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WWE TLC 2017 Predictions

Liam Hoofe with his predictions for this Sunday’s WWE TLC event…

WWE Raw presents TLC this Sunday night, the company’s annual PPV which has, in recent years, been the company’s final stop on the PPV calendar. This year’s show, though, is the final pitstop before we reach Survivor Series next month and the card, the main event aside, feels slightly cobbled together.

The absence of the Universal title and the fact that the Intercontinental and Tag Team champions are both in the main event means that the card consists of a large number of grudge matches, with the woman’s division and the cruiserweight division getting some much-needed attention.

The big talking points of the night are the debut of unbeaten woman’s star Asuka, and the return of The Shield to in-ring action. The main event will definitely be worth staying up for, but what
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Fourth & final ‘WWE 2K18′ roster reveal

The fourth and final installment of the WWE 2K18 official roster reveal is here and features 47 additional WWE Superstars announced for inclusion in the forthcoming franchise’s worldwide release. The installment brings the following WWE Superstars to WWE 2K18’s extensive roster:

Aiden English, Alicia Fox, Batista, Big E, Billie Kay, Bo Dallas, Booker T, Charlotte Flair, Christian, Curt Hawkins, Curtis Axel, Darren Young, Enzo Amore, Epico Colon, Fandango, Goldust, Gran Metalik, Heath Slater, Jack Gallagher, Jake Roberts, Jbl, Kassius Ohno, Kofi Kingston, No Way Jose, Noam Dar, Peyton Royce, Primo Colon, Rhyno, Rich Swann, R-Truth, Rvd, Shane McMahon, Shawn Michaels, Stephanie McMahon, Steve Austin, Sting, Sycho Sid, Tatanka, Tatsumi Fujinami, The Brian Kendrick, Titus O’Neil, Trish Stratus, Tyler Breeze, Typhoon, Tyson Kidd, Ultimate Warrior and Xavier Woods.

As usual check out the latest character images and two new entrance videos below:
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Get a First Look at Nikki Bella, Brie Bella, Nattie & More WWE Superstars' New Line of Mattel Dolls!

Get a First Look at Nikki Bella, Brie Bella, Nattie & More WWE Superstars' New Line of Mattel Dolls!
These Divas are getting their own dolls! E! News is getting a first look at Mattel's new line of action figures, which are modeled after Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, Natalya, Naomi and other fierce women of the WWE. The product line celebrates the wrestling stars' athleticism as entertainers as well as their fashion styles outside the ring. The fashion doll line features Total Divas stars the Bella Twins, Nattie, Naomi, Eva Marie and Alicia Fox, as well as Sasha Banks, Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch and Bayley in two looks, one from the ring and one in everyday life. There's also an action figure line of dolls that are modeled after Nikki, Brie and Charlotte Flair in their signature ring gear.  ...
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Paige sex tape joke, John Cena returns – WWE Smackdown Live, July 4, 2017 review

Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…

John Cena Returns

John Cena’s long-hyped, big WWE return segment was…a promo like most other John Cena promos.

John Cena loves two things: America and WWE. So coming back to Smackdown on Independence Day was effectively his birthday.

But his homecoming speech was ruined by Rusev’s Smackdown Live debut, who proceeded to cut an anti-usa promo. Making Smackdown not just the land of opportunity, but also the land of outdated foreign heel gimmicks.

John suggested they have a Flag match right there, but the fight was made for Battleground instead. Just a month ago, Rusev was reportedly planned to fight Randy Orton for the WWE Championship at Money in the Bank. Now he’s losing to Cena in a three weeks’ time in a gimmick match.

Aj Styles beat Chad Gable

As United
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How Brock Lesnar vs Samoa Joe should’ve been booked… – WWE Raw, June 12, 2017 review

Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…

The Beast, Unleashed

Two and a half months after winning the Universal Championship, and defending the belt across the United Federation of Planets, Brock Lesnar finally showed up on WWE TV, opening Monday Night Raw with a Paul Heyman-led promo. It’s a shame Heyman wasn’t wearing a neckbrace to sell being choked out by Samoa Joe the previous week.

Joe soon came down to show Brock he ain’t afraid of no beast, squaring up face-to-face, and then striking first with a mean looking headbutt. The two then had a great pull apart brawl, with Kurt Angle sending down Raw’s mid-card to keep them apart after the usual WWE security goons were destroyed.

