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Monday, April 3, 2017

WrestleMania 33 Report Card


As you all know, WrestleMania 33 is now officially in the books. Therefore, it's time for my report card.

Here is how the grading system will work:

Example: If a match is 5/10, it will get a C-

WrestleMania Kickoff

  • Neville def. Austin Aries to retain the Cruiserweight Championship
This was the very first match to kick off the WrestleMania Pre-Show to showcase the talent of #205Live. I was hoping this match was saved for the 6 PM hour, but beggars can't be choosers. The match itself was very good and both Neville and Aries did their best based on the time they had for the match. Although it looked like Aries would dethrone the King of The Cruiserweights, it wasn't enough as Neville retained the title

Grade: B-

Reason for Grade: Had the match been on a non big 4 PPV, this would've got more time.


  • Mojo Rawley wins the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal
This match was a huge clusterfuck to say the least. If anything, this match should have gone first instead of the Cruiserweight match. Many who thought Big Show or Braun Strowman would win were left disappointed as they were eliminated early in the match. My issue isn't Mojo Rawley winning the Battle Royal. It's how he won it. During the match, Jinder Mahal and Mojo exited the ring under the rope and brawled. Mojo's friend and New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was sitting ringside and yelling at Mahal during the brawl. Mahal proceeded to throw water at him, which led to Gronk interfering in the Battle Royal and costing Mahal the victory. At the end, the New England Patriots find a way to cheat at WrestleMania.

Grade: F

Reason: See the explanation above


  • Dean Ambrose def. Baron Corbin to retain the Intercontinental Championship
I was not surprised this match was placed in the pre-show at the last minute since this match had barely any hype on #SDLive. Many, including myself would think that Baron Corbin would become the new Intercontinental Champion. However, that was not to be as Dean retained the title. The match itself was okay as there were a lot of commercial breaks in-between (which showed that WWE had very little interest in the match). Hopefully, there will be a title change this Tuesday on SmackDown Live.

Grade: C-

Reason for Grade: Time constraints and little effort from both competitors

Main Show

  • AJ Styles def. Shane McMahon
I was one of those who didn't want this match to happen based on the rumors I read, but once I read an article from +IWNerd, I realized and understood why the match took place. If a wrestler has the honor to wrestle a McMahon, it shows that Vince has faith in that star. The hype heading into the match was that AJ Styles felt there was a conspiracy that SD Commissioner Shane McMahon and GM Daniel Bryan were out to screw him. The match surprised and exceeded my expectations as Shane was able to match AJ in the ring and was able to land a few submissions. At the end, Styles pins Shane and gets his 1st WrestleMania victory of his career.

Grade: A-

Reason for Grade: Those guys set the bar high for the rest of the talent to follow. I wish Daniel Bryan wasn't forced to retire due to concussions. It could've been Bryan vs Styles at WrestleMania.


  • Kevin Owens def. Chris Jericho to become the NEW United States Champion
This match was months in the making. During the late summer/early fall of 2016, Jericho and Owens formed an alliance on Raw. The two had a lot of chemistry together as Jericho helped Owens retain the Universal Championship on various occassions. However, that all changed during the Festival of Friendship when Owens turned on Jericho. Jericho returned the favor by interfering in Owens' title match against Goldberg which led to Owens losing the Universal title. In return, Owens requested Jericho to put up his US Title at WrestleMania. The match was well paced and had a lot of back and forth. At the end, Owens finally sought his revenge as he defeats Jericho to win the US title.

Grade: B+

Reason for Grade: While it did not live up to the Shane/AJ hype, it managed to tell the story it developed for several months


  • Bayley def. Charlotte, Sasha Banks, and Nia Jax in a Fatal 4 Way Elimination Match to retain the Raw Women's Championship 
This match could've been a lot special had Charlotte retained the Women's title heading into WrestleMania and Bayley ending her PPV streak from there. However, due to impatient booking from Raw creative, it was diluted. Nonetheless, it was nice to see Charlotte and Sasha Banks fight for a title at WrestleMania in back to back years. It was also Bayley and Nia Jax's first ever WrestleMania. The matched started off with Nia Jax getting teamed up on before Nia goes for some offense. Nia Jax was the first to be eliminated in the match, therefore becoming a triple threat match. Sasha Banks was eliminated next, therefore Bayley and Charlotte were the final two remaining. At the end, Bayley defeats Charlotte to retain the title.

