WWE Money in the Bank 2018 Review, Comments, Etc.

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Turns out Money in the Bank was a rerun.

I’m struggling to put coherent thoughts for this show together right now because I was there and there were some non-match related annoyances I had to deal with.

The first match was Daniel Bryan vs. Big Cass, which was decent for what it was. Cass played his part well and Bryan came back and won. I’ve been loving Bryan being as aggressive as he has been lately. But, while it was good, I think we can all agree that this should be the end of this.

Rating: **1/2

Sami Zayn and Bobby Lashley had a bad match and Sami deserves better. Nothing else to say.

Rating: *

Then Seth Rollins defended the Intercontinental Championship against Elias in a good match. I didn’t see that Seth was selling the leg so when he first came down on it and it looked like he hurt himself, I was scared he was hurt. Thankfully this is not the case – and Seth retained as expected. The sad thing is that there were no Curb Stomps. =(

Rating: ***

Then was the women’s Money in the Bank match. I guess this match was probably what was expected of it. We expected Sasha to basically kill herself to put on the best show possible as she always does – and she did. She took the biggest bumps of all. Ember and Naomi were right behind her there, as they were the ones who stood out the most besides her. And also Becky killed it as she always does but ultimately came up short. Lana, to her credit, was very over because of Rusev. One day she’ll actually be a good wrestler, maybe. Charlotte tired to do things but as usual, she failed at them. That didn’t stop the crowd from wooing, though. Natalya and Alexa Bliss were also there. Nattie nearly killed Naomi and one point and Alexa took approximately zero bumps before she won. This is how women’s wrestling dies – to thunderous applause. I’m trying to tell myself that Alexa winning is better than the expected result of Natalya winning – because at the end of the day, Alexa Bliss is better than Natalya, Charlotte, and Lana – so obviously she’s the least terrible of the terrible choices. But it’s still terrible. (More later.)

Rating: ***

After this was Roman vs. Jinder, and I’ll be perfectly honest – I have no memory of the actual match, just the crowd being dicks. I mean, it was not unexpected, but they were atrocious. I’m honestly ashamed to be in the crowd for it. CM Punk chants, chants for everyone else imaginable, three beach balls, the wave. Awful. Fuck you, Chicago. I was already pissed off because of the terrible MITB result, but these trash fans didn’t help.

Rating: DUD

Carmella then defeated Asuka to retain the WWE Blue Women’s Championship. The match was decent – loads better than Carmella/Charlotte, proving yet again that Charlotte is bad. It was entertaining. Carmella may not be as good a talker as Bliss is, but she’s definitely better in the ring. And then James Ellsworth arrived in Asuka’s entrance gear and caused Asuka to lose, which is about the only acceptable reason. Still doesn’t forgive WWE for ending Asuka’s streak at the hands of Charlotte – should’ve been to Carmella – but that’s a different story. Also, the rightful end of Carmella’s reign now belongs to Becky.

Rating: **1/2

Next was A.J. Styles defending the WWE Title against Shinsuke Nakamura in a Last Man Standing Match. This match was really good – probably their best. I didn’t get to see this as well as I’d like because they lit the arena more for this because they went into the crowd, and one of the lights was directly in my eyes so it was hard to enjoy all of it. That said, it was very fun from what I saw through the lights, even though I’m disappointed Shinsuke lost. Still, this needs to be the end of this.

Rating: ***1/2

Nia Jax then defended her title in a meh match against Ronda Rousey but then lost it to Alexa after she interrupted and cashed in.

Rating: *

To say I’m disappointed would be an understatement. WWE sells the MITB match – specifically this women’s one – that this match could “change your life.” And what happens? They gave the MITB case to someone who was champion 69 days ago. To someone who had basically been champion since December of 2016 with very brief pauses. HOW IS THIS CHANGING SOMEONE’S LIFE? Such a slap in the face to the actually good talent they have. A slap in the face to Ember – the first of many she’ll have to endure. A slap in the face to Sasha, the definitive best woman on the Raw roster and probably the company until Io Shirai arrives. She is far and away the best, sells the most merch, has the most mainstream appeal despite WWE trying to tell you otherwise, is a role model, gives literally everyone woman on the roster their best match, and goes out of her way to sell and take the biggest bumps. That’s what the real talent does. Sasha is better than half the men on the roster as well. A lot of people give her shit because they think she “has a bad attitude” just because she stands up for herself – mostly entitled men who don’t know how to deal with confident women (even moreso, confident black women) or people who ignorantly think fans are the reasons wrestlers have jobs, not years of hard work to get to where they are. And a slap in the face to Becky, who’s been screwed out of so many things left and right and is one of the best faces in the company. But we just get mediocre blonde chick #3. Again. Even though we just did this and we all got sick of it. Plus we sat through two terrible Alexa/Nia matches already after that awful feud, and after Alexa’s awful title reign – and now we’ve just reset everything as if nothing happened. The Raw women’s division is as dead as it’s tag division.

