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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Report! (5/29/18)

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SmackDown brings an amazing match free on TV!

SmackDown has one spot left in the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match, and it comes down to two modern greats! Daniel Bryan always gives it his all, especially when it comes to second chances, but can he keep Samoa Joe from putting him to sleep? Plus, Shinsuke Nakamura looks to tune up for MITB using Tye Dillinger!

 

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Shinsuke Nakamura VS Tye Dillinger; Nakamura wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The New Day VS The Miz & The Bar; The New Day wins.
  • Asuka VS Mandy Rose; Asuka wins.
  • Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat: Daniel Bryan VS Big Cass VS Samoa Joe; Joe wins and joins the Men’s MITB Ladder Match.

PLAY BY PLAY

Samoa Joe heads to the ring!

His match with Daniel Bryan is meant to be the main vent, but the Destroyer does what he wants when he wants. And right now, he takes out a ladder to set it up in the ring!

Joe climbs up to preview what could happen in the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder match. Joe holds the briefcase and a microphone as Raleigh duels between cheers and jeers. “It is said in biblical text that the ladder represents the connection between the Earth and the Heavens.” Jacob would look to his ladder and see angels offering salvation. However, Joe will give us a different version. “There is NO salvation! There are no smiling angels”, but Joe promises to be smiling like he is right now. Joe vows he will have secured a title opportunity, and will unleash a campaign of fear upon SmackDown!

As for tonight, Joe will prove to Daniel Bryan that “there are things far worse than forced retirement!” Joe warns Bryan that if his sensibilities will allow it, call home to Brie and tell baby Birdie a story that “Daddy will be home for Money in the Bank, but he won’t be the same man.” No, Bryan will be a man “with the eyes of someone who is drenched in regret and failure”. When baby Birdie asks why, it’ll be because a very bad man did it to him, and that man is Samoa Joe. But Bryan appears and responds!

There are lines you do not cross. Bryan has a vision and it goes like this: “You mention my wife and my daughter one more time, and I will break your leg.” Everyone knows where this is going, so why wait? Let’s fight right now! Joe moves the ladder aside while Bryan hits the ring, but Big Cass appears?

The Human Skyscraper walks out in suit and tie with a crutch under his arm. Cass’ leg is hurt again, but his mouth works fine as he tells the “Gentleman, what’re we doing here?” Are they children on a playground? It’s so juvenile, but what else to expect from a shrimp and a whale? Cass says this should be his opportunity, not Bryan’s. This “Second Chance crap” must stop! And it will, because Cass spoke to SmackDown GM Paige, and she said this match will not happen. But why? Because instead, it’ll be Samoa Joe VS Big Cass for that final spot, as originally planned. That is, when Cass is cleared. But when will he be cleared? He already is. ANd he swings on Bryan! Bryan dodges and JOe takes the hit, but Bryan goes after Cass!

Fans chant “YES! YES!” with every kick, but Cass whips Bryan into the ladder! Cass holds up the case and SMACKS Joe with it! Then he SMACKS Bryan with it! Fans boo and jeer but Cass is all smiles as he holds up the briefcase, as if he’s already Mr. MITB. Cass is smiling now, but will he regret getting on the bad sides of the Goat and the Destroyer?

 

Shinsuke Nakamura counts it out.

The King of Strong Style chose a Last Man Standing Match, and so he’s practicing counting to 10. But of course, he also hates 10 because Tye Dillinger called him out. Will the Rockstar drop Tye from 10 to 0 with a #Knee2Face?

 

SmackDown GM Paige springs into action.

After what just happened, she’s got her hands full. That’s when Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville come in. Is the pressure getting to her? Is that why she’s giving people opportunities they don’t deserve? Like Asuka and the SmackDown Women’s Championship. Oh really, Asuka, who was undefeated for two and a half years? Yeah, but what has she done lately? Losing to Charlotte, for starters. There are way more deserving women. Like these two? Yes, they’re deserving, of a first-hand experience against Asuka. The duo formerly known as Absolution is confident, but probably not for the right reasons.

Renee comes by and asks about the main event situation. Is Cass right about the main event changing? Paige is upset that Samoa Joe “hijacked” the show and then Cass speaking for her. No one speaks for Paige, though she liked the passion in all three men. The winner of the MITB contract will change their careers forever. Cass is cleared, that’s true. But Bryan did earn another chance. Therefore, the only fair way to do this is… a TRIPLE THREAT! And with that, the show rolls on.

 

Shinsuke Nakamura VS Tye Dillinger!

The Perfect 10 wants to prove himself worthy, but the King of Strong Style only cares about himself and the WWE Championship. Will Nakamura remain on track towards another rematch with AJ Styles?

The bell rings and Nakamura taunts Tye. Tye shoves Nakamura, so Nakamura fires off knees. Nakamura whips Tye but Tye dodges to chop Nakamura back. Tye puts Nakamura in a corner and gives a chop back. Tye climbs up to begin Perfect 10 corner punches. Nakamura slips out before Tye can get all ten, but Tye pursues. Nakamura mule kicks Tye, then kicks and knees him again. They go back into the ring, but Nakamura takes him time, allowing Tye to dropkick him out! Tye builds speed but is intercepted by a knee! Nakamura catches his breath while we go picture in picture.

Nakamura toys with Tye while he crawls around. Tye gets to the announce desk but Nakamura keeps toying with the Perfect 10. Tye mule kicks back, but Nakmaura puts him into barriers. They go back in the ring again, and Nakamura keeps on Tye with a scoop slam. Cover, TWO, again, TWO. Nakamura grows annoyed with Tye, and stalks him back to a corner. He grinds a shoe in Tye’s face, but Tye stands up. Nakamura enziguris him back down, then gives him BAD Vibrations! Nakamura stalks Tye again, before dropping a knee on his face. He toys with Tye more, snapmare to seated cobra clutch. Tye endures and stands up, but Nakamura brings him back down. Tye reaches, then feeds off the fans’ Ten chants. He stands up, fights back, then chops Nakamura again. Tye whips but Nakamura reverses hard, and Tye falls to the mat.

Tye writhes but Nakamura is on him again. Nakamura drags Tye up into the cobra clutch again while we go single picture. Fans duel, but Tye uses a jawbreaker to break free. Nakamura staggers away, and Tye runs, but into the knee! Nakamura wants the referee to count. When the referee doesn’t get it, Nakamura counts instead. He’s treating this like the last man standing match, but Tye gets up at 3. Tye chops Nakamura agani, but Nakamuar throws knees and an ax kick! Nakamura counts again, and gets past 5. Tye stands up at 7, which annoys Nakamura. Nakamura unloads more strikes in the corner, then hoists Tye up to the top rope. Nakamura backs off, to hit the Top Shelf knee! Tye goes down again, and a new count begins. Nakamura reaches 9, but Tye still stands. Tye says “TEN!” for him!

Then Tye dodges Nakamura, and copies the “C’MON!!” Tye dodgse again, then throws haymakers and chops. He whips Nakamura but Nakamura reverses into knees, but Tye hits a lariat! Fans rally as Tye fires up. Tye gives Nakamura a knee of his own, and Nakamura rolls to the apron. Tye pursues, but Nakamura kicks him away. Nakamura climbs up, and hits a FLYING knee! Then Nakamura returns to a corner, and hits KINSHASA!! Cover, Nakamura wins!

Winner: Nakamura, by pinfall

The King of Strong Style didn’t get to count to 10, but he has delivered more than a message here. In fact, he gives Tye a second KINSAHSA to the back! Nakamura counts all over again, and this time he reaches 10. He wants to take both the title and Styles’ honor, but will he get to count Styles out like he did Tye?

 

Backstage interview with AJ Styles.

The Phenomenal One knows what Nakamura just did. Nakamura has confidence in the last man standing match. Styles remembers the #Knee2Face and the mocking 10 count. Somewhere down the line, Nakamura snapped, and there’s probably a reason for it. It makes Nakamura more dangerous than ever, and yes, the match type favors him. But it’s the story of Styles’ life. His opponents underestimate him, but he comes out on top. Styles fights smarter and harder than even the bigger and stronger men. Styles is the last man to leave, and the last man to back down, so when Nakamura comes for everything Styles has built, Styles will be the Last Man Standing.

