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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Report! (5/22/18)

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Big Cass is hurt again, so that gives opportunity to Jeff Hardy and Daniel Bryan! The Enigma and The Goat will compete tonight to determine who faces Samoa Joe on next week’s SmackDown, and then the winner of THAT match qualifies for Money in the Bank! Plus, two more “Ravishing” and “IIconic” Women’s MITB qualifiers!

 

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Miz VS Big E w/ The New Day; Miz wins.
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Match: Lana VS Billie Kay w/ Peyton Royce; Lana wins and qualifies for the Women’s MITB Ladder Match.
  • Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega VS ???; Almas wins.
  • SmackDown Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Match: The Usos VS The Club; The Club wins and face The Bludgeon Brothers for the titles at MITB.
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Match: Naomi VS Sonya Deville; Naomi wins and qualifies for the Women’s MITB Ladder Match.
  • Daniel Bryan VS Jeff Hardy; Bryan wins and will face Samoa Joe in a Men’s MITB Qualifying Match next week.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Miz opens SmackDown with Miz TV!

The Most Must-See WWE Talk Show is back and has two big exclusives. First, something so huge that people have been talking about “When is it going to happen?!” Miz has a date: July 24th, 2018, Miz & Mrs. debuts on USA! Fans actually like the sound of that. And second, the guests that will reveal what we all want to know. Awwwwww, Worcester~! It’s the New Day!

Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston & Big E come out with Booty O’s and pancakes. They won a tag team match to enter just one of them into the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match, but haven’t named who. They’re happy to be on Miz TV, but are neutral about Miz & Mrs. Well they don’t know good television. Miz gets to the point: Who is going into the MITB match? Who who who?

Miz walked into that one. Which one? Which which which? Be serious! Sorry, sorry. On the count of three: “It’s gonna be me~!” N Sync? Okay, together they’ve accomplished so much, but Miz says they haven’t reached their full potential. They all hold each other back. Fans disagree. Woods says that’s what’s different between “ya boys” and Miz Hokage. Miz has his show, his movie franchise, his championship accomplishments, and main evented a Wrestlemania! Miz is a living legend. But what people don’t like about him is that throughout his career, life and relationship, he always puts Miz first.

No, the real difference is that Miz has been WWE Champion. What about them? Kofi is every other champion but WWE Champion. Though, he’s been in six and hasn’t won one, so maybe someone else should be given a chance. Big E has size, charisma, and the “It Factor.” Big E shows fire and everything else to be a true champion, but he doesn’t take anything seriously. However, Woods does. Woods has a YouTube Empire, 1.5 MILLION subscribers, and he did that on his own. So imagine Woods streaming Fortline– Er, Fortnite. Whatever. But imagine streaming that with the WWE Championship on his waist! He’d be a real-life superhero! Each man has a chance to be one of the greatest WWE Champions in history with the MITB contract. Miz asks again: “Who is it going to be?”

Woods agrees with Miz, it should be E. But Big E thinks it should be Kofi. But Kofi thinks it should be Woods. No no no! Miz wants the exclusive! He’s had enough of their games, because HE is going to win, because HE can beat any of THEM any day of the week! The New Day huddles up. Miz just made a decision for them. It’s Big E. There it is, the exclusive announcement. Big E enters the Money in– No, Miz, you’re Miz-taken. This isn’t for MITB, no no. This is for tonight. Big E VS Miz, right here and right now? “YES! YES!” Too bad, see you at MITB. But Kofi throws a shame pancake at him. Then Big E, and then Woods. “Shame! Shame!” Miz retreats from the shame, but there won’t be any running from MITB. Who will be entered into that match?

Paige finds Miz backstage.

The SmackDown GM saw what happened out there, and understands. “Not everyone likes pancakes.” Haha, very funny. But Paige also heard Miz’s claim about beating New Day. So prove it, right now. Go. Go! It’s happening, after the break.

 

The Miz VS Big E w/ The New Day!

This match is happening because Miz put his foot in his mouth. Can the former Intercontinental Champion and Mr. MITB win against his possible future opponent here tonight?

The bell rings and fans cheer “We Want Pancakes!” Miz and Big E tie up while Woods joins commentary. Big E pushes Miz all around the ring, but Miz manages to climb up a corner. Big E honors the break and lets Miz fall on his face. The fans clap with Big E while Miz grimaces. Miz gets around Big E, but Big E swivles those hips. Big E powers Miz up and off, then swivels at Miz more. Miz stands up and stares Big E down. He wants a test of strength with the former power lifter? Big E accepts, but Miz hits low. Miz clubs Big E down, then runs, but things speed up and Big E leap sup and over to then catch Miz into an abdominal stretch.

Big E starts spanking Miz! Big E then shoves Miz and runs him over. Miz rolls to the apron but Big E pursues. Big E stomps Miz, then backs up, for the apron splash!

Miz falls to the floor, flattened like a pancake. Woods helps Kofi be Big E’s corner men for “the round”. Big E refreshes with syrup and Vaseline, but Miz hits him with a sucker punch. Big E chases Miz into the ring, but Miz slips out to trip him up. Miz then throws Big E into barriers! Miz is in control in this first-ever match while we go picture in picture.

The referee motions for them to bring this back in the ring. Miz fetches Big E to put him in, then stalks him before hitting the low boot. Miz runs and hits another boot. He mocks the “New! Day Rocks!” then runs, but Big E catches the boot into a powerbomb lift. Miz slips out, and hits the A-List combo, cover, TWO. Miz wrenches Big E back with a chinlock, but Big E powers his way up. Big E fights out of the hold, then puts Miz in the corner. He whips corner to corner but Miz reverses, to hit his A-List clothesline. Miz climbs up, takes aim, but Big E hits back with a body shot! The New Day coach Big E up and he keeps hitting body shots. He throws hands and whips but Miz reverses again, to then hit Big E with the kitchen sink knee.

Miz stalks Big E as he crawls to a corner. Miz drags him up but he hits back with knees. Big E swings but misses, Miz hops on for a sleeper hold. E endures as Miz uses his full weight to bring him down. E starts to fade, but then gets a second gas as we go single picture. Miz holds on but Big E powers him into buckles. Big E is free and now Kofi joins commentary. Big E crawls to a corner, but Miz runs in. The A-List clothesline is caught! Big E throws Miz over head with belly2belly suplexes! Kofi is fired up with Big E while Woods plays the trombone for the BIG SPLASH! The fans rally, and Miz stands up to run away.

Big E follows him but Miz slips under. The sunset flip doesn’t work, but Miz does kick a knee out for the– Big E powers off the DDT, then SLAMS Miz down! Cover, TWO! Woods keeps Big E focused, even as Miz gets to the apron again. Big E runs, but Miz blocks the dive with a knee. Miz slips under and kicks low again, for the DDT! Cover, TWO! Both men are down, but stirring. Miz sits up first while fans rally for E. Miz goes for the Finale but E throws him off to then scoop him. He slips off the shoulder and they run, double clothesline! Then the Bar jump Woods! Kofi jump in to take out Sheamus! Cesaro saves Sheamus but now it’s a big brawl. BROGUE takes out Kofi, and Cesaro distracts, SKULL-CRUSHING FINALE! Miz wins!

Winner: The Miz, by pinfall

The A-Lister got big assists from the Swiss Cyborg & Celtic Gladiator, but he only cares that he won. If it’s Big E joining the MITB Ladder Match, will Miz be able to do that all over again? Or will he have to worry about Kofi or Woods instead?

 

Big Cass walks the halls.

The Human Skyscraper is hurt from the events of the WWE European Tour and SmackDown London, but is still here despite not being cleared. When is his expected second return?

 

Backstage interview with Daniel Bryan.

His dreams looked to be dashed, but now he has a second chance. How does he feel about facing Jeff Hardy for that second chance? “It means everything.” Bryan treats every single match as his biggest. He showed Cass what happens when you kick a hornet’s nest. Bryan winning against Hardy, for a chance at MITB! That’s insane! Hardy himself is a legend, a revolutionary, and a very very very difficult mountain to climb. But Bryan loves challenges, and vows to tap that legend out. Can he do it?

 

Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Match: Lana VS Billie Kay w/ Peyton Royce!

The Ravishing Russian has Aiden English sing for her as he does for Rusev! MC Artiste says that Lana is the best~, Lana Number One! But can she be better than one half of the IIconic Duo to join Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch as one of SmackDown’s MITB entrants?

“Wow…! Aiden that was really nice.” But this moment calls for a duet! The IIconics tune up and test the acoustics. Fans chant “Rusev Day! Rusev Day!” and the IIconics take that as rude. “Lana~ is a… Loser~!” Because when they win MITB, SmackDown will be truly #IIconic. Anyway, Billie finally enters the ring and the match begins. English has a sign for LANA Day!

It’s the second holiday on Rusev Day calendar. Peyton storms over and even Billie protests. They SLAP English, so Lana SLAPS them! Lana puts Peyton into barriers, but Billie gets Lana with a punch. Billie brings Lana back into the ring, but Lana catches her with a roundhouse! Lana gives Billie the Machka buster! Cover, LANA WINS!

