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Scott: How Will WWE Handle Kushida?

Being highly touted from Japan, concerns always arise. Scott tries to predict the future for our favorite little Time Splitter, Kushida!

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Being highly touted from Japan, concerns always arise. Scott tries to predict the future for our favorite little Time Splitter, Kushida!

Following his official signing with the company over Mania weekend Kushida made his in ring debut in the main event on this week’s NXT. Following in the tradition of the newest talent going over Kassius Ohno.

While Ohno has a history of being put in this position he’s still an interesting choice for Kushida’s first opponent. As Ohno is larger helped make Kushida look like the underdog and he was capable of using his technical and athletic ability to hold his own. He would pick up the win making the wrestling genius tap out to the Hoverboard Lock.

The fact that he was in the main event and beat a larger opponent by submission is a good start for Kushida in WWE. Despite that there is still some concern about how he will be presented especially once he moves on from NXT.

Given that he is better known as a jr in New Japan winning the jr Heavyweight championship 6 times and the jr tag titles twice alongside Alex Shelly as the Time Splitters . He also won the Best of the Super Juniors twice.

Given this record you could be forgiven for thinking that once he signed he would go straight to 205 Live.  Most fans would see this as demotion but I don’t think he would given as he clearly proud to be a junior. He would add a lot of star power to the show given the likes of Ali and Buddy Murphy leaving the brand.

On the other hand it could be that he is ready to wrestle with the heavyweights and didn’t think he would be able to in New Japan. He’s in his mid 30’s just like Nakamura was when he came over so maybe he felt it was a case of now or never.

As seen from his time as the ROH TV champion he could hold his own against heavyweights. I’d love to see him as the North American Champion.

The concern from fans is WWE’s treatment of Japanese wrestlers in the past. Tajiri while fondly remembered by some fans was never allowed to go much further than Cruiserweight or comedy character. Kai En Tai are remembered more from a segment involving Val Venis penis than any matches they had.

Hideo Itami’s run is widely seen as being a disappointment but that’s not entirely WWE’s fault as he was hindered by injuries. Asuka was dominant in NXT but her main roster run has been very stop start so far. 

His impressive debut this week, with the fact that he’s kept his name, and Back to the Future gimmick is a good start. Mauro even made references to Back to the Future on commentary. I wonder how it’s going to work with him and Kenny Williams having similar gimmicks.

They’ll have to settle it in a Marty McFly jacket on a poll match. There can be only one.

I’m happy to get to see Kushida get to face a mix of opponents from people his size like Gargano to larger opponents like Keith Lee. His Hoverboard Lock is a finisher that can be used on anyone. I’d love to see him vs Riddle in a battle of submissions as Kushida has an impressive MMA record of 6 wins, 2 draws and 0 loses.

He rarely got a chance to face heavyweights in New Japan. This could be a good chance for him to break new ground, leave the past behind, and move into the future. 


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Chris’s Insanely Early 2019 SummerSlam Match Predictions

Chris King jumps ahead to WWE SummerSlam 2019 and predicts the card we may see in Toronto next month!

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Chris King jumps ahead to WWE SummerSlam 2019 and predicts the card we may see in Toronto next month!

This past Sunday at WWE Extreme Rules the WWE Universe was shaken to its core when Brock Lesnar cashed-in on Seth Rollins to become a 3X-Time Universal Champion! On Raw “The Beastslayer” outlasted nine other competitors (one of them originally announced as Daniel Bryan but then changed to Sami Zayn) in the first-ever cross-brand All-star 10-Man Over-The-Top Battle Royal to get his rematch at SummerSlam.

Natalya also won a fatal-four-way to become The Man Becky Lynch’s challenger for SummerSlam. We also witnessed the amazing debut of The Fiend as Bray Wyatt hit Sister Abigail on Finn Balor! Shortly after it was announced that Wyatt and Balor are set to do battle again at WWE SummerSlam!

On this past Tuesday’s episode of SmackDown Live, In a six-man tag team match with Randy Orton, Elias, and Samoa Joe vs. The New Day Orton pinned the WWE Champion clean. We also got Round II of Cesaro/Aleister Black, and Black won decisively. Also, Bayley teamed with Ember Moon to face Fire and Desire (Mandy Rose and Sonya DeVille. In their post-match celebration Moon accepted Bayley’s challenge for the SmackDown Women’s Championship at SummerSlam.

