Saturday, August 10, 2019

My Picks for Summer Slam 2019

Summer Slam 2019
Will Becky Lynch retain her title?  Can Seth Rollins dethrone the Beast?  Will Kofi suffer a RKO?  These are the questions the WWE Universe needs to know the answers to.  Well, in the post, I will provide you with my thoughts on who should leave Summer Slam VICTORIOUS!

WWE Cruiserweight Champion Drew Gulak vs. Oney Lorcan 
WWE Cruiserweight Championship

Drew Gulak has proven that he has what it takes to be champ, but can he keep up with the brutality that Oney Lorcan possess?  I believe it will be a hard fight, however, I think Drew will walk away with the title.

Winner: Drew Gulak

SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley vs. Ember Moon
WWE Smackdown Live's Women Championship Match

Bayley chose Ember Moon to face her at Summer Slam.  Sure, Bayley said some nice things about Ember, but don't be fooled.  Bayley chose Ember because she thinks she can guarantee a victory.  Well, Bayley may get some nice strikes in but Ember will come out on top, especially if she hits the Eclipse.

Winner: Ember Moon

United States Champion AJ Styles vs. Ricochet
United States Championship Match

AJ Styles and ricochet have been tearing it up for months now with some kick ass matches.  It is because of these matches, that I believe this match could steal the entire show.  Ricochet had a taste of what it was like to be champion and he wants it back. The only problem is, he isn't just wrestling anyone, he is wrestling the Phenomenal One.  One on One, AJ has the means to win but you know his boys Gallows and Anderson will be in the arena and as of right now they are matchless so they can give a helping hand if needed.

Winner: AJ Styles

Goldberg vs. Dolph Ziggler
Dolph Ziggler Vs Goldberg

Dolph has been complaining about the over use of retirees instead of the talent that is available.  In that manner, he and Kevin Owens can agree.  Too much talent is buried and put to the side.  Dolph tried to get his pal, the Miz, to see where he was coming from only to have HBK get in the way.  Well, Dolph did what he does best, and he talked the talk.  Some may say he opened his mouth too wide because now he faces Goldberg.  Sure, Dolph's mouth got him into a huge match, but that is where he shines.  You see, Dolph doesn't just talk the talk, but he can walk the walk.  I foresee a loss in Goldberg's future.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler by any means necessary

Trish Stratus vs. Charlotte Flair 
Trish Stratus Vs Charlotte Flair

Charlotte is furious that the Queen was not thought of for any championship opportunity at Summer Slam. Her ego got the best of her and she thought she would challenge Trish for a match.  She knows the crowd will always loves to see Trish wrestle, so she figures what better way to get in the limelight than to be a legend.  Sure Trish may not train as much as Charlotte, but Trish hasn't lost her step either.  I think Charlotte challenged the wrong woman.  She would have been better of challenging Michael Cole. 

Winner: Trish Stratus

Kevin Owens vs. Shane McMahon
KO Vs Shane O'Mac

Shane is nowhere near the Best, and Kevin will do everything to prove it.  We all know that Shane will have tricks up his sleeve, but since we are in Canada for Summer Slam, Kevin may h ave some tricks as well.  I mean KO's career is on the line.  I think Shane will try to cheat to win, but I think KO will come out on top.

Winner: Kevin Owens

Finn Bálor vs. “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt


The Fiend Vs Finn

Bray Wyatt aka the Fiend hasn't wrestled a match for some time now.  Finn has been busy defending the Intercontinental Championship until recently.  SO, who will come out the better man?  Well, in this match, Finn might be the only man coming to the ring.  The Fiend is looking to hurt Finn Balor and to put him on a shelf.  The only thing that could save Finn, is the power of the Demon King.  Unfortunately for the WWE Universe, Finn has promised not to let him in.

Winner: The Fiend, Bray Wyatt

WWE Champion Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton
WWE Championship Match

Kofi chose Randy as his challenger due to some bad blood from years ago.  Only problem is, Randy is a Viper and he strikes whether you see him coming or not.  Don't get me wrong, Kofi is very capable and could come out on top,  but Randy is a tricky opponent to beat.  What I am saying is that Kofi is in for one hell of a match.  

