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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 Women of Wrestling Results & Report! (1/18/19)

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WOW Women of Wrestling coverage

Prepare to be wowed by WOW, the Women of Wrestling! Who will be the first to step up to the Super Woman, Santana Garrett, on the very first night?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Beast VS Stephy Slays; The Beast wins.
  • Abilene Maverick VS Fire; Maverick wins.
  • Eye Candy VS Khloe Hurtz; Eye Candy wins.
  • WOW World Championship: Santana Garrett VS Jungle Grrrl; Jungle Grrrl wins by count out, Santana Garrett retains the WOW World Championship.

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Welcome to WOW!

The Women of Wrestling return to television with this season premiere! And what better way to kick it off than with THE WOW World Champion, Santana Garrett! The real-life Wonder Woman hits the ring with a newly designed title belt, and Santana is so happy to be here in front of the fans. And she’s especially proud to have her father, “TNT” Keny G watching live and in person. Both daughter and father are emotional over this moment. They’ve been through a lot, and they’re both so thankful that he’s here to cheer on his baby girl. The fans are happy for them, but here comes someone to crash the party! It’s Tessa Blanchard!

The second generation “Born Legend” stares down Santana, and takes the mic. Santana has her dad here, huh? Isn’t that sweet? Tessa says Grandpa Blanchard ran over his territory back in the day, while stepdad Magnum TA is one of the most respected men in this industry. And let’s not forget Tessa’s own father, THE Tully Blanchard, is a WWE Hall of Famer and an original Four Horseman! Keny probably laced up Tully’s boots. Actually, no, Keny probably carried Tully’s bags. WOW booker David McLane tries to keep the peace, but Tessa says Santana should be the one carrying her bags! David says Tessa coming in here bragging about her family tree doesn’t give her the right to just interrupt proceedings. Tessa says she’s not out here just to brag, she’s out here to go after the WOW World Championship.

David says that to get a shot at the title, you have to earn your way up. You don’t get something just because of dad, stepdad and granddad were special. Tessa says that because of who her dad is, she might as well be handed that belt. David asks Tessa to please leave. Tessa has to work for a shot. That’s fine by Tessa, she doesn’t want any trouble. But she will let Santana know that both she and the belt are Tessa’s. Santana says that she doesn’t see any of Tessa’s dads here. So get to the back of the line, girlfriend! Tessa smiles and nods, she knows she’ll get her match. But with the title on the line in the very first episode, will it be Santana Garrett or former champion, Jungle Grrrl, that Tessa will be targeting in the coming weeks?

 

The Beast has issued an open challenge!

She knows she’s the biggest and the baddest Woman of Wrestling, and looks to prove her superiority. She dares any woman in the locker room to step up and prove her wrong. While watching backstage, The Governor’s Daughter, Abilene Maverick, took advantage. Maverick tricked Stephy Slays about match times, and Slays was just a lamb to the slaughter! Slays realized she was fooled, but didn’t want to be a coward. She jumped into the ring, only to get demolished! Tonight, Slays wishes to prove she’s not so easily crushed. She takes on The Beast again, will she get payback on both Beast and Maverick? Or will it be more of the same?

 

The Beast VS Stephy Slays!

The bell rings and they tie up! Beast throws Slays into a corner hard! Slays gets right up, though, and goes again. Beast waistlock tosses Slays around, then SPEARS Slays to a corner! She rams shoulder after shoulder into Slays, then forearms! The ref counts and Beast backs off at 4. Beast runs in again but Slays dodges! Slays goes up and leaps, but into a belly2belly! Beast thrashes Slays then drags her up by her hair. Beast puts Slays in a corner then whips corner to corner for a big corner clothesline! Fans duel as Beast lifts Slays easily. Beast walks around and throws Slays with a Fall Away Slam! Slays rolls to ropes but Beast is on her again with another toss. Beast stands on Slays for a cocky cover, TWO!! Slays survives and shocks The Beast!

The Beast boots Slays back down and grins. She runs in but Slays rolls her up, ONE! Slays dropkicks and staggers Beast! Slays runs in again, victory roll countered to the Air Raid Siren! Cover, TWO!! Beast was cocky again but now she’s frustrated. Beast stomps Slays around, then drags her up for forearms. She kicks Slays while she’s down, then grins again. The sadistic specimen whips Slays corner to corner for another clothesline, then throws Slays with a gut wrench suplex! Beast grins as Slays slowly stands. Beast grabs Slays for a suplex, and slam! Cover, but Beast lets Slays up this time! Beast wants to make Slays pay for lasting this long, and she drags Slays up for a Beast Bomb!! Cover, Beast wins!

