Well I missed last week’s episode of MLW Fusion, because previous arrangements were made. But Christopher Platt did an awesome job in his debut article. So maybe I’ll take more days off to give him a chance to increase his footprint on the site.
Either way, let’s get to the show:
Jimmy Havoc kicks things off calling out Joey Janela after an altercation in New Orleans after WaleMania. Janela comes out and they brawl out of the ringside area and out to…well…who knows where.
Before Havoc and Janela are completely out of the arena, Low Ki comes out to wage war on MLW authority since MSL suspended him. MVP comes out to confront Low Ki and Sami Callihan chokes him out with a baseball bat. Low Ki has issues with MVP and Callihan has a match later in the night, so it all works out nicely.
Now we’re about to get our first match of the show, when ‘Filthy’ Tom Lawlor comes out saying he’s still not cleared to wrestle because of his left forearm, but offers Simon Gotch in his stead if ACH still wants a match.
ACH vs Simon Gotch
Before this match even happens, the suspension of disbelief is off since many of us know Gotch as the Vaudevillain jobber. So ACH is fantastic, and Gotch is a jobber that needs to hopefully get reestablished in MLW.
Awkward white boy fist bump turkey a few times in the early goings. Not sure if that’s just Gotch still being out of touch, or just very white, but the match, I suppose was okay.
ACH was grounded most of the time which helped to showcase Simon Gotch’s catch wrestling ability. Preconceptions aside, Gotch put on a decent display. Still not close to a top performer level, but hopefully they continue to put effort into rebuilding him.
Winner: ACH via reversing a suplex into a cradle
Rating: ** 1/4
Next segment was going over the MLW Top 10 Ranked Wrestlers, followed by a nice video package hyping up Shane ‘Swerve’ Strickland, the current MLW Heavyweight Champion.
Off the commercial break we get stuck with a Maxwell Jacob Friedman promo. The stereotypical egotistical rich boy heel, so people will enjoy the character since it’s a proven formula…but he’s crap to me.
Vandal Ortagun vs Mike Parrow
This is an extended squash match, with one of our favorite ChairshotRadio guests. The whole match was used as a way to extend the storyline between Col. Robert Parker trying to recruit Parrow to the Stud Stable.
After the match, it seems that Parrow and Col. Parker have reached an agreement, but they walk off, and we’re left wondering.
Winner: Mike Parrow via Sitout Powerbomb
We get an attempted interview with Salina de la Renta, but she ignores the interviewer to talk some trash to Shane Strickland to add to the drama of Pentagon’s title shot.
So we find Jimmy Havoc cutting a promo at what sounds like the roadside somewhere. He pushes the idea that he’s going to bloody up Joey Janela next week and lick off the blood.
Another attempted interview with Team Filthy about the legitimacy of Lawlor’s forearm injury. They feign shock, tell her they’ll talk in the hallway and then close the door. No one respects poor interviewer Andrea.
Sami Callihan is in the back putting over the ranking system as a tangible ladder to climb, and then getting across that he’s gonna climb, for power. Insults MVPs motivations while reminding everyone he’s the most dangerous man in the business.
MVP vs Sami Callihan
MVP slides in before his music after the earlier attack, and kicks off the match fast. Things quickly spill outside and there’s an extended spot in the crowd, that really just goes too long. A few moves using the apron and a lot of mutual hatred bring us towards the finish.
The ref bump, saves Sami Callihan from losing to the Game Changer and then a huge man comes out to help Callihan by hitting a big STO. MVP manages to kick out regardless of the help, but the numbers game gets the best of him. The outside interference distracts the referee long enough for Callihan to hit a low blow, followed by his signature Cranial Contusion.
Winner: Callihan via Cranial Contusion
Rating: ** 3/4
Andrea finally gets a decent interview with Shane Strickland before he walks into his room and sees a Day of the Dead style shrine dedicated to him. Sending a rather obvious message from Pentagon and Salina de la Renta.
Reaction: Well to be completely honest, the quality of the matches weren’t as high as the debut episode, but this show put a lot of effort into extending storylines. Personally, I felt that the back to back to back promos/interview segments stagnated the show and since there wasn’t any high workrate match to really grip people into their seats, it gave the episode a very flat feeling.
Not gonna say it was bad, since MLW Fusion is still establishing it’s storylines. But this was one of those necessary evil episodes. I’m still interested in what they’re doing next week, but I can definitely understand if this wasn’t a well received episode.
Mitchell’s Women of Wrestling Results & Report! (2/15/19)
How will WOW address last week’s unclear ending?
WOW ended with controversy last week as both Santana Garrett AND Jungle Grrrl got the pin on Tessa Blanchard! Who is truly the world champion?!
- Havoc VS Fire; Havoc wins.
- Kristen Davidson w/ Samantha Smart VS Chantilly Chella; wins.
- Razor w/ Fury VS Faith the Lioness; Faith wins.
- Vacated WOW World Championship: Jungle Grrrl VS Tessa Blanchard; Blanchard wins and becomes the new WOW World Champion.
PLAY BY PLAY
David McLane again welcomes us to WOW!
