Wow how about that? After just 2 years since the last time WWE came to Singapore, they’re back in our little sunny island! Woohoo! And of course that means I’ve got another WWE Live event to watch. This being my sixth WWE event and the third one at the National Stadium in Singapore. If you can’t tell, I’m a huge wrestling fan.
But for once I got to see the WWE guys and gals up close for once. I had to go to Bedok to pick something up so I thougth why not just head down to Changi Airport too since they’ll be there around the same time. Apart from Booker T, Daniel Bryan & Dolph Ziggler, I’ve never seen these guys in the flesh outside a wrestling ring or arena before. Of course I knew not to distrub them, after all they’ve had a 20+ flight over and I know how that feels like.
But it was really cool to see how these guys actually are in the real world. I mean I’d never know that Maryse and Alexa are pals and Samoa Joe and Roman Reigns are buddies too. Even though most of them were tired some were still very friendly and saying hi to us fans, guys like Seth, Heath, Bray, Samoa Joe, Titus, Emma and Nia to name a few. Emma was nice enough to even let me take a picture with her! She probably had no idea I was a huge fan of hers, she and Alexa are my two favourite female stars in WWE today. I gotta support my Aussie peeps!
I got there maybe an hour early just to relax and wait for the show. They started it off with the RAW opening video which I thought was pretty cool. And to make things better, they started the show with Chris Jericho vs Hideo Itami. Yes, I’m a huge Jericho fan and I wore my Jericho shirt for this event so it was cool to see him here in Singapore. He was working as a heel and yes, I refused to boo him. I can never do that even though he was so good at being that heel you wanted to hate. It was cool to see a first time ever match in Jericho vs Itami and it was a good match with some comedic bits in there. Of course Itami won, after all, it was the Gift of Jericho. DRINK IT IN MAAAAAANNNNNN!!!!
Titus O’Neil vs Bo Dallas was the next match and it was a short match but Titus Brand…or more like Titus Worldwide now got it’s first international win. RAW Tag Team Champions Sheamus & Cesaro vs Heath Slater & Rhyno was the third match and of course the champs retianed their titles. I have to say, I’m really digging Sheasaro as a tag-team now, you’d never know that they were only a tag team from last year with how well they’ve been working with each other lately. Shame we didn’t get to see the Hardy Boyz in Singapore.
Between the third and fourth match, Enzo Amore & Big Cass had a little promo segment which was almost a rip off of what they did a few nights ago for Monday Night Raw. I will say I do like Big Cass as a heel, he did alright on the mic that day. Then came the fourth match and for me the best match of the night, The Miz & Samoa Joe vs Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins. You heard me right, Miz and Samoa Joe in a team! I’d never though I’d see that. And also a mini-Shield reunion with Ambrose & Rollins. I’m not afraid to say I’m a fan of the Miz and he really showed how good he was in that match. He entertained me and did good in the ring. He knew how to make the fans hate him and have a good laugh at him. At one point Rollins called Miz a chicken and us fans started a KFC chant at Miz. Everytime he got in to the match after that, he got the “KFC!” chants at him. It was really funny, it’s called sports entertainment after all right? I will say this, we need to see The Miz and Rollins in a fued together, it could be really fun to watch. Ambrose picked up the win.
After the transmission break it was the six women tag match Nia Jax, Emma & RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss vs Bayley, Sasha Bank & NXT Women’s Champion Asuka. It was cool to see the RAW and NXT women’s champions square off in the same ring for once. Asuka got the win for her team. The sixth match was Finn Balor vs Karl Anderson with Luke Gallows. Yup, the Bullet Club brothers were up against each other. I still hope these guys will be in a group together and not be fighting each other. Balor got the win.
The main event was Bray Wyatt vs Roman Reigns. Of course I was cheering on Bray Wyatt because I actually like him, he reminds of the old Undertaker back in the day. I wish WWE would do a better job with him though, they’re really wasting a good talent like him yet Reigns keeps getting a push and I’m not a fan of his. I don’t see anything in him, just a big guy, that’s all. Of course Reigns won. But it still was a good time, it’s always fun to watch wrestling live, cheer on your favourites, boo the ones you don’t like and make up some funny chant like KFC. Wrestling is great, isn’t it?
Today is the day! Apart from my birthday, the day I look forward to the most is the day the Royal Rumble PPV is on. For those who know me, the Royal Rumble is easily my favourite PPV of the year and also has my favourite match of the year, the Royal Rumble match itself. But it’s a bit different this year.
