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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Report! (12/26/17)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship Triple Threat #1 Contender’s Match: The New Day VS Rusev Day VS Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable; wins and will face The Usos for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.
  • Breezango VS The Bludgeon Brothers; The Bludgeon Brothers win, by disqualification.
  • Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad VS Naomi; Ruby wins.
  • WWE United States Championship Tournament: Baron Corbin VS Bobby Roode; Roode wins and moves on to the next round.
  • WWE United States Championship Tournament: Tye Dillinger VS Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers; Mahal wins and moves on to the next round.
  • AJ Styles VS Kevin Owens w/ Sami Zayn; Owens wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

SmackDown General Manager, Daniel Bryan, comes to the ring.

Chicago greets him with a standing “YES! YES!” ovation, and then a chant of his name. Bryan feels great being back in Chicago, and reviews last week’s “roller coaster” SmackDown. The most unexpected happened, i.e. the newly minted United States Champion, Dolph Ziggler, venting his frustrations before seemingly quitting! Bryan has tried to make contact with Ziggler but there has been no response. Therefore, we can only assume Ziggler vacated the United States Championship. If Ziggler is watching, the WWE Universe wishes him the best, and Bryan personally considers Ziggler an all-time great. But, the show must go on, so the WWE United States Championship shall have a tournament to determine yet another new United States Champion! And that tournament starts tonight! Baron Corbin shall battle Bobby Roode, and- Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin appear.

They are so happy to hear about the US Championship, but what about the SmackDown Tag Team Championship? Chicago thinks “Rusev Day!” deserves a chance. Gable & Benjamin just had their chance at Clash of Champions. But it wasn’t a fair one. They are owed a 1v1 match-up, yet Clash had a Fatal 4 Way. Why!? Gable & Benjamin beat the Usos 2v2 fair and square, which means they would have been the new Smackdown Tag Team Champions. They’ve earned this opportunity and– Aiden English & Rusev appear!

Why does Team Rusev Day deserve a shot? English shall sing it for you. “One, we beat the champs two weeks ago~! Two, at Clash, did we lose? No~! Three, listen cuz you don’t want to miss this~. You know what day comes right after Christmas~!” Boxing Day? No, fool! It’s RUSEV DAY!

Aww Chi-Town!” The New Day is here!

All these other teams are wasting time. If you want to find out who–who? who who?–the real #1 contenders are, take the Kofi Kingston True/False challenge. Did the team of Chad Gable & Jason J– er, Shelton Benjamin… get pinned? True! Did the “oddly charismatic team” of Rusev Day get pinned by The New Day? True! And who–who who?–else but “yo boiz” deserve a title shot? True! Logic therefore states that it’s The New Day~ who are the “rightful” #1 contenders to the… Bryan, please join the New Day for this… W! W! E! World, T– Shut up! Rusev says no one wants to see those swiveling hips. Chicago seems to agree, they want “Rusev Day!” So can Bryan please make up his mind? Or does he have to ask his “mommy”, Shane McMahon? Bryan can make thsi decision himself. They’re all right that they’re all talented. Therefore, it will be a Tag Team Triple Threat #1 Contender to the SmackDown Tag Team Championships! Right now!

WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship Triple Threat #1 Contender’s Match: The New Day VS Rusev Day VS Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable!

It’s a lot to say but it all boils down to “win and you face the champs”! Speaking of, The Usos appear!

The SmackDown Tag Team Champions have the Division on lock down, so they want to keep a close eye on who they’ll face in the coming weeks. Xavier Woods, Aiden English and Chad Gable start for their respective teams, and they circle at the ring of the bell. Gable kicks Woods but English puts Gable in a headlock, Gable powers out while The Usos join commentary. Woods rolls English, ONE, Gable shoves Woods. Woods shoves back, Gable shoves again, Gable bounces off of Rusev. Rusev and Gable argue, English points a finger, Big E and Rusev start arguing on the outside. Chicago wants Rusev to tag in but he is busy jawing with Big E and Benjamin. English throws Gable out for Rusev to hit, Benjamin runs Rusev over, Big E runs Benjamin over! English kicks Big E, Woods clotheslines English out. With everyone else gathered in the same area, Woods builds speed and FLIES!

Woods bowls everyone over, then puts English in the ring. He keeps on English with stiff strikes, cover, TWO. Tag to Big E, Woods runs and becomes human weapon, powerbomb style! Big E covers, TWO. Woods climbs up, Big E scoops English, English sips out and while Rusev shoves Woods down, Gable returns. Gable grabs Big E, who still has hold of English, double German Suplex! Gable covers Big E, TWO, he goes to English, TWO. He goes back to Big E, tags Benjamin, double mudhole stomps on Big E. Benjamin keeps stomping, then drags Big E out before booting English down. Benjamin suplexes Big E up and over, but English breaks the cover. English keeps on Big E, tags Rusev, and Chicago goes wild as Rusev stomps a mudhole of his own. Benjamin and Gable drag English off to then stomp him out before throwing him out. English checks on Rusev while Gable tags Benjamin. They whip, knee and knee strike Big E down, cover, TWO. Rusev tags English, Gable tags Benjamin, they go after Big E together. There is a truce–some fans chant “CM Punk!” but perhaps other fans are booing them down?–English and Gable work together to whip Big E to the one open corner. Big E fires out with double lariats! Everyone is down, fans rally with “New! Day Rocks!” Big E tags Woods, Woods rallies on both opponents. Mule kick and a shove to ropes, dropkick to English’s back. Woods then whips Gable but is reversed, he boots Gable away then hits the Honor Roll! Woods keeps moving, roaring elbow to English, Gable breaks it just in time. Gable brings Woods over, tags Benjamin, Benjamin stomps and punches Woods again. Benjamin goes after English before throwing him into Rusev, then gives him a BIG Spinebuster!

Woods hits Benjamin with an enziguri! Everyone is down again, Gable tags in and knocks Big E down. Gable hits Woods with an Exploder, English hits Gable with a shotgun boot! The Usos like what they’re seeing, and know how it feels. Rusev fires up, English crawls over, hot tag to the Bulgarian Brute! Rusev rallies on WOods and Gable, kick after kick, then barreling shoulders into each man corner to corner. Big E returns, Rusev gets running, running windmill kick knocks Big E over! Benjamin returns, MACHKA KICK! The Bulgarian Brute is fired up!

The fans cheer for “Rusev Day!” as he paces the ring. He takes aim at the crowd outside, runs, but runs into Gable’s elbow. Gable gets around but Rusev tags English, Rusev takes the rolling German Suplex! English hits Gable with a lariat. Woods hits a missile dropkick on English, covers, TWO! Woods goes over to Gable and gives him a couple chops. He then whips but is reversed, Big E tags while Woods kicks Gable. Woods whips Gable into Big E, backstabber yurinagi combo! Cover, TWO! Big E can’t believe it, but the Usos are loving it. Big E tags Woods back in and the prepare the finish, but Gable slips out. Gable shoves Big E at the corner, Woods jumps over but falls into Benjamin’s running knee strike! Then Gable hits his moonsault! TWO! The Usos are again loving this.

Benjamin and Gable drag Woods up, the fans declare “This is awesome!” English clobbers Benjamin, then goes after Gable to be caught into the rolling German Suplex, but English grabs Woods by the hair! The three back up together, English fights out and knocks Woods down, Gable tries another German but Gable swing-kicks him off! Step-in Tornado DDT on Gable, but then Widowmaker slam from English! Cover, but Benjamin breaks it up! Benjamin keeps on English, hoisting him up to the top rope. Fans still want “Rusev Day!” so English resists. Gable comes over to help but Rusev gives them DOUBLE POWERBOMBS! English takes aim, FLYING SPLASH!

TWO!? The Usos recognize that move. Rusev Day regroups, and the fans fire up again. English asks what day it is, Rusev says “RUSEV DAY!” He tags in, Woods rolls him up, TWO, MACHKA KICK! Woods and Gable are side by side, Rusev gets an idea. SUPER ACCOLADE!