The matchmaker knows last week’s star-studded Triple Threat for the Women of Wrestling World Championship was wild but also ended in a double pin. Jungle Grrrl hit her splash but Santana Garrett also covered Tessa Blanchard’s legs for an impossible scenario. Senior official Scrappy McGowan came out to ensure the integrity of the title, and chose to postpone awarding it until after the officials could properly review the footage.
And tonight, that long awaited decision is made. McLane holds up the currently vacated title as he first introduces Jungle Grrrl. He would introduce Santana, but the despicable acts Tessa Blanchard did to her father, Keny G, Santana is with her father at the hospital. That is tragic, but the show must go on. So the other competitor for this vacated title will be the Born Legend, Tessa Blanchard! Tessa hits the ring and takes the mic while fans boo and jeer. Tessa says Santana isn’t here not because of her dad. Santana’s not here because she’s afraid! Santana isn’t here because she needs oxygen just like her daddy. But Tessa is fine with that, she’ll take on Jungle Grrrl or any woman in WOW. Even if it’s the biggest and baddest- Speaking of, here comes the biggest and baddest, THE BEAST!
Beast introduces herself to Tessa. And if Tessa wants the biggest and baddest, here she is! McLane and the fans agree. Tessa says the bigger they are, the harder they fall. These two may be big and bad, but Beast and JG aren’t on Tessa’s level! Tessa starts shoving but JG scoops her up! Tessa slips out and shoves JG into Beast! Beast fights with JG while Tessa runs away! Fans are thunderous but officials hurry to pull the Queen of the Amazon and the Alpha Female apart! Will Tessa regret standing between these two Women of Wrestling?
The Monster of Madness started her career 15 years ago, during a time when Women’s Wrestling wasn’t taken as seriously. “From the very beginning, people were telling me, ‘You’re not gonna make it very far here’.” They said she was too big, too different, and she struggled for those first few years. Havoc was trying to figure out who she should be, when one day she realized, she only had to be what she wanted to be. Havoc transformed herself and embraced the darkness.
The “Women’s Revolution” only just started a few years ago, with all these “glamorous girls” showing off what they worked so hard for, when it was women like Havoc who put in the work and carried the load. “There is a reason when these women get in the ring with me, they stare at me from across the ring, terrified.” The mask comes off, and she unleashes the monster! Who will be the first Woman of Wrestling to lose to the madness?
Havoc VS Fire!
The Monster of Madness makes her WOW TV debut and it’s against the fan favorite who finally got on a hot streak. Will Havoc put out the flames? Or will she be burned in her debut?
The bell rings and Havoc rushes Fire! Fire dodges and keeps her distance. Havoc laughs as she gives chase, but Fire keeps away. Fire ducks down but Havoc catches her by her hair! Havoc throws a heavy forearm then gets in the ref’s face. Havoc drags Fire up and clams on, to lift Fire high over head! She throws Fire to a corner, then shrieks while fans boo and jeer. Havoc runs in but Fire dodges! Fire comes back with a dropkick! And a corner splash! Fans fire up with Fire as she fires off kicks! Havoc stays up as Fire runs. Fire dodges to dropkick again, but Havoc stays standing. Fire tries a second but Havoc only steps back. Fans fire up as Fire runs, but Havoc boots her right down! Havoc shrieks again as she drags Fire up. Havoc thrashes Fire around and tosses her to the ropes!
Fans continue to cheer Fire on but Havoc is right on her at the ropes. Havoc chokes Fire but then stops at 4. She shouts at the ref to back off, then grins as she stalks Fire to a corner. Havoc puts Fire in a full nelson, then lifts for a stretch! Fire endures while fans rally up. Havoc shifts to a waistlock, wheelbarrow facebuster! Cover, TWO! Fire survives and Havoc is shocked. Havoc stretches Fire back in a modified camel clutch. Fire endures as Havoc gets the full clutch on. Havoc also pulls hair but the ref counts. Havoc clubs Fire down at 4! Fans rain down boos while Havoc looms over Fire. Havoc lifts Fire and snap suplexes hard! Havoc drags Fire to the center and says this is the end. Leg drop misses!
Fire fires back kicks! And a mule kick! Havoc’s down, Fire covers, TWO! Fire climbs up fast, big crossbody! But Havoc catches her easily! Havoc pops Fire up, Air Raid Crash! Cover, Havoc wins!
Winner: Havoc, by pinfall
The Monster of Madness wins her debut and soaks up the heat. Will she only continue to wreak havoc on the WOW roster?
WOW reports on a recent incident with one of their wrestlers.
Keta Rush was jumped in the arena alley after a WOW live event. McLane and Keta went to the production truck to examine the footage to shed light on the assailants. The security cameras caught it all as Keta was jumped 2v1. To think it was someone Keta thought of as a friend. Keta wants after her in the ring, but will she get the payback she wants?
Kristen Davidson w/ Samantha Smart VS Chantilly Chella!
The Disciplinarian and her supervisor want all the other Women of Wrestling to fall in line, and now they look to straighten out WOW’s number one party girl. Will Davidson and Smart have fun ruining Chella’s fun?
