FUN Wrestling Episode 17: Omega arrives


The aftermath of the superstar mixup between Friendo Unified Network and World Golden Powers Wrestling continues as Lenny Omega – formely of WGPW – makes his debut in the FUN ring. He takes on Merica Machine and Captain Horsemask in a triple threat match to determine the No. 1 contender for the Larson Libre championship.

Also World’s Best champion Butch Bacon is in action.

Alexa Bliss as No. 1 contender to Raw women title is a good thing

Note: This is a story I wrote for Champions.co

It didn’t take long for former Smackdown women’s champion Alexa Bliss to assert herself as one of Raw’s top women.

Bliss won a Fatal Fourway match against Sasha Banks, Mickie James and Nia Jax to become the No. 1 contender for the Raw women’s championship, currently held by Bayley. The two will clash on April 30 at Payback.

Bliss made her Raw debut last week as a part of the “Superstar Shakeup” to a star’s welcome. It wasn’t a surprise since there were reports that Bliss would be switching brands with Charlotte Flair. This is a great opportunity for the former Smackdown women’s champion to compete on another – and in some people’s opinion a bigger – stage.

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Charlotte Flair coming to Smackdown Live adds new chapter to her legacy


Note: This is a column I wrote for Champions

WWE had their “Superstar Shakeup” this week with Monday Night Raw getting a plethora of Smackdown Live talent, including Intercontinental champion Dean Ambrose, former women’s champion Alexa Bliss and Mickie James.

However I think the blue brand came away with the biggest acquisition in the form of former four-time Raw women’s champion and “The Queen” Charlotte Flair.

Flair has been the foundation of WWE’s women’s division for the last two years after the company’s women’s resolution. She won the Divas champion and being the last wrestlers to hold that title before WWE changed the belt to the women’s championship.

Since then, Flair had held what became the Raw women’s championship four times and has had classic matches with Sasha Banks and Bayley – rivals and friends from her development days. Together, along with Smackdown’s Becky Lynch, they made up the “Four Horsewomen of NXT.”

During Charlotte’s last appearance on Raw, she was in a six-woman tag team match where Nia Jax dropped her on her head. According to reports, Flair was fine backstage.

Some folks may not like Flair going to Smackdown because she had some unfinished business on Raw with Jax and her former protegee Dana Brooke. However, being on Smackdown Live gives The Queen an opportunity to shine on a new stage.

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The Kliq’s dream matches with current WWE superstars

Note: This a story I wrote for Champions.co

On a recent episode of Sean Waltman’s “X-Pac 12360” podcast, the WWE legend recaps the “One Night Only with The Kliq” Q&A session he had with his fellow Kliq members Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall.

One of the questions was which current WWE superstar each Kliq member would face in the ring and I found some of those answers intriguing. The transcription of these answers were provided by Wrestlezone.

Here are the answers:

* X-Pac: “I’m a big fan of Shinsuke Nakamura. Maybe back in my prime. I wouldn’t want to get anywhere near a ring he was in now…” and “…the guy my mouth would be watering over would be Braun Strowman.”
* Kevin Nash: “I’d like to do the David and Goliath with Finn Balor.”
* Scott Hall: “In my prime, I’d like to square up with Kevin Owens.”
* Shawn Michaels: “Everybody’s heard mine, there’s a list of guys, AJ (Styles), Seth (Rollins), Kevin (Owens). To me, it’s all these new faces that is the whole joy of the stuff… I could do new and innovative stuff with each and every one of them.”

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WWE: What Shinsuke Nakamura brings to Smackdown Live

Note: This is a column I wrote for Champions

I know I said this when I wrote about the Revival’s debut on RAW this past Monday, but the WWE Universe witnessed one of the long-awaited call ups from NXT – the arrival of former two-time champion and Japanese sensation Shinsuke Nakamura.

About one year after he signed with WWE, The King of Strong Style has ended his NXT journey to being his main roster run on Smackdown Live.

