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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 Ring of Honor Report! (8/11/18)

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ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 360

The 9-Time ROH World Tag Team Champions, Jay & Mark Briscoe, plan to show why they’re the Baddest Team on the Whole Damn Planet by taking on The Bouncers!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Briscoes VS The Bouncers; The Briscoes win.
  • WOH Championship #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way: Karen Q VS Tenille Dashwood VS Madison Rayne VS Kelly Klein; Madison wins and will challenge Sumie Sakai for the WOH Championship.
  • Six Man Tag: Cheeseburger, Flip Gordon & Josh Woods VS Bully Ray, Shane Taylor & Punishment Martinez; rescheduled as…
  • 3v2 Handicap: Cheeseburger & Josh Woods VS Bully Ray, Shane Taylor & Punishment Martinez; Bully, Taylor & Martinez win.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Briscoes VS The Bouncers!

The Baddest Tag Team in ROH takes on the literally biggest team in a non-title match. Tonight turns Sandy Fork VS Everybody into #DemBoys VS Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas, but will Jay & Mark turn them into two more notches on their belts?

Fans chant “Man Up!” as the bell rings. Mark starts against the Mastadon, and tie up. Milonas shoves Mark back to a corner, but Mark comes back with chops and haymakers. Mark tries but fails to whip, Milonas runs him over with a shoulder. Milonas fires body shots on Mark in a corner, then whips him corner to corner. Mark goes to the apron, counter punches Milonas, then climbs up for a crossbody. Milonas catches Mark but Mark fights back with palm strikes. Mark runs, but into Milona’s big body, and big overhead suplex! Jay tags in and boots Milonas. Milonas stays up so Jay rams a shoulder in. He still can’t topple Milonas, so he tries again. Milonas still stays up, so Jay rocks him with a European Uppercut. Jay runs and Mark tags in.

Milonas lifts Jay but Jay slips out to hold Milonas’ arms back. Mark comes in to mug Milonas with body shots to his belly. Jay hits BCB for good measure, then the Briscoes double whip. Milonas stays up after double shoulders, and BCB comes in. The Briscoes duck his double clotheslines and now they all brawl. The Briscoes rock the Bouncers, then run, but into double bellies! Fans boo and jeer while the Briscoes crawl to corners. The Bouncers coordinate but while BCB squashes Mark, Milonas misses Jay. Jay stomps a mudhole into Milonas while BCB does the same to Mark. BCB calls Jay out and they start shoving. They start brawling with big forearms, but BCB knees low. BCB runs but into a dropkick! Jay builds speed, but Milonas intercepts with a Bouncer Pounce!

Mark fires off Redneck Fu on Milonas, but Milonas reverses the whip. Mark uses that to wreck BCB with a dropkick. Milonas walks over but Jay dumps him over! Mark groups up the Bouncers for Jay to FLY! Fans fire up as Mark climbs up now for a SUPER corkscrew senton! The Briscoes have control while we go to break.

ROH returns and the Bouncers have control. BCB drops Mark with a Samoan Drop, and Milonas brings the straps down for his running back senton! Cover, TWO! Milonas tags BCB in and the Bouncers bring Mark up. They whip him into their corner, then BCB whips Milonas in. Mark dodges to then hit and chop BCB. Milonas boots Mark, and BCB holds Mark up while Milonas climbs. Mark fights back but he still gets the draping Mastadon leg drop! Cover, but Jay breaks it in time! Jay goes after both Bouncers with fast hands and elbows, then kicks to the guts. He runs, but into double body shots. The Bouncers sandwich Jay between their guts!

BCB throws Jay out, to then CANNONBALL! But Jay dodges, and BCB hits the floor! Jay hotshots Milonas, Mark flies in with a crossbody. Milonas still catches him, but Jay comes in to help. The Briscoes club and clobber Milonas to a corner. Mark runs corner to corner for a big clothesline, then Jay adds his own. Mark goes again, then they both stomp a mudhole into Milonas. BCB returns, but he ends up giving Milonas that hip attack! Jay manages to lift BCB in a fireman’s carry, for the Death Valley Driver! Mark covers, TWO! Jay kicks Milonas out, but BCB sends Mark to the apron. Mark gives Milonas an apron blockbuster while Jay rocks BCB. Jay gives BCB the neckbreaker, and Mark adds his Froggy-Bow! Cover, The Briscoes win!

Winners: The Briscoes, Mark pinning

The champions get a literally big win. The titles will be on the line at Honor Reunited in the UK, will #DemBoyz bring those titles back home to the States with them?

The Briscoes speak.

“Ladies and gentlemen, we are the Briscoes. And we are the Baddest Tag Team on the Planet!” Fans agree with that. Jay says they’re the 9-time ROH Tag Team Champions, and ain’t no team in the world taking the belts from them. Especially not “those bums from California”, SoCal Uncensored. The SCU don’t want none. But wait, here they come!

Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky eye the Briscoes from the ramp. Scorpio asks if somebody said “SCU”. The fans echo “SCU!” Be careful what you wish for, because the odds are in SCU’s favor. Dem Boyz see that, 3 against 2. But they don’t need odds. Scorpio can let The Addiction handle this. Bring it on then! ANd it’s a brawl! Security rushes the ring to keep this chaos at a minimum. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” and fight they do, but we go to break.

 

WOH Championship #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way: Karen Q VS Tenille Dashwood VS Madison Rayne VS Kelly Klein!

The Ray of Sunshine is still the inaugural reigning and defending Women’s Champion of ROH, and she has a line of eager challengers forming. The Queen of Queens, The Dancing Queen, the Queen Bee and the Gatekeeper all want that shot, but only one woman can get it!

The Code of Honor is upheld between Tenille, Madison and even Karen. Kelly doesn’t care, she’s just ready for the bell. Karen ducks out, she’s too smart for that. Kelly clobbers Tenille and Madison, then keeps on them with more clubbing forearms. Madison and Tenille work together to fight back and whip Kelly, but Kelly dodges them. But then she gets clothesline’d out of the ring by both of them. Tenille and Madison now circle as fans rally up. They tie up, Tenille rolls Madison, ONE. Madison rolls Tenille, TWO. Madison trips Tenille for a cover, ONE. Tenille returns the favor, ONE. The two stand off and fans applaud. Tenille and Madison shake hands again, but Karen rushes in. Karen gets kicked, then a double suplex. Karen rolls back out, and Tenille sucker punches Madison. She whips Madison, but Madison tilt-o-whirl headscissors.

