After TakeOver: Chicago II and his collision course with Lars Sullivan, Aleister Black is STILL the NXT Champion. What’s next for the Dutch Destroyer this Summer? Plus, after the WWE United Kingdom specials, we have NEW NXT Tag Team Champions, Mustache Mountain! And they return to Full Sail tonight for some action!
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- Kona Reeves VS Max Humberto; Reeves wins.
- Lacey Evans VS Candice LeRae; Candice wins.
- Mustache Moutain VS Dave Dixon & Carl Axelrod; no contest.
- Six Man Tag: The Undisputed Era VS Ricochet & Mustache Mountain; The Undisputed Era wins.
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NXT Champion, Aleister Black, heads to the ring!
— WWE (@WWE) June 28, 2018
The Embodiment of the End fought the Leviathan head-on at TakeOver: Chicago II, and after roughly three Black Mass heel kicks, he won! Now he’s back in Full Sail to say “Adversity and how you deal with it is what defines you as a champion.” The name of adversity for him was Lars Sullivan. Lars Sullivan did something no one thought was possible, and proved himself a freak of nature. But then Aleister made Lars #FadeToBlack. But what’s this? Tommaso Ciampa appears!
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) June 28, 2018
The Psycho Killer ignores the fans chanting “You Suck!” as he responds to Aleister. Aleister was face to face with adversity, but now he faces a devil. Aleister can use all the smoke and candles he wants, but Ciampa won’t buy it. Yes, Aleister is champion. But the saying goes, “The title doesn’t make the man, the man makes the title.” Though, perhaps the reverse is true, the title makes Aleister. TakeOver: Chicago was proof, as Aleister barely beat Lars. On the same night, in the real main event, Ciampa beat “Johnny Freakin’ Wrestling”! Fans boo that fact. But not only did Ciampa beat Gargano, he beat him with a hand tied behind his back! And the fairy-tale is now behind him, so that Ciampa can focus on “that shiny little title” of Aleister’s. Aleister has something CIampa wants.
Wow, Ciampa loves to hear himself talk, huh? If William Regal decides to make this match happen, then Ciampa will end up like everyone else, with his lights knocked out. But Ciampa wants Aleister to be careful what he wishes for. There’s a “mystique” to Aleister, but when Ciampa steps in the ring with him, and when Ciampa does win, he’ll lose a lot more than just the title. That mystique will go out like a candle. Ciampa just needs one chance, one moment. Ciampa sits cross-legged like Aleister to say that his moment will make Aleister’s reign #FadeToBlack. Aleister storms out of the ring, but Ciampa heads out, waving good-bye. The Black Heart and the Dutch Destroyer may be on a collision course, but who will survive to be NXT Champion?
NXT Media talks with Vanessa Borne.
Vanessa Borne is not worried about things, she knows she’ll be NXT Women’s Champion soon. But she asks them: Why does Kairi Sane dress like a pirate? No one knows, but it’s stupid. ANd what’s worse is that the fans adore and admire Kairi for it. They should admire Vanessa instead. She’s gonna take Kairi into the ring and make sure she doesn’t walk out. Then the face of the Division will be here, Vanessa Borne. The challenge is issued, will Vanessa regret calling out the Pirate Princess?
Kona Reeves VS Max Humberto!
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 28, 2018
The Finest is here, ready to continue his Finest Win Streak. He’s riding high on himself now, but will Kona lose some value in this match tonight?
The bell rings, and Kona circles with Max. They tie up, and Kona backs Max up. They go to ropes, and Kona slaps Max out of the ropebreak. Max gets mad and rushes Kona, only for Kona to arm-drag him down. Max backs off while Kona says “That’s why I’m the Finest!” They tie up again, Kona gets a headlock. Max pries at the hold but Kona spins around and gets the takedown. Max tries to get out while fans rally. They stand up, and Max fights back with body shots. He powers out but Kona snapmares in return. Kona kicks then throws Max right out of the ring!
