Sunday, October 22, 2017

On TV This Week 10/22 - 10/28


By Raven Williams, @nevaRWilliams


SUNDAY 10/22

NFL
Atlanta Falcons @ New England Patriots (NBC, 8:20pm)
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The Walking Dead, PREMIERE (AMC, 9pm)

Talking Dead, PREMIERE (AMC, 10pm)
BET Her Fights: Breast Cancer (BET, 10pm)




MONDAY 10/23

NFL
Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles (ESPN, 8:15pm)

NBA
Toronto Raptors @ San Antonio Spurs (NBA TV, 8:30pm)

NHL
San Jose Sharks @ New York Rangers (NHL, 7pm)
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Scared Famous, PREMIERE (VH1, 9pm)

Freaky Sweets, PREMIERE (Food Network, 10pm)



TUESDAY 10/24

MLB WORLD SERIES
Game 1: Houston Astros @ Los Angeles Dodgers (FOX, 8pm)

NBA
Chicago Bulls @ Cleveland Cavaliers (FOX Sports Ohio/NBA TV, 7pm)
New Orleans Pelicans @ Portland Trail Blazers (NBA TV, 10pm)

NHL
Detroit Red Wings @ Buffalo Sabres (NBC Sports, 7pm)
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Snoop Dogg Presents The Jokers Wild, PREMIERE (TBS, 10pm)
Drop The Mic, PREMIERE (TBS, 10:30pm)



WEDNESDAY 10/25

MLB WORLD SERIES
Game 2: Houston Astros @ Los Angeles Dodgers (FOX, 8pm)

NBA
Cleveland Cavaliers @ Brooklyn Nets (FOX Sports Ohio, 7:30pm)
San Antonio Spurs @ Miami Heat (ESPN, 8pm)
Washington Wizards @ Los Angeles Lakers (ESPN, 10:30pm)

NHL
Buffalo Sabres @ Columbus Blue Jackets (NBC Sports, 8pm)
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Channel Zero: No-End House, FINALE (Syfy, 10pm)



THURSDAY 10/26

NFL
Miami Dolphins @ Baltimore Ravens (CBS/NFL, 8:25pm)

NBA
Boston Celtics @ Milwaukee Bucks (TNT, 8pm)
New Orleans Pelicans @ Sacramento Kings (TNT, 10:30pm)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Stanford @ Oregon State (ESPN, 9pm)

NHL
Winnipeg Jets @ Columbus Blue Jackets (FOX Sports Ohio, 7pm)
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Mysteries At The Museum, FINALE (Travel, 9pm)

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team, FINALE (CMT, 10pm)
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'n Out: 11 Moments That Broke The Internet (MTV, 11pm)



FRIDAY 10/27

MLB WORLD SERIES
Game 3: Los Angeles Dodgers @ Houston Astros (FOX, 8pm)

NBA
Oklahoma City Thunder @ Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA TV, 8pm)
Washington Wizards @ Golden State Warriors (NBA TV, 10:30pm)

NHL
Nashville Predators @ Chicago Blackhawks (NHL, 8:30pm)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Florida State @ Boston College (ESPN, 8pm)
Tulane @ Memphis (CBS SportsNet, 8pm)
Tulsa @ Southern Methodist (ESPN 2, 9pm)
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Blindspot, PREMIERE (NBC, 8pm)
Michael Jackson's Halloween (CBS, 8pm)

ELEAGUE: Injustice 2 World Championship, LIVE (TBS, 10pm)
Myth Or Monster, PREMIERE (Travel, 10pm)



SATURDAY 10/28

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Buffalo @ Akron (CBS SportsNet, 11:30am)

Oklahoma State @ West Virginia (ABC, 12pm)
Wisconsin @ Illinois (ESPN, 12pm)
Miami @ North Carolina (ESPN 2, 12pm)

Kansas State @ Kansas (FOX Sports 1, 3pm)
Penn State @ Ohio State (FOX, 3:30pm)
North Carolina State @ Notre Dame (NBC, 3:30pm)
Georgia @ Florida (CBS, 3:30pm)
TCU @ Iowa State (ABC, 3:30pm)
Michigan State @ Northwestern (ESPN, 3:30pm)
UCLA @ Washington (ESPN 2, 3:30pm)

Mississippi State @ Texas A&M (ESPN, 7:15pm)
Georgia Tech @ Clemson (ABC, 8pm)
Texas Tech @ Oklahoma (ESPN 2, 8pm)
USC @ Arizona State (ESPN, 10:45pm)
San Diego State @ Hawaii (ESPN 2, 11:15pm)

MLB WORLD SERIES
Game 4: Los Angeles Dodgers @ Houston Astros (FOX, 8pm)

NBA
Cleveland Cavaliers @ New Orleans Pelicans (FOX Sports Ohio, 7pm)

NHL
New York Rangers @ Montreal Canadiens (NHL, 7pm)
Columbus Blue Jackets @ St. Louis Blues (FOX Sports Ohio, 8pm)

RACING
Camping World Truck Series: Texas Roadhouse 200 (FOX Sports 1, 1pm)

SOCCER
Premier League: AFC Bournemouth vs. Chelsea FC (NBC, 12:30pm)

MMA & BOXING
UFC Fight Night: Derek Brunson vs. Lyoto Machida (FOX Sports 1, 10pm)
Boxing: Anthony Joshua vs. Kubrat Pulev (Showtime, 10:40pm)
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MOVIE: Split (HBO, 8pm)

Black Sabbath: The End Of The End (Showtime, 9pm)

The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special (NBC, 11:30pm)

Weekend 3 Count 10/22/17


By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon, brought to you by Triple Threat CLE brings you the Weekend 3 Count. W3C brings you wrestling news, rumors and recaps from around the wrestling world. You'll find news rumors and recaps involving WWE, NXT, GFW, ROH, Lucha Underground, NJPW, House of Hardcore, NWA, ICW, CZW, FIP, PWG, AAW, EVOLVE, PROGRESS, SHINE, SHIMMER and any Indy promotion that I find an interesting story or a cool discovery in. Be sure to check out the W3C every Sunday afternoon at @TripleThreatCLE

** Theme Song of the Week **
This week's theme song is the official WWE TLC song. "Legendary" by Welshly Arms



*** WWE ***

- Changes To Tonight's WWE TLC Event: Due to the current outbreak of meningitis that has been going around the locker room, Bray Wyatt, Roman Reigns, Bo Dallas and backstage interviewer JoJo have been sent home, which will change tonight's pay per view. Instead of "The Demon King" Finn Balor vs. "Sister Abigail" Bray Wyatt, it'll now be The Demon King vs. AJ Styles. Also RAW GM Kurt Angle will now take Roman Reigns spot in the TLC Match and team with Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose against The Miz, Braun Strowman, Kane, Sheamus and Cesaro.

- Jinder Mahal Throws Out A Challenge To Brock Lesnar: This past week on Smackdown Live, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Jinder Mahal threw down a challenge to WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar to face him at WWE Survivor Series.

- Brock Lesnar Response: Paul Heyman announced this past week that Brock Lesnar will be on RAW tomorrow night to answer the challenge of Jinder Mahal.

- Nia Jax Leave: Rumors have stated that WWE have accepted Nia Jax's request to take a permanent leave of absence from the company. It's unknown why this was brought on, but some sources are saying that Nia was upset with the direction her character was going in the company.

- More Neville News: According to reports this week, there is more news to the reasoning behind Neville walking out two weeks ago. According to reports, Neville has been upset with royalties of DVD sales not being paid to him, due to his matches being on the PreShow, which isn't on the DVD. Also Neville has been upset with his character direction and rough WWE schedule. 

