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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Report! (4/10/18)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • SmackDown Tag Team Champion #1 Contender’s Match: The Usos VS The New Day; Usos win and will face the Bludgeon Brothers for the titles at the Greatest Royal Rumble.
  • Naomi VS Natalya; Naomi wins.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship, MITB Cash-In: Charlotte VS Carmella; Carmella wins and becomes the new SmackDown Women’s Champion
  • WWE United States Championship #1 Contenders Triple Threat: Randy Orton VS Bobby Roode VS Rusev; Orton wins and will face Jinder Mahal for the title at Backlash.
  • AJ Styles VS Daniel Bryan; Bryan wins, by disqualification.

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SmackDown Commissioner, Shane McMahon, heads to the ring!

Shane O’Mac literally showed he had the guts to fight Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn at Wrestlemania. He and SmackDown General Manager, Daniel Bryan, were victorious to completely ban Kevin & Sami from the Blue Brand, and now he’s here to thank New Orleans for the support. Shane welcomes everyone to the show, and “first and foremost”, on behalf of the entire organization from the Hall of Fame to NXT and the main roster, he thanks the WWE Universe for being part of the greatest weekend and making Wrestlemania a huge success. The fans thank him back.

Shane has been fortuante to have a lot of great Wrestlemania moments, but this year’s was the best, because it had the return of Daniel Bryan! Fans agree with that. Shane had the privilege of teaming with Bryan, but also, because of Bryan’s passion and resolve, they won! Everyone can agree, Bryan was born for this business, and he is now a full-time WWE superstar! But because of that, Bryan has graciously resigned as SmackDown GM, and the Land of Opportunity opens the door to the new GM: PAIGE!

The Glampire had her own emotional retirement just last night on Raw, but now she’s here on SmackDown! She herself is born for this business, and now she’s running an entire show! When Paige gave her speech last night and walked tot he back for what could’ve been the last time, she was met by Shane. This means the world to her, and she thanks him for the opportunity. Fans cheer, “This is YOUR House!” for her, and she thanks them. But to business. The Superstar Shake-Up is coming, but that’s next week! As her first act as GM, Paige will make this night truly special for the WWE Universe. That brings us to Daniel Bryan! “YES! YES!” He hasn’t had a televised match in over three years, so who wants to see that tonight?! Everyone in New Orleans, that’s for sure. Therefore, Bryan will face… Who? Who who who?

Fans chant, “Rusev Day! Rusev Day!”, “AJ Styles! AJ Styles!” and Paige goes with Styles! Bryan takes on the WWE Champion in his first match back! What an incredible decision on her first night! Will Paige flip SmackDown upside-down? Will Daniel Bryan defeat a Phenomenal opponent his first night back to wrestling on television?

 

SmackDown Tag Team Champion #1 Contender’s Match: The Usos VS The New Day!

While the Bludgeon Brothers bested both of these two great tag teams in their Wrestlemania Triple Threat, that was only the beginning of their post-apocalyptic reign. Will this match be another instant classic that leads one team to challenge Harper & Rowan in Saudi Arabia?

The bell rings and we begin with Woods and Jimmy. Woods punches Jimmy back then whips corner to corner, but Jimmy goes up and over. Things speed up and Jimmy runs woods over. Jimmy shoves Woods to a corner but Woods puts him on the apron. Jey tags in at that moment, and rocks Woods with a right hand. Each Uso backs up then hits Woods with a double kick combo in the corner. Cover, TWO, but Jey keeps his cool. He brings Woods up, whips but Woods dodges. Big E tags in, Woods whips Jey, then feeds Jey to Big E’s bearhug! Big E squeezes Jey then throws him overhead! Kofi is fired up for his team while Big E swivels. Woods comes in and somehow shovels Big E up, human weapon: Big E Splash!

