Cedric Alexander is still WWE Cruiserweight Champion, but the contenders keep on coming. 205 Live GM Drake Maverick made the decision, and we will have Buddy Murphy VS Mustafa Ali 3! Will the winner of this match make such an impression that they get one more shot at the Age of Alexander?
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- THE Brian Kendrick w/ Drew Gulak VS Lince Dorado w/ Lucha House Party; Lince wins.
- TJP VS Brian Keith; TJP wins.
- Buddy Murphy VS Mustafa Ali; no contest.
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And still WWE Cruiserweight Champion…
Cedric Alexander took on the challenge of the Aussie Juggernaut, Buddy Murphy, and won. In his home state of North Carolina, the Soul of 205 Live went toe to toe and move for move with the Best Kept Secret. Murphy was the bigger and stronger competitor, but Alexander showed he was the tougher and more determined. After two Neuralizer kicks and the Lumbar Check, the champion brought down the the Daredevil from Down Under. Who will be next to challenge the #AgeOfAlexander?
Drake Maverick frames tonight’s action.
After last week’s interference by Drew Gulak, the Lucha House Party will be granted some payback in singles action as the Golden Lynx goes up against The Man with a Plan. “Will Kendrick win once more? Or will Dorado even the score?” Then, in the efforts of naming Cedric Alexander’s next challenger, Buddy Murphy and Mustafa Ali have a third match against each other! Their series is tied one win apiece, who will win the rubber match?
THE Brian Kendrick w/ Drew Gulak VS Lince Dorado w/ Lucha House Party!
The Golden Lynx ended up tapping out to the Captain’s Hook last week, but only because the Philadelphia Stretcher got involved last week. Surprisingly, Gulak comes out with Kendrick instead of Jack Gallagher.
While the ungentle gentleman is conspicuous by his absence, Gulak again joins commentary. When asked who he feels should challenge Cedric Alexander next, Gulak naturally says it should be Gulak himself. The Lucha House Party is a bit confused, but Kendrick uses that opening to attack even before the bell! Kendrick puts Lince in the corner and fires off, but then backs off at the ref’s count. Lince tries to fight back but Kendrick is all over him again. Kendrick backs off again, and Lince gets him with wild haymakers! Lince fires off and he gets Kendrick in a corner now. The ref backs Lince down, and things speed up as Kendrick rushes Lince. Lince dodges and hits a dropkick flip, then the headscissors.
Kendrick bails out while the matracas rattle and fans chant “Lucha!” with Lince. Kendrick dares Kalisto to do something but Kalisto keeps his distance. Lince runs and slides out but Kendrick retaliates with forearms. Kendrick whips Lince but Lince reverses to send Kendrick into the apron. Lince gest to the apron and headscissors Kendrick down again. Fans “Lucha! Lucha!” with the Lucha House Party. Lince puts Kendrick in the ring, but then Kendrick dropkicks Lince down. Kendrick fetches Lince to put him into barriers and then mock the matracas. Kendrick puts Lince in the ring, then stomps away on Lince. He brings Lince up for a big side slam, cover, TWO. Kendrick drags Lince into an armlock and grinds his forearm into Lince’s chin.
Lince endures and fans rally, the matracas are loud as Lince powers his way up and out. Lince runs but into another side slam! Cover, TWO, and Kendrick grows frustrated. Kendrick crossface punches Lince, then toys with him. Gulak claims the Lucha House Party is only in it for the merchandise sales while Kendrick stalks Lince to a corner. Kendrick chokes Lince against the ropes, then backs off at 4. He comes back to grind his foot into Lince, then backs off at 4 again. Gulak likes what he sees as Kendrick drops knees. Kendrick brings Lince up for a butterfly suplex, cover, TWO. Kendrick grows frustrated while the fans chant “Lucha! Lucha!” again. Lince endures as Kendrick shifts to a chinlock. Gulak grows annoyed with the matracas, but Lince stands up.
Kendrick whips and Lince hits buckles hard. Kendrick whips Lince again, and Lince hits buckles hard again. The fans boo but Kendrick embraces the heat as he drags Lince up again. Kendrick goes for the hat trick but Lince bounces off to heel kick Kendrick down! Lince stands up with the chants, and boots Kendrick away as he runs in. Lince runs out, and headscissors Kendrick down. Now Lince rallies with chops and punches. He runs in at Kendrick, ends up on the apron, but he buckle bumps Kendrick away. Lince then climbs up, takes aim, and hits a big crossbody. Cover, TWO, but Lince keeps his cool as he dropkicks Kendrick again. Kendrick rolls out, Lince builds speed and DIVES!
Both Lince and Kendrick go down, but Metalik swings his matraca and chants with the fans. Gulak doesn’t think the “cat” is so great, they should be keeping this match to the ring. The trash talk distracts Lince enough for Kendrick to bounce Lince off the annonce desk. Kendrick brings Lince around, and throws him into Metalik! Kendrick puts Lince in the ring but Kalisto tells Gulak to leave Metalik alone. Gulak says what happened was “unfortunate”. Kendrick aims at Lince and runs corner to corner but misses! Lince handsprings, and hits the Golden Rewind!
Cover, Lince wins!
Winner: Lince, by pinfall
The Golden Lynx wins one for the Lucha House Party, but Gulak goes after Kalisto!
Then he goes into the ring to go after Lince! He stomps away on Lince, venting all his frustrations and annoyances over the Lucha House Party on “Dorito.” Kalisto and Metalik return, and they run off Gulak and Kendrick. This grudge based over personal styles is growing even more personal. Who will be the team standing tall when it’s all over?
205 Live takes another look at last week’s Cruiserweight Championship match.
The first championship match to be held on 205 Live in eight months did not disappoint. Alexander proved he is a well-rounded athlete while Murphy showed exactly why he’s the Juggernaut of the Cruiserweight Division. But even though Murphy was confident no one could stop him from becoming champion, Alexander gave him more than he was prepared to take. In the end, Alexander won in front of an elated home crowd. Alexander has reigned since his win at Wrestlemania, how long will his reign continue?
Mustafa Ali speaks.
