Review and Results: Royal Rumble 2018 (28.1.2018)

I think it’s safe to say that once again NXT Takeover proved to be a better Special Event that its main roster bigger brother, Royal Rumble 2018. However, it’s always difficult to better an NXT event, especially when that contained a main event that was phenomenal! Royal Rumble 2018 was the first Rumble event in a long time that provided lots of entertainment in the titular (male) match itself! Yes, that may be because it gave us a winner worthy of a WrestleMania main event, but also it was booked (fairly) well! The women’s main event was probably the second best match of the evening. The disappointments were most of the other matches, unfortunately… Continue reading

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Review and Results: NXT Takeover: Philadelphia (27.1.2018)

Last night, NXT presented NXT Takeover: Philadelphia. Once again, they put on a show that the following WWE PPV (in this case, Royal Rumble) will struggle to better. Why do that to themselves? Why not have NXT Takeover and the WWE PPV on separate weekends? Logistically, it makes sense to have them on the same weekend. But the WWE PPV always struggles to better its “developmental” brand’s offering. NXT Takeover gave us one Match of the Year contender in its main event and only two (relatively) forgettable matches. Continue reading

HAMMY’S TOP 10…NON-RUMBLE ROYAL RUMBLE MATCHES!

It’s the Royal Rumble tomorrow! Yes, not only are thirty sweaty men going to battle for the right to main event WrestleMania, but thirty sweaty women are also going to battle for the right to face the Women’s Champion at WrestleMania (but their chance of main eventing WrestleMania is a 3,750 to 1). But I’m not here to talk about the Rumble match itself. I’m here to talk about the non-Rumble Royal Rumble matches. More specifically, my Top 10 non-Rumble Royal Rumble matches! Sometimes, an undercard match overshadows the Rumble match itself. Here are ten instances where that is most definitely the case! Continue reading

Review: Royal Rumble 2011 (The BIGGEST Rumble Ever…)

Royal Rumble 2011 was the BIGGEST Royal Rumble in WWE history! The titular match didn’t have 30 entrants…it had 40 entrants! 40! Since then, WWE have kept it to 30 entrants. In preparation for Royal Rumble 2018, I thought I’d take a look back at the BIGGEST Royal Rumble ever. Unfortunately, the Royal Rumble of 2011 wasn’t fantastic. In fact, the whole PPV was mediocre. It comprised of one fantastic match, one decent match, one poor match, and a sub-par Royal Rumble. There were a few surprises throughout the night, a couple of which were thrown in merely for the ‘surprise’ factor. The all-championship undercard (and the inexplicable positioning of the Diva’s match) provided too much for one to care about.   Continue reading

HAMMY’S TOP 10…GREATEST WWE RAW MOMENTS (FOR WWE RAW 25)

Tomorrow night, WWE Raw celebrates twenty five years of being on the air! In celebration, I’d thought I’d do a Top 10 List of Greatest WWE Raw Moments! I didn’t really start watching Raw until 1999, but I’ve perused the WWE Network for what are generally considered major moments in Raw history. However, most of the following list will be compiled of moments I saw live. You can watch a moment out of context, but it doesn’t mean much. Watching Raw on a weekly basis (which I pretty much did from 1999 until a few years ago) means that I have some great memories! So here’s my Top 10 List! Continue reading

Review: WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches: #59 Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Batista (Triple Threat WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match, WrestleMania 30)

Just think for a moment: this match was originally scheduled to be Randy Orton vs Batista. But the power of the WWE Universe literally changed the WrestleMania main event. The crowd wanted Daniel Bryan to be in the main event. People power changed the mind of Vince McMahon!!! Just think about THAT for a moment. This triple threat match isn’t the best triple threat match to headline WrestleMania…but the best one involved Chris Benoit and has thus been stricken from WWE records. This triple threat is a fun, exciting match. But it’s on the WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches….List for one reason: the incredible rise of Daniel Bryan. Continue reading

HAMMY’S TOP 10…WWE/NXT MATCHES OF 2017

Okay, it’s late…but here are my Top 10 WWE/NXT Matches of 2017! I’ve taken time to go back and rewatch those matches that have stuck in my mind…which amounted to fifteen matches! A lot to re-watch, as you can appreciate. Let’s be honest, the main event scene in both NXT and WWE hasn’t been stuffed full of fantastic matches. Bobby Roode was a great champion, but his wrestling style doesn’t immediately lend to a great match. On the main roster, Jindar Mahal stunk up the arena and Lesnar wrestled occasionally. Still, the sheer amount of quality wrestlers meant that we were never far away from a great match. And here’s my Top 10 WWE/NXT Matches of 2017! Continue reading

Review: WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches: #68 AJ Styles (c) vs. John Cena (WWE Championship Match, Royal Rumble 2017)

AJ Styles vs John Cena from the Royal Rumble 2017 is the most recent match on the WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches…List. It’s strange that there’s nothing from 2016…the year that had the mind-blowing match between Sami Zayn and Shinsuke Nakamura! However, out of the three matches between Styles and Cena, I’m not sure whether I’d put their second bout on this list instead of this bout. Their first “dream” match as a letdown, their second match was brilliant. But the third match relied on Cena’s attempt to match Ric Flair’s record of holding sixteen World heavyweight championship titles. There’s no denying it was a great match. But I do prefer their second bout… Continue reading

Review: WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches To See Before You Die: #3 Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat (WWE Intercontinental Title, WWE Wrestlemania III)

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(Here’s the link for the match on the WWE Network: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31348409/?contentId=31348409&contextType=wwe-show&contextId=wrestlemania )

At #3, we have the WrestleMania classic, Randy Savage vs Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat. Well, I say classic because the general consensus is they put on a classic match. And it’s at #3, for goodness sake! However, it’s one of those “classic” matches that hasn’t matured well with age. It set the bar high for WWE matches back when spectacle and A-list stars (and Hulk Hogan) were all Vince McMahon cared about. It blows anything away in 1980s WWE. But it’s merely very good compared to today’s standards. So, it’s on the WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches…List for what it stands for, rather than what it looks like today… Continue reading