It’s shit like this that makes me appreciate companies like Lucha Underground, New Japan, and Stardom – companies who know how to recognize and utilize their talents properly and to their fullest extent. Put WWE’s full women’s roster in LU or Stardom and Charlotte and Alexa and Natalya and Lana are at the bottom of the barrel where their talents dictate that they belong. In fact, Lana and Nia wouldn’t even be employed. They’re lucky they work for WWE where Vince just likes mediocre white blondes with fake boobs or people with more famous family members that are in the business or a famous name because most of us wise to the business can see right through them. I feel bad for Sasha, Becky, Bayley, Asuka, Ember, the IIconics, Ruby Riott, and Sarah Logan – it’s become abundantly clear that WWE will always push their pets over the real talent. And I sincerely hope Kairi and Dakota stay in NXT for as long as possible to avoid inevitable disappointment. And Toni and Io, assuming they’ve signed – I hope good things happen for them because they’re great, but I have no hope. This company let Tenille Dashwood go. It’s hard being a fan of actually talented people when WWE has no desire to push them.

I remember the women’s revolution. But the women’s revolution is dead. RIP. Honestly this is the most pain I’ve felt related to this company since Punk left.

And finally, Braun Strowman won the men’s MITB match in a really fun match. Just go watch it and enjoy a fun ladder match. I’m too tired to write more about it.

Rating: ***1/2

So, yea…that show happened. Some positives, some huge negatives. And honestly I’m just thankful for better companies that know how to recognize and utilize their real talent.

Overall Grade: C+

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WWE Money in the Bank 2018 Final Card and Results

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Last Man Standing Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
A.J. Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
My Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
Probable Winner: A.J. Styles
Winner, and still WWE World Heavyweight Champion, A.J. Styles

Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Finn Balor vs. Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens vs. Bobby Roode vs. The Miz vs. Samoa Joe vs. Rusev vs. The New Day
My Winner: Anyone but Bobby Roode
Probable Winner: Samoa Joe
Winner: Braun Strowman

Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Sasha Banks vs. Ember Moon vs. Becky Lynch vs. Naomi vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Natalya vs. Charlotte vs. Lana
My Winner: Sasha Banks, Ember Moon, or Becky Lynch
Probable Winner: Natalya
Winner: Alexa Bliss

WWE Intercontinental Championship
Seth Rollins (c) vs. Elias
My Winner: Either
Probable Winner: Seth Rollins
Winner, and still WWE Intercontinental Champion, Seth Rollins

Sami Zayn vs. Bobby Lashley
My Winner: Sami Zayn
Probable Winner: Bobby Lashley
Winner: Bobby Lashley

Daniel Bryan vs. Big Cass
My Winner: Daniel Bryan
Probable Winner: Big Cass
Winner: Daniel Bryan

WWE Blue Women’s Championship
Carmella (c) vs. Asuka
My Winner: Asuka
Probable Winner: Asuka by DQ
Winner, and still WWE Blue Women’s Champion, Carmella

WWE Blue World Tag Team Championship
(c) The Bludgeon Brothers (c) vs. The Good Brothers
My Winners: The Bludgeon Brothers
Probable Winners: The Bludgeon Brothers
Winners, and still WWE Blue World Tag Team Champions, The Bludgeon Brothers

Roman Reigns vs. Jinder Mahal
My Winner: Meteor
Probable Winner: Roman Reigns
Winner: Roman Reigns

WWE Women’s Championship
Nia Jax (c) vs. Ronda Rousey
My Winner: Meteor
Probable Winner: Natalya
Winner, and new WWE Women’s Champion, Alexa Bliss

NXT Takeover: Chicago II Review, Comments, Etc.

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Tonight, WWE returned to Chicago with the second NXT Takeover from Chicago, and it was good. However, while it was good, it wasn’t as good as other NXT Takeovers. In fact, I think both Chicago Takeovers are the weakest ones of the year so far. Last year’s Chicago one is also slightly better than this one, too. That said, there are still three really good matches on this show.

The first match was the Undisputed Era defending the NXT World Tag Team Championship in a really fun match to open the show. Undisputed Era was super over and Lorcan and Burch got boos even though they were the faces – but once Lorcan’s hot tag happened they won over the crowd. And once that hot tag happened, the match kicked into high gear. Unsurprisingly, Undisputed Era retained.

Ricochet vs. Velveteen Dream was next, and as far as I’m concerned it was easily match of the night. Just a hell of a lot of fun as I was expecting. I still kind of wish Dream won, though.

Then the show took a turn. Shayna Baszler defeated Nikki Cross to retain the NXT Women’s Title in a very average match. By NXT’s standards, this is definitely one of the worst women’s title matches they’ve had, which is unfortunate. Niether woman is bad in the ring – Shayna’s not bad and is usually good against good opponents. And Nikki, while her character is terrible, is definitely good in the ring. It’s just that I had no interest in this match going in because Nikki swooped in out of nowhere and stole Dakota Kai’s storyline and Takeover title match from her – and it showed because there just wasn’t anything to this.

