Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 9/20/17: Smackdown Live Oakland Recap


By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

Smackdown Live was live this week in Oakland, California. Last week, Kevin Owens viciously attacked Vince McMahon after Vince announced that Owens would face Shane McMahon inside Hell In A Cell. Shane McMahon returned to run Smackdown Live this week, did Shane get revenge for his father??

** Smackdown Live Card **

- Randy Orton battled Aiden English.
- Randy Orton battled Rusev.
- WWE United States Champion AJ Styles defended his title against Baron Corbin.
- WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Champions The New Day battled The Hype Bros in a non title match.
- Charlotte, Naomi, Becky Lynch and Tamina battled it out in a Fatal Four Way Match to determine a new #1 Contender to the WWE Smackdown Live Women's Championship.

- WWE Smackdown Live Women's Champion Nattie Neidhart holds a Celebration of Women.

- Kevin Owens is interviewed via satellite.

** Smackdown Live **

- Shane McMahon Promo: Shane gives his father credit for being one tough SOB, they've had their differences, but he'll always love his father. Shane promises Kevin Owens that the McMahon family will strike back with vengeance when they're attacked. Shane condemns Owens to vengeance, to a ruthless beat down and to Hell In A Cell. Shane drops the microphone and leaves to end the segment.

- Randy Orton vs. Aiden English: The match closes out with English grounding Orton and then hitting a boot in the corner on Orton. English goes to the second rope and leaps at Orton. Orton catches English in mid air, nails the RKO and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall.

- After the match, Rusev interrupts. Rusev blames Orton for Rusev's family laughing at him and calling him a disgrace instead of a national hero. Rusev promises to rip the fangs off of the viper right now and then stalks to the ring. Orton accepts Rusev's challenge for right now.

- Randy Orton vs. Rusev: The match closes out with Aiden English distracting Orton. Orton knocks English off the apron, but eats a Rusev thrust kick. Rusev covers and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Rusev, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Rusev is interviewed. Rusev is excited and says he can return to Bulgaria as a conquering hero now.

- Jinder Mahal and The Singh Brothers Promo: Mahal says many were upset over what he said about Shinsuke Nakamura last week. Mahal shows more pictures of Nakamura on the TitanTron and mocks him. Mahal promises Nakamura that the fans will turn on him just like they turned on Mahal. Mahal ends the segment by speaking in Punjabi to the fans back home in India before leaving.

- Backstage, Shinsuke Nakamura is interviewed. Nakamura says that Jinder Mahal's promo was funny, but not as funny as it'll be when Nakamura wins the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

- AJ Styles Promo: Before Styles' title defense, Styles says that what Kevin Owens did to the McMahon family was dumb. Styles thinks that Owens will be lucky to make it out of the Hell In A Cell alive. Styles then turns his attention to Baron Corbin. Styles mentions all of Corbin's failures and promises that Corbin will fail again tonight.

- "WWE United States Championship Match": AJ Styles (c) vs. Baron Corbin: Before the match can even start, Corbin attacks Styles in the corner and beats him down. Tye Dillinger hits the ring and takes out Corbin's knee, sending him outside. Corbin gets back in the ring with his knee still hurting and goes after Styles. Styles unloads on Corbin and traps him in the Calf Crusher submission. Styles finally releases the hold and leaves Corbin clutching his bad leg.
Winner: No Contest.  

- Backstage, Baron Corbin is interviewed while limping around. Corbin says he feels violated. Corbin blames Tye Dillinger for costing him the US Title. Corbin says he won't bitch or whine about it, he's going to get even.

- Charlotte Promo: Charlotte thanks everyone for the thoughts and prayers for her father, Ric Flair. Charlotte learned that life is fragile and you have to make the most of it. Nattie Neidhart suddenly interrupts and heads to the ring. Nattie is glad that Ric is getting better, but now it's all about Nattie and her "Celebration of Women" segment. Nattie says tonight it's all about one woman who broke down barriers and helped nurture future generations. Nattie reveals a picture of herself in the middle of the ring under a cover. Charlotte says she's glad Nattie interrupted her for this because she wants a shot at Nattie's title. Becky Lynch interrupts and heads to the ring. Becky calls Nattie a crazy lady, she loves the Flair family, but the title is coming back to Becky. Naomi interrupts and heads to the ring. Naomi tells Nattie that the only thing she represents is stank cats and Naomi figured she'd throw in her name too for a title shot. Tamina and Lana interrupt and head to the ring. Lana calls Nattie a crazy cat lady and says that it's Tamina's turn for a title shot now. Smackdown Live GM Daniel Bryan interrupts next and announces Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch vs. Naomi vs. Tamina tonight with the winner facing Nattie Neidhart at WWE Hell In A Cell.

- The New Day vs. The Hype Bros: The match closes out with Ryder unloading on Big E and goes for a cover, but Kofi breaks it up. Mojo gets tossed outside, allowing Kofi to hit a suicide dive on him. The New Day hit Midnight Hour on Ryder and score the pinfall.
Winners: The New Day, by pinfall.

- Kevin Owens Interview Via Satellite: Owens first apologizes because he's not sure what came over him last week. He apologizes to the fans, the officials and the McMahon Family. Owens then places the blame on Shane McMahon because Shane had it coming. Owens claims that Shane disrespected him and Owens has nothing but respect for Vince McMahon. Owens claims that he suddenly was seeing visions of Shane McMahon when he shook Vince's hand, which made Owens snap and attack Vince. Owens ends the interview with another apology for what he's about to do to Shane McMahon inside the Hell In A Cell.

- Backstage, Mojo tells Zack Ryder that he's sick of losing and something drastic may have to happen for the losing to stop.

- Dolph Ziggler Promo: Ziggler says he's the greatest in ring performer in the WWE right now and then begins to mock more gimmicks from other superstars. Ziggler mocks Triple H's theme, Triple H and NXT. Ziggler next mocks Shawn Michaels' theme and Michaels. Ziggler next mocks the DX theme and everything DX stood for. Ziggler says no one cares about two old dads trying to act like teenagers, begging for people to like them. Ziggler says he's the best ever and the fans don't care, so Ziggler doesn't care about the fans. Ziggler walks out to end the segment.

- "#1 Contenders, Fatal Four Way Match": Tamina vs. Becky Lynch vs. Naomi vs. Charlotte: The match closes out with Tamina planting Becky with a Samoan Drop and then goes for the Superfly Splash. Tamina hits it, but Naomi stops the pinfall. Lana pulls Naomi outside, but Lana gets laid out by Naomi. Tamina attacks Naomi while she's distracted. Charlotte charges, drills Tamina with the Big Boot and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Charlotte, by pinfall, to become the new #1 Contender to the WWE Smackdown Live Women's Championship. 



Podcast 9/19/17: On Kyrie Irving & Kevin Durant, NBA's Top 25 & Browns/NFL Week 2


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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 9/19/17: RAW San Jose Recap


By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

It's the beginning of the week and time to kick things off in wrestling with Monday Night RAW, live from San Jose, California. RAW is heading home to WWE No Mercy, live this Sunday on the WWE Network. What happened leading into the pay per view?

** Monday Night RAW Card **

- WWE RAW Women's Champion Alexa Bliss battled Nia Jax in a non title match.
- WWE RAW World Tag Team Champions Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins battled Sheamus and Cesaro and Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson in a non title Triple Threat Match.
- Apollo Crews battled Curt Hawkins.
- Bray Wyatt battled Dustin Rhodes.
- WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville battled Lince Dorado in a non title match.  
- Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy, Jason Jordan, Elias Samson, Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas all battled in a Six Pack Challenge Match to determine a new #1 Contender to the WWE Intercontinental Championship.

- WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman have a sit down interview before their match at WWE No Mercy.

- Roman Reigns gives his final thoughts about John Cena before their WWE No Mercy match. 

** RAW **

- RAW kicks off with a tribute graphic of the late great Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, who passed away over the weekend.

- Kurt Angle Promo: Angle hypes this Sunday's WWE No Mercy event when The Miz and The Miztourage interrupt. Miz is furious that this will be the second pay per view in a row that he won't be defending his title. Angle announces that it'll be Elias vs. Jason Jordan vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Hardy tonight with the winner facing Miz at WWE No Mercy. Miz says Jordan doesn't deserve to be in it, there's other deserving stars like Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas that deserve it. Angle says he's sick of Miz's whining and hopes that fatherhood changes that. Miz calls Angle a deadbeat dad. Jason Jordan interrupts and threatens to knock Miz's teeth out and wants Axel and Dallas included in the match so Miz will stop making excuses. Angle makes the match official as Miz and Jordan have words which starts a brawl. Jordan clears The Miztourage from the ring to end the segment.

- Backstage, Jason Jordan tells Kurt Angle he's sick of The Miz and everyone else talking behind his back about Angle being his dad. Angle tells Jordan it won't stop so he needs to step up or go home and the best way to step up is to beat The Miz for the WWE Intercontinental Championship.

- Alexa Bliss vs. Nia Jax: The match closes out with Alexa trying to leave, but Sasha Banks arrives and blocks her exit. Alexa takes control of Nia and attempts a cross body block. Nia catches Alexa, plants her with the Samoan Drop and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall.

- After the match, Sasha attacks Nia, but Nia dumps Sasha on the mat. Bayley hits the ring, returning from injury and helps Sasha and Alexa triple team Nia to the floor. Sasha then drops Alexa and Bayley hits a Bayley To Belly on Alexa to end the segment.

- "Triple Threat Match": Sheamus and Cesaro vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson vs. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins: The match closes out with Rollins getting crotched on the ropes by Gallows as Anderson brawls with Ambrose. Ambrose hits Dirty Deeds on Anderson as Sheamus blind tags in and tosses Ambrose outside. Sheamus covers and scores the pinfall on Anderson.
Winners: Sheamus and Cesaro, by pinfall.

- Backstage, The Miz hypes up The Miztourage for their match tonight. Both Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas promise to win their match tonight.

- Backstage, Goldust interrupts Kurt Angle with no makeup on and asks for another shot at Bray Wyatt. Goldust wants to prove that he's not a pawn in Bray's war with Finn Balor. Angle finally agrees and Goldust promises that Bray will never forget the name of....Dustin Rhodes.

- Curt Hawkins vs. Apollo Crews: The match closes out with Crews landing a big boot on Hawkins. Hawkins gets a near fall rollup on Crews with a handful of tights. Crews hits an enziguri and then the Apollo Bomb to score the pinfall.
Winner: Apollo Crews, by pinfall.

- Sitdown Interview With Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman: Paul Heyman guarantees that Braun Strowman will be dominated, victimized and conquered by Brock Lesnar. Strowman says he's confident that he can put Lesnar down and burn Suplex City. Heyman says Lesnar will take Strowman to Suplex City all night and beat Strowman within an inch of his life. Strowman says they can talk trash all they want, but come WWE No Mercy things won't change and Lesnar will be defeated. Lesnar finally speaks and thanks Strowman for challenging him. Lesnar says he's at his best when backed into a corner. Lesnar ends the segment with a "Suplex City Bitch" to Strowman.

- It's announced that Bayley has been added to the WWE RAW Women's Championship Match at WWE No Mercy, making it a Fatal Five Way Match now.

- Roman Reigns Promo: Reigns gives John Cena credit for being one of the best talkers, but sometimes he says stupid shit. Reigns says he's not the next Cena because he wouldn't have a career if he was. Reigns calls Cena the biggest hypocrite to ever step in a WWE ring. Reigns wants Cena to come out, but laughs because Cena isn't here tonight. Reigns promises that WWE No Mercy will be no different then the time the other Samoan The Rock beat Cena's ass at Wrestlemania. Reigns drops the microphone and leaves to end the segment.

- Backstage, The Hardy's are interviewed. The Hardy's don't care that they'll be fighting each other tonight in the Six Pack Challenge Match. Jeff wants another shot at The Miz. Matt says the best Hardy will win tonight. 

- Bray Wyatt vs. Dustin Rhodes: The match closes out with Rhodes hitting the Shattered Dreams kick in the corner and tells Bray to bring it. Rhodes charges at Bray, but Bray catches Rhodes and hits Sister Abigail for the pinfall.
Winner: Bray Wyatt, by pinfall.

- After the match, Finn Balor appears on the TitanTron and tells Bray a story about a little boy who grew up to become a demon. Balor promises that Bray will find out who's better at WWE No Mercy, man or demon.

- Enzo Amore Promo: Enzo says he's ready for WWE No Mercy. Braun Strowman suddenly interrupts and lays out Enzo. Braun choke slams Enzo and then hits the running power slam. Strowman leaves as Neville suddenly arrives. Neville hits the Red Arrow on Enzo and mocks Enzo to end the segment.

- Backstage, Enzo says Neville won't be doing good after WWE No Mercy.

- Neville vs. Lince Dorado: The match closes out with Neville countering an aerial assault from Dorado by getting his knees up and then makes Dorado tap out to the Rings of Saturn submission.
Winner: Neville, by pinfall. 

- "Six Pack Challenge to Crown a New #1 Contender to the WWE Intercontinental Championship": Elias vs. Matt Hardy vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Curtis Axel vs. Bo Dallas vs. Jason Jordan: The match closes out with Jeff hitting a Swanton Bomb on Axel for a near fall, as The Miz hits the ring and stops the pinfall. Jeff tosses Miz outside, distracting Jeff and allowing Axel to hit his version of a Skull Crushing Finale on Jeff. Jason Jordan returns, stops Axel from making the pinfall, hits a neck breaker and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Jason Jordan, by pinfall, to become the new #1 Contender to the WWE Intercontinental Championship.

- After the match, Jordan and Miz meet face to face. Miz tries to hit Jordan, but Jordan ducks and unloads on Miz. Axel and Dallas attack and beat down Jordan. Miz pulls Jordan up and lays him out with a Skull Crushing Finale. Miz grabs a microphone and tells Jordan that after WWE No Mercy, Miz will still be the champion, Kurt Angle will still be a terrible dad and Jordan will still be a bastard.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

On TV This Week 9/17 - 9/23


By Raven Williams, @nevaRWilliams

SUNDAY 9/17

NFL
Cowboys @ Broncos (FOX, 4:25pm)
Packers @ Falcons (NBC, 8:20pm)

MLB
Dodgers @ Nationals (ESPN, 8pm)

WNBA PLAYOFFS
Los Angeles Sparks @ Phoenix Mercury (ESPN, 5pm)

RACING
IndyCar: GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (NBC Sports, 6:30pm)

NHL PRESEASON
Vegas Golden Knights @ Vancouver Canucks (NHL, 5pm)
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69th Primetime Emmy Awards; hosted by Stephen Colbert (CBS, 8pm)
Injustice 2 Championship (ESPN 2, 8pm)

The Vietnam War, PREMIERE (PBS, 8pm)

The Strain, SERIES FINALE (FX, 10pm)
Vice Principals, PREMIERE (HBO, 10:30pm)



MONDAY 9/18

NFL
Lions @ Giants (ESPN, 8:15pm)

MLB
Twins @ Yankees OR Red Sox @ Orioles (MLB, 7pm)

