NXT War Games and WWE Survivor Series Review

NXT War Games from Los Angles went about as expected, except for a surprise appearance from new comer Matt Riddle. He had an impromptu match that lasted about 10 seconds. He is as over as over gets and I like his personality. The slippers, long hair and bro talk is going to be a great addition to the brand. Kassius Ohio had the unfortunate task of jobbing for Riddle. Riddle will be NXT champion before the end of 2019.

Shayna Baszler victorious

Shayna Baszler went one on one in a two out of three falls match against long time rival Kairi Sane. The match was good but quick for a two out of three match. Baszler received help from her friends to pick up the first fall. Not to be out done, Sane was given help from her friends so she could focus on Baszler. Sane was able to pick up the second fall. The third fall appeared to look as if Sane was going to win after she hit her elbow drop. But Baszler was able to roll her up after the move and pick up the win. Seemingly ending the rivalry.

gohomepwb.com pick: Shayna Baszler Winner: Shayna Baszler (overall PPV record 18-11)

Johnny Gargano vs Aleister Black

New heel Gargano went one on one with Aleister Black in probably the match of the night. Gargano and Black have very good chemistry in the ring and the build of the story in the match was excellent. Black was able to pick up the win in a dramatic fashion that took two black mass kicks to get the job done. I’m not sure this rivalry is over just yet, and I would be ok with that. I think before the next Takeover Gargano and Ciampa will be teaming up again

gohomepwb.com pick: Aleister Black Winner: Aleister Black (overall PPV record 19-11)

NXT Championship match

NXT champion Tommaso Ciampa took on the eccentric Velveteen Dream in an instant classic match on Saturday night. Ciampa is a great heel and played to it Saturday night. Velveteen Dream came to the ring paying homage to Hollywood Hogan wearing tights, bandana, weightlifting belt and even using his mannerisms while in the ring. The L.A. crowd was eating it up. The match went back and forth and was very entertaining. Both wrestlers pulled out all the stops last night, but it was a hangman’s DDT on the steel patrician that did Velveteen in. Ciampa pulled him in the ring and was able to get the pin. “Goldy” was back in the hands of his rightful owner.

gohomepwb.com pick: Tommaso Ciampa Winner: Tommaso Ciampa (overall PPV record 20-11)

War Games

For the second year in a row the Undisputed Era was involved in the war Games match. Their opponents Ricochet, Pete Dunne and the War Raiders Hanson and Rowe. These eight men went all out last night. All kinds of high spots that was highlighted by Ricochets double back flip off the top of the cage. That was preceded by a seven man super plex that saw Adam Cole Bay Bay, take a bump from the top of the cage. Tables, chairs and trash cans were also involved. Hanson of the War Raiders impressed me the most moving around both rings with incredible agility. He was doing things that some 205 Live guys can’t do. The match was a good thirty minutes long and ended after both Pete Dunne and Ricochet pinned Adam Cole.

gohomepwb.com pick: Undisputed Era Winner: Ricochet, Pete Dunne and the War Raiders (overall PPV record 20-12)

War Games was actually better than I anticipated, but I am never disappointed with a Takeover event. Now let’s take a look at Survivor Series.

Survivor Series

For the second night in a row WWE took over Los Angeles. This time it was the main rosters turn to excite the crowd. And to my surprise, they didn’t disappoint. I was shocked at the outcome of several of the matches and I think that’s why I was pleasantly surprised. The first match of the night was the tag team version of the Survivor Series match. It was for the most part a sloppy match, but it did have some pretty awesome spots. In particular, the German suplex from the top rope to the wrestles on the floor. As predicted it was a forgettable match that didn’t even count toward the overall total of the night. But it counts toward my overall PPV record and I picked this match correctly.

gohomepwb.com pick: Smackdown Winner: Smackdown (overall PPV record 21-12)

