Late Night Boredom – 200 Question Survey…

Yes, I’m doing a 200 Question Survey. It’s late at night and I’m all alone (as usual) and extremely bored. And what the hell… this is cheaper, easier and more useful than seeing a shrink so… and away we go. Let’s do this…

20 likes and I’ll answer ALL 200 questions!!!!

1: Are you ready for 200 questions? Bring ’em on. I’m ready!

2: Was your last relationship a mistake? Well, considering that he lied to me, stole from me, stole from my Mom and is now in prison for the next 17 years after making me look and feel like a total idiot who is now plagued by major insecurities and issues,, I think “mistake” describes it pretty well…

3: Do you miss your last relationship? I miss being with someone, but so far as Chris goes… surprisingly no..

4: Who did you last say “i love you” to? My BFF / brother Kenneth…

5: Do you regret it? Nope.

6: Have you ever been depressed? I fight with and deal with depression every single day of my life and every waking moment of my life. Some days are just worse than others…

7: Are you a boy or girl? I prefer “man or woman” and I’m all man…

8: Are you insecure? At times – I have anxiety issues, but I suck it up and deal with it…

9: What is your relationship status? Single

10: How do you want to die? If I have the option of choosing the reason for my demise, it will be many, many years from now while asleep.

11: What did you last eat? A piece of ham and some Chex mix.

12: Have you played any sports? Not recently, but when I was younger, I did do the football thing and all the other usual childhood games.

13: Do you bite your nails? Sometimes, but not often. I’m trying to break that habit.

14: When was your last physical fight? It’s been a while unless you count getting beat up on / play fighting with a five year old… lol

15: Do you have an attitude? Sometimes, but it all depends upon the person I’m dealing with / situation. I’m actually really a nice guy. Really…

16: Do you like someone? I do…

17: What is your real name? If you’re reading this, you already know what my name is. Will the real Slim Shady please stand up. I’m sitting down cause it’s not me.

18: Have you ever read a book? I have read many, many books!

19: Are you gonna get high later? Nope!

20: Do you hate anyone at the moment? Hate is a wasted emotion. There are people I don’t really care for sometimes, but I would never go so far as to say I “hate” anyone.

21: Do you miss someone? YES!!

22: Twirl or cut your spaghetti? Twirl…

23: Do you tan a lot? No, I don’t do sunlight if it can be avoided.

24: Have any pets? I do have a beautiful cat named Goldie, but she’s not a pet – she’s family…

25: How exactly are you feeling? Tired and sore, but thankful I made it through another day.

26: Ever eaten food in a car while someone or you are driving? Of course…

27: Ever made out in a bathroom? Among other things, yes…

28: Would you take any of your exes back? Surprisingly yes – at least for the physical parts of the relationship..

29: Are you scared of spiders? Not really – no..

30: Would you go back in time if you were given the chance? Probably..

31: Do you regret anything from your past? A few things, but it is what it is and my past experiences have made me stronger.

32: What are your plans for this weekend? This upcoming weekend – work on Saturday and probably chill around the house on Sunday.

33: Do you want to have kids? I regret never having children but that ship has passed long ago and isn’t going to happen.

34: Did you ever kiss someone whose name starts with an M? I can think of a couple of people…

35: Do you type fast? Fairly fast… yes.

36: Do you have piercings? I used to have my ear pierced, but the hole has grown shut. None at the moment.

37: Want anymore? Maybe… who knows?

38: Can you spell well? Yes, I am somewhat anal about spelling..

39: Do you miss anyone from your past? YES!

40: What are you craving right now? A true friend / companionship

41: Ever been to a bonfire party? Many times..

42: Ever had a silly band? I’ve had cans of silly string… close enough, right?

43: Have you ever been on a horse? Yes.

44: Kissed someone in a pickup truck? Yes…

45: Have you ever broken someone’s heart? Yes…

46: Have you ever been cheated on? Yeppers…

47: Have you ever made a boyfriend/girlfriend cry? Yep!

