February 2016

How I Would Book Wrestlemania 32: Part 2


Fatal Four Way for the Tag Team Championships:

The New Day (c) vs The Dudley Boys vs The Usos vs Golden Truth

This match should be a lot of fun, but ultimately is unlikely to be anything particularly special. It’ll be a good match but nothing that many fans will be too emotionally invested in. This is simply because the Tag Division isn’t particularly exciting right now. Sure, New Day are entertaining, but you can’t really have emotional or compelling storytelling when all they talk about is booty and trombones. Turning The Dudleys heel was a good step in the right direction, but they aren’t formidable enough on their own to have a match alone with New Day at Wrestlemania, so I added in two more teams to make it a bit more intriguing. The Usos have no personality but are very reliable in the ring, whilst the idea of Goldust and R-Truth finally teaming up is interesting. Their interactions in recent weeks have been highly entertaining but we are yet to see how the crowd will react to them.

I’ve heard many people suggest that WWE just call up Enzo and Big Cass but I don’t believe there is enough time left to debut them and put them into a great storyline with the New Day, so I think that their debut should be saved until the Raw after Wrestlemania.

I would be tempted to put the titles on Golden Truth just because I’m a big fan of both of them, but it would be much smarter to leave them on The New Day, so the payoff is sweeter when Enzo and Cass win the titles from them later in the year.

Winners: The New Day

No Holds Barred Match:

Brock Lesnar (w/ Paul Heyman) vs Bray Wyatt (w/ The Wyatt Family)

This encounter is inevitable considering how Brock was eliminated by the Wyatt clan in the Royal Rumble, and their likely interference in the Number One Contenders match at Fastlane.

I’ve decided to make it a No Holds Barred Match for 3 reasons:

  1. It will make an otherwise dreary match quite exciting because of all the weapons that could be used.
  2. It makes sense from a storyline perspective that ‘The Beast’ Brock Lesnar would want to completely destroy Bray Wyatt, so the inclusion of a more violent stipulation is important for the narrative.
  3. It allows the Wyatt Family to legally interfere.

This match is quite tricky to book because both of these men need to be booked as strong contenders, meaning everyone needs to look good in this match. With that in mind, and an eye to the future, I would have Bray Wyatt walk away with the victory.

The members of the Wyatt Family will be heavily involved in this match. They would repeatedly beat Brock down in increasingly violent ways, but Brock would always get back up and would eventually annihilate them one by one, with F5 after F5. Then Bray Wyatt would show how dangerous he is by catching Brock with a Sister Abigail out of nowhere onto some steel steps that were brought into the ring, keeping Brock down for the count.

Winner: Bray Wyatt

If Bray loses this match, he will be 0-3 at Wrestlemania, and that is a very tough record to come back from. He would lose every shred of credibility he has if he doesn’t pull off the victory here. Brock can afford to lose and will still be considered a beast, Bray doesn’t have that luxury.

Triple Threat Match for the Divas Championship:

Charlotte (c) vs Becky Lynch vs Sasha Banks

This bout has the potential to be the greatest women’s match to ever happen at Wrestlemania. These are the three most technically gifted women that WWE has ever had in the title picture. Sure Trish vs Lita, or Trish vs Mickie James had better storylines in  them, but these three ladies could outwrestle any of the former Divas (with maybe the exception of Charlotte who occasionally looks limited)

Up until this moment Charlotte’s reign as Divas Champion has been underwhelming. However a match with 2 of her fellow Four Horsewomen will definitely add a spark to the reign. However, that reign will be ending here. I’m booking Sasha Banks to win. Charlotte just hasn’t shown the ability to get over, even with the help of her 2-time Hall Of Famer father Ric Flair at her side. Sasha and Becky, meanwhile have gotten themselves over, with Sasha in particular becoming a massive fan favourite.

Give these ladies and decent amount of time and they will knock it out of the park.

Winner: Sasha Banks

Having Sasha win opens plenty of exciting feuds against Naomi, Becky, Paige and perhaps even Bayley; all of whom Sasha has excellent in-ring chemistry with.