The Heart of 205 Live is glad for and proud of his friend, Cedric Alexander, retaining the Cruiserweight Championship. “His performance didn’t just make me proud, it made me hungry.” Ali wants to get back and prove he deserves an opportunity. Tonight is his third match with Murphy, a “force of nature.” Murphy thinks he’s gonna run Ali over and get another shot. Murphy may be stronger, but does he have more heart? Ali vows to prove he has the Heart of a Champion. Will Ali break the tie to then go for gold?
TJP VS Brian Keith!
The inaugural (New Era) Cruiserweight Champion claims dissatisfaction with his opportunities in the Cruiserweight Division. He claims he wants out of 205 Live if he isn’t given better. Will the “Cruiser-Great” get what he wants after he wins tonight? Or will one of Texas’ own show him up?
The bell rings, and TJP wants to shake Keith’s hand. Keith accepts, but TJP just uses it to reel him in for a clothesline! TJP exits the ring and grabs a mic. He says he’s sorry to do this to Keith in front of his family in “Corpus Crispy”, but nice boots. Keith probably thought he’d make a name for himself tonight, but no chance. TJP then hits the slingshot senton, and keeps talking! “Let me get this straight: Is this really the type of competition that the first-ever Cruiserweight Champion deserves?” TJP then puts Keith in a deathlock, and continues talking!
To TJP, Drake Maverick has forgotten that TJP carried this division on his back long before Maverick was GM. TJP then pulls Keith back for a surfboard stomp! TJP wonders if another GM on another brand will appreciate him better. Paige, Kurt Angle or even William Regal in NXT. TJP puts Keith in a new deathlock, sitting on the hold to keep it in place. Keith endures while TJP says “The best technical wrestler might just be available to those brands very soon. As for this guy, it’s tapout time.” TJP pulls back and Keith does tap out, so TJP wins.
Winner: TJP, by submission
The FilAm Flash lets Keith go so that he can soak in the spotlight. He sent a message to both his current GM and all other WWE GM’s at the same time. TJP wants championship treatment, which GM will give it to him? Will any brand treat him as a champion?
“Where oh where is the Man of the Hour?”
He’s been in the back, planning his attack. Lio Rush wants us all to face it: he’s the best Cruiserweight in the world. “What you are looking at is a 23 year old piece of gold.” Lio is a gift, but what we will experience is a “living legend, a phenomenon, and it’s only a matter of time before 205 Live feels the Rush.” The clock is ticking. When will Lio Rush’s time in 205 Live come?
Buddy Murphy VS Mustafa Ali!
The Heart of 205 Live and the Beacon of Light, Ali wants his second chance at the Cruiserweight Championship. However, so does the Aussie Juggernaut, who only just got his first chance at a singles championship in WWE.
In a quick backstage interview, Murphy is asked about his “set back” in losing last week. The Premier Athlete and Murphy’s friend, Tony Nese, speaks on his behalf, saying Murphy took Alexander to his limits. Only idiots would expect the same thing to happen next time. Murphy answers now, saying that he is still the Juggernaut of this division, and will prove it all over again that “you can’t stop the unstoppable.”
Tensions are high before the bell, and when the bell rings, Murphy rushes at Ail. Ali leaps up and over, but Murphy turns around and powers him to a corner. Murphy rams in his shoulder, then carries Ali corner to corner for more shoulders. Murphy goes to do it again but Ali sunset flips through, only for Murphy to break free and throw Ali to a corner. Ali dodges and chops, but Murphy barely flinches. Murphy shoves Ali to the other corner, but Ali goes up and over again. Ali chops, and chops, but still nothing. Murphy whips but Ali kicks. That does something.
Ali dodges Murphy’s counter attacks, but he can’t escape Murphy’s grasp. Ali back elbows Murphy, but Murphy grabs Ali’s hair! Murphy back suplexes but Ali slips out and speeds up. Ali cartwheels past and then flapjack dropkicks Murphy down. Murphy rolls out, but Ali builds speed to corkscrew and FLY!
Down goes Murphy and Ali fires up! The fans cheer Ali on as he puts Murphy back in the ring. Ali climbs up top, and leaps with a crossbody. Cover, TWO, but Ali keeps his cool. Murphy gets to a corner and he shoves Ali away. Ali runs in but is put on the apron. He rocks Murphy with a right, then climbs up, but Murphy turns around and climbs right up to join him. Murphy and Ali fight up there and Ali sends Murphy away. Murphy comes right back, but runs into a right hand! Ali adds a buckle bump, then stands up. It gets risky as Murphy starts hitting back. Murphy gets Ali onto his shoulders in the fireman’s carry, and even though Ali resists, Murphy drops him on the top turnbuckle!!
The double-edged move takes a lot out of them both, but Murphy manages a cover. TWO, but Ali is clutching his ribs. Murphy rams his knee into Ali’s back, then whips him. He flips Ali over with the kitchen sink knee, then stalks Ali. Fans rally for Ali, but Murphy whips him again. Ali rolls Murphy, then crucifix, TWO. Murphy kicks and tosses Ali onto the top rope, going after those ribs again. The referee checks on Ali, but Murphy trash talks him. Murphy drags Ali up, and gives him a pendulum backbreaker to then flip him over for a gutbuster. Cover, TWO, and Murphy grows a bit annoyed with Ali. Murphy puts Ali in a seated abdominal stretch to work on those ribs. Fans keep rallying for Ali, and Ali stands up.
Ali fights his way out of the hold, then uses ropes, but Murphy uses his strength to block the tilt-o-whirl. Murphy goes to long dart Ali but Ali slips out to shove Murphy into buckles. Ali then hits the reverse-rana! Both men are down but fans rally up again. A ten count begins, and reaches 8. Both men stand before 9, Murphy runs at Ali, only for Ali to boot him away. Murphy staggers away and Ali runs in. Ali blocks those boots just in time, and spins Murphy around to SUPERKICK the back of Murphy’s head. Murphy back elbows Ali though he’s still in the ropes. Ali goes to the apron, and springboards for a splash!
