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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Report! (3/27/18)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bobby Roode & Randy Orton VS Jinder Mahal & Sunil Singh; rescheduled as…
  • Bobby Roode & Randy Orton VS Jinder Mahal & Rusev w/ Aiden English; Mahal & Rusev win.
  • Becky Lynch VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad; Becky wins.
  • The New Day VS The Bludgeon Brothers; no contest.
  • Dolph Ziggler VS Tyler Breeze w/ Fandango; Ziggler wins.
  • Shinsuke Nakamura w/ AJ Styles VS Shelton Benjamin w/ Chad Gable; Nakamura wins.

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SmackDown looks back to last week.

The most amazing thing was announced that night: Daniel Bryan is cleared to compete! The Yes Movement’s leader gave an emotional speech recounting his two years of fighting for his dream, and how his wife, Brie Bella, supported him every step of the way. It’s not clear where and when Bryan will return to the ring–though Wrestlemania is a good choice–but will Bryan compete for the WWE? “YES! YES!”

But then Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens would appear. They didn’t want to be on SmackDown but then just had to be there for the amazing news. However, Bryan had to address what they did to the Commissioner, Shane McMahon. Bryan supported them up until that moment, and had to make another hard decision. Bryan fired Kevin & Sami. So Kevin & Sami attacked Bryan! Bryan fought back like he’d never missed a step, but it wasn’t enough. Kevin & Sami got the better of him, and now Bryan’s health is back in question. Will the GM be here tonight to address the issue?

 

Bobby Roode & Randy Orton VS Jinder Mahal & Sunil Singh!

While the GLORIOUS One wants the United States Championship back from The Viper, the two will team up because there’s a third man in the hunt. The Modern Day Maharaja will get his own chance at the title as it is a Triple Threat at Wrestlemania! With just 12 days left, can former and current champions work together to stay ahead of the so-called uncrowned US Champion?

However, Mahal points out the “unprovoked” attack on Sunil makes it so that he can’t compete. He swears that Sunil the “noble tiger” would’ve put the hurt on them, but it’s alright. He’s traded up to a lion! The Bulgarian Lion, that is!

Bobby Roode & Randy Orton VS Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh & Rusev w/ Aiden English!

Another former United States Champion joins this tag team match as Rusev joins Mahal in the ring. Mahal starts with Roode and Mahal gets the waistlock, but Roode works his way out to the standing switch. Mahal elbows Roode to a corner then throws heavy rights and stomps. The referee backs Mahal down, and fans boo, but then Roode fires back with haymakers and chops. Mahal headlocks but Roode powers out, only for Mahal to run him over. Mahal runs but Roode hip tosses him down, then hits the atomic drop. Roode turns Mahal for the neckbreaker but Mahal shoves him away, Roode uses that to hit Rusev. Roode boots Mahal away, then hits the GLORIOUS Blockbuster! Cover, TWO, and Mahal slips out of the ring. Sunil gets up on the apron, but Orton brings him off to throw him into the barriers!

Roode argues with him that he would’ve taken care of Singh, but at least they’re in control while we go to break.

SmackDown returns to Orton hitting Rusev with a European Uppercut. Roode tags in and bumps Rusev on buckles, then chops him. Orton tags back in, and keeps Rusev away from Mahal to then dropkick him down. Roode tags in, and Orton allows him to show his stuff. Roode dropkicks Rusev, then stomps him at the ropes. Another buckle bump and a tag from Orton, but Rusev starts to fight out. Orton puts him in an open corner and stomps away on the Bulgarian Brute. Orton backs away at the ref’s count, but Rusev roundhouses Orton down! Cover, TWO, and Rusev tags in Mahal. Mahal stomps away on Orton, then drops the springboard knees over and over. He grinds a knee into Orton and lets up at 4, to mock Orton and his fans.

Mahal brings Orton up but Orton hits back, only for Mahal to stomp and kick him back down. Mahal drops elbows and an ax handle, then tags in Rusev. Rusev stomps on Orton, then suplexes him up and over. Cover, TWO, but Rusev keeps his cool and tags in Mahal. Mahal hops up while Rusev holds Orton, for a flying ax handle. Mahal drops more elbows, then wrenches Orton in a half nelson chinlock. The fans rally and Orton gets to his feet. Orton reaches, then back suplexes Mahal down. The rally continues, and the two men crawl for their corners. Hot tag to Roode! Roode rallies on Mahal, corner clothesline to neckbreaker. He hits Rusev for good measure, then climbs up quickly. Roode takes aim, Mahal slowly stands up, flying clothesline!

The fans are all fired up as Roode winds it up. GLORIOUS Pose, to the kick and- No, Mahal reverses and swings, but ends up in another SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Rusev breaks it! Rusev runs at Roode but Roode dumps him out, only for Mahal to boot Roode down! Cover, TWO, not that Orton seems concerned while we go picture in picture.

Mahal tags in Rusev and they stomp on Roode. Rusev stomps Roode more before putting him on the ropes, to kick in the back. Rusev glares down at Roode, then drags him over for a running elbow drop. Cover, TWO, but Rusev keeps between Roode and Orton. He puts Roode in a modified chinlock, trapping one of Roode’s arms, but Roode works his way up to his feet and fights out with right hands. Roode runs, but into a dropkick! Rusev Day celebrates but Orton mockingly applauds. Cover, TWO, Rusev tags Mahal. Rusev brings Roode up while Mahal climbs up, for another flying ax handle. Roode fights back from a corner, chopping Mahal back. He whips but Mahal reverses, and Roode hits the buckles hard. He brings Roode up again, to give him a throat chop and a choke against the ropes. Mahal stretches Roode back, then stomps again.

Mahal drives a knee into his back, then puts him in the half nelson chinlock. Roode endures while we go single picture again, even as Rusev taunts him. Roode fights out of the hold with body shots and chops, but runs into Mahal’s big knee! Cover, TWO, but Mahal keeps Roode grounded while he tags to Rusev. Rusev stomps Roode’s back, then brings him up for an overhead suplex. Rusev brings Roode up to forearm him in the lower back, then choke him against the ropes. Roode gasps as he crawls to the open corner, but Rusev drags him away again. Tag to Mahal and Mahal stomps Roode. Mahal drives in the knee into the spine, then puts Roode back in the half nelson chinlock.

Fans rally again and Roode feeds off that to fight out again. He counters Mahal’s punches with punches, then chops. He whips but Mahal reverses, Orton tags in and Roode forearms Mahal down. Roode realizes the tag was made, but defends that he had Mahal. Mahal tags in Rusev, but Orton rallies on him. Spinning powerslam! Fans fire up while Rusev gets to the apron, but Orton is upon him. Draping DDT! Orton hears the voices, Mahal comes in but Roode intercepts, only to get knocked into Orton! Roode clotheslines Mahal out, but Orton turns Roode around. Roode shoves Orton, Orton RKO’s Roode!

But that gives Rusev an opening, MACHKA KICK! Rusev covers, Rusev & Mahal win!

Winners: Mahal & Rusev, Rusev pins

The Bulgarian Lion did help Mahal win this match tonight, but Rusev also pinned the US Champion. Whether or not the Maharaja wins the title off the Viper, will Rusev be next in line for that title on the other side of Wrestlemania?

 

Jinder Mahal & Sunil Singh find Rusev & English backstage.

Mahal thanks his friend to help him win, and invites them to a Post Wrestlemania Punjabi Celebration when he wins the United States Championship. In fact, be sure to be at Wrestlemania to watch it in person. Front row, even! Wow, how generous! But Rusev has a better idea. He pinned the current champion, so he’s going to find Daniel Bryan and ask the Triple Threat becomes a Fatal 4 Way. It’ll be #RusevMania~~~! So much for Mahal being in a good mood. Will the Viper be able to hold onto his title now that he has three opponents?

 

AJ Styles encounters Shinsuke Nakamura in the locker room.

Nakamura asks if Styles is okay. He’s getting worried, because last week, Styles wanted but didn’t need to help. Perhaps Styles is losing his confidence. Styles defends that he’s never had confidence issues. Yes, which is why Nakamura wants Styles at his best, because Styles wants the same. Nakamura has a match tonight, and wants Styles in his corner. He needs Stylse in his corner. True, Chad Gable will follow Shelton Benjamin out there. But Styles won’t do this for Nakamura, he’s doing it for the Wrestlemania match. Styles will be Nakamura’s corner man, but will Nakamura need him?

 

Becky Lynch VS Ruby Riott w/ the Riott Squad!

To strengthen the Women’s (R)Evolution, Wrestlemania brings us a Battle Royal for the women to parallel the Andre the Giant Battle Royal. Can the Lass Kicker light the Road to Wrestlemania on fire against the Squad Leader?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Ruby gets the headlock but Becky powers out, only for Ruby to run her over. Ruby eggs Becky on, and they go again. Becky gets teh waistlock to headlock to hammerlock, but Ruby elbows out. Ruby throws Becky down, then covers, but Becky slips out. Becky runs and rolls to then side step and slip around to dropkick Ruby. Ruby gets out of the ring and regroups with the Squad but Becky won’t give her much time. Becky goes out and kicks Ruby, but the Squad distracts. Becky almost falls for it but still forearms Ruby and puts her in the ring. Ruby throws a shoulder but Becky dodges to kick. Ruby catches the kick, to then STO Becky onto the apron!