 

Aiden English gives an introduction.

MC Artiste declares that MITB will have both Rusev Daaaay~, and Lana is the Best~, Lana Number One!

Dance Off: Lana w/ Rusev Day VS Naomi w/ The Usos!

The Ravishing Russian and Mrs. #GlowTime are both in the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match, but before going toe to toe with six other women, they’ll go move for move in Raleigh. The whole family is present, which crew will shine brighter before going for the big money contract?

Lana takes the first turn, showing her pop-lock skills to a techno pop ballad. She even finishes with a Spinarooni. Naomi takes her turn, with a more up-tempo song for her to spin and twerk it out. Naomi tops it off with the splits, then dabs on ’em. Lana asks for a head-to-head duet, and we have round three. They work together for the Kid ‘n’ Play and they go back to back, but Lana hits a neckbreaker!

Rusev pries his wife away, but then Lana SLAPS Jimmy! Naomi smacks Lana back, and now it’s a brawl! Double SUPERKICKS from the Usos to Engilsh & Rusev, then a Rear View for Lana. Naomi & the Usos run off Team Rusev Day, and the fun is over. Will Naomi take the contract? Or will Lana & Rusev become the first ever Mr. & Mrs. MITB?

 

Six Man Tag: The New Day VS The Miz & The Bar!

Awwwww Raleigh~! Big E, Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods still need to choose a member to put into the Men’s MITB Ladder Match, but for now, they’ll work together to take on the reunited A-Lister, Celtic Galdiator & Swiss Cyborg. Can the Power of Positivity win to keep all three men strong for the golden opportunity down the road?

The bell rings and Big E starts against The Miz in a rematch from last week. Big E swivels while fans are thunderous for the pancakes. Miz tags out to Cesaro, and Cesaro kicks at Big E. E blocks and then throws Cesaro overhead! Cover, ONE, but Big E tags in Woods. Kofi tags in, Woods slides for the lariat, then Kofi kicks. Woods drops a leg, Kofi rebounds to splash. Cover, TWO, but Kofi keeps on Cesaro with an arm wrench. Cesaro punches back but Kofi fights out of the enemy corner. Sheamus distracts, Miz dumps Kofi out! The New Day protests while we go to break.

SmackDown returns to Miz covering Kofi, TWO. Miz drags Kofi over and tags Sheamus, then holds him for Sheamus’ kick. Sheamus puts Kofi in a seated keylock, going after that arm. Fans rally for Kofi as he endures. Kofi fights his way out with haymakers, but SHeamus lfits him back itno his corner. Tag to Cesaro and Cesaro gives a running European Uppercut. Cover, TWO, tag back to Sheamus. Sheamus hits Woods just because, then tags Cesaro again. The Bar hit the backbreaker elbow drop! Cover, TWO, and both they and The Miz are upset. Cesaro taunts Kofi and the fans as Kofi crawls, then drags him up into a facelock. Cesaro whips Kofi to a corner but Kofi dodges and sends Cesaro tumbling out!

Fans are thunderous as Kofi dodges Miz now. Kofi crawls but Miz distracts Big E. Big E backs him down, but Sheamus takes the haymaker. Cesaro wrecks Big E, then Sheamus and Miz throw him into barriers! Kofi rolls Cesoar, TWO! Cesaro chokes Kofi, and Sheamus gets a cheap shot knee. Cover, TWO! Tag to The Miz, and he stalks Kofi. Kofi stands, Miz goes for the Finale, but Kofi swings out into SOS! Both men are down but Woods is back! Hot tags to Sheamus and Woods! Woods rallies, unleashing on Sheamus. SHeamus whips but WOods dodges to tilt-o-whirl headscissors. Woods catches Miz with an enziguri, then slips out of a suplex to dodge Sheamus. Sheamus goes into buckles, and Woods uses him as a stepping stool to FLY onto Cesaro!

Fans are thunderous again, Woods hits the Get Over Here DDT! Cover, TWO! Woods keeps moving as fans rally. He climbs up high but Miz distracts. Sheamus trips up Woods, and Woods tumbles down while Kofi LEAPS onto Miz! Cesaro runs KOfi over and coordinates with Sheamus. Tag, and they bring Woods up, for the ax handle back suplex! Cover, TWO! The Bar is furious but they keep focus. Cesaro brings Woods up, but Woods body drops. Tag to Big E! Cesaro runs into an elbow, then the Yurinagi Back Stabber! Cover, TWO!! Now Big E is stunned. He targets Cesaro while fans declare “This is Awesome!” Big E starts up the “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” and scoops, but Cesaro slips out. Miz tags, Cesaro goes out, Big E runs into a knee! Then the DDT! Cover, Kofi breaks it!

Sheamus throws Kofi out, but Woods rocks Sheamus. Woods slingshots but The Bar catches him to long dart him at the barriers. Kofi returns, and FLIES onto The Bar! Big E and Miz are left in the ring while Miz freaks out. Scoop, BIG ENDING!! Cover, The New Day wins!

Winners: The New Day, Big E pinning

The New Day wins to even the score from last week. The historic tag trio rolls on towards the MITB Ladder Match, but they still need to choose one of them to enter. Who will it be? Who who who?

 

Backstage interview with The Club.

Gallows & Anderson are the #1 contenders to The Bludgeon Brothers’ SmackDown Tag Team Championships. How are they preparing? Just look at them. Karl Anderson puts the abs in Absolutely Shredded. BAM. Anderson’s hot Asian wife loves them. But these two are hungry and will do what it takes to be the champions. They’ve buried the hatchet with The Usos, and asks about their battles with Harper & Rowan. Those two are beastly, but the Good Brothers are going to beat them like a couple of… But wait, a message from Harper & Rowan: “The depraved will infect the decent. Minds obliterated. Souls corrupted. Bodies liquefied. Prepare yourselves for… THE BLUDGEON BROTHERS!” Doom awaits us at MITB, will The Club be able to survive?

 

Carmella heads to commentary.

The SmackDown Women’s Champion wants to watch this match up close and personal, since it relates to her title defense at the coming MITB.

Asuka VS Mandy Rose!

The Empress of Tomorrow challenges the FABULOUS Princess, but the duo formerly known as Absolution feels Asuka is unworthy. Will God’s Greatest Creation become only the second woman ever to defeat Asuka in singles competition? Or will she be a golden brick in the foundation of Asuka’s second streak? But Sonya attacks Asuka from behind!

The Gladiator Gal puts things in Mandy’s favor now that Asuka is hobbling. However, Asuka is also furious, and she wants this match to happen. The bell rings, Mandy goes right at Asuka in a corner! Mandy throws forearms but backs off at 4, to then mudhole stomp. Mandy backs off again but Asuka fires up. Asuka misses but then comes back with kicks. Mandy blocks a kick for the gutwrench throw! Cover, TWO, but she tries again. TWO, but Mandy keeps her cool. She drags Asuka up and brings her around into a straitjacket hold. Carmella calls Corey out for being a bandwagon fan while Mandy whips Asuka to a corner. Mandy dropkicks Asuka then hits her with the knee! Cover, TWO! Mandy has control while we go picture in picture.

Asuka crawls while Mandy soaks it all in. Mandy toys with Asuka but Asuka fights back. Mandy clubs Asuka back down, then drags Asuka up for a standing chinbar. Asuka endures, and fights her way out. Asuka blocks to grab Mandy in a backslide, TWO. She tries a wheelbarrow but Mandy turns it into a facebuster. Cover, TOW, and Mandy is frustrated. Mandy drags Asuka up and over, with double underhook, but Asuka resists. Asuka slips out, dodges the knee and roundhouses Mandy down! Both women are down from all the damage done while we go single picture. Fans duel while the women brawl. Asuka gets the edge and fires off roundhouses into Mandy’s chest. She pops Mandy up for a knee and a big haymakers. Asuka runs, for the sliding kick!

Mandy flounders to a corner, but Asuka hits the hip attack. Asuka pushes Mandy out then climbs up, for the missile dropkick. She hurries to a cover, TWO. Mandy gets to ropes while Asuka gets to her feet. Asuka runs into a back elbow, then misses her hip attack. Mandy whips and reels Asuka into a lariat. Mandy deadlifts but Asuka victory rolls, TWO! Into the chicken wing! Mandy pushes back, TWO, so Asuka rolls Mandy into the ASUKA LOCK! Mandy taps, Asuka wins!

