Classy Memorial Day opening.
Shane and Stephanie deliver the big announcement that SmackDown will begin airing live on Tuesday nights beginning July 19. Wait, that’s it? No more information?
The dance-off was bad entertainment. I was hoping for more on the brand split. I do like the tag team division getting rub by being first match up to start the show, even if it is another New Day vs. Vaudevillians rematch.
I love the fact that Anderson and Gallows interfered in the tag match and look to be getting the push they deserve, but am I supposed to forget they've lost more times than they've won since coming to WWE? They need to be the team to finally beat New Day and get their swagger back.
That was the best use of Big Show I've seen in the last five years.
I wish the Usos would have continued with the mean streak they showed in their feud with Anderson and Gallows. Instead we get the same old happy to be here Usos. Turns out they're just used to further along the feud between The Golden Truth and Breezango.
More boos than cheers for Reigns...big pop for Rollins. I am enjoying Rollins’ heel work. That segment probably didn’t work for most, but I didn’t mind it. Clearly WWE doesn’t eant to give too much away on a holiday show.
Rusev crush! I like it, hopefully they rebuild the Bulgarian Brute back up to where he was a few years ago.
Titus O’Neil...eh. Better than Cena though!
I didn't need to see the Charlotte and Ric Flair segment again...even with the added wrestler comments.
Enzo’s energy is unreal.
I'm all for Enzo and Cass getting the win, but the Dudleys have to win a match here and there for it to mean anything to the teams that win. And by the way, shouldn't Enzo and Cass want to get their hands on the Vaudevillians for injuring Enzo?
I didn't like the tone of the backstage promo between Cesaro, Dean Ambrose and Sami Zayn.
I liked Cena’s PBR designed shirt better than this one.
Oh man, Cena was waiting for a Welcome Back chant that never happened. That was awkward.
I'm digging seeing A.J. Styles and John Cena in the ring together. Dueling Let's go Cena and A.J. styles chants. Awesome.
YES! A Styles heel turn. I absolutely love it. That was extremely well done. Styles MUST win this feud.
Now Natalya has to put over Dana Brooke...ughhh. How many times is Natalya going to lose due to her getting distracted? Maybe it’s just me but doesn’t it make her look foolish?
Dolph is still stealing a show? He needs to go away for a while. Two things I'm tired of, 1. Enzo & Cass vs.the Dudleys in some fashion and, 2. Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin.
The promos on tonight's show are terrible.
Stupid Idiot chants during the main event. Now that’s funny, kudos Green Bay.
The main event was an enjoyable match. The crowd seemed burned out, but it was by far the best match of the night.
Tonights RAW was average at best. They didn’t advance any of the current storylines and if it wasn't for the Cena and Styles segment I would've given the show a thumbs down. I’m sure they’re thought process was to not load the show up in fear the ratings will be down due to the NBA’s Game 7 between the Warriors and Thunder, and to a lesser degree the first game of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals.
Memorial Day Tribute
Anderson & Gallows renewed push
Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns
Rusev vs. Zach Ryder
AJ Styles and John Cena
The main event
Opening Segment with Shane, Stephanie and New Day
The Usos vs. Fandango & Tyler Breeze
Enzo & Cass vs. The Dudleys
Dana Brooke vs. Natalya
WWE Hall of Famer, Jim Ross’ latest blog was posted on Friday at www.jrsbarbq.com. Here are the highlights:
Former WWE creative member, Andrew Goldstein is JR’ latest guest the Ross Report podcast.
Ross thinks the WWE brand split is a good thing. He thinks the separation should be a clean split and feature no random intermingling.
However unlikely, JR prefers only one, primary champion in WWE - The WWE World Heavyweight Champion. The U.S. and IC can be be brand specific.
Going live on the USA Network is a positive move for all involved. He says SmackDown doesn't have to be considered the “redheaded stepchild” as it often was in the past.
Ross would compare the brand separation as to having two different companies under one ownership with different referees, announce teams, ring announcers, interviewers etc.
He does not see this as a negative for NXT.
His suggestion to TNA is to tweak their Tuesday start time to avoid fans from having to make a decision of which show to watch. He says it's ill advised for TNA to go head to head with WWE on Tuesday nights. (FC Response: Well if that's not the understatement of the year. In fact, I think TNA should consider moving to Wednesday nights. Yes, they might run into fans suffering wrestling burnout, but I just think the competition on Thursday nights is just too great, especially once the NFL starts.)