Cover, TWO! Woods keeps on Jey in the corner, “Time to Turn Up!” The stomping stampede begins! Big E tags, stomps, Woods tags, stomps, back to Big E, stomps. Kofi makes it rain pancakes while Woods tags in, Big E whips him in for the dropkick. Jey spills out of the ring and Jimmy checks on his twin while we go picture-in-picture. Woods goes out to fetch Jey, then chops him back into the ring. Cover, TWO, but Woods keeps Jey down with double ax handles. Woods rocks Jey with a right, then another, but Jey throws hands of his own! Jey backs Woods down but Woods kicks him back into the New Day corner.

Big E tags in, Woods rams shoulders. Woods holds him for Big E’s running tackle. Big E then feeds Jey to Woods’ fireman’s carry and gutbuster, Big E covers, TWO. Big E keeps on Jey, bringing him up for the abdominal stretch. He swivels while stretching and bending Jey, but Jey fights out. Jey headbutts back, Big E staggers, but Big E shoves Jey back to shoulder him down on the rebound. Cover, TWO, but Big E just moves into the Big Splash! Cover again, TWO! Woods tags in, Big E positions Jey, and Woods hits a flying elbow drop. Cover, TWO, but Woods keeps Jey down with a rear bearhug. Jey works his way up to his feet and gets to the ropes, but Woods moves him back into the New Day’s corner. Big E tags in and throws Jey with the belly2belly, cover, TWO!

Big E goes to the apron and starts up the “New! Day Rocks!” clap. He turns back to Jey and swivels, we go back to single picture while Big E jumps! But Jey moves, the Big Splash hits the apron edge! Big E crashes and burns while Jey crawls for his corner. Woods helps Big E up into the ring, then tags in, but so does Jimmy! Jimmy rallies on Woods with uppercuts and a mule kick to uppercut. Big E returns but gets the dragon whip kick. Woods runs but Jimmy throws him out, to then FLY!

Down goes Big E, but Woods got in the ring. Jimmy hits him before he can jump, but then Woods boots Jimmy back. Honor R- Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO!

Jimmy tags Jey, and the Usos both stalk Woods. Pop up but Woods counters with a DDT! Woods shoves Jimmy away, Big E SPEARS Jimmy through the ropes! Woods hurries to the corner, leg drop on Jey! Cover, TWO! The fans rally for both teams, dueling with chants. Woods stands up, glares down at Jey, then brings him up. Woods tears Jey’s shirt away, then throws body shots. He shouts for Jey to get up again, but Woods takes care of that for him and gives another body shot. He runs, but into Jey’s forearm. Jey runs, but into Woods’ forearm. Woods runs, but into another forearm from Jey! Jey runs again, but into the roaring elbow from Woods, to the stomach! Woods puts Jey on the ropes, then runs, but into a mule kick from Jey. Big E and Jimmy tag in, Jimmy gets the yurinagi backstabber! Cover, TWO!

Big E is shocked, but the fans are loving this. He brings those straps down and starts up the clap. He stalks Jimmy, tags in Woods, then lifts Jimmy, but Jey saves his brother. SUPERKICKS to Big E! Woods missile dropkick to Jey, but Jimmy rolls him up, TWO. Woods rolls Jimmy, TWO. They both run, SUPERKICK from Jimmy, then tag to Jey! Jey climbs up, USO SPLASH! Cover, Usos wins!

Winners: The Usos, Jey pinning; will face the Bludgeon Brothers at Greatest Royal Rumble

Another instant classic to be sure, and this was only to get back to the titles. When the Uso Penitentiary comes to Saudi Arabia, will they be able to get the SmackDown Tag Team Division #LockDown? Speaking of, here come the champions, Harper & Rowan! They simply stare the Usos down, hammers at the ready. Will the Bludgeon Brothers be the ones to finally break the Uso Penitentiary?

 

Backstage interview with Naomi.

She was enjoying her Women’s Wrestlemania Battle Royal trophy, but Natalya had to get catty about how Naomi was “the disappointment of the night.” Neon is so 7th Grade, and Natty hopes Naomi gets shipped off to Raw. So then it’s Naomi’s last chance to beat up Natty? That’s not what Natty said. Stop whining, Natty, it’s “so 7th Grade”.

