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Andrew’s MLW Fusion Ratings & Review: 7/13/2018

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Well it’s Friday, so that means it’s MLW Fusion! Now yes, I know I haven’t exactly been the biggest cheerleader of the TV product last couple reviews…but they can’t all be classics. I’m pretty sure this is only the 12th episode of Fusion, and they’ve done a better job at making their storylines engaging than say, ROH.

So regardless of if I like an episode or not, I’m not gonna write off a brand because a couple shows were bad. It’s wrestling, sometimes stuff happens and when you only have an hour, some shows aren’t that great. It even happens to NXT people, come on.

With all that, let’s see how this one shapes up.

Open of the show recaps that Shane Strickland was attacked earlier in the day, and was rushed to a hospital.

Parrow & The Dirty Blondes vs Rhett Giddins & Team TBD

Jimmy Yuta starts off the match against one of the dirty blondes, and after getting a small advantage, Parrow gets tagged in and we see another level of dissension between Cade and Yuta.  Yuta tags in Giddins, and we see the two bigger men trade strikes, but Parrow gets the better of the exchanges, and we see Yuta tag himself in and go running with a head of steam. Which, is ill advised as Parrow and The Dirty Blondes control Yuta in their corner for a long portion of this match. So much so, Cade gets frustrated, distracting the ref, causing the heels to get in some free offense.

Yuta finally mounts a small flurry of offense, takes out the Parrow and the other member of the Dirty Blondes, and finally tags in Jason Cade.  After that, we see all 6 men in the ring, Cade tries to direct Yuta to go for some tandem moves, but the first attempt doesn’t go well and the second one gets broken up by Parrow. So miscommunication continues between Cade and Yuta.

Winner:  Parrow & Dirty Blondes
Rating: **

 

Off of the commercial we get another promo for Battle Riot, declaring Sawyer Fulton, Fred Yehi and Homicide into the Battle Royale.

 

Barrington Hughes vs Jaye Skye


Barrington runs at Skye splashing him into the corner, and then a small delay on a back body drop, and the squash is over.

Winner: Hughes via Back Body Drop
Rating: N/A (Squash)

 

Joey Janela w/ Aria Blake vs MJF

MJF jumps on Janela immediately, but a Thesz Press turns things around quickly. Uppercuts and stomps in the corner have Janela with the advantage, MJF powders, but Janela hits him with a Suicide Dive.  After a little time outside the ring, MJF ducks Janela back in, and Janela goes head first into the wall of the announcer’s set up. -commercial break-

Coming in off the break, Janela has the advantage again, MJF is on the outside, and Janela hits a Crossbody into the empty chairs in the audience. Then rolls MJF back in the ring, Swanton Bomb, for only 2. Janela goes back to the top rope, and MJF stumbles to his feet and crotches him. MJF then hits a Superplex for a near fall. Janela rolls to the apron, as they start exchanging strikes before MJF lands the South Hampton Plunge.

MJF uses a chair in Aria slid it in, after pointing out she did it, to distract the ref. But, it backfires on MJF after Janela hits a Superkick into the chair, into his face. Aria keeps looking back after the match implying that maybe she tried to help MJF. I guess the feud will continue.

Winner: Janela via Superkick
Rating: ** 1/2

 

Kaci Lennox interview MJF after the match, he cries about being cheated. Talks about Aria being with a Jersey dirtbag and needs a ‘real man’. Which prompts Janela to come back out and cause a pull apart.

Updates on Strickland, saying he’s fine and will still face Low Ki next week.

Jimmy Havoc promo about setting a place for Lawlor’s last supper, getting ready for their match next week.

 

‘Filthy’ Tom Lawlor vs Jake Hager w/ Col. Parker

Hager pushes Lawlor into the corner and breaks clean, while both men continue to feel each other out. Hager’s power causes Lawlor to go to his corner for a second, as we then see Lawlor attempt a Flying Armbar, but Hager catches him. Rolls it into a Triangle Choke, but Hager powers out with a power bomb.