Madison whips but Tenille reverses to forearm. Tenille runs but Kelly drags her out. Karen ambushes Madison and gives her a buckle bump. Karen bumps Madison on another buckle, then gives her a facelock to neckbreaker. Cover, TWO! Karen grows frustrated already, and she whips Madison corner to corner. Karen hits a runing forearm, then a back elbow. She keeps going but her boot misses. Tenille throws Kelly into barriers while Madison runs at Karen. Karen dodges to snap suplex Madison. Cover, but Tenille breaks it. Tenille brings Karen up to whip her, but Karen reverses. Karen runs in but into a boot. Tenille grabs Karen with body scissors, for her Tarantula! She lets go at 4, then she climbs up top. Karen stands and trips Tenille up.

Karen climbs up to join Tenille, but Tenille resists. Madison joins in from the other side, but here comes Kelly! It’s a TOWER OF DOOM! The double superplex powerbomb gives the Pretty Badass control, and we go to break.

ROH returns as Tenille is in a corner. She runs at Karen and rallies with lariats. Madison returns but Tenille puts her in a corner. Kelly runs in but misses Tenille to instead hit Madison. Tenille puts Kelly in another corner while Karen crawls to a third. Fans anticipate what’s coming, and Tenille gives Kelly a Taste of Tenille. She gives a Taste of Tenille to Karen, then a third serving to Madison! Tenille kicks Karen, double underhook for a butterfly suplex. Cover, but Kelly breaks it. Kelly drags Tenille up and tosses her out. Karen and Kelly brawl but Kelly lifts Karen up. Madison runs but Kelly catches her! Fall Away Slam and Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO!! Kelly is furious that Karen survived.

Tenille returns as fans rally up. Tenille gets to Kelly first, but Kelly blocks the suplex. Kelly hoists Tenille up but Tenille fights back. She knocks Kelly away, then adjusts, for a flying crossbody! Cover, TWO! Tenille gets up and wants Kelly to stand. Spotlight Kick! But Karen tosses Tenille! Cover on Kelly, TWO!? Karen is furious that she didn’t succeed. Madison kicks Karen, for the Rayne Check! High stack cover, Madison wins!

Winner: Madison Rayne, by pinfall; will challenge Sumie Sakai for the WOH Championship

The Queen Bee capitalizes on Karen Q, and now she gets her first shot at Sumie Sakai’s title. Sumie is there to lock eyes with her new contender. Will Sumie keep her reign going? Or will Rayne reign as the second-ever champion?

 

The American Nightmare, Cody, is here!

He, along with lovely wife, Brandi Rhodes, heads to the ring to speak. ROH takes a quick break, but comes back once Cody has mic in hand. Cody says he’s been rather “unlucky” as of late. “In both of my ROH Championship rematches, I have not been successful.” Cody noticed it, though. In both rematches, not a single one was one-on-one. He feels he’s created too much of a bad mood, he wants to bring our spirits up. Cody needs a certain someone that’s all business. Cody needs someone that is the top of the food chain, that doesn’t sing or dance, yes, drum roll please. Fans oblige and… Nick Aldis appears?

Yes, it’s the National Treasure, the NWA World Heavyweight Champion himself! Cody made the challenge for that very belt at All In, but Aldis is here to talk about that very match. They stood together in London and made history. The agreement to have a match at “the most iconic and history-making event” in modern wrestling was dependent on Cody providing an upside. Aldis needs something in return for the title that he stands for. But Cody wants to take it just because he wants it? No. Cody needs the ROH World Championship to put up, but he doesn’t have it, so what does he have instead? Because to Aldis, he has everything to lose and nothing to gain. “That sounds like bad business to me.”

Cody asks Aldis hold out his hand. He does, and Cody offers the literal Ring of Honor as collateral. Aldis should consider All In and their match. Aldis starts to leave, but Cody adds that “while you’re thinking about it,” Cody wants Aldis to consider how he’d like to move up from “the penny slots tot he high roller table.” Yes, the NWA World Title in front of 10451 people. Think of how Cody was defeating both Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi while Aldis was “beating up a 53-year-old history teacher”!

Aldis is mad now, and he gets back in the ring. He shows Cody that ring, on his finger. Aldis wants Cody to kiss the ring. But here comes the Bullet Club to keep the peace. Marty Scurll is also a good friend of Aldis, so he’s trying to talk reason into the NWA champ. Things cool down while we go to break.

 

Six Man Tag: Cheeseburger, Flip Gordon & Josh Woods VS Bully Ray, Shane Taylor & Punishment Martinez!

After months of the Hall of Fame legend of ECW belittling and, well, bullying the younger generation, it’s time for that younger generation to stand up! Bully has called Burger and Flip entitled and lazy millennials, but they and The Goods are anything but. Can this rag tag trio defeat Bully and the enlisted Hitman and Purple Mist?

But as Flip Gordon makes his way out, Bully Ray blindsides him, and puts him into a post! Burger and Woods defend the fallen Flip, but Bully waits for back-up. We go to break while medics check on Flip.

ROH returns again, and fans cheer for Flip while medics help him walk to the back. Bully’s team are already in the ring as Bully speaks. “What’re we gonna do now?” This was meant to be a Six Man Tag. If you don’t have a partner, throw the match out and give Bully’s team the win so he can go home. Fans cheer for various alternates, especially for Colt Cabana. What’s Colt’s answer? He’s not dressed, but then who? Burger speaks up, and says if the “big bastards” want to fight 3v2, he and Woods are up for it! A handicap match? Well, Bully doesn’t mind that, so that’s what we’re getting. Do Burger and The Goods stand a chance being down a man?

3v2 Handicap: Cheeseburger & Josh Woods VS Bully Ray, Shane Taylor & Punishment Martinez!

Mr. Top Prospect 2018 faces off against the Notorious Hitman while fans boo Bully. Taylor looks ready, but then he tags out to the ROH World Television Champion. Bully trash talks for Martinez as he stares Woods down. Woods isn’t scared as he ties up with Martinez. Fans rally while Martinez puts Woods in a corner. Woods shoves Martinez, then ducks to fire off body shots. He ducks again to give more shots, but Martinez knees low. Martinez whips but Woods reverses and ducks to German Suplex! Martinez gets to an open corner, then boots Woods down. Bully likes what he sees, and now Taylor tags in. Taylor brings Woods up for a big right forearm. He trash talks then swings Woods out, but Woods counters with a T-Bone!

Taylor is reeling, and he tags Bully in. Burger wants at Bully, and fans want him to try. Woods tells Bully to hush as he listens to the fans. Woods tags in Burger, and Burger stares Bully down. Burger isn’t scared, but Bully kicks him low. Bully brings Burger in, and lifts, but Burger pops out to fire off! Bully shoves Burger, then runs in, but misses in the corner. Burger hurries up top, but Martinez comes in. The ref is busy with Martinez, so Taylor runs over and pushes Burger down! Bully comes back to drag Burger up. He puts Burger in the corner and gets ready to stomp while we go to break.

