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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Report! (1/17/18)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Heavy Machinery VS Tino Sabbatelli & Riddick Moss; Sabbatelli & Moss win.
  • Fabian Aichner VS Roderick Strong; Strong wins.
  • Aliyah VS Lacey Evans; Lacey wins.
  • WWE NXT Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Match: The Street Profits VS The Authors of Pain w/ Paul Ellering; The Authors of Pain win and will face The Undisputed Era at TakeOver: Philadelphia.

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Heavy Machinery VS Tino Sabbatelli & Riddick Moss!

The human bulldozers, Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic, are always hungry for #Steaks&Weights, but the Blue Chip Boys are always confident money is the best thing in life. Which tandem will take the next step towards the NXT Tag Team Championships?

“Dozer” starts against Tino as the bell rings. They tie up, Otis powers Tino down and shows the true power of #Steaks&Weights. Tino grins, and surprises Otis with a dropkick. He puts Otis in a corner and boasts with Riddick, but Otis just gets mad. He stares Tino down, and runs him over! Otis keeps moving, things speed up, and Otis catches the crossbody to then slam him down. Corner squash in the corner, then tag to Tucker. Tucker goes to the side, and with some help from Otis, hits a superheavyweight slingshot senton!

Cover, TWO, so Tucker puts Tino in a facelock. Otis cheers him on as he brings Tino up, and swings Tino around!

Tucker lets him go and Tino dizzily staggers around. Riddick tags in, but Tucker is right on him. Riddick gets a ropebreak before he goes swinging, then gives a cheap shot to Tucker. Tucker gets him down on the mat and back in the facelock, and swings Riddick!

Tucker tags Otis, and they go after Riddick together. They march, then meet in the middle with the belly bump! Riddick staggers and falls down, now things really fire up as Otis does the “Caterpillar” elbow drop! Tino breaks the cover, but Otis knocks him back. Otis scoops Riddick but Tino saves him, Riddick chopblocks Otis’ leg. Tag to Tino, Tino clobbers Otis and rains down rights while fans boot. Riddick tags back in, he unleashes hands on Otis. The fans rally for Otis while Riddick puts him in a chinlock. Otis gets to his feet and back suplexes Riddick down! Both men are down from exhaustion, the fans keep rallying as they crawl for their corners. Tag to Tucker, he rallies on Riddick! Big hip toss for Riddick, bigger dropkick for Tino! Tucker pumps the horn and squashes Riddick in a corner. Tino runs into a hip toss and then gets clothesline’d out, but Riddick rolls Tucker up, with his feet on the ropes!

Moss & Sabbatelli win! They’re ecstatic but Heavy Machinery are furious! Will this cheap win help the Blue Chip Boys go for gold?

 

The Undisputed Era speaks.

“Let’s get real, boys.” TakeOvers belong to them. They arrived at a TakeOver and won at a TakeOver. So when Adam Cole fights Aleister Black at TakeOver: Philadelphia in an Extreme Rules match, he won’t be afraid. There are a million ways to win, and a million ways to hurt. It doesn’t matter how he does it, Cole promises to defeat Aleister. As for O’Reilly & Fish, it doesn’t matter if it’s Street Profits or Authors of Pain, the constant is “everyone wants at the NXT Tag Team Championships.” But what everyone fails to realize is that “this is The Undisputed Era”, and you all just live in it. “Gentlemen, what it is that you’re competing for is the right to step up, and get dropped” by reDRagon, NXT’s “Undisputed” Tag Team Champions. Will the Undisputed TakeOver Streak continue through the City of Brotherly Love?

 

Aleister Black has a message for Adam Cole.

The Embodiment of the End tells Cole that he brought this upon himself. Extreme Rules, the invention of ECW. “I do not require extensions of myself, as I was born into this world a weapon.” Adam Cole brought Aleister “to this realm”, and now Aleister will show strength by exploiting Cole’s weakness. Aleister will “rip you through that veil” and become “The Embodiment of Extreme” while Cole will simply #FadetoBlack.

 

Fabian Aichner VS Roderick Strong!

The Italian Tank wants to still reach the #NXTLVL, can he do it against the Messiah of the Backbreaker here tonight?

The bell rings, the two circle while the fans chant for “Roddy! Roddy!” They tie up, Strong gets the headlock but Aichner reverses into the hammerlock. Strong switches the hammerlock onto Aichner, then shifts to a wristlock. Aichner pushes Strong but Strong holds on. Aichner tries again but Strong reverses, so Aichner runs him over. Things speed up, Strong goes up and over and knocks Aichner over with a calf kick! Cover, TWO, but Strong keeps focus. He brings Aichner up, Aichner drives in a knee. Aichner whips Strong to a corner, Strong elbows back and goes for the full-nelson lift but Aichner slips out and behind. Aichner shoves Strong back to the corner, Strong goes up and over. Strong jumps, Aichner catches him and then shifts to a powerslam!

Strong writhes and Aichner catches his breath while we go to break.