Direct hit, but Ali’s ribs keep him from covering. Ali crawls to a cover, TWO! Both men are down again, but fans rally. Ali stands up first and rocks Murphy with a forearm. Murphy hits back with a haymaker, so Ali answers in kind. Murphy gives another strong right, and so does Ali. Now Murphy throws a body shot, but Ali hits back with another forearm. Ali tries again but Murphy fires off his strike fest. Ali manages to deflect the knee and give a spinning heel kick! Murphy falls to his knees while fans rally. Ali runs, but into a forearm from Murphy. Murphy runs but into Ali’s SUPERKICK! Ali runs but Murphy flips him over to boot him to a corner. Ali evades and roundhouses Murphy, to then slingshot for the- No, Murphy denies the facebuster to give Ali a knee to the head! Cover, TWO!!
Fans cheer for Ali, dazed as he is. Ali crawls for the ropes, but Murphy glares as fans rally. Murphy stalks Ali to the ropes, and to the apron. He drags Ali up, but Ali fights back. Murphy shoves Ali back, but Ali evades and Murphy boots a post! Ali returns to the apron, to then somersault and facebuster Murphy on the edge!!
Murphy pops off the apron and hits the barrier, but Ali puts him back in the ring. Cover, TWO?! Ali can’t believe Murphy survived! Murphy is the dazed one now, and fans rally up again. Ali stands but Murphy yanks him into buckles. Murphy stands but walks into a mule kick. Ali hops up but Murphy tucks him in for a cheeky SUPERKICK! Murphy then drags Ali out in dominator position, and hits the AK DDT!
Cover, TWO!? Now Murphy is in disbelief. Fans love it though, “This is Awesome!” Ali drags himself to ropes and out of the ring, but Murphy stalks over to him again. Murphy goes outside and grabs Ali by the hair. “Who do you think you are?!” Murphy shouts that he’s next in line, and places Ali’s head on the apron. Murphy stomps, but Ali moves just in time, and trips Murphy up! Ali staggers away, then runs back at Murphy, but Murphy tosses him up! Ali lands on the ropes, to then jump for a SUPER Tornado DDT!! Fans are losing their minds while Ali puts Murphy in the ring again. Ali climbs up to the top once more, but Hideo Itami attacks?!
Itami just ruined this amazing main event, but why? Why is he going after Ali? Itami just smirks as fans boo and jeer. But Itami isn’t just after Ali, he hits Murphy with a hesitation dropkick, too! Then he brings Ali up, and hits the GTS Mk. II!
Security and extra referees come in to stop Itami from doing any more damage. Itami always demands respect, is this his way of getting it? Or just his way of getting in on the Cruiserweight Championship picture?
A great episode of 205 Live, though there were some things that were clearly just to fill time. For one, we didn’t need two recaps of the Cruiserweight Championship match from last week. That is something Raw or SmackDown would do but that’s because they’re for several hours each. 205 Live is only one hour, we need less filler. Also interesting how Drake Maverick essentially did my job for me, with how he starts the show with summing it all up for the viewers. Maybe the WWE just want any new viewers not to feel too lost when they tune in.
The matches tonight were all good for one reason or another. TJP uses poor Brian Keith to make his statement that he wants a title shot or a transfer. But whether we’re talking kayfabe or reality, moving out of 205 Live isn’t good for him, because there’s just no room. Meanwhile, Gallagher’s absence may have hurt Kendrick’s chances of winning, as Gulak wasn’t enough to distract the Lucha House Party this time. Lince wins to keep LHS up, and I still feel this story is only going to be settled when one team is given WWE Cruiserweight Tag Team Championships. Again, we need more teams in the Cruiserweight Tag Team Division first, but maybe the duo of Nese & Murphy can work something out for truly the biggest and strongest team in the Division.
Of course, Murphy still wants to be THE Cruiserweight Champion, and his match with Ali was another instant classic, until the end. Itami attacking “ruins” the match but it sure makes for good story. Itami having a match with either Ali or Murphy would be great, and I expect Itami challenges next, since the other two had their shots. Alexander VS Itami can also be a great match, given the difference in styles, and that match might go either way as Itami is the kind of Heel who will resort to anything he has to in order to win.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Results & Report! (12/11/18)
SmackDown brings us a Wrestlemania Rematch this close to TLC! The Queen ended the Empress of Tomorrow’s undefeated streak, but will history repeat itself?
- Daniel Bryan VS Mustafa Ali; Bryan wins.
- The Miz & Shane McMahon VS Chip & Chad; The Miz & Shane win.
- Samoa Joe & Shinsuke Nakamura VS Jeff Hardy & Rusev w/ Lana; Hardy & Rusev win.
- Charlotte Flair VS Asuka; Asuka wins, by disqualification.
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Daniel Bryan heads to the ring!
Or should we say, the new Daniel Bryan. Either way, the WWE Championship will be on the line against the Phenomenal AJ Styles. However, it’s a minor miracle Styles can even compete after what this Daniel Bryan did to his leg at the end of last week. Fans boo and jeer this Bryan as he picks up a mic. Bryan recalls calling the WWE Universe a bunch of sheep. He wants to apologize for that. Bryan wants to apologize to sheep. Sheep don’t deserve to be compared to such idiots! They’re not the ones destroying the planet with endless consumption. It’s not a “carbon hoof print.” The fans aren’t sheep. They’re parasites! Fans disagree, and believe “Daniel Sucks!” He just calls them fickle.
As he was saying, fans are parasites because they take and take and give nothing in return, especially in Las Vegas. But Bryan isn’t surprised, because fans latched on tot he Old Bryan and lived vicariously through him. That’s what the Yes Movement really was. “Well guess what? The Old Daniel Bryan is dead! And the Yes Movement is dead!” But just like any parasite, the fans have moved on to a new “fickle field”. And these idiots all sit on the couch in the House that AJ Styles Built. Fans cheer for Styles, but Bryan reminds us he is the WWE Champion! And at TLC, Bryan vows to crush Styles’ dream of reclaiming the title, and then the announcement will be “Still WWE Champion, the NEW Daniel Bryan!”
Do fans not believe him? “No! No!” Well Bryan debates with friends all the time, “sometimes you don’t know whether your’e stupid or you deliberately pull the wool over your eyes so you don’t have to realize the facts.” Stupidity is the deliberate cultivation of ignorance. Like in Vegas! But wait, here comes Bryan’s opponent for tonight, the Beacon of Light, Mustafa Ali! Ali responds to Bryan with an introduction, but Bryan already knows who he is. The idiot fans might not but Bryan does. And he knows they’re having a match later, but Ali can join him now. Bryan gives Ali an introduction, and it seems fans do know who he is. Ali is the Heart of 205 Live, and is an incredible performer. Bryan sees a lot of his former self in Ali.
