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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Report! (6/19/18)

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Money in the Bank has come and gone, and SmackDown is STILL the House that AJ Styles Built! But that means he needs a new #1 contender. Therefore, GM Paige has decided to give The Miz, Rusev, Samoa Joe, Daniel Bryan & The New Day’s Big E a chance in a Gauntlet Match! Who will move on to face Styles at Extreme Rules?

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Becky Lynch VS Billie Kay w/ Peyton Royce; Becky Lynch wins.
  • SAnitY VS The Usos; no contest.
  • SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Bludgeon Brothers VS The Club; win and
  • WWE Championship #1 Contenders Gauntlet Match: Rusev wins and will challenge AJ Styles for the WWE Championship at Extreme Rules.

PLAY BY PLAY

SmackDown GM Paige opens the show.

The Glampire recaps the explosive action and cunning victories from Money in the Bank, including the Phenomenal Last Man Standing, AJ Styles! But that’s just the beginning. The next PPV, Extreme Rules, is fast approaching already. So tonight, we must determine a #1 Contender via a FIVE MAN GAUNTLET! Two superstars start, one will be eliminated by pinfall or submission, and it doesn’t end until there’s only one superstar left! Will Big E, Rusev, The Miz, Samoa Joe or Daniel Bryan stand tall to face the WWE Champion?

 

Carmella heads to the ring!

The FABULOUS SmackDown Women’s Champion is still money as the Princess of Staten Island retains against the Empress of Tomorrow. Of course, there is controversy as an old friend of hers returned to distract Asuka at the most opportune time. She wants to be real for a second, because believe it or not, she used to have self-confidence issues. Carmella never felt special or even good enough, and that was really hard for her. But she didn’t just sit back, she wrote her own story through hard work. Carmella saw beauty in herself before anyone else did, and because of that, she’s champion. So what she’s really trying to say is, “I just want every young boy or girl out there” that doubts themselves, to say these words: #MellaIsMoney!

PSYCH! Carmella? No confidence? As if! She’s been moon-walking and trash-talking since she was in diapers. So the real lesson is: just give up! You can work twice as hard but only be half as good as her. Carmella was Ms. MITB, cashed in to become champion, and in case you missed it, she beat Charlotte Flair twice! And then she did the unthinkable: she beat Asuka. And the best part of it is… Carmella did it all by herself! Carmella again revises history, leaving James Ellsworth out of the story. But speaking of Asuka, here she comes! Wait, that’s not Asuka. That’s James Ellsworth himself!

He’s all dressed up the way he was in order to distract Asuka from the match! Carmella hugs her partner in crime. “No one was ready for Ellsworth!” Especially not Asuka. Now shut up, because Jamie L has something to say to his Princess. “When you love someone, let them go,” and whatever else it is. But now Ellsworth is back! And he’s serving “the greatest woman in history”. Carmella is better than: Charlotte; Lita; Trish Stratus; Mother Teresa; Beyonce; and Ronda Rousey! But last but certainly least, she’s better than ASUKA. Okay, THIS time it’s Asuka coming out.

The Empress of Tomorrow storms her way right down the ring, and Ellsworth shields Carmella. Asuka is raring for a fight, so Carmella’s guard dog gets ready, too. They trash talk in Japanese and English, Asuka back kicks Ellsworth! But then Carmella knocks Asuka down! Carmella picks up her title, and her lackey, and heads out. Fans boo and jeer but Asuka gets up. Carmella waves good-bye, but will she be able to avoid the angry Empress for long?

 

Becky Lynch VS Billie Kay w/ Peyton Royce!

The Lass Kicker didn’t grab the Ms. MITB contract for her own, but it’s not like the IIconics were in that match to try. Can Becky burn up Billie to get back on track in the title hunt?

Before the match, Billie wants to know where they are. Toledo? What does one do in Toledo? Oh, the zoo! Yes, that explains the smelly animals here. The IIconics have a laugh, then turn to mocking Becky. They could talk about her, or talk to her. “Becky, how did your Money in the Bank ladder match go on Sunday?” “It’s finally time to stop saying ‘I was’, it’s time to start saying ‘I am.’ As in, ‘I am a loser! I am never going to amount to anything. And I am so much better off as Charlotte Flair’s troll of a sidekick.'” Some advice: keep living in the past, because your present is abysmal, and the Future is IIconic. But Becky makes her entrance, because presently, it’s time for this match!

The bell rings, Billie still taunts Becky, so Becky takes her down! Becky throws fast hands, then grabs a leg. Billie grabs ropes but Becky drags her away for more hands. Then she picks Billie up, Becksploder! Billie slips out of the ring, but Becky wrecks her with a dropkick. Becky pursues Billie and hits European Uppercuts. They go back in the ring but Billie slips out again. Becky is on Billie with more EuroUppers, then puts Billie back in. Peyton comes over but Becky swipes at her. Billie capitalizes and puts Becky into the post! We go picture in picture while Becky is down and out.

Billie fetches Becky and brings her back up and in. She then kicks and stomps Becky at the ropes before putting her in a corner. Billie kicks and punches Becky more, but the referee backs her off. Becky hits back, but Billie tosses her out of the ring. Peyton does her best to behave, then Billie drags Becky up for an apron bump. Billie stalks Becky around the corner to bump her again. She goes for a third but Becky turns it around on her! Becky bumps Billie off the apron, then puts her in the ring, but runs into Billie’s knee. Billie keeps on Becky with an overhead throw, cover, TWO. Billie puts her in a chinlock, and Peyton likes what she sees. Becky endures, reaches for ropes, but Billie wrangles and thrashes her back down.

Becky endures as Billie rakes her face. Billie tights her grip, but Becky feeds off fan energy. Becky stands, fights back, and rolls Billie up! TWO, and Becky goes after the Disarm-her. Billie get tor opes but Becky won’t stop trying. Billie makes Becky Eat DaFeet! Cover, TWO, and the IIconics are frustrated. Becky gets to a corner, but Billie throws more hands. Billie stomps, but Becky hits back. Billie hits Becky again, then snapmares. We return to single picture as the chinlock is put back on.

Becky endures while fans rally up again. Becky stands, fights back with body shots, then scoops, but Billie powers out. Billie pushes then roaring elbows Becky down! Billie stomps and grinds Becky, then Peyton gets a cheap shot knee! Cover, TWO, and the IIconics are furious all over again. Billie puts Becky back in a chinlock. Becky has fans rallying up again. Becky stands, but Billie hops on. They go into a corner, then again, but Becky has to throw Billie off. Becky boots Billie, then hops up for a flying shoulder! Fans fire up and so does Becky. Becky rallies with lariats, then the calf kick. Becky stands, kicks, and throws Billie with a Becksploder! Cover, TWO!

This won’t stop Becky, she just fires up again. She takes aim, but Billie puts her on the apron. Becky hits Billie away, then climbs, but Peyton distracts. Peyton scurries away, and Becky still hits Billie back. Billie ends up outside, too, and Becky LEAPS! She tackles Peyton with the crossbody!

Billie gets in the ring, and then grabs Becky, but Becky counters to a roll, and Disarm-her! Billie taps, Becky wins!

Winner: Becky Lynch, by submission

The Lass Kicker gets back a win, and it was #IIconic in its own way. Becky wants to take back the SmackDown Women’s Championship, will this win allow her to say “I am the #1 contender”?

 

Jeff Hardy speaks.

Shinsuke Nakamura failed to become WWE Champion, and AJ Styles was victorious. Styles can move on, but Hardy cannot. This memory is lodged in his mind, over what Nakamura did last week. Nakamura’s knee collided with Hardy’s face, sending shock waves through his entire body and even his soul. “But his actions had an unintended consequence.” Those actions didn’t break Hardy, they only made him stronger. Hardy’s eyes were closed, but now they are open. “Shinsuke, I see you.” Will the Charismatic Enigma make Nakamura pay for that #Knee2Face?

 

The madness has come to SmackDown.

Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe, and Killian Dain. “The Chaos has arrived!” Prepare for anarchy, because SAnitY is finally in their new home.

 

Backstage interview with Daniel Bryan.

He won against Big Cass at Money in the Bank, but he moves on to an even more monumental challenge. He is just one of five men in the WWE Championship #1 Contenders Gauntlet, the winner going on to face AJ Styles at Extreme Rules. How does he feel about being the FIRST man up? Bryan won’t just survive, he’ll win. At MITB, Bryan proved size doesn’t matter, and tonight he goes up against three of the best on SmackDown: Rusev, Samoa Joe & Big E. The MIz is not one of the best. But if anyone doubts Bryan’s stamina, just look at his Greatest Royal Rumble performance. He has legs, lungs, and heart, and those three things will bring him to the WWE Championship.

Now, may he ask Renee a question? Uh, sure. “Renee, do you think I am ready to take on the biggest and baddest in WWE?” Certainly. C’mon, Renee, you know what he’s after. He asks her again, and her answer is… “Yes.” YES YES YES!

 

SAnitY VS The Usos!

Jimmy & Jey have locked up many tag teams in the #UsoPenitentiary, but they’ve yet to face a team as truly unruly as this trio. The Usos hear the fans chanting for them, and wish to say “It looks like we gotta whole new tag team here on SmackDown.” These three want to make names for themselves? Remember when the Usos did that? They ran around with face plant like a pair of Ultimate Warriors or something from Sesame Street. But they figured it out, and it takes a lot more than moves and paint. You gotta show heart, be 100, have some screws loose. SAnitY wants to do chaos? Chaos goes Uso Crazy!

SAnitY arrives and hits the ring, and then try to hit the Usos! The Usos were ready, though, and we have a brawl! However, that leaves things at 3v2, and Big Damo easily lariats Jey down. Eric and Wolfe stomp out Jimmy, then all three do the same to Jey. Big Damo squashes Jimmy in the corner, then squashes him again with the Vader Bomb! Eric made Jey watch, and then Damo makes Jimmy watch as Jey takes the SAnitY neckbreaker suplex combo from Eric & Wolfe! SAnitY’s chaos just ran roughshod over one of the best tag teams in WWE. Did the Uso Penitentiary just become the SAnitY Asylum?

