GoHomePWB.com Weekly top ten

RAW managed to keep me a little more interested this week. I’m not saying it was a great show, but it was better than last week. I still think Smackdown Live put on a better show this week. The storylines on Smackdown just make more sense to me. So after a below average RAW and a decent Smackdown, let’s see who made this weeks top ten.

10. Bayley and Sasha

Bayley and Sasha are actually a pretty good tag team. I wish they would do away with the in ring questions hosted by Alexa Bliss though. They went on to have a pretty good match against Alicia Fox and Mickie James picking up the win.

9. Finn Balor

Finn Balor got back on the winning track this week defeating Jinder Mahal. He did however get brutalized by McIntyre before the end of RAW. It would be nice to see Balor go on a run and get back in the main event picture or at least the intercontinental title picture.

8. Sonya Deville

Sonya Deville has cracked the top ten for the first time since I started it. She was able to pin Charlotte last night in a tag match. Granted, it was Asuka and Charlotte as a team which was doomed from the get go. But a pin fall over Charlotte in any fashion is quite a notch on the belt.

7. Randy Orton

A mainstay on the top ten is “The Viper” Randy Orton. He has not lost very many matches this year and last night was no different. Although Samoa Joe was able to distract Ortons opponent, Jeff Hardy, he was able to get a fairly clean win against him.

6. Jey Uso

The match of the week for me was the triple threat match between Jey Uso, Cesaro and Xavier Woods. A really good match that I wish had gone about five to seven minutes longer, if I am being picky. I look for the triple threat tag match at TLC to be a show stealer. The Uso’s are on a roll lately and I wouldn’t mind seeing them take the titles at the pay per view.

5. Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey had a pretty good night Monday night. Even though she is not my favorite, I can’t deny the improvements I am seeing from her. She had a new climbing kick she used Monday night that looked incredible. She and Ember Moon were able to get the win over Tamina and Nia Jax. Giving her the momentum headed into TLC’s title defense.

4. Dean Ambrose

Dean Ambrose as a heel is amazing. He’s easy to hate and the gas mask is a very clever way to get heat from any crowd. He continues to get the better of Seth Rollins every week, which leads me to think Rollins will win at TLC, but that’s for next week. The sky is the limit for a heel Ambrose.

3. AJ Styles

AJ Styles picked up a rebound win against The Miz last night. Although he did take a beating from Daniel Bryan after the match ended. This feud is heating up and I like the direction it is headed. AJ will probably get a little revenge next week.

2. Dolph Ziggler

Dolph Ziggler has been around forever and he’s been putting guys over forever. I thought that was going to be the case last night when he went one on one with his former friend Drew McIntyre. Until last night McIntyre had never been pinned or submitted since coming to RAW. Ziggler was able to get the job done earning him a runner up spot on the top ten this week.

1. Daniel Bryan

The NEW Daniel Bryan is a strange one. The NEW Daniel Bryan is also a dangerous one. He not only gave a great promo during Miz TV, he went on to put quite a heel beat down on AJ Styles. The WWE champion has a new persona and I think it’s here to stay. I can’t wait to see the Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles feud play out.

That’s it for this weeks top ten. A couple new entrants and some old favorites. TLC is really starting to take shape and I think we are pulling out of the driveway onto the road to Wrestlemania.

Crown Jewel Review

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Crown Jewel took place from Saudi Arabia, much to the shagrin of a lot of fans.  I was able to watch it live at the noon start time.  Most of my predictions went as planned but I was unpleasantly surprised with the world cup.  Another controversial figure is the Babe Ruth of WWE, Hulk Hogan.  I don’t care for his choice of words a few years ago, but I will admit it was great to see the Hulkster in a WWE ring.

U.S. Title Defense

In the kick off show, Rusev went one on one with Shinsuke Nakamura.  I didn’t even know this match was going to be on the kickoff show, so I didn’t make a prediction on it.  But had I known, I would have predicted correctly.  A great match though, that went back and forth. And for a second, I thought Rusev may win this.  But in typical heel Nakamura style he connected with a low blow, followed by a kinshasa to win the match.  I wouldn’t mind seeing these two go into a rivalry after survivor series.

World Cup Tournament

The world cup tournament was actually something I was looking forward to.  I don’t think many fans expected the outcome, much like myself, but we were able to see some great matches.