So Bryan gives Ali advice: they don’t need to have this match tonight. Bryan tells Ali that the fans won’t care, “they’re too self-absorbed” and xenophobic. These fickle fans do not deserve this great match. Fans boo so Bryan calls them all fickle. But Ali wants to know what happened to Bryan. Bryan inspired wrestlers like Ali to become a superstar. The entire 205 Live roster looks up to Bryan because Bryan stood toe to toe with any giant and proved he had heart. So what happened? Bryan talks about the Old Bryan, but that Old Bryan would want a fight. Ali wants a fight! Bryan paces while fans chant “Fight! Fight!” Bryan asks Ali what kind of car he drives. What does that have to do with this? But, it’s an SUV.
Bryan doesn’t like that. Ali is small, why does he need a car so big? Well, he has a wife and kids- Bryan slaps him! Bryan says Ali is ignorant, and slaps him again. So Ali fights back! Bryan whips but Ali reverses and headscissors Bryan tot he apron! Then dropkicks Bryan out, and leaps with a senton! Ali looks to shut this New Bryan up, next!
Daniel Bryan VS Mustafa Ali!
SmackDown returns as Bryan whips Ali and knocks him down with a kitchen sink knee. Bryan drags Ali up for a headbutt then toys with him. Fans boo as Bryan taunts Ali then bumps him off buckles. Bryan kicks away on Ali in the corner, then soaks up the heat. Bryan drags Ali up with an arm wrench, then whips him corner to corner. Ali goes up but Bryan catches him with a kick. Bryan kicks Ali while he’s down, then drops knees. Bryan hooks Ali’s face but lets up at 4. Ali gets to a corner but Bryan rocks him with a European Uppercut. Bryan grabs Ali for a toehold, then drops an elbow on the knee. Bryan hooks the legs and grabs at the arms. Ali resists so Bryan hooks the nose instead!
Bryan lets up at 4, then hooks the nose again. He lets go at 4, and then lets off the legs to stomp Ali on the back! Fans boo but Bryan soaks up the heat. Bryan stalks Ali and gives him the Yes Kicks. OR perhaps now, the “No Kicks” because fans say “No!” with each one. Bryan aims but Ali dodges to kick back! Ali SUPERKICKS Bryan in the back, covers, TWO! Bryan bails out but Ali builds speed to wreck him with a dropkick! Ali slingshots but Bryan dodges to send Ali into the post! Bryan grins while we go picture in picture.
Ali is down while Bryan catches his breath. Bryan climbs up top to make sure everyone can see him. Then he goes back for Ali on the outside, but leaves him for dead. Bryan soaks up the heat and counts along, but Ali gets in at 9! Bryan looks annoyed by the resilient Ali. He kicks Ali while he’s down, then drags him up. Bryan snap suplexes Ali down, then heads up top. Ali gets up and stops Bryan! Ali climbs up to join Bryan, and hits a SUPER SPANISH FLY!! But Ali flounders away, he crawls back to a cover, TWO!! Ali was so close to pinning THE WWE Champion! He hurries to put Bryan in a drop zone and goes back up. But Bryan trips Ali off and Ali hits the floor!
Bryan gets Ali back into the ring fast, and wraps on the No Lock! Ali moves around, enduring the hold. Bryan wrenches back hard, but Ali doesn’t give up. Ali drags himself and Bryan towards ropes as we return to single picture. Ali reaches, and gets the ropebreak! Bryan lets go, but is simply annoyed further. Bryan drags Ali up and puts him on the top rope backwards. He pulls Ali down into the Tree of Woe and gives more No Kicks. Bryan runs corner to corner, and hits a dropkick! Bryan drags Ali out of the Tree, then puts him back up. He climbs up behind Ali, but Ali slips out of the Super Back Suplex! Ali dodges Bryan and Bryan hits buckles! Ali CHOPS Bryan, and again, and again! Bryan kicks back and bump Ali off buckles.
Bryan whips but Ali reverses. Ali gets under Bryan to hit the tornado DDT! Cover, TWO! Ali again comes close and is shocked. Bryan ends up in a drop zone and Ali hurries up again. Ali leaps, 0-5-4 FLOPS! Bryan drags Ali over and slams his leg into the post! And again! And again! Ali crawls away but Bryan comes around from the corner to chop block the leg! Bryan drags Ali into the Heel Hook! Ali taps, Bryan wins!
Winner: The New Daniel Bryan, by submission
The WWE Champion’s new mean streak helps him snuff out the Beacon of Light tonight in Vegas! However, The Phenomenal One is coming for payback, will he become the new champion?
But Bryan isn’t done with Ali! He attacks Ali on the stage with those savage stomps! And he puts the Heel Hook on again! Ali taps but it doesn’t matter. More referees appear and Bryan lets Ali go. Fans boo but Bryan revels in it as he holds up his title. This mean streak runs deep, will it be the key to keeping the New Bryan the current champion?
Awww Vegas~! It’s time for a Rap Battle!
The New Day come out to host a special battle of bars between The Usos and The Bar!
SmackDown returns as Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods and Big E stand ready as judges for this second ever SmackDown Rap Battle. Meanwhile, The Bar look like they stepped out from the 90’s. Now they’ll all be battling in the SmackDown Tag Team Championship Triple Threat. The Bar requested this battle but the New Day won’t allow for any funny business. Sheamus starts off, “This has gone too far, Big Tony, hit them with the bar.” Cesaro starts a beat for “Ice Ice Shamy.” The Bar basically parody Vanilla Ice. Fans don’t know whether to laugh or boo. The New Day rank that… a trash can out of 10.
