The Queen of Spades has bullied Captain Kick ever since coming to NXT, but now she must defend her NXT Women’s Championship against Dakota Kai. Will Dakota give Shayna Baszler the comeuppance she deserves? Plus, Aleister Black will appear to address his own championship contenders ahead of TakeOver: Chicago.
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- War Raiders VS George Hickson & Cody Vincent; War Raiders win.
- EC3 VS Fabian Aichner; EC3 wins.
- Ricochet VS Chris Dijak; Ricochet wins.
- NXT Women’s Championship: Shayna Baszler VS Dakota Kai; Shayna wins and retains the NXT Women’s Championship.
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NXT reviews the announcement of Johnny Wrestling.
Despite the newest attack from Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano told the world that he’s not giving up! Even with everything adding up, both physically and emotionally, “Is it worth it?” Yes it is! Gargano called out Ciampa, but it didn’t go the way either man meant, as Ciampa would knock Gargano into Candice LeRae, and Candice into the steel ramp! Candice went down hard, and both Gargano and Ciampa were shocked. NXT GM William Regal has given both men the night off, but will give them a match in a Chicago Street Fight! Each man will sign the contracts individually, for everyone’s safety. TakeOver: Chicago will mark the one year anniversary of Team DIY breaking apart, who will be left broken this time around?
NXT Champion, Aleister Black, is here!
The Embodiment of the End didn’t get to face Johnny Gargano, and won’t get his own revenge on Tommaso Ciampa, but that doesn’t mean he won’t have someone to fight at TakeOver: Chicago. Aleister goes to the ring, and says, “Ever since winning the NXT title in New Orleans, it’s been a trip.” There is some dispute over who faces him next, but Aleister only needs one shot to win and make his opponent #FadetoBlack. But speaking of his contenders, here comes Lars Sullivan!
The Leviathan, who flattened Ricochet in last week’s handicap match, joins Aleister in the ring. Lars tells Aleister that “The dispute is over.” Per Regal’s decision, Lars is Aleister’s first challenger. Aleister says that it takes one shot to #FadeToBlack, and Lars admits, 16 years and Aleister has done that, and now he’s champion. But Aleister has never faced someone like Lars, “because there is nobody like me!” No one with hsi strength, size or dominance! Aleister can ignore his emotions, but he can’t ignore what will happen in Chicago. Lars will take everything Aleister has worked for and become the next NXT Champion! As for Aleister, he thinks he can do something about it, but he knows he can’t! Lars grabs Aleister but Aleister knocks him away. Aleister swings, but Lars BLOCKS the Black Mass!
And then Lars spins Aleister around, for the Freak Accident!
Lars looms over Aleister, gloating over the champion. He then spots the belt, picks it up, then holds it up over Aleister, as if it is already his. Will this be the sight we see in Chicago?
Candice LeRae speaks up against the Chicago Street Fight.
Mrs. Wrestling clearly has reservations about what Mr. Wrestling and the Psycho Killer are going to do to each other, but the match is still going to happen. Will she be there for Gargano after the match, win or lose?
War Raiders VS George Hickson & Cody Vincent!
Rowe & Hanson have carved a war path in the NXT Tag Team Division already in their short time here. They have dominated the rest of the tag team world, but now they have to climb up all over again. Rowe starts against Hickson at the bell, and Hickson runs right at Rowe, but the forearm does nothing. Rowe grins, then headbutts Hickson’s forearm before giving one of his own! Hickson drops to the mat, and Rowe brings him over. Tag to Hanson, and Rowe whips Hickson into Hanson’s seated senton! Hanson drags Hickson up, and tosses him! He wants Hickson to tag out, so Vincent tags in. Hanson cartwheels out of the way, then runs Vincent over with a clothesline! Fans fire up with Warbeard Hanson as he puts Vincent in the corner.
Tag to Rowe, and Rowe unleashes body shots and knees. Rowe tags back to Hanson, and throws Vincent overhead! Hanson runs corner to corner for the corner splash, then Rowe adds the shotgun knees, before Hanson finishes with the bronco buster. The War Raiders are fired up and so are the fans. Hanson tags to Rowe, and Rowe gives Hickson Ace Ten Mao! Rowe tags back to Hanson, and the German Suplex clothesline!
Hickson flops away while Hanson tags back to Rowe. Rowe goes to Vincent while Hanson climbs up. Rowe stalks Vincent, then hauls him up, for FALLOUT!
Cover, War Raiders win!
Winners: War Raiders, Rowe pinning
War has come to NXT, and no tag team is safe. Will Rowe & Hanson have a title match in the days after TakeOver: Chicago II?
Dakota Kai goes for a dream tonight.
