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Mitchell’s WWE Mixed Match Challenge Report! (3/6/18)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Braun Strowman & Alexa Bliss VS Jimmy Uso & Naomi; Strowman & Alexa win and advance to the semifinals.

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The Mixed Match Challenge quarterfinals are halfway through!

Team AWESKA kept the Empress of Tomorrow’s Streak alive. This weak, Team Little Big go up against Team Uce-GLOW to see who faces them in the next round. Will The Miz & Asuka like what they see after tonight’s match?

 

Braun Strowman & Alexa Bliss VS Jimmy Uso & Naomi!

The Monster and the Goddess represent Connor’s Cure while Mr. & Mrs. Uce represent Boys & Girls Clubs of America! But only one team can move on towards the grand prize of $100,000!

The fans chant “Get These Hands!” while the duos stare down. Alexa shoves Naomi, but Naomi shoves back. Alexa has Strowman hold her belt before she goes after Naomi, but Strowman holds her back with one arm. He keeps the feisty Five Feet of Fury back to wait for the match’s official start.

As such, things calm down and Strowman starts with Jimmy.

The bell rings, but Naomi thinks this is a bit scary for her husband. She loves him, so she gives him a hug. Jimmy says he’ll be fine, but then Strowman grabs him and puts him in a corner! Jimmy fights back with uppercuts, but Strowman shoves him to then run him over with a lariat! Strowman watches Jimmy crawl to a corner, to then flatten him! He roars and Alexa smiles while Jimmy gets to another corner. Strowman flattens Jimmy again! Alexa taunts Jimmy while Strowman stands over him. She wants him to finish this, so he scoops Jimmy up. Jimmy gets out and tags to Naomi, bringing Alexa in.

Naomi makes sure Jimmy is okay before she and Alexa circle. They tie up, go around, and Alexa pushes Naomi against the ropes. Naomi pushes her away, then splits under the “Two Feet of Fury”. Naomi dodges Alexa again and things speed up, but Alexa SLAPS Naomi! Strowman enjoys seeing Alexa “slap the taste out” Naomi’s mouth, and Alexa gets her back for that “two feet” comment. She whips Naomi to a corner but Naomi gets her with the twerk attack! Then sliding slap in return! Cover, TWO, and Jimmy distracts Strowman away from the tag. Naomi puts Alexa in a corner and snapmares her back out, for the running low lariat. Cover, TWO, but Naomi stays on Alexa with an armlock. Naomi taunts “Shorty”, but Alexa says she’s not that short!

The fans cheer Alexa but she gets dumped down back into the armlock. Alexa endures and scraps her way up and out. She gets to ropes, forcing Naomi to let go. Naomi keeps going after her, so Alexa grabs the apron skirt. Alexa shoves Naomi away, so Jimmy runs in to blast Strowman with a cheap shot! Strowman gets up but gets a SUPERKICK, and another! Jimmy sees Strowman still standing, so he runs to dropkick Strowman to barriers. The referee backs Jimmy to his corner, so Alexa bumps Naomi off buckles. Alexa kicks Naomi in the face, then climbs up top. She takes aim, Naomi enziguris her off, but Strowman catches her!

There’s a moment of swooning, and Strowman snaps out of it to set his Goddess back on the apron.

However, Naomi builds speed and bumps Alexa off and onto Strowman!

Now isn’t this quite the development. It’s one thing for Alexa to be in Strowman’s arms, but for her to be on top of him? The fans sure seem in favor of it. Alexa and Strowman stand up, they’re just friends, but Jimmy taunts, “That’s who’s gonna get those hands!” Strowman doesn’t take kindly to the teasing, he chases Jimmy around the ring and then shoves him into barriers!

He’s not done there, he bowls Jimmy down the way, then picks up steel steps. Naomi and the ref warn Strowman not to use those, but Alexa throws Naomi down by her hair. Strowman puts the steps down while Alexa throws hands and covers. ONE, so Alexa puts Naomi in a chinlock.