Gable and Woods endure this special edition of the signature stretch, Benjamin comes in and breaks it up with a knee strike. He drags Gable over, tags himself in and fights English off. Benjamin sees Big E coming in, stops him but then Big E puts him on the apron to SUICIDE SPEAR him off! Big E is fired up, he gets Benjamin in and brings down the straps. “New! Day Rocks!” Big E scoops Benjamin, Benjamin fights out. Benjamin takes a back elbow, Big E hops up, but a high knee strike stuns him! Gable tags in while Benjamin carries Big E out in a powerbomb position, DOOMSDAY! Gable & Benjamin win! Now that it is official, can “American Alpha 2” follow in the footsteps of the original?

 

SmackDown General Manager and Commissioner meet.

How was Shane’s Christmas? Great. How is Bryan? Good. Shane was thinking it over, though, and he was actually upset by something Bryan said: that Shane is becoming Vince McMahon. True, Vince isn’t the easiest to get along with, and Shane realizes he needs to stay focused on “certain things.” Vince can be a “ruthless, cold, calculating and mean S.O.B” but give him his due. Vince built the WWE empire by himself and has made sports entertainment what it is today. And at the end of the day, Vince is Shane’s father. Bryan understands. He’s not undermining anything, but he just wants Shane to realize the more negative aspects of Vince’s personality. Shane brings up this US Championship tournament. Braon Corbin was owed a title rematch, why not just give him that? Same for Bobby Roode. Well, SmackDown is the Land of Opportunity, so Bryan felt it was best that they give several superstars an equal chance. Alright, Shane understands that. But tonight’s main event of Kevin Owens VS AJ Styles? Shane questions this even more. It is non-title but why isn’t Sami banned from ringside? We know how that’ll turn out. Do those two deserve such an opportunity? Perception is reality, Shane is hoping Bryan’s not favoring those two. Shane would hope his GM is “beyond reproach.” Bryan’s reasoning is that Styles VS Owens was one of 2017’s best rivalries, so why not end the year with one more match? Okay then. The tension is still palpable, will SmackDown management make it through the end of 2017?

 

Breezango VS The Bludgeon Brothers!

The Fashion Police received this “rematch for redemption” as a Christmas gift from their “best friends”, The Ascension. The Case of 2B is not yet closed, can the Fashion Files close the season with a win?

Fandango and Harper start, but then Harper tags in Rowan so Fandango tags in Breeze. The four men go at each other in a brawl, Rowan throws Breeze out while Harper whips Fandango to a corner. Fandango boots back and hops up, but his tornado DDT is countered with pure power. Harper catches Fandango in a scrapbuster slam! He throws Fandango out while Rowan gives Breeze an apron facebuster. Rowan hauls Breeze into the ring, then tags in Harper. Harper slaps Rowan and whips him into Breeze for a big corner splash that feeds Breeze to a boot! Tag back to Rowan, The Bludgeon Brothers drag Breeze up for the assisted powerbomb! Cover, but Rowan breaks it on his own!?

They sadistically continue this match, tag to Harper to keep Fandango out. Rowan fetches Fandango to throw him into steel steps and then barriers. The Ascension come to the rescue! They go after the Bludgeon Brothers and then retreat with the Fashion Police in tow. Did Konnor & Viktor realize their gift backfired?

Backstage interview with the Fashion Files friends.

Clearly, Breezango is not in the right frame of mind to speak. On behalf of their friends, The Ascension feel Harper & Rowan crossed the lines. That’s why their friends are challenging Harper & Rowan to another rematch. Get ready for the wasteland! Wait, how is this being good friends?!

 

SmackDown takes a look at Stephanie McMahon’s major announcement.

Everyone woman in the WWE has contributed to the Women’s (R)Evolution, and history will be made with the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble! Who will come out as a Wrestlemania headliner?

 

Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad VS Naomi!

The wild woman of The Squad have looked to dominate SmackDown and now look to make history. Ruby knows a Rumble is really just a Royal Riot, and that’s her expertise. “That glow has got to go”, will Ruby do that here tonight?

The bell rings, teh two swing wild rights but then Ruby knees low and throws Naomi down by her hair. Ruby keeps hammering on Naomi, then drags her back up for a scoop. Naomi slips out, then ducks, springboard roundhouse! Cover, TWO, Liv distracts Naomi right away. Naomi rocks Liv down with a right, Sarah tries but gets a shoulder. Ruby gets up, kicks Naomi in the knee then hits her with the falling Pele, aka the Riott Kick! Ruby wins mean and fast, can she and her Squad do much of the same in the Women’s Royal Rumble?

The Riott Squad isn’t satisfied with just a win, they stomp away on Naomi together! Liv and Sarah drag Naomi up, Charlotte comes out to make the save!

She runs Sarah over, then SPEARS Ruby! Liv goes after her but gets a tackle of her own, then forearms. The Queen turns around, Sarah boots her down, Riott Kick for the SmackDown Women’s Champion. They throw Charlotte out now, but then the Welcoming Committee comes out!

They outnumber The Squad as they enter the ring, so The Squad backs down. But the Welcoming Committee won’t let them, they go right after Ruby, Liv & Sarah on the outside and run them out of the arena. Numbers worked tonight, but a Rumble is every woman for themselves, who will come out THE woman to win?

 

Backstage interview with AJ Styles.

The Phenomenal One made 2017 his year on SmackDown and has one more rematch with Kevin Owens. This time, Kevin will have his “Guardian Angel” Sami Zayn ringside, how does Styles feel? Styles has the same plan for Sami as he did the Singh Brothers, so no problem there. Styles has however heard Shane is accusing Bryan of favoritism. Whenever Styles steps into the ring, he is the favorite and his opponents are underdogs. Styles pushed himself in 2017, he started the year as champion and will end the year as champion. SmackDown is the Land of Opportunity, so he dares Sami & Kevin to earn them. You do not get opportunities handed to you, not with Styles around. If Kevin wants to win, he’ll have to outwork Styles, outsmart Styles and out-hustle Styles, which hasn’t happened yet in 2017 and still won’t. SmackDown will still be The House that AJ Styles Built!

 

WWE United States Championship Tournament: Baron Corbin VS Bobby Roode!

Dolph Ziggler may have left SmackDown and the WWE, but the US Championship didn’t. Will the GLORIOUS One or the Lone Wolf find their way back to the prestigious title?

The bell rings, they tie up, Roode gets headlock control. Corbin tries to power out but Roode holds on so Corbin puts him in a corner. The referee calls for a break, Corbin swings but Roode blocks and retaliates. Roode stomps Corbin, Corbin gets out of the ring. Corbin returns but runs into Roode’s right hands, then a corner clothesline to swinging neckbreaker. Cover, ONE, Corbin slips out of the ring again. Roode doesn’t give him time to rest, so Corbin drags him out of the ring and shoves him into the apron. Then he throws Roode into barriers. “How do you feel now, huh!?” Chicago boos and jeers Corbin while he refreshes the count. Corbin fetches Roode, to suplex him up onto the ropes for a modified Tree of Woe, then punches Roode in the ribs to send him tumbling down. The referee counts, Corbin gets Roode in the ring. Roode gets to a corner but Corbin brings him up for body shots. Corbin backs up to run a shoulder into Roode, then shoves him down with a reverse STO to a running right hand. Fans boo, Corbin says “I can’t hear you!” He brushes off their disdain as he stalks Roode again. Roode fights back with body shots and chops, then runs but into the sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO, Corbin keeps focus as he stomps on Roode’s ribs. Corbin puts Roode in a bearhug to squeeze his ribs. Fans rally for Roode, Roode gets up and elbows his way out, but then Corbin throws him out. Corbin catches his breath as Roode climbs up. Corbin stalks over, Roode shoulders him back but then Corbin rocks Roode down with a right hand. Roode hits the floor, Corbin slides out to then run Roode over!

