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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Report! (6/26/18)

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Which Cruiserweight Trio will finally win this war?

The two Cruiserweight trios of Lucha House Party and the Ungentlemanly Alliance have been going back and forth for months. Now it all comes to a head as all six men will battle until only one side stands tall! Plus, The Man of the Hour, Lio Rush, makes his 205 Live debut as the newest member of the division!

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Tony Nese VS Akira Tozawa; Tozawa wins.
  • Lio Rush VS ???; Lio wins.
  • Six Man Tag Elimination Match: Lucha House Party VS Drew Gulak, Jack Gallagher & THE Brian Kendrick; Gulak, Gallagher & Kendrick win.

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Drake Maverick gives us the rundown on tonight’s episode.

Tonight’s theme: opportunity. First, the former Cruiserweight Champion, Akira Tozawa, and the Premier Athlete, Tony Nese, will start 1v1. Both men have racked up wins over some of the best Cruiserweights the WWE have to offer. Who will take a step closer to challenge the Age of Alexander? Then the newest Cruiserweight, the Man of the Hour, Lio Rush, makes his 205 Live in-ring debut! Can the 23 Year Old Piece of Gold prove he is “the right man in the right place at the right time”? And finally, the main event is about tag team supremacy as they settle this battle once and for all! Will the high-flying Lucha House Party or the gritty Ungentle Men prove themselves the superior trio?

 

Tony Nese VS Akira Tozawa!

It’s eight abs versus an insane amount of stamina as these two face off for a potential shot at Cedric Alexander’s Cruiserweight Championship. Will it be muscle or motivation that prevails here tonight?

The bell rings, and the “AH! AH!” start up right away. Tozawa and Nese circle, tie up, and Nese powers Tozawa to ropes. Nese backs up and flexes right in Tozawa’s face. Tozawa just drowns him out with “AH! AH!” Nese pie-faces, so Tozawa pie-faces back. Tozawa ducks the punch to give chop after chop. He fakes a chop to give the jab! Nese goes down to a corner, but Tozawa is on him with “AH! AH!” stomps. Tozawa backs off but gives another. He then whips Nese corner to corner. Nese stops himself and back elbows, then leaps up to the top. Nese back-flips but lands on his feet as Tozawa gets under. Tozawa swings but Nese Matrix handsprings to mule kick, knee lift, roundhouse and sweep the legs. Cover, ONE, but Nese mocks the “AH” then flexes.

Nese drags Tozawa up, Tozawa pushes him, but Nese comes back with a chop. Nese whips but Tozawa reverses, Nese sunset flips but Tozawa rolls through to kick and back senton! Tozawa gets fans into it again while Nese rolls out. Tozawa builds speed, but Nese avoids the torpedo. So Tozawa goes to the apron and leaps, but Nese catches him into a fireman’s carry! Nese snake eyes Tozawa on the apron, then runs him over with a back elbow. Fans boo while Nese toys with Tozawa. Nese puts Tozawa back in the ring, then drags him out for a cover. TWO, but Nese is on Tozawa with a neck wrench. Tozawa gets a ropebreak, but Nese still stomps him. Nese taunts Tozawa, but Tozawa hits back. Nese rocks Tozawa with a right, covers, TWO.

Tozawa hits back more with body shots to those abs, but Nese runs and hotshots Tozawa down. Nese slingshots, triangle moonsault! Cover, TWO! Nese grows frustrated with the former Cruiserweight Champion, and stomps him more. Nese brings Tozawa up in a torture rack, but Tozawa fights out with “AH! AH!” haymakers. He still gets a chop from Nese, but then retaliates with a headscissors and shining wizard! Tozawa fires up, and goes up top. He aims at Nese, but Nese bails out. So Tozawa DIVES! The Tozawa Torpedo connects! Tozawa puts Nese back in the ring, then climbs up again. Nese gets to ropes, but Tozawa flies in with the missile dropkick. Cover, TWO.

Tozawa is a bit frustrated, but he won’t stop. Fans rally with “AH! AH!” and Tozawa climbs up again. Tozawa aims, but Nese trips him up! Nese hits Tozawa with the top shelf kick and then gutbuster! Cover, TWO! Nese again grows frustrated, but he has Tozawa in a corner. He boot-washes Tozawa, then stomps him. Nese runs side to side, but misses his chance, and Tozawa retaliates with a boot. Tozawa runs, but Nese reels him back in for a forearm. Nese waistlocks, but Tozawa fights out. Tozawa kicks, swings, slides but Nese stops him, to back suplex. Tozawa lands on his feet, and boots Nese down! Nese is in the drop zone, and Tozawa climbs again. But Nese rocks the mouth piece right out of Tozawa’s jaw with that uppercut!