Grade: C+

Reason for Grade: Did not live up to the expectations from last year's women's match as well as diluted booking in the Raw women's division


Originally, this was a Triple Threat Ladder Match for the Raw Tag Team Championship. However, this happened:



Yes, you heard it right. The Hardy Boyz returned to WWE in their #EXPEDITIONofGOLD to make it a Fatal 4 Way match. Therefore:


  • Hardy Boyz DELETED The Club, Enzo & Cass, and Sheamus & Cesaro in a Fatal 4 Way Ladder Match to become the NEW Raw Tag Team Champions
I was too nostalgic and marked out like crazy since I never thought it would ever happen. Nonetheless, the Hardyz haven't missed a step and they look to put the Raw tag team division on notice.

Grade: B+

Reason for Grade: While the match itself wasn't too spectacular, it definitely got the crowd exciting. I just hope that BROKEN Matt doesn't get offended by the grade and this blog fades way and classifies itself as OBSOLETE.


  • John Cena and Nikki Bella def. The Miz and Maryse in a Mixed Tag Match
The hype leading up to the match was spectacular. Cena and The Miz traded shots at each other and Maryse and Nikki did their part too. However, the match itself was a flop. It felt too one sided and fans who were in attendance already figured out that Cena and Nikki would win the match. I can understand that Nikki was wrestling hurt, but Cena and Miz could've put a longer match. At the end, Cena proposed to Nikki and the two left the stadium engaged.

Grade: D

Reason for Grade: Match did not live up to hype and felt way too silly


  • Seth Rollins def. Triple H in a Non-Sanctioned Match
This match was years in the making ever since Seth got injured in late 2015. The two had history together as Seth was considered the guy by The Authority and was the top star of the company. However, due to injuries, Seth was forced to vacate the WWE Championship that time. Seth did return in the summer of 2016, but things were different as Triple H turned on Seth in an episode of Raw for the vacant Universal Championship match. Although the payoff didn't happen right away, Triple H finally responds after months of Seth bashing him. However, this match almost didn't happen due to Seth getting injured in the hands of Samoa Joe.

Nonetheless, Seth managed to recover and the two finally settled the score at WrestleMania. The match itself was okay since it was too dragged out. Understandable that it didn't push the envelope as Seth was fighting the flu before last night. However, this could've been a shorter match.

Grade: C+

Reason: While the match finally happened, the length was far too long and thus fans were losing interest in the match.


  • Randy Orton def. Bray Wyatt to become the NEW WWE Champion
This match had a backstory since Orton won the Royal Rumble as a member of The Wyatt Family. However, Orton later turned on Bray and burned his house down on an episode of SDLive. Aside from the special effects that took place during the match, the match itself was really flat and uninspiring. Add the fact that the outcome was not necessary

Grade: C-

Reason: No need for Randy Orton to become WWE Champion again. Unless this leads to a bigger storyline down the road


  • Brock Lesnar def. Goldberg to become the NEW Universal Champion
The hype leading up to the match was extremely low expectations from the fans due to the debacle of WrestleMania 20. However, it finally served a purpose and Brock Lesnar finally defeats Goldberg for the first time ever and wins the Universal Championship

Grade: C+

Reason for Grade: Short match, but exceeded expectations and it's better to have Lesnar as Universal Champion than Goldberg


  • Naomi def. Alexa Bliss, Becky Lynch, Carmella, Natalya, and Mickie James to become the NEW SmackDown Women's Champion
Disregard the graphic. Originally, this was going to be a match in the kickoff, but due to fan revolt on social media, it all changed. Instead, it became the main event for the SmackDown brand of WrestleMania. This is considered historic that the women of SmackDown were moved to the co-main event of WrestleMania as it shows that WWE has faith in them. This was also the first WrestleMania for Alexa Bliss, Naomi, and Carmella. It was also the first WrestleMania for Mickie James since 2010. The match itself wasn't very long, but it served a purpose and Naomi finally gets her moment in her hometown of Orlando.

Grade: B-

Reason for Grade: Short match due to others going long, but the quality of the match served its purpose as mentioned before.


  • Roman Reigns def. The Undertaker in a No Holds Barred match
This match is considered the final match for The Undertaker. Originally, fans wanted Undertaker vs John Cena to be his last match, but that was not to be. Back at Survivor Series, Reigns eliminated The Undertaker which lead to Undertaker getting his revenge leading up to WrestleMania. While the match itself wasn't too spectacular, it served as a curtain call for The Undertaker and a passing of the torch to Roman Reigns. Which also means that fans now hate Roman Reigns more than ever. 

