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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Report! (12/19/17)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Usos VS Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable; Benjamin & Gable win.
  • The Riott Squad VS Charlotte Flair & Naomi; Charlotte & Naomi win.
  • Rusev & Aiden English VS The New Day; The New Day wins.
  • 6 Man Tag: AJ Styles, Randy Orton & Shinsuke Nakamura VS Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn & Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers; Styles, Orton & Nakamura win.

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SmackDown General Manager, Daniel Bryan, heads to the ring!

After both Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan blurred the lines of their referee authority at Clash of Champions, there is tension within SmackDown’s management. Bryan welcomes Newark to the show, and wants to first speak on the major announcement from Raw. Sunday, January 28th, 2018 will have the very first Women’s Royal Rumble match. Fans chant “Yes! Yes!” as Bryan says it’ll be a “turning point” in WWE history. Bryan moves to tonight’s show, the main event of a Six Man Tag rematch from Tribute to the Troops! Now Shane McMahon appears!

Shane O’Mac receives a mixed reaction as he joins Bryan in the ring. Shane greets everyone, notes the amazing news, but wants to talk about the most recent Pay-per-view, Clash of Champions. Both men were in the ring as referees, Shane’s been thinking it over, “what was transpiring was one of the most beautiful things ever”. Orton hit Sami with “the most beautiful RKO” Shane had ever seen. Shane counted, and knew he was going to get three and fire Kevin & Sami forever. However, Bryan fell on Shane to stop that count. Bryan explains that was an accident, and Shane agrees, he was too hot in the moment. The problem was, Sami revived, got Orton in a surprise cover, but all Shane could think of was what Kevin did to his father, Vince McMahon. All Shane could think about was Sami betraying him to save Kevin. That is why Shane froze at “two”. Bryan got heated, got in Shane’s face, Shane cooled off, but then Bryan counted a fast three count.

Therefore, Sami & Kevin keep their jobs. Shane wants to know what Bryan was thinking. Bryan says he was doing that to protect Shane from Shane. Fans chant “Thank you, Daniel!” In that case, and with all due respect, Shane doesn’t need protecting. With all due respect back, yes you do. Shane eats, sleeps and breaths SmackDown, but he can become a hothead. Bryan protected Shane from Shane, as well as protecting SmackDown from Shane. SmackDown is “The Land of Opportunity”, and that means for everyone, not just Shane’s favorites.

Shane may hate Kevin & Sami, but he can’t just rob them of their jobs. Shane understands how Bryan empathizes with Sami & Kevin, but “be very careful”. As soon as Kevin & Sami get what they want, they’ll stab Bryan in the back. Therefore, “from a business standpoint”, do not show favoritism, that will bite you in the rear. From a business standpoint? Is Shane saying Bryan should’ve done “what is best for business”? Bryan heard those words before, and struggled against those words. Bryan believes in Shane, in SmackDown and in their vision. If Shane has a different vision, that’s Shane’s problem. If Shane is going to fire anyone, fire Bryan. Fans chant “NO! NO!” but Bryan doesn’t want to see Shane O’Mac become “Mr. McMahon.” Fans chant “Who’s your daddy?!” at Shane. Shane replies by telling Bryan that he respects him, trusts him, and will leave him in charge of the show.

Shane leaves, but there is still tension in the air. Will this issue settle over with time? Or will it fester into something worse?

 

The Usos VS Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable!

Jimmy & Jey once again proved they hold the tag team division on lock down, against three teams at once. Can the Uso Penitentiary continue on to the end of the year against “American Alpha 2”?

Jimmy and Gable start, Gable gets the waistlock while fans chant “UCE! O!” Jimmy elbows out then rams in a shoulder, Jey tags in to then hit a jumping forearm smash. Jey gives Gable a strong uppercut, then brings Gable to a corner for a corner to corner whip hard into buckles.

Tag to Jimmy, then back to Jey, they mug and isolate Gable in their side of the ring. Jey whips Gable then runs him over, Gable gets out to regroup with Benjamin. Things go picture in picture while the Usos enjoy the fans chanting. Gable gets back into the ring, then tags Benjamin. Benjamin waits as the Usos talk strategy. Jey and Benjamin circle, Benjamin knees low and clubs Jey on the back before putting him in a corner. Benjamin knocks Jey down then brings him back up for the corner to corner whip, Jey slides to stop and hit Benjamin with an uppercut. Jimmy tags in, chops Benjamin, then pop and lock into another chop. Jimmy whips corner to corner but Benjamin reverses and catches Jimmy for a powerslam! Benjamin covers, TWO, tag to Gable. Double knees, kicks and knee strikes knock Jimmy down, blindside for Jey, cover, TWO! Gable works on Jimmy’s leg know, mainly the knee. Tag to Benjamin, who continues working over the leg with knee drops. Benjamin then locks it into a knee wrench, Jimmy endures as Jey returns to the apron. Jimmy swipes and catches Benjamin in the face, the two brawl back and forth but Benjamin kicks Jimmy down. Benjamin drives in knees while we go single picture.

Jimmy revives and rocks Benjamin with an uppercut! Then a chop. Benjamin whips, Jimmy sunset flips over, TWO! Benjamin gets caught in a small package, TWO, back suplex escaped, Jimmy’s kick is blocked but the dragon whip connects! Both men crawl, both get hot tags, but it is Jey who rallies on Gable! Gable slips out of the fireman’s carry but is bucked off the waistlock, things speed up and Jey hits that Samoan Drop! Jey aims from corner to corner, running hip attack! Benjamin comes in, gets dumped out, Jimmy runs into Benjamin’s knee. Benjamin then drags Jimmy out, Gable rolls Jey up, TWO, SUPERKICK! Jey climbs up, takes aim, but Benjamin returns! Jey fights him off, knocks him down, then adjusts for the UCE SPLASH into knees! Cover, Jimmy breaks it, but Gable counters the kick into a rolling Germann Suplex! Benjamin gives Jey another knee, Gable brings him in and Benjamin tags before Gable hits the rolling German Suplex again! They bring Jey up, Doomsday Device!

Gable & Benjamin win! Will this victory give them a shortcut to becoming #1 contenders?!