- Kevin Owens Sent Home: WWE posted this past week that Kevin Owens was recently sent home due to personal reasons while on WWE's current tour. I'll keep you updated on this story when I learn more.

- WWE Tables, Ladders And Chairs: Just a reminder, if you miss WWE TLC tonight on the WWE Network, be sure to check out Triple Threat CLE tomorrow afternoon for the recap of the show.


** 205 Live Recap **
This week's main event saw WWE Cruiserweight Champion Kalisto and Mustafa Ali battle Enzo Amore and Ariya Daivari.

- Enzo Amore Promo: Enzo mocks Seattle, grunge rock, Starbucks and Kalisto. Enzo says he's winning back the WWE Cruiserweight Championship at WWE TLC. Kalisto hits the ring and attacks Enzo, chasing him from the ring.

- Jack Gallagher vs. Rich Swann: The match closes out with Swann getting a near fall Tiger Driver on Gallagher. Gallagher bails to the floor. Swann goes for a suicide dive, but Kendrick steps in the way and hits Swann with the ring bell causing a DQ.
Winner: Rich Swann, by DQ.

- After the match, Cedric Alexander, Swann, Kendrick and Gallagher all brawl until order is restored.

- Drew Gulak's Power Point Presentation: Gulak is in the ring and talks about "Drewtopia", a place where unnecessary chants and top rope dives are non existent. Gulak says he refuses to let Akira Tozawa and his awful "Ah" chants ruin 205 Live. Gulak mocks the crowd after getting "This is boring" chants. Gulak promises us another Drew Gulak Championship Power Point Presentation this Sunday at WWE TLC.



- Kalisto and Mustafa Ali vs. Enzo Amore and Ariya Daivari: The match closes out with Ali attacking Enzo and getting a near fall rolling neck breaker. Enzo misses a drop kick off the top rope as Kalisto tags in. Enzo counters a cross body for a near fall. Kalisto hits Salida Del Sol on Enzo and scores the pinfall.
Winners: Kalisto and Mustafa Ali, by pinfall. 

- After the match, all four men brawl until Enzo escapes to end the show.


*** NXT ***

- World Title Match Announced: NXT announced this week that one night before NXT WarGames, Drew McIntyre will defend the NXT World Championship against Adam Cole at a live event in San Antonio, Texas. It was also announced that Shawn Michaels will be the special guest referee for the match.



*** Impact Wrestling ***

** Impact TV Recap **
This week's main event saw Rosemary battle Taya Valkyrie.

- Moose and Stephen Bonner arrive with American Top Tag Team's championship belts.

- Chris Adonis vs. Johnny Impact: The match closes out with Adonis and Impact fighting on the ropes. Impact drops Adonis off the ropes and hits Countdown to Impact to score the pinfall.
Winner: Johnny Impact, by pinfall.

- After the match, Eli Drake tries to attack Impact. Impact rips off Drake's pants and beats Drake with his own belt until Adonis attacks Impact from behind. Drake chokes Impact with his pants and beats Impact with his belt. Garza Jr. hits the ring with a steel chair and makes the save.

- "Fatal Five Way Match": James Storm vs El Hijo del Fantasma vs. Ethan Carter vs. Eddie Edwards vs. Texano: The match closes out with Storm and Texano trading punches and then teaming up on Fantasma. Texano scores the pinfall on EC3 to take the victory.
Winner: Texano, by pinfall.

- oVe is shown arriving in Mexico to defend the Impact Tag Team Championship against LAX.

- Backstage, James Storm and Ethan Carter argue about losing. Eddie Edwards tells them that they need to learn how to work together as a team.

- In Jim Cornette's office, Scott D'Amore, Cornette, and Dan Lambert are all arguing about what Moose and Stephen Bonner did to the ATT's facility last week.

- Andrew Everett vs. Dezmond Xavier: The match closes out with Trevor Lee distracting Xavier. Everett lands a boot, but Xavier comes back with a springboard kick and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Dezmond Xavier, by pinfall.

- In Mexico, oVe are searching for Konnan, but are told if they want to see him, they have to defend the titles. oVe says it isn't a problem



- Grado Promo: Grado is mad that he's been paid poorly working for Joseph Park the past few weeks. Park comes to the ring and tries to defend his actions, but Grado wants none of it. Park says if it wasn't for him then Grado would've gotten deported back to England. Park offers Grado a contract that says if Grado wins he can stay in America, but if he loses he has to go back to England. Grado quickly accepts and signs the contract. Park then breaks the news that the contract says Grado will face Abyss in a Monster's Ball Match.

- In the parking garage, Grado rushes to his car and can't believe he signed to face Abyss. James Mitchell appears and tells Grado that Abyss will send Grado straight to hell.

- "Impact World Tag Team Championship Match": oVe (c) vs. Black Diamond and Black Danger: The match closes out with Diamond attempting a hurricanrana, but gets caught in the face with a super kick by Jake Crist. oVe hit a spike piledriver and score the pinfall.
Winners: oVe, by pinfall, to retain the Impact World Tag Team Championship.



- American Top Team Promo: Lambert says Bobby Lashley worked for Impact as a favor to Jeff Jarrett. Lambert says he's a huge fan of wrestling and brags about all the memorabilia he has. Lambert says Moose and Stephen Bonner made a huge mistake trashing their facility and taking championship title memorabilia. Lambert dares Moose and Bonner to show up at Bound For Glory and fight Lashley and King Mo. Moose and Bonner interrupt with all of ATT's titles they stole. Lashley suddenly attacks from behind and sends Moose into the steel steps. Lashley then spears both Moose and Bonner as security hits the ring. Lashley takes out security as Lambert mocks Moose and Bonner. Moose gets to his feet and takes another spear from Lashley.

- In Mexico, oVe find Konnan and want their pay for tonight's match. Konnan talks oVe into defending the titles against LAX at Bound For Glory.



- Taya Valkyrie vs. Rosemary: The match closes out with Taya hitting a suplex and double knees on Rosemary. Rosemary dodges a second attempt at double knees and lands a release german suplex. Taya unloads kicks on Rosemary, but Rosemary is back up and goes for Red Wedding. Taya counters, hits a northern lights suplex and then a double foot stomp to the face for the pinfall.
Winner: Taya Valkyrie, by pinfall.

- After the match, Taya goes for Road to Valhalla, but Rosemary counters and mists Taya in the face. Rosemary challenges Taya to a match at Bound For Glory and promises that it could get bloody to end the show.


*** RING OF HONOR ***

** ROH TV Recap **
This week The Kingdom battled Seek and Destroy in a Six Man Tag Team Match main event.

- Kushida vs. Scorpio Sky: The match closes out with Kushida trapping Scorpio in a cross arm breaker submission. Scorpio fights from tapping and reaches for the ropes. Christopher Daniels suddenly hits the ring with an air horn and distracts everyone. Kazarian jumps Kushida from behind and the match is thrown out.
Winner: No Contest.

- After the match, The Addiction lay out Scorpio with Celebrity Rehab and then go after Kushida. Jay Lethal hits the ring and makes the save.

- Jay Lethal says he's sick of The Addiction trying to ruin Ring of Honor. Lethal along with Kushida challenge The Addiction to a future tag team match.

- Bully Ray Promo: Bully continues his concussion/retirement speeches. Bully says the doctor has ordered him to not wrestle anymore because head trauma is a serious condition. As much as he'd love to get revenge on Jay Briscoe, he just can't physically do it. Bully says he has to do what's best for his family, thanks the fans and hints at retirement. As Bully leaves the ring, Mark Briscoe confronts him. Mark shakes Bully's hand, gives him a bro hug and tells him that he doesn't have an issue with Bully, it's only Jay that does.