Winner: Lana wins, by pinfall; qualifies for the Women’s MITB Ladder Match

The MITB match just got RAVISHING! And now it’s LANA DAY!

 

Zelina Vega speaks.

Andrade “Cien” Almas has traveled the world, and has always been treated as a VIP. But what did El Idolo get last week? The Land of Opportunity gave him NOTHING. Almas is the future of SmackDown, so if he doesn’t get what he deserves, then he’ll just take it. Who will be the target of El Idolo next?

 

Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega VS ???

The original Los Ingobernable wants to be the best, but he again gets a simple local wrestler. The bell rings, and Almas goes right after his opponent with kicks and punches. Almas whips him to a corner then clobbers him with a clothesline. He unleashes stomps then drags his opponent back for more. Almas drags his opponent up but he fights back with body shots and a back elbow. That only pisses Almas off, and he takes him out with a back elbow of his own! He sits his opponent in a corner, then runs for CIEN KNEES! But that won’t be the end of it, as Almas fumes while watching his opponent sit up. CIEN KNEES to the back! Then, Hammerlock DDT! Cover, Almas wins!

Winner: Almas, by pinfall

El Idolo is victorious again for an easy 2-0, but this is only the beginning. How long will it take for Almas to climb up to the top of SmackDown?

 

Carmella mocks Asuka in her backstage interview.

The SmackDown Women’s Champion knows Asuka is coming for her title. There’s an expiration date on her reign. NOT! The haters expect Carmella to slip up. Carmella is not afraid of Asuka, because Charlotte beat Asuka and then Carmella beat Charlotte! It’s math! Carmella is twice as good as Asuka. Asuka can use all the tricks she wants, but Asuka should be the one afraid of Carmella. Carmella vows to moonwalk all over her and prove #MellaIsMoney. Are Carmella’s calculations correct that she’ll continue her reign? Or will the Empress of Tomorrow use her as the first piece of her second win streak?

 

Renee Young introduces AJ Styles.

The Phenomenal One still has his WWE Championship after three high-caliber matches with The King of Strong Style, but none of them have ended in a way to settle their feud. Renee also introduces Shinsuke Nakamura, who won a match last week to give him the right to choose the stipulation for their fourth Dream (Re)Match. Nakamura and Styles glare at each other, but now it’s time to name that stipulation.

Styles doesn’t want any more games, he wants Nakamura to outright say it. “What ‘stipulation’?” Relax and remember why Nakamura gets to choose. By that, Nakamura means the fact he won. Nakamura replays the footage of him faking being hit by a low blow to then hit Styles with his own signature moves. Styles knows that happened. But enjoy that while it last, because it’ll never– Be quiet! And listen very, very carefully. Nakamura vows not just to beat Styles, but dishonor Styles so that he’ll never require. That title will be Nakamura’s, and SmackDown will be Nakamura’s House. Then tell us all what the stipulation is. Nakamura says that their MITB match will be a… Pillow fight! Is he serious? Fans seem halfway interested in that. Styles knew Nakamura was the King of Soft Style.

Nakamura says he jokes because he has the upper hand. Styles jokes because he’s afraid. Nakamura sees Styles’ eyes and just wants to put a knee through his face! “KNEE! TO! FACE!” Styles gets it! But it doesn’t matter what the match is, Nakamura can’t win when it matters. It’s why Nakamura uses cheap shots. Nakamura is no longer the Nakamura we wanted. Pick whatever you want, it still won’t make him as good as Styles. Styles will just see Nakamura at MITB. Nakamura tries a sucker punch but Styles blocks and retaliates. They fight on the outside, Styles putting Nakamura into the timekeeper’s area! Styles clears the announce desk, but Nakamura attacks with a chair! He misses, and Styles hits back to throw him into the crowd. Styles pursues, and they brawl in front of the fans.

Styles puts Nakamura into barriers, then back over to ringside. Fans are fired up as Styles takes aim, and uses the barrier to springboard, but into a chair shot! Nakamura mocks Styles, and counts? He’s counting to 10! Styles stands, and Nakamura stops to ram a knee into Styles, and then slam him on the announce desk! Fans boo and jeer while Nakamura fires up. Nakamura takes aim, and hits a KINSHASA! Nakamura stands up and counts all over again. Fans rabidly chant for Styles but he isn’t getting up. Nakamura reaches 10, and we know what he’s making their match. “LAST! MAN! STANDING!!” The match is made, will Styles survive Nakamura when he’s completely unleashed?!

 

SmackDown Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Match: The Usos VS The Club!

Twin brothers take on two Good Brothers to see who take on the fearsome Bludgeon Brothers at MITB. Will Harper & Rowan find themselves facing the Uso Penitentiary again? Or will they take on a duo that’s #TooSweet?

Before the match, Anderson asks “What up, Uce?” Gallows says they respect Jimmy & Jey, but respectfully, they blew their shot at the titles. At MITB, it won’t be Bludgeon Brothers VS Blew It Brothers, but the Good Brothers taking their rightful spot atop the division. But Jey snatches the mic to ask if they know where they are. “This ain’t Japan, Uce. This ain’t Monday Night Raw.” SmackDown Live is where the Usos reside. So welcome to the Uso Penitentiary! Penitentiary? They don’t look like wardens. Just a couple… “Uhh…” NERDS! But now it’s a fight! They spill outside the ring and brawl all over, back and forth, and then Jey puts Gallows in the ring to get rocked by an uppercut. The bell rings and we officially begin.

Gallows keeps throwing hands but Jey clotheslines him out. Anderson returns but Jimmy catches him, then Jey FLIES!

Usos take control while we go picture in picture. The Usos put Gallows into a post, then in the ring. Jey tags Jimmy while throwing hands on Gallows. Jimmy runs in for the forearm smash, then loom over Gallows as he tags Jey. The Usos work together again to split the wishbone on Gallows, then Jey tags Jimmy back in. The Usos mug Gallows, then Jimmy headbutts Gallows. Jimmy wraps on a chinlock, then shifts to a headlock. Gallows powers out with a back suplex! Both men are down and Anderson returns to the corner. Gallows and Jimmy head for their corners, and hot tag to Jey and Anderson! The Machine Gun rallies on Jey while we go back to single picture. Jey reverses a whip but Anderson knocks him down. Anderson takes out Jimmy then dodges Jey for the jump kick!

Fans rally while Anderson hops up, for a flying neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Anderson keeps focus, and fires himself up as he runs corner to corner, into an enziguri! Jey climbs up, but Anderson stops him with another jump kick. Anderson climbs up to join Jey, but Jey headbutts him down. Jey jumps over Anderson, then kicks, for the dragon whip. Gallows tags in, and stalks Jey. He runs in, but misses as Jimmy tags in. The Usos double kick him, then Jimmy SUPERKICKS. Tag to Jey, SUPERKICK to USO SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! The Usos can’t believe it, but Jey tags Jimmy and they go to opposite ends. They climb up, but Anderson stops Jey! Gallows catches Jimmy, into a choke– No, SUPERKICK! YAKUZA KICK! Tag to Anderson, MAGIC KILLER!! Cover, The Club wins!

Winners: The Club (Gallows & Anderson), Anderson pinning; will face the Bludgeon Brothers at MITB

The Good Brothers did it! They’re one match away from being back on top. But can Gallows & Anderson dethrone the duo straight out of Doomsday?

 

Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Match: Naomi VS Sonya Deville!

It’s #GlowTime for the last spot on SmackDown’s half of the Women’s MITB Ladder Match. Can Naomi overcome the Gladiator Gal to then climb a ladder to success?

The bell rings and the two circle. Sonya gets the waistlock and throws Naomi around, then rolls to a cover. ONE, but Sonya holds on. She rolls Naomi again, ONE. Naomi stands up and wheelbarrows to the roll up, ONE. They back off, and Becky Lynch watches from backstage. Sonya and Naomi swing kicks to dodge kicks, but Sonya catches on to sit Naomi down. Naomi does the splits, then rolls Sonya, ONE. Naomi jumps over but Sonya tackles her to a cover, TOW. Charlotte also watches backstage while Sonya drags Naomi up. Sonya gives body shots, then fires off in a corner. She snapmares Naomi, then hits a sliding knee. Cover, TWO, but Sonya keeps her cool.

Mandy coaches Sonya on, and Sonya puts Naomi in a bodyscissor. Sonya gets a partial chinlock but Naomi resists. Fans rally and Naomi powers her way up with Sonya on her back. Naomi rams Sonya into buckles, then throws her off. Naomi runs but into Sonya’s spinebuster! Cover, TWO, and Sonya grows a bit frustrated. Sonya toys with Naomi, and puts her in a corner. Sonya kicks away on Naomi, then backs off at 4. She runs back in but Naomi boots Sonya away. Naomi throws a forearm, so Sonya throws a kick. Naomi kicks back, Sonya kicks back, and back again. They keep trading kicks, and they kick and kick and kick and kick! Naomi and Sonya hit double enziguris! Many herself is shocked, and ushers for Sonya to get up. Sonya brings Naomi up for knee strikes, then runs, but into a backwards wheelbarrow, Naomi wins!

