MLW FUSION RESULTS/REVIEW
This week’s MLW Fusion beings with a recap of Pentagon Jr’s attack on Shane Strickland in which he sprayed mist in Swerve’s eyes. As a result, Pentagon was forced to defend his #1 contender-ship in a match against his brother Rey Felix this week. Per usual, MLW does a really good job of hyping the main event for the evenings show. It gives the matches added significance and helps to give the audience a reason to stick around.
Next, we cut to Tony Schiavone and Rich Bocchini hyping the evenings festivities. I’m not sold on the announce team. Having Schiavone and Bocchini feels redundant as they both serve the exact same purpose. MLW is trying to present itself as a legitimate sport. In legitimate sports, you typically have a play by play announcer and a color commentator(someone who either played or coach in said sport). With MVP winding down his in ring career, I feel him and Tony would complement each other well, with Mr. Porter being able to provide the viewer with an insider’s prospective while the allowing the veteran Schiavone an opportunity to do what he does best. While there’s obviously still time for the duo to establish chemistry, I feel a traditional announce team would best serve the product.
Kotta Brazil Vs. Trae Miguel
The “Fresh Prince of Mid-Air” Trey Miguel just lived up to his name …
— #MLWFusion on BeIN Sports Fridays (@MLW) May 19, 2018
The opening bout pits Kotta Brazil(who looks like a bootleg Rich Swann) verses Trae Miguel(a bootleg Ricochet). The two put on a highly athletic bout with action you would see on a typical episode of 205 Live. While Trae was more over with the crowd, Brazil delivered an excellent performance as well. In the end, Miguel escaped with the victory after a double knee maneuver from the top rope.
Winner: Trae Miguel
Rich made a splash …
— #MLWFusion on BeIN Sports Fridays (@MLW) May 19, 2018
Up next we get a hype video for tonight’s main event followed by an interview with Salina de la Renta at her home. She establishes herself as the plug to MLW’s influx of Hispanic talent. The segment ends with her push Mr. Bochinni into her pool. MLW is clearly all in (pun intended) with the de la Renta character and it’s a smart choice. Regardless of genre, the hot, bitchy shot caller character has always played well on television. And while her promo work does leave much to be desired, she’s one of the few established characters in the MLW universe. The more comfortable she becomes in her role, the more MLW will improve as Ms. de la Renta is one of MLW’s tent-pole characters.
We then get a recap of last week’s match-up of Jimmy Havoc vs. Joey Janella, with the post match beat down of Havoc by Tom Lawlor and Simon Gotch. WWE fans will remember Gotch as one half of the Vaudvillians. Lawlor and Gotch cut a somewhat weird promo in a hotel pool.
The Dirty Blondes (W/Colonel Parker) Vs. Team TBD (Yuta and Cade) In An Elimination Match
Col. Parker interfering?
Double-team by a man who had been eliminated?
— #MLWFusion on BeIN Sports Fridays (@MLW) May 19, 2018
We get a prematch tease of tension between Yuta and Cade. The match itself was nothing special. The Blondes are clearly the premier team in MLW. They’re an old school, throwback of a team who rely on a tried and true gimmick in the wrestling business. By far the weakest match of the night. In the end, the Blondes pick up the with a little help from the good Colonel.
Winners: The Dirty Blondes
After the match we get a glimpse of more tension between Yuta and Cade. We’re clearly heading towards a match between the two.
Right before the main event, we get a tale of the tape between the two combatants. Again, we’re going for a legitimate sport feel here, and this was a nice touch.
Main Event: Pentagon Jr. Vs. Rey Fenix
Penta driver on the apron … you know, that’s the hardest part of the ring!
— #MLWFusion on BeIN Sports Fridays (@MLW) May 19, 2018
The crowd was hype for this one and they weren’t disappointed. I frankly don’t think it’s possible for these two to have a bad match with each other. If you’ve read the spoilers, you know how this one ended. However, it was solid back and forth Lucha action, with enough near falls to keep the crowd invested. In the end, Pentagon picks up the win with the Pentagon Driver to go on to meet Shane Strickland next week for the MLW Heavyweight Title.
Winner: Pentagon Jr
Overall, another solid effort out for the MLW banner. While the tag match left something to be desired, the opening bout and main event certainly delivered. The jury is still out on MLW. I like the diverse cast of characters which are representative of the changing demographics of our society. In the ring, the action is always solid at worst. However, they still seem to lack that one dynamic personality which will ingratiate the audience with the product. Overall, the it’s still a highly digestible hour of wrestling every week and I still look forward to see where they go from here.
Mitchell’s Women of Wrestling Results & Report! (3/8/19)
It’s the WOW Season Finale with a HUGE title match!
WOW wraps up it’s season with a world championship match! The Monster of Madness has only just begun to #WreakHavok, but will she already be champion?
- Princess Aussie & Azteca VS Holidead & Siren; Holidead & Siren win.
- Stephy Slays VS Kristen Davidson w/ Samantha Smart; Slays wins.
- Kobra Moon VS Khloe Hurtz w/ The Ring Rats; Kobra Moon wins.
- WOW World Championship: Tessa Blanchard VS Havok; No Contest.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Women of Wrestling have come a long way.
“The process of believing you can do something out of the ordinary, and even extraordinary, begins at a young age.” It needs to be nurtured through praise, or a burning belief in oneself. The roads each Woman of Wrestling walked were not planned, but rather “unconventional paths chosen through one simple shared belief: they can succeed in a journey not traveled by others.” There is such diversity, from mothers, to students, to working professionals and athletes who all want to shine. They had to first show something special: a smile; a prowess; or a physique. The physicality, the pain, the doubts and even the joys envelope their hearts and souls, and transforms them completely. “Wrestling becomes them.” These are real-life superheroes and villains defined by their actions. They are the WOW Women of Wrestling. And the world title defines all of their greatness.