The Undertaker vs Roman Reigns 

Yes, ‘Taker vs Sting would’ve been my original first choice, but unfortunately Sting’s injury looks to have ruled that out. Therefore, I’ve decided to go somewhere to the left field. To fully explain this booking, I’ll take you to Fastlane and the Number One Contender match. I’m actually going to have Dean Ambrose shock and delight the WWE Universe and win, much to the distain of Roman Reigns. He is tired of being unable to stay at the top, he is tired of getting booed when all he does is try his best, he is tired of being upstaged. Roman turns heel and spears Dean after he wins and then proceeds to destroy him. This will give Roman some serious heel heat.

The following Monday, on Raw, Roman will explain himself and say that he is tired of being treated like crap and will prove himself as the future of the company by beating The Undertaker at Wrestlemania. The challenge is issued, and of course The Undertaker accepts.

Then the usual, irregular Undertaker booking would begin. ‘Taker would appear sporadically on Raw; he and Roman will brawl and they will both look strong heading into WM.

They would have a hard-hitting match at ‘Mania with Roman Reigns eventually picking up the victory. The idea of Undertaker losing at Wrestlemania doesn’t feel particularly ‘wrong’ anymore now that the streak has ended, so this match would serve as a way to really get Reigns over.

Winner: Roman Reigns

Beating Undertaker would give Reigns an unholy amount of heat from the crowd, and he’d become one of the biggest heels WWE has had in years. Reigns is best as a heel because fans aren’t embracing him as a face because he’s too watered down and like Cena 2.0. Therefore make him a bad-ass heel, and beating Taker would give him fantastic momentum for him to be put back into the title picture, just this time as the heel.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match:

Triple H (w/ Mr McMahon & Stephanie McMahon) (c) vs Dean Ambrose

I know this sounds like quite a weird Wrestlemania main event, but I think it is the best option in this situation. WWE clearly want to have HHH vs Roman Reigns, but I am certain that the Texas crowd will not want to see that match and would likely boo the crap out of Reigns if he won.

Dean Ambrose was the final competitor to be eliminated from the Royal Rumble, and I would book him to win the match at Fastlane. He is currently the biggest face in WWE and I think a large percentage of the WWE Universe would rather see him walk out of Wrestlemania with the WWE WHC instead of Roman Reigns.

After winning at Fastlane and getting beaten down by his former brother, Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose will be in pretty bad shape. But, being the Lunatic Fringe that he is, he will still show up on Raw to celebrate going to Wrestlemania. Triple H will then come out and tell him that winning at Fastlane will be the biggest mistake of his life, he’s going to make sure that Dean doesn’t even make it to ‘Mania. He puts Ambrose in a Gauntlet Match for Raw’s main event with the Intercontinental Championship on the line. He beats the entire League of Nations, then out comes Roman Reigns. He beats the heck out of Ambrose and then leaves. He doesn’t care about the title, he just wants to hurt Dean. Then Kevin Owens rushes out and hits Ambrose with the pop-up powerbomb and wins the title. This gives KO, Triple H and Roman Reigns heel heat all in one swoop, whilst also making the crowd love the underdog Dean Ambrose even more.

This makes the match at ‘Mania much more personal because Dean needs retribution. During the match Vince tries to get involved but Dean beats him up (because he’s a lunatic) to a big pop. Triple H pulls out all the heel moves in the book, including hitting Dean with his trademark sledgehammer while Stephanie distracts the referee. But, nothing keeps the Lunatic Fringe down. He refuses to stay down, after tonnes of near-falls.

Eventually, Dean Ambrose will overcome all the odds and get the victory, sending the crowd wild.

Winner: Dean Ambrose

This would be great because there is a great ready-made feud between him and Roman Reigns for the title that could go on for months.

It would also be a nice moment for fans of The Shield because then all 3 members would’ve been involved in a Wrestlemania main-event.

Anyway, that is how I would book Wrestlemania. I’m aware it isn’t the greatest ‘Mania card of all time but I think it’s pretty good considering the large mountains of injuries in the WWE.

Please feel free to leave a comment and share with me your thoughts on my card, or even tell me how you would book the event!


How I Would Book Wrestlemania 32: Part 1


We are well and truly on the Road To Wrestlemania aka. my favourite time of the year, and I am very excited this year. I think this is largely down to the unpredictability of it. WWE is currently plagued by a pile of injures to its top stars. This has made Wrestlemania incredibly difficult to predict. But, i’m going to give it a go anyway!