Tozawa is dazed on the top rope, and Nese climbs up to join him. Tozawa fights Nese off, but Nese chops back. They brawl, Nese gets control, but SUPER Gordbuster from Tozawa! Then, SUPER SENTON!! Cover, Tozawa wins!

Winner: Akira Tozawa, by pinfall

The former champion defeats the Premier Athlete in a big victory. The race to challenge Cedric Alexander is still on, but has Tozawa moved up in the ranks?

 

Drake Maverick meets with Cruiserweight Champion, Cedric Alexander.

Maverick asks how Alexander is feeling. Alexander is feeling good, but also restless. He’s been on the sidelines, but he’s the champion. Alexander wants to know who his next contender will be. Maverick understands, it’s only fair to tell a champion that kind of stuff. And he will let Alexander know, when he knows. Alexander was hoping for something more. It’s Hideo Itami, right? Itami beat both Mustafa Ali and Buddy Murphy in a triple threat, it just makes sense. Maverick understands, but he isn’t going to reward bad behavior and bad attitudes. Otherwise TJP would be in the conversation.

Maverick is surprised Alexander is vouching for Itami. This isn’t about Itami, this is about Alexander building his legacy. The best way to do that is taking on all comers, and that includes a Japanese legend like Itami. Itami may be disruptive and disrespective, and an all-around jackass, but he’s deserving. Alexander wants Itami. Maverick considers the option. Will this match happen in the near future?

 

Lio Rush VS ???

It’s finally the right time to #FeelTheRush! The Man of the Hour officially signed as a Cruiserweight for 205 Live, and he begins his 205 Live in-ring career here tonight. Will all the hype and anticipation be worth it? Or will the local Dewey James tarnish this 23 Year Old Piece of Gold?

Lio takes his time taking off his timepieces, but Dewey is impatient. The bell rings, but Lio still takes his time. Lio knows it’s showtime, but he’s also the show, so Dewey has to wait. Now Lio is ready, and he offers a handshake to Dewey. Dewey goes to accept, but he gets slapped in the face! Lio then runs, runs, and runs. Dewey ducks under but Lio adjusts, handsprings and enziguris Dewey down in a split second! Lio grins while fans fire up for him. He toys with Dewey, then dodges again. Lio throws Dewey out, but doesn’t realize Dewey holds on. But before Dewey can catch his breath, Lio knocks him down with a handspring kick!

Lio fetches Dewey, puts him in the ring, and rolls him for a spinning roundhouse! Dewey is down, so Lio says it’s time to end this. Lio climbs up, takes aim, BIG frog splash! The Final Hour, cover, Lio wins!

Winner: Lio Rush, by pinfall

The Man of the Hour doesn’t get paid by the hour, so he makes short work of his opponent. There’s plenty of time for Lio to celebrate now, but will he be at the top of the Division in no time at all?

In-ring interview with Lio Rush.

Congratulations are in order, and he notes he barely broke a sweat. What can the WWE Universe expect from Lio Rush? The future of the Cruiserweight Division! This 23 Year Old Piece of Gold can do things in the ring that people in the locker room can only dream of. Lio sees guys that are good, but to be honest, they’re not Lio Rush. They have no style, no finesse, no presence. But the Man of the Hour makes every hour on the hour his time. Therefore, 205 Live is going to #FeelTheRush.

 

Backstage interview with Cedric Alexander.

Alexander said he wants Itami for a title match, care to explain? He knows how dangerous Itami is, having beaten Buddy Murphy & Mustafa Ali. But to be a worthy Cruiserweight Champion, he has to face all challengers. That includes Itami. Itami is more than welcome to step up to him. And so, Itami appears. Itami has heard what Alexander has to say, and shoves Alexander. Alexander shoves Itami back, but Maverick and referees rush in to keep the peace. This fight has to wait for an official match. When they have that match, will it explode in the ring?

 

Major announcement for next week!

While Alexander pointed out Itami as his choice, there is still issue between the Aussie Juggernaut and the Beacon of Light. There must be a winner in this newest rematch between these two incredible superstars, so it’s going to be NO DISQUALIFICATIONS! Who will win? Who will survive?!

 

Six Man Tag Elimination Match: Lucha House Party VS Drew Gulak, Jack Gallagher & THE Brian Kendrick!

This battle has raged on ever since the Philly Stretcher issued his rules for a #Better205Live. Gulak still wants a #NoFlyZone, and both Gallagher & Kendrick just want to prove they’re a superior team. That has led them to battle Kalisto, Lince Dorado & Gran Metalik time and time again, which brings us to this match. Only one team will be left standing, who will prove themselves the truly superior style?

