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Greg DeMarco’s Bold Predictions for WWE WrestleMania 38

It’s the most wonderful time of the (wrestling) year, and that means Greg DeMarco is here with your WWE WrestleMania 38 Bold Predictions!



Edge AJ Styles WWE WrestleMania 38

It’s the most wonderful time of the (wrestling) year, and that means Greg DeMarco is here with your WWE WrestleMania 38 Bold Predictions!

You may not like them, but WWE is the king of the sports entertainment–and pro wrestling–world. WrestleMania is the jewel of the kingdom, setting the state for what’s to come. WWE business has never been stronger, which means the wrestling business in general has never been stronger. AEW… MLW… NJPW… Impact Wrestling… they’re all stronger thanks to the business of WWE.

But this isn’t about business, this is about pleasure! It’s BOLD Prediction time, and if you don’t know what that means, here you go…

  • Bullheaded
  • Outlandish
  • Lascivious
  • Deplorable

Seth Rollins’ Opponent Is….Everyone You Think

Seth Rollins’ road to WrestleMania has been one of the more intriguing stories told along the way. and now he’s been given his “main event” on the grandest stage. Who will his opponent be? Well, whoever Vince McMahon says, that’s who.

BUT, this is for BOLD Predictions, right? Here’s what will go down…

  • We start with Ted Dibiase Jr, who disappoints the fans. But he lasts but a moment before eating The Stomp, and suffering the 1-2-3.
  • Next we have Shane McMahon, who is another disappointment, but brings the fight to Seth Rollins in typical Shane McMahon fashion. This doesn’t end with The Stomp, but in a nod to Triple H, it ends with the Pedigree.
  • But that isn’t enough for Vince, who FINALLY gives the people what they want: Cody Rhodes. Seth continues to put on a brilliant performance, but after a brutal fight with Shane McMahon, he finally succumbs to the Cross Rhodes, and loses.

This takes the fans for a ride, establishes Seth Rollins as the babyface he needs to be right now, and gives Cody Rhodes a big win in return–while still protecting Seth. At that point, their feud truly kicks off.

One Major Match Moves Nights

Two nights of WWE action that are packed to the gills, as we have musical performances, special segments, and more. Currently we have 7 matches on each night, but you still have the KO Show on Saturday that will be match-length at a minimum. We have seen matches move nights more than once, and I think one final move will be a major one.

I believe Becky Lynch vs. Bianca Belair will swap nights and end up on WrestleMania Sunday. I could even see the match opening the night, and being given plenty of time. WrestleMania Saturday has what basically amounts to 8 matches, and WrestleMania Sunday is likely to have a shorter finale in Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar.

In exchange, I see the 4-way WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Match moving to Saturday–complete with a Bella Twins appearance on the stage to signify a future match with the winners.

Edge’s New Stable Debuts At WrestleMania Sunday

Edge and AJ Styles are doing their best Shawn Michaels vs. Kurt Angle impersonation, being one of the most important non-championship matches in WWE history. The build has been amazing, and it’s included a total shift in character for Edge.

Rumors have surfaced that this shift ends in a new stable led by Edge himself, and I have to say it’s clouded my judgement–I LOVE IT. Normally that would be reserved for RawAfterMania, but there is no reason the AJ vs. Edge program needs to end on Sunday.

So we have Edge’s new stable debuting to help him win–in a story that ultimately ends inside Hell In A Cell for our two main combatants.

While we’re here, let’s take a look at the potential members:

  • Damian Priest – He makes the most sense aesthetically, and at his age he really only has one major shot at WWE success.
  • Roderick Strong – He’s done in NXT, there is nothing else for him to do. No big moment on the way out, no real acknowledgement of his leaving Diamond Mine (who doesn’t need him). Roddy gets his shot at the main roster as the underdog of the group.
  • Mustafa Ali – Hey, these are BOLD Predictions. While I would prefer Mustafa be the leader, this is a long term plan. Edge won’t stick around forever, and won’t be a heel faction leader forever, either. An eventual feud with Edge will do wonders for Mustafa Ali.

Pat McAfee Is Being Made A Fool

Pat McAfee is a heel of a talent in and out of a wrestling ring. But it does seem a bit odd for Vince McMahon to randomly give him a match, no? Especially against Austin Theory, who Vince is obviously solidly behind?

While this is a great chance for Pat McAfee, this is truly the coming out party for Austin Theory, who has WrestleMania main eventer potential. But Theory can’t get there on his own, it’s going to take the continued backing of Vince McMahon.

I suspect we see Vince himself, and maybe Shane McMahon appear during this match. They will likely help Theory win after McAfee puts on another legendary performance.

How? McAfee Screwjob, that’s how. Pat McAfee is getting screwed, and we are on the road to United States Champion Austin Theory. And after that? Who knows!

RK-Bro Does NOT Lose.