 

Charlotte Flair heads to the ring.

The Queen of Flair and SmackDown Women’s Champion knows all about revolutionizing Women’s Wrestling in the WWE. Stephanie McMahon announced the next phase of the Women’s Evolution or Raw, in the form of the inaugural Women’s Royal Rumble. Therefore, Charlotte wishes to respond. She defended her championship against the Queen of Harts, Natalya, and she is honored to be carrying the title. However, with the Women’s Royal Rumble on the horizon, where all the women of Raw and SmackDown participating, Charlotte wants to give credit where credit is due. The fans went on social media, chanted in arenas and showed passion for Women’s Wrestling. Charlotte congratulates the WWE Universe, as well as alll the women in the SMackDown locker room. And to the future winner, Charlotte will be waiting to defend her title against you. That’s when Naomi appears!

Naomi congratulates Charlotte on her defense, but also wants to make it known that she’ll be the first SmackDown woman to declare for that Women’s Royal Rumble! “And Queen, I’ll see you at Wrestlemania.” But the Riott Squad appears to retort. Three stooges that won’t be entering the Rumble! Why is that? Because a Rumble is about every woman for herself, and surviving the numbers game. Naomi and Charlotte have survived everything the three “chicken heads” have thrown at them, so why not have a 2v2 match to settle this? The Riott Squad accepts, the match is made!

The Riott Squad VS Charlotte Flair & Naomi!

SmackDown returns from commercial to find Charlotte and Sarah Logan have already started and are brawling. Charlotte gives out Flair Chops, backing Sarah down before a whip. Sarah elbows back, then dodges CHarlotte before giving a chop block to the leg. Ms. Kentucky Strong tags in Ruby Riott, Liv trash talks while Ruby snapmares and works the leg. Ruby wrenches the knee, Charlotte endures then uses that free leg to shove Ruby away. Ruby kicks out Charlotte’s bad leg before dragging her to the Squad’s corner, tag to Sarah. Sarah works on those legs with stomps, then the knee wrench. A toehold is added on, Charlotte grabs for hair but the referee stops that.

Sarah elbows that bad leg, tags Ruby, then hands off for Ruby to keep kicking. Charlotte throws elbows, Ruby clubs her down then tags back to Sarah. Naomi coaches Charlotte even as she’s put on the mat and given a big knee smash. Sarah gives another but Charlotte lands on her feet, and manages that tag to Naomi! Naomi rallies on Sarah with furious forearms, the fans fire up as Naomi gets over a dozen, then gives a stiff roundhouse kick. Naomi knocks Ruby down but gets rolled up, TWO, scorpion kick! Springboard enziguri! Naomi covers, Ruby breaks the pin. Charlotte returns to boot Ruby down on one leg, Naomi grabs Sarah but Sarah gives a headbutt. Sarah feeds Naomi into Liv but Naomi dodgse, Sarah knocks Liv over! Rear View outta nowhere! Naomi & Charlotte win! The Queen and Lady Glow win tonight, can Naomi make all the other women of the Rumble #FeelTheGlow?

 

The New Day spread holiday cheer backstage.

Presents, pancakes and positive energy, as well as some sweet stocking stuffers. Big E feeds a staff member a pancake right into his mouth. Kofi presents the New Day holiday shirts! However, Rusev Claus and Frosty English come in. No one wants New Day shirts, they want RUSEV Day shirts! Rusev Claus has only one list: The Naughty List! And everyone but English is on it. “Oh Rusev Day, oh Rusev Day~, we challenge you to a contest!” And Rusev slams the pancakes on the ground!

You done flapped the wrong jack, sucka! The New Day accept this holiday battle!

 

Dolph Ziggler heads to the ring.

The new United States Champion defeated the GLORIOUS Bobby Roode and the Lone Wolf Baron Corbin, and wants to celebrate, but there doesn’t seem to be much fanfare. “I told you so.”

Ziggler told us it’d happen, and many thought “Why?” Ziggler holding the title is why! Fans who thought it was “out of nowhere” haven’t been paying attention! Ziggler walks into work, accepts every challenge, and while some brag about being the biggest, baddest or most charismatic, Ziggler is simply the best. No one does what Ziggler can do in the ring, and if the title isn’t enough to prove it, then let Ziggler refresh your memories. Flashback to 2011, Ziggler defeated Kofi for the title via a sleeper hold, and he became US Champion for the first time. And Ziggler is only getting started! He is a FIVE TIME Intercontinental Champion, which he shows footage of now, going on to win the IC Championship three times in one year.

There’s something Ziggler is forgetting. He remembers now: he was a successful Mr. Money in the Bank to become a World Heavyweight Champion! “I am one of the most decorated superstars in WWE history.” Night after night, year after year, Ziggler proves it to himself, to the fans, and to the world, and yet he goes unappreciated! “You’re not worthy of my presence!” Ziggler believes the WWE Universe doesn’t deserve him. He looks at his freshly won United States Championship, and asks “You want something to remember me by?” Ziggler drops the US Title, and leaves?!

What does this mean? Is the Show-Off vacating the title and quitting the WWE?

 

Daniel Bryan talks on the phone.

That’s when Kevin & Sami arrive. Sami & Kevin thank Bryan for “doing the right thing”, not just for them but for the legions of fans. Bryan didn’t do it for anything like that, but for SmackDown. Well Kevin & Sami kno the other reason: Bryan holds a grudge against Randy Orton. Remember? Orton stole Bryan’s title as the “centerpiece of the Authority” who wanted to break Bryan’s mind, body and soul. Shane is doing the same to Sami & Kevin. As friends, be careful because Shane will turn on you next. But the important thing is that Bryan got the last laugh, as did Kevin & Sami. Bryan says they’re delusional. If they don’t stop gloating, Bryan might still fire them himself. Now go get ready for your match.

 

Rusev & Aiden English VS The New Day!

Awwww Bridge City~!” ‘Tis the season to be jolly, as well as the night for competition. The way fans chant, Rusev Day might become a holiday right now!

