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Cook’s WWE SummerSlam 2021 Gambling Picks

With SummerSlam on Saturday, Gambling picks are out even before SmackDown! Anyone losing any money this year?



With SummerSlam on Saturday, Gambling picks are out even before SmackDown! Anyone losing any money this year?

The biggest event of the summer is coming this Saturday night! That’s right, WWE is holding a PPV event on Saturday instead of Sunday. If I wasn’t working Saturday night I’d be more excited about it. On the bright side, I’ll be making money.

You can make some money too if you make the right picks! As usual, odds are provided by BetOnline, will fluctuate between the moment I write this, the moment it gets posted, and the moment the show starts. And, as always, they’re for entertainment purposes only.

Alexa Bliss (-470) vs. Eva Marie (+295)

The crowds want to love Alexa & hate Eva, so this really should be a feud that at least gets a ton of heat even if the in-ring isn’t up to snuff. Unfortunately, all this goofy stuff involving Alexa’s character kills any interest I could possibly have in it. I know there are some people out there really into it for whatever reason, but they’re not writing this article.

I’d assume the woman with supernatural powers wins this one. Eva Marie has some powers, but I wouldn’t classify them as supernatural. Most likely scenario involves Doudrop coming in to take the fall. No reason to throw money at this.

Drew McIntyre (-600) vs. Jinder Mahal (+350)

This match is all about a sword. Jinder tried to destroy Drew’s sword, named after Drew’s mother. Turns out it was a replica. Now, thanks to beatting Veer & Shanky in a handicap match, Drew can bring his sword to this match while Jinder’s friends aren’t allowed to be at ringside. The Modern Day Maharaja certainly has the deck stacked against him here.

I’d really like to come up with a reason Jinder will win here. I got nothing. Another match to stay away from.

Edge (-300) vs. Seth Rollins (+200)

Yep, some history here! You might remember back when Edge was crippled and would never wrestle again. So was Christian, so they hosted a talk show where Seth Rollins & Big Show attacked them. Should have seen it coming, the only thing talk show hosts ever do in WWE is get attacked by their guests. Seth threatened to stomp Edge and break his neck so John Cena would be compelled to re-instate The Authority as the bosses of WWE. No, I don’t know how John Cena had a say over such matters. What I do know is that Edge hasn’t forgotten about this, and is out for revenge. It’s widely expected he’ll win, since he’s Edge.

I’m leaning Seth Rollins, though. Rollins is in the prime of his career, and could use a big win over a name like Edge to keep from slipping into fancy-suited irrelevance. Rollins somehow cheating Edge out of a win would turn him from “Edge Lite” to “Edge Select”.

United States Championship Match
Sheamus (+165) vs. Damian Priest (-240)

I can never keep track of whether it’s “Damian” or “Damien”, and the online bookies can’t either. I do know that WWE brass seems to like him, and giving him big victories at PPV events seems to make sense. Sheamus is a well-established star who will stay at the same level no matter what, Priest winning would raise his profile. So there’s a good reason Damian Priest is the favorite here, and while one can never rule out extending this chase another month, Las Vegas seems like the right place to make the title change.

Raw Tag Team Championship Match
AJ Styles & Omos (+155) vs. Randy Orton & Riddle (-220)

Orton & Riddle’s Odd Couple partnership has gotten a lot of time on Raw, and the crowd seems into it. Randy seems to have finally accepted Riddle as an acceptablee tag team partner, and the two will go after the tag team titles at SummerSlam. Their defeating AJ & Omos would pump the crowd up & make everybody excited.

So why are AJ Styles & Omos the smart pick here? Because you can’t trust Randy Orton! It’s only a matter of time before he takes this Riddle kid out, the only question is if they’ll win the tag team titles before he does it. Saying “no” is the more lucrative option.

SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match
The Usos (-450) vs. The Mysterios (+275)

Like most of the Usos’ title matches on PPV events, this should be a pretty darn good match. We’ve seen it a few times now, these guys have had plenty of practice with each other. Obviously you’re not going to make much money off of an Usos win, but a Mysterios win could do pretty well. Luckily, there’s plenty of evidence from the past that picking Rey Mysterio to win at a PPV is a good idea. Rey & Dominik coming out on top in front of a stadium crowd would be good stuff, and a cherry on top of Rey’s historic career.

