WWE Payback 2016: Thoughts and Predictions

It’s already late in what is going to be a very busy and long day for me and I just remembered that tonight, on the WWE Network and also on pay-per-view, is WWE Payback. I have so much to say and talk about, but that will all have to wait until a future date. I’ll keep this short and sweet, like an ex of mine in more ways than one, and just stick to the basics and that means predictions for the matches and nothing more. Well, two things more, but I’ll be brief on that as well.

Happy Birthday to my most-awesome & favoritest Sister-In-Law, Tamara Parker McDonald! I love ya girlie! Happy Birthday!

Later this afternoon, I will be attending a memorial service for an incredible and inspirational woman, a dear friend, who passed away a few days ago. Sue, you made a great imapct in my life and were a true friend. You are missed already, but I know that now, you’re reunited with Jim, basking in the glow of Heaven and no longer hurting. Rest in peace.

And now, let’s do some wrestling PPV predictions. It’s WWE Payback, coming from Chicago, IL. How many CM Punk chants do you think we’ll hear tonight? Let’s do this!

WWE Payback 2016 – Predictions

WWE World Heavyweight champion Roman Reigns vs. AJ Styles.

This should be a really good and fast paced match. I don’t think who will walk out of the arena at the end of the night is really any question though. AJ hasn’t been in the WWE long enough to take the top spot and Roman is the golden boy, so he’ll keep the title. The only question is how and the answer? Finn Balor, Gallows and Anderson, aka the “Balor Club’. A quick piece of history is that when AJ left New Japan Pro Wrestling, he was kicked out of the Bullet Club. They’ve even hinted and alluded to it a few times on RAW. So AJ and Roman put on a helluva match. Either Gallows and Anderson interfere, attacking both men and causing a double-dq or no-contest, or they interfere after Roman scores a pin and they lay out AJ. Regardless of how it ends, Roman stays the champ. I’ll give him the benefit of a doubt though. Roman will score a close and contested pin before it all breaks loose.

Winner and STILL WWE Champion: Roman Reigns

WWE Women’s champion Charlotte (with Ric Flair) vs. Natalya (with Bret Hart)

Ric is causing problems in major airports and has cancelled his podcast, Wooo Nation. Bret has come out in public trashing HHH and talking about how he doesn’t even want to be there at Payback. So who will be punished more for the actions of their relative? Charlotte or Natayla? Natayla is great and deserves far more than she gets from the company, but she has absolutely no heat behind her right now. This whole match is just rushed and blah in my opinion. Charlotte is doing great in her current role and I think she’ll keep the title tonight as well.

Winner and STILL WWE Divas Champion: Charlotte

Vince McMahon decides who will run Raw.

We keep hearing that the brand split is coming back and this should be the start. If Vince acts as he has in the past, Shane will get RAW and Steph will get Smackdown and blah, blah, blah… I would love to have Vince come out and say that he hasn’t decided yet so for the next few weeks, we’ll have “Guest GM’s” for both RAW and Smackdown, giving us a chance to see folks like Eric Bischoff, Vickie Guerrero, Teddy Long, Brad Maddox, Mike Adamle, the Anonymous RAW GM, WIlliam Regal, Mick Foley, Steve Austin, HBK, etc all come back, reprising their previous roles as Authority figures and have control for a night and just have some fun nostalgia. Then they can do the actual announcements for Shane at RAW and the Authority at Smackdown at SummerSlam. Whatever though. Wouldn’t it be cool if Vince dissed both Steph and Shane and announced CM Punk as the new boss? Pipe-bomb!!! We could only hope and dream.

Shane gets RAW – Steph gets Smackdown and we all get a big bathroom break here…

WWE Intercontinental champion The Miz (with Maryse) vs. Cesaro

Miz is getting back a lot of momentum and heat, but he has always been good for that. Cesaro is back from injury and hasn’t missed a step. He looks great. I think we’re going to see a title change here.

Winner and NEW Intercontinental Champion: Cesaro

Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Jericho

Ambrose needs to get a clean win. Jericho can lose every match at this point and it won’t make a bit of difference to anyone. Ambrose always comes so close, but never can grab that brass ring. Tonight, he grabs that brass ring.

Winner: Dean Ambrose

Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens

Much like Ambrose, Zayn needs to get a win here. Since coming up from NXT to the main roster, Zayn has been impressive, but he lost to Jericho. He hasn’t won the big matches and he’s in danger of being lost in the mix. A good tight match should happen and in the end, Zayn should be the one to get that arm raised at the end. Owens can lay him out backstage later in the night or else on RAW on Monday to get his heat back. It won’t take much, but as for tonight, Zayn needs to be the one who wins. It’s just that simple.

Winner: Sami Zayn

Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady vs. The Vaudevillains to earn WWE Tag Team championship.

Enzo and Cass are already over with the WWE audience and you can’t teach that. The Vaudevillians are great and tremendous wrestlers, but if they lose this match, they will get the Ascension treatment and it’s over before it started. They’re more of an acquired taste that has to be watched several times to be appreciated. The best thing, in my opinion, is that since Enzo & Cass are already having problems with the Dudley Boyz, you have the Dudleys create a distraction and the Vaudevillians pick up the win. Then you can have the Vaudewillians go off to fight the New Day, a classic heel versus face match, while Enzo & Cass go fight the Dudleys in another great face versus heel match. Everyone wins here and that’s how it should be.

