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  1. MITB Ladder Match: Arius vs Bashka vs Brad vs BrendenPlayz vs FDS vs George Kent Sameer (c) vs Ryan Reeves - World Championship Yelich Anderson (c) vs Jeremiah Flynn - Undisputed Championship Blade vs Kieron Black - Number One Contender to Universal Championship Hans Clayton vs Julius Jones vs William Smith - Intercontinental Championship (Unification of US, IC and NA) Bob Sparks vs KENJI - European Championship (Unification of NXT and Premium) Number One Contender to the Intercontinental Championship: Bart Hoogveld vs Joshua Scott
  2. SIGNUPS SHOULD INCLUDE: Name: ECHO WILSON Age: 18 Nationality: AMERICAN For your club choice there will be 12 choices, The choices for teams are first come, first serve. So there can be only 1 player created from the starting teams. Edit- The teams which aren't bold have been taken. The teams available are: Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham , Manchester City,Liverpool , Arsenal , Everton, West Ham ,Newcastle ,Bolton ,Portsmouth , Wigan Athletic Club: Manchester United Skin Tone: Tanned Height in cm.: 188 cm Weight: 193 lbs Position: CM/CAM Role: Enganche
  3. Who Will Win the 15 Groups NA A - Flynn B - Slim C - Bob D - Necce E - Isaiah Carter F - Sameer G - Echo Wilson H - Bailey Europe A - Bart B - Neb C - Smith D - Nate E - Tamer Asia A - Brenden B - Julius Who Will Win The Early Tournament Assuming you mean early prediction - Slim WHO WILL WIN THE AUGUST 1ST MATCHES Slim vs Monda Jo Nathan vs Arrow Thunderman Bubba vs Bizzy Bob Sparks vs Red Arrow Austin Omega vs Corey Flynn vs Sellers
  4. Number 17: ROH GLORY BY HONOR (2012) JAY LETHAL vs DAVEY RICHARDS These two are known for classic matches, and I've heard awesome things about this match, which made me forced to put this match on the list. For sure. Davey immediately gets a mixed reaction, as he should. He's tweener at this point, and Lethal gets a huge reaction. It's crazy to me at this point that Lethal is only 26 years old. Usual slow-feeling out process to kick us off and Davey goes for his usual intro moves to a match, but it's Lethal who one-ups him and locks him up. Lethal bitchslaps Davey which naturally pisses him off and we see a spin kick to the gut, followed by a dropkick by Lethal for 2. Davey impressively bridges into a top wristlock, and works on Lethal's arm. Davey works it more with a chinlock and Lethal has no choice but to try and run, unlucky for him Davey is there to hit a soccer kick on the apron. Davey hits his own version of an Ole Kick and brings Lethal inside for a nailed missile dropkick for 2. Stupid chants begin and makes me want to hit my head on the computer desk, so I Ignore it and continue. Lethal keeps tryna bail though, but Richards is there to drag him back in with a chinlock, and then on the apron, Lethal drops Richards down a HUGE CUTTER. Both guys down on the floor, they begin to trade strikes, in the ring now. LETHAL COMBO! KOJI CLUTCH! Davey reaches the ropes, jesus. Spin kick, than a German Suplex by Davey! Two count only though. This match is starting to rule. Lethal drops Davey with a weird looking Iconoclasm, and gets 2 again. Lethal tries for Hail To The King, but Davey meet him up top and headbutts the shit outta him. Superplex and a Lethal hangs on with a small package! Two count only! KO Kick from Richards and Brainbuster! Double Stomp! NEAR FALL! Davey transitions right into the ankle lock, and is pushed off, MURDERDEATHKILL KICK! Lethal gives absolutely 0 fucks. They go to the top and Lethal tries to powerbomb Davey onto the table before, but it barely even gives! Like wtf! Davey is dead outside the ring, but he barely gets in the ring at 19 seconds. HAIL TO THE KING CATCHES HIM! NEARFALL! Dragon Suplex! Holy crap this match is phenomenal. Trip to the outside as the fans are literally on their feet applauding, and LETHAL INJECTION COUNTERED INTO AN ANKLE LOCK! MY GOODNESS! Lethal breaks out, kicks Davey in the face! LETHAL INJECTION CONNECTS! KOJI CLUTCH! 1...2....3! A fuckin fantastic 24 minutes right there. This is one of the best ROH matches from this year, and it did not disappoint. These guys had the crowd eating from the palm of their hands and even with the slow feeling out process, by the time we hit the last 10 minutes of this match, it was just constant action. They wrestled at an unbelievable pace. Davey Richards showed just how good he is, It's such a shame how he turned out to be honest. But in his heyday he was one of the best and that's proven in this match. Jay Lethal is excellent, and I think it's matches like these that made him the Ace of ROH. He got his killer instinct and it's insane what this character development and stuff is doing for his career. Or what has been done since he switched it up for these matches. This is a fantastic wrestling match and ROH really stepped it up. I can't remember many great matches for ROH in 2012, but this was one of the best of them. They let these two guys just tear it up and it was amazing.
