This week, Sam and Adam discuss WWE Backlash weekend, get into a deep conversation regarding the unfortunate events in Manchester and Egypt, and lighten the mood with their usual satirical banter. As always, listener discretion is advised.
Jaybone shares his thoughts on NXT Takeover Chicago and Backlash from Sunday. What are your thoughts from this past weekend?
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Welcome to Episode 55 of the Josh Lopez Wrestling Podcast. It’s a new era because the podcast is now part of MindOfCarnage.com.
Josh talks about the following topics. – Randy Orton vs. YAN Club Members. – WWE Backlash Review and Why The Rosemont Horizon is the best wrestling arena in the world. – I explain why Kevin Owens is my current favorite active wrestler on the WWE Roster – NXT Takeover Chicago Thoughts – RAW Grand Rapid Thoughts Thank you guys so much for checking out this weeks podcast. You can follow me on Twitter and Instagram @NotoriousJoshie
Giving my thoughts on all that FloSlam has to offer this coming weekend.
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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
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-
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-
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
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.
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.
“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!
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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