The Squad Leader takes her time fetching Becky, to ram her into the LED apron. Ruby throws Becky into barriers, then back into the ring. Cover, TWO, but Ruby keeps on Becky by driving a knee into the spine. Ruby grabs at the arms and brings them back for a half surfboard, but the fans rally for Becky. Becky feeds off the energy to power up and arm-drag Ruby, but Ruby comes back with a clothesline. Cover, TWO, but Ruby keeps her cool. Becky gets to ropes but Ruby chokes her against them. Sarah Logan gets a cheap shot behidn the refere’s back! Ruby stomps on Becky, then brings her up to whip her back in. She kicks Becky while she’s down, then stalks her. Becky fights back with body shots, but Ruby knees low. Ruby whips but Becky reverses, and Becky hits a clothesline!

Both women are down but stirring. Ruby hits Becky with a haymaker so Becky hits back. They brawl back and forth, then Becky gets the fiery edge! She swings but Ruby backslides, TWO! Becky rallies with more clotheslines, then the calf kick. The fans fire up as she runs but Ruby puts her on the apron. Becky hangs on and hits back, to then climb up top. Sarah distracts and Ruby gets up, but Becky jumps up and over. Becky turns around, but runs into Deadly Nightshade! Ruby covers, with feet on the ropes, the ref sees that! Ruby argues she wasn’t, but keeps on Becky with the arm wrench. Becky reverses for the takedown attempt but Liv distracts now, so Becky swings Ruby into Liv!

Liv falls and topples Sarah over, then Becky gets Ruby down for the Disarm-her! Ruby rolls, TWO, Mahistrol from Becky! Becky wins!

Winner: Becky, by pinfall

But she can’t enjoy the victory, because the Squad attacks! Becky fights them off, backed against the ropes, and dumps Liv up and out of the ring. She then throws Sarah out the same way, and controls the ring. If Becky can do something like that during the Women’s Wrestlemania Battle Royal, she’ll make history as its inaugural winner!

 

Daniel Bryan is in Pittsburgh!

The fans give the SmackDown General Manager an ovation of “YES! YES!” as he stands onstage. They also chant, “Daniel Bryan! *clap clap clap-clap-clap*” for him. Bryan has a mic, and says, “Honestly, I love being in Pittsburgh.” Pittsburgh likes hearing that. But as for last week, it was one of Bryan’s greatest moments, because he finally got the news he was waiting for. Bryan can continue doing what he loves, and the support the WWE Universe has shown–such as the chant of “You Still Got It!”–is great, but Bryan does have a job as SmackDown GM. SmackDown was meant to be the Land of Opportunity. Therefore, Bryan will give Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn one last opportunity. The fans say “NO! NO!”, that’s not a good idea.

Bryan presents his proposal: Kevin & Sami VS Shane & Bryan at Wrestlemania! The fans actually LOVE that idea!  Shane has been hospitalized, but he should be ready in time. The stipulation is: if Bryan & Shane win, Kevin & Sami remain fired; if Kevin & Sami win, they win their jobs back. Because again, Land of Opportunity.

Bryan has been asked, “Why have you given Kevin & Sami so many opportunities?” Because they’re two of the greatest performers in this generation, and because he’s known them for 15 years. Bryan gave them chances because they’ve struggled together, and to return the kindness they’d shown him in the past. He’s also done so because it’s his job as GM. Bryan has a lot of jobs, things he’s supposed to do, like sit in board meetings, fill out paperwork and wear formal attire.

But Bryan is sick of meetings, of paperwork, and wearing blazers! Bryan has fought for years to live his dream, to wrestle again! Yet Sami & Kevin wanted to take that away? Bryan doesn’t care how many kicks or powerbombs he takes, he’s back and will fight at Wrestlemania! The fans once again chant “YES! YES!” Now, Bryan has tried avoiding certain phrases, because he’s a role model and a GM. But this is not Bryan the GM, this is Bryan the fighter, the Bryan who is gonna kick the asses of Kevin & Sami!! Bryan is all fired up and so are the fans! Will Bryan & Shane be able to keep Kevin & Sami from getting their jobs back as a Wrestlemania Moment?

 

Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable speak.

“I’m not a Rockstar, I’m not an Artist. What I am is a real athlete.” They’re not just real athletes, but the best athletes! Yet they don’t have a Wrestlemania match? That’s fine, Benjamin knows the drill. “If it’s not happening for you, you make it happen.” Benjamin vows to “turn it up” tonight, will he be able to defeat the King of Strong Style just days before his WWE Championship match?

 

The New Day VS The Bludgeon Brothers!

“Awwwwwww… Steel City!” Don’t be sour! The four-time tag team champs are here, so feel the power! However, Harper & Rowan wrecked Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston, Big E and both Jimmy & Jey Uso at Fastlane, then kept going in dominating Jimmy & E the SmackDown after, then the Usos again last week. Can the Power of Positivity–and pancakes–work against these brutal behemoths this week?

The New Day speak. They were sitting pretty on the Road to Wrestlemania, and put New Orleans into their GPS, but then found that the Road to Wrestlemania “was littered with trash.” Or perhaps, it was bludgeoned with trash. “Large, smelly, disgusting, sweaty, hairy, terrible, horrible, no good very bad pieces of trash!” But don’t get confused, the trash is who? Who who who? Harper & Rowan! The New Day will adopt the highway and remove the Bludgeon Brothers from the road. Those two have a problem, and it’s that they left New Day able to walk! The New Day vow to go through the Bludgeon Brothers to get back their W, W, E, World, Tag, Team Championships~! Because, New Day Rocks!

Harper & Rowan appear, and we have our match as we go picture in picture. Harper goes to start against Woods, but Woods dropkicks him out of the ring! Woods keeps going, to FLY onto Harper on the outside! Rowan is there, Woods dodges, but Harper gets in the ring with Woods. Woods dodges Harper, then mule kicks a leg to knee lift Harper. Big corner forearm smash and tag to Big E for a bigger corner tackle. Tag back to Woods and Big E keeps on Harper while Woods climbs up. They mug Harper, then put him in an open corner for more forearm smashes. Big E whips Woods in but into a dropkick! Rowan comes in to dropkick Big E, and the Bludgeon Brothers drag Woods over.

Harper tags Rowan, Rowan runs to splash on Woods. He drags Woods up again, for the pumphandle stretch and backbreaker while we go single picture. Rowan drops an elbow, then a knee, then tags Harper. Harper runs while Rowan holds Woods, for the low elbow to the back. Harper rakes Woods’ eyes, then drags him up to put him in a corner. He chops Woods, then whips him corner to corner, but Woods SUPERKICKS out of the corner. Roaring elbow rocks Harper, and the fans rally with “new! Day Rocks!” But Rowan goes over to grab Kofi and shove him into Big E! Big E goes down and Woods misses his tag! Rowan keeps going, putting Big E into barriers. Harper comes back to corner splash and boot Woods while Rowan keeps throwing Big E around.

Rowan feeds Big E to Harper, then fetches the hammers! But then the Usos appear to attack!

The referee throws the match out while Rowan misses Jey and goes into the post. Big E pounces on Harper, but Harper fights him and Woods off. Kofi joins in to dropkick Harper out, but then the Usos come in and argue with the New Day. Only for the Bludgeon Brothers to return with those hammers! Usos & New Day clear out just in time, but no one wants to get close to those mallet-wielding mad men. Will anyone in the SmackDown Tag Team Division be able to tame the titans known as Harper & Rowan?

 

SmackDown looks at the coming Queen VS Empress.

Charlotte Flair has been a Women’s Champion at every level of her WWE Career, because she not only talks the talk, but walks the walk. She currently holds the SmackDown Women’s Championship, but that is in danger as the undefeated Asuka chose her for Wrestlemania. Only one can reign as THE SmackDown Women’s Champion, but who will bend the knee?

 

Dolph Ziggler VS Tyler Breeze w/ Fandango!

Prince Pretty and the Lord of Dance both want to win this year’s Andre the Giant Battle Royal, but the Show-Off wants to steal the show. Ziggler and Breeze feuded in the past, has Breeze grown enough in that time to match the former world champion?

The bell rings, and one thing is clear: Fandango wants to dance! He gets up on the apron and gyrates because he wants to.

Breeze applauds but Ziggler wants him to stop. Fandango climbs down, only to climb up again. Ziggler doesn’t care, he clobbers and stomps Breeze at the ropes. He waits for Breeze to stand, then dropkicks him back down. Ziggler scrapes his boot on Breeze’s face, then stalked him before jumping up. Breeze catches him and catapults him into buckles! Ziggler slumps out of the ring, and Breeze recovers in the ring a moment before going out to fetch him. Ziggler hobbles close to Fandango, Fandango moves away, but Breeze gives chase, so all three men are running around the ring.

Fandango makes it past Andre’s statue while Ziggler slips back into the ring. Breeze follows, and blocks Ziggler’s Superkick to give him an enziguri in return! Cover, TWO! And Fandango is still running around the ring. Breeze tries to get Fandango’s attention, but this distracts Breeze. Ziggler rolls up, ONE, Breeze rolls up back, TWO. Ziggler dodges in the corner, ZIG ZAG!! Cover, Ziggler wins! Oh and Fandango ran out of breath.

