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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Report! (1/23/18)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Jey Uso w/ Jimmy Uso VS Chad Gable w/ Shelton Benjamin; Gable wins.
  • Naomi VS Liv Morgan w/ The Riott Squad; Naomi wins.
  • Baron Corbin VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Nakamura wins, by disqualification.
  • Six Man Tag: Bobby Rodde & The New Day VS Rusev Day & Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers; Roode & New Day win.
  • AJ Styles VS Kevin Owens; Styles wins.
  • AJ Styles VS Sami Zayn; Zayn wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn head to the ring.

SmackDown becomes the Kevin & Sami Show–or the Sami & Kevin Show–as the #YEPMovement is in Washington D.C. The fans boo and jeer but Kevin still speaks and wants everyone to pay attention. These two are the “future of WWE”, unlike last night’s “parade of retirees” on the 25th Anniversary of Raw. Therefore, give it up for your future CO-CHAMPION, Sami Zayn! Sami wants to spread the love as he sends that back to co-champion Kevin Owens.

The #YepMovement is more than just a single syllable, it is about staring into the “face of tyranny.” Yep. For example, Kevin & Sami were in a handicap match, all thanks to Shane McMahon. Yep! But Shane’s vendetta backfired because Sami & Kevin lost that handicap match, which proves Styles will not be WWE Champion. YEP! Kevin & Sami are the “absolute best competitors on SmackDown”, and if they can’t overcome the odds, than how could AJ Styles? But fans don’t understand, and surely neither does Styles. Sami says that he and Kevin will defeat Styles, take that championship and become the first ever WWE World Co-Champions! And to add insult to injury, Kevin & Sami will hurt Styles. “YEP! YEP!” But AJ Styles appears to respond!

Fans cheer for AJ Styles as he stands on the stage. “I can’t be the only one hearing you say that.” Did he hear #Kami correctly? That they are going to beat him? How about “Nope!” That they’re gonna be co-champions? Nope. That they’re gonna hurt Styles? NOPE!

Boy that’s annoying, isn’t it? The #YEPMovement has been pretty annoying. Kevin doesn’t care, because after Sami & Kevin win, you’ll hear “YEP!” everywhere you go. Styles will here “YEP!” in arenas, in airports, in dreams and in nightmares, even from his family! Styles tells them to shut their “Yep Holes” for a second, he tells them that while they have the advantage, they’ll be facing someone who is Phenomenal. If there’s fight left in Styles, Styles will make sure they are never co-champions. He’s said it once, he’ll say it again, SmackDown is “The House that AJ Styles Built!” Sami & Kevin knew he’d say that. Yes, Styles is Phenomenal, but also predictable. He put on his “macho tough-guy act”, but it won’t matter. Styles has no chance, but of course he’d be ignorant, ignorance is the official language of D.C. And let’s not forget, ignorance got Styles into this mess to begin with. What did Styles say a few weeks ago? Let’s look at the tape! Styles said this handicap match should happen, but Styles didn’t think someone would make that official. And now Styles backtracks his way out of it, isn’t that right? For once in Styles’ life, he has to be a man, because he is being forced by an actual authority figure in Daniel Bryan. Bryan wants Styles to live up to his word, but will he? Styles asks what they’re talking about. If only they had a way… Oh right, the footage! Styles said last week that he’ll even fight them both in the same night. Is Styles going to man up? It won’t be for the title, but how about it? Styles in a double header against Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn! Fans say “YES! YES!” and that brings out SmackDown General Manager, Daniel Bryan!

Bryan thinks it over and tells Sami & Kevin “enough is enough.” They are two of the greatest stars to be in a WWE ring, and they are right about handicap matches being difficulty. However, Bryan has the utmost faith. Styles speaks up and asks Bryan to stop advocating. In fact, Styles feels Bryan is in league with “these two dirt bags.” Styles will make it official himself, he accepts the double-header challenge! Will this confidence come to bite Styles in the butt?

 

SmackDown GM and Commissioner meet backstage.

Shane McMahon checks on Bryan, while also questioning his actions. The WWE Champion has back-to-back matches tonight before the Royal Rumble title defense? Bryan defends that he wasn’t going to do that at all, because AJ Styles has nothing to prove. Shane wants to be sure that’s the truth, and Bryan insists it is. However, Bryan wants to ask Shane if he’s really questioning Styles’ ability to defend himself. No, Shane is not questioning Styles abilities tonight. The tension grows ever stronger within the SmackDown administration…

 

Jey Uso w/ Jimmy Uso VS Chad Gable w/ Shelton Benjamin!

The SmackDown Tag Team Champions defend their titles in a Best 2 out of 3 Falls match this Sunday. Can the Uso Penitentiary gain momentum and stay open through the Royal Rumble?

The bell rings and the two circle. Gable goes after Jey’s legs but Jey gets to ropes. The break is clean and the two circle again. Gable goes after the legs again but Jey clubs away, only to get body slammed. Jey ends up in a waistlock and Gable throws him around. Jey backs Gable to a corner but Gable turns it back around. The referee counts and Gable gives a clean break. They tie up again but now Gable puts Jey in an armlock. Jey whips but Gable reverses, to get right after that leg again. Gable keeps Jey on the defensive with another rear mount, then crossface forearms. Fans rally for “UCE! SO!” and Jey uses that to get moving and sling Gable off. Gable gets back in the ring but gets rocked right back out with an uppercut! Jey glares at Gable while we go picture-in-picture.

Jey rallies the fans again while Benjamin regroups with Gable. Gable takes his time as returns into the ring. The two circle again, Gable gets that waistlock back. Jey endures the squeeze as he works to pry his way out. Jey throws back elbows and a mule kick, then the uppercut. Gable runs at Jey and narrowly escapes the Samoan Drop to then throw Jey right into the steel post. Jimmy checks on his brother while Gable comes out to fetch him. They go back in the ring and now Gable goes after that bad shoulder. Cover, TWO, but Gable stays calm. He goes after that bad arm with a hammerlock, grinding Jey into the mat. Gable bridges for even more leverage on that bad arm. Jey rolls but Gable keeps a hold, and throws that bad shoulder into buckles. Cover, TOW, Jimmy coaches his brother up while Gable tells everyone to “Shush!” Gable returns to that bad arm, wrenching it back with a seated armlock. He wrenches it around and around, but Jey endures. Jey works his way back to his feet, then headbutts Gable off. He chops Gable, then chops again, Gable blocks the mule kick and hits a hammerlock Northern Lights as we return to single picture!

TWO, and now Gable is frustrated. Gable climbs up the nearest corner, and moonsaults! he lands on his feet as Jey evades, then ends up on the apron when Jey dodges. Jey kicks, Gable blocks, but Jey comes back around with the reverse dragon whip! Gable goes down, Benjamin is shocked, Jey gets running, only to run into Gable’s forearm. Gable returns into the ring, but Jey sends him out the other side! Benjamin regroups with Gable again, and keeps Jimmy back. Jey DIVES outta nowhere!

Jey gets up and puts Gable back in before climbing up top. He takes aim, Gable evades so Jey lands on hsi feet. Gable runs into a Samoan Drop! Jey has Gable in a corner, fires up the fans as he goes corner to corner, but Gable catches him for a waistlock. Jey bucks him off, misses the kick Gable hits the rolling kick and then the Rolling German! Gable wins!

As intense as this 1v1 match was, how much more will it be when it’s 2v2 for at least two falls?

 

Backstage interview with Shinsuke Nakamura.

The King of Strong Style enters his first ever Royal Rumble and believes it is his destiny to win. Royal Rumble matches are “notoriously challenging” so how will he do it? “Simple: I see someone, I put my knee in their face.” Shinsuke will repeat that 29 times, but The Lone Wolf says Nakamura is nothing but hype. But that’s okay, because the WWE Universe loves him. Corbin doesn’t care about the fans, they can keep their opinions to themselves. Corbin’s resume is more than enough to win the Rumble, because “that’s not hype, that’s results.” What has Nakamura even done? It’s not what Nakamura has done, but what he’ll do at the Rumble. So how about these two rumble tonight? Who will come out of this solid match-up with more momentum?

 

Tye Dillinger speaks on the Royal Rumble.

The Perfect Ten debuted in the perfect spot last year. Dillinger had ups and downs in 2017 but vows to change that in 2018 as he tries again this year. He has a chance to make history, and “anything is possible.” 2018 will be a perfect ten for Tye!

 

Naomi VS Liv Morgan w/ The Riott Squad!

It’s #GlowTime for SmackDown’s Women’s Division as the inaugural Women’s Rumble draws closer. Can Naomi make #LivForever #FeeltheGlow?

The bell rings, the two circle, and then tie up. Liv powers Naomi to a corner, and dirties up the break. Naomi boots her back then slides to slap her! Cover, TWO, Naomi goes after a leg for a jackknife. TOW, Liv bridges and slides a backslide on, but TWO just in time. The two go again, Naomi flips off Liv but Liv bends back. Naomi blocks a kick to swing a kick after kick after kick but it’s the knee that gets Liv. Liv gets to a corner, Naomi fires up and runs in but the referee keeps her back because LIv is in the ropes. Liv takes advantage, she yanks Naomi into the buckles. She gets mad now, springboard double stomps!

TWO, and Liv is furious. The Riott Squad keeps her focused, and she puts Naomi in a straitjacket clutch. Fans rally for the former SmackDown Women’s Champion, but look who is coming down the ramp!