  5. NJPW WRESTLING SATSUMA NO KUNI: IWGP United States Championship Match: Jon Moxley (c) vs David Finlay IWGP Tag Team Championship Match: Golden☆Ace (Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kota Ibushi) (c) vs Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr.) vs Los Ingobernables de Japon (SANADA & EVIL) Suzuki-gun (Taichi & Miro) vs Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito & Shingo Takagi) CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii, & Robbie Eagles) vs Bullet Club (Jay White, KENTA, & El Phantasmo) Suzuki-gun (El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) vs Los Ingobernables de Japon (Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI) Suzuki-gun (TAKA Michinoku & DOUKI) vs Rocky Romero & Ryusuke Taguchi Tomohiro Ishii, David Finlay and Juice Robinson vs Chase Owens, Yujiro Takahashi and Bad Luck Fale Hirooki Goto & Karl Fredericks vs Villain Enterprises (PCO & Brody King) BONUS QUESTIONS: There are three Suzuki-gun vs LIJ matches at this show, who will win the majority of these matches?: LIJ This show will set up many matches for Wrestling Dontaku, Name one of them: SANADA vs SUZUKI _________________________ IMPACT UNITED WE STAND: IMPACT World Championship Match, If Tessa Loses She Must Leave IMPACT:Tessa Blanchard VS Moose (c) IMPACT Tag Team Championship Match: The Rascalz VS Rich Swann/Willie Mack VS The North (c) Tommy Dreamer/Rhino/??? VS Hardcore Legends Ken Shamrock Retirement Match: Sami Callihan VS Ken Shamrock Loser Leaves IMPACT: Michael Elgin VS Eddie Edwards X-Division Championship Ultimate X Match: Trey VS Chris Bey VS Petey Williams VS Suicide VS Johnny Swinger VS Ace Austin (c) Knockout's Championship Match: Taya Valkyrie VS Jordynne Grace (c) TJP/Fallah Bahh VS Team XXXL BONUS QUESTIONS: Who is the tag team partner for Tommy Dreamer and Rhino in their match? MATT CARDONA Two former IMPACT champions will make their return at this show. Who will they be? EC3 and BULLY RAY
  6. 5 STAR MATCH #10 G1 CLIMAX B BLOCK - TOMOHIRO ISHII vs JON MOXLEY With these tournaments and NJPW in general in mind, there tends to be a lot of overlap, as you'll see in the near future (Thanks Will Ospreay!) and with recent Okada matches obviously. So I'll literally take any match I can get that looks unique, that looks different and that looks special. This match is all of those things in a nutshell. The 2nd of our Ishii matches to review, and our FIRST with JON MOXLEY! Who woulda thought? But I absolutely loved Ishii in his match against Shingo and no surprise, I'm holding this match up to high standards. As for Moxley, I remember being really impressed by his G1 run. I know, for Gaijins, it can be really hard to adjust, due to the fact that G1 Climax, and wrestling for NJPW in general is just so tough and unique. But while other guys such as Cobb, and probably much more, have failed to make the jump properly, Moxley did everything right. I remember watching his G1 which was the first good look at Moxley in a NJPW ring, and he really just clicked with it. I was impressed how much he matched up with the style. SO let's get right into this match! Immediately, off the bat this is about freedom, Moxley's freedom from WWE and his expression. G1 Climax was just Moxley venting out his frustrations in the most entertaining way possible. Ishii is just an anomaly of NJPW, I'll never quite understand just how he does it. But this whole NEVER Openweight world just works for him and the fact that he's able to put on these matches with literally anybody is just incredible. It's clear Ishii gives not a single fuck. This man takes damage like a sponge and dishes out punishment like you'll never see anywhere else. So in this contest, the newly unchained Jon Moxley takes on The Stone Pitbull. But there's a twist.....THIS IS A DEATHMATCH! We started the match the two immediately went face to face, these two look like they hate each other legitimately. The crowd is in favor of Ishii, the hometown boy and that's no surprise. These two are so beastly they start brawling while they're doing ring announcements, so that's cool. This was a very fun match to watch most definitely. Moxley brought his A-Game, and managed to come out victorious. Ishii was being Ishii which meant he was awesome. His offense always looks brutal and he kept it simple here but it was a perfect recipe for success. Ishii only does a handful of moves in general, but he's good at making those feel big and also has insanely good reverses which make for incredible finishes. These two have really good chemistry. Moxley deserves a lot of praises for being able to cope with a new style that's definitely out of his comfort zone, but he hanged in there. This match wasn't perfect to be honest, but it's still better than some other matches I've reviewed in this list. I think the brawling was really dramatic and crazy. I think the fact that this was a deathmatch opened up so many opportunities for these two and it allowed Moxley to feel like he was more at home. Crowd brawling in general is barely ever used in NJPW and the fact that they went that far in this match felt really special. I think this sequence in the crowd with Ishii getting his head slammed into an exit sign was just special. Overall, Ishii took a lot of big bumps in the crowd area, and you could see how it affected him later in the match. I think the pacing in this match was great to be honest with you. I think the way that both of them sold the exhaustion really worked, and the speed that Moxley and Ishii were working at really slowed down the perfect amounts. They moved more slowly towards the final minutes of the match, while also keeping this match exciting towards the finale. Moxley was still able to move a bit fluidly, despite eating a chair in the face. I think the drama was there for the end sequence and there was room to sell the stuff from earlier in the match. I absolutely loved this match. I definitely enjoyed this match. They both did a fantastic job of creating a tense, unpredictable, flawless match that couldn't be done by basically any other two guys. This was probably to this day's Moxley's best match away from WWE and it deserves to be watched just based off of what he accomplishes in this match. SO, was this a 5 star Match?? Borderline Yes! Ultimately, Kevin Kelly was right to be worried about the violence of this match, it reached levels of violence that made it entertaining and he was probably scared out of his mind the entire match. Moxley is a bonafide star for NJPW now, and this match was the start of it all for him. And Ishii, man that guy is so good. Watching these matches makes him one of my favorites beyond already what I had considered from him. Absolutely incredible match. COMING SOON......
  7. 1987 IWGP SERIES We're back for another year of IWGP Series action and this year things are looking pretty familiar to us all. On top of the company is Antonio Inoki, the man clinched the IWGP Heavyweight Title at last year's finals defeating long time rival Andre The Giant for the belt he never lost. He's continued to spend this past year staying undefeated for this title, and that's over big names such as Masa Saito, The Crusher Bam Bam Bigelow and more. So now Antonio Inoki is faced with the task that will threaten his IWGP Heavyweight Title reign the most, the IWGP Series. A series that not even the best of champions have been able to accomplish, a series that forces you to go back to back. If Antonio Inoki wants to walk out of this year's IWGP Series with the IWGP Heavyweight Title still on his shoulder? He's going to have to defeat every single man in these blocks. But this year's not going to be easy. Tatsumi Fujinami is back and he wants the title that he never got pinned to lose. We all know Tatsumi didn't even make last year's finals, faltering at hands of Andre The Giant. Speaking of Andre, he's no where to be found. After the drama of walking out on New Japan after last year's finals, he hasn't appeared in Japan since. Reports are he's been seen filming his new hit film Princess Bride in Hollywood. Either way, let's get into the blocks, and we'll see the new list of names who will all be pushing for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. As usual the layout is quite simple. 