But things don’t wait for the bell, as all three luchadors dropkick all three Ungentle Men off the apron! Then LHS builds speed to TRIPLE FLY! Kalisto hits Kendrick with a tope suicida while Dorado & Metalik hit Gulak & Gallagher with tope conjilo!

Fans fire up with the fiesta and chant “LUCHA! LUCHA!” LHS put Gallagher in the ring, and Metalik starts with him. The bell rings, Gallagher narrowly avoids Metalik’s handspring, but Metalik chops him. Metalik tags Kalisto, Kalisto fireman’s carry and dumps Gallagher down, then tags in Dorado. Dorado comes in and helps Kalisto with an alley oop splash. Dorado adds his planking splash, then tags Metalik. Metalik climbs, walks the tight rope, to then splash down! Cover, but Kendrick saves Gallagher! Metalik SUPERKICKS Kendrick out, then whips Gallagher, but Gallagher reverses. Gallagher runs in but into a SUPERKICK. Metalik hits the Sling-Dog, then walks the ropes, but Gulak grabs him! Metalik fights him off, but Gallagher has time to prepare now, and he headbutts Metalik out of the sky! Cover, and Gallagher ELIMINATES Metalik!

Gallagher tags to Kendrick, and Dorado volunteers to jump in. The Golden Lynx and the Man with a Plan circle, but Dorado dropkicks Kendrick again and again. Dorado hits Gulak for good measure, then chops and chops Kendrick. He runs again, headscissors throws Kendrick to a corner. Dorado runs in, but is put on the apron. Dorado Listo kicks, but Gulak grabs at Dorado like he did Metalik. Gulak gets knocked away again, and Dorado crossbodies! Cover, TWO! Dorado keeps on Kendrick with a suplex, then hits Gallagher for good measure. Dorado hurries up, but Kendrick trips him up. Gallagher anchors his feet, but Dorado fights him off, too.

Kendrick climbs up and shovels Dorado off the top! Kendrick catches his breath, then covers, ONE. He drags Dorado over and tags in Gulak. Gulak taunts Dorado before stomping him down. Gulak wraps on a chinlock, trapping an arm. He taunts “Dorito”, but fans rally. Dorado fights his way up and out, but Gulak yanks him down by his mask so hard, the mask pops off! Dorado has to cover his face, and the referee gets him the mask. Gulak just grins, and Kendrick and Gallagher both point and laugh at the embarrassed luchador. The referee keeps them all back, but that doesn’t stop them from laughing.

Kalisto helps Dorado with his mask, and Dorado returns into the ring. Gulak goes after him, but small package counter! TWO, and Gulak grabs Dorado’s mask again! Dorado gets his mask away, but Gulak still has Dorado’s leg. Gulak tags in Gallagher, and now Gallagher goes after the mask. Gallagher also wrenches the arm, and brings Dorado down to the mat. Fans rally for Dorado, and Dorado fights Gallagher off. Gallagher wrings Dorado’s arm out, then tags Kendrick. Kendrick kicks the arm, then drives a knee into it. Kendrick stands with the armlock, and digs his knuckles into the bicep and elbow. Dorado endures, fans rally, but Kendrick whips Dorado to the corner.

Kendrick keeps Dorado trapped with shoulders, but then he distracts the ref so that Gulak and Gallagher can gang up on Dorado! Kalisto protests, but that distraction only makes the mugging last longer. Kendrick drags Dorado up for forearm after forearm. He backs off, which allows Gulak and Gallagher to get more cheap shots in. But then Dorado fights back and fights out of the corner! Kendrick intercepts Dorado with more shoulders to the ribs. Kendrick whips Dorado, who handsprings to knock Gallagher down, and still gets Kendrick with the Golden Rewind stunner! Cover, Dorado ELIMINATES Kendrick!

The numbers are even again between the two Cruiserweight trios as it is now a battle of duos. Gallagher slips in and stomps out Dorado. He grinds a boot into Dorado, but backs off at 4. Gallagher brings Dorado up and scoop slams. Cover, TWO, but Gallagher drives in a knee. He brings Dorado up, tags in Gulak, and Gulak clubs Dorado down. Gulak stands over Dorado for the armlock, and he brings Dorado down. Fans rally with “Lucha! Lucha!” and Dorado endures. Gulak drags him over and tags in Gallagher. Gallagher headbutts and European Uppercuts Dorado down. He brings Dorado up for more EuroUppers, covers, TWO.

