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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Report! (6/5/18)

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SmackDown GM, champion and challenger!

The Phenomenal One and the King of Strong Style will sign thee contract for their Last Man Standing WWE Championship match at Money in the Bank, with SmackDown GM Paige presiding! Plus, the FABULOUS Carmella promises to reveal all about her opponent, The Empress of Tomorrow, Asuka, before their own title match at Money in the Bank!

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 2v1 Handicap: Asuka VS Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville; Asuka wins.
  • Harper w/ Rowan VS Karl Anderson w/ Luke Gallows; Anderson wins.
  • Mixed Tag: Naomi & Jimmy Uso w/ Jey Uso VS Lana & Aiden English; Naomi & Jimmy win.
  • Charlotte Flair VS Becky Lynch; Becky wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The New Day VS The Miz, Rusev & Samoa Joe; The New Day wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

The SmackDown Women’s Champion, Carmella, heads to the ring.

The FABULOUS Princess of Staten Island faces the Empress of Tomorrow at Money in the Bank, but the champion doesn’t seem afraid at all. Carmella welcomes Corpus Christi and demands they give her praise. When they boo, she accepts that. This isn’t about her, this is about Asuka. Carmella wants the world to know the truth about Asuka. Asuka is not who we think she is. Carmella shows us the Asuka we do know, that we love yet fear. A highlight reel rolls, covering her career from NXT where she would be the undefeated Woman’s Champion for almost two years, and then shifting to her Streak continuing on Raw. Carmella gives Asuka credit at being incredible, poised and terrifying.

But “let’s remove the mask” and face the truth: “This is the real Asuka.” The highlight reel continues, and Asuka would lose for the first time in the WWE to Charlotte. But then, it continues to show that The IIconics would beat Asuka in a tag team match, and then Sonya Deville would easily ambush Asuka from behind. Mandy Rose would also dominate in her match with Asuka because of it, but it ignores how Asuka still won that match. Carmella says that was all “painful to watch.” But it’s the truth: Asuka’s first loss devastated her. That’s why Carmella isn’t afraid. #MellaIsMoney! But fans boo as Carmella says Asuka’s time is over. Asuka was undefeated but now she’s just defeated. No One is Ready has become Everyone Is Ready. Even the WWE Universe is ready for Asuka! Raise your hand if you’re ready for Asuka!

Speak of Asuka, and here she comes! Carmella stays cool, even as Asuka enters the ring. Asuka herself is still in a good mood. But then Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville appear?

Carmella didn’t need to go through all that trouble. Mandy Rose knows herself that Asuka is a shadow of her former self. Asuka still won, but Mandy is confident she was close to winning. Mandy knows she can beat Asuka tonight! Sonya says Mandy did what she had to: left Asuka for Sonya. Sonya wants her turn to face Asuka! Carmella agrees with them both, so who will it be? The Undefeated Asuka would fight both, but the Defeated Asuka should just call an Uber and get out. But then SmackDown GM Paige appears!

The Glampire in Chief says no one speaks for her. Paige makes matches, not them. Asuka does have unfinished business with Sonya and Mandy. Who does Asuka choose? Asuka grins at them both before snatching the mic from Carmella. “Give me both!!”

In that case, it will be Asuka VS Sonya & Mandy in a Handicap Match, up next! Can the Empress reclaim her glory against the duo formerly known as Absolution?

 

2v1 Handicap: Asuka VS Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville!

SmackDown returns to this match at the bell, and Sonya starts with Asuka. The Gladiator Gal lunges but the Empress avoids. The Princess has joined commentary while Asuka gives a test kick at Sonya. Asuka and Sonya tie up, and Asuka puts Sonya in a corner. Mandy tags in, and fans cheer for God’s Greatest Creation. Mandy trise to power Asuka to the corner but asuka throws her off. Sonya tags back in and she circles with Asuka again. They tie up, Asuka wrenches the arm to a wristlock, but Sonya reverses. Asuka reverses back but Sonya forearms out to then waistlock and throw Asuka down. Asuka reverses to a kneebar, but Sonya ropebreaks. Carmella keeps boasting about herself while Asuka and Sonya tie up again.

Asuka trips Sonya, things speed up and Sonya hip tosses Asuka. Sonya runs but Asuka avoids the sliding knee, and Asuka dropkicks Sonya in return. Asuka is fired up but Mandy distracts. Sonya sucker punches Asuka, then asks “Who do you think you are?!” Fans boo Sonya while cheering Asuka. Sonya throws hands on Asuka then tags Mandy. Mandy stomps a mudhole into Asuka, then embraces the heat. Mandy tags Sonya, and they mug Asuka again. Sonya stalks Asuka at the ropes, then puts her back in the corner to tag in Mandy. Sonya rams in shoulders, then Mandy rams hers in. Mandy throws forearms but backs off at the ref’s count. Mandy snapmares Asuka into a chinlock while fans keep rallying. Carmella is more worried about her hair than what Asuka will do to her.

Asuka endures the chinlock, then fights back, but Mandy throws her down. Cover, TWO, but Mandy goes back to the chinlock. Fans rally while Asuka gets up and fights back again. Asuka powers out and collides with Mandy. Asuka fires up, then speeds up to hip attack Mandy! Mandy gets to a corner but gets another hip attack. Asuka tosses Mandy out to then climb up top. Asuka aims, and hits the missile dropkick! Carmella distracts Asuka, Sonya tags in and then clobbers Asuka! Sonya digs her knee into Asuka while Carmella moonwalks on the announce desk. The champ has handed the match to Sonya while we go picture in picture.

Sonya chokes Asuka at the ropes while Carmella keeps dancing. Sonya drags Asuka up and snapmares her, to then slide into a bodyscissor hold. Asuka endures as Sonya adds a chinlock. Asuka pushes back to a cover, TWO and they separate. Sonya spinebusters Asuka! Cover, TWO, but Sonya keeps her cool. Mandy tags in, and they both stand on Asuka’s chest. Mandy drags Asuka over and hammers away. She drags Asuka into an arm wrench and adds a chinbar for a unique abdominal stretch. Asuka endures, even as Mandy also pulls hair. Asuka fights out, then fires off kicks, but Mandy catches one to throw Asuka with an exploder! Cover, TWO, and Mandy grows frustrated. Mandy toys with Asuka, then rains down more rights.

Mandy stalks Asuka at the ropes, then chokes her at the ropes. She brings Asuka back over and tags Sonya. Mandy stomps away, then Sonya adds kicks. Sonya tags back to Mandy, and Mandy brings Asuka up with the butterfly underhook. Asuka fights her way out then rolls Mandy, TWO, so Asuka hits Sonya then shining wizard to Mandy! Asuka is still catching her breath but she’s not giving up. She and Mandy trade forearms on their knees while we go single picture. They go back and forth as they stand up, but Asuka ducks to then dropkick Mandy! Asuka spins Mandy around for a German Suplex! Carmella is still calm while Mandy elbows Asuka. Sonya tags in but Mandy gets kicked down. Sonya gets the pop-up knee, then the hip attack! Cover, but Mandy breaks it.

Asuka grabs Mandy and tosses her out, but Sonya rolls Asuka up! TWO, and they go roundhouse for roundhouse, double roundhouses!

Both women are down and a ten count begins. Carmella is still not worried, as the count reaches 8! Asuka and Sonya stagger up at 9, but then Sonya runs into a knee! But Sonya fires up and SPEARS Asuka! Cover, TWO! Sonya can’t believe Asuka survived. She covers again, TWO, and now Sonya grows frustrated. Sonya gives knee after knee to Asuka, in return for Asuka’s knee. Sonya runs, but into an arm-lock! She manages to reverse but Asuka reverses, and the Asuka Lock is in! Sonya taps, Asuka wins!

Winner: Asuka, by submission

The Empress defeats two opponents at once, yet Carmella is smugly unafraid. Carmella says “enough is enough”, and goes into the ring with Asuka. She holds up her belt but Asuka still grins. Mandy returns, but Asuka back fists her away! Carmella clubs Asuka from behind! Carmella stalks Asuka, and hits the FABULOUS Kick. The Champion is all smiles now, and vows #MellaintheBank will be her PPV. Are her calculations correct? Or will Asuka show Carmella that her math means NOTHING in regards to the Empress?

