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- 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!
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?
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
Dragon Gate Fantastic Gate 2018 Results & Review (12/4/2018)
Mathew brings us more coverage with…Dragon Gate? Well I suppose something big did happen, even though King of Gate was still horrid. But hey, let’s see if PAC’s involvement helps things out.
We now return to Dragon Gate to take a small break from the AJPW Real World Tag League, which you should check out if you haven’t just yet since it’s been a great tournament.
As of right now, this will be my last Dragon Gate coverage for the year due to scheduling with the holidays and work, plus I need to get ready for matches of the year at the end of the month. We got a big show today since we got Open the Dream Gate Championship defended against PAC.
So let us see how things will turn out as we…dive right in.
Eight Man Tag Team Match
Dragon Dia & Tribe Vanguard (BxB Hulk, Kagetora & YAMATO) vs. Don Fujii, Gamma, Ryo Saito & Super Shisa
Review: Our opening contest is an eight-man tag match with Don Fujii, Gamma, Ryo Saito, and Super Shisa taking on three members of Tribe Vanguard, Kagetora and the Open the Twin Gate Champions, BxB Hulk and YAMATO along with Dragon Dia. Dragon Dia is a new wrestler in Dragon Gate as he is also considered to be Dragon Kid’s new apprentice whenever he decides to hang it up. Let’s see how Dragon Dia does and will he help Tribe Vanguard get the victory or will it be the other team?
The match was short and incredibly basic with nothing really too much to make the crowd seem overly invested in it in my opinion. Half of the match is pretty much Dia paying his dues in the ring while also getting a bit of offense into the match, so how did he do? From what I saw out of him, I thought he does have potential to be how Dragon Kid was but he has a long way to go if he wants to reach that level eventually. Dia did take a beating from the other team and even had Gamma kinda waterboard him while he was taking a Mexican Stretch. Tribe Vanguard would do stuff for a little bit into the match and they worked well with each other and not with Dia since he’s not really apart of their unit. Dia would get to have Fujii for a pinfall but he kicked out and hits Dia with a Lariat to end his momentum. Fujii would hit a Chokeslam onto Dia as Ryo would do his SaiRyo Rocket to get the pinfall victory.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a quarter
Eight Man Tag Team Match
Hyo Watanabe, Kota Minoura, Masaaki Mochizuki & Yuki Yoshioka vs. Hiroshi Yamato & MaxiMuM (Jason Lee, Kaito Ishida & Naruki Doi)
Review: We get another eight-man tag match to continue this show as Masaaki Mochizuki is in action with Hyo Watanabe, Kota Minoura, and Yuki Yoshioka as the four take on Hiroshi Yamato and three MaxiMuM members, Jason Lee, Kaito Ishida, and Naruki Doi. While the opening match wasn’t really something that was memorable, I’m sure we’ll get some action in this one to pick stuff up. Which one of these four will win?
I’m still new to Hiroshi Yamato, but I’m still digging his singing type of gimmick and think it’s pretty funny. This one was a much better match than the opening contest since all of the competitors were more involved in this We had another small encounter with Mochizuki and Lee, and I still wanna see that match happen but I know we probably won’t get a singles match with them any time soon. Yuki is someone that keeps growing on me whenever I see him involved in these tag matches as he does show signs of progress and I hope to see big things from him in 2019. Jason Lee would try to do his taunt in the ring when he’s in his meditative state and rolled up Mochizuki for a two count and when Mochizuki would try to do the same taunt, Jason would just kick his head. Yuki would block Naruki’s Bakatare Sliding Kick but takes a German from Yamato, a Facebuster from Naruki, and a kick along with a German from Lee as they break the hold. Yuki would attempt a flash pin onto Kaito but Kaito would quickly maneuver out of it until Yuki pinned him back down as he gets the surprise victory!
Rating: Eric Bischoff
Shun Skywalker vs. U-T
Review: We only have two singles matches in this show and it’s time to get our first one underway as we have Shun Skywalker taking on U-T. It’s been a while since I’ve seen Shun in a singles match since the King of Gate Tournament and this might be the first time I’ve seen U-T in a singles match, so this is definitely a nice surprise since both men can go. Which one of these two will get the win?