Aleister Black vs. Lars Sullivan for the NXT Title was better than that match, but not by much. It suffered from the same problem – I just didn’t care much about the story. It was a better match than the women’s title and it benefits from Aleister being one of my favorites so that makes it the fourth best match on the show, but it’s also one of the lesser NXT Title matches by their standards as well.

And then it picks back up with the second best match on the show – Ciampa vs. Gargano in a Street Fight. This match was great – I don’t know if it’s better than the first one, but it was great. Everything up until Ciampa tears the ring apart is great. But then, it does start to drag a bit too much for me which is why it’s the second best match to me. It drags from the point where Gargano counters the Air Raid Crash onto the exposed ring up until the second Gargano does that move to Ciampa off the crates and through a table at the top of the stage. Then it gets a little messy when Gargano brings Ciampa back to the ring – the EMTs want Gargano to stop attacking Ciampa but Ciampa’s tapping – call for the bell and announce Gargano the winner and he’ll stop right? LOL. Anyways, Ciampa DDTs Gargano off the ropes and into the exposed ring for the win. Hurray! Really good apart from the parts where it dragged.

Overall the show was really good, but compared to Philadelphia and New Orleans, it wasn’t amazing.

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NXT Takeover: Chicago II Final Card and Results

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NXT World Heavyweight Championship
Aleister Black (c) vs. Lars Sullivan
My Winner: Aleister Black
Probable Winner: Aleister Black
Winner, and still NXT World Heavyweight Champion, Aleister Black

NXT Women’s Championship
Shayna Baszler (c) vs. Nikki Cross
My Winner: Dakota Kai
Probable Winner: Shayna Baszler
Winner, and still NXT Women’s Champion, Shayna Baszler

NXT World Tag Team Championship
(c) The Undisputed Era (c) vs. Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch
My Winners: The Undisputed Era
Probable Winners: The Undisputed Era
Winners, and still NXT World Tag Team Champions, The Undisputed Era

Street Fight
Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa
My Winner: Tommaso Ciampa
Probable Winner: Tommaso Ciampa
Winner: Tommaso Ciampa

Ricochet vs. Velveteen Dream
My Winner: Either
Probable Winner: Ricochet
Winner: Ricochet

WWE Money in the Bank 2018 Predictions, Comments, Etc.

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I remember when I found out that Money in the Bank would be in Chicago again this year and that it would be co-branded, I was very excited. Now obviously, we aren’t going to get anything as epic as the CM Punk storyline and match and title win like we did when it was here in 2011 because that story is simply not here in 2018, it would still seem like it would be impossible for them to fuck up a Money in the Bank PPV. I was wrong. Now, while there are a few things right with this card, there are a number of problems and we’ll undoubtedly get to them.

The first of which is, since I’m going to this show live, that they have robbed me of seeing several people I want to see in person. For instance, where is Andrade Cien Almas, the IIconics, Ruby Riott and the Riott Squad, Bayley, Cesaro, the Usos, the Revival, Bray Wyatt, and Drew McIntyre. I paid to see all of them, and yet on this show, they are not. Now I know what happened to at least two of them, but we’ll get to that later.

WWE Blue World Tag Team Championship
(c) The Bludgeon Brothers (c) vs. The Good
Brothers

Not that there was going to be a title change, but now that this is on the preshow, there’s no way that happens.

Prediction: The Bludgeon Brothers

Daniel Bryan vs. Big Cass

Everyone was excited when Daniel Bryan returned to action, but I’m willing to bet that no one would have asked for a boring two month feud between him and Big Cass. Bryan’s already bitched him out in the first match and made him look silly on tv, so naturally since this is in Chicago, Big Cass will win. That said – I’m seeing this live – why am I being forced to sit through the undeserved push of the Janetty of Enzo and Cass? I mean, Enzo is a garbage human (he may not be a rapist but he was trash before that whole thing happened) but at least he had mic skills and could actually get people to hate him – even if his ring work left a lot to be desired. Then there’s Big Cass, who I guess he can talk a little bit, but he’s a waste of time. I could be watching Daniel Bryan vs. Samoa Joe. I could be watching Daniel Bryan vs. Andrade Cien Almas. Instead, I get generic tall guy.

Prediction: Big Cass

Bobby Lashley vs. Sami Zayn

Going over to the Raw side of things, this is the Daniel Bryan vs. Big Cass of Raw. Someone really awesome in Sami Zayn against someone I couldn’t be paid to give a fuck about. I have not paid any attention to this feud – the second I saw a “Sami invites Bobby’s sisters” segment announced, I knew it would be an abortion. So I haven’t watched anything related to it since. That said – I will say this – it’s nice that Sami finally gets what’s at least supposed to be an important one on one match on PPV. Haven’t seen that since…..I don’t even know. Unfortunately, he’ll lose, even though he deserves much better.