RK-Bro is a pairing that Randy Orton may not have wanted at the start, but he loves it now. The team has done wonders for both man’s careers, but it obviously has to come to an end–especially for the growth and advancement of Matt Riddle.

And I do think they are breaking up, but not before the team gets their WrestleMania moment. RK Bro wins at WrestleMania…only to lose at RawAfterMania. THAT is where the team breaks up. I long assumed it would be Riddle who turns heel on Orton, but Riddle is crazy over as a babyface, and Orton can–and will–turn on a dime.

But that’s a different prediction. For this one, RK Bro is victorious at WWE WrestleMania 38.

What say you? What do you see going down at WrestleMania? Hit me up on social media @ChairshotGreg, but remember–your predictions have to be BOLD.

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Greg DeMarco’s Good, Bad, & Ugly: WWE Smackdown On FOX (November 3, 2023)

It’s the go-home show for WWE Crown Jewel, and Smackdown is in full force! As is Greg’s Good, Bad, & Ugly review!



WWE Smackdown John Cean Solo Sikoa

It’s the go-home show for WWE Crown Jewel, and Smackdown is in full force! As is Greg’s Good, Bad, & Ugly review!

WWE Smackdown On FOX sends us home for the Crown Jewel premium live event, so it has to be strong. But is it? Maybe it’s Good. Possibly it’s Bad? I sure hope it isn’t Ugly.

Let’s find out!

If you haven’t checked out Mitchell’s Results & Review for this episode of Smackdown, go and check it out now!


  • Roman Reigns & LA Knight In Ring Promo – Last week LA Knight got the better of Roman, so it made sense for Roman to get it all back this week. And he did just that. “Redneck Cosplay of my cousin” was a fantastic line from Roman Reigns, but “I ain’t here to finish something” from LA Knight got a bigger reaction from me. Roman calling himself the megastar was also a phenomenal line. Good stuff all around.
  • Kevin Owens vs. Austin Theory – Kevin Patrick keeping “The 150 million hit man” schtick going for Austin Theory is so great. Milk that for all it’s worth! “What is your issue with Kevin Owens’ face?” “LOOK AT IT, MAN!” Absolutely brilliant shit. “How’s that feel, idiot?” Grayson Waller should be on commentary every week, for every match. And this match, by the way, was really good. Austin Theory has settled into his current role, showing he understands the WWE cycle. And Owens is Owens.
  • Backstage Series Of Events – We had the Bianca Belair interview where she was attacked by Damage Ctrl, followed by The Street Profits & Bobby Lashley running into Logan Paul and then B-Fab. Flowed well, no issues for me.
  • Chelsea Green & Piper Niven vs. Shotzi Blackheart & Charlotte Flair – No surprise that Charlotte Flair was the partner, and no surprise that Alba Fyre and Isla Dawn made an appearance. This was a perfectly fine TV match–didn’t set the world on fire, but also wasn’t Bad or Ugly. This was a step in this story, and an effective one.
  • The Brawling Brutes vs. Pretty Deadly in a Good Ol’ Fashioned Donnybrook! – Shout out to Sheamus, whose return I look forward to seeing. With Ridge really coming into his own, we’re to the point where all four of these guys range from good to great to fantastic on any given night. Putting Pretty Deadly into any “manly fight” is always guaranteed entertainment. Really, Pretty Deadly in anything is typically guaranteed entertainment. Pretty Deadly picking up the win was not a shock, although I’d have loved to see Butch and Ridge Holland pick up a win here. Given the rules (or lack thereof) of this match, Pretty Deadly basically won clean here.
  • Rey Mysterio vs. Logan Paul Crown Jewel Weigh-In – A very effective way to pretape something, which saves time as part of a double taping. It was essentially a go home promo, but done in a different way. I liked it. It also smoothly transitions into the rundown of the card by the commentary team, which I always appreciate.
  • Bianca Belair vs. Bayley – If you know me, you know that Bianca can be hit or miss for me. She can’t “work with anyone,” but she can definitely work with Bayley. Bayley, of course, is money with anything she does. Both women delivered a main event quality match, and no one should complain that Bianca Belair won. She’s challenging for the Women’s Championship in less than 24 canon hours, so she needs to win. Bayley is a made woman, losing here doesn’t hurt her one bit.
  • “Just Enough Nick” Nick Aldis Usage – Triple H has done an amazing job of establishing Nick Aldis. Three weeks in and he already “belongs.” Much of that is attributed to how Aldis carries himself. But they are also using him to the right degree. It’s not too much, but it’s also not too little. Adam Pearce could miss two weeks of Raw and when he shows back up, it all makes sense. For Aldis, he needs to be very present, but not overbearing or “shoved down our throats.” They have the right balance.


