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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Report! (4/17/18)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Mustafa Ali VS Ariya Daivari; Ali wins.
  • Jack Gallagher & THE Brian Kendrick VS ???; Gallagher & Kendrick win.
  • Tornado Tag: Hideo Itami & Akira Tozawa VS Lucha House Party; Lucha House Party wins.

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Tag team action in the Cruiserweight Division is getting intense.

Over the last month, the duo of Akira Tozawa & Hideo Itami have gone back and forth with the Lucha House Party trio of Kalisto, Lince Dorado & Gran Metalik. From 2v2 to 1v1, what were meant to be matches of respectful competition turned chippy, heated, and eventually, outright disdainful. Things grow more and more aggressive with each encounter, which brings us to tonight’s Tornado Tag Team match. With no need for tags nor restraint, which team will rise as the superior duo?

 

Mustafa Ali VS Ariya Daivari!

The Beacon of Light and the Heart of the Cruiserweight Division, Ali is back to in-ring action after his defeat at Wrestlemania. Meanwhile, Daivari Dinero requested this match because Ali failed, then had the nerve to speak for the entire locker room while begging for a rematch. “It was pathetic.” Ali had his chance, so tonight, Daivari wants to prove why all Ali deserves is to go to the back of the line.

The bell rings and Daivari rushes right at Ali! He throws hands and stomps away until the referee backs him off. Daivari talks trash in Farsi, but then turns around into forearms from Ali. He knees low then whips Ali corner to corner, but Ali jumps up and over. Ali runs and headscissors Daivari then covers, ONE. Ali keeps on Daivari but Daivari knees low again. Daivari runs in but into Ali’s boot, Ali hops up but Daivari sweeps the legs! Ali sits on the second rope, Daivari hits him with a draping backstabber. Daivari drags Ali up to his feet for a pendulum backbreaker, then talks more trash in Farsi. Daivari keeps on Ali with another backbreaker, he remembers all the damage Ali’s back took in both his match with Cedric Alexander at Wrestlemania.

He stalks Ali at the ropes, then dares him to get up. He drags Ali up for a third backbreaker, then covers, TWO. Daivari grimaces at Ali as he drags him up again. He pushes Ali to the ropes to give him a forearm to the back on the rebound. He drags Ali up for another but Ali gives Daivari a forearm of his own. Ali chops but then Daivari ducks the clothesline to hit an inverted DDT. Cover, TWO, but Daivari keeps on Ali with a rear bearhug. Daivari squeezes that aching back while mocking fans in Farsi. Ali endures while fans build to a rally. Ali gets to his feet, fights out with elbows and forearms. Daivari scoops but Ali slips out to shove him into buckles. Daivari staggers into Ali’s lariat, and Ali starts rallying.

Ali chops Daivari again, then again, then whips, but Daivari blocks. Daivari reverses but Ali slips out to the apron and roundhouses Daivari away. Ali fires up the fans then slingshots in, but Daivari denies the facebuster to SUPERKICK Ali down! Cover, TWO, and Daivari is again frustrated. He takes his time recovering before dragging Ali up again. Daivari shouts into Ali’s face, “You blew it at Wrestlemania!” then throws Ali to ropes. He pops Ali up but Ali dropkicks him away. Daivari exits the ring but Ali slips out, too. Ali grits his teeth as he runs around the corner, but he runs into Daivari’s big spinebuster!

Ali writhes in pain and the referee comes out to check on him. The ref tells Daivari to get this back in the ring, and Daivari gets Ali up and in. Daivari climbs up to the top rope, takes aim, and hits the Persian Frog Splash! TWO, and Daivari can’t believe it! Daivari glares at Ali, who shakes his head. Ali won’t give up, but Daivari is upon him again. Daivari puts on the hammerlock, but Ali ducks the lariat. Ali rolls Daivair up, TWO! Daivari clobbers Ali with a different lariat, covers, TWO!

Daivari grits his teeth while his fist bleeds, but fans build to a rally for Ali. Ali slowly stirs, but Daivari drags him up onto the top rope. Daivari clubs Ali’s back, then climbs up to join him. Daivari stands Ali up onto the very top rope, and lifts for the SUPER Back Suplex, but Ali slips out and lands on his feet! Ali sees Daivari is down so he hustles back up top, for the 0-5-4!

Ali wins!

Winner: Ali, by pinfall

The Heart of 205 Live shows how much heart he has here tonight, much to the chagrin of the Privileged Persian Lion. Can Ali use that grit and determination to prove he’s deserving of a rematch for Alexander’s Cruiserweight Championship?

