DLSU, DLSU Green Archers, Jeron Teng, La Salle

Post-game: DLSU beats FEU 83-78

Post-Game: De La Salle Green Archers defeated The FEU Tamaraws, 83-78

King Archer Jeron Teng exploded for 28 points, while in his highly-anticipated UAAP debut, Big Ben Mbala had a monster game of 13 points, 23 rebounds and 4 blocks, as the DLSU Green Archers defeated the FEU Tamaraws 83-78 in the first game of the season for both teams. It’s the first DLSU 1st round victory over FEU since 2008.

The 1st quarter was close, as the defending champions were eager to show that they will not back down from the heavy favorites. The first quarter ended, 28-25 in favor for the Archers. Rookie Aljun Melecio then waxed hot during the second period, scoring 8 of his 10 points during this period, including two triples. The first half ended, 51-43 in favor of the Green and White.

La Salle then built a huge 16-point lead during the third quarter, as the La Salle crowd sensed a blowout. But it was not meant to be, as FEU fought back. The third quarter ended, 66-63 to set up a thrilling final period. During the 4th, FEU finally tied the game at 74 all, but La Salle quickly countered back. Teng made several clutch baskets, including a couple of free throws down the stretch, to seal the win for the Archers.

A win is a win, but a lot of Lasallians are not satisfied with the win, because a lot of the La Salle fans expected a blow out. It was evident in the game that La Salle got over confident in certain portions of the game, and went lax on defense in some occasions as well. This won’t work against a team like Adamson. Also, it seems like the Archers were too eager to have a “Showtime” moment with Mbala. Thomas Torres had 6 turnovers, some of them as a result of Thomas trying to have a “Sports Center” moment with Mbala. Of course, we want to see exciting plays from the Archers, we want to see Mbala throwing it down, but those things will happen naturally in the course of the season.

Next game for La Salle is against UP, this Saturday, 4pm, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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Preview: WWE Live in Manila 2016, MOA Arena

WWE Live in Manila 2016,Mall of Asia Arena Predictions

This is it! We are just a few days away from the first WWE Live event in the Philippines since the not so well received Smackdown/ECW show last 2009. Hopefully, this show can draw the crowd, maybe not as much as the RAW event then the Smackdown Araneta events during the mid 2000s; but enough for the WWE to come back soon, perhaps NXT next year? This card is basically a RAW card, plus the face that runs the place, John Cena.

Neville vs Bo Dallas with Curtis Axel

Winner: Neville

Neville needs to hit his finisher to make this match meaningful. A random curtain jerker house show match.

Braun Strowman vs Goldust

Winner: Braun Strowman

This match is a late addition, and not a bad addition at all. Seeing Braun live would be pretty cool, even from all the way up from the General Admission. Expect this to be a squash match, but not as quick as his RAW squash match with local jobbers. It would be cool to see Goldust as well, a remnant of the Attitude Era.

Cesaro vs Sheamus

Winner: Cesaro

This is not part of their best of 7 series, right? We are not sure about the level of seriousness of Cesaro’s injury, but that might affect the quality of this match.

WWE Women’s Champion Match

Champion Charlotte vs Sasha Banks

Winner: Charlotte

Again, Banks is nursing an injury, so it might affect the quality match. A potential (atleast) 4-star match might be adjusted to a “safer match because it is a foreign house show anyways”. Hopefully, even with the perceived limitations, they can pull out a match that is the caliber of a 4-horsewoman match against one another.

WWE Tag Team Championship Match

Champions The New Day vs The Club vs The Shining Stars

Winner: The New Day

How about The New Day drops the belt to the Club, then the take it back in Japan during the Club’s homecoming. Or the Club takes the title in a European house show a few days before the Asian tour; then the New Day gets the betls back in Manila (or China). Imagine the possibilities. I have no idea why they included the Shooting stars whatever they call themselves. They should have included Enzo and Cass instead! And you can’t teach that! This match might be SAWFT!

Roman Reigns vs Chris Jericho

Winner: Roman Reigns

I’m not a bad guy, I’m not a good guy, I’m a mid-card guy! Thanks to the change in storylines, Roman has been indeed relegated to mid-card for this tour instead of main eventing it. I can’t wait for Jericho to grab the mic and call us Stupid idiots! Quiet!

John Cena vs The Big Show

Winner: John Cena

This match was also not included in the original card, but it is a welcome sight for the biggest star of the post-attitude era to return to Manila. I guess Show will be the heel for this match. These 2 guys are actually not part of any stories right now. A house show match indeed. An FU, I mean an AA, to the World’s Largest Athlete would be nice.

