UPDATE: There is only ONE acceptable way to do Tie-Breaker 2. A lot of you think you are being cute/clever/nice by doing it differently. If you do it any other way than the way that I have listed I will throw it out and you will be incapable of actually winning. There are numbers for the matches, I want a number sequence OF HOW I GAVE THEM. Do not re-number the matches in the order you think they will be in. Do not list the matches. Thank you.
Welcome back to predictions! Even if you’ve done this before, make sure to read the rules. I have the right to change them at any time!
The Contest: If you don’t know, this is all about predicting the PPV! The person who best guesses the matches and then possibly the tie-breakers ends up winning the prize!
The Prize: The prize this month, your choice of the T-shirts listed below.
And one from GimmeStitchesTs
Plus your own nifty JPEG title:
The Jabroni Jobber Prize: For the person who does the WORST at predicting, you get this:
And of course you also get a Jabroni Title:
- You MUST have a Twitter account. If I don’t get a twitter handle from you I will not go searching for you to find you and you will not be entered. Please include it when you send in your predictions.
- You MUST be following me (obviously) and @BshopWindow. I will verify with Ken that you are following the account before I announce the winner. There will be no reminders. If you are not following the account you will not get the prize and I move on to the next person.
- I just want names for who wins. I don’t care who retains. I don’t care how they win. I want to know who in each match is declared the winner. No Contest is an acceptable answer, but it’s the only answer that is allowed besides names.
- You MAY name names that aren’t in the match if you think they are going to swerve us, HOWEVER, if you are purposefully going for the Jabroni Jobber prize, and I can tell, you will be disqualified. (ie: answering Batista for 3 of the matches will get you DQ’d, not purposefully guessing the opposite of what you think will happen)
- The predictions are open from now until Saturday, May 19, 2013 at 11:59pm. Once closed, they are CLOSED. No exceptions this month. When it’s done, it’s done.
- I will announce when I have entered you into the contest. You will get a number and a welcome on Twitter. Give me 24 hours before asking if I got your predictions, I’m one person taking care of this! If you ask me before it’s been 24 hours, prepare to be ignored.
- You may enter your predictions by dming me on @SolaceWinter, by emailing me SolaceWinter@yahoo.com or by leaving a comment below. If it is your first time leaving a comment it will not show up until I’ve approved it.
- Good luck!
The Matches And Tie-Breakers You Need to Predict:
- The Miz vs. Cody Rhodes
- Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger
- John Cena vs. Ryback
- Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H
- Sheamus vs. Mark Henry
- Randy Orton vs. Big Show
- Chris Jericho vs. Fandango
- Kofi Kingston vs. Dean Ambrose
- Hell No vs. The Shield
- Who pins/submits who in the Tag Title Match?
- What will be the match order for the 9 matches announced? (just give the numbers in order, so Miz vs. Rhodes would be 1, Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H would be 4) ex: 1, 4, 2, 7, 6, 5, 9, 8, 3
- How does the winner of the Cage Match win it? (Submission, pin, escape?)
- What color(s) will Kofi Kingston’s ring gear be?
Someone’s going to…
It was close. No one had what turned out to be 9 matches instead of 10 correct. The highest scores were 8/9 and there were 16 people who made it that far. 2 people were immediately disqualified for not following the people they were supposed to for eligibility. This brought it down to 14 people in competition. The first tie-breaker knocked everyone but 3 people out of the water. Those three people, @_Kidincredible, @KillScottKill, and @nevadawolfe went head-to-head. We skipped the shortest match tie-breaker since they cut out what everyone pretty much predicted would be the shortest match. All 3 people guessed the Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar match would be won by pinfall. @Nevadawolfe was knocked out by title change predictions, but @_Kidincredible and @KillScottKill held on. It came down to who was closest on the Undertaker’s entrance. So your winner, new champion, and the man who is going to Wrestlemania XXX is…
The men of Future Endeavors will be in contact with you. Thanks to EVERYONE who joined, it was a lot of fun. I can guarantee next month the prize won’t be nearly as spectacular, we’re probably going back to T-shirts, but you are all welcome back for the spirit of the competition!
