Since I live in the area I decided to purchase and attend Honor United: Edinburgh last night at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange, and what a fun show this was to be a part of as the live audience.
This was ROH’s 2nd show in Edinburgh following last year’s major success with their War of the Worlds Tour which was personally my favourite show to be a part of live outside of WWE events. While the line-up this year wasn’t as stacked as the card given to us almost a year ago I had a tonne of excitement going into this as ROH usually delivers a great experience live, at least from the shows I’ve attended.
I normally don’t keep track of the ROH product as much as I do the WWE product, but I still knew who each talent was, what they entail & what to expect from most the card as it went along. Because this was a UK show the crowd itself was as fun & savage as you could imagine, some wrestlers got less slack than others but at times they really tore into some of the stars present which had mixed results throughout the evening.
I’m not going to waste much time here and shall jump straight into the show itself, hope you guys enjoy!
Match #1: Shane Taylor vs Scorpio Sky
I knew very little about Shane Taylor heading into this one, at most I’ve heard of the mans name as well as his inspiring journey of weight loss over the last number of years but besides that he was a completely new face to me. Scorpion Sky on the other hand I’ve always liked both from an in-ring perspective and his person under SoCal Uncensored and was a face I’m fairly familiar with.
SoCal Uncensored are fantastic, like most things involving Daniels & Kazarian who are one of my personal favourite comedy acts in wrestling and went on to cut a quick pre-match promo running down Taylor and positioning themselves above the competition. Taylor denied their request to not compete tonight and instead wanted a piece of Scorpion Sky.
The match started off pretty standard, with both men engaging in traditional lock-ups and establishing Shane Taylor as the powerhouse of this contest before Sky jumped at the opportunity of an advantageous situation. Most of the middle section of this match was by the numbers and pretty standard but did its job before Taylor regained some momentum.
Taylor ended up regaining that momentum and despite a distraction from Daniels & Kazarian, ended up coming out victorious with a great Samoan Driver. This was a perfectly solid start to the show, but from the perspective of being in the live crowd it was clear that neither of these two were that big of a draw for the audience.
Winner: Shane Taylor via Samoan Driver
Match #2: The Addiction (Daniels & Kazarian) vs IWGP Tag Team Champions EVIL & SANADA
Right off the back of the opener both Daniels & Kazarian stuck around and hyped themselves up as the best tag team in professional wrestling, which some could genuinely make a case for at least if you’re arguing for them being the most underrated. To prove their worth, they called out their scheduled opponents for the evening, the IWGP Tag Team Champions of EVIL & SANADA.
EVIL & SANADA have been on an absolute role lately, especially to those familiar with the Japanese wrestling product and have produced constant great matches in the last number of months so this definitely had the crowd engage far more. It started off with EVIL & SANADA dominating their opponents, with the rabid fanbase only adding to the aura that the IWGP Champions brought to the ring with them clearly wanting blood.
The one thing The Addiction does so well is blend comedy in with their wrestling, a feat few in the business can achieve at this level (Personally only the New Day do it just as well from my experience). Despite their opponents being serious threats their brilliant blend of comedy with serious in-ring ability makes everything they do so entertaining, especially when you’re a part of the live audience. Throughout the match Kazarian was constantly interacting with the crowd, in particular a fan next to us who had some less than kind words for his current gimmick but it all felt organic and never diminished the threat of the IWGP Champions.
SANADA eventually made the hot tag and cleaned house, his use of the Tumbleweed Cradle got an awesome reaction from the live crowd and an even bigger response for Daniels topple to the mat off that move. The closing 3 to 4 minutes were filled with the break of pin attempts and great saves on both team’s parts to keep the match going but eventually the Champions got the better of their confident challengers and secured yet another impressive victory.
This was a major step up from the opener, the crowd seemed far more invested in not just the talent but the flow of the match itself. It wasn’t the best match of the night by any means, but I really loved the blend of styles both teams brought here, and it made everything so much fun to sit through.