Frosty English and Kofi the Gingerbread Man start, they give waistlocks back and forth but English arm-drags then tags. Rusev Claus comes in, Kofi slips out, can’t catch him he’s a gingerbread man! Rusev tries but fails to keep up, so Kofi twerks at him.

Kofi runs around the corner, then back into the ring, Rusev gets frustrated. English gets in, but gets a dropkick to send him right out. Rusev returns but is dumped right out, Big E grabs Rusev’s sack! Er, bag. The New Day rummages through to throw out free shirts! And one pair of Rusev boxers… Rusev & English clobber Woods and Kofi, Rusev hides his undies while we go picture in picture.

Team Rusev Day embraces the holiday heat, English takes the bag away and Rusev presents the referee with those Rusev Day boxers. The referee refuses to accept that gift, so Rusev just tosses them to English. English then tosses those randomly, before Kofi starts fighting back. Kofi backs Rusev down, only for Rusev to bring him into the Rusev Day corner and ram in shoulders. English tags in, he mugs Kofi with forearms. English drives a knee into Kofi’s back before choking him at the ropes. The referee backs English down, English conducts the crowd. Kofi fights back again, English kicks him down, then tags Rusev. Rusev stomps Kofi, grinding the gumdrop buttons while we return to single picture.

The fans cheer “We want pancakes!” Kofi fires up and gives body shot after body shot, until Rusev runs him over! Cover, TWO, Rusev won’t let Kofi get away this time. Rusev hears the fans sing “Hey~ we want some pancakes!” Rusev throws Kofi into a corner while Big E throws pancakes around, Rusev runs in but Kofi boots him back and hits a tornado DDT! The fans rally with the New Day, both men crawl, hot tags to English and WOods! Woods rallies, hangs English up, dropkick to the back. Woods whips but is reversed, he boots back then hits the Honor- no, fireman’s carry into the spinebuster, Kofi breaks the pin! Rusev throws Kofi out, then regroups with English to “show ’em what day it is!” They clear off the announce desk! And bring the pancakes over?! Then top them with whip cream? Rusev puts one last touch on it: the cherry on top.

Then they bring Woods over, and go to shove him into the pancakes! Woods resists oddly enough, Kofi FLIES to wipe Rusev out! Double flapjack into flapjacks!

English gets angry, but he gets a swing kick, Woods goes up top for the tight-rope elbow drop! The New Day wins the holidays!

 

6 Man Tag: AJ Styles, Randy Orton & Shinsuke Nakamura VS Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn & Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers!

 

SmackDown brings us a rematch not only from Tribute to the Troops, but of the two big matches from Clash of Champions! Will The Viper & the King of Strong Style get even for the #YEPMovement screw job? Or will the Modern Day Maharaja ruin The Phenomenal One’s victorious mood?

Mahal and Orton start, familiar foes in their own right. They circle, Orton slips past to go after Kevin & Sami then knocks Mahal down. Sami & Kevin enter the ring, as do Styles and Nakamura, it is a chaotic brawl that spills to the outside. Styles puts Kevin into one barrier, Nakamura puts Sami into another, Orton brings Mahal over and drops him on the announce desk!

Back into the ring, Orton keeps on Mahal in a corner with punches and stomps. Orton then whips but is reversed, he ducks Mahal but the RKO is denied, so Orton clobbers Mahal with a clotheslines, TWO. Tag to Nakamura, another familiar foe, but Mahal powers him to his corner. Sami tags in and stomps away, fans cheer for Nakamura while Sami gives him a shoulder breaker and arm wrench. Sami grounds Nakamura, Nakamura stands up but Sami keeps wrenching. Nakamura rolls and cartwheels to reverse the wrench onto Sami. Sami gets up and gets a ropebreak, Nakamura rests on Sami’s abs, and plucks a chest hair? “C’mon!” Nakamura ducks then dares Sami again, “C’mon!” Sami runs into knees, knee drop on top, then Styles tags in. Styles goes to suplex but Sami denies, Sami suplexes but Styles slips out, waistlock but standing switch, Sami trips Styles up. Styles springs up to headscissor Sami, then brings him to his corner. Orton tags in, he stomps away on Sami, then hangs him up to dry on the ropes. Cover, TWO, Sami tags Mahal. Mahal and Orton circle again, haymakers from Mahal rock The Viper, Mahal whips but Orotn kicks him away. Mahal elbows Orton down then embraces the heat before dropping a knee and tagging in Kevin. The Prizefighter stomps away on Orton, “and that’s why this is my show!” The show goes to commercials while Kevin keeps beating Orton down.

We return to see Kevin grinding Orton with a chinlock. Orton stands up and pries his way out, Kevin throws hands to back him down. Kevin runs in, Orton elbows back and then dodges to send Kevin into the post. Sami runs in but is thrown right out, tag to Styles! Styles rallies with the Phenomenal Blitz on Kevin, but then gets dumped out when Mahal holds the ropes open. Kevin throws Styles into barriers, then up and into the ring. Kevin adds the back senton, covers, TWO! He takes his frustration out on Styles, he chokes Styles against the ropes. Tag to Sami, Sami jabs Styles to a corner. Sami whips Styles, runs him over, covers, TWO. Tag to Mahal, Mahal stomps on Styles. Fans boo and jeer as Mahal clobbers Styles again, then gives springboard knee drops. Mahal grinds in a knee as Sami trash talks, Styles gets to a corner and Mahal rams in shoulders. Styles gets a knee up, then hops up, tornado DDT! Both men are down, fans rally as they crawl, hot tags to Nakamura and Sami! Nakamura hits the Dynamic Dropkick! Kevin comes in, gets the strike fest and ax kick!

Mahal gets some, Nakamura unloads kicks on Sami’s chest. Sami blocks one, gets the other, then knees to the ribs and shoulders. Nakamura throws Sami to a corner and gives Good Vibrations! Nakamura puts Sami on the top rope, and hits the Top Shelf Knee! Cover, TWO, but Nakamura keeps focus. The Rockstar takes aim, swings and hits the outside kick, covers again, TWO! Nakamura brings Sami up, Sami resists and reaches for ropes, ropebreak achieved but the break is dirty with a poke to the eyes. Sami turns around, into the armbar takedown! Sami endures, Kevin hits Nakamura with a back senton. Orton in, he throws Kevin out, Mahal gives Orton a DDT! Styles hits the PELE, the slingshots down onto Kevin! Nakamura stands up, the Singh Brothers pounce! The referee didn’t see the exact attack, but he will still throw Samir & Sunil out! Mahal goes after Orton, RKO!! The Singhs return, Orton grabs them both, double draping DDT!