Winner: Asuka, by submission

The Empress wins, but the Princess is not impressed. Carmella walks up and into the ring, and she’s apparently not afraid, either. She raises her belt up while Asuka grins. Will Carmella still be this brave when she actually has to fight Asuka?

 

Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair see this backstage.

They both agree Asuka is going to be the new SmackDown Women’s Champion. However, Charlotte assumes she becomes Ms. MITB to set up a ‘Mania Rematch. Becky only sees a wall. Because off to the side there, that’s where Becky is, being the actual Ms. MITB. They are both friends, but they need to remember it’s every woman for herself. Becky won’t let anything stop her from winning, not even Charlotte. Charlotte agrees, but Charlotte needs that contract. Charlotte’s in the match, Charlotte’s going to win. Paige likes what she sees. This is the spirit they need to keep the contract on SmackDown. Like the old PCB days. Oh, that gives Paige an idea! Tea Time. Well, nostalgia aside, will Paige’s hopes come true that the MITB winner is from her brand? Or will their competing only open the way for Raw?

 

Andrade Almas meets Sin Cara backstage.

El Idolo and the man with no face used to be friends, but Zelina Vega isn’t about Almas’ past. Almas is the future of SmackDown, but Sin Cara is a nobody. Seriously? Almas explains to Sin Cara that yes, that is how it is. Has success changed Almas far more than even his friends expected?

 

Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat: Daniel Bryan VS Big Cass VS Samoa Joe!

What was to be the Skyscraper VS the Destroyer changed to another amazing Dream (Re)Match, but then Cass returned to throw a 7 foot tall monkey wrench into everyone’s plans. Now that the odds are one-in-three, who will make it into the 8 Man ladder match?

The bell rings, and Bryan goes right at Cass again! Joe moves him aside to go after Cass himself, so now they work together on the bigger man. They stomp and stomp and stomp, then grind Cass into the corner with hands and feet. Bryan and Joe double whip Cass for double elbows, then Joe turns on Bryan with a swift chop! Joe snapmares and kicks Bryan, then jabs away on him. Joe jabs and jabs Bryan into a corner, then drags Bryan up for a headbutt. the referee reprimands Joe, but Joe just chops Bryan again. And again, and again. Joe whips Bryan but Bryan goes up and over. Joe hits buckles, Bryan wrecks Cass, but Joe wrecks Bryan. Then Joe runs and DIVES on Cass! The Destroyer glares at the tumbling Skyscraper, but Bryan climbs up to JUMP! Bryan wipes them all out while we go to break.

SmackDown returns once again, and Joe brawls with Cass. Cass throws haymakers on Joe then whips, but Joe dodgse and Cass hits buckles. Joe runs in to back elbow and Pele! Cass tumbles, Joe drags him up into the sleeper! Bryan runs in, but Joe sees him and gets the atomic drop and boot. Joe adds the back senton, cover, Cass breaks it just in time. Cass tumbles out of the ring but he and Bryan are stirring. Joe stands and sees Cass, so he gives Cass headbutts and strikes. Joe puts Cass in a corner for more jabs, but Cass turns it around to give uppercuts. Fans boo but Bryan fires off on Cass, which gets fans to cheer. Fans chant “YES! YES!” with every kick but Cass clubs Bryan right down.

Bryan is dazed but he gets up, only for Cass to toss him out. Cass pursues, to THROW Bryan over the announce desk! Fans jeer while Cass keeps his eyes on Joe while he throws hands on Bryan. Cass returns to the ring and throws hands on Joe. He whips Joe corner to corner, but Joe boots him away. Joe climbs up, but Bryan dropkicks outta nowhere! Cass runs in, drop toehold into buckles. Bryan kicks the ropes and it hurts them both. Bryan then fires off on Joe, and wrecks Cass with a dropkick. He goes back to Joe, climbs up, and throws punches before throwing Joe with a SUPER Steiner!

Fans fire up with Bryan as he targets Joe. Bryan runs in for another dropkick, then another, then… Cass clobbers Bryan! Cover, TWO! Cass is furious, but he takes it out on Bryan with a rain of rights. He towers over Bryan, then drops an elbow. Cass throws more right hands, then grinds a foot into Bryan’s chin. He backs off at the ref’s count, but brings Bryan up. Fans duel between Bryan and Joe, but Bryan fires off strikes on Cass, only to run into Cass’ knee. Cass has control while we take one more break.

SmackDown returns one more time, and Joe chops away on Cass. Cass clubs back on Joe, then gives body shots. He clubs Joe more, but Joe only powers up to chop and jab Cass again. Joe runs, but into a spinebuster! Cass backs up, drops the elbow, cover, but Bryan breaks it. Fans rally for Bryan as he kicks away on Cass again. Cass whips but Bryan ducks to jump, but Cass catches him for the East River Crossing! Joe breaks the cover! All three men are sore and tired, and Cass slips out of the ring for a breather. Cass returns and throws hands on Joe. Bryan comes in and gives a EuroUpper, then goes after the leg with a dragon screw! Bryan does the same to Joe! Fans fire up again as Bryan gives YES Kicks back and forth!

YES for Cass, YES for Joe, then the buzzsaws! Cover on Cass, TWO. Bryan brings Cass up for more strikes, then another dragon screw. Bryan wants the heel hook but Joe grabs Bryan in the sleeper! He brings Bryan down but Bryan makes it a cover, TWO. Bryan dumps Joe out, but Cass takes aim. Cass swings that boot but Bryan ducks it. Bryan goes to wrangle Cass down by that arm, and manages the YES Lock! Joe grabs Bryan and drags him away. Bryan shoves Joe and hits him with a flying knee! Everyone is down again, but Bryan gets to his feet first. He climbs up the corner, aiming for Cass. Cass stands, and Bryan drops him with the missile dropkick! Bryan fires up again, and kips up while Cass crawls to a corner.

Bryan and fans “YES! YES!” together, KNEE PLUS!! Cover, but Joe drags Bryan off into the Coquina Clutch!! Bryan is trapped, flailing, clawing, but also fading. Joe has put him to sleep, Joe wins!

Winner: Joe, by submission; joins the Men’s MITB Ladder Match

The Destroyer wins the final spot and keeps his threatening promise to Bryan. Joe will go to MITB while Bryan will go home, but will Joe follow through? Will Joe take the contract and use it to aim at the WWE Champion?

Meanwhile, Cass targets Bryan again. Bryan slowly stands, and Cass BOOTS Bryan down. Fans boo and jeer, but Cass doesn’t care, he just wants to ruin Bryan’s life. Will the Skyscraper pay for adding insult to injury?

 


 

My Thoughts:

SmackDown did much better than Raw with this week’s episode. Everything had something to do with the coming PPV, even the Dance Off between Lana and Naomi. Naomi and Lana are both skilled dancers, so maybe going with this rather than a match was a way around Lana still needing to catch up in wrestling. We are getting a mixed tag next week, and I’m both surprised and worried by the fact it’ll be Aiden English teaming with Lana and not Rusev. I hope the rumors of the Rusev Day break-up are false, because this might mean some kind of love triangle being the reason why. Rusev Day makes for a strong and very popular trio so hopefully they stay together. In fact, this could even lead to an Usos VS Rusev Day feud across both tag and women’s divisions.

Tye Dillinger’s return to TV is actually better than I expected, since he was up against Nakamura. He didn’t job to Nakamura, but gave a decent showing. Of course, Tye also made the perfect person to use for the Last Man Standing 10-count concept, and it really fed into the story. Tye just needs more chances. Same for Sin Cara, who makes a smaller return to WWE TV with Almas & Vega. I hope this becomes Almas’ first true feud so that both men get a good showing on SmackDown. Paige also keeps her old teammates in check by feeding Mandy to Asuka. Clever of Mandy to have Sonya attack Asuka for her, but it also makes Asuka that much stronger when she still wins. Then Paige adds on to things with her older teammates, Charlotte VS Becky is going to be a great sampler match next week.