Now, for our loser of the night. We had a couple of people who had their lowest score come out as 2/9. However, when it came to tie-breakers, the person who did the, um, worst would be @stateofthelinds! Congratulations on “winning” yourself a Sheamus Slammer! I’ll get your info from you soon!
Thanks everyone who joined, and sorry to those who didn’t quite make it in. The rules were clear!
As you know you have Wrestlemania XXX tickets on the line tonight! The ultimate winner gets two tickets from Future Endeavors to Wrestlemania XXX.
Pay attention to this page throughout the day. This is where I post your numbers and your predictions. Throughout the show I will add how you are doing so far ( 1/3 means you have 1 match of 3 matches correctly predicted so far). I will NOT be answering questions throughout the PPV on Twitter that can be answered right on this page as I update. I’m timing matches, keeping track of your scores, and looking for anything else that might effect the outcomes of predictions. I can’t answer the same questions constantly, I apologize.
Easiest way to win these tickets is if you get the match combination correct all of the way through. However, in an event of a tie we go to tie-breakers. If tie-breaker 1 doesn’t break the tie, we move on to the next one, and so forth. If tie-breaker 1 breaks the tie, the other tie-breakers are forgotten. We’ve made it through 4 tie-breakers before, but other times we’ve not touched them at all.
At the last minute I did decide on a Jabroni Jobber prize. So the person with the absolute WORST predictions of the night gets…
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The Contest: If you don’t know, this is all about predicting the PPV! The person who best guesses the matches and then possibly the tie-breakers ends up winningthe prize!
The Prize: The prize this year, TWO TICKETS TO WRESTLEMANIA XXX. The tickets will be in the 100 section, somewhere near the center. This is ONLY for the two tickets and includes nothing else.
- You MUST have a Twitter account. If I don’t geta twitter handle from you I will not go searching for you to find you. Please include it when you send in your predictions. No twitter handle, no entry.
- You MUST be following @FutureEndeavors, @NickGator, @CoreySantiago, and @DXDONMEGA. I will verify with them thatyou are following the accounts before I announce the winner. There will be no reminders. If you are not following the accounts you will not get the prize and I move onto the next person.
- I just want names for who wins. Idon’t care who retains. I don’t care how they win. I want to know who in each match is declared the winner. No Contest is an acceptable answer, but it’s theonly answer that is allowed besides names.
- The predictions are open from now until Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 11:59pm. Once closed, they are CLOSED. No exceptions this month. When it’s done, it’s done.
- I will announce when I have entered you into the contest. You will get a number and a welcome on Twitter. Give me 24 hours before asking if I got your predictions, I’m one person taking care of this!
- You may enter your predictions by dming me on @SolaceWinter, by emailing me SolaceWinter@yahoo.com or by leaving a comment below. If it is your first time leaving a comment it will not show up until I’ve approved it.
- Good luck!
The Matches And Tie-Breakers You Need to Predict:
The Rock vs. John Cena
Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger
The Undertaker vs. CM Punk
Sheamus, Randy Orton, & Big Show vs. The Shield
Ryback vs. Mark Henry
Team HellNo vs. Dolph Ziggler & Big E Langston
Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H
Chris Jericho vs. Fandango
Wade Barrett vs. The Miz
Tons of Funk & The Funkadactyls vs. Rhodes Scholars & The Bella Twins
Tie-Breaker 1: Who pins who in Orton, Show, & Sheamus vs. The Shield?
Tie-Breaker 2: How does the winner of Lesnar vs. Triple H win? (Submission, pin, DQ, etc.)
Tie-Breaker 3: Which match will be the shortest of the night?
Tie-Breaker 4: How many title changes will happen?
Tie-Breaker 5: How long will Undertaker’s entrance take?