Orton moves aside and helps Styles with the Phenomenal Forearm on Kevin! Nakamura targets Sami, KINSHASA!! Nakamura’s team wins! One side obtains retribution tonight, but who will have the last laugh as we move on towards the Royal Rumble?

 

My Thoughts:

This was a solid episode for SmackDown to follow up Clash of Champions with. Bryan and Shane talk about Clash’s major #YEPMovement match but it is clear things aren’t over just yet, and this story can still go any which way they feel. Especially with Sami-Kevin trying to celebrate with Bryan as if he was on their side all along, that could go places. Gable-Benjamin get a surprise but quality win over The Usos, making for a possible extension of their rivalry heading for the Rumble. Charlotte speaks on the Royal Rumble’s major announcement to put SmackDown’s Women’s Roster on record for the great bit of history WWE will be making, and the following match of Charlotte-Naomi VS Ruby-Sarah was also solid. Charlotte and Naomi go over because the champion needs to remain strong before the Rumble and the first woman to declare does, too.

New Day VS Rusev Day was astounding if only on the comedic entertainment alone. The New Day is still very popular and Rusev Day is increasing in popularity, more with these two teams will always be welcomed. Ziggler gave us the biggest surprise of the night, and perhaps week, as he apparently just up and quits effective immediately, leaving the US title up in the air. Ziggler stopping now and never being seen in the ring again seems the most fitting ending but would also be a bit sad, because it is so sudden. The Six Man Tag rematch from Troops was solid quality, just like it was for Tribute to the Troops, and the Faces win again more as a way to keep Orton and Nakamura from falling too far down with the Rumble coming up. The Royal Rumble match is best served if someone wins “out of nowhere”, but Orton won last year so hopefully he doesn’t do it again. I’d enjoy seeing Nakamura win as it is a shortcut back to the top for The King of Strong Style, who can have a great 1v1 match with Styles, provided they’re allowed some Strong Style freedoms.

My Score: 8.5/10


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AJPW Dream Power Series 2019 Results & Review (3/19/2019)

Mathew shows us some power! AJPW puts together a card that could rival anything all year. Does it live up to the expectations?

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Mathew shows us some power! AJPW puts together a card that could rival anything all year. Does it live up to the expectations?

Welcome back to AJPW! We’re gonna talk about the last big show before this year’s Champions Carnival coming up in early April as we have a few title matches in this show that I couldn’t resist wanting to cover it.

We got some dealing with revenge along with one trying to make history. How’s this year’s Champions Carnival gonna shape up?

Let’s find out as we…dive right in.

Rating System:

  • 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
  • 1 Star: Vince Russo
  • 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
  • 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
  • 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
  • 5 Stars: Jim Cornette

 

Six Man Tag Team Match
Atsuki Aoyagi, Danji Tamura, & Hokuto Omori vs. Evolution (Atsushi Aoki, Hikaru Sato, & Yusuke Okada)

Review: Our opening contest is a six-man tag team match with our young lions, Atsuki Aoyagi, Danji Tamura, and Hokuto Omori taking on three members of Evolution, Atsushi Aoki, Hikaru Sato, and Yusuke Okada. Going up against three people from the junior division is a fair start to have them all fight each other in this tag bout and a better view of how the young guys are doing. Will Evolution school the young boys or will they somehow get one of the biggest wins in their starting careers?

As I’ve said, this match is mostly to showcase our future talent as they fight the vets of the game in the junior division. I do gotta admit that these three have definitely improved in the ring as they’re shaping up to be some of All Japan’s finest students. Evolution held off on their own and I’m glad they were their opponents for this match since they’re very easy to work with. Another thing I loved about the match is that they had a good amount of time instead of just being less than five minutes like how most matches will do. Yusuke and Hokuto are in the ring now and Yusuke would hit him with a Brainbuster for a two count and would quickly apply a Boston Crab onto him and Hokuto struggles to get to the ropes and once he does, Yusuke pulled him back in and would lock it in more as he would tap out to give Evolution the victory in a solid match.

Rating: Tony Schiavone and a half

 

Six Man Tag Team Match
Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, & Ultimo Dragon vs. Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, & Takao Omori

Review: We got another six-man tag team match here as Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, and Ultimo Dragon will be taking on Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, and Takao Omori. It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen Ultimo Dragon wrestling in All Japan, so I’ll never complain to see him in the ring. This is another match with the vets and Manso-Re for being a punching bag as it’ll most likely be a comedy style match. Which one of them will win?

Menso-Re starting with Ultimo Dragon as he wanted him first, but TAJIRI would slap Menso before the bell would ring and we would kick it off right now. They would do a little bit before Jun and Takao get tagged in, but we all care about TAJIRI and Fuchi getting tagged in now as Fuchi would try to get his hands on him. TAJIRI would be the sneaky heel with leaving the ring to sit with the crowd so he could avoid contact in the match. TAJIRI would get back in the ring only to tag in Ultimo as the crowd would just boo TAJIRI. Fuchi would do his antics with the punch to the forehead as the crowd eats it up but everything would backfire on Fuchi as he would miss a Dropkick to make the crowd boo Ultimo which is a shocker. Ultimo would kick Fuchi and attempt an Asai DDT but Fuchi would turn it around to a Backslide as Ultimo would kick out. Both TAJIRI and Jun would both make Fuchi miss a Dropkick and taunt him right after to make the crowd boo them. Ultimo would get Fuchi in the La Magistral and he gets the win for his team in a rather entertaining match.

