The Valero Verdict: Fighting with My Family

Welcome to another edition of the “The Valero Verdict” movie review. In this I will give you a quick movie review with a couple of bullet points of which I either liked or disliked. I will end the review with rating of the movie and a short overall thoughts.

On the docket today, Fighting with My Family, the movie based on WWE Diva Paige.

  • The casting of Florence Pugh turned out perfect, she played Paige very well, especially the Paige of the early years. She was very Raw in the film which is what she needed because Paige was in a very Raw position starting from the bottom of the WWE. Very good casting.
  • Nostalgia from the Rock was fantastic. While not in the film a whole lot, you did get to see some old fashion Rock lines that were classic for his many years in the WWE.
  • The opening of this movie was absolute brutal to watch as a former professional wrestler, I get these guys were “rookies” but man, the in ring stuff was brutal to watch.
  • The story flows very well, it tells the story you are wanting to see, with the 1st act setting the story, the 2nd bringing you the challenge and leaving the 3rd act to bring it all together to get us our feel good ending.
  • Vince Vaughn was good in this, but it felt so weird seeing him in a role of this nature.

The Verdict:

*** out of ***** stars

I really wasn’t sure what to expect with this movie but it’s one of the feel good stories that you can really get behind and cheer for throughout. The Rock brings some fun humor to the movie, Pugh does a fantastic job as Paige, and the rest of the cast packs a nice punch as well.

Should I see it?: Yes. I think no matter if you are a wrestling fan or not, this is a well written movie with solid story telling, you laugh, it pulls at the heartstrings and you cheer in triumph at the end.


WWE Battleground Predictions

Welcome to the Sports Scripts WWE Battleground PPV! This is the perfect time to get back into the prediction scene as WWE seems to start caring about mixing up their shows, and providing something fresh for us to watch. So here’s myself, Bell and Ricky’s predictions for the PPV before SummerSlam, Battleground.

Naomi vs Cameron

Bell: This is a pre-show match for the PPV and could be a sneaky good Divas match if there is such a thing. I’m going to go with Naomi in this match as it seems WWE has had her in bigger pushes within the company and it makes 0 sense for her to lose here.

Ricky: Does anyone care about a woman’s match that doesn’t envolve AJ?????? Give me Naomi just because.

Matt: Cameron is probably the worst character in the WWE right now. There’s a difference between being crazy and being just annoying. Naomi on the other hand is a lot of fun. She’s a solid building block in the new Diva’s division, so she wins her first match as a full-time singles wrestler.

Jack Swagger w/Zeb Colter vs Rusev w/Lana

Bell: I am excited for this match on Sunday. I’ve always liked Swagger a little bit and thought he was loaded with talent. This is a match for him to really show his potential within the company. The battle here is USA vs Russia and I think the Real American comes away with the win in this match. The WWE wouldn’t just pump up Swagger like this to have him get squashed.

Ricky: I’ve really enjoyed the build in this match and think they have finally found something to make Swagger useful but now the question is how long they want this program to last. I think this may get another match at Summerslam, so give me some sort of DQ and Swagger wins.

Matt: Probably the match that I’m looking forward to most. Jack Swagger has always been a personal favourite, when he’s not injuring everyone, and Rusev is from NXT which means I automatically love the guy. Most importantly this is what I call a “Hoss Fight”. Two big dudes running into each other, and hitting each other really hard. Plus, submission finishers. I’ve got Rusev to win the match, but this is hopefully going to continue into SummerSlam.

WWE Tag Team Championship: The Usos (c) vs Erick Rowan and Luke Harper

Bell: I’m expecting this to be a nice contest and while I’d love to see The Usos keep the titles it wont happen. I expect the Wyatt family to walk away with the Tag Team gold this Sunday.

Ricky: These guys have had a fantastic feud and really got me excited to see what they will finish with. I think it’s time to give Rowan and Harper the belts. Harper has always been one of my favorite big guys to watch. I’ve watched him back to his Brodie Lee days in Chikara, so I am excited for the future for him as well as what he and Rowan bring to the Tag Team Division.

Matt: Hopefully this is the end of the feud. It’s been really good, but it’s time for both teams to have different competition. Harper and Rowan have become the best tag team in the company, and are primed for a great title run with them winning.

WWE Divas Championship: AJ Lee (c) vs Paige

Bell: Is it possible the PPV could have two solid Divas matches? I think so as AJ Lee is one heck of a wrestler and Paige is going to grow into one very soon. The two matches before were pretty much just quick little matches, but this time around it’s going to be different as they should get some time to showcase their talents. I’ll take AJ Lee in this match as I just don’t think the WWE was happy with Paige as champion.

