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MOC Prediction For NXT TakeOver: San Antonio

Hello your glorious wrestling fanatics and welcome to the MOC prediction page for this Saturday’s NXT TakeOver: San Antonio.

Here are the matches along with my predictions. Please feel free to share yours below in the comments. Images below are sourced from WWE.com

Roderick Strong vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas
Singles match

I haven’t been such a huge fan of Andrade since he started in NXT. Lately I have noticed an even more aggressive style from him, yet he still doesn’t catch my eye and frankly I don’t see him elevating to the top anytime soon. Doesn’t surprise me when the company turns you into a wannabe male stripper. Roderick Strong is not only the new face in NXT, but a well known indie guy, so when it comes to this match I feel WWE has more backing towards Strong then Almas. So unfortunately Roderick Strong is my pick to win this match.

Though an interesting twist would be to have Almas snap after the match. Attack Strong and say that the only way to get what he wants, is to bring back his mask, the one character that got him successful in the first place. Get rid of this awful gimmick, please.

MOC Prediction: Roderick Strong


Tye Dillinger vs. Eric Young
Singles match

I won’t lie, I’m a fan of both of these men. I’m loving the 10 gimmick with Tye, and the SAnity gimmick with Young. But could these two work together on the same page? Tye Dillinger has worked his ass off to get to where he is right now. But some people could argue that his character hasn’t caught the eye of WWE officials, even though fans are chanting 10 during the top weekly shows on WWE. If WWE wanted to work away from the 10 gimmick, they could have Tye lose in this match only backing the claim that he keeps failing those who support him. This is where Eric Young comes in and says that SAnity can provide the support in which Tye always needed. So saying that, I kind of want to see Tye in the SAnity stable and see where it could lead him. Sometimes a change of character is the best option.

MOC Prediction: Eric Young


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

#DIY vs. Two guys in which I can never remember their names. I’ll be honest, other than the big size of both Akam & Rezar [I believe that’s their names] they haven’t showed me anything fantastic in the ring, and don’t generate enough enthusiasm that grabs my attention. Whereas Ciampa and Gargano are the complete opposite. Two guys that not only can wrestle but can generate amazing matches on a weekly basis. I truly hope that WWE doesn’t revert back to the “their big, so they win’ philosophy, because in my opinion #DIY should remain champions to solidify why NXT is a the promotion to be in. Not trying to put down Akam and Rezar [right?] but it’s not a good sign when you’re in a championship match, and several fans hardly know your names. Trust me, I’m not the only one. LOL

MOC Predictions: Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa (retain)


Asuka (c) vs. Nikki Cross vs. Billie Kay vs. Peyton Royce
-NXT Women’s Championship-
Fatal-4-Way

Let’s face it, Asuka is the most dominant woman in NXT history. Her in-ring style along with her technical techniques is unmatched to this date. So it’s no surprise that a 1-on-1 match with Asuka will always benefit Asuka. So how can we work around that, let’s cluster it up! Asuka puts her title on the line against three other women, two of which [Billie and Peyton] are actually on the same page and will generate a numbers game against Asuka & Nikki. Though in my opinion it won’t last as both Peyton and Billie will eventually turn on eachother as one women can only come out on top. But picking a winner in this match is hard, as I honestly believe that because Asuka is already a record holder for the NXT women’s title, WWE will have her lose it. So I’ll go out on a limb and say that Nikki Cross will be the surprise winner in this match. But don’t get me wrong, she won’t pin or submit Asuka of course as you have to have a driver for a feud. Asuka can easily claim that she never lost the title, as she was never beaten.

MOC Prediction: Nikki Cross (New NXT Women’s Champion)


Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Bobby Roode
-NXT Championship-
Singles Match

Not only will this match be exciting, but I’m sure it will be glorious as well. I can’t begin to tell you how hard it is to get the “Glorious” theme out of my head, it’s like a drug. Anyways though, Roode vs. Nakamura for the NXT championship is headlining TakeOver San Antonio, and to be honest I’m expecting a heavy hitting matchup. Compared to Nakamura, Roode is the fresher face in NXT and I feel has a lot more to gain by winning the NXT title. With Samoa Joe out of the picture NXT needs to pin  a new threat to Nakamura’s title reign, and by having Roode win this Saturday it only begins a potential feud between the two. So with that being said, I believe the NXT title will get a taste of Glorious this weekend!

MOC Prediction: Bobby Roode (New NXT Champion)

Thank you for reading and feel free to share your predictions below or on Twitter.

MOC’s Top 5 Predictions For The 2017 Royal Rumble Match

January always holds a special place for many wrestling fans as the Royal Rumble marks the official road to WrestleMania. It’s this time of year when surprises and the unexpected always makes for entertaining television.

This years Royal Rumble already has a lot of anticipation going into it, especially since Brock Lesnar, Goldberg and even the Undertaker have announced their participation in the match. So with that being said I wanted to share my top 5 predictions for this years Royal Rumble match.

So without hesitation, here we go!


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Joe’s Gonna Kill You

It’s no surprise that since Samoa Joe debuted in NXT back on May 20, 2015 during NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable, many fans have been speculating on when he’ll be called up to the main roster. Joe has had a pretty successful run in NXT holding the NXT championship on two separate occasions for a combined 135 days. But with his NXT story line coming to an end with Shinsuke Nakamura, fans are speculating if his time for a call-up is near, and as the Royal Rumble inches closer it wouldn’t surprise me if we hear that Rhino grunt and Joe makes his main roster debut.

In no way am I expecting Joe to win the Rumble, but his use in the match could instigate future feuds with main roster talents and possible tease which brand he’ll be competing for.


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The Perfect 10

Tye Dillinger, a house-hold name in NXT for the last several years may finally get his opportunity to showcase his perfection at the Royal Rumble. Tye Dillinger, a former Hart Wrestling School student from Cambridge Ontario, has been with WWE since 2006 when he signed a contract and went to developmental down in OVW going by the name of Gavin Spears. Dillinger also competed in WWE’s re-branded ECW for a short period before his WWE release back in 2009. In 2013 Dillinger would re-sign with WWE and compete under the Dillinger name making his NXT TV debut against Mojo Rawley. For the last several years Dillinger has been on a continues rise with fans, growing support and even maturing his character to the now Perfect 10 gimmick.

It’s no surprise that WWE does have some hesitation calling Dillinger up to the main roster due to the fact that fans are beginning to chant “10” during a ref’s count. WWE’s feeling is that the chant is more over than the talent. But in all reality many fans have been wanting Dillinger to make his debut in the main roster, and I feel this years Royal Rumble is a great spot for that. If the audience are chanting 10, is should tell you that the talent has made an impact and connected with them. There’s no reason to ignore that now.


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Time To Play The Game

As we saw on the August 29th edition of Monday Night Raw back in 2016, a fatal-4-way match was made to determine the new Universal Champion, and to everyone’s surprise Triple H made his return and cost Seth Rollins the match siding with Kevin Owens. Rollins who was a former Authority boy who carried WWE on his back  for the last year prior to his knee injury, was furious and demanded answers. Since the attack Triple H has been very absent from WWE TV with Rollins making it clear that he wants him in the ring. But to get to Triple H, Rollins has to go through a list of other talents just to get the opportunity.