Winner: Naomi, by pinfall; qualifies for the Women’s MITB Ladder Match

Naomi continues her roll! She won the inaugural Wrestlemania Women’s Battle Royal, and now she moves on to the Women’s MITB Ladder Match. Will she make it #GlowInTheBank as the second ever Ms. MITB?

 

Backstage interview with Jeff Hardy.

How excited is he for the main event? His synapses fired up and he was thinking about nothing but ladders. Hardy knows how to use ladders to captivate yet incapacitate. He has to take the first step facing Bryan tonight. They’re going to “scorch your cerebrum”, and Hardy apologizes to Bryan, but he’s taking flight!

 

Samoa Joe heads to the ring.

The Destroyer wants to see this match for himself, as he faces the winner next week.

 

Daniel Bryan VS Jeff Hardy!

It’s a second chance towards the last spot of the Men’s MITB Ladder Match. The Goat lost to Rusev while The Enigma lost to The Miz, but whoever wins here will still have to face Samoa Joe. Will Samoa Joe be facing a former world champion or the current United Stats Champion next Tuesday?

The bell rings and the two shake hands to show respect. They tie up, Bryan gets the waistlock but Hardy the standing switch. Bryan reverses to the wristlock, but Hardy reverses back. Bryan whips but Hardy runs him over. Hardy waits as Bryan backs off to a corner. They circle and tie up again with a test of strength. Bryan gets the wristlock and brings Hardy to the mat. Hardy endures, but Bryan wrenches it back to a hammerlock. Hardy gets up and powers out, but things speed up and Bryan runs Hardy over! Cover, TWO, but Bryan keeps his cool.

Bryan goes after the arm again, and wrenches. Hardy reverses but Bryan back, and back again. Hardy whips Bryan corner to corner but Bryan goes up and over then builds speed, only to run into the atomic drop and leg-splitting leg drops. Dropkick added, but Bryan bails out while we go to break.

SmackDown returns and Bryan wrenches Hardy’s arm more. He whips Hardy but Hardy dodges to then collide with double crossbodies! Joe likes what he sees as both men slowly stir. Bryan gets up first, then goes to Hardy with a Europan Uppercut. Hardy hits back, so Bryan gives another EuroUpper. Bryan kicks and kicks, but Hardy blocks, so Bryan hits an enziguri. Hardy falls out of the ring and Bryan builds speed, to wreck Hardy with a dropkick. Bryan goes to the apron and takes aim, for a flying- No, Hardy gets clear, then comes back with a LEAPING LARIAT from the apron!

Hardy wipes Bryan out but both men are down on the outside. The ten count begins, but Hardy gets Bryan in the ring. Hardy climbs up, but Bryan trips him up. Bryan turns him around and pulls him back into the Tree of Woe for Yes Kicks! Bryan runs side to side, BIG dropkick! He sits Hardy back up, then climbs up, but Hardy resists. Hardy fights Bryan off, and Bryan goes down. Hardy adjusts, for Whisper in the Wind! Cover, TWO.

Hardy keeps his cool as he stands up. His knee slows him down but he waits for Bryan. Fans duel as Hardy goes for the Twist, but Bryan denies it. Bryan dropkicks out the bad knee! Bryan wants Hardy to sit up, and fans duel as he hits more Yes Kicks! “YES! YES!” But Hardy dodges the buzzsaw to hit the Twist of Fate! Hardy then climbs up, takes aim, Swanton Bomb onto knees! Buzzsaw kick! Cover, TWO! Bryan keeps his cool and takes aim from a corner. “YES! YES!” but Hardy dodges the knee to roll Bryan, TWO, roll up again, TWO. EuroUppers from Bryan over and over, but Hardy catches one for a backslide. Bryan blocks the Twist and and spins, dragon screw with authority! Then Bryan shifts into the Heel Hook!

Hardy endures, reaches, but taps! Bryan wins!

Winner: Bryan, by submission; will face Samoa Joe next week

“Daniel…! Daniel~…!” Joe has a warning for you as he steps into the ring. “I fail to see what we’re celebrating out here, because next week, you face me.”

Backstage interview with Samoa Joe.

Why is he so confident? Why is it that he always tells the truth? Next week, Bryan goes to sleep, “Yes, Yes, Yes.” Joe said his piece, but will he have the last word when he and Bryan face off?

 


 

My Thoughts:

What a great episode of SmackDown! Certainly better than Raw. Everything tonight matters, and yes, even Almas versus the unnamed jobber. Zelina Vega was upset last week that Almas only had a jobber to face, and while she was happy Almas won again, she must still be upset it was against only another jobber. I hope the next thing we get is Vega complaining to Paige about the level of competition Almas is given, and that ends up putting Almas up against someone like AJ Styles or Jeff Hardy. Meanwhile, Miz tries but fails to tear The New Day apart, but he apparently has The Bar back on his side a la TLC when they went up against The Shield. Next week we get the Six Man Tag, and that could go either way.

Lana winning was such a great surprise. As was English single-handedly creating “Lana Day”. The IIconics will be okay, even if WWE doesn’t green light the Women’s Tag Team Division just yet. Naomi and Sonya have really good match, and Naomi winning was great for her. Again, the duo formerly known as Absolution will be fine, with or without the Women’s Tag Division. I can’t be sure if Lana or Naomi win, but they can have good showings in the match. Same goes for The Club. Gallows & Anderson VS Usos was a real good tag match, and I’m happy for The Club that they went over, but Harper & Rowan have been on a truly monstrous roll since returning so I can’t be sure The Club wins.

Nakamura choosing Last Man Standing was all but obvious after the finish to their Backlash match, but Nakamura was very creative in how he presented the idea. At the same time, it is a No Disqualification type match, so that leaves many openings for shenanigans, such as the new Mr. MITB pulling the same move Seth Rollins did to change the match and steal the win from both men. At the same time, that match type could exhaust Styles and Nakamura so that even if Styles wins, Mr. MITB still cashes in successfully. Bryan VS Hardy was a great match, and Bryan VS Joe will be an amazing match. Cass is probably not injured in reality, so he could easily cost Bryan next week to keep their feud going, or he waits until MITB to do the same.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s Ring of Honor Report! (6/16/18)

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ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 352

Best in the World is approaching, but ROH first brings us an amazing 10 Man Tag! It will be The Bullet Club, represented by Cody, Marty Scurll, Adam Page & The Young Bucks VS ALL of Los Ingobernables de Japon! Can the American Nightmare and his team overcome the most Tranquilo stable of NJPW?

 

All images courtesy of the Fite.TV app and streaming service

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Chuck Taylor VS Kenny King; Kenny King wins.
  • Shane Taylor VS Josh Woods; Shane Taylor wins.
  • 10 Man Tag: The Bullet Club VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; Bullet Club wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Bullet Club speaks.

“LIJ, tonight, you have no excuses!” Does anyone know what the J in LIJ really stands for? Cody thinks it’s “jokes”, but that’s not it. Jobbers? No, they’re not jobbers. Juniors? No, that’s not it, either. Jerks? No no no. It stands for JABRONIES! Does anyone think LIJ could sell out 10 thousand seats on their own? No, and certainly not in “30 EFFING MINUTES!” LIJ, Bullet Club is coming for you!

 

Chuck Taylor VS

The K I N G tried to help Austin Aries, only for it to backfire, and then Aries stopped being his friend with an uncalled for attack! Can he snap back with a win over the returning Kentucky Gentleman?

Fans chant for “Chuckie T!” as the match begins. Chuckie offers a hand to uphold the Code of Honor, but Kenny wants a hug. Chuckie declines, hugs are for his Best Friend, Trent. Fans chant “Hug! Hug!” but Chuckie insists on the handshake. Kenny accepts the handshake, then gives long-distance hugs to the fans. Kenny and Chuckie circle and tie up, and Kenny puts Chuckie into a corner. He backs off at the ropebreak, and they circle again. They tie up as fans rally. Chuckie hammerlocks, but Kenny reverses and gets a headlock. Chuckie slips out to a facelock, but Kenny reverses back to a hammerlock. Kenny shifts back to a headlock but Chuckie powers out, only for Kenny to run him over.

Kenny fires up and dances, then runs, but things speed up. Chuckie leaps over but Kenny headlocks. Chuckie reverses to his headlock, but Kenny powers out now, only for Chuckie to run him over. Now Chuckie does a dance, then runs. Things speed up again, and Kenny arm-drags Chuckie. Chuckie gives an arm-drag, and the two stand off. The fans applaud, and now Chuckie gives Kenny a hug. Fans cheer for that! Kenny gives the hug, but then Chuckie fakes a move. The two stay good sports, and tie up again. Kenny gets a wristlock, but Chuckie rolls to reverse into a hammerlock. Kenny spins and whips but Chuckie holds ropes. They break but then hug again. Belly2belly from Chuckie! Chuckie grins as he dances. Kenny hits Chuckie back but Chuckie forearms Kenny down, and we go to break.