The Lone Wolf calls the fans and Roode “nobodies” before putting Roode back in the ring. Fans boo and jeer more but Corbin just shrugs it off again. He returns into the ring and runs at Roode, but Roode gets a knee up to knock him away. Corbin tries again, Roode dumps him out. Roode sees Corbin coming, ducks the right hand then forearms him against the ropes. Roode runs again and clotheslines Corbin all the way out. Chicago fires up for Roode while he gets to the apron, for a flying clothesline! A new count begins, Roode gets Corbin up and in, Corbin gets to a corner. Roode runs in, clothesline but the bulldog denied. Corbin runs in but gets boots. Roode hops up, Blockbuster!

TWO! Roode keeps his cool as he brings Corbin up. Corbin fights back and throws him into a post. Corbin drags Roode back out, End of Days escaped, then Roode side-steps the charging Lone Wolf. The former champion slides out then back in, Roode sees him coming, SPINEBUSTER! The fans fire up while Roode winds it up, it’s… GLORIOUS! He brings Corbin up, countered into Deep Six! TWO! Corbin can’t believe Roode survived, he’s getting frustrated now. He stands up while fans cheer for Roode. He brings Roode up and powers him to a corner before hoisting him up top. Corbin climbs up but Roode fights back. Roode knocks Corbin down but Corbin fires back with rights before climbing up again. Corbin prepares but Roode resists, Roode knocks Corbin down again. Roode adjusts and takes aim, but Corbin catches him mid-air. Choke- Sunset flip! Roode wins! A GLORIOUS victory in the first round, can Roode make it all the way to the end?

WWE United States Championship Tournament: Tye Dillinger VS Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers!

Sunil & Samir introduce us to “the next United States Champion”, the Modern Day Maharaja, but can Mahal best the Perfect Ten to join Bobby Roode in the next round?

The bell rings, Mahal and Dillinger tie up. Mahal gets a quick takedown to facelock, Tye gets the standing switch but Mahal elbows out. Mahal runs, Dillinger knocks him down with a back elbow, quick cover, ONE. Dillinger tries a backslide, TWO, Mahal bails out to regroup with his henchmen while we go picture in picture.

The Singh Brothers coach Mahal back into this but Dillinger comes over to grab at Mahal’s hair. Mahal drags Dillinger out to join him, but Dillinger bounces Mahal off the apron. They return in ring, Dillinger slingshots up and over but Mahal stomps the sunset flip out. Mahal continues to stomp Dillinger, then give him strong body shots and kicks. Mahal gives Dillinger a neckbreaker, then embraces the heat before driving a knee into Dillinger’s spine and putting on a keylock chinbar. Dillinger endures, fans rally, but Mahal keeps wrenching and thrashing the Perfect Ten. Dillinger gets to his feet, fights back with body shots, but Mahal throws him down by his hair. Mahal stomps Dillinger again, then clubs him with a crossface punch before dropping springboard knee after springboard knee. The referee backs Mahal off as we go back to single picture.

Mahal puts Dillinger back in the keylock and chinbar. Dillinger endures again but wills himself back to his feet. Dillinger throws more body shots and forearms, then some chops before a whip. Mahal blocks, throat chops, then shoves Dillinger to a corner. Dillinger boots back, then chops some more. He whips Mahal, but is reversed, so he hits a running forearm. Dillinger rallies, knee strike to lariat to stomp. The fans fire up for the Perfect Ten as he stomps a Perfect Ten Mudhole. Dillinger backs off, pulls down the knee pad and brings Mahal up, but Mahal slips out. Mahal shoves Dillinger to the apron, Dillinger rocks him right with a right hand before climbing up top. Dillinger aims, flying crossbody rolled through, TWO! Fireman’s carry and gutbuster drop! Mahal covers, TWO! The Singh Brothers are just as frustrated as Mahal, they argue with the referee. Mahal grits his teeth and drags Dillinger to his feet, but Dillinger revives for a DDT! Cover, TWO! The Singh Brothers are relieved but Dillinger keeps focus. He climbs up and gives Perfect Ten punches, Mahal trips him up and drags him into the KHALAS! Mahal wins and moves on to the second round!

 

Backstage interview with Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn.

The #YEPMovement will be part of the SmackDown main event, and already have a bottle of champagne. It’ll be for after Kevin defeats AJ Styles tonight.

This is a special bottle, the bottle Bryan wouldn’t take from them. Sami & Kevin aren’t upset, they know the “real reason” he wouldn’t accept it. The last time Kevin faced Styles, there was a “certain special guest referee”, the one who shuffles his feet and flaunts his money. That man had a vendetta against Kevin and made sure Kevin lost that match. That was then, this is now, and now Kevin has his Guardian Angel! Yep. That’s why Bryan didn’t take the champagne, it’s because Bryan believes in them and wants them to have it to celebrate! Kevin is better than Phenomenal because he is Kevin Owens! And Dasha is not invited, and neither is anyone in Chicago. The only guests are Sami & Kevin, because they don’t want to seem like they’re gloating or anything. Yep.

 

Backstage interview with Randy Orton.

The Viper had an up-and-down week, such as the Clash of Champions loss followed by a SmackDown Six Man victory. Orton stops Renee right there. There’s not much to say other than Orton has been dealing with everyone’s issues but his own. Orton wants to focus on himself, and the future. The only thing Orton cares about right now is how to throw 29 other superstars over the top rope. The Viper is entering the Royal Rumble, and… Shinsuke Nakamura appears, to also declare for the Rumble! Will the Viper or the King of Strong Style make it to the end to earn a shot at a world championship?

 

AJ Styles VS Kevin Owens w/ Sami Zayn!

SmackDown ends the year with a rivalry renewed! Can The Prizefighter get a win over the Phenomenal One to earn a shortcut back to the WWE Championship?

The bell rings and Kevin runs right into Styles’ dropkick! Styles brings Kevin up and brings him into a corner for a buckle bump, then another corner for another buckle bump. He keeps on Kevin with haymakers but the referee reprimands him. The fans are thunderous as Styles snapmares Kevin, running knee drop! The fans duel, Styles throws up Too Sweets. Chicago responds with “Too Sweet! Woop woop!” while Kevin gets to ropes. Kevin throws a back elbow then gets a waistlock, Styles pries his way out to a standing switch but Kevin elbows him down again. Styles springs up for a headscissors to throw Kevin to a corner. Styles stomps and punches Kevin, Sami protests, Kevin yanks Styles into buckles. Kevin runs back in, but into a roll for the Calf Crusher! Kevin gets a quick ropebreak, Styles lets go. Sami and Kevin regroup on the outside but Styles comes out to sweep the leg!

Sami backs of but protests, fans are thunderous again while Styles puts Kevin in the ring. Kevin hobbles around, Styles goes after that leg again, yanking Kevin down. Kevin shoves Styles away, Styles goes all the way out and hits the floor. Sami mocks Styles’ pain while the referee counts. Sami advises Kevin come out, Kevin does and runs Styles over. Kevin and Sami are fired up as Kevin puts Styles back in the ring, back senton added on, TWO! Kevin puts Styles into a chinlock to slow things down and grind Styles on the mat. He even drives knees into Styles’ spine. Fans rally for Styles, Styles gets up and fights back. Phenomenal Blitz blocked, elbow drop DDT! Kevin covers, TWO, and both Kevin and Sami are frustrated. Kevin kicks Styles while he’s down, we go to break.

