John Cena Needs to Win 17 Soon

Last night, the greatest of all time made his return to Raw. Cena took the ring to cut a promo about joining the Royal Rumble on January 27th in Arizona, then he was apart of a pointless 3 on 3 tag team match with Seth Rollins and Finn Balor. What is absolutely crazy about this is Raw viewership has been down immensely recently, but they bring Cena back and they see their viewership soar back up (same thing happened with Smackdown last week). As a matter of fact, that is probably why this is the best time to have him beat Rick Flair’s record of 16 time world champion.

Cena has been in and out of the WWE for years now. What’s funny about that is when Cena and the Rock had a fued, which highlights 2 Wrestlemania’s, about how the Rock was so wrapped up in Hollywood and how he was being selfish, yet here we are with Cena doing the same thing. John Cena is 16 time champion. Over his time in the WWE, he has been the most loved and most hated person. I think his time is coming to an end, so let’s send him off the best way imaginable.

While Cena is wrapping up a new movie, The Voyage of Dr. Dolittle and in the middle of filming Project X, his movie career should be slowing down for the moment. WWE should have Cena win the Royal Rumble, and then allow him to hide and finish up his filming just in time for him to return at the greatest stage of them all, Wrestlemania. Let him be the one to knock off the “New” Daniel Bryan, which could be an interesting feud given the Bellas history. Do this and allow him to relinquish the title the following night, thus announcing his retirement and he’s done. This is the perfect way for Cena to ride off and have an actual retirement unlike the Undertaker. Cena deserves it, we all know it.

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Here’s to one last time, John

Survivor Series Recap

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Last night, the WWE gave us their third pay-per-view in a little over a month, but it was the best of the three.  This was the first PPV in a long while that I was excited for because we had two potential Wrestlemania matches.  But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, let’s take a look at each match. 

Smackdown vs Raw Tag Team Survivor Match

This was the only match Smackdown won, but apparently it was a botched finish by the Usos.  This match was not very good because it was just a big cluster, but once it settled down it was evident that this match was meant to hype up the Raw Tag Team Division.  Jimmy Uso honored Roman Reigns by cocking his fist and landing on Dawson for the pin. Smackdown won, but it doesn’t count towards the total for the night.  Grade: B-

Women’s Traditional Survivor Series Match

Nia Jax got the biggest reaction out of anyone when she was announced.  She embraced the action of knocking out Becky by kissing her knuckle that knocked her out.  The Women’s Smackdown team ran out to Becky’s music as well.  This match was okay at best.  I wasn’t really interested in it because it did not really focus on the individual’s it should have and it really did not have any top talent in it.  Asuka and Nia were the last two standing with Nia eliminating Asuka.  I did not like this one bit.  Smackdown has the better Women’s division so this just was shocking to me.  Grade: C

Men’s Traditional Survivor Series Match

This match was a little better than I anticipated.  But it ended like we all expected.  Strowman eliminated 4 Smackdown members to win. Not really anything to say about it.  Grade: C-

Seth Rollins vs Shinsuke Nakamura

This match was super entertaining. You brought out a full Heel Rollins by having him mock Shinsuke, which was a nice change.  It was a very eventful match with it going back and forth to the very end, until Shinsuke got countered by Rollins and Rollins hit him with the Curb Stomp.  This was the third best match.  Grade B+

Ronda Rousey vs Charlotte Flair

The match of the night.  This had zero build, minus Becky telling the Queen to tap her out.  This truly went back and forth and had the makings of Flair’s best match in history.  And just when we were about to get a conclusion, Flair destroys Ronda with a Kendo stick.  Flair completely demolished Ronda with it and fought off 5 Refs then places Ronda heads in a chair and stomps on it.  Ronda and Charlotte will meet again, presumably at Wrestlemania after Charlotte wins the Royal Rumble.  This match stole the show. Charlotte carries every match she is in, which she did again but the fact that Ronda is able do near falls and actually sell her bumps show that she has learned a lot and is getting better with every single match she is in.  I still love Flair and hope she wins the Title soon, but I hope it is off of Ronda, not Becky.  Becky and Flair are the top 2 Women’s wrestlers, probably in history. Grade: A+

