– Check out the latest pictures of the Ravishing Russian’s latest photo shoot. As noted, Lana will be contending in a number one contender’s match this Sunday at Battleground, as she attempts to earn another opportunity at Naomi’s SD Live Women’s Championship.
WWE have officially confirmed the following dates in Dublin and Aberdeen for one of the two annual European tours in November. AJ Styles, Randy Orton, Charlotte Flair and many more top names are set to appear.
It looks like Ronda Rousey’s MMA career is over, despite the fact that she can still make a ton of money in the UFC. If her fighting career is actually over, then her likely destination is WWE.
According to Cageside Seats, a Charlotte Flair vs. Ronda Rousey match will likely happen at next year’s WrestleMania in New Orleans, so it does look like the ex-UFC women’s bantamweight champion is on her way to WWE.
On getting another title shot and taking on Brock Lesnar:
“If it were up to me, it would be tomorrow, ya know? But you got to wait for those title shots. Our champion currently is Brock Lesnar on Raw – our Universal Champion – and he is a force to be reckoned win. He is also somebody who chooses to defend his title and fight on his own time. So you really gotta be kind of lucky to land those title shots.”
His comments about facing The Rock at WrestleMania 34:
“Obviously Rocky [The Rock], he’s a little busy these days, he’s doing some Hollywood things, doing some movies, making TV shows, all sorts of good stuff. If the opportunity came about, I would have no problem taking on The Rock at WrestleMania, sounds like a good time to me.”
On his greatest rival in WWE:
“Ironically enough, my biggest rival is also somebody that I found myself recently aligned with and that was Dean Ambrose. Ya know, Dean Ambrose is somebody that I broke in with – The Shield – and we had a falling out and things didn’t go very well for us for awhile. But recently, we’ve kind of gotten back on the same page – to a certain extent – but we’ve had some big fights over the years.”
– Check out the following preview for WWE’s RAW show in Washington, DC – the teaser notes that The Angle-Jordan Era will begin.
Father knows best
Kurt Angle’s blockbuster personal announcement didn’t just change The Olympic Hero’s life, it may have also inadvertently altered the course of Monday Night Raw. Now that Jason Jordan has been revealed as Angle’s son, the former Tag Team Champion has an opportunity to develop under the learning tree of one of the all-time greats. How quickly will this American prodigy make his mark on Team Red?
– Tomorrow night, SmackDown Live brand-exclusive Battleground will take place live from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Seen below, courtesy of Bet Wrestling, are the current betting odds for Sunday night’s WWE Battleground 2017 pay-per-view.
John Cena is favored at -1000, meaning it would take a $1000 bet just to win $100 because Cena is so favored against Rusev, who is a +500 underdog. A $100 bet on Rusev could win $500. The long odds could also be due to the perception that this is an obvious win for Cena as this is Cena’s PPV return and the fact that the comapany isn’t behind Rusev since getting that unauthorized haircut.
WWE BATTLEGROUND 2017 BETTING ODDS
WWE Championship Punjabi Prison Match
Jinder Mahal (c) -333 vs Randy Orton +220
WWE United States Championship
AJ Styles (c) -300 vs Kevin Owens +188
SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship
The Usos (c) +163 vs The New Day -227
John Cena -1000 vs Rusev +500
Fatal 5 Way No. 1 Contender Match
Charlotte +120 vs Lana +200 vs Becky Lynch +230 vs Tamina +350 vs Natalya +1000
I’m a big fan of the WWE’s DVDs, especially their documentary DVDs. So, when the WWE announced they were making one on one of the most well rounded and most consistent WWE superstars, Kevin Owens. I was obviously excited.
I am familiar with Kevin Owens story, as I have seen many interviews of him discussing things like – learning English from Jim Ross’s commentary or Steve Austin telling him to “run his mouth”. However, when those stories, which we all already know are told with the added visuals, it makes for a greater impact.