WWE Championship of the Universe Match

Champion Kevin Owens vs Seth Rollins vs Sami Zayn

Winner: Kevin Owens

The unfortunate injury of Fin Balor and the change in storylines led to this new main event. 3 of the best workers in the business, fighting for the Championship of the Universe, right here, in Manila (Pasay), Philippines! Expect a classic from these three competitors. I can’t believe we live In a world where Kevin Owens will defend the Championship of the Universe Against Seth Rollins AND Sami Zayn!

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Pre-Game: DLSU Green Archers vs FEU Tamaraws

Pre-Game: De La Salle Green Archers vs FEU Tamaraws
Grudge match!

The heavily favored De La Salle Green Archers takes on the defending champions FEU Tamaraws this Wednesday, 4pm at the Mall of Asia Arena. Several weeks ago, the two teams figured out in a heated tune-up game, a game so heated that they decided not to finish the match. La Salle had a huge lead before the game was stopped, but who is counting anyways, right? Both coaches also played some “mind games” during a recent UAAP Press Conference, as both expressed their eagerness to finally “finish the game”.

FEU swept DLSU during their season series last year. The Mighty Tams used a back-breaking late 3rd quarter run during the first round to dominate DLSU during their opening round encounter. And during the second round, which ended up as the last game of the season for the Archers, FEU, using mostly their bench players during the fourth period, defeated DLSU in a do-or-die game for the Archers. During the 2016 FIL-OIL Pre-Season Cup, La Salle eliminated FEU, 91-71 during the quarterfinals.

FEU lost a lot of key players from last year’s championship run, veteran players such as Mac Belo, Mike Tolomia, RR Pogoy and Russel Escoto. But never count out FEU, as year in and year out, they field a competitive team, consistently finding players, players that might not be necessarily considered as “blue-chippers”, but they end up as quality players. Some of their more reliable role players from last year are looking to finally shine in the UAAP, players such as Raymar Jose and Monbert Arong. Expect the Tams to be Final Four contenders for this season.

Ben Mbala was said to be the target of the physical FEU defense during that infamous tune-up match. Expect the Tams to be very physical towards the Archers, especially to our stars, Big Ben and King Archer Jeron Teng. La Salle should not lose their cool and just stick to the game plan. This is Mbala’s long awaited UAAP debut and all eyes are on him. He should just let the game flow into him. The Archers are the favorites, which may bring extra pressure to perform in the big stage, so La Salle should just take it one possession at a time, one game at a time. Mbala and Teng showed that they can play well with each other during the FIL-OIL championship run and hopefully, they can bring that chemistry to the UAAP.

La Salle is fielding a full 16-man lineup for the first time since 2012. And with the mayhem defense, it would be interesting to see the rotation of Coach Aldin Ayo for the opening game. He might end up using a lot of players for this game, as we are a deep team, so there is a possibility that he uses around 12-13 players for this game, so everyone should be ready, as some of the rookies will have a baptism of fire in our opening game.

Expect this to be a good test for the Archers. FEU will not back down from a challenge, even against the heavy favorites. As long as the Archers stick to the game plan, and show the UAAP that the Mayhem defense is for real, we should be able to start the season on the right foot. ANIMO LA SALLE!

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WWE Summerslam 2016 and Post-Summerslam Raw Results and Analysis

WWE Summerslam 2016 and Post-Summerslam Raw Results and Analysis

JeriKO defeated Enzo and Cass

Prediction: Wrong

A solid and fun opening match. Enzo and Cass are so over with the crowd, it is just plain magic when they grab the mic. They can pretty much say anything and the crowd will eat it up. I just hope they change the Manila card so they can go to the MOA event. With Cass and Kevin Owens in the Universal title picture, it remains to be seen what will happen to this feud.

WWE Women’s Championship Match

Charlotte defeated Women’s Champion Sasha Banks to win the title

Prediction: Wrong

It is shocking for Sasha to have a just a few weeks long reign, but there are rumors of minor injuries from Sasha that she needs to rest from. Another excellent Four Horsewomen match. Hopefully, she will be ok, so that she can also make it to the Manila card. With Bayley showing up on Raw, Bayley just might get pushed to the title picture immediately. A Manila card late addition perhaps!

Intercontinental Championship match

Champion The Miz defeated Apollo Creed… I mean Apollo Crews… to retain his title

Prediction: Correct

When you think of the Intercontinental championship during Summerslam, you think of all the great moments of that belt during the summer. The Ultimate Warrior ending the 15-month reign of the Honky Tonk Man in just a few seconds, Bret Hart vs Mr. Perfect, Bret Hart vs The British Bulldog in Wembley, HBK vs Razor Ramon Ladder Match part 2, HHH vs The Rock in a ladder match. This match is not one of them. Creed is very raw. I like the Miz but he needs better booking.