In my opinion Triple H could have a huge surprise appearance at the 2017 Royal Rumble with the idea to cost Rollins the match. This will only add tension to their already rumored match at WrestleMania 33. This also works as a transition to get Triple H back on weekly TV programming to build a match between the two. Triple H won’t win in this years Rumble as I believe both he and Rollins will eliminate one another having to be broken apart by the refs.


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A Record Meant To Be Broken?

Roman Reigns made history when he eliminated 12 competitors from the 2014 Royal Rumble, beating Kane’s 11 eliminations back in 2001. But records are meant to be broken. Braun Strowman has been on a dominating streak as of late and has been painted as a monster who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. WWE has potential to make history once again with giving Braun more eliminations than ever before. Braun is a one of a kind talent who literally miniaturizes others. His mass can be used as an effective tool and because of his size, if Braun is brought into the Royal Rumble match early on, he will be an elimination machine with the potential to make history that night.


Dean Man Rises

As we saw on the January 9th edition of Raw, The Undertaker announced that he would be making his Royal Rumble return. It’s no surprise that there has been speculation, rumors and stories out that Undertaker could very well be fighting John Cena at the Main Event for WrestleMania 33 for the WWE Championship. If this is the case, in my honest opinion I feel that John Cena will be the one to retire the deadman, and it makes sense. Undertaker welcomed Cena into the WWE following his debut match against Kurt Angle back in 2002, and John Cena would end up retiring the Undertaker over a decade later. It’s one of those “you were always the one” moments. So I feel with the attention around the Undertaker joining the Rumble, and with John Cena possible becoming a 16 time World Champion; I feel the potential for a Cena and Taker WrestleMania match is very real, and due to that I feel Taker will win the Rumble and will main event WrestleMania one more time.


Those are my predictions for this years Rumble, what are yours? Feel free to share your predictions and thoughts in the comments below, or hit me up on Twitter and we can chat there.

Cause Carnage, Watch Wrestling!

Happy New Year From MOC

Hey guys!

I want to start off by apologizing for not posting much these last few days. I’ve just been really busy and haven’t had time to sit down and update MOC. Again I do apologize for that. But I just wanted to post this thanking all you for supporting MOC throughout 2016. I truly appreciate it, and you’re interaction with me is what drives me to continue growing this site along with it’s content.

2017 will bring forth more editorials, along with my progress with Battle Arts Academy as I work towards my dreams as a full-blown wrestler. It’s been a memorable 2016 as I started training at Santino Marella’s school and have already progressed in my training.

So stay tuned, and as always Cause Carnage, watch wrestling!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

Why Are Fans Still Booing Roman Reigns?

I think it’s about time we wrestling fans ask a simple question to those who need to explain themselves. Why are you still booing for Roman Reigns?

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For the past few months I’ve been contemplating why Roman is still receiving so much hate from the wrestling world. Is it his character, the way he carries himself or is it just because it’s the cool thing to do? Let’s face it, for many of you who still boo him, there is no actual viable reason why. Yes, some may just not like him, but for those who don’t know the reason why, I think it’s about time you stop following the “cool thing to do” and just make your own decisions.

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I’ll admit that once the Shield broke up and Rollins, Dean and Roman went on their own to solidify a singles run, Roman had some moments where it was really unbearable to listen to him. But his in-ring work never faltered and throughout many of his matches the guy always delivered. But the main issue at hand was his promos, and even though his persona may have not matured until later on in his career it didn’t mean he was never meant to wrestle, all it meant was that creative needed to develop a script in which Roman was comfortable to portray.

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Let’s face it, Wrestlers take a beating from fans if creative don’t know what they’re doing. They write a script, acting as if the person their writing it for is actually saying and thinking these things. But sometimes it’s difficult to write for someone else and make it seem like their own words. It’s even harder to do it when you have a micromanaging boss [Vince McMahon] breathing down your throat saying that this guy is from a bloodline that SHOULD be able to deliver lines such as “sufferin succotash.” Roman has over the years and months been on the receiving end of abuse from fans due to the decision made by Vince McMahon. Guess what though, Roman has gone out every night doing what he loves and performing in front of those fans which creative have turned against him.

Roman is a silent warrior and his latest few promo’s have been bang on. Whether talking to Chris Jericho, Seth Rollins, Stephanie McMahon, or hell even Rusev, it doesn’t matter; if Roman is made out to be the silent strong type it works for him. WWE has had moments when they believe that more words are better suited for someone, when on many occasions it’s not. Here’s an example, remember when Bray Wyatt was getting boring chants? I do, as I recall it was because Vince decided that he was so good on the mic that he needed to go out every show and deliver a promo every time. We all know Bray is gifted when he’s on the mic but by over-saturating the fans with the same thing over and over again, you don’t make it special. Bray is one of those instanced when less is more and it goes hand-in-hand with Roman Reigns. Reigns benefits from that same saying as his character doesn’t need to have long winded promo’s but just quick smart-ass comments and there you go. Now it’s true, that Reigns may not be as visually stimulating when on the mic. WHOA! Ease up there ladies, he’s a good looking guy but his facial expressions aren’t as prevalent as the Rock’s was. But nonetheless he doesn’t need to be, as he’s not the Rock and shouldn’t be treated as such VINCE!

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Roman has come a long way in developing himself on the mic, but people still seem to have trouble bypassing that, and that’s why I’m a little surprised by this. When asking fans for a legitimate reason why they hate him, I get nothing. They can’t explain the hate they show towards Roman, which leaves me to believe that a lot of these boo’s and hatred received by the fans are because… it’s the cool thing to do. That’s right, many fans feel that when they’re surrounded by fans booing one talent, why not boo that talent themselves as they obviously hit a nerve with a lot more people and don’t want to be the odd one out. This is following a trend in which makes no logical sense, and the reason I say this is because people HAVE SAID THIS TO ME! During the latest Raw in Toronto, Ontario; Roman Reigns came out to an obviously negative reaction from the fans. When I asked a few fans around me the reason for their negativity towards Roman…… I got nothing. One fan said “because I don’t like him.” I asked why, and they couldn’t answer that. It’s action based on reaction. There’s no logical reason why this man should continue to get booed. One fan told me that “he doesn’t defend his title often enough and is always on my tv…..” Ok, because Roman Reigns tells WWE when and how often he FEELS like defending the US title. Listen, WWE is a company who controls everything their contractors (wrestlers) do, so if you’re upset over Reigns being on your TV too often, or not defending the US title often enough, which by the way is contradictive to your first problem of being on my TV too often, it’s not the talents fault, but WWE creative decisions for him and when to use him. It’s amazing how often fans don’t seem to understand that especially in a time when we know a lot more about the structure of wrestling events. It’s not like the 80’s and 90’s when we didn’t know that all talents were friends, and that many of the storylines were not planned out. This is a new time in Wrestling where fans should be smarter than this, but unfortunately I have yet to witness it.

Roman Reigns has been one talent which has matured to a point where I can say, this man has a gift. His in-ring work along with his attitude towards the way WWE have treated him has only helped him mature on the mic and express himself in a way to piss the audience off even further. Why, because he can and I guarantee that him along with myself and many logical fans who have an actual reason why they like and hate a talent find it funny to still see many others react based off of mass ovation.