NHL PRESEASON
New York Islanders @ New York Rangers (NHL, 7pm)
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Dancing With The Stars, PREMIERE (ABC, 8pm)
American Ninja Warrior, FINALE (NBC, 8pm)
Gone: The Forgotten Women of Ohio (Spike, 8:30pm)

VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2017: The 90s Game Changers (VH1, 9pm)
The State, PREMIERE (NetGeo, 9pm & 10pm)

Midnight, Texas, FINALE (NBC, 10pm)
I Hart Food, FINALE (Food Network, 10pm)



TUESDAY 9/19

MLB
Twins @ Yankees (ESPN, 7pm)
Indians @ Angels (STO/ESPN, 10pm)

NHL PRESEASON
Chicago Blackhawks @ Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL, 7pm)
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Street Justice: The Bronx, PREMIERE (Discovery, 9pm)

Somewhere Between, FINALE (ABC, 10pm)
The Paley Center Salutes The Best Of Will & Grace (NBC, 10pm)
The Murder Of Laci Peterson, FINALE (A&E, 10pm)
Being Mary Jane, FINALE (BET, 10pm)
A Night With My Ex, FINALE (Bravo, 10pm)



WEDNESDAY 9/20

MLB
Red Sox @ Orioles (ESPN, 7pm)
Indians @ Angels (STO/ESPN, 10pm)

SOCCER
MLS: LA Galaxy @ Atlanta United FC (ESPN 2, 7pm)
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup: New York Red Bulls @ Sporting Kansas City (ESPN 2, 9pm)

NHL PRESEASON
Washington Capitals @ Montreal Canadiens (NHL, 7pm)
Vancouver Canucks @ Calgary Flames (NHL, 10pm)
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America's Got Talent, LIVE FINALE (NBC, 8pm)
Big Brother, FINALE (CBS, 8pm)
MasterChef, FINALE (FOX, 8pm)

Wahlburgers, FINALE (A&E, 9pm & 9:30pm)

The Good Place, PREMIERE (NBC, 10pm)
Salvation, FINALE (CBS, 10pm)
Channel Zero: No End House, PREMIERE (Syfy, 10pm)
The Sinner, FINALE (USA, 10pm)



THURSDAY 9/21

NFL
Rams @ 49ers (NFL, 8:20pm)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Temple @ South Florida (ESPN, 8pm)

MLB
Indians @ Angels (STO, 4pm)
Cubs @ Brewers OR Nationals @ Braves(MLB, 7pm)
Twins @ Tigers (FOX Sports 1, 7pm)

NHL PRESEASON
Philadelphia Flyers @ Boston Bruins (NHL, 7pm)
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Gotham, PREMIERE (FOX, 8pm)

Mountain Men, FINALE (History, 9pm)

Zoo, FINALE (CBS, 10pm)
Girlfriends Guide TO Divorce, FINALE (Bravo, 10pm)



FRIDAY 9/22

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Virginia @ Boise State (ESPN, 8pm)
Utah @ Arizona (FOX Sports 1, 10:30pm)

MLB
Cubs @ Brewers (ESPN, 7:30pm)
Indians @ Mariners OR Rockies @ Padres (MLB, 10pm)
Indians @ Mariners (STO, 10pm)

NHL PRESEASON
St. Louis Blues @ Washington Capitals (NHL, 7pm)
Los Angeles Kings @ Anaheim Ducks (NHL, 10pm)

MMA & BOXING
UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Saint Preux 2 - Prelims (FXX, 8pm)
UFC Fight Night: Shogun Rua vs. Ovince Saint Preux 2 (FXX, 10pm)
BOXING: Oscar Valdez vs. Genesis Servania (ESPN, 10:30pm)
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Masters Of Illusion, FINALE (The CW, 8pm)

What Would You Do?, FINALE (ABC, 9pm)

Mike Judge Presents: Tales From The Tour Bus (Cinemax, 10pm)



SATURDAY 9/23

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
UNLV @ Ohio State (Big Ten, 12pm)
North Carolina State @ Florida State (ABC, 12pm)
Texas A&M vs. Arkansas (ESPN, 12pm)
Texas Tech @ Houston (ESPN 2, 12pm)

Alabama @ Vanderbilt (CBS, 3:30pm)
USC @ California (ABC, 3:30pm)
TCU @ Oklahoma State (ESPN, 3:30pm)

Mississippi State @ Georgia (ESPN, 7pm)
Penn State @ Iowa (ABC, 7:30pm)
Notre Dame @ Michigan State (FOX, 8pm)
Hawaii @ Wyoming (ESPN 2, 10:15pm)
UCLA @ Stanford (ESPN, 10:30pm)

MLB
Cubs @ Brewers (FOX, 1pm)
Indians @ Mariners (STO, 4pm)
Yankees @ Blue Jays OR Red Sox @ Reds (MLB, 4pm)
Twins @ Tigers OR Cardinals @ Pirates (MLB, 7pm)
Giants @ Dodgers OR Rockies @ Padres (MLB, 9pm)

NHL PRESEASON
Boston Bruins @ Detroit Red Wings (NHL, 7pm)
Columbus Blue Jackets @ Chicago Blackhawks (NHL, 9:30pm)

RACING
Camping World Truck Series: UNOH 175 (FOX Sports 1, 1pm)
XFINITY Series: VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 (NBC Sports, 8pm)

GOLF
2017 TOUR Championship, Third Round (NBC, 2:30pm)

SOCCER
Premier League: Leicester City FC vs. Liverpool FC (NBC, 12:30pm)

MMA & BOXING
Bellator MMA Live (Spike, 9pm)
BOXING: Luke Campbell vs. Jorge Linares (HBO, 10pm)
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MOVIE: Assassin's Creed (HBO, 8pm)
MOVIE: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (Starz, 8pm)

Weekend 3 Count 9/17/17


By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon, brought to you by Triple Threat CLE brings you the Weekend 3 Count. W3C brings you wrestling news, rumors and recaps from around the wrestling world. You'll find news rumors and recaps involving WWE, NXT, GFW, ROH, Lucha Underground, NJPW, House of Hardcore, NWA, ICW, CZW, FIP, PWG, AAW, EVOLVE, PROGRESS, SHINE, SHIMMER and any Indy promotion that I find an interesting story or a cool discovery in. Be sure to check out the W3C every Sunday afternoon at @TripleThreatCLE

** Theme Song Of The Week **
This week's theme song goes to this year's winner of the Mae Young Classic Tournament, Kairi Sane.



*** WWE ***



- New Day Win Titles: If you missed Smackdown Live this past Tuesday, The New Day defeated The Usos to win the WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Championship.

- Kevin Owens Attacks Vince McMahon: If you missed Smackdown Live this past week, WWE CEO Vince McMahon returned. Vince announced that Kevin Owens will face Shane McMahon at WWE Hell In A Cell in a Hell In A Cell Match. Kevin Owens would then go on to viciously attack Vince after Owens tricked Vince into agreeing that he wouldn't get fired for beating up a McMahon.

- Possible Plans For Kevin Owens: There currently is backstage talk that the storyline that has begun with Kevin Owens vs. The McMahon Family will lead into a Wrestlemania 34 match against Triple H. 

- Asuka News: According to PWInsider, RAW looks to be the show that Asuka will make her debut on soon. Asuka is scheduled to take time off with her collar bone injury, make a couple Smackdown Live house show none wrestling appearances and then possibly debut on RAW in October.

- Kofi Kingston Injured: WWE announced that Kofi Kingston injured his knee during a live event in Honolulu, Hawaii. It's unknown at this time how serious the knee injury is.