SmackDown returns, fans sing “Ole~ ole ole ole~” for Sami while Kevin grinds Styles with another chinlock. Styles fights his way back up while Sami argues with some fans. Styles throws body shots but Kevin drives in an elbow. Kevin keeps going, another elbow and a boot, then a cover, TWO. Kevin drives in another knee then goes back to the chinlock while fans duel. Styles endures the squeeze again, Sami mocks his efforts. Styles gets up again, fights out again, then hits the wheelbarrow facebuster! Kevin and Styles are both down, Sami coaches his best friend back into this. Fans rally while Kevin and Styles get to opposite corners. Styles runs in but misses, Kevin runs in but gets a boot. Kevin runs into an elbow now, but ducks the moonsault to clobber him with a clothesline, TWO! Sami and Kevin are both frustrated, but Kevin keeps going, neckbreaker to his knee for Styles! Cover, TWO, more frustration. Styles gets to a corner, Kevin backs up to take aim. Kevin runs in, but Styles gets him into the fireman’s carry, Ushigoroshi! Sami panics for his best friend while both men are down and the ref starts a ten count. Styles and Kevin stir, Sami rallies Kevin to his feet. Styles stands up, too, staggers over, and now they brawl with forearms. Back and forth, haymakers now, they throw wild hands! Kevin swings, Styles ducks, Phenomenal Blitz!

Sliding forearm! Kevin rolls to deny the cover, and gets himself to a corner. Styles fires up, runs in, big clothesline. Clash position set but Kevin lifts Styles. Styles fights out, ducks, PELE! Both men are down again, Sami is the most concerned for Kevin. Styles stands up first, runs in at Kevin in a corner but is put on the apron. Styles forearms Kevin back, springboard but caught into the fireman’s, gutbuster! Kevin hops up, Vader Bomb elbow!

TWO! Kevin and Sami are shocked. Styles gets to a corner, Kevin stalks over and hoists him up top. Kevin rocks Styles with a right, then climbs up to join him. Styles slips under, trips Kevin up, and then lifts in a torture rack for the towerhacker bomb! TWO! Sami is relieved, Kevin rolls to the apron. Sami checks on his best friend while fans declare “This is awesome!” Styles stirs while the ref counts, slingshot splash onto Sami! The Guardian Angel is down, Kevin goes to throw Styles at a post but is reversed, Kevin goes into the post. Styles gets Kevin back in the ring, then takes aim from the apron. Sami returns, Styles swings at him, SUPERKICK from Kevin! TWO! Kevin and Sami are irate, but here comes Shane! Shane orders Sami be ejected, and the referee agrees! No more Sami at ringside!

Fans have a mixed reaction, but Kevin & Sami are even more furious about this. Styles surprises Kevin with a small package roll-up! But the referee is too distracted to count! Kevin rolls Styles, Kevin wins!! Kevin pinned the WWE Champion!

Shane just caused the exact opposite of what he wanted. Sami & Kevin get to open that champagne, Styles stares at his SmackDown Commissioner.

Prizefighter and Guardian Angel celebrate the New Year early, will they find themselves fighting for the title in 2018?

 

My Thoughts:

SmackDown did a much better job with their holiday episode and commercial free first hour than Raw. They put on an amazing opening tag team match to help determine contenders to the SmackDown Tag Team Championships. Chicago wanted Rusev Day, but per the story from before Clash of Champions, Gable & Benjamin win to keep things between them and The Usos alone. Rusev Day will have their day someday, as they’re already strongly over with fans, but for now, they and others must wait. SmackDown also keeps with its unique US Championship story, not waiting to get confirmation from Ziggler on his status and throwing opportunities to the many great talents in their midcard. They also do well to tie in the growing story of tension between SmackDown Commissioner and General Manager here, and both Shane and Bryan make valid points. However, I think we fans all prefer Bryan’s way of doing this, as we get great matches out of it. Roode-Corbin and Dillinger-Mahal were both good matches, with the first being better than the second. Dillinger himself confirmed that this is an eight man tournament, so we will be getting two more great matches on the first SmackDown of 2018.

The Women’s Division and the Fashion Police matches helped propel those stories forward, if only slightly. Ruby wins with help from her team, which doesn’t really hurt or help The Riott Squad in parallel to Absolution from Raw. The Welcoming Committee coming out as Tweeners was an interesting move, and looks to frame the Women’s Rumble as faction warfare before it breaks down into every woman for herself. The Ascension might be pulling a passive-aggressive move on their “friends” Breezango for all the mistreatment during the Fashion Files saga. However, I don’t see how that’s supposed to pay-off other than Bludgeon Brothers just demolishing Konnor & Viktor along with Breezango. Then, a great main event that again ties back to the Shane-Bryan story, and Kevin getting a win over Styles gives SmackDown a rather logical choice for a Royal Rumble WWE Championship match of Styles VS Owens. There can be “Shane-nanigans” in that match, too, to keep the story going, but it would just make sense that the next phase is Kevin challenging for the title.

My Score: 8.5/10


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CURRENT TOUR RECAP

After the excitement of Hakata Stalene, NOAH headed back out to Osaka, and then further into the provinces.

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But when Hi69 & Quiet Storm had their first singles match ever on the 20th March at Toyonaka, after the match the ring was stormed by Stinger members Yoshinari Ogawa and Kotaro Suzuki, who beat down Hi69 in revenge. It is unusual to see this happen in NOAH, although Kotaro Suzuki is capable of it (and people getting jumped does happen), it is very rare to see Yoshinari Ogawa do it. Minoru Tanaka came to the rescue.

Hi69 says he will make weight for the tag challenge (“I will get on the scales any time. However, please tell me the day before“), and has started a weight loss diary on his

Twitter, although he did admit to eating lots of meat and going up to 105.

Minoru Tanaka and Hi69 had their own post match beat down on Stinger on the 21st in Kanazawa.

KAZMA SAKAMOTO and Takashi Sugiura teamed together for the first time before they enter Global Tag League together, they seemed to get on pretty well, with KAZMA later paying tribute to Sugiura as “a symbol of NOAH’s strength”.

Naomichi Marufuji, who says he is searching for a purpose, had somewhat of a comedy match in Toyonaka with disco poses being pulled and kicking Masao Inoue in the face for messing around, but a new threat appears to be emerging from the next generation of Junior wrestlers regarding their own status being less than the heavyweights, although he didn’t make too much of a comment about it at the time, it does look like Daisuke Harada took on board Minoru Tanaka’s comments about the GHC Junior being the main event. Marufuji in a post match interview said he could see their hostility building to something, but he didn’t know yet.

A huge rivalry is brewing for Global Tag League 2019 between Kenoh & Kaito Kiyomiya and AXIZ (Katsuhiko Nakajima & Go Shiozaki), which started in Toyonaka and was heralded by a vicious kick battle between Kenoh and Nakajima. After the match, the two teams faced off, with Nakajima grinning evilly. Earlier on the tour, Marufuji (a veteran) was put in the unenviable position of teaming with them (the younger generation who are opposed to him), and at the end of a match which according to one attendee had a “sense of distance between them”, got kicked in the head by Nakajima after shaking hands with him.

Then Shiozaki lariated him. 

In Kanazawa after the match (whereby Nakajima grinned in Kenoh’s face), Kiyomiya and Kenoh declared AXIZ to be a “wanted” tag-team.

Yoshiki Inamura won his second victory over Kinya Okada, whom he now refers to as “my rival”. He had teamed with his teacher, Masa Kitamiya, who had a big smile on his face and did genuinely seem pleased with his trainees progress. After three days of being chopped and kicked his chest was….

Maybach Taniguchi is still continuing in his monster mode, and refuses to change. His Sasumata is still being bought to the ring and used as a weapon, he is still attacking the ref after matches, speaking in grunts, and even Akitoshi Saito who seemed to be attempting to rehabilitate him, has given up. In Kanazawa they tagged together, but it all fell apart when they accidentally knocked each other down, got into an argument and then Taniguchi was defeated by the Funky Buster Bomb. Taniguchi stood in the ring as he and Saito pointed at each other threateningly as Saito left the ring. 

Takashi Sugiura said that this would do no him no good in the end.

NOAH will celebrate the final night of “Spring Navigation 2019” at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo on Friday March 29th.