The first match of the tournament was Randy Orton vs Rey Mysterio.  After Shane McMahon said on Smackdown Live last week that if the winner of the Smackdown side losses in the finals they will be fired, I thought for sure Randy Orton would win the tournament.  Orton and Rey had a good match that ended with a surprise roll up pin by Mysterio.  Immediatly my pick was eliminated from the tournament, but he didn’t leave without doing some damage.  He beat up on Rey, weakening him for his second round match.

gohomepwb.com pick: Randy Orton  Winner: Rey Mysterio (PPV prediction record (11-7)

The second match of the tournament was Jeff Hardy vs The Miz.  A pretty good match with The Miz picking up the victory, clean…yes clean.  I was right in the injury angle but I was wrong on the matches and participants.  I expected Hardy to win, and then be beat up, but it happened to Mysterio in the prior match.  Nonetheless The Miz won the match, and took a nasty kick to the throat that caused his voice to be strained.

gohomepwb.com pick: Jeff Hardy  Winner: The Miz (PPV prediction record 11-8)

Now we go to the RAW side of the tournament.  The first match was Seth Rollins vs Bobby Lashley.  This match was much like the Lashley, Finn Balor matches on Raw, Lashley dominates, but ends up losing in the end.  What shocked me was how he lost.  A curb stomp finsher to Lashley and a clean win for Rollins.  This puts Lashley on a little bit of a losing streak, but I think he will rebound in a big way on RAW Monday night.  I did expect Rollins to win however, just not with a clean finish.

gohomepwb.com pick: Seth Rollins  Winner: Seth Rollins (PPV prediction record 12-8)

The last first round match was Kurt Angle vs Dolph Ziggler.  Ziggler and Angle put on a really good match, but I had a feeling that Ziggler would win this match.  Probably most people would think this would be an upset, as most of us expect Ziggler to be enhancement talent again soon.  I certainly hope not, he is a great heel especially with his insurance policy Drew McIntyre.  As predicted Ziggler picked up the win with a clean finish.

gohomepwb.com pick: Dolph Ziggler Winner: Dolph Ziggler (PPV prediction record 13-8)

The finals of the Smackdown side was The Miz vs the injured Rey Mysterio.  I really expected Rey to win this, but I was wrong.  The Miz picked up a clean win against Mysterio putting him in the finals of the World Cup tournament.

gohomepwb.com pick: Randy Orton  Winner: The Miz (PPV prediction record 13-9)

The finals of the RAW side was once again a match between Seth Rollins and Dolph Ziggler.  I could watch these two wrestle every night.  This was the best match of the night in my opinion.  A classic Rollins, Ziggler match with a lot of false finishes.  I picked Seth Rollins to win this match and after The Miz won his match, I fully expected to see him win.  However, as many of you know by now, I am a Ziggler guy and was pulling for him to win the match.  And after a back and forth match, and a slight involvement from Drew McIntyre, Ziggler was able to hit his superkick and get the win putting him in the finals.

gohomepwb.com pick: Seth Rollins  Winner: Dolph Ziggler (PPV prediction record 13-10)

The World Cup finals, The Miz vs Dolph Ziggler.  What a swerve we got in this one.  Shane McMahon and Baron Corbin were at ringside for the finals match.  The match started out with Drew McIntyre being kicked out of the ringside area, then The Miz playing the part as the heel, in the heel vs heel match, attached Ziggler from behind.  Ziggler was thrown out of the ring, and when The Miz jumped down from the ring apron fell to the ground clutching his leg.  As we would find out this was kayfabe, but bravo to The Miz, for selling this like nothing I have ever seen.  I, along with just about everyone else thought this was a legitimate injury.  Ziggler was back in the ring and the referee was going to award him the match, when Shane McMahon said that he was filling in for The Miz…so, enter McMahon.  A very fresh McMahon went after the surprised Dolph Ziggler and beat him up pretty quick.  McMahon hit a slingshot into the turnbuckles, and then a patent coast to coast finisher to beat Ziggler and be crowned the best in the world.

It will be interesting to see how this story goes, it looked to me as if Shane McMahon may be turning heel soon.  The way he acted after beating a worn out Ziggler was very Daniel Bryanesk at the start of the YES! chants.  I also believe this will catapault Ziggler into a Universal title picture soon.  He put on a great show at Crown Jewel.  I was not crazy about the finish to the World Cup tournament.  I think they kind of made a mockery of it having Shane come in at the last minute to win it.  But like I said, I believe this is the start of a heel turn for Shane.

gohomepwb.com pick:  Randy Orton  Winner: Shane McMahon (PPV prediction record 13-11)

The Bar Retain

The Bar took on the NEW DAY! in a Smackdown Live tag team title match.  The match was ok, put probably the one that people will most forget about when they think of the show.  The match was stiff and quick and ended as predicted with interfernce from the Big Show when he punched Big E.  The Bar was able to win the match and retain their tag team championship.  I hope that the Uso’s are next in line for a title shot.

gohomepwb.com pick: The Bar  Winner: The Bar (PPV prediction record 14-11)