14 men, 7 from each block are competing. There will be a semi finals where the winner of Block A faces runner up of Block B, and winner of Block B faces runner up of Block A. The winners of those semi finals bouts will then go on to face for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, and the right to call themselves IWGP Series winner. Best believe this year we are PACKED to the brim with talent, let's get into it. BLOCK A: Antonio Inoki: Obviously the heavy favorite, Inoki is the guy to watch out for in this block. He's been undefeated for a whole year now since returning to his IWGP Heavyweight Title glory, and he's defended the title under every circumstance imaginable. But this year we could be in for a shock as Inoki is forced to face off against many of his former IWGP Heavyweight title contenders in this block such as Fujiwara, Saito, Konga etc. Antonio Inoki is by far the most decorated and the most influential figure in NJPW history already at this point and possibly is the face of Japanese wrestling. But, we've seen that Inoki is not all powerful. We've seen him lose and when he goes down, he goes down hard. We know during almost the entire MSG League days, Inoki failed to win a lot of the League's losing in finals back to back against Stan Hansen and Hulk Hogan. Obviously Inoki came back after this and won the IWGP Heavyweight Title the first time, so we aren't saying he can't bounce back. I just wouldn't advise the Ace to get to comfortable on his throne. Scott Hall: This is a name worth mentioning purely on the impact he's going to have on the world of wrestling in the future, and for now, the fact that he's been lured into NJPW is a huge get for this company. Scott Hall, currently wrestling under Verne Gagne in AWA, has been billed as the next major star in pro wrestling. Although his name has been mostly limited to the American wrestling scene, Hall is looking to branch out in Japan. I'm sure that he'll be successful as he is in the prime of his youth and his continuously impressing all of his bosses and promoters across the world. NJPW is lucky to have this man. He's definitely been faced down with a challenge as well, one that will see him going one on one with the champ himself, Inoki. Yoshiaki Fujiwara: This is an interesting one. I always feel like Fujiwara gets overlooked in this tournaments, but in this block, Fujiwara has as good of a chance as ever to make it out. Fujiwara, is one of those names associated with the dying effort of UWF, and often his name just goes along with Akira Maeda's but now they'e in separate blocks and the man who was set to be 2nd in command in UWF is now also in the same boat as so many UWF castaways. Fujiwara recently was involved in a feud with Inoki winter months of 1986 and went into early 1987, so he is definitely a man to keep a close eye on. Do not count him out based off of his past trial runs in the IWGP Series. BLOCK B: Tatsumi Fujinami: The Dragon is back and he's hungry. Two years ago was Fujinami's crowning moment in NJPW where he lifted the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in the absence of Antonio Inoki. He carried the belt and the company proudly for a year but the feeling was bittersweet when we got back to the next IWGP Series. He unfortunately failed to even make it to the finals, faltering to his long time rival in Andre The Giant. That unfortunately meant Fujinami wasn't even pinned to lose his title per the rules of IWGP Series. This year apparently Fujinami's been on the road back to the top. He's been defending the IWGP Tag Titles all year, and building up his stamina just for this series, so that he can come back and earn his title back. Could Fujinami be the next 2x IWGP Heavyweight Champ? Or Will the one time victory turn out to be a fluke? Seiji Sakaguchi: We've talked about Sakaguchi and his incredible return to the ring, his incredible Second wind in this company. For years we thought Sakaguchi was done but it seems that he's fit as a fiddle for this year's IWGP Series, it's like the man never ages. We'll look back at the oldest rundowns of the IWGP Series, back when it was the World League. Sakaguchi went par for par with Inoki splitting the 4 leagues in half winning 2. Unfortunately Sakaguchi's didn't make the trips to MSG with the rest of the roster, and Sakaguchi came back to find new stars had been made. Sakaguchi took some time off after this to readjust and now he's back and better than ever. But you can tell Sakaguchi has had a wild run of things as of late. He lost a shocking match to Shinya Hashimoto at least year's IWGP Series, but he also came inches away from making the semi finals last year. We all think that Sakaguchi is due another major performance. It's just a matter of time. Akira Maeda: We'll conclude with Akira Maeda, who has definitely cooled down in terms of his rivalry with Inoki. Last year's IWGP Series finals began a year long feud with between Fujinami, Kimura, Maeda and Fujiwara. Team NJPW has remained dominant since that finals, and Fujinami and Kimura's reign has been almost undefeated. Maeda now enters the blocks with his mind set on purely becoming IWGP Heavyweight Champion. I'm sure winning the top NJPW prize would make up for the fact that his dream of forming his own company has fallen apart. We'll see how Maeda gets on against former IWGP Heavyweight Champ Fujinami, former League winner Sakaguchi, and more including Kengo Kimura, current IWGP Tag Champ. PREDICTIONS: Who will win Block A?: Who will come Runner Up in Block A?: Who will Win Block B?: Who will come Runner Up in Block B: Who will win the ENTIRE IWGP Series/Win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship?:
  9. Number 19: ROH THE BIG BANG! ROH TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP: THE BRISCOES (c) vs KINGS OF WRESTLING At ROH the Big Bang! Ring Of Honor showed up big time with one of their greatest ROH Tag Matches of all time. Pitting the Champion Briscoes against The Kings of Wrestling, this really was the premier tag team bout of the time. We started off this match with a tension filled handshake and once the bell rings we get some nice mat wrestling. Typical of Kings of Wrestling for sure. They trade facelocks until Hero gets a rope break. Hero lays out Mark with an elbow and tags in Claudio, who says one of the most hilarious messages of the night. Calling The Briscoes "redneck chicken farmers." I swear I couldn't be that creative if I tried. As you'd expect though, this pisses them off and Mark lays him out with a clothesline and Jay comes in. They try a double team but but Claudio is smart, rolls out to take a breather. Skipping a bit forward we have a spot where we get numerous close falls, all coming down to the last second and things are picking up pace now. We got some great tag wrestling following that as Mark makes an elbow, and Claudio comes in and Mark drops him with a bridge and just as Mark is bout to make the tag, Hero pulls out Jay. After ages of trying to get the hot tag, Jay FINALLY gets in and Hero elbows out of a DVD, decapitates Jay with an Ole Kick, knocks Mark to the floor and leaves Claudio to hit a beautiful bicycle kick that gets a 2.99 near fall. That moment right there could've easily been the finish in this match but we keep going with beautiful sequences. We've entered Super finisher territory now as Jay hits the chokeslam spinebuster, Mark hits a missile dropkick and a Northern Lights for 2. Exploder Suplex gets 2. Claudio comes back in and Kings of Wrestling take control, Hero absolutely murders Mark with roaring elbows for 2. It's an Iconoclasm Quackendriver from Mark for 2. Yet another two on an amazing Briscoes combo. Claudio finally gets the moment and does his big swing thing. Hero is about to kick the head off of the man, but Jay is smart and pulls him out. Jay in with a dropkick, and a Sideslam/top rope elbow combo gets 2, but the Splash Mountain/neckbreaker combo is broken up by Claudio. Claudio in control, hits Mark with a UFO but only gets 2 (noticing a theme here). Let's just get to the actual finish where the KOW hit the KRS-1 but Mark kicks out, Jaydriller on Claudio, Hero breaks it up. Jay dumps out Hero but he takes the ref with him and Hagadron (the KOW manager at ringside) uses the opportunity break up the DD finisher attempt by The Briscoes. It's all over now as Hero lays out Jay from behind with a loaded pad assisted Roaring Elbow and that crowns new champs at a match that just went over 30 mins. They left it all out there to be fair. The first ten minutes of this match were kinda just basic tag team maneuevers and basic tag formula as well. You could tell they were just going through the motions, but once they kicked it into gear. We got the meat of the match and it was incredible. This match wasn't about working different body parts, or working the ropes, it was all about one-upmanish and just who wanted to win more. The Kings of Wrestling did exactly that. Post Match, Jay Briscoes vomits from what I assume to be a mixture of exhaustion and dehydration. Proof of how much they pushed themselves, and proof of how much they went full speed this entire match.