48: Are you thinking of someone right now? I am – yes…

49: Would you live with someone without marrying them? Absolutely…

50: What should you be doing? Probably sleeping..

51: What’s irritating you right now? That I’ve been lied to… again!

52: Have you ever liked someone so much that it hurts? Yes….

53: Does somebody love you? They say yes, but I wonder sometimes…

54: What is your favorite color? My favorite colors are purple, black and hot pink..

55: Have you ever changed clothes in a car? Yes

56: Milk chocolate or white chocolate? Milk chocolate

57: Do you have trust issues? Big time…

58: Best friends name? Kenneth

59: 2nd best friends name? I don’t have 2nd or 3rd best friends… I have friends that I love, value and consider to be family… It’s not a competition.

60: 3rd best friends name? Read my previous answer..

61: Longest relationship? Off and on, almost eight years..

62: Do you believe your most recent ex thinks about you? I don’t know, but most likely he’s blaming me for his life and how it turned out.

63: Who was the last person you cried in front of? No one gets to see me cry…

64: Do you give out second chances too easily? I do…

65: Is it easier to forgive or forget? I always forgive – I NEVER forget!

66: Is this year the best year of your life? Hell no – it’s among the very worst..

67: What was your childhood nickname? “George”… lol

68: Have you ever walked outside completely naked? Yes…

69: Favorite food? Probably chinese buffet… that counts as one food, right?

70: Do you believe everything happens for a reason? I guess so…

71: What is the last thing you did before you went to bed last night? Watched YouTube and peed..

72: Did you have dream last night? Yes!

73: What is bothering you? I’m alone, I have no real friends who are here and accessible, people lie, I’m in a rut and just going through the motions of life, etc. Shall I continue?

74: Have you ever been out of state? Many times..

75: Do you play the Wii? Nope

76: Are you listening to music right now? Yeppers – listening to George Michael (RIP) on YouTube…

77: Do you like Chinese food? I do…

78: Who are you texting right now? No one at the moment…

79: Are you afraid of the dark? No – I love the dark. I am truly a child of the night.

80: Is cheating ever okay? Not really, but it happens anyhow.

81: Are you mean? No – too nice if anything.

82: Can you keep white shoes clean? Yeah…

83: What year has been your best? Probably around 1997 or so – it was crazy, but I’ve got some great memories. Every other year is hit and miss..

84: Do you believe in true love? For some, yes. For me, doubtful.

85: Favorite weather? Clear and cold…

86: Do you like the snow? Yes.

87: Does it snow a lot where you live? Not really…

88: Do you like the outside? I don’t do “outside” unless I have too… lol

89: Are you currently bored? Extremely – can’t you tell? I’m doing this survey, aren’t I?

90: Do you want to get married? I would like to one day…

91: Is it cute when a boy/girl calls you baby? Depends on who the boy / girl is.

92: Are you hungry? Nope

93: Have you ever made out for more than a half hour straight? Yeppers – it’s been a while though.

94: What makes you happy? The little things like animals, small kids, a hug for no reason, finishing a project, muppets, etc.

95: Would you change your name? My “professional writing name” – yes. My real name? No!

96: Ever been to Alaska? Nope!

97: Ever been to Hawaii? Nope!

98: Do you watch the news? I do sometimes, but prefer the newspaper or internet. Not quite as biased.

99: Do you love MTV? MTV pretty much sucks now. I preferred it back when they actually used to play music and music videos.

100: Do you like subway? Not really..

101: Would it be hard to kiss the last person you kissed? No – he’s very kissable.

102: Your best friend of the opposite sex likes you, what do you do? Explain that we’re friends and that won’t change, but I don’t do “opposite sex” stuff.

103: Do you talk like your friends? Not really..

104: Why did you decide to do this quiz? I was / am extremely bored and I wanted to post something for my blog, but don’t feel like writing anything complicated.

105: Have you ever seen someone you knew and purposely avoided them? Absolutely..

