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Three Stars of WWE Smackdown Live (6/5/18)

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A look at the three stars for this week’s edition of WWE Smackdown Live.

In hockey, a game’s “three stars” represent the top three performers of the night. For more clarification, I defer to this Pittsburgh Gazette explanation:

“The tradition dates to the 1936-37 season, when Imperial Oil became the principal sponsor of Hockey Night in Canada radio broadcasts and was seeking a way to promote one of its products, Three Star gasoline. The idea of doing so by selecting the top three performers in a particular game purportedly came from a Canadian advertising agency.

Many clubs do recognize the player with the most three-star selections with an award or trophy, usually in conjunction with a corporate sponsorship, at the end of the season (or sometimes, each month). All six Canadian franchises, for example, have an affiliation with a well-known brewery.

The NHL keeps track of its own three-stars-of-the-night selections, but that is done on a league-wide basis. The league employs a system that awards 30 points to a first star, 20 to a second star and 10 to a third – a running total can be found on the league’s website – but it does not present an award based on them.”

In hockey tradition, the first star represents the best of the three, but all three are considered to be receiving a high honor.


And now, the Three Stars of WWE Smackdown Live for June 5, 2018!

The Third Star:
The New Day

It’s a formula, and there’s no disputing that. You put The New Day on one side of the ring, and you put three quality performers on the other side. They take up TV time, and they deliver the goods.

This week it was The Miz, Rusev, and Samoa Joe. and it delivered the goods. The New Day is the key ingredient to the formula. I still believe the time is now for Big E to become a major singles star, but you’ll never see me complain about The New Day in 6-man tag team action.

The Second Star:
Carmella

You hate Carmella? Great! You’re supposed to.

And don’t give me that internet wrestling community “no no I hate that she’s in her position because there are better talents that deserve it” because that shit is played out and WWE is using it against you. You hate Carmella, WWE wants you to hate Carmella–it’s working!

That leads to Money In The Bank, where it’s entirely possible we see a new Women’s Champion on Smackdown. Even if we do, it’s made all that much more important because you wanted to see Carmella lose.

Others given consideration:
AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, Paige, Dean Malenko, Adam Pearce

And now…a distinction usually reserved for the top performer of the night…the first star!

The First Star:
Becky Lynch

Smackdown was huge for Becky Lynch. Look at it as pure fact on paper: Becky Lynch defeated Charlotte Flair via submission. This is the same Charlotte that only lost the Smackdown Women’s Championship because of an IIconics attack and Carmella cash-in. The same Charlotte that beat Asuka, ending her streak, at WrestleMania.

This win was huge, and Becky Lynch needed it. This wasn’t the go-home show for Money In The Bank, meaning this move might be more than “casting doubt.” This is a step towards rebuilding Becky Lynch, and I won’t be shocked if she wins the briefcase.


Who are your three stars of the night? Comment on social media @ChairshotGreg, @theCHAIRSHOTcom, and use the hashtag #UseYourHead!


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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.23 ~ 16TH FEBRUARY 2019

In an odd twist of fate, Marufuji is placed in a familiar, yet flipped position going into his GHC title challenge next month. Hisame let’s us know how the NOAH build is going!

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In an odd twist of fate, Marufuji is placed in a familiar, yet flipped position going into his GHC title challenge next month. Hisame let’s us know how the NOAH build is going!

CURRENT TOUR RECAP
Navigation for The Progress

Kaito Kiyomiya and Naomichi Marufuji continued their feud over the GHC Heavyweight title. Kiyomiya managed to knock Marufuji out of the ring with a dropkick, but was left wondering as to whether Marufuji played it up deliberately. He also turned his back on him when Kiyomiya was in the ring and was announced.

Marufuji, now that he can’t do aerial attacks (and finally realizing that his body is older than he thought), has turned to more vicious tactics, and decided to work on Kiyomiya’s left arm. In Kiyomiya’s post match promo, he told him that he was going to take him apart bit by bit, and next it would be his legs.

Kiyomiya has vowed that he will find “the Genius’ weakness” before “my body breaks down”. 

It has been pointed out to Marufuji that he is in the same position that Mitsuharu Misawa was when he himself was GHC Heavyweight Champion; the senior is challenging the junior.

Mitsuharu Misawa challenges the then GHC Heavyweight Champion, Naomichi Marufuji, a young man in his twenties and of the next generation of heavyweight NOAH wrestlers

Atsushi Kotoge became injured at NOAH’s show in Fukushima on the 11th February, which has put a spanner in the works of the GHC Heavyweight Tag title match with Eddie Edwards, taking on 50 Funky Powers.

