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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Report! (4/3/18)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Charlotte Flair VS Natalya; Charlotte wins.
  • Rusev VS Jinder Mahal; Rusev wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Tye Dillinger, Zack Ryder & Breezango VS Baron Corbin, Mojo Rawley, Dolph Ziggler & Primo Colon; Corbin, Rawley, Ziggler & Colon win.
  • AJ Styles & Shinsuke Nakamura VS Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable; Styles & Nakamura win.

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SmackDown General Manager, Daniel Bryan, heads to the ring!

And Nashville chants “YES! YES!” They chant “Daniel Bryan!” and he welcomes them to the show. Bryan welcomes his Wrestlemania tag team partner, Shane McMahon!

The SmackDown Commissioner is back even after a hernia and diverticulitis kept him hospitalized. The fans chant “Shane O’Mac!” and he asks them, “What’s up, Nashville?” They’re putting the “Live” in SmackDown Live. Shane wishes to correct Bryan, however, that Bryan is a role model for fighting back these last three years to return to the ring. Shane congratulates Bryan on being cleared to do what he loves and what we love to see him do! The fans chant “YES! YES” in agreement. Shane is excited to be his teammate at Wrestlemania, especially when it means getting back at Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn.

But Bryan must also address something as both a man and the GM. Bryan admits his mistakes over Kevin & Sami. He was their friend for 15 years, but that clouded his judgement. Shane warned Bryan but Bryan didn’t listen. Bryan admits he’s sorry and then apologizes to Shane. No reason to apologize, Bryan, because Shane admits he was hot-headed and “possibly” stubborn. Shane, stubborn? No…! A McMahon stubborn? No…! But in order to resolve these differences, Bryan knows that from being in the WWE, when a tag team has problems, there’s only one way to resolve it. Fans are expecting they “Hug It Out!”

Shane apologizes to Bryan, because after Kevin & Sami started this grudge, he’s been hot-headed. He offers a handshake. No, they just did that! Nashville doesn’t want a handshake, they want a HUG! Shane’s not really a hugger, though… Fans continue to chant “Hug It Out!” And they do!

Shane admits, he feels better. “We’re definitely on the same page now.” And that is bad news for Sami & Kevin! Bryan & Shane will get payback for what they did to Bryan, what they did to Shane, and for everything in between! Shane thanks Bryan for reinstating those two, because it’s the Land of Opportunity, as Shane takes this opportunity to rid SmackDown of Kevin & Sami forever. Are the fans ready to see Bryan & Shane beat the holy Hell out of Sami & Kevin? “YES! YES!”

 

Charlotte Flair VS Natalya!

The Queen of Flair arrives in the Music City to take on the Queen of Harts one more time, ahead of her match with the Empress of Tomorrow. But is the SmackDown Women’s Champion risking a setback this close to Wrestlemania with such a competitive match?

SmackDown returns to this match as they tie up. Charlotte gets the headlock takeover, but Natty the headscissors. Charlotte pops out and styles and profiles. They circle again, Charlotte gets the waistlock but Natty the escape and takedown. Natty wrenches the knee, but Charlotte uses the free leg to pry herself out. The two stand off, and circle again. Natty poses, Charlotte rolls her, TWO. Natty tells the fans to “Shut up!” before hitting a snap suplex. She keeps on Charlotte with a headlock takeover, but Charlotte rolls that to a cover. TWO, and Natty keeps the headlock. Fans rally and Charlotte stands up to power out. Natty ducks the boot to chop back, then pose again. Fans boo and jeer while they circle again.

Natty talks trash, Harts are better than Flairs, and gets the waistlock. Charlotte spins around and rolls to a cover, TWO. Charlotte keeps Natty in a facelock, then takedown to cover, TWO. The champion holds Natty down but Natty stomps her foot. Natty whips Charlotte but Charlotte reverses to a roll up< TWO! Another facelock and Charlotte still has control. Charlotte switches to the waistlock and takedown to facelock and cover, TWO. Charlotte bumps Natty off buckles and then stomps away on her. The referee backs Charlotte off, but she returns to yank Natty out of the corner. Cover, TWO, so she puts Natty in the headscissor hold.