David McLane walks into WOW Arena.
And he encounters a wounded Abilene Maverick! What is she doing on crutches? She tries to explain her injury, and is sorry that she can’t compete tonight. Well then who is supposed to take on Stephy Slays tonight? The grudge match might be off, but it looks like Samantha Smart has a back-up plan for McLane.
WOW takes a closer look at Siren the Voodoo Doll.
The Queen of the Shadows warned us of her coming, and of her mission. Siren dominated Princess Aussie until Princess hit her frog splash. Siren then stalked Holidead, attacking Azteca on her behalf. It was hard to tell what Siren was up to, but then she helped Holidead again while also getting revenge on Princess Aussie. Does Siren wish to form an alliance of the occult with Holidead?
As for Princess Aussie, that blow to the head only reminded her that bullies need to be confronted head-on. Princess joins forces with Azteca to stand against Siren and Holidead! Will the light defeat the dark? Or will they only be the first sacrificed by the voodoo duo?
Princess Aussie & Azteca VS Holidead & Siren!
The first on-air tag team match and it’s in the season finale! Will the power of the tribe and the sun goddess be enough to defeat the darkness?
The referee wants the teams to sort out, but neither team backs down. Siren and Holidead throw the first forearms! Siren has Princess and Holidead has Azteca, and they whip them at each other! Princess and Azteca stop themselves just in time, and then turn to dodge and push Holidead and Siren into each other! The referee can’t keep this from being tornado style as Princess and Azteca whip Siren and Holidead. Holidead and Siren reverse the whips, but get sunset flips! Covers, TWO! Double dropkicks take Siren and Holidead down! Holidead bails out and Siren gets a double whip to double elbows! Azteca covers, ONE! Princess gives Azteca the ring while Azteca brings Siren up. Azteca tags Princess in, and they double whip again. Double drop toeholds and Princess drops a leg! Azteca drops a splash! Princess covers, TWO!
Holidead bops Princess in the head but the referee reprimands her. Princess whips Siren but Siren reverses and Holidead gets a cheap shot in! This distracts Princess and Siren clotheslines Princess down! Siren drags Princess over to bump her off Holidead’s boot. Tag and Holidead stomps a mudhole into Princess. Holidead tags Siren and now Siren stomps a mudhole in. Siren grinds her boot in but lets up at 4. Azteca protests but this only distracts the ref, and Holidead gets away with a choke on Princess! Siren adds body shots then tags Holidead back in. Holidead rams her shoulder in again and again but fans rally for Princess. Holidead bumps Princess in an open corner, then pushes her against the buckles. She lets up at 4, then whips corner to corner. Princess goes up and over to arm-drag!
Princess shifts right to a mounted chinlock. Siren boots Princess off Holidead! Holidead drags Princess over and tags in Siren. Siren stomps the leg then turns Princess over for a Half Crab! Princess endures while fans rally up with Azteca. Princess reaches but Siren tags Holidead. Holidead gets the other leg for dual Half Crabs! Azteca runs in but the referee holds her back. Siren lets go but Holidead keeps on Princess. Princess refuses to quit so Holidead lets go to hit Azteca! Holidead hits Princess again while the ref has to keep Azteca back. Siren and Holidead get cheap shots in, but supposedly tagged. Siren whips Princess back in and hushes the crowd, so they can hear the CHOP! Holidead felt that one, and she tags in.
Holidead wants a try, and she hushes the fans. She CHOPS Princess, and even Siren is stinging. Holidead drags Princess up for a snapmare into a chinlock. Fans rally as Princess endures. Princess fights her way up and jawbreakers free! Holidead staggers, Princess goes to an open corner and climbs! Princess leaps for a big crossbody! Both women are down but fans continue to rally. Holidead and Princess head for their corners, hot tags to Siren and Azteca! Azteca rallies on Siren with a strike fest! Back hands, back kick and buzzsaw! Cover, but Holidead breaks it! Holidead whips Azteca and boots her down! Princess roundhouses Holidead! Siren kicks and scoops Princess for a Michinoku Driver! Azteca returns but Siren throws punches. Siren scoops but Azteca slips out for a SUPERKICK! Cover, but Holidead yanks the ref out!
The referee argues with Holidead, but he returns to the action. Siren gets Azteca for the “SACRIFICE!” Jumping Downward Spiral! Cover, Siren & Holidead win!
Winners: Siren & Holidead, Siren pinning
The Voodoo Duo makes their tag team debut a success! Will their darkness take over a resurrected WOW Tag Division?
Tessa Blanchard speaks.
“Havok, you’re the Monster of Madness?” Well Tessa’s the Born Legend. She ran Santana Garrett out of WOW. She beat the unbeatable Jungle Grrrl. And she did it all by herself. Havok’s been here for 5 minutes and yet she’s already interrupted the champion. If Havok wants her shot, fine. Tessa already said “line these b*tches up, and I’m gonna knock them down.” Havok has her match in the main event! Will she make the most of this opportunity?
Introducing: Samantha Smart.
What do you think of when you hear, “Whitewood, Indiana”? Nothing, which is exactly why Samantha got away from there. Her brilliant mind wasn’t meant for such a simple place. Her parents are teachers, her sister’s a teacher, so he grew up learning. She’s smart and athletic, which is why she got a full ride in both academic and athletic scholarships. Samantha dominated both the classroom and the tennis court. She has useful hobbies, unlike “pedestrians”. Samantha dabbles in science, the arts, business, technology, things that will improve the human race. Her need for a challenge led her here to WOW. Samantha had her WOW Moment upon realizing that she was needed here. She was the organizer to keep the company on track, and this company was the stage upon which her talents could shine. “They need all the help they can get.”
