Well last week we had my favorite episode of MLW Fusion recently. This one however, promises to pay off some storylines so we can mostly clean the slate going into Battle Riot.
Low Ki looks to get a championship and $60,000 dollars in this episode, which would also make Salina de la Renta happy. While the other story that comes to a head is Jimmy Havoc finally getting his hands on Tom Lawlor, and if Lawlor can maintain his number 1 status in the MLW Top 10.
Time to find out what happens.
Kiki Roberts vs Kahuna Khan
The “prospects” or jobbers square off and as soon as they shake hands, the lights go red and Su Yung’s music hits. Thank God, we get Zeda Zhang and Su Yung beating the hell out of this dumb looking jobbers.
Zeda and Su make another statement, and I really enjoy the fact that they attack men, and completely destroy them. Apparently going by Kodokushi Death Squad and I’m not even mad. Death by beautiful Asian women seems good to me.
Stud Stable seen in the back, Parrow and the Dirty Blondes try to intimidate Fred Yehi until Tom Lawlor and Simon Gotch show up. They hand Yehi a Team Filthy hoodie, the guys shake on it and Gotch asks for Yehi’s mask as trade. Seems like Yehi has joined the team.
Off the commercial they show Shane Strickland showing up to the building for his match with Low Ki.
Then we get a summary preview of the Jimmy Havoc/Tom Lawlor storyline
Grudge Fight: Tom Lawlor vs Jimmy Havoc
After a little banter, Havoc clocks Lawlor with a forearm that sends him to the outside, followed by a Suicide Dive. Havoc throws a few chairs in the ring and the two men trade strikes amongst the crowd.
Havoc grabs a piece of plywood, a few more weapons and even finds a cheese grater. Lawlor gets the better of the exchange, and takes the cheese grater to Havoc’s forehead. Lawlor puts Havoc’s arm through a chair and applies a Double Wristlock, which Jimmy only breaks by clawing at Lawlor’s eyes.
Jimmy then finds a stapler and tries to use it, but Filthy Tom reverses that too. The more Havoc tries to introduce different weapons, they more they get used against him as Lawlor staples a brochure to Havoc’s head. But as they move back into the ring, Lawlor catches the grater to the balls.
After piling up a few chairs, Jimmy tries the Acid Rainmaker, but misses and Lawlor counters with a German Suplex onto the previously mentioned chairs. Filthy leads the plywood in the corner and tries to put Havoc in a position. Jimmy fights it off, gets put in a Sleeper Hold, but manages to grab the paper from earlier and give Lawlor paper cuts to break the hold.
Now since he sufficiently sliced open Tom’s hands, he gets some lemons and squirts lemon juice into the cut. Next new toy is a pizza cutter that gets used against Havoc, but all in all this match is just a collection of spots with weapons and no real flow. Both men are cut open as Lawlor hits a sideslam onto chairs, but before he can finish things Havoc hits the Acid Rainmaker out of nowhere.
The match ends abruptly and could be due to Havoc seemingly getting cut bad. The plywood was never a factor and the match was generally just spots and spectacle.
Winner: Havoc via Acid Rainmaker
Rating: ** 1/4
Coming off the commercial, Sami Callihan reveals that he’s the one that attacked Shane Strickland. He’s sick of just making friends he wants to make money and doesn’t like what Shane has become.
Kotto Brazil, Barrington Hughes and Shane Strickland are caught back stage reacting to Callihan’s reveal. Shane has an idea, and they all walk off to discuss battle plans.
Low Ki seen warming up for his match, as Salina de la Renta approaches him to remind him about the 60,000 ways she has to insure Shane loses.
$60,000 Bounty MLW Heavyweight Championship Match: Low Ki vs Shane Strickland (c)
Low Ki mockingly starts a Swerve chant and smiles big at Strickland. After about a minute of smack talk and posturing, Low Ki slaps Swerve and Strickland returns a multitude of strikes.
Strickland catches a punch into an Arm Drag, transitioning into an Arm Breaker as he then pulls him by the suspenders and throws him in the corner. After a few more strikes from Strickland, Low Ki manages to get in a few strikes and begins working over Shane in the corner. A Scoop Slam and few strikes allow Low Ki to give a cocky cover, that only gets 1. But working over the champion with headbutts, kicks, chops and elbows continues. It’s been a solid 3 minutes of Low Ki lighting up Strickland like the dummy from 3 Ninjas.
— Major League Wrestling (@MLW) July 13, 2018
The referee applies the standing 10 count, and Swerve gets up by 6, but Low Ki keeps the hits coming. Swerve tries to get space by dropping Low Ki onto the apron, but Low Ki ties him up with a Dragon Sleeper through the ropes, followed by a Springboard kick. Ki drops his guard for a bit as the referee gives the standing 10 count again, so Shane pops up and starts landing a barrage of strikes.
Low Ki counters some of the momentum with the roll through Double Foot Stomp into a near fall. Continuing to get a little cocky Ki grabs Strickland through the ropes, but Strickland tosses him to the outside. Handstand Headscissors Takeover from the apron to the floor from Swerve, might finally give him the first real opportunity to put in offense.
Strickland tears Low Ki’s shirt, lays in some strikes and then moves to the corner to reign down punches. Strickland executes a very nice Half and Half Release Suplex for only 2. Shane catapults Low Ki into the corner, but Ki lands on the middle turnbuckle and jumps backwards to nail Strickland with a Double Stomp for a near fall.