Rating: Tony Schiavone and a quarter

 

Tag Team Match
NEXTREAM (Yoshitatsu & Yumi Aoyagi) vs. Sweeper (Jake Lee & Ryouji Sai)

Review: Our next match here is a tag team match as NEXTREAM members, Yoshitatsu and Yuma Aoyagi will be taking on members of Sweeper, Jake Lee and Ryouji Sai. Since Naoya is no longer Yumi’s partner, he’s gonna be paired off with Yoshitatsu this time around. Since all four of them are in the Champions Carnival, a win for either of them would give them some momentum leading to the tournament. Which one of these two teams will win and what will be the future payoff?

It seems like Yoshitatsu has a little gripe with Jake Lee in this match as he seems to be disgruntled when he was in the ring with him, especially when Jake would just best him during the first sequence with the chaining. Ryouji and Yuma are in the ring now and Ryouji with a series of kicks in the match and have him in a submission before Yoshi would break the hold and just stared at Jake again. Yuma is really growing out on his own as an individual and you can see that when he’s not partner with Naoya. Yuma would have Jake in a Headlock but Jake would attempt a Backdrop Driver as Yuma flipped it into a Crossbody as Jake kicked out at two. Once Jake kicked out, Yuma would try to turn the pin into a European Clutch as Jake kicked out at 2 as even the referee was shocked by this. Yuma would run into him as Jake kneed him in the face and hits him with a Backdrop Driver as he pinned Yuma for the victory.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter

 

Six Man Tag Team Match
Atsushi Maruyama, KAI, & Zeus vs. Bomber (Dylan James & Joe Doering,) & Francisco Akira

Review: We have another six-man tag team match taking place as Atsushi Maruyama, KAI, and Zeus team up to take on Dylan James, Joe Doering, and Francisco Akira. KAI recently failed at Dragon Gate to win the Open the Twin Gate Championships, so he could at least try to win for his team but I think Zeus has a lot on his plate when it comes to their opponent since Dylan James and Joe Doering are a strong team to beat and wants to try and look powerful leading into the Carnival. Which one of these two teams will win the match?

Zeus and Dylan would charge at each other right away to test their strengths with also some chops and a test of strength as the two appear to be evenly matched, which is no surprised. KAI gets tagged in and he calls Joe to get tagged in since he wants to fight him as Dylan honors that request and lets Joe have a turn on the fun. Joe would start to make him regret that decision as he had the upper hand on him at first but KAI would hit a few Dropkicks on him but Joe still wouldn’t go down as he tackled him and went for an Elbow Drop before KAI moved and quickly tagged in Atsushi. The juniors get a turn on the fun as Francisco showed more of his impressive ability. One problem I had with the match was that the last few minutes are incredibly sloppy with Atsushi missing most of his kicks to Joe in the corner, Francisco slipping on his Moonsault to the outside, which he thankfully caught himself and redid it again. The finish would be with Joe hitting Atsushi with the Powerbomb and it looked like he got knocked out as he took the pinfall despite his shoulder being kinda up, so it looked botched but the referee still has a job to do as Joe just left the ring and walked to the back possibly frustrated.

Rating: Eric Bischoff

 

World Junior Heavyweight Title Match
Koji Iwamoto (c) vs. Kotaro Suzuki

Review: Our first title match of the show is Koji Iwamoto defending his Junior Heavyweight Championship against Kotaro Suzuki. The two fought each other in the A Block of the Junior Battle of Glory Tournament where Kotaro defeated Koji in the match but would eventually fail to win as Koji would actually be the one to win it all. Koji decided to defend the title against Kotaro since it was only fair due to him winning the match and wants to avenge that loss. Will Koji be able to retain his title again or will Kotaro get the upper hand on him again?

Kotaro showed no mercy to the champion as fought him to the outside and Slingshots him into the turnbuckle post and DDT’s him face first into the mat as you hear the loud thud and damage has been done to Koji. Kotaro has beaten Koji before so he knows what he has to do to try and defeat him again as he worked on Koji’s neck a bit during the match and gets the heat from the crowd. I know Kotaro is a Freelancer and is mostly at NOAH right now due to being a champion there, I hope he does stick around a little bit longer since I feel like the division could really use him as he’s a very talented individual. Koji would try to outrun him after he dodged him to the outside and it appeared as if Kotaro would botch but he quickly caught himself and dived to the outside to land on Koji, getting the better of him again.

Koji would finally be able to get a comeback as he hits an STO onto the ring apron to knock Koji down and most of the time, he would try to hit the Koko no Geijutsu but Kotaro would hold his ground to make sure he wouldn’t hit it but Koji would be able to deliver a German Suplex and a Dragon Suplex. Kotaro would land a few punches before Koji tried to hit the move again, but Kotaro would hold his ground again and kick his leg out to work on his neck before landing Gory Bomb Special and tops it off with the La Magistral for the pin and Koji would kick out various times whenever Koji would try to roll out of it and was so close to having a new champion. Koji would just use this time to hit a couple of STO’s in a row to weaken him down a bit. Koji would go for it again but he catches him for a Back Suplex to save himself a bit. Kotaro would now hit not one but two Excaliburs onto him to try and end it as Koji would somehow kick out of it again. It all came down to his as Koji would attempt the Koko no Geijutsu again as Kotaro would stop himself to pin him for a two count and they both would spin around as Koji would hit it this him but he picked him up to hit the Koko no Geijutsu properly this time and pins him to retain the title! After the match, various people from the junior division would come out and it looks like they all want a shot at the Junior Heavyweight Championship but Koji would have to pick one of them to be his opponent. It does look like, however, that Koji doesn’t have a clear opponent right now as he left the ring but I guess we’ll see soon.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters

 

World Tag Team Title Match
Strong BJ (Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi) (c) vs. Violence Giant (Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama)

Review: Our next title match for this show is Strong BJ defending their titles against the team that they defeated them for, The Violence Giant. Strong BJ defeated them on January 13th to win the titles and after they retain their titles on the February 24 show, Violence Giant requested a rematch to bring the titles back home on their turf this time instead of the BJW show. If it’s anything like their previous match, it’s sure to be hard hitting and a not miss. Will Strong BJ remain on top or will Violence Giant bring the belts back home?