 

205 Live looks back to last week’s Cruiserweight Championship Celebration.

Just as Ariya Daivari referenced, Mustafa Ali met Cedric Alexander in the ring to congratulate him on his Wrestlemania victory. But despite what Daivari said, Ali wasn’t begging for another shot, but simply reminding Alexander that the long line of contenders included him. However, one contender who wanted to jump the line was the Best Kept Secret, Buddy Murphy. Murphy would appear out of nowhere and attack Alexander with his spinning pumphandle slam, aka Murphy’s Law. Drake Maverick would reprimand Murphy, but Murphy didn’t care, he just wants at the title.

The Cruiserweight Champion himself would respond to Murphy’s ambush via Twitter.

The champion and his would-be challenger have gone statement for statement, but with more on the matter is the 205 Live GM himself, Drake Maverick.

“Buddy Murphy’s actions last week on 205 Live were inexcuseable.” He ruined the moment for Alexander, the Cruiserweight Division, and all of the WWE Universe. Despite that, Murphy’s in-ring performances are worthy of a title match. Therefore, at the Greatest Royal Rumble, it will be Cedric Alexander VS Buddy Murphy for the Cruiserweight Championship. Or it would have been, if not for the results of the most recent Cruiserweight Division weigh-in. Buddy Murphy would step up to the scales, but the scales would say he was over 205.

Murphy wants time to cut the weight, but the rules are the rules. He will be weighed in again at a later date, but Murphy’s loss will be another’s gain. Alexander still needs a contender for the title at Greatest Royal Rumble, so next week, it will be a Cruiserweight Championship #1 Contenders Gauntlet match! The last man standing will challenge Alexander for the title in Saudi Arabia! “May the best man win!”

 

Jack Gallagher & THE Brian Kendrick VS Vinnie & Kevin!

The Ungentlemanly Alliance makes their in-ring return now that The Man with a Plan returns from injury! Will there be any ring rust of concern to the former Cruiserweight Champion? Or will he and Gentleman Jack get back on track as if they were never apart?

Gallagher starts against Vinnie, they circle and tie up, and Gallagher gets Vinnie against the ropes. The referee calls for the break, and Gallagher honors it, but with an ice cold stare. He then grabs Vinnie’s ear and throws him down into a wristlock. Gallagher keeps Vinnie grounded, then bends Vinnie’s arm back. He puts Vinnie’s arm in a hammerlock while giving him a body shot and a European Uppercut. Gallagher drags Vinnie back up into a fireman’s carry then tags in Kendrick. Gallagher tosses Vinnie to the ropes for a hotshot, then Kendrick boots Vinnie down! Kendrick drags Vinnie up and hooks the nose to then bend the arm back and drive elbows into Vinnie’s head. Kendrick shouts for Vinnie to say his name!

Fans rally for Vinnie and Vinnie gets up to arm-drag Kendrick away. Vinnie kicks and punches but Kendrick clobbers him down. Kendrick back suplexes Vinnie but Vinnie slips out and tags in Kevin! Vinnie boots Kendrick away, Kevine runs in but into Kendrick’s calf kick. Kendrick takes his time to soak in all the cheers and jeers before hooking Kevin’s nose. He whips Kevin corner to corner, then grabs the ears to whip Kevin back the other way. Kendrick won’t let up, he gives Kevin forearms and chops in a corner. Kendrick mocks Vinnie but Kevin rocks Kendrick with a right! That only pisses Kendrick off, and he grabs Kevin in a cravat to drive his face right into buckles. He shoves Kevin onto the mat then tags in Gallagher.

Gallagher drags Kevin to the apron to ram his chest into the edge a couple times, then takes his time returning into the ring. Kevin pounces with kicks and forearms, but Kendrick tags in. Kevin whips Gallagher but Gallagher headbutts him in return! Then Kendrick throws Kevin down into the Captain’s Hook while Gallagher takes out Vinnie!

Kevin endures, Kevin taps, the Ungentle Men win!

Winners: Gallagher & Kendrick, Kendrick by submission

The Man with a Plan looks as good as he did before the orbital bone break. And now that he and Gallagher are back on the scene, will Spring give way to their “cruel Winter”?

 

Backstage interview with Mustafa Ali.

Dasha Fuentes first congratulates Ali on his victory tonight, then shifts things to Buddy Murphy not making weight for the Cruiserweight Division. He’s more than glad to talk about Buddy Murphy after what he did last week, ruining the celebration. That moment was something Cedric Alexander worked his entire career for. Murphy better hope he can cut weight so that he’ll face the consequences directly from Alexander. But at the same time, there’s opportunity in the form of the Cruiserweight Gauntlet next week. The winner goes on to the Greatest Royal Rumble to face Alexander for that title. Ali knows he let the title slip through his fingers once, he won’t let it slip away again. The Beacon of Light is ready for the Gauntlet, who will join him in a fight for the right to challenge the champ?