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So I ask you guys, that if you actually can’t think of a logical reason why you dislike Roman Reigns, exempting what WWE controls (amount of TV time, promos structure, theme, title defense, etc.) than please think for yourselves and see that as a talent he’s been a part of many top tier matches  and is developing into his own. Doesn’t surprise me why many WWE talents speak highly of him. Not saying you’re not allowed to hate a talent, but without providing an actual reason why, you’re just following suit.

What are your reasons for hating a talent?

MOC Predictions: 2016 WWE Survivor Series – Fantasy Warfare

It’s that time again, where I spew my predictions all over your glorious faces and force myself on….. ok, i’m going to far now. Let’s just stop, breath and share with you fans my thoughts on who comes out of Survivor Series the winners and the potential changes to WWE.

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Kalisto vs. Brian Kendrick (c)
-WWE Cruiserweight Championship-
-If Kalisto wins, the Cruiserweight Division moves to Smackdown Live-
Singles Match

This is an interesting match and the reason why is when the Cruiserweights were first introduced many thought Kalisto would be apart of it, but it came as a odd shock that WWE moved him to Smackdown. But with recent rumors of WWE not being happy with how the division has been utilized on Raw, many believe that they would get a better reaction on Smackdown as that’s considered the more “Wrestle Heavy” show. So in my honest opinion I feel Kalisto will win this match and move the entire Division to Smackdown.

MOC Prediction: Kalisto (New Cruiserwight Champion – Division Moves to Smackdown)


The Miz (c) vs. Sami Zayn
-WWE Intercontinental Championship-
Singles Match

In correlation to the Crusierweight match above, it kind of paints a picture with the decision WWE proceeds with for the IC championship. If Kalisto does in fact win the Cruiserweight title and division, then Raw will win the Intercontinental Championship. I feel it’s a decent trade off to have the major titles on Raw, and have the more specific titles on Smackdown. But even if the Cruiserweight Division match is undecided when these two fight, I still think Raw gets the IC championship hands down.

MOC Prediction: Sami Zayn (New Intercontinental Champion) 


Team Smackdown Live vs. Team Raw (Tag Team Division)
Traditional Elimination Match

I also refer to this match as cluster f*** 101… There will be 20 men in this match to start with and frankly that’s a lot of guys in one ring at the same time! When it comes to who gets eliminated, I’m looking at the lesser teams to go first (ex: Breezango, Shining Stars, Ryder and Mojo.) I do feel that the last remaining teams will be the Smackdown and Raw Tag Champions. But I do see something happening in the end where The Club could attack Austin Creed on the outside, causing a distraction for New Day and costing them the match. So for me I see Team Smackdown Live comes out on top.

MOC Prediction: Team Smackdown Live (Tag Team Division)


Team Smackdown Live vs. Team Raw (Women’s Division)
Traditional Elimination Match

The Women of WWE square off in this traditional elimination match to determine which division out ranks the other, and I gotta say they’re impressive. But for me, the Raw team looks a lot more stacked than the Smackdown team…. that sounds wrong… I mean stacked in the way of talents… not assets… get your minds out of the gutter.

Raw and Smackdown have a pretty even team but I believe Nia Jax will be the wild card in this match. Her stature over all the women is impressive, and will take a ton of keep her down. I do feel that team Raw will have more talents remaining at the end other than Smackdown Live and I feel that Nia may even eliminate a few of them to prove that there’s more than one woman in the division that Charlotte should look out for.

MOC Prediction: Team Raw (Women’s Division)


Team Raw vs. Team Smackdown Live
Traditional Elimination Survivor Series Match

 The main guys, the main honchos, the top of the chain, the golden guns of the WWE, the… guys….. who….. I got nothing. Raw’s best vs Smackdown Live’s best and frankly they’re both impressive. Shane was a bit of an odd call to the Smackdown Team to be honest, but his determination to never quit and drive to keep fighting back could make him an underdog who eliminated one, maybe two guys from the Raw team. But the main factor here is Braun Strowman, who I believe will be a force that will make a huge impact. Smackdown Live will have to work together to get that huge beast off his feet. As for who’s winning, it’s hard to tell, but Takers threat on Smackdown Live kind of indicated a potential for a feud IF Smackdown live should lose, and that’s what I feel will happen. Smackdown Live loses, Taker takes it out on AJ Styles [Team Captain] and challenges him for the WWE title; from there wins it and heads to Royal Rumble to defend it against Cena. Ok, i’m really pushing forward in the story-line here. But nonetheless, sometimes you need to look at it that way to pinpoint a reason that would justify a loss, and for me that’s justification enough.

MOC Prediction: Team Raw


Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg
Singles Match

Now this is just fantasy warfare come to life. Last we saw these men in the ring [Raw], tensions were flying back and forth and you could feel that each just wanted to get their hands on the other. It’s been 12 years [March 14, 2004] since these men last faced off against each other with Goldberg having the only win over Lesnar. So you can understand why Lesnar wants redemption. It’s interesting to see how WWE proceeds with this because if Lesnar wins; we would need a rubber match no? If Goldberg wins, that’s that and Goldberg can go home happy having two wins over the beast incarnate Brock Lesnar. But then you kill that “monster” image from Lesnar. In my honest opinion, if anyone is to kill off the beast it has to be a new up-and-comer, so this way WWE can build that new star moving forward. No reason to kill off Lesnar to a talent who’s only doing a one-off match.  So for me, it would make the most sense for Lesnar to win, and this working towards a rubber match down the line. You gotta also remember, Goldberg’s got ring-rust so him beating Lesnar this Sunday just makes it that much worst.

Now please don’t get upset because I’m saying Goldberg can’t beat Lesnar. He can, but at this stage, I feel a talent who’s been in the ring a few times over the past few years would be better suited to win over a talent who has not been in the ring for at least a decade. Not to mention I wouldn’t mind seeing a rubber match.

MOC Prediction: Brock Lesnar

Those are my predictions, what are yours? Feel free to share them down below.

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Is Drama Overshadowing Wrestling?

Throughout these past few weeks there has been so much speculation over the sale of TNA, and how the company is currently suffering to even put on a show let alone pay their staff. Because of all this I have to ask, has the drama and over saturation of problems within a company overshadowed the product of wrestling in itself? I feel it has.

Let’s face it, in today’s world social media is a power horse, and many people get their news and everyday entertainment from it. It’s the new television for many, encompassing a large database of random shit you will ever find in this world. But the main issue with Social Media comes in the form of hearsay, drama and news that many always just hang on to as if their lives depended on it. This article focuses around wrestling fans (like it or not) and how instead of focusing on the one thing we all fell in love with [Wrestling] we instead overshadow it by the drama surrounding a company’s status and if they’ll go under.

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I won’t segregate myself and say “I don’t follow that crap” because in all reality I do. But the difference is that it shouldn’t take away from the product that the company is trying to provide. I’ve grown up as a wrestling fan and have always enjoyed the storytelling being told in that ring. Not once did I ever consider to myself that by attended a show I wanted to see, I was their to judge how crappy the production was, or how inconsistent the product was. No, I’ve been a fan of wrestling and as such will always be a fan of wrestling as a whole, whether it’s in an arena with audience of 2000 or 200.