Winners and NEW #1 Contenders for the WWE Tag Team Championship: The Vaudevillians

WWE United States champion Kalisto vs. Ryback.

Does anyone at all even care about this match? Kalisto won at Wrestlemania and retained the title. And no one remembers or cares. The ‘Big Guy’ should win the title tonight, then he can hold it for a month until John Cena returns to the ring. Then Cena beats Ryback and brings back the “Open Challenge”. And Ryback gets to go join Kalisto, Sin Cara, Darren Young and about a dozen others backstage at Catering while they wait for their next non-push.

Winner and NEW United States Champion: Ryback

And there you go with my predictions for WWE Payback later tonight. Enjoy the show and thanks for reading. I’ll catch you guys and gals on the flip side.

Ubuntu!disco

Thirty Thing Tag-A-Lot (2016 Edition)

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I originally did this back in 2010 and then I did it again, exactly three years later, in 2013. And now, three more years later, I’m going to do it again. And I’ll post the 2010 and 2013 versions too, just to make this (hopefully) interesting. I’m not tagging anyone because that’s not how I roll, but if you want to do it, then so be it. Go crazy! Now, here are the rules…

Rules: Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 30 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 30 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you. Just quit the internal whining and do it. (To do this, go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 30 random things, tag 30 people [in the right-hand corner of the app.] then click publish. If you do not have a Notes tab on your Profile page, you can create one by clicking on the + tab. It will let you choose Notes and will create a tab for you. This thing takes one-tenth of a second)

And let’s do this…

Thirty-Thing Tag A Lot – 2016 Edition:

1. I am very unhappy with either of the top candidates running for President of the U.S.

2. I know more about liquor now than I did two years ago.

3. I think that Zack Ryder deserves a bigger push in the WWE.

4. I have trouble getting close to people.

5. I was in love for a long time.

6. Sleep is over-rated.

7. If I didn’t have to work and had committments, I probably would never leave the house.

8. It took me a long time, but I have finally learned to trust my initial gut reaction to people and things.

9. I know all the words to all the songs on the soundtrack for “RENT!”

10. I’m currently working on 3 fan-fiction stories.

11. I love to cook.

12. I haven’t drank an alcoholic beverage in over a year.

13. I don’t have many friends anymore.

14. I still love wrestling, but my excitement about the current product changes day to day.

15. I want to write a musical about serial killers.

16. I like to cut up bananas for my cereal.

17. Night relaxes me. I don’t like daylight.

18. I sometimes miss the neighbor boy even though he’s nothing but bad news and trouble.

19. I want to move back to Wilmington, NC when I get older and get ready to retire.

20. Sometimes I wish I had children of my own.

21. Other times, I’m glad that I don’t.

22. A pair of sexy eyes will get me in trouble every time.

23. I hate the smell of pot. I don’t mind if people want to smoke, but the smell gives me a headache.

24. My current haircut is lopsided. Maybe it’s just my head though?

25. I will probably always have a cat.

26. I sang choir in grade & middle school.

27. I love big band and jazz music.

28. I’m having a hard time coming up enough things about myself to finish this up.

29. I can’t stand seeing a sink full of dirty dishes and have actually gone to my friend’s house and wash the dishes because they had piled up so badly.

30. I’m glad this is over.

And there you go. The other versions, from 2013 and 2010 are below. Have a great one, my friends. I’m down and I’m gone!

Thirty Thing Tag-A-Lot… (Part 2) – 2013 version…

1. I need a haircut.

2. I’ve finally come to the conclusion that work-wise, I’m in a rut with a dead end job and no future. Changes are on the way.

3. I still love to read my old comics.

4. I have a stuffed spider (“Legs”) that’s in my bedroom on my bookcase – I’ve had him for almost 26 years.

5. People annoy me.

6. I keep running out of socks.

7. I take at least two showers every day… sometimes more.

8. I need to buy a new belt. I’ve had to add four new holes (so far) to my old one to keep using it.

9. I like hairy legs.

10. I’m getting a headache pretty quickly here this morning.

11. I still love to write.

12. Wrestling has become (gads) boring to me as of late.

13. Mod Sun has joined my “Big Six” of entertainers and it’s now officially a “Big Seven”.

14. I want to move away from this area and especially Scotland County.

15. Being around Kayden makes me wish I had kids of my own.

16. I very rarely drink anymore.

17. The Kevin Smith movies (Clerks, Mallrats, Jay & Silent Bob, Chasing Amy, Dogma) are still my favorites, followed closely by the Zucker Bros. films (Airplane, The Naked Gun series, etc)

18. I don’t take ultimatums very well and if given one, I will always choose what I was asked to forsake and give up, whether I actually want to or not.

19. My favorite colors are black, purple and hot pink.

20. I can get more accomplished if left alone for thirty minutes than I can in a full day with lots of “help”.

21. I think “InFamousTV” is a bust due to lack of interest from all parties involved. Hating that though – so much potential being wasted.

