Originally Written: April 21st – Finished April 23rd (1am)
Update:So just to give you guys a heads up, I watched all of the matches that took place yesterday in the Shields Final Chapter event, but I went back and rewatched everything over so I could give my thoughts to everything properly because watching it Live it’s hard to keep up……
A lot of the early stuff already written I went back and changed some things and added more to it, as well as wrote out the rest of my thoughts on the event. The first part that you’re about to read is the only original reaction that I kept and didn’t change, but the rest of what I wrote that’s all changed and added stuff.
So I thought this was going to be some kind of documentary on the Shield and their journey, but maaan was I wrong…….it turns out it’s a whole wrestling event, well it was WWE Live, i’ve never watched one of these before so this should be interesting.
Elias speaks about how he’s happy that this is the Shield’s final chapter and never having to see them again then talks about how Roman Reigns will pay for what he did to him and Mr McMahon last week and then we get a song from Elias, about the Shield……
He then of course insults the crowd while singing his song, because it wouldn’t be an Elias song if he didn’t, but it also wouldn’t be an Elias song if he didn’t get interrupted in the middle of it either.
If you’re wondering who interrupted Elias, well it was non other than the Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor, Elias of course unhappy at the fact asks Balor why he felt the need to interrupt his performance and Balor tells him how much of a fan he is of his and how he wants to Walk With Elias,
Elias not bothered to hear that Balor is a fan, tells Finn that since he’s a fan of his, he’ll let him sing with him and then Elias sings his famous song “When I Say I Love Elias, You Say Yes I Do”
The crowd didn’t really sing along at first, we then had Finn join in on the song, but decides he wants to change up the lyrics to it a bit, singing how much Elias sucks instead, gotta say Finn doesn’t have a bad voice, that was pretty good!!
Well I thought it was, Elias on the other hand did not like it, which lend him to attack Finn, starting up the match between the two.
Finn Balor Vs Elias (Intercontental Championship)
This was a good match, I had to rewatch this of course, but it was real good, both Finn and Elias did really well, both are extremely talented in the ring, they both had an equal amount of momentum going for them of there were a few nice moments during the match,
One moment was when Balor went up on the top corner ropes outside of the apron, to set up for his finisher, but Elias hits him, causing Finn to stumble off the top rope and back on the the ring apron, Elias then hits Balor with a few punches to the face……
Almost knocking him off the apron completely and on the announcers table at one point, which by the way i’m not really sure why it was that close to the ring anyway, but it was…….
Elias tried going for another attack on Finn, but Balor countered the attack, going for a sunset flip pin, almost gets the win, but was only able to get a 2 count, Finn then goes for some kind of cradle pin move, gets the whole 3 count, wins the match and retains his Intercontinental Championship.
Thoughts:This was a very well done match between the two, there was a few times where Elias was close to winning, but in the end it was Finn who made sure that title didn’t go anywhere, but well done to both Finn Balor and Elias for putting on a good performance in this matchup, I enjoyed it!!
Post/Pre Match Segment: Elias not to happy about his lost to Finn Balor, talks how Balor got lucky and then just tries to turn his focus back on his performance, but ends up getting interrupted again before he could even begin his performance when the Riott Squad heads on down to the ring……..and what do you know, they too are huge fans of Elias, ain’t that something!!
They even go out of their way to ask him if they could be the Elias Squad even though they’re known as the Riott Squad, Elias was all in for that idea of course, they even sang Elias’s song with him……well for a min, but they ended up changing the lyrics to “We Love The Riot Squad” not bad, but I think personally they could’ve rehearsed that better, but you know it was okay…….
Bayley & Ember Moon Vs The Riot Squad
I was pretty excited to see Ember get back in the ring after being out for so long, I know she was in the Women’s Battle Royal at Mania, but I didn’t watch it, but watching this match back, Ember, goodness gracious she’s something, the Riott Squad too are quite the pair as we all know, taking advantage any chance their given.
Liv Morgan especially, she did everything she could to make sure her team stayed in control of the match and it worked for the most part, until towards the closing parts of the match when she was caught red handed trying to help Ruby win, by holding her legs on the ropes as leverage after Ruby tried to use a dirty pin towards Ember to win the match, causing her to be banned from ringside.
She was not happy of course and neither were the Riott Squads’s Ruby Riot and Sarah Logan……on a good note, Liv being sent to the back after she was caught cheating gave Ember the advantage to capitalize on Ruby hitting her with her finisher the Eclipse from off the top rope, pinning her and wins the match for her and Bayley.
Thoughts:The match was pretty alright, I thought Bayley and Ember worked really well together, the Riot Squad did well too, even though I wouldn’t normally say this……
Liv Morgan, although she wasn’t apart of the match, she did a good job helping Ruby and Sarah stay in control of the match, although it wouldn’t be long before her dirty tactics played up against her leaving her to get caught red handed and then banned from ringside afterwards,
However for some parts of the match I thought Ruby and Logan, both held their own real nicely, Ember she’s amazing, Bayley is also great and overall the match was just really enjoyable!!
The Shield Final Disclosed Location Promo:
Now we’ve come to the closing parts of the Shields Final Chapter, first we got one last classic old Shield promo from a disclosed location where they talk about everything they’ve done as the Shield for the past 7 years with wanting to create a legacy of their own injustice, but how in the process of it all they ended up just starting a whole new culture in the WWE on their own terms……
Had the whole world thrown at them, but that there wasn’t anything they haven’t been through together and that come hell or high water they will go out there for their last match together and do things their way and when the Shield tell you that they will do things their way Believe That and Believe in the Shield…….
On to the Main Event…….
The Shield Vs Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley & Baron Corbin
The Shields final match and the final chapter to this story……..first I just want to say that watching this match a second time, I still feel the same about it like I did yesterday……….
I thought it was really great match, both teams put on one heck of a performance, Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre I gotta say worked extremely well together, did I appreciate them ganging up on Dean, no I did not, but as heels they did what they were supposed to do and it is what it is, although they were talking a lot of smack about how they were going to beat the Shield and become the new stable of WWE…..I will say I am impressed with the way they work as a team during this matchup,
They did gave Dean, Roman and Seth one heck a fight and stood toe to toe with them, however it’s not like we’ve never seen both teams face off before (Fastlane) but even though we watched another match between the Shield and Drew, Corbin and Lashley, each time they’ve faced off, it’s been great, so i’ll give them that one, but just that one…..
Yes they’re they’re pretty great and all when working together, but I wouldn’t call them Shield level great, they’re good, but they aren’t better than the Shield, Drew, Corbin and Lashley are teammates, while Dean, Roman and Seth are brothers. They get each other, they know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, they know how to bring out the best in each other in a way that is just incredible and that’s why they’re the best!!
Corbin, Drew and Lashley TRIED to put them in the past, but the Shield you can’t take them down, especially when they are on the same page and have the mindset to take on everyone and destroy, that all being said though of course the Shield won in the end.
We had Dean land his dirty deeds finisher and he could’ve pinned Corbin right then and there, but he ended up tagging Roman in, who tagged in Seth where they then delivered their famous Triple Powerbomb tag team finisher move for the last time and Seth pinned Corbin, giving them the win. I couldn’t be happier, it would’ve had be wrong had they given Corbin, Lashley and Drew the win, i’m glad they didn’t though.
I was real happy seeing Dean fly and just go all out and everywhere in the ring and give the fight back to Corbin, Lashley and Drew, even when they were tag teaming against him outside of the ring and trying to make everything impossible for him, he still stood his ground and kept on rolling with the punches and i’m just real proud of him, i’m proud of all of them!!
Roman and Seth, I love how they always have Dean’s back and are always keeping a look out for him……..The Shield, yeah they’re all different, but each one of them bring so much to the Shield, they understand each other, they know how each other work and that’s because they just have this connection and bond that you can’t break.
It doesn’t matter if they’re on opposite teams or not, that kind of thing doesn’t go away and no matter what anyone says there’s no Shield without Seth, there’s Shield without Roman and there’s definitely no Shield without Dean……..yes they had different paths and backgrounds to how they started, but each and every one of them all walked the same grounds, even if they didn’t know it at the time.
We all saw the kind of destruction they brought to the WWE and just the way they turned everything upside down and inside out, we all saw what they brought with them and just how they were, be it when it happened or seeing the highlights of their careers looking back at it.
After the match was over, we have the crowd give Dean and the rest of the Shield a standing ovation for just everything they’ve done in the WWE and as the Shield, the crowd chanting for them and trying to plead with Dean not to leave, which Seth let’s them know that they’ve already tried that, but once Dean’s mind is made up it’s made up………..
We then get some very heartfelt words from Seth, talking about his journey and becoming Universal champion and how him being champion wouldn’t have been possible without the Shield, the WWE Universe and The Brotherhood of the Shield……..he then let’s Dean and Roman know how much he loves them and how he’ll always love the Shield and how the Universal Championship isn’t just for him, it’s for all of them as a team.
We also got one heck of a inspirational speech from Dean, that made me tear up a bit the first time I heard it, I just smiled the second time watching it, he just talked about never taking no for an answer……
Saying if you work hard enough and you continue to fight through the obstacles in your way you can do anything you put your mind to and if anyone tries to tell you otherwise just stick the middle finger in the air and tell them the Shield said so……….i’m gonna leave it for you guys to watch because it Dean says it a whole lot better than I could.
Final Thoughts:You know I still can’t believe that there isn’t going to be anymore Shield and I especially can’t believe that we’re not going to get anymore Dean Ambrose in the WWE……….
I honestly feel it’s just going to be so odd without Dean around, but at the same time I understand and respect Dean’s decision to leave, again i’ve said this before, but at the end of the day, all I want is to see Dean happy and if he’s happy, it’s only right for us fans who love and respect as well as support, to be happy for him, it doesn’t mean we won’t miss him,
Of course we’re going to miss him, he brought so much to the WWE and gave us entertainment as well as shared with us his love for pro wrestling and let us be apart of his career with him, it’s just gonna be weird not seeing him wrestle or him giving us promo’s to look forward to…….
Dean is one of a kind and there isn’t going to be anyone who can fill his shoes, sure we have other talents that we can support and who is also good on the mic and in the ring and who kinda relate to Dean……actually scratch that, there’s no one that’s like Dean Ambrose, because again there’s just only one Dean Ambrose and like I said before people can try, but there isn’t a presence like Dean’s, he has something to him that no one can match.
I’ve always seen greatness in Dean and I know that’s he’s going to do well wherever he goes and with whatever he does, like I said I just hope Dean happy and is doing well…….I also wish the best for not only Dean, but Roman and Seth as well as they’re stepping in to a new journey with their careers too, not sure we’re they’re going to be heading next, but I look forward seeing where that is……….
Overall though everything was good, I enjoyed the Shield’s Final Chapter, i’m sad knowing we won’t get to see them in the ring together again and about Dean leaving and all, but at the end of the day, I just wish them all the very best in everything they do, but that was The Shield’s Final Chapter……
Let me know what you guys thought of the event if you’ve watched it and let me know your favorite moments were of it all!!
So with WrestleMania around the corner, literally 2 days away, I thought i’d share some of my predictions on who I think could possibly take it home this Sunday, we have a lot of interesting matches headed out way, including the very first Women’s main event featuring Ronda, Charlotte and The Man Becky Lynch, so without further ado let’s talk predictions on what we could look forward to this upcoming Sunday at WrestleMania 35.
Let’s starts with the match everyone’s talking about that is:
Ronda Rousey VS Charlotte Flair VS Becky Lynch For The Raw AND SDL Women’s Championship (Winner Takes All)
Who would’ve thought that after 35 YEARS of WrestleMania it would finally be the Women’s turn to main event on the grandest stage of them all that is WrestleMania!? That is insane, we all know that it took ages for the Women’s division to go from being referred to as Divas transitioned to being called WWE Superstars along with the Men……
Then we had the Raw Women’s Championship reviled to us and then later the SDL Women’s Championship (Which I think is the best title, but i’m probably just being bias, kidding they’re both nice titles)
We got to watch them be included into the Royal Rumble as real competitors and then watched as they were then given their very own all Women’s PPV that was Evolution. We were recently and finally given a very well deserve women’s tag team division and got to see them battle it out at Elimination Chamber to see who would become the inaugural holders of those said Women’s Tag Team Championships……..