Before I begin, I should mention that I like realism. Meaning that I’m going to book a Wrestlemania that I think may be within the realm of possibility. No CM Punk return, no Daniel Bryan return. This also means I’m ruling out all those who are currently injured, including: John Cena, Seth Rollins, Randy Orton, Sting, Cesaro, Nikki Bella, King Barrett etc. On a side note, I would just like to say these injuries wouldn’t be hitting WWE so hard if they had just focused harder on creating new stars, therefore the Wrestlemania you are about to see has quite a theme of ‘The Future’. As you can probably guess from that theme, this event is all about creating new stars, so WWE doesn’t royally screw itself over like it has this year.

My card has 10 matches on it. This is rather unlikely because WWE like to waste absolutely everyone’s time with pointless segments and musical performances that literally nobody wants to see.


Let’s begin with the Pre-Show:

Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal:

This appears to have become an annual thing, so it was always a cert to be on the list. There’s a few options that came to my head when deciding this, but ultimately my choice is likely to be an unpopular one. Yep, I would have Braun Strowman win the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal.

Please, everyone- put down your pitchforks and hear me out!

I would begin the match by having the Wyatt Family (minus Bray) dominating, eliminating about ten participants, probably including the likes of Jack Swagger, The Ascension, Fandango, Zack Ryder, all of the Social Outcasts and the Big Show. Then I would have Texas homeboy Mark Henry go on a rampage, eliminating Harper and Rowan to a huge pop in front of a hometown crowd. Meanwhile, one of the more surprising entrants into this match would be Damien Sandow (trust me, the fans will love this) would be doing great, eliminating the Miz to another pop.

The final four would be Strowman, Damien Sandow, Mark Henry, and Dolph Ziggler because why not? The fans seem to like him.

Strowman would have a rush of adrenaline and destroy Ziggler and Sandow, throwing them both over the top rope but only eliminating Ziggler. Sandow manages to hold on and stay in the match. While Sandow is recovering in the corner, Henry and Strowman stand off and start brawling. Henry would get the upper hand and hit Strowman with the World’s Strongest Slam, he would then try and hit him with another one but Strowman would counter and lock Henry into his sleeper hold, knocking Henry unconscious. This makes it easy for Strowman to throw Henry’s lifeless body over the top rope, creating loud boos.

Final two: Sandow and Strowman. Fans will be chanting heavily in favour of Sandow, riling him up. He would try repeatedly to knock Strowman down with a series of shoulder tackles but the big man won’t budge. Eventually, Sandow knocks Strowman off his feet and hits him with the Cubito Aequet. He then uses all of his strength to pick up the Black Sheep’s huge body, and he tries to throw Strowman over the top rope but can’t. Strowman is leaning against the ropes. Sandow hits the ropes and launch a powerful clothesline to try and force Strowman over the ropes, but it doesn’t work either. He then attempts to do it a second time, but Strowman uses Sandow’s momentum to flip him over his body and send him flying over the top rope to a chorus of boos.

Winner: Braun Strowman

This gives Strowman massive heel heat and gives the Wyatt Family momentum heading into the Bray Wyatt vs Brock Lesnar match later in the evening. This outcome also puts Damien Sandow firmly back on fan’s radars and makes him seem like a great underdog babyface who the fans love.

Ms Wrestlemania Battle Royal:

This match may not be some fan’s cup of tea but I think could be a fun way to get more Divas onto the card, an especially important thing considering this year’s Divas Revolution. Not to mention, I think I’ve booked it in a way which even casual WWE fans may enjoy.

The competitors will be: Paige, Natalya, Brie Bella, Alicia Fox, Summer Rae, Naomi, Tamina, Cameron and…Stephanie McMahon.

The Divas will assemble in the ring, none of them would’ve been given a proper entrance except maybe Paige and Brie because they’re the only ones who may get a reaction from the live crowd. Just as the referee is about to ring the bell for the match to begin- Steph’s music hits. Crowd pops. She stands on the stage, saying how important she is and how she’s in a good mood because her husband is WWE WHC and main-eventing Wrestlemania. She’s in such a good mood that she feels like she could beat anyone. She owns this company, so she’s going to prove that she is ‘Ms Wrestlemania’. Steph joins the match.