SmackDown’s Welcoming Committee, Natalya, Lana & Carmella. These three stand and watch at ringside as Liv lariats Naomi down. But now Becky Lynch appears while Naomi gets to ropes for safety. Liv drags Naomi up by her hair but gets a roundhouse that rocks her down. Slingshot sunset flip, Naomi wins! The Squad is shocked but every other woman of SmackDown is happy. Things break down as The Squad go after Naomi, and Becky goes after them! The Welcoming Committee watches as Becky throws them out, Natty lariats Becky down. Ruby gets up and clobbers Natty, but Lana boots her down. Natty turns on Lana with a kick of her own to then scoop and dump over the top. Carmella enters and FABULOUS Kicks Liv down, then she works with Natty to throw her out. Natty turns on Carmella with that discus clothesline, then bails out as Naomi and Becky return. Then Becky goes to throw Naomi out!

Naomi stays on the apron, and manages to laugh it off. However, here comes SmackDown’s Queen, Charlotte! “I love it!” That was a fierce move, because it is every woman for herself. Friendships and alliances don’t matter when you’re fighting for the right to face The Queen. Charlotte wishes everyone luck, especially to the winner. The champion is ready for any challenger, but who will it be?

 

Baron Corbin VS Shinsuke Nakamura!

The Lone Wolf and the King of Strong Style both want to prove their superiority to everyone else in the WWE, and the Royal Rumble is a great place to do it. Who will prove themselves the superior here tonight?

The bell rings, the two circle, and then tie up. Corbin puts Nakamura in a corner while fans cheer Nakamura on. The break is clean but disrespectful, Corbin doesn’t care what fans think. Nakamura ties up with him again an dgets the waistlock but Corbin turns that around to a wristlock. Nakamura rolls and handsprings to reverse the hold onto Corbin and make it a hammerlock. Corbin gets himself to ropes, Nakamura honors the break with his ab rest. He then tells Corbin, “C’MON!!” Corbin runs out but into the knee, snapmare and knee drop added on top. Nakamura has Corbin in a corner and gives Good Vibrations. Corbin gets out of the ring, Nakamura pursues and they brawl outside. Corbin puts Nakmura into the ring with authority, so Nakamura dares him to “C’mon!” again. Instead of taking the bait, Corbin turns to walk away. Nakamura pursues him again, but Corbin springs his trap with the sucker punch uppercut! Nakamura gasps for air, Corbin puts him into the turnbuckle crossbar! Corbin has control while we go to break.

SmackDown returns and Corbin has Nakamura in a seated half-nelson chinbar. Fans rally for Nakamura, and he wills his way to his feet. Corbin powers Nakamura back down, but Nakamura tries again. Nakamura stomps and punches but Corbin throws in a knee. Corbin whips but Nakamura reverses to throw in his own knee, and even teh strike fest. Nakamura gets running, Dynamic Dropkick! Fans fire up while Nakmaura gives those roundhosues to the chest. Corbin blocks one, but gets the enziguri from the other side. Nakamura and Corbin get to corners, Nakamura gives teh corner to corner knee. He hoists Corbin up and gives the Top Shelf knee to the ribs! Cover, TWO, but Nakamura keeps focus. He goes back to Corbin and prepares the Inverted Exploder but Corbin fights out with elbows. Corbin goes to suplex but Nakamura blocks. Nakamura gives more knees, then suplexes Corbin for the gordbuster! He takes aim from a corner, KIN- DEEP SIX!

TWO! Corbin cannot believe how close he was. Nakamura rolls and gets to ropes, Corbin refocuses before running in. Nakamura boots him away, then goes to the second rope. Corbin runs back, Nakamura jumps over but Corbin slides out then in to clobber Nakamura with the lariat! Cover, TWO! Corbin is furious over this one. Fans rally for Nakamura while Corbin stands up. He demands Nakamura stand up, then reels him in, but gets caught in an armbar!! Corbin flails and rolls, TWO, Nakamura misses the right but gets the left kick! Nakamura fires up again, calls for it, But RKO OUTTA NOWHERE!!

Orton is all fired up, Corbin goes after him, another RKO! THe Viper is all fired up as he stakes a claim to the Rumble victory. Could the legendary Legend Killer do it twice in a row to headline Wrestlemania?

 

Six Man Tag: Bobby Rodde & The New Day VS Rusev Day & Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers!

“Awwww D.C.~!” The New Day was part of history as they attended #Raw25. This Sunday, they’ll be part of history again as “Yo Boys” are indeed entering the Royal Rumble Match! Not only that, but their partner made history when he won two matches in one night to become the W, W, E, United, States, Champion~! But who is that? Who who who? The GLORIOUS One, that’s who!

Roode thanks The New Day for that wonderful introduction. And there’s no better a place to debut as the new US Champion than in the nation’s capitol! Roode’s goal is to “be the best United States Champion in history.” he knows that is not easy, but he guarantees that his reign will be… “Absolutely~” Stupendous? Delicious? Exuberant? No, no, it’ll be Absolutely~… GLORIOUS!!

SmackDown goes picture in picture as Jinder Mahal, Rusev & Aiden English make their way to the ring.

The New Day slings pancakes but those don’t bother Rusev. He starts against Kofi Kingston as the bell rings. The two circle but English distracts, Rusev hits a MACHKA Kick! Cover, TWO, but Rusev stays focused as he stomps on Kofi. He tags English, and Team Rusev Day stomp away on Kofi in the corner. English drags Kofi up and rocks him with a jab before tagging in Mahal. The Modern Day Maharaja gives body shots and a snapmare before driving his knee into Kofi’s back. Mahal taunts Kofi with a chance to tag then stomps him again before tagging to Rusev. Rusev stomps Kofi more, then stalks him to ropes.

SmackDown returns to single picture as Rusev lifts Kofi into a bearhug. Kofi endures the squeezing and thrashing, fans duel with chants. Kofi fights out with headbutts but Rusev drives in a knee. He goes corner to corner an drams Kofi with a shoulder. He gives a sucker punch to Xavier Woods, then returns to Kofi, only to miss in the corner. Kofi gives Rusev a bulldog and both men are down. Fans rally, the two men crawl and get hot tags to Roode and English. Roode rallies, big clothesline in the corner followed by a neckbreaker. Roode gives a knee to Mahal then boots English before hopping up and hitting a blockbuster! The fans fire up as Roode winds it up, and gives the GLORIOUS Pose! Spinebuster to Mahal, but Rusev rocks Roode with a roundhouse. English rolls Roode up, TWO! Kofi springboards to ax handle Rusev down, then sees Mahal and FLIES!

English grabs Roode but Roode slips out. Standing switch, Woods tags in, he swing kicks English. Another SPINEBUSTER, then Woods goes to the top rope for the elbow drop! Roode & The New Day win! Will this momentum help The New Day finally win a Royal Rumble?

 

AJ Styles VS Kevin Owens!

The Phenomenal WWE Champion wants to prove he’s more than enough for #Kami, which is why he put himself in this situation. However, SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon comes out before this match can begin. He wants to be perfectly clear, that if Sami Zayn is anywhere near the ring for this match, he will be removed from the title match at the Royal Rumble. In other words, Shane will fire Sami on the spot. The same goes for Kevin that if he appears during Sami’s match after this, he will be fired. They can bring their #YEPMovement, but will it be the last thing they ever do on SmackDown? YEP! Sami protests, but Kevin counters that Daniel Bryan said it was okay. They argue this issue out while we go to break.

SmackDown returns and the match finally begins. Kevin swings but Styles slips under, to fire off shots of his own. Styles backs Kevin into a corner, but Kevin fights his way out. Kevin runs but into Styles’ dropkick! Styles keeps on Kevin in a corner while fans cheer him own. He whips Kevin corner to corner then runs in but misses his corner clothesline. Kevin clobbers Styles down, runs corner to corner but he misses the cannonball. Styles takes notice of Kevin hobbling and goes right after that sore leg. He rolls Kevin, Calf Crusher!

Kevin taps right away, Styles wins! Styles doesn’t let go, he promised to hurt Kevin. But here comes Sami! This isn’t a match anymore so he can beat Styles up. He checks on his best friend, who clutches his ankle. Then Sami returns to throwing hands on Styles, even as the referee tries to pull him away. Sami is fired up and ready to go, Kevin hobbles his way to the ramp. Styles flounders, the referee keeps Sami back but for only a moment as Sami stomps a mudhole into Styles. The fans boo and jeer while cheering for Styles. Sami drags Styles out of the ring and keeps up the attack! He whips Styles at the steel steps, and Styles’ knees bang off the side as he goes flipping end over end. SmackDown administrators Bryan and Shane can only watch as Sami technically keeps to their agreement.

The referee finally gets Sami to keep off of Styles and we go to break while this sorts itself out.

 

AJ Styles VS Sami Zayn!

The Underdog already did damage to Styles before the bell, does Styles stand a chance?

Sami pounces right at the bell ringing, and Styles is reeling back. The medics help Kevin as he’s trying to clear the area, and fans cheer for Styles while Sami keeps unloading on him. Sami rocks Styles with a right hand, Styles swings back. Sami uses more right hands, then rains rights on Styles while he mocks the “tough guy”. He puts Styles in a corner, whips him corner to corner hard, and Styles bounces off buckles to the mat. Sami covers, TWO, but Sami keeps on Styles. He chops Styles a couple times, then whips him to run him over with a clothesline. Sami covers again, TWO. He drives a knee into Styles’ back while a stretcher appears for Kevin.

Styles endures the chinlock while fans keep cheering. Styles wills himself up and fights out of the hold, but Sami drags him back down. Bryan and Shane continue to watch as Sami and Styles exchange strikes. Sami drives in a knee, but Styles gives Sami the Phenomenal Blitz! Then a sliding forearm! Both men are down, then crawl to opposite corners. Styles runs in, big corner clothesline! Fireman’s carry but Sami slips out and shoves Styles away. Sami runs but is thrown out of the ring! Styles limps over, takes aim, slingshot forearm to Sami! Styles drags Sami up and into the ring, but glares at Kevin on the ground. The champion goes after Kevin with kicks and stomps! He stomps on Kevin’s bad leg, then rains down right hands. Sami runs out and clobbers Styles with a clothesline to again save Kevin.

