The Cruiserweight Champion needs a #1 Contender as we head towards Money in the Bank. Mustafa Ali wants a second chance while Buddy Murphy wants to guarantee he gets his first, who will win to challenge the #AgeOfAlexander? Plus, tag team action as the Lucha House Party confronts the Ungentle Men, Gallagher & Kendrick!
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- Jack Gallagher & THE Brian Kendrick VS Lucha House Party; Lucha House Party wins.
- Tony Nese VS Keith Clayball; Nese wins.
- Mustafa Ali VS Buddy Murphy; Murphy wins.
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Tonight is a big night for the Cruiserweight Division.
Not only is there a major tag team match, but two major singles match that could determine who faces Cedric Alexander for the Cruiserweight Championship. Jack Gallagher & THE Brian Kendrick declare themselves “the most dangerous tag team” on 205 Live, and these “Gentlemen with a Plan” look to crash the Lucha House Party. Lince Dorado & Gran Metalik tell Gallagher & Kendrick that what’s truly dangerous is their lucha speed and agility! The Premier Athlete, Tony Nese, missed out on being the #1 Contender, but vows that as the strongest, fastest and most athletic superstar in the division, he’s going to show the world why he belongs.
The Best Kept Secret wants his shot, and will get even with Mustafa Ali to do it. Ali sees Murphy cut weight, but hasn’t “cut the crap”. Tonight, the Heart of 205 Live proves it wasn’t a fluke that he won against Murphy during the Cruiserweight Championship Tournament. However, Murphy won’t stop until he has the title, so he’ll prove he’s the Juggernaut of the Cruiserweights!
Jack Gallagher & THE Brian Kendrick VS Lucha House Party!
The Golden Lynx & The King of the Ropes are red hot as of late, but now they go up against the cruel winter cold of the Ungentle Men. Can the fiesta fight on against such fierce and frigid foes?
The teams sort themselves out, and it’ll be Lince Dorado and– Drew Gulak? Well, no, he’s not part of this match, but he’s coming out anyway?
Gulak joins commentary, shaking only Nigel McGuiness’ hand. He explains that he wishes to add his own expert analysis to this tag team contest. The match continues without further delay, and Jack Gallagher starts against Lince Dorado. Dorado and Gallagher circle, and the “Lucha! Lucha!” chants start up while Kalisto spins the matracas. Gallagher is not amused as he ties up with Dorado. Gallagher throws Dorado down with a headlock takeover. Dorado headscissors out, but Gallagher rolls and works on a way out. Gallagher headstands but Dorado pushes him down. Gallagher tries again, but Dorado pushes him again. The Extraordinary Gentleman tries again, but Dorado spanks him! Gallagher pops out but goes scampering to his corner.
The “Lucha! Lucha!” chants start up again as Gallagher and Dorado tie up. Dorado trips Gallagher up for the double wristlock cover, but Gallagher bridges at TWO. Dorado goes to use his weight but Gallagher pushes him away then monkey flips him over. Gallagher rolls his way back but now Dorado pushes him, then hops up to sunset flip over. TWO, into a seated cover, ONE, Dorado’s cover, ONE, Gallagher’s, ONE, and repeat. ONE, ONE, ONE, ONE, ONE ONE ONE, Dorado finally stops the rolling, TWO. Dorado is dizzy while Gallagher is groggy, but Dorado still ducks the punch. Gallagher falls over, and Dorado falls for a planking splash, cover, TWO. Dorado clears his head and drags Gallagher up, then tags in Metalik. Lucha House Party double whip Gallagher, then drop toehold to a springboard missile dropkick! Cover, TWO.
Gulak disapproves of the flashy lucha style that wastes time and energy. Metalik brings Gallagher up for an overhand chop, then whips Gallagher, but Gallagher reverses. Metalik handsprings but Gallagher evades, only to miss the clothesline. Kendrick tags in, and Gallagher runs into a back drop, but Metalik sees Kendrick coming and tosses him out to join Gallagher. Metalik builds speed, and even as Gulak disapproves on commentary, Metalik FLIES!
Down goes Gallagher! The fans chant “Lucha! Lucha!” while Metalik puts Gallagher in the ring. The referee explains Gallagher isn’t the legal man, it’s Kendrick. And Kendrick returns with an enziguri to the back of Metalik’s head! Cover, ONE, but Kendrick keeps between Metalik and Dorado. Kendrick boots Metalik down while Gulak approves of the grounded style. Kendrick crossface punches Metalik, then mocks the Lucha dance. He brings Metalik over, and Gallagher tags back in to mug Metalik. Gallagher grabs Metalik’s fingers and bends them back as far as he can. Metalik endures the arm torture while the Lucha House Party rallies. Metalik stands up and fights back, but Gallagher gives him a swift body shot.
Gallagher brings Metalik back to his corner for a buckle bump, then tags in Kendrick. Gulak approves again while Kendrick stomps on Metalik with Gallagher anchoring the legs. Kendrick toys with Metalik, then brings him into a chicken wing clutch. Lucha House Party and fans rally for Metalik, and he fights his way up and out. Kendrick knees low, then whips Metalik at his corner. Metalik fights off Gallagher and dives past Kendrick, but Kendrick grabs his leg. Kendrick pulls Metalik back, but Metalik throws hands. Kendrick whips Metalik at the corner, but Metalik uses that to knock Gallagher down. Metalik dodges Kendrick, hot tag to Dorado!