Brock Lesnar vs Daniel Bryan

Everyone, including myself, thought this was going to be a squash match for Lesnar and it was in the beginning.  Brock threw Bryan around like a playtoy and it definitely was not safe for Bryan’s neck.  But, when Lesnar attempted an F-5 and knocked Bryan into the ref, Bryan took the opportunity to kick Lesnar in the mid-region and almost completed a pin, but Lesnar broke out of it in 2.9 seconds.  The match from there was unreal.  Bryan and Lesnar went back and forth the rest of the way with Bryan connecting on multiple elbows and kicks.  He even got Brock to almost tap out with the Yes Lock but Lesnar broke it and wrapped him into an F-5 and Bryan was finished.  Grade: A-

All and all, this PPV was astonishing.  Lesnar and Bryan apparently good friends and as one of my buddies put it, “Brock is like Mr. MAGA and Daniel Bryan is the resistance.” For once, Brock cared about his match and he wanted Daniel to have a good showing as well.  Brock cared for the first time in a long time and put on possibly his best match in his career or at least in awhile.  I do not like the fact that Raw swept Smackdown (minus the fact that the Smackdown Tag Teams won).  To me, it doesn’t make any sense but we’ll be able to see what happens on Tuesday.  I feel like a ton of NXT members will join Smackdown, especially since Smackdown is about to move to Fox. PPV Grade: B+

WWE Survivor Series Preview

This Paper-view has gone from okay, to great, to amazing, back to great.  With Becky being out, due to a fractured face, this just doesn’t have the same feel as it did.  Bryan winning the Title off AJ was nice, but it was only so AJ doesn’t have to be squashed by Brock again.  There just was not enough build up for me to be interested in this PPV after the Becky Ronda match got pulled.  Ronda and Flair will still be amazing, due to Flair’s ability to carry every match she’s in.  Let’s take a look at every match.

PRE SHOW:

Tag Team Survivor Series Match

This match is something new and I’m not sure how I feel about it.  Of course it will be good due to the Bar, the New Day, and the Bludgeon Brother.  Oh wait, they aren’t in it? Nevermind then.  This won’t be a good idea and they’ll have Raw go over due to them trying to build out their Tag Team Division.

Prediction: Raw wins, stupidly

MAIN CARD:

AOP vs The Bar

I have no interest in this match.  Seth Rollins should have beaten AOP on his own then face the Bar alone, but here we are with a stupid match.  AOP isn’t going to win this due to the Big Show playing a factor for the Bar.

Prediction: The Bar Wins

Men’s Survivor Series Match

On Raw, Braun is joined by McIntyre, Ziggler, Balor, and Lashley.  On Smackdown, the best in the world, Shane McMahon, is joined by the Miz, Rey Mysterio, Joe, and jeff Hardy, who is replacing Daniel Bryan. This match should be the match of the night with tons of bumps taken and some fancy moves by Shane.  This match intrigues me because I truly do not know who wins.  I think Raw should since in real life they’d destroy them, but Smackdown is full of veterans, so I think they get the win.  I expect McIntyre and Braun to cost Raw the win.

Prediction: Smackdown Wins

Women’s Survivor Series Match

This got some accidental build up due to Nia knocking out Becky Lynch and fracturing her face.  Neither of these teams really make any sense to me, especially having Tamina and Nia together almost guaranteeing a victory for Raw.

Prediction: Raw Wins

Seth Rollins (IC Champion) vs Shinsuke Nakamura (US Champion)

Nakamura has kind of been squashed ever since he appeared awhile ago.  Shinsuke should have won the title, but they kept in on AJ instead.  This match will be one of, if not the top, singles match of the night.  Both Rollins and Shinsuke are incredible talents, so this is a must watch.  Unfortunately, Rollins is battling with Dean Ambrose right now so Dean will most likely interfere and help Shinsuke pull away.

Prediction: Shinsuke wins after interference from Dean

Ronda Rousey (Raw Champion) vs Charlotte Flair

The match was originally supposed to be Ronda vs Becky Lynch, but since Nia Jax can’t do anything right, here we are.  Still, this match will be insane.  This match should close the show.  Two incredible talents and this match was supposed to be the Wrestlemania closer.  I’m interested to see how Ronda does with Flair.  Flair ended Asuka’s streak at last year’s Wrestlemania but since then has not really done much.  She lost to Carmella and continuously loses to Becky. I hope Flair wins to end her losing streak and to humble Ronda, who I hate more every single day.