Winner: Kofi Kingston, someway, somehow

Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch vs. Natalya

Raw Women’s Championship Match (Submission Match)

Natalya wants to be champion once again.  She wants to win it in her homeland.  I understand all that, but why challenge the Man?   If it was a regular match I could see it, but a submission match?  Becky has won more matches with her Disarmer move that Natalya has with her sharpshooter.  I get why Natalya wants to win at Summer Slam, but by making it a submission match, I think she guaranteed her loss to the Man.

Winner:  Becky "the Man" Lynch

Universal Champion Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins

Universal Championship Match

Seth claims to be the Beast Slayer because he got lucky and pinned the Beast to win the Universal Championship.  Fast Forward to Money in the Bank and Lesnar wins to guarantee payback to Rollins for stealing his title.  For weeks and weeks, Seth was swimming with blood in the water, waiting for the great white to take it's bite and reclaim his glory.  That is exactly what the Beast did when he cashed in his MITB contract to become champion once again.  Since then, the Beast, Brock Lesnar has reminded Seth exactly why they call him the Beast.  Seth thinks he has a chance of defeating Brock at Summer Slam, but to steal a line from Mr. McMahon's soundtrack, Seth has NO CHANCE IN HELL.

Winner: Brock Lesnar

Well, now you know  where I stand.  I am disappointed that the Tag Titles as well as the International title are not up for grabs.  Hopefully, we will get to see some 24/7 title opportunities as well as a Roman Reigns Vs Rowan showdown.

Until next time, unleash your inner NERD!

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Saturday Showcase: the Butcher

William J. Butcher aka the Butcher
I binge watched the Boys series on Amazon Prime TV yesterday and I just had to focus on the Butcher for this edition of Saturday Showcase.  For those of you who don't know, the Boys is a comic written by Garth Ennis and first hit the shelves in 2006.  Fast Forward 13 years and the Boys is now a hit TV series found only on Amazon Prime TV.

Who are the Boys?  Well, the Boys are a Black Ops team that's main mission is to keep the "Supes" in check.  The leader of the Boys goes by the alias the Butcher.  All members of the Boys have something against super heroes, but the Butcher's heart is filled with hate from his experiences.  This hatred fuels his desire to see all "supes" dead, which makes him the perfect candidate for leading this motley crew.  

Karl Urban as the Butcher
Karl Urban's portrayal of the Butcher is spot on in my book.  One might ask themselves why would a man feel so much hatred for "Heroes"?  But when you find out William's life story, you can understand.  The "Supes" screwed him over and now it's his turn to do the same.

The show and the comics have similarities as well as differences, but what remains constant in both areas is that the Butcher is not one you want to mess with.

With Great Power...
Powers:

Agility
Berserker Strength
Healing
Intellect
Invulnerability
Leadership
Stamina
Super Strength
Unarmed Combat

Weapon Master

First Appearance:

The Boys #1 - The Name of the Game, Part One (2006)

Last Appearance:

The Boys #71 - The Bloody Doors Off, Part 6

the Boys
If you haven't seen the Boys, you need to watch it now!  Also, get your hands on the old comics series or trades so you can enjoy the exploits written by Garth Ennis and see where it all began.

Derf's Picks: the Boys

the Boys as seen on Amazon Prime TV
The Boys is F'N Amazing!  A strong 9 out of 10 rating for me.

To hear more about my opinion, check out the link below.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Extreme Rules 2019 - My Picks

Extreme Rules 7/14/19 from Philadelphia, PA
I realize that Extreme Rules 2019 starts in less than 3 hrs from know and some of you may be wondering why I am putting up picks.  Well, I promised some fellow wrasslin Nerds that I would place my picks so we could discuss later.  Since I am on a time crunch, I will just briefly explain why I pick who I pick.  Anyway, let's get this show started.

Cruiserweight Championship (205 Live match)
WWE Cruiserweight Champion Drew Gulak vs. Tony Nese

For those of you who do not watch 205 Live, you really do not know what you are missing.  They are some of the most talented wrestlers Vince has on his roster.  With that said, expect nothing but a great match from Gulak and Nese.  Nese wants hs title back but I think the hometown hero that is Gulak will win and remain cahmpion.

