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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Report! (3/20/18)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Hideo Itami w/ Akira Tozawa VS Lince Dorado w/ Lucha House Party; no contest.
  • TJP VS Kenneth Johnson; TJP wins.
  • WWE Cruiserweight Championship Tournament Semifinal Match: Mustafa Ali VS Drew Gulak; Ali wins and faces Cedric Alexander for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship at Wrestlemania.

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The Cruiserweight Championship semifinals are halfway there!

After a brutal battle of backbreaking proportions between the Carolina Kid and the Messiah of the Backbreaker, it was Cedric Alexander who came out the victor. Now he takes one more step towards the title he’s sought for so long. Tonight, the other semifinal match happens, between two storied rivals who have gone back and forth with fierce intensity and even personal animosity. Will Alexander be facing friend or foe come Wrestlemania?

 

Hideo Itami w/ Akira Tozawa VS Lince Dorado w/ Lucha House Party!

After last week’s tag match ended with a tense stand-off, 205 Live GM Drake Maverick felt the Golden Lynx and Innovator of the GTS should get things out 1v1. Will lucha libre or Japanese Strong Style get the win when it’s 1v1?

The bell rings and the two approach into tying up. Lince puts Itami in a corner, and honors the break, but Itami doesn’t with that knee. Itami keeps on Lince with elbows and uppercuts, then more kicks before putting on a headlock. Lince works his way out of the hold but Itami brings him back in. Lince powers out this time, but Itami runs him over. Itami keeps moving to run Lince over again, and demands respect as things speed up. Lince throws Itami out, then fakes him out with the handspring. Lince taunts Itami while he regroups with Tozawa. The “Lucha! Lucha!” chant begins while Itami takes his time to return. Itami makes sure Lince stays back , but then he runs into a headlock takeover anyway.

Itami works his way out of the hold, standing up to put Lince in a corner. He rams in shoulders, but Lince clubs back. Itami whips him corner to corner but Lince goes up and over and keeps moving to then slide under. They speed up again, Lince headscissors and dropkicks Itami out of the ring, to then suddenly slingshot corkscrew plancha!

Down goes Itami, and Lince celebrates with Lucha House Party and the fans. The “Lucha! Lucha!” chants echo out again as Lince chops Itami, then puts him back in the corner. Lince takes aim and shoulders in to then slingshot headscissor Itami down. Another headlock takeover, and Lince holds Itami down again. Itami pulls on the mask, then rolls Lince, TWO. They stand up, Itami powers out, but Lince evades, only to run into the kitchen sink knee. Lince rolls to the apron, Itami boots him off! Itami follows him out to then ram him into the apron. They go back in the ring, and Itami stalks Lince as he toys with him. Itami dares Lince to do something, and slaps Lince across the face. So Lince slaps back, then unloads heavy hands and kicks.

Lince whips but Itami reverses, only to run into Lince’s heel kick! Lince kicks and kicks, then springboard crossbodies! He chops and whips but Itami reverses, so Lince handsprings, only for Itami to follow and clobber him with a lariat on the rebound! Cover, TWO, and Itami grows frustrated. He drags Lince up, gives a strike fest, and with Lince in the corner, Itami runs into a SUPERKICK! Lince takes a moment to recover while Itami crawls away. More “Lucha! Lucha!” chants begin, Itami runs in but gets thrown out through the ropes. Lince forearms Itami off the apron, and Lucha House Party stays back as Tozawa comes over.

Itami gets mad and shoves Gran Metalik, so Gran Metalik shoves Itami! The referee has no choice, this match is disqualified. But Lince doesn’t care, he gets in Itami’s face over this. This prompts Kalisto and Metalik to enter the ring, followed by Tozawa.

Seems only Tozawa and Kalisto are keeping the peace. The fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but that’s not happening. Kalisto somehow keeps his two amigos back while Tozawa gets Itami out of the ring. Will there be yet another match stemming from this tag team tension?

 

WWE and 205 Live take a look at Drew Gulak.

