Lesnar vs. Cena vs. Rollins (Mitch’s Match of the Week)

Was there any real question as to what the best match of the past week was? The WWE World Heavyweight Championship bout between Brock Lesnar, John Cena, and Seth Rollins from Royal Rumble was not only the best match of the past seven days, it was the first real match of the year contender by WWE this year. And while I’m not much of a star-rating guy, respected analyst John Canton  pegged this match at **** 1/2 out of 5 while Dave Meltzer went up to ****3/4 out of 5. That seems like the right neighborhood, so you know we’re dealing with a classic.

Lesnar was in absolute beast mode in this match and the rabid Philly crowd was loving him. I felt that Seth Rollins really came away looking like a star because he personally took out Lesnar with that elbow drop through the Spanish Announce Table. If it was one-on-one, he would’ve had him beat at that point. Then, Rollins battled Cena until putting him away with that amazing Phoenix Splash. Had it been a one-on-one match at that point between him and Cena, he would have won that match too. But it wasn’t one-on-one…Brock had several minutes to recover. He capitalized on the Phoenix Splash to take out Rollins and retain his title.

WWE did not release a video of this match on their Youtube channel so I didn’t link it. If you have the WWE Network and didn’t see either the original showing or the re-airing (in it’s entirety) on the following night of Raw then do yourself a favor and go watch this. However, if you don’t have the WWE Network then I guess you’re on your own. I don’t condone piracy but most people are aware that you can WATCH WRESTLING on certain (.) CHinese websites. But if you still can’t find a way to watch it after that extremely subtle hint then I don’t know what to do for you.

The only Honorable Mention I’ll put out their is the second best match from Royal Rumble. It was the fantastic pre-show match between Tyson Kidd & Cesaro vs. New Day’s Kofi Kingston & Big E. Since I didn’t link the match of the week I’ll at least give you guys this one…


Mick Foley is a Chicken Wing CHEATER!

According to TMZ Sports, WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley has now become the Lance Armstrong of the competitive eating world. He has taken unfair advantages in his wing consumption by stuffing uneaten wings into his fanny pack…which is ridiculous because wings are delicious and should be devoured in all of their delicious elegance. Here is the incriminating piece of evidence…

Foley, to his credit, owned up to his malfeasance and begged his massive social network following for forgiveness. Should we give him a second chance?

Hitler Reacts Negatively To The Royal Rumble

Somebody way funnier than me made this awesome video. It’s from that great German movie Downfall that is always being parodied. It’s funny, just watch…

I saw this from Tommy Dreamer on Twitter, so credit to him for sharing.

Roman Reigns Discusses Rowdy Rumble Reaction

So how about that Rumble? Haha.

I think the average fan knows that Roman Reigns isn’t necessarily the problem but mostly a victim of bad booking. Nevertheless, he is the 2015 Royal Rumble winner. Let’s hope WWE handles the damage control better this year than they did last year.

Here is a great documentary style video that WWE put on their YouTube channel. Roman is surprisingly enjoyable to hear speak when he is not on a script. He handles himself very well post-fight. This is a short video and the Rumble stuff is near the end…

Last Minute Rumble Predictions

I’ll keep this short and sweet. I’ve been avoiding spoilers today because I want to experience the surprises as much as I can in full mark-out mode. The Rumble is sacred; don’t mess with it.

Big E, Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods (New Day) vs. Cesaro, Tyson Kidd & Adam Rose (Pre-Show)

I see New Day winning this one. There is loads of talent on this pre-show match and I hope all of these guys weather their spot on the card until they get their chances to move up.

Mitch’s Pick: New Day

The Bella Twins vs. Paige & Natalya

Since Nikki Bella is the Diva’s Champ I’ll assume that she’ll take the fall in this match. Not sure if Paige or Nattie is the one to get the win but I’ll hope that both of them get a Title shot soon. If some combination of these women (or all of them) are in the Diva’s Championship match at Mania then I’ll be fine with it.