AJ Styles vs Samoa Joe one more time

In an almost impromptu match, Samoa Joe and AJ Styles renewed their rivalry for about 10 minutes. The match was probably not their best and AJ Styles won clean with a phenomenal forearm. Now that he has beaten Joe by every possible scenario, it’s safe to say this rivalry will be put on the shelf. I look for Orton to be in the title picture after Survivor Series. So a very predictable match and a very predictable finish.

gohomepwb.com: AJ Styles Winner: AJ Styles (PPV prediction record 15-11)

A New Universal Champion Crowned

Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman went one on one for the vacant Universal championship. Before the match started Baron Corbin hit Strowman in the back of the head with the championship. Lesnar went on to hit about 6 F5’s to beat Strowman and become the first ever two time universal champion. His is what I hoped and picked would happen. Strowman needs to rejuvenate his baby face momentum. I think Lesnar and AJ will have a great match at Survivor Series and then we will see Strowman chase Lesnar for the Universal championship until Wrestlemania.

gohomepwb.com pick: Brock Lesnar Winner: Brock Lesnar (PPV prediction record 16-11)

An attitude era Main Event

Triple H and Shawn Michaels, together known as DX took on the team of Kane and the Undertaker. This match was mostly controlled by Kane and the Undertaker. Triple H was choked slammed through a table, so HBK was by himself for most of the match. Which I believe was the plan, so that we could see all the classic HBK moves. We were not disappointed either, as we saw everything he could offer. Including a moonsault from the top rope to the floor. It looked as though HBK landed on his face, but hit the move nonetheless. The match ended shortly after that with some sweet chin music and a pedigree on Kane for a DX pin fall win. I called the finish to a tee, as I fully expected Kane to take the L in the match.

gohomepwb.com pick: DX Winner: DX (PPV prediction record 17-11)

Outside of the World Cup tournament, this was a pretty predictable show. I can only imagine how happy the WWE is to have this trip over with. I kind of hope that they are done with the overseas pay per views for a while. I like the traditional ones and we are getting close to the road to Wrestlemania already. I look for a good Survivor Series and then we will start to see a couple Wrestlemania angles take shape.

It will be interesting to see what happens on RAW tonight with the crowning of a new Universal champion. Also, it will be interesting to see if Ziggler gets into an angle with Shane McMahon for a Survivor Series elimination tag match. Thanks for checking out gohomepwb.com.

GoHomePWB.com Weekly top ten

With Evolution on Sunday night, I have decided that several of the women from that night should and have made the list.  RAW sucked this week, so it was a little difficult to get to ten, but I did.  So let’s get to it.

10. Toni Storm

Toni Storm battled Io Shirai in the finals of the Mae Young Classic on Sunday at Evolution.  It was my favorite match of the pay per view, and I look for Toni Storm to have a big future in WWE.  She had to use two finishers to beat Shirai, but it was an impressive match and win for her.

9. Nia Jax

Nia Jax was able to win the battle royal at Evolution and even picked up a win on Monday night RAW.  I am not a fan of Nia Jax as a baby face, but you can’t deny the roll she is on.

8. Finn Balor

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Finn Balor is finally back in relevant storylines.  For the second week in a row, he was able to pick up a win over Bobby Lashley.  Although this time it was via dis qualification, but a win is a win.

7. Shinsuke Nakamura

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Shinsuke Nakamura may have made the top ten for the first time since I started it.  A big title defense on Smackdown Live against R-Truth.  Let’s hope this leads to more storylines for Shinsuke and the U.S. title.

6. Natalya

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For the first time ever Natalya has made my top ten.  She was part of the winning team Sunday night at Evolution, and made Alicia Fox tap out on RAW.  The ten woman tag was probably the best match on RAW Monday night, and it was great to see Natalya get the spotlight for a little bit.

5. Elias

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Elias continued to impress Monday night, making fun of Baron Corbin and then defeating Jinder Mahal after he attacked him.  Elias is on the verge of Rock like popularity and I love it!  I look forward to seeing Elias every Monday night, and am looking forward to his baby face run.

4. Brock Lesnar

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Brock Lesnar returned Monday Night and looked strong by putting Strowman in an F-5.  I am torn on the whether or not he will win Friday, but never count him out.

3. Ronda Rousey

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Rhonda Rousey won her main event match against Nikki Bella Sunday Night in the first ever all women’s pay per view.  She puts on good matches for her skill level, I just don’t like the character.  But she is the RAW women’s champion and her win Sunday put her in the top three this week.

2. Becky Lynch

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Becky Lynch is the man, just ask her.  A great win in one of the most hardcore matches I have ever seen put on by women.  She proved that she was better than Charlotte and she is making Rousey look bad verbally leading up to their match at Survivor Series.

1. AJ Styles

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AJ Styles is the clear-cut number one this week.  A great win against Daniel Bryan on Smackdown Live Tuesday night, defending what is supposed to be the most prestigious championship in WWE.

