What to watch this weekend?

Welcome back to another #ODPH Wrestling Recap blog. Before we dive into everything, check out our friends at 3FNW with their latest episode! (https://pods8122.podbean.com) It’s been a wilder week of shows heading into 3 big high profile shows. Let’s recap it, shall we?

*Raw was a solid show but failed to really move the needle like the first “Heyman Era” show. Decent opener with “Secky” (ugh) vs. Andrade & Vega but weird elimination stipulation thrown in. Look, I’m happy that Becky and Seth are a thing IRL, but this is NOT working as far as a scripted storyline. Becky seems to be out of “the Man” character during this & it’s just not selling me on a character’s story. Same with Seth. For story purpose only, it’s just not selling me on watching them in a mixed tag or storyline heading into a PPV.

*Rest of Raaw felt cliche except the ending which saw Cedric Alexander “team” with Roman Reigns vs. Drew/Shane. If someone like Cedric has the chance to shine, they can go and make people take notice. Hopefully this means a push to something better than chasing R-Truth around for the 24/7 title.

*Speaking of which…STILL the best story on both shows. Maverick and Truth are pure RATINGS!

*Smackdown was the far better show. Kevin Owens has now turned face with Pipebomb 2.0. No idea who to credit for this, but BOUT DAMN TIME! Owens said a great deal of what the wrestling community has been thinking. Where does this goes from here? Best guess is a MONSTER push. Wonder what Sami thinks about this? We also found out who knocked on Alister Black’s door: Cesaro! Expect this to steal the show on Sunday!

*Enzo & Joey Janela had a “fight” at a Blink 182 concert that spilled over to Twitter. It’s good for a read.

*This weekend, there’s AEW “Fight For the Fallen”, Evole (On the WWE Network) 131, and WWE extreme rules. TBH, there’s really not a lot I care for concerning Extreme rules except Black/cesaro so no predictions on that card. Evolve is worth a watch either live or on replay. Support indy wrestling and send the message to the WWE to air more indy feds on the network (*cough* IMPACT *cough*).

*Xcite wrestling’s very own Joe Gacy is on Evolve’s show. That’s reason enough to watch the show.

*By default, lets break down AEW “Fight For the Fallen”:

Buy - In Preshow: Sonny Kiss vs. Librarian Peter Avalon

I really hope Kiss gets the W, but see Avalon getting the win via help from Leva Bates

Buy - In Preshow: Shawn Spears, MJF & Sammy Guevara vs. Joey Janela, Jimmy Havoc & Darby Allin

The fact MJF is on the pre-show tells me that won’t be the only appearance of him for the night. The fact he’s teaming with Spears after the “chair Cody” moment is confusing and sense that AEW will botch the landing of revealing he had Spears to the job. Either way, expecting team MJF to get the win.

*Shoko Nakajima & Bea Priestley vs. Britt Baker & Riho

Baker’s the future of AEW Women’s division. Fully expect her team to win here.

*Angelico & Jack Evans vs. Dark Order vs. Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus

Fun 3 way dance, but Dark order (FKA Super Smash Bros.) don’t get fancy vignettes to job on the first night. Expect them to win via some weird outside interference

*Brandi Rhodes vs. Allie

Allie should but expecting Awesome Kong or someone else to help Brandi get the win here

*Kip Sabian v. Hangman Page

No way Page loses with a title shot looming, unless MJF does something here. Page FTW

*The Lucha Brothers vs. S.C.U.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lucha’s haven’t won a match in AEW yet. That’s gotta change sometime right? Expect it here.

*Kenny Omega vs. CIMA

Should be match of the night. Nobody beats Kenny. Nobody.

*Rhodes Family vs. Young Bucks

Solid storyline here & will be a good match. Not sure how, but the Bucks will get the W here. Maybe with help from Shawn Spears? Gotta build to Cody vs. Spears before All Out right?

That’s all for this week. Keep the talk going on @ODparlayhour . Thanks for reading!

WE GOT PYRO BACK!!

Welcome back to another edition of the ODPH’s Wrestling Recap. There’s been quite a few stories this week so let’s just right in. Remember to give our friends over at 3FN a listen on their wrestling podcast: (https://pods8122.podbean.com)

*AEW had their Fyter Fest on Saturday night. The show started HOT with a great 3-way tag in the pre-lims, but it really nose dived after that for the preshow. The main card was good with some notable highlights:

-Darby Allin crazy back bump off the apron & Cody’s unprotected Head Chair shot in a time limit draw. Allin was put over HUGE while Shawn Spears (fka Tye Dillenger) gave a chair shot that the chair didn’t function properly on impact. IMO, no need for those shots to tell a story (along with apron bumps).

-MJF is the future of AEW His promo work speaks volumes. Good 4 way match for him, Jungle Boy, Jimmy Havoc & Adam Page.

-Elite vs. Lucha Bros/Laredo Kid was what you would expect of those 6.

-Moxley vs. janela lived up to the hype. If nothing else from his time in AEW, Moxley genuinely looks happy to be wrestling again. Crazy bumps and cuts from these 2. Entertaining to say the least.

The show wasn’t All In pt 2, but it was a decent show. Production work is STILL an issue.

*For WWE, RAW WAS GREAT! From the opening destruction “HOLY SH*T” moment with Braun & Lashley to a Street Profits appearance to Maria & Mike Kanellis on the show (in a really odd angle, but at LEAST they were on), Raw felt new & fresh. Something it hasn’t looked like in WEEKS!