Mitch’s Pick: Paige & Nattie

The Ascension vs. New Age Outlaws

I remember reading a dirt sheet rumor recently that people who matter were already balking on an Ascension push. I guess it’s not out of the realm of possibilities that the Outlaws could win tonight, but I’m still going with the safe pick of The Ascension. Young guys winning over legends just makes sense.

Mitch’s Pick: The Ascension

The Usos vs. The Miz & Damien Mizdow (WWE Tag-Team Championship)

Miz & Mizdow need to split up and The Ascension will need a babyface team to feud against in their eventual title hunt. The Usos should win this.

Mitch’s Pick: The Usos

30-man over-the-top Royal Rumble match

I don’t mind Roman winning this and I still think he’s the safe pick. I’d rather have Bryan winning it (or Ziggler or Ambrose or Wyatt or…) and there might be better options than Reigns, but it’s not terrible if he does. He’ll do fine in the main event of Wrestlemania and as long as they stop writing dumb promos for him people will largely enjoy the mega-push he’s being given.

Mitch’s Pick: Roman Reigns

Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena vs. Seth Rollins (WWE World Heavyweight Championship)

I’ve heard a ton of convincing reasons why John Cena will win the match tonight but I think I’ll stick with Plan A. Roman will win the Rumble and he’ll go on to face Lesnar at Mania. This is a hard one to pick and I won’t be surprised at all if I’m wrong. I’m also still holding out on Rollins doing a cash-in because I’d like him to be the first one to do that at Wrestlemania.

Mitch’s Pick: Brock Lesnar

So here it is, my picks for the Rumble. It’s such a great show and I’m very stoked to watch it tonight. I’ve heard rumors of The Dudleys and The Rock over the past few days and I expect that Sting will show up in some capacity as well. But as for today, I’ve avoided the dirt sheets.

What do you think? Let me know your picks and predictions and if I can I’ll banter with you before the show. As always, check me out on Twitter @MitchNickelson and I’ll chat over there as well. Take care.

Mitch’s Match of the Week: Ryback vs. Rusev (Smackdown)

Welcome back to another installment of Mitch’s Match of the Week. I, of course, am Mitch and this is the article where I tell you what I think is the best pro wrestling bout of the past week. I’ll make this a little briefer than usual because this has been a good week for overtime and I’m a little worn out.

The match that I’ll crown as my personal favorite this week comes from WWE’s other weekly cable show, Smackdown. Ryback challenged Rusev as The Big Guy attempted to qualify for this Sunday’s Royal Rumble. While I like both of these guys I wasn’t expecting a lot out of this matchup. Hoss fights take a special kind of duo to pull off and it was quite a joy to see that these two monsters rose to the occasion. Ryback was able to be the face in peril for much of this match and really drew the crowd in as he attempted to mount those comebacks. The Big Guy scored a countout win and the Bulgarian Brute can still take that loss without being pinned or submitted, so everyone goes home happy.

This match was judged against all other matches on Smackdown, Raw, Lucha Underground, and NXT. It was a little bit of a down week but there are still a few matches worth pointing out as Honorable Mentions. Drago took on Cuerno in a Last Lucha Standing match on Lucha Underground. Bray Wyatt defeated Daniel Bryan in a great bout on Raw. Lastly, Hideo Itami took on Tyler Breeze in the first round of an NXT Number 1 Contender’s Tournament. If you watch these matches along with Ryback vs. Rusev then you’ll have a pretty enjoyable evening of wrestling.

What did you think of this week’s best match? Did I get it right? If not, put a comment below. Next week should be a great week to do this article because I’ll get to factor in the Royal Rumble into the equation, which is always a fun show. Also, check out my new podcast over at Blog Talk Radio. It’s called Curb Stomp Radio and my buddy Sgt. Damage banters with me about Conor McGregor’s dominance and who we think might win at the Royal Rumble. Click HERE to give it a listen.



