GoHomePWB.com weekly top ten

What the heck did we see last night?  Daniel Bryan turns heel and wins the WWE championship.  Obviously I have to give the better show award to Smackdown Live.  Smackdown was full of surprises last night.  I was a little surprised that there was not a RAW invasion, but it honestly was not needed.  The last top ten before Survivor Series.  So, let’s get to it.

10. Tamina

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Tamina has aligned herself with Nia Jax and it has worked.  Monday night she picked up a win against Ember Moon and finally is starting to look as if she is starting to pick up some momentum.

9. The Bar

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The Bar took on the NEW DAY! in six man tag team action last night.  A fairly good match that ended with The Big Show getting the pin over Kofi Kingston after a knockout punch.  I look for The Bar’s momentum to continue at Survivor Series, but you will have to check out gohomepwb.com Friday for my predictions.

8. Braun Strowman

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Strowman didn’t have a match Monday night, but he looked very strong right out the gate.  Eliminating nearly everyone in the tag team battle royal, which had to be resumed later in the night.  Strowman will eventually be Universal champion, either at Royal Rumble, or at the latest WrestleMania.

7. Rey Mysterio

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Rey Mysterio was able to get a little bit of revenge on The Miz last night on Smackdown Live.  At Crown Jewel, The Miz was victorious over Rey giving him his first loss since returning to WWE.  Rey continues to look great and hasn’t lost a step.  I would like to see him in more significant matches soon.

6. Jeff Hardy

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Jeff Hardy was able to pick up a win last night against Cien Almas.  Probably one of the best matches this week.  I would put it up there with Finn Balor/Dolph Ziggler and AJ Styles/Daniel Bryan.  Hardy continues to have great matches and I think he will be a contender for the WWE title soon.

5. Brock Lesnar

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Brock Lesnar made a rare RAW appearance Monday night and obliterated Jinder Mahal and the Singh brothers.  Anytime Brock shows up, it’s a big deal.  I think we may actually see more of Brock over the next few months.

4. Finn Balor

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Finn Balor went one on one with Dolph Ziggler in a match Monday night that outside of AJ/Bryan was probably the best match this week.  Finn has been on a role recently and I look for him to be in a title picture soon.

3. Dean Ambrose

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Another man who didn’t have a match Monday night, but it didn’t matter.  His promo was enough to crack the top three this week.  Burning the shield vest was a clear answer to all of Seth’s questions.  Dean is done playing second fiddle and wants the spotlight.  You sir, now have it.

2. Becky Lynch

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Becky had a bigger impact on RAW than she did Smackdown Live this week.  A big time bummer that she won’t be wrestling Rousey at Survivor Series, but I am looking forward to Charlotte and Rousey.  Becky is by far the most popular wrestler in the industry right now, and I hope she heals quickly.

1. Daniel Bryan

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Daniel frickin Bryan!  A heel move that I have to be honest, I saw coming.  I knew when they announced the title match, that Daniel Bryan was going to win.  I was hoping to see AJ/Brock one more time, but Daniel Bryan vs Brock Lesnar should be a good one.  The title change was needed, although I didn’t want to happen last night.  AJ is a work horse and he will be champion again soon, but Smackdown Live did need a top heel.  I would have thought it would have been Randy Orton, but the great writing on Smackdown, keeps event the smartest marks guessing.  Congratulations to Daniel Bryan, your new WWE champion.

Check out gohomepwb.com Friday for my Takeover and Survivor series predictions and as always thanks for reading.

 

GoHomePWB.com Weekly top ten

Now that RAW and Smackdown Live are in the books this week, I can say with confidence that I have a great top ten. As far as which show was better this week, I give a slight edge to RAW. I really liked the Ziggler, Elias match and the main event of RAW was kind of tough to watch. But Kurt Angle putting over Drew McIntyre has absolutely catapulted him into the Universal title picture. Smackdowns best match was probably the opening match involving the NEW DAY! And the Uso’s.

Now that I am back to work full time, I am putting my RAW and Smackdown Live reviews on the back burner. I think I can get most the highlights in the top ten. So, let’s take a look at this weeks quintessential top ten.

10. Nikki Cross

Nikki Cross cracked the top ten this week even with a loss. She made a surprise appearance on Smackdown Live last night to take on the Champ, Becky Lynch. Nikki received a great ovation from the Manchester, England crowd and put on a great match. Let’s hope it leads to her being a main stay on the main roster.

9. Bobby Lashley

Bobby Lashley picked up a much needed win Monday night against Finn Balor. He had been on a losing streak lately, but the cane to a definitive end on RAW. I look for Lashley to go on a bit of a run over the next couple of months. I think it will shape up to a Lesnar vs Lashley match at Wrestlemania.

8. Rey Mysterio

Rey Mysterio has been in the top ten every week since his return. He has yet to taste defeat on Smackdown Live and had a really good match with Andrade Almas. Had it not been for the opening tag match, this one would have been match of the night. Rey looks great, and I think he and Randy Orton will be starting a lengthy feud after Survivor Series.

7. Nia Jax

Yes! Yes! Yes! A heel Nia Jax is exactly what I was asking for a week ago. She will be a great rival for Rousey after Survivor Series. Especially if Tamina will be in her corner. I hope she drops the smile, quits talking and just starts whooping people.

6. Samoa Joe

Samoa Joe bounced back after a weak outing at Crown Jewel. He was able to make Jeff Hardy tap out to the coquina clutch. The win earned him a spot on the Smackdown Live men’s Survivor Series team.