Winners: IWGP Tag Team Champions EVIL & SANADA via Evil is Everything
Match #3: Kelly Klein & Chardonnay vs Tenille Dashwood & Sumi Sakai
Aside from seeing Sakai won the Women of Honor Championship at Supercard of Honor XII in January, this was my first match featuring the Women of Honor in any form, so I was anxious to see what they brought out.
Tenille Dashwood, the former Emma in WWE was who my eyes were on, as she boasts an insane amount of talent that for the most part has been untapped throughout her professional wrestling career. Sumi Sakai was fairly impressive when I saw her win the title, but I wasn’t really familiar with either Kleni or Chardonnay, the latter who’ll be challenging Sakai for the gold later on in this tour.
The 4 ladies produced a fairly basic match, one that did its job of establishing the challenger as a formidable threat and the heart of the Champion herself. Sakai did a good job of selling the damage inflicted on her during the middle portion of the match but the crowd for the most part was fairly flat here. Dashwood eventually got the hot tag and shifted the tide in their favour, but I can’t help but think a talent such as her is better suited in the role of a heel as opposed to babyface which is her current gimmick.
Klein & Chardonnay picked up the victory following a role-up on Dashwood, sending a message to the champion ahead of their upcoming match on this very tour. I might not sound too excited about this match, and that’s because there was little to get excited over looking back at it. The pacing and structure of it was fairly one-note, it was by no means a bad match just one that gave us little to no excitement at the time and no reason to care about the upcoming championship match. It was fine for what it was, just bare average at best.
Winners: Kelly Klein & Chardonnay
Match #4: Kenny King vs Punishment Martinez
I was deeply worried about this one, deeply worried. Kenny King has always been a really great talent that as of late seems to be struggling to find his footing in ROH. Punishment Martinez on the other hand has always come across fairly bland to me and never really gave me a reason to care if I’m being honest. Both men in my eyes needed a win here but more importantly needed to standout.
Thankfully, this match was a lot of fun to sit through. Martinez for someone I haven’t seen that much of prior to this really took me by surprise here and offered a lot more than you would think judging by his immediate persona and mixing it up with Kenny King gave us some really exciting moments. The first half of the match was fairly standard but really picked itself up in the 2nd half when King found his groove.
Most reviews for this match claimed that the crowd lost interest for the two talents as the match went on, but I never really felt that at all. The crowd live was engaged for most of it but started jumping on Martinez when one fan called him out for being a ‘Cheap Roman Reigns’ or ‘Cheap Baron Corbin’ and constantly using both the mentioned WWE superstars to diminish his credibility, which it almost did but this in no way translated to the crowd not being engaged.
The closing minutes of this match were great though, featuring several great near falls and some fantastic combinations from both men. Martinez finally claimed the victory after a lengthy series of trading pins with a chokeslam variation and seemed to actually silence a section of the crowd on their early criticisms. Up to this point, I felt this was the best match on the card and really took me by surprise with some genuinely great moments.
Whether or not the crowd interactions took away or added to the experience of those watching at home, is something I need to revisit at a later date.
Winner: Punishment Martinez via South of Heaven Chokeslam
Match #5: Matt & Nick Jackson (The Young Bucks) vs NWA World Heavyweight Champion Nick Aldis & Mark Haskins
Am I jumping on a bandwagon when I say the Young Bucks are one of the most entertaining things in professional wrestling?
Because The Young Bucks are one of the most entertaining things in professional wrestling.
This match was announced not too long before I attended this show, so hearing I got to see the debut of Nick Aldis (the former Magnus in TNA) in ROH was something I personally held excitement for being a big fan of the man and his past work. Having Mark Haskins just added to this, as Haskins has to be one of the most underrated performers in the business today and I see no argument against this.
As for the match itself, it was fantastic from bell to bell. Not only was the crowd red hot throughout the entire length of this match but the action never slowed down for a second. The Bucks put on their trademark taunts and toyed with both Haskins & Aldis for a little while before the British duo gained control and held down the Bullet Club members.