 

The Club pumps themselves up.

Abs Anderson shows off that six pack. Even Big LG has some big guns to flex. But Harper & Rowan have big mean streaks and mallets. Which pair of brothers in arms will win this MITB Kickoff rematch?

 

Backstage interview with Shinsuke Nakamura.

Nakamura requested this time to explain his loss to Styles. “What is a loss?” And he’s not pretending to forget English, but he just wants to know how he lost. He is still standing, but Styles only won because that count was fast, or in Japanese. “Very, very unfair” in Nakamura’s eyes. Then what is his reaction to Hardy’s comments? Who? Jeff Hardy. No, he knows English, he just doesn’t care who Hardy is. Hardy is all made up, but if he crosses Nakamura again, he’ll pay for it. Does the King of Strong Style have more in store for both United States and WWE Champions?

 

SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Bludgeon Brothers VS The Club!

The duo of doom defeated the Good Brothers by mere moments at MITB. But the Glampire in Chief felt it fair to give Gallows & Anderson a second chance. Can the Machine Gun & Big LG get the belts this time around? Or will Harper & Rowan dismantle and destroy them once again?

SmackDown returns and Gallows is in with Rowan. Rowan whips Gallows into a corner but Gallows boots out. Gallows throws big body shots on Rowan, but Harper comes in. Gallows sends Harper out, then Anderson slingshots, but is caught! Anderson is tossed into steel steps and Rowan runs Gallows over with the heel kick! Rowan drags Gallows up and over to a corner, hoisting Gallows to the top rope. Rowan throws more hands, then climbs up. Gallows resists, but still gets brought down with a SUPERPLEX! Cover, but Anderson stops it. Harper throws Anderson back out, then Rowan joins him, to throw him at the apron!

Rowan returns, and gives Gallows the big splash! Cover, TWO! Gallows lives, and the Bludgeon Brothers seem a bit surprised. Harper tags in and he chops Gallows in a corner. He gives an uppercut, then rakes the eyes of Gallows. Gallows falls, then Harper tags in Rowan. Rowan drops an elbow, then a knee. He puts Gallows in a chinlock, then shifts to a fist vice. Fans rally up for Gallows and Gallows fights back, only for Rowan to run him over. Rowan sits Gallows up for another fist vice, but fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” for The Club. Gallows endures the painful vice, then gets up to fight back again. Rowan clubs Gallows then tags Harper. Rowan clubs Gallows, then Harper adds on his own forearms.

Harper uppercuts Gallows, then whips him in, but gallows boots Rowan down! Gallows hits Harper away, but Harper kicks low. Harper prepares a bomb, but Gallows slips out to uppercut him back. Harper staggers into a YAKUZA Kick! Anderson returns! And he gets the tag! The Machine Gun flies for a crossbody! Then things speed up, SPINEBUSTER!

Cover, TWO! Anderson keeps focus, but Rowan comes in! Rowan suplexes, but Anderson slips out to throw him out! Harper is up, and gets Anderson with a Scrapbuster! Cover, TWO!! Harper is shocked, and shakes his head. Rowan returns to the corner, and Harper tags Rowan. But Gallows trips Rowan and they fight! Rowan boots Gallows into the timekeeper’s area, but Anderson rolls Harper! TWO! So close! Anderson dodges, but Rowan tags in, Alley-oop into KILLER BOMB!! Cover, Bludgeon Brothers win!

Winners: The Bludgeon Brothers, Rowan pinning; still SmackDown Tag Team Champions

Another close call, but in the end, The Good Brothers still fall. Will Harper & Rowan ever even be slowed down in their tag team reign of terror?

Daniel Bryan heads to the ring!

The Goat crosses paths with some familiar foes from his past. Harper & Rowan look Bryan up and down, but they leave him be. Bryan is ready for his chance at glory and gold in the SmackDown Gauntlet!

WWE Championship #1 Contenders Gauntlet Match!

We know Daniel Bryan is one half of the opening match up. The other competitor will be… Awwwwwww Toledo~! Don’t you dare be sour, clap for your famous four-time champs, and feel~ the power~!

Daniel Bryan VS Big E!

Yes, the powerhouse of positive energy is here, and showers the fans in pancakes along with The New Day. Can Big E make a big move and head for a big title match? Or will Bryan remind us all why he was a WWE Champion in his own right?

The bell rings, the two circle and tie up. Bryan gets an arm, then a headlock, but Big E tosses him off. Big E and Bryan circle again, with fans chanting “New! Day Rocks!” They tie up again, and go shoulder to shoulder. Big E powers Bryan down with the wristlocks, but Bryan rolls and spins to a waistlock. Big E swivels hips and tosses Bryan again! Things speed up, and Big E runs Bryan over. They keep going, but now Bryan trips E into a leglock. Bryan shifts, to a surfboard! He gets the legs, then the arms, and starts pulling, to bring Big E up. Big E is too big, so Bryan shifts to a dragon sleeper!

Big E fights out, so Bryan kicks away! Bryan gives a shoulder breaker, then a hammerlock and takedown. Bryan rams knees into that arm, then pulls back on the other. Big E resists and stands up, to back elbow Bryan. Big E runs, but things speed up again. Bryan goes for a hip toss, which Big E denies, and Big E shovels Bryan but Bryan lands on his feet. Bryan runs into a belly2belly! Big E stalks Bryan to ropes, and positions him on the apron. Big E joins Bryan out there, and leaps for the Big Splash! Bryan is squashed on the apron while we go picture in picture.

Big E tells Bryan this is his match. Then E brings Bryan up, and carries him around, to then run all the way into the timekeeper’s barriers! Bryan writhes again, but Big E leaves him at the mercy of the count. Bryan crawls at 5, stands at 7, but collapses at 8! But he hurries back up and beats the count at 9.9! Big E can’t believe it, but he does cover, TWO. Bryan gets to a corner, but Big E is on him with a buckle bump. Big E follows Bryan across the way, and gives a big body shot. Bryan gets to another corner, and Big E hoists him up top. Big E joins him up there, but Bryan hits back. Bryan fights Big E off, and we go single picture as Bryan leaps! The headbutt misses! E covers, TWO!

Big E stands while Bryan clutches his gut. Big E stands Bryan up, gut wrench lift, into the Canadian Torture Rack! Bryan endures being bent and stretched against Big E’s shoulder. He then sits up and out, then runs to run Big E over with a leaping lariat! Big E gets to a corner, but Bryan fires up with the fans. Bryan gets himself to a corner, and Big E runs in, but into a drop toehold! E hits buckles, and Bryan kicks away on him! Bryan hoists Big E up now, then joins him, for a SUPER STEINER! But Bryan fires up again, as does Toledo. Bryan runs in, and hits the dropkick! And another! And, then runs into a BIG lariat! Gut wrench, Canadian Backbreaker! Cover, TWO!!

Bryan is down while Big E catches his breath. Big E stands and grabs a leg, to lift Bryan with a stretch muffler! He bends Bryan, letting gravity do a lot of damage to that leg. But Bryan drags Big E down, into the YES LOCK! Big E resists, powers out, but ends up in a triangle hold! Big E powers up again, to deadlift Bryan! But Bryan shifts again, to a knee smash! Then he goes after the leg, but Big E gets a ropebreak. Bryan lets go, then stands up to give European Uppercuts! Big E throws big hands, then whips Bryan corner to corner. Bryan goes up and over, then builds speed, but is put on the apron. Big E SPEARS Bryan right off the apron!!

Big E himself can barely stand after that collision. But he still gets Bryan in the ring, and stalks Bryan while fans declare “This is Awesome!” Big E lifts, but Bryan slips out, and sends Big E into a post! KNEE PLUS! Cover, Bryan ELIMINATES Big E! Bryan advances and faces…

Daniel Bryan VS Samoa Joe!

The worst possible opponent to face after all of that. The Destroyer barrels down the ramp while we go to break.

SmackDown returns, and Joe chops away on Bryan in a corner. Bryan keeps getting up but Joe just keeps chopping him back. Joe looms over Bryan, then drags him up again while fans duel. AJ Styles watches this backstage as Joe headbutts Bryan to ropes. Joe whips but Bryan kicks back and then chops back! Bryan also kicks back, then chops, then kicks, repeat. Bryan runs, but into a spinning powerslam!

Cover, TWO! Joe backs off while the referee checks on Bryan. Bryan is apparently okay to continue, so Joe drags him back up. Joe chops Bryan again, but Bryan still comes back. Joe kicks Bryan, then chops him, then jabs, then more chops and more jabs. He knees Bryan down, then lets the referee check on Bryan. Bryan is okay, so it’s back to the fight.

Joe drags Bryan back up for a headbutt, but Bryan won’t stay down. Joe suplexes but Bryan slips out and chops back! Bryan kicks and chops again, then runs again, but into bomb position! Powerbomb, high stack, cover, TWO, to Boston Crab! Bryan endures, so Joe just shifts to an STF. Bryan endures more, and drags himself around, so Joe goes to a pure crossface! Joe wrenches back but Bryan still mores, so Joe changes it to Napalm Death! Bryan gets the ropebreak, so Joe lets him go. The Samoan Submission Machine glares down at Bryan, then brings him up for another headbutt. Joe kicks Bryan, but then Bryan blocks, to dragon screw! Joe ends up in a corner, but Bryan goes out to throw that leg into the post! Flashbacks to MITB and Big Cass!

Bryan won’t let up, either, he throws Joe’s leg into the post again. Joe staggers away but Bryan is on him with a EuroUpper. Bryan runs, but into the atomic drop. Joe boots, then adds the back senton! Cover, TWO! This match continues while we go to break.