 

Drew Gulak speaks.

The Cruiserweight Crusader once again proved his “ground-based superiority prevails over aerial delinquency” by bringing Mark Andrews “crashing down”. Gulak is the best submission specialist in the WWE, so he warns Tony Nese now, who is on his own “silly quest for retribution” all because he’s jealous of Gulak. Nese wants a rematch. Why? Because of washboard abs? No, Gulak is moving on to bigger and better, starting with next week’s Gauntlet match. If you step to Gulak, you will tap out. Will Gulak make every Cruiserweight in the Gauntlet tap out to then challenge the Age of Alexander?

 

Drake Maverick joins commentary for the main event.

The 205 Live GM put this match together, so he wants to see it up close and personal.  However, he keeps his plans for 205 Live’s first ever Gauntlet match under wraps, saying it’ll be revealed “all in due time”.

 

Tornado Tag: Hideo Itami & Akira Tozawa VS Lucha House Party!

For the first time on 205 Live, it is a Tornado Tag Team match! No tags needed and no holding back, who will prove themselves the better team in the Cruiserweight Division?

Forget the bell, Lince Dorado & Gran Metalik go after Itami & Tozawa as they head down the ramp!

The brawl brings all four men back to ringside as Tozawa & Itami hit Lince & Metalik back. Tozawa & Itami put Lince & Metalik back in the ring, but get double SUPERKICKS as they try to enter. Lince & Metalik then build speed for double DIVES!

Dos Tope Suicida and they’re both direct hits! All four men go down, but Lucha House Party get up first. They bring Itami & Tozawa back into the ring, and the bell finally rings to officially start this match.

Lince & Metalik stomp away on Tozawa & Itami. Tozawa slips out of the ring so Lucha House Party focuses on Itami. They double whip and double hip toss Itami down, then combine for a flying headscissor splash. Tozawa slips back into the ring as Lince covers to break it up. Metalik is on Tozawa with a sharp overhand chop! Lince walks over to give a chop of his own. They double whip Tozawa corner to corner, then work together again to whip Lince in for a big corner splash! Metalik gets the alley-oop, and we see Kalisto watch as he hits the dropkick on Tozawa.

Lince keeps moving, and hits a planking splash onto Tozawa. TWO, but Lucha House Party keeps calm. Metalik sees Itami returning and dropkicks him away, then starts up the “Lucha! Lucha!” chants with Lince. Fans duel with “Lucha!” and “AH! AH!” while Lince & Metalik focus on Tozawa against the ropes. Lucha House Party whip Tozawa but he holds ropes. Metalik whips Lince at him but Tozawa jumps over, then side-steps Metalik to send him out to the apron. Tozawa runs but Metalik is ready, he shovels Tozawa out onto the apron. Tozawa lands on his feet to immediately boot Metalik in the head! Metalik tumbles to the floor while Tozawa mule kicks Lince away, and Itami returns to give Lince a flying knee! Itami groups them together for Tozawa as he runs to the corner and jumps for a trust fall senton!

All four men go down, but now it’s Tozawa & Itami who stand back up. Fans “AH! AH!” for the Strong Style duo while Itami stomps Metalik. Tozawa puts Lince back in the ring, then into a corner to give “AH! AH!” mudhole stomps. Itami adds on and they double mudhole stomp the Golden Lynx. Fans “AH!” with Tozawa but Lince surprises him with a roll up! TWO, and Itami is back on Lince with more stomps. Metalik returns but Tozawa kicks him back out to then kick him on the outside. Itami gives Lince a neckbreaker, covers, ONE. Itami keeps on Lince with more stomps while Tozawa keeps Metalik down on the outside.

Team Strong Style stomp Lince together again, then whip him corner to corner. Tozawa runs in for the forearm smash, then he feeds Lince to Itami’s kick. Itami feeds Lince to Tozawa’s drop toehold, and Lince hits face first into buckles, followed by a hesitation dropkick from Itami! Tozawa drags Lince to a cover while Itami kicks Metalik out again, TWO. Tozawa & Itami focus on Lince together, whipping him corner to corner again. Lince boots back this time, then clubs Tozawa down with a clothesline! He swings on Itami but Itami brings him into a Fujiwara armbar! Itami shifts through to the other side, then into a modified Rings of Saturn! Tozawa intercepts Metalik’s return with an Octopus Stretch, for simultaneous submissions!