Watching the other Superheroes train and compete, Samantha felt she could do it better. Superheroes are meant to be just as smart as they are strong. Keeping in shape: simple science. Studying her opponents: simply psychology. Helping David McLane: simple business. Taking over WOW: diabolical. We know Samantha’s plan, but will she be able to execute it?
Speaking of Samantha and her plan, that’s where her alliance with The Disciplinarian, Kristen Davidson, comes in. Smart will have Davidson take on Stephy Slays to take care of two birds with one stone. Will Stephy face severe discipline? Or will she finally slay her goal and get her first WOW TV victory?
Stephy Slays VS Kristen Davidson w/ Samantha Smart!
Stephy’s the lovable loser of WOW, but you can only take a losing streak for so long. Will Stephy get that first win? Or does she simply lack discipline?
The bell rings and Davidson attacks Stephy from behind! Davidson stomps Stephy to a corner while Stephy’s original opponent for the night joins commentary. Yes, the Governor’s Daughter, Abilene Maverick, sits at the announce desk while Davidson grinds her boot into Stephy. Davidson backs off at 4 to soak up the heat. Stephy gasps and coughs but Davidson chokes her on the ropes! Abilene addresses the rumors that she’s faking her injury to avoid Stephy. Davidson clubs Stephy down as Abilene says she’s the real hero here. Her knee hurts so much, she shouldn’t have even walked out to commentary. Davidson clubs Stephy down while Abilene claims Stephy should be thankful they’re not having their match.
Davidson forearms Stephy then whips her to the ropes. Stephy dodges and dodges to sunset flip! TWO, and Davidson clobbers Stephy! Samantha sneers at Stephy as Davidson puts her on the ropes. Davidson chokes Stephy then clubs her on the back. Davidson backs off at 4 and Stephy gets to a corner. Stephy stands but Davidson comes back to CHOP her! Abilene likes what she sees as Davidson scrapes Stephy’s face on the ropes! Samantha gets in Stephy’s face with intellectual trash talk, then smacks her hands with the ruler! Davidson whips Stephy and clobbers her again! Davidson drags Stephy up to the fireman’s carry but Stephy rolls her up! TWO, and Davidson boots Stephy down hard! Davidson suplexes and gourd busters Stephy! Then double stomps! Cover, TWO!
Davidson and Samantha grow frustrated with Stephy as Davidson sits her up. Fans rally as Stephy endures the seated abdominal stretch. Davidson digs an elbow into Stephy’s hip but Stephy fights out! Davidson knees Stephy right down! Samantha mocks “poor, poor Stephy” while Davidson whips Stephy corner to corner. Stephy elbows her away then boots her back. Stephy climbs and fires fans up but Davidson hits her back. Abilene mocks the “loser” but Stephy hits Davidson back! Davidson hits Stephy again then climbs up to join her. Stephy fights Davidson down and SLAPS her! Stephy headscissors to the victory roll, STEPHY WINS!
Winner: Stephy Slays, by pinfall
Stephy Slays finally achieves victory and vindication! Abilene is shocked, but Davidson attacks from behind! McLane shouts for them to stop! Samantha breaks her ruler on Stephy’s back! Abilene insists none of this would have happened if she was able to face Stephy, of course meaning more Stephy’s first ever win. McLane praises Stephy for gutting it out and winning her first match ever. Will Stephy be able to recover and get her second ever victory?
Stephy Slays is congratulated backstage.
WOW trainees give her flowers and sweets to celebrate, but Abilene is there, too. Turns out Abilene was faking her leg injury! And she attacks Stephy with her crutches! Abilene takes the flowers and pulls the petals apart as she “congratulates” Stephy. As for the extra big cupcake, Abilene makes Stephy eat it! Stephy cries through the frosting and Abilene says “You are pathetic.” But will the day come when this bully gets her comeuppance?
Kobra Moon w/ Sophia Lopez VS Khloe Hurtz w/ The Ring Rats!
The Queen of Serpents had a successful debut last week, and the World’s Greatest Attorney takes full credit for bringing her here. Will Kobra feast on the All Natural and her horde of Ring Rats?
The bell rings and Kobra slithers around out of Khloe’s grasp. Kobra uses the ropes for defense, then waits for Khloe to back away before slithering back in. Khloe gets Kobra in a headlock, but Kobra pulls hair to get out of it. Kobra kicks away on Khloe then whips corner to corner. Kobra runs in for a big uppercut! Then back in, only to miss. Khloe rams her shoulders in over and over, then says it’s #KhloeTime! Handspring back elbow! Khloe grinds her boot into Kobra then sits her down for an enhanced hip attack! Khloe drags Kobra to a cover, TWO! Kobra snapmares Khloe then runs to dropkick her in the back! Cover, TWO!
Kobra keeps her cool as she rams her knee into Khloe’s back. She pulls back on Khloe’s arm as she digs her knee in deeper. She then reels Khloe into the body scissors. Sophia and the fans cheer Kobra on but Khloe gets a ropebreak. Kobra lets go but clubs Khloe to a corner. Khloe hits back but Kobra CHOPS her enhanced chest! Kobra snapmares Khloe for a swift kick! Cover, TWO! Kobra keeps on Khloe with clubbing forearms. Kobra runs but into the fireman’s carry! Khloe does squats but Kobra fights out. Kobra trips Khloe up to a sunset flip, but a ropebreak saves her. Kobra stomps Khloe to a corner then drags her back up for more kicks. She runs but Khloe dodges the dropkick to drop the leg! Cover, TWO!