Rolling Cutter attempt 1 gets countered, but a different angle Rolling Cutter gets Swerve a 2 count. Shane goes to the top, attempts Swerve Stomp but misses and continues to sell his right knee. Low Ki lands a shot to the back of Shane’s head, measures the champion and ends the match with the Switchblade kick.
New champion, and $60,000 richer, Low Ki.
Winner: Low Ki via Switchblade Kick
Rating: *** 3/4
Well this saw a fairly convincing end to both of the storylines that were leading into it. Havoc got his revenge on Lawlor and regardless of if I liked the match or not, there will be people that enjoyed the spectacle. As for Low Ki versus Shane, it was hurt a bit by the fact that crowd was generally silent. Schiavone and Boccini tried to say they were just tense because of the high stakes of the match. But making less noise than a Japanese crowd really doesn’t translate well on TV. But either way, still not a bad show, it just had a different feel than all the others.
Either way, we have a new champion, an immediate feud for the former champion to give him some space to breathe and Battle Riot to look forward to next week. I believe they said a 2 Hour Special, so that’s already a positive indication for MLW that BeinSports is giving them an extra hour only 3 months into the shows run.
Mitchell’s Women of Wrestling Results & Report! (2/8/19)
Tessa Blanchard wants to be champion but the champion wants revenge!
WOW World Champion Santana Garrett wants revenge while Tessa Blanchard wants that title. But Jungle Grrrl is also still in the mix, so who gets their shot?
- Amber O’Neal w/ Lana Star VS Eye Candy; O’Neal wins.
- Jessie Jones VS Stephy Slays; Jones wins.
- Holidead VS Azteca; Azteca wins.
- WOW World Championship Triple Threat: Santana Garrett VS Jungle Grrrl VS Tessa Blanchard; wins and
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Previously on WOW…
Tessa Blanchard talked trash on Santana Garrett as she aimed for the Women of Wrestling World Championship. Santana told her to “get to the back of the line, girlfriend!” But then Tessa made things personal going after Papa Keny G.
David McLane stands in the ring with Santana Garrett again, and Santana says it’s been three whole weeks. She wants Tessa in a match tonight! But instead of the Born Legend, she gets Jungle Grrrl! Tessa’s attack not only angered and humiliated Santana, but it cost Jungle Grrrl a real victory over the WOW World Champion. Jungle Grrrl’s back because while she understands the grudge against Tessa, Santana also has the greatest responsibility: defend the title. This won’t be about Keny G ringside, this won’t be about personal feelings, this will be about the gold around that waist! Santana needs to fairly defend that title against Jungle Grrrl, but Jungle Grrrl has never actually lost to Santana.
David agrees, Jungle Grrrl is still unpinned. But only now does Tessa appear! “Rules, rules, rules”! Tessa is sick and tired of this, but David tells her that if she starts any trouble again, she’ll be fined and suspended! Tessa wants David to listen: she always gets what she wants! The Born Legend has already secured a spot in a title match. Not according to David. Then Tessa will just have to change his mind. David asks the fans about Tessa having a match. They want to see it! David can’t deny the fans what they want, and Tessa says she gets what she wants, so everyone gets something great. Tessa’s gonna earn the title, but Jungle Grrrl also deserves another shot. Santana’s a fighting champion, so let’s have a TRIPLE THREAT!! All three women compete for the title, who comes out THE WOW World Champion!?
Amber O’Neal and Lana Star hang out backstage.
The Beverly Hills Babe and her Fabulous friend take selfies and talk about being trending worldwide. But Lana wants Amber to understand something. Lana’s the star and executive producer of WOW, while Amber’s spending too much time in #Amberland. This is #Lanaland. But here’s some direction: Amber’s been loving the lifestyle, from the Lakers tickets to VIP buffet, and traveling the world. But there are new girls coming to WOW, so Amber needs to remind them all who she is. Amber needs to focus. She will, she’s got this! But does she really?
Amber O’Neal w/ Lana Star VS Eye Candy!
Speaking of the new girls, the bubbly babe from the Big Apple is ready to take a bite out of the Women of Wrestling roster. But will her positive attitude and athletic skill be enough against the experienced veteran?
The bell rings and Amber does not take Candy seriously. They tie up and Amber wrenches the arm. She wristlocks but Candy rolls and slides under to trip Amber up! Candy jumps on to mess with her hair! Candy backs off and Amber is furious. Amber tells the referee to keep Candy back while she fixes her hair. Fans boo as Amber insists Candy cannot touch the hair or else that’s a disqualification. The ref says it’s not, and Amber argues it should be. But Candy rocks Amber with a forearm! Candy whips but Amber throws her down by her hair! Seems that hair rule is one way. Candy rolls Amber up, TWO! Candy keeps on Amber and gets a swinging neckbreaker! Then the senton! Cover, but Amber keeps a shoulder up.
Amber says her arm is hurt but Candy keeps on Amber. Amber jawbreakers back, and Candy staggers to the corner. The ref checks on Amber this time, so Lana goes after Candy in the corner! The referee sees Lana choking Candy, and reprimands her. Lana backs off but Amber is on Candy with a mudhole stomp. Amber drags Candy up and whips corner to corner, but Candy reverses. Candy runs in but into Amber’s headscissors, for the “Queen City Stretch!” Amber lets go of her hanging headscissor hold at 4, to then SLAP Candy! Amber kicks and chokes Candy more, but lets up at 4. The ref reprimands Amber, Candy gets a takedown! High stack cover, TWO! Amber thrashes and hammers Candy down and fans boo and jeer.