Shuji and Daisuke would be the ones to start off our match here with an incredible display of power as the two were unable to budge and they would tag in their respective partners. Suwama and Yuji were both also very hard-hitting as they would now fight outside of the ring as these two teams are making it personal. Strong BJ has been doing great work during this rivalry with the Violence Giant and they would even give Suwama a big beatdown but the former ace would even try his best to fight them off, even when he was on the corner and would kick Yuji to show his fighting spirit. Suwama would hit a Dropkick to save himself for a little bit and would tag in Shuji for the hot tag and Shuji does indeed come in hot with his Lariats, knees, anything he can throw along with the kitchen sink.

Yuji would brawl with Shuji to deliver some chops while Shuji would give him a couple of forearms and a headbutt to try and daze him but Yuji is pumped up and slams him down with a few Lariats. Once Yuji would hit another Lariat to Shuji, he would kick out at one that time around before getting hit with another one with a two count. What’s it gonna take to take Shuji down for good? Yuji would get to the top rope to hit the Splash and it looks like this could be it but Suwama would break the pinfall to save his partner. Strong BJ would have them up for the Torture Racks but they would get down for Suwama to hit a Back Suplex while Shuji hits a Dragon Suplex. Shuji is alone with Yuji again and would hit another Dragon Suplex and a Running Knee to get him out for another two count, he was so close! Shuji would pick Yuji up real quick for the Fire Thunder and goes for the pin as Daisuke breaks the pinfall this time around as Suwama would get Daisuke out of the ring. Shuji knew what he had to do to try and end it as he hits the Giants Slam and pins Yuji to win back the titles! Hell of a match and definitely topped their previous encounter at BJW. I would love to see Violence Giant get a fair and dominating run with this reign, can’t wait to see where this goes now.

Rating: Bruce Prichard and a half

 

Triple Crown Championship
Kento Miyahara (c) vs. Naoya Nomura

Review: This is our third title match and the main event of the show as we have Kento Miyahara defending his Triple Crown Championship against former NEXTREAM member, Naoya Nomura. On the February 24th show, Naoya Nomura would defeat Dylan James in a singles match and Kento Miyahara would have his second successful title defense against Suwama. After Kento would defeat Suwama, Naoya would come in to make the challenge to his stablemate and announce his departure from the NEXTREAM group in the process, leading him to also vacate the All Asia Tag Team Championship with Yuma Aoyagi. Kento is now 30 years old and while it’s his third title defense in this run, this will be his first time defending it while no longer in his twenties. If Kento can defeat Naoya, he’ll be the champion leading into the Champions Carnival and won’t defend the title until the tournament is over. Will Kento be able to retain it once again or does Naoya pull the surprise victory?

Kento came in here with a plan since he knew what he was gonna do to Naoya once he challenged him to this match, he didn’t wanna go easy on him despite being former teammates but he wants to see how badly Naoya wants the spotlight on him. They were fairly matched during the lock-up part of the match and they would start to fight outside for a little bit as Naoya would get Kento down as he taunts him when he got back in the ring. Naoya would hit him with a big forearm before going onto the apron to jump and Kento catches him with a knee and has him right where he wants him now. This is where Kento would just attack him with a few Headbutts as Naoya would try to deliver one to him but Kento gives him multiple ones as a counterattack and this is why you don’t mess with the champion.

Naoya would eventually make a comeback after being kicked around by Kento as he quickly got up to charge at him with a shoulder tackle and you can hear that too. He would hit a few more along with another forearm to the face as he goes for the Brainbuster but Kento would struggle to make sure he didn’t hit it and has Naoya over the ropes but wait, Naoya grabbed his leg to pull him over as he attempted a Death Valley Driver onto the apron as Kento jumped off to hit a Blackout. The two would be on the turnbuckle and Naoya gets behind him to attempt a German Suplex as Kento struggles, but Naoya would slam Kento’s head on the post and gets off the turnbuckle to hit the German Suplex as both men are down. Naoya would go to the top rope to hit the first Splash as Kento kicked out but Naoya would quickly get up again to hit one more as Kento still kicked out.

Kento would eventually hit him with a Blackout at full force and hits him with a German Suplex for another two count. Kento looks like he’s going for the Shutdown German Suplex Hold as Naoya would kick his knee out and hit him with a Spear and the two are down again. Kento would hit another Blackout on the back of his head and tries the German Suplex Hold once again as Naoya would still kick out at two as Kento is starting to get concerned with what he has to do now. Kento tried the Shutdown German Suplex Hold again as Naoya broke out of it and picked him up Fisherman style and dropped him on his head and picked him up for the Death Valley Driver as Kento fought him off but Naoya would hit him with a flurry of forearms to daze him and hits the Spear with the roll-up as Kento kicked out at two again! Naoya picked him back up but Kento would go back to delivering the Blackouts and it looks like Naoya is all out of fight as Kento finally hits the Shutdown German Suplex Hold to get the pinfall victory and his third successful title defense. Great match and a very impressive showing to Naoya but Kento is just still better than him right now. Kento will now officially be the Triple Crown Champion leading into the Champions Carnival. Three defenses down, eight more to go.

Rating: Bruce Prichard and a quarter

 

Overall: I thought it was a very solid show from top to bottom but the last three title matches were what sold it to me. I would highly recommend that you look out for those matches if you can find them online or subscribe to the streaming service and if you’re not already subscribed, what the hell is wrong with you? Get on that!

Favorite Match: Strong BJ (Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi) vs. Violence Giant (Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama)

Least Favorite Match: Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, & Ultimo Dragon vs. Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, & Takao Omori

Score: 8/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (3/20/19)

Triple H addresses an NXT Championship dilemma!

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NXT sees the return of HHH, but under sad circumstances. The Game will address Tommaso Ciampa’s injury, and what happens with his precious championship!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT Championship Contenders Fatal 5 Way: Ricochet VS Adam Cole VS Aleister Black VS Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle; Cole wins and will face Johnny Gargano for the vacated NXT Championship at TakeOver: New York.

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Triple H opens NXT!