Dorado rocks Kendrick with a Listo Kick, then brings him down with a springboard crossbody. He keeps moving, sliding off Kendrick’s back to then throw him with a headscissors. Dorado drops Kendrick with dropkick after dropkick, then blocks the kicks to give a chop. He whips but Kendrick reverses, so Dorado uses that to handspring, into the Golden Rewind stunner!
Cover, Gallagher breaks it! Gallagher goes after Metalik and knocks him down, then helps Kendrick up. Kendrick puts Dorado in the corner, then Gallagher tags in. While Kendrick keeps Dorado trapped, Gallagher runs corner to corner and back again, for the Extraordinary Dropkick! Kendrick finishes with Sliced Bread!
Gallagher covers, Metalik breaks it! Gallagher goes after Metalik, and Kendrick joins in. They double whip Metalik but Metalik goes up and around for a crossbody! Kendrick & Gallagher catch Metalik together, then toss him up, but Metalik lands on his feet. Dorado returns, and the double SUPERKICK Gallagher & Kendrick! Gallagher & Kendrick slip out of the ring, Lucha House Party builds speed, for double DIVES!
Dos Tope Suicida! Dorado puts Gallagher in, then climbs up, for a Golden Shooting Star!
Cover, Lucha House Party wins!
Winners: Lucha House Party (Dorado & Metalik), Dorado pinning
Gulak dares Dorado to try that on him. But the Cruiserweight Crusader’s bad mood aside, Lucha House Party earn a victory their way. With tag team wrestling growing stronger and stronger in the Cruiserweight Division, will there be an official Cruiserweight Tag Team Division in the near future?
Mustafa Ali speaks.
“This path runs right into Buddy Murphy.” Ali knows Murphy is like stone, a human wall, but guess what? Mustafa Ali is known for breaking down barriers. Murphy is built for show, Ali is built to go, and this isn’t about wins and losses, “this is about clearing the way.” Murphy has two options: “Move, or I’ll make you.”
Buddy Murphy talks to Tony Nese.
The Best Kept Secret tells the Premier Athlete not to worry about his loss in the Gauntlet match. Move on, worry about the future, because he knows what he has to do. Nese nods, and wishes Murphy luck in his own match. Dasha Fuentes then enters to interview Murphy. What does he wish to accomplish in tonight’s match with Ali? “Since coming to 205 Live, I’ve got one blemish on my record.” It’s his loss to Ali in the Cruiserweight Championship Tournament. Murphy was adjusting to the weight cuts back then, but now he’s unstoppable. He’ll continue that, he just hopes “the champ” is watching. Will the Aussie Antagonist avenge his loss to Ali to then go after Cedric Alexander?
Tony Nese VS Keith Clayball!
The Premier Athlete seems to have a new buddy in Buddy Murphy. Can Nese keep Murphy’s advice in mind and snap back from losses in the Cruiserweight Championship Tournament and Cruiserweight Contender Gauntlet to truly make 205 Live his show?
The bell rings, and Nese circles with Baltimore’s Clayball. Nese throws Clayball to a corner, then toys with him while flexing. He trash talks Clayball and the fans, then chops Clayball. Nese whips Clayball corner to corner, kicks, knee lift and sweep before embracing the heat. Clayball crawls to ropes but Nese still toys with him, kicking him all around the ring. Nese brings Clayball up and puts him in a Tree of Woe before stomping away. The referee backs Nese off, but Nese returns for Full Contact Cardio. Clayball falls out of the Tree while Nese flexes again.
Nese runs in at Clayball but Clayball evades. Fans cheer as Clayball fights back and runs, but he runs into a big back elbow from Nese. Nese whips Clayball to run him over again. Nese drags Clayball up from the apron to sweep the legs out. Clayball tumbles, Nese runs and rocks him with that roaring left elbow! Nese isn’t done there, he puts Clayball back in the ring and in a corner. He brings the knee pad down, and runs for the Premier Kneese!
Cover, Nese wins!
Winner: Nese, by pinfall
The Premier Athlete dominates, wins, and has his Premier Ego back to 100%. Will he get back to winning ways and find himself at the top of the Cruiserweight Division?
205 Live looks closer at Hideo Itami.
He came to the WWE and NXT to show that he is a star. Triple H had high hopes for the Strong Style wrestler from Japan, as did the other superstars in NXT with him. Unfortunately, his rise to the top was side tracked by injuries. And when he did come back, he struggled to get the respect he thought he deserved. Itami would go from NXT to the Cruiserweight Division, and from being a singles competitor to being in a team with fellow Japanese superstar, Akira Tozawa. This was a move Itami didn’t like.
Their team had a miscommunication in the Tornado Tag with Lucha House Party, and that cost them the match. He was able to swallow his pride and teamed with Tozawa against old foes Jack Gallagher & THE Brian Kendrick. However, more miscommunication would again cost them. That was the last straw for Itami. “Tozawa made a big mistake.” What will come of this tag team break-up?
Drake Maverick meets with the Cruiserweight Champion, Cedric Alexander.
