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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 Women of Wrestling Results & Report! (1/18/19)

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WOW Women of Wrestling coverage

Prepare to be wowed by WOW, the Women of Wrestling! Who will be the first to step up to the Super Woman, Santana Garrett, on the very first night?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Beast VS Stephy Slays; The Beast wins.
  • Abilene Maverick VS Fire; Maverick wins.
  • Eye Candy VS Khloe Hurtz; Eye Candy wins.
  • WOW World Championship: Santana Garrett VS Jungle Grrrl; Jungle Grrrl wins by count out, Santana Garrett retains the WOW World Championship.

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Welcome to WOW!

The Women of Wrestling return to television with this season premiere! And what better way to kick it off than with THE WOW World Champion, Santana Garrett! The real-life Wonder Woman hits the ring with a newly designed title belt, and Santana is so happy to be here in front of the fans. And she’s especially proud to have her father, “TNT” Keny G watching live and in person. Both daughter and father are emotional over this moment. They’ve been through a lot, and they’re both so thankful that he’s here to cheer on his baby girl. The fans are happy for them, but here comes someone to crash the party! It’s Tessa Blanchard!

The second generation “Born Legend” stares down Santana, and takes the mic. Santana has her dad here, huh? Isn’t that sweet? Tessa says Grandpa Blanchard ran over his territory back in the day, while stepdad Magnum TA is one of the most respected men in this industry. And let’s not forget Tessa’s own father, THE Tully Blanchard, is a WWE Hall of Famer and an original Four Horseman! Keny probably laced up Tully’s boots. Actually, no, Keny probably carried Tully’s bags. WOW booker David McLane tries to keep the peace, but Tessa says Santana should be the one carrying her bags! David says Tessa coming in here bragging about her family tree doesn’t give her the right to just interrupt proceedings. Tessa says she’s not out here just to brag, she’s out here to go after the WOW World Championship.

David says that to get a shot at the title, you have to earn your way up. You don’t get something just because of dad, stepdad and granddad were special. Tessa says that because of who her dad is, she might as well be handed that belt. David asks Tessa to please leave. Tessa has to work for a shot. That’s fine by Tessa, she doesn’t want any trouble. But she will let Santana know that both she and the belt are Tessa’s. Santana says that she doesn’t see any of Tessa’s dads here. So get to the back of the line, girlfriend! Tessa smiles and nods, she knows she’ll get her match. But with the title on the line in the very first episode, will it be Santana Garrett or former champion, Jungle Grrrl, that Tessa will be targeting in the coming weeks?

 

The Beast has issued an open challenge!

She knows she’s the biggest and the baddest Woman of Wrestling, and looks to prove her superiority. She dares any woman in the locker room to step up and prove her wrong. While watching backstage, The Governor’s Daughter, Abilene Maverick, took advantage. Maverick tricked Stephy Slays about match times, and Slays was just a lamb to the slaughter! Slays realized she was fooled, but didn’t want to be a coward. She jumped into the ring, only to get demolished! Tonight, Slays wishes to prove she’s not so easily crushed. She takes on The Beast again, will she get payback on both Beast and Maverick? Or will it be more of the same?

 

The Beast VS Stephy Slays!

The bell rings and they tie up! Beast throws Slays into a corner hard! Slays gets right up, though, and goes again. Beast waistlock tosses Slays around, then SPEARS Slays to a corner! She rams shoulder after shoulder into Slays, then forearms! The ref counts and Beast backs off at 4. Beast runs in again but Slays dodges! Slays goes up and leaps, but into a belly2belly! Beast thrashes Slays then drags her up by her hair. Beast puts Slays in a corner then whips corner to corner for a big corner clothesline! Fans duel as Beast lifts Slays easily. Beast walks around and throws Slays with a Fall Away Slam! Slays rolls to ropes but Beast is on her again with another toss. Beast stands on Slays for a cocky cover, TWO!! Slays survives and shocks The Beast!

The Beast boots Slays back down and grins. She runs in but Slays rolls her up, ONE! Slays dropkicks and staggers Beast! Slays runs in again, victory roll countered to the Air Raid Siren! Cover, TWO!! Beast was cocky again but now she’s frustrated. Beast stomps Slays around, then drags her up for forearms. She kicks Slays while she’s down, then grins again. The sadistic specimen whips Slays corner to corner for another clothesline, then throws Slays with a gut wrench suplex! Beast grins as Slays slowly stands. Beast grabs Slays for a suplex, and slam! Cover, but Beast lets Slays up this time! Beast wants to make Slays pay for lasting this long, and she drags Slays up for a Beast Bomb!! Cover, Beast wins!