ROH returns, and Chuckie has Kenny in a corner. Chuckie scoop slams him, then shouts that he’s never missed a moonsault ever! He climbs up, then leaps, but he belly flops on the mat! And he slaps the mat in frustration over his first miss. Kenny gets up while Chuckie crawls away. Kenny runs in and jabs away, then bobs and weaves. He whips Chuckie and hits him with the heel kick! Kenny brings Chuckie up but Chuckie kicks low. Chuckie runs but is put on the apron. Kenny hits Chuckie with the Eddie Gordo Kick, then slingshots out to knock Chuckie down! Fans fire up, and a fan gets a selfie with Kenny! But the phone messes it up, so no actual selfie was taken. Kenny returns to the ring, climbs up top, and Chuckie stands. Kenny leaps, crossbody! Cover, TWO!

Kenny keeps his cool, and reminds the fans to have their cameras ready. He hauls Chuckie up, but Chuckie slips off to hotshot Kenny down. Chuckie high fives the fan, then gets everyone fired up. It’s One Dog Night, the most dangerous slingshot stop! But Kenny dodges, so Chuckie slingshots back out to knock Kenny down! Chuckie’s stuck but he gives a thumbs up. Chuckie gets up, and finally that fan gets a selfie. Kenny gets back in the ring, but Chuckie follows. Chuckie shoulders in, then slingshots over, and counters the headscissors with a sit-out bomb! Cover, TWO, but fans rally up for Chuckie.

Chuckie brings Kenny up, but Kenny blocks the suplex. Chuckie clubs Kenny, then suplexes, but Kenny slips out. Kenny waistlocks, but Chuckie standing switches. Chuckie swings Kenny out, Sole Food! Chuckie runs, but into a glancing uppercut! He gets to a corner, and Kenny runs in, but into a knee! Chuckie suplex, Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up again, and Chuckie brings Kenny up. Kenny resists Chuckie’s move but Chuckie kicks low. Chuckie runs, but into a spinebuster! Cover, TWO, but Kenny calls for his finish.

Kenny drags Chuckie up, fireman’s carry, but Chuckie small pakcage, TWO. Chuckie with the snap piledriver! Cover, TWO! And Chuckie grows frustrated. But then he fires back up and calls for his own finish. He lifts but Kenny slips out. Chuckie swings but Kenny gets behind, atomic drop to spinning roundhouse! Then, fireman’s carry and swing out, Royal Flush!

Cover, Kenny wins!

Winner: Kenny King, by pinfall

The K I N G feels a lot better after this victory, but he’s still got the Greatest Man That Ever Lived on his mind. Will Kenny get his hands on Austin Aries in the future to exact his revenge?

 

The Briscoes speak.

“People been asking a lotta damn questions.” Briscoes, what’s wrong with all? Why’ve you been going down this dark path? Why, Briscoes, Why? “First of all, who is y’all to be asking us these questions?!” Do you know they are? They’re the champs! So mind your business.

As for the Young Bucks, listen up and listen good. Mark gives them credit for being best in the world, at selling T-shirts and making YouTube videos and a bunch of other stuff! The Bucks can do so much! But #DemBoyz know there’s something the Bucks can’t do, and that’s take the titles from the Briscoes. Best in the World will bring an ROH World Tag Team Championship rematch between two of the best teams today. Who will prove themselves THE best in the world?

 

Shane Taylor is in the ring.

The Notorious Hitman tells Josh “The Goods” Woods that Woods was “dead to rights” in West Palm Beach, Florida! At least, until King Mo stuck his nose in their business. Not surprising that fans are booing, they’re all just like Woods and King Mo! They’re “used to disappointment.” But don’t worry, Shane Taylor will give Chicago something to cheer for when he pops his opponent faster than Derrick Rose did his ACL. Harsh words, but who is Taylor’s opponent? It’s The Goods himself!

Shane Taylor VS Josh Woods!

The tension is high even before the bell. No Code of Honor, and the two men circle, ready to strike. Woods kicks quick, then again, but Taylor gets back. Taylor rushes in, but Woods gets a waistlock. Woods tries to lift but Taylor is too big and strong. Taylor throws back elbows, but then Woods ducks the back hand to try a belly2belly! Taylor ear claps Woods, but then Woods runs. Woods springboards, but Taylor knocks him down with double ax handles! Taylor brags but fans boo and jeer while Woods rolls out of the ring. Taylor pursues, but Woods hits back. Woods throws hands but Taylor headbutts. Woods falls against the barriers, Taylor cannonballs!

Taylor trash talks Chicago while the 10 count begins. Taylor drags Woods up and then puts him on the apron. He climbs up, takes aim, and drops the guillotine leg! Taylor trash talks fans more while we go to break.

ROH returns, and Woods dodges Taylor in a corner. Woods runs in, but Taylor picks him up onto his shoulder. Taylor brings Woods around, but Woods slips into the sleeper and body scissors! Taylor gets a second wind, but Woods shifts down to a German Suplex! Woods holds on, and brings Taylor up again, for another German! He lets go but fires up, as does Chicago. Woods runs in the corner, flying wizard! Woods throws furious forearms, and the referee backs him down, but only for a moment as Woods comes back to ram in knees. The referee backs Woods down again, but Woods slips past, only to run into the One Hitter Quitter! Cover, Taylor wins!

Winner: Shane Taylor, by pinfall

The series between these heavy-handed brawlers is now tied, 1-1! There was no King Mo this time, but Taylor did get a bit lucky. What will happen when these two tie up again for the tiebreaker?

 

Dalton Castle is here!

The Peacock and ROH World Champion, along with his Boys, are here for a close-up look at the main event. Why? Because two of the ten men involved are his contenders at Best in the World for their Triple Threat title match! Though, he does love “Los Incorrigibles”, they’re a great team.

 

10 Man Tag: The Bullet Club VS Los Ingobernables de Japon!

The partnership between ROH and NJPW is on display as Testuya Naito leads Bushi, EVIL, Sanada & Hiromu Takahashi against the American Nightmare, the Villain, the Hangman and the Young Bucks! Will the winners be Tranquilo? Or just, too, sweet?

ROH returns and the teams sort themsevles out. Naito starts against Hangman Page, but Cody says he wants in. Fans want him to tag in, too, so Page obliges. Cody and Naito, the Bullet Club’s supposed leader and LIJ’s actual leader, get the fans fired up. They circle, but Cody flexes. Naito inspects Cody’s muscles, and is impressed. They’re good enough to spit on! Cody takes offense, and kicks Naito to drop and uppercut him. Cody runs, but Naito sends him out! Naito runs, builds speed, and Tranquilo! Cody is furious, throwing around chairs. He slips into the ring, ready to fight, but Naito tags out to Bushi while Scurll tags himself in. Scurll means no harm, but he just wants his turn. Fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” for their favorite villain.

Castle on commentary notes that while Scurll is super popular, popularity doesn’t equal ability. Castle is popular and also skilled, and he’ll prove that to everyone at BitW. That aside, The Villain circles with the Jet Black Death Mask, then tie up. Bushi wristlocks but Scurll gets to ropes to flip through. Scurll rolls and spins, then reverses into a headlock takeover. Bushi headscissors but Scurll pops out, then flaps his wings. Fans like that, and “Woop Woop!” for him more. Bushi kicks low, then pulls on the beard! Scurll grabs the fingers, but EVIL saves Bushi! Sanada tags in, but Scurll doesn’t want anything to do with this heavyweight championship tag team. Scurll turns around, so he double tags (if that’s allowed) to the Young Bucks!

Matt & Nick Jackson stare down with EVIL & Sanada, both teams being top tier teams around the world. The fans duel while the Bucks bring up Osaka. EVIL & Sanada shove the Bucks, so the Bucks shove back. Sanada & EVIL kick low, then whip the Bucks. The Bucks slip under the boots, then the clotheslines to- Nope, those kicks are blocked. The Bucks want EVIL & Sanada to “relax”, and that gets through to them. Sanada & EVIL let them go, but then all four put up their dukes. Fans applaud this sportsmanship, but the referee reminds them this is meant to be 1v1 match-ups at a time. That’s when Hiromu tags in! Fans go wild for the Ticking Time Bomb, so Scurll gets in to jaw with his IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship rival. Bushi slithers in, but so does Hangman Page. Naito and Cody join in, and it’s a 5v5 stand-off!

The referee tries to defuse the situation, but it doesn’t work! It’s a 10 man brawl! They all pair off, Hangman tosses Bushi out while Naito and Hiromu do the same with Cody and Scurll. The two tag teams are still in the ring, and the Bucks get the edge. Nick runs and Matt alley-oops for the double dropkick! Bushi returns, but he gets the “You’re dead!” headscissors dropkick! The Bucks aim at Bushi and Naito, and hit double slingshots crossbodies! Sanada returns into the ring, and kicks Cody low. Sanada runs, but into Cody’s drop toehold, and Scurll adds the basement dropkick. Page adds the running shooting star!