After a little bit of trading, Lawlor tries to rain fists down in the corner, but Hager grabs him and slams him down for a near fall. We see a lot of technical mat wrestling where both men go for submissions and counters. Lawlor gets the advantage there and comes out of the break with a Snapmare and sliding lariat for a near fall.
Hager goes shoulder first into the post, and sells it like he’s only got one good arm. Lawlor jumps on the opportunity as Hager tries to fight off. Lawlor goes for a high knee strike, but Hager moves out of the way and catches his foot into an Ankle Lock.

Lawlor sinks in a Rear Naked Choke shortly after the break, but then the rest of the Stud Stable come out and cause a DQ finish and big brawl between both stables.

Winner: Lawlor via DQ
Rating: ***

Kaci Lennox catches up with Lawlor after the match. Lawlor makes the “put them out to stud” joke again and then says he’ll win Battle Riot if the executives won’t give him his title shot.

Thoughts:

Funnily enough, this was probably the best episode of MLW in a few weeks, and I can’t find any fun gifs or stills from this episode. A lot of decent to good ring work, many storylines got advanced in the ring as well as a few wrinkles. When will Team TBD implode? Is Aria crushing on MJF? Who is better than Tom Lawlor right now? That last one’s rhetorical cause the answer is no one.

So ya, even if I may have seemed to be in a general malaise with the last few episodes, especially the awful Boiler Room Brawl, this was a nice set up episode. Looking forward to next week with Low Ki vs Shane Strickland.


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A Look At Anarchy: Heather Takes A Look At The Storied St. Louis Promotion

Heather Jeanine makes her Chairshot debut to introduce her new series on St. Louis Anarchy!

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Heather Jeanine makes her Chairshot debut to introduce her new series on St. Louis Anarchy!

Every independent wrestling promotion in the world wants to stake their claim as different than the others and ever growing. The Midwest is littered with promotions in and of itself but in today’s climate, many don’t have homegrown stars and just try to capitalize on what is already popular in other areas. It’s no wonder that many promotions who were once on top have lost a lot of their zest and appeal. One promotion who isn’t having that problem though? Saint Louis Anarchy. Anarchy has long been a staple of the Midwest scene. From their humble beginnings in 2003 as Lethal Wrestling Alliance to their closure in 2016 for the (then) newly formed (but now defunct) NWL to their comeback in 2018.

Anarchy has never been a promotion that has stuck to their status quo. With every show they put on, they strive to get better and they actually seem to be succeeding at that; especially during their current run. You can go back and watch some of their older shows when they were still trying to find an identity as Anarchy. One such show is their May 5, 2012 SLA Victory, while nothing about the show is standout per se, it is still fun and it is totally the skeleton of what Anarchy would become and currently is. Anarchy built up a pretty loyal fanbase that is still mostly around. Up until their hiatus at the tail-end of 2016, Anarchy was bringing in many up and coming stars that are now signed to WWE NXT (Candice LeRae, Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano, just to name a few) and putting them in matchups that were honestly ahead of their time (Ciampa vs Zakk Sawyers is still a stand-out).

Anarchy has stars they’ve helped build alongside the mid-west scene. Gary Jay, Mat Fitchett, Jake Parnell, and Davey Vega are huge pieces to the puzzle that is Anarchy. They also have a revolving door of great talents that appear on most shows, Thomas Shire, Paco, Everett Connors, Chip Day, and Christian Rose; just to name a few. They’ve also started to branch out and add more women to their roster. Their main go tos’ were Angelus Layne (who recently retired) and Marti Belle (who actually just debuted) but with Ladies Night happening back on April 26, 2019 and two of those talents being brought back in May, it seems will be seeing even more people added to the mix.