Jim is raising money for Headlock on Hunger and they are selling limited edition, GOOD GAWD ALMIGHTY t-shirts for two weeks only at www.represent.com/jimross.
It looks like JR might be doing a new CBS Sports Network boxing event on Saturday, June 4 in Cancun, Mexico. Details are being finalized for him to join Boxing Hall of Famer Al Bernstein on the broadcast.
He will be back at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center on Friday, June 10 for another Knockout at the D night of boxing.
The following highlights were posted on Jim Ross’ Wednesday, May 25th blog:
There was a healthy competition when he handled the RAW broadcast with Jerry Lawler and the SmackDown announce team of Michael Cole and Taz. He says the same held true with writing teams.
He sees the same happening with the talent on each show especially as SmackDown attempts to narrow the gap between the perception of their show and RAW.
He says SmackDown going live on Thursday nights would not work because of routing the crews already on the road, etc.
He's curious and motivated to see who goes where, what traveling arrangements will be disrupted, what new rivalries are established, etc.
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JR thought RAW was a solid show with some entertaining bouts sprinkled throughout in MITB qualifying matches. He thinks all the talents that qualified were all good choices.
Ross thought the Styles vs. Owens match was really good, and he's not concerned with AJ’s creative status within WWE. He says there's no better in ring talent on the WWE roster than AJ Styles. (FC Response: This is high praise for Styles coming from someone like Jim Ross, and I agree with his assessment.)
He was happy to see Charlotte go solo. (FC Response: I can go either way on this. I thought Ric added to her presentation in a good way. I understand why WWE went the route they did, but I think it was rushed. They could've got more out of the angle by dragging it out a few more weeks, which in turn would've made it feel like a bigger deal.)
Ross is enjoying Miz as a beatable IC Champion. He thinks Cesaro is perfect for a Lesnar run.
He enjoyed Rollins antagonist promo and wonders if fans will support him in his role, or still defiantly cheer him.
Jim is a big Enzo fan and was glad to see him back on TV.
Although JR is a fan of Dean Ambrose, he thinks Dean is in need of a sabbatical to allow him to “freshen up.”
As always Ross goes into more detail in his blog,
1. Roman Reigns (1)
Reigns remains the WWE World Heavyweight Champion after defeating A.J. Styles in a fantastic Extreme Rules Match at Extreme Rules. He was then booked against Seth Rollins in a main event match at Money in the Bank for the Championship.
2. Kevin Owens (3)
Owens remains one of, if not, the most entertaining wrestlers in WWE. KO was unsuccessful at winning the Intercontinental Championship at Extreme Rules, but he returned the next night on RAW and pinned A.J. Styles to qualify for the Money in the Bank Match.
3. Dean Ambrose (10)
Ambrose beat Chris Jericho in the first ever Ambrose Asylum Match at Extreme Rules. The following night on RAW he defeated Dolph Ziggler to qualify for the Money in the Bank Match, and is one of the favorites to win the match.
4. Seth Rollins (NR)
Rollins returned from injury in a big way at Extreme Rules. After Reigns retained the championship by pinning Styles, Rollins appeared in the ring and attacked Reigns by giving him the Pedigree. On RAW the next night he made it clear he's going after the championship, which he never lost and was booked against Reigns in the main event match at Money in the Bank for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
5. Charlotte (5)
Charlotte defeated Natalya at Extreme Rules to retain the WWE Women's Championship with help from her new enforcer Dana Brooke. On RAW the next night Charlotte expressed her true feelings about her father, Ric Flair and told him she no longer needs him in her life. On SmackDown Charlotte got involved in the match between Brooke and Natalya where she ended up double-teaming Natalya with the help of Dana.
6. The Miz (7)
Miz retained the WWE Intercontinental Championship by defeating Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn and Cesaro in a Fatal 4-Way Match of the Year candidate at Extreme Rules. He then exchanged wins and losses with Cesaro on RAW and SackDown.
7. Rusev (NR)
Rusev beat Kalisto and won the U.S. Championship at Extreme Rules. He then defeated Kalisto again on SmackDown to retain the title in their rematch.