Charlotte rams Natty’s face into the mat over and over, but Natty won’t give up.

Natty endures the squeeze, but Charlotte rolls her and throws her once, twice, and three times! Charlotte kip-up while Natty scrambles out of the ring, the fans “WOO~!”, which annoys Natty. Charlotte slides out but misses. Natty swings but Charlotte evades to kick and chop! Charlotte grabs Natty in a headlock but Natty shoves her into a post! Natty embraces the heat while we go picture in picture. She shouts at the fans as she takes her time to stomp and stalk Charlotte. She puts Charlotte in the ring, then covers, TWO. Natty keeps on Charlotte with a chinlock, grinning as she keeps the champion grounded. Natty tells fans to “Shut up!” again, but Charlotte reaches for ropes. Charlotte works her way up but Natty throws her back down, to again pose.

Natty trash talks Charlotte and kicks her in the ribs, then chokes her at the ropes. The referee backs Natty off, and Charlotte boots her way out of a corner. Charlotte chops, Natty swings back. Natty clotheslines Charlotte down, then walks over her to pose again. Natty brings Charlotte up but Charlotte reverses the whip, so Natty kicks her low. Charlotte end sup in a corner and Natty throws hands, but then Charlotte comes back with the backbreaker and buckle shot. Natty gets out of the ring, Charlotte pursues, but Natty trips her up on the apron! Charlotte hits the floor, Natty picks her up and puts her into barriers! Natty poses once again before putting Charlotte back in the ring. She kicks Charlotte again as we go single picture.

Natty clubs Charlotte’s back as she puts her in an abdominal stretch. The fans rally and Charlotte turns the stretch around! Charlotte stretches and thrashes, but Natty fights out and throws Charlotte. Natty whips Charlotte but Charlotte slips to the apron and boots Natty away. Charlotte goes to another corner and climbs up, but Natty throws her off! Cover, TWO, but Natty keeps going, with the surfboard. She gets each arm in turn and then brings Charlotte up!

Charlotte endures, gets an arm free, and then floats on Natty’s legs to get away. Running chop! And another, and another! Charlotte keeps giving out those Flair chops, then turns Natty into the neckbreaker, and boots her down! Fans fire up for the Queen of Flair as she covers, TWO!

Natty gets to a corner, Charlotte runs into her elbow, and Natty hops on for a sleeper hold! Charlotte carries Natty, for the backpack drop! Charlotte drags herself up to the top rope, fans fire up as she takes aim, MOONSAULT into knees! The Queen of Hart catches her breath, but she and Charlotte double clothesline each other! F A B U L O U A S! It’s Ms. Money int he Bank, Carmella! She tried this before, is she going to get it this time!? Charlotte kicks the briefcase away!

The Princess of Staten Island goes after her but gets a boot! Natty rolls Charlotte, TWO! Takedown, to Figure Four! Figure Eight, Natty taps! Charlotte wins!

Winner: Charlotte, by submission

The SmackDown Women’s Champion is still champion here tonight. But now, The Empress returns to SmackDown!

Asuka goes to the ring and grabs a mic. She smiles at Charlotte as she says, “At Wrestlemania, the Queen will bow down to the Empress! Because no one is ready–” Charlotte snatches the mic! Charlotte says she’s ready, but is Asuka ready for her?! The two stare down, grinning with excitement. Empress, Queen, or Princess in the Bank, who will sit on the throne of the SmackDown Women’s Division?

 

Exclusive interview with AJ Styles.

Shinsuke Nakamura thinks he is in Styles’ head. Nakamura faked him out with the Kinshasa, and patted him like a dog, but Styles is a dog that bites. Maybe he wears his emotions on his sleeve. It’s why Styles is in the WWE. His emotions aren’t his weakness, but his strength. But in terms of weakness, Nakamura’s is that he’s underestimating Styles. Styles is champion, and this isn’t the Tokyo Dome. The Dream (Re)Match is a reality, and the reality is, the Phenomenal One will win. With these feelings on his sleeve, can Styles work with Nakamura tonight in their tag team match?

 

SmackDown looks back at the story of Bryan, Shane, Kevin & Sami.

