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40 oz Friday Post PPV/RAW Show

I decided to do a quick show giving my thoughts, theories, and anything else I felt about the previous PPV, WWE Battleground, in which John Cena defeated Roman Reigns, Kane, and Randy Orton to retain the title.  I wanted to wait until after RAW before I gave my thoughts since thoughts can change so quick in that company, so enjoy, and we will see you this weekend ofr your regularly scheduled 40 oz Friday.

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Monday Night RAW Recap ~ E. Byrnside (07/21/14)

July 21, 2014

Miami, FL

Justin Roberts introduces Triple H. He says no one wants to look him in the eye. Everyone’s scared he’ll blow a gasket after last night because the WWE Championship didn’t come back to The Authority and stayed with John Cena. He admits he’s madder than he’s been in a long time, but he has options on how to handle this. He’s so mad, he says he’s going to Tweet his displeasure! He might even send an Instagram or a Vine. He mocks the crowd, saying he’s going to riot if he doesn’t get what he wants, and he and his friend Mark are going to stop watching. He says he might fire everyone and throw all the people out on the street. Or he can just relax, knowing sooner or later he always wins. If he has to wait until Summerslam to win, then so be it. But as a true genius once said, he can guaran-damn-tee John Cena will no longer be WWE Heavyweight Champion. The question is who gets the opportunity.

Randy Orton’s music hits. Orton asks why they’re talking about this. He’s been waiting since Wrestlemania for his one-on-one rematch. He guarantees he’ll beat John Cena if he’s in a match with him at Summerslam. Triple H appreciates Orton’s confidence. Triple H says Orton is the frontrunner, but he hasn’t made up his mind. Tonight, the entire roster will get a chance to impress him and convince him. Orton says if Kane had done his job, he’d be standing in the ring with the titles around his waist.

The pyro explodes, and here comes Kane. He hopes he’s being considered to face Cena. He knows that he can beat John Cena and be the one to bring the title back to The Authority as long as he’s not acting as Orton’s protector. He’s tired of babysitting.

Roman Reigns makes his way through the crowd. He says his name belongs in this conversation. Last time he checked, no body wanted to see John Cena versus Kane or Orton. He says everyone wants to see John Cena versus Roman Reigns. Believe that. He dives at Kane and hits him with a Superman Punch, and Orton bails out. Triple H says he believes that, right now, Roman Reigns is going to have a match against Kane and Randy Orton.

Two-On-One Handicap Match:

Randy Orton & Kane vs. Roman Reigns

Orton starts this off against Reigns. Orton kicks reigns in the gut and goes to work. Orton shoots Reigns to the ropes, but Reigns hangs on and forces Orton into the corner. Reigns climbs up to the second for the mounted punches. Reigns ducks his head, and Orton slams him. Kane tags in, and they lock up. Reigns shows his strength, but Kane knees him in the gut and hits a Samoan Drop. Kane forces Reigns into the corner and makes the tag. Orton fires off, but Reigns starts to rally. Off the ropes, and Orton gets a knee up to take Reigns off his feet. Kane tags back in and nails Reigns in the face with a dropkick.

Kane unloads on Reigns in the corner. Kane snapmares him out and applies a nerve hold, and Reigns has to climb back to his feet. Kane tries a vertical suplex, but Reigns reverses for 2. Reigns tries a whip, but Kane reverses and clotheslines Reigns in the corner. Kane whips Reigns one more time, but runs into a boot. Reigns comes off the second with a clothesline. The action spills out to the floor, and Reigns counters a whip, sending Kane into the steel steps as we head to commercial.

Back from break, and Orton has things under control with a side headlock. Reigns starts to battle back, sending Orton to the ropes. Orton reverses and gets an elbow up. Orton stomps Reigns and makes the tag. They utilize a quick double team. Kane takes Reigns down with a clothesline. They make another quick tag and Kane holds Reigns as Orton stomps him. Orton pulls Reigns to his feet and connects with a dropkick for another 2-count. Orton goes back to a submission with a reverse chinlock. Reigns struggles to his feet and fights out. Reigns hits another Samoan Drop, and both men are down.

Kane gets a tag and misses with a clothesline. Reigns hits one of his own and another in the corner. Reigns continues to charge Kane in the corner and knocks Kane onto the bottom rope. Reigns slips to the floor and hits the running kick. Reigns sets up for the Superman Punch, and Orton tries to get involved. Reigns takes out Orton. Reigns tries another Samoan Drop, but Kane’s too heavy this time and slips out. Kane lays out Reigns with a big boot, and offers a hand to tag Orton. Kane grabs Orton around the throat! Reigns hits Kane with a Superman Punch and Spears Kane for the win.

WINNER: Roman Reigns

Backstage, Cameron, Alicia Fox, Eva Marie and Rosa Mendes are talking when Stephanie McMahon walks up. She says it’s a glorious night because they’re going to annihilate Nikki Bella.