Now we get to watch as they put their hearts and souls on the line and go to town this Sunday as the main event of WrestleMania, talk about history in the making, I don’t know how this match is going to turn out, but I know that it’s going to be one hell of a match between those 3 Women come Sunday and I look forward to watching it all unfold when they do face off.
Now I gotta say, i’d be lying if I said this matchup wasn’t a tough match to call, I mean have you seen the 3 women in that match!? It’s gonna be a little tough, we have Charlotte who was the very first Raw Women’s Champion, who just recently became the new SDL Women’s Champion defeating Asuka for it, then we have Becky who was the very first SDL Women’s Champion.
Then there’s Ronda who recently signed with the WWE, leaving UFC and then later became the Raw Women’s Champion a little later after she had just arrived, all 3 women are pretty great in the ring so it’s going to be a very interesting and tough match when we see this match happen.
Prediction: Like I said this is tough, however i’m going for The Man known as Becky Lynch to win this match on Sunday, why because I really want her to win and take both title home and i’ve been doing some thinking Ronda and Charlotte already have titles, The Man however doesn’t which means……….it could be her time to shine Sunday and she could become the Raw and SDL Women’s Champion at the same time………
Making history again within the history making match so, yeah i’m going for Becky Lynch here no brainer whatsoever, even though I love Charlotte, I’m going with The Man that is Becky Lynch as my pick for this match, to win it.
Brock Lesnar Vs Seth Rollins (Universal Championship)
Brock Lesnar………Seth Rollins…………Brock The Beast Incarnente, Seth Freaking Rollins (a.k.a. The Man……other man) tough choice here……..you see we have Brock who’s held this title for waaaaaaay to long, we only ever see it when a big PPV comes around because Lesnar can’t be bothered to show up at least once on a regular Raw show unless it’s when the PPV starts to approach closer to when the match is supposed to happen or the day after the PPV, Brock is pretty much how the weather is nowadays,
You never know what you’re going to get with the weather and you never know when Brock is going to show up on Raw unless it’s advertised. That being said let’s view Seth Rollins, we all know that he won this year’s Royal Rumble outlasting 30 other competitor and that he chose Brock Lesnar of all people to face when he could’ve went for Daniel Bryan, but he chose the toughest route thus this match would be born……….
Seth has improved tremendously as an in ring competitor, he’s always been really good on the mic, he’s had his fair share of moments where you didn’t know how to feel about him, but then later won us over with just being Seth Freaking Rollins and now we will watch as he tries to slay the beast once and for all, his determination to dethrone the beast incarnate from ruling over the WWE and bringing terror everywhere he steps………
Is quite the bravery I must say and I wait for the day, that is this Sunday where we will finally see Suplex City burned to the ground and we hear those sweet sweet words BURN IT DOWN as the village chants in happiness and joy as the beast finally becomes the vanquished one.
Prediction:In translation if you guys couldn’t understand what I was going on about, which i’m sure you picked it up, but just in case, no worries i’ll explain it, my prediction is that Seth defeats Lesnar this Sunday, because i’m tired of seeing him as the Universal Champion, especially when we only see the title every once in a blue moon, if you want us to start taking the title seriously, give it to someone who will bring (as the Miz would say) prestigious value to it instead of only getting to see the title every few months, at this point the Universal Championship is like a special guest.
And with that line you should know, that should not be the case, it’s a championship title, not a visit to your nan’s house or a some kind of unannounced family member who decided to drop by on the most awkward day of the week………the one I want to win is pretty obvious at this point.
The New Daniel Bryan Vs Kofi Kingston (WWE Championship)
Now this is the match that everyone wanted, needed and was begging for Daniel Bryan Vs Kofi Freaking Kingston for the WWE Championship!!
It took a whole lot of arm crawls up the hill, a whole lot of obstacles in his way and a whole lot of opponents to face just for Kofi to get this match, even though he had gotten through them all, there was always something that kept trying to keep him from reaching this point…….
11 years Kofi had to fight just to get this opportunity, 11 years Kofi had to watch as others get the WWE Championship, now we know why they call him Mr 24/7 (UpUpDownDown reference)
It’s because no matter how much they tried to keep him from getting the title, no matter the amount of twist and turns, roadblock after roadblock, after roadblock, he never stopped trying, He was a replacement for Mustafa Ali in the Elimination Chamber where we saw him almost capture the title when he and Daniel brought the house down.
He then was given an earned opportunity to face Daniel at Fastlane, which was ripped from him when Vince McMahon replaced him with Kevin Owens, then at the Fastlane PPV, it seemed like he was finally going to be given his shot at the Championship, until Vince again screwed him over by getting his hopes up only to be baited into a handicap match against The Bar……….then he was put into a Gauntlet Match which should’ve been his golden ticket to finally getting an opportunity at WrestleMania……..
Which he earned, but of course was screwed out of it again when he had last minute opponent that was Daniel Bryan, losing that one, mind you he faced 5 opponents prior to Daniel Bryan……….then we got our last opportunity for Kofi to be able to go on to WrestleMania and face off against Daniel Bryan, but it would not be in Kofi’s hands……ohhhh…..noooo
That oppurtuinity would be in the hands of his fellow partners Big E & Xavior Woods (the other halves of the New Day) to compete in a gauntlet match and help Kofi go to WrestleMania after they were considering leaving WWE due to Vince being unfair to them and Kofi as well.
If they were victorious in defeating all of their opponents, Kofi would be heading to WrestleMania, however if they failed, Kofi would no longer be given another opportunity in the WWE…………….it was a hard match, but the New Day pushed through it, they did get put into a table, well Big E did by the Bar, even though they had two more opponents to face off against……
Their next opponents would be non other than their good time rivals that were the Usos, but surprisingly they forfeited the match, because they knew Kofi Kingston deserves to me at WrestleMania and the last opponents would be non other the Daniel Bryan and Rowan who is always with Daniel………..and even though Daniel tried everything to keep the New Day from winning and Kofi from facing him at WrestleMania in the end the New Day won when Rowan got counted out of the match……….
Which gave is our KofiMania dream, a lot of obstacles he had to overcome and he finally was given his chance all thanks to Big E and Xavior woods.
Also it’s pretty ironic that Daniel is the one telling Kofi he’s a B+ player that’s pretty Rich coming from him, considering that, he was Kofi at one point where everyone thought he was a B+ player and didn’t deserve the title, but I mean I guess it makes sense that it would be Daniel saying it, it’s kinda like Triple H Vs Daniel Bryan back in 2014 all over again, only this time Daniel’s Triple H and Kofi is Daniel, it so crazy seeing the tables turn there.
Prediction:Now with that long introduction on Kofi’s journey, you probably think i’m going to want him to win, well let me tell you, that’s not true, i’m going for Daniel to win and retain at Mania……..yep…………
HA!! yeah, no i’m just pulling your chain, it’s a no brainer that i’m going for Kofi to win this, he’s been through so much and has done so much just to get to this point in his career, Kofi deserves this moment, he deserves to be WWE Champion and I feel like he will become WWE Champion!!!
It’s going to be a New Day at KofiMania Babbyyyyyy, let’s go!!
Triple H VS Batista No Holds Barred (If Triple H loses he must retire)
I’m going to be completely honest here………….I don’t really care who wins between Batista Vs Triple H, Batista is just a really huge drama queen, he’s been away from the WWE for a good amount of years, then he randomly shows up and demands Triple H give him a match at WrestleMania.
Which Triple H does, Triple H then gives him a stipulation with the match being No Holds Barred and then we had Batista demand a stipulation last Monday on top of that stipulation, telling him to put his career on the line!?………Alright then, I don’t really feel anything with Batista, I like his theme song, that’s pretty much it, but since he returned I don’t know there’s just something about him that makes me want to tell him to go somewhere.
I’m not bothered on him being in the WWE, he wants Triple H’s career on the line, but what he doesn’t know is that Triple H barely even compete’s anymore, so whether he wins or loses I don’t think it’s going to bother Triple H, but that being said, I do look forward to watching this match, I just don’t care who wins it between the two.
Kurt Angle Vs Baron Corbin (Kurt’s Retirement Match)
So everyone was pretty surprised and not all that happy when Kurt announced that Baron Corbin would be his opponent in his very last match in the WWE, as he would be retiring at WrestleMania. He’s had a long career Kurt, I mean he won a gold medal with a broken freaking neck talk about dedication right there………
It’s crazy to think he returned back in 2017 after being inducted into the Hall Of Fame and then later on became GM and then an in ring competitor again and now he’ll be having his farewell match this Sunday…………
There’s so many moments Kurt Angle brought to us while in the WWE and they will always be something we will look back on, along with all of his greatest match as well, it’ll be sad seeing him retire, but at least we have this Sunday to look forward to……….now when it comes to Baron Corbin, well he’s a different story and I don’t really know how exactly to talk about Corbin so let’s just get into the predictions for this match shall we!?
Predictions:This is a bit hard to choose from because I feel it could go two ways, although it would be real nice seeing Kurt Angle win his farewell match, I don’t know Kurt could possibly pass Corbin the torch here come Sunday leaving Corbin to gloat every single week about it oooor we could have Angle beat Baron and humiliate him…….
While giving us a really good farewell match as well, either way I don’t really mind which way this match goes, but if I had to choose who i’d want to win, I think I would want Kurt to have good send off and win his farewell match, we’ll see what happens!!!
Drew McIntyre Vs Roman Reigns:
As we all know Drew McIntyre has been pretty on top of things lately, we all knew him as one of the 3MB members, he then went away from WWE for sometime and then later returned after a good amount of years, came back and was on NXT and now he’s on the main roster.
He then paired up with Dolph Ziggler for sometime, even winning the Raw tag team championships I believe, then those two split because of Drew and then he temporarily joined forces with Baron Corbin and Bobby Lashley, which lead to a feud between them and the Shield, once Roman returned and of course the Shield one because their the Shield, but now Drew’s out trying to ruin peoples careers………….
After Lashley, Corbin and McIntyre’s defeat at Fastlane thanks to Roman, Dean & Seth, the night after Fastlane………Roman was scheduled to face off against Baron Corbin after being away from the ring for 5 months at the time I believe recovering from his fight with Leukemia.
The Shield had just said their final farewell as a stable, with them moving on to go and do other things, Seth preparing for Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania to get the Universal title from him, Dean deciding on where he wanted to go next in his career and Roman wanting to focus on getting back into singles action after being away for so long………
Fast forward Roman is in the ring ready for his match, he waits for Baron Corbin to get into the ring, only to be surprised by an ambush from behind by Drew McIntyre, raining on Roman’s return back as a singles competitor and that’s the reason why we now have this match happening…….well with the request of Drew McIntyre is the reason we’re getting this match.
Predictions:This match could go two ways, either McIntyre defeats Roman, to continue on being this dominate force that he’s been built up to be oooor Roman wins this showing us that it doesn’t matter if you find yourself kicked down or stopped in your tracks along your journey, you can still come back and kick ass………….
This is hard (she says for the 3rd-4th time) Drew has been given this huge momentum since coming to the main roster and I have to be honest he’s been doing one hell of a job with that momentum too, the persona he’s gotten makes him seem a little unstoppable here, that being said……….
Roman he’s been through a lot, after just winning the Universal Championship he had to relinquish the title due to his Leukemia returning and having to take time off to recover and then later returning 2 months ago to tell us he’s in remission, which was the best news for everyone, but not as great as it was for Roman………..
He’s been through one tough rollercoaster ride and now that he’s back in the ring, ready to go, that’s it, once we see an ounce of momentum from him, we know that he’s not going to stop once he’s started.
This match is one of the tough ones to predict, but because I love Roman and because he’s one of my favorites, i’m going with the Big Dog here in this matchup, although Drew’s been on top of his game lately, I can’t go against Roman, plus I look forward to seeing him give McIntyre a taste of his own medicine especially after what he did to him and everything……..