Fans fire up while Scurll and Hangman help The Bucks hold Bushi and Naito in place. Cody does the Terminator kneel! Whether he’s the leader or not, that’s not his move, and fans boo him for it. Cody rises, runs, but Hiromu and Daryl Jr. intercept!

Fans are thunderuos as Daryl Jr. runs wild! Daryl Jr. hits down Scurll, but misses the Bucks, and they give double SUPERKICKS to Hiromu! Hiromu goes down, as does Daryl Jr, but Nick runs and FLIES onto Naito & Bushi! Fans are so fired up right now as Matt drags Hiromu up. Matt scoops Hiromu into Tombstone position, but Sanada stops Nick’s slingshot! Nick hits apron, so Matt dumps Hiromu down. Hiromu distracts the referee while EVIL brings a chair in. EVIL tries to pull a Latino Heat as he tosses the chair to Matt, but Matt tosses the chair back. They hot potato the chair, and EVIL just smashes through to knock the chair into Matt! Hiromu and Sanada take care of Cody and Scurll for good measure, but we go to break.

ROH returns and Sanada tags back in. Sanada rakes Matt Jackson’s back. Matt hits back with big haymakers, then whips, but Sanada reverses. Things speed up as Sanada jumps over, then again, but Matt stops to SUPERKICK Sanada down! But both men are down, so their teams rally up for them. Matt crawls, hot tag to Scurll! Sanada hot tags Hiromu, and they brawl with forearms, fast and furious! Fans love this endless stream of strikes, and it’s Scurll who gets the edge. Scurll runs, but Hiromu boots him! Hiromu runs, but into a mule kick, a stomp on the foot, and a shotgun knee! Scurll fires up again, as do the fans.

Scurll hits Naito and Bushi just because, then goes to the apron to SUPERKICK Bushi. He goes in then back out to the other apron, to SUPERKICK Naito! Both fans and Bullet Club rally, and even Castle likes what he sees from Scurll. Scurll returns to Hiromu, but Hiromu kicks. Hiromu runs, but falls for the 52 Fake Out. Not! But Scurll ducks the clothesline but so does Hiromu. Scurll ducks again, and goes for chicken wing! Hiromu breaks free, but ends up in a pumphandle, for Ghostbuster!

Cover, TWO!! Somehow Hiromu survives, and the rallying begins again. Scurll calls for the chicken wing again, does his spin, but Hiromu drops down to roll up! TWO, Scurll hits Hiromu with a European Uppercut. Scurll whips but Hiromu reverses, only for Hiromu to miss. Scurll runs, but is thrown overhead into buckles! Fans love it, even though both men are down. Scurll and Hiromu crawl, hot tags to Nick and EVIL! Sanada enters, too, and LIJ get Nick. They double whip him corner to corner, but Nick comes back to rally with strikes! Nick shining wizards then bulldog clotheslines them both! Nick hits Naito and Bushi just because, and he’s all fired up.

EVIL puts him on the apron, but Nick comes back with a slingshot “Suck It!” facebuster! Cover, Sanada breaks it. LIJ double whip but Matt saves his brother while tagging in. The Bucks knock LIJ back, then double slingshot sunset flips, into double sharpshooters! That’s Cease in stereo! “The! Elite! The the Elite!” echoes out, but Naito and Hiromu save EVIL and Sanada. LIJ whips Matt, but Matt ducks, Hangman double buckshots! But wait, Punishment Martinez is storming down the ramp! Hangman goes out to intercept and they start brawling!

These two won’t wait for Best in the World to settle their grudge! They fight all the way up to the stage, and to the backstage area, but we go to one last break.

ROH returns once more, and Bushi climbs up. Bushi missile dropkicks Matt down then Bushi-roonies up while Hiromu and Naito intercept Scurll and Cody. EVIL hobbles over to Matt and with Bushi’s help, whips Matt corner to corner. EVIL charges in for a big corner clothesline, then rolls Matt out for the others to QUADRUPLE dropkick Matt! Cover, but Cody and Nick break it. Another brawl begins, and Bushi is left alone with Matt in the ring. Bushi climbs up again, but Scurll returns. Scurll saves Matt, then hits a roaring elbow. Hiromu lariats Scurll, then sees Cody coming, yet still gets the Beautiful Disaster kick! Naito throws Cody with a headscissors, but Matt SUPERKICKS Naito! EVIL mule kicks Matt, then Bushi with the Destroyer!

Sanada returns, and LIJ groups up to lift Matt, Magic Killer! Bushi covers, but Nick drags the referee out! Cody attacks Sanada, then EVIL. Cody sends them out, tot hen run and FLY! He takes out EVIL, but Hiromu runs at Nick! Hiromu leaps over for the bomb, but Nick holds the ropes! Bernard the Business Bear attacks Hiromu! Then Nick asai moonsaults! Nick and Bernard high five, but then Bushi spits the green mist into Bernard’s eyes! Wait, that shouldn’t actually… But Bushi goes after Cody, but Cody standing switches. Scurll has his umbrella and swings, but Bushi gets out of the way, and Cody takes the hit! Naito hits Scurll with Destino!

But the Bucks SUPERKICK Naito together! Then SUPERKICKS for Bushi! The Bucks duck EVIL & Sanada, then SUPERKICKS! Fans fire up all over again, and The Bucks target Bushi. Bushi’s counter is countered, springboard for the FIVE STAR MELTZER DRIVER!!

Cover, The Bullet Club wins!!

Winners: The Bullet Club, Matt Jackson pinning

Bullet Club IS fine, but maybe not Bernard. Cody washes Bernard’s eyes out, though again, it shouldn’t matter. The fans chant for “All In!” but Cody and Scurll must first worry about Best in the World and their Triple Threat with Dalton Castle. If Bullet Club truly is fine, can the Allied Powers stay civil in their fight with The Peacock? Or will they implode and allow Castle to retain with ease?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A great night from ROH, as far as action goes. Chuckie and Kenny have a great match that is respectful and clean, as both men are Faces. Kenny wins to keep pace after what Austin Aries did to him, and I really hope that match comes sooner rather than later. Shane Taylor VS Josh Woods was good, but it keeps both guys strong because while Taylor wins, it was thanks to Woods being distracted that gave Taylor the win. The Briscoes give a really good, and even scary promo in regards to their attitude and their coming title match. The ROH tag champion Briscoes VS IWGP tag champion Young Bucks is going to be great. It’s just too bad it isn’t going to be winners take all since it’s an ROH event.

And that’s the one downside of tonight: the continuity error. This episode was obviously recorded in the set before even last week, which is very important. NJPW Dominion was on 6/9/18, and the Young Bucks would defeat EVIL & Sanada for their IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships. Yet, this episode has EVIL & Sanada still holding those belts. However, there is a logical reason for this continuity error: spoilers. Fans in attendance would not have kept the secret if the Bucks came out with the titles before Dominion even happened. Perhaps the main event of 351, Briscoes VS Roppongi 3K, should’ve been swapped with this one so that continuity still works in some way. Though, that might have made everyone think the Bucks had a match against EVIL & Sanada just hours before their Dominion match…

My Score: 8.5/10


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Lucha Underground Season 4

Lucha Underground, Season 4, Episode 2: “Darkness and the Monster”

Pentagon Dark made it through Aztec Warfare and is STILL Lucha Underground Champion. However, Antonio Cueto won’t let him have any time off, as he must again defend his title against Antonio’s “only son”, The Monster, Matanza! Can Pentagon survive the Wrath of the Gods to remain champion with #CeroMiedo?

 

Gifs to come courtesy of http://frentique.tumblr.com/

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Lucha Underground Trios Championships: Son of Havoc, Killshot & The Mack VS Texano, Dr. Wagner Jr. & Famous B  Infamous Incorporated w/ Famous B & the Beautiful Brenda; Havoc, Killshot & The Mack win and retain the Lucha Underground Trios Championships.
  • Gift of the Gods Medallion Match: Drago w/ Kobra Moon VS Dragon Azteca Jr; Azteca wins and earns one of the seven Aztec Medallions.
  • Lucha Underground Championship: Pentagon Dark VS Matanza Cueto; Pentagon wins and retains the Lucha Underground Championship.

PLAY BY PLAY

Catrina appears in King Cuerno’s trophy.

And she appears magically, as per her powers of darkness. Fortunately the King of Hunters is out, but unfortunately, so is the Gauntlet of the Gods. Cuerno enters, and tells Catrina, “Even I know that some trophies are too dangerous to display.” Then where is it? Cuerno knows the Gauntlet is “the hand that could strike down the descendants of the Seven Aztec Tribes.” And he can’t let that happen. But without it, she will never be human again, and she won’t let that happen. Well sorry, but he gave it to someone else for “safe keeping.” So who knows where, or when, he hid it. And Cuerno doesn’t give a sh*t whether Catrina is ever human again. Catrina disappears in a huff, back on the hunt for her humanity.

 

Lucha Underground Trios Championships: Son of Havoc, Killshot & The Mack VS Texano, Dr. Wagner Jr. & Famous B w/ the Beautiful Brenda!