NXT returns and Aichner now has Strong in a standing abdominal stretch. Fans rally for Strong, he powers out and arm-drags Aichner away. Strong chops, haymakers, but Aichner shoves Strong back to hit another powerslam! Cover, TWO, and Strong gets to a corner. Aichner stalks over and stands Strong up for a chop of his own! Aichner then stomps a mudhole into Strong before the referee backs him off. The Italian Tank stomps back over an dbrings Strong up into a powerbomb position, but Strong slips off. Strong throws hands and backs Aichner down. He whips but Aichner reverses, Strong still hits the leaping lariat. Strong goes at Aichner with shoulders and chops, then runs from the adjacent corner for the forearm smash! Strong lifts Aichner for the Olympic Slam but Aichner counters with an arm-drag! Aichner goes to boot Strong back but Strong blocks it, and pulls Aichner into the cradling backbreaker!

Cover, TWO! Strong is surprised, but he isn’t deterred. He gets up and brings Aichner up. Aichner holds the ropes, then flings off to hit Strong with a strong uppercut! Strong keeps moving, but he runs right into Aichner’s tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Both men are down, but Aichner sees his opening. He gets himself to a corner while fans rally. Aichner climbs while Strong stands up, then springboards, only to get caught in the half-nelson backbreaker!

Strong puts on the Strong Hold!

Aichner taps, Strong wins! Strong seems to be on that #NXTLVL, can he use this to approach the NXT Championship Level?

Roderick Strong speaks in the ring.

“Last week, someone came out here looking for a fight. And his words just keep echoing in my head, because I feel the exact same way.” Ever since Strong joined NXT, he has “ran through all the competition thrown at me, just like him.” Strong never felt something like this man, “but that brings me joy, because that is a force that I want to destroy.” Strong calls out Lars Sullivan!? The Strongest Workhorse wants the strongest opponent possible, but is he reaching past his limits?

 

NXT takes a look at the returning TM61.

Nick Miller & Shane Thorne share a bit of their Australian “lingo”, which is mostly “cuss words and headbutts.” That aside, Miller & Thorne are The Mighty, and The Mighty Don’t Kneel.
Growing up, there wasn’t a lot of professional wrestling in Australia. They met in their late teens, in Explosive Pro-Wrestling. Shane was “enthusiastic” while Nick was quiet, yet they became great friends from training, traveling, and wrestling together. Their natural chemistry makes them a great team, in the ring at least. They started as adversaries, brought out the best in each other, and teaming made sense. They quickly became EPW Tag Team Champions, then went to the Harley Race Wrestling School. Harley Race supported The Mighty in their attempts at the Performance Center. The stars of NXT were their inspiration, but they knew they needed to grow more.
So, The Mighty went to Japan, and went through training as “Young Boys”. They worked hard for little money, but they gained a greater appreciation. Even then, Harley Race was behind them. The Mighty became GHC Tag Team Champions, but the important element was gaining respect. Then they came back to NXT, and were red hot, until an injury to Shane Thorne slowed them down again. Now that they’re back this third time, will third time be the charm?

 

Aliyah VS

The Alluring Ailurophile (lover of cats) and the Lady of NXT return to NXT TV to see who can take one step forward in the NXT Women’s Division and Ember Moon’s coveted NXT Women’s Championship.

The bell rings, the two circle and tie up. Aliyah pushes Lacey but Lacey wrenches the arm so Aliyah cartwheels and reverses the wrench. Lacey slips out and puts the wrench back on Aliyah, Aliyah rolls but Lacey yanks her back down. Aliyah gets back up, Lacy gets her by the ear. They break, Aliyah trips Lacey up, jackknife but the bridge to the back slide but Aliyah slips out. Aliyah rocks Lacey with a forearm, then to the ghost pin, TWO. She keeps on Lacey but her whip is reversed. Lacey runs in but she’s put on the apron, so she goes after Aliyah’s hair and grinds her face on the top rope! Aliyah breaks free but Lacey trips her up, then hits a slingshot elbow drop!

Cover, TWO! Lacey is frustrated but she keeps on Aliyah, putting her right in a corner for a buckle bump. She wrenches Aliyah’s elbow on the top rope, lets go at 4, then stomps a mudhole into her. The Model Soldier then runs in for a wrecking ball bronco buster!

Lacey drags Aliyah for the cover, TWO! Aliyah fights back with forearms, and an uppercut, before running to the corner. She hops up and flies out for a lariat! Aliyah keeps going, Northern Lights and bridge, TWO! Lacey gives Aliyah a jawbreaker that staggers her back, and now both women are in opposite corners. Aliyah runs over but into a rocking right hand! Lacey covers, Lacey wins! Even Lacey is surprised at the power of her punch, can that be her ticket to the top?

Lacey Evans picks up a mic.

“How can Mr. Regal continue to allow the lowest forms of societal trash to just walk around the NXT Women’s Division?” The Lady of NXT says a “proper, sophisticate, powerful woman” is going to clean house. That starts with classless crazies like Nikki Cross or the confused “whatever she is” Ember Moon. Or maybe the “pathetic pirate–” Before Lacey can continue her rant, a certain Queen of Spades comes out.

Shayna Baszler glares at Lacey Evans, steps down the stairs, but Lacey takes her leave. Shayna doesn’t mind, she has prey in the ring. She puts Aliyah in the Kirafuda!

Shayna shows no mercy, she holds on even as Aliyah taps out, then fades to unconsciousness. Ember Moon appears for the save yet again!