As for the Usos, Jimmy and Jey take a moment to collect themselves. “It’s the Usos VS the Bar in a rap off, I’m like it can’t be. What the hell are they about to talk about, UCe?” “Sheamus’ hair grease. Cesaro’s mouth piece.” The Usos got cheated, defeated, they removed it from their memories like Woken Hardy: DELETED. They beat the Ninja Turtles, and now it’s on to Bebop and Rock Steady. “FELLA~!” Mr. Movie Star, they’re not stealing a line but that was booty. Usos show love, like cupid. Sheamus looks dumb. No, like stupid! Is Sheamus purposefully staying white like chalk? Does he have Cesaro help him with the mohawk? Brogue Kicks VS Superkick, ain’t no pump action, those come from the hip, hit you in the teeth. But how do you knock Cesaro’s teeth out with no knuckles? I dunno. Let’s introduce our friend, Mr. Turnbuckle.
Hello, Mr. Turnbuckle! How did it feel? Well when he pushed Cesaro’s teeth down his throat, we learned who’s the real man of steel. Cesaro the Swiss Superman, right? King of Swing, right? But that won’t matter against their Uso kryptonite! The Bar sets the bar? No this is a true tag team, they’re the stars. Ten years, still going hard, zero injuries, Uso Iron Man! Tony Stark!! The Usos are bulletproof, are the truth and still have fun. Back to back tag team of the year, six time champs coming soon. The Bar, New Day, Usos, Sunday, Welcome to the Uso Penitentiary! The Bar have heard enough, they start swinging! The Usos are ready, and they hit back! Cesaro and Sheamus get sent out, and then the Usos are ready to throw with The New Day.
But The Bar comes back to blow it all up! BROGUE for Jey, and then a beating for the hosts! Jey gets up, but gets A-Swiss-ted White Noise! The Bar hold up their titles, and as the Usos said themselves, “We ARE the Bar!” Will #RunBAR continue to run the SmackDown Tag Team Division after TLC’s Triple Threat?
“I thought nobody would be ready for Asuka. I was wrong, I was not ready, I made one mistake.” The mistake was Asuka let up. But this Sunday, Asuka will kick, strike, climb and grab that title to win. As for tonight, Charlotte won’t be ready this time! The Empress is fired up, will she settle the score from back at Wrestlemania?
The Miz is in the ring!
He holds the World Cup trophy, and tells Shane McMahon that while it’s his week to have custody, Miz needs to speak his mind. Miz wants Shane to come out, and doesn’t want to have to beg. Fans want to see him beg. Miz concedes, and kneels. He bends the knee, and asks Shane come out to talk. This is bigger than a trophy, so please come out. Shane O’Mac appears! He joins Miz in the ring, and says “What’s up, Las Vegas?” And what is up with Miz? Is he okay? Why is Miz out here with the trophy? It’s the only way Miz can get through to him! Shane won’t respond to him. They can be so good together, if he’d just give Miz a chance.
Miz knows Shane is scared, and so is Miz. But Shane owes Miz one. They should tag together again. If they lose, fine, this can stop. But if they win, they can be the #BestTeamintheWorld! Shane thinks this is getting weird. No, the trophy is just a symbol. They can be so much more! Then enlighten him. Okay, fine. Miz will say this for the first time in his life. In fact, Miz will show him! Get a referee out here! A referee appears. They’ll take on Chip & Chad, The Vegas Boys! Chip & Chad appear, and the match is set?
The Miz & Shane McMahon VS Chip & Chad!
Shane is very confused, and tries to reason with Miz while the bell rings. Chip and Chad attack Shane! Miz is shocked, but he coaches Shane up. Shane fires off fast hands! He knocks Chip(?) down then throws him out! Shane dares Chad(?) to fight, and he lights him up with jabs! Shane whips then hits a big back elbow. He hits Chip away and then gives Chad a float-over DDT! Fans want Miz to get in, but he’s busy holding the world cup. Shane brings Chad into a triangle hold! Miz is already celebrating before Chad taps out. Shane & Miz win!
Winners: The Miz & Shane McMahon, Shane by submission
The Best Team in the World finally succeeds! But Miz is clearly more pumped then Shane is about it. Will Shane come around and join Miz on this tag team journey to the top? Or is Miz just seeing what he wants to see?
Paige is furious with the referee.
They can’t just be making matches without the GM’s consent! Especially with the commissioner. But The Miz said she gave permission. Paige sees what’s going on now. But just as she tells the ref to hush, Chip & Chad come in, with invoices. The Miz said they were getting paid $5000 each for that match. Paige tears up the invoices, and tells everyone to leave. Will the GM have words for the overly ambitious A-Lister?
Randy Orton heads to the ring!
The Viper prepares for a Chairs Match with the King of Lucha Libre! These two will be able to do whatever they want with those infamous steel weapons. Orton brings one into the ring with him, and says “Nothing like a good ol’ fashioned solid steel chair, am I right?” They’re built for comfort, but can also make a statement. Orton rolls footage of how he’s used these chairs to brutalize Rey Mysterio these last few weeks, namely wrapped around Mysterio’s head before being thrown into a steel post. Orton likes that, but perhaps we can do better. He rolls more footage, as he did very much the same thing, but throwing Mysterio into steel steps this time.
“Now let me get this straight.” Mysterio knows he has a Chairs Match, and is okay with that? Everyone’s seen what Orton does to his opponent, yet Mysterio is okay with that? Mysterio must think he’ll get his revenge. But Mysterio is a victim, and victims don’t get revenge. The locker room will be worried about TLC, but Mysterio needs to be worried about RKO. But Mysterio SMACKS Orton from behind! Mysterio jabs the chair into Orton, then SMACKS him again! Then he tosses the chair at Orton, to dropkick it in his head! Orton is on the ropes, and Mysterio hits the 619! Orton bails out, but Mysterio wants more! Will the Viper be a victim after Sunday?
Backstage interview with Becky Lynch.
If Charlotte Flair and Asuka beat each other up badly enough, does that give her an advantage in the SmackDown Women’s Championship TLC? Advantage? Becky’s getting back in the ring, road testing both her banged up face and her banged up brain, in one of the most dangerous matches in all of WWE. And not just against one but two of the best. So no, there is no advantage. But Becky still loves it. Fighting against the odds is what Becky does. And doctors can get all twitchy, but she’ll still scout her opponents tonight. And then on Sunday, she’ll remind all of us how much chaos can happen when The Man comes around.
Samoa Joe & Shinsuke Nakamura VS Jeff Hardy & Rusev w/ Lana!