Bobby Lashley Vs Finn Balor (Intercontinental Championship)
I don’t have anything to say as to introduce my predictions on this match, like I did with the other predictions, but I do have one thing that i’d like to say and that is, why did WWE feel the need to express that Finn would be arriving at Mania as the Demon King……..why!? Why not have where Lashley now knows he’s up against the Demon king at WrestleMania!?
They could have had it be a surprise, they could’ve had Lashley so off his game because he wouldn’t have saw this coming, this could’ve been Finn’s secret weapon here………..I just don’t get it, i’ll get back to this in my highlights for Raw & SDL, but for now let’s just get to the prediction……..
Prediction: I want Finn to win and regain the title……that’s it, that’s my prediction, I didn’t think he had a long enough run with title before so, I want him to win this match.
Shane McMahon Vs The Miz (Falls Count Anywhere Match)
Shane McMahon now known as the best in the worrrrld!!! Vs the A-lister and the must see WWE Superstar on tv The Miz………….former SDL Tag Team Champions and now they’re rivals………..no one would’ve saw Miz and Shane teaming coming and when it did it was weird, but also surprisingly nice to see, we didn’t think they’d work well as a team when put together, but hey we sure were proven wrong when seeing them in action together.
I remember saying how they just looked like a very odd pair, but once I saw how well of a team they were, well I still thought they were an odd pairing, (not as much as Gable and Roode of course, because that’s a real odd pair there) but I actually liked seeing Shane and Miz as a tag team, I got more use to seeing them working together than Roode and Gable, still can’t get use to them as a team, but I don’t mind them.
But back to Miz and Shane………who would’ve saw Shane turning on Miz coming after they lost and failed to regain the the titles back from the Usos after losing it to them at Elimination Chamber. I did not see Shane turning coming, if anyone would’ve turned I thought it’d be the Miz, but no it was Shane and that was surprising……..
I mean we all know Shane is capable of being a mean guy…….heel is what I mean, but he also plays the good guy really well too, which is why it was shocking seeing him just brutally attack Miz in his hometown the way he did, it’s like a switch had been turned on randomly and you just watched a completely different person appear in front of you.
I mean you look at Shane and he just doesn’t seem like this guy that would go ambushing people, unless he was provoked then you’re like, watch out for Shane, but randomly ambushing, can’t wrap my head around that, but it happened and that’s why we’re getting this match, demanded by Shane too.
Now let’s go to the Miz, because it was 2 weeks ago where he just wow’d me and i’m sure everyone else who watched his promo addressed to Shane when he talked about having to earn his way to where he is, as well as well as his father’s love. We all know how great Miz is on the mic, they way he delivers his promo’s is undeniably great, he’s just hands down one of the greatest when it comes to mic work and he’s also pretty great in ring too.
Miz knows how to bring the heat wherever he goes, whether he’s a face or a heel and that’s why people love and hate him, but like he said whether you cheer or boo him, you can’t deny his work ethic, because he’s always on the ball with everything that he does and it’s great.
Predictions: I’m going to go for The Miz to win this match, I feel he needs a redemption from last time, I mean he got pinned twice by the Usos and attacked in his hometown, so I think he needs this win, I feel this is going to be one of those tough matches, especially since it’s a falls count anywhere match and with Shane and Miz we know they both know how to perform well when in a match, so I know that it’ll be an interesting one, but I think Miz can win this, we’ll have to wait and see though.
Samoa Joe Vs Rey Mysterio (United States Championship)
I don’t have a lot to say with this match, we all know Samoa Joe became the United States Champion when he won a fatal 4 way on Smackdown Live out beating Andrade Cien Almas, Rey Mysterio and R-Truth who was the champion at the time only he wasn’t the one that got pinned for Joe to get the title and as for Rey he tried getting the title from Joe at Fastlane, but wasn’t quite successful, but was given a rematch for it at WrestleMania.
Now i’ve notice that Rey Mysterio’s son has been tagging along with him and the reason for that is because he’s training to become a wrestlers himself, which is nice that he wants to follow in Rey’s footstep, it’s crazy because I didn’t realize when Rey was being interviewed that the person standing next to him was his son Dominic, he’s grew so much from the last time we saw him in the WWE and that was many, many years ago, crazy!!
Prediction:I don’t know who I want to win here, I think i’m just gonna watch this one and see how this match turns out, I will say this though, I have some weird feeling that Dominic is gonna somehow get involved in this match.
Whenever Rey would be interviewed, he always spoke about Samoa Joe so, I wouldn’t be surprised if he decided to get himself involved sometime during the matchup, plus if he’s training to become a wrestler, you know something’s bound to happen, I could be wrong but i’ll still be keeping my eye’s out for anything trickery to go down or something……….
The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection (Sasha Banks & Bayley) VS Divas of Doom (Beth Phoenix & Natalya) Vs The IIconics Vs Tamina & Nia Jax (Fatal 4 Way Women’s Tag Team Championships Match)
Well, well, weeeell………a fatal 4 way Women’s tag team championship match, it shouldn’t have had to be a fatal 4 way, but it’s what we’re getting not that i’m complaining………I think Sasha and Bayley have done a pretty nice job at keeping the title, they were the first women to become the Women tag team champion back at Elimination Champber and they’ve had a pretty good reign with it too……….
Nia and Tamina they’ve just been out for revenge to get the title, Natalya and Beth they pretty much were just added to this match after Beth came out of retirement and the IIconics they earned their spot to be in this match after pinning Sasha and Bayley during their match on Smackdown Live 2 weeks ago, in all honesty I think this match should’ve just been team vs team Bayley and Sasha Vs The IIconics considering they were the ones that fairly beat Sasha and Bayley, but a fatal 4 way is fine………
Prediction:This ones a little hard, but i’m either going for Bayley and Sasha to retain or for the IIconics to win the titles, as for Natalya and Beth and Nia Jax and Tamina I don’t know I feel like they should’ve had their own separate match, since they were the ones that had a problem with one another, for them to be added to this match,
I don’t know, plus Nia and Tamina already got a title shot and Beth and Natalya even though they’ve been friends for years for them to just be given a shot at the title after they’ve just gotten back together as a team, I feel they should’ve just went against Nia and Tamina and then went after the titles later, I mean if Beth is going to be wrestling for a while, they could’ve just came back to it afterwards, but we’ll see what happens………
Buddy Murphy Vs Tony Nese (Cruiserweight Championship)
I don’t really have a pick for this match, I stopped watching 205 Live for a good while so I don’t really know what’s happening in the Cruiserweight Division so whoever wins is alright with me!!
I know that Buddy Murphy has been Cruiserweight Champion for a good while so i’m going to guess that he’s having a good title reign, as for Tony Nese I know how good he is because i’ve watched him perform before, but good luck to both Murphy and Nese during this match.
The Andre The Giant Battle Royal and The Women’s Annual Battle Royal:
And last, but not least, when it comes to both the Men and Women’s Battle Royal, there’s a lot of people there so i’m just going to watch to see, but if any of my favorites are in there, i’m gonna go with them to win.
If i’m being honest here, I don’t really get why the women’s have a battle royal when there aren’t really many of them in it, it’s literally like 8 to 10 (well I counted it’s actually 13) in the battle Royal, I mean I get them wanting everyone to be apart of WrestleMania, but still, it’s not going to mean anything they were all just added to one just for the sake of it……..
Whoever wins is going to just say “I won a battle royal at Wrestlemania”
They could’ve had them fight for something like how the men are fighting to be called the Andre The Giant Memorial winner, like I know that’s a different thing and it’s to honor Andre The Giant, but if they are just going to throw the remaining Women’s division into a battle royal without really anything to it, it just make people see it as unimportant and it shouldn’t be like that, but who knows maybe the battle Royal will be good one, but we’ll just have to wait and see on that come, well tomorrow night……..
That’s all of my predictions for Wrestlemania, tomorrow’s PPV is going to be one heck of a show, hopefully most of my predictions here are right, but we’ll see, I look forward to watching what goes down tomorrow, I can’t wait for the Women’s main event, can’t wait for Kofi Vs Bryan and so many other matches it’s gonna be good, hopefully we get a few surprises, but we’ll see.
Originally Written March 11, 2019———–Finished March 13, 2019
Fastlane 2019 the last stop before WrestleMania, took place in Cleveland Ohio……..quite a show we had this past Sunday a lot went down, there were some very interesting matches that happened that weren’t originally on the card and we also had a few surprising moments happen too, not that bad of a show I gotta say, but let’s get straight into the matches and moments that went down at Fastlane…………
Disclaimer:Just a heads up we were meant to have two matches on the kick off show, but the second match ended up getting moved up to the main card later in the PPV, so we’re only discussing this one match……….
The New Day Vs Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev (Kickoff Show)
Before we get to the match, there was a backstage interview with Kevin Owens where they were talking about his match that would take place later in the night against Daniel.
After his interview, The New Day went up to Kevin and Kofi told him there wasn’t any bad blood between them, with Owens taking his spot and facing Daniel for the title………he then wishes him luck, shakes his hand and then goes to head out with the other two members of the New Day for their match against Rusev & Shinsuke.
As they were walking and heading towards the stage to get to the ring, some guy stops them and tells Kofi that the McMahon’s wanted to see him in their office to talk about the WWE Championship………..Remember I said Kofi & WWE Championship, because we’re going to get back to that a little later in this review……………..let’s talk about the match now……….
So we had New Day members Xavior Woods & Big E facing off against newly formed team Shinsuke & Rusev, based off what I watched, the match was actually pretty alright……….I learned that the winners of the match ended up being Big E and Xavior Woods with their tag team finisher, which is good because I predicted that they’d win!!!!
Now let’s get to the main card because a whooole lot of stuff happened there………….first match Shane & The Miz Vs The Usos (SDL Tag Team Championships)
So we open the PPV off the main card with Shane & Miz taking on The Usos for the SDL Tag Team Championships in Miz’s hometown of Cleveland OH, in my predictions I stated that this match would go two different ways and it went one of the ways I said it was going to go, however it was in a way that I didn’t call or think would happen, but we’ll get to that soon………..I thought this match was a nice opener for the Fastlane PPV, I mean who better to open the main card in Cleveland then the Miz right!?
We had Shane start off the match with Jimmy Uso, Shane starts off strong and in control of the match, Jey Uso later comes in and Shane hits him with a really nice DDT. There was a moment in the match where Miz jumped from off the ring post, landing on the Usos outside the ring, mind you Miz doesn’t normally do high jumps or anything like that, the only move he does where he has to fly a bit, is a dive between the ropes, so for Miz to take it up a notch like that is quite impressive!!! We then had a moment in the match where Jey Uso caught Miz with a pop up samoan drop.
Miz hit Jimmy with his Skull Crushing Finale finisher, he went for a pin, but the ref was occupied with Shane who saved Miz from getting pinned by the Usos, had the ref not been occupied with Shane, Miz would’ve probably gotten the 3 count and won the titles back, but by the time the ref got to him, he was only able to gain a 2 count from that pin, which left Miz in disbelief.
One of the highlight moments for me in this match was when Shane was attempting to hit his coast to coast to Jimmy who was in the corner, Jey then goes up the top rope letting him know that if he tries to hit coast to coast he’ll hit the samoan splash to Miz, both stay on the top rope for a bit, both then go flying and end up colliding a bit into one another……..
Closing parts to the match, Miz after all of that, heads towards the top rope to try and do another high jump requested/suggested by his father and well………he goes for a frog splash, but gets caught by Jey who brings up his knees then rolls Miz up for a pin, wins the match and retains the SDL tag team titles………..
This is where it gets unexpected………..so after the match…….Miz being disappointed because they lost and didn’t get the titles back, he tends to Shane to make sure he doing alright, because he was a little out of it after the match………they both head to where Miz’s father was in the crowd, Miz and his dad hug each other and as Miz and him start to head on backstage Shane ambushes Miz and attacks him, turning heel…………
I should have called this, but I didn’t………I know a whole lot of other people did though, I on the other hand, was genuinely shocked!!!!