Winners: The Beast, by pinfall

Dominant for the second time against Slays, The Beast looks to be rolling on towards the title! Will she be the one to challenge the winner of tonight’s main event?

The Beast takes to the mic.

“I’m the biggest. I’m the baddest.” And she is THE BEAST! She roars in victory, will anyone ever come close to making a dent in her?

 

Introducing: Fire.

“My mom grew up in Georgia, my dad grew up in Mississippi, so I’m Southern Blood.” Fire was brought up in a strict upbringing, and she was a gifted student so there was a lot of pressure put on her to succeed. When she entered middle school, she went “off track”, and no one around her understood why. Fire was bullied for being smart, to the point of death threats. Wrestling was her way to feel stronger. Through wrestling, she realized anything was possible, like she could escape this reality. Fire steps up for who she really is, and for what she who to be. “If you want it enough, if you fight for it enough, there is no stopping you.” There is no stopping Fire now, will she blaze a trail to the title?

 

Abilene Maverick VS Fire!

The Governor’s Daughter shows off her new glittering robe as she makes her entrance, but we have a WOW debut for Fire tonight! Will Maverick be the first wrestler burned by Fire’s passion?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans fire up for Fire and she feeds off the energy. Maverick plugs her ears to ignore it all, and she pushes Fire down with a wristlock! Fire kips up and wrings Maverick out! Fire has an armlock but Maverick endures. Maverick rolls and scoop slams Fire fast! Fire gets up fast, and the two circle again. They tie up and Fire pushes Maverick back. Fire whips but Maverick reverses, only for Fire to slide under and hit a big dropkick! Maverick is reeling as Fire runs corner to corner for a splash! Fire keeps moving but misses this time. Maverick misses and Fire gets a waistlock. Maverick pries free to reel Fire in for a shoulder! She throws Fire down by her hair, then drags Fire up for a big back suplex! Cover, ONE!

Maverick keeps her cool while Fire crawls. Fans rally but Maverick grabs Fire to throw her back down. Fans boo but Maverick soaks up their heat. Maverick kicks Fire while she’s down, then drags her up by her hair again. Fire hits back with forearms, and then kicks. Fire runs, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fire keeps on Maverick at the ropes with a whip, but Maverick reverses to a drop toehold. Maverick grins as she picks Fire up again. Maverick rams Fire’s face back into the mat! Fire crawls while the referee reprimands Maverick. Maverick hotshots Fire on the ropes, then drags her over for springboard knee drops! Maverick soaks in the heat again, then runs corner to corner for a big knee! She kicks and rolls Fire, to mule kick her down! Cover, TWO!

Maverick keeps her composure as Fire continues to survive. Fans rally up for Fire again as Maverick drags her up. Scoop, but Fire slips out to shove! Fire dodges and elbows Maverick down! Fire rallies with more elbows, then brings Maverick to a snapmare and mule kick of her own! Maverick crawls and Fire runs corner to corner, big clothesline! She keeps going, hip attack! Then side to side for the shotgun dropkick! Cover, TWO!! Maverick survives and Fire can’t believe it! But fans fire up for Fire again as she drags Maverick back up. Fire fishermans, and swings for the neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!? Maverick survives and Fire is in shock! Fire keeps going, powered by the fans. She drags Maverick up again, but Maverick knees low, for the draping DDT!! Cover, Maverick wins!

Winner: Abilene Maverick, by pinfall

The Governor’s Daughter may not be the fan’s favorite, but she’s still the winner. Will Abilene make her move towards the WOW World Championship?

 

Abilene Maverick spots Stephy Slays in the medical area.

Wow, poor Slays didn’t learn her lesson the first time. But then Maverick gets a taste of her own medicine as The All Natural pushes her out of the way. It seems there’s someone with a bigger attitude than even Maverick. Will Khloe Hurtz bring the pain tonight?

 

Eye Candy VS Khloe Hurtz!

Sugary sweet but ready to fight, Eye Candy will look to ruin #KhloeTime tonight. Will Candy leave the fans with a sugar high? Or will the All Natural leave Candy crushed?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up and Candy rolls Hurtz, TWO! Candy is all smiles as she and Hurtz go again. Hurtz kicks low then wrenches to reel Candy in. Candy ducks and hooks, backslide! TWO and the two turn sideways. Candy and Hurtz fight for control, Candy drop toeholds into a camel clutch! She tucks Hurtz in for a cover, TWO! Hurtz runs in but Candy blocks to a suplex! Fans fire up with Candy as she hits a back senton! Cover, TWO! Candy keeps her cool as she drags Hurtz up into a fireman’s carry. Candy hits a rolling senton, then climbs up top. Hurtz trips her up, and hits a draping backstabber! Hurtz whips Candy corner to corner but Candy cartwheels and comes back with forearms! Candy even headbutts before adding the hip attack!