Khloe keeps on Kobra but Kobra trips her up! Kobra mounts, wraps her up, and rams her head into the mat over and over! Then she drops a senton! Kobra drags Khloe to a cover, TWO! Kobra goes after the legs and gets Khloe in a Boston Crab. She reaches back for the arms, for a backwards Mexican Surfboard! Kobra swings Khloe around like a tail then drops her for stomps. Cover, TWO! A fan gets attitude with Sophia but Sophia keeps her cool. Kobra whips Khloe but Khloe dodges to run Kobra over! Khloe rallies with lariats! She kicks to hit the scissors kick! Khloe laces Kobra’s legs and gets the Indian Deathlock! Kobra endures and crawls for the ropes. Ropebreak!
Khloe lets go but drags Kobra back to stomp her. Khloe climbs up and a Ring Rat tries to refresh her with water. But he spills it all over her, so she shoves him away! That Ring Rat gets an earful, but Khloe turns around into a dropkick! Kobra runs for a Sunset Flip powerbomb! Cover, Kobra wins!
Winner: Kobra Moon, by pinfall
The Queen of Serpents keeps her WOW streak going at 2-0, and Sophia leads the fans in cheering Kobra on. Will Kobra find her way to the top?
“Tessa Blanchard! A born legend! Truly the best in this industry.” Tessa’s everywhere, and has held belts all over the world. But there’s just one Havok wants: the WOW World Championships. Tessa may be one of the best, but she hasn’t been in the ring with a monster! Havok will show Tessa exactly why she’s the Monster of Madness!
Introducing: The Dixie Darlings.
“From the hills of Virginia to the City of Los Angeles”, these two rough and tumble twins are coming to WOW in the future!
WOW takes a closer look at Tessa Blanchard.
Though she is the Born Legend, with a third-generation lineage like few others have, she never really thought about being a pro-wrestler. That is, until her father, Tully Blanchard, was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame alongside the other Four Horsemen. Tessa was inspired to give it a try. She turned 18, and woke up one day thinking, “What are you doing with your life?” Tessa started training, and though it hurt, she loved it. She found her calling. Tessa told her stepdad, Magnum TA, about it, and he checked it out. After watching her compete, he told her, “Alright, well, you’re not good, but you have it.” He told her to use that and become “undeniable.”
And she has. She dominates the indies, has held titles in every promotion she’s entered. Tessa is creating moments, and doing it her way. “This was always supposed to happen.” She steamrolls any one who stands in her way. She isn’t just good, she’s great. And here at WOW, it’s why she already is the champion. Will Tessa make her legend truly undeniable?
WOW World Championship: Tessa Blanchard VS Havok!
The Born Legend won this title surprisingly fast, but she already defends it with complete confidence. Meanwhile, the Monster of Madness is herself a fast rising and intimidating star. Will Tessa regret putting the title up so soon? Or will she simply be undeniable?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised and the streamers fly! The bell rings and Tessa stares Havok down. Tessa talks a little trash but Havok simply smiles. Tessa gives Havok a nudge, Havok gives Tessa a shove! So Tessa SLAPS Havok! Havok grabs Tessa with both hands and puts her in a corner, to then toss her across the way! And again! Havok drags Tessa up again but Tessa stomps her foot. Tessa tries the arm-drag but Havok is too strong for that. Havok breaks free and boots Tessa down! Tessa is reeling as Havok drags her back up. Havok puts on a full nelson but Tessa resists. Tessa works out of it but runs into a fireman’s carry! Tessa manages to sunset but Havok breaks free. Havok runs but into Tessa’s basement dropkick! Havok ends up on the ropes, Tessa dropkicks her again!
Tessa goes to the apron and kicks Havok back in! Tessa climbs up top, but her senton flops! Havok is up and looms over the writhing Tessa. Havok scoops Tessa and puts her in a Tree of Woe. She says “Good-bye!” then drops the elbow drop DDT! Havok drags Tessa into position and goes side-to-side, boot wash! Havok goes again, but Tessa gets out of the ring. Tessa trips Havok up on the apron then gets back in the ring. Tessa builds speed and DIVES! The tope suicida takes them both into the barriers! Tessa puts Havok back in the ring and climbs up top. She leaps for a SUPER code breaker! Havok gets back up but Tessa gives her the hammerlock DDT! Cover, but The Beast drags the ref out! The Beast glares at Tessa, but here’s Jungle Grrrl, too! Tessa is surrounded on all sides!
Referees run in to keep things from breaking down! Things are called off do to time constraints, but this is far from over! Will this be settled when WOW comes back to AXS?
Well, this was an interesting episode. First off, I didn’t realize we’d get a season finale so soon. But not to fear, the next season will be here in Fall of 2019, and will have 24 episodes! It’s officially announced by AXS via the WOW Press Conference they held. But even with that good news of renewal, this episode didn’t even seem planned as a season finale. At least, it didn’t come off that with only 7 episodes to build upon. The opening video package was really well done, but nothing about the other matches featured tonight screamed “finale”. If anything, Azteca & Aussie VS Holidead & Siren was more “this story is just getting going.” It was a good match, and I hope the next season gives us the WOW World Tag Titles back. Otherwise making teams, and bringing them in (Dixie Darlings?) means nothing.