Event recaps
March 19th: Osaka World Pavilion (post match promos)
March 20th: Toyonaka City Rose Culture Hall (post match promos)
March 21st: Kanazawa Distribution Agency (post match promos)

NEWS

Global Tag League 2019

Global Tag League will return on the 6th April 2019, with the first night being held at Edion Arena Osaka on Saturday 6th April and finishing on 4th May at Korakuen Hall.
This years teams are as follows:

Katsuhiko Nakajima & Go Shiozaki (GHC Heavyweight Tag champions)
Kaito Kiyomiya & Kenoh
Mohammed Yone & Quiet Storm
Maybach Taniguchi & Yuji Hino
Takashi Sugiura & KAZMA SAKAMOTO
Atsushi Kotoge & Mitsuya Nagai
Akitoshi Saito & Masao Inoue
Masa Kitamiya & Yoshiki Inamura.

Due to being defeated by Kaito Kiyomiya for the GHC Heavyweight title, Naomichi Marufuji has said that he will not enter the league this year. However, there is a possibility that he may enter in the end, and probably with a surprise partner. Unspoken speculation has it that since KENTA’s 90 day release clause is up round about the time Global Tag League starts, it may well be KENTA who he enters with.

Personally, I think it is far more likely that Marufuji will enter with Masaaki Mochizuki.

KAZMA says he fears the team of Yuji Hino and Maybach Taniguchi, as Hino knows how to work Taniguchi, however “that dick is a one-man show.”

Atsushi Kotoge has named the team of himself and Mitsuya Nagai “The Revolutionary Cloak Army”

Akitoshi Saito and Masao Inoue were a comedy team last year, with Saito screwing over Inoue, and Inoue not really realizing as Saito kept denying it.

The big rivalry for Global Tag League 2019 this year is Kenoh & Kiyomiya vs AXIZ.

Atsushi Kotoge returns
Atsushi Kotoge will make his return in his hometown of Osaka on the 6th April. Katsuhiko Nakajima took the opportunity to take a shot at Kenoh by looking at the match (“The Revolutionary Cloak Army” vs Kenoh and Kiyomiya) to say, “you are in the opening match” (full card hasn’t been announced yet).

NOAH The Album
Track listing has been confirmed as:

Katsuhiko Nakajima: Genius of The Kick
Daisuke Harada: KTYM
Quiet Storm: MAD
Pro Wrestling NOAH theme: Brave
GHC Jnr Theme
GHC Tag theme
Kaito Kiyomiya: Explosion Soul
Atsushi Kotoge: Switch On
Masa Kitamiya: Go For Broke
Go Shiozaki: Enforcer
Naomichi Marufuji: Hysteric
Theme of Global League
RAN: SAKURETSU (Pro Wrestling NOAH’s official song)

You can pre-order your copy here

Masaaki Mochizuki
Following his highly praised tag against Naomichi Marufuji at the Giant Baba memorial show, Masaaki Mochizuki will be making his first appearance in Pro-Wrestling NOAH on the 29th March at Korakuen Hall, he will team with Masa Kitamiya & Yoshiki Inamura against Naomichi Marufuji and 50 Funky Powers.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

TOUR TIDBITS
~ Hitoshi Kumano says he wants to challenge for the singles belt
~ Daisuke Harada was cheered on by his nephew in Osaka
~ Kenoh has been noted to be smiling a lot more now he is teaming with Kiyomiya; but don’t let this fool you. Kenoh is still after the GHC Heavyweight, Kiyomiya knows this and has said that they will never properly be friends. Despite the brotherly feeling between them, there is still a sense of rivalry underneath.
~ Katsuhiko Nakajima’ reaction to Yoshiki Inamura teaming with Masa Kitamiya was, “what’s his name? I don’t remember, he didn’t leave much of an impression
~ Kaito Kiyomiya was again on the cover of “Weekly Pro”, he’s only twenty-two, but has already been on the cover about three or four times.
~ Takashi Sugiura imitated KAZMA SAKAMOTO’S scream
~ Katsuhiko Nakajima told a bald reporter that his head was “twinkling”.
~ After the three day in a row tour (and a week away from home), Hitoshi Kumano returned to his “children” (his French Bulldogs), and Takashi Sugiura returned home to his own dog, who wanted to immediately go outside, despite the fact it was 1.30am. He took it for a walk the next day.
~ Despite saying that he didn’t have to call Kenoh “Kenoh-san” anymore, this momentary lapse in manners is over, and Kiyomiya has gone back to calling him just that.

BROADCASTS
G+ will broadcast the 17th April show on April 20th
They will also show the 28th May Korakuen Hall show live

LINKS
Naomichi Marufuji reviews “Bomb Gum”

VENUE GUIDES
Osaka World Pavilion
Toyonaka City Rose Cultural Hall
Kanazawa Distribution Centre
Picture credits: Noah GHC, PKDX, Yoshiki Inamura


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CMLL’s Review & Results 3/24/2019

Joe keeps us all up to date with the goings on in CMLL! Let’s see what went on this past week along with his expert analysis!

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Joe keeps us all up to date with the goings on in CMLL! Let’s see what went on this past week along with his expert analysis!

Arena Puebla

Sonic, Rey Samuray, and Astro vs Police Man, Fuerza Chicana, and Sombra Diabolika

For some reason Astro and Sombra came out at the same time. Samuray and Police Man tie up. They start to fight for position. Fuerza gets in next with Sonic and they grapple. They fight for position and drag each other down. Astro and Sombra come in next, our mates who walked out together. Astro hits a 619 then an arm drag. Chaos breaks out and Fuerza hits a canadian destroyer on Samuray. Police Man hits a back breaker then stretches Astro for the fall. First Fall: Police Man back breaker stretches Astro for the fall.

Police Man works over Sonic and takes him out. They team up on Astro and then work on Samuray. Sonic ducks a double team attack then hits a double arm drag. Samuray runs in front the ramp and hits a clothesline on Fuerza. Samuray hits a victory roll off the top on Sombra then Astro splashes him for the pin. Samuray hits a lionsault on Fuerza then Sonic submits him with an arm bar. Second Fall: Sonic submits Fuerza Chicana with an arm bar.

Samuray flips into the ring and keeps flipping. Police Man watches him instead of attacking. Samuray goes for a bouncing attack on the ropes but Police Man just throws him to the outside. Sombra drop kicks Astro and hits a senton and pins him. Police Man holds up Sonic and Fuerza hits a code breaker for the win. Third Fall: Fuerza Chicana pins Sonic with a code breaker.

Winners: Police Man, Fuerza Chicana, and Sombra Diabolika

Star Black, Tigre Rojo Jr, and King Jaguar vs Raziel, Cancerbero, and El Perverso

Raziel and Rojo start the match out grappling. Jaguar and Cancerbero come in next and they go back and forth grappling too. Star Black comes in next with Perverso and they do some ground grappling as well. Tigre comes in and gets pulled down by Raziel. Rojo gets launched into Raziel and Cancerbero and gets power bombed. Jaguar goes for a head scissors but gets slammed by Cancerbero. Star Black gets caught in a weird submission by Perverso for the fall. First Fall: Perverso submits Star Black with a head squeeze submission.

Cancerbero beats on Jaguar in the crowd. Raziel beats on Rojo on the ramp. Star Black gets worked over by Perverso. Jaguar gets teamed on followed by Rojo as he tries to make the save. Rojo gets launched into the ring to hit an arm drag on Cancerbero. Raziel stops him in his tracks. Jaguar attacks Raziel from behind, then Perverso attacks Jaguar from behind. Star Black then hits a backwards head butt on Perverso and pins him. Jaguar then gets Cancerbero in a stretch submission. Second Fall: Jaguar submits Cancerbero with a stretch. 