Ember runs Shayna out of the ring again, but dares her to come back in. Shayna again smirks and takes her leave. The fans cheer for Ember, and then Ember speaks. “You wanna bully someone, Shayna?” Ember dares Shayna try it with her. Get in the ring so they can do this NOW! Shayna looks tempted, but she uses her excuse that she’s not dressed. “I’ll do it when it’s for your title.” No gear? No motivation? Name the time and the place, Ember will bring that title, so long as Shayna remembers her gear. Then, Ember will “beat, your, ass!” Fans chant “Beat That Ass!” while Shayna decides on TakeOver: Philadelphia! Do we have our NXT Women’s Championship match made?!

 

REMEMBER: The NXT Year End Awards 2017 polls are open!

Make sure to vote so that your favorite matches, events and superstars win!

 

Backstage interview with NXT General Manager, William Regal.

What are his thoughts on the exchange between champion Ember Moon and would-be challenge Shayna Baszler? “It’s against my better judgement”, but if Ember wants it, she’ll get it. We will get Ember Moon VS Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women’s Championship at TakeOver: Philadelphia!

Then Zelina Vega enters.

She is glad to find Regal in his office, and allows the news crew to stay. Everyone knows Johnny Gargano has “zero chance” at winning against Andrade Almas. Gargano was “carried” in his tag team, lost to Almas twice before Almas was champion, and just has zero chance. Plus, Velveteen Dream had a good point that he is more deserving. If Gargano wants to prove things to everyone, he should put his shot on the line against Velveteen Dream. Regal doesn’t think so. Of course not, because Regal knows just like everyone knows Gargano will lose. “Johnny Wrestling” is a shame and a loser. But if Regal wants to be humiliated, Almas and Zelina are happy to oblige. What will Regal’s final decision on the matter be?

 

No Way Jose is back on NXT!

His 2017 had its ups and downs but it was all fun! So there’s no way Jose won’t continue the fiesta in 2018! Can the Fighting Fiesta conga-line his way to the top!?

 

Johnny Gargano appears at ringside!

Johnny Wrestling wishes to respond to the words of La Gerente Zelina Vega. “I hear the buzz, I know what everyone’s saying, I hear everyone talking behind my back.” Zelina Vega, Velveteen Dream, and maybe even William Regal, doubt Gargano’s ability! Gargano is done with being doubted! He is not broken, he is not a loser, and he is not a fluke! “This is my time” and no one will stop him. The fans cheer, and he asks if they can “hear that”! Velveteen Dream, if you want Gargano’s shot, you’ve got it next week! Fans cheer “Johnny Wrestling!” on as he says that “for teh first time in a very long time”, Gargano knows who he is: Johnny FREAKING Wrestling! “And I am the next NXT Champion!” Gargano is fired up like never before, but will he keep from flaming out?

 

WWE NXT Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Match: The Street Profits VS The Authors of Pain w/ Paul Ellering!

Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford have the #CurseOfGreatness (and great new threads) but will it be enough to overcome the dominance incarnate that are Akam & Rezar?

The fans are on the Street Profits’ side as the bell rings. Ford and Akam start and tie up. Ford gets a headlock, but Akam powers out and runs Ford over with a shoulder! Akam roars and stares Ford down, Dawkins coaches Ford back into things. Ford kip-ups and runs, only for Akam to run him over again. Akam drags Ford up and throws him to the ropes, Ford ducks under and jumps, but is caught and brought to the AoP corner! Akam puts Ford on the top as Rezar tags in, and both Authors hammer away while Ford is stuck on the top shelf!

The Authors drag Ford off, Rezar covers, TWO. Rezar keeps on Ford with body shots and knees, and even trash talk. The fans boo and jeer while Rezar drags Ford up and Akam tags back in. Akam mugs Ford, Ford fights back but gets clobbered back down. Akam puts Ford in a full nelson, fans duel “Let’s go Montez!” “A O P!” Ford fades from the power behind that hold, but Akam shows no mercy as he turns it into a full nelson slam!

Cover, TWO, and Dawkins is relieved. Akam drags Ford back over, tag to Rezar, the Authors continue to isolate Ford in their half of the ring. Tag to Akam, the Authors stomp on Ford, and then Akam puts Ford in another full nelson as we go to break.

NXT returns again, and now Akam hammers away on Ford. Cover, TWO, and the Authors grow annoyed. Tag to Rezar, he stomps on Ford some more. Rezar brings Ford up in a front facelock, like a standing guillotine hold. Ford fades again, but Dawkins and the fans keep rallying for him. Rezar grinds Ford to the mat, but Ford refuses to give in. Rezar puts as much weight on Ford as he can, but fans keep cheering. Ford gets up, reaches, but Rezar holds steady. Ford still tries, one step at a time getting closer to his corner! Rezar lets go to swing at Dawkins, Dawkins dodges, and now Ford slips past Rezar to tag Dawkins in! Dawkins rallies on Rezar and even Akam, dropkick for Akam and lariats for Rezar! Dawkins and Rezar both run, Dawkins rocks Rezar with a running uppercut! Fans fire up as Dawkins hits the spinning splash and tags in Ford. Ford climbs up while Dawkins lifts Rezar, the Street Profits hit a missile dropkick spinebuster!