Prediction: Flair wins

Brock Lesnar (Universal Champion) vs Daniel Bryan (WWE Champion)

This match got changed last second, replacing AJ with Daniel Bryan.  It won’t be a good match.  Brock will win, easily.

Prediction: Brock wins

Cruiserweight Championship: Mustafa Ali wins

I’m not expecting too much from this PPV.  I just want a good build up for TLC in December or at least start the Wrestlemania storylines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WWE Needs Some Good Press and Will Get It Today at Crown Jewel

Because Juice is the only one who knows what he is talking about, he is normally our go-to WWE writer. But, hat doesn’t mean I can’t have a hot take or two. And boy, is this one a scorcher. There is going to be a real, unscheduled fight at Crown Jewel today. The WWE is in desperate need of some good press. Recently, they have been under fire for insisting on having the Crown Jewel PPV in Saudi Arabia despite the recent tensions between our two countries. There has also been some backlash from WWE “fans” that actually think Roman Reigns is faking Leukemia and it is all a rouse created by Vince McMahon. Even the all female Evolution PPV could not get the media off their back. It even overshadowed the event. They need some good press and they need it quick. So, what has been getting good press lately? That’s right, fights.

In the last month, there have been extracurricular fights in both the NBA and UFC. Khabib fought Conor McGregor’s friends and there was a brawl between Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo then 30 seconds later, Brandon Ingram. UFC and NBA were praised for their handling of the two situations. I think Vince McMahon is going to capitalize on this. He is going to plant someone in the audience and one of two things are going to happen.

Scenario 1:

The planted person will say something to Seth Rollins during one of his events. The “fan” is going to be talking some kind of smack about Roman Reigns and Rollins will pounce. McMahon is going to suspend him, but will ultimately be passed off as Seth Rollins defending his friend or The Shield.

Scenario 2:

There is obviously already people in the Saudi audience that have a problem with the US. One of those people will be on the WWE payroll though. He will be right outside the ring and will say the wrong thing to someone like AJ Styles. Of course, he will have to defend his country in the name of patriotism. Both scenarios give Vince McMahon the perfect opportunity to punish a responsible party and get some serious respect for the WWE.

Crown Jewel Preview

Ladies and Gentlemen, here we are again with WWE PPV event.  Credit to Vince for not charging more for the monthly subscription, well, at least not yet.  WWE had Evolution, now Crown Jewel, then Survivor Series all very close to one another, which is just unheard of.  So thank you to Vince and the WWE Superstars for putting on these shows.

To change tones, fuck you, Vince.  This PPV should not be happening and he’s just doing it to get an ungodly amount of money, so nevermind props to you.  The matches were a lot better, but since Daniel Bryan, John Cena, and Roman Reigns can not or will not partake, let’s preview the subpar event.

World Cup Tournament (Seth Rollins, Bobby Lashley, Dolph Ziggler, Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy, Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio, and the Miz)

This is an interesting concept.  Saudi wanted this to be called the World Cup due to the fact that Qatar got the actual FIFA World Cup.  It is a three round tournament, starting with Rey Mysterio vs Randy Orton, Jeff Hardy vs the Miz, Seth Rollins vs Bobby Lashley, and Dolph Ziggler vs Kurt Angle.  To me, you have two long time rivalries that could match up in the second round.  Seth vs Dolph and Randy vs Jeff, but I don’t think that will happen.  People are growing tired of the same old shit time and time again, but Vince may resort back to it.  I see Rollins vs Angle and Mysterio vs The Miz.  I would like to see the Miz losing to Rollins in the final.  The Miz vs Seth Rollins would be such an amazing match and could reignite their feud they had for the IC Title.  But what I feel like will happen is Angle vs Mysterio, with Mysterio winning it because why else would they bring him out of retirement? Also, this is dumb as hell.  “World Cup” but the entire roster is American except Mysterio, should just call it the North American Cup that takes place in Saudi Arabia, but maybe that title is too long.