Maverick will let Alexander off easy for his brawl with Buddy Murphy last week. He just wants to make sure it won’t happen again in the main event. Alexander says that Murphy made his statement and Alexander made his. He’ll take a back seat while Ali makes his own statement. But Alexander promises that if and when he gets in the ring with Murphy, he’ll finish the fight Murphy started. Maverick understands that, and it relates to why they’re meeting. Alexander is the Cruiserweight Champion and therefore the face of both the division and 205 Live. And next week, 205 Live will be in London, England. Ever been? Alexander has, actually. Maverick recommends the Sussex Arms.
But that aside, the entire roster will join up and compete with the UK Division while they’re there. Maverick wants Alexander to encourage the other Cruiserweights to step up and show what they’ve got, because it’s going to be a perfect showcase of what both Divisions can do. Alexander likes that, so long as the UK boys bring their A games, too. When worlds collide across the pond, which Division’s superstars will show themselves the superiors?
Mustafa Ali VS Buddy Murphy!
The Beacon of Light defeated the Cruiserweight Juggernaut in their Cruiserweight Championship Tournament showdown, but Murphy claims he’s adjusted to his new weight. Will Murphy’s adjustments help him win this time around? Or will Ali go up 2-0 on the Best Kept Secret?
The bell rings and the two slowly circle. Murphy rushes in but Ali evades. Murphy corners Ali and pushes him into the buckles, but Ali dodges his forearm to give a chop. The chop was sharp, but Murphy just brushes it off. Murphy corners Ali again, but Ali goes up and over. Murphy trips him up but Ali avoids the stomp, then builds speed as he ducks Murphy’s punches. Ali goes for the headscissors but Murphy halts that with pure power! Murphy swings Ali back up, but Ali slips out to chop him again. That chop did a bit more, but Murphy stays standing. Ali chops again, and starts to hurt his own hand. Ali tries to whip Murphy but Murphy halts that with pure power.
Murphy reels Ali in, then whips Ali, but Ali sunset flips up and over. Murphy rolls through, matchbox cover, but only to deadlift Ali up! He goes to powerbomb, but Ali counters with the headscissors! Murphy tumbles through the ropes but gets back to his feet. Murphy climbs up on the apron, but Ali dropkicks him back down. Ali builds speed, then rocks Murphy with a wrecking ball dropkick. Murphy collides with the announce desk, and Ali takes aim, to slingshot over! Murphy gets out of the way but Ali lands on his feet. Ali turns around but into Murphy’s kick, and then Murphy lifts Ali for a running suplex! Ali hits the ground with a thud, but it took a lot out of Murphy, too.
Both men stir while the fans rally. The ring count reaches 4 before Murphy stands. Murphy drags Ali up and into the ring at 6, then covers, TWO. Murphy keeps on Ali as he whips him hard into a corner. Ali clutches his back but Murphy keeps going with another hard whip into the other corner. Murphy whips Ali again, then throws Ali with a back drop. Alexander watches backstage as Murphy looms over Ali. Murphy scrapes Ali’s face with his boots, then kicks Ali in the back. He sits Ali up to kick him again, then tells everyone to “Shhh”. Murphy runs, and goes to kick, but puts on a chinlock instead.
Fans rally for Ali, and Ali fires up as he stands. Ali breaks free with a jawbreaker, but Murphy reels him back in for a back suplex. Ali slips out, then ducks under the backhand, but Murphy follows through. They both run, and collide with double crossbodies!
Ali and Murphy are reeling from the collision, but fans are rallying. A ten count begins, and reaches 4 before both men start sitting up. Murphy stands first, and brings Ali up, but Ali hits back with body shots. Murphy knees low, then whips, but Ali kicks him away. Ali reaches for Murphy but Murphy shoves him away, so Ali flapjack dropkicks on the rebound. Ali takes aim from the corner, then runs in to rally with forearms and elbows. He whips Murphy but Murphy reverses. Murphy runs in but Ali slips out and roundhouses Murphy from the apron. Ali fires up the fans, then slingshots in, but Murphy spins Ali around to deny the facebuster and put on a sleeper hold.
Ali flails and backs Murphy into a corner, but Murphy grabs hair to put the sleeper back on. Murphy squeezes but Ali still backs him back into the buckles. Murphy uses the momentum to throw Ali into the corner, but Ali puts the sleeper on Murphy! Now Murphy backs Ali into buckles, Ali lets go but hops back on for the sleeper! Ali’s weight brings Murphy to his knees, Murphy starts fading. Murphy holds on, and gets a second wind as he runs and cannonballs into buckles!
Both men go down, out of breath from the hold and the impact. Fans rally for Ali, but both men sit up. Murphy stands, then toys with Ali. He drags Ali up, kicking at Ali’s head and face. Ali fires up and rocks Murphy with a right forearm! Murphy shakes his head and grins, but Ali hits him with another and another and another forearm. Ali fires off, but Murphy fires back with his strike fest. Ali dodges the knee, then kicks, but Murphy blocks it to flip Ali back. He lands on his feet, then tosses Murphy back out of the ring. Murphy stays on the apron and shoulders in, but Ali counters dodges and runs in, tilt-o-whirl draping DDT!
Murphy goes down, Ali covers, TWO! And Ali can’t believe it! He glares at Murphy, then stands up to drag Murphy up. He puts Murphy in a corner, then hoists him up to the top rope. Ali throws hands, then climbs up to join Murphy. Murphy resists, then fights back to toss Ali down. Murphy climbs down to kick Ali, then drives in a knee trigger. He keeps going, deadlifting Ali up onto his shoulder, for an AK DDT!