ROH returns once more, and Bully trash talks Burger as he stalks behind him. Burger crawls for his corner but gets crossface forearms from Bully. Bully asks how that tastes. He then chooses Taylor and tags him in. Taylor brings Burger up into a corner, for a strong overhand chop. Fans rally up for “Cheese! Burger!” Burger fights back, but eats another right from Taylor. Taylor puts Burger in a corner, then stands on his face. The ref counts and Taylor backs off at 4. Fans continue to cheer, but then Taylor blasts Woods off the apron! Woods almost wipes out a camera man at the same time. Burger boots Taylor back, then hops up. Flying tornado DDT! But Burger has no one to tag in! Colt Cabana has had enough, he gets to the corner! This is back to a Six Man as Cabana gets the tag!

Cabana fires off on Taylor with both hands, then dodges Martinez. Martinez hits Taylor, then Cabana hits Martinez with the back elbow. Woods clotheslines Martinez out. Taylor returns but Cabana springboards for the quebrada while Woods leaps onto Martinez! Fans fire up as Bully runs into Cabana’s SPEAR! Cabana rains down rights, but then Burger tags in. Burger climbs up, Cabana keeps the way clear for his double stomps! Cabana slingshots out onto Bully! Burger fires up, but Taylor comes in for a tilt-o-whirl into a side slam! Cover, Team Bully wins!

Winners: Bully Ray, Punishment Martinez & Shane Taylor, Taylor pinning

Cabana’s heroic efforts were for naught as Bully’s team wins. And then to pile on, Bully tackles Woods while Taylor fires off on Woods. Martinez comes in to stomp Burger while Bully gets his chain. Bully punches Woods, then lashes Cabana while Taylor holds Burger down. Bully and his bullies keep the underdogs down, but here comes Flip Gordon! He has a chair and SMACKS Martinez with it! He SMACKS Taylor, too, then glares at Bully. They circle, but Bully runs! Bullies are cowards, but when will this Bully get what he deserves?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A solid episode right here that smartly takes into account other events ROH is involved in. Opening with Briscoes VS Bounces was good, it helped give Beer City Bruiser and Brian Milonas a good showing while making Jay & Mark even more impressive by defeating two men bigger than both of them. Great brawl with SCU to give us more in their story. I feel the Addiction should win, they can only chase titles to keep the countdown at bay for so long. Them winning changes things so that every title defense they have could be their last. Then nice bit of drama going towards All In as Aldis points out Cody doesn’t have the ROH WHC. I’ll just assume Cody gets the belt so that All In’s match still happens.

I was surprised it was Madison Rayne and not the Heels, Kelly Klein and Karen Q, who won. I think the reason is that Madison should at least get a shot at the WOH Championship, assuming she leaves Impact and ROH to be in WWE/NXT after the 2018 Mae Young Classic. Therefore, Sumie retains but it’ll probably be a fun match. That Six Man turned Handicap turned Six Man again was pretty good stuff. In light of what’s happening with CM Punk, Cabana gets even more Face power now that he’s helping Burger against Bully Ray. Flip Gordon does great coming back from being taken out to run off Bully’s team. I expect a rematch, with Burger, Flip and Cabana from the start to take on Bully and at least Taylor. Martinez might opt out to defend his ROH WTV title.

My Score: 8/10


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Lucha Underground Season 4, “A Snake Scorned”

The Lucha Underground Trios Champions either need to make up or break up, because their titles are on the line against their most dangerous challengers yet!

 

Gifs can be found courtesy of http://frentique.tumblr.com/

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Rabbit Tribe VS ???; rescheduled as…
  • Sacrifice to the Gods: Matanza Cueto VS Saltador; Matanza wins and Saltador is sacrificed.
  • Gift of the Gods Championship: El Dragon Azteca Jr. VS Killshot; Azteca wins and retains the Gift of the Gods Championship.
  • Lucha Underground Trios Championships Tornado Tag: The Mack, Son of Havoc & Killshot VS The Reptile Tribe; The Reptile Tribe wins and become the new Lucha Underground Trios Champions.

PLAY BY PLAY

Antonio Cueto reads a letter.

He is cordially invited to the wedding of Johnny Mundo & Taya Valkyrie. “It’ll never last.” But then he’s visited by Kobra Moon. The Reptile Tribe demands a rematch for the Lucha Underground Trios Championships. They never got their rematch from Ultima Lucha Tres. “And those titles are rightfully ours.” Antonio sees the Queen has fire after her loss last week. But according to his records, they’ve been losing since Ultima Lucha Tres. But the Reptiles are deadlier than ever. Oh? Because last week, Drago is dra-gone. Kobra doesn’t need Drago! She’ll prove it tonight. But she demands what her tribe is owed. “A woman is scorned is a sight I love to see.” Antonio gives her the match she wants. Now please, be dra-gone! Kobra slithers away, but will she really get what she wants?

 

The Rabbit Tribe VS ???

Antonio is surprised to see The Mad Hatter and his jumpy friend back again. Paul London says that Mala Suerte proved he does not do it like a rabbit. Because a true rabbit would never have taken a beating like that. Therefore, London hopes for a chance at retribution. Saltador will show us what a true rabbit can do. “Salty, don’t let us down.” Antonio says Saltador isn’t jumping anywhere. He’s the next… SACRIFICE TO THE GODS!!

Sacrifice to the Gods: Matanza Cueto VS Saltador!

Paul London, what have you done?! The Jumper has no choice but to fight the Monster God! Matanza storms the ring, and Saltador tries to run away. London keeps Saltador n the ring, then feeds him to Matanza. The bell rings and Saltador does whatever he can to beat up Matanza. He runs and htis a flapjack dropkick. He slides under Matanza, then shoulders him. Saltador springboards, but into teh cradle suplex! Matanza whips Saltador, for WRATH OF THE GODS! Matanza covers, Matanza wins!

Winner: Matanza Cueto, by pinfall

The Monster God is 5-0 since starting on this path of divine destruction. Saltador is sacrificed, yet London is still pleased? His Tribe is down to one, what is the purpose of his thinning the herd?

 

Son of Havoc and The Mack prepare backstage.

The Man from the Open Road wonders what Killshot’s up to, but The Mack has faith in his friend. Speaking of, it doesn’t seem like Killshot wants to be friends with Havoc at all. Killshot laughs as he comes in. That’s not it. Killshot likes Havoc, he just doesn’t respect him. Killshot doesn’t respect a man who was handed a title on a silver platter, or someone who tries to turn The Mack against Killshot.

The Mack tries to keep the peace, saying he hasn’t sided with anyone. Killshot begs to differ, seeing as how Mack chose Havoc to join the Gift of the Gods field over Killshot. “But guess what? You two failed to capture that title.” Killshot won’t. Havoc and Mack just now learn about Killshot’s double duty. But he feels they only care about gold. Havoc promises he’ll help them retain these titles, once he’s gotten the Gift of the Gods. And turns out, Havoc was right: Killshot doesn’t like him.

 

Antonio Cueto makes a huge announcement!