106: Do you have a friend of the opposite sex who you can act your complete self around? I have some who I am more comfortable with and relaxed than others, but honestly, no one gets to see my “complete self” anymore. Only bits and pieces.

107: Who was the last person of the opposite sex you talked to? My Mom – she’s the only actual human I’ve spoken to in person in the past 30-something hours.

108: Do you feel good? No!

109: Who was the last person you had a deep conversation with? I honestly don’t remember. Probably Kenneth I guess…

110: Favorite lyrics right now? “I’m just another fragment of your life… to wander free. And losing everything… that’s like the sun going down on me!”

111: Can you count to one million? Probably but why would I want to?

112: Ever bought condoms? Yes…

113: Ever gotten pregnant? Nope…

114: Ever failed a class? Yeppers

115: Ever kissed a boy? Many times..

116: Ever kissed a girl? Yeah…

117: Ever used a little paper bag for lunch? I actually have…lol

118: Have you ever had a job? Been working since I was 15 lol…

119: Have you ever slipped on ice? Yep and busted my ass…

120: Have you ever missed the bus? Yeppers…

121: Have you left the house without money? Many times..

122: Did you ever bully someone on the internet? Nope.. I hate a bully..

123: Did you ever sexted someone? A few times…

124: Have you ever had sex in public? Yeah, a few times…

125: Did you ever played on a sports team? Nope…

126: Have you ever smoked weed? Yeah, but it wasn’t my thing. I prefer alcohol…

127: Have you ever smoked cigarettes? Only if I was drunk or stressing…

128: Have you ever smoked a cigar? Yeah, but again, not my thing..

129: Did you ever drink alcohol? Used to drink very often… not so much now though.

130: Did you ever watched “The Breakfast Club”? A few times… good movie.

131: Have you ever been overweight? Oh yeah…

132: Ever had an eating disorder? Binge eating…

133: Ever been to a wedding? Yeppers

134: Ever been in a wedding? Yeppers (again)..

135: Did you ever made fun of someone for being fat? Probably – I was an ass as a kid and did a lot of stupid and insensitive things…

136: Have you ever been on the computer for 5 hours straight? Yep…

137: Did you ever watch TV for 5 hours straight? Yep…

138: Ever been late for work? A few times, but not many..

139: Ever been late for school? Yeppers…

140: Ever kissed in the rain? Among other things, yes..

141: Did you ever showered with someone else? Yeppers – it was quite a cleansing experience… lol

142: Did you ever fail a driver’s test? Yeah – never go 43 in a 35 mph zone during a drivers test – the man didn’t like that!

143: Have you ever run a mile in less than 10 minutes? I doubt it..

144: Ever been outside my home country? Nope…

145: Ever been on a road trip longer than 5 hours? A few times…

146: Did you ever get your heart broken? Yeah…

147: Ever had a credit card? Yeppers – them things can get you in trouble…

148: Ever been to a professional sports game? Yeppers..

149: Did you ever broken a bone? A few times…

150: Have you ever been unhappy about your weight? Yeah, but I’ve lost over 80 pounds since then and still working on it…

151: Did you ever won a trophy in your life? Yeppers

152: Did you ever cut yourself for no reason? Yes, I have…

153: Do you have STD? Nope..

154: Ever got engaged? Yeah, but that didn’t last long. I was a freakin’ idiot!

155: Have you ever been on a diet? Yes, but diets don’t work – only a change of life will…

156: Did you ever been on TV? Yeppers..

157: Ever rode in a taxi? Yes…

158: Ever been to prom? My Junior Prom in high school – yes…

159: Ever played a drinking game? Quite a few of them actually…

160: Ever stayed up for 24 hours or more? Yes!

161: Ever been to a concert? Yeppers, but none in quite a while…

162: Ever had a three-some? Yeah and it was fun, but a bit confusing at the same time. I prefer one on one..

163: Have you ever had a crush on someone of the same sex? Many times..

164: Have you ever been in a car accident? Yeah, but nothing too serious luckily for me..