Both men of Lucha House Party endure the holds. Metalik manages to walk forward and fall on Itami, breaking both holds at once! Tozawa gets up to kick and stomp Metalik, then throw him out with a thud. Itami goes after Lince but Lince slaps Itami. Itami slaps Lince harder, then pulls on the mask! The ultimate disrespect to a luchador, and Itami won’t stop! Lince fights back furiously, but Tozawa goes after him to make it 2v1. Lince keeps fighting but numbers are too much for him. Tozawa brings Lince up, but Lince surprises him with a small package! Itami breaks that up, then drags Lince up for Tozawa to chop. Lince dares them to hit harder, so Tozawa does.

Itami goes outside to keep on Metalik while Tozawa scoop slams and back sentons onto Lince! Metalik bounces off the announce desk while Tozawa covers, TWO. Team Strong Style grows frustrated with the luchadors, but they still have control. They chop and kick Lince, then fake the chop to hit the swift right jab! Lince drops, and Tozawa grins as fans echo “AH! AH!” The stomping continues but Lince won’t stop. Itami grinds in his boot, then brings Lince up for more tearing at the mask. Tozawa & Itami double whip Lince, but Lince slips under as Metalik springboards in for a double missile dropkick!

Metalik rallies now, clothesline to Tozawa, then a handspring at Itami. Itami dodges that but runs right into Metalik’s tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Tozawa runs in but gets one tilt-o-whirl, too! Fans fire up with Lucha House Party as Metalik gives Lince the alley-oop for a dropkick of his own! Tozawa & Itami bail out of the ring, but Lucha House Party go to the apron for double Asai Moonsaults!

Two more direct hits wipe Itami & Tozawa out again! Metalik puts Tozawa in the ring while Lince bounces Itami off the announce desk not once but twice! Lince whips Itami but Itami reverses to send Lince tumbling over the steel steps! Metalik SUPERKICKS Itami, but Tozawa DIVES on Metalik!

The Tozawa Torpedo takes out the King of the Ropes and sends him into the announce desk! Fans are all fired up for this, but Tozawa plans to take it to another level. He leaves Metalik on the table and climbs up to the top. Maverick, Percy and Vic sense what’s coming and clear out. Lince also guesses what Tozawa is up to, and climbs up to stop him. They brawl on the very top and Lince manages to crotch Tozawa up on the top rope. Itami jumps up to go after Lince, but Lince works to fight him off, too. Lince bumps Itami off a buckle but Tozawa fights back now. Itami & Tozawa adjusts but Metalik comes in and hits Itami with a sharp swing kick! Metalik climbs up and then sunset flips over all of them for an insane Tower of Doom!!

Metalik powerbombs both Itami & Tozawa while they double SUPERPLEX Lince! The fans love what they see, even with all four men down in the ring. All four men start to stir, Metalik and Itami rolling out of the ring. Fans “AH! AH!” for Tozawa as he and Lince brawl from knees to feet. Tozawa gets an edge and kicks, swings but slips under, only for Lince to get the standing switch. Tozawa bucks Lince off but runs into the huricanrana pin! TWO, rolling roundhouse! Lince is down and Tozawa climbs up! He jumps for the SUPER Senton!

Cover, but Metalik breaks it with double stomps! Metalik vows to finish this, fireman’s carry but Tozawa slips out. Tozawa gets the waistlock but Metalik back elbows him away. Metalik handsprings but into Tozawa’s dropkick! Itami returns, he drags Metalik up for the GTS Mk.II!

Cover, but Lince breaks it with a dropkick! Itami stomps Metalik out of frustration before he and Tozawa go after Lince together again. Itami wants respect, he and Tozawa double whip, but Lince handsprings for a DOUBLE Golden Rewind!

Double cover, TWO!! Both men kick out at the same time! Fans declare “This is Awesome!” All four men slowly stir again, and it’s Lince and Itami brawling back and forth. They give double haymakers, then again, but Itami gets the edge with spinning back hands. Lince sits down, Itami hits a hesitation dropkick. Metalik returns to roll him up, TWO! Fireman’s carry, but Itami claws at the mask like he did to Lince! Tozawa runs in but Metalik moves, that boot goes into Itami’s face!

Tozawa checks on Itami, then runs at Metalik. Metalik moves again, Lince hits Tozawa with a swing kick. With both Itami & Tozawa down, Lucha House Party climbs up top together. They count it out, and hit both the Golden Shooting Star AND springboard elbow!

Double cover, Lucha House Party wins!!

Winners: Lucha House Party; double pinfall

The King of the Ropes and Golden Lynx are victorious together over both the Don from Nihon and the Stamina Monster, at the same time! And Kalisto comes back out to celebrate with them! With a win this big, will it lead to amazing opportunities for the Lucha House Party in the near future?