Winner: Ziggler, by pinfall

The Show-Off admires the statue, then turns to SUPERKICK Fandango down. Ziggler means business ahead of Wrestlemania, can he put his name on the plaque for 2018?

 

Shinsuke Nakamura w/ AJ Styles VS Shelton Benjamin w/ Chad Gable!

The Phenomenal One agreed to accompany the King of Strong Style to ensure they both stay as close to 100% as possible. With the Gold Standard having his fellow real athlete nearby, will Nakamura need Styles’ help? Or will he just give them both a #Knee2Face?

The bell rings and the two slowly approach each other. Benjamin gets a quick takedown but Nakamura pushes him away. Nakamura kicks but Benjamin evades, and the two circle again. They tie up, Benjamin knees low then clubs him. Benjamin whips but Nakamura reverses, Benjamin blocks the hip toss but not the knee! Nakamura snapmares and kicks Benjamin, then drops a knee. He puts Benjamin in a corner, kicks and stomps him more, and gives Good Vibrations! Benjamin slips out of the ring while fans duel over Nakamura and Styles, we go to break.

Smackdown returns once more, and Benjamin has Nakamura in a chinlock and body scissors. The fans rally and Nakamura works his way back to his feet. He fights out of the hold but Benjamin knees low. Nakamura slips out of the scoop then runs for the Dynamic Dropkick! Both men are down, but Nakamura stands up first. He dares Benjamin to “C’MON!” Benjamin does, but runs into the knee and kicks! Nakamura whips Benjamin then runs in for the knee, then hoists Benjamin up for the Top Shelf knee! Nakamura aims but gable hops up to distract, so Styles trips Gable up, and Gable hits the apron. Benjamin avoids the Kinshasa and puts Nakamura in a corner for the step-up knee. Northern Lights! TWO! And Styles grows a bit worried.

Benjamin stands up, vowing to finish. he jumps, but Nakamura counters into the cross armbreaker! Benjamin tries to escape but ends up in a Triangle Hold! It becomes a cover but Nakamura keeps his shoulders off, only for Benjamin to turn that into a Half Crab! Nakamura reaches for ropes, Benjamin drags him away, but Benjamin ends up back in the Triangle! Benjamin resists, then reaches around, but Nakamura won’t let go, so Benjamin deadlifts. Nakamura lets go, Benjamin Dragon Whip kicks! Nakamura flounders to a corner, but he boots Benjamin away to then hop up for a flying knee! He takes aim again, KINSHASA!! Cover, Nakamura wins!

Winner: Nakamura, by pinfall

The Rockstar rocks the Gold Standard, and Styles helped out after all. Nakamura picks up a mic and asks Styles to join him in the ring. Styles does, with his own mic. Nakamura thanks Styles for being in his corner, but says he didn’t need his help. He just wanted Styles to see how Nakamura will beat him at Wrestlemania. Styles sees the games Nakamura is playing, but there won’t be game s at Wrestlemania. This isn’t just a Dream Match for the fans, but for Styles, too. It’s a dream because they’re going to tear the house down! But Styles’ dream match goes differently. Styles and Nakamura are two of the best, but when Styles beats Nakamura, Styles will prove himself THE best, that he is Pheonomenal, and that SmackDown is the House That AJ Styles Built!

But Nakamura just laughs. Nakamura says this is why he’ll win at Wrestlemania: Styles is too emotional. Nakamura leaves the ring, but Gable & Benjamin jump Styles! They stomp away, but Nakamura returns to fight them off, inverted exploder for Gable and the strike fest for Benjamin! Styles is down, Nakamura fires up and takes aim! Styles stands, KIN- Not!

But he promises there will be a #Knee2Face. Nakamura pats Styles’ head, then leaves the ring again. Are the mind games only growing stronger between the champion and challenger?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A much better SmackDown than as of late, and luckily in time for Wrestlemania. The opening video package was well-made, then the opening match having a surprise was a good move. Fans love Rusev, Rusev gets the win, and gets what he wants by making the United States Championship match a Fatal 4 Way! Whether or not that’s good booking, the match will be really fun with all the intertwining story. Though, we do get a bit of the same in the SmackDown Tag Team Championship match, as it seems Bryan’s hand is forced to give Bludgeon Brothers the same deal when they again overpower one of the top teams. I hope it’ll be tornado rules, it’d get a bit tiresome with the hot tags in and out.

Becky has a good match with Ruby Riott, even though the Riott Squad is starting to weaken. Though, that in itself makes them the same as Absolution on Raw so there’s still no distinction between Women’s Division factions. But Becky getting momentum going into the Women’s Battle Royal is good for her, she needs a spark so that she can go back towards the title post-Mania. Ziggler does about the same with his win against Breeze, but since SmackDown’s Mojo Rawley won last year, I’d expect a Raw superstar wins this year, so Ziggler’s momentum might not matter.

Bryan gives another great promo, and gives us the match we expected of him and Shane against Kevin & Sami. Sami & Kevin winning to return is the logical outcome, but I wonder if the way to that outcome will be the surprise. And the Styles VS Nakamura story is still pretty strong, and I liked Nakamura’s way of messing with Styles at the end there. He’s dancing on the line of being Styles’ friend, rival and enemy and it’s pretty entertaining. Things might get turn with the go-home, but it’s still going at the right speed because, as Styles said, they will put on an amazing match.

My Score: 8/10


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Mitchell’s Lucha Underground Results & Report! (10/17/18)

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Lucha Underground Season 4, “Savagery”

With the Gift of the Gods Championship needing reformation, a Battle Royal will be held! Who will come out with a chance at THE Lucha Underground title?

 

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Gift of the Gods Battle Royal: Jake Strong wins and eliminates no one from next week’s Gift of the Gods Championship Match.
  • The Mack VS Killshot; The Mack wins, by disqualification.
  • Jake Strong VS Johnny Mundo; Strong wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Antonio Cueto tends to the Ancient Aztec Medallions.

The seven gold medals must be in pristine condition for tonight. But first, “The Savage” Jake Strong walks in, in a suit. Antonio offers him a seat, and Strong takes it. Antonio asks if Strong would like anything, Strong simply asks why he was asked into Antonio’s office. Well, since arriving in the Temple, Strong has been more dominant than even Antonio could’ve imagined. At Ultima Lucha, there’s no reason Strong can’t be in the main event. Antonio has no doubt that neither Marty the Moth nor Pentagon Dark could defeat him. Strong speaks up, and says he will become Lucha Underground not because Antonio handed it to him on a silver platter, but because he did it himself. “Thanks, but no thanks.”

Antonio understands. Strong doesn’t want anyone doubting his supremacy. Strong slams his fist on the desk, and says no man will. Of course not. Which is why Antonio will give Strong one of the seven Aztec Medallions. “They were forged 5000 years ago, and together, they create the Gift of the Gods.” Strong knows the story behind that title. Right, of course. Then in the ring, Strong will have the opportunity to prove his supremacy and be that much closer to the Gift of the Gods. Strong takes the medallion, and brings up “the sacrifices you’ve fed to your son.” Antonio better save some for him. Oh, and this isn’t Antonio’s Temple anymore. It’s Strong’s! But see you out there. There is more to The Savage than meets the eye. Will anyone be able to stop him from completely taking over Lucha Underground?

 

Antonio Cueto is ringside!

He presents the Gift of the Gods belt, and reminds us all that “Ultima Lucha Cuatro is right around the corner! Which means, we must decide a new Gift of the Gods Champion!” The Believers are excited to hear that, so Antonio lets us know that the medallions are already award to truly deserving luchadores.

First, Aerostar! The Man of Time and Space has been a major staple of Lucha Underground, so he’s a natural choice. Second, making a return to the Temple, Darewolf PJ Black! The Worldwide Underground’s adrenaline junkie survived an attack by Matanza Cueto, this GotG battle should be nothing to him. Third, it’s Hernandez! The Super-Mex is back with more swagger than before, but will he finally get Lucha Underground gold? Fourth, Big Bad Steve! The Infamous Inc. mechanic returns, all healed up and ready for this human demolition derby. Fifth, King Cuerno! The Hunter was Gift of the Gods Champion before, and looks to repeat now that it has an instant cash-in ability. Sixth, Jake Strong! The Savage is undefeated one on one, but will he be able to stay strong against six others?

And last but certainly not least, a certain star who was Missing in Action, the One Man Lucha Army, DANTE FOX!! Yes, the former Lucha Underground Trios Champion who has been absent since last season finally returns, and aims right for the top! The Believers are thunderous as Fox joins the field of seven. Antonio feels that the number 7 is unlucky, so next week, only SIX get to be in the Gift of the Gods Championship match. So yes, just like earlier this season, these seven will battle in a Battle Royal! The winner eliminates one of the losers, and that match is RIGHT NOW!

Gift of the Gods Battle Royal!