Lana and Amber talk strategy in the corner while Candy gets to her feet. Amber whips but Candy reverses to a Russian Leg Sweep! Lana is annoyed as Candy and Amber stand. Amber runs but Candy dodges to rally with ax handles! Candy hits a hip attack, then goes up top. Amber stands but Lana anchors a foot. The referee gets Lana to stop, and Candy still missile dropkicks Amber down! Cover, TWO! Candy drags Amber up to a fireman’s carry and hits a Death Valley Driver, aka the Sweet Treat! Cover, but Lana slides in! Candy lets off to stop her, then covers again, TWO! Lana’s distraction saves Amber, but Candy swings on Lana. Candy turns around, SUPERKICK! Backslide cover, with a bridge! Amber wins!
Winner: Amber O’Neal, by pinfall
Amber gets a win with a lot of help from her manager. But that doesn’t matter to either of them as Lana gets in the ring and grabs a mic. Lana says “We just won!” Give it up for the Beverly Hills Babe! Fans boo and jeer instead as Amber takes a bow. But Lana tells the locker room that Amber’s streak has begun. The WOW World Championship will be back under Lana’s control, via Amber. Clearly Candy can’t make it in Lana’s town. Lana goes on and on about everyone bowing to her, and then gloats how she saved Amber from mediocrity. Fans still boo as Lana rants on about the one top star in WOW is Lana Star. “Don’t ever underestimate me!” Who will heed Lana’s warning about getting in the Babe’s way? Who will decide to shut Lana up instead?
Introducing: Stephy Slays.
“Growing up in Texas, you get judged really quickly for being different.” Stephy’s only difference was not having a father around. She got bullied and it affected her deeply. Stephy felt like a loser with nothing to live for. It was a cruel world growing up like that, and Stephy hit rock bottom. But her mom was friends with Sophia Lopez, and Sophia helped Stephy find a new possibility. Stephy had a life changing experience becoming a Woman of Wrestling, and now has friends as strong as family! Stephy trained with Selina Majors, who was a big help in her improving her skills. Selina is like a big sister to Stephy and the others, and that’s why Stephy is so thankful. Stephy feels whole, and is ready to slay any challenge!
Backstage interview with Jessie Jones.
Jessie tells Brigiite Valdez the WOW fans already know who she is. And after what Jessie did to “Speedy Gonzales”, fans also know Jessie is ready to do that to anyone, including Stephy Slays. Um, her opponent last week was named “Azteca”. Yeah, that’s what Jessie said. But it don’t matter, Jessie’s ready to beat the brakes off of any woman standing in her way.
Jessie Jones VS Stephy Slays!
Ms. Southern Pride may want to #MakeWrasslinGreatAgain, but it’s her attitude that needs to be improved. However, Jessie’s own mentor in Selina Major taught Stephy everything she knows, too. Which student of the original Ms. Southern Pride will win and move on step closer to the title?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up and Jessie wrenches Stephy, but Stephy reverses to a fireman’s carry takedown! Stephy gets a headlock but Jessie powers out to a hammerlock. Stephy spins through and reverses but Jessie drives Stephy down to the mat. Jessie has the keylock cover, ONE as Stephy rolls up and around. Stephy reverses back to the hammerlock, but Jessie rolls to get control. Jessie sits down on Stephy but Stephy makes it a roll up, TWO! Stephy has a headlock but Jessie pries her way out. Jessie wrenches but Stephy wrenches back. Fans rally but Jessie pulls hair to whip Stephy. Stephy dodges and crucifix! TWO, but Stephy sweeps the legs! Cover, ONE, but fans are fired up as Stephy Oklahoma Rolls Jessie! TWO, and Jessie gets to a corner.
Stephy’s right on Jessie with a monkey flip! Jessie staggers into Stephy’s dropkick! Stephy whips Jessie corner to corner but Jessie slips out to hotshot the arm! Fans boo as Jessie storms over to drop a leg on the arm. Jessie pulls the arm back and mockingly claps with Stephy’s hand. Stephy rolls Jessie again, TWO! Jessie grimaces as she whips Stephy to a corner. Jessie runs in but Stephy goes up and huricanranas Jessie down! Stephy dropkicks but Jessie ducks under! Jessie covers, TWO! Fans rally up for Stephy but Jessie drags her up to pull hair. Jessie reels Stephy in for shoulder after shoulder, then whips to run her over! Cover, TWO! Stephy’s tough and Jessie grows frustrated.
Jessie drags Stephy back up and tells the fans to shut up. She whips but Stephy sunset flips! TWO and Jessie sits on Stephy, TWO! Stephy sunsets again, TWO, Jessie sits on her again, TWO! Another sunset, TWO, and the two separate. Fans love this close match-up as Jessie drags Stephy up. Jessie whips Stephy to a corner but runs into an elbow! Stephy hops up and leaps for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Stephy’s arm is hurting but Jessie’s on it. Jessie whips but Stephy hits a lariat! Stephy starts rallying and kicks low, but Jessie slips out to rock her with a right. Jessie chicken wings to the Gory Special! Stephy pops out to sunset flip powerbomb! TWO and Jessie boots Stephy down!