 


 

My Thoughts:

What a really great episode tonight. Daivari and Ali put on a pretty good match, perhaps with some slower pacing than we’ve been used to lately. Ali wins to keep up in the Cruiserweight Division ahead of next week’s announced Gauntlet match. That match is going to be amazing, I really hope it goes the entire episode. It was a big surprise to hear Buddy Murphy is temporarily not a Cruiserweight, but it makes total sense given the many weigh-in segments for him. It’s especially brilliant when you consider that it helps save Murphy for Backlash rather than wasting him on Greatest Royal Rumble. Gallagher & Kendrick win their return match, no surprise there, but I was actually glad to see they didn’t interfere in the main event or even after.

Because hot damn, that main event. Why don’t they just give Lucha House Party the Cruiserweight Tag Team Championships now? It’s gonna take a lot for the eventual title match to outdo this match right here, unless they throw Gallager & Kendrick and maybe one other team right in, or make it a Ladder Match, or all of that together. For that matter, the Cruiserweight Tag Team Division will need a few more teams to join or form to give it depth. But even going with the three teams 205 Live has right now, that tag team title match will still be incredible.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Andrew’s Stardom 5 Star Grand Prix Red Stars Ratings & Review: Day 7 & 8

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We get another combined article because of the way Stardom likes to stagger matches in this tournament.

Day 7 actually didn’t have any Blue Star matches at all, so now the articles will be titled a little differently. I need that Rick and Morty clip about getting your shit together and direct it at Stardom booking. Oh wait, I can!

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So with that established, I guess we should look at the matches to come. Tam is eliminated but still has 3 matches to go. So she can go from a measly 2 to a respectable 8 if she can put a few wins together. Utami and Rachael however are still very much in the thick of things, and even face one another on Day 8.

Let’s find if anyone else gets eliminated, or if we continue to have the top half stay alive.

 

Day 7

Rachael Ellering vs Tam Nakano

Rachael’s promo is fake and over enthusiastic, whereas Tam’s was realistic and a little bubbleheaded. So it’s really hard for me to ever connect to Ellering’s promos, cause she’s not convincing and her matches thus far have been…umm…shall we say, sub par. So sadly Tam seems to be in the plucky underdog role this year and always getting close with not much of a pay off. So let’s she if she picks up a win to play spoiler, or continues to come up short.

I have no clue what it is about most of Rachael’s matches, but they are hard to watch. Rachael’s Pump Kick that she over uses never looks impactful, she doesn’t take or sell offense well, and it’s just a schlog. This match was no different.

Tam’s kicks are usually crisp, but they hit awkwardly and slowly. Tam even went for a bottom rope assisted Back Body Drop, but Rachael’s foot cause the middle rope and it just looked sloppy. Tam still sold her back, while Rachael focused it, so that was good.

We also see a decent barrage at the end of the match with some false finish rollups, Rachael’s Bossman Slam and then Ellering finally finishes this with the Fallaway Powerbomb.

Winner: Ellering via Fallaway Powerbomb

Rating: * 1/2

 

Kagetsu vs Kimber Lee

Kimber always has this oddly endearing way of cutting a promo. She talks fairly slowly (the way people do when you’re speaking a language people might not understand), which I find ridiculous, but she says all the correct babyface things. Kagetsu however has a skull mask on her head, pops up into frame and just starts talking casually about things. She just wants to end the match, eat some good food and head to Osaka. It’s casually dismissive of Kimber, but not cruel, perfect tweener kind of temperature.

Kagetsu takes the early advantage and does the cocky heel thing by throwing Kimber to the outside. Hazuki and Sumire get in a few cheap shots before rolling her back in. Kagetsu takes a drink of water and then we get her water spit/mist spot. Which I’m still not sure why that isn’t a disqualification, but I like it, so I’m not questioning it.

After the initial cockiness, Kimber takes advantage of Kagetsu taking her foot of the gas and puts together some offense. A few well placed kicks and suplexes lead to the Swanton Bomb attempt, but Kimber misses. After a little more struggle, Kagetsu eventually hits a Chokeslam and then enough of the Oedo Coaster to get the pinfall.

Not Kagetsu’s best work, but it was a fairly short match and Kimber isn’t positioned as a threat in this tournament.

Winner: Kagetsu via Oedo Coaster

Rating: *** 1/4

 

Day 8

Kimber Lee vs Tam Nakano

The opening promos are pretty low energy for both women. Kimber talks about being eliminated but fighting for herself and Tam tries her best to psych herself up. The lack of points is effecting both of these women. Who will get the ball moving to end on a high note?

Not a bad match, just fairly short. Given that all of the Grand Prix matches have a 15 minute time limit, even the longer ones are a little short. Both women utilize a fair amount of kicks and flexibility in their offense, so the mirror aspect was on full display.

