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    Mediocrity at it's finest kingzak13's Avatar
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    Kingzak presents: Survivor Series/Wargames 2019 Predictions

    What is it good for,
    Absolutely nothing.
    Say it again now.

    I think Iíve made the same joke every year so far

    Whatís up guys, Kingzak is back in action with another round of predictions. Itís been a while and rightfully so, Hell in a Cell was a level of disappointing that I have long dread from WWE, Iím talking WrestleMania 32 levels of bullshit. Crown Jewel was probably the best of the Saudi shows thus far, minus the spectacle matches, the actual matches werenít too bad, a shame that there was that travel issue/hostage situation to ruin the event.

    So after a month off, Iím back with more on the November supershow that is Survivor Series. But before we get to Survivor Series we have a Takeover to take a look at. So without further ado, letís begin.

    Finn BŠlor vs. Matt Riddle

    Just over a year ago, Matt Riddle made his debut by knocking out Kassius Ohno at the same event, now he moves on to one of the greatest NXT alumni. A pretty solid debut year for him. Finn on the flip side hasnít had a great year, an incredibly lacklustre IC title feud and run with the title, and then a loss to The Fiend have seen Finn run to the comfortable arms of NXT, and after years of me waiting, finally made some character development in the form of a heel turn.

    It is hard to complain about this one, but I am a little disappointed that this isnít Gargano vs Balor, that match would have been (will be) incredible. This match should still be fantastic, the two are both great in the ring and based on the two wargames matches, there is gonna be a fair amount of time going spare for this match.

    As for the winner, well I think this really is dependent on whether Finn is going to be coming out as the Demon or not, if he is the Demon then there is no way Riddle wins, if he isnít the demon then things are much closer. I donít know what plans are for Riddle at this moment, I had heard that he was next for the world title, but then Ciampa returned and there is no way he isnít next. Finn does have all the momentum in the world given the return to NXT and the heel turn, so I doubt a loss would do much to hurt his momentum heading into the match with Gargano that will likely be at one of the upcoming Takeovers.

    Iím gonna go with the safe option here and pick Balor, Balor has all the momentum and something big on the horizon for him, Riddle is probably looking at the North American title at best right now. Also Finn has the best win-loss record in Takeover history, 11-1 including his UK takeover appearance, Iíd call that the safe pick.

    Zak: Finn Balor
    Brother: Finn Balor
    Dad: Jimmy Riddleís brother
    Dog: Matt Riddle
    Mum: Matt Riddle

    Pete Dunne vs. Killian Dain vs. Damian Priest
    #1 contenders match

    Correct me if I am wrong, this was scheduled for the weekly episode at some point, then they realised they have more space on the card and brought it up. Iím fine with it, this match is for the right to compete in the second NXT Championship match on a PPV. So this is a very important match, the feud has been pretty standard thus far, with it mostly boiling down to attack and retaliation, but itís better to not over complicate things, especially with the WarGames team line being drawn, and then the whole brand supremacy thing too. Something nice and simple is good to have.

    A small part of me is looking at this on and thinking that the winner should be added to the menís war games match, it would make sense to get the advantage on Cole, but at the same time two matches in one night is not the way you go into a Championship match, especially when the two matches are incredibly brutal. This may not be a no DQ match but you have three wrestlers with a fairly brutal style, so no matter what happens the winners gonna want to rest up before Survivor Series.

    As far as winner goes, this one is probably one of the easier predictions for the weekend. Both Priest and Dain are heels and Adam Cole is a heel (a popular one, but still heel nonetheless) . I am very doubtful that we get a heel vs heel match on PPV, that just doesnít happen. So the winner is going to be Pete Dunne and I am more than happy with that.

    Zak: Pete Dunne
    Brother: Pete Dunne
    Dad: Killian Dain (actually a good wrestling name)
    Dog: Damien Priest
    Mum: Killian Dain

    Rhea Ripley, Candice LeRae, Tegan Nox and Mia Yim vs. Shayna Baszler, Io Shirai, Bianca Belair and Kay Lee Ray
    WarGames match

    I have been loving this feud, the NXT womenís division is on fire right now. It is tight at the top and honestly, any of the women in the match could easily be the next challenger for the title next. Initially I had Candice pegged as the one that would be dethroning Baszler but after the last few weeks it is up in the air. Iíd have Candice and Rhea as front runners, but honestly anyone else in the match would make perfect sense too (Aside from Kay Lee, but even still that would be an interesting match).

    The match is going to be fantastic, I feel like I donít really need to go into detail on that, it is kinda expected that it will be great. I have been enjoying the build a lot to this one, this is definitely the best time for a womenís wargames, the stacked roster and overall interest increase is perfect. I donít expect it to become a yearly thing but when it is needed, itíll definitely do well

    As to the winners, Iím not sure on this one. I always get the feeling that the good guys are gonna win but I just canít see both the good teams winning on one night and I feel like it is more likely with the other match. I think a win here would likely benefit the face team more, especially considering that two of the women on Shaynaís team are people she had fairly intense rivalries with this year. A small part of me expects them to turn on her towards the end of the match but then NXT is in a weird place right now in terms of unity.