Dysfunction has returned to these titles as one of the inaugural champions is forced to team with two of the current champions. For whatever reason, Dante Fox is MIA, so Antonio Cueto let fate decide who replaced him, and that brings us to this new mishmash team. However, they already have to face challengers in #InfamousIncorporated.

Speaking of, the chairman of 423-Get-Fame explains to Melissa Santos that she doesn’t have all the facts. Famous B and Brenda hit the ring, and B vows to capture the gold! But Dr. Wagner & Texano are too busy making money in Mexico, so instead, it’s a fresh coat of paint w/ three new clients! First, the nasty mechanic, Big Bad Steve! Second, one of the hottest young stars on the globe, Sammy Guevara! And last but certainly not least, the hottest free agent in the business, the “savage” Jake Strong! The Believers lose their minds over these signings, especially that third star full of swagger.

Lucha Underground Trios Championships: Son of Havoc, Killshot & The Mack VS Infamous Incorporated w/ Famous B & The Beautiful Brenda!

With this revised match-up, do the champions stand a chance of retaining? The bell rings, and Killshot starts against Guevara. Killshot gets the takedown, but Guevara dodges the double stomps. Killshot cartwheels, things speed up, and while Killshot handsprings back, Guevara flips over! Guevara embraces the spotlight a little too long, but he still tilt-o-whirl headscissors Killshot. Killshot handsprings through, then headscissors Guevara back. Guevara also gets up quick, with a big smile on his face. Fans are loving it, too, as Guevara offers a handshake. Fans chant for “Killshot! Killshot!” so Guevara flips him the bird. Killshot gives Guevara the spinning back elbow! Killshot puts Guevara in the corner, then tags to Son of Havoc.

Havoc drags Guevara up while fans chant for him. Havoc chops Guevara sharply, then gives forearms. He whips but Guevara reverses, and things speed up. Guevara dropkicks Havoc down, then embraces the spotlight again. He drags Havoc over, and Big Bad Steve tags in. BBS throws hands on SoH, then big forearms. Havoc back kicks, then runs, but BBS blocks and counters to clothesline Havoc down. Killshot comes in to mule kick BBS, then whips. BBS reverses but Killshot goes up and over. Killshot 619s in the corner, then steps in for the complete shot! Jake Strong comes in and throws Killshot to ropes to then boot him. Killshot is dazed, but he still dumps Jake out of the ring. Killshot gets to the apron, aims at Jake, and gives him a sharp boot!

Guevara returns, to SUPERKICK Killshot down! Then Guevara wrecks with a dropkick, only for Havoc to DIVE on him! Brenda and Famous B are not happy with how their team is working together. Jake gets up with Guevara and they drag Havoc up together. They both go into the ring, and BBS grabs Havoc for a suplex. BBS holds him up there, then drops him. Jake backs up, then runs corner to corner for the All American American Vader Bomb! Guevara is up, and adds the swanton bomb! Cover, but Killshot and The Mack break that. Guevara backs off, and Havoc crawls over. Killshot tags in, and fans already know “This is Awesome!”

Killshot runs in but Guevara puts him on the top rope. Guevara swing kicks then climbs up, to SUPER- No, Killshot denies! Killshot brings Guevara back up, fireman’s carry, and with The Mack running an intercept course, SUPER POUNCE!

But Jake comes in, and kicks Mack down. Jake throws Mack out hard, then grabs Killshot. Jake puts Killshot in a corner, but Killshot puts up the knee. This gets Jake to stop in his tracks, and Killshot kicks out the legs. Killshot buzzaw kicks Jake right in the head, then climbs up top. Famous B distracts on the apron, and this gives Jake time to get under Killshot’s jump. Killshot turns back around, and runs into a pop up into ankle lock!

Killshot endures while fans are thunderous! He taps, but the referee is still busy with someone else! Mack comes in, and SMACKS Jake with a haymaker. But Jake holds onto the hold! That’s how strong Jake is. Mack hits him again, then runs to bicycle boot him! Finally Jake lets go, but he tags to BBS. Mack dodges BBS, STUNNER! Havoc tags in from Killshot, climbs up top, and hits a SHOOTING STAR! Cover, Havoc and team win!

Winners: Killshot, The Mack & Son of Havoc, Havoc pinning; still Lucha Underground Trios Champions

Famous B messed up his own team, and now they pay the price! The mishmash team retains, and have grown closer thanks to winning together. Meanwhile, Jake Strong is pissed at Famous B, but he takes it out on Guevara and Big Bad Steve! He body slams Guevara and boots BBS, but he’s not done there. He build speed to FLIP Guevara with a lethal lariat. Famous B pleads with Jake, but no go, as Jake trophy lifts Guevara to toss onto Big Bad Steve! And that just leaves Famous B himself, for a big biel! Then, the ankle lock! Famous B has had broken arms before, but never a broken ankle! Jake wipes the sweat from his brow and fans join in on “Strong! Strong!” Will Jake Strong take the Temple by storm?

 

Melissa Santos introduces Antonio Cueto.

The ice cold father of the late Dario Cueto comes out, and says that many called Dario “a genius”. But guess what? The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. In fact, another concept of Dario’s was a spark of brilliance. Antonio is of course speaking of the Gift of the Gods Championship. “When the seven ancient Aztec medallions are together, they form the Gift of the Gods”, and Antonio proudly announces that the process starts again, tonight! This next match is for the first of seven, so let’s not keep the bloodthirsty Believers waiting! “Let’s put some red blood in this blue ice house!”

Gift of the Gods Medallion Match: Drago w/ Kobra Moon VS Dragon Azteca Jr!

Now that there’s a prize on the line, this battle of dragons truly heats up. The Queen of the Reptile Tribe leads her dark knight to the ring, will he bring glory to their clan at the expense of the young luchador’s body?

Lucha Underground returns, and this match begins. Fans already rally as the two circle. Drago wants a handshake? Azteca accepts, but of course it was a trap. Drago whips but Azteca reverses, and things speed up. Drago front flips but Azteca arm wrenches, to then wheelbarrow and sunset flip! ONE, and Drago sweeps the legs to cover. ONE, and Azteca returns the favor, ONE, double dropkicks twice in a row, we have a stand off and fans are loving it. Azteca baits Drago into a test of strength to back kick him. Azteca puts on a headlock, but Drago powers out. Drago and Azteca bump shoulders, Drago rebounds to shoulder again but Azteca does the same and gets the knock down!

Azteca runs but Kobra swipes at him! He’s ready to bop her one, but he’s too nice a guy. Azteca does sense Drago lurking, though, and gets out of the way. Drago stops himself from running into his queen, but Azteca waistlocks. Dragon standing switches, but Azteca throws elbows. Azteca slips out of the suplex to shove and then follow, Azteca rolls to a cover, TWO! Things speed up again as Drago springboards into a cover. ONE and Azteca narrowly avoids a Penalty Kick, but not that sharp mule kick! Drago keeps on Azteca, then whips, but Azteca reverses. Things speed up as Azteca dodges Drago each time, then he slides out, but Drago FLIES! One dragon wipes out the other and fans are fired up!

Drago puts Azteca back in, then stalks him to a corner. Drago hits Azteca with a body shot, then hoists him up backwards on the top rope. He goes after the mask! How disrespectful! Fans boo and jeer, but Dragon won’t stop! He almost unmasks Azteca completely as he puts him in the Tree of Woe! Drago mule kicks the defenseless Azteca! Azteca gets his mask on, but fans cuss Drago out. Drago runs in, but misses in the corner. Azteca fires off forearms, then whips but Drago reverses. Azteca stops himself, to then kick from the ground! Drago runs back in, but is thrown overhead into buckles! Cover, TWO! Azteca is a bit shocked, but he keeps on Drago.

Azteca whips but Drago holds ropes. Drago runs and slides off Azteca’s back, then brings Azteca around for a hammerlock and lift, into a facebuster slam! Dragon finishes by rolling Azteca up into a cradle, TWO!? Kobra Moon is frustrated, but Drago makes it up to her with that overhand chop on Azteca. Dragon whips Azteca corner to corner, then runs in, but Azteca slips out to the apron. Drago hits buckles and falls back, Azteca climbs up, but has to drop down. Azteca swing kicks Drago, then climbs up. He jumps over, and runs into a boot from Drago! Drago runs, blockbuster DDT! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally as Azteca gets to a corner. Drago runs in again, but Azteca dodges. Azteca runs into a SUPERKICK! Drago climbs up, Azteca swing kicks Drago again! Azteca climbs up, SUPER victory roll pin! Azteca wins!!

Winner: Dragon Azteca Jr, by pinfall; earns the first Aztec Medallion

Azteca celebrates winning in honor of his Aztec heritage of the Eagle Tribe. Who will join him in collecting the Medallions and forming the Gift of the Gods Championship?