The Captain of Team Kick has always wanted to be Women’s Champion, especially in NXT. But her dream runs into her nightmares, as she must face the brutal and bullying Shayna Baszler. Shayna loves breaking her opponents one way or another, and she’s done just about all kinds of breaking when it comes to Dakota. Shayna broke Dakota’s elbow with a stomp, then broke her courage with a glare. Dakota has returned to action, but every encounter with Shayna leaves her like a deer in the headlights. However, crazy Nikki Cross’ “encouragement” and Shayna’s sadistic smack talk have sparked something in Dakota. Can Dakota use that to ignite and become the new NXT Women’s Champion?
Backstage interview with Lacey Evans.
The Lady of NXT did well in defeating Kairi Sane, but that only evens up the series. The rubber match comes next week, what are her thoughts? Is Lacey ready? Lacey feels the results will be the same, because she does whatever she has to in order to win. Kairi may have won the Mae Young Classic, but Lacey has a right–her Woman’s Right–waiting for Kairi. Will Lacey win the series against the Pirate Princess? Or will Kairi set sail and leave her high and dry?
EC3 VS Fabian Aichner!
Mr. Top One Percent wants to transform NXT into #NX3, one match at a time. Will he continue his top one ascent with only his third match? Or will Aichner stop him and finally achieve the #NXTLVL?
The bell rings and fans chant “NX3! NX3!” as EC3 and Aichner tie up. EC3 knees low, then puts Aichner in a corner for a Top 1% forearm! Aichner shoves EC3 away and fires off with strikes of his own. Aichner chops EC3 then whips, but EC3 reverses. EC3 misses the clothesline but speeds up, only to run into Aichner’s leaping elbow! EC3 staggers into ropes, but Aichner gut wrench throws him. Cover, ONE, but Aichner runs in. EC3 puts him on the apron, but Aichner shoulders in. Aichner springboards but EC3 trips him up! Aichner tumbles down to the ground, and EC3 shrugs. EC3 goes out to fetch Aichner, but Johnny Gargano suddenly appears?
Johnny Wrestling has that contract for the Street Fight in his hand, and storms past EC3 to the announce desk. Gargano grabs a mic to let everyone know he has signed the contract for Gargano VS Ciampa II, TakeOver: Chicago II, Street Fight! He then storms his way back out, and EC3 continues his match with Aichner. Aichner runs and LEAPS onto EC3 with a crossbody!
Aichner takes out EC3, then puts him in the ring. Cover, TWO! Aichner swings on EC3 but EC3 reverses into the hammerlock STO! EC3 fires up and drags Aichner up, for a Top One Percenter TKO!
Cover, EC3 wins!
Winner: EC3, by pinfall
EC3 gets the 1-2-3 tonight, but he seems just as taken aback as everyone by Gargano’s sudden appearance and disappearance. Gargano aside, will EC3 find himself headed for a title after this win?
Who is Bianca Belair? Part 2
The EST has always been good at anything she’s done. She’s the fastest, strongest, and the descendant of history makers. Bianca has to maintain a certain level, no other option. She has done every sport you can think of, and was always first place without even trying. Her parents always supported and encouraged her excellence. Bianca worked hard and earned an athletic scholarship to Tennessee University, and was an elite athlete even there.
After college, her life was mediocre, so she moved into cross-fit. Bianca could be herself without shame, and that allowed her to excel all the way to NXT. Her first day in NXT, she knew she belonged. She may not have years of indie experience or matches in Japan, but she’s already getting farther than so many. Bianca doesn’t shy away from anyone, and now she doesn’t have to hold back. With The EST unleashing her full potential, will she shine as a future champion?
Ricochet VS Chris Dijak!
The One & Only may have found himself abandoned by his partner in the handicap match last week, but he won’t let that get him down. Ricochet still moves towards a title opportunity, but how will he do against this debuting prospect of honor?
The bell rings and Dijak runs right at Ricochet! Ricochet dodges the boot to throw haymakers. Ricochet gives body shots as well, and has Dijak in a corner. He backs off at the ref’s count, then whips, but Dijak reverses. Dijak runs but stops the boot, so Ricochet gives him an ax kick! Ricochet shoves Dijak then rolls, for a big dropkick! Dijak ends up outside the ring, so Ricochet builds speed and DIVES!
But Dijak catches him, for an apron choke slam! Dijak then springboards for an elbow drop! Cover, TWO, but Dijak keeps moving. Dijak jumps up, and moonsaults! But he flops when Ricochet avoids it. Fans rally up for Ricochet as he rocks Dijak with a roaring elbow. Ricochet kicks out a leg and ax kicks Dijak again! Ricochet snap suplexes and rolls through to deadlift suplex Dijak! Fans are all fired up, and Ricochet positions Dijak into the drop zone. Ricochet climbs up top, for the 630!
