MOC Predictions – NXT TakeOver: Chicago – May 20, 2017

Hey guys, so as some of you may know, MOC is no longer reporting news and recaps. It was a decision I wanted to implement as I want to bring a more customized site to you all featuring exclusive content and opinions. But it doesn’t mean I can’t give you my glorious predictions which NEVER come true. So being as this weekend is TakeOver and Backlash, here are my predictions for Saturday’s broadcast of NXT TakeOver: Chicago which will be aired on the WWE Network.

(images below sourced from WWE.com)

Roderick Strong vs. Eric Young
Singles Match

There been some growing tension in the last few weeks between these two men. WWE has run a few highlight videos on Strong trying to build his character up and reveal that he’s become a new father, and the videos have been doing a decent job.

So when it comes to this match, I feel Roderick has the most momentum behind him as WWE tries to sell him as being “the guy” at this time. So in my opinion I feel that he does win, but via DQ. When Eric Young is involved in a match, you also have to know SAnitY will also be involved somehow. So I feel the way WWE can draw out this feud is having Strong win following an interference from SAnitY.

MOC Prediction: Roderick Strong via DQ.


Tyler Bate (c) vs. Pete Dunne
-WWE United Kingdom Championship-
Singles Match

We get a surprise UK title match at an NXT event. Frankly I can’t complain as these talents are great. Tyler Bate has been a fighting champion and represents a division in WWE that is gaining ground. This Saturday that UK title [which looks beautiful by the way] get defended against a fighting challenger who will go to any cost to become the new champion. Pete Dunne is a fighter, and has truly showed his capabilities in that ring in every match he’s been apart of. Whether fighting along side UK talents, or showcasing his dominate talents in singles competition I feel Dunne’s time is here, and this Saturday he becomes the new UK champion. Especially as WWE begins to tape the UK Championship specials. The time for UK fighting has begun.

MOC Prediction: Pete Dunne (New United Kingdom Champion)


Authors of Pain (c) vs. Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano
-NXT Tag Team Championship-
Ladder Match

So this match is up in the air at this time as Tommaso Ciampa sustained an injury at an NXT Live event in Highland Heights, KY. Ciampa jumped off the apron for a knee attack, but when he landed he may have sprained his knee or ankle. The match was stopped right away when the ref threw up the “X” indicating a true injury. Here’s a slow motion of the spot thanks to a fan in attendance:

WWE hasn’t provided any updates on the situation, or even if the match has been cancelled but nonetheless even if it were to happen, I feel WWE would keep the tag titles on Authors of Pain, and eventually split Gargano and Ciampa as both men are amazing singles competitors. Not to mention there was a singer who revealed online that she was taping a theme for Gargano, which only lead to speculation of a potential split sometime soon. So in my opinion, no matter the circumstances or who faces who, I believe Authors of Pain retain those titles.

MOC Prediction: Authors Of Pain (retain)

UPDATE: In an update, Triple H revealed in a conference call that Ciampa twisted his ankle and is being evaluated today. But early reports indicate that Ciampa is good to go for TakeOver.


Asuka (c) vs. Ruby Riot vs. Nikki Cross
-NXT Women’s Championship-
Triple Threat Match

Let’s face it, when you compete against Asuka one-on-one, you’ll eventually be tapping out. So let’s add more women to a match, and the potential to have Asuka lose without even being pinned or submitted. With WWE running the Women’s Tournament sometime in the fall, there’s been several new talents which WWE are looking to bring in. Many presume that Asuka who has been so dominant in NXT may be one to be called up to the main roster sooner rather then later. This match, has the potential to have Asuka lose her title, but without her being the one who lose it.

With Asuka not being the reason to losing her title, it could just drive her insane trying to regain her title as it would mean that her streak as the longest NXT women’s champion comes to a stop. In all honesty I do feel that Asuka may lose her title this Saturday, and if I had to pick one winner, I would assume Nikki Cross becomes the new champion. The main reason is because NXT may start pushing the SAnitY stable soon, and this could lead to potential titles in the long run.

MOC Prediction: Nikki Cross (New NXT Women’s Champion) pins Ruby Riot.


Bobby Roode (c) vs. Hideo Itami
-NXT Championship-
Singles match

All I can say is, if Hideo hits the GTS, the Chicago crowd will either support him, or boo the ‘F’ out of him. As we all know the Chicago audience are crazy for their hometown boy CM Punk, so I will be expecting a ton of Punk chants, but really hope they don’t over saturate the show with them.

In regards to this match, I feel NXT hasn’t really built this match as a main event worthy draw. Bobby Roode has been fabulous in the ring, and Itami’s not bad either, but his lack of charisma is what kills my draw to see this match. He’s not a bad competitor in any way shape or form, I just feel that the build for this match has been a bit lack-luster. But nonetheless I feel both men will deliver and give a decent show. As far as winners go, Bobby Roode comes out on top in my opinion. He holds that title with pride and frankly it looks good on him and I feel that WWE will keep that title on him for a while. Due to that, I feel Roode will retain.