8. New Day (6)
New Day beat the Vaudevillians to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship in a less than stellar match at Extreme Rules. They then went on defeat the Social Outcasts on RAW.
9. Chris Jericho (4)
Jericho lost his match at Extreme Rules against Dean Ambrose in the first ever Ambrose Asylum Match. It was an "extremely" painful loss on top of it after Ambrose dumped Y2J in a pile of thumbtacks. On RAW the next night he came back with a victory over Apollo Crews to qualify for the Money in the Bank Match.
10. Sami Zayn (NR)
Athough Zayn didn't win the IC Title at Extreme Rules it was hard fought and a candidate for Match of the Year. On RAW Zayn scored a very impressive win over Sheamus to qualify for the Money in the Bank Match.
TNA IMPACT - May 26, 2016
Random Thoughts and Opinions
I liked the opening segment with Matt Hardy, Tyrus and Rockstar Spud. Rockstar Spud showing concern for Matt plus the added stipulation in their ladder match against Jeff Hardy worked. I get the feeling Matt Hardy is using TNA to play every character he's ever thought of. The new, darker Matt Hardy is such a departure from the Iconic that I didn't like it at first. After this segment I’m willing to give it a chance.
I like that they booked Spud and Tyrus against Jeff Hardy in a ladder match for later in the show. It gives the viewer something big to look forward to. That said, there's no way Jeff loses the match because his Full Metal Mayhem Match against Matt at Slammiversary is too big a match not to happen.
Mike Bennett interfering in EC3’s match against Matt Hardy causing him to miss out on his rematch makes sense. It was a great heel move by Bennett and it continues EC3’s quest to get the match he wants.
Wow, we want Velvet chants at Maria.
Maria is great on the mic and I like her growing faction of Sienna as her enforcer and Allie as her assistant. Allie’s facial expressions are perfect.
The backstage promos with Grado and Shera and then the BroMans were terrible.
“And you can boo me all you want, but we all know I'm your mom’s favorite wrestler.” - Al Snow
Great heel promo from Snow. He's been fantastic in his feud with Grado.
Al Snow’s over the top celebration is classic.
Hold on, Dixie Carter puts Drew Galloway in a match with Lashley with the stipulation that the win can only come by knockout or submission makes absolutely no sense. Why would the advantage be given to the known MMA fighter? To make this segment even worse was Dixie Carter allowing Lashley to destroy Galloway after she was just out on the stage. We just saw them wrestle last week, there was no reason for them getting physical so soon. Why wouldn't Carter want to protect her main event match at Slammiversary?
I didn't expect to see a new X Division Champion come out of the Ultimate X Match. As always the athleticism was good, but the match was too short. I'd like to see individual promos from each of the competitors telling us who they are and why the title is important to them.
I get they couldn't have Gail Kim lose the match considering her career was on the line, but I don't like Sienna losing so early in her run. At least Maria got her back after the match.
The BroMans skit with Raquel was embarrassingly bad. I am not entertained by the BroMans in any way, and Raquel was awkward delivering her lines.
The outcome of the main event was never in doubt, but I enjoyed the match. I wish Spud was used better, just because he's good at taking beatings doesn't mean he should be taking them every week.
While I don't agree with all of the creative decisions, TNA is doing a fantastic job of building towards Slammiversary.
Matt Hardy vs. EC3 for the Bennett interference
Maria & Gail Kim
Al Snow vs. Grado
Gail Kim vs. Sienna for Maria's beat down after the match
Grado & Shera promo
The BroMans promo
Lashley destroying Galloway
Ultimate X Match
The BroMans & Raquel
Dixie Carter and her match stipulation
The Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV hosts Fight Night 88. This is an excellent card featuring bantamweights, Thomas Almeida and Cody Garbrandt in the main event. This fight is essentially a bout to see who fights for the right to be the #1 contender. The co-main event is a featherweight battle between former Bantamweight Champion Renan Barao and Jeremy Stephens.
The rest of the main card rounds with welterweights Tarec Saffiedine vs. Rick Story, Chris Camozzi vs. Vitor Miranda in a middleweight match-up, Jorge Masvidal takes on Lorenz Larkin in what should be a fantastic welterweight battle, and in the lightweight division oshua Burkman vs. Paul Felder.