5. A.O.P.

Even though it was a handicapped match against Seth Rollins, it’s still a title victory. A.O.P. are the new RAW tag team champions and I for one am glad. I love tag team wrestling, and I love that a traditional tag team has the titles. I look for A.O.P. to hang onto the titles for quite a while.

4. Elias

Elias is totally embracing his baby face turn. I just wish they hadn’t had Ziggler put him over. Ziggler had a great showing at Crown Jewel, and I thought they could have had a different story with him considering the controversy surrounding the World Cup finals match. But I digress. Elias came out with guitar in hand and that is where he is at his best. His in ring work doesn’t scream baby face, but he is over with the crowd via his mic skills. I wish WWE would pit him against somebody like Lashley to get him over. But nonetheless a big win for Elias and an important step for his baby face run.

3. The Uso’s

The Uso’s and the NEW DAY! had a great match once again last night. Probably my favorite match of the week. I look for the Uso’s to get a tag team title shot after Survivor Series. They have been on a roll in recent weeks and are without question, the best tag team on the main roster in my opinion.

2. Becky Lynch

Surprise, surprise Becky Lynch is in the top ten again. She had a great promo last night and even picked up a hard fought win against Nikki Cross. I don’t think there is much Becky can do to get booed right now. She will be the clear fan favorite at Survivor Series, especially with the hardcore fans. I know I will be rooting for her.

1. Drew McIntyre

Number one this week is who Mark Henry calls the “grown ass man” Drew McIntyre. If he didn’t come off as the biggest heel on RAW Monday night, I’m not sure what a heel is anymore? McIntyre embarrassed WWE Hall of Farmer Kurt Angle. Defeating him with his own finishing move. In the past few weeks he has been the only man to get the better of Braun Strowman, with the exception of Brock Lesnar. I know he was Vince McMahons personal pick a decade ago, but I think he is everyone’s pick now.

That’s the top ten for this week. Let me know what you think. Who did I snub? Who did I overrate? Or am I spot on?

Thanks for reading and be sure to check out gohomepwb.com on Friday when I return to my favorite wrestler list. Number five is a big one, I have a lot to write about and can’t wait to tell the story!

RAW Review

The last Monday night RAW before Crown Jewel this Friday was…ok I guess.  I honestly had a hard time watching it thoroughly.  Honestly I fast forwarded most of the show.  About the only segment I watched all the way through was Rollins and Amborse, which clearly is going to be a slow build.  But we will get into that a little later, there were some interesting segments, but over all a “meh” from me.

Finn Balor wins again

Finn Balor went one on one with Bobby Lashley for the second week in a row, and was able to pick up a victory via dis qualification.  Lio Rush interjected himself in the match and knocked Balor off the top rope before he could hit his finisher.  Lashley then went on to beat up Balor pretty bad, with Rush slapping Balor across the face several times.  So after losing the match, acting general manager Baron Corbin awarded Lashley, John Cena’s spot in the World Cup tournament.

John Cena officially out of Crown Jewel

It has been reported that John Cena was no longer interested in going to Saudi Arabia to perform at Crown Jewel, and it was made official last night when Bobby Lashley was put in the World Cup tournament as his replacement.  Cena has been vocal about not going once the tragedy occurred several weeks ago.  WWE didn’t even announce they were going until late last week.  Daniel Bryan has also been vocal about not going, and I look for some type of angle tonight, that will get Bryan out of the trip.  I don’t blame any wrestler for not wanting to go there right now.  Especially someone like Cena who doesn’t need the pay-day, and I honestly think it would be detrimental to his acting career.  Hopefully it doesn’t strain the relationship that WWE and John Cena have.

Ronda Rousey vs Becky Lynch at Survivor Series

I giggled like a school girl when I heard about this match.  I have been clear that I am not a fan of Rousey as a WWE superstar.  Becky Lynch is as over as it gets right now.  I think this match will be the first loss for Ronda Rousey.  The match was announced almost in passing, which didn’t make much sence.  A match like this should be big news!  A match like this should have a contract signing.  But WWE is protecting Rousey again, because verbally and technically Becky will destroy Rousey.  It will be great to see the build to this match heat up.

Staying on the topic of women’s wrestling, there was a ten woman tag match last night that involved hall of famers Trish Stratus and Lita.  Natalya looked great in the match picking up the submission victory over Alicia Fox.  It would appear they are cooling the women off for a while, and will focus on the Champion vs Champion match for the next couple of weeks.

Baby-face Elias

Anyone else a fan of baby-face Elias?  I am so glad they turned him, and what a perfect heel target to start with in Baron Corbin.  Elias with guitar in hand was backstage to sing Corbin a song.  After the song, Corbin went back into his office, and Elias was attacked by Jinder Mahal.  This lead to a match between Elias and Mahal, which Elias won easily.  Mahal would appear to be enhancement talent once again.  Just one year ago he was WWE champion.  He will need to do something to get over.  Clearly the writers have nothing significant for him.

Triple threat tag match

Before the teams came out, I thought this is going to be great.  Ascension was already in the ring and then came Roode and Gable.  Gah!  I do not like this team.  Then AOP came out as the third team.  Roode and Gable picked up the win in about two minutes and then AOP beat everybody up.  Next time it would be better if they put something like this on Main Event so that I don’t have to watch it.  Sorry to be blunt, but give me a legit tag team division.

The tag team titles were not even on the show last night.  The championships in WWE have become irrelevant.  Seth Rollins hasn’t defended the IC title in quite some time, the U.S. title is nowhere to be seen and the RAW tag team titles have basically been thrown away.  They only titles that matter are the Women’s titles, WWE and Universal.  Sorry, went on a little rant.  But C’mon man, you can do better with those titles.

