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- Third Cruiserweight Championship Quarterfinal Match: Mark Andrews VS Drew Gulak; Gulak wins and advances to the semifinals.
- Hideo Itami & Akira Tozawa VS Nemeth Alexander & Scott James; Itami & Tozawa win.
- Fourth Cruiserweight Championship Quarterfinal Match: Buddy Murphy VS Mustafa Ali; Ali wins and advances to the semifinals.
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The Quarterfinals are already ending!
The Carolina Kid proved he’s no longer a choke artist as he overcame the “Cruiser-Great”, while the Messiah of the Backbreaker broke the heart of the Lucha Dragon. They will face each other in next week’s semifinals, but tonight is about creating the other semifinal match. The Pakistani Prince outlasted the Ungentle Gentleman but must now face the bigger, stronger Best Kept Secret while the High-Fiving, Stage-Diving UK Division superstar will try to fly over the aggressive ground game of the #Drewtopia Pioneer. Who will be the next two in and the next two out?
Third Cruiserweight Championship Quarterfinal Match: Mark Andrews VS Drew Gulak!
The WWE UK Division’s resident rockstar was a surprise entrant into the tournament, and just as surprising a winner. Can #Mandrews surprise the WWE Universe again? Or will the No Fly Zone take over and drag Andrews down to the ground?
Drew Gulak is interviewed before heading to the ring.
He is moments away from his match, how does he plan on countering Andrew’s air game? If he had something to say, he’d say it, or even prepare a PowerPoint presentation. However, Gulak hasn’t used Microsoft Office in weeks, because he’s that focused on becoming WWE Cruiserweight Champion. There is a man in that ring who wants to take that from Gulak. How does Gulak plan to ground Andrews? “Watch this.” Gulak heads out, makes his entrance, and we have our match.
The two circle and tie up, Gulak gets the waistlock and throws Andrews down. Andrews gets up and to ropes, then circles with Gulak again. They tie up, Gulak powers Andrews to a corner. The break is NOT clean as Gulak slaps Andrews sharply across the face! Andrews glares at Gulak but lets him back off. They tie up again, but Gulak gets the wristlock then the arm wrench to truly ground Andrews on the mat. Andrews gets up but Gulak brings him back down again. Andrews kip-up and goes acrobatic in a corner to arm-drag Gulak away. Gulak runs back but gets thrown again. Andrews goes for a third but Gulak blocks with strength, so Andrews spins it around to go the other way. But Gulak comes right back with a forearm smash!
Andrews is staggered, Gulak puts him in a headlock. Gulak grinds Andrews but Andrews powers out. Gulak sunsets but Andrews rolls through to dropkick him down, cover, ONE. Andrews is up but Gulak gets the takedown, cover, ONE. Gulak grabs Andrews in a waistlock, then carries him around. Andrews elbows out and headlock takeover to give Gulak a taste of his own medicine. Gulak works his way up to his feet, powers out, but Andrews grabs ropes, and gives payback for that slap with a slap! Andrews dares Gulak to bring it, but then mule kicks Gulak to go for the Destroyer. Gulak reverses, flipping Andrews over, then rocks him with another forearm!
Gulak keeps on Andrews by dragging him up and scooping him. He carries Andrews around before throwing him at the ring ropes! Andrews hits legs first, then head on the mat. Cover, TWO, but Gulak keeps his cool. Andrews rolls to ropes but Gulak is stalking him. Gulak drags Andrews up, fireman’s carry, then a lift and slam! He covers, TWO, and Andrews gets to ropes again. Gulak grabs Andrews into a hammerlock and brings him down to the mat. Fans build to a rally for Andrews and Andrews gets up, only for Gulak to bring him back down again. Gulak works on adding something, but Andrews resists.
The fans rally again and Andrews fights out with body shots. Gulak chops Andrews back, then goes after the arm again. Gulak tries a cover, but Andrews keeps his shoulders up. Andrews fights back again but his arm is still in the lock. Andrews hits a jawbreaker and gets free, and then he throws forearms at Gulak. Gulak ends up in a corner but shoulders into Andrew’s ribs. He whips Andrews corner to corner and sees the boot coming, but not the enziguri. Andrews handsprings over and onto Gulak’s shoulders for a spinning huricanrana! Gulak rolls all the way out of the ring, and Andrews walks over, only for Gulak to drag him out. Gulak glares, goes to throw Andrews over the table but Andrews blocks to kick back. Andrews uses the table to quebrada on Gulak!