SmackDown returns, and Joe is toying with Bryan. Then Joe chops Bryan again, and again. Bryan’s chest is as red as his tights but he still chops back against Joe. They have a chop fight, and Bryan gets the edge. Bryan runs, but into the sleeper! Joe wants Coquina, but Bryan tosses him out! Bryan gets himself to the apron, takes aim, and leaps for the flying knee! He hits just enough, then puts Joe in the ring. Bryan climbs up again, leaps again, and hits the missile dropkick! Both men are down, but Bryan keeps himself moving. Fans chant “YES! YES!” to give him strength. He stands, and begins the YES Kicks!

Bryan kicks, and kicks, and kicks, and kicks, and… Joe blocks the buzzsaw! But not the enziguri! Joe goes into a corner, and Bryan fires up again. Bryan runs in, but Joe gets out. Bryan changes plans, and slides, but into a sleeper! Joe brings Bryan down, and watches the count. Joe waits for the count to climb, but Bryan uses barriers for leverage! He brings Joe down, then scrambles to the ring! The count reaches 10, and Bryan ELIMINATES Joe! Joe is in disbelief, but those are the rules. Bryan advances on again, but what’re the Bludgeon Brothers doing back in the ring!? Harper & Rowan circle Bryan like sharks smelling blood, KILLER BOMB! But why!? The match rolls on, and now…

Daniel Bryan VS The Miz!

The A-Lister takes advantage, Skull Crushing Finale! Cover, Miz ELIMINATES Bryan!! And he doesn’t even give Bryan the courtesy of exiting on his own, he tosses Bryan to the floor.

Miz has an easy win here, but that means he faces…

The Miz VS Rusev!

The Bulgarian Lion, with MC Artiste by his side, prepares to face the opportunistic Miz, but we go to one more break.

SmackDown returns and Rusev dropkicks Miz! Cover, TWO, and Miz asks for mercy. Rusev does not show it, he just stomps Miz out. Rusev drags Miz up but Miz jawbreakers him away. Miz runs, but his A-List clothesline was caught! Rusev brings Miz out, for a Fall Away Slam! Cover, TWO! Styles is still watching, and Rusev throws hands on Miz. Rusev runs, but Miz dumps him out! Miz runs, and hits a wrecking ball dropkick. Miz has English stay back, but English still cheers Rusev on. Fans chant “Rusev Day!” but Miz puts Rusev into barriers. Miz then puts Rusev in the ring, and hits the low boot. Cover, TWO!

Miz puts Rusev in a chinlock, but Rusev moves around against the hold. Fans rally for Rusev, and Rusev feeds off that to get up. Rusev stands, fights out, but Miz counters for the A-list combination! Cover, TWO! Miz stalks Rusev in a corner, then grinds his boot in. The referee backs Miz off, and Miz takes aim from the corner. Miz runs in and hits the A-List lariat, then climbs up. Miz aims, leaps and hits ax handles. Cover, TWO, but it’s right back to the chinlock. Miz rakes Rusev’s face a bit, but fans keep rallying for Rusev. Rusev stands, but Miz wrangles him back down by grabbing hair. Miz squeezes tight, but Rusev endures. Rusev reaches for ropes, but Miz uses a leg to block the ropebreak. Rusev powers through, and gets the break!

Miz lets go then backs off. Ohio still supports Miz, but they also chant for Rusev. Rusev boots Miz, and now they brawl with haymakers. They go back and forth, but Miz knees low. Miz runs, but into a roundhouse! And another! Rusev runs in, big shoulder into the corner, then running heel kick! “Rusev Day!” echoes through the crowd as Rusev prepares. Miz stands, MACHKA- No, Miz dodges the kick and goes for the full nelson. Rusev resists, and powers out! Rusev backs Miz into a corner, then runs in, but into a knee. Miz runs out, but into another roundhouse! Cover, TWO! Rusev catches his breath while Miz rolls out of the ring.

Rusev spots Miz and pursues. He puts Miz back in the ring, but Miz hotshots Rusev, then trips him up, before putting him into steel steps! Then back into the ring, cover, TWO! English is relieved, but Miz is frustrated. Miz stands up and gives IT Kicks. Fans say “NO! NO!” with every kick that Miz parodies. Miz prepares the buzzsaw, but misses! Rusev trips him, but Miz slips out of the Accolade to kick low and DDT! Cover, TWO!! Miz can’t believe it, but he isn’t done, either. He glares at Rusev as Rusev gets to a corner. Fans still rally for Rusev, but Miz mocks the Yes fingers. “No! No!” but Miz runs, MACHKA KICK! ACCOLADE!! Miz taps, Rusev wins!!

Winner: Rusev, by submission; will face the WWE Champion at Extreme Rules

For the first time in his career, Rusev will face a world champion 1v1! And speaking of, AJ Styles comes out to look at his #1 contender. The Phenomenal One and the Bulgarian Brute are set for an extreme collision course, and Styles lays down a gauntlet of his own. He and Rusev stare down while the fans are thunderous. Both men shake hands, and even English wants one of those. But then he pulls it away to mock the champ. Bad idea, because Styles clocks English with a haymaker!

Even Rusev can’t believe his pal did that to Styles. Will this feud be more respectful than Styles’ previous one?

 


 

My Thoughts:

SmackDown is back on top! Everything was in a proper order in order to escalate the show to a great high point. Carmella gets to brag, as does Ellsworth, and Asuka is denied her retribution for now. I’m honestly surprised Paige didn’t decide on an Extreme Rules rematch for them, but perhaps she is going to wait to see how the other women do first. Speaking of, Becky does great getting a win on Billie, and this can help her build a case towards challenging Carmella. Peyton herself has a chance, but she’ll probably be used to put Charlotte or even Naomi over.

I’m not as familiar with Jeff Hardy’s Willow persona, but as long as he and Nakamura have a program, I’m good with seeing it in WWE. SAnitY finally arrives, though the main roster fans didn’t seem to think much of it. Them wrecking the Usos was surprising, but it probably is the best thing given their characters. They’ll likely have their real match later on, and that could probably go either way. The Club getting a rematch was surprising, but it’s what Paige wanted. I was disappointed The Club lost, but again, it probably just isn’t time. Harper & Rowan going after Bryan was also confusing, but it gives them some serious Heel Heat. I wonder if Bryan will call on any old friends to take those titles from them…

But even with Harper & Rowan interfering to give Miz his easy win, the SmackDown Gauntlet was equal with the Raw Gauntlet, give or take. Bryan does amazing, as does Big E. That opening match-up alone was good enough for a PPV. Then Bryan shows how lungs and heart play into his fight with Samoa Joe, and it was brilliant for it to be a ring count elimination. Joe doesn’t look weak, just that he got outsmarted for a moment. Miz shares in the Heel Heat with Harper & Rowan, but then he and Rusev themselves put on a great match of their own. What a great thing for Rusev to win, he really deserves it. He’s been over ever since Rusev Day started, and now he’s #1 contender. Nice touch with English still being at least Tweener and then paying for it. This dynamic will really make the Styles-Rusev build unique.

My Score: 8.8/10

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Mitchell’s NXT TakeOver: WarGames II Results & Report! (11/17/18)

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NXT TakeOver WarGames II

NXT takes over Los Angeles with WARGAMES! Can The Undisputed Era #ShockTheSystem with back-to-back victories? Will Tommaso Ciampa feel The Experience?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Matt Riddle VS Kassius Ohno; Riddle wins.
  • NXT Women’s Championship 2 out of 3 Falls: Shayna Baszler VS Kairi Sane; Shayna wins and retains the NXT Women’s Championship.
  • Aleister Black VS Johnny Gargano; Black wins.
  • NXT Championship: Tommaso Ciampa VS Velveteen Dream; Ciampa wins and retains the NXT Championship.
  • WarGames: The Undisputed Era VS Ricochet, Pete Dunne & The War Raiders; Ricochet, Dunne & The War Raiders win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Nina Strauss joins the NXT TakeOver preshow panel!

The rocking guitarist behind one of WarGames’ themes, Mariana Trench, joins Charli, Sam and Pat. It’s been an amazing week as her album Controlled Chaos debuted at number seven. And that’s on top of joining forces with Lzzy Hale at WWE Evolution for an amazing performance. From rock ‘n’ roll to wrestling, the Women’s Evolution is inspiring everyone, but especially young girls.

Evolution was also where Shayna Baszler recaptured the NXT Women’s Championship. But now Kairi Sane comes back for another rematch, in best 2 out of 3 falls. Nina is in the #FightForeverClub, she wants them to keep going. But this match tonight will be the most amazing one yet. What is it that makes this feud so compelling? The story, the tension, the build and the tied record. How does Nina feel about badass Baszler? Yeah she definitely doesn’t want to run into her in a dark alley. But Kairi is tough herself, so it could be either woman’s match. Who will be THE Women’s Champion after no less than two falls?

 

Matt Riddle joins the panel!

The King of Bros feels great to be here, “bro.” He and Pat have a bro-down and fans join in. But the NXT Universe of course loves Riddle, but here comes Kassius Ohno. Ohno mocks the bro-ness, it makes him physically ill. Ohno is sick of the bro, and is sick of Riddle. He sees through Riddle’s act! Everyone loves Riddle, but Ohno sees the mirage. Ohno says he’ll only need one second to expose Riddle. Riddle used to think Ohno was cool. But now Ohno’s just bitter. And maybe instead of being bitter, try being better. These two will face off next week on NXT, who will be better, bro?

 

The War has Returned Again.

For the second year in a row, “battle lines have been drawn.” Two teams, two rings, one cage. Two falls, two women, one champion. And two forces of nature, two sides to a story, one winner. “Opportunity still reigns.” Scores will be settled, let the WarGames begin!

 

Matt Riddle heads to the ring!