Ricky: The single two hottest woman in the WWE, PERIOD!!!! AJ is back and I couldn’t be happier. She is the best thing to happen to the Women division in a long long time. So I am definitely ready for another match between these two. It won’t be the typical get up and get a refill of your drink or bathroom break match, this should be fun and AJ wins.

Matt: This should be another really good match, but another one that should’ve been started at SummerSlam. AJ just got her title back and turned face, so she’s going to win, but this will be one of the best Diva’s feuds in years.

Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rollins

Bell: You can mark my words here this match will steal the show on Sunday. These guys are the future of WWE and we will get a taste of it this Sunday. There are two ways I think this match will go and one is a clean win for Ambrose as Rollins has the MITB win already, or Rollins winning due some kind of interference to keep this feud burning.

Ricky: Best match on the card? Probably right next to Wyatt and Jericho, yes. I think this two could steal the show. Look for them to have a good back and forth match and I really look for a big time screw job and Rollins walking away victorious.

Matt: This is the must see match. Not only is it the better wrestling 2/3s of the Shield going at it, but they’ve really made us all emotionally invested in this feud. They really seem like they hate each other, and they’re going to tear down the house. Give me Rollins in some sort of distraction, but with Ambrose standing tall at the end with Rollins in retreat.

Bray Wyatt vs Chris Jericho

Bell: This should be a very solid match that could honestly go either way. I’m not sure what WWE has planned here, but I also think this will be a rematch at Summerslam. I’m going to say Wyatt wins because he’s taken two losses at the last two ppvs.

Ricky: JERICHO IS BACK!!!!!! And he is facing Bray Wyatt!!!!!!!! Love this program, both guys are fantastic on the mic and I expect this to be a really good match. Give me Wyatt with the victory easily setting up for a rematch at Summerslam.

Matt: These two had a really nice match on NXT just over a year ago, and now that they’re continuing the feud on the big stage, I expect an even better match. Bray wins this match, but hopefully this continues right until Jericho leaves again.

WWE Intercontinental Championship Battle Royal: Alberto Del Rio vs. Big E vs. Bo Dallas vs. Cesaro vs. Curtis Axel vs. Diego vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Fandango vs. Heath Slater vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Rob Van Dam vs. R-Truth vs. Ryback vs. Sheamus vs. Sin Cara vs. The Great Khali vs. The Miz vs. Titus O’Neil vs. Xavier Woods vs. Zack Ryder

Bell: It makes sense for a ton of guys here to get the push with the title, and picking one is really hard. Since this is a predictions article I’ll pick Big E.

Ricky: See now this is fun. I love random battle royals thrown together (sarcasm). I really don’t care who wins this but give me Bo Dallas just because.

Matt: Lots of really fun options in this match like Fandango, BO, The Miz or Big E, but the one guy who’s a must to get it, is Cesaro. And if this means that we’re set up for a Cesaro/Barrett feud down the line, then even better.

WWE Championship Fatal Four-Way: John Cena (c) vs Roman Reigns vs Kane vs Randy Orton

Bell: In my opinion this match is pretty much locked for John Cena to win after we learned of the Plan C on Monday Night Raw. If you read anything about WWE on the internet or are any kind of fan you know who plan C is. Brock Lesnar vs John Cena at Summerslam with Cena as champion, so yes he walks out of Battleground with the gold.

Ricky: Who cares? Cena wins, Cena Wins, Cena Wins…….

Matt: Roman Reigns punches and spears a bunch of dudes, Randy Orton coasts through the match, Kane gets pinned, and Cena wins, LOL.

WWE Extreme Rules Predictions

It is the start of the new WWE year, and with that comes the very first Pay-Per-View, or “special event” as they will be referred to from now on, WWE’s Extreme Rules! Always a fun show based on the numerous gimmick matches that take place, the card is full of change. Guys like Bad New Barrett, Daniel Bryan, Alexander Rusev, Paige and of course, The Shield in the main event. It’s a breath of fresh air to see all this new talent, and for the talent that’s been around for a while that I mentioned above, it’s good to see them being used in new ways, and being pushed to greater heights. So let’s look at Matt Bell’s, Ricky Valero’s and my predictions for Extreme Rules.

Pre-Show WeeLC Match: El Torito vs Hornswoggle

Matt B: Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm El Torito? I guess?

Ricky: Look this match is what it is. It’s going to be a comedy match between the two and I am probably more excited about this match than I am the rest of the card. I can’t wait to see this happen. Anyone know what a WeeLC match is? Haha. Going to be a classic match for sure and give me El Torito for the win.