The Six Man Tag was great, which is natural considering who was in it. New Day keeps on rolling, and the decision of who goes into MITB is definitely one we all want to know. At the same time, ladder matches are No Disqualification, so what would stop them from having all three men present anyway? Then the main event story has been great. Cass is the True Heel, getting all that heat from the fans as he “ruins” things with Joe and Bryan. The triple threat was great, even if there were more commercials than I’d like. Logically Joe wins, because now Cass and Bryan can focus on their story in a great rematch from Backlash. I’d expect Bryan to win the rematch, but in an even more decisive fashion so that this doesn’t extend all the way to Extreme Rules.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (10/17/18)

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NXT UK Coverage

NXT UK FINALLY premieres! And to start things off, Noam Dar finally challenges Pete Dunne for THE United Kingdom Championship!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Mark Andrews VS Joe Coffey w/ Mark Coffey; Coffey wins.
  • Dave Mastiff VS Sid Scala; Mastiff wins.
  • Toni Storm VS Nina Samuels; Storm wins.
  • WWE United Kingdom Championship: Pete Dunne VS Noam Dar; Dunne wins and retains the WWE United Kingdom Championship.

PLAY BY PLAY

NXT UK, ARE?! YOU?! READY!?

“Before us stands a kingdom. One with an indelible history. An unmistakable legacy. But when this kingdom meets a Universe, a new history will be unearthed. A new flag will be raised. The future will redefine its legacy. A kingdom will rise.” And that all begins, now!

 

Mark Andrews VS Joe Coffey w/ Mark Coffey!

The High-Flying, Stage-Diving Welshman rockstar owes both Coffey Brothers payback for the beat down they handed out back in June. However, he can only take on one at a time, so he goes with big brother Joe first. Will Andrews get satisfaction? Or will Joe finish what he started over the Summer?

The bell rings and the fans are on Andrews’ side. Andrews and Joe circle and Andrews gets around. Joe standing switches and throws Andrews down to then get the arm. Fans rally while Joe wrenches Andrews’ arm. Andrews rolls and handsprings to get up but he can’t get Joe down. He kips up and gets into a Greco-Roman wristlock battle with Joe, only to get brought down again. Joe covers, TWO as Andrews gets a shoulder up. Joe pushes that shoulder back down, TWO as Andrews gets the other shoulder up. That shoulder goes down, but then Andrews bridges! Joe goes to put his full weight on Andrews but gets caught into a wheelbarrow arm-drag! Andrews tries another arm-drag but Joe reverses to a whip. Andrews comes back with a huricanrana!

Joe ends up in a corner and Andrews runs in, but is put on the apron. He swing kicks Joe away, then springboards, for a flying huricanrana! Andrews handsprings and the fans fire up while Joe gets to ropes. Fans rally behind Andrews as he tries to whip, but Joe holds ropes. Joe breaks free and chops Andrews stiff across the chest. Joe gives body shots and European Uppercuts, but Andrews ducks the discus, only to run into a Pounce! Fans boo while Andrews writhes but Joe just stalks behind Andrews to a corner. Joe throws more hands then brings Andrews out for the butterfly swing! Around and around the go, and then Joe throws Andrews with a butterfly suplex! Cover, TWO! But Joe is right on Andrews with a half straitjacket, to a full!

Fans rally up as Andrews endures, but Joe drives in a knee. Andrews feeds off the fan energy but Joe bends him back. Andrews stands up and arm-drags Joe off. He runs but into an elbow. Joe throws Andrews out of the ring, then distracts the ref. Mark comes around but the ref spots him in time. So Joe gets the sneak attack instead! Joe declares this is “My Kingdom! MY Kingdom!” Joe puts Andrews in, then pulls off the elbow pad. He brings Andrews up, but Andrews blocks the elbow to fire off chops and forearms. Joe shoves him away but Andrews comes back with furious palm strikes! Fans fire up as Andrews mule kicks and front kicks Joe. Andrews whips but Joe reverses. Andrews slides under to enziguri!

Joe gets to a corner and Andrews grits his teeth. Andrews runs in for meteora then runs to victory roll and double stomp! To standing corkscrew moonsault! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Andrews brings Joe up. Joe shoves Andrews but runs into another enziguri. Andrews runs but into a pop-up EuroUpper, and then Joe gives a running headbutt! Joe says “No mercy!” but fans boo. Joe runs in for a corner splash, then whips for the pop-up powerslam! Cover, TWO!! Andrews survives and Joe is furious. Joe drags Andrews as fans rally up again. Joe suplexes but gets Stun-Dog Millionaire! Andrews heads to a corner with Joe in a drop zone, but Mark saves his brother. So Andrews SUPER ASAIS on them both!

Andrews hits both Coffey Brothers and the fans are all fired up. Andrews puts Joe in, climbs up again, but Mark gets up to go after him. Mark gets kicked away but Joe hops up for a SUPER Belly2Belly! Then All the Best for the Bells! The spinning lariat hits, Joe covers, Joe wins!

Winner: Joe Coffey, by pinfall

Joe should give some credit to his brother, Mark, for giving him the opening. The gritty Glaswegians are a force to be reckoned with, who will they run over next?

But it seems they’re not done with Andrews just yet! Both Coffey Brothers stomp away on Andrews, and fans boo and jeer the entire time. Here comes Flash Morgan Webster for the save! Flash uses his pilot’s helmet to even the odds, and the Coffey Boys are in retreat! Will the speed combination of Webster and Andrews get even with the big bad Coffey boys?

 

NXT UK, meet Eddie Dennis.

Dennis has been wrestling for over a decade, and during that entire time, he was a close personal friend to Mark Andrews and Pete Dunne. When they all started, it wasn’t about wrestling for thousands while making millions, it was about having fun and telling stories. And Dennis has some stories to tell. When will Dennis make his debut on NXT UK? What stories about Andrews and the current WWE UK Champion will he share?

 

Mustache Mountain is here!

Trent and Tyler take to the mics as fans give them a standing ovation. They chant “Mustache Mountain! Big Strong Boys!” Trent thanks Cambridge for that. But save your lungs, today is a big day. It’s a very special day. Today is quite possibly the biggest day in British professional wrestling history! Fans seem to agree with that. But it’s not just about NXT UK but about the entire NXT UK Universe as we witness the birth of this brand! Trent wants everyone to think back to earlier this year, when he and Trent stood in the ring at a sold out Royal Albert Hall and became NXT Tag Team Champions! Tyler says that they aren’t those champions anymore, Triple H did mention something about the UK tag team championships. Fans know “You Deserve it!”

But wait, there aren’t any other tag teams here in NXT UK. As a former UK Champion, still the youngest ever–which would make Trent the oldest–there must be a boat load of talent itching for a chance. Trent agrees, that talent should buddy up, talk it out, because when those tag titles arrive, Trent wants Mustache Mountain to have the best opposition going! Whether you’re in the ring, in the back or in the audience, the whole of the UK comes together for THEIR brand! This is THEIR NXT UK! Strong words from strong men, but when will we see those tag team titles? Who will step up to this challenge when that time comes?

 

NXT UK, meet Dave Mastiff.

The man of the Black Country is a human wrecking ball, and declares himself THE best heavyweight in the world. He vows to show the world that, next!

 

Dave Mastiff VS Sid Scala!

The “Bomber” is on a mission to make a name for himself as the biggest and best man in NXT UK. Will he literally be too much man for the young kid from London to handle?

Cambridge already tells Sid, “Mastiff’s gonna kill~ you~!” but Sid doesn’t back down. The bell rings, he gets in Mastiff’s face but Mastiff grabs his hand. Sid throws a forearm, Mastiff sends Sid flying with a forearm! Then he deadlifts Sid off the mat and into a suplex. Mastiff carries Sid around, with one hand, then dumps him down!

Mastiff stalks Sid to a corner while fans want “One More Time!” He double chops Sid in the corner, then tosses him across the way. Mastiff drags Sid up for elbows right to his ear! Sid covers up as best he can, but Mastiff is on him, licking his chops. Sid breaks free and throws a forearm, but Mastiff just smiles. Mastiff seems to like a good fight, but Sid is at a loss for words. Sid runs, but into a DROPKICK!? Mastiff defies physics, then he deadlift German Suplexes Sid all the way to a corner. And then, the cannonball!! Mastiff covers, Mastiff wins!