Jessie goes after the bad arm at the ropes, then drags Stephy into the mounted armbar! Jessie twists the wrist and elbow, Stephy taps, Jessie wins!
Winner: Jessie Jones, by submission
Fans may not like it, but Jessie’s still winning! Will Jessie truly Make Wrasslin’ Great Again? Will Stephy ever get that first win on WOW TV?
Jessie grabs a mic and cuts the music to talk. “Y’know what? I’m sick of the disrespectful wannabe women wrestlers here at WOW.” Jessie’s forgotten more about this business than any of these women will ever even know! She’s old school like that, and these girls will learn to respect her. Or else she’ll beat it into them. Who else will Jessie beat on the way to the title?
Stephy Slays recovers in the locker room.
And after a crushing defeat like that, she even cries. Abilene comes by to mock Stephy’s pain. Will she ever learn? She’s in the big leagues now. Stephy is frustrated, but will she be able to snap back and finally slay this challenge?
Holidead VS Azteca!
A denizen of the Dark Side battles with the Sun Goddess in a return to WOW TV! As Jessie Jones rubbed in earlier, Azteca lost her WOW debut, but will she be able to turn it around against this Twisted Sister?
The bell rings and Holidead slithers up to Azteca. Azteca doesn’t back down as she takes her warrior stance. Holidead and Azteca circle but Holidead backs off to take her time with her opponent. Both women try to psych the other out before approaching again. Holidead dodges Azteca to lick her fingers. They approach and Azteca still takes the tie up. They go for a test of strength, but Holidead kicks low. Holidead throws Azteca but Azteca lands on her feet, only for Holidead to knee low again. Holidead whips but Azteca arm-drags! Azteca spins and flips to arm-drag Holidead again! She kicks and whips but Holidead reverses, only for Azteca to go up! Azteca leaps for a flying huricanrana! Fans fire up with Azteca while Holidead backs off again.
Azteca CHOPS Holidead on the ropes then whips but Holidead holds the ropes. Azteca knees low and tries again, but Holidead reverses the whip. Holidead tilt-o-whirls Azteca to a backbreaker! Fans cheer as Holidead drags Azteca to a cover. ONE, but Holidead puts Azteca on the ropes. Holidead chokes and stomps Azteca and fans boo. She whips Azteca corner to corner hard! Holidead drags Azteca up and whips her again, then gets her with another backbreaker! Azteca writhes while Holidead laughs. Holidead covers, TWO! Holidead is upset but the referee tells her it was fair. She returns to Azteca for stomps and a whip. Azteca dodges and hits back with forearms! Holidead ducks the next shot to pick Azteca up and ram her into buckles! Holidead forearms Azteca in the back!
Azteca is stuck on the ropes as Holidead hits a corner splash! Cover, TWO! Holidead grins as she drags Azteca around. Fans rally but Holidead puts Azteca in a Queen Angelito stretch. Azteca endures and crawls for ropes, and gets the ropebreak! Holidead lets go at 4, and kicks a corner in frustration. Azteca gasps for air but manages to CHOP Holidead back! Holidead clubs Azteca then puts her in a corner. She whips corner to corner but Azteca elbows her away. Azteca leaps but Holidead catches her for another backbreaker! Holidead taunts the pain and covers, TWO! Holidead stomps Azteca but fans still rally for her. Azteca is down while Holidead climbs a corner. Azteca catches Holidead with a knee! Now Azteca joins Holidead, SUPER STEINER!
Both women are down but fans fire up! Azteca and Holidead stir as the ref starts a standing count. Azteca gets up first but Holidead follows. Holidead runs in but Azteca dodges to fire off strikes! Azteca buzzsaw kicks and covers! TWO!! Azteca grits her teeth because she can’t believe Holidead lives. But she fires herself back up as she drags Holidead to her feet. Holidead fights back with body shots and a shove. Fireman’s carry to a toss! Cover, TWO! Azteca lives and Holidead can’t believe it. Holidead wants to finish Azteca and gets chicken wings. Azteca resists and powers out to kick low, sunset flip powerbomb! Cover, Azteca wins!
Winner: Azteca, by pinfall
The Sun Goddess pulls out her Destroyer outta nowhere! And now she has her first win in WOW! But wait, the lights go out, and the Voodoo Doll, Siren, appears! Siren targets Holidead, but then roundhouses Azteca! Siren smiles at Holidead, then disappears! Is Azteca going to be Siren’s first sacrifice?
WOW World Championship Triple Threat: Santana Garrett VS Jungle Grrrl VS Tessa Blanchard!
The Wonder Woman of Wrestling won this very title in a Triple Threat involving former champion Jungle Grrrl, but because she pinned former friend Amber O’Neal. Now Santana finds herself on the other side of this scenario where she doesn’t need to be pinned to lose her title. Will Jungle Grrrl reclaim the title she was never pinned for? Or will the Born Legend get what she wants by beating two great competitors at once?