Kona fetches Max and bumps him off the apron. He then positions Max for a haymakers on the apron. They both go in the ring and Kona puts Max in a corner. Kona stomps and stomps, then backs off at 4. Kona butterfly suplexes Max up, then climbs up for the Finest Elbow. He grinds Max’s face into the mat, but he backs off at 4. Max fights back, runs, dodges, but still gets the Finest Boot! Kona lifts Max, for the Hawaiian Drop! Cover, Kona wins!
Winner: Kona Reeves, by pinfall
The Finest keeps on winning, and keeps growing in ego. Will he win to become the Finest contender? Or will that ego be his Finest downfall?
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) June 28, 2018
Lacey Evans VS Candice LeRae!
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) June 28, 2018
The Lady of NXT continues her mission to straighten out and class-up NXT’s Women’s Division, and now she moves on to Mrs. Wrestling! Will Lacey exercise her Woman’s Right on Candice’s jaw? Or will she be taken for Ms. LeRae’s Wild Ride instead?
The fans are strongly on Candice’s side as she and Lacey circle. They tie up, and Lacey gets the headlock. Candice powers out but Lacey runs her over. Cover, ONE, so Lacey runs again and runs Candice over again. Lacey fakes concern, but then Candice trips her. Candice runs but into a modified drop toehold. Cover, ONE, and Lacey grows frustrated. Lacey runs but into an arm-drag! And another, and even a Japanese variant! Candice dropkicks, cover, TWO! Candice brings Lacey up but Lacey shoves her to a corner. Lacey runs in but Candice puts her on the apron. Lacey grabs hair, then an arm, to kick it over the ropes. She sweeps the legs to then swing the arm into the post!
Candice writhes and crawls away, but Lacey is on her with a cover. TWO, so Lacey grabs the arm to grind her knee on it like a saw blade. Fans rally and Candice stands. Lacey wrenches and kicks the arm, then brings Candice down again. Lacey drops knees on the arm, then covers, TWO. Candice gets free but Lacey looms over her. Lacey brings Candice up, Candice rolls Lacey up, TWO! Lacey throws Candice down with an arm-wringer! Candice gets to ropes, then a corner. Lacey won’t let up, she stands Candice to wrap that arm on the rope. The ref warns her, but Lacey still climbs up to use leverage and gravity against that arm. Lacey lets go at 4, then runs in for the swinging bronco buster! Cover, TWO, and Lacey grows annoyed with Candice.
Lacey sits Candice up for a cobra clutch, but Candice reaches for ropes. Fans rally again, and Candice stands. Lacey wrangles Candice down with a pull of the hair. Candice endures the clutch more, and fans rally again. Candice stands up, arm-drags Lacey off, then throws back elbows. She snapmares and neck snaps Lacey, but she keeps going, hitting another dropkick. Both women are down but fans rally up. Lacey crawls to ropes while Candice slowly stands. Candice rocks Lacey with forearm after forearm! Then chop and forearm, repeat! Candice fires off in a corner, then goes corner to corner for the back elbow. She snapmares Lacey, then climbs up, flying bulldog! Candice isn’t done there, and she drags Lacey up while fans cheer. She turns Lacey over for Unprettier! Then, LIONSAULT! Cover, Candice wins!
Winner: Candice LeRae, by pinfall
Mrs. Wrestling is back on top! She’s got a long way to go, but can she find herself competing for the NXT Women’s Championship?
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) June 28, 2018
Backstage interview with Johnny Gargano.
Johnny Wrestling is proud of his wife, but he has his own issues still to deal with. How is he feeling after Chicago? Candice is his favorite wrestler, but he keeps thinking about his most hated wrestler. Gargano watched it back for himself, and he actually got to see Ciampa take that ring off Gargano’s finger, spit on it, then throw it away… AND win!? Gargano won’t let Ciampa win. This is far from over. Gargano and Ciampa are tied, so Gargano will ask Regal this goes “one more time”. It doesn’t matter where, when or how, “this ends when he does.”