 

Naomi VS Natalya!

It’s #GlowTime for what might be the last time on SmackDown. But if it is, Naomi plans to go out big by giving one last loss to the Queen of Harts!

The bell rings and the two circle and tie up. Natty gets the headlock takeover but Naomi puts on headscissors. Natty pops out and poses, but Naomi is bored of her. Naomi gets the headlock takeover but now Natty puts headscissors, so Naomi pops out and mocks the posing. Natty is “amused” so she slaps Naomi, then kicks and snapmares her. Natty runs, runs on Naomi, but runs into Naomi’s kick. Naomi whips but Natty reverses, only for Naomi to hit a flying headscissors! Naomi brings Natty up and sits her on the ropes, to then kick her in the back. She goes to the apron, and slingshots over for a leg drop! Natty gets clear, not giving Naomi a chance to cover. Naomi taunts Natty while we go to break.

SmackDown returns and Natty has Naomi in the abdominal stretch. She hammers Naomi’s ribs, but fans rally for Naomi. Naomi fights out with a hip toss, but Natty throws her down by her hair. Natty poses and embraces the heat before bringing Naomi up. Natty snap suplexes Naomi, then kicks her while she’s down. She drags Naomi up by her hair to then put her back in the abdominal stretch, adding a leg to make it part Bow ‘n’ Arrow. Naomi endures and works her way out. She fights but Natty clubs her down. Fans duel while Naomi slips out of a back suplex, to then hit a wheelbarrow stunner! Naomi gets space from Natty while fans build to a rally. Natty is on Naomi first but Naomi kicks back! Naomi lights Natty up, scorpion kick, but Natty counters the springboard into the spinning sit-out powerbomb! TWO!

Natty gets up, and puts Naomi in the Sharpshooter, but Naomi pushes her away. Naomi stands up but Natty’s discus lariat takes her down. Cover, TWO, and Natty gets frustrated. She brings Naomi up again, but Naomi sips to the sunset flip. They both stand up, but Natty ducks the roundhouse to shove Naomi to a corner. Naomi puts her boots up, Natty deflects them, but Naomi comes back with the enziguri! Naomi then hops up, split leg moonsault! Cover, Naomi wins!

Winner: Naomi, by pinfall

#GlowTime trumps Hart, as expected of the inaugural Women’s Wrestlemania Battle Royal winner! Will the glow continue to shine on SmackDown? Or will the Shake-Up send her to bring that light to Raw?

 

Backstage interview with Shinsuke Nakamura.

The King of Strong Style didn’t win the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania, and he didn’t accept it with humility. Instead, he fooled AJ Styles into a trap to give him a low blow and a Kinshasa! Now Renee Young asks on behalf of everyone, “Why would you tarnish your Dream Match?” Nakamura isn’t sure what came over him. Maybe he was too emotional? He’s very sorry for what he did, wink.

Nakamura is clearly being disingenuous, so what is the reason why he did it? “Sorry, no speak English.” Nakamura walks away from this interview, will he be able to walk away when AJ Styles finds him?

 

Charlotte Flair heads to the ring.

The Queen is still the SmackDown Women’s Champion, and she did it by being the first woman to break The Empress of Tomorrow’s undefeated streak! Charlotte says Asuka was the toughest challenge in her career, and she had to dig deeper than ever before. “And for that, I say, ‘Thank you.'” But the Queen left Wrestlemania still champion! She and Asuka left all of their energy and emotion in that arena. Wrestlemania aside, that was a special night, “it was magical.” So, who will she make magic with next? THE ICONIC DUO appears!

Billie Kay & Peyton Royce make their main roster debuts as they head down the ring. Fans chant “NXT! NXT!” Peyton hears Charlotte wants to make magic. Well they know a couple of wizards! They’ll make the title disappear from around Charlotte’s waist. They introduce each other to everyone, and they admit Charlotte’s match was “good”. But it wasn’t Iconic. “Nobody wants to hear you yak-yak-yak away.” Peyton mocks Charlotte’s acceptance speech, thanking everyone from Charlotte’s Uber driver to air, “for letting me breathe.” But Billie wants Charlotte to stop talking about the past when they’re all looking at the future. Out with the old, in with the Iconic. Charlotte fights with Peyton & Billie but that’s 2v1! They get her robe, but she gets a takedown! Except Peyton saves Billie. Charlotte manages to throw Peyton out, but Billie hits her #ShadesofKay boot!