Introductions are made, the belt is raised, and streamers even fly! The bell rings and while Tessa and Santana stare down, Jungle Grrrl gets in between them. She wants them to understand this isn’t their grudge match, it’s all of their match. Tessa takes this as Jungle Grrrl having a problem with her, too, but then Santana gets both of their attention. Things speed up as Santana dodges both opponents, only for both of them to run her over. Tessa and JG tells the other to stay out of the way, but they both end up picking Santana up. Santana uses that to acrobatically arm-drag them both! Tessa ends up out of the ring so she and JG finally have some alone time.
Santana and JG tie up, and Santana gets a waistlock. JG reels out and whips but Santana goes up and over. Santana arm-drags JG around, then wrenches her to a modified stretch. JG fights out and whips again, but Tessa trips Santana up. Tessa drags Santana out to throw her into a post! JG is ready for Tessa and they go around. Tessa rolls JG but JG rolls through to tackle Tessa down! JG gets Tessa with a back suplex! Tessa scrambles to a corner but JG keeps Santana out first. JG whips Tessa corner to corner then runs in but misses. Tessa rocks JG with a hard right! Tessa puts JG on the top rope just to kick her legs out! JG is stuck, draping code breaker! Cover, TWO! JG lives but Tessa’s right on her with a wrench and hammerlock. JG slips out, scoops and slams Tessa!
Santana returns and rallies on both opponents! Santana Russian Leg Sweeps JG, then kicks Tessa’s feet out for a running boot! She whips Tessa at JG in the corner, then corner to corner handspring back elbows! Fans fire up as Santana hits double bulldogs! Santana then gets DOUBLE Last Chancery! Both opponents endure but they both crawl, too. They each get the ropebreak! Santana lets go and JG gets to an apron. Santana drags Tessa up but Tessa spins and hammerlocks, but Santana pushes away to SUPERKICK! Tessa bails out but JG climbs. Santana stops her with a SLAP! And then goes for a Super Steiner, but JG denies it! Tessa cutters Santana outta nowhere! But JG gets Tessa with a German Suplex! But Santana SUPERKICKS JG!
Santana goes after Tessa again but Tessa blocks Eat DaFeet to roll Santana up! TWO, and Santana reels Tessa in to make her Eat DaFeet! But JG climbs again as Santana hits the “Supernatural” handspring moonsault! JG hits her Jungle Splash! Double cover?! That’s a three-count, but for who?! Both Santana and JG think they won, but the ref is just as confused! The rest of the officials come in to discuss. JG and Santana want an answer as much as we do, but we’re running out of TV time! Will the referees and David McLane settle this controversy before the next episode?
A pretty good episode, but I’m just not sure about the choices for matches. Amber VS Candy was good, though Lana Star was getting way too involved without getting ejected. The story is clear, Lana is just using Amber and then takes all the credit, but her talking to the ref as often as she was even before going after Candy’s foot or getting in the ring was just weakening Amber. Amber needs to look stronger than this if she’s supposed to be the new champion Lana can live vicariously through. Lana should be less active than this to make that work. Jessie Jones fortunately toned down how political she was this week, but I’m disappointed they didn’t play to the link that is Selina Major between her and Stephy.
The development with Siren is interesting, but it also seemed very obvious in presentation. Of course Siren doesn’t attack Holidead, their gimmicks pretty much go together. And making the note that Sophia Lopez promises to bring more lucha libre to WOW, I have a feeling I know what this means. Kobra Moon of Lucha Underground, who is also Thunder Rosa, Holidead’s tag partner in Twisted Sisterz, has been spotted in the promotional material for WOW. Kobra coming to WOW to be a Face alongside Azteca makes some sense if Siren and Holidead work together from now on. Plus, this gives WOW more tag teams to give them reason to bring back their WOW World Tag Team Championships. It would be even better if the Twisted Sisterz formed up in WOW to be those inaugural champions.
My only problem is that including so much takes away from what should’ve been the biggest match of the night. The Triple Threat WOW World Championship match should’ve been half of this episode to really let all three women shine. The story they gave us in only 10 minutes was fine, but imagine these three going for even 15. I did like the choice of ending to keeps them all strong. A double cover keeps this match from really ending, and I hope we get a longer version of this match on a later episode. And should we get that rematch, I feel Tessa would be able to win, especially if The Beast attacks Jungle Grrrl. Beast VS Jungle Grrrl still needs to happen on the side given the tease from the season premiere, so it’d be natural if Beast interfered in a longer version of the Triple Threat.
My Score: 8.2/10
Mitchell’s Women of Wrestling Results & Report! (2/1/19)
What does Tessa Blanchard say about her actions since coming to WOW?
WOW matchmakers want Tessa Blanchard to earn her title shot, but will she give them much of a choice? Will she force their hands with another furious brawl?
- The Beast VS Faith the Lioness; The Beast wins.
- Fire VS The Disciplinarian w/ Samantha Smart; Fire wins.
- Fury w/ Razor VS Chantilly Chella; Fury wins.
- Khloe Hurtz VS Abilene Maverick; Hurtz wins.
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Previously on WOW…
The Born Legend, Tessa Blanchard, continues to talk smack to Santana Garrett. She vows the title will be hers. But she also made sure no one else would take it from Santana before her when she went after Papa Keny G! It was all to distract Santana from her match with Jungle Grrrl, and it worked! Santana is furious and wants a match with Tessa, but WOW matchmaker David McLane insists Tessa earn it. Tessa beat the Beverly Hills Babe, Amber O’Neal, and demanded her shot right then and there. Santana came out, to give Tessa some payback! The third-generation Woman of Wrestling will give us an exclusive interview, but what will she have to say about Santana, the title, and her own actions?