Fans fire up with Candy as she climbs up again! Candy shimmies and shakes then hits a big missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Hurtz survives and Candy can’t believe it! Hurtz’s Ring Rats grow concerned as Candy drags her back up. Fireman’s carry, but Hurts fights out again. Hurts fireman’s Candy, does some squats, then hits a Samoan Drop! Hurtz drops the leg! Cover, TWO! Candy survives and Hurtz can’t believe it! Hurtz drags Candy up and suplexes, but Candy resists. Candy hits back and wrenches to the fireman’s carry. Death Valley Driver! Candy drags Hurtz over, climbs up top, MOONSAULT! Cover, Candy wins!

Winner: Eye Candy, by pinfall

What a shocker! The sweet Eye Candy gets a big win on the series premiere! Will this shocker send Eye Candy all the way to WOW Championship contention?

 

Introducing: Siren.

The Voodoo Doll asks the WOW roster, “Would you like to know what The Siren has in store for you?” Let the cards tell your fate. The Devil: Siren is the change that is coming to Women of Wrestling’s landscape. The Five of Wands: currently, there is a power struggle in the locker room. But that top spot will soon belong to her. And finally, Death: Siren is the final transformation, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. Siren has been to Hell and back, and has regained her power. She will sacrifice WOW to the darkness! Who will be the first?

 

WOW World Championship: Santana Garrett VS Jungle Grrrl!

The Wonder Woman of Wrestling is just one of eight children in her family, but she and her father grew closer through wrestling. Keny G brought her into the fold, and now they’re both living a dream together! But she again faces the Alpha Female, the one and only woman to have yet to be pinned in a match! Jungle Grrrl became WOW World Champion, but ended up getting in over her head in a Triple Threat. Santana pinned The Beverly Hills Babe to win the title, shocking everyone. But now Santana must prove she can defeat Jungle Grrrl 1v1, can Santana prove she deserves to be champion?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Fans are already fired up as the two circle and tie up. Santana waistlocks but JG standing switches. Santana headlocks then wrenches the wrist. JG rolls and reverses to her own wristlock, but Santana rolls and handsprings to reverse back. JG uses the ropes to flip through and wrench Santana back. Santana counters with another headlock, then a roll to a cover, TWO and JG gets Santana with a ghost pin! TWO, and Santana Oklahoma rolls! ONE and JG sweeps to a cover, ONE! The two stare down as fans fire up again. Santana and JG nod with respect as they circle again. They tie up and go for a test of strength. JG bends Santana back but Santana bridges. Santana comes back and rolls back to reverse the knuckle lock!

Santana throws an elbow while maintaining the grip. She whips but JG reverses to dropkick her down! Cover, TWO! JG stalks Santana and scoops her up, for a Jungle Driver! Cover, TWO! Santana survives but JG keeps her cool. JG stomps Santana and heads for a corner. She climbs up to the top rope, familiar territory, and leaps for the Jungle Splash! But she flops! Santana hurries up but Tessa Blanchard appears! Tessa goes after Keny G’s oxygen! Santana rushes out at Tessa and a fight is on! Santana throws Tessa around and into the ring, but she wasn’t aware of a ring count! It hits 10, and Santana loses!!

Winner: Junger Grrrl, by ring out; Santana Garrett retains the WOW World Championship

Champion’s Advantage is the only thing that saves Santana’s reign, but she still got suckered by the Born Legend! And now Tessa brings the fight to Santana, with a Hammerlock DDT! But Jungle Grrrl gets back at Tessa with a Jungle Driver! Tessa screwed Jungle Grrrl over just as much as she did Santana, and now she has problems. But wait, The Beast goes after Jungle Grrrl! These top predators are face to face but referees hurry to keep them apart. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but TV time is running out just as things are getting wild! Will Tessa pay for her interference? Will The Beast replace Jungle Grrrl as the Alpha Woman of Wrestling?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Apparently, this isn’t the beginning of the Women of Wrestling’s history. They’ve been around for a long time, trying in 2000 but fading away, until being revived in mid-2012. But even if this wasn’t the true beginning, this was a good beginning for their AXS TV run. There’s a lot of backstory to get caught up on, but it would seem they made sure to give us those needed recap packages so new viewers aren’t too lost. Many of these alter egos and their elaborate packages make me feel like WOW is an all women’s version of Lucha Underground, which is known for having many wrestlers come up with alternate characters to fit their universe. And there are even shared talents between WOW and LU, such as Shaul Guerrero and Kobra Moon.