Kimber does her split spot, Tam goes for a Buzzsaw Kick, but Kimber blocks it and tries to sweep the leg, but Tam does a split and they both start throwing forearms from the split position. Kimber hits a kick combination first, which drops Tam but only for two. In her opening promo Tam put some emphasis on not wanting to lose to kicks, since those are kinda her thing.

Maintaining advantage, Kimber goes to the top rope but Tam shows some fight. Eventually hitting the Avalanche Snapmare and going up for her Diving Idol Knee, for only a near fall. After a few more close calls, Kimber catches Tam coming off the ropes for a Brain Buster, pulls her to a corner and lands the Swanton Bomb for the pinfall.

Valiant efforts in all her matches, but Tam really can’t catch a break.

Winner: Kimber via Swanton Bomb

Rating: ** 1/4

 

Rachael Ellering vs Utami Hayayshishita

Well, ya know I’m usually overly disinterested in whatever Rachael’s been doing, but this match was a little different. She basically got to play the heel since she was being very tough on Utami and showing some personality while arguing with the referee. So when it comes down to Rachael’s involvement, it wasn’t the thing that brought the match down, for a change.

However, after the initial burst from Rachael and the playing up a few strikes on the outside, the match never kick it into another gear. It basically was treading water for the last half. Signature moves were hit, Utami landed her Sleeper Hold takeover into the Coquina Clutch, but Rachael got out of it. I’m guess the high point was supposed to be Rachael hitting a Superplex, but nothing felt important, desperate or impressive.

The match ends just as Utami cinches in an Inside Cradle, but the time expires. All of the draws in this tournament are a little off putting.

Winner: Time Limit Draw

Rating: ***

 

Red Stars Standings:

Kagetsu 4-1-1 (9 Points)
Rachael Ellering 4-1-1 (9 Points)
Jungle Kyona 3-1-2 (8 Points)
Utami Hayashishita 3-1-2 (8 Points)
Konami 3-3 (6 Points) – Eliminated
Kimber Lee 2-4 (4 Points) – Eliminated
Tam Nakano 1-5 (2 Points) – Eliminated
Natsuko Tora 1-5 (2 Points) – Eliminated

 

Thoughts:

You know Stardom, you know what happens when you make Tam look good but don’t give her wins? Nothing happens, it’s actually decent story telling and could set up for a big upset of Kagetsu on the Finals day. So as much as the fan in me hates watching Tam come up short (Naito fans around the world know that feel), her determination and the storyline wrinkles could pay off later.

As for the two days…meh? Nothing stood out and these really just felt like matches to set up for the final swerve. These kind of days happen in all tournaments, it just hit really hard in these four matches. I just really really hope Rachael doesn’t win Red Stars.


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Mathew’s Stardom 5 Star Grand Prix Blue Stars Results & Review: Day 8

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So tomorrow is the last day of the Five Star Grand Prix where we will have our final four matches and the final match on the same day but we got two matches left to cover before we go to the final day.

This show is for people that didn’t have their six matches before the final day and we’re using this to make sure they’re all caught up to speed and we can see who has a chance to make it and who doesn’t. I know it says day 8 in my headline but I had no matches on the seventh day, so I decided to just skip it and go where I have my actual matches. So who wins these two matches?

Let’s find out and…dive right in.

 

Grand Prix Blue Stars Match
Kelly Klein vs. Natsu Sumire

Review: It’s pretty clear that Sumire is pretty much eliminated and even if she does win this match and her last one, the fact that Mayu would hold the tiebreaker over her if she lost today and won tomorrow, but would still be out if Momo won on the final day since she’d have nine points while Sumire would still have eight if she won both and wouldn’t matter, but she has been one of the highlights of this tournament due to her personality flourishing a lot more here and the fans loving her more and more. Sumire in her pre-match interview seems to be more focused on her bust size and even talked about the supplements she’s been taking for a couple weeks now and is disappointed that there’s been no change in her results just yet and hopes to provide progress updates. Kelly is her opponent tonight and if Kelly does win here, she’ll be in the top spot of the standings and would have a strong chance of winning. Can Kelly win again or will Sumire ruin it for her?

Once again, Sumire made the match fun when it was needed due to it not being the best bout in the tournament here but they did work with what they got, even if it was as pretty standard as they come. Kelly did an okay job in the match as well and probably my least favorite outing of her in the Grand Prix and she just wanted to dominate Sumire. Sumire was mostly doing her antics that you would see in her matches with the false handshakes, cradling them up when they least expect it, and just whipping them. It looked like Kelly was going to go for the win here and when she ran the ropes, Kagetsu kicked her in the back to stun her long enough for Sumire to grab the Oedo Tai sign so she could hit Kelly with it, but Kelly moved out of the way causing the sign to bounce off the ropes and hit Sumire instead in which it gets turned around for Kelly to hit the Fireman’s Carry Slam for the victory and she’s now in first place.