Let me know what you think of this week’s top ten.  Check out gohomepwb.com tomorrow for my Crown Jewel predictions.  As always thanks for reading.

 

Smackdown Live Review

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Thankfully Smackdown Live was an improvement from Monday night RAW the night before.  It started out with a “surprise” WWE title match.  We had some Halloween inspired matches, and a few good promos.  Atlanta, Georgia was the hosting city last night and the crowd was in for a treat.  So let’s dive into Smackdown Live last night.

AJ Styles vs Daniel Bryan for the WWE championship

In a little bit of a surprise, we got to see a Crown Jewel match last night.  It was made clear that Daniel Bryan refused to go to Saudi Arabia and compete at Crown Jewel.  I wondered what angle the writers would use to get him out of the match.  As soon as Smackdown Live started I got my answer.  I was glad to see that they didn’t scrap the match all together, because Daniel Bryan vs AJ Styles is a great match even if the title is not on the line.  So it is something most fans wanted to see.  I was also glad to see they put it on first.  This way there is no time constraints and we could see a lengthy match.  The match was really good, despite it being very predictable.  I don’t think anyone believed that Daniel Bryan was going to win last night.  Especially since he refused to go to Saudi Arabia for Crown Jewel.  I will be curious to see what, if any repercussions Bryan will face for the decision.

After AJ made Daniel Bryan tap using the calf crusher, the two wrestlers were shaking hands in a sign of sportsmanship.  Out of nowhere, Samoa Joe attacked AJ and Bryan.  Samoa Joe will now face AJ Styles at Crown Jewel, and I am not sure how this one will play out.  AJ has had the title for nearly a year, and Joe has been given chance after chance for the WWE title.  I really don’t foresee Joe winning it, but you will have to check out gohomepwb.com on Friday morning for my predictions.

Trick or street fight

The Brood took on The Bar in a trick or street fight last night.  I say The Brood, because The New Day was in costume last night and came to the ring with The Brood entrance music and goblet.  By the way, if you have not listened to or can’t remember The Brood’s entrance music, do yourself a favor and add it to your Halloween playlist.  I wish it was my ringtone.

So the match…it was to be expected from a trick or street fight.  Halloween themed weapons were used and wrestlers slammed on pumpkins.  Which actually looked a little painful, because they did not give way as intended.  An entertaining segment that saw Big E pick up the win.  Have I mentioned I love The Brood Music?

A U.S. title defense

Yes, believe it or not the U.S. title was on the line last night.  Shinsuke Nakamura went one on one with the male member of the Fabulous Truth.  R-Truth, who I did not expect to win, put on a great match.  The match went back and forth and even had a dance break at some point.  R-Truth was unsuccessful in winning the title last night, but it was great to see the title be defended.  Shinsuke needs a rival to bring back relevancy to him and the U.S. title.  A clean win for Nakamura, and it would appear as though it will be him and Seth Rollins at Survivor Series.

Becky Lynch is the man!

Becky Lynch had a brief promo last night touting her win at Evolution and now focusing on her match against Ronda Rousey at Survivor Series.  The match could go a lot of different avenues, and I don’t want to speculate just yet.  Next week, I will have a better idea on where I would like to see this go.  It was also noted that Smackdown Live general manager Paige, asked Charlotte to be the women’s team captain for survivor series.  Charlotte told Paige that she didn’t think she was the right woman for the job.  Curious to see where this is going as well.  I have a feeling that we may see a horsewoman vs horsewoman match, but I may be reaching a bit.  We will have to wait and see what happens over the next couple of weeks.

Main event tag match

The Miz and Randy Orton took on Jeff Hardy and Rey Mysterio last night in the main event.  These four men represent Smackdown Live in the World Cup at Crown Jewel.  The match was pretty good, and went back and forth, until Hardy and Mysterio picked up the win.  That was all topped off with Hardy, Mysterio and even The Miz all receiving RKO’s from Orton.

Before the match Shane McMahon made an off the cuff announcement that whoever makes it to the finals of the World Cup, if they lose, they will be fired from Smackdown Live.  That actually helped me make a decision as to who will win the World Cup, and I will let you know Friday morning.

Overall a great show.  Much better than RAW the night before.  I honestly can’t wait until Crown Jewel is over, because I am more excited about Survivor Series.  I think the consensus is that most in WWE are ready to get Crown Jewel over with as well.

Tomorrow is the gohomepwb.com weekly top ten and on Friday morning check out my predictions, prior to Crown Jewel starting at noon eastern.  As always thanks for reading.

