Sunday, 6 April 2014

My WrestleMania predictions

Since the year of my birth, 1985, the WWE has hosted 'the showcase of the immortals' WrestleMania. Tonight is the 30th instalment, and just like every previous year it promises to be bigger than ever before.

Here are my predictions for the show.

Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational

With 14 women in the ring at one time, and only one deciding fall, this match promises to be a train wreck. WWE has some fantastically talented female wrestlers, but more often than not they are under utilised. Tonight they will all get their chance to shine, but it won't be easy to stand out for the crowd. This match should at least go longer than the average Diva's match.

This match could go in a few different directions. I think it's safe to say that Aksana and Rosa Mendes probably won't be winning it, you can be almost as certain that Layla, Natalya, Alicia Fox, Eva Marie, Summer Rae and Emma won't win either, although Emma might get given a quick roll up pin and run with the title. This brings it down to The Bella's, The Funkadayctyls and The Champ and her enforcer. Personally I don't see Cameron or Naomi as legitimate title challengers, but the WWE seems to disagree, so one of them may win. Nikki Bella is a huge outsider but Brie could win to set up a new Champion power couple if Daniel Bryan is going to win the WWE World Heavyweight Title. My pick for the match is Tamina.

After watch her enforcer destroy all the competition, AJ Lee try's to get a quick roll up victory off her, Tamina blocks the attempt, hits AJ with her finisher and gets the 1, 2, 3.

Winner and New WWE Divas Champion: Tamina Snuka

Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal

Everybody gets a paycheck when it comes to WrestleMania, and this match is on the card mainly for that reason. 30 men will enter this match, but only 1 can win. There are lots of filler wrestlers in this match and only a few real contenders. Fandango, Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, Drew McIntyre, Brodus Clay, Darren Young, Justin Gabriel, Santino Marella, The Great Khali, Zack Ryder, Sin Cara and Brad Maddox only have one purpose in a match like this, to be dumped unceremoniously out of the ring.  This leaves a few older guys to show them some respect, R-Truth, Rey Mysterio, Mark Henry, Sheamus and Christian, a few spot guys to give an excitement factor, Dolph Ziggler, Kofi Kingston, The Miz. Of course this match will also be used to create some feuds, Goldust and Cody, Big E and Alberto Del Rio, and a few guys will get to showcase what they can do in the hope that the fans get behind them, Damien Sandow, Titus O'Neil, there are also 3 as yet up filled spots. I think and indeed hope that these spots will be filled by 3 legends, 3 men that deserve 1 last WrestleMania, 2 New Hall of Famers and the man that saved there lives, those 3 men are Scott Hall, Jake Roberts & DDP. For me this match can only be won by one man, he deserves it after some of the stuff he's had to do in the last year. That man is The Big Show, he's a giant himself after all.

Winner: The Big Show

The Shield vs Kane & The New Age Outlaws

This match is really simple for me, it ends to be used to make Roman Reigns look great, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins look jealous, while all the while entertaining the hell out of the audience. This match in my opinion could steal the show. That being said the is only one out come for this match. Roman Reigns going over Kane cleanly with his Spear to start his rise to Singles Superstardom and start the demise of The Shield as a trio.

Winners: The Shield

The Uso's vs Los Matadores vs The Real Americans vs Ryback and Curtis Axel

Let's all be completely honest, Ryback and Curtis Axel are a terrible team and Los Matadores are in WWE for comic relief, so those 2 teams aren't going to win this one. The way I see this going down is LM and R & CA end up laid out outside the ring, Jack Swagger has the ankle lock on one of the Uso's, the other Uso comes in and breaks it up with a super kick, Cesaro gets the hot tag in and goes to work on both Uso's before eventually losing the upper hand, as he goes to make the tag Swagger drops down off the apron and leaves, Cesaro turns round into a double super kick but manages to kick out of the pin. The other 2 teams become useful at this point with a series of finishers being hit, ending with Cesaro hitting the neutraliser and not wanting to win the titles for himself and Swagger stepping aside allowing the Uso's to retain. Thus keeping Cesaro looking strong, the Uso's as champs and breaking up The Real Americans.

