JKJ reps the Thirteen | 10 brand with some AEW Double Or Nothing 2020 predictions!
Well, it’s that time again. AEW come to us live for their first live PPV during COVID19 which ultimately means that no fans will be in attendance for this show. How will AEW produce this? AEW have done a terrific job up to now as they recorded a large batch of weekly shows, using talent at ringside to create an atmosphere. Will this still be the case especially as the majority of ‘ringside’ talent will be performing live. It will be very interesting indeed and I am sure that the team will smash it just like they have week in and week it since day one.
On to my preview and predictions. No specific match order.
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Pre-Show: Private Party vs Best Friends – Number 1 contenders match.
This is where the AEW ranking system really works favourably, these 2 teams are ranked 1 & 2 next to the champions and rightfully so this match should happen, has there been much build? Absolutely not! Is the build needed for the top 2 ranked teams? Nope!
I would say that the best friends have the biggest momentum going in, simply based on TV time, but they are so over right now and thats why I think that Private Party will score somewhat of an upset here. A little more spotlight on private party would be great and who doesn’t want to see Omega & Page vs Private Party?!
Winners: Private Party
Shawn Spears vs Dustin Rhodes
A late addition to the card and a welcome addition! 2 top talented individuals here. Dustin has had a MOTY candidate with Cody in the past 12 months and Spears had a very high profile match vs Cody last August. This is a match that both can sink their teeth in too. Spears could do with a few more high profile wins and thats why I’m picking him to win here. I can see a shock QT Marshall heel turn cost Dustin the match and join an allegiance with Spears and Tully. QT has been great as he has been visiting DDP, learning about what he needs to do and that is become a badass! That will happen here.
Winner: Shawn Spears
MJF vs Jungle Boy
Under the assumption that Luchasaurus will not be at ringside either due to the casino ladder match opening the show or being later leaves me assuming that Marko Stunt will be at ringside as will Wardlow. This will be another showcase for Jungle Boy who Is very exciting and won’t lose momentum with defeat but lets make no mistake in saying that MJF is a star! He is money on the mic and owns the squared circle. Wardlow will be involved meaning that a screwy finish will hand MJF the win and Jungle Boy will continue to grow. This will be an exciting match. Enjoy!
Casino Ladder Match: Darby Allin vs Colt Cabana vs Orange Cassidy vs Rey Fenix vs Scorpio Sky vs Kip Sabian vs Frankie Kazarian vs Luchasaurus vs TBA
WOW! Here is one of those ladder matches that when you just see the participants, you just know that the word ‘Epic’ will be used by everyone throughout the social media world and thats without the added surprise ninth entrant? Who will It be? The wrestling world is discussing either Miro (Rusev) or EC3…. It could be any number of people. I’m going to pick Miro. I did want to see PAC but flights in and out of the UK are just not happening so I’m sticking my neck on the line and am predicting that AEW have scooped a huge star and fair play, he deserves to shine. Will Miro walk out with a no1 contenders opportunity? Yes, yes indeed he will.
Expect a crazy spot fest which we can all relax and enjoy!
Dr. Britt Baker vs Kris Statlander
For me this match is the toughest match on the card to call because both are high in the female rankings and both are thriving. Who has more to lose?! Statlander for sure, Britt has had a best selling tee and is kicking ass in this heel role plus if Shida wins the title later in the night I don’t want to see Britt vs Shida just yet as that match is serious money and could easily wait a few months longer. Expect Statlander to escape the mandible claw with some freaky alien-like stuff but its super cool either way!
Winner: Kris Statlander
AEW Womans Championship: Nyla Rose (c) vs Hikaru Shida
Nyla Rose is a fantastic choice for woman’s champion, but Shida is the star that they need to elevate this title more than it has been. Shida is great on her social media platforms and will get more of the Japanese eyes on the product. Rose is beatable which we have seen in the past and she will be dethroned here. Plenty of near falls and its no DQ which usually can give the heel an advantage but Shida will find a way to use select weapons to win this hard hitting title match.