Top 3 Fan Favorites in WWE

There is a lot of talk about the best heel’s in the business, but there is very little talk about who the best babyface’s are.  So that is what I want to focus on today, the good guys.  I always said, that if I ever became a professional wrestler I would be a bad guy.  Bad guys didn’t have to do much to get booed.  All you had to do was say something derogatory about the crowd or make fun of the city they lived in.  A wrestler could cheat and do things in a cowardly manner and instantly they were a bad guy.  You could tell who the bad guy was and who the good guy was by watching their entrance.  A good guy would always give a few high fives to the crowd.  Maybe they would shake hands or kiss a baby, or perhaps give them a shirt or a hat that they wore to the ring.  The best bad guys ignored the fans and refused to shake hands or give high fives.  So where it seems easy to get a boo from a fan, it would appear to be twice as hard to get them to cheer.

Typically a fan favorite has earned the respect of the crowd, and that takes time.  A fan favorite may get a pity cheer because they were viciously attacked by a faction, or maybe they were the victim of a surprise attack, or sucker punch.  Maybe their best friend and tag team partner turned on them.  Sometimes it is easy to get a cheer when a fan favorite was wronged.  But to just earn respect, well, that takes time and years of tactful decisions.

I have narrowed down the top three babyface’s in WWE today.  Again this is just my opinion and in no way shape or form is set in stone.  Who knows?  Perhaps tonight on RAW one of the wrestlers on the list will turn heel?  All I do know is that the three on my list get the most consistent cheers from the WWE universe.  So, from three to one, they are as follows:

3. Rhonda Rousey

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Rhonda Rousey has been dangerously close to getting boo’s from the WWE universe.  However, with careful planning and placement of people around her, she continues to get some of the biggest ovations week after week.  We know she was successful in UFC and pretty much everything else she did prior to WWE, but she had a lot to prove to wrestling fans.  Her debut match at Wrestlemania in April was actually quite impressive, and yes I know she was in there with Triple H and Kurt Angle, two of the greatest of all time, she still had to remember her spots and execute them properly.  A lot to ask for someone wrestling their fist match in front of over seventy thousand fans.  Currently she is the RAW women’s champion and if you didn’t catch her verbal beat down of The Bella Twins last Monday, do yourself a favor and check it out.  Great work from Rhonda so far.

2. AJ Styles

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AJ Styles has been WWE champion for close to a year now.  He has always been a fan favorite, even when WWE tried to make him a heel when he first came to WWE.  AJ has a lot on his side that makes him a fan favorite.  Here is a guy who has wrestled everywhere for close to twenty years before joining WWE.  So he was well-known and already had the respect of the WWE fan base.  Though he has a great look, he’s not a real big guy.  In most cases, being the smaller wrestler in the ring.  So naturally he looks as if he is the underdog, and everybody roots for the underdog.  He has great entrance music and his attire is cool.  But what sets AJ Styles apart from the other babyface’s in WWE is his move set.  He has a repertoire of moves, that no one else can pull off.  Very high-flying and acrobatic.  He sells his opponents moves better than anyone else and is just naturally a likeable guy.

1. Seth Rollins

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Although I think he has cooled off a little bit, I still think Seth Rollins gets the loudest ovations every Monday Night.  I don’t think there was a more popular wrestler than Seth Rollins in the months that followed Wrestlemania.  His work rate alone has earned him the respect of the WWE universe.  I don’t think it was until he lost the open challenge to Dolph Ziggler early in the summer, before he started to cool off.  I also believe The Shield has held his popularity back a little, because nobody likes Roman Reigns.  Once The Shield members go their separate ways, look for Rollins to regain or exceed the popularity he had right after Wrestlemania.

Another quick read today, but I should have plenty to write about tomorrow for my weekly RAW review.  Thanks for reading and checking out gohomepwb.com

Smackdown Live Review

Smackdown started out with the Women’s championship re match from Super Show-Down.  We didn’t even get to see the entrances, the women were already in the ring when the show started.

Charlotte vs Becky Lynch for the Women’s championship

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The Charlotte vs Becky saga continues.  The stipulation for this match was if Becky gets disqualified, she will lose her championship.  Another great match from Charlotte and Becky, with Becky the clear fan favorite.  Charlotte didn’t let it phase her as she was very focused during the match.  Her only mistake was a badly missed moonsault from the top rope to the outside.  The women then fought on the outside until they were both counted out and the match ended to a chorus of boos from the Indianapolis crowd.  However, the fight was not over as Becky and Charlotte threw each other around until they reached the top of the entrance ramp.  As you can see in the photo above Charlotte hit Becky with a spear through the L.E.D. board.  It was nasty to watch, as I believe the panels did not break away as intended, causing both women to have several lacerations on their arms and back.  Charlotte appeared to be in a lot of pain as she was holding her arm, but ended up being ok.  She went on to wrestle in her mixed matched challenge match after Smackdown.  This has been a great rivalry to watch, but I think it will culminate at the Evolution PPV later this month.  I am still hoping for a double turn, but the longer this feud plays out, the more I start to think it will not happen.  Either way, the last women standing match at Evolution should be a match to remember.