Matt W: This match is going to be a classic. It’s going to have tiny ladders, tiny chairs, maybe a tiny table. Hornswoggle and El Torito have had one of the most entertaining feuds in WWE right now, and I expect this match to be no different. Even if they’re just messing around, these two show more intensity and emotion than most of the guys on the roster. El Torito wins, and it’s going to be gold, perfectly suited for a pre-show match.

Two-on-One Handicap Match: Alexander Rusev w/ Lana vs R-Truth and Xavier Woods

Matt B: This match is all about the building of a future superstar in Rusev. He goes over big time in this match and picks up a win over Woods and R-Truth.

Ricky: I HATE THIS MATCH. I don’t like burying two guys to put over another. Rusev wins in dominate fashion.

Matt W: Rusev has become a personal favourite, and of course I’m a big fan of Lana, and Lana’s legs. I feel bad for Xavier Woods because he’s actually talented, but R-Truth is the very bottom of the barrel for me, so I will enjoy seeing Rusev putting a double Accolade onto these two to win.

Cesaro vs Jack Swagger vs Rob Van Dam

Matt B: This is an interesting match for the PPV and probably will be one of the more entertaining matches of the night. I expect Cesaro to win this match being the Paul Heyman guy to keep building up something special for Cesaro.

Ricky: I don’t really like this match at all but don’t get me wrong it’s going to be a good one. Cesaro with Heyman has been money and I wish they would give Zeb/Heyman more time together on the mics. I really can’t see Cesaro losing this match, it wouldn’t make any sense at all for him to lose here.

Matt W: This match should be pretty good. You have two stalwarts in Cesaro and Swagger, and those two should do some fun things with a high flyer, and smaller guy in Rob Van Dam. Cesaro is going to swing everyone out of the building, and will win this match. Onto bigger and better things for the King of Swing, and the manager of the man who conquered the streak. Did you know that Paul Heyman’s client Brock Lesnar conquered the streak? I feel he should talk more about that…

Divas Championship: Paige (c) vs Tamina Snuka

Matt B: Paige will eventually defend against AJ Lee, but this isn’t AJ Lee and she wins this match.

Ricky: Paige has supplanted AJ as my favorite Diva. She really is the total package and honestly wish she would’ve had a long program with AJ because it would’ve been some good stuff. But this match is really just for Paige to get another win under the belt. Give me Paige to win this won but get beat up pretty bad throughout the match.

Matt W: I’ve been waiting for Paige for so long, and she has not disappointed since coming up. Putting on the best one-on-one Divas matches in the past few months, with such luminaries as Alicia Fox and “Old Glory Knee Dropper” Aksana. The Modified Scorpion Crosslock has been fantastic, and while the match won’t be great, Paige should come out looking pretty good.

Intercontinental Championship: Big E (c) vs Bad News Barrett

Matt B: The crowd is really into the Bad News Barrett character right now and with a victory over RVD the other night I think that sealed if for me that he finds a way to win this match. I’m afraid Big E will have some Bad News come Sunday night.

Ricky: I am a big time Big E fan and not sure where they can go with from here. He has the potential to be a big star and they have kind of dropped the ball a little as him being IC champ. Bad News Barrett gimmick is awesome, I love it, the crowd loves it and he loves it. They finally might get the ball rolling with the IC title and the guy I would have do it is Barrett. So much potential for him and I can’t wait to see what happens after he wins on Sunday.

Matt W: BAD NOOZ! This man is on fire, not only with the crowd, but in matches as well, and the best thing you can do with a guy who looks amazing in physical, beat ’em up matches, is put him with another big physical dude. Big E is that dude. I love Big E, but I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news, Mr. Barrett is winning the Intercontinental Championship and continuing his role.

Steel Cage Match: John Cena vs Bray Wyatt

Matt B: Wyatt vs Cena I can not wait to see this match. These are two of the best in WWE and I’m not sure how the match will go. I want to see Wyatt win, but I won’t be surprised if Cena wins the match.

Ricky: This match should be fantastic. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see a Full on Cena heel turn but we know that won’t happen. I love Bray Wyatt and feel he really needs to win this match. They should continue this feud heading to Summerslam and the only way to do that is if Wyatt beats Cena. Cena doesn’t need this match, Wyatt does.

Matt W: I got my hopes back up for this feud when Bray Wyatt had that amazing opening segment on RAW. But then Cena came back an hour or two later, completely unaffected, and joking again. Sigh, even though Bray Wyatt is going to win this match, it just feels like this could’ve been so much more.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Extreme Rules Match: Daniel Bryan (c) vs Kane

Matt B: THERE IS NO WAY KANE WINS THIS MATCH!!! Daniel Bryan wins!