Winner: Dave Mastiff, by pinfall

The size, the strength and the speed of Mastiff easily takes care of the smaller Sid Scala. Who will be next on the menu for Mastiff to maul?

 

Backstage interview with Nina Samuels.

She is moments away from her WWE debut here on the first episode of NXT UK. Nina is “elated” to finally be here on the grand stage she deserves. The first thing on her list is to be the inaugural NXT UK Women’s Champion. And what better way to do that than to make a name for herself off Toni Storm? That match, is now!

Toni Storm VS Nina Samuels!

The NXT UK Women’s Division is off to a strong start as the Lightning from Down Under and the House of Couture’s pink rose are in the brand’s first women’s match! Toni’s having a great time in the Mae Young Classic, but can she make some major moves in the UK? Or will dividing her attention cost her against her talented and fashionable opponent?

The bell rings and fans are strongly behind Toni. Nina does her best to shrug that off as she ties up with Toni. Toni gets a headlock and takeover, makes it a cover, ONE. Nina works her way up as fans sing for Toni. She turns the hold around to a headlock of her own, but Toni pries her way out. Fans rally up but Nina reels Toni back in. Nina shifts to a wristlock while fans chant “Aussie Aussie Aussie! OI OI OI!” Toni spins, bridges, rolls and breaks free but Nina SLAPS her! Nina trash talks so Toni SLAPS back! She also kicks and runs to boot Nina down! Fans fire up with Toni as she runs in at Nina, but Nina drop toeholds Toni into buckles. Nina drives in a meteora to Toni’s back, then covers, TWO! Nina is frustrated, but she toys with Toni.

Fans boo as Nina brings Toni to the ropes and pulls her back. Nina lets go at 4, but then runs to dropkick Toni in the back. Cover, TWO! Nina grows frustrated, but she puts Toni in a modified chinbar. Fans rally up for Toni and Toni powers her way up to her feet. Nina elbows Toni and throws her down by her hair, then covers, TWO! Fans rally more for Toni and she hits Nina back with forearms. Toni fires off more and more forearms, then whips. Nina reverses and gets Toni with a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Toni continues to frustrate Nina, but then Nina trash talks the fans.

Nina brings Toni up to put her in a corner. She pie faces Toni around then whips her corner to corner. Toni goes up and over and then gets Nina in a snap German Suplex! Fans fire up and Toni gets moving for her own meteora. Then Toni lifts Nina for the Storm Zero neckbreaker! Cover, Toni wins!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall

The Storm weathered the thorny rose, and has her first win on the first episode of NXT UK! Will Toni continue to take the entire Women’s Division by storm? And who else will join the division to fight for the NXT UK Women’s Championship?

 

NXT UK General Manager, Johnny Saint, is in the ring!

Cambridge is happy to see Saint as he’s here to personally watch the first main event of his brand!

WWE United Kingdom Championship: Pete Dunne VS Noam Dar!

The Scottish Supernova earned this title match way back in June when he made a surprise return at the United Kingdom Championship special’s finale. He overcame Mark Andrews, Flash Morgan Webster and Travis Banks to earn this shot, and finally cashes in on NXT UK’s premiere. Will Dar become the third-ever man to hold the WWE UKC? Or will The Bruiserweight continue his impressive reign that dates back to over a year ago?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Johnny Saint shakes both men’s hands before exiting the ring. Dunne throws his coat at Dar and gets him right in the face! Dar keeps his cool as the bell rings. Fans sing for Dar as he circles with Dunne around the ring. They tie up and Dunne pushes Dar to ropes. Dunne backs off on the ropebreak at 4 but mocks Dar’s pinkie’s out. Fans banter as Dar gives a handshake. Dunne wants to take it but Dar uses his pinkie to flip Dunne off. Dunne whips Dar but Dar holds ropes. Dar ducks and table tops Dunne to then get a spinning, windmilling backslide. Cover, TWO! Dar drags Dunne up for a headlock but Dunne powers out. Things speed up but Dunne clobbers Dar with that clothesline!

Fans fire up behind The Bruiserweight while Dunne drags Dar around. Dunne has the legs and hooks them, to then grab an arm. Dunne tortures the wrist and fingers before stomping the knees. Dar clutches his bad leg as he rolls away. Dunne is on Dar in a corner and whips him corner to corner. Dar reverses and Dunne goes up, but Dar stops him from going over with a lariat to the leg! Dar rolls out as fans rally up. Dunne rolls to a corner but Dar is there to bring him to the apron. Dar throws hands then drags him out. Dunne catches himself, but Dar kicks out the arms! Fans rally while a 10 count begins. Dar puts Dunne back in at 6 and enters at 7 to kick Dunne more. Dunne kicks back from the mat but Dar stomps him down.

Fans duel now as Dar drags Dunne up. Dunne X-Plexes Dar outta nowhere! Both men are down but fans fire up. Dunne stands first and aims at Dar. Dar stands but gets furious hands from all sides! They end up in a corner and Dunne backs off at 4 but with fury! Dunne goes back in to whip Dar but Dar again reverses. Dunne successfully gets up and over to then enziguri Dar down! He drags Dar up but Dar standing switches. Dar throws Dunne with a German Suplex but Dunne lands on his feet, to buzzsaw Dar! Dunne lifts Dar and hits a sit-out powerbomb! Cover, TWO! Dar survives but both men are down. Fans chant for “British Wrestling!” as Dunne drags Dar over. Dunne climbs up but Dar intercepts him. Dunne goes after Dar’s ear and nose, but Dar sweeps the legs!

Dar puts pinkies out and double chops, headbutts and uppercuts Dunne quick. He runs in for a big EuroUpper and Dunne is rocked. Dar reels Dunne in for a Northern Lights, but normal covers, TWO! Dar argues with the ref but two is a two. Dunne rolls away but Dar follows. They’re on the apron as Dunne boots Dar. Dar hits back with forearms but Dunne SLAPS Dar. Dar hits back but Dunne goes after the fingers! He bends them as far as they can go, but Dar roundhouses Dunne. Dar gives Dunne a Fisherman Suplex on the apron!! Fans fire up as both men hit the floor. Dar and Dunne stir as the 10 count begins again. They crawl around the outside, and both get in at 9.5! The two glare at each other as they crawl. “This is Awesome!” but it’s far from over.

Dunne grabs the fingers but Dar hits back with forearms and kicks. Dunne still SNAPS the fingers!! But Dar uses his elbow! Dunne leaps to get the arm, for a triangle hold! But it’s a cover, TWO, Dar gets a half crab. Dunne rolls it back to a cross armbreaker! But Dar rolls through to an ankle lock! Dunne rolls to throw Dar off, they both collide with clotheslines. They don’t fall, Dunne gives a forearm but Dar gives a lariat. Dunne enziguris, runs, but into the rabbit clothesline! Fans are thunderous for this first ever NXT UK main event! Dunne and Dar stir as fans chant “UK! Woop Woop!” Dar gets to a corner and stands, to take aim at Dunne. But Dunne sees him coming, and catches him into a body scissor and floating hammerlock!

Dar powers through to a suplex! Dar gets up again, as does Dunne, and Dar sweeps the legs. But Dar keeps going with pinkies out, for a forearm from Dunne! Dunne gives Dar the pumphandle, but Dar reverses the Bitter End into a knee bar!! Dar has the knee and the ankle while Dunne is so far from the ropes! Dar kicks Dunne in the back but Dunne flails and reaches, for the ropebreak! Fans applaud Dunne’s toughness while Dar lets him go. Dar and Dunne are both down, exhausted from this action already. Fans duel again as Dar puts pinkies out. But Dunne grabs one, puts it on the mat, and STOMPS IT! Then hits Bitter End! Cover, Dunne wins!

Winner: Pete Dunne, by pinfall; still WWE United Kingdom Champion

The Bruiserweight retains his title once again! He denies Dar the best birthday gift possible, and adds to his already impressive legacy as WWE UK Champion. Who will be the next to step up and challenge Dunne’s reign? What will it take for someone to end that reign?

Dunne waits for Dar to stand, to offer him a handshake now. Dar considers it, but then both men give pinkies out. This is it’s own showing of respect between these two. When and where will Noam Dar be back for another shot at the title?

 

 


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Stardom Grand Champion Carnival 2018 Night Show Results & Review (9/30/2018)

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And we’re back as we continue the Stardom Grand Champion Carnival with the night show now.