Meanwhile, Kobra Moon is disappointed in her knight. To make matters worse, out comes Johnny Mundo. He asks the Queen of Reptiles what’ll happen when “one of your snakes gets taken to Slam Town?” But Mundo’s trash talk is just a distraction for Taya to sneak up behind and strike! The Valkyrie SPEARS and throws hands on Kobra while Mundo comes in to kick Drago in the huevos! Then a shining wizard on Drago for good measure. The Reptiles started this war with Worldwide Underground, will Mundo and company finish it?

 

Antonio Cueto is in his office.

He finishes some paperwork, then picks up the key. But Catrina pops in using her magic. He heard stories about her, but he just thought it was “a load of crap.” Is she a phantom? No, she’s stuck between the worlds of the living and the dead. She hopes not for long, if he gives her what she desires. He’s sure most men do. So what does she desire? Fenix in a coffin. But Mil Muertes can handle him. Catrina wants the match made, Mil Muertes VS Fenix in Grave Consequences, next week. Sounds violent. Yes, it will be. And once Fenix is buried once and for all, that immortal life force will be Catrina’s. “And I will finally be free.”

So she’ll have to knock next time? Yes. Then consider it done. Catrina disappears just as she came. The Man of 1000 Deaths and the Man of 1000 Lives will wage war once again! Will Catrina get her shortcut to restoration? Or will she be disappointed all over again?

 

Lucha Underground Championship: Pentagon Dark VS Matanza Cueto!

A rematch from all the way back in Ultima Lucha Dos, in which The Monster defeated the Breaker of Bones. Things have changed for Pentagon since then, but Matanza is as merciless and mindless as ever. Will Pentagon avenge himself of that loss? Or will he fall to the Wrath of the Gods?

Lucha Underground returns once more, and fans are already thunderous. Pentagon doesn’t waste time, either, as he goes right at Matanza at the stairs! The bell rings just as Pentagon SUPERKICKS Matanza! Matanza stays standing, though, and even busts through Pentagon’s forearm smash. Pentagon hits Matanza again and again, then pushes Matanza into a post. Fans chant “Cero Miedo!” as Pentagon kicks Matanza again. He goes after the big legs of the Monster, then brings him around by his mask to bowl him into chairs! Fans are loving this as Pentagon stalks Matanza. Pentagon whips Matanza into the railings and wall. He kicks Matanza’s leg again, then stands Matanza up against a post. Pentagon asks for silence as he takes off his glove, and opens Matanza’s jumpsuit for the CHOP!

Matanza staggers away but fans love it. “Otra! Otra!” echoes out, but as Pentagon swings, Matanza dodges! Pentagon’s hand smacks post! Matanza boots Pentagon, then drags Pentagon up to press and bounce him off the railings. Matanza forearms Pentagon hard, then follows him as he rolls. He then drags Pentagon up to return the favor of bowling for chairs!

Matanza drags Pentagon up, for a back suplex on the apron. Pentagon writhes but Matanza hits him with another forearm. Matanza puts Pentagon in the ring, then looms over him. He drags Pentagon up, for a torture rack and slam! Cover, TWO, but Matanza still looms over his prey. Matanza pumphandles and Fall Away Slams Pentagon. Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Pentagon but Matanza is still on him. Matanza drags Pentagon up but Pentagon revives. Pentagon speeds things up, then Slingblades! Then another! Cover, TWO! Pentagon is surprised, but he keeps on that leg with another sharp kick! “CERO, MIEDO!” Pentagon can’t get the package driver, though, as Matanza powers out and hits back. Matanza whips, but Pentagon goes up and over for the backstabber! Then the code breaker! Cover, TWO!

Fans chant “Lucha! Lucha!” for their champion as he stands up and stalks Matanza now. Matanza sits up, but Pentagon buzzsaw kicks him. “CERO! MIEDO!” Pentagon runs, but into a swinging side slam! Cover, TWO, and the fans are still thunderous. Matanza is up first, then whips Pentagon corner to corner. Matanza runs in, for a big clothesline. He runs in again, but into a SUPERKICK! Pentagon hops up, leaps, but Matanza denies the Destroyer with power. Pentagon still sunset flips but Matanza rolls through. They both get up, enziguri from Pentagon! Pentagon positions Matanza, then climbs up. But Matanza stops him with a right! Matanza climbs up, fireman’s carry, but Pentagon fights back. Pentagon headbutts Matanza down, then SUPERKICKS him again. He hops back up, DESTROYER PILEDRIVER!

But that’s not all, because Matanza staggers up to his feet. Pentagon runs, ANOTHER Destroyer!

Then, “CERO! MIEDO!” Somehow, Pentagon lifts Matanza for a PACKAGE Piledriver! Cover, Pentagon wins!!

Winner: Pentagon Dark, by pinfall; still Lucha Underground Champion

Two weeks in a row, Pentagon has done the unthinkable! He conquers the Monster to give the Monster his first singles loss EVER! Fans are thunderous for their champion as they chant “Cero! Miedo!” But they also what Pentagon to “Break His Arm!” Pentagon grabs Matanza, Dark Armbar… But Antonio simply shows Matanza the key, and the Monster powers out! Matanza gets away from Pentagon, then cowers before his father!? Antonio smacks Matanza, saying Dario spoiled his little brother. They’re both useless. Matanza sheepishly follows after his father, and Pentagon stands tall. Will his unbelievable title reign continue to make history?

 

Antonio Cueto returns to his office.

He puts the key down, then paces the room. Jeremiah Crane arrives, and none too soon for Antonio’s liking. This won’t take long. Crane wants to bury both Fenix and Mil Muertes, and then he’ll be the one to give Catrina what she wants, so that she’ll finally realize he is the only man she needs. So Crane is willing to put his own life on the line for a woman? Have you seen Catrina? Good point. In that case, it will be the first ever Grave Consequences TRIPLE THREAT, aka Three Way to the Grave. See? That didn’t take long. Antonio doesn’t see Crane’s career lasting much longer, either. The Death Machine, the Man of Death, and the Bird of War, only one will be left alive! Will it be Catrina or Crane who gets what they want?

 


 

My Thoughts:

What a great second episode, as Lucha Underground keeps the momentum rolling and even heightens it. Nice story element of King Cuerno using his Lucha Underground/Impact Wrestling pal in Aerostar to hide that Gauntlet for him. Aerostar being a time-traveler in kayfabe, it is the perfect way to keep that Gauntlet out of the reach of those hungry for power. Of course, Catrina has a Plan B: just kill Fenix. For one, Fenix has been a long-standing rival of Mil Muertes, so this would be one way to end their eternal feud. Second, it gets Catrina what she wants, and that’s to be truly alive again. Crane makes a great move as well, since he has his own story with Muertes & Catrina. That match for just episode three is going to be great.

Havoc joining The Mack and Killshot was a nice twist from last week, and we get some more twists as we meet the newest LU talent. “Jake Strong” (aka Jack Swagger) makes a big impact, even though he lost. I suppose by “Mexico”, Famous B means Texano and Wagner are active in AAA Lucha and therefore too busy to be on Lucha Underground. Strong/Swagger is gonna do great to be sure. And great for Azteca to win a medallion, that’s the first step to being Gift of the Gods Champion. Azteca has already been Trios Champion with Rey Mysterio and Prince Puma, so this could be his way to being a Triple Crown. Then that main event was amazing, as always, and great for Pentagon to retain. I could easily see him retain all the way until Ultima Lucha 4, where he gets screwed out this time.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Report! (6/20/18)

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NXT takes over Chicago for a bonus night of action! What is the aftermath of all the amazing matches from TakeOver: Chicago II? Where do both the winners and losers go from here? Plus, in-ring action between the War Raiders and The Mighty! Who will kneel? Who will rise?

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Dakota Kai VS Bianca Belair; Bianca wins.
  • The War Raiders VS The Mighty; War Raiders win.

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WWE and NXT honors the memory of Leon White, aka Vader.

Big, strong and even revolutionary, he will be missed and always remembered fondly.

 

NXT recaps TakeOver Chicago II!

A true highlight reel of all the fast and furious action that went down on Saturday, June 16, 2018. From Undisputed tag team champions to a loony lass that let herself go limp, to a #OneandOnlyDream Match all about the spotlight, to a Dutch Destroyer making a Leviathan #FadeToBlack, to two men who were once friends trying to destroy each other. TakeOver brought just about everything but the kitchen sink. The only question now: what’s next?

 

Dakota Kai VS Bianca Belair!

The Captain of Team Kick overcame her fears in regards to the Queen of Spades, but can she overcome a woman who is the strongest, toughest, baddest and so much more? Or will The EST add Dakota to her fastest growing win list?

The bell rings, and Bianca pie-faces Dakota around. Bianca whips Dakota, but Dakota gets around and keeps moving to dropkick Bianca down. Dakota goes to whip but Bianca reverses. Dakota goes up and over, then rolls Bianca, ONE. Bianca waistlocks Dakota but Dakota resists. Dakota trips Bianca then runs to Penalty Kick her down. Cover, TWO, but Dakota keeps focus. Dakota goes over but Bianca pushes her back to then flapjack her onto the buckles. Bianca rams her shoulder into Dakota, then backs off to smirk. Bianca brings Dakota up, suplexes, and fans chant “EST!” as she rebound suplexes Dakota to the mat. Dakota crawls but Bianca is on her with a splash! Bianca kips up, then tells Dakota to “kiss this”.

