This is the very first post on a new segment called “Fantasy Booking.” Where I take a current spot in a wrestling company and come up with a different scenario. Something that most wrestling fans do on a regular on social networks after they finish watching a PPV or a tv show during the week.
My first installment was going to center around King Barrett and establishing him in the midcard with his Royal Court. But part of that brought in Layla but she is now retired. So I will switch gears and combine this post with my second post involving the Intercontinental Champion being currently held by Ryback.
As we already know King Barrett is currently stuck in bottom card purgatory after a rather confusing feud with R-Truth. Most of the time, winning King Of The Ring meant that you got a push and became a big part of the programming like King Booker, King Owen, or King Kurt just to name a few.
We are also provided with an interesting situation WWE has not capitalized on. Ryback is currently out with an injury and was unable to defend his title at the Battleground PPV. I believe WWE should adapt the UFC approach and hold Interm championship matches when a title holder is out with injury. That way, you can still have title defenses so you don’t have Miz and Big Show yelling at each other in a few that seems quite pointless. I would say that you let a couple of people battle it out for the Interm Intercontinental Championship and let Barrett become champ. As King, a championship run can give him a lot of momentum. Holding court and giving out bad news. While this goes on, you can start showing Ryback preparing for a return with workout promos and interviews showing how he wants to show that he’s focus on unifying the Intercontinental Championship. This lead to a build between Barrett vs Ryback at the next PPV to unify the title. Like when Michaels and Razor Ramon unified the title at Wrestlemania X in the classic ladder match.
Now I’m not saying that a Barrett/Ryback match needs to be a ladder match but it can bring great hype to the secondary championship that is normally forgotten.
What do you think of the booking?
It’s playoff time and now it’s time to see all the storylines play out.
Will LeBron bring a ring to Cleveland?
Will the Steve Kerr experiment work?
Can the Spurs repeat?
Are Atlanta Hawks the real deal or just regular season good?
Can D. Rose & The Bulls make a run?
So it’s time for my predictions for the first round.
Let’s start with the East
Atlanta vs Brooklyn
I like Atlanta. I don’t see Brooklyn taking this series. Atlanta is good solid team. Brooklyn is messy.
Prediction: Atlanta in 5 games
Cleveland vs Boston
LeBron James has a better first round average than Michael Jordan. That means he comes out the gate fired up. I believe he will be even more fired up playing at home again. Boston is a scrappy young team but the Cavs will be looking to make a statement.
Prediction: Cavs sweep
Chicago vs Milwaukee
This one makes me rack my brain. I’ve been off the Chicago train all year with all their injuries. I believe that their window has closed. But with D. Rose coming back, it seems like the Bulls want to make a run. The Bucks are young but they have heart. I believe they can steal a few games during this season.
Prediction: Bulls in 6 games
Toronto vs Washington
I believe this will be the toughest matchup in the East first round. Beal and Wall are a dynamic 1-2 punch. Paul Peirce brings playoff experience. Toronto is a tough team led by Lowry. Washington hasn’t defeated Toronto this season and I feel that will be a factor in this series.
Prediction: Toronto in 7 games
Golden State vs New Orleans
Golden State is having a great season and they will look to keep that momentum going. New Orleans got into the playoffs at the last game of the season. Anthony Davis will finally get his playoff experience but I think they got worst matchup.
Prediction: Golden State sweep
Houston vs Dallas
Harden and the Rockets are a hot team and look poised to make a deep run in the playoffs. The Mavericks haven’t be able to get it together since the Rondo trade. I think they will struggle against Houston. I see some words being exchanged between Parson and a few Rockets players.
LA Clippers vs San Antonio
The Clippers look like a mess heading into the playoffs. Chris Paul cannot do it on his own. The Spurs will make this a brutal series with their fouls on DeAndre Jordan. We will see more time with Jordan on the free throw line than we want to see. Spurs are a cold and calculating team. Duncan is playing fresh heading into the playoffs which is great news for the Spurs. All their team leaders look healthy and well rested.
Prediction: Spurs in 5 games
Portland vs Memphis
Portland was banged up earlier this season but they seem healthy for the most part (except for Matthews who is out for the year). But Memphis is tough with Gasol & Randolph in the middle and Allen playing very well. I believe the will Aldridge and Lillard a tough matchup.
Prediction: Memphis in 7 games.
Overall, the playoffs will be very entertaining. So sit back and enjoy.
Unless you’re living under a rock the weekend, WWE announced that AJ Lee retired. AJ Lee love has showered all over the Internet so I thought about where she ranks among the WWE Divas.
Let’s go thru a quick timeline……
Obviously, most people under the age of 21 don’t remember legends like Fabolous Moolah and Mae Young who are basically always in the top 5 of diva talk. These ladies dominated the golden age of wrestling. Moolah was the face of women’s wrestling for decades.
Then you have Alundra Blayze, the start of the New Generation. Who took on not so great talent (Bull Nakano & Big Bertha) but was super athletic and a very likeable talent.
Then you head into the Attitude Era with Sable, Sunny & Chyna headlining that class with most women being managers and women wrestling almost nonexistent after the infamous Monday Night War moment of Alundra Blayze trashing the WWF Women’s Champion.