The bell rings, and we begin! The seven do their best to split up as Big Bad Steve wants payback on The Savage, and Super-Mex goes after Dante Fox. PJ Black goes after King Cuerno while Aerostar stays just out of reach. Aero goes after Strong but BBS hits Aero for it. It seems the Mechanic doesn’t want to share his revenge. Strong goes after Fox and Hernandez at the same time while PJ fights off Cuerno. BBS whips Aero but Aero dodges to tilt-o-tilt-o-tilt-o-whirl headscissor him down! Fans fire up with Aero as he runs, then rolls, but ends up in BBS’s Canadian rack, only to spin and arm-drag out of it! Aero baits BBS and dumps him out. BBS stays on the apron and rocks Aero back. He brags to long and gets a 619! Aerostar ELIMINATES Big Bad Steve!

Hernandez kicks Aerostar upon his return, then whips him. Aero reverses but Hernandez goes up and out to shoulder back in. Hernandez says “Suck It!” but then PJ Black and King Cuerno double boot him down! Black and Cuerno ELIMINATE Hernandez! Cuerno and Black go at it again, speeding up and trading hip toss counters. Black sends Cuerno out but Cuerno stays on the apron. PJ throws forearm after forearm but Cuerno holds on. Cuerno uses Black to get back in, but Strong clotheslines them both over to the apron! Black and Cuerno hold on, but Strong goes after each of them. Black blocks and Cuerno counter attacks with the swing kick! Fox runs at Strong but Strong tosses him up, Fox double missile dropkicks Black and Cuerno! Fox ELIMINATES Cuerno and Black!

Jake Strong, Aerostar and Dante Fox are the last three in. Strong throws Aero but Aero skins the cat. Strong throws Fox but Fox does the same. Aerostar kicks Strong away, then springboards, but Strong shoves him right down! Strong ELIMINATES Aerostar! But Fox has Strong! Fox gets Strong up but Strong holds on. Strong comes back in and tries to dump Fox out. Fox holds on and Believers duel. Fox gets out and goes behind, but gets an elbow. Strong throws Fox but Fox flips and lands on his feet on the apron. Strong rushes in but into a swing kick! Fox springboards and hits a missile dropkick! He has Strong on the ropes, builds speed, but runs into a boot. Strong runs, builds speed and clobbers Fox with a clothesline! Strong picks Fox up and throws him out!

Winner: Jake Strong

The Savage survives the Battle Royal, and Believers are divided. Antonio congratulates Strong on winning, and asks who he wishes to eliminate from next week’s title match. Strong says “Nobody!” He doesn’t care what Antonio thinks, Strong wants all seven men in the match, so that he can destroy every single one! Antonio accepts the choice, and we will have a “Seven to Survive” ELIMINATION Match for the Gift of the Gods Championship! Is that all? Strong will take anyone on and still snap them in half. Then Antonio has just the man. The Savage will take on… Johnny Mundo! The Guru of Greatness has a big match for the main event, will he be able to stop Strong’s streak? Or will he be down a leg before facing Matanza in their Sacrifice to the Gods match?

 

The Mack VS Killshot!

Before the hero from the streets and the Weapon of Lucha Destruction have their own separate grudge matches, they must settle things between each other. The Mack and Killshot were friends ever since entering the Temple, but things sure have changed. Will Mack gain momentum before facing death? Or will Killshot score points before putting his mask on the line?

Son of Havoc watches from high above, just as invested in this match’s outcome as any of the Believers. The bell rings and Killshot argues with The Mack. Killshot slaps Mack, Mack SLAPS Killshot! Havoc likes that. Killshot swings on Mack but things speed up. Mack spins and arm-drags Killshot but Killshot handsprings through. Killshot comes back but Mack dodges. Killshot handstand walks but Mack dropkicks him out of it! Mack fireman’s carry to Samoan Drop, to kip up and standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Killshot gets to a corner but Mack runs around the world for a big forearm smash! Then side to side for a bicycle boot! Mack keeps moving, but runs into a knee trigger from Killshot!

Believers rally up as Killshot drags Mack up by his nose. Killshot gives sharp body shots but Mack goes for a stunner. Killshot denies that with a shove. Mack ends up on the apron, and Killshot sweeps the legs. Killshot mule kicks Mack into a Tree of Woe on the apron! Killshot hurries to the apron, for his Kill Stomps! Havoc isn’t liking that. Killshot puts Mack back in as Believers rally up. Mack sits up while Killshot soaks in the heat. Killshot stalks Mack, reels him in, but Mack denies the Half ‘n’ Half with an arm-drag. Mack boots Killshot but Killshot mule kicks, front kicks, but Mack ducks the roundhouse. Mack throws Killshot with a German Suplex! Havoc likes that! Mack gets up while Killshot is in a corner. Mack runs into the knee! Killshot hops up, but leaps into the stunner!

But wait! Mil Muertes runs in, and SPEARS Mack!!

Winner: The Mack, by disqualification

The Man of 1000 Deaths won’t let his opponent roll into Ultima Lucha so easily. But Son of Havoc hurries down to ringside to save Mack with springboard stomps! Killshot goes after Havoc and now the fight is on. Killshot feeds Havoc to Muertes’ urenage! But Mack rises, to go for a stunner. Muertes denies that into his Flat Liner! Death is coming, will it strike down a fan favorite? Will Havoc or Killshot hold onto their identity that is their mask?

 

Matt Striker interviews XO Lishus & Ivelisse in the ring.

Two thirds of the newest and most eclectic trio in Lucha Underground give Matt this exclusive interview. But what’s up? They were invited to face both the sneaky Reptile Tribe and the cowardly Rabbit Tribe, in a Three Way Trios Title Elimination Match at Ultima Lucha Cuatro. Believers like the sound of that. But then, do they accept the challenge? Joey Ryan is unfortunately out of action. This calls for a new partner, and they have found the tough young badass who has quite the future. Welcome… Sammy Guevara! Another Infamous Inc. alumni, Sammy returns from injury at the hands of The Savage.

Sammy stands with Ivelisse and XO, but then Famous B appears! He points out the exclusive contract Sammy is under. It’s nice Sammy wants to be part of that trio, but he signed a 7 year contract with no breaks to Famous B. Didn’t he check the fine print? Infamous Incorporate owns Sammy! So sorry Ivelisse and XO Lishus, but you’ll be receiving a Cease & Desist! If Sammy wants to go to UL4, team with Doctor Wagner and Texano, and Famous B will pull them from that Tijuana house show. The Believers want Sammy to fight the contract, but Famous B says “Git!” Sammy decides to DIVE instead! He wipes out Famous B, and puts that contract in the trash! Then he dumps the trash on Famous B, and SUPERKICKS the can! Sammy is a free agent now, can he help Ivelisse & XO take those trios titles?

 

Jake Strong VS Johnny Mundo!

The Savage is ready to take on anyone at any time, but the leader of the Worldwide Underground is aiming for the Monster, Matanza. Can Mundo keep his focus and get through Strong before looking to sacrifice the demigod to the gods? Or will Strong’s streak continue as he goes after the Gift of the Gods?

Lucha Underground returns as the bell rings. Mundo and Strong circle, and Mundo goes for a leg. Strong stops him  with a takedown and waistlock. Strong rolls Mundo around and slams him down. He rolls Mundo around more but fans rally up. Mundo arm-drags out of a slam then arm-drags Strong again. He whips Strong but Strong reverses. Mundo stops himself but runs into a belly2belly! Strong circles Mundo as fans chant. He knees low then throws Mundo but Mundo comes back with the Flying Chuck! Cover, TWO! Mundo gets out and fires the fans up. He aims at Strong but Strong blocks the swing kick. Strong brings Mundo to the other side and bounces him off the post! Mundo goes down and Strong embraces both cheers and jeers.

Strong fetches Mundo from the floor to give him a LOUD chop! Mundo crawls but Strong pursues. Strong puts Mundo in a ring then takes his time returning. He stomps a mudhole into Mundo but backs off at 4. Strong drags Mundo back up as fans duel. Strong runs side to side for a big corner clothesline, then goes the other way for another. He keeps moving, and clobbers Mundo from behind! Strong grins as he looms over Mundo. He runs in, Vader Bomb meets boots! Mundo gets up and brings Strong over, for a tornado DDT! Both men are down but Believers fire up. A 10 count begins but Mundo is up quick. Mundo throws heavy hands and kicks and even forearms. He whips but Strong reverses, Mundo comes back with a calf kick. Then Shining Wizard! Standing shooting star, cover, TWO!

Fans rally behind Mundo as he aims at Strong. Mundo brings Strong up for Moonlight Drive but Strong powers out. Strong runs but misses, Mundo slides under and around to swing kick! Mundo springboards but Strong trips him up! Mundo tumbles from top rope to post to steps to floor! Strong goes out but from the other side. He comes around to knee and whip Mundo. Mundo leaps up and over the railing, then rocks Strong as Strong gives chase. The haymakers don’t slow Strong down, he keeps coming, and now they fight among the Believers. Mundo kicks, Strong grabs the leg for the ankle lock! Mundo “borrows” a drink from a fan to splash it in Strong’s face! Strong lets go, and Mundo gets moving. Strong just grimaces as he fires himself up.