    Zak: The Face team (Originially I had Good Girls but that felt oddly pornographic)
    Brother: Team 2
    Dad: The first one because itís got two porn star names in
    Dog: The Heel women
    Mum: The first set of women

    The Undisputed Era vs. Tommaso Ciampa, Keith Lee, Dominik Dijakovic, and TBA
    WarGames match

    Ok, I am realising it possible that I may actually be into War Games as a whole, I have been excited for all four of them, the first out of curiousity and the other three Iíve just loved both the build up to them. The Royal Rumble is definitely still best yearly gimmick match, but WarGames has definitely been closing the gap.

    One of the best things about the two hour NXT is definitely the chance for more talent to shine, prior to I didnít know much about either Dominik or Keith outside of their existence, and now I have been enjoying the two the last few weeks, Lee is that perfect modern bigman where he can do batshit crazy power moves and keep pace with the smaller guys too. Dijakovic has been pretty good to, but he has kinda been outclassed by the rest of the match.

    As to the winning team, I think that this is likely going to be opposite to the outcome for Survivor Sereis, if The Undisputed Era win here then they are more likely to lose at the show (except for Cole) where as if they lose here then I can see a win being more likely for Survivor Series. I am kinda expecting that we get the good guys winning based on who their fourth man is, if it is a big twist then it is a yes. If it is an active superstar or main roster star, then they are gonna lose. I am assuming the Good guys win but it is much more likely.

    Zak: Team Ciampa
    Brother: To Be Announced has this
    Dad: The Undisputed Era
    Dog: Tommaso Ciampa, Keith Lee and Dominik Dijakovic
    Mum: The one with To Be Announced

    Dog Predictions

    Same as usual

    ē Picked and took the heel womens team, he did return the paper in exchange for the other ham
    ē Managed to rip the face team in half while grabbing the ham, didnít get the paper but it still broke, signs of an uneasy alliance perhaps.
    ē Riddle and his paper
    ē Almost ate Damien Priests paper, but he spat it out.

    Overall, I am excited for this, NXT has been on fire lately and this show promises to do what it always does, blow the main roster out of the water. Iím excited to see what goes down here, but we are gonna have to wait on that as for now, it is time I bid you all a fond farewell. As always I hope you have enjoyed todayís column and I will see you tomorrow for the Survivor Series predictions. Until then.

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    LOP's part time glass ceiling DynamiteBillington's Avatar
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    Start with a quick thought: Triple threat matches are always No DQ by default. They may not always advertise them as such, but it often gets mentioned in commentary - usually when someone gets to the ropes in a submission hold, the 5 count doesn't happen because they can't get DQ'd.

    You've got me sold on watching this show though. No idea when I'm going to fit it in so I'll probably have seen all the spoilers before watching, but I'll definitely watch sometime.

    The only time you sort of lost me was with the women's WarGames match. Two things to note - the first being all the predictions talked about the heels and faces, but as someone who doesn't regularly follow NXT I don't know which team is which from what you've written.

    Second, and finally, to end my comment on a lighter note:
    I had Candice pegged
    That's not how pegging works. She'd be the one having you pegged.

    Feel free to google that if you don't know why it's funny!

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    Mediocrity at it's finest kingzak13's Avatar
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    Survivor Series 2019 Predictions

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    Dynamite: While true, some don't tend to take advantage of the no DQ ruling while others do, it's all down to the men/women in the ring at the time.

    Best of luck finding time to watch this, I'm looking forward to watching it too.

    I can see how that would be a problem, and with NXT reactions do tend to be very bipartisan, but Shayna's team are the heels and Rhea's lot are the faces.

    Thanks for reading everyone, now onward to Survivor Series.

    Hope you like triple threats

    Whatí up guys, Kingzak is back in action with another round of predictions. Survivor Series has gone through quite the resurgence the last few years, going from just another PPV to feeling more like one of the biggest shows of the year. While I wouldnít put it on par with WrestleMania or the Rumble yet, it has caught up to SummerSlam in terms of importance (also down to some pretty shit SummerSlams the last couple years).

    This year instead of the brand supremacy gimmick they have done the last few years, they are doing the brand supremacy gimmick, but with NXT. The addition is most welcome, after three years of the brand supremacy wars, we have exhausted all unique options, so the addition of NXT is a great way to keep it fresh and highlight the best wrestling brand in the world. Aside from that I love that there are separate world title matches, the world title is definitely more important than which brand is better so superstars going for the gold just makes sense to me. But anyway, itís time we dive into the predictions.

    Isaiah "Swerve" Scott vs. Angel Garza

    Before we get to Survivor Series, there was a pre-show announced for Takeover and I would be remiss if it wasnít covered. There isnít much to say on this one, both are relatively new superstars to me, but they both definitely have potential, Garza had a great match for Cruiserweight title a couple weeks ago, and Swerve is definitely getting over with the audience so there is definitely potential for both men. A good performance here likely sees them as a lock for future Takeoverís.