As reported via Matt Striker and Vampiro on commentary, El Padre del Jefe has decided that, with the animosity still strong between Pentagon Dark and Cage, they will have another Lucha Underground Championship match next week! And it will be in a Last Man (Or Machine) Standing Match! Antonio gives us the best for last, so which luchador will outlast the other?

 

Gift of the Gods Championship: El Dragon Azteca Jr. VS Killshot!

The Heir of the Eagle Tribe vows to take his title all the way to the main event of Ultima Lucha Quatro, but the Luchador of Mass Destruction seems to be going into business for himself. Killshot still has to defend his Trios Championship alongside Son of Havoc and The Mack. Will there be enough of him left to stand beside his partners in the main event? Or is he planning on becoming Lucha Underground’s first dual champion?

The belt is raised and the bell rings. The fans are fired up for Azteca as he circles with Killshot. Azteca and Killshot approach, and Azteca kicks low. Azteca chops swiftly, then whips. Killshot reverses but Azteca rolls through to then get a double wristlock. He hops up onto Killshot’s shoulders, for a spinning huricanrana! Killshot rolls out and walks it off, but Azteca builds speed. Azteca slides but Killshot goes up. Killshot waits for Azteca to slide back in and double stomps his back! Killshot then builds speed, to FLY! He wipes Azteca out, then puts him in the ring. Cover, TWO! Killshot stalks Azteca, brings him up, but Azteca fires forearms. Azteca whips but Killshot reverses and spins around to wring Azteca out. Killshot goes after the arms with a modified Rings of Saturn! Azteca endures as both arms are bent back by Killshot’s long legs!

Fans rally up and Azteca pops out. Killshot rolls him into a crucifix, TWO! The Believers are thunderous as Azteca is put in a corner. Azteca slips out and Killshot hits the post. Killshot goes down, Azteca builds speed, but Killshot hits back with a haymaker. Azteca blocks a bump to give one, then roundhouse Killshot. Azteca climbs, leaps and headscissors Killshot to the floor! Believers are fired up as he puts Killshot in the ring. Cover, TWO, but fans are dueling with all their heart. Killshot is in a corner, Azteca runs in for the spinning clothesline. Azteca slaps Killshot, but Killshot comes back with a corner back elbow! Killshot runs, but gets a super forearm! Azteca whips but Killshot reverses. Azteca slides out, Killshot follows, and they go around the corner, but Azteca hits a leg drop! Cover, TWO! Both men stir while fans rally up again.

Azteca bumps Killshot off buckles, then hoists him up top. Fans encourage him to speed up as he climbs up. Killshot fights back, and he puts Azteca on the apron for a kick! He joins Azteca on the apron but gets a kick in return. Killshot throws a haymaker but Azteca gives back. They brawl on the apron, Azteca jumps, but into a Death Valley Driver on the apron! They go back in the ring, Killshot climbs up and… KILL STOMPS! Cover, TWO!? Killshot is furious! How did Azteca survive? The Believers don’t care, they’re loving this!

Killshot shouts that this is his time to shine, then he slaps Azteca. Azteca slaps, Killshot slaps, back and forth, faster and faster. Killshot fires off more strikes, but his discus misses. His back elbow doesn’t, but neither does Azteca’s roaring elbow. Azteca runs, but into Killshot’s knee trigger! Killshot runs, but Azteca follows. Tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, Azteca wins!!

Winner: Dragon Azteca Jr, by pinfall; still Gift of the Gods Champion

The Eagle Tribe’s Heir continues to impress fans and shock his opponents. Can he continue his streak of defenses all the way to Ultima Lucha 4? As for Killshot, can he refocus for his Trios Championship defense in the main event?

 

Aerostar finds Drago on the roof.

The Luchador of Time & Space was given his wish of freeing his friend thanks to Johnny Mundo. He and the Worldwide Underground fought hard to free Drago. Yet Drago keeps hiding himself away. Drago says he doesn’t deserve a second chance. He did things that can never be forgiven. Aero says that wasn’t Drago, it was Kobra Moon pulling his strings. Those strings are now cut, and his friend is by his side. Drago says he doesn’t remember much, but he does know he isn’t worthy of that friendship. Drago must go, so please forgive him. Aerostar vows they will meet again. Drago is not so sure. They shake hands, and Drago flies away. Aerostar knows it in his heart, but will Dragon be able to clear his conscience?

 

Lucha Underground Trios Championships Tornado Tag: The Mack, Son of Havoc & Killshot VS The Reptile Tribe!

The defending champions clearly have more than just dysfunction dividing the three of them. Meanwhile, the Reptiles have lost the Luchasaurus but have gained the Undead Death Machine. Will the rift between the champions be the opening their opponents need to take back what they lost?

The Mack and Havoc make their entrance, but Killshot doesn’t. Is Killshot still tending to his wounds and wounded pride? There are no tags needed in a Tornado match, so as long as Killshot appears at all, this won’t be a Handicap match. Jeremiah “Snake” wants at the champions but he waits while the referee raises the belts. The bell rings and it’s a brawl. Snake takes Havoc while Kobra and Daga go after The Mack. The King & Queen drag Mack out of the ring. Snake pushes Havoc but Havoc hits back. Snake comes back on the rebound to run Havoc over. Things speed up while fans duel. Snake holds ropes but Havoc hero lands! Havoc dropkicks Snake down, but Daga reenters. Daga throws slapping palm strikes from both sides and knocks Havoc down.

The Mack returns and rocks Daga with a big forearm! Kobra slithers back in and acrobatically headscissors Mack to the ropes. Fans fire up, but Mack blasts Kobra with a dropkick! Snake returns to mule kick then whip Mack. Mack rolls off his back to arm-drag Snake, then things speed up again. Mack hits a running knee strike! Snake crawls but Mack is on him. Mack puts Snake in a corner and whips corner to corner. Snake reverses, but Mack headstands on the top rope. Snake SUPERKICKS Mack down to the ground! Killshot appears! He and Snake stare down, Luchador of Mass Destruction and Undead Death Machine. Snake spits on Killshot! Killshot bobs ‘n’ weaves with Snake’s swings, then he enziguris Snake down!

Killshot stalks Snake, then whips, Snake reverses and pops Killshot up. Snake throws Killshot but Killshot uses that to headscissor Snake forward. Killshot has Snake in a triangle choke! Kobra puts Killshot in one of her own, but then Havoc puts her in one! Daga grabs Havoc for his own triangle choke, but then Mack grabs the other end. Mack rolls Snake over, and the lucha-centipede they have created rolls with it! Havoc endures the Boston Crab while each link suffers a new level of torque on their necks! Snake, Killshot, Kobra and Havoc endure, but Daga is also suffering leg pressure. Daga reaches out and gets the ropebreak to stop all of this. The Mack lets go of Snake, and everyone goes free. Everyone but Mack goes to the outside, and the fans rally up. Mack builds speed, and FLIES! He wipes everyone out!