Prediction: Mysterio wins

WWE Universal Championship: Braun Strowman vs Brock Lesnar

This match is for Roman’s vacant title as he starts the battle of his life, beating Leukemia again.  WWE will probably run a promo thanking Roman, which they should.  This match is kinda silly honestly.  The last time they fought, Brock gave Braun an F-5 and won, which should happen again.  But absolutely no way Brock wins this match given the fact that he’s moving back to UFC.  It’ll be a quick, brutal match just like Roman vs Brock the last time they were in Saudi.  Braun will win and I expect McIntyre to come out and start his feud with Braun for the Championship afterwards.

Prediction: Braun wins

WWE Championship: AJ Styles (c) vs Samoa Joe

Stop me if you have heard this before, this is so fucking dumb.  I do not want to see this same old shit again.  Daniel Bryan and AJ had an amazing match Tuesday on Smackdown and then Joe cowardly, like always, attacked AJ which set up this match.  It’s silly, it’s dumb, I will not watch it.

Prediction: AJ retains

Smackdown Tag Team Championship: The New Day vs The Bar (c)

It shocked me when the New Day lost their titles on Smackdown 1000, but it makes sense.  Saudi had some requests for Vince and I guess they wanted the Big Show to come, because it would not make sense otherwise to have him in The Bar’s corner.  The New Day always puts out an amazing product and they will again here.  They are the most fun tag team to watch, but they had the title for awhile, so they won’t get it back for awhile.  It would be cooler if they did a 3 person tag team event, but they aren’t so it’ll be mediocre at best.

Prediction: The Bar retains

The Brothers of Destruction vs DX

Again with the Saudi requests for Vince, so here we are.  A group of men in their 50s will take the ring to settle their feud after the events that occurred at SuperShow Down in Australia.  Undertaker and Mayor Glenn Jacobs (Kane) will take the ring against Shawn Michaels and Triple H.  This will be the main event and the entrances alone will probably take 20 minutes.  The match will dwell on and on just like in Australia, because they are all 50 it will not be good, just nostalgic.

Prediction: Kane and Undertaker win

Prediction: This PPV will suck

WWE Evolution Recap and Other Rumors

Last night the women of WWE put on a show. To be honest, it was so much better than I expected. I said in my preview that I expected some matches to just be boring and I wouldn’t have an interest in them, but I was wrong. Having barely watched the Mae Young Classic, it was one of my favorite matches of the night and I’m excited for those two to make it to the main roster. Before I give my thoughts on the matches, I need to say that the lighting threw me off. I didn’t like how it was dark behind the ring, even though it was essentially NXT lighting. The first ever Women’s only PPV, should’ve been fully lit but it could have also been because of the crowd. It was a predictable card, i went 5/7. Let’s take a look at the matches.

Trish and Lita beat Mickie James and Fox
I called this match last second, due to Alexa being ruled out. This match was pretty meh. It had a ton of nostalgia with a Trish and Mickie showdown, but that was pretty much the only good thing. You could tell everyone in this match was old and hasn’t been a regular. There was a point where Fox needed to break up a pin, but was noticeably late. Like the ref even paused 2-3 seconds for her to show up before the 3 count. This match was cool only for nostalgia.
Grade: I predicted it right, C-

20-Woman Battle Royal
This match had everyone you could want. It had the IIconics play the Carmella role and we saw them thrown over first because they called the old women old, which apparently triggered them. We had Nia Jax have a stand off with both Tamina and Ember Moon, which was incredible. We had our dance break from Carmella and Ivory. Moon and Asuka had a cool NXT standoff, leading to Moon eliminating her. The match came down to Moon and Jax, who both were about to go over the rope until Zelina Vega thought she won and started celebrating, which led to Nia throwing her over the ropes and then eliminating Moon. Nia won, which she deserved but it was very stupid from a story standpoint. Fans will get behind Moon and she’ll get her title shot soon enough.
Grade: I predicted Moon, but was wrong B+

