GoHomePWB.com Weekly Top Ten

For the first time in weeks, I think I am going to give RAW the better show award. In recent weeks RAW has recorded all time low ratings. Think about that for a second… all time low. Over twenty five years of RAW and we have seen the worst shows in history the past couple weeks.

It would appear that the WWE finally listened to their fans and gave us a pretty good show Monday night, even addressing the record low ratings. I know Baron Corbin is taking the brunt of the ridicule, but most fans realize it’s the writers that got it wrong. Yes, RAW is dealing with injuries, but they showed us Monday they can overcome them.

Smackdown Live was just ok for me this week. The rap battle was not something I really cared for and I don’t get The Miz and Shane McMahon angle. The main event was really good for a smoz ending and I thought Daniel Bryan and Mustafa Ali had a pretty good, but predictable match. Kind of curious as to why they brought Ali in, but it was good to see him on Smackdown.

The top ten this week wasn’t all that tough for me to pick, so let’s take a look.

10. Bayley

Bayley has been winning consistently in recent weeks even if it is against Alicia Fox. I will be glad when the mixed match challenge is over with and Bayley and Sasha are used in relevant story lines. Until then, at least she is picking up some victories.

9. Rey Mysterio

Rey Mysterio returned last night to put a beating on Randy Orton with a chair. It was nice to see because it’s the first time in a long time that Orton was punished. Fifty fifty booking tells me who is going to win this Sunday at TLC, but check out gohomepwb.com on Friday for my official prediction.

8. Ember Moon

Ember Moon is another woman on RAW who has been picking up quite a few victories lately. Not to mention she has been teaming with the RAW women’s champion Ronda Rousey. I have a feeling if she can build enough momentum over the next month she will be a favorite to win the women’s Royal Rumble.

7. Rusev

It looks as if Rusev will be next in line to challenge Shinsuke Nakamura for the U.S. championship. I am not sure if the match is happening at TLC or not yet, but I would like to see it. I feel like Rusev has lost some steam since the Aiden English split, but a pin fall win over Nakamura last night earned him a spot on the top ten this week.

6. Charlotte

Is Charlotte a heel or baby face? The lines are very blurred when it comes to her and Becky Lynch and who to root for. Wether you boo or cheer Charlotte, you have to respect the match she had with Asuka last night. Even though she was dis qualified, it was a heck of match leading up to the finish. I’m not sure she will get the women’s title for an eighth time this Sunday, but we can bank on a great match for sure.

5. Drew McIntyre

Drew McIntyre got back on the winning track defeating my favorite wrestler Dolph Ziggler Monday night. It was a predictable match and after Ziggler got the win last week, I knew McIntyre was going over to look strong headed into his TLC pay per view match with Finn Balor this Sunday. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it become a triple threat including Ziggler by Sunday.

4. Asuka

Asuka picked up a main event win last night over Charlotte. Yes it was by dis qualification, but it’s good to see Asuka back in the title picture. I was worried we had seen her best days prior to last years Wrestlemania. She looked great as Smackdown went off the air last night beating up both Charlotte and Becky Lynch.

3. Bobby Roode and Chad Gable

I will be the first to admit, I hated this pairing when it started. Honestly, I’m still not crazy about it, but I’m glad the titles are off A.O.P and Drake Maverick. I said in my decline of RAW blog that, they needed to reboot the tag team division and I think this is the start of it. It was a big win for Roode and Gable and hopefully it’s a sign of better things to come for the RAW tag division.

2. Daniel Bryan

Fickle! Fickle! The NEW Daniel Bryan is a great heel, and he not only had a great match last night but he also had a great promo prior to it. He beat Mustafa Ali in a very predictable match, but he managed to make Ali look good in the process. And at the end of the day it’s a win win for the WWE universe. It should be a great match this Sunday when he puts the title on the line against AJ Styles.

1. Seth Rollins

I don’t think there is any surprise that Rollins is at number one this week. If he’s not number one on everyone’s list this week, then they didn’t really watch RAW. He started off the show with some much needed truth and finished with a much needed great title defense. It’s time to put the Universal title on Rollins, and quick.