Women’s Survivor Series match

The women’s match started the actual PPV and because Natalya and Ruby Riott got into a fight prior to the PPV, they were replaced by Sasha Banks and Bayley on team RAW. It didn’t matter who they put on the team, Nia Jax is not losing right now. She was nearly booed out of the building last night, and for good reason. She took out the most popular wrestler on the roster last Monday and it looks as if Nia and Becky may be a feud for Wrestlemania. I would have thought Becky and Ronda, but after last night my thoughts have changed on that. Nonetheless RAW won the women’s match as predicted.

gohomepwb.com pick: RAW Winner: RAW (overall PPV record 22-12)

Seth Rollins vs Shinsuke Nakamura

In what I was calling the show stealer of the night Intercontinental champion Seth Rollins took on United States champion Shinsuke Nakamura. The match did not disappoint, however I was wrong on the show stealer part. That match came a little later in the night. I thought Dean Ambrose would intervene in the match helping Nakamura win, but that was not the case. And after a lengthy, grueling match Rollins was able to get the win using the curb stomp finisher.

gohomepwb.com pick: Shinsuke Nakamura Winner: Seth Rollins (overall PPV record 22-13)

A.O.P. vs The Bar

This match went exactly as I predicted, with the exception of Drake Maverick pissing his pants. It was an awkward spot in the match, but also pretty funny. A.O.P. Picked up the win shortly after, in an ok match.

gohomepwb.com pick: A.O.P. Winner: A.O.P. (Overall PPV record 23-13)

Cruiserweight Championship

Buddy Murphy and Mustafa Ali went one on one for the cruiserweight championship last night. The match was incredible and we even heard a 205 Live chant from the L.A. crowd. Mustafa Ali has been chasing that championship for a long time, and he has come close on several occasions of winning it. However, last night was not his night either and the chase continues. He will be champion someday sooner than later, but the winner as predicted, Buddy Murphy.

gohomepwb.com pick: Buddy Murphy Winner: Buddy Murphy (overall PPV record 24-13)

Men’s Survivor Series match

Team Smackdown vs Team RAW men’s edition, was better than the women’s edition in my opinion. On paper RAW should have easily won this match, and at Survivor Series that’s exactly what happened. Only Finn Balor and Dolph Ziggler were eliminated from the RAW side. There were some great spots mostly by Shane McMahon. I initially took RAW in this match and switched my pick last-minute, and that was the wrong thing to do. RAW won and after the match Corbin hit Strowman from behind. This will probably be a TLC match before Strowman takes on Lesnar at Royal Rumble.

gohomepwb.com pick: Smackdown Winner: RAW (overall PPV record 24-14)

Ronda Rousey vs Charlotte

Holy crap! If you didn’t see this match, or better yet the end of the match, stop what you are doing at once, and go watch it. I’ve been calling for a Charlotte heel turn, for months and I finally got it. And let me tell you it was a brutal beating. Charlotte beat the ever-living out of Rousey. This will eventually be a Wrestlemania match and Charlotte will be The Rock to Becky’s Stone Cold. Oh by the way Rousey won the match via disqualification, but who cares? I’ve never seen Ronda beat up this bad, even in her UFC days. Charlotte will probably be cheered for a while, but being the great heel that she is, she will be getting those boos soon.  This match for me was the show stealer and what everyone will be talking about today.

gohomepwb.com pick: Ronda Rousey Winner: Ronda Rousey (overall PPV record 25-14)

Brock Lesnar vs Daniel Bryan

I was legitimately scared for Daniel Bryan in this match. I know he has been medically cleared, but it’s a rough night when you face Brock Lesnar. Bryan took a few hellacious bumps last night. But he made it interesting and for a brief second, I thought he might actually win this. However, reality sunk in when I realized its freaking Brock Lesnar and he hit Bryan with a F5. I thought that AJ Styles would play part in the match or perhaps a double count out, but Lesnar won clean.

gohomepwb.com pick: No contest Winner: Brock Lesnar (overall PPV record 25-15)

Overall a fun weekend of wrestling, that will lead to multiple storyline options headed into the new year. I always enjoy the RAW and Smackdowns after a PPV.  I was honestly shocked to see RAW sweep the night.  It really makes Smackdown look bad. It will be interesting to see what happens going forward.