As such, the story behind The Beast VS Stephy Slays rematch was made rather clear. It was a good match and Slays got to show plenty of heart, but obviously heart alone isn’t enough. The Beast wins to establish herself as the monster Heel to new viewers. And with Abilene Maverick (Callee Wilkerson) picking on her, that seems like a story going forward. Maverick VS Fire (Taylor Lewis) was also a solid match, and Maverick won to help towards that story with Slays. Eye Candy (Willow Nightingale) VS Khloe Hurtz (Katie Forbes) was decent, and Candy wins mostly so that it isn’t all Heels winning. There are WOW World Tag Team Championships, but they’ve been vacated for years, so I’m wondering if any teams will form out of these midcard stories to give us more action with that.

The main event was pretty good, just not as a match. First, I wouldn’t announce time limits when we know the show is only an hour, it just seems like a waste. Second, Santana VS Jungle Grrrl really only got going when Tessa came out to Heel it up. Third, that 10 count was probably the fastest 10 count I’ve ever seen. But the brawl between Tessa and Santana, and then the impending brawl between The Beast and Jungle Grrrl just managed to salvage things. We have our stories going forward, and at the very least, I wasn’t bored to sleep. There are some things that need work, and this was a rather tough time to move into the television wrestling sphere, but this isn’t a bad program to give a fair shake.

My Score: 8/10


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NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 13

NJPW and AXS wrap up Wrestle Kingdom 13 with the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship! Will Kushida be able to deny The Bone Soldier, Taiji Ishimori?

 

This coverage of Wrestle Kingdom 13 will be as AXS TV broadcasts it.

Gifs can be found on http://frentique.tumblr.com/

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Gauntlet: Ryusuke Taguchi, Togi Makabe & Toru Yano win and will challenge Taiji Ishimori & The Guerrillas of Destiny for the titles at New Year’s Dash.
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Kushida VS Taiji Ishimori; Ishimori wins and becomes the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.

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NJPW and AXS set the scene for this year’s spectacular event!

The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship had a rocky 2018. The Ticking Time-Bomb, Hiromu Takahashi, had only just won the belt off of Will Ospreay, and moved on to defend it against fierce CMLL rival, Dragon Lee, at the G1 Special in San Francisco. Hiromu won but was badly injured from that fight, and so a tournament between the four previous title holders was held! Kushida defeated Bushi while Marty Scurll again got the better of Will Ospreay. And in the tournament finals, Kushida would defeat The Villain to become a six-time champion. Meanwhile, The Bone Soldier would be resurrected as Taiji Ishimori joined Bullet Club! Ishimori was a Super Junior finalist, but missed out on his chance at the title. Now he gets his chance to have the title for his own, can he throw down the Time Splitter?

However, Ishimori’s focus might be split, as he is also one third of the current NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions. Tonight, five top teams in the Six Man Tag Division will compete, and the last team standing moves on to New Year’s Dash to challenge Ishimori and the Guerrillas of Destiny! Who comes out on top aimed at the Bullet Club’s fiercest trio? That match, is now!

 

NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Gauntlet!

First out for this gauntlet are the Bullet Club Elite’s trio of Marty Scurll, Hangman Adam Page and Yujiro Takahashi! The Villain has his umbrella, Hangman has his rope and Tokyo Pimp has both cane and vivacious valet. Chase Owens also hangs around, for moral support. Their opponents are David Finlay, Jeff Cobb and Yuji Nagata! Will either of these teams be able to complete the gauntlet and make a run at New Year’s Dash?

The Bullet Club VS David Finlay, Jeff Cobb & Yuji Nagata!

The teams sort out and it’ll be Blue Justice starting against The Villain. Marty and Yuji circle and tie up, and Marty gets a waistlock. Yuji reverses but Marty rolls and spins to reverse back. Yuji gets a headlock takeover but Marty headscissors so Yuji pops out. The two stand off and fans applaud. They circle again, and Marty kicks low. Marty throws forearms but Yuji throws them back. Yuji runs but Marty dodges for the 52 Fake Out! Marty flaps his wings and runs, but Yuji dodges. Yuji fakes Marty out to dropkick! Yuji drags Marty up but Marty gets the fingers! Marty calls for silence, but Yuji breaks fre. Yuji sweeps the legs then ties them up for a deathlock! Marty crawls and gets the ropebreak! Yuji lets Marty go but grabs the legs again to tag to Cobb.