 

The Miz trains backstage.

But Mr. Bootyworth is there? And so are The New Day! Hokage Miz, they want to apologize for their jerkish behavior. Miz just wanted to know which member enters the MITB match. They are taking this seriously. And it’s because it was thanks to him giving them a Reality Check. The New Day know the truth hurts, and admit it’s been very hard to decide. Therefore, they want Miz to help them reveal their member to the world. What’s the catch? No catch, just names in a hat. Put your hand in the hat and pull out a name. Then “ya bois” will be Misters Money in the Bank. Miz agrees, and reaches in, but they want him to wait. No peeking. Headband down as a blindfold and… Hat swap! It’s not names, it’s pancake batter!

This won’t be so funny when Samoa Joe puts Woods to Sleep, Rusev MACHKA Kicks Kofi, and Miz beats Big E again! Miz then wipes the batter off on Bootyworth’s shirt. Who will get the last laugh in tonight’s Six Man Tag?

 

Harper w/ Rowan VS Karl Anderson w/ Luke Gallows!

These two pairs of brothers in battle will battle 2v2 at MITB for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships in two weeks. As for tonight, it’s 1v1 as the Machine Gun tries his hand against Harper. The bell rings and Harper dropkicks Anderson right away! Harper uppercuts and scrapes Anderson’s face, then puts him in a corner. The fans chant “Too Sweet!” for Anderson but Harper keeps on him with clubbing forearms, and a running elbow into the back. Cover, ONE, but Harper drags Anderson up to uppercut him into a corner. Harper chops Anderson, then stalks him, before standing on Anderson’s head. He rakes the eyes, then uppercuts Anderson again. Anderson gets to ropes, but Harper palm strikes him to a corner. Harper backs Gallows off, then whips Anderson, for the scrapbuster!

Anderson writhes but Harper isn’t done with him. Harper puts Anderson in another corner, but Anderson kicks back! Harper uppercuts again, but misses the superkick. Anderson rolls Harper up, ANDERSON WINS!

Winner: Anderson, by pinfall

The Good Brothers sneak one! The Machine Gun ends the insane win streak Harper has been on since returning. Can Gallows & Anderson combine for another miracle like this and take those titles from the Bludgeon Brothers?

 

Jimmy Uso & Naomi speak.

Lana tried to bust a move and a little bit more last week. That won’t happen at MITB, because Naomi will snatch Lana bald and snatch the contract. As for tonight, this husband-wife combo shows why they’re the ones who really run SmackDown. #WelcometotheUsoPenitentiary.

 

Mixed Tag: Naomi & Jimmy Uso w/ Jey Uso VS Lana & Aiden English!

Corpus Christi, it’s #GlowTime as Naomi and Jimmy bring back their Mixed Match Challenge combination to take on the Ravishing Russian and not her husband. The founding father of Rusev Day is busy with his own tag match later, so MC Artiste takes over. “Our opponents want to glow inside a penitentiary, but they’re about to face the loss of the century.” And when it’s done, everyone know why Lana is the best, Lana number one!

The bell rings and the men start. Jimmy and English circle, then tie up. English gets the headlock, and sings “Rusev Daaay~”. Jimmy powers out but English reverses, only for Jimmy to uppercut him away. English is in fear for his moneymaker throat, and he has Lana help check on him. English is fine, but then they run into double enziguri from Uso & Naomi! They end up outside, so Jimmy holds the ropes for Naomi to FLY!

The #UceGlow is in control while we go to break.

SmackDown returns, and Lana begs Naomi not kick her. Naomi spins Lana, and kicks and kicks, but Lana ducks them each time, so Naomi throws in an knee! Lana goes down, and Naomi steps at English. English panics, but Lana pounces. Lana gives Naomi a kick, then covers, TWO. English coaches Lana on and Lana vows she is number one. Lana chokes Naomi at the ropes, then backs up at 4. She runs and hits double knees, then covers. TWO, and Lana grows frustrated. Lana brings Naomi into her corner for a boot grind, but stops at 4. Fans rally for Naomi as Lana bounces her off the match. Lana puts Naomi in an armlock, adding a chinbar. Naomi endures while fans duel and rally. Naomi sits up but Lana pushes her into buckles! Lana boasts while Naomi recovers. Lana says “Uce! NO!” but Naomi dropkicks her down!

Naomi crawls for Jimmy but Lana tackles her down! Lana drags Naomi away and drops elbows. Cover, TWO, and Lana grows frustrated. Lana puts Naomi back in the armlock and chinbar. Fans rally again and Naomi fights her way up and out. Naomi jawbreakers, but Lana keeps her away from Jimmy. Naomi tugs Lana back and reaches for Jimmy, but Lana grabs hair. Lana gets rolled up, TWO, double clotheslines take them both out! Fans rally again as they crawl, hot tag to Jimmy! The men both come in and Jimmy rallies on English! Jimmy kicks low then uppercuts, and English again worries about his throat. English avoids the Samoan Drop but not the dragon whip kick! Jimmy fires up and hits the hip attack in the corner! Cover, but Lana breaks it just in time. Lana SLAPS Jimmy, but Naomi alley-oops to tackle Lana!

The women roll out of the ring, but English back splashes Jimmy. Jimmy is down in a corner, and English says “RUS-ev Day!” He runs corner to corner but Noami FLIES in to crossbody! Then SUPERKICK from Jimmy! Cover, Uso & Naomi win!

Winners: Uso & Naomi, Jimmy Uso pinning

The husband-wife combo succeeds! This gives Naomi big momentum towards the Women’s MITB match, but will she or Lana be able to overcome a star-studded field of eight?

 

SmackDown GM Paige is backstage for the WWE Championship contract signing.

She thanks the challenger and champion for being present at the table. Shinsuke Nakamura and AJ Styles sit across from each other, with security on hand just in case. Their match will be Last Man Standing, meaning one man wins when the other cannot stand after a count of 10. There will be a winner this time, but are their questions? Styles has more of a statement. Styles and Shinsuke have been warring forever. Shinsuke played his games, drove Styles to the edge, but Styles understands why. “Because you know straight up, you can’t beat me.” It’s why Nakamura plays around and chose such a match type. But every dirty trick Nakamura has won’t work this time. Styles vows to walk and walk out WWE Champion.

Without any further comment, Paige has them sign the contract. Styles signs first. Nakamura claims the pen is out of ink. He wants to borrow Styles’. Styles gives him the pen, and Nakamura examines it. Nakamura claims the pen is broken. Styles gets pissed, he wants Nakamura to sign it already! Nakamura keeps playing his games, but then Styles SLAPS him!

Styles is accompanied out of the room, and Nakamura reveals he had a back-up pen. Nakamura signs, and the match is made. “Last Man Standing”, Nakamura likes the sound of that. But will he like what Styles does to him when there are no rules but to win?

 

Charlotte Flair VS Becky Lynch!

While these two are the SmackDown half of the WWE Four Horsewomen, while these two are friends and love having tea time, these two are former SmackDown Women’s Champions and they both want that title back. The first step to that is winning the MITB contract, which both of them also want. The Queen of Flair is up 4-3 in their all-time series, but can the Lass Kicker tie it up here tonight?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, and Becky arm-drags Charlotte away. Becky grins as they circle and go again. Becky reverses Charlotte’s’ attempt but Charlotte throws Becky out. Charlotte lets Becky return, then gets the takedown. Becky denies the figure four but Charlotte denies the Disarm-her, so Becky settles for a headlock. Charlotte stands up and pries her way out, to put on a headlock. Becky powers out, but Charlotte handsprings over her. Things speed up and Chalrotte headscissors Becky to the ropes. The fans “WOO~!” as the two friend stare down. Charlotte gets a takedown but Becky slips out of the cover to roll Charlotte, TWO. Charlotte tries to roll Becky, but then Becky gets the ropebreak. Fans are dueling, and the friends clink glasses for tea time.