Nakamura had a heck of a debut on Smackdown Live. He interrupted The Miz and Maryse as they were going on a trade about John Cena and Nikki Bella, who defeated them in a mixed tag team match at Wrestlemania. What made Nakamura’s debut special, however, was he played to the ring by the musician who performed his entrance at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn II

When Nakamura first came to WWE in 2016, I was excited because I thought he could do a lot of good things with the company, however I thought WWE could misuse him and put him in the typical Japanese babyface role, like they did with Yoshi Tatsu. After his NXT run, I feel like he’s been able to make his mark in the WWE Universe and he has the chance to set Smackdown Live on fire.

I’m sure members of the WWE Universe would have preferred to see Nakamura on RAW with big names like Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens, but I think he benefits more from being on Smackdown Live.

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WWE: Dear Revival, welcome to Raw – we hope you survive the experience

This is a story I wrote for Champions. 

The post-#Wrestlemania #RAW is known for wrestlers making their big returns – or debuts – and two of #NXT’s biggest stars made their long-awaited foray in a #WWE ring.

Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder, better known as the two-time NXT tag team champions, #TheRevival, made their WWE main roster debut with a win over former tag team kingpins, The New Day. The trio made an open challenge to any team and NXT’s “Top Guys” answered the call.

It was a great showing for Dawson and Wilder, who hit the Shatter Machine – which is probably the best name for a tag team maneuver – on Xavier Woods for the win. After the match, The Revival put a beatdown on Kofi Kingston. For The Revival to pick up a win over a team as high caliber as The New Day, who hold the record for longest reign as tag team champions, on their first night as a main roster team is a pretty big deal.

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UpUpDownDown Wrestlemania stream provides action and heartache

Although WWE’s flagship event, Wrestlemania 33, is over, fans can watch superstars go at it – at least in video game form.

During the Wrestlemania festivities, UpUpDownDown held a special Wrestlemania stream where superstars from Raw and Smackdown Live competed on separate teams – The Mad Hatters vs. The Wizards. UpUpDownDown’s Youtube channel released the streams in separate videos.

In the first part of the livestream, Raw’s Seth Rollins, defending Madden champion, calls out Smackdown Live’s A.J. Styles. The two are destined to clash in the Madden finals. Although the match doesn’t happen here, Austin Creed – also known as WWE’s Xavier Woods – confirmed that Rollins vs. Styles will confirm later this month.

In this first match Jimmy Uso a.k.a. Uce of The Mad Hatters takes on Austin Creed of The Wizards in Justice League Task Force. Both Use and Creed are masters at fighting games, but Task Force is something else.

With The Wizards up 1-0, Rusev of The Mad Hatters tries to even the score up against Jey Uso in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Fighting Edition! Be careful folks, if you blink, you might miss it. If you’re a fan of Power Rangers, you’ll have fun debating on who will win between the Thunder Megazord and the Shogun Megazord.

The Mad Hatters and The Wizards are tied 1-1. In this video Sasha Banks takes on Big E in Shaq Fu. I remember buying this game as a kid and loving it – for probably the first few days I played it.

Shaq was originally scheduled to face the Big Show at Wrestlmania 33, however the match is scrapped, so it’s kind of cool to see him in video game form.

Titus O’Neil and Kofi Kingston face off in a battle of Raw Superstars! Can Mr. 24/7 a.k.a. Mr. Gotcho bring The Wizards another W? Clay Fighter was another guilty pleasure of mine as a kid.

And we have the grand finale. The Miz, representing the Mad Hatters takes on Seth Rollins of the Wizards. The Wizards are up by one, but if Miz wins the first game, they have to go into sudden death.

The first game between The Miz and Seth Rollins is King of the Monsters. Miz claims he’s great at King of the Monsters, but Rollins is going to put him to the test.

As punishment for losing, Sasha, Titus, Jimmy Uso, Rusev and Miz must play the Shock Game. That’s it for the UpUpDownDown Wrestlemania livestream.