Winner: New Champion Hikaru Shida
Tournament Final, AEW TNT Championship: Cody (w/Arn Anderson & Brandi Rhodes) vs Lance Archer (w/ Jake Roberts)
This match, along with the Stadium Stampede match have had the biggest build and this is my most anticipated match. Lance Archer has come from a dominant end to his NJPW days (very strong G1 last year) and has not stopped since going AEW. Jake Roberts has voiced some fantastic recorded segments which have added to the build of this match. Regardless of the winner, this could easily steal the show. I think lance Archer comes out on top with Cody set to take a little bit of time off after this match as he has featured in some high profile matches since AEW debuted. This will only be until crowds can slowly return or until September comes around for All Out.
Winner: Lance Archer
Stadium Stampede: The Elite & Matt Hardy vs The Inner Circle
How can you sum up the word crazy? This is the match that will define that word for you. This is going to go everywhere and bodies will be destroyed. Jake Hager is the individual that will make the difference here and hopefully with a standout performance from Ortiz & Santana, who for me, need to show a little more, but of course, no rush. I think that there will be multiple camera angles and teams divided all across…enter….THE REVOLT who will brutally attack the Young bucks, taking them out of the equation, thus leaving The Elite handicapped along The Inner Circle to win and continue dominance. There will be an ELITE revenge one day, but for now, The Heels win.
Winners: The Inner Circle
AEW World Heavyweight Championship: Jon Moxley (c) vs Mr Brodie Lee
Another really tough call here, Mr Brodie Lee is the number one contender after squashing ‘enhancement’ talent and then the attack on Moxley. It is no doubt that The Dark Order has grown in stature since his arrival but is he seen as the ‘face’ of the company yet? For me not yet. Moxley is a fighter and a warrior and will not go down fighting. Im not a huge fan of DQs in main event title matches (this might not main event) but this may be a match where Moxley gets DQd for using a weapon on Dark order members and swinging at Brodie. Moxley retains and Brodie doesn’t loose any steam. An exciting match is on the cards that’s for sure.
Winner: Brodie Lee via DQ, Moxley retains
King: Plotting The Return Of Randy Orton To WWE
Chris King is back with his look at the best scenario to bring Randy Orton back to WWE, and the perfect opponent for his first big match back.
Chris King is back with his look at the best scenario to bring Randy Orton back to WWE, and the perfect opponent for his first big match back.
I wanted to bring everyone’s attention to a superstar that’s being overshadowed right now, ‘The Viper’ Randy Orton. After RKBRO lost the Raw Tag Team Championships to The Uso’s, Orton vanished from the company. There was speculation about his serious back injury and, it wasn’t until The Viper’s wife herself posted a candid picture of Orton after successful surgery.
While the focus in WWE right now is either on The Bloodline, Bray Wyatt and Uncle Howdy, or the returning Cody Rhodes, I felt this was a good time to start plotting The Viper’s return to WWE.
Randy Orton’s Return to WWE
On the Raw-After-Mania ‘The American Nightmare’ opens the show after a tough battle over Roman Reigns to win the WWE Championship. Rhodes with tears in his eyes is giving an emotional promo about his family’s legacy, and how much this title means to him. The WWE Universe is chanting “You Deserve It,” and out comes Finn Balor flanked by The Judgement Day.
‘The Prince’ starts by congratulating the new champion for dethroning ‘The Tribal Chief’ but, now he wants his title shot. Rhodes being the resilient hero accepts Balor’s challenge for the main event. The American Nightmare and The Prince are putting on a clinic of a match, delivering multiple finishers but unable to put the other away. Judgement Day starts to interfere when Orton’s music blares throughout the arena. Orton takes out the heels and helps his former protege. Rhodes capitalizes and hits Crossroads for the 1.2.3.
The former Legacy members are celebrating and embracing with a hug as Rhodes goes to raise his newly-won title. In the blink of an eye, The Viper strikes and takes out Rhodes with an RKO Outta Nowhere! The champion is knocked out as Orton hoists the title above his head while trash-talking his now rival. Orton violently throws Rhodes out of the ring and delivers a nasty-looking draping DDT onto the floor.
The Build–And Culmination–of Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes
Orton stares giving 2009 vibes as Rhodes’ head raises, so The Viper runs and delivers a punt kick. WWE officials come out and break things up and the champion is stretchered out of the arena. The show closes with Orton grinning over the destruction he has caused to his former protege. Over the next few months, Orton and Rhodes enter into an extremely personal rivalry over the coveted prize. We finally make it to SummerSlam where both men agree to raise the stakes and do war inside HELL IN A CELL!!!!