Four-on-One Diva’s Handicap Match:

Cameron, Alicia Fox, Eva Marie and Rosa Mendes vs. Nikki Bella

As Nikki walks out, Brie Bella is sitting front row and they hug. Stephanie comes out and says the quitter, Brie Bella, is here. Stephanie says Brie went from being a world famous Diva to just another face in the crowd because she abandoned her sister for Daniel Bryan. She reminds everyone that Bryan was stripped of the title and has been injured ever since Brie quit. Stephanie gets in her face and says she hopes Brie enjoys watching her sister get annihilated by four Divas. Steph walks away, and Brie calls her a bitch as she walks away. Stephanie calls for security, but Brie has a ticket. Stephanie tells her to sit down, but Brie grabs the mic out of her hand and calls her a vindictive bitch. Stephanie slaps her, and Brie tries to fight her, but security drags Brie off.

The bell rings, and all of the Divas gang up on Nikki. Cameron pulls her up by the hair and holds her as Alicia Fox hits her with a scissor kick and earns the pinfall.

WINNERS: Cameron, Alicia Fox, Eva Marie and Rosa Mendes

Stephanie gets back on the mic, and says that, sooner or later, Nikki will quit just like her sister.

Bo Dallas is in the ring when Damien Sandow comes out dressed in a LeBron James jersey. Sandow says he took his talents home to Ohio. He speaks from experience when he says, if Bo were smart, he should do what he did and leave.

Bo Dallas vs. Damien Sandow

Sandow gets an early edge, but Sandow rallies back with a clothesline and a back drop. Bo clotheslines Sandow to the floor and starts jumping up and down in the ring. Dallas heads for the ropes, but Sandow flattens him with an elbow and starts unloading with right hands. Sandow hits a vertical suplex. Sandow tries another suplex, but Dallas rolls him up with an inside cradle. Sandow kicks out and takes him down with another clothesline. Sandow applies a reverse chinlock and Dallas battles to his feet. Bo heads for the ropes but runs into a knee from Sandow. Sandow scoop slams Bo and tries an Elbow of Disdain. Bo rolls out of the way and hits a running Bo-Dog for the win before taking a victory lap around the ring.

WINNER: Bo Dallas

The Wyatts are here. During the break, apparently the Wyatts attacked Chris Jericho before he could come out to host the Highlight Reel. Wyatt says Jericho is indisposed. They show the clip of the Wyatts jumping Jericho, and Wyatt hitting the Sister Abigail on Jericho into the wall. He says sooner or later, they all fall. Wyatt says Jericho ain’t here, but he is; Just like he has been every day since he’s been around. He says he can read people’s thoughts. He knows that people are thinking that since Jericho won at Battleground, that they believe he is a better man than Wyatt. He asks if they believe he would burden himself with such petty things. He says a loss in battle is nothing to him; it is the war that counts. The war is his game. He created war. It wasn’t long ago that the Wyatts entered a WWE ring for the first time. They’ve dismantled giants and destroyed monsters and brought heroes to their knees. He is Bray Wyatt, the eater of worlds, every bit the monster they don’t think he is. Jericho will find that you can’t measure Wyatt like a normal man. He says you can not measure him by the amount of dollar bills in his pocket because society is his plaything. Time is irrelevant to him. He lives 100 years a day, man. Ever since last night, it’s been recurring in his head, and it’s something Abigail used to say to him: “Be careful chasing vengeance, because if you do, you’ll need to dig two graves. He is forever.

Backstage, R-Truth and Zack Ryder are with the doctor, checking on Chris Jericho. he is bleeding and not responding.

The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler

The bell rings, and Ziggler chases Miz to the outside. Miz tries to slide inside, but Ziggler chases him out again. Miz finally makes it to the apron, but Ziggler chases him off again.     Ziggler finally goes out after him. Miz tries a clothesline on the way back inside, but Ziggler ducks and hits a Thesz Press. Miz rolls to the outside again, and Ziggler baseball slides him, sending him face-first into the barricade. Dolph goes out after him and chops him before trying to send him into the ring steps. Miz blocks it and struggles to hold Ziggler. Ziggler hits him in the gut and rolls him back inside. Miz kicks Dolph on the way back inside and starts stomping. Miz tries a back suplex, but Dolph counters and rolls up Miz.

They exchange rollups. Miz heads for the ropes and Ziggler hits a big hip toss before dropping the Heart-Stopping Elbows. Miz rolls to the ropes before number 10 and elbows Ziggler in the face. Miz slaps on a chinlock, and Dolph has to battle to his feet to reverse. Ziggler takes Miz down with a shoulder block. Miz tries a hip toss, but Ziggler blocks and tries a dropkick. Miz catches Ziggler and sling shots him over the top rope. Ziggler holds on and back drops Miz to the apron. Ziggler tries to hit Miz in the face, but Miz kicks him in the gut and rams him into the post and we’re off to commercial.

