By Paul Anthony
Welcome to another edition of Roundabout and sorry for the delay, as we all know this has been a tough week for all of us. We know what has been going with the virus and how everything is shutting down for the next two weeks or so, and hopefully that will work.
Let’s get into some wrestling news because I touched upon this with my blog earlier regarding WWE biggest event WrestleMania but that is still a few weeks away but they do have shows to do. For a couple of days we knew Smackdown was going to be switched from Detroit to the Performance Center in Tampa without an audience. other sports leagues were thinking about doing this but instead just paused their seasons all together. Now we know Monday Night Raw which was suppose to take place here in Pittsburgh will now also be at the Performance Center. it’s sad for us here because we were all excited to see Stone Cold Steve Austin for the first time in 17 years and on 3 16 but now that will have to wait until next time. However we can expect that WWE will do their shows without the crowds for the next few weeks until things become safe again.
AMC which is one of the bigger movie theater chains will remain open even though most state governments have order that there should be no mass gathers. now I don’t know what AMC plans to do because movies are getting delayed left and right. I guess some companies want try to remain normal through this period of time.
As we know a lot of studios are pretty much shutting down production on all of their shows and movies. Netflix and Disney and AMC all pretty much came out and said their shows will not finish production at this moment.
T.V shows aren’t the only thing being pushed back. Some big time movies have pushed their release dates way back, here are some as of right now F9, No Time to Die, Lovebirds, Mulan, The New Mutants, A Quiet Place Part II, and Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway and My Spy. It’s unclear if more movies that are done will follow. We know Vin Diesel new film Bloodshot is expected to take the number 1 spot.
Now the next big film to be released is Black Widow which is set to come out in the first week of May and many are wondering if this film should get pushed back as well and I have my answer and as of right now it should be no. May is still over a month away and already because we are following in China’s foot steps we should be able to contain this outbreak, there are cases now where people already recovered from it. At the very least we should wait another three weeks or so and see if it got worse before we start to cancel the summer.
Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson announced that they tested positive for Covid-19 in Australia where Hanks was filming a new movie. he updated us with him saying they are taking things day by day. This is our first true case where we can see as a public of how bad it is or how bad we think it is. Here at Smash we want to say we hope Tom and Rita make a full recovery.
By: Justin Hopkins
Hello and welcome back to this months Classic 13, with the 3rd installment of the Friday The 13th Series. While this may not be as classic as some, I couldn’t not do a Friday The 13th Movie this time around, and since I did the first and Paul did the second. The third one it is. Besides, an iconic moment does happen here, with not only getting the Hockey Mask, but the crack in it. It’s weird, but always enjoyed the fact the crack carried on for as long as it did. Showing the scars from his prior fights. So, let’s dive in and discuss shall we.
We get the movie started with a recap of what happened in Part 2, with him crawling away after Alice and Paul leaves. Going off and killing two of the locals, before we meet the teens, and see some of their characteristics. Like Shelly being awkward and trying to gain attention and laughs by scaring them. Chris has a backstory of some sort of trauma. We meet her Boyfriend Rick that she hasn’t seen in some time. Vera is going against her Mother’s demands, Andy and his Girlfriend, and of course, two hippies, cause why not. After yet another prank from Shelly. Vera goes to the store. Taking pity on Shelly at the last minute and takes him along the way. Ending up on the wrong side of a biker gang. When they get back with the damaged car. Rick leaves in some sort of strange anger and Chris goes along. Not spotting the biker gang, who steal the gas, and meets their end at the hands of Jason, and from their, starts the game of Jason laying and wait and will leave it there.
The story was nothing really much to write home about. It was effective enough for what the movie was, but their was one aspect that I really liked, and that was Chris’s backstory. Having escaped Jason’s grasp once in her past, for two reasons. It kind of raises a things a bit. Normally you hear people reference kills that have occured between movies, but this kind of hammers it home that a lot happens between the movies, and liked the fact that he recognizes her and heightens the interactions between them. Particularly when he removes his mask on the rope.