The Believers fire up and lose their minds while Mack brings Kobra up. Daga climbs up, but Killshot sees him first. Killshot boots Daga down, then builds speed to FLY! Fans cheer as Son of Havoc climbs back up. Havoc SUPER Asais onto all of them! The Believers declare “This is Awesome!” Kobra Moon is back in the ring, and she builds speed. Killshot stops her in her tracks, and rocks her with a right! He grabs her, suplexes but Kobra fights out. Snake triangle jump lariats Killshot down! Fans rally up as Kobra runs. Snake helps her with a wheelbarrow, and he tosses her at Killshot! Kobra throws Killshot with the huricanrana! Kobra puts Killshot in the ring, and he flounders to a corner.

Snake and Kobra coordinate as he brings her up suplex style. She headscissors Killshot and Snake gives him a bicycle boot! Snake then helps Kobra roll forward and back for a tornado DDT! They’re not done yet, as she rolls her way up onto Snake’s shoulders. Electric Chair back senton! Cover, but Havoc breaks it in time! Daga returns and rocks Havoc with strikes. He whips Havoc but Havoc rebounds for a cutter! Cover, but Snake breaks it. The Believers rally up again, not really choosing a side because they love it all. Snake brings Havoc up, lifts him, but Havoc pops out. Havoc wheelbarrows to double stomps. Cover, TWO! Havoc keeps going as he climbs up top.

Snake hurries over but Havoc cartwheels on the top rope. Havoc runs, but into the bicycle boot! Snake turns around into Killshot’s SUPERKICK! Daga clobbers Killshot with a clothesline, but Mack gives him a spinning back heel kick! Kobra gives Mack a backstabber, but he stands back up. He kicks low, Mack Stunner! Snake staggers over, but denies Mack’s stunner. They run, Mack gives Snake a Samoan Drop! To standing moonsault! TWO! Mack drags Snake into the drop zone, then climbs up. Snake stops him, tucks him in, and SUPERKICKS! Then Snake powerbombs Mack for a high stack, TWO, into a Stretch Muffler! Mack endures but Havoc saves him with double stomps, right into a DIVE onto Daga and Killshot! Havoc apologizes for hitting his teammate, but he boots Daga down.

Snake staggers over but Havoc swing kicks him away. Havoc climbs up, but Killshot shoves him down! Killshot doesn’t care if it was accident or not, he still hates Havoc. Snake grabs Havoc for the double underhook, to a shoulder breaker! Cover, The Reptiles win!!

Winners: The Reptile Tribe, Jeremiah Snake pinning; NEW Lucha Underground Trios Champions

Why, Killshot, Why!? The Reptile Tribe gets the titles back, but only because Killshot chose his grudge with Havoc over being champion. The snakes slither away while Killshot sits and laughs at Havoc. “Why can’t you get up?” Killshot says this is Havoc’s fault. Havoc sits up, and Killshot laughs at him more. Fans boo and jeer, they know this was Killshot’s doing. Killshot hops up, KILL STOMPS! The Mack can’t understand why, but Killshot passes the blame onto him, as well. Killshot leaves while Mack stays with Havoc. What will come of this betrayal and abandonment?

 

The Machine Called Cage heads to the ring!

The Temple’s resident Terminator gets one more shot at the Lucha Underground Championship against Pentagon Dark next week, and he has something to say. Pentagon will find out “once and for all” what Cage has been saying for years. “I’m not a man!” SUPERKICK from Pentagon! The champion is here now, and he tears into his challenger already! He bounces Cage off the railing while fans chant “Cero Miedo!” Pentagon aims at Cage, but his SUPERKICK hits a fan! Cage rocks Pentagon back with elbows, then drags him up the steps. Pentagon fights back and chops Cage. He kicks Cage’s leg, then gives a SHARP chop to his chest. Cage headbutts Pentagon, then drags him to the top of the stairs. He throws Pentagon into a wall, then into another.

They end up by the house band, and Pentagon takes one of Metalachi’s guitars. He’s aiming for Cage, but he hits one of the band members with it! Cage clobbers Pentagon again, then smacks him with whats left of the instrument. Cage drags Pentagon around and throws him into another wall. The security staff is no match for Cage, one guy gets scoop slammed onto the floor. There is a lot of collateral damage already, but this brawl is far from over. Cage tries to push Pentagon over the railing! Pentagon holds on for dear life, and manages to fight his way back up. Now Pentagon tries to do the same to Cage. Cage fights back and again tries to toss Pentagon over! Pentagon holds on so Cage brings him around. They keep brawling, and Cage whips Pentagon into a wall.

Believers clear out as the two end up on a camera platform. Pentagon kicks Cage and fires up, but Cage gives him uppercuts. Cage prepares to suplex Pentagon, but Pentagon fights out. Pentagon prepares his own move, “CERO MIEDO!” Cage resists, then rocks Pentagon with a leaping knee strike. Pentagon walks down to the bleachers but Cage pursues. They still brawl back and forth. Cage brings Pentagon down the bleachers and tosses him to the floor.  Cage bumps Father Rick O’Shay, which angers The Machine. The man of the cloth doesn’t want any trouble, but Pentagon saves him as he SMACKS Cage with a chair! Father O’Shay is about to bless Pentagon, but Pentagon doesn’t care for any of that. He throws the priest down, and goes after his arm! Even Believers aren’t sure about this one, but he still breaks O’Shay’s arm!!

Cage has the chair, and he swings on Pentagon. Pentagon ducks and gets another chair, and the two SMACK each other at the same time! They keep brawling, and throwing each other into railing. Pentagon SUPERKICKS Cage but Cage keeps coming after him. Cage SUPERKICKS Pentagon, but Pentagon keeps chopping. This brawl is far from over, who will be the Last Man (Or Machine) Standing!?

 

The Mack visits Antonio Cueto.

“Killshot just cost us our Trios titles.” Mack wants at him next week. Antonio would love to see that, but he’s already given The Mack a match for next week. It’s by request from Catrina. Mack and Mil Muertes will be in the first ever Haunted House Match. Well if this is what Mack has to do to get Muertes off his ass, “Trick or Treat, Mother-” Shut yo mouth! Will Mack survive All Hallows Eve come early? Or will he come face to face with his deepest, darkest fears?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A pretty great episode right here. London willing giving his allies up to Matanza’s Sacrifices is still an interesting development. Now that he has no one, is London going to have The White Rabbit and evil Mascarita Sagrada joining him? I sure hope so. Lucha Underground is great at integrating stories together like this. The same goes for letting Azteca’s story of defending his Gift of the Gods Title all the way to Ultima Lucha coinciding with the dysfunction of Killshot, Mack and Son of Havoc. Killshot claims The Mack stopped being a friend, but he isn’t a very good friend in return. He and Azteca have a great match, and naturally Azteca wins to keep his story going. The Tornado Trios match was great, but it was pretty clear whatever team was put against the champions was going to win.