22. I think that people who lie and cause hurt and pain to others deserve to be smacked in the face with a hot iron… repeatedly.

23. I love walking the streets at night and enjoying the moon, stars, cooler air, darkness, etc.

24. I like old graveyards.

25. For a person of my advanced age, I look (physically) far better and younger than most of my peers. (Yes, I am a sexy beast – get used to it!)

26. I’m occasionally delusional at times.

27. I drink far too many soft drinks and not nearly enough regular water.

28. I forgive pretty easily, but I do not forget and even I eventually have a breaking point where I say, “enough!”

29. I’ve been working in c-stores, off and on, for going on twenty-eight years. One day, I’m going to get a real job though.

30. It’s 5:00 somewhere.

And there you go. I’m not tagging anyone (probably), but read and if you want to take this challenge and come up with thirty-things about yourself, feel free. Here’s the original one I did back in 2010. Enjoy…

1. I’m an ordained minister through the Progressive Universal Life Church. Got my certification on September 10, 2000. It’s amazing what you can get through the back of a Rolling Stone magazine .

2. I currently have over five thousand comics dating back to the early 70’s.

3. I’m a (currently on hiatus) part-time internet wrestling journalist and pro wrestling’s most eclectic columnist.

4. I’ve been working for the past year on an fan-fiction story with the “Avengers” and “Dark Shadows”. Everytime I think I’m ready to wrap it up and publish it, I think of something else and the story continues.

5. I’ve written two complete screenplays so far (and one porn). It’s all a work in progress as I develop and learn my skills.

6. I love apples.

7. I’m a volunteer at a local food bank and have been doing so for over two years now. It was supposed to be a one-time thing and well… iI just never quit.

8. I drive a 1987 Chevy Blazer.

9. My windshield wipers don’t work. I keep planning to get them fixed, but I only think about it when it rains. Ooops!

10. I despise talking on a telephone.

11. I miss my cat, Stinky, who died a few months ago. I had him 19 years and he was my baby.

12. I’m in love with a guy I can’t be with and it hurts… a lot.

13. I don’t like driving, but I hate not having a car. Go figure.

14. I would love to run for political office.

15. I have far too many skeletons in my closet (and out walking around) to ever run for political office.

16. I hate for anything to cover my forearms. No matter how cold it might be, I keep my sleeves rolled or pushed up.

17. My cell phone is nearly out of minutes so I’m “borrowing” my sister’s “Obama phone” for the next week or so. She never uses it and I need to have a phone (even if I do hate talking on it.)

18. I value my friendships very much and have some wonderful people in my life (even if I am an anti-social asshole far too often and never tell those people just how much I really do appreciate and care for them.)

19. I’m supposed to wear glasses (but rarely do – I hate those damn things).

20. I know I’m a big dude (but I also know that I’m a truly sexy beast where it counts and no one can tell me any different.)

21. I love music from the 40’s and 50’s – the “lounge music” and “big band” acts.

22. My “Big 6” of music are (and will always be) Alice Cooper, Waylon Jennings, Sublime, Rickie Lee Jones, Frank Sinatra and the greatest M.C / Rapper to ever come out of the New York area, the one and only Andrew Singer, aka Soce the Elemental Wizard.

23. I like cats.

24. I have a large collection of wrestling action figures and wrestling magazines from the 80’s and 90’s.

25. I generally live my life with a “if it feels good, do it” type of attitude.

26. I hate to be late (and prefer to be early) for all appointments.

27. I wish I had kids.

28. I consider the movie “Clerks” to be autobiographical. That movie describes a large part of my life so well… “36?”

29. Baby snickers are my favorite candy bars.

30. Never call my bluff, especially when I’m talking dirty. I don’t bluff…lol!

And that’s a wrap. Have a great day!

Ubuntu!

Tossing Salt: Thoughts on NXT, WWE HOF and Wrestlemania XXXII…

Tossing Salt – Worldwide News
April 3, 2016
Doug Maynard

We are just a few hours away, as I write this, from the biggest show of the year for WWE, Wrestlemania XXXII, coming live tonight on the WWE Network from Dallas, TX. The show is huge and stacked, as should be expected and history will be made. Tonight is Part III of IV of what has been a tremendous wrestling weekend that started with NXT Takeover: Dallas on Friday night. That was followed by the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Induction Ceremony that happened last night. Tonight will be, of course, Wrestlemania XXXII and it’ll wrapped up by Monday Night RAW tomorrow night on the USA. Damn, I wish I had the money to be in Dallas right now.

But I don’t and I’m not. I’m just here in the basement offices of Tossing Salt Media, Inc, sipping on a Pepsi and rejoicing in the NCAA tournament semi-final victory of the UNC Tarheels last night over Syracuse. Now it’s on to Monday night to play Villanova for the NCAA Basketball Championship. GO HEELS!

As for here and now, I’m planning on giving some quick thoughts about the NXT Takeover show and the Hall of Fame ceremony, to be followed by my predictions for the big event tonight, Wrestlemania XXXII. And since unlike Mick Jagger, time is not on my side (I really should have done this last night), let’s can the chit-chat and get busy. I’m Doug and this is “Tossing Salt – Worldwide News”, pro wrestling’s most eclectic column since 2002. My world – welcome to it. Let’s do it! Hey, that rhymed.