AJ Styles defeated John Cena

Prediction: Wrong

Match of the year? No. Match of the weekend? Not really. Match of the night? Hell yeah! AJ Styles and John Cena put up an absolute masterpiece in a truly phenomenal match. Kudos to Cena and the WWE for putting over AJ clean. The face that runs the place, the top dog of the WWE for the past 15 years vs the best wrestler in the world outside of the WWE during the same time period. The former TNA World Heavyweight Champions are now getting their dues in the WWE, imagine that, as AJ Styles, Bobby Roode, Austin Aries and Samoa Joe all had a memorable SummerSlam Weekend.

WWE Tag Team Championship Match

The Club defeated the New Day via DQ, New Day retains

Prediction: Well, I did predict a victory by the Club…

The Club and the New Day deserves better. The highlight for Anderson and Gallows for the night is the Bullet Club reunion with Styles and Balor, too bad Balor did not too sweet his friends from New Japan.

WWE World Championship Match

Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Dolph Ziggler to retain his World title

Prediction: Correct

The crowd is already tired halfway through this very long night (halfway through the main card, but you consider the pre-card, and most of them watched NXT Takeover the previous night, so burnout right here). And to put the most prestigious title at midcard, it is very disrespectful, and bad for the blue brand. This was an ok match, but it was supposed to be great, but I feel that this is not the wrestler’s fault. But I think this match solidifies Ziggler, sadly, as a mid-carder, a mid-carder loved (is he still loved?) by the IWC who demands he belongs in the main event. And Dean, I love Dean, but with the way things are going, he might just lose the strap to AJ very soon, which is not necessarily a bad thing for the brand and the company as a whole.

6 Women SmackDown Tag Team Match

Nikki Bella, Alexa and Natalya defeated Becky, Carmela and Naomi

This was an ok match, I like the way they teased Eva Marie, and the Queen Bee is back!

WWE Universal Championship Match

Finn Ballor defeated Seth Rollins to be the 1st ever WWE Champion of the Universe

Prediction: Correct

Horrible name, horrible belt design, great match. Unfortunately, the crowd hijacked this match, and instead of appreciating the classic, the dream match that was unfolding, they whined about the belt, ruining the experience for everyone. Seth Rollins was clearly hurt in his tweet and Mick Foley did the same on his Facebook page. It was a bold move for the WWE to make Balor the first Universal Champion, and the first man to win a World title in his main roster WWE PPV debut. However, during the match, Balor got injured for real, and he vacated the belt the next night on RAW, making him the clear favorite to win the Royal Rumble 2017. Seth Rollins vs Roman Reigns vs Big Cass vs Kevin Owens for the vacant Universal title next week on RAW. I am hoping for a KO victory, or a huge turn with Cass as champ would be cool as well.

United States Champion Rusev and Roman Reigns fought to a no contest

The match never officially started and Reigns just destroyed Rusev. However, due to Balor’s injury, this feud was put on hold, for now, as Reigns is back in the main event picture, for now. Let us wait and see what happens next.

Brock Lesnar defeated Randy Orton via TKO

Prediction: Wrong

This sends a wrong message, have a part timer destroy the second biggest star of the post-attitude era in the second biggest night of the year in the main event. And what’s up with the potato elbow shots? This is not MMA. This is professional wrestling. We want to see a professional wrestling match. Please step down Vince and let HHH take over for real!

The Manila card would have changes for sure, pending the results of next week’s Universal championship match. I want to live in a world where Kevin Owens battles Sami Zayn for a 5-star Universal title match classic and a 5-star triple threat match between the raw 4 Horse Women for the Women’s title, right here, in Manila (well Pasay), Philippines!

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WWE NXT Take Over Brooklyn 2: results and analysis

WWE NXT Take Over Brooklyn 2: Results and Analysis

Austin Aries defeated No Way Jose

Prediction: Correct

A very good opening match between the greatest man that ever lived and the fun loving No Way Jose! Jose proved that he can be serious and that he can wrestle as he and Austin wrestled a solid, well-received match. This is in New York, so even though Austin is a heel, he was also cheered. After the match, Hideo Itami showed up, and delivered a GTS to Austin to set up the next feud.

Ember Moon defeated Bilie Kay

Prediction: Correct

A good way to showcase the new comer, as she hit a great finisher that had social media buzzing! With the impending graduation of Bayley, Moon just might get pushed to the title scene sooner than later.