Back from the break, and Miz is in control. Ziggler tries to fight back, but Miz gets a knee into Ziggler’s gut and stomps Ziggler under the ropes. Miz hits a suplex and covers for 2. Miz rakes Ziggler’s face and goes back to the chinlock. Ziggler battles to a vertical base and heads for the ropes. Dolph tries a rollup, but only gets 2. Miz fires back with a clothesline. Miz tries his running clothesline into the corner, but Dolph moves out of the way and Miz lands awkwardly. Miz misses on a clothesline, and Ziggler hits a few of his own. Ziggler splashes Miz in the corner and hits a neckbreaker. Ziggler misses the Fame-Asser, and Miz rolls him up for 2. Ziggler gets a backslide, but Miz kicks out. Miz hits a Side Effect for another near-fall. Miz charges the corner, and Dolph gets a boot up. Miz catches the boot, but Dolph kicks him off. Dolph tries a Rough Ryder, but Miz catches him and tries a powerbomb. Ziggler counters and rolls through. Miz tries to slap on a Figure-Four, but Dolph kicks him away. Ziggler hits a big DDT for 2.

Miz tries a DDT of his own and only gets 2. Miz starts work Ziggler’s leg and tries another Figure-Four, but Ziggler rolls him up for a near-fall. Ziggler gets an elbow up and tries a superkick. Miz counters and gets a hold of Ziggler with a Figure-Four. Ziggler manages to crawl to the bottom rope, breaking the hold. Miz tries another Figure-Four, but Ziggler kicks him off and hits a Fame-Asser! Ziggler hooks the leg, and Miz barely kicks out. Ziggler tries a Zig-Zag, but Miz shrugs him off. Miz catches him with a big boot and tries for the Skull Crushing Finale. Ziggler counters and hits a Zig-Zag for the 1-2-3.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

Backstage, Triple H tells Seth Rollins he shouldn’t face John Cena at Summerslam. He says Rollins should play his cards when the time is right. Rollins says Ambrose won’t let him and they need to shut him down. Cesaro walks into the shot. He says if anyone should face Cena at Summerslam, it should be him. He’s a walking Money in the Bank briefcase. He says he’s made a business decision, and he’s no longer a Heyman guy. He wants to be Triple H’s guy. Rollins says he already has a guy, him. Triple H says Cesaro should finish the business of Dean Ambrose tonight in a match, and if he does, that’s something that would impress him.

AJ Lee & Paige vs. Natalya & Emma

Emma will start this off with AJ. AJ starts to work Emma’s arm, but Emma elbows her in the side of the head. Emma tries a roll up, and AJ counters. AJ hits a flying clothesline. AJ skips around the ring with Emma in tow and makes the tag to Paige. Paige hits a headbutt and charges the corner. Emma moves out of the way and ties up Paige in the Emma Lock in the ropes. Natalya gets a tag and takes out Paige with a drop kick and tries a jackknife rollup. Paige bridges out of the bin and tries a backslide. Paige shoves Natalya into Emma, sending her off the apron. Natalya hits a German suplex and slaps on the Sharpshooter. Paige crawls to the corner and makes the tag, and AJ comes in with a Shining Wizard. Natalya taps out to the Black Widow.

WINNERS: AJ Lee & Paige

After the match, Paige is celebrating in the ring with AJ and she attacks her from behind. She throws out to the floor and rams her into the barricade. She pulls AJ up by her hair and throws her into the ring post and starts screaming at AJ. She pulls her up and tosses her across the announce table. Paige crawls up onto the table and says this is her house before skipping off to the back.

Fandango vs. Zack Ryder w/ Summer Rae & Layla

Fandango takes out Ryder with a dropkick and a clothesline. Fandango applies a chinlock. Ryder starts to fight back, but Fandango puts him down. Ryder hits a face buster and heads for the corner. Fandango charges, but Ryder gets his knees up. Ryder tries a missile dropkick, but Fandango side steps him. Fandango sends Ryder into the corner and charges, but Ryder moves out of the way and hits the Rough Ryder. Zack Ryder gets the 3-count!

WINNER: Zack Ryder

Renee Young is interviewing FLO-Rida, when Heath Slater walks in. Slater asks if he remembers him. FLO says no, and Slater says at Wrestlemania XXVIII, he put his hands on him and he’s here to repay the favor. He tries to attack, but FLO-Rida shoves him down.

Stephanie McMahon introduces FLO-Rida, and he performs.

Still at ringside, and Stephanie is approached by guys in suits. They pull out badges. What they’re saying can’t really be heard, but it’s pretty obvious they’re trying to arrest her. The cameras get in close and the crowd is chanting, Yes! pretty loudly. They mention Brie Bella, and apparently she is pressing charges against Stephanie for slapping her earlier. They put Stephanie in handcuffs and the crowd is really into it. Brie comes out of the crowd and they start screaming at each other. As the detectives take Stephanie away, security takes Brie away. Backstage, Triple H tries to get involved, but can’t really do anything. She’s pretty much in tears and they’re trying to threaten the officers as they put Stephanie in the back of the car and drive away.

Back from commercial, and Triple H is scrambling backstage. Joey Mercury wants to know who’s going to be Cena’s opponent for Summerslam before Triple H leaves. He says family comes first. Triple H stops and says they’re going to have to process her and that takes time. He tells Joey to have the car stand by, and he’ll go down to the police station after he’s made his decision.