The hot tag made to Nick Jackson is a firm reminder that The Young Bucks hold the title of ‘Best Hot Tag in Wrestling’ because he lit a fire under this Edinburgh crowd after he ran wild on both Aldis & Haskins. What ensued was some fantastic wrestling action, from high spots to some vicious in-ring signature moves which combined with some tension-filled near falls which added to the match in a very big way. My personal favourite spot of the night came in the form of a Meltzer Driver from Aldis & Haskins to the Bucks, which Haskins delivered following a Hurricanrana off the top rope to Nick onto brother Matt and was just as beautiful as it sounds.
Matt & Nick managed to secure an extremely impressive victory after a Meltzer Driver to Haskins in the middle of the ring to an explosion of cheers from the live audience. Being live for this was a wonderful experience and reminded me of why I love The Young Bucks as much as I do and just how fantastic of a duo they are in a wrestling ring. Without question my personal match of the night this time round and definitely worth checking out to anyone who loves any of these 4 men, or even tag team wrestling.
Winners: The Young Bucks via Meltzer Driver
Match #6: The Boys vs Yano & Delirious
I’m not going to say much about this, just because it really isn’t worth noting.
In no way do I mean to sound overly harsh, especially considering what this match followed and that the crowd must have been a little exhausted. But nothing here really worked in anyway, it was clearly placed as filler before the evenings 3 big matches went underway and for the most part just seemed to overstay its welcome.
Comedic matched in wrestling don’t really need over 10 minutes to do their job, and this match would have been perfect clocking in somewhere around the 5 to 7-minute mark, but instead we got a really dragged out match which never did anything for anyone. Delirious attempted to use comedy to engage the crowd further, as did Yano but it never really worked and instead dragged the match on.
From a personal perspective, I’ve never really liked The Boys or their gimmick and can’t ever seem to take them seriously. Definitely the bathroom break match for those who were watching live, if they had cut down the length and made this something quick and to the point, it would have been a lot more bearable.
Winners: The Boys via Lung Blower/Codebreaker Combo
Match #7: ROH Television Champion Silas Young vs Joe Hendry – ROH Television Championship Match
Edinburgh locals loved this match and who could blame them? Having their hometown hero Joe Hendry debut in ROH was a wonderful sight to see and garnered one hell of a reaction from the live audience, playing the role of the traditional underdog. Anyone who saw last years War of the Worlds tour saw Silas Young headline the event in a near 30-minute war against Jay Lethal and he walked into this years show with some gold around his waist, so personally my anticipation for this was quite high.
This was my 5th time seeing Joe Hendry live in person and I’d be lying if I said his previous efforts were anything spectacular, they were certainly decent but never really ‘clicked’, this was thankfully the best performance I’ve seen from the man to date. While it was your standard heel veteran vs local babyface match, everything they were going for here worked.
The contest started with your traditional mat wrestling, takedowns and all but slowly moved into a straight up fight between the two athletes. Silas Young’s style certainly matches that of Joe Hendry, both men have more ground and pound styles as opposed to some of the faster paced offense we saw from many of the other athletes throughout the evening and this produced some very hard-hitting moments.
Without question the highlight of the match was an incredible sequence towards the match’s conclusion which saw Hendry lock in an Ankle Lock on the reigning champion, which sparked arguably the biggest pop of the entire evening. This effort never transpired the way the challenger imagined unfortunately, as he shortly fell Young’s misery finisher for the fatal 3-count.
Silas Young might have walked out victorious from Edinburgh for the 2nd consecutive year, but nobody is going to take away anything from Joe Hendry’s performance on this evening which resulted in a fantastic ROH debut for the local up and comer. If the middle points of this match had featured something a little more rambunctious this might have turned out to be the match of the night, but this was a fantastic effort to see live regardless.
Winner: Silas Young via Misery
Match #8: ROH 6-Man Tag Team Champions The Kingdom (Taven, Vinny & O’Ryan) vs ROH World Heavyweight Champion Dalton Castle, Jay Lethal & Hiroshi Tanahashi – ROH 6-Man Tag Team Championship Match
Almost one year ago, it was the ROH 6-Man Tag Title match that stole the show during the War of the Worlds tour and gave the fans in attendance a title change that shook the Corn Exchange, so I don’t think there was anyone that wasn’t anticipating something fantastic from this semi-main event. The talent was certainly there in the form of the challengers too, one of my personal favourites Jay Lethal, ROH World Champion Dalton Castle & one of the finest wrestlers on the planet in Hiroshi Tanahashi.