After last week’s great promo, the Joe vs Brock feud is now two for two in fantastic segments.
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WWE backstage plans for 205 Live, Austin Aries reveals injury status – WrestleTalk News

Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…

Jim Cornette Challenges Vince Russo

Sworn enemies Vince Russo and Jim Cornette have reignited their storied rivalry in recent weeks, with Russo now challenging Cornette to a podcast debate over Skype. Jim has replied saying he has no interest in a debate. He wants fisticuffs.

After calling Russo a “miserable sack of snake-faeces” and a “sad, unemployed, mentally unstable goof…I bet you can’t even get your d*** hard because you can’t provide for your family,” Cornette issued the challenge.

“If you give me a date, a time and an address, I will meet you there and I will bring $5,000 in cash. As long as the rules are no cops, no guns and no knives and what happens, happens. And if you don’t f****** take me up on that you piece of s
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Brock Lesnar vs Samoa Joe confirmed, Bayley buried – WWE Extreme Rules 2017 review

Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…

Kalisto beat Apollo Crews

Apollo Crews and Kalisto actually had a pretty exciting match on the kickoff show. It’s crazy what happens when you give very talented wrestlers more than three minutes. Kalisto beat Crews yet again because of Titus O’Neil’s over-managing at ringside.

The Miz beat Dean Ambrose

There’s no better way to telegraph Dean Ambrose no longer being champion than Michael Cole saying ‘Dean Ambrose is currently WWE’s longest running champion’ on commentary before the match. With the title being able to change hands on a Dq, Miz made attempt after attempt to get Ambrose disqualified. In the end, though, it was a relatively clean finish with Miz hitting the Skull Crushing Finale on a distracted Ambrose. This was a fun match, despite often tripping up over its own stipulation,
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WWE Extreme Rules 2017 Predictions

Liam Hoofe predicts the results for this Sunday’s Extreme Rules WWE event…

WWE will air their 9th annual Extreme Rules show this weekend and what an underwhelming card it is. The absence of the Universal title once again leaves a Raw PPV without its biggest draw, and a main event with all 5 of the brand’s big stars in it robs the upper mid card of any key matches.

The night even appears fairly uninspired on the stipulation front, with only three matches on the card really having any sort of ‘extreme’ match stipulations.

After a terrible go home show this past week, Raw will really have to deliver a good show this Sunday. Whether it will or not remains to be seen, but let’s take a look at each match and see who is likely to walk away the victors.

Main Card

Sasha Banks and Rich Swann
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Worst WWE segment of the year so far? WWE stars return – WWE Raw, May 29, 2017 review

Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…

Dean Ambrose & Hardy Boyz beat Miz & Sheamaro

After hyping his non-Extreme Rules Extreme Rules match against Dean Ambrose this Sunday, Miz welcomed Sheamus and Cesaro to Miz TV. All three men ran down Ambrose and the Hardy Boyz until the Lunatic Fringe himself came down to interrupt. Where is this going? There’s only one of you, Dean, and three of them. You’d need two more wrestlers on your side to even the odds, preferably ones that really don’t like Sheamus and Cesaro. I can’t see how you’re getting out of this one!

Yes, Raw opened with yet another obvious in-ring promo set up for a tag match, playas. The Hardys won as they have done since they returned at Wrestlemania, which would usually hint they’re losing on Sunday.

Corey Graves
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Major Smackdown news leaked? WWE stars return – WrestleTalk News

Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…

Triple H has now confirmed on Twitter that WWE’s long-reported Women’s Tournament is actually happening, along with the competition’s name: The Mae Young Classic.

A tournament with top female talent from around the world is the next stage of the Womens Evolution in @WWE…July 13/14th from @FullSail. pic.twitter.com/qidXuWBGXA

— Triple H (@TripleH) May 23, 2017

Dave Meltzer has pointed out on Twitter the 32-woman tournament is most likely so named because Mae Young, who passed away in 2014, and Stephanie McMahon were very close – which is probably why the competition wasn’t rightfully named the Eva Marie Cup.