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With today’s product being so heavily integrated with social media, more people are susceptible to pointing out the problems with anything instead of appreciating it. One of the reasons why I feel the golden era along with the attitude era’s success in WWE & hell even WCW, was because you didn’t have fans know the ins-and-outs of the business. Instead just enjoyed the product as a whole because that’s what they saw. Today’s market has adapted to it and with that comes the spilled beans of everything that’s happening backstage. It’s understandable that fans want to be more knowledged about the business, but it’s another thing to just focus on that and push away from the product that made you fall in love with it in the first place. In the long run, you’re doing more damage than good.

TNA has experienced several problems throughout their existence but guess what, so has WWE. Now don’t think I’m comparing the two, all I’m comparing is the situations involving them which in my opinion took away from the product. Just as WWE had issues back in 2014 where reports indicated that the business wasn’t making money, and that major layoffs happened for that reason. In addition, reports said that WWE lost millions on studio productions, WWE network, NXT as a major loss of profits & more. So many fans were focusing on the problems, which again took away from the product. By doing that, you’re just asking for the company to fail. Obviously it didn’t and came back stronger than ever, but it’s WWE and a company that large won’t go under in one day. But as for TNA, it’s a much smaller company and the focus on them failing has more of a substantial impact especially when millions of fans expect the worse and are not even in it for the product. Again, drama overshadows entertainment.

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Drama is such an attractive notion for many fans. The ideas of failure is like candy for many. A company can have their downfalls and mistakes but at times can overcome them. There is no doubt that TNA have their issues, but don’t let that overshadow the product, because in the end the focus on failure is what will drive a company into darkness.

Wrestling is made for the fans, we are the audience, and we are the driving force behind it. So please, don’t try and drive it off the road. Enjoy the product, enjoy the content, and enjoy the fact that the wrestling industry has never been stronger.

Watch wrestling, enjoy wrestling, be a wrestling fan.

What are your thoughts, do you just focus on the failures?

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MOC Predictions For Smackdown Live 2016 Backlash PPV

Smackdown’s Backlash PPV comes at you this Sunday September 11th at 8pm EST in Richmond, VA at the Coliseum.

Here are the matches in line for the show and MOC’s predictions:

The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler
-WWE Intercontinental Championship-
Singles Match

When it comes to these two, both men have merits to win this match. Ziggler coming off his loss against Ambrose at Summerslam needs the momentum behind him, but than again as does Miz. Miz in my opinion has been on one of the best runs he’s been on for a while. If he is sincere in making the IC title the most prestige’s title on the show I rather him hold it and defend it whenever he can. Maybe even using a cheap method like using his wife to pick up the victory. This way this feud isn’t fully over and can continue.

MOC Prediction: The Miz (retains)


Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt
Singles Match

I’ll be one to say that I truly hope Bray doesn’t lose in this match. I am a Randy Orton fan and love the character, but Bray is a unique talent which WWE just hasn’t been able to grasp at. If this match goes as planned I would love to see Harper return costing Orton the match, but from my understanding Harper just started training again to get back in the ring, so a return now may be too quick. But, many seem to forget the other member in which Bray walked away from; Erick Rowan. Erick is on Smackdown as Bray has turned his back on him, it would be interesting to see Rowan come back and cost Bray this match-up. Not ideal in my mind, but a scenario that could work. Next thing you now, on Smackdown Live Harper could return and attack Rowan. So I’ll pick a bold one here. Randy Orton wins due to Rowan interference.

MOC Prediction: Randy Orton (Due to Erick Rowan Interference) 


The Usos vs. The Hype Bros
-Final Spot In The Smackdown Live Tag Team Tournament-
Tag Team Match

As we saw this past week, The Usos took out American Alpha going complete Heel. This is a good turn for them as lately they’ve been stalemating and not really getting the ovation a baby-face team get. So do to their attack Usos are going against Zack Ryder & Mojo Rawley to determine the final spot to face Rhyno & Heath Slater for the tag titles. So I’ll keep this short, usually when there’s a change of character they get focused on, so Usos.

MOC Predicition: The Usos


The Usos vs. Heath Slater & Rhyno
-Smackdown Live Tag Team Championship-
Tag Team Match

Now when it comes to Slater and Rhyno, I’m not pulling for them all the way. The reason is b/c Rhyno will have to go back to Michigan as a Republican representative and Slater’s free agent gimmick is working pretty nicely. So this goes back to what I said previously, when there’s a change of character, there’s more focus on them. I gotta go with the Usos all the way.

MOC Predictions: The Usos (New Smackdown Live Tag Team Champions)


Natalya vs. Naomi vs. Becky Lynch vs. Nikki Bella vs. Carmella vs. Alexa Bliss
-Smackdown Live Women’s Championship-
Six-Pack Challenge. 

I’ll be honest with you, I couldn’t care more for this match. It is my opinion that the Raw women’s division are more effective drawing our attention in, but this group of gals have really just turned me off. Not sure if it’s because a majority of them have the squeaky, winy voice, but it’s something that kills my attention  So as far as this match goes, frankly I could care less who wins, but for the hell of it lets go for the one which I think should finally have a title around her waist and doesn’t have an annoying voice.

MOC Prediction: Naomi (New Smackdown Live Women’s Champion)


Dean Ambrose (c) vs. AJ Styles
-WWE World Heavyweight Championship-
Singles Match

The one match of the night that probably has the most draw to it. Since Dean has won the championship, I don’t know what it is but he seems a bit more unappealing. His promo’s seem to have gotten better, but his in-ring work just seems off. I can’t put my finger on it or give you a detailed explanation as to why, but somethings off. AJ made a good point on Smackdown, Dean isn’t John Cena and if AJ could beat John Cena, why can’t he go through Dean? As far as this match goes, many claim that Cena will come back and turn heel costing Dean the championship and giving it to AJ as he sees him as the future of the company, but I can’t see that happening. But what I do see happening is a new champion crowned at Backlash. So I won’t dabble, AJ Styles comes out on top.

MOC Predictions: AJ Styles (New WWE World Heavyweight Champion)

Let me know your predictions below, or head over to MOCForums and let us know there.

How WWE Could Make The King Of The Ring Tournament Great Again

There’s been talks that WWE may be bringing back the King of the Ring tournament, which in all honesty wouldn’t be bad; as long as some changes can be implemented. Otherwise we’ll be stuck with another King that goes nowhere.

As we saw WWE held the last KOTR tournament in 2015 through the WWE Network which crowned Wade Barrett as our final King of the Ring winner. But what do you get from this exactly? A new name, a few more accessories to bring to the ring? I feel the KOTR should indicate an opportunity for the winner, otherwise what’s the point of winning it?

I’ve had this idea swimming in my head for a while now where WWE would introduce a KOTR championship, awarded to the KOTR winner in which he could exchange for an opportunity at the WWE Championship for his brand. Very similar to how the X-Division title is done in TNA but this championship is only available once a year and you have to win in a tournament to capture it.

There was talks of a championship a while ago in WWE (WWF at the time), hence why there was a belt made (cover photo for article) which Mabel held in 1995, but WWE just never went for it or showcased it.