The Cruiserweight Crusader genuinely campaigns for a “better 205 Live” through #Drewtopia, but Drake Maverick called him out for going soft. To Maverick, Gulak went from a gritty grappler to a picket sign holding, PowerPoint preparing “goof”! Gulak doesn’t appreciate being called “a goof”, or not being taken seriously. He isn’t proving anyone wrong, just proving himself right. Being the champion means they’re “the one that everybody will look to, to set the example.” Gulak is the only one who can set an example. He vows not to lose but to reach that Cruiserweight title, and perhaps his new focus and aggression can do that. Gulak’s rules will be what led to his success, because all you need to do is bring your opponent down to the mat and pin them. Will Gulak keep his promise to the WWE Universe and himself here tonight?

 

Cedric Alexander speaks.

“Last week was the greatest moment of my entire career.” Alexander has “gone through Hell and back” to get this close to the Cruiserweight Championship. It still hasn’t sunk in that he’ll be competing in front of 70,000. But the journey isn’t over. He’s accomplished one dream: compete at Wrestlemania. But that dream won’t mean a thing if he doesn’t win at Wrestlemania. Can Alexander finally grab hold of the Cruiserweight Championship after fighting for so long?

 

TJP VS Kenneth Johnson!

The “Cruiser-Great” won the Cruiserweight Classic tournament to become the inaugural (New Era) champion, but he faces a returning face from that tournament in #WeazyWoo. Johnson promised the WWE Universe he’d be back one day, and that day has come. Can Johnson use his return to win this time? Or will the FilAm Flash send him home with another loss? For that matter, TJP doesn’t care that he was eliminated from the current tournament, nor does he care who wins at Wrestlemania. TJP just cares about who gets the next title shot after that, and promises the CWC winner will be that next contender. Will TJP keep his winning ways? Or end up losing and exploding like he has in the past?

The bell rings, the two circle and tie up. TJP gets a waistlock and slam, then floats on Johnson back to a waistlock. They stand up again, but TJP spins and trips Johnson to pick the leg. TJP cartwheels to the headlock, but Johnson powers out, only for TJP to run him over. TJP drives an elbow into Johnson, then whips, and hits a leaping back elbow to knock Johnson down again. Johnson gets to a corner but TJP catches the boot to give a stiff European Uppercut. TJP snap suplexes Johnson, slips around and–after an extra pump–hits the saido suplex. Johnson is down, so TJP hits him with the slingshot senton.

TJP embraces the heat while dabbing, but catches another boot. He wags his finger, but Johnson catches him with the other boot. Johnson evades, runs, and hits a unique senton body check! Cover, ONE, but Johnson keeps on TJP with strikes. Johnson runs again, but TJP dropkicks the legs out. TJP gets mad now as he kicks and shinbreaks one leg, into the dragon screw. TJP rocks Johnson with a roundhouse, then lifts him up for the Detonation Kick!

Johnson goes down, but TJP isn’t done there. He puts Johnson in the Kneebar!

Johnson taps, TJP wins! TJP holds on longer to torture Johnson, but does let go, to dab on ’em. The Cruiser-Great won after all, can he earn himself a post-Mania title match with this?

 

WWE and 205 Live take a look at Mustafa Ali.

The Pakistani Prince from Chicago, once a police officer, believes “the biggest thing that separates me from all the other guys in the Cruiserweight Division” is his heart. His work as a cop was prompted by wanting to be more than an activist but someone who actually acts on change. The tournament means a lot to Ali, for more than one reason. Yes, he wants to win the Cruiserweight Championship at Wrestlemania, but Ali wants to use that moment to “fix things.” Winning is important, but so is changing minds. People see “Mustafa Ali”, they might think to boo that name just on virtue of the name. But seeing Mustafa Ali fighting with all his heart, that will open people’s eyes. The only thing left is to see if he will do that on the Grandest Stage of Them All.

 

Backstage interview with Drake Maverick.

As 205 Live General Manager, what is his reaction to the ending of Lince VS Itami match? He’s livid! He put on a great match and the superstars lost their heads to ruin it. They need to keep heads. Luckily Tozawa and Kalisto kept the peace, and that will be rewarded. This is the end of the Cruiserweight Championship tournament, there will be one last match at Wrestlemania to crown the new champion. Which means that new champion will need new challengers. Maverick decides that next week will have Akira Tozawa, Kalisto, TJP, and because he impressed in the tournament, NXT’s Buddy Murphy! It will be a Fatal 4 Way #1 Contender’s match. Maverick is proud how he turned a positive into a negative. In a star-studded match like that, who will come out on top as the next challenger to the next champion?