- Ronda Rousey Coming??: According to Dave Meltzer, the long term involvement with Ronda Rousey is Rousey facing either Stephanie McMahon or Charlotte at Wrestlemania 34. Both Ronda and Charlotte's 4 Horsewomen traded insults toward each other during the Mae Young Classic Tournament while sitting in the crowd.

- Mae Young Tournament: It's been a few weeks now since the release of the whole Mae Young Classic Tournament leading up to the Finals on the WWE Network. So with that being said, the Finals have come down to Kairi Sane vs. Shayna Bazsler. You can check out the highlights of the Quarterfinals and Semi Finals of the tournament below that has led us to the Finals between both ladies.



** Mae Young Finals Recap **

- "Mae Young Classic Tournament Finals Match": Kairi Sane vs. Shayna Bazsler: The match closes out with Kairi trapping Shayna in a body scissors. Shayna escapes allowing Kairi to unload kicks. Kairi leaps off the ropes, but gets caught and trapped in the rear naked choke submission. Kairi escapes with elbows to the ribs on Shayna. Both ladies battle on the top rope, trading punches. Kairi counters the Kimura Lock submission and gets Shayna in the tree of woe. Kairi drills Shayna with the double foot stomp for a near fall. Kairi drops Shayna with forearms to the ribs and then heads to the top rope. Kairi hits the flying elbow off the ropes on Shayna, covers and scores the pinfall to win the tournament.
Winner: Kairi Sane, by pinfall, to win the Mae Young Classic Tournament.

- After the match, Kairi Sane is presented the Mae Young Classic Tournament trophy and a bouquet of flowers from Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.

- Original Idea For Mae Young Classic Tournament: According to backstage sources, the original finals of the Mae Young Classic Tournament was supposed to be Kairi Sane vs. Toni Storm, however, WWE changed it to Sane vs. Shayna Bazsler to build on the MMA 4 Horsewomen vs. WWE 4 Horsewomen storyline.


** 205 Live Recap **

- Backstage, Rich Swann says he and TJ Perkins know each other so well that their match should be great. TJP interrupts and takes verbal jabs at Swann. Swann guarantees victory tonight.

- Rich Swann vs. TJ Perkins: The match closes out with both men laying each other out with kicks. Swann counters the Detonation Kick. TJP counters a spin kick and traps Swann in the knee bar submission. Swann escapes as TJP kicks at the bad knee. Swann plants TJP and hits the Phoenix Splash to score the pinfall.
Winner: Rich Swann, by pinfall.

- After the match, Perkins doesn't want to shake Swann's hand, but quickly does and leaves the ring.

- Backstage, Brian Kendrick tells Cedric Alexander he needs to stop letting people walk all over him. Cedric refuses to cheat to win like Kendrick. Kendrick calls Cedric spineless and doesn't have what it takes.

- Drew Gulak Promo: Gulak says his power point presentation was ruined by Akira Tozawa last week so he'll finish it tonight. Breezango interrupt Gulak and refer to him as Captain Underpants. Fandango names off different underpants and calls Gulak a disgusting freak. Fandango handcuffs Gulak and Tyler Breeze reads Gulak his fashion rights. Gulak tries to run, but gets taken down and dragged to the back. 



- Brian Kendrick vs. Cedric Alexander: The match closes out with Jack Gallagher hitting the ring with his umbrella. Gallagher goes after Kendrick, but suddenly stops, TURNS HEEL and nails Cedric with the umbrella. Gallagher attacks and beats down Cedric, as Kendrick looks on confused. Gallagher drills Cedric with a huge head butt, dropping Cedric. Gallagher shakes Kendrick's hand to close out the show.
Winner: Cedric Alexander, by DQ.


*** NXT ***

- NXT Women's Championship News: NXT announced this week that Kairi Sane, who won the Mae Young Classic Tournament, will be in the title match to crown a new champion. It's currently unknown who will battle Kairi at NXT Takeover: Houston in November.

- New Faction Name: NXT announced this week that Adam Cole, Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly's faction will now be called Undisputed Era.


*** GFW ***

** GFW Impact Recap **

- Backstage, Bobby Lashley arrives with his MMA Fight Team.

- Braxton Sutter vs. Garza Jr.: The match closes out with Sutter hitting a sit down power bomb for a near fall. Garza hits a spin kick and then a second rope moonsault on Sutter to score the pinfall.
Winner: Garza Jr., by pinfall.

- After the match, Sutter blames Allie for the loss and yells at her. Sutter finally gives Allie a hug, but Allie is hesitant to leave with Sutter. 

- "GFW Grand Championship Match": Ethan Carter (c) vs. El Hijo del Fantasma: The first round ends with EC3 totally dominating the round and taking it. The second round, Fantasma comes back and gets a near fall splash off the ropes. Round two ends with Fantasma taking it. The match closes out with EC3 hitting TK3 on Fantasma for a near fall. Fantasma boots EC3 outside and hits a suicide dive. EC3 connects with a running knee and hits the One Percenter on Fantasma. Time expires before EC3 can get the pinfall. The judges rule EC3 the winner by split decision.
Winner: Ethan Carter, to retain the GFW Grand Championship.

- In Mexico, Konnan goes over the game plan with LAX for their up coming match against oVe.

- We're shown highlights of LAX retaining their tag team titles at the CRASH promotion in Mexico, in a Fatal Four Way Match that included oVe. Konnan tells oVe they are a long way from Ohio so they better bounce now. oVe hesitate, but end up leaving the building.

- Grado vs. William Weeks: The match closes out with Grado getting the quick pinfall with a boot on Weeks.
Winner: Grado, by pinfall.

- After the match, Grado thanks the fans and says he'll be deported back to the United Kingdom on Friday. Joseph Park interrupts and tells Grado that he just signed Grado as his client for his sports division so now Grado can get his work visa and can now stay in America.

- Backstage, Johnny Impact is interviewed. Impact says he and Low Ki are trail blazers, but Low Ki is going to Slam Town.

- Backstage, Bobby Lashley informs Jim Cornette that he's leaving GFW and wants his release. Cornette orders Lashley's MMA Fight Team to leave the building and tells Lashley he needs to finish his business with Moose first before getting his release. 



- "GFW X Division Championship, Falls Count Anywhere Match": Sonjay Dutt (c) vs. Trevor Lee: The match closes out with both men fighting into the backstage area. Caleb Konley gets involved and helps Lee with the two on one attack on Dutt. Lee accidentally hits Konley with a garbage can lid. Dutt lands a kick and unloads garbage can lid shots on Lee. Konley gets involved again and helps Lee score the pinfall to win the title.
Winner: Trevor Lee, by pinfall, to win the GFW X Division Championship.

- Backstage, Richard Justice asks Bobby Lashley's MMA Fight Team if he can join them. Justice ends up getting beaten down. 

- Taya Valkyrie vs. Amber Nova: The match closes out with Taya making quick work of Amber and scoring the pinfall.
Winner: Taya Valkyrie, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Eli Drake says he'll be watching two dummies fight for the right to fight him in the future.



- "#1 Contenders Match": Low Ki vs. Johnny Impact: The match closes out with Low Ki missing Warriors Way on Impact. Impact hits Starship Pain and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Johnny Impact, by pinfall, to become the new #1 Contender to the GFW Undisputed Championship.

- After the match, Chris Adonis attacks Impact from behind and locks in the Adonis Lock submission. Eli Drake arrives and lays out Impact with the Gravy Train.

- Backstage, Jim Cornette tries to get Bobby Lashley to stay in GFW. Lashley invites Cornette to watch what he does to Moose tonight. 

- Backstage, Taya Valkyrie gets in Karen Jarrett's face and tells her that that's what a real Queen looks like.