- Cody Rhodes Signs His ROH Contract: Cody Rhodes along with The Bullet Club are in the ring as Cody finally officially signs an ROH contract. The Club all shake Cody's hand and his wife Brandi kisses him. Cody says that even though he's dressed in a suit, he's willing to defend the ROH World Heavyweight Championship tonight. Cody calls out his #1 Contender, Cheeseburger. Cody applauds Cheeseburger and calls out a referee.

- "ROH World Heavyweight Championship Match": Cody Rhodes (c) vs. Cheeseburger: The match closes out with Cody unloading knees on Cheeseburger. Cody charges, misses and hits the turnbuckle. Cheeseburger hits a springboard knee and gets a near fall. Cody ducks a Cheeseburger charge and hits Cross Rhodes, but Cody doesn't cover. Cody tries to use his boot as a weapon, but Cheeseburger hits Cody with a belt and gets a near fall. Cody runs to the corner, grabs his dress jacket and throws it in Cheeseburger's face. Cody catches Cheeseburger while distracted and makes him tap out to the American Death lock submission.
Winner: Cody Rhodes, by submission, to retain the ROH World Heavyweight Championship.

- Coleman’s Pulpit: Caprice Coleman is in the ring for his next edition of Coleman's Pulpit. Coleman calls out Rhett Titus and Will Ferrara as his guests. Coleman talks about how they beat down Cheeseburger. Ferrara says everytime he sees a real cheeseburger he gets pissed off. Rhett and Ferrara have no regrets on what they did to Cheeseburger because he was selfish. Rhett and Ferrara warn everyone that they are about to become the most feared tag team in ROH.

- "Six Man Tag Team Match": The Kingdom vs. Seek and Destroy: The match closes out with Taven hitting a suicide dive, but takes out the rest of The Kingdom by mistake. Gresham goes to the apron and hits a moonsault to the floor on The Kingdom. Sabin hits a missile drop kick and then he and Shelley unload kicks in the corner. Shelley goes to the top rope, but O'Ryan grabs his baseball bat and distracts the referee. Vinnie trips up Shelley and then tosses Taven his stick. Taven blasts Sabin with the stick, rolls up Sabin with a handful of tights and scores the pinfall.
Winners: The Kingdom, by pinfall.

- The Bullet Club Brings In The Freebird Rule: This past weekend during the 4 night Global Wars tour, The Bullet Club officially brought in the Bullet Club Rule when defending the ROH Six Man Tag Team Championship. Similar to the old Freebird Rule, it means that any three members of The Bullet Club can defend the ROH Six Man Tag Team Championship.

** Global Wars Buffalo Recap **
This past week Ring of Honor Wrestling invaded Buffalo for a special live event. The main event of the show saw The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega defend the ROH Six Man Tag Team Championship against The Kingdom. Alot more action took place as well in this quick recap of the show.


- Deonna Purrazzo defeated Sumie Sakai, by submission with an armbar.

- Rhett Titus and Will Ferrara defeated Coast to Coast, by pinfall with the top rope suplex/splash combo.

- Kushida defeated Hangman Adam Page, by submission with the Hoverboard submission.

- Jay Lethal defeated Kazarian, by pinfall with the Lethal Injection.

- "Six Man Tag Team Match": Minoru Suzuki and The Killer Elite Squad defeated War Machine and Mark Briscoe, by pinfall after Suzuki hit the Gotch Piledriver on Briscoe.

- Bully Ray gave thanks to Buffalo for following his career and announced that he may have to retire due to injuries suffered at Death Before Dishonor.

- Mandy Leon defeated Jenny Rose, by pinfall with a modified pump handle driver.

- Hiromu Takahashi defeated Christopher Daniels, by submission after Takahashi countered a hurricanrana into a Triangle Choke submission.

- Cody Rhodes and Marty Scurll defeated Toru Yano and Yoshi Hashi, by pinfall after Cody low blowed Yano and then hit Cross Rhodes.

- Punishment Martinez defeated Will Ospreay, by pinfall with his finisher.

- "ROH Six Man Tag Team Championship Match": The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega (c) defeated The Kingdom, by pinfall after hitting a One Winged Angel/Meltzer Driver combo.

** Global Wars Columbus Recap **
This past week, Ring of Honor Wrestling invaded Columbus, Ohio for a special live event in the Buckeye Nation! Cody Rhodes defended the ROH World Heavyweight Championship against Kushida plus a lot more action took place. Here is the quick recap of the show.


- The Addiction defeated Jay White and Jonathan Gresham, by pinfall, after hitting Celebrity Rehab on White.

- Jay Lethal defeated Hiromu Takahashi, by pinfall, after hitting a Stunner and following that up with the Lethal Injection.

- "ROH World Tag Team Championship Match": The Motor City Machine Guns (c) defeated Silas Young and The Beer City Bruiser, by pinfall, after hitting Skull and Bones on Bruiser.

- "Six Man Tag Team Match": CHAOS (Will Ospreay, Toru Yano and Yoshi Hashi) defeated Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki and The Killer Elite Squad), by pinfall, after Yoshi rolls up Lance Archer.

- Sumie Sakai defeated Holidead, by pinfall, with a cradle.

- Shane Taylor defeated Josh Woods, by pinfall, with a sitdown piledriver.

- Kenny King and Colt Cabana defeated Marty Scurll and Hangman Adam Page, by pinfall after King hit the Royal Flush on Page.

- "ROH World Heavyweight Championship Match": Cody Rhodes (c) defeated Kushida, by pinfall after countering Back to the Future into the Cross Rhodes.

- "ROH Six Man Tag Team Championship Match": The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega (c) defeated Flip Gordon, Trent Beretta and Chuck Taylor, by pinfall after hitting the One Winged Angel/Meltzer Driver combo.

** Global Wars Pittsburgh Recap **
This past week Ring of Honor Wrestling invaded Pittsburgh for a special live event in the Steel City. The main event of the show saw Kenny Omega, Cody Rhodes and Marty Scurll defend the ROH Six Man Tag Team Championship against CHAOS. Here is the quick recap of the show.


- Hiromu Takahashi defeated Mark Briscoe, by referee stoppage. It appeared that Briscoe dislocated his elbow while taking kicks from Takahashi.

- Best Friends (Trent Barreta and Chuck Taylor) defeated The Dawgs (Rhett Titus and Will Ferrara), by pinfall after Best Friends hit their combo finisher.

- Jay Lethal defeated Jay White, by pinfall with the Lethal Injection. 

- "ROH World Tag Team Championship, Triple Threat Match": The Motor City Machine Guns (c) defeated The Kingdom and The Young Bucks, by pinfall after Chris Sabin cradled Mark Jackson.

- "Six Woman Tag Team Match": Deonna Purrazzo, Mandy Leon and Jenny Rose defeated Faye Jackson, Britt Baker and Sumie Sakai, by submission after Deonna made Faye tap out to an armbar.

- "Proving Ground Reward Match": Kenny King defeated Josh Woods, Punishment Martinez, Hangman Adam Page, Matt Taven, and Kushida after scoring the pinfall on Woods with two Royal Flushes.

- War Machine defeated The Killer Elite Squad, by pinfall after War Machine hit the double team backbreaker/knee drop combo on Lance Archer.

- Bully Ray gave thanks to the Pittsburgh crowd. Bully isn't sure if he'll ever wrestle again so he wanted to give thanks to the Steel City one last time.

