Thursday, May 21, 2015

Samoa Joe Makes Surprise Debut On NXT Unstoppable


Kevin Owens after laying waste to Sami Zayn with their match ending in a no-contest of sorts was confronted by Samoa Joe. Yes you heard that right Samoa Joe, not Joe Samoa or some other WWE re-branded name. He would come out and save Zayn from even more of a beating and get in the face of Kevin Owens.

Add him to the list of people on Owens plate, as Owens will face John Cena in a week and a half at Elimination Chamber. This all set up by his attack on Cena as he shocked the world coming out confronting him during Cena's U.S Open Challenge. Finn Balor has also earned the right for another shot at Owens being named the number one-contender last night defeating Tyler Breeze. Even William Regal might be a potential Owens opponent as he was headbutted by Owens in the chaos of people trying to stop Owens from continuing his attack on Sami Zayn.

If all of that isn't enough they had Hideo Itami get attacked in the parking lot and gave the impression that Owens may well have been the attacker. Setting up an Itami vs Owens match when he returns from shoulder procedure that is expected to put him on the shelf for 6 months.

As for Samoa Joe the day prior Triple H played things very cool admitting Joe had been to the performance center but he said they may have only talked for about five minutes. Joe also had independent bookings that went into June. This made many feel that all the speculation around Wrestlemania was perhaps not going to happen with him signing in the WWE. He had a brief run with ROH that ended just after that weekend.

What we didn't see on the NXT special was Joe speak but he did address the live NXT crowd after the show went off the air. Here is what he had to say in this WWE.com exclusive video.



Triple H was also asked about if he felt that NXT with developing and touring this new brand was not competition for Ring of Honor. He denied it was and that WWE's success helps all wrestling thrive. Tell that to ROH that is watching all of it's top stars become even bigger stars with WWE. The list grows longer with perhaps arguably the greatest ROH Champion of all in Samoa Joe who also has wasted many years working with TNA. The only feud that TNA ever had that was a huge draw saw Joe matched up with former WWE star and still with TNA Kurt Angle.

Joe is gonna kill you rang out from the NXT crowd as Owens decided he would wait for another day to deal with him. It really seems like NXT is becoming this super independent brand that is far from independent. I heard what Triple H said but you have to wonder how places like ROH and other top companies on the independents can hope to keep talent if NXT continues to move in such big and bold steps. Joe might not be the only one killing things at the end of it all. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Raw Talking Points Featuring The Debut Of Kevin Owens On Raw


It was just over a year ago I met Kevin Steen and now he is of course Kevin Owens and he showed up on Monday Night Raw! This alone was reason to love this episode on Monday Night Raw but there was lots more reasons to love Raw as it turned out. For the second time in a month, Raw really hit a home run in my opinion. I was not as fond of Payback the event the night before but after this Raw, any thoughts of Payback were a distant memory. So let’s dive in and give you five talking points that made this Raw one of the best of the year. This was headlined by one of the best WWE debuts in perhaps the last 10 years.

Kevin Owens meets John Cena: This was as if some ROH fans dream come to life in the WWE. A year ago that is wear Kevin Steen was facing guys like Adam Cole and Shinsuke Nakamura. Last night he was in the ring face to face with as John Cena calls himself the man that runs the place that is WWE. Kevin Owens got the better of John Cena on the microphone and instead of answering the U.S Challenge like Neville and Zayn before him; he simply laid out John Cena. He stated that he would fight Cena on his own terms.  Holding his NXT title high and stepping on the United States title.

