thoughts & Predictions…

To be honest, normally I wouldn’t bother with a TNA PPV prediction column. I don’t watch TNA Impact Wrestling, I don’t get POP TV on my television set, and with the exception of a select few, like the Hardy Boys, Drew McIntyre, Mike Bennett and Maria and Cody, I don’t know enough about most of the TNA talent to really have any strong interest. I do follow Impact Wrestling and the trials and tribulations of TNA via the wrestling sites, but it’s just not my thing. But with all of that being said, today is an extremely big day for TNA and their very future is at stake. Will they survive and continue as a wrestling company or will they, in the words of “Broken” Matt Hardy, be deleted? The company is out of money and is living on borrowed time right now as the principal owners, Dixie Carter, Billy Corgan and a couple of others, fight for control and not for a story-line, but for real. How they managed to scrape up money for the show tonight is a huge mystery and will they be taping TV this week? Who knows? This might be the end… or if deals are made and money is found, it could be a new beginning. Either way, things will never, ever be the same again.

So anyhow, here I am and I have TNA Bound For Glory on the mind. There are six matches advertised, plus the TNA debut of Cody (Rhodes). Let’s talk about the matches and make a few quick predictions.

TNA champion Bobby Lashley vs. EC3: No Holds Barred

Lashley is a tough man, but I’ve never really been able to get into him all that much. This match has been built up really well and should be very entertaining. If the company continues, the best way to go would be have Lashley get the win and allow EC3 to continue the chase. But no one knows what the future lies and if there is any real chance that this will be the last TNA ppv and the last TNA match, I’d rather go with sending the fans home happy and ending on a high note. That means new champion and the TNA built Ethan Carter III, aka EC3 takes home the win. Yeah, let’s go with that.

Winner and NEW TNA Impact! Wrestling World Champion: EC3

Aron Rex vs. Eddie Edwards (replacing the injured Drew Galloway) to crown the first TNA Grand champion.

Having Galloway being replaced by Eddie Edwards really hurts this whole match. Nothing against Edwards, who is a fantastic talent and was a top guy for ROH for a long time, but the rivalry was between the former Damien Sandow and the former Drew McIntyre – not between Rex and Edwards. But injuries happen and can’t be helped so we make due with what we have rather than what we were hoping for. It’ll be a great match and off the charts. I have no doubt about that. And since I’ve heard that Galloway will be there, even though he’s not cleared to compete, I’ll say he gets involved and gives Edwards an assist.

Winner and NEW TNA Grand Champion: Eddie Edwards

TNA Tag Team champions Decay with Rosemary vs. Matt and Jeff Hardy with Reby Sky in The Great War.

This will be wild and crazy and insanity at it’s best. I’d expect to see everyone and anyone get involved including Senor Benjamin, Rosemary, Reby Sky and hell, probably even Maxel. If it was a normal show, I’d say that Decay retains the titles and the wars continue. But since it’s anything but normal (and with Matt Hardy involved, that’s really saying something), I’ll go for another happy ending. “Brother Tag Team Championships, I knew you’d come!”

Winners and NEW TNA Tag Team Champions: “Broken” Matt Hardy and “Brother Nero”…

Moose vs. Mike Bennett.

Mike Bennett is a damn good wrestler and talent. That being said, Moose is making his TNA ppv debut and is being built up as a total monster. Monsters don’t lose in their debut matches. ‘Nuff said!

Winner: Moose

TNA Knockouts champion Maria Kanellis vs. Gail Kim.

It’s going to be a bad day for the Bennett family. Gail Kim is reportedly being inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame tonight as part of the show and unless you’re Ric Flair, a Hall of Famer does not lose a match on the same night they are inducted into the HOF, especially when they’ve done as much and been as loyal to TNA as Gail Kim has. Maria has come a long long ways from her ditzy character in her WWE days and is actually quite talented inside that ring. But tonight, she still takes the plunge as Gail Kim once more takes home the gold.

Winner and NEW TNA Knockouts Champion: Gail Kim

10 Man Gauntlet Match for future TNA championship match of their choosing with Eli Drake, Braxton Sutter, Mahabali Shera, Grado, Tyrus, Jessie Godderz, Robbie E, Baron Dax, Rockstar Spud, and Basile Baraka.