Winners: The Beast, by pinfall

Dominant for the second time against Slays, The Beast looks to be rolling on towards the title! Will she be the one to challenge the winner of tonight’s main event?

The Beast takes to the mic.

“I’m the biggest. I’m the baddest.” And she is THE BEAST! She roars in victory, will anyone ever come close to making a dent in her?

 

Introducing: Fire.

“My mom grew up in Georgia, my dad grew up in Mississippi, so I’m Southern Blood.” Fire was brought up in a strict upbringing, and she was a gifted student so there was a lot of pressure put on her to succeed. When she entered middle school, she went “off track”, and no one around her understood why. Fire was bullied for being smart, to the point of death threats. Wrestling was her way to feel stronger. Through wrestling, she realized anything was possible, like she could escape this reality. Fire steps up for who she really is, and for what she who to be. “If you want it enough, if you fight for it enough, there is no stopping you.” There is no stopping Fire now, will she blaze a trail to the title?

 

Abilene Maverick VS Fire!

The Governor’s Daughter shows off her new glittering robe as she makes her entrance, but we have a WOW debut for Fire tonight! Will Maverick be the first wrestler burned by Fire’s passion?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans fire up for Fire and she feeds off the energy. Maverick plugs her ears to ignore it all, and she pushes Fire down with a wristlock! Fire kips up and wrings Maverick out! Fire has an armlock but Maverick endures. Maverick rolls and scoop slams Fire fast! Fire gets up fast, and the two circle again. They tie up and Fire pushes Maverick back. Fire whips but Maverick reverses, only for Fire to slide under and hit a big dropkick! Maverick is reeling as Fire runs corner to corner for a splash! Fire keeps moving but misses this time. Maverick misses and Fire gets a waistlock. Maverick pries free to reel Fire in for a shoulder! She throws Fire down by her hair, then drags Fire up for a big back suplex! Cover, ONE!

Maverick keeps her cool while Fire crawls. Fans rally but Maverick grabs Fire to throw her back down. Fans boo but Maverick soaks up their heat. Maverick kicks Fire while she’s down, then drags her up by her hair again. Fire hits back with forearms, and then kicks. Fire runs, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fire keeps on Maverick at the ropes with a whip, but Maverick reverses to a drop toehold. Maverick grins as she picks Fire up again. Maverick rams Fire’s face back into the mat! Fire crawls while the referee reprimands Maverick. Maverick hotshots Fire on the ropes, then drags her over for springboard knee drops! Maverick soaks in the heat again, then runs corner to corner for a big knee! She kicks and rolls Fire, to mule kick her down! Cover, TWO!

Maverick keeps her composure as Fire continues to survive. Fans rally up for Fire again as Maverick drags her up. Scoop, but Fire slips out to shove! Fire dodges and elbows Maverick down! Fire rallies with more elbows, then brings Maverick to a snapmare and mule kick of her own! Maverick crawls and Fire runs corner to corner, big clothesline! She keeps going, hip attack! Then side to side for the shotgun dropkick! Cover, TWO!! Maverick survives and Fire can’t believe it! But fans fire up for Fire again as she drags Maverick back up. Fire fishermans, and swings for the neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!? Maverick survives and Fire is in shock! Fire keeps going, powered by the fans. She drags Maverick up again, but Maverick knees low, for the draping DDT!! Cover, Maverick wins!

Winner: Abilene Maverick, by pinfall

The Governor’s Daughter may not be the fan’s favorite, but she’s still the winner. Will Abilene make her move towards the WOW World Championship?

 

Abilene Maverick spots Stephy Slays in the medical area.

Wow, poor Slays didn’t learn her lesson the first time. But then Maverick gets a taste of her own medicine as The All Natural pushes her out of the way. It seems there’s someone with a bigger attitude than even Maverick. Will Khloe Hurtz bring the pain tonight?

 

Eye Candy VS Khloe Hurtz!

Sugary sweet but ready to fight, Eye Candy will look to ruin #KhloeTime tonight. Will Candy leave the fans with a sugar high? Or will the All Natural leave Candy crushed?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up and Candy rolls Hurtz, TWO! Candy is all smiles as she and Hurtz go again. Hurtz kicks low then wrenches to reel Candy in. Candy ducks and hooks, backslide! TWO and the two turn sideways. Candy and Hurtz fight for control, Candy drop toeholds into a camel clutch! She tucks Hurtz in for a cover, TWO! Hurtz runs in but Candy blocks to a suplex! Fans fire up with Candy as she hits a back senton! Cover, TWO! Candy keeps her cool as she drags Hurtz up into a fireman’s carry. Candy hits a rolling senton, then climbs up top. Hurtz trips her up, and hits a draping backstabber! Hurtz whips Candy corner to corner but Candy cartwheels and comes back with forearms! Candy even headbutts before adding the hip attack!