Speaking of Chris, she really makes for a memorable Final Girl. A stand out in a series of top notch Final Girls, but she stands out. What really sold her performance was how fast she was to go for the kill, by hanging him. Most of the time, they hit the killer and walk away, but she goes all in. Knocks him out, gets the rope on him, and hangs him. Showing not just strength to survive, but guts to take the extra steps to make that happen. Dana Kimmell did a stellar job at bringing out the best parts of Chris.
And we got to talk about Shelly. I never knew there was a group of people who don’t like him, and I don’t get why. He is kind of relatable to a lot of people. His low self-esteem and his desire to be accepted, but doesn’t know how to be and so he goes with the one thing he knows, which is also the one thing that makes everyone angry and makes things worse for a guy who just wants to be accepted. Deep down he is a good guy and sad to see him go and we all owe him a debt of gratitude for Jason’s Hockey mask.
This Jason is brought to us by the talented Richard Brooker. As a human Jason, he didn’t get the privilege of being able to tank everything thrown at him, but got a lot out of him all the same. He had the size to be intimidating and held himself in the right way when he was simply walking around. When he was hurt, he didn’t oversell to much, but as it went on. Can see it was all taking a toll, but was driven by the need to kill, and still laugh when the mask comes off at the end. He may not be my favorite, but Brooker’s take on the roll is high up there.
Some may be put off due to the 3-D, but was still fun to watch the likes of an eyeball popping out of Rick’s head and various pitch fork kills. You had one of the best kills when he cut Andy in half when he was walking around on his hands, and the kill from beneath the hammock. Plus, a projectile kill to the eye. Friday the 13th is known for great kills and part 3 is a great example as to why that is, and Higgin’s Haven is one of my favorite locations they used. If I sat down and thought on it, may actually be my favorite, but story for another time.
This is far from perfect though. They could have done a few things much better. They could have made the biker gang a little more viscous. Liked the fact that they were used to explain why Chris couldn’t simply drive away, but if they come across looking stronger and Jason takes them out. He looks stronger than in the process and Fox was a great character and would have liked to see her make it that much further. My next gripe is with Rick himself, and the fact his mood seems to swing at a moments notice, and don’t know why. We need someone to despise and wonder what colorful way Jason will kill him, but we have the biker gang for that. All Rick does is come off as annoying and that doesn’t serve any good. Than there is the end. The jumpscare with Pamela just doesn’t work, and I hate when the final girl goes crazy at the end. Always feels like I rooted her on for nothing and no, the argument that it would happen to anyone in this situation would experience the same thing, does not work because this is not real.
And that brings us to the end. Despite the complaints. The pros far outweigh the negatives. Part 3 is just as fun to watch today as it was when I first watched it as a kid. Brutal kills, a strong final girl, and Richard Brooker. All makes for a great watch on this, Friday The 13th.
As always, hope you enjoyed and..
Thanks For Reading.
Check back as me and Paul will have our reviews up for Part 3 and 4 soon.
By Paul Anthony
With this worldwide outbreak everyone is facing difficult decisions. People are wondering if they should go to work or enjoy vacation plans. Governments around the world want to basically shut the world down for the next 14 days to try stop the outbreak from getting worse. We have seen now all the leagues and we are talking about the big leagues. NBA, MLS, NHL, MLB and NCAA all shut down operations for a small or long period of time depending on this outbreak and even smaller soccer leagues and XFL stopped operation and the last one is very interesting and I am talking about the XFL.
We all know Vince McMahon owns the XFL and they decided to postpone the league but we all know what McMahon is really famous for and that is owner the biggest Wrestling promotion and that is WWE and people who are WWE fans know that their biggest event which like their Super Bowl so now the question becomes do they cancel or postpone it? Now the event is taking place in Tampa, where there have been cases of the virus and that is confirmed. We all never thought it would come to this but look at what has happened so far. Now the governments have urge no mass gathers which a sporting event is a mass gather. At first WWE like others issued a no touch policy but now the government might be urging them to postpone the event.