Most of the Divas are eliminated. Steph and Brie are the last two in the ring. The announcers big-up how important this is. Brie could finally get retribution for the Hell Stephanie put her and her husband Daniel Bryan through. The fans will be rooting for Brie, as she is currently riding a sympathetic wave of momentum following Daniel Bryan’s unfortunate retirement. After a bit of back and forth (including some YES! Kicks to Stephanie’s chest), Brie manages to throw Steph over the top rope and become ‘Ms Wrestlemania’.

Winner: Brie Bella

I think this would be a great moment, dedicated to Daniel Bryan. He had a Wrestlemania moment, and so did Brie. We’d be heading into the main show to a symphony of YES chants which would be great to warm up the crowd.

Now, for the main show.

Ladder Match for the United States Championship:

Kalisto (c) vs Sin Cara vs Neville vs Alberto Del Rio vs Sheamus vs Rusev

This bout largely functions to excite the crowd and kick off the show in style, much like the Intercontinental Championship ladder match from Wrestlemania 31. This match is also for the superstars who I couldn’t find a place for elsewhere on the card but deserve better than just being thrown in the Battle Royal.

Much of the match will feel a bit like a six-man tag ladder match with the League of Nations working as a group against the Lucha Dragons and Neville, however at the end it will become every man for himself.

Spots I Want To See: Red Arrow from the top of the ladder, Del Rio doing his double foot stomp onto someone tied up on the ladder, Kalisto to do a Salida Del Sol through two ladders (one-upping his work from TLC).

I would also like this match to serve as the implosion of the League of Nations. If they were booked strongly from the start they could’ve been great, but now they just look too weak and need to go their separate ways.

I would have Kalisto walk away as the victor and still United States Champion. He’s been doing a great job recently and WWE needs to keep his momentum going, especially if they want him to be their next big Latino star.

Winner: Kalisto

Stardust vs Stephen Amell

I’d say there’s a pretty big chance this’ll be on the card, it’s been teased too much for it to not happen. These two previously met at SummerSlam in a tag match with Neville and King Barrett and it was pretty interesting.

Amell is by far the best celebrity WWE have brought in for a match. He was willing and eager to get involved and fight, and actually looked decent in the ring. That being said, he is definitely not good enough to carry a particularly lengthy match. In order for this to be a success, the match has to be quite short.

I would have the match be pretty one sided in Amell’s favour, stunning Stardust with his wrestling ability. He would then pick up the victory, embarrassing Stardust on the grandest stage of them all.

Winner: Stephen Amell

Of course, the main reason why WWE/ I would be booking this match is for the mainstream media attention it will garner. Amell is a pretty well known guy and stars in a show with a very loyal fanbase, who will watch him in anything.

This embarrassment will send Stardust mad and he’ll have a breakdown and go crazy after the match. Amell will show he’s the hero by bringing Stardust to his feet and shaking his hand. He will then give Stardust a towel to wipe the face paint off. Cody Rhodes returns. Amell and Stardust walk back up the ramp together and it is a nice moment and the welcome return of Cody Rhodes.

Triple Threat for the Intercontinental Championship:

Kevin Owens (c) vs AJ Styles vs Chris Jericho

Kevin Owens walks into Wrestlemania as IC Champion for reasons that will be explained in Part 2. AJ Styles will have earned the right to challenge Kevin Owens for the title at Wrestlemania after beating Chris Jericho at Fastlane. The match is set, much to the dismay of Y2J. He is now full blown heel and pleads to the Authority to weasel his way into the match at WM, making it a Triple Threat Match. The Authority allow Jericho into the match as they are too distracted with the main event to pay much attention to Jericho. Basically they just say yes to shut Jericho up.

As expected, this could be a show-stealing match, with three of the best wrestlers in the world (in my opinion). I’d give this match a solid 20-25 minutes, allowing plenty of time for these talents to thrive. After, a brilliant, hard-fought match, I would have AJ Styles win the title.

Winner: AJ Styles

This makes AJ look like a massive star by beating two of the top talents at Wrestlemania. KO and Y2J would also come out looking strong, as it would be a terrific, close match, with The Phenomenal One only just coming out on top.

