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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Report! (5/2/18)

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After the betrayal at TakeOver: New Orleans, the British Bruiserweight, Pete Dunne, returns to NXT! And he’s after Roderick Strong’s head! Can the Messiah of the Backbreaker get away in one piece from the UK Champion’s wrath? Plus, Candice LeRae has her second NXT match against Ms. EST, Bianca Belair!

 

All images courtesy of the WWE Network streaming service

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kairi Sane VS Shazza McKenzie; Kairi wins.
  • TM61 VS The Street Profits; TM61 wins.
  • Kona Reeves VS Patrick Scott; Reeves wins.
  • Candice LeRae VS Bianca Belair; Biancawins.
  • Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Era VS Pete Dunne; Dunne wins, by disqualification.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Undisputed Era talks among themselves.

They’re not just fighters, and not just champions, they’re givers. Adam Cole gave Oney Lorcan history, because Lorcan is now the answer to “Who did Adam Cole defeat in his first title defense of the NXT North American Championship?” He can tell everyone about it, “you’re so very, very welcome.” And Danny Burch stuck his nose in their business? Burch got what he deserves, and Kyle O’Reilly dares him to try again. Bobby Fish wants to let Burch and Lorcan both know that rehab is open for new patients. “And last but very very least”, Pete Dunne, what Strong did at TakeOver will pale in comparison to tonight. “Because we are untouchable. We are unstoppable”, and as always, “we are Undisputed.”

The Undisputed Era is confident they'll continue to rule over NXT.

 

Kairi Sane VS Shazza McKenzie!

The Pirate Princess defeated the current NXT Women’s Champion back in the Mae Young Classic. But to make her way to that title, she’ll have to defeat this newest Aussie addition to the Women’s Division. Will Shazza shock us all with a debut win?

The bell rings and fans cheer for Kairi. She and Shazza circle, then shake hands to show respect to each other. Shazza throws a heart, Kairi catches, Kairi throws it overboard. She then rolls Shazza up, ONE, and Shazza hits back. Shazza whips but Kairi dodges to headscissor on the rebound. Shazza gives her a forearm, so she gives Shazza double chops. Kairi runs, Interceptor Spear! She’s fired up now as she walks the plank. Kairi runs in corner to corner for the Sliding D forearm! Kairi climbs up, flying kabuki elbow! But she’s not down, she lifts Shazza up and gives her an Alabama Slam! And with Shazza in the drop zone, Kairi climbs up again, and Sets Sail with the InSANE Elbow!

Cover, Kairi wins!

Winner: Kairi, by pinfall

The MYC winner continues to capture wins in the NXT Women’s Division. Will she catch up to the Queen of Spades and challenge her for that Women’s Championship?

But now Lacey Evans appears.

The Lady of NXT lost to Kairi all the way back in New Orleans, but she seems in an oddly good mood here in Full Sail. She joins Kairi in the ring and says “a true lady with class always has the courage to admit when they are wrong.” Lacey tells Kairi that with everything she stands for, she apologizes. From the MYC to this match tonight, Kairi does deserve to be in NXT. “So from one legitimate lady to another”, Lacey apologizes. The fans don’t trust her, they say “No! No!” And Kairi agrees with them. So Lacey sucker punches Kairi with a knockout right hand! Kairi goes down in a heap while Lacey grins. That wasn’t very ladylike. Will Kairi get revenge on Lacey before going for the NXT Women’s Champion?

 

Backstage interview with Candice LeRae.

It’s been a rough week for Mrs. Wrestling after what Tommaso Ciampa did to her husband, Johnny Gargano. What is his condition? Candice admits this hasn’t been an easy year. She joined NXT and was so optimistic that Mr. & Mrs. Wrestling would be on top of the world, but someone they considered family will now stop at nothing to ruin their lives. Candice thought they got past all this, but then she had to watch Ciampa brutalize Gargano, and Gargano be taken out on a stretcher. Candice cries, but she has to prepare for her match tonight. Can Candice recover emotionally so that she can be ready physically for Bianca Belair?