Honestly, I don’t even know who most of these men are. Where is DJ Zema Ion or whatever he calls himself. He’s damn good and HOT! Oh well, whatever. Do you really see any of these folks as future TNA Champions? Really? I’ll go with Tyrus just because I think he really got the shaft when he was in the WWE and they changed him from a monster into a dancing fool. He’s got size and presence and with the proper booking and build, he could be a credible secondary champion or even a short-term transitional champion. It’s all about the booking, folks! Besides, he’s been on Gutfield’s show on Fox a few times and I think that’s cool!

Winner: Tyrus

Cody (Rhodes) makes his TNA debut.

Will he just grab a mic and trash the WWE? Maybe a little, but not too badly I suppose. Will he talk about the legacy of his father in TNA and what he hopes to accomplish? More likely. Will he be interrupted and a brawl of sorts happen, setting up some future programs. Yeppers, that’s the one right there. He’s not “Stardust” anymore. It’s just “Cody” and he’s here to chew bubble gum and kick ass… and he’s all out of gum. It’ll be interesting to see how this all develops as time goes on.

And that’s all for me. Those are my TNA Bound For Glory 2016 Thoughts and Predictions. And is this it for TNA after tonight? We’ll just have to wait and see. I hope not. I’m not a big fan of TNA, but I don’t want to see any wrestling company go under or see any less opportunities for the wrestlers we all know and love who sacrifice their lives and bodies for us each and every time they step into that ring. I’m hoping that this is just a bump in the road and TNA not only rebounds but gets bigger and better as a result. If it does prove to be the end, then thank you to TNA Impact Wrestling and all of the superstars, management, and everyone else involved for so many years of everything. Let’s hope for the best, but be prepared for the worst. And TNA, best of luck to you.

I’m Doug and I think that’s it. Have a great day and I’ll catch you on the flip side.

Ubuntu!

WWE Clash of Champions – Thoughts and Predictions

WWE’s Raw brand will present their first Clash of Champions PPV this Sunday 9/25 from Indianapolis, Indiana. It’s prediction time. Let’s do this…

WWE Universal champion Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins.

Seth was the face of RAW, and the WWE for a long time and had his chance. And now, it’s the Kevin Owens Show. This should be one helluva match. Definitely one for the ages. Will Triple H show up again? Who knows? Will Stephanie reveal her favorite? Who knows? Did the movie “Pete’s Dragon” make me cry? Who knows? Kevin is one of the best all-around performers on the WWE roster right now and I think that this thing with Seth Rollins is too big and too good to be rushed. There will be plenty of false-finishes, plenty of two-counts and lots of drama, excitement and craziness all around. We may even get a cameo appearance by Jericho, helping out his “best friend” with the gift of “It!”. And at the end of the night, Kevin Owens retains that title and his time as the longest reigning WWE Universal Champion continues.

Winner and STILL WWE Universal Champion: Kevin Owens

WWE Raw Women’s champion Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks vs. Bayley.

This could really just go in any direction. I don’t think that Sasha will get the title back just yet and that narrows it down between Bayley and Charlotte. Bayley being hot-shotted the title makes sense, but this is the WWE so when does making sense matter? I think we’ll see Charlotte using those “dirtiest player in the game” genetics and showing that she’s a Flair in every sense of the word, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat as she overcomes the odd and retains the title.

Winner and STILL WWE Raw Womens Champion: Charlotte

WWE United States champion Rusev vs. Roman Reigns.

At least this match makes sense. Roman was an ass-clown and decided to disrupt Rusev and Lana’s celebration and Rusev is PO’ed about it. It’s for the Uniteed States Championship, but I don’t think that Rusev needs to lose the title. Roman doesn’t need the belt and in this particular match, the title is and should be secondary. Look for a brawl and total craziness. In the end, Roman gets the win, most likely by DQ or count-out. Rusev retains the title. And this whole feud continues…

Winner by DQ: Roman Reigns (Rusev retains the title)

WWE Raw Tag Team champions The New Day vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson.

I like the New Day, but it’s time to switch things up a bit and give Gallows and Anderson a change to take the ball and run with it. As Jason Sensation, pretending to be Owen Hart, once said, “Enough is enough and it’s time for a change!” It’s time for “The Club” to win that gold!