*There still were bad moments (Anything Shane BITW/Lacey Evans & Corbin vs. Brollins) but it closed very strong: AJ Styles vs. Ricochet with a HEEL turn for AJ & a reuniting of “The Club” with Gallows & Anderson! Under new creative writing, this has $$$$ written all over it. One piece needs to be added: Finn Balor. Make it happen WWE!

*Smackdown was more of the same SD we’ve had past few weeks. Bischoff hasn’t started yet but it was tough to match RAW.

*NXT is NXT. Always consistent in its work. Strong vs. Breeze was fun & continues their feud, while Adam Cole (BAY BAY) continues to flex his heel chops with a great segment involving Johnny Gargano’s hometown. Amazing work.

That’s all for this week. Thanks for reading!

WHAT YEAR is it again?

Welcome back to another ODPH pro wrestling recap! Lots to discuss so lets jump in. Also, remember to check out #3FNW’s latest episode (https://pods8122.podbean.com) for more wrestling coverage. Shall we begin?

*The BIGGEST story of the week has to be……Bischoff & Heyman are back in creative at WWE?! Yes, you read that right. What year is it again, cause this is a throwback +. Bischoff was the kingpin that orchestrated the rise (& fall) of WCW back in the late 90’s/Early 2000’s. Bischoff introduced cruiserweights to the mainstream, developed the NWO, dominated the ratings for 82 weeks against the WWE among other notable moments.

Heyman has always been the father of “extreme” in many fans eyes. Making ECW into the counter-culture movement that he did was truly astonishing. Heyman is one of the most creative people ever to write for wrestling. Ultimately, the financials of the business brought down ECW but Heyman brought his mind over to the WWE & you have to credit some of the success of Brock Lesnar & CM Punk’s WWE runs to Heyman. All have left but now are back.

IF they get to be creative without TOO much Vince meddling, then there’s hope for something good. Bischoff can make magic happen & I can’t wait if they let him run 205 live. Heyman can make magic out of nowhere BUT he has to have freedom to make it. Remember the ECW-WWE rebirth? No Heyman, no good. Stay tuned….

*WWE Stomping grounds kicked off the week and was great….until the l;ast 3 matches (and Lynch/Evans which Evans showed she still needs some work for that spot on the card). Bad Roman/Drew ending, snooze fest between Kofi and Dolph in a cage (except for the end spot) and the train wreck of the main spoiled a great show.

*WWE TV was ok, but HOLY EFF: SHAYNA BASZLER VS. IO SHIRAI NXT CAGE MATCH! MOTY CANDIDATE! NXT killed it again & proved that the brand is one of the best out right now.

*Not to be outdone, AEW is having their 2nd show of the year “FYTER FEST” on Bleacher Report LIVE this weekend. Lets break down the card:

*BUY IN Preshow: SCU vs. Best Friends vs. Private Party (1st round bye for winners in tag title tourney). Expecting big things from this match and sensing SCU wins this one due to “help” from the Drak order (FKA S. Smash bros).

*Michael NAKASAWA vs. Alex Jebailey

Nakasawa is so goiung over on this just to continue Matt Jackson’s angle on BTE

*Nyla Rose vs.Riho vs. Yuka Sakazaki

Nyla Rose should be the winner here, but don’t doubt this match stealing the show.

*Christopher Daniels vs. CIMA

If SCU wins the opener, CIMA is winning here.

*Darby Allin vs. CODY

Allin is an up & coming star in the making. Win, Lose or draw, expect a strong showing. Lets go with the upset here. Allin wants t make a statement, look for the upset here.

*Hangman Page vs. Jimmy Havoc vs. Jungle Boy vs. MJF

Page & MJF are the future of AEW. One of those 2 are winning. Lets go MJF to build some hype after Page wins the title at All Out.

*Jon Moxley vs. Joey Janela

There’s no way you pay Moxley THAT much money to job after how he ended “Double or Nothing”. The match will fail unless SUPER HUMMAN enters this match!

*The Lucha Brothers & Laredo Kid vs. THE ELITE (Kenny Omega & the Young Bucks)

The build for this has been the Lucha’s mystery partner…in which Laredo is great, but relatively unknown to mainstream fans. Elite goes over.

There’s a ton on Wrestling Twitter to check, so stay tuned for more news breaking out this weekend, Thanks for reading!

Stomped in the Ground

Welcome back to another ODPH pro-wrestling recap. If you were looking for last week’s blog, I was a guest on 3FNW (https://pods8122.podbean.com) & everything wrestling was covered, but this is a new week leading into a WWE PPV & more. Let’s go, shall we?

*RAW WAS WATCHABLE!!!! FINALLY!!!!! Crazy Seth Rollins swing chairs on everyone! GREAT 5-way for #1 United States Championship with Ricochet getting the big W! Roman Reigns vs the new Corporation?! Seth Rollins vs. Daniel Bryan with a CLEAN (restarted) finish! Overall, very good show.

*Smackdown didn’t keep the momentum going BUT it did enough to build up the PPV. Best Moment: Alexa Bliss DESTROYING Bayley in a promo. At least it had R-Truth to carry the show because…..

