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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Report! (2/5/18)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Fourth Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match: Roman Reigns VS Bray Wyatt; Reigns wins and enters the Elimination Chamber match.
  • Finn Balor w/ The Balor Club VS Dash Wilder w/ Scott Dawson; rescheduled as…
  • Finn Balor & Karl Anderson w/ Luke Gallows VS The Revival; Balor Club wins.
  • Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali VS Drew Gulak & Tony Nese; Alexander & Ali win.
  • Asuka VS Bayley; Asuka wins.
  • Fifth Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match: The Miz w/ The Miztourage VS Apollo Crews w/ Titus Worldwide; Miz wins and will enter the Elimination Chamber match.
  • WWE Raw Tag Team Championships: The Bar VS Seth Rollins & Jason Jordan; changed into…
  • WWE Raw Tag Team Championships: The Bar VS Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns; The Bar wins by disqualification, and retain the Raw Tag Team Championships.
  • Nia Jax VS Vanessa Floyd; Nia wins.
  • Sonya Deville w/ Absolution VS Mickie James; Mickie wins.
  • Triple Threat: Braun Strowman VS John Cena VS Elias; Elias wins and will officially enter the Elimination Chamber last.

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Bray Wyatt speaks.

“The Elimination Chamber is upon us!” Last year, Bray Wyatt won the WWE Championship in the match, and now he wishes to repeat. The only person in his way is his arch-nemesis, Roman Reigns! Roman has fallen so far that no one recognizes him. But Bray does. Roman lost the Royal Rumble, he lost the Intercontinental Championship yet he fakes his bravado. Bray knows the truth: Roman is a failure simply waiting to be “put out of his misery.” Bray will happily oblige. Tonight, the bottom of Roman’s spiral “holds something far worse than failure: me.”

Roman Reigns responds.

He’s some failure? Roman knows what failure really is: someone who can’t deal with adversity. He’s ahd his share of ups and downs but he’s no failure, that’s “them ark of a great journey.” ROman’s journey runs through the Chamber and “smashes into Suplex City”! Bray can’t stop Roman, the Chamber can’t stop Roman, and not even Brock Lesnar can stop Roman from becoming Universal Champion.

 

Fourth Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match: Roman Reigns VS Bray Wyatt!

Raw starts off with a major match as the Big Dog and the Eater of Worlds tie up once more! Which man will add another notch in this resurrected rivalry on their trip down the Road to Wrestlemania?

The bell rings and the two familiar foes circle. They tie up, and Bray powers Roman to a corner. He lets go and dares Roman to come at him. Roman runs out, they tie up again but Bray knees low to wrap on a headlock. Roman powers out then pursues to run Bray over with a shoulder. The fans have mixed reactions while Roman brings Bray up into his own headlock. Bray fights out and powers out, but misses in the corner, to lean back in his spider-walk.

“You are no match for me, Roman Reigns!” Bray boots Roman and hops up but Roman rocks him with an uppercut. Roman hauls Bray off the top rope in the fireman’s carry but Bray fights out. Bray dodges Roman to send him into the post! He then drags Roman back out, and rocks him with forearms. Cover, TWO, but Bray is not deterred. WOKEN Hardy watches from his secret location as Bray wraps Roman in a chinlock. The fans are mixed, but there are plenty rallying for Roman. The fans duel “Let’s go, Roman!” “Roman sucks!” Roman gets to his feet and fights back with body shots. Bray shoves him but Roman runs him over with lariats as he begins to rally. Bray reverses the whip but Roman hits him with the leaping lariat! Roman watches Bray roll out of the ring, so he goes out the other side and comes around the corner, Drive-By intercepted by the lariat! Then Bray throws Roman into steel steps before we go to break.

Raw returns and Bray stalks Roman before driving a knee into his back and stretching him back. Bray grows impatient with Roman’s endurance.

Roman starts getting back up while the fans continue to duel and Hardy continues to watch backstage. Roman gets Bray in the fireman’s carry and Samoan Drop! Both men are down and a ten count begins. Bray rolls while Roman sits up. Roman finds Bray in the corner and gives him the close-range clotheslines. Bray stops him short, lifts but Roman elbows out. They speed up, Bray runs Roman over with the body check! TWO! Bray keeps on Roman with a corner clothesline of his own, then hoists him up to the top rope. He climbs up and prepares a superplex, but Roman holds on! Roman uses his strength to pry his way out, then hit back with right hands. Bray staggers down but comes back with a chop. He climbs back up, and says “Anyone but you, Roman.” Roman revives and headbutts away on Bray! Roman then slips down and brings Bray out, sit-out powerbomb!

TWO! The two are down again and the referee checks on them. They’re both okay to continue, and Roman drags himself towards a corner. Roman stands up and the fans both cheer and jeer as he locks and loads. SUPER- Yurinagi counter! Back senton, too, TWO! Bray grows further frustrated, but also further manic as he laughs while pulling at his hair. The fans cheer “Let’s go Bray!” while he drags Roman up. He wants it but Roman rolls out of Sister Abigail, TWO, SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, TWO! Roman is too tired to be frustrated, he instead focuses on the Wrestlemania sign. Roman gets up and to a corner, the fans fire up both ways while he lets out the howl. He runs but Bray boots him away, SISTER ABIGAIL! TWO!! Bray is laughingly shocked at his old foe.

The fans declare “This is Awesome!” while Bray grins at Roman before unleashing hammering forearms to the back of Roman’s head. Bray drags Roman around and then to his feet. He wants a second one, but Roman revives to power out! He headbutts Bray, then ducks to SPEAR! Roman wins and is headed to The Elimination Chamber! With four spots filled, who will be the final two men to enter for a chance at The Beast?

WOKEN Hardy appears from nowhere!

And he wants to “DELETE! DELETE!” the Consumer of Terrestrial Entities! Bray knows he is there, and turns around, into a TWIST OF FATE! The Great War is far from over, who shall be the victorious being once it is finished?

 

Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan talk backstage.

The Architect asks how The Gold-Blooded Son feels. Is he even anywhere close to 100%? They have a rematch but it is the last time against The Bar. Rollins doesn’t want Jordan repeating their loss at Royal Rumble. Jordan says he’s ready, the doctors say he’s ready, so don’t worry. Rollins knows this isn’t about either individual but about them as a team. They vow to take back the Raw Tag Team Championships, can they do it?

 

Finn Balor w/ The Balor Club VS Dash Wilder w/ Scott Dawson!

The Extraordinary Man faces one of the #TopGuys 1v1, but Dash & Dawson have something to say on the way to the ring.

“In case you haven’t been paying attention”, ever since their return, this is The Revival. As such, these two are “tag team specialists”. Wherever one goes the other goes, so instead of just a singles, let’s make it a tag team match. Finn just has to choose one of his “Club Buddies” to tag in so The Revival can show them how it’s done. The Balor Club talks it over and Finn seems fine with either choice. The Good Brothers decide on The Machine Gun, and we have a new match made.