  11. Echo Wilson


    Echo Wilson is backstage tonight on Carnage, and he is in the media area. He's sitting down in a plastic chair with a table in front of him. A Crowd of interviewers and press stand before him off camera. Echo seems to be buzzing, but at the same time it looks like something is irking him, putting him off his front foot like usual. Echo Wilson looks around the room, seeing the usual sight of the press, and he rubs his forehead, almost as if he's got a headache. Echo begins to drink from a water bottle as he starts his speech to the press. "Ah, before we get into all of the madness. Yes, I will be talking about AK-17. If you were watching Valor you would've seen the segment between Angelo and the two members of Creed. I watched with glee as Angelo Caito dropped the bomb on Creed and rocked their world. This match....you have no idea how much it means to me. Not only in the sense that I get to play a part in retiring one of my closest brothers in arms in this ring, but I also get to play a part in ending one of the most cancerous groups in this company today. Leeches, Blood sucking Insects and maggots, that's how I'd describe Creed in essence. When I sat down with both Carnage and Valor I had a choice to side with one or the other of my two Kingdom brothers. They both laid out their plans for me, and you wanna know why I chose Carnage? It's cause everything Julius told me was real. I can't say the same about Valor and the way they run their brand." We know who Echo is referring to here, He looks down at the table, trying hard not to speak badly of his former brother, Bart. "I gave myself a break for King Of The Ring Pay Per View. I had spent two busy months chasing tournaments, and winning and losing titles, I was spent. So while I sat out at King Of The Ring, I also was a bit worried. You see, my natural laid back, relaxed style also meant that my future at Summerslam was uncertain. Well, thanks to Angelo and his retirement tour, I'm not only booked for Summerslam, we'll get to that in a second, but I'm also booked for Valor Chapter II. I'm coming to Egypt to join the Valor roster to get a taste of what life would've been like if I had chosen to join Creed's circus show. I take this honor extremely serious. I may be one of the first, if not THE first to make the jump from Carnage to Valor and I have a tremendous amount of weight on my back. I need to carry the hopes and dreams, the perfect ideals of Carnage on my back. But I'm a Carnage veteran, if there's anyone on this brand today who knows what Carnage means, what it stands for. It's me. I've been it's premier champion, I've been it's most hard working member for years at this point. Whether I have been or I have not been on top, I've given my all into this brand. So it gives me pleasure to say I'm walking into foreign territory carrying the Carnage sigil on my back. I need to uphold all of the honorable things I know Carnage to possess." "I alluded to it earlier, but you might be asking. Summerslam? What's this Tag Team Championship bout got to do with Summerslam? I figured, if I'm going all in facing the very best this company has to offer this month. I'm going to do it. So while 2/3's of this Creed faction is wonderful, why not make it a whole set? That's right, there's a certain Intercontinental Champion, who's also a member of Creed, and also is responsible for a lot of the worst, most heinous actions in this company today. The most cruel, criminal acts in our locker rooms combined. Sameer, you and I, we've surprisingly not crossed paths on a grand stage one on one. But that's all about to change. You see, I've heard across the grape vine that you've got a big month ahead of you. An Undisputed Title match, deservedly so after winning the Power Trip Cup so smoothly. I must say though, with Slim on your horizon, are you sure you're going to be 100 percent for Summerslam? Begs the question doesn't it? You've been one of those guys who we just can't seem to shake from the main event scene, you've had career renaissance after renaissance, it's been magical to see. But it's time we call it a day Sameer, bring about a new age. The person who's gonna be the culprit? Echo Wilson, the new age redeemer." Echo Wilson smirks a tiny bit, and continues to speak out. "As for the rest of Creed, there's a lot of...bitter feelings when it comes to that pairing of two. I'm not challenging their right to call themselves BPZ Tag Team Champions, or even the greatest of those champions of all time for that matter, but there's a lot that we need to talk about. A lot of grievances I just can't seem to shake. I'm all about changing my past, and rewriting my wrongs. There's one wrong that when you think of Echo Wilson, you just can't seem to get rid of. The headlines reading "Echo Wilson walks out on Backlash Main event!" "Echo Wilson abandons BPZ ahead of marquee main event.". That week where I did what was best for my career and walked out on BPZ, letting myself breath and come to terms with myself. I also happened to pull out of the biggest match of my career to date. The main event of Backlash 2018. Bart, The Undisputed Champion, versus Echo Wilson, former Universal Champion and more. Two Kingdom brothers going to war again. Things looked so bright then, so when everyone tells me. What happened Echo? You had it all right there. I tell them, I admit I had a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I say to them that I always planned on coming back to avenge that missed moment. So if this is my retribution, if this is my revenge than so be it. AK-17 will be happy to oblige, there's no one I'd personally rather have by my side than Angelo in this war against my worst enemies." "Angelo Caito, me and him have a rocky relationship, sometimes I hate him, sometimes he hates me. But when we're both out of the thick of it, we realize that we're brothers. There is such thing as chemistry between two people, and I didn't know if I'd ever find someone who matched my personality, my quirks just like Angelo did. We fit each other inside and out, and our partnership in the ring, it just clicks. Hence why, we found each other backstage and won the BPZ Tag Team Championships within 2 weeks of working together. This was heyday Echo Wilson, the type of Echo that had just been crowned US Champion and came fingertips away from defeating Flynn for the Universal Title. But like all brotherhoods we argued and we tore each other apart, and then we came back, and then we tore each other apart again. That rollercoaster of emotions that me and Angelo have been through as teammates, it's unlike anything I have witnessed in this industry during my time. There's some relationships like this, that stay sacred. I'll never decline an offer by Angelo, he's got my back and I've got his. So when he said, I was so integral to his career that he needed me to finish it off alongside him, what choice did I really have? Angelo, this man was more than just a friend, he was my elder, he was my mentor, he was my closest compatriot for a long time. So if I'm really going to be facing down my demons, I want it to be with Angelo." Echo Wilson sighs, and leans back in his chair. He runs a single hand through his hair and puts his elbows on the table. He just sits there for a moment. "I know my story for some can be seen as one of sorrow and missed opportunities. I know most people look at me and see that giant personality that could've been. Everyday I fight to live in the moment, not drown myself in my history. But while to everybody else, I'm fighting to relive some long forgotten part of my past? To me, I'm fighting today just so that I can overwrite it. I've done some shitty things to some shitty people, and I've abandoned people at the wrong times, I've walked out on things that were promising beyond my knowledge. All for the distant hope, that one day I'll be forgiven. Forgiveness is all I ask for. For you to see me as I am, not what I was. For you to want to see me for my current affairs, not for nostalgia trips. For those people who are holding their breath waiting for me to turn back into that man I used to be. Don't even waste your time. That man is never coming back. But you know who's in gonna be in this ring every week? The man who's learned. The man who knows right from wrong, the man who's got years of mistakes to learn from. So focus on the guy who's here today, not the guy who left after my hiatus. I've got a match to prepare for now. I beg that you tune into Valor Chapter II even just for me. It's going to be the beginning in a long line of game changing matches for Echo Wilson. I promise to you, I will force a reckoning. I will force a change of scenery. Not just for Creed, but for myself as well." Echo Wilson triumphantly gets up from his chair and smiles, waving goodbye to the crowd of press. Echo begins to walk off to the rest of the backstage area but he's stopped by a fan who wants autographs. He gladly obliges, signing the autograph on the shirt for the fan. Echo Wilson is set to fight a two front war with Creed this month, starting in Egypt for Valor Chapter II and then going to Summerslam. How successful will Echo be? Will AK-17's reunion be bittersweet? Just how much can Echo achieve in 1 month's time? All Valid questions, find out more in the coming weeks!