Jaguar and Cancerbero go back and forth to start and Jaguar gets the advantage and poses. Rojo kicks Raziel then hits a cross body followed by a back breaker. Star Black enters with Perverso next. Black hits a handspring head butt on Perverso then gets him in a hurricanrana but Raziel and Cancerbero come in to break it up. Cancerbero hits Rojo with a top rope slam and gets the pin broken by Jaguar. At this point everyone starts trading big submission moves and they get broken up. Black hits a moonsault but it gets broken up. Cancerbero and Raziel bounce Star Black and Perverso drop kicks his butt. Cancerbero and Raziel slam each other on Rojo then Perverso hits a senton. Raziel submits Rojo with a surfboard stretch. Star Black gets slammed and Perverso hits a frog splash for the win. Third Fall: Perverso pins Star Black with a frog splash.

Winners: Raziel, Cancerbero, and El Perverso

El Audaz, Stigma, and Drone vs Templario, El Felino, and Tiger

Templario and Audaz start and waste no time going back and forth. Tiger and Stigma enter next and tie up. Felino tackles Drone when he enters so his midget can attack him. Midget interference is perfectly legal. Drone drop kicks Felino to the outside but Templario intercepts and stops him from diving to the outside. Audaz catches Templario in a pinning combo and Stigma hits a jaw breaker on Tiger. First Fall: Stigma pins Tiger with a jaw breaker.

Audaz and Templario start the round and Audaz gets him to the outside then hits a pose but kinda botches it. Stigma comes in and runs wild on everyone taking them out to the outside and then he poses. Now it’s Drone’s turn to replicate. Drone goes back and forth with Tiger and gets the better of him and hits knees to the corner. Felino attacks him from behind and gets him in a leg lock as Templario and Tiger pull his teammates off of the apron. Second Fall: Felino submits Drone with a leg lock.

Audaz gets teamed on to start this round. They move their sophisticated attack to Drone. Drone jumps out of the way and hits a middle rope dive on Tiger. Stigma and Audaz hit arm drags on Felino and Templario then hit dives through the middle rope. Back in the ring Drone hits a flying knee to Tiger. Tiger hits a sunset flip that Drone rolls out of and kicks him. Tiger hits a flapjack then suplex for a two count. Stigma hits a single leg enziguri on Tiger. Audaz hits a cross body on them and Drone hits a dive to the outside on Felino. In the ring Templario catches Stigma with a power bomb and Tiger hits Audaz with a back stabber for the win. Third Fall: Tiger pins Audaz with a back stabber.

Winners: Templario, El Felino, and Tiger

Angel de Oro, Niebla Roja, and El Valiente vs El Terrible, Cavernario, and Bestia del Ring

Bestia and Terrible get in the ring and start laying the boots to Angel and Niebla. Eventually everyone gets taken out and it’s time to work over Oro. I’m not sure Terrible should be working after he dislocated his shoulder but it’s Mexico. Roja tries to beat on Terrible but Bestia attacks him from behind. Finally Cavernario hits the slingshot splash on Valiente for the pin. First Fall: Cavernario pins Valiente with a slingshot splash.

Valiente and Roja get beat on and then they move to Oro. This so far feels like the Dos Leyenda main event where the technicos got worked over most of the match. Valiente hits a big monkey flip on Cavernario and Roja and Oro pushes Terrible and Bestia into each other and get them in a dual leg lock submission. Valiente gets Cavernario in a surfboard submission for the fall. Second Fall: Valiente submits Cavernario with a surfboard stretch.

They fight on the ramp to start then Roja leaves Bestia. After some posturing and brawling Oro and Bestia go back and forth. Oro hits a hurricanrana on him to the outside and then poses. Valiente works around Cavernario and dodges his attacks. Valiente gets him to the outside and hits a big middle rope dive and in the ring Roja and Oro try to pin Bestia and Terrible with hurricanrana pins, but Roja got power bombed by Terrible for the pin while Oro got Bestia with a hurricanrana. So now there is ref confusion. I have no clue what was ruled. The ref raised Bestia and Roja’s hands. So I’m assuming a draw. Third Fall: Oro and Terrible got pins.

Winners: Draw

LA Park, Volador Jr, and Hijo del LA Park vs Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia, and Gran Guerrero

Los Guerrero’s get into the ring and Ultimo attacks LA Park. He starts whipping everyone with a part of his attire. Park gets tripped and Hijo tries to save his father but to no avail. They do the Los Guerrero’s triple team attack on Volador. They drag LA Park to the outside and do the triple team attack on him. Ultimo removes Park’s belt and whips him. Park kicks Ultimo to the outside then hits a high velocity dive through the middle rope on him. Volador hits a back stabber on Euforia and Hijo hits a code breaker on Gran Guerrero for the fall. First Fall: Hijo Del LA Park pins Gran Guerrero with a code breaker.

Hijo checks on his dad during the break. That was a crazy middle rope dive. There’s some posturing to begin this round. Park has his belt now and they whip Gran’s back. Gran eggs them on though. Gran eggs the crowd on then Hijo does the same. Hijo then fights off a double team and feigns a dive and poses. Volador head scissors Euforia to the outside and then poses. Ultimo and Park go back and forth. Park hits a running attack then does his classic pose. Euforia and Gran come in to team up on Park. They go for the Los Guerrero’s triple team attack on both Volador and Hijo at the same time. Park gets in the ring with all three of them at once. Los Guerrero’s then get Park, Volador, and Hijo in a triple submission for the fall. Second Fall: Los Guerrero’s submit the Park family with a triple submission.

Park and Ultimo brawl in the crowd. Euforia brawls with Hijo in the crowd too. Back in the ring and Park is being whipped with his belt. Now he’s egging on Gran. Park dodges an attack and hits a double clothesline and Euforia and Gran. He throws Ultimo to the outside. Hijo works on Euforia now. Park performs a fake sunset flip into an arm drag. They go back and forth and Volador and Hijo hit hurricanrana’s on Euforia and Gran for a close two. Gran choke slams Hijo for a two count and Euforia does something that wasn’t caught on camera to Volador. Hijo hits a code breaker off the top on Gran for a close two. Volador and Hijo go for dives but get pulled out of the ring. In the ring Park actually hits his old finisher, the sunset flip power bomb just barely on Ultimo for a two count. Ultimo gets his neck crank on Park but Park breaks out. Park hits a final cut on Ultimo for a two count. Park moves and Ultimo falls out of the ring. Euforia and Gran kick him to the outside, and then Gran hits the chokeslam on Volador and Euforia a power bomb on Hijo for another two count. Euforia gets super kicked by Volador then back stabbed by Hijo. Volador hit a hurricanrana on Gran all for another two count. Ultimo distracts the ref and Gran and Euforia foul Hijo and Volador and then Park kicks the ref to break it up. Park dodges Ultimo’s triple team. He then walks to the ref and removes his mask and hands it to Ultimo. The ref sees it and DQs Ultimo. Beautiful baby face paying back the cheating heel with his own tactics. Third Fall: LA Park wins via DQ trickery. 

Park does a miserable job at hiding his face. Ultimo cuts a promo. I mean if you want to see what LA Park looks like watch this show. Park gets the mic and wants to run it back and in English Ultimo says, No problem with me.

Winners: LA Park, Volador Jr, and Hijo Del LA Park

Arena Mexico Tuesday

Fantasy and Angelito vs Mercurio and Pequeno Olimpico

Olimpico and Fantasy start the match out engaging and grappling. Angelito cross body’s an entering Mercurio which leads to grappling. Angelito goes to flip on Mercurio but messes up. Mercurio postures and then whips Angelito who hits a hurricanrana. Mercurio gets Fantasy in a modified camel clutch. Olimpico holds Angelito in place and Mercurio leg drops him from the top for the pin. First Fall: Olimpico pins Angelito after Mercurio leg drops him from the top.

Fantasy gets worked on to start then they work on Angelito. After being doubled team for a while Fantasy avoids an attack  and Angelito hurricanrana’s Mercurio tot he outside. Fantasy hits a middle rope spanish fly on Olimpico for the pin. Angelito gets Mercurio in a standing guillotine but then sits out for a slam. Second Fall: Angelito pins Mercurio with a standing guillotine slam.