    I donít know who has the advantage going in or who is likely to come out the winner, both are Cruiserweight wrestlers which means that whichever of the two wins is going to be going for the CW title next, I think that since Garza had a shot already, that means that it is Isaiahís turn next. So he is my pick to win, but I wouldnít be surprised with either man winning.

    Zak: Isaiah ďSwerveĒ Scott
    Brother: Angel Garza
    Dad: Isaiah bloke
    Dog: Had to quickly put this together since he did all his predictions yesterday. Thankfully there was some cheese going spare, so I cut a couple bit up for his prediction, and then had the rest myself. He picked Angel Garza.
    Mum: Isaiah thingy (she likes the name at the moment)

    Onto Survivor Series we go.

    The Viking Raiders vs. The New Day vs. The Undisputed Era

    I feel like the Vikings have been a bit of a non-factor in the feud thus far, the interaction with them has been very limited from the other two teams, while there have been a nice little feud going between The New Day, The Revival and The Undisputed Era (Note: if you havenít watched The Undisputed Era vs Revival match yet, do yourself a favour and add it to your watch list). There was definitely more that could be done with the Raiders considering they beat The UE for the tag titles at the start of the year.

    This is the match I am low-key excited for, multi tag team matches are always a nice fun bit of anarchy and given the variety in style going into this one, it does promise to be an interesting one.

    I am kinda curious to who is going to win this one, due to their somewhat passiveness in the feud, but based on their win-loss record so far, I am doubtful that they are going to be the ones taking the pin, which leaves us with either The New Day or the Undisputed Era. Iím thinking that the UE are going to get the win here, they have held their titles longest out of all of them, and out of all the matches I can most easily see NXT winning this one.

    Zak: The Undisputed Era
    Brother: The Undisputed Era
    Dad: The Undisputed Era
    Dog: The New Day
    Mum: The New Day

    AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Roderick Strong

    I was mild to moderately interested in this one, then TheImplications brought up the idea of this ending in a triple ball kick KO like from AJ and Shinsukeís feud and now nothing else can live up to that magnum opus of an outcome. If no one gets kicked in the balls in this match then it is a complete waste of mine and your times.

    Testicle humour aside, this does seem like a fantastic midcard matchup, while none of the three are particularly exciting as champions, they are all quality workers and that should definitely be reflected in this match. This definitely has a chance to be a match of the night given the workhorses in the ring.

    As to the winner, I honestly donít know right now. This is one that is going to be used to balance the scores at some point.

    Ok Iíve gone ahead and predicted everything else and I have a definitive winner, but the question is whether we get a tie or a proper winner, with 5 matches on offer, that means that either it ends 3-1-1 or 2-2-1. I doubt any brand gets no winners, NXT is being pushed big, SmackDown got that new contract money and Vince has an irrational attraction to Raw. So I am going to predict the brand I have winningís champion will win here. And to avoid spoilers that is what I am putting here. Keep reading to find out who this really is.

    Zak: The brand I have picked to winís champion
    Brother: AJ Styles
    Dad: Roderick Strong
    Dog: Roderick Strong
    Mum: Shinsuke Nakamura

    Becky Lynch vs. Bayley vs. Shayna Baszler

    I am hype as fuck for this one. All three are wrestlers I enjoy for various reasons, and they have all looked awesome going into this one, no one has a particular leg up over their opponent and the dynamic between the three has been great. Becky is rightfully cocky after seeing off all challengers for the last year, Shayna stepping up to Becky as the big fish in the small pond sort of scenario, I also feel like there is a possible revenge for Ronda sort of thing going there. That could just be me though, and Bayley pissed about being the third wheel and proving he can be just as dangerous as the other two. This is my most likely candidate for match of the night, all three can have fantastic matches and given the likely anarchy of the match, this should be a great match.

    I have a feeling that Lynch is due for a loss here, she hasnít really lost a match properly this year and this match where the title isnít on the line is the best opportunity, the way I can see it going is either Shayna wins because she is on her way up soon and it establishes her as a very credible threat, or Bayley is able to steal a win since she has been treated as an afterthought, thus saving the end of Baszler/Lynch for another PPV, which honestly sounds ideal to me. Iím gonna go with Bayley for the sneaky win here.

    Zak: Bayley
    Brother: Bayley
    Dad: Bayley
    Dog: Shayna Baszler
    Mum: Shayna Baszler

    Team Raw (Charlotte Flair, Natalya, Asuka, Kairi Sane, and Sarah Logan) vs. Team SmackDown (Sasha Banks, Carmella, Dana Brooke, Lacey Evans, and Nikki Cross) vs. Team NXT (Rhea Ripley, Toni Storm, Mia Yim, Tegan Nox, and Candice LeRae)

    Not that Iím complaining, but where did Toni Storm come from, I havenít seen her in any of the brawls in any notable sense and sheís suddenly on Team NXT. Iím not complaining she is a great wrestler and quality addition to the team, but itís just a bit out of nowhere. Same for Sarah Logan I guess, but at least she is actually on the brand.