The bell rings and Chella gets the fans hyped up. Davidson just sneers as she lunges at Chella. Chella ducks and rolls and has a good time, but it only annoys Davidson and Smart. Chella and Davidson tie up and go around. Davidson pulls Chella’s hair and puts her in a corner. Davidson gets right in Chella’s face about her behavior, but Chella doesn’t get what’s so bad about partying. Chella simply wishes Davidson peace, but Davidson swings on her! Chella dodges and headlocks back. She gets the headlock takeover, but Davidson stands up. Davidson lifts Chella but Chella counters with another takedown! Davidson prevents a cover and manages to get a headscissors! Chella gets out and gets the headlock back!
Davidson gets up again and pries out to a hammerlock. Davidson gets the headlock now then shifts to a snapmare. Chella handsprings through to get the headlock back again! Davidson powers out but Chella hops up for body scissors, only to get a spinebuster! Cover, TWO! Davidson trash talks Chella and clubs her, then hits a running neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Smart grows annoyed but Davidson stays on Chella at the ropes. Davidson chokes Chella but the ref backs her off. So Smart chokes Chella while he’s not looking! Smart gets away with it and Davidson drags Chella back up. Davidson gourd busters Chella, then drops the double stomps! Cover, TWO! Davidson keeps her cool as she whips Chella. Chella body scissors again, but into a wheelbarrow facebuster! Cover, TWO! Chella still lives and Smart is annoyed.
Davidson clubs Chella to the ropes, and Smart SMACKS her with the ruler! The referee warns Smart while Davidson puts Chella in a corner. Davidson whips corner to corner but Chella goes up and over to sunset flip! TWO, and Davidson hip attacks Chella fast! Then she goes side to side for the wash! Davidson drags Chella to a cover, TWO! Fans fire up for Chella but Davidson stays on her with a clutch. Chella endures and fans rally up. Chella powers up but Davidson clubs her down! Davidson drags Chella up into the fireman’s carry, but Chella fights out! Chella shoves and kicks away! Davidson swings but Chella bobs ‘n’ weaves! Chella says “Peace!” then sweeps the legs! Chella fires up and hits Meteora! Cover, TWO!
Chella keeps going, hitting a shining wizard in the corner! She rolls Davidson out then heads up top. Davidson staggers, big crossbody from Chella! Cover, TWO!! Chella can’t believe she didn’t get that. She swings a kick but Davidson ducks! Davidson fireman’s carry, TKO Neckbreaker! Cover, Davidson wins!
Winner: Kristen Davidson by pinfall
The Disciplinarian scratches off one wild child, but with a lot of help from Ms. Smart. Who else will learn not to mess with Davidson and Smart?
“Who’s next on the Psycho Sisters’ devastation list?” Oh, it’s the Lioness! “Faithy Jay, you think you’re from the streets?” Razor IS the street! The streets raised Razor. She left everything in the street. You think facing Razor is just facing another wrestler? Razor gets what she wants and never backs down. When you step to her, you’ll feel the Razor’s Edge. That WOW first-time show down is next!
Reintroducing: Faith the Lioness.
Growing up, her parents encouraged Faith to be herself and never change to fit someone else’s ideals. People have said she’s too tall for this or too thick for that, but she defies them to become who she is today. From ballet to rap to kickboxing, Faith has always had pride in who she was. She wants to blend dancing, music and wrestling into one, but her debut was a bit rough against The Beast. But even so, like a lion, she faces everything without fear. Faith was able to accept her defeat because of how great her debut felt. She can’t really put the feeling into words, but she knows she wants more. Losing only makes you stronger, because it’s about getting back up. Will Faith stand strong and get that first win?
Razor w/ Fury VS Faith the Lioness!
The Daughter of Darkness had her WOW TV debut and was successful. Now it’s time to see if the Vanguard of Violence can do the same. Will Razor cut down Faith’s pride? Or will the lioness finally sink her teeth into a victory?
The bell rings and the two approach fast and furious! Faith pushes Razor but she turns it around to put her in the corner. Razor SLAPS Faith, so Faith shoves Razor! Faith gets a headlock takeover fast, and grinds Razor to the mat. Razor stands up and powers out, only for Faith to run her over. Things speed up and Faith shows her agility! She gets another headlock takeover! Razor headscissor counters but Faith pops right out. They speed up again, Faith goes Matrix! She mule kicks and whips but Razor reverses. Fury swipes at Faith’s feet, and then Razor clobbers her! Cover, TWO! Razor grits her teeth as she drags Faith up and clubs her down. Razor stomps Faith to the ropes, then fakes an eyelash in her eye. The ref doesn’t see Fury choke Faith on the ropes!
Fans boo as Fury gets away with it, and Razor goes after Faith in a corner. Razor clubs away then whips corner to corner. Razor runs in for a big splash! She snapmares Faith down hard, then heads to a corner. She runs out, but Faith dodges the senton! Faith Penalty Kicks Razor, then scoop slams her down! Cover, TWO! Faith keeps her focus as she heads to a corner. She hops up but Razor clubs her down! Razor drags Faith up for another hard snapmare, and into a chinlock. Razor grinds Faith to the mat but fans rally up. Fury trolls the fans while Faith feeds off their energy. Jawbreaker frees Faith! Razor staggers while Faith runs, but Razor runs her over! Cover, TWO!