So what should they do then? WrestleMania could see a crowd of 80,000 plus to see the matches but yet here we are with WM still going as plan. Let’s say this does go on and nothing happens no one get’s sick or anything. Then they will have showed everyone pretty much that there is nothing to worry about. The flip side is because fans come from all over the world and they could cause the outbreak to speed up and they will have look like the biggest jerks of all time. The government has basically sent the signs to them to cancel on that day but once again its still going on. Is it greed or is it sign that they think everyone is blowing this way out of proportion, You can be the judge.
If it is greed which most will say it easy because this event draws in the most money for the promotion. people spend thousands of dollars for just one ticket at times and that is another thing will people want their money back because we will have no idea when our lives can return to normal day to day. The event is still three weeks away and we know right now that things can get even worse or things might start to look better. We won’t know until we get closer to April 5th but ask yourself in the end What should WWE do?
Check out me and Paul discussing the divisive outlook toward Marvel at the link. Listening to “War on Marvel??” at https://www.buzzsprout.com/285696/2941957-war-on-marvel
By: Justin Hopkins
I have been loving what they have been doing with this series so far, and was excited to see where they would go after the way season 2 had ended. With Dracula gone and Carmilla situating herself as the next big villain in a way and Isaac still running around. What was going to happen with Alucard and what adventures awaited Belmont and Sypha and just all around excitement for its return. With a lot to talk about, lets jump right in and discuss shall we, but first, going to change how I normal do this. Instead of glossing over the start and middle. Going to talk about what the characters are doing and the direction they are facing. Than talk about the stories and pros and cons and such. Going to be easier for us all… okay, good, let’s dive in shall we.
We open up, with Alucard by himself. Looking after his Castle on the Belmont Estate and get the fact that how lonely he is. Talking to dolls made up of Belmont and Sypha and even making up voices. Dawning on him how this was getting to him and didn’t even know how long it has been for, and is more than thrilled when two people come calling. Sumi and Taka, enslaved by Vampire Cho, and want to learn the secrets to killing vampires, and he more than happily accepts. Wanting to pass along secrets for them not only to take back and use to help make their home a better place. Meanwhile, Belmont and Sypha are hunting Night Creatures, and Sypha is having the time of her life, with it all. They are in a relationship and having a blast with it all. They arrive at Lindenfield, where we meet Saint Germain, The Judge, and the Monks of the Priory, who worship Dracula and have a dark secret going on at the Priory, that they are not letting anyone see. Carmilla finally gets home to Stryia, after fighting and marching her way through a cascade of problems, with Hector as her slave. Greeted by two of her three Vampire ” Sisters” Striga and Lenore, and Morana. Carmilla has a plan to take over the east. Eight hundred miles that has been devastated due to Dracula’s attacks, and with them in a state of chaos, should be easy to take control and keep humans alive inside as livestock, but need Hector to play ball and Lenore takes it upon herself to make him come around, without threat of him turning. Lastly, we get to Isaac, going on a journey to Stryia. Amassing an army of Night Creatures to exact revenge on those who betrayed him and Dracula. Running into several people along the way that affects his way of thinking about his mission and what he wants to achieve.
These stories were all so great. Building suspense and tension in a slow, let fun way. Giving them each of the time they needed to build, yet not lingering on them for to long either and felt different enough to always seem fresh. Loved the fact they didn’t paint Hector as an idiot. He knew Lenore was trying to befriend him and use him to do what she wanted, and she was fascinating character. Her design and way she held herself kept my attention and wondering how she was going to twist the situation to her advantage, and at the end. Never really even lied to him. Have to admit, they kind of got me with the Alucard story. Suspected they were going to turn, but a line he said, about them having plenty of time sort of had me thinking they were going to twist and have him turn, but by the final destination still got me, which I will talk more about later. Isaac was probably the weakest of the bunch. His line of thinking is very flawed, but the characters he was meeting were all so good. The Captain, especially. Isaac is a guy for the first time in a while, he seems to have to think for himself, and each person he meets is showing him a way to go. While, I didn’t care to much about him here. I do look forward to seeing the end of his arc. Lastly, we got Belmont and Sypha, who are just the best. I loved the dynamic between the two. The odd coupling, who bring out the more human side of him. Her over the top ways compliments his more stoic nature, and the fact we didn’t have the ” Argument that splits them up and both apologies at the end” cliched story was a big plus. They brought out a lot of fun, but when it was time for fighting, they were even more fun to watch. The pacing was great and the transitions were smooth throughout most. A little choppy during the climax, but for obvious reasons of what was happening. Going between two sets of fighting and two seperate sex scenes. A lot to blend together, and worked well enough, but a lot.