Rybaxel vs. Big E & Kofi Kingston

Ryback and Big E start this off. They try to overpower each other, and Ryback gains an advantage until Big E takes him off his feet with a shoulder tackle and a belly-to-belly suplex. Big E tries a big splash, but Axel gets in the way. Big E clotheslines Axel off the apron and turns around into a spinebuster from Ryback. Ryback tags in Axel, and they put the boots to Big E. Ryback tags back in and suplexes Big E. Big E tries to make the tag, but Ryback beats him down. Ryback throws Big E with a belly-to-belly and sets up for the Meathook. Big E explodes out of the corner with a clothesline, and both guys are down. Kofi tags in and takes out Ryback with a springboard. Kofi takes Axel off the apron and hits a dropkick to Ryback. Kofi hits the SOS on Ryback, and Axel has to come in for the save. Axel and Big E topple out to the floor, and Kofi hits a crossbody on Ryback from the top rope. Ryback rolls through and gets the pinfall.

WINNERS: Rybaxel

After the match, Xavier Woods climbs into the ring wearing a suit and glasses. He says you can’t move ahead in this company by doing what you’re told. He says it’s their time, their place. It’s time for them to find focus and order. They can find purpose. They won’t ask any longer. Now, they’re taking. Kofi and Big E nod.

Rusev w/ Lana vs. The Great Khali

Khali gets Rusev into the corner and chops him. Rusev manages to back Khali into the corner and unload some shoulder tackles. Khali gets a boot up and rams Rusev into the turnbuckle. Khali hits him with a few more chops. Rusev stuns Khali, but walks into a big chop from Khali. Rusev tries to bail out to the floor, but nails Khali with a kick, taking him off his feet. Rusev hits a thrust kick to the face of Khali and forces him to tap out to Accolade.

WINNER: Rusev

Stardust is quoting Willy Wonka when Goldust comes in. He tells Stardust to slow down. He says they can be the brightest, most bizarre… They start jumping up and down about a cosmic key, but “they” have it. It calls their name.

Dean Ambrose vs. Cesaro

Ambrose unloads a fury of offense and clotheslines Cesaro to the floor. Ambrose dives off the apron onto Cesaro and rams him into the barricade. Back inside, and Cesaro catches Ambrose on the way back in and throws him into the ring post. Cesaro goes out to the floor and suplexes Ambrose off the second rope out to the floor. Cesaro starts to work Ambrose’s injured shoulder with an armbar and a wristlock. Ambrose tries to battle back, but Cesaro slams him and resumes the wristlock. Ambrose breaks free, but Cesaro hits him with a right. Ambrose falls into the corner. Ambrose pulls himself up and takes down Cesaro and throws him to the floor. Ambrose tries a springboard plancha, but Cesaro nails him with an uppercut on the way down as we head to commercial.

Back from break, and Cesaro has another armbar on Ambrose. Ambrose drops Cesaro with a jawbreaker. Cesaro hits him with another right and Ambrose bounces off the ropes, but walks into a German Suplex for 2. Cesaro perches Ambrose onto the top turnbuckle and hits him with a running boot. Cesaro climbs up for a superplex, but Ambrose holds on and headbutts Cesaro. Cesaro falls, and Ambrose hits him with a missile dropkick. Ambrose ducks a clothesline and hits a cross body. Ambrose tackles Cesaro in the corner. Cesaro reverses a whip and charges. Cesaro runs into an elbow from Ambrose, setting up a tornado DDT. Cesaro tries a cross face chicken wing, but Ambrose rams him into the corner. Ambrose tries a rollup, but Cesaro kicks out and Ambrose dumps him to the outside.

Ambrose dives through the ropes on to Cesaro. Back inside, and Ambrose walks into a boot from Cesaro but bounces off the ropes again with a clothesline. Cesaro hangs Ambrose’s arm over the top rope and hits a clothesline of his own. Cesaro charges the corner and runs into a boot. Ambrose climbs the turnbuckle, and Cesaro shoves him. Ambrose falls down into the Tree of Woe, and Cesaro stomps away. Cesaro tries to throw Ambrose into the post again, but Ambrose counters and sends Cesaro into the post a couple of times. Ambrose slides out to the floor and grabs a chair. Ambrose nails Cesaro’s arm with the chair and gets DQ’d. Ambrose starts throwing chairs into the ring.

WINNER: Cesaro via Disqualification

Backstage, Triple H is with Renee Young. He says he’s on his way to make his decision, and she asks if he shouldn’t be with his wife right now. He just looks at her and walks away.

Triple H makes his decision for John Cena’s Summerslam opponent. Randy Orton’s music hits and he walks out. He’s about to climb into the ring when Roman Reigns comes out and attacks him. Reigns throws Orton into the crowd and chases him off.