    That minor gripe aside, I really do like the look of this match, however it really exposes how weak a division SmackDown has right now that Dana Brooke is in the match. I feel like her inclusion basically sealed SmackDownís fate here. And I hope that Logan gets her own back on Carmella after the cheap ending to the WM battle royal.

    So which team wins, well I think NXT is likely doomed thanks in part to the wargames the night prior, though I do expect that they will at least manage second place thanks to the abysmal SmackDown team. Lacey will do fine but canít really hold the team, Sasha and Nikki have a rivalry by proxy since Nikkis got a womenís title match with Sashaís BFF Bayley, one of them is gonna get the other eliminated and I doubt either of them are gonna last much longer alone.

    On top of that, Raw is fucking stacked, Charlotte and Asuka would have been enough to convince me they were likely winning, but mix in Kairi and the surprisingly still pushed Natalya and you have a team likely to win. Team NXT is good, but I just canít see Team Raw losing this one. Though I am curious to see who from Team NXT last longest, my money is that whoever is last out for them gets the next title shot at Shayna. Sounds fair, I donít know why more of these brand supremacy winners arenít rewarded for their efforts.

    Zak: Team Raw
    Brother: Team Raw
    Dad: The one with Sasha Banks in it
    Dog: Team Raw
    Mum: The last one with Candice LeRae and Mia Nox

    Team Raw (Seth Rollins, Drew McIntyre, Kevin Owens, Randy Orton, and Ricochet) vs. Team SmackDown (Roman Reigns, Mustafa Ali, Braun Strowman, King Corbin, and Shorty G) vs. Team NXT (TBA)

    Ok first things first, letís work out who is on Team NXT

    ē Keith Lee: Definitely, his showdown with Braun got a great pop and you need someone with size to put down the guys in the match
    ē Matt Riddle and Tommaso Ciampa are both a lock, theyíve been quite upfront the last few weeks so them not being involved would be odd. Dijakovic is also likely since the rest of the wargames squad is here,
    ē Velveteen Dream and Johnny Gargano: Iíd fucking love it, but unless they make the surprise return for the fourth spot at WarGames then I doubt it.
    ē Lio Rush: A part of me thinks he should since he is the only champion on the brand not involved, but I reckon it is too soon since he was Lashleyís hype-man for him to be anything serious.
    ē Breeze or Balor: Iíd love for them to show up just as a way of showing the others that the grass is greener, I doubt this happens but it would perfectly set up our next and most likely fifth choice
    ē The Traitor: Someone is turning on their team here, the seeds have been planted, Chekovís gun, donít tease something unless itís happening, and likely this happens at the end of the match, seeing someone make the turn to team NXT, or more likely just siding with Triple H.

    This match is gonna be pure anarchy no matter who ends up in the match, I am curious how the fifteen person elimination match is gonna go for both sides, it is either gonna be a lot of fun or hard to keep track of, maybe both. But as I indicated above, the fact is that someone is turning in a big way to end this one, I donít know who but it is gonna happen. and it is a shame it ends like that because this should be a lot of fun, but then again, the menís match have been a big letdown since 2016 so who knows.

    Zak: Team NXT
    Brother: Team Raw
    Dad: TBA
    Dog: Team SmackD
    Mum: Team NXT

    Also for anyone still wondering I have Roderick Strong for the Menís triple threat.

    Adam Cole vs. TakeOver: WarGames Triple Threat winner
    NXT Championship

    So for me this should read Cole vs Dunne, but it could be different for you, I donít understand why you would think that, but you do you. I am genuinely excited for this one, as soon as it was announced that Brock would face Rey, I have been wondering who would be challenging for the other title, and whether the NXT Championship would make the card, I am little disappointed in the way itís been added but I am happy for its inclusion.

    Provided that both are able to go, this should be a great match. I can imagine that after the previous night, they might go a bit slower and a bit softer, but given the showmen here, not much slower and softer, like 10% at most. While I doubt this will be match of the night, the mix of quality from the previous nightís matches and this one is undoubtedly going to get one of these two the title of ďWrestler of the weekendĒ

    As to the winner, that is unfortunately easy to predict. As I mentioned in my Takeover predictions, the next superstar to challenge Cole for the gold properly is going to be Ciampa, that means that ultimately Dunne is going to lose here.

    Zak: Adam Cole
    Brother: Pete Dunne
    Dad: Killian Dain
    Dog: Adam Cole
    Mum: Killian Dain

    Bray Wyatt vs. Daniel Bryan
    Universal Championship

    This definitely feels a bit of a thrown together feud, the concept is a bit of a weak one, and I feel like it is just a part of another feud that is going on in the background. But ultimately I am excited for this one, Wyatt and Bryan have chemistry, their feud back in 2013/14 was the first thing that tipped people that Bray Wyatt could be something great. And I have no doubts that this could be just as good as their RR14 match.

    There is a lot you can criticise about the build, but Bryan is gonna make The Fiend look phenomenal here, and after that shite Seth Rollins feud, he really needs it. Completely off point, but has anything Seth done this year been any good, all of it has kinda felt meh, the most interesting thing heís been in all year is Becky Lynch. Everything else has been pretty dull.