Cover, TWO!! Murphy is too tired to express his shock or frustration. Alexander is still watching, and is anxious as he watches his friend and his foe going to the limit. Murphy sits up, drags Ali to his feet, but Ali trips him up for the jackknife cover. TWO, and Murphy blocks Ali’s kick into a powerbomb! Then the deadlift for the second, and then the third!
The referee checks on Ali while keeping Murphy back. This is just like last week, with Murphy’s TKO victory. Murphy laughs, saying the ref should end it here. Ali is rocked but somehow tells the ref he can continue. He dares Murphy to bring more! So Murphy does, with a fourth powerbomb lift, that Ali counters into the facebuster!!
Cover, TWO!! And Ali still can’t believe it. Both Ali and Murphy are down, but stirring. Murphy rolls himself to the ropes while Ali sits up. Ali rolls over to join Murphy on the apron. Ali formulates an idea, and hoists Murphy up to the top from the outside. He joins Murphy up there, but Murphy pushes Ali back! Ali backflips to land on his feet like a cat! Murphy leaps, but Ali SUPERKICKS him out of the sky!!
Both men are down again but the fans are loving this. Ali hurries to put Murphy back in the ring. Cover, ROPEBREAK. Ali grows frustrated, but he has one more idea. He climbs up top, with flashbacks to their Cruiserweight Championship Tournament match. Ali takes aim at Murphy’s arm, and 450 splashes, onto nothing! Murphy moves just in time to let Ali hit the mat! Murphy goes after Ali’s arm with a knee drop, then drags Ali up to throw the bad arm into a post. He throws Ali down with an arm wringer, but he’s not done there. Murphy goes to throw Ali’s arm into another corner, but Ali reverses to throw Murphy in instead. Ali rolls Murphy up, TWO!
Murphy gets up but runs into a back elbow. Ali leaps, but his tornado DDT is blocked. Murphy grabs the bad arm and hammerlocks it, and tells Ali he should’ve stayed home before throwing that bad arm into the post! Murphy then drags Ali back out, and puts him in the pumphandle, for Murphy’s Law!
Cover, Murphy wins!
Winner: Murphy, by pinfall
The Best Kept Secret kept his promise to get even with Ali. Now he turns his full attention to the Cruiserweight Championship. Will this win here tonight prove Murphy is worthy of challenging Cedric Alexander?
205 Live and the Cruiserweights were not part of Backlash, so they aren’t tainted by the aura of disappointment. Even so, they did great again tonight. Lucha House Party VS “Gentlemen with a Plan” was a great opener, and the biggest surprise was Gulak’s appearance. I sense he’ll join up with Gallagher & Kendrick in some way to match up with the luchador trio. I hope this doesn’t spur WWE to make the Cruiserweight Tag Division into a trios division, but having a grappling ground game trio of Gulak, Gallagher & Kendrick would still be a great combination. Maybe we’ll get a Six Man Tag between the two trios before introducing tag titles. The Itami video was great for recounting everything essential about him, but just drives home how I didn’t want him and Tozawa to break up before a tag division was even established.
I’m glad to hear that next week is another crossover of Cruiserweights and United Kingdom Divisions. Hopefully this helps spark the actual relevance of the UK Division in WWE’s eyes. Tony Nese has a good showing, but the only thing about his match that was lacking was the choices made by production. Why did they use the one angle that exposes how the Premier Kneese didn’t even come close to hitting the opponent? That aside, Nese and Murphy forming a friendship of some kind could give us a brand new team for the Cruiserweight Tag Division should Murphy not win the singles title. Murphy and Ali have a stellar match, as good as anything on SmackDown or Raw this week. Murphy wins because he’s clearly on a roll as the monster Heel of the division. His match with Alexander could go either way, I just hope it happens on PPV.
My Score: 8.5/10
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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Results & Report! (9/24/18)
After being ambushed and screwed out of a championship match, The Revival returns to get revenge and the Raw Tag Team titles from McIntyre & Ziggler!
- Finn Balor w/ Bayley VS Jinder Mahal w/ Alicia Fox; Finn wins.
- Six Woman Tag: The Bellas & Natayla VS The Riott Squad; win(s).
- Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush VS Elias; wins.
- Raw Tag Team Championships: Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler VS The Revival; win(s) and
- Six Man Tag: The Shield VS Baron Corbin & ???; win(s).
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Baron Corbin greets the returning Raw Commissioner, Stephanie McMahon!
And it’s her birthday! Corbin begins singing for her, but then Triple H exits the limousine, too. Corbin promises everything is set up for her in her office and offers to lead the way. Stephanie tells Corbin that whatever she has to say to and about Corbin, she can say in front of everyone in the WWE Universe. HHH says this must be awkward for Corbin, so he’ll just leave. Stephanie says she thought Corbin could do the job Kurt Angle couldn’t. Corbin tries to make excuses but she cuts him off by saying she expected him to make good decisions, the right decisions. Was Corbin putting himself in a match for the WWE Universal Championship a good decision?