But then they both kick! They both block, too, and tell the other to let go.

They agree to let go together, and they do. The friends back off and fans applaud, but then things start up again, double crossbodies take them both out! Both women are down while we go picture in picture. Charlotte and Becky stand but Charlotte is on Becky first. Becky jawbreakers and dropkicks, then drops the leg. Becky drops the elbow, then runs to drop the other leg, but Charlotte dodges. Charlotte puts Becky in the headscissor hold and rams Becky’s head into the mat over and over. Charlotte squeezes Becky, but Becky endures. Becky stands up but Charlotte throws her around with the headscissors. Charlotte holds on, and grabs at legs for a cover, TWO.

Charlotte keeps on Becky but Becky reverses the whip to arm-drag Charlotte. Becky arm-drags her again and into an armlock, holding Charlotte down. Charlotte endures the stretch as well as that knee in her face. She moves around but Becky shifts to a bridging armbar! Charlotte endures and Becky stops the bridge while we go single picture. Fans duel while Charlotte gets up. Becky keeps the arm but Charlotte throws forearms. Becky responds, then runs, but into Charlotte’s tilt-o-whirl. She slips through but Charlotte denies the arm submission. Charlotte chops and chops away, but then Becky dodges to give a European Uppercut. Becky gives more EuroUppers, but Charlotte backslides. TWO, and Charlotte chops Becky off her feet. Charlotte gives Becky a back suplex and fires up with a kip-up.

Charlotte runs but into Becky’s boot. Becky jump kicks, then climbs up again, but Charlotte stops her. Charlotte drags Becky out for a crucifix backbreaker, cover, TWO. Charlotte goes for but Becky denies the figure four, then Becky clobbers Charlotte with a flying forearm. Becky fires up while climbing up, for a big leg drop! Cover, TWO! Fans keep dueling, and Becky stalks Charlotte. Charlotte rolls up the hold, TWO, and Becky throws forearms. Becky runs, Charlotte follows, SPEAR! Becky rolls out of the ring, but Charlotte slingshots out! Charlotte takes Becky down, “That’s why I’m the Queen!” Charlotte puts Becky back in the ring, then climbs up top… MOONSAULT! But into knees! Becky small package, TWO.

Charlotte takes Becky down but Becky denies her again. Charlotte comes back and gets part, but Becky counters! Becky gets the Disarm-her!! Charlotte taps, Becky wins!!

Winner: Becky, by submission

The Lass Kicker ties their series, 4-4! But more importantly, this close to MITB, Charlotte is on the downtrend while Becky’s on fire. Becky helps her friend to her feet, and fans cheer for their sportsmanship. Friendship aside, will Becky or Charlotte be the one to climb the ladder and win the golden opportunity? Or will a woman from Raw ruin their chances?

 

Backstage interview with Samoa Joe.

The Destroyer is in the Men’s MITB, but he wants to know what people see when they look at him. Is he vicious? Is he a rabid dog? Or is he a man with a skewed moral compass? Tonight, The New Day learn that all those things are true. Joe is a bit saddened by his own reputation, because what he really wants people to think is that he is a man who keeps his promises. He promised to put Daniel Bryan to sleep, and he did. But he also promised to climb up and grab the briefcase. Joe did that, as a preview of what he wants to do at MITB. SmackDown’s roster trembled because they witnesses the future. And whoever is unfortunate enough to become WWE Champion will know “what you see is what you get.” And soon, everyone will get it.

 

On-stage interview with Big Cass.

The Human Skyscraper is all smiles as he makes his way out to join Renee Young. Cass will get a rematch with Daniel Bryan at Money in the Bank. What will he do to win this time? “Look at how high up you have to hold up that microphone.” Cass is 7 feet tall, while Bryan is maybe an inch taller than Renee. Big Cass has a little story for Bryan. Backstage at Wrestlemania 30, Cass walked down the hall and into the locker room. He was behind Daniel Bryan, who won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. All Cass could think was, “Seriously?” This little guy is THE WWE Champion? Cass claims Bryan’s win was a fluke, as was the win over Cass at Backlash.

But Cass will give credit, Bryan packs a heck of a punch for such someone so “petite.” “A good big man will beat a good little man.” If no one believes Cass, just look at the footage. Samoa Joe put Bryan to sleep in last week’s triple threat. Then, Cass waited for Bryan to stand, and he booted him back down! Cass almost feels bad about that. Almost. But Bryan asked to get back in the ring, but little did he know, a 7 foot shadow would follow him. Bryan has never been in the ring with someone as big as Cass, as educated as Cass, or as big a star as Cass. Cass guarantees 100% that Bryan has never, ever been int he ring that holds a grudge like Cass.

Cass vows to do everything he can to dismantle, beat and embarrass Bryan! “Daniel Bryan, I’m going to take your scrawny little arms, rip them off your body, and beat you over the head with them”. Then he’ll snap those little legs like twigs so that Bryan can never put submission holds on again. Bryan needs to go do what he does best: playing a little garden gnome on Total Bellas. After MITB, Bryan will be beaten and battered, and then come to a slow realization that “a pathetic little man like him, will never survive in this Big Man’s world.” Cass is confident that size matters, but will Bryan get the better of him in their rematch from Backlash?

 

Backstage interview with Sin Cara.

The luchador from El Paso was snubbed by Andrade Almas and Zelina Vega. Was he wrong about how close he and Almas are? Sin Cara has known Almas since Almas was 14 years old, they were like brothers. But something happened. Something? Vega is not just something, she is the best thing to ever happen to Almas. When he had Sin Cara as a role model, he had nothing. Sin Cara had Almas hide behind a mask. Sin Cara made him weak. Almas learned he doesn’t have to hide, and he doesn’t have to be afraid. Especially not of Sin Cara. Sin Cara says that’s not true, but Vega counters that Almas wants a match with Sin Cara. Almas then clobbers Sin Cara from outta nowhere! Almas throws Sin Cara into a trunk, then calls him a dog. Will El Idolo pay for turning on an amigo like that?

 

Six Man Tag: The New Day VS The Miz, Rusev & Samoa Joe!

Awwwww Corpus Christi~! Don’t you dare be sour, clap for the world famous four time champs and feel~, the powah~! Positive energy and plenty of pancakes accompany Woods, Kofi & Big E, but they still haven’t told us who–who who who?–will enter the Men’s MITB on behalf of the team. Will the trio keep the secret and keep momentum against the A-Lister, the Bulgarian Brute and the Destroyer?

Miz is very fired up as he starts with Woods, and he throws hands and kicks on Woods in a corner. He taunts fans who want pancakes, then whips Woods corner to corner. Woods goes up and over then speeds things up as he dodges Miz, to then hit Miz with a roaring elbow! Cover, TWO, so Woods keeps on Miz with a EuroUpper. Woods snapmares Miz to then tag in Kofi. Kofi hits the running kick, Woods adds the sliding lariat, then Kofi adds the splash while Woods hops up. Woods hits the elbow drop, then tags Big E, for the Big Splash! Cover, TWO, but The New Day keep their cool. Miz rolls away and tags in Joe, for a first time meeting between truly big superstars. Joe jabs away on Big E, but then runs into Big E’s belly2belly!

Big E tags in Woods to drop hands on Joe. Woods chops, then runs, and hits Miz, but Joe hits Woods with the back elbow and Pele! Joe’s team takes control while we go to break.

SmackDown returns one more time, and Woods is isolated as Miz tags in. Miz snapmares and puts on a chinlock, but fans rally for Woods. Woods stands up and reaches, but Miz wrangles him back down. Miz grins as he squeezes Woods, but fans rally with “New! Day Rocks!” Woods stands up again, and fights out of the hold. Miz whips and hits Woods with the kitchen sink knee. Miz then puts Woods in a corner and hoists him up top. He climbs up to join Woods, but Woods denies the superplex. Woods fights back and knocks Miz down, to then adjust and hit a missile dropkick! Fans rally again, but Miz tags Joe first. Joe swings at Big E, but then Rusev pounces and puts Big E into steel steps!