Rollins wants answers

Seth Rollins came to the ring wanting some answers last night.  Dean Ambrose did show up, but in the crowd.  Rollins went off on Ambrose verbally, but Amborse did not say a word.  Instead he paced back and forth and looked as if someone in the area farted.  There were no answers, just more build to what will be a long rivalry, I’m sure.  My biggest concern are the tag team titles.  Either give them up or set up some type of angle to get the belts from the former best friends.

Nia Jax

Nia Jax beat Ember Moon last night.  End of story.  Tamina came to the ring to have a stare down with Nia, but no altercation.  I wish they would turn Nia heel.  She is better as heel in my opinion.  Very lame as a face, and not that great on the mic.  Her backstage interview was very phone callish.  She’s very monotone and her mic work is lame.  I would turn her heel and not have her speak.  Keep her mysterious and strong.  That would make me more invested in Nia.  But show’s like Total Diva’s would ruin her mystique.  I get it may be another source of revenue for her, but if she really wanted to succeed as a wrestler, I wish she would be used differently.  Just my humble opinion.

More tag teams being buried

I am see a theme with today’s blog.  I am frustrated with RAW last night.  Especially the tag team division.  The Revival, who should be in a tag title picture was beat by the Lucha House Party?  Yes, I know that is a question mark at the end of the last sentence.  Where did they come from?  I will admit I haven’t watch 205 live since… um, ever.  So maybe it has been a faction for a while, but my first thought is, it’s a hispanic version of the New Day.  They could have been a little more original with the faction, but lame creative writing is to blame.

Ziggler beat Apollo Crews

This should tell you just how bad RAW was last night.  Dolph Ziggler vs Apollo Crews was the main event.  I am a huge Ziggler fan, but this is not a main event match.  I just don’t understand the entire RAW show last night.  Definitely a throw away RAW.

Sweet Chin Music is played

The only thing that could have saved RAW last night was an altercation between the Brothers of Destruction and DX.  Kane and Undertaker had a brief promo and DX came out at the end, but it was just Triple H.  Kane left the ring to attack Triple H, when Shawn Michaels came in and surprised the Undertaker with sweet chin music.  DX went on to taunt the Brothers of Destruction, before the Undertaker sat up in classic fashion and scared off DX.  This will lead to an easy prediction for the winner this Friday at Crown Jewel.  Spoiler alert, WWE is notorious for fifty-fifty booking.

I have to apologize for the negativity in today’s writing.  But I was honestly so bored watching RAW last night.  I watched a three-hour show in about an hour.  Hopefully, WWE steps up their game her soon.  I think that after Crown Jewel, WWE will be better.  I have the feeling that the consensus is that most people in WWE just want to get Crown Jewel over with.  It’s been a hard time to follow wrestling with all the different pay per views lately.  Super Show-Down, Evolution and Crown Jewel all within a month’s time.

My personal opinion on shows in Saudi Arabia, is why twice a year.  I think the Greatest Royal Rumble in April was a success, and they could have left it at that.  I don’t know the details of the deal between the WWE and Saudi Arabia, but if your going over there twice a year, I think it will burn people out on it.  Especially the wrestlers, Australia and now Saudi Arabia all within a month.  I am sure it is a big pay-day for them and I totally get it, you don’t want to miss out on that kind of pay.  And at the end of the day, I guess that answers my question.  It doesn’t matter the details of the deal, if it wasn’t lucrative for WWE, I don’t believe they would take their product over there.

I have also heard that WWE has announced that Daniel Bryan will not go to Saudi Arabia.  I heard it on Sirius XM fight nation 93 busted open this morning.  We will have to stay tuned to Smackdown Live tonight to see how WWE will tackle the situation.

Thanks for reading, and sorry for the negativity.  Hopefully Smackdown puts me in a better mood tonight.  Thanks for checking out gohomepwb.com and be sure to check out tomorrow’s Smackdown Live review.

RAW Review

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A very emotional Monday Night RAW from Providence, Rhode Island last night.  The show started off with Roman Reigns coming to the ring carrying the coveted WWE Universal championship.  Reigns was welcomed with the usual mixture of cheers and boos.  He came to the ring in street clothes which was a little shocking, but not nearly as shocking as what we heard from Reigns.  Reigns went on to inform the world that he would be relinquishing the WWE Universal championship because he has been battling leukemia for the last eleven years, and unfortunately it has returned.

The crowd was very respectful to Reigns in response to the announcement.  Reigns said that every night he came to the ring whether the crowd cheered or booed, they reacted to him.  And he was very thankful for that.  Reigns will be taking time off to take care of his family and his health.  Reigns also stated that he is not retiring, and he will be back after he whoops leukemia’s ass.  Love or hate the character of Roman Reigns, the love the WWE universe showed the man who portrays him was incredible.  Best wishes to Roman Reigns, you are in my thoughts and prayers!

Finn Balor is back!

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O.k., so Finn Balor never left, but he has been in some meaningless matches and angles lately.  Last night on RAW he was in the first match of the night with Bobby Lashley.  Lashley, who is doing great as a heel, is looking better than ever.  His hype man Lio Rush is the perfect accent to get the heat from the crowd that Lashley needed.  The match was pretty good and Balor was able to pick up the surprising victory.

I think Balor vs Lashley has potential to be a great feud.  I think both men are Universal title material, and I think a small rivalry between the two will be good for both.  Lashley, so that he can get as much heat as possible as a heel, and Balor to restore his credibility as a Universal title contender.  It will be interesting to see where this goes.