Gulak goes down and the fans fire up. Andrews drags Gulak up and into the ring, then climbs up to swing kick Gulak. He slingshots in over Gulak’s shoulder, into a wheelbarrow bulldog! Gulak gets to a corner, Andrews runs in for double knees. He keeps going, wheelbarrow victory roll to double stomps! Then, a standing corkscrew moonsault! TWO, but Andrews keeps his cool. He catches his breath while Gulak is still down. Andrews stands up and kicks Gulak in the chest. He kicks again, and again, but Gulak ducks for a sudden Electric Chair Drop! Gulak bridges back for the cover, TWO! Andrews clutches his back while Gulak catches his breath.
They both stir, Gulak standing up to stalk Andrews. He stomps Andrews, then brings him up into a corner. Gulak sharply chops Andrews, but Andrews eggs him on. Gulak chops and stomps a mudhole into Andrews, but backs off at 4. He comes back and drags Andrews up, but Andrews fires off haymakers and chops of his own! Andrews goes wild as he stomps Gulak out to the apron, and the fans like that. Andrews sees Gulak on the outside, so he walks over and climbs up. Gulak goes after him but Andrews fights him off, then flies for a huge headscissors!
Andrews throws Gulak, but he also crashes onto the ground. Both men are down and the referee checks on them. Andrews stirs first, climbing up to the apron. Gulak stirs at 4, but Andrews doesn’t reenter the ring. He decides to go for broke as he climbs up again. Andrews gives a point to the Wrestlemania sign before going for a SUPER quebrada!
Gulak goes down again, and Andrews puts him in the ring. Andrews runs and tilt-o-whirl into the crucifix, TWO! Andrews can’t believe how close he was, the frustration grows. Gulak slowly stirs, so Andrews goes up top one more time. Gulak grabs him by the beard! Andrews fights Gulak off, then adjusts, and jumps but into Gulak’s lariat! Gulak’s eyes are wild and his teeth are grit as he looks down at Andrews. He drags Andrews up for another lariat, and another, and then the suplex, but Andrews counters with Stun-Dog Millionaire! Andrews doesn’t cover, he hurries back to a corner and the top rope. Gulak is down while Andrews takes aim, Shooting Star! Into Gulak’s knees! Gulak grabs Andrews, dragon sleeper and body scissors for the Gu-LOCK!
Andrews taps quickly, and Gulak wins! Gulak advances to the semifinals, but he doesn’t let go of the hold easily. He tortures Andrews in the hold until Andrews fades out! The fans boo and jeer as Gulak finally lets go, still wanting to hurt Andrews. Gulak has become a savage, but also very determined. Will he become the next Cruiserweight Champion and bring #Drewtopia to life?
Drake Maverick meets with Akira Tozawa & Hideo Itami.
They surely want to know why they’re a tag team tonight. First, the 205 Live GM knew they’ve been feeling down about being eliminated from the Cruiserweight Championship Tournament early on. These two are great superstars. Itami is a legend around the world, and Tozawa is a former champion. They have respect for each other, so putting them together, they can bring the best out of each other. Tozawa and Itami shake hands, but Tozawa then lets Maverick know, that if he’s wrong, “You’re FIRED!” Then Tozawa grins as he and Itami take their leave. Will this Strong Style duo do great things as a team?
Mustafa Ali speaks.
“Two weeks ago, Buddy Murphy made his debut on 205 Live and he was victorious.” Ali was there to thank him, and Murphy said he appreciated that. However, Murphy’s eyes said something else. Murphy’s eyes were dangerous, that Ali was in his way and he’d knock Ali’s head off. Ali wants Murphy to look into his eyes and tell him what he sees. Ali shares a secret with the Best Kept Secret: “the most dangerous man in this world doesn’t fight for himself, he fights for others.” Is Ali’s fight for all the kids back home in Chicago going to give him the edge he needs to stay alive in this Cruiserweight Championship Tournament?
Hideo Itami & Akira Tozawa VS Nemeth Alexander & Scott James!
The Inventor of the GTS and the Stamina Monster have been put together to bring out the best in each other. Is the 205 Live GM right in pairing up these Strong Style superstars?
Tozawa and Nemeth start, as do the “AH! AH!” chants. Tozawa circles with Nemeth then kicks and forearms with “AH! AH!” echoing out. He whips Nemeth but Nemeth sunset flips, only for Tozawa to roll through and Penalty Kick. Tozawa adds on a back senton, and then dares Nemeth to come at him. They tie up, Tozawa puts Nemeth in a corner. The break is clean but Nemeth kicks low to put Tozawa in a corner. Nemeth throws in forearms, then drags Tozawa over. Tozawa kicks, spins, slips under and saido suplex! He drags Nemeth up, then tags in Itami. They double whip Nemeth corner to corner, then Tozawa runs in for the back elbow. Itami runs in and they combine knee strike and swing kick!