Razor grows frustrated and she takes it out on Faith with more clubbing forearms. But Faith CHOPS back! Faith runs into a kick, and Razor hits The Stroke, half-nelson facebuster! Razor doesn’t end it there, she drags Faith up into a camel clutch! Faith endures as Razor grinds her forearms and digs her nails in! Faith gets an arm free, and then the other! She slips out the back but Razor clobbers her! Razor stomps Faith then bumps her off the mat. Faith crawls to a corner but Razor stomps her again. Razor grabs the arms for a surfboard stomp! Razor drags Faith to a cover, TWO! Faith lives and Razor is furious! Razor bumps Faith off buckles hard, then throws CHOPS! Razor whips corner to corner and runs in, but Faith boots her back! Faith roundhouses Razor down!
Fans fire up as Faith climbs up high. But Fury goes after a leg! Faith kicks Fury away then leaps at Razor for a BIG missile dropkick! Cover, Faith wins!!
Winner: Faith the Lioness by pinfall
The fans give a standing ovation for Faith’s first WOW TV victory! But Fury ruins the moment by attacking from behind! The Psycho Sisters beat down Faith, then toss her out of the ring! Fans boo but the damage is done. Will Fury and Razor continue to do what they want to every Woman of Wrestling they encounter?
Coming soon: Nikki Krampus.
As her last name suggests, the Norwegian Nightmare embodies the fearsome might of the punisher of misdeeds. She makes her debut next week, who will be the first to face their retribution?
Vacated WOW World Championship: Jungle Grrrl VS Tessa Blanchard!
The Born Legend loves to talk trash about the Wonder Woman of Wrestling, Santana Garrett, but she should actually be thankful to her. If not for that double pin, Tessa would have lost last week’s Triple Threat and the Queen of the Amazon would again reign. Now there’s a second chance for the third-generation wrestler, will she make the best of this golden opportunity?
Introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the streamers fly! Fans are already fired up with the bell, and Tessa circles with JG. They tie up, Tessa gets a wristlock. JG rolls and rolls to get free but Tessa backs off. Tessa and JG tie up again and Tessa gets a waistlock. JG standing switches but Tessa snapmares through to a chinlock. Tessa grinds JG down but JG gets up and works her way out. JG gets a keylock but Tessa reverses to a hammerlock to roll JG! ONE, and JG sweeps to cover! ONE, and Tessa returns the sweep, ONE! Tessa gets up but JG scares her off with a step! Tessa bails out and gets a breather. JG lets Tessa take her time, and Tessa returns to tie up again.
JG gets the headlock now and grinds Tessa down. Tessa tries but can’t power out of JG’s grip. Tessa fights with body shots and powers out, but JG runs her over! JG runs but Tessa speeds things up, only to run into a dropkick! Tessa scrambles to a corner and JG whips. Tessa reverses and rocks JG with a forearm against the ropes! She whips JG into ropes, then runs, but JG dodges the rope attack just in time! Tessa hits the ropes herself and is stinging! Fans rally up as JG drags Tessa up in a waistlock. Tessa standing switches and pushes JG to forearm her on the rebound. Tessa runs again, and dropkicks JG into the ropes! Cover, ONE!! JG is tougher than Tessa thought, but Tessa keeps her cool.
Tessa stalks JG to a corner to rock her with another right forearm! She whips JG corner to corner, then runs in, but into a boot! JG hops up but Tessa sweeps the legs! Draping code breaker! Cover, ONE!? Tessa is shocked JG is this tough! Fans rally up and it only eggs Tessa on. Tessa drags JG up to whip, but JG reverses to another dropkick! Both women are down and crawling for opposite corners. They run at each other and JG hits lariat after lariat! JG hits a corner shining wizard, then a BIG German Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! JG gets up and drags Tessa up. JG fireman’s carry while fans duel. Tessa fights out, to a hammerlock, but JG powers out! JG hits a leaping knee! Then a scoop but Tessa slips out! Tessa wrenches, sweeps the legs, armbar!
JG endures as Tessa makes the armbar part Triangle! But the legs are on the throat, that’s a choke, the referee will not count this submission! JG powers up as Tessa keeps squeezing. JG deadlifts Tessa but bombs her into the referee! The referee is down and out of the ring! JG scoops Tessa, Jungle Driver!! JG keeps going, climbing up top. Fans fire up as JG leaps, Jungle Splash!! Cover, but there’s NO ref to count! JG’s had Tessa down for more than long enough but where’s a ref?! Here’s the BEAST instead! The Beast SPEARS Jungle Grrrl! Fans are thunderous as Beast drags JG up again, for the BEAST BOMB! The Alpha Female decimates JG and then drags the ref into the ring! Tessa crawls to a cover, the ref counts it, Tessa wins!!
Winner: Tessa Blanchard, by pinfall; NEW WOW World Champion
The Beast has made her mark! The Born Legend is the new champion, and Jungle Grrrl was pinned for the first time in her WOW career! But of course, The Beast still wants the belt for her own, and Tessa shouts that she’s not afraid. Will Tessa be able to retain when The Beast is the one who helped her win? What will former WOW World Champion, Santana Garrett, have to say about this?