Meanwhile, in the Lioness’s Den.
WOW talent and aspiring rap artist is in the studio working on her bars, Faith Lioness is the youngest member of the roster at just 19 years old. She’s been dancing and rapping since she was little as an outlet for her natural spastic energy. Faith raps on her own theme song, “We Just Flex”, and expresses her true self through it all. She knew she wasn’t going to be a college graduate, so she shifted her focus to wrestling and other martial arts. Faith got her black belt in Taekwondo at 17, and then shifted to pro-wrestling. Being the Lioness is about overcoming and attacking, but also about the hunger for more. Will the Lioness make all the other Women of Wrestling her prey?
The Beast VS Faith the Lioness!
The Lioness may want to be the Queen of the Jungle, but she’s got an Alpha Female to deal with right out of the gate! Will Faith be able to flex on The Beast? Or will her pride be broken in her AXS TV debut?
Fans are fired up after Faith’s live performance of her theme, but The Beast is just angry. The bell rings and Beast goes right at Faith! They tie up fast and hard and Faith gets a wristlock. Faith shifts to a headlock takeover but Beast powers out with a headscissor. Beast squeezes but Faith pops out. The two go again and Faith gets another headlock takeover! Beast gets up and powers out, and the two collide with shoulders. To everyone’s surprise, Faith doesn’t fall. Faith gets serious now and she builds up speed. She dodges and whips Beast, but Beast blasts her down! Beast drags Lioness up by her mane and puts on a headlock. Faith tries to power out but Beast holds on. Faith manages to get free but Beast runs her over! But then Faith kips up! Beast can’t believe it!
Things speed up now and Beast SPEARS Faith! Fans are divided between cheers and jeers as Beast drags Faith up again. Beast throws haymakers then whips, and she scoops Faith in a powerslam! Cover, TWO! Faith survives but Beast kicks her around now. Beast has Faith in a corner and whips her corner to corner for a big clothesline! Beast grabs Faith for a belly2belly! But Beast doesn’t cover, she wants to make Faith suffer. Beast kicks Faith to a corner and grinds in her boot. The ref counts and Beast backs off to argue with him. Beast runs back in but Faith dodges! Things speed up, Faith leaps but Beast catches her! Another powerslam! Beast grins as she drags Faith back up. Faith resists and breaks free, enziguri! Beast stays standing, but gets a spinning roundhouse! Cover, ONE!!
Beast gets mad now, and drags Faith into a powerbomb lift. Beast Bomb! Cover, Beast wins!
Winner: The Beast, by pinfall
The Alpha Female is dominant as ever, but she didn’t expect this from The Lioness. Beast grabs a mic to tell David McLane that he keeps lining them up, and she keeps knocking them down. “Because I’m the biggest. I’m the baddest! I am THE BEAST!” The Beast roars, but how long will she have to wait for a shot at the WOW World Championship?
Introducing: Samantha Smart & The Disciplinarian.
Per her ring name, Kristen Davidson is ready to deal out some discipline to the unruly Women of Wrestling. Ms. Smart heard about a little girl who plays with fire, and that is not smart. Will these two teach young Ms. Keira Hogan a tough lesson? Or will they be the ones who learn not to play with Fire?
Fire VS The Disciplinarian w/ Samantha Smart!
Everyone knows that if you play with fire, you’re bound to get burned. But will Fire burn too hot for these strict school teachers? Or will she be put in detention for expressing herself?
The bell rings and Fire circles with Davidson. Fans are on Fire’s side, which gets on the nerves of Team Discipline. The two tie up and Davidson shoves Fire to a corner. She eggs Fire on and the two tie up again. Davidson shoves Fire again but Fire gets back up. Fire ducks and runs to crossbody Davidson down! Cover, TWO! Fire keeps going with a headlock takeover and she grinds Davidson down. Fans fire up for Fire but Davidson powers out. They speed up and Davidson runs Fire over. Davidson runs but Fire ducks and dropkicks her down! Fire fires herself up and runs, but is put on the apron for a hotshot! She tumbles back in, Davidson covers, TWO! Davidson grows frustrated and she bumps Fire off buckles.
Davidson grinds her boots into Fire but lets up at 4. She tells everyone to hush but fans boo instead. Davidson drags Fire back in, covers, TWO! Davidson clubs Fire back down then taunts her. Fans rally up as Davidson whips corner to corner hard! Fire hits the mat but drags herself up. Samantha uses the ruler to get a cheap shot on Fire! Then Davidson comes back to club Fire down. Davidson laughs as she soaks up the heat. But Fire comes back with a knee! Then a snapmare and kick! Fire runs to dropkick Davidson down! Cover, TWO! Fire keeps going but Davidson boots her right down. Davidson drags Fire to thrash her against the mat. She stops at 4 but fans don’t give up on Fire. Davidson suplexes and slams Fire down, then double stomps the back! Cover, TWO! Fire still lives and Davidson is furious!