Sasha Banks picks up momentum headed into Evolution

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Sasha Banks with Natalya and Bayley in her corner took on Ruby Riott with Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan in her corner.  The match was pretty good, going back and forth with Ruby picking up the win after a minor scuffle with all the women on the outside.  I could be wrong, but I swear I heard Jo Jo the ring announcer tell us this was a submission match.  Either it was a mistake or the stipulation was nixed at the very last second.  Either way big win for Ruby Riott.

Fifty fifty booking will tell us that Sasha, Bayley and Natalya will with in the six woman tag match at Evolution.  That will be my pick, but you will have to check out gohomepwb.com on Friday for the rest of my predictions on the all women’s pay per view.

DX still going strong two decades later

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Some things will never get old.  I love seeing DX back, although I know it is for one match, it’s the match that I am most looking forward to at Crown Jewel.  It’s crazy to think that DX has been around for over twenty years.  I can remember watching the night DX was formed back in 1997.  That was also the same year Kane was introduced to us.  It’s hard to believe that in character terms, Kane is the youngest in this match.

Triple H and Shawn Michaels had a great promo adding fuel to the fire of this rivalry.  But as good as their promo was, Kane and The Undertaker’s may have been a little better.  An eery setting as Kane and The Undertaker were at a cemetery digging the graves of the DX members.  I can’t wait to see this match, it should be a classic!

Strowman vs Lesnar for Universal title

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After the unfortunate diagnosis for Roman Reigns, there was questions as to what to do with the vacant Universal championship.  It was mentioned later during the show that Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar will now compete one on one for the Universal title at Crown Jewel.

Paul Heyman came out to promote the match, and was very respectful to Roman Reigns during his statements.  He of course was putting over Brock Lesnar, when Braun Strowman interrupted.  Strowman went on to take shots at Brock Lesnar’s part-time WWE schedule.  What was not expected was out of nowhere Drew McIntyre ran down the ramp and hit Strowman with a nasty Claymore kick.

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McIntyre has hit Strowman with several of his finishing kicks in the last two weeks.  There is a part of me thinking Brock Lesnar may win the title at Crown Jewel and we see Strowman enter a lengthy feud with McIntyre.  I like this growing rivalry, as McIntyre is a stud, and is a believable opponent  for Strowman.

Is Elias turning to the good side?

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Elias went one on one with Apollo Crews last night, and after a decent match picked up the victory.  In a more interesting segment, Elias was on the stage area and wanted to finish his song that he tried to start before his match.  Elias was interrupted by acting RAW general manager Baron Corbin.  Corbin and Elias went back and forth verbally, before Corbin cut the microphone to Elias and the sound to his guitar.  Elias left the stage area as Corbin went on to talk about the rest of the show.  Elias came back out seconds later and smashed his guitar over the back of Corbin.

Elias is already a fan favorite, even as a heel.  I hope that this is the start of a face turn for Elias.  He has the potential to be one of the most popular wrestlers on the roster now.

No fighting at contract signing

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The Nikki Bella vs Ronda Rousey match for Evolution is now official after the contract signing on RAW last night.  The Bellas came out first, but quickly left the ring when Rousey arrived.  They were not going to fight Rousey, especially in a city like Providence…their words.  Rousey promised the twins that if they entered the ring she would not lay a hand on them.  Rousey also stated that unlike the Bella’s, her word is her bond.  The Bella’s entered the ring and signed the contract.  Nikki then slapped Rousey across the face trying to incite a reaction out of her.  Although extremely irritated by the tactic, Rousey managed to keep her cool and leave the ring, saving the beat down for Sunday.

I have said in previous posts that I would like to see Nikki win the title at Evolution.  The way things are shaping up, it doesn’t look like that will be the case.  I have a few days before Friday to decide on a prediction for the match.  I guess you will have to check out gohomepwb.com then to get my opinion.

Ember Moon continues to get push

Ember Moon, along with Nia Jax, Dana Brooke and Tamina, all wrestled in a fatal four way match on RAW last night.  When I first heard about the match, I was intrigued to see it.  However, my intrigue turned to disappointment when the match ended in less than four minutes.  Even worse Taminia took the loss, solidifying her role as womens division enhancement talent.

I will say this though, Ember Moon has probably the best finisher on the main roster right now.  Her flying stunner is awesome and really looks devastating for her opponents.  Too bad we probably won’t see it at Evolution due to her being in the battle royal.  I heard that there are a lot of great women wrestlers from the past that will participate in the battle royal.  I look for a legend to win it.

Trish and Lita still have some attitude

Trish Stratus and Lita were in Providence last night for RAW.  They had a back stage interview, that was quickly interrupted by Alicia Fox.  Fox and Mickie James attacked the hall of famers, and then started to say “this is how we do things now!”  Trish and Lita quickly recovered and fought back and was able to get the better of Mickie and Alicia, stating “That’s how we did things in the attitude era!”  Check out my prediction for the tag match this Friday.

Main Event Tag Team Title Match

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RAW tag team champions Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre put their titles on the line last night against the emotional Seth Rollins and Dean Amborse.  The two Shield members came out through the crowd paying homage to Roman Reigns.

