The Debut of Jack Hager

Lucha Underground Season 4 Episode 2

Darkness and the Monster

On this episode of Lucha Underground, there was a surprise debut from former WWE star Jack Swagger who now goes by the name Jack Hager. Catrina also goes for the search for the gauntlets of the Gods along with one of the seven Ancient Aztec Medallions coming into play.

Quick Recap

The show kicked off with the trio champions defending their championships against a new makeshift team. Son of Havoc, The Mack and Killshot vs. Infamous Inc. The team of Famous Inc new recruits temporarily for some, Jack Hager of WWE fame, Sammy Guevara of PWG and Inside Pro and one of the best-named wrestlers Big Mad Steve. Each of Infamous Inc would show a little what they had to offer until finally they would ultimately lose causing Jack Hager to turn on his teammates after the match leaving them flat out on the mat.

Next came the return of the Aztec Medallions as El Dragon Azteca Jr. Would face of against Drago what proved to be a very high flying contest. The more important stuff would come after the match. Kobra Moon was jumped by Tara and Johnny Mundo in retaliation for Kobra Moon getting Reptile Tribe member Viobra to attack Johnny Mundo during Aztec Warfare last week. They would leave Kobra Moon looking for revenge.

The main event was Pentagon Dark vs. The Monster Mantanza Cueto. It was a hard-hitting match showing why Pentagon Dark is the New face of Lucha Underground. Mantanza Cueto manhandling Pentagon throughout but Pentagon Dark would still gain the win and cause Mantanza Cueto his first pinfall loss. Mantanza had changed since the last time these two faced off as was shown after the match between the interaction between him and Antonio. Mantanza cowering fear towards his new handler Antonio Cueto creating him to be vulnerable rather the destructive force he once was.

Previous week The Return of Lucha Underground

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The Return of Lucha Underground

Season 4 Lucha Underground

Lucha Underground is the Eastenders of the wrestling world as it mixes high unrealistic drama with wrestling. There are murder, magic and all other drama that always gets settled in the ring. This week Lucha Underground returned for its fourth season after the murder of Dario Cueto.

Quick Recap

Lucha Underground returned with a bang this week as new GM Antonio Cueto made his first official match. Aztec warfare. Aztec Warfare, involves 20 men for the Lucha Underground championship starting off with three men in the ring. The three men that started the fourth ever Aztec Warfare was Trio champions Killshot and The Mack, and with there new partner Son of Havoc. The only way to win Aztec warfare is to eliminate all 19 other opponents either through pinfall or submission, each entry coming on after a minute and there are no rules. As with previous Aztec warfares, Joey Ryan using this to his advantage as he would handcuff himself to ring ropes. Other highlights were Fenix pulling off some incredible aerial offence which words cannot do justice, Tommy Dreamer going through thumbtacks (it’s like the worst thing to see in person) and Pentagon Dark tearing through all his opponents. Pentagon Dark would go on to retain his championship eliminating 9 opponents breaking 2 arms in the process.

Just when Pentagon Dark thought it was all other, GM Antonio Ceuto would announce a big match for next week. Pentagon Dark vs. Mantanzo Ceuto. What a great match that will be!

Leave a comment if you are a Lucha Underground fan and looking forward to the new season.

NXT TakeOver: New Orleans Predictions

NXT TakeOver: New Orleans Predictions

Talking you into watching it

It looks set to be another brilliant NXT before WWE presents Wrestlemania 34 as NXT heads to the Smoothie King Centre. Any match on the card has the potential to be rated 5 stars with the performers involved, From the 6 Man Ladder Match for the inaugural North American championship to Andrade ”Cien” Almas defending the NXT championship against Aleister Black. Also, the feud between Johnny Gargano and Tomasso Ciampa are set to collide after Ciampa cost Johnny Gargano his job. Here is a rundown of my predictions.

Predictions

Johnny Gargano vs Tommaso Ciampa – Unsanctioned Match

Johnny looks set to have his feel-good moment finally realised as he overcomes his evil former partner Tommaso Ciampa. In this unsanctioned match between the two, If Gargano wins, he will be reinstated to NXT but if Ciampa wins, Gargano will be banned from NXT. After weeks of torment from Ciampa, Johnny needs that feel good moment everyone wants to see after his failure to gain the NXT championship. Also, if their match is anything like their match in the Cruiserweight Classic, it should be an insane match.