They introduced a ton of new characters and they all added to the story in great ways. Loved the designs of each of the vampire Sisters. My favorite in particular was Striga. She didn’t get the time that Lenore did, but the big burly vampire got enough to build my interest. She came off as a smart Military mind, and not even bothered by the fact we didn’t get to see her fight. Just has me hyped that when she does so. It will be awesome and want to see her square off with who I hope is Belmont, but don’t think that is the way they are going, but still have high hopes that she gets the time to beat some people and Night Creatures down at some point. Was shocked by the end reveal surrounding the good natured judge. What a twist that was, and Saint Germain ended up being pretty fun as well. Didn’t think much of him at first, but grew on me by the end.
I can’t wait for season 4, which this built up to very nicely. Many questions remaining., With Belmont and Sypha reeling after how things ended in Lindenfield. Isaac gaining the means to get to Styria, with an army, and Hector effectively being enslaved by Lemore and the Sisters now having the means to make Night Creatures of their own. Setting for an interesting battle to come between them and Isaac. Than you got Alucard who put Sumi and Taka on Pikes, ala Dracula. Leaving you wonder if this is the start of a villain turn for him, which would create a major shift. The future is really bright, after what was an exciting and fun season 3. If you haven’t checked it out. Definitely recommend you do so.
This is a little more rambling than normal, but I do hope you enjoyed, and as always…
Thank You For Reading.
By: Justin Hopkins
Hello and welcome to this weeks B Movie Sunday. Got to get better at sticking to the schedule for these, but nethertheless. Here we are again. Sort of pushing the boundary of what is a B Movie. This time with Girl On The 3rd Floor. A movie I was waiting for quite a bit for a moment to sit down and watch. Mostly, because of one CM Punk, who goes by his real name of Phil Brooks in this. A guy with tons of charisma to add to a movie and wanted to see how well it turned out. Let’s jump right in and talk about it a bit shall we.
Movie starts out, with some gloss over shots of the dilapidated house, as Don and his dog Cooper come inside, and house has a creepy vibe, as he begins to start cleaning things up. Including a spot that has black gunk coming out of it. He doesn’t think much of it as he begins to go about cleaning up. Meeting his neighbor, Ellie, where we learn that his wife, Liz, is expecting his first child, and this is going to be a fresh start for them. We also learn the next morning that he is hiding his drinking from Liz. As we go through the second day, and more things start to happen, and more gross fluid comes out. Always accompanied by a marble. We find that he was in trouble by the Feds, and later we learn that the house has a way of torturing men, from the local creepy old man at the bar, in a Bowling Alley. Then, we meet Sarah. A woman Don ends up having an affair with, and won’t go away. Turning violent after he threatens her, by killing his friend Milo, and that is where I am actually going to leave the synopsis. Mostly, because of how slow burning of a story this is, and already find myself speeding through it as it is.
This story is a real slow burn of a story. Taking place over multiple days. By the time Don realizes something supernatural is happening, it’s already to late, and goes off in a wild direction after the first hour. The idea to go in the way they did was gutsy. Starting off a new, with not a lot of time left, but to me, it paid off. Leaving me in suspense because I had no idea how this was going to end. Which, seemed like a refreshing change of pace from the normal haunted house kind of deals.