Dakota gets to a corner while fans cheer Bianca on. Bianca twirls her hair as Dakota stands up. Bianca clubs Dakota, covers, TWO. She grows annoyed with Dakota, but brings her up for a modified abdominal stretch. Bianca adds a clawing hand, then grabs hair to thrash Dakota around. The referee counts Bianca, and she lets up. She still elbows Dakota, then pulls on hair again. Bianca bends and stretches Dakota but fans rally and Dakota endures. Bianca pumphandles and backbreakers Dakota! Dakota writhes while Bianca dares her to get up. Dakota hits back, but it doesn’t hurt Bianca. Bianca clubs Dakota down, then drags her up.

Bianca suplexes Dakota again, rebounds again, then again to show off her strength! She gets a hat trick but Dakota rolls her, TWO. Dakota trips then rolls around, TWO. Bianca runs and kicks Dakota down, then throws her by her hair. Bianca runs, but her splash hits knees! She flops to a corner, then Dakota crawls over. Fans rally for both women as they stagger up. Bianca misses in the corner, enziguri from Dakota! Both women are down, but stir. Dakota is up and kicks Bianca down. Scorpion kick then bicycle kick! Bianca gets to a corner, Dakota goes Around the World! Then, boot wash! Cover, TWO!

Dakota can’t believe it, but she knows she’s close, too. She climbs up top, but Bianca is up. Dakota jumps over, avoids the hair whip, but Bianca avoids the roundhouse to forearm Dakota back! Bianca grabs Dakota, torture rack driver! Cover, Bianca wins!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall

The EST impresses Chicago with her performance tonight. Racking up the wins like this, will Bianca become the  strongest, toughest, and baddest #1 contender to the NXT Women’s Championship?

 

Exclusive backstage interview with Ricochet.

The King of Flight went toe to toe and move for move with the Patrick Clark Experience, and won. What’s next? “Well like I said before,” Ricochet has shown us just the tip of the iceberg. He showed he’s not just some gif online or a bunch of flips. Ricochet showed us all that the spotlight is now on him, the One and Only.

And Velveteen Dream’s own interview.

After losing to Ricochet, where does he go next? It was #DreamOver in New Orleans, so what do you think? That’s all he has to say, but what will he do?

 

Exclusive interview with Shayna Baszler.

The Queen of Spades is joined by her fellow Four Horsewomen of MMA, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir, as she speaks on her successful defense against Crazy Nikki Cross. Was there any doubt that she’d lsoe to Nikki’s madness? “You know how you defeat chaos? You suck the air out of it and put it to sleep.” #AndStill. If not even Nikki Cross can defeat Bully Baszler, then who can?

 

NXT reviews THE NXT Championship match.

The Leviathan shocked the world when he blocked the Black Mass with one hand on NXT TV. Then he shocked us again when he slammed Aleister Black three times, just because he could. Then in the match itself, Lars Sullivan still threw the Embodiment of the End off with his superhuman sturdiness. But Aleister proved he had both toughness and intellect to match, as he focused on the giant’s jaw. It took no less than two Black Mass kicks, but finally, Lars went down and Aleister retained.

Exclusive interview with Aleister Black.

The Dutch Destroyer, sore in body as he was, had no time or energy to talk. He would hobble on into the night, victorious.

 

Exclusive interview with Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch.

The one-two combination did not win the NXT Tag Team Championships off Kyle O’Reilly & Roderick Strong, partially thanks to Adam Cole. Chicago still showed their respect and appreciation for their efforts, but how do they themselves feel? “This is a combined 25 years of experience in the making”, of blood, sweat and tears just to get to WWE and NXT. Their first TakeOver, they came up short and they’re heartbroken, but they left it all in the ring, and you can’t ask for anything more. It was the biggest match of their careers, but the biggest loss, too. They’re disappointed, but they’re still standing. Will the Boston & British Brawlers fight their way back up towards something big?

 

NXT looks back to the brutality of the Chicago Street Fight.

Chicago was the location where DIY broke apart, all because of Tommaso Ciampa’s paranoia. Ciampa accused Johnny Gargano of being selfish, but Gargano wasn’t the one making life a living Hell for his former friend. In the end, even Candice LeRae wanted Gargano to “kick his ass”, and Gargano went out to do just that! So much symbolism was in every sinister and sadistic move from both men, and Gargano would bring out a darker side of himself than perhaps even he knew he had. But in the end, he would lose focus, and that would cause him to lose the match. Ciampa exposed hard wood and drove Gargano headfirst into it. The Psycho Killer would stand tall, and wave “bye-bye”. Now that Ciampa got his “moment”, is it finally over between him and Johnny Wrestling?

 

NXT Media catches up with EC3.

What did The Top One Percent think of TakeOver: Chicago II? “Is there anything like it?” That show proved why NXT is THE top brand in sports entertainment. It had thrills, chills, action and excitement, but it didn’t have EC3. He isn’t promising, he is proclaiming: The Top One Percent will be at 100% of TakeOvers going forward. EC3 has been building this brand into #NX3 with #VictoryAfterVictoryAfterVictory. He claims to be the best here, the best there, the best anywhere, but he’s going to prove it. EC3 is going to kick the doors wide open to demand the top tier of competition available. In other words, EC3 is calling his shot. And when he calls his shot, he doesn’t miss. Who is he aiming for? “Everybody!!”

 

The War Raiders VS The Mighty!

War comes to Chicago as Ray Rowe and “Warbeard” Hanson look to show Shane Thorne & Nick Miller what it’s really like to be mighty. Forget kneeling, will Thorne & Miller still be standing after this match?

But as The Mighty have done, they use some sneakier tactics, as they throw their fancy new dusters at Rowe & Hanson! The Mighty put Hanson on the outside, then stomp away on Rowe. The referee backs Thorne & Miller off to check on Rowe. Rowe simply demands this match begin! The bell rings, and Rowe hits Thorne with shotgun knees! Miller comes in, but gets thrown overhead! Miller slumps out, Rowe tags in Hanson. Fans chant “War! War!” as Hanson is whipped into squash Thorne, then Rowe picks Hanson up for the human weapon hip attack! Fans fire up as Hanson tags back to Rowe. Rowe stalks Thorne, and brings him up for the lift. Hanson climbs but Miller pushes him down!

Rowe goes after Miller, but then Thorne clobbers Rowe. Thorne rolls Rowe and even puts feet on the ropes! TWO, because Miller wasn’t there to help anchor him. Thorne hurries up to knee Rowe down, then tags Miller. Miller drags Rowe up and drops ax handles and crossface punches. Fans boo, but Miller keeps going. Rowe shoves Miller away but Miller knocks Rowe out of the ring. Miller distracts and Thorne gets a cheap shot in! Thorne puts Rowe in, then tags in. The Mighty pick Rowe up, back drop neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! The Mighty are shocked and furious but fans rally up for the War Raiders.

Thorne goes after Rowe in a corner with European Uppercuts. Rowe shoves him away, then they brawl. Rowe fights out of the Mighty’s corner, but Thorne dropkicks him back down. Thorne goes to hit Hanson, but Hanson intimidates him with a roar. Thorne goes back to Rowe, but his senton misses! Hot tag to Hanson! Hanson throws Thorne with a back drop, then side slams Miller, before squashing him with a splash! Hanson picks up and swings Thorne for a slam. Miller dodges but ends up in a seated senton! Hanson cartwheels past Thorne to clothesline him down!

Fans are all fired up, and so is Hanson. Hanson tags Rowe, “War! War!” echoes out, as Hanson feeds Thorne to Rowe to pop Thorne up for Thor’s Hammer! Cover, but Miller breaks it! Rowe throws Miller out, and Hanson DIVES! Hanson wipes Miller out, but that’s not all. War Raiders regroup, Rowe gives Thorne the Ace Ten Mao! Tag to Hanson, and Hanson climbs. Rowe drags Thorne up, FALLOUT! Cover, War Raiders win!

Winners: The War Raiders, Hanson pinning

The warpath continues, and no one is safe. Will the NXT Tag Team Champions have to worry about a truly threatening team coming for their gold?

 


 

My Thoughts:

For those who don’t know, post-TakeOver episodes of NXT are never that big of a deal, as they’re actually filmed before TakeOver. It’s just through the magic of editing that it all feels like a post-show. All the interviews featured were great, and fitting of each character’s story after the event. The matches were actually alright tonight. Bianca VS Dakota was great for an opener, and honestly could’ve been the main given how great Chicago reacted to Bianca. War Raiders VS The Mighty was so quick, but also as exciting and well-received. As I’ve been saying, we must be getting War Raiders VS Undisputed Era in this next arc, and hopefully Bobby Fish will be healed by then for a proper match-up of ROH teams in NXT.

My Score: 8/10


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