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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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Stardom New Years Stars 2019 Day 2 Results & Review (1/3/2019)

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Mathew dives back into Stardom to catch us up with some of the early new year action!

Welcome to the second day of Stardom’s New Years Stars show and while the first show wasn’t considered great, a lot happened to cover the next show as we have a title match tonight with more hype leading to the 8 Year Anniversary show coming soon.

We got some ground to cover, so let’s not waste any time as we…dive right in.

To remind my new readers on how my rating system works:
0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
1 Star: Vince Russo
2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
5 Stars: Jim Cornette

 

Handicap Match
Mary Apache & Sadie Gibbs vs. Hanan, Hina, Natsumi, & Rina

Review: Our first match is a handicap match with the sisters, Hanan, Hina, and Rina along with Natsumi taking on Sadie Gibbs and Mary Apache. At the first show, Sadie really impressed me in her Stardom debut and she would even get the win for her team also. Will Sadie be able to pull off a second win or will the sisters sneak in a victory?

The sisters and Natsumi would work together well for a little bit with the sisters locking Sadie with the Double Armbar and Leg Lock while Natsumi would apply the Paradise Lock on Mary between the ropes to show they were going to start out strong. After that little bit of momentum though, the match would start to fall apart as it would start to be a little sloppy mess with Hina and Rina being out of sequence while Natsumi not having the right flow as well. Sadie though was the highlight of the match as she would take the moves well against the other rookies and showed great athletic ability when she could as she hits her Cartwheel Moonsault to the outside. Mary Apache wasn’t in the ring much except for the last minute or so to finish the match as she hits Rina and Hina with a Double Clothesline that looked weak and pinned them for the finish. Not a good way to start the show.

Rating: Tony Schiavone

 

Tag Team Match
Queen’s Quest (Bea Priestly & Viper) vs. Bobbi Tyler & Hana Kimura

Review: Our next match is a tag team match with Queen’s Quest members, Bea Priestly and Viper taking on Bobbi Tyler and Hana Kimura. Bea definitely gained some momentum after winning the elimination match for her team in the main event of the last show and Viper is actually set to defend her two titles against a fellow member, Utami Hayashishita at the 8th Anniversary show, so the two would need some momentum going forward. Hana and Bobbi may have lost Jamie but they still wanna make the most of this tour and win this match. Can Hana and Bobbi get a win or does Queen’s Quest take it?

Bea went from one of my least favorites in Stardom last year to someone that I enjoy watching now since she has improved dramatically since I’ve last seen here and she’s been showing a lot of progress here, now I need that to keep on going and she’ll have a great career in Stardom. Bea and Viper turned out to be a pretty good team when they tagged up here while Hana and Bobbi are kinda just there at this point. That’s how I feel about Hana in Stardom right now, she’s just there with no progression in her career there. What should Hana do? I think she should wrestle like how she does everywhere else for once and maybe she should bring in ASUKA to Stardom and they could dominate the tag division and if you haven’t checked her out, I recommend you do so. One move that stood out the most was Bea hitting Bobbi with a Codebreaker and she held her there as Viper hits Bobbi with the Senton, looked painful yet awesome. Bea would then hit the Curb Stomp and picks up the win for her team.

Rating: Eric Bischoff

 

Six Man Tag Team Match
Queen’s Quest (AZM, Konami & Momo Watanabe) vs. Alex Gracia, Saki Kashima & Tam Nakano

Review: We got a six-man tag match next with Queen’s Quest members, AZM, Konami, and Momo Watanabe taking on STARS members Saki Kashima and Tam Nakano along with Alex Gracia. This is more of a preview match for Momo and Tam due to them having a Wonder of Stardom Championship match coming up at the 8th-anniversary show, so a win here for either of them could change the direction of who could be the winner. Can Queen’s Quest win two matches in a row or do Tam and her team get the victory?