Now the Iconic Duo have control, and they drag Charlotte out of the ring to throw her over the announce desk!

But they’re not done there. They bring Charlotte back up to throw her back over the other way. Then they stomp and kick and club away on Charlotte before dragging her back up, to put her into a post! Charlotte is down and fans chant for “Carmella! Carmella!” Ms. Money in the Bank doesn’t appear yet, because the Iconic Duo isn’t done. They put Charlotte shoulder first into steel steps! Charlotte writhes in pain, but that’s still not enough for them. They say this is their division now, and lift Charlotte up for an ICONIC BOMB! Somehow that still isn’t enough, they drag the limp Charlotte into the ring, and leave her down in the very middle as they stand over her. With such a beat down, will this division be their’s soon enough?

Here comes Carmella!

NOW Ms. MITB cashes in! She has a referee, she has her briefcase, but the referee takes some time to understand the situation. She shrieks for him to do it, but Charlotte is recovering. The announcement is made, Carmella has her match!

SmackDown Women’s Championship, MITB Cash-In: Charlotte VS Carmella!

The champ is barely on her feet, the bell rings, FABULOUS KICK!! Cover, Carmella wins!!

Winner: Carmella, by pinfall; NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion

The Princess of Staten Island dethrones the Queen! And she celebrates this incredible moment as she should. She should thank the Iconic Duo, but that’s besides the point, because the inaugural Ms. MITB is successful! Will Money ‘Mella go on to create even more FABULOUS history from here on out? And what will happen to the Queen now that she’s not on top?

 

WWE United States Championship #1 Contenders Triple Threat: Randy Orton VS Bobby Roode VS Rusev!

The Modern Day Maharaja took the title off the Viper at Wrestlemania in a Fatal 4 Way. Now it’ll take a match between the Viper, the GLORIOUS One and the Bulgarian Lion to decide who steps up to Jinder Mahal at the Greatest Royal Rumble!

Speaking of Jinder, he’s ringside to watch this up close and personal. Will he like what he sees? Or will he and Sunil Singh get a bit more involved than just spectating?

This match begins with picture in picture. All three contenders glare at Mahal as the bell rings, but then turn on each other. Specifically, Orton and Roode go after Rusev! They stomp a mudhole into him, then Roode turns on Orton. He gets Orton to a corner for chops, but Orton htis back. Roode boots Orton but Orton powers out of the headlock, only for Roode to run him over. They both run, Orton runs Roode over to then go after Rusev on the outside. Orton puts Rusev into barriers, then backs Aiden English down, before returning to Roode. HE stomps Roode then gives him European Uppercuts. Orton suplexes and hangs Roode up on the top rope, covers, TWO. He keeps on Roode with a chinlock, but Roode fights his way up to power Orton to a corner.

Roode throws in shoulders, then gives Orton a chop while we go single picture. Fans chant for Rusev while ROode whips Orton corner to corner. Orton comes out, dodges the lariat but Roode denies the RKO. Rusev returns and he rallies on Roode! Rusev stomps a mudhole into Roode, then drags him up for a corner to corner whip. Roode boots back, hops up and hits the blockbuster! Cover, but Orton breaks it. Orton throws Roode out, then stalks Rusev. He brings Rusev up but Rusev revives to roundhouse Orton down! Cover, TWO, and Orton gets out of the ring. Rusev pursues, passes by Mahal, and bumps Orton off the apron and the announce desk. Rusev goes to bump Orton again, but Orton reverses to back suplex Rusev onto the announce desk!