Finn Balor & Karl Anderson w/ Luke Gallows VS The Revival!

The bell rings and Anderson starts for The Balor Club while Dash starts for the #TopGuys. They tie up, Dash tags Dawson but Anderson gets away from their little trap. The Revival talk strategy for a moment before circling with Anderson. They tie up, Dawson puts Anderson in a corner. The break is a bit rough, and Dawson hits low with that forearm. He puts Anderson back in the corner to chop and hammer away, then whips. Anderson reverses then goes to hip toss but Dawson counters. Dawson puts on a headlock but Anderson powers out, only fro Dawson to run him over. Things speed up, Anderson arm-drags and elbows Dawson down, then does the same to Dash. Finn comes in, double whip and double body drops! The Revival bail out while The Balor Club Too Sweets, and we go to break.

Raw returns to see The Revival have turned it around and isolate Finn with an armlock. The fans rally and Finn gets to his feet. He pushes Dawson back but Dawson uses his tights to pull Finn to The Revival’s corner. Even so, Finn fights back against them both. Dawson misses and Finn throws him out. Finn crawls but Dash gets Dawson in so he can tag Dash, and then Dash pounces on Finn. He hauls Finn all the way back to his corner, then tags Dawson back in. The Revival mug Finn in the corner, focused on that arm. Dawson wrenches the arm then brings him down in a Fujiwara armbar while the fans rally.

Finn gets up and reaches for Anderson, but trips up Dawson and hits the double stomps! Dawson tags Dash back in but Finn gets the tag to Anderson! Anderson rallies, Dash reverses the whip but Anderson shotgun kicks Dash down. He also takes Dawson out before dodging Dash and giving him a jump kick! Anderson hops up, and jumps for a big neckbreaker! The fans fire up for The Machine Gun, he brings Dash up but Dash slips out. Anderson shoves Dash to ropes but Dawson holds onto his partner to save him from Anderson’s dropkick. Dawson tags in now, but Anderson is ready with the spinebuster! Dash breaks the cover, but Anderson clotheslines him out. He boots Dawson then tags Finn before giving a slingshot senton to Dash! Finn rallies on Dawson with a Slingblade, then the blasting dropkick! Dawson is in position and Finn climbs up, COUP DE GRACE! Balor Club wins! The #TopGuys bit off more than they could chew with this top team, will the next #1 contenders to the Raw Tag Team titles be #TooSweet?

 

Sasha Banks watches her loss from last week’s Raw.

The Boss had the Empress in her submission hold, only for Asuka to turn it around into hers. Sasha tapped, Asuka’s streak continues. Bayley comes in to tell Sasha to stop being so hard on herself. But the moment she stops being hard on herself, Sasha is no longer Sasha. She was so close to ending The Streak! Sasha is still the Boss, and she knows how. Bayley is going tonight, so can she get some hints? No offense, but Sasha keeps her tricks to herself. That’s fine. The Elimination Chamber is also every woman for herself, like the Rumble. Sasha did what she had to then, and she’ll do it again, if she’s in the Chamber. Then Sasha can go to Wrestlemania to end Asuka’s Streak. Bayley was thinking the same thing, but for herself. She thinks she can end The Streak? Bayley knows she can beat Sasha. And if Sasha thinks she’s good enough beat Asuka, then Bayley is, too. The two friends are getting a bit chippy, can their friendship survive making history?

 

Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali VS Drew Gulak & Tony Nese!

Cruiserweights have action on Raw as the Carolina Kid & Pakistani Prince take on “Team PowerPoint”, the Cruiserweight Crusader and the Premier Athlete. Meanwhile, the inaugural 205 Live GM, “Rockstar Spud” Drake Maverick joins commentary and is happy to represent “the most exciting show on the WWE Network”!

The bell rings and it is Ali and Nese to start. They tie up, Nese knees low then rocks Ali with a left forearm. Nese then throws Ali into a corner and unloads with body shots. He then backs off to flex and count his eight-pack before whipping Ali corner to corner. Ali goes up and over, speeds things up, and hits a big running headscissors!

Tag to Alexander, they both whip Nese, Alexander dropkicks Nese’s legs out to set Nese up for Ali’s own baseball slide dropkick. Nese rolls out to the apron, Alexander drags him back up only to get a hotshot! Alexander staggers, Nese runs him over with an elbow! Cover, ONE, so Nese tags in Gulak. Gulak runs and double ax handles Alexander down, cover, ONE again. Gulak drags Alexander up and tags Nese back in. Alexander is put on the apron, Nese hoists him up and hangs him up to straddle the top rope. Gulak runs side to side and clobbers Alexander off the top! Nese covers, Ali breaks it up, so Nese puts Alexander in a body scissors hold. Ali rallies the fans, but Gulak shouts at them to stop chanting and cheering. Alexander endures the squeeze and fights his way out, but Nese is right back on him. Nese puts him in a corner, Alexander boots out and reaches for Ali, but Nese comes back in. Nese’s kick is blocked and countered with the back elbow! Both men are down, but Alexander is crawling for his corner. Nese heads towards his, hot tags to Gulak and Ali! Ali rallies on his familiar old foe, and flapjack dropkicks Gulak down!

The fans fire up with Ali, but Gulak reverses the whip. Ali slides to a stop then elbows Gulak back, before hitting a flying tornado DDT! Nese breaks the pin! He goes after Ali, but Alexander dumps Nese out. ALexander builds speed and FLIES! Ali gets up to the top rope, and flies onto Gulak. Rol through, TWO, big clothesline from Gulak! Alexander tags in, springboards for the lariat! The fans fire up again while Alexander hits Lumbar Check! Alexander & Ali win! They won together as a team tonight, but they’re all competing for the Cruiserweight Championship. They eye the prize, but who will get to hold it come Wrestlemania?

 

Raw General Manager, Kurt Angle, heads to the ring.

The Olympic Gold Medalist and Hall of Famer is greeted with the usual and jovial “You Suck!” He explains that while history was made with the inaugural Women’s Rumble match, and that it was incredible given Raw’s own Asuka won it all, there will be more history made. Alexa Bliss will defend her Raw Women’s Championship in the inaugural Women’s Elimination Chamber match. He will now officially announce which five women will join Alexa. First, the Huggable Bayley! Then, Absolution’s Mandy Rose! The Six Time Women’s Champion, Mickie James! Absolution’s Sonya Deville! And… The Boss, Sasha Banks!

Yes, Nia Jax is not in the Chamber match, but she will have her own match at the Chamber PPV, against Asuka! We all know Asuka will face Alexa Bliss at Wrestlemania, but Nia Jax could win her way into that match to make it a Triple Threat! That said, The Goddess herself heads to the ring, and she looks very upset.