Thomas Almeida (21-0) vs. Cody Garbrandt (8-0) Current Line: Almeida -170, Garbrandt +145 Pick: Almeida by TKO
Renan Barao (35-3) vs. Jeremy Stephens (24-12) Current Line: Barao -200 Stephens +165 Pick: Barao by decision
Tarec Saffiedine (16-4) vs. Rick Story (18-8) Current Line: Saffiedine -110, Story -110 Pick: Story by decision
Chris Camozzi (23-10) vs. Vitor Miranda (13-4) Current Line: Miranda -210, Camozzi +175 Pick: Miranda by TKO
Jorge Masvidal (29-10) vs. Lorenz Larkin (16-5) Current Line: Larkin -125, Masvidal +105 Pick: Larkin by decision
Joshua Burkman (29-12) vs. Paul Felder (11-2) Current Line: Felder -320, Burkman +260 Pick: Felder by decision
Enjoy the fights!
WWE Hall of Famer, Jim Ross’ latest blog was posted on Monday at www.jrsbarbq.com. Here are the highlights:
Jr will be broadcasting another Knockout at the D boxing event for CBS Sports Network on Friday, June 10.
Some have criticized JR's efforts specifically not being a "boxing guy," regardless he is loving the experience, he's a lifelong boxing fan and he's trying to improve with every broadcast. (Fighting Champion Response: I don't think it's fair to criticize anyone just because they didn't spend their professional career in any given sport. That includes all sports, whether it's MLB, the NFL or the NBA, if said person has the talent, it'll come through.)
Friday, May 27 starts the coverage of NJPW's G1 Tournament on AXSTV starting at 9/8CT.
Ross enjoyed Extreme Rules. He especially loved the Fatal 4-Way Match for the IC Title a great deal. (FC Response: The Fatal 4-Way Match for the IC Title was a fantastic match and by far the match of the night, if not year.)
Ross is of the mindset that it would be prudent for WWE to consider eliminating a full card of 'extreme matches' in their PG world. One would assume that having extreme rules matches would include some occasional blood and would also necessitate a few, selected participants missing ring time to 'recover.' (FC Response: I am in complete agreement with Ross on this.)
He says the live crowd chanting, You can't wrestle," at Roman Reigns was an embarrassment. (FC Response: Chants like this are ridiculous and it makes the audience look bad. It's a shame this crowd felt the need to make it about themselves and disrespect the competitors in the ring.)
He goes on to say fans don't have to like a talent, but to express such a 'snarky,' listen to me chant isn't a good thing. He understands the the theory if I pay my money, I can say whatever I want, but obviously these fans don't feel so strongly about their opinions that do not attend the events.
The following highlights are Ross' thoughts on Extreme Rules. You can read what I thought of the show in my blog, Extreme Rules Random Thoughts & Opinions.
He thinks Baron Corbin is improving and had a solid outing against Dolph Ziggler.
The Usos vs. Gallows and Anderson was a solid match and a good opener.
Rusev winning the U.S. Title worked for him and he hopes he keeps it for a nice tenure.
The WWE Tag Team Title match was fine albeit short and played more on entertainment sizzle than athletic drama.
The Fatal 4-Way IC Title bout was spectacular. All four had stellar outings.
He felt bad for Jericho and Ambrose who did all they could to make the Asylum Match better than it was.
Ross says the last PPV match between Charlotte and Natalya was better than this one. He doesn't think the outside elements were needed.
He thinks both the Asylum Match and Women's Title Match were adversely affected by having to follow the IC Title Match.
AJ Styles proved that he is as good if not better than anyone in WWE today, and recent memory. He says both men delivered and should be applauded for their efforts and desire to entertain the fans.
It was nice to see Rollins healthy and back on TV. JR thinks Rollins needs to be a heel now.
Best wishes to Cody Rhodes as he begins a new chapter of his professional life after being granted his release. JR says Cody will be fine going forward as he has too much going for him to fail. (FC Response: Kind words from Jim Ross. I too wish Cody all the best. I wouldn't mind seeing him end up wrestling on IMPACT.)
Ross also wishes Adam Rose well and encourages him to carefully strategize his next step.
Monday was the anniversary of the death of Owen Heart in KC at the WWE Over the Edge PPV. JR has never had a more challenging task than continuing the live broadcast after announcing that Owen has died.