This is how I would book The Viper’s return to WWE. If you feel like this should be written differently, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
AJ’s Phenomenal Opinion: Bray Wyatt
So everyone loves Bray’s return right? Right? Well the McDonald’s Sprite spicy opinions of AJ…may feel differently.
Well, just because my work schedule changed, doesn’t mean I’m not going to drop some opinions of mine, of which, I haven’t done too bad with. I got Three out of Five for my returns right a few months back and this is going to be about the last entry on that previous list. I knew for a fact that Bray Wyatt would return to the WWE in some way shape or form and time for some… controversy.
As my favorite ratings winner of 83 Weeks once said, Controversy Creates Cash and boy HOWDY… Do I have something to get off my chest here so sit back, order some Chairshot Merch and lets get on with Adam’s… Rants for a bit.
Bray coming in and making a return to the WWE was an inevitability. Death, Taxes and I guess WWE Returns are always guaranteed anymore and maybe we could get some new creativity with a supernatural gimmick. Bray has always had that supernatural to him ever since he had the Wyatt Family in Erik Rowan, the late Luke Harper and in the end, Braun Strowman. The Wyatt’s had a control like no other and were beloved for a moment in the WWE.
Bray did a lot to make sure things were in motion but for some reason any massive feud he had, he failed. Following a bunch of injuries to the rest of his family and even releases later on, he seemed to at least get some traction going for him. WWE Champion, somehow got Randy Orton with him, Universal Championships and got those big match wins that eluded him in the Wyatt Family beginnings. Let me also say this as well, I actually liked the Firefly Funhouse Match with Cena as a “This is Your Life” match of sorts. I was tickled and entertained… Then much like Bray in character, something changed.
Dark and Terrible Lurk with Fiends
We had a lot to figure out during the Pandemic. Like A WHOLE HELL OF A LOT. Through it all though, WWE figured it out but the person that helped these types of ideas, soured them drastically. Lets go back to the WWE Championship run in 2017. Randy Orton won the Royal Rumble that year and he wouldn’t betray Bray, right? Well he does and Mania for the two is set, Orton against Wyatt for the WWE Championship and it was… terrible. Random images of maggots and decay (Not the IMPACT Stable) popping up into the ring as the match goes on and Randy still wins. Through head game attempts, Bray comes up short in the big match moment. That’s odd but maybe it will be a bigger pictu– and Jinder Mahal wins the Championship. Okay.
Wyatt returns as this Mister Rogers character and has a darkness inside of him with The Fiend. Now we had this amazing theory or maybe that’s what happened but the story was, anyone The Fiend fought, they revert back to their best selves. The Miz returned to be the A Lister, the guy who grabs a microphone that you love to hate. Finn Balor doesn’t have the Demon Gimmick anymore because after his loss, he’s the Prince again. The cocky guy that walks around because he is the best, he gives no care in the world. Seth Rollins, who he took the WWE Universal Championship from, went from a dorky sweetheart back to the asshole taking every opportunity that he could get because he’s that much of a weasel and when he lost… He lost to Goldberg. The one guy that has been the same since 1997. Drums, Pyro Bath, Spear, Jackhammer, “Who’s Next?” and during that time, he sucked at points. One of those Rollins matches was in a Hell In A Cell match, the red cage with the red lighting. Match ending with a Stoppage from the referee… INSIDE OF A HELL IN A CELL (I think Sean Waltman said it best… Why did the match stop? It’s supposed to be Hell?) and it’s one of the rare times that I agreed with wrestling’s favorite Uncle… That was Negative Stars for a match.
After Goldberg, he didn’t have a commanding presence. He recruited Alexa Bliss who was already over whether she was a Heel or Face and made everything so unbelievably… boring. Alexa had to carry that idiotic demon gimmick and doll, not having anything really supernatural. Just some wrestling and Brock Lesnar cleaning up everything faster than a Chop Shop in main events and segments. He tried to return and make his grand return, beating the Universal Champion Braun Strowman at Summerslam just to falter a literal week later to Roman Reigns, who proceeded to never look back from that win. Bray gets fired after and no more supernatural ideas. Undertaker isn’t around really and retires, Kane is a mayor. Paul Bearer is no longer with us and everything is just… normal.