Cover, Ricochet wins!
Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall
The One & Only wins against the debuting tower in Chris Dijak. However, Ricochet takes a mic because he has something to say. “So the Velveteen Dream likes the spotlight, huh?” That’s fine, because Ricochet understands. Dream does deserve it, because he has been one of NXT’s most entertaining stars. Dream can do it all, and fans chant “Velveteen!” in agreement. But the spotlight exposes both Dream’s highlights and flaws. Dream’s attack wasn’t about how good he was, it showed “how much of a punk you really are!” However, Dream appears to respond.
Velveteen Dream says, “Punk? Okay that’s fair, because tonight is your spotlight.” Ricochet has the spotlight now, but last week as their spotlight. Dream showed that anything Ricochet can do, Dream can do better. Really? Is that what Dream thinks? Because all Ricochet sees is Dream being a coward. If Dream knows so much and loves the spotlight, “come take it, home boy.” Ricochet waits as Dream heads to the ring, but then Dream reconsiders. Dream knows that as epic as this would be, he only can think of one spotlight good enough for the both of them. See you in Chicago. And when the spotlight hits, Ricochet will truly know that anything he can do, Dream can do better. So Ricochet shows off as he front flips out of the ring and to the floor!
And then tells Dream, “Then show me.” Dream is speechless, perhaps thinking he’s bitten off more than he can chew. Will Dream be able to back up his words when the spotlight is on TakeOver: Chicago?
NXT Women’s Championship: Shayna Baszler VS Dakota Kai!
It’s the moment of truth for the dreamer from New Zealand. After weeks of being tormented, can Dakota overcome her fear to dethrone the Queen of Spades? Or will Shayna break Dakota all over again with her #TapNapOrSnap mentality?
Introductions are made and the belt is raised, the bell rings and we begin. Fans are on Dakota’s side as she stares down with Shayna. But Shayna is still in Dakota’s head, as she easily corners her, then kicks out a leg. Dakota springs up and scrambles away, and the two circle. Shayna backs Dakota down again, and gives her mocking knuckles to the face. Shayna sweeps the leg again, and then grins as she backs off. Dakota stands up but Shayna is all over her again. The ref counts, and Shayna lets up at 4. Shayna argues with the ref, and Dakota turns her around, but Dakota isn’t fast enough to strike before Shayna gives her a body shot. Shayna grabs the leg, and folds it to stomp away on it! Dakota clutches the ankle, deja vu to the arm-stomp months ago.
Dakota rolls to a corner but Shayna doesn’t let up. Shayna dares Dakota to kick her with that leg, then puts it in the ropes to wrench it. Dakota hobbles to a corner, but Shayna won’t let up. Shayna kicks and kicks, then drags Dakota out to wrench the bad leg from ankle to knee. Shayna twists the foot all around, but Dakota doesn’t give up. Dakota kicks with the free leg, but Shayna just sets the foot up, to STOMP it!
Another flashback to the incident with the arm. Dakota clutches the foot, but she isn’t stopping the match. Shayna toys with Dakota more, wanting the team captain to do something. Dakota fires up and SLAPS Shayna! Shayna just gets mad and kicks Dakota down. Shayna then grounds and pounds, before putting on an ankle lock! She wrenches and twists Dakota’s food while daring Dakota to kick her. Dakota endures, reaching for the ropes. Shayan drags her away, to sit down with the lock! Dakota crawls again, and gets the ropebreak. But Shayna just drags her off the ropes, to go back to the lock. Dakota screams in pain but refuses to quit. Fans rally for Dakota, and she feeds off the energy to enziguri Shayna!
Shayna staggers, and Dakota fires off haymakers and forearms! Dakota scorpion kicks then boots Shayna down! Shayna goes down but Dakota can’t cover from the pain. They both stand, and somehow Dakota manages to run Around the World!
Then she runs again for the boot wash! Shayna is down but Dakota still can’t cover yet. Dakota runs, but Shayna tosses her off the sunset flip backstabber, into the Kirafuda!!
Dakota is trapped, taps, Shayna wins!
Winner: Shayna, by submission; still NXT Women’s Champion
Bully Baszler wins out, still too much of a fighter for Dakota. But winning isn’t enough, as she puts Dakota BACK into the Kirafuda. Shayna chokes Dakota out, but out comes Nikki Cross for the rescue!
Nikki drags Shayna off Dakota, then dares Shayna to fight her now! Shayna has no words for Crazy Cross, so she just takes her title and leaves. The second Shayna turns her back on Nikki, Nikki swipes the belt!