*The 24/7 has been the best storyline on both shows & even has slowly taken that title from Firefly FunHouse. Two people need to take credit for this: R-Truth & Drake Maverick. They have made a throwaway title into something truly must watch TV. Title change at a wedding? Amazing

*WWE Stomping Grounds is this Sunday so here’s the early ODPH predictions (but head over to 3FN on Facebook for their prediction contest).

WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match
Akira Tozawa vs Drew Gulak vs. Tony Nese (C)

205 Live doesn’t get enough credit about their product. You want great wrestling? Watch the program and this match. Expecting a solid open to the show & Nese to retain for a little longer.

Roman Reigns vs Drew McIntyre

Roman vs the new Corporation continues with this match. I’m going with the upset with McIntyre pulling the win off with help from Shane.

Kevin Owens/Sami Zayn vs. The New Day

Great mid-card feud happening on Smackdown. For the eventual Big E turn, there’s no way I see New Day losing this one. New Day FTW.

Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match

Heavy Machinery vs. The Captain Planets (Bryan & Rowan)

Lost in the shuffle is this storyline IMO. I don’t think Heavy Machinery is ready just yet, so I like the Captains retaining in this one.

United States Championship Match

Ricochet vs. Samoa Joe (C)

This SHOULD be match of the night. Expecting big things from this one and the start of a long program between these 2. Samoa Joe to retain.

Smackdown Women’s Championship Match

Alexa Bliss vs. Bayley (c)

If Alexa is healthy enough to wrestle, she’s healthy enough to win. Bayley hasn’t really done too much with her latest run & if Sasha is coming back, their forthcoming feud won’t be for the belt. The Goddess FTW

Raw Women’s Championship Match

Lacey Evans vs. THE MAN Becky Lynch (c)

Evans isn’t ready for the belt & they NEED to switch people up for Lynch to keep any momentum. This hasn’t taken off for a great storyline so I expect this to end quick with Lynch being #ANDSTILL

RAW Universal Championship Match w/ Special Guest Referee

Baron Corbin vs. Seth Rollins

Rollins should retain and end this feud before SummerSlam. the Guest ref will set the tempo for the next program, and that’s why I like BRAY WYATT as the guest ref. Not afraid of Rollins per character, plus it will be a big enough shock to the fans expecting Lesnar to cash in here.

WWE Championship Steel Cage Match

Dolph Ziggler vs Kofi (c)

This should be a great match. Ziggler is always in a great match and with the main event slot, expect him to rise to occasion. I like Kofi to win, only to lose to a LESNAR CASH IN WIN to close the show. WWE wants to shake things up on this show. this is a perfect way to do it.

Let me know what you think on @ODparlayHour on Twitter. Thanks for reading

More like "Super Letdown"

Welcome back for another pro-wrestling recap. This will be a fairly short blog this week, but as always, check #3FNW https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ht9w3-b241e3 for some more wrestling coverage:

*For all the hype of a “Wrestlemania” type event, WWE didn’t deliver on a super show on Friday. For the past few weeks, both Raw & Smackdown have been trying (and failing) to build any hype for the Saudi Arabia show. When the key selling point is The Undertaker vs. Goldberg (at this stage in their careers), it’s not exactly making it a must watch unless you love the nostalgia factor

*Start with RAW: Brock Lesnar showed up and *almost* cashed in on Seth Rollins, but decided to wait until….FRIDAY! Lesnar did a great job of beating down Rollins, but after that…show really didn’t have a huge buzz to it, except for “Muscle Man Dance” by Bray Wyatt. I have no idea wtf they’re doing with Bray but at least it’s entertaining. More promo work from Triple H & Randy Orton with a close out by the Taker, who appeared to have been cut off at the end? were other moments from the show.

*On the SD side, more of the same with Taker & Goldberg having their faceoff to end the show. I’m not sure what’s exactly going on with Roman/Usos vs Shane/drew McIntyre/Revival but if it ends those awful comedy promos on the revival, let it happen. Dolph Ziggler vs Kofi has been better than expected.

*Lars Sullivan doesn’t equal ratings, but R-Truth vs. Drake Maverick for the 24/7 title is slowly becoming must-watch moments.

*So onto Friday. Andrade vs. Finn Balor was as good as you would expect between these two. Shane McMahon beat Roman Reigns. Not a typo. Not loving anything about this feud. Orton beat Triple H which made sense at this stage. HHH is an executive while Orton is still (somewhat) wrestling. Shane should take notes. Mansoor (who’s appeared on NXT) won the huge battle royal & received a HUGE pop from the crowd.

*And now….the “Main event”…. No dream match, just a nightmare. Lots of miscues & unsafe bumps hurt anything noteworthy about this match. How both of these guys didn’t come out seriously injured after the match is a miracle. If this were the late 90’s/early 2000’s, this is a great match. The year is 2019. Both men are past prime due to age. Just an awful match that hopefully never happens again.

*Speaking of never again, Kota Ibushi - PLEASE NEVER TAKE AN APRON GERMAN SUPLEX ON YOUR HEAD AGAIN!!!! This near fatality (search for the clip) overshadowed KENTA & Jon Moxley announcing NJPW G1 intentions.

Not a great week for wrestling, so let’s hope better for this week! Thanks for reading!

NXT TOOK OVER!

Back for another edition of the Pro Wrestling recap. Lots has been happening so let’s dive in, shall we (& always have to plug #3FNW: https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ht9w3-b241e3 for some more wrestling coverage:

*NXT had it’s “Takeover” card this past Saturday. There was a HUGE AEW shadow hanging on WWE’s head since their PPV last week. It is easy to say with confidence that NXT showed everyone why their the top brand in wrestling today.