 

WWE Cruiserweight Championship Tournament Semifinal Match: Mustafa Ali VS Drew Gulak!

Either the #Drewtopian gritty ground game, or Ali’s aerial athletics. Only one will conquer the other in this rivalry rematch and challenge Cedric Alexander at Wrestlemania, simple as that.

The bell rings and the two familiar foes lock eyes. Fans rally already for Ali as he circles with Gulak. The two tie up, Ali powers Gulak back but Gulak turns it around. Gulak puts Ali in a corner but Ali powers out to the center. Gulak turns things into a wristlock, then brings Ali down to the ground. Ali gets back up, and we see Alexander watching while Gulak brings Ali back down.

Ali rolls up to his feet then rolls and spins to reverse the hold onto Gulak. Gulak is brought to the mat now, but he gets up and spins. Ali brings him down in an armlock, but Gulak gets up again to scoop slam, only for Ali to hold on and bring things back to his control. Gulak stands up and powers Ali to a corner, but gives a stiff shove at the break. Ali shoves back, but Gulak gets the headlock back on. Ali powers out but Gulak runs him over, to then keep moving. Things speed up, Ali cartwheels and collides with Gulak. Neither man backs down, and Gulak wags his finger at Ali. Ali puts on the headlock now, but Gulak powers out to flapjack Ali down! He then stretches Ali back with a chinlock.

The fans rally for Ali and he stands up to fight out. Gulak knees Ali’s ribs, then whips him to ropes. Ali evades, then headscissors to throw Gulak! Ali keeps going, turning a flapjack into a dropkick. He goes after Gulak in the corner but the referee calls for the break. Ali honors it for a moment, then tries to grab Gulak at the ropes, but Gulak elbows him in the head! Gulak watches Ali reel back, to then clobber him with a clothesline to the back of the head! Cover, TWO, but Gulak knows he’s in control. He drags Ali up and whips him to a corner, but Ali elbows him away. Ali runs, slips out of the scoop, then rolls Gulak up, TWO. Ali hops up, hops back onto Gulak’s shoulders, and Gulak spins around into an Electric Chair Drop!

He bridges to the cover, TWO! Gulak keeps his cool, and even grins as he looms over Ali. The fans rally for Ali while Gulak kicks him on the mat and at the ropes. Gulak stomps and stomps and stomps, even as the referee backs him off. The ref checks on Ali but fans duel, some even chanting “PowerPoint! PowerPoint!” Gulak drags Ali up by his jaw, but Ali open hand strikes! Ali strikes again and again and again, Gulak shoves, but his boot is countered into a heel kick! Ali starts to rally on the groggy Gulak, takedown to furious right hands. The referee backs Ali off but the fans keep cheering. Gulak stands, Ali slips out and roundhouses him away, to then fire up and slingshot in for the facebuster! Cover, TWO!

Ali keeps his cool as he grimaces at Gulak. He toys with Gulak, paying him back with a stiff kick to the ribs. Ali kicks and stomps Gulak in return for all those other stomps, and almost stomps Gulak right out of the ring. He backs off to calm down, then brings Gulak up, only for Gulak to send him face first into buckles! Gulak drags Ali up now, dragon sleeper! Ali flails and reaches, and uses knees to Gulak’s head to break free, only for Gulak to run him over with a discus lariat! Gulak foams at the mouth and roars as he drags Ali up again for another clothesline. He does it again, then rolls to a cover. TWO, and Ali gets Gulak in a Koji Clutch!

Ali uses a submission on Gulak! Fans chant “TAP! TAP!” but Gulak rolls it to a cover. ONE, and Ali holds on to the hold. Gulak works his way to ropes, and gets the ropebreak with a foot under the ropes. Ali lets go and Gulak gets away to catch his breath. Fans boo and jeer while Ali climbs up top. Ali takes aim with a menacing glare, and jumps for a somersault senton!

Down goes Gulak! Ali hurries on him with furious rights, then drags him into the ring. The fans rally for Ali while he climbs back up. Ali takes aim but Gulak not only sweeps Ali’s legs out, but sends him crashing down to the ground! The referee checks on Ail after that landing while Gulak rests in the ring. A ring count begins, and reaches 5 before Ali stirs. Ali drags himself up to the apron, so Gulak attacks to send him back down. Gulak goes out and drags Ali up to throw him right into barriers. He puts Ali back in the ring, but Ali slips back out. Gulak won’t wait for the count this time, he slips out and runs at Ali, only for Ali to side step and send him tumbling over the announce desk!