Alexa thrashes Naomi around, but Jimmy is back to rally the fans for his wife. Naomi gets up and fights back with furious body shots. She scoops but Alexa slips out and throws Naomi down again. Jimmy protests, but Alexa toys with Naomi. Alexa puts Naomi in a corner and stomps a mudhole into her. She walks it off, but then Naomi kicks back!

Both women are down, Naomi crawls for her corner, but Alexa steps on her! Alexa taunts Naomi with a taunt before bouncing her off the mat. She then stands on Naomi for the skateboard stomps. Cover, TWO, but Alexa keeps her cool while she taunts Jimmy. Naomi gets up, and hits Alexa with the running jawbreaker! Kip-up and Naomi says it’s #GlowTime.

Naomi rallies on Alexa, then lights her up with those kicks! Naomi drags Alexa away for a leg drop, TWO. La Mahistrol, TWO. Roll-up, TWO. Alexa jumps but Naomi catches her, to then knock her down with a clothesline. Both women are down again, so Strowman just comes in to barrel Jimmy off the apron! Payback for earlier but he’s not done there! Strowman throws Jimmy into barriers, then clears the announce desk! The fans fire up because they know what this means. Strowman points to Jimmy, then drags him up for the scoop, and the MONSTER SLAM!!

Strowman decimates Jimmy, Alexa rolls up Naomi! Alexa & Strowman win! The Goddess & Monster bring Connor’s Cure with them to the semifinal round. Will they be the team to give Asuka her first loss? Or will The Empress & The A-Lister surprise us by overcoming this #LittleBig obstacle?

 


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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.31~ 21ST APRIL 2019

With the Global Tag League in full effect, Hisame brings us those weekly NOAH updates! Read up on one of the best Japanese promotions that tends to fly under the radar!

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With the Global Tag League in full effect, Hisame brings us those weekly NOAH updates! Read up on one of the best Japanese promotions that tends to fly under the radar!

CURRENT TOUR RECAP
NOAH’s first show back on the mainland was held on a midweek night, and while the attendance was not good (819), the show was intense and the fans that did not go were lamenting that they were prevented from going due to it being a midweek night, and therefore, a work night.

Due to Quiet Storm sustaining a concussion after receiving a kick to the head from Kenoh in Sapporo, NOAH have changed their cards (no date has been given for a return of either himself or Kimya Okada yet), and 50 Funky Powers have so far been deducted four points, as per the rules of Global Tag League which counts a team being unable to compete as an automatic loss and a win for the other team (hence the reason why The Tough have two points), and Rocky Kawamura was drafted in to compete at Korakuen Hall. His gimmick is Rocky (the character from the films), and Mohammed

Yone took his name from Mohammed Ali, so you had two boxing fans together.

Yone laughed afterwards and said that he himself might try coming to the ring in boxing gloves.

True to his word, NOSAWA Rongai bought a “friend” to Korakuen Hall.

The “friend” turned out to be Hideki Suzuki who had a match in 2018 in NOAH against Naomichi Marufuji and Atsushi Kotoge (he teamed with Jay Bradley), but wasn’t seen at all again until 2019.

Suzuki got in the ring and asked for a tag match against Marufuji (Suzuki will team with NOSAWA), as he was at ringside (and all of the heavyweights are tied up in Global Tag League), Marufuji, after telling Suzuki that he should build his own gang, said “lets just have a match” and nominated Junta Miyawaki to be his partner. Miyawaki told NOSAWA that he was going to get the victory over him.

Match has been set for the last night of Global Tag League on May 4th.

When asked why he was here, Hideki said he was “job hunting” and hadn’t been employed since the beginning of the year. He later admitted that he was here for himself.

As if the Korakuen Hall crowd weren’t wound up enough, there was a HUGE upset for AXIZ when Masao Inoue (whom the crowd had been cheering on), got the sneak win over Katsuhiko Nakajima.

After the match, Inoue and Saito went to imitate AXIZ’S pose, but at the last moment Saito walked away leaving Inoue to crash to the floor.

The crowd laughed.

Saito laughed louder.

Nakajima, however, didn’t find anything amusing and said that Masao Inoue has borrowed something big, and he will be coming to take it back.

Whatever it is that is going on between Stinger and Daisuke Harada took another turn at Korakuen Hall.