Mundo gets moving, and leaps from railing to railing! Strong hurries to catch up to Mundo, but Mundo is ready. Mundo throws a punch but Strong blocks and counter punches. Strong drags Mundo to the railing, and shovels him over with a back drop! But Mundo lands on his feet, to powerbomb Strong to the floor!! The Believers lose their minds while Mundo sits up with a grin. Mundo mocks the “Strong!” hammer fist, then looms over The Savage. He drags Strong up and in, then climbs up top. Strong stirs but he’s in the drop zone. Mundo flips for the elbow! Cover, TWO! Strong survives the somersault elbow, and fans declare “This is Lucha!”

Mundo stands and stalks Strong, stomping and clubbing him in the corner. Strong keeps getting up, so Mundo fires up the fans and runs in. Strong puts him on the apron but Mundo hits back. Mundo climbs up but Strong hits back. Strong climbs up but Mundo resists. Mundo fights back with body shots, but Strong throws forearms. They brawl up top, Mundo rakes the eyes and forearms Strong away. Strong runs back, hops up, and throws Mundo with a SUPER overhead suplex! Then, Strong Vader Bomb! Cover, TWO!! Believers are thunderous while both men are down. A 10 count begins again, but Strong is up at 5. He drags Mundo up with the gut wrench, but Mundo holds on to ropes. Mundo turns it around into a Russian leg sweep! Mundo puts Strong in the drop zone, and jumps, but Strong rolls him up! TWO, ANKLE LOCK!

Strong has Mundo’s leg and Mundo is stuck int he middle of the ring. Mundo turns and shoves Strong all the way out. Strong comes back in, SUPERKICK! Moonlight Drive!! Cover, TWO!? Strong is superhuman, but both men are down again. Another 10 count begins, and Believers count along. Neither man stands until 9.5! Strong throws a haymaker, MUndo gives it back. Strong hits again, Mundo hits again. They go back and forth with Believers divided. Mundo kicks then gets an edge. He winds up, but Strong blocks the kick into another Ankle Lock! Mundo scrambles and reaches but Strong keeps pulling him away. Mundo rolls, but Strong holds on! Believers duel, but Mundo takes off an elbow pad and tosses it. The referee gets that out of the ring, so he doesn’t see Mundo low blow mule kick Strong!!

Not even Strong is strong enough to take that. Mundo is still “Johnny Rudo” deep down, and has Strong in another drop zone. Mundo climbs, even with a bad ankle, for Fin Del Mundo! He covers, TWO!? And ANKLE LOCK!! Strong has Mundo again, and Mundo scrambles. Mundo can’t, he taps! Strong wins!!

Winner: Jake Strong, by submission

The singles undefeated streak continues! Strong defeats a former Lucha Underground Champion and rolls right into that Seven to Survive match. But he’s not done with Mundo. The Savage grabs the ankle and Believers duel, but here comes Matanza?! The Monster stares at Strong, who grins. Strong gives Mundo over to the demigod, and Matanza clobbers Mundo! Matanza chokes and clubs and headbutts Mundo over and over! But here comes Taya! Taya saves her husband as she jumps on Matanza, but Matanza throws her down. Wera Loca is in danger as Matanza brinsg her up, for Wrath of the Gods! Mundo bleeds, but the real pain is seeing his wife beaten down. Matanza keeps going after Mundo to open that wound up more! Fans boo and jeer as the blood paints the mat.

Antonio Cueto walks out. Matanza stops slaughtering Mundo at the orders of his father. Mundo is in horrible shape and Ultima Lucha 4 is only weeks away. Will Mundo be able to survive the season finale? Or will he just be another Sacrifice to the Gods?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A pretty solid episode here. I’m starting to get the feeling “The Savage” Jake Strong is partially influenced by DC Comics Vandal Savage. His talk with Antonio Cueto and that voice change at one point, I’m thinking Strong isn’t just your average mortal wrestler. In Lucha Underground, where there is a time traveler, a human phoenix, a human dragon, an evil demigod and several undead, Strong being an eternally youthful warrior turned wrestler wouldn’t be too much of a stretch. Strong dominates that Battle Royal, but it was a good move for him to want all seven men to participate. Making it elimination was also a good move, that Gift of the Gods match could take an entire episode itself now.

Mack VS Killshot was pretty good, right up to Muertes attacking Mack. Havoc joining in was good, and the Heels stand tall. I’m betting next week, the go-home to the Ultima Lucha 4 multi-week event, we get Killshot & Muertes VS Mack & Havoc in a similar way to Muertes teaming with Fenix last time. Or at the very least, Muertes VS Havoc as a trade from Mack VS Killshot. Good to hear we are getting that triple threat trios match, and I really enjoyed the meta used in Sammy Guevara teaming with Ivelisse and XO. That line about a “seven year no break contract”, that was definitely Lucha Underground writers poking fun at El Rey’s own contracts for most talent, such as the apparent 7-year contract Pentagon and Fenix are under. Sammy will make a great addition to Ivelisse’s team, and I’m still confident they win the titles.

Strong doing double duty was pretty good, it adds to his character’s abilities. Mundo VS Strong was a great main event, it felt like a title match in itself. I really thought Mundo was going to win, but it makes sense for Strong to keep his singles streak until he goes for THE Lucha Underground Championship. Strong is looking to be a top character now, so it works that only another top character like Pentagon ends his streak. As for Mundo, Matanza really did a number on him and Taya. This really puts Mundo in the underdog position, as he should against a demigod, in a match where it’s kayfabe life or death. But at the same time, I’m pretty sure this means Mundo finds a way to win, and finally becomes a hero to the Believers.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Mae Young Classic 2 Results & Report! (10/17/18)

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WWE MYC 2018

The second ever Mae Young Classic enters its quarterfinals! Will new or returning stars to the WWE make it past the others towards the semifinals?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Lacey Lane VS Meiko Satomura; Satomura wins and advances to the semifinals.
  • Io Shirai VS Deonna Purrazzo; Shirai wins and advances to the semifinals.
  • Tegan Nox VS Rhea Ripley; Ripley wins and advances to the semifinals.
  • Toni Storm VS Mia Yim; Storm wins and advances to the semifinals.

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The second WWE Mae Young Classic is down to the Elite Eight!

But that also means 24 hopefuls from around the world were denied a dream. Underdogs like Kacy Catanzaro and Jessie Elaban, NXT prospects like Taynara Conti and Xia Li, and even veterans like Ashley Rayne and Mercedes Martinez, were all stopped short. Now eight must become four, who makes it to the second ever Mae Young Classic semifinals?

 

Lacey Lane VS Meiko Satomura!

Florida’s own has fought hard to climb The Mountain and outdo the prodigy judoka, but now she faces The Final Boss in only the quarterfinals! Satomura eliminated Killer Kelly and Mean Ms. Martinez, so she’s no stranger to opponents with skill, and matching initials. Can Lane shock the world and establish herself in the Women’s (R)Evolution? Or is it 1000 years too soon for her to ever think she could defeat this living legend?

Lacey and Meiko shake hands and bow out of respect. They circle with the bell and fans rally up already. They tie up and Meiko powers Lacey to ropes. Fans duel as Meiko backs off, but then kicks. Lacey blocks just in time, then pushes Meiko back. They circle again, Lacey keeping some distance. They tie up again and Meiko gets a headlock. She pulls on Lacey hard but Lacey powers out. Meiko runs Lacey over, then things speed up. They each trade cartwheels, and Lacey chops! Meiko kicks, Lacey kicks, then they edge dodge. Meiko blocks a kick, but holds back from punching her. She puts the foot down and offers another handshake. Lacey doesn’t want it, she wants Meiko to take her serious. So Meiko kicks her in the chest! Lacey narrowly avoids the buzzsaw but then it comes back around and gets her the second time!

Fans are fired up as Meiko drags Lacey up. She fireman’s carry but Lacey sunset flips. Meiko blocks but Lacey avoids the stomp. Lacey kicks back then kicks Meiko down! Cover, TWO! Lacey keeps on Meiko with a waistlock but Meiko blocks the lift. Meiko standing switches and lifts Lacey but Lacey slips out and under. She trips Meiko and cartwheels over her to swing a kick. Meiko ducks but then gets the mule kick! Cover, TWO! Lacey keeps her cool and gets moving, but runs into a roundhouse! Meiko drags Lacey back up to kick again. Lacey ducks it but ends up in an cross armbreaker! Lacey clasps hands together but Meiko pries at the hands. Meiko makes it a short arm scissor but Lacey shifts around. It’s a cover, ONE and Meiko wants the armbar again.

Lacey rolls and reaches, to get the ropebreak! Meiko lets go quick, but is back on Lacey with stiff kicks. She drags Lacey up for a snap suplex! She keeps on Lacey but Lacey breaks free to bob ‘n’ weave and even back elbow Meiko. Lacey keeps on Meiko with a knee and forearms! She runs out to run in for more forearms! Then she goes corner to corner, for a shining wizard! Lacey keeps moving, but Meiko follows, only to get a springboard crossbody! Cover, TWO! Lacey can’t believe it, but she’s not going to slow down. Fans duel as Meiko dodges to roundhouse Lacey again. Meiko fireman’s carry, Death Valley Driver! Cover, Meiko wins!