- Minoru Suzuki defeated Silas Young, by pinfall after Davey Boy Smith Jr. helped Suzuki. Suzuki hit the Gotch Piledriver on Young and scored the pinfall

- "ROH Six Man Tag Team Championship Match": Kenny Omega, Cody Rhodes and Marty Scurll (c) defeated CHAOS (Will Ospreay, Toru Yano and Yoshi-Hashi), by submission after Scurll made Yano tap out to the Chicken Wing submission.

** Global Wars Chicago Recap **
This past week Ring of Honor invaded Chicago for a special live event in the Windy City. The main event of the show saw Kenny Omega defend his IWGP United States Championship against Yoshi Hashi. Here is the quick recap of the show.


- Cody Rhodes kicked off the show by taking credit for the success of the Global Wars tour, mocking the WWE's Roman Reigns and then chooses a fan in the crowd in a mask to kiss his ring. The fan turns out to be Dalton Castle, who attacks Cody and chases him from the ring.

- Silas Young and The Beer City Bruiser defeated Trent and Chuck Taylor, by pinfall after Young hits Taylor with Misery.

- Marty Scurll defeated Hiromu Takahashi, by submission with the Chicken Wing.

- The Addiction defeated Cheeseburger and Kushida, by pinfall after the Best Meltzer Ever on Cheeseburger.

- The Addiction look to put Cheeseburger through a table, but Bully Ray makes the save and choke slams Kazarian through the table. 

- Bully Ray gave thanks to the Chicago crowd and states that it may have been the last table he'll ever put anyone through as he hints retirement. Bully puts over the fans, ROH and God. 

- "Eight Man Tag Team Match": Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks and Hangman Adam Page defeated The Motor City Machine Guns, Jay White and Jonathan Gresham, by pinfall after Gresham gets taken out with the Rite of Passage.

- Titus and Ferrara defeated One Mean Team, by pinfall with a suplex/high cross combo.

- Jay Briscoe attacks One Man Team. Jay states that he tried to tell Mark Briscoe that they need to get back as being the best team in the business, but now Mark is injured. Jay tells Mark to hurry up and heal so they can take shit over.

- "Six Man Tag Team Match": Minoru Suzuki and The Killer Elite Squad defeated Shane Taylor, Jay Lethal and Kenny King, by pinfall after Suzuki hits the Gotch Piledriver on Taylor.

- Colt Cabana defeated Toru Yano, by pinfall with an elbow.

- Will Ospreay defeated Flip Gordon, by pinfall with the OsCutter.

- "IWGP United States Championship Match": Kenny Omega (c) defeated Yoshi Hashi, by pinfall after hitting the One Winged Angel.


*** Lucha Underground ***

** Lucha Underground TV Recap **
This week was the 4th and final part to Ultima Lucha Tres, the season finale of Season 3.

- "Steel Cage Match": Matanza Cueto vs. Dragon Azteca Jr.: The match closes out with Matanza suplexing Azteca right through the cage wall and to the floor for the win. Dario Cueto arrives, restarts the match and states that it's not ending like that. Cueto than changes the rules to pin and submission only. Azteca attacks Cueto and rips his tuxedo off until Matanza saves his brother. Back in the cage, Matanza hits a german suplex and a clothesline. Azteca fights back, but Black Lotus climbs to the top of the cage, leaps off and takes out Azteca. Matanza hits Wrath of the Gods on Azteca and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Matanza Cueto, by pinfall.

- After the match, Black Lotus goes after Dario Cueto after finding out Cueto lied about who killed her parents. Matanza again saves his brother and lays out Lotus.

- "Battle For The Gauntlet, Elimination Match": Cage vs. Mil Muertes vs. Jeremiah Crane:

** First Elimination: Crane hits Cage in the head with a couple of wooden stakes. Crane slams Muertes right through a sheet of glass. Muertes comes back and apron power bombs Crane. Cage grabs a hammer and starts beating Muertes with it. Muertes gets laid on a table and Cage goes to the top rope. Crane cuts off Cage and trades shots with him on the ropes. Cage superplexes Crane off the top rope, on top of Muertes and right through the table. Cage then hits Weapon X on Crane and scores the pinfall.

** Final Elimination: Cage and Muertes trade kicks. Muertes hits a powerslam on Cage for a near fall. Cage with a suplex and a top rope elbow for a near fall. Jeremiah Crane returns and brawls with Cage. Cage takes out Crane, but gets laid out by Muertes with the Flatliner right on a steel chair for the pinfall.
Winner: Mil Muertes.

- After the match, Dario Cueto presents Mil Muertes with the gauntlet glove. King Cuerno suddenly returns and attacks Muertes. Cuerno lays out Muertes and takes the gauntlet glove as his prize. 

- "Lucha Underground World Championship, Career vs. Title Match": Johnny Mundo (c) vs. Prince Puma: The match closes out with the referee going down. Jack Evans and PJ Black hit the ring and attack Puma. Taya brings out a second referee and Mundo gets a near fall. Mundo, Black and Evans beat down the second referee for failing to count to three. Angelico hits the ring and helps Puma fight off Worldwide Underground. Puma gets a near fall springboard 450 on Mundo. Angelico lays out Ricky Mundo and chases off WU. The action continues with Mundo getting a near fall Moonlight Drive on Puma. Mundo hits End of the World twice on Puma, but Puma somehow kicks out at two and a half. Puma unloads kicks, knees and hits a dropkick on Mundo. Puma hits the 630 on Mundo, scores the pinfall and wins the title.
Winner: Prince Puma, by pinfall, to win the Lucha Underground World Championship.

- After the match, Dario Cueto arrives and ruins Puma's celebration by informing him that he's defending the title right now in another Career vs. Title Match against Pentagon Jr., who's cashing in his Gift of the Gods Championship.

- "Lucha Underground World Championship, Career vs. Title Match": Prince Puma (c) vs. Pentagon Jr.: The match closes out with Puma and Pentagon trading shots. Pentagon hits a super kick, but Puma counters the Destroyer with a Destroyer of his own. Puma hits the Benadryller and gets a near fall. Puma goes for the 630, but Vampiro turns on Puma by pulling Pentagon out of the way. Pentagon hits the running package piledriver on Puma scores the pinfall, wins the title and ends Puma's career.
Winner: Pentagon Jr., by pinfall, to win the Lucha Underground World Championship.

- Season 3 closing credits show Puma leaving the building, King Cuerno has the gauntlet glove, a box with a spider inside is delivered to Sexy Star, The Rabbit Tribe is still worshiping Mascarita Sagrada, Fenix and Melissa leave together with Jeremiah Crane watching, DAGA has a sword and takes his place as Kobra Moon’s queen, Drago is still imprisoned and Pindar is executed for losing the trios titles, Vampiro meets his master, who is pleased that Puma is gone, Matanza is caged up, Rey Mysterio is still alive and Dario Cueto gets shot by the new management that will fix Cueto's mistakes.

- Season 4 News: At this time there still is no word on when and if there will be a Season 4 of Lucha Underground. LU is having issues getting many of their wrestlers to return and there are also production issues to even begin filming at the moment. I will keep you posted on when and if LU season 4 happens. 


*** NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING ***

- Yuji Nagata Celebrates 25th Anniversary: This past weekend, Yuji Nagata celebrated his 25th anniversary at Day 3 of Road To Power Struggle. Nagata gave his thanks to the fans, NJPW, received a sealed envelope and is given a very special tribute video. Later in the night, Nagata went on to defeat Manabu Nakanishi in his 25th Anniversary Match


And that's this week's W3C! Join me every Sunday afternoon as I bring you news, recaps and rumors all around the wrestling world!