If you were expecting a highflying type of match between these two, you don’t get that type of match here and while it did throw me off, I was honestly okay with it since they still did give us a technical match. For my first time seeing U-T in one on one action, I gotta say that seeing him more ground-based in this match was very surprising in a good way too since he’s very crisp in his ability. Shun Skywalker still continues to impress me every time I see him in the ring, so seeing both of these men deliver in this match made me feel very satisfied.
The match was also very even here and it looked like Shun was going to get him, but U-T would catch him with the Skayde to try and make him tap out to the hold until Shun would roll out of the hold and hits the Moonsault Press for a two count. Shun would hit a Reverse Suplex and goes to the top rope to go for another Moonsault as U-T puts his knees up before Shun could land. U-T would apply the Skayde once again but Shun would refuse to tap out of the hold once again and the bell rings to show that there’s a time limit draw. Huge ovation for these two in this match and I hope this isn’t the end for them.
Rating: Bruce Prichard
Six Man Tag Team Match
Dragon Kid, Bandido, & Flamita vs. DAGA & R.E.D. (Eita & Ben-K)
Review: Our next match is a six-man tag team match with Dragon Kid teaming up with Flamita and Bandido is they take on R.E.D. We found out that Dragon Kid and Eita are going to have one final match at Final Gate in a hair vs mask match, but I’m not sure if the Open the Brave Gate Championship is on the line yet. But this is sure to be an exciting tag bout and let’s see if R.E.D wins or the luchadors take it.
R.E.D starting the attack on their opponents before the match started in their typical heel fashion. The face team would start to make a comeback with Bandido and Flamita diving to the outside onto their opponents. Seeing Kid, Flamita, and Bandido team up worked out very well here with their Luchador agility with Bandido once again being on fire in this match and if he’s someone you follow, what the hell is wrong with you? Get on that shit right away if you like Lucha Libre. It’s a shame Ben didn’t win the belt but I know he’ll bounce back into something soon, maybe going back to the Open the Twin Gate picture with Big R. Eita and Dragon Kid going back at it develops more fuel into their story and I actually can’t wait for it to end and not because it felt like it went on for too long, but with the new stipulation they added to their match, it just adds a lot more involved for their eventual conclusion. After Flamita and Bandido did their tag team combo with Bandido hitting a Phoenix Splash after being flipped over, Eita and Kid are alone in the ring again. Dragon jumped off the ropes and got caught for a Super Kick and would go to finish off Kid but he hits the Bible onto Eita to get the surprise victory!
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half
Eight Man Tag Team Match
Natural Vibes (Genki Horiguchi, Kzy, Susumu Yokosuka & YASSHI) vs. R.E.D. (Big R Shimizu, KAZMA SAKAMOTO, Takashi Yoshida & Yasushi Kanda)
Review: Our next match is another eight-man tag team match with R.E.D members, Big R Shimizu, KAZMA SAKAMOTO, Takashi Yoshida, and Yasushi Kanda taking on Natural Vibes members, Genki Horiguchi, Kzy, Susumu Yokosuka, and Brother YASSHI. Recently, Natural Vibes broke the record for most title defenses with the Open the Triangle Gate Championships and they still look to hold onto the titles for a long time to keep the record around more. Will Natural Vibes get the win or will it be R.E.D?
R.E.D once again attacking Natural Vibes before the bell would ring and both teams would start fighting to the outside of the ring and into the crowd near the bleachers until they got back into the ring as we get the match started now. The match felt a little too short for this type of match but I thought it was still solid enough for a quick little exhibition type of match. We had a little encounter with Takashi and Kzy during the middle of it where they would go back and forth and it did seem like Takashi was gonna win this little back and forth until Kzy hits his running Elbow Smash onto him. Natural Vibes started to get the shine in the match when Susumu hits an Exploder Suplex onto Kanda off the middle rope and Kzy tops it off with an Elbow Drop while YASSHI hits a Diving Headbutt for a two count. Members were taking each other out left and right until it was Genki and Takashi in the match now as he does his Backslide From Heaven to go for the pin but Big R picked him up in a Wheel Barrel position for a German Suplex. Big R would quickly pick him up for him and Takashi to hit a Doomsday Device and KAZMA topped it off with a Package Piledriver to give R.E.D the win.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Open the Dream Gate Championship
Masato Yoshino (c) vs. PAC
Review: We now have our main event of the evening as Masato Yoshino defends his Open the Dream Gate Championship against PAC. This will be PAC’s second singles match in Dragon Gate ever since he made his return to the company and while his match was disappointing, he still wanted to make the challenge to prove himself. Only one gaijin won the Open the Dream Gate Championship and that man was Ricochet, so if PAC wins then he will be the second one to win it. Masato though won’t go down without a fight here as he defends Dragon Gate against this man. Will Masato retain once again or will we have a new champion?