As a Canadian the stepping on the U.S belt was a sign of the fact that Kevin is Canadian and he really has a chance now to be Canada’s big star in WWE like guys like Edge, Chris Jericho and Bret Hart and others have been in the past. Later in the night, Kevin announced that as he promised earlier he would fight John Cena but not on this night instead at the Elimination Chamber event in two weeks. For my money, this was one of the best WWE debuts in a long time. It easily was short of The Shield the best NXT debut we have seen. Kevin Owens is a guy who can deliver. WWE to this point has booked him as the massive star he truly was on the independent scene in North America and in ROH. This is something that never happened for the likes of Daniel Bryan, C.M Punk and others. Kevin is the right man at the right time to make a massive impact on the WWE. People talk about Finn Balor, Sami Zayn as big stars for WWE in the future. To me Owens is the safest bet they have to make a major impact and he showed that tonight.

Stephanie Returns To Raw: People may hate her but let’s be honest Raw is a lot more fun with Stephanie than without her. I just enjoy the hell out of her character and she was involved in to angles throughout the night. She ultimately ended up being forced into booking Dean Ambrose in a WWE World Title match with Seth Rollins. She also continues her feud with Brie Bella and now Nikki Bella by forcing Nikki to go out and defend her title alone. Suggesting that Brie might need some therapy with all she has gone through with her husband Daniel Bryan’s medical issues. No one pulls of fake sincerity like Steph. There are a million little things that Steph does that are truly great.

Lana and Rusev Soap Opera: It has been teased and rumored for a while that the break-up of Lana and Rusev was coming. A legit couple in real life saw their on screen partnership break apart. The final blow was Lana actually being the one to quit on behalf of Rusev at Payback. Rusev would come out with no Lana and eventually she would come out against his wishes. She stated that Rusev quit in his native tongue of Bulgarian. Rusev denied it, called her weak, and sent her to stepping. Later in the night, Lana would return and get in a lip lock with Dolph Ziggler, which would lead to Rusev coming out and getting involved with Dolph. Both will be participants in the Elimination Chamber match for the vacant I-C title. A nice sub-plot to the larger match that will also see Sheamus, Ryback, R-Truth and King Barrett take part in. I would assume Ziggler will Americanize Lana and work a program with Rusev coming out of Elimination Chamber regardless of if either wins. Rumors have been that Sheamus will ultimately win this match. This is based on him being billed as the reigning I-C champion for an upcoming event.

New Day: Continues to Suck Impressively: The New Day got a controversial win as Kofi and Xavier Woods performed “Twin Magic” to win the final fall of their match with Cesaro and Kidd at Payback. They would be forced to defend the titles again with Woods banned from ringside on Raw. It would merely be the set up to the first ever Tag-Team Elimination Chamber Match. Other teams involved beyond the two mentioned include a cast of jobber teams. Los Matadors, The Ascension, The Prime Time Players and Lucha Dragons will all be in this match. Expect New Day to find a way to beat the odds and retain. These there guys have really embraced this role as over the top baby faces that are in reality massive heels. One of the biggest turnarounds of a bad gimmick in wrestling that I can personally recall. New Day Rocks at Sucking and the fans love to hate them.

No Reigns, No Orton, and No Problem: Payback saw both Roman Reigns and Randy Orton in the main event but nowhere to be found on Raw the next night. This left the stage open for Dean Ambrose to swoop in and get his title shot with Seth. Reigns was promoted as returning on Smackdown and there was no mention of Orton at all who took the pin in the fatal-four way match. The show didn’t miss either as it worked out very well without them allowing the Owens’ debut and Ambrose title opportunity to get their shine. What Roman and Randy are doing for Elimination Chamber may not be decided yet or it can get its own stage on Smackdown to announce that. It was the right call to give both the night off.

This was one of those Raw shows that suck you back in as a disgruntled fan. Kevin Owens had one of the best debuts in a long time probably since The Shield arrived and Dean Ambrose got a chance to return to the main event scene. It really seemed like a show that was designed for the hardcore fan base there was a ton of promotion for the NXT Unstoppable card this Wednesday on the Network. It was mentioned a ton in and based around the Owens appearance. No one loved this Raw more though than Owen Steen the son of Kevin who was surprised to find out his dad was fighting John Cena. When Kevin first signed in NXT and had to move his family to Orlando Owen’s question for his dad was when was he going to get to fight John Cena? The answer is May 31st at Elimination Chamber.