Gulak crash lands near the time keeper’s area, and Ali sees him stirring. Ali adds on with a FLYING LEAP onto Gulak!

The furious Ali rains fast hands on Gulak, then backs off to return to the ring. However, Ali changes his mind, he wants to finish Gulak once and for all. He clears the announce desk, drags Gulak up and over, but Gulak fights back. The two waver, but then Gulak back body drops Ali off the table to the floor! Ali writhes while Gulak rests on the desk, both too sore to get to the ring. The referee checks on them and decides they’re okay to continue, so he starts a count. Gulak returns before 4, but Ali is a different matter.

The fans rally for him, but Ali doesn’t stir until 6. Gulak won’t let it end there, he slings Ali into the post! Gulak is savage as he brings Ali up again, to dump into the time keeper’s area! He returns to the ring to let Ali be prey to the ring count. Ali barely stirs before 4, and has so much ground to cover. Ali crawls but the count is already at 7. He stumbles and staggers, but beats it at 9 and a half! The fans are divided, some chant for Ali while others protest, “That was 10! That was 10!” Gulak drags Ali up to bring him into the dragon sleeper. Ali grabs ropes for the break but Gulak won’t let go. He powers Ali up and around, but Ali tornado DDTs instead! Ali somehow gets up the ropes and to the top, and hits the 0-5-4!!

Cover, ALI WINS!! Ali fought for his dream and now he gets to live it! Meanwhile, Gulak is beside himself with this defeat.

 

In-ring interview with Mustafa Ali.

Though he can barely stand, congratulations are in order. How does it feel to be going to Wrestlemania? Ali says that he’s not going to Wrestlemania, we are going. His entire life had one mission: “to prove it doesn’t matter what your name is, it doesn’t matter where you’re from, it doesn’t matter what the color of your skin is, all that matters is what’s in your heart!” The fans cheer for that. Dreams are prepared to collide on the Grandest Stage of Them All, who will walk away the new Cruiserweight Champion?

 

My Thoughts:

Another incredible episode right here. Good stuff with Itami VS Lince with their teammates ringside. Didn’t expect it to be “no contest” with the shoving between Itami and Metalik, but that seems to be the best for keeping both sides strong in the still-forming Cruiserweight Tag Team Division. This very well could be the story that brings us to the creation of that division and titles. But until then, I do like Rockstar Spud still using Tozawa and Kalisto as singles competitors. Their match with TJP and Buddy Murphy is going to be great. TJP more or less squashes the returning Kenneth Johnson. Maybe Johnson will return again much sooner to at least give more to the roster, the tournament already showed off everyone there is in the Division.

And of course, everything relating to the tournament was great. The video packages did great to capture what both Gulak and Ali have done and been about since 205 Live started. Then the match took that and went even higher to give amazing action and story telling. Gulak kept up the new level of brutality while Ali even showed his. It’s great to see how Ali has grown and adapted after matches with Gulak in the past, as well as Jack Gallagher during the tournament. The dragon sleeper to DDT was a great spot given all it probably took from both guys to make it work. Ali going over is perfect given his story, and now it’s a battle of friends at Wrestlemania. In fact, this match represents the year of progress the Cruiserweight Division has made, and it could easily steal the show.

My Score: 8.3/10


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Andrew’s Stardom 5 Star Grand Prix Red Stars Ratings & Review: Day 7 & 8

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We get another combined article because of the way Stardom likes to stagger matches in this tournament.

Day 7 actually didn’t have any Blue Star matches at all, so now the articles will be titled a little differently. I need that Rick and Morty clip about getting your shit together and direct it at Stardom booking. Oh wait, I can!

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So with that established, I guess we should look at the matches to come. Tam is eliminated but still has 3 matches to go. So she can go from a measly 2 to a respectable 8 if she can put a few wins together. Utami and Rachael however are still very much in the thick of things, and even face one another on Day 8.

Let’s find if anyone else gets eliminated, or if we continue to have the top half stay alive.