- Bobby Lashley Promo: Lashley says he's going back to MMA full time and tonight's his last night in GFW. Moose immediately hits the ring and the brawl is on. Lashley power bombs Moose on the floor. Moose dodges the spear with a boot to Lashley's face. Lashley and Moose continue to trade punches as they go into the crowd. Moose hits Lashley with a garbage can  and both brawl onto the Impact stage. Lashley hits a neck breaker on Moose, but Moose returns and kicks Lashley down the ramp. Lashley's MMA Fight Team suddenly hit the ring and attack Moose from behind. Moose gets choked out and security gets laid out trying to help Moose. Impact ends with Lashley and his MMA Fight Team standing tall.

- Will Alberto El Patron Return?: According to PWInsider, Alberto El Patron still has 6 to 8 months left on his contract. GFW has been rumored to have made plans for El Patron for their Bound For Glory pay per view in November. There has also been rumors stating that he's finished with the company as well. I'll be keeping an eye on where Alberto El Patron ends up.

- GFW Network Coming: Ed Nordholm, Executive Vice President of Anthem Sports and Entertainment announced that GFW will be launching their own Network soon. The GFW Network will be launched with 850 to 900 hours of content and a $7.99 monthly price point. Nordholm says the company's goal is to break even and eventually make money, but they knew full well when they purchased the company that wasn't going to happen overnight. Can the GFW Network being any competition at all to the WWE Network??


*** RING OF HONOR ***

** ROH TV Recap **

- Bully Ray Promo: Bully puts over Atlanta and The Briscoe Brothers. Bully promises that he and The Briscoes will defeat The Kingdom at Death Before Dishonor and win back the ROH Six Man Tag Team Championship.

- Will Ferrara vs. Cheeseburger: The match closes out with Cheeseburger getting a near fall double stomp. Ferrara blocks the tornado DDT and traps Cheeseburger in the crossface submission for the tap out win.
Winner: Will Ferrara, by submission.

- After the match Rhett Titus hits the ring, but he helps Ferrara attack Cheeseburger.

- Silas Young vs. Chase Brown: The match closes out quickly with Young hitting Misery on Brown for the pinfall.
Winner: Silas Young, by pinfall.

- After the match, Young attacks Brown more. Jay Lethal hits the ring and brawls with Young. Lethal wants their match right now. Young says no he'll have to wait for Death Before Dishonor.

- Backstage, Cody Rhodes is interviewed. Cody says he's ready to prove to Minoru Suzuki that Cody is a main event performer at Death Before Dishonor. Cody makes the interviewer kiss his new Ring of Honor on his finger.

- "Eight Man Tag Team Match": Jonathan Gresham, Jay White and The Motor City Machine Guns vs. The Guerillas of Destiny and The Young Bucks: The match closes out with White taking out Matt Jackson and then leaps off the ropes and onto the pile of guys outside. Sabin hits a lariat, but then eats a super kick. White stops The Young Bucks from hitting the Meltzer Driver. The Motor City Machine Guns hit a double team neck breaker on Matt and score the pinfall.
Winners: The Motor City Machine Guns, Jonathan Gresham and Jay White, by pinfall.


*** Lucha Underground ***

** Lucha Underground TV Recap **

- Ricky Mandell tells Johnny Mundo that he's changed his name to Ricky Mundo as a tribute to Johnny. Worldwide Underground laugh at Ricky and Johnny tells him to change his name back because there's only one Mundo. Johnny then punishes Ricky by taking him out of their Eight Person Tag Team Match later and replaces him with Marty The Moth.

- "Eight Person Tag Team Match": Johnny Mundo, Taya, PJ Black and Marty the Moth vs. Prince Puma, Cage, Sexy Star, and Fenix: The match closes out with Black and Mundo hitting their version of Chasing the Dragon. Mundo then hits End of the World on Puma and scores the pinfall.
Winners: Worldwide Underground and Marty The Moth, by pinfall.

- After the match, Marty The Moth stalks ring announcer Melissa Santos. Melissa slaps Marty and then Fenix makes the save and hits a super kick on Marty. 

- Jeromiah Crane finds Catrina and he has the Gauntlet Glove. Mil Muertes attacks Crane, allowing Catrina to grab the glove. Cage arrives to get his glove back and brawls with Crane and Muertes. Dario Cueto sneaks in and steals the glove for himself.

- "Aztec Medallion Match": Pentagon vs. Dragon Azteca Jr: The match closes out with Pentagon countering a tornado DDT with a back breaker on Azteca. Pentagon crotches Azteca on the ropes and then hits a running package piledriver to score the pinfall.
Winner: Pentagon, by pinfall, to win Aztec Medallion #7.

- After the match, Pentagon goes to break Azteca's arm, but Matanza Cueto arrives. Dario Cueto tells his brother to attack Azteca. Matanza beats down Azteca and leaves him laid out just as Rey Mysterio hits the ring to make the save.

- Matanza Cueto vs. Rey Mysterio: The match closes out with Matanza spearing Rey into the corner. Rey dodges a Matanza charge and goes for a moonsault. Matanza catches Rey in mid air and then hits the Wrath of the Gods for the pinfall.
Winner: Matanza Cueto, by pinfall.

- After the match, Matanza hits another Wrath of the Gods on Rey right on a steel chair. Matanza wraps the chair around Rey's neck and sends him into the steel post twice. Matanza picks Rey up and carries him to the back to end the show.

- Who Holds The 7 Aztec Medallions To Crown A New Gift Of The Gods Champion?: The 7 that will compete at Ultima Lucha Tres for the Gift of the Gods Championship are Paul London, Saltador, Mala Suerte, Drago, Cortez Castro, Pentagon, and Son of Havoc.

- Lucha Underground #100: This past week's Lucha Underground TV show marked the 100th episode of their promotion.


*** NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING ***

** Road to Destruction Recap **
NJPW returned with another show from their Road to Destruction tour. The main event saw a Ten Man Tag Team Elimination Match between Taguchi Japan and Suzuki-Gun.

- Yuji Nagata, Hirai Kawato and  Tomoyuki Oka defeated Manabu Nakanishi, Katsuya Kitamura and Shota Umino, after Umino tapped out to Oka.

- Hirooki Goto, Yoshi-Hashi and Trent Baretta defeated Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi and Tanga Loa. The Bullet Club attacked their opponents after the match.

- Togi Makabe and War Machine defeated Taka Michinoku and Killer Elite Squad, after Makabe hit the King Kong Knee Drop on Michinoku for the pinfall.

- Will Ospreay and Rocky Romero defeated Hiromu Takahashi and Bushi, after Romero unloaded a knee strike on Bushi for the pinfall.

- Juice Robinson and David Finlay defeated Chase Owens and Leo Tonga, after Juice hit Pulp Friction on Tonga for the pinfall.

- Tetsuya Naito, Evil and Sanada defeated Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano, after Sanada hits a low blow and steals the pinfall.

- Taguchi Japan defeated Suzuki-Gun in a 10 Man Elimination Tag Team Match. Michael Elgin last eliminated Minoru Suzuki to win the match after both teams all returned to the ring and brawled.

* Destruction In Fukushima Recap *

- Hirai Kawato and Yuji Nagata vs. Manabu Nakanishi and Shota Umino: The match closes out with Nagata making Umino tap out to the crossface submission.
Winners: Hirai Kawato and Yuji Nagata, by submission.

- Hirooki Goto and Yoshi-Hashi vs. Katsuya Kitamura and Tomoyuki Oka: The match closes out with Goto unloading a series of kicks on Oka and scoring the pinfall.
Winners: Hirooki Goto and Yoshi Hashi, by pinfall.

- Baretta and Jado vs. Chase Owens and Yujiro Takahashi: The match closes out with Takahashi hitting Pimp Juice on Jado to score the pinfall.
Winners: Chase Owens and Yujiro Takahashi, by pinfall.