The afternoon show was pretty successful with a great main event and a title change with the Artist of Stardom Championship. We got another stacked card once again to end the day and let’s see if they can go home strong.

Let’s find out and…dive right in.

 

Tag Team Match
Hanan & Starlight Kid vs. Kaori Yoneyama & Leo Onozaki

Review: The majority of the show is tag matches and it looks like it has to do with getting their next tournament hyped up and I’ll get to it at the end of the coverage. Our opening bout is Starlight Kid and Hanan teaming up this time instead of fighting each other as they take on Kaori Yoneyama and Leo Onozaki. Which one of these teams will come out on top?

I really don’t know what happened at the beginning of the match and I’m actually afraid to ask myself, but what was up with Starlight’s selling once the bell rang? Like she got hit once and just sold a different part of her body and even had her own arm wrapped around the rope by herself like someone did it that wasn’t Kaori. Is John Cena secretly in Stardom as the invisible wrestler all along!? Luckily after that little episode, Starlight would wrestle normally like that little thing hasn’t happened which is a good thing since you wanna keep the match rolling. The match was short and very basic with the four of them doing stuff to showcase their stuff in, but nothing memorable at all except for maybe Leo and Kaori doing a Double Cutter (I’m onto you, Leo!) Starlight and Hanan would get Kaori out of the ring as Starlight hits the Fisherman Buster on Leo and would do a Moonsault off the second rope as she gets the victory.

Rating: Tony Schiavone

Leo’s Cutter Counter: 1 (You’re making me look bad now.)

 

Tag Team Match
Kelly Klein & Rachael Ellering vs. Shiki Shibusawa & Tam Nakano

Review: First we had Kelly and Rachel fighting each other on opposite teams and now they’re teaming up together this time and their opponents are STARS members, Shiki Shibusawa and one-third of the Artist of Stardom Champions, Tam Nakano. Will Kelly and Rachel get a victory or will STARS win?

I still don’t know how to feel about Rachael Ellering just yet since you’ll see her in different promotions where she’ll be good and over here, you see her doing the exact opposite of that and don’t like these mind games to decide how I feel about her. Kelly though did do pretty well in the team as she kept on showing how talented she is in the ring and how she works well with women of any size. As for the team of Tam and Shiki, I’m not sure if I can say it’s a great team but they’ll be teaming up for the Stardom tag tournament coming up and we might be able to see some progress with them as a tag team, hoping it goes well. The match though felt pretty underwhelming since it looks sloppy at some spots or just slow to make people lose interest in the match, which is a shame since most of them in the match are talented but it happens sadly. Shiki would hit Kelly with a Missile Dropkick from the top rope and then Tam kicks her in the gut for Shiki to roll her up and a two count. Rachael would get Tam out of the ring so it would be Kelly and Shiki alone as Kelly gives Shiki an Attitude Adjustment and pins her for the victory.

Rating: Tony Schiavone and a half

 

Queen’s Quest Flag & Mask Tag Team Match
Hazuki & Natsu Sumire vs. AZM & Konami

Review: Natsu Sumire has been quite an annoyance to AZM and Queen’s Quest lately ever since they had that match in September where they fought each other and Sumire won. Once she won, she would steal the Queen Quest Flag and she would later on also steal their mask. Now, AZM and Konami have a chance to get the mask and flag back from Oedo Tai as they take on Hazuki and Natsu Sumire. Will Queen’s Quest get their stuff back or will Oedo Tai win?

Queen’s Quest wasted no time attacking Oedo Tai as Hazuki is thrown to the outside as AZM and Konami beat down Sumire to while she was holding onto the flag to make Queen’s Quest not steal it back from her as AZM slaps her in the face to make her go down. This has low-key been a guilty pleasure for me when it comes to rivalries of this year between AZM and Natsu Sumire since these two together has just been entertaining for the most part with them being childish to one another with the name calling and stealing stuff. While AZM and Sumire do the entertaining aspect of the match, Konami and Hazuki would deliver the wrestling part of the match to give us a good balance.

Hazuki would hit a Codebreaker to Konami while landing on AZM for a Senton at the same time and she would lay them on top of each other to apply the Crossface to the both of them and that looks awesome to see, love Hazuki. We still have a solid match with a mix of wrestling, entertainment, and storytelling which all four of these women delivered their part to give us something fun. AZM looked like she was about to get the win with the European Clutch but Hazuki would break it up just in time before the referee called for a three-count. AZM went to the top rope, but Sumire would grab the Queen’s Quest flag and wrapped it around AZM to make her unable to see or move as she picked her up to hit the DDT and pins her for the victory, meaning Oedo Tai keeps the flag and mask.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter

 

Tag Team Match
Jamie Hayter & Kimber Lee vs. Momo Watanabe & Utami Hayashishita

Review: We got another tag match with Jamie Hayter given another chance to get revenge against Utami Hayashishita as she partners up with Kimber Lee to take on Utami and current Wonder of Stardom Champion, Momo Watanabe. As of right now, Utami still doesn’t have a faction to align herself with but maybe she could join Queen’s Quest if things go well here. Can Utami and Momo work well or will they fall short?

This match was another showcase for the Super Rookie since we all know what Momo Watanabe can do, we know about Kimber Lee, and Jamie Hayter does stuff, so this match was a good way for us to see more of Utami who will keep on progressing into the roster. Momo and Utami would do rather okay as a tag team here since it was mostly them doing stuff by themselves rather than working together in the match and that’s kinda what Kimber and Jamie do as well since it didn’t really feel like a tag team match, but it was still solid enough to get over. Utami had Kimber up for the Torture Rack and slams her down as Momo would quickly hit the Somato to get her down for a two count. Momo would hit another Somato and pick her up for the Package Driver and she would hit it and pin Kimber Lee for the victory.

After the match, Momo would grab the microphone and she would tell Utami that they worked well together and was wondering if she would like to team up with her for the Goddesses of Stardom Tag League which is coming up at their next show. Utami would accept her offer, but she lets her know that it doesn’t mean she’s apart of Queen’ Quest and just wants to win with her. If it goes well and they do win the whole thing, then there’s a good chance we might have Queen’s Quest as her first home.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half

 

World Of Stardom Title Match
Kagetsu (c) vs. Nicole Savoy

Review: Our first title match of the night as Kagetsu defends her title against SHIMMER Champion, Nicole Savoy. Both of them have defended their titles at the afternoon show as Nicole retained against Konami and Kagetsu had a No Contest against Momo Watanabe. Nicole would challenge Kagetsu after her title match and Kagetsu wanted to give the people what they want and defend her title twice in one day. Is Kagetsu able to retain her title or will Nicole take advantage of the beating she took earlier?

Much like Nicole’s last match that happened earlier on in the day, this one was just more technically sound and it worked to her favor since she would have the majority of the control in the match, despite Kagetsu getting some offense but not as technically superior to Nicole. I liked her match with Momo earlier on in the day better but this was still a very fun title defense and a great match for the style they did with this one to get people seemed interested in it. Kagetsu would make her little comeback in the match and hits a Suicide Dive to the outside. Kagetsu would get her back into the ring to hit a Springboard Dropkick and would start to work on her arms for a submission, but Nicole would turn it back around to out-wrestle her and even hits an Exploding Suplex. Nicole would apply the Rings of Saturn to try and make her tap but Kagetsu would fight out of it and Sunset Flips over her for a two count and Nicole would roll her back up as Kagetsu spits blue mist into her eyes to break the count. Kagetsu would slam her down and hits the Oedo Coaster to pin her down and retain the championship!

After the match, Kagetsu would grab the microphone to talk about Nicole and the match they just had had and soon as they were about to shake hands, Kagetsu would attack her and tell Nicole to get out of her ring. Now that she got that out of the way, she talked about her next prey and her next title defense due to Mayu Iwatani being busy with Momo Watanabe, meaning she’ll be defending her title against former Oedo Tai member, Hana Kimura. October 23rd is gonna be an amazing show.