Wyatt’s Six (Reasons I Tune Out)
In 2022, Vince retires seemingly from everything and Triple H is at the helm, could he bring balance to everything? He makes a bunch of returns that people love seeing. Johnny Gargano, Dakota Kai, Tegan Nox, Bronson Reed, Dexter Lumus just to name a few and of course, the big one that everyone wanted. Bray Wyatt.
Bray makes this heartfelt return and everything seems great. We get him as him, he makes this weird build to a Wyatt 6, assuming we think it’s the Firefly Funhouse and he’s just talking, building. Alright well who is going to be these six figures because they are more than just puppets this time around. A masked man named Uncle Howdy that people think is Vincent Marseglia or maybe a bearded Bo Dallas who is Bray’s real life brother and he……… pops in and out to confuse people. Okay… (1)
Alexa might return to the 6 because of all the segments and gets darker and a heel. Alright that is perfectly fine but, WHY IS VINCENT DALLAS HERE AGAIN TO JUST INTERFERE WITH RANDOM THINGS? Okay… fine. (2) Alexa has a Women’s Championship match against Bianca Belair, that will make sense of thi– it’s a clean finish… Why is it clean? No Howdy, No Wyatt just a random VHS tape like I’m watching The Ring about her being dark after the match. Okay…… (3)
Oh Wyatt finally gets a feud for his return. I almost forgot about that! Who will be this first victim? LA Knight.
Maybe this will be good. They are both great on the microphone, maybe Bray has new moves that he can do and I know all too well how good LA Knight is, I have been an Eli Drake/Shaun Ricker fan for years. This could be a great match that they have, they announced it for the Royal Rumble so it’s going to be big and it’s a… Pitch Black Match presented by Mountain Dew.
The Royal Rumble is upon us, the Men’s Rumble starts the show and we all have adrenaline in our soul for it and now is this weird Pitch Black Match and it’s not a cinematic match. It’s in the ring, No Count Outs and No Disqualifications. LA Knight comes out in his iconic Yellow Attire and Wyatt is talking… with a mask on. The lights turn off and the ropes are glowing a neon greenish-yellow… with an announce table spot that… has Nickelodeon Slime inside of it when they break it? Okay fine… I knew the match was going to be dumb and gimmicky from the Mountain Dew Sponsorship. Bray wins, yay. LA Knight comes back with a Kendo Stick and… we get invulnerable Bray again… they don’t hurt. Lets go to this crash pad and Bo Marseglia shows up from somewhere and just elbow drops him from maybe fifteen to twenty feet with pyro and the Firefly Funhouse Puppets appear at the top, to watch a fire… And there is number six…
Actual Thoughts on Current Bray Wyatt, Post Rumble
I absolutely hate it.
This was awful. You build whatever insignificant thought process of the Wyatt 6 has going for it when Uncle Howdy does the best Cap’n Shane O elbow drop for a hellfire effect. At least the pyro was better than the AEW Explosion Match I guess…
Regardless, how does LA Knight come out of all of this moving forward? He lost an idiotic gimmick match and looks presumed dead. This just makes me think that whoever in whatever interview said Bray Wyatt is a creative mastermind needs to put whatever they have down before we hear about their T.O.D. posted somewhere. This Pitch Black Match is somehow worse than that Rollins Hell in a Cell Match and that takes talent. At least a good amount of alcohol lulled that from my brain but this made me remember that and enjoy the thought of that match happening with its finish. The best way I can picture how this was pitched was Burnt Dogshit, wrapped in a Kerosine Blanket with… sorry had to look at what I wrote, not putting that on websites but… people saw a Creative Quesadilla and when we got the actual product, it gave Salmonella poisoning and E Coli at the same time.
I really don’t want to see another Bray Wyatt match… again. Whoever gave him creative, take it away immediately. As much steam as Bray Wyatt gets in promos or possible matches in the past, the only steaming he gets at the end, is steaming piles of shit. You can say, he’s getting paid millions where I’m a little troll on the internet with typing power and I really don’t care but to me, Triple H… you finally got your first failing grade with something in your leadership role in WWE.
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