Anarchy is the show to watch if you want something different in your wrestling. The matches are always varied. The fans are always eager. The atmosphere is unmatched. Stay tuned to The Chairshot for more as we dig deep into St. Louis Anarchy–follow along!


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Mitchell’s Women of Wrestling Results & Report! (3/8/19)

It’s the WOW Season Finale with a HUGE title match!

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WOW wraps up it’s season with a world championship match! The Monster of Madness has only just begun to #WreakHavok, but will she already be champion?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Princess Aussie & Azteca VS Holidead & Siren; Holidead & Siren win.
  • Stephy Slays VS Kristen Davidson w/ Samantha Smart; Slays wins.
  • Kobra Moon VS Khloe Hurtz w/ The Ring Rats; Kobra Moon wins.
  • WOW World Championship: Tessa Blanchard VS Havok; No Contest.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Women of Wrestling have come a long way.

“The process of believing you can do something out of the ordinary, and even extraordinary, begins at a young age.” It needs to be nurtured through praise, or a burning belief in oneself. The roads each Woman of Wrestling walked were not planned, but rather “unconventional paths chosen through one simple shared belief: they can succeed in a journey not traveled by others.” There is such diversity, from mothers, to students, to working professionals and athletes who all want to shine. They had to first show something special: a smile; a prowess; or a physique. The physicality, the pain, the doubts and even the joys envelope their hearts and souls, and transforms them completely. “Wrestling becomes them.” These are real-life superheroes and villains defined by their actions. They are the WOW Women of Wrestling. And the world title defines all of their greatness.

 

David McLane walks into WOW Arena.

And he encounters a wounded Abilene Maverick! What is she doing on crutches? She tries to explain her injury, and is sorry that she can’t compete tonight. Well then who is supposed to take on Stephy Slays tonight? The grudge match might be off, but it looks like Samantha Smart has a back-up plan for McLane.

 

WOW takes a closer look at Siren the Voodoo Doll.

The Queen of the Shadows warned us of her coming, and of her mission. Siren dominated Princess Aussie until Princess hit her frog splash. Siren then stalked Holidead, attacking Azteca on her behalf. It was hard to tell what Siren was up to, but then she helped Holidead again while also getting revenge on Princess Aussie. Does Siren wish to form an alliance of the occult with Holidead?

As for Princess Aussie, that blow to the head only reminded her that bullies need to be confronted head-on. Princess joins forces with Azteca to stand against Siren and Holidead! Will the light defeat the dark? Or will they only be the first sacrificed by the voodoo duo?

 

Princess Aussie & Azteca VS Holidead & Siren!

The first on-air tag team match and it’s in the season finale! Will the power of the tribe and the sun goddess be enough to defeat the darkness?

The referee wants the teams to sort out, but neither team backs down. Siren and Holidead throw the first forearms! Siren has Princess and Holidead has Azteca, and they whip them at each other! Princess and Azteca stop themselves just in time, and then turn to dodge and push Holidead and Siren into each other! The referee can’t keep this from being tornado style as Princess and Azteca whip Siren and Holidead. Holidead and Siren reverse the whips, but get sunset flips! Covers, TWO! Double dropkicks take Siren and Holidead down! Holidead bails out and Siren gets a double whip to double elbows! Azteca covers, ONE! Princess gives Azteca the ring while Azteca brings Siren up. Azteca tags Princess in, and they double whip again. Double drop toeholds and Princess drops a leg! Azteca drops a splash! Princess covers, TWO!

Holidead bops Princess in the head but the referee reprimands her. Princess whips Siren but Siren reverses and Holidead gets a cheap shot in! This distracts Princess and Siren clotheslines Princess down! Siren drags Princess over to bump her off Holidead’s boot. Tag and Holidead stomps a mudhole into Princess. Holidead tags Siren and now Siren stomps a mudhole in. Siren grinds her boot in but lets up at 4. Azteca protests but this only distracts the ref, and Holidead gets away with a choke on Princess! Siren adds body shots then tags Holidead back in. Holidead rams her shoulder in again and again but fans rally for Princess. Holidead bumps Princess in an open corner, then pushes her against the buckles. She lets up at 4, then whips corner to corner. Princess goes up and over to arm-drag!