- Bad Luck Fale and Leo Tonga vs. David Finlay and Juice Robinson: The match closes out with Juice hitting a Stunner and Pulp Friction for the pinfall, after Tonga accidentally kicked Fale.
Winners: David Finlay and Juice Robinson, by pinfall.

- "Ten Man Tag Team Match": Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kushida, Togi Makabe, Ricochet and Ryusuke Taguchi vs. El Desperado, Taichi, Taka Michinoku, Takashi Iizuka and Yoshinobu Kanemaru: The match closes out with the referee taking a fall. Ricochet saves Taguchi from a beat down in the process. Taguchi eye pokes Michinoku and gets the rollup pinfall.
Winners: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kushida, Togi Makabe, Ricochet and Ryusuke Taguchi, by pinfall.

- "IWGP World Tag Team Championship, Triple Threat Match": War Machine (c) vs. The Guerillas of Destiny vs. The Killer Elite Squad: The match closes out with The Killer Elite Squad double teaming, until Hanson makes the save. War Machine lay to waste The Squad and then hit Fallout on Loa to score the pinfall and retain their titles.
Winners: War Machine, by pinfall, to retain the IWGP World Tag Team Championship.

- Hiromu Takahashi and Tetsuya Naito vs. Tomohiro Ishii and Will Ospreay: The match closes out with Naito landing a low blow on Ospreay and then hitting Destino for the pinfall.
Winners: Hiromu Takahashi and Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall.

- "NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championship Match": Bushi, Evil and Sanada (c) vs. Kazuchika Okada, Rocky Romero and Toru Yano: The match closes out with Evil hitting the STO and then Bushi hits the MX on Romero to score the pinfall and retain their titles.
Winners: Bushi, Evil and Sanada, by pinfall, to retain the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championship.

- "NEVER Openweight Championship, Lumberjack Match: Minoru Suzuki (c) vs. Michael Elgin: The match closes out with all hell breaking loose. Elgin grabs Taka Michinoku and tossed him onto a group of guys outside. Ricochet is up next with a suicide dive to the floor, taking another group of guys out. The Killer Elite Squad attack until War Machine arrive and make the save. Iizuka hits Elgin which set up Suzuki to hit the Gotch Piledriver to score the pinfall and retain his title.
Winner: Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall, to retain the NEVER Openweight Championship.


*** ICW ***

- NXT's Kassius Ohno Getting A Title Shot: WWE and ICW announced this past week that NXT's Kassius Ohno will face the ICW World Heavyweight Champion Joe Coffey on September 19th in Newcastle, England for the title. WWE continue their working relationship with ICW as Kassius Ohno, Noam Dar and WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne continue to do part time work with ICW.


*** PROGRESS Wrestling ***

- New World Champion Crowned: Last weekend PROGRESS World Champion Pete Dunne defended his title against Travis Banks. Banks was able to lock up Dunne in a submission and make Dunne tap out to become the new PROGRESS World Champion.


And that's this week's W3C! Join me every Sunday afternoon as I bring you news, recaps and rumors all around the wrestling world!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

3 Rivers Rundown 9/16/17: The Check Engine Light Is On


By Jaison Roberts, @Kratoslives

It's just one game into the season and the check engine light is on already? You've got to be kidding me.

Alright lets break it down...

We beat Cleveland on Sunday ✓.
Ben made it through the game with no injuries ✓.

Antonio Brown and the receivers made it through the game with no injuries and the tight ends are cool too. The O-line is healthy and they only gave up one sack

Now to check on the running back and oooh, there it is! That's what's setting off the check engine light. Now that we found the issue lets see what's going on with him.

Did he get hurt, nope. Did he fumble or miss a block. nope. He needs a tune up? And that's why you don't miss training camp. For all of Le'Veon Bell's greatness, there is one thing that he couldn't do while sitting out... taking a hit.

Since Le'Veon chose to sit out due to his contract, he gave up one thing that he couldn't get when sitting out, taking hits. Something that seems so small plagued him the whole game. He couldn't gage the hit speed of the defense. Yes he did get through the game with no injuries or fumbles, but he was completely off rhythm. That's why you don't sit out practice, even if he didn't play any preseason games, he would've had his game rhythm. This caused the NFL's most complete back to rush for only 35 yards on 10 carries and no this isn't a typing error. You could see that he was visibly off and had no rhythm for the game. So now he has the daunting task of getting his flow back while preparing to take on the Minnesota Vikings defense. I hate to say it, but thank goodness we played the Browns who were playing in a new defensive scheme or we would've had major trouble.

Now onto the defense. The played great for this unit especially since they committed some bone head penalties. Not to mention actively trying to keep the Browns in the game with freebie unnecessary roughing penalties. That means you Ryan Shazier, TJ Watt, JJ Wilcox, and an honorable mention Big Ben (even though he didn't get flagged). These penalties can't and shouldn't happen against the Vikings because if they do, they will put points on the board. Some of the highlights of the game belonged to the special teams and a rookie linebacker and 3rd year linebackers.


Lets start with Tyler Matakevich he set the tone by blocking the 1st punt attempt of the game, which led to Anthony Chickillo recovering the ball in the end zone for the game's 1st touchdown.

The front seven for the Steelers remained disruptive all game, recording 7 sacks which should've been 10 but 3 were taken away by penalties. Our front 3 recorded 2 of the 7 sacks thanks to Javone Hargrave and Cameron Heyward. The secondary also chipped in one sack by Joe Haden.

The stars on defense were Anthony Chickillo (2 sacks) & T.J. Watt (2 sacks and a interception). This was delivered with Stephon Tuitt on the sidelines with a bicep injury and Bud Dupree out with a shoulder injury. Not only did they respond to head coach Mike Tomlin's mantra "The Next Man Up", they delivered with big splash plays. Again major props to the special teams which kept the Browns at bay the whole game with great pressure on punts. Also great job by Antonio Brown for 11 catches and 184 yards, as well as Jesse James on the 2 red zone touchdowns.

This game still left me feeling cheated because of the Steelers past dominance of the Browns, but it should also be a warning for complacency. So now it's off to the Vikings, who is bringing in a tougher defense but a new O-line with 2 rookies starting and a first year player. And believe me they wont be laying down because they're playing the Steelers. They'll be more in the mood for a upset and to go 2-0 in the NFC North.

So Le'Veon, I hope you got some extra reps in practice this week and let's get this victory. My prediction for the game is 28-17 Steelers with another big helping of defense.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Browns Preview 9/15/17: Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens


By Katelin Marshall, @KatelinKnowsCLE

The (0-1) Cleveland Browns travel to Baltimore to take on the (1-0) Ravens. Last week the Browns lost to the Steelers 21-18. The Ravens defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 20-0. In their game against the Bengals the Ravens forced five turnovers, so going into week two the Browns will need to limit the turnovers.


Browns Offense vs Ravens Defense:

The Browns passing game is most likely going to attack Ravens defensive back Brandon Carr. Carr isn't the player he once was. Corey Coleman is someone who has played really well since training camp began. Coleman last week caught all five passes thrown to him and he and quarterback DeShone Kizer already have some chemistry. So look out for the Browns to put Coleman in situations where he is matched up with Brandon Carr. The Ravens also like to use three safeties during passing downs. Moving Lardarious Webb to the nickle and playing veteran Eric Weddle and Tony Jefferson at "free/strong safeties". It should be interesting to see how the Browns counter this week. Last week we seen a lot of Duke Johnson in the slot, heck Johnson didn't even get a carry. Its going to be interesting to see if the Browns change Johnson's role week-to-week.