Itami suplexes Nemeth over, then fires up. He puts Nemeth in a dragon sleeper but Nemeth gets to ropes. Nemeth tags in Scott James but Itami lights him up with kicks. Itami runs and boots James in the corner, then climbs up. Itami hits a flying clothesline, then shouts for “RESPECT!” He drags James up, gives him a flurry of strikes, then Nemeth runs in into Tozawa’s boot. Tozawa whips for Itami to whip Tozawa to whip Itami in for the hesitation dropkick on James. Tag to Tozawa, and he climbs up, for the Dropzone SUPER Senton!
Tozawa & Itami win! This combination has immediate chemistry and success, but can they maintain it going forward?
Roderick Strong trains harder than ever now that he’s part of 205 Live.
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it a million times.” Strong outworks everybody, in the ring or out of it. He prepares for every match, and he’s definitely preparing for his chance at a Wrestlemania Moment. His work ethic doesn’t change, but will it help change the landscape of the Cruiserweight Division?
Cedric Alexander speaks.
“One more match.” That’s all there is between Alexander and Wrestlemania. For the past two years, Alexander has always been an inch away from the Cruiserweight Championship. Every single time, something always goes wrong. “But not this time.” Alexander vows that this time, nothing will stop him. He vows to go to Wrestlemania and become Cruiserweight Champion. Can he overcome the Messiah of the Backbreaker to be just one more match away from his moment?
Fourth Cruiserweight Championship Quarterfinal Match: Buddy Murphy VS Mustafa Ali!
Both men know they face the Cruiserweight Crusader in the semifinals, but they have to get through each other first. While the Best Kept Secret is bigger–now at only 197 lbs–and stronger, is he hungrier than the inspiring Pakistani Prince?
The bell rings, and the two talk out that while there is respect, there won’t be any holding back. Fans cheer for Buddy while the two circle and tie up. Murphy powers Ali back into a corner, then lets him out with “respect.” They circle again, Ali gets the headlock but Murphy powers out. Ali shoulders but bounces off to then rebound and get the headlock back. Murphy powers out again to run Ali over! Ali gets to the ropes but Murphy stays close. He lets Ali stand up, and they circle again.
Ali gets a waistlock, but Murphy the standing switch and back suplex. Ali slips out and tries his own but Murphy slips out. Things speed up and Murphy runs Ali over, to then get in close and tell Ali “Shhh…!” Because it’s a secret. Gulak watches from backstage while his old nemesis, Ali, stands back up. Ali and Murphy circle and tie up, but Ali wristlocks to hammerlocks to takedown. Murphy headscissors, Ali pops out and roles reverse as Murphy gets the takedown and Ali headscissors. Murphy pops out, goes but bails out of the knee drop to get Ali back in a headlock. Ali endures the squeeze while fans build to a rally. He powers out of the hold but things speed up. Ali headscissors Murphy out of the ring, then builds more speed, only for Murphy to get back in his face. Murphy again says, “Shhh…”
The two stand up, Murphy still saying “Shhh”, but Ali dropkicks the Secret down! Ali tells Murphy, “Shhh…” but Murphy gets up. Ali says this is about Wrestlemania, and offers a handshake. Murphy takes it, to reel Ali into a clobbering clothesline!
Ali is knocked for a loop quite literally, and Murphy stalks him. Murphy drags Ali up to throw him a corner, then stomps a mudhole into him. Murphy walks it off, then drags Ali back up for a haymaker. He snapmares Ali and kicks him in the back, then stands over Ali as he clutches his back. Ali shoves Murphy away but Murphy rocks him with an uppercut. Murphy hoists Ali up to the top rope, then climbs up to join him. Ali resists and the two fight up top, Ali knocking Murphy back. He boots Murphy then adjusts, to 450 onto the arm!
Murphy rolls and writhes as he clutches his arm. Ali said he was dangerous, but to think he’d do something like that. He goes after Murphy but Murphy uses his good arm to push Ali away. Ali uses the push to rebound into a tilt-o-whirl takedown, Fujiwara on the bad arm! Murphy rolls through and whips Ali away, but Ali comes back with a flapjack dropkick. The fans fire up as Ali takes aim, and runs in corner to corner. Murphy side steps but Ali slides to a stop, then Ali side steps to send Murphy into the post! Ali keeps on that bad arm, wrenching it into a hotshot! He then roundhouses Murphy away, to slingshot in for the facebuster! Cover, TWO! Ali feels some frustration, but he keeps his cool as he watches Murphy clutch that bad arm.
Ali stalks Murphy, then drags him up with an armlock. Murphy shoves him away but Ali uppercuts Murphy back. Ali leaps for a tornado DDT but Murphy denies it with strength! Even with one arm, Murphy powers Ali up and over the top rope to throw him to the ground! Murphy then builds speed, and FLIES!