I seriously did not see Shane turning heel on Miz coming, if anything I would’ve expected Miz to be the one to turn, but Shane turning on Miz……..now that was crazy!! Shane decimated Miz, he was brutally attacking him, didn’t even give him a chance to recover a bit……
I mean he already lost their match in his hometown, which I thought would be one of things that happened (him losing) for Shane to add more salt to the wound, as well as adding insult to injury on top of that wound, that’s mad………and then he goes and puts his hands on Miz’s father and makes him sit there and watch as he’s hurting his son………
Whether people saw it coming from a mile away or was like me and didn’t see it coming like that, it was still a very intense moment, overall though, I enjoyed the match, congratulations to The Usos for retaining the SDL tag team championships, as for Miz………..hope he’s doing alright………..
Mandy Rose Vs Asuka (SDL Women’s Championship Match)
I gotta say this match up between Asuka & Mandy Rose wasn’t actually that bad, it was quite alright actually, Asuka tried to win earlier on in the match by locking Mandy with a submission, but Mandy escaped in the end.
Asuka did lock Mandy with another submission later on in the match with an ankle lock, but Sonya Deville used a distraction on Asuka, breaking the submission, then things got a little weird for some reason……….there was a moment in the match where we had Sonya looking under the ring for something not sure why exactly, but it was a really odd moment………..
Asuka hit Mandy with a sliding knee and then we had Mandy catch Askua with a pump knee strike while Asuka was in between the ropes, which I gotta say is a really nice, but quite brutal move that Mandy uses.
Closing in towards the ending of this match, where Sonya again, looks under the ring for something only it’s on the other side. She then grabs a kendo stick for some reason even though she never uses it, Mandy tries to throw Asuka towards the ropes, but she counters and instead it’s Mandy that is thrown towards the ropes which causes her to slip on the apron sheet, giving Askua the chance to capitalize and pin Mandy, retaining the SDL Women’s Championship……….
Now i’m happy because I predicted Askua would retain and I know I didn’t want Mandy to win the title, however I felt the match could’ve went on for a few more minutes then it did, but overall the match was alright, the ending to the match though that was weird, I didn’t quite get why that happened!?
Now maybe they are trying to set up Mandy Vs Sonya and if that’s the case you know they’re going to be splitting up pretty soon, especially with how pissed off Mandy was at Sonya………..
Kofi Kingston Segment:
So we had a small little segment with the New Day & Vince McMahon, The New Day (Big E & Xavior Woods) were trying to convince Vince to make Daniel Bryan VS Kevin Owens for the WWE Championship match a Triple Threat Match and add Kofi to it because he deserves it……….
Vince takes it into consideration, then decides he will make the match between Owens & Daniel for the title a triple threat match let’s Kofi know that he should head to the ring, but tells Big E & Xavior they are barred from ringside so they wouldn’t be able to accompany Kofi to the ring, which they were completely fine with.
The New Daniel Bryan VS Kevin Owens Vs Kofi Kington (WWE Championship)
Remember when I said, keep Kofi Kingston & WWE Championship in mind!? Yeah well………here it is, so Kofi heads to the ring, ready for his Triple Threat Match against Daniel Bryan & Kevin Owens for the title, the ring announcer announces the match, which we’re all excited for……………
While everyone’s waiting for Daniel and Owens to get to the ring, the ring announcer is then told that the Triple Treat Match for the WWE Championship, will be taking place later in the night and that Kofi’s match will be a 2 on 1 HANDICAP MATCH against THE BAR (Sheamus & Cesaro) instead………..how great is that!!?
Kofi Kingston Vs The Bar (2 on 1 Handicap Match)
No, but seriously, I don’t even know why, I was so surprised by that, I had a feeling it wasn’t going to be what he said it was going to, I even said it out loud while watching………..I should’ve known we’d be swerved and fooled and that’s exactly what went down this past Sunday………….why would Vince give us what we want, why would he, last minute, add Kofi to that match!? i’d say I was disappoint and surprised…….but I wasn’t……….okay maybe disappoint, but that’s because I really wanted to see that match happen.
Now you know why they always say never get your hopes up, you can’t trust a McMahon……….let’s just talk about this match, shall we!? This wasn’t even a match if i’m being honest here, it was more of a beatdown set up by Vince to Kofi………Kofi thought he was competing for the WWE Championship only to be fooled and baited into a handicap match against the Bar……..even Kofi knew he should’ve saw that coming………..
Now I will say that Kofi did try and fight back, but in the end he was just outnumbered by The Bar, even though they were told they were barred from ringside, Big E & Xavior Woods did try and come to Kofi’s aid, only to be ambushed and attacked by their kickoff opponents Rusev & Shinsuke Nakamura………you can probably guess who won that matchup…………
Ricochet & Alesiter Black Vs The Revival Vs Chad Gable & Bobby Roode (Triple Threat Match For The Raw Tag Team Championships)
This match was awesome!!! I enjoyed every single moment of it, a lot of moments went down, it was little crazy this match!!! First i’m just going to say Aleister Black & Ricochet are a really great team, same with the Revival and after watching them in this matchup this past Sunday, Gable & Roode work pretty well as a team as well!! I still think they’re a bit of an odd pairing, especially when their doing Roode’s entrance together, I feel like Gable just stands out so much doing that, but on to the match………
The Revival throughout the match had control over Ricochet, Ricochet however gained back momentum a bit hitting Dawson with a double knee, Aleister landed that really great moonsault that he does to Bobby Roode, every time I watch it it’s just great!!
Roode caught Aleister with a spinbuster, Gable hit a nice german suplex to Aleister a little bit later in the match. Everyone was just flying, throwing shots and going back and forth with hits and splashes and all that jazz to each other, it was wonderful………….then we had what I would say is a nice highlight moment, where Ricochet lands a hurricanerana to Dawson, who hits the apron sending everyone crashing down towards the ringside mat all at once……..talk about a chain reaction!!!
Then we had another moment where Ricochet went flying over the ring post takes out Roode and as he went in the air, Gable tagged himself in, went for a crossbody to Dawson went for a small pin, but Dawson counters that pin with his own pin almost gets the 3 count, but not quite………..
Closing parts of the match, Gable goes for a roll-up pin to Dawson, who gets out of it, he then puts Gable on his shoulders, drops him onto the ropes, picks him up and both him and his tag team partner Wilder hit their tag team finisher the Shatter Machine, pins him and retains the Raw tag team championships………….
Everyone then goes at it a bit after the match with Bobby Roode hitting his finisher the Glorious DDT to Dawson, Alesister hits Roode with his finisher Black Mask, Wilder tries to go after Black, but gets caught with a knee to the face and then Ricochet hits a move to Wilder then follows that move with his finisher 630………….really enjoyed this match!!
My Prediction: The Revival would win or Ricochet & Alesiter Black would become the new Raw tag team champions…….
Samoa Joe Vs R-Truth VS Andrade Cien Almas VS Rey Mysterio (United States Championship)
Originally this match was set to take place on the kickoff show and it was meant to be Rey Mysterio Vs Andrade Cien Almas, but it was changed last minute and was made into a Fatal 4 Way match for the United States Championship involving Mysterio, Samoa Joe (Champion), R-Truth & Andrade, which I gotta say wasn’t a bad call at all!!
Now, because it was changed last minute I obviously didn’t have a prediction on this match, so if you go looking for this match on my prediction post for Fastlane it won’t be on it, neither will Kofi’s 2 on 1 handicap match against The Bar (just to give you guys a heads up there) anyway let’s get to the match………a lot of different moments happened throughout this match, Rey Mysterio hit a double hurricanerana to both R-Truth and Andrade, Samoa Joe locked in his Coquina Clutch to Truth.
While Samoa Joe had his submission locked in on Truth, Rey Mysterio hit Joe from behind, breaking the submission. Samoa Joe then later went for a powerslam to Rey, but he countered it and switched it to a DDT, which was really nice, there was also a really nice moment from Rey when he caught Andrade with a hurricanerana from R-Truth’s shoulders.
You also had Andrade’s manager Zelina Vega go after Truth, which then lead Carmella to get involved and go after her for it, while Carmella & Zelina were going at it, Samoa Joe almost picked up a win over Rey Mysterio only to have the pin to be broken by Truth & Andrade in the end.
Closing moments of the match, R-Truth used John Cena’s five knuckle shuffle on Samoa Joe and then later in the match Samoa Joe locked in his Coquina Clutch to Rey Mysterio putting him to sleep and retaining the United States Championship………
Now I gotta say, although this match was added a little later on the main card, it was really good, you would think that maybe Samoa Joe would just kinda finish off the match quickly, but I thought everyone in this match really held their own and this match turned out to be pretty entertaining.
Sasha Banks & Bayley Vs Nia Jax & Tamina (WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship)
I went back and rewatched this match, because I couldn’t remember whether I enjoyed it or not, but after rewatching it, I thought it was pretty alright. Not a lot happened, but it was still pretty decent for a title match, a few moments happened, Nia hit Sasha with a Samoan drop, then we had Bayley help Sasha on the ropes so she could do a dive, Bayley then after did her own dive between the ropes, taking everyone out………
Then we had the closing moments of the match where Sasha hit Nia with a double knee from the middle rope, Bayley then followed by doing her finisher almost picking up a win on Nia, Tamina from outside the ring breaks the pin, by trying to drag Bayley out of the ring, Bayley fights her off, Sasha then tries to go after Tamina, but she catches her with an attack……
Bayley then bounces Tamina off the ropes having her escape outside the ring, Nia goes looking for a move to Bayley, but Bayley counters it and gets Nia with a roll up pinning her and retaining the tag team titles…….
Nia & Tamina not thrilled on the results of the match attack Bayley & Sasha, Tamina superkicks Bayley, after Bayley tried to stop both Nia & Tamina from going after Sasha. Nia then throws Sasha over the announcers table, where she just goes flying behind it……….things become a little more interesting when Beth Phoenix who was on commentary, went face to face with Tamina, both her and Beth go back and fourth a bit……..
Beth not really liking Tamina being in her face, attacks her, Nia then ambushes Beth from behind and both Nia and Tamina attack Beth Phoenix , Natalya then comes down to the ring to try and help out Beth, but they end up just being too much for them in the end……..now the match again was alright, but the highlight for me in this match was Bayley!!!
She was on fire throughout the whole match, everyone did well, I won’t take it away from them, but Bayley in my opinion was the best thing that whole match, I don’t know she just stood out to me during the whole thing, overall though I enjoyed the match!!
Kevin Owens Vs Daniel Bryan (WWE Championship)
This match has changed so many times throughout the build up, it’s ridiculous!!!! originally it was meant to be Kofi Vs Daniel for the title as we all know, but Vince replaced him with Kevin Owens, then we were made to believe that Kofi would be added to this match, but was swindled because Vince likes playing with peoples emotions……….
Then we learn that this match would indeed still be a Triple Threat Match, only it wouldn’t be Kofi coming to the ring, but someone else and that someone else happened to be none other then Mustafa Ali……..we all know that Mustafa returned on last Tuesday’s episode of Smackdown Live to help even the odds when The New Daniel Bryan & Rowan were attacking Kevin Owens, now I don’t hate Mustafa Ali, I actually really like him,
I was a bit surprised when he was the one added to make it a triple threat, I wasn’t expecting him to be apart of this match, even though it kinda maybe should’ve been expected………if you really think about it, it actually makes sense that they set it up like this, Mustafa returns to Smackdown Live a few days BEFORE the PPV, to then be the 3rd competitor in this matchup and it’s ironic that even though we all wanted Kofi to be the 3rd person in this match, in the end it was Mustafa who took that spot………..
So in way, technically, not really, he took Kofi’s spot……….the same way Kofi took his spot in the Elimination Chamber match due to Mustafa being injured………now had Kofi not been taking out by The Bar during his handicap match, I feel he could’ve probably still been the 3rd person in that triple threat match, but let’s talk moments that happened in this match……….
A lot went down of course, in the beginning of the match, we had Owens & Ali go after and attack Daniel who was telling them, how they didn’t deserve to be in the match with him, then there was a moment when Mustafa went for a top rope move, but ended up getting caught when Daniel hit him with a running knee sending Mustafa flying outside the ring into the barricade, Owens drops Mustafa on Bryan landing a double senton.
