Mike at the Movies, reel 07

Mike at the Movies is a podcast where I give my thoughts/reviews on movies I have seen. This will be a podcast where I review one to three films with or without a co-host. The movies reviewed do not have to be current and can be any movie from any year and the discussion can include spoilers.

This reel I welcome Dan to talk about Death Note (2017).

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WWE SummerSlam 2017

SummerSlam 2017 thoughts (match rating scale is out of 4 stars)
“(c)” = incumbent champions

SINGLES MATCH
John Cena def. Baron Corbin

MY PREDICTION: Cena
★★


WWE SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Natalya def. Naomi (c)

I wasn’t into this one much because the Smackdown Women’s division really isn’t investing in any way and this match wasn’t very good either. I did get the outcome I wanted, but it was a very flat outcome. On the plus side, Natalya came out with a very Bret Hart inspired jacket on that I like.

MY PREDICTION: Natalya
★★


SINGLES MATCH
Big Cass def. Big Show

While I don’t follow Raw at all, the whole Enzo Amore locked in a shark cage and suspended above the middle of the ring was still the dumbest thing I’ve seen since I’ve started watching pro wrestling again. It had zero impact on the match and wasn’t even involved as any kind of stipulation either. The match amounted to a bad Big Show match (because all Big Show matches are bad) with added annoyance from Enzo running his mouth non-stop.

MY PREDICTION: Cass


SINGLES MATCH
Randy Orton def. Rusev

Terrible match. And by “match” I mean an RKO followed by a pin for 10 whole seconds of pointless.

MY PREDICTION: Rusev


WWE RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Sasha Banks def. Alexa Bliss (c)

MY PREDICTION: Bliss
★★½


SINGLES MATCH
Finn Bálor def. Bray Wyatt

MY PREDICTION: Bálor
★★½


WWE RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose def. Cesaro & Sheamus (c)

Match of the night!

MY PREDICTION: Rollins & Ambrose
★★★½


WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Special Guest Referee: Shane McMahon
A.J. Styles (c) def. Kevin Owens

The U.S. Championship match or as I like to call it, Shane McMahon’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. It was funny to watch all of the scenarios in which Shane just happens to get clocked.

MY PREDICTION: Styles
★★★


WWE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Jinder Mahal (c) def. Shinsuke Nakamura

Mahal has been a solid champ so far, but I felt he hasn’t grown and improved enough with the belt to warrant a retention here. Case in point as this is at least the third time he won with this exact same formula, but now with a really sloppy Khallas. I do think it ultimately was the right call for Mahal to retain despite my feelings and prediction because I feel it’s still a little too early for Nakamura to win this title and he needs to have the crowd pop bigger than they already are for him. Very disappointing match overall.

MY PREDICTION: Nakamura
★★½


WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Fatal 4-Way
Brock Lesnar (c) def. Braun Strowman, Samoa Joe, and Roman Reigns

This was my other contender for match of the night. It was very close to getting that nod, but there’s only so many goddamn Superman Punches from Reigns I can take before I throw my hands up in disgust. I think I counted at least 7 or 8. Outside of that, the match was really all about Lesnar against Strowman and that confrontation absolutely did not disappoint. Strowman looked incredibly strong and absolutely destroyed Lesnar so many times that Brock was stretchered out, but made his return to retain his title.

MY PREDICTION: Strowman
★★★


SummerSlam 2017 was a pretty poor show. Multiple bad matches, a few sub-par matches, a few serviceable, but the disappointing matches heavily outweighed three good matches. Watch the Raw Tag Title, U.S. Title, and Universal Title matches and skip the rest.
PPV RATING: C-

NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III

TakeOver: Brooklyn III thoughts (match rating scale is out of 4 stars)
“(c)” = incumbent champions

SINGLES MATCH
Andrade “Cien” Almas def. Johnny Gargano

MY PREDICTION: Gargano
★★★


NXT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Sanity (Alexander Wolfe & Eric Young) def. Authors of Pain (Akam & Rezar) (c)

MY PREDICTION: Authors of Pain
★★★


SINGLES MATCH
Aleister Black def. Hideo Itami

MY PREDICTION: Black
★★★


NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Asuka (c) def. Ember Moon

MY PREDICTION: Asuka
★★★★


NXT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Drew McIntyre def. Bobby Roode (c)

MY PREDICTION: Roode
★★★½


TakeOver: Brooklyn III was a stellar show all around. Every match is worth watching!
PPV RATING: A+