My Pick - Drew Gulak remains the WWE Cruiserweight Champion

The ones who love to FIGHT
Aleister Black vs. Cesaro

This match-up promises to be one hell of a fight.  For weeks Aleister has been asking for someone to knock on his door and pick a fight and last week Cesaro was the one who answered.  If match remains one on one without outside interference, I believe Aleister has what it takes to come out on top.  I have a feeling that someone may try to get involved in this match-up that will make for an interesting feud in the future.  I guess we will just have to wait and see.

My Pick - Aleister Black will win this fight

Last Man Standing Match

Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley

The Last Man Standing Match for this PPV, is between two giants of RAW.  In one corner, the All Mighty, Bobby Lashley Vs the Monster among Men, Braun Strowman.  Both of these men want the win to prove who should be feared more in the locker room.  I admit I do not like Lashley, but you cannot deny the powerhouse that he is.  He will push Braun to the limit, but I believe the Monster will be unleashed and Strowman will win.

My Pick- The Monster among Men will remain standing as the All Mighty falls

US Championship
Ricochet vs. AJ Styles

This match up has the potential to be PHENOMENAL.  expect high-flying and hard-hitting moves from both wrestlers.  Ricochet is good, but AJ is better.  Maybe a new hashtag will flood the internet as the leader of the Club becomes champ after he #BeatUpRicochet.

My Pick - AJ Styles becomes your new US Champion

WWE Championship
Kofi Kingston Vs Samoa Joe

It has truly been a great run for Kofi as of late, but that run is about to end.  Samoa Joe is not like anyone that Kofi has faced before.  Kofi is a talented wrestler, but Joe is talented as well.  If the New Day can stay away from this match, Kofi will see that Joe was right.  Without his friends, Kofi could witness the end of his reign as champ.

My Pick - Samoa Joe with the win and becomes the new WWE Champion

2 on 1 Handicap match for Smackdown Live's Women's Championship
Bayley Vs Alexa Bliss Vs Nikki Cross

One may think the odds are against Bayley, but I feel this match will actually work in her favor.  Bliss will show her true colors and Cross will realize that her friendship was a front which will lead to those two fighting and Bayley could come out on top.  There is also a rumor that Sasha may return and try to betray Bayley.  If that is true, I expect the betrayal after the match because Sasha wants that gold for herself.

My Pick - Bayley remains Smackdown Live's Women's Champion

RAW Tag Team Championship
The Revival Vs the Usos

Two very talented tag teams face off for the right to be called champion.  The Revival are a great team but so are the Usos.  The Usos have an edge over the Revival in the fact that they are family.  It is that edge that I believe will have the Usos come out victorious.  

My Pick - Usos become RAW Tag Team Champions

Smackdown Live Tag Team Championship
 Daniel Bryan & Rowan vs. Big E & Xavier Woods vs. Heavy Machinery

Triple Threat matches are always entertaining and with teams like New Day and Heavy Machinery, you know you are going to laugh.  The team of Bryan and Rowan are not here to make you laugh, therefore the laughter will stop from a knee to the face or an Iron Claw Slam.  Regardless, the champs will remain the champs.

My Pick - Daniel Bryan and Rowan will be victorious and retain the titles.

Winner Takes All
Seth Rollins &  Becky Lynch vs. Baron Corbin & Lacey Evans 

Never before have I seen a Winner Takes All match as a Tag Team match for individual titles.  Since this is a "historic" match, I expect the outcome to favor the champs.  Why?  Well, they are better wrestlers that the challengers but they are also a couple.  They know each other's next moves without speaking.  Also, when you have two big egos like Corbin and Evans, they always explode during a match.

My Pick - Team Man remain Champs

No Holds Barred Match
The Undertaker & Roman Reigns vs. Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre

Shane's family may own the yard, but the Graveyard Dogs are the ones who run it.  Shane will quickly realize he isn't the best in the world.  Sure Team McMahon will have tricks up their sleeves, but Team Taker will make sure they Rest In Peace.