In relation to the Royal Rumble & MITB, the KOTR Championship would be handed in for a decided timeline for a WWE title opportunity.

Here’s how the opportunities would work.

Royal Rumble – Main Event Spot At WrestleMania for the WWE Championship (Raw or SD)
Money in the Bank – Cash in at ANY time for a shot at the WWE Championship (Raw or SD)
King of the Ring – Trade in the championship for a shot at the WWE Championship (Raw or SD) at a PPV of your choosing (exempting WrestleMania)

It’s a simple concept which I believe could work in today’s market. Not only that the KOTR tournament could feature heavyweight and cruiser-weights from Raw & SD all competing for the shot at their TOP title on their brand.

This gives the KOTR competitors more enticement and gives us fans more of a reason why we should care for this tournament again. Yes, stars were made from this tournament in the past, but based on how WWE has run it lately it’s really become lack-luster. A change is needed and I believe now it the best time for it.

What are your thoughts, could this work?

 

MOCLive – 2016 WWE Battleground Pay-Per-View Results

Show: WWE Battleground
Date: July 24, 2016
Author: Cade Carnage
Venue: Verizon Center, Washingston, DC.

Welcome my WarGods to your WWE Battleground Pay Per View live results. Remember to keep refreshing this page for the latest details .

As always, if MOC does get 100% on my predictions I’ll be doing another give-a-way contest just to celebrate the fact that I know what I’m talking about. Let’s all rejoice!

Make sure to use chat below and get communicating! Images below sourced from @WWE on Twitter.

Here are my predictions for tonight’s Pay Per View event:

  1. (KICKOFF) The Usos vs Tyler Breeze & Fandango – Prediction: Tyler Breeze & Fandango
  2. Becky Lynch vs. Natalya – Prediction: Becky Lynch
  3. Rusev (c) vs. Zack Ryder – US Title – Prediction: Rusev Retains
  4. The Miz (c) vs. Darren Young – IC Title – Prediction: Miz Retains
  5. Sasha Banks & ???? vs. Charlotte (c) & Dana Brooke – Predictions: Nia Jax is the partner – Nia Jax & Sasha Banks – Sasha Banks wins but it’s with Bayley
  6. The New Day (c) vs. The Wyatt Family – Predictions: The Wyatt Family
  7. Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens – Predictions: Draw – WINNER: SAMI ZAYN
  8. John Cena, Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. AJ Styles, Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows – Predictions: Finn Balor Debut – Cena, Enzo and Cass
  9. Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns – WWE Championship – Predictions: Seth Rollins (New WWE Champion)WINNER: DEAN AMBROSE

WWE Battleground Kickoff

Match set tonight for the Battleground Kickoff:

The Usos vs. Tyler Breeze & Fandango
(KICKOFF Match)
Tag Team Match
Winner: Tyler Breeze & Fandango!


WWE Battleground Live Recap

VIDEO: Battleground kicks off with a video package outlining all the feuds and matches going into this pay per view.


Announcers: The announcers introduce the Spanish and German announces team.


Sasha Banks & ???? vs, Charlotte (c) & Dana Brooke
Tag Team Match

 

The Women’s tag team match kicks off WWE Battleground where Sasha was to find her own partner, which ended up being Bayley, which in all honesty wasn’t a huge surprise. Bayley got a huge ovation from the audience.

Before the match could even begin, Charlotte and Dana attack both Sasha and Bayley. Charlotte throws Bayley into the barricade and Dana stomps on Sasha. Charlotte takes Bayley into the ring and the referee manages to break them apart and officially calls the match to begin.

Right away Charlotte goes on the attack and stomps on Bayley in the corner. Charlotte doesn’t waste time connecting a few chops to the chest. Bayley manages to fight back and lands a springboard elbow to Charlotte and tags in Banks. Sasha Banks comes in fast delivering elbows to Charlotte in the corner. Charlotte pushes her away but Sasha manages to climb to the top rope and hits a hurricanrana. Charlotte still fights back and as Sasha was distracted by Dana Charlotte smashes her face first into the turnbuckles. Charlotte gets a 2 count. Dana finally tags in and stomps away on Sasha. She tries for a pin but only gets a 1 count. Dana locks in a choke, but Sasha fights out throwing Dana against the ropes. Sasha tries to tag Bayley but Dana holds her back. Sasha lands a hard slap and manages to tag in Bayley.

Bayley comes in with the hot tag and takes out both Dana and Charlotte with clotheslines. She attacks Dana in the corner but Charlotte manages to distract Bayley allowing Dana to throw Bayley head first into the turnbuckle. Dana pins but only gets a 2 count. Dana still goes on the attack throwing Bayley against the turnbuckles and drives her shoulder in Bayley’s gut.  Bayley delivers a surprise pin but Dana comes back smashing Bayley face first against the mat. Dana tries for a running clothesline but both women deliver a clothesline allowing both to make their associated tags. Sasha and Charlotte come in and Sasha gets the upper hand with a few clotheslines, and a knee to the head. Sasha lands her double knee to the mid section in the corner and pins for a 2 count.

Sasha heads to the top turnbuckles kicks Dana off the apron and lands a cross body on Charlotte for a 2 count. Sasha goes for her back stabber but Charlotte counters and hits her natural selection finisher. Bayley breaks up the pin and Dana runs in throwing Bayley to the outside. Charlotte tries for the figure 4, but Sasha counters into the Bank Statement. Dana manages to pull Charlotte to the outside to break up the hold. Bayley hits Dana with a big boot and Charlotte lands a hard clothesline on Bayley. Charlotte climbs back into the ring and Sasha hits her backstabber and Bank’s statement making the WWE Women’s champion tap out.

Winners: Sasha Banks & Bayley

Another prediction come true, exempting the Bayley partner. I said Nia, don’t know why.


The New Day (c) vs. The Wyatt Family
Six-Man Tag Team Match

During New Day’s entrance they come out announcing that they are the longest reigning WWE tag team champions of all time! They recap that they are drafted to Raw, and most importantly remained together. New Day begin making fun of the Wyatt’s being split up due to the draft and that they could be the strongest now than ever. Big E references “bone crusher” from 2003 and says that they are never scared and begin a “New Day Rocks” chants. The Wyatt’s make their entrance.

The match begins with Xavier and Bray, but Xavier doesn’t do anything as he looks mesmerized. Kofi tags himself in and lands a hard kick to Bray. Bray tags in Braun who comes in running over Kofi Kingston. He lands a running body slam and tags in Erick Rowan. Erick lands a few clotheslines on Kofi and locks in a submission hold. Kofi fights out of the lock and runs the ropes but Erick stops him with a hard clothesline. Bray tags in and lands a hard punch to Kofi and takes him to the Wyatt corner.  Bray hits a hard clothesline and locks in a choke. Kofi hits a jaw breaker and tries for the tag but Bray hits another hard clothesline and stares at Xavier on the apron. Xavier backs away scared.