Princess shifts right to a mounted chinlock. Siren boots Princess off Holidead! Holidead drags Princess over and tags in Siren. Siren stomps the leg then turns Princess over for a Half Crab! Princess endures while fans rally up with Azteca. Princess reaches but Siren tags Holidead. Holidead gets the other leg for dual Half Crabs! Azteca runs in but the referee holds her back. Siren lets go but Holidead keeps on Princess. Princess refuses to quit so Holidead lets go to hit Azteca! Holidead hits Princess again while the ref has to keep Azteca back. Siren and Holidead get cheap shots in, but supposedly tagged. Siren whips Princess back in and hushes the crowd, so they can hear the CHOP! Holidead felt that one, and she tags in.

Holidead wants a try, and she hushes the fans. She CHOPS Princess, and even Siren is stinging. Holidead drags Princess up for a snapmare into a chinlock. Fans rally as Princess endures. Princess fights her way up and jawbreakers free! Holidead staggers, Princess goes to an open corner and climbs! Princess leaps for a big crossbody! Both women are down but fans continue to rally. Holidead and Princess head for their corners, hot tags to Siren and Azteca! Azteca rallies on Siren with a strike fest! Back hands, back kick and buzzsaw! Cover, but Holidead breaks it! Holidead whips Azteca and boots her down! Princess roundhouses Holidead! Siren kicks and scoops Princess for a Michinoku Driver! Azteca returns but Siren throws punches. Siren scoops but Azteca slips out for a SUPERKICK! Cover, but Holidead yanks the ref out!

The referee argues with Holidead, but he returns to the action. Siren gets Azteca for the “SACRIFICE!” Jumping Downward Spiral! Cover, Siren & Holidead win!

Winners: Siren & Holidead, Siren pinning

The Voodoo Duo makes their tag team debut a success! Will their darkness take over a resurrected WOW Tag Division?

 

Tessa Blanchard speaks.

“Havok, you’re the Monster of Madness?” Well Tessa’s the Born Legend. She ran Santana Garrett out of WOW. She beat the unbeatable Jungle Grrrl. And she did it all by herself. Havok’s been here for 5 minutes and yet she’s already interrupted the champion. If Havok wants her shot, fine. Tessa already said “line these b*tches up, and I’m gonna knock them down.” Havok has her match in the main event! Will she make the most of this opportunity?

 

Introducing: Samantha Smart.

What do you think of when you hear, “Whitewood, Indiana”? Nothing, which is exactly why Samantha got away from there. Her brilliant mind wasn’t meant for such a simple place. Her parents are teachers, her sister’s a teacher, so he grew up learning. She’s smart and athletic, which is why she got a full ride in both academic and athletic scholarships. Samantha dominated both the classroom and the tennis court. She has useful hobbies, unlike “pedestrians”. Samantha dabbles in science, the arts, business, technology, things that will improve the human race. Her need for a challenge led her here to WOW. Samantha had her WOW Moment upon realizing that she was needed here. She was the organizer to keep the company on track, and this company was the stage upon which her talents could shine. “They need all the help they can get.”

Watching the other Superheroes train and compete, Samantha felt she could do it better. Superheroes are meant to be just as smart as they are strong. Keeping in shape: simple science. Studying her opponents: simply psychology. Helping David McLane: simple business. Taking over WOW: diabolical. We know Samantha’s plan, but will she be able to execute it?

Speaking of Samantha and her plan, that’s where her alliance with The Disciplinarian, Kristen Davidson, comes in. Smart will have Davidson take on Stephy Slays to take care of two birds with one stone. Will Stephy face severe discipline? Or will she finally slay her goal and get her first WOW TV victory?

