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Cook’s WWE SummerSlam 2020 Gambling Picks

It’s SummerSlam weekend, which means Steve Cook is here to help you win some money! Ok, maybe not–just remember it’s “for entertainment purposes only!”

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It’s SummerSlam weekend, which means Steve Cook is here to help you bet the odds and win some money! Ok, maybe not–just remember it’s “for entertainment purposes only!”

SummerSlam’s tag line makes a lot of sense to me. Why? I didn’t see it coming! It’s been quite the trip through the summer months for WWE, and we’ve arrived at one of their biggest events of the year. Does it feel like it? Not really, but not many things feel quite right here in 2020.

There are some big matches set up, and some big bets to be made. Let me help you try and make some money to afford that trip to the drive-in. Odds are courtesy of Bet Online.

Mandy Rose vs Sonya Deville

Mandy Rose -400 (1/4)
Sonya Deville +250 (5/2)

We got us a Hair vs. Hair match here! We’ve also got us a pretty solid feud here, it’s had some ups & downs, but when given the opportunity to make us care, Mandy & Sonya have gotten it done. I wasn’t a big fan of Sonya cutting Mandy’s hair because I see hair extensions fall out on these shows every other week. The bright side was it would lead into something a little more serious, our first women’s Hair vs. Hair match since WrestleMania XX.

You might make some good money if Sonya ends up getting the win, but I don’t see it happening. Mandy Rose keeps getting the short end of the stick here, it’s time for her to win something other than Otis’s heart. Also, I feel like Sonya has a better chance of pulling off the bald (or at least short hair) look.

Seth Rollins vs Dominik Mysterio

Seth Rollins -140 (5/7)
Dominik Mysterio EVEN (1/1)

I’m surprised that Dominik isn’t more of an underdog here. We’ve got a kid in his first match against the Monday Night Messiah, a two-time WWE, Universal & Intercontinental Champion, one-time US Champion, six-time Tag Team Champion…I mean, who has accomplished more than Seth Rollins in the nearly eight years he’s been on WWE’s main roster? It’s a short list, if there’s anybody on it. The match is a street fight, meaning Dominik can use his kendo stick. It also means that Murphy can interfere, and Dominik’s old man still only has one good eye so it’s tough to say how useful he’ll be.

If Dominik’s odds get longer, I’d think about laying some money on this. Otherwise, I’d stay away because Seth Rollins is winning this thing.

The Street Profits (c) vs Adrade & Angel Garza

Andrade & Angel Garza -160
The Street Profits +125

It’s not looking like people think it will be a good night for champions. Understandable, since most of these champions have held their titles for a long time and it feels like change is needed in WWE in general. The team of Garza & Andrade has a ton of potential & nobody would be surprised to see them end up with the tag straps at some point. However, Montez Ford seems to have recovered from his poisoning at the hands of Zelina Vega.

I’m guessing Andrade & Angel Garza get the win here, mostly because I can’t name any other Raw tag teams in contention for the title at this point. The easiest way for this issue to continue: a title change.

Apollo Crews (c) vs MVP

Apollo Crews -200 (1/2)
MVP +150 (3/2)

Crews is a rarity on this show: a champion expected to retain his title. NOT SO FAST, MY FRIEND! From where I sit, MVP looks like the smarter bet. Unless Crews is actually the man behind Retribution (highly unlikely), MVP will have the advantage of having more effective backup. Crews is friendly with the likes of Ricochet & Cedric Alexander, but I’d rather have Bobby Lashley & Shelton Benjamin interfering on my behalf. Banned from ringside just means they’ll show up at some point. They’ve been teasing MVP winning this championship long enough, it’s time for them to either do it or not. I think they do.

Sasha Banks (c) vs Asuka

Asuka -140 (5/7)
Sasha Banks EVEN (1/1)

Bayley (c) vs Asuka

Asuka -120 (5/6)
Bayley -120 (5/6)

Asuka gets two chances to win singles gold at SummerSlam, taking on each of the Golden Role Models in singles matches. I’m surprised they didn’t clone Asuka and have her challenge them for the tag team titles too. So we’re left with three options:

-Asuka wins zero titles

This seems the least likely to me. Sacrificing Asuka at the altar of both Bayley & Sasha makes little sense, unless those Bayley & Sasha double title shirts are selling so well they have to keep it rolling.

-Asuka wins two titles

Would they have somebody else do what Becky Lynch did and win both titles? Would they keep them unified? It’s more possible than Asuka winning zero, but I don’t think that’s what happens.

-Asuka wins one title

Bingo! So now we have to figure out which one. Which of Bayley & Sasha should be jealous of the other one still holding their title belt? Feels like Bayley is more in that jealous kinda mode these days. And it’d be cool to see Sasha finally successfully defend a championship on a televised event.

Braun Strowman (c) vs Bray Wyatt

Bray Wyatt -170 (10/17)
Braun Strowman +130 (13/10)

We close with two title runs that feel like have run their course. Braun hasn’t exactly set the world on fire as Universal Champion, and this feud with The Fiend, or any other incarnation of Bray Wyatt, hasn’t done a whole lot for me. You might disagree. I’m not surprised to see Fiend Bray listed as the favorite, but I feel like Braun Strowman keeping the title a bit longer is where the story is heading. We’ve already seen the Fiend as champion, and unless they can sell some of those $500 title belts I don’t see it happening again too soon.

It’s a close call, but you make more money off of Braun winning.

Drew McIntyre (c) vs Randy Orton

Randy Orton -140 (5/7)
Drew McIntyre EVEN (1/1)

Orton has been one of the hottest heels in wrestling during the Pandemic Era, ruthlessly kicking legends’ heads off. Are the punts starting to lose their effect? Shawn Michaels barely looked bothered when he got booted on Monday. Drew was bothered when he ate an RKO. Orton being the favorite makes a lot of sense, and adding another title reign to his record helps his argument of being the Greatest Wrestler Ever.

Drew coming in at even odds doesn’t make me too thrilled about picking him. I’d steer clear of this one, but if more people bet on Randy Orton I’d throw some money on Drew McIntyre.


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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.

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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!


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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.

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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.

Initial Thoughts

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.

…Okay…… (4)

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.

O…okay…… (5)

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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