NXT Takeover: Dallas – Thoughts.

What can I say really? The men and women of NXT brought their A-game to Dallas on Friday night and were all geared up to show why they’re the hottest promotion going today. They looked as if they were determined to steal the weekend away from their peers on the main roster and they probably did so. A top notch show from start to finish.
The Revival may have lost their tag team titles to Team Alpha, but both teams looked incredible and just leave you asking for more. I love the Revival and their old school ways. Someone has been watching a lot of tape on the Anderson Brothers from the 80’s and Team Alpha. They’re young, physical and so full of energy and talent. Austin Aries versus Baron Corbin wasn’t great, but it was damn good and a good way for Aries to make his NXT wrestling debut. Austin belongs on the main roster. So does Corbin for that matter. A damn good match between two good and talented men. Asuka beat Bayley for the NXT Women’s Championship in an action paced bout that saw the she-hugger controlling most of the action, but the Japanese buzzsaw countered on that one mistake and was able to walk away with the gold. They tried to steal the show and may have if not for the match between Samoa Joe and Finn Balor for the NXT Championship. This was the Samoa Joe we’ve all waited to see and he didn’t let us down. Finn Balor was amazing and the match was brutal from the start. It lost a little steam when Joe was busted open hardway almost immediately and the referees and doctors stopped the action several times to wipe the blood away, but to Joe and Balor’s credit, they would pick up right where they left off and kept the magic alive and going strong. A really, really, really good match. And then finally, we had Sami Zayn versus Shinsuke Nakamura. It wasn’t the main event, but it was the match of the night for sure. I don’t usually do that whole star-rating type thing, but this match… 4 3/4 stars out of 5. It was that damn good and set the bar for the rest of the weekend. The men and women on the main roster, working Wrestlemania tonight, have a lot of work to do if they even want to come close. Can they do it? We’ll see. All in all, a fantastic event that started off the weekend with a bang. For the men and women of NXT, this was their Wrestlemania and they pulled out all the stops to put on a show for the ages. And that, they did, most definitely!

And then, on Saturday night, we had the WWE Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies. Let’s do a quick recap of that, with my thoughts on each segment. Don’t worry though, I’ll keep it short (just like Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin… lol).

WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Induction Ceremony – Thoughts

Though it ran a little over three and a half hours, the show seemed to move quickly for me and flew by. I think all of the inductees and their inductors were funny, relevant and had their act together. Yes, there was some randomness and getting lost in the moment, but all in all, it was one of the best Induction ceremonies in recent years.

The Godfather: JBL and Ron Simmon’s introduction was great with JBL’s every attempt to tell a story countered by Simmon’s shutting him down. JBL’s deadpanned remark to his wife that he doesn’t know that person was just perfect for the moment. I can just imagine some of the adventures that those three probably had together and I doubt any of it would be appropiate for television. Godfather’s did his “Ho’ Train” schtick and at the same time, managed to talk about his children and grandchildren. It was heartfelt and real. Godfather had that great energy going and looked good. Just a good and quick segment that really showcased the man and his character.

Stan Hansen: Talk about a wrestling legend. Vader started it off, being funny and personable and really coming across well as he told the story about how Hansen knocked his eyeball out and how tough the man was. And Hansen seemed to be feeling and looking great. He came across as the lovable grandpa and husband that he is when he talked about and introduced his family, but you could see and feel the intensity in his words and manner as he talked about “opponents”. I am so glad to see Stan in the HOF and seeing Bruno there was icing on the cake for this great moment.

Jacqueline: The Dudleys were funny and did a great job of introducing Jackie. I don’t believe I’ve heard Devon talk so much in the past thirty years, but it was great. That little story about how cheap Jackie supposedly is was funny too. And Jackie? While I kind of wish she had mentioned Jeff Jarrett and Kevin Sullivan, both of who were major factors in her early success, I understand why she didn’t and that’s cool. And she didn’t mention Ivory as one of the WWE Divas she spoke of? Well damn! But it was a great, albeit short speech to accept the honor and Jackie is a truly tough and amazing woman who deserves that spot. Kudos to her!

The Freebirds: From telling stories to talking about their love for Terry and Buddy to bringing out Ray Gordy and Buddy Jr., to more stories, to pure emotion, to Kevin Von Erich, to Michael Hayes singing “Badstreet USA” to close out the segment… it was perfect. And even though we all dissed the New Day for being the men to induct Hayes, Garvin and Freebirds into the HOF, they were funny and amazing and did a great job as well. They were the right choices to do the honors and it allowed Kevin to do what he did later on with his little speech. Probably my favorite Hall of Fame segment ever and congrats to the Freebirds once more.

The Big Bossman: Nothing against Slick, but I would have loved to see Jimmy Cornette doing this induction. I understand why it was Slick though and no worries here. A great tribute to a great performer who was also obviously a nice person and great family man. My allergies tried to act up a bit here as I reflected back and thought about some of the great moments with Ray Traylor in his role as the Big Bossman and also as Big Bubba Rogers, and I wish they had at least mentioned the “Bubba” character, but it’s the WWE so I’m not surprised they didn’t. A good, touching moment.