Paul Heyman walks out. He says he has so much respect for Triple H, and he hates to point out the obvious, but Plan A isn’t working. Plan B is great. Seth Rollins is great. But every time Rollins tries to cash in, Dean Ambrose is going to stop him. Heyman says he should implement Plan C, and Brock Lesnar’s music hits. Lesnar walks to the ring. Triple H pauses then smiles. He shakes Heyman’s hand and then Lesnar’s! Heyman gets on the mic and introduces himself. He says his client, Brock Lesnar, conquered The Undertaker’s Streak at Wrestlemania, which is why at this moment his client hereby officially announces his intention to conquer John Cena and take the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Summerslam. He says Lesnar acknowledges the divide within the WWE Universe. There are those that wear their green shirt and cheer, “let’s go Cena!” Then, there are those that offer the contrarian opinion, those whose mommy’s don’t tuck them in at night, and they chant, “Cena sucks!” It doesn’t matter to Lesnar which side of the fence you want to ride on. The malpracticing Doctor of Thug-a-Nomics is in for the beating of his life. Heyman says he doesn’t just spew hype and hyperbole; he exploits historical facts to shove his points down our throats. He asks what happened the last time Lesnar zeroed in on someone and decided to give them a beating.

They show a clip of Wrestlemania and Lesnar beating The Undertaker and ending The Streak. He says beating The Undertaker at Wrestlemania wasn’t enough. He says Vince McMahon had to ride with The Undertaker to the hospital because the heartless chairman was so concerned for his life. The same beating awaits John Cena. Brock Lesnar won’t offer the chance for Cena to surrender the title. At Summerslam, Brock Lesnar will take down Cena. Cena will be hurt by Brock Lesnar. When Cena is mangled by Lesnar then, and only then, will Brock F-5 Cena and strip him of the dignity of being the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. The same way Lesnar exposed The Undertaker’s Streak as being a myth, the same myth surrounding John Cena being the greatest WWE Champion of all time. 15 World titles in 10 years sounds like something worth conquering. He pledges allegiance to the greatness of the conqueror who stands before him. And to his dominance, for which he stands, one Cenation under John now divisible with no more hustle, loyalty or respect for all. He’s the one behind the one in twenty-one and one. At Summerslam, Brock Lesnar will beat John Cena and become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

Follow Evan on Twitter @byrnside.

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ROH Television Results (SPOILERS)- Dearborn, MI

Last night was the ROH TV Tapings in Dearborn, MI. Please note that this will contain spoilers of all four events.  I will recap the event at the end and how we felt about the experience.

  • PRE-TAPING
    • Dark Match- Will Ferrera defeated Jonathan Gresham via Pinfall
  • EPISODE 1
    • Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly (reDRagon) defeated Ethan Gabriel Owens & Josh Alexander (Monster Mafia) via Pinfall
    • Moose defeated Hakim Zane (Mad Dragon) via Pinfall (Squash match)
    • Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian (Bad Influence) defeated Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe (Briscoe Brothers), Jimmy Jacobs & Roderick Strong (The Decade) and Raymond Rowe & Todd Hanson (War Machine) via Pinfall (Four-Way Tag Match)
  • EPISODE 2 (Gauntlet Match)
    • BJ Whitmer defeated Caprice Coleman via Pinfall
    • Matt Taven defeated BJ Whitmer via Pinfall
    • Matt Taven defeated Romantic Touch via Pinfall
    • Jay Lethal defeated Matt Taven via Pinfall
    • Cedric Alexander defeated Jay Lethal via Pinfall (Winner and new #1 Contender for the ROH World Heavyweight Championship)  Ends in Staring contest between Michael Elgin and Cedric Alexander
  • EPISODE 3
    • Adam Cole defeated Rocky Romero via Submission (Figure 4 Leglock)
    • Tomosso Ciampa defeated Adam Page via Pinfall
    • Michael Elgin (with Tyson Dux) retains ROH World Heavyweight Championship by defeating Kyle O’Reilly (with Bobby Fish) via Pinfall.  Match ends with a locker room clearing brawl
  • EPISODE 4
    • ACH defeated Tadarius Thomas via Pinfall (my opinion was the match of the night)
    • Tyson Dux defeated Takaki Watanabe via Pinfall
    • Kevin Steen ends his ROH career defeating Steve Corino.  He ends with a thank you speech to everyone, concentrating more on Christopher Daniels and Steve Corino, and making sure he does NOT thank Jim Cornette.

Show ends, the full show was about 4.5 hours including the dark match, and the gauntlet match and tag match took a lot out of everyone.  It really wasn’t until ACH vs. Tadarius Thomas when the crowd got back into it.  It seems Dux/Watanabe was a filler match for TV to get Dux on TV, I’ve seen them both wrestle before (not against each other), and you can tell they weren’t given much time to get over sadly.  We left half way through the Steen speech (I’m not a fan of ROH too much, fan of wrestling, glad he’s getting a chance in the WWE because for a guy that size to be that agile, I can’t wait to see how they use him.)  Overall, if the show started at Episode 3 and 4, it would have been one of the best shows I attended.  Sadly the Moose squash match, the fact they don’t follow rules of matches like the fatal four-way, and the fact there was no actual tags (the rules were a cluster fuck, nobody knew at the end who were the legal men, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t who finished the match).  Great experience, the beer was overpriced too (it would have been cheaper to get better beer at Joe Louis Arena during a WWE house show).  Hopefully I’ll be on the Independent Roundtable soon to give my experience in a vocal time, but you’ll get to hear about the live experience this week on 40 oz Friday!

