So 2018 is the marquee year for WWE as it has given us various Pay-per-view events with a lot of awesome matches which gave us goosebumps (at least to me for sure). First, we saw the WrestleMania, followed by The Greatest Royal Rumble, SummerSlam, and Hella in A Cell. Now WWE is returning to “down under” Dubai for another great event by the name The Super Showdown.
WWE SUPER SHOWDOWN 2018 – ALL MATCHES AND WINNER PREDICTION
So let’s discuss the matches we are going to see in The Super Showdown and I will tell you about the rumored prediction of winners.
Here they are –
1. CEDRIC ALEXANDER (c) vs BUDDY MURPHY (WWE CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP) –
We are going to kick-off the event with a great match between Cedric and Murphy. Since Murphy was drafted from NXT to 205Live, he has blossomed as one of the top superstars in the roster. And he belongs to Australia as well. So there would be no better place than this to crown Murphy the new champ. I age Cedric has done a great job as the champion, with great title defenses, but Murphy deserves a better one here.
Winner – Buddy Murphy
2. THE NEW DAY (c) vs THE BAR (WWE SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM TITLES) –
So The Bar is back to tag team business, with another opportunity in a major event. They last had their title opportunity at The Greatest Royal Rumble against Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy when they were in the Raw brand. And we know The New Day is just a master class in tag team wrestling and they can give a nail-biting match anytime, for example, watch their matchup with the Bludgeon Brothers at SummerSlam. You can expect this match to steal the show. But The Bar Hager no chance here, and we can once again see then losing the match after a hot fight.
Winner – The New Day
3. BECKY LYNCH (c) vs CHARLOTTE FLAIR (WWE SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP) –
Two former best friends, Becky and Charlotte have now sworn enemies. After a long time, Becky has realized her dream of holding the Women’s Championship in her hands. And she shredded her glee-face and became a stubborn-heel, but with great support. She didn’t leave even a chance to get her hands on Charlotte. And Charlotte is now on the challenger’s side as she managed a rematch fo against her former best friend. Well, Becky won her championship recently and we are probably not gonna see Charlotte winning it back. Do expect it to be a high-voltage match, with Becky retaining her title.
Winner – Becky Lynch
4. JOHN CENA & BOBBY LASHLEY vs KEVIN OWENS & ELIAS –
Finally, John Cena is back to business again. Get ready as we are going to see a “Superstar Face Duo vs Mid-card Heel Team “. Expect it to be an s not-so-action packed match, with Cena and Lashley just thrashing Owens and Elias for an easy win.
Winner – John Cena and Bobby Lashley
5. ASUKA & NAOMI vs THE ICONIC (BILLIE KAY & PEYTON ROYCE) –
Oh man! Asuka has been given the dirt-worst treatment since her drafting to SD Live. Even a lower rated superstar like Carmella handing her loss after the loss was a sheer torture. And her inclusion in this match is confusing. Naomi was having some heated rivalry with The Iiconics, suffer had her random back up in Asuka, and we got a match. Expect the WWE doing a favor on The IIconics by giving then a big win in front of their home crowd.
Winner – The IIconics
6. RONDA ROUSEY & THE BELLA TWINS ( NIKKI AND BRIE BELLA) vs THE RIOTT SQUAD ( RUBY RIOTT, LIV MORGAN, AND SARAH LOGAN) (6 – WOMEN TAG TEAM MATCH) –
Yeah, we are getting a match as stupid as this one. Who would think The Champ Ronda will have to team up with Bella Twins for a tag team match? Becky’s getting a title defense there in SD Love and the Raw Women’s Champion is in a tag team match? Are you serious? Looking at who they are facing, you should expect The Super Baby Face Trio of Rousey and The Bella Twins to get a win, but not an easy one though.
Winner – RONDA ROUSEY & THE BELLA TWINS
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7. THE SHIELD ( ROMAN REIGNS, DEAN AMBROSE, SETH ROLLINS) vs BRAUN STROWMAN, DREW McINTYRE AND DOLPH ZIGGLER (6 – MAN TAG TEAM MATCH) –
Were you expecting The Shield vs The Wyatt Family? No no. That’s too far away. But don’t be worried. WWE is going to blow your mind with this match, owing to the storyline that has been put. Seth Rollins’ summer opponents Drew and Dolph chose to aid The Monster Among Men and destroy The Shield, with ask their dreams being shattered. This is the first major event match for The Shield after their reunion last month, so expect them to win. Expect plenty of hot tags, strongman feats by Strowman, slick offense by Ziggler, impactful maneuvers handed out by McIntyre, and efficient teamwork from The Shield. But see the win coming to The Shield.