Friday, October 20, 2017

WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs Preview #WWETLC


By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

What's up Triple Threat CLE fans, it's time for the WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs preview for this Sunday's event live on the WWE Network. WWE TLC will be live at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. If you miss the show be sure to check out Triple Threat CLE on Monday afternoon as I'll have the complete recap of the show for you all. 


- "Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match": The Shield vs. The Miz, Sheamus, Cesaro, Braun Strowman and Kane: This feud kicked off with The Miz mocking Roman Reigns' old faction, The Shield, on an edition of Miz TV. Later in the evening, Miz and The Miztourage attacked and beat down Reigns. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, meanwhile, began a feud with Braun Strowman and continued their feud with Sheamus and Cesaro which resulted in Ambrose and Rollins getting beaten down by all three. Roman Reigns battled The Miz for the WWE Intercontinental Championship, which he won by DQ, after Sheamus and Cesaro attacked Reigns. Miz, Sheamus and Cesaro triple power bombed Reigns and mocked The Shield afterwards. Miz held another edition of Miz TV with Sheamus and Cesaro as his guests. Reigns, Ambrose and Rollins crashed the show, reformed The Shield and took out Miz, Sheamus and Cesaro. Later that night, The Shield attacked Braun Strowman and triple power bombed him through the announcers table. The Shield declared themselves back and would take on all comers. Miz jumped on the opportunity and got RAW GM Kurt Angle to approve a 4 on 3 Handicap TLC Match at WWE TLC. One week before WWE TLC, The Miz added a fifth partner, however, Kurt Angle declined that decision. Miz then talked Angle into accepting the fifth partner if Strowman could beat Reigns in a Steel Cage Match that night. Strowman went onto defeat Reigns after the fifth partner, Kane, interfered and helped Strowman win the match. Can The Shield survive with the uneven odds?? Will The Miz and his team end The Shield reunion before it can get going??


- "WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match": Kalisto (c) vs. Enzo Amore: Enzo Amore began his feud with Kalisto after enforcing his no touch contract clause that every cruiserweight broke by beating down Enzo a week prior. RAW GM Kurt Angle announced that one cruiserweight that that rule didn't apply to was Kalisto, who attacked Enzo before signing on with 205 Live. Angle announced Kalisto vs. Enzo at WWE TLC, however, after taking verbal shots at Angle, Angle made the match official for that night's main event on RAW. Kalisto defeated Enzo that night in a Lumberjack Match to win the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. Enzo immediately demanded his rematch at WWE TLC the next night on 205 Live. One week before WWE TLC, Enzo and his new alliance of cruiserweights attacked and beat down Kalisto and Mustafa Ali. Can Kalisto defeat Enzo and retain his title? Will Enzo regain his title from Kalisto?


- "WWE RAW Women's Championship Match": Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Mickie James: Alexa began her feud with Mickie by taking verbal jabs at Mickie, by calling her an old lady, forcing Mickie to confront Alexa face to face and attack her. Alexa continued her verbal attacks on Mickie's age by sending her adult diapers and a walker. Mickie went after Alexa, but was stopped by Nia Jax and ended up facing Nia in a match. Mickie defeated Nia by DQ after Alexa attacked Mickie, but Alexa was again beaten down by Mickie. RAW GM Kurt Angle made the match between the two official for WWE TLC a week later. Mickie stated that she may be older, but she's the overall better wrestler than Alexa and will take her title from her. Alexa again confronted Mickie and took verbal shots at Mickie's age, forcing Mickie to chase off Alexa. Mickie has dedicated the match to her three year old son and wants to take the title home to him. Can Mickie defeat Alexa and prove that age is only a number? Will Alexa defeat Mickie and retain her title?


- "Asuka's Debut Match": Asuka vs. Emma: WWE officially announced at the beginning of September that the former undefeated NXT Women's Champion Asuka would be making her official main roster debut with RAW at WWE TLC. Two weeks before WWE TLC, Bayley, Sasha Banks, Alicia Fox, Dana Brooke, and Emma all confronted RAW GM Kurt Angle and demanded to be put in Asuka's debut match as her opponent. Angle made the five ladies compete that night in a Fatal Five Way Match with the winner getting the opportunity to face Asuka at WWE TLC. The match concluded with Emma getting the victory and moving on to battle Asuka at WWE TLC. Can Emma dethrone the Emperess?? Will Asuka continue her undefeated streak through the RAW roster, starting with Emma??


- Cedric Alexander and Rich Swann vs. Brian Kendrick and Jack Gallagher: After a small feud between Gallagher and Kendrick took place, Gallagher suddenly turned heel and joined forces with Kendrick by helping Kendrick attack Alexander. Week's leading into WWE TLC, Gallagher stated that joining his enemy, becoming his friend and not worrying about what the fans thought was the best decision for him to make. Gallagher and Kendrick continued to attack Alexander weekly until Rich Swann stepped up and joined Alexander in the fight. One week before WWE TLC, Kurt Angle made the tag team match official between the four men at the pay per view. 


- "The Demon King" Finn Balor vs. "Sister Abigail" Bray Wyatt: Balor and Bray have been at war with each other since the month of August. Bray defeated Balor on an episode of RAW one week before WWE SummerSlam. Balor returned as his Demon King character and defeated Bray at WWE SummerSlam and then went on to defeat Bray again without The Demon King character at WWE No Mercy. One night after WWE No Mercy, Bray told Balor that they were far from finished and that Sister Abigail was alive and dying to meet Balor. One week later, "Sister Abigail" appeared on the TitanTron, appearing to be Bray Wyatt playing his own alternative character much like Balor plays The Demon King. Sister Abigail promised to hurt Balor for hurting Bray the way that he did and would meet Balor at WWE TLC. One week before WWE TLC, Balor appeared and promised to bring The Demon to WWE TLC and meet Sister Abigail. Kurt Angle made The Demon King vs. Sister Abigail official for WWE TLC.


- Sasha Banks vs. Alicia Fox: Sasha Banks eliminated Alicia Fox from the Fatal Five Way Match for an opportunity to face Asuka at WWE TLC. Alicia wanted revenge so she challenged Sasha to a match one week before WWE TLC. Sasha again defeated Alicia, making her tap out to the Banks Statement submission. Alicia attacked Sasha backstage after the match and demanded another match against Sasha. RAW GM Kurt Angle made the rematch official for WWE TLC.



- Drew Gulak's Championship Edition Power Point Presentation: Drew Gulak returns with another power point presentation on making 205 Live great again.

Browns Preview 10/20/17: Tennessee Titans @ Cleveland Browns


By Katelin Marshall, @KatelinKnowsCLE

The winless Cleveland Browns host the Tennessee Titans this Sunday. The Browns will be starting rookie Quarterback DeShone Kizer. Kevin Hogan played terrible last week and sustained a rib injury. Cody Kessler will be Kizer's backup this week. The Titans will be starting Marcus Mariota after coming back from an injury last week in which he played well. The Titans defeated the Colts last week 36-22 to give themselves a 3-3 record.


Browns Offense vs Titans Defense

There is no question the Browns offense has had its struggles in the first six weeks of the season. The issues are simple. Inconsistent quarterback play, the lack of weapons at receiver, and Isaiah Crowell. The Browns this week and going forward should do a few things different.

First, get Duke Johnson more touches. Whether it is 15 rushes and another seven targets in the passing game. Duke Johnson need the ball. His the only reliable playmaker on this team. Now that doesn't mean Hue Jackson shouldn't use Crowell. Crowell should be used when they are running the ball straight up the middle in between the tackles.