Winners and still WWE Tag Team Champions: The Uso's

John Cena vs Bray Wyatt

John Cena is like marmite, you either love him or you hate him. Bray Wyatt is a future top heel I. The WWE. This match is about Legacy's. Cena has one to cement, Bray has one to create. This is going to be one hell of a match. Bray will, of course have Harper and Rowan in his corner, but for how long. It is inevitable that they will be ejected from ringside, this will allow John Cena to start to gain momentum and put Bray Wyatt on the back foot. After another change of momentum and a series of failed pins from Cena we will see the monster inside him break out and just like on his debut he will show his ruthless aggression. This still won't be enough, Bray Wyatt will kick out of at least 2 AA's before Cena, getting desperate, heads to the top rope. He will, of course, miss his move allowing Wyatt to recover and hit him with Sister Abigail, followed by a 2 count kick out. Wyatt will then hit a second SA, only for Cena to kick out at 2 again, a 3rd SA attempt will follow only to be blocked by Cena and countered into an AA. Both men laid out, slowly get to their feet and exchange punches followed by reversed finisher attempts before finally John Cena hoists Bray Wyatt into the air hits a 3rd AA and covers him for the clean 1, 2, 3, with Wyatt kicking out narrowly after 3.

Winner: John Cena

The Undertaker vs Brock Lesnar

This match has had probably the worst build up of any of the Undertakers 22 WrestleMania matches. Brock Lesnar, given the opportunity to choose his own opponent for WrestleMania, decrees that there is no one worth of his efforts. Gong. Out comes the Undertaker who, after ramming a pen through Brock's hand, signs the contract and sets up the match. At this point the WWE should have done everything possible to make Brock Lesnar look as strong as possible and a serious threat to the streak. They didn't, in fact they did the opposite, they made Lesnar look like a scared little boy who can only gain an advantage by attacking his opponent from behind. Despite that this should still be one hell of a fight. The end result will still be the same though, Undertaker wins and the streak stays alive. I think the events after the match will be the real highlight. As Undertaker does his usual pose in the ring the lights go out and a spotlight shines into the rafters, the lights go out again and when the come back on Sting and Undertake are standing face to face, the lights go out once more, lightning strikes and the Undertaker is gone, setting up a year long build up the Sting vs Undertaker at WM31.

Winner: The Undertaker

Daniel Bryan vs Triple H

I would love for this show to be a classic underdog triumphs through hard work and passion kind of show but that's not going to happen. Daniel Bryan and Triple H are going to absolutely destroy each other and when the dust settles one man will go on to fight for the WWE World Heavyweight title. That man will be Triple H, after a ref bump, a Sledgehammer shot and a Pedigree. Triple H will get the pin on Daniel Bryan, dashing his hopes of achieving his dream once again.

Winner: Triple H

Batista vs Randy Orton vs Triple H

Just as the bell is about to be rung to start the main event, the familiar guitar riff and vocals of The Real American Hulk Hogans entrance theme will hit, he will come out and insert Daniel Bryan into the main event because Triple H cheated to win. This will result in a temporary alliance between all three of the other competitors who will beat Bryan down and dispose of him before turning on each other. There will be a lot of near falls and broken up pins in this match with all 3 former Evolution members hitting their finishers on each other. The end will come with a Daniel Bryan comeback and many a Yes being shouted by the crowd. He will look like a man possessed as he wizzes around the ring showing off his whole arsenal. He will of course be stopped short by either one of his opponents or some outside interference, and once again he will be disposed of. I can see the finish coming with Randy Orton hitting Batista with an RKO out of nowhere, only to turn round into a pedigree from Triple H who in turn will be hit by a running Knee from Bryan, who will get the 1, 2, 3 win over Triple H. This will send the fans into a frenzy and end the show with Daniel Bryan leading the Yes Movement in a huge Yes chant.