Woods kicks Joe, then shining wizard! Woods and Joe are down, but crawling for their corners. Joe tags Miz, Woods tags Kofi! Kofi springboards and rallies, hitting Miz with double chops and a dropkick. Kofi keeps moving but Miz dodges to then whip, only for Kofi to use that for a crossbody! Cover, TWO, and Kofi goes for SOS. Miz pushes him away but Kofi rebounds with a leaping lariat! Kofi fires up, and hits the “New Day~” Boom Drop! Fans fire up as Kofi claps. Kofi aims at Miz, but Joe returns. Kofi hits him first, but Miz hits Kofi with the low DDT! Cover, TWO! Miz is shocked, but keeps focus as he brings Kofi up. Miz wants the Finale but Kofi arm-drags. Rusev tags in, Kofi dodges Miz, but Rusev suplexes Kofi. Kofi lands on his feet, Big E tags in!

Rusev runs into boots, then Big E’s overhead belly2belly! Big E runs, but into a knee and a roundhouse! Joe tags in, Rusev feeds him to the “Sit down!” Yurinagi! Cover, but Woods breaks it! Rusev goes after Woods but Woods dumps him out. Woods fires up, and FLIES! They go down, but Joe tags Miz. Miz whips Joe, but Kofi and Big E dump him out. Miz goes after E, but Kofi springboards to Trust Fall onto Joe! Big E throws Miz out to DIVE THROUGH HIM!

Big E hurries and puts Miz back in, then brings those straps down. Fans fire up as Kofi tags in, but Joe goes around to trip up Woods! Joe puts on the Coquina, and then MACHKA Kick takes out Kofi! Big E runs into a post, and Miz coordinates with the others. Joe and Rusev come around while Miz gets the pancakes?

Miz’s prediction has been right up to this point, and now he wants to humiliate Big E via pancakes. Kofi fails to make the save, but then Miz throws the pancakes at the wrong people! MACHKA Kick for Miz, and the back senton from Joe! Joe and Rusev ditch Miz, so the New Day regroups. Big E tags back in, he and Kofi hit Miz with the Midnight Hour! Cover, the New Day win!

Winners: The New Day, Big E pinning

We still don’t know who who who joins the Men’s MITB match, but ya bois still have the momentum. Whichever member it is, will they be the one to make the entire team the joint Misters Money in the Bank?

 


 

My Thoughts:

SmackDown was MUCH better than Raw last night. Raw may have had entertaining moments, but there were flaws to most of what they did. SmackDown made sure every moment was great and pushed the story along in some way. Granted, Carmella’s opening segment did the same as Raw’s: it made a match happen. But the match that came out of it was more compelling as Asuka uses the duo formerly known as Absolution to build great momentum, yet also helped give Mandy & Sonya more credibility. Carmella is doing great as her falsely confident self, and I’m betting something happens on next week’s go-home to snap her back to reality.

Is Hell freezing over? WWE just let Karl Anderson win, 1v1, and clean. I still don’t think The Club beat The Bludgeon Brothers at MITB, but I hope The Club finally get to bring out more of that real ability. Jimmy & Naomi got to show their ability as a mixed tag team, I wonder if it’d be easier to make a mixed tag division instead of a women’s tag. That WWE Championship contract signing was uniquely done, and it worked out. That slap from Styles was impressive, too. Their match can still go either way, but with how in control Nakamura is, he might be getting a 51% edge. Cass’ promo made his point, and Almas’ attack on Sin Cara was well-planned, they’re both making progress. I’m glad Sin Cara is back on TV, even if it’s for someone else’s benefit in kayfabe.

Charlotte VS Becky was amazing. It was a bit shy of my hoped-for 20 minutes but it was definitely worthy of stars like them. It’d be great for Becky to be the second-ever Ms. MITB, but even if she doesn’t win it, the story of her dealing with another disappointment could be what she needs to reach the title without the contract. In essence, she could go through what Daniel Bryan did: finally win the title, only for the cash-in to take it all away. The Six Man Tag was pretty good, and it helps tie in the New Day’s story of keeping their entrant a secret. I almost thought Miz and team were going to win as Miz predicted, but the fever pitch of that crowd, The New Day had to win.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s Women of Wrestling Results & Report! (1/18/19)

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WOW Women of Wrestling coverage

Prepare to be wowed by WOW, the Women of Wrestling! Who will be the first to step up to the Super Woman, Santana Garrett, on the very first night?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Beast VS Stephy Slays; The Beast wins.
  • Abilene Maverick VS Fire; Maverick wins.
  • Eye Candy VS Khloe Hurtz; Eye Candy wins.
  • WOW World Championship: Santana Garrett VS Jungle Grrrl; Jungle Grrrl wins by count out, Santana Garrett retains the WOW World Championship.

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Welcome to WOW!

The Women of Wrestling return to television with this season premiere! And what better way to kick it off than with THE WOW World Champion, Santana Garrett! The real-life Wonder Woman hits the ring with a newly designed title belt, and Santana is so happy to be here in front of the fans. And she’s especially proud to have her father, “TNT” Keny G watching live and in person. Both daughter and father are emotional over this moment. They’ve been through a lot, and they’re both so thankful that he’s here to cheer on his baby girl. The fans are happy for them, but here comes someone to crash the party! It’s Tessa Blanchard!

The second generation “Born Legend” stares down Santana, and takes the mic. Santana has her dad here, huh? Isn’t that sweet? Tessa says Grandpa Blanchard ran over his territory back in the day, while stepdad Magnum TA is one of the most respected men in this industry. And let’s not forget Tessa’s own father, THE Tully Blanchard, is a WWE Hall of Famer and an original Four Horseman! Keny probably laced up Tully’s boots. Actually, no, Keny probably carried Tully’s bags. WOW booker David McLane tries to keep the peace, but Tessa says Santana should be the one carrying her bags! David says Tessa coming in here bragging about her family tree doesn’t give her the right to just interrupt proceedings. Tessa says she’s not out here just to brag, she’s out here to go after the WOW World Championship.

David says that to get a shot at the title, you have to earn your way up. You don’t get something just because of dad, stepdad and granddad were special. Tessa says that because of who her dad is, she might as well be handed that belt. David asks Tessa to please leave. Tessa has to work for a shot. That’s fine by Tessa, she doesn’t want any trouble. But she will let Santana know that both she and the belt are Tessa’s. Santana says that she doesn’t see any of Tessa’s dads here. So get to the back of the line, girlfriend! Tessa smiles and nods, she knows she’ll get her match. But with the title on the line in the very first episode, will it be Santana Garrett or former champion, Jungle Grrrl, that Tessa will be targeting in the coming weeks?

 

The Beast has issued an open challenge!

She knows she’s the biggest and the baddest Woman of Wrestling, and looks to prove her superiority. She dares any woman in the locker room to step up and prove her wrong. While watching backstage, The Governor’s Daughter, Abilene Maverick, took advantage. Maverick tricked Stephy Slays about match times, and Slays was just a lamb to the slaughter! Slays realized she was fooled, but didn’t want to be a coward. She jumped into the ring, only to get demolished! Tonight, Slays wishes to prove she’s not so easily crushed. She takes on The Beast again, will she get payback on both Beast and Maverick? Or will it be more of the same?

 

The Beast VS Stephy Slays!

The bell rings and they tie up! Beast throws Slays into a corner hard! Slays gets right up, though, and goes again. Beast waistlock tosses Slays around, then SPEARS Slays to a corner! She rams shoulder after shoulder into Slays, then forearms! The ref counts and Beast backs off at 4. Beast runs in again but Slays dodges! Slays goes up and leaps, but into a belly2belly! Beast thrashes Slays then drags her up by her hair. Beast puts Slays in a corner then whips corner to corner for a big corner clothesline! Fans duel as Beast lifts Slays easily. Beast walks around and throws Slays with a Fall Away Slam! Slays rolls to ropes but Beast is on her again with another toss. Beast stands on Slays for a cocky cover, TWO!! Slays survives and shocks The Beast!