What a wild episode of WOW! Havoc, who is of course Jessicka Havok, had a decent delivery of her promo. She gets points for taking up the banner of the independent wrestling women who got the ball rolling for the Women’s (R)Evolution as coined by WWE. But she loses points for me for being yet another of the “inner darkness” kind of Heels I’m seeing in not just WOW but a few other promotions. Be proud of being big and tough, but be different. Especially when the Psycho Sisters are already filling that role of the dark, edgy Heels. Unless she becomes the third sister…
Razor VS Faith was a good match, and Faith is clearly talented. Faith feels like she could get a top Face push down the road the way she was booked against The Beast and then here against Razor. I’m still thinking the WOW World Tag Team Championships are going to be revived and a team like the Psycho Sisters would be a top Heel choice for those. Davidson VS Chella was an okay match, but there are a lot of Heels with Managers right now. I’m wondering if Davidson & Smart will get a dedicated opponent for the story their gimmick tells.
Of all the possibilities for their world title, I didn’t think they’d reset with Santana bowing out. That’s a great Face move putting family over career but it really gave Tessa Blanchard a big second chance. I did call The Beast getting involved, and it worked out perfectly to get some heat on both her and Tessa. Jungle Grrrl VS The Beast is still coming, no doubt about that. That match might be hotter than Santana coming back to get at Tessa. Not only that, but I’m hoping WOW decides to give us an episode where it’s just those two matches so that each one gets 20 to 25 minutes. As fun as it’s been to always have three to four matches a night, having two amazing matches would really help WOW gain some momentum.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s Women of Wrestling Results & Report! (2/8/19)
Tessa Blanchard wants to be champion but the champion wants revenge!
WOW World Champion Santana Garrett wants revenge while Tessa Blanchard wants that title. But Jungle Grrrl is also still in the mix, so who gets their shot?
- Amber O’Neal w/ Lana Star VS Eye Candy; O’Neal wins.
- Jessie Jones VS Stephy Slays; Jones wins.
- Holidead VS Azteca; Azteca wins.
- WOW World Championship Triple Threat: Santana Garrett VS Jungle Grrrl VS Tessa Blanchard; wins and
PLAY BY PLAY
Previously on WOW…
Tessa Blanchard talked trash on Santana Garrett as she aimed for the Women of Wrestling World Championship. Santana told her to “get to the back of the line, girlfriend!” But then Tessa made things personal going after Papa Keny G.
David McLane stands in the ring with Santana Garrett again, and Santana says it’s been three whole weeks. She wants Tessa in a match tonight! But instead of the Born Legend, she gets Jungle Grrrl! Tessa’s attack not only angered and humiliated Santana, but it cost Jungle Grrrl a real victory over the WOW World Champion. Jungle Grrrl’s back because while she understands the grudge against Tessa, Santana also has the greatest responsibility: defend the title. This won’t be about Keny G ringside, this won’t be about personal feelings, this will be about the gold around that waist! Santana needs to fairly defend that title against Jungle Grrrl, but Jungle Grrrl has never actually lost to Santana.
David agrees, Jungle Grrrl is still unpinned. But only now does Tessa appear! “Rules, rules, rules”! Tessa is sick and tired of this, but David tells her that if she starts any trouble again, she’ll be fined and suspended! Tessa wants David to listen: she always gets what she wants! The Born Legend has already secured a spot in a title match. Not according to David. Then Tessa will just have to change his mind. David asks the fans about Tessa having a match. They want to see it! David can’t deny the fans what they want, and Tessa says she gets what she wants, so everyone gets something great. Tessa’s gonna earn the title, but Jungle Grrrl also deserves another shot. Santana’s a fighting champion, so let’s have a TRIPLE THREAT!! All three women compete for the title, who comes out THE WOW World Champion!?
Amber O’Neal and Lana Star hang out backstage.
The Beverly Hills Babe and her Fabulous friend take selfies and talk about being trending worldwide. But Lana wants Amber to understand something. Lana’s the star and executive producer of WOW, while Amber’s spending too much time in #Amberland. This is #Lanaland. But here’s some direction: Amber’s been loving the lifestyle, from the Lakers tickets to VIP buffet, and traveling the world. But there are new girls coming to WOW, so Amber needs to remind them all who she is. Amber needs to focus. She will, she’s got this! But does she really?
Amber O’Neal w/ Lana Star VS Eye Candy!
Speaking of the new girls, the bubbly babe from the Big Apple is ready to take a bite out of the Women of Wrestling roster. But will her positive attitude and athletic skill be enough against the experienced veteran?
The bell rings and Amber does not take Candy seriously. They tie up and Amber wrenches the arm. She wristlocks but Candy rolls and slides under to trip Amber up! Candy jumps on to mess with her hair! Candy backs off and Amber is furious. Amber tells the referee to keep Candy back while she fixes her hair. Fans boo as Amber insists Candy cannot touch the hair or else that’s a disqualification. The ref says it’s not, and Amber argues it should be. But Candy rocks Amber with a forearm! Candy whips but Amber throws her down by her hair! Seems that hair rule is one way. Candy rolls Amber up, TWO! Candy keeps on Amber and gets a swinging neckbreaker! Then the senton! Cover, but Amber keeps a shoulder up.