Another Positive, was the gore. While Milo’s was a bit blah. They really upped the ante with Don and him trying to cut the marble out of him, till it plopped out of his eye socket and how he looked at the end. All of which was great stuff, and of course; poor Cooper. They set it up perfectly. Kind of making you feel it was a false jumpstart, but hitting you with poor pups head in the dryer. Probably more upsetting, but thumbs up for actually going there.
Cast wise was actually pretty good. No award winning performances, but entertaining all the same. Being Phil Brook’s first lead role, I felt he showed a lot of potential and was really enjoyable as Don. A rumor cropped up last week, of him potentially playing Ash in Evil Dead, while I don’t agree to that. Can see flares on Bruce Campbell in his performance, as Don. Slapstick comedic moments of getting sprayed in the face by something horrible, but able to turn the charm on in the very next moment. Showing a lot of depth with a man trying to start over and be a good Husband who is ultimately failing. Since most of the movie, revolved around just him. He did really well keeping the interest. On the back half, you has Trieste Kelly Dunn as Liz, who did a great job carrying the back part of this movie. Really coming in when the climax is well under way and made you care about her and wanting to make it through, and Sarah Brooks played an villainous foil to them both, in a good performance as well.
Negative wise, could see not a lot of people enjoying just how much of a slow burn it is. I enjoyed it, because it really ramped up how dangerous the ghosts are, but can see how some may think that it’s a bit to slow at the start.
Alright, big spoilers coming, so if you are going to watch it. Suggests skipping the paragraph… Okay, now I really enjoyed the fact they took out Don and Liz surviving to the end. Even liked the fact they were living in the house. As the rules of it goes. They would be fine, but my issue is seeing Don in the vent. Made no sense, and all it did was try for a cheap last moment jump that fails horribly and kind of a bad way to end things on.
With all of that said. Would have no problem suggesting Girl On The Third Floor to someone. It had some fun moments, gory ones, and a nice late change in direction that kept the suspense and mystery. The slow burn was handled nicely and enjoyable movie to watch.
As always, I hope you enjoyed and…
Thank You For Reading.
By Paul Anthony
Sorry for the delay for this week edition but this week we are reviewing Candyman 2: Farewell To The Flesh which stars Tony Todd as Candyman! Now Let’s talk about how we got to this film before I talk about the film. As a kid I use to be so afraid of the first one and that says a lot because I love horror films but it was something about Candyman that just truly scared me. Now here we are the film came out in 1992 and had a small budget so really not matter what it could make a profit and it sure did because it made 25 million which as famous as the movie is now you would think it made so much more money but it became a cult classic after its run. Now we all knew a sequel would come and so we did three years later and honestly what were they thinking?
Let’s talk about this film because they decided to change certain things about the Candyman. This felt like a reboot and I have no clue why they did that. Here the story takes place in New Orleans which involves the family members of Candyman, which are his great-great-great grandchildren, who are white try to solve the family history that they never knew they were connected to, after their father was killed which we assumed was by Candyman, after they learn that they are he’s family Annie sets out to stop him for good but learning that a source of his power which she learns that it is vanity mirror that is lodge in the wall of the slave house that is on their property. Needless to say Candyman shows up to stop her but in the end she breaks the mirror killing Candyman for good.
The story was good but the problem is they decided to alter the story of Candyman. In The first film he was always a free man and a painter but his interracial relationship with his wealthy lover caused him to get his hand cut off and stung to death in the Chicago area and his body was burned and his ashes were spread through that part of the town. This film however made it clear it he was born a slave in New Orleans and he was buried in New Orleans instead of being burned in Chicago. Sure the first film did leave gaps to the story but he haunts Chicago because that is where he was killed at.
If the film would have stayed with the first film it would have been better. The film could use the gaps from the first film to tell the whole story and not change the key elements would have help its caused. Now in the end I would give this film a passing grade I would say C for a grade. The film was average at best that they hope the things that they changed they would have gotten away with but the problem is the fans of the franchise caught these changes.
By: Justin Hopkins
Hello and welcome to this weeks roundabout. Where we go back through the past week’s entertainment stories, some big, some small, and some in between, and I share my thoughts on each of them, and we got a few of them, so let’s jump right in shall we.