Kotoge had gone for the “Revolutionary Cloak Splash” from the top rope, but managed to damage his arm on landing. Fans noticed that he was in a lot of pain, and he was checked out in the ring. NOAH removed him from the subsequent show, and later announced that he had dislocated his elbow and suffered a further fracture to the arm.

Kotoge himself said that he had felt a shooting pain in his arm, and he couldn’t move it at all.

With Kotoge’s injury and subsequent card change, “The Mid Generation” (Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima),took on the champions. They obliterated them with Nakajima choking out Quiet Storm with a sleeper, and then laughing about it afterwards.

Although NOAH have not yet announced what will become of the title challenge, and whether Eddie Edwards will team with someone else or postpone his appearance until Kotoge is better (this may not be until the late summer, and Kotoge will most likely miss Global League 2019), but it may be likely that “The Mid Generation” will receive a title shot.

Katsuhiko Nakajima later posted ….

Three of the Dark Agents (Takashi Sugiura, Masao Inoue and Akitoshi Saito) have reunited to take down The Hooligans, however, they have not been very successful in their efforts with The Hooligans defeating them twice so far. Takashi Sugiura has already started making jokes about Masao Inoue, lumping him together with having experience akin to the rookies in the group, Kinya Okada and Yoshiki Inamura. Should Sugiura be unfortunate enough to join The Hooligans, his job will be as their lackey; KAZMA SAKAMOTO says he will have to carry Cody’s bags, lick his boots, clean their toilets, do Nagai’s laundry and wash Maybach Taniguchi’s back.

YO-HEY was said to be looking a lot happier at “the wife” (HAYATA) returning “home”, and while really the only thing that has happened on this tour between himself and HAYATA and the former friends in RATELS, is Daisuke Harada and Tadasuke appearing in the ring and demanding to know what HAYATA thought he was doing.

Their new teammate, Yoshinari Ogawa (backed by YO-HEY & HAYATA, as Kotaro Suzuki is currently absent), continued the fight with The Backbreakers (Hajime Ohara and Hitoshi Kumano) over the current GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag titles. Ogawa (in a supreme Golden Era move) threw a table at Hitoshi Kumano, and the team of The Backbreakers and Yoshiki Inamura were wiped out completely, with Ogawa posing with the belts at the end.

Yoshiki Inamura continued his “Seven Match Series”, this time against Masa Kitamiya.

NOAH have so far done very well this tour with both of their two opening dates being sold out.

NEWS

“COME AT ME YOU BASTARDS” (Kenoh’s column in “Weekly Pro”)
Kenoh visited the new NOAH offices and spoke of a variety of different things ranging from how nice the NOAH staff look now (even Mr. Okada looks smart now, despite “those fucking glasses”), the new company and how they should ask him for advice, the validation of his own opinion on “Leaving Misawa”, and Marufuji vs Kiyomiya.
Continuing his concerned older brother theme when it comes to Kiyomiya, and his hope that Marufuji will beat Kiyomiya for the belt for two reasons; the first being Kenoh wants to challenge, and the second that he seems to intimate that the longer Kiyomiya has it, the worse damage it is doing him, and the more Kenoh of all people seems to worry.

Kenoh’s other idea is that he will second Marufuji on the night (so to be first in line to challenge him), but I doubt that Marufuji is going to allow him to do that.

FAREWELL HAKATA STALENE
NOAH will return to the venue for the last time ever on March 17th, as the building is going to be torn down. Although the full card hasn’t been announced, Naomichi Marufuji will take on Yoshinari Ogawa (this will be their first singles match in 14 years) and Go Shiozaki and Takashi Sugiura will put on a “Golden Era Match” (as they always do when they collide in big matches).

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

TOUR TIDBITS

~ Katsuhiko Nakajima decided to wind up Kenoh by sticking his leg in his fist when Kenoh entered the ring and knelt to do his ring introduction.
~ Yoshinari Ogawa denied ever being part of Special 4.
~ NOAH returned to Shinyousei Twenty-One Hall, which has the infamous staircase named “The Demon Staircase of Hell” due to the fact that it is two flights, and means that due to there being no underground parking at the venue for the truck, the equipment has to be carried up and down it, across a courtyard and through the lobby.
~ Minoru Tanaka says his first wish has been granted (i.e. for a title match at Yokohama), but his second one is still outstanding, he won’t say what it is though.
~ Both Daisuke Harada and Tadasuke have hinted at possible moves to the heavyweight division. Tadasuke when he fought Kenoh and Masa Kitamiya and said something “sparked” in him, and Daisuke Harada pointing to the GHC Heavyweight and declaring it was his “final goal”.
~ Mohammed Yone got beaten up in front of a group of old ladies (one was his mother) by Katsuhiko Nakajima.
~ Hitoshi Yamato did his usual singing entry, and incorporated the lyrics that Naomichi Marufuji couldn’t have dried seaweed. Marufuji had a priceless look on his face. 
~ Cody Hall took a picture of Atsushi Kotoge who was sitting drinking coffee near a window; Kotoge came out as a big pink blob.