Gargano Wins

Adam Cole vs. EC3 vs. Killian Dain vs. Lars Sullivan vs. Ricochet vs. Velveteen Dream – Ladder match for the inaugural NXT North American Championship

So much talent is involved in this match including NXT’s latest marquee signings of EC3 and Ricochet. Ricochet having one of the most insane ariel arsenal out of anyone in the business, so will make for a highly entertaining match. EC3 will have a point to prove, as it will be his first match since he released from the WWE, returning after conquering TNA. Killian Dain is going from strength to strength as he looks like the breakout member of SaniTy, being a high flying big man helping his case. Lars Sullivan is just one crazed guy and should demonstrate a powerful move set throughout. The Velveteen Dream has had a breakout year and has one of the best characters today. Adam Cole pulling double duty as he also scheduled to compete for the Tag Team championships. Cole will show why he is one of the best wrestlers in the world. There is too many great competitors to choose out of, so I’m going to go with the Velveteen Dream as I would like to see him win it them most.

Velveteen Dream wins

The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly) (c) vs. The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) vs. Roderick Strong and Pete Dunne – Triple threat tag team match for the NXT Tag Team Championship and Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic trophy

A lot of last minute booking with the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic this year down to injuries to Tyler Bate and Bobby Fish, leaving the championship and the trophy to be decided in a triple threat tag team match. I think with the Undisputed Era and The Authors of Pain already holding the titles, I think Pete Dunn and Roderick Strong will win in what should be a tag team classic.

Roderick Strong and Pete Dunne win

Ember Moon (c) vs. Shayna Baszler – Singles match for the NXT Women’s Championship

I think Ember Moon is going to go to the main roster soon so u think she’ll drop the title here. Shayna’s win will coincide with Rondas win at Wrestlemania, hopefully leading to a heel turn from Rowdy, but that’s far from likely. Ember Moon and Shayna Baszler put on a great performance at NXT Philadelphia so this should be no different.

Shayna Baszler wins

Andrade “Cien” Almas (c) (with Zelina Vega) vs. Aleister Black – Singles match for the NXT Championship

Andrade Almas has been a great champion since winning it from Drew Mcintyre. Almas and Gargano putting on 5 star match at NXT Philadelphia showing how good Almas has actually become. Almas is great, especially alongside Zelina Vega, and looks the part as champion and I expect him to do well on the main roster. Becuase of this I expect, Aleister Black to win here as he looks to head the NXT roster if Almas moves up to the main roster. Black putting on great matches himself, especially that match with the Velveteen Dream.

Aleister Black wins

The Wrestlefriend Podcast Review

Why you should listen to The Wrestlefreind Podcast?

Its like talking about wrestling down the pub with your mates

After meeting Dave at North Wrestling Tapped! in January in which he told me to follow his podcast, I did follow but never ended up watching it until a couple of weeks ago. The Wrestlefriend Podcast is a Geordies look at wrestling. Basically, it is Dave and one or two Geordie guys talking about wrestling together and anything else that comes into their head. They seem to try to attend any wrestling show they can find and report the action and give their opinion on it, making light jokes about it. It’s like blokes in the pub about wrestling really, which is why it is so good.

An example being a little-known wrestling event in Newcastle that featured WWE’s Gangrel called First Class Wrestling, showing their love for wrestling… and drinking. At the same North Wrestling show where I met him, on his podcast he does not remember most of the action because he was so drunk, like most of the other people in attendance. However, he does remember a guy losing his glasses which was truly hilarious, it is the things like that you cannot experience if you do not go to the show, so it’s good for it to be told to the fans not in attendance. They have also attended Defiant Wrestling shows in Newcastle.

They also go through other major wrestling shows, such as WWE, NJPW and NXT. Giving their insight and being brutally honest in the process, saying they should get rid of Survivor Series which a bold statement to make. At points I would say they need to be more marky, just to make sure their wrestling knowledge is right when talking about it, along with Podcasts out faster if they can, but they are busy people. But apart from that, it is highly entertaining hearing them talk about wrestling and what they have been up to in the last week not wrestling related. Somehow of going onto the subject of bum juice.