Samantha Smart tells the fans to shut up while Davidson wraps Fire in a chinlock. Davidson shifts to an arm bow ‘n’ arrow, but the fans still rally for Fire. Fire endures and powers up, and then fights out with forearms! Fire starts to rally with elbows! Then she snapmares and SUPERKICKS Davidson! Fire aims from a corner, runs and hits a big clothesline! Then a hip attack! Then side to side for the dropkick wash! Samantha panics as Fire covers, TWO! Fire was so close but Davidson survives. Davidson throat chops Fire then runs, but Fire kicks out legs, runs, and bulldogs Davidson down! Cover, TWO!! Another close call and Samantha is shocked Fire is pushing Davidson like this. Davidson stands but Fire smashes in the corner. Fire whips but Davidson reverses, only to catch Fire going up and over.
Davidson drags Fire out in the Gory Special, and makes it a neckbreaker drop! Cover, TWO!! Fire survives and fans are at a fever pitch for the young underdog. Davidson is beside herself as she drags Fire up into the fireman’s carry. But Fire slips out to a sunset flip, Fire wins!!
Winner: Fire, by pinfall
What a shocking upset! Fire burns The Disciplinarian for a big win, and David McLane joins her in the ring to celebrate. He praises Fire for giving it all up for her dream, and now fans are behind her. How does she feel? #OnFire! Will this new WOW sensation be a future WOW World Champion?
Backstage interview with The Psycho Sisters.
Well, actually, just Razor. She doesn’t want the WOW interviewers messing up Fury’s preparations for her match tonight. The Vanguard of Violence tells the Women of Wrestling to prepare for the storm that’s coming. Razor vows that The Psycho Sisters will have gold soon enough, and “the first rung on the ladder is Chantilly Chella.” The Dancing Queen knows how to party, sure, but it won’t help her against the onslaught. Are you ready for the chaos?
Fury w/ Razor VS Chantilly Chella!
The Psycho Sisters plan to run roughshod over the Women of Wrestling roster, but will the Daughter of Darkness make good on her AXS TV debut? Or will the Dancing Queen be partying it up in LA after a successful return to a WOW ring?
The bell rings and Chella is all pumped up. Fury doesn’t take her serious as the two circle. Chella gives Fury a peace sign but Fury slaps it away. Chella offers a handshake now, but Fury gets a takedown and rains down rights! Fury backs off and Chella gets to a corner, but Fury squashes her with a corner clothesline! Fury whips Chella corner to corner but Chella goes up and over to arm-drag! Chella arm-drags Fury more, then dropkicks her right down! Fans fire up with Chella as she gives a swift kick! Chella goes up top but Fury feigns injury to distract the ref while Razor pushes Chella down! Razor gets away with it and Fury grabs Chella at the ropes. Fury chokes Chella, then whips and forearms her. Fury whips and forearms again, then whips for a knee. She snapmares Chella for a running knee! Cover, TWO!
Fury goes after Chella’s arm but Chella resists. Fury shifts to a neck wrench and half straitjacket now. Fans boo as Razor talks trash. Chella endures so Fury shifts to bring her up. Chella hits back, then runs, but into a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Fury keeps on Chella in a corner and tosses her across the way! Fury throws her again, then stalks Chella to the corner. She throws Chella right into the post! Fury climbs up and grinds a boot into the back! She stops at 4 but then Razor digs her nails into Chella’s scalp! Fury drags Chella out to drop her on her face, then covers, TWO! Chella survives but Fury keeps her cool. Chella fights back but Fury whips, only for Chella to sunset flip! TWO, and Chella runs into a full nelson! Fury bumps Chella off buckles then CHOPS her back into the corner!
Fury takes a moment to brag, but she walks into Chella’s boot! Chella runs out for a tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Chella fires up and kicks away on Fury. She front kicks, and sweeps the legs! Fans fire up with Chella and Razor freaks out. Chella drops meteora knees! Cover, TWO! Chella pumps up again while Fury gets to a corner. Chella hits a corner shining wizard! She throws Fury out then climbs up top, flying crossbody! Cover, TWO! Fury survives and Chella grows frustrated. But Chella gets up and aims at Fury. Fury ducks the roundhouse, ripcord to SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Chella gasps as she gets to a corner while Fury walks over. Chella roundhouses Fury down! Cover, but Razar creates a ropebreak! Fans boo but Razor gets away with another one.
Chella gets up but Fury knees her low. Fury underhooks, “Hell Hath No Fury!” Butterfly sit-down buster! Cover, Fury wins!
Winner: Fury, by pinfall
Fury won but Razor wants her own piece of Chella! Razor rains down rights and then Fury drags Chella up to throw her out! Will The Psycho Sisters rule over WOW as a dominant tag team?
WOW Media interviews Tessa Blanchard.
Can she explain herself about her attack of Keny G? Tessa makes sure we all understand something: she doesn’t care about Santana Garrett, she only cares about the WOW World Championship. The only reason Tessa is even bothering with Santana is because she is WOW World Champion. Maybe Tessa went too far going after Santana’s father, but if she didn’t, Jungle Grrrl would have definitely won and become the new champion. So yeah, Tessa’s the only reason Jungle Grrrl missed out on the title, because Tessa snapped. But Tessa’s glad she snapped and slapped Keny G around. Now she has Santana’s attention, she has David McLane’s attention, and the attention of the entire world!
Santana told Tessa to get in line. Tessa did, but she made her way right to the front of that line, and Santana can’t stop her. Tessa’s coming for the WOW World Championship, but will she take it?
Khloe Hurtz VS Abilene Maverick!