  • Matt Riddle def. Roderick Strong (4.25 score of 5). Great opener between these two. They had some time to develop & Riddle showed off some new moves. Crowd was ready to go & both guys fed off that energy.

  • Street Profits won the vacant Tag Team Titles over Fish/O’Reilly, Forgotten Sons & Lorcan/Burch (5 out of 5). You wanted ladders? You got it! Every team looked great in this one. Quite a few crazy moments in this one ranging from Wesley Blake suicide dive INTO A LADDER! to Kyle O’Reilly taking some vicious bumps & the crazy athleticism of one Montez Ford. Once the Profits got the belts, the roof came off the place with a sea of red cups. All 9 competitors went all out in this one (Not a typo…. Jaxson Ryker FKA Gunner had a strong run of spots in the middle of this one. I don’t doubt a solo push in some form soon).

  • Velveteen Dream def. Tyler Breeze to retain the North American title (4 out of 5). In case anyone forgot why Tyler Breeze was a big deal when he was called up, they were reminded in this one. He was able to wrestle and losing to Dream didn’t hurt him for getting another NXT run. As for the Dream, he proved it’s a matter of when, not if he takes off to be a big name in the company.

  • Shayna Baszler def. Io Shirai & held onto the NXT Womens title (4 out of 5). Baszler’s run in NXT has been exceptional & very underrated IMO. Shirai is very good as well, so it was no doubt this match was great. Lots of back & forth action plus the outside interference didn’t steal anything away from the match. Crazy chair moonsault & kendo stick attack by Shirai after the match & I’m expecting a potential 3-way match with these 2 & Candice LeRae at the next Takeover.

  • Adam Cole (BAY BAY) defeats Johnny Gargano to capture the NXT World Title (5 out of 5). Gargano is “Johnny Takeover” for a reason. Win or lose, he always delivers a Match of the Night on the card. Cole was the big addition to NXT last year & he hasn’t let anyone down. Cole has been the top guy in every organization he’s ever been in and Saturday was his ascension to the top of NXT. Great back & forth moments with both guys hitting huge spots. Not sure if Gargano was hurt prior to match, but a gritty performance in the loss not matter what. Cole reigned victorious at the end of some great near-falls & the future match-up with Ciampa is looming soon….

*WWE needed this win. After AEW took the first shot with “Double or Nothing” which had some great matches, some direct shots at WWE, & the debut which drew the biggest buzz of the week: Jon Moxley FKA Dean Ambrose, WWE came back with a very lackluster RAW & Smackdown. Not exactly the best way to swing the popular opinion in their favor.

*AEW also scored with the “Talk Is Jericho” podcast with Moxley. On that episode, Mox didn’t hold too many punches back & the general feeling was WWE took an L with no bounce back (Available where you find all great podcasts).

However, as long as NXT is NXT as it’s current format, There is very little to worry about. Triple H has created a monster down in Florida that has shown time & time again, it’s arguably the best brand in wrestling. No matter on who’s been called up, they have someone else step up. Their “Takeover” series is setting very high bars. After the show last night, Rich from 3FNW had a great point: “If Vince wants to have a war with AEW, imagine if they move NXT to network TV on Tuesday night to go head to head?”

It’s a great question to raise. There is a conflicting image from AEW: do they want to be different or do they want to be WCW 2.0? During the DoN PPV, there were some direct shots at WWE. They haven’t fallen unnoticed. AEW announced “All Out” on August 31st, which was answered by Triple H with NXT UK Takeover the very same day! It’s a subtle jab, but a jab back never the less. How AEW plays off this is anyone’s guess, but one thing is for certain: we all will be watching.

AEW PREVIEW

Hey everyone. So it’s been a bit since the last recap blog, but since we did a podcast episode (https://odparlayhour.podbean.com) with Gus from Walking Distance & Rich from 3FN, we decided to take the week off since WWE hs been well…..tough to watch from a story aspect, but great in-ring work. The other big story is blog worthy, so we’re gonna deep dive into AEW’s 1st PPV: “Double or Nothing”

Quick Recap: In case anyone is just jumping in, All Elite Wrestling (AEW) is the new wrestling company formed by Cody (Rhodes of WWE fame) & the Young Bucks off the success of their independent wrestling show “All In".” From that, the idea of starting their own company when all their contracts were up in January of 2019 came to be. ‘Hangman” Adam Page and Kenny Omega rounded out the big names attached to the growing brand from their successful “Bullet Club/BTE” faction that took pro wrestling by storm.

Fast forward a few months & more names were added to the AEW roster at a press conference. PAC, MJF, Joey Janela, So Cal Uncencored, Britt Baker & Chris Jericho lead the huge announcements to the brand. It was also announced that “Double Or Nothing” would have these wrestlers on the show scheduled for May 25th at the MGM out in Las Vegas, Nevada. Flipping thru the calander and here we are.

Let’s break down the card, shall we? (3FN gave their predictions for the show & you can find them here: https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ht9w3-b241e3).

Casino Battle Royale (Pre-show)

On the preshow, AEW opens up with a 21 wrestler, over-the-top battle royale. The winner gets a title shot against the AEW champion winner between Omega & Jericho on another show. Some of the names entered: Janela, MJF, Jungle Boy, Shawn Spears (FKA Tye Dillenger).