Bryan retired roughly three years ago because of medical concerns, but after fighting for his dream, he can finally come back! However, things with Shane were tense because of his grudge with Kevin Owens over beating down Vince McMahon, and Sami Zayn interfering in the Hell in a Cell match. The #YEPMovement continued to wreak havoc on SmackDown, and Shane did lash out against them. Shane admitted his mistakes and was going to take an indefinite leave, but Sami & Kevin tried to make it a permanent leave. Their attack was brutal, and it hospitalized the SmackDown Commissioner, but they tried to act like it didn’t matter when Bryan was cleared for competition.

Bryan pointed it all out to them, and had no choice but to fire Kevin & Sami. He hoped their 15 year long friendship would be enough, but no, not even he was spared their wrath. Bryan fought back, as if he’d never missed a day, but it was still 2v1. Kevin & Sami would brutalize Bryan almost as badly as they did Shane, but that wouldn’t stop Bryan. Bryan proposed one final opportunity: the Wrestlemania tag team match! If Kevin & Sami win, they return to SmackDown. But Bryan is back, he returns at Wrestlemania, and vows that he and Shane will kick their asses! Will the #YESMovement shut down the #YEPMovement on the Grandest Stage of Them All?

 

Bobby Roode comes out and joins commentary!

The GLORIOUS One will be part of a WWE United States Championship Fatal 4 Way along with The Viper, Randy Orton, and these two men!

Rusev w/ Aiden English VS Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh!

Sunil tries to sing better than the Drama King, but clearly fails. Sunil’s horrible voice aside, the Modern Day Maharaja and The Bulgarian Lion are the other two men in the WWE USC Fatal 4 Way, so this match is all about one last bit of momentum. English raps better than Sunil Singh sings, too.

The bell rings, “Rusev Day!” echoes out as they circle. Rusev powers Mahal back, but Mahal turns that around to put Rusev in a corner. They both turn around while Orton watches them backstage. Mahal fights his way out of the corner, then whips, but Rusev reverses into a drop toehold. Rusev wants the Accolade but Mahal scrambles away, we go to break.

SmackDown returns, Mahal has control of Rusev. Rusev fights back but Mahal elbows him down then puts him back in the hold. Rusev fights out again, whips Mahal but Mahal kicks back and knees him down! Cover, TWO, but Mahal keeps on Rusev with a stomp. Mahal springboard knee drops on Rusev before grinding a knee into his jaw. He drags Rusev up and drops him with a neckbreaker, then runs for a big jumping knee drop. Cover, TWO, and English coaches Rusev on. Mahal clobbers Rusev in a corner, then stalks him to another corner to wrench the arm on the ropes. The referee counts, Mahal stops at 4.

Fans rally for Rusev, Mahla snapmares Rusev and drives a knee into the back. He puts Rusev in a seated keylock, but Rusev feeds off the energy to fight back. Mahal still keeps him down while we go picture in picture. Rusev staggers with Mahal’s hits, Mahal puts Rusev back in the keylock. Rusev endures, then stands up again to fight out once more. He finally gets Mahal with haymakers, then ducks to hit a roundhouse! Ruesv rallies now, running for a big body check in a corner and a windmill kick on the run! Cover, TWO, but Rusev keeps his cool. Rusev waits for Mahal as we return to single picture, stomps, but Mahal scrambles to ropes! Rusev backs away, Mahal throws him out, but he comes right back, only to take a boot from Mahal! Cover, TWO, and Mahal grows frustrated.

Mahal hears the fans chant “Rusev Day!” and says it’s Maharaja Day. He goes to suplex but Rusev shoves him for the pop-up knee and then another roundhouse! Mahal goes down and fans fire up for Rusev as he stomps the mat. Rusev waits for Mahal to get up, but Sunil gets ont he apron. Sunil gets the roundhouse! Mahal rolls Rusev, TWO! Rusev throws  more hands, then backs up, MACHKA KICK! Cover, Rusev wins!

Winner: Rusev, by pinfall

The Bulgarian Brute wins again, but Bobby Roode isn’t worried. It’s still any man’s match in the Fatal 4 Way, who will be the United States Champion after Wrestlemania? Or rather, RUSEVMania– RKO OUTTA NOWHERE!!