Fans fire up with Candy as she climbs up again! Candy shimmies and shakes then hits a big missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Hurtz survives and Candy can’t believe it! Hurtz’s Ring Rats grow concerned as Candy drags her back up. Fireman’s carry, but Hurts fights out again. Hurts fireman’s Candy, does some squats, then hits a Samoan Drop! Hurtz drops the leg! Cover, TWO! Candy survives and Hurtz can’t believe it! Hurtz drags Candy up and suplexes, but Candy resists. Candy hits back and wrenches to the fireman’s carry. Death Valley Driver! Candy drags Hurtz over, climbs up top, MOONSAULT! Cover, Candy wins!

Winner: Eye Candy, by pinfall

What a shocker! The sweet Eye Candy gets a big win on the series premiere! Will this shocker send Eye Candy all the way to WOW Championship contention?

 

Introducing: Siren.

The Voodoo Doll asks the WOW roster, “Would you like to know what The Siren has in store for you?” Let the cards tell your fate. The Devil: Siren is the change that is coming to Women of Wrestling’s landscape. The Five of Wands: currently, there is a power struggle in the locker room. But that top spot will soon belong to her. And finally, Death: Siren is the final transformation, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. Siren has been to Hell and back, and has regained her power. She will sacrifice WOW to the darkness! Who will be the first?

 

WOW World Championship: Santana Garrett VS Jungle Grrrl!

The Wonder Woman of Wrestling is just one of eight children in her family, but she and her father grew closer through wrestling. Keny G brought her into the fold, and now they’re both living a dream together! But she again faces the Alpha Female, the one and only woman to have yet to be pinned in a match! Jungle Grrrl became WOW World Champion, but ended up getting in over her head in a Triple Threat. Santana pinned The Beverly Hills Babe to win the title, shocking everyone. But now Santana must prove she can defeat Jungle Grrrl 1v1, can Santana prove she deserves to be champion?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Fans are already fired up as the two circle and tie up. Santana waistlocks but JG standing switches. Santana headlocks then wrenches the wrist. JG rolls and reverses to her own wristlock, but Santana rolls and handsprings to reverse back. JG uses the ropes to flip through and wrench Santana back. Santana counters with another headlock, then a roll to a cover, TWO and JG gets Santana with a ghost pin! TWO, and Santana Oklahoma rolls! ONE and JG sweeps to a cover, ONE! The two stare down as fans fire up again. Santana and JG nod with respect as they circle again. They tie up and go for a test of strength. JG bends Santana back but Santana bridges. Santana comes back and rolls back to reverse the knuckle lock!

Santana throws an elbow while maintaining the grip. She whips but JG reverses to dropkick her down! Cover, TWO! JG stalks Santana and scoops her up, for a Jungle Driver! Cover, TWO! Santana survives but JG keeps her cool. JG stomps Santana and heads for a corner. She climbs up to the top rope, familiar territory, and leaps for the Jungle Splash! But she flops! Santana hurries up but Tessa Blanchard appears! Tessa goes after Keny G’s oxygen! Santana rushes out at Tessa and a fight is on! Santana throws Tessa around and into the ring, but she wasn’t aware of a ring count! It hits 10, and Santana loses!!

Winner: Junger Grrrl, by ring out; Santana Garrett retains the WOW World Championship

Champion’s Advantage is the only thing that saves Santana’s reign, but she still got suckered by the Born Legend! And now Tessa brings the fight to Santana, with a Hammerlock DDT! But Jungle Grrrl gets back at Tessa with a Jungle Driver! Tessa screwed Jungle Grrrl over just as much as she did Santana, and now she has problems. But wait, The Beast goes after Jungle Grrrl! These top predators are face to face but referees hurry to keep them apart. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but TV time is running out just as things are getting wild! Will Tessa pay for her interference? Will The Beast replace Jungle Grrrl as the Alpha Woman of Wrestling?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Apparently, this isn’t the beginning of the Women of Wrestling’s history. They’ve been around for a long time, trying in 2000 but fading away, until being revived in mid-2012. But even if this wasn’t the true beginning, this was a good beginning for their AXS TV run. There’s a lot of backstory to get caught up on, but it would seem they made sure to give us those needed recap packages so new viewers aren’t too lost. Many of these alter egos and their elaborate packages make me feel like WOW is an all women’s version of Lucha Underground, which is known for having many wrestlers come up with alternate characters to fit their universe. And there are even shared talents between WOW and LU, such as Shaul Guerrero and Kobra Moon.