Crazy Cross pisses the Queen of Spades off, but then dares her to come take it back. Shayna approaches the ring, and Nikki stays back. Shayna slowly enters, but the looney lass rushes over and snatches up the belt before Shayna can. Nikki tells Shayna, “You! Me! This! Today!!” In other words, Nikki wants her match. And she tells Dakota, “You’re the referee!” What? A match? Now? But fans say “YES! YES!” Dakota raises the belt, but Shayna goes to grab it back. Nikki grabs Shayna, and hits The Purge, the swinging fisherman!
Nikki covers Dakota counts, Nikki wins? Dakota is as confused as anyone as she raises Nikki’s hand in victory.
Though, there was no bell, so no, Nikki didn’t win. Nikki didn’t even have a match. But Nikki still runs around to celebrate “becoming” NXT Women’s Champion, even going into the stands to celebrate with fans. Will anyone tell her she’s wrong? Will Shayna demand a “rematch” with Nikki at TakeOver: Chicago?
NXT continues to be on a roll with a great amount of story and action every week. The recap for Gargano & Ciampa was concise, and helps explain Gargano’s random appearance later. It was creative for them to put it during EC3’s match, makes Gargano come off even more singularly focused on his grudge with Ciampa. EC3 still wins, but I wouldn’t be surprised if EC3 takes some offense and makes himself Gargano’s next rival, whether or not he wins or loses to Ciampa. Another detail of note is that Candice wants no part of this grudge rematch, but I expect her to show up during the match when things start to “go too far” and she becomes the deciding factor.
War Raiders win, no surprise there. With Lorcan & Burch challenging the Undisputed Era first, Rowe & Hanson will just have to wait until after Chicago for their turn. Maybe they can have a match with the Street Profits and/or TM61 in the meantime. I was surprised to see Ricochet having a match, and even more surprised that it was to give Donovan (now Chris) Dijak his debut. The match was good, and of course Ricochet wins, but it was all to officially establish Ricochet VS Dream at Chicago. Ricochet’s amazing jump not only left Dream speechless, it left everyone speechless, that was legitimately amazing, as will their true 1v1 match. Great to hear Kairi VS Lacey 3 is happening next week, that’ll surely be the best of their matches, and could lead one of them being seen as the new #1 contender to the NXT Women’s Championship.
Tonight’s championship match of Shayna VS Dakota was good, very strong in the story. It was given that Shayna would still win, Dakota hasn’t had enough exposure just yet to become champion. However, it was great for Nikki to come out and make the save. Nikki Cross is spectacular, and this mock championship match was a great moment in multiple ways. One, Nikki shows up Shayna in her own crazy way. Two, Nikki gets to celebrate like she’s won the title, because unfortunately, I don’t think she’ll get to be champion. The rest of SAnitY has already “moved” to SmackDown, and it’d be too much of a delay if she stayed to have a full reign. Shayna retains, and everyone moves on to something new.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Results & Report! (12/11/18)
SmackDown brings us a Wrestlemania Rematch this close to TLC! The Queen ended the Empress of Tomorrow’s undefeated streak, but will history repeat itself?
- Daniel Bryan VS Mustafa Ali; Bryan wins.
- The Miz & Shane McMahon VS Chip & Chad; The Miz & Shane win.
- Samoa Joe & Shinsuke Nakamura VS Jeff Hardy & Rusev w/ Lana; wins.
- Naomi VS Mandy Rose; wins.
- Charlotte Flair VS Asuka; wins.
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Daniel Bryan heads to the ring!
Or should we say, the new Daniel Bryan. Either way, the WWE Championship will be on the line against the Phenomenal AJ Styles. However, it’s a minor miracle Styles can even compete after what this Daniel Bryan did to his leg at the end of last week. Fans boo and jeer this Bryan as he picks up a mic. Bryan recalls calling the WWE Universe a bunch of sheep. He wants to apologize for that. Bryan wants to apologize to sheep. Sheep don’t deserve to be compared to such idiots! They’re not the ones destroying the planet with endless consumption. It’s not a “carbon hoof print.” The fans aren’t sheep. They’re parasites! Fans disagree, and believe “Daniel Sucks!” He just calls them fickle.
As he was saying, fans are parasites because they take and take and give nothing in return, especially in Las Vegas. But Bryan isn’t surprised, because fans latched on tot he Old Bryan and lived vicariously through him. That’s what the Yes Movement really was. “Well guess what? The Old Daniel Bryan is dead! And the Yes Movement is dead!” But just like any parasite, the fans have moved on to a new “fickle field”. And these idiots all sit on the couch in the House that AJ Styles Built. Fans cheer for Styles, but Bryan reminds us he is the WWE Champion! And at TLC, Bryan vows to crush Styles’ dream of reclaiming the title, and then the announcement will be “Still WWE Champion, the NEW Daniel Bryan!”