Direct hit on Ali! The Daredevil from Down Under puts Ali back in the ring, then climbs up for a flying double knee drop! Cover, TWO! Murphy’s arm is too sore for him to show frustration. The arm slows Murphy down as he and Ali slowly get to their feet. Murphy goes over to Ali while fans rally. Fireman’s carry but Ali slips out to shove Murphy into buckles, bad arm first! Then, Reverse-Rana! He’s not done, Ali hops up and jumps off for the tornado DDT! Cover, TWO! Ali is shocked! Murphy grits his teeth while Ali gets to a corner. The fans declare “This is Awesome!” all the same.
Ali stands up and kicks Murphy right in that bad arm. Murphy dares him to bring more, so Ali kicks him again. Ali gives a stiff forearm right to Murphy’s jaw, but Murphy won’t stay down. They both get up again, Murphy blocks the second forearm to unleash a strike fest! He rocks Ali, but then Ali blocks the next try to counter with the pinwheel heel kick! Murphy staggers, Ali runs, but Murphy boots Ali. On the rebound, Murphy tries for the pumphandle but that bad arm gets in the way. Ali tries a takedown but Murphy blocks with a backslide. TWO, because of the bad arm. Crucifix, Ali wins!! Murphy is devastated, but Ali is overjoyed to say the least.
The fans are just as excited as they chant for “Ali! Ali!” in celebration. However, Gulak knows that, in order to make it to Wrestlemania, he’ll have to go through a familiar foe. Who will be left standing on the Road to Wrestlemania when this rivalry renews once more?
205 Live continues to get it right with this Cruiserweight Championship tournament, and even some foreshadowing to what’s coming. Itami & Tozawa suddenly becoming a team is a clear indicator that, as the news broke recently, the Cruiserweight Division is branching out into its own Tag Team Division. While there’s a lot that can be argued about this only further isolating the superstars of 205 Live, it could be a sign of things to come. Having a Tag Team Division gives actual reasons for having tag team matches on the show or when/if Cruiserweights return to Raw, and therefore gives a way for more Cruiserweights to be on air instead of just staying backstage. And if the Cruiserweight Championship Tournament was great, imagine a Cruiserweight Tag Team Tournament!
The matches for the tournament at hand were really great tonight, especially when factoring in story. Gulak has been more determined than he’s ever been with this tournament, and after what he did to Tony Nese, it was no surprise he went over Andrews here. Andrews was only a crossover talent to make for a nice surprise, but in the end, he wasn’t going to win a title outside of the UK Division that he was signed. Ali-Murphy was a great match, and it really seemed like Ali learned something from his match with Gallagher. Going after the arm was great, and became the deciding factor in the match. And of course, we get the great rematch of Gulak VS Ali, which was a great feud for the Cruiserweight Division last year. And now that it’ll directly lead to a championship opportunity, you can bet this rematch will escalate things.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Results & Report! (12/11/18)
SmackDown brings us a Wrestlemania Rematch this close to TLC! The Queen ended the Empress of Tomorrow’s undefeated streak, but will history repeat itself?
- Daniel Bryan VS Mustafa Ali; Bryan wins.
- The Miz & Shane McMahon VS Chip & Chad; The Miz & Shane win.
- Samoa Joe & Shinsuke Nakamura VS Jeff Hardy & Rusev w/ Lana; wins.
- Naomi VS Mandy Rose; wins.
- Charlotte Flair VS Asuka; wins.
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Daniel Bryan heads to the ring!
Or should we say, the new Daniel Bryan. Either way, the WWE Championship will be on the line against the Phenomenal AJ Styles. However, it’s a minor miracle Styles can even compete after what this Daniel Bryan did to his leg at the end of last week. Fans boo and jeer this Bryan as he picks up a mic. Bryan recalls calling the WWE Universe a bunch of sheep. He wants to apologize for that. Bryan wants to apologize to sheep. Sheep don’t deserve to be compared to such idiots! They’re not the ones destroying the planet with endless consumption. It’s not a “carbon hoof print.” The fans aren’t sheep. They’re parasites! Fans disagree, and believe “Daniel Sucks!” He just calls them fickle.
As he was saying, fans are parasites because they take and take and give nothing in return, especially in Las Vegas. But Bryan isn’t surprised, because fans latched on tot he Old Bryan and lived vicariously through him. That’s what the Yes Movement really was. “Well guess what? The Old Daniel Bryan is dead! And the Yes Movement is dead!” But just like any parasite, the fans have moved on to a new “fickle field”. And these idiots all sit on the couch in the House that AJ Styles Built. Fans cheer for Styles, but Bryan reminds us he is the WWE Champion! And at TLC, Bryan vows to crush Styles’ dream of reclaiming the title, and then the announcement will be “Still WWE Champion, the NEW Daniel Bryan!”