Starting up, we go into the world of MLB and the Players Association filing a Grievance against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Florida Marlins, Oakland Athletics, and Tampa Bay Rays for their lack of spending in the off season. Second time for the Pirates, to my knowledge. Which they should go after each of these teams as hard as they can. One of the way to raise excitement for the sport is if each team remains competitive, especially the Pirates. For the love of everything, Nutting spend money! After the bad off season with all the scandals. MLB can use a win and this could be what they are looking for.
On a little bit of a sad note. We saw not only Superman: Red Son cancelling their Premier and James Bond No Time To Die be pushed back to November, due to the Coronavirus. It is sad to see happen, but necessary one. Would hate to see the virus gain that much more traction due to one of these gatherings and safety has comes first.
In Blumhouse news, following the success of the Invisible Man. Rumors are that Frankenstein may be the next one, which is something I am all for. I love seeing the classic monsters coming back to the forefront, and if it’s not Creature From the Black Lagoon. Frankenstein is a great next choice.
While I am excited for Frankenstein, I am not for the movie they are working on and that is more Paranormal Activity. If you were a fan, than I am happy you are going to get more, but I white knuckled my way through the first three and couldn’t take anymore, and the prospect of more coming does nothing to make me want to even bother in getting caught up.
There were some rumors of CM Punk getting involved in the future Evil Dead Movies, as Ash. That’s a little to far, because I don’t think anyone can fill Bruce’s Shoes, but Punk would be an awesome addition to the Evil Dead World. He has tons of Charisma and can really run with just about anything that is thrown his way, and can be a great lead for films to come. One of those things I didn’t know I wanted, but after hearing it; would love to see it happen.
Now onto the T.V side of things and got a fair amount and will start with the cancelation of a series I never thought would get the axe, and that is Judge Judy. After 25 years, kind of thought this show was going to run till she stepped down. Has had tons of Judges who have tried to follow in her tracks, with varying success. While fans of Judy can rejoice with the fact that she does have a new show in the works called Judy Justice. Hats off to 25 years and everyone involved in the success of that and future success of their new project.
She-Hulk is a show that I am highly anticipating and have seen bits come through Pre-production. Bit of news that Alison Brie or someone like her being up for the title role as Jennifer, kind of hoping that they just sign Alison who could be great at the role. Along with Mark Ruffalo being in preliminary talks to play as Bruce. Who is going to be pivotal in the success of getting the show started, especially since it sounds like they want to cover the origin story for the Shulkie. Plus, can give him a fitting ending as well.
To C.W we have a premier date for Stargirl. I love everything they have done in the Arrowverse and excited to see what they have planned with her as well and there is so much room to grow and the fact it’s a new character coming to the front of the line. Which I am always for.
I actually get to end on a positive light, and send my congratulations to Melissa Benoist and Husband Chris Woods for their pregnancy news. Wish them all the best as they prepare for their first child.
And that is that for this week’s Roundabout. Hope you all enjoyed and as always…
Thank You For Reading.
By: Justin Hopkins
It’s been awhile since I covered anything WWE and even longer if you take away the little fantasy bookings I did. Mostly, due to how disillusioned and heart breaking it has been, but we are at the last stop to Wrestlemania. An exciting time (Mostly) and there are some fun things that can happen here, and one slightly disturbing fact about things to come. With that said, let’s jump right and talk about the matches and who I think shall walk away as the winners shall we.
I am going to just put them into one quick paragraph here. There are a few rumors of some more matches to be added to the card. The most likely being Drew Gulak vs Daniel Bryan, which I think will be a victory for Drew Gulak through some cheating. I am glad to see them using some guys they don’t and can be a fun rivalry to carry all the way to Mania, and Bryan can get a good match out of almost anyone. The second match, is a possible third chamber match and this is a pretty weak rumor, and only one sight seemed to even mention it. Would be a Smackdown’s Women’s Chamber and only Lacey Evans seemed to be added. She did make some comment about a possible multi person match, and to be honest. Would make sense to have something like this to start the wheels going for Bayleys Title Match at Mania. If they do, I think Bayley will win, and likely screw over Sasha to get the wheels going for that.