Rating: Tony Schiavone

 

Grand Prix Blue Stars Match
Hazuki vs. Mayu Iwatani

Review: A win here is very crucial for Mayu Iwatani if she wants to tie it up with Kelly, otherwise she would be eliminated from the tournament and her opponent, Hazuki would take the top spot with nine points and potentially win the whole thing if things work out in her favor. The last time the both of them fought one on one was around February during the ROH Women of Honor tournament and Mayu would come out the winner of that match and Mayu wants to beat her again to show she’s on a whole different level now. Who will take the top spot of the standings, Mayu or Hazuki?

Hazuki is in my top 5 wrestlers of Stardom right now and this match here with Mayu just solidified my statement for this claim. This whole tournament, she has been one of the most consistent wrestlers in her matches with her sequences being on point, her moves are crisp, and how to handle a match lately has been outstanding that she should be under peoples radar. Hazuki right away was being aggressive with Mayu before the bell even rang when she attacked her from behind and kept rolling her up which failed, but she kept on the attack by throwing her around into chairs on the outside and even destroyed Mayu’s arm during the whole match and not holding back on her, I love this side of Hazuki.

This match is one of my favorites in my block next to Hazuki/Momo still being my favorite one, but this one was still pretty damn close with their chemistry in the ring together gave us a special match and it’s not even their last one for their block. They told a great story in the ring, executed everything almost flawlessly, seeing a more aggressive side of Hazuki in her previous two matches, and Mayu selling it all to make it look more dangerous than it probably is, but they were just on point with everything together. Hazuki was pulling out all the stops with having her in the Crossface, working on her arm, stiff Dropkicks and a Codebreaker, but it still wasn’t enough to take Mayu out as she hits the Dragon Suplex Hold and gets the victory to tie first place with Kelly Klein. After the match, she told the crowd that she was now in first place and hopes the crowd will still support her as she looks to win it all at the final.

Rating: Bruce Prichard

 

Overall: Can’t really give it a fair assessment due to only having two matches with one being average and the other one being great, but the average of it was solid enough. I’m glad to see that all three of my picks are in the top 4 of potential winners and excited for the last day since it’s stacked.

Favorite Match: Hazuki vs. Mayu Iwatani

Score: 6/10

Blue Stars Standings:
Mayu Iwatani: 4-2 (8 Points)
Kelly Klein: 4-2 (8 Points)
Momo Watanabe: 3-2-1 (7 Points)
Hazuki: 3-2-1 (7 Points)
Nicole Savoy: 3-3 (6 Points)
Jamie Hayter: 2-4 (4 Points)
Saki Kashima: 2-4 (2 Points)
Natsu Sumire: 2-4 (4 Points)

Now that we have our final standings before the final show tomorrow, we see that our top 4 people that could still win this are Mayu Iwatani, Kelly Klein, Momo Watanabe, and Hazuki. We’re gonna break down the final card for tomorrow and see who has a real chance and how can it be done.

  • Mayu Iwatani vs. Momo Watanabe
  • Hazuki vs. Natsu Sumire
  • Kelly Klein vs. Nicole Savoy
  • Saki Kashima vs. Jamie Hayter

Here is how these four can win.

Mayu Iwatani: Defeat Momo Watanabe and Nicole Savoy defeats Kelly Klein.

Momo Watanabe: Defeat Mayu Iwatani and Nicole Savoy defeats Kelly Klein.

Kelly Klein: Defeat Nicole Savoy

Hazuki: Defeat Nicole Savoy, Momo Watanabe defeats Mayu Iwatani, and Nicole Savoy defeats Kelly Klein

If Momo and Hazuki do win their matches and Kelly loses, these two will be in a tie and it’ll be interesting to see who gets the final spot since they did tie it up in their outing, interesting direction if that’s the case.


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CMLL Arena Puebla Show Monday

El Asturiano and Black Tiger vs Espiritu Maligno and Fuerza Chicana

Maligno and Asturiano start out the match exchanging arm drags. Maligno is bare foot so Asturiano while having him in a hold bites his feet. Not very hygienical. Tiger and Chicana make their way in trading holds. Tags are made briefly and they pick up the pace but Chicana and Tiger come back in soon after to continue the faster pace. Maligno misses a splash and Tiger gets him in a surfboard stretch for the submission, then Asturiano pins Chicana with a hurricanrana pin combo. First Fall: El Asturiano pins Fuerza Chicana with a hurricanrana.

