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Consecutive postseason field goal attempts made by Packers kicker Mason Crosby

Mo’Ne Davis and Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons are the media darlings as the Little League World Series begins. But Eric Fisher says the Dragons’ success or failure should not be played out on national television.

Eric Fisher admits he is addicted to the NCAA Tournament. He’s high on overtimes, Cinderellas and buzzer-beaters. He’s obsessed with pools, live look-ins and TV timeouts. And he’s enjoying every minute of it.

The Greek god of wrestling previews WWE’s Night of Champions. Achilles Heel also highlights some interesting first-round matchups for CHIKARA’s King of Trios, tells us of a big match for the final night of TNA’s Bethlehem tapings and tells you how to get a tryout with Ring of Honor.

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Heel Turns: Raw comes to Philly

Posted by Achilles Heel On December - 10 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Achilles HeelRaw will be in Philadelphia on Monday. You know what that means, don’t you?

It means that the Greek God of Wrestling will have to do his best to avoid running into all of you Philthadelphians who want a photo with your favorite wrestling columnist. I have a few basic rules: don’t touch me; don’t shout at me; and don’t talk to me.

Try to concentrate on the action in the ring in what will be the final RAW before Roadblock, which will take place on Dec. 18 in Pittsburgh. Only three matches have been announced for Roadblock, so there should be some new matches set up or confirmed Monday at Wells Fargo Center.

There is an important match Monday that – at least at this point – has nothing to do with Roadblock. The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) defend the RAW Tag Team champions, defend the titles against the team of Sheamus and Cesaro and the team of Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson in a triple threat match. If New Day retains the titles, they will tie Demolition’s record for the longest tag team title reign in WWE history at midnight Monday.

One of two things is going to happen. Either New Day will lose the titles, being deprived of the record, and then win them back at Roadblock, or they will set the record and then lose the titles at Roadblock.

There should be a heavy dose of Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho on RAW. There is trouble in paradise between the best friends as they prepare for their Roadblock matches. Owens will defend the WWE Universal Championship against United States champion Roman Reigns at Roadblock; Jericho will battle Seth Rollins at Roadblock.

There should also be further development of the feud between Sasha Banks and Charlotte as Banks’ prepares to defend the WWE Women’s Championship against the Charlotte, the former champ, at Roadblock. Emmalina’s makeover should also be revealed on Raw.

There should be lots of action and plot developments to capture your attention. So keep your attention on the ring instead of searching for Achilles Heel. Just be grateful you’re even in the same building as me.

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PHILLY TOURNAMENT: There were some interesting developments at Ring of Honor’s Decade of Excellence tournament taped at 2300 Arena last Sunday, but the Greek God of Wrestling detests spoilers, so the results won’t be revealed here.

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ROCK ON COVER: Dwayne Johnson, a.ka. The Rock, was on the cover of Sports Illustrated last week in an issue focusing on sports media. Johnson is a one-man media empire. In addition to his acting, including his starring role in Ballers on HBO, Johnson’s production company is making a significant impact.

Johnson’s company produces a number shows, including a variety show, airing Tuesday, that Johnson hosted at Pearl Harbor for members of the military. The multi-talented Johnson is an incredible success in the entertainment industry, which shouldn’t be more than a mild surprise to anyone who followed his WWE career.

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TRIBUTE TO TROOPS: WWE’s annual Tribute to the Troops show will air Wednesday on USA Network. As opposed to past shows, which have been filmed on U.S. military bases, both here and overseas, Wednesday’s show will be taped this week in Washington, D.C.

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SATURDAY NIGHT CENA: In keeping with WWE’s domination of the media, John Cena hosts Saturday Night Live this week (Dec. 10). Cena doesn’t quite have Dwayne Johnson’s comedic timing or his voice, but Cena has come off positively in practically every acting role and media appearance in recent years.

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McMAHON JOINS CABINET: President-elect Donald Trump selected Linda McMahon, former CEO of WWE, to serve as the administrator of the Small Business Administration. McMahon is a former Senate candidate from Connecticut. Trump hosted WrestleMania IV and V at his casino in Atlantic City and put his hair on the line as part of a match at WrestleMania 22. (Trump and Vince McMahon were assisting wrestlers rather than taking part in the action, although Trump got the better of McMahon in a confrontation outside the ring.) Congratulations to Linda McMahon.

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INNOVATIVE EPISODE: The entire episode of Impact Wrestling on Thursday will take place in and around Matt Hardy’s home. That should certainly be interesting.