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) June 28, 2018
However, GM William Regal has heard this and responds via his own Twitter:
— William Regal (@RealKingRegal) June 28, 2018
Gargano isn’t getting Ciampa, no matter how badly he wants the Psycho Killer. Instead, he gets EC3 in a high-caliber match. Can Gargano keep himself preoccupied with the Top One Percent? Or will EC3 continue to make this show #NX3 with #VictoryAfterVictoryAfterVictory?
Heavy Machinery speaks.
Otis Dozovic is fueling up to steamroll The Mighty, so he needs four hot links! Tucker Knight says that when Nick Miller & Shane Thorne cheated to win, they stole from Heavy Machinery. And what happens to people who steal? They started this, but Heavy Machinery will end this. “The Mighty, we’re comin’!!” No more fun and games. The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but will they be flattened?
Backstage interview with Candice LeRae.
Congrats are in order, but how does she feel about her husband’s obsession? She knows it’s distracting, but she’s learned from the past. She can’t let Gargano’s career distract her from hers. Candice is concerned for Gargano, but this is about her right now. Gargano’s drive is inspiring, so Candice will stop at nothing to become NXT Women’s Champion.
Mustache Moutain VS Dave Dixon & Carl Axelrod!
— WWE (@WWE) June 28, 2018
The Undisputed Era took on Trent Seven & Tyler Bate on in their home turf, and lost! The new champions return to Full Sail ready for action! Their opponents are excited to have this opportunity, up until the get jumped by the Undisputed Era!
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 28, 2018
Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly & Roderick Strong stomp away on Dixon & Axelrod, and then toss them off the stage. SUPERKICK to Backbreaker finishes Dixon, and clearly the scheduled match isn’t happening.
O’Reilly says that Royal Albert Hall match was a fluke! The only reason Mustache Mountain competes so well is that they’ve been held up by their entire “dumpy” country! Strong adds that Mustache Mountain are phonies! But with no other “UK Dorks” here to help, they won’t waste time. Cole says that the Undisputed Era is going to make sure when these two fly home, they’ll leave without their pride or those belts! This is their era, everyone else just lives in it. But seeing this 3v2 scenario, The One & Only Ricochet appears to even the numbers!
— WWE (@WWE) June 28, 2018
The King of Flight handsprings to back Cole and the others off! He may not be from the UK, but Ricochet isn’t going to let the Undisputed Era do what they want. We go to break while things sort themselves out.
Six Man Tag: The Undisputed Era VS Ricochet & Mustache Mountain!
Naturally, the only way to go about this was to have a tag match! Can the King of Flight help the new NXT Tag Team Champions steer away the former champions in this last-minute match?
The bell rings and Bate starts against O’Reilly. They circle and tie up. O’Reilly gets the waistlock but Bate pops out to wrench the wrist. O’Reilly reverses to a drop toehold, then wrenches the wrist again. Bate rolls, flips and dropkicks O’Reilly down! Strong rushes in but he gets a dropkick, too. Bate then arm-drags O’Reilly into an armlock. O’Reilly flounders but Bate wrenches his arm. Bate tags in Seven, and Seven chops O’Reilly. Seven lifts O’Reilly, then uses him as a weapon when Cole rushes in. Bate tags in, then Ricochet tags in while Seven dumps O’Reilly down. Bate hops up, and knee-board sentons onto O’Reilly! Then Ricochet does the same onto Cole! Ricochet dares Strong to come in, but Strong stays away.
Fans rally as Ricochet tags in Seven. Seven puts O’Reilly into the wristlock and swings him out, but O’Reilly blocks the lariat into a shoulder breaker. O’Reilly brings Seven over and tags in Cole. Cole goes after Seven but Seven pushes him away. Seven blocks the kick to give a SHARP chop. Then another, then fakes another to hit the DDT! Cover, TWO, but Seven keeps on Cole. He brings Cole over, Bate tags in. Mustache Mountain work together but Cole fights out. Cole runs, but into the scoop slam! Strong managed to tag in, but he just runs into a scoop slam from Bate! Seven and Bate work together, for the boosted senton! Tag to Ricochet, and Ricochet takes O’Reilly out for good measure. Bate helps Ricochet now, and Ricochet gets the full rotation on that moonsault! Cover on Strong, TWO!