Gallagher keeps on the arm, and focuses on the wrist and fingers. Dorado screams from the joint manipulation while Gallagher tags in Gulak. Fans rally but Gulak keeps on Dorado with a knee. Dorado jawbreakers, but Gallagher tags back in. Gallagher drags Dorado away, but Dorado enziguris! Gallagher manages to tag Gulak, and Gulak stops Dorado with a gut punch. Gulak grins at Kalisto, then drags Dorado up for a suplex. Dorado slips out but Gulak unloads strikes. Dorado blocks the kick, to give his windmill kick! Both men are down, and crawling for their corners. “Lucha! Lucha!” echoes out while Dorado reaches.

But just as Dorado gets there, Kendrick trips up Kalisto! Kendrick shouldn’t be out here, he was eliminated! But what’s done is done, and Gallagher slithers in to headbutt Dorado! Gulak grabs Dorado, for the GuLOCK! Dorado taps, Gulak ELIMINATES him! Gulak finally lets go of Dorado so that he can leave ringside. That leaves just the former Cruiserweight Champion, Kalisto, against two gritty grapplers. And they know it, too.

Kalisto has no choice but to enter, even with Kendrick cheating. He enters to face his ol’ archenemy Gulak. Gulak rushes in but into a shoulder and Listo kick! Kalisto springboards for a seated senton, then hits Gallagher just because. He keeps moving, runs, springboard corkscrew crossbody! Kalisto knocks Gulak down but keeps moving, for the Spike-Rana! Cover, Gallagher breaks it! Gallagher drags Kalisto out onto the floor, then returns to his corner. Gulak tags Gallagher, and now Gallagher legally goes after Kalisto. Gallagher rams Kalisto into the apron, then puts him in the ring. Gallagher paces around Kalisto and taunts him about having no tag team partners.

Fans chant at him and Gulak, calling them “Cheaters! Cheaters!” Gallagher tunes it out, drags Kalisto up and snapmares for a face scrape. Gallagher tags Gulak, and Gulak drags Kalisto up to scoop slam him into the ropes! Kalisto’s legs are bent all over, Gulak covers, TWO. Gulak springboard stomps Kalisto, then stalks him to a corner. Gulak claims Kalisto is the cheater, and gives another springboard stomp. He headbutts Kalisto, covers, TWO. Gulak tags Gallagher and they bring Kalisto up. They double suplex, but Kalisto slips out to rally with kicks!

Gulak shoves, but Kalisto ducks under, spins Gallagher around then tilt-o-whirls and headscissors Gulak out. Kalisto rolls back to kick Gallagher, then prepares Salida del Sol. Gulak gets up on the apron, so Kalisto uses him as the step stool to hit SDS!

Cover, Kalisto ELIMINATES Gallagher! We’re down to 1v1! Gulak is shocked, but he and Kalisto are all alone. Kalisto dares Gulak to bring the fight. Gulak grimaces, and gets back in. Kalisto fires off kicks and a dropkick. Gulak ends up outside the ring again, and Kalisto adds a wrecking ball dropkick. Kalisto takes aim, and slingshots to knee-board senton onto Gulak! Direct hit! Kalisto puts Gulak back in the ring and fans chant “Lucha! Lucha!” Gulak flounders up, Kalisto springboards, crossbody! Cover, TWO!! So close yet so far from a win!

Both men are down, clutching arms and ribs. Fans continue to rally for Kalisto, and Kalisto feeds off their energy. That only angers Gulak, but Kalisto goes for SDS. Gulak pushes him away then knocks him down. Gulak clobbers Kalisto with a discus clothesline, then covers, ONE!? Frustration grows, but so does another rally from the fans. Gulak drags Kalisto up in a waistlock, but Kalisto breaks free. Kalisto tries another SDS, but Gulak grabs at the mask! Gulak gets the GuLOCK again! He wrenches back, Kalisto taps, Gulak wins!!

Winners: Gulak, Gallagher & Kendrick, Gulak by submission; Gulak is lone survivor

Though the victory was by hook and  by crook, the Ungentlemanly Alliance comes out on top against Lucha House Party. But the Philly Stretcher isn’t done, he adds insult to injury as he grabs Penelope Gulak the pinata! And he tears Penelope up before throwing her into the crowd!

While Gulak’s ideology of “win by any means necessary” won the day, does this really mean he and his allies are the best team in the Cruiserweight Division? And where does each trio go from here?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A pretty solid night for 205 Live, but again, Maverick does a lot of my job for me with that opening brief. Tozawa and Nese put on a great opener, and it’s good to see matches that don’t have to do with any story other than going after the Cruiserweight Championship. Obviously everyone will have to wait for Alexander VS Itami to determine where the title goes next, but it’s happening in a smooth and logical way. Even Alexander knows that contention isn’t about personality but wins and losses. Itami won, he should go next. We already get a great first interaction with that almost-fight. Their match is going to be great.