Instead of winning the chance of a lifetime to fight the world champion in the main event of the biggest PPV in WWE, Wrestlemania, this year’s Royal Rumble winner will walk out as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion! For the first time ever, the WWE title match is also the Rumble match and it’s only the second time the Rumble winner will be the WWE champion at the end of the 30-man contest.
Anyone of those 30 guys could end up winning the championship by the end of the match but realistically, it’s more like one of three guys. There’s likely to be 5 previous winners in the match but all 5 of them have only won it once. And about those three guys, it’s likely we’ll end up seeing a two-time winner this year and also a good chance that either entry spot #1 or #30 might have a third Rumble winner. More than half the field has never won a world championship and as many as five guys may make their Royal Rumble debut this year. I won’t talk much about the other matches, just the Royal Rumble match here. So who’s in it this year? Here’s the list of the guys who are confirmed so far:
Roman Reigns (the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion)
The Big Show
Alberto del Rio
So that’s 22 guys confirmed (the last time weren’t actually confirmed but if you saw RAW, it looks as though they’re all in the match) with another 8 spots left to fill in. We already know 2 of them will go to the winner of the kick-off qualifying match which is The Ascension (Konnor & Viktor) vs The Dudley Boyz vs Darren Young & Damien Sandow vs Jack Swagger vs Mark Henry. For these kind of matches, I would usually go with the teams who aren’t really a tag team just so it can easily fill up another two spots so it must be Swagger and Henry going in.
And then there’s still 6 more spots to go. One of them has to be Kane. He’s been a beast in these Royal Rumble matches and he’s been in 18 of them so if he’s fit, he has to be in the match. It just wouldn’t be right if Kane was not in a Royal Rumble match if he’s able to compete.
There’s also two more spots who are supposed to be the “surprise entrants” but I’m pretty sure they’ll show up. One of them being Triple H, he’s been out for a while and I just have this funny feeling he’ll show up and somehow screw Reigns off the title, possibly even win the damn thing himself. Look out for him to likely be the #30 entrant. The other surprise would be the one I’m looking forward to the most, the WWE debut of AJ Styles. He’s easily my favourite wrestler outside of WWE and it would be awesome if it finally happens and at the Rumble match too!
So that means there’s still 3 more spots to figure out. One of them I believe will go to the winner of the Intercontinental Champions Last Man Standing match. The guy who ended up not answering the 10 count will surely not be able to compete for the Rumble match after that. It’s just common sense not to include the loser after that kind of a match.
I’d really like to see one of those spots go to a guy from NXT. After all, the Royal Rumble is held in Orlando, Florida, where NXT is based and with most of their guys likely to be backstage, surely they can get one of them on the show. If not, they could get someone like Heath Slater in (just because he’s over with the internet fans) and Goldust because well, he’s Goldust. Would be cool to see him in his 11th rumble match.
And then there was one. This last spot I believe will be the true surprise entrant. There’s three names I can think of. First is the Undertaker. If he is retiring after Mania, it’s only fair if he showed up at the Rumble. He’s already done so for Summerslam and Survivor Series. He could end up costing either Wyatt or Lesnar the match and get thrown out by the guy he’ll likely face at Wrestlemania, whomever that may be. Another name is Daniel Bryan, that is if he’s fit and the WWE medical team has cleared him or not. If not him….maybe the Rock? He is in Miami so you never know!
So what’s going to happen in the Rumble match? I don’t really know but I just hope it’ll be a good one, the last few ones weren’t that great. How will Kofi save himself this time? I think we’ll see New Day have something to do with his great escape this year. Look out for Axel to be the joke elimination, he’ll go in all cocky and get dumped out right away.
Reigns will start #1 but who will start with him? My gut feeling says it’ll be a big guy just to stick it to him, someone like a Big Show or maybe even a Braun Strowman. But I can see him lasting all the way, maybe even go from #1 to win it all. There’s three guys who are the heavy favourites, Reigns, Triple H and Lesnar. Me personally, I hope it’s neither one of those guys, that itself will make the Rumble match great. There’s just 12 hours left to go, I can’t wait for the 2016 Royal Rumble!
2015 is over and it’s time for a new year. Don’t worry, there won’t be any “new year, new me” nonsense here. I’m still going to do the same damn thing as per usual. Back in the 2000s, most would have been looking forward to 2012 or 2015 mostly. For some weird reason I was always looking forward to 2016. Well I do like random numbers.