  12. 5 STAR MATCH #11 G1 CLIMAX A BLOCK - KAZUCHIKA OKADA vs SANADA It's been a while huh? Well, I'm back now and let's get right back into these reviews! This one continues our long list of G1 Climax reviews and I'm excited. So, little bit of prewarning. I AM NOT gonna be bogged down by Okada style matches any longer. If I'm gonna be reviewing 5 star matches than I can't have vendettas against Okada, or else I'm gonna have a terrible time doing this. So I'll start off by sayin this match was absolutely incredible. I think even beyond the fact that these wrestlers were great wrestlers, and had a super important role in the match, I think a lot of amazing work was done here by Red Shoes and it fulfilled the role of a referee in ways I hadn't seen before. I think the dramatics definitely were added onto the fact that he was the one settling all of these last minute submissions and more. What a strong main event this was. I've said it before but the drama in this match was incredible. They did a great job of using the 30-minute time limit to their advantage and it played into the theatrics of it all. The match finished roughly 10 seconds before the time limit so it was nail biter stuff definitely. I love that Osaka is basically a cursed city for all IWGP Heavyweight Champions. I think that it's a cool touch and it something that can be played off of in the future. SANADA, looking at these blocks results, he doesn't get the best tournament in this, but getting this win over Okada makes up a ton for that, and while he's not great on points, beating Okada makes up for it. He earns a future title shot in this match, and if I remember correctly the sequel between these 2 is also really good, so I'm happy with that. Okada losing this match, sets up Ibushi vs Okada to win the A Block, which is a match I've reviewed up above. As I said before the referee was a huge part of this match, including this one bit where SANADA did a foot on the chest pin and Red Shoes refused to count it. Honestly, the whole reaction between the crowd and SANADA was incredibly worked as well. One thing that usually happens when you're a top star, and you get shoved down people's throats, like Okada obviously has been. It makes a natural hatred towards that wrestler. It happened with Reigns, it's happened with Charlotte etc. Obviously Okada is no different. Due to this, the crowd was all behind SANADA, and SANADA being the heel that he is, he knew it was gonna happen and he used it to his advantage. He basked in the crowd approval and got very, very big for his boots in this match. To the point that led us to the cocky pin attempt, which Red Shoes wouldn't even count. And on the flip side, Okada hasn't lost to SANADA in half a dozen matches, so it seemed like Okada wasn't even taking SANADA seriously. So it was this battle of wits that was incredible to watch and it all led to the finale few minutes where the dramatics kicked in and we had submisisons and near pinfalls. By the way, I was talking about this with Meko earlier. Okada has the best kickouts in the world of pro wrestling and that's a damn fact. So it all led up to the finale, where SANADA took advantage of Okada underestimating him and the crowd was absolutely buzzing for SANADA to win this match, and Red Shoes was in the middle of it all making the magic happen. Okada hit the Rainmaker later in the match, and didn't go for the pin, he gave SANADA the opening he needed and Okada got caught with the Skull End, luckily he didn't tap out there. Running out of time, you could see SANADA panic as he scrambled to the top, hit a beautiful looking Top Rope Moonsault and pinned Okada with literally 10 seconds or less to spare to win the match. Huge honors for Okada and SANADA in this match. Okada takes his first G1 loss, SANADA gets his first victory over Okada ever. Things are looking good in this match, I think this match definitely set up a lot of blood feuds and history that we're seeing pay off now with the EVIL stuff, the LIJ turn stuff, and all of that. I think this match as well as the other two previous matches saved this show entirely, terrific stuff from both these guys, I didn't expect anything less to be honest. So does this match deserve 5 Stars? Probably I'd say so. It's a bit borderline, but I think just for how much it meant to SANADA, and how much it showcased his talent I have to give it to them. It's amazing what can happen when you put your negative Okada thoughts to the side and just enjoy the artistry. I definitely don't regret watching this match. It was a good use of my time. I think watching the highlights of G1's like this is really fun, G1 is such a unique sort of tournament. The quality of these matches I both have already reviewed and will continue to review are not like anything else, and also the consistency of how good these matches are, it's amazing. COMING SOON.......
  13. WELCOME BACK TO FOOTBALL MANAGER CAREER SIM! Due to Unfortunate circumstances, we've had to restart this. What a shame. BUT, this gives me the opportunity to make something a little bit different. As usual, there is a twist. We will be using the 2011/12 Database, a mod that starts in the year 2011 and has all of the real life players from that time. It's time we transport your players back in time, yet again. BUT, I found something quite annoying in the last version of this Career Sim, which is that a good portion of our players didn't end up being good, or World Class players. Another very key change we're making this time around. There is no club limits on where to start. You can literally choose the smallest hometown club and start from there. Finally our last change involves the ages of players. I will start every player who signs up at Age 18, so that we can see each player grow at the same time. So now it's time to introduce WORLD CLASS CAREER SIM! Where I can almost 100 percent confirm that every player who signs up will be a world beater. As this sim goes on, I will not only cover your player's trajectory as normal, but I will also be keeping up to date on the world that forms around you. The biggest transfers, the league winners, the awards, etc. So without further ado: SIGNUPS SHOULD INCLUDE: Name: Nationality: Club (Pick Any): Skin Tone: Height: Weight: Position: Play Style: AND THAT WILL BE IT FOR NOW! 10 spots available to sign up below! First Come, First Serve! ENJOY AND PLEASE SIGN UP!
  14. We've had a bit of an issue lads. Unfortunately I left my FM game open last night and somehow the game auto simmed indefinitely without my knowledge. By the time I came back to check my computer, we were 4 years into the future. Unfortunately that means 4 years of stats, transfers, winners and more have been skipped. So we're left with 2 choices. Option A: We restart. I can find a new database either set to start in 2011/2012, or I can do Modern Day. I can find a way to make sure that each and every prospect in this list is almost guaranteed to be a star. One thing I've been trying to figure out is how to make your players more likely to become stars, beyond just adding more to stats and potential ability etc. So I can try that. Also if we were to restart, I'd let all of you guys choose any club in the entire world to start at. I feel like it makes it more fun instead of limiting the club options. Option B: I can, if you really want me to, continue with this save. I'd make a huge summary post after this and basically outline your careers and what's gone down in these last 4 years. I can outline the biggest clubs, the award and trophy winners. It would be a lot of work, but I could do it. Then after that summary we can continue with these people's careers as normal. I will say this however, some of you guys are kind of getting up in age, such as H.R Pufsnuf for example who is already 33 in this database. So that's an important thought. IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN THIS DIARY! PLEASE LEAVE YOUR THOUGHTS DOWN BELOW! Much Appreciated!