The Beast boots Slays back down and grins. She runs in but Slays rolls her up, ONE! Slays dropkicks and staggers Beast! Slays runs in again, victory roll countered to the Air Raid Siren! Cover, TWO!! Beast was cocky again but now she’s frustrated. Beast stomps Slays around, then drags her up for forearms. She kicks Slays while she’s down, then grins again. The sadistic specimen whips Slays corner to corner for another clothesline, then throws Slays with a gut wrench suplex! Beast grins as Slays slowly stands. Beast grabs Slays for a suplex, and slam! Cover, but Beast lets Slays up this time! Beast wants to make Slays pay for lasting this long, and she drags Slays up for a Beast Bomb!! Cover, Beast wins!

Winners: The Beast, by pinfall

Dominant for the second time against Slays, The Beast looks to be rolling on towards the title! Will she be the one to challenge the winner of tonight’s main event?

The Beast takes to the mic.

“I’m the biggest. I’m the baddest.” And she is THE BEAST! She roars in victory, will anyone ever come close to making a dent in her?

 

Introducing: Fire.

“My mom grew up in Georgia, my dad grew up in Mississippi, so I’m Southern Blood.” Fire was brought up in a strict upbringing, and she was a gifted student so there was a lot of pressure put on her to succeed. When she entered middle school, she went “off track”, and no one around her understood why. Fire was bullied for being smart, to the point of death threats. Wrestling was her way to feel stronger. Through wrestling, she realized anything was possible, like she could escape this reality. Fire steps up for who she really is, and for what she who to be. “If you want it enough, if you fight for it enough, there is no stopping you.” There is no stopping Fire now, will she blaze a trail to the title?

 

Abilene Maverick VS Fire!

The Governor’s Daughter shows off her new glittering robe as she makes her entrance, but we have a WOW debut for Fire tonight! Will Maverick be the first wrestler burned by Fire’s passion?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans fire up for Fire and she feeds off the energy. Maverick plugs her ears to ignore it all, and she pushes Fire down with a wristlock! Fire kips up and wrings Maverick out! Fire has an armlock but Maverick endures. Maverick rolls and scoop slams Fire fast! Fire gets up fast, and the two circle again. They tie up and Fire pushes Maverick back. Fire whips but Maverick reverses, only for Fire to slide under and hit a big dropkick! Maverick is reeling as Fire runs corner to corner for a splash! Fire keeps moving but misses this time. Maverick misses and Fire gets a waistlock. Maverick pries free to reel Fire in for a shoulder! She throws Fire down by her hair, then drags Fire up for a big back suplex! Cover, ONE!

Maverick keeps her cool while Fire crawls. Fans rally but Maverick grabs Fire to throw her back down. Fans boo but Maverick soaks up their heat. Maverick kicks Fire while she’s down, then drags her up by her hair again. Fire hits back with forearms, and then kicks. Fire runs, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fire keeps on Maverick at the ropes with a whip, but Maverick reverses to a drop toehold. Maverick grins as she picks Fire up again. Maverick rams Fire’s face back into the mat! Fire crawls while the referee reprimands Maverick. Maverick hotshots Fire on the ropes, then drags her over for springboard knee drops! Maverick soaks in the heat again, then runs corner to corner for a big knee! She kicks and rolls Fire, to mule kick her down! Cover, TWO!

Maverick keeps her composure as Fire continues to survive. Fans rally up for Fire again as Maverick drags her up. Scoop, but Fire slips out to shove! Fire dodges and elbows Maverick down! Fire rallies with more elbows, then brings Maverick to a snapmare and mule kick of her own! Maverick crawls and Fire runs corner to corner, big clothesline! She keeps going, hip attack! Then side to side for the shotgun dropkick! Cover, TWO!! Maverick survives and Fire can’t believe it! But fans fire up for Fire again as she drags Maverick back up. Fire fishermans, and swings for the neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!? Maverick survives and Fire is in shock! Fire keeps going, powered by the fans. She drags Maverick up again, but Maverick knees low, for the draping DDT!! Cover, Maverick wins!

Winner: Abilene Maverick, by pinfall

The Governor’s Daughter may not be the fan’s favorite, but she’s still the winner. Will Abilene make her move towards the WOW World Championship?

 

Abilene Maverick spots Stephy Slays in the medical area.

Wow, poor Slays didn’t learn her lesson the first time. But then Maverick gets a taste of her own medicine as The All Natural pushes her out of the way. It seems there’s someone with a bigger attitude than even Maverick. Will Khloe Hurtz bring the pain tonight?

 

Eye Candy VS Khloe Hurtz!

Sugary sweet but ready to fight, Eye Candy will look to ruin #KhloeTime tonight. Will Candy leave the fans with a sugar high? Or will the All Natural leave Candy crushed?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up and Candy rolls Hurtz, TWO! Candy is all smiles as she and Hurtz go again. Hurtz kicks low then wrenches to reel Candy in. Candy ducks and hooks, backslide! TWO and the two turn sideways. Candy and Hurtz fight for control, Candy drop toeholds into a camel clutch! She tucks Hurtz in for a cover, TWO! Hurtz runs in but Candy blocks to a suplex! Fans fire up with Candy as she hits a back senton! Cover, TWO! Candy keeps her cool as she drags Hurtz up into a fireman’s carry. Candy hits a rolling senton, then climbs up top. Hurtz trips her up, and hits a draping backstabber! Hurtz whips Candy corner to corner but Candy cartwheels and comes back with forearms! Candy even headbutts before adding the hip attack!

Fans fire up with Candy as she climbs up again! Candy shimmies and shakes then hits a big missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Hurtz survives and Candy can’t believe it! Hurtz’s Ring Rats grow concerned as Candy drags her back up. Fireman’s carry, but Hurts fights out again. Hurts fireman’s Candy, does some squats, then hits a Samoan Drop! Hurtz drops the leg! Cover, TWO! Candy survives and Hurtz can’t believe it! Hurtz drags Candy up and suplexes, but Candy resists. Candy hits back and wrenches to the fireman’s carry. Death Valley Driver! Candy drags Hurtz over, climbs up top, MOONSAULT! Cover, Candy wins!

Winner: Eye Candy, by pinfall

What a shocker! The sweet Eye Candy gets a big win on the series premiere! Will this shocker send Eye Candy all the way to WOW Championship contention?

 

Introducing: Siren.

The Voodoo Doll asks the WOW roster, “Would you like to know what The Siren has in store for you?” Let the cards tell your fate. The Devil: Siren is the change that is coming to Women of Wrestling’s landscape. The Five of Wands: currently, there is a power struggle in the locker room. But that top spot will soon belong to her. And finally, Death: Siren is the final transformation, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. Siren has been to Hell and back, and has regained her power. She will sacrifice WOW to the darkness! Who will be the first?

 

WOW World Championship: Santana Garrett VS Jungle Grrrl!

The Wonder Woman of Wrestling is just one of eight children in her family, but she and her father grew closer through wrestling. Keny G brought her into the fold, and now they’re both living a dream together! But she again faces the Alpha Female, the one and only woman to have yet to be pinned in a match! Jungle Grrrl became WOW World Champion, but ended up getting in over her head in a Triple Threat. Santana pinned The Beverly Hills Babe to win the title, shocking everyone. But now Santana must prove she can defeat Jungle Grrrl 1v1, can Santana prove she deserves to be champion?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Fans are already fired up as the two circle and tie up. Santana waistlocks but JG standing switches. Santana headlocks then wrenches the wrist. JG rolls and reverses to her own wristlock, but Santana rolls and handsprings to reverse back. JG uses the ropes to flip through and wrench Santana back. Santana counters with another headlock, then a roll to a cover, TWO and JG gets Santana with a ghost pin! TWO, and Santana Oklahoma rolls! ONE and JG sweeps to a cover, ONE! The two stare down as fans fire up again. Santana and JG nod with respect as they circle again. They tie up and go for a test of strength. JG bends Santana back but Santana bridges. Santana comes back and rolls back to reverse the knuckle lock!