Yoshinari Ogawa offered his hand to Daisuke Harada again, and Harada went to take it, but Tadasuke objected. Harada shoved him aside, and Tadasuke fell against the ropes with a look of surprise. Ogawa tried again, but this time YO-HEY came between them. After that, Harada looked at his hand and just left the ring.

AXIZ were not the only team to have a bad night at Korakuen Hall, their rivals in KAIOH did too.

Takashi Sugiura (complete with stitches after the headbutts from Atsushi Kotoge in Sapporo) stood still and staring at his two former protegees as they entered the ring.

They probably knew that it was a very very bad sign. This match was not about “The Sugiura Army” beating KAIOH, this was about Takashi Sugiura beating down two upstarts, and although they put him through hell, he prevailed with the headlock choke on Kaito Kiyomiya. After the match he got on the microphone and told Kiyomiya that he wouldn’t push the issue now as it was Global Tag League, but he wanted Kiyomiya to remember, that he would be coming for the title.

NOAH held their next event on Sunday 21st April at a new venue (which had been a former fish market) in springtime Niigata. Attendance was a full house of 865.

Naturally, being an event by the Shinano River, a fight went outside and to the riverside, and Marufuji almost threw YO-HEY in. Tadasuke thought it would have been funny, but YO-HEY said that the next time NOAH come to the venue, he is going to bring goggles and a flotation device for Marufuji.

Marufuji’s response was basically, “bring them for yourself”.

Fact is, that if NOAH go back there in the summer or autumn, someone will most likely go in (probably Kotoge in his cape).

Daisuke Harada made the first defense ever of the IPW Junior Heavyweight title against Hitoshi Kumano. While I don’t have too much details on the match itself, one fan did liken it to a fight that one of the Four Pillars would have put on. It was that intense.

Harada said that he wants his next challenger to be British, and said it would be interesting to see if anyone came over to NOAH. He also said that with Global Junior Tag League starting, he was equally interested to see if a team would enter.

When asked about the handshake with Ogawa, Harada walked away.

Yoshinari Ogawa had said that you could see how the situation was developing, as Kotaro Suzuki added, “If the leader’s heart is swayed, then the team is over”

Kaioh were almost beaten in Global Tag League by The Inferno. That was until Kiyomiya changed the tide of the match, and got the pin via the Tiger Suplex on Maybach Taniguchi.

So far Kenoh has not managed to get a single win at Global Tag League. Once the league is over, and especially if Kaioh do not win the titles, then his resentment is going to erupt.

As of the time of writing, The Sugiura Army lead the scoreboard with eight points.


EVENT RECAPS
April 17th – Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
April 21st – Mandaijima Multipurpose, Niigata

Post match promos – April 13th, Mars Gym, Sapporo
Post match promos – April 14th, Mars Gym, Sapporo
Post match promos – April 17th, Korakuen Hall, Tokyo

NEWS
Fortune Dream6 & “TAKAYAMANIA EMPIRE 2”
On the 17th April at Korakuen Hall, Kenta Kobashi announced that Fortune Dream6 would return on June 10th. NOAH participation was announced as Go Shiozaki and Yoshiki Inamura vs Yuji Okabayashi & Kazusada Higuchi. Addtionally, Masa Kitamiya will team with Yuya Aoki against  Shoki Kitamura & Towa Iwasaki.

Yoshihiro Takayama has announced via his official blog, that “TAKAYAMANIA EMPIRE 2” will be held on Monday, August 26 2019 at Korakuen Hall.
Card to be announced.

Although Takayama cannot be at the show (although he wants to find a way to be there), there is good news on the horizon as he says that his condition is improving gradually and he can now feel the soles of his feet.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS


TOUR TIDBITS
~ Although he cannot wrestle due to concussion, Kinya Okada has been seen at ringside doing his usual duties. Poor boy looks sad, like he did when he was unable to debut due to injury.
~ Minoru Tanaka was hungover at the Niigata event. Said he hoped it would help his hangover. It didn’t.
~ Each time Atsushi Kotoge went to do the “Revolutionary Hero” pose, Marufuji smacked his arm down (Yoshiki Inamura in Niigata was a little more game)
~ Takashi Sugiura said there are to be no further entries into the “Sugiura Army”, he also doesn’t like NOSAWA being put at the center of the group in the official photographs for the new “Sugiura Army” t-shirts.
~ I don’t want to know exactly what a “YO-HEY Teriyaki McBurger” is
~ Takashi Sugiura’s most infamous dog video this week was him on his lap, and chewing the cord of his tracksuit pants.