Winner and New WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Daniel Bryan

There will of course be a ton of stuff happen between matches and a whole host of legends on the show and whatever happens I'm sure this WrestleMania will be amazing and as much as I'd like to see him appear CM Punk will not be there.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

What's in a name?

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would still smell as sweet"

Shakespeare's Juliet once asked this question and recently I have begun to wonder what makes a name. I have been wondering because in my other blog I have been seeing a great disparity in the number of views each post gets. The only thing which I can see that could make a difference is the name.

So what does make a good name? What appeals to people to make them want to read a blog post, or a book, or like a band, or even how a person is perceived because of their name. Would things be different if things had other names.

Joanne Rowling is a curious example. Her books are published under the name J K Rowling, but what does the K stand for? What is her middle name? The simple answer is she doesn't have one! The K stands for Kathleen, and is taken from her Grandmothers name. The reason it is there is that the publishers of the Harry Potter series felt that the target audience of young boys would respond better to books written by J K Rowling, who could be perceived as male and would bring up memories of other popular writers, J R R Tolkien for instance, than by Joanne Rowling, who is undisputedly female. Would Harry Potter have been as successful if she had used her own name?

I may never figure out why some blog names are received better than others. I may never find out if it is because of the name, it could for all I know be because of the weather or it might just be luck of the draw.

I suppose all that really matters in the end is that people do read it.

Hope you've enjoyed reading this one.

Let me know if you have any theories on this yourself.

Notorious AEG

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Vacuum cleaner wanted

Must fulfil the following criteria

  • Must not be too heavy
  • Must not be too noisy
  • Must not suck too hard
  • Must have long reaching hose
  • Must not be too expensive

Failing this criteria being met, I will accept any vacuum cleaner as long as the reviews are good and the website is responsive

Saturday, 28 September 2013

So that's how children learn the word NO!

I never used to understand how a child learnt the word no. For most toddlers it becomes, at one time or another, their favourite word. I used to ask what possible reason could you have to say no to your child? I now understand.

My little boy is 8 months old, and since he has started moving around I have started to have to say no to everything. I put him on his playmat and the first thing he does is start moving off, first it was going to the radiators, No.Then under our nest of tables, No, No. Then to our extension lead, No, No, NO! Yesterday my wife caught him, just seconds before he put her phone charger in his mouth. It was plugged in and turned on, and she'd only been out of the room for two seconds.

How are we supposed to get anything done?

Well the extension lead is now out of reach, the tables are further back, the kitchen door has a stair gate across and my son is strapped to the floor, well not quite that extreme. We are taking every precaution but we may soon have to resort to putting him in the hall, shutting the doors, putting the dog in the kitchen and shutting the gate.

All this just to be able to stop the house becoming a complete mess.

Thanks for reading

Yours Negatively

Mr No.

Friday, 30 August 2013

I went away for 1 night and In my suitcase I packed

This week I will be going to the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London. My wife and my son are coming too, and we are staying at a travelodge over night. Last night my wife and I sat down to plan out our trip and we realised just how much we need to plan.

Firstly we need to plan what we are taking with us. My list consisted of anti-perspirant, hay fever tablets, anti-depressants, 2 T-Shirts, Boxers, Socks and the clothes I'm wearing to travel in. My wife list had a little bit more, as she needs things like hairbrushes, hair ties, make up and remover as well as taking more meds than me. We both needed toothbrush, toothpaste, flannel, shower gel, pyjamas, coats, a phone charger and camera.