Grade: C+

Reason for Grade: I know I shouldn't be too hard on this match, but I have to be fair. It's not Reigns' fault for the match becoming lackluster as The Undertaker is now past his prime. If this is the end, I can say #ThankYouTaker.

Now, it's time for the final overall grade:



C+

WrestleMania 33 started out well in the first half, but fell flat and dragged in the second half. However, this is still better than last year's WrestleMania










Monday, July 11, 2016

Storyline scenario between WWE Draft and WrestleMania 33

DISCLAIMER: This is just a fantasy storyline. There will be no effect. Should this become reality, this is merely coincidence.

Storyline scenario between WWE Draft and WrestleMania 33:
Early on, Shane and Stephanie runs both Raw and SmackDown. Then, Triple H returns and ambushes Shane. Steph of course would side with Triple H. This leads to Triple H vs Shane where "Loser Leaves Raw". Triple H wins, which leads to The Authority running Raw while Shane runs SmackDown exclusively.

Fast forward months later, The Rock returns to Raw as a "free agent". He would appear on both shows for a week. Following week on Raw, Rock must make a decision to either appear on Raw or SmackDown. The Authority makes an insult towards The Rock, which leads to him signing with SmackDown on a "short term deal". 

Rock would appear on SmackDown exclusively, but not every week. On an interbrand PPV, Triple H (or one of the members of The Authority) costs The Rock a match. This leads to Rock "invading" Raw and requesting a match against Triple H at WrestleMania. Triple H accepts the challenge.

Shane would add the stipulation that if Rock wins, The Authority is no longer in power. The Authority counters by saying if Triple H wins, Rock can no longer appear in WWE again. At WrestleMania, The Rock def. Triple H. The Authority are out of power for good. No clauses, no BS. G-O-N-E. This leads to Shane appearing on both shows, but instead appoints new COO's for both brands. Rock would become a free agent after WrestleMania and returns to films.



Wednesday, May 25, 2016

WWE: Return of the Brand Extension


Hello everyone. Unless if you have missed it this morning, WWE has announced that SmackDown will be going live on Tuesday nights starting July 19th of this year. Not only will SmackDown be going live, but also there will be "distinct rosters" for Raw and SmackDown. Which means the brand split is returning. Here's the video where Shane and Stephanie McMahon has made the announcement:






Here are my thoughts on this: I actually like the idea of splitting the brands. The brand split had to end in 2011, because there was a deficit of talent. Now, it's a surplus of talent going forward. As for the championships? Here's my take on this:
- Have the WWE World Championship, Women's Championship, and Tag Team Championships be dual branded.
- Build Raw around the United States Championship
- Build SmackDown around the Intercontinental Championship
- Bring the Cruiserweight Championship to SmackDown and the European Championship to Raw

So, if the brands were split tomorrow, here's how the title holders would be distributed:

Dual Branded
Roman Reigns
Charlotte 
New Day

Raw
Rusev

SmackDown 
The Miz

However, that is not the case. Fortunately, WWE has an entire month to evaluate the roster for the brand split. 

When it comes to announcing, they should definitely have brand exclusive announce teams. Here are the pictures I posted this morning on who should announce which show:




So as you can see for Raw, you would have Cole, JBL, and Saxton while for SmackDown, you would have Mauro, Lawler, and Lita. Now, I will clarify a few things. 

1. Why Cole on Raw? Mainly because whether you like it or not, Cole is the flagship voice for WWE and needs to be on the flagship show. Mauro Ranallo just started this year so give it some time. Let Mauro build up SmackDown and as long as he continues to work hard, Mauro will be promoted to Raw. 

2. Saxton on Raw and Lita on SmackDown? Currently, Saxton is the color commentator for both shows and since there is a split, Saxton has to choose one. If I were him, I would choose Raw because he's already the voice over there and someone needs to keep JBL in line. 

Now the question is why Lita to replace him? Well, I want to see SmackDown and WWE make history and have a full time female color commentator work alongside Mauro Ranallo and Jerry Lawler. ESPN did it when they chose Jessica Mendoza become a full time color analyst alongside Dan Shulman and Aaron Boone for Sunday Night Baseball. Why not WWE? Also, Lita can learn from the best and have Mauro mentor her during the hours where they are backstage reviewing notes.  And to sum it all up, the women on the current roster can have someone to look up to if they want to announce in the future. 