Alexa must put a stop to this. Angle is being “unjust” to her. How dare he use the Women’s (R)Evolution as part of this. This is against company policy! The Women’s Evolution is that the expectations are the same, that they are equal. Angle knows that is the policy. Then why is it that the Women’s Chamber Match, it is for the title while the Men’s Chamber Match isn’t? Does Lesnar just get to sit on the sideline? Why can’t Alexa get that privilege? The fans seem to agree. Is it because Alexa is a woman? First of all, Lesnar defended his title at the Royal Rumble while Alexa didn’t have to! She defended all the way back in October. Well she doesn’t make the matches. Why is he treating the men and women differently? Does he value Lesnar more than Alexa? Is he being sexist?!

Angle didn’t think to compare the two. His job as Raw GM is to put on the best matches. She might be trying to weasel her way out of this, but he’ll ask the audience’s opinion. Does the WWE Universe want Alexa to defend her title in this inaugural Women’s Chamber match? “YES!!” Alexa doesn’t care about the “sheep”, she demands respect! She then storms off, without another word towards the Chamber Match. Angle double checks, does the WWE Universe want to see a Women’s Chamber title match? “YES!!” The votes are in, can Alexa change this before it’s too late?

 

John Cena speaks.

The Road to Wrestlemania needs a plan to get there. Cena won his way into the Chamber, but now he can win his way to being last into the Chamber, against the Monster Among Men and The Drifter in a “match with no rules.” That’s easy!

 

Asuka VS Bayley!

The Empress of Tomorrow is still undefeated, but The Huggable One feels confident she can change that. Will history be made just weeks before the Elimination Chamber?

The bell rings and this NXT rivalry begins again. They circle, and Bayley stays away from Asuka as best she can. Bayley then tries to go after Asuka but Asuka kicks her in the leg. Asuka grabs Bayley in a facelock and floats over to a chinlock. Bayley slips out and around to a hammerlock to ground Asuka. Asuka spins around and stands up to reverse into an armlock. Bayley reverses back to a headlock, but Asuka powers out. They collide, but Asuka just gets in Bayley’s face. Bayley shoves and hits Asuka, Asuka fires back. Asuka gets the waistlock and a swinging takedown, but Bayley reverses to a side headlock. Asuka fights back and powers out again, but Bayely goes up and over. She tries a hip toss but Asuka counters with her own hip toss, then kicks away on Bayley. Asuka whips Bayley but Bayley reverses, Asuka hops up but Bayley forearms her down and out! The Empress is down but the Hugger recovers. Bayley takes aim, wrecking ball dropkick turns into a flying headscissors to throw Asuka! She puts Asuka back into the ring, but Asuka comes back with a big running hip attack! Bayley goes down and Asuka goes out to fetch her, but Bayley throws her into barriers! Both women are down while we go to break.

Raw returns to find Bayley squeezing Asuka in a grounded bearhug. Asuka gets up to her feet while fans rally, and fights her way out of the hold. She throws Bayley to ropes, then runs for the hip attack but Bayley blocks and hits a saido suplex, TWO! Bayley keeps on Asuka with stomps and punches, covers again, TWO. Now Bayley drops elbows on Asuka’s back, and returns to the bearhug. The fans continue to rally while Asuka fights out and hits back with elbows. Asuka whips but Bayley reverses, Asuka holds ropes to knee Bayley away. Bayley runs back in, for the pop-up knee! Asuka kicks away on Bayley then fires up for the low hip attack.

She keeps going, sliding knee strike, cover, TWO! Bayley and Asuka get up, Asuka goes to the top rope. She takes aim, but Bayley dodges the missile dropkick! Bayley runs and knees Asuka down, cover, TWO! She drags Asuka up and throws her to the apron, wanting the hotshot but Asuka wraps on her Asuka Lock! Bayley flails, and still hits the hotshot on Asuka, dropping the Empress to the ground. Now Bayley gets to the apron, and jumps at Asuka, to take that knee to the face! Asuka brings Bayley up and in, then covers, TWO! Asuka gets up and kicks Bayley in the chest again and again. Bayley blocks one, jackknife cover, TWO! Asuka lights Bayley up with several strikes, but Bayley ducks. Bayley2Belly blocked, Asuka gets around Bayley for the Asuka Lock’s chickenwing! Bayley reaches for ropes, rolls back, TWO!! But then she runs into the armbar!

Bayley endures, reaches, but Asuka straightens it out, Bayley taps! Asuka wins again!

They both stand up now, and Asuka offers a handshake. Bayley looks at Asuka, and accepts. There is much respect between these two, even after such a tough match. Can The Empress tough it out again when she faces the Irresistible Force at the Elimination Chamber PPV?

 

The Bar speaks.

Sheamus & Cesaro defend their Raw Tag Team Championships against Rollins & Jordan. They get to beat up the Pretty Boy & The Daddy’s Boy again! There was no resemblance of team work at the Rumble, so tonight they’ll kick off Rollins’ and Jordan’s heads again!

 

Fifth Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match: The Miz w/ The Miztourage VS Apollo Crews w/ Titus Worldwide!

The Hollywood A-Lister has his Intercontinental Championship back, but he wants even more of the spotlight. “When my hand goes up, your mouths go shut!” And tonight, he encourages the fans to look at the night sky, because the stars will look a lot like him. The stars are aligning to make 2018 the Year of The Miz. Just look at the evidence! He returned at #Raw25 and defeated Roman Reigns. It was the highest rated Raw in three years, and it was thanks to Miz! Then the next Raw, Miz defeated Roman again to retain the title! Roman is a world-class athlete and one of WWE’s best, yet not even he could contend with Miz’s momentum. And here’s some “insider information”, as the Super Bowl 52 winning Eagles were inspired by The Miz! “But the best is yet to come”, as Miz vows to qualify here tonight to then win the Chamber, and then face the “reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Champion”, Brock Lesnar. Wrestlemania will not only plug his new show, Miz & Mrs., but his newborn daughter will see him become the first ever Universal and Intercontinental Champion!

Raw returns to find this match already in action. Apollo holds Miz up in a vertical suplex, and then finally drop him after several seconds. Cover, TWO, but Crews is not deterred. Miz shoves him to a corner, but Crews boots back and hops up for a jumping sunset flip. TWO, Miz stacks, ONE, and they go back and forth with seated pins. Crews rolls Miz again, TWO! Jackknife cover, TWO! Miz swings but then scrambles to ropes to avoid getting hit. Crews yanks him back in and knocks him down with a spinning elbow, TWO! Miz gets to the apron, Crews brings him up but gets a hotshot. The fans cheer Miz as he takes his time getting up on the top rope. He jumps, but Crews dropkicks him out of the air!