Toni Storm wins the Mae Young Classic
WWE fucked up three times during this PPV, and this is the first. This match was my match of the night. WWE does this thing where they hide matches throughout the main card and they intended to do so with this, but Storm and Shirai had other plans. The intensity in the match made it my favorite, especially since Shirai paid homage to Rey Mysterio Jr by hitting the 619 that nearly won the match. The match ended with Storm hitting her second Storm Zero of the evening, which secured the pinfall. Both fighters hugged it out after, mainly because they know they’ll be feuding on the main card in no time.
Grade: I predicted Storm, A-

Natayla, Bayley and Sasha defeat the Riot Squad
Honestly hated this whole set up, mainly because I do not like the Riot Squad. Only cool thing to see here was Natalya paying respect to her late father, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart by hitting the Hart Attack.
Grade: I predicted this, C+

NXT Women’s Championship
To be honest, I didn’t watch this. Baszler won, which was predictable. WWE brought in MMA’s four horsewomen to secure the match.
Grade: I don’t know

Smackdown Women’s Championship
This is the second fuck up for WWE last night. The first ever Women’s Last Woman Standing match was insane and brutal as can be. The match was escalated quickly by Becky as she beat Flair with a Kendo stick. Flair took 90% of the bumps, which surprised me. Becky got smashed through a table twice, because it didn’t break the first time. Becky eventually won, which is where they fucked up. Flair literally took 90% of the bumps, maybe Becky is hurt but come on. Flair deserved this title and this match. Becky tapped at one point, which they do in every Last Man/Woman Standing match, which is dumb. Flair deserved this and no one will convince me otherwise.
Grade: I picked Flair, A

Raw Women’s Championship
This match was the final fuck up. The match, surprisingly, was really good. Nikki got her time to beat up Ronda, with help from Bri. Ronda eventually took out Bri, which allowed her to take out Nikki eventually with the arm-bar. This match should not have finished the event. Flair and Becky was better and so was the Mae Young Classic. I predicted Nikki to kinda be slow, which she was not. Credit 100% to her, because without her, this match would’ve stunk to high heaven. I am really beginning to hate Ronda and her title run. Nikki played it perfectly with the entitled storyline put on Ronda, because she is. Nikki was killer during this and I hope it means she sticks around a while, because she looked better than ever in the ring.
Grade: I predicted Ronda, B+ only because Nikki killed it

This PPV will lead to new opportunities for the women. It was a great show, I’ll give it a B overall, which ranks higher than most of the other PPV’s, especially SuperShow Down. Now, WWE moves onto it’s men’s only PPV in Saudi Arabia. Now, at Soft 7, we do not want to engage in politics in any nature, but I will say I am proud of John Cena and Daniel Bryan. I am proud of the people opposing this PPV. Vince is a money machine, which is a main reason why it is continuing. Ronda Rousey also defended it by saying it could lead to women competing there one day. My thoughts remain the same. This should not happen, Vince should move it.

Now, away from he political aspects, this PPV being so close to Evolution is so dumb. The Women just put all they had out there for the first ever Women’s only PPV and then there is a Men’s PPV right around the corner. I’ll have a Crown Jewel Preview out on Thursday.

WWE Evolution Preview

History is about to be made on October 28th in New York.  WWE is showing its first every all women’s pay-per-view.  Honestly, it is a long time coming.  The women in WWE hold their own weight and can easily make this one of the best PPV’s in recent history.  In fact, a women’s match was the best match at this year’s Wrestlemania.  I may not agree with where they have taken the division recently, but that Charlotte vs Asuka match was the best match I have seen this year.  The women in WWE have been around for a lot of the company’s firsts, such as the first ever Women’s Money in the Bank, won by Carmella.  They competed in the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble, with Asuka winning and facing the Queen.  And eventually, they’ll be a part of the first every Women’s Tag Team Titles.  This PPV is just a step for them.  The Women’s Revolution in WWE has only just begun.  