Snoop Dogg: This was the one moment I didn’t like as the fans acted like idiots and booed the hell out of John Cena when he came out to induct Snoop. And then they booed Snoop, although not as badly, but still. Snoop would not be my first or even second or third choice for the WWE Celebrity wing of the HOF. I think Regis and Cyndi Lauper should be there first if we’re going to have a “Celebrity Wing”. But Snoop was sincere and real in his speech and seemed to be truly honored as he spoke about going to the matches as a child and his love for our sport. And he put over Sasha Banks, as he should. And Cena? Say what you will about him, but when he’s not around, he is missed. A good moment for both men despite the childish behavior of the fans. If they want to boo, that’s fine AT THE MATCHES. This night though wasn’t about them. It was about the men and women on that stage and the audience should have been more respectful. Just saying.

Joan Lunden: A cancer survivor and incredible woman inducted by Dana Warrior. It was real and moving and showed the power and strength of two amazing women. Let’s hope that one day, a cure for cancer will be found.

Sting: Ric Flair, doing the inducting, was all over the place in typical Flair fashion and there was more than one moment there where I wasn’t sure if Flair was inducting Sting or Ricky Steamboat again. But that’s Ric Flair and that’s why we love and enjoy him. And Sting? He was obviously touched and honored and put over Flair, as well as the WWE and HHH. He spoke from the heart and it was a good and powerful moment. He also announced his retirement, which I didn’t like, but I guess we shouldn’t be surprised. Sting talked about the various characters he’s played and even mentioned the TNA Joker Sting, which was good. He put over Flair, WCW, and his family, who he talked about how they loved him even when they shouldn’t have. A classy speech by a total class-act and a great way to round out the evening.

All in all, a great show that I enjoyed a great deal. Congratulations to all of the newest members of the WWE Hall of Fame, Class of 2016. Just a damn good night.

And before I go on, I’m going to do a little “Top Ten” list. Since I just finished speaking about the WWE Hall of Fame, this will be (in my opinion), the Top Ten People who need to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Top Ten Acts That Need To Be Inducted Into The WWE Hall of Fame

10. Eric Bischoff
9. The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton, Stan Lane, Dennis Condrey) w/ Jim Cornette
8. Lisa (Ivory) Moretti
7. The Rock & Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson)
6. Cyndi Lauper (Celebrity Wing)
5. VADER
4. Bruiser Brody
3. The British Bulldogs (Dynamite Kid & Davey Boy Smith)
2. The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Ole & Gene Anderson)
1. “The Russian Bear” Ivan Koloff

And now… I know I’m not the only one. All together now. “Pimpin’ ain’t easy!”

Sorry, I had to do that. Now, let’s move on to the main event of the evening and that’s my predictions for the matches tonight at Wrestlemania XXXII, live from Dallas, TX on the WWE Network. Let’s do this…

Wrestlemania XXXII Predictions…

WWE World Heavyweight champion Triple H vs. Roman Reigns.

The most interesting thing here is that HHH will be the “face” of the match, with probably 98% of the fans booing and jeering at Roman Reigns. What I expect will be a double-turn here with Roman embracing the hatred and going heel, while HHH plays the baby-face in peril. And wouldn’t it be great to see Seth Rollins pop up and get involved to cost HHH the title. Then we could have a SHIELD reunion on RAW with Seth acting as Roman’s mouthpiece while he continues to rehab from his injury. The fans may hate Roman as the lead singles face star, but they love him as part of the SHIELD so… Look for Roman to lie, cheat and steal (RIP Eddie Guerrero) and at the end of the night, embrace the hatred as he once again becomes the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

Winner and NEW WWE World Champion: Roman Reigns

Dean Ambrose vs. Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman) – No Holds Barred Street Fight

Ambrose is going to take a beating for sure and make it one helluva fight. Will he win? He’s fighting Brock Lensar. What do you think?

Winner: Brock Lesnar

Shane McMahon vs. The Undertaker – Hell in a Cell: McMahon gains control of Monday Night Raw if he wins. Wrestlemania 32 will be Undertaker’s “last Wrestlemania” if he loses.

Look for a lot of smoke and mirrors. Look for everybody and their mama, daddy and cousin to get involved in the match. I’m even expecting an appearance by the Mean Street Posse at this point. We know Pete Gas is in the house tonight. It’s hard for me to see Undertaker losing and this being his “last Wrestlemania”. But at the same time, I can’t see Shane coming back just to leave again this quickly. And the idea of a new “Brand Split” is something that WWE really needs and would be a major step to making things better. I’ve been of the thought that Taker would kick Shane’s ass and then allow Shane to “pin him” as a way to screw over Vince, but I can’t see the Taker character doing that, no matter how much sense it makes. I’m honestly at a loss as to what might happen and how they’re going to pull this off, but I think we will see a brand-split very soon in the future. But at the end of the night tonight, I think it will be the “Dead Man” walking out with the victory.

Winner: The Undertaker

WWE Divas champion Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks.

