SummerSlam 2017 Predictions

The biggest party of the Summer is this Sunday and I am back with another batch of predictions to see who is going to be winning and losing and the possible in-betweens that may occur.

Possible Match:

WWE Intercontinental Championship Match: The Miz (C) v Jason Jordon: Currently unsure about this match will even take place since that there hasn’t been any confirmation as of yet and if it does happen I think that I may as well try to predict this match. I think that this match could see Jason going over The Miz through a possible DQ with the Miz-tourage getting involved which would then lead to a rematch the next night on Raw. Or the more realistic matchup is that there is going to be a  6-Man match with Jordon teaming up with The Hardy’s to face the Miz-tourage where in this I will see Jordon and The Hardy’s going over.

Randy Orton v Rusev: So, with Rusev getting beaten by John Cena in a rather disappointing match and Orton losing another disappointing match with Jinder Mahal, I think that this is going to be a bit of a underrated match since that these two can put on good matches and I hope that this can be a good match, but since there doesn’t seem to be much of a good result in the future for them. But I do think that Rusev can get the win since that Orton already has had a good year and can still deal with the losses. Winner: Rusev

Big Cass v Big Show (Enzo Amore is in a Shark Cage): I am pretty sure that WWE is using the shark cage gimmick rather too much since that this is the third time in a year since they used it, but this time it is used for a different reason. With the other matches, it was used to keep somebody out from interfering, this time it is there to force somebody to watch the supposed beating of Big Show by Big Cass. I think that this is going to be one of the less interesting matches of the show since that this seems like it should have been a feud that is already over with, but I’m guessing that they still don’t know what to do with either Cass or Enzo since the split happened and I think that Cass will get the win since that Show can eat a loss. However, I think that this match is going to end with Enzo somehow getting over Cass to end the feud once and forever. Winner: Big Cass

John Cena v Baron Corbin: This match pretty much came out of the aftermath of SmackDown when Corbin attacked Shinsuke Nakamura and I think that now it is going to be less exciting since that Corbin had now cashed in his MITB Contract and this I think that Corbin is going to win his match. If Corbin still had his contract he could have easily have eaten the loss and he can then get the win at the end of the night cashing in against Mahal/Nakamura. But since that there is also news that John Cena is putting his acting career ahead of his dwindling wrestling career means that he could be easily eat a defeat and when he comes back he will most likely get a championship shot. Winner: Baron Corbin

‘The Demon’ Finn Balor v Bray Wyatt: This has been a weird feud of mind games and the after math from this week’s Raw it just got even weirder as they had a match, in which Wyatt won and then during the commercial break Wyatt then went to pour ‘acid’ or ‘paint’ over Balor which then caused something to happen where Balor says that the Demon is coming back and this is going to be the match that Balor will win since that Wyatt can still eat losses and will be able to get wins later this year, but I do think that Balor will be in the Universal Championship picture. Winner: Finn Balor

WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match: Akira Tozawa (w/ Titus O’Neil) (C) v: Neville: So, I had to re-write this section since that on the Raw before SummerSlam, Titus O’Neil campaigned for the Tozawa to get his title shot early, and he managed to win it from Neville. But I think that Neville is going to get the win for this match since that he does seem to have the urge to get the title back means that he is going to do whatever he can to the win. Winner: Neville

WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match: The New Day (C) v The Usos: One of the problems that I currently have seen in SmackDown for the past few weeks and that is SmackDown’s tag team division isn’t as good as what it was and one of the main facts is that it just seems to be focused around these two teams. Hopefully this will be the last time that we see these teams fight each other for the next few months since that it is getting rather stale and it currently is stale, for me at least. I think that New Day are going to win this with the fact that they have done wonders for the Tag Team division on Raw and since that it took them a while to get onto SmackDown I would like to see their reign take them to at least Royal Rumble or WrestleMania. Winner: The New Day

WWE Raw Tag Team Championship Match: Sheamus/Cesaro (C) v Seth Rollins/Dean Ambrose: This also has been another weird feud that started off with Ambrose dealing with The Miz and Rollins coming out to help Ambrose and Ambrose not trusting Rollins for a few weeks and the feud then was re-shifted towards them forming an unlikely alliance when they were put into the Tag Title scene since that the Raw scene has been hampered again with one team succumbing to injury, again. I think that Rollins and Ambrose are going to get the win here but I don’t think that they are going to get the titles yet and that Sheamus and Cesaro are going to get either DQ’d or walk away. Winner: Rollins/Ambrose via DQ/ Count Out