The Browns offense also might want to tone it down with the deep ball. I understand the lack of playmakers makes it hard build drives but getting Kizer in second or third and long doesn't help anyone. With that being said, Kizer is still going to have to throw the ball down field to keep the defense honest.   

The final major key for the Browns this week is to trust Kizer. I know that might seem a bit difficult but Hue Jackson has no choice. The benching of Kizer was a knee-jerk reaction. And playing Hogan after a terrible first half was pain stubbornness by Hue. What ever happens Kizer needs to play through it. Yes, it could be another Baltimore game where he throws multiple interceptions but this was the hand Hue was dealt and how he played it.

The Titans defense is a middle of the road defense. This easily could be the week Kizer has a breakout game. But in order for the Browns offense to run their gameplan the Browns defense will need to keep the game close.



Browns Defense vs Titans Offense


The Titans will have Mariota at quarterback but is unlikely to have running back DeMarco Murray. Derrick Henry will likely get the start for the injured Murray. Henry and Murray have identical stats, both running for over 300 yards so far. Henry ran for 131 yards last week against the Colts and Mariota threw for 306 and one touchdown.

The Browns secondary might have some struggles against the receivers of the Titans. Rishard Matthews is their leading receiver with veteran Eric Decker lined up opposite of him. Where the Browns will have issues is covering Delanie Walker, who leads the Titans in catches.



Five Guys to Watch


1. DeShone Kizer: Kizer was benched last week and he had to suffer like the rest of us through a terrible game last Sunday. Hopefully Kizer response positively. And again let's all remember the kid is only 21 years old and has only played in three full games as crazy as that sounds.

2. Jamar Taylor:
While Jason McCourty is having a really good year, Jamar Taylor on the other hand hasn't. The Titans will probably target Taylor most of the day and with Taylor dealing with an injury this could be bad news for the Browns.

3. Myles Garrett: With all the speculation of a new front office taking over and them constantly passing on franchise quarterbacks, the pick of Garrett at one has been a home run. Garrett in two games has put pressure on opposing quarterbacks, forcing turnovers and sacks. Garrett is one of the lone bright spots so far this season and he's only played in two games.

4. Duke Johnson:
Like stated above, Johnson needs to get the ball a lot more. Of all the things I've had issues with offensively this season the limited touches by Duke is number one. He's the only guy on the field who can take a screen pass or a drag route for a touchdown. He's the lone playmaker on this team the Hue need to feed Duke more.

5. David Njoku: Outside of Johnson, Njoku has been a surprise. A lot of fans didn't think he would make this type of an impact on the team this early. But with is ablity to out run linebackers and out jump safeties, Njoku should be Kizer's favorite target this week in the redzone after have a lot of redzone issues the first five weeks of the season.


Injury Report

Weather Report

Betting Line (As of 10/19/17): Tennessee -6



Prediction: Titans 27 Browns 14

The Browns will fall to 0-7 on the year this week. It will become more and more difficult to defend Hue Jackson as season moves on. I expect Kizer to play better than he has but the lack of playmakers will really show this week. The defense should keep the game close but again like they have in weeks before give up a touchdown drive to put the game out of hand late in the fourth quarter.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 10/19/17: NXT Recap



By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

NXT returned this week for more NXT action at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida. This week, Qualifying Matches for the NXT Women's Championship continued. SAnitY and Undisputed Era battled in a Six Man Tag Team main event.

** NXT TV Card **

- Sonya Deville, Ruby Riot and Ember Moon battled in a Triple Threat Match to determine another spot in the NXT Women's Championship Fatal Four Way Match at NXT WarGames.
- Aleister Black battled Raul Mendoza.
- Kassius Ohno battled Cezar Bononi.
- SAnitY battled The Undisputed Era in a Six Man Tag Team Match. 

- NXT World Champion Drew McIntyre had a special sitdown interview.

** NXT **

- "NXT Women's Championship, Triple Threat Qualifying Match": Sonya Deville vs. Ruby Riot vs. Ember Moon: The match closes out with Ruby hitting a cross body outside, taking out Ember and Sonya and injuring her leg. Sonya traps Ruby in a ankle lock submission in the middle of the ring as Ruby tries to reach the ropes. Ruby is about to tap out when suddenly Ember hits the Eclipse Stunner on Sonya, breaking the submission and sending Sonya to the floor. Ember quickly covers Ruby and scores the pinfall to advance to the Fatal Four Way Match at NXT WarGames.
Winner: Ember Moon, by pinfall.

- Outside security footage shows The Undisputed Era confronting Roderick Strong and attempting to get him to join their faction.  Strong appears to turn down the offer and walks away.

- Backstage, NXT GM William Regal is interviewed. Billie Kay and Peyton Royce interrupt. Regal announces a battle royal next week to determine the last spot in the NXT Women's Championship Fatal Four Way Match at NXT WarGames. Billie and Peyton are disgusted with the decision and walk out.

- Raul Mendoza vs. Aleister Black: Before the match The Velveteen Dream Patrick Clark hits the ring, steals Black's jacket and stands on the ramp while wearing it. The match closes out with Mendoza getting a near fall senton on Black. Black catches a kick from Mendoza and unloads a series of kicks of his own. Black lands a springboard moonsault and then the Black Mass kick for the pinfall.
Winner: Aleister Black, by pinfall.

- Sitdown Interview With Drew McIntyre: McIntyre tells the story about his first run in WWE, getting let go, explaining to his family how he was unemployed and wondering how he would make it in life with wrestling being the only job he ever had. McIntyre never gave up and ended up back in the WWE and is now the NXT World Champion. Zelina Vega interrupts and says that Almas and McIntyre have a lot in common, except Almas was never fired and fell flat on his face like McIntyre. Zelina accuses McIntyre of dodging Andrade "Cien" Almas. McIntyre says he'll fight anyone, anytime and if Almas wants a title shot then he needs to come ask like a man instead of sending his associate to do his dirty work.

- Kassius Ohno vs. Cezar Bononi: The match closes out with Bononi missing a drop kick and gets hit with an Ohno senton. Ohno unloads kicks, sending Bononi outside and then hits a drop kick. Back in the ring, Ohno nails the huge rolling elbow to the back of the head of Bononi and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Kassius Ohno, by pinfall.

- "Six Man Tag Team Match": The Undisputed Era vs. SAnitY: The match closes out with Dain hitting a Samoan Drop and Fallaway Slam on Fish and O'Reilly. Dain hits a Vader Bomb on Fish, but eats a super kick by Cole. Cole is left all alone with SAnitY, but The Authors of Pain suddenly hit the ring and attack SAnitY, causing a DQ.
Winners: SAnitY, by DQ.

- After the match, the Undisputed Era escape as The Authors of Pain hit the Super Collider on SAnitY to end the show.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Podcast 10/18/17: On Cavs & NBA Opening Night, MLB Playoffs, College Upsets & NFL Week 6


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Spread Offense 10/18/17: College Football Week 8 Preview


By Pat Luhta, @PLuhta

Upsets galore was the trend for week 7, and my new top 10 ballot reflects those changes.