In case you missed my proclamation last week, I am now combining Superstars and Main Event for the top 4s. Superstars has two matches a week and without Scott Stanford on it I can’t even fake a Top 4. I’ve wanted to write about Main Event for awhile and so they both suffer for being together.
I could not put the Kofi Kingston vs. David Otunga match onto the list. Where did Otunga’s abs go? No, that’s not the only reason why, though I must admit to spending more time watching his abs and wondering what happened than I did watching the match itself.
4. Brodus Clay & Tensai vs. Epico & Primo – Superstars
Rosa dances. Epico & Primo get treated worse than they deserve. And Giant Bernard goes to Lord Tensai, to Tensai, and now they are saying he’ll be called, “Sweet T.” This is an awkward pairing to say the least because it’s like they wanted another dysfunctional relationship ala Daniel Bryan and Kane without any of the chemistry or pizzazz of a good storyline. Adding insult to injury, they throw the match on Superstars. It isn’t a bad match, but it’s an odd match up with a few good spots that make up for the mess of the rest of it.
3. Mark Henry vs. Justin Gabriel – Main Event
Sure, we all knew Gabriel was going to lose. I mean, it’s against Mark Henry. What I didn’t know is they could actually put on a decent match. Gabriel is magic in the ring and he proves that even against a large man who doesn’t match his style he can show off his skills. He ultimately does lose, as we predicted, but he promises to give a good show and Henry, though losing momentum since his return and treated as another side character, still has enough of that old Henry that it makes him a star.
2. Cody Rhodes and Kaitlyn Flirting – Main Event
There is something about an awkward relationship that’s beautiful to see played out on screen. It’s cuter because Rhodes goes from this dashing character that could get any woman to a bumbling man who doesn’t know the right things to say whenever he’s around Kaitlyn. And Kaitlyn, with her quirky sense of humor, always comes off as if she finds everyone a bit intimidating or awkward to be around, which makes it more darling. Plus, you know, this seems to be leading to a continuous storyline. I like story that doesn’t disappear the next week.
1. Cody Rhodes vs. Sheamus – Main Event
At just over 10 minutes this match accomplishes everything it needs to, which is prove neither men has lost anything in the ring despite one being constantly left behind and the other falling into the moves of doom category of facedom. These two give a good pace and don’t overly use restholds to call for a slow spot. Probably going to be on my top 4 matches of the week. It helps that they give it a story and on Main Event it’s the one time the commentators try to concentrate on the story being told in the ring.
Kind of made a sacrifice for storylines in this episode with great matches, so pulling a top 4 was not easy.
4. Bo Dallas Knocked Out
The original main event for NXT was to be Corey Graves vs. Conor O’Brian vs. Bo Dallas. That doesn’t even sound like a suitable match up, but I think it was all a ploy to get a face into the match. Because we can’t just have two heels for no reason, blasphemy it is! Well, Bo Dallas gets knocked out and can’t make it in. Hopefully this storyline actually goes somewhere and isn’t just used as a huge tease just to get Graves and O’Brian to have the match on their own.
3. Aksana vs. Emma
Surprisingly, I enjoyed this match. Aksana isn’t much of a wrestler, though she manages to look good in tight clothing. Still, this wasn’t a match of all rest holds and Emma’s, “Oops, I’m clumsy,” moments have evolved into being a part of her character. She dances worse than before, has more bounce in her step, and looks confused whenever something she applies doesn’t work. Aksana also does the most brilliant spinebuster I’ve ever seen from the woman. In fact, I did not loathe her wrestling in this. Kudos.
2. Justin Gabriel vs. Leo Kruger
I actually went back and forth several times on what would be 1 and what would be 2 this week. Both matches were incredible and I enjoyed them immensely. However, this match did have a few more rest holds to it and that usually lowers the score for me. It started off slow, but still interesting, and had Kidd cheering on Gabriel along the outside of the ring. It’s inspiring to see Kidd with this much enthusiasm because here is a man who completely believes in the craft and won’t leave the arena because of an injury. Gabriel and Kruger pick up their pace and the match a bit more towards the middle and then at the end there are moves that are impressive, and unpredictable. Kruger does best with the right opponent and Gabriel proved to be that for him.