Tam and Momo starting the match off was the right call since you want to be invested in the upcoming match when they actually do fight as the two of them keep giving you small samples of what’s to eventually come and I got exactly that. I thought it was a fun tag match with all six of these women performed at a solid level with all of them getting equal amount of time to shine in the match. Tam showing a lot more progression in the ring was a nice thing and you can tell how badly she wants to beat Momo for that title, and this type of aggression could exactly be what she needs to make that happen. When Tam and AZM were in the ring, AZM started to show why this young lady can be the baddest bitch on the roster as she would do her best to try and take her out and her members would do a Triple Dropkick for a two count. AZM hits a Tilt-a-Whirl into a Fujiwara Armbar to try and make Tam tap out but she would fail to do so when Saki breaks the hold. Tam hits a Double Knee Drop on the second rope and AZM would kick out at two but Tam would pull her up to hit a Running Knee Strike, and then tops it off with a beautiful Tiger Suplex to get the victory as she looks ready to take on Momo.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter

 

Eight Man Tag Team Match
Oedo Tai (Hazuki, Jamie Hayter, Kagetsu & Natsu Sumire) vs. JAN (Jungle Kyona, Kaori Yoneyama, Natsuko Tora & Ruaka)

Review: We now have an eight-man tag match with JAN members, Jungle Kyona, Kaori Yoneyama, Natsuko Tora, and Ruaka taking on Oedo Tai. If you’ve seen the last show, Jamie Hayter would betray Hana and Bobbi to join Oedo Tai and this will be her first match as apart of her new home, so it’s time to see how she’ll do. This match is all mostly for more hype between Kagetsu and Jungle Kyona since they’ll be fighting each other at the 8th-Anniversary show for the World of Stardom Championship. Will Oedo Tai win or does JAN take it with Kyona pinning Kagetsu again?

Oedo Tai does their little dance without Jamie since she would come out after the dance. Sumire and Kaori start it off and Sumire does her same little shenanigans like the previous show with her Freddie Mercury stuff. Sumire would do the We Will Rock You stomps again and Kaori would hit her to get that heat going in and they stop hitting each other to do the little chant as they do their handshake and tag themselves out. Despite the odd pacing during the match, I thought it was another fun showcase for eight of the women and Hazuki keeps being the showcase for these types of matches with how good she is in the ring. I liked how Kagetsu and Kyona didn’t touch each other until near the ending of the match and had enough time together with them going back and forth with the strikes as it’s another match I’m very much looking forward to. Kagetsu and Hazuki would do a Double Suicide Dive to the outside and then Kyona would dive onto them right after. Jamie and Ruaka are in the ring now and it looked like Ruaka was going to pull an upset, but Nao Yamaguchi would hit her back with the Oedo Tai sign to distract her and Jamie hits the Running Knee Strike for the win.

Rating: Eric Bischoff

 

Future of Stardom Title Match
Starlight Kid (c) vs. Utami Hayashishita

Review: We got one of our big matches for the show as Starlight Kid is set to defend her Future of Stardom Championship against Utami Hayashishita. I said before that I felt like Utami going for this belt would be a downgrade for her due to her performance in the Five Star Grand Prix, but it looks like they have other plans for her after she made the claimed that she wanted to win all the belts in Stardom this year and since she can qualify for this belt, this is her first stop. Starlight has held the title since April when she became the first champion and it’s about time she has a real opponent for it instead of just AZM, so time to put her to the test. Will Starlight win the biggest match in her career or will we have a new champion?

Starlight and Utami worked really well together and while it’s not the same as Starlight and AZM, they still worked. They were technical, they would push each other when they would need to, they played their strengths so well here. The progression between both of these women this year was such a huge improvement that they both are the future of the company, just like the belt that they’re currently fighting for now. Starlight started to work on her leg a little bit and it’s a smart move since she needs her legs to keep her strength up for when she does her Torture Rack. Starlight had Utami down and she hits her Rounding Frogsplash for a two count and once Starlight went back up to the turnbuckle, Utami would try to get the Torture Rack in and Starlight fights out of it. Starlight would eventually get caught in an Argentine Backbreaker but Starlight would be able to kick out of it. Starlight would try to go for a Headscissor but Utami caught her into the Torture Rack and she would make her tap out as we have a new champion!