Stephy Slays finally getting that win was great, but not really all that definitive. Her story with Abilene Maverick is interesting, and will surely heat up next season. Abilene’s at her Heel best when picking on Stephy, and I’m waiting for Stephy to more or less snap on her. Though I do have some gripes about how they did the backstage attack. Firstly, they weren’t very convincing in those crutch shots. Second and probably the worst, Abilene’s bandages magically move from one leg to the other in the course of grabbing the cupcake. I’d think the crew would’ve noticed that in playback, but perhaps they just couldn’t reshoot because they only had one cupcake. But in the end, what will matter is if their grudge match is what’s convincing.
Kobra did great in her match with Khloe Hurtz, but I’m really unsure as to why Khloe was booked so strong. I know there’s a lot of backstory left untold jumping in to WOW like this, but I suppose it’s to establish Kobra as strong in the minds of fans who don’t know her Lucha Underground history. And I really hope the one thing the next season changes is how they book main events. No more main events that are under 15 minutes. I know it’s only an hour long show, but perhaps they should scrap lesser matches. Tessa clearly has more contenders than she is ready for, and I hope the season premiere gives us something big to really enjoy. They need to take lessons from LU and give us matches that dominate the hour to really put the title and talents over.
My Score: 7.7/10
Mitchell’s Women of Wrestling Results & Report! (3/1/19)
The WOW World Champion starts feeling the pressure!
Tessa Blanchard is the WOW World Champion, but now she’s feeling the walls closing in. Will she learn what it’s like to be the one everyone’s after?
- Eye Candy VS Havoc; Havoc wins.
- Jessie Jones VS Chantilly Chella; Jones wins.
- Kobra Moon w/ Sophia Lopez VS Azteca; Kobra Moon wins.
- The Temptress w/ Dagger VS Fire; The Temptress wins.
- WOW World Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Jungle Grrrl VS Amber O’Neal w/ Lana Star; Jungle Grrrl wins by disqualification.
PLAY BY PLAY
Previously on WOW…
The Queen of the Splash has been the one on the short end of the stick when it comes to the Women of Wrestling World Championship. From Tessa Blanchard interfering to controversy in the Triple Threat to The Beast making sure she lost to Tessa Blanchard, Jungle Grrrl has not gotten a fair shake at becoming a two-time champion. But Jungle Grrrl has one more chance! Can she best the Beverly Hills Babe and become the new #1 contender? Or will The Best Make Her Mark again?
Tessa Blanchard heads to the ring!
The Born Legend isn’t everyone’s favorite, if anyone’s, but she doesn’t really care either way. The third-generation star takes the mic from Shaul Guerrero while the fans chant “You Suck!” Tessa reminds us she is THE WOW Champion! No one has to like it or love it, but they will respect it! For that matter, the Women of Wrestling might as well become the Tessa Blanchard Show. “Let’s cut to the chase!” David McLane, Tessa is here for one reason and one reason only: to let him and the entire roster know, “you can line these b*tches up and I’m gonna knock them down!” Rude language aside, Tessa is a Born Legend. But wait, the Monster of Madness appears! It’s Havoc!
Havoc gets in Tessa’s face, and looks at the belt. She reaches for the gold but Tessa snatches it away. Tessa steps aside, because the Monster of Madness has someone else to play with next!
Eye Candy VS Havoc!
The sugary sweet star takes on a personality polar opposite in this first-ever encounter! Will victory be just as sweet? Or will the Monster of Madness wreak havoc?
The bell rings and Candy circles with Havoc. They tie up and Candy pushes, but Havoc pushes her back to a corner. Havoc bumps Candy off the buckles again and again! Havoc drags Candy out to thrash her around and then throw her across the way! She runs corner to corner but Candy gets out of the way. Havoc stops herself from running into buckles, and Candy speeds things up. Candy clotheslines but Havoc doesn’t flinch! Candy tries again but Havoc still doesn’t budge. Havoc choke grips Candy but Candy breaks free! Candy hops on for a sleeper hold! Havoc grits her teeth and throws Candy off! Havoc drags Candy up but Candy headscissors her back! Candy runs in for a hip attack in the corner!
Candy fires up and throws forearms and elbows. She roundhouses Havoc, then waistlocks. Havoc blocks and breaks free, to reel Candy in for a stiff elbow! Havoc gives Candy another elbow, then reels her in for a big clothesline! Candy is dazed as she flops over. Havoc stomps Candy but fans rally up. Havoc grabs the legs and grins as she turns Candy over! Candy screams as she endures Havoc’s monstrous Boston Crab! Havoc lets Candy go when she doesn’t give up, and stalks her to the ropes. Havoc chokes Candy on the ropes then pulls her back! She lets go at the ref’s count of 4, but comes back to loom over Candy. Havoc runs, for a stiff knee on the run! The Monster of Madness roars, because she’s not done.
Havoc drags Candy up and throws her into buckles. She whips corner to corner but Candy goes up! But Havoc trips her up, for kicks in the Tree of Woe. And an elbow drop DDT! Havoc bares her fangs as she runs side to side for the boot wash! She’s still not done with Candy and goes for another, but Candy dodges! Candy finds new life as she runs in for a forearm smash! And another hip attack! Havoc is down, Candy cannonballs! Candy is fired up and so are the fans. Candy kicks away but Havoc catches her, only for an enziguri! Havoc staggers while Candy climbs, big missile dropkick drops Havoc! Cover, TWO! Candy came so close but she can’t believe she’s still so far from winning.
Fans rally up and Candy climbs again. Candy moonsaults, but flops! Havoc roundhouses Candy, then fireman’s carry, Air Raid Crash! Cover, Havoc wins!