Lio Rush has a real fun and fast debut as he totally squashes Dewey James at high speeds. Lio is going to go far, and he’s going to be great for a long time given he’s only 23. I can’t wait to see who his first real rival is in 205 Live. Then that Six Man Tag was really great, and it went as you’d hope it would, and that’s right down to the last man. Honestly, I don’t know why this wasn’t for Cruiserweight Tag/Trios titles. Where are those titles, anyway? I don’t think WWE would be doing these tag team stories if those titles weren’t still a viable idea, so maybe something big will be building towards Summerslam time. Especially if 205 Live adds a few more Cruiserweight Tag Teams, like Lorcan & Burch.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Andrew’s Stardom 5 Star Grand Prix Red Stars Ratings & Review: Day 7 & 8

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We get another combined article because of the way Stardom likes to stagger matches in this tournament.

Day 7 actually didn’t have any Blue Star matches at all, so now the articles will be titled a little differently. I need that Rick and Morty clip about getting your shit together and direct it at Stardom booking. Oh wait, I can!

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So with that established, I guess we should look at the matches to come. Tam is eliminated but still has 3 matches to go. So she can go from a measly 2 to a respectable 8 if she can put a few wins together. Utami and Rachael however are still very much in the thick of things, and even face one another on Day 8.

Let’s find if anyone else gets eliminated, or if we continue to have the top half stay alive.

 

Day 7

Rachael Ellering vs Tam Nakano

Rachael’s promo is fake and over enthusiastic, whereas Tam’s was realistic and a little bubbleheaded. So it’s really hard for me to ever connect to Ellering’s promos, cause she’s not convincing and her matches thus far have been…umm…shall we say, sub par. So sadly Tam seems to be in the plucky underdog role this year and always getting close with not much of a pay off. So let’s she if she picks up a win to play spoiler, or continues to come up short.

I have no clue what it is about most of Rachael’s matches, but they are hard to watch. Rachael’s Pump Kick that she over uses never looks impactful, she doesn’t take or sell offense well, and it’s just a schlog. This match was no different.

Tam’s kicks are usually crisp, but they hit awkwardly and slowly. Tam even went for a bottom rope assisted Back Body Drop, but Rachael’s foot cause the middle rope and it just looked sloppy. Tam still sold her back, while Rachael focused it, so that was good.

We also see a decent barrage at the end of the match with some false finish rollups, Rachael’s Bossman Slam and then Ellering finally finishes this with the Fallaway Powerbomb.

Winner: Ellering via Fallaway Powerbomb

Rating: * 1/2

 

Kagetsu vs Kimber Lee

Kimber always has this oddly endearing way of cutting a promo. She talks fairly slowly (the way people do when you’re speaking a language people might not understand), which I find ridiculous, but she says all the correct babyface things. Kagetsu however has a skull mask on her head, pops up into frame and just starts talking casually about things. She just wants to end the match, eat some good food and head to Osaka. It’s casually dismissive of Kimber, but not cruel, perfect tweener kind of temperature.

Kagetsu takes the early advantage and does the cocky heel thing by throwing Kimber to the outside. Hazuki and Sumire get in a few cheap shots before rolling her back in. Kagetsu takes a drink of water and then we get her water spit/mist spot. Which I’m still not sure why that isn’t a disqualification, but I like it, so I’m not questioning it.

After the initial cockiness, Kimber takes advantage of Kagetsu taking her foot of the gas and puts together some offense. A few well placed kicks and suplexes lead to the Swanton Bomb attempt, but Kimber misses. After a little more struggle, Kagetsu eventually hits a Chokeslam and then enough of the Oedo Coaster to get the pinfall.

Not Kagetsu’s best work, but it was a fairly short match and Kimber isn’t positioned as a threat in this tournament.

Winner: Kagetsu via Oedo Coaster

Rating: *** 1/4

 

Day 8

Kimber Lee vs Tam Nakano

The opening promos are pretty low energy for both women. Kimber talks about being eliminated but fighting for herself and Tam tries her best to psych herself up. The lack of points is effecting both of these women. Who will get the ball moving to end on a high note?

Not a bad match, just fairly short. Given that all of the Grand Prix matches have a 15 minute time limit, even the longer ones are a little short. Both women utilize a fair amount of kicks and flexibility in their offense, so the mirror aspect was on full display.

Kimber does her split spot, Tam goes for a Buzzsaw Kick, but Kimber blocks it and tries to sweep the leg, but Tam does a split and they both start throwing forearms from the split position. Kimber hits a kick combination first, which drops Tam but only for two. In her opening promo Tam put some emphasis on not wanting to lose to kicks, since those are kinda her thing.