Exactly https://t.co/pNE6TQNYZR

Dave Meltzer (@davemeltzerWON) May 23, 2017

WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross has confirmed reports from last week that he’ll be on the tournament’s commentary team. And an equally
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WWE star debuts, Finn Balor facing Brock Lesnar next? – WWE Raw, May 22, 2017 review

Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…

Roman Reigns vs Bray Wyatt

Bray Wyatt opened the show with a refreshingly focused promo rather than the usual impressively delivered mumbo jumbo. He embodied the cult leader figure better than he has done in months, promising to slay the Beast once and for all if you – the WWE Universe – believe in him. It’s a shame we’ve been conditioned to expect nothing to come from all Bray Wyatt’s talk.

Property Lawyer Roman Reigns came down to remind The Eater of Worlds, “actually, sorry Bray, this is my yard” so Kurt Angle made a match between the two right now!

Samoa Joe attacked them both about five minutes in. Cue Seth Rollins running down for the save, and – holla holla – we’ve got ourselves a main event tag team match, playas.

Akira Tozawa beat
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WWE Tag Team Implodes! Braun Strowman Out 6 Months! | WWE Raw, May 15, 2017 Review

Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…

Kurt Angle Talks Balls

Kurt Angle opened the show revealing Braun Strowman will be out with injury for up to six months. Which, reportedly, appears to be untrue. It’s reportedly damn untrue.

But who’s going to have the balls to face Brock Lesnar in his place? Kurt actually said ‘balls’ here, presumably because Great Balls of Fire is still an actual name for a pay-per-view.

To test the Raw roster’s testicular fortitude, Angle announced Extreme Rules will have a Fatal Five Way No. 1 contender’s match – with Seth Rollins, Samoa Joe, Bray Wyatt, Finn Balor and Roman Reigns.

After the usual copy and paste ‘every one interrupts each other’s promo’ guff, Angle made Seth Rollins vs Bray Wyatt and Roman Reigns vs Finn Balor for later that night.

Jeff Hardy beat Sheamus
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Roman Reigns returns to Raw, Braun Strowman written off TV – WWE Raw, May 8, 2017 review

Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…

Dean Ambrose & The Miz

Dean Ambrose opened the show by announcing Kurt Angle won’t be here tonight – boo – so he’s been made the acting General Manager. Which he was informed about as the show was going on-air. Kayfabe WWE management do realise they can plan episodes in advance, right? Time just doesn’t just stop outside 8-11 Eastern on Monday nights.

Ripping open even more logic holes, The Miz then said, actually, Stephanie McMahon just made him the co-acting General Manager of Raw – giving us the night’s narrative thread: Ambrose and Miz booking matches last minute. So art sometimes does imitate life.

Their first act was putting Braun Strowman against Kalisto – one of the three people ever to have beaten The Monster Among Men. Let that sink in for a moment. Yeah, it’s ridiculous.
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Raw Is Bad Again | WWE Raw, April 24, 2017 Review

Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…

Whose Show Is It Anyway?

A battle of the talk show segments opened Raw. Chris Jericho’s Highlight Reel vs Miz TV vs The Ambrose Asylum. Apart from the bit where Ambrose gave Chris a new jacket as a peace offering for destroying his old one last year, this was Raw on the worst kind of cruise control. The kind that mistakes a 100 foot drop for the next left. The whole segment went way too long, continued to damage The Miz’s reputation he spent so long establishing on Smackdown, and failed to mention Ambrose’s ‘potted plant’ Jericho once destroyed by name.

I remember you, Mitch.

Matt Hardy beat Sheamus

Slightly Damaged, But Not Yet Fully Broken Matt Hardy beat Sheamus ahead of the Hardys vs Sheamaro this Sunday. Matt and Jeff have won both
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Review: The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-WrestleMania

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Everywhere you turn, there are odd mashups occurring throughout comics, especially at Warner Bros. and DC Comics where the wall separating properties has crumbled. The latest example is the confounding The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-WrestleMania direct-to-video film. Apparently they must have had a success with The Flintstones & WWE: Robo-WrestleMania because here’s a sequel.

Thankfully, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Big Show has been frozen in ice, like a certain star-spangled Avenger, and when George Jetson thaws him out, the wrestler wants title back. He does this by vanquishing that era’s wrestle-bots and once he takes the throne, decides he wants to take over the universe. Coming to the future’s rescue as Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Alicia Fox, the Uso Brothers, Sheamus and WWE impresario Vince McMahon.

George, his boy Elroy, daughter Judy, and Jane, his wife, have to save Orbit City when it’s invaded
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Ring of Honor stars to WWE, Vince McMahon on crutches backstage…

With Wrestlemania 33 just a few months away, now is the perfect time to start announcing plans for Wrestlemania 34!