Another nice moment was when Mustafa hit an inverted hurricanerana to Owens, and then catches Daniel with his standing Spanish fly move from off the top rope, which was pretty insane. Owens catches Mustafa with a Stunner almost picks up the win, but Daniel breaks it up, he then tries to go for his finisher move, but Owens catches him with a pop-up powerbomb. Mustafa landed his 450 splash move on the apron to Daniel……..
Closing parts to the match………..we switch over to outside the ring, where you have Mustafa running after Owens and gets caught with a pop-up powerbomb off the apron, Owens then goes to capitalize, but is stopped by Rowan who attacks Kevin, throws Daniel back into the ring so he could get the pin and then throws Owens into the time keepers area.
Daniel tries to pin Mustafa, he kicks out, then Daniel taunts him by telling him he doesn’t deserve to be in the ring, Mustafa fights back a bit and then goes for a top rope move, but is caught mid air by Daniel with his running knee finisher, pinning Mustafa and retaining the WWE Championship……
My Prediction:Originally I couldn’t decide on who I thought would win, I said it could go two ways, with Owens either winning it or Daniel retaining with Rowan in his corner, I also mentioned Mustafa Ali, didn’t think he’d be added to the match though, I thought he’d show up somehow, aligning himself with Owens, but that didn’t happen……..
However, I did read back my prediction for this match and I did say that if I had to go with someone, i’d go for Kevin Owens, so technically I chose someone and Kevin lost so this prediction was wrong………
Charlotte Flair VS Becky Lynch (If Becky wins she’ll be added to the match at WrestleMania, making it a triple threat match for the Raw Women’s Championship)
This match……..it actually wasn’t all that long, it was just Charlotte mocking and continuously targeting Becky’s injured knee to weaken it more, Becky fighting back against her, Charlotte locking in a few submissions to her……….there was a moment in the match where Charlotte goes to set up for her moonsault, but gets shoved off the top of the ropes by Becky, having Charlotte hit the barricade, then we go to the closing parts of the match where Charlotte has Becky locked into her figure 4 submission………
Becky struggles to get out of it, but refuses to tap out and before Charlotte can transition the figure 4 into a figure 8, we get a nice surprise when Ronda Rousey heads to the ring and attacks Becky, having the match end in a DQ…………with Charlotte getting disqualified.
Making Becky Lynch the winner of the match, meaning Becky not only goes to WrestleMania to face off against Charlotte & Ronda for the Raw Women’s Championship, but the match is now a triple threat match at Mania, which we all know Charlotte tried to prevent………..
Thanks Ronda, appreciate it!! ^_^
We now come down to our last match of this review, which is the MAIIIIIN EVENT!!! With Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre & Bobby Lashley VS The Shield for one last time……….but before we get to that match, there was a moment that happened where Elias sang a song, Lacey Evans showed up walking down and back up the ramp for a good few weeks now……….then we had Randy Orton show up landing his RKO to Elias and then had AJ Styles hit Randy with his Phenomenal forearm finisher.
Now we get to the last match of the night, The Shield Vs Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley & Drew McIntyre
So it just hit me that this was the Shield’s last match as a team and I don’t know how to take that in………….but let’s get to the match and talk about my thoughts on the Shield a little later……….okay this match was actually pretty great, a lot of incredible moments happened, in the beginning of the match The Shield were in control of Corbin, Lashley & McIntyre.
Both teams then picked up the pace in the match, where McIntyre catches Rollins with a boot when going for a top rope move, then we had Dean head on over to the corner ropes, jumps off the ring post landing an elbow to McIntyre, a little later after that happened Lashley catches Dean with a brutal spear.
McIntyre tries to capitalize on it, but Roman comes in with a save breaking the pin. Dean almost gets counted out after Drew hit it him with a boot to the face, Dean later hits a nice neckbreaker to Lashley, Roman hits Corbin with his drive by move. Then we go flying with Seth & Dean, Roman goes to fly over the ropes as well, but gets caught by Corbin with his deep six signature move, which was planted well i’ll say………..
This is where everything starts to heat up, you have Rollins & Dean in the crowd attacking McIntyre & Lashley, while Roman is handling Corbin in the ring, Roman catches Corbin with a sit-out powerbomb, we go back into the crowd with Rollins & Dean, where Seth does his signature dive from the crowd taking everyone out………..
Back in the ring with Roman we go, where he tries to land his superman punch to Corbin, who then catches him and tries to hit him with choke slam, Reigns escapes landing the superman punch afterwards……
Closing parts of the match, Corbin hits his end of days to Roman, where it looks like he’s about to get pinned, but he gets saved when Dean comes in and breaks the pin. Then we get a moment where Corbin, Drew & Lashley go for the Shield powerbomb to Roman, but Dean & Seth come to his aid, Seth hits his Black Out Stomp to Lashley, Roman spears Corbin and The Shield take out McIntyre and we get the famous Shield powerbomb!!
They then go after Corbin where Seth hits a superkick, Roman hits his superman punch and Dean hits his dirty deeds, the crowd goes wild, Seth yells one more time………and we get one more Shield powerbomb, Roman pins Corbin and the Shield wins their last match as a team together………….
When this moment happened, it didn’t hit me right then and there, I was just super excited about the Shield and I was excited they won, but really thinking about it now……….this was the Shield’s last match as a stable and now they’re disbanding for good this time………..I knew this was going to happen at some point, but i’m just really going to miss them as a stable.
We all know that the Shield made their debut at Survivor Series back in 2012 and to see how far they went as team and then separately, it’s crazy!! Now i’ll be honest I didn’t watch wrestling when the Shield made their debut, but i’ve seen clips of when they debut, but for those who did see them first head on to the scene, you remember that moment, you remember when they first came on and that goes with any wrestler……….
I remember when I watched the Shield for the first time and that was when they were going against Evolution (Triple H, Batista & Randy) at Extreme Rules back in 2014, that was crazy and that was my first time ever watching them live as well as Extreme Rules being the first ever PPV we ever went to.
As much as I don’t want them to disband, I know that it’s time for new stables to break into the WWE, but just because they disband as a team doesn’t mean they won’t go down in WWE history as one of the best stables in WWE, they came in and turned the wrestling industry inside out, taking out everyone and letting everyone know that wherever they stand, it’s their yard and it will always be their yard when their in it………sending a huge thank you and a lot of love to Roman, Dean & Seth (a.k.a The Shield)
And that was Fastlane for you guys……………it took me two days to write this review and an extra day to look it over, but we got it and we finished it!!!
Final Thoughts: A lot happened this past Sunday at Fastlane, matches were changed multiple times, matches were added later on in the card, we got swindled by Vince McMahon, baiting Kofi into a 2 on 1 handicap match, Mustafa Ali was later added into the WWE Championship match, Ronda made the triple threat match at WrestleMania happen for Becky Lynch which i’m happy about, we had Elias sing us songs every few hours……….
Then we had Randy RKO him and then got to see Styles hit Randy with his phenomenal forearm, we got an awesome tag team match from Raw a brutal beatdown from SDL to Miz in his hometown by Shane, The Usos retaining and let’s not forget the most important one, Lacey Evans showing up………kidding it’s the Shield, it’ll always be the Shield, however I do like Lacey Evans theme song……..
My favorite highlight moments in the PPV would have to be Bayley in the Women’s Tag Team Championship match, The Shield, Ricochet & Aleister in the tag match, Ronda helping Becky go to WrestleMania and Kofi because he deserves some love………overall I thought Fastlane was a pretty solid last stop PPV before WrestleMania, pretty enjoyable the show!!!
Let me know in the comments below what your favorite moments were from Fastlane and let me know whether you enjoyed it or not!?
Disclaimer: I’ve been writing this review all week (started writing it Monday…….last Monday) and that’s why you’re going to be reading it now (well in a bit) I finished writing everything down yesterday (Feb 23) but I had to look everything over and edit a couple of things.
Elimination Chamber what a show this PPV was!!! So many incredible moments happened especially during both Elimination Chambers which I look forward to talking about to you guys.
Now I know i’m a little late reviewing it, I was trying to figure out a way to write about this, so what I did was, I ended up just going back and rewatching some of the matches just to get a little bit of a refresher so that way when I wrote everything down, it would be my natural reaction of it or at least close to what my natural reaction was when I watched it the first time if that makes any sense, hopefully it does………
Originally, I wanted to do a build up around the Elimination Chamber first before I wrote an actual review, but as I was writing it, I didn’t know if I was building it up alright, so I decided to just review the PPV without the build up, but without further ado let’s talk the Elimination Chamber PPV.
Disclaimer #2: I didn’t watch the kickoff so i’m not gonna talk about it, however I did hear that the cruiserweight match was actually pretty good but on to the main show.
Nia Jax & Tamina Vs Carmella & Naomi Vs The Riot Squad’s (Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan) Vs Sasha Banks & Bayley Vs Sonya Deville & Mandy Rose Vs The Iconics (The Women’s Elimination Chamber Match for the first ever Women’s Tag Team Championships)
Alright so we start off with the very first match off the main card, The Women’s Elimination Chamber match for the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships………What can I say about this match except for it surely did not disappoint!! We all know this match could’ve went 2 ways, it was either going to throw the ball out the park oooor it was going to be a lackluster kind of performance……….luckily it wasn’t lackluster and they did throw the ball out of the park, heck out of the park isn’t even the word!!!!
Every single tag team in this match tore the house down, I loved watching this match, when I was trying to write down what was happening I could barely keep up with it, so much was happening all at once, but it was awesome, I would watch it again!! A whole lot of moments went down during this Elimination Chamber match, the two teams that started were Sasha Banks & Bayley along with Sonya Deville & Mandy Rose.
The other teams would be locked inside some chamber pods until it was their turn to come out. Sonya Deville nearly pinned Sasha in the beginning of the match with some kind of brutal move, if she would’ve gotten that pin after the move she did, Bayley & Sasha would’ve been out of the Chamber right then and there, but they stood in it which was good.
There was another moment where the two starting teams were outside the ring going at it and Mandy, I guess went for a move to Bayley, Bayley must’ve dodge it, causing Mandy to get her foot stuck in the Elimination Chamber chains, which then lead to Bayley landing a neckbreaker to her while she was stuck which just look so painful to me.
After a bit the Riot Squad (Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan) entered the chamber, there was a moment where everyone was in the ring, Bayley went for a corner move, Sonya & Mandy followed and tried to go for a tag team suplex, Sarah & Liv soon then followed after and well………everyone came crashing down after what looked like a pretty crazy powerbomb suplex, leaving everyone a little scattered around the ring.
Then we had the IIconics soon enter the chamber hoping to capitalize on what just happened, but everyone kept kicking out when they tried to put someone away which was funny!! Naomi & Carmella soon entered the chamber, getting a few hits in on their opponents and of course when the chance was given, Naomi went after Mandy, who’s been a little bit of a thorn in her side for quite some time………also there was a nice superkick to Sarah Logan by Carmella outside the ring.
Everyone continued to get some real impressive and some brutal moves in to each other Naomi as she was going after Mandy landed her finisher the rear view, although that was nice and a little well deserved to Mandy…………
This was the part that kinda upset me a bit, the IIconics rolled up Naomi into a pin afterward and just to make sure she couldn’t kick out they doubled teamed against her, pinning Naomi, having Carmella and Naomi the first team eliminated from the chamber………I was so upset, because I love both Naomi & Carmella, they were one of my picks to win it, but it is what it is……
To speed up the rest of this part, last team to enter the chamber were non other than Nia Jax & Tamina, once they came out all hell broke loose………they went after the IIconics and eliminated them after they tried to run and hide from everyone………The Riot Squad jumped off the chamber pod landing on Sonya & Mandy as well as Nia Jax & Tamina………..not too long after though, both Nia & Tamina eliminated Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan with a Samoan Drop by Nia and a Superfly Splash by Tamina.
Now this part is a crazy moment, Nia tossed Bayley out of the ring, she then tried to ram her into the Chamber pod, but Bayley side steps it and Nia ends up going through the pod instead, giving everyone the chance to go after Tamina easier and weeeell, you can probably guess what happened next……..
Nia & Tamina ended up getting eliminated, which was a little shocking, because i’m sure a lot of people (including myself) thought they would win the chamber because of how dominate they’ve been building up to the elimination chamber, but it seemed as though everyone was happy once they were eliminated, they even sang them a song while they were leaving.
