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Road to Wrestlemania passed by Detroit

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A big-time crowd at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday, March 9th for the World Wrestling Entertainment house show. The Road to Wrestlemania has therefore also passed by Detroit with Smackdown’s blue roster and a show that, as was easy to predict even on fan-sportsbook.com, did not disappoint the expectations of the many who attended the event.

The interesting opening match of the card saw Samoa Joe confirm as United States Champion against Jeff Hardy. Both are superstar veterans of show business and have managed to warm the spirits of the audience.

Then there’s the women’s roster with Nikki Cross able to defeat Sony Deville thanks to a swinging neckbreaker.

The tag team match that saw The New Day (Xavier Woods and Big E) defeat the new strange duo of Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura with the already proven The Bar, the European athletes Sheamus & Cesaro, proved to be really spectacular.

Immediately after came the moment of the spectacular cruiserweight in a match featuring two superstars who really represent the top of the category: on the one hand, the veteran Rey Mysterio Jr who still manages to fascinate fans with his spectacular moves, on the other hand, the freshness of Andrade Almas. At the end of a really successful match, the expert Rey Rey got the better of him and closed the match with his typical final move, the 619.

Then it was the turn of a match valid for the WWE Championship title, which is now held by Daniel Bryan who managed to keep the title despite coming out defeated against Mustafa Ali. The latter’s victory was in fact for disqualification and in these cases, the belt remains to the champions. Daniel Bryan has done everything to be booed and insulted by the public present at the Little Caesars Arena. The audience then acclaimed the arrival of Kofi Kingston, who intervened to put an end to Bryan’s assault on Ali outside the rules.

Time again for the “girl power” of Smackdown. First Carmella & Naomi get the better of The IIconics, the tag team heel composed of Billie Kay and Peyton Royce. Then Asuka manages to defend her women’s title from Mandy Rose’s assault at the end of a really hard-fought match that she ended thanks to the Asuka Lock.

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The main event of the show then saw two of the superstars really at the top of Smackdown: AJ Styles and Randy Orton. As there was no belt to win, the outcome of the match was even more uncertain. The match began with a low pace and then rose in intensity from minute to minute in a succession of unforgettable emotions for the many fans present. Orton tried several times to take home the match thanks to his typical move, the RKO but in the end, AJ Style thanks to his Phenomenal Forearm, was able to close this great night of wrestling with a victory.

We remind you that the Road to Wrestlemania will finish on Sunday, April 7, 2019, at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford (New York) for the thirty-fifth edition of the most important show of the year for the WWE.

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Michigan Football’s biggest playoff Roadblocks

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Michigan had one of the toughest schedules in the country in 2018, and it isn’t going to get any easier in 2019.  Here is a look at some of the Wolverine’s most difficult games in 2019.

Michigan vs. Michigan State 

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Michigan will play Michigan State on November 16th in the Big House where they didn’t lose in 2018.  The Spartans had a disappointing 2018 season with an embarrassing loss to the Wolverines where they only had 94 yards.  Michigan State doesn’t have huge expectations for 2019, but they usually excel in those conditions like in 2017.  The Michigan vs. Michigan State game is always close, and I expect this season to be no different.

Early Prediction: Michigan-27 Michigan State-21

Michigan vs. Notre Dame 

Michigan will look to avenge an early season loss against the Irish in 2018 when they host Notre Dame on October 26th.  Notre Dame had a great 2018 season making the College Football Playoff for the first time and winning 12 games.  Both teams lost a lot of talent from last season but should still be highly ranked heading into the week eight matchup.  This very likely will be a night game in Michigan Stadium, and the atmosphere should be excellent.

Early Prediction: Michigan-30 Notre Dame-20

Michigan @ Wisconsin

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The Wolverines will travel to Camp Randall on September 21st to take on Wisconsin.  Camp Randall is one of the harshest environments in the country and Michigan has struggled there in recent years.  Wisconsin, like Michigan State, had a disappointing season but had a nice win to end the year against Miami and returns Jonathan Taylor, their superstar running back.  This will be Michigan’s first road game in 2019 and will be a tough game to win but Michigan should be the more talented team, and I expect them to pull out a close one.

Early Prediction: Michigan-28 Wisconsin-24

Michigan @ Penn State

Michigan will travel to Happy Valley on October 19th to face Penn State in their annual “whiteout” game.  Happy Valley could be the toughest road environment in the country, and it will be insane on October 19th.  The last time Michigan played at Penn State in a “whiteout” game, they got blown out 42-13.  Penn State lost a lot from 2018 including star QB Trace McSorley and RB Miles Sanders but beating Penn State in Happy Valley might be too hard of a task for the Wolverines.

Early Prediction: Penn State-38 Michigan-31

Michigan @ Ohio State 

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On November 30th Michigan will look to silence the haters and doubters when they host the Buckeyes in the Big House.  No matter what the teams’ records are “The Game” will always be one of the toughest on Michigan’s schedule.  Michigan has lost eight straight vs. the Buckeyes, and Jim Harbaugh still hasn’t beaten them as the Head Coach of Michigan.  Ohio State will be without Urban Meyer this season for the first time since 2011, and they also lost a lot of talent including Dwayne Haskins, a Heisman finalist.  This could be the year that Michigan finally breaks the losing streak.  They have a very talented roster and will get to play “The Game” in front of a home crowd of about 110,000.

Early Prediction: Michigan-42 Ohio State-31

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BREAKING: Ohio State quarterback to enter transfer portal

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According to reports, Ohio State quarterback Matt Baldwin will enter the transfer portal.

With Baldwin transferring, the starting QB gig at Ohio State almost certainly belongs to Justin Fields, though he was a heavy favorite to win the job regardless.

 

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SHOCKER! Steve Yzerman’s Lightning swept in Round 1 by Columbus

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Wow!

In perhaps the most shocking playoff result in recent memory, the 62-win Tampa Bay Lightning were swept in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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Of course, headlines were made before this season began when Lightning GM Steve Yzerman announced he’d be stepping down from that role in the final year of his contract and serve as an advisor. Speculation immediately ran rampant that it was a hint that he’d be returning home to the Detroit Red Wings.

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