Winner: Meiko Satomura, by pinfall; advances to the semifinals

The Final Boss will not be stopped! Will anything be able to stop her? Who will advance to face her in the next round?

 

Io Shirai VS Deonna Purrazzo!

The quarterfinals end with what could’ve easily been the finals, as the Genius of the Sky and the Virtuosa meet again from Stardom here in the WWE. Shirai flew high over Xia Brookside in the young second generation star’s first ever match, then did it again over Zeuxis in their first ever encounter. Meanwhile, Deonna used her Fujiwara specialty to make gypsy princess Priscilla Kelly and “spicy” Chinese recruit Xia Li tap out. Which star will become a superstar and shoot up into the semifinals?

Genius and Virtuosa shake hands out of respect, and the bell rings. They circle and feel it out. Fans rally up as they tie up. Deonna gets the wristlock but Shirai goes to the headlock. Deonna pries her way out back to a wristlock and shifts to her own headock. Shirai powers out but Deonna runs her over. Deonna runs but cartwheels over Shirai, then dares her to come at her. Shirai runs but Deonna follows. Deonna tilt-o-whirl headscissors but Shirai handsprings through! Things speed up and Deonna dodges the handspring but not the dropkick! Deonna bails out while fans fire up with Shirai. Shirai builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit onto the steel ramp! Both women are down but fans rally up with Shirai.

Shirai is up and puts Deonna in the ring. Shirai covers, TWO, but she keeps on Deonna with a scoop and slam. She handstands to drop knees then covers again, TWO! Deonna gasps for air but Shirai stomps on her. Deonna gets to a corner but Shirai is on her with both boots. Shirai counts along, and lifts off at 3. Deonna dodges the swinging boots to roll Shirai up, TWO! Shirai small packages, TWO, Deonna jackknifes, TWO! Shirai runs but into a waistlock. Deonna lifts but Shirai wheelbarrows and victory rolls, to double stomp Deonna! Shirai says she’s too smart, since she is a genius. She taunts Deonna over her pain, then stomps her more. Shirai drags Deonna up and throws a swift right hand. She throws another and Deonna crawls to a corner.

Shirai keeps on Deonna with forearms, then brings her back out. Deonna breaks free to chop Shirai loudly. She throws forearms but so does Shirai. Shirai whips but Deonna reverses, to hip toss, handspring and dropkick! Both women are down but fans build to a rally. Shirai and Deonna slowly stand, and Deonna mule kicks. Deonna runs to knee lift and Russian leg sweep, into the Fujiwara! Shirai endures Deonna’s favorite hold, and claws her way around to a roll up. TWO, but Shirai gets Deonna into a crossface! Deonna endures a submission move but rolls it to a cover, TWO! Deonna brings Shirai up but gets an uppercut! Shirai runs at Deonna on the ropes, 6-1-9! Then a springboard missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Shirai grows frustrated but she drags Deonna up. She wants a hold but Deonna resists so Shirai just dumps her down. Shirai goes to a corner but Deonna knows it’s coming and trips her up! Deonna has teh waistlock but Shirai grabs ropes. Deonna kicks an arm out, and gets the German SUpelx! She holds on for another! And then another! Deonna gets the hat trick then covers, TWO, FUJIWARA! Shirai endures the hold all over again but Deonna reaches back, and manages to hook Shirai’s other arm with her chin! The Virtuosa shows great creativity but fans rally up for Shirai. Shirai gets one arm free but looks close…! Deonna wrenches back more but Shirai rolls it over, TWO, back into Shirai’s crossface!

Shirai pulls back as hard as she can but Deonna endures. Deonna gets up and pops out with a roll, but into a knee! Shirai runs in for meteora! Then she puts Deonna in the drop zone, for the Genius Asai! Cover, Shirai wins!

Winner: Io Shirai, by pinfall; advances to the semifinal

The Genius overcomes the Virtuosa, but Deonna did win Shirai’s respect. Stardom is represented either way, but will Shirai soar all the way to WWE Evolution?

 

Tegan Nox VS Rhea Ripley!

The Shiniest Wizard has helped Tegan make it through Chilean Strong Style and the mighty Nicole Matthews, while the Aussie’s new attitude helped her rip up the aspirations of American Ninja KC and the Afrolicious MJ. Tegan finds herself as the underdog once again, can she make it three for three? Or will she be dragged under by the Riptide?

Tegan wants a handshake but Rhea slaps it away, so it’s business as usual. The bell rings and Rhea whips her hair right at Tegan. Tegan hits back with a dropkick! Rhea rolls out and Tegan builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit to the ramp! Tegan hobbles on that bad leg, she may have hurt it here. The referee checks on Tegan, who is furious with herself. Tegan powers through it, but it doesn’t look good. Rhea dodges Tegan, then tosses her for a flapjack! Cover, TWO! Tegan won’t let her leg stop her, but the referee calls for medics. Rhea clubs Tegan more but the match takes a timeout as the referee brings in medics.

The medic talks with Tegan about her leg while the referee keeps Rhea back. Tegan says it’s actually her good leg that’s bothering her now. Fans rally up for Tegan and Tegan insists she can fight. Tegan walks around but Rhea goes right after her with heavy hands and kicks. Rhea chokes Tegan on the ropes, but stops at 4. She brings Tegan for a bump off buckles, then chops her sharp on the chest. Rhea chops Tegan again and Tegan hobbles. Rhea chops again, but Tegan grits her teeth to chop back! Tegan fires chop after chop after chop, then runs, but into a BIG dropkick! Tegan’s legs give out and this time, the referee calls it off.

Winner: Rhea Ripley, by referee’s decision; advances to the semifinals

Tears stream down Tegan’s face, but it’s more from the pain in her leg than the pain of losing. Full Sail falls silent as this comeback Cinderella story ends tragically. Full Sail encouragingly chants “Thank You, Tegan!” in hopes she understands how much they appreciate her fighting spirit and in hopes that she makes a speedy recovery. Rhea still takes her victory, and now moves on to prepare for Io Shirai. Can the young and cocky Aussie overcome a Japanese mega star?

 

Toni Storm VS Mia Yim!

The Lightning from Down Under and the Blasian Baddie both want to make the best of their second WWE MYC, but now their passions collide! Toni stormed through Lady Godzilla and the fashionable Jinny, while Mia toughed it out against frenemy Allysin Kay and returning Kaitlyn. Who will grit it out and move on to face The Final Boss in the semifinals?

Mia and Toni shake hands, but Mia’s hand still bugs her a little. The bell rings and they circle. They tie up as fans duel. Mia knees low then clubs Toni down. She kicks Toni in the side, then brings her up for a kick to the chest. Toni gets to a corner but Mia presses a foot into her face. Mia chops Toni on the ropes then whips, but Toni ducks and boots Mia down! Toni fires up already and runs in for the double knees. She drags Mia out for a cover, TWO! Toni kicks Mia around now then brings her up for fast palm strikes and a back kick. Toni snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Fans duel more as Toni grabs Mia’s bad hand, throws it down, and stomps on it!

Toni stalks Mia to ropes and stomps her more. She stands Mia up for European Uppercuts, then double underhooks. Mia slips out and kicks Toni in the ribs. Mia stalks Toni to a corner and stomps a mudhole into her. She backs off at 4, then drags Toni out for a high stack cover. TWO, but Mia puts a sleeper hold on Toni. Toni endures as fans rally up. Toni powers her way up and fights back, but Mia throws her down by her hair. Mia kicks Toni while she’s down, covers, TWO! Mia is on Toni fast with a deathlock, into a bow ‘n’ arrow! Toni endures being bent back, and pops out to cover! TWO, and Mia dropkicks Toni down! Cover, TWO, but Mia is on Toni with a facelock. Fans rally up but Mia drags Toni into a deeper guillotine, with the body scissors.

Toni moves around as fans duel. Toni deadlifts Mia, to give Mia a spinebuster! Mia lets Toni go and Toni staggers to ropes. Toni comes back, but into a drop toehold, Mia puts the sleeper back on! Toni resists so Mia lets her go to kick her in the chest. Mia kicks her again, then turns her over to ax kick her in the shoulders! Cover, TWO! Mia grows frustrated with Toni’s toughness. She brings Toni up and fires palm strikes and kicks, then a Pele! Cover, TWO! Mia grits her teeth as she brings Toni up to kick her more. She goes after the legs, but then Toni boots the bad hand! Double headbutt takes both women down! Fans fire up as both women catch their breath.

The ref starts a 10 count, Mia sits up at 4. Toni follows at about 6, and they stagger towards each other. Toni throws a forearm, Mia throws one back. They go back and forth with forearms, then back and forth with slaps! And chops! And slaps! Slap, slap, slap and Toni gets an edge, until Mia knees her. Mia kicks but Toni blocks it, into a trapped-leg German Suplex! Toni fires up and runs in for the hip attack! She drags Mia up, double underhook but Mia slips out, saido suplex with bridge! TWO!! Mia can’t believe it, but Toni survives! Fans rally up as Mia runs in, but Toni goes up and over to come back. Mia blocks to a powerbomb! High stack cover, TWO!! Mia is at a loss for words, but fans say “This is Awesome!”