The match was everything as expected from these four men.  The first match of the night where I heard “this is awesome” from the crowd.  Granted we got some very heavy news from Reigns to start the show, and that immediately drained the energy from the crowd.  It took some time, but eventually the crowd was able to recover, and really got into the match.  A back and forth affair, until Strowman interrupted and went directly after McIntyre.  The Shield was not disqualified because the ref was knocked out before Strowman attacked McIntyre.  Once McIntyre and Strowman left ringside, Ziggler was left alone and went after his tag team title, to hit Rollins with.  His attempt was foiled by Ambrose, who then set Ziggler up perfectly for the curb stomp finisher from Rollins.  Ambrose put the ref back in the ring to count the one, two, three.  The Shield are the new RAW tag team champions!  But then…

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On a night that should have been a celebratory night for the Shield, it could not have gone worse.  Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins had just won the tag team championships for their brother Roman Reigns.  In one of the most shocking moments in recent memory, Dean Ambrose turned on Rollins putting him in his dirty deeds finisher.  Ambrose then went on to completely decimate Rollins.  Ambrose put a beating on Rollins like I haven’t seen since the attitude era.  Ambrose even pulled back the padding that goes around the ring, exposing the concrete floor and put Rollins in his dirty deeds finisher once more.  This time on the concreted floor.  Ambrose threw his tag title at Rollins and left the ring through the crowd.

The WWE Universe in attendance last night were in shock!  It was the last thing anyone expected after all they had been through throughout the show.  Ambrose, will clearly be one of the most hated guys on the roster now.  And as predicted by my post yesterday, Rollins will reach a very high level of popularity.

A very emotional and shocking RAW last night.  I don’t know if RAW has new writers or if they decided to turn up the creativity, but whatever they are doing lately, I love it!  I can’t wait to see what happens next week, and at Evolution this Sunday.

Once again my thoughts and prayers for a full recovery go out to Roman Reigns, and I can’t wait to boo you as soon as you return!  Tomorrow I will give my Smackdown Live review.  As always thanks for checking out gohomepwb.com

GoHomePWB.com Weekly WWE Top Ten

There are a lot of honorable mentions this week, especially with Smackdown Live airing episode one thousand.  But after much thought I have narrowed it down to ten.  Five from RAW and five from Smackdown Live.  So let’s get to it.

10. Drew McIntyre

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Although McIntyre lost his World Cup qualifier match, he showed us a lot at the close of the show Monday night when he knocked the monster among men off his feet with the Claiborne kick.  He is going to be a player for the Universal title very soon.

9. Braun Strowman

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It would appear as if Braun Strowman is done with Ziggler and McIntyre after he put Ziggler in his finisher Monday night.  I think we all knew it was a matter of time before this faction split.  It would better suite WWE to have Strowman as a babyface.  But if he does turn face again, don’t expect him to win the Universal title until Wrestlemania.  But at least we get the real Braun Strowman back.

8. Edge

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That’s right, go ahead and hate on it, but I have Edge at number eight.  The guy looks great and I think if it wasn’t for his neck injury he could still go.  He still has great mic skills and I think if Edge wanted to the WWE could use him in a GM role.  I don’t think that will happen, but one could hope.  So because Edge is one of my all time favorites, he made the list!

7. Dolph Ziggler

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Dolph Ziggler comes in at number seven this week.  He won his World Cup qualifier match against Dean Ambrose and then went on to wrestle again in the main event of RAW.  Not only did he take a triple powerbomb from The Shield, he also took a running powerslam from Strowman.  So perhaps it’s a pity ranking, but nonetheless he is number seven this week.

6. Seth Rollins

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Number six this week is the Intercontental champion Seth Rollins.  He was able to beat Drew McIntyre to qualify for the World Cup tournament at Crown Jewel, all be it by a count out.  A singles win against McIntyre in any capacity is huge right now.  He then went on to wrestle for a second time in the Main Event of RAW where he was on the winning side of the six man tag between The Shield and Strowman, Ziggler and McIntyre.  I would anticipate Rollins making a decent run in the World Cup tournament.

5. The Uso’s

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The Uso’s out of nowhere picked up a big win against WWE champion AJ Styles and number one contender for the WWE title, Daniel Bryan.  Granted Styles and Bryan are not a tag team, but together you could assume they are a force to be reckoned with.  However, they were no match for the tag team specialists Jey and Jimmy Uso.

4. Becky Lynch

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Becky Lynch has been a mainstay on the weekly top ten since I started it a few weeks ago.  She continues to impress week after week and is a deserving champion.  Although no match this week, she was able to bury WWE Hall of Famer Edge verbally on Smackdown Live one thousand.  Her mic work, attitude and new look is very popular amongst the WWE Universe and I have to admit, I am a mark for Becky as well.

3. Rhonda Rousey

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Not to be out done on the mic by the blue brands womens champion, is RAW womens champion Rhonda Rousey.  Her mic work on Monday night was amazing!  The Bella twins were put in there place by Rousey.  Rousey is doing much better in the ring than I expected, but her mic work always made me nervous for her.  Monday night she killed it and that’s why she is number three this week.

2. The Bar

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The Bar is quietly becoming one of the most decorated tag teams of all time.  On Tuesday night they became five time tag team champions.  Granted with the help of the Big Show, which leaves me curious as to his role with the team.  Cesaro even took a nasty bump that looked as if it knocked him out briefly, or it was just a great sell.  But congratulations to The Bar!  New Smackdown tag team champions.

1. Rey Mysterio

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The return of Rey Mysterio was a successful one.  He was able to beat U.S. champion Shinsuke Nakamura on Tuesday night to secure the last spot in the World Cup tournament.  Rey Mysterio looks better now than he did five or ten years ago.  Hopefully he has a great run with the WWE, and stays healthy.

That’s my top ten for this week.  Let me know what you think by liking or commenting on this blog.  As always thanks for checking out gohomepwb.com

RAW Review

Another Monday night RAW, and another predictable night in my opinion.  We did see a couple of returns and the dissention of the Strowman, Ziggler and McIntyre faction.  But aside from that, a throw away RAW in my opinion.