Kevin writhes in pain and Sami has rage in his eyes while we go to break.

SmackDown returns once more to find Sami keeping on Styles while medics keep working on Kevin. Sami clobbers Styles with crossface punches while the fans boo and jeer. The chinlock returns, but fans rally for Styles. Styles stands up and works to put a cravat on Sami. Sami counters, so Styles unloads forearms and backs Sami up to a corner. Sami elbows back, then hops up, but Styles rocks him with a right. Styles climbs up to join Sami, and fans fire up as Styles hits the SUPER STEINER! Both men are down from exhaustion and soreness, but Bryan and Shane keep watching without complaint. Styles and Sami stand up, and brawl with chops and haymakers. They go back and forth, Sami gets the edge. Sami runs, but into the USHIGOROSHI! TWO, but Styles is too sore to be frustrated. He simply stands up and drags Sami into Clash position. Sami resists, Styles clubs him and lifts, but Sami pops out. Sami kicks and chops Styles to then acrobatically hit a tornado DDT! He isn’t done there, he gets to a corner and wants Styles to stand up. Styles is in the corner, but he boots Sami away. Styles springboards but Sami ducks under. Sami swings but Styles ducks the clothesline to then hit the PELE! Cover, TWO! Styles cannot believe how close that was, but he still has the fans chanting for him. The two men stir and stand up again, Styles reels Sami into the waistlock. Sami resists the German Suplex and elbows out of the hold, to then catch Styles in the Michinoku Driver! TWO! The Underdog stalks the Phenomenal One while fans continue to chant. Sami slaps Styles then hoists him up top before climbing up to join him. Sami wants a move now, but Styles slips under and trips him up! Styles mule kicks then brings Sami in, but Sami escapes and exits the ring. Fans boo, Styles slingshots over to hit the sliding knee! They go back into the ring, and Styles tips Kevin’s stretcher over!

Styles shows no mercy, but as he reenters the ring, he ends up taking the HELLUVA Kick and Blue Thunder Bomb!! Sami wins!! Team Kami split the series with Styles, can they make history when they take Styles on together?

 

My Thoughts:

SmackDown did a great job making up for much of what Raw failed to do last night, especially as the last go-home before the PPV. They hit every division equally, and even upped the stakes for much of what is going into the Royal Rumble. Jey Usos loses clean to Gable ahead of the SmackDown Tag Team Championship match, but that doesn’t mean the Usos will lose those titles. Their 2 out of 3 Falls match will surely be on par with every other SmackDown Tag Team Championship match The Usos have been involved with, and there is a good chance the Usos can come out on top. However, Gable & Benjamin pulling off the victory would definitely be believable the way they’ve been going and could freshen up things to new match-ups on the road to Wrestlemania. The SmackDown Women’s Division has the closest thing to the classic Royal Rumble brawl as they could have, and it was great for Charlotte to come out and remind everyone who’s the champion. I would love if she and Alexa Bliss were ringside for the Women’s Rumble so that they could see the winner firsthand and have them issue the challenge then and there.

Roode & The New Day had a great match with Mahal & Rusev Day, and it was like a victory lap for Roode while there isn’t anything explicitly set for him and the US Championship just yet. My money is still on Ziggler returning to claim Roode is not deserving, even if it is a loose rehash of the HBK VS Razor Ramon Intercontinental Championship ladder match. And after The Viper misses #Raw25, his truly #OuttaNowhere return to SmackDown more than made up for it in my eyes. Orton hits Nakamura with an RKO, then one to Corbin, which keeps the Rockstar and the Lone Wolf on even footing while putting Orton above them in the rankings for who on SmackDown might win the Rumble. The major story of tonight is once again the Shane-Bryan civil war that involves #Kami and Styles. While we’ve seen just about everything we could have, it was actually pretty unique to have a double-header. Styles literally has 50-50 booking tonight with that, where Kevin suffers a lot of damage quick but then Sami does more damage to Styles in his eventual victory. This all muddies up the math so it could go either way come Sunday. I just hope we finally get definitive evidence towards someone’s Heel Turn, and hopefully that someone is Shane. Shane having a furious breakdown as #Kami win just seems logical given how fans still love Bryan.

My Score: 8.3/10


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Mitchell’s Ring of Honor Report! (7/14/18)

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ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 356

ROH holds its very first Six Man Tag Gauntlet match to determine #1 contenders! Who will survive the trios turmoil to then challenge The Kingdom’s reign?

 

All images courtesy of the Fite.TV app and streaming service

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kelly Klein VS Jenny Rose; Kelly wins.
  • ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Gauntlet Match: Kenny King, Chuckie T & Eli Isom win and will challenge The Kingdom for the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Kingdom speaks.

“Oh the time has come, the Walrus said, for the march of the Melvins.” Tonight is the night to determine new #1 contenders to the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships, but who cares?! Are we forgetting something? The Kingdom are the first, the last, the only Six Man Tag Team Champions. But Matt Taven cares because it took them a full year to get the titles back, and now a bunch of Melvins get a shot in one night? No one else had to overcome the conspiracy they did. But when it’s all said and done, these belts will stay with them, because “I’m Matt Taven, and this is my Kingdom.”

Who will move on to challenge the ROH World Six Man Tag Champs?

 

Kelly Klein VS Jenny Rose!

While the Gatekeeper has been back on a roll with the first pinfall over Tenille Dashwood, the American Joshi is looking to win her way to another match with WOH Champion, Sumie Sakai. Who will overcome and climb up another rung on the Women of Honor ladder?

Kelly chooses not to uphold the Code of Honor, because she wants to tell Jenny that the first shot at Sumie was hers! If Jenny gets in her way, she’s going down. Kelly then pie-faces Jenny, so Jenny slaps her back! The bell rings and they tie up fast and furious. Jenny gets the wristlock but Kelly reverses. Jenny reverses it back but Kelly gets a headlock. Kelly brings Jenny down but Jenny slips out to a hammerlock and headlock. Jenny gets the takeover but Kelly the headscissors. Jenny pops out and rolls Kelly, ONE. Kelly swings on Jenny but Jenny rolls her up again, ONE! Jenny kicks Kelly then whips, but Kelly reverses. Jenny kicks back from the corner, then climbs up, to catch Kelly in the arm-drag. Fans rally up behind Jenny as she takes aim.

Jenny runs but into an elbow, then Kelly throws her mouth piece as a distraction so that the ref doesn’t see her throw Jenny by her hair. Kelly stomps away on Jenny, then covers, TWO. The Gatekeeper keeps on Jenny while we go to break.

ROH returns and Kelly has Jenny in a neck wrench. Fans rally up and Jenny fights out with elbows. Kelly pushes Jenny down, then runs for a big clothesline. Kelly toys with Jenny now while taunting the fans. Jenny gets up and throws forearms on Kelly. Jenny whips Kelly to ropes but Kelly reverses to run her over again. Kelly embraces both the cheers and jeers while going for a very lax cover. TWO, but Kelly just shrugs and grins. Kelly toys with Jenny more, but Jenny pushes back. Kelly stomps her out, then drags her up. The ref counts as she holds onto Jenny’s hair, and she lets go at 4. Jenny hits back with body shots!

Kelly throws a forearm, then has Jenny in a corner for more forearms and elbows. Kelly hits a discus clothesline then a big boot on the run! She drags Jenny up again, into a fireman’s carry, but Jenny fights out. Jenny elbows away, then code breaker! Kelly staggers and Jenny fires off forearms in a corner. Jenny whips Kelly corner to corner, big corner splash! She goes again, for a big back elbow. Jenny brings Kelly out now, but Kelly resists the suplex. Kelly reverses but Jenny ducks the “Klein-Line” to throw her with a German Suplex! Kelly staggers up, into a SPEAR! Cover, TWO!

Jenny grows frustrated, but she still has more. Fans rally up with her as she brings Kelly up. Jenny hits a cravat facebuster, then brings Kelly up again, but Kelly fights her way out with an elbow. Kelly grabs Jenny, snap suplex and roll through to the #EndoftheMatch guillotine!

Jenny reaches, flails, endures, but fades! She’s out, Kelly wins!

Winner: Kelly Klein, by submission

The Gatekeeper holds on a bit longer to make a point, but either way, she’s won. Will the Pretty Badass use this win to propel herself towards the Ray of Sunshine?

 

The Dawgs are desperate.

Rhett Titus & Will Ferrara want, or perhaps they need, the Notorious Hitman, Shane Taylor to join them in order to qualify for the Six Man Gauntlet. So they talk to The American Nightmare, Cody! What’s going on, buddy? Sorry to bother you, but The Dawgs just happened to overhear Cody talking money, and that’s what they need! The Six Man Gauntlet is coming up and they have their third man, they just need a way to pay him. So they’re asking Cody to give them money to give to Shane? It’s 2018, do they really think he’s got cash on him? Plus, he just helped finance an event at a 10 THOUSAND seat arena, do they expect him to have spare cash to give? Use your heads! Okay, okay, then they can go to Marty Scurll! He did just sign a record deal.

No, no, they’re not going to Marty. Marty doesn’t have money, either. Cody throws the Dawgs a bone with some cash he had waiting. He makes it rain for Rhett & Ferrara! The Dawgs are rolling in twenties, but will it be enough to convince Shane to join up?

 

ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Gauntlet Match!

Five teams of three men will compete, two trios at a time, until only one team remains! Who will stand tall to challenge Taven, O’Ryan & Marseglia for their titles?