English pounces on the champion in return for that sneak attack, then hops up to the second rope. Roode shoves English off, into a GLORIOUS RKO! Then Roode steps into the ring with Orton, and holds up the US title belt. He hands it to Orton, but grins and looks at the Wrestlemania sign. Orton’s name is on the belt for now, but will it stay there?

 

Exclusive interview with Shinsuke Nakamura.

The King of Strong Style knows “A, J, Styles” thinks they’re playing games. He’s right. But Nakamura still takes his game very seriously. He’s come to America to go to Wrestlemania. Nakamura doesn’t take Styles lightly, and knows him very well, so he knows Styles is “very emotional.” So emotional, that he will make a mistake, and when that happens, Nakamura becomes WWE Champion with a #Knee2Face. Like Styles before him, Nakamura is very confident in himself. Can these two come out of tonight with a win as a team before going head-to-head?

 

The New Day chants “Free!”

But what is free? Wrestlemania, if you’re a new subscriber to the WWE Network. Woods wants to see Big E’s phone, he has to get through a pancake and some Booty O’s first. Just sign up on any device and you can stream the Network! From phone to tablet to laptop! What’s the laptop doing in Kofi’s pants, though? However, The Usos come over to remind the New Day that they’ll be defending those SmackDown Tag Team Championships against them and the Bludgeon Brothers. Wrestlemania will be the Uso Penitentiary. The New Day laugh, until Harper & Rowan appear…

The Bludgeon Brothers simply SMASH! Free or not, will the Bludgeon Brothers cash-in on obtaining those SmackDown tag titles this Sunday?

 

8 Man Tag: Tye Dillinger, Zack Ryder & Breezango VS Baron Corbin, Mojo Rawley, Dolph Ziggler & Primo Colon!

All these men and many more from both Raw and SmackDown will be in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal. Which four will gain themselves some momentum before going into the esteemed multi-man match?

The bell rings and Mojo starts against his nemesis in Zack Ryder. The Hype Bros tie up and Mojo throws Ryder down. Ryder hits back with forearms, but Mojo throws him into a corner. Ryder hits back, hops up and missile dropkicks Mojo down. Cover, ONE, but Ryder keeps on Mojo. Mojo powers Ryder back but Ryder fights out of the corner. Everyone spills out and the referee keeps the peace while we go to picture in picture. Corbin is the only man brave enough on his team to stay in, but he’s not legal so he exits. Ryder tags Tyler Breeze in, and Mojo returns to tag in the Show-Off. Ziggler steps to Prince Pretty with a test of strength that leads to a kick. Ziggler keeps on Breeze while taunting Fandango and The Perfect Ten, but that leads to Breeze using an enziguri to knock him down!

Both men are down, hot tag to Tye Dillinger! He rallies on Ziggler then blasts the other corner before chopping Ziggler. He whips but Ziggler reverses, yet Tye still comes out to lariat Ziggler down. Tye sees Corbin coming and knocks him down, then fireman carries Ziggler. Ziggler slips out but the superkick is blocked to a flapjack and short knee! Corbin distracts again, SUPERKICK hits! Both men are down again, and we go single picture again. Ziggler crawls, tag to Corbin. Corbin drags Tye up and puts him in another corner. He fires off on Tye, then tags Mojo in. Mojo jabs Tye then stalks him to a corner. Mojo rams Tye into buckles again and again, then backs off to run, but Tye dodges! Mojo goes into corners, and Tye crawls to his corner. Hot tags to Fandango and Primo!

Fandango rallies with fast jabs, then lariats. he whips but Primo kicks him away. Fandango kicks back and falcon arrow! Cover, Ziggler breaks it. Ryder clotheslines Ziggler out with him, but Primo gets to Corbin. Corbin tags in but he gets dumped out! Ryder returns to Rough Ryder Mojo and throw him out! Primo clotheslines Ryder, Tye throws Primo, Ziggler returns but Tye gets up under the Famouser! Ziggler turns that into headscissors to throw Tye out! SUPERKICK from Breeze! But then Corbin grabs Breeze for a choke hold TOSS! Breeze wipes out the group but Fandango rolls up, TWO. END OF DAYS! Cover, Corbin’s team wins!