 

Lars Sullivan speaks.

“From day one, Lars Sullivan has been the man in NXT.” When he enters the ring, there are two certainties: he ascertains what he desires; and take it, no matter what happens to those in his way. Lars was almost the North American Champion at TakeOver: New Orleans, so all those that hold gold are now his targets! The Leviathan loves to hurt anyone and everyone put in the ring with him. “The Era of Destruction will begin.”

NXT, you've been warned.

 

TM61 VS The Street Profits!

Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford keep it 100 on their pursuit of the NXT Tag Team Championships. At the same time, Shane Thorne & Nick Miller are The Mighty, and also want those titles for themselves. Which team will come out of this match one step closer to the Undisputed Era’s Free Bird style formation?

Ford and Miller start with the bell. They give a quick handshake of respect, then tie up. Miller gets the wristlock and wrench, but Ford rolls and spins to reverse the hold. Ford whips but Miller reverses, so Ford handsprings over Miller’s back. Ford brings Miller down with a windmill kick, then whips while tagging Dawkins in. Dawkins runs Miller over, and both Street Profits soak in the cheers. Thorne gets in but the Profits hit both The Might with an alley-oop missile dropkick! Ford hits them both, and the Profits control the ring. Miller returns but Dawkins speeds up to hit a bulldog. Dawkins misses the spinning splash and Miller tags to Thorne.

Miller drops Dawkins with a back suplex, then Thorne adds on the slingshot senton. Thorne brings Dawkins up then tags Miller in. The Mighty double whip and double back elbow, then moonsault and fist drop. Miller covers, TWO, but he keeps on Dawkins with a chinlock. Fans duel between Dawkins and TM61. Dawkins sits up and powers out but Miller throws him to the ropes. Dawkins kicks Miller away, double clotheslines bring them both down! Both men crawl for their corners, hot tags to Thorne and Ford. Ford rallies, hits Miller for good measure, then hits Thorne with the back elbow.

Ford is all fired up, but Thorne puts him on the apron. He still fights off The Mighty, hitting Miller with a stiff kick from the apron. Ford runs in and leaps for a sunset flip! Thorne rolls through to roll Ford up in return, and Miller helps Thorne put his feet on the ropes!

TM61 win!

Winners: TM61 (Thorne & Miller), Thorne pinning

Not only do the Mighty not kneel, the Mighty don’t play fair! The ref completely missed it, so Thorne & Miller completely cheat the Profits out of a win. Dawkins & Ford argue with the referee but there’s no changing his mind. Miller & Thorne leave the winners, but will they pay for angering the Profits?

 

NXT takes a look at the War Raiders.

Ray Rowe & Hanson have brought war to NXT. They destroyed Heavy Machinery, Riddick Moss and Tino Sabbatelli all at once in their debut. Then they manhandled the Metro Brothers in their in-ring debut. “It’s the same story everywhere we go.” Heavy Machinery, their war on NXT starts with you. Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic dare Hanson & Rowe to try, but who will be left standing after this colossal collision next week?

 

Backstage interview with Kassius Ohno.

Ohno is a friend of Gargano, and was a friend of Ciampa’s. What is his take on this situation? Ohno knows what kind of person Gargano is, and what kind of person Ciampa has become. “Ciampa is a coward,” and seeing what he did to Gargano, Ohno knew he has to make Ciampa feel that helpless. Ohno vows to get even with Ciampa on Gargano’s behalf, but will the Psycho Killer only make the Knockout Artist another victim?

 

Kona Reeves VS Patrick Scott!

The energetic and positive Patrick Scott may be his opponent, but all of the NXT Universe shall bear witness the return of “The Finest” superstar in WWE today. From smile to hair to jewelry and clothing, Reeves has the finest you can find anywhere. Will Reeves’ in-ring return also be #TheFinest victory?