United States Championship Match: Andrada Vs Humberto Carrillo
Alright, onto the regular stated matches, and we go to the US Title. Honestly, this one is kind of a difficult pick. Andrada coming back from suspension and if they didn’t pull it off him for that. Don’t see him dropping the belt just yet. Humberto has been chasing for quite some time and would make his victory at Mania a bit more sweeter. So, going with the champ to win it here.
Intercontinental Championship Match: Braun Strowman Vs Sami Zayn, Cesaro, and Shinsuke Nakamura
I would love to say the trio would come out victorious here. Each one of them being horrible underutilized and deserves so much more, but if Braun isn’t carrying that strap into Mania he is going to be involved in another stupid angle and he deserves a moment of his own. While these three can have a great triple threat from the group imploding, and potentially steal the show. Once again, champ is retaining.
Winner: Braun Strowman
AJ Styles Vs Aleister Black
This is where the wheels start to wobble a bit for me. I would much rather see this match at Mania than AJ and Undertaker. Again, we are suppose to be building stars and the match between the up and coming Black vs the veteran Styles is way more interesting. Unfortunately, this is not the way we are going, and we got two guys here and neither can stand a loss. Even when you factor in all of the outside interference that will be thrown Aleister’s way. He still can really use the win and he is just don’t see that happening.
Winner: AJ Styles
Raw Tag Team Championship Match: The Street Profits Vs Seth Rollins and Murphy
It’ll be a fun match that will probably go down like it did on Raw, with a bunch of outside interference and Murphy will take the pin. No reason to take the belts off of The Street Profits. Not much more to say about this one.
Winner: Street Profits
Smackdown Tag Team Elimination Chamber Match: Miz and Morrison vs New Day vs Heavy Machinery vs Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler vs Usos vs Lucha House Party
I have no possible idea what can go down in this match. They could have Roode and Ziggler win to set up them vs Heavy Machinery at Mania and incorporate the Mandy Rose storyline. To really make Otis the ultimate winner, both get the girl and the titles and with how popular he is, would make for a great moment, and the more I talk about it. More I actually want to see it happen. They can drop the titles to New Day or Usos to set up that excellent match, or keep it on Miz and Morrison and set them up for a three team match, with them having to fight off New Day and Usos. And Lucha House Party will be involved in the match as well, and have no belief in them except pulling off some high spots to pop the crowd and be their downfall at the same time, but I have talked myself into the first one.
Winner: Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler
Number 1 Contender Women’s Elimination Chamber Match: Natalya vs Liv Morgan vs Sarah Logan vs Ruby Riot vs Asuka vs Shayna Baszler
This is the match that has me really worried and showcases their desperate need to stop burying talent and building their star power. I am fully invested in Shayna winning this match and going on to face Becky. There is a rumor that she has some heat and it’s idiotic. The ball is already rolling and will kill her before she gets going. She has to win this, but she can not destroy everyone in this match. If she does, she will have no one who can reasonably go against her after Mania (No, I do not want to see her face Charlotte, at all… ever.) Had Liv not been brought back into the fold in a stupid lesbian story and Sarah actually got one over on Charlotte, and they brought Ruby back in a strong way. They wouldn’t have this problem, but here we are. These three women have to look like the strong, capable wrestlers that each one of them are, even if that means working together to take Shayna out of the equation for a bit. To really showcase that they can go to the crowd and when Shayna wins the belt at Mania. You have three more talented women waiting in the wings. As far as Asuka and Natalya goes, Asuka is fantastic and hurts to say, she needs to go back to making the Tag Belts worth something with Kairi and just no on Natalya. She is good in the ring, but no.
Winner: Shayna Baszler
And that is that for this years Elimination Chamber. There is a lot of fun to be had with these matches and hope it goes well. We are a few weeks away and have had my fill of twists on this years road to Wrestlemania. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoyed and as always…
Thank You For Reading.