Corbin admits that was too much, but The Shield keep provoking him. They’re running wild. So then he admits he has no control over the show? Mistakes can be tolerated, but excuses aren’t. If Corbin wants to get the Shield in line, grab two tag partners and settle this in the ring. Otherwise, Angle might be back from “vacation” sooner than anticipated. What is the Lone Wolf to do about the Hounds of Justice? Speaking of…
The Shield heads to the ring!
Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns are going to be back in action as the full trio here in tonight’s main event! But that means there’s a couple hours for Constable Corbin to find compatriots to fight one, if not THE, most dominant trio in WWE History. At the same time, it will be quite the chance for The Shield to warm-up before Super Show Down’s showdown with The Pack. But as for right this moment, The Shield hears Denver out on their ovation before speaking.
“What you are looking at are the three workhorses of WWE.” Ambrose knows they’ve lost battles here and there, but they’ve never lost the war, because they’re still standing. Roman says their resumes would take all day to read. But the fact is, they can lift up two title belts. The championships are the keys to the kingdom, and everyone should want them. It’s why Brock Lesnar came back, it’s why Baron Corbin put himself in title matches, because the titles will change your life. But the only men that deserve championships are the ones in this ring right now. Rollins says that Raw is and will always be about being the best. That’s what The Shield are. Braun Strowman wanted power so bad, he’s recruited a “pack of jackasses”.
As for Corbin, “the world’s largest substitute teacher”, he has a problem with The Shield. He’s to get a couple of partners to show everyone who’s the boss. Well The Shield is here now, they can show how big of a problem they are right NOW! Baron Corbin appears and does his best to laugh it all off. Corbin lets everyone know that tonight is Stephanie’s birthday. And he’s not going to let Raw erupt into madness like it has these last few weeks. Corbin puts his foot down tonight. Because he and his partners are going to rag doll The Shield while impressing Stephanie. Corbin and his partners will expose the Shield as “a bunch of selfish individuals.” No one likes The Shield, and that includes The Pack! Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre all walk out, microphones in hands.
Fans still chant “Get These Hands!” for the Monster Among Men as he stares at The Shield. Strowman hopes Roman shines that belt up real nice, because he wont’ be wearing it for much longer. As for the entire Shield, there are cracks already forming, and then they’ll implode all over again. Super Show Down will be two against four, and it’s not about Corbin. Rollins points out the bad math, maybe they need to brainstorm together on this. Strowman wants them to check the mat with Ambrose, because perhaps Ambrose sees the light. The Shield needs Ambrose but he doesn’t need The Shield. Two years ago, on SmackDown, Ziggler was there when Ambrose was WWE World Champion all by himself. Ambrose had fire in his eyes, but now his brothers have everything and he has nothing.
Rollins and Roman shrug this off, but McIntyre uses his brutal honesty to point something out. Ambrose pushed Mcintyre to his absolute limit, that was a close match. McIntyre wants Ambrose to look him in the eyes. The Shield does not appreciate Ambrose, and Ambrose deserves more. Ziggler wants “Disposable Dean” to realize something. Rollins asked Ambrose to help him in order to fight Ziggler. And then Roman needed Ambrose to stop the Monster in the Bank’s cash-in. What has Ambrose gotten in return for any of that? Nothing. Rollins: champion. Roman: champion. Ambrose: chump. Ziggler even uses Rollins’ interruption as a reason Ambrose isn’t needed. Ambrose goes down and how long does Rollins wait to replace him with Jason Jordan? And did they even communicate while Ambrose was out?
Ziggler points out another thing. Ziggler & McIntyre are Raw Tag Team Champions. Strowman can beat Roman for the Universal Championship. So maybe Ambrose becomes Intercontinental Champion with them? Think about it, because it’s all true. But Roman tells Ziggler to shut up with all this already. The fans aren’t here to watch people talk. They’re here to watch The Shield whoop The Pack’s ass. Strowman leads the charge but Corbin keeps the peace. This is not happening like this. Fans chant “YES! YES!” but Corbin stands firm. The tag team champions have their match but Corbin and his partners will “spoil your little reunion before it even begins.” The matches have been set, but will The Shield stay unified? Or will Ambrose give in to the mind games?
Finn Balor w/ Bayley VS Jinder Mahal w/ Alicia Fox!
Raw plugs the Mixed Match Challenge as the Extraordinary Man goes 1v1 with the Modern Day Maharaja while their partners are in their corners. Can Finn score points for Team B ‘n’ B before tomorrow night’s MMC? Or will Alicia’s #InnerCrazy rub off on the man of peace?
The bell rings and fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” Mahal puts Finn in a corner then throws heavy hands and stomps. Mahal scoops and slams Finn, then grins as he looms over the inaugural Universal Champion. He puts on a chinlock and Finn endures as Bayley and the fans rally. Mahal drives his knees into Finn, then grinds on a headlock. He gets the headlock takeover, but Finn works against it. They stand up and Finn powers out, only for Mahal to run Finn over. Mahal wraps the chinlock back on, but fans still rally with Bayley. Finn stands and powers out again. This time, Finn ducks and dropkicks Mahal! Finn clotheslines Mahal out, then builds speed to FLY! Direct hit! Finn flexes while we go to break.