Not that I’m saying Rey’s anywhere near retirement, he’s only 46. That’s very young in pro wrestling these days, anywhere you look!

Raw Women’s Championship Match
Nikki A.S.H. (-125) vs. Charlotte Flair (+150) vs. Rhea Ripley (+250)

Recently I re-watched SummerSlam 1995 for a podcast with Blake Lovell. One of the more interesting matches on the card for me pitted Bodydonna Skip (w/Bodydonna Sunny) against the legendary Barry Horowitz. Horowitz had spent much of his time in the WWF losing on syndicated television to established stars. When he finally broke through with a win over an over-confident Skip, it was a big moment. Horowitz picked up a few more wins to the delight of the crowd, including at SummerSlam in another match with Skip. It worked because Horowitz was a compelling underdog that the fans had seen go through tough times. Also, it’s not like they had Horowitz jump up into title matches. His first win wasn’t for the Intercontinental Championship. His place on the card was believable given his status as a wrestler that lost more often than he won.

While re-living this issue from my childhood, I noticed that the way WWF built Horowitz is the same way they build a lot of their babyfaces now. WWE portrays many of their likeable characters as folks that are lucky to get wins on a regular basis and are often full of self-doubt, intended to make the fans sympathize with them. Nikki Cross was a character with self-worth issues, then she decided she wanted to be a superhero. She isn’t one yet, but she’s almost one, hence the A.S.H. addition to her name. She keeps losing matches in ways intended to make us feel sympathy for her and hope she becomes a superhero.

Which would be fine, if she wasn’t already the Raw Women’s Champion. So for the past few weeks building this match we’ve seen Nikki and her challengers face off in different permutations. Nikki beat Charlotte Flair for the championship on Raw, then lost to her the next week in a non-title match, then beat her in a non-title match. Then Nikki beat Rhea Ripley one week, lost to her the next week, then tagged with Rhea to lose to Charlotte & Nia Jax on the same night they had a singles match. This doesn’t serve to make Nikki a sympathetic underdog as much as it serves to make one wonder what the heck is going on and if there’s more than three women in the division.

I think Nikki A.S.H. ends up going over here in an attempt to get that shocked crowd pop. It probably won’t happen since we’ve see her win the championship and beat these two already.

SmackDown Women’s Championship Match
Bianca Belair (-220) vs. Sasha Banks (+155)

Meanwhile, over on SmackDown you’ve got two stars facing off for their championship. You know, something that makes sense and isn’t confusing. It’s not a match we’ve seen several times in the past month, in fact, unless you went to a recent house show you haven’t seen this match since WrestleMania. It’s something the fans need to see.

The fact that it’s this close tells you how highly people think of Banks. People tell me that Bianca’s win is a foregone conclusion, but I’m not so sure of that. It’s not like there are a ton of other compelling challengers for Bianca at the moment, and making this thing a trilogy with the blowoff at another major event would seem to make sense. I’ll roll the dice and take Sasha Banks.

WWE Championship Match
Bobby Lashley (-600) vs. Goldberg (+350)

Poor kid. He’s going to be the reason his father gets smashed into a million pieces. Who wants that on their conscience?

Universal Championship Match
Roman Reigns (-500) vs. John Cena (+300)

It’s been nice to see the Head of the Table going back & forth with somebody that seemed like they had a chance in hell of taking the Universal Championship off of him. For months we’ve seen random geeks get title matches on these shows, and now we’re getting the return of JOHN CENA. You gotta like that. I have to admit one thing though…up until this week, I saw this as much of a foregone conclusion for Roman as the previous months have been.

Until WWE helpfully reminded me that John Cena is sitting on sixteen world championship reigns. Then I remembered that the other guy officially recognized with sixteen world championship reigns recently left the company, and will probably be on TNT pretty soon. It would be very WWE to have John Cena break that tie to try and put one over on the Naitch. Which I doubt it would, Flair claims to be a twenty-four time world champion or somewhere in that neighborhood.

I think we have to thank the Naitch for helping create some doubt in our minds here. Roman Reigns is still going over.

But wait, there’s one more!