Winner: Havoc, by pinfall
The Monster of Madness mauls another Woman of Wrestling, and she’s after the world title! Does Tessa Blanchard have yet another hunter on her tail?
Jessie Jones VS Chantilly Chella!
One Woman of Wrestling wants to “Make Wrasslin’ Great Again” while the other just wants wrestling to be fun. Will Ms. Southern Pride have fun crashing Chantilly’s party? Or will Chantilly party on into the night?
The bell rings and Jessie circles with Chantilly. Chantilly dodges and kicks Jessie, and then says “Peace.” Jessie lunges at Chantilly but Chantilly dodges to hop on for a sleeper hold. Jessie fades as Chantilly becomes a backpack, but she powers up to bump Chantilly off buckles. Chantilly lets go and Jessie whips corner to corner. Chantilly goes up and over but Jessie blocks the arm-drag using the ropes! Jessie elbows away then rolls Chantilly. Chantilly turns around to sweep the legs! Cover, ONE, but Chantilly keeps on Jessie with forearms. Jessie shoves but Chantilly comes back to waistlock. Jessie standing switches and dumps Chantilly on her face! Cover, TWO! Jessie keeps on Chantilly with a hammerlock, and throws her into buckles. She grins as she runs back in, but Chantilly boots her back.
Chantilly elbows Jessie away, then runs at her, but for a drop toehold into ropes! Jessie wraps and pulls the bad arm in the ropes! The ref counts and Jessie lets go at 4, but with a sinister grin. Jessie drags Chantilly up and reels her in for shoulder-to-shoulder slams. She rams Chantilly over and over, then whips for a big shoulder tackle! Jessie stays on Chantilly with her Southern Pride Fujiwara! She also pulls on the fingers! Chantilly taps, Jessie wins!
Winner: Jessie Jones, by submission
But Jessie doesn’t let go until she feels it’s enough! Jessie gives another rotten grin then demands a mic. Fans boo but Jessie shouts back, “Shut your mouths, I’m talkin’!” Jessie says “Little Miss Chinchilla is just another prime example of the disrespect in the WOW locker room.” Wrasslin’ ain’t about parties, festivals or fun. It’s about hard work. One fan shouts, “No one cares!” Jessie says her hard work will make wrasslin’ great again. The fans don’t like how she’s doing it, but will Jessie take over WOW one armbar at a time?
Joyce Grable is in the crowd!
A legend in women’s wrestling, from being a four-time women’s tag team champion, a two-time Women’s United States Champion, and an NWA Hall of Famer, the Women of Wrestling owe her so much. Joyce says this is the best ladies’ wrestling show she’s seen in years! WOW is gonna be #1! WOW has the Joyce Grable seal of approval, will it soon take over the world of women’s wrestling?
Kobra Moon is now in WOW!
This major signing is thanks to “The World’s Greatest Attorney”, Sophia Lopez. The Queen of Serpents accomplished a lot in The Temple of Lucha Underground, but it’s still not enough. Nothing is enough for the voracious viper vixen, and WOW is just another kingdom to conquer. To satisfy this thirst for power and fame, she needs to conquer this new world. With Sophia backing her, anything is possible. Kobra Moon promises to show the WOW locker room and fans something they’ve never seen before: a real luchadora who fears no one! Kobra Moon promises to decimate any Woman of Wrestling put in her path. Who will be the first to feel this viper’s venom?
Sophia Lopez heads to the ring!
The World’s Greatest Attorney “thanks” Shaul for the introduction as she snatches the mic away. It’s refreshing to work with someone that understands greatness. Not like David McLane, at least. But thanks to Jeanie Buss letting Sophia do what she does, she now presents direct from The Temple, Kobra Moon! The fans are fired up to see the Queen of Serpents in person, and now they’ll get to see her WOW in-ring debut!
Kobra Moon w/ Sophia Lopez VS Azteca!
It’s luchadora VS luchadora! The Serpent Tribe’s fearless leader goes against the Sun Goddess! Will Kobra truly be unstoppable with Sophia’s support? Or will Azteca upset the newcomer already?
The bell rings and Kobra slithers towards Azteca. They circle and Kobra declares she’s the Real Queen of the Temple. But Azteca counters by saying she is the sun! Kobra waistlocks but Azteca breaks free. Azteca wrenches the arm but Kobra rolls and drop toeholds. Kobra gets a headlock, and almost into a crossface! Kobra shifts to a facelock as Azteca moves. Azteca slips out and wrenches the arm to a hammerlock. Kobra works to get up but Azteca hits the La Majistrol! ONE and Kobra goes for her own Majistrol! TWO, and the luchadoras stand off. Fans are fired up and chant “Lucha! Lucha!” Azteca and Kobra circle and tie up again.
Kobra knees low and clubs away. Kobra puts Azteca on the ropes with a choke, but lets up at 4, to CHOP Azteca! Fans boo as Kobra whips. Azteca dodges and acrobatically arm-drags! Azteca dares Kobra to come back for more, and things speed up again. Kobra flips through the hip toss for an arm-drag of her own. Kobra waistlocks and reels Azteca out, but Azteca CHOPS back! Now it’s a chop fight! Kobra chops and forearms Azteca then whips, but Azteca reverses. Azteca hits a big corner splash, then runs corner to corner but Kobra goes up and over. Kobra gets a draping Anaconda Vice! She lets go at 4, and Azteca gasps as she crawls away. Kobra is right on Azteca again with a neckbreaker to another, to a third! Azetca is down from the hat trick, Kobra covers, TWO!