My Pick - the Graveyard Dogs will come out on top

JUST ADDED
Fight Owens Fight
Kevin Owens vs. Dolph Ziggler

As I am writing this post, it was announced that Kevin Owens will take on Dolph Ziggler to put an end to their "feud".  We all know that Owens has a problem with how Shane is running things so that may be in Ziggler's advantage but Owens is a fighter and I expect him to win to make a point to Shane.

My Picks - Owens will bring the fight to Ziggy and win

Intercontinental Championship
Finn Bálor vs. Shinsuke Nakamura 

These two superstars are some of the most underrated wrestlers on the roster.  In my opinion, they do not give enough TV time to these two.  I also feel that this match will be a contender for match of the night.  With that said, expect a great wrestling match.  My gut is telling me that Shinsuke will come out victorious.  If that happens, I expect to see Finn on RAW to see if the Club has any openings for a 4th member.

My Pick - Sinsuke Nakamura becomes your new Intercontinental Champion

Other Thoughts

I feel that other things should happen at Extreme Rules.  
Here are some of those thoughts.
  1. The Women's Tag Championship should be defended.
  2. The 24/7 title needs to be challenged.
  3. Brock will attack both champions, but only cash in on Seth.
  4. Bray will come into the Fray, but when?

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Saturday Showcase: the Reavers

Lady Deathstrike and the Reavers
    This Saturday Showcase spotlights one of my favorite band of villains that the X-Men have ever faced.  I am talking about the Reavers.  Who are the Reavers?  Well, The Reavers are a team of criminal cyborgs dedicated to the destruction of the mutant X-Men, and a number of them especially wanted to take revenge on one particular X-Man, Wolverine. The name was originally used by a gang of Australian cyborgs. The name later referred to a group under the leadership of Donald Pierce, consisting of the three survivors from the original Reavers along with other cyborgs.

    The Reavers first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #229 (May 1988) and were created by Chris Claremont and Marc Silvestri.  Members include Donald Pierce,
Lady Deathstrike, Pretty Boy, Bonebreaker, Skullbuster, Wade Cole, Angelo Macon, Murray Reese, Skullbuster #2 (Cylla Markham), and Josh Foley.

Reavers in action.
    The team roster has change many times during the years due to deaths at the hands of Wolverine and the X-men as well as other heroes like the Punisher.  Yes, the Reavers were stupid enough to tangle with Frank.  The rosters can be seen below.

First Team

  • Bonebreaker
  • Skullbuster
  • Pretty Boy
  • Various unnamed other members (deceased or reincarnated)

Second Team
  • Donald Pierce (leader)
  • Lady Deathstrike
  • Wade Cole (deceased)
  • Angelo Macon (deceased)
  • Murray Reese (deceased)
  • Bonebreaker (arrested)
  • Skullbuster
  • Skullbuster (Cylla)
  • Pretty Boy (arrested)
    There were several more teams to follow, but they did not have the same spark or fire as the first two teams.  My favorite team will always be the second team.

1st Appearance Uncanny X-men #229 (One of my favorite all time covers as well)
    The Reavers were all about getting what's theirs.  They started off as a mutant kill team and then they went on to any crimes, but mainly focused their hatred on mutants.  Wolverine was always a pain in their side, which made me love the characters even more.
    In 2017, a team of Reavers showed up in the film Logan.  They also saw a resurgence in the comics in 2018 when they joined Havok to destroy a threat that was even bigger than them.  Although it was strange seeing the Reavers fight for good, it was still good to see them.  Recently, Skullbuster got his own Marvel Legends figure.  I would also love to see a Pretty Boy and Bonebreaker come out in future Marvel Legends figures.  I mean they for a cool look.  They are Cyborgs for crying out loud, LoL.  That;s just my opinion though.
Rogue, in the hands of the Reavers
    This has been my spotlight on the Reavers.  I suggest you do some back issue digging at your local comic store so you can enjoy these classic battles with the Marvel Universe.  I am giving you a reading list to help you realize exactly who the Reavers are.
  

Issues you should read:

  1. Uncanny X-Men #229
  2. Uncanny X-Men #247-249
  3. Uncanny X-Men #251-255
  4. Punisher  (Vol.2) #33-34
  5. Wolverine (Vol. 2) #35-39
    That is all for now.  Until next time, get your READ on!