WWE Untied States Championship Match: AJ Styles (C) v Kevin Owens (Special Guest Ref Shane McMahon): After the rather dodgy end of their match that they had at Battleground where we saw a rather confusing sequence where a Ref bump seemed to be overdone. Then during the rematch on the following SmackDown another Ref bump this time proved rather useful as I think that the original plan from Battleground was and Styles won the title back from Owens, but this caused Owens to complain to the Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon where Bryan decides to anoint Shane as the special guest Ref since that all the other refs kept getting knocked down. But I have a feeling that there is going to be another Ref bump that will see some sort of hijinks that will change the match, but I think that Styles will retain the championship that will then see he re-issue the open challenge on SmackDown. Winner: AJ Styles

WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship Match: Naomi (C) v Natalya: Well this sure was a rather weird matchup. At Battleground Natalya won the no.1 contenders match, which I think shocked a lot of people including myself, since that I thought that Charlotte would have won it since that was a match up that Naomi would have liked to have had since that she was asked a question on Talking Smack. Hopefully this will be a good match, but I think that it isn’t going to be one of the highlights of the night since I think that it could be changed into a triple threat match since that Carmella still has her MITB Contract, which she can cash in at any time and I think that this would be an opportune moment since that it would give a lot of heel heat towards Carmella, plus it would give a good match between Carmella and Naomi at the following PPV. But A part of me thinks that it is going to be another distraction by Carmella that will cause Natalya to lose but this then causes Natalya to attack Naomi and Carmella cashes in. Winner: Naomi/Carmella (Cash In)

WWE Raw Women’s Championship Match: Alexa Bliss (C) v Sasha Banks: Originally supposed to be facing Bailey but due to a possible botched move that caused an injury and the match had to be rearranged with two triple threat matches and that lead Sasha Banks to face off against Bliss for the title at SummerSlam and I think that she is going to get the win against her which I think it is going to get Sasha to start her heel turn which will then lead her to have a match with Bailey most likely at Survivor Series for their main blow off. Winner: Sasha Banks

WWE Championship Match: Jinder Mahal (C) (w/ The Singh Brothers) v Shinsuke Nakamura: So far, this year it has really shocked me with the winners of the WWE Championship with Bray Wyatt and Jinder holding them, but I think that Jinder has done a better job with it than what Bray did. I think that this match is going to have a lot of hijinks since that not only does Mahal have the Singh Brothers at his back, but they could be expelled at the beginning of the match, but he also does have a 7ft monster in the form of the Great Khali, but he hasn’t been seen since the end of Battleground PPV last month. I do however think that Nakamura is going to win this match since that I do see him holding the title to at least Survivor Series or Royal Rumble for possible plans to have him and AJ Style to fight at next year’s WrestleMania. Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura

WWE Universal Championship Fatal Four Way Match: Brock Lesnar (C) (w/ Paul Hayman) v Roman Reigns v Samoa Joe v Braun Strowman: This match could be rather unpredictable since that there are only three possibilities on who is going to win the title since that I do think that Lesnar is going to be dropping the belt, but I don’t think that he is going to be pinned to lose the title. So, since that I think that Lesnar is going to be out of the picture I think that it is going to go down to either Reigns or Joe since that I think that they are going to be going into a feud between the two of them for the next Raw PPV. But if I had to go with an actual pick I think that it is going to be Joe since that he seems to be a more likely choice. Winner: Samoa Joe

Go-Go Power Rangers #1 Review

A few months ago, Boom Studios revealed that they were going to be releasing a second on-going series but this one focusing on the early days of the Rangers and it turns out that it is set pretty much after the events of the first fight with Goldar.

The issue opens, as I said in the introduction, with the Rangers fighting against Goldar just as they formed to Megazord for the first time. A lot of the dialogue in the first page is mainly caption boxes with the Rangers communicating between each other talking about how cool the Megazord is. After the battle, the Rangers are seen on top of the Megazord admiring the view and Trini asks Jason if he is okay since that he just seems to be staring off in the distance and he replies saying that though they won the battle the war is just starting and that things will never be the same again.