 

Day 7

Rachael Ellering vs Tam Nakano

Rachael’s promo is fake and over enthusiastic, whereas Tam’s was realistic and a little bubbleheaded. So it’s really hard for me to ever connect to Ellering’s promos, cause she’s not convincing and her matches thus far have been…umm…shall we say, sub par. So sadly Tam seems to be in the plucky underdog role this year and always getting close with not much of a pay off. So let’s she if she picks up a win to play spoiler, or continues to come up short.

I have no clue what it is about most of Rachael’s matches, but they are hard to watch. Rachael’s Pump Kick that she over uses never looks impactful, she doesn’t take or sell offense well, and it’s just a schlog. This match was no different.

Tam’s kicks are usually crisp, but they hit awkwardly and slowly. Tam even went for a bottom rope assisted Back Body Drop, but Rachael’s foot cause the middle rope and it just looked sloppy. Tam still sold her back, while Rachael focused it, so that was good.

We also see a decent barrage at the end of the match with some false finish rollups, Rachael’s Bossman Slam and then Ellering finally finishes this with the Fallaway Powerbomb.

Winner: Ellering via Fallaway Powerbomb

Rating: * 1/2

 

Kagetsu vs Kimber Lee

Kimber always has this oddly endearing way of cutting a promo. She talks fairly slowly (the way people do when you’re speaking a language people might not understand), which I find ridiculous, but she says all the correct babyface things. Kagetsu however has a skull mask on her head, pops up into frame and just starts talking casually about things. She just wants to end the match, eat some good food and head to Osaka. It’s casually dismissive of Kimber, but not cruel, perfect tweener kind of temperature.

Kagetsu takes the early advantage and does the cocky heel thing by throwing Kimber to the outside. Hazuki and Sumire get in a few cheap shots before rolling her back in. Kagetsu takes a drink of water and then we get her water spit/mist spot. Which I’m still not sure why that isn’t a disqualification, but I like it, so I’m not questioning it.

After the initial cockiness, Kimber takes advantage of Kagetsu taking her foot of the gas and puts together some offense. A few well placed kicks and suplexes lead to the Swanton Bomb attempt, but Kimber misses. After a little more struggle, Kagetsu eventually hits a Chokeslam and then enough of the Oedo Coaster to get the pinfall.

Not Kagetsu’s best work, but it was a fairly short match and Kimber isn’t positioned as a threat in this tournament.

Winner: Kagetsu via Oedo Coaster

Rating: *** 1/4

 

Day 8

Kimber Lee vs Tam Nakano

The opening promos are pretty low energy for both women. Kimber talks about being eliminated but fighting for herself and Tam tries her best to psych herself up. The lack of points is effecting both of these women. Who will get the ball moving to end on a high note?

Not a bad match, just fairly short. Given that all of the Grand Prix matches have a 15 minute time limit, even the longer ones are a little short. Both women utilize a fair amount of kicks and flexibility in their offense, so the mirror aspect was on full display.

Kimber does her split spot, Tam goes for a Buzzsaw Kick, but Kimber blocks it and tries to sweep the leg, but Tam does a split and they both start throwing forearms from the split position. Kimber hits a kick combination first, which drops Tam but only for two. In her opening promo Tam put some emphasis on not wanting to lose to kicks, since those are kinda her thing.

Maintaining advantage, Kimber goes to the top rope but Tam shows some fight. Eventually hitting the Avalanche Snapmare and going up for her Diving Idol Knee, for only a near fall. After a few more close calls, Kimber catches Tam coming off the ropes for a Brain Buster, pulls her to a corner and lands the Swanton Bomb for the pinfall.

Valiant efforts in all her matches, but Tam really can’t catch a break.

Winner: Kimber via Swanton Bomb

Rating: ** 1/4

 

Rachael Ellering vs Utami Hayayshishita

Well, ya know I’m usually overly disinterested in whatever Rachael’s been doing, but this match was a little different. She basically got to play the heel since she was being very tough on Utami and showing some personality while arguing with the referee. So when it comes down to Rachael’s involvement, it wasn’t the thing that brought the match down, for a change.