Winner – The Shield
8. DANIEL BRYAN vs THE MIZ (#1 CONTENDERSHIP MATCH FUR THE WWE CHAMPIONSHIP)
Daniel Bryan and The Miz have developed an intense hatred for each other ever since their NXT Season One paring in 2010. The Miz got his win this year recently and so, we needed a second one. The stakes are higher in this match, as the one who wins is the #1 contender for the WWE title. And I see this honor going to Daniel Bryan. So, Bryan week be offered a championship match, which he will lose due to outside interference by the Muz, taking this feud to The Survivor Series.
Winner – Daniel Bryan
9. THE UNDERTAKER (WITH KANE) vs TRIPLE H (WITH SHAWN MICHAELS) –
The lifelong bout comes to Australia. And hope it ends here. We are going to see a classic, but the exciting match between these two. And don’t be surprised to see Kane and The HBK have some ring-side interference, but all this leading to The Undertaker putting HHH to rest.
Winner – The Undertaker.
10. AJ Styles (c) vs Samoa Joe (WWE CHAMPIONSHIP) –
I am going to kill the man who says this is useless. Just look at the competitors. The bout beat these two has reached limits. With Samoa Joe constantly targeting AJ’s family, and AJ losing his temper, we are going to see an intense physical battle here, with AJ retaining his title again somehow.
Winner – AJ Styles
SmackDown takes over RAW as People’s favourite, what’s the reason?
WWE split itself into two major brands – Monday Night RAW and Tuesday Night SmackDown. Why? What is the reason? Even I am unaware of it. Leave it. But we know both the brands contain some really awesome superstars like Roman Reigns, AJ Styles, John Cena (though part-time!), Finn Bálor, Dean Ambrose and many more.
I accept both the brands have something unique in them which makes them most entertaining, but RAW has been somewhat more famous and has maintained its supremacy over SmackDown. Well, you can not clearly tell what is the reason behind this. Maybe because RAW had and has better superstars, or maybe the storylines and feuds that this brand makes manages to impress people more. Maybe something else.
But, if we see of now, RAW is losing the importance it had. The brand is losing its light. In the last two and a half months, RAW has got a big decline in attendance and viewership. The case was so bad that it witnessed its lowest viewership ratio. Now, as I see, there are various reasons behind it. I am a big WWE RAW fan, and as a member of the audience, I list out all the defaults as I see.
Coming to the first, and the biggest reason of course, is the absence of the brand’s baby face Roman Reigns. You can see yourself, since the time Roman left WWE, RAW has taken a dip. When he was in RAW, even if the viewership was not at its max, it was not low either. Roman used to entertain people with his microphone skills as well as fights. He had won the Universal Championship just before two months or so, and had been giving fantastic matches so far. After he left, RAW has not been able to find a replacement of Reigns. Or, rather we should say that RAW has not tried any means to find a replacement for him.
When we have talked about the Universal Championship, RAW has not done justice to the biggest and perhaps most important Championship belt. After Roman Reigns relinquished the belt, people had thought that their second best choice, Braun Strowman would become the next champion. But, I don’t know what was going on in the mind of Vince McMahon. He left people in shock by crowning Brock Lesnar champion once again.
Talking about Brock Lesnar, he is perhaps the most careless superstar in the RAW roster. He is the Universal Champion, and he has made the championship belt seem like a joke. Roman used to defend his title more often regularly, and this man Brock Lesnar, he is not even present when his roster is suffering from losses. Being the ultimate champion, he is perhaps one of the biggest reason for the loss RAW is facing.