Winners: Corbin, Rawley, Ziggler & Colon, Corbin pinning

The Lone Wolf won the Andre the Giant Battle Royal once before, can he do it again and make major history?

 

Benjamin & Gable speak.

The Gold Standard and his Olympic medalist friend don’t care what fans want to see. And after what they do to Nakamura & Styles, that Dream (Re)Match will just be a watered down version as they send them limping into Wrestlemania.

 

Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn suddenly appear from the crowd!

The #YEPMovement still believe this is their show! Wrestlemania will still be their show, and no one will stop them from speaking their mind! After watching Shane & Bryan apologize, these two need to apologize to someone. Not Bryan, but Brie Bella & little Birdie. Sorry, Birdie, but you won’t get to see your daddy have his big heroic comeback. Sorry, Brie, but your love and support won’t put Bryan back together after what Kevin & Sami do to him! Fight for your dreams? The problem is, their dream is to fight Bryan and obliterate him! They vow to do that at WRestlemania, as their #WrestlemaniaMoment! “We Deserve It! We Deserve It!”

Shane and Bryan see this from backstage, and decide those two deserve something else. They head out while Sami & Kevin continue to rant and rave about what they’ll do to Shane and Bryan. Kevin calls Shane a failure, and that’s when the mics cut off. Sami & Kevin head back out through the crowd, but Shane & Bryan come out! Get cameras on those two. Bryan wants everyone to use their camera phones and watch them, “because this is history in the making: the very last time we will see Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens on SmackDown.” And since they want the fans to sing and chant, let’s try “Nana na na, Hey Hey Hey, Good-Bye~!” The fans follow along, and Sami & Kevin leave. Will this really be the last time Kevin & Sami make SmackDown their show?

 

AJ Styles & Shinsuke Nakamura VS Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable!

While the Phenomenal One and the King of Strong Style aren’t traditionally tag team wrestlers, they’re both incredible singles competitors. Can they put their WWE Championship feud on hold long enough to overcome wrestlers who have each proven themselves as WWE tag team champions in the past?

The bell rings and Nakamura starts against Gable. The fans chant for both Styles and Nakamura while Nakamura and Gable go move for move and hold for hold back and forth. Gable gets the waistlock but Nakamura shoves him way, only for Gable to go for the leg. Nakamura stands up and Gable narrowly avoids the kick. Nakamura grins as they circle again. Gable gets the arm but Nakamura reverses. Gable tries to arm-drag but Nakamura blocks so Gable gets the takedown and armlock. Nakamura gets up again, and rolls and cartwheels to reverse back on Gable. Styles wants a tag, so Nakamura pats his head.

Gable gets away but that’s a tag, so Styles comes in. Styles and Nakamura argue, Benjamin & Gable pounce! Benjamin throws Nakamura out while Gable stomps away on Styles. The champion and challenger are in trouble while we go to break.

SmackDown returns once more, and Styles hits Gable with a Pele! Both men are down and headed for their corners, hot tags to Benjamin and Nakamura! Nakamura rallies with the Dynamic Dropkick, then a strike fest for Gable. He also lights up Benjamin, then hits a knee in the corner. Nakamura puts Benjamin on the top rope but Gable bails him out with a tag. Benjamin dodges, then hits a step-up knee! Gable climbs up, MOONSAULT!

Cover, TWO! Gable can’t believe how close he was, but he keeps on Nakamura with a keylock. Fans rally, and Nakamura endures while we go picture in picture. Gable keeps wrenching Nakamura’s shoulder, but Nakamura stands up and fights out. Nakamura swings but Gable German Suplexes and bridge! TWO, tag to Benjamin. Benjamin stomps Nakamura, then brings him up for a standing armlock.