My sons list was considerably longer. He needs:-

4 sleep suits
3 sleeveless vests
1 short sleeve vest
2 T-Shirt and short outfits
1 pair of shorts
1 pair of trousers
2 long sleeve T-Shirts
4 pairs of socks
2 romper suits
6 Muslin squares
A jumper
A jacket
1 sun hat
1 pair of sunglasses
His giraffe comforter
His tigger
Some toys

Plus he needs food:-

6 biscotti
2 yogurts
1 fruit pot
3 jars of food
1 jar of porridge

Plus he needs bottles:-

1 bedtime bottle Thursday
1 breakfast bottle Friday
1 Juice bottle Friday
1 bedtime bottle Friday
3 lots of powder

Plus we need to take:-

Travel cot
2 travel cot sheets
2 sleeping bags
Sun cream
Change may
Nappy bags
2 towels
7 spoons
2 bibs

I think we might need a bigger car to fit it all in.

Once we had finished planning what we need to take we then had to plan out the 2 days. We needed to plan a stop in on Thursday morning for a snack. We planned in where we were having dinner so we can feed him. We needed to plan in where we were having breakfast to feed him. We needed to plan in where we were having tea on the way home so we could feed in.

All in all taking a baby on holiday is hard work. So if you're think about going on a nice relaxing family holiday, just you, your partner and the baby, while you put the dog in kennels. I'd recommend putting the baby in the kennels and taking the dog, it'll be a lot less organising.

Thanks for reading


Stressed out about a relaxing short break

Thursday, 26 July 2012

The lost musical generation

While out in the car, I noticed that I had cranked the music up all the way (not unusual). What could be seen as unusual was my choice of music. I was listening to Bryan Adams, Summer of 69, and singing along, yes i'm a car singer. Now many of you will not find this unusual, Summer of 69 is a great song and undoubtedly a classic, what I find weird about it is why it wasn't a classic from my generation.

There are many songs and Artists that people in my generation love, songs like Summer of 69, Bon Jovi's Living on a prayer or pretty much any song from Michael Jacksons early career have all become a mainstay in the 'Cheese' club scene, a scene mostly dominated by people from my generation. While, as I have said, these are all great songs, I can't help but wonder how they ended up loved by so many instead of us finding our own music, after all most of these songs were released before I was even born, yet I can not help but sing along to them.

My wife raised an interesting point, 'There's just too much music' and 'it's all rubbish' she also raises the point that it's the same with films and as a result of the ever increasing range of films to see and music to hear there are no longer any unique or original pieces being released and as a result nothing stands out from the crowd.

In my mp3 collection there are many songs and artists that I really enjoy listening too but I can't help but wonder if I will still listen to their songs in 27 years time or if my children will ever enjoy them. Have we really reached the point where no one can stand out from the crowd or are we just so fickle that we forget about one song as soon as it stops being a chart topper.

I consider myself to be a music lover and since 2010 I have downloaded nearly 800 chart songs on to my mp3 player, but i can't think of a single song of the top of my head that I have sung too as often as the songs that I have mentioned or many others the previous generations have given us.

Is it too much to ask for someone with the natural born ability to write and sing music to come along and leave a legacy for us, the lost musical generation?

Thanks for reading

From a Musical Optimist

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Who's the Daddy?

Well actually I am!

What a difference a day makes. For the past 12 weeks and 3 days Charlotte has been pregnant and ever since I found out I have been crapping myself. I don't know why but I keep worrying that something is going to go wrong or that i'm not going to be a good Daddy. But this morning we had our 12 week scan and I now know that no matter what I do, whether I get it right or wrong I am going to be a good Daddy, because I am going to be doing it for our baby. That baby is going to be the most important thing in the world and I am going to do everything in my power to give it the best life and to keep it safe. I know that I can't shelter it from the hazards of the real world, but I can sure as hell prepare it to deal with them. From this day forward, I am the 3rd most important person in the world and I will make every sacrifice I need to to give Charlotte and Burnham the baby bump everything they deserve, although I may not give them everything the desire. It feels so weird, 24 hours ago I was petrified, but now i'm just excited and focused. It feels so good to be able to say this but in 27 1/2 weeks I will be able to stand up and scream from the top of my lungs 'I'm the Daddy' and Charlotte won't be able to tell me off for being arrogant.

Thanks for Reading

From The Daddy!