Ross has never gone back and watched the footage from KC, and there is rarely a week that goes by that he's not reminded of what a great person Owen was to all who knew him.
(FC Response: I couldn't even imagine what it is like in the arena after Owen fell, let alone having to go on with the show knowing he had died.)
As always Ross goes into more detail in his blog, He goes into much further detail of each match at Extreme Rules. Jim also expounds on his experience witnessing the tragic death of Owen Heart.
WWE RAW - May 23, 2016
Random Thoughts and Opinions
Rollins looks genuinely excited to be back.
Great reception for Rollins...and here's the heel promo. This is darn good heel work from Rollins.
Here comes the true heel in WWE...Roman Reigns. Loud boos.
A hot opening to RAW. It was smart for WWE to announce Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins at Money in the Bank. They now have four weeks to build to the match. WWE better expect Rollins to get cheered against Reigns.
The Money in the Bank Qualifying Matches gives RAW a different feel. Every match has meaning, which is a good thing.
Pretty basic RAW match between Zayn and Sheamus with the right guy going over. That was strange post match behavior from Sheamus. Hopefully WWE has something planned for him after losing to Sami Zayn in the MITB qualifier.
Well there you have it. Apparently Sheamus is leading the crusade against the guys who are considered to be part of the New Era?
What?!? A Social Outcasts sighting on RAW.
Another paint by numbers New Day match. Poor Heath Slater.
I might be in the minority, but I'm a big fan of the Miz’s act.
Yeah, Cesaro is freakishly strong.
Miz and Cesaro work well together, this is a really good match. Crowd fully behind Cesaro. Miz doesn't lose anything taking the loss.
That was a bad botched move by Crews and Jericho didn't look happy. That was an awkward match. Apollo Crews needs work, I'm OK with Jericho going over. It's going to be interesting to see where they go Crews. It looks to me like they are pushing him down the card already.
The wrestling on tonight's show has been very suspect.
I'm still willing to give the Bob Backlund and Darren Young pairing a chance, but I hope it gets better.
Why does Dolph Ziggler keep talking about “stealing the show?”
How you doin? Welcome back Enzo, we missed you!
Hmm, not as hot of a return for Enzo as I expected. The crowd was into him but not at the level I would have thought. WWE should have promoted his return for a few weeks in my opinion.
Shouldn't Enzo & Cass be going after the Vaudevillains? By the way, where are the Vaudevillians? I really hope WWE hasn't soured on them already. I can understand the Apollo Crews treatment, but I thought the Vaudevillians had something going. Especially considering they had a ready made feud with Enzo and Cass.
I'm on the fence here, I like the fact WWE is pushing Cass, but as a long time fan of the Dudleys it's hard to watch them job out every week. By the way, Cass needs a different finisher because the Empire Elbow is awful.
Damn, Charlotte is tearing into her dad. Now that's heel heat, well done. You just know Charlotte gave Ric a big hug as soon as they got behind curtain.
I'm not as down on Dolph Ziggler as most, but I don't expect him to win any match he's wrestling in. And there you have it, Ambrose pins Ziggler clean. I didn't care for that match. Ambrose’s selling was bad and I just can't take Ziggler as a serious threat.
I'm glad they split off A.J. from Gallows and Anderson. It keeps Styles a baby face and let's Gallows and Anderson work as heels, which suits them the best.
Styles vs. Owens is easily the match of the night. Excellent match. Styles is amazing in the ring, he makes everyone he wrestles look like a million bucks.
Owens pinning Styles clean is intriguing. Where do they go with Styles from here?
I liked RAW for the fact that they started new story lines with Money in the Bank, but the wrestling on the show was below average.
Sami Zayn vs. Sheamus
Big Cass vs. Bubba Ray Dudley, but more so for the return of Enzo
Splitting up the Club
A.J. styles vs. Kevin Owens
New Day vs. Social Outcasts
Apollo Crews vs. Chris Jericho
Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler
The in ring work
WWE Extreme Rules - May 22, 2016
Random Thoughts and Opinions
Baron Corbin gets the win he should have at Payback. Now can this feud finally end?!?
Good to see Lillian Garcia back.
It sure seemed like the crowd popped pretty big for The Club, but it didn't come across like it on TV.
The crowd is booing everything the Usos do and cheering everything The Club does.