The bell rings and Reeves circles with Scott. Fans are on Scott’s side as he ties up, but Reeves puts him in a corner. Reeves breaks but eggs Scott on. Scott circles with him again, and they tie up, but Reeves gives a stiff knee and stiff forearm to him. Reeves puts Scott in a corner and trash talks him that he IS the Finest. Reeves whips Scott corner to corner but Scott goes up and over. Scott wrenches the arm but Reeves powers out and runs him over. Reeves gets mad as he throws more hands and stomps on Scott. Reeves backs off at the referee’s count, but then goes right back to Scott, ramming him into the buckles. He then lifts Scott for a big gut wrench suplex, then positions Scott before climbing up. Reeves once again declares “I’m the Finest!” before dropping The Finest Elbow!

But that’s not all, Reeves picks Scott up for The Hawaiian Drop!

Cover, Reeves wins!

Winner: Reeves, by pinfall

Finest or not, a win is a win, and Kona Reeves won. Will Reeves create the Finest win streak to reach a championship opportunity?

 

EC3 speaks.

At TakeOver: New Orleans and the North American Championship Ladder Match, the fans saw five stars, but only one Golden God. He was impressive in his first NXT match, but imagine how great he’ll be in his first 1v1 match! “The sequel is always superior to the original.” The Top 1% makes his NXT TV debut next week, and vows to “transcend NXT into NX3”. Will Ethan Carter III succeed and transform the brand as we know it?

 

NXT Media caught up with Dakota Kai.

Captain Kick loves how strong the Women’s (R)Evolution in WWE is right now, such as Ember Moon debuting on Raw and even the Iconic Duo on SmackDown. There’s so many opportunities here in NXT, she wants to make her mark. Then, is she scared of Shayna Baszler? Dakota refuses to talk about that right now. That’s when Vanessa Borne steps in.

“The way Dakota’s been handling Shayna Baszler lately is just… pathetic.” Vanessa says she would’ve slapped Shayna. She’s not scared of anyone, not even Shayna, and certainly not Dakota. Dakota knows she and Shayna have issues, but Dakota isn’t afraid of Vanessa. These two women have “issues” with each other, what will happen when they bring those issues to the ring?

 

Candice LeRae VS Bianca Belair!

Mrs. Wrestling’s second match on NXT TV should be something to celebrate, but her mind is with her husband while he’s out with injury. Can she manage to snap back and put up a fight against the dominant Ms. EST?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up while fans duel, and Bianca gets a waistlock. She throws Candice down, then blows a kiss. Candice stands up and circles with Bianca again. They tie up, Bianca gets a headlock. Candice powers out but Bianca runs her over. Bianca drags Candice up for the scoop but Candice slips out. They speed up, Candice tilt-o-whirls to throw Bianca. They keep moving, Candice rolls Bianca to a cover, TWO. Candice goes after Bianca but misses, yet gives Bianca a back elbow. Candice climbs up while Bianca staggers back, and leaps for the crossbody. Bianca catches her easily as the StrongEST woman in NXT, then shifts to slam Candice down. Cover, TWO, but Bianca keeps on Candice with a deadlift clean and jerk! She carries Candice around in the military press, then tosses Candice like a long dart at buckles!

Candice is dazed, but Bianca keeps on her with the torture rack. Bianca bends Candice, torturing her from shoulder to waist. Fans rally and Candice fights back with elbows. Bianca tosses her but Candice arm-drags Bianca. Candice forearms and chops away on Bianca! She unleashes all her anger on Bianca, then hits a running back elbow. Bianca goes down and Candice climbs up, for the missile dropkick. Candice keeps going, running the ropes, but Bianca shoves her off the tornado DDT. Bianca drags Candice up, and throws her with the Alley-Oop Bomb!

Cover, Bianca wins!

Winner: Bianca, by pinfall

That may have been Bianca’s BiggEST win ever! But it must be noted that Candice was a bit vulnerable given her situation. Can Candice recover from her first loss on NXT TV? Will Bianca put together one of the bEST win streaks?