Maintaining advantage, Kimber goes to the top rope but Tam shows some fight. Eventually hitting the Avalanche Snapmare and going up for her Diving Idol Knee, for only a near fall. After a few more close calls, Kimber catches Tam coming off the ropes for a Brain Buster, pulls her to a corner and lands the Swanton Bomb for the pinfall.

Valiant efforts in all her matches, but Tam really can’t catch a break.

Winner: Kimber via Swanton Bomb

Rating: ** 1/4

 

Rachael Ellering vs Utami Hayayshishita

Well, ya know I’m usually overly disinterested in whatever Rachael’s been doing, but this match was a little different. She basically got to play the heel since she was being very tough on Utami and showing some personality while arguing with the referee. So when it comes down to Rachael’s involvement, it wasn’t the thing that brought the match down, for a change.

However, after the initial burst from Rachael and the playing up a few strikes on the outside, the match never kick it into another gear. It basically was treading water for the last half. Signature moves were hit, Utami landed her Sleeper Hold takeover into the Coquina Clutch, but Rachael got out of it. I’m guess the high point was supposed to be Rachael hitting a Superplex, but nothing felt important, desperate or impressive.

The match ends just as Utami cinches in an Inside Cradle, but the time expires. All of the draws in this tournament are a little off putting.

Winner: Time Limit Draw

Rating: ***

 

Red Stars Standings:

Kagetsu 4-1-1 (9 Points)
Rachael Ellering 4-1-1 (9 Points)
Jungle Kyona 3-1-2 (8 Points)
Utami Hayashishita 3-1-2 (8 Points)
Konami 3-3 (6 Points) – Eliminated
Kimber Lee 2-4 (4 Points) – Eliminated
Tam Nakano 1-5 (2 Points) – Eliminated
Natsuko Tora 1-5 (2 Points) – Eliminated

 

Thoughts:

You know Stardom, you know what happens when you make Tam look good but don’t give her wins? Nothing happens, it’s actually decent story telling and could set up for a big upset of Kagetsu on the Finals day. So as much as the fan in me hates watching Tam come up short (Naito fans around the world know that feel), her determination and the storyline wrinkles could pay off later.

As for the two days…meh? Nothing stood out and these really just felt like matches to set up for the final swerve. These kind of days happen in all tournaments, it just hit really hard in these four matches. I just really really hope Rachael doesn’t win Red Stars.


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Mathew’s Stardom 5 Star Grand Prix Blue Stars Results & Review: Day 8

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So tomorrow is the last day of the Five Star Grand Prix where we will have our final four matches and the final match on the same day but we got two matches left to cover before we go to the final day.

This show is for people that didn’t have their six matches before the final day and we’re using this to make sure they’re all caught up to speed and we can see who has a chance to make it and who doesn’t. I know it says day 8 in my headline but I had no matches on the seventh day, so I decided to just skip it and go where I have my actual matches. So who wins these two matches?

Let’s find out and…dive right in.

 

Grand Prix Blue Stars Match
Kelly Klein vs. Natsu Sumire

Review: It’s pretty clear that Sumire is pretty much eliminated and even if she does win this match and her last one, the fact that Mayu would hold the tiebreaker over her if she lost today and won tomorrow, but would still be out if Momo won on the final day since she’d have nine points while Sumire would still have eight if she won both and wouldn’t matter, but she has been one of the highlights of this tournament due to her personality flourishing a lot more here and the fans loving her more and more. Sumire in her pre-match interview seems to be more focused on her bust size and even talked about the supplements she’s been taking for a couple weeks now and is disappointed that there’s been no change in her results just yet and hopes to provide progress updates. Kelly is her opponent tonight and if Kelly does win here, she’ll be in the top spot of the standings and would have a strong chance of winning. Can Kelly win again or will Sumire ruin it for her?

Once again, Sumire made the match fun when it was needed due to it not being the best bout in the tournament here but they did work with what they got, even if it was as pretty standard as they come. Kelly did an okay job in the match as well and probably my least favorite outing of her in the Grand Prix and she just wanted to dominate Sumire. Sumire was mostly doing her antics that you would see in her matches with the false handshakes, cradling them up when they least expect it, and just whipping them. It looked like Kelly was going to go for the win here and when she ran the ropes, Kagetsu kicked her in the back to stun her long enough for Sumire to grab the Oedo Tai sign so she could hit Kelly with it, but Kelly moved out of the way causing the sign to bounce off the ropes and hit Sumire instead in which it gets turned around for Kelly to hit the Fireman’s Carry Slam for the victory and she’s now in first place.