Prediction: Bobby Lashley

WWE Blue Women’s Championship
Carmella (c) vs. Asuka


Anyone else just pretend WrestleMania never happened and that Asuka’s the champion already as she rightly should be? There will never be any excuse for Charlotte to have won that match – anyone who tries to convince you otherwise is flat out stupid. Now we have to pretend that Carmella is a threat to Asuka – as if Asuka couldn’t flick Carmella with her finger and pin her for a ten count. That said, Carmella’s walking away with the belt in some fashion – probably by DQ.

Prediction: Asuka by DQ

WWE Women’s Championship
Nia Jax (c) vs. Ronda Rousey


Who’s ready for it? You heard me – who’s ready for one of the worst women’s championship matches in WWE history? WWE would have you believe that this is somehow the biggest women’s title matches in company history because it…….because….because, well…..because it’s a green wrestler who is the female equivalent of Big Show that isn’t even ready for the main roster against someone who has a famous name from a different sport and hasn’t paid her dues. Not to mention that we spent months sitting through the awful Nia Jax vs. Alexa Bliss feud and matches for the Women’s Title when we could have had Sasha Banks vs. Asuka for the title – you know, a match between two exceptional competitors and talents and not a match between two people who arguably don’t even belong inside of a wrestling ring – but we had to suffer through all of that where we were supposed to buy into Nia as a sympathetic face only for her to suddenly be a heel and a bully, just like Alexa had described her as. Good job, WWE. Thanks for making us suffer through all of that instead of giving us that quality feud and match from Sasha and Asuka you’d basically promised us the week after their match on tv. (Still the best WWE women’s match of the year, btw.) Not to mention, I’m supposed to buy Nia as a dominant force who won’t tap to Ronda’s arm bar even though Nia has tapped to Asuka, Becky, and Sasha…..Nice try though. And, to top it off, I’m supposed to care about mutual friend of Ronda, Natalya, getting hurt in this? When Natalya is also trash? And if MITB goes where I’m expecting, then this match could ultimately main event – and have Natalya come out the champion if she wins MITB. Whether she cashes in during the match or if she cashes in after. Utlimately, if you look at it this way – Nia/Ronda is the Roman/Brock of the women’s division. It’s Samoan person/UFC dropout only with supposed heel/supposed face swapped. That also makes Natalya Seth Rollins and me barf. Ultimately, this could go any of the three directions. It’s too early for Ronda to have the title, it’s too early for her to lose, and the belt quite honestly belongs quite far away from any of the three of them. I’m expecting Natalya to walk out of the show with the title, regardless of how she cashes in. I’ll tell you that if Natalya does win Money in the Bank, and this match does main event, I’m more than likely beating the traffic home. I don’t need to be in the arena when that terrible decision is followed through with.

Prediction: Ronda Rousey (or Natalya if she inserts herself in the match)

Roman Reigns vs. Jinder Mahal

Ha. Hahahahahahahahahaha. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Please let this main event so I can beat the traffic for this too. If this or Ronda/Nia main events (with the caveat that Natalya won MITB), I’m going home early. I like Roman Reigns despite there being many problems with how he’s presented and booked, but I will not watch a pointless feud with him and Jinder. It’s the worst possible decision they could have made. I’m 100% there for a match between Roman and a good opponent even if I know Roman’s going to win – I’m not there for Roman vs. trash that doesn’t belong on tv.

Prediction: Roman Reigns

WWE Intercontinental Championship
Seth Rollins (c) vs. Elias


This is one match they got exactly right – Seth has been on fire recently and Elias is great. I was worried he wouldn’t make it on the show. That said, Seth retains.

Prediction: Seth Rollins

Last Man Standing Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
A.J. Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura


I’m looking forward to this match – hopefully it’s the best match of their feud and I hope Shinsuke wins. Ultimately, though, I hope that they move on afterwards, no matter who wins.

Prediction: A.J. Styles

Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch vs. Ember Moon vs. Naomi vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Charlotte vs. Natalya vs. Lana