Do fans not believe him? “No! No!” Well Bryan debates with friends all the time, “sometimes you don’t know whether your’e stupid or you deliberately pull the wool over your eyes so you don’t have to realize the facts.” Stupidity is the deliberate cultivation of ignorance. Like in Vegas! But wait, here comes Bryan’s opponent for tonight, the Beacon of Light, Mustafa Ali! Ali responds to Bryan with an introduction, but Bryan already knows who he is. The idiot fans might not but Bryan does. And he knows they’re having a match later, but Ali can join him now. Bryan gives Ali an introduction, and it seems fans do know who he is. Ali is the Heart of 205 Live, and is an incredible performer. Bryan sees a lot of his former self in Ali.
So Bryan gives Ali advice: they don’t need to have this match tonight. Bryan tells Ali that the fans won’t care, “they’re too self-absorbed” and xenophobic. These fickle fans do not deserve this great match. Fans boo so Bryan calls them all fickle. But Ali wants to know what happened to Bryan. Bryan inspired wrestlers like Ali to become a superstar. The entire 205 Live roster looks up to Bryan because Bryan stood toe to toe with any giant and proved he had heart. So what happened? Bryan talks about the Old Bryan, but that Old Bryan would want a fight. Ali wants a fight! Bryan paces while fans chant “Fight! Fight!” Bryan asks Ali what kind of car he drives. What does that have to do with this? But, it’s an SUV.
Bryan doesn’t like that. Ali is small, why does he need a car so big? Well, he has a wife and kids- Bryan slaps him! Bryan says Ali is ignorant, and slaps him again. So Ali fights back! Bryan whips but Ali reverses and headscissors Bryan tot he apron! Then dropkicks Bryan out, and leaps with a senton! Ali looks to shut this New Bryan up, next!
Daniel Bryan VS Mustafa Ali!
SmackDown returns as Bryan whips Ali and knocks him down with a kitchen sink knee. Bryan drags Ali up for a headbutt then toys with him. Fans boo as Bryan taunts Ali then bumps him off buckles. Bryan kicks away on Ali in the corner, then soaks up the heat. Bryan drags Ali up with an arm wrench, then whips him corner to corner. Ali goes up but Bryan catches him with a kick. Bryan kicks Ali while he’s down, then drops knees. Bryan hooks Ali’s face but lets up at 4. Ali gets to a corner but Bryan rocks him with a European Uppercut. Bryan grabs Ali for a toehold, then drops an elbow on the knee. Bryan hooks the legs and grabs at the arms. Ali resists so Bryan hooks the nose instead!
Bryan lets up at 4, then hooks the nose again. He lets go at 4, and then lets off the legs to stomp Ali on the back! Fans boo but Bryan soaks up the heat. Bryan stalks Ali and gives him the Yes Kicks. OR perhaps now, the “No Kicks” because fans say “No!” with each one. Bryan aims but Ali dodges to kick back! Ali SUPERKICKS Bryan in the back, covers, TWO! Bryan bails out but Ali builds speed to wreck him with a dropkick! Ali slingshots but Bryan dodges to send Ali into the post! Bryan grins while we go picture in picture.
Ali is down while Bryan catches his breath. Bryan climbs up top to make sure everyone can see him. Then he goes back for Ali on the outside, but leaves him for dead. Bryan soaks up the heat and counts along, but Ali gets in at 9! Bryan looks annoyed by the resilient Ali. He kicks Ali while he’s down, then drags him up. Bryan snap suplexes Ali down, then heads up top. Ali gets up and stops Bryan! Ali climbs up to join Bryan, and hits a SUPER SPANISH FLY!! But Ali flounders away, he crawls back to a cover, TWO!! Ali was so close to pinning THE WWE Champion! He hurries to put Bryan in a drop zone and goes back up. But Bryan trips Ali off and Ali hits the floor!
Bryan gets Ali back into the ring fast, and wraps on the No Lock! Ali moves around, enduring the hold. Bryan wrenches back hard, but Ali doesn’t give up. Ali drags himself and Bryan towards ropes as we return to single picture. Ali reaches, and gets the ropebreak! Bryan lets go, but is simply annoyed further. Bryan drags Ali up and puts him on the top rope backwards. He pulls Ali down into the Tree of Woe and gives more No Kicks. Bryan runs corner to corner, and hits a dropkick! Bryan drags Ali out of the Tree, then puts him back up. He climbs up behind Ali, but Ali slips out of the Super Back Suplex! Ali dodges Bryan and Bryan hits buckles! Ali CHOPS Bryan, and again, and again! Bryan kicks back and bump Ali off buckles.