Nakamura endures again while fans rally. He fights out and brawls with Benjamin. Benjamin backs Nakamura down with haymakers, then snapmares Nakamura into another chinlock. Cover, ONE, so Benjamin puts on bodyscissors to add to the chinlock. Gable says, “Don’t let him breathe”, but fans chant for Nakamura again. Nakamura stands up, fights back and brawls with Benjamin again. Benjamin whips but Nakamura reverses into a knee. He swings a kick but Bnejamin hits him with the dragon whip kick! Benjamin runs at Nakamura in a corner, but gets Nakamura’s windmill kick! Both men are down, fans rally, hot tags to Styles and Gable! Styles rallies and unleashes the Phenomenal Blitz! Benjamin returns, he gets a PELE! Styles goes for Gable, small package, TWO! Fireman’s carry, USHIGOROSHI!

Styles sees Nakamura returning, and sees Gable is vulnerable. Styles goes to the apron on Nakamura’s side, and hits Phenomenal Forearm!

Cover, Styles & Nakamura win!

Winners: Styles & Nakamura, Styles pinning

The champion shows his challenger exactly what he talked about in his interview earlier. The emotions on his sleeve will empower him, but will it be enough for Styles to outdo Nakamura? But then, Benjamin pounces on Nakamura! Nakamura fights him off while Styles slowly returns tot he ring, but Nakmaura has fought Benjamin off easily. Styles springboards, and fakes his forearm like Nakamura did the knee. They both grin as the game is on. Styles even pats Nakamura’s head, which riles Nakamura up a bit. Who will the Dream (Re)Match between two world-tier talents?

 


 

My Thoughts:

SmackDown did much better than Raw at putting together a go-home. This had much more action, and any talking segments really helped propel story. Except for the 8 Man Tag, but that still worked to make it clear SmackDown’s front-runner for the Andre the Giant Battle Royal is Baron Corbin. I still think it’ll be WOKEN Hardy there, though. Bryan and Shane open the show to #HugItOut, that seems like foreshadowing of someone’s Heel Turn. Charlotte VS Natty is a great match, which is normal for those two, and Carmella again tries but fails a cash-in. It’s becoming less and less clear if she’ll actual succeed. She’s under a lot of pressure as the inaugural Ms. MITB to make something of her opportunity, but copying Seth Rollins for a ‘Mania cash-in might be too obvious. Asuka appearing was also great, it really drives home how great their match will be.

Rusev VS Mahal was good, and combined with Roode and Orton getting involved afterwards, the WWE US Championship segment was really fun. The title match really could go any way, but Orton and Roode standing tall make them the favorites. The segment with the SmackDown Tag Team Champions and their contenders, the Shane-Bryan VS Kevin-Sami recap package, and the surprise appearance by Kevin & Sami were all great, much better than some of the filler slog Raw gave us. Then, Nakamura & Styles VS Benjamin & Gable was a really good match, and of course the WWE Champion and contender stand tall. It was rather brilliant for Styles to turn the mind game around on Nakamura, too, given how Nakamura reacted.

My Score: 8/10


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

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Lucha Underground Season 4, “Savagery”

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

 

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Antonio Cueto tends to the Ancient Aztec Medallions.

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

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

 

Antonio Cueto is ringside!

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

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

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

Gift of the Gods Battle Royal!

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

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

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

Winner: Jake Strong

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

 

The Mack VS Killshot!

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

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

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

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

Winner: The Mack, by disqualification

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

 

Matt Striker interviews XO Lishus & Ivelisse in the ring.

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

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

 

Jake Strong VS Johnny Mundo!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Jake Strong, by submission

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

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

 


 

My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.6/10


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

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WWE MYC 2018

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

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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

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

 

Lacey Lane VS Meiko Satomura!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Io Shirai VS Deonna Purrazzo!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tegan Nox VS Rhea Ripley!

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

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

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

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

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

 

Toni Storm VS Mia Yim!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.6/10


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

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205 Live = Cruiserweight Division

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

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Drake Maverick speaks on the changing landscape of 205 Live.

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

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

 

Akira Tozawa VS Drew Gulak w/ Jack Gallagher!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Akira Tozawa, by disqualification

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

 

Drake Maverick meets with Buddy Murphy and Tony Nese.

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

 

Mike & Maria Kanellis speak.

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

 

Hideo Itami speaks.

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

Mustafa Ali responds.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Tony Nese, by pinfall

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

 


 

My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 8.5/10


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