The King of Bros is here, but he’s not on the card. Riddle grabs a mic and greets LA with a “Bro…!” He wasn’t going to have a match tonight on TakeOver, a shame. But if you saw the kickoff, a certain someone interrupted him. Now Riddle and Ohno are meant to fight next Wednesday on NXT, but… If they’re chilling in LA, with two rings, maybe Riddle will KO KO in both of them! Riddle has called Ohno out, so here Ohno comes! Ohno says Riddle is “too stupid to know you’re not supposed to be out here right now”, or that he’s not ready for a TakeOver. But there’s a ref, so ring the bell! And hopefully Riddle enjoys his moment, because he won’t remember it after getting knocked out, “bro”! Is it happening? IT IS!

Matt Riddle VS Kassius Ohno!

The bell rings, and Ohno rushes Riddle! Riddle is ready, with a BIG knee! Cover, RIDDLE WINS!!

Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall

WHOA, BRO!! Riddle just beat Kassius in the fastest match in TakeOver history!! Who wasn’t ready for this? Will this instant victory skyrocket Riddle to a title?

 

NXT Women’s Championship 2 out of 3 Falls: Shayna Baszler VS Kairi Sane!

The Queen of Spades and the Pirate Princess have gone back and forth four times, and they’re all tied up. Of course, Shayna had her friends help her the last time, not that she’s bothered by it. There must be a true winner here tonight, who will be THE NXT Women’s Champion by the end of this epic fifth chapter?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin the first fall. Kairi runs and dropkicks Shayna in the corner! She rams her shoulder in but Shayna shoves her. Kairi gets her with a sweep then furious palm strikes. Shayana shoves Kairi away but gets the blockbuster! Then another! Kairi is all fired up and so is LA. Kairi chops Shayna at the ropes with both hands, then furiously with her right. She marches the plank and hits Shayna with a Sliding D! Shayna bails out but Kairi is on the apron, Flying Kabuki elbow! Kairi catches her breath but keeps going on Shayna. LA rallies up behind her as she puts Shayna in. Shayna fakes injury, but that’s so Jessamyn and Marina can attack! They throw Kairi into a post, then the apron!

Marina feeds Kairi to Shayna, Shayna wraps on the Kirafuda! Kairi moves around but Shayna stays on her! Shayna drags Kairi in deep, and Kairi taps! Shayna takes the fall!

Kairi: 0; Shayna 1

The Horsewomen help Shayna win again. Fans call “Bullsh*t!” but the second fall begins. Shayna hits Kairi with a step-up knee! Cover, TWO!! Kairi avoids a screw job sweep, but Shayna goes for the clutch again. Kairi resists and backs Shayna in the corner. Fans are on her side without question, even as Shayna sinks in the body scissors! Kairi gets loose and rolls around, ropebreak with a foot! Shayna lets Kairi go at 3, but she goes at Kairi. Kairi throws forearms and body shots. Kairi kicks but gets caught into a Half Crab! Shayna stands on Kairi’s head for good measure! Kairi endures, but Shayna stomps! Fans boo but Shayna just soaks it up.

Shayna looms over Kairi, and clubs her back. Shayna kicks Kairi down, then brings the legs around for a figure four while wrenching the neck. Kairi endures the various twists and stretching as fans rally up. Kairi gets a cover, TWO! Shayna suplexes Kairi but Kairi rolls her up, TWO! Shayna goes for the Kirafuda again! Kairi makes it a cover, TWO! Kairi CHOPS Shayna, then baits her to a corner. She throws big palm stirkes but Shayna kicks back. They brawl fast and furious with wild strikes! Fans love the aggression, even as Shayna clobbers Kairi! The Horsewomen applaud as Shayna stands first. Kairi stands and Shayna runs in, but is dumped to the apron. Kairi runs in but misses, and Shayna drags her out. Shayna suplexes, but Kairi DDT’s her on the apron!!

The Horsewomen panic and go to Shayna’s side while fans lose their minds. Kairi gets away to the ring while the ref checks on her. Fans chant “Mamma Mia!” Jessamyn and Marina go after Kairi but she sends them into the steps! Kairi then climbs up top, and LEAPS at Shayna for an INSANE ELBOW! She wipes all three Horsewomen out!! Fans are thunderous as Kairi puts Shayna in the ring. Kairi hurries up top again, she wants this on the mat! INSANE ELBOW #2! Cover, Kairi gets a fall!

Kairi: 1; Shayna: 1

We’re all tied up going into the third and final fall! Shayna manages to stand, and we begin again. Kairi SPEARS! And then SPEARS! Two interceptors in a row, here’s the hat trick! Kairi drags Shayna up, big back hands rock her! Kairi climbs once again, but Shayna is up quick. Shayna stops her with a right hand, then climbs up to join Kairi. They brawl up top, and fans are of course on Kairi’s side. Shayna rocks Kairi, but Kairi rocks her back. Shayna throws many forearms, and clubbing fists. She drags Kairi up for a gut wrench, but Kairi sunset flips for a powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Kairi was so close, but she still has more to give! She drags Shayna up, Alabama Slam! Then she climbs up again, but Jessamyn distracts. Marina shoves Kairi down.

Here comes Dakota! She clobbers Marina then boots Jessamyn in the face! But she ends up 2v1 against them, until IO SHIRAI appears! Shirai climbs high, for her ASAI!! She wipes the Horsewomen AND Dakota out! Kairi climbs up again, INSANE ELBOW #3! INTO A COVER! Shayna wins!!!

Winner: Shayna Baszler, by pinfall; still NXT Women’s Champion

The Queen keeps her throne, but only thanks to highway robbery! Her friends helped her get the first fall, and then she survives by the skin of her teeth in the last fall! With back-up like this, will there ever be an end to Shayna’s reign of terror?

 

Aleister Black VS Johnny Gargano!

The Embodiment of the End wants revenge on the man who took him out before TakeOver: Brooklyn. Of course, Mr. “Why, Johnny Why?” doesn’t even see what he did as something wrong. It was just business. Will it be business when Aleister makes Gargano #FadeToBlack forever?

The referee keeps the two apart before the bell. It rings, and Aleister stares daggers into Gargano as fans duel. Gargano and Aleister approach, Gargano talks to Aleister then SLAPS him. Aleister boots Gargano! Then fires off furious body shots. Gargano throws Aleister out the slingshots, but Aleister dodges to roundhouse Gargano off his feet! Aleister throws more hands, but Gargano runs into the ring. Aleister follows but msises in the corner. Gargano CHOPS, then dodges the kicks to throw jabs. Gargano taunts Aleister as he dodges and ducks. Aleister kicks but Gargano gets clear. Gargano grins as he copies the cross-leg sitting. Aleister kicks but Gargano roll shim up for a school boy kick! Gargano runs in and chops Aleister, but Aleister goes after him. Gargano dodges again and throws left hands. Fans are thunderous as Aleister goes to another corner.

Gargano keeps on him, then whips. Aleister rolls off Gargano’s back to then throw more hands. He fakes Gargano out to hit a knee lift. Aliester blocks a punch to give knees, kicks, elbows, and one more knee! Gargano bails out, Aleister runs, but he fakes Gargano out. But Gargano knew it, and boots Aleister! Gargano stmops a mudhole into Aleister, then backs off at 3. He soaks up the heat, and the few cheers there are. Gargano goes back to Aleister for more kicks. He drags Aleister up, suplex but Aleister counters. Gargano slips out and rolls Aleister up, TWO, so he rolls Aleister into the seated surfboard! Aleister endures as Gargano pulls back on his arms. Fans rally up, and Aleister pries an arm out. Gargano shifts, but Aleister counters his Mahistrol, TWO! Aleister gets caught into an elbow DDT! Cover, ONE!

Gargano keeps his cool, and stomps Aleister’s hand. Gargano scrapes Aleister’s face, then puts him in a corner. Johnny Wrestling becomes Johnny Boxing as he throws hands. He chops Gargano, but then turns around into Aleister’s counter punches. Gargano kicks and whips but Aleister reverses. Gargano goes up and over, school boy kick misses. Aleister misses his knee and gets a forearm, but then he sweeps the legs! Gargano rolls out, but Aleister builds speed. Gargano expected a fake, so he gets a boot. Then Aleister FLIES! Direct hit! Fans fire up with the Dutch Destroyer as Aleister puts him in the ring. Aleister stalks Gargano to a corner, and fires off kicks and boots. Aleister whips Gargano to ropes, then sweeps the legs again, to hit double knees! He keeps going, Quebrada! Cover, TWO!

Gargano survives but Aleister keeps his cool. Gargano gets to another corner, but Aleister goes over. He elbows Gargano, then breaks free. Gargano stops Aleister up top, then brings him out. Aleister slips out but Gargano blocks the German. He gets a roundhouse, and bails out again. Aleister runs, triangle jump! But Gargano gets out of the way, and DIVES for a tornado DDT! Gargano puts Aleister in, then slingshots for another DDT! Cover, TWO!! Gargano almost had Aleister there! Fans rally up as Gargano wipes the sweat from his brow. Gargano stands on wobbly legs, but he still trash talks Aleister. Gargano chops and kicks Aleister. “You’re not the chosen one, I am!” Gargano kicks, but Aleister blocks it to hit a back elbow!

Aleister runs, but into an enziguri. Gargano runs, but into Aleister’s boot. Aleister runs, but into a SUPERKICK! They both hit each other with clotheslines, but then Aleister fires off elbows. Aleister kicks and kicks but Gargano dodges them. Gargano POISON-RANA! But he runs into a BIG knee! Both men are down but the fans give a standing ovation! Both men stir, and Gargano gets to ropes. Gargano is in No Man’s Land between the rings, and he brawls with Aleister. Aleister throws more forearms but so does Gargano. Aleister boots Gargano, and counters the slingshot spear! Then springboard meteora! Roundhouse to bridging German! TWO!! Fans love this, “This is Awesome!” but it’s far from over.