Before any of the teams enter, the champions themselves join commentary to watch this match closely, and to generally annoy Ian Riccaboni. But as always, The Kingdom cries conspiracy over this truly sudden development in the Six Man Tag Division. The order has been shuffled, and the very first team selected is… Shane Taylor & The Dawgs!

It seems that pile of money Cody tossed to Rhett & Ferrara was enough to persuade Taylor to join them. This makeshift team will start against… Jonathan Gresham, Alex Shelley & Leon St. Giovanni! With Chris Sabin and Shaheem Ali out, Teams Search & Destroy and Coast 2 Coast combined for a unique combination.

Shane Taylor & The Dawgs VS Jonathan Gresham, Alex Shelley & Leon St. Giovanni!

A pair of makeshift teams does not impress The Kingdom in the slightest, but the Gauntlet begins with Taylor and the Human Rocket, LSG. LSG and Taylor circle, Taylor lunges but LSG ducks. LSG chops Taylor but it does nothing to the big man. Taylor swings but LSG hits back. LSG bobs and weaves then back kicks, then speeds up. Taylor keeps up and knees LSG down! Taylor drags LSG up and forearms him into the Dawg’s corner. Rhett tags in and Taylor holds LSG in place for the running kick. Rhett scoops LSG up but LSG slips out to dropkick. LSG tags in Gresham and the Octopus forearms Rhett in the corner. Rhett waistlocks, but Gresham gets the leg for a takedown. Rhett pushes Gresham away but Gresham cartwheels. Gresham runs in and springboard headscissors Rhett, then dropkicks him down.

Fans fire up as Gresham runs in, but he blocks a boot. Rhett jabs Gresham down, then tags in Ferrara. Lil’ Willie swaggers about but gets caught into an arm snap. Ferrara kicks back, then whips, but Gresham reverses to uppercut the arm. Gresham brings Ferrara over and tags in Shelley. Shelly climbs up and fans go wild as he gives a macho ax handle. Shelley wrenches but Ferrara knees low. Ferrara runs but Rhett tags in with some authority. Rhett and Ferrara argue, but Ferrara feeds Shelley to Rhett’s slingshot shoulder. Ferrara takes out Gresham & LSG, then starts arguing with Rhett again. Rhett shoves Ferrara down to catapult him, Ferrara forearms Shelly down.

Shelley scrambles to a corner while Rhett brags and boasts. Rhett drags Shelley up for a buckle bump, then tags in Taylor. Taylor stomps Shelley, then trash talks the Motor City Machine Gun. He scoops Shelley up but Shelley slips out to fire off elbows. Shelley spins but into a headbutt. He comes back for a kick but gets a knee! Taylor rolls Shelley to knee him again. Cover, but Gresham breaks it up and fires off his own forearms while we go to break.

ROH returns as Taylor slams Gresham down. Taylor runs to add the splash! But he’s going after the wrong man, because Gresham isn’t legal. Tag to Ferrara, then tag to Rhett. Ferrara rams his shoulder into Shelly in a corner, then Rhett runs in for a helluva kick. Rhett feeds him to Ferrara for the BLL hammerlock lariat, then Rhett himself leaps for the Doggy Splash! But Shelley moves, the splash flops! Ferrara grabs Shelley, keeping him away from LSG. Shelley standing switches but Taylor comes in. Shelley’s ready for him, and Gresham adds an enziguri to the DDT complete shot combo! Fans are fired up while Shelley gets to LSG. LSG rallies on The Dawgs, then tosses Rhett with a back drop. Ferrara runs in but into a swinging gutbuster and rolling neckbreaker! LSG climbs up and takes aim to LEAP!

The Human Rocket takes out Taylor & The Dawgs, and Hammerstein is loving it. LSG puts Ferrara in the ring, then climbs up again. Rhett slows him down, and he has to jump over Ferrara. Ferrara tries but misses the BLL, LSG rolls him up! There’s the three count, LSG ELIMINATES The Dawgs & Shane Taylor!! The Kingdom fakes sympathy for The Dawgs and all that wasted money. But now we get the third team in this Gauntlet… The Last Real Men, Silas Young, Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas.

Jonathan Gresham, Alex Shelley & Leon St. Giovanni VS The Last Real Men!

While the keg-carrying BCB and his buddy the Kingpin take their time, the ROH World Television Champion rushes the ring. Shelley swipes at Silas but Silas drags him out of the ring first. Silas throws Shelley into the barriers, then dodges Gresham. Gresham FLIES from the apron, but then BCB cannonballs outta nowhere! LSG dropkicks BCB, then slingshots out onto Milonas, but Milonas catches him easily. Milonas slams LSG on the apron, then gets in the ring. Milonas stalks LSG, then brings him up. LSG slips out to throw forearms, but runs into Milonas’ lift. BCB runs in to add a dropkick to Milonas’ sidewalk slam!

BCB aims at Shelley and runs into the corner for a BIG right hand. He feeds Shelley to Milonas while he climbs up top. Milonas holds Shelley and BCB flies in, but Shelley moves, and the missile dropkick goes into Milonas! Shelley baits BCB and dumps him out. Silas runs in for the full nelson knee then hits a cutter! But Gresham gets Silas in a waistlock. Silas standing switches, but so does Gresham, then Silas does it again. They go back and forth with standing switches and the fans are loving it. Gresham gets one more but gets bucked off, only to come back and start the cycle again! Silas, then Gresham, then Silas, then Gresham, but Silas stops the cycle with a takedown.

Gresham shoves Silas to ropes but runs into a drop toehold. BCB holds Gresham in place for Silas’ rope attack. BCB rocks Gresham then Milonas flattens him! Milonas the Mastodon stomps around then stomps on Gresham while we go to break.

ROH returns and BCB throws Gresham into the corner. BCB argues with the ref, but he stops Gresham from getting away with knees, and even a bite to the forehead. BCB argues that he doesn’t have enough teeth to bite someone, then he throws Gresham into Silas’ boot. Silas tags in, and he brings Gresham up. Gresham resists the suplex but Silas fires body shots. Gresham and Silas go back and forth in suplex attempts, but then Gresham slips to a waistlock. The standing switch cycle begins again! Gresham changes it up with a DDT! Fans rally as Gresham crawls over. Tag to LSG!

LSG rallies on Silas, then hits BCB for good measure. He dares Milonas to do something, and Milonas rushes in, only to get dumped back out. BCB returns to back suplex but LSG slips out. LSG speeds up, springboard forearms! But Silas returns, only to get rolled up. TWO, and Silas boots LSG. LSG comes back with an enziguri, to then scoop DDT Silas. Cover, but BCB breaks it. BCB drags LSG up but LSG boots BCB out. Silas tags in Milonas, and Milonas attacks LSG. Milonas puts LSG in a corner, then backs off to a corner. Silas comes in and whips Milonas corner to corner, but LSG dodges! Milonas hits buckles while LSG clotheslines Silas! LSG kicks Silas away to then run at Milonas, but into a boot. BCB grabs LSG, and Milonas climbs up, for a MASSIVE Hart Attack leg drop! Cover, but Shelley breaks it fast!

Silas returns to get Shelley with the full nelson but Shelley arm-drags out. Shelley runs into a fireman’s carry but slips out of it, only to get a back elbow. Silas runs, but Shelley follows, only to get the backbreaker and lariat. Gresham runs into the backbreaker, but he gets under the lariat, for a German Suplex! BCB returns, to give Gresham a sidewinder DDT! Milonas returns, and the Bouncers of ROH set things up with LSG. BCB is on one corner, Milonas is on the other. Gresham & Shelley return to trip BCB, then anchor Milonas. BCB tumbles down while Team Search 2 Coast gang up on Milonas. Milonas falls, and LSG adjusts. 450 Splash!!

Search 2 Coast ELIMINATES Silas & The Bouncers!! Thanks to the Human Rocket, this makeshift team has made it to the halfway point. The fourth team… SoCal Uncensored!

Jonathan Gresham, Alex Shelley & Leon St. Giovanni VS SoCal Uncensored!

And they rush the ring even faster than Silas did!

It’s a brawl as SCU beat down the tired Search 2 Coast. They embrace the heat as Christopher Daniels whips Shelley corner to corner and then rams his shoulder in. Daniels then feeds Shelley to Frankie Kazarian’s slingshot DDT. The SCU regroup and sort out, Daniels starts with LSG. Daniels whips LSG to the ropes then runs him over. Tag to Kaz, and the Addiction toy with LSG. Fans rally behind LSG while Kaz whips him corner to corner. Kaz hits a big corner clothesline, then a swinging dropkick. He kips up to show off, then grinds his knee into LSG. He backs off at 4, then drags LSG up. Kaz tags Scorpio Sky, who kicks LSG’s ribs. Scorpio pulls LSG back in a chinlock while we go to break.

ROH returns and SCU circle a wounded Shelley. The referee keeps them back to check on one half of the MCMG, so the SCU goes after LSG. They whip LSG corner to corner, then Daniels adds a forearm smash. Daniels brings LSG over to coordinate with Kaz and Scorpio. Kaz tags in, rams his knee into LSG, then tags Daniels and Scorpio back. Kaz whips LSG into a corner, then Daniels runs in, but LSG boots him away. LSG boots Kaz, then boots Scorpio. LSG hops up but Scorpio throws him with a SUPER huricanrana! The Addiction combine for Celebrity Rehab!

Cover, SCU ELIMINATES LSG and team! A valiant effort from the most makeshift team of the match, but now SCU faces the fifth and final team… Kenny King, Chuckie T and Eli Isom!

Nevermind, this is the most makeshift team of the entire Gauntlet! Can the K I N G, the Kentucky Gentleman and the Future of Honor combine to get past former ROH World Six Man Tag Champions to then challenge the current ones?

SoCal Uncensored VS Kenny King, Chuckie T & Eli Isom!