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NXT War Games and Survivor Series predictions

Another NXT war games is upon us and hopefully it’s not overkill. It was nice last year, because we had not seen a War Games match in decades. Although the cage was altered, it was still cool to see two rings side by side and a ginormous cage surrounding it. Who can forget the super-plex from the top of the cage last year. I feel like they will need to top it somehow, and though I wouldn’t put it past NXT to deliver, I’m concerned it may fall flat. There are only four matches on the card so let’s take a look and make some picks.

NXT Women’s Championship match 2 out of 3 falls

Kairi Sane will once again take on Shayna Baszler for the NXT women’s championship. This time in a two out of three falls match. I believe this will be the last match between these two for a while. I know I’m ready to see new challengers for the title and I believe the fans do as well. So with me firmly believing this is the last match between these two, that makes me think Baszler will retain. I do think it will take three falls, but I think Baszler wins clean in three and ends he feud.

gohomepwb.com pick: Shayna Baszler

Johnny Gargano vs Aleister Black

Much like Daniel Bryan Tuesday night, Gargano has gone from beloved to hated almost instantly. Gargano as a heel is interesting, and I think he will play part in the championship match between Ciampa and Velveteen. As far as his match goes, I think Black will pick up the win. I think both men will look strong in the match, but I believe Black will pick up the win in surprise fashion. Then Gargano will probably beat up Black after the match.

gohomepwb.com pick: Aleister Black

War Games Match

Four on four with two rings side by side surrounded by a cage. I loved these matches when I was a kid, and was pleasantly surprised with last year’s match. Though I doubt they can recreate the magic from last year’s match, you know the wrestlers will put it all on the line. I like the Undisputed Era in this one and will make them my official pick.

gohomepwb.com pick: Undisputed Era

NXT Championship

Tomasso Ciampa will take on Velveteen Dream for the NXT championship. Both wrestlers are great, but I don’t think Ciampa will be dropping the belt anytime soon. He is doing great work and although I think Velveteen will be champion someday, I don’t think it will be this tomorrow night. As a matter of fact I think we see a reunion of Ciampa and Gargano. I have a suspicion that Gargano will somehow help Ciampa win.

gohomepwb.com pick: Tomasso Ciampa

Survivor Series

Survivor Series is more of a WWE all-star game. The matches have very little significance and are typically more for fun than anything else. I think they need to revamp this pay per view to make it more interesting. Nonetheless, I will be watching on Sunday. So the following are my picks for Survivor Series.

RAW tag teams vs Smackdown tag teams

Ugh. What a waste of time this match will be. Probably a kick off match that will be forgotten about within seconds of the ending of the match. RAW will be represented by Bobby Roode and Chad Gable, The Revival, B-Team, The Ascension and Lucha House Party. Smackdown will be represented by The Uso’s, the NEW DAY!, SaniTy, The Good Brothers and The Colons. If team Smackdown doesn’t win it will be a crime as they have the better tag team division. I wouldn’t put it past WWE to put RAW over in this one, but I am taking Smackdown.

gohomepwb.com pick: Team Smackdown

RAW Women’s division vs Smackdown Women’s division

Mickie James, Ruby Riott, Nia Jax, Tamina and Natalya will represent RAW with Alexa Bliss as their team captain. Smackdown will be represented by Carmella, Naomi, Sonya Deville, Asuka and a woman to be named. It would be cool to see a surprise entrant or a return of a legend. I don’t think that will be the case however, since we just had Evolution. I would bet it will be either Mandy Rose or Lana. But wouldn’t be surprised to see a call up like Nikki Cross or the loser of Baszler vs Sane. As far as my pick, I like RAW in this one because of the roll Nia Jax is on. I think by the end of the match she will be the sole survivor. Natalya and Riott will probably eliminate each other, and I can see Mickie and Tamina being pinned early. Thus leaving Nia to run through the Smackdown roster making her look very strong, headed into TLC next month.