That’s it for this week. Check out Friday’s writing as I breakdown the matches for TLC on Sunday and give my official predictions.

Thanks for reading!

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.

GoHomePWB.com weekly top 10

An amazing weekend of War Games and Survivor Series was followed by an ok RAW and a forgettable Smackdown. I have to give the win to RAW for a better show this week. I’ve tied in Survivor Series in some of my decisions this week. So, let’s take a look at this weeks top ten.

10. Asuka

Asuka was able to get the win last night for her tag team match with Naomi. She made Sonya Deville tap out. I look for Sonya to get a push soon, but it would be nice is they would get Asuka back on track. She’s done nothing since losing to Charlotte at Wrestlemania. Becky Lynch is the only woman WWE fans want to see right now, so it is probably best that she lay low for a while.

9. The New Day

The new day was victorious on Smackdown last night winning the Thanksgiving themed match. They were also a part of the only winning Smackdown team Sunday. So, on a very bland Smackdown Live at was at least humorous.

8. Natalya

Natalya comes in at number eight this week after beating basically all three member of the job squad. Oops! I mean the Riott Squad. I like seeing a long time vet like Natalya get some respect from WWE.

7. Bobby Roode and Chad Gable

These guys. I’m still not a fan of the team, but I can’t deny the success they have had in recent weeks. Including beating the RAW tag team champions A.O.Pee pee as the WWE universe calls them now. They will probably have a title match at The TLC kickoff show.

6. Randy Orton

Randy Orton has been on a roll lately. Last night he completely destroyed Rey Mysterio. Not only did he beat him, he also unmasked him and left him laying while disrespecting his mask and heritage. I’ve said for weeks, maybe months, that Orton is the best heel in the WWE.

5. Baron Corbin

This might be the first time Corbin has cracked my top ten, but it is well deserved. He was able to nearly sweep Survivor Series on Sunday as acting RAW GM. And he orchestrated the worst beating I’ve ever seen Braun Strowman take.

4. Dean Ambrose

Dean Ambrose didn’t even have a match Monday night, but he made waves verbally and physically. His mind games with Seth Rollins was the perfect bait to get Rollins to the ring. Ambrose went on to beat up Rollins eventually putting him in not one, but two dirty deeds finishers. I look for Ambrose to probably take the intercontinental title from Rollins at TLC.

3. Ronda Rousey

And still undefeated… Ronda Rousey. How come that is never brought up on television? She took a horrendous beating Sunday night at the hands of Charlotte, then came out on RAW and defended her title against Mickie James. She has proven her toughness, but she is dangerously close to becoming “polarizing”, WWE’s term for … the fans don’t like you. Hopefully for her sake she can accept the boos and use it as fuel to be the best she can be.

2. Daniel Bryan

If you had any questions about Daniel Bryan’s health, worry no more. He took several German suplexes from Brock Lesnar on Sunday night and eventually lost the match. But when the show ended, he was smiling? This could be a lengthy title reign for Bryan and I like it. Last night he gave weird, but insightful promo that revealed a lot of what to expect from heel Daniel Bryan.

1. Charlotte

Who else would be number one this week?  All the talk was about Charlotte after Survivor Series and rightfully so. She put Rousey through it after she got herself disqualified. I must say I didn’t much care for her promo last night, but she made the IIconics  look bad beating both of them. It’s a very Becky Lynch like attitude, that is somewhat confusing, but it’s an aggression that is needed if she is getting anywhere close to that Women’s title. I am just not a fan of her mic work, and I can’t quite put my finger on it. I don’t know if it’s her voice or her inflection when she talks, but something just makes me want to mute my television when she’s on the mic. But she’s number one regardless, for the beating she gave Rousey Sunday night.

Let me know what you think of this weeks top ten. Also check us out later this week as I finish the series on my favorite wrestlers.

Thanks for reading and as always thanks for checking out gohomepwb.com

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.

 

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.