 

Stephy Slays VS Kristen Davidson w/ Samantha Smart!

Stephy’s the lovable loser of WOW, but you can only take a losing streak for so long. Will Stephy get that first win? Or does she simply lack discipline?

The bell rings and Davidson attacks Stephy from behind! Davidson stomps Stephy to a corner while Stephy’s original opponent for the night joins commentary. Yes, the Governor’s Daughter, Abilene Maverick, sits at the announce desk while Davidson grinds her boot into Stephy. Davidson backs off at 4 to soak up the heat. Stephy gasps and coughs but Davidson chokes her on the ropes! Abilene addresses the rumors that she’s faking her injury to avoid Stephy. Davidson clubs Stephy down as Abilene says she’s the real hero here. Her knee hurts so much, she shouldn’t have even walked out to commentary. Davidson clubs Stephy down while Abilene claims Stephy should be thankful they’re not having their match.

Davidson forearms Stephy then whips her to the ropes. Stephy dodges and dodges to sunset flip! TWO, and Davidson clobbers Stephy! Samantha sneers at Stephy as Davidson puts her on the ropes. Davidson chokes Stephy then clubs her on the back. Davidson backs off at 4 and Stephy gets to a corner. Stephy stands but Davidson comes back to CHOP her! Abilene likes what she sees as Davidson scrapes Stephy’s face on the ropes! Samantha gets in Stephy’s face with intellectual trash talk, then smacks her hands with the ruler! Davidson whips Stephy and clobbers her again! Davidson drags Stephy up to the fireman’s carry but Stephy rolls her up! TWO, and Davidson boots Stephy down hard! Davidson suplexes and gourd busters Stephy! Then double stomps! Cover, TWO!

Davidson and Samantha grow frustrated with Stephy as Davidson sits her up. Fans rally as Stephy endures the seated abdominal stretch. Davidson digs an elbow into Stephy’s hip but Stephy fights out! Davidson knees Stephy right down! Samantha mocks “poor, poor Stephy” while Davidson whips Stephy corner to corner. Stephy elbows her away then boots her back. Stephy climbs and fires fans up but Davidson hits her back. Abilene mocks the “loser” but Stephy hits Davidson back! Davidson hits Stephy again then climbs up to join her. Stephy fights Davidson down and SLAPS her! Stephy headscissors to the victory roll, STEPHY WINS!

Winner: Stephy Slays, by pinfall

Stephy Slays finally achieves victory and vindication! Abilene is shocked, but Davidson attacks from behind! McLane shouts for them to stop! Samantha breaks her ruler on Stephy’s back! Abilene insists none of this would have happened if she was able to face Stephy, of course meaning more Stephy’s first ever win. McLane praises Stephy for gutting it out and winning her first match ever. Will Stephy be able to recover and get her second ever victory?

 

Stephy Slays is congratulated backstage.

WOW trainees give her flowers and sweets to celebrate, but Abilene is there, too. Turns out Abilene was faking her leg injury! And she attacks Stephy with her crutches! Abilene takes the flowers and pulls the petals apart as she “congratulates” Stephy. As for the extra big cupcake, Abilene makes Stephy eat it! Stephy cries through the frosting and Abilene says “You are pathetic.” But will the day come when this bully gets her comeuppance?

 

Kobra Moon w/ Sophia Lopez VS Khloe Hurtz w/ The Ring Rats!

The Queen of Serpents had a successful debut last week, and the World’s Greatest Attorney takes full credit for bringing her here. Will Kobra feast on the All Natural and her horde of Ring Rats?