The podcast is like when I reviewed Nobodieswatching wrestling but with Geordies and not in drag, thoroughly enjoyable. It is great for any wrestling fans around Newcastle who might not know about the wrestling that goes on around Newcastle. Wrestling is getting really big in Newcastle and this podcast can help with getting to know what’s coming around.

WWE Fastlane Predictions 2018

WWE Fastlane 2018: Preview and Predictions

Smackdowns last PPV before Wrestlemania looks set to decide who will be going into the event as champion as all titles are on the line. Here are my predictions for the event.

Becky Lynch and Naomi vs Carmella and Natalya

A match thrown together at the last minute with no really context behind it, apart from Naomi and Natalya having more friends. The faces will get the win, giving them more momentum going into Wrestlemania as the WWE keep forgetting Carmella is Mrs. Money in the Bank.

Winner: Becky Lynch and Naomi

Shinsuke Nakurmara vs Rusev (with Aiden English)

Another match quickly thrown together. Nakurmara just needed something to do so has been giving a match with Rusev, seemingly over what day it is, Rusev or Nakurmara day. When we all know it is Rusev day. However, Shinsuke will get the win with him likely to be facing AJ Styles at Wrestlemania.

Winner: Shinsuke Nakurmara

Bobby Roode (C) vs Randy Orton – US Championship

What should really be a dream match has not been built well, feuding over Roode having been rated higher than Orton on the Smackdown ratings. I still think the match will be better than expected however, as Roode looks like a future world champion. Having him face Randy Orton on his way. I think Smackdown will follow Raw in having a triple threat match at Wrestlemania for their secondary belt. As Jinder Mahal looks set to get involved in some way.

Winner: Bobby Roode

The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso) (C) vs The New Day (Kofi Kingston, Big E and/or Xavier Woods) – Tag Team Championships

With these teams incapable of putting on a match, this looks like a match of the night candidate. Their hell in a cell match being a highlight of their rivalry. I think both teams deserve the to head into Wrestlemania as tag team champions so it’s hard to choose a winner. I think the Usos will win though.

Winner: The Usos

Charlotte Flair (C) vs Ruby Riot (with Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan) – Women’s Championship

If given enough time, I also think this could be a show stealer with Ruby Riot never really being given the chance to show how good a wrestler she is. Flair looks set to come out on top however, heading into Wrestlemania to possibly face Asuka which would be an unreal match.

Winner: Charlotte Flair Retains

AJ Styles (C) vs John Cena vs Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn vs Dolph Ziggler vs Baron Corbin – WWE Championship

Having had a preview on Smackdown, this match to be a hectic match with the talent involved. AJ Styles looks set to retain and go on and compete in a dream match with Shinsuke Nakurmara. They will possibly be more conflict between Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens which might end in them having a Wrestlemania match, although the card does look already filled. If their is a Andre the Giant battle Royal this year, I see both Dolph and Baron participating in it. Their is rumours of Cena making it a triple threat long side AJ and Nakurmara, and also rumours he will have a match with the Undertaker. I don’t think I like either option particularly that much. A triple threat matxh would be a good match but not as good as a singles match just between Nakurmara and AJ Styles. Although, The Undertaker vs John Cena would be insane, I think The Undertaker doesn’t have to prove anything and his last match with Roman, he looked like his body couldn’t take any more punishment. But I don’t see where Cena would fit on the card if he wasn’t in any of them matches.

Winner: AJ Style

The Martian by Andy Weir Review

The Martian by Andy Weir Book Review

Duct tape is the key to everything

Late to the the party having seen the film when it first came out, I recently read The Martian. Both the book and the film are more or less on par of each other as they both offer a lot of humour through Mark Watney.

Stranded by his team on Mars, Mark Watney with the use of his botanist and engineering skills has to learn how to survive on Mars. Everything it seems he has mastered surviving on Mars, Mars always seems to halt his progress. As he had to learn how to create water and food to survive until Nasa can create a plan to save him.

A good read and the book flowed well, even if their was a lot of science throughout it.

7/10