Now, I’m more interested in this match that I am the men’s – my favorite wrestler is female and she’s in this match – but this is going to be a big rant and I don’t think I want to end the post on a rant. So we’ll save the men for last. Now, just look at this picture. Look at it! See what I see? I see four clones on the left, and talent on the right. Lana through Charlotte are almost even lined up in increasing talent order but Alexa would be the most talented of the four. (You could toss Charlotte and Natalya on either side, they’re roughly equally bad.) WHY IS THERE SO MUCH WHITE BLONDE MEDIOCRITY IN THIS MATCH? It’s gotten to a point in WWE where you can judge the talent of the women by the color of their hair. If they’re blonde and on the main roster, they’re average to terrible. The only exception is Candice LeRae in NXT. And Toni Storm if she’s indeed signed. But, Charlotte and Alexa are overpushed to all hell. Charlotte has every accolade WWE could give her, even though she’s deserved none of it. Alexa Bliss is a blonde Bella Twin – except she can at least talk, so…yay? That said it took a wrestling fan on Twitter to call her out on her terrible bumping for her to even take a bump this week so…..Good job, Alexa. “….I will when you do” my ass. Natalya is all sorts of average and she’s quite probably going to win. Lana is a joke and doesn’t belong in the ring. I’ll level with you – take out Lana and Natalya and put in Ruby Riott (or Bayley) and Peyton Royce (or Billie Kay). Ideally you replace Nattie AND Alexa for Ruby AND Bayley but taking out 3 of the clones is probably pushing my luck. Anyways, I know the way this is likely going – but please don’t fail us. Giving Natalya the MITB is such a waste. Giving it to Alexa or Charlotte is pointless when they are walking MITB contracts themselves. And giving it to Lana – just fold. Give it to real talent. Sasha, Becky, Ember – I don’t care who. I won’t complain about Naomi but I’d much prefer the other three.

Prediction: Natalya

Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Finn Balor vs. Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Roode vs. Kevin Owens vs. Rusev vs. Samoa Joe vs. The Miz vs. The New Day (One Member)


While the women’s MITB has a myriad of problems, they practically made this one perfectly. The only 100% miss was Bobby Roode. Chad Gable would’ve been a better pick there. And sure, I’d have liked Andrade in it, but I have no problems with anyone that’s in it on the Smackdown side. As far as a winner goes, I’m not completely sure – but since I’m pretty sure a Raw woman will get it, I think a Smackdown man will. And I’m going to pick Samoa Joe.

Prediction: Samoa Joe

Anyways, review on Sunday.

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NXT Takeover: Chicago II Predictions, Comments, Etc.

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This Saturday and Sunday, WWE returns to Chicago with NXT Takeover and Money in the Bank – and while Money in the Bank seems like it will be filled with inevitable disappointment and lots of it – Takeover, while the card isn’t ideal, should still at least be fun.

I have problems with three matches on this card. Most of it is them choosing the wrong people to go for titles – namely the heavyweight title and the women’s title. And other than that, this card lacks Adam Cole, Pete Dunne, War Raiders, and Kairi Sane. I would say Dakota Kai and Bianca Belair but they both appear to be facing each other on the episode of NXT that’s taped before the main show.

NXT World Tag Team Championship
(c) The Undisputed Era (c) vs. Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch


This is one of two matches I don’t have a gripe with, even if it’s predictable. Obviously the next big tag feud will be Undisputed Era and War Raiders, but I understand why that’s being saved for Brooklyn. Plus, it’s nice that Oney Lorcan is getting a match on Takeover since he hasn’t before – I’ve always enjoyed him despite them never really doing anything of note with him. That said, the titles are not changing. Undoubtedly we will see some Adam Cole here too.

Prediction: The Undisputed Era

NXT Women’s Championship
Shayna Baszler (c) vs. Nikki Cross


This is the match I easily have the biggest problem with. You had a perfectly good story with Shayna and Dakota going – meanwhile Nikki was generally just being crazy in the background, as usual – and then you blew off a good story on regular NXT and throw cuh-razy Nikki Cross into the Takeover title match for no reason. Now, don’t get me wrong – Nikki is great in the ring, but her character is way too over the top for me to care. There’s crazy – and then there’s over the top crazy. Nikki is the latter. It’s really a shame that they made this decision. Hell, if it wasn’t Dakota, the next most obvious choice was Kairi.

Prediction: Shayna Baszler

Ricochet vs. Velveteen Dream

I’ll be honest with you – I’m probably looking forward to this match the most. The feud has been the most entertaining thing going besides Ciampa/Gargano, but this has the benefit of being their real first encounter and I’m getting to see Ricochet live for the first time – plus Dream is flat out one of the three best things in NXT. I’m not going to be angry with whomever wins – but since the face is basically always more likely to win, I’m rooting for Dream.

Prediction: Ricochet

Chicago Street Fight
Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa


This could quite possibly main event, but we’ll talk about it now. I don’t know – I’ve been enjoying the story after their first match, but for some reason I think I’d have rather seen one or both of them against Black or something. It makes sense for them to have a match where their feud began, but I’m not feeling quite as hyped for this as I was their first match. Part of it may be because it’s a Street Fight, and that’s basically no different from their Unsanctioned match – so why is that the gimmick? Do a different one. Anyways, I expect Ciampa to take the win this time.