The Kingdom doesn’t even recognize who Isom is, and therefore can’t understand why he’s getting a chance. Their opinions aside, the teams sort out and the Code of Honor is not upheld. Chuckie T starts against the Fallen Angel and they circle around the ring. They tie up, and Chuckie gets a headlock. Daniels powers out but Chuckie runs him over. Chuckie runs but into a kick. Daniels puts Chuckie in a corner to stomp a mudhole, then takes time to boast. Chuckie gets up and knees Daniels in the face! Chuckie whips Daniels for a back drop, then runs him over with lariats. Daniels tags out to Scorpio, and Scorpio promises to break Chuckie in half. They circle and Chuckie blocks a kick. Chuckie chops back, then tags Kenny King.

They double whip and double elbow Scorpio. They can’t seem to agree on whether to shake hands, high five or first bump, so they just skip that to drop elbows on Scorpio. Cover, TWO! Scorpio rakes Kenny’s eyes, then tags Kaz. Kaz throws forearms on Kenny, then rocks him with haymakers. Kaz puts Kenny into a corner, but Kenny fires forearms back. Kenny whips but Kaz rolls off his back. Kenny blocks the kick to give a kick, then scoops Kaz for the slam. Tag to Chuckie, and it’s time for the most dangerous move in the world… the slow senton! Chuckie flexes while we go to one last commercial break.

ROH returns once more, and Eli Isom is finally in! Isom and Kaz speed things up, and Isom knees Kaz down. Cover, ONE, but Isom whips Kaz again. Daniels saves Kaz from the dropkick, then Kaz grounds ‘n’ pounds Isom into the mat. Kaz backs off at 4, then drags Isom up into a camel clutch. Isom endures, so Kaz stomps him out. Fans rally up for the young star, but Kaz brings him over to bump him off Daniels’ & Scorpio’s boots. Scorpio snapmares Isom to scrape his face with the soles of his shoes. Isom flounders to a corner but Scorpio rocks him with a haymaker. Scorpio brings him back to tag Daniels in. Daniels lariats Isom down, covers, TWO. He brings Isom up for elbows, then scoop slams him down.

Tag to Kaz before the slingshot elbow. Kaz tags Scorpio then hits the slingshot leg drop. Scorpio slingshots for the splash, then covers. TWO, but Scorpio keeps on Isom with a facelock. Tag to Daniels, and he kicks Isom in the ribs. Daniels stomps Isom down, then wraps on a chinlock. Isom endures while fans rally up. He feeds off the energy to fight out with body shots. Daniels clubs him back down, then hits Chuckie T for good measure. Daniels whips Isom, but Isom ducks and dodges, double clotheslines wipe them both out! Isom and Daniels crawl, hot tag to Kenny! Kenny rallies with jabs and haymakers on Daniels. Scorpio runs in and fires off on Kenny. Scorpio whips but Kenny reverses. Kenny catches Scorpio as he goes up and over, then drops him with the chin checker and spinning roundhouse.

Kaz comes in, he and Kenny dodge each other’s attacks, and Kenny gets a SPINEBUSTER! Chuckie returns while Kaz gets to a corner. Scorpio is in the opposite corner, so both Kenny and Chuckie run in for corner clotheslines. They run back the other way, but Daniels denies them their hug. Daniels kicks Kenny, then throws a forearm. Kenny ends up in his corner and Isom tags in. Daniels misses in the corner, and Isom groups together with Kenny and Chuckie. They hit triple forearm smashes! Then rotate to hit them again! And then, triple hug! Chuckie clotheslines Kaz out, then Kenny slingshot corkscrews! Kaz avoids it, then slingshots out onto Kenny while Daniels & Scorpio attack Chuckie & Isom! Scorpio FLIES onto Chuckie, then Daniels has Isom. Angel’s- No, Isom counters into Northern Lights! Bridging cover, ISOM ELIMINATES SCU!!

Winners: Kenny King, Chuckie T & Eli Isom, Isom pinning

It’s true! SoCal Uncensored doesn’t want to accept it, but the rookie helps his team win it all! This Cinderella story challenges Taven, O’Ryan & Marseglia, can they go all the way to be the new ROH World Six Man Tag Champions?

Meanwhile, The Kingdom laugh at the SCU for choking when victory was theirs. Will they be laughing after facing the trio of underdogs? Or will they continue to be the first, last, and only ROH World Six Man Tag Champions?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A pretty solid episode of ROH, and logically the Gauntlet is the majority of it. Kelly Klein VS Jenny Rose was a good WOH match as these two are the more polished members of the division. Kelly wins because her story of building back from her streak being broken takes precedent over any other. I’m sure Kelly will be the next challenger for Sumie in their rematch from the championship tournament, and she might even win to be the second-ever WOH Champion.

Then the Gauntlet match was really fun for having two real teams and three made-up ones. LSG really builds himself as a star being the guy to pin and eliminate two teams. But good ol’ SoCal Uncensored are the Heels that ruin the fun by stopping their streak. And while surprising, Eli Isom being the one to pin them makes sense given how much crap The Kingdom was giving him on commentary. That underestimation can be the story of their championship match, and it’d be great if Isom was the guy to get the pin there, too. It’ll really piss The Kingdom off and probably get a good reaction from the fans in attendance. There aren’t many trios in ROH, least of all Face ones, so a full program of Isom, King and Chuckie against the Kingdom could make for a good story in the Six Man Tag Division.

My Score: 8.3/10


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Lucha Underground Season 4, “Break the Machine”

The Machine called Cage wants to be Lucha Underground Champion, and is willing to break Pentagon Dark to do it. Will he succeed? Or end up broken instead?

 

Gifs to come courtesy of frentique.tumblr.com

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Ancient Aztec Medallion Match: Paul London w/ The Rabbit Tribe VS Desmond X; Desmond wins the seventh and final Aztec Medallion.
  • Odd One Out Over the Top Rope Battle Royal: The Mack wins, and chooses ??? to be left out of the Gift of the Gods Championship match.
  • Johnny Mundo w/ Taya VS Vibora w/ Kobra Moon; Vibora wins.
  • Lucha Underground Championship: Pentagon Dark VS Cage; Pentagon wins and retains the Lucha Underground Championship.

PLAY BY PLAY

Ancient Aztec Medallion Match: Paul London w/ The Rabbit Tribe VS Desmond X

The Mad Hatter has a new edge after sacrificing Mascarita Sagrada, but he faces a new face in the Temple for the seventh and final spot in the Gift of the Gods Championship match. Can Desmond make an impact in his debut?

The bell rings, but Desmond is distracted by Saltador and Mala Suerte jumping in and running around. London hits Desmond in the opening, then stomps and hammers away. London chokes Desmond at the ropes, then tucks him in. Mala and Saltador hold Desmond in place for the basement dropkick! Desmond tumbles out of the ring, but the others hold him up. London runs in again, but Desmond sends the harebrained henchmen into the dropkick! Desmond goes up to the apron to mule kick London down, then Arabian Press moonsault! London gets out of the way, so Desmond only hits Saltador and Mala. London is back in the ring, and slingshots to wreck Desmond with another dropkick. He drags Desmond up and into the ring to slingshot to the Oklahoma Roll. TWO, and Desmond crawls to a corner.

London goes over and rains down lefts and rights with frantic fury. Desmond crawls away but London is on him again. Desmond shoves then ducks London to hit a back elbow. London walks into a strike fest and leaping complete shot! Fans rally behind Desmond as he aims at London, but the henchmen grab his feet! London runs in, but Desmond gets free and lets London hit buckles. Desmond runs in but into boots. London climbs up, but Desmond springs up to super headscissor London down! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer Desmond while London rolls away. Desmond gets up and runs corner to corner, but misses the uppercut. London runs but hits buckles again, and Desmond hits a swing kick. Desmond goes for a tornado DDT but London powers out of it. Desmond handspring Pele kicks London down! Cover, TWO, but Desmond keeps going.

Desmond climbs up top and takes aim, but London rolls away. Desmond rolls through his 450, but then turns around into London’s double knees! London goes full rabies as he foams at the mouth. He stalks Desmond then brings him up, but the tiger suplex is countered to a wheelbarrow pin! Desmond wins!

Winner: Desmond X; wins the final Aztec Medallion

From debut to a Gift of the Gods contender, Desmond has the X factor needed to survive in the Temple. Will he also use that same potential to be the next GotG Champion?

 

Antonio Cueto presents the Gift of the Gods Championship.

He congratulates Desmond X on becoming the final entrant for next week’s massive GotG match. Antonio has been a promoter for over 40 years, and can’t ever remember such a star-studded match. “Next week is gonna be epico!” But that means the seven fighters must now place their medallions in the belt to officially claim a spot in Lucha Underground history. Introducing first: Dragon Azteca Jr! The Eagle Tribe’s representative heads down the stairs, and places the Snake Tribe medallion. Second is King Cuerno, the King of Hunters! He presents the medallion of his Deer Tribe. Third is Ivelisse, the Baddest Bitch in the Temple. She enters her first ever GotG match as she presents the Moth Tribe medallion. Fourth is Desmond X, who only just won the Rabbit medallion.

Fifth is Son of Havoc, who won alongside The Mack just last week. Havoc places the Jaguar Tribe’s medallion, followed by The Mack presenting the Eagle Tribe medallion. And last but not least, Mil Muertes! He appears with Catrina to present the Death Tribe’s medallion. All seven medallions are in the belt, and all seven competitors stand in the ring. Antonio wishes to have some fun. “To some, seven is a lucky number. But I have always found it to be unlucky.” That means that next week, ONLY SIX will get to compete. Because tonight, the odd man–or woman–out will be decided in a surprise Over the Top Rope Battle Royal! The winner gets to choose who doesn’t join the rest of them next week!! “What’re you waiting for?! FIGHT!!”