The bell rings and Kobra slithers around out of Khloe’s grasp. Kobra uses the ropes for defense, then waits for Khloe to back away before slithering back in. Khloe gets Kobra in a headlock, but Kobra pulls hair to get out of it. Kobra kicks away on Khloe then whips corner to corner. Kobra runs in for a big uppercut! Then back in, only to miss. Khloe rams her shoulders in over and over, then says it’s #KhloeTime! Handspring back elbow! Khloe grinds her boot into Kobra then sits her down for an enhanced hip attack! Khloe drags Kobra to a cover, TWO! Kobra snapmares Khloe then runs to dropkick her in the back! Cover, TWO!

Kobra keeps her cool as she rams her knee into Khloe’s back. She pulls back on Khloe’s arm as she digs her knee in deeper. She then reels Khloe into the body scissors. Sophia and the fans cheer Kobra on but Khloe gets a ropebreak. Kobra lets go but clubs Khloe to a corner. Khloe hits back but Kobra CHOPS her enhanced chest! Kobra snapmares Khloe for a swift kick! Cover, TWO! Kobra keeps on Khloe with clubbing forearms. Kobra runs but into the fireman’s carry! Khloe does squats but Kobra fights out. Kobra trips Khloe up to a sunset flip, but a ropebreak saves her. Kobra stomps Khloe to a corner then drags her back up for more kicks. She runs but Khloe dodges the dropkick to drop the leg! Cover, TWO!

Khloe keeps on Kobra but Kobra trips her up! Kobra mounts, wraps her up, and rams her head into the mat over and over! Then she drops a senton! Kobra drags Khloe to a cover, TWO! Kobra goes after the legs and gets Khloe in a Boston Crab. She reaches back for the arms, for a backwards Mexican Surfboard! Kobra swings Khloe around like a tail then drops her for stomps. Cover, TWO! A fan gets attitude with Sophia but Sophia keeps her cool. Kobra whips Khloe but Khloe dodges to run Kobra over! Khloe rallies with lariats! She kicks to hit the scissors kick! Khloe laces Kobra’s legs and gets the Indian Deathlock! Kobra endures and crawls for the ropes. Ropebreak!

Khloe lets go but drags Kobra back to stomp her. Khloe climbs up and a Ring Rat tries to refresh her with water. But he spills it all over her, so she shoves him away! That Ring Rat gets an earful, but Khloe turns around into a dropkick! Kobra runs for a Sunset Flip powerbomb! Cover, Kobra wins!

Winner: Kobra Moon, by pinfall

The Queen of Serpents keeps her WOW streak going at 2-0, and Sophia leads the fans in cheering Kobra on. Will Kobra find her way to the top?

 

Havok speaks.

“Tessa Blanchard! A born legend! Truly the best in this industry.” Tessa’s everywhere, and has held belts all over the world. But there’s just one Havok wants: the WOW World Championships. Tessa may be one of the best, but she hasn’t been in the ring with a monster! Havok will show Tessa exactly why she’s the Monster of Madness!

 

Introducing: The Dixie Darlings.

“From the hills of Virginia to the City of Los Angeles”, these two rough and tumble twins are coming to WOW in the future!

 

WOW takes a closer look at Tessa Blanchard.

Though she is the Born Legend, with a third-generation lineage like few others have, she never really thought about being a pro-wrestler. That is, until her father, Tully Blanchard, was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame alongside the other Four Horsemen. Tessa was inspired to give it a try. She turned 18, and woke up one day thinking, “What are you doing with your life?” Tessa started training, and though it hurt, she loved it. She found her calling. Tessa told her stepdad, Magnum TA, about it, and he checked it out. After watching her compete, he told her, “Alright, well, you’re not good, but you have it.” He told her to use that and become “undeniable.”

And she has. She dominates the indies, has held titles in every promotion she’s entered. Tessa is creating moments, and doing it her way. “This was always supposed to happen.” She steamrolls any one who stands in her way. She isn’t just good, she’s great. And here at WOW, it’s why she already is the champion. Will Tessa make her legend truly undeniable?

 

WOW World Championship: Tessa Blanchard VS Havok!