Jeff Hardy Returns!

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Jeff Hardy made his return to the ring last night as he took on Samoa Joe, with the winner receiving a spot in the World Cup Tournament that will be held at Crowned Jewel in Saudi Arabia.  Once I first heard this match was going to take place, I thought there is no way Hardy wins, but I was pleasantly surprised.  Samoa Joe came to the ring still favoring the knee that was injured at Super Show-Down in the WWE title match with AJ Styles.  Joe was vicious as usual, but Hardy had a target on the Joe’s knee.  Hardy went after the knee every chance he got, and eventually it was enough for Hardy to pick up the win as Joe was not able to stand on his leg.  The referee then called off the match and awarded Hardy the match, saying Joe was not physically able to continue.  The World Cup is shaping up to be a great tournament.

Next Week on Smackdown 1000 Rey Mysterio Jr. returns to wrestle Shinsuke Nakamura for a spot in the World Cup tournament.  So far, every wrestler in the tournament has been a former WWE World Champion.  I think all eight wrestlers in the tournament will be top-tier wrestlers.  I can’t wait to see how this plays out.

Speaking of Smackdown 1000 next week, it was also announced that Evolution will return.  I am somewhat puzzled by this announcement because Evolution was on RAW.  It makes me wonder who else may show up on the blue brands 1000th show.  Personally I hope to see Edge and Christian and The Undertaker and Kane.  All staples to the foundation of Smackdown.  I think we are in for a few surprises.

Miz TV

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Miz TV is a segment that almost never disappoints.  The Miz’s guest last night were the two superstars that will do battle for the WWE title at Crowned Jewel.  Challenger Daniel Bryan and reigning WWE Champion AJ Styles.  Bryan and Styles planted a few seeds for their upcoming match, but for the most part took shots at the Miz.  Miz then went on an epic tangent burying both Bryan and Styles verbally.  When it comes to in-ring action give me DB and AJ any day of the week, but when it comes to talking on the mic, no one does it better than The Miz.  I look for The Miz to get involved in this feud somehow over the next few weeks, and eventually the match at Crowned Jewel will be a triple threat match.  Honestly, I would like to see a one on one contest between DB and AJ before we get that triple threat, but either way it will be fun to see how this angle plays out as well.

AJ Styles went on to have a match with Shelton Benjamin after Miz TV.  Benjamin had a big win last week against Daniel Bryan, all be it by distraction from the Miz.  Benjamin looked to continue his winning streak this week against AJ, but was not successful.  The match was great as both competitiors had a crip, clean match.  AJ eventually hit the phenomenal forearm for the win.

One night in Milwaukee part two

Aiden English came out to try to add a little more gas to the dumpster fire that is One Night in Milwaukee.  He played a little more of the video, and then Rusev and Lana came out.  Aiden said he would throw away the tape if Rusev dropped Lana and joined him to reunite Rusev Day.  However, Rusev and Lana hacked his phone and played the rest of the video which showed English clearly trying to come onto Lana.  Lana declined and left immediately.  After the video played, Aiden said that if Lana ever got tired of Rusev Day, she could come enjoy an Aiden night.  A great line, that infuriated Rusev as he then chased him around the ring trying to bring harm.  English got away, setting up a future feud with Rusev.  Hopefully it will be quick, and Rusev could go after the U.S. title very soon.

Big Show returns to wrestle Randy Orton

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The Big Show returned to the ring last night for the first time in over a year after having surgery.  He had the unfortunate task of wrestling Randy Orton for a spot in the World Cup.  Big Show put up a great fight, but it was a poke to the eye followed by an RKO to end the match.  Orton with a big win last night to put him in the World Cup tournament along with John Cena, Kurt Angle and Jeff Hardy, all men former World champions.  Orton is a great addition to the tournament.  I thought originally that the World Cup tournament was going to have wrestlers from different countries, however it is becoming more and more apparent that the World Cup is featuring wrestlers that were former world champions.  Spoiler alert, look for Rey Mysterio to win next week against Shinsuke Nakamura.

Another great show from Smackdown last night.  The rivalries are on a cool down for a week as next weeks 1000th show will be more of a celebration.  Lets just hope Smackdown will not go to three hours from here on out like RAW did after their 1000th episode.

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Super Show-Down Review

I set the alarm for 4:45 a.m. this morning so I could get up and watch WWE Super Show-Down from Melbourne, Australia.  Yesterday, I offered my predictions of the matches and with the exception of a couple matches, I was spot on.  All in all the PPV was very entertaining and I am glad I set the alarm to watch it.