This match should be off the charts with three of the most talented woman wrestlers in WWE out there to try and steal the show. My first thoughts were that Sasha Banks would walk out of this match as the new Divas Champion, but that has changed. Since it looks as if the WWE will be dropping the Divas title in favor of the Women’s Championship tonight, I think they’re going to stick with Charlotte holding the gold, at least for now. Sasha is amazing, but makes, in my opinion, a better challenger than champion. Plus Charlotte is really starting to grow into her role as the heel champ and is really starting to feel her stride. Look for Sasha to lay out Becky, but Charlotte comes in and steals the win to retain the gold. Sounds like a plan to me.

Winner and STILL WWE Diva’s Champion: Charlotte

WWE Intercontinental champion Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn vs. Stardust vs. The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Zack Ryder vs. Sin Cara: Ladder Match.

This match is going to be brutal with high-spot after high-spot. And I think it’s time for Zack Ryder to finally make his return to the upper card of WWE. Woo woo woo – you know it, bro! Alas, I wish it was true because I would love to see Zack get some of the credit and recognition that he deserves, but it won’t be tonight. I expect we’ll see some amazing things from all of the men involved and maybe it’ll lead to a good program for Zack and some of the others to gain some status on the WWE ladder. But at the end of the night, it’s KO-mania as Kevin Owens will climb that ladder and retain the gold.

Winner and STILL WWE Intercontinental Champion: Kevin Owens

WWE Tag Team champions The New Day vs. The League of Nations.

New Day rocks! League of Nations, not so much. A good match with some good action, but we all know who will win here. Hint: They inducted the Freebirds at the HOF last night.

Winners: The New Day

Chris Jericho vs. AJ Styles.

Another match that should be non-stop excellent from bell to bell, but the outcome isn’t really in any doubt. Jericho is scheduled to leave next month to work with Fozzy. AJ is sticking around and should be moving into the upper-card level with some title action coming his way. So it’s time to get phenomenal as AJ takes that trip to the pay window, if you will.

Winner: AJ Styles

The Usos vs. The Dudley Boyz.

Look for tables and look for some stiff brutality. And look for The Usos to finally win one.

Winners: The Usos

Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

I would love to see and hope that the Social Outcasts do very well in this event. I’ve been hearing rumors of Goldberg popping up in this event all weekend too, but I doubt that’s going to happen. As for the winner, it’ll either be Bray Wyatt, after Rowan and Strauman do all the hard work, Kane, or maybe the Big Show. I wish it could be Mark Henry since they’re in his hometown of Dallas, plus he has said this will probably be his last Wrestlemania. That would be a great tribute to the “World’s Strongest Man”, but I doubt that will happen. Big Show won it last year so not again. Kane? Nah, I don’t think so. I think that the Wyatt Family will work as a team and then in the end, eliminate themselves so that their leader and mentor, Bray Wyatt, will walk out with the victory and trophy.

Winner: Bray Wyatt

“Team Total Divas” Paige & Natalya & Brie Bella & Alicia Fox & Eva Marie vs. “Bad & Blonde” Emma & Lana & Naomi & Tamina & Summer Rae.

Looking at this match, I think it’s pretty obvious that the “stars” of the reality show, Total Divas, will capture the win. Lana will get some spots in to look good, but the reality TV team is where the money is at, plus Brie is supposedly planning to later this week and they’ll want her to go out with class and style and a win. So look for the Total Divas to win. But just to piss everyone off, expect for Eva Marie to be the one to score the pinfall. It’s wrong, but it’s WWE so that’s how it’ll go. Just saying.

Winners: Team Total Divas

WWE United States champion Kalisto vs. Ryback.

And finally, we have Kalisto defending the United States Championship against Ryback. Ryback should win. Ryback is bigger, stronger and the WWE management favorite. He’s the “big name” here. But I just don’t much care for him so I’m going to go for Kalisto to retain. No reason needed. He just will. Lucha-lucha-lucha! ‘Nuff said!

Winner and STILL WWE United States Champion: Kalisto

And I guess that’s it for now. Time to get this baby posted and put to bed. Thank you all for reading and hopefully, we can do this again real soon. I’m Doug and as the great Baron Von Raschke (who also should be in the WWE Hall of Fame) would say, “Dat is all de people need to know!” Enjoy Wrestlemania tonight. Thoughts and comments can be sent to Doug28352@yahoo.com. I’m at Twitter at @doug28352 and on Facebook at facebook.com/saltpalace. Again, thanks for reading. I’ll catch you on the flip side. I’m down and I’m gone.

Ubuntu!

A Dozen Days Of Dougie (Day 11): Imagine

Imagine a life where even the smallest interaction with others makes your stomach tighten up and your head spin
Imagine that every time the phone rings, you nearly jump through the roof and are overwhelmed with a major sense of dread
Imagine not walking out into your yard or going to the mailbox because neighbors are out in their yards and may speak
Imagine being anxious and tense every time you leave your house
Imagine having that feeling that everyone you see and meet and interact with is judging you and finding you lacking
Imagine that every conversation, be it in person, on the phone, via the internet or even text is an inquisition
Imagine that conversations with even the best of friends or family leaves you exhausted and drained
Imagine hating to be alone, but being so uncomfortable in the presence of others that there is no other option
Imagine being aloof and distant, not because you want to be, but you know no other way
Imagine all of that
Now try living it each and every moment of every day
I do
Explains a lot, doesn’t it?
‘Nuff said!