Bryan whips but Ali reverses. Ali gets under Bryan to hit the tornado DDT! Cover, TWO! Ali again comes close and is shocked. Bryan ends up in a drop zone and Ali hurries up again. Ali leaps, 0-5-4 FLOPS! Bryan drags Ali over and slams his leg into the post! And again! And again! Ali crawls away but Bryan comes around from the corner to chop block the leg! Bryan drags Ali into the Heel Hook! Ali taps, Bryan wins!
Winner: The New Daniel Bryan, by submission
The WWE Champion’s new mean streak helps him snuff out the Beacon of Light tonight in Vegas! However, The Phenomenal One is coming for payback, will he become the new champion?
But Bryan isn’t done with Ali! He attacks Ali on the stage with those savage stomps! And he puts the Heel Hook on again! Ali taps but it doesn’t matter. More referees appear and Bryan lets Ali go. Fans boo but Bryan revels in it as he holds up his title. This mean streak runs deep, will it be the key to keeping the New Bryan the current champion?
Awww Vegas~! It’s time for a Rap Battle!
The New Day come out to host a special battle of bars between The Usos and The Bar!
SmackDown returns as Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods and Big E stand ready as judges for this second ever SmackDown Rap Battle. Meanwhile, The Bar look like they stepped out from the 90’s. Now they’ll all be battling in the SmackDown Tag Team Championship Triple Threat. The Bar requested this battle but the New Day won’t allow for any funny business. Sheamus starts off, “This has gone too far, Big Tony, hit them with the bar.” Cesaro starts a beat for “Ice Ice Shamy.” The Bar basically parody Vanilla Ice. Fans don’t know whether to laugh or boo. The New Day rank that… a trash can out of 10.
As for the Usos, Jimmy and Jey take a moment to collect themselves. “It’s the Usos VS the Bar in a rap off, I’m like it can’t be. What the hell are they about to talk about, UCe?” “Sheamus’ hair grease. Cesaro’s mouth piece.” The Usos got cheated, defeated, they removed it from their memories like Woken Hardy: DELETED. They beat the Ninja Turtles, and now it’s on to Bebop and Rock Steady. “FELLA~!” Mr. Movie Star, they’re not stealing a line but that was booty. Usos show love, like cupid. Sheamus looks dumb. No, like stupid! Is Sheamus purposefully staying white like chalk? Does he have Cesaro help him with the mohawk? Brogue Kicks VS Superkick, ain’t no pump action, those come from the hip, hit you in the teeth. But how do you knock Cesaro’s teeth out with no knuckles? I dunno. Let’s introduce our friend, Mr. Turnbuckle.
Hello, Mr. Turnbuckle! How did it feel? Well when he pushed Cesaro’s teeth down his throat, we learned who’s the real man of steel. Cesaro the Swiss Superman, right? King of Swing, right? But that won’t matter against their Uso kryptonite! The Bar sets the bar? No this is a true tag team, they’re the stars. Ten years, still going hard, zero injuries, Uso Iron Man! Tony Stark!! The Usos are bulletproof, are the truth and still have fun. Back to back tag team of the year, six time champs coming soon. The Bar, New Day, Usos, Sunday, Welcome to the Uso Penitentiary! The Bar have heard enough, they start swinging! The Usos are ready, and they hit back! Cesaro and Sheamus get sent out, and then the Usos are ready to throw with The New Day.
But The Bar comes back to blow it all up! BROGUE for Jey, and then a beating for the hosts! Jey gets up, but gets A-Swiss-ted White Noise! The Bar hold up their titles, and as the Usos said themselves, “We ARE the Bar!” Will #RunBAR continue to run the SmackDown Tag Team Division after TLC’s Triple Threat?
“I thought nobody would be ready for Asuka. I was wrong, I was not ready, I made one mistake.” The mistake was Asuka let up. But this Sunday, Asuka will kick, strike, climb and grab that title to win. As for tonight, Charlotte won’t be ready this time! The Empress is fired up, will she settle the score from back at Wrestlemania?
The Miz is in the ring!
He holds the World Cup trophy, and tells Shane McMahon that while it’s his week to have custody, Miz needs to speak his mind. Miz wants Shane to come out, and doesn’t want to have to beg. Fans want to see him beg. Miz concedes, and kneels. He bends the knee, and asks Shane come out to talk. This is bigger than a trophy, so please come out. Shane O’Mac appears! He joins Miz in the ring, and says “What’s up, Las Vegas?” And what is up with Miz? Is he okay? Why is Miz out here with the trophy? It’s the only way Miz can get through to him! Shane won’t respond to him. They can be so good together, if he’d just give Miz a chance.