As such, the story behind The Beast VS Stephy Slays rematch was made rather clear. It was a good match and Slays got to show plenty of heart, but obviously heart alone isn’t enough. The Beast wins to establish herself as the monster Heel to new viewers. And with Abilene Maverick (Callee Wilkerson) picking on her, that seems like a story going forward. Maverick VS Fire (Taylor Lewis) was also a solid match, and Maverick won to help towards that story with Slays. Eye Candy (Willow Nightingale) VS Khloe Hurtz (Katie Forbes) was decent, and Candy wins mostly so that it isn’t all Heels winning. There are WOW World Tag Team Championships, but they’ve been vacated for years, so I’m wondering if any teams will form out of these midcard stories to give us more action with that.

The main event was pretty good, just not as a match. First, I wouldn’t announce time limits when we know the show is only an hour, it just seems like a waste. Second, Santana VS Jungle Grrrl really only got going when Tessa came out to Heel it up. Third, that 10 count was probably the fastest 10 count I’ve ever seen. But the brawl between Tessa and Santana, and then the impending brawl between The Beast and Jungle Grrrl just managed to salvage things. We have our stories going forward, and at the very least, I wasn’t bored to sleep. There are some things that need work, and this was a rather tough time to move into the television wrestling sphere, but this isn’t a bad program to give a fair shake.

My Score: 8/10


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NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 13

NJPW and AXS wrap up Wrestle Kingdom 13 with the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship! Will Kushida be able to deny The Bone Soldier, Taiji Ishimori?

 

This coverage of Wrestle Kingdom 13 will be as AXS TV broadcasts it.

Gifs can be found on http://frentique.tumblr.com/

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Gauntlet: Ryusuke Taguchi, Togi Makabe & Toru Yano win and will challenge Taiji Ishimori & The Guerrillas of Destiny for the titles at New Year’s Dash.
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Kushida VS Taiji Ishimori; Ishimori wins and becomes the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.

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NJPW and AXS set the scene for this year’s spectacular event!

The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship had a rocky 2018. The Ticking Time-Bomb, Hiromu Takahashi, had only just won the belt off of Will Ospreay, and moved on to defend it against fierce CMLL rival, Dragon Lee, at the G1 Special in San Francisco. Hiromu won but was badly injured from that fight, and so a tournament between the four previous title holders was held! Kushida defeated Bushi while Marty Scurll again got the better of Will Ospreay. And in the tournament finals, Kushida would defeat The Villain to become a six-time champion. Meanwhile, The Bone Soldier would be resurrected as Taiji Ishimori joined Bullet Club! Ishimori was a Super Junior finalist, but missed out on his chance at the title. Now he gets his chance to have the title for his own, can he throw down the Time Splitter?

However, Ishimori’s focus might be split, as he is also one third of the current NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions. Tonight, five top teams in the Six Man Tag Division will compete, and the last team standing moves on to New Year’s Dash to challenge Ishimori and the Guerrillas of Destiny! Who comes out on top aimed at the Bullet Club’s fiercest trio? That match, is now!

 

NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Gauntlet!

First out for this gauntlet are the Bullet Club Elite’s trio of Marty Scurll, Hangman Adam Page and Yujiro Takahashi! The Villain has his umbrella, Hangman has his rope and Tokyo Pimp has both cane and vivacious valet. Chase Owens also hangs around, for moral support. Their opponents are David Finlay, Jeff Cobb and Yuji Nagata! Will either of these teams be able to complete the gauntlet and make a run at New Year’s Dash?

The Bullet Club VS David Finlay, Jeff Cobb & Yuji Nagata!

The teams sort out and it’ll be Blue Justice starting against The Villain. Marty and Yuji circle and tie up, and Marty gets a waistlock. Yuji reverses but Marty rolls and spins to reverse back. Yuji gets a headlock takeover but Marty headscissors so Yuji pops out. The two stand off and fans applaud. They circle again, and Marty kicks low. Marty throws forearms but Yuji throws them back. Yuji runs but Marty dodges for the 52 Fake Out! Marty flaps his wings and runs, but Yuji dodges. Yuji fakes Marty out to dropkick! Yuji drags Marty up but Marty gets the fingers! Marty calls for silence, but Yuji breaks fre. Yuji sweeps the legs then ties them up for a deathlock! Marty crawls and gets the ropebreak! Yuji lets Marty go but grabs the legs again to tag to Cobb.