Braun tags in and begins choking Kofi in the corner. He takes him to the Wyatt corner where Erick tags in and stomps on Kofi’s chest. Bray tags in and throws Kofi into the corner. He treis for a body splam but Kofi gets his boots up and stops Bray. Bray goes for another attack but Kofi throws him over the top ropes taking Bray to the outside. Braun rolls him back into the match but Kofi manages to tag in Big E and Bray tags in Erick. Big E manages to get the upper hand landing a hard clothesline and a belly-to-belly to Erick. Braun stops the pin attempt and Xavier tries to attack. Braun swipes him out of the ring and Big E throws Braun out. Erick lands a hard slam to Big E and again Kofi comes in to help out. Kofi manages to takes out Braun and hits a cross body on the outside.

Big E gets thrown out by Erick but from behind Kofi dropkicks Erick into the turnbuckles. Bray would come in and attack Kofi but Xavier would stop him. Xavier and Bray stare off and again Xavier appears hypnotized. Kofi would try to attack but Bray stops him. Xavier now goes on the attack and manages to keep the upper hand on Bray, Erick and Braun. Big E would at one point spear Braun off the apron and landing badly on his head. Xavier turns to Bray but Bray begins his walk upside down and hits his Sister Abigail getting the 3 count win over the New Day.

Winners: The Wyatt Family.

Another prediction correct. I’m on a roll right now.


Announcers: They introduce the Japanese, Portugal, & Russian announcer team.


Rusev (c) vs. Zack Ryder
-WWE United States Championship-
Singles Match

Lana is in the ring and introduces her fiancé Rusev for the United States championship match up next.

The match starts and right away Rusev manages to lock in a front face lock and gets a quick 1 count. Rusev throws around Ryder not releasing the front face lock. Rusev takes Ryder into the corner and breaks the hold. Ryder would hit him with a hard elbow and continues the assault on Rusev. Ryder rolls to the outside making Rusev follow him. He rolls back into the ring and Ryder hits a sliding dropkick to Rusev on the outside. The action moves back into the ring and Ryder tries for a dropkick off the second rope, but Rusev counters and hits a hard side head kick.

Rusev mounts Ryder and begins raining down punches to Ryder over and over again. Rusev runs the ropes and connects a spinning calf kick giving him a 2 count. Rusev locks in a reverse bear hug making Ryder yell out in pain. Ryder manages to reach his feet and hits a few elbows to the head. He breaks the hold and Rusev tries to attack in the corner but Ryder moves out of the way. Ryder comes in attacking landing several elbows in corner. Ryder tries for his corner kick but Rusev catches hi leg and lands a hard kick to the gut. Rusev tries for a suplex but Ryder counters into a neck breaker. Ryder lands his Broski boot to Rusev and pins for a 2 count.

The action moves to the outside where Rusev lands Ryder on the barricade front first. Rusev takes a long run and tries for a tackle but Ryder moves out of the way and Rusev lands shoulder first into the barricade. Ryder lands a missile dropkick from the barricade and takes Rusev into the ring. Ryder hits the Rough Rider and quickly climbs to the top ropes. Ryder goes for the elbow drop but Rusev counters with a knee to the elbow. Rusev land a hard kick to the back of the head and right away locks in the Accolade.

Ryder begins fighting out but Rusev quickly transitions the Accolade into a deeper hold which only makes Ryder tap out.

Winner: Rusev (retains)

Following the match Rusev stomps on Ryders lower back and again tries to lock in the Accolade but all of a sudden Mojo Rawley runs out to assist


Backstage: Mick Foley & Stephanie McMahon are back stage talking about how Battleground has been working well for the Raw brand. Seth Rollins would walk in and talk how he will win the WWE championship tonight and how it will be so great tonight. Rollins believes that tonight will be so greta that in 9 months there will be a “Boom of babies named Rollins.”


Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens
Singles Match

The match begins and right away Sami tries to go for his helluva kick. Owens rolls to the outside. Saim follows him but Owens goes on the attack and throws Sami against the barricade. Owens rolls into the ring to break the count and tries to throw Sami against the barricade but Sami counters throwing Owens instead. Sami takes Owens back into the ring. He jumps over Owens, and delivers a missile dropkick to Owens. Sami counters a back body drop attempt and tries for a rebound arm drag but Owens trips him up on the top rope. Owens hits his corner cannon ball and pins for a 2 count.

Owens goes on the attack and brawls Sami to the mat. He lands a knee to Sami’s lower back and lands a hard kick to the head. Owens goes for a suplex but Sami counters and goes for his own. Owens counters and connects his own suplex landing Sami gut first on the top rope. Owens connects a hard kick to the back and lands a senton giving him a 2 count. Owens locks in a choke giving Sami a breather. Sami tries to break out but Owens bring him back down.  Sami manages to fight back to his feet. Owens tries for the clothesline but Sami counters with his own. Sami lands a Mishinoku Driver and pins for the 2 count.

Owens rolls to the outside, and Sami tries for the sucide dive but Owens catches him and drops him to the mat pulling him to the outside. Owens tries for the apron powerbomb but Sami counters grabbing the ropes. Sami goes for the springboard off the ropes, but kind of screws it up and lands hard on the apron still connecting Owens a little bit. Sami brings Owens back into the ring and lands the blue thunder bomb for the 3 count. Sami favors the arm he landed on and climbs to the top rope. Sami tries for a cross body but Owens rolls under and lands a hard super kick. Owens sees Sami’s arm is hurt and locks in the cross face. Sami would manage to pull himself to the ropes to break the hold.

Owens hits a hard clothesline to Sami in the corner, not once; but twice. He tries for a third but Sami catches Owens into the exploder suplex. Sami sets it up and tries for the helluva kick, but Owens rolls to the outside. Sami tries for a top rope move but Owens catches him on the apron and looks for a move on the apron but Sami counters landing a brain buster to Owens on the apron. The ref begins his count and Sami manages to climbs back in, and as does Owens by the count of 8.

Sami gets back on his feet first and while still favoring his right arm lands a punch to Owens. Both Owens and Sami begins delivering punches to one another until Sami gets angry and delivers a more and more and more. Owens rolls to the outside. Sami follows on the other end and runs for his spinning Tornado DDT through the second and third ropes but Owens hits a hard superkick stopping him. Owens lands a cannon ball again and follows it up with a frog splash. Owens pins and gets a 2 count. Owens tries for the pop-u p powerbomb but Sami counters with a hurricanrana. He tries for the helluva kick but Owens counters with a superkick. Sami re-counters into two exploder suplexes and pins but only gets a 2 count.

At this time the audience give both men a standing ovation. Sami goes for a running move in the corner but Owens hits his pop-up powerbomb. Owens pins but Sami manages to put his foot on the bottom rope. Owens delivers a hard slap a few times, and Sami tells him to bring it on. Owens tries to another punch but Sami hits another exploder suplex in the corner, and then anther. Sami hits his Helluva kick on Owens and catches him. He positions him again and hits another Helluva kick and pins Owens for the 3 count.

Winner: Sami Zayn


Kick Off Panel:The Battleground kickoff panel give there thoughts on the matches from tonight.


Becky Lynch vs. Natalya
Singles Match

The match starts and right away Becky goes on the attack delivering a few punches until the ref pulls her off. Both women go back and forth with Natalya retreating several times to stop Becky from attacking. Natalya would tie up Becky’s leg in the apron and begin focusing on it. Natalya begins attacking Becky’s leg and keeps that focused throughout the match.