Ricochet drags Strong up and brings him over, Bate tags in. Bate throws hands, then elbows, but Strong knees and clubs back. Strong whips but Bate goes up and under to Bop, and BANG! Cole runs in, sees Bop but still swings. Bate ducks, and comes back with BANG! O’Reilly returns, sees Bop and swings more, but Bate dodges it all to still hit BANG! Fans are fired up for the inaugural UK Champion. Strong lifts Bate but Bate slips out. O’Reilly distracts while Strong shoves Bate. Bate goes to rebound but Cole gets a sucker kick in! Bate is dazed, half-nelson backbreaker! Tag to Cole, and Cole stomps away on Bate. Cole drags Bate up to put him in the corner. He stomps away on Bate, then tags in O’Reilly. O’Reilly drags Bate up for kicks and strikes. He backs off to mock the mustaches, then stomps more.
Tag to Strong and Strong mugs Bate before giving a SHARP chop of his own. Strong drags Bate up into a half camel clutch. Bate endures while fans rally. Strong turns it into a half-straitjacket, but Bate still endures. Bate powers up, arm-drags out, but Strong dropkicks him down! Cover, TWO, so Strong drags him over. Cole tags in, and drops the elbows and knees. He drags Bate back up, snap suplex and float-over, TWO. Cole puts Bate in a chinlock, but fans still rally. Bate fights out again, then runs, but into a back elbow! Cole drags Bate back over, O’Reilly tags in and he goes right after Bate’s arm. O’Reilly drops ax handles and drives in knees, then pulls back on the mustache itself! He drags Bate up with a guillotine, then tags Strong.
The Undisputed Era continue to mug Bate, then Strong scoops Bate up for a shoulder breaker on his knee! Strong sits Bate up for a keylock, but Bate endures. Fans rally up again, and Bate feeds off the energy. Bate stands, fights back, but Strong hits back with elbows. Strong runs in, but into a knee! Bate reaches but Strong swings on him, so Bate gets him with an Exploder!
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 28, 2018
Both men are down and everyone fires up. Strong and Bate crawl, hot tags to O’Reilly and Ricochet! Ricochet rallies on everyone, tripping Cole just because. Ricochet gets O’Reilly with headscissors! Strong and Cole come in but Ricochet fights them both off, then feeds Cole into Strong for the leaping neckbreaker and DDT combo! Ricochet runs in at O’Reilly for the uppercut and haymaker. He keeps going, bumping O’Reilly on buckles to then hit a corner 619! Ricochet springboards for a flying uppercut! Cover, TWO! O’Reilly survives but Ricochet nods as he has control.
Fans chant as Ricochet brings O’Reilly up. O’Reilly fights back but ends up in a Northern Lights. TWO, into the guillotine and body scissors! O’Reilly wrenches on Ricochet, but Ricochet powers up. Ricochet walks over, and tags in Seven! Seven comes in, and pries O’Reilly off with a full-nelson. O’Reilly breaks out and hits a forearm, but Seven SMACKS O’Reilly with that backhand! Seven suplexes for the side slam, covers, TWO! Seven can’t believe it, but he coordinates with Bate. But O’Reilly anchors Seven’s foot while Cole trips Bate off the apron! Seven kicks O’Reilly, then drags him up, but O’Reilly breaks free to kick the leg. Tag to Strong, then tag to Cole.