A Dozen Days of Dougie (Day 10): Four Things (FB Survey)

One of my friends on Facebook posted this short survey thingy and anyone who knows me knows I’m all about the survey thingys so… Let’s do this. And it counts for Day 10 of my “A Dozen Days of Dougie” blog series. “Why?”, you ask. Because I said it did. I’m playing catch-up. Woo-hoo! And away we go…
Everything is so serious on Facebook these days.
Let’s have a little fun… (And I’m genuinely curious to read other peoples’ if they fill it out)

Four names I go by.
1. Doug
2. Douglas
3. Dougie Fresh
4. Salty

Four things I don’t like
1. Bad Attitudes
2. Bigots
3. Blatant Stupidity
4. Extremely loud music

Four places I have worked
1. ABC Store
2. H&L Sweepstakes
3. Nic’s Pic Kwik
4. Dairy Mart

Four things I love to watch
1. Cartoons
2. Wrestling
3. HGTV
4. Kevin Smith Movies

Four things I love to eat
1. Chinese Food
2. Fried Chicken
3. Hamburgers
4. Your Boyfriend

Four people I think will respond
1. Theresa (if I tagged her)
2. Kenneth (if I tagged him)
3. Tecty (if I tagged her)
4. Fran (if she was still here – I miss that woman! RIP)

Four favorite drinks (not water)
1. Pepsi
2. Kool-Aid
3. Orange Juice
4. Vodka

Hold your finger down on this post to copy, and paste to make your own. I can’t wait to see your responses.

And that’s it for this one. Thanks for reading. Ubuntu!

A Dozen Days of Dougie (Day 9): Predictions for WWE Road Block…

In just a little less than twenty-four hours, it’ll be time for a pit stop on the WWE Road To Wrestlemania with the WWE Network Special, ROADBLOCK!! Four matches have been announced for this special event, being shown live from Toronto on the WWE Network, and thus, it’s prediction time. Let’s cut to the chase, put away the booty creme, comb the hair into a “Trump” and do this. Gary Spivey, eat your heart out!

WWE World Heavyweight champion Triple H vs. Dean Ambrose.

So the question is, will the WWE have a title change take place this close to Wrestlemania? Vince wants Roman Reigns to be the champ and everything that is WWE is geared towards Roman and HHH for the WWE Championship. But the fans would rather see Dean Ambrose as the Champ. I could care less about HHH versus Roman in the main event and would love to see Dean Ambrose versus Brock Lesnar for the WWE title in the main event of Wrestlemania. Vince and HHH are all about what’s best for business so how about this? Ambrose beats HHH at Roadblock to capture the WWE World Championship. At Wrestlemania, we get HHH versus Roman in a “grudge match” and have Ambrose defend the WWE Championship in his match against Brock. And the winners of these two matches face off in a third match, the final match of the evening and main event for Wrestlemania XXXII, for the WWE World Championship. So Roman beats HHH and Brock captures the WWE title from Ambrose and in the main event of Wrestlemania, it’s Brock defending against Roman, who goes on to win a brutal slobberknocker of a match and become the new WWE World Champion. Everyone is happy as we get some great matches for Wrestlemania and Vince gets his pick as the Champion at the end of the night. Works for me. But it all has to start at Roadblock and with Dean Ambrose defeating HHH to capture the gold. I think it’ll happen.

Winner and NEW WWE World Champion: Dean Ambrose

Brock Lesnar vs. Bray Wyatt

This should be a fun and brutal match and it’ll be a good fight for Brock, but let’s get serious. Brock is Brock and he’s headed into one of the main events at Wrestlemania in just a few weeks. There is no way in hell he’s going to lose.

Winner: Brock Lesnar

WWE NXT Tag Team champions The Revival vs. Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady

Both of these teams are damn good, but with Enzo and Colin preparing to move to the main roster, it really wouldn’t make sense to have them capture the gold at this point. But then again, that’s why the idea of a title change is so damn good. A title change here and a rematch at Wrestlemania? That would be aweome, but I don’t see Vince giving NXT that much exposure and if there is a NXT title match at the big event, it should be Finn Balor (and the debut of the Balor Club?) defending his title against Samoa Joe or something of that nature instead. No title change here.

Winners and STILL NXT Tag Team Champions: The Revival

WWE Tag Team champions The New Day vs. Sheamus & King Barrett

This match makes sense since the New Day have been verbally sparring with the League of Nations for several weeks now, ever since that awful disaster of a segment we called the “Cutting Edge Peep Show” a few weeks ago on RAW. But even so, it has a thrown together kind of feel to it and even though it is a rare “heel versus heel” match and is for the WWE World Tag Team Championship, the best I can say about it is “Eh!”. The New Day will get the chance to play faces for the night and it’ll be a solid match with lots of action, near falls and what not’s. I don’t see a title change though unless it’s a quickie with the belts going to the League and then back to the New Day on RAW Monday night. The New Day is on a roll right now and they should keep the belts at least until the big show in Dallas. And I think they will because… NEW DAY ROCKS! ‘Nuff said!