Anderson and Gallows get a much needed win...finally. I think WWE really missed an opportunity with Gallows and Anderson. With all the publicity and hype for them coming to WWE and to not build them up as a monster tag team was a mistake.
Good opening match though. I wish it would have gone 4-5 minutes longer, but the crowd was really into the action and that's what matters.
Rusev should be a main event heel. After watching Rusev vs. Kalisto, it's a damn shame the way WWE handled Kalisto’s U.S. Title run. The U.S. Open Challenge would have been the perfect platform for Kalisto to play the underdog, fighting champion.
Strange ending, but I'm glad Rusev won the title, I just hope they don't use him as a transition to Cena.
It looks like Lillian Garcia is enjoying New Day’s entrance.
I thought we might see the tag titles change hands only because New Day doesn't need the titles, but they retain in an OK match. Hopefully WWE keeps the Vaudevillians strong for their feud with Enzo & Cass.
The crowd is hot for the Fatal 4-Way Match.
I love everything Kevin Owens does. Dueling Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn chants.
These near falls are tremendous.
I like keeping the belt on The Miz and for anyone who still says he can't hang with the best, watch this match.
If you didn't see the Fatal 4-Way Match for the IC Title, you must go out of your way to see it. A wonderful match!
Nobody does smug better than Chris Jericho. Tough spot for Ambrose and Jericho having to follow the IC Title classic. If there's anyone up for the challenge, it's Jericho.
I was wrong, this match is just plodding and not very good. The PG era does matches like this no favors. The crowd is dead, barely responding to even the big spots.
Jericho takes the bump of the night into the pile of thumb tacks. Kudos to the veteran.
WWE gave this match way too much time.
The women’s match seems slow and plodding.
Dana Brooke interfering makes absolutely no sense. What a disappointing match. They never got out of first gear.
OK, now those are loud boos for Reigns. As the crowd is booing, JBL says “This crowd just erupted.” Wait….what? Ughh
You can't wrestle chants from the crowd.
Roman sucks chants.
Reigns’ offense is so predictable, it never changes. Styles is making him look like a million bucks though.
You still suck chants.
Styles and Reigns are working hard, no doubt about it. Styles taking a beating and selling his ass off for Reigns.
Competing AJ Styles/Roman Reigns chants.
And here is The Club! Now the Usos.
I hate that they had Reigns kick out of the Styles Clash.
That was a great match! Kudos to both guys for that performance.
Seth Rollins! The crowd just lost their minds!
Thank you Seth chants and the crowd erupts as he holds the belt over his head.
The Fatal 4-Way and the main event carried this show. The Ambrose Asylum Match and the Women’s Title Match were both disappointing. The U.S. Title Match and the Tag Team Title Match were matches I've seen on RAW dozens of times.
I like WWE keeping Seth Rollins a heel, although you'd never know considering the huge baby face reactions he's going to get. If there was ever a time for WWE to pull a double turn, this is it.
I'm curious to see if they bring HHH back too now that Rollins is back.
I give the show a solid B grade. If not for the IC Title and main event matches, this show would be a C- at best.
The Fatal 4-Way Match
The Club vs. the Usos
Rusev winning the U.S. Title
The main event
Return of Seth Rollins
Ambrose Asylum Match
The Women’s Title Match
The Tag Team Title Match
The announce team
Roman Reigns vs. AJ Styles in an Extreme Rules match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
WWE has done a nice job building this feud over the last several weeks. That being said, I don't expect a title change here. Where WWE has done a masterful job, is making the WWE audience divert their attention away from the fact Reigns has owned Styles on RAW and SmackDown to what's going to happen either during the match or after. Is Finn Balor finally going to debut? Will Gallows and Anderson turn on Styles? Will Styles and Reigns have to bond together to fend off the Balor Club? While I fully expect a good to great match between Reigns and Styles, it's these questions that hold the suspense for this viewer.
Winner: Roman Reigns
Charlotte vs. Natalya in a submission match for the WWE Women’s Championship.
I'm looking forward to this just as much, if not more than any other match on the card. Charlotte and Natalya have excellent chemistry together. As much as I think Natalya deserves a run with the title, this isn't the time. Charlotte is exceeding all my expectations as the heel champion. There is no reason to derail her momentum, besides their are more money feuds waiting for her with Sasha Banks and possibly Bayley down the road.