Aleister stands first but Gargano slowly follows. Aleister runs in, but misses the knee. Gargano blocks a kick, and spins Aleister for a discus clothesline! Gargano runs, tilt-o-whirl takedown! And he gets the GargaNO Escape! But Aleister rolls it up, TWO! Aleister sweeps, Gargano leaps, buzzsaw! Gargano scoops Aleister, for the lawn dart! Aleister hits buckles as Gargano grins. Gargano stands up, and he copies the foot lift. He wants Aleister to see this, as he builds up the energy. Aleister says stop? Aleister sits cross-leg. And then dares Gargano to do it! Gargano takes the knee pad down, to take Ciampa’s Psycho Knee! Aleister dodges and rolls up, but Gargano rolls through to SUPERKICK! Then the Psycho Knee! Cover, TWO!! Aleister survives and shocks Gargano! LA hopes they “Fight Forever!” but there must be a winner.

Gargano goes over to Aleister and drags him up by his hair. He keeps insisting he’s the hero, as he gives Aleister heavy forearms. Aleister still sits up, so Gargano brings him up for more. Aleister fires back, and now we brawl! Gargano hits, Aleister hits, and repeat. Then they hit at the same time! Aleister gets the edge with furious hands from all sides. Gargano gives forearms from all sides, but Aleister counters with a knee! Aleister springboards but Gargano shoves him out! Gargano builds speed, and DIVES, into a knee!! Both men are down on the outside as fans lose their minds! Aleister sits up first as the ring count climbs. He hobbles over to Gargano and puts him in. Aleister follows, but Gargano wants mercy? There will be no mercy, even as Gargano grovels at his feet. So Gargano wants Aleister to end him.

Aleister lifts him with the foot, and swings, but Gargano makes it a roll up! TWO!! GargaNO Escape!! Aleister is stuck in the hold, and he scrambles for ropes! Gargano rolls him away! Aleister pries at the hold, but rolls again! ONE, big spinning knee! Gargano is rocked, and Aleister takes the knee pad down. Aleister hits Gargano with bare knee! Then he holds Gargano up again, for the BLACK MASS! But he holds Gargano up on his feet as fans are thunderous. Because he gives Gargano a SECOND Black Mass!! Cover, Aleister wins!!

Winner: Aleister Black, by pinfall

No mercy for “Johnny Takeover”, the Embodiment of the End ends him tonight. Aleister settles one score, but is he on his way to settle another, with the title on the line? Who will be holding it when Black comes back for the gold?

 

NXT Championship: Tommaso Ciampa VS Velveteen Dream!

The Psycho Killer benefitted the most from Johnny Wrestling’s turn to the dark side, and now he hogs the spotlight by any means necessary. However, a shining star has come along and says the spotlight belongs to him. Ciampa claims to be the killer of fairy tales, but the Patrick Clark Experience makes dreams come true. Will the Dream be over tonight? Or will it just be over for the Dream?

The introductions are made for Ciampa and “Hollywood Dream.” Ciampa clutches to his precious a moment, gives it a kiss good luck, and “Goldy” is raised. The bell rings and we begin!

Fans are on Dream’s side and he soaks it in. Ciampa chuckles, it amuses him. The two circle and tie up. They go around, and Dream almost shoves Ciampa out of the ring! Dream backs off at the ref’s count to strike his pose. Ciampa and Dream circle again, then tie up again. They go around and Ciampa gets a waistlock. Ciampa brings Dream down, then shifts to a facelock. Dream pops out and rear mounts, and even Supermans on Ciampa. Dream slaps Ciampa in the head as he backs away. Fans are on Dream’s side as he and Ciampa tie up again. Dream puts Ciampa in the corner, but Ciampa messes Dream’s hair! So Dream SLAPS Ciampa in the front of the face! Ciampa runs into the fireman’s carry but escapes. Ciampa kicks low, underhooks, but Dream sprawls and escapes.

But Ciampa has the headband! Ciampa winds up to hear the fans. Dream slides out of the ring, and laughs it off. Why? Because Dream picks up “Goldy”! Dream gets away from Ciampa, and then goes to give Ciampa a draping DDT! Ciampa escapes, and both men are rather amused by the other. Ciampa swings but Dream counter punches. Dream whips but Ciampa reverses. Dream slides to come back with more haymakers. Big scoop slam from Dream, then he swivels the hips before hitting a big dropkick! Then a running hotshot! Dream climbs up, big ax handles! Dream gets his headband back and puts it on. Fans applaud as Dream hears them out. Dream goes back to Ciampa, whips and boots, brother! Dream calls for it, hears the fans, and runs. But Ciampa bails out.

So Dream climbs up and LEAPS! Double ax handles hit, and Dream puts Ciampa in. Dream climbs again, but avoids the counter attack. He then slingshots, but Ciampa shoves him down! Dream loses his headband in the crash, but then Ciampa hits him with a swinging neckbreaker on the outside! Ciampa gets up and asks if Dream thinks this is a game. Ciampa clubs Dream then puts him back in. He keeps on Dream with a mudhole in the corner. Then he runs side to side, BIG knee wash! That knee brace adds to the impact, Dream might be knocked out! Ciampa doesn’t cover, he just mocks Dream with the sliding crawl. Fans call Ciampa names but Ciampa just grins as he drags Dream up. Ciampa clubs Dream in the ropes, and Dream slumps over. Dream gets up, but Ciampa elbows him down again.

Ciampa drags Dream up, neckbreaker hotshot! Dream falls and Ciampa gives himself a pat on the back, because “I’m the man! I’m the main event!” Ciampa drags Dream up and onto the announce desk, for another big knee! Dream flounders and flails from that impact, but Ciampa puts him back in the ring. Ciampa stomps Dream, then wraps on a chinlock. Dream scrambles up but Ciampa snapmares him back down. Ciampa keeps on Dream with the hold, but fans rally up. Ciampa wrenches back and Dream sputters in the hold. Dream’s drool hangs out, so Ciampa makes Dream eat it! Ciampa says “Night-night!” but Dream keeps fighting. Dream flails around as fans rally up.

Dream fights back but Ciampa knees low. Ciampa drags Dream up again, but gets a backslide! ONE, and Dream throws a haymaker. Then another, then another! Dream gets Ciampa around, and gives him a neckbreaker! Both men stir, Ciampa gets up first. Ciampa brings Dream up but Dream fights again. Draem whips but Ciampa reverses, only for Dream to hit forearms! And a kip-up! Dream keeps going, big haymakers and clotheslines. Another whip but Ciampa gives another knee. But Dream points his finger at Ciampa! CIampa runs into the sidewinder but slips out. Dream bucks Ciampa off, blocks and gives haymakers. Dream whips and boots Ciampa! Then the LEG DROP! And another! And a third! Ciampa gets up as Dream hulks up!

Dream brings Ciampa up but Ciampa slides out and shoves. But he runs into Dream’s spinebuster! Cover, TWO! Dream feels he’s close, and so do the fans as they chant. Dream stands and goes over to Ciampa. He throws more haymakers, then another whip. Ciampa grabs the ropes but is sent out. Dream slingshots for a big plancha! Dream puts Ciampa back in, then climbs up fast. Ciampa rolls away, so Dream hops down. Ciampa yanks Dream out, but Dream is up quick. Dream avoids the DDT to throw the knee into the apron! Ciampa clutches the brace, but Dream keeps on him through the ropes. Dream takes the legs and brings Ciampa over to a post. Hanging Figure Four on the post!! Ciampa tapped but the ref was busy reprimanding Dream!!

Fans try to point that out, but Ciampa gets Dream with a package! TWO, and Ciampa gives a big forearm. Waistlock, but victory roll, to Figure Four! Dream has Ciampa in the legendary leg lock, and “WOO~” echoes through LA. Ciampa drags himself towards ropes but Dream drags him back. Dream puts as much pressure as he can on Ciampa, and fans are thunderous. But Ciampa rolls it over quick! Bug then Dream rolls it back! Ciampa rolls, Dream rolls, and now Dream throws haymakers. Dream kicks Ciampa to a cover, TWO! Ropebreak! Dream lets Ciampa go, but fans applaud this amazing exchange. Dream goes for the legs again, but Ciampa shoves Dream into barriers!

Ciampa catches Dream on the return, but no draping DDT this time. Ciampa and Dream fight, and Dream resists the suplex. Dream then suplexes Ciampa and himself out of the ring! Fans lose their minds as both men crash and burn! Ciampa undoes his boot laces, his leg is really hurting now. A ring count begins now as both men stir. Dream stands and realizes he needs to get Ciampa in. The count is at 8 when Dream puts Ciampa in. Fans applaud as Dream and Ciampa stand, and they brawl with haymakers! Dream gets an edge, but Ciampa kicks low. Ciampa double underhooks but Dream slips out. Ciampa dodges the superkick and it almost hits the ref! Roll up, with tights! But the ref notices! The ref stops the count and reprimands Ciampa! SUPERKICK, then Dream Valley Driver! High stack cover, TWO!? Ciampa survives and fans can’t believe it!

Dream himself is shocked, but he turns around into Ciampa’s fist. Dream jackknifes to a fireman’s carry, but Ciampa slides out. Ciampa rocks Dream with an elbow, but Dream gives Ciampa one back. Dream springboards, into a knee! Cover, TWO! Ciampa brings Dream up, Project Ciampa! Cover, TWO?! Dream survives and Ciampa is at wit’s end. Fans are thunderous for Dream as Ciampa undoes more of his boot. Ciampa bails out, and hobbles over to his belt. Ciampa wants to take Goldy into the ring but the ref stops him. Dream rolls Ciampa, TWO! SIDEWINDER ON THE BELT! Not on purpose, so no DQ! Cover, TWO!? Ciampa survives, but Dream won’t stop.