Prediction: Tommaso Ciampa

NXT World Heavyweight Championship
Aleister Black (c) vs. Lars Sullivan


You know, I like Lars Sullivan, but if I was told that I was going to get to go to an NXT Takeover and Black was the champion, Sullivan was not my go to opponent for a match I’d want to see live. It would be Gargano and/or Ciampa, or Dream, or Ricochet, or Cole, or hell, since he’s not on the MITB card – a rematch with Almas. But we get this. And sure the match will be good, but ultimately it’s going to be a filler title defense which we probably won’t remember – especially considering the last two Takeover championship matches were outstanding.

Prediction: Aleister Black

Also, I’m happy that they got Halestorm and Fozzy for the themes. It’s almost like they know their audience and got my second favorite band (Halestorm) to provide a theme for a show I’m going to be at. It would be cool if they could be at Takeover to perform the theme, and then at MITB to do Ember Moon’s theme again. Anyways, review Saturday as always.

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-Mzrc-

Ironic – “Smart” Wrestling Fan/Smark Parody

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If you’ve lived under a rock and somehow haven’t heard the song Ironic by Alanis, go listen to it so you know how this song goes.

A WWE fan, turned twenty-eight
Got tickets for Raw, live the next day
Drove to the venue, smiling all the way
But was seated near a smark, who planned on heckling all day
And isn’t it ironic, don’t you think?

It’s like the attitude era, was the only time wrestling was good,
It’s like hating Roman Reigns, but back in the day Hogan was your fave,
It’s like chanting “What?”, a decade after Stone Cold retired,
And who would’ve thought, it figures

Mr. Know-it-all was bored off his ass,
He catcalled all of the women, because he had no class,
He cheered all of the heels, even sang their theme song,
but when you cheered anyone else, he told you all the reasons you were wrong,
And isn’t it ironic, don’t you think?

It’s like spending a lot of money just to throw a beach ball,
It’s like hating Roman Reigns, but back in the day Diesel was your fave,
It’s like chanting “CM Punk,” four years after he quit,
And who would’ve thought, it figures

Well, life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
When you think everything’s okay and everything’s going right
And life has a funny way of helping you out when
You think everything’s gone wrong and everything blows up
In your face

It’s like thinking their fans are the reason wrestlers have jobs,
It’s like saying a match is bad unless it’s praised by a Wrestling Observer snob,
It’s like chanting one more match, even when Daniel Bryan needs a walker,
It’s like waiting for wrestlers at their hotel,
And then saying they’re bad people when they rightly call you an entitled stalker
And isn’t it ironic, don’t you think?
A little too ironic, yea I really do think

It’s like saying you love women’s wrestling now, then say you love Charlotte or Alexa Bliss,
It’s like hating Roman Reigns, but back in the day Cena was your fave,
It’s like chanting “You Deserve It,” after Nia Jax won the Women’s Title,
And who would’ve thought, it figures

Well, life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
And life has a funny way of helping you out
Helping you out

2017-18 Stanley Cup Playoffs Predictions (Stanley Cup Finals)

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Third round predictions here: https://mzrc.wordpress.com/2018/05/11/2017-18-stanley-cup-playoffs-conference-finals/

(1) Vegas Golden Knights vs. (1) Washington Capitals

The Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Winnipeg Jets in 5 games, after Winnipeg won the first game and then inexplicably laid down for an inferior team.

The Washington Capitals defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in 7 games, destroying Tampa in the first two games, then losing three in a row when Tampa decided to show up, and then Tampa couldn’t score any goals the last two games.

I have to go with Vegas – I really can’t bet against them anymore, especially since the inferior of their two potential opponents made the Finals too. Tampa would have beaten them but Tampa didn’t make it. It doesn’t even matter if the team is better than them, Vegas wins anyway.

Also, it’s not really a surprise that it took until this presidency for the Washington team with a Russian star to finally make the Finals.

We could have had Winnipeg vs. Tampa. Instead we got the worst possible option. Oh well.

2017-18 Stanley Cup Playoffs (Conference Finals)

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Second round predictions here: https://mzrc.wordpress.com/2018/04/25/2017-18-stanley-cup-playoffs-predictions-conference-semifinals/

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(1) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. (1) Washington Capitals

The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Boston Bruins in five games. They gave us a scare when the Bruins won the first game, but ultimately, the fact that Boston had had so much trouble putting away Toronto and the fact that Tampa is Toronto on steroids, proved too much for them as I knew it would, losing the next four in a row. Also, Marchand, go lick yourself.

The Washington Capitals finally did it! They finally beat the Penguins in the playoffs! It’s a miracle. If they don’t win the Cup, at least they have that.

Ultimately, while Washington was able to slay the dragon, I don’t believe they can make it past the Lightning.

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(1) Vegas Golden Knights vs. (2) Winnipeg Jets

The Vegas Golden Knights defeated San Jose as I expected, and San Jose put up a good fight too, also as I expected.