Raw returns and Finn fights out of a waistlock. Mahal knees low then whips to then kick Finn down. Fans chant “Jinder Sucks!” but Mahal tunes it out as he chokes Finn against the ropes. Mahal drops springboard knees then grinds a knee into Finn’s ribs. He drags Finn up for a standing abdominal stretch. Finn endures while fans rally again. Mahal drives in elbows, then pulls on Finn more. Finn works against the hold and pops out, only to get a knee to the ribs. Mahal throws a haymakers, then sunset flips, but Finn rolls through to dropkick Mahal down! Both men get to opposite ends, and Finn boots Mahal away. Finn dodges Mahal to hit him down with forearms. Finn gets the takedown then the double stomps!
Fans fire up with Finn as he runs into the corner for the chop! He whips but Mahal reverses. Finn goes up and over but get a kick! Mahal hops up but Finn swing kicks him down! Finn climbs up and aims at the drop zone. Mahal springs up but Finn jumps over him to come back with a slingblade! Finn takes aim, but Sunil Singh trips him up! Mahal rolls Finn up, TWO! Mahal kicks low, then elbows Finn down. He runs but Bayley trips Mahal up now! Alicia protests but fans are on Bayley’s side. Foxy and the Huggable One come face to face. Alicia swings but Bayley counter punches! Sunil looks to defend Alicia’s honor but gets a Bayley2Belly! Finn rolls Mahal, Finn wins!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall
The Extraordinary Man takes the win and helps his team gain ground for the Mixed Match Challenge. Will this be a preview of the future? Or will #Mahalicia turn things around? One thing is for sure, Mahal takes his frustrations out on Sunil. They go into the ring, and with Alicia cheering him on, Mahal roughs Sunil up more. Mahal calms himself, and forces Sunil to go along. They chant “Shanti~”, but will this partnership be anything but stable?
Six Woman Tag: The Bellas & Natayla VS The Riott Squad!
After Ruby, Sarah & Liv ruined the Queen of Harts answering Ronda Rousey’s open challenge, these three former Diva’s Champions team up to show the new generation how it’s done! Can Natty, Nikki & Brie win before the Squad #StartaRiott?
Raw returns and the Juvenile Delinquent, Liv Morgan, starts against “Fearless” Nikki. They tie up and Nikki throws Liv. Liv comes back with a Thesz Press and then fast hands. Liv kicks Nikki then runs, but Nikki follows to run her over with a shoulder. Nikki drags Liv up for a hammerlock backbreaker. Cover, ONE, but Nikki keeps on Liv by grabbing some hair. Tag to Brie and the Bellas work together to double leg sling Liv. Cover, TWO, but Nikki drags Liv up. Brie gives Liv some Yes Kicks for the Squad. Fans chant “YES! YES!” with every kick, then Brie covers Liv. TWO, but barely. Brie drags Liv up and around, but Liv powers Brie to the Squad’s corner. Tag to Ruby and Sarah helps Liv get out. Ruby stomps a mudhole into Brie, then drags her up into a headlock.
Ruby throws Brie with a headlock takeover but fans chant “Brie Mode!” Brie endures and then makes the hold a cover. Sarah distracts so the ref is late to the count. ONE and Ruby maintains the lock. They stand up as fans rally again. Brie fights back with body shots, but Ruby reverses a whip. Ruby runs into an elbow, Brie hops up to hit the missile dropkick! Ruby gets to ropes, but Brie Mode knee takes her out! Cover, TWO, but Brie keeps on Ruby. She suplexes but Sarah helps Ruby. Nikki comes in but so does Liv, so Natty comes in. It’s a TRIPLE suplex in favor of Natty & The Bellas! The Squad regroups while fans cheer on the veterans. But Brie goes out to fetch Ruby. She puts Ruby in but gets blasted back out. The Squad takes control while we go to break.
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Andrew’s Stardom 5 Star Grand Prix Red Stars Ratings & Review: Day 7 & 8
We get another combined article because of the way Stardom likes to stagger matches in this tournament.
Day 7 actually didn’t have any Blue Star matches at all, so now the articles will be titled a little differently. I need that Rick and Morty clip about getting your shit together and direct it at Stardom booking. Oh wait, I can!
So with that established, I guess we should look at the matches to come. Tam is eliminated but still has 3 matches to go. So she can go from a measly 2 to a respectable 8 if she can put a few wins together. Utami and Rachael however are still very much in the thick of things, and even face one another on Day 8.
Let’s find if anyone else gets eliminated, or if we continue to have the top half stay alive.
Rachael Ellering vs Tam Nakano
Rachael’s promo is fake and over enthusiastic, whereas Tam’s was realistic and a little bubbleheaded. So it’s really hard for me to ever connect to Ellering’s promos, cause she’s not convincing and her matches thus far have been…umm…shall we say, sub par. So sadly Tam seems to be in the plucky underdog role this year and always getting close with not much of a pay off. So let’s she if she picks up a win to play spoiler, or continues to come up short.
I have no clue what it is about most of Rachael’s matches, but they are hard to watch. Rachael’s Pump Kick that she over uses never looks impactful, she doesn’t take or sell offense well, and it’s just a schlog. This match was no different.
Tam’s kicks are usually crisp, but they hit awkwardly and slowly. Tam even went for a bottom rope assisted Back Body Drop, but Rachael’s foot cause the middle rope and it just looked sloppy. Tam still sold her back, while Rachael focused it, so that was good.