Sorry guys, I’m eating during this match so I won’t be going into too many details as I’m stuffing my face right now. LOL

Sorry guys I’m back just as Natalya locks In the sharpshooter to Becky Lynch. Becky would pull herself to the ropes making the ref break the hold. Becky would deliver an elbow to Natalya from the apron. Climbs to the top rope and lands a missile dropkick. Becky pins but only gets a 2 count. Becky attacks Natalya in the corner and the ref comes between them trying to pull Becky off. Natalya kicks Becky’s knee and locks in the Sharpshooter again. Becky tries to reach the ropes and Natalya keeps dragging her back. Becky has no choice but to tap out.

Winner: Natalya


Backstage: Shane & Daniel talk to the WWE Champion Dean Ambrose hyping his match saying how he’s the only one representing Smackdown. Dean has the heart to keep moving forward and that’s why Dean is the champion. Shane pumps him up saying that Dean has the potential to be the best. Daniel recaps his war with the Shield and says that Dean was the one he was only concerned about. Dean says that tonight he shows the world why he was drafted to Smackdown and that tonight the champion stays.


The Miz (c) vs. Darren Young
-WWE Intercontinental Championship-
Singles Match

The match begins and Darren Young tries to go on the attack but Miz gets to the ropes making the ref push Darren back. Both men go back and forth with arm locks and quick pins. Miz takes Darren to the corner and the ref breaks them both apart. Both men clinch again but Miz connects a hard running shoulder. Both men again clinch for the third time, this time Darren gets a slam on Miz and locks in a hard front face lock. Miz manages to hit another running shoulder but Darren counters with a hard punch. Darren keeps on the attack and heads to the second ropes. Maryse yells at Darren from the outside distracting Darren, and Miz takes advantage pushing Darren off the turnbuckles to the outside.

Miz drives Darren gut first into the ring apron, rolls Darren back in and pins for the 2 count. Miz locks in a chokehold. Darren tries to fight out but Miz brings him down again with a choke hold. Darren manages to reach his feet and tries for a backslide pin but Miz counters into his own and Darren fights out and connects his own but Miz kicks out at 2. Miz quickly reaches his feet and connects a hard kick to the face. Miz tries for a running attack in the corner but Darren explodes and hits a hard clothesline.

Darren manages to get the momentum behind him an lands a few hard punches followed by a couple of clotheslines. Darren finishes off the set with a belly-to-belly to the apron and backdrops Miz on the apron. Darren pins and gets a 2 count. From the outside Bob Backlund calls for the cross face chicken wing. Darren goes for it but Miz runs to the ropes breaking the hold and decides to walk away from the match. Bob Backlund would block Miz from leaving only bringing him back to the ring and Darren throwing him back into the ring.

On the outside Maryse would slap Bob Backlund and fall down claiming that Bob pushed her. Miz comes to the outside and pushed Bob Backlund. Darren would climb to the outside and lock in the cross face chicken wing. The ref would call for the bell thus ending the match. Darren Young would not let the cross face go as Miz tapped out. Refs run out and break them both up.

Winner: No Contest

WWE would later clarify that Miz was counted out. Which means Darren Young wins via countout but Miz retains.

Winner: Darren Young (Miz Retains)


John Cena, Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. AJ Styles, Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows
Six-Man Tag Team Match

Enzo and Cass did there usually entrance and calls Cena, Enzo and Cass the Mount Rushmore of Certified G’s. They deliver a promo in the ring giving advice to the club in the end saying that they will kick the teeth out of their mouth and the crap out of their ass. They continue their promo with punch lines and just greatness, even to a point where John Cena raises Enzo’s arm in the air just because he’s impressed with him.

The match begins with Karl and Enzo, but Karl would tag in AJ as Enzo wanted him instead. Both men clinch up and AJ quickly connects an arm drag. The clinch again this time AJ manages to push Enzo off the ropes and hits a hard dropkick to the head. Enzo tags in Big Cass as AJ tags in Karl Anderson. Karl goes on the attack quickly and runs the ropes but Cass stops him with a hard shoulder. Cass throws Enzo to Luke Gallows, who’s trying to run in and against Karl Anderson in the corner. Karl and Luke roll to the outside and Cass throws Enzo on them.  AJ would try to attack Cass but Cass throws AJ on the Club as well. Enzo would tag in now but quickly Karl Anderson gets the upper hand on Enzo with a hard punch to the head. Luke Gallows tags in and slams Enzo to the mat giving him a 2 count.

Luke stalks Enzo delivering a hard right punch and tags in AJ. AJ lands a hard kick to the mid section of Enzo. Enzo would try to fight back but AJ pushes Enzo back into the Clubs corner. Karl tags in and hits a hard kick to the head. He pins Enzo for the 2 count and locks in a rear choke hold. Enzo would make it to his feet and deliver a jaw breaker to Karl. Enzo tries for the tag but Karl catches him and connects a knee back breaker rolling Enzo to the outside. AJ tags in and throws Enzo against the barricade and rolls him back into the ring. Karl tags in and AJ tries for one more move. Enzo throws AJ to the outside, punches Karl off the apron and drives Luke against the ring post. Enzo slides back into the ring and try to run for Cena but Karl comes from nowhere connecting a running calf kick. Karl gets a 2 count. Luke Gallows tags in and tries for a body splash but Enzo moves out of the way. Enzo manages to tag in John Cena, as Gallows tags in AJ. Cena connects his usual running shoulders and five knuckle shuffle and tries for the AA. AJ counters and lands his pele kick.

AJ reached his feet, punches Enzo off the apron. AJ tries for the Styles Clash on Cena,  but Enzo runs the ropes and connects a running spinning DDT. Karl would take Enzo out, Cass takes out Karl and Luke takes out Cass. Cena comes in attacking Gallows, AJ tries for a springboard move but AJ hits Luke instead. Cena grabs AJ and hits the AA. Cena goes for the pin but Karl pulls him to the outside and lands a spinebuster on the announcers table. Enzo jumps off the steel steps and hits a DDT on Karl on the outside.

Cena is laid out by the announcers table as AJ lays in the ring. The ref begins counting and reaches 9 as Cena runs back into the ring. AJ hits the Styles Clash and pins Cena. Cass pulls AJ from the outside and hits a hard big boot. Luke attacks Cass and rolls him into the ring from behind Karl attacks Cass and both hit the magic killer on Cass. Enzo would climb in and focus on both members of the club. Karl goes for the attack but Enzo throws him between the ropes and against the ring post. Enzo is left with Luke Gallows. Enzo runs the ropes but Luke hits a hard super kick taking Enzo out of the ring. Cena (the legal man along with AJ) would roll back into the ring and take out Luke Gallows. AJ tries for a top rope move but Cena catches him and looks to land the AA from the second rope which he connects and pins AJ for the 3 count.

Winners: John Cena, Enzo Amore & Big Cass


Highlights Reel with Randy Orton

Jericho comes out for the Highlight Reel and tells the audience quiet, quiet, quiet, quiet ( plus a lot more). He welcomes everyone to the “Biggest highlight reel in WWE history.” His guest Randy Orton returns to WWE following a 9 month absence due to a shoulder injury. He introduces Randy Orton and comes out to a decent ovation.