Rating: Bruce Prichard

 

Goddesses Of Stardom Title Match
Mayu Iwatani & Saki Kashima (c) vs. Jungle Kyona & Natsuko Tora

Review: During the afternoon show, Mayu, Saki, and Tam would defeat Kyona, Natsuko, and Kaori for the Artists of Stardom Championships. For the night show, Kyona and Natsuko have a chance to get revenge as they take on Mayu and Saki for the Goddesses of Stardom Championship. Mayu right now has two belts with two more title matches coming soon, so she could be planning to go for any belt she can to be a multi-crown champion. Can Mayu pull that off with her and Saki or will JAN get revenge?

If we wanna go by out these units did as a whole during the year so far, I would actually have to put JAN up there for being pretty successful and I’m saying this because this team is normally seen as the butt of the group of units and not meant to be taken seriously over the years or even an official stable, but they really did turn themselves around after parting away from STARS during the draft. Kyona and Natsuko are the bread and butter of the group and took the negative into a positive with themselves and Kaori to recruit some of the newer wrestlers and they even won the Artists of Stardom titles together before losing it at the afternoon show and it’s still progressed to show they could keep getting better if they stick to what it is they’re doing.

I thought the match was very well done with both of these teams playing their strengths and acting like an actual tag team in these matches to show why they’re that good as partners. Natsuko is someone who really stepped up her game in this match and while still not great, she can show some potential to have better matches like these and right now has to keep working with that. Mayu and Saki also showed why they were the Goddesses of Stardom Champions for as long as they were with them playing with each other’s chemistry to make themselves show better as individuals and as a team. Jungle and Natsuko would go to the top rope to both hit a Splash onto their opponents as Saki kicked out of it while Natsuko would have Mayu outside of the ring, leaving Kyona and Saki in the ring so they could finish off this match. Kyona picked Saki up to go for the Jungle Bomb but Saki would reverse it into a Crucifix to get the pinfall on her but kicked out as well. Kyona would then grab Saki from behind to spin her around before dropping her and she falls on her for a Splash for the cover, and JAN wins the titles!

You can just see the tears and emotions from both Kyona and Natsuko when they hugged each other after winning the match. After the match, Kyona talked about how they lost the Artist titles earlier in the day and were able to win the Goddesses tonight as she thanked the fans for their support. Natsuko would talk about how the 5 Star Grand Prix was over and it was now time for the Goddesses of Stardom Tag Team League next as the winner will get a title shot against our new champions. Congrats to the both of you, hope you both have a good reign. It was time for Mayu to drop the belts anyway since she needs to get back into singles gold and I have no doubt Saki will have a new partner.

Rating: Bruce Prichard

 

 

 

Overall: I thought the afternoon show was slightly better, but this one was still solid enough to get by with our last two matches being the better part of the show. As you’re aware, Stardom is doing their Goddesses of Stardom Tag Team league coming up now actually and I decided that I will not be taking part of that one and give Stardom a little break except for the big titles matches like the October 23rd show and focus on AJPW for a little bit along with different shows until the tournament is over.

Favorite Match: Mayu Iwatani & Saki Kashima vs. Jungle Kyona & Natsuko Tora

Least Favorite Match: Hanan & Starlight Kid vs. Kaori Yoneyama & Leo Onozaki

Score: 7/10


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Stardom Grand Champion Carnival 2018 Afternoon Show Results & Review (9/30/2018)

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Now that the Five Star Grand Prix is over, it’s time to go back to covering the full shows once again.

I wanna thank Andrew for helping me out with the tournament since he’s always a pleasure to work it, wouldn’t turn down to help him in a heartbeat. Also, congrats to Mayu for winning the tournament and I’m looking forward to the future title match. Our next show is the Grand Champion Carnival and they had both an afternoon and night show and will be covering both of them separately. We have a big show for the afternoon with most of them being titles matches and I can’t wait to get to it.

So let’s not waste any time and…dive right in.

 

Three Way Match
AZM vs. Shiki Shibusawa vs. Leo Onozaki

Review: Our opening match is a three-way battle between our future of Stardom division wrestlers with AZM taking on Shiki Shibusawa and Leo Onozaki. I missed doing the Leo Cutter Counter and I can’t wait to bring it back for this one and let’s see if she does more than two for this one. Which of these three ladies will win the match?

Saki Kashima wasn’t the only that changed her attire recently as Shiki Shibusawa also appears to have a makeover with her attire and I gotta say that it looks much better than her previous outfit, good for her. Not gonna lie, for a three-way match that was less than five minutes, this was probably one of the better ones compared to the few we had this year since most of it was very smooth with the exception of whenever Leo did stuff which wasn’t a lot since it was mostly AZM and Shiki doing the work in the match. Shiki keeps on improving for me and is slowly winning me over with her ability while AZM is still proving she’s one of the best on the roster for someone her age. Shiki would go to pin Leo and AZM hits a Double Stomp once Shiki moved out of the way so she would land on Leo. Shiki would have AZM out of the ring to have Leo all to herself as she hits two Bulldogs and a Missle Dropkick for the win. Could she be a possible contender for the Future of Stardom Championship?

Rating: Tony Schiavone and three quarters

Leo’s Cutter Counter: 1 (I bring you back and this is how you repay me!?)

 

Tag Team Match
Hazuki & Kelly Klein vs. Kimber Lee & Rachel Ellering

Review: Our next match is a tag match with Hazuki teaming up with Kelly Klein and I’m guessing Natsu Sumire isn’t at the show and since Kagetsu is in the main event, she’s the only active Oedo Tai member that doesn’t have a match, so they gave her Kelly since they may as well use her to finish this tour. Their opponents for the show are Kimber Lee and Rachel Ellering, who was probably the worst one out of the whole Grand Prix due to having poor lackluster matches while she did better at the MYC, funny how that works. Which of these teams will win?

Not sure what exactly to say about this match since it pretty much feels like a showcase Hazuki match than a tag match and that’s what they would pretty much do. Not that I mind since more of Hazuki is good enough for me, but not really a lot of tag teaming going on in the match or we really don’t get to see much of Kelly Klein in the match except for a minute and when she breaks up the pin near the end. Rachel wasn’t in the match much either and when she was, she did pretty average in my opinion while Kimber was in the match mostly with Hazuki who didn’t do too bad either, but the match was all about Hazuki.

Hazuki keeps on showing her consistency in the ring and is still in my top 5 for Stardom, I really hope she gets a big payoff coming soon since she definitely has earned something ever since she made her change going with Oedo Tai. Kimber would have Hazuki in a Sidewalk position while Rachel takes her down with a Neckbreaker as Kelly breaks the count. Kimber Lee would go for the Swanton Bomb, but Hazuki moves out of the way and does the Hazukistral for the win.

Rating: Tony Schiavone and a half

 

Future of Stardom Title Match
Starlight Kid (c) vs. Hanan

Review: Our first title match of the day as Starlight Kid is set to defend her Future of Stardom Championship and it’s been a while since she last defended the title, so it’s nice to see it getting some time. We find out that the opponent chosen for her in this match is Hanan, who defeated Natsu Sumire in one of the recent shows and I guess that’s what made her have this title match today. Can Starlight have another successful defense under her belt or will we crown a new champion?

So how did Hanan do in her first title match? Right now, it looks like she’s not ready to be in that type of position as of right now, but I think she’ll do just fine if she keeps at it since she really isn’t bad at all and has improved other the past few months. I really do like how Hanan uses her judo mixed in with her wrestling to give her a bit of something unique to her ability and does them very well too. The first half started off rather slow and sloppy, but they did pick up once both of these women got into the groove better in the match. Hanan would keep doing her STO’s on Starlight and would attempt to pin her multiple times only for Starlight to barely kick out and even did a Northern Lights Suplex with a very beautiful bridge to top it off. Starlight would make a comeback with a Diving Body Press and a Fisherman Suplex for a two count. Starlight would go to the second rope and would do a Moonsault onto Hanan to get the victory and a fourth successful title defense.

So who will be Starlights next challenger? Shiki? AZM again due to their last match being a draw? Or will we have a new competitor? Only time will tell with what they give us next. Good job, Hanan and I’m sure you’ll get another opportunity soon.

Rating: Eric Bischoff

 

SHIMMER Title Match:
Nicole Savoy (c) vs. Konami

Review: It looks like Nicole Savoy is going to defend her SHIMMER Championship during this tour, which I’m okay with since they sometimes defend their titles in other companies and gives it more exposure. Nicole did really well in the tournament and made me wanna follow her a bit more from how impressive she was. She’s now set to defend her title against Konami who has been on a roll lately with her deadly strikes and submissions that could come into play here. Will Nicole retain or will Konami take the title away from her?