We also see a decent barrage at the end of the match with some false finish rollups, Rachael’s Bossman Slam and then Ellering finally finishes this with the Fallaway Powerbomb.
Winner: Ellering via Fallaway Powerbomb
Rating: * 1/2
Kagetsu vs Kimber Lee
Kimber always has this oddly endearing way of cutting a promo. She talks fairly slowly (the way people do when you’re speaking a language people might not understand), which I find ridiculous, but she says all the correct babyface things. Kagetsu however has a skull mask on her head, pops up into frame and just starts talking casually about things. She just wants to end the match, eat some good food and head to Osaka. It’s casually dismissive of Kimber, but not cruel, perfect tweener kind of temperature.
Kagetsu takes the early advantage and does the cocky heel thing by throwing Kimber to the outside. Hazuki and Sumire get in a few cheap shots before rolling her back in. Kagetsu takes a drink of water and then we get her water spit/mist spot. Which I’m still not sure why that isn’t a disqualification, but I like it, so I’m not questioning it.
After the initial cockiness, Kimber takes advantage of Kagetsu taking her foot of the gas and puts together some offense. A few well placed kicks and suplexes lead to the Swanton Bomb attempt, but Kimber misses. After a little more struggle, Kagetsu eventually hits a Chokeslam and then enough of the Oedo Coaster to get the pinfall.
Not Kagetsu’s best work, but it was a fairly short match and Kimber isn’t positioned as a threat in this tournament.
Winner: Kagetsu via Oedo Coaster
Rating: *** 1/4
Kimber Lee vs Tam Nakano
The opening promos are pretty low energy for both women. Kimber talks about being eliminated but fighting for herself and Tam tries her best to psych herself up. The lack of points is effecting both of these women. Who will get the ball moving to end on a high note?
Not a bad match, just fairly short. Given that all of the Grand Prix matches have a 15 minute time limit, even the longer ones are a little short. Both women utilize a fair amount of kicks and flexibility in their offense, so the mirror aspect was on full display.
Kimber does her split spot, Tam goes for a Buzzsaw Kick, but Kimber blocks it and tries to sweep the leg, but Tam does a split and they both start throwing forearms from the split position. Kimber hits a kick combination first, which drops Tam but only for two. In her opening promo Tam put some emphasis on not wanting to lose to kicks, since those are kinda her thing.
Maintaining advantage, Kimber goes to the top rope but Tam shows some fight. Eventually hitting the Avalanche Snapmare and going up for her Diving Idol Knee, for only a near fall. After a few more close calls, Kimber catches Tam coming off the ropes for a Brain Buster, pulls her to a corner and lands the Swanton Bomb for the pinfall.
Valiant efforts in all her matches, but Tam really can’t catch a break.
Winner: Kimber via Swanton Bomb
Rating: ** 1/4
Rachael Ellering vs Utami Hayayshishita
Well, ya know I’m usually overly disinterested in whatever Rachael’s been doing, but this match was a little different. She basically got to play the heel since she was being very tough on Utami and showing some personality while arguing with the referee. So when it comes down to Rachael’s involvement, it wasn’t the thing that brought the match down, for a change.
However, after the initial burst from Rachael and the playing up a few strikes on the outside, the match never kick it into another gear. It basically was treading water for the last half. Signature moves were hit, Utami landed her Sleeper Hold takeover into the Coquina Clutch, but Rachael got out of it. I’m guess the high point was supposed to be Rachael hitting a Superplex, but nothing felt important, desperate or impressive.
The match ends just as Utami cinches in an Inside Cradle, but the time expires. All of the draws in this tournament are a little off putting.
Winner: Time Limit Draw
Red Stars Standings:
Kagetsu 4-1-1 (9 Points)
Rachael Ellering 4-1-1 (9 Points)
Jungle Kyona 3-1-2 (8 Points)
Utami Hayashishita 3-1-2 (8 Points)
Konami 3-3 (6 Points) – Eliminated
Kimber Lee 2-4 (4 Points) – Eliminated
Tam Nakano 1-5 (2 Points) – Eliminated
Natsuko Tora 1-5 (2 Points) – Eliminated
You know Stardom, you know what happens when you make Tam look good but don’t give her wins? Nothing happens, it’s actually decent story telling and could set up for a big upset of Kagetsu on the Finals day. So as much as the fan in me hates watching Tam come up short (Naito fans around the world know that feel), her determination and the storyline wrinkles could pay off later.
As for the two days…meh? Nothing stood out and these really just felt like matches to set up for the final swerve. These kind of days happen in all tournaments, it just hit really hard in these four matches. I just really really hope Rachael doesn’t win Red Stars.
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Mathew’s Stardom 5 Star Grand Prix Blue Stars Results & Review: Day 8
So tomorrow is the last day of the Five Star Grand Prix where we will have our final four matches and the final match on the same day but we got two matches left to cover before we go to the final day.
This show is for people that didn’t have their six matches before the final day and we’re using this to make sure they’re all caught up to speed and we can see who has a chance to make it and who doesn’t. I know it says day 8 in my headline but I had no matches on the seventh day, so I decided to just skip it and go where I have my actual matches. So who wins these two matches?
Let’s find out and…dive right in.
