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.

Check out gohomepwb.com on Wednesday for my weekly top ten!

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Evolution Review

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The first all women’s pay per view is in the books, and it was a success!  A card full of great matches, and a crowd that was into every match, made for a fun night.  A lot of legends of the past, the women of the present and even the future of women’s wrestling were all on display last night.  Although my predictions were not as accurate as I had hoped, I like a surprise and the women last night surprised me with what they could do.  A great opening with Nita Strauss playing the guitar better than most people can even dream about.  It was also great to see Beth Phoenix on commentary.  We also saw Lilian Garcia as a ring announcer for a couple matches.  That was before the matches even started.  So let’s get into the matches.

Trish & Lita still got it

Trish Stratus and Lita had a tag team match with Mickie James and Alicia Fox with the injured Alexa Bliss in their corner.  A pretty good match that went back and forth, but it was the hall of famers that picked up the win last night.  We were able to see all the classic moves from Trish and Lita, plus see them pick up a win.  A great way to start the show.

gohompwb.com pick: Trish and Lita  Winners: Trish and Lita (PPV prediction record: 9-2)

Women’s Battle Royal

The women’s battle royal was everything as advertised.  It was great to see all the women in the match get an entrance.  It was great to see the legends like Ivory, Molly Holly, Michelle McCool, Torrie Wilson, Maria Kanellis, Kelly Kelly, and Alundra Blaze.  This was a hard one to pick.  I would have liked to see Carmella win it, because she is moving up the popularity list very quick.  I had a feeling she wouldn’t win, and I played it safe with the pick of Asuka.  Asuka had a good showing, but it was not as good as Ember Moon and Nia Jax who were the last two in the match.  Nia eventually picked up the win and earned herself a shot at the RAW women’s championship.

gohomepwb.com pick: Asuka  Winner: Nia Jax  (PPV prediction record: 9-3)

The Riott Squad vs Sasha Banks, Bayley and Natalya

A decent six woman tag match that had the Riott Squad in control for most of the match.  This was probably my least favorite match of the night.  It was also the match that I was looking forward to the least.  So my thoughts on the match were already there before the match started.  I was hoping they would change my mind, but they didn’t .  Sasha, Bayley and Natalya won as predicted.

gohomepwb.com pick: Sasha, Bayley and Natalya  Winner: Sasha, Bayley and Natalya (PPV prediction record: 10-3)

Mae Young Classic Final

Toni Storm went one on one with Io Shirai with the winner being crowned the Mae Young Classic tournament winner.  In my opinion this was the best match of the night.  The women went back and forth displaying moves that you don’t typically see women do.  Io Shirai has one of the smoothest ariel move sets I have seen in a long time.  Toni Storm has a great look, with a great finisher.  A finisher that she needed to hit twice to get the win.  It will be interesting to see where these women go in their career.  I personally hope to see more from Toni Storm.

gohomepwb.com pick: Toni Storm  Winner:  Toni Storm  (PPV prediction record 11-3)

NXT Women’s championship match

Shayna Baszler got her rematch for the NXT women’s championship against current champion Kairi Sane.  I am not a fan of Kairi’s pirate character.  I like her and the moves she displays, especially the flying elbow finisher.  It is just hard to buy a princess pirate as a champion.  Shayna Baszler on the other hand… she is a bonified bad ass, and a very believable champion.  Shayna was able to get some assistance from her friends in the match and eventually defeat Sane to regain the championship.  I don’t believe the assistance was needed, but it adds to the heel character that is Shayna Baszler.

gohomepwb.com pick: Kairi Sane  Winner: Shayna Baszler (PPV prediction record 11-4)

Smackdown Women’s championship

First, let me get this off my chest.  Why?  Why was this match not the main event?  I get that WWE wants Rousey to be the face of the Women’s division, but I think long time hardcore fans like myself, are feeling a little forced to like Rousey.  Becky Lynch and Charlotte has had the biggest rivalry on the main roster for months.  We saw two, maybe three weeks of Nikki and Rousey build.  Another classic example of Smackdown champions not getting the love that RAW champions do, but I digress.

The last woman standing match for the Smackdown women’s championship did not disappoint.  I saw these two women do things that some men probably will not do.  The match was brutal, but in a good way.  Becky and Charlotte beat the ever-living out of each other.  Bumps on tables, ladders and chairs.  Leaps from ladders through tables, chair shots that hurt me to watch and a finish of a powerbomb from the second rope through a table on the floor!  Charlotte was not able to get to her feet before the ten count after that.  Becky won the match fair and square and although we didn’t see the double turn like I had hoped, the writers planted seeds of a legit Becky baby face.  Becky is loved by the crowd, and no matter who she is up against, she will be cheered.  A great match that went close to thirty minutes.  Well done, ladies, well done!

gohomepwb.com pick:  Charlotte  Winner Becky Lynch (PPV prediction record: 11-5)

Rousey still undefeated

Another match from Rousey that made her look super strong.  After all that is the point right?  I was really hoping for Nikki Bella to win this match, although I know it would have been a major upset.  In my mind I had a plan as to how this would play out.  It was a stretch, but I was really hoping we would see a Baszler run in to cost Rousey the title.  But it was not the case and as predicted, although not by me, Rousey picked up the win in an ok match.  I was a little concerned with Nikki Bella’s neck as it looked at some point during the match that it was really bothering her.  But she was able to finish the match.  Rousey is still champion, but I wish she would develope her own character.  The Roddy Piper rip off, although blessed by Piper, is aggravating me.  Piper was a heel, probably the best ever!  If she is going to do it, do it as a heel, do it justice.  Rant over.

gohomepwb.com pick: Nikki Bella  Winner: Ronda Rousey (PPV prediction record 11-6)

A historic night that didn’t disappoint on the wrestling.  The women brought it last night, really telling the men at Crown Jewel to “follow that.”  Crown Jewel will take place this Friday at noon.  And it WILL take place in Saudi Arabia.  However, WWE is still not promoting the location of the event on TV or on the pay per view last night.  It will be interesting to see how this plays out, as a couple of wrestlers have said they will not go to Saudi Arabia, including John Cena and Daniel Bryan.  Both who are playing major roles in the event.  I guess we will have to stay tuned to WWE to see how this plays out.  Also Friday morning, I will give my prediction for Crown Jewel, be sure to check it out.

I hope that Evolution was as enjoyable for you as it was me, and I know I can’t wait to see what happens on RAW tonight.  Check out gohomepwb.com tomorrow for my RAW review.  Thanks for reading!