Amber says her arm is hurt but Candy keeps on Amber. Amber jawbreakers back, and Candy staggers to the corner. The ref checks on Amber this time, so Lana goes after Candy in the corner! The referee sees Lana choking Candy, and reprimands her. Lana backs off but Amber is on Candy with a mudhole stomp. Amber drags Candy up and whips corner to corner, but Candy reverses. Candy runs in but into Amber’s headscissors, for the “Queen City Stretch!” Amber lets go of her hanging headscissor hold at 4, to then SLAP Candy! Amber kicks and chokes Candy more, but lets up at 4. The ref reprimands Amber, Candy gets a takedown! High stack cover, TWO! Amber thrashes and hammers Candy down and fans boo and jeer.
Lana and Amber talk strategy in the corner while Candy gets to her feet. Amber whips but Candy reverses to a Russian Leg Sweep! Lana is annoyed as Candy and Amber stand. Amber runs but Candy dodges to rally with ax handles! Candy hits a hip attack, then goes up top. Amber stands but Lana anchors a foot. The referee gets Lana to stop, and Candy still missile dropkicks Amber down! Cover, TWO! Candy drags Amber up to a fireman’s carry and hits a Death Valley Driver, aka the Sweet Treat! Cover, but Lana slides in! Candy lets off to stop her, then covers again, TWO! Lana’s distraction saves Amber, but Candy swings on Lana. Candy turns around, SUPERKICK! Backslide cover, with a bridge! Amber wins!
Winner: Amber O’Neal, by pinfall
Amber gets a win with a lot of help from her manager. But that doesn’t matter to either of them as Lana gets in the ring and grabs a mic. Lana says “We just won!” Give it up for the Beverly Hills Babe! Fans boo and jeer instead as Amber takes a bow. But Lana tells the locker room that Amber’s streak has begun. The WOW World Championship will be back under Lana’s control, via Amber. Clearly Candy can’t make it in Lana’s town. Lana goes on and on about everyone bowing to her, and then gloats how she saved Amber from mediocrity. Fans still boo as Lana rants on about the one top star in WOW is Lana Star. “Don’t ever underestimate me!” Who will heed Lana’s warning about getting in the Babe’s way? Who will decide to shut Lana up instead?
Introducing: Stephy Slays.
“Growing up in Texas, you get judged really quickly for being different.” Stephy’s only difference was not having a father around. She got bullied and it affected her deeply. Stephy felt like a loser with nothing to live for. It was a cruel world growing up like that, and Stephy hit rock bottom. But her mom was friends with Sophia Lopez, and Sophia helped Stephy find a new possibility. Stephy had a life changing experience becoming a Woman of Wrestling, and now has friends as strong as family! Stephy trained with Selina Majors, who was a big help in her improving her skills. Selina is like a big sister to Stephy and the others, and that’s why Stephy is so thankful. Stephy feels whole, and is ready to slay any challenge!
Backstage interview with Jessie Jones.
Jessie tells Brigiite Valdez the WOW fans already know who she is. And after what Jessie did to “Speedy Gonzales”, fans also know Jessie is ready to do that to anyone, including Stephy Slays. Um, her opponent last week was named “Azteca”. Yeah, that’s what Jessie said. But it don’t matter, Jessie’s ready to beat the brakes off of any woman standing in her way.
Jessie Jones VS Stephy Slays!
Ms. Southern Pride may want to #MakeWrasslinGreatAgain, but it’s her attitude that needs to be improved. However, Jessie’s own mentor in Selina Major taught Stephy everything she knows, too. Which student of the original Ms. Southern Pride will win and move on step closer to the title?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up and Jessie wrenches Stephy, but Stephy reverses to a fireman’s carry takedown! Stephy gets a headlock but Jessie powers out to a hammerlock. Stephy spins through and reverses but Jessie drives Stephy down to the mat. Jessie has the keylock cover, ONE as Stephy rolls up and around. Stephy reverses back to the hammerlock, but Jessie rolls to get control. Jessie sits down on Stephy but Stephy makes it a roll up, TWO! Stephy has a headlock but Jessie pries her way out. Jessie wrenches but Stephy wrenches back. Fans rally but Jessie pulls hair to whip Stephy. Stephy dodges and crucifix! TWO, but Stephy sweeps the legs! Cover, ONE, but fans are fired up as Stephy Oklahoma Rolls Jessie! TWO, and Jessie gets to a corner.
Stephy’s right on Jessie with a monkey flip! Jessie staggers into Stephy’s dropkick! Stephy whips Jessie corner to corner but Jessie slips out to hotshot the arm! Fans boo as Jessie storms over to drop a leg on the arm. Jessie pulls the arm back and mockingly claps with Stephy’s hand. Stephy rolls Jessie again, TWO! Jessie grimaces as she whips Stephy to a corner. Jessie runs in but Stephy goes up and huricanranas Jessie down! Stephy dropkicks but Jessie ducks under! Jessie covers, TWO! Fans rally up for Stephy but Jessie drags her up to pull hair. Jessie reels Stephy in for shoulder after shoulder, then whips to run her over! Cover, TWO! Stephy’s tough and Jessie grows frustrated.