Do fans not believe him? “No! No!” Well Bryan debates with friends all the time, “sometimes you don’t know whether your’e stupid or you deliberately pull the wool over your eyes so you don’t have to realize the facts.” Stupidity is the deliberate cultivation of ignorance. Like in Vegas! But wait, here comes Bryan’s opponent for tonight, the Beacon of Light, Mustafa Ali! Ali responds to Bryan with an introduction, but Bryan already knows who he is. The idiot fans might not but Bryan does. And he knows they’re having a match later, but Ali can join him now. Bryan gives Ali an introduction, and it seems fans do know who he is. Ali is the Heart of 205 Live, and is an incredible performer. Bryan sees a lot of his former self in Ali.
So Bryan gives Ali advice: they don’t need to have this match tonight. Bryan tells Ali that the fans won’t care, “they’re too self-absorbed” and xenophobic. These fickle fans do not deserve this great match. Fans boo so Bryan calls them all fickle. But Ali wants to know what happened to Bryan. Bryan inspired wrestlers like Ali to become a superstar. The entire 205 Live roster looks up to Bryan because Bryan stood toe to toe with any giant and proved he had heart. So what happened? Bryan talks about the Old Bryan, but that Old Bryan would want a fight. Ali wants a fight! Bryan paces while fans chant “Fight! Fight!” Bryan asks Ali what kind of car he drives. What does that have to do with this? But, it’s an SUV.
Bryan doesn’t like that. Ali is small, why does he need a car so big? Well, he has a wife and kids- Bryan slaps him! Bryan says Ali is ignorant, and slaps him again. So Ali fights back! Bryan whips but Ali reverses and headscissors Bryan tot he apron! Then dropkicks Bryan out, and leaps with a senton! Ali looks to shut this New Bryan up, next!
Daniel Bryan VS Mustafa Ali!
SmackDown returns as Bryan whips Ali and knocks him down with a kitchen sink knee. Bryan drags Ali up for a headbutt then toys with him. Fans boo as Bryan taunts Ali then bumps him off buckles. Bryan kicks away on Ali in the corner, then soaks up the heat. Bryan drags Ali up with an arm wrench, then whips him corner to corner. Ali goes up but Bryan catches him with a kick. Bryan kicks Ali while he’s down, then drops knees. Bryan hooks Ali’s face but lets up at 4. Ali gets to a corner but Bryan rocks him with a European Uppercut. Bryan grabs Ali for a toehold, then drops an elbow on the knee. Bryan hooks the legs and grabs at the arms. Ali resists so Bryan hooks the nose instead!
Bryan lets up at 4, then hooks the nose again. He lets go at 4, and then lets off the legs to stomp Ali on the back! Fans boo but Bryan soaks up the heat. Bryan stalks Ali and gives him the Yes Kicks. OR perhaps now, the “No Kicks” because fans say “No!” with each one. Bryan aims but Ali dodges to kick back! Ali SUPERKICKS Bryan in the back, covers, TWO! Bryan bails out but Ali builds speed to wreck him with a dropkick! Ali slingshots but Bryan dodges to send Ali into the post! Bryan grins while we go picture in picture.
Ali is down while Bryan catches his breath. Bryan climbs up top to make sure everyone can see him. Then he goes back for Ali on the outside, but leaves him for dead. Bryan soaks up the heat and counts along, but Ali gets in at 9! Bryan looks annoyed by the resilient Ali. He kicks Ali while he’s down, then drags him up. Bryan snap suplexes Ali down, then heads up top. Ali gets up and stops Bryan! Ali climbs up to join Bryan, and hits a SUPER SPANISH FLY!! But Ali flounders away, he crawls back to a cover, TWO!! Ali was so close to pinning THE WWE Champion! He hurries to put Bryan in a drop zone and goes back up. But Bryan trips Ali off and Ali hits the floor!
Bryan gets Ali back into the ring fast, and wraps on the No Lock! Ali moves around, enduring the hold. Bryan wrenches back hard, but Ali doesn’t give up. Ali drags himself and Bryan towards ropes as we return to single picture. Ali reaches, and gets the ropebreak! Bryan lets go, but is simply annoyed further. Bryan drags Ali up and puts him on the top rope backwards. He pulls Ali down into the Tree of Woe and gives more No Kicks. Bryan runs corner to corner, and hits a dropkick! Bryan drags Ali out of the Tree, then puts him back up. He climbs up behind Ali, but Ali slips out of the Super Back Suplex! Ali dodges Bryan and Bryan hits buckles! Ali CHOPS Bryan, and again, and again! Bryan kicks back and bump Ali off buckles.