Grand Prix Blue Stars Match
Kelly Klein vs. Natsu Sumire
Review: It’s pretty clear that Sumire is pretty much eliminated and even if she does win this match and her last one, the fact that Mayu would hold the tiebreaker over her if she lost today and won tomorrow, but would still be out if Momo won on the final day since she’d have nine points while Sumire would still have eight if she won both and wouldn’t matter, but she has been one of the highlights of this tournament due to her personality flourishing a lot more here and the fans loving her more and more. Sumire in her pre-match interview seems to be more focused on her bust size and even talked about the supplements she’s been taking for a couple weeks now and is disappointed that there’s been no change in her results just yet and hopes to provide progress updates. Kelly is her opponent tonight and if Kelly does win here, she’ll be in the top spot of the standings and would have a strong chance of winning. Can Kelly win again or will Sumire ruin it for her?
Once again, Sumire made the match fun when it was needed due to it not being the best bout in the tournament here but they did work with what they got, even if it was as pretty standard as they come. Kelly did an okay job in the match as well and probably my least favorite outing of her in the Grand Prix and she just wanted to dominate Sumire. Sumire was mostly doing her antics that you would see in her matches with the false handshakes, cradling them up when they least expect it, and just whipping them. It looked like Kelly was going to go for the win here and when she ran the ropes, Kagetsu kicked her in the back to stun her long enough for Sumire to grab the Oedo Tai sign so she could hit Kelly with it, but Kelly moved out of the way causing the sign to bounce off the ropes and hit Sumire instead in which it gets turned around for Kelly to hit the Fireman’s Carry Slam for the victory and she’s now in first place.
Rating: Tony Schiavone
Grand Prix Blue Stars Match
Hazuki vs. Mayu Iwatani
Review: A win here is very crucial for Mayu Iwatani if she wants to tie it up with Kelly, otherwise she would be eliminated from the tournament and her opponent, Hazuki would take the top spot with nine points and potentially win the whole thing if things work out in her favor. The last time the both of them fought one on one was around February during the ROH Women of Honor tournament and Mayu would come out the winner of that match and Mayu wants to beat her again to show she’s on a whole different level now. Who will take the top spot of the standings, Mayu or Hazuki?
Hazuki is in my top 5 wrestlers of Stardom right now and this match here with Mayu just solidified my statement for this claim. This whole tournament, she has been one of the most consistent wrestlers in her matches with her sequences being on point, her moves are crisp, and how to handle a match lately has been outstanding that she should be under peoples radar. Hazuki right away was being aggressive with Mayu before the bell even rang when she attacked her from behind and kept rolling her up which failed, but she kept on the attack by throwing her around into chairs on the outside and even destroyed Mayu’s arm during the whole match and not holding back on her, I love this side of Hazuki.
This match is one of my favorites in my block next to Hazuki/Momo still being my favorite one, but this one was still pretty damn close with their chemistry in the ring together gave us a special match and it’s not even their last one for their block. They told a great story in the ring, executed everything almost flawlessly, seeing a more aggressive side of Hazuki in her previous two matches, and Mayu selling it all to make it look more dangerous than it probably is, but they were just on point with everything together. Hazuki was pulling out all the stops with having her in the Crossface, working on her arm, stiff Dropkicks and a Codebreaker, but it still wasn’t enough to take Mayu out as she hits the Dragon Suplex Hold and gets the victory to tie first place with Kelly Klein. After the match, she told the crowd that she was now in first place and hopes the crowd will still support her as she looks to win it all at the final.
Rating: Bruce Prichard
Overall: Can’t really give it a fair assessment due to only having two matches with one being average and the other one being great, but the average of it was solid enough. I’m glad to see that all three of my picks are in the top 4 of potential winners and excited for the last day since it’s stacked.
Favorite Match: Hazuki vs. Mayu Iwatani
Blue Stars Standings:
Mayu Iwatani: 4-2 (8 Points)
Kelly Klein: 4-2 (8 Points)
Momo Watanabe: 3-2-1 (7 Points)
Hazuki: 3-2-1 (7 Points)
Nicole Savoy: 3-3 (6 Points)
Jamie Hayter: 2-4 (4 Points)
Saki Kashima: 2-4 (2 Points)
Natsu Sumire: 2-4 (4 Points)
Now that we have our final standings before the final show tomorrow, we see that our top 4 people that could still win this are Mayu Iwatani, Kelly Klein, Momo Watanabe, and Hazuki. We’re gonna break down the final card for tomorrow and see who has a real chance and how can it be done.
- Mayu Iwatani vs. Momo Watanabe
- Hazuki vs. Natsu Sumire
- Kelly Klein vs. Nicole Savoy
- Saki Kashima vs. Jamie Hayter
Here is how these four can win.
Mayu Iwatani: Defeat Momo Watanabe and Nicole Savoy defeats Kelly Klein.
Momo Watanabe: Defeat Mayu Iwatani and Nicole Savoy defeats Kelly Klein.
Kelly Klein: Defeat Nicole Savoy
Hazuki: Defeat Nicole Savoy, Momo Watanabe defeats Mayu Iwatani, and Nicole Savoy defeats Kelly Klein
If Momo and Hazuki do win their matches and Kelly loses, these two will be in a tie and it’ll be interesting to see who gets the final spot since they did tie it up in their outing, interesting direction if that’s the case.