Roode returns and chops Orton, then gets him back in the ring. Roode rallies, corner clothesline to neckbreaker. He then climbs up top while Orton staggers, for the flying clothesline! Roode fires up, and Mahal grins whiel Roode winds up… GLORIOUS Pose! Orton rolls out of the DDT, TWO, Orton starts rallying with clotheslines. He ducks Roode to then hit the powerslam. Roode rolls to the apron, Orton follows him over and pulls him out across the ropes. Roode dumps Orton out, Orton hotshots Roode back, but Rusev returns to back suplex Orton on the announce desk!

Rusev hurries back into the ring, stalks Roode, and with fans chanting “RUSEV DAY!”, he rallies with roundhouses. He barrels into Roode, hits the flying windmill kick, and then fires up with the fans again. Rusev stomps the mat, MACHKA KICK! But that’s not all! Rusev prepares to CRUSH! He stomps Roode, for the Accolade! Roode is in it deep, but Orton kicks Rusev and throws him into a post. Roode rolls Orton, TWO, RKO!! Orton covers, Orton wins!

Winner: Orton, by pinfall; faces Jinder Mahal at Backlash

The Viper only needs one to win, can he win the US Championship back in less than four weeks time?

 

Backstage interview with Carmella.

The new Women’s Champion is beaming. What made tonight the right time? “When a Queen overstays her welcome, there’s always a Princess waiting to end her reign.” This Moon-Walking, Trash-Takling princess just kicked Charlotte off the throne. Carmella was so patient in waiting for her moment, and now look. She tries to not cry, but she needs to thank someone really important to her. She thanks… HERSELF! Carmella made history by becoming Ms. MITB on her own, and made history again on her own. But the Iconic Duo– Who? The point is, ‘Mella is Money, and now ‘Mella is Gold!

 

Backstage interview with AJ Styles.

Styles heard about the “apology”, but he doesn’t want one. He’ll just stick his fist down his throat. But that’s later. Tonight, he’s finally facing Daniel Bryan in a WWE ring. Bryan has a long list of accomplishments, one of the greats even, but he’s not Phenomenal.

 

AJ Styles VS Daniel Bryan!

It’s a Dream Match for the WWE, especially since it looked like it was never going to happen. The Phenomenal One held onto his title against the King of Strong Style, but can he best the leader of the Yes Movement?

The bell rings, and this #FantasyMatch begins! Fans love “Both These Guys!” as they tie up. Styles gets the waistlock and slam but Bryan keeps moving and gets free. They circle and tie up again, Styles gets a headlock. Fans move to dueling now as Bryan powers out. Styles runs him over with a shoulder, then they speed up. Styles slides off Bryan’s back and gets a takedown, cover, TWO. Bryan fights with Styles and bridges before kip-up. They push each other back but then Bryan slips around and snaps the arm! Styles gets to ropes but Bryan is on him with those kicks. Bryan kicks and kicks Styles until he ends up in a corner, then he goes after Styles’ arm.

Bryan wrenches Styles’ arm, then gives it a shoulder breaker into the hammerlock. He grabs Styles’ free arm, but Styles endures the hold. Fans rally while Bryan rolls Styles but Styles rolls out of the cover. Bryan keeps a hammerlock on while fans duel. Styles hits Bryan with a back elbow, Bryan hits back with a European Uppercut. Bryan runs, things speed up, and Styles hits Bryan with a dropkick! Bryan ends up outside the ring, and Styles takes his time going over there, then hits a slingshot forearm!

Styles is in control but still pretty sore while we go to break.

SmackDown returns and Styles suplexes Bryan, but Bryan knees out. Bryan speeds up, and hits Styles with a leaping elbow! Bryan fires up while Styles gets to a corner. He takes aim at Styles, runs in corner to corner for a big dropkick!

Then he gives Styles those YES Kicks! He kicks and kicks, but Styles blocks the buzzsaw into the dragon screw! Bryan gets to a corner now, and Styles runs in corner to corner for the leaping clothesline. Styles whips Bryan but Bryan goes up and over. That leg slows him down, Styles hits Bryan with a moonsault DDT! Cover, TWO! Both men are down but stirring. Bryan crawls to ropes but Styles sits up while fans declare “This is Awesome!”