MOC Prediction: Bobby Roode (retains)



Those are my predictions for Saturday’s show. Please feel free to share yours below and let’s see what you guys think may happen. Always love to hear from others.

Please note, due to the new format for MindofCarnage.com, we will not be covering the show live, but I will be live tweeting and maybe run a Facebook chat during the show and would love to chat with you guys there. Feel free to follow me on Twitter and Facebook. 

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PODCAST: Wrestling With… (Ep.9): Backlash In A Black Hole Sun

This week on a wild Wrestling With…, Sam and Adam deliver their unique and comedic take on Raw and SDLive, Backlash, the Bullet Club, and much more. The First Family of the IWC also answer questions from the Best Audience In Podcasting, and pay homage to Chris Cornell. Also in this episode, scientific evidence hell has frozen over, as Adam thanks Baron Corbin. 2017 really is a weird year.

As always, listener discretion is advised.

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PODCAST: Ramblin About Wrestlin | w/Special Musical Guests: The B+ Players

Thanks so much to the Joel and Adrian from The B+ Players for talking with and playing some of their music LIVE with us. Go check out their site as well: https://bplusplayers.bandcamp.com/

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It’s Time To Move On With MindofCarnage.com

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths”
– Walt Disney

Yes that is a Walt Disney quote, and yes I feel that is sums up what I want to share.

So I wanted to provide an update to everyone who has supported MindofCarnage.com and who’s motivated me to continue to post news and recaps on a daily basis. You guys have been the best, and it comes with heavy heart to announce that MindofCarnage.com will be moving away from Wrestling news and recaps. To be honest, the reason is because it’s really hard to upkeep what’s happening in the world today when only one person is reporting it. Now I’ve done it for 2 years, and I’ve enjoyed it and have met several new fans who have made my experience amazing, but there comes a time when reviewing your product, you begin to realize that there’s a lot more you can do to make it stand out.

As some of you may know, I am an aspiring professional wrestler training out of Anthony Carelli’s (aka. Santino Marella) Battle Arts Academy in Mississauga Ontario. Here’s a latest pic of me during my debut match… which I lost, but that’s beyond the point!

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I feel my experiences while trailing under Yuki Ishikawa, and learning the in-ring style from Anthony, is enough experience to share with you guys and to get you a different perspective into the wrestling business.

On top of that, I’ve been able to showcase new podcasts featuring Jaybone (Smash This Podcast), Wrestling With…, Ramblin’ About Wrestlin’ and more, who have provided their opinions in the business and overall thoughts on the products. I am proud to announce that they will remain with MindofCarnage.com as I plan on bringing you more unique content and not just news which can be found online anywhere. So moving forward, MOC will have more editorials, more point of views, more podcasts and overall a more unique experience on the site than just overall news. To be honest, I never actually wanted to transition to wrestling news, but somehow it happened and stuck for a while.

As time goes on, MOC will hold contests, competitions and whatever else I feel you guys will have fun with. I plan on making this a more exciting site to visit where you can talk and communicate with wrestling fans alike. In addition I also plan on revamping the MOCForums, which I never did anything with. Again it was one of those things that because I was covering the news and recaps, I never had enough time to work on the forums. But I plan on getting that going as well.

I appreciate the ongoing support you guys have given me, and couldn’t thank you enough. For the next few days there will be some changes coming to the site so don’t be surprised if it changed up. I truly hope you guys decide to stick around to see what MOC can become and help grow a community of wrestling fans that can talk, discuss, and share what’s on their minds. For we all are wrestling fans, and enjoy the Carnage that comes from it.

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Victoria Reveals Which Company Forgot To Renew Her Contract

Former WWE and impact Wrestling talent Victoria [Tara in TNA], noted on twitter which company forgot to renew her contract. There was speculation that WWE had forgot to renew her contract, but it turns out to be TNA [at that time]/ Impact Wrestling.

See her tweet below:

Alberto El Patron Talks Retiring In Two Years, Getting Married Soon & How WWE Is Bad For The Wrestling Business

Newly crowned Global Force Wrestling Champion, Alberto El Patron spoke to Justin Barraso of Extra Mustard’s Sports Illustrated and addressed multiple topics.

Here are the highlights:

Signing with Impact Wrestling & competing against guys like Bobby Lashley:

“I am so happy to work with Impact Wrestling. I have nothing but respect for them, unlike another company, who I don’t watch, I don’t follow and I don’t even look at their tweets. I have some real beef with some of the people in that company.”

“It’s rare to find someone with Bobby’s size and athleticism. He’s a fantastic performer and he is such a huge guy. He has a great psychology in the ring, the chemistry was there the moment the bell ring rang and it was a great experience working with him. I am very happy to work with Impact and talent like Bobby”

“I am excited to be with Impact Wrestling because I get to work with talents like EC3 again. I had the opportunity to be with him in FCW when we were in developmental in that other company. We worked together once when they were trying to make him a part of the main roster in WWE, then he went to Impact Wrestling and made a name for himself. He’s a good guy with a lot of talent and he’s fantastic on the microphone. The entire office went crazy for our promos and then it was easy in the ring. I’m happy to see the young talent is taking the torch to continue doing good stuff in the business.”