1. Corey Graves vs. Conor O’Brian
This match won out because for 9:45 I can’t remember thinking, “Wow, bored,” or, “This is slow.” It just kept moving and refused to give in. I have to admit, as much as I adore both men, I didn’t think this match had much potential. Look at the two of them! O’Brian is a beast and Graves is just… so small looking! I take back everything I thought because while O’Brian proved he is a beast, Graves showed he could stand up to him. Neither man gets to end this match (and I’m kind of glad for once) as Shield comes in to interfere. And who doesn’t love a segment that involves Shield and Ambrose on the mic?
The reason I started writing these blogs a little over a year ago, besides to praise Scott Stanford and get his name out there further, was to let people see through my eyes the greatness I see in the little shows. Superstars and NXT mostly, as they were widely neglected, or laughed at. NXT has taken a turn where people are now pretending to care, even if they still aren’t watching, but Superstars… even I laugh at Superstars now. There is less than 15 minutes of wrestling on this episode, but the show itself lasts 46 minutes. They brought Main Event to being taped before Smackdown and don’t pretend to bother with Superstars anymore.
They seem torn, as well, of whether they want to actually put on a good show on Superstars by giving you people you might care about, or by giving you complete throwaways. “We were pushing 3MB, but we have Shield, and we can’t do two stables at once, so here’s a bit of them on Superstars just to appease the die hards.” Because that’s all that watch this show anymore, die hards. Hell, you have a lot of fans who just don’t bother with Smackdown anymore. They tell you it’s because it’s taped, but the amount of people who watch the live shows would tell you that isn’t the fact. People just aren’t that interested. So what’s going wrong?
But that’s not the point here. The point is I’m supposed to do a top 4. But they give me two matches to work with. Two! I hate the commentary (sorry Striker) so I can’t even try to put that somewhere on this list. I’m about to have to break down and put “Hey, it’s that ref” as #3 and “Damn that sign was awesome,” as #4.
But then you get Main Event, where they may only have two matches, but they have promos, and they have better commentary. I could pull a Top 4 out of that.
What’s the point of all of this, you ask? Next week I’m going to combine the two together and start a Top 4 that is about Main Event and Superstars. Because, really, how do they hold up against one another?
Thanks for listening to my rant and watch Sin Cara vs. Drew McIntyre on Superstars. Because even though you’ve seen it quite a few times before, these two don’t fail in the ring. At least against one another.
This was actually a great week for wrestling in the WWE. Which I can’t say very often. It was hard to narrow it down to a Top 4. It was stranger than I threw Jack Swagger on so many of them…
4. Jack Swagger vs. Daniel Bryan – Raw
When this match was first introduced I rolled my eyes and thought, “Great. Bryan loses and this will be short and to the point.” At around 8 minutes it definitely wasn’t short, even if it was to the point. Sure, Bryan lost, because he’s becoming the jobber to the stars lately, but Bryan puts on a great match, and as I’ve mentioned in other blogs, Swagger’s new speed and almost grace in the ring lends to an even stronger presence.
3. Randy Orton vs. Jack Swagger – Smackdown
Well hi again Swagger. This match was even more impressive than the one with Bryan, and maybe it was because I think Orton suits Swagger’s abilities better. Orton and Swagger seem to have something in common in style at the moment, though it likely won’t last. It made this match exactly what it should be and gave Swagger a win over an opponent that was a bigger risk of who would win and who would lose.