Fantasy and Mercurio go back and forth with Fantasy hitting a hurricanrana. Angelito hit an arm drag on Olimpico for bring him to the outside and pose. Fantasy gets Mercurio in a figure four but Olimpico breaks it up. Olimpico choke slams Fantasy and Angelito breaks it up. Angelito hits a drop kick on Olimpico. Angelito hits a springboard splash on Olimpico for the pin and Fantasy hits a power bomb on Mercurio for the win. Third Fall: Fantasy pins Mercurio with a power bomb.

Winners: Fantasy and Angelito

Magnus, Robin, and Star Black vs Nitro, Disturbio, and Hijo del Signo

Magnus and Signo engage to start the match. They get a few take downs each and fight for position. Nitro and Star Black enter in next and they start grappling as well. Robin and Disturbio come in next and go back and forth till Signo enters to help double team. Disturbio hit knees to the corner on Robin and pins him. Nitro hits a drop kick to the butt from the top rope on Star Black and Signo pins him. First Fall: Signo pins Star Black after Nitro hits a drop kick to his butt.

The rudos team up on the technicos to start this round. Trying to beat them into submission. Robin pulls down Disturbio then hurricanrana’s Signo to the outside. Star Black gets Disturbio in a pinning combo for the fall. Magnus pins Signo with a back stabber. Second Fall: Magnus pins Signo with a back stabber.

Magnus hits back breakers on everybody to start this round and gets himself pumped up. Robin gets stalled when he comes in and gets beat on. He gets launched up and hits a hurricanrana on Signo. Star Black almost gets pinned by Disturbio. Nitro hits a splash on Magnus for the pin. Third Fall: Nitro pins Magnus with a top rope splash.

Winners: Nitro, Distrubio, and Hijo del Signo

Blue Panther Jr, Guerrero Maya, and Black Panther vs Misterioso, El Sagrado, and Tiger

Maya and Misterioso start out grappling. Sagrado comes in and works over Black Panther. Tiger then works him over as they keep him away from his corner. Finally Black Panther makes the tag to Blue Panther and he hits back breakers on everyone. Maya gets Tiger in a victory roll for the pin. First Fall: Guerrero Maya pins Tiger with a victory roll. 

Sagrado and Maya start off this round going at each other. Maya hits arm drags on Sagrado and Misterioso. Tiger and Blue Panther trade strikes and Panther drop kicks him to the outside. Sagrado hits Black Panther with a basement drop kick for the pin and Tiger gets Blue Panther in a leg lock. Second Fall: Tiger submits Blue Panther Jr with a leg lock. 

Blue Panther Jr gets worked over to start. Panther gets slammed then Sagrado hits an elbow drop. Maya then gets teamed on. Rudos pose and Maya gets Sagrado to the outside then hits a dive through the middle rope. Both Panther’s take out Tiger and Misterioso then Blue hits a dive through the middle rope on Tiger, then Black hits one on Misterioso. All the technicos get pinning combos and everyone clearly kicks out but the ref claims Misterioso didn’t so Blue Panther Jr wins it for them. Crowd boos a little. Third Fall: Blue Panther Jr pins Misterioso with a pinning combo.

Winners: Blue Panther Jr, Guerrero Maya, and Black Panther

Blue Panther, Kraneo, and Volcano vs Bestia del Ring, Hechicero, and Kawato San

Volcano starts with Kawato and there couldn’t be a more different set of skills and styles. Match soon breaks down in a brawl. Hechicero hits a knee strike on Kraneo in the corner. Kawato hits Panther with a missile drop kick for the fall. First Fall: Kawato pins Panther with a missile drop kick.

Hechicero works on Volcano to start this round. Kraneo then gets teamed on some. Volcano dodges an attack and he and Kraneo sandwich Bestia. Volcano splashes him and Kraneo leg drops him. Second Fall: Volcano pins Bestia after a splash and leg drop from Kraneo.

Volcano does some acrobatics and gets the advantage on Hechicero to start. Kraneo is in with Kawato next but Hechicero quickly comes in to work him over. Kraneo throws Bestia to the outside and splashes Hechicero. Panther and Kawato go at it for a bit until Volcano comes in to take on Hechicero and Bestia. Kraneo gets drop kicked into the corner and then hit with a knee strike by Hechicero. Bestia hits a top rope senton on Volcano for the pin. Hechicero submits Kraneo. Third Fall: Hechicero submits Kraneo with a leg lock.

Winners: Bestia del Ring, Hechicero, and Kawato San

Mistico, Atlantis, and El Valiente vs Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, and Templario

Atlantis and Bucanero tie up and start fighting for position. Valiente and Templario come in and start going back and forth. Negro Casas gets in with Mistico but quickly gets him in a sharpshooter and his teammates fight the others off. First Fall: Negro Casas submitted Mistico with a sharpshooter.

Atlantis gets worked on to start this round. Templario takes out Mistico next and then show downs with Valiente. Templario kicks Atlantis to the outside next. Mistico gets hammered on by Negro Casas. The rudos pose and Mistico and his team knock them to the outside. Atlantis gets Bucanero in a single leg crab and Valiente gets Templario in a leg lock. Mistico and Casas brawl on the outside. Second Fall: Valiente submits Templario with a leg lock.

Casas and Valiente strike each other back and forth. Valiente takes him out then hits an arm drag on Bucanero. Atlantis comes in and monkey flips Templario. Valiente hits a dive through the middle rope on Templario. In the ring Mistico gets Negro Casas in a pinning combo for the pin. Third Fall: Mistico pins Negro Casas with a pinning combo.

Winners: Mistico, Atlantis, and El Valiente

(Welterweight Championship) Mephisto (Champion) vs Dragon Lee

There is some posturing to start but they finally tie up and engage. They finally get to the ground and trade some submissions. Mephisto catches Dragon Lee in a transition and sits on it for the pin. First Fall: Mephisto pins Dragon Lee with a pinning combo. 

Mephisto throws Lee in the air and kicks him. Mephisto works over Dragon Lee for the beginning of this round. Dragon Lee catches Mephisto in a victory roll for the fall. Second Fall: Dragon Lee pins Mephisto with a victory roll.

They fight more back and forth now to start this round. They trade rapid fire strikes in the corner. Lee drop kicks Mephisto to the outside then hits a dive through the middle rope. Back in the ring Lee gets him down and does a running drop kick in the corner. Lee goes for a hurricanrana off the apron but Mephisto drops him for a power bomb. They go back and forth some more. Mephisto hits a GTS for a close two count. Lee hurricanrana’s Mephisto to the outside then hits a dive over the top rope. Lee hits a sit out power bomb but Mephisto stops the refs hand from coming down on the 3. Dragon Lee gets caught in a school boy but kicks out, then they get up and Lee hits a standing spanish fly. Mephisto kicks out and they go to the top and Mephisto catches him with a top rope face buster but Lee kicks out. Lee trips Mephisto back on the turnbuckle and does the double foot stomp spot. Lee then picks up Mephisto and hits a falcon arrow for the win. Third Fall: Dragon Lee wins with a falcon arrow.

Winner: Dragon Lee

Arena Mexico Friday

Star Jr and Stigma vs Grako and El Coyote

Grako and Star start the match off fighting for position on their feet. They start to grapple on the ground. Coyote and Stigma come in next and they fight back and forth. Star and Grako come back in and Star hits a head scissors. Star gets crotched by Coyote. Stigma drop kicks Coyote into Star for a german suplex. Grako catches Stigma with a power bomb then Star kicks him. Coyote gets Star down and Grako hits an elbow drop for the pin. Coyote hits a double underhook suplex off of the top for the fall. First Fall: Coyote pins Stigma with a double underhook suplex off of the top.

Coyote works over Stigma and Grako works on Star on the apron. Grako and Coyote continue to work them over. Star hits a head scissors arm drag on Grako and Coyote for a come back. Stigma hits a guillotine leg drop on Grako for the pin. Star hits a snow plow on Coyote for the fall. Second Fall: Star Jr pins Coyote with a snow plow.