Cover, but Akam breaks it up. Dawkins goes after Akam but gets clobbered by that clothesline! Akam fires up and gets Rezar back into things. They take one Profit each and run in from opposite ends for the Super Collider!

They’re not done, either. The Authors pick up Ford as the legal man, and give him the Last Chapter!

Rezar covers, The Authors of Pain win! The Authors are again #1 contenders, will they again become NXT Tag Team Champions?

My Thoughts:

Another very full and very good episode of NXT. It went right into action to start as Heavy Machinery and Sabbatelli-Moss look to settle things. Good showings from both teams, and the Blue Chip Boys grow their Heel power with that cheated win. I’m sure both teams will have another match with each other soon, and I wouldn’t mind if Tucker & Otis return the favor just to give Sabbatelli & Moss a taste of their own medicine. Aichner VS Strong was great stuff, Aichner continues to impress even in losses. Strong wanting after Lars while Lars wants after “Big Damo” Killian Dain, I now want a triple threat where Strong tries to conquer two monsters at once, and somehow does. It would obviously come through Lars and Damo doing so much damage to each other that Strong can capitalize, but I’d still love it. Then Strong can return to the NXT Championship scene against whoever it might be for an even more amazing match.

I enjoyed Lacey suddenly turning herself Heel with how she wrestled Aliyah tonight then called out all the atypical female characters. I think she will do very well putting on this “Proper Lady” Heel act while going against great talents like Nikki Cross and Kairi Sane. Shayna coming out to scare her off was great, too, I almost thought their respective Heel personas were going to be undone should Shayna have gone after Lacey. Instead, Shayna attacks a vulnerable superstar twice in a row, perhaps a little too soon since it all leads to Shayna VS Ember at TakeOver. I think this would’ve been better left until the go-home, just for pacing. The TM61 biography promo was great, and No Way Jose returning sounds great, I really hope they all have better 2018’s than 2017’s. Gargano puts his spot on the line against Velveteen Dream, I hope this doesn’t “backfire” where Dream takes that championship chance from him. The main event was short but still great, but I knew it was too soon for The Profits. I don’t think Akam & Rezar will win those titles back, but a great match between them and reDRagon can be a great send-off before the AoP go to main.

My Score: 8/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Results & Report! (10/15/18)

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Last week’s Raw saw the return of Degeneration X, and their challenge of the Brothers of Destruction! Will Kane & The Undertaker give us all their answer?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • WWE World Cup Qualifier: Seth Rollins VS Drew McIntyre; Rollins wins and qualifies for the WWE World Cup.
  • Ember Moon & Nia Jax VS Tamina & Dana Brooke; win.
  • WWE World Cup Qualifier: Dean Ambrose VS Dolph Ziggler; wins and qualifies for the WWE World Cup.

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Philadelphia is BRAUN!

The Monster Among Men and his Pack head out to the ring, still feeling great after having defeated The Shield in a Six Man Tag Team rematch last week on Raw. Braun Strowman moves on towards the Universal Championship at Crown Jewel in a Triple Threat against Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar, while the Raw Tag Team Champions split the other two Shield Brothers in their Crown Jewel World Cup qualifiers. Dolph Ziggler speaks first, saying the WWE Universe is looking at the greatest trio in WWE History. Drew McIntyre says they didn’t need matching outfits to do it, either. Strowman says they proved it last week, and will prove it again against anyone, anywhere! But if you didn’t see it, here’s the footage.

A highlight reel plays to show the final moments, where Ambrose would be caught off guard by a Claymore kick. Ambrose would be so upset that he just stormed out of the ring. Afterward, Ambrose was interviewed, and said, “I don’t get it. Maybe I just don’t belong anywhere anymore.” McIntyre claims he hates to tell us “I told you so,” but he does. The Pack broke The Shield, and can only imagine where Ambrose is as he tries to figure out where he belongs in the Shield agenda. Roman and Rollins are the only members who ever benefited from that team. But The Pack has spoken the truth, and only now has Ambrose opened his eyes to see it, and the Shield has been shattered. Strowman adds that at this rate, The Shield won’t be around to help The Big Dog at Crown Jewel!

And speaking of, that brings us to the WWE World Cup. McIntyre will mow through Rollins, then the entire field of eight, and prove he’s the best in the world! However, Ziggler points out his own qualifier, and who knows, these two might meet in the finals and Ziggler wins. That would be a shame, Ziggler. Ziggler’s great, but buddy, you’re no McIntyre. He knows, because he’s the most consistent superstar in WWE, just check the math. Strowman says that as great as both these two are, Strowman makes sure Roman and Lesnar both #GetTheseHands! But wait, here comes The Shield! Not from the stands, but from the stage. However, it’s only Roman and Rollins?

Rollins speaks up, saying there’s some bad news. The Shield isn’t shattered or broken, they’re alive and well! But they were also listening about who is the best in the world, and there’s news for McIntyre & Ziggler. Rollins will win and prove to everyone that he is the best. What a great speech from two-thirds of The Shield! But seriously, where is their “brother” Ambrose? Not that these two egomaniacs care that Ambrose accepted the truth. Ziggler doesn’t really care, either, he’ll take a forfeit. Shut up, Ziggler, you’re not getting a forfeit. Ambrose runs on Ambrose time, so he’ll do what he wants when he wants. Ambrose always shows up. But the funny thing is, they should worry more about these titles. Well, not that they’re ever get near them. And Strowman goes to the back of the line after Crown Jewel.