2. Elimination Chamber Match – EC
In case you somehow missed it, this match consisted of Jack Swagger, Chris Jericho, Mark Henry, Randy Orton, Kane, and Daniel Bryan. This match was less about technique and more about the story. In the predictions I took for this match only 20 people out of 139 had Jack Swagger to win this. And 4 of those people predicted Jack Swagger in hopes of getting the Jabroni Jobber prize. 16 people had faith in Swagger. That was a pretty low number. However not one person didn’t put on a great show or tell a great story, including Mark Henry’s rage when he was eliminated by Orton at the halfway point in eliminations. This left Swagger, Orton, and Jericho and everyone was on the edge of their seats.
1. Chris Jericho, Sheamus, Ryback vs. The Shield – Raw
The only reason I left The Shielf vs. John Cena, Sheamus, & Ryback off of the list is because of this match. I want to make the point that this match was far superior to the one at Elimination Chamber, while the one at Elimination Chamber was still an excellent match. Yes, I do believe it was absolutely because they cut Cena out of this one and replaced him with Chris Jericho, who is a superior wrestler. And they let Shield win, again, which is needed for their continued momentum. Not one man in this match looked bad, not even Jericho when he ate the pin. Ambrose also proves he’s the superior bumper in the company, and while his facial expressions might be a tad over the top, he makes them work.
Well, finally, Smackdown is off of the Elimination Chamber track and onto the Wrestlemania track. Honestly, this is a much better angle for the show because it stopped trying to bring the stars of Raw over. While Smackdown has still grown repetitive on who shows up from week to week instead of the show that starred some of the people that weren’t featured enough, this week it seemed to try to do something with plot, even if the plot was twisted within the matches, which is how it should be.
4. Cody Rhodes/Kaitlyn Awkward Flirtation
Wow, this couldn’t have been more awkward, which was part of the charm. And someone backstage remembered that Kaitlyn has a thing for mustaches, which worked perfectly into this little segment. It wasn’t much, it was short, but it helped build what could become a great storyline, at least I have faith it could. That is, if Vince doesn’t forget who Kaitlyn is next week or that Cody Rhodes is no longer Damien Sandow’s partner.
3. Miz vs. Cody Rhodes
This may have been the second shortest match of the show (the divas, of course, being that shortest) but it was a well told story in the ring. Miz still has his shoulder taped and suffered through his trials in winning. Rhodes seems to have some of the fervor back that he was missing in matches recently. Together they brought together a four minute match and made it a story worth finding out more about.
2. Alberto Del Rio vs. Wade Barrett
I am not going to discuss what happened with Swagger earlier in the week and what I think it means for his future. I want to discuss what they are doing with Swagger right now, in this episode, and why the Hell they couldn’t have done this sooner? He looks on in this match, adding a hint of malice outside of the ring without him even having to step to ringside. He stands on the ramp and has this look of boredom and calculation the entire time that Del Rio and Barrett fight that you nearly forget that there is an epic match happening in the ring. But forget you do not because luckily for us the camera pans to all of the right angles. As a main event it did everything it should have and there isn’t a dull moment between the two wrestlers.
1. Randy Orton vs. Jack Swagger
At just over 13 minutes I expected to be bored. Instead, Swagger, despite being a heel, has picked up the pace in his wrestling. Orton, to me and possibly only me, is a better wrestler as a face because he has picked up his own speed. He’s less methodical, though he of course has his own moves of doom. However Orton is also willing to lose, or at least McMahon is willing to let him lose. Which is a great part about Orton’s matches. You don’t always go in expecting, “Orton wins, LOL”. And he doesn’t win. There is a great back and forth between the two where each dominate the other for awhile, but ultimately Swagger wins to continue his rise to the top and Orton has another reason to be bitter and anger, possibly, and hopefully, leading to a great story for him instead of his just seeming to be a general menace with no direction.