We’ve come down to the last remaining two teams, the two teams that actually started the Elimination Chamber match together Sasha Banks & Bayley Vs Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose…………..it was such a close call during the ending parts of this Elimination Chamber match. Bayley & Sasha were close to putting Mandy & Sonya away with Sasha hitting her backstabber move and Bayley landing her finisher Bayley to Belly, Mandy nearly put Sasha away with her finisher, which I was super nervous about.
In the end though, the match turned around when Sonya accidentally speared Mandy Rose, giving Sasha the chance to lock Sonya in her submission the Bank Statement, although she was having a bit of trouble because she couldn’t use her shoulders, she ended up locking the bank statement, using her legs forcing Sonya Deville to tap out.
Not only did Sasha & Bayley gain victory over Sonya & Mandy, as well as everyone else who was apart of the chamber, but they also made history by becoming the first ever inaugural Women’s tag team Champions!!! I was super happy they won, but I also had a moment where I realized the title went to Raw and not Smackdown……….but overall, I was still very happy for them, they deserved it, I mean they fought very hard out there.
Other Thoughts: I was so happy for this match, I specifically watched Elimination Chamber because of this match to be honest and i’m really glad it didn’t disappoint!! I use to always say how I thought WWE should make a tag team division for the Women’s division and the fact that we now have that, is amazing!! I know I missed a lot of wrestling, but that being said, I think I picked an alright time to get back into it.
I’ll be honest though I got teary eyed after the match, I wanted to cry, but I didn’t cry, yet it still made me feel emotional……..I think it’s because of how big that moment was for the Women’s division, knowing how much they had to fight through just to get to that moment……….it’s like how could you not want to feel and take in something like that with them!? They made history and that’s a very proud moment.
Watching matches like that for the first time from home is one thing, watching it in person is a different story, but actually being apart of a moment like that………that tops both those feelings combined!!!
The atmosphere and reactions to everything were super high, you could just feel it, i’m really glad that match turned out well, Brava to each team in that Chamber match, they all did great out there and they really did put on a great performance Sunday night, also congratulations to both Bayley & Sasha for winning the first ever Women’s tag team championships, again they really did deserve it!!!!
After the match was over Bayley & Sasha were interviewed about their win, they were extremely speechless and emotional after capturing the titles, you know trying to soak everything in, unable to really find much words, which I completely get………..Sasha did end up saying a few words though.
She said she was lost for words and that we have no idea how hard they’ve fought to get the titles (in general) they don’t just do what they do for themselves, they do it for us (The WWE Universe) and for everyone who’s apart of the women’s division. It’s just the beginning with more change to come, that they’re here for a purpose and they will continue to do what they love and what they do best.
Pre Match Segment
Before the next match started there was a small pre match segment with Miz, congratulating that match and Sasha & Bayley for becoming the first ever Women’s Tag Team Champions, we also were brought an announcement by Miz and his wife Mayrse who told us they were pregnant and were expecting their second child.
The minute he said announcement and Maryse came out, I knew what it was going to be about, but congratulation to both Miz & Maryse, I wonder if it’s going to be a another girl or a boy!? It’s crazy because they just had their daughter Monroe last year…………how times flies right!? anyway on to the next match.
Miz & Shane Vs The Usos (Smackdown Live Tag Team Championships)
So i’m going to be honest here, I had to do some recapping with this match, i’m actually going back and forth watching it a bit and writing about it as I go along……….Shane started the match pretty strong, getting a lot of hits in and just going straight after the Usos.
I gotta say when I was watching Elimination Chamber last Sunday, watching Shane fight, you can see that he’s improved a lot in my opinion, not saying he was never good in ring, because he’s always been pretty good in ring, but you can tell that he has improved a lot more in his matches, which is good.
Shane and Miz actually have good in ring chemistry, they really do work well together as team. It’s always nice to see two people working well together, especially when you’re not really sure on the pairing, but with Miz & Shane it works in a weird way which I like.
Shane had a few moments that were really nice during this matchup, he did a twist around DDT to both Jimmy and Jey, he also did a coast to coast to Jimmy, tried to do the same to Jey, but was met with a superkick stopping his momentum and giving Jey the chance to try and close out the match by hitting his finisher and pinning Shane after landing it, but Miz came in with the save last minute. We also get a really impressive jump by the Miz when he was heading in the ring, even Miz was surprise by it, it’s not an important moment, but it is a nice moment to appreciate because of his reaction.
We move on to the ending of the match where Shane goes for his leap of faith move from the top corner ropes, onto the announce table to Jey Uso outside the ring, after Miz set it up for him…………I tell you Shane really loves jumping off of things, he pretty much lives for it.
Now although Miz & Shane went out there and gave the Usos a fight, in the end the winners of the match ended up being The Usos, with Jimmy using Miz’s pin against him, after he hit his finisher to Jimmy, so not only did the Usos win the match, but they also took the titles from Shane & Miz, making them the New SDL Tag Team Champions and I think also becoming 6x tag champs in the process as well…………
Other Thoughts: Although I was happy, the Usos won the tag titles, I actually did feel bad for Miz, he dedicated his match to his wife and kids and for him to then lose after doing that………..I felt bad.
There was even a segment that you’ll read about later, where he was super upset with the way the match went that he just went on a mad one for a bit………..but I mean the Usos we’re the better team that night……….although I get the frustration, Miz and Shane can come back from this, it was just one night off, they can get it back……………..the Usos are the best though!!!
Finn Balor Vs Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush (2 on 1 handicap match for the Intercontinental Championship)
This match……..it was okay, I really don’t have a lot to say with this match, it wasn’t the greatest to me, but it wasn’t bad either, it was alright………..i’m not really sure why it had to be a 2 on 1 kind of match though, it didn’t really need to be a 2 on 1 match, but it was.
A few nice moments happened though, Balor went for a dive to Lashley outside the ring, Rush stopped him, which then lead Finn to chase him around the ring, luring Balor to Lashley who picks him up and rams him towards the barricade and once more off the ring apron hurting Balor before tossing him back into the ring. We now close in towards the ending of the match where Bobby Lashley goes for his finisher I believe, but Rush gets his ego all in a bunch, tagging himself in before Bobby could hit his finisher to Finn.
He then goes for a frog splash and misses big time, giving Finn the chance to recover a bit and gain some momentum back. Rush then tries to get away from Finn, but Finn gives him no leeway, he then attacks Lashley, sending him off the apron to then turn his attention back to Lio.
Lashley tries to help out, but Finn hits him with his sling blade move and then send him out the ring again, Lio Rush then follows, Finn does a dive over the ropes to them, brings Lio back in, hits his signature and finisher, pins Lio and becomes the New Intercontinental Champion for the first time in his career!!!
Post match moment: After the match was over Lashley tried to go after Finn, but Finn escaped before he got the chance, with a huge smile on his face. Lashley was not happy with Lio Rush losing him his Intercontinental Championship, Rush tried to apologize and plea with him, at first it looked like Lashley was going to let it slide, but yeah no it didn’t happen like that at all, Lashley grabbed him and body slammed him to the mat and while a frustrating Lashley left the ring…..Lio Rush was left alone, laying in the ring.
Pre Match Segment Interview: This segment left me very upset, we get a recap of I believe Monday Night Raw, where we learn that Becky Lynch won’t be facing Ronda at Mania, thanks to Vince McMahon who suspended Becky for 60 days, which runs out 5 days AFTER WRESTLEMANIA and guess who he chose to replace her………..yep Charlotte Flair……….
Don’t get me wrong, I love Charlotte, she’s one of my favorites, but she should’t be facing Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania, Becky should be facing her………I mean she’s the one that won the Royal Rumble after all which makes it her opportunity, I don’t want Charlotte main eventing Mania, we’ve seen it before, why would they have Charlotte take Becky’s place instead….why!?
As you can tell, i’m still very upset about this, but I may also have some kind of theory on what they could possibly be doing and I hope that Becky ends up in it somehow, but anyway………there was a segment with Charlotte, where she talked about Becky Lynch and how life is good when you’re Charlotte Flair and talks going to WrestleMania, she stated how Becky panders for our attention and that she needs our approval.
Saying how unlike Becky, when she looks in the mirror her reflection give her all the love and approval she needs and that she knows in her heart she’s the best on Raw, on Smackdown & in the WWE and then the match started…….
Ronday Rousey Vs Ruby Riot (WWE Raw Women’s Championship)
This match……….was not long, but i’ll sum it all up for you, Ronda was in control of the whole match, Ruby kept away from Ronda in the beginning of the match, got a few hits in after a bit, but Ronda took over the rest of the match by hitting Pipers pit and then landing her submission the arm bar afterwards, tapping out Ruby Riot and retaining the Raw Women’s Championship, which means she will go on to face Charlotte at WrestleMania……..again it was just a quick, simple, dominate kind of match.
Post Match Segment
After the match was over, Ronda & Charlotte ended up having a bit of a stare down with each other, not long after we got a surprise appearance, by the Man herself Becky Lynch, who was walking on crutches towards the ring. When she got to the ring she had a small stare off with both Ronda & Charlotte, she then throws one of her crutches to Charlotte, hits her and then attacks her with the other crutch, which was quite brutal…………
Becky went on a mad spree attacking Charlotte with her crutch……….after she finished attacking Charlotte, she look up at Ronda, who grabbed the other crutch that was on the ground to stay on guard against Becky, both Becky and Ronda have a stand down as well as another stare off.
Becky tries to convince Ronda to go after Charlotte and get even with her, Ronda heads towards Charlotte with the other crutch backing her into the corner ropes, She then glances at Becky, then proceeds to turn her attention back to Charlotte, giving Becky the chance to strike and soon attack Ronda, which she definitely did, i’ll tell you that………..after going crazy on Ronda & Charlotte Becky was later escorted out of the arena, proud!!
This was quite a segment……..however I really liked Becky’s gear it was quite badass, really nice!!! I’ll be honest watching Becky attack both Charlotte & Ronda I was kinda enjoying it a bit, until I saw that she actually hurt them, especially Ronda, boy did she have a bad gash on the side of her head, I felt really bad for them afterwards seeing them hurt………..this segment gave me mixed emotions, I both loved and enjoyed it, but I also felt slightly bad too……….although it was pretty brutal, I still enjoyed it.
I love Becky Lynch and I was so excited when she showed up at Elimination Chamber, despite being suspended and all, I just gotta say though any frustration she was feeling then, she sure let it all out that night alright, no security or ref could stop her, I do hope Ronda and Charlotte are doing alright though after the attack Becky unleashed on them last Sunday……….
Prediction Time: I might have a theory on how I think they’re trying or are going to do it………I feel right, that they’re going to wait until Becky Lynch is medically cleared and once they find out whether she is or not, if she is medically cleared, I think they might make the match at WrestleMania a triple threat. Having it be Ronda Vs Charlotte Vs Becky and maybe, just maybe having Becky win at Mania or they’ll try and make sure she doesn’t, but she’ll still ends up winning the title anyway somehow!?
I’m really hoping that they do make this a Triple Threat match because I really want to see Becky main event Mania and win it………..however if this doesn’t happen, Becky could still possibly show up at Mania and cost Charlotte the title, because Charlotte took her spot, but we’ll see……….no spoilers!!
Braun Strowman Vs Baron Corbin (Anything Goes Match)
Braun Strowman Vs Baron Corbin, anything goes………yeah like that’s not going to include people coming out and making a mess of things, of course not, I mean why would that be a thing at all!?………….no, but in all seriousness this match was alright, it wasn’t that bad, I don’t really think i’m going to have a lot to say about it, I thought it was a decent length of a match, not too long, but also not too short either.
There was some moments that stuck out to me, one being when Braun told Corbin he didn’t need a kendo stick to hurt him pretty much, after Baron Corbin kept attacking him with one…………also Corbin threw a chair at Strowman, well more like attempted, Strowman caught the chair, well kinda…………he didn’t let the chair hit him in the face is what i’m trying to say.