  15. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ SUMMER: David Silva - Liverpool to Chelsea - 108 million Michael Essien - Chelsea to Real Madrid - 77 million Sergio Peter - Newcastle to Bayern - 70 million Morais - Villareal to Chelsea - 65 million Per Skjelbred - Tottenham to Atletico - 62 million Wesley Sneijder - Real Madrid to Chelsea - 61 million Steven Taylor - Liverpool to Manchester City - 58 million Raul Garcia - Man United to Barcelona - 55 million Angel Di Maria - Real Madrid to Bayern - 54 million Adriano - Roma to Manchester City - 52 million WINTER: Carlos Vela - Valencia to Liverpool - 122 million Antoine Griezmann - Real Sociedad to Bayern - 76 million Phillippe Mexes - Barcelona to AC Molan - 58 million Thomas Vermaelen - Man City to Valencia - 57 million Jesus Navas - Bayern to Inter - 51 million ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE: The Premier League changed up a bit this year as Manchester United finally got to the top of the league again, defeating their rivals Chelsea, who have lost their first title in 3 years. Anderson had a stellar year, being top scorer, and Lionel Messi added on with his leadership, and Barzagli was a solid man in the back. This year was a battle, and it turned out to come down to the wire between the Manchester teams, as Man City ended up coming 2nd thanks to a breakout year from star striker Mauro Zarate. Man City jump up from being a Europa League side previous years, 5th most notably last season, to coming runner up on Goal difference. In 3rd drops Chelsea and they will be disappointed with that, especially after the big money David Silva signing. Lastly in 4th is Liverpool who bought huge with Carlos Vela and turned their season around to clinch the final Champions League spot. Arsenal fell to 5th place and Newcastle took 6th place to clinch the two Europa League spots. In Europa League 2, will be Tottenham. Relegation unfortunately goes to Portsmouth, Watford and Sheffield United. LA LIGA: 3rd time lucky for Real Madrid as they make another title win count, that’s 3 in a row for them. It was a quite a show by star striker Adriano, and additional help from CR7, Van Der Vaart and John Terry was enough to lift Real over their competition to become La Liga Champions again. In 2nd place, no surprise is Barcelona who had the undoubted best player in the competition in Samuel Eto’o and the top assists leader in Xavi. In 3rd place, is the Madrid rivals of Atletico, who had a great year all things considered and were happy to have two incredible strikers in Huntelaar and Falcao. The final Champions League spot goes to Valencia, which should not be a surprise, considering their great deal of transfer business. Moving onto Europa League, we have Villareal coming 5th on 72 pts and with 65 pts in 6th is Athletic Bilbao. Finally Europa League 2 is given to Real Betis. Relegation is unfortunately handed to Osasuna, Xerez and Albacete . SERIE A: Serie A was very different looking this year as Inter Milan take the title for the first time in 5 years, and finally trump their Milan rivals. The team that Inter Milan has built over these past few years has been nothing short of extraordinary, and with an attacking front of Zlatan, Jesus Navas, Lewandowski and Hazard it was an obvious clue that they were going to be successful this year. But 2nd place is the real shocker as Palermo take 2nd place, under the leadership of Dirk Kuyt and Amauri. In 3rd place isn’t even AC Milan as Juventus finish in their highest place yet, and finally in 4th is a disappointing campaign from AC Milan. In 5th is Roma, who get the Europa League spot, but they aren’t alone as this year Udinese get in the Europa League as well thanks to their Italian Cup win. The team that misses out is Fiorentina who get Europa League 2 even though they finished higher than the Udinese team. Relegation is handed out to Modena, Genoa and Perugia. BUNDESLIGA: The Bundesliga finally came back home to its ancient champions as Bayern Munich, the premier team of Germany, ended their streak of not winning the title this year. It’s been 6 seasons, but it was a sweet feeling as captain Luis Suarez lifted the trophy for Bayern, and they can also thank Cavani for his incredible work with the team. In 2nd place ended up the defending champs in Werder Bremen, who had a major downturn, and in 3rd are Hamburger SV who continue to score for fun and play very well. Champions League spots round out with Dortmund in 4th, thanks to Player of the season Roberto Soldado. We then turn to Europa League which was granted to FC Schalke and Hertha Berlin in 5th and 6th respectively. Finally Koln received a huge boost this season thanks to breakout striker Lacazette who led them to Europa League 2 honors. Relegation is unfortunate but it is given out to 3 clubs this year, Wolfsburg, FC St Pauli and Kaiserslautern CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: The Champions League group stages saw, teams qualify for the knockouts such as Bayern Munich, Sporting Lisbon, Man Utd, Fiorentina, Tottenham, Roma, AC Milan, Arsenal, Marseille, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Benfica, Barcelona, Newcastle, Chelsea and finally Valencia. We moved onto the First Knockout round which saw, Inter Milan defeat Real Madrid, Chelsea defeat Fiorentina, Newcastle beat Marseille, Man Utd best Roma, Sporting majorly upset Barcelona, Valencia defeated Tottenham, Bayern Munich defeated Arsenal, and finally AC Milan beat Benfica. In the Quarter Finals, Manchester United defeated Bayern 6-2 on aggregate, Chelsea blew through Newcastle in a 5-3 aggregate score, Inter limited Sporting to one total goal with a 6-1 blowout aggregate, and finally Valencia upsets AC Milan with a 1-1 draw, and a 2-1 victory, to win 3-2 on aggregate. Now we’re in the Semi Finals, where Chelsea were drawn against Inter Milan and a brace by Robinho in the 2nd leg solidified the 5-2 aggregate victory as a comfortable one for Chelsea. On the other side of the bracket Manchester United faced Valencia, and it was a demolition job. In the first leg United won 4-1, and in the second leg United won 3-0 with goals by Delgado, Messi and Anderson. We’re now here in the Finals, pitting the two English giants against one another. Manchester United with Rooney, Chiellini, Kaka, Ribery, Anderson and Messi up against Chelsea with Ramos, Alonso, Lampard, David Silva and Robinho. For United, they are used to this as they’ve been in the last 4 Champions League finals, winning 3 of them. But for Chelsea its been a while and they have one of the best teams in the world right now, spending money like its nothing. This is a very interesting battle to say the least. As the game begins, both teams line up with their best players and we begin. This was as much of a stalemate as it could get, until Rooney stuck a foot in the box and gave up a bad penalty. Chelsea’s Diego slotted it in and it was 1-0 Chelsea in the 53rd minute. Things didn’t get better for United, as Arjen Robben got a potential groin injury in the 75th minute and was subbed off for Franck Ribery. But it was game over from then on out as Chelsea would coast and lift the Champions League after all this time with a 1-0 victory. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ We’re back and Alex Costa has another loan move, it seems that Barcelona are begging to try and keep him. We don’t know how long that will last but it’s another year on loan for Costa. The Portuguese Under 21 stayed in La Liga this year, for the struggling Alaves side. At Alaves there wasn’t much of anything to report. He got 18 appearances, but didn’t score or assist in any of them and got a very mediocre 6.84 average rating. It’s hard to believe that Alex didn’t feature nearly as much as he has in previous seasons, but it seems as though he genuinely had no impact on the team in any way. Much like a Jesse Lingard. There’s not any milestones to go through, so I guess this entry is very short. Alaves themselves did poorly, still avoiding relegation though, coming 15th in La Liga. But overall, Alex Costa is now 22 years old, worth 5.5 Million dollars and playing for the Portugal Under 21’s in the U21 Euros (don’t worry his birthday wasn’t until the tournament started). Looking forward ideally, we know that in the right environment Alex Costa can be a reliable piece to a lower La Liga side or a main piece in a top Segunda Division side. So if we’re looking for a permanent move, which might be best, expect to see it around that range. Matthew Bryson’s got another city in Britain to add to his list now as he’s been on loan for the 6th consecutive season, this year spending his time at Preston North End. Overall, this season, Preston didn’t do terrible with Bryson up front. They very much thanked the 12 goals he added, enough to be top scorer on the team, and Bryson helped lead them to 8th in the Championship table. Adding onto Bryson’s 12 goals, he got a single assist and a much improved 6.92 average rating. Considering he played triple the games he played last season, I can’t say Bryson is disappointed with his year at all. In terms of milestones this year, Bryson was named in the Championship Team of the Week two times, and made the Preston Team of the Season. Little fun fact, Bryson actually broke the record for the fastest Preston goal in history, scoring one against Birmingham 23 seconds into the match. Overall, Bryson is also 22 years old, worth a mediocre 2.2 million dollars and is obviously too old to play in the youth ranks for England anymore. Looking forward, we’d also expect Matthew Bryson to try and find a permanent move away, but I would be honestly surprised if Bryson got a permanent place anywhere higher than the Championship. It’s really turning out that he is a Championship player indeed. Here we go, I know it’s been a while but I’ve been excited to see the development of our top man, and Nathan O Gaff did not disappoint. The Manchester United Starting Central Midfielder, straight out of the Youth Academy performed one of his best years for the Red Devils, in a season that saw Manchester United win the Premier League for the first time in years. It wasn’t even as if Nathan was an afterthought either, he got a whopping 24 collective appearances, throughout the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup and scored 6 goals, with 7 assists for a 7.11 average rating, that’s mad. The year ended with Nathan lifting the League Cup with United, as well as the FA Cup and the Premier League. Now a full fledged starter, you can imagine the type of playing time he’s gonna get….alongside Kaka no less. As if any of that wasn’t mad enough, Nathan has become one of the premier Irish football players in the world. In fact, he is the most valuable Irish player in the world today...even more than Robbie Keane. Combined 14 appearances for his nation this year, with 5 assists in the mix and an average 7.05 average rating. Hats off to Nathan O Gaff. I don’t think we even need to tell you how much of a world class player Nathan is now, and his whopping 45 MILLION DOLLARS price tag proves that. At 23 years old, he’s the future of the midfield, a young Paul Scholes type, let me not get to ahead of myself. But the future is bright for our World Class maestro in the middle. For the 2nd year since breaking out of the AC Milan bubble, Jimmy Fuller has found his 2nd club. He originally joined Verona full time after a year long loan spell, but it was halfway through this season that he moved clubs yet again, taking a huge step up. Before we talk about Fuller’s switch to Catania, let’s talk about the road that led to his sale. While in his final half of the season at Verona, he got 0 goals and 1 assist for a 6.99 average rating in 22 games, considering he’s a CB, it’s hard to see why’d they give him up. But when they did, Verona surely cashed in. Fuller moved up a level to one of the top Serie B sides in Catania, a team with Serie A experience and a much higher level of play. And while at Catania, Fuller also stepped up his game. He turned a 6.99 into a 7.04 and performed much better at the back for Catania, helping Catania to the Top of Serie B. That’s a big statement for Fuller, and it’s gonna be a HUGE test for the Center Back. Overall, Fuller redeemed himself slightly this year. Being known previously as the undoubtable worst player in this group, he’s turned it around slightly and he’s not considered the worst anymore. Fuller is no 26 years old, worth 875k, and a starting CB for a newly promoted Serie A team. There’s worse places to be if you ask me. Sameer, the man of many clubs, you could say. Sameer was the 2nd player in the list to get the fate of a major January transfer window move, and this time it was big. Recently these last 2 years or so have been spent in Ligue 1 with the Mid table Bordeaux, but after excelling at the club, it seems that he’s been picked up by a Europa League level Spanish side, Villareal. Villareal’s squad is a who’s who of today’s soccer world, names like Hamsik, Casemiro, and Alderweireld. It’s no wonder they finished 5th in La Liga this season. 18 appearances for the first half of the season at Bordeaux were marked by 4 goals, 3 assists and a 7.09 average rating. This was enough to entice a 11.75 million dollar move to Villareal. Not only making it the most amount of money we’ve ever had a prospect moved for, but it makes Sameer the highest paid Canadian soccer player in history. Think about that. Canada’s a big place. While at Villareal as well, Sameer did not slow down. He continued on with an added assist and a 7.03 average rating in 9 games, which does prove he isn’t starting as much as he normally would. He’s mostly being used for his rare Right Back talents. Overall, Sameer Jones’ money moves have left him in an extremely profitable place. He’s 28 years old now, hitting the stride of his career, worth 17.25 million, and he’s a rotational starter for a Europa League side. I think Villareal could become home for Sameer, unless another club shows interest, than I’m sure Sameer will be out of the door before we know it. So that’s all to say about the GREATEST Canadian player of all time. Not there yet? Just you wait. It’s fair to say a majority of these guys didn’t become world beaters, and its also fair to say that we’re all pinning our hopes on a single guy. JJ Adjei. 20 years old, high potential, It’s really hard not to get excited about the newest Adjei brother. As you’d expect JJ Adjei is one of the premier prospects in the Tottenham youth system and continues to impress on the few loan spells he’s had. Already a proven championship player, JJ Adjei joined a very successful Crystal Palace side this year. One Crystal Palace side that went on to lift the Championship trophy this year with Adjei in the middle. Throughout Adjei’s time in Crystal Palace he had a whopping 43 appearances, 5 goals and 6 assists for an impressive 7.09 average rating. Adjei’s broken down a lot of doors this season, most notably scoring his first Senior goal in his career. Adjei made the Championship team of the week once, got in the Crystal Palace team of the season….and here’s the kicker. JJ Adjei, at 20 years old, made the Championship wide Team of The Year from Left Midfield, pretty snazzy right? Either way, we’re pinning our hopes on this kid, lord knows he’s already done better than his older brother. Worth a healthy 5.5 million already, a very solid Championship player at his young age, the sky is the limit for JJ Adjei. And who knows, this summer he’s been promised international football for the England U21’s. Steps in the right direction for the Nigerian prospect. Prince Ahmed was the 3rd player in this list to suffer from the curse of deadline day moves, or to benefit from it in this case. As we know, its been a little while now that we’ve seen Prince Ahmed break out from under the Chelsea banner, and he’s been at Crystal Palace for 3 years, before moving last season on deadline day to Leeds. Well his time at Leeds has been short, and he’s been moved on already. It was a disappointing first half of the season for Prince, we won’t lie. While at his final days in Leeds, he scored 2 goals, 1 assist, and got an average average rating of 6.78 in 21 games. That’s