Bryan whips but Ali reverses. Ali gets under Bryan to hit the tornado DDT! Cover, TWO! Ali again comes close and is shocked. Bryan ends up in a drop zone and Ali hurries up again. Ali leaps, 0-5-4 FLOPS! Bryan drags Ali over and slams his leg into the post! And again! And again! Ali crawls away but Bryan comes around from the corner to chop block the leg! Bryan drags Ali into the Heel Hook! Ali taps, Bryan wins!
Winner: The New Daniel Bryan, by submission
The WWE Champion’s new mean streak helps him snuff out the Beacon of Light tonight in Vegas! However, The Phenomenal One is coming for payback, will he become the new champion?
But Bryan isn’t done with Ali! He attacks Ali on the stage with those savage stomps! And he puts the Heel Hook on again! Ali taps but it doesn’t matter. More referees appear and Bryan lets Ali go. Fans boo but Bryan revels in it as he holds up his title. This mean streak runs deep, will it be the key to keeping the New Bryan the current champion?
Awww Vegas~! It’s time for a Rap Battle!
The New Day come out to host a special battle of bars between The Usos and The Bar!
SmackDown returns as Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods and Big E stand ready as judges for this second ever SmackDown Rap Battle. Meanwhile, The Bar look like they stepped out from the 90’s. Now they’ll all be battling in the SmackDown Tag Team Championship Triple Threat. The Bar requested this battle but the New Day won’t allow for any funny business. Sheamus starts off, “This has gone too far, Big Tony, hit them with the bar.” Cesaro starts a beat for “Ice Ice Shamy.” The Bar basically parody Vanilla Ice. Fans don’t know whether to laugh or boo. The New Day rank that… a trash can out of 10.
As for the Usos, Jimmy and Jey take a moment to collect themselves. “It’s the Usos VS the Bar in a rap off, I’m like it can’t be. What the hell are they about to talk about, UCe?” “Sheamus’ hair grease. Cesaro’s mouth piece.” The Usos got cheated, defeated, they removed it from their memories like Woken Hardy: DELETED. They beat the Ninja Turtles, and now it’s on to Bebop and Rock Steady. “FELLA~!” Mr. Movie Star, they’re not stealing a line but that was booty. Usos show love, like cupid. Sheamus looks dumb. No, like stupid! Is Sheamus purposefully staying white like chalk? Does he have Cesaro help him with the mohawk? Brogue Kicks VS Superkick, ain’t no pump action, those come from the hip, hit you in the teeth. But how do you knock Cesaro’s teeth out with no knuckles? I dunno. Let’s introduce our friend, Mr. Turnbuckle.
Hello, Mr. Turnbuckle! How did it feel? Well when he pushed Cesaro’s teeth down his throat, we learned who’s the real man of steel. Cesaro the Swiss Superman, right? King of Swing, right? But that won’t matter against their Uso kryptonite! The Bar sets the bar? No this is a true tag team, they’re the stars. Ten years, still going hard, zero injuries, Uso Iron Man! Tony Stark!! The Usos are bulletproof, are the truth and still have fun. Back to back tag team of the year, six time champs coming soon. The Bar, New Day, Usos, Sunday, Welcome to the Uso Penitentiary! The Bar have heard enough, they start swinging! The Usos are ready, and they hit back! Cesaro and Sheamus get sent out, and then the Usos are ready to throw with The New Day.
But The Bar comes back to blow it all up! BROGUE for Jey, and then a beating for the hosts! Jey gets up, but gets A-Swiss-ted White Noise! The Bar hold up their titles, and as the Usos said themselves, “We ARE the Bar!” Will #RunBAR continue to run the SmackDown Tag Team Division after TLC’s Triple Threat?
“I thought nobody would be ready for Asuka. I was wrong, I was not ready, I made one mistake.” The mistake was Asuka let up. But this Sunday, Asuka will kick, strike, climb and grab that title to win. As for tonight, Charlotte won’t be ready this time! The Empress is fired up, will she settle the score from back at Wrestlemania?
The Miz is in the ring!
He holds the World Cup trophy, and tells Shane McMahon that while it’s his week to have custody, Miz needs to speak his mind. Miz wants Shane to come out, and doesn’t want to have to beg. Fans want to see him beg. Miz concedes, and kneels. He bends the knee, and asks Shane come out to talk. This is bigger than a trophy, so please come out. Shane O’Mac appears! He joins Miz in the ring, and says “What’s up, Las Vegas?” And what is up with Miz? Is he okay? Why is Miz out here with the trophy? It’s the only way Miz can get through to him! Shane won’t respond to him. They can be so good together, if he’d just give Miz a chance.