The Browns offensive line has to do a better job run blocking this week. Isaiah Crowell couldn't get separation last week and only rushed for 33 yards on 17 carries. That has to improve going forward. Hue Jackson isn't too worried about it, but with a rookie quarterback, you don't want to throw the ball more than you have too. And with the Ravens' pass rush lead by future hall of famer Terrell Suggs the Browns need to keep the Ravens honest with the run game.

The last thought on the offense is DeShone Kizer. He's going up against another extremely physical defense. It wouldn't be surprising if we see a couple late hits on the quarterback call like we did last week. Kizer has to play smart. Throw the ball away if nothing is open down field, slide while scrambling, and remembering that the check down is your friend.



Browns Defense vs Ravens Offense:


I really like this match up for the Browns. Yes, the Ravens played well last week , but the Browns defense is way better than Cincinnati's.  Last week the Ravens capitalized off of a turnover for one of their touchdowns, and the second was 48 yard pass to Jeremy Maclin on a drag route. The Browns last week did a great job limiting the deep ball. Yes, Antonio Brown got his...and yes it was on fluke plays but that's why AB is the best receiver in the NFL. Outside of the Maclin throw, Joe Flacco was 8/16 for 73 yards and an interception. I don't think passing game is going to kill the Browns this week like it did last week.

And the running game for the Ravens will be their strength. Former Brown Terrance West ran for 80 yards on 19 carries and Javorius Allen rushed for 71 yards on 21 carries. While having success last week against the Bengals, it isn't a for gone conclusion they will have success this week. The Browns limited the Steelers to 35 yards on the ground. Le'Veon Bell ran for 32 of the 35 on 10 rushes. The Browns defense is for real. And the key for them is to limit the running game and force Joe Flacco into turnovers...which is basically the key for the Raven's defense against the Browns offense.



Five Guys to Watch:

Joe Schobert: Schobert was one of a handful of guys to play every snap on defense last week. As the "mike" linebacker, Schobert is the "quarterback" of the defense. The position change during the off-season seems to have jump started his career after being a special teams/pass rushing specialist in his rookie year.

Duke Johnson: As I mentioned above, it's going to be interesting to see how Hue Jackson uses Johnson week-to-week. I wouldn't be surprised if we see him get 10-12 carries this week and a couple of catches, but this time lined up in the backfield where he's more comfortable.

DeShone Kizer: Kizer will be on this list every week. Its that simple. Kizer is potentially the quarterback of the future...so how can he not be one of the five guys to watch each week.

Ricardo Louis: Louis had a pretty good game last week. Yes, he only had two catches. But he was getting open and that's all you can ask for on a team with a lack of playmakers at wide receiver. Louis even came back last week from a nasty hit and caught a pass that put the Browns into scoring position.

Jabrill Peppers: I wasn't sure who my last "guy to watch" would be. So I picked the exciting playmaker Jabrill Peppers. I wouldn't be surprised if we see Peppers in for a couple plays on offense this week. *insert thinking emoji  Peppers playing "center field" with Joe Flacco at quarterback is exciting because we all know Flacco is known to take shots down field and with the ball-hawking skills Peppers has...it seems like the perfect opportunity for Peppers to get his first career interception.

Weather Report

Injury Report

Betting Line (As of 9/14/17): Baltimore -8

Prediction:
Browns 24 Ravens 17





Call me crazy but I think the Browns will leave Baltimore with a 1-1 record. Kizer proved in one game that he gives the Browns an opportunity to win and that's all you can ask for with a rookie quarterback. But the Defense for the Browns will win this game. They will force the Ravens into turnovers and give the offense a short field. The running game for the Browns should be improved from last week which is why when they are given the lead they won't blow it like in years before.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Buckeyes Preview 9/14/17: Ohio State vs Army Black Knights


By Jason Disantis, @JasonInCLE


Ohio State will look to regroup after a tough loss at home to the hands of Baker Mayfield and Oklahoma. At 1-1 and ranked #8 the Buckeyes are still in great position to win the Big Ten and solidify a spot in the playoff but unless they get their offense figured out. But with the strength of the Big Ten this year (four teams currently in the top ten) the Buckeyes and J.T Barrett are going to have to play better or they won’t stand a chance.

If you read my season preview you know that I highlighted the two biggest changes on this Ohio State team to talk about. The new look Kevin Wilson offense, and the secondary.

So far through two games the offense has left something to be desired. And although there has been debate about what the problem is, and plenty of blame to go around, I feel the biggest issue is J.T. Barrett’s lack of growth from last year to this year.

J.T. Barrett has been great for the Buckeyes. He is a tremendous leader. He owns most if not all relevant records for Ohio State quarterbacks. But the young man has maxed out his potential. He has shown no growth from last year to today as a quarterback.

There is a group of people that say that the biggest problem is the receivers aren’t getting separation, and I do agree that they are not doing a good enough job of creating space.

But there are two problems with only focusing on that argument.

Number one, Barrett is missing plenty of wide open shots. Watching the first two games this year there have been a couple times I have stood up ready to celebrate a touchdown only to watch the sail over the wide-outs head by five yards.

Secondly, J.T. Barrett does not give his wide receivers opportunities to make plays.

These are all four-star guys with good size. Austin Mack is 6'2". Binjimen Victor is 6'4". Parris Campbell and KJ Hill are both at least six feet. Even if they aren’t getting great separation as a quarterback you need to put the ball in a position for your play makers to make a play.

Despite the calls for Ohio State to make the move to Dwayne Haskins, head coach Urban Meyer as stood firm in his confidence in Barrett. When talking about what players give them the best opportunity to win after the Oklahoma loss Meyer made it clear what he thought about Barrett compared to Haskins saying, “right now it’s not even a question.”

Ohio State’s offense hasn’t been the only disappointment this year. The Buckeyes secondary is missing Lattimore, Hooker, and Conley more than they thought they would.

After giving up 410 yards through the air to Indiana and another 386 to Baker Mayfield and Oklahoma, the Buckeyes secondary is ranked dead last in the FBS. Through two games opponents have completed 67% of their passes against Ohio State and have thrown for 6 touchdowns.

The talent in the defensive backfield is unquestionable. But the inexperience is proving to be tough for Ohio State to overcome.

“I think we played a good football team and we didn’t play nearly as well as we could,” Greg Schiano said after the loss to Oklahoma. “So credit to them, but we need to get better quickly.”

Ohio State’s secondary will get a week off from getting torched as the Black Knights of Army bring their triple option offense to Columbus on Saturday. Although 2-0 Army has only completed two passes this season, they may be tempted to throw a little more against the vulnerable Buckeye secondary.




Coming into Saturday the Black Knights are averaging 42 points a game and 417 yards rushing. When you look at the triple-option, you get exactly what you see. Their leading rusher is senior quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw. Coach Jeff Monken knows that if Army is going to stay in this game and have a chance to win they’re going to have to run that option perfectly.

“We’ve got to run the ball if we’re going to be successful,” Monken said. “We’re not going to win bunch of games if we chuck it all over the place. We’ve got to pick our spots. We tried to pick them on Saturday, but we had a couple of opportunities that we missed… But we’re going to hit some of those too sometimes. We’ll keep taking our shots every once in a while.”



What: Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Army Black Knights
When: Saturday September 16, 2017, 4:30 PM ET
Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus Ohio
Watch: FOX
Spread: OSU +30
Over/Under: 53
Money Line: OSU -10000, Army +4000

Spread Offense 9/14/17: College Football Week 3 Preview


By Pat Luhta, @PLuhta

Plenty of statements were made in week 2, as there are definitely some shake ups in my top 10 after a week that featured 4 big games.