Cobb grabs Scurll but Scurll rakes the eyes! Scurll tags to Hangman, and both Hangman and Yujiro go after Yuji and Finlay! The Elite surround Cobb but Cobb fires off haymakers and chops on all of them! Cobb runs, but Yujiro drop toeholds. Scurll adds a basement dropkick and Hang,an hits the standing shooting star! Cobb rolls away while fans cheer The Elite on. Marty and Hangman run crisscross for a SUPERKICK to another shooting star! They take down Hawaiian Hulk and put him in the ring. Fans rally up as Yujiro keeps Cobb’s attention. Hangman slingshots for the Buckshot lariat! Cover, TWO! Hangman keeps his cool as he goes to lift Cobb. He gets Cobb up but Cobb fights out, so Hangman forearms. Hangman kicks but is blocked into a Fall Away Slam!

Both men crawl for their corners, and fans rally as hot tags are made to Finlay and Yujiro! Finlay rallies on Tokyo Pimp with forearms. They start brawling with forearm after forearm back and forth, then Finlay European Uppercuts. Finlay kicks but Yujiro blocks that to throw him down, then adds a basement dropkick! Yujiro hits a Fisherman Buster, covers, but Yuji and Cobb break it! Scurll and Hangman throw them abck out and brawl on the outside. Yujiro lifts Finlay but Finlay slips out for a urenage backbreaker! Finlay fires up but Yujiro denies the cutter. Yujiro pushes Finlay to ropes and Chase swipes at Finlay’s feet! Finlay grabs Chase’s hair, but gets caught. Hangman runs in but gets Chase instead!

Yujiro gets mad at Hangman and shoves him, but Hangman shoves Yujiro back! Finlay rolls Yujiro up, Finlay’s team ELIMINATES The Elite! Chase and Hangman start shoving and Scurll has to keep the peace. It seems the Bullet Club is still not fine, but the action rolls on! The third team is Chaos’ Hirooki Goto and the Best Friends, Chuck Taylor and Trent Baretta!

David Finlay, Jeff Cobb & Yuji Nagata VS Hirooki Goto & Best Friends!

NJPW on AXS returns as Goto, Trent and Chuckie T enter the ring. And before the bell rings again, Goto and Best Friends attack! Cobb and Finlay are thrown out while the Fierce Warrior stays on Blue Justice! The bell does ring and Goto stomps away in the corner. Yuji hits back with forearm and now it’s a brawl! Yuji hits and runs but Goto follows to run him over! Goto drags Yuji back up for a lift but Yuji reverses to the Fujiwara Armbar! Best Friends save Goto but Finlay and Cobb return. Chuckie T dropkicks Cobb out but Finlay dropkicks him back. Trent runs in but to a kick. Finlay whips but Trent comes back with a shotgun knee!

Fans applaud as Trent slingshots at Cobb, but Cob turns it into a powerbomb lift! Trent gets to the apron and mule kicks Cobb, and then Chuckie FLIES onto Cobb and Finlay! The Kentucky Gentleman wipes them both out at the ramp, but then holds them back up, for Trent’s BIG Asai Moonsault! Back in the ring, Goto fights with Yuji. Yuji fires off kicks then whips. Goto reverses and redirects, to scoop Yuji into Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO! Goto keeps his cool as he stomps Yuji out. He bumps Yuji in the corner then tags in Chuckie. Chuckie stomps a mudhole into Yuji then walks it off. He comes back to snapmare Yuji for a basement dropkick. Cover, TWO! Chuckie tags to Trent and Best Friends work together with double whips, elbows, and a hug! And then double elbows!

Trent stomps Yuji before bringing him up for a CHOP! He trash talks and pie faces Yuji before another CHOP. Trent whips but Yuji reverses into the Fujiwara! Chuckie attacks to save Trent, but then Finlay goes after Chuckie. Chuckie throws Finlay out and puts Yuji in the corner. Trent hits a running chop, Chuckie hits a clothesline, then he feeds Yuji to Trent for a tornado DDT. But Yuji powers out and gets Chuckie with an exploder! Trent kicks and whips but Yuji reverses to an overhead suplex! Fans rally as Yuji crawls for his corner. Hot tags to Cobb and Goto! Cobb fires off chops and haymakers on Goto, then whips corner to corner. He runs in for a BIG back elbow, then runs back in. Goto boots, runs, but into the Athletic Plex! Cobb standing moonsaults! Cover, but Chuckie breaks it!