While both R.E.D and MaxiMuM are surrounding the ring, none of them interfere in the match and I’m glad too because it would’ve been a little bit too much in this match, plus PAC needs to prove himself that he can defeat Masato on his own without any help. I thought this match was a great title defense and definitely PAC’s better match compared to his one with Flamita since this one had a nicer pace that didn’t make it drag out a bit at all and he played the heel persona well like how he did in WWE when he was considered the King of the Cruiserweights, but he’s now known as the Bastard Child in Dragon Gate. I think I liked Masato’s match against Ben-K a little bit better, this one was almost as good in my opinion. One spot I really did like was when Masato went for the Slingblade off the top rope and PAC just flipped out of it and it just looked more smooth. Also, the Corkscrew PAC did to the outside looks great despite him shooting himself a little bit too far since most of the people were a bit too close.
PAC pulled off a lot of power moves like the Pop-up Powerbomb and it looked like he had Masato right where he wanted him as he went to the top rope to go for the Black Arrow but he was able to catch himself once Masato moved out of the way and hits the Another Space and then would hit the first Torbellino as he calls for the submission finish to apply the Sol Naciente, but he wouldn’t hold it for long this time as PAC picked him up for the Powerbomb for a two count. PAC seems to be getting back control now as he would try to go for the Black Arrow once more time but Masato picked his knees up to make PAC land on it and rolled him up for a two count. Masato wouldn’t give PAC time to rest as he hits a second Torbellino and applies the Sol Naciente once again but PAC was unable to power out of it this time around as he falls onto the mat unable to move for a bit until his foot landed on the rope to break the hold. Both men would have bursts of energy in the last stand as Masato lands another Torbellino and PAC gets up quickly to hit Masato with a German Suplex and gets him up for a Powerbomb but Masato would Sunset Flip over him for a two count. PAC would hit a Lariat onto Masato to knock him down before hitting the German Suplex Hold for a two count, and it appears PAC has him right where he wants him as he went to the top rope to the Black Arrow and he connects this time for a three count and we have a new champion!
You heard right, PAC is the new Open the Dream Gate Champion. Part of me feels like it’s a bit too soon to win the belt since he just came back a couple of months ago but at the same time, they wanna capitalize on this while he’s still red hot since leaving WWE and it could potentially open new eyes to the product since most fans knew him as Neville. So in a business aspect, it’s a good idea and hopefully, it can lead to what the company is looking for. Let’s see how things turn out.
Rating: Bruce Prichard and a half
Overall: Aside from the two singles matches being the highlight of the show, nothing else really stood out with the multi-man tag matches throughout the night. U-T and Shun did great work together and PAC had a much better match than he did with Flamita and we got a new champion out of it to bring in a new era for Dragon Gate.
Favorite Match: Masato Yoshino vs. PAC
Least Favorite Match: Dragon Dia & Tribe Vanguard (BxB Hulk, Kagetora & YAMATO) vs. Don Fujii, Gamma, Ryo Saito & Super Shisa
Mitchell’s WWE Mixed Match Challenge 2 Results & Report! (12/11/18)
The Mixed Match Challenge is almost done, but there’s been a last-minute substitution! Apollo Crews replaces Finn Balor, can he help Bayley make it to TLC?
- Jinder Mahal & Alicia w/ The Singh Brothers VS Apollo Crews & Bayley; Mahal & Alicia win and advance to the Finals at TLC.
- The Miz & Asuka VS R-Truth & Carmella; Truth & Carmella win and advance to the Finals at TLC.
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It’s time for the Mixed Match Challenge Semifinals!