Dream climbs, leaps, but stops Ciampa’s counter boot! Dream wants the Figure Four again, but Ciampa shove shim out of the ring! Then DRAPING DDT! Cover, TWO!?! HOW?! Ciampa can’t believe it, but the fans love it. Maybe these two will “Fight Forever” because “This is Awesome!” But Ciampa goes to an old trick, as he pulls off padding from the floor. He exposes concrete, and then goes after Dream at the apron. Ciampa positions Dream as he drags him out, but Dream pushes through to barrel Ciampa over the announce desk! Both men are down and fans shout “Mamma Mia!” for Mauro’s sake. Dream and Ciampa stir back to life and head for the ring. The ref hasn’t even started counting yet.

But then Ciampa throws something at Mauro?! That’s uncalled for! Death Valley on the ground! Dream climbs up, PURPLE RAIN MAKER!! Cover, TWO!?! Dream keeps moving, seeing Ciampa on the apron. Purple Rain Maker, MISSES! Dream hits floor, and hurts his arm! Ciampa drags Dream up and in, but then to No Man’s Land? DDT on the steel!! Ciampa drags Dream into their ring, covers, and wins!

Winner: Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall; still NXT Champion

Dream came so close so many times but the Black Heart wins out. If not even this much can end Ciampa’s reign, what will it take? Who will be the man to accomplish such a feat?

 

WarGames: The Undisputed Era VS Ricochet, Pete Dunne & The War Raiders!

Ever since they debuted, Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish have been running wild on NXT. And as enemies would close in, they managed to convince Roderick Strong to join their quest to forever #ShockTheSystem. However, they can no longer run from the fight, and must again face this sinister structure of steel. With the One and Only joining forces with the WWE United Kingdom Champion and the bearded behemoths of Ray Rowe & Hanson, will Cole and crew stand a chance of surviving? Or will they shock us all again by staying undefeated and undisputed?

Pete Dunne and Ricochet show solidarity with the War Raiders by wearing their own bits of war paint. To start the preliminary stage of this match, it’s Adam Cole BAYBAY and the One and Only NXT North American Champion! Cole trash talks Ricochet already, as these two still have a score to settle over that very title. The bell rings, and we have five minutes until another man is added. Kyle O’Reilly won an Advantage match this past NXT, so it will be Undisputed Era getting a new man first. As for these two, each man dares the other to fight in their ring. Ricochet is willing to cross over, but Cole is right on him! Cole clubs away but Ricochet turns things around with big haymakers.

Ricochet throws a European Uppercut and a swift chop. He whips but Cole reverses. Ricochet goes up and over then handsprings to headscissor and dropkick! Cole rolls to the other ring, but Ricochet follows. Ricochet brings Cole up for more clubbing forearms. Ricochet chops, then puts Cole in a corner. He gives Cole EuroUppers, then whips him corner to corner. Cole reverses but runs into an elbow. Ricochet springboards, but into a backstabber! Cole stands up and rains rights down on Ricochet. He then brings Ricochet up for a neckbreaker. Cole circles Ricochet, then brings him up to throw him into steel. Ricochet stops himself and then hits Cole back. Cole scoops but Ricochet slips out. Ricochet jumps, but into the ushigoroshi! Cole tosses Ricochet to the other ring, then follows.

Ricochet crawls but Cole is on him with a knee drop. Cole drops ax handles then drives a knee into Ricochet’s back. Cole brings Ricochet over to grind his face into the steel! He lets off and Ricochet writhes in a corner. Cole comes back and throws a forearm, but Ricochet hits back. Cole kicks Ricochet then whips. Ricochet kicks Cole back, then boots Cole from a corner. Ricochet dropkicks Cole down, and Cole rolls to the other ring. Cole stirs while Ricochet takes aim from far away. Ricochet runs, triangle jump and leaping uppercut! Both men are down, but the countdown begins. The buzzer sounds and the Undisputed Era sends… Kyle! Kyle goes in and gets Ricochet down! He fires off palm strikes while the three minute countdown begins. Kyle drives his knees into Ricochet while Cole stands.

The duo once known as Future Shock works together to mug Ricochet against steel. They double whip but Ricochet holds ropes. Ricochet sends Cole to the other ring, then avoids Kyle. He jumps into No Man’s Land to fight both men off! But Kyle gets a leg for a dragon screw through the ropes! Ricochet is down, and Cole joins Kyle again. They mug Ricochet with knees and kicks, and Ricochet is rocked. Cole and Kyle stomp Ricochet around, then taunt him to get up. Ricochet crawls away but they stay on him with more stomping. Kyle drags Ricochet up and Future Shock double whip. Ricochet dodges, pushes Cole into Kyle, then hits Kyle with a forearm. Cole boots Ricochet, then Kyle fires off strikes! Cole scoops, ushigoroshi on Kyle’s knee! Kyle keeps Ricochet down and throws more palm strikes, but the countdown returns.

Ricochet gets help from… Pete– Hanson? Hanson kept Dunne back because Hanson wants payback on Kyle. The War Beard rallies on Future Shock as we start another three minute countdown! Sidewalk slam and splash to Kyle! Scooping powerslam to Cole! Hanson misses in the corner, but he gets Kyle with a seated senton! Then Hanson cartwheels to avoid Cole, and clobbers him with a clothesline! Fans fire up with Hanson as he stands tall. They chant “War! War!” for Hanson as he begins a corner clothesline train! He hits Kyle, then Cole, then back again. Hanson gets a total of 10 but doesn’t stop! He brings Kyle into Cole, and they’re stacked in a corner. Hanson goes corner to corner, for a double bronco buster! Ricochet recovers, and Hanson helps him into the same ring. They forearm bump, Hanson becomes a step stool, shooting star onto Kyle!

Hanson decides to fetch Cole in the second ring, while Ricochet keeps on Kyle in the first. Cole elbows Hanson away, but then walks into a scoop. Kyle comes over to sweep Hanson’s legs! Ricochet gets Kyle with a clothesline, then he goes after Cole. Ricochet chops Cole, then rams his shoulder in. The countdown returns, and the Undisputed Era adds… Roderick Strong! Roddy hurries to help, going after Ricochet and Hanson! He chops away on Ricochet then whips, to dropkick Ricochet down! Roderick chops Hanson, then runs to shining wizard Ricochet! He does the same to Hanson, then gives Ricochet a urenage backbreaker. And another! And then torture rack, backbreaker drop! Fans fire up with Roddy as he drags Ricochet up to throw him into Hanson! Then Roddy runs, but Hanson catches him. Cole boots Hanson, Kyle gives the Ax ‘n’ Smash! Olympic Slam from Roddy!

The 3v2 favors the Undisputed Era, and fans are loving it! Cole, Strong and Kyle take turns stomping and dropping knees on Ricochet and Hanson. They have to fill time, so Strong puts Ricochet in a corner. Strong trash talks then Kyle joins him in chopping and kicking Ricochet. Strong hits Hanson for good measure, then works with Kyle again. Gutbuster and knee drop! Cole grinds his boot into Hanson, then Strong drives in a knee. The Undisputed Era pace about, confident they have control. But the countdown brings out… Rowe! Rowe pushed past Dunne, and then he goes right at all three men of the Undisputed Era! They stand up, he knocks them down, then he throws Strong overhead! Kyle runs into a gutbuster, then a gutwrench. Cole hits Rowe, but it only gets Rowe’s attention. Shotgun knees!

Rowe throws strikes all over Strong, but then Kyle climbs on for a sleeper! Rowe stays up, Cole runs in, but Cole gets an urenage! Then Rowe backs Kyle into the buckles and breaks free. Hanson returns, and now War Raiders work together. Hanson hauls Strong up while Rowe carries Kyle, and Strong is placed on Rowe’s shoulders! Powebomb-powerslam combo! Fans chant “War! War!” again as the Raiders stand tall. Hanson throws Kyle into steel, and then Rowe throws Strong! Cole realizes he’s all alone now, and Ricochet is up, too! Cole is fed to the Raiders, who then lawn dart Cole into steel! Ricochet and the Raiders stand tall, and they mug Cole in a corner. Ricochet keeps on Strong with haymakers and chops, but the countdown returns. The last one for the Undisputed Era, Bobby Fish, finally joins in!

But wait, Fish goes after Dunne? He wants to lock Dunne up, and he rams Dunne into steel bars! Fish puts his lock on, and only Fish has the key! He uses it to taunt Dunne, but then he throws it away! And then Fish goes looking under the ring! He brings in Undisputed Era branded chairs?! The Undisputed Era planned for this all along! Hanson blocks Kyle’s attack, but Fish gets his chair shot in! Then reDRagon tees off on the War Raiders and Ricochet! Cole and Strong regroup with them to take up chairs and throw them down on the others. Kyle strums his like a guitar while the others continue to SMACK their opponents. If Dunne can’t get in the ring, this match can’t officially start, which means it can’t end, either! The Undisputed Era can do this for as long as they want!

Strong and Fish throw Hanson into steel! Then they sit a chair up, and give Rowe an urenage across it! Fish taunts Rowe while Strong kicks Ricochet down. Cole and Kyle keep Hanson down on their end by going after his sore leg. Strong and Fish bring Rowe over, and they throw Rowe into steel of the cage! Rowe rebounds, though, and takes Fish out. Fish has to be careful because of his leg, but he seems fine. Kyle and Cole throw Hanson into more steel while Strong keeps on Ricochet. The countdown returns, but what does it matter if Dunne’s stuck in a cage? The ref’s use their key to unlock the first lock, but it won’t work on Fish’s lock. Dunne fights against it but there’s nothing he can do as Undisputed Era run a train on Ricochet against steel cage.