TWO! Crews keeps going, but Miz reverses the whip and rocks Crews with a kitchen sink knee. Miz catches his breath, runs, but into the trophy lift! Crews drops Miz, standing moonsault but into Miz’s knees! Cover, TWO, but Miz puts Crews in a body scissors squeeze. Titus and Dana rally the fans for Crews, Miz shifts but Crews gets up and fights back. Crews whips Miz but Miz reverses again, Crews rocks Miz with a shotgun dropkick! Both men are down, but the fans and Titus Worldwide rally again. Crews and Miz get up, Crews mule kicks then running boots, before bringing Miz down with a leaping lariat! He enziguris Miz down now, covers, TWO! Crews keeps moving, dragging Miz up. Miz escapes the lift, then side steps Crews to get to the other corner. He runs in corner to corner, but that A-List clothesline is blocked and countered with a belly2belly!

Standing moonsault then standing shooting star! TWO, and Crews is shocked! The early celebration is cancelled while Miz crawls to ropes. Crews gets himself up while Bo check on his boss. He grabs Miz but the ropebreak gives Miz an opening to kick him in the knee. Finale countered by Crews into a roll-up, TWO! Miz whips Crews, Crews tries to go up and over but gets hung up on the top rope. Skull Crushing Finale! Miz wins and qualifies! The first step has been taken, can Miz complete his checklist to make history?

 

Seth Rollins finds Jordan, Angle and a medic backstage.

What’s going on? Jordan is sorry, but he’s not allowed to compete tonight. He was warming up and something felt off, so now he’s not cleared to compete. Rollins gets upset, and Jordan apologizes, but what do we do about the match? There doesn’t seem to be any other option than to cancel. Unless, Roman steps up?

Angle allows it, and the match is on, the true Shield boys challenge for tag team gold!

 

WWE Raw Tag Team Championships: The Bar VS Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns!

The Celtic Gladiator & Swiss Cyborg were expecting a “Daddy’s Boy” but now they’re getting the Big Dog! Roman and Rollins held WWE tag team gold together in the past, can they obtain new tag gold tonight?

The Architect starts against Sheamus and the two circle with the bell. Sheamus gets the headlock takeover but Rollins gets the headscissor counter. They separate and go again, Sheamus getting another headlock. Iowa is behind Rollins as he powers out but gets run over. Sheamus embraces the heat, but things speed up, Rollins tackles Sheamus and punches away. Rollins wrenches Sheamus’ arm but Sheamus gets away when he sees they’re headed to the Shield corner. Tag to Cesaro, he and Rollins tie up. Cesaro gets the arm wrench and wristlock, but Rollins rolls and spins to reverse the hold onto Cesaor. Cesaro knees low and hits Rollins with a stiff European Uppercut. Tag to Sheamus, The Bar stomps a mudhole into Rollins, then tag back to Cesaro. They give Super Saiyan kicks to drop Rollins, and Cesaro talks trash despite the mouth piece. Rollins ducks the whip and tags in Roman, they double whip Cesaro and shoulder him down. Cover, ONE, but Roman keeps Cesaro back. Roman yanks the arm, then tags Rollins back in, they double whip Cesaro and mock The Bar thumbs, and even copy the double mule kicks. Cover, TWO, but Rollins keeps Cesaro from Sheamus. Rollins rocks Cesrao with haymakers and a chop, then tags Roman back in, for the assisted forearm smash and feed to a boot! Sheamus runs in but into an uppercut, Rollins clotheslines him out! Lock and load, then DIVE onto Sheamus, but into the Irish Curse backbreaker! Cesaro EuroUppers Roman then throws him out before tagging Sheamus. Sheamus throws Roman into barriers, The Bar has control while we go to break.

Raw return and Cesaro has Roman in a facelock. Iowa wants Rollins back in, but Sheamus tags in first to rock Roman with right hands. Cesaro gets a cheap shot in, which upsets Rollins on the other side. Sheamus drives his knees in and then wraps Roman in a chinlock. Roman endures the squeeze, fans rally and he gets to his feet. He reaches for Rollins but Sheamus steers him the other way. Tag to Cesaro, The Bar knocks Roman down with the Bar Lariat, cover, TWO! Cesaro keeps on Roman, choking him on the ropes. Sheamus gets a cheap shot knee in, then the pop-up EuroUpper!

Rollins breaks the pin, but Sheamus drags him out to knock him down. Roman gets up and dodges Cesaro to give him close-range clotheslines! Sheamus stops him but gets rocked with an uppercut, Cesaro rolls up, TWO! Sheamus tags in just before Roman clotheslines Cesaro out, then rocks Roman with a hotshot and stiff knee. Tag back to Cesaro, The Bar brings Roman up, A-Swiss-ted White Noise! TWO! The Bar is shocked, that move usually finishes teams. Cesaro brings Roman up again, he wants the Neutralizer. Roman revives to Samoan Drop Cesaro instead! The fans fire up as Rollins returns to his corner! Roman and Cesaro crawl, hot tag to Sheamus, and Sheamus knocks Rollins down. SUPERMAN PUNCH knocks Sheamus down! Sheamus and Roman crawl, but Jordan appears?! He’s not part of the match, but he helps Rollins up and over.

Now both corners have someone to tag, hot tag to Cesaro AND Rollins! Rollins rallies on The Bar, flying blockbuster for Cesaro! He keeps going, to DIVE onto Sheamus! Then he slingshots for a guillotine legdrop on Cesaro, and with Des Moines thunderous, he runs again to DIVE on Cesaro and send him into the crowd! Rollins gets Cesaro back in, Slingblade, TWO! The Architect doesn’t slow down, he just keeps his eyes on Cesaro, but Cesaro dodges the stomp! He puts Rollins top rope and rocks him with a EuroUpper. Rollins boots him away, tornado snap suplex and roll through to Falcon Arrow! TWO! Both men are down, and the fans declare “This is Awesome!” Sheamus distracts, Cesaro thumbs the eyes, but Jordan trips Cearo up. Rollisn rolls up, TWO, mule kick! SHeamus breaks this pin, but Jordan keeps rallying for Rollins. Roman revives and tells Jordan he can go now. “We got this!”

Jordan starts leaving, Rollins hits Cesaro with the Kingslayer knee, then SUPERKICKS Sheamus! Tag to Roman, and though there’s no Ambrose, they set up the Shield Bomb! However, Cesaro grabs Sheamus and The Bar decides to run for it. The Bar has their belts, but Jordan blocks their path. He and The Bar get antsy, Jordan punches Cesaro!? This disqualifies the match!! Rollins and Roman are furious, and Jordan only now realizes what he’s done. The Bar retain the titles, and laugh all the way to the stage. The fans tell Jordan “You Suck!” because that was the last chance for Rollins to challenge The Bar. A fatal error by Jordan costs his side the gold, is there any possible way he can make this up to the Shield boys?