The final four teams will be cut down to just two tonight! The Season One champions are still in the running, but they’ve had a rough go of it this year. The Miz and Asuka lost to the #ExtremeFlair after Jeff Hardy stepped in for AJ Styles. However, not even the top seed still stands as the #FABULOUSTruth pulled off the biggest upset to date! Can Truth & Carmella pull off another upset against a tense and dysfunctional Team AWESKA?
As for the Raw Block, #Mahalicia is the only team standing with its original members! Of course, Jinder Mahal and Alicia Fox have yet to truly see eye to eye despite making it back from the bottom of the block. That said, Finn Balor must step down from the Mixed Match Challenge because of the beating Drew McIntyre gave him on Raw a week ago. In his place now stands Apollo Crews, who wants to finally make his mark on the main roster! Can this new Team A’n’B go all the way to TLC?
Backstage with Bayley & Apollo Crews.
New partners start big with a semifinals match, but the dynamic doesn’t change for Bayley. These two are more prepared than ever, and they’ll be so close to being the #30 spots in their respective Royal Rumbles! But the Singh Brothers come in to get them to slow down. No one cares about where they “think” they’re going, because they’re going home! The Maharrrrraja and Foxy will be Too Sweet. No, better: they can hug it out! Bayley boots the Bollywood Boys out, and says she and Apollo will worry about vacation destinations after the match.
Backstage interview with R-Truth & Carmella!
The FABULOUS Truth is ecstatic for tonight. They had a rough start but are on a roll. They’ll be up against the MMC Champions. Miz & Asuka were worried about every team but Truth & Carmella. Well Miz has run his mouth a long time, and Truth knows that from teaming with Miz back in the day. Truth knows for a fact Asuka carries that team. As for tonight, Mella & Truth will carry SmackDown’s flag all the way to TLC. They vow to win, and that’s the truth. Also, Miz said something about shoes? Check these! Carmella’s kicks are F A B U L O U A S! That’s not how you spell fabulous. That aside, let’s move on to choosing a vacation site. Truth likes the idea of Athens. Greece? Georgia? No, Ohio. Well on to match preparations!
Jinder Mahal & Alicia w/ The Singh Brothers VS Apollo Crews & Bayley!
Team A’n’B already meshed well together when they and The Boss, Sasha Banks, took it to #Mahalicia on Raw. However, Sasha Banks won’t be present to help cancel out Samir & Sunil, will #HugNation be able to overcome Shanti and head to TLC?
Bayley and Apollo talk on the way out, and it’s decided: once they win that vacation, they’ll go to Jamaica. “This one’s for Finn!” The teams then sort out, and the men begin. Apollo circles with Mahal and they tie up. Mahal gets a headlock and the Singhs already celebrate. Apollo powers out but Mahal runs him over with a shoulder. Mahal runs but Apollo gets up, only for Mahal to whip him. Apollo leaps over for the sunset flip, TWO! Backslide, TWO! Apollo rolls Mahal up, TWO! Mahal scrambles away and Alicia tags in. Mahal claims he had this, but Alicia doesn’t care. Vegas fires up for Bayley as she circles with Alicia. Bayley rolls Alicia, TWO! She tries again, ONE! A third time, TWO!
Alicia wants a breather and she bails out of the ring. She reprimands the Singhs and Mahal for not helping out. Alicia wants that 30th spot and vacation, but the Singhs and Mahal remind her she needs to win first. Alicia gets back in the ring, but Bayley gets her with a drop toehold! Bayley wants to put on an abdominal stretch, but Alicia resists. They go around and Bayley gets a facelock. The Singhs say that’s cheating, but Alicia drives Bayley into a corner. Alicia throws forearms then wrenches the arm. She kicks Bayley around then reels her in. Bayley reverses to a cradle, TWO! Bayley gets to a corner and flapjacks Alicia on the buckles! The Singhs coach Alicia up and she tags to Mahal!
Apollo comes in, but Mahal wants him to take it easy. Mahal kicks but Apollo blocks to counter punch. Apollo whips but Mahal hits a body shot. Mahal stomps a mudhole into Apollo, then whips him corner to corner. Apollo goes up and over and handsprings, then leaps over Mahal to hip toss him down. Fans fire up with Apollo and Apollo back flips. He lansd on his feet but walks into a hotshot and big knee! Cover, TWO! Mahal keeps his cool as he drives an elbow into Apollo’s head. He whips Apollo corner to corner hard and Apollo hits the mat. Mahal stomps away but Bayley keeps the Singhs back. Mahal drops knees then grinds Apollo down. The ref counts and Mahal stops at 4. Mahal brings Apollo up in a half nelson chinbar.