    Anyway back to the topic and as good as this will likely be, it does have a very set outcome. Bryan becoming champion again would be a bit of an odd turn, and The Fiend losing anywhere that isnít WrestleMania is just gonna feel wrong. So inevitably Bryan loses tis one and it leads him down a path that sees him in a feud with Zayn and Nakamura. As for the fiend, no idea whatís next for him, but so long as he actually competes then I am fine with it.

    Zak: Bray Wyatt
    Brother: Daniel Bryan
    Dad: The goat bloke, Goatse
    Dog: Daniel Bryan
    Mum: not the one that sounds like a donkey

    Brock Lesnar vs. Rey Mysterio
    No Holds Barred
    WWE Championship

    I just donít think I can be excited for the concept of another Brock Lesnar title reign. He has been world champion or near the world title for the entirety of the last two and a half years, minus three months (Sep 18, April 19, Sep 19). At this point Brock Lesnar is a dependency for the WWE, they canít cope without having Brock Lesnar in their system. Itís kinda sad to think about, but at the same time it is infuriating. Even more so now that he is holding the real world championship.

    Iím actually optimistic for the match; Brockís Survivor Series resume is actually quite impressive, especially in recent years. Rey has been surprisingly revitalised since his return. The No DQ stipulation worries me though, that really could lend itself into being a one-sided beatdown of Rey. I could be wrong but I remember seeing an old ďfrom the vaultĒ match during a SmackDown years ago, and the only thing I remember is Rey got strapped to a stretcher and his opponent just picked him up and beat it against the ringpost. It was either Brock or Big Show he was facing, but that actually remains a very real possibility in this one.

    As to the outcome, I would love for Rey to win the title if I am honest, would allow for a few dream matches to take place and give him that last run before he retires and focuses on training his son. But reality is that Brock is going to be keeping the title until WrestleMania again. Also the 619 is way too easy to counter into an F5 for that not to happen, and if that isnít the finish, I am going to be a bit annoyed.

    Zak: Brock Lesnar
    Brother: Brock Lesnar
    Dad: Brock, he only turns up to win
    Dog: Brock Lesnar (Quickly)
    Mum: Rey Mysterio

    Dog Predictions

    Aside from Garza/Scott, everything was done with ham

    ē Struggled with NXT title match, eventually grabbed Cole
    ē The menís SS match was anarchy, SmackDown was grabbed and shortened to SmackD, Raw fell on the floor and NXT just was there.
    ē The Womenís SS match was also a bit of chaos, the dog grabbed Raw and the paper, spitting it out. He also grabbed SmackDownís paper and ripped it so it said just said Down (F). NXT was ignored once again.
    ē Grabbed Daniel Bryan and to get the paper out he did a quick lizard impression by sticking his tongue out multiple times.
    ē Brock and his paper immediately
    ē Leaned on the Viking Raiders to get to The New Day
    ē Roderick Strong and his paper were picked immediately; he took him away from the group to enjoy the ham and paper.
    ē Went for Bayley but failed to get her, then went for Shayna and got her and her paper.

    Brand Supremacy outcome (based on predictions)

    Zak: NXT: 3 SD: 1 Raw: 1
    Brother: Raw: 3 NXT: 1 SD:1
    Dad: NXT: 3 SD: 2 Raw: 0
    Dog: NXT: 2 SD: 2 Raw: 1
    Mum: NXT: 3 SD: 2 Raw: 0

    The WWE have done a fantastic job at giving us something tired in a new and exciting way here, I am genuinely excited for the brand supremacy stuff, the other title matches do suffer from just being there but that is more down to obvious winners and one massive disappointment as champion. I am looking forward to waking up Monday morning and checking out what happens here, and that is genuinely the highest praise I have offered a WWE show in quite some time. And on that optimistic note it is time I bid you a fond farewell. As always I hope you have enjoyed todayís column and I will see you tomorrow for the Takeover Recap. Until then

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    Mediocrity at it's finest kingzak13's Avatar
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    Royal Recap: Takeover WarGames III

    Ok, time for the recap.

    Everyone who isnít dead please report to Survivor Series

    Whatís up guys, Kingzak is back in action with the Royal Recap for WarGames. WarGames is officially in the books and it was a night of twists, turns and insane spots. As is standard for NXT at this point the entire card was pretty great with nary a blemish upon it. so without further ado, letís dive into the action packed night that was WarGames III.

    Angel Garza beat Isaiah "Swerve" Scott (Pinfall)

    Like I said in my predictions, I donít really know much about either guy, but the fans are definitely into these two so I can see them being prominent in the near future. Garza would pull out the win but would be attacked later by Cruiserweight champ Lio Rush, which I can only assume is going to build to a match between the two, probably in the next few weeks on 205 Live (assuming it still exists) or a longer build to Takeover: Portland (Side note: what the fuck is a Portland?)