 

Braun Strowman speaks.

The Monster Among Men was the Last Man Standing against The Big Red Machine. And tonight, he’ll be the last man standing in the Triple Threat. At Elimination Chamber, he’ll be the last man standing. And at Wrestlemania against Brock Lesnar one more time, he’ll be the last man standing as the new Universal Champion! Cena and Elias better get ready to #GetTheseHands, because nothing will stop Strowman on the Road to Wrestlemania.

Rollins reprimands Jordan backstage.

Jordan never listens and never learns. Why was he out there? Jordan was trying to help! Angle keeps the peace, but Rollins gets angrier. The only thing Rollins is sorry about is not hurting Jordan himself. Rollins storms off and Angle tells Jordan to go home to recover. Jordan doesn’t want people to talk to him that way, but Angle gets mad and shouts for Jordan to go home. When will this tension explode into more than just an argument?

 

Nia Jax VS Vanessa Floyd!

The Irresistible Force and Brutal Beauty may not be in the inaugural Women’s Elimination Chamber, but seeing as how she’s #NotLikeMostGirls, she’s content to challenge Asuka’s Streak and even face her and Alexa Bliss at Wrestlemania. As for Vanessa in the snake skin tights, Nia simply toys with her. She puts Vanessa in a corner, but then Vanessa fights out. She runs, and dropkicks Nia, but Nia uses that to add momentum to her body check! Nia wont’ let Vanessa upstage her, she throws Vanessa around and then squashes her in a corner. Then another big toss, and even the trophy lift press and drop. Nia ends it with the leg drop, Nia wins!

In-ring interview with Nia.

Congratulations, but also how does she feel about going up against Asuka for a chance to join the Raw Women’s Championship match? “Asuka, I’m the only woman in the locker room that does not fear you.” The one woman Asuka can’t beat. Nia promises to mess Asuka’s face up so that she’ll have to permanently wear that mask. And then, the Empress of Tomorrow will be the Empress of Yesterday. She didn’t break a sweat tonight, how hard will Nia have to work to defeat Asuka and break the streak?

 

Sonya Deville w/ Absolution VS Mickie James!

The Gladiator Gal has the Glampire and Golden Flower by her side, and will even have Mandy Rose in the Chamber match. Can she gain momentum off #KickieJames before they all meet in the “Every Woman For Herself” environment?

The bell rings, and Sonya circles with Mickie. She shoots in and gets the waistlock takedown, Paige declares “This is OUR House!” Sonya gets another takedown, but Mickie pries her way to the ropes. The break is a bit disrespectful, so Mickie slaps Sonya across the face! Sonya gets mad and pushes Mickie to a corner and both woman gets scrappy with the other. Mickie backs Sonya down, big Thesz Press! Mickie kicks away, then runs to run Sonya over. Cover, ONE, but Mickie keeps her cool. Sonya shoves her away, but Mickie comes back, cravat and knees to a snapmare. Mickie runs, and boots Sonya down. Cover, TWO, and Sonya keeps checking her nose. Mickie kicks away, then whips Sonya but Sonya reverses. Sonya runs in but into Mickie’s back elbow. Mickie hops up, Mandy distracts, Sonya throws Mickie down. The referee checks on Mickie, but Absolution protests this is getting in the way. Sonya hammers away on Mickie then drags her up for stiff kicks. Mickie pushes Sonya away but gets more kicks and even knees from Sonya. Absolution cheers Sonya on, but Des Moines has mixed reactions. Mickie tries to fight back but Sonya just knocks her back down, cover, TWO. Sonya takes her time with Mickie now, daring her to do something. Sonya then runs and knocks Mickie down with a knee, cover, TWO. Paige coaches Sonya to keep going, and Sonya hammers with haymakers. Mickie hits back, but Sonya simply knocks her down again. More knees from Sonya, but Mickie rolls her, Mickie wins!! Paige sicks Mandy on Mickie, and Absolution stomps Mickie out. But it’s Alexa Bliss to the rescue? She drags Mickie out of the pack, and then to the back, but Mickie says she’s just getting started. Absolution seems as confused as anyone, but in the end, Alexa made the save. Is there a change in The Goddess’s ways?

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”

The Drifter has come to Des Moines and plays his guitar. And as always, “Who Wants to Walk with Elias?!” He gets a strong response from “a no name town like this.” This is his first time here, because he usually just flies over it looking for better. But Elias has made it to the Chamber, and he will “solidify” himself as the last entrant. He will then “give you the greatest performance of a lifetime” at Wrestlemania. All things WWE will soon be his, because it stands for “Walk With Elias!” Elias chose not to perform at the Super Bowl so that he could be in “this god-forsaken wasteland”, big mistake. Even so, Elias has a song, all for himself. “Strowman’s not a monster. He’s just a man.” Fans boo, and Elias stops. Shut your mouths so he can focus! He starts again, but the fans boo and jeer even harder. “I’m gonna win the Chamber, then I move on to Brock. Brock should fear Elias, because with me he’ll walk.” Cena makes his entrance, and for once all the fans are happy!

Triple Threat: Braun Strowman VS John Cena VS Elias!

Mathematically speaking, the last person into a match like the Elimination Chamber wins, so the winner here will all but stamp his ticket to Wrestlemania! Who will gain a huge advantage going into that huge #1 contender’s match?

The bell rings, and Elias gets right out of the ring to let Cena take care of Strowman. Or, perhaps vice-versa. Cena unleashes hands but then runs into Strowman’s boot! Elias stays far away and we go to break.

Raw returns one more time, and we see that while Cena is down, Elias has reentered. However, Elias runs right back out of the ring, only for Strowman to pursue! Elias leads Strowman back into the ring, Cena lifts Strowman but collapses underneath. Strowman covers, Elias returns but Strowman grabs him around the throat!

Strowman backs Elias into a corner, then throws him across the way! Elias gets up, and gets clothesline’d out by Strowman. Cena escapes the ring as well, but Strowman exits the ring to walk over to where Cena and Elias have ended up. Strowman brings Elias up to simply headbutt him back down, then he brings Cena up for a headbutt of his own. The Drifter is put back in the ring, then The Face that Runs the Place. They both see Strowman climbing back up and in, and go at him together! The unlikely allies are pushed back, but Cena runs back in to hit Strowman with a shoulder tackle. Elias follows and hits Strowman with a big knee strike, and then together they clothesline Strowman out of the ring! They rush The Monster, throwing him into a post! Strowman leans against the barrier, Elias and Cena throw him back into the post. They keep on the staggered Strowman, throwing him into steel steps! Strowman is finally off his feet, but Cena grabs the steps. He smacks them off of Strowman, but Strowman stays up. Cena grabs the base steps while Elias grabs his guitar, SMASHING it across Strowman’s back! Cena lifts Strowman with all his might, for an AA onto the steps!