After Corbin tried throwing a chair at him, Strowman went after Corbin to try and run through him, but Corbin side stepped him, causing Braun to hit the steel steps, Corbin then grabbed them and repeatedly attacked Braun with it……..moving on to the closing parts of the match though, Braun grabs a table and power slams Corbin through it and as he goes to pin him, surprise surprise……………Drew Macintyre comes down to the ring holding a steel chair.
While Braun was waiting for Macintyre to get into the ring, not too long after Bobby Lashley shows up, ambushes him and attacks him with his own steel chair, Macintyre soon joins him and they both go on an attack spree towards Braun. Strowman tried to fight back against them, but in the end the winner of the match ended up being Baron Corbin with the help of Macintyre & Lashley who helped SHIELD POWERBOMB Braun through two tables, to then pin him………..I know this match was an Anything Goes kind of match, so i’m not really surprised Macintyre showed up,
However I was a little surprised that Lashley joined the party, I mean I know they had that match against, Finn Balor, Kurt Angle & Braun Strowman, but I didn’t think he’d align with them again, but overall the match wasn’t that bad, it was kinda enjoyable.
Backstage Segment: We’ve now reach Miz’s segment with Shane as well who was getting looked at by one of the medical staffs, Miz was slightly pacing back and forth apologizing to Shane for losing the match, Shane tries to assure him that it was fine, but Miz was really outrage about the whole thing, so outrage he started trashing the medical room a bit, saying that he’s better than that and how he made a promise to his father, to Shane, Maryse (his wife), Daughter and unborn child, Shane then tells him to take the night off and relax, which was the right call, because he was livid, Miz.
The New Daniel Bryan VS Kofi Kingston Vs Randy Orton Vs AJ Styles Vs Jeff Hardy Vs Samoa Joe (Men’s Elimination Chamber Match For The WWE Championship)
The main event of the night, 6 men all fighting for the WWE Championship inside the Elimination Chamber, now before we get to the match, I just wanted to let you know, there was a bit of change with this match card, originally Mustafa Ali was mean’t to be apart of this match, but he ended up suffering a concussion somehow, not sure if it was during his match with Randy or when the build up happened……….due to him getting injured, a gauntlet match took place on Smackdown Live, Kofi who was in that match, lasted about an hour I believe in it and so i’m guessing based off that, he qualified and took Mustafa’s spot at the Elimination Chamber.
Although I was glad to see Kofi in this match, I do feel for Mustafa, to get a chance at the Elimination Chamber and then have to miss out due to an injury it sucks, it would’ve been pretty cool to see him in that match, but I do hope he recovers alright, but with that said let’s get on with the Men’s Elimination Chamber match!!!
Same as the Women’s Elimination Chamber match, it did not disappoint!! I’ll be honest though, I thought it started off a little slow at first, but it didn’t take long for it to pick up so that was good.
Before the match started The New Daniel Bryan came out with Rowan by his side, but was told he had to leave him behind, which he didn’t like, he then made a small speech telling everyone he doesn’t want to be known as a martyr, but that he was suffering for the greater good, saying we need him and the planet needs him and that he’ll still be the WWE Champion.
So many moments happened throughout this match, one i’ll talk about in my highlight post and a little bit here too…….the two competitors to start the match were Daniel Bryan & Samoa Joe. In the beginning Daniel tried avoiding Joe, after a long while though, Samoa Joe hit him with some brutal chops to the chest, then Daniel & Samoa Joe went back and forth with attacks to each other and then later Kofi Kingston entered the Chamber.
Kofi got a few hits towards Daniel & Joe, there’s a moment where Daniel escapes towards the top of the chamber pod, Kofi follows and then attacks Daniel from the top of the pod, then free falls off it landing on Samoa Joe and Daniel. AJ Styles soon enters the chamber and later does a Moonsault from the corner ropes, goes to set up Daniel for a DDT, Kofi tries to go after Styles, but Styles catches him and ends up hitting a double DDT to both Kofi and Daniel, a little bit later in the match Daniel tries to escape again………but Styles catches him with a phenomenal forearm to the back of his spine while climbing the chamber.
The first person to get eliminated was Samoa Joe, after tossing Styles into the ring, he went after Kofi and tried putting him to sleep with his coquina clutch submission, Kofi countered the submission by running on the ropes to flip Joe over, trying to use his submission to pin Joe, I guess the same way he did during the Gauntlet match. Joe kicked out, but continued to hold on to the submission afterwards. Kofi then escapes the Coquina Clutch, giving Styles the chance to catch Joe with his phenomenal forearm finisher, pinning him and eliminating Samoa Joe from the match.
Jeff Hardy then soon enters the chamber, but doesn’t really stick around for long, there were a few nice moments from Jeff that I liked, but the one moment that I really liked was when he hit his Swanton bomb move from off the top of the chamber pod to the back of Styles, who was laying on top of the ropes.
As Jeff was getting back to his feet again after landing his signature move, Daniel giving him no time to recover, takes advantage and catches him with a running knee, pinning Jeff and eliminating him from the match……..it kinda sucks that he wasn’t in the match for that long, but at least we got to see him for a bit.
After eliminating Jeff Hardy, New Daniel Bryan went after both Styles & Kofi, he puts Styles in the tree of woe, then brings Kofi over, tries to go for a Suplex off the top rope with AJ Styles still hanging in the corner, Styles then grabs Daniel, who is holding on to Kofi and delivers a German Suplex to both of them……..everyone down at this point, the clock counts down and the Viper (Randy Orton) is last to enter the chamber, which gives him the advantage as he goes after everyone that’s left in the ring.
Kofi tries to go after Randy, who throws him at Styles, then we had Daniel go after him, but Randy tries to catch Bryan with an early RKO, Daniel avoids it and goes for a pin to Randy who gets out of it.
We then had a moment where Styles catches Kofi with quite a backbreaker, he then throws Kofi in the corner, runs after him, Kofi dodges and throws him over his shoulder. AJ hits him with a forearm to the face, he then goes for his finisher move and as he goes for it, Randy catches him from off the apron and lands his finisher the RKO, pins Styles and eliminates him from the match……..that right there was nicely set up I gotta say, it was really nice!!!
Down to the last 3 competitors, Randy Orton, Kofi Kingston and The Champion The New Daniel Bryan………..
Kofi tries to immediately eliminate Randy as he was looking over at Styles leaving the chamber. Randy gets out of the pin, Kofi then tries to hit his trouble in paradise finisher to him, but Randy dodges it, then tries to run after Kofi in the corner, who catches him with a kick and just as Kofi starts building up momentum Randy stops him dead in his tracks, slowing down Kofi for a bit and letting Randy enter his zone where he waits to strike his opponents before hitting his finisher.
Just gotta say, Randy knows his spots and is very ring aware, he aims for Kofi, but Daniel tries to go after him and Randy catches him with a very nicely done power slam……….I say nicely done because Daniel just came out of nowhere and Randy caught him like *snaps* that!!! Randy tries to hit an RKO to Kofi, who avoids it, he then goes after him, but Kofi catches him with his finisher Trouble In Paradise, pins Randy and eliminates him……….now here comes the crazy part!!!
We now come down to our last two competitors, The New Daniel Bryan and Kofi Freaking Kingston (Sorry Seth) if you thought it was serious before……..well you might want to sit tight a bit more, because, it’s just getting started………..Daniel Bryan……..Kofi Kingston, we need another match with these two, because maaaan we’re they killing it in the closing parts of the Elimination Chamber match!!
These two were giving us what we wanted, without actually realizing we wanted it………I could write about all the flipping moments that happened during this part of the match, but i’m only going to share a few because I know this is already long as it is.
Kofi went for his trouble in paradise move, but Daniel dodged it and hit him with a low dropkick, stopping Kofi’s momentum………he then hits him with a few kicks, goes to hit him with his last one, Kofi avoids it and sends out an SOS to Daniel almost pinning him and winning the championship.
Daniel delivered a few running dropkicks to Kofi trying to put him away, but Kofi shows heart and doesn’t stay down no matter how many kicks are thrown at him……..the last running dropkick Daniel goes to do, Kofi launches out of the corner catching Daniel with a chest stomp and you would think just by that move when Kofi goes to pin him that would put him away……….but it doesn’t.
There was a moment where Kofi tried to go for what looked like a bulldog to Daniel, but Daniel pushed him towards the pod where Kofi hit against it instead. Back in the ring Daniel goes for his finisher the running knee, he connects with Kofi, thinking it’d be over at this point, Kofi not wanting to go out like that, gives Daniel a big NOPE and kicks out, surprising everyone, including Daniel himself………..
Daniel gets fired up and repeatedly stomps on Kofi, he then tries to go for his finisher again, but Kofi catches him with his finisher trouble in paradise, almost pinning him, only Daniel reverses the pin, but Kofi kicks out. Daniel then traps him with his Lebell Lock submission, after a bit Kofi breaks from it, forcing Daniel to break from the hold as well.
Now we come to the closing parts of the whole match, Daniel climbs up to one of the chamber pods, Kofi follows, both men go back and fourth on top of the pod, Kofi kicks Daniel until he’s back in the ring, the goes for a splash dive off the pod, Daniel avoids, then sets up his finisher one last time, lands it, pins Kofi and retains the WWE Championship………….
Talk about a crazy ending!! I mean the whole match was good, but that moment alone, between Daniel & Kofi, topped the whole chamber match in my opinion, everything that happened prior to that moment, was forgotten about for a good while, that’s how much they stole the show. Everything about that moment was just amazing, props to both Daniel & Kofi, because they put their hearts out there and fought incredibly hard in that match, like…………WOW!!!
Post Match Segment: After the match was over, both Big E & Xavior Woods came rushing down the ring, to comfort Kofi and let him know that despite him not winning he still did great out there, okay great out there maybe an understatement, he rocked the house Kofi, the crowd even gave him a stand ovation, that’s how much they enjoyed his performance.
It’s nice that Kofi, Xavior and Big E are so close, you can see that they all really care about each other whether they’re fighting as a team or individually, they always have each other’s backs and that’s great to see!!
Final Thoughts Of The EC: So many great and memorable moments happened throughout this PPV, I mean we had the first ever Women’s tag team match happen inside the Elimination Chamber, which did not disappoint, every tag team apart of that match did well…….yes even the IIconics, even though they eliminated one of my teams……but that aside……
I thought the match was great, really nice starter…….having Bayley and Sasha win the titles that was real good, I thought they deserved it, especially with the way they fought in their match. The Miz & Shane Vs The Usos was pretty good as well, at least I thought so………Shane with his daredevil antics and moves, to quote Miz’s dad, “Shane fears nothing” (I don’t think that’s exactly what he said, but it was along those lines)
The Usos, they are always on top of their game, with everything they do, they always put on great matches no matter who they’re facing and they’re just great Jimmy & Jey……….Miz is another great performer, great on the mic, great in the ring and just all around talented, whether you hate him or love him, when an opportunity strikes him, he uses it very well.
Now I know Shane & Miz didn’t retain their tag team title in their match with the Usos, but that doesn’t mean they don’t work well as a team. Based off the match they had you can clearly see that they are a good team, I hope they don’t separate as a team too soon because I feel they still have what it takes to continue to build as really great tag team!!
Finn is great, becoming the first ever Universal Champion at Summerslam (2016) and then having to relinquish it the next day due to a shoulder injury that he took at Summerslam…………i’m sure that was really hard on him, he was out for a good while because of it……..but with that said, he fought and fought and tried wining the title back, even facing off against Brock Lesnar (who is still the current champion…….) at this past Royal Rumble.
Although he didn’t win it, he sure gave Brock one hell of a fight to try and get it from him, which I would count as impressive!!! After going up against Brock Lesnar, he was put in a feud with Bobby Lashley and his manager/side kick Lio Rush, to then beat both of them in a 2 on 1 handicap match for the Intercontinental Championship at Elimination Chamber, this being his first time to ever hold the IC title………that right there, if anyone deserves the IC title, it’s Finn Balor, so i’m glad he won it in the end.
Then we had the moment of Ronda Rousey, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch with Becky just brutally attacking both Ronda & Charlotte during the in ring segment, with her crutches at that………yeah that’s a stand out moment for sure, also I love Becky and Charlotte, but Becky will always be my favorite!!!