First I would like to start off the blog by saying, even though neither man made the list, thank God for Scott Stanford and Tom Phillips. Scott returns as the voice over work for NXT and introduces the match cards for later in the evening. Any chance I get to hear that honey smooth New York accent speak to me is a chance in heaven. Next is Tom Phillips taking over for commentary instead of Tony Dawson. It’s no surprise I dislike Tony Dawson’s commentary, but as everyone always assumes it’s because he replaced Scott Stanford on Superstars I’d like to take this moment to prove them wrong, because I’m a huge fan of Phillips. Sure, when Phillips first came onto the commentary table a few months ago I had my doubts, and my rage it wasn’t Scott, but every time I heard him he grew on me a little more. This week there wasn’t a flaw where I just stopped and went, “Oh God, stop.” Instead, he and Regal had great back and forth between the two of them that enhanced the experience and told a story of what was happening in ring. In the few short times I’ve heard Phillips he’s improved immensely and I want more. I still want Dawson off of commentary until he learns some basic moves if he’s going to attempt to call them.
Commentary rant/admissions over. On to the rest of the show!
What got left off that I enjoyed in this show were a couple of interviews from Renee Young (who looks more comfortable with these each week). What got left off that I didn’t enjoy: Audrey Marie’s return. It wasn’t that I was upset to see her return, in fact her character seems to have developed and she has a new attitude that works for her. It’s that what I called weeks ago came true, Audrey Marie was the secret admirer of Sasha Banks. Where’s that NXT Redemption writer when you need someone to throw in a GOOD twist to a story? The match wasn’t bad, but was just a showcase of Audrey Marie, and unfortunately Sasha Banks is the better wrestler, so watching Banks get taken down in 2 minutes is a bit lackluster.
4. Tyson Kidd Interview
Tyson Kidd, interviewed by my earlier rantee Tony Dawson, comes out and explains what happened to him that called for surgery. We pretty much are unsure of when he will return, but he’s keeping positive. He also looks incredible and I look forward to seeing him pull out of this and come back into the ring, because he will. While he’s interviewed Leo Kruger stalks out and threatens him, but Kidd is rescued by Justin Gabriel. This is great storytelling. It keeps Kidd involved, as he should be, and doesn’t forget where he came from when he was injured. It’s recognizing Gabriel and Kidd as a team, and could still tell a story of Gabriel versus Leo Kruger. Wonderful set up and inspiring to see Tyson Kidd keep his chin up and that usual passion for his ability, and for the company, come through in his every word.
3. Bray Wyatt
The match was meh at only 1:36 and wasn’t meant to showcase talent, it was meant to say, “Hey, Wyatt’s back in action!” The match was against Yoshi Tatsu, by the way. After Wyatt won he called his family into the ring to berate them for the loss. It’s interesting to see Wyatt as a proud Papa, and an insane ruler over his two members of his family. While the slap fest that came from Harper and Rowan going at each other was almost laughable the story itself was good. Sometimes you need a story in the ring and Wyatt tells it well in just the set of his shoulders.
2. El Local vs. Xavier Woods
Wait, who is this guy? I don’t know. But Xavier Woods comes out with a smile and dances himself to the ring. Since the last time Woods had a match he has definitely improved and seems to have the charisma I was promised at the beginning of the match. (Sorry, dancing didn’t constitute charisma for me, but he kept up the smiling character through the match, which is sort of impressive). The match wasn’t excellent, but it was good, and at nearly five minutes it was given a chance to show off wrestling skills of Woods and whoever-that-is.
1. Conor O’Brian vs. Big E Langston
Okay, so in this match, for the most part, it held my interest. I can deal with two large men beating one another up. And for two large men it was pretty light on the rest holds. However, at the end it kind of ached to watch the two of them throwing punches. The height wasn’t working and was making the punches look like whiffs off of their cheeks. Granted, when you are exhausted after a match not every strike is going to hit home very strongly, but WWE isn’t about realism in the ring, if that was the case there are some submission holds that would never really be broken. O’Brian and Langston needed to make those punches hold a little more impact, but otherwise I was highly entertained by the match, and not just because of O’Brian. I enjoy both men in the ring and can’t help but want to see what happens next with them. Apparently whoever is down at NXT likes both men enough to give neither a loss this round. But Graves does come in after the double count out and take the title and run.