Miz knows Shane is scared, and so is Miz. But Shane owes Miz one. They should tag together again. If they lose, fine, this can stop. But if they win, they can be the #BestTeamintheWorld! Shane thinks this is getting weird. No, the trophy is just a symbol. They can be so much more! Then enlighten him. Okay, fine. Miz will say this for the first time in his life. In fact, Miz will show him! Get a referee out here! A referee appears. They’ll take on Chip & Chad, The Vegas Boys! Chip & Chad appear, and the match is set?
The Miz & Shane McMahon VS Chip & Chad!
Shane is very confused, and tries to reason with Miz while the bell rings. Chip and Chad attack Shane! Miz is shocked, but he coaches Shane up. Shane fires off fast hands! He knocks Chip(?) down then throws him out! Shane dares Chad(?) to fight, and he lights him up with jabs! Shane whips then hits a big back elbow. He hits Chip away and then gives Chad a float-over DDT! Fans want Miz to get in, but he’s busy holding the world cup. Shane brings Chad into a triangle hold! Miz is already celebrating before Chad taps out. Shane & Miz win!
Winners: The Miz & Shane McMahon, Shane by submission
The Best Team in the World finally succeeds! But Miz is clearly more pumped then Shane is about it. Will Shane come around and join Miz on this tag team journey to the top? Or is Miz just seeing what he wants to see?
Paige is furious with the referee.
They can’t just be making matches without the GM’s consent! Especially with the commissioner. But The Miz said she gave permission. Paige sees what’s going on now. But just as she tells the ref to hush, Chip & Chad come in, with invoices. The Miz said they were getting paid $5000 each for that match. Paige tears up the invoices, and tells everyone to leave. Will the GM have words for the overly ambitious A-Lister?
Randy Orton heads to the ring!
The Viper prepares for a Chairs Match with the King of Lucha Libre! These two will be able to do whatever they want with those infamous steel weapons. Orton brings one into the ring with him, and says “Nothing like a good ol’ fashioned solid steel chair, am I right?” They’re built for comfort, but can also make a statement. Orton rolls footage of how he’s used these chairs to brutalize Rey Mysterio these last few weeks, namely wrapped around Mysterio’s head before being thrown into a steel post. Orton likes that, but perhaps we can do better. He rolls more footage, as he did very much the same thing, but throwing Mysterio into steel steps this time.
“Now let me get this straight.” Mysterio knows he has a Chairs Match, and is okay with that? Everyone’s seen what Orton does to his opponent, yet Mysterio is okay with that? Mysterio must think he’ll get his revenge. But Mysterio is a victim, and victims don’t get revenge. The locker room will be worried about TLC, but Mysterio needs to be worried about RKO. But Mysterio SMACKS Orton from behind! Mysterio jabs the chair into Orton, then SMACKS him again! Then he tosses the chair at Orton, to dropkick it in his head! Orton is on the ropes, and Mysterio hits the 619! Orton bails out, but Mysterio wants more! Will the Viper be a victim after Sunday?
Backstage interview with Becky Lynch.
If Charlotte Flair and Asuka beat each other up badly enough, does that give her an advantage in the SmackDown Women’s Championship TLC? Advantage? Becky’s getting back in the ring, road testing both her banged up face and her banged up brain, in one of the most dangerous matches in all of WWE. And not just against one but two of the best. So no, there is no advantage. But Becky still loves it. Fighting against the odds is what Becky does. And doctors can get all twitchy, but she’ll still scout her opponents tonight. And then on Sunday, she’ll remind all of us how much chaos can happen when The Man comes around.
Samoa Joe & Shinsuke Nakamura VS Jeff Hardy & Rusev w/ Lana!
The Destroyer wants to remind the Enigma of his troubled past, while the King of Strong Style wants to make it clear the Super Athlete will never relive his glory days. Will Hardy and Rusev uniting be enough to show Joe and Nakamura that it’s not about the past but the future?
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What happened in CMLL, AAA, and the world of Lucha Libre this week? Joe Dinan has you covered!
Last Friday Arena Mexico
So this was the Legends of Mexico show or Leyenda de Mexicana. The main event was a legends match which… wasn’t exactly good. It’s fun to see legends in the ring, and that’s why the fans were there but judging from a match point of view they couldn’t really move well. The match included Rayo de Jalisco, Atlantis, and Blue Panther vs Mascara Ano 2000, Canek, and Villano IV. In fairness Blue Panther can still move really well for his age. Rayo, Blue Panther, and Atlantis won the match. There was a 6 man tag titles match between Los Guerrero’s facing Sanson, Cuatrero, and Forastero. Los Guerrero’s retained their titles. Mano Negra, Solar, and Felino faced off against Fuerza Guerrera, Jerry Estrada who hasn’t been in Arena Mexico for 25 years, and Negro Navarro. That match was okay.