Santana throws an elbow while maintaining the grip. She whips but JG reverses to dropkick her down! Cover, TWO! JG stalks Santana and scoops her up, for a Jungle Driver! Cover, TWO! Santana survives but JG keeps her cool. JG stomps Santana and heads for a corner. She climbs up to the top rope, familiar territory, and leaps for the Jungle Splash! But she flops! Santana hurries up but Tessa Blanchard appears! Tessa goes after Keny G’s oxygen! Santana rushes out at Tessa and a fight is on! Santana throws Tessa around and into the ring, but she wasn’t aware of a ring count! It hits 10, and Santana loses!!

Winner: Junger Grrrl, by ring out; Santana Garrett retains the WOW World Championship

Champion’s Advantage is the only thing that saves Santana’s reign, but she still got suckered by the Born Legend! And now Tessa brings the fight to Santana, with a Hammerlock DDT! But Jungle Grrrl gets back at Tessa with a Jungle Driver! Tessa screwed Jungle Grrrl over just as much as she did Santana, and now she has problems. But wait, The Beast goes after Jungle Grrrl! These top predators are face to face but referees hurry to keep them apart. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but TV time is running out just as things are getting wild! Will Tessa pay for her interference? Will The Beast replace Jungle Grrrl as the Alpha Woman of Wrestling?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Apparently, this isn’t the beginning of the Women of Wrestling’s history. They’ve been around for a long time, trying in 2000 but fading away, until being revived in mid-2012. But even if this wasn’t the true beginning, this was a good beginning for their AXS TV run. There’s a lot of backstory to get caught up on, but it would seem they made sure to give us those needed recap packages so new viewers aren’t too lost. Many of these alter egos and their elaborate packages make me feel like WOW is an all women’s version of Lucha Underground, which is known for having many wrestlers come up with alternate characters to fit their universe. And there are even shared talents between WOW and LU, such as Shaul Guerrero and Kobra Moon.

As such, the story behind The Beast VS Stephy Slays rematch was made rather clear. It was a good match and Slays got to show plenty of heart, but obviously heart alone isn’t enough. The Beast wins to establish herself as the monster Heel to new viewers. And with Abilene Maverick (Callee Wilkerson) picking on her, that seems like a story going forward. Maverick VS Fire (Taylor Lewis) was also a solid match, and Maverick won to help towards that story with Slays. Eye Candy (Willow Nightingale) VS Khloe Hurtz (Katie Forbes) was decent, and Candy wins mostly so that it isn’t all Heels winning. There are WOW World Tag Team Championships, but they’ve been vacated for years, so I’m wondering if any teams will form out of these midcard stories to give us more action with that.

The main event was pretty good, just not as a match. First, I wouldn’t announce time limits when we know the show is only an hour, it just seems like a waste. Second, Santana VS Jungle Grrrl really only got going when Tessa came out to Heel it up. Third, that 10 count was probably the fastest 10 count I’ve ever seen. But the brawl between Tessa and Santana, and then the impending brawl between The Beast and Jungle Grrrl just managed to salvage things. We have our stories going forward, and at the very least, I wasn’t bored to sleep. There are some things that need work, and this was a rather tough time to move into the television wrestling sphere, but this isn’t a bad program to give a fair shake.

My Score: 8/10


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NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 13

NJPW and AXS wrap up Wrestle Kingdom 13 with the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship! Will Kushida be able to deny The Bone Soldier, Taiji Ishimori?

 

This coverage of Wrestle Kingdom 13 will be as AXS TV broadcasts it.

Gifs can be found on http://frentique.tumblr.com/

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Gauntlet: Ryusuke Taguchi, Togi Makabe & Toru Yano win and will challenge Taiji Ishimori & The Guerrillas of Destiny for the titles at New Year’s Dash.
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Kushida VS Taiji Ishimori; Ishimori wins and becomes the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.

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NJPW and AXS set the scene for this year’s spectacular event!

The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship had a rocky 2018. The Ticking Time-Bomb, Hiromu Takahashi, had only just won the belt off of Will Ospreay, and moved on to defend it against fierce CMLL rival, Dragon Lee, at the G1 Special in San Francisco. Hiromu won but was badly injured from that fight, and so a tournament between the four previous title holders was held! Kushida defeated Bushi while Marty Scurll again got the better of Will Ospreay. And in the tournament finals, Kushida would defeat The Villain to become a six-time champion. Meanwhile, The Bone Soldier would be resurrected as Taiji Ishimori joined Bullet Club! Ishimori was a Super Junior finalist, but missed out on his chance at the title. Now he gets his chance to have the title for his own, can he throw down the Time Splitter?

However, Ishimori’s focus might be split, as he is also one third of the current NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions. Tonight, five top teams in the Six Man Tag Division will compete, and the last team standing moves on to New Year’s Dash to challenge Ishimori and the Guerrillas of Destiny! Who comes out on top aimed at the Bullet Club’s fiercest trio? That match, is now!

 

NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Gauntlet!

First out for this gauntlet are the Bullet Club Elite’s trio of Marty Scurll, Hangman Adam Page and Yujiro Takahashi! The Villain has his umbrella, Hangman has his rope and Tokyo Pimp has both cane and vivacious valet. Chase Owens also hangs around, for moral support. Their opponents are David Finlay, Jeff Cobb and Yuji Nagata! Will either of these teams be able to complete the gauntlet and make a run at New Year’s Dash?

The Bullet Club VS David Finlay, Jeff Cobb & Yuji Nagata!

The teams sort out and it’ll be Blue Justice starting against The Villain. Marty and Yuji circle and tie up, and Marty gets a waistlock. Yuji reverses but Marty rolls and spins to reverse back. Yuji gets a headlock takeover but Marty headscissors so Yuji pops out. The two stand off and fans applaud. They circle again, and Marty kicks low. Marty throws forearms but Yuji throws them back. Yuji runs but Marty dodges for the 52 Fake Out! Marty flaps his wings and runs, but Yuji dodges. Yuji fakes Marty out to dropkick! Yuji drags Marty up but Marty gets the fingers! Marty calls for silence, but Yuji breaks fre. Yuji sweeps the legs then ties them up for a deathlock! Marty crawls and gets the ropebreak! Yuji lets Marty go but grabs the legs again to tag to Cobb.

Cobb grabs Scurll but Scurll rakes the eyes! Scurll tags to Hangman, and both Hangman and Yujiro go after Yuji and Finlay! The Elite surround Cobb but Cobb fires off haymakers and chops on all of them! Cobb runs, but Yujiro drop toeholds. Scurll adds a basement dropkick and Hang,an hits the standing shooting star! Cobb rolls away while fans cheer The Elite on. Marty and Hangman run crisscross for a SUPERKICK to another shooting star! They take down Hawaiian Hulk and put him in the ring. Fans rally up as Yujiro keeps Cobb’s attention. Hangman slingshots for the Buckshot lariat! Cover, TWO! Hangman keeps his cool as he goes to lift Cobb. He gets Cobb up but Cobb fights out, so Hangman forearms. Hangman kicks but is blocked into a Fall Away Slam!

Both men crawl for their corners, and fans rally as hot tags are made to Finlay and Yujiro! Finlay rallies on Tokyo Pimp with forearms. They start brawling with forearm after forearm back and forth, then Finlay European Uppercuts. Finlay kicks but Yujiro blocks that to throw him down, then adds a basement dropkick! Yujiro hits a Fisherman Buster, covers, but Yuji and Cobb break it! Scurll and Hangman throw them abck out and brawl on the outside. Yujiro lifts Finlay but Finlay slips out for a urenage backbreaker! Finlay fires up but Yujiro denies the cutter. Yujiro pushes Finlay to ropes and Chase swipes at Finlay’s feet! Finlay grabs Chase’s hair, but gets caught. Hangman runs in but gets Chase instead!