It looks like Utami was able to claim a second title and her first singles title in her career. She’s able to win two titles in the course of five months, so it looks like Stardom really is going to push forward with the Utami all belts thing and while it’s a big gamble since it could slowly backfire if not careful but we’ll play it by ear. She now has her match with Viper and if she defeats her, she’ll add two more titles to her collection and that’ll be a big deal for Utami. Starlight did very well with the title and I can’t wait to see what she does next.

Rating: Bruce Prichard

 

Battle Royal
Alex Gracia and AZM and Bea Priestley and Bobbi Tyler and Hana Kimura and Hanan and Hazuki and Hina and Jamie Hayter and Jungle Kyona and Kagetsu and Kaori Yoneyama and Konami and Momo Watanabe and Natsuko Tora and Natsumi and Natsu Sumire and Rina and Ruaka and Saki Kashima and Starlight Kid and Tam Nakano and Utami Hayashishita and Viper

Review: We now have our main event as it’ll be a Battle Royal with all the people that were booked on today’s show. Not sure what the prize is for winning this but I think the winner does get a title match for any belt they pick. Utami recently won the Future of Stardom Championship, so this would be a good time for her to win and collect another title opportunity if she wanted to. Other people could have a chance to win it, so we’ll see how things go. Who will win the Battle Royal?

Oh look, Mayu Iwatani is sitting in the crowd to enjoy the show while she waits to get cleared for an in-ring return. Almost everyone starts fighting outside of the ring except for Kagetsu as she just chills out in the ring while everyone just beats the daylights out of each other. Viper starts off with a little hot streak as she eliminated Rina, Hina, Natsumi, and Bobbi Taylor until people would dog pile onto Viper to get her eliminated. People would start getting eliminated left and right and it looks like some people were missing in the ring, and it turns out that all members of Oedo Tai were sitting with the audience as they started eating some snacks while the others killed each other, a brilliant strategy by our Prime Minister.

While Oedo Tai is having a picnic outside, Tam and Utami are left in the ring and wouldn’t last long as Utami eliminated Tam. Hazuki comes back from her little break as she starts fighting off Konami and Momo for a little bit but Konami and Hazuki would go back and forth while Momo was on the turnbuckle trying not to hit her partner as Hazuki would push Momo off as she held onto the ropes and as Hazuki tried to eliminate her, Konami would flip Hazuki over to make her hang next to Momo. Hazuki got Konami over and she would eliminate the both of them as she somehow gets eliminated by Starlight Kid. Starlight and Utami are alone in the ring once again as Starlight looks to get some revenge from her title loss and the two are still as crisp as they were in their title match. Utami and Starlight are on the apron as they would fight back and forth for a little bit, but Starlight would find a way to overcome her as she hits a 619 on Utami to eliminate her as Starlight won the match! After the match, Starlight would talk about how she lost the belt but challenges Hazuki for the High Speed Championship at the January 6th show and Hazuki told her she’s not giving her the belt even though she doesn’t need the belt, she told Starlight that giving it to her would decrease the value of it. Starlight was about to close the show but you see Kagetsu feeding Mayu in the background and gets called out on it, that was cute.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters

 

Overall: It was just about the same as the previous show but slightly a bit better since it was entertaining with a great title match. I do feel like the show will slowly getting better once we get closer to the anniversary show and we should have more quality as the year goes on, but the first two shows of the new year have been a hit or miss.

Favorite Match: Starlight Kid vs. Utami Hayashishita

Least Favorite Match: Mary Apache & Sadie Gibbs vs. Hanan, Hina, Natsumi, & Rina

Score: 7/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (1/23/19)

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NXT TakeOver: Phoenix is days away, and Johnny Wrestling looks to call out the One and Only! Will Ricochet make him regret being so bold?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel; Lorcan and Burch win.
  • Kairi Sane & Io Shirai VS Tanea Brooks & Amber Nova; Sane & Shirai win.
  • Velveteen Dream VS Bobby Fish w/ Adam Cole; Dream wins.

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The Velveteen Dream returns!

Full Sail gives the Patrick Clark Experience an ovation as he makes his way to the ring. Dream picks up a mic as he hears out the fans on their cheering. Now he doesn’t know if they know it, but he has a little sparkle in his eyes. Dream has something special in his sights. Correct him if he’s wrong, but Full Sail knows Dream waits for no man. If Full Sail really knew Dream, they’d now this sparkle is the sparkle of title gold. Specifically, the North American Championship. It is high time that Dream reign supreme. But wait, the Undisputed Era appears!