Jessie drags Stephy back up and tells the fans to shut up. She whips but Stephy sunset flips! TWO and Jessie sits on Stephy, TWO! Stephy sunsets again, TWO, Jessie sits on her again, TWO! Another sunset, TWO, and the two separate. Fans love this close match-up as Jessie drags Stephy up. Jessie whips Stephy to a corner but runs into an elbow! Stephy hops up and leaps for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Stephy’s arm is hurting but Jessie’s on it. Jessie whips but Stephy hits a lariat! Stephy starts rallying and kicks low, but Jessie slips out to rock her with a right. Jessie chicken wings to the Gory Special! Stephy pops out to sunset flip powerbomb! TWO and Jessie boots Stephy down!
Jessie goes after the bad arm at the ropes, then drags Stephy into the mounted armbar! Jessie twists the wrist and elbow, Stephy taps, Jessie wins!
Winner: Jessie Jones, by submission
Fans may not like it, but Jessie’s still winning! Will Jessie truly Make Wrasslin’ Great Again? Will Stephy ever get that first win on WOW TV?
Jessie grabs a mic and cuts the music to talk. “Y’know what? I’m sick of the disrespectful wannabe women wrestlers here at WOW.” Jessie’s forgotten more about this business than any of these women will ever even know! She’s old school like that, and these girls will learn to respect her. Or else she’ll beat it into them. Who else will Jessie beat on the way to the title?
Stephy Slays recovers in the locker room.
And after a crushing defeat like that, she even cries. Abilene comes by to mock Stephy’s pain. Will she ever learn? She’s in the big leagues now. Stephy is frustrated, but will she be able to snap back and finally slay this challenge?
Holidead VS Azteca!
A denizen of the Dark Side battles with the Sun Goddess in a return to WOW TV! As Jessie Jones rubbed in earlier, Azteca lost her WOW debut, but will she be able to turn it around against this Twisted Sister?
The bell rings and Holidead slithers up to Azteca. Azteca doesn’t back down as she takes her warrior stance. Holidead and Azteca circle but Holidead backs off to take her time with her opponent. Both women try to psych the other out before approaching again. Holidead dodges Azteca to lick her fingers. They approach and Azteca still takes the tie up. They go for a test of strength, but Holidead kicks low. Holidead throws Azteca but Azteca lands on her feet, only for Holidead to knee low again. Holidead whips but Azteca arm-drags! Azteca spins and flips to arm-drag Holidead again! She kicks and whips but Holidead reverses, only for Azteca to go up! Azteca leaps for a flying huricanrana! Fans fire up with Azteca while Holidead backs off again.
Azteca CHOPS Holidead on the ropes then whips but Holidead holds the ropes. Azteca knees low and tries again, but Holidead reverses the whip. Holidead tilt-o-whirls Azteca to a backbreaker! Fans cheer as Holidead drags Azteca to a cover. ONE, but Holidead puts Azteca on the ropes. Holidead chokes and stomps Azteca and fans boo. She whips Azteca corner to corner hard! Holidead drags Azteca up and whips her again, then gets her with another backbreaker! Azteca writhes while Holidead laughs. Holidead covers, TWO! Holidead is upset but the referee tells her it was fair. She returns to Azteca for stomps and a whip. Azteca dodges and hits back with forearms! Holidead ducks the next shot to pick Azteca up and ram her into buckles! Holidead forearms Azteca in the back!
Azteca is stuck on the ropes as Holidead hits a corner splash! Cover, TWO! Holidead grins as she drags Azteca around. Fans rally but Holidead puts Azteca in a Queen Angelito stretch. Azteca endures and crawls for ropes, and gets the ropebreak! Holidead lets go at 4, and kicks a corner in frustration. Azteca gasps for air but manages to CHOP Holidead back! Holidead clubs Azteca then puts her in a corner. She whips corner to corner but Azteca elbows her away. Azteca leaps but Holidead catches her for another backbreaker! Holidead taunts the pain and covers, TWO! Holidead stomps Azteca but fans still rally for her. Azteca is down while Holidead climbs a corner. Azteca catches Holidead with a knee! Now Azteca joins Holidead, SUPER STEINER!
Both women are down but fans fire up! Azteca and Holidead stir as the ref starts a standing count. Azteca gets up first but Holidead follows. Holidead runs in but Azteca dodges to fire off strikes! Azteca buzzsaw kicks and covers! TWO!! Azteca grits her teeth because she can’t believe Holidead lives. But she fires herself back up as she drags Holidead to her feet. Holidead fights back with body shots and a shove. Fireman’s carry to a toss! Cover, TWO! Azteca lives and Holidead can’t believe it. Holidead wants to finish Azteca and gets chicken wings. Azteca resists and powers out to kick low, sunset flip powerbomb! Cover, Azteca wins!
Winner: Azteca, by pinfall
The Sun Goddess pulls out her Destroyer outta nowhere! And now she has her first win in WOW! But wait, the lights go out, and the Voodoo Doll, Siren, appears! Siren targets Holidead, but then roundhouses Azteca! Siren smiles at Holidead, then disappears! Is Azteca going to be Siren’s first sacrifice?