The added visuals are what WWE do better than anybody else, and are what make this Kevin Owens documentary so special. From the rare footage of a young Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn wrestling in CZW to Kevin Owens telling Chris Jericho on the sets of Wrestlemania 32 “In my hometown, I drew 23 people”, these are sights and moments that make this documentary feel special.
Not to mention the incredible footage of Kevin Owens tryout in WWE, and showing how the seeds were planted for his feud with Sami Zayn on NXT and then WWE.
On top of the rare footage and great cutaways of Kevin Owens looking out at the sky with the screen changing to a greyish colour to add effect, the family element is very strong in this DVD. Kevin is a devoted family man, and seeing him share his special moments with his family and seeing his son speechless as his Dad wins the Universal title are very touching and heartfelt moments. These types of visuals humanize the superstars, and they are moments we can all relate to.
Friendship with Sami Zayn
While I cannot deny, the unveiling of the Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens friendship in a WWE DVD was great and added so much to this DVD. However, a part of me did like how Owens and Zayn always avoided detailing their friendship on interviews to play up their on-screen rivalry, even if their comments were made with a little wink at times.
But despite my own little gripes, seeing where Owens and Zayn started and then seeing them on the grand stage of WWE “stealing the show”, it is truly an incredible story to watch.
I do recommend Fight Owens Fight – The Kevin Owens story to fans, especially fans of Kevin Owens, but I will say I am disappointed the documentary is only an hour. I have become so accustomed to WWE DVD’s pushing the two-hour mark, that an hour feels very short.
It also felt like some things could of have been discussed in more detail, such as his relationship with Dusty Rhodes and his wrestling training. Dusty Rhodes impact was not mentioned, and the section on his wrestling training with Jacques Rougeau was far too short for my liking. Also, the documentary does not discuss his incredible run with Chris Jericho, which is very disappointing.
All in all, The Kevin Owens Story is one worth watching and has more than enough to keep you engaged and leave you satisfied. There is also a nice collection of matches to add to a very well made documentary.
Since the Cruiserweight Classic ended on September 14th of 2016 and a new Cruiserweight Championship was introduced to WWE RAW on September 19th, Fans of the cruiserweights were crying for more time for the cruiserweights to do what they do best. For some reason though, 205 live is a show not many wrestling fans watch. So today I’m going to be giving me 5 reasons why 205 live is must watch tv.
5.) Long-term feuds and booking
205 live does something the main roster has a problem with and that is long term booking , and sticking to their guns so to speak when it comes to storylines. A good example is the feud between The Brian Kendrick and Akira Tozawa that recently ended on 205 live.
Akira Tozawa debuted in January and was immediately thrown into a feud with The Brian Kendrick. The feud started after Akira Tozawa refused to be taught by The Brian Kendrick, which The Brian Kendrick took the wrong way and decided to teach him lessons for weeks by beating him up, cheating while winning, even at one point found someone named Bryan Kendrick to take his place to teach Tozawa to read the fine print. After months of taking this abuse, Akira Tozawa took the lessons learned from the Brian Kendrick and used them against him. Finally ending in a street fight in the Main event of 205 live.
This is just one of the many examples of the long-term feuds and booking
4.) New Faces on TV
One of the best parts of 205 live is seeing new talent develop in front of your eyes. Getting an additional 6-8 talent on TV every week with 3 matches and 2-3 backstage promos usually adds up to a good hour of television. Characters who would have no time to build a character are suddenly given the time to develop slowly in front of a crowd.
3.) Character development between 12 superstars
Looking at the roster of 205 live , every single wrestler has a solid character.
Neville, TJP, Rich Swann, The Brian Kendrick, Jack Gallagher, Akira Tozawa, Cedric Alexander, Mustafa Ali, Drew Gulak, Tony Nese, Noam Dar, Lince Dorado, and Ariya Daviari.
If you’ve watched 205 Live from the beginning you’ve seen all these characters blossom into full-fledged characters. What’s more impressive is that , they were built up characters from nothing.
2.) Solid In-ring Action every week.