Cobb grabs Scurll but Scurll rakes the eyes! Scurll tags to Hangman, and both Hangman and Yujiro go after Yuji and Finlay! The Elite surround Cobb but Cobb fires off haymakers and chops on all of them! Cobb runs, but Yujiro drop toeholds. Scurll adds a basement dropkick and Hang,an hits the standing shooting star! Cobb rolls away while fans cheer The Elite on. Marty and Hangman run crisscross for a SUPERKICK to another shooting star! They take down Hawaiian Hulk and put him in the ring. Fans rally up as Yujiro keeps Cobb’s attention. Hangman slingshots for the Buckshot lariat! Cover, TWO! Hangman keeps his cool as he goes to lift Cobb. He gets Cobb up but Cobb fights out, so Hangman forearms. Hangman kicks but is blocked into a Fall Away Slam!

Both men crawl for their corners, and fans rally as hot tags are made to Finlay and Yujiro! Finlay rallies on Tokyo Pimp with forearms. They start brawling with forearm after forearm back and forth, then Finlay European Uppercuts. Finlay kicks but Yujiro blocks that to throw him down, then adds a basement dropkick! Yujiro hits a Fisherman Buster, covers, but Yuji and Cobb break it! Scurll and Hangman throw them abck out and brawl on the outside. Yujiro lifts Finlay but Finlay slips out for a urenage backbreaker! Finlay fires up but Yujiro denies the cutter. Yujiro pushes Finlay to ropes and Chase swipes at Finlay’s feet! Finlay grabs Chase’s hair, but gets caught. Hangman runs in but gets Chase instead!

Yujiro gets mad at Hangman and shoves him, but Hangman shoves Yujiro back! Finlay rolls Yujiro up, Finlay’s team ELIMINATES The Elite! Chase and Hangman start shoving and Scurll has to keep the peace. It seems the Bullet Club is still not fine, but the action rolls on! The third team is Chaos’ Hirooki Goto and the Best Friends, Chuck Taylor and Trent Baretta!

David Finlay, Jeff Cobb & Yuji Nagata VS Hirooki Goto & Best Friends!

NJPW on AXS returns as Goto, Trent and Chuckie T enter the ring. And before the bell rings again, Goto and Best Friends attack! Cobb and Finlay are thrown out while the Fierce Warrior stays on Blue Justice! The bell does ring and Goto stomps away in the corner. Yuji hits back with forearm and now it’s a brawl! Yuji hits and runs but Goto follows to run him over! Goto drags Yuji back up for a lift but Yuji reverses to the Fujiwara Armbar! Best Friends save Goto but Finlay and Cobb return. Chuckie T dropkicks Cobb out but Finlay dropkicks him back. Trent runs in but to a kick. Finlay whips but Trent comes back with a shotgun knee!

Fans applaud as Trent slingshots at Cobb, but Cob turns it into a powerbomb lift! Trent gets to the apron and mule kicks Cobb, and then Chuckie FLIES onto Cobb and Finlay! The Kentucky Gentleman wipes them both out at the ramp, but then holds them back up, for Trent’s BIG Asai Moonsault! Back in the ring, Goto fights with Yuji. Yuji fires off kicks then whips. Goto reverses and redirects, to scoop Yuji into Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO! Goto keeps his cool as he stomps Yuji out. He bumps Yuji in the corner then tags in Chuckie. Chuckie stomps a mudhole into Yuji then walks it off. He comes back to snapmare Yuji for a basement dropkick. Cover, TWO! Chuckie tags to Trent and Best Friends work together with double whips, elbows, and a hug! And then double elbows!

Trent stomps Yuji before bringing him up for a CHOP! He trash talks and pie faces Yuji before another CHOP. Trent whips but Yuji reverses into the Fujiwara! Chuckie attacks to save Trent, but then Finlay goes after Chuckie. Chuckie throws Finlay out and puts Yuji in the corner. Trent hits a running chop, Chuckie hits a clothesline, then he feeds Yuji to Trent for a tornado DDT. But Yuji powers out and gets Chuckie with an exploder! Trent kicks and whips but Yuji reverses to an overhead suplex! Fans rally as Yuji crawls for his corner. Hot tags to Cobb and Goto! Cobb fires off chops and haymakers on Goto, then whips corner to corner. He runs in for a BIG back elbow, then runs back in. Goto boots, runs, but into the Athletic Plex! Cobb standing moonsaults! Cover, but Chuckie breaks it!