Next is about the RAW General Manager. General Manager is a man who should know how to impress people by giving them those feuds and matches which they want. And what did Vince McMahon do? He replaced Kurt Angle with the biggest flop of the roster Baron Corbin. Corbin is presently portraying his heel character. Why did Vince make him the General Manager? When Kurt Angle was doing his best job as the manager, this replacement took place. They say that Kurt wanted a return as a wrestler, so he was replaced. Man, isn’t Corbin a wrestler as well as the manager? Then why can’t Angle?
Next is the misuse of people’s favorite superstars. The WWE Universe has its own choice of superstars. How can you know? By their cheers and boos. Superstars like Finn Bálor, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Braun Strowman etc. are the people’s favorite ones. And they aren’t being given proper feuds and matches. Okay, leave Dean and Seth. What about Bálor? After being drafted to RAW, he has only one achievement to his name. He was the first ever Universal Champion, that to only for less than 24 hours. After that, he has been totally misused. Wrong feuds, wrong fights, and everything. Same has been with Braun Strowman. When people wanted him to be the Universal Champion, he was involved in a useless feud with Baron Corbin. Vince is taking wrong decisions and ruining people’s favorite superstars.
It is good that The Authority has taken everything into their hands. I don’t believe Vince McMahon, but maybe Triple H can do something about it. Yeah, I know it will be awkward to see The Authority outside their heel character as faces, but perhaps this decision would prove somewhat profitable for the weak RAW.
WWE TLC 2018 : Probably A recovery of the failure WWE Crown Jewel
So WWE is back once again with another Pay-Per-View event, the famous WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs or The TLC. Now that we’re talking about PPVs, we’re reminded of the long forgotten PPV Crown Jewel, which took place on November 2nd 2018 in Saudi Arabia. Not to mention, it was a disaster.
So, one PPV again? Well, that’s what WWE is all about. Keep entertaining people even if you’ve one or two downs. So, we now are going to witness TLC. History describes TLC to be one of the best PPV events WWE conducts, and it should be the best this year after all the mayhem Crown Jewel caused. At least we hope so!
WWE has already faced back-to-back blows, starting from the Crown Jewel, to the death of some superstars, to RAW facing crisis in viewership and attendance, to the biggest of all, Roman Reigns’ relinquishing The Universal Title and quitting WWE for a long time. After all these, we cannot afford another forfeit.
So far looking at the match card, The TLC 2018 is looking good on paper. And hope it just recovers the loss caused to WWE by the Crown Jewel.
WWE TLC 2018
Let’s take a look at the matches scheduled for TLC 2018, which is going to be held in San Jose, California –
1. INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP – SETH ROLLINS (c) vs DEAN AMBROSE
The SHIELD brothers are in a feud once again. After Roman Reigns left WWE for his battle against Leukaemia, Dean took his heel turn on Seth, once again. And by far this feud has been the support pillar for the weak RAW. After a series of sneaky attacks on Seth, Dean finally was put in a match against him. Or rather should we say, Seth got his chance to get his hands on Dean. This time, it’ll be for the IC Championship. Let’s see who swings up! Expect Dean to win a title after a long time.
2. BRAUN STROWMAN vs BARON CORBIN ( TLC Match)
Baron has been grabbing the spotlight after his appointment as the Constable first, and then the Acting General Manager. He started his feud against Strowman and has taken it to a new level after injuring him badly by working with Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre. Braun was fed up with Corbin and things worsened after he cost Braun his Universal Championship match. Stephanie McMahon gave Braun his match against Corbin in the TLC. If Braun wins, he’ll get his title rematch against Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble, but if Corbin wins, he’ll become the permanent GM of RAW. Let’s see who wins. Fir the betterment of RAW, let’s see Braun win, if ever he fights!
3. RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP – RONDA ROUSEY (c) vs NIA JAX
After getting a brisk beating in the hands of Charlotte Flair at Survivor Series, Ronda has to now focus on Nia Jax. The Irresistible Force wants so-called her title back. And she has her partner Tamina in her corner. Ronda has a big obstacle to overcome, and let’s see will she be able to overcome it or not. Expect Ronda to dis-arm Nia.
4. SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP – BECKY LYNCH (c) vs CHARLOTTE FLAIR vs ASUKA ( TLC Match )
The first-ever women’s TLC match, thanks to Smackdown General Manager Paige. Becky Lynch is back from her injuries caused by Nia Jax and is looking forward to defend her title. Charlotte Flair just finished a beating session against Ronda Rousey and got her title rematch. Both were pumped up for the match when a twist came. Ask the women of SmackDown cane out and demanded a chance for the title, and hence a rumble match was arranged where Asuka win and got her shot. Triple Threat ? Expect Becky to crush her opponents.
5. SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP – THE BAR (c) vs THE NEW DAY vs THE USOS
As compared to the RAW tag team champions The Authors Of Pain, the tag team scene in the blue brand has been a good one, but has been becoming a bit boring day by day. Let’s hope we get some new kick after this TLC. But, the question is, will The Bar be able to retain their titles?
6. FINN BALÓR vs DREW McINTYRE
The blood has been boiling between the two since the recent few weeks, and Finn has been dominated by the trio of Corbin, Lashley and McIntyre. But the feud has been built between Finn and Drew. After he was beaten black and blue by Corbin, Lashley and McIntyre, Finn returned fir a revenge and cost Drew his match against his former ally Dolph Ziggler. So the rivalry has been taken to the TLC, and we hope things square up here with Finn’s win, but rumours say that WWE wants Drew to win. Keep your fingers crossed! Hope things to go in a different way to see Drew win.
7. ELIAS vs BOBBY LASHLEY
After Leo Rush joined him, Lashley has got a boost in his performance. He took his heel turn and has been doing his work as a great negative since then, with partly teaming up with his heel partners, Corbin and McIntyre. And when things come to Elias, he couldn’t achieve much as a heel, so he’s been given a push by the WWE by making him the face. He’s among those who got beaten up by the Heel Trio. And hence he’s put on a match against Lashley. I get a feeling that he’s going to win.
8. NATALYA vs RUBY RIOTT –
This rivalry started after Ruby Riott broke Natalya’s father’s goggles during a match. This hurt Natalya badly, in fact very badly. So, she went out for a revenge. After being continuously beaten by the Riott Squad, Natalya has finally got her chance to take her revenge. This match wasn’t previously settled, but after being crushed on a table by the Riott Squad, this match will be fun to watch. Expect Natalya to break Ruby’s hand into two!
So these was the match card and hope that these matches are enough to bring WWE back to track. If this PPV fails, then God knows who’ll save WWE! But it doesn’t look like this one’s going to fail. Let’s see!
Tuesday Night SmackDown Live 25th December 2018: All matches and Reviews
Well, we have talked a whole lot about Monday Night RAW in the recent times. But to say the truth, Tuesday Night SmackDown Live deserves a lot more discussion and appreciation. The WWE Universe was always made to believe that RAW is the superior brand. But if we see the recent results, SmackDown has established itself as a real competitor of RAW. Where RAW is facing crisis regarding viewership and attendance, SmackDown has continued to impress people to the level best as it always did. Both the superstars and officials of SmackDown Live have been doing a great job to make the brand valued.
Vince has been doing and trying a lot of things to make RAW seem better, but all are in vain after the shows SmackDown has been putting. Leave aside this topic, let us look at what all happened in the SmackDown Live roster on 25th December 2018 on the eve of Christmas. As always, I will not go deep into the matches (links will be provided for each match on the list) and will just discuss and review about the matches.
Here they are –
– SmackDown live kicked off with R-Truth and Carmella – dressed as Truthy Claus and CarmElfa – coming out to spread some cheers among the WWE Universe. But soon they were interrupted by WWE Champion Daniel Bryan. He came into the ring and talked trash about Christmas and Santa Claus ruining the Earth and that the North Pole would not exist after 20 years.
He mocked Truth by saying that his career has been nothing less than a joke and that he could not even count till 30 regarding his Royal Rumble spot. And soon after he attacked Truth and justified his heel character.
Note – Daniel Bryan has taken up his heel turn very well. He has dug deep into the character, and is a big reason for the increasing popularity of SmackDown. But targeting R-Truth was not that good, as I feel!
Mustafa Ali vs Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas
Mustafa Ali picked up the second consecutive and perhaps one of the biggest wins of his career (after the match against Daniel Bryan) when he defeated Almas. The match was pretty fast-faced and full of action. And was full of action as well. There was no moment in the match when one would feel bored.