KING SHAMELESS CORNER
Takashi Sugiura has posted pictures of either what is coming out of his dog, or what his dog has left behind. On a pleasanter note, he was given gifts by fans after a small gathering at “Muscle Grill”, and said that as he was carrying a big plushie, he probably looked like a “Weird old man” getting on the train.

BROADCASTS
NOAH’s Korakuen Hall show of the 24th February will be broadcast on Samurai at 10pm (JST) on Samurai TV.

BOOK CORNER
The ongoing translation of Naomichi Marufuji’s “Heir To The Ark” can be found here

LINKS
HAYATA (Costume Research)
“Come to Noah” ~ interview with Naomichi Marufuji
The Green Guide to Muscle Grill
Takashi Sugiura mini interview ahead of the match with The Hooligans
Battlemen Recap (Noah, Wednesday February 13th 2019)
Noah’s Arkive Podcast (ITunes)

NOAH FROM THE VAULT (articles translated by Purodino)
YO-HEY “My turning point”


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The Good, Bad and Ugly: WWE Elimination Chamber 2019

Bobby let’s us know how Elimination Chamber ranked with the Good, Bad and Ugly rankings!

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Bobby let’s us know how Elimination Chamber ranked with the Good, Bad and Ugly rankings!

Elimination Chamber’s time is now!  So much can and will happen at an event like this.  So much violence, carnage and potential for greatness.  WWE the King of Professional Wrestling putting themselves out there and giving the fans a show.  This show already has heat now with some backstage issues with Carmella and Corey Graves, even more interest will be in the event.  All of that aside with a packed card of possibilities will the Elimination Chamber be Good, Bad or Ugly? 

GOOD

Kickoff Show

WWE Cruiserweight Title Match– Buddy Murphy (C) vs. Akira Tozawa

This match will be lit up the whole time.  We will see a little bit of everything here with these two talents.  Buddy Murphy has the look, the Gold, the theme and of course the girl.  He can work and with a lot less than Tozawa.  In 205 Live World Murphy is a powerhouse and this was a speed vs power type of match.  Tozawa had a lot of offense but was ineffective against the Champion.  Murphy rallied and countered Tozawa’s every move.   Each guy fighting for position and giving it all they had.  Buddy Murphy held on after several close falls and attempts.  This match was amazing.  Tozawa wouldn’t quit either, it could have gone either way.  Tozawa put it all out there, and clawed after the Cruiserweight Title.  The Challenger had Murphy in an “Octopus” but was countered into a “Murphy’s Law.”  Buddy Murphy retains on the road to the Big Show. 

OPENING MATCH!

WWE Women’s Tag Team Elimination Chamber Match– Nia Jax & Tamina vs. Sasha Banks & Bayley vs. Carmella & Naomi vs. The Riott Squad vs. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville vs. The IIconics

Screw it!  No pun intended.  Open the show with Carmella.  This is going to be a crazy match.  Corey Graves is also broadcasting.  Acting natural there was nothing out of the ordinary here on the show between them.  Complete professionals.  Fire and Desire vs. Boss n Hug to start off hot right off the bat. 