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TLC REVIEW: In case you didn’t take the Greek God of Wrestling’s advice and missed TLC, A.J. Styles retained the WWE World Championship in a TLC (tables, ladders and chairs) match with Dean Ambrose. James Ellsworth turned on Ambrose at the end, costing him the title so he could get a title shot against Styles. It was an eventful match for Styles, who sustained a rip in the posterior of his trunks and injured his ankle. As is usually the case with a Styles main event match, this match was excellent.

The Miz retained the Intercontinental Championship in a terrific ladders match against Dolph Ziggler. These two have clicked well in their matches this year.

Two titles changed hands at TLC. Alexa Bliss defeated Becky Lynch in a tables match to win the Smackdown Women’s Championship. Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt captured the Smackdown Tag Team Championship from Heath Slater and Rhino. In an interesting finish, Luke Harper pushed Orton out of the way of a Rhyno “gore” attempt outside the ring, sacrificing his body as Orton had done for Wyatt on a Roman Reigns spear at Survivor Series. Orton then hit an RKO in the ring, enabling Wyatt to get the pin and the win.

In other TLC matches, Baron Corbin beat Kalisto in a chairs match, and Nikki Bella defeated Carmella in a no disqualification match.

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TRIPLE THREAT: The Wyatt Family has announced that it will defend the Smackdown Tag Team Championship using Freebird rules, which means that, even though Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt won the titles, Luke Harper may also defend the titles with either Wyatt or Orton.

The New Day already does this on RAW, although Xavier Woods doesn’t see action too often. This removes the novelty factor from the Wyatt Family’s plans.

Heel Turns: Who needs a little TLC?

Posted by Achilles Heel On December - 4 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Achilles HeelThe too-quick turnaround from Survivor Series to Sunday’s Tables, Ladders and Chairs premiere event (kickoff show at 7 p.m. on WWE Network) barely allowed time to build up the matches. That may be one reason that Smackdown’s TLC includes several feuds that have been building for months.

The main event is a TLC match between A.J. Styles and Dean Ambrose. Styles and Ambrose have been feuding since the summer, with Styles defeating Ambrose for the WWE World Championship at Backlash in early September. Their feud continued at Survivor Series, with each man contributing to the other’s elimination. A TLC match is usually the blowoff to a feud. Given how good he’s been as champion, Styles should retain. And TLC matches almost always deliver.

The problem is there aren’t a lot of potential challengers for Styles on the Smackdown roster. One could be Dolph Ziggler, which could be a reason Ziggler does not win the Intercontinental Championship in his ladder match with The Miz at TLC. If Ziggler isn’t in line for a feud with Ambrose, he should win the Intercontinental Championship – unless there is going to be a champion vs. champion rivalry, similar to what’s developing on RAW between Roman Reigns and Kevin Owens. Regardless of the outcome, this should be a terrific match, as have all of the other bouts in this excellent feud.

Becky Lynch defends the Smackdown Women’s Championship against Alexa Bliss, who has been knocking on the championship door for two months. This is a tables match, which is a stipulation often used to switch the championship without the champion being pinned. But the Greek God of Wrestling believes Lynch will retain – unless WWE puts the belt on Bliss for one month, only to have Lynch win it back at the Royal Rumble.

In another women’s match, Nikki Bella and Carmella settle their months-long feud in a no disqualification match. Considering Carmella has gotten the better of Nikki most of the time, Achilles Heel expects Nikki to be victorious at TLC. An alternative ending would be to have Natalya cost Nikki the victory.

One match that isn’t based upon an ongoing feud is the Smackdown Tag Team Championship match. Rhyno and Heath Slater defend the titles against Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton, who earned the title shot with a victory over American Alpha (Chad Gable and Jason Jordan) in a tremendous match on Smackdown. The Greek God of Wrestling has suspected from the beginning that Orton is only pretending to be part of the Wyatt family in order to destroy it from within. If Wyatt and Orton win the tag team titles, Orton can use the titles to drive a wedge between Wyatt and Luke Harper by pointing out that the Wyatt family never won a title until he joined it. Expect a title change – unless Harper inadvertently causes Wyatt and Orton to lose or be disqualified.

Kalisto and Baron Corbin will continue their David vs. Goliath feud in a chairs match. This makes sense because they’ve been battering each other for more than a month, with Kalisto costing Corbin his spot on Smackdown’s men’s team at Survivor Series. Corbin should earn the victory.