Bobby Roode defeated Andrade “Cien” Almas

Prediction: Correct

What a glorious debut! That entrance, the entrance music, beautiful, just damn beautiful! And that robe, it was really a Ric Flair-ish robe, and with Flair watching, he just asked for his robe back. This was another very good match. Much was expected from the former TNA World Heavyweight Champion but Almas proved that he could work as well. But please, give that finisher back to Road Dogg! Roode is a star and should be push to the NXT title scene pretty soon. Almas proved that he can hang with the big boys, and he could be a valuable mid-carder for the time being.

NXT tag team championship match:

NXT Tag Team Champions The Revival defeated Gargano and Ciampa to retain the NXT Tag Team Championship

Prediction: Wrong

Where do we start? Another classic tag team match from the Revival! This is old school tag team wrestling, similar to the glory days of the British Bulldogs and the Hart Foundation. The story telling, the moves, the ring psychology, how the Revival used the ring, how the challengers gained sympathy and that huge pop with the false finish, this match was a thing of beauty. This is tag team wrestling!

NXT Women’s Championship Match

NXT Women’s Champion Asuka defeated Bayley to retain her title

Prediction: Correct

If this was indeed Bayley’s graduation match, then what a graduation it was! This was another excellent women’s division bout, although not as good as the one’s pitting a 4 horsewoman against another. It is hard to top last year’s Bayley-Sasha Banks classic after all. But this match got the job done, in-ring wise and storyline wise. Such a nice way to end it, with Asuka showing real sportsmanship, acknowledging the contribution of Bayley to the brand, and nice of the 4 horsewoman to have their moment as well! Bayley hugged Sasha and Becky at ringside, who was shown cheering for their friend all through out the match. Charlotte did not sit with them, for kayfabe purposes, which they pretty much broke anyways when Bayley hugged Charlotte as well. Another awesome feel good moment, this is the Women’s evolution!

NXT Championship Match

Shinsuke Nakamura defeated NXT Champion Samoe Joe to win the championship

Prediction: Correct

The violin, the entrance alone just gave me chills, and it gave us the big fight feels! So much feels! Another excellent NXT championship match, another awesome Nakamura PPV match. From a purely in-ring standpoint, was this match as good as his previous big NXT matches? No, but that is only because the standard was set too high, his first match was a match of the year candidate that overshadowed Wrestlemania anyways. The roar of the crowd when Nakamura won the title was fantastic. I hope Joe graduates already; he deserves to be a main roster star very soon.

Overall, another excellent NXT Take Over Show. This is the NXT’s version of Summerslam, and, some would say (sadly) expected, this was better than the actual Summerslam, just like during Wrestlemania weekend. Oh well. NXT is for the hardcore, die-hard fans of the art of professional wrestling!

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WWE Summerslam 2016 Predictions:

WWE Summerslam 2016 Predictions:

 

Game 1 of Best of 7 series

 

Cesaro vs Sheamus

 

Winner: Cesaro

 

Expect this to be a full 7-game series between two very good performers. I guess the WWE has nothing better to show them. Hopefully, the winner can get to the midcard title scene.

 

Enzo and Cass vs JeriKO

 

Winner: Enzo and Cass

 

I wonder if they will let JeriKO be as successful as Jerishow. But as a team, Enzo and Cass need this more.

 

WWE Tag Team Championship Match

 

The New Day vs The Club

 

Winner: The Club wins the Raw World Tag Team Titles

 

It is time for a new tag champs and the club fits the bill… as the transitional champs before Enzo and Cass wins the straps. I think this is the first PPV title defense of the New Day without Big E and that is just the save face moment that they need.

 

Women’s Championship

 

Champion Sasha Banks vs Charlotte

 

Winner: Sasha Banks

 

I can’t see a one-month reign for Banks. I am hoping for a classic for this one, then they top that with a better match in Manila!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship

 

Champion The Miz vs Apollo Crews

 

Winner: The Miz retains

 

Apollo Creed… I mean Crews; character is still a bit too raw for me. I think the Miz can retain the title. The Miz just needs a good storyline so he can make the Intercontinental title great again.

 

WWE United States Championship

 

Champion Rusev vs Roman Reigns

 

Winner: Roman Reigns new champion

 

He is not a bad guy. He is not a good guy. He is a mid-card guy! Reigns is now in the mid-card, where he belongs, for now. Remember, after his first couple of reigns as WWE World Champion, CM Punk got relegated back to mid-card, and had an Intercontinental title run as well. So all is not lost for Roman, maybe this is what he needs. And congrats to Rusev and Lana, congrats to Rusev, a true champion! Rusev! Crush!