165: Ever had braces? Nope…

166: Did you ever learn another language? Took spanish and latin in high school, plus I lived in Maxton for two years and worked there for another two so I can speak Robeson County… lol

167: Ever killed an animal? Yes…

168: Ever been to a Japanese steakhouse? Nope…

169: Do you wear make-up? Not in a long, long time. I make one ugly-ass drag queen… lol

170: Did you ever talked to someone via webcam? Yes!

171: Did you ever have wisdom teeth taken out? Nope…

172: Did you ever kiss someone a different race than yourself? A few times… yes.

173: Did you ever snuck out of the house? When I was a kid, yes…

174: Did you ever bought porn? Yeppers…

175: Ever had a virus on your computer? Yeah…

176: Ever dyed your hair? I used to have a rat-tail that would change colors occasionally..

177:Does rock and roll ever forget? Never!

178: Did you ever graduate from college? Nope..

179: Did you ever wear someone else’s clothes? Sometimes…

180: Ever rode in an ambulance? Yes!

181: Ever rode in a helicopter? Nope…

182: Ever caught the stove on fire? Yes…

183: Ever got in a verbal fight? Yes!

184: Ever meet someone famous? Quite a few folks actually…

185: Have you ever been on vacation? Yeah…

186: Ever been on an airplane? Nope…

187: Ever been on a boat? Yeppers…

188: Ever broken something expensive? Yeah…

189: Did you ever have surgery in your life time? A few times… yes.

190: Did you ever kiss someone before you were 14? Didn’t know what the hell I was doing, but yes… lol

191: Ever beat a video game? I have..

192: Ever got in a fist fight? Yeppers…

193: Did you ever find something valuable on the ground? Many times, especially when I used to work 3rd shift at the Kangaroo and at the Dairy Mart and would go out to clean my parking lot…

194: Did you ever stalk someone on facebook/ MySpace? Of course – that’s what Social media is all about, right?

195: Have you ever prank called someone? Yeppers

196: What are your top 3 favorite colors? Black, Purple and Hot Pink

197: What is your number 1 favorite sport? The King of Sports, Professional Wrestling..

198: What’s your favorite singer/rapper? My “Big Six” are Alice Cooper, Waylon, Sublime, Rickie Lee Jones, Frank Sinatra and Soce the Elemental Wizard…

199: What is your number 1 favorite animal? and why? Cats – because they’re real…

200: Did you think this looked like fun to do? I did – what the hell was I thinking?

And that’s all folks!!!

‘Tis The Season – Ramblings!

December 25, 2016. Christmas bells are ringing and people all over the world are celebrating Christmas with their friends, family, etc. But what do you do when your family isn’t all that close? When you don’t have friends? When all you have is yourself, alone at home? Well, that’s not entirely true. I’m never alone. My cat is here and she’s been extremely comforting and loving and I wouldn’t trade her for anything. But the rest? Yep! Pretty much describes it.

I was sitting here last night, watching the Broadway production of “Rent!”, which is excellent by the way, and it just kind of hit me. I used to be so big on the holidays and especially Christmas. I would decorate the house, wear the Santa cap and send out an average of 40 – 50 cards each year, to anyone and everyone I cared for. Then something happened. I don’t know if it was my anxiety and depression taking over, or my failure in relationships hitting home, or just being screwed over and hurt by too many of those so-called “friends” that I just quit giving a damn, but things changed. I changed and now, it’s just another sad and lonely day. I haven’t mailed out a Christmas card in three years now. I don’t buy presents and I don’t expect them. I just want to be alone. Most years, I cook and go all out and even if I’m not in the most sociable mood, I can send plates to the people I care for and make sure they’re well fed and have at least that small token of my love and appreciation. I’m not cooking anymore either.

I don’t know what it is exactly, but after being hurt and let down by people so many times, I’ve just given up. I work and go through the motions of life, but I don’t really live any more. I don’t even write anymore, with the exception of prediction columns for major wrestling shows, but that’s it. That’s all that I have left. I’m not alive any more. I’m not black or white or red or blue or green. I’ve just a shade of gray that drifts through a meaningless shadow of a life where no one cares and though I wish it was otherwise, I don’t really care myself anymore either.