Fish and Cole keep on Rowe while Strong and Kyle keep on Hanson. They put each War Raider on a corner, then climb up to join them. Cole and Kyle help them coordinate, DOUBLE SUPERPLEX! Cole mocks Dunne, “You can’t do a darn thing!” He blows a mocking kiss, but here come bolt cutters! The ref gets the chain, and breaks it! Dunne is loose, and storms to the ring! Dunne may have one bad leg, but he’s going to find a way in. He grabs a kendo stick! Dunne smacks the hands of reDRagon off the cage door, then is ready for Cole. Dunne puts Cole’s hand on the steel steps, to SMACK it with the stick! Strong comes over but Dunne slams the door on him! Dunne brings out more things, and Ricochet crossbodies onto all of Undisputed Era!

Fans are thunderous as Dunne brings in a trash can, then another trash can, another kendo stick, and just as fans hoped, a TABLE! Rowe helps Dunne bring that table in as a brawl breaks out. Ricochet keeps reDRagon rocked as Dunne brings in a second table! Hanson helps him with that one, while Rowe sets a table up in No Man’s Land. Dunne grabs himself a stick, and this match FINALLY begins with a SMACK on Strong! SMACK for Kyle, SMACK for Strong! Dunne fires off on all four men of Undisputed Era, then hands the sticks over to Rowe and Ricochet. Hanson has a chair and Dunne has a chain, and they just beat down the Undisputed Era!

Kyle lands on the No Man’s Land steel, and Dunne tortures his arm. Dunne hammerlocks and STOMPS Kyle’s arm on that steel! Hanson hits Strong and Ricochet SMACKS Strong on the back. Fish grabs a can but Rowe stops him from using it. Dunne has Kyle’s arm and twists it. The kendo sticks fly, Strong gets over to where Kyle is, but Dunne X-plexes him onto Kyle! Cole chop blocks Dunne! Ricochet heads over but Cole tosses him into cage wall! The Era regroups in the second ring, and are ready for the Raiders. Strong kicks Rowe down, but Hanson avoids the chair shot. Kyle himself avoids the rebound accident, but then Hanson boots the chair into his face! Rowe gets back up as Hanson chops Cole. Hanson puts Cole in a can, and then puts him in a corner. Rowe picks Hanson up, senton attack on the canned Cole!

The Raiders then fire each other up, and Rowe scoops Hanson for a scoop slam senton on Kyle, across No Man’s Land! Kyle writhes while the Raiders go after Roddy. Pop up to German, springboard clothesline! Cover, but Fish breaks it in time. Rowe goes after Fish, German Suplex and springboard- TRASH CAN! Kyle hit Hanson with a flying trash can, and then he saves Fish from Rowe. Rowe fights off reDRagon, but ends up in a sleeper, and kick sandwich! Strong staggers up to help Cole in the second ring. Ricochet fights but still ends up in the gutbuster drop to backstabber! The Undisputed Era has regained control, and they surround Dunne. The Bruiserweight sees the situation he’s in, but doesn’t care! He throws hands on everyone!

Dunne blasts Cole with a forearm, then blasts with Fish with a forearm. Dunne dodges Strong, Strong hits steel cage, then staggers into Dunne’s German Suplex! Fish blocks Dunne’s kick, then ducks, so Dunne enziguris Kyle! Fish blocks a kick but gets reeled into a Kneebar! Dunne wrenches Fish’s bad leg, but Kyle saves Fish. Kyle uses that chain Dunne found, and uses it on Dunne’s bad leg! Kyle wraps it up as best he can, but then Dunne uses it to wrap up Kyle’s fingers! Dunne brings Kyle into a Kimura, the chain helping hold on. But Kyle lifts Dunne, and Fish SMACKS Dunne with a chair! Kyle uses that chain on Dunne now, for an ankle lock! Fish and Cole hold off the Raiders and Ricochet with chairs. Strong puts a chair on Dunne’s face and it’s an ankle lock with crossface.

Dunne somehow endures as the rest of his team work their way through, Ricochet FLIES in! Ricochet saves Dunne but gets a chair to the ribs. Strong hits Hanson, then runs, but for a BIG back drop! He ends up in the first ring, and now everyone is down. Hanson gets up and goes after Kyle. Rowe goes after Strong, and the Raiders have the NXT Tag Team Champions on either side of the table. Cole saves Kyle, but then Ricochet hits Cole. Fish saves Strong, but Dunne goes after Fish. Ricochet and Dunne have Strong and Kyle now, for a Butterfly SUPERPLEX and SUPER STEINER! Covers, TWO!! The Undisputed Era survives, but the Raiders decide the tables need to come into play now. The Raiders bring one over to the second ring, and Hanson sets it up.

Hanson targets Cole and puts him on the wood. The legs give out so Hanson dumps Cole off to try again. Cole scrambles away but Rowe is on him. He has him in No Man’s Land, powerbomb lift but Cole fights out. So he gets Thor’s Hammer! Cover, but Kyle breaks it with a chair shot! Rowe grabs Kyle, but Fish saves Kyle with a kendo SMACK. Fish then spears Rowe through the table! Fans are loving the carnage, but it isn’t over yet. Cole and Ricochet fight and end up near the other table. Cole has Ricochet in a corner and hauls him up. He climbs up to join him, but Ricochet resists. Ricochet kicks Cole, drags him into a Tree of Woe, but Kyle saves Cole. Kyle and Ricochet fight now, and Ricochet gets Kyle on the table.

Strong comes over and gives Ricochet a leaping knee! Kyle reels Ricochet into a triangle hold! But Hanson climbs up, and as Ricochet gets free, Hanson splashes down on Kyle, through the table! Cover, but Strong uses a trash can to break it! All four men but the fans are thunderous. The referees clear the debris, and Cole is first to stand up. Cole decides to climb up, but not to escape. Ricochet follows Cole, though, and they go after each other! They brawl, but have to be careful not to fall out. If even one man hits the floor, their entire team is disqualified. Strong climbs up to go after Ricochet, and they decide to throw Ricochet out! Ricochet holds on, and manages to kick Strong down! Strong gets crotch’d on the top rope, and now Ricochet only has to worry about Cole.

Cole clubs Ricochet on the back, but here comes Dunne! Dunne grabs Cole’s fingers and pulls, and gets Cole back in. But Kyle climbs up to go after Dunne. Rowe goes after Cole, but then Strong goes after Rowe. things are getting crazy up there as Hanson and Fish scrap on their way over. Hanson grabs everyone, even with Fish on his back, for a special WarGames TOWER OF DOOM!! All seven men go down in a heap, and fans lose their minds! But wait, Ricochet is still up top, and fans spot him sitting back up. The others regroup as he stands, and Ricochet 630 MOONSAULTS! He wipes them all out!! Fans are at a fever pitch as all eight men are down and out!

The teams regroup in opposite rings, and the teammates help each other stand. Fans rally up as the two teams stand across, each man facing a counterpart on the other side. They approach each other, and fans are thunderous. They go into No Man’s Land, to brawl!! Hands just fly wildly, and then things spill out into rings. Hanson has Kyle while Fish DDT’s Rowe. Fish kicks but Rowe gets him with Ace Ten Mao! Hanson leaves Kyle behind, for FALLOUT! But Kyle grabs Rowe before the cover, Strong Elimination! Strong and Kyle double whip Hanson, but he breaks through, to handspring back elbow!

Cole SUPERKICKS Hanson, but Ricochet springboards at Cole, for another SUPERKICK! Dunne blocks the kick to tweak the ankle! And snap the fingers! And hit Bitter- DDT from Cole! Last Shot brianbuster, to shining wizard! Cover, TWO?!? Cole keeps going, but misses the second shot, for a Bitter End! 450 splash outta nowhere! Double cover, #OneAndOnlyBruiserRaiders WIN!!

Winners: The War Raiders, Pete Dunne & Ricochet, both Ricochet & Dunne pinning

TakeOver is no longer Undisputed, and the Undisputed no longer rules TakeOver! There is wreckage everywhere, but Ricochet’s team can hold their heads high. Dunne and Ricochet get their belts back, and stand tall atop the cage. They’re reminded of their own unsettled score, the Champion VS Champion match the Undisputed Era ruined. Ricochet still has to keep Cole away, but will he get another shot at proving the North American Championship is better than the United Kingdom Championship? Will the War Raiders get themselves another go at the NXT Tag Team Championships?

 


 

My Thoughts:

There is already so much to love about any TakeOver, but this may have been the best TakeOver yet! I loved the surprise of Riddle VS Ohno, and it worked perfectly in story. Ohno was acting so superior, so him losing in mere seconds was the right way to go. Then Ohno and Riddle can have a lengthier rematch on a later NXT episode to really give us something incredible. The Women’s Championship match felt really fast. Shayna has ultimate Heel heat from Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir helping her again, mostly with the first fall. The brawling of Jessamyn and Marina with Dakota Kai, then Io Shirai coming in, tells me this will be the Six Woman Tag showdown we get, which is great given Dakota’s history with Shayna and Shirai’s friendship with Kairi. And obviously, this means Shayna VS Kairi will continue.

In Aleister VS Gargano, I liked that both guys knew the other’s moves enough to counter, and there was great story elements like Gargano begging for forgiveness only to use it as a way to steal the win. I like that Aleister didn’t have to use two Black Mass kicks but chose to use two. Aleister wins to keep Gargano’s story going, because Gargano will be seeking vindication of his “I’m still the hero!” claims. Ciampa VS “Hollywood” Dream was so great, and Dream really used all his references to legendary wrestlers like Hogan, Flair and Rick Roode to great effect. I really thought Dream was winning, but that’s how good they booked the match, Ciampa wins to perhaps set up a proper Aleister VS Ciampa match now.