WEEK 8 TOP TEN

10. Wisconsin (last week: 10)
9. Notre Dame (last week: NR)
8. Oklahoma (last week: NR)
7. Clemson (last week: 1)
6. Miami (last week: 9)
5. Ohio State (last week: 7)
4. TCU (last week: 5)
3. Georgia (last week: 4)
2. Penn State (last week: 3)
1. Alabama (last week: 2)

The upsets started on Friday night, where both Clemson and Washington State went down to unranked teams. Clemson lost QB Kelly Bryant in the 2nd quarter and the Syracuse Orange played well out there and pulled off a huge upset. Clemson fell from the #1 spot in my top 10 ballot to #7, thanks to some other upsets along with giving them the benefit of the doubt due to Bryant's injury. Then, the Washington State Cougars were not only beat, but humiliated, by the Cal Golden Bears. Top 10 teams do get upset, it happens, but losing 37-3 to an unranked team is unforgivable and fell out of my top 10. The Cougars' rival, the Washington Huskies, also fell ill with the upset bug. The Huskies looked bad against the Arizona State Sun Devils and lost a sloppy game, 13-7. And just like their in-state rival, they also fell out of my top 10.

I still do not want to move Wisconsin from that 10 spot, it's not only that they haven't played a good team but they haven't blown a team out like other schools have been doing. If they were blowing the doors off these teams then I could start buying into them, but 33-24 against Northwestern, 38-17 against Nebraska and 17-9 against Purdue isn't doing much to sway my opinion.

For the 2nd week in a row, 2 new teams are in my top 10. Oklahoma makes an appearance again after a big win against rival Texas, stabilizing themselves after a rough couple of weeks. And I'm starting to buy Notre Dame, who makes an appearance at #9 this week. A 1 point loss to Georgia(who is ranked #3) is all that is separating them from currently being undefeated, they have convincingly won all of their other games and that includes a 38-18 road win at Michigan State.

Alabama takes back the #1 spot, where many felt they rightfully belonged in the 1st place.



HEISMAN WATCH

5. Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
4. Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
3. Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
2. Bryce Love, RB, Stanford
1. Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

Right now, this seems like a 3 player race for the Heisman. Lamar Jackson's Heisman run is on life support now as it appears he won't be going back to back with trophy wins. And Jonathan Taylor has popped up on my Heisman watch list after his 2nd straight 200 yard performance. Wisconsin will hit the bulk of the schedule soon so his campaign will be defined by that stretch.

Baker Mayfield pops back up to 3 after a big game against Texas, also helping his campaign are the struggles of Lamar Jackson and Luke Falk last week. RB Bryce Love had yet another big game, rushing for 147 yards and 2 scores in a 49-7 win over Oregon. Penn State was off last weekend, but Barkley has Michigan this week followed by Ohio State, 2 huge games for him to stake his claim to the Heisman trophy.



WEEK 8 PREVIEW


#20 UCF at Navy - 3:30 PM

Week 8 doesn't have quite the slate of good games that we normally hope for, but this game is a nice appetizer before the 2 huge night games

Central Florida is not having any problems on offense or defense this season, averaging 50 points per game while only giving up just under 17 points per game. QB McKenzie Milton has been impressive this season, his 15 TD's and his 70% completion percentage currently has him as the 2nd highest rated QB in the nation as far as passing efficiency goes. The Golden Knights also add a balanced running attack to go along with their passing game, averaging 225 yards a game on the ground. Navy is looking to bounce back after their first loss of the season last week, a 30-27 loss to Memphis in a game where they turned the ball over 5 times.
Navy always offers some unique challenges, their triple option is tough to defend and the Midshipmen average just under 400 rushing yards per game. The key will be for UCF to get them out of their comfort zone and force them to pass, 3rd down and long situations and getting on the scoreboard early and building a lead will do it. Easier said than done though, QB Zach Abey already has over 1,000 rushing yards on the season and Navy will turn to him to keep the offense going and get a big win here.

PREDICTION: UCF 38-20


#19 Michigan at #2 Penn State - 7:30 PM

Saquon Barkley vs. the Michigan defense.

That's what this game comes down to, Barkley is a Heisman candidate that accounts for 38% of Penn State's offense. He is both their leading rusher and receiver and Penn State goes as he goes. Michigan though, doesn't allow many yards, especially on the ground, and they are possibly the best defense in the country. They only allow 85 rushing yards and 138 passing yards a game and the most points that they've given up in a game has been 20. Michigan will especially need the defense to show up due to their struggling offense, they will need to turn to the run game heavily in this game in order to score some points. If Barkley does break loose a bit though and Penn State has some success against the stingy Michigan defense, then Michigan will be put in a tough spot due to their issues at QB and it will be made into an even tougher game for them to win. The "white out" at Beaver Stadium will be in full effect as they have not forgotten the 49-10 loss that Michigan handed them last year, while Michigan looks to make a huge statement on the road and keep their sights set on a Big Ten championship.

PREDICTION: Michigan 24-23


#11 USC at #13 Notre Dame - 7:30 PM

A big rivalry here takes place Saturday night, with the USC Trojans heading to South Bend, IN to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. On paper, this looks about as even as it gets, both teams are similar in points per game, points allowed per game, total yards for per game and total yards against per game. USC continues to escape games this season, as was the case last week as they defeated Utah, 28-27. They have turnover issues which is the cause of these close games, including a loss to Washington State, and they are facing a Notre Dame team that is good enough to where they can't afford to play a sloppy game. Notre Dame has won 4 straight since their 1 point loss to Georgia, and each game has not been a contest even. The Irish may not have a big passing game, only 7 passing touchdowns in 6 games, but their rushing attack(which includes QB Brandon Wimbush) has been getting it done. Wimbush and RB Josh Adams have combined for nearly 1,200 rushing yards and 13 TD's, this is something that USC needs to contain in order to pull off a big road win. If Notre Dame can keep their running game going though along with pressuring USC QB Sam Darnold and getting some turnovers then this will be a statement win for them.

PREDICTION:
Notre Dame 30-27

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 10/18/17: Smackdown Live Seattle Recap


By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

Smackdown Live was live this week in Seattle, Washington, hometown to Smackdown Live General Manager Daniel Bryan. This week's show moved forward as WWE Survivor Series is the next stop for Smackdown Live. What new feuds lie ahead for the blue brand??

** Smackdown Live Card **

- WWE Smackdown Live Women's Champion Nattie Neidhart, Lana and Tamina battled Charlotte, Naomi and Becky Lynch in a Six Woman Tag Team Match.
- WWE United States Champion Baron Corbin battled Sin Cara in a non title match.
- Bobby Roode battled Dolph Ziggler.
- Shinsuke Nakamura and Randy Orton battled Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens.

- Smackdown Live General Manager Daniel Bryan calls out Sami Zayn to explain his recent actions.

- WWE World Heavyweight Champion Jinder Mahal makes a special announcement regarding WWE Survivor Series.

- The Fashion Files Returned.

** Smackdown Live **

- Daniel Bryan Calls Out Sami Zayn: Bryan says it's great to be home and hypes tonight's show. Bryan wants to address someone who disappointed him and calls out Sami Zayn. Zayn says he's still a great guy, all he did was take back his career and accuses Bryan of jealousy for not being able to wrestle anymore. Zayn accuses Bryan of having the fans to help him along the way getting him to the top spot, but where are the fans for Zayn. Zayn says he doesn't care about the fans and maybe Bryan would still be wrestling if he didn't care about the fans at one point too. Zayn calls Bryan nothing but a housewife now as Kevin Owens arrives. Owens is happy Zayn is listening to what Owens has stated from day one and agrees with everything Zayn has stated. Bryan says Owens has never once cared about Zayn, he only cares about himself. Bryan says he cares what's best for the fans, but Owens says Bryan only cares what's best for business. Zayn says Bryan has become what he fought against his entire career, a sellout. Zayn again thanks Owens and Owens mocks Bryan as Bryan promises to find a couple guys to take care of Zayn and Owens to end the segment.