We then cut to three months before the event called ‘Arrival Day’ we see Jason training in the Juice Bar when we see Ernie asking why he is there. He replies saying that he was getting in a morning workout and Ernie replies saying that it seems that he is training for something but doesn’t know why he would be. Jason tells a tale when he was at camp a kid named Brandon had made a bow and arrow and when he was going to test it out, a bully took it off him and snapped it in two. Ernie says that it wasn’t his fault but then it is revealed that he was the one that did it, and that he is making sure that when there are bullies around that he would be there to stand up to them.

At the high-school, Jason and Zack meet up where the just generally talk and we see what Zack is also good at and that is being able to make friends with pretty much anybody, from people in band, to teachers to some of the hottest girls. Outside, Trini and Billy are walking inside where Billy where he asks her about if telling a crush about their feelings if the chance of dating would increase and she replies saying that the odds of rejection and utter humiliation. But as Billy goes to talk more with her he gets hit by a water balloon thrown by Bulk along with Skull. Inside Jason and Zack see the aftermath of the water balloon and we are introduced to a new character, Matthew Cook, who tells Billy that he would get the Football team to tape Bulk up to a goalpost, but Billy says that isn’t necessary so Matthew decides to give him his hat.

This whole section seemed to be rather interesting since it really did give more character to the Rangers since that looking back at the television series the Rangers didn’t seem to have much of a diverse character design. I really like the idea that Jason used to be a bully, but then he realised that what he was doing was wrong and I would like to see this be more developed. Zach seemed to be nearly the same as his counterpart in the show. But the one character that seems to be improved more is with Billy since that they have been involving the possible relationship between him and Trini, but it is sad to know that it wouldn’t work out since the events of Power Ranger Pink, where Trini ends up with Zach, which seemed that it came from the current storyline from the Mighty Morphin comics and it is something that I like.

On the moon, we see Rita conversing with Goldar, Squatt, Baboo and Finster, who are ready to serve her and tell her that her putties are awaiting her commands. She says that this time they won’t be attacking blindly and then bring up the two prisoners that they have, who broke he out of the dumpster, two NASDA astronauts with one of them asking them to be freed. But Rita says that he has no need to worry since that she has no plans on harming them but she does require information on Earth from them.

At the Juice Bar Jason, Zack, Billy and Trini are meeting up and wondering where Kimberly is at and Trini knows where she is and Jason seems annoyed that she isn’t here and they start conversing about the battle that they had yesterday. Billy seems slightly on edge that somebody may have noticed them but Zack brings up that there a lot of people that are still shell shocked about the events that had happened and Billy then brings up that people were jumping at loud noises. Zack then brings up that they should at least morph and help with the clean-up, but Jason disagrees saying that it would be a bad idea since that there will be a lot of soldiers and reporters there trying to find out who they are and since that he is the leader of the team, he thinks that this is the best decision for the team, but Zack speaks up wanting to know if they can trust Zordon and Trini also brings up points with her and Billy’s mothers becoming over protected and wanting to know where they are and what they are doing. Jason tries to think of excuses to help them cover their Ranger duties but is then interrupted when Alpha calls saying that they are needed in the Command Center and then tells Trini to contact Kimberly.

Meanwhile at make out spot, Kimberly and Matthew are they start talking and about some of the most recent events, with Matthew bringing up the events of when Goldar attacked and with the stuff that has been happening, the first thing that is on his mind is ‘Where’s Kimmy’ and it shows that he does care a lot about her. He asks her if they still want to be together and she says that she does but just as they start to make out Trini blocks them telling her to get to the Command Center. She apologies to Matt saying Trini was texting her and he seems to be rather cool with it believing that it is just girl’s stuff and he asks her if she is going to help him study for the Trig test and is about to take her home, when she then says that they don’t need to leave right now. I think that the best thing about this scene is that it showed that Kim being in a relationship with somebody else that Tommy Oliver and I think that this could create a rather good story down the line, depending on what they already have penned down since that it doesn’t look like at this time that we could be seeing Matthew in the Might Morphin series.