Yuji throws Chuckie out as Cobb focuses on Goto. Cobb lifts Goto but Goto fights out of the Olympic Slam to get a sleeper! Goto rolls Cobb to a pin but Yuji breaks it. Goto and Cobb collide with clotheslines, but neither falls. They try again, but still neither falls. Cobb combs back but Goto deflects and spins to clobber him with a clothesline! Both men are down but fans rally up. Tag to Chuckie and he goes at Cobb in a corner. Chuckie goes corner to corner for a back elbow, then whips. Cobb holds the ropes, breaks free but gets a mule kick. Trent runs in to hit a back elbow, then Best Friends fire up with a double whip. Cobb reverses to pull them into each other, then he gives both Best Friends a single leg suplex! Fans fire up for Cobb’s superhuman strength.

Cobb tags Finlay, and Finlay hits Best Friends with back elbows! He goes corner to corner again and again, then hops up to hit Chuckie with a flying uppercut! He runs in but into Chuckie’s knee! Chuckie hits the snap piledriver! Cover, but Yuji breaks it! Goto and Trent throw Cobb and Yuji out and brawl on the outside. Fans fire up as Chuckie climbs. Chuckie moonsaults but FLOPS! Finlay rolls him up, Finlay’s team ELIMINATES Goto & Best Friends! An incredible roll already, but can Finlay, Cobb and Yuji keep it up? The fourth team is Suzuki-Gun’s Killer Elite Squad and Minoru Suzuki himself!

David Finlay, Jeff Cobb & Yuji Nagata VS Minori Suzuki & Killer Elite Squad!

NJPW on AXS returns as The Meanest Man in the World leads Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer to the ring. And much like Chaos did, Suzuki-Gun strikes the moment they hit the ring! Things spill out of the ring and Suzuki keeps on Finlay at the bell. Yuji whips DBS to the barriers and quickly tags in! An old feud reignites as Blue Justice goes after Suzuki with kicks. He whips corner to corner but Suzuki boots him back. Suzuki and Yuji throw forearms, then Suzuki slaps! Yuji slaps, and now it’s a slap fight! Neither man slows down, but Yuji does stagger Suzuki. Suzuki escapes the exploder and goes for a guillotine! Then Suzuki shifts to an Octopus Stretch! Yuji slips out to hip toss and exploder! Cover, TWO!

Yuji keeps on Suzuki with a suplex, but Suzuki slips out to a sleeper hold. DBS tags in and throws forearms. He whips Yuji but Yuji dodges and fakes him out to dropkick the legs! Yuji tags to Cob and Cobb fires off on DBS! Cobb tries to lift but DBS fights out. DBS kicks away but Cobb grabs the leg. Cobb gets DBS in the Olympic Slam! Cobb moonsaults but misses! DBS hits Cobb with a BIG Back Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! Suzuki and Yuji don’t stop brawling on the outside, and Yuji makes sure Suzuki doesn’t get away. Suzuki whips but Yuji reverses to send Suzuki into railing! Meanwhile, hot tags to Finlay and Archer! Finlay gets Archer with a Michinoku! Cover, TWO! DBS boots Finlay down, then KES hit Finlay with the Killer Bomb! Cover, Suzuki-Gun ELIMINATES Finlay, Cobb & Yuji!

The streak ends, and now we’re on to the fifth and final team! NJPW on AXS returns from break to reveal that it’ll be Ryusuke Taguchi, Toru Yano and Togi Makabe! But they don’t even make it to the ring before Suzuki-Gun strikes!

Minori Suzuki & Killer Elite Squad VS Ryusuke Taguchi, Toru Yano & Togi Makabe!

Suzuki-Gun throw hands and then throw their opponents into barriers! The ref has no choice but to ring the bell, and things slowly make their way to ringside. Suzuki whips Taguchi at the camera and sound crews, then he gets in the faces of commentary just because they’re there! Suzuki goes back to Taguchi to take off the rugby helmet and throw it at Taguchi. He puts Taguchi in the ring while Archer keeps on Makabe and Yano. Suzuki grinds his foot into Taguchi, then intimidates the ref. Suzuki drags Taguchi up for forearms, and Taguchi staggers about. Tag to DBS and he whips Taguchi for a boot. DBS pumps up and runs, for a leg drop, brother! Cover, TWO! DBS drags Taguchi up and tags Archer.