Black Tiger hits a monkey flip on Maligno to start the round and then hits a pose. Asturiano and Chicana are in to follow. He ends up feigning a dive to the outside. Maligno and Chicana start to get heat on the other team by double teaming both guys when they get the chance. Malingo hits a baseball slide to Asturiano in the corner and then they get both of them in submissions. Some elaborate stretches. Second Fall: Espiritu Maligno submits El Asturiano with a submission hold.

Third round starts with Asturiano being double teamed. Maligno hits a drop kick on him sending him out bringing in Black Tiger to get doubled. All four are in the ring now exchanging chops. Maligno gets Asturiano in a Gory Guerrero special into a pinning combination for the pin. The Chicana gets Black Tiger in a single leg boston crab for the win. Third Fall: Fuerza Chicana submits Black Tiger with a single leg boston crab.

Winners: Espiritu Maligno and Fuerza Chicana

Oro Jr, Super Astro Jr, and Tigre Rojo Jr vs King Rocker Jr, El Malayo, and King Jaguar

King Jaguar and Oro Jr start off with some chain wrestling, exchanging holds. They meet a stale mate and King Rocker come in and continue to exchange holds and chain wrestle. Tigre Rojo and Malayo come in and pick up the pace. Malayo gets Rojo in the corner to get an advantage on him, but it doesn’t work out. Oro Jr and Rojo hit a combo neck breaker on Malayo. Super Astro hits him with a dive for a pin. Tigre Rojo gets King Jaguar in an arm bar for the first fall. First Fall: Tigre Rojo Jr submits King Jaguar with an arm bar.

King Rocker starts the second fall with Oro jr and Oro gets him to the outside and then hits a pose. Astro comes in there next with Malayo. Astro gets him to the outside and then feigns a dive and hits an elaborate pose. After that Rojo and Jaguar come in and he too gets Jaguar to the outside and feigns a dive. Finally Rocker and Malayo are working over Tigre Rojo. Once they dispose of him they start to triple team Astro Jr. Jaguar hits a big baseball slide dive on Astro. Oro Jr gets hit with a basement drop kick to the hit by King Rocker for the second fall. Second Fall: King Rocker pins Oro Jr with a basement drop kick.

Oro and Rocker start out in the third round. This becomes a triple team attack soon. It doesn’t last for long and Oro Jr, Astro, and Rojo go for dives but they get dodged and then it becomes a brawl. They exchange spots and go for pins that get broken up. Astro hits a top rope headbutt on Malayo and pins him. Oro hits a power slam on Rocker and then Tigre and him do a double team move where Rojo flips Oro onto Rocker for the pin. Third Fall: Oro pins Rocker while being flipped by Tigre Rojo.

Winners: Oro Jr, Super Astro Jr, and Tigre Rojo Jr

Guerrero Maya, Fuego, and Stigma vs El Sagrado, Misterioso, and Tiger

Interesting note, the Arena Puebla is called Temple of Pain in translation. They should do Lucha Underground out of here. Maya and Misterioso start out in the match, and as they exchange holds and perform some mat wrestling, I’d like to point out how hype Fuego’s entrance is. After they go to a stale mate Sagrado and Stigma come in. They don’t last long and Fuego and Tiger get in there and pick up the pace.

Tiger irish whips Fuego into his corner and this causes his teammates to come in and triple team Fuego for a moment. Fuego’s teammates come in to confront. Fuego makes a come back and gets Tiger to the outside and then a brawl breaks out on the outside. After that Maya starts to get triple teamed. Misterioso hits a weak drop kick bringing Maya to the outside then hits a pose, but Fuego rolls him up. First Fall: Fuego rolls up Misterioso.

The second round is started with Stigma getting triple teamed. After they dispose of Stigma to the outside, Maya comes in to try his hand but the numbers are too much. El Sagrado hits an elbow drop for the second fall. Second Fall: El Sagrado hits an elbow drop on Guerrero Maya for the pin.

Maya starts the fall getting triple teamed but made a come back by hitting everyone with a tilt-a-Whirl back breaker. After that Stigma and Fuego came and hit middle rope dives. They all start to exchange spots now, one at a time. Fuego hits his matrix bridge spot and then hits a dive. Stigma hits a big hurricanrana on Misterioso. Tiger and Stigma start to exchange chops.

Eventually Tiger hits a big power bomb. Fuego hits a big victory roll on Misterioso and the ref takes forever to go for the count and Sagrado breaks it up. Misterioso hits a reverse power slam and Fuego breaks up the pin and then he hits a big dive. Stigma hits a pinning combination on on Sagrado and Maya hits a spring board, shoulder block on Tiger for the win. Third Fall: Guerrero Maya hits a shoulder block on Tiger for the win.

Winners: Guerrero Maya, Fuego, and Stigma

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