Adam Cole tells Dream to “pump the breaks”. Everyone knows that 2019 will be the Year of the Undisputed. They vow to not have just one but all the belts! Roderick Strong and Kyle O’Reilly prepare for a tag team title defense at TakeOver but Cole and Fish are without titles. They don’t like showing up to parties empty handed, so both of them will have gold very soon, baybay. As for Dream, he can continue to #DreamOn. Bobby Fish says “Shame on you, Dream”, getting the fans all excited. Fans say “Shut Up, Bobby!” But Fish says Dream needs to learn to live in reality. 2019 will continue to be the Undisputed Era, and that itself is Undisputed.

Dream wishes to dispute that claim, but only if it’s okay with Cole. Fish gets mad and rushes Dream but is thrown right out. Cole gets the same, and Dream slips away. Dream mocks Cole’s pose, baybay, but will he be able to keep Fish and Cole behind him in the line to the North American Championship?

 

NXT looks toward the Women’s Championship match.

The Queen of Spades is “more dangerous than ever” as a two-time champion, but The EST is clearly not impressed nor intimidated. Shayna Baszler says no one can stand her as champion, because they can’t do a thing to stop her. However, Bianca Belair is the strongest, toughest, fastest, and boldest. But she also vows to prove she’s the best. Shayna had a great 2018 and has made history, but she’s Shayna Two-Time because she lost. Bianca is Un-De-Fea-Ted, and that won’t change in Phoenix. Shayna made this title mean something, she made this title a symbol of a threat. The MMA Horsewomen support each other and always will.

Bianca doesn’t care if it’s one or three, she’ll take them all out to get the title. Shayna doesn’t care if Bianca is stronger, faster or any of that, everyone needs air to breathe. Bianca thrives under pressure, and Shayna is going to put a lot of pressure on her. Who shines brightest in Phoenix?

 

Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel!

It’s a crossover between NXT America and NXT UK as the One Two Combo meets the European Alliance! Will Lorcan & Burch punch their way to NXT (America) Tag Team Champion contention? Or will Aichner & Barthel use this win for contention in both brands?

Fans duel “One Two!” “NEIN!” as Barthel and Lorcan start. They circle and feel it out, and Lorcan gets the wrist. Barthel breaks free to chop but Lorcan chops back. Barthel kicks low and hammers away in the corner. He tags to Aichner and Barthel feeds Lorcan to a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Aichner puts Lorcan back in the Euro corner and tags Barthel. They stomp a mudhole but back off at 4. Barthel drags Lorcan up for haymakers then tags to Aichner. They double whip but Lorcan goes through to escape, tag to Burch! The Governa rallise on the Euros with haymakers and elbows! He gives lariats to Aichner then whips, but Aichner reverses. Aichner leaps but gets a leg pick! Barthel runs into a headbutt! Burch fires off on Aichner, then rolls him to leap, big missile dropkick! Burch fires up as he kips up and fans cheer.

Tag to Lorcan and the One Two go for the finish. Barthel saves Aichner and throws Lorcan into Burch. Air Raid Crash for Burch, but Lorcan throws Barthel out. Aichner grabs Lorcan but gets European Uppercuts! Lorcan runs but into a HUGE clothesline! Aichner drags Lorcan up to his corner, tag to Barthel, and they put Lorcan up top. Tag back to Aichner before a kick and a toss to the brainbuster! Barthel DIVES onto Burch, Aichner triangle moonsaults onto Lorcan! Cover, TWO!! Lorcan lives and fans are loving this. Aichner drags Lorcan over and Barthel climbs. Powerbomb lift, EuroUpper Bomb! But Lorcan rolls through to roll Aichner into the Half Boston Crab! Aichner endures and Burch intercepts Barthel. Barthel breaks free to rock Burch then enziguri Lorcan! Burch clobbers Barthel but Aichner boots Burch! Fans are thunderous as Aichner drags Lorcan up.