Rating: Tony Schiavone

 

Grand Prix Blue Stars Match
Hazuki vs. Mayu Iwatani

Review: A win here is very crucial for Mayu Iwatani if she wants to tie it up with Kelly, otherwise she would be eliminated from the tournament and her opponent, Hazuki would take the top spot with nine points and potentially win the whole thing if things work out in her favor. The last time the both of them fought one on one was around February during the ROH Women of Honor tournament and Mayu would come out the winner of that match and Mayu wants to beat her again to show she’s on a whole different level now. Who will take the top spot of the standings, Mayu or Hazuki?

Hazuki is in my top 5 wrestlers of Stardom right now and this match here with Mayu just solidified my statement for this claim. This whole tournament, she has been one of the most consistent wrestlers in her matches with her sequences being on point, her moves are crisp, and how to handle a match lately has been outstanding that she should be under peoples radar. Hazuki right away was being aggressive with Mayu before the bell even rang when she attacked her from behind and kept rolling her up which failed, but she kept on the attack by throwing her around into chairs on the outside and even destroyed Mayu’s arm during the whole match and not holding back on her, I love this side of Hazuki.

This match is one of my favorites in my block next to Hazuki/Momo still being my favorite one, but this one was still pretty damn close with their chemistry in the ring together gave us a special match and it’s not even their last one for their block. They told a great story in the ring, executed everything almost flawlessly, seeing a more aggressive side of Hazuki in her previous two matches, and Mayu selling it all to make it look more dangerous than it probably is, but they were just on point with everything together. Hazuki was pulling out all the stops with having her in the Crossface, working on her arm, stiff Dropkicks and a Codebreaker, but it still wasn’t enough to take Mayu out as she hits the Dragon Suplex Hold and gets the victory to tie first place with Kelly Klein. After the match, she told the crowd that she was now in first place and hopes the crowd will still support her as she looks to win it all at the final.

Rating: Bruce Prichard

 

Overall: Can’t really give it a fair assessment due to only having two matches with one being average and the other one being great, but the average of it was solid enough. I’m glad to see that all three of my picks are in the top 4 of potential winners and excited for the last day since it’s stacked.

Favorite Match: Hazuki vs. Mayu Iwatani

Score: 6/10

Blue Stars Standings:
Mayu Iwatani: 4-2 (8 Points)
Kelly Klein: 4-2 (8 Points)
Momo Watanabe: 3-2-1 (7 Points)
Hazuki: 3-2-1 (7 Points)
Nicole Savoy: 3-3 (6 Points)
Jamie Hayter: 2-4 (4 Points)
Saki Kashima: 2-4 (2 Points)
Natsu Sumire: 2-4 (4 Points)

Now that we have our final standings before the final show tomorrow, we see that our top 4 people that could still win this are Mayu Iwatani, Kelly Klein, Momo Watanabe, and Hazuki. We’re gonna break down the final card for tomorrow and see who has a real chance and how can it be done.

  • Mayu Iwatani vs. Momo Watanabe
  • Hazuki vs. Natsu Sumire
  • Kelly Klein vs. Nicole Savoy
  • Saki Kashima vs. Jamie Hayter

Here is how these four can win.

Mayu Iwatani: Defeat Momo Watanabe and Nicole Savoy defeats Kelly Klein.

Momo Watanabe: Defeat Mayu Iwatani and Nicole Savoy defeats Kelly Klein.

Kelly Klein: Defeat Nicole Savoy

Hazuki: Defeat Nicole Savoy, Momo Watanabe defeats Mayu Iwatani, and Nicole Savoy defeats Kelly Klein

If Momo and Hazuki do win their matches and Kelly loses, these two will be in a tie and it’ll be interesting to see who gets the final spot since they did tie it up in their outing, interesting direction if that’s the case.


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CMLL Arena Puebla Show Monday

El Asturiano and Black Tiger vs Espiritu Maligno and Fuerza Chicana

Maligno and Asturiano start out the match exchanging arm drags. Maligno is bare foot so Asturiano while having him in a hold bites his feet. Not very hygienical. Tiger and Chicana make their way in trading holds. Tags are made briefly and they pick up the pace but Chicana and Tiger come back in soon after to continue the faster pace. Maligno misses a splash and Tiger gets him in a surfboard stretch for the submission, then Asturiano pins Chicana with a hurricanrana pin combo. First Fall: El Asturiano pins Fuerza Chicana with a hurricanrana.