Check out his reaction via Kevin’s wife’s instagram if you have not seen this already. Cool stuff!

Monday, May 18, 2015

5 Things To Expect on WWE Monday Night Raw 5/18/15



Oh Yeah Brother! Welcome to this week's WWE Monday Night Raw Preview brought to you by Condo On The Moon my name is Joshua Lopez. Lot's and lot's to get to because we're just coming off the heels of the WWE Payback PPV, we got the NXT Takeover Special coming up this Wednesday and Elimination Chamber returns in 13 days. In this piece I'll give you my thoughts on the WWE Payback PPV from Baltimore. I'll also talk about who will be in the two Elimination Chambers Matches and where does John Cena and Seth Rollins go from here? Here's five things to expect on the WWE Payback Fallout edition of WWE Monday Night Raw.

1.) WWE Payback Fallout + Thoughts 

Well I enjoyed Payback last night. I thought overall the show surpass expectations and with the fact it only had a three week set up I thought the payoff for Payback was well done. Some rapid fire thoughts.

-I don't know why R-Truth/Stardust was added to the pre-show? What's next for Cody?

-I don't think The Meta Powers will last long.

-I loved the opener from Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler very physical opener these guys have amazing chemistry.

-Once again the tag team championship match delivered. I never get tire of seeing The New Day vs. Tyson Kidd & Cesaro. Very interested in seeing how they set up this tag team Elimination Chamber Match.

-I loved the slugfest between Bray Wyatt and Ryback. Way better match than I thought it was going to be. I like both guys and even though there wasn't any reasonable "storyline" behind this feud I enjoyed the match it had a nice old-school flare to it.

-Cena and Rusev capped off their feud in high fashion. Entertaining and physical I Quit Match.

-I thought the Divas Tag Team Match wasn't that bad it's just their positioning on the PPV is always after a match that the crowd absolutely loved and they were burnt out.

-Neville/Barrett was solid I wished it had more time, plus with the IC Chamber Match coming up soon I understood the countout finish and neither guy was negatively effected.

-I loved the main event! Glad we got Kane's decision out of the way. I thought Roman and Dean stood out the most in this match. Rollins is a tremendous heel. Randy Orton once again shining on a major stage, The Shield's semi tease reunion was nice and the crowd was hot for that. I didn't mind the finish cause Rollins is part of The Authority and even with the fact that he can't use the Curb Stomp that doesn't mean he can't use the Pedigree or a RKO or even a Chokeslam. Rollins was the right guy to win this match and it was one of the better Fatal Four Way that i've seen.


2.) Elimination Chamber Match for the Vacant Intercontinental Championship 

We're just about 13 days away from the Elimination Chamber PPV. We know that for the first time since 2012 we'll have two Elimination Chamber matches and one of them will be for the vacated Intercontinental Championship. I'm firguing for tonight there will be a series of Elimination Chamber Qualifying Matches. I can see Bad News Barrett, Sheamus, Neville, Dolph Ziggler, Ryback and Bray Wyatt added to this Chamber Match. Less is more, but at the same time I think it would be in the best interest for this Wyatt/Ryback feud to be put in place in that Chamber Match. If Ryback has broken ribs that's rather unfortunate. At the same time don't be surprise if guys like Stardust or R-Truth will be added to the Chamber Match. Both Stardust and Truth have experience in the Chamber Match.

3.) Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship

We found out last night the New Day will be defending their WWE Tag Team Championships inside the Elimination Chamber. I have absolutely no idea what will be set up for this particular Chamber and I LOVE IT! There's so many options here and that what's make this Chamber very very interesting. Obviously if we're going to do six teams I'll list i here. Kidd/Cesaro, The Prime Time Players, Lucha Dragons, Harper & Rowan and The Ascension. Either way this could be the best thing for the tag division not only are these teams are getting opportunity, but their are being showcased in one of the most popular matches in the WWE, so I'm very interested to see what they do tonight on Raw with the set up for this Chamber Match.

