Saturday, September 24, 2016

Clash of Champions Preview 2016

As you all may have surmised, young Puma here is a massive fan of the professional wrestling. I could care less that people call it immature or will yell it’s fake. I. Don’t. Care. Now that we got that out the way, this Sunday there is a little pay-per-view this Sunday and I have decided to give you a little bit of my predictions. 

Kicking off Clash of Champions we have:
Alicia Fox vs. Nia Jax:
This is going to be a bloodbath. Nia Jax is going to beat Alicia Fox (who is woefully underrated). I mean I get it; you have to build up Nia Jax as a monster heel but how about feeding her more local talent. The women’s roster is a little thin so Foxy is going to have to be the one to take this beat-down.
Winner: Nia Jax

T.J. Perkins vs THE Brian Kendrick (Cruiserweight Championship):
TJ Perkins shocked everyone and won the inaugural Cruiserweight Classic and is thus our Champion of the division. Kendrick is the returning wily vet willing to do anything to keep his run alive. I would love to pick Kendrick as the dabbing Perkins while a very good wrestler just kind of annoys me but it’s too early to have a title change to a newly minted belt. So Perkins will win this. As a side-note, the true star of this division is going to be Cedric Alexander.
Holy crap is this guy good.
Winner: TJ Perkins

Cesaro vs Sheamus:
In the best of seven series where the winner gets a title shot we are currently tied at three wins each. In the ring Sheamus is always going to give you a solid match, his personality annoys the crap out of you but damn it I guess that's what a good heel does. Cesaro who should be a world champion has been accused of not having personality but no one can do the things the Swiss Superman does. If they are smart Cesaro comes out on top because a feud with him and either Kevin Owens or Rusev would be gold. 
Winner: Cesaro

Rusev vs Roman Reigns (United States Championship)
After his suspension for PEDs Reigns has been on a pretty good streak wrestling wise. While the story given to these two hasn't been as good as it should be, in ring (not counting the SummerSlam debacle) has been outstanding. I think the title stays on Rusev as Reigns will be feuding elsewhere in my opinion and doesn't need the United States title. I expect Reigns to win via disqualification. He doesn't take a clean pin and Rusev looks strong and protects the title.

Sami Zayn vs Chris Jericho:
They bear a striking resemblance...
Sami Zayn who appears to have a striking resemblance to former Ring of Honor wrestler El Generico is one of the most astonishing wrestlers on the roster. Seriously look up his match with Shinuske Nakamura from earlier this year or against Cesaro on NXT and you 'll see the hype. Heel Chris Jericho may be one of my favorite things on the face of the earth. This one low key could steal the show. I expect Zayn to win and beat Kevin Owens' best friend with a Helluva Kick.
Winner: Sami Zayn 

Charlotte vs Sasha Banks vs Bayley (Women's Championship)
This may be one of the best women's matches in modern history. It certainly has the potential to be. Charlotte is probably the second best heel on the entire roster, Sasha Banks is bae (sorry Kari) and  there may not be a better babyface and backup bae than Bayley.
Destined to do this forever.
If Zayn-Jericho doesn't steal the show then this one definitely will. All three are at the top of their game but I expect Charlotte to walk away with the title through shenanigans from Dana Brooke her enforcer in training (shout out to the crew at Wrasslecast, one of my favorite wrestling podcasts.) 
Winner: Charlotte

Gallows and Anderson vs The New Day (Tag Team Championship) 
I love Gallows and Anderson from their days in New Japan as part of the Bullet Club but I will admit that since coming to the WWE have lost quite a bit of steam. After an ill fated attempt at using comedy as a part of their act it appears they are going to be rebooted as a serious bad ass duo which works for them. The New Day are amazing, but they have held the title over a year and frankly they are so hot with the crowds they could afford to lose the title and it will allow them to chase some singles titles as a faction.  As a side-note seriously look up any podcast Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson are on, those two are HILARIOUS.
Winner: Gallows and Anderson

Seth Rollins vs Kevin Owens (Universal Championship)
As the great Keith Jackson would say....WHOA NELLY! Seth Rollins who is in the midst of becoming a great babyface and will probably face Triple H at Wrestlemania if things keep up the they currently are going against the best heel in the game and one of my favorites Kevin Owens.
What a dick.
These two will definitely put on a main event worthy match, my only concern is that Owens may get lost in the shuffle in this match as I expect Triple H to make an appearance and further the storyline with Seth Rollin. But with his power and athleticism I am choosing the Kevin Owens Show to be the victor with a pop up powerbomb and give us more moments of pure awesomeness.

Never change K.O.

Well there you go, my predictions which if my track record is any indication most will be wrong. Enjoy the show!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Random Thoughts by the Puma of Chocolate Descent

The world has not ceased being a flaming garbage pile in recent weeks so young Puma has decided to hit you with just a few random thoughts that have inhabited my mind since the last time we last met through the wonderful medium of blogging.  

*I’ve debated writing on the subject of Colin Kaepernick and his decision to protest by sitting or kneeling through the national anthem. And after weeks of hot takes and ridiculous memes I guess I’ll have to throw my takes in as well.  If you want to stand and salute during the national anthem, go for it. As for me, I have not a single problem with Kap deciding to make a statement and sitting.
First of all, to the people who ask “what is he doing to make it better?”

Well I must ask you, have you tried listening to the man? Because he’s been pretty damn clear on what he is personally doing.  Oh you hadn’t heard? Well why don’t you have a look. It also seems weird that people think he is doing this for attention. Seriously scroll his mentions right now and ask yourself who would willingly welcome that kind of attention. There are easier ways to get just random attention. Isn’t Taylor Swift single? Date her and have an entire album written about you.