BROADCASTS
The 4th May Global Tag League finals will be broadcast at 10pm JST on Samurai TV
The 28th May show will be broadcast live at 6.30pm JST on G+ (its the first night of Global Tag League)


LINKS
King Shame, Takashi Sugiura on becoming the core of the new born Noah

PICTURE CREDITS: NOAH GHC, PKDX, Daisuke Harada


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CMLL’s Review & Results (4/21/2019)

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I did not watch Puebla this week because they did not upload it for whatever reason. I did not watch CMLL Tuesday because I was busy this week…. but here are the results.

Arena Mexico Tuesday

Principe Diamante and Robin defeated Apocalipsis and Inquisidor

Pegasso, Star Jr, and Stigma defeated Akuma, Espanto, and Espiritu Negro

Dark Magic, Kawato San, and Polvora defeated Blue Panther, Fuego, and Guerrero Maya Jr

Templario defeated Flyer in a lightning match.

Euforia, Gran Guerrero, and Hechicero defeated Soberano, Stuka, and Valiente

Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, and Ultimo Guerrero defeated Caristico, Mistico, and Titan

Arena Mexico Friday

Halcon Suriano Jr and Arkalis vs Grako and El Coyote

Suriano and Coyote start the match out and they engage and start to grapple. Grako and Arkalis come in next and continue to grapple. They go back and forth then go to the outside to fight briefly. Suriano does a cross body on Grako and Coyote but they catch him and throw him into Arkalis. Coyote gets Suriano in a submission and Grako pins Arkalis with a sit out power bomb. First Fall: Grako pins Arkalis with a sit out power bomb.

Grako works over Suriano on the ramp way. As the round goes on Arkalis and Suriano continue to get worked over. Suriano gets caught on a cross body again but Arkalis moonsaults into the pile. Suriano the gets flipped into the air by Grako but hits a quick hurricanrana for the pin. Arkalis hits a blue thunder bomb on Coyote as well for the pin. Second Fall: Arkalis pins Coyote with a blue thunder bomb.

Arkalis and Grako go back and forth but Arkalis has the advantage. Arkalis hits a shotgun drop kick on Coyote then poses. Suriano comes in and uses his quickness to get the advantage. Coyote hits a sunset flip on Arkalis then flips him up and Grako hits a drop kick. Suriano then hits a hurricanrana off of the top on Grako and Arkalis hits a swanton bomb for the pin but it gets broken up. Suriano goes for the triple moonsault in the corner on Grako but Grako gets the feet up on the last one and then hits an elbow drop off of the top for the pin. Coyote hits a double armed suplex off of the top on Arkalis followed by a senton. Third Fall: Coyote pins Arkalis with a double armed suplex off of the top rope followed by a senton.

Winners: Grako and Coyote

Tae Honma, Princesa Sugehit, and Kaho Kobayashi vs Dalys, Amapola, and Reyna Isis

They all are itching to fight each other during the introductions. Sugehit and Isis start the match out and they engage and grapple some. They go back and forth some and Sugehit gets the advantage briefly until Isis hits a drop kick in the corner. Honma enters with Amapola and Honma gets the advantage but Amapola hits a spear to get the edge. Honma dodges a corner attack and Amapola falls to the outside. Dalys enters next with Kaho and quickly Dalys uses her strength to fight her off. Kaho hits a missile drop kick off of the top and then a shining wizard to the outside followed by a dive through the middle rope. Sugehit then gets Amapola in an arm bar for the fall. First Fall: Sugehit submits Amapola with an arm bar.