Curb Stomp Radio #2: Sting on Raw; McGregor is a Beast

To listen to this week’s episode, click on the following link…

Back again for the sophomore attempt, Sgt. Damage and Mitch Nickelson condense a massive amount of UFC and WWE conversation into one hour.

In the UFC world, Fight Night in Boston happened this past weekend and was headlined by Conor McGregor and Dennis Sivor. Mitch and Sarge discuss his victory and the post-fight antics with Jose Aldo. The two also look ahead toward the Fox event this Thursday that will be headlined by Gustafsson vs. Johnson.

On the WWE side of things, Monday’s Raw saw the first ever appearance from Sting on that show as the company headed toward its annual Royal Rumble event. Picks were made for that pay-per-view.


WWE Main Event Clips for January 21st, 2015

Due to contractual issues between WWE and U.K. programming, Main Event will not be airing on the WWE Network for the time being. This won’t rock too many people’s worlds but if you’re like me and you want to at least see what happened on the show then you’re out of luck.

Luckily, WWE is still putting highlight videos of the show on their Youtube channel. Here are the final moments of the three matches from yesterday’s episode. (It will still air in international markets, but if you’re a red-blooded American like me you are out of luck.)

Nattie seemed to like Summer Rae’s work in this match and Tweeted this bit of praise for her competitor…

Wyatt and Swagger seemed to bring a good amount of physicality in this one. It had a ‘house show’ feel to it and nobody seemed to buy that Jack had a chance at winning. Both guys seemed to hit their signature spots and put on a decent bout regardless.

It’s the same bits from Miz and Mizdow that we’ve been seeing for months but dang it, it’s still funny! Hopefully WWE begins the breakup of this duo this Sunday at the Rumble. We need a Wrestlemania match between these guys. They have definitely earned their spot on that card.

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Jim Ross on Royal Rumble, Alberto El Patron

Here’s another one of those pieces I do where I take recent comments from Jim Ross and I throw my opinion in as well. Check out JR’s blog at JRsBarBQ.com. You can also order JR’s BBQ products online at WWEShop.com.

J.R. on Brock Lesnar and this Sunday’s Royal Rumble PPV: “After all this speculation wouldn’t it be interesting if Lesnar retains Sunday in Philly and then headlines WM31 against either Bryan or Reigns? Lots of balls in the air it seems which keepr many fans like me on our toes trying to figure out what’s going on. I’ve found that it’s much easier to simply not over think these matters and just enjoy the events as they happen and then evaluate what one has seen.”

It’s always exciting when there isn’t a clear outcome to big matches like these. I have no idea who I’d pick to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match. I feel like Lesnar or Rollins will walk out with the belt but it’s never a done deal that Cena won’t win. I’m excited about this Sunday.

J.R. on the “Road to WrestleMania”: “The Rumble has the potential to really jump start the Road to WrestleMania and I’m anxious to enjoy it on the WWE Network. This is a great opportunity for WWE to get people talking about the Royal Rumble which in turn helps promote WM31.”

Who wins the Rumble? Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan seem to have the most buzz, but depending on who wins the WWE title match then many other wrestlers become stronger candidates. If Cena wins, Rusev could realistically win the Rumble. If Rollins wins, Dean Ambrose could easily win as well. And if the WWE title match goes on first, can the losers of that match compete in the Rumble? Could Rollins lose the match, fail to cash in, then go on to defeat 29 other wrestlers for one more chance at the title? I’m definitely over thinking it at this point.

J.R. on Alberto El Patron’s Lucha Underground debut: “Saw Where Alberto El Patron made his debut on Lucha Underground which seems to be a good ‘get’ for the fledging promotion.”

Lucha Underground has proven it’s quality in it’s short history. Now that the former Alberto Del Rio is with them I’m all the more excited to tune in every week. As a former World Champion in WWE he’s got massive credibility to bring to their product.

Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @MitchNickelson. Also, check out the first edition of Curb Stomp Radio as Sgt. Damage and I talk about the latest in the UFC and WWE.