The Destroyer wants to remind the Enigma of his troubled past, while the King of Strong Style wants to make it clear the Super Athlete will never relive his glory days. Will Hardy and Rusev uniting be enough to show Joe and Nakamura that it’s not about the past but the future?
Nakamura and Joe troll their opponents, but then the FABULOUS Truth appears? Dance Break~! The music hits and the flossing begins! “Proceed.” Nakamura kicks Hardy and the match begins! Nakamura drives in knees, then stomps Hardy down. He tags in Joe and Joe drives down elbows. Hardy hits back and Joe bails out. Joe drags Hardy out to join him and then throws Hardy into barriers. The Destroyer looms over the Enigma as we go picture in picture.
Joe puts Hardy back in the ring and stands hardy up. He tags to Nakamura and Nakamura stomps away in the corner. Nakamura gives Hardy Bad Vibrations, then taunts Rusev. He says “C’MON!” and Rusev takes the bait, but the ref keeps him back. Nakamura goes back to Hardy for a snapmare and knee drop! Cover, TWO! Joe tags in but Hardy flounders for Rusev. Joe drags him back and stomps Hardy out, before driving elbow after elbow into Hardy’s shoulder. He wrenches Hardy’s neck and Hardy endures as fans rally. Hardy stands up and fights back, but runs into Joe’s back elbow. Joe covers, TWO! Joe stands Hardy up for jabs as we return to single picture.
The referee counts and Joe backs off. Hardy fires off but Joe reverses the whip to hit the back elbow to Pele! Hardy goes down, Joe covers, but Rusev breaks it. Joe keeps on Hardy with another snapmare, and chops to the shoulder. He tags in Nakamura and Nakamura stomps on Hardy. Nakamura brings Hardy up in a facelock, then rams his knee in. He puts Hardy on the top rope and hits the Top Shelf Knee! Cover, TWO! Nakamura keeps his eyes on Rusev as he tags Joe back in. Joe kicks Hardy while he’s down, then pulls on the arms for the half surfboard. Rusev and fans rally for Hardy, and Hardy gets up. Hardy kicks and punches Joe, but Joe denies the Twist. Joe runs into the corner but into an elbow. Whisper in the Wind hits! Both men are down but fans fire up!
Hardy and Joe crawl for their corners as fans chant “Rusev Day!” Hot tag to Nakamura, then to Rusev! The Bulgarian Brute rallies on the Rockstar, and throws haymakers! Rusev whips and clobbers him at the ropes. Rusev scoops Nakamura to ram in his knee, then throws him with the Fall Away Slam! Nakamura gets to a corner but Rusev runs in for the back shoulder, and then the spinning heel kick! Fans fire up with Rusev as he stomps the mat. Nakamura slowly stands, and he elbows Rusev away. Rusev still lifts but Nakamura slips out. Nakamura swings but misses, Rusev’s roundhouse connects! Cover, but Joe breaks it. Hardy gives Joe the Twist of Fate!
Hardy follows after, and leaps off the apron! He wipes Joe out, but Nakamura runs at Rusev. Drop toehold, into the Accolade. Nakamura escapes to use his strike fest, then aims from a corner. But he runs into a MACHKA KICK instead! Cover, Rusev & hardy win!
Winners: Jeff Hardy & Rusev, Rusev pinning
The Bulgarian Brute pins the United States Champion! Will Rusev use this to launch back into the title scene? Will Hardy be able to render Joe’s mind games OBSOLETE?
Shane McMahon confronts The Miz backstage.
What is going on with him and the trophy? Paying competitors to attack Shane? Tricking an official into calling a match no one sanctioned? Miz is crossing a line. Miz admits it! But he won’t apologize. Shane’s instincts kicked in and won, just like he did at the World Cup! That kill-or-be-killed McMahon instinct! Miz has main evented Wrestlemania, has a film franchise and a reality TV series, but he’s never been considered Best in the World. Not until Shane came along. Miz offers a handshake, but Shane denies it. Miz is left hanging, will he give up this pursuit? Or will he only be all the more motivated?
Backstage interview with AJ Styles.
“The New Daniel Bryan” took the WWE Championship through underhanded means, but is Styles ready to take the title back? Styles is biding his time, because no one else wants to beat Bryan up more than he does. He’s counting the days, hours and minutes to TLC. This “new” Bryan isn’t that new. It’s more like “the real” Bryan. But there’s only one Phenomenal One, and that’s AJ Styles. Styles is ready for revenge, but will he get satisfaction on Sunday?
Charlotte Flair VS Asuka!
The Queen and the Empress are both ready for TLC’s first ever Women’s TLC match, that is also a triple threat with the champion, Becky Lynch. However, tonight is about a rematch from their epic SmackDown Women’s Championship Wrestlemania match! Will Charlotte be able to repeat history? Or will she find she’s no longer ready for Asuka?
SmackDown returns with a backstage interview from Charlotte. She’s days away from another historic first, but what about this amazing rematch? Charlotte knows what’s at stake. Asuka says she’s going to break Charlotte, but The Queen doesn’t break. The Queen breaks streaks. This will be a preview of how Charlotte will make them bow down to the Queen! The Queen makes her entrance, and we begin!
But wait, The Man promised to be ringside, and her she comes! Becky Lynch raises her belt all the way down the ramp and over to commentary where she takes her seat. The bell rings and Asuka and Charlotte turn their focus back on each other. Charlotte boots but misses, and Asuka puts on a waistlock. Asuka lifts but Charlotte fights out, only for Asuka to chop her back. Asuka runs, but her hip attack is caught! She still victory rolls through to a Kneebar! Charlotte scrambles around and stands up. She pries Asuka off and drives her down with a back suplex! Charlotte stands but Asuka follows. Charlotte CHOPS Asuka, and again. Asuka ducks the third to hit a German Suplex! Asuka fires up and runs, but Charlotte dodges the hip attack. Charlotte boots Asuka off the ropes, and takes a moment to catch her breath.
Fans echo the “WOO~!” as Charlotte brings herself over to a corner. Charlotte climbs up and moonsaults, but gets knees! And then flipped into the Asuka Lock! Charlotte scrambles more and gets up. Asuka holds on, but Charlotte makes it a backpack senton! Asuka grabs Charlotte again! Charlotte scrambles around but can’t get Asuka off. Charlotte roles to a ropebreak, and Asuka lets go at 4. This epic rematch continues after the break.