The Miz vs. Kevin Owens vs. Cesaro vs. Sami Zayn in a Fatal 4-Way Match for the Intercontinental Title.
This will no doubt be an excellent match, which should come as no surprise considering the talents in the match. For me, it comes down to Kevin Owens and The Miz as the two only options winning. I still think it's too soon to give Sami Zayn that big win, and I still don't see Cesaro clicking with his new persona. They were smart to tweak it a little, but he's still growing into the role. Kevin Owens makes sense but I don't think he needs the title. Therefore, I don't see any reason to take the title off of The Miz. His matches have been good and the addition of Maryse has only helped his act.
Winner: The Miz
Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Jericho in an Asylum match.
For those that read my blogs, you know how much I enjoy Jericho's heel work. Dean has been hit or miss though. I much prefer the Shield version of Ambrose's character. This character has it's moments but more often than not, he slides into campy Dean Ambrose. I have enjoyed the build to this match and the added cage with weapons adds to the drama. It comes down to who needs the win more, and that's an easy question to answer.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
New Day vs. The Vaudevillains for the WWE Tag Team Championship.
I've made it clear I'm a fan of the Vaudevillians. New Day is just so darn entertaining that I don't think they need the tag team titles. It would be a major credibility boost to the Vaudevillians should they capture the titles. My fear is the Vaudevillians lose here and end up on Superstars, so to prevent that from happening I'd put the titles on them, build them up as credible champions and give them some meaningful title wins. The WWE needs more credible teams, as opposed to New Day plowing through everyone.
Winner: The Vaudevillians
The Usos vs. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows in a tag team tornado match.
I wish I cared more about this match. It is shocking to me how poorly WWE has handled the booking of Gallows and Anderson. I expected WWE to build them up as a monster tag team, not get devalued week after week by being made to look weak against Roman Reigns. Maybe there's still time to turn things around, but it has to start tonight with them destroying the Usos.
Winner: The Club
Kalisto vs. Rusev for the U.S. Championship.
There's only one way his match can go, Rusev smash!
Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin in a No DQ match.
I will repeat my prediction from Payback: if this isn't a squash, I'll be disappointed.
Winner: Baron Corbin
Enjoy the show!
This week's Fighting Champion's Top 10 WWE Superstars. The rankings are determined by the impact the superstar made on the current week's shows, where they stand on the card and their intangibles.
With Extreme Rules tonight there isn't much movement in the top 10. Rest assured after tonight's show and RAW tomorrow tonight there's sure to be a shake up.
1. Roman Reigns (1)
Reigns is the WWE Heavyweight Champion, and takes on A.J Styles at Extreme Rules.
2. A.J. Styles (2)
Styles is the #1 contender for the title and is facing Roman Reigns in the main event at Extreme Rules. He finally attacked Reigns with the steel chair on RAW, which helped give this viewer reason to believe there's a chance he can win the title.
3. Kevin Owens (4)
Owens had arguably the best week of any wrestler in WWE. He won his tag match on RAW and pinned Cesaro on Smackdown. He takes on Sami Zayn, The Miz and Cesaro in a Fatal 4-Way Match at Extreme Rules.
4. Chris Jericho (3)
Jericho continues to be the best heel in WWE. The Asylum Match at Extreme Rules is a nice wrinkle to his feud with Dean Ambrose.
5. Charlotte (5)
Charlotte is the second best heel in WWE and is doing excellent work heading into her title match against Natalya at Extreme Rules.
6. New Day (6)
The WWE Tag Team Champions were attacked by the Vaudevillians on RAW, but got a win on Smackdown. They will take on The Vaudevillians at Extreme Rules.
7. The Miz (7)
The WWE Intercontinental Champion will take on Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn and Cesaro in a Fatal 4-Way Match at Extreme Rules.
8. Natalya (NR)
Natayla made the WWE Women's Champion tap to the Sharpshooter on RAW. She challenges Charlotte for the title at Extreme Rules.
9. Kalisto (8)
Kalisto is the United States Champion and takes on Rusev at Extreme Rules.
10. Dean Ambrose (10)
Ambrose introduced the Ambrose Asylum Match to Chris Jericho on RAW. He also jumped Jericho from behind and got the better of him on Smackdown.
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