Rollins has always liked Philly, but you know why? The cheese steaks, but also because Philly is a fighting town! McIntyre’s already out here, Rollins is already out here, so let’s have their match NOW! McIntyre accepts, and no one comes out to say “no”, so it’s happening next!

 

WWE World Cup Qualifier: Seth Rollins VS Drew McIntyre!

Raw returns as The Architect and the Scottish Stud both fight for the right to join the eight-man, one-day tournament to crown the best in the WWE today! They circle while fans chant “Burn it Down!” McIntyre powers Rollins to a corner, then dares him to come out. Rollins does and he circles with McIntyre again. Rollins gets a waistlock but McIntyre pries it off. McIntyre gets the headlock but Rollins works his way out, only for McIntyre to put it back on. McIntyre grinds Rollins down, and holds on as Rollins works to power out. Rollins works against the hold again, ad pops out the back. He wrenches the arm and yanks on it, but gets a forearm for it! McIntyre puts the headlock back on, but Rollins powers out. McIntyre runs him over, then things speed up.

Rollins tries a hip toss but ducks McIntyre’s clothesline counter to then dropkick McIntyre. He keeps moving but runs into a kick from McIntyre. McIntyre lifts Rollins but Rollins headscissors him out. Fans fire up and Rollins builds speed, to DIVE! But McIntyre catches him for an overhead suplex! McIntyre drags Rollins up and in, then stalks him to the far side. Rollins bails out, but McIntyre pursues. He exposes the ring frame, but Rollins rams him into it! Then into the barriers! Rollins drags McIntyre up but here comes Ziggler! The Show-Off distracts Rollins and McIntyre crawls under the ring. Ziggler backs off and McIntyre reels Rollins into the frame! The Pack helps each other out to get control while we go to break.

Raw returns and Rollins fights his way out of the armlock. Ziggler stays ringside to coach McIntyre, and McIntyre chops Rollins. McIntyre runs in but into a SUPERKICK! Both McIntyre and Rollins are down, but Rollins gets to the apron. Rollins fires himself up, then springboards in. McIntyre gets under but Rollins evades him to slingblade! Rollins gets to a corner but McIntyre is on him with a back elbow. McIntyre drags Rollins out by his legs, but Rollins turns the inverted Alabama Slam into a victory roll! TWO! Rollins dodges and sends McIntyre into the post! Then he hops up and jumps for the blockbuster! Cover, TWO! Both men are down but Ziggler is relieved. Fans rally up with “Burn it Down!” and Rollins stands up. Rollins climbs up a corner, but McIntyre stops him with a right.

McIntyre chops Rollins, then climbs up to join him. He lifts Rollins but Rollins fights out. Rollins swing kicks McIntyre into the Tree of Woe! Rollins climbs back up, but McIntyre sits up to throw him off! Both men are down again, but now McIntyre climbs up. Rollins stands, leaps up and SUPERPLEX! Roll through, Falcon Arrow from McIntyre! Cover, TWO!! Both men are down again as Rollins survives the halfway counter. McIntyre stands and punches Rollins, but Rollins throws punches back. McIntyre kicks and chops, but Rollins reverse the whip. Rollins dodges the boot and hits the enizguri, to mule kick! Rollins stomps but Ziggler distracts again. But Rollins still stops McIntyre, and clotheslines him out, to DIVE on Ziggler! Then DIVE on McIntyre!

Rollins keeps moving and McIntyre gets back in, Mule kick, but Ziggler holds the ropes to send Rollins tumbling out! But here comes Ambrose! From behind! Ambrose throws Ziggler down but McIntyre clobbers Ambrose. CURB STOMP for McIntyre on the ground! A ring count has reached 8, McIntyre misses it!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by Count-Out; qualifies for the WWE World Cup

The Lunatic Fringe helps out his brother and now The Architect joins a star-studded field at Crown Jewel! But #AmbroseTime is still to come, can he defeat the Show-Off to bring all three Shield brothers to Saudi Arabia?

 

The Shield walk together backstage.

Rollins knew Ambrose would show up, he runs on Lunatic Time but it all works out. What did Rollins call him? What? He didn’t call him anything. Ambrose is the funny one, right? The one they need in case of emergencies. It’s not like that! Ambrose knows they didn’t mean it like that, but he’s got his own problems to take care of now. Ambrose’s mood seems more unstable than usual. Are Rollins and Roman sure there aren’t cracks in their Shield?

 

From the bowels of the arena, The Brothers of Destruction speak.

“Respect? Triple H and Shawn Michaels want to lecture us on respect?” The respect Undertaker and Kane had for DX died from DX’s own dishonesty. This reunion is built on a bed of lies. Michaels claims he stayed away out of respect, but deep down in his soul, what killed him in the shadows was nothing more than fear. The fear that HBK would feel helpless all over again. Fear that he’d be humiliated again. And fear that Taker would put HBK so far down, he’d never be able to return.