Though Almas had the upper hand in the first part of the match, but overall the whole match was evenly poised. Almas kept Ali down and finally prepared him for his finish after he kept stomping the former 205 Live star. Almas finally went for the Double Knees to finish things off but Ali side stepped him and hit him with a DDT. Next on the line was his signature move 054 which sealed the deal. One could see that Almas’ advocate Zelina Vega felt the defeat more than Almas himself did. Why? No idea.
Winner – Mustafa Ali
The Usos and Anderson & Gallows vs SAnitY and TheBar (8Man Tag Team Match)
Guess who were the guests and commentators for the match? The New Day! Particularly there was no story or build up for this match except the well known feud of The Usos and The Bar. But what the best point of the match was that the lesser known tag teams were the highlights of the match. But looking at the match up, it can be said that it was basically the face team versus the heel team.
Gallows, Anderson and The SAnitY were particularly impressive more than The Usos and The Bar. A tough competition was seen in the ring between the 8 men present in the ring. Even there was a moment where we saw all the eight men breaking down each other. The match became somewhat a chaos, but the final moment saw the face team pick up a win after Gallows and Anderson hit Cesaro with a Magic Killer for the pin.
Winner – The Usos and Anderson & Gallows
Miz TV with Special guest of the night Shane McMahon
The Miz can really start up his own show Miz TV in the WWE when he decides to retire because he is very good in the mic skills. And, the dream he had been seeing since last November finally was fulfilled after Shane O’Mac agreed to team up with him.
The special guest on Miz TV this week was Shane McMahon. Shane said that changes were coming to SmackDown. He added that the WWE would listen to fans and bring new Superstars into the main roster while delivering new match ups.
The Miz then narrated a story about his father. He started by saying that his father never told him “well done” after he did well in any match or even after winning any Championship belt. He added by saying that his father however was impressed after he saw Shane winning the World Cup in place of Miz and felt that they could make up a great tag team together. Finally Shane reluctantly agreed to team up with him, thus somewhat giving way to the baby face turn off the Miz.
Jeff Hardy vs Samoa Joe
One hell of a fantastic match, which finally ended with no one winning. This rivalry started somewhat when Hardy was out in the ring to celebrate his 20 years in WWE. And, Hardy had now a chance to shut Joe up. Hardy went off to a strong start when he hit an early dropkick to Joe before continuing to dominate match into the break. We came back to see Joe taking back control with an Enzeguiri in the corner.
Joe continued pounding Hardy until the latter hit a Whisper in the Wind. He followed it up with a Twist of Fate and looked for a Swanton Bomb but Joe rolled out of the ring. Hardy again followed Joe to the outside and continued hitting him without caring about his disqualification. But after the match ended, Joe out of nowhere locked Hardy in a Coquina Clutch which left him unmoved for long.
Winner – Samoa Joe by Disqualification
Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs Rusev (US Championship)
Rusev started off with some massive strikes. The US Champion tried to counter by locking in a triangle hold but Rusev powers out and rolls out of the ring. Rusev replied with a series of suplexes but ended up eating a kick to the sternum for his troubles. The two men kept going back and forth until Nakamura found a big opening. He hit a knee to the back of Rusev’s head from the top rope. Nakamura looked to finish it off with the Kinshasa but Rusev replied with a Super kick.
He tried to lock in the Accolade but Nakamura went for the Triangle again forcing the Brute to back off. Rusev dodged a Kinshasa and replied with a Machka Kick for the win. Rusev won the United States Championship once again.
Winner – Rusev
The ending moment of SmackDown Live saw The Chairman of WWE Vince McMahon confront AJ Styles backstage. Vince told Styles he was letting Daniel Bryan run the show and encouraged Styles to show his dark side. In order to bring it out, he slapped AJ across the back of the head and Styles replied with a right hand to the chairman of the board. Was he successful in bringing the animal out of Styles? Let’s see.
Monday Night RAW 24th December 2018: All matches, results and reviews
Almost all of us are a big fan of WWE. Whatever it does or it shows are reviewed by us. That was wrong, that should have been done, this superstar deserved to win etc. and many more. We talk among ourselves what should have been done and what lacked in the episodes. Now, it is a starting of the reviewing of the episodes we see on Monday Night RAW and Tuesday Night SmackDown. For all those who missed the matches, you can see here what happened.