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2014 New Japan G-1 Climax Preview Show

Hosts: Jason Namako (@Jason_Namako); Robert Pandola (@RealRobPandola), Greg McNeish (@GregMcNeishWV)
Email the show: jason@wrestleview.com

Jason, Robert and Greg preview and predict every single match in the 2014 New Japan G-1 Climax tournament that starts on July 21st and ends on August 10th in the Seibu Dome in Saitama, Japan. This year’s G-1 Climax has 22 wrestlers in 2 blocks and spans over 12 shows, that will be broadcast on iPPV via uStream (http://www.ustream.tv/njpw)

The hosts go over what matches in the tournament they are most looking forward to, least looking forward to, who in the tournament has a chance of being exposed, who could break out, what match may get slept on by fans, who might be the MVP of this tournament and of course, we pick the winner of the tournament, who makes the finals as well as the special Third Place match starting this year for the wrestlers that are in second place in each block.

Jason Namako’s prediction for the G-1 Climax:

A Block
* Hiroshi Tanahashi (6-3-1) 13 points
* Shinsuke Nakamura (6-3-1) 13 points
* Katsuyori Shibata (6-4) 12 points
* Yuji Nagata (6-4) 12 points
* Bad Luck Fale (5-5) 10 points
* Davey Boy Smith Jr. (5-5) 10 points
* Doc Gallows (5-5) 10 points
* Tomohiro Ishii (5-5) 10 points
* Satoshi Kojima (4-6) 8 points
* Shelton “X” Benjamin (3-7) 6 points
* Tomoaki Honma (replacing the injured Kota Ibushi) (2-8) 4 points

- Tanahashi & Nakamura with the tie, go to a decision match at the 8/10 show, Nakamura wins and is 1st place in A Block, Tanahashi with the loss goes to second place in A Block.

B Block
* Tetsuya Naito (7-3) 14 points
* Kazuchika Okada (7-3) 14 points
* AJ Styles (7-3) 14 points
* Karl Anderson (7-3) 14 points
* Togi Makabe (6-4) 12 points
* Minoru Suzuki (5-5) 10 points
* Yujiro Takahashi (5-5) 10 points
* Hirooki Goto (4-6) 8 points
* Lance Archer (3-7) 6 points
* Toru Yano (3-7) 6 points
* Hiroyoshi Tenzan (1-9) 2 points

- Naito wins 1st place in B Block via tiebreaker wins on Okada, Styles and Anderson in the tournament. Okada wins 2nd place via tiebreaker wins on Styles and Anderson in the tournament.

- Third Place Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada (Okada wins)
- G-1 Climax Finals: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Tetsuya Naito (Nakamura wins)

Greg McNeish’s prediction for the G-1 Climax:

A Block
* Shinsuke Nakamura (7-3) 14 points
* Hiroshi Tanahashi (6-4) 12 points
* Katsuyori Shibata (6-4) 12 points
* Tomohiro Ishii (6-4) 12 points
* Bad Luck Fale (5-5) 10 points
* Davey Boy Smith Jr. (5-5) 10 points
* Doc Gallows (5-5) 10 points
* Yuji Nagata (5-5) 10 points
* Satoshi Kojima (4-6) 8 points
* Shelton “X” Benjamin (4-6) 8 points
* Tomoaki Honma (0-10) 0 points

- Nakamura wins 1st place in A Block. Tanahashi wins 2nd place in A Block via tiebreaker wins over Shibata & Ishii.

B Block
* Kazuchika Okada (6-4) 12 points
* AJ Styles (6-4) 12 points
* Minoru Suzuki (6-4) 12 points
* Yujiro Takahashi (6-4) 12 points
* Hirooki Goto (5-5) 10 points
* Tetsuya Naito (5-5) 10 points
* Togi Makabe (5-5) 10 points
* Toru Yano (5-5) 10 points
* Hiroyoshi Tenzan (4-6) 8 points
* Karl Anderson (4-6) 8 points
* Lance Archer (4-6) 8 points

- Okada wins 1st place in B Block via tiebreaker wins over Styles, Suzuki and Takahashi. Styles wins 2nd place in B Block via tiebreaker wins over Suzuki and Takahashi.