Crown Jewel will see the Brothers of Destruction reunite to face DX for the first time ever! And it will be where all of HBK’s fears come true. HHH won a battle in Melbourne, but he started a war that begins and ends at Crown Jewel. Then he can slink back to his boardroom while HBK can shuffle away to retirement. “Are you ready?” Their answer: “Rest… In… Peace…!”

 

Ember Moon & Nia Jax VS Tamina & Dana Brooke!

The War Goddess and Irresistible Force know that the enemy of an enemy is a friend. Therefore, they’ve become fast friends over having common enemies in Alexa Bliss, Alicia Fox & Mickie James. However, Dana has a returning superstar on her side as the Daughter of Superfly is back on Raw! These four women, plus Alicia and the IIconics are just the first of many to enter the WWE Evolution Battle Royal! The winner of that match gets a future Women’s Championship match on their brand, but who here tonight will gain major moment towards that monumental night?

 


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Joe’s CMLL Review & Ratings (10/15/2018)

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CMLL Arena Puebla Monday

Lestat, Rey Samuray, Asturiano vs Rey Apocalipsis, Joker, and Guerrero Espacial

Samuray and Joker start off and Samuray is so much taller than Joker. They start grappling on their feet which soon becomes mat wrestling. Asturiano and Guerrero make their way in and continue the trend of grappling. They hit a stale mate and shake hands bringing in Lestat and Apocalipsis. They pick up the pace as Lestat attacks his partners in the corner. Lestat gets Apocalipsis out of the ring, and hits Guerrero with a fireman’s carry. Then Samuray hits a springboard 450 for the pin. Asturiano hits a lionsault on Joker for the fall. First Fall: Asturiano hits a lionsault on Joker for the pin.

Lestat and Apocalipsis start off the next fall. Lestat hits a hurricanrana and goes for a top rope dive but Rey’s female companion covers him. Asturiano comes in with Joker briefly but he hits a pose and Samuray and Guerrero enter. Samuray hits a head scissors then a springboard arm drag, then feigns a dive. Lestat comes in with Apocalipsis. Rey has him in his corner and they take him out. Asturiano comes to make the save but he suffers the same fate. Samuray gets triple teamed until he’s hit with a fireman’s carry then a splash off the top by Joker which pins him. Lestat comes in and gets double teamed and then Guerrero submits him for the fall. Second Fall: Guerrero Espacial submits Lestat with a stretch for the fall.

Third fall starts with Lestat being triple teamed. Samuray makes the save and they start to exchange spots. Lestat comes in and hits a springboard leg drop on Apocalipsis but the count is broken up. Rey Samuray hits a lionsault but gets up after 2. Samuray hits a rotating dive off the top on Guerrero for the pin. Joker then hits him with a canadian destroyer for a pin. Apocalipsis and Lestat get in. Lestat hits a death valley driver. He goes to the top and misses the swanton bomb. Apocalipsis gets him in a leg roll which leads to an arm bar for the win. Third Fall: Apocalipsis submits Lestat with an arm bar.

Winners: Rey Apocalipsis, Joker, and Guerrero Espacial

Marcella, Lluvia, and La Vaquerita vs Dayls, Tiffany, Amapola

Tiffany starts with Vaquerita. They exchange submission holds and counters. Lluvia and Dayls make their way in. They start to work at a faster pace until Lluvia stops and takes her shirt off. Dayls doesn’t let up and attacks her after. Lluvia hits a face buster and feigns a dive. This brings in Marcella and Amapola. Marcella hits a head scissor take over then a foot stomp from the top. The match starts to break down, Vaquerita hits a drop kick off the top, then Lluvia hits one in the corner on Dayls for the fall. First Fall: Lluvia pins Dayls with a corner drop kick.

Marcella starts with Tiffany and they’re slapping each other in the chest to start. It quickly breaks down and all 6 women are in the ring. The two other are taken out and Vaquerita gets triple teamed. She gets taken out and Lluvia comes in and she gets drop kicked to the ramp. Marcella tries to help but she’s drop kicked to the floor. Tiffany gets Vaquerita in a torture rack like submission for the fall. Second Fall: Tiffany submits La Vaquerita with a modified torture rack.

Third round begins with more triple teaming on Marcella. They take one out and move on to triple teaming the next. They make a come back and get a triple submission in the center of the ring but it’s broken up. Marcella goes for a vertical suplex but Dayls reverses it into a small package for the win. Third Fall: Dayls pins Marcella with a small package.

Winners: Dayls, Tiffany, and Amapola

Diamante Azul, Kraneo, and Volcano vs Hechicero, Templario, and El Felino

Volcano starts off with Templario and I don’t think you’re going to see much mat wrestling with Volcano. Templario tries to move around Volcano but he can’t because he’s too big. Volcano hits a big boot on Templario sending him to the outside. All of them stare down for a moment before Azul and Hechicero come in. Hechicero tries to unmask him while they’re grappling on the ground. Felino gets in their next with Kraneo next. Kraneo body slams Felino and is about to go for a splash but then Templario and Hechicero come in to attack him and this leads to a brawl. They hit Kraneo with a triple team spine buster but sell their backs afterwards. They get him in a triple submission afterwards. Hechicero hits a running knee on Azul and Felino pins him. First Fall: Hechicero hits a running knee on Diamante Azul and Felino pins him.