Mia brings Toni up and wants to feed her Sole Food, but Toni pushes her back and goes after the bad hand! Then she spins Mia around for another German! Then double underhook, Storm Zero!! Cover, Toni wins!!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall; advances to the semifinals

Toni has one of the biggest matches of this entire tournament, only to roll right into another! She may have toughed it out against the Blasian Baddie, but will she be able to best one of the best in Meiko Satomura?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A pretty strong episode here for the WWE MYC 2. I was a bit surprised by match order, but it worked out well enough. Satomura VS Lane was great for being so fast and furious, and Lacey looked great on just her speed alone. Naturally the legendary veteran goes over, it’s too soon for Lacey to be going over someone that established, and it’s too soon for a shock like that to happen. Storm VS Yim was a great main event, and Storm repeats to the semifinals. Between MYC and NXT UK, Toni clearly has the backing of WWE via Triple H, so bet on her to get that upset moment we’ve been waiting for.

It was a real shame Tegan Nox goes down like that. She and Rhea were bound to have a really great match, but injuries always come at the worst possible times. Rhea was likely going to win in the end, and she kept in character the entire time, but I’m sure in reality, she felt bad that it went down like this. Shirai VS Deonna was a really great match, though there seemed like a part in the middle where fans were probably not paying attention. I think Full Sail knew she was going over so they just kinda took some of that match for granted. But things got them back into it by the end, and they were right to think Shirai would win. Shirai VS Rhea will be great, Rhea can really show her stuff in a match with someone so skilled and in the longer semifinal formats.

Also I just realized it’s Japan VS Australia in both matches, for potentially a third Japan VS Australia in the finals at WWE Evolution. However, given that Toni Storm is currently injured [Highlight for spoilers] there might be a change. We won’t really know until after next week’s semifinals episode that acts as a go-home.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (10/17/18)

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205 Live = Cruiserweight Division

The Cruiserweight Division is burning up in your love~ (your love~) as Mike & Maria Kanellis now join 205 Live! Or rather, now that they’re here, 205 LOVE!!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Akira Tozawa VS Drew Gulak w/ Jack Gallagher; Tozawa wins, by disqualification.
  • Fatal 5 Way: Cedric Alexander VS Tony Nese VS TJP VS Gran Metalik VS Lio Rush; Nese wins.

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Drake Maverick speaks on the changing landscape of 205 Live.

For starters, Super Show-Down saw a NEW Cruiserweight Champion be crowned in Melbourne’s own Buddy Murphy. Then new additions Mike & Maria Kanellis appear to shock Lince Dorado. And of course, former Cruiserweight Champion Cedric Alexander loses to Tony Nese in his first match since Super Show-Down. Nese has his biggest win and Alexander continues to lose, which leads to tonight’s massive main event! It will be a Fatal Five Way of Nese, Alexander, TJP, Gran Metalik and Lio Rush! All five men want to take major steps towards the title, and all have the resume to earn a shot.

Alexander wants to prove he can bounce back from this pair of defeats while Nese wants to prove he didn’t just get lucky. The FilAm Flash wants to return to the title after being the inaugural New Era Cruiserweight Champion, and truly establish himself as the “Cruiser-Great.” The King of the Ropes and the Lucha House Party have been red hot, but Gran Metalik also wants revenge on TJP for what he did to Kalisto and Lince Dorado. As for the Man of the Hour, he’s still undefeated in his short time on 205 Live, and can establish himself as the future of the Division. Who will win to prove themselves worthy of challenging the reign of the Juggernaut champion?

 

Akira Tozawa VS Drew Gulak w/ Jack Gallagher!

The Stamina Monster got his revenge on THE Brian Kendrick, but the only thing that came from it was Kendrick being kicked out of the Ungentle Men’s Club. Tozawa did continue to defeat Gallagher, but can he finish the clean sweep against the Philly Fury? Or will Gulak’s campaign for a #Better205Live put a stop to Tozawa’s revenge?

The bell rings and fans “AH! AH!” for Tozawa already. Gulak shouts “No Chanting! Shut it down!” But Tozawa encourages the “AH!” mostly to annoy Gulak. They tie up and Gulak gets a headlock. He brings Tozawa to the mat, but Tozawa gets back up. Fans rally but Gulak gets Tozawa down in a headlock. Cover, ONE, but Gulak is back on Tozawa with a chinlock. Tozawa stands up but Gulak knees low. Gulak suplexes but Tozawa slips out to a waistlock. Gulak elbows out but runs into a huricanrana! Tozawa whips but Gulak reverses into another headlock. Tozawa powers out but Gulak sunset flips, only for Tozawa to roll through and Penalty Kick. He adds the shouting back senton then covers, ONE! Gulak is gasping for air but Tozawa has energy to spare. The “AH! AH!” starts up again and Tozawa stomps to the beat.

Tozawa brings Gulak up but Gulak throws body shots. Tozawa chops back, then chops again. He fakes the job, to hit the jab! Gulak is rocked and even Tozawa’s hand is hurting. Gulak shoves Tozawa but things speed up, Tozawa tilt-o-whirls into an Octopus Stretch! But Gulak powers out, only to get more body shots. Tozawa runs but into a backbreaker! Gulak lifts Tozawa for a Fall Away Slam, then covers, TWO! Gulak drags Tozawa aruond and hooks the legs. He wants the surfboard, but grabs the shoulders first to get a chinlock. Gulak even fish hooks the nose! He lets up at 4 while DC duels. Gulak brings Tozawa up and whips, but Tozawa holds ropes. Gulak clubs Tozawa down then covers, TWO! He drags Tozawa back up, and powerbomb lifts into the Gory Special!

Gulak bends Tozawa’s arms back, then bends his neck back. Tozawa manages to work his way up and out to then throw hands. Gulak swings but misses, and runs into a boot. Tozawa goes up, sunset flips but Gulak rolls through for a powerbomb! High stack cover, TWO! Gulak grits his teeth as he grabs Tozawa in another chinlock. He grinds Tozawa down but fans rally up. Gulak is biting Tozawa’s ear! Tozawa endures as the “AH! AH!” starts up again. Tozawa gets up and fights back. He gets free but Gulak knees low. Gulak runs but into the kick. He ducks one kick but Tozawa slides under. Gulak blocks one kick, then another, but Tozawa ducks to hit the spinning roundhouse!

Tozawa hurries up and to a corner while Gulak is down. Tozawa climbs as fans “AH! AH!” Missile dropkick hits! And then a shining wizard! Gulak ends up outside and Gallagher comes over. Tozawa builds speed, and DIVES on them both! Gulak and Gallagher both go down and Tozawa fires back up. Tozawa moves Gallagher aside to put Gulak back in. Gulak’s in a drop zone and Tozawa climbs up again. Tozawa aims, but Gallagher trips him up!

Winner: Akira Tozawa, by disqualification

The win-loss record will show Tozawa gets the sweep, but this doesn’t feel like a win. Especially after Gallagher goes after him more! Fans boo and jeer as Gallagher grimaces and takes off his jacket. Gallagher even rolls up his sleeves before sitting Tozawa up for more fists. Gulak adds stomps, but wait, it’s KENDRICK to the rescue!? Kendrick throws Gulak out, hits Gallagher, then hits Gulak again. He throws forearms on his former friend in Gallagher, and puts on the Captain’s Hook! Gulak drags Gallagher to safety, but they’ll both have Kendrick gunning for them now. Will Kendrick become a strange ally to the Stamina Monster in this fight?

 

Drake Maverick meets with Buddy Murphy and Tony Nese.

As 205 Live GM, Maverick congratulates the new Cruiserweight Champion on his win. Murphy thanks Maverick for that, but also points out he’d have been champion six months ago if not for that “stupid weigh-in.” But that’s the past. The Body Guys are looking forward to a new 205 Live built around them: the champ, and “the only other guy on the 205 Live roster to pin Cedric Alexander this year.” That entire locker room will find out that “everything runs through us.” Murphy & Nese look to flex some pull along with their muscles, but will the Premier Athlete really have it so easy against four of the best in the Cruiserweight Division?

 

Mike & Maria Kanellis speak.

“Attacking Lince Dorado last week, it was nothing personal. Just business.” But Mike’s been waiting a long time for an opportunity in the WWE, so when one presented itself, they capitalized on it. This is part of a much bigger plan, which ends in the Cruiserweight Championship coming to the Power Couple. However, the Golden Lynx looks for payback next week, will the power of love protect Mike from a Golden Rewind?

 

Hideo Itami speaks.

He says first in Japanese, then in English, that Mustafa Ali should’ve just walked away and shown some respect. But now in Falls Count Anywhere, Itami vows to end Ali’s career. Itami smiles and laughs, because he’s looking forward to it.

Mustafa Ali responds.

“Hideo and I, we’ve been on this road for far too long. It’s time to take a new road.” The Beacon of Light says on this road, things go down differently. This road has no twists or turns, just a straight line for a collision course. This road has no place to run or hide, because wherever Itami goes, Ali goes. There’s no respect on this road, only redemption. Where Itami goes down, Ali stands tall. “See you down the road.” Will the Heart of 205 Live still have life in it after a rematch with the Innovator of the GTS? Or will it be a dead end for them both?

 

Fatal 5 Way: Cedric Alexander VS Tony Nese VS TJP VS Gran Metalik VS Lio Rush!