Full Sail is happy to see The Game, but he comes out holding the NXT Championship. HHH goes to the ring and also picks up a mic. He takes a moment to hear the fans chant for him and NXT before getting to business. “From those cheers, I don’t have to remind you of just how special this place is.” The building, the environment, the fans. “NXT is something special.” It is here in NXT and the ring that “dreams can become possibilities.” For some, the dream starts in NXT. For others, it takes a long time, maybe years of scratching and clawing, going up and down a road, just to get to this ring. But in reality, for every superstar, their dream can end at any moment.

HHH was going to announce the main event of TakeOver: New York, an epic years in the making, of Johnny “Wrestling” Gargano VS Psycho Killer, Tommaso Ciampa. But the reality has made that impossible now. Ciampa’s dream is on hold, because he needs neck surgery. That surgery has taken place, and now Ciampa must relinquish the title. But the beauty of NXT is that when one dream ends, another begins. And that new dream begins right here! Gargano continues his dream and he WILL compete for the NXT Championship! But against who? We find that out tonight! Five men step into this ring! Ricochet VS Adam Cole VS Aleister Black VS Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle!

Those five men fight for an opportunity to live a dream in New York, on the biggest stage yet, and compete for the title against Gargano. It will be decisive in New York, 2 Out of 3 Falls! The winner will walk out the NEW NXT Champion! A major match of former, current and future champions, but who will have a match with Gargano to determine NXT’s future?

 

Backstage interview with various superstars.

The Finest thinks Cathy Kelly was waiting for him. But since he showed up, what is his reaction to the big news tonight? Well tonight’s main event will be great, but Kona Reeves knows it won’t be The Finest. The Forgotten Sons appear next, and they don’t care about tonight’s main event. They are more concerned with next week’s main event, because in case people have already forgotten, they’re in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic FINALS! Aleister Black & Ricochet need to not forget Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake are coming. They hope one of those two win, so that they’ll be too focused on something else. Then it’ll be that much easier for the Forgotten Sons to go on and win the NXT Tag Team Championships. Then no one will forget them ever again.

 

NXT Media shares Tommaso Ciampa’s trip to Birmingham, Alabama.

This is not the first time Ciampa has been to the WWE’s preferred surgical facility. Ciampa has had one knee and both shoulders, but now the neck leaves him no choice but to have another surgery. The pressure on his spinal cord could paralyze Ciampa, so this is not just for his career, but for his life as he knows it. There are various bone graftings and now it’s just about time. When and where will the greatest sports entertainer in NXT make another return?

 

NXT’s contenders speak.

The King of Flight and the Embodiment of the End are one of the most unexpected duos in the tag team division. They work together because they expect the best from each other. But there’s no misunderstanding, it will be every man for himself tonight.

Velveteen Dream is already the NXT North American Champion, but he wants the biggest spotlight possible. The way he sees it, tonight’s Fatal 5 Way will be #DreamOver. And when Dream wins it all, then Dream will just be the first ever dual champion, on the grandest stage in NXT history.

The Original King of Bros is still undefeated, and is stoked to have such a big opportunity so soon. Riddle worked his ace off to get here, and nothing will stop him from going to NXT TakeOver: New York and becoming the new NXT Champion, bro.

Adam Cole says he is the one who makes history in NXT, and no one is more deserving! The inaugural North American Champion wants to be the first to also have the top title. He takes on four of the best to then go to the Barclays Center. That’s the very place Cole made his debut and held that title high above his head. He’ll do it again, when the announcement is made that he is the new NXT Champion! And that is Undisputed!

 

Backstage interviews with The Sky Pirates.

Io Shirai & Kairi Sane are very excited for tonight’s main event to see who goes to TakeOver. And speaking of, they’re both going, too, because they’re in a Fatal 4 Way for the NXT Women’s Championship. Are they concerned the title and their friendship will get in the way? Not at all! May the best woman win! Io and Kairi both want the title, and will fight each other if they need to. “Gurl, uh-uh!”

Bianca Belair knows this isn’t her business, but this shouldn’t be a Fatal 4. Shayna got in the way and kept Bianca from beating Io. And this doesn’t have anything to do with the little pirate! But now it does, so in New York, The EST will run through both of them to become the new NXT Women’s Champion. No one can do anything about it, because she still feels Un-De-Fea-Ted. Io holds Kairi back while Bianca takes her leave. Whether it’s Bianca, Kairi or Io, will there be a new Women’s Champion alongside a new NXT Champion in New York?

 

NXT Championship Contenders Fatal 5 Way: Ricochet VS Adam Cole VS Aleister Black VS Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle!

The One and Only, Panama City Playboy, Dutch Destroyer, Patrick Clark Experience and Original Bro wage war like NXT has never seen! Johnny Wrestling awaits, who moves on to challenge him for the vacant throne?

The fans are already fired up for “All These Guys!” as the bell rings. Cole goes after Aleister than Ricochet while Riddle chases Dream. Riddle originally wanted after Dream for the North American title, so why not have that out here? Dream has other ideas as he throws Riddle into barriers then gets back in the ring. Aleister and Ricochet work together against Cole then Dream. Ricochet clotheslines Cole out but Cole drags Ricochet out. Dream rolls ALeister, TWO! Riddle returns but Dream throws him back out. Aleister waistlocks but Dream throws him off. Dream runs into Aleister’s boots then Aleister hops up. Aleister leaps but Dream gets under. Dream lifts Aleister but Aleister slips out. Aleister sweeps but Dream jumps over and rolls through! Aleister slips out again to cradle, TWO!

Dream runs into Aleister’s boot! Aleister runs but Cole trips and drags him out. Cole swings but gets Aleister’s kick! Aleister clibms up but Dream sends him back down. Ricochet mule kicks and whips Dream but Dream reverses. Ricochet rolls off the back and handsprings to headscissor and dropkick! Dream bails out but Riddle’s back. Riddle gut wrenches Ricochet, then holds on to do it again! And again! Full Sail is thunderous for the “Bro!” but Cole is after him. Riddle standing switches but gets an enziguri from Cole. Cole stomps a mudhole, then hits his pose BAYBAY! ALeister attacks but Cole reverses. The Unexpected Duo work together, leg sweep and standing moonsault! Cole gets away, and now the tag team phenomenons face each other. They shake hands and circle. But Cole disrupts it by shoving Ricochet into Aleister!