The Winnipeg Jets defeated the Nashville Predators in 7 games – in a great series. They traded wins – the Jets won the odd numbered games and the Preds the even numbers. Winnipeg won three games IN Nashville. Winnipeg came back from a 3 goal deficit to win 7-4 in game three.

I didn’t expect the Jets to defeat Nashville but I thought they had a shot. Because they were able to beat the Preds by winning three games in Nashville, and the fact that they’re going to have home ice advantage even though they are the lower seed – which makes no sense – the Jets have the best chance of defeating Vegas out of any of the teams Vegas has faced. But the Golden Knights have been dominant regardless. It’s a tough call – but I’m leaning towards Winnipeg.

Predictions shall continue when the Finals are set.

Shinedown – Attention Attention

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Since Shinedown’s new album, Attention Attention, released last Friday, I decided I’d give reviewing it a shot. I write about wrestling and hockey all the time and it’s good to branch out here and there sometimes.

It’s not going to be a review of the technical aspects of performing/playing music and guitar and vocals and all that because my knowledge of that is limited to about two years of playing trombone in 3rd and 4th grade back when I was ten. For those counting, that’s twenty one years ago now since I just turned 31 on Monday, aka I AM OLD AF.

So clearly if you’re looking for some kind of in depth review of the music itself – this is not that review. But, if I start talking about it and it just becomes “I like this song” then I’m just going to scrap this post altogether and never talk about it again, because that’s a waste of time.

But since this is me, I’m going to ramble.

I’ve been a Shinedown fan since 2005, when I was a freshman in college. Like probably at least half of the music I like, I discovered Shinedown through wrestling. That or a friend recommended them.

I got into them mainly through the songs “Stranger Inside” and “In Memory.” The former because I was an angry guy and it felt like my feelings towards my stepmom, whom I hated and is one of the worst people I’ve ever known. The latter because I’d just been rejected by the girl I liked at the time and it got me through that.

I also bought their live album dvd and watched it on repeat, which is how I really became a fan.

Since then, I’ve seen them live thirteen times, and I’m seeing them again in July.

I love all of their albums, even if they are different.

A lot of people will listen and then ignorantly toss it away if it doesn’t sound exactly the same as the last album. They’ll say that it sucks even when it’s great.

A lot of people are under the delusion that Threat to Survival was their worst album when it’s definitely, up until Attention Attention, at least their third best – potentially their best, depending on my mood.

It goes like this: 1. Leave a Whisper/Amaryllis, 3. Threat to Survival, 4. Us and Them, 5. Sound of Madness

We’ll add in Attention Attention later.

I can’t personally pick which is better between Leave a Whisper and Amaryllis, it changes all the time. Occasionally Threat to Survival leapfrogs them. And even though Sound of Madness is last, that’s not me saying it’s bad – because it’s not – but of those five, it’s fifth. Devour, Sound of Madness, Second Chance, If You Only Knew, Crow and the Butterfly, Breaking Inside, and Call Me are good, but then there’s also a bunch of stuff that don’t quite reach that level.

Shinedown – Attention Attention

Getting into Attention Attention, I’m still kind of processing it a little bit. This happens sometimes. Sometimes it takes a while for me to grow into a song or songs. This happened with Amaryllis most specifically – at first I didn’t care for pretty much any of it. Now it’s one of my favorite album of theirs. It has one of my favorite all time songs of theirs on it – I’ll Follow You. That song replaced Stranger Inside as my favorite, which took effort. I’m Not Alright is also top tier.

That being said, when they released Devil in March – that hopped to my favorite song of theirs immediately. (By favorite, I mean it will always rotate as #1 with I’ll Follow You and Stranger Inside) This song is so damn good. It’s even better than Cut the Cord was when that was first released in 2015, before Threat to Survival. I literally can’t stop listening to it.

I even liked the music video – and this is coming from someone who really doesn’t give a shit about music videos whatsoever. But it was good – of course it helps that it reminds me of a short film that my favorite actress created/directed/starred in that came out literally about two weeks after Devil did.

The Human Radio was also released about a month later – and while it’s definitely not quite as good as Devil, I still really liked that one as well.

Now before we get into the rest of the album, (lead singer) Brent Smith said this album would be heavy all the way through – heavier than anything they’ve done recently. The band gets a lot of criticism for “not being heavy enough” whatever that’s supposed to mean. Good music is good music, so whatever. So I’m going into the album release with the bias that the album is supposed to be as heavy as Devil is.

Now, again, I have no real technical knowledge of music, so when I hear “heavy” I equate that with “loud.”

Also, this album is meant to be listened to start to finish because it’s supposed to be a story.

And even with having read an article about each song and what they’re about, I really didn’t pick up on that. I mean – I know it’s supposed to because I was told that – and the beginning of the album is a guy walking into an empty room and sitting and a table, and the final song ends with the guy getting up and leaving. So there’s a start and an end.