SmackDown returns once more, and the two are brawling on the mat! Charlotte and Asuka fire up with each hit and fans are dueling. Asuka hits, Charlotte hits, but Asuka gets an edge! Charlotte blocks, spins Asuka around, but Asuka switches to an octopus stretch! Charlotte endures as Asuka pulls back harder. Fans rally on both sides as Charlotte works against the hold. Charlotte pops Asuka up but Asuka makes it a crucifix driver! Cover, TWO! Fujiwara armbar outta nowhere! Charlotte struggles against it, but can’t get away. Becky seems unimpressed either way. Asuka wrenches back but Charlotte rolls through, only to end up in a triangle hold! Charlotte makes it a cover, ONE. She tries again, ONE! Charlotte rains rights then makes it a cover again, ONE.
Asuka fires palm strike while holding the hold. Charlotte deadlifts and powerbombs! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte almost had Asuka, but both women are down from exhaustion. Fans “WOO~” for Charlotte and cheer for Asuka as the two stir. Charlotte sits up first, and crawls over to Asuka. Asuka sits up and they both trash talk. Charlotte slaps Asuka as she says “You will never break me!” But Asuka gets the takedown, the jackknife, but Charlotte slips through to Figure Four! Asuka endures as Charlotte wrenches back. Asuka turns the hold over! The pressure reverses and now Charlotte endures! Charlotte scrambles to ropes and the two separate. Becky seems amused now. Asuka and Charlotte force themselves up, but Charlotte gets Asuka’s leg. Asuka endures the toehold, but Charlotte drives in elbows! Charlotte goes for another Figure Four but Asuka resists, so Charlotte drops a knee!
Fans duel as Asuka endures. Charlotte hammers away on Asuka, her frustration boiling over. Cover, TWO! Becky is again stoic as she watches Chalrotte drag Asuka over to a corner. Charlotte throws a leg into the post! She gives Becky a glare before she again throws Asuka’s leg against post. Charlotte then drags Asuka over, covers, TWO! She goes for the figure four, but Asuka cradles! TWO, and Charlotte CHOPS Asuka. And chops, and chops! Asuka blocks the next chop, and fireman’s carry takedown to kicks! Asuka runs, but Charlotte follows. Spear into a code breaker! Cover, TWO!! Asuka almost caught Charlotte there but this battle continues. Fans continue to duel as Asuka stands. Asuka kicks away on Charlotte, again and again and again, but then the buzzsaw is blocked. She still knocks the wind out of Charlotte, then fires off elbows from all sides!
Asuka kicks Charlotte in the face again and again, almost toying with her. She gives another shot then runs, but into a SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!? Asuka survives and Charlotte is surprised. Becky is stone faced, but on the edge of her seat. Charlotte flounders to her feet while Asuka stirs on the mat. Charlotte drags Asuka to a drop zone while fans duel. She climbs up top, moonsault! Asuka gets her feet up, but Charlotte saw it coming! Charlotte grabs the feet for a figure four, but Asuka sees that coming! Cradle to Asuka Lock!! Charlotte flairs but the hold is on deep! Asuka stays on Charlotte’s back, and they fall out of the ring! Charlotte resorts to a kendo stick! And she SMACKS Asuka!
Winner: Asuka, by disqualification
The Mad Queen returns as she swings wild! Charlotte gave Asuka the win, but The Man simply smirks as she looks at her battered competition. Becky goes to leave, but Charlotte SMACKS her in the back! Charlotte SMACKS away on Asuka, but Becky comes back with kicks! Becky throws Charlotte into the steps, then takes up the stick! She SMACKS Charlotte now! And again, and again! But Asuka attacks Becky! And throws her over the announce desk! Asuka picks up the stick for her own, and SMACKS Charlotte back! And Becky on the table, too! Asuka smacks everyone!! The Empress stands over The Queen and The Man, but will she stand tall as the Women’s Champion?!
SmackDown again has the superior main roster go-home! And oddly enough, that might be because they changed some things. Naomi and Mandy Rose were meant to spark a feud tonight, as started by social media, but perhaps there were factors beyond anyone’s control that cancelled that match. After all, this is a live show. But I do appreciate SmackDown at least wanted a midcard story going into TLC, it can’t always be about the title.
Moving on, Daniel Bryan’s opening promo was great. I knew he was going to pull that gag about “that’s an insult to [x]”. And it’s great for Mustafa Ali to be the one trying to get through to Bryan about his new behavior. For one, it’s just great that Cruiserweights are showing up on both main shows, and I hope this continues to some degree, in perhaps an effort to stop the isolation of the Division on 205 Live. Raw already has Lio Rush and the Lucha House Party, perhaps SmackDown can have stars like Ali, Noam Dar, or Cedric Alexander show up to give us some great matches. Bryan VS Ali was itself a great match and Ali looked strong even in losing.
I’m a little disappointed Bryan VS Styles won’t be a Chairs Match, but learning that Orton VS Mysterio gets that, that’s really great. Orton and Mysterio have been heading that way given the violent chair spots, and I am sure they’ll do the stipulation justice. But Mysterio standing tall tonight, I have a feeling that means Orton wins at TLC so his hunt for heroes can continue. The rap battle was great, from The Bar having a completely comedic routine to The Usos having a killer one. The Bar attack and manage to stand tall, but perhaps that, too, is a sign we get new champs at TLC. I feel that since The New Day already reached their five-time mark, The Usos will get another turn. And as great as these three teams are, I hope Usos becoming champs help shuffle challengers. SAnitY and The Club deserve second chances.
The Miz is definitely heading for a match with Shane, he just has to be. He goads Shane into a surprise match with jobbers, which actually helps cover up that Shane’s floatover DDT turned into a hungover DDT. I’m just wondering what he’ll have planned now that Shane seems firmly against #BestTeamintheWorld. Hardy & Rusev VS Joe & Nakamura was a really good match, and definitely builds things towards their respective blow-offs. However, it still feels too early to call who wins their respective feuds. It would be great if Rusev gets the US Championship back, he could use it after that detour with Aiden English. Hardy-Joe is also harder to decide, but Joe hasn’t won much lately so he could really use this one.