Obviously Killshot & Havoc are free to feud, and of course Mack has Mil Muertes next week. I can’t be sure if this Haunted House match is going to be exactly like the Broken Universe and other cinematic matches from Impact, or the WWE House of Horrors Match, but if any promotion can do something like that justice, it’s Lucha Underground. The small development between Drago and Aerostar was good. It works that Drago would be troubled by his time under Kobra’s control. Maybe he’ll return should Aerostar find himself in trouble with someone, especially if it’s the Reptile Tribe. With Aerostar and the Worldwide Underground responsible for freeing Drago, I expect the Reptiles to want revenge.

That was an amazing brawl to end the show. Pentagon and Cage gave us just a taste of what their Last Man Standing match will be like, and it even tied itself into another story: Mundo’s & Taya’s wedding. How clever of Lucha Underground to name the “priest” “Rick O’Shay”, as a strange nod but also dig at Ricochet, aka Prince Puma. Pentagon breaks the poor man’s arm, and that will likely upset Mundo & Taya. They might even cost Pentagon the title next week as payback for him ruining their wedding before it even happens. Or, should he win, they’ll attack him and then challenge him for the title to make up for it. Either way, Pentagon VS Mundo is likely to happen again really soon.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Report! (8/15/18)

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It’s the last NXT before TakeOver: Brooklyn, and Kairi Sane warms up before challenging Women’s Championship, Shayna Baszler, in a MYC feud tiebreaker!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Street Profits VS The Mighty; Street Profits win.
  • Kairi Sane VS Aliyah; Kairi wins.
  • Tyler Bate w/ Trent Seven VS Roderick Strong w/ Kyle O’Reilly; Bate wins.

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WWE and NXT remember Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart.

 

The NXT Championship Match has changed!

After Tommaso Ciampa went after both Johnny Wrestling and Aleister Black as a way to get one over on both his archnemesis and his challenger, GM William Regal felt he had to make the match a Triple Threat for the title. History was going to be made, but then things had to be changed again. Aleister Black was attacked later that night, in the Full Sail parking lot! There were any number of suspects, from Johnny Gargano to the Undisputed Era, to even Kassius Ohno and a lurking Lars Sullivan. It is the most mysterious “Whodunnit” in NXT and WWE History! Who is the culprit behind robbing the fans of a Triple Threat in Brooklyn?

That mystery is to be left for later, as the NXT Championship will be a Last Man Standing Match! Ciampa and Gargano have already gone so far in their attempts get rid of the other. How much further will they go with the title on the line?

 

Street Profits VS The Mighty!

Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford are back after Shane Thorne & Nick Miller cheated to win. TM61 has changed their names and their tactics, but the #CurseofGreatness is constant. Will Dawkins & Ford get a big win on their return? Or will they kneel before The Mighty?

We start with Ford and Miller, and Miller gets annoyed by how jovial Ford is. Miller knees low then clubs Ford on the back. He chops FOrd in a corner, then brings him over to tag in Thorne. Miller chops and Thorne stomps, but the fans cheer on the Profits. Thorne throws a European Uppercut and a headbutt, then scoops Ford. Ford slips out and Dawkins tags in. Ford whips and Dawkins runs Thorne up. The Profits Wakanda Forever, then Ford is the human weapon, back suplex splash! Miller runs in but Dawkins catches him, for Ford to play leap frog! The Profits control the ring while The Mighty regroup. Dawkins is ready for Thorne and counters punches with punches and even forearms. Thorne kicks low then chops. He whips but Dawkins reverses.

Dawkins misses his cyclone clothesline, but Thorne hits the sucker punch. Tag to Miller who ax handles Dawkins, then gives some ground ‘n’ pound. Cover, TWO, but Miller keeps on Dawkins by hooking his nose. Miller trash talks Ford before stomping Dawkins. He puts Dawkins on teh ropes for a choke and more hooking. The referee reprimands him but Thorne gets a cheap shot. Miller goes back to Dawkins, tags Thorne, and The Mighty double back suplex Dawkins down. Cover, TWO, but Thorne stomps Dawkins out. Dawkins gets to ropes, but Thorne drags him over to The Mighty’s corner. Tag to Miller and Miller clubs Dawkins. Miller brings Dawkins to the center with a chinlock. Fans rally up while Dawkins endures. Dawkins fights back with back elbows, then runs, and kicks MIller’s back drop away, only to walk into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO, but Miller keeps Dawkins isolated.

Tag to Thorne, and Miller puts Dawkins in a corner. Miller hits a clothesline, Thorne hits a running EuroUpper. Fans boo and jeer but The Mighty just soak it in. Thorne grinds Dawkins with a facelock, but fans rally up for the Profits. Dawkins gets up, fights back, but Thorne gives him a big EuroUpper. Thorne misses in the corner, and Dawkins crawls for Ford. Fans fire up, but Thorne grabs a foot. Dawkins shoves Thorne into Miller, then dodges Thorne for a hot tag to Ford! Ford is on fire as he rallies on both Aussies. He sunsets over Thorne to clothesline Miller out, then he clotheslines Thorne! Ford runs in but is put on the apron. He dodges and counters Thorne, then kicks Miller. Slingshot sunset flip, TWO!

Thorne gets a waistlock but he wipes out Miller. Thorne rolls Ford up and holds tights! TWO as Ford rolls it back, and now Ford holds tights! The Street Profits win!

Winners: The Street Profits, Montez Ford pinning

The Mighty got a taste of their own medicine! Ford & Dawkins get the camera man to give him their black solo cup, and now it’s a party! Will the Profits profit from besting The Mighty at their own game?

 

The Undisputed Era speak.

Roderick Strong can’t believe they’re facing Mustache Mountain again. And in Brooklyn of all places. Why are the British Strong Style boys doing this to themselves? The last time they faced the NXT Tag Team Champions, Trent Seven’s leg was almost torn off by Kyle O’Reilly. And O’Reilly has no problem doing it all over again. But they think it’s hilarious Seven’s claiming to be 100%. If that’s 100%, the Undisputed Era is 1000%.

Then there’s the War Raiders, who want the champions after Brooklyn. But the Undisputed Era aren’t just any team. Between them and the Mustache Mountain duo, those four “idiots” aren’t clever at all. The clever ones are right here. Come Brooklyn, the titles stay where they belong. And that’s the beauty of it all: Brooklyn was where the Undisputed Era debuted. This will be the anniversary of their dominance. Adam Cole won’t hide from Ricochet, either. They’re going to show everyone that this is their era, and #ThatisUndisputed.

 

Kairi Sane VS Aliyah!