At the Command Center, Zordon informs to the Rangers that he believes that Rita is going to begin another attack and brings up that the Astronauts that accidentally freed her, still haven’t made it back to Earth and are imprisoned in her castle. Jason brings up the fact that if they are imprisoned there, then they need to go and rescue them, but Zordon says that this is a bad idea since that Rita is far too powerful and that the castle is well guarded. Jason then brings up a good point saying that it was Zordon that gave them the power to fight against Rita’s forces and that they want to take the fight to her. With the possible news of them travelling to the Moon it gives them some mixed feelings with Zack acting like a giddy child, which i like to think what his reaction was like when they were in the Megazord scenes in the beginning describing them as ‘Space Ninjas’. Jason have a spontaneous plan in his head and says that if they get teleported in quick and they get out fast they know they can do it. Leading up to the team heading to the moon, Trini talks to her mother on the phone with her being annoyed about breaking curfew and Kim texting, Matt probably, that she wasn’t going to make it over to his. Billy still doesn’t want to head to the Moon but Zack reassures him that he is going to do great when they get there and we see the team morph into their Ranger costumes in a good page spread, but I do think that it could have been laid out better with the Rangers in their suits since that you have three on one side, Jason in roughly the middle and Kim in the end by herself.

On the moon, the Rangers discover Rita’s Palace, Kim stares off at the Earth and wishes that she could share it with Matt, but Jason says that they need to protect their friends by not telling them what they do, but just as he finishes saying that Kim warns him and they are surrounded by Putties and I don’t mean ten or fifteen, I mean a legion of Putties. Jason manages to clear a way to get them inside of the Place and tells the team his plan, for them to go and rescue the Astronauts whilst he goes and secures them an exit route, beating up the Putties and being on the lookout for Rita. Kim seems worried about him being on his own, but Zack reassures her that he would be fine.

The Rangers manages to find the Astronauts, but there is a challenge before them in the form of Goldar, but Zack and Billy manage to distract him long enough for Kim and Trini to save the Astronauts and make a hasty exit. As they get away from Goldar they realise that the corridor that they were travelling down had disappeared, but Trini also brings up that Jason is still no longer around. Over to where Jason is and we see him confronting Rita but we see that she outmatches him with ease and we see her throwing him through a wall right in the path where the other Rangers are. The issue ends with Rita, with her followers, knowing all the Rangers real names and gives them a proper introduction but also a warning that they have made a terrible mistake.

This end is rather good since that it does show Rita to be a lot more powerful than what she was in the show, possibly on par to the new version that we got in the latest film. The artwork throughout is good and constant with each of the designs for Rita’s main circle well designed as well since that they see to be more menacing, even Squatt and Baboo who were comedic villains from the show.

One final thing that I do like about this is that with each of the Rangers got their own biography page, which isn’t what you see much nowadays in comics. They give you the basic description of the characters, but it seems to be done in the same way a year book would be done, with having likes, dislikes and a quote, but I am not 100% sure since I am not American or from a country that uses yearbooks, so if anybody could help me out on that note it would be rather enlightening.

Overall, I did rather enjoy this first issue, but I did find that the opening scene to be rather weird with it then time skipping three months prior, but with the way that the panels lead into each other it doesn’t seem that there would have been a time skip. But nonetheless it is a good read and I wonder what events that the creative team have for the rest of this story.

Dragon Ball Chapter 3&4 Review

Last time in Dragon Ball, Bulma and Goku met up by a freak accident and we were introduced to the reoccurring plot device in the franchise, the Dragon Balls. Also, we see Goku’s power and naivety as well showing that he can take down a large Dinosaur/Dragon but also not knowing modern things, but that is down to his nomad upbringings. So, let’s see what is install for the duo this time.

Our story follows up from the end of the last chapter with Bulma annoyed at Goku for waking them up early, so he decides to go outside and train for a bit lifting large boulders and crushing them. However, when he goes to lift one up it turns out that it is in fact a turtle and not a boulder. The both are shocked, especially Goku because he thought that she had turned into it because she was slow in taking her time. Bulma comes out of the house to see what the commotion is and discovers that Goku is conversing with a sea turtle.