Yujiro gets mad at Hangman and shoves him, but Hangman shoves Yujiro back! Finlay rolls Yujiro up, Finlay’s team ELIMINATES The Elite! Chase and Hangman start shoving and Scurll has to keep the peace. It seems the Bullet Club is still not fine, but the action rolls on! The third team is Chaos’ Hirooki Goto and the Best Friends, Chuck Taylor and Trent Baretta!

David Finlay, Jeff Cobb & Yuji Nagata VS Hirooki Goto & Best Friends!

NJPW on AXS returns as Goto, Trent and Chuckie T enter the ring. And before the bell rings again, Goto and Best Friends attack! Cobb and Finlay are thrown out while the Fierce Warrior stays on Blue Justice! The bell does ring and Goto stomps away in the corner. Yuji hits back with forearm and now it’s a brawl! Yuji hits and runs but Goto follows to run him over! Goto drags Yuji back up for a lift but Yuji reverses to the Fujiwara Armbar! Best Friends save Goto but Finlay and Cobb return. Chuckie T dropkicks Cobb out but Finlay dropkicks him back. Trent runs in but to a kick. Finlay whips but Trent comes back with a shotgun knee!

Fans applaud as Trent slingshots at Cobb, but Cob turns it into a powerbomb lift! Trent gets to the apron and mule kicks Cobb, and then Chuckie FLIES onto Cobb and Finlay! The Kentucky Gentleman wipes them both out at the ramp, but then holds them back up, for Trent’s BIG Asai Moonsault! Back in the ring, Goto fights with Yuji. Yuji fires off kicks then whips. Goto reverses and redirects, to scoop Yuji into Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO! Goto keeps his cool as he stomps Yuji out. He bumps Yuji in the corner then tags in Chuckie. Chuckie stomps a mudhole into Yuji then walks it off. He comes back to snapmare Yuji for a basement dropkick. Cover, TWO! Chuckie tags to Trent and Best Friends work together with double whips, elbows, and a hug! And then double elbows!

Trent stomps Yuji before bringing him up for a CHOP! He trash talks and pie faces Yuji before another CHOP. Trent whips but Yuji reverses into the Fujiwara! Chuckie attacks to save Trent, but then Finlay goes after Chuckie. Chuckie throws Finlay out and puts Yuji in the corner. Trent hits a running chop, Chuckie hits a clothesline, then he feeds Yuji to Trent for a tornado DDT. But Yuji powers out and gets Chuckie with an exploder! Trent kicks and whips but Yuji reverses to an overhead suplex! Fans rally as Yuji crawls for his corner. Hot tags to Cobb and Goto! Cobb fires off chops and haymakers on Goto, then whips corner to corner. He runs in for a BIG back elbow, then runs back in. Goto boots, runs, but into the Athletic Plex! Cobb standing moonsaults! Cover, but Chuckie breaks it!

Yuji throws Chuckie out as Cobb focuses on Goto. Cobb lifts Goto but Goto fights out of the Olympic Slam to get a sleeper! Goto rolls Cobb to a pin but Yuji breaks it. Goto and Cobb collide with clotheslines, but neither falls. They try again, but still neither falls. Cobb combs back but Goto deflects and spins to clobber him with a clothesline! Both men are down but fans rally up. Tag to Chuckie and he goes at Cobb in a corner. Chuckie goes corner to corner for a back elbow, then whips. Cobb holds the ropes, breaks free but gets a mule kick. Trent runs in to hit a back elbow, then Best Friends fire up with a double whip. Cobb reverses to pull them into each other, then he gives both Best Friends a single leg suplex! Fans fire up for Cobb’s superhuman strength.

Cobb tags Finlay, and Finlay hits Best Friends with back elbows! He goes corner to corner again and again, then hops up to hit Chuckie with a flying uppercut! He runs in but into Chuckie’s knee! Chuckie hits the snap piledriver! Cover, but Yuji breaks it! Goto and Trent throw Cobb and Yuji out and brawl on the outside. Fans fire up as Chuckie climbs. Chuckie moonsaults but FLOPS! Finlay rolls him up, Finlay’s team ELIMINATES Goto & Best Friends! An incredible roll already, but can Finlay, Cobb and Yuji keep it up? The fourth team is Suzuki-Gun’s Killer Elite Squad and Minoru Suzuki himself!

David Finlay, Jeff Cobb & Yuji Nagata VS Minori Suzuki & Killer Elite Squad!

NJPW on AXS returns as The Meanest Man in the World leads Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer to the ring. And much like Chaos did, Suzuki-Gun strikes the moment they hit the ring! Things spill out of the ring and Suzuki keeps on Finlay at the bell. Yuji whips DBS to the barriers and quickly tags in! An old feud reignites as Blue Justice goes after Suzuki with kicks. He whips corner to corner but Suzuki boots him back. Suzuki and Yuji throw forearms, then Suzuki slaps! Yuji slaps, and now it’s a slap fight! Neither man slows down, but Yuji does stagger Suzuki. Suzuki escapes the exploder and goes for a guillotine! Then Suzuki shifts to an Octopus Stretch! Yuji slips out to hip toss and exploder! Cover, TWO!

Yuji keeps on Suzuki with a suplex, but Suzuki slips out to a sleeper hold. DBS tags in and throws forearms. He whips Yuji but Yuji dodges and fakes him out to dropkick the legs! Yuji tags to Cob and Cobb fires off on DBS! Cobb tries to lift but DBS fights out. DBS kicks away but Cobb grabs the leg. Cobb gets DBS in the Olympic Slam! Cobb moonsaults but misses! DBS hits Cobb with a BIG Back Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! Suzuki and Yuji don’t stop brawling on the outside, and Yuji makes sure Suzuki doesn’t get away. Suzuki whips but Yuji reverses to send Suzuki into railing! Meanwhile, hot tags to Finlay and Archer! Finlay gets Archer with a Michinoku! Cover, TWO! DBS boots Finlay down, then KES hit Finlay with the Killer Bomb! Cover, Suzuki-Gun ELIMINATES Finlay, Cobb & Yuji!

The streak ends, and now we’re on to the fifth and final team! NJPW on AXS returns from break to reveal that it’ll be Ryusuke Taguchi, Toru Yano and Togi Makabe! But they don’t even make it to the ring before Suzuki-Gun strikes!

Minori Suzuki & Killer Elite Squad VS Ryusuke Taguchi, Toru Yano & Togi Makabe!

Suzuki-Gun throw hands and then throw their opponents into barriers! The ref has no choice but to ring the bell, and things slowly make their way to ringside. Suzuki whips Taguchi at the camera and sound crews, then he gets in the faces of commentary just because they’re there! Suzuki goes back to Taguchi to take off the rugby helmet and throw it at Taguchi. He puts Taguchi in the ring while Archer keeps on Makabe and Yano. Suzuki grinds his foot into Taguchi, then intimidates the ref. Suzuki drags Taguchi up for forearms, and Taguchi staggers about. Tag to DBS and he whips Taguchi for a boot. DBS pumps up and runs, for a leg drop, brother! Cover, TWO! DBS drags Taguchi up and tags Archer.

KES mug Taguchi, then scoop him for a double slam! Archer kicks Taguchi around, then drags him up for clubbing forearms. Archer climbs and goes Old School on the Funky Weapon, tagging Suzuki in as he does. Suzuki looms over the sputtering Taguchi, but he taunts Makabe and Yano. Taguchi hits back but Suzuki eggs him on. Taguchi keeps hitting but Suzuki rocks him with a right. Suzuki whips then dodges the Funky Weapon itself. He whips but Taguchi reverses to finally hit that Funky Weapon! Tag to Makabe! The Unchained Gorilla runs at Suzuki for corner to corner clotheslines! Then he roars as he gives corner punches! He hits all ten then laughs as he lifts Suzuki. Suzuki knees back then whips, and hits a boot in the corner. Suzuki snapmares then Penalty Kicks! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up while Suzuki toys with Makabe. Makabe forearms but Suzuki gives it back. They keep going, forearm for forearm, back and forth. Makabe eggs Suzuki on, so Suzuki sneers as he winds up. Suzuki hits a HEAVY forearm and grins as Makabe staggers. Makabe stands and hits Suzuki back. Suzuki gives another heavy shot and Makabe again staggers. But Makabe starts grinning, and hits Suzuki again. Suzuki hits, Makabe hits, and the brawl is on. Makabe runs but into a kick. Suzuki runs, ducks, but gets the clothesline! Both men are down and fans fire up! Hot tags to DBS and Yano! YTR rallies on DBS with eye rakes. Yano looks to Taguchi for the call and Taguchi uses baseball signals! DBS headbutts Yano before the order completes!