“I will stay in Impact as long as the fans want me there. They were so happy to have me there and treated me with a lot of respect. The office, talent, and staff are treated with respect by everyone, regardless of your position in the business.”

Alberto El Patron’s plans moving forward:

“I’m planning on retiring in two years. I’m still good to go and I don’t have any major injuries, but I always promised myself I would leave on top. I started wrestling when I was eight years old with the amateur wrestling team in Mexico. I love the business with all my heart, but my body is getting tired. It’s all the travel, I’m going to do my last two years with Impact Wrestling. I’ll continue to do some indie shows here and there and I have a lot of projects outside the business. I am going to continue running Combate Americas, the MMA company that I work for and I am going to start a soap opera in Mexico in two months. We also have a reality show produced by Combate Americas that was sold to Amazon. People should be able to see that in three more months.”

“I opened a restaurant and bar in San Antonio in November. We are the place to go on Fridays and Saturdays, God is blessing me, I’m getting married pretty soon. We changed the date twice, but we’re getting married in the last week of July, so I am keeping very busy outside the business.”

How WWE is hurting the wrestling business:

“It’s horrible for the business, but you cannot blame that company. That company is doing what a company is supposed to do, monopolize, get the best talent from everywhere, and try to destroy the competition. They’re smart, you cannot blame them. The problem is with the talent, just going there to be there with the promise of being on TV, but not even charging good money for your work, is not good business. We as wrestlers need to remember that this is a business. We started because we love the business and we stay in it because we have a lot of passion for it, but you have to be rewarded for your work. I was there and saw some of the main guys, new top heels and new top babyfaces, get paid nothing for their matches. The new talent joining NXT is taking pay cuts to work there, sometimes even 80 percent less, you need to be rewarded for your work in a business.”

Read the entire interview here. 

Nikki Bella Talks On Why Brie Bella Had Such A Difficult Labor

WWE superstar Nikki Bella spoke with E! News to promote the new season for Total Bellas. During the interview she spoke about her sister Brie Bella and how she had such a difficult time giving birth.

Here’s what she had to say:

“She tried to go natural and it was like eight or 10 hours into it had to get an epidural and then in the end had to get a C-section. Her abs were too tight, go figure, Leave it to the WWE Superstar, abs too tight.”

“I mean, it’s definitely a struggle for women in the beginning and it should be. I saw what they put their bodies through and oh my gosh, I give all the moms in the world so much credit. That is not easy, labor. I think it takes minimum a week to heal from that.”

Cody Rhodes Accepts Challenge To Sell Out 10,000 Seat Arena For ROH

Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer was asked on Twitter by a fan if ROH would ever sell out an arena with 10,000 fans?”

Meltzer responded to the question, saying “not anytime soon” which caused ROH star and former WWE talent Cody Rhodes to accept the challenge proposing that he & The Young Bucks would help Ring Of Honor sell out an arena.

Here are the tweets:

Kane Says Seth Rollins Is The “Second-Coming Of Shawn Michaels”

WWE talent Kane who is now in the political running for Mayor of Knox County, Tennessee was a recent guest on Edge and Christians Podcast of Awesomeness. Kane would talk on several subjects, but when Seth Rollins came up, he had this to say:

“I am a huge Seth Rollins fan. Anyone that has ever been in the ring with Seth… he really is the second-coming of Shawn Michaels, he is that good.”

Listen to the interview here. 

Davey Boy Smith Jr. Comments On The JBL And Mauro Ranallo Situation

During a recent interview with Hannibal TV, Harry Francis Smith (aka. Davey Boy Smith Jr) the son of WWE legend British Bulldog spoke on the issues surrounding JBL and Mauro Ranallo and the bullying allegations that followed against JBL.

Here’s what he had to say:

You know it’s tough to say, I know Mauro really well and he does take things personally. I know JBL has a reputation of being a bully and stuff like that. So i think it could be a combination of a couple of things, and really bottom line is Mauro’s got a lot of like, mental health issues and he’s been pretty open about that on Twitter and everything. So anybody with mental health issues pretty much shouldn’t work in WWE. I mean it’s not really the best work environment, just because of the stress and everything. I think that he probably took things personally. Probably JBL was hazing him a bit and he probably just said “screw this” and snapped and said “I’ve had enough of this and l’m leaving.” I’m actually surprised he lasted that long in the company, just because I know how things work. Mauro I know is a guy that’s just so passionate about the business and he’s almost passionate to a fault, you know what I mean.

I mean Mauro can leave WWE and he’s got his commentating for MMA and got all kind of stuff. He doesn’t really need that [WWE] place, but I am surprised he lasted that long to be honest.

You can see the interview here:

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