A lot of action and back and forth.  Both teams exhausted and beaten, in comes Riott Squad.  Liv Morgan single handedly went at it with both Deville and Rose.  Bayley then followed up and cleaned house.  The IIconics scrambled in as quickly as possible and tried to pin the sea of humanity that was all laid out by a super bomb off the top earlier on.  The IIconics further beat down their opponents but couldn’t finish anyone off.  They brutally beat down Bayley and Banks.  Naomi and Carmella are next.  The Former Women’s World Champs really came in hot and got the edge.  Mella was money and sharp in there.  A series of finishers and huge moves and everyone was down.  Tamina and Nia Jax still not even in there and already destruction.  IIconics took advantage of a situation and double rolled up Naomi, eliminating Naomi and Carmella.  The whole group on their feet and ready to go with Nia and Tamina.  Nia Jax and Tamina dominated.  No one could touch them.  The IIconics shut themselves in a pod but were taken out and devastated.  Jax and Tamina eliminate the IIconics with a double “Samoan Drop.”  The Riott Squad attacked.  Suddenly all of the steam lost.  The Riott Squad woke everyone back up with a devastating dives onto the piles.  Nia Jax and Tamina hit The Riott Squad with a super “Samoan Drop” and “Superfly Splash” eliminating the Riott Squad.  Nia and Tamina took their time but knocked herself out into a pod missing Bayley.  Tamina was left to the wolves and picked apart before being pinned and eliminated.  Banks and Bayley had the titles won, but Deville took Bayley out.  Mandy Rose had Banks, but Banks kicked out.  Deville accidentally speared Mandy Rose.  Banks trapped Deville in a sick submission for the victory.  Sasha Banks and Bayley are the 1st Ever Women’s Tag Team Champions!

WWE Intercontinental Title Handicap Match– Bobby Lashley (C) and Lio Rush vs. Finn Balor

The word “Demon” was used freely and frequently in the Kickoff Show, making it an official buzz word.  If “The Demon” shows up expect Balor to leave with the Intercontinental Championship.  However we did not have that here tonight.  Much like with the Lesnar match, the Demon is sitting it out.  Balor in a handicap match against someone twice his size who is also the Champ makes no sense but moving on.  As expected Lashley was very physical and dominant.  In true Finn Balor fashion he fought back and would not stay down.  Lio Rush would interfere and get involved every time Balor would get space.  Lashley would continue to wear down Balor but was unable to finish him.  Lio Rush missed a “frog splash” Balor would bounce back.  Balor would go completely off the rails destroying his opponents.  Non-stop he hit a “Coupe de Grace” on Lio Rush and Wins the Intercontinental Championship for the 1st Time of his career!  WOW!  Balor Wins a huge match!  Lashley was irate grabbing up his hype man and crashing him to the ground with a vicious spike. 

WWE Raw Women’s Title Match– “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey (C) vs. Ruby Riott

As to no surprise Charlotte Flair had a ringside seat for this one.  The Ultimate Heel will most likely play a role here and she had to be close by.  Charlotte was long winded before this big title match.  Ruby Riott is a decent talent and unquestionably will be able to tame Rousey and keep the match clean.  She is a hell of a worker.  They are lucky to have each other in this position as both will benefit.  Rousey got the crowd hot dressed like Mortal Combat’s Sonya Blade which is kick ass.  She looked like the missing member of The Shield.  This was a classic Championship Match.  It was paced well with big moves and a lot of emotion.  Rousey quickly got Riott into an “armbar”, causing Riott to tap out.  Rousey posed down with Charlotte at ringside.  Disappointing showing for Riott, but Rousey looked fantastic.  Rousey dominating is a story.  Charlotte not long after the victory stomped into the ring herself.  Lynch came hobbling out of the crowd on crutches getting everyone’s attention.  She is nuts!  By the way she is dressed like Kill Bill!  “She’s the Man” rung through the audience.  Becky Lynch then beat the hell out of Charlotte with a crutch.  She hit her so many times and just wouldn’t stop.  Rousey just watched in amazement.  Charlotte screamed in pain and didn’t get any assistance.  Rousey picked up a crutch and made it clear to Lynch that she would fight back.  Rousey looked like she had Charlotte in her sights but Lynch attacked her and again hit Charlotte during the attack.  Becky Lynch just “stomped a mud hole” in Rousey and Charlotte as only “The Man” can.  Holy Cow!  This was just shocking and fantastic!  Becky Lynch is going to the Principal’s Office for this one.  Maybe Stone Cold can come to her aid?

No Disqualification Match- Baron Corbin vs. Braun Strowman

Rousey and Charlotte were still in shock as to what happened when Baron Corbin made his way to the ring for his No DQ Match with “The Monster” Braun Strowman.  The 385lbs Braun Strowman walked calmly to the ring for his fight.  He never seems too worked up unless it’s Lesnar or Reigns.  Corbin has his work cut out for him here in every way.  Corbin beat on Strowman with a Kendo Stick and tried to slow down the big man.  Strowman just devastated Corbin every chance he got crashing down hard on him in and out of the ring.  Corbin used his speed and Strowman’s own momentum to counter the size and power of “the Monster.”  Corbin has taken the fight to Braun and kept up with him even being on top numerous times in the match.  When Strowman would make contact it was huge and debilitating.  Out, comes a table.  Braun Strowman had the match won driving Corbin hard through the table with a “powerslam.”  Drew McIntyre’s music hit and he headed to the ring, but it was Bobby Lashley that did the most damage in a sneak attack with a chair on Strowman.  In this No-DQ Match this is perfectly legal.  Braun Strowman was rendered helpless.  Corbin and McIntyre stacked a couple of tables and had Bobby Lashley w/ there help “Shield” style power slam Braun Strowman off the steps in the ring through 2 tables.  Baron Corbin Wins!  This was not a Bad match and it was won in true hated, pure heel fashion.  Just wish we saw “The Wyatt’s” come the Big Man’s aid.         