With females become more and more involved in the ring. The women’s title came back saw the great rivalry between Trish Stratus & Lita. Taking women’s wrestling to new highs and bringing in the Divas that you see today.
Now you head into the now. The past 5 years, AJ Lee has been all over the divas division and the centerpiece in a lot of rivalries. In her short time, she was multi-time divas champion, Raw GM and valet to multiple World Champions. She took the current divas to another level and stood out with a crazy girl character. She was a fan of the business so she appreciated it more than some who just used it as a small stepping stone.
It’s kinda sad to see the potential long term rivalry that friends AJ Lee & also retired Kaitlyn could’ve been. It could’ve been as big as Trish & Lita.
Of course, we don’t know what lead to AJ Lee’s retirement. Speculation of the fallout between the company and her husband, CM Punk, or her recent neck injury haven’t been proven as the reason for her retirement. We’ll just have to wait for her to say something.
But now back to my ranking, AJ Lee ranks in the top 10 of all time divas. With the ladies that I mentioned earlier in this post and I also include Sensational Sherri, Miss Elizabeth and passing Luna Vachon for the 10th spot.
If AJ Lee decides to come out of retirement, she could’ve definitely move up in my rankings.
Where do you rank AJ Lee on the all time Diva list?
It’s that time of year again.
The wrestling equivalent of the Super Bowl.
My Wrestlemania childhood saw the rise of a showstopper, the excellence of execution, a king of kings, a rattlesnake’s dominance, an electrifying champ, and a decade of tombstones.
No longer a child and understanding the business of entertainment, I still enjoy the athleticism of professional wrestling aka sports entertainment.
It was only fitting that my first full article would be about the showcase of immortals.
A place where Hulkmania and Yesmania have ran wild.
The show that has seen the end of fueds and the beginning of epic rivalries continues tonight at Levi Stadium, the home of the San Francisco 49ers.
With fans screaming about how this year’s build was terrible and their favorite wrestler isn’t getting his spot, the show will still be seen by millions of people.
Let’s get to my predictions….
Fatal Four Way – WWE Tag Team Title
Cesaro/Kidd (Champions) vs The New Day vs The Usos vs Los Matadores
This will be destruction derby. Bodies flying everywhere.
Prediction: Cesaro/Kidd remain champions
Wrestlemania Kickoff – Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal
Moved to the pre-show this week due to time constraints (Got to make time for Randy Orton, Undertaker, Bray Wyatt & Triple H’s entrances), I believe this will be a fun match.
I believe the Battle Royal should be a launch pad for a superstar. Something the WWE dropped the ball with last year with Cesaro. I hope they redeem themselves this year.
Prediction: Ryback (Unless Sheamus returns. Then that changes everything)
My sleeper pick was Mizdow. But I do expect Mizdow to finally give Miz what he has deserved.
Randy Orton vs Seth Rollins
This will be a fun and very brutal match. Mercury will get an RKO. Everyone loves that.
Prediction: Orton’s wins but I don’t think this will be the only time we see Seth Rollins tonight.
AJ Lee/Paige vs The Bella Twins
With the #GiveDivasAChance movement, I believe we will see this match get as much time as an NXT Divas match.
Prediction: Bella Twins
Undertaker vs Bray Wyatt
I can’t wait to see this match. I can’t wait to see how Undertaker will perform after being dominated by Brock Lesnar last year. Wyatt has been amazing building up this match. I would love to see them form an alliance and bring back The Ministry Of Darkness. Oooh.
Sting vs Triple H
Triple H’a entrance will be something like always. I hear that it will be inspired by the new Terminator movie. If it is, oh boy I can’t wait. Stinger splash and a ton of wooooos filling up Levi Stadium is something I’ve waited 14+ years to see at Wrestlemania.
WWE Intercontinental Ladder Match
Wade Barrett (Champion) vs R-Truth vs Dean Ambrose vs Luke Harper vs Dolph Ziggler vs Stardust vs Daniel Bryan
Ladder matches are so rough. Just remember the Harper/Ziggler ladder match at TLC this past year. I believe we will see the match ending with Dolph Ziggler and Daniel Bryan fighting at the top of the ladder for the belt.
Prediction: Daniel Bryan
Got to go with the favorite on this one. The Yes chants will erupt the stadium.
United States Title Match
Rusev (Champion) vs John Cena
No high flying. This match needs to be brutal. This needs to be a war. Like Rocky vs Drago. How great would an 80’s training montage during the build be? Cena ripping up the Rusev picture. Awesome.
Prediction: John Cena
Cena will need to knock out Rusev to win with. No tapping out Rusev.
WWE World Heavyweight Title
Brock Lesnar (Champion) vs Roman Reigns
And now……The Main Event
Brock Lesnar re-signing made predicting this very difficult. We are going to see Brock Lesnar dominating but Roman Reigns is going to earn his main event spot. Everyone is talking about a possible Heyman double cross, I don’t believe it will happen.
Seth Rollins will appear but I don’t know if he will cash in his Money In The Bank briefcase. If he does, awesome.
Prediction: Brock Lesnar
He’s a beast and all the media outlets are watching this match. They will need a tank to take him down.
Those are my predictions. Enjoy the show & save the “Worst Mania Ever” until it’s over.