Things may get better. I can’t really complain too much. I have a great job that I enjoy and some amazingly incredible people that I work with. I do have a few friends left that haven’t been driven away or totally given up on me and still try to be here, despite my moodiness and anxiety and attempts to build a wall to keep them out, even as I push them away. I have a family that is totally dysfunctional and we all have major issues, but the love is real and when push comes to shove, they’re good eggs. So what’s the problem? I guess it’s me. No, no guessing involved. It is me. As a great song by the Highwaymen said, “I am what I am because I’m not what I used to be.” I used to be outgoing and sociable and though happiness was elusive, I was content. And now I’m just… here.

I don’t know where I’m going with this and it’s turned into an incoherent rambling mess. What’s up with that? What is even the point? I’m not giving up although the desire is strong. It’s pretty much the only emotions or desire I feel anymore, lonliness, despair, alone, but I’m smart enough to know that so long as there are some feelings, even if they’re bad ones, then the good ones are there too, only not quite as accessible or obvious. Damn, I’m a freakin’ mess! I’m not stupid or suicidal or willing to do anything stupid so if it seems as if that’s where I’m going with this, take it out of your mind. I’m depressed and lonely, but not that cruel or spiteful to do anything of that magnitude that would hurt my family or the people I care for. I’m just taking it day by day, faking this smile and just doing what I do and I keep passing the open windows.

Maybe one day things will change. Maybe one day, I’ll be able to relax and smile and laugh and enjoy the light once more instead of being condemned to the shadows and darkness. Maybe one day, I’ll be able to step out of the cold and get the fire back. Who knows? It may be tomorrow. It may be a week from now… or a year. It may never happen. It is what it is, but I have to keep that little bit of hope alive and burning. Depression, anxiety, lonliness are terrible things, but they’re here and a part of my world and life and I just have to buck up, grit the teeth and move on, staying strong. This probably doesn’t make sense to most people and even I’m lost now as to where I was going. It happens like that sometimes.

I’m going to go lay down for a bit.

Merry Christmas Peeps!

-Doug
12/25/16

WWE Roadblock: End Of The Line – Thoughts and Predictions

WWE Roadblock: End of the Line – Thoughts and Predictions
December 18, 2016
Doug Maynard

We are just a few hours away from the latest WWE offering, live on the WWE Network and also available on pay-per-view if you like to spend extra money that could be used buying Little Jimmy a new pair of shoes and yourself a bottle of Stoli. It’s called WWE Roadblock: End of the Line and it’s coming live from the PPG Paint Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. And of course, that means it’s time to look into the future and make a few calls on what should happen and which WWE Superstars will be taking that walk to the pay window. Are you ready? Let’s do this…

WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens versus Roman Reigns

Kevin Owens SHOULD NOT lose the title yet! I repeat, Kevin Owens SHOULD NOT lose the title yet. In all of the recent house shows, Kevin and Roman have been headlining and it’s been in competition for Roman’s United States Championship and Roman has been the one getting his arm raised. Is that an indication of what will happen tonight? I surely hope not. I know that Roman is a favorite of Vince McMahon and he’s determined to push Roman down our throats, regardless of whether we like it or not. But the fans prefer Kevin Owens. He’s been used as a cowardly champ so far, but when push comes to shove, he always manages to come through. What I’d do is have a competitive match between the two and have Kevin’s estranged partner, Chris Jericho come out to attempt to screw with Owens and cost him the title, only to have it backfire and ends up hurting Roman instead, thus allowing Kevin to retain and capture the victory. This will build the ongoing problems between Jericho and Owens and move the soon to be feud between the two “best friends” alone. It also allows Roman to still look strong despite not capturing the gold. Someone will be getting involved. Count on that. And Owens will still walk out of the event as the WWE Universal Champion, by hook or by crook. So it is written, so shall it be.