4.) What's next for John Cena? 

I really enjoyed the Rusev and John Cena feud and now that it's over; What's next for John Cena? We have 13 days before Elimination Chamber arrives. The John Cena US Open Challenge has been awesome. Here's a idea. I know that this will be out of left field, but it works since there's only two weeks to setup the PPV and I think it would be "best for business" to have a John Cena US Open Challenge at the Chamber. It brings anticipation for the PPV and the opens up the window for countless superstars or maybe even returning superstars to take on Cena at the Elimination Chamber. For tonight I think we'll see John Cena vs Luke Harper or Dolph Ziggler.

5.) What's next for Seth Rollins?

Another PPV and Seth Rollins is still your WWE World Heavyweight Champion! It was "reported" that Rollins will be defending his world championship at the Chamber, but it's not in the Chamber match. I would be shocked if were swerved and the championship is defended in the Chamber, but coming out of this Fatal Four Way match. Where does WWE go with this World Title Picture? I think it would be too soon to do the Shield triple threat match ESPECIALLY with a free month of the Network in May. That match should be not be FREE it has money written all over it. Orton tooked the pin last night, so I think he may be done in this world title picture for now. I'm going to give you guys three options for Seth Rollins at Elimination Chamber. Will Triple H talk about Rollins using the pedigree? For Raw tonight expect ALOT of gloating and trolling in this opening segment.

-Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose

-Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns

-Seth Rollins vs. Kane

I hope you guys enjoyed this week's RAW preview article.

Raw is in Richmond, Virginia and it's a old-school NWA Territory, so don't be surprised if the crowd is flat tonight.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Condo On The Moon Podcast #61: NXT and ROH Invade Philly


We go off on Macho Mandow being worse than the Nacho Man. We run trough all the action at ROH War of the Worlds and NXT in Philly and we as required by some law preview Payback. We also talk about Ronda Rousey and her thoughts on WWE return as she does her book tour.


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Monday, May 11, 2015

5 Things To Expect on WWE Monday Night Raw 5/11/15



Welcome to this week's edition of the Monday Night Raw preview brought to you by Condo On The Moon. Last week's Raw from Montreal was alot of fun. Well, not if you ask Vince Russo because according to him unless the show is just like the Attitude Era it's not worthy to him. I hope Russo knows that the WWE has been using his format for RAW for the past 18 YEARS!!!!! We're 6 days away from the third annual WWE Payback PPV. Dean Ambrose is now part of the main event at Payback. The mid-card continues to shine and improve each week. Sami Zayn accepted John Cena's US Open Challenge and killed it. Tonight's Raw is from the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. I remember last time a RAW was in Cincinnati the Raw set went on fire hopefully that's not the case, but the show should be since we're on the go-home to Payback. Here's five things you can expect on this week's WWE Monday Night Raw.

1.) Rusev vs. John Cena "I Quit" Match 

Coming up on Sunday will be the final chapter of the Rusev/John Cena rivalry. This feud has been of the better and interesting John Cena feuds that went onto multiple ppv's. I like the subtle approach to this match. There's nothing major you need to add onto this match. We know what's coming it's going to be a very phsyical drawn out match and we'll see whether Rusev or Cena will walk out of Baltimore with the United States Championship. The split between Rusev and Lana is interesting and I like how all these "expert" wrestling podcast hosts don't know where the tension between Rusev and Lana is coming from. If you were paying attention to the shows before Mania Lana show compassion for Rusev when she accepeted Cena challenge for Rusev for WrestleMania. Rusev was mad and sent her home for a couple weeks. When she came back she became a sympathetic character and she was scared of Rusev lashing out at her. Whether or not the rumors of Lana turning face or not are true I'm very interested in seeing the finish of this Payback match. The John Cena US Open Challenge with Sami Zayn was awesome. We called Bret Hart coming out on last week's Raw preview. For tonight here's a list of potential opponents for John Cena: Luke Harper, Heath Slater or Dolph Ziggler. I think it will be important for Cena to get to the advantage of Rusev this time. If Rusev lays out Cena on Raw you'll know that Cena will retain at WWE Payback.