Last, but not least for this discussion is PPV's. For now, do not go to brand exclusive PPV's because they need to gather more resources and money for that. Also, have a split announce team for each PPV for every match per brand. As for the interbrand matches, it will be up to WWE. For example, if the wrestler from SmackDown is a face while the opponent is a heel on Raw, the commentary team from SmackDown would be calling it (and vice versa). 

That's all I have to say for now. I will do a follow up on how the rosters will build up and who's perfect for what later on. 

- Kalind Patel




Monday, October 5, 2015

2015 MLB Postseason Schedule- from MLB.com

Here is the 2015 MLB Postseason schedule straight from MLB.com:


** subject to change
Wild Card Schedule
GameDateNetworkAir Time (ET)
Astros @ YankeesTuesday, October 6ESPN8:08 PM
Cubs @ PiratesWednesday, October 7TBS8:08 PM
ALDS
GameDateNetworkAir Time (ET)
ALDS A, Game 1Thursday, October 8FOX, FS1 or MLBNTBA
ALDS B, Game 1Thursday, October 8FOX, FS1 or MLBNTBA
ALDS A, Game 2Friday, October 9FOX, FS1 or MLBNTBA
ALDS B, Game 2Friday, October 9FOX, FS1 or MLBNTBA
ALDS A, Game 3Sunday, October 11FOX, FS1 or MLBNTBA
ALDS B, Game 3Sunday, October 11FOX, FS1 or MLBNTBA
ALDS A, Game 4*Monday, October 12FOX or FS1TBA
ALDS B, Game 4*Monday, October 12FOX or FS1TBA
ALDS A, Game 5*Wednesday, October 14FOX or FS1TBA
ALDS B, Game 5*Wednesday, October 14FOX or FS1TBA
NLDS
GameDateNetworkAir Time (ET)
NLDS A, Game 1Friday, October 9TBSTBA
NLDS B, Game 1Friday, October 9TBSTBA
NLDS A, Game 2Saturday, October 10TBSTBA
NLDS B, Game 2Saturday, October 10TBSTBA
NLDS A, Game 3Monday, October 12TBSTBA
NLDS B, Game 3Monday, October 12TBSTBA
NLDS A, Game 4*Tuesday, October 13TBSTBA
NLDS B, Game 4*Tuesday, October 13TBSTBA
NLDS A, Game 5*Thursday, October 15TBSTBA
NLDS B, Game 5*Thursday, October 15TBSTBA
ALCS
GameDateNetworkAir Time (ET)
Game 1: TBD vs. TBDFriday, October 16FOX or FS1TBA
Game 2: TBD vs. TBDSaturday, October 17FOX or FS1TBA
Game 3: TBD vs. TBDMonday, October 19FOX or FS1TBA
Game 4: TBD vs. TBDTuesday, October 20FOX or FS1TBA
Game 5: TBD vs. TBD*Wednesday, October 21FOX or FS1TBA
Game 6: TBD vs. TBD*Friday, October 23FOX or FS1TBA
Game 7: TBD vs. TBD*Saturday, October 24FOX or FS1TBA
NLCS
GameDateNetworkAir Time (ET)
Game 1: TBD vs. TBDSaturday, October 17TBSTBA
Game 2: TBD vs. TBDSunday, October 18TBSTBA
Game 3: TBD vs. TBDTuesday, October 20TBSTBA
Game 4: TBD vs. TBDWednesday, October 21TBSTBA
Game 5: TBD vs. TBD*Thursday, October 22TBSTBA
Game 6: TBD vs. TBD*Saturday, October 24TBSTBA
Game 7: TBD vs. TBD*Sunday, October 25TBSTBA
World Series
GameDateNetworkAir Time (ET)
Game 1: NL Champion at AL ChampionTuesday, October 27FOXTBA
Game 2: NL Champion at AL ChampionWednesday, October 28FOXTBA
Game 3: AL Champion at NL ChampionFriday, October 30FOXTBA
Game 4: AL Champion at NL ChampionSaturday, October 31FOXTBA
Game 5: AL Champion at NL Champion*Sunday, November 1FOXTBA
Game 6: NL Champion at AL Champion*Tuesday, November 3FOXTBA
Game 7: NL Champion at AL Champion*Wednesday, November 4FOXTBA