Remember, I am not going to talk about the highlights. If I do, it will be a very long article. I will be listing all what happened and will be reviewing those.
On this article, I will be taking about Monday Night RAW that took place on 24th December 2018. Let us go through it –
RAW on 24th December was a must watch because the McMahon Family and Triple H in the previous RAW had made the announcement that a new start would be made and that each and every superstar would get their chance, and also the new faces would be introduced. So, it would be great to see the Authority taking up face role.
– RAW kicked off with Elias in the middle of the ring in his usual style, holding his guitar with the microphone in the front, but one unusual thing – he was wearing a Christmas Hat. He told the WWE Universe that he was about to give then the best gift of all – a humiliating Bobby Lashley, thus starting the first match of the night.
Elias vs Bobby Lashley (Miracle on 34th Street Fight)
Probably the best match of the night and the best match that Elias could have got into in his career. This was an incredibly entertaining match. All types of holiday weapons were stacked outside the ring and according to the stipulation of the match, anything could be used. Lashley was in control in the early stage of the match, but soon Elias took control and won the match after using some interesting weapons like the Christmas Tree, a bowling ball and finally, his guitar.
Winner – Elias
– Heath Slater appeared backstage during the break, wishing for Christmas that his best friend Rhyno was back.
Bobby Roode and Chad Gable (c) vs The Revival (WWE RAW Tag-Team Championships)
You must accept that Vince McMahon is doing pure injustice with the RAW Tag Team Titles. Within the last three months, we have seen the titles change place nearly four or five times. And, look at SmackDown Live. Whenever we have felt that the titles are now stable with one team, the plan changes!
However, the Tag Team Titles are now in the hands of Bobby Roode and Chad Gable. And, they are in feud with The Revival, who deserved to win the titles a lot earlier. And this time too, the match ended with the two Glorious one retaining. Even the match was not that entertaining, with the win coming with a boring roll up by Gable to Dash Wilder.
Winner – Bobby Roode and Chad Gable
Finn Balor vs Drew McIntyre vs Dolph Ziggler (Triple Threat Match)
Yet once again it feels like Finn Balor is being under-used. However, this match did not disappoint. All the three superstars gave their best and made the match entertaining. Drew dominated in the most stages of the match thanks to his physical strength.
But Balor excelled in the end stages after hitting a Coup De Grace on Drew first and then on Dolph to pin him and win the match. It was a great win for Balor with the Royal Rumble ahead.
Winner – Finn Balor
Vince McMahon’s 3 big announcements
Mr. McMahon appeared backstage and made 3 huge announcements. Firstly, John Cena will be back soon. Second, we’ll get women’s tag-team titles in 2019 and third, Ziggler will face McIntyre in a steel cage next week on WWE RAW.
Mickie James, Alicia Fox &Dana Brooke vs Sasha Banks, Bayley & Ember Moon
A really eventful 6-women tag team match which followed Mr. McMahon’s announcement. As always, the baby faces won the match after some interesting hits from Sasha Banks and Bayley. Sasha hit Alicia Fox and it followed with Bayley immediately hitting a Bayley-To-Belly to Fox for the win.
Winner – Sasha Banks, Bayley & Ember Moon
Paul Heyman helps bring in the Christmas cheer
Out next in the ring was Brock Lesnar’s advocate Paul Heyman. He talked about Braun Strowman asking Santa Claus for the replica of the WWE Universal title when he was small and that he had the chance of winning the real one now. Just then the music of Strowman hit, and he went face to face with Heyman and put a red nose and antlers on the petrified advocate of Lesnar.
He also had a message for Lesnar – he was going to be fit in the Royal Rumble and that Lesnar would ‘Get These Hands’!
Ronda Rousey (c) vs Natalya (RAW Women’s Championship)
Two friends fought it out for the Women’s Championship Title. None of the women were dominant and the match was equally poised. We did see a lot of Sharpshooters and judo throws. But in the end, the Baddest Bitch on the Planet won through her trademark Armbar.
