I hate it when I read news about WWE wanting to buy Ring of Honor because it could either mean that WWE will air ROH on the Network, bringing more interest to the show and allowing for killer crossover matches (like the Revival vs. The Young Bucks) or it could mean that WWE just wants to kill the promotion, cut out most of the wrestlers, and just keep the tape library. Which is it?! I’ll keep hoping for the best while enjoying ROH TV (available for free on the Fite TV app!) in the meantime.
As I’ve made it known before, this Royal Rumble is both a curse and a blessing. It’s a curse because I’m not that excited about any of the top picks to win the Rumble, but It’s a blessing for the same reason. Unlike the Royal Rumble from 2014 and 2015, I’m not pulling for any one person to win, so my reaction to the winner will either be quiet acceptance (Goldberg) to mild respect (The Undertaker). That being said, the Rumble matches themselves are usually pretty fun, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy the journey, if not the destination.
The Royal Rumble Pre Show:
Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax
Sasha Banks finally got out of her never ending feud with Charlotte and ran straight into Nia Jax. Since this feud just started I have a feeling that Sasha will lose due to her bum knee so she can come back stronger at Fastlane, beat Nia, and then face Charlotte and Bayley for the title at Wrestlemania.
Who will win: Nia Jax
Cesaro and Sheamus vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson (with DOUBLE the referees!)
These two teams have fought against each other so many times already, it’s hard to tell who will win. I mean, I have no doubt that Shesaro will walk out with the titles, but it’s hard to say how definitive it will be with the double referee gimmick. I’m guessing they’ll win clean, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a DQ happened either.
Who will win: Sheamus and Cesaro
Becky Lynch, Nikki Bella, and Naomi vs. Alexa Bliss, Mickie James, and Natalya
I’ll be a little disappointed if Mickie James loses her first match on the main roster in years, so I’m picking the heels to win this one. I actually like the three feuds building up between these six women with Naomi challenging for the title, Mickie fighting with Becky over the Divas Revolution, and Nattie fighting with Nikki over… y’know, Cena.
Who will win: Bliss, James, and Nattie
The Royal Rumble
Rich Swann vs. Neville
Neville’s been making shockwaves and bringing a feeling of legitimacy to the cruiserweights, so I can’t imagine him not winning on Sunday. Swann’s great and all, but I think the King of the Cruiserweights will be perfect to welcome in new guys like Tozawa, Gran Metalik, and, eventually, Austin Aries.
Who will win: Neville
Charlotte vs. Bayley
The Royal Rumble is all about building to Wrestlemania, and I have to think that WWE wants Charlotte as champion when that day comes. I could see Bayley winning the title at Wrestlemania, but until then I think it will stay on Flair.
Who will win: Charlotte
Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns in a No Disqualification match for the WWE Universal Championship. Oh, and Jericho’s in a shark cage.
It pains me to say this, but I think Roman’s winning that title. Winning it now gives Owens enough time to have his rematch at Fastlane and for Roman to move on to the Royal Rumble winner. As much as I’d love to see Owens retain, they haven’t pumped the brakes on Roman yet, and they’re certainly not going to start now that Wrestlemania is coming up!
Who will win: Roman Reigns
Cena vs. AJ Styles for the WWE Championship
At first I didn’t think that WWE would have both top men’s titles change hands in one night, but after further consideration I’m now predicting that both Roman and Cena will win those belts on Sunday night. Vince wants Wrestlemania to have the top stars in the top spots and right now in his mind that’s Cena and Roman. I may not like it, but I accept it. I accept it. I accept it.
Who will win: John Cena
The Royal Rumble Match
While I’m not super excited about the guys who are most likely to win the Rumble, there certainly are a lot of them. Usually there are only one or two people that you know are going to win, but this time you have Goldberg, Brock, Undertaker, and Braun, as well as rumored entrants like Samoa Joe, Finn Balor, and Shinsuke Nakamura. My money is going on the Undertaker though, and I think we’ll see him face off against Roman at Wrestlemania. We could see Brock fight Goldberg for the championship at Wrestlemania, but I don’t think they need the belt for their feud.
Who will win: The Undertaker
So there you have it! The Royal Rumble. I can’t say I’m as excited for it as I’ve been in previous years, but at the same time I’m not setting myself up for crushing disappointment. If Undertaker wins, Shinsuke or Samoa Joe debuts, and AJ or Owens hold on to their championships I’ll be happy, but if not I’ll be perfectly happy to have new things to complain about.
Hey everyone, I wanted to share with you some more awesome wrestling comic strips that Martytholath showed me! Great work once again, Martytholath! Please go check out more of his work at his DeviantArt page here.
Fanmade botched spot strip -4 by joey2132132 on DeviantArt
Now that 2016 is officially over and 2017 is kicking off with a fresh start of Roman Reigns and John Cena challenging for WWE’s top championships, I wanted to take a look back at my most popular comics from 2016! These are the comics that really resonated with you, the readers of Botched Spot.com, and got you share the link with your friends, families, and everyone else. Based strictly off of page views, the most popular comics of 2016 were:
While this one took a bit of planning as far as the dialogue and what people wore, remembering all the times Triple H has “helped” wrestlers out by beating them in big matches was fairly easy.
Sure, this one’s pretty wordy, but you just can’t cut down a good threatening rant from Vince McMahon.
The NXT Kids are always a big hit and fun to draw, and Foley makes such a good punching bag for everyone.
Seeing people’s reaction to this comic almost makes up for the pain of watching “Total Bellas” and learning about John Laurinaitis’ sex life. Almost.
I’m not gonna lie, I totally forgot about this comic and had a lot of fun reading through it again when writing this article. Good ol’ crazy Vince! Will he ever learn? Well I guess not, because now it looks like Roman may hold two titles going into Wrestlemania 33.
I hope you all had as much fun taking this trip down memory lane as I did! Now that I know what gets the upvotes in people’s lives, please prepare yourself for many, many more comics about Vince being crazy, Triple H holding people down, and Foley being brought to tears by children’s insults.
As we boldly venture forth into a new year, I, as always, make time to reflect on the previous one. Predictions are the only tradition I’ve been doing at Botched Spot since I started way back in 2008, and it’s one of the most fun to do. Just because it’s fun doesn’t mean I don’t take it seriously though, and it’s now time to take a look back at at my predictions from 2015 for 2016 to see how well I did. Here we go!
Sadly, Blondie LaFemme and Lacy LaPants never had their shot at WWE, as the plans for the previously announced Divas Search revival were ended and instead WWE went full force with the Women’s Revolution. And while Bayley eventually made her debut, she still hasn’t had her chance to shine in main event matches. I’m going to have to call this one as a miss!
While TNA survived, so did their Pop TV deal! Another miss! And not only is TNA still on Pop TV, but they have a new investor in Anthem Sports who believes in them more than anyone. After TNA survived 2016, despite all of the legal bouts, wrestlers leaving, and rats in cages, I’d be a fool to predict that they lose a TV deal ever again.
I’m not sure if WWE Breaking Ground is ever coming back, but after their first season WWE’s obsession with pulling the curtain back subsided. Talking Smack comes close to the line, but just teases going over, without blatantly saying “these are characters being portrayed by athletes!” Another miss for me, but fortunately for the better.
Well it looks like my predictions scored a big ol’ zero out of three, but I’d honestly rather take a chance and get them all wrong than get three safe predictions right. Especially considering that I don’t put any money on these predictions. If there’s a Hardcore Wrestling Tournament in 2017 though, I’ll never stop bragging about predicting it!