Second fall begins with them interacting with the midgets that are ring side. Hechicero and Templario hit a double suplex on Volcano. Hechicero, Templario, and Felino continue to triple team everybody. They start to make a come back and Kraneo hits Felino with a hip attack in the corner. Volcano hits a sit out press slam on Templario for the pin. Azul body slams Hechicero and Kraneo goes up to the top for a splash and pin. Second Fall: Kraneo pins Hechicero with a splash off the top.

Third round starts with Kraneo and Felino in the ring attacking each other. Kraneo hits a double splash on Hechicero and Templario after they try to double him. Templario then is in there alone with Volcano and he’s trying to get him down again. He gets Templario out of there, Hechicero comes in and tries to hit a springboard attack but he’s caught and slammed. Felino tries his hand but to no avail, and Volcano feigns a dive when Felino goes to the outside. I don’t think we’ll be seeing him dive. Templario is in there with Azul now. Azul gets off rapid fire tilt-a-whirl back breakers. Azul hits a hurricanrana on Hechicero then goes for a middle rope dive. Leading to Templario and Volcano in the ring again. Volcano hits a spine bsuter then his handspring splash. Kraneo sits on Felino after a failed sunset flip for the win. Third Fall: Kraneo sits out on El Felino after a failed sunset flip.

Winners: Kraneo, Volcano, Diamante Azul

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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.5 ~ 12TH OCTOBER 2018

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CURRENT TOUR RECAP
As Noah head towards the end of the year, Autumn Navigation began on October 7th in Gunma. I am afraid I don’t have too much information about the first two shows.

Naomichi Marufuji’s feud (not so much Akitoshi Saito’s) with Mitsuya Nagai and “The Hooligans” began in earnest. Marufuji came out with a weary expression like he had to deal with something that was tiresome (and to him it is, as he says that The Hooligans are not worthy of the title shot, although he’s had to begrudgingly give them one), and this match was to prove just to be that as Nagai came out to “second”.

“Second” in this case being another word for “interfere”, which he did by pulling the referee out of the ring when Marufuji went for the pin on Taniguchi. While the ref and Nagai argued, Cody Hall used the distraction to creep into the ring and ambush Marufuji with “The Hooligan” bomb, meaning that Taniguchi got the win when the ref got back in the ring.

Afterwards The Hooligans stood over Marufuji, Cody Hall & Taniguchi holding the heavyweight tag belts, and Taniguchi with his foot on him.

Marufuji said afterwards that he was irritated before, but he’s angry now, and he’s had enough. This wasn’t enough, however, to stop The Hooligans from running over them again on the 11th October.

Noah have started the pre-matches for Global League; on the 11th October, Masa Kitamiya and Katsuhiko Nakajima faced off against each other after a long while. Nakajima, as ever, smirking when kicking someone, this time his tag partner.

NEWS

NOAH MERCHANDISE AVAILABLE IN EUROPE & USA
IPW have announced that they have become the official merchandise vendor for Noah for Europe, and I understand they also deliver to the USA. I am afraid for any other country, you would need to check directly with them. Shop can be accessed via the link above.

“COME AT ME YOU BASTARDS”
Kenoh’s column this week is thought to be generally not too interesting (aside from maybe the end about appearing in a quiz show), but he does give some interesting insights into life in Noah and how wrestlers branching out into other programs beyond wrestling, can help a product.

Speaking of Kenoh, I read a very sweet story in an interview earlier this week.

When Kenoh was a tiny infant (about two or three), he used to stand at the window of the Nippon Kempo watching them practice until his mother removed him. Even when it snowed, he would stand at the window.

His mother later asked if he could see inside, and then enrolled him in the school.

NAOMICHI MARUFUJI VS HIKARU SHIDA
For her tenth anniversary in wrestling, Hikaru Shida challenged Naomichi Marufuji to a rematch. They had last clashed on April 17th, and she had been knocked out within a few minutes (108 seconds to be precise). This time she managed to last eighteen minutes with him. He took knee attacks, and she took chops.

Marufuji won with the high knee, and said afterwards that “the match was fun, and with so much potential, I want you to be the top girl”.”.

WINTER NAVIGATION 2018 & EARLY DATES FOR JANUARY 2019
Noah have announced the dates for “Winter Navigation 2018”, plus “Great Voyage in Yokohama Vol.2” and “NOAHFul Gift in Differ”.

They have also announced dates for January 2019.

Last year NOAHFUL Gift was held in ShinKiba, this year it will be being held at Korakuen Hall. Although Noah have announced no plans for the format as of yet, it will most likely feature the flea market in which Noah sell their old ring wear to fans (in the old days they would also serve Dojo chanko) and the usual battle royal and comedy matches.

Genba Hirayanagi threatened to appear last year in some gnarly old pants when he heard there was a flea-market. Sugiura said no one would want them, and Marufuji told him that it was “called obstruction of business”.