Y2J would then leave WWE again for a while to tour with his band, leaving AJ and Kevin Owens to have a fantastic feud for a few months.

This concludes Part 1 of How I Would Book Wrestlemania 32. Part 2 shall be up shortly.

Please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below!


My Thoughts On: FOX’s Grease: Live


The cast of Grease: Live in the closing moments of the live-TV musical

Here’s a little known fact about me: I am a rather large fan of musicals. I think it’s hard to find a more well-rounded form of entertainment.

Recently, I’ve found that TV is getting rather stagnant, with unoriginal shows, and sheer lack of diversity in most broadcaster’s line-ups. Therefore, I was grateful when I heard that FOX was to broadcast a live production based off of the 1978 musical, Grease. Clearly I wasn’t the only one clamouring for a change in the content available, as FOX’s Grease: Live was watched by 12.2million viewers, beating NBC’s productions of The Wiz and Peter Pan.

With hope and anticipation I tuned into Grease: Live and I was immediately reeled in by a cute, but cheesy scene between Danny (played by Aaron Tveit) and Sandy (played by Julianne Hough) then leading into the first track performed by Jessie J as she was making her way around the set backstage, running into most of the cast members, including the Pink Ladies. This was a great and energetic way to kick-off the live broadcast and the pace didn’t slow down at all throughout the entire production.

I would love to give major props to Vanessa Hudgens, who performed as Rizzo less than 24 hours after hearing of her father’s death to cancer. She epitomised the saying ‘The show must go on’, and boy it did! Hudgens as Rizzo was a revelation. I must admit that when I first heard this piece of casting, I was unsure, but I could not have been any more wrong. Hudgens may have been born to play this role. Not only were her vocals in ‘There Are Worse Things I Could Do’ exceptional, but everything she did; her voice, her facial expressions, her mannerisms all encapsulated Rizzo.

However, she isn’t the only member of the cast that deserves high praise. They all do. Grease: Live was one of those rare occasions where I don’t believe there was a single weak link in the cast. It seems to me that everyone understood their characters expertly and played their role to perfection. Julianne Hough’s Sandy was innocent and strong-willed. Aaron Tveit’s Danny Zuko was bad-ass bad-boy with a heart of gold. Keke Palmer’s Marty was wonderfully exuberant, sultry and dramatic. Carlos PenaVega’s Kenickie was naughty and loving with a great set of pipes. Everyone else was superb as well, but this would get very boring, very quickly if I named every member of the cast (which had over 600 people- thanks for that little fact Vince Fontaine- I mean, Mario Lopez). Basically, the casting here was spot-on.

Lets talk about the choreography. Wow. This was astonishingly good. All the dance moves were crisp and brilliantly structured. The dance contest in Rydell High hall, whilst ‘Born To Hand Jive’ was playing, was fantastic. There was dancing going on everywhere. I couldn’t decide who to focus on! This just shows the quality and time the cast and crew put into making this whole production come together- and it all totally pays off.

Another thing that I thoroughly enjoyed about this production was that there was a live studio audience. I’m not too sure why, but this adds to the excitement for me watching at home. I wish I could explore this point further, but I really don’t know how. All I know is that I really loved having a live audience there.

I have just one problem with Grease: Live and that was the song ‘All I Need Is An Angel’, which was performed by Carly Rae Jepsen’s Frenchie. This was a brand new song, created especially for this production. To be perfectly honest, I would’ve preferred this to be left out. The didn’t fit with the rest of the tracks; it didn’t have that 50’s vibe to it. It felt far too modern for a musical set in the 50’s. However, that isn’t my only problem with the song. I felt like the song was too powerful for Jepsen’s vocal range and she just ended up getting drowned out. Don’t get me wrong, she has a wonderful tone to her voice, but she just couldn’t hit some of the harder notes, which made parts of the song sound a tad flat.

My Favourite Performance: I honestly can’t decide. A tie between ‘You’re The One That I Want’ and ‘There Are Worse Things I Could Do’.

My Least Favourite Performance: ‘All I Need Is An Angel’.

All in all, I would say that Grease: Live was a massive success. I hope and pray that FOX make this an annual thing and we can see more fantastic musicals brought live onto the silver screen!




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