But then Elias pounces on Cena, and puts him in the ring. TWO, but Elias stomps Cena and rains down rights. He covers again, TWO. Elias keeps his cool, knowing Strowman is still down. The fans duel, “Let’s go Cena!” “Cena Sucks!” Cena fights back with haymakers, but Elias hits a spin-out backbreaker, cover, TWO! Elias grows frustrated, but he keeps calm with Strowman still down on the outside. He brings Cena up and knocks him down again with a right, then wraps on a chinlock. Cena endures the squeeze while fans continue to duel. The fans rally, Cena slowly makes his way to his feet, only to be brought back down. Cena tries again, and gets to his feet. He powers out of the hold and blocks the kick to then start rallying with his shoulder tackles. He hits Elias with the spin-out powerbomb, and the fans know what that means. “You Can’t Se Mee!” Cena runs, but Strowman returns and scoops him, POWERSLAM! Then he scoops Elias but Elias throws him out, covers Cena, Elias wins!!

The Drifter doesn’t celebrate for long, though, because Strowman returns to punish him with a powerslam! The fans want “One More Time!” but the Monster Among Men goes to leave. Kidding! He’s going to give the fans what they want: another powerslam on Cena!

But the fans aren’t satisfied just yet, and neither is Strowman. He picks Elias up again, for Elias’ second powerslam! Well, everything comes in threes, so Cena receives a third powerslam! Elias tries to retreat, but he gets caught, and he gets a third powerslam!

The Monster Among Men may not be entering last, but will anyone keep him from being the last to leave?

 

My Thoughts:

This was definitely a more energetic Raw than usual. It opens with well-welcomed short promos that shift right into the opening match. It was rather obvious that Roman-Bray was going to put Roman in the Chamber, given it was Roman and Bray, but the match in and of itself was solid work. WOKEN Hardy appearing to get a bit of revenge on Bray was also obvious but still fun. I actually liked that The Revival declined having a singles match in favor of having a tag team match, as they are clearly 100% dedicated to tag team wrestling. Of course, it backfires on them as they end up against Balor & Anderson, one being a great singles wrestler and the other a touted tag team specialist in his own right. The Balor Club is racking up wins, I wonder if they could challenge for the Raw Tag Team Titles at Chamber or Wrestlemania. The Good Brothers VS The Bar has already been teased here and there and could be a very physical match. The Cruiserweight tag team match was also good, as it definitely worked to highlight the best parts of the Cruiserweight Division. While everyone in the Division is focused on THE Cruiserweight Championship, I hope this tag team match at least gets someone to consider opening them up to the Raw Tag Team Division so that there are more teams to use.

I’m definitely intrigued in the developments in the Raw Women’s Division. Bayley and Asuka come full circle as they have a great match, that Asuka of course wins, but then ends with Asuka showing Bayley the utmost respect with the handshake. The most interesting part is how this contrasts with Asuka VS Sasha, and how Sasha and Bayley are starting to get a bit chippy with each other, such as in their conversation backstage. They’re both in the Chamber, as Angle announced, so that might be the perfect setting for Sasha to finally turn completely Heel. Alexa Bliss protesting was both a fitting Heel reaction and a fitting issue to point out. There are a lot of real-world reasons as to why Lesnar isn’t in the Chamber and Alexa is, and Angle does well to point out a good kayfabe reason to counter. As for Alexa bailing Mickie out when Absolution is beating her down, I don’t take that so much as a Face Turn but a way back into Mickie’s good graces so that they can stick together against Absolution in the Chamber.

Now, Anti-Roman fans may have been irked by Roman trying for the Raw Tag Team Championships with Rollins, but everyone had to know that it wasn’t so much to put Roman over as to grow the rift between Rollins and Jordan and set us up for their coming feud. And I must say, it was all done brilliantly here tonight, with Jordan “accidentally” costing Rollins the titles and Rollins wanting to kick in his head. It won’t take much at this point to have them go after each other, and then we get a feud that can go right into ‘Mania. Miz VS Crews was great, Apollo continues to show those old flashes of potential but there’s nothing wrong with him losing to Miz, who is on that great of a roll that WWE is at least teasing the possibility of him being a historic dual champion. Strowman VS Cena VS Elias was a great triple threat, and a great stipulation. “Cena Wins LOL” is in fact the reason Cena doesn’t win, and then it would make the Chamber match too easy for Strowman if he won, so Elias as the purest Heel of the three gets the honor of going in last. However, with Elias going in last, I already see that as him coming in as the fresh and confident Heel to simply add more to the battered Face’s triumph. Or in other words, add to Roman’s triumph since that still feels like Vince’s go-to ‘Mania match. That all aside, Strowman continues to be a delight as he gives the people what they want, in the form of his overwhelming strength.

My score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s Lucha Underground Report! (7/18/18)

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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.

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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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Can the Man of the Hour overcome a former Cruiserweight Champion?

Akira Tozawa is a former Cruiserweight Champion, but can he keep up with the ultra-fast Man of the Hour, Lio Rush, in their first-ever encounter?

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • TJP VS Noam Dar; TJP wins.
  • Drew Gulak w/ Jack Gallagher & THE Brian Kendrick VS Danny Garcia; Gulak wins.
  • Akira Tozawa VS Lio Rush; Rush wins.

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Drake Maverick reviews last week’s Cruiserweight Championship match.

The Japanese legend, Hideo Itami, put up a fight against the #AgeOfAlexander, but the Soul of 205 Live was tougher than even Itami expected. But not one to rest on his laurels or take it easy on himself, Cedric Alexander wants yet another challenger on this road to Summerslam. GM Maverick promises to address the state of the Cruiserweight Championship before the night is through. Who will Maverick choose to put before the champion as summer heats up?

Meanwhile, conflict is settled in the ring as the 23 Year Old Piece of Gold gets to main event against the Stamina Monster. Is the Man of the Hour ready for prime time as he goes up against a former champion? Though, Lio wonders what has Akira done lately? And before all of this, we open with the “Cruiser-Great” taking on the returning Scottish Supernova in a rematch from that surprisingly quick defeat a couple weeks ago! Can TJP get back the loss Noam Dar gave him? Or will Dar make it a quick 2-0 on the FilAm Flash?

 

TJP VS Noam Dar!

As he makes his way out to the ring, the inaugural (New Era) Cruiserweight Champion speaks to Wilkes-Barre. “What a treat!” Maverick lets TJP know who his opponent is beforehand. He’s feeling so spoiled getting his entrance music and ring gear of his choice, too! It’s like Christmas! Okay not really, because if it were, he’d be getting his chance at the title. Instead, he’s a “curtain jerker” in the “diaper storm” town of “Wilkes-Boring”. Do the people here admit they’re from here? Or do they pretend they’re from Philly? But TJP gives Dar credit for coming back from his knee injury. At least this match will be twice as handsome than TJP wrestling a local. But this comeback story will be just a comeback sentence. TJP is the one constant in this Division because he is still the best technical wrestler today. Dar makes his entrance, and we begin.