Miz knows Shane is scared, and so is Miz. But Shane owes Miz one. They should tag together again. If they lose, fine, this can stop. But if they win, they can be the #BestTeamintheWorld! Shane thinks this is getting weird. No, the trophy is just a symbol. They can be so much more! Then enlighten him. Okay, fine. Miz will say this for the first time in his life. In fact, Miz will show him! Get a referee out here! A referee appears. They’ll take on Chip & Chad, The Vegas Boys! Chip & Chad appear, and the match is set?
The Miz & Shane McMahon VS Chip & Chad!
Shane is very confused, and tries to reason with Miz while the bell rings. Chip and Chad attack Shane! Miz is shocked, but he coaches Shane up. Shane fires off fast hands! He knocks Chip(?) down then throws him out! Shane dares Chad(?) to fight, and he lights him up with jabs! Shane whips then hits a big back elbow. He hits Chip away and then gives Chad a float-over DDT! Fans want Miz to get in, but he’s busy holding the world cup. Shane brings Chad into a triangle hold! Miz is already celebrating before Chad taps out. Shane & Miz win!
Winners: The Miz & Shane McMahon, Shane by submission
The Best Team in the World finally succeeds! But Miz is clearly more pumped then Shane is about it. Will Shane come around and join Miz on this tag team journey to the top? Or is Miz just seeing what he wants to see?
Paige is furious with the referee.
They can’t just be making matches without the GM’s consent! Especially with the commissioner. But The Miz said she gave permission. Paige sees what’s going on now. But just as she tells the ref to hush, Chip & Chad come in, with invoices. The Miz said they were getting paid $5000 each for that match. Paige tears up the invoices, and tells everyone to leave. Will the GM have words for the overly ambitious A-Lister?
Randy Orton heads to the ring!
The Viper prepares for a Chairs Match with the King of Lucha Libre! These two will be able to do whatever they want with those infamous steel weapons. Orton brings one into the ring with him, and says “Nothing like a good ol’ fashioned solid steel chair, am I right?” They’re built for comfort, but can also make a statement. Orton rolls footage of how he’s used these chairs to brutalize Rey Mysterio these last few weeks, namely wrapped around Mysterio’s head before being thrown into a steel post. Orton likes that, but perhaps we can do better. He rolls more footage, as he did very much the same thing, but throwing Mysterio into steel steps this time.
“Now let me get this straight.” Mysterio knows he has a Chairs Match, and is okay with that? Everyone’s seen what Orton does to his opponent, yet Mysterio is okay with that? Mysterio must think he’ll get his revenge. But Mysterio is a victim, and victims don’t get revenge. The locker room will be worried about TLC, but Mysterio needs to be worried about RKO. But Mysterio SMACKS Orton from behind! Mysterio jabs the chair into Orton, then SMACKS him again! Then he tosses the chair at Orton, to dropkick it in his head! Orton is on the ropes, and Mysterio hits the 619! Orton bails out, but Mysterio wants more! Will the Viper be a victim after Sunday?
Backstage interview with Becky Lynch.
If Charlotte Flair and Asuka beat each other up badly enough, does that give her an advantage in the SmackDown Women’s Championship TLC? Advantage? Becky’s getting back in the ring, road testing both her banged up face and her banged up brain, in one of the most dangerous matches in all of WWE. And not just against one but two of the best. So no, there is no advantage. But Becky still loves it. Fighting against the odds is what Becky does. And doctors can get all twitchy, but she’ll still scout her opponents tonight. And then on Sunday, she’ll remind all of us how much chaos can happen when The Man comes around.
Samoa Joe & Shinsuke Nakamura VS Jeff Hardy & Rusev w/ Lana!
The Destroyer wants to remind the Enigma of his troubled past, while the King of Strong Style wants to make it clear the Super Athlete will never relive his glory days. Will Hardy and Rusev uniting be enough to show Joe and Nakamura that it’s not about the past but the future?
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What happened in CMLL, AAA, and the world of Lucha Libre this week? Joe Dinan has you covered!
Last Friday Arena Mexico
So this was the Legends of Mexico show or Leyenda de Mexicana. The main event was a legends match which… wasn’t exactly good. It’s fun to see legends in the ring, and that’s why the fans were there but judging from a match point of view they couldn’t really move well. The match included Rayo de Jalisco, Atlantis, and Blue Panther vs Mascara Ano 2000, Canek, and Villano IV. In fairness Blue Panther can still move really well for his age. Rayo, Blue Panther, and Atlantis won the match. There was a 6 man tag titles match between Los Guerrero’s facing Sanson, Cuatrero, and Forastero. Los Guerrero’s retained their titles. Mano Negra, Solar, and Felino faced off against Fuerza Guerrera, Jerry Estrada who hasn’t been in Arena Mexico for 25 years, and Negro Navarro. That match was okay.