- "Six Woman Tag Team Match": Charlotte, Naomi and Becky Lynch vs. Nattie Neidhart, Lana and Tamina: The match closes out with Nattie breaking up the Figure Four submission and sends Charlotte into the corner. Becky hits the Bexploder on Nattie, sending her outside. Tamina lands a super kick, sending Becky outside. Naomi cross body blocks Tamina to the floor. Charlotte traps Lana in the Figure Four submission and bridges into the Figure Eight for the tap out win.
Winners: Charlotte, Naomi and Becky Lynch, by submission.

- After the match, Nattie attacks Charlotte and sends her into the announcers table. Nattie grabs a steel chair, but Charlotte fights back and chases off Nattie.

- Backstage, Daniel Bryan informs Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens that he has acquired Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura to face them tonight. Zayn and Owens walk out as Bryan smiles.

- The Fashion Files: Pulp Fashion Edition: Tyler Breeze chokes on a cheeseburger and The Ascension offer to help, but only if Breezango will be their friends. Breeze survives, but Fandango still refuses to be The Ascension's friends. Breezango's briefcase comes up missing, The Ascension offer to help find it, but Breezango refuse and walk off.

- Baron Corbin officially announces that the US Open Challenges are closed for good and he'll only defend the WWE United States Championship when it benefits him.

- Baron Corbin vs. Sin Cara: The match closes out with Sin Cara drop kicking Corbin outside. Sin Cara hits a suicide dive and then leaps off the top rope and takes Corbin out again. Sin Cara beats the ten count and Corbin gets counted out.
Winner: Sin Cara, by countout.

- Backstage, The Usos are interviewed. The Usos state that they are the hottest thing going and they have the tag team division on lock. Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin interrupt, disagree with The Usos and promise to come for their tag team titles.

- Jinder Mahal's WWE Survivor Series Announcement: Mahal says he received his hero's welcome in India last week and he's beaten every worthy wrestler on Smackdown Live. Mahal says that he must now beat the most dominant force in the WWE, The Beast Brock Lesnar. Mahal throws down an open challenge to Lesnar for WWE Survivor Series. AJ Styles suddenly interrupts and heads to the ring. Styles says he heard the Lesnar challenge clearly, but he's baffled about Mahal's comments about beating every worthy Smackdown Live wrestler when he's yet to battle Styles. Mahal says Styles is a loser and isn't worthy. Mahal tells Styles to get to the back of the line. Styles attacks and lays out The Singh Brothers then goes after Mahal. Styles hits the Pele Kick on Mahal before The Singh Brothers pull Mahal to safety.

- Backstage, Jinder Mahal confronts Daniel Bryan and demands revenge on AJ Styles. Bryan asks Mahal what he wants to do. Mahal says that Sunil Singh will battle Styles next week. Bryan accepts the challenge. 

- Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler: The match closes out with Ziggler getting a near fall rollup on Roode with a handful of tights. Ziggler counters the Glorious DDT, Roode counters that and gets a near fall rollup on Ziggler. Ziggler gets another rollup with a handful of tights on Roode. and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Aiden English is singing. The New Day interrupt with their trombone and the backstage staff start dancing with New Day. New Day mock English until Rusev interrupts. Rusev says that it's no more New Day it's now Rusev Day. New Day start playing a song for Rusev and English sings a song for Rusev. Rusev gets angry and says this isn't a joke to end the segment. 

- Shinsuke Nakamura and Randy Orton vs. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn: The match closes out with Owens hitting a super kick on Orton. Nakamura tosses Owens outside. Zayn goes for the Helluva Kick on Orton, but gets power slammed for a near fall. Owens sends Nakamura into the steel steps as Zayn low blows Orton. Zayn hits the Helluva Kick on Orton and scores the pinfall.
Winners: Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens, by pinfall.


- After the match, Zayn and Owens mock Daniel Bryan and ask what he has next for them. Bryan says Shane McMahon will decide that next week. Owens announces that he and Zayn are best friends, the best that Smackdown Live has and there's nothing anyone can do about it. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

2017-18 NBA Predictions



Randy Groce, Cleveland Cavaliers & NBA Writer (@Brownsareaweful)
Eastern Conference Finals: Cavs v Wizards
Western Conference Finals: Warriors v Rockets
NBA Finals: Cavs v Warriors, Winner: Cavs
MVP: Kawhi Leonard, changed to LeBron James
Most Improved Player: Joel Embiid
Rookie Of The Year: De'Aaron Fox
Cavs Wins: 57

Cliff Gulley, NBA Writer (@CLG2282)
Eastern Conference Finals: Cavs v Wizards
Western Conference Finals: Warriors v Thunder
NBA Finals: Cavs v Warriors, Winner: Cavs
MVP: LeBron James
Most Improved Player: Dante Exum, changed to Jaylen Brown
Rookie Of The Year: Ben Simmons
Cavs Wins: 62

Pat Luhta, MLB Writer & NCAA Football Writer (@PLuhta)
Eastern Conference Finals: Cavs v Celtics
Western Conference Finals: Warriors v Thunder
NBA Finals: Cavs v Warriors, Winner: Warriors
MVP: John Wall
Most Improved Player: Rodney Hood
Rookie Of The Year: Josh Jackson
Cavs Wins: 58

Jason Disantis, Ohio State Writer, UFC Writer (@JasonInCLE)
Eastern Conference Finals: Cavs v Wizards
Western Conference Finals: Warriors v Thunder
NBA Finals: Cavs v Warriors, Winner: Warriors
MVP: LeBron James
Most Improved Player: Kristaps Porzingis
Rookie Of The Year: Lonzo Ball
Cavs Wins: 57

Pat Tregoning, NCAA Basketball Writer (@PatNShaker)
Eastern Conference Finals: Cavs v Wizards
Western Conference Finals: Warriors v Rockets
NBA Finals: Cavs v Warriors, Winner: Cavs
MVP: James Harden
Most Improved Player: Myles Turner
Rookie Of The Year: Ben Simmons
Cavs Wins: 57

Katelin Marshall, Cleveland Browns & NFL Writer (@KatelinKnowsCLE)
Eastern Conference Finals: Cavs v Celtics
Western Conference Finals: Warriors v Thunder
NBA Finals: Cavs v Warriors, Winner: Cavs
MVP: LeBron James
Most Improved Player: Myles Turner
Rookie Of The Year: Lonzo Ball
Cavs Wins: 55

Jaison Roberts, Pittsburgh Steelers Writer (@Kratoslives)
Eastern Conference Finals: Cavs v Wizards
Western Conference Finals: Warriors v Spurs
NBA Finals: Cavs v Warriors, Winner: Cavs
MVP: LeBron James
Most Improved Player: Derrick Rose
Rookie Of The Year: Jayson Tatum
Cavs Wins: 70

Brandon Albright, Wrestling Writer (@B_Rock1978)
Eastern Conference Finals: Cavs v Celtics
Western Conference Finals: Warriors v Spurs
NBA Finals: Cavs v Spurs, Winner: Spurs
MVP: Russell Westbrook
Most Improved Player: Brandon Ingram
Rookie Of The Year: Lonzo Ball
Cavs Wins: 57

Raven Williams, Editor, Entertainment Writer, Host (@nevaRWilliams)
Eastern Conference Finals: Cavs v Wizards
Western Conference Finals: Warriors v Thunder
NBA Finals: Cavs v Warriors, Winner: Cavs
MVP: Kawhi Leonard
Most Improved Player: Devin Booker
Rookie Of The Year: Dennis Smith Jr.
Cavs Wins: 61