- Third Place Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. AJ Styles (Tanahashi wins)
- G-1 Climax Finals: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kazuchika Okada (Nakamura wins)

Robert Pandola’s prediction for the G-1 Climax:

A Block
* Shinsuke Nakamura (7-3) 14 points
* Hiroshi Tanahashi (7-3) 14 points
* Bad Luck Fale (6-4) 12 points
* Doc Gallows (6-4) 12 points
* Katsuyori Shibata (6-4) 12 points
* Yuji Nagata (6-4) 12 points
* Tomoaki Honma (5-5) 10 points
* Tomohiro Ishii (5-5) 10 points
* Shelton “X” Benjamin (4-6) 8 points
* Davey Boy Smith Jr. (3-7) 6 points
* Satoshi Kojima (2-8) 4 points

- Nakamura wins 1st place in A Block via a tiebreaker win over Tanahashi. Tanahashi wins 2nd place in A Block.

B Block
* Kazuchika Okada (9-1) 18 points
* AJ Styles (7-3) 14 points
* Hirooki Goto (6-4) 12 points
* Karl Anderson (6-4) 12 points
* Tetsuya Naito (6-4) 12 points
* Togi Makabe (6-4) 12 points
* Minoru Suzuki (5-5) 10 points
* Lance Archer (4-6) 8 points
* Toru Yano (4-6) 8 points
* Yujiro Takahashi (4-6) 8 points
* Hiroyoshi Tenzan (2-8) 4 points

- Okada wins 1st place in B Block. Styles wins 2nd place in B Block.

- Third Place Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. AJ Styles (Tanahashi wins)
- G-1 Climax Finals: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kazuchika Okada (Nakamura wins)

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40 oz Friday WWE Battleground Preview Show

Welcome everyone to this weeks episode of 40 oz Friday in which we recap the week in wrestling, and set you up for Sunday’s WWE Battleground, live on the WWE Network.

  • Ken opens up the show with a message to the “IBC”, Internet Beer Community, the hop head snobs who go out of their way and make it a point to know they don’t approve of the beer you’re drinking. CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE LINK
  • We respond to the Kyle Johnson situation, and why he says he’s done after Wrestlemania 31, and not sooner!
  • Ken gets on his weekly soap box and gives you the answer as to how he’s figured out why the younger crop of fans are anti-PG and missing the Attitude Era, an Era in which most of them weren’t alive for (or for the most part just a young young young child) CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE LINK
  • We end the show with all of our WWE Battleground predictions? Does Cena retain? What about the Usos? Is this when Lesnar comes back? What’s Plan B? Plan C? Is there a Plan D? Listen to find out!
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The MMA Report Post Fight Show: UFC Fight Night 46 Edition

UFC Fight Night 46 took place on Saturday in Dublin, Ireland and was headlined by Conor McGregor defeating Diego Brandao by TKO in the first round. TheMMAReport.com writers Jason Floyd and Daniel Galvan recap the fight card, along with recapping last night’s Legacy FC 33.

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UFC Fight Night 46 Recap: Conor McGregor stops Diego Brandao in first round

UFC Fight Night 46 took place on Saturday at the O2 in Dublin, Ireland and was headlined by Conor McGregor stopping Diego Brandao in the first round as he won by TKO.

The fight started off with a fast pace and Brandao attempted to get the fight to the ground. McGregor would defend the attempt and the fighters clinched against the fence.

They would end up going to the ground and McGregor would have top position. He would get out of the guard of Brandao and threw strikes while standing over him. Brandao would search for the leg of McGregor but he would not be able to get the submission.

After a brief period of striking, McGregor would land a combination that would put Brandao back on the mat and would finish the fight with strikes on the ground. McGregor (15-2) is now 3-0 in the UFC and this is his 13th career win by TKO/KO.

Nelson remains undefeated, earns 9th submission victory
The co-main event of the fight card was a welterweight bout and Gunnar Nelson remained undefeated as he submitted Zak Cummings in the second round.

There was an extended feeling out process between the fighters and Cummings ending up looking to take the fight to the ground against the fence. Nelson would defend the attempt and they went back to a striking contest in the middle of the cage. They would continue to battle on the feet for the remainder of the round and Cummings would land eight more strikes in the round. As the second round opened, Cummings would close the distance and clinch with Nelson.

At the three minute mark of the round, Nelson would land a sharp right but he would be unable to follow it up. Cummings would catch a kick of Nelson, but Nelson would take the fight to the mat and looked for a rear-naked choke. He would soften up Cummings with strikes before locking in the submission and Cummings would tap out.

Nelson (13-0-1) is now 4-0 in the UFC and this is his ninth career win to come by submission. Three of his four wins in the UFC have come by submission and two of those have come by rear-naked choke.

McCall scores decision over Pickett
In a battle of top ten UFC flyweight contenders, Ian McCall scored his second win in the UFC as he defeated Brad Pickett by unanimous decision.

The fighters opened the fight with a feeling out process of around one minute and would clinch against the fence. While in the clinch, Pickett would land an illegal knee to the groin and the fight was stopped momentarily. After the fight was restarted, they would end up back in the clinch and Pickett would end up breaking away. They would battle on the feet for the remainder of the round and McCall would land 21 more total strikes in the round.