Orton gets a as a “Welcome back” chant begins. Jericho says that DC loves Randy Orton tonight. Randy says that during his 9 months off he missed the ovation and audience, and the DC audience have made him too happy that he doesn’t mind sharing the ring with Chris Jericho. Jericho says that Orton is lucky to be making a return on the highlight reel with the best wrestler in the world. Jericho says that putting Orton in the ring with Jericho puts Orton on a better level [Your Welcome] says Jericho. Orton says that his good mode may be broken with an RKO out of nowhere. Jericho threatens that there may be a Code Breaker out of nowhere. Jericho brings up what’s happening in WWE today [Brand Extension, Dean Ambrose, and Stephanie McMahon] and more.  Jericho says that he wants’ to give Randy a present that will help Orton compete against Brock Lesnar and that will make him a better wrestler. Jericho says that he will give him the gift of Jericho!

Orton gets real close and looks to RKO, but Jericho backs away and Orton says that he was coming close to Jericho to see what was holding his hair up. Jericho says that Orton has something else to worry about and that’s Brock Lesnar. Jericho points to a Brock Lesnar vignette shown on the Titon-Tron showcasing the destructive beast Brock is. Jericho says that Orton and Lesnar came up at the same time and yet during his time in WWE Jericho thinks Orton is scared of Brock Lesnar as he’s ignored him several times in WWE. Jericho than asks Orton why he picked to face Lesnar at Summerslam.

Orton says that being out for 9 months; you want to make an impact, an epic return back to the WWE. Orton takes a shot at Fandango saying that it wouldn’t be epic if he came back to face him but instead; so hence why he picked Brock Lesnar. Orton claims that he know he’ll be suplexed over and over again and that it only takes on RKO to get to viper ville “No enhancement needs” [a sly shot at Lesnar’s USADA violation in UFC]. Jericho laughs it off and says Orton will pay for that comment. Jericho claims to know someone close to Lesnar and has some messages for Orton. Orton’s a coward, going to tear his arms off and that Orton’s a stupid idiot. Jericho mocks Orton and says that Orton needs to focus on Lesnar, and stay out of Jericho’s business. The segment ends as expected, with an RKO on Chris Jericho.


 

Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns
-WWE Championship-
Triple Threat Match

It appears that during this Triple Threat match, The Raw commissioner Stephanie McMahon and her GM Mick Foley; along with the Smackdown Commissioner Shane McMahon with Daniel Bryan will be watching this match, which can only tell me that they’ll somehow get involved.

The bell rings and the match begin as all competitors stare off at each other. Rollins shows the fist and wants the guys to fist bump, remnants of the Shield times. Roman right away attacks Rollins and throws him to the outside. Roman follows and Rollins runs into the ring. Dean clotheslines him to the outside where Roman grabs Rollins again and throws him against the barricade and ring apron. He takes him back into the ring and clotheslines Rollins out again. From behind Dean tries for a school boy pin but Roman kicks out. Both men laugh it out and clinch up delivering some clotheslines and running shoulders.

Rollins tries to attack again but Roman stops him with a hard punch and Dean clotheslines him to the outside. Roman tries for a school boy pin but Dean kicks out and both stare off again. Both go back and forth, Dean goes for a cross body but gets stopped by Roman Reigns. From behind Rollins comes in and attacks Roman. Seth jumps from the second rope but Roman catches him on his shoulders. Dean run and delivers a running dropkick to Roman making him drop Rollins to the mat. Dean goes on the attack now taking Roman into the corner delivering multiple punches and stomps. Rollins comes from behind delivering a back breaker to Dean and lands a neck breaker on Roman. Rollins rolls Roman to the outside and pins Dean for a 2 count. Rollins lands a few punches to Dean and throws him hard against the turnbuckle. Rollins takes Dean to the corner and tries for a running move but Dean manages to counter and lands a hard clothesline to Rollins. Rollins lays on the bottom rope as Roman hits his drive by dropkick. Both Roman and Rollins fight on the outside as Dean Jumps from the top rope landing on Roman. Rollin throws Dean against the steel steps, and Roman against the barricade.

Rollins sets up Rollins but Roman counters flipping Rollins into the time keeper’s area. Roman and Rollins fight it out as Dean runs over two announcer’s tables and lands a double clothesline on both men. Dean takes Roman back to the ring, climbs to the top rope and lands missile dropkick. Ambrose lands a forearm smash and running bulldog and again climbs to the top rope. Dean hits his standing elbow. Dean pins and Roman kicks out at two and right away Rollins lands on Dean with the frog splash for the 2 count. Rollins looks for the pedigree on Roman, but Roman counters, quickly Seth tries for the pin but Roman powers Rollins up and catches him with a hard right hand. Roman takes Rollins to the corner delivering a few clotheslines. He hits Dean with another clothesline and a body slam on Rollins. Roman hits the superman punch on Dean and Ambrose and goes for the spear. Roman runs but Dean stops him with a boot to the head, Rollins hits his flipping kick against Dean head, Roman hits Rollins with a hard punch and Dean hits Roman with his rebound clothesline.

All competitors are laid out until they reach their feet. All men begin exchanging punches as Roman and Rollins gang up on Roman Reigns. Dean and Rollins look to power bomb Reigns but Roman fights out. Dean takes him to the outside and lands a suicide dive on Roman. Rollins runs the ropes and lands on Roman on the outside. Both Rollins and Dean appear to be working together as both men strip the announcers table and power bomb Roman Reigns through the Spanish announcers table.  As Dean catches hi breath Rollins grabs a steel chair and smashes it over Dean’s back. Rollins does the same over Roman’s back. Rollins rolls Dean back into the ring and looks for the pedigree, but Rollins counters into the power bomb but instead Dean counters hitting a hurricanrana taking Rollins to the turnbuckles. Dean climbs to the top rope but Rollins quickly climbs up and lands the falcon arrow on Dean for a close 2 count.

At this time all men are laid out exhausted. Rollins is the first man to his feet as Roman is still at ringside. Rollins tries for the pedigree but Ambrose counters and slingshots Rollins to the corner. Rollins jumps to the top turnbuckle and Dean follows trying for a superplex. Roman comes from behind grabbing Ambrose and landing a powerbomb on Dean, countering Rollins attack and hits a sit-down powerbomb getting a 2 count. Roman tries for the superman punch on Dean but Ambrose counters. Roman tries for the razors edge powerbomb but Dean counters. Roman hits a hard punch and Dean tries for his rebound clothesline but Roman hits the superman punch. From behind Rollins comes in and manages to hit the pedigree and pins for a 2 count.

Rollins can’t believe Roman kicked out and tries for another pedigree but Roman counters. Instead Rollins hits the turnbuckle powerbomb on Roman who explodes out and hits the superman punch. Roman hits the spear on Rollins. As Roman pins Seth Dean comes in and quickly hits the dirty deeds on Roman getting the 1..2..3!

Winner: Dean Ambrose (retains)

Following the match the entire Smackdown locker-room comes out and celebrates as the most prestige’s title comes to Smackdown.

Thank you guys for reading! I hope you enjoyed the recap here we go with the new era in WWE as tomorrow begins the time for the new rosters.