RAW started off with Strowman, Ziggler and McIntyre in the ring touting themselves and talking smack about The Shield.  The Shield finally came out minus Dean Ambrose, playing to the split of The Shield storyline.  The verbal confrontation was forgettable, and I am glad they are starting to conclude this rivalry.

World Cup qualifier

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The first match of the night was Drew McIntyre vs Seth Rollins with the winner receiving a World Cup tournament spot.  The match was great with some great moves including a superplex off the top rope that Seth Rollins then turns into a falcon arrow, however after the superplex, McIntyre was able to reverse the falcon arrow and hit it for himself.  Dolph Ziggler eventually interrupted the match to try to distract Rollins, but his attempt was stopped by Dean Ambrose.  Ambrose and Ziggler battled on the outside until McIntyre came to assist Ziggler, but Rollins was able to hit his Finisher the curb stomp on McIntyre and won via count out.  A great match, that had a finish that made both Rollins and McIntyre look strong.

Kane and Undertaker

img_0179Kane and Undertaker filmed a promo that was an answer to the DX are you ready? promo from the previous week.  I am intrigued by this match.  I am curious as to what we will get out of HBK, no one has seen him wrestle for over eight years.  I think we know what to expect from the other three in the match.  I personally believe that HBK will be the most athletic out of the four.

Tamina is back

img_0200Tamina quietly made her return last night in a tag match that saw her and Dana Brooke take on Ember Moon and Nia Jax.  First and foremost, Nia’s entrance music suck.  I think they should change it and also turn her heel.  I thought she did much better as a heel.  But I digress.  Tamina and Nia had the crowd ooing and ahhing when they entered the ring.  Both are very strong women and at one point Tamina was able to lift Nia on her shoulders and hit the Samoa drop.  The match was actually really good and ended when Ember hit her flying stone cold stunner on Dana Brooke  for the win.  After the match, the ladies started throwing each other over the top rope promoting the women’s battle royal at evolution.  At first, I was sceptical of an all womens PPV, but the closer we get and the more they build the storylines, I can actually say I am looking forward to it.

Rhonda Rousey the most dangerous woman on the mic

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Rhonda Rousey came out last night wanting some explanation from the Bella’s as to why the betrayed her last week.  When the Bella’s came out, they played the typical heel and said Rousey is a entitled rookie.  However, Rousey had a few things to say herself.  Rousey had some great lines last night the totally buried the Bella’s.  Rousey called them leaches and compared them to small pox.  Clearly her lines were scripted, but the one comment about the only door Nikki Bella knocked down was to John Cena’s bedroom, sent the WWE universe into a frenzy.  Scripted or not, Rousey still had to deliver the lines and make it feel real, and she did just that.  The rivalry is now personal and this match at Evolution is shaping up to be great one.  I still think now is the time for Rousey to drop the title.  And I am going to go on record and call it now.  WWE needs a top heel woman superstar, and The Bella’s fit that mold.  Take the title off of Rousey, will definitely solidify The Bella’s as the most hated women in WWE.  As for Rousey, kudos for your mic work last night.

Ziggler in the World Cup

img_0202Dolph Ziggler vs Dean Ambrose for the last RAW spot of the World Cup tournament.  I have honestly seen better matches out of these two, I personally don’t think they work well together.  They don’t seem to have good chemistry in the ring, and that dates back to their WWE title match as Summerslam a couple of years ago.  I also felt the match was predictable, because I figured who ever won between Rollins and McIntyre, their partner would lose in the Ziggler and Ambrose match.  Called it!  I actually called the McIntyre Rollins match as well.  If you notice every participant in the World Cup tournament is a former WWE World heavyweight champion.  McIntyre has not won the WWE title…yet.  So I pretty much knew that Rollins would win and when I seen he won I would have bet my inheritance on Ziggler winning his match.  WWE fifty-fifty booking 101.  Nonetheless, I love that Ziggler and Rollins are in the tournament.  They are arguably the hardest working wrestlers on the main roster right now.  I wouldn’t bank on Ziggler winning the tournament, but I would bank on him having the match of the night at Crown Jewel.

Where is Crown Jewel taking place?

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Through out the entire RAW show Crown Jewel was promoted, but it’s location was not.  Crown Jewel was and as of this writing still is scheduled to take place on November 2, 2018 in Saudi Arabi.  However with the recent tragic killing of a journalist, this has become a very political issue.  Alot of sponsors have already been pulled and a lot of pressure is being put on the WWE to post pone or cancel the event.  WWE’s motto has always been the show must go on, but this could be an exeption.  As public as WWE has become, I don’t think they will want any negative publicity after decades of working to change their image.  Also, I can image the superstars would probably rather stay in the states, considering just last week they were in Australia.  Not to mention, it’s probably going to be a little nerve-racking going there knowing all the controversy surrounding the tragic killing.  One thing is for sure, what ever WWE decides to do, it will be best for business.

Finn Balor vs Jinder Mahal…again

For the twenty-seventh week in a row, Finn Balor with Bayley in his corner took on Jinder Mahal with BOTH Singh brothers and Alicia Fox in his corner.  The match was quick and predictable as Balor won with ease.  My how far has Mahal fallen.  A year ago at this time he was WWE champion, now he is back to being enhancement talent.  Samir Singh made his return last night joining Sunil and Alicia in Mahal’s corner.  Maybe with the entire “band” back together, Mahal can start picking up some wins.  He is a good heel, but the need to make him relevant again for his heel tactics to be taken seriously.

After the match Bobby Lashley came out and interrupted Balors victory celebration.  It looks like that may start a new rivalry for the two, and it should be a good one.  Balor is one of the best in ring performers in the world, and Lashley as a heel is money.  I hope this develops into a feud.