New Day Retains Smackdown Live Tag Team Titles

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Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston were the two members of the New Day that defended the tag team championship against The Bar.  The Bar was in control for most of the match, with Cesaro and Sheamus or (Big Red) as one of my friends prefers to call him, dished out a significant amount of punishment.  However, after a grueling match, it was not enough to defeat the reigning tag team champions.  The New Day debuted a new finisher tonight, a backstabber and flying double stomp from the top rope!  An impressive looking double team move that was enough for The New Day to get the win.

gohomepwb.com pick: The New Day  Winners: The New Day

Charlotte vs Becky Lynch for the Smackdown Live Women’s Championship

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In one of the most anticipated bouts of the night, Charlotte and Becky Lynch added another chapter to their rivalry.  A great match from bell to bell, and a finish that left us wanting more.  Becky Lynch was clearly the fan favorite even in Australia.  The match went back and forth with Charlotte locking in the Figure eight.  However, Becky was able to reach for her championship belt and use it to break the hold, thus getting herself disqualified.  Charlotte technically won the match, but Becky would retain the title.  It was announced later in the show that the two superstars will have a rematch on Smackdown Live this Tuesday.

gohomepwb.com pick: Becky Lynch  Winner: Charlotte

John Cena Returns

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Elias and Kevin Owens took on Bobby Lashley and the returning John Cena in a tag team match.  Cena came out to a great ovation, but when his music stopped, you could hear the Cena Sucks chant.  Which at this point in his career, is more a term of endearment.  Much like the you suck chant during Kurt Angle’s music.  For the majority of the math Bobby Lashley was in, until the ending when he finally got the hot tag to Cena.  Cena entered the ring and hit all his classic moves and even gave us a new finisher that he used to pick up the win.  He then got the mic and said “I don’t know what the future holds”.  Which leaves us to wonder if he will be returning full-time or not anytime soon?  Either way, it was great to see the sixteen time world champ.

gohomepwb.com pick: Cena and Lashley  Winner: Cena and Lashley

IIconics win as predicted

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The IIconics picked up a big win in their home country.  Defeating Asuka and Naomi in a decent match that saw the IIconics get cheered throughout.

gohomepwb.com Pick: IIconics  Winners:  IIconics

AJ Styles gets his revenge

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First, I still wonder why the WWE championship is never in the main event anymore?  I think we all assumed that Undertaker and Triple H would go on last, but I can’t recall a time in the last year when the WWE title closed the show.  Especially on a dual branded PPV.  AJ Styles always puts on a great match, so when will he get the respect of going on last?

Ok, on to the match.  AJ Styles and Samoa Joe started on the outside in this no disqualification and no count out match.  When the two competitors finally entered the ring, we were gifted a great technical match.  For the first half of the match no weapons were used.  When the chairs and tables were finally introduced into the match, it was a table spot that was the turning point.  Samoa Joe was on AJ Styles shoulder and he turned awkwardly and dropped Joe through the table.  Joe immediately grabbed his knee, and you could hear him say “something popped”.  I am not sure if Joe was selling the injury or if it was legit, but the injury played an important part in the match as it was the focus for AJ Styles the rest of the match.  Eventually leading to AJ locking in the calf crusher for the submission win.  This seemingly ended the feud between the two.

gohomepwb.com pick: AJ Styles  Winner: AJ Styles

Riott Squad vs The Bella Twins and Rhonda Rousey

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In a match that I think even the novice of wrestling fan could have predicted.  The Bella Twins and Rhonda Rousey took on the Riott Squad.  Rhonda Rousey was given a great ovation when she made her entrance.  It was noted that this was the first time she had been in Australia since her UFC undefeated streak came to an end.  At the beginning of the match Nikki and Rhonda seemed to be a little confused as to who would start the match.  Nikki starting the match and she would only tag her sister Brie for much of the bout.  At one point during the match we had a Brie, Liv Morgan show-down.  The crowd was into this match up, as everyone is aware of the Brie Bella botched kicks by now.  I have said it before, and I will say it again, I would love to see a Brie Bella vs Liv Morgan one on one match at Evolution, but I digress.  Brie and Nikki were in the match the most saving Rousey for the hot tag.  As expected once getting the tag, the Australian crowd went crazy!  Rousey dominated the match from then on, even finishing the match with a double arm bar.  Both Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan of the Riott Squad tapped out when Rousey applied the arm bar on both of them at the same time.  A little overkill in my opinion, making the Riott Squad look weak.

gohomepwb.com pick: The Bella’s and Rhonda Rousey  Winners: The Bella’s and Rhonda Rousey