Black Tiger hits a monkey flip on Maligno to start the round and then hits a pose. Asturiano and Chicana are in to follow. He ends up feigning a dive to the outside. Maligno and Chicana start to get heat on the other team by double teaming both guys when they get the chance. Malingo hits a baseball slide to Asturiano in the corner and then they get both of them in submissions. Some elaborate stretches. Second Fall: Espiritu Maligno submits El Asturiano with a submission hold.

Third round starts with Asturiano being double teamed. Maligno hits a drop kick on him sending him out bringing in Black Tiger to get doubled. All four are in the ring now exchanging chops. Maligno gets Asturiano in a Gory Guerrero special into a pinning combination for the pin. The Chicana gets Black Tiger in a single leg boston crab for the win. Third Fall: Fuerza Chicana submits Black Tiger with a single leg boston crab.

Winners: Espiritu Maligno and Fuerza Chicana

Oro Jr, Super Astro Jr, and Tigre Rojo Jr vs King Rocker Jr, El Malayo, and King Jaguar

King Jaguar and Oro Jr start off with some chain wrestling, exchanging holds. They meet a stale mate and King Rocker come in and continue to exchange holds and chain wrestle. Tigre Rojo and Malayo come in and pick up the pace. Malayo gets Rojo in the corner to get an advantage on him, but it doesn’t work out. Oro Jr and Rojo hit a combo neck breaker on Malayo. Super Astro hits him with a dive for a pin. Tigre Rojo gets King Jaguar in an arm bar for the first fall. First Fall: Tigre Rojo Jr submits King Jaguar with an arm bar.

King Rocker starts the second fall with Oro jr and Oro gets him to the outside and then hits a pose. Astro comes in there next with Malayo. Astro gets him to the outside and then feigns a dive and hits an elaborate pose. After that Rojo and Jaguar come in and he too gets Jaguar to the outside and feigns a dive. Finally Rocker and Malayo are working over Tigre Rojo. Once they dispose of him they start to triple team Astro Jr. Jaguar hits a big baseball slide dive on Astro. Oro Jr gets hit with a basement drop kick to the hit by King Rocker for the second fall. Second Fall: King Rocker pins Oro Jr with a basement drop kick.

Oro and Rocker start out in the third round. This becomes a triple team attack soon. It doesn’t last for long and Oro Jr, Astro, and Rojo go for dives but they get dodged and then it becomes a brawl. They exchange spots and go for pins that get broken up. Astro hits a top rope headbutt on Malayo and pins him. Oro hits a power slam on Rocker and then Tigre and him do a double team move where Rojo flips Oro onto Rocker for the pin. Third Fall: Oro pins Rocker while being flipped by Tigre Rojo.

Winners: Oro Jr, Super Astro Jr, and Tigre Rojo Jr

Guerrero Maya, Fuego, and Stigma vs El Sagrado, Misterioso, and Tiger

Interesting note, the Arena Puebla is called Temple of Pain in translation. They should do Lucha Underground out of here. Maya and Misterioso start out in the match, and as they exchange holds and perform some mat wrestling, I’d like to point out how hype Fuego’s entrance is. After they go to a stale mate Sagrado and Stigma come in. They don’t last long and Fuego and Tiger get in there and pick up the pace.

Tiger irish whips Fuego into his corner and this causes his teammates to come in and triple team Fuego for a moment. Fuego’s teammates come in to confront. Fuego makes a come back and gets Tiger to the outside and then a brawl breaks out on the outside. After that Maya starts to get triple teamed. Misterioso hits a weak drop kick bringing Maya to the outside then hits a pose, but Fuego rolls him up. First Fall: Fuego rolls up Misterioso.

The second round is started with Stigma getting triple teamed. After they dispose of Stigma to the outside, Maya comes in to try his hand but the numbers are too much. El Sagrado hits an elbow drop for the second fall. Second Fall: El Sagrado hits an elbow drop on Guerrero Maya for the pin.

Maya starts the fall getting triple teamed but made a come back by hitting everyone with a tilt-a-Whirl back breaker. After that Stigma and Fuego came and hit middle rope dives. They all start to exchange spots now, one at a time. Fuego hits his matrix bridge spot and then hits a dive. Stigma hits a big hurricanrana on Misterioso. Tiger and Stigma start to exchange chops.

Eventually Tiger hits a big power bomb. Fuego hits a big victory roll on Misterioso and the ref takes forever to go for the count and Sagrado breaks it up. Misterioso hits a reverse power slam and Fuego breaks up the pin and then he hits a big dive. Stigma hits a pinning combination on on Sagrado and Maya hits a spring board, shoulder block on Tiger for the win. Third Fall: Guerrero Maya hits a shoulder block on Tiger for the win.

Winners: Guerrero Maya, Fuego, and Stigma

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