The SmackDown Women’s Championship scene is incredible right now. This Wrestlemania rematch tonight was amazing, and in the moment I was disappointed that it ended with a disqualification. But between the awesome brawl that happened between Charlotte, Asuka and Becky and how a disqualification keeps both women strong, I’m okay with it. The TLC Triple Threat is going to be off the charts, and it will definitely steal the show no matter where it is on the card. I’m hoping that if there is a new champion, it will be Asuka. The fans were so behind her, they have been behind her, and will be behind her even if she takes the title from Becky. The only other option fans will still be behind is if Becky retains, because otherwise Charlotte treads dangerous waters in her push.
My Score: 8.7/10
Joe’s Lucha Libre Weekly: News & Analysis (12/9/10)
What happened in CMLL, AAA, and the world of Lucha Libre this week? Joe Dinan has you covered!
Last Friday Arena Mexico
So this was the Legends of Mexico show or Leyenda de Mexicana. The main event was a legends match which… wasn’t exactly good. It’s fun to see legends in the ring, and that’s why the fans were there but judging from a match point of view they couldn’t really move well. The match included Rayo de Jalisco, Atlantis, and Blue Panther vs Mascara Ano 2000, Canek, and Villano IV. In fairness Blue Panther can still move really well for his age. Rayo, Blue Panther, and Atlantis won the match. There was a 6 man tag titles match between Los Guerrero’s facing Sanson, Cuatrero, and Forastero. Los Guerrero’s retained their titles. Mano Negra, Solar, and Felino faced off against Fuerza Guerrera, Jerry Estrada who hasn’t been in Arena Mexico for 25 years, and Negro Navarro. That match was okay.
Arena Puebla Monday Show
The main event saw Rush and Terrible facing Volador and Diamante Azul. Volador and Azul won the match and at the end Terrible wanted to face Volador in a match. That’ll happen in the future I assume. Co Main event saw Atlantis, Soberano, and Valiente facing Felino, Bucanero, and Cavernario. It was a fun match with the latter winning.
Arena Mexico Tuesday Show
The main event of this show saw Sanson, Cuatrero, and Forastero facing Atlantis, Angel de Oro, and Niebla Roja. This was a fun match which saw the latter winning. I feel like they’re setting up an Atlantis match with Sanson out of this. Titan, Triton, and Esfinge faced off against Mephisto, Luciferno, and Ephesto. It was a really fun match with Mephisto, Luciferno, and Ephesto winning. Misterioso defeated Black Panther in a lightning match as well.
Arena Mexico Friday
The card this Friday sees the main event being Volador Jr facing Ultimo Guerrero in a singles match. It doesn’t appear that the heavyweight championship is on the line. Atlantis, Valiente, and Azul face Rush, Terrible, and Cavernario in the co main event. This really isn’t that big or important of a show based off the match card. I don’t expect the attendance to be over 10,000 this week.
AAA was live on Twitch on December 2nd. Every title was on the line but the story during the show was Brian Cage sent in a video message with Melissa Santos explaining in Spanish that he had a ton of injuries and couldn’t make it to the show. I think that was just to save face since Fenix also couldn’t wrestle because Cage just worked a match on Wednesday. Fenix comes out to cut a promo and explain things. The fans boo him because AAA stupidly kept promoting the match knowing for 9 days that Fenix wasn’t going to wrestle. He even mentioned it on their Lucha Capital show on Facebook the previous Wednesday. The false advertisement and use of card subject to change to trick the fans is bullshit. Subject to change means the card changes if an injury or last minute thing happens. It’s not a free pass to advertise matches you know you’re never going to do. Anyway on to the card.
Lady Shani won the title in the first match. Keyra was supposed to be in the match to make it a 5 way but she was at a WWE try out in Chile. So it was a four way and Scarlett Bordeaux left the match mid way through. So Shani won the match after Faby had a spat with the ref. The next match built on the angle of Mascara and Maximo. Mascara and his team win the match further continuing the feud. There’s talks of Maximo and Mascara being in a hair vs hair match.
Laredo Kid, Hijo Del Vikingo, and Angelikal who is now called Myzteziz Jr, as AAA La Parka pronounced him earlier in the show (Have fun typing Myzteziz.), faced Porde de Norte for the 6 man tag titles. The story going in here was the former team beat Porde de Norte 3 straight times so conventional thinking is they won’t win this match, but they actually did, crowning new champs. There was an impromptu match afterwards where Vikingo was taken out by the OGTs and La Parka replaced him. They still beat the OGTs, later we learned this match was because there was no Fenix vs Cage match.
Pagano and Joe Lider faced Ciclope and Miedo Extremo and Texano and Rey Escorpion for the tag titles in a hardcore match. It wasn’t as hardcore as the previous matches but it was still pretty hardcore. Texano and Rey retain their titles. Fantasma faced Drago to defend his Latin American championship. The story of the match was Fantasma was dominating and Drago just kept kicking out and Drago basically rolled him up for the win. As said before Cage and Fenix didn’t wrestle.
The main event was between Blue Demon Jr and Killer Kross facing Dr. Wagner Jr and Psycho Clown. Scarlett came out with Kross to distract. Vampiro came out to stop her but Kross kills him. Kross and Blue Demon ended up winning and Scarlett was hitting Wagner after the match. You know she’s going to get hers soon. Better not show anyone in the United States. They’ll complain to Roshfrans.
AAA on Twitch 12/8
There’s a show on the 8th which isn’t much of a star driven show. The main event features Dr. Wagner Jr, Psycho Clown, and Pagano facing Blue Demon Jr, Killer Kross, and Rey Escorpion. I’m sure Scarlett Bordeaux will be by ring side for that. The Co-Main event sees the OGTs facing Porde de Norte. That’s Averno, Chessman, and Super Fly vs Mocho Cota Jr, Carta Brava Jr, and Tito Santana. Aerostar will face Monster Clown in a special singles match. Laredo Kid, Hijo Del Vikingo and a luchador surprise who might just be Myzteziz Jr will face Taurus, Australian Suicide, and Jack Evans.
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