Yuji throws Chuckie out as Cobb focuses on Goto. Cobb lifts Goto but Goto fights out of the Olympic Slam to get a sleeper! Goto rolls Cobb to a pin but Yuji breaks it. Goto and Cobb collide with clotheslines, but neither falls. They try again, but still neither falls. Cobb combs back but Goto deflects and spins to clobber him with a clothesline! Both men are down but fans rally up. Tag to Chuckie and he goes at Cobb in a corner. Chuckie goes corner to corner for a back elbow, then whips. Cobb holds the ropes, breaks free but gets a mule kick. Trent runs in to hit a back elbow, then Best Friends fire up with a double whip. Cobb reverses to pull them into each other, then he gives both Best Friends a single leg suplex! Fans fire up for Cobb’s superhuman strength.

Cobb tags Finlay, and Finlay hits Best Friends with back elbows! He goes corner to corner again and again, then hops up to hit Chuckie with a flying uppercut! He runs in but into Chuckie’s knee! Chuckie hits the snap piledriver! Cover, but Yuji breaks it! Goto and Trent throw Cobb and Yuji out and brawl on the outside. Fans fire up as Chuckie climbs. Chuckie moonsaults but FLOPS! Finlay rolls him up, Finlay’s team ELIMINATES Goto & Best Friends! An incredible roll already, but can Finlay, Cobb and Yuji keep it up? The fourth team is Suzuki-Gun’s Killer Elite Squad and Minoru Suzuki himself!

David Finlay, Jeff Cobb & Yuji Nagata VS Minori Suzuki & Killer Elite Squad!

NJPW on AXS returns as The Meanest Man in the World leads Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer to the ring. And much like Chaos did, Suzuki-Gun strikes the moment they hit the ring! Things spill out of the ring and Suzuki keeps on Finlay at the bell. Yuji whips DBS to the barriers and quickly tags in! An old feud reignites as Blue Justice goes after Suzuki with kicks. He whips corner to corner but Suzuki boots him back. Suzuki and Yuji throw forearms, then Suzuki slaps! Yuji slaps, and now it’s a slap fight! Neither man slows down, but Yuji does stagger Suzuki. Suzuki escapes the exploder and goes for a guillotine! Then Suzuki shifts to an Octopus Stretch! Yuji slips out to hip toss and exploder! Cover, TWO!

Yuji keeps on Suzuki with a suplex, but Suzuki slips out to a sleeper hold. DBS tags in and throws forearms. He whips Yuji but Yuji dodges and fakes him out to dropkick the legs! Yuji tags to Cob and Cobb fires off on DBS! Cobb tries to lift but DBS fights out. DBS kicks away but Cobb grabs the leg. Cobb gets DBS in the Olympic Slam! Cobb moonsaults but misses! DBS hits Cobb with a BIG Back Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! Suzuki and Yuji don’t stop brawling on the outside, and Yuji makes sure Suzuki doesn’t get away. Suzuki whips but Yuji reverses to send Suzuki into railing! Meanwhile, hot tags to Finlay and Archer! Finlay gets Archer with a Michinoku! Cover, TWO! DBS boots Finlay down, then KES hit Finlay with the Killer Bomb! Cover, Suzuki-Gun ELIMINATES Finlay, Cobb & Yuji!

The streak ends, and now we’re on to the fifth and final team! NJPW on AXS returns from break to reveal that it’ll be Ryusuke Taguchi, Toru Yano and Togi Makabe! But they don’t even make it to the ring before Suzuki-Gun strikes!

Minori Suzuki & Killer Elite Squad VS Ryusuke Taguchi, Toru Yano & Togi Makabe!

Suzuki-Gun throw hands and then throw their opponents into barriers! The ref has no choice but to ring the bell, and things slowly make their way to ringside. Suzuki whips Taguchi at the camera and sound crews, then he gets in the faces of commentary just because they’re there! Suzuki goes back to Taguchi to take off the rugby helmet and throw it at Taguchi. He puts Taguchi in the ring while Archer keeps on Makabe and Yano. Suzuki grinds his foot into Taguchi, then intimidates the ref. Suzuki drags Taguchi up for forearms, and Taguchi staggers about. Tag to DBS and he whips Taguchi for a boot. DBS pumps up and runs, for a leg drop, brother! Cover, TWO! DBS drags Taguchi up and tags Archer.