Dalys gets a hold of Sugehit to start this round. Honma then gets teamed up on next. Isis hits a drop kick to Kaho’s privates I suppose. Amapola hits a face buster on Kaho for the pin. Isis hits a Vader bomb on Sugehit for the pin. Second Fall: Reyna Isis pins Sugehit with a Vader bomb.

Honma and Kaho get teamed on to start this round. Sugehit dodges a team up attack which leads to Kaho hitting a missile drop kick. Isis catches Sugehit with a code breaker and Kaho slaps her ass to break up the pin. Amapola hits a blue thunder bomb on Kaho but Honma breaks it up. Honma hits a DDT on Amapola and Dalys breaks it up. Honma catches Dalys in a flying arm bar but Dalys fights out and hits a sit out power bomb for the pin. Isis goes to dive on Sugehit off of the apron but Sugehit kicks her. Kaho makes Dalys and Amapola hit each other until Amapola spears Kaho and then she’s had it and keeps attacking her when the ref instructs her to get off she continues. So Kaho wins by DQ. Third Fall: Kaho Kobayashi wins via DQ.

Winners: Tae Honma, Princesa Sugehit, and Kaho Kobayashi

(Match Relampago) Rey Cometa vs Kawato San

Kawato and Cometa begin the match aggressively grappling with each other. Cometa gets Kawato to the outside and then hits a dive through the middle rope. Back in the ring Kawato hits a drop kick. Kawato kicks Cometa to the outside and then he hits a dive over the top rope. Cometa hits a sit out power bomb on Kawato back in the ring for a two count. Cometa then hits a 450 for the win in 4 minutes. Rey Cometa pins Kawato with a 450.

Winner: Rey Cometa

Caristico, Angel de Oro, and Atlantis Jr vs Sanson, Rey Bucanero, and Hijo Del Villano III

Atlantis Jr and Hijo Del Villano III start out going back and forth really quickly. Sanson and Angel come in next and they grapple for a bit but then Caristico enters with Bucnaero. Bucanero attacks Oro and Atlantis Jr and then they team on Caristico. They team up on Angel next and take him out and then work over Atlantis Jr. Sanson holds Caristico and Bucanero hits a whisper in the wind for the pin. First Fall: Sanson pins Caristico after Bucanero hits a whisper in the wind.

Villano III works over Caristico to start the round. It evolves in the rudos teaming on the technicos once again. Caristico hits a handspring elbow attack to make a come back and then hits a hurricanrana on Sanson. Oro hits a hurricanrana on Villano III to the outside and Atlantis hits a missile drop kick on Bucanero to the outside. Oro then hits a golden moonsault and Atlantis Jr hits a dive through the middle rope. Caristico then gets Sanson in the Fujiwara arm bar for the fall. Second Fall: Caristico submits Sanson with a Fujiwara arm bar.

Atlantis starts out fast getting the edge on everybody. Oro then uses his quickness to get the advantage on everybody as well. Caristico comes in on fire as well. All three, Caristico, Oro, and Atlantis hit dives through the middle rope. Sanson hits a swinging slam on Caristico but Atlantis breaks up the pin. Atlantis tries to get Villano in a torture rack but it’s unsuccessful. Caristico hits a splash to the outside on Sanson. Atlantis then finally gets Villano III in the torture rack. Third Fall: Atlantis Jr submits Villano with a torture rack.

Winners: Caristico, Angel de Oro, and Atlantis Jr

(Tag Team Tournament) Mistico and Cuatrero, Volador Jr and Ultimo Guerrero, Rush and Vangellys, El Terrible and Niebla Roja, Atlantis and Negro Casas, El Valiente and Gran Guerrero, Hechicero and Stuka Jr, and Templario and El Audaz

So we have the battle royal to decide the order. Hechicero gets thrown over first. Cuatrero is out next. Templario gets eliminated next. Casas goes out next. Vangellys dodges and Ultimo Guerrero falls out. Terrible gets punched off of the apron next. Vangellys and Gran Guerrero win the battle royal.