2015 was alright. For the most part I was studying, and not doing so well but that’s just the way it goes sometimes. Just need to study even harder this time around. And when I’m not studying, I got to do some fun things and also got on two short trips (one of them being a new country to visit for me). Went to Malaysia for a few days in March mainly to see the F1 Malaysian Grand Prix and in September to Japan for the first time to visit my brother who now lives there and also to watch the F1 Japanese Grand Prix. Yup, got to see three Formula One races this year, so 2015 was pretty good. First time watching back to back F1 races in two weeks too, that was cool.
Not just Formula One, I got to see four football matches too. Everton vs Stoke City and Singapore XI vs Arsenal for the Barclays Asia Trophy 2015 and then in four days, Singapore vs Japan in a 2018 World Cup Qualifying match and four days later a Liverpool Legends vs Manchester United legends.
All four at the National Stadium so I’m getting used to seeing that place. Not so used to seeing the Indoor Stadium but I did get to go back in there for the WWE Live event in July, my third time watching a live wrestling show and always it was fun. And for once I was sitting near the front row (second row actually), had to pay $400+ but it was worth watching those guys up close for once. Not just sporting events, I also got to see a comedy show and a concert for the first time too. Yup, been spending a bit too much money on these events, haven’t I?
All worth it though. Good fun seeing the incredibly funny Russell Peters live. He was so good most of his material that night came on the spot and from just interacting with the crowd. It was pretty cool to see Johnny Marr live in concert too, that guy is easily of the best guitarist ever. Was awesome hearing a few of my favourite songs live for once. It was nice to see some of my family from USA and Canada visiting us here so I had a reason to visit a few places in Singapore I’ve not been to before.
Universal Studios being the main one and now I’ve been there twice, loved it both times. Best bits are the Transformers ride, the Mummy ride and of course the dual roller coasters. Also got to stay at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel for once, fancy place for sure. The view at the viewing deck at the top of the hotel, or as I call it the boat, is quite awesome. One of the best views in all of Singapore.
It was also nice to catch up with a few of my old friends from primary school days, it’s been too long since I’ve seen some of them and I don’t really have that many friends so it was cool to see each other again. I’ve had my fun this year.
Now to 2016 and well for the first five months I’ll be doing nothing but just studying and hopefully to better this time around. One of the main reasons I’m looking forward to 2016? Well this year one of the biggest races in the world, the Indianapolis 500, will have it’s 100th race. I’ve been following IndyCars since 2005 and after seeing the first Indy 500, I thought that was one of the best events I’ve seen. F1’s Monaco GP is another of the big races but there’s little to no racing in it. Lots of racing in the Indy 500. It became my favourite race after the 2006 race with that famous finish between Sam Hornish and Marco Andretti.
After watching that race, I told myself that in 10 years time, I’ll hopefully be able to attend the Indianapolis 500 race live in person, it being the 100th race that is the one to be at! The 16-year old me always wondered how the 26-year old would turn out 10 years on. “Would I be working by then?”, “How well would I have done in school and if I’m finished with it?”, “Would I be married by then? (HAHA that’s not gonna happen anytime soon)”. Or the biggest one, “Would I still be in Singapore by then?”. Yup, I’m still there. My brother now lives in Tokyo, one of my cousins is studying in London soon and another two moved to Canada many years ago and I am still here. And to think I was the one who had the idea of studying overseas first.
Well fast forward to 2016 and I’m 26 now (turned 26 today in fact) I’m still studying and then won’t be done in maybe 2 or 3 years time. Can’t say I’m doing well in Uni life right now but the fact that I’m in “University” still blows my mind. Who would have thought I would make it there? Not the 16 year old me that’s for sure.
I mean I didn’t really have much to look forward to back then with ITE looming and poly being the likest highest I could reach if I even got there. I’m glad that I made it but so far I’ve just been struggling with school. Nothing in life ever comes easy right? I of all people should know that by now.
There’s still time to change that, I hope. Now to do my best for the exams in May and who knows, maybe I can still make that trip over to Indianapolis in late May. That would be a dream come true. I don’t know what’s in store for 2016 but hopefully it’ll be a good year. All the best to all of you in 2016 and make it a good one!
P.S. To those of you who did, thank you for the birthday wishes. Really appreciate it!