    Zak: 0-1 (Isaiah ďSwerveĒ Scott)
    Brother: 1-0 (Angel Garza)
    Dad: 0-1 (Isaiah bloke)
    Dog: 1-0 (Angel Garza)
    Mum: 0-1 (Isaiah thingy)

    Rhea Ripley and Candice LeRae beat Shayna Baszler, Io Shirai, Bianca Belair and Kay Lee Ray (Pinfall)

    I like Rhea and Candice, they both have some incredible skill and charisma and without a doubt are the next big stars for the NXT womenís division.


    They really shouldnít have won this one. I could have lived with it if Io or Bianca turned on their team since they are more lone-wolf characters and have had their issues with Baszler in the past. The fact that the two of them were able to overcome 4 of NXTís best is actually really disappointing to me. It kinda goes back to suspension of disbelief really, I can understand a team of 2 beating a team of three, that would just imply a fair amount of skill and luck on the behalf of the duo, but beating four people is just unrealistic.

    The match was great aside from the outcome really bothering me, the stories coming out of the match are bound to be great, but it just feels wrong, theirs is a difference between luck and Cena-esque superhero bullshittery and this match unfortunately crossed the line into the latter.

    Zak: 1-1 (The Face team)
    Brother: 1-1 (Team 2)
    Dad: 1-1 (The first one)
    Dog: 1-1 (The Heel women)
    Mum: 1-1 (The first set of women)

    Pete Dunne beat Killian Dain and Damian Priest (Pinfall)

    This pretty much went the way I expected it to, big heavy hitting brawl. A lot of people on Twitter were saying ďhow are they gonna follow the womens matchĒ and in my opinion these three did great. After his feud with Riddle and now Dunne, I am kinda surprised that Killian didnít get used more on the main roster, the mans a tank. Dunne winning was definitely the sensible option since he was the only face in the match. Though that said I donít think this feud is quite done just yet.

    Zak: 2-1 (Pete Dunne)
    Brother: 2-1 (Pete Dunne)
    Dad: 1-2 (Killian Dain)
    Dog: 1-2 (Damien Priest)
    Mum: 1-2 (Killian Dain)

    Finn BŠlor beat Matt Riddle (Pinfall)

    Had the feeling Balor would win, I just get the feeling he is heading for something big in NXT; he wouldnít have been brought in if there wasnít a big story planned. Riddle is in a bit of an odd place if you ask me, he came in and was looking to be the next big thing but Ciampaís injury, Balorís return and the rise of a couple other very popular upper midcarder has really hampered him.

    I donít know what is next for either really, Balor should be going to a match with Johnny Gargano but Iím not sure on the extent of Garganoís injury, Iíve heard it wasnít severe but you never know. Riddle could really find himself anywhere, the guy is popular but doesnít really have a direction right now since the world title is currently occupied.

    Zak: 3-1 (Finn Balor)
    Brother: 3-1 (Finn Balor)
    Dad: 1-3 (Riddle)
    Dog: 1-3 Matt Riddle
    Mum: 1-3 (Matt Riddle)

    Tommaso Ciampa, Keith Lee, Dominik Dijakovic, and Kevin Owens beat The Undisputed Era (Pinfall)

    Kevin Owens as the fourth man was genuinely surprising. I was expecting a surprise return but not someone on the main roster still. This does raise the question of potential betrayal from him at Survivor Series, but I think that is a red herring, he only turned earlier this year and based on recent reactions, there is someone else on Team Raw much more needing the turn.

    Onto the match and this was everything you would expect from a wargames match, the big talking point seems to be the final spot of Ciampa and Cole dropping from the top through a table. honestly those sort of things have to be expected in this match, it is an incredibly brutal way to end the match, and yes they could probably have scaled it down. But the nessecary precautions had to have been took, so I trust that anything they do big like that has been planned endlessly for weeks now and it is safe for the superstars involved.

    So Ciampa is going for the world title next, and I get the feeling that Lee and Dijakovic are probably going to continue to pursue the NA title, though I think the two would be interesting to see as tag champs even if briefly. Regarding Owens, I guess weíll find out tonight then.

    Zak: 4-1 (Team Ciampa)
    Brother: 4-1 (To Be Announced has this)
    Dad: 1-4 (The Undisputed Era)
    Dog: 2-3 (Tommaso Ciampa, Keith Lee and Dominik Dijakovic)
    Mum: 2-3 (The one with To Be Announced)

    Aside from the questionable end to the womenís match, this was a very enjoyable evening of wrestling here. I do find myself curious how ready to go they are for Survivor Series but that is gonna be interesting to see. But that is a topic for tomorrow as for now it is time I bid you all a fond farewell. As always I hope you have enjoyed todayís column and I will see you tomorrow for more.

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    You and your brother are neck and neck! Impressive, considering how many different directions these matches could have gone. Without counting up the predictions myself, I'm sure the gap will widen as the multi-man laden Survivor Series is tallied up!

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    Royal Recap: Survivor Series 2019

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    @Mizfan: I was quite surprised to see that too when I was writing it up. Not gonna give away the score but things remain fairly close, more than I expected.

    Thanks to everyone for reading, time to wrap up the weekend with one last Royal Recap.