Ricky: This match should be fun and filled with a lot of drama. I fully expect some guys to come out and “try” to cost Bryan the title. But at the end of the day we all know that Bryan is going to walk out champion.

Matt W: The build has been great for this feud, not so much because of what Bryan and Kane have done, and they’ve been great, but it’s because of the new Vincent Kennedy McMahon, his daughter Stephanie! The last time we had such an interesting, asshole-ish boss character in WWE, was back when Vinny Mac was in his hey-day. D-Bry wins this match, but not without some interfering from Steph on behalf of Kane.

The Shield vs Evolution

Matt B: Bautista is leaving the company for a while after this match and this fact alone suggests to me that the Shield wins this match.

Ricky: It’s been a really long time since I was looking forward to a match. This match should be fun and just all the way around awesome!!! Orton (while annoying) is really good in the ring, the same can be said for HHH and Batista brings his own big guy element to the matchup as well. Of course you have the Shield. Each guy brings his own unique thing to the table. This match is going to be hard hitting, high flying at times and just a knockdown drag out fight. I am really looking forward to seeing how the match turns out. I am 50/50 on who I think will win this match but give me Evolution but some screwy finish.

Matt W: I’m so excited for this match, it’s insane. The Shield has been absolute gold for a year and a half now, and now they get a main event feud with the re-created Evolution. That’s how much faith they have in these guys. The match should be great, it should be intense, with spears and superman punches flying like wild. With Batista taking time off soon, I expect The Shield to win, and for this magical feud to pick back up in the summer.

Burning Question: Who is the next man up in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship picture? Assuming that Daniel Bryan comes out of this intact, who’s the next man he’ll face at Payback?

Matt B: I think Daniel Bryan should feud with John Cena I’d really like to see them just let Cena become a bad guy and make it in some sort of way where the Bella twins become separated in support of their man.

Ricky: That’s a really tough question on who is the next man up and I think it really depends on who wins that Evolution match as well. I really think they are just going to throw together a couple of matches for Bryan between now and the build for SummerSlam which may be him and Batista. So honestly right now I am not sure who the next guy will be up, but consider my interest peaked for sure.

Matt W: I feel similarly to Ricky, in that they’re going to be putting individual people against Daniel Bryan, in a continuation of the Authority storyline. I expect perhaps Orton and Triple H in a triple threat at Payback, but by the time SummerSlam rolls around, I’m thinking, maybe CM Punk, and we can continue their awesome 2012 feud in the main event.

So there are our predictions for the upcoming Extreme Rules PPV. Make sure to check out Ricky and myself’s inaugural The Wrestling Script podcast episode right here, and tune in Sunday morning at 12ET to watch our Extreme Rules preview.

WrestleMania 30 Reactions

Welcome back to the Sports Script, and this past Sunday we witnessed the extravagance, the pageantry of the greatest show on the planet, WrestleMania 30! It was one wild roller coaster of a night, and I will give WWE a ton of credit for making it a truly memorable night. Myself and Ricky are here to give our reactions of the night, now that we’ve had a couple nights to digest all of it, so here are our WrestleMania 30 reactions:

Best Moment

Ricky: I would have to say the opening of the show. Seeing Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold and The Rock all in the ring at one time was so surreal. Even better was making a Hogan flub with the Silverdome thing and making it a comedic moment to remember forever.

Matt W: There is no other answer to this question. Cesaro winning the Andre the Giant Battle Royal was great, but this was Daniel Bryan’s night. Just him with those two titles high over head, YES-ing along with 75,000 people is something that I’ll never forget. It was truly YEStleMania

Best Match

Ricky: HHH/Bryan – I am not sure it was really close either. These two really kicked the hell out of each other and put on one heck of a show. HHH sold for Bryan like I haven’t seen him sell for someone in a very long time. HHH knows what he is doing and he is taking this company to the next level and he propelled Bryan tonight by doing so.

Matt W: HHH/Bryan – Shockingly, the best match also involved Daniel Bryan, but it was the opening bout of the show. Daniel Bryan vs Triple H was a masterpiece, of submission and chain wrestling, but with so much passion added in. Triple H wasn’t carried either, I truly believe this is the greatest match of his career. Triple H has never been this good as a character, and apparently as a wrestler as well.

Best Entrance

Ricky: Bray Wyatt – I love his entrance normally and the personal feel they are giving week to week with it now is even cooler. Easily hands down my favorite entrance of the night.