A technical nitpick I have is that, the guy going in to sit down is its own track “The Entrance,” the guy walking out is not. There isn’t a “The Exit,” instead it just happens at the end of “Brilliant” which kind of ruins the end of the song to me. Never will I ever listen to that song and then that part – I will always just skip it – and thus it will never get plays on my iTunes.

After my first listen to the full album, I was mostly satisfied with it. I probably had hyped the album too much in my head as I do with most things – so maybe it didn’t reach expectations – but that doesn’t make it bad. That just means I have high expectations. I’ve at least had enough time to process and grow into the songs that I felt like I needed to listen to more before I was fully into them – I originally did a Twitter threat about it. There’s really only one song on here that I don’t like. And I mean, don’t like at all.

Now if you knew more of an in depth history of me as a fan of Shinedown, you’d know that before this album, I liked literally all of their songs, except for one, up until maybe 2015. It took me ten years to come around on the song “Lacerated.” I was just not into that song at all for the longest time. Then, for whatever reason, I decided in 2015 that it wasn’t so bad. Now, it’s still near the bottom of my list, and I don’t listen to it often, but I don’t dislike it. The funniest part is that that song was on their first album, which is usually regarded as my favorite one still. (That’s not a “OMG they haven’t made anything good since album one,” as you know already. It’s just that most all of those songs are in my top 20 Shinedown songs, and they mean most since I’ve been listening to those the longest.) So while that’s my favorite album, it had my least favorite song of theirs on it too through five albums.

Well, now we have a new least favorite song.

I’m sorry, “Get Up”, but you are the lucky winner. It’s just kind of there. And I don’t care. For some reason, the band members always have a habit of highlighting my least favorite songs on an album as the ones that are really important to them. Get Up is apparently really big to them. So, I’m sorry?

With that being said, everything else I like to a certain extent. The other two songs that are probably my least favorites are “special” and “Brilliant.”

“Special” I like, but I feel weird for liking it. It’s telling people that we are in fact, not special and we’re all the same. While it’s clearly directed towards people who think they’re some kind of god when in reality they’re not, it made me feel like an ass that I liked a song telling people they weren’t special. I picked up the sarcasm in later listens.

“Brilliant” is alright, but the lyrics weren’t that great to me. The guitar that starts partway in however is amazing.

The next tier up is probably “Creatures” “Evolve” and “Pyro.” All were really good and pretty catchy, even though I’m not sure I connected with the lyrics that much.

“Kill Your Conscience” is interesting. I really like it for the most part, but it is kind of weird because it feels like Brent starts rapping or just like, talking loudly or something, when the chorus kicks in which is kind of odd. Also the end kind of just bugs me – I don’t need “Kill your conscience” shouted seven times over and over.

Also, I know KYC is basically about social media and people yelling at each other back and forth, as is some of the other songs. And while, yes, social media is a hellscape of people screaming at each other and there are legitimate problems that need to be addressed, coming at it from the perspective of is “Both sides are terrible to each other, just all get along” is another problem. Sure, there are these problems, but there’s one side that’s filled with racist (etc.) fuckwits and then there are their targets who are just defending themselves. So sending a message that everyone’s at fault for one side being filled with hateful people is not exactly a good thing. Sorry guys.

The rest of the songs – “Black Soul,” “Darkside,” and “Attention Attention” were all really good and the top tier, along with “Devil” and ” The Human Radio.” I also include “Kill Your Conscience” here but I needed to have a bigger talk about that.

So, that’s basically my thoughts on the album. If I had to rank it, I’d have to put it at 3 or 4. Hell, I might have it tied with Treat to Survival like I have Amaryllis tied with Leave a Whisper. Hell, I can mathematically figure out my ranking of them.

I’ve made a bias sorter that has all of Shinedown’s songs on it: mzrc10.tumblr.com/ShinedownBiasSorter

I have my results, and if I take the average rank for all of the songs of one album and compare to the other albums’ average song ranks, I can make a definitive list. I’m not including bonus songs/other singles that are included on a deluxe album.

Leave a Whisper: 28.583
Us and Them: 46.83
Sound of Madness: 51.363
Amaryllis: 41.583
Threat to Survival: 32.636
Attention Attention: 41.462

So according to that it’s Leave a Whisper, Threat to Survival, Attention Attention, Amaryllis, Us and Them, and finally Sound of Madness.

It’s really just missing where to put Amaryllis, but there’s a few other factors – like my list including a bunch of singles like Diamond Eyes and Her Name is Alice and bonus songs that bury some of the lower rank songs more than they would be had those songs not been included. Then again, I’m not really sure that’s true. So either I just have an affinity for Amaryllis despite liking more songs off the other albums more, or I did something wrong. Oh well.

This is my song ranking btw:

You’ll want to zoom in.

Anyways, I think that’s all I’ve got to say about it. I really do like the album despite it having my new least favorite song on it. I’m sure I’ll grow into the album even more – it hasn’t even been out a week yet.