With the resolution of several ongoing feuds in the works, TLC definitely appears to be an enjoyable show worth checking out.

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NEW CHAMP COMES TO PHILLY: Kyle O’Reilly, who won the Ring of Honor World Championship from Adam Cole on Friday at Ring of Honor’s Final Battle, will make his first appearance as champion Sunday (6 p.m.) at 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia.

The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson), the Ring of Honor Tag Team champions, are also scheduled to appear. There could be further developments in their budding feud with Matt and Jeff Hardy. Matt Hardy challenged the Young Bucks in a promo on the video screen Friday at Final Battle after the Young Bucks successfully defended their titles against Mark and Jay Briscoe.

Other results from Final Battle included Cody Rhodes turning heel to defeat Jay Lethal, Marty Scrull retaining the Ring of Honor Television Championship in a three-way match with Will Ospreay and Dragon Lee (Bobby Fish missed the show due to the death of his mother), Silas Young upsetting Jushin “Thunder” Liger, and Matt Taven, Vinny Marseglia and TK O’Ryan becoming the inaugural six-man champions by beat Lio Rush, Jay White and KUSHIDA.

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RING OF HONOR TOURNEY IN PHILLY: The highlight of the “Final Battle Aftermath” television tapings at 2300 Arena on Sunday (6 p.m.) should be the start of  the Decade of Excellence Tournament, featuring wrestlers who were in Ring of Honor at least a decade earlier. The winner of the tournament, which will conclude Jan. 14 in Atlanta, will receive a shot at the Ring of Honor World Championship at the 15th anniversary show in Las Vegas on March 10. First-round matches are Christopher Danels vs. Mark Briscoe; Alex Shelley vs. Colt Cabana; Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Jay Lethal; and B.J. Whitmer vs. Jay Briscoe.

A no-disqualification match between Mandy Leon and Taeler Hendrix has also been announced for Sunday’s tapings.

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NAKAMURA REGAINS TITLE: Shinsuke Nakamura regained the NXT Championship from Samoa Joe on Saturday in an NXT house show in Osaka, Japan. Samoa Joe had taken the title back from Nakamura at NXT Takeover: Toronto the night before Survivor Series. The bout will air Wednesday (8 p.m.) on NXT.

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SWANN SONG: Rich Swann defeated Brian Kendrick for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship on the inaugural edition of 205 Live last Tuesday on WWE Network. In other matches on the debut show, Jack Gallagher beat Ariya Daivari, and The Bollywood Boys beat Tony Nese and Drew Gulak.

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TNA TITLE ON THE LINE: Eddie Edwards will defend the TNA World Championship on Thursday’s Impact Wrestling against Ethan Carter III. The Greek God of Wrestling doesn’t need a crystal ball – or spoilers – to see outside interference playing a role in this match.

During last week’s Impact Wrestling, Moose defeated Aaron Rex (the former Damien Sandow) to win the Grand Championship.

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SAD NEWS ON SNUKA: According to his lawyer, Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka is in hospice care in Florida and has been told he only has six more months to live. A judge had ruled in August that Snuka is not mentally competent to stand trial, but she has not yet dismissed the murder case against Snuka in the death of 23-year-old Nancy Argentino, Snuka’s girlfriend, in a Whitehall Township hotel room in 1983. The defense maintains that Snuka is faking signs of dementia to avoid being put on trial.

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CZW DOUBLEHEADER: Combat Zone Wrestling presents a doubleheader next Saturday (Dec. 10) at Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees. At Cage of Death 18 (7:30 p.m.), Jonathan Gresham defends the CZW World Championship against Joe Gacy. Other matches include Sami Callihan vs. Lio Rush; Danny Havoc vs. Rickey Shane Page; A.R. Fox vs. Dave Crist; Greg Excellent vs. Homicide; and a Cage of Death match involving eight competitors, including former CZQ World champion Matt Tremont, Joey Janela and Conor Claxton. Fans are encouraged to bring a donation for Toys for Tots.

Cage of Death 18 is preceded earlier in the day (2 p.m.) at Flyers Skate Zone by Dojo Wars’ Mega Event 3. Admission is $5 or the donation of a toy to benefit Toys for Tots.

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RAW IN PHILLY: Don’t forget that Raw is returning to Wells Fargo Center on Dec. 12 for a live Raw broadcast. Please stop emailing the Greek God of Wrestling for free tickets. I’m not Santa Claus!

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