However, after the initial burst from Rachael and the playing up a few strikes on the outside, the match never kick it into another gear. It basically was treading water for the last half. Signature moves were hit, Utami landed her Sleeper Hold takeover into the Coquina Clutch, but Rachael got out of it. I’m guess the high point was supposed to be Rachael hitting a Superplex, but nothing felt important, desperate or impressive.

The match ends just as Utami cinches in an Inside Cradle, but the time expires. All of the draws in this tournament are a little off putting.

Winner: Time Limit Draw

Rating: ***

 

Red Stars Standings:

Kagetsu 4-1-1 (9 Points)
Rachael Ellering 4-1-1 (9 Points)
Jungle Kyona 3-1-2 (8 Points)
Utami Hayashishita 3-1-2 (8 Points)
Konami 3-3 (6 Points) – Eliminated
Kimber Lee 2-4 (4 Points) – Eliminated
Tam Nakano 1-5 (2 Points) – Eliminated
Natsuko Tora 1-5 (2 Points) – Eliminated

 

Thoughts:

You know Stardom, you know what happens when you make Tam look good but don’t give her wins? Nothing happens, it’s actually decent story telling and could set up for a big upset of Kagetsu on the Finals day. So as much as the fan in me hates watching Tam come up short (Naito fans around the world know that feel), her determination and the storyline wrinkles could pay off later.

As for the two days…meh? Nothing stood out and these really just felt like matches to set up for the final swerve. These kind of days happen in all tournaments, it just hit really hard in these four matches. I just really really hope Rachael doesn’t win Red Stars.


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Mathew’s Stardom 5 Star Grand Prix Blue Stars Results & Review: Day 8

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So tomorrow is the last day of the Five Star Grand Prix where we will have our final four matches and the final match on the same day but we got two matches left to cover before we go to the final day.

This show is for people that didn’t have their six matches before the final day and we’re using this to make sure they’re all caught up to speed and we can see who has a chance to make it and who doesn’t. I know it says day 8 in my headline but I had no matches on the seventh day, so I decided to just skip it and go where I have my actual matches. So who wins these two matches?

Let’s find out and…dive right in.

 

Grand Prix Blue Stars Match
Kelly Klein vs. Natsu Sumire

Review: It’s pretty clear that Sumire is pretty much eliminated and even if she does win this match and her last one, the fact that Mayu would hold the tiebreaker over her if she lost today and won tomorrow, but would still be out if Momo won on the final day since she’d have nine points while Sumire would still have eight if she won both and wouldn’t matter, but she has been one of the highlights of this tournament due to her personality flourishing a lot more here and the fans loving her more and more. Sumire in her pre-match interview seems to be more focused on her bust size and even talked about the supplements she’s been taking for a couple weeks now and is disappointed that there’s been no change in her results just yet and hopes to provide progress updates. Kelly is her opponent tonight and if Kelly does win here, she’ll be in the top spot of the standings and would have a strong chance of winning. Can Kelly win again or will Sumire ruin it for her?

Once again, Sumire made the match fun when it was needed due to it not being the best bout in the tournament here but they did work with what they got, even if it was as pretty standard as they come. Kelly did an okay job in the match as well and probably my least favorite outing of her in the Grand Prix and she just wanted to dominate Sumire. Sumire was mostly doing her antics that you would see in her matches with the false handshakes, cradling them up when they least expect it, and just whipping them. It looked like Kelly was going to go for the win here and when she ran the ropes, Kagetsu kicked her in the back to stun her long enough for Sumire to grab the Oedo Tai sign so she could hit Kelly with it, but Kelly moved out of the way causing the sign to bounce off the ropes and hit Sumire instead in which it gets turned around for Kelly to hit the Fireman’s Carry Slam for the victory and she’s now in first place.

Rating: Tony Schiavone

 

Grand Prix Blue Stars Match
Hazuki vs. Mayu Iwatani

Review: A win here is very crucial for Mayu Iwatani if she wants to tie it up with Kelly, otherwise she would be eliminated from the tournament and her opponent, Hazuki would take the top spot with nine points and potentially win the whole thing if things work out in her favor. The last time the both of them fought one on one was around February during the ROH Women of Honor tournament and Mayu would come out the winner of that match and Mayu wants to beat her again to show she’s on a whole different level now. Who will take the top spot of the standings, Mayu or Hazuki?