Lorcan grabs Aichner to slap, slap, SLAP!! Running EuroUpper! Lorcan FLIES onto Barthel and Burch! Fans reach a fever pitch as Aichner triangle FLIES onto everyone!! Full Sail loves this as Aichner springboards. Lorcan ducks and rolls him up, Burch holds Barthel back, Lorcan & Burch win!!

Winners: Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch, Lorcan pinning

Fast and furious is an understatement for this match! The One Two gets it down, will this position them for another NXT Tag Team Championship match after Phoenix?

 

NXT looks toward to the top championship match, Ciampa VS Black.

The Psycho Killer quotes the old saying, “The title doesn’t make the man, the man makes the title.” Ciampa claimed Aleister Black was proof of the reverse. Because ever since losing the title, the Embodiment of the End hasn’t been the same. Ciampa makes the title what it is, and he is who makes NXT the TOP show. “Why can’t anybody dethrone Ciampa?” Because he wants it more than everyone else. IT takes a certain kind of man to scratch and claw to reach the top, but it takes an even stronger man to build a home there. Aleister was shoved into an abyss but he climbed his way back out. There are many who get lost in the frenzy of their rage, but he focuses it as a stream targeted at his enemies.

Aleister absolved Johnny Gargano of the sins that the puppet master put upon him. Ciampa has manipulated Johnny Wrestling but Aleister tells Ciampa to hold his beloved title closely. Aleister will come back for what is rightfully his. Ciampa says he has overshadowed Aleister time and again. Aleister vows to cut the strings but Ciampa vows to continue his reign. Will Aleister take the title along with Ciampa’s pride? Or will Ciampa’s days continue to be numbered and counting?

 

Kairi Sane & Io Shirai VS Tanea Brooks & Amber Nova!

The Pirate Princess and Genius of the Sky have been friends since Stardom, and now they combine forces here in NXT to make a tag team debut! Will the stars align as sea and sky meet at the horizon?

Teams sort out and Shirai starts against Nova. They circle as fans cheer on Team Stardom. Shirai waistlocks but Nova standing switches. Shirai reverses to a wristlock and headlock but Nova powers out. Things speed up and Shirai handsprings past Nova to dropkick her down. Fans fire up with Shirai as she tags Kairi. Stardom combines for a double whip and CHOP! They roll Nova to her feet to then whip her again. Nova has to hop over Kairi and gets tripped up by Shirai. Kairi hits Nova with the running blockbuster! Fans fire up with Kairi as she marches the plank. Kairi runs corner to corner for the Sliding D!

Kairi climbs up but Brooks distracts. Nova capitalizes with a forearm, then tags Brooks in. Brooks brings Kairi around for big knees, and says “You’re welcome.” She knees Kairi more, then suplexes Kairi up. Kairi slips out and shoves Brooks to then go perpendicular and hit the Interceptor! Tag to Shirai and she fires off forearms. Shirai sits Brooks up for a basement dropkick! Brooks gets to ropes but gets a Shirai-1-9! Nova runs in but into forearms! Shirai springboards and hits them both with a dropkick! Tag to Kairi and Stardom combines on Brooks. Spinebuster sets up the alley-oop elbow drop! Then assisted moonsault! Cover, Team Stardom wins!

Winners: Io Shirai & Kairi Sane, Sane pinning

The stars shine and the best friends celebrate with a hug. Will they fly high enough to set sail for those WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships on the main roster?

 

Backstage interview with Sane & Shirai.

Kairi says that she and her best friend are going to take care of business together. Shirai says there’s no one that can stop this combination! But Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir thinks that’s “adorable.” They welcome Kairi back from her “adventure”, but promise to send them both back out to sea. Will the MMA Horsewomen sink the Pirate Princess and pal? Or will they be the ones seeing stars after their match?

 

Velveteen Dream VS Bobby Fish w/ Adam Cole!

Johnny Wrestling may get a crack at the King of Flight in Phoenix, but the line for contenders doesn’t stop there. Will the Infamous One have an Experience tonight? Or will Velveteen have to #DreamOn about challenging the North American Champion down the road?