A New Cruiserweight Champion

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In a non traditional entrance the champion Cedric Alexander was introduced first.  Alexander is typically one of the most popular guys in the WWE, but no one received a louder ovation than his opponent at Super Show-Down.  Buddy Murphy who hails from Melbourne Australia, came out second and was cheered non stop, from his entrance to the finish of the match.  Another great match on the card, that really looked as if my prediction of Buddy Murphy being crowned new champion would be wrong.  Alexander hit Murphy with a barrage high impact moves including his finisher, the lumbar check!  Murphy was able to kick out right before three.  Murphy quickly rebounded, and was able to hit his finisher on Alexander getting the victory and the cruiserweight championship.  This marks the first loss for Alexander this year, which is an amazing feat.  Don’t be surprised if Alexander regains the championship soon, once WWE gets back to the states.

gohomepwb.com pick: Buddy Murphy  Winner: Buddy Murphy

The Shield Stronger than ever

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Before this match even started, The Shield, Strowman, Ziggler and McIntyre had a big battle outside the ring.  The Shield attempted to put Strowman through a table with a triple powerbomb, but their efforts were halted by Ziggler and McIntyre.  Once the match started Strowman, Ziggler and McIntyre put a beating on Rollins for most of the match.  It wasn’t until the 285 pound Strowman attempted to jump off the top rope onto Rollins, but failed miserably.  Rollins finally made the tag and the Shield started to regain momentum, with Reigns getting booed heavily while in the match.  Reigns went to hit McIntyre with the superman punch, but McIntyre moved and Reigns hit Ambrose.  After Ambrose recovered it looked as if he may turn on his brothers, as he joined Strowman, Ziggler and McIntyre as they all climbed up onto the ring apron.  Reigns and Rollins were in the ring and it looked as if Ambrose may want to exact revenge on Reigns for hitting him with the superman punch.  Ambrose entered the ring and ran towards Reigns and Rollins, but ran right past them hitting a drop kick on McIntyre, clearly not turning on his brothers.  More back and forth between the teams, before Strowman went to hit Ambrose with a running shoulder tackle on  the outside, but Reigns intercepted him with a spear through the ringside barricade!  Back in the ring Ambrose hit Ziggler with dirty deeds finisher for the win.  The match ending exactly as I predicted, with the Shield winning by getting a pin on Ziggler.  Should be interesting to see what happens on RAW Monday Night.

gohomepwb.com Pick:  The Shield  Winner:  The Shield

The Miz vs Daniel Bryan

The most disappointing match of the night goes to The Miz and Daniel Bryan.  The quickest match of the night ended when Bryan won with an inside cradle in under five minutes.  It was announced that Daniel Bryan will go one on one with AJ Styles in Saudi Arabia at Crowned Jewel.  Clearly this is the cool down phase of Miz and Bryan, but this rivalry is far from over!

gohomepwb.com pick: No Contest  Winner:  Daniel Bryan

Last time ever?

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Being billed as the last time ever, The Undertaker and Triple H went one on one in a no disqualification stipulation, that was added just prior to the match.  The no DQ was added most likely so Kane and HBK could get involved.  This match was BRUTAL!  But in a good way.  Triple H and The Undertaker channeled their attitude era repertoire during this match.  A lot of chair shots, tables and sledgehammers!  A lot of outside interference from HBK and Kane as well.  A great match that went back and forth, with HBK seemingly taking most of the bumps.  We saw all the classic moves from all four wrestlers, but in the end it was sweet chin music from HBK, and a sledgehammer shot from Triple H that proved to be too much for the deadman.  Triple H picked up a hard-earned victory, and in a sign of respect helped The Undertaker up to his feet.  The four men then went on to hug and raise each other’s hand, in what felt almost like a Kliq goodbye over twenty years ago.  However, the love and respect for one another was short-lived.  The Undertaker and Kane turned and hit the “DX” members.  Triple H was the victim of the tombstone piledriver and Shawn Michaels was chokeslammed through the announcer’s table.  There is no way this is over.  No Way!  I think the four men will do battle as a tag team in either Saudi Arabia, or at Survivor Series.  Survivor Series is where the Undertaker made his WWE debut in 1990, and they always seem to have something for him at that PPV.  I cannot wait to see where this goes, and hopefully we get something form Triple H on RAW Monday night regarding a DX vs Brothers of Destruction match very soon!

gohomepwb.com pick: No Contest  Winner: Triple H

Super Show-Down was well worth getting up at 4:45 for.  A great show, and even better crowd.  I love that the WWE network airs these shows live.  My wife thought I was crazy for getting up to watch it, and even rolled her eyes at me as I began blogging about it immediately after it was over.  What can I say, it’s still real to me dammit!  Thanks for checking out gohomepwb.com for the Super Show-Down Review.  Check out what I have to say about my third favorite wrestler on Monday, the late great Ultimate Warrior.  Until then, feel free to comment on this post so I don’t have to take a break from talking pro wrestling.