  • Solo Sikoa & John Cena In Ring Promo – John Cena, lost voice and all, completely buries Solo Sikoa. He “cooks” Solo, as promised. And, as Cena does, he makes Solo look like crap. Bargain Basement Tazz Rip Off? C’mon man, you’re better than that. But here’s the real problem: what happens if Solo loses? Cena made him look like a loser, and then proves that he is? Solo has to win this match. If he doesn’t, and Cena is gone, then Solo is left out in the cold. And you don’t want to do that to Solo Sikoa at this point of his career.


  • Misstep for Theory – Referencing Halloween as if it hadn’t already happened. You can edit this episode–c’mon, man!
  • Kevin Owens’ Crotch Chop – C’mon, man! We’re better than crotch chops in 2023.

The Verdict

  • Good – 8
  • Bad – 1
  • Ugly – 2

In all honesty this was a damn good show. Milwaukee showed out considering they’d already seen 2 hours of Smackdown before this was taped. Good on them, and good on WWE for a great go home show for Crown Jewel.

Interesting of note – the pictures for this show that are posted to the WWE website are uploaded in the order the matches and segments were recorded, not the order in which they aired. Just a little tidbit that I found interesting.

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Greg DeMarco’s Wrestling Ratings Report: Monday Night Raw (10/30/2023) & WWE NXT (10/31/2023)

Greg DeMarco takes a look at your Monday and Tuesday night TV ratings. What do they mean? Do they matter?



WWE NXT Halloween Havoc Night 2 Carmelo Hayes Ilja Dragunov

Greg DeMarco takes a look at your Monday and Tuesday night TV ratings. What do they mean? Do they matter?

Settle in for a look at this week’s ratings for WWE Monday Night Raw and WWE NXT Halloween Havoc Night 2! Both were up against some stiff competition–let’s see how they fared!

WWE Monday Night Raw (October 30, 2023)

  • Hour #1 – 1.466 million viewers, .44 demo rating, #6 for the night on cable
  • Hour #2 – 1.450 million viewers, .46 demo rating #5 for the night on cable
  • Hour #3 – 1.256 million viewers, .39 demo rating, #8 for the night on cable

WWE Monday Night Raw for October 30, 2023 faced some stiff competition on Monday night. You had Monday Night Football as normal–which aired on both ESPN and ABC–along with the usual peripheral shows (Monday Night Football Postgame, Monday Night Football Kickoff, SportsCenter, and the Monday Night Countdown, which factored into the Top 10). 6.851 million people watched Monday Night Football on ESPN, a number that more than doubles when you factor in ABC.

What does it all mean? It means that outside of Monday Night Football–on cable–WWE Monday Night Raw was the top rated show. If you take away all things NFL, Raw finishes #1, #2, and #3 for the night. Viewership did drop off for our 3, but that’s the 10 PM hour that sees kids go to bed and people checking on the Monday Night Football and World Series games.

Speaking of which, that’s another factor to consider–the World Series! 8.126 million people watched the World Series on FOX (not really that good), with another 8.356 million watching Monday Night Football on ABC (yes, more than the World Series) for a decent-at-best Lions vs Raiders match-up.

In summary, it was another successful night for WWE Monday Night Raw, which was the go-home edition of the program. You can check out my Good Bad & Ugly look at Monday’s Raw, where I gave the show an overall “Good” rating. Haven’t watched yet? Give Mitchell’s live coverage a read.

Listen to this week’s edition of Bandwagon Nerds!

WWE NXT Halloween Havoc Night 2 (October 31, 2023)

  • Entire Broadcast – 674 thousand viewers, .20 demo rating, #6 for the night on cable

WWE NXT (Halloween Havoc Night 2) for October 31, 2023, had to deal with a myriad of external factors this week. First is the most obvious–it was Halloween! Many people had plans, Trick-Or-Treat escapades and more. That right there will be a detriment to any ratings results. Add in two live NBA games, each drawing over a million viewers for TNT. Combine it all together and WWE NXT was the top rated program that wasn’t sports programming on TNT or ESPN. Hell, the entire Top 12 consisted of ESPN and TNT sports programming, plus NXT.

It’s easy to call this a failure since viewership was lost week over week. But that’s very shortsighted. The fact remains that NXT was among the most watched programming for the night, holding its own against live sports and sports-peripheral programming.  If you’re WWE and USA Network, you’re nothing but happy with these results.

NXT, of course, featured the second week of Halloween Havoc, headlined by Ilja Dragunov defending the NXT Championship against Carmelo Hayes in the third match of their trilogy. Along with that you had The Creed Brothers in a Tables, Ladders, and Scares (Chairs) match with Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo, Lola Vice vs. Kelani Jordan in the finals of the Women’s Breakout Tournament, and much more.

I’d call the Tuesday program a ratings success. My Good, Bad, & Ugly review of NXT Halloween Havoc Night 2 is available here, where I called it “Good” overall. If you haven’t seen the show yet, check out Mitchell’s play-by-play.

As the weeks roll on, I will compile some historical data and look more about week-over-week (and beyond) patterns in all of my ratings reports.

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