WWE Summerslam 2015 predictions!

WWE Summerslam 2015 will air this evening, Sunday, 23 August, on pay-per-view and on the WWE Network at 7pm (Eastern). These are my predictions for the winners of each of the announced matches:

Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker

This could go either way. From a storyline perspective, there is no need for this match; neither man gains anything from winning. Most likely, either the Undertaker wins, to set up match 3, or there is no clean winner. Even with no winner, is it a double countout/disqualification or is the match interrupted by Lesnar’s next feud?

Predicted winner: Undertaker

Randy Orton vs. Sheamus

This match is hard to call. Orton is always popular, regardless of how big a push he gets, regardless of whether he is a face or a heel. On the other hand, Sheamus seems directionless since his return a few months ago. Even a Money in the Bank win seems to give him nothing.

And when I can’t pick a logical storyline for the future, I tend toward the person I think has more ability or the person I like best. Here both are the same: Randy Orton.

Predicted winner: Randy Orton

U. S. Champion John Cena vs. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins (Winner Takes All Match)

Frankly, I’m not sure why this match is happening at all. No one really wants to see yet another Cena title run at the expense of an up-and-coming Superstar. But Cena’s possession of the U. S. championship has brought some much-needed relevance back to the title. His open challenges have been exciting at times, as nearly each one showcased another young star. Even in their losses to Cena, they shone brightly: Neville, Cesaro, Kevin Owens, to name a few.

So this match really makes no sense except in one scenario: Cena loses to Rollins, probably not a clean loss, and Rollins immediately relinquishes the “lesser” title, leading to a show-stealing tournament of the company’s rich cadre of young superstars, vying to win the U. S. championship. Assuming that someone at WWE still knows what it takes to make good “sports entertainment,” I’ll predict this outcome.

The only other option that makes sense is that Rollins will be disqualified, with both men keeping their titles. Perhaps someone interferes against Cena, setting up his next feud.

Predicted winner: Seth Rollins

Intercontinental Champion Ryback vs. The Big Show vs. The Miz (Triple Threat Match)

The Big Show should really retire. I thought at Wrestlemania, when he won the Andre the Giant battle royal, that this is where they were headed. What better way to memorialize both Andre and the now-two-decade-long career of the Big Show—the man originally introduced as Andre’s son? Yet he has continued to lose matches that he was placed in for no real apparent reason. I’m also pretty confused as to why the Miz is in contention for the title.

This match must be seen as a way for Ryback to look strong as he returns from an injury, against two wrestlers who lose nothing in their careers by losing this match.

Predicted winner: Ryback

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

Hopefully this will be the Shield-Wyatts match-up we were begging for last year. All four men need the push to maintain their momentum. No matter whose hands are raised, if the match is as great as it can be, everyone will win. That said, I’ll go with Ambrose & Reigns who I just like a little bit more.

Predicted winners: Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns

WWE Tag Team Champions The Prime Time Players vs. Los Matadores vs. The Lucha Dragons vs. New Day (Fatal 4-Way Match)

While lucha libre has its place, and is quite popular, that place is not really the WWE. So I can’t imagine either of those two teams winning. They can put on a great show, but I just don’t see them maintaining a championship. And I really hope beyond hopes that New Day goes away soon. Very soon. I’m just completely tired of the gimmick. The Prime Time Players, on the other hand, have shown that they deserve the championship.

Predicted winners: The Prime Time Players

Stephen Amell (Arrow) & Neville vs. Stardust & King Barrett

Neville is easily one of the WWE’s hottest up-and-coming stars and Arrow is one of the hottest shows on television. Stardust and King Barrett are a pair of heels that WWE doesn’t seem to know what else to do with.

Predicted winners: Stephen Amell & Neville

Kevin Owens vs. Cesaro

I predict that this match will steal the show. This match will be discussed more in the next few months than any other, after of course ‘Taker-Lesnar. Both of these men are young ring veterans at this point. Each is at the beginning of the peak of his career.

That said, I won’t even predict a winner, because it doesn’t really matter. Both will come out of this match looking great.

Predicted winner: The WWE Universe

Team B.A.D. vs. Team Bella vs. PCB (Three Team Elimination Match)

Please, God, can we be done with the Bellas? Let them have Total Divas and keep them out of the ring.

The NXT “Divas Revolution” is in full force. NXT Takeover: Brooklyn highlighted just how good everything could be with the Bayley-Sasha Banks match, which Banks lost (so that she can fully join the main roster). That said, hopefully PCB wins, as Team Bella represents everything wrong with the Divas division since Trish and Lita retired and Team B.A.D. only exists because Tamina and Naomi are somehow still employed and Sasha Banks needed partners. It would have made so much more sense for Banks, Charlotte, and Becky Lynch to join with Paige for a new “Four Horsewomen” (assuming that Bayley would not be called up) to fight the Bellas.

That said, Team B.A.D. could win if Sasha Banks is going to be the next contender for the Divas championship given her NXT loss.

Predicted Winners: PCB

Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev

Rusev has not faired well. Monster heels never do once they start to lose. The strength of Rusev (like many others before him) was in his seeming indestructibility. Once that facade was destroyed, he has not been the same. The fact that he is currently fighting over “girlfriends” is just another chink in the armor. Ziggler, however, has never looked better than he has over the past year.

People want a Ziggler win. They might get it. Or WWE may see the benefit of a long-term feud between these two. If that is the case, Ziggler might lose. Hopefully the writers have some big plans to save Rusev’s career before he gets permanently buried in the lower mid-card. A win here might be his only chance.