At the start of the second, McCall was able to use the aggressiveness of Pickett to score a takedown. However, Pickett would get up but once again, McCall would take the fight to the ground. He would have the half guard position but once again, Pickett would work his way back to his feet. They continued to battle on the feet and Pickett looked for a takedown at the end of the round, but McCall would stop the attempt and the fight moved into the third round.

Pickett looked to take the fight to the ground at the two minute mark of the final round and would be unsuccessful in his attempt. They would continue to strike and McCall would get the fight to the ground with ninety seconds left in the fight. The fight would remain on the ground until the final bell and McCall (13-4-1) would win by unanimous decision. He is now 2-2-1 in the UFC and all of his fights in the promotion have gone the distance.

Parke remains unbeaten in UFC with second round victory
In the opening bout of the main card, Norman Parke scored his first stoppage victory in the UFC as he defeated Naoyuki Kotani by TKO in the second round.

As the fight opened, Parke was able to take control of the age and Kotani looked to take the fight to the ground. Parke would be able to defend the attempt and they would exchange strikes before clinching against the fence. Parke would land a short elbow as he backed out of the clinch and the fight moved back to the center of the cage. Once again, Kotani would look to take the fight to the ground and Parke would stop the attempt.

They would continue to battle on the feet before a failed takedown attempt by Kotani gave Parke control on the ground. Parke would land several significant short strikes as the round concluded and the fight moved into the second round. Parke continued to be the aggressor at the beginning of the second round and would end up taking the fight to the ground at the one minute mark of the round. Parke landed short elbows in the side control position but Kotani would go for a leg lock. Parke would immediately escaped and they got into the clinch position against the fence.

Once again, Parke would take the fight to the ground and land multiple strikes. Referee Marc Goodard would end up coming in to stop the fight when Kotani was not defending himself. Parke (20-2-1) is now 4-0-1 in the UFC and this is his first TKO victory since 2012.

The complete UFC Fight Night 46 results are below.

Main Card: (Fight Pass)
Conor McGregor def. Diego Brandao via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:05
Gunnar Nelson def. Zak Cummings via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 4:48
Ian McCall def. Brad Pickett via unanimous decision (30-27, 30, 27, 29-28)
Norman Parke def. Naoyuki Kotani via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 3:41

Preliminary Card: (Fight Pass)
Ilir Latifi def. Chris Dempsey via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:07
Neil Seery def. Phil Harris via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Cathal Pendred def. Mike King via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:33
Trevor Smith def. Tor Troeng via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Nikita Krylov def. Cody Donovan via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:57
Paddy Holohan def. Josh Sampo via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:06

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A Message to the IBC (Internet Beer Community)

It was just yesterday when I met up Ghetto Dan for a beer, so we went to a local dive that we enjoy for their service and food, The Madison Club Bar, and I had a total of 4 (four) beers, all of which were Michelob Amberbocks. Here are some of the results I got:

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Now I don’t know these people in real life. They just added me on Untappd.  So I have no obligation to them.  This is what you expect if you drink a beer that they don’t approve of, which is basically any beer that’s made by Anheuser Busch, Miller-Coors, or any other Macro. They feel that if you support in any function the big named macros, that it actually hurts the microbrewing companies. Here is the business scenario: I go to a bar. My microbeer choices were the following: Fat Tire. I’m not going to lie, I’ve grown a bit tired of Fat Tire. I drank it so much, and was easily able to get it in Michigan when it wasn’t distributed here. The bartender said it was $1.75 pints of Michelob Amberbock, and that was the end of that.

So I drank some Amberbocks. If you don’t like it, just unfollow. You don’t need to make a snarky comment. You’re not better than anyone because you only drink organic gluten free beer from companies who only use hybrid eco friendly brewing system. I’ll drink my beer, you’ll drink your beer. Want to ask why I chose it? Great. Want to give your opinion on it? Great. Don’t get all ‘high and mighty’ though, and judge me for what I drink. Amberbock is one of the 380 Different Beers that I’ve tried on my Untappd account.

So don’t worry, be HOPPY, and sometimes drinking a beer ‘below your standards’, allows you to realize how good some of the better beer you drink are.

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Independent Roundtable – July 18th, 2014

Hosts: Jason Namako (@Jason_Namako); Nicholas Gray (@DaBoyzNDaBak)
Email the show: jason@wrestleview.com

On this week’s Independent Roundtable, Jason & Nick talk about the following:

* Reviews of the 7/3 & 7/10 WWE NXT
* Why the everything concerning the women in WWE & NXT has been rushed since Wrestlemania 30
* More ranting of how bad Tyson Kidd is on promos
* Why there still is promise with Justin Gabriel
* Discussion of the first two nights of the 2014 PWG Battle of Los Angeles
* Nick loses it over promos by the Juicy Product asking women wrestlers to predict who wins between them & the Young Bucks at Beyond Wrestling’s Americanrana ’14 on July 27th (http://www.youtube.com/user/TheJuicex8)
* News & results from the last week
* Previews of this weekend’s shows from ROH, AAW, CHIKARA, SMASH Wrestling, On Point Wrestling and Day 1 of the 2014 New Japan G-1 Climax tournament

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