DBS whips Yano corner to corner but misses. Yano runs corner to corner, to get the buckle pad! Taguchi gives another signals, and Yano understands. But Yano misses with the swing and DBS boots him down! Archer hits Taguchi, and then KES work together. Killer Hart Attack! Cover, TWO?! Archer argues with the referee but they just go again, high low! Cover, TWO!? Archer again argues with the referee, but KES try one more move. DBS lifts while Archer climbs, they hit Yano with a frog splash sidewalk slam! Cover, but Taguchi saves Yano! Archer swings on Taguchi but Taguchi dodges and runs! Funky Weapon is caught, but Makabe saves him. Suzuki and Makabe brawl again, but Suzuki follows to get Makabe in a sleeper! Then, Gotch Piledriver set up, but Funky Weapon saves Makabe!

Only for Suzuki to get the sleeper hold again! But Taguchi gives an extra bump to break free, then he runs to hit teh Funky Weapon again! Everyone’s down, but KES go after Yano again. They drag him up, Killer Bomb denied! Double low blow, denied! But double FUNKY WEAPON hits! DBS boots Taguchi but Makabe runs in. DBS stops him and KES double whip. Makabe breaks through for double clotheslines! Neither man falls so Yano makes sure to bump the ref. Taguchi intercepts Suzuki, double low blows! Archer thrown out, Yano rolls DBD, Yano and team win!!

Winners: Toru Yano, Togi Makabe & Ryusuke Taguchi, Yano pinning; #1 contenders to the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships

The unlikeliest of trios wins it all! Suzuki is furious but all he can do is take it out on Young Lions. He grabs a chair and SMACKS away on them, then storms off to the back. Suzuki’s rage aside, will Taguchi, Makabe and Yano be able to pull off an upset against the Firing Squad? Is the New Year going to see new champions?

 

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Kushida VS Taiji Ishimori!

The Time Splitter is a six-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, but the new Bone Soldier is a three-time GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion. Who will prove themselves to be THE top Junior Heavyweight tonight?

Introductions are made, and a little Kushida comes out? Doc Brown Taguchi comes out and powers up the flux capacitor. And… BAM! Kushida’s all grown up! Science fiction aside, the belt is raised and we begin! Kushida and Ishimori circle and feel it out. They tie up and Kushida gets the wristlock. Ishimori rolls and handsprings to reverses. Ishimori whips but Kushida reverses, only for Ishimori to handspring over him. Thigns speed up and Kushida kicks otu the arm! Kushida already has his target but Ishimori rakes the eyes! Ishimori runs but things speed up again, Kushida hip tosses and cartwheel dropkicks! Ishimori rolls to a corner but Kushida follows up with a dropkick to that arm! Kushida runs more, tilt-o-whirl but Ishimori pops out. Kushida tries again and goes for the Hoverboard! Ishimori blocks to get Kushida’s arm in a Labell Lock!

Kushida endures as Ishimori bends him back. He rolls but Ishimori rolls through to keep the lock on. Kushida endures more but Ishimori wrenches harder. Kushida crawls for ropes and reaches, ropebreak with a foot! Ishimori lets Kushida go and Kushida rolls out of the ring. Ishimori stomps Kushida at the corner, then goes after him in a corner. Kushida chops back, but Ishimori gives his own chop! Ishimori wrenches and whips corner to corner, but Kushida reverses! Ishimori Spider-Mans through the ropes, and slides under Kushida. He goes back out to shoulder and springboard to drop Kushida with a flying lariat! Ishimori takes a moment to flex while Kushida clutches his shoulder.

Ishimori stalks Kushida to the ropes, then drags him up. Kushida hits back with forearms to the abs but Ishimori hits back. Kushida kicks Ishimori hard in the leg! Ishimori runs in and deflects boots to kick Kushida in the back! Kushida is stuck on the ropes as Ishimori runs side to side, and hits the sliding German Suplex! Fans rally as Ishimori springboards, 450 splash! But Kushida evades enough to get the arm! Ishimori resists as Kushida pulls, but Kushida gets the armbar! Ishimori endures, flails and reaches. Things shift, and now Kushida uses the Labell Lock! Ishimori endures and pries his way out, but gets caught in a triangle! Kushida throws elbows in, but Ishimori deadlifts! Fireman’s carry, but Kushida goes for his Hoverboard again. Ishimori slips out, runs, tilt-o-whirl takedown back to the Labell!

Kushida rolls through, and kicks at the arm. Ishimori avoids the kick, then kicks back. Ishimori clubs Kushida, then whips him. Kushida handsprings, but onto an Electric Chair. Kushida spins but is blocked! Ishimori brings Kushida back up, shifts to Tombstone position, for a gutbuster drop! But Kushida catches the feet! He passes Ishimori to the ref, to kick out the arm! Fans fire up with Kushida while Ishimori clutches his bad arm. Kushida grits his teeth, runs side to side, big enziguri! He keeps going, rolling Ishimori through to the package, but Ishimori counters back to his gutbuster! Cover, TWO!! Kushida survives and Ishimori is too sore to be frustrated.

Both men stir but Ishimori stands first. Ishimori drags Kushida back up, underhook, gutbuster! But Kushida makes it the Hoverboard! Kushida pulls on the double wristlock, but Ishimori moves around. Kushida rolls him and wrenches hard! Ishimori endures the twist in his arm, slips out the back, and rolls to fireman’s carry! Death Valley Driver!! But he’s too exhausted to cover! Both men stir and crawl again as fans rally. They get to opposite corners, and Ishimori runs in for a meteora! Ishimori drags Kushida back up, underhoo, but Kushida rolls to hit Back to the Future! But he’s not done there, he wants the sequel! But Ishimori resists, pushes Kushida away, and knee triggers! FAST BALL! Kushida runs, but into double stomps!

Ishimori roars as he drags Kushida back up. He underhooks, BLOODY CROSS!! Cover, Ishimori wins!!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall; NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion

The Bone Soldier grabs his first IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, and now reigns over the division!

Taiji Ishimori’s backstage interview

“I managed to catch that slippery otter.” And now Belt-san is with him. This must be tearing Kushida up inside. But from now on, as the champion, Ishimori will raise the bar for the NJPW Junior Division. “It’s reborn!” How long will this rebirth of the Junior Heavyweight Championship last?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A pretty good last part to AXS TV’s NJPW Wrestle Kingdom coverage. Of course, they kinda did things backwards. The first part was the big matches, the big finale with the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, so readers technically should go backwards with part 3 first, then part 2, then finish with part 1. Either way, the entirety of Wrestle Kingdom 13 was great, even these two opening matches. The trios gauntlet was pretty good for having a couple teams that seemed slapped together. I was really surprised to see it was one of those slapped together teams winning. Toru Yano, Togi Makabe and Ryusuke Taguchi are definitely a fun and funny trio, but I have no idea if they’ll be a match for Ishimori and Guerrillas of Destiny. Granted, Tama Tonga is trying to be a good guy, but on just pure ring skill, he, Loa and Ishimori should win.

And speaking of Ishimori, his match with Kushida was great. This match was so evenly booked that Ishimori came out as a slightly surprising winner. Just as I’d imagine this new Cutthroat Bullet Club keeping the trios titles, Ishimori will likely have the Junior Heavyweight Championship for some time. If Hiromu Takahashi makes a recovery and comeback, he’d be the only one right off the bat who could take the title in a rematch from their amazing Super Juniors match. And it could work for a Bullet Club VS Los Ingobernables de Japon scenario, since LIJ has a lot of the other belts.

My Score: 8.4/10


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