Predicted winner: Rusev

ClutterStuff 75 subscriber YouTube giveaway contest

The ClutterStuff YouTube channel finally hit 50 75 subscribers! When we first hit 50 subscribers about two weeks ago, we were planning on doing a giveaway contest to reward all of our wonderful subscribers. Then we hit 75 before we had a chance to do it, so now we are doing a 75-subscriber giveaway contest.

We would like to thank all of you who have subscribed to our blog and our channel or follow us on other social media. We have had a ton of fun putting together the content for both venues.

We created a giveaway using the Gleam platform. This platform allows for multiple ways to enter, including answering questions, subscribing to us on YouTube, following this blog’s RSS feed, following or visiting us on various social media, and uploading your own creative content answering a simple question. To increase your odds of winning, you can complete all or most of the actions. The more actions you complete, the more entries you get, and the higher your odds of winning.

Complete rules (there aren’t many) are below the video.

Click here to enter the giveaway contest

Watch the video below for the question to enter and to see a couple of the prizes. There will be even more prizes than what is pictured in the video. We just haven’t quite figured them all out yet. The retail value of all of the prizes will be right around $75.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ti7JKGgnhqg]

Rules:

(1) You must be a resident of the continental U.S. or Canada.
(2) You must be over the age of 18 years.
(3) You must be a subscriber to this channel. New subscribers are welcome.
(4) You must either make a video or write a blog post answering the question in the video. Submit this link by using the Gleam link above. There is a place for it.
(5) Contest will end at midnight on September 15, U.S. Eastern time.

Free independent digital comics today for #FreeComicBookDay

Here are a few digital comics available to download today, 2 May 2015, in celebration of “Free Comic Book Day.” Some of these may be available free year-round (but you might as well download them today, right?) Please note: due to time zone differences, it is possible that some of these comics may no longer be available at midnight in your local time.

Giuseppa Barresi, http://ryuuza.co.uk/freecomicbookday.html

  • Soulsnatchers no. 1
  • Farsight no. 1

Antonisa Scott, various titles, http://www.antonisascott.com/#!comics/c1dej

Pak Man Productions, Vision Machine TPB, http://www.gregpak.com/uploads/VisionMachine-tpb.pdf

Dollar Downloads, various titles, http://www.dollardownloads.com/collections/free-comic-book-day-2015

Fanboy Comics, http://fanboycomics.net/index.php/fanboy-scoop/stop-the-presses/item/5077

  • Penguins vs. Possoms no. 1
  • The Arcs no. 1

Pop-Post, Samurai Bike Messengers ebook, http://www.pop-post.com/

The Locksmith no. 1 (via Facebook) https://www.facebook.com/thelocksmithcomic

Shannon Dybvig, various titles, http://www.shannondybvig.com/comics.php

 

Review of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD S2/E18, “The Frenemy of My Enemy” (21 Apr. 2015) – SPOILERS

If you have not yet watched this episode, click here to view it on Amazon Instant Video in HD.


Warning: spoilers below


Several story lines converge in this episode:

  • Jiaying has decided that Cal cannot stay in the community of Inhumans. He is not an Inhuman, after all, and his presence brings attention to the relationship between Jiaying and Skye. Jiaying plans to have Gordon take him home to pick up some of his things, but will leave him there. Skye worries that he will get angry and hurt people. While Jiaying does not care about the innocent people, Skye is concerned. She decides to go back to Milwaukee with him, to try to soften the blow. Cal and Skye are looking for ice cream, talking about the plans that Cal had for Skye’s childhood that they missed. Skye pickpockets a cell phone and calls SHIELD, allowing Agent May to track their location. Cal and Skye finally arrive at his old office. Meanwhile Lincoln has been following them and is discovered. …
  • Coulson and his team—Hunter, Deathlok, and Fitz—approach Ward and Agent 33 to help them find the remaining leaders of HYDRA, Strucker and Dr. List. They have captured Bakshi and have him set up a meeting with List, with Deathlok as his “bodyguard.” Coulson’s team is following the HYDRA jet and monitoring the situation through Deathlok’s sensors. Bakshi appears to double-cross Coulson by betraying Deathlok, but Ward convinces them to stand down and play along. Rather than going to Strucker as planned, however, List mentions that they are chasing a “Quantum Entanglement,” particles that are in two places at the same time, which he believes are created by a powered individual. He is correct: they are looking for Gordon. They land and Bakshi leads a HYDRA team into what turns out to be Cal’s office building. Coulson’s team is right behind them. …
  • Simmons tells Agent May that Fitz had counterfeited “Fury’s Toolbox” and taken the real one when he left. They try to hack into Deathlok’s system to locate Coulson’s team. …

The episode ends with a very cool battle. Cal, Skye, and Lincoln first encounter HYDRA, but Deathlok soon appears. The showdown between Deathlok and Lincoln ends in a bit of a stalemate, but both then get taken out by a HYDRA weapon. We don’t see what happens to them or Cal.

Coulson (with Ward by his side) and Skye finally find each other, just in time for Gordon to show up and whisk Skye away. Coulson’s team escapes. In the final scene Bobbie and May show up, after everyone else has left, and discover Coulson, who surrenders and says, “Take me to your leader.”

This was a strong episode. Each storyline built to the final showdown, and we were left with some very intriguing questions. Eagerly awaiting the next episode!