The Pirate Princess prepares for another rematch with The Queen of Spades, Shayna Baszler. Kairi won the inaugural Mae Young Classic finals, but Shayna won on her way to the top of the Women’s Division. Before this match, Shayna was spotted giving the Cat’s Meow some advice about how to face Kairi. Will Aliyah be able to use that advice and bring Kairi down before Brooklyn? Or will Kairi surprise Shayna before ever getting in the ring with her?

Speaking of, here comes Shayna herself. The NXT Women’s Champion wants a closer look at Kairi as she joins commentary. She’s done this before as a way to psych out her contenders, but Kairi shrugs it off. The bell rigns and she ties up with Aliyah.

Aliyah powers Kairi towards a corner but Kairi turns it around. Kairi backs off at 4, but Aliyah shoves her. Kairi shoves back, then chops Aliyah in the corner. Aliyah uses ropes as a defense, but Kairi glares at Shayna. Aliyah goes after Kairi, telling her she can’t worry about Shayna now. She whips Kairi but Kairi goes up and around to a school girl, that she makes into a stretch muffler! Kairi wants Shayna to know she can play submissions, too! Aliyah manages a ropebreak, and Kairi lets her go. Shayna isn’t scared as Aliyah throws furious forearms and uppercuts on Kairi. Aliyah kicks but Kairi catches it to a dragon whip takedown. Kairi runs, for the blockbuster! Then another!

Kairi whips but Aliyah reverses. Kairi stops herself, turns around and SPEARS Aliyah with the Interceptor. She fires up and stomps the plank. Fans fire up with her, and Kairi runs in for the Sliding D! Aliyah rolls to the drop zone while Kairi goes up top. Anchors Away, InSane elbow! But just as Shayna says the Princess has no killer instinct, Kairi goes back up! And she hits another InSane Elbow! That’s not good enough to impress Shayna? Then Kairi goes up again, for a THIRD InSane Elbow! Cover, Kairi lets Aliyah UP! Shayna is rather surprised, but perhaps a little upset, too. Kairi puts on the Anchor Lock! Shayna stands on the announce table to stare Kairi in the eyes, as Kairi stares and poitns back. Aliyah taps, Kairi wins!

Winner: Kairi Sane, by submission

If Kairi hasn’t gotten Shayna to eat her words yet, Kairi surely looks to in Brooklyn. Who will win this third go between inaugural MYC finalists?

 

NXT takes a look at Adam Cole VS Ricochet.

How has it been? He led the Undisputed Era in a raid on the NXT Tag Team and Championship matches. He led them to victory in the first ever NXT War Games match. And he’s the inaugural North American Champion. “Adam Cole cannot be stopped.” Cole and his cohorts have run roughshod over everyone. However, there’s One And Only King of Flight. Ricochet vows to change this industry forever, match after match. He can do things no one else can, and was almost the North American Champion if not for Adam Cole.

“There are three types of superstars: there’s good, there’s great, and there’s special.” In Cole’s mind, Ricochet is good, maybe even great. But he’s not special. Cole is special. Ricochet says it’s not about good, great or special, it’s about being better. He calls Cole out for being a coward, but Cole calls himself the man who makes the belt. Ricochet wants Cole to be a fighting champion, Cole just wants to stay champion. Cole will show he’s better, but Ricochet doesn’t think that’s possible. Whose name will be on those golden side plates when it’s all said and done?

 

Velveteen Dream heads to the ring!

The Patrick Clark Experience ended up all wet after his poolside summit with The Top One Percent. Dream wishes to speak ahead of his #TopOnePercentDreamMatch. “That’s funny, you cheer for the Dream.” You know what else is funny? EC3. EC3 is so smart, clever, and “oh so charming”. The fans chant “NX3!” for EC3, which annoys Dream a bit. But just like the fans, EC3 had the Dream’s curiosity. But now EC3 just has something he couldn’t buy if he tried. He has something that no one should want, he has the Dream’s attention. EC3 made an enemy out of Dream. “And this Saturday”, TakeOver: Brooklyn, it’ll be #DreamOver. But wait, here comes EC3 himself!

Ethan Carter III stares Dream down as he walks down the ramp. He has a mic of his own to speak. “So this is what it sounds like when doves cry?” Sick fanny pack, by the way. Fans chant “Fanny Pack!” while EC3 gets in the ring. EC3 knows what Dream’s up to, so don’t. He’s trying to get in EC3’s head, but EC3 lives in people’s heads. He paves parking lots in people’s heads, he builds theme restaurants in people’s heads, he builds condos in people’s heads. Dream’s head is a fixer upper, but EC3 will make that into profit. The time for talking is over, the time for fighting has come. And EC3 will add Dream to his streak of #VictoryAfterVictory after victory after victory–

After victory, yeah, Dream gets it! But there WON’T be an “after victory” after this. Dream vows that Brooklyn won’t have EC3’s hand raised. The only thing on EC3’s mind and the fans’ minds is #DreamOver. Fans troll Dream with “Fanny Pack!” EC3 tells Dream, while taking his jacket off, is that they don’t need to wait for Brooklyn. Dream responds as he takes off the fanny pack. They’re doing this now?! Dream takes off his jewelry while EC3 rolls up his sleeve. Dream fakes a bad shoulder, to then throw his vest! He unloads on EC3, but EC3 slips out of teh fireamn’s carry to give back some haymakers. EC3 lifts Dream, for the One Percent TKO! The Dream is down and dazed, will he be the other kind of over after Brooklyn?

 

NXT shares WWE Now’s coverage of the Aleister Black attack.

Cathy Kelly takes us on an indepth look at the footage NXT cameras managed to capture. The suspects are in order of their appearance as first, Johnny Gargano walks back inside the building as William Regal heads out. Second are the entire Undisputed Era, peeling out with their cars. Lars Sullivan is in a yellow shirt walking in the distance. Heavy Machinery are in the area as they’re documenting this for themselves, though they seem unlikely as they’re tag team competitors. However, next comes Kassius Ohno as he sits with Candice LeRae and Kairi Sane. Next come Wesley Blake and his new pals in Steve Cutler and Jaxson Ryker, who some know as calling themselves the Forgotten Sons, are headed out. The Finest, Kona Reeves is also there, but he shoos the cameras away.

There’s also Ricochet, who had himself only recovered from the Undisputed Era’s attack, on his way out. There’s also Velveteen Dream upset in the background while Shayna Baszler passes by, and then Cezar Bononi, Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel are around. The latter three might have done it to make an opening in the title scene for themselves, but that is anyone’s guess. Of course, there’s Tommaso Ciampa, where he and Gargano are both most likely given the Triple Threat status at the time. Last but not least is EC3. So many suspects with so many different reasons, who do you think did in the Dutch Destroyer?

 

NXT takes a look back at Gargano VS Ciampa.