KES mug Taguchi, then scoop him for a double slam! Archer kicks Taguchi around, then drags him up for clubbing forearms. Archer climbs and goes Old School on the Funky Weapon, tagging Suzuki in as he does. Suzuki looms over the sputtering Taguchi, but he taunts Makabe and Yano. Taguchi hits back but Suzuki eggs him on. Taguchi keeps hitting but Suzuki rocks him with a right. Suzuki whips then dodges the Funky Weapon itself. He whips but Taguchi reverses to finally hit that Funky Weapon! Tag to Makabe! The Unchained Gorilla runs at Suzuki for corner to corner clotheslines! Then he roars as he gives corner punches! He hits all ten then laughs as he lifts Suzuki. Suzuki knees back then whips, and hits a boot in the corner. Suzuki snapmares then Penalty Kicks! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up while Suzuki toys with Makabe. Makabe forearms but Suzuki gives it back. They keep going, forearm for forearm, back and forth. Makabe eggs Suzuki on, so Suzuki sneers as he winds up. Suzuki hits a HEAVY forearm and grins as Makabe staggers. Makabe stands and hits Suzuki back. Suzuki gives another heavy shot and Makabe again staggers. But Makabe starts grinning, and hits Suzuki again. Suzuki hits, Makabe hits, and the brawl is on. Makabe runs but into a kick. Suzuki runs, ducks, but gets the clothesline! Both men are down and fans fire up! Hot tags to DBS and Yano! YTR rallies on DBS with eye rakes. Yano looks to Taguchi for the call and Taguchi uses baseball signals! DBS headbutts Yano before the order completes!

DBS whips Yano corner to corner but misses. Yano runs corner to corner, to get the buckle pad! Taguchi gives another signals, and Yano understands. But Yano misses with the swing and DBS boots him down! Archer hits Taguchi, and then KES work together. Killer Hart Attack! Cover, TWO?! Archer argues with the referee but they just go again, high low! Cover, TWO!? Archer again argues with the referee, but KES try one more move. DBS lifts while Archer climbs, they hit Yano with a frog splash sidewalk slam! Cover, but Taguchi saves Yano! Archer swings on Taguchi but Taguchi dodges and runs! Funky Weapon is caught, but Makabe saves him. Suzuki and Makabe brawl again, but Suzuki follows to get Makabe in a sleeper! Then, Gotch Piledriver set up, but Funky Weapon saves Makabe!

Only for Suzuki to get the sleeper hold again! But Taguchi gives an extra bump to break free, then he runs to hit teh Funky Weapon again! Everyone’s down, but KES go after Yano again. They drag him up, Killer Bomb denied! Double low blow, denied! But double FUNKY WEAPON hits! DBS boots Taguchi but Makabe runs in. DBS stops him and KES double whip. Makabe breaks through for double clotheslines! Neither man falls so Yano makes sure to bump the ref. Taguchi intercepts Suzuki, double low blows! Archer thrown out, Yano rolls DBD, Yano and team win!!

Winners: Toru Yano, Togi Makabe & Ryusuke Taguchi, Yano pinning; #1 contenders to the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships

The unlikeliest of trios wins it all! Suzuki is furious but all he can do is take it out on Young Lions. He grabs a chair and SMACKS away on them, then storms off to the back. Suzuki’s rage aside, will Taguchi, Makabe and Yano be able to pull off an upset against the Firing Squad? Is the New Year going to see new champions?

 

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Kushida VS Taiji Ishimori!

The Time Splitter is a six-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, but the new Bone Soldier is a three-time GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion. Who will prove themselves to be THE top Junior Heavyweight tonight?

Introductions are made, and a little Kushida comes out? Doc Brown Taguchi comes out and powers up the flux capacitor. And… BAM! Kushida’s all grown up! Science fiction aside, the belt is raised and we begin! Kushida and Ishimori circle and feel it out. They tie up and Kushida gets the wristlock. Ishimori rolls and handsprings to reverses. Ishimori whips but Kushida reverses, only for Ishimori to handspring over him. Thigns speed up and Kushida kicks otu the arm! Kushida already has his target but Ishimori rakes the eyes! Ishimori runs but things speed up again, Kushida hip tosses and cartwheel dropkicks! Ishimori rolls to a corner but Kushida follows up with a dropkick to that arm! Kushida runs more, tilt-o-whirl but Ishimori pops out. Kushida tries again and goes for the Hoverboard! Ishimori blocks to get Kushida’s arm in a Labell Lock!