2.) Fatal Four Way Shenanigans 

Last week on Raw we saw the announcement that Dean Ambrose will be part of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at WWE Payback. Ambrose and Rollins had a stellar match on last week's Raw. There's continue tension between Randy Orton and Roman Reigns. This Fatal Four Way Match at Payback can go in so many different directions and that's why I feel that this year's Fatal Four Way Match is more interesting then the one from last year's WWE Battleground. Here's the thing we know that all former Shield members are part of this match which is interesting for the fact that the Raw after Payback was when Shield disbanded when Rollins turn heel and join The Authority. Last week on SmackDown during the Payback Contract Signing, Rollins laid everybody out. For tonight's Raw I think we'll see Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose vs. Randy Orton. We'll probably see more issues between Rollins and Kane with The Authority coming back. Very interested in seeing what does Stephanie and Hunter have in mind for Raw this week, so don't be surprise if the entire Authority starts off this week's Raw. One way or another either Roman Reigns or Randy Orton will need to be standing tall as Raw goes off the air.

3.) Daniel Bryan + WWE Intercontinental Championship Picture 

I have a feeling that Daniel Bryan will be part of tonight's Monday Night Raw. It's been about a month since we've saw the Intercontinental Champion and here's the thing. I love the guy, but can we really buy that this guy will ever be part of a WrestleMania event again? You can't trust this guy and his body. According to some outlets Daniel Bryan will be making his return on RAW tonight and is expected to compete at Payback. Good news and one would suggest that Bryan would defend his IC Championship against "King" Bad News Barrett. Could you picture a Bryan/Neville feud down the road for the IC Championship? I'm very interested in seeing where this goes for Bryan. Will this be a one off? Will Bryan come back just to lose to Barrett and go back to the DL? We'll see what happens at Payback, but it will be great to see Bryan back on the show tonight.

4.) RAW Matches + Payback Match Card Revealed. 

Here's a series of matches you can see on Raw tonight: Naomi vs. Brie Bella, Ryback vs. Luke Harper, Big E vs. Cesaro, The Lucha Dragons vs. The New Day, King Bad News Barrett vs Dolph Ziggler, Sheamus vs. Neville,  Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose vs. Randy Orton.

WWE Payback Match Card:

1.) Fatal Four Way Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Seth Rollins (c) vs. Randy Orton vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Roman Reigns

2.) "I Quit" Match for WWE United States Championship
John Cena (c) vs. Rusev w/Lana

3.) Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler

4.) WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
Daniel Bryan (c) vs. King Bad News Barrett

5.) Bray Wyatt vs. Ryback

6.) WWE Divas Championship Match
Nikki Bella (c) vs. Naomi

7.) WWE Tag Team Championship Match
The New Day (c) vs. Tyson Kidd & Cesaro

8.) Neville vs. Luke Harper* BONUS MATCH IN CASE THEY NEED IT

9.) #1 Contenders Match Payback Kickoff
The Prime Time Players vs. The Lucha Dragons


5.) WWE Payback Predictions

Since obviously I will not be part of the podcast this week. I will give you my predictions for Payback.

I got Rollins retaining, but with Reigns turning heel. I got Cena winning the "I Quit" Match. I got Sheamus beating Dolph Ziggler, I got Bryan retaining against Bad News Barrett, I got Bray Wyatt beating Ryback, I got Nikki retaining the Divas Championship, I got The New Day retaining the Tag Team Championship, I can see the Prime Time Players winning the number one contendership match. I'm looking forward Payback. It will be interesting to see how the PPV goes since this is the first Payback that will not be taking place in Chicago. Baltimore is another great old-school wrestling town and I have no doubts that they'll be a tremendous crowd. Having this PPV there will give those people something to smile about even with the terrible things that are going on in Baltimore.

