Weekly Wrasslin' Not Wroundup (Aug 17-20)

Very little happened on the shows this week, and I haven't even had time to watch Smackdown. NXT featured a record EIGHT opponents already in the ring in a one hour show. Raw featured the return of Dolph Ziggler and that's about it. So instead of a Wroundup, let me get my predictions in for the two huge shows this weekend, starting with NXT Takeover: Brooklyn

Apollo Crews vs. Tye Dillinger

This is Apollo Crews' big debut semi-squash match, so he'll win, obviously. Tye Dillinger will get some offense in, but not too much, and the whole thing should be over in about three minutes, not counting entrances and a possible post-match promo.

Baron Corbin vs. Samoa Joe

I can't predict the outcome of this match because I can't predict the future. And by that, I mean that this match's outcome is basically hinging on what the WWE thinks Baron Corbin's future is. If they think he's still worth keeping around, he'll beat Joe. If they think the Baron Corbin Experiment is a huge failure, Joe will destroy him and he'll be back in a month with a new gimmick.

Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Tyler Breeze

There's no reason for Liger to win this match, and every reason for Breeze to win it, to set up a title feud with Finn Balor. Breeze wins in a solid but unspectacular bout.

Blake and Murphy (c) vs. The Vaudevillains (Aiden English and Simon Gotch)

Everything they've been doing is pointing to a Vaudevillains win with the help of a surprise female ally, so that's what I'm expecting to see tonight.

Sasha Banks (c) vs. Bayley

This is Bayley's time. Sasha needs to be on the main roster pretty much full time so she can feud with Charlotte after, and I know this is long distance predicting, Charlotte takes the title from Nikki Bella once Bella takes the record from AJ Lee in about a month. And Bayley needs the belt and a pretty long title run, building up the next round of NXT women.

Finn Balor (c) vs. Kevin Owens

As much as it pains me to say this, Kevin Owens is going to work his ass off this weekend and probably lose twice. There's no way he's getting the title back from Balor - this is classic NXT "beat him twice" feud ending booking going on here, and the ladder match should be spectacular. Then Finn can go on to feud with Breeze for the rest of the year until Itami and Zayn are back in action.

And now, for the longer show I'm less interested in, Summerslam

The Prime Time Players (c) vs. The Lucha Dragons vs. Los Matadores vs. The New Day

The narrative in the tag team division has been a goddamned mess ever since PTP won the titles. PTP and New Day have the best shot at walking away with the belts. Lucha Dragons are a longshot - I don't think they're championship material yet. Of course, I feel the same way about Blake and Murphy and the PTP, so who knows. Los Matadores will probably get pinned no matter who wins.

Ryback (c) vs. Big Show vs. The Miz

Ryback will probably win this. I will definitely hate it. I have no idea where the IC Title goes from here, I just hope it goes someplace else. Anyplace else.

Randy Orton vs. Sheamus

Oh God. I care so little about this match. Orton won last month, so I guess I'll go with Sheamus.

Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper vs. Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose

I'm going to go with the Wyatts here, because I don't think Reigns and Ambrose have anything else to do until at least the Royal Rumble. Erick Rowan is still unaccounted for, but if they reunite all three Wyatts and can't reunite all three Shield members, where does that go?

Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev

The idea that Rusev is an unpinnable monster is dead, so Ziggler can beat him here and probably will. If Rusev wins, it'll be to further the love triangle drama, with Lana turning on Ziggler.

Stephen Amell and Neville vs. Stardust and King Barrett

You don't invite and train a celebrity, have the celebrity wear his TV costume in the match, and have the celebrity's team lose. Amell pins Barrett, leaving Stardust and Neville with unsettled business so they can use their expensive comic book matches for another month.

Team Bella vs. Team B.A.D. vs. Team PCB

It kind of doesn't matter who wins here, because there are no stakes beyond bragging rights. Hopefully, they'll use this match to create some new dynamics around the Diva's Title which they can use once Nikki has the longest title reign record. I'm going to go with Team PCB because I like them best.

Kevin Owens vs. Cesaro

As much as I hate to see Owens lose twice in the same weekend, I think Cesaro needs the clean win more right now. 75% Cesaro wins, 25% Owens shenanigans and the feud continues for another month. Also probably the best match of the night.

Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker

This one's a tossup. Booking logic says Undertaker should get his revenge, but we have a guy who wrestles once every eighteen months versus a guy who wrestles once every 2-3 months, so i makes no sense to put Taker over. But it makes only incrementally more sense for Lesnar to win. Since the WWE and making sense are at best dating each other casually, I'll say Undertaker.

John Cena (US Champion) vs. Seth Rollins (World Heavyweight Champion)

I don't know what's going to happen here. I do know that given the title-for-title stipulation, either of these guys holding two belts going forward is just going to choke off an already bottlenecked roster even more, So I'm going to pin my hopes and dreams on some form of shenanigans. Possibly Money in the Bank shenanigans, since Sheamus and the briefcase aren't doing shit for each other. Possibly Owens shenanigans set off by his loss to Cesaro. I can't think of any surprise return shenanigans. But shenanigans there will be. Especially if this match goes on before Brock-Taker.