 

John Cena vs AJ Styles

 

Winner: John Cena

 

Expect Cena to win the trilogy by next month. Hopefully, this ends up as a clean classic, unlike the dirty finish the last time. Nice storyline, indies vs the WWE machinery.

 

Brock Lesnar vs Randy Orton

 

Winner: Randy Orton

 

I’m going out of limb for this one and go for Orton. It is time for Lesnar to lose one on one (other than the Undertaker match last year). Orton is credible enough for give Lesnar a loss, and it would rub the UFC/MMA to have a guy who won one of their most controversial matches in recent memory then have him lose in a professional wrestling match after. Take that little Mcgreggor whatever your name is!

 

 

 

 

 

WWE Universal Championship

 

Fin Balor vs Seth Rollins

 

Winner and the 1st WWE Champion of the Universe, Fin Balor

 

The WWE finally listened to the IWC and they gave the NXT Icon a shot at the first WWE Universal championship. It is still a dorky name, but it is what it is. I am hoping for an upset here and they might as well push Balor all the way up there. Although the first man to cash in MITB at Wrestlemania, the first man to hold the WWE World and US titles at the same time, just could be the first WWE Universal Champion. Regardless, expect this to be an instant classic, the match of the night and a potential match of the year candidate

 

WWE World Championship

 

Champion Dean Ambrose vs Dolph Ziggler

 

Winner: Dean Ambrose

 

So Dean won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. About a week later, they started calling him the WWE Champion. Then about a week ago, they started calling him the WWE World Champion. Whatever it is called, this is the most prestigious championship in the history of this industry, the original WWE championship. With two world titles, the WWE just wants to drop the heavyweight tag (to push the cruiserweights?) and call one the champion of the World, then the other one as the champion of the universe! This match just might steal the show. It is nice for them to push Dolph to the main event where he belongs but then again, I don’t see Dean dropping the WWE title this soon, and the possibility of 2 shield members holding a world title, and all 3 of them holding a strap when the 2nd biggest event of the year is over, might just further their legacy.

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NXT Take Over Brooklyn 2016 predictions:

NXT Take Over Brooklyn 2016 predictions:

 

Here we go! It is Summerslam weekend, the biggest party of the summer, and the 2nd biggest event of the WWE fiscal calendar. We kickoff with the NXT’s own version of Summerslam! Can they top off the main show of their big brothers and sisters? That is hard to tell, considering a lot of former NXT stars got big matches at Summerslam, including the recent callup, NXT icon Fin Ballor.

 

Ember Moon debut

 

Winner: Ember Moon

 

I can’t imagine Ember Moon losing in her debut, after all the videos about her. Let’s see if she would be pushed to the title picture soon.

 

Austin Aries vs No Way Jose

 

Winner: Austin Aries

 

While it is good that Jose got into a serious feud with a top star, I don’t see Austin losing this one, especially with a loss to Nakamura during the last NXT PPV. With rumors of either Joe or Nakamura being called up soon, Austin just might get pushed to the NXT title scene sooner than later. I expect this to be a good match between the greatest man that ever lived, and a wrestler who has lots of potential.

 

Bobby Roode vs Andrade Almas

 

Winner: Bobby Roode

 

Finally, the NXT PPV debut of former World Champion Booby Roode! Glorious! Such a shame that after winning his PPV debut, Almas would most probably job to Roode. This is not like a big star like Aries losing to a bigger star in Nakamura, but let’s hope Almas can recover quickly.

 

NXT Tag Team Championship:

 

Champions The Revival vs Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa

 

Winner: New Champions

 

The Revival has been great NXT tag team champions, but with a possible smackdown tag team titles coming up. There just might be space in the main roster for another excellent tag team. Gargano and Ciampa had that great CWC a few weeks ago. It is time for them to get some gold.

 

NXT Women’s championship:

 

Champion Asuka vs Bayley

 

Winner: Asuka

 

I guess it’s time for Bayley to graduate to the main roster, especially with the possibility of the Smackdown Women’s title. The main roster Divas needs more depth because of the brand splits and the possible two titles so they need more stars. I suggest a Women’s tournament similar to CWC; they need that with the impending 3 women’s title in the WWE umbrella.

 

NXT Championship:

 

Champion Samoa Joe vs Shinsuke Nakamura

 

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura

 

Joe has been in NXT for way too long. Time for him to finally go the main roster! Hopefully, this match could be a classic. I want a long reign for Nakamura, similar to the reign of Balor. Maybe he can make his main roster debut during the RAW after Wrestlemania next year.

 

 

 

 

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