Lacey Evan Tease

Random but I like it!  Maybe it’s the South Carolina pride.  Moving on! 

WWE Title Elimination Chamber Match– Daniel Bryan vs. AJ Styles vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton vs. Samoa Joe

It is pretty epic that Kofi Kingston is in this match and had that tremendous showing this week on SmackDown Live.  The talent in this match all together makes this an epic super-card.  Some of the best talents in history grouped together for one big match.  In a “Fickle” move, Rowan was asked to leave by the officials.  Daniel Bryan played cat and mouse with Samoa Joe.  But Joe attacked hard at the champ and showed no mercy but Daniel Bryan fought back like a champion.  Kofi Kingston came right in and continued his amazing performance from SD Live.  The Champ Daniel Bryan though proved to be too much, taking control of the match again, until Samoa Joe chased him away.  Kofi greeted him on his perch above a pod and fought him on the cage.  Kofi also kicked down Joe then dove on both of them from high above.  AJ Styles then brought the heat and him and Bryan went at it.  Styles is so freaking Good all the time and with Kofi and these other guys is just shining out there.  They shared the spotlight out there.  Joe is out first combo from a jawbreaker from Kingston and a Styles hitting him with a forearm with a pin.  Jeff Hardy enters the war.  Again Styles is center stage and rightfully so.  Everyone again mixing it up.  Randy Orton the last man to enter.  The most dangerous man in Professional Wrestling today.  This match was intense and looked painful.  Bryan hits Hardy with a running knee after a high risk payoff on AJ Styles eliminating Jeff Hardy and immediately attacking Styles and Kingston.  Styles then countered right before Orton came in.  Again everyone got in their shots.  The action went back and forth with all competitors.  “RKO” on AJ Styles.  Eliminated.  “Trouble in Paradise” Orton Eliminated.  Kofi and Bryan went full steam and gave it all they had left.  Daniel Bryan kicked out of the “SOS.”  Again back and forth, what a match!  Kofi would not give up.  Kofi missed a huge splash, and got destroyed by a flying knee.  Bryan retains the title in this incredible match!  New Day came out and walked their best friend and fellow New Day Member Kofi Kingston to the back after an heroic performance.     

BAD

WWE Smackdown Tag Team Title Match– The Miz & Shane McMahon (C) vs. The Usos

We know we will see high spots and close calls.  A ton of experience and talent in here, in a huge match.  The Miz’s opening with Maryse coming out, the Hollywood Couple announced, they are having another baby!  Congrats, that’s Awesome! 

As for the match though, there were some Bad moments at times.  For the caliber of talent sometimes this was purely disappointing.  Uso’s were the better team in this match but Miz finally got a second to strike and tagged in a fresh Shane O’ Mac.  McMahon went bananas putting on his usual show for the fans.  Went for a second “coast to coast” but was “superkicked” for a two count broken up by The Miz.  Again Miz had some sloppy action.  It was more the Uso’s timing than how the Miz did but it looked Bad.  Shane went to the well again to the outside smashing through Jey Uso and the Announce Table.  Jimmy Uso hits a “superkick” and a “splash” but only gets two.  Miz comes back but gets countered into a rollup.  The Uso’s Win the SmackDown Tag Team Championships! 

UGLY- Not on this TV! 

FINAL

  • GOOD- 7
  • BAD- 1
  • UGLY- 0

OVERALL

Good job WWE!  This was a quality Pay Per View!  Awesome energy and a ton of content that will make the remainder of the Road to WrestleMania even more entertaining.  This show was Awesome and had everyone pumped.  Fantastic job all around! 

Now we are even closer to the biggest night in sports entertainment.  Fastlane on the way and continuing on in Wrestlemania Season, with some new stories and a clearer picture.  The energy coming to Raw and SmackDown is heavy and should fuel the respective rosters to the huge night.  Hope everyone enjoyed the show, please don’t forget to like, comment, share and continue to read the Good, Bad and Ugly! 


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