Kushida endures as Ishimori bends him back. He rolls but Ishimori rolls through to keep the lock on. Kushida endures more but Ishimori wrenches harder. Kushida crawls for ropes and reaches, ropebreak with a foot! Ishimori lets Kushida go and Kushida rolls out of the ring. Ishimori stomps Kushida at the corner, then goes after him in a corner. Kushida chops back, but Ishimori gives his own chop! Ishimori wrenches and whips corner to corner, but Kushida reverses! Ishimori Spider-Mans through the ropes, and slides under Kushida. He goes back out to shoulder and springboard to drop Kushida with a flying lariat! Ishimori takes a moment to flex while Kushida clutches his shoulder.

Ishimori stalks Kushida to the ropes, then drags him up. Kushida hits back with forearms to the abs but Ishimori hits back. Kushida kicks Ishimori hard in the leg! Ishimori runs in and deflects boots to kick Kushida in the back! Kushida is stuck on the ropes as Ishimori runs side to side, and hits the sliding German Suplex! Fans rally as Ishimori springboards, 450 splash! But Kushida evades enough to get the arm! Ishimori resists as Kushida pulls, but Kushida gets the armbar! Ishimori endures, flails and reaches. Things shift, and now Kushida uses the Labell Lock! Ishimori endures and pries his way out, but gets caught in a triangle! Kushida throws elbows in, but Ishimori deadlifts! Fireman’s carry, but Kushida goes for his Hoverboard again. Ishimori slips out, runs, tilt-o-whirl takedown back to the Labell!

Kushida rolls through, and kicks at the arm. Ishimori avoids the kick, then kicks back. Ishimori clubs Kushida, then whips him. Kushida handsprings, but onto an Electric Chair. Kushida spins but is blocked! Ishimori brings Kushida back up, shifts to Tombstone position, for a gutbuster drop! But Kushida catches the feet! He passes Ishimori to the ref, to kick out the arm! Fans fire up with Kushida while Ishimori clutches his bad arm. Kushida grits his teeth, runs side to side, big enziguri! He keeps going, rolling Ishimori through to the package, but Ishimori counters back to his gutbuster! Cover, TWO!! Kushida survives and Ishimori is too sore to be frustrated.

Both men stir but Ishimori stands first. Ishimori drags Kushida back up, underhook, gutbuster! But Kushida makes it the Hoverboard! Kushida pulls on the double wristlock, but Ishimori moves around. Kushida rolls him and wrenches hard! Ishimori endures the twist in his arm, slips out the back, and rolls to fireman’s carry! Death Valley Driver!! But he’s too exhausted to cover! Both men stir and crawl again as fans rally. They get to opposite corners, and Ishimori runs in for a meteora! Ishimori drags Kushida back up, underhoo, but Kushida rolls to hit Back to the Future! But he’s not done there, he wants the sequel! But Ishimori resists, pushes Kushida away, and knee triggers! FAST BALL! Kushida runs, but into double stomps!

Ishimori roars as he drags Kushida back up. He underhooks, BLOODY CROSS!! Cover, Ishimori wins!!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall; NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion

The Bone Soldier grabs his first IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, and now reigns over the division!

Taiji Ishimori’s backstage interview

“I managed to catch that slippery otter.” And now Belt-san is with him. This must be tearing Kushida up inside. But from now on, as the champion, Ishimori will raise the bar for the NJPW Junior Division. “It’s reborn!” How long will this rebirth of the Junior Heavyweight Championship last?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A pretty good last part to AXS TV’s NJPW Wrestle Kingdom coverage. Of course, they kinda did things backwards. The first part was the big matches, the big finale with the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, so readers technically should go backwards with part 3 first, then part 2, then finish with part 1. Either way, the entirety of Wrestle Kingdom 13 was great, even these two opening matches. The trios gauntlet was pretty good for having a couple teams that seemed slapped together. I was really surprised to see it was one of those slapped together teams winning. Toru Yano, Togi Makabe and Ryusuke Taguchi are definitely a fun and funny trio, but I have no idea if they’ll be a match for Ishimori and Guerrillas of Destiny. Granted, Tama Tonga is trying to be a good guy, but on just pure ring skill, he, Loa and Ishimori should win.

And speaking of Ishimori, his match with Kushida was great. This match was so evenly booked that Ishimori came out as a slightly surprising winner. Just as I’d imagine this new Cutthroat Bullet Club keeping the trios titles, Ishimori will likely have the Junior Heavyweight Championship for some time. If Hiromu Takahashi makes a recovery and comeback, he’d be the only one right off the bat who could take the title in a rematch from their amazing Super Juniors match. And it could work for a Bullet Club VS Los Ingobernables de Japon scenario, since LIJ has a lot of the other belts.

My Score: 8.4/10


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