Apollo endures as fans rally up, and Apollo fights out. Mahal shoves Apollo and runs him over with an elbow! Cover, TWO! Mahal puts Apollo back in the half nelson, but Apollo endures. Fans rally up and Apollo fights back. Mahal shoves but Apollo kicks back. Apollo runs but into a clobbering clothesline! Mahal pulls back with a camel clutch. Fans rally again but Mahal wrangles Apollo back down. Mahal wrenches back on the chinlock, but Apollo endures. Fans rally up and Apollo gets moving. Apollo arm-drags out and enziguris Mahal down! Both men crawl for their corners, hot tag to Bayley!
Alicia comes in but Bayley rallies! Bayley puts Alicia in a corner for the back elbow, and corner punches! She gets 8, but Alicia slips out. Bayley jumps over to hit a big back suplex! Bayley runs in for the big knee, but Alicia gets to the apron. Alicia bumps Bayley off buckles, but Bayley hotshots her back! Bayley2Belly! Cover, but the Singhs drag Alicia out! The referee reprimands them but Apollo wipes them out with flying clotheslines! Apollo then leaps up again, asai moonsault takes them out again! He feeds Samir to Bayley2Belly! Then the same for Sunil! Bayley fires up but Mahal boots Apollo down! Bayley DIVES on Mahal! She puts Alicia back in, but walks into a boot!! Cover, Mahalicia wins!!
Winners: Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox, Alicia pinning; advance to the MMC Finals at TLC
The dysfunctional duo makes it work! Granted, they succeeded against teams that had substitute members, such as how Curt Hakwins stepped in for Braun Strowman last week. But a win is a win, and now Mahalicia will represent Raw in the Finals! Who will they face in their shot at the 30th spots and the all-expenses-paid vacation?
Backstage interview with Mahalicia.
Did they ever think this day would come? Of course they did! Mahal meditated and visualized, and he sees himself, Alicia, and the Singhs on the beach. Alicia agrees with winning, but NOT with letting the Singhs joining them. They’re successful because SHE is the Captain! She’s driving this ship into Port Victory, without them! But Asuka comes over, laughing at how Mahalicia thinks they’re gonna win. It doesn’t matter what happened on tonight’s SmackDown, Asuka says she’s gonna win, because her match is next!
The Miz & Asuka VS R-Truth & Carmella!
The Season One champions are on the rocks right now as The Empress doesn’t appreciate The A-Lister trying to take credit for her work. Meanwhile, the fourth seed FABULOUS Truth have put in the work to make it back up from the bottom. Will we see another historic upset from Truth and the Princess of Staten Island?
“Las Vegas, make some noise! What’s up!?” The Miz and Asuka aren’t impressed, and aren’t in the mood for that Dance Break the fans are cheering for. The teams sort out and both Miz and Asuka say “I’ve got this.” Fans are on Asuka’s side. Miz concedes, and Asuka starts with Carmella. But then Miz calls over to tag in. Asuka refuses, because she’s got it. But then she chops him, which counts for a tag! Truth comes in and Asuka is annoyed. Truth rolls Miz up! TWO, but Truth stays on Miz. Miz powers out but Truth runs him over. Truth does his bunny hop dance, then things speed up. Truth holds ropes to do the rest of his dance. Miz runs in but Truth dodges to tilt-o-whirl Miz to a corner. Truth runs in to haymaker Miz. The ref backs Truth up and Miz kicks low.
Miz bumps Truth off buckles, then stomps him. Miz whips corner to corner but Truth goes up and over to dab on ’em! This annoys Miz and he runs back in, but Truth does the splits to dodge, then hip tosses Miz down! Truth clotheslines Miz out, and Carmella comes in, for the DANCE BREAK~! Asuka is furious at Miz while Truth and Carmella floss and twerk. Carmella calls out Asuka, so Asuka shows off her moves on the apron. Miz is annoyed but Truth hip tosses Miz back in! Truth throws hands then climbs up for corner punches. He gets 8 before Miz pushes him away and boots Truth down. Miz chokes Truth on the ropes, then hits his straddle attack. Cover, TWO!