The Born Legend won this title surprisingly fast, but she already defends it with complete confidence. Meanwhile, the Monster of Madness is herself a fast rising and intimidating star. Will Tessa regret putting the title up so soon? Or will she simply be undeniable?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised and the streamers fly! The bell rings and Tessa stares Havok down. Tessa talks a little trash but Havok simply smiles. Tessa gives Havok a nudge, Havok gives Tessa a shove! So Tessa SLAPS Havok! Havok grabs Tessa with both hands and puts her in a corner, to then toss her across the way! And again! Havok drags Tessa up again but Tessa stomps her foot. Tessa tries the arm-drag but Havok is too strong for that. Havok breaks free and boots Tessa down! Tessa is reeling as Havok drags her back up. Havok puts on a full nelson but Tessa resists. Tessa works out of it but runs into a fireman’s carry! Tessa manages to sunset but Havok breaks free. Havok runs but into Tessa’s basement dropkick! Havok ends up on the ropes, Tessa dropkicks her again!

Tessa goes to the apron and kicks Havok back in! Tessa climbs up top, but her senton flops! Havok is up and looms over the writhing Tessa. Havok scoops Tessa and puts her in a Tree of Woe. She says “Good-bye!” then drops the elbow drop DDT! Havok drags Tessa into position and goes side-to-side, boot wash! Havok goes again, but Tessa gets out of the ring. Tessa trips Havok up on the apron then gets back in the ring. Tessa builds speed and DIVES! The tope suicida takes them both into the barriers! Tessa puts Havok back in the ring and climbs up top. She leaps for a SUPER code breaker! Havok gets back up but Tessa gives her the hammerlock DDT! Cover, but The Beast drags the ref out! The Beast glares at Tessa, but here’s Jungle Grrrl, too! Tessa is surrounded on all sides!

Referees run in to keep things from breaking down! Things are called off do to time constraints, but this is far from over! Will this be settled when WOW comes back to AXS?

No Contest

 


 

My Thoughts:

Well, this was an interesting episode. First off, I didn’t realize we’d get a season finale so soon. But not to fear, the next season will be here in Fall of 2019, and will have 24 episodes! It’s officially announced by AXS via the WOW Press Conference they held. But even with that good news of renewal, this episode didn’t even seem planned as a season finale. At least, it didn’t come off that with only 7 episodes to build upon. The opening video package was really well done, but nothing about the other matches featured tonight screamed “finale”. If anything, Azteca & Aussie VS Holidead & Siren was more “this story is just getting going.” It was a good match, and I hope the next season gives us the WOW World Tag Titles back. Otherwise making teams, and bringing them in (Dixie Darlings?) means nothing.

Stephy Slays finally getting that win was great, but not really all that definitive. Her story with Abilene Maverick is interesting, and will surely heat up next season. Abilene’s at her Heel best when picking on Stephy, and I’m waiting for Stephy to more or less snap on her. Though I do have some gripes about how they did the backstage attack. Firstly, they weren’t very convincing in those crutch shots. Second and probably the worst, Abilene’s bandages magically move from one leg to the other in the course of grabbing the cupcake. I’d think the crew would’ve noticed that in playback, but perhaps they just couldn’t reshoot because they only had one cupcake. But in the end, what will matter is if their grudge match is what’s convincing.

Kobra did great in her match with Khloe Hurtz, but I’m really unsure as to why Khloe was booked so strong. I know there’s a lot of backstory left untold jumping in to WOW like this, but I suppose it’s to establish Kobra as strong in the minds of fans who don’t know her Lucha Underground history. And I really hope the one thing the next season changes is how they book main events. No more main events that are under 15 minutes. I know it’s only an hour long show, but perhaps they should scrap lesser matches. Tessa clearly has more contenders than she is ready for, and I hope the season premiere gives us something big to really enjoy. They need to take lessons from LU and give us matches that dominate the hour to really put the title and talents over.

My Score: 7.7/10


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