Kobra is furious with the ref, as is Sophia. Kobra whips Azteca but Azteca elbows back. Azteca slingshots back for headscissors, into an Octopus Stretch! Kobra endures and rams Azteca into buckles! Azteca’s in the Tree of Woe and Kobra stomps a mudhole in! Kobra runs corner to corner for a basement dropkick! Azteca falls out of the Tree and Kobra covers, TWO!! Azteca survives and Kobra grows frustrated. Kobra slashes the throat, calling for the end. She stomps Azteca then drags her up. Kobra scoops but Azteca fights out. Azteca shoves and dodges the kick to hit a rolling roundhouse of her own! Both luchadoras are down and Sophia is worried. Azteca and Kobra stand at 5, and Kobra rushes in. Azteca gets her back with a strike fest, big roundhouse! Kobra is down and Azteca slingshots for a corkscrew splash! Cover, TWO!!
Now Azteca is in disbelief! Sophia is relieved but Kobra’s still in danger. Azteca powers up and brings Kobra up. Kobra resists the bomb and rams Azteca into buckles. Kobra goes corner to corner, big knee! She keeps going as Azteca staggers out, for another big knee! Kobra wants a third, but Azteca counters with a takedown, to a Half Crab! Kobra endures as Azteca pulls back hard. She crawls and gets the ropebreak! Azteca lets go but she will not be deterred. Sophia coaches Kobra up as Azteca runs in. Kobra avoids a kick to hook and sweep the legs! Kobra calls for the finish again, and drags Azteca up into a dragon sleeper. From there, Kobra has a modified gut wrench, for a driver! Cover, Kobra Moon wins!
Winner: Kobra Moon, by pinfall
Sophia Lopez celebrates her recruit’s victory. Will Kobra become the Queen of both Temple and WOW?
The Temptress w/ Dagger VS Fire!
The other half of this dastardly duo competes on WOW TV, looking for revenge on the young star who stepped up to help Keta Rush. Will Temptress be burned for playing with Fire? Or will Fire’s hot streak be put out?
The bell rings, and Temptress keeps her eyes locked with Fire’s. They tie up, and Temptress gets a headlock. She wrenches the arm but Fire spins and reverses to a wristlock. Temptress rolls through and kicks Fire away. Fire and Temptress stare down as they circle again. They tie up, Fire pops around to the waistlock. Temptress tries a standing switch but Fire counters to a headlock. Fire gets the takedown but Temptress headscissors. Fire pops out and the two stand off again. Temptress eggs Fire on and they go again. Fire rolls Temptress up, TWO, but she’s right on Temptress with La Majistrol, ONE! Temptress runs into a backslide, TWO, Fire dropkicks Temptress down! Fire arm-drags Temptress to an armlock, but Temptress fights up. Temptress pulls hair! The ref reprimands but Temptress whips. Fire sunset flips, TWO, dropkick again!
Temptress gets to the apron but Dagger swipes at Fire on the other end! Fire gets away but Temptress is on her with a waistlock. Temptress throws Fire down and stomps her out. Temptress drags Fire up by her hair to throw her face-first on the mat. Fire stands but Temptress bumps her off buckles. Temptress whips Fire corner to corner but Fire goes up and over. Fire fires forearms and a snapmare. Temptress ducks the mule kick and rolls Fire up, TWO! Fire wrenches Temptress’ wrist, but Temptress kicks low. Temptress goes acrobatic for a SLAP! Temptress runs in, but Fire counters the monkey flip to put Temptress on the top rope. Fire CHOPS Temptress, then yanks her off, to go corner to corner for a splash! She keeps moving, but Temptress bails out of the ring.
Fire stops herself from crashing, but Dagger distracts! Temptress slides in and fireman’s carry, Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO! Fire survives and fans fire up or her. Temptress grins as she stalks Fire. She drags Fire up into a backbreaker! Then she pushes Fire backwards across her knee. Temptress drops Fire down to cover, TWO! Temptress grins as she drags Fire up by her hair again. She puts Fire on the ropes for a choke. The ref backs Temptress off but Dagger chokes Fire into the ropes! Temptress returns while Dagger gets away with it. Snap suplex! Float over cover, TWO! Temptress keeps on Fire with a seated abdominal stretch. Fans rally up while Temptress grinds her forearm into Fire’s face. Fire fights back, body shots and forearms! She whips but Temptress reverses, but Fire kicks the legs out to hit a basement bulldog! Cover, TWO!
Fire grows frustrated, and she walks into Temptress’ SPINEBUSTER! High stack cover, TWO!! Temptress grows frustrated but she still grins as she drags Fire up gain. She throws Fire around and Dagger applauds. Temptress stands on Fire’s back to taunt the fans. Fans boo and jeer but Temptress just loves the heat. Temptress drags Fire up again for knees to the back. She wraps Fire up in a chinlock, but Fire endures. Fans continue to rally and Fire feeds off the energy. Fire fights out and runs, but Temptress dumps her out! Dagger goes after her but Fire hits first! Fire bumps Dagger off the apron, then slides in, double clotheslines take both women out! Fans reach a fever pitch for Fire while Dagger coaches Temptress up. Fire rises, but so does Temptress. They brawl on their knees, and up to their feet!
Fire forearms, but Temptress ax handles. Fire dodges and rallies with more forearms! She wrenches Temptress to a snapmare, then a mule kick! Fire runs in corner to corner, big corner clothesline! She keeps going for a hip attack! Then side to side, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Temptress survives and Fire is beside herself. But the fans keep cheering her own, so Fire drags Temptress up. Fire fisherman’s but Temptress fireman’s carry! Fire slips out, whips, dodges the boot to SUPERKICK! Temptress goes down and Fire climbs up. But Dagger shoves her down! Temptress hits an urenage backbreaker! Cover, Temptress wins!