Winners and NEW RAW Tag Team Champions: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson

WWE Cruiserweight champion TJ Perkins vs. Brian Kendrick.

TJ Perkins first defense of his new WWE Cruiserweight Championship and first time performing on the WWE main roster. I don’t think he’ll lose the title this quickly, but the big interest here for me anyhow is “The Brian Kendrick”. He’s come a long way since his “Spanky” days and I’m anxious to see what he can and will this time around here in the WWE. I’m looking for Kendrick to get “justthisclose” to winning, probably through shenanigans, only to have it backfire and allow Perkins to retain and keep that title gold. It should be a good match and fun for fans of all ages. Look for Perkins to retain.

Winner and STILL WWE Cruiserweight Champion: TJ Perkins

Match Seven in Best of Seven Series: Cesaro vs. Sheamus.

I love to watch Cesaro perform and I can appreciate the toughness and character of Sheamus although he’s somewhat stale in my eyes, but this entire series has been less than exciting for me. I remember the original Nikita Koloff / Magnum TA “Best of Seven” series and it was awesome. I remember watching Chris Benoit and Booker T do a “Best of Seven” on WCW Nitro and it was damn good. And then there’s this? What’s the point? Why are they fighting? I know that the WWE threw out there that it’s to prove their toughness to Mick Foley and for a “future title shot” or whatever, but it just seems like a pointless time filler more than anything else to me and lazy booking by the WWE Creative folks. We know Cesaro is damn good. We know Sheamus is tough as nails. So… ?? Anyhow, we’ve had six matches. Sheamus won the first three and Cesaro came back to win the next three. And this is the final and the winner will be… Shemaus. Why? Do we really need a reason? It gives Cesaro a reason to be traded to Smackdown and puts Sheamus back in the title scene and because it’s not what the fans expect. Yes, I’m calling it here. Sheamus wins.

Winner of the Best of Seven Series: Sheamus

Sami Zayn vs. Chris Jericho.

Jericho is truly having a strong run this time around with the WWE and he’s better and more entertaining than ever. The matches are solid, but the promos and presence are the strongest parts of his game. Zayn is an amazing wrestler and is becoming an in-ring favorite of mine as well. The gift of Jericho is truly a wonder to behold and I have no doubt that on Sunday night, he will give Zayn plenty of “It!”. Zayn will take home the victory though and take that glorified trip to the pay window.

Winner: Sami Zayn

Nia Jax vs. Alicia Fox (Kickoff Show)

Honestly, I don’t really see what’s go great about Nia Jax. She’s big and a monster. I get that, but the appeal, for me anyhow, just isn’t there. And no she’s up against the former wedding planner, turned psycho, turned psuedo-Bella, turned crazy again, Alicia Fox. Alicia is the female version of Zack Ryder or Curtis Axel. She appears to be doing something and then they forget about her and then bring her back and nobody cares anymore. It’ll be a good womens match and probably be better than the squashes we’ve been seeing on RAW, but the outcome is in little doubt.

Winner: Nia Jax

And there you go. My predictions for the Clash of the Champions. I’m Doug and I’m down and I’m gone. That’s all folks. Thanks for reading and I’ll see you at the matches.

Ubuntu!

Antici… pation

Every morning, I wake up eager to start a new day
and then, at the first noise, I’m wishing that I didn’t have to get up
I cringe at the thought of interaction with my family
I get anxious at the thought of leaving the house
I want to hide away
avoid everyone and everything
I want to be alone

And when I’m alone
I desire company and friends
I want someone to laugh with
and talk to
and be a part of their being
I want it so bad

and then they call
I cringe and retreat at the sound of the phone
I’m welcome and they want my company
I love it
it scares the hell out of me
so I say no
and make excuses
or finally give in and go along with the plan
unable to enjoy the moments because I’m holding my breath
and anticipating for when it’s over

I like people
I hate people
I like company
I hate company
my friends and family and the world
it makes me happy
my friends and family and the world
scares the hell out of me
and makes me sad

I wish I could start again
or just go away forever
my head is messed up
my body hurts constantly
I’m just messed up
this is my life
it wasn’t always like this
but things change
people change
life is made of changes
and I changed

the show must go on
I must go on
but damn if I won’t be relieved
when the director yells cut
for the final time…

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