    A fairly average show reviewed by a fairly average writer

    Whatís up guys, Kingzak is back in action with another Royal Recap. Survivor Series is over with and in all honesty, it was a very middling night for me, nothing stood out as overly great but nothing was really bad, it was just kinda in the middle. Honestly after some pretty abysmal PPVs lately, this is a nice turn of events to not be annoyed at a PPV for any reason. Itís sad that it gotten to the point where something being okay is considered a good thing, but that is a topic for another day, now it is time to talk Survivor Series, so without further ado, letís begin.

    Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode won the tag team battle Royal

    Ok first thing, a ten team battle royal is not a fair match for three brands, SmackDown had four teams in the match, the others had three. This is unbalanced and favoured SmackDown. It doesnít matter in the slightest but itís an interesting thing to think about. This is a match to skip, nothing really happened.

    Lio Rush beat Akira Tozawa and Kalisto

    When the fuck did Akira Tozawa get on Raw? Heís been on 205 Live since forever, I feel like he is just being brought in because Raw doesnít have any other cruiserweights of note. This was your standard cruiserweight match, high speed and enjoyable, worth a watch if you enjoy this sort of thing. Like I said yesterday, Rush is gonna be feuding with Garza for the foreseeable future, no idea what the rest of the cruiserweights are gonna do.

    The Viking Raiders beat The New Day and The Undisputed Era (Pinfall)

    This was very much what youíd expect, it is a shame that it was put on the pre-show but the card was packed and the WWEís reaction to a packed card is fuck the tag team divisions, so at least it being moved is on brand.

    Iím honestly not surprised by The Vikings winning; they have been pretty much undefeated this year, aside from a few six person tag matches and the gauntlet match from last month, they havenít lost. But my assumption was that if they donít win then they arenít gonna be in the decision. I donít know what is next, I assume New Day vs Roode and Ziggler, The Vikings vs The OC and I hope Undisputed Era vs FaBreeze.

    Zak: 4-2 (The Undisputed Era)
    Brother: 4-2 (The Undisputed Era)
    Dad: 1-5 (The Undisputed Era)
    Dog: 2-4 (The New Day)
    Mum: 2-4 (The New Day)

    Rhea Ripley, Io Shirai and Candice LeRae survived (Team NXT wins)

    I question the logic of Io and Candice being injured so early, one would have made sense but both seemed a bit odd, turns out it was faked and a way of getting Raw and SmackDown to beat each other, and it turns out it worked as four from the other two teams would be gone before NXTís next one.

    Not a lot to comment on from this one, I am curious to see where this Charlotte/Asuka thing goes, but that is about all the angles that took place in this one. Anyway I expect Rhea vs Io vs Candice in a number one contenders match in the next few weeks, and Iím already excited for that one.

    Zak: 4-3 (Team Raw)
    Brother: 4-3 (Team Raw)
    Dad: 1-6 (The one with Sasha Banks in it)
    Dog: 2-5 (Team Raw)
    Mum: 3-4 (The last one with Candice LeRae and Mia Nox)

    Roderick Strong beat AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura (Pinfall)

    I canít really think of much to say on this one, it was a good match but really nothing to comment on, it was a bit odd with the heel vs heel vs heel concept, but that lends to the interesting thing about the brand warfare, the good guy is whichever brand you like or whichever is your favourite. There is no preset, you cheer who you want for the night Ö I realise that sounds dumb since people do that anyway, but itís less of a set thing and more fluid.

    Not sure who is next for anyone, aside from Shinsuke vs Bryan likely being in the cards. AJ and Roderick seem very up in the air, though AJ may continue his war with the cruiserweight division he seems to have developed after fighting Cedric Alexander and Humberto Carrillo. As for Roddy, skyís the limit I guess, obvious picks would be either Riddle or Keith Lee, or maybe Dunne.

    Zak: 5-3 (Roderick Strong)
    Brother: 4-4 (AJ Styles)
    Dad: 2-6 (Roderick Strong)
    Dog: 3-5 (Roderick Strong)
    Mum: 3-5 (Shinsuke Nakamura)

    Adam Cole beat Pete Dunne

    Not a lot to comment on here, it was an obvious retain for Cole but Dunne still gave a good effort. This was the longest of the three world title matches which surprised me considering they both wrestled the day before. If there were an MVP for the past week it has gotta be Cole. Though realistically he could be the MVP of the year and I donít think anyone would question it.

    Zak: 6-3 (Adam Cole)
    Brother: 4-5 (Pete Dunne)
    Dad: 2-7 (Killian Dain)
    Dog: 4-5 (Adam Cole)
    Mum: 3-6 (Killian Dain)

    Bray Wyatt beat Daniel Bryan

    Why the red lighting now, he didnít have that in his first match, I think that may actually be affecting the match quality, because it just becomes harder to watch, mood lighting is cool but not for the whole match, entrance is fine but anything beyond that is a bit overdoing it.

    I do however like the match, this was probably Wyattís best match since The Fiendís been a thing, and more likely even longer. I donít mind Wyatt as champion (just change the damn Red lights), itís nice to see him getting a proper run with a world title instead of being a prop for someone else to be champion. Now that Iíve said that he is losing the title to Jinder at TLC or some bullshit like that.