 

Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Era VS Pete Dunne!

When Mustache Mountain, Tyler Bate & Trent Seven, were removed from the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic due to injury, an opening was made. The WWE UK Champion didn’t have to accept Roderick Strong’s offer to join him in that tournament, but he did, and they went all the way to the finals. However, all it got Dunne was a stab in the back from Strong when Strong decided to join the Undisputed Era. Now the Bruiserweight is back and he’s out for blood! Will he break the Messiah of the Backbreaker in their grudge rematch?

But before heading to the ring, Strong shows off his new entrance titantron!

The bell rings and Dunne goes right at Strong with a forearm! Dunne unleashes more fast hands, but then backs off at the referee’s count. Strong goes right back at Dunne and they grapple on the ground. Dunne gets loose of Strong’s grip and kicks him in the ribs! Strong bails out of the ring but Dunne pursues, with a flying forearm off the apron. Dunne then puts Strong back in the ring, but Strong is ready with a backbreaker! Strong drags Dunne up by his hair, then puts him in a corner for forearms. Strong whips but Dunne reverses then rocks Strong with a forearm to the back.

Dunne follow Strong out again, but Strong grabs his feet. Dunne clubs him away, then jumps, but into a dropkick! Strong drags Dunne back up and into a torture rack, to toss his back at the apron! He leaves Dunne down and writhing while he catches his breath. Strong goes back out and gives a SHARP chop to Dunne. They go back in the ring, Strong stomps away on Dunne. Dunne kicks back but Strong hammers away on him. Strong covers, TWO, but Strong just grinds a knee into Dunne while pulling him in. Fans rally for the UK Champ but Strong just stomps Dunne more. Adam Cole taunts Dunne from ringside, Strong covers, TWO.

Strong puts Dunne in a seated abdominal stretch to torture the ribs. Fans rally for Dunne again, and Dunne works his way out of the hold. Strong kicks Dunne away, though, then he mocks the double fist post. Strong stomps Dunne more, from shoulders to legs and back again. He brings Dunne up for the arm wrench, and an over the shoulder backbreaker. Cover, TWO, but Strong keeps focus. Strong sits on Dunne while pulling his legs back in a knot. Fans rally but Strong lifts Dunne up. Strong tries to suplex but Dunne resists. Dunne fights back then suplexes Strong for the X-Plex!

Strong writhes now while Dunne recovers. The Undisputed Era coach Strong back up and now it’s a brawl of haymakers and chops. Dunne gives a European Uppercut, but Strong reverses the whip. Dunne goes up and over and hits the enziguri! Strong staggers while Dunne climbs up, Dunne stomps the arm! Dunne goes after that hand, but Strong throws Dunne out of the ring. Cole and Kyle stay back, but Dunne gets a knee on reentry! Strong drags Dunne out, for a draping butterfly backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Fans applaud Dunne’s resiliency, then rally for him to get up.

Strong gets up first, and brings Dunne up, but Dunne counters the Olympic Slam to then enziguri Strong again! Dunne walks into Strong’s boot and enziguri, and Strong throws forearms and chops. Dunne counters the slam again, to arm-drag Strong into a sleeper hold!

Strong endures, but Dunne shifts to the armbar! Strong rolls to a cover, ONE, so Strong just gets to safety at the ropes. Dunne drags himself out to the apron and then climbs up again. Strong anchors Dunne’s legs but Dunne hits him back. Strong swings to kick Dunne, then climbs up, SUPER Olympic Slam!!

Cover, TWO! And the Undisputed Era is shocked! They all shout for Dunne to stay down, but fans rally for Dunne to get up. Strong rocks Dunne with rights, but Dunne doesn’t back off. In fact, Dunne fires up. Strong gives forearm after forearm, but Dunne catches that chop! Dunne takes those fingers, and snaps them! Strong cowers to a corner but Dunne unleashes furious hands. Dunne throws Strong with a German Suplex, then kicks him right in the head. He keeps going, pumphandle for the Bitter End!