Arena Puebla Monday Show
The main event saw Rush and Terrible facing Volador and Diamante Azul. Volador and Azul won the match and at the end Terrible wanted to face Volador in a match. That’ll happen in the future I assume. Co Main event saw Atlantis, Soberano, and Valiente facing Felino, Bucanero, and Cavernario. It was a fun match with the latter winning.
Arena Mexico Tuesday Show
The main event of this show saw Sanson, Cuatrero, and Forastero facing Atlantis, Angel de Oro, and Niebla Roja. This was a fun match which saw the latter winning. I feel like they’re setting up an Atlantis match with Sanson out of this. Titan, Triton, and Esfinge faced off against Mephisto, Luciferno, and Ephesto. It was a really fun match with Mephisto, Luciferno, and Ephesto winning. Misterioso defeated Black Panther in a lightning match as well.
Arena Mexico Friday
The card this Friday sees the main event being Volador Jr facing Ultimo Guerrero in a singles match. It doesn’t appear that the heavyweight championship is on the line. Atlantis, Valiente, and Azul face Rush, Terrible, and Cavernario in the co main event. This really isn’t that big or important of a show based off the match card. I don’t expect the attendance to be over 10,000 this week.
AAA was live on Twitch on December 2nd. Every title was on the line but the story during the show was Brian Cage sent in a video message with Melissa Santos explaining in Spanish that he had a ton of injuries and couldn’t make it to the show. I think that was just to save face since Fenix also couldn’t wrestle because Cage just worked a match on Wednesday. Fenix comes out to cut a promo and explain things. The fans boo him because AAA stupidly kept promoting the match knowing for 9 days that Fenix wasn’t going to wrestle. He even mentioned it on their Lucha Capital show on Facebook the previous Wednesday. The false advertisement and use of card subject to change to trick the fans is bullshit. Subject to change means the card changes if an injury or last minute thing happens. It’s not a free pass to advertise matches you know you’re never going to do. Anyway on to the card.
Lady Shani won the title in the first match. Keyra was supposed to be in the match to make it a 5 way but she was at a WWE try out in Chile. So it was a four way and Scarlett Bordeaux left the match mid way through. So Shani won the match after Faby had a spat with the ref. The next match built on the angle of Mascara and Maximo. Mascara and his team win the match further continuing the feud. There’s talks of Maximo and Mascara being in a hair vs hair match.
Laredo Kid, Hijo Del Vikingo, and Angelikal who is now called Myzteziz Jr, as AAA La Parka pronounced him earlier in the show (Have fun typing Myzteziz.), faced Porde de Norte for the 6 man tag titles. The story going in here was the former team beat Porde de Norte 3 straight times so conventional thinking is they won’t win this match, but they actually did, crowning new champs. There was an impromptu match afterwards where Vikingo was taken out by the OGTs and La Parka replaced him. They still beat the OGTs, later we learned this match was because there was no Fenix vs Cage match.
Pagano and Joe Lider faced Ciclope and Miedo Extremo and Texano and Rey Escorpion for the tag titles in a hardcore match. It wasn’t as hardcore as the previous matches but it was still pretty hardcore. Texano and Rey retain their titles. Fantasma faced Drago to defend his Latin American championship. The story of the match was Fantasma was dominating and Drago just kept kicking out and Drago basically rolled him up for the win. As said before Cage and Fenix didn’t wrestle.
The main event was between Blue Demon Jr and Killer Kross facing Dr. Wagner Jr and Psycho Clown. Scarlett came out with Kross to distract. Vampiro came out to stop her but Kross kills him. Kross and Blue Demon ended up winning and Scarlett was hitting Wagner after the match. You know she’s going to get hers soon. Better not show anyone in the United States. They’ll complain to Roshfrans.
AAA on Twitch 12/8
There’s a show on the 8th which isn’t much of a star driven show. The main event features Dr. Wagner Jr, Psycho Clown, and Pagano facing Blue Demon Jr, Killer Kross, and Rey Escorpion. I’m sure Scarlett Bordeaux will be by ring side for that. The Co-Main event sees the OGTs facing Porde de Norte. That’s Averno, Chessman, and Super Fly vs Mocho Cota Jr, Carta Brava Jr, and Tito Santana. Aerostar will face Monster Clown in a special singles match. Laredo Kid, Hijo Del Vikingo and a luchador surprise who might just be Myzteziz Jr will face Taurus, Australian Suicide, and Jack Evans.
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