    Zak: 7-3 (Bray Wyatt)
    Brother: 4-6 (Daniel Bryan)
    Dad: 2-8 (The goat bloke)
    Dog: 4-6 (Daniel Bryan)
    Mum: 3-7 (not the one that sounds like a donkey)

    Roman Reigns survived (Team SmackDown wins)

    Several things to say here, first and foremost is that WWE need to be very careful here. Romanís win here was met with a mixed reaction, and while that could be down to people being really into Lee, this could be us starting down a slippery slope. I really hope that WWE have learnt from their mistakes and donít have Roman win the Rumble this year, that would really spoil all the goodwill they have built up.

    Onto the match and this was pretty good in parts, a lot of questionable early eliminations, given the sort of workhorses some of these guys are, the match should have gone the first 15 minutes without an elimination. WALTERís early elimination is baffling, in a perfect world he would have been involved in the Strowman elimination, one tackles the other through the barricade, both are out. Makes both look good and is a cool moment to the match.

    The Owens drama and story kinda went nowhere, there was a brief tease but then it was over, he should have lasted a bit longer but I can understand why he didnít after the WarGames. I donít like that we are getting a Roman vs Corbin feud.

    But the main point of the match, Keith Lee is a fucking beast. It could have been said after WarGames that he was something special, but now it is undeniable, the man went toe to toe with Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, the torchbearers of the current generation of wrestling. The reaction from the crowd is fantastic. Theyíve got something with him, and I look forward to watching it flourish.

    Zak: 7-4 (Team NXT)
    Brother: 4-7 (Team Raw)
    Dad: 2-9 (TBA)
    Dog: 5-6 (Team SmackD)
    Mum: 3-8 (Team NXT)

    Brock Lesnar beat Rey Mysterio

    I donít mind this one too much, there wasnít as much momentum in Rey for Brock to smash, and Rey actually managed to get in some fairly good offence. As far as Lesnar matches go, this doesnít hit enough points for it to be a bad one, only had a couple germans and an F5 in it, instead of 10 of each spaced across 15 minutes of standing around. I would welcome more of this sort of match from Lesnar, quick but varied with a decent swing of momentum either way.

    Zak: 8-4 (Brock Lesnar)
    Brother: 5-7 (Brock Lesnar)
    Dad: 3-9 (Brock) he only turns up to win
    Dog: 6-6 (Brock Lesnar)
    Mum: 3-9 (Rey Mysterio)

    Shayna Baszler beat Becky Lynch and Bayley (Submission)

    Ok Iím 100% sold on the potential for Baszler vs Lynch; those two need to have a feud one of these days before their momentum crashes. Itís the best face vs the best heel, itís just something that needs to happen.

    Iíve seen that people werenít fans of this match for whatever reason, it wasnít MOTN but it was far from bad. I was just happy that after it being teased for the last couple matches that someone went through the announce table. Iím curious to see where things go, Iím not expecting much since the Rumble is in a couple months, but whoeverís next for these three, Iím curious to see how it goes.

    Zak: 8-5 (Bayley)
    Brother: 5-8 (Bayley)
    Dad: 3-10 (Bayley)
    Dog: 7-6 (Shayna Baszler)
    Mum: 4-9 (Shayna Baszler)

    Well as far as predicting the winning brand, we all were pretty much right with me, Dad and Mum all predicting NXT winning and the dog predicting a tie between NXT and SD (so a half point for him).

    Survivor Series 2019 is definitely a bit middle of the road for a show, nothing great but nothing awful either. It could end up being an important night in the history of NXT based on some of the reactions from fans, but that will be decided in the coming weeks as everyone heads back to their own brands now. Usually I try and offer up the ideal way to watch, I think the best way is probably to either pick your favourite superstars and watch their matches, or a highlight package and then go back to stuff that piques your interest. As for a match of the night, it is tight between the Menís triple threat, Dunne/Cole, the menís elimination and tag champs triple. It could be argued the womenís elimination also could be there but that is a matter of opinion.

    Honestly, I think this might be one of the best pairings of a Takeover and a PPV we have seen, everything just worked. There have been better Takeovers and better PPVs, but not together. Iím curious to hear what everyone else thinks on this so be sure to leave a comment as for now it is time I bid you all a fond farewell, as always I hope you have enjoyed todayís column and I also hope you have enjoyed the weekend of wrestling, and I will see you next time.

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    The Brain
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    Ah, you smoked your family! Especially your dad, haha.

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    LOP's part time glass ceiling DynamiteBillington's Avatar
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    Got to say, I kind of agreed with you about the Women's main event match. I thought it was OK. That said, I'd seen the reports that people thought it was crap before watching, so maybe my expectations were set particularly low.

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    I haven't watched WWE in what felt like ages so this review was refreshing. I intend to watch this show at some point although with you saying the show is nothing special I'll probably take my time on that one. Alot of people were down on the main event but I want to see for myself before going down that road.

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