The bell rings and Dream circles with Fish. Fish tests with kicks but Cole creeps up. Dream sees the sneak attack coming and elbows Fish away. Fish hits back but Dream ducks the roundhouse. Dream keeps his eyes on Cole as he avoids Fish’s feet. Fish and Dream go around and Dream blocks the kick. Dream swivels the hips but Fish grabs him in a headlock. Dream powers out but Fish runs him over. Fish runs into a fireman’s carry but slips out! Fish shoves but Dream turns around to dropkick him down! Dream keeps Cole back, but walks into Fish’s boot. Fish kicks but misses, Dream springboards for ax handles! Cover, but Fish scrambles away. Fish and Cole regroup, but Dream slingshots out. They get clear and Dream lands on the apron.

Dream leaps over the sweep, then triangle dropkicks Fish down! Fans fire up for Dream while Cole helps Fish get up. Dream hops up quick and LEAPS! Big ax handles take Fish out and Dream returns to the ring to soak up the cheers. Cole shouts for Fish to get up but Dream comes out to keep Cole back. Dream fetches Fish into the ring, then drags him up for clubbing forearms. Fish hits back but Dream throws forearms. They brawl and Dream gets an edge with those heavy haymakers. Fish ducks and waistlocks but Dream elbows out. Cole distracts, Fish grabs a leg to drag Dream out! Fish kicks away on the other leg, then dragon screws Dream into the barriers! Dream clutches that leg while Fish returns to the ring. Fish comes back and kicks the bad leg.

Dream gets in the corner but can barely hobble. Fish stalks Dream and kicks out the bad leg. Fish drags Dream up for knees into the corner. He snapmares Dream then drops a slingshot senton. Cover, ONE! Fish keeps his focus as he stalks Dream to the ropes. Dream kicks at Fish with his good leg but Fish keeps coming. Fish kicks away on Dream’s bad leg in the corner, and Dream writhes in agony. Cole talks trash while Fish drags Dream. Dream grabs ropes then shoves Fish away! Dream hobbles but Fish chop blocks him down. Fish covers, TWO! Fish keeps his cool as he goes after the leg again. He rolls Dream over for the Half Crab! Dream endures as fans rally up.

Dream powers his way over and kicks Fish with the good leg. Fish staggers back and Dream stands, Fish walks into Dream’s knee! Dream hits Fish with another knee, then hops up for a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Cole coaches Fish up while he trash talks Dream. Fans are on Dream’s side as he throws big haymakers on Fish in the corner. The ref backs Dream off and Fish kicks out the bad leg! Fish stands, runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Dream hurries up top and Cole shouts for Fish to move. Dream leaps, Purple Rain Maker rolled through to a Kneebar! Fish has Dream flailing and reaching, but Dream endures. Fans give Dream strength to crawl for ropes, but Cole holds the ropes away! The ref doesn’t see it at first, but he catches Cole red handed!

Fish lets Dream go to plead with the referee, but Dream rolls Fish up! TWO, but Dream rolls Fish to a fireman’s carry! But the leg gives out! Fish runs in but Dream sends him out onto Cole! Fish hurries back in, but runs into Dream Valley Driver! Dream climbs up fast, takes aim, and hits Purple Rain Maker! Cover, Dream wins!!

Winner: Velveteen Dream, by pinfall

Even on one leg, Dream keeps his dreams alive! Will Dream prove things aren’t so undisputed by reaching the North American Championship first?

 

Ricochet heads to the ring!

The One and Only will defend his NXT North American Championship against Johnny Gargano in Phoenix, but he’s here tonight to answer Gargano calling him out. Ricochet has the mic and tells Gargano that “two weeks ago, you came out here and talked all this crap about being better.” But then five minutes later he goes and blindsides Ricochet with a superkick? Ricochet says 2019’s Gargano is the same Gargano from 2018. That is to say, 2018 Gargano simply showed his true colors. Gargano showed himself to be a selfish liar. But 2018 Ricochet showed his true colors, when he won gold. Ricochet showed everyone that he IS the One and Only, that he is something Gargano is not: a champion.