Cover, but the Undisputed Era attacks!

Winner: Dunne, by disqualification

But as the assault continues, it’s Lorcan & Burch to the rescue!

They brawl with Cole and Kyle, and give back for last week’s beating. Cole and Kyle go running, so Dunne has Strong all to himself. He sends Strong flying out of the ring with another stiff forearm! The Undisputed Era are in retreat while Dunne, Burch & Lorcan stand tall! Have the Undisputed Era run their mouths and stuck their foots right into some serious trouble?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A solid episode of NXT and another fully stocked episode at 57 minutes. Kairi opens the night against newcomer Shazza, and squashes her quite quickly. Of course it was all to lead into a proper program with Lacey Evans, these two could put one some good matches like their “After TakeOver” match a few weeks ago. The Lars Sullivan and EC3 videos were well done, much better than the selfie vids main roster chooses to do. Street Profits VS TM61 was a good match, but I’m surprised by TM61 essentially turning Heel with the rope spot. I suppose there has to be a new Heel team somewhere with the NXT Tag Team Division losing its biggest Heels in SAnitY and AoP. This could be a good program to bring these teams up in the ranks.

I have a feeling Ciampa will take that win against Ohno next week. Then Aleister Black can have his turn while Gargano “recovers”. I’m not sure how to feel about this new Kona Reeves. The big money Heel is already cliche in NXT with GLORIOUS Bobby Roode, Tino & Moss, and–though he’s not a complete Heel–EC3. I don’t see this new persona getting Reeves anywhere higher than the North American Championship, and even then not actually winning it. The Undisputed Era continue to grow as obnoxious Heels and getting proper Heel heat despite Adam Cole’s popularity. Strong and Dunne were having a great match, and it looks like Lorcan & Burch will be helping Dunne. They’ll probably be involved in a Six Man Tag match, but likely to lose so that it’ll be Mustache Mountain returning to help their fellow British wrestler win in another Six Man Tag.

My Score: 8/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Results & Report! (9/24/18)

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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!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Finn Balor w/ Bayley VS Jinder Mahal w/ Alicia Fox; Finn wins.
  • Six Woman Tag: The Bellas & Natayla VS The Riott Squad; The Riott Squad wins.
  • 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).

PLAY BY PLAY

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.

Raw returns and Sarah slams Brie down in a cobra clutch. Fans rally for Brie and she works her way up against the hold. Brie arm-drags out but Sarah rocks her down with a forearm. Sarah then drags Brie over to tag Ruby in. Sarah catapults Brie into Ruby but Brie hits back! Ruby comes in to kick Brie, then puts on a cravat. Brie stands up but Ruby wrenches harder. Brie powers her way towards her corner but Ruby throws in a knee. Ruby hits Nikki but then comes back for double facebusters! Both women are down and fans rally up. Natty reaches, as does Sarah. Hot tag for Sarah and she runs at Natty. Natty hits her first, then Brie gets the tag!

Natty rallies on Sarah with lariats, then she hits Ruby for good measure. German Suplex throws Sarah, then the discus lariat takes her down. Cover, but Ruby breaks it! Ruby sees Nikki return and they tie up. Ruby knees Nikki back out, but Natty rolls Sarah. TWO, and Sarah kicks low. Ruby returns but Natty whips Sarah. Tag, Natty goes after Sarah, but Ruby is legal! Ruby SUPERKICKS Natty, then gets her up for the RIOTT Kick! Cover, The Squad wins!

Winners: The Riott Squad, Ruby pinning

Even with Liv going down, the Squad makes their teamwork count! Can the Bellas recover from this loss in time to team with Ronda in Melbourne? Or will Super Show Down #StartARiott too?

 


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Andrew’s Stardom 5 Star Grand Prix Red Stars Ratings & Review: Day 7 & 8

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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!

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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.

 

Day 7

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

 

Day 8

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

Rating: ***

 

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

 

Thoughts:

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

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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

Score: 6/10

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.


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