The WarGames match itself was incredible. It seemed odd to me that Ricochet’s team had dysfunction when it came to sending members out, but things like that tend to plague Faces more than Heels in such situations as a standard wrestling trope. The Undisputed Era’s scheme of locking out the last man while preparing their own weapons was a great touch. I almost thought Dunne was going to stay locked in and someone else (like EC3) was going to sub in for him. But I suppose it’s fine that Dunne still gets free, NXT can save EC3 VS Undisputed Era for later. I know in our Chairshot staff picks I expected the Era to still win, but it does work for Ricochet’s team to win. Now the Era will have to regroup in order to keep the tag titles while Cole looks to regain the North American title.

My Score: 9/10

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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.10 ~16TH NOVEMBER 2018

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Another wonderfully in depth recap of this week in Pro Wrestling NOAH. How is the Global League going? Let’s see what else has been going on in NOAH.





CURRENT TOUR RECAP
NOAH were in Hiroshima on the 12th November; Hiroshima is a city of mixed emotion for NOAH, for some it is home, but for the promotion as a whole it has sad associations, as Mitsuharu Misawa died there in 2009.

Hitoshi Kumano, (a local bear), took charge of fundraising for the Heavy Rain Fund (Hiroshima was hit badly earlier in the year by floods, and the mascot got yelled at by Mitsuya Nagai). Nagai was wound up by Naomichi Marufuji as well, who held the ropes open for him, a tactic which served to wind Kenoh up too. It was also the event where Kotaro Suzuki got his win over HAYATA, and sat on the ropes holding the belt up to both Daisuke Harada and HAYATA. Kotaro Suzuki later said that HAYATA bought out his trump card in the previous match (“the Headache”), and so he bought out his too, and that he would be no match for him with his own number of various maneuvers which he would bring out in the title match. They had their final match before the championship match on the 17th in Osaka, and they will both go into the match with one victory each over the other in the build up for the challenge.

Fan support is very much on the side of HAYATA (who is not NOAH born unlike Suzuki who is seen as an outsider, despite being NOAH born) to bring the championship home.

Mitsuya Nagai clashed with Naomichi Marufuji, and was chopped to shreds. Marufuji said he looked like a “boiled octopus” afterwards. Katsuhiko Nakajima would dismiss Nagai as “small fish” on the 14th, but Nagai would break through the dark cloud on the 16th when he ended the winning streak of Kohei Sato.

Despite his fluke win and spazz out victory celebration against Takashi Sugiura, Kaito Kiyomiya suffered two defeats in a row; the first being against Atsushi Kotoge on the 14th and Cody Hall on the 16th. Kotoge, however, has been on a roll and defeated Go Shiozaki on the 16th.

In a rare moment on the 14th, Masa Kitamiya and Kenoh shook hands. Kitamiya said that he did it to acknowledge that he and Kenoh (who lost to him) had practically fought to the death for the win, and that he didn’t trust wrestlers who had no ambition. Speaking of Kenoh, during the huge tag on the 16th November, his victory over

Marufuji seemingly wasn’t enough, and he decided to get his face again.

Marufuji (now with both shoulders needing athletic support) just looked tired and like he’d had enough.

The show on the 16th November was a shift in the league; Kohei Sato, Kazusada Higuchi and Go Shiozaki had their perfect records beaten by Mitsuya Nagai, Mohammed Yone and Atsushi Kotoge, and Nakajima avenged his loss against Quiet Storm in Global League 2017.

As Global League is beginning to heat up, everyone is talking about not letting anymore victories slip through their fingers, but of course, not all matches can go to a draw, and someone has to lose. There can only be two finalists, and ultimately one winner.

Full recap of Global League 2018 so far, can be found here.

Noah will be back on Saturday 17th November at the Edion Arena in Osaka, (gong sounds at 18.30).

NEWS

THE EVOLUTION OF KENOH 
The upcoming “Wrestlers Directory” 2018 (basically a guide to who is who, what, and where in 2018) was previewed and Naomichi Marufuji and Kenoh were profiled with their changing looks over the years. 

Kenoh made the following comments about his entry:

  • His 2009 picture is ugly
  • Like all trainees, he debuted with a shaved head. Says he didn’t used to cut it, and its awkward to look at it, says he didn’t think he had any money to cut it.
  • It doesn’t really translate well, but Kenoh says he cut his hair in 2012 because it had been long for long enough. In another rough translation he says that he looks like a child of badboy parents, who has been forced to pose.
  • Kenoh said about his expression that it doesn’t change, because in his every day life, he does not laugh a lot.
  • In 2015, Kenoh says that “I admired him and went blonde, but I can no longer say I have the aspiration to be like him” (he is talking about Morishima, who very sadly, has let a lot of people down, including Kenoh).

YOSHIKI INAMURA ADDED TO THE NOAH ROSTER PAGE 
At the moment there is not too much information on him apart from his birthday (November 18th 1992), his height and weight, blood type and birthplace (Otawara City in Tochigi Prefecture), date of debut and finisher. His finisher isn’t anything special at the moment, and doesn’t have a special name, being listed only as a “tackle”.

He doesn’t have a Twitter account yet.

CHRISTMAS AT MUSCLE GRILL
Naomichi Marufuji’s current restaurant MUSCLE GRILL in Tokyo will be having a Christmas party on the 22nd December. Naomichi Marufuji, Hi69, Tadasuke, Atsushi Kotoge and Junta Miyawaki will be attending, but obviously this depends on whether or not they manage to stay injury free.

Event is now full.

HAJIME OHARA IN CHINA
Hajime Ohara has missed some Noah dates as he is training the Eastern Hero Athletes in Shanghai, and also when they visit the Noah dojo in Saitama. Ohara is known to be a very strict trainer with a lot of emphasis on health and well-being, which goes further than working out as he is a big advocate for healthy eating and avoiding alcohol (although he does seem to have a weakness for cake); he has banned smoking during training sessions, forbidding his students to smoke while on breaks.

NOAH IN 2019 
Noah have announced the dates for “Navigation for The Future 2019”. The tour will run from January 6th to Friday, February 1st. They have also announced their (provisional) Korakuen Hall schedule for 2019.

TAKESHI MORISHIMA UPDATE
There has been no real news following Morishima’s arrest earlier in the month, but further sad details have come to light about his behavior prior to the arrest and his living circumstances.

Morishima it seems was (and is) homeless and without any form of income, and was begging for drinks, even using the tactic of asking to drink with the bar staff as it meant he would be given free drinks.

The management company who were sponsoring his return had originally put him up in an apartment, which they paid the rent for. The deal was that Morishima would concentrate on his return, however, Morishima didn’t do this, and preferred alcohol to training. The President of the company, seeing that Morishima wasn’t giving anything in return despite repeated requests for him to change his ways, eventually lost his patience and told Morishima to pack up and leave.

Morishima, seemingly unconcerned about this, told him flippantly that he was drinking in Shinjuku, and if he wanted the keys, he should come and get them.

GHC BELT NEWS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Takashi Sugiura
  • GHC Junior Champion: Kotaro Suzuki
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Naomichi Marufuji & Akitoshi Saito
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: Minoru Tanaka & Hi69

The winner of Global League 2018 will earn the right to challenge Takashi Sugiura for the GHC Heavyweight title, if he himself wins, Sugiura says that he will nominate Masato Tanaka as his challenger.

Kotaro Suzuki will defend the GHC Junior Heavyweight title against HAYATA on the 17th November at Edion Arena, Osaka.

The GHC Heavyweight Tag titles have not had a challenger as of yet, and probably won’t until after Global League wraps up. Mitsuya Nagai has hinted that he may challenge, but Saito said that he will not be granted a title shot. Katsuhiko Nakajima was asked if he was going to challenge after the Global League match with Saito, and said cryptically, he was “in the mood for shopping” (i.e., shopping around to see what deal is best).

The GHC Junior Tag Championship will be challenged for by Koji Kanemoto and Hiroshi Yamato on the 25th November at Korakuen Hall. Seiya Morohashi has also challenged for them, his partner at this time is as yet unknown, but it is thought it will either be TAMURA or Kouki Iwasaki.

TOUR TIDBITS

  • Atsushi Kotoge drinks “Revolutionary Coffee”
  • Naomichi Marufuji sat on a wet bench wearing thin grey pants…
  • There was a cat at the hotel in Ehime, much to YO-HEY’s delight
  • Kaito Kiyomiya appears to be being fitted for tailored suits (long gone are the days of the oversize one thank god)
  • Daisuke Harada celebrated his 32nd birthday on the 13th November (President Uchida did not even know it was his birthday!), and Yoshiki Inamura will celebrate his 26th birthday on November 18th, Takashi Sugiura bought him an early birthday cake and a small party was held at a restaurant Inamura had been taken out to by his seniors.
  • Shu Nishinaga said Ally (the ring announcer) “whined like a child” for udon noodles.
  • Naomichi Marufuji says he was disturbed by mosquitoes, in November, which woke him up at 2.30am
  • Kenoh apparently went jogging in the Imperial Palace Gardens in Kyoto (a fan who saw him, thought he was a blonde delinquent fleeing the law before it was discovered it was Kenoh)

KING SHAMELESS CORNER 
After weeks of silence. Takashi Sugiura is back, posting a picture of Masao Inoue holding an ice cream cone with white foam in it and labeling it “mood” and photographing erotic looking food.

I’ll leave it to your (and his) dirty imagination as to what exactly he meant by oysters being “erotic”…

BROADCASTS
The final night of Global League, 25th November, will be broadcast at 6pm on Saturday 8th December
The event on the 12th December, will be broadcast on the 15th December
The event on the 16th December, will be broadcast on the 22nd December

This is more than usual, and all seem to be going out on a weekly basis. This makes me wonder if the network are trying something out.

LINKS
K-FORCE: music inspired by Katsuhiko Nakajima
ARTICLE: “Traces to Nowhere: the tragic story behind the Takeshi Morishima arrest”
News article on Takeshi Morishima’s drunken and chaotic life
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IPW are the official vendors of Noah merchandise, please click here for shop
English translation of “Heir to the Ark” (Naomichi Marufuji’s biography) ~ work in progress





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