Hazuki is in my top 5 wrestlers of Stardom right now and this match here with Mayu just solidified my statement for this claim. This whole tournament, she has been one of the most consistent wrestlers in her matches with her sequences being on point, her moves are crisp, and how to handle a match lately has been outstanding that she should be under peoples radar. Hazuki right away was being aggressive with Mayu before the bell even rang when she attacked her from behind and kept rolling her up which failed, but she kept on the attack by throwing her around into chairs on the outside and even destroyed Mayu’s arm during the whole match and not holding back on her, I love this side of Hazuki.

This match is one of my favorites in my block next to Hazuki/Momo still being my favorite one, but this one was still pretty damn close with their chemistry in the ring together gave us a special match and it’s not even their last one for their block. They told a great story in the ring, executed everything almost flawlessly, seeing a more aggressive side of Hazuki in her previous two matches, and Mayu selling it all to make it look more dangerous than it probably is, but they were just on point with everything together. Hazuki was pulling out all the stops with having her in the Crossface, working on her arm, stiff Dropkicks and a Codebreaker, but it still wasn’t enough to take Mayu out as she hits the Dragon Suplex Hold and gets the victory to tie first place with Kelly Klein. After the match, she told the crowd that she was now in first place and hopes the crowd will still support her as she looks to win it all at the final.

Rating: Bruce Prichard

 

Overall: Can’t really give it a fair assessment due to only having two matches with one being average and the other one being great, but the average of it was solid enough. I’m glad to see that all three of my picks are in the top 4 of potential winners and excited for the last day since it’s stacked.

Favorite Match: Hazuki vs. Mayu Iwatani

Score: 6/10

Blue Stars Standings:
Mayu Iwatani: 4-2 (8 Points)
Kelly Klein: 4-2 (8 Points)
Momo Watanabe: 3-2-1 (7 Points)
Hazuki: 3-2-1 (7 Points)
Nicole Savoy: 3-3 (6 Points)
Jamie Hayter: 2-4 (4 Points)
Saki Kashima: 2-4 (2 Points)
Natsu Sumire: 2-4 (4 Points)

Now that we have our final standings before the final show tomorrow, we see that our top 4 people that could still win this are Mayu Iwatani, Kelly Klein, Momo Watanabe, and Hazuki. We’re gonna break down the final card for tomorrow and see who has a real chance and how can it be done.

  • Mayu Iwatani vs. Momo Watanabe
  • Hazuki vs. Natsu Sumire
  • Kelly Klein vs. Nicole Savoy
  • Saki Kashima vs. Jamie Hayter

Here is how these four can win.

Mayu Iwatani: Defeat Momo Watanabe and Nicole Savoy defeats Kelly Klein.

Momo Watanabe: Defeat Mayu Iwatani and Nicole Savoy defeats Kelly Klein.

Kelly Klein: Defeat Nicole Savoy

Hazuki: Defeat Nicole Savoy, Momo Watanabe defeats Mayu Iwatani, and Nicole Savoy defeats Kelly Klein

If Momo and Hazuki do win their matches and Kelly loses, these two will be in a tie and it’ll be interesting to see who gets the final spot since they did tie it up in their outing, interesting direction if that’s the case.


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CMLL Arena Puebla Show Monday

El Asturiano and Black Tiger vs Espiritu Maligno and Fuerza Chicana

Maligno and Asturiano start out the match exchanging arm drags. Maligno is bare foot so Asturiano while having him in a hold bites his feet. Not very hygienical. Tiger and Chicana make their way in trading holds. Tags are made briefly and they pick up the pace but Chicana and Tiger come back in soon after to continue the faster pace. Maligno misses a splash and Tiger gets him in a surfboard stretch for the submission, then Asturiano pins Chicana with a hurricanrana pin combo. First Fall: El Asturiano pins Fuerza Chicana with a hurricanrana.

Black Tiger hits a monkey flip on Maligno to start the round and then hits a pose. Asturiano and Chicana are in to follow. He ends up feigning a dive to the outside. Maligno and Chicana start to get heat on the other team by double teaming both guys when they get the chance. Malingo hits a baseball slide to Asturiano in the corner and then they get both of them in submissions. Some elaborate stretches. Second Fall: Espiritu Maligno submits El Asturiano with a submission hold.