Miz keeps on Truth with a camel clutch but Carmella rallies the fans. Truth gets up and fights back. Miz pulls hair to throw Truth down and deny the tag. Miz stalks Truth, to boot him down! Cover, TWO! Truth survives and Miz argues with the ref. Miz hears the fans rally and say “We Want Asuka!” Miz ignores that but gets rocked by haymakers from Truth! Truth back suplexes but Miz lands out to kick low and hit the basement DDT! Cover, but Carmella breaks it! Carmella goes back to her corner, but then Miz mocks the moonwalk. It wasn’t very good, but Miz stomps Truth down. Miz brings Truth up and uses his It Kicks. Miz winds up but misses, Truth rolls him up! TWO, and Miz clobbers Truth with a clothesline!
Fans rally but Miz grins as he runs corner to corner at Truth. He hits the dropkick, then keeps going to hit another. Miz soaks up the heat before running back in, but Truth clobbers him! Both men are down but fans are fired up. Truth and Miz crawl, hot tag brings in the ladies! Carmella rallies with lariats and a kick. She brings Asuka over for a bump off her boot. Asuka’s down but she dodges the bronco buster to then lift Carmella in a waistlock. Carmella screams and shouts to be let down, so Asuka gently sets Carmella back on her feet. To then lift her back up! Carmella fights out but gets the pop-up knee! Asuka runs, sliding wizard! Cover, TWO!
Carmella survives and Asuka grows frustrated. Miz is also frustrated but Asuka stays on Carmella with knees. Carmella jawbreakers and shoves Asuka away, Miz tags in! Miz goes after Truth but Truth punches him away. Truth rallies with the Lie Detector elbow! Cover, but Asuka breaks it! Carmella throws Asuka into buckles, and tunes up the band. She aims at Miz, but Miz uses Asuka as a shield?! The FABULOUS Kick hits Asuka, then Miz shoves Truth into Carmella before rolling Truth up! TWO!! FABULOUS KICK, to Scissor Kick! Cover, TWO!? Miz lives?! Fans are stunned but loving this!
Asuka throws Carmella out, then Miz dumps Truth out. Miz and Asuka catch their breath, but Asuka locks eyes with Miz. She knows what Miz just did, and he tries to say it wasn’t him. Asuka doesn’t believe Miz, she knows what she saw. Miz is afraid of what she’ll do, and says that they’re still a team. They can still win this together! Okay? No! Asuka fires off on Miz!! Buzzsaw! Miz is rocked, and Asuka ditches him! Truth gives Miz an Unprettier! Cover, Fabulous Truth win!!
Winners: R-Truth & Carmella, Truth pinning; advance to the MMC Finals at TLC
The Season One Champions are no longer in the tournament! The A-Lister made a major mistake thinking he could manipulate the Empress of Tomorrow, and now the FABULOUS Truth capitalize! It will be Truth & Carmella VS Mahal & Alicia at TLC, who wins to become the new Mixed Match Challenge Champions?
Last episode, last time for one of these. Admittedly, we all should’ve known, me especially, that this was not going to end with an amazing match up of top stars in the Finals. The big names like Finn Balor, Braun Strowman, Charlotte Flair, AJ Styles, etc were only in this second MMC to hook fans. WWE needs people to use Facebook Watch because of the deal they made, so that’s why we got great combinations to start. But naturally, it was all bait and switch, considering how those same big names would inevitably end up in more important stories like the titles and grudges we’re getting at TLC. Rest in peace, my dream of Bullet Club leaders and NXT Four Horsewomen members all in one match.
As for the bracket we did get, I knew it was going to end up this way. I thought Apollo was going to be Bayley’s second chance at that 30th spot after Finn had to step down for the sake of his match against Drew McIntyre. Then San Jose could cheer on their hometown girl as she goes against SmackDown’s finalist. However, Mahalicia still wins so that they are the Heels of the Finals. And while I knew Truth & Carmella were going to go in once Asuka ended up in the TLC Triple Threat, I really enjoy how they wrote it for the match. It was only a matter of time before Asuka got fed up with Miz’s ego, and this was the breaking point. Truth and Carmella will certainly benefit the most from being the 30th entrants, even if they aren’t destined to win the Rumbles.