Will Big E Cash In The MITB Contract?
Yes (+175) vs. No (-250)

Come on now. Dude doesn’t even have possession of the briefcase! There are better odds that Baron Corbin will have pawned that thing by Friday. Which, frankly, I’d be in favor of because the briefcase gimmick has been run into the ground. Corbin should get some money for it and get his family out of his wife’s parents’ basement.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy SummerSlam!

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King’s WrestleMania Rewind: Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka from WrestleMania 34

Chris king is back with one of the most underrated matches in WrestleMania history–Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka!



WWE WrestleMania 34 Charlotte Flair Asuka

Chris king is back with one of the most underrated matches in WrestleMania history–Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka!

We look back at Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka at WWE WrestleMania 34. ‘The Empress of Tomorrow’ put her unprecedented and historic undefeated streak of 914 days on the line against ‘The Queen’s’ SmackDown Women’s Championship.

For years, this was considered a dream match while Asuka dominated the roster in NXT, while Flair won numerous championships on the main roster on both Raw and SmackDown. The Empress made her long-awaited debut on the September 11th episode of Raw and began to tear through the competition.

Asuka outlasted all twenty-nine other women in the historic first-ever Women’s Royal Rumble match to challenge for the title of her choosing. At Fastlane, she made her choice.

The WWE Universe was so excited for this match myself included. Both superstars delivered a fantastic performance on the Grandest Stage of Them All executing counter after counter. Asuka showed off some nasty-looking kicks to her opponent, and Flair hit a thunderous Spanish Fly off the top rope. Flair was seconds away from defeat at the hands of The Empress but she locked in Figure Eight and Asuka was forced to tap out.

I can’t even begin to explain how shocked I was at this outcome, as nearly everyone expected The Empress to continue her undefeated streak and walk away with the women’s title. This controversial decision was the downfall of Asuka’s momentum. She would ultimately win the SmackDown Women’s Championship at the 2018 TLC pay-per-view in the triple-threat ladder match.

Fast forward to this year when Asuka has recently returned with her Japanese-inspired persona Kana. Kana is dangerous and ruthless and is heading into a championship with Bianca Belair at WrestleMania 39. The Empress has regained all her momentum and is highly favored to walk away with the Raw Women’s Championship. Let’s hope that Asuka and Belair can tear the house down and deliver an A+ grade match both women are fully capable of.

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King: Dominik Mysterio Needs To Do This At WrestleMania

Chris King is here with what WWE should do with Dominik Mysterio at WrestleMania in his long-awaited match against his father Rey Mysterio Jr. 



Rey Mysterio Dominik Mysterio

Chris King is here with what WWE should do with Dominik Mysterio at WrestleMania in his long-awaited match against his father Rey Mysterio Jr. 

On this week’s episode of Friday Night SmackDown, Rey Mysterio finally snapped and beat some sense into his disrespectful punk-ass kid Dominik. The member of the Judgement Day came out to push his father again for a match on the Grandest Stage of Them All, this time with his mother and sister at ringside. The ungrateful punk told his mom to “Shut Up,” as a father even I wanted to jump through the screen and whoop his ass.

Back in October of last year, Mysterio made the emotional decision to possibly quit the company but, instead, Triple H persuaded the Lucha libre superstar to move over to SmackDown to avoid his son. This came after Dominik shockingly turned on his father at Clash at the Castle. Mysterio did everything he could to refuse his despicable son’s challenge for Mania but, a man can only be pushed so far. Mysterio will be inducted into the 2023 WWE Hall of Fame and I expect Dominik to embarrass his father during his speech to further this personal feud.

Yes, the WWE Universe hates Dominik and wants to see him get the ever-loving crap kicked out of him but, this feud is missing a special ingredient to capitalize on the biggest heat possible. Throughout this feud, Dominik has made mention of the legendary Eddie Guerrero on several occasions going back to the “iconic” 2005 feud.

I know WWE might not want to go this route but, Dominik MUST come out to Eddie Guerrero’s theme at Mania. The disrespectful punk needs to come out in a lowrider to garner nuclear heat. It doesn’t matter if The Judgement Day comes out and causes interference for Dominik to get the win, all that matters is that both superstars get the biggest payoff of this nearly year-long feud. Just imagine the Roman Reigns heat after he defeated The Undertaker and multiply that by ten. Dominik portrays the perfect heel and he truly is the missing ingredient that The Judgement Day needed to grow and evolve into a top faction.

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