Third round starts with Asturiano being double teamed. Maligno hits a drop kick on him sending him out bringing in Black Tiger to get doubled. All four are in the ring now exchanging chops. Maligno gets Asturiano in a Gory Guerrero special into a pinning combination for the pin. The Chicana gets Black Tiger in a single leg boston crab for the win. Third Fall: Fuerza Chicana submits Black Tiger with a single leg boston crab.

Winners: Espiritu Maligno and Fuerza Chicana

Oro Jr, Super Astro Jr, and Tigre Rojo Jr vs King Rocker Jr, El Malayo, and King Jaguar

King Jaguar and Oro Jr start off with some chain wrestling, exchanging holds. They meet a stale mate and King Rocker come in and continue to exchange holds and chain wrestle. Tigre Rojo and Malayo come in and pick up the pace. Malayo gets Rojo in the corner to get an advantage on him, but it doesn’t work out. Oro Jr and Rojo hit a combo neck breaker on Malayo. Super Astro hits him with a dive for a pin. Tigre Rojo gets King Jaguar in an arm bar for the first fall. First Fall: Tigre Rojo Jr submits King Jaguar with an arm bar.

King Rocker starts the second fall with Oro jr and Oro gets him to the outside and then hits a pose. Astro comes in there next with Malayo. Astro gets him to the outside and then feigns a dive and hits an elaborate pose. After that Rojo and Jaguar come in and he too gets Jaguar to the outside and feigns a dive. Finally Rocker and Malayo are working over Tigre Rojo. Once they dispose of him they start to triple team Astro Jr. Jaguar hits a big baseball slide dive on Astro. Oro Jr gets hit with a basement drop kick to the hit by King Rocker for the second fall. Second Fall: King Rocker pins Oro Jr with a basement drop kick.

Oro and Rocker start out in the third round. This becomes a triple team attack soon. It doesn’t last for long and Oro Jr, Astro, and Rojo go for dives but they get dodged and then it becomes a brawl. They exchange spots and go for pins that get broken up. Astro hits a top rope headbutt on Malayo and pins him. Oro hits a power slam on Rocker and then Tigre and him do a double team move where Rojo flips Oro onto Rocker for the pin. Third Fall: Oro pins Rocker while being flipped by Tigre Rojo.

Winners: Oro Jr, Super Astro Jr, and Tigre Rojo Jr

Guerrero Maya, Fuego, and Stigma vs El Sagrado, Misterioso, and Tiger

Interesting note, the Arena Puebla is called Temple of Pain in translation. They should do Lucha Underground out of here. Maya and Misterioso start out in the match, and as they exchange holds and perform some mat wrestling, I’d like to point out how hype Fuego’s entrance is. After they go to a stale mate Sagrado and Stigma come in. They don’t last long and Fuego and Tiger get in there and pick up the pace.

Tiger irish whips Fuego into his corner and this causes his teammates to come in and triple team Fuego for a moment. Fuego’s teammates come in to confront. Fuego makes a come back and gets Tiger to the outside and then a brawl breaks out on the outside. After that Maya starts to get triple teamed. Misterioso hits a weak drop kick bringing Maya to the outside then hits a pose, but Fuego rolls him up. First Fall: Fuego rolls up Misterioso.

The second round is started with Stigma getting triple teamed. After they dispose of Stigma to the outside, Maya comes in to try his hand but the numbers are too much. El Sagrado hits an elbow drop for the second fall. Second Fall: El Sagrado hits an elbow drop on Guerrero Maya for the pin.

Maya starts the fall getting triple teamed but made a come back by hitting everyone with a tilt-a-Whirl back breaker. After that Stigma and Fuego came and hit middle rope dives. They all start to exchange spots now, one at a time. Fuego hits his matrix bridge spot and then hits a dive. Stigma hits a big hurricanrana on Misterioso. Tiger and Stigma start to exchange chops.

Eventually Tiger hits a big power bomb. Fuego hits a big victory roll on Misterioso and the ref takes forever to go for the count and Sagrado breaks it up. Misterioso hits a reverse power slam and Fuego breaks up the pin and then he hits a big dive. Stigma hits a pinning combination on on Sagrado and Maya hits a spring board, shoulder block on Tiger for the win. Third Fall: Guerrero Maya hits a shoulder block on Tiger for the win.

Winners: Guerrero Maya, Fuego, and Stigma

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