KES mug Taguchi, then scoop him for a double slam! Archer kicks Taguchi around, then drags him up for clubbing forearms. Archer climbs and goes Old School on the Funky Weapon, tagging Suzuki in as he does. Suzuki looms over the sputtering Taguchi, but he taunts Makabe and Yano. Taguchi hits back but Suzuki eggs him on. Taguchi keeps hitting but Suzuki rocks him with a right. Suzuki whips then dodges the Funky Weapon itself. He whips but Taguchi reverses to finally hit that Funky Weapon! Tag to Makabe! The Unchained Gorilla runs at Suzuki for corner to corner clotheslines! Then he roars as he gives corner punches! He hits all ten then laughs as he lifts Suzuki. Suzuki knees back then whips, and hits a boot in the corner. Suzuki snapmares then Penalty Kicks! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up while Suzuki toys with Makabe. Makabe forearms but Suzuki gives it back. They keep going, forearm for forearm, back and forth. Makabe eggs Suzuki on, so Suzuki sneers as he winds up. Suzuki hits a HEAVY forearm and grins as Makabe staggers. Makabe stands and hits Suzuki back. Suzuki gives another heavy shot and Makabe again staggers. But Makabe starts grinning, and hits Suzuki again. Suzuki hits, Makabe hits, and the brawl is on. Makabe runs but into a kick. Suzuki runs, ducks, but gets the clothesline! Both men are down and fans fire up! Hot tags to DBS and Yano! YTR rallies on DBS with eye rakes. Yano looks to Taguchi for the call and Taguchi uses baseball signals! DBS headbutts Yano before the order completes!

DBS whips Yano corner to corner but misses. Yano runs corner to corner, to get the buckle pad! Taguchi gives another signals, and Yano understands. But Yano misses with the swing and DBS boots him down! Archer hits Taguchi, and then KES work together. Killer Hart Attack! Cover, TWO?! Archer argues with the referee but they just go again, high low! Cover, TWO!? Archer again argues with the referee, but KES try one more move. DBS lifts while Archer climbs, they hit Yano with a frog splash sidewalk slam! Cover, but Taguchi saves Yano! Archer swings on Taguchi but Taguchi dodges and runs! Funky Weapon is caught, but Makabe saves him. Suzuki and Makabe brawl again, but Suzuki follows to get Makabe in a sleeper! Then, Gotch Piledriver set up, but Funky Weapon saves Makabe!

Only for Suzuki to get the sleeper hold again! But Taguchi gives an extra bump to break free, then he runs to hit teh Funky Weapon again! Everyone’s down, but KES go after Yano again. They drag him up, Killer Bomb denied! Double low blow, denied! But double FUNKY WEAPON hits! DBS boots Taguchi but Makabe runs in. DBS stops him and KES double whip. Makabe breaks through for double clotheslines! Neither man falls so Yano makes sure to bump the ref. Taguchi intercepts Suzuki, double low blows! Archer thrown out, Yano rolls DBD, Yano and team win!!

Winners: Toru Yano, Togi Makabe & Ryusuke Taguchi, Yano pinning; #1 contenders to the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships

The unlikeliest of trios wins it all! Suzuki is furious but all he can do is take it out on Young Lions. He grabs a chair and SMACKS away on them, then storms off to the back. Suzuki’s rage aside, will Taguchi, Makabe and Yano be able to pull off an upset against the Firing Squad? Is the New Year going to see new champions?

 

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Kushida VS Taiji Ishimori!

The Time Splitter is a six-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, but the new Bone Soldier is a three-time GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion. Who will prove themselves to be THE top Junior Heavyweight tonight?

Introductions are made, and a little Kushida comes out? Doc Brown Taguchi comes out and powers up the flux capacitor. And… BAM! Kushida’s all grown up! Science fiction aside, the belt is raised and we begin! Kushida and Ishimori circle and feel it out. They tie up and Kushida gets the wristlock. Ishimori rolls and handsprings to reverses. Ishimori whips but Kushida reverses, only for Ishimori to handspring over him. Thigns speed up and Kushida kicks otu the arm! Kushida already has his target but Ishimori rakes the eyes! Ishimori runs but things speed up again, Kushida hip tosses and cartwheel dropkicks! Ishimori rolls to a corner but Kushida follows up with a dropkick to that arm! Kushida runs more, tilt-o-whirl but Ishimori pops out. Kushida tries again and goes for the Hoverboard! Ishimori blocks to get Kushida’s arm in a Labell Lock!