*Another thing I'm confused with the NFL is the message they are sending.
This is worth a fine? Really?
All I have heard in regards to Kap is how he should be quiet and happy he is paid handsomely to play a game. Then you get a guy like Antonio Brown who is happy to play a game, scores a touch down and celebrates, then gets fined. Pick a side guys. 

*After reading some of the leaked emails from Colin Powell I realize I have a lot in common with the four star general. We are both tremendous talkers of shit and young Puma tips his cap to him.
Next stop: The Playa Hater's Ball!
*The NFL season has begun anew and while I love the Bears and the sport in general it's admittedly getting harder to watch. Not because "guys were tougher" in my day kind of reason. Knowing what we know about CTE and it's effect on the brain seeing a game like last week's Carolina-Denver match up where Cam Newton took numerous blows to the head was quite unsettling.

*Chance the Rapper is close to taking a spot in my heart usually reserved for the best of the best.
Not only is his music dope (Although I prefer Acid Rap to Coloring Book, don't fight me) he currently is planning to register people to vote at his concerts. Add that to the fact he is buying tickets from scalpers to ensure no one coming to a show of his is price gouged he is a young guy you definitely have to respect.

*In part 3,625 of my ongoing list of why the NCAA is trash. Charleston Southern recently suspended 32 players. Why you may ask? Because they used leftover money from from their book allowance to buy school supplies. That's right, school supplies. After being advised to use the money or lose it the kids bought things out of the bookstore and they get punished? So they get paid in education but when they buy things to help with said education they get punished? Meanwhile the head coach makes over 6 figures. Good job NCAA.

Well that's all I got for now. I'm gonna go eat some buffalo wings with my wife. Ya'll be easy. 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Summer Nights Playlist...As Presented by The Puma of Chocolate Persuasion

In my continuing effort to siphon off any residual cool which is constantly being emitted from our current president Barack Obama, I too have decided to make a summer time playlist of music that I, think that you all should be listening to. Because I last looked at his night time list and let's be honest it's more fun to compile a list of slow jams for a fella like myself, I’ll give you some of the best slow jams to play during your summer nights.  

1. Good Times- Sam Cooke
A little uptempo beginning to the evening. Also fun fact, young Puma danced to this at his wedding.

2. Be Here- Raphael Saadiq
If I was going to cheat this entire album could have been this summer night list. Instant Vintage is to me a perfect album from top to bottom. This juts happens to be the smoothest of the tracks.
3. Pretty Wings- Maxwell
This had to be added I mean the name of the album is BLACKsummersnight. This song is classic Maxwell smoothness and a perfect accompaniment to the vibe of a slow jam compilation.

4. Beauty- Dru Hill

Ah yes, the shy guy anthem from high school. Quite smooth.

5. Cupid- 112 

Possibly my favorite of this group's pretty good streak in the early aughts. 
6. Never Gonna Give You Up- The Black Keys

 Shout out to the homie Wee Man for introducing the Black Keys into my life with this jam.
7. Moneygrabber- Fitz and the Tantrums

8. Hey Lover- L.L. Cool J

9. Blame It On The Boogie- The Jacksons

10. Sun Comes Up- John Legend

11. The Panties- Mos Def

12. Break You Off- The Roots
I have seen the Roots about 15 times and I lose my shit whenever this is played. Maybe not the summer night mood you're going for a but a brother can't help himself.

13. In The Mood- Talib Kweli

14. Love Language- Reflection Eternal

15. Like A Star- Corrine Bailey Rae

Well there you have it, my list biting Obama's list. Its cool if you think my list is better.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Random Midweek Thoughts

It’s been a while since I have blessed the tens and tens of people who read this with a smattering of my most random thoughts.  You may love them, you may hate them but the one thing you won’t be able to deny is that these are words that have been written in a public forum! 

-I was as shocked as anyone when Michael Jordan actually made a public statement on well anything. Then to follow it up, he actually donated money to causes supporting community policing and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. All good right? Well Carmelo Anthony took the time to basically say it’s about time he did something. While I don’t disagree with that, it seems weird coming from Carmelo Anthony. He’s been outspoken all of 16 minutes and is now taking time to criticize others for not stepping up? Just doesn’t sit right for me.

-Today is the third anniversary of the day that Lady Puma and myself added our third musketeer. He’s a nut ball who won’t let me sleep in but I wouldn’t trade him for the world. Here’s a few of his more awesome pics.
He's quite the proper gentleman.
Always ready to cut a rug.
But little regard for personal space.
-Clint Eastwood thinks “political correctness has led to the pussy generation.” 
Clint Eastwood seen here jitterbugging
I think it might be time to take grandpa back to Shady Acres so he can have a nap and a damn Sanka.

-Also to my members of Blue Lives Matter, if a policeman does something wrong just fucking acknowledge that it was wrong. It's not hard. Have some god damn decency. A damn acknowledgement that "hey, what that person of color just went through was messed up, that policeman should be punished for that." That is a low fucking bar. Not a condemnation of everyone but a condemnation of the person or persons making it unsafe for the good members of the Blue Lives family you claim to care so much for. If you don't care about the people being mistreated then at least for the sake of good cops speak up so they're not put in harm’s way because of the actions of some bullies with badges.

-The Khan family are both legitimate badasses with so much grace and strength I can barely take it. I salute them.

-People confuse me when they say that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are the same.
While I'm not the biggest fan of Clinton, she has the resume of someone who could be running the country. State Senator, Secretary of State, years of raising money for the party. Donald Trump is a businessman who is "wildly successful." Except for the fact he has been involved in over 3,500 lawsuits ranging from fights with casino patrons to fraud charges. Not to mention the disgusting lynch mob he ran against the Central Park Five, years of sexist remarks and actions (allegedly) and is incredibly xenophobic . Hillary has her faults but to say she and this Cheetos complected muppet are the same is wildly untrue.