Prediction: IF Hangman Vs. PAC is truly off, Page is gonna be a surprise entrant and win. IF Page ISN’T in, I like a surprise entrant taking it. maybe a Jon Moxley (FKA Dean Ambrose)? Maybe a Marty Scrull? Maybe a CM Punk? With a title shot looming, AEW is gonna want to generate some big buzz early. Why not a name not listed and see the internet break?

Kip Sabian vs. Sammy Guevara (Pre-show)

Two young up & coming names that will get the crowd hyped. I haven’t seen a ton of Sabian, but Sammy is gonna be great. His work at Wrestlecircus speaks for itself.

Prediction: Guevara

Angelico and Jack Evans vs. BEST FRIENDS! (Trent & Chuck Taylor)

Two of the best out of Lucha Underground, Angelico & Evans are recent signings. Trent & Chuck have been killing it on the indys for years. Absolutely LOVE this match. Expect Angelico to jump off something very tall in a “spot of the night”moment

Prediction: Best Friends (expect a big push for them against the Bucks)

Hikaru Shida, Riho Abe, Ryo Mizunami vs. Aja Kong, Yuka Sakazaki, Emi Sakura

Kong is a great wrestler & there’s a lot of buzz about Shida. After that, i’m not too familiar with the rest in the match, but I’m expecting big things!

Prediction: Team Kong

Strong Hearts (OEW) vs. So Cal Uncencored (SCU!)

AEW announced a partnership with OEW at their press conference. They’re gonna want to make a big splash in their debut. SCU is over and a loss won’t hurt them.

Prediction: Strong Hearts

Britt Baker vs. Kylie Rae vs. Nyla Rose

Great Women’s match. Baker was the 1st woman wrestler announced at the press conference & was great at “All In”. Rae & Rose will add some dynamics to the match but this is Baker’s moment to shine.

Prediction: Baker

Lucha Bros vs Young Bucks (AAA Tag team titles)

One of the marque match-ups of the night. The Young Bucks have been building the feud up on “Being The Elite”, even going so far as crashing AAA & taking the titles off the Lucha Bros. Fenix & Pentagon have been tearing it up whether it was Lucha Underground, PWG, Impact & Xcite Wrestling among other places. They’ve faced off before & this one will be a great one to watch. Since the belts ar one the line….

Prediction: Luchas get the AAA titles back, but BEST FRIENDS jump the Bucks at the end

Cody vs. Dustin Rhodes

The Wrestlemania match that NEVER happened BUT SHOULD HAVE! This match is long overdue & will hit every emotion during it’s course. this will have a very modern “old school” feel to it & expecting the boys to put on a show.

Prediction: Cody in an instant classic

MAIN EVENT: Chris Jericho vs. Kenny Omega

Arguably the 2 biggest stars in AEW. Jericho is one of, if not, THE GOATs of professional wrestling. His legacy in WCW, ECW & WWE speaks for itself. Omega has been a instant classic performer dominating New Japan Pro Wrestling for the past few years. They’ve wrestled before with Omega winning that bout. This time, Jericho is coming in with a chip on the shoulder & new gimmick. Omega is challenged with setting the bar for AEW PPV main events with this one.

Prediction: This all hinges on one factor: Is Hangman vs PAC really off the card. Both of those guys had a segment/match from earlier in the week writing them off the show suddenly. Lots of rumors saying the “real” reason but that doesn’t matter per say.

IF that match is off & BOTH those guys don’t wrestle on the card, Omega takes the match

If PAC wrestles & wins battle royale/his match: Omega wins & that’s a future main event

If PAGE wrestles & wins battle royale/his match: JERICHO wins & that’s a future main event

That’s my calls on the card, but what are yours? Hit me up on Twitter & Let me know! Thanks for reading!

WTF is a Wild Card Anyway?

Welcome back for another installment of the ODPH pro-wrestling recap! Vinny & the Coach are still working on their blogs so I’m filling in again! Let’s get this started:

Remember to check of 3FN on wrestling too: https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-3vkq2-af4121

*RAW & Smackdown fell into the same issue: Misdirection. After doing the Superstar Shakeup a few weeks back, Vince has now instituted a “Wild-Card” rule to let 3..or 4…or?wrestlers from either Raw or Smackdown allowed to cross over shows for one night only. Raw welcomed Roman Reigns, Daniel Bryan & WWE Champ Kofi Kingston…which did lead to a great main event Wrestlemania rematch with Kofi defeating Bryan. Overall though, the new rule felt like a panic move to slumping ratings. If you can mix and match at will, why have 2 brands?

*The rest of the show didn’t really live up to that energy. The wrestlers FKA War Raiders dominated again, this time over the Raw Tag Champs of Ryder & Hawkins for a non-title win. Miz/Shane & Elias/Roman extended their feuds & I literally have no comment on wtf Mojo Rawley is supposed to be doing.

Flip it to SD Live, we have new SD tag champs: D-Bry & Rowan? After having an impromptu match with the Usos, the Captain Planets won the belts legitimately. Considering SD is sorely lacking in tag teams, maybe this will be the start of something. Tonihgt’s Wild-carders: Aj Styles & sami Zayn….who wound up in a triple threat with Kofi for the belt. Kofi won the match & now has defeated Bryan, Styles & Zayn in back-to-back nights. Not too shabby.