Winner: The Temptress, by pinfall
The Dagger helps her partner out, and now they look to add insult to injury. They stomp away on Fire but Keta Rush runs in! Keta dropkicks and runs both Dagger and Temptress off! Keta has repaid the favor to Fire, and the fans are fired up for this new friendship! David McLane hurries to interview them while Dagger and Temptress retreat. Fire thanks Keta for the save, and Keta’s Bully Busters are so excited! Will Keta and Fire continue to work together to bust the bullies, Temptress and Dagger?
WOW World Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Jungle Grrrl VS Amber O’Neal w/ Lana Star!
The Queen of the Splash wants to be the Queen of the Jungle in WOW again, but Lana looks to use her protege as a proxy back to the top. Will Jungle Grrrl take all of her frustrations out on the Beverly Hills Babe? Or will Lana’s investment start to pay off?
The bell rings and this main event begins. Fans boo the bragging by the Babe, but JG is right on her with forearms! JG whips but Amber bails out! Amber and Lana regroup to calm down, but JG slides out with a dropkick! Lana and Amber get clear, but JG makes sure to kick the coach first. JG then throws haymakers on Amber, and then bumps both blondes off the apron! She puts Amber in but Amber plays up an injury so that Lana can trip JG up! Lana feeds JG to Amber for Amber to stomp away. Amber bounces JG off the mat again and again, then covers. TWO, but Amber’s on JG with a kick to the back!
Amber wraps on a seated full nelson, showing off with the splits. She makes it a full mounted nelson, then shifts the hold to double chicken wings. JG endures, but Amber bridges for Cattle Mutilation! JG endures and refuses to quit, so Amber shifts to an inverted armbar. Fans rally as JG powers up, and she deadlifts Amber to a buckle bomb! Amber lets go and JG unleashes point-blank clotheslines. JG goes to run but Amber yanks her down by her hair! Amber rakes JG’s face and rains down rights! Lana loves what she sees as Amber stomps JG to a corner. Amber rams her shoulder in then grinds a boot into JG’s throat. JG pushes the boot away but Amber whips. JG reverses, roars and runs in. Amber headscissors and turns it into a hanging triangle, the Queen City Stretch!
Amber lets go at 4 and JG coughs as she staggers back. She takes time to gloat alongside Lana, but JG gets tot he apron to kick. Amber sweeps the leg and JG crashes and burns! The Babe distracts the ref so that Lana can pound and stomp JG into the ground! Lana gets away with it while Amber taunts the fans. Amber fetches JG into the ring then takes her time getting the cover. ONE, because the former WOW World Champion is tougher than that! So Amber rakes the eyes! Amber drags JG up and whips to the corner. She runs in but JG goes to roll her up! Amber holds ropes but JG pries her away, but now Lana distracts the ref! JG has Amber down for at least 5, and is furious with Lana!
Amber attacks JG from behind! Amber whips but JG reverses, fireman’s carry and stunner! Cover, TWO!! Lana is relieved but JG is only angrier. JG stomps Amber then climbs up high. Lana goes after JG’s feet! The referee finally sees this, but then The Beast slides in! The Beast shoves Amber aside and dares JG to do something about it. JG leaps in, but is caught! CHOKE SLAM!
Winner: Jungle Grrrl, by disqualification
The biggest and the baddest robbed Jungle Grrrl again! But Jungle Grrrl knows she still won from the DQ, so she demands her rematch NOW! Jungle Grrrl tells both Tessa Blanchard and The Beast that they invaded her Jungle! “Baby it’s on!” This will be like a game of dominoes, with both of them going down! Will we get another WOW World Championship Triple Threat?! Will the Queen of the Splash get double the revenge?
Another crazy episode of WOW! Tessa Blanchard doesn’t do much but she does make good on upping her Heel arrogance. I find it interesting they threw Havoc out there, but I suppose it is to make the point that with only the one title right now, everyone is a potential contender. Havoc VS Candy was good, and Candy got to look a little stronger than I expected. But of course, Havoc wins because of the moment she just had with Tessa. Jessie Jones VS Chantilly Chella felt like filler, but it was needed to keep the “Make Wrasslin’ Great Again” gimmick fresh in our minds. Still no idea who is going to be Jessie’s main rival in this gimmick, unless they bring back the trainee she “crippled”.
Kobra Moon VS Azteca was good, but clearly it’s too soon to make Kobra Moon’s Lucha Underground kayfabe part of WOW’s kayfabe. I’m still curious to see how they handle having both Kobra Moon/Thunder Rosa and Holidead on the same roster without them being the Twisted Sisterz. The one gripe here is the arrangement of her debut. They gave us the interview segment before Sophia officially introduces her, when they should’ve given us the interview during her entrance. A minor thing, but also a big thing. Meanwhile, Temptress VS Fire was a really good match, and felt like the real main-event in terms of action. The story is building and I’m sensing this might be the match-up to bring back the WOW Women’s Tag Team Championships. The live audience seems to really love Keta and Fire, so making them the inaugural new tag champs might be the way to go.
And after saying that, I feel like WOW is relying too much on short main events that have shocking, brawling endings, but they’re still rather well done. Jungle Grrrl having to deal with Lana on top of Amber was a good story, as was The Beast running in to interfere. However, I just wish it got to be longer than 10 minutes. Perhaps this coming Triple Threat for the WOW world title will finally be that main event that feels like a main event. Tessa VS Jungle Grrrl VS Beast should be no less than 15 minutes, preferably 20 or more. Joyce Grable put WOW over, now it’s time for WOW to run with that.
My Score: 8.4/10