TJP rushes Dar but Dar sees it coming. Dar sweeps the legs out, then aims for his finisher, but TJP scrambles out of the ring. TJP takes his time recovering, but then Dar leaps in outta nowhere! Dar rocks TJP with a right, then a left. TJP is floundering as Dar puts him in the ring. Dar ducks and then tosses TJP, covers, TWO. Fans are behind Dar as he brings TJP up for another left. Dar whips TJP but TJP gose Spider-Man to then slide under and waistlock. Dar standing switches but TJP switches back. TJP trips up Dar but Dar resists. Dar pries free but TJP rolls Dar around for an armbar. Both men fight for control, and Dar slips free! He wants an STF but TJP gets the ropes.

Dar lets TJP go, but TJP gives him a kick. Dar rushes in but is sent into the ropes, then TJP springboards for the wrecking ball dropkick! TJP takes his time going over to Dar, then quickly runs him into buckles. TJP keeps going, throwing shoulders and elbows in the corner. He brings Dar up for a boot into Dar’s throat. Maverick watches backstage and disapproves of TJP’s attitude. TJP backs off at the ref’s count, but Dar comes back at him with a kick and a forearm. TJP European Uppercuts Dar down, then brings Dar up again. He scoop slams Dar fast, then slingshot sentons. Cover, TWO, but TJP keeps his cool.

Dar gets to a corner but TJP is on him again. TJP Northern Lights then rolls through to hammerlock an arm and go for more limbs. Dar resists, but TJP gets the other arm and pulls on it. Dar endures as TJP wrenches and pulls the wrist and fingers. He gets around with his legs for a ropebreak, and TJP lets him go again. TJP brings Dar up but Dar throws elbows from both sides. TJP gives Dar a swift elbow of his own, then whips Dar. Dar comes back with a backslide, TWO! And TJP goes for the armbar! Dar tries to get to ropes, so TJP changes it up with an Indian Deathlock. TJP grabs at arms to then shift into the hammerlock, and he YANKS on that opposite arm!

Dar writhes while TJP catches his breath. TJP drags Dar back up, then suplexes. That’s one amigo, and he makes the second amigo a back suplex. Cover, TWO, but TJP goes right at the legs. It’s another deathlock variation, and TJP grabs at Dar’s arms again. TJP wrenches Dar’s arm from elbow to wrist, but fans rally up for Dar. Dar fights out of the hold and small packages, TWO! Dar runs in but TJP goes up and over, only to miss his crossbody! TJP and Dar slowly stand up, but Dar runs into a boot. TJP goes up but Dar sweeps the legs again! Dar takes aim, and he fires off a throat chop, headbutt and EuroUpper to TJP! TJP gets to a corner, but Dar runs in with the back elbow and suplex! Cover, TWO!

Dar works to keep focus as fans rally up again. He drags TJP up, but TJP fireman’s carry! Dar slips out but TJP elbows back. TJP runs, but Dar sweeps the legs once again. TJP staggers up but ducks one lariat, only to get the other! Cover, TWO! Dar gets up again, he still wants that finishing kick. TJP sees it coming again and manages to roll out of the way. Dar walks over but gets caught into a small package! TWO! TJP fireman’s carry but Dar slips out again. Dar runs into a drop toehold that sends him into ropes. TJP goes for but misses the wrecking ball to get a basement dropkick from Dar! Dar fetches TJP on the outside, but TJP throws him into barriers.

TJP drags himself up to the apron but Dar is there quickly. Dar wants a suplex but TJP resists. TJP hops down and sweeps Dar’s leg! Dar clutches that leg, and fights TJP off. Dar crawls away but TJP gets back up and in. The referee checks on Dar, but TJP doesn’t care, he chop blocks the leg! TJP shows no mercy as he stomps away on the leg. He drags Dar up to throw him to the apron. TJP keeps stomping Dar, then Half Crabs him through the ropes! He lets go at 4, and Maverick still doesn’t approve. TJP gets back in the ring and stalks the crawling Dar. He stands on the bad leg to torture Dar, then puts on the Knee Bar! Dar taps, TJP wins!

Winner: TJP, by submission

The Cruiser-Great tortures Dar by holding on after the bell, but lets go so he can boast about the ring. His attitude may not be so great, but has TJP earned that big opportunity like he’s been demanding?

 

205 Live takes a closer look at Alexander VS Itami.

The Don from Nihon demands respect, whether he deserves it or not. The Soul of 205 Live worked way too hard for way too long to earn that Cruiserweight Championship. It wasn’t about what Itami thinks he deserves, but Alexander adding Itami’s legend to his own legacy. The best striker in the Cruiserweight Division gave Alexander’s body bruise after bruise, but the agility and aerial attacks evened the playing field. Itami was merciless with those hands and feet, but Alexander would not die. All it took was the right opening to hit the Lumbar Check for Alexander to win #AndStill be the Cruiserweight Champion. The Age of Alexander continues, who will be the next challenger added to the legacy?

 

Mustafa Ali speaks.

“They told me it was dangerous. They said it was impossible.” The Beacon of Light means the No Disqualification match he had with Buddy Murphy two weeks ago. Ali admits it was dangerous, but he didn’t quit. He found a way to win, because he was fighting for millions. Ali vows to fight all the way until he’s Cruiserweight Champion. How long and how hard will his fight to the top be?

 

Drew Gulak w/ Jack Gallagher & THE Brian Kendrick VS Danny Garcia!

If Alexander is the Soul and Ali is the Heart, then perhaps the Philly Stretcher is the Brain of 205 Live. The self-proclaimed best submission specialist in WWE today looks to build more momentum for his Ungentlemanly Alliance tonight. Will the smartest Cruiserweight in the room be named the next challenger to the title?

Kendrick gives Garcia a handshake hello before he and Gallagher exit the ring. The bell rings, and Gulak clobbers Garcia right away! Gulak drags Garcia up for a STIFF back suplex, then into the GuLOCK! Garcia fades, Gulak wins!

Winner: Drew Gulak, by submission

The best and most dangerous submission specialist proves his word tonight with a fast and furious finish. But Gulak isn’t done, as he wishes to speak.

“Well you can’t always get what you want, but if you try some time, you just might find, you get what you need.” Gulak isn’t a big fan of “the rock ‘n’ roll” but Mick Jagger had a point there. The 205 Live Universe has been subjected to two years of “unworthy champions. But not anymore!” They’ll have the champion they need in Drew Gulak. And speaking of, that Danny Garcia reminds him of Alexander. Not physically, but in spirit, because when you step to Gulak, you WILL tap out. Will Gulak grind the rest of the Cruiserweight Division into dust in his pursuit of giving us all a #Better205Live?