Odd One Out Over the Top Rope Battle Royal!

The bell rings, Catrina gets out of the way, and all seven luchadors go at it! Cuerno goes after Ivelisse while Muertes takes care of both The Mack and Desmond X. Azteca and Havoc stay clear while Cuerno tries to toss Ivelisse. She fights back while Azteca runs into Muertes’ barreling shoulder. Muertes throws and ELIMINATES Cuerno! Muertes then targets Ivelisse as she climbs up top. He grabs her by the throat, then throws her out onto Cuerno! Ivelisse is ELIMINATED! Muertes then grabs Desmond and ELIMINATES him with a single toss! Azteca staggers up but runs into Muertes, who powerbomb lifts him. Azteca counters with a headscissors while Mack and Havoc work together, they all ELIMINATE Muertes! Of course, Aztec is also ELIMINATED for touching the floor, leaving just The Mack and Havoc!

Havoc and Mack, two thirds of the Lucha Underground Trios Champions, must now face each other. This will decide who is completely gone from the Gift of the Gods Championship match. The fans are divided, but Havoc assures Mack that it’s no big deal. Havoc then DIVES onto everyone else!!

He ELIMINATES himself! The Mack wins!

Winner: The Mack

That was surprising to everyone, including The Mack! He respects Havoc’s self-sacrifice, but now who will he say is not in the GotG match? Mack thinks for a moment. He ain’t afraid of no man, but “Mil Muertes scares the shit out of me.” In other words, sorry, but Muertes is out! Mack takes his leave and Catrina and Muertes are pissed, but Muertes does something about it! He attacks everyone else!! He blasts through Cuerno, Havoc and Azteca, throws Ivelisse down, then Choke Slams Desmond! But none of it matters, he’s still out. Who of the remaining six will take the Gift of the Gods Championship, and then use it to challenge THE Lucha Underground Champion?

 

Johnny Mundo w/ Taya VS Vibora w/ Kobra Moon!

A war of factions has broken out in Lucha Underground between the Worldwide Underground and the Reptile Tribe. Can the Guru of Greatness lead his team to vengeful victory with a win over #Luchasaurus? Or will Mundo end up the one going to #SlamTown?

The bell rings, and Mundo gets a waistlock and kick. He kicks but Vibora blocks and uppercuts back. They circle, and Mundo sticks and moves with the giant snake man. That superman rabbit punch staggers Vibora, but Vibora comes back with a forearm of his own. Vibora runs, but Taya grabs his feet. Mundo runs, but Kobra returns the favor. The luchadoras take notice of each other, and they get in the ring now! Taya SPEARS Kobra! “Wera Loca” throws the Queen of Snakes out, and Vibora grows concerned for his monarch. The referee gets distracted keeping the luchadoras apart, so he doesn’t see Mundo’s low blow mule kick out of the pop-up! Mundo adds the Flying Chuck! Then the shining wizard to standing shooting star! Cover, ONE and Vibora sits up. Vibora drags Mundo up, fireman’s carry, modified Widomaker!

But Vibora isn’t done yet. He brings Mundo back up, whips him to a corner, then runs in for the big back elbow. He keeps going, boot wash! Vibora has the Believers on his side as he gives Mundo a Vibora Trigger! Mundo is rocked, but Vibora drags him back up for a straitjacket to torture rack, BURNING HAMMER! Cover, TWO!! Mundo somehow survives, but Vibora grabs him around the throat now. Choke Slam but Mundo slips out to hit a BIG Poison-Rana! Vibora’s up, front Spike-Rana! Fans rally up as Mundo climbs. But Vibora sits up again! Mundo isn’t sure what to do, so he CARTWHEEL DIVES onto Kobra!

Fans lose their minds while Taya trash talks Kobra. But Vibora is only angered by this offense to his queen. The WWU flip him off and he gives chase, but the Darewolf, PJ Black, is lurking with a chair.

Mundo leads Vibora around the ring while Taya keeps the ref distracted. They turn the corner and SMACK! PJ gets a direct shot on Vibora. Mundo drags the dead weight up and into the ring, then climbs up. Fin Del Mundo! Cover, TWO!??! How?! Believers are behind Vibora but Mundo is furious. He SUPERKICKS the referee! PJ brings in chairs and Taya joins in. They all toy with the Luchasaurus, then put a chair around the neck. Mundo grabs the other chair, but here comes Drago! The firespitter of the Reptile Tribe flies in to missile dropkick Mundo down! He baits Taya and PJ away, so Daga can come in to swing on them! The Reptile King and Knight chase off the WWU minions and that leaves us with Vibora and Mundo 1v1.

Mundo grabs a chair while the fans duel. Vibora stands, ducks and handsprings, to SUPERKICK the chair, then SUPERKICK Mundo! He whips Mundo, for the powerbomb! Then, CHOKE SLAM! Standing moonsault! A new referee comes in to count, TWO!! “This is Awesome!” but far from over. Vibora drags Mundo up, puts him in a corner, then takes aim from across the way. But Ricky Mundo appears to save his hero! But then Vibora goes to the corner for the ASAI!

Believers are thunderous as he wipes both Mundos out. Vibora puts Johnny Mundo in the ring, then climbs up again. Mundo springs to life and ducks under to then roundhouse Vibora. SUPERKICK, too, then hook kick! Mundo runs but into a headbutt! Vibora grabs at Mundo but Mundo slips and slides around for another swing kick. Mundo springboards, but into a SUPER CHOKE SLAM!!

Cover, Vibora wins!

Winner: Vibora, by pinfall

The Luchasaurus defeats a former Lucha Underground Champion, and Kobra Moon helps him celebrate. But wait, the WWU return to SMACK them down with chairs! But that just brings Daga and Drago back! They take those chairs and use them on PJ and Taya. Ricky gets a SUPERKICK from Drago, then a hesitation dropkick from Daga. PJ SUPERKICKS Daga back, but then the brawl continues. Ricky gives the WWU numbers advantage but that’s still not enough to stop the fight. This war is far from over, which side will be left standing after the dust settles?

 

XO Lishus works out backstage.

He’s a maniac, maniac~… In his mind.

But Jack Evans is spying on him, still upset over the #PutUporShutUp defeat he suffered weeks ago. No one gets the better of him, no one! But then Ricky and Rosa the doll show up. What’s Jack doing? Spying on his enemy to learn everything about them. What’s Ricky doing? Recovering after getting his ass beat by the Reptiles. Jack should’ve been out there to help. Look, Ricky, Jack already said he doesn’t do snakes. Johnny was okay with it, so you and that “dirty ass doll” better mind your own business. Jack storms out, but Rosa says she doesn’t like Jack. Neither does Ricky. Maybe they should do to Jack what they did to Angelico. No, Ricky can’t. Johnny would be mad. But who’s in charge of Ricky’s life? Johnny? Or Ricky? Or perhaps, it’s Rosa…?

 

Lucha Underground Championship: Pentagon Dark VS Cage!

After The Machine attacked the Bone Collector and put him through a table, the champion got payback while giving Cage what he wants. Will Cage finally grab hold of the top Aztec gold? Or will Pentagon and his #CeroMiedo add the arm of a Machine to the collection?

Fans are already thunderous as they duel between the two luchadors. More Believers are on Pentagon’s side than Cage’s, but that doesn’t deter the challenger. Cage hits before the bell as he blasts Pentagon off the apron! The bell rings so now Cage’s assault is official. He throws big forearms then throws Pentagon into railing. Pentagon kicks back, but Cage forearms again. Cage throws Pentagon into more railing, then kicks him across the face. The Terminator drums start up and Cage throws Pentagon over the stair guard rails! Then he bounces Pentagon off the announce desk. Cage scoop slams Pentagon to the floor, then brings him up. Pentagon hits back with haymakers and kicks, then grabs a camera cable to choke Cage with it! The referee reprimands Pentagon, and Pentagon lets up on Cage to shout at the ref. Cage takes advantage and back suplexes Pentagon on the apron!

Pentagon slumps to the floor, but Cage drags him up again. Cage goes bowling for chairs with Pentagon! He throws Pentagon into railings again, then ties his mask to them! Cage fires off boots and forearms to hammer Pentagon into the steel. Fans chant “We Want Tables” and Cage goes looking. When he can’t find any, he takes Matt Striker’s chair! Cage brings the chair over to Pentagon and swings on him! Thankfully, Pentagon unties his mask and narrowly escapes! Pentagon SUPERKICKS Cage, then Slingblades Cage down! The Believers fire up with the champion, and “CERO MIEDO!” echoes out. Pentagon puts Cage in the ring for flying double stomps! Cover, ONE, and Pentagon is shocked. But Pentagon keeps his cool, he waits for Cage to stand to kick that leg. Pentagon then grabs Cage for the driver but Cage slips out to hit a jumping knee.

Cage grabs Pentagon now, pumphandle driver! But he isn’t done, as he drags Pentagon up again. Cage powerbomb lifts, buckle bomb! Pentagon rolls out but can’t get away. Cage deadlift SUPERPLEXES! Cover, TWO! Pentagon survives because Cage didn’t grab the legs. Believers duel as Cage slashes the throat. Cage drags Pentagon up in the fireman’s carry but Pentagon slips out for a backstabber! Cage goes to discus but Pentagon counters with a code breaker! Cover, TWO! Pentagon’s own ego allows Cage to survive. Pentagon climbs up but Cage grabs him onto his shoulders. Cage walks around with the electric chair, to throw Pentagon down with a facebuster. Cover, TWO! Cage keeps his cool, but Pentagon escapes the powerbomb with an enziguri! SUPERKICK added, and then a flying DESTROYER!