just not good enough and I think Leeds figured that out, as Prince was bought out by Ipswich Town this January to play for them going forwards. Believe it or not, this is actually a step up for Prince, as Ipswich are a top Championship team, compared to Leeds who are a very struggling one. Ipswich Town did so well, they came runners up in the Championship and Prince was much improved. He added another goal to his tally, and got a 6.84 average rating, in 9 games with Ipswich and proved that he is class when he puts his mind to it. Now it’s time for our annual trip to Bangladesh, where the captain Prince has been helping Bangladesh try and make it into the World Cup this year. It’s a big ask but in qualifying games between The Asian Games, and the World Cup Qualifiers, Prince Ahmed 11 out of 11 games, scored a goal and assisted 2 times for a very good 7.26 average rating. Maybe that’s just rated based on his teammates though, in which case he should be getting an 8 or a 9 every game. Prince unfortunately failed to get Bangladesh into the World Cup this year, but one day Prince, one day. Prince is now 25 years old, prime of his career, worth 1.3 million and he’s found a new home in Ipswich, a team that will be in the Premier League next season. Will Prince be able to work as well under this new challenge? James Ropati, oh how we’ve missed you. Things are getting….risky aren’t they. It seems as though Liverpool’s hot prospect is being refused to let go. Now aged 24, Ropati is now on his 8th Loan Spell in his career. We know he’s had some prolific years in the past Ropati, but this year, it wasn’t one of his best for sure, it was in fact his 3rd worst year in his career. His new club this year? Aston Villa. A challenge to play full time in a fully fledged mid table Premier League side. While at Villa, he played 27 times, he scored 7 goals, got 2 assists, and managed a 6.93 average rating. Not terrible, but that goal tally is not up to Ropati’s usual level. Could it be that the level of play is too high for Ropati? Being the main man up front in a club that has Alexis Sanchez on the wings is a big ask, and with Daniel Sturridge knocking on his door it could be end game for Ropati. But for this season he did alright, we can’t fault him for not being as prolific as he was in the Championship. He made the Premier League team of the week once, and was obviously named in the Aston Villa team of the season. Hats off to the man for those accomplishments. Moving onto international football, Ropati continues to be one of New Zealand’s biggest stars, arguably THE biggest. He’s already Vice Captain of the Kiwi’s and in his 11 combined games started for New Zealand this year, across the Oceania World Cup Qualifying matches, he was by far the best player in the competition, scoring 10 goals, 2 assists, earning a whopping 8.35 average rating. That’s pretty insane, as you can see he rips the Oceanic world apart. Overall, Ropati is only 24 years old, and he’s worth 16.25 million dollars, a pretty large number. You’d expect that this is the year that Ropati finally doesn’t go out on loan. So we’re hoping either Liverpool give him a chance, or that they allow Ropati to take his chances elsewhere. It’s quickly becoming clear, at least to me, that Kai Campbell is the rotten apple of the group. It’s a shame because I saw a lot of promise in him, and at the right level, it’s clear that as a striker, he can score for fun. But slowly but surely Kai’s production has dropped and from a man who once scored 24 goals for Oldham in League One, he’s now scoring a mere 2 goals for his newest loan club Wolves. In 20 appearances a very mediocre Wolves team, he scored only 2 times, and assisted once, for a very bad 6.66 average rating. As I’ve said before, put him in the right place and Kai can score for fun, as shown by his insane goal tallies in League One during his early loans period. Only thing redeeming about this year is Kai being named in the Wolves seasonal best eleven. Alright well, Kai is 24 years old now, he’s playing in the Championship which obviously is a level too high for him. He’s worth the lowest out of everyone here, only 775,000 dollars. We just hope Kai finds his groove again, even if it means being a League One player for life. Bart continued his time back home in The Eredvisie, as he’s been playing his 2nd full time year at AZ Alkmaar since rejoining from the MLS. He had a bit of a down year this year but not by much, it was basically the same as last year’s tally. In 21 games he scored 1 goal, got 4 assists and scored a 6.71 average rating. This year AZ Alkmaar did alright, they got 4th place in the Eredvisie which is enough to get them qualification into Europa League 2. Bart, didn’t get any milestones this season apart from being named in the Seasonal best eleven for AZ which was a given considering he is by far the best Central Midfielder in the club. Interestingly enough, Bart also got some Europa League time this year due to the AZ standing last year. In 6 games, he assisted 2 times in Europe, for the AZ side that made it as far as the Europa League Group Stages and not any further, as the group was carried by Atletico Madrid and Saint Etienne. Overall, Bart is now 27 years old, he’s worth 2.4 million dollars and he’s playing in his home country. Unless you strive to achieve higher, that’s as good as it gets for a homegrown player. So he may not be the Bayern Munich star we remember, but he is a Eredvisie regular and that’s every Dutch kid’s dream. H.R Pufsnuf unfortunately’s ha a rough go of things in his career. He was a star player in the MLS, as one of the premier GK’s in the league and Aston Villa bought into his hype. Of course Pufsnuf knew that Villa was a huge step up, but given the Villa situation in goal, he accepted to join their club to be their outright starter. However that next January, Aston Villa would go shopping and come back with a shiny new GK, Kiko Casilla. Of course Casilla was younger, he was better, and Pufsnuf was essentially forced out of the door the following summer. So that’s where we’re left off, and now Pufsnuf has been exiled to France for 235,000 dollars, to play in Bordeaux. Things are looking brighter for the Canadian Keeper, as it looks as though now, Pufsnuf has found a place where he can thrives. In the Summer deadline day he was moved to France, and has since then played 32 games, allowed 40 goals, gotten an insane 10 shutouts for a pretty good 6.88 average rating. He’s done well being named to the Ligue 1 Team of the Week once, and being put in goal on the Bordeaux Team of the Season. Bordeaux have not even done poorly either, he’s gotten 6th with them, qualifying for Europa League 2. Overall, H.R has done pretty well for himself, in the effort to try and redeem his career. Bordeaux seems like a good fit. If he’s really not into playing in the MLS like he probably should. Meko Moon enjoys his 2nd straight year as the Starting GK for the Seattle Sounders. It’s not a surprise that Meko has been moved around the MLS quite a bit in the past, this is the first year in a while that he has not been traded in some capacity. Playing for Minnesota, LA Galaxy and Cincinnati in the past, he’s now settled into life in Seattle. And he’s had one of his best seasons so far in terms of his goals allowed ratio. He’s played 12 games this season, only allowed 13 goals, and gotten 4 shutouts which is credible enough or a 6.77 average rating (im tellin you, GK ratings in FM are messed up). Now Meko Moon is 26 years old, a Starting Keeper for both USA and Seattle, and Meko is really enjoying life right now. Even still an injury kept him out of action for the final few weeks of the season, and the club sent him away to Tacoma the feeder club of Seattle for the end of th season. Even so, I can’t tell you how much of a good fit this is for Meko. He’s got a bright future. He’s 26 years old, room to grow, he’s worth 825,000 dollars, and he’s one of the Premier MLS keeper. I think this man is gonna consistently impress me. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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