But speaking of Gargano, he heads to the ring! Gargano says “Wait a minute, Rick.” He knows Ricochet is trying to use Gargano’s emotions against him. 2018 Gargano would’ve rushed the ring like a mad man. But this is 2019 Gargano, and this Gargano always has a plan. And that plan is a sucker punch! But Ricochet saw it coming, and the brawl is on! Ricochet blocks the superkick to give a jumping knee! But Ciampa clobbers Ricochet from behind!? Is DIY working together again!? Gargano looks up at Ciampa and Full Sail chants “YES! YES!” Gargano goes after Ricochet as Ciampa applauds. But Aleister Black gets his hands on Ciampa! And then his feet as he stomps a mudhole! Gargano whips Ricochet into steel steps but Aleister stomps and boots away on Ciampa. Gargano saves Ciampa!? And SUPERKICKS Aleister!

Fans again chant “DIY! DIY!” as Gargano stands over Aleister. Ciampa goes after Aleister with a rain of rights, and Gargano goes after Ricochet with lefts! Gargano aims at Ricochet, slingshot DDT! Ciampa hits Aleister with a double underhook driver! DIY sits in silence a moment, then they leave, “Goldie” in Ciampa’s arms. Gargano and Ciampa stare down and fans want them to “Hug It Out!” DIY doesn’t hug, but they don’t fight. They don’t say a word as they both go up the ramp and stand on stage. Ciampa and Gargano are about to shake hands, when Candice LeRae appears! She will NOT let this happen, that is not who Gargano is anymore. Gargano comes to his senses, and leaves with Mrs. Wrestling. But is there anything anyone can do from both Ciampa and Gargano having the titles after TakeOver?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A great go-home to TakeOver: Phoenix! There were really good hype packages for the NXT Championship and NXT Women’s Championship matches. The presentation was good and the promos delivered were solid, but in the case of the women’s title, I still can’t be sure if Bianca stays Un-De-Fea-Ted to let the MMA Horsewomen go to main to join Ronda Rousey, or Shayna holds on so that Wrestlemania Weekend will be the moment a new champion is crowned. Kairi and Shirai did great in their tag team debut, and going against Jessamyn and Marina next week will serve as the next best thing to the Six Woman Tag I expected. Obviously things change when injuries happen, namely Dakota Kai’s. But whether 3v3 or 2v2, I’m thinking Kairi’s team wins for the same reasons as Bianca would defeat Shayna. Horsewomen VS Horsewomen is a route that WWE should take towards Summerslam 2019.

The NXT Tag Team Division continues to shock and amaze, as Lorcan & Burch VS Aichner & Barthel was incredible! This tag match, especially in this week of go-homes, shows that Raw could learn some things about booking even filler matches. There was nothing directly on the line for this match but the teams fought like there was. That is how Lucha House Party VS Mahal & The Singh Brothers should’ve been treated, but instead it was just throwing them all on TV so that they can all be on TV. Roderick Strong & Kyle O’Reilly were absent but Cole & Fish helped strengthen their story by saying they were too busy preparing to the title match. Raw doesn’t need to have everyone on TV but should have ways of feeding story even without them. The Singhs could’ve made note about Mahal preparing for the Rumble while they take on LHP in a great match.

Dream VS Fish w/ Cole was great, even with similar booking to how EC3 had to deal with the Undisputed Era hanging around. They made it unique with the story being told in the wrestling. I don’t know if Dream will get a title before Wrestlemania, but he’s got a lot of fans on his side. If Lars Sullivan can’t make a proper main roster debut, Dream may be used as an emergency substitute call-up. Dream is confident enough as a character and competitor, but there is also a concern of proper booking. Maybe Dream can go to SmackDown and EC3 can stay on Raw once the call-ups settle in. And perhaps it’d be for the best, as there’s a chance the titles will be tied up for a time.

The brawl of Aleister, Ricochet and Heel DIY was great, and with Candice coming out to say “No”, this reunion is certainly happening on the way to Mania. The title matches are still tricky to call but Heel DIY holding the singles titles at the same time sounds like a great way to go. And depending on how the NXT Tag Team Championships go, I would love a story of Heel DIY going back for the tag titles so that they will be the ones draped in gold. This can bring in War Raiders, Aleister, Ricochet and all of Undisputed Era into a crazy story to get titles in a mad dash that crosses all the Men’s Divisions.

My Score: 8.5/10


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