There was just so many stand out moments throughout this PPV, it was just really good, I enjoyed it, i’m not going to grade it because then i’ll be here for a long time trying to figure out what grade to give it……….i’m just going to say it was an all around great PPV, I didn’t hate anything, however I think certain matches could’ve been better, but because we had two great Chamber matches and a few regular matches that were pretty alright, it makes up for the ones that weren’t the greatest.
So yeah……..that’s the Elimination Chamber for you guys!!! Sorry this review took longer than expected, I was trying to get my natural reaction out on here, I even went back and looked it over to rewatch so I could get the feel of it again, I wrote a whole lot of stuff here, I tried making it shorter but it’s a review which means it’ll be long either way……..I just hope it makes sense.
Disclaimer #3: This part is an update from what I originally wrote in this review just to give you guys a heads up.
I’m still planning on doing my highlight moments for this PPV, only because I really enjoyed it, it will come a little bit later after this is posted, as for Raw & Smackdown………….well gotta catch up again, soooo i’m not going to be reviewing last weeks show, i’m just going to watch it, when it comes to this weeks show, i’m going to try to review it, I might recap the show prior when I review both Raw & Smackdown Live of this week, but we’ll see………
I think what I might have to do, if i’m going to continue to review wrestling is, I might have to watch them live at least when it comes to the reviewing part so that way I can be on time like I want, but if not I might just do highlights towards the end of the week and review the PPV’s instead, if I can’t do both Raw and Smackdown when it comes to reviews, I might just pick one show to review and then highlight both shows again at the end of the week.
Even though this is late, I hope you still enjoy it and as soon as I catch up, I will see you guys with another one hopefully on time or at least within when the shows happen and not a week after they’ve happen.
Anyway for those who watched Elimination Chamber, let me know what you guys thought of the show, did you enjoy it, did you not!? Let me know your favorite moments and matches in the comments below!!
Hey everyone hope you’re all doing well, now I know this is late and all, but i’m still going to post it, this is the second part to my other wrestling review post, in that I talked about both Raw & Smackdown Live’s opening segments from Jan 28 & 29th and gave a little thought to both of them as well. talking about which one I thought was better.
In this post, i’ll be doing my best to talk about the matches from both shows and giving you my thoughts on them and letting you know whether I enjoyed them much or not, let’s just get straight into it shall we!?
Raw & Smackdown Live Highlights (Jan 28 & 29):
Seth Rollins Vs Dean Ambrose:First match of the night demanded by Dean………I thought this match was pretty alright, during the closing parts of the match, Seth attempted his frog splash move to Dean who ended up moving out of the way when Seth got a little distracted looking at the WrestleMania sign, however he did redeem himself winning the match when he hit Dean with his buckle bomb move to then catch him with his finisher black out.
I always enjoy the matches between Dean & Seth, these two always end up coming face to face at some point, their rivalry is like a never ending story, but it’s always great to watch them in a match even if we have watched it a million times, now this wasn’t their best match, but it also wasn’t their worst, they performed well and they gave us a match that was still enjoyable to watch.
Other Thoughts:Now does Dean deserve better than these kind of matches all of the time!? Yes, yes he does and hopefully they give him more than what he’s been given all these years, Dean is one of the most underrated wrestlers in my opinion and i’m not just saying that because he’s one of my favorites, a lot of people may not see it, but Dean is a really great talent.
If WWE gave him the chance to just freestyle his character more the way he wants……..there’s no telling how far Dean could get!! There’s speculations on him leaving and I would hate to see that happen, because again he’s great so i’m really hoping they don’t let a talent like his go to waste, because it would be a real shame if they did………..
Pre/Post-match segment:After losing his match to Seth, Dean wasn’t too happy and ended up sitting in the ring to say something, but as he was on the verge of announcing what seemed to be very important, he ended up getting interrupted when Nia Jax and Tamina started to head to the ring. Dean and Nia would exchange a few words, Tamina would later step in, which gave Nia the chance to hit him with a cheap shot from behind, making Dean leave the ring, leading us to the next match of the night.
Nia Jax & Tamina Vs Alexa Bliss & Mickie James (Raw – Qualification match for the New Women’s Tag Team Championships at Elimination Chamber): Second match of the night off the red brand, we had the team of Nia Jax and Tamina facing off against Alexa Bliss and Mickie James. This match was actually pretty good, both teams did really well, in the end though the winners were Nia Jax & Tamina, with Nia picking up the win finishing the match with a double Samoan drop to Mickie James and Alexa Bliss, which made them the first team I believe to qualify and to get an opportunity at the new women’s tag team championships at Elimination Chamber.
Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder Vs The Revival (Raw): You know normally when it comes to these kind of matches, I wouldn’t really be that much into them……..they would always be jobber matches and would be over less than you can say, “let’s see how this match turns out” but this match surprisingly was pretty enjoyable.
I went back and watched the match again and there was a moment where I believe Scott Dawson went to catch Hawkins in a surprise attack, but Hawkins sensed it and caught him with a real nice enziguri, they were also pretty close to gaining a win over the revival, but Scott Dawson kicked out.
Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder performed pretty well against the Revival, especially Hawkins, we all know him for his undefeated losing streak with his matches and for a good while he was seen as a jobber, but he was pretty impressive during this match, it seems like they’ve been giving him a little more of a chance this time around which is really good to see.
Although they gave it their best, the winners of the match ended up being the Revival when they hit their finisher Shatter Machine to Hawkins. It would’ve been pretty cool to see Hawkins & Ryder win, I mean they were once a tag team so i’m sure a lot of people we’re happy to see them joining forces again just like the old days, that being said though, overall the match was pretty good and both teams performed well.
Other Thoughts: I really hope that they continue to push Zack & Hawkins as a team again, I didn’t get to see them perform when they were a tag team before, so I would really like to see them come back and surprise people. I know that they were once tag team champions, so it would be cool to see them go after the tag team titles again.
The superstar shake-up is coming up soon and I think it would be pretty cool to see them make their way to Smackdown Live and try to go after the Smackdown Live tag team championships, if they don’t get an opportunity to go after the Raw tag titles.
They could be like Heath and Ryno and surprise everyone, by going after the titles and winning them as well, I think that’d be pretty cool.
Bayley Vs Ronda Rousey (Open Challenge Match For The Raw Women’s Championship match): Okay so I had to re watch this match a bit, because I had it as a pretty good match in my notebook and I wanted a bit of a refresher, so this match happened after a segment with Ronda that could’ve been better in my opinion, but we’ll just move on from that………..
During her segment though, Bayley came out and challenged Ronda to a match for the Raw Women’s championship, even though the segment wasn’t all the great, the match however was pretty good. I really enjoyed it, there were a few moments that happened during the match, but one of the moments that I thought was pretty impressive was when Bayley caught Ronda with a jumping leg bar in mid air when Ronda went for an attack, that was pretty awesome in my opinion.
Another nice moment that happened during the match was when Bayley used Sasha Banks submission on Ronda, when I saw that I was actually quite surprised, so was everyone in the crowd, Bayley was actually very impressive during this whole match, which i’m happy about, not that her matches are never good, it’s just in her match with Ronda you kinda saw something different in her when they faced off which I loved.
The winner of the match ended up being Ronda when she caught Bayley with her arm bar finisher from off the top rope, making Bayley tap and letting Ronda retain the Raw Women’s Championship, now even though Bayley didn’t become the new champ, she still did pretty great in their match, Ronda performed well too. After the match Ronda showed respect towards Bayley for giving her a fight back when they faced off which was pretty noble of her, I don’t know about you guys, but I sure wouldn’t mind seeing them face off again, I really enjoyed that match.
The Usos Vs The Bar Vs The New Day Vs Heavy Machinery (SDL-Fatal 4 Way Elimination Match For A Chance At The SDL Tag Team Championships at Elimination Chamber): Okay so this match was probably one of my favorites to be honest. It was super entertaining and everyone performed very well in my opinion, i’m just going to start off by saying that the Usos are one of the best tag teams in the WWE hands down.
Their always giving it everything they got and they always never seem to fail on putting on great performances whenever they have a match, they’re just always on this level that always leaves you wanting to watch them more and more, it’s incredible!! The New Day and The Bar are two other great teams that are also pretty entertaining to watch as well and although I don’t know Heavy Machinery because they’re a new team, they were pretty impressive as well during this match.
There were a lot of great moments that happened during the match, Jey Uso delivered a really nice samoan drop to Sheamus, there was also a moment where The Uso’s went to do their tag team move our the top rope and dive on their opponents, but only Jey went flying over the ropes, while Jimmy got tagged out by Cesaro and later thrown into the time keepers area by Cesaro & Sheamus (The Bar)
Another impressive move was from one of the Heavy Machinery members, Otis hitting an interesting move called the Caterpillar to Cesaro, there were a whole lot of different moments that I enjoyed during this match, but moving on to the eliminations…………..
The first team to get eliminated were the New Day, although Kofi tried to keep his team in the match, almost landing a close elimination to The Bar (until Cesaro broke up the pin) he ended up getting pinned afterwards by Heavy Machinery when they landed their tag team finisher to him, which caused the New Day to get eliminated from the match.
The next team to follow the New Day in the elimination department were actually the team who eliminated them Heavy Machinery, they got eliminated by The Bar when Sheamus hit his finisher the Brogue kick to Knight, even though they didn’t move forward to have the opportunity to face Miz & Shane at the Elimination Chamber, I gotta say they performed pretty well in this match against everyone, pretty impressive team!!!
Now we come down to our last two teams, The Bar & The Uso’s…………it was a close one between the two teams, they both wanted that tag team title opportunity and they both gave it everything too, however after The Bar eliminated Heavy Machinery, the Uso’s (best team) didn’t waste any time capitalizing against The Bar, hitting their super kick move, then landing an over the rope dive to The Bar, topping off the match with their finisher and finally eliminating The Bar which means they not only won the match, but they have earned the opportunity to face off against Shane & The Miz at Elimination Chamber for the SDL Tag Team Championships.
Maaaan you gotta love the Uso’s they’re just a really great team, I look forward to watching them face off against Shane & Miz at Elimination Chamber for the tag titles, that’s gonna be some match there.
Last match I want to talk about off Smackdown is a match that I found to be both odd, yet interesting………..R-Truth Vs Shinsuke Nakamura (United States Championship Match): This match was actually the first match on SDL, now this wasn’t a bad match, it was just very odd and confusing, so again we had Shinsuke defending his championship against R-Truth who was given a chance at the title by the McMahon’s, a few interesting moments happened R-truth attempted his lie detector move to Shinsuke, didn’t quite land it fully, but it was still nice to me at least.
Moving towards the ending of the match, I think Nakamura was attempting a move to Truth, however that move ended up turning to a roll-up pin and well………..R truth is now the NEW United States Champion!?………..now here’s the weird part to this match, when the roll-up happened it looked like Shinsuke kicked out before the 3 count, however they replayed that part of the match and even though Shinsuke looked as though he kicked out before the ref counted 3, his shoulders were still on the mat…………..!?
So this was a very weird match because although everyone was excited R-Truth won, it was still very confusing the way it ended………….it was so confusing that both Truth and Nakamura continued on fighting each other, even though the ref called the 3 count and determined R-Truth to be the winner of the match, so yeah………..that happened, congratulations though to R-Truth, I mean he performed really well in this match, but again that was just a very weird ending to a match, but hey……….
I still have to watch last weeks Raw & SDL to see what they do, because whenever something weird like that happens, they always talk about it, but maybe they won’t I don’t know, interesting match though……………after the match was over we had Rusev head to the ring and challenge, well demand more like, that R-Truth put his title on the line because he felt that the title deserved better than Shinsuke and R-Truth and so he challenged him and lost, letting R-Truth retain.
While Truth was celebrating, Shinsuke came down to the ring and ambushed him and then Shinsuke and Rusev went and teamed up against him, maybe a tag team match happened last Tuesday, maybe even a triple threat, i’ll have to just watch and see won’t I!?…………no spoilers!!
Alright so originally I was going to list the other segments that happened during both brands in this post as well, but I decided not to talk about them. I’ll try and work on reviewing everything properly with the next review I write when I catch up on last weeks Raw & SDL, we’ll see, it might just be highlight moments again.