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New Japan Cup 2017 Brackets and Predictions

This weekend begins the New Japan Cup 2017 and we cover the brackets for the first round.

Some featured match ups include Sanada vs. Yoshi-Hashi, Kenny Omega vs. Ishii, and the match that’ll make your teeth hurt just watching it between Suzuki and Shibata.

If you’re not familiar with the New Japan Cup, this is a good primer for you to know what it’s all about.

Is Daniel Bryan Coming Back In 2018?

On this week’s edition of Talking Smack on the WWE Network, on-screen GM of SmackDown LIVE Daniel Bryan got into another half-work/half-shoot with The Miz.

Daniel Bryan and The Miz on Talking SmackWhile most of it centered around the kayfabe feud between John Cena and The Miz, the topic turned to Daniel Bryan. After The Miz gave him a cheap shot about not being able to wrestle anymore, Daniel Bryan had a very cryptic message to the WWE and the WWE Universe.

Is it possible that the leader of the YES Movement could return to the ring in the year 2018?

WWF The Big Event (1986) Retrospective

By the mid 1980s, professional wrestling was hugely popular across North America. The WWF was riding high above all others in attendance and ticket sales, and this was never more evident than in late summer of 1986 when they held “The Big Event”.

A bloody Ricky Steamboat What essentially was a glorified house show on steroids, Vince McMahon took his show up north to Exhibition Stadium in Toronto, Canada to not only showcase the drawing power of the World Wrestling Federation, but also do somewhat of a test run for what would come months later at WrestleMania III.

Featuring WWF World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan defending against his former friend “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat in a SnakePit match against Jake “The Snake” Roberts, and hometown heroes The Fabulous Rougeou Brothers taking on The Dream Team, this was one of the first big mega-event stadium shows the company would put on that broke records.

For classic wrestling fans this is one to watch just to get a flavor of what the WWF was like back in 1986. For new school fans, there are a few matches worth seeing for historical reference.

Okada NOT Impressed With AJ vs. Cena

Following the Royal Rumble match between John Cena and AJ Styles, which John Layfield will tell you every week is one of the greatest matches of all time, IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada had a different opinion.

After he tweeted his comments, Kevin Kelly recently caught up with the Rainmaker to follow up on what he said about AJ vs. Cena and why he said it.

Why DOES John Cena Suck?

Oh this is a commentary a long time in the making. I usually avoid the “Cena sucks” issue but a recent viewer asked me to explain why people think he sucks and it was more than 140 characters could cover.

In this commentary, we look at the reasons why John Cena sucks, outside of what some think is just the “cool thing smarks like to do”. It goes way deeper than that and there are several legitimate reasons why fans who know what makes wrestling good or bad cannot stand that Cena is in the position he’s been in for years.

Why Is Smackdown LIVE Better Than Monday Night RAW?

This week’s commentary is about WWE RAW and Smackdown LIVE and why SDLive appears to be the better show.

After watching Monday Night RAW this past week, I had to turn it off about halfway through. Why? The show was not interesting and actually made me embarrassed to be a pro wrestling fan.

Bayley on WWE RAWWhile on Smackdown, you have great characters like AJ Styles, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton, and not so great characters like John Cena and James Ellsworth being used in the best way possible … RAW tends to has disjointed stories, silly segments, inconsistencies, all while putting fan favorites in situations that often make them look stupid.

Aside from Braun Strowman and Chris Jericho’s “List of Jericho”, there’s very little to genuinely enjoy on Monday nights. Tuesdays have been much better content-wise and hopefully one day this will reflect in the ratings.

In this video, we examine why Smackdown LIVE is a superior show to WWE RAW.

Bray Wyatt: Next Super Babyface?

With his big win at WWE Elimination Chamber, Bray Wyatt has finally become WWE World Heavyweight Champion. The ongoing storyline with Randy Orton and Luke Harper has lead to a final clash between Orton and Wyatt at this year’s WrestleMania.

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While many may think Orton will win the championship, it is possible that Bray Wyatt may retain at Mania. What would that mean for the character?

Ivan KoloffJim Ross has speculated a possible face turn for Wyatt given his popularity with the fans. We’ll investigate this theory more in our commentary video.

In other pro wrestling news, legend Ivan Koloff — former WWWF Champion — passed away this past week. We take a brief look at what he meant to the business during the middle part of the 20th Century.

Has Baron Corbin Improved?

Since he entered NXT a few years ago, Baron Corbin has been seen as everything from the next big thing to another guy who had bad in-ring work that fans booed.

In a recent interview, Corbin talked about his progression in the business and how he feels about fans who are critical of him. We take a look at the last two years of Corbin’s career in WWE and ask whether or not he’s improved since being on SmackDown LIVE.

NXT TakeOver San Antonio Review and Reaction

Full review of the WWE’s NXT TakeOver San Antonio event on the WWE Network.

Shinsuke Nakamura defended the NXT Championship against the “Glorious” Bobby Roode in a controversial ending, Asuka defended the Women’s Championship against three challengers, and The Authors of Pain challenged #DIY for the NXT Tag Team Championships.

In addition, we look at how this show was underhyped, the recent decline in NXT, and comments from Triple H about his disappointment in NXT recently.

Kenny Omega Staying in New Japan and Fake Wrestling News

With the news that Kenny Omega is staying in New Japan Pro Wrestling, we look at what that means for NJPW and his career, as well as the lack of coverage by the wrestling community versus the fake news he was going to WWE.