If only WWE planned out their creative that far in advance.

The news might have leaked a week earlier, but that didn’t stop WWE putting on a hell of a press conference – the ‘hell’ part coming from The Deadman appearing to utter the words: “let the good times roll.”

Not quite “Rest in Peace.” We’ll put that catchphrase in the maybe pile for now.

This was to announce Wrestlemania 34 will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana. You wouldn’t know it’s number 34 going by the logo, though, as just like Wrestlemanias 31, 32 and 33 logos, there aren’t any Roman Reigns numerals.

You’re probably thinking, ‘New Orleans? But they only had it several years ago with Wrestlemania 30’. F4WOnline are reporting this was decided a few weeks ago based on
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The Jetsons and WWE in 2017’s Oddest Mashup

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Burbank, CA (January 10, 2017) – Everyone’s favorite futuristic family travels back in time to team up with some of today’s biggest WWE Superstars in The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-Wrestlemania! Following the success of Scooby-Doo! Wrestlemania Mystery, WWE Superstars Big Show®, Alicia Fox™, Roman Reigns®, Seth Rollins® and Sheamus® team up with George, Elroy, and the rest of the Jetsons gang in order to save Orbit City from the wrestle-bot army in an all-new original movie. The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-Wrestlemania!, co-produced by WWE Studios, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, will be available on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 on Digital HD and on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, on DVD for $19.98/ $19.99 Srp, just in time for the excitement of this year’s Wrestlemania 33.

In the midst of an exhibition match, a powerful snow storm freezes Big Show solid. One hundred years later, Big Show has finally thawed and is discovered by George Jetson.
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Jetsons and WWE Team-Up in Robo-Wrestlemania Trailer

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Jetsons and WWE Team-Up in Robo-Wrestlemania Trailer
Everyone's favorite futuristic family travels back in time to team up with some of today's biggest WWE Superstars in! Following the success of Scooby-Doo! Wrestlemania Mystery, WWE Superstars Big Show, Alicia Fox, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Sheamus team up with George, Elroy and the rest of the Jetsons gang in order to save Orbit City from the wrestle-bot army in an all-new original movie. The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-Wrestlemania, co-produced by WWE Studios, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, will be available on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 on Digital HD and on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, on DVD for $19.98/ $19.99 Srp, just in time for the excitement of this year's Wrestlemania 33.

In the midst of an exhibition match, a powerful snow storm freezes Big Show solid. One hundred years later, Big Show has finally thawed and is discovered by George Jetson. His first mission is to revive wrestling in 22nd century Orbit City.
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Chris Jericho leaving WWE? A huge Nxt return and Vince McMahon’s weird booking idea…

I love Noam Dar. Before he signed with WWE, I’d been watching him in wrestle in glorified North London pubs for years. You know the guy who says that he liked something before it was cool? I’m that guy right now.

But for good reason. He’s a great wrestler. He oozes charisma. He used to wear Ryan Gosling’s jacket from Drive down to the ring. Granted, not all of that has been showcased in WWE so far, but at least he’s involved in a storyline feud.

Which brings us to the other person who likes Noam Dar: Vince McMahon. But unfortunately not for the same reasons.

CageSideSeats are reporting a rumour that one reason for the Dar/Cedric Alexander/Alicia Fox love triangle on Raw and 205 Live is because Vince thinks it’s funny how Noam’s Scottish accent makes ‘Fox’ sound like…the
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Smackdown plans for Dean Ambrose revealed? Total Divas star shoots on WWE!

I’m just going to need a minute before we start. Last night’s Smackdown episode saw not just a tear in Aj Styles’ ring gear. Not just a tear in Rusev’s trousers after doing squats. Last night also saw the tear in Rhyno and Heath Slater’s relationship.

Following their tag team title loss to The Wyatt Family at Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls, and their rematch at Smackdown Live, Beauty and the Man Beast broke up in one of the least wrestling ways imaginable on Talking Smack. There was no sudden chair shot, no unveiling of a priest as Eric Bischoff. It was just two bros breaking up by talking.

As The Wrestling Observer and PWInsider reported yesterday, Aj Styles picked up “a minor ankle injury” in his No Scrubs main event against Dean Ambrose – which is thought to be from the champion’s incredible 450 splash to the outside.
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