Winner and STILL WWE Universal Champion: Kevin Owens

Raw Women’s Champion Sasha Banks versus Charlotte Flair in a 30 Minute Iron Man Match

I’m kind of torn here. Do they keep the belt on Sasha and allow her a chance to really look strong and build a legacy as the Raw Women’s Champion or do they keep the “undefeated streak” on pay-per-views for Charlotte alive and give her the title once more? I like Charlotte and she reminds me so much of a more athletic, female version of her father back in his younger days. Sasha is just amazing in her own right though and I’d like to see her have more credibility as a long term champ instead of being a multi-transitional champ, as she seems to be now. I just hope they don’t do the vintage “tied at the end and restart the match / overtime” thing. That got old back when Bret / HBK did it and it’s still old now. What the hell. Sasha wins the match and then Charlotte can get it back at Wrestlemania in April. Sounds like a plan to me.

Winner and STILL WWE RAW Women’s Champion: Sasha Banks

WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day versus Sheamus and Cesaro

The New Day has set the record for the longest running WWE Tag Team Champions of all time. Now it’s time to drop the belts and freshen up what has become a rather stale and old act. WWE’s “odd couple” of Sheamus and Cesaro walk out as the new champions.

Winners and NEW WWE Tag Team Champions: Sheamus and Cesaro

WWE Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann versus Brian Kendrick versus TJ Perkins

I hate watching the WWE play hot potato with the titles and if “205 Live” is ever going to get off the ground correctly and gain a solid place with the WWE Universe, they need to slow things down and allow one man to remain champion and build around that man. While I personally prefer “The Brian Kendrick” for that role, RIch Swann is also a great choice and makes a good champion for the brand. Look for Perkins to do the heel turn and form a friendship or partnership of some sort with Kendrick as things go forward. But alas, their efforts will not succeed and from the jaws of defeat, Swann will walk out with a victory and retain the title.

Winner and STILL WWE Cruiserweight Champion: Rich Swann

Chris Jericho versus Seth Rollins

Seth needs to win here. Seth will moving on to wrestle HHH eventually and compared to the C.O.O. of the company, Jericho should be just a sidenote. Jericho doesn’t need the win and will remain over regardless of the outcome of this match. What I’d expect is that Kevin Owens will come down and attempt to “help” his BFF, which of course will backfire and allow Seth to get the pin and victory. Jericho will be livid and that’ll lead to my prediction for the main event where Jericho will come down to cost Owens his match, but that will backfire too and Kevin will manage to win. Keep the storyline and back and forth between Jeric-KO going at all costs. Works for me.

Winner: Seth Rollins

Sami Zayn versus Braun Strowman

They have ten minutes for Zayn to prove he can survive the power that is Braun Strowman. Let’s make it clear here. Zayn will NOT beat Strowman. Zayn will spend the entire match getting the snot beat out of him and taking a major beating from corner to corner. But much like Tommy Dreamer back in the early days of ECW, Zayn will keep getting up and keep fighting. He won’t stop or back down. “Excuse me Sir, may I have another?” They’ll go the ten minutes and it will officially be a draw. Yep, so there you go. Wait a moment? A draw? In 2016? Nope, that won’t happen. Zayn will keep fighting and keep coming back, but around the nine-minute point, Strowman will finally manage to get the pin and end the match.

Winner: Braun Strowman

Rusev versus Big Cass in the Kickoff Show Match

This match should be on the main card and not the Kickoff Show, but whatever. Look for Enzo to kiss Lana or at least make his presence felt and cause a distraction. Rusev will be kicked in the face and Big Cass will get the win, as it should be. ‘Nuff said!

Winner: Big Cass

And there you go with my predictions. Am I right? Am I wrong? I don’t know, but we’ll find out tonight. And with that, I’m out of here. I have to make a trip to Wal-Mart and go run a few errands for now so I’ll be finished in time to watch the show tonight. Thanks for reading and I’ll catch you on the flip side. I’m Doug, I’m down and I’m gone.

Ubuntu!

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!