The turtle asks them for a bucket of seawater to drink and then explains to them why they are here. He says that he went looking for mushrooms and has been lost in the woods for the past year, and Bulma gives him the bad news that being he is still travelling in the wrong direction and that he is 120 kilometers from the sea. Goku says that he will take him to the sea, but Bulma says that they only have 30 days left for their quest so he decides to take him on his own and leaves Bulma behind. Bulma then says that she doesn’t need Goku, but then she realises that she forgot to get Goku’s Dragon Ball from him, but notices something rather worse, a large Dinosaur walking around in the back ground, so she decides then to quickly pack up and join them.

On the way to the sea, a Tiger Bandit spots the trio heading straight towards them and he tries to take Turtle to eat. Bulma wants Goku to give him the Turtle, however he doesn’t and he keeps on taunting the Bandit so the Bandit decides to use force and take the Turtle from them both. He manages to dodge his attack and Bulma tells him to get on the bike, however Goku continues fighting managing to land on the tip of the Bandit’s sword and gives him the Rock, Scissors, Paper move and he manages to defeat the Bandit. Bulma then realises how strong he is and they continue their diversion to the sea, which then end up reaching.

Turtle is happy that he has arrived back at the sea and asks them to stay where they are so that he can go and get them a reward for their generosity. They wait for Turtle to return with their reward and Bulma notices something coming to them from the ocean and Goku says that its Turtle and that he can see somebody riding on him. As Turtle gets closer to them, they notice that it is an old man.

Chapter four opens with the Goku asking who the old man is and he introduces himself as Kame-Sen’nin- The Turtle Hermit (more commonly known as Master Roshi in the dub). He asks the Turtle if it was both that helped him, but he replies that it was just the boy, so Roshi (which I am call him for the rest of the reviews of this) is going to give him a gift. He calls for the Immortal Phoenix but it doesn’t show up and Turtle reminds him of a previous problem that occurred between the two of them and Roshi remembers the problem but he comes up with an even better gift and summons the Kinto’un (or the Flying Nimbus again called in the dub and what I will be calling it). The cloud appears and Goku asks how he can eat it and Roshi tells him that he doesn’t eat a magical cloud but rides it. Bulma seems rather perplexed by this wondering about Turtle Hermits and magical clouds and Roshi then tells him that only a person with a pure heart can fly on the Nimbus and when he tries to jump on the cloud he falls straight through it.

Goku jumps on the cloud and starts flying around the place all giddy and childlike when Bulma chimes in asking for a reward too but Turtle tells Roshi that it was Goku that helped him. But Bulma reminds him that she was the one that gave him seawater to drink. Roshi says that he only has one magic cloud but he asks to see something of hers in exchange and that being her panties. Turtle complains to Roshi about his perverted ways but Bulma agrees to show him her panties and we get a bigger surprise when we see Bulma pulling up her nightie to see that she isn’t wearing any panties and she has just flashed Roshi and Turtle without realising.

Bulma then asks Roshi for her favour and he starts to decide on what she may want to see, but what she does see is hanging from his neck, the three-star Dragon Ball, and Roshi says that he found this 100 years ago on the ocean floor. Roshi asks if the thing is valuable, but Bulma believes that they are getting the ball for free as her reward for flashing Roshi. But Roshi didn’t say that they could have it… until Bulma flashes him again where he gives them the Dragon Ball and they head back to the house. Bulma goes to put some clothes on and then she realises that her panties have been in the house the entire time and she then realises what she had done. Goku then chimes in saying that he was the one that took off her panties and she unleashes her rage on him and shoots him with a gun, which he manages to survive because Goku.

They pack up to continue the rest of the journey and Bulma says that if Goku pulls a stunt like that again, she will kill him and then brings up that they would be able to get around more faster with them being on the Flying Nimbus together. But when Bulma gets on the cloud the same that happened to Roshi happens to her as she falls through the cloud face first. She wonders why she can’t board it thinking that being too beautiful and thinks of it being a sin so she now must ride her bike instead of on the cloud. Maybe one day she will be able to ride the cloud in some way.

Overall, I think that this is a good bit of filler whilst still exploring the story. The introduction of Roshi was done well and we see the tropes that come from Japan representing older men as rather perverted towards younger women, but as his character has grown now in Super I’m glad that he is now behind this. And next year we will be carrying on with the adventures of Goku and Bulma to see where their adventures will take them next in their quest for the Dragon Balls.