Winners and STILL WWE World Tag Team Champions: The New Day

And there you go. My predictions for the four matches announced for this WWE Special, live on the Network on Saturday night. This also counts as “Day 9” of my “A Dozen Days of Dougie” blog series. Now I’m only two days behind. I can’t help it. I had some bad days and now I’m feeling better and playing catch-up… because that’s how I roll. Thanks for reading and I will see you at the matches. I’m Doug and “dat is all de’ people need to know!”.

Ubuntu!

A Dozen Days Of Dougie (Day 8): Matilda Bay, Managers & Returning Phone Calls…

A Dozen Days Of Dougie (Day 8)

And here we go again, bright and early on a Tuesday morning. It’s only 8:30am and so far, so good. I’ve managed to call the man working on my Blazer to inquire how it’s coming along. I’m waiting on a call-back now. I’ve washed one load of clothes and have them in the dryer now. I’ve washed dishes left over from last night. And most importantly, I’ve talked to my cat, held her in my arms and told her how wonderful and special she is. She seems to like hearing that kind of thing. She was purring. And now, as I wait for the phone to ring and kill a couple of hours before I go do Food Lion, it’s time to tackle that elephant in the room. No, I am not talking about Republican politics. Not right now anyhow. I’m talking about my blog series, “A Dozen Days of Dougie”. It’s Day 8 and I’m ready to knock this sucker out of the ball park. Let’s just jump right to it, shall we?

We go to the Magic Box, open it up and pull some topics out for consideration. What shall we write about today? How about “Disgusted”, “Pizza” and “Homeless”. Talk about three downer and depressing subjects. I’m almost disgusted at the choices. Why don’t I ever pick a fun topic or something remotely entertaining out of the Magic Box? I know! The whole concept is to draw random topics from the box and just work with it, testing my writing skills and creativity levels. But damn it, it’s bringing me down. Pizza is okay. After all, how can a person complain about pizza? Pizza is like sex. Even when it’s terrible, it’s good. I think I need to demand a recount or a do-over. Let’s try this again.

Magic Box, what have you to offer me today? We reach into the box and the topics for discussion are “Matilda Bay”, “Managers” and “Returning Calls”. Now this is more like it, especially since I used to enjoy the first one quite regularly, I’ve had plenty of experience with the second topic and I despise and suck when it comes to the third topic. And if you’re not down with that, oh well… lol. Let’s do this…

A Dozen Days of Dougie (Day 8): Matilda Bay, Managers and Returning Calls…

Speaking of returning calls, I just had a phone call and have to leave for a little while. I’ll be back to finish this in a short while. Don’t go away!:-)

(Update) Now, it’s Wednesday morning and I’m no closer to having this bad mama-jama up then I was yesterday, over 25 hours ago. “What happened?”, you ask. Well, life happened. That and some laziness and just lots and lots of things. I fell asleep. I went and voted. I went to Food Lion and Dollar General to get cat food, paper towels, kitty litter, tuna and a few other things. I got sick and puked my guts up. I fell asleep again. I spent an hour texting back and forth with my BFF. I was kidnapped by that same BFF for what I was expecting to be maybe 15 minutes and ended up as a trip to Rockingham and not getting home until after 1:00am. And my plans to sit here and write out “Day 8” of ADDoD? It just didn’t happen.

Let’s do this now. I’ll make it short and sweet though. We’re going to do this cliffnote style.

Matilda Bay was an awesome adult beverage that came out in the early 90’s and I enjoyed very much. It came in a box with a spout and truth be told, tasted like cough syrup. Well, more like Zima (remember that) than a typical adult beverage of the time, but it doesn’t matter. It had a spout, it was unique and I liked it… a lot. For some reason, it was discontinued in the mid-90’s and I never saw it again. It’s still out there somewhere though, albeit not in North Carolina. But it will forever be in my memories and mind. That was some good stuff.

Managers? I’ve had many and some, like my most recent and current manager, do a great job and are very good at their job. A few that I’ve had in the past, that wasn’t quite the story though. A good manager leads by example. A bad manager just sits there shouting out orders. A good manager does what is required and delegates responsibility if necessary. A bad manager complains about what they’re supposed to be doing and tries to pass the buck to someone else. A good manager is a stable and calming presence in the workplace. A bad manager creates chaos and instability. If everyone tenses up and gets nervous or frightened when their manager walks into the room, despite that they are doing their job and are good, reliable workers, they don’t have a manager. They have a boss. Give me a real “manager” any time.

And finally, “returning calls”. I suck when it comes to this. I admit it! And texts too, but I will get around to it eventually. If it’s a serious or legitimate matter, I’ll return the call or text promptly. If it’s just a “B.S.” call or text, I probably won’t. It’s not personal, but I hate phones. I hate “small talk”. And I’m an ass-clown sometimes. That’s just me. I still love you though. I despise phones. And there you go.

And that’s it for “Day 8”. Day 9 coming up when it comes up. I’m Doug and I’m down and gone.

Ubuntu!