gohomepwb.com pick: Team RAW

Team RAW vs Team Smackdown Men’s match

Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre will reunite temporarily to represent team RAW. Bobby Lashley and Finn Balor are also on the team. Shane McMahon, Jeff Hardy, Rey Mysterio, The Miz and Samoa Joe will represent Smackdown in the match. I could see a lot of different story’s taking place in this match. I look for Smackdown team captain The Miz to be eliminated early by a surprise roll up or inside cradle. I can see Shane McMahon and Dolph Ziggler going at it and Ziggler getting a little bit of revenge by eliminating McMahon. I wonder if Strowman and McIntyre can coexist and what role Baron Corbin will play in the match. Smart money will be on Team RAW, but I have a feeling Smackdown will somehow win this one.

gohomepwb.com pick: Team Smackdown

A.O.P. vs The Bar

I want to pick The Bar in this one, but I honestly don’t think they are going to win. Even with The Big Show in their corner, I don’t see any circumstance that has the veterans winning. The Bar is established enough to take the L and move on. A.O.P. is in the very early stages of a major push and a loss would only hinder them. So look for A.O.P. to get the win.

gohomepwb.com pick: A.O.P.

Cruiserweight Championship

Champion Buddy Murphy will defend his title against Mustafa Ali. Murphy has been champion for a little over a month when he won it at Super Show-Down in his home town of Melbourne. Mustafa Ali has been chasing the title all year long and there is a part of me that thinks that chase will continue after Survivor Series. I think Buddy Murphy may hang onto the title a little longer.

gohomepwb.com pick: Buddy Murphy

Seth Rollins vs Shinsuke Nakamura

I am calling for this match to be the gohomepwb.com show stealer. Odds are this will be the first match of the night, after the kick off show. I think that will be a mistake, because I don’t see any other match following it. Maybe…maybe Charlotte and Rousey but I doubt it. As for the ending of the match, I think we will either see a no contest or a Nakamura win. I don’t think there is anyone that believes Dean Ambrose doesn’t intervene. He will for sure play some type a role in the match. So if a gun was to my head and I had to pick an outcome…Nakamura.

gohomepwb.com pick: Shinsuke Nakamura

Charlotte vs Ronda Rousey

Anyone else a little disappointed that we are not getting Becky Lynch vs Ronda Rousey? I question the legitimacy of the severity of Lynch’s injury. Yes, it looked nasty and yes, it was a very stiff shot by Nia Jax, but usually someone with a concussion isn’t allowed anywhere near the ring. Especially a severe concussion and a broken face. We will know for sure if she plays part in this match on Sunday. Personally, I think this is WWE’s way of telling us wait until Wrestlemania for Lynch vs Rousey. As for Charlotte vs Rousey, no way Charlotte wins. They wouldn’t have a non champion on Smackdown beat the RAW women’s champion. Even if it wasn’t Ronda Rousey, I don’t think a non champ from a different brand would go over in this match. I think it will be a great match, up there with Rollins and Nakamura. But I foresee Charlotte tapping to the arm bar.

gohomepwb.com pick: Ronda Rousey

Daniel Bryan vs Brock Lesnar

Newly crowned WWE champion Daniel Bryan will go one on one with Brock Lesnar for the right to be called the champion of champions. A heel Daniel Bryan is something we haven’t seen for years and I have to say I like it. I think the YES! movement has seen its better days and I am glad it’s over. I am curious as to how this match will go. I think it will be tough to have new heel Daniel Bryan and heel Brock Lesnar to have a good match. I along with a lot of fans, am confused on who to root for. I think it’s easy to root for Bryan because he’s the clear underdog, but I think a lot of fans are upset with Bryan for turning his back on them. So Lesnar could end up being the fan favorite in this one. Odds are it will be a split crowd and as for the winner of the match…the fans. There is no way this match will end with a clean finish. The only decisive finish I could see would be a sleazy move from Bryan or a quick surprise pin. No way Lesnar taps to the YES! lock. AJ Styles will probably be involved somehow. I could also see Bryan just walking out on the match playing to the heel character. My call on this one will be no contest.

gohomepwb.com pick: No Contest

My overall PPV prediction record is 17-11. Survivor Series is a tough one because of the brands fighting each other. I look for RAW to take the night for bragging rights. Watch out for Nakamura/Rollins, that will be the match of the night.

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