Hechicero and Stuka vs Mistico and Cuatrero

Hechicero and Mistico start to engage and grapple. Cuatrero and Stuka come in and they go back and forth. The match breaks down and there’s a ton of back and forth action. Mistico gets crotched on the barricade. Cuatrero hits a dive on Hechicero. Back in the ring Cuatrero and Hechicero trade offense. Mistico gets the Fujiwara arm bar on Hechicero and Cuatrero pins Stuka with a crucifix power bomb. Cuatrero pins Stuka with a crucifix power bomb.

Winners: Mistico and Cuatrero

El Audaz and Templario vs Atlantis and Negro Casas

Audaz and Templario have matching gear. Templario and Casas trade offense. Audaz and Templario do some double team offense on Atlantis. They do some offense on Negro Casas as well. Atlantis hits back breakers on each. Atlantis and Casas roll up Audaz and Templario for the win. Matching gear for such a short match. Atlantis and Casas roll up Audaz and Templario.

Winners: Atlantis and Negro Casas

Volador Jr and Ultimo Guerrero vs El Terrible and Niebla Roja

They start the match brawling. Some brawling takes place on the outside as well. Match is a straight up brawl. Volador hits a hurricanrana on Terrible and then a dive over the top rope. Roja gets the rock the boat submission on Volador but Terrible punches Roja. Then Volador and Ultimo school boy Roja and Terrible for the win. Same finish. Volador and Ultimo pin Roja and Terrible with school boys.

Winners: Volador Jr and Ultimo Guerrero

El Valiente and Gran Guerrero vs Rush and Vangellys

Rush and Valiente go at it and Valiente kicks Rush’s legs out. Gran and Vangellys strike back and forth. Gran drop kicks Vangellys off of the apron. Gran holds Rush in place and Valiente goes for a dive but Rush moves and Valiente hits Gran. Rush hits the shotgun drop kick in the corner on Valiente for the win. Vangellys hits a weak spear on Gran for a pin but the match was over by then. Just getting our stuff in. Rush pins Valiente with a corner drop kick. 

Winners: Rush and Vangellys

Mistico and Cuatrero vs Atlantis and Negro Casas

Cuatrero and Atlantis brawl on the outside. Casas and Mistico strike each other in the middle of the ring. Atlantis flips Cuatrero to the outside and then back breakers Mistico. Mistico lands on his feet after a moonsault attempt on Negro. Mistico kicks Casas legs out and then gets him in a pinning combo. Cuatrero then submits Atlantis in an inverted bear hug. Cuatrero submits Atlantis with an inverted bear hug.

Winners: Mistico and Cuatrero

Volador Jr and Ultimo Guerrero vs Rush and Vangellys

Rush and Vangellys jump Volador and Ultimo and they lay them out brawling. There’s a lot of brawling tonight. Last week was more wrestling based. Vangellys did the big swing in the ring on Volador but fell over and Volador couldn’t contain his laughter. Ultimo hits a double clothesline for a come back. Ultimo hits a face buster suplex off of the top on Vangellys but Rush drop kicked the ref. Volador and Ultimo win via DQ. 

Winners: Volador and Ultimo Guerrero

Mistico and Cuatrero vs Volador and Ultimo Guerrero

Mistico starts hot hitting a hurricanrana on Volador. Mistico and Cuatrero then hit dives over the top rope onto Ultimo and Volador. Mistico and Volador brawl on the ramp and Mistico hits a dive off of the stage. Back at ring side Cuatrero hits a flip dive on Volador and Mistico hits a golden moonsault on Ultimo. Back in the ring Ultimo hits a face buster suplex off of the top on Mistico for a two count. Ultimo then hits a power bomb off of the top rope on Mistico and he kicks out again. On the top rope Mistico hits a hurricanrana for a two count. Cuatrero catches Volador and hits a suplex for a two count. Volador hits a back stabber for a close two count. Volador hits Mistico with a Canadian destroyer for the pin. Ultimo Guerrero hits a reverse suplex on Cuatrero off of the top rope for the win. Ultimo Guerrero pins Cuatrero with a reverse suplex off of the top rope. 

Winners: Volador and Ultimo Guerrero

Volador and Ultimo Guerrero will face Titan and Cavernario next Friday in the finals of the Tag Team Tournament


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