WEEK 3 TOP TEN

10. Oklahoma State (last week: NR)
9. Louisville (last week: 10)
8. Michigan (last week: 9)
7. Washington (last week: 5)
6. Georgia (last week: 8)
5. Clemson (last week: 6)
4. Oklahoma (last week: 7)
3. Penn State (last week: 4)
2. USC (last week: 3)
1. Alabama (last week: 1)

Clemson, Georgia, USC and Oklahoma all picked up some monster wins over the weekend. Clemson answered a huge test as they stifled Auburn, Georgia went on the road with a true freshman QB to squeak out a win over Notre Dame, USC showed their potential in an impressive showing against Stanford and Oklahoma got revenge on the Buckeyes to the tune of 31-16. So with all that happening last Saturday, the rankings are jumbled up from the previous week, with Alabama the only team that didn't move as they remain the #1 team in the country.

Ohio State was the big loser of the weekend, falling from 2nd to out of the top 10. The Buckeyes are probably at 11 or 12 to me and have as much talent as any team in the country, but the offensive struggles have carried over from last season and will need to show improvement before they can truly be considered an elite team. Taking their spot in the top 10 are the Oklahoma State Cowboys, whose offense can outscore anyone and they may be finding a pretty good defense to go along with that.

Washington moved down a bit only due to not playing a good team yet while others all proved a point that they should be in the top 5. Their time is coming soon though and we will find out about the Huskies down the road.


WEEK 3 HEISMAN WATCH

5. Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
4. Saquan Barkley, RB, Penn State
3. Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
2. Sam Darnold, QB, USC
1. Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

After a slow week 1, the QB's all picked it up big time in week 2. Under normal circumstances, a big win on the road to the #2 ranked team in the country would bolster Baker Mayfield's Heisman hype, but Sam Darnold gashed a good Stanford defense for 4 TD's and 316 yards while Lamar Jackson put on a show against UNC with 3 passing and 3 rushing TD's.

Only change is UCLA QB Josh Rosen now making the list at #5, replacing UGA RB Nick Chubb. Rosen led a huge 34 point comeback win over Texas A&M in week 1 with a 491 yard and 4 TD performance, and followed it up with a 326 yard and 5 TD performance against Hawaii. This combined with UGA seemingly wanting to be a RB by committee team, as RB Sony Michel had more carries and rushing yards against Notre Dame, means that Rosen is in while Chubb is out.


WEEK 3 PREVIEW

#23 Tennessee at #24 Florida - 3:30 PM

One of the biggest rivalries in the SEC kicks off here, with the Tennessee Volunteers headed to Gainesville to take on the Florida Gators. Last season, Tennessee broke an 11 game losing streak to the Gators as they made a big 28 point comeback to win 38-28. Their season collapsed after that however, so this season they are really needing this one in order to be on the track of making the SEC title game. The Volunteers will look to their offense to put up the points, they've score 40+ in both outings this season. Florida has to figure something out at QB, they've only played one game due to last weeks game being cancelled, but they put up some atrocious numbers in their opener against Michigan. If Florida cannot find any consistency on offense then this could be a long game, and long season for them.

PREDICTION - Tennessee 28-16


#3 Clemson at #14 Louisville - 8:00 PM

This game has electric written all over it. Clemson passed their first big test last week, with a 27-6 win over Auburn. The offense still looks good and QB Kelly Bryant is finding his stride at QB. Louisville's defense has not been impressive this season so far, so Clemson has the ability to put up some big numbers in this game and put it out of reach. But the big matchup in this game will be Louisville QB Lamar Jackson against the front 7 of Clemson. The Tigers kept Auburn in check all last week, the defensive line especially dictated the entire game. They now face the most electric dual-threat QB in the country in Lamar Jackson, who is eyeing his 2nd Heisman trophy. If he is able to find a rhythm and beat the pressure that Clemson will be sending then this game will be going Louisville's way. The game will undoubtedly come down to who gets the better of who between Jackson and the Clemson front 7, expect this one to be a pretty high scoring affair.

PREDICTION - Clemson 37-33


Texas at #4 USC - 8:30 PM

This game is only a marquee match-up due to the programs involved and it's the first meeting between them since their epic game for the BCS national championship back in 2005. Texas is still in a growing pains period, and in week 1 they took a lopsided loss at home to Maryland by a score of 51-41. They followed it up with a 56-0 win over San Jose State, but they will be walking into the belly of the beast here Saturday night as they head to Los Angeles. The Trojans showed exactly what they are made of, and their championship talent was on display last Saturday. They took care of Stanford 42-24 with QB Sam Darnold leading the way with 4 TD passes, 2 of them to star WR Deontay Burnett, and they showed off their 2-headed RB tandem with both Ronald Jones II and Stephen Carr going over 100 rushing yards. Texas will need to play lights out here and hope that USC has an off game in order to possibly pull off the upset, again it's a cool game just based on the history of the programs but don't expect another instant classic between them here.

PREDICTION - USC 56-31

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 9/13/17: NXT Recap


By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

NXT returned this week for more NXT action at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida. This week the British arrived as the United Kingdom division was in action.

** NXT TV Card **

- Peyton Royce and Billie Kay battled Ruby Riot and a partner of her choice.
- Johnny Gargano battled Riddick Moss.
- The Street Profits battled The Ealy Brothers.
- WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne defended his title against Wolfgang.

** NXT **

- Peyton Royce and Billie Kay vs. Ruby Riot and ???: Ruby ends up coming to the ring alone with no partner. The match closes out with Peyton and Billie double teaming Ruby. Nikki Cross suddenly arrives at ringside and force tags herself into the match. Nikki unloads on Peyton and Billie and then hits the swinging fisherman's neck breaker on Billie. Nikki force tags Ruby back in and walks off. Ruby hits the top rope senton and scores the pinfall
Winners: Ruby Riot and Nikki Cross, by pinfall.

- Johnny Gargano vs. Riddick Moss: The match closes out with Moss hitting the floor and Sabatelli tries to distract Gargano. Moss unloads on Gargano, but Gargano fires back. Gargano applies the Gargano Escape submission, but Moss reaches the ropes. Gargano looks confused for a minute before getting his head back into the match. Gargano drills a kick on Moss then hits the jumping spear to score the pinfall.
Winner: Johnny Gargano, by pinfall.

- The Street Profits vs. The Ealy Brothers: The match closes out with The Ealy Brothers switching places behind the referees back. Gabriel Ealy drills Ford with a clothesline. The Ealy's double team Ford until Ford finally tags Dawkins. Dawkins hits a drop kick on Uriel Ealy and then hits a spinning clothesline on both Ealy's. The Street Profits hit their finisher and score the pinfall.
Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall.

- "WWE United Kingdom Championship Match": Pete Dunne (c) vs. Wolfgang: The match closes out with Wolfgang going for the Howling. Dunne counters with the cross arm breaker submission. Dunne turns it into a triangle lock submission, but Wolfgang powers out. Wolfgang hits a pop up power slam and gets a near fall. Dunne dodges a Wolfgang charge and hits the German suplex. Wolfgang jumps back up and runs Dunne over with a lariat. Dunne counters another pop up power slam and connects with an elbow on Wolfgang. Dunne hits the Bitter End, scores the pinfall and retains the title.
Winner: Pete Dunne, by pinfall, to retain the WWE United Kingdom Championship.


- After the match, The Undisputed Era hits the ring! Adam Cole, Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly surround and attack Dunne. Wolfgang makes the save and helps Dunne, but Dunne walks out as Wolfgang takes the three on one beat down. Cole drills Wolfgang with the Shining Wizard, before the Undisputed Era finally leave. Tyler Bate and Trent Seven hit the ring to check on Wolfgang to close the show.