Strong corner knee smashes, then feeds Seven to Cole’s Ushigoroshi! O’Reilly adds the Penalty Kick! Cover from Cole, but both Bate & Ricochet break it! Strong & O’Reilly throw them out, but Bate & Ricochet then drag those two out for brawls at ringside. Cole targets Seven, and pulls down the knee pad. He wants Seven to sit up, then runs… But into the Seven Star Lariat! Both men are down, but Seven crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Ricochet! Ricochet goes after Cole, fireman’s carry to Samoan Driver! But O’Reilly breaks the cover. Strong takes out Seven with a knee, but Bate takes him out with a rolling kick! O’Reilly knees Bate, then gives him an Ax ‘n’ Smash! Ricochet grabs O’Reilly, then spins him around for a BIG lariat! SUPERKICK from Cole to Ricochet! PELE from Ricochet to Cole!
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) June 28, 2018
Everyone is down but the fans are loving it. Fans chant “NXT! NXT!” while the legal men stir. The others stand on the aprons and brawl. It’s three brawls at once! Back and forth all three pairs go, until O’Reilly wipes Bate out with a flying knee and Strong drops Seven with an apron back suplex! In the ring, Cole rocks Ricochet, but runs into the somersault lariat. Strong & O’Reilly come in for Strong Elimination, but Ricochet back-flips through it! Ricochet gives a boot to Strong, a boot to O’Reilly, then a boot to Cole, before a leaping complete shot. Ricochet hurries to a corner, then climbs up top, for the 630 senton!! Cover, but O’Reilly drags Cole out! O’Reilly sees Ricochet glaring at him, and then Ricochet DIVES on him! Only to get X-Plex’d on the apron from Strong! Strong feeds Ricochet to Cole’s cover, Undisputed Era win!!
Winners: The Undisputed Era, Cole pinning
The numbers go the way of the true trio, leaving Ricochet and Mustache Mountain down for the count. Cole, Strong & O’Reilly take their leave, triumphant together again. Will Strong & O’Reilly win when they get their NXT Tag Team Championship rematch? Or will Mustache Mountain win like they did in the UK?
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) June 28, 2018
This was a great NXT, and it felt so fast. We open with a good promo segment, where Ciampa stakes his claim as the next contender. Ciampa VS Aleister is going to be great, and honestly, with how crafty and cruel Ciampa can be, that match could go either way. Obviously Gargano wants more revenge on Ciampa, and this could be the way to bring the title into their feud so that when Gargano wins out (and I’m sure he will), Gargano gets both satisfaction and a championship reign before going to main. Candice herself gets a good win, and I’m sure as she said in her promo, she’ll stay out of Gargano’s story. She’s already played her part and doesn’t need to complicate it.
Interesting to see Vanessa Borne be the next woman to call Kairi Sane out. While Lacey Evans’ gimmick is meant to question the look and personality of others, I don’t get why Vanessa and others have to mock Kairi’s gimmick. They should realize the look doesn’t matter when Kairi won the Mae Young Classic. Kairi is gonna win this feud pretty easy, too. Kona Reeves wins again, big whoop. What I want to know is why Max was being called “Humberto” when his tights clearly read “Castello”. NXT still does the same weird stuff WWE does with making up names for jobbers. Heavy Machinery seems to be taking a cue from The Mighty and, at least in personality, they’re getting meaner. War Raiders already squashed Thorne & Miller, so maybe Thorne & Miller win this one just so they stay afloat in the NXT Tag Team Division.
Speaking of the tag team division, that was a great set-up to the “impromptu” main event. Dixon & Axelrod get the rare jobber entrance, so obviously they weren’t long for this episode. And then I was delightfully surprised Ricochet was the one coming to the rescue, but it all made for a great combination. I was still delightfully surprised The Undisputed Era won, and not clean. They Heel it up really well tonight, and with Cole pinning Ricochet, this could even set up an NXT North American Championship program. That match can also go either way, but it’d be better if it ends clean.
My Score: 8.5/10
Andrew’s Stardom 5 Star Grand Prix Red Stars Ratings & Review: Day 7 & 8
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!
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.
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
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
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
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.
Mathew’s Stardom 5 Star Grand Prix Blue Stars Results & Review: Day 8
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
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.
Joe’s CMLL Results & Review (9/17/2018)
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