But Cage gets back up, so he gets another Destroyer!

Pentagon grabs Cage, Package Piledriver!! Cover, Pentagon wins!

Winner: Pentagon Dark; still Lucha Underground Champion

Neither man nor machine is enough to stop the darkness that fuels Pentagon. However, Cage gets a second win and swings on Pentagon! Pentagon ducks the discus, to smash Cage with the belt. He hears the Believers chant “Break his arm!” Pentagon makes sure to tell Cage that the title is his, before putting on the Dark Armbar! But wait, Cage powers out! Cage lifts Pentagon, to F5 him onto the belt! Fans boo and jeer, but Cage picks up the belt for his own. Cage tells Pentagon, “I already told you. You can’t break my arm, because I’m not a man… I’m a MACHINE!” Even so, Pentagon retained. Will Cage find a way to challenge Pentagon again? Or is it back of the line for this unbreakable behemoth?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Great stuff tonight for Lucha Underground, with plenty of surprises, too. I like the character change for Paul London after what he did last week, but it seems it was for naught with the debuting Impact Wrestling star, Desmond Xavier, winning over him. Desmond joins the Gift of the Gods match, and that battle royal was fast but very important. I was surprised to see just how strongly Face Son of Havoc is as he bites the bullet for The Mack. And then Mack makes a perfectly logical choice to keep Muertes out of this match. Muertes is incredibly strong, which he shows off by eliminating the majority of the field, so why wouldn’t another wrestler want to avoid him? Plus, Muertes still has his part to play in Catrina’s story, so he isn’t without something to do.

Mundo VS Vibora was great, and really gives us a look at what Vibora can do in the ring. However, with Taya, PJ, Ricky, Daga and Drago running in and out, it makes it clear that WWU has the numbers advantage though the Reptiles clearly have strength. The Reptiles still might have to recruit members to keep even with the WWU, because an Elimination Tag match could easily go the WWU’s way. Though, Jack uses his own reasons for not being involved, and it seems XO is going to be a personal rival of his. Ricky being revealed as the reason Angelico is gone this season is perfectly creepy for his new gimmick, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he was also used as to why other stars aren’t returning, such as Dante Fox.

The Lucha Underground Championship match went as expected, but I like that Cage keeps himself strong with that attack. Antonio Cueto might give Cage another chance separate from Gift of the Gods, and there’s still the issue of the Gauntlet of the Gods, too. There’s a lot that can happen for Pentagon and the Lucha Underground title, and unpredictability is always what’s best for pro-wrestling.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Report! (7/18/18)

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Who will challenge the Queen of Spades for her NXT Women's title?

The EST goes down with injury, so the odds go up for Mrs. Wrestling, the Pirate Princess and the Loony Lass to win and challenge the NXT Women’s Champion!

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Dakota Kai VS Lacey Evans; Lacey wins.
  • Kassius Ohno VS Rick Ramirez; Ohno wins.
  • NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender Triple Threat: Candice LeRae VS Nikki Cross VS Kairi Sane; Kairi wins and will challenge Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women’s Championship at TakeOver: Brooklyn IV.

PLAY BY PLAY

Dakota Kai VS Lacey Evans!

The Captain of Team Kick has gotten over her fear, but that doesn’t mean she’s gotten past being looked down on. Will the Lady of NXT use her Woman’s Right to knock Dakota out of the Women’s Division? Or will Dakota kick Lacey to the curb?

The bell rings and Lacey starts by mocking Dakota’s kicks. She then pie-faces Dakota, so Dakota trips her up and jackknife covers. ONE but Dakota throws Lacey around with arm-drags. Dakota runs and dropkicks Lacey, then whips her into a corner. Lacey reverses but Dakota goes up and over to then slip up and around for a roll up. TWO, but Dakota keeps on Lacey with a snapmare and kick! Dakota runs, for another kick! Cover, TWO! Lacey flounders to a corner but Dakota takes aim. Dakota runs Around the World, but misses! Lacey retaliates with her own kick, then sets Dakota up in the Tree of Woe. She ties Dakota in with the tag rope! Dakota is trapped but Lacey backs off at 4, to come back with the swinging bronco buster. Dakota is freed but Lacey mocks her while she’s on the mat.

Lacey watches Dakota crawl to ropes, then says “What’re you gonna do? Nothing.” Dakota stands while Lacey mocks the kicks. Lacey throws Dakota down to stomp her out. Fans boo and jeer as the Model Soldier covers. TWO, and Lacey gets frustrated. Lacey drops knees into Dakota’s back, then pulls her up by her hair. The ref reprimands her, and Dakota kicks back. Dakota rolls Lacey, TWO. Dakota kicks but Lacey blocks, takedown and gut punch! Lacey yanks Dakota around for an elbow drop. She keeps on that leg with a deathlock, then pulls on Dakota’s head and neck. Lacey pulls Dakota back, then slaps her on the side. Dakota endures while fans rally up. Lacey grimaces, then grinds her chin into Dakota’s head for added attack. She switches to her forearm across Dakota’s face, but stops at 4. Fans keep rallying for Dakota, and Dakota pries her way out.

Lacey comes back with a kick, then grinds Dakota back down in the arm-half of a surfboard. She grinds Dakota into the mat, then drops knee after knee into the back. Dakota refuses to quit, and fans rally up again. Dakota fights her way out with her legs, but Lacey pulls harder with full extension of her leg. Lacey uses both feet, but Dakota stands up to make it a cover! TWO, and Lacey kicks away on Dakota’s back. Dakota endures the stretching and bending, so Lacey just slingshots her down. Lacey sits for a cover, TWO. She drags Dakota up, then over to ropes to give her a knee and a sweep. Lacey slingshots out for more stomps. She literally walks all over Dakota, then salutes herself. Dakota rolls in but Lacey slingshots for the elbow drop.

Cover, TWO! Lacey grows further frustrated, and makes Dakota pay for it with stomps. Lacey climbs up, but her moonsault flops! Dakota grits her teeth and drags herself up. Fans fire up for her as she aims at Lacey. Lacey hits hard with that body shot, but Dakota kicks and kicks and kicks back! Dakota takes aim as Lacey crawls away. Kiwi Around the World! Then ANOTHER! Dakota scrapes her foot on Lacey’s face over and over, then gives the boot wash! Cover, TWO!!

Lacey makes sure her jaw is still there, but Dakota is on her again. Dakota’s kick misses, and Lacey pumphandles to a scoop slam! Lacey can’t cover, because her face hurts too much. Dakota slowly stirs while Lacey drags herself back up. Fans fire up again, and Dakota scorpion kicks! Dakota runs but into a drop toehold. Lacey grabs the leg and ducks the enziguri to hit the Woman’s Right! Cover, Lacey wins!

Winner: Lacey Evans, by pinfall

That’s all it takes for things to go the Model Soldier’s way. Then she gets in Dakota’s face, shouting “You will NEVER be a lady! I AM a lady!” Lacey wins big, but with the contenders match tonight, how long will she have to wait for her chance at the NXT Women’s Championship?

 

Backstage interview with Ricochet.

The One and Only lost to the Undisputed Era a couple weeks ago in a Six Man Tag with Mustache Mountain. Mustache Mountain then lost to the Undisputed Era 2v2 with the NXT Tag Team Championships on the line. Ricochet speaks up there. It’s no secret he doesn’t like the Undisputed Era, but he knows they’re still fighting champions and will defend those belts again. In fact, the Undisputed Era loves to do just that. Except for Adam Cole, who barely defends his North American Championship. Ricochet was this close to being the NAC, but Cole stole it out from under him. Cole hides behind his title and his team, everyone knows it. But Ricochet will not stop until he gets 1v1 with Cole, and then you’ll see the next NXT North American Champion.

 

The Street Profits return!

And they return home, too. They ball on the court. “You dust yourself off, you get back up.” That’s how Deangelo Dawkins & Montez Ford do. They’re motivated by what The Mighty did to them the last time they faced off. They won’t fall for those tricks again. The #CurseofGreatness is on its way back, will they give Shane Thorne & Nick Miller the payback they deserve?

 

NXT Media catches up with EC3.

The Top One Percent made his entrance just as Velveteen Dream was celebrating a win, what was that about? Just a “non-friendly reminder” that EC3 isn’t about to forget the betrayal at the Royal Albert Hall tag match against Ricochet & Aleister Black. It also means EC3 is always watching. A fan wants a selfie, EC3 is nice enough to give it to him. EC3 gets a compliment and gives a compliment back. He even gives away a free EC3 t-shirt, just like the one on sale at the WWE Shop! EC3 doesn’t need this guy’s money, he’s already rich.

But then The Finest, Kona Reeves, comes along. He admits that random “dirtbag” is right, EC3 has a really nice outfit. Custom? Yes. Of course, yes. But it’s not The Finest. But that watch, sick watch. Just not The Finest. And that tan, that’s real good. Though, Kona’s is all natural. Yes, okay, we get it, it’s not The Finest. But look at him with those glasses covering up those “dead, creepy eyes” while wearing the buy-one-get-one suit, and is that cubic zirconium? How many arcade tickets did it take to get that chain? If Kona is gonna banter, bring your “A” Game or else EC3 will chew you up, spit you out and feed you to his cats! Do you understand him?

The Finest should just fight the Top One Percent. Do it, fight him. Fight him, fight him. Kona doesn’t want to. Yeah, because he knows he’d get a Top One Percent beating! EC3 leaves The Finest behind, but only now does Kona man up. Kona was thinking they’d be the Finest Friends, but now they’re worst enemies. Who will put their money where their mouth is with a win?

 

NXT takes a look at Aleister VS Ciampa.