Aleister falls out and Cole stomps away on Ricochet. Cole hits a neckbreaker then covers, TWO! Cole keeps Riddle out with a right hand then goes after Ricochet. He snap suplexes and covers, TWO! Ricochet just escapes, but Cole boots Aleister back out! Cole drags Ricochet up for a big back suplex! Cover, TWO! Another close call but Cole can’t put Ricochet away. Cole goes after Dream but Dream shoulders in. Ricochet somersault shotgun dropkicks Cole! Dream knees Ricochet out then throws heavy hands on Cole. Dream whips but Cole reverses, only for Dream to slide out. Cole runs over but gets an uppercut! Dream climbs up and ax handles Alesiter out.

Dream tosses Cole out then climbs, to LEAP for a big ax handle! He puts Cole in fast and climbs back up. Purple Rain- Riddle gets Dream with a German! Aleister kicks but Riddle reverses! Riddle wants and gets the BroMission!! But Dream breaks it with a falling elbow! Dream stalks Riddle as fans fire up again. Dream tosses Riddle out and turns his attention to Aleister. Aleister fires off a strike fest, sweep to knee! Cole returns but Aleister is ready, two-for-one quebrada! Aleister roundhouses Dream, covers, TWO! Dream survives but Aleister keeps going. Aleister lifts Dream with his foot, but Cole drags Aleister out by the other foot. Cole sends Aleister into steel steps! Cole returns to the ring, only to meet Riddle. They were going to fight to see who contends for the North American title, so now they have it out!

Riddle gets the edge with open palm CHOP after CHOP! Cole stomps Riddle’s bare foot! But his superkick is caught, Riddle gets Cole in a Bromission! But again Dream breaks it up with a leaping ax handle! Dream haymakers Riddle but Riddle ROCKS Dream with that right! Cole hits Riddle now, but Riddle hits back. Dream, Riddle and Cole brawl on their knees in a triangle of strikes. They slowly stand, throwing big hands, forearms and uppercuts. Riddle CHOPS Dream, Cole BOOTS Riddle, Dream SUPERKICKS Cole! Ricochet returns, rolls and PELES Dream down! Cole SUPERKICKS Ricochet but Riddle KNEES Cole! Aleister returns and fires off with Riddle, double roundhouses take them both out! All five men are down and Full Sail reaches a fever pitch!

Ricochet staggers up and goes after Riddle. He puts the Bro in the drop zone then climbs up. Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” as Cole intercepts Ricochet. Cole climbs up to join Ricochet, but Ricochet resists. Dream adds on, climbing up to join them. They brawl and Aleister staggers over. Riddle follows, and they’re all on the second rope! It’s a Double Russian Leg Sweep SUPERPLEX! All five men are down again and fans know “This is Awesome!” The referee checks on everyone in turn and they’re all okay to continue. Fans build to a rally as the five slowly stir. Cole, Riddle and Ricochet bail out while Dream meets Aleister. Dream and Aleister trade haymakers on their knees. Aleister fires off hand after hand but Dream powers him to a corner. Aleister boots Dream away then hops up, Meteora!

Dream’s up but gets a roundhouse and a German! But Riddle sentons the bridge! Riddle drags Aleister up in a deadlift Fisherman Buster! Cradle, but Cole breaks it! Cole drags Riddle up but Riddle fires off fast hands! Riddle misses, gets a SUPERKICK, and Last Ride brainbuster! Cover, but Ricochet breaks it! Ricochet drags Cole up but Cole breaks free. Ricochet fakes Cole out for a boot and an ax kick! He keeps going, fireman’s carry but Cole rakes eyes! SUPERKICK to the front, SUPERKICK to the back! Cole brings the knee pad down but misses the Last Shot Wizard to get a Reverse-Rrana! Cole rolls all the way out and Ricochet can’t believe it. But Ricochet also sees a prime target, and FLIES with the Sasuke Special! Ricochet wipes Cole out but hurries to get back up.

Dream returns to the ring but so does Riddle. The would-be North American Championship showdown happens as Riddle throws chops. Riddle swings up and around Dream’s clothesline to powerbomb, but Dream slips out! Dream wants but Riddle denies the Sidewinder, to wring Dream out for a Bro Trigger! Riddle reels Dream into the BroMission! Dream flails but Cole yanks the ref out! No Disqualifications, but plenty of consequences as Riddle BOOTS Cole! Riddle turns around into BLACK MASS! Aleister turns around into Dream Valley Driver! Dream hurries to the top rope, but Ricochet’s right up for a SUPER STEINER onto Aleister and Cole! Ricochet hurries up for his own, SHOOTING STAR onto Riddle! Cover, but LAST SHOT!! Cole covers, Cole wins!!

Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall; will face Johnny Gargano for the NXT Championship

You never see the shot that takes you down! Cole came outta nowhere, and now he’s going to New York City! Will Cole finally make the NXT Championship #Undisputed? Or will Gargano once again become Johnny Champion?

 


 

My Thoughts:

I’m going to call this episode a one match classic, because how else would you describe it? First it is unfortunate for Ciampa to again be out with an injury, and an injury as serious as the neck, so I’m sure I speak for everyone by saying get well soon, Psycho Killer. But HHH had such a great speech to open the night, and it is very true, this became a massive opportunity for another superstar to move up. The five men chosen were the right choices, and this made for an amazing Fatal 5 Way.

However, it makes a lot of sense for this to be Adam Cole’s night. Aleister & Ricochet are not only busy on the main roster, but they’re in the Dusty Rhodes Classic finals, where I would think they defeat the Forgotten Sons and move on to the War Raiders. It wouldn’t be very good to give those two double duty on TakeOver Friday and possibly something on Mania Sunday. Then Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle can and will still happen, and that is going to be great. It would’ve been too epic if Dream was trying for both titles, even if it’s Wrestlemania Weekend. Gargano VS Cole is going to be great and really could go either way, but I feel that since Gargano VS Ciampa was the plan, Gargano might’ve won that title to have his triumphant victory on the biggest WWE weekend of the year.

My Score: 8.6/10


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