 

Backstage interview with Tony Nese & Buddy Murphy.

The Cruiserweight Juggernaut lost his cool with Lucha House Party spinning their matracas last week, and that cost the Premier Athlete his match. Murphy just doesn’t like losing, but the luchadors were the wrong guys in the wrong place at the wrong time. He doesn’t regret what he did, just that Nese didn’t get to properly showcase himself. Nese can defeat a former champion on Kalisto. And Kalisto knows better than anyone that he was going to lose. But Nese is willing to give Kalisto a chance to prove him wrong. In fact, next week can be a match where the teammates are left behind to settle this 1v1. Will Nese and his eight abs be enough to show the Lucha Dragon who is worthy of moving up the ranks?

 

Akira Tozawa VS Lio Rush!

The Man of the Hour told the Stamina Monster that, at least from his perspective, the former champion hasn’t done much since losing that belt. Of course, Tozawa pointed out Lio hasn’t done all that much in just showing up in the Cruiserweight Division, either. Who will make something of this first-ever encounter of high-speed superstars?

The bell rings and “AH! AH!” echoes out already. Lio admits, the people love Tozawa. He circles and approaches Tozawa, but then backs off. They feel things out, but Lio always keeps just out of reach. Tozawa keeps chasing, but Lio is just playing with him as he gets to the ropes. Lio then rushes and gets a headlock. Tozawa powers out but Lio goes up and over. Tozawa tries to trip him up but Lio sees it all just in time to change direction. Lio keeps things moving, then counters Tozawa’s whip with a springboard huricanrana! Lio grins at Tozawa while lounging on the top rope. Maverick watches this, too, and is slightly amused with Lio’s swagger. Tozawa rushes Lio but Lio bails out. Lio takes a breather but Tozawa chases him down!

They go around the ring and back in, but Tozawa dodges Lio now. Lio sunset flips but Tozawa rolls through, to Penalty Kick! Tozawa has Lio now as he hits the screaming back senton! Tozawa copies the lounging to show anything Lio can do, he can do better.

Lio runs in but gets a chop for it! Tozawa chops Lio again, then stalks him to the ropes. Lio throws Tozawa out then fires off hammering hands. The referee backs Lio off, but Lio handspring kicks Tozawa down! Lio wants time to recover, “Count him out!” Lio swaggers about in the ring, though his chest is still stinging. Tozawa gets up at 6 and in the ring at 8, but Lio is on him with more hammering hands. Lio toys with Tozawa as he stomps away in a corner. They look like Tozawa’s shouting stomps. Tozawa hits back with body shots, but Lio stomps Tozawa down again.

Lio grins as he says Tozawa’s done already. He drags Tozawa up, suplexes him down, then covers. ONE, but Lio just grins. Lio kicks Tozawa while he’s down, then drags him up. Tozawa hits back, and now it’s a brawl of forearms. Lio gets some in, but Tozawa hits back. Tozawa runs but Lio runs Tozawa over with an elbow! Lio drops an elbow, then another, taunting Tozawa every time. The fans “AH! AH!” for Tozawa but Lio wraps on a chinlock. Tozawa feeds off the “AH! AH!” and stands back up. Tozawa hits Lio but Lio hits back. They brawl again, hitting each other back and forth. Tozawa chops, chops, feints, then jabs! But Lio saw it coming! Lio fires off a strike fest, but his kick is blocked. Tozawa flips Lio but Lio lands on his feet, only to get that jab!

Tozawa kicks, swings, slides under, and hits the kick. Lio is rocked all the way out of the ring. Tozawa builds speed to DIVE! The Tozawa Torpedo hits Lio right into the desk! Then they go back in the ring. Lio flounders while Tozawa climbs, for a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Tozawa is surprised by the young upstart, but he isn’t done. Fans rally up and Tozawa feeds off the energy. Lio crawls to a corner but Tozawa pursues. Tozawa brings Lio up but Lio kicks again. Tozawa catches the kick, but Lio SLAPS the mouth piece out of him! Lio runs in, but into a saido suplex! Tozawa climbs up, “AH! AH!” from the fans at a fever pitch.

But Lio gets out of the ring. Tozawa goes to dive again, but Lio ducks, so Tozawa aborts the launch. Tozawa pursues Lio directly, but Lio throws him at steps. Lio gets away while Tozawa stops himself. Tozawa grabs at Lio, rocking him with a right. Lio staggers, comes back, but misses the shoulder tackle to get a kick. Lio goes down, Tozawa goes up. But Lio trips Tozawa up! Tozawa hits buckles, and now Lio climbs. FINAL HOUR FROG SPLASH! Cover, Lio wins!!

Winner: Lio Rush, by pinfall

He came to collect, and collect he did! The Man of the Hour gets the upset victory to add a big name to his short undefeated streak in the Cruiserweight Division. Will Lio make the entire Division, and the Cruiserweight Champion, #FeelTheRush soon enough?

 

Drake Maverick meets with Cedric Alexander.

Everyone heard from the 205 Live GM that there would be answers as to who is next for the champion to face. So who is it? Maverick has thought it over all night. Just look at tonight’s show! The best talent in the WWE is right here in 205 Live. That said, Maverick has narrowed it down based on each man’s “overall body of work” in the Division. Therefore, next week, Drew Gulak VS Hideo Itami VS TJP VS Mustafa Ali, Fatal 4 Way #1 Contender’s match! Alexander likes the sound of that. May the best man win. Who will be that best man to best the other three and go on to face the Cruiserweight Champion?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A very good episode of 205 Live from top to bottom. TJP VS Dar was great with TJP showing off those technical skills again. I figured he’d get the win this week to even things with Dar. Dar is fine, because he’s still promised a United Kingdom Championship match, so the Cruiserweight Division isn’t as crucial for him right now. Ali has a great promo and Gulak makes quick work of his jobber. Learning that these three plus Itami will be in a Fatal 4 next week is great, because all four options make for a great match with Alexander. All four men have had a match or two with Alexander in the past, but I don’t doubt the possible rematches will be even better than the originals.

Buddy Murphy & Tony Nese already take an interesting turn in their teaming together as Nese insists he doesn’t need a corner man to face Kalisto. I would hope Murphy honors the agreement so that there isn’t reason for this duo to break up already. And whether Nese wins or loses, the muscular pals going against Lucha House Party in tag team matches should be good to bolster the idea of a Cruiserweight Tag Division. Though, if they get a third guy on their side, I’m starting to think it’ll be a Trios Division. Then the main event, Lio VS Tozawa, was very good for their first time out, but with neither man at the championship level yet, I expect a rematch to give this feud plenty of fire.

My Score: 8/10


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