This match is very ground based with the both of them being submission specialists and that was exactly how it needed to be with two of these women trying to outmaneuver the other one to see who can make who tap out first, so it requires skill and timing to get the victory in the match. It looked like Konami was able to get the first lead in the match and would start to deliver those kicks that can send even the toughest to their knees. Konami is another one that keeps on progressing this year and putting on great matches with her best still being against Kagetsu during the Grand Prix. Nicole has made me a fan during the whole tour and now I wanna follow her career to see how she does outside of Stardom since she actually is really well diverse for what she does with her technical ability.

Both of them would keep trying to get a submission hold locked in to try and make the other tap or Konami just using her kicks while Nicole would just try to catch her off guard. Konami went for the Black Widow but Nicole would move Konami into position to hit the Fallaway Slam and we get a kick out. Konami would try to go for her Triangle Lancer which Nicole rolled her up for the pin but gets reversed by Konami into another pin, but Nicole would kick out and apply the Rings of Saturn as she makes Konami tap-out and Nicole retains!

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half

 

Singles Match
Jamie Hayter vs. Utami Hayashishita

Review: After losing at the finals of the tournament, Utami Hayashishita has made a name for herself with all of the people she fought in the tournament and has impressed a lot of views while still having a long way to go to prove she can be the future of the company. The Super Rookie is set to take on Jamie Hayter, who had a…average performance under my block and hoping we can see some improvement since it’s not a tournament match. Will the Super Rookie pick up another win or will Jamie pull off an upset?

I really couldn’t tell Jamie’s role as to whether she was a face, heel, or just being there when she came to the Grand Prix tour last month and in this match, we get to see where she lies and that’s a heel. Jamie would attempt a handshake with Utami and once she got it, she would kick her in the midsection and the crowd would boo Jamie heavily and we hardly get to see a crowd boo that loudly when it comes to stuff like that since Sumire would usually get cheered when she does it, but when it happened to Utami, you knew they cared and Jamie fed off of that.

The match was pretty much basic but it worked with who was involved in the match since Jamie normally is around that range while Utami is still working her way in to earn her stripes despite the great progress she has been making during this time. Utami would try to get Jamie up for the Torture Rack but Jamie knows better as she would fight her off so she wouldn’t be able to lock it in. Utami would have Jamie in the Sleeper Hold to hold Jamie still long enough to pick her up for the Torture Rack and makes Jamie tap out to get another victory under her belt.

Rating: Eric Bischoff

 

Artist of Stardom Title Match
J.A.N (Jungle Kyona, Natsuko Tora, & Kaori Yoneyama) (c) vs. STARS (Mayu Iwatani, Tam Nakano, & Saki Kashima)

Review: Our next title match is Jungle Assault Nation defending their Artist of Stardom Championships against some members of STARS such as Tam Nakano, Saki Kashima, and Mayu Iwatani. We found out that later on that night, Mayu and Saki are set to defend their Goddesses of Stardom Championships against Jungle and Natsuko, so seeing how the outcome of this match plays out could affect what happens at the night show. Which one these teams will win?

The match started off a little bit clunky with the couple slip-ups and slow moments in the match to not give it that great of a start, but the match would start to get better as it slowly progresses going forward. We really didn’t get to see Saki or Kaori do a lot in the match since it mostly focused on the other four in the bout, which is weird because you would wanna focus on all of your members in the match to give it that six-man tag feel instead of just a regular two on two bout. The better moments of the match were when Mayu and Kyona shared the ring together since they’re the top females in the roster and I have a feeling that if Mayu does indeed in the title from Kagetsu, don’t be surprised to see Kyona being one of or her first challenger.

The interactions between Tam and Natsuko was also very interesting to see since they did fight each other in the Grand Prix and just how these two go at each other makes it all the more exciting and while I don’t know the exact reason they’re like this to each other, but it’s still nice to see that and I hope we get another singles match between them soon. JAN would do their Triple Splash onto Tam with all three members jumping one at a time off of the ropes from bottom to upper with Natsuko delivering the one off the top but Mayu would break the hold right before the three count. Saki and Mayu would get Kyona and Kaori outside of the ring with Mayu jumping off the top ropes and landing on them to leave them outside while Tam and Natsuko are in the ring alone.

Tam would hit Natsuko with the German Suplex and would kick out of it. Mayu and Saki would get back in the ring to help her out as they threw Mayu into Natsuko for her to hit the Dropkick into the corner and almost missing from how far they threw her. Tam would quickly get over to Natsuko so she could hit the Tiger Suplex and STARS would get the win as we have new Artists of Starom Champions! This is Tam’s first title in Stardom and she shares that moment with both Mayu and Saki. Since the belt is three different colors, Mayu would of course get the light blue one, Saki gets the orange one, and Tam would get the pink one. Tam would go over to Natsuko to taunt her to let her know that she defeated her again. Please let them fight again. Congrats STARS on winning the titles and will JAN suffer the same fate against Mayu and Saki during the evening show and walk out empty-handed?

Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters

 

 

Double Title Match
Kagetsu (c) vs. Momo Watanabe (c)

Review: Our main event for this show is a title for title match with the World of Stardom Champion, Kagetsu defending her title against the Wonder of Stardom Champion, Momo Watanabe who is also defending her title in the match. It’s a tough call since both of them can’t afford to lose their title to one another right now but can also lead to different possible scenarios if one of them did win at the same time. This was one of the matches I was looking forward to when it got announced and it’s time to see how Momo would do in the top spot. Which champion will come home with two titles?

I saw this match as another test for Momo to get her ready for the future and to see how she would do in the main event spot. I know she did main event shows before, but I mean for the World of Stardom Championship since this is her first time fighting for the title I believe and how did she do? Momo passed the test for sure and delivered us a great match against Kagetsu and this was hinted at since April when she won the Cinderella Tournament, and I’m glad she was able to have this match with both of them being champion. Momo still has more room to grow as a competitor but it really does show she indeed has a bright future in the company.

On Twitter, Stardom claimed this to be the match of the year for the company and is the match great? One of the better matches of the year for sure, but is it MOTY worthy? I will say it’s in my Top 10 for Stardom this year but not their best match, you should still look it up since it’s still a great bout. These women had the drive in this match when they kept going back and forth during the majority of the match whether it was mat grappling or just playing by their own arsenal and doing everything they can to get the others title. Kagetsu would even use the blue mist on Momo to get her down to hit the Oedo Coaster, but Momo would barely kick out of it to keep the match alive! The strikes these two in the match were incredibly stiff and you felt everything done to them from how hard they were hitting each other, even kicked each other in the head at the same time and both got up quickly before getting counted out. Momo also hits her Tequila Sunrise on Kagetsu and it looks like we have a new champion, but she also kicks out! Once Kagetsu kicked out of the movie, both of them were both out for the count and after twenty-two minutes of them fighting each other, the referee called for a Double Count-out and nobody loses their title.

What a way to end it and this was the right call for right now since both of these women didn’t need to lose their title or win the other one and they handled it better than another time limit outcome, couldn’t have asked for a better ending. After the match, Nicole Savoy would come out and challenge Kagetsu for the World of Stardom Championship later on at the night show which Kagetsu accepts since she wants to give the people what they want. Kagetsu would tell Momo that they have unfinished business and she says they’ll both keep defending their titles and they will do this again. Speaking of unfinished business, Momo would call out Mayu Iwatani and challenge her to a match and would even put her Wonder of Stardom Championship on the line. Mayu said she already has a World of Stardom Championship match with Kagetsu soon, but doesn’t mind fight her first and they’ll do it on October 23rd.

Rating: Bruce Prichard and a quarter

 

Overall: I thought this was a really solid show with only one bad match in here while the rest was enjoyable. We also had a great main event to close off the show and enough hype to get the fans ready for their night show on the same day, which is something you don’t wanna miss. Fun show, worth watching.

Favorite Match: Kagetsu vs. Momo Watanabe

Least Favorite Match: Hazuki & Kelly Klein vs. Kimber Lee & Rachel Ellering

Score: 8/10


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