WOW World Championship Triple Threat: Santana Garrett VS Jungle Grrrl VS Tessa Blanchard!
The Wonder Woman of Wrestling won this very title in a Triple Threat involving former champion Jungle Grrrl, but because she pinned former friend Amber O’Neal. Now Santana finds herself on the other side of this scenario where she doesn’t need to be pinned to lose her title. Will Jungle Grrrl reclaim the title she was never pinned for? Or will the Born Legend get what she wants by beating two great competitors at once?
Introductions are made, the belt is raised, and streamers even fly! The bell rings and while Tessa and Santana stare down, Jungle Grrrl gets in between them. She wants them to understand this isn’t their grudge match, it’s all of their match. Tessa takes this as Jungle Grrrl having a problem with her, too, but then Santana gets both of their attention. Things speed up as Santana dodges both opponents, only for both of them to run her over. Tessa and JG tells the other to stay out of the way, but they both end up picking Santana up. Santana uses that to acrobatically arm-drag them both! Tessa ends up out of the ring so she and JG finally have some alone time.
Santana and JG tie up, and Santana gets a waistlock. JG reels out and whips but Santana goes up and over. Santana arm-drags JG around, then wrenches her to a modified stretch. JG fights out and whips again, but Tessa trips Santana up. Tessa drags Santana out to throw her into a post! JG is ready for Tessa and they go around. Tessa rolls JG but JG rolls through to tackle Tessa down! JG gets Tessa with a back suplex! Tessa scrambles to a corner but JG keeps Santana out first. JG whips Tessa corner to corner then runs in but misses. Tessa rocks JG with a hard right! Tessa puts JG on the top rope just to kick her legs out! JG is stuck, draping code breaker! Cover, TWO! JG lives but Tessa’s right on her with a wrench and hammerlock. JG slips out, scoops and slams Tessa!
Santana returns and rallies on both opponents! Santana Russian Leg Sweeps JG, then kicks Tessa’s feet out for a running boot! She whips Tessa at JG in the corner, then corner to corner handspring back elbows! Fans fire up as Santana hits double bulldogs! Santana then gets DOUBLE Last Chancery! Both opponents endure but they both crawl, too. They each get the ropebreak! Santana lets go and JG gets to an apron. Santana drags Tessa up but Tessa spins and hammerlocks, but Santana pushes away to SUPERKICK! Tessa bails out but JG climbs. Santana stops her with a SLAP! And then goes for a Super Steiner, but JG denies it! Tessa cutters Santana outta nowhere! But JG gets Tessa with a German Suplex! But Santana SUPERKICKS JG!
Santana goes after Tessa again but Tessa blocks Eat DaFeet to roll Santana up! TWO, and Santana reels Tessa in to make her Eat DaFeet! But JG climbs again as Santana hits the “Supernatural” handspring moonsault! JG hits her Jungle Splash! Double cover?! That’s a three-count, but for who?! Both Santana and JG think they won, but the ref is just as confused! The rest of the officials come in to discuss. JG and Santana want an answer as much as we do, but we’re running out of TV time! Will the referees and David McLane settle this controversy before the next episode?
A pretty good episode, but I’m just not sure about the choices for matches. Amber VS Candy was good, though Lana Star was getting way too involved without getting ejected. The story is clear, Lana is just using Amber and then takes all the credit, but her talking to the ref as often as she was even before going after Candy’s foot or getting in the ring was just weakening Amber. Amber needs to look stronger than this if she’s supposed to be the new champion Lana can live vicariously through. Lana should be less active than this to make that work. Jessie Jones fortunately toned down how political she was this week, but I’m disappointed they didn’t play to the link that is Selina Major between her and Stephy.
The development with Siren is interesting, but it also seemed very obvious in presentation. Of course Siren doesn’t attack Holidead, their gimmicks pretty much go together. And making the note that Sophia Lopez promises to bring more lucha libre to WOW, I have a feeling I know what this means. Kobra Moon of Lucha Underground, who is also Thunder Rosa, Holidead’s tag partner in Twisted Sisterz, has been spotted in the promotional material for WOW. Kobra coming to WOW to be a Face alongside Azteca makes some sense if Siren and Holidead work together from now on. Plus, this gives WOW more tag teams to give them reason to bring back their WOW World Tag Team Championships. It would be even better if the Twisted Sisterz formed up in WOW to be those inaugural champions.
My only problem is that including so much takes away from what should’ve been the biggest match of the night. The Triple Threat WOW World Championship match should’ve been half of this episode to really let all three women shine. The story they gave us in only 10 minutes was fine, but imagine these three going for even 15. I did like the choice of ending to keeps them all strong. A double cover keeps this match from really ending, and I hope we get a longer version of this match on a later episode. And should we get that rematch, I feel Tessa would be able to win, especially if The Beast attacks Jungle Grrrl. Beast VS Jungle Grrrl still needs to happen on the side given the tease from the season premiere, so it’d be natural if Beast interfered in a longer version of the Triple Threat.
My Score: 8.2/10