Star and Coyote exchange strikes to begin this round. Star kicks him to the outside then Grako comes in to beat on Star. Star gets him to the outside then hits a running hurricanrana off of the apron. In the Ring Coyote hits a power bomb and senton on Stigma for a two count. Star hits a tornado splash on Grako for the pin and then Stigma hits a jaw breaker on Coyote for the win. Third Fall: Stigma pins Coyote with a jaw breaker.

Winners: Star Jr and Stigma

Marcela, Kaho Kobayashi, and Mystique vs Dalys, Amapola, and Reyna Isis

Marcela and Isis start out in this match up and they start to fight and grapple on the ground. They go back and forth for a while hitting big moves. Marcela hits a back breaker then shotgun drop kick bringing Isis to the outside. Amapola comes in with Mystique now and they go back and forth. Mystique hits an arm drag to the outside bringing in Dalys and Kaho. Dalys works over Kaho and hits a drop kick while she is stuck in the ropes. Kaho gets up and hits a missile drop kick then dives through the middle rope on Dalys. Mystique gets Amapola in an arm bar and Marcela hits Isis with a michinoku driver for the fall. First Fall: Marcela pins Isis with a michinoku driver. 

Dalys and Marcela start out and go back and forth. Marcela hits a hurricanrana off of the top rope onto Dalys. Dalys trips Marcela and ties her in the ropes and hits a knee attack. Mystique comes in and gets teamed on. Kaho gets drop kicked to the outside. Marcela hits a hurricanrana on Amapola and then hits a face plant on Isis. Kaho and Mystique hit sentons followed by Marcela for a two count. Marcela hits a diving senton on Isis on the outside. In the ring Dalys hits a power bomb on Isis for the pin while Kaho submits Amapola with an abdominal stretch. Kaho gets Dalys in a pinning combo but Amapola interferes so the ref DQs her since she had just submitted. Second Fall: Kaho wins via DQ because Amapola disobeyed the ref.

Winners: Marcela, Kaho Kobayashi, and Mystique

Stuka Jr, Flyer, and El Audaz vs Polvora, Vangellys, and Kawato San

What a rudos team we have here. A Japanese young lion, a Mexican Nationalist, and a Nazi or German general rather. Flyer and the young lion start the match out. They go back and forth doing some moves and transitions. Polvora and Stuka come in and work back and forth really fast. Audaz hits a cross body on Polvora but Vangellys enters and kicks him. The Technicos get the rudos to the outside and then all three technicos perform dives. Back in the ring Flyer hits a Spanish Fly on Kawato for the pin and Audaz flips off the top rope onto Vangellys for a hurricanrana pin. First Fall: Audaz pins Vangellys with a hurricanrana pin. 

Flyer uses his speed to his advantage on Vangellys and then dodges a double team attack. The rudos end up teaming on them and Polvora hits a face buster off the top rope followed by Kawato hitting a double foot stomp off of the top rope for the pin on Stuka. Vangellys pins him. Second Fall: Vangellys pins Stuka after a Polvora face buster off of the top followed by a Kawato double stomp.

Flyer tries to fight off a team up attack. Stuka dodges all the triple team efforts and the rudos fall to the outside of the ring. Stuka, Audaz, and Flyer then do moonsaults off the same turnbuckle to the outside. Kawato does a canadian destroyer to Flyer, then Audaz does one to Kawato, then Polvora does one to Audaz. Stuka catches Polvora in a pinning combo for the win. Third Fall: Stuka pins Polvora with a roll up for the win. 

Winners: Stuka, Flyer, and El Audaz

(Match Relampago) Cavernario vs Forastero

They posture for the first thirty seconds then finally lock up and engage. Forastero rolls to the outside and Cavernario goes for a dive but Forastero runs into the ring quick and hits a spear. Forastero continues to work on Cavernario after that. Cavernario hits a back breaker out of nowhere to change momentum. Cavernario hits a hurricanrana to the outside and then hits a dive over the top rope. Cavernario whips Forastero into the barricade. Cavernario hits a snap suplex for a two count. Cavernario then hits the slingshot splash but Forastero kicks out of that as well. Forastero hits a drop kick to the corner on Cavernario for a two count. Forastero drop kicks Cavernario to the outside then hits a dive through the middle rope. Cavernario back in the ring sneaks a lean back camel clutch on Forastero but Forastero grabs the ropes. Forastero slams Cavernario then hits a swanton bomb and wins. Forastero pins Cavernario with a swanton bomb.

They’re throwing money in the ring after that match so they really liked it. Forastero challenges Cavernario for his championship. Of course he accepts.

Winner: Forastero

Angel de Oro, Niebla Roja, and Titan vs Mr. Niebla, El Terrible, and Bestia del Ring

Terrible and Bestia jump Oro and Roja during the introductions. They brawl a bit and Bestia and Terrible hit a double power bomb on Oro and Bestia pins him. Terrible slams Titan and Mr. Niebla hits a splash off of the top rope on Titan for the fall. First Fall: Mr. Niebla pins Titan with a top rope splash.

Terrible brawls with Oro in the crowd. Oro, Titan, and Roja continue to get beat on at the start of the second round. They set up for a triple power bomb on Roja but Bestia and Mr. Niebla turn around allowing Roja to pin Terrible with a hurricanrana. Second Fall: Niebla Roja pins Terrible with a hurricanrana.

They brawl on the outside in between rounds. Finally back in the ring Oro and Bestia go at it. Oro gets him to the outside and goes for a dive but fakes it. Roja and Terrible start jawing off now. Terrible works him over then postures to the crowd. Roja fights back with a shotgun drop kick. Roja drop kicks him to the outside then poses. Titan hits a hurricanrana on Mr. Niebla. Oro then launches Roja into Bestia and Terrible for a double drop kick. Oro and Roja then hit dives through the middle rope. Titan gets a pinning combo on Niebla but he kicks out. Titan kicks Niebla to the outside then hits an asai moonsault. Bestia hits a senton splash on Roja for the pin and Terrible beats Oro with a styles clash. Third Fall: Terrible pins Oro with a styles clash.

Winners: Mr. Niebla, El Terrible, and Bestia Del Ring

Caristico, Volador, and Diamante Azul vs Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia, and Gran Guerrero

Caristico and Gran Guerrero start out the main event of the show. They go back and forth trading transitions and light moves. Azul and Ultimo start fighting on the outside. Caristico gets tossed to the outside and then Volador gets worked on. Volador gets hit with a double press slam off the top. Caristico gets drop kicked off of the apron to the outside. The Los Guerrero’s triple team move is done on Diamante Azul. Euforia submits Azul with a gory special and Ultimo and Gran submit Volador and Caristico with camel clutches. First Fall: Euforia submits Diamante Azul with a gory special.

There is brawling that takes place during the break and it continues into the next round. Caristico gets attacked in the corner. Azul comes in from the ramp to hit a double clothesline. Caristico dives off of the top rope to the outside onto Ultimo Guerrero. Azul hits a german suplex on Gran for the pin. Volador hits a back stabber on Euforia for the fall. Second Fall: Volador pins Euforia with a back stabber.

Volador and Gran start out in the final round. Volador hits a big head scissors to the outside. He then super kicks Ultimo. Caristico hits a hurricanrana on Gran after being launched by Euforia. Caristico then hits one on Euforia. An arm drag to the outside is hit on Ultimo but he moves to avoid a dive by Caristico. Azul hits a double japanese arm drag on Gran and Ultimo. Azul hits a high hip toss slam on Euforia. Azul goes out to the ramp to do an attack back in but Ultimo stops him in his tracks. Gran rolls out of the ring and Volador hits a hurricanrana. Azul then hits a flip dive off the ramp onto Gran. In the ring Caristico hits a head scissors into a Fujiwara arm bar on Ultimo for the win. Third Fall: Caristico submits Ultimo Guerrero with a Fujiwara arm bar.

Winners: Caristico, Volador Jr, and Diamante Azul


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