Matt W: Bray Wyatt – It’s the easy answer saying the Undertaker’s entrance, but it didn’t do much for me this time. Instead, I’ll go with Bray Wyatt’s entrance, and the live playing of his theme song “Broken Out in Love” by Mark Crozier and the Rels. That was a truly creepy moment, with the clapping, and I think we’ve found our spiritual successor to the Undertaker’s entrances.

Biggest Shock

Ricky: The easiest question to answer on here. Brock Lesnar beat the Streak. I was floored when this happened, I looked down and boom it was over. The way that Paul Heyman and the 75,000 people that were there reacted was UNREAL. This is probably the biggest surprise in wrestling since Hogan turning heel with the NWO? The Montreal Screw Job? While there has been a lot of complaints on it happening, I can honestly say that I was very happy with the way it ended. No Lesnar didn’t “need” to win but it has given the whole world something to talk about outside Bryan finally becoming champion.

Matt W: Nothing compares to The Streak being broken. I think people had the idea in their heads that Lesnar never stood a realistic chance in hell in this match, but WWE got us good. I’ve never seen a crowd in stunned silence like that. 75,000 people, completely snuffed out. They couldn’t even bring themselves to boo.

Biggest Letdown

Ricky: Wyatt/Cena – While it was good at certain moments and told a solid story around the whole Cena having this dark side to him. It just really wasn’t all there for me. I would’ve liked to see more wrestling between the two as we know they both can go.

Matt W: Wyatt/Cena – My biggest letdown was Bray-Cena. It wasn’t a bad match, but it wasn’t the instant classic I was expecting, and Cena doing his same song and dance to win was just disappointing. It could’ve truly been the future’s night if Bray had won, but I guess we can’t ask for too much.

Worst Match

Ricky: Diva’s Title Match? I guess. I don’t know it was a filler like it is every year in between the Semi-Main and Main. Just didn’t do anything for me and the right person won.

Matt W: I guess that I’ll be going with the Divas Invitational Match, but honestly wasn’t that bad. There were some nice things done in that match, especially when the Bellas channelled their inner Bryan and did a double suicide dive onto everyone. Still, it really just couldn’t stand up to the rest of the stellar card.

Best Performer

Ricky: Daniel Bryan by default? He and HHH put on one of the best matches of the year and beat the crap out of each other for over 30 minutes. While it may have been almost 3 hours later Bryan came out and wrestled in the Main Event triple threat

Matt W: Hey guess who this is? Daniel Bryan! Bryan went a total of something like nearly an hour of wrestling on Sunday, and he didn’t miss a beat. He is a wrestling machine, whether it’s making a five star classic with Triple H, or carrying Batista to a good match. He took that scary Batista Bomb/Reverse RKO through the table like a champ.

General Thoughts

Ricky: I really enjoyed the show and really feel like it’s finally taking WWE in the right direction. While Cena/Wyatt disappointed, Cesaro winning the Andre The Giant Battle Royal, Bryan/HHH being good and Lesnar beating the streak, there was enough good to make up for the few slight disappointments.

Matt W: My overall thoughts were this was a great WrestleMania. It had an excellent first couple matches, and really didn’t miss a beat very often. The crowd was great, but understandably was ruined by the main event after that Undertaker shocker, but Daniel Bryan completely rejuvenated them. Overall, they made a great night.

Overall WrestleMania Score

Ricky: 8.5/10

Matt W: 9/10

Burning Question: WWE went with the future tonight, and said to fans of the past, that this is a new era. Where does WWE go from here? Who will reign supreme in this new era along with Daniel Bryan?

Ricky: The “New Era” that WWE is here. I have been and on/off WWE watcher over the past few years and for the first time in a long time I am genuinely looking forward to seeing what the future holds. The build has been great, they’ve got all the young talent in the world to make this really work out. Bryan/Cesaro/Wyatt/The Shield are the immediate future and that is really awesome.

Matt W: I think we saw this last night on RAW, but the future is now. NXT is going to be taking over the show, and I couldn’t be happier. Guys like Bryan, Cesaro, Wyatt, The Shield, Big E, Rusev, PAIGE!! They are the future of this business, and showed up in a big way last night. I couldn’t be happier after WrestleMania, and somehow I got even happier after RAW. WWE is truly in great hands. #TheFutureIsNow

So there you have it, our WrestleMania 30 reactions. This was a phenomenal show, with some incredible lasting memories. In my opinion, it was the fourth best WrestleMania of all time, only beat out by 20, 3 and 17.

If you haven’t checked out our WrestleMania podcast, make sure to do so here, and keep checking in on The Sports Script as we bring more wrestling content in the coming weeks.