Styles brings Bryan up but Bryan fights him back. Styles kicks the bad leg, then starts up the Phenomenal Blitz, but Bryan ducks the back hand to butterfly suplex Styles into an armbar! Bryan can’t complete it with Styles locking his hands, and Styles rolls around to his feet. Styles pops out and goes for the Calf Crusher!

He goes right at the bad leg! Bryan endures as he rolls, he goes for the arm, and gets the YES LOCK! Styles resists, rolls it back, TWO! Both men get up, Styles dodges to PELE Bryan! Bryan stays up, but Styles clobbers him with a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Styles gets to the apron while Bryan stirs. Fans duel while he takes aim, springboard but into a kick! Roundhouse rocks Styles!

Bryan is in a corner, and he starts up “YES! YES!” while taking aim at Styles. He runs out, but Styles evades the knee to get him into the Clash! Bryan saw that at Wrestelmania, he gets Styles down into the YES LOCK! Styles reaches back, for the ropebreak! Bryan lets go but brings Styles back up. He hoists Styles onto the top rope, then into the Tree of Woe, for YES Kicks while Styles is upside-down! The bad leg slows Bryan down, but only for a moment. He then sits Styles back up, climbs up to join him, and brings Styles up for… a SUPER BACK SUPELX! But Styles rolled halfway to crossbody Bryan! And then NAKAMURA appears!?

He gives Bryan a KINSHASA!

Winner: Bryan, by disqualification

But Nakamura isn’t done there, he gives Styles a strike fest and a low blow. Then he takes aim from the corner, fires up for it… KINSHASA!! The King of Strong Style still won’t leave Styles alone, he gives him yet another low blow. Nakamura no longer respects the Phenomenal One, or anyone else. Will he give everyone a #Knee2Face in order to get the WWE Championship?

 


 

My Thoughts:

SmackDown After ‘Mania is a success! Such a great opening with introducing PAIGE as the new General Manager. I’m so glad she’s sticking around. Plus, as she announced, it means Bryan is back as a competitor! Then we go right into another great tag match of Usos VS New Day. What’s confusing is that this is so the Usos can save their rematch clause for Backlash and go to Greatest Royal Rumble instead. Does that already foreshadow that they aren’t winning? Then Naomi VS Natty was framed as “could be the last time”, which might foreshadow that one of them is going to Raw via the Shake-Up next week. Between the two, I’d imagine Natty is going to Raw, because WWE won’t separate the married couple of Naomi & Jimmy Uso.

The entire thing with Charlotte, the Iconic Duo and Carmella was amazing. Billie & Peyton immediately impress as Heels both on the mic and as fighters, and then finally, we get that FABULOUS Cash-in. Carmella is the new champion, but I wonder if it’ll be great or evil to send her to Raw via the Shake-Up. She’s such a great Heel that she can make it work if that happens, but it’d just be a shame as far as her career to have such a short reign. Also, did anyone else notice how they emphasized Peyton & Billie are “The Iconics” instead of The Iconic Duo? Does this mean they’ll be open to adding a third or even fourth woman to their team? Or is it just Vince being weird about names like the dozens of times he’s removed someone’s first/last name?

As for the US Championship scene, it was another great match, but with the ending fans didn’t want. It almost feels like they’re taunting fans with letting Rusev get close, only to yank it away and give it to someone we’ve already seen have their moments. Orton VS Mahal happens at Backlash instead of #WWEGRR, which is just as confusing as when Usos had to win their rematch this time. What isn’t confusing is how amazing Bryan VS Styles was, and then how great this new Heel Nakamura has been in just the last 48 hours. He has a new attitude towards interviews, and then goes the extra mile to attack both Bryan and Styles. If any superstars are exempt from the Shake-Up, it’s gonna be Nakamura and Styles, this is the silver lining to SmackDown and they need this to go all the way to SummerSlam.

My Score: 8.8/10


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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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