*Rest of SD Live went pretty stat quo. Ali vs Andrade had a viper crash it, which will have it’s payoff at MITB in 2 weeks. Shane & Miz did more cage match hype while the Sd women”s match built more for their MITB match….and there’s always more Firefly Fun House for everyone

*NXT had Mia Yim vs Bianca Belair, which was a great match. Sensing a takeover match on the horizon for those 2. However, the main event was the story of this show: Matt Riddle vs. Adam Cole (Bay Bay). Great storytelling and Cole must have hit a few more finishers than usual but still came up short. During this melee, Roddy Strong tried helping but, in Cole’s eyes, costed him the match. Post match footage shows Roddy is ready to walk & TAKE MY MONEY NOW: COLE VS STRONG!

*AEW is rumored to have their TV deal locked up: Weekly show on the TNT network in the fall. Huge win for AEW, who’s only a short time away from their 1st pay-per-view. It was also announced that theyve added Jack Evans and Angelico from Lucha Underground fame to the roster. Once again: TAKE MY MONEYNOW: ANGELICO VS PAC!

That’s all for now. Hit me up on @ODParlayHour on twitter and let me know what your wrestling takes are!

So we talking Wrestling?

Welcome to the first weekly installment of the ODPH pro Wrestling Recap blog. This blog is in response to listener request for more Wrestling content. Now, the question you’re probably asking is: well, why not just do a wrestling podcast then? The answer is fairly simple: Whenever we’ve done the recap podcast, the ODPH has always made it into a special edition when there’s a big event happening. If this blog takes off, we can always look at doing that down the road more frequently.

If you’re looking for a wrestling podcast, check out 3FN on Wrestling:

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-3vkq2-af4121

Taking over this blog will be Coach Duffy & Vinny. Other members of the ODPH might contribute from time to time, but those 2 will be the main writers of the blog. Hit them up on twitter @ODparlayhour & let them know what you think. Now on with this blog:

  • WWE didn’t have a memorable week of shows this week. Raw didn’t do much as it just seemed like a “eh” show. Money in the bank participants were announced: Braun stroman, Ricochet, Drew McIntyre & Baron Corbin & on the Women’s side: Natalya, Dana Brooke, Naomi & Alexa Bliss were added. The build for Styles vs Rollins was pretty standard but everything else was fairly forgetable.

  • SD didn’t improve much. MITB wrestlers were: Randy Orton, Andrade, Ali & Finn Balor. On the women’s side, Mandy rose, Bayley, Ember Moon & Carmella round out that match. Roman vs. Authority 2.0 was in full swing. One moment DID standout however: the Hardys had to give up the belts due to Jeff’s injury. Overall, it was better than Raw but not by a lot.

  • Honestly, the best thing between both shows is Bray Wyatt’s “Firefly Funhouse” cause it’s either gonna be the best thing ever or the biggest miscue in years. Leaning towards the former with that. It needs to be a weekly talk show.

  • 205live was 205live, but NXT stood out for 2 reasons: KUSHIDA debuted & Velveteen Dream’s Anthem. Both were worth an internet rewatch.

  • MITB should be a good show but it will be going against the series finale of Game of Thrones. Luckily, there’s the WWE network to rewatch. I like Mcintyre & Mandy Rose to hold briefcases at the end of the night.

  • More drama with rumors of wrestlers trying to leave WWE, but one who got out & made some noise: the artist FKA Dean Ambrose….Jon Moxley. Mox put out a 90’s -like action movie trailer saying he’s back. Early guess….see you in Vegas on the 25th for AEW

  • Impact: rebellion PPV was another solid outing for Impact wrestling. Lucha Bros vs. LAX was in-ring magic again (AND THAT FLIP BUMP BY FENIX!!! PROTECT YOUR NECK!!!!). Michael Elgin debuted and what a match between Tessa Blanchard & Gail Kim! Don’t sleep on Impcat PPV’s. They are vastly better than they get credit for!

That’s all for now, but hit us up on Twitter & let us know your thoughts on the wrestling week!

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Special Parlay Points: Wrestlemania Preview

On this special edition of Parlay Points, we let ODPH afflliate VINNY! offer his predictions for WWE Wrestlemania this Sunday (April 7th). This is a great piece to go along with the ODPH Wrestling Recap feat. George Gatton (Available now ). Take it away Vin!

WWE WRESTLEMANIA POINTS by VINNY

With Wrestlemania 35 this Sunday I figured what better day to contribute my first blog to the ODPH. I will be giving you my thoughts & predictions for the Show Case of the Immortals. The past few Wrestlemania’s I thought were going to be very predictable going in, but in the end that wasn’t the case.So I feel this year there will be a few swerves and surprises. As always there are several appearances by former wrestlers and Hall of Famer‘s. Some surprises I can see happening is appearances by Hulk Hogan, Undertaker, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Ron Simmons (damn!), And a big surprise by the Rock to interrupt Elias’s Rock Concert. But, if the rock  doesn’t interrupt him then look for John Cena (if he’s not already involved in the Kurt Angle match).

Womens Battle Royal:

There are a few ways the WWE can go with us. Looking at the participants it’s hard to choose the onefemale that I think should win. Throughout the battle royal I look for other storylines to begin. I wouldn’tbe surprised if this starts a feud with Mandy Rose and Sonia Deville. With that being said Lacey Evans has been forced on us every week and at some point she’s going to have do something. I look for her to have a great showing and possibly win. If it’s not her my next pick would be Nikki Cross.

Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal:

I like the idea of this match being a steppingstone for the superstar that wins it. But, that has not beenthe case the last couple years. This almost feels like a throwaway just to get some of the wrestlers onthe card. Most of these guys Are midcard at best. I don’t even know who to pick. But I’m going to go outon a limb and pick up Apollo Crews. He has been having a strong showing the last couple of weeks and deserves a little push. But, I would not be surprised if Braun pulled off The victory.

The Usos (c) vs. Aleister Black and Ricochet vs. The Bar vs. Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura

(Fatal 4-Way Match for the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship):

This match was just thrown together on SmackDown by Alexa (Who knew the host of Wrestlemania had authority to make matches). I look for this Match to be one of the better ones of the night. In the end I would not be surprised if Ricochet & Black Walk out of Wrestlemania weekend with both the SmackDown tag team Championships as well as NXT Tag team champions.

WWE Cruiserweight Championship

Buddy Murphy (c) vs. Tony Nese:

I’m looking forward to this match because I believe these guys will feel like they have something different for the crowd and something to prove. Guys from 205 put on some of the best matches So I don’t see this one being any different. In the end I see Buddy Murphy continuing his reign and retaining The cruiserweight championship.

Kurt Angle vs. Baron Corbin:

There is a lot of out rage over this match. I for one think it was a terrible idea to put Angle against Corbin. I think if you were going to put him against a ““younger“ talent I would’ve much rather seen somebody like Matt Riddle. But I don’t see that happening. My prediction is Angle wins this quickly as Sheamus did vs Daniel Bryan at wrestlemania 28. After which John Cena comes out and challenges him to a real match.

The Miz vs. Shane McMahon (Falls Count Anywhere):

This kind of reminds me of wrestlemania 12 Match of Goldust vs. Piper. I expect a knock out brawl between these two. With Shane making it personal I I have no doubt that the Miz goes over, but only after Shane takes a huge bump like he normally does in big matches.

Womens Tag Team Championship

Sasha Banks & Bayley (c) vs. Beth Phoenix & Natalya vs.Nia Jax & Tamina Snuka vs. The IIconics:

With all the build up they gave to crowning the first ever women’s tag team championship I feel it has been a little bit of a letdown. So I hope that changes this weekend. Unfortunately, this match will take back burner to the women’s main event. In a shocking turn of events I would not be surprised if the Iiconics walked out tag team champions.

United States Championship

Samoa Joe (c) vs. Rey Mysterio:

There are rumors that Rey suffered an ankle injury and his match on Monday night. It’s questionable if he will even be able to compete on Sunday. If somebody else steps up maybe Mustafa Ali I look for this match to be a good one. No matter who shows up to wrestle Joe I still think he wins and gets his wrestlemania moment.

Intercontinental Championship

Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Finn Balor:

I really dislike the way they have been flipping the Intercontinental championship so often lately. I think it diminishes the title and doesn’t give any credibility to any other wrestlers that hold it. I was torn between who I thought was going to win this match until Monday night. Now that the demon is going to be at wrestlemania there is no way he is Losing. Look for Finn to win this match cleanly and quickly.

Triple H vs. Batista (No Holds Barred; Triple H’s career on the line):

I really enjoyed the way Batista got Triple H’s attention by attacking Ric Flair. As far as the match goes I could really care less. In my opinion it’s a waste of time that could’ve gone to the younger talent and a bad age is there any match. With that said I believe this is a one and done for Batista and I don’t see Triple H retiring quite yet. So look for the game To go over and get his first victory against Batista, but don’t count out a rematch at crown jewel in Saudi Arabia.

AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton:

Here is another match that has gotten a great build up. I hope these guys are given enough time to go and show the crowd That they can still go even as they are getting a little older. AJ has been on top since he came to the WWE for the most part. With Randy’s part-time schedule has been having better matches since he has not been taking as many bumps. Most times at wrestlemania it’s the culmination of storylines, but this time I can see Orton winning and the storyline continuing for the next pay-per-view or two.

Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre:

With Roman coming back after battling leukemia I looked for this match to be a lot slower then what it could’ve been. With that being said I still look for this match to be decent. I would love to see Drew McIntyre go over cleanly, but I don’t see that happening. It would not surprise if Dean Ambrose makes a surprise appearance and cost Roman the match & a chance for the feel-good moment. But of course I really don’t see that happening & WWE is going to pick up where they left off and cram Roman down our throats. Roman wins getting that decisive victory and retribution for his fellow particular field members.

WWE WORLD Championship

Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Kofi Kingston:

This storyline is almost identical to what Daniel Bryan went through down the road to wrestlemania 30. I wouldn’t be surprised if Vince throws another roadblock in Kofi’s way. Either way I see the match happening Close to the end of the card. Just like Daniel Bryan at wrestlemania 30 I look for Kofi to go over to win his first heavyweight championship.

WWE Universal Championship

Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Seth Rollins:

Of all the three title matches this is one of the only ones that I would not be surprise if the championsretained his title. I have been saying it for a while that if Brock Lesnar returns to the UFC McMahon would love to have a little cross promotion to gain viewership. But, that is very unlikely. Part of me believes that Seth Rollins will go over and win His first universal championship. I am totally flipping a coin to pick a winner on this match. In the end I’m going to go with Lesnar only because I believe he will drop the championship when the WWE returns to Saudi Arabia in the coming months.