Arena Puebla Monday Show
The main event saw Rush and Terrible facing Volador and Diamante Azul. Volador and Azul won the match and at the end Terrible wanted to face Volador in a match. That’ll happen in the future I assume. Co Main event saw Atlantis, Soberano, and Valiente facing Felino, Bucanero, and Cavernario. It was a fun match with the latter winning.
Arena Mexico Tuesday Show
The main event of this show saw Sanson, Cuatrero, and Forastero facing Atlantis, Angel de Oro, and Niebla Roja. This was a fun match which saw the latter winning. I feel like they’re setting up an Atlantis match with Sanson out of this. Titan, Triton, and Esfinge faced off against Mephisto, Luciferno, and Ephesto. It was a really fun match with Mephisto, Luciferno, and Ephesto winning. Misterioso defeated Black Panther in a lightning match as well.
Arena Mexico Friday
The card this Friday sees the main event being Volador Jr facing Ultimo Guerrero in a singles match. It doesn’t appear that the heavyweight championship is on the line. Atlantis, Valiente, and Azul face Rush, Terrible, and Cavernario in the co main event. This really isn’t that big or important of a show based off the match card. I don’t expect the attendance to be over 10,000 this week.
AAA was live on Twitch on December 2nd. Every title was on the line but the story during the show was Brian Cage sent in a video message with Melissa Santos explaining in Spanish that he had a ton of injuries and couldn’t make it to the show. I think that was just to save face since Fenix also couldn’t wrestle because Cage just worked a match on Wednesday. Fenix comes out to cut a promo and explain things. The fans boo him because AAA stupidly kept promoting the match knowing for 9 days that Fenix wasn’t going to wrestle. He even mentioned it on their Lucha Capital show on Facebook the previous Wednesday. The false advertisement and use of card subject to change to trick the fans is bullshit. Subject to change means the card changes if an injury or last minute thing happens. It’s not a free pass to advertise matches you know you’re never going to do. Anyway on to the card.
Lady Shani won the title in the first match. Keyra was supposed to be in the match to make it a 5 way but she was at a WWE try out in Chile. So it was a four way and Scarlett Bordeaux left the match mid way through. So Shani won the match after Faby had a spat with the ref. The next match built on the angle of Mascara and Maximo. Mascara and his team win the match further continuing the feud. There’s talks of Maximo and Mascara being in a hair vs hair match.
Laredo Kid, Hijo Del Vikingo, and Angelikal who is now called Myzteziz Jr, as AAA La Parka pronounced him earlier in the show (Have fun typing Myzteziz.), faced Porde de Norte for the 6 man tag titles. The story going in here was the former team beat Porde de Norte 3 straight times so conventional thinking is they won’t win this match, but they actually did, crowning new champs. There was an impromptu match afterwards where Vikingo was taken out by the OGTs and La Parka replaced him. They still beat the OGTs, later we learned this match was because there was no Fenix vs Cage match.
Pagano and Joe Lider faced Ciclope and Miedo Extremo and Texano and Rey Escorpion for the tag titles in a hardcore match. It wasn’t as hardcore as the previous matches but it was still pretty hardcore. Texano and Rey retain their titles. Fantasma faced Drago to defend his Latin American championship. The story of the match was Fantasma was dominating and Drago just kept kicking out and Drago basically rolled him up for the win. As said before Cage and Fenix didn’t wrestle.
The main event was between Blue Demon Jr and Killer Kross facing Dr. Wagner Jr and Psycho Clown. Scarlett came out with Kross to distract. Vampiro came out to stop her but Kross kills him. Kross and Blue Demon ended up winning and Scarlett was hitting Wagner after the match. You know she’s going to get hers soon. Better not show anyone in the United States. They’ll complain to Roshfrans.
AAA on Twitch 12/8
There’s a show on the 8th which isn’t much of a star driven show. The main event features Dr. Wagner Jr, Psycho Clown, and Pagano facing Blue Demon Jr, Killer Kross, and Rey Escorpion. I’m sure Scarlett Bordeaux will be by ring side for that. The Co-Main event sees the OGTs facing Porde de Norte. That’s Averno, Chessman, and Super Fly vs Mocho Cota Jr, Carta Brava Jr, and Tito Santana. Aerostar will face Monster Clown in a special singles match. Laredo Kid, Hijo Del Vikingo and a luchador surprise who might just be Myzteziz Jr will face Taurus, Australian Suicide, and Jack Evans.
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