The Age of Alexander wants to rebuild his legacy, but the Premier Athlete wants to pave his own over it. The FilAm Flash wants to humiliate the lucha libre tradition, but the King of the Ropes won’t stand for it. As for the Man of the Hour, he simply came to collect! Who will succeed in their mission and take a step towards the top of the Cruiserweight Division?

Current Cruiserweight Champion, Buddy Murphy, watches from backstage, wanting to see the moment someone wins this match. The bell rings and DC cheers its own 23 Year old Piece of Gold. The five circle and TJP rushes Metalik while Lio gets out of the way. TJP drags Metalik out of the ring, wanting to focus on their lucha libre grudge. He bumps Metalik off barriers, while Nese and Alexander brawl in the ring. Nese backs Alexander down but Alexander chops him back. Alexander clotheslines Nese out and Lio comes back in. Lio talks trash with Alexander, but Alexander catches that kick. Alexander flips Lio but Lio lands on his feet. Things speed up as Lio keeps changing directions on a dime. Lio slides but Alexander catches him. Alexander yanks Lio back up but Lio arm-drags.

Things speed up again and Alexander handsprings back to headscissor, but Lio lands on his feet again! Lio says “it’s not happening”. Alexander rushes Lio but Lio ducks. Lio whips but Alexander reverses, only for Lio to springboard and headscissor Alexander again. Lio does a dance and knows Alexander knows what that means. Alexander rushes Lio and the chase is on. They pass around the corner and Nese clobbers Alexander! Metalik and Lio are in the ring, and the luchador dares Lio do come at him. Metalik swing kicks Lio away, then springboards for a crossbody! He keeps moving and handsprings but Lio avoids it. Lio runs but Metalik dodges, tilt-o-whirl gutbuster! Metalik keeps moving, runs the ropes, and hits the missile dropkick! He drags Lio to a cover but Nese throws Metalik out hard.

Nese has Lio but Lio fires off forearms. Lio whips but Nese stops himself. Nese elbows Lio then leaps but Lio gets clear. Nese goes Matrix to then mule kick, knee lift and roundhouse, but Lio dodges to mule kick and enziguri back! Lio stands tall while Nese rolls out, and DC cheers their own. Murphy seems moderately impressed as Lio dropkicks Alexander back out. Lio joins everyone on the outside and drags Metalik in. Metalik crawls but Lio dares him to stand up. But TJP grabs Lio in a modified abdominal stretch. Metalik swings on TJP but ends up in another abdominal stretch. TJP has mirrored stretches, and goes after Metalik’s mask!

Nese comes in and rolls TJP up, but TJP resists. Lio runs in, but into a German Suplex! Nese bridges to have both TJP and Lio in simultaneous pins! Metalik breaks both covers just in time! Nese kicks Metalik back, then throws TJP into a post. TJP tumbles out while Nese runs Metalik over with an elbow. Nese rocks Alexander to keep him out of the ring, and now the Premier Athlete flexes. Fans boo and jeer but Nese stomps Metalik and Lio. Nese wrenches Metalik’s neck while putting his weight on him. Fans rally up for the others, and Metalik fights back. Nese back suplexes Metalik down, covers, TWO!

Nese goes back to the neck wrench, but lets go to intercept and throw out Alexander. Alexander hasn’t gotten much of anything, and Nese goes back to Metalik for more neck wrench. Metalik fights but Nese drops a leg. Nese soaks in the heat, then drags Metalik up and over. He puts Metalik in the Tree of Woe to then stomp a mudhole into him. Nese brings back Full Contact Cardio! Fans boo more but Nese simply counts out that 8-pack. But Alexander rolls him up! TWO, and Nese runs Alexander over again! Cover, TWO! Nese drags Metalik up, but Metalik fights back. Nese knees then whips Metalik, but Metalik stops himself to SUPERKICK Nese back!

Metalik jumps up and quebradas, but Nese catches it and makes it a cover. ONE, and Nese fireman’s carry. Metalik fights out and suplexes, for a brain buster! Cover, but Alexander breaks it just in time. Alexander goes after Metalik but is powered to a corner, for a LOUD chop! Metalik runs in but into a boot. Alexander springboards for the clothesline! Fans fire up with the former champ as he runs at Nese. Alexander rallies with lariats and a big uppercut. Alexander whips but Nese reverses, only for Alexander to dropkick the legs out. He hurries to the apron, but Alexander has to jump over TJP’s swipes at his legs. Alexander boots TJP then kicks Nese, to then hit the springboard complete shot! Cover, but Lio breaks it!

DC cheers Lio he stomps Alexander. TJP comes in and fireman’s carry, but Lio slips out to put TJP in a corner for a forearm smash. Lio hoists TJP up top then climbs up. They brawl up top, and TJP dumps Lio all the way down. Metalik swing kicks TJP, then brings him back up. TJP resists the superplex, but Alexander adds on. They both want to suplex TJP, but in comes Nese. Nese throws Alexander down then electric chairs Metalik. TJP works with Nese, but Metalik victory rolls to avoid the crossbody! TJP gets Alexander but Alexander rolls through! Cover on Nese, TWO! Lio climbs, Alexander hits a Michinoku Driver on TJP, cover, TWO! Final Hour frog splash on Alexander! Cover, but Nese and Metalik both break it! All five men are down but DC fires up. DC chants for “205! 205!” as the five men stir.

DC goes back to cheering for Lio while Metalik and Nese brawl. Metalik chops Nese but Nese mule kicks Metalik. Nese runs but Metalik dodges, handspring arm-drag and dropkick! TJP is up to rolling sobat Metalik! Lio is up to mule kick and heel kick TJP! Nese is up but Lio bobs ‘n’ weaves to fire back. Lio swings but Nese shoves to rock him with that left! Nese turns around, Alexander blows past to handspring and Neuralizer! Cover, TWO!! All five men are down again, but fans rally up. Alexander grits his teeth as he glares at Nese. Nese crawls to the apron but Alexander is on him. SUPERKICK from Metalik, but Alexander swing kicks him down. Alexander builds speed to FLY onto Metalik! He gets Metalik back in, but TJP rocks Alexander to cover Metalik! TWO, but TJP is after that mask again!

Metalik kicks TJP away, but TJP clubs him back down. TJP whips but Metalik DIVES onto Alexander! TJP hits the triangle wrekcing dropkick, but then Lio handspring kicks TJP! Nese rolls Lio, TWO, to a deadlift bomb to the OUTSIDE! Lio, TJP, Metalik and Alexander are all down, and Nese has his pick. Nese drags Lio up and in, covers, but Alexander drags him off it. Nese shoves Alexander away but Metalik is on Nese. Metalik chops Nese in the corner, thenw hips him corner to corner. Nese reverses but runs into a SUPERKICK! Sling-dog! Metalik climbs up but TJP shoves him right off. TJP has Nese in the kneebar! Nese endures, but is so close. Alexander stomps TJP, only to get put in the kneebar!

Metalik stomps TJP and then whips TJP. TJP holds ropes and puts Metalik on the apron. TJP runs, but Metalik springboards to let TJP go under AND Asai at the same time! All five men are down once again, but Nese and Lio stand. Nese runs into a SUPERKICK! Lio hurries up top and DC fires up for the hometown hero! Alexander runs in but gets a haymaker. Lio leaps for a flying headscissor, but Alexander blocks with pure power! And lifts Lio, to then pop him into the Lumbar Check!! But Nese rolls Alexander up, Nese wins!!

Winner: Tony Nese, by pinfall

Alexander is shocked! Not only did Nese get the better of him, Nese has done it two weeks in a row! The Premier Athlete is becoming the gatekeeper to his friend’s Cruiserweight Championship, what will it take for anyone to get through him?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A solid episode of 205 Live, though a shorter one with just over 43 minutes. We open with Tozawa VS Gulak because we get an incredible surprise main event. Tozawa VS Gulak went about as expected, and I’m glad to see I was right, THE Brian Kendrick saves Tozawa from a beating. These former rivals and former Cruiserweight Champions make quite the team on paper, but there’s a chance we’ll get a moment of dysfunction. Kendrick could easily just say he’s only helping Tozawa to get back at Gallagher & Gulak. But at the same time, Tozawa could distrust Kendrick up until the very end, thinking this is some kind of scheme. Either way, I hope the blow-off gives Tozawa and Kendrick the win, this feud feels like the kind Faces should win.

Nice promo from Mr. & Mrs. Kanellis, and I look forward to Mike VS Dorado next week. Same for the Itami and Ali promos, especially Ali’s. Ali’s was like a movie or something, it’s that good. And Ali should win that Falls Count Anywhere, it’s another case of where a Face should go over. The Fatal 5 Way main event was spectacular, and it’s a good choice having Nese go over. Nese wants to keep everyone else down so no one can challenge Murphy, but I say again, Nese might end up winning himself that opportunity. I doubt Nese would want to take the belt from Murphy, and I kinda hope the belt doesn’t lead to the Body Guys breaking up while the Cruiserweight Tag Division is still unofficial. Nese should simply be an obstacle everyone else must get passed if they want at Murphy, like a Body Guy Bodyguard.

My Score: 8.5/10


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