Ronda Rousey(c) vs Nikki Bella

Look, I love the Bella twins.  They have done so much for the Women’s Revolution.  Nikki and Bri have embraced the “motherly figure” role of the revolution by being there every step of the way and supporting every decision made by Stephanie McMahon.  But, their time is up.  Again I love the Bella twins, I really do, but Bri has had 3 botches, one that could have killed her and one that knocked out Liv Morgan.  Nikki just looks so slow and it is just not fun to watch.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love that Nikki is going to be the main event.  It only makes sense. Like I said, they’re the faces in front of this revolution and they deserve it.  The Bella’s, through Natalya, cozied up to Ronda and eventually turned on her which set up this fight.  Nikki will use her deception and I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw some twin magic and Bri helps Nikki, but ultimately Ronda will win.  The Bellas do not seem like they’re sticking around too long, so it only makes sense for them to ride off into the sunset after this. But, if they have long term plans, I hope Ronda gets smashed.  

Prediction: Ronda Rousey retains

Becky Lynch(c) vs Charlotte Flair 

I wrote earlier how much I hated this feud and boy do I feel dumb.  Becky Lynch should not have the title.  After the match against Asuka, Flair should have never lost it until the next ‘Mania. But damn, every fight they have is the best fight of the night anymore.  Smackdown 999, last night, they fought for 23 minutes before a count out ended the match, allowing Becky to retain.  The match was brutal. After the match was finished, they continued to fight and Flair tackled Becky into the screen which led to blood everywhere.  What I love about this feud is that it opened another door for the Women’s revolution, the first ever Women’s Last Man Standing Match.  WWE should really make it the Last Women Standing match, but whatever, it is still so fucking cool.  I’m excited for this match.  Becky will probably win, which will suck but it’ll be a hell of a match.  In most Last Man Standing Matches, the face wins. With Charlotte on the verge of her 8th title and it already being a historic night, I hope Flair gets her time to shine.  

Prediction: Charlotte wins her 8th Title

Trish Stratus & Lita vs Alexa Bliss, Mickie James, and Alicia Fox

The original match was supposed to be Alexa vs Trish and this really does not make much sense.  It’ll be very entertaining to see one of the best heels go against an all time favorite in Trish.  Doesn’t make much sense, but it’ll be enjoyable regardless.  Update: Alexa Bliss suffered an injury last weekend which will cause her to miss this event, but she will be ringside.

Prediction: My original prediction was Bliss and James, but with Bliss out I think Trish and Lita will win

Sasha Banks, Bayley, Natalya vs The Riot Squad

This match was planned very quickly and did not have much build to it all.  You have the lovable characters of Bayley and Sasha teaming up with Natalya and then sort of threw the Riot Squad in.  It’s a good way to get Bayley and Sasha on the card, but the match doesn’t make sense.  

Prediction: Bayley, Sasha, and Natalya win

Kairi Sane (c) vs Shayna Baszler

This match is for the Women’s NXT Championship.  This match will be very interesting.  Baszler was shockingly defeated in Brooklyn after a strong, lengthy title run.  It won’t be a match I watch very closely, because I honestly have no clue who these people are, but it should be one of the best performances of the night due to Triple H loving the NXT division, so they always deliver.  

Prediction: Baszler wins

IO Shirai vs Toni Storm 

This match will be either the best or second best match of the evening.  It is the 2018 Mae Young Classic, the classic named after the late Mae Young who was a pioneer in the Women’s Wrestling industry.  These two women will both have bright futures in the WWE, no matter the outcome.  After surviving 30 other women, I believe Storm will win because she only reached the Semi’s last year and it is a redemption. 

Prediction: Toni Storm

Women’s Battle Royal

This is going to be an interesting concept for this PPV.  There hasn’t been an announcement yet for how many women will compete, but we do know the likes of Asuka, Ember Moon, and Nia Jax will be competing.  I think it comes down to these three as well.  Asuka could gain her credibility back and get her first title from Rousey, which could set up a Rousey vs Flair Wrestlemania.  Nia Jax is a tank and is always a threat, but she had her title run and I don’t think she stands a chance.  Ember Moon will win this.  Moon hasn’t really seen the spotlight yet since joining the main roster, and this could be her chance.  Obviously she won’t win the title from Rousey, but it could make her popularity grow.  

Prediction: Ember Moon wins the title opportunity.  

This Pay-per-view may not have the best matches, but it has some damn good ones.  This PPV will lead to more and more freedom within the Women’s Revolution and I look forward to see what this brings.  Thank you, WWE.