Last but certainly not least, Kevin Owens once again defied Shane McMahon and his myriad of corporate stooges and stunned the boss not once but twice! Below I will be giving my predictions for the rest of the matches to be included for SummerSlam.

Chris’s 2019 SummerSlam Match Card Predictions

WWE SummerSlam Kick-Off Show

  • WWE Intercontinental Championship
    Shinsuke Nakamura © vs. Mustafa Ali
  • Gimmick Match for the WWE 24/7 Championship
    R-Truth © vs. Drake Maverick
  • Fatal-5-Way Match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
    Drew Gulak © vs. Tony Nese vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Jack Gallagher vs. Oney Lorcan

WWE SummerSlam Pay-Per-View

  • SmackDown Tag Team Championship
    New Day © vs. Heavy Machinery
  • Fatal-4-Way Tag Team Match for the Raw Tag Team Championship
    The Revival © vs. The Usos vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson vs. The Viking Raiders
  • Charlotte Flair vs. Liv Morgan
  • 2-Out-3 Falls Match for the WWE United States Championship
    AJ Styles © vs. Ricochet
  • Aleister Black vs. Cesaro (part 3)
  • Triple Threat Match for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship
    The IIconics © vs. The Kabuki Warriors vs. Mandy Rose and Sonya DeVille
  • Kevin Owens vs. Drew McIntyre
  • Alexa Bliss vs. Nikki Cross
  • Samoa Joe vs. Roman Reigns
  • Bray Wyatt (The Fiend) vs. Finn Balor (The Demon)
  • Rey Mysterio vs. Baron Corbin
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship
    Bayley © vs. Ember Moon
  • Raw Women’s Championship
    Becky Lynch © vs. Natalya
  • WWE Championship
    Kofi Kingston © vs. Randy Orton
  • Universal Championship
    Brock Lesnar © vs. Seth Rollins

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The Club Taking Over WWE–And How The Undisputed Era vs. The Club Could Impact The Future Of NXT

Chris King takes a look at the resurgence of The Club in WWE, and the possibility of a run-in with NXT favorites the Undisputed Era.

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Chris King takes a look at the resurgence of The Club in WWE, and the possibility of a run-in with NXT favorites the Undisputed Era.

At Extreme Rules Styles and Ricochet did battle once again over the coveted United States Championship, where both competitors put on a wrestling clinic and Styles became a three-time United States Champion!

With Styles holding the United States Championship one must expect, that The Good Brothers are coming for the Raw Tag Team Championships. I already predict that they will win the titles as soon as SummerSlam. Finn Balor recently lost the Intercontinental Championship to Shinsuke Nakamura, perhaps he may set his sights on the WWE or Universal Championship?

How The Undisputed Era vs The Club Will Help The Future Of NXT

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The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly, Roderick Strong, and Bobby Fish), have taken NXT by storm since August 2017. All four members have accomplished so much in two short years. Under “Freebird Rule” Undisputed Era are two-time NXT Tag-team Champions, and Cole was the inaugural North American Champion and current NXT Champion.

On July 17, 2019, Club member Karl Anderson sent out a tweet stating that ‘The Club’ is the only club that matters.

A fan responded with a tweet of The Undisputed Era and the leader of The Club Styles found it hilarious, signifying that NXT’s top faction wasn’t a real threat.

Roderick Strong and Adam Cole didn’t waste any time firing back.

Could we witness two of the most popular factions in WWE and NXT battle for brand supremacy?

This has never happened before and it’s something new and fresh, that pro wrestling fans all over the world would be salivating for. Not only would The Club vs. The Undisputed Era be an EPIC dream feud for the ages, it will also have a significant impact on the future of the black and gold brand.

Over the years NXT has morphed from being the developmental territory, into its own brand delivering some of the most exhilarating five-star matches of all time. What was once heralded as a launchpad for up-and-coming talent to make it to the main roster, now is viewed as it’s own entity.

Undisputed Era will be looking to prove that the black and gold brand is the creme of the crop, while The Club, on the other hand, is cementing their status as untouchable on the main roster. Something that their rivals have proved for over two years while holding all the gold at separate times.

The battles that these factions would have would be completely insane, and with two of the best talkers in the industry, the promos would straight fire! In the world of professional wrestling anything is possible, so come on Triple H convince Vince McMahon why this feud needs to happen and that boys and girls is… Undisputed!!!

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