Thankfully Genba’s questionable taste in clothes is not a recurring feature, but Akitoshi Saito in cosplay is. In past years we have seen a lounge singer (complete with frilled cuffs, cummerbund and a velvet suit), and a pigtailed joshi. 2017 saw him in a video which was played in installments throughout the evening flanked by Moose in a Burger King hat, Eddie Edwards in a Santa hat (both were trying not to laugh), and Saito in various stages of undress whilst wearing a wig and make-up.

During the Battle Royale last year, everyone dressed up; well, almost everyone, as Kenoh appeared in an old karate outfit, and HAYATA came as himself in DOVE Pro. Other highlights included Takashi Sugiura being labelled a “vulgar and tasteless Santa” by Tokyo Sports, Hi69 was a “Panda” (his costume was purple tights and Panda face-paint, and according to Hajime Ohara he had gone out and bought his costume the night before, leading Sugi to point, laugh and say “that’s not a Panda, that’s a monster), Hajime Ohara as Kiki from “Kiki’s Delivery Service” complete with satchel full of bakery goods, a Jiji on his shoulder, black wig with a bow and a broom, Hitoshi Kumano as a bear, Daisuke Harada as HAYATA (which HAYATA did not appreciate and glared at him afterwards) and of course the inevitable Mr. Koto (Atsushi Kotoge).

Needless to say its a fun show, and if you are going to be in Tokyo over Christmas\New Year, I not only envy you, I also highly recommend you go and see it. All grudges, rivalries and title matches are put aside, and the roster relax and have fun.

OUTSIDE PARTICIPATION
Naomichi Marufuji and Hi69 will miss Noah’s event on the 18th November as they will be participating in Ryuku Dragon Pro in Okinawa

Kenoh will be appearing for KAIENTAI DOJO on Sunday October 28th, he will team with Tank Nagai against Yuri Asakawa & Kengo Mashimo.

Junta Miyawaki will make his second appearance for YOUNGDOMS (FREEDOMS sub brand) on the 5th November, he will team with Shunsuke Sayama vs Toru Sugiura and SUSUMU

GHC BELT NEWS

Current champions

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Takashi Sugiura
  • GHC Junior Champion: Daisuke Harada
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Naomichi Marufuji & Akitoshi Saito
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: Minoru Tanaka & Hi69

The GHC Heavyweight Championship currently has no challenger as Global League will begin in late October to determine the number one contender.

Daisuke Harada and Atsushi Kotoge will clash over the GHC Junior Championship on October 30th at Korakuen Hall (match signing to be held the same day)

Naomichi Marufuji & Akitoshi Saito will defend the GHC Heavyweight Tag Championship against “The Hooligans” (Maybach Taniguchi and Cody Hall) on Sunday October 14th in Kobe.

The GHC Junior Tag Championship has not been challenged for yet.

TOUR TIDBITS

  • Naomichi Marufuji was involved in a minor car accident this week when someone reversed into him, he is fine fortunately.
  • Noah released Halloween Revolutionary cloaks for kids which were sold on the 11th October, with the Revolutionary Hero on hand to sign them. Atsushi Kotoge has said that the manufacturing cost is too high to make them for adults.
  • Takashi Sugiura gave a defense match interview, in it he said he wants to be the first reigning champion in history to win Global League, and if that happens he will nominate his own opponent, which will be Masato Tanaka. They have fought against each other in the past, but they have never had a title match over a single belt.
  • Mitsuya Nagai called a lady in the crowd “you old bag” because she was mouthing off to him.
  • Mohammed Yone’s disco ball for his entry has become a thing
  • People would like to see Atsushi Kotoge and Kaito Kiyomiya tag together and challenge for the belts
  • HAYATA has a new online diary, “HAYATAbot”, I am afraid that to access it requires a paid subscription
  • Kenoh will finally get his wish for a singles match with Naomichi Marufuji on the 8th November at Korakuen Hall for Global League 2018.
  • Like Hi69 does, Atsushi Kotoge did a short question time with fans on Twitter, highlights included; Kotoge saying he doesn’t drink at home, and Go Shiozaki asking what the capes were made of to which, Kotoge said playfully, “asshole, I’ll go and look”. He never actually answered Shiozaki’s question.
  • Kenoh’s friend, Masahiro-san (whom Kenoh has blocked, and who Masahiro-san calls “that asshole who blocked me”), posted a few candid pictures of when he stayed at Kenoh’s home for the night on Twitter. Masahiro-san usually deletes them a few minutes after posting, but they were there long enough to ascertain Kenoh bought tourist fodder Union Jack boxer shorts when he visited London for Frontline Pro Wrestling.
  • Hajime Ohara is holding exercise classes in Kawasaki which are open to adults of every age and sex. The classes will be simple exercises in how to build, tone and maintain muscles and how to exercises with a water bottle.

KING SHAMLESS’S CORNER
None this week, he’s managed to behave himself.

EVENT RECAPS
7TH OCTOBER 2018, NEW SUNPIA TAKASAKI, GUNMA
11TH OCTOBER 2018, OYAMA CITY CULTURAL CENTER SMALL HALL, OYAMA, TOCHIGI

LINKS
English language translation of Naomichi Marufuji’s biography, “Heir to The Ark”
Takashi Sugiura’s sixth defense interview
Akira Taue loved the “Talk Battle” with Toshiaki Kawada
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