Winner – Ronda Rousey
Heath Slater vs Jinder Mahal
I don’t know from where did this match come from. But during the match, Jinder Mahal was distracted by a Santa Claus spreading cheers at the ring side. Taking advantage, Slater hit Mahal with a high kick and pinned him but the Singh Brothers broke the pin and started beating down Slater.
Santa entered the ring and helped Slater clear it, before hitting Jinder Mahal with the Gore. Then he revealed himself as Rhyno. Finally Slater got his Christmas wish fulfilled.
Winner – Heath Slater by disqualification
Seth Rollins vs Baron Corbin
It would not be wrong to call this a time pass match. There was no build up for this match, and was not a worthy main-event. However, both the wrestlers did whatever they could to make this match worth watching. Rollins had a geared up start fir some time, but Corbin took over soon, and after a lot of beatings, Rollins was able to hit his signature Curb Stomp for the win.
Winner – Seth Rollins
WWE Tribute To The Troops 2018: All Matches Reviews, Results & Grade
WWE is well known for the PPVs it conducts. Aa through the year, we get to see many fabulous PPVs and witness some legendary and miraculous matches and fights. WWE conducts many big PPVs like WrestleMania, Hell In A Cell, Royal Rumble, SummerSlam and many more. And throughout the week, we watch RAW every Monday night (Tuesday morning in India) and SmackDown every Tuesday night (Wednesday morning in India).
Apart from all what we see on the television, WWE keeps on conducting several other shows all around the world regularly, but these are not broadcasted on the television. And, included are some small, but awesome PPVs. These aren’t broadcasted live on television, but some of them are posted on the YouTube channel of WWE.
And, one of these is Tribute To The Troops. In this PPV, WWE pays tribute to the army personnel who remain busy protecting the citizens from enemies, completely detaching themselves from the outer world. WWE superstars come up with some dream matches and perform them in the ring, completely surrounded by soldiers from every side.
This year’s event was filmed in Fort Hood, Texas, on December 4, where we were treated to four matches featuring some of the biggest names in the company, including a tag team match with stars from Raw and SmackDown teaming up to take on their respective rivals.
This year’s Tribute to the Troops also had some good matches and dream teams. Let’s take a look at the matches –
1. The Riott Squad vs. Ronda Rousey and Natalya vs. Nia Jax and Tamina
The first entry? The New Day entered dressed like Santa, an elf and a reindeer and hyped up the crowd by throwing shirts and their trademark Booty O’s and talked about some holiday stuff.
The first match was the combination of two storylines – Ronda Rousey’s feud with Nia Jax and Natalya’s feud with Ruby Riott. But interestingly, Ruby chose to sit out so that Logan and Morgan could have their time. In a match where Nia and Tamina dominated most of the match, the four other women chipped in with some entertainment too, and the crowd cheered most whenever Rousey was tagged in. And the highlight was when Rousey double arm bared Morgan and Logan to win the match.
Grade – B+
2. Elias and Finn Balor vs. Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre
The second match saw the two faces teaming up to take on their respective heel opponents. Unsurprisingly, Drew and Lashley dominated first half of the match, or rather most part of the match, and the baby faces tried to make a comeback whenever they could until the deciding tag was made. After Bálor took out both McIntyre and Leo Rush, Elias scored the pin with a sunset flip over Lashley.
Grade – C+
3. Miz TV and Charlotte and Becky Lynch vs. Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville
The Miz actually received a warm welcome with the crowd chanting “Miz is Awesome “ before he started his show by introducing Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch. But, the show was interrupted by Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose, thus giving way to a tag team match.
It was shocking to see Becky spending most of the time on the apron considering her popularity among the crowd, as Charlotte single headedly took out both of their opponents, ignoring the tag request by Lynch. In fact the only thing Lynch did was getting the submission victory by putting Deville in the Disarmher.
Grade – C+
4. Seth Rollins and AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose and Daniel Bryan
This was the dream team I was talking about and this was the dream match that the crowd wanted. SmackDown and RAW teamed up when we saw the team of Rollins and Styles taking on Ambrose and Bryan. A classic heel versus face match.
We surely know the talent these four possess, and it was not surprising to see these superstars put up a fantastic main event. Ambrose and Bryan tried to take advantage on their opponents in the starting, but as always, the good guys had the win when Styles hit Bryan with the Phenomenal Forearm.
Grade – A+
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