MAIN EVENT: Raw/Smackdown Womens Championship

Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair:

The build up for this match has been like one I haven’t seen in several years. Rhonda Rousey vs. Becky Lynch has been A match wrestling fans have been begging you for over the last couple months. With the inclusion of Charlotte I felt it diminish the match just a little bit, especially now that she holds The SmackDown Women’s championship. With it being the main event and closing out Wrestlemania there has to be a huge payout and something the fans will leave happy with unlike the past couple years.Being so over, I see no other way than for Becky to come out Victorious and hold both championships.

Thanks for reading. Leave me your picks on @ODparlayHour on Twitter! Enjoy The Show!

NXT BROOKLYN 2019 by MIKE C. (HZ607)

Wrestlemania week is upon us! If you checked out the latest Wrestling Recap episode w/ george Gatton, you know it’s a huge week!. Our latest blog writer, Vinny broke down Sunday’s big event….but on this edition, our long time friend & NXT expert: MIKE C. from Horror Zone 607 stopped by to give his picks fo the NXT takeover card on Friday night. Take it away Mike:

NXT Takeover: New York by MIKE C

This weekend marks the most exciting weekend of the entire year, Wrestlemania.  But before the biggest show of the year, the WWE brings us NXT Takeover: New York, live from the Barclays Center.  Today I’m going to break down the entire card and give my predictions.

First up: NXT Tag Team Championship match: War Raiders (c) vs Aleister Black & Ricochet

As much as I love Black and Ricochet individually, I can’t say I’m a huge fan of the two of them as a tag team.  That being said, anything involving War Raiders these days is gold.  I have a feeling this will be an outstanding tag team match filled with a ton of hard hitting action.  In the end, I see the champs retaining their titles.  I think we could also possibly see a tease of a breakup of the Black/Ricochet team after they are defeated.

Winners: War Raiders

NXT Women’s Championship Fatal 4-Way: Shayna Baszler (c) vs Io Shirai vs Bianca Belair vs Kairi Sane

Shayna Baszler has absolutely dominated the NXT Women’s division for the last year.  She has improved by leaps and bounds in the ring during that time and is easily one of the best heels in the entire company.  Io Shirai has dazzled the audience with her high flying and technical skills since she debuted at the Mae Young Classic last year.  Bianca Belair took Baszler to her limit at the last Takeover event and is back for a rematch.  Kairi Sane has been the champs arch rival since they battled in the finals of the first Mae Young Classic, and have even traded championship reigns.  

This one is a little tough to predict.  I don’t think any of these women have any business taking the title off Shayna, but I think there will be a title change here.  I do, however, believe either Io Shirai or Bianca Belair wins this match.  Because I must make a pick, I will choose Bianca Belair to walk out the new champion!

Winner and new champion: Bianca Belair

Match #3 is the highly anticipated match for the United Kingdom Championship. Pete Dunne (c) vs Walter

Pete Dunne is the longest reigning champion in the WWE in several decades.  He has held the U.K. Championship for nearly 700 days and has defeated everyone who has challenged him.  Next up for Dunne is the massive Austrian, Walter.  I can’t say I am the least bit impressed by Walter, but it seems he is being groomed to be the next big star in NXT UK right now.  Unfortunately, I do believe Pete Dunne’s historic reign as U.K. Champion will come to an end soon, but I think maybe we see him turn heel and retain the championship by disqualification.

Winner: Walter by DQ, but Pete Dunne retains the title

Match #4 is for the NXT North American Championship: Velveteen Dream (c) vs Matt Riddle

Expect this bout to be the match of the night!  Velveteen Dream has become possibly the most popular star in all of NXT and has consistently put on match of the year caliber performances.  Matt Riddle was one of the biggest free agent signings in NXT history and has had a meteoric rise in just a few short months.  This is another match that is very hard to choose a winner.  Despite only winning the North American Championships a few months ago, I do believe Matt Riddle becomes the new champion.  If this does happen, I expect Velveteen Dream to show up on Monday Night Raw the night after Wrestlemania.  

Winner and new champion: Matt Riddle

Finally, for the vacant NXT Championship in a 2 out of 3 falls match: Johnny Gargano vs Adam Cole

This is not the match we were supposed to have, but after the untimely neck injury to now former champion Tommaiso Ciampa resulted in the title being vacated, it is now the match we’re getting.  There’s a reason Johnny Gargano is nicknamed Johnny Takeover.  He is always great in the ring.  He is even better than great at the Takeover events.  

Adam Cole has done almost everything there is to do in NXT, except win the big one.  He has shown he will do whatever it takes to win.  With Ciampa out of action, Cole is now the top heel in the brand and will most definitely have the other members of Undisputed Era nearby in this match.  

If the North American Championship match doesn’t steal the show, then this match will.  We’re guaranteed to have a new NXT Champion when the dust settles.  Had Ciampa not gotten injured, I do believe Johnny Gargano would have walked out the new champion at Takeover: New York.  Now that the match has been changed, I have a feeling Adam Cole becomes a grand slam champion.

Winner and new NXT Champion: Adam Cole (Baybayyy)

So that’s the show.  What do you think of NXT Takeover: New York?  What do you think of my predictions?  Sound off in the comments below and stay tuned to the ODPH podcast next week to get their reactions to this show, as well as Wrestlemania!

Thanks again Mike. Check out the #HZ607 podcast (located in the #607podcats section of the ODPH page)