That's a wrap for this week's WWE Monday Night Raw Preview. I hope you guys enjoy Raw and Payback.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Condo On The Moon Podcast: Matt Taven Returns

Matt Taven has added some gold in Japan since he last stopped by the podcast. Taven and Bennett get ready for a busy week as ROH and NJPW come together for 4 shows next week in Philadelphia and Toronto


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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Happy Birthday Kevin Steen: It's Been A Big Year


To say it has been an exciting and eventful thirtieth year for Kevin Steen. He started the year finishing-up a long run in Ring of Honor and being a part of their first ever-live PPV. He from there would go onto what amounted to a good will tour from independent company to independent company across the North America.  A notable stop in the journey was in PWG where he claimed he was off to help El Generico with the orphans in Mexico. Other claims were he was going to be a whale trainer at Marineland.

In reality none of these was the truth, everyone was in on the gag as rumors of Kevin taking his talents to Florida, and NXT to be a part of the WWE had been flying around before this exodus tour began. Kevin left everything he knew for a chance to cash in a dream in the WWE. He packed up his family and moved to Florida.

Many of his fans worried what the WWE could do to screw up Kevin and thus lose the performer they loved. To be honest not a lot has changed he is still Kevin to this day now with the last name Owens instead of Steen. This was in tribute to his son and the late Owen Hart. Once in the system Kevin really worked hard, embraced the training, and has transformed his body to some degree. He looks in the best shape he has in a long time. He would enter NXT to heroes welcome and despite getting his nose busted up would defeat C.J Parker and it was a familiar sight with a bloody faced now Kevin Owens with his hand raised. He would end that night coming out to congratulate Sami Zayn who he had wrestled with for almost his entire career. It was a genuine and real moment between the two.

We got the happy conclusion that I don’t think many expected but in an instant that would not be the case. He would attack Zayn and lay out the New Champion and demand a title match, which he would get two months after his debut.

Along the way, Kevin showed all his talent in and out of the ring. He was still very much the same guy we had all seen in ROH and elsewhere in his independent career. He would alter his move set and have to do away with several of his moves he used on the independents.  The Package Piledriver is not happening in a WWE ring. F-5even said in French belongs to a guy named Brock Lesnar. He would still have his corner cannonball and a pop-up power-bomb as his finish. He also was given a devastating Power Bomb to the ring apron that he used to take out Sami Zayn and has used it since on several NXT performers.

It would shock everyone when Owens would win the NXT Title in a match where he dominated in such a dominate fashion that it rivaled the beating that Brock Lesnar put on John Cena to win the WWE Championship at Summerslam. Fitting enough the many being marked with a simple K.O T-shirt won the title by TKO laying out his best friend with no remorse.

Owens motivation for what he is doing he has claim is a better life for his family. This is the part where the story of the wrestler and the real life of the wrestler have merged.  Kevin is clearly a heel but he speaks a real truth in what he is saying.

Aside from a minor knee injury, it has been all systems go for the Champ. His upcoming re-match with Sami Zayn is now up in the air with an injury to Zayn this past Monday. Kevin has been great at everything he was \before he got to WWE. The real shock it WWE is letting him do it all and so quickly. He has appeared on commentary many times and it led to a side feud with Alex Riley. He verbally killed Riley on show, on commentary and even on Twitter completely owned him.

It has been an eventful and great year for Kevin Steen. Having met him, he such a wonderful and nice person it makes the smile you have for his success a little bigger. Kevin Steen has deserved all of the success that has come his way.

So... with all this said we wish the NXT CHAMP a Happy Birthday and look forward to what he will do in the next year to top this one. Trust me when I say he will find a way to top it. It wouldn’t shock anyone to see him make his way to the main roster in this next year. When that moment happens, Kevin will rise to the challenge as he always does. Kevin Owens is not going anywhere anytime soon.