The Bobby Lashley we’ve all been wanting

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Lashley went one on one with Tyler Breeze last night in another squash match.  Breeze was able to get a flurry of offense in, but it was not nearly enough to derail the train that is Bobby Lashley.  Lio Rush was in his corner shouting into the mic throughout the match, adding to the heel character that is Bobby Lashley.

Trish and Lita do not want to talk about practice

Trish Stratus and Lita are to team up and take on Mickie James and Alexa Bliss at evolution.  Trish and Lita were in Philadelphia last night to promote the match when Alexa and Mickie interrupted.  Honestly it was a forgettable segment, except for when Trish and Lita used the Allen Iverson practice quotes during there promo.  It received a little bit of a reaction, but probably not what they had hoped.  I think their match at Evolution will be a good one, despite the lame verbal back and forth we saw last night.

A swerve by Kurt Angle

img_0203Per acting RAW general manager Baron Corbin, Kurt Angle was to have a handicapped match against the AOP.  Angle is on “vacation” and didn’t bring his ring gear.  So Corbin said “I’m sure you could find something to where.”  When the match started Angle was dressed as the Conquistador again.  But you could clearly tell it was not Angle under the suit.  AOP made short work of “Angle” and Drake Maverick told the AOP to unmask him.  When they did they found that it was not Angle that they were wrestling.  Angle outsmarted the GM and when Corbin came out to address it, he was angle slammed for his troubles.

Another Return

img_0204And yet another return last night, we saw Sasha Banks come to be at ringside along with Natalya.  Natayla took on Ruby Riott of the Riott Squad.  The match was quick with Natalya picking up the win via disqualification.  After the match a very predictable fight breaks out, but Natalya, Bayley and Sasha got the better of The Riott Squad on this night.

Possible Elias and Apollo Crews feud

Elias was on his guitar making fun of the Philadelphia crowd last night when he was interrupted by Apollo Crews.  Apollo actually got the better of Elias making me wonder if this is going to be a potential feud.  Titus O’Neal must have had the night off, because we didn’t see him.  I think it would be best for Apollo to drop Titus and go on his own now.

Is the feud over yet?

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Just like we seen with Balor and Jinder Mahal, The Shield vs Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre was the main event for the twenty-seventh straight week. Of course we saw seeds planted of a break up between Ambrose and Rollins.  Ambrose and Rollins were not on the same page, and at one point Ambrose tried to apply the dirty deeds finisher to Rollins.  But they were able to overcome their differences and with the help of Roman Reigns, put Dolph Ziggler in a triple powerbomb for the win. Over all a pretty good match, that was less interesting than what took place after the match.  After the match Strowman picked up an already injured Dolph Ziggler and put him in the running body slam.  Once Strowman got to his feet after applying the move to Ziggler, McIntyre ran in and hit Strowman with the Clayborne kick ending the show.

All in all an ok show.  It will be interesting to see if Strowman will return to be a face or stay heel.  I look for him to be a babyface again, because he is someone that the people want to cheer.

Check out gohomepwb.com tomorrow for my Smackdown Live 1000 review.

RAW Review

Monday night RAW is back!  I can’t say enough great things about the show last night.  One of the best shows of the year, and of course it was in Chicago.  Chicago is a great wrestling city, and always makes the show a little better with their crowds.  The show was great from start to finish, and it started with…

The Return of DX!

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I think we could all agree that the writing was on the wall with this one, after the ending of Super Show-Down.  Triple H started the show by saying his respect for the Undertaker and Kane is long gone.  HBK made his way to the ring and was livid about what happened at Super Show-Down.  He has been retired out of respect to the Undertaker, but the respect is now gone.  So…Are your ready?!  DX vs The Brothers of Destruction at Crowned Jewel.  I can’t wait for this one, and I personally think this will lead to a third Shawn Michaels vs Undertaker match at next years Wrestlemania.

Bobby Lashley turning heel

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Thank you RAW writers for getting this one right.  Bobby Lashley with his hype man Lio Rush in his corner, took on Kevin Owens last night.  Owens, was heavily cheered by the Chicago crowd as expected, and in turn Lashley was booed.  But Lio Rush was encouraging the boo’s.  He had a microphone throughout the match and would chime in from time to time to irritate Owens and the Chicago crowd.  Lashley was not going anywhere as a baby face, and I think the powers that be finally recognized it.  Lashley clearly turned heel last night, and in return I think Kevin Owens may have become a babyface.  Lashley and Rush incited an arena full of boo’s, when Lashley attacked Owens well after the match was over.  Lashley pulled an already injured Kevin Owens to the ring post corner and repeatedly crushed his knees into the ring post.

The crowd in Chicago was going to boo Lashley regardless of his tactics, so why not give them a legit reason.  Well done writers, well done!  It will be interesting to see the direction they go with Kevin Owens, I think if he kept the same attitude, and even the same tactics, but didn’t say anything bad to the crowd, he would be a great baby face.  He is already loved as a heel, so don’t change his character, just be nice to the crowds, get those cheap pops and watch Owens be one of the most popular wrestlers on the roster.