Although this might be an unpopular opinion , Every single week we’ve been treated to great main events. Don’t believe me? Go on the WWE network and check out the main events of the past few weeks. Cedric Alexander vs Noam Dar in an I quit match with a star-making promo from Noam Dar From July 11th , TJP vs Rich Swann From July 4th ( I know I know just give this match a chance. I promise it will surprise you), Rich Swan vs Neville from June 20th ( also featured a good short match from Mustafa ali and Drew Gulak)
Ok You done watching those matches? Alright as you can see , although they’ve shied away from the high flying action from the CWC . WWE has done the smart thing and added more story to their matches instead of relying on high flying spots to get reactions.
1.)The rise of Neville, The Self-Proclaimed King of the Cruiserweights.
Anyone who watches 205 live knew this had to be coming. Since returning from injury at the Royal Rumble and turning heel, Neville has been on a tear doing some of the best work of his career. Although he tuned down the high flying and flips, he’s more over with the casual Raw and tired 205 live crowd then he was a year ago. Rather its facing Rich Swann, Or his 3 match PPV series with Austin Aries or in an enhancement match with Lince Dorado. Neville has shown up to every match with his A+ game ready to steal the show. Let’s not forget that his mic work has become 100 X better since turning heel making you hate him even when he does pull out the always jaw dropping Red Arrow.
Well there you go my 5 reasons why you should be watching 205 live. Comment below if you agree or even if you disagree with my reasons.
The Evolution of Modern Day Pro Wrestling and The state of Independent Wrestling.
Who doesn’t love Pro Wrestling and the man in the picture above
Recently there’s been a lot of talk about the man pictured above, His name is Kenny Omega. Kenny Omega is currently the leader of The Bullet Club and has put on a fantastic series of matches with Kazuchika Okada, recently winning the IWGP United States Championship in a good series of matches with the likes of Jay Lethal, Michael Elgin also Tomohiro Ishii over the span of 2 days. Omega is finally getting the respect he deserves after months of good- great matches even the first ever 6 star match from Dave Meltzer , But theres one guy who refuses to believe that Kenny Omega is a respected Pro Wrestler. His Name is Jim Cornette.
One of the best heel managers in the 1970’s and 1980’s was Jim Cornette ask anybody in the pro wrestling business at the time or that watched him on the WWE Network, His work was incredible using a tennis rack as an weapon to attack his clients opponents , pure genius if you ask me. A few months ago Jim Cornette came across a Video of Kenny Omega wrestling a 9 year old child , seems innocent enough right? Apparently not , according to Jim Cornette he absolutely despises Kenny omega and feels he’s ruined the business. In Jim’s time it was all about keeping kayfabe alive as well as you can or get fined or fired. In today’s world it’s so much harder to do such a thing, there’s cameras on you 247 if you’re a professional wrestler unlike in the 80’s or 90’s all you had to do was avoid being seen with a heel or vice visa at airports bars and hotels. There’s so much social media and online news outlets it’s kinda of hard to be in character all day every day.That brings me to my next topic of the evolution of wrestling
Wrestling has evolved into something more of an art then an sport at this point. There is so many different types of styles of wrestling now that if you don’t like the slow, grappling style there’s always a different style for you. Wrestling isn’t just Headlocks and body slams for 30 minutes or promo driven, In my opinion you can be successful with limited mic skills as long as you can tell your story through your facial expressions and body language. You could argue the whole dive situation of high flyers taking unnecessary risks to try getting over with the crowd but that’s a topic for another day.
Best matches I’ve watched this week.
Every friday i’m going to post the best wrestling matches I’ve seen during the week to maybe get some more names out there on independent wrestling promotions.
Juice Robinson vs Zack Sabre Jr ( NJPW G1 Climax day 1)
Kota Ibushi vs Tetsuya Naito (NJPW G1 Climax day 1)
Drew Gulak vs Mustafa Ali- 2/3 falls match( 205 Live)
Drew Mcintyre vs Killian Dain #1 contenders match (NXT)
If there’s any independent promotions you would like me to watch and cover just let me know below! Until then….