Kushida endures as Ishimori bends him back. He rolls but Ishimori rolls through to keep the lock on. Kushida endures more but Ishimori wrenches harder. Kushida crawls for ropes and reaches, ropebreak with a foot! Ishimori lets Kushida go and Kushida rolls out of the ring. Ishimori stomps Kushida at the corner, then goes after him in a corner. Kushida chops back, but Ishimori gives his own chop! Ishimori wrenches and whips corner to corner, but Kushida reverses! Ishimori Spider-Mans through the ropes, and slides under Kushida. He goes back out to shoulder and springboard to drop Kushida with a flying lariat! Ishimori takes a moment to flex while Kushida clutches his shoulder.

Ishimori stalks Kushida to the ropes, then drags him up. Kushida hits back with forearms to the abs but Ishimori hits back. Kushida kicks Ishimori hard in the leg! Ishimori runs in and deflects boots to kick Kushida in the back! Kushida is stuck on the ropes as Ishimori runs side to side, and hits the sliding German Suplex! Fans rally as Ishimori springboards, 450 splash! But Kushida evades enough to get the arm! Ishimori resists as Kushida pulls, but Kushida gets the armbar! Ishimori endures, flails and reaches. Things shift, and now Kushida uses the Labell Lock! Ishimori endures and pries his way out, but gets caught in a triangle! Kushida throws elbows in, but Ishimori deadlifts! Fireman’s carry, but Kushida goes for his Hoverboard again. Ishimori slips out, runs, tilt-o-whirl takedown back to the Labell!

Kushida rolls through, and kicks at the arm. Ishimori avoids the kick, then kicks back. Ishimori clubs Kushida, then whips him. Kushida handsprings, but onto an Electric Chair. Kushida spins but is blocked! Ishimori brings Kushida back up, shifts to Tombstone position, for a gutbuster drop! But Kushida catches the feet! He passes Ishimori to the ref, to kick out the arm! Fans fire up with Kushida while Ishimori clutches his bad arm. Kushida grits his teeth, runs side to side, big enziguri! He keeps going, rolling Ishimori through to the package, but Ishimori counters back to his gutbuster! Cover, TWO!! Kushida survives and Ishimori is too sore to be frustrated.

Both men stir but Ishimori stands first. Ishimori drags Kushida back up, underhook, gutbuster! But Kushida makes it the Hoverboard! Kushida pulls on the double wristlock, but Ishimori moves around. Kushida rolls him and wrenches hard! Ishimori endures the twist in his arm, slips out the back, and rolls to fireman’s carry! Death Valley Driver!! But he’s too exhausted to cover! Both men stir and crawl again as fans rally. They get to opposite corners, and Ishimori runs in for a meteora! Ishimori drags Kushida back up, underhoo, but Kushida rolls to hit Back to the Future! But he’s not done there, he wants the sequel! But Ishimori resists, pushes Kushida away, and knee triggers! FAST BALL! Kushida runs, but into double stomps!

Ishimori roars as he drags Kushida back up. He underhooks, BLOODY CROSS!! Cover, Ishimori wins!!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall; NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion

The Bone Soldier grabs his first IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, and now reigns over the division!

Taiji Ishimori’s backstage interview

“I managed to catch that slippery otter.” And now Belt-san is with him. This must be tearing Kushida up inside. But from now on, as the champion, Ishimori will raise the bar for the NJPW Junior Division. “It’s reborn!” How long will this rebirth of the Junior Heavyweight Championship last?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A pretty good last part to AXS TV’s NJPW Wrestle Kingdom coverage. Of course, they kinda did things backwards. The first part was the big matches, the big finale with the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, so readers technically should go backwards with part 3 first, then part 2, then finish with part 1. Either way, the entirety of Wrestle Kingdom 13 was great, even these two opening matches. The trios gauntlet was pretty good for having a couple teams that seemed slapped together. I was really surprised to see it was one of those slapped together teams winning. Toru Yano, Togi Makabe and Ryusuke Taguchi are definitely a fun and funny trio, but I have no idea if they’ll be a match for Ishimori and Guerrillas of Destiny. Granted, Tama Tonga is trying to be a good guy, but on just pure ring skill, he, Loa and Ishimori should win.

And speaking of Ishimori, his match with Kushida was great. This match was so evenly booked that Ishimori came out as a slightly surprising winner. Just as I’d imagine this new Cutthroat Bullet Club keeping the trios titles, Ishimori will likely have the Junior Heavyweight Championship for some time. If Hiromu Takahashi makes a recovery and comeback, he’d be the only one right off the bat who could take the title in a rematch from their amazing Super Juniors match. And it could work for a Bullet Club VS Los Ingobernables de Japon scenario, since LIJ has a lot of the other belts.

My Score: 8.4/10


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