Sadly, this match was a let-down which is something I hate to admit to myself.
I’m not sure if it was that lack of drama or believability regarding a title change since most people knew Dalton Castle was set to defend his gold against EVIL later on this week or just some of the matches clunky pacing throughout, but something felt off. The match started off showcasing each individual talent in the ring as most multi-man matches lightly do, but we never really got out of 2nd gear after that.
The match itself plateaued, never really getting to that next level and always seemed as if nothing was happening in a match that spanned almost 20 minutes. There were a few nice spots here and there, showing glimpses of what could have been a fantastic match, but it just never got the crowd nearly as invested as they should have and could have been. While comparing it to the WWE formula may not be entirely necessary, this is exactly how it felt to me, like your traditional house show match that did the bare minimum to extract even the slightest bit of interest from the audience.
Even the matches ending was as uncreative as you could imagine, with EVIL taking out the ROH World Champion in an effort to hype up their scheduled match later on in the tour which received little to no reaction from the live crowd. The matches ending came in the form of the Rockstar Supernova to Jay Lethal to the absolute dud of a reaction from the live crowd.
I don’t mean to be too harsh here but this was a massive disappointment for a match boasting so much talent and potential. Almost nothing felt exciting, the pacing was all over the place and never really tried but worst of all one of the tours special guests in Hiroshi Tanahashi was completely wasted from the get-go. What a shame.
Winners: The Kingdom via Rockstar Supernova
Main Event: ROH World Tag Team Champions The Briscoes vs Cody & Adam Page w/Brandi Rhodes
The evenings main event on paper seemed like one primed on cramming the maximum number of stars into one match in order to live up to the advertised card. Cody & Adam Page while both respective members of Bullet Club do not have a storied history as a tandem, which obviously wasn’t the case for the Briscoes.
A concern I definitely understand is the issue of believability which certainly wasn’t the first time this evenings this issue had come about. While many had issues believing Cody & Page could pull of the upset, this didn’t stop the main event from being incredibly entertaining. Cody might not be one of the modern-day Bret Hart’s in terms of his in-ring ability but certainly has the charisma to grant him the biggest reaction of the evening. Adam Page on the other hand was one fire throughout this match and definitely added to the action in the ring with some incredible moments.
Despite a familiar setup to most of the prior tag team matches on the card the one thing that made this work was the aggression of both teams, primarily the Briscoes who oozed their blend of heel charisma into the match. As opposed to the previous matches, this side of the Briscoes persona definitely aided the middle section of the matches as their offense during beat downs in handled with aggressive tendencies and not the traditional headlocks like so many tag team matches.
Everything after Adam Pages hot tag was also fantastic in bringing the crowd to life, including an insane dropkick into a moonsault which I personally loved. One thing however that didn’t work as the match reached its conclusion was the recognition amongst the crowd regarding a title change, which we all basically never saw as a reality. Some moments that occurred could have provided far more impact if we had a long-standing tandem in the place of Cody & Page, potentially even the Young Bucks in retrospect.
Nonetheless, this was a really well worked and hard-hitting main event that did its job. Everyone involved seemed incredibly motivated to put on the best match possible under the circumstances, which primarily began to show as the match progressed into its closing moments.
Winners: The Briscoes via Jay Driller on Hangman
Honor United: Edinburgh was a really fun show to be a part of as a member of the live audience and I can’t wait to go back and watch it again in a few days. The majority of the card did exactly what it set out to do, we were never expecting anything 5-star or revolutionary to occur, just a good 3-hours of wrestling for us to sit through and we got just that. Young Bucks vs Aldis & Haskins and Young vs Hendry were my personal standout matches but we also got a really solid main event and a surprisingly good match out of King & Martinez which I actually think is worth checking out. The rest of the card was entertaining albeit, forgettable. I still think the 6-Man Tag Team Match was a colossal let down and the filler tag team match got way too much time, but other than that this show gets an easy thumbs up from me!
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