The Embodiment of the End makes his opponents #FadeToBlack, but the Psycho Killer has darkness in his heart. The champion defeated the Leviathan the same night Ciampa brutalized and cheated his former friend out of victory. “And now you have something that I want.” Aleister believes how you deal with adversity is what makes you a champion. Ciampa believes that in Aleister’s case, the belt makes the man. Ciampa got to main event two TakeOvers in a row, but wants the “boy” to be careful waht he says. He then took his shot with a sneak attack and draping DDT.

Aleister says that Ciampa may see himself as a devil, but Ciampa knows nothing of the devil on Aleister’s back. Ciampa brushes that off as smoke and mirrors. He promises to snuff out the mystique like a candle. Aleister tells Ciampa he’s lost and confused, but Ciampa has his path to the title. Whose darkness will envelope the other to take the NXT Championship for their own?

 

Kassius Ohno VS Rick Ramirez!

The Knockout Artist returns! He hasn’t had the best string of matches lately, but that won’t slow him down. Will he get back on track tonight against an impressive looking prospect?

The bell rings and fans are behind Ohno as he approaches Rick. They circle, and Rick gets a waistlock. Ohno standing switches and tosses Rick down. Ohno barrels in with the discus! Cover, Ohno wins!

Winner: Kassius Ohno, by pinfall

That was fast! Ohno looms over Rick, as if he didn’t want to do what he just did to the younger wrestler. Will this be the first of many wins that help Ohno get back towards the NXT Championship?

 

The Undisputed Era speaks.

The NXT Tag Team Championships are back where they belong. Was there any doubt. Just look at them! North American, Tag Team and Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, they might as well be champions of the world! The loss to Seven and Bate no longer counts. Cole asks if they want to hear a joke. Sure. “Ricochet.” He talks smack about being so close to being a champion. “This close, this close”, who talks like that? They don’t speak loser. Cole is a champion and Ricochet isn’t. But Cole is a fighting champion, because when you anger the Undisputed Era, you’ll regret it. Ricochet needs to back off before he gets hurt. And that’s Undisputed. Will Cole keep Ricochet frozen out of the North American Championship scene? Or will GM William Regal have something to say about it?

 

NXT looks at the 21st century Vikings, the War Raiders.

Hanson & Rowe have come, and “the raid has begun.” Their warpath has already steamrolled Heavy Machinery and made The Mighty fall. “There’s no secrets, there’s no tricks, it’s the same story everywhere we go!” From Japan to Mexico to the UK and all over the United States, they’ve been tag team champions. Back in 2014, they were on opposite sides of a tournament. They were in the business 10 years each before this, without ever meeting, but in that first encounter, they “beat the snot” out of each other. There is no respect greater. And then they thought, what if they took that fight to everyone else? And thus, one of the most powerful tag teams was born!

This alliance changed their lives forever. Through blood, sweat and tears, respect was earned around the world. Rowe & Hanson shocked, destroyed, and dominated ever since. Their inspiration was the Viking culture that took what they wanted when they wanted. They embodied that in every promotion they ever competed in, and there’s no one on Earth who can stop them. In fact, it was only a motor cycle wreck that could’ve ended Rowe’s life that stopped them. His arm was rebuilt, and he overcame fear. With that behind them, no one can overcome these two. They bring that same spirit to NXT now, and defy expectations. Rowe has strength beyond his size, while Hanson has agility beyond his. They’ve earned the right to raid NXT’s Tag Team Division, and they’ve only just begun. “We take gold, we break EVERYONE!” The war is here, who can hope to survive?

 

Velveteen Dream sets the scene.

The Experience hears it. He hears the people buzzing about what the next experience will be. TakeOver: War Games, the people and Aleister Black said his name. Philadelphia, Dream had a knockout performance. New Orleans, the Dream rose to unimaginable heights. Chicago, a MOTY candidate to say the least. And come Brooklyn, the spotlight will still shine on Dream.

 

NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender Triple Threat: Candice LeRae VS Nikki Cross VS Kairi Sane!

This was meant to be a Fatal 4 Way, but Bianca Belair is unfortunately not medically cleared to compete. Her bad luck becomes good luck for the other three, who go from having a 25% chance to a 33% chance of winning. Will it be a rematch between The Queen of Spades and Mrs. Wrestling, the Loony Lass of SAnitY, or the Pirate Princess?

Nikki is rocking in a corner while fans cheer her on. But then Shayna Baszler makes her presence known, and Nikki smiles with wild eyes. Nikki waves at Shayna as the champion joins commentary. The bell rings and we begin.

Kairi and Candice aren’t sure what to make of Nikki, but then she blasts out of the corner at the two of them! Candice sends her into Kairi then rolls Nikki up, TWO. Kairi rolls Candice, TWO and Nikki rolls Kairi. TWO, and Candice throws Nikki with an arm-drag. Kairi arm-drags Candice, but then Nikki runs in again and crossbodies Kairi! Candice runs in but Nikki puts her on the apron. Candice hits Nikki away, but then Kairi runs in, and Nikki sends her into Candice! Kairi dodges Nikki to give double chops while fans duel between all three of them. Kairi keeps on Nikki in a corner, chop after chop after chop, then she runs in. Nikki dodges Sliding D to swing Kairi sideways! Kairi hits the post, and Nikki grins.

Candice gets back in the ring, builds speed, and DIVES on Nikki! Nikki seemed to welcome that. But Candice isn’t done, she builds speed again, but runs into Nikki’s elbow! Nikki puts Candice under the apron skirt and–after snuggling up to her like a kitten–clubs away on Candice’s back! Shayna says she doesn’t care who wins, she’s beaten all of them at least once. Nikki rams Candice off the apron while fans duel again. Nikki thrashes and grinds Candice into the mat, then hooks the nose. Cover, TWO, but Nikki keeps on Candice with a Rings of Saturn! Candice rolls but ends up in a crucifix, TWO!

Nikki puts Candice on the top rope and into a Tree of Woe for manic mudhole stomps! Kairi comes in and SPEARS Nikki! But Kairi goes after Candice with the Woe Stomps! Cover, TWO! Kairi keeps on Candice with the Anchor Lock! She bridges back and bends Candice, but Nikki breaks it up. Nikki hops on Kairi with a psycho sleeper hold, but Candice dropkicks them both down! Candice crawls after Nikki and chops away. She fires off furious htis from both sides, then runs in for a back elbow. She CANNONBALLS onto Kairi! Candice drags Kairi up while fans chant “NXT! NXT!” Nikki goes after Candice on the outside, for an inverted DDT on the ramp! Candice hits steel, and Nikki crawls away, only for Kairi to hit a flying kabuki elbow! “This is Awesome!” but Shayna is not amused.

Kairi stands first, all fired up, and she puts Nikki in the ring. Kairi prepares that elbow as she climbs up top. Nikki hits Kairi first, then climbs up to fight her on the top rope. Kairi fights back, but Candice returns to add on! TOWER OF DOOM!!

All three women are down but the fans are fired up to a fever pitch. Kairi gets to ropes while Nikki and Candice slowly sit up. Candice hits Nikki, but Nikki hits back. Kairi comes over while those two brawl, and then joins in with her own forearms. Nikki hits Kairi, but Candice hits Nikki. Nikki hits back but Kairi does, too. They all stand, Candice ducks and sends Nikki at Kairi. Candice enziguris Nikki, but Kairi backhands Candice! Kairi goes at Nikki but Nikki headbutts. Candice grabs them both, DDT and Complete Shot, 2-for-1! Candice springboards, LIONSAULT! Cover, but Nikki drags her off by the hair! Nikki gives Candice a draping, swinging neckbreaker!! Candice hits the floor while Nikki fires up.

Nikki goes at Kairi in the ring, but she takes her time letting the madness take over. She drags Kairi up, and hits a back suplex. She drags Kairi up again, for another! Then another! Nikki gets a hat trick but she’s not done yet. She grins as she drags Kairi up one more time. Nikki has the fisherman, but decides to up the ante! They go to the top rope again, but Candice crawls back in. Nikki stomps Candice then drags her up, small package! TWO! Nikki kicks but is blocked into the Unprettier! LIONSAULT! INSANE ELBOW! KAIRI WINS OUTTA NOWHERE!!!

Winner: Kairi Sane, by pinfall; challenges Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women’s Championship at TakeOver: Brooklyn IV

The Mae Young Classic finals are revisited once more, as this will be the tiebreaker between Pirate Princess and Queen of Spades. This rematch will mean so much more with the title on the line, who finishes the series with the gold?

 


 

My Thoughts:

What a great NXT! Not much time was wasted getting to the opening match, and it was really good. Lacey has really improved during her time as this Lady of NXT character, and she gets a surprising win over Dakota. As said earlier, Lacey will have to wait a bit before challenging the NXT Women’s Champion, but she will definitely reach that some day. Dakota will, too, even though she’s currently jobber to the stars. Good promos from Ricochet and the Undisputed Era, as well as videos from the Street Profits, EC3 and Kona Reeves. I am so excited EC3 is going to face Kona and more certainly beating him, in both the ring and in gimmick.

That War Machine/Raiders video package was great, and it drives home the point that those two are aimed right at the NXT Tag Team Championships. That makes for more great ROH-in-NXT action that will certainly please the fans. Ohno surprises with that extra fast squash of “Rick Ramirez” who has Rayne on his pants. I wouldn’t mind if this leads to either an edgier or even full Heel Ohno, he needs something that either brings him up to title contention or finally to main roster. The Aleister-Ciampa package was also great, as was Dream’s stylized video promo. The NXT Championship match is going to be great, as will Dream VS anyone in Brooklyn. Then the Women’s Triple Threat was incredible, and just when I thought Candice was getting her shot, Kairi literally comes in outta nowhere. Shayna VS Kairi 3 is going to be great and can go either way.

My Score: 8.5/10


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