They were team DIY, but paranoia and jealousy led to them breaking apart. Gargano’s goal became the NXT Championship, but guess who got there first? Hope is lost and faith is broken as Ciampa ends Gargano’s fairy tale. Gargano won the Unsanctioned Match to get his title back, but Ciampa won the Street Fight with his hands cuffed together. Ciampa used that to become #1 Contender, and then he used Gargano’s grudge as his opening to get the title. Gargano admitted his mistakes, which Aleister Black made him pay for with a Black Mass. But just as Aleister and Gargano were going to settle their score, Ciampa came in to mess it all up. Just as it looked as if this was truly Ciampa’s NXT, he gave Gargano a way back in.

The Triple Threat would’ve been Ciampa having to fight his past and his present, but then the mystery attack on Aleister complicated things again. Now it comes down to DIY’s Civil War one more time, and perhaps one last time, in a Last Man Standing Match! But understand the story: this isn’t Gargano’s story book ending, it’s Ciampa’s! One last shot, one last battle, and both sides vow to do whatever it takes to end it. Who will be standing at the end of TakeOver: Brooklyn?

 

Bianca Belair works her hardest at rehab.

Her injury has kept her out of the ring, but she vows to come back better than ever. She was already undefeated, but how much more will The EST gain on her way back?

 

Tyler Bate w/ Trent Seven VS Roderick Strong w/ Kyle O’Reilly!

Days before their third time around for the NXT Tag Team Championships, the student of Mustache Mountain and the Messiah of the Backbreaker go 1v1 to gain momentum! Will the Undisputed Era’s submission specialist be a distraction for Bate? Or will his Mustache Mountain mentor keep Kyle at bay?

The belts are put aside and the bell rings, Bate rushes Strong with a boot! Bate fires off in a corner, then around the ropes. Strong kicks and chops back, then whips. Bate reverses and back drops Strong! Bate throws hands in the corner, and even EuroUppers. He keeps on Strong in any corner, then whips. Strong reverses but Bate boots and knees Strong back. Kyle distracts but Bate fights him off. Strong yanks Bate off the top for a backbreaker! Strong rains down hands, then drops knees and stomps. Bate hits back but Strong chops him down. Strong stomps Bate more, then throws hands in a corner. He toys with Bate but Bate fires back. Strong drop toeholds to club away on Bate’s neck and back. He pulls Bate back in a half camel clutch while the fans duel.

Bate powers up and fights back. Strong half nelsons and gives Bate another backbreaker. Cover, TWO! Strong grabs Bate for a grounded abdominal stretch. Fans rally up for Bate while Strong bends and stretches him more. Bate gets up and out, then headbutts Strong. Bate gives a jawbreaker then a back elbow, but Strong throws haymakers and chops in return. Strong puts Bate on the top rope, then climbs up to join him. Bate resists, fights back with body shots and pushes Strong away. Strong comes back with another haymaker. Strong climbs back up, but Bate throws him off with a gordbuster! Bate flies with a flying EuroUpper! Both Seven and Kyle rally up for their tag partner, as do the fans. Bate throws hands but Strong gives them back, it’s a brawl.

Bop up, Strong sees Bang coming, but Bop comes around from below! Strong gets up but gets more haymakers and body shots from Bate. Bate fires off heavy hands, then whips Strong corner to corner. Bate hits a running EuroUpper, then an Exploder! He kips up, standing Shooting Star! Cover, TWO! Kyle is frustrated for Strong’s sake as Bate brings Strong up. Strong denies the airplane spin, then pops Bate up, but Bate huricanranas! Bate gets a back suplex bridge, TWO! Kyle coaches Strong up, but Bate gets him first. Bate underhooks, but Strong back drops Bate. Bate boots, then smacks him with a haymaker. Strong gives a forearm, and catches the rolling kick! He tries for the Strong Hold but Bate reverses to a wheelbarrow pin, TWO! Strong fires off forearms and elbows, then the corner shining wizard, to side slam! Cover, TWO!

Seven coaches Bate up while some fans hope they “Fight Forever!” The fans duel as Strong stands up. Strong brings Bate up. Strong suplexes but Bate knees out. Bate walks into another backbreaker! Then the End of Heartache, but Bate lands on his feet! Rebound lariat caught into a half nelson into a crucifix, TWO! Strong lunges, Bate dodges and hits the rebound lariat! Strong rolls all the way out, but Bate is in pursuit. Bate builds speed and FLIES! He manages to hit Strong, then he puts him back in the ring. Bate brings Strong up, double underhook, but Kyle distracts again. Seven takes Kyle out, but Strong rocks Bate. Strong wrecks Seven, then boots and enziguris Bate. He jumps, but into BANG! Strong elbows back, but Bate hits the rolling kick! Bate fires back up, gets the underhook, Tyler Driver ’97!! Cover, Bate wins!!

Winner: Tyler Bate, by pinfall

That was fast and furious, and all in just a singles match! The tag team match promises to be twice as nice, but who will come away with those belts in the tiebreaker in Brooklyn?

 


 

My Thoughts:

This was a fantastic go-home for NXT! Knowing the real world implications of Aleister’s current injury, they did a great job adjusting. Not only do they circle back to the great story between Gargano & Ciampa, but they’ve set up any number of routes for the “Who Attacked Aleister?” story. I feel it’d be too obvious if it was Gargano or Ciampa, or Lars Sullivan. They all have their reasons for wanting Aleister out of action, but that’s exactly why it wasn’t them. There are more interesting things to do with this, such as Kassius Ohno turning Heel while trying to get into the title scene by any means necessary. The same goes for any of the other superstars without a program going, like Bononi, Aichner, Barthel, etc. Unpredictability is always a great part of pro-wrestling, and NXT is surely going to do great with this necessary improvisation.

Street Profits VS The Mighty was a great opener, and I like that Profits go over by cheating the cheaters back. War Raiders have staked their claim to the next title match, but this will be good to keep the Tag Team Division strong in the meantime. Kairi did great upping her game while Shayna was watching. The timing of Shayna saying Kairi isn’t vicious enough, followed up by Kairi’s overkill of Aliyah was perfect for their story. I’m betting Kairi wins here because the story almost demands it, but Shayna might get it back at WWE Evolution per my Four Horsewomen VS Four Horsewomen idea being studded with titles at Survivor Series.

The Undisputed Era had a great group promo and then the Cole VS Ricochet video was great. They’ll likely hold onto the tag titles because Bobby Fish can be the interference man for that, but I feel Cole will lose to Ricochet as his comeuppance for being so cocky. Plus, Ricochet deserves a title because he’s so great in the ring and improving on the mic. EC3 VS Dream is going to be another one to watch, Dream is always in show-stealing segments. I would love if Dream won this one, as validation of his run. Strong VS Bate was so great, so fast and competitive, but again, Bate gets the win now because Undisputed Era keep the titles.

My Score: 8.5/10


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