There’s a lot of drama between these two stars of WOW. First came a misunderstanding over limousines. Then came a ice cream based wardrobe malfunction. Then the Governor’s Daughter caught the All Natural with her man, Preston, and threw her into a pool! But Khloe only flirted with Preston to get on Abilene’s nerves. Abilene retaliated with pies, but she added further insult in a special “Ring Rats Match”. If Abilene won, Khloe’s usual horde of hunks would be replaced by handpicked “Texas” Ring Rats. And when Abilene won, she made sure Khloe’s men were some good ol’ boys from around town. Khloe would get her real Rats back, but she still wants revenge! Will she get satisfaction or more frustration?
Abilene and Khloe talk trash the moment they’re both in the ring, and the referee tries to keep the peace. Abilene pushes Khloe, so Khloe shoves Abilene! The ref quickly rings the bell as the two rush each other! Khloe gets around to a waistlock but Abilene resists the toss. Abilene elbows but Khloe keeps hold. Khloe slams Abilene then grinds her face into the mat! Khloe backs off long enough to put Abilene in a headscissors. She slams Abilene into the mat then covers, TWO! Abilene gets Khloe back with a facelock and brings Khloe to the mat. They roll around but Abilene holds on. She wrenches back and drags Khloe up for big knees. Khloe manages to roll Abilene to a cradle! TWO, but Khloe fireman’s carry. She does some squats, then hits the Samoan Drop! Khloe drops the splits leg drop and covers, TWO!
Khloe stalks Abilene to a corner but Abilene throws her into buckles! Abilene drags Khloe up by her hair then runs corner to corner to bump her off buckles. Abilene grinds Khloe into the ropes! The ref counts and Abilene lets up at 4 to bump Khloe again. Abilene rams her shoulder into Khloe, then runs corner to corner for a big knee. Khloe gasps as Abilene mule kicks and rolls Khloe, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Abilene keeps her cool while Khloe crawls. Abilene runs in corner to corner again, but into Khloe’s elbow! Khloe hops up and leaps for a big crossbody! Cover, TWO!! Khloe grows frustrated but she keeps on Abilene, only to end up in a victory roll! ONE, and Abilene hurries to bring Khloe back up. Abilene snapmares into a knee smash, then she throws body shots before throwing Khloe right down.
Khloe checks her teeth while Abilene stalks her. Abilene stomps the hand! Then the ankle! Then smashes the knee! Abilene is picking apart the All Natural, then puts her on the ropes for big knees. Abilene yanks her off the ropes and then places her under them, for a springboard knee drop! Khloe sputters onto the apron but Abilene drags her back in. Khloe jawbreakers back, then kicks low. Scissor Kick! Cover, TWO!! Abilene survives and Khloe can’t believe it. Khloe drags Abilene back up for a clubbing forearm. She hops up again but Abilene hits her back. Abilene snapmares Khloe off the top, then covers, TWO! Abilene comes close to a temper tantrum but she keeps her composure. She kicks Khloe around then snapmares her again. Abilene drags Khloe around and smashes the knee again. Abilene turns Khloe over for the Boston Crab!
Khloe endures and her Ring Rats try to help her reach the ropes. But Abilene drags Khloe away! Khloe keeps crawling and the Ring Rats help get that ropebreak! Abilene lets go while the Ring Rats show concern. Abilene drags Khloe away from them, and then whips Khloe to a corner. She runs corner to corner but into Khloe’s boot. Khloe hops up, has Abilene, tornado DDT! Cover, Khloe wins!
Winner: Khloe Hurtz, by pinfall
The All Natural gets the tiebreaker in this increasingly personal feud! Will Khloe keep ahead of the Governor’s Daughter in the race towards the WOW World Championship?
This was a good episode, but not as good as the previous ones. It was essentially the mid to upper-mid card getting some spotlight while building the title story through promos. Tessa Blanchard is great in the ring, but her interview promo could’ve been better. It started out alright, but it felt like somewhere in the middle her words got in the way of her message. Also, I was expecting an actual interview in a room, but it seems WOW went the paparazzi route instead. Perhaps that had a part to play in it, with Tessa having to say it all in one take, but it seemed like her lines concerning Jungle Grrrl weren’t quite right. And in connection to that, The Beast is still undefeated, despite young Faith giving her a good match. I’d expect Jungle Grrrl VS Tessa, Beast gets involved to bring about Jungle Grrrl VS Beast.
Fire supposedly had her parents in the crowd, but the cameras never going to them killed the kayfabe for that moment. Fire winning in front of her family should’ve added to the inspirational heartwarming feeling of her victory, but again, the kayfabe wasn’t maintained. I don’t know if WOW will ever create a micard title but Fire could be a contender for such a thing if this push continues. For that matter, the WOW World Tag Team Championships might want to return if The Psycho Sisters are going to be a tag team. Fury and Chella did well, and of course Razor being ringside helps Fury win. Razor wants gold, so she and Fury should insist on the WOW tag titles returning.
Then the main event of Khloe VS Abilene was not main event material to me, even with the story of their grudge being explained. The action just didn’t capture what that grudge was, so it was a rather weak ending to the night. Khloe wins and has the lead in their series, but I suspect these two are far from through with each other. Hopefully they improve in the ring, though, or this will be just too weak a story to be a main event match again.
My Score: 7.9/10