WWE World Cup

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WWE has announced they will be holding a World Cup Tournament at Crowned Jewel in Saudi Arabia.  John Cena was automatically entered into the tournament because, well… he’s John Cena.  On RAW last night acting general manager Baron Corbin put on a global battle royal, with a bunch of jabroni’s supposedly from different country’s around the world.  One of those contestants was the Conquistador from Spain.  When the match started the Conquistidor immediately jumped out of the ring and sat on the floor until there was only Corbin left in the ring.  The Conquistador got in the ring and performed several familiar moves, a triple german suplex and an angle slam.  Corbin was eliminated from the battle royal and we saw that when the Conquistador unmasked, it was Kurt Angle.  Thus, Kurt Angle and John Cena are the first two competitors in the World Cup, which appears to be a revamped King of the Ring.  At first I thought, not another tournament.  Then when I see the first two entries are John Cena and Kurt Angle, I suddenly am more intrigued by this tournament.  The Big Show and Randy Orton will do battle tonight for another spot in the tournament.  This is shaping up to be a star-studded tournament, I think we could see a couple more legends enter the tournament before it’s all said and done.  Perhaps a Rey Mysterio and Batista who are returning for Smackdown 1000 next week.  Or maybe a Goldberg, Sting or The Rock.  It’s probably a long shot, but it would make the tournament much more interesting.  I can’t wait to see who ends up in this tournament.

The Bella’s turn on Rhonda Rousey

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In a rematch from Super Show-Down, The Bella Twins and Rhonda Rousey battled The Riott Squad last night.  The match was pretty good until the end when it appeared that Sarah Logan and one of the Bella’s missed a spot at the finish, and Sarah Logan fell awkwardly not even being tripped.  Regardless Rousey locked in the arm bar on Ruby Riott and Riott tapped almost immediately.  During the winners celebration the Bella’s turned on Rousey, throwing her into the steel steps and the ringside barricade.  And though not official, it would appear Nikki Bella will battle Rhonda Rousey for the Women’s title at Evolution.  This should be an interesting match, especially with Brie in her corner.  Rousey vs Nikki one on one is not that intersting, as no one really thinks Nikki could beat Rousey one on one, but add Brie, now there’s a chance.  I think it would be a good time for Rousey to pick up her first loss.  The Bella’s are great heels and they could have a good run with the title.

Mixed tag match

Another week of mixed match challenge promos, where we see Team BnB and Team Majalicia for the third week in a row.  A very predictable match where Team BnB picked up the victory.  I can’t wait for this mixed match challenge to end, and we see Finn Balor in some meaningful segments and matches.  I am not a fan of the mixed match challenge, with the exception of The Fabulous Truth.

Balor is another wrestler I would like to see in the World Cup tournament.  He is a wrestler that can have a great match with anyone, and who wouldn’t want to see a Finn Balor vs John Cena match.

Ember Moon picks up an upset victory

Ember Moon took on Nia Jax last night in a one on one contest.  A quick, but decent match that saw Ember Moon pick up the win via count out.  Nia had a nasty collision with the L.E.D. board, that is now the ring apron, and was unable to return to the ring before the ten count.  The two women’s division wrestlers embraced at the end in a show in a sign of friendship and sportsmanship.

Trish and Lita now a tag team

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In a bit of a surprise, Lita made her return last night to help Trish fend off Alexa Bliss and Mickie James.  Alexa vs Trish, and Mickie vs Lita were supposed to be singles matches at evolution, but now Alexa and Mickie will wrestle Trish and Lita in a tag team match.  Alexa and Mickie fought Trish and Lita last night with Trish and Lita getting the better of their foes.  Lita went to the top to hit the moonsault, but Alexa was able to pull Mickie out of the ring before she could hit it.  Great to see Trish and Lita again and I can’t wait to see them wrestle at Evolution.

Roode and Gable get a win

Bobby Roode and Chad Gable picked up a much-needed win over The Ascension last night.  But, it would appear as if Roode is getting tired of Chad Gable.  Thank you!!  I can’t stand this pairing and I hate the character that Chad Gable is portraying right now.  I hope that in the very near future Roode turns on Gable or vise versa.  It was also the first time I heard CM Punk chants.  That kind of tells you how much the WWE universe is interested in this pairing as well.  The real story came after the match, when A.O.P. came out and punished both teams, continuing their dominance.  I think A.O.P. will be tag team champions very soon, and I would love to see it.  I like Ziggler and McIntyre but they are singles guys, I am a fan of traditional tag teams representing the division as champs.  A.O.P. would be great representatives.

Paul Heyman

Is there anyone better on the microphone than Paul Heyman?  Heyman came out before the Shield, Strowman, Ziggler and McIntyre match last night.  He of course put over his client Baarockk Lessssnaarr!  And at the same time verbally violated both Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman.  I don’t think that Brock will win the Universal title at Crowned Jewel, but Heyman can sell you anything on the mic.

The Shield cracked?

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Another great match between The Shield, Strowman, Ziggler and McIntyre.  Earlier in RAW it would appear that Strowman, Ziggler and McIntyre were the team that was in disarray, but they came together last night to pick up a huge win over the Shield.  The match was very even going back and forth until the end when McIntyre hit the Claiborne kick on Dean Ambrose for the win.  After the match, Ambrose left in anger leaving Reigns and Rollins in the ring to wonder what he was doing.  In a WWE.com exclusive, Dean Ambrose was interviewed and said he “isn’t sure he fits in anywhere anymore.”  I think Ambrose is headed for a heel turn.  As much as I had hoped it would be Roman Reigns, it would appear as if the writers are planting the seeds for a heel turn of Ambrose.

A great show last night.  A lot of surprises, twists and turns.  I understand it is hard to have a three hours show and deliver every week with no summer break, but RAW continues to surprise me.  That’s why I have watched for over 25 years, and will continue to watch for as long as I can.  One thing RAW lacks is a mega baby face.  Watch out for Kevin Owens as a baby face, I think he could be the guy to reach Stone Cold popularity.

Check out gohomepwb.com tomorrow for my Smackdown Live review.  Let’s hope it’s as good as RAW was.