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Mitchell’s Lucha Underground Report! (7/4/18)

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Lucha Underground Season 4

Lucha Underground Season 4, “Pain, Love and Sacrifice to the Gods.”

After the first ever Three Way to the Grave, only Mil Muertes is left alive! What is the fate of the immortal Fenix? Plus, the Worldwide Underground’s leader and first lady, Johnny Mundo & Taya, challenge the Reptile Tribe’s own Queen & King, Kobra Moon & Daga! Will the slithering duo be taken to Slam Town?

 

Gifs to come courtesy of http://frentique.tumblr.com/

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Big Bad Steve w/ The Beautiful Brenda VS Jake Strong; Strong wins.
  • Johnny Mundo & Taya Valkyrie VS Kobra Moon & Daga; Mundo & Taya win.
  • Mr. Pectacular VS Matanza Cueto: Matanza wins, Mr. Pectacular is sacrificed.
  • Ancient Aztec Medallion match: King Cuerno VS Chavo Guerrero; Cuerno wins.

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Catrina has Fenix’s body.

“Your life is gone, my love.” She kisses Fenix one last time, as her life begins again. She is transformed into a lady in red. Is Catrina truly freed from the spirit realm? And what of Fenix’s own body?

Melissa sits alone backstage.

She mourns the loss of her love, as she looks back at pictures taken with him. But Catrina walks in. Don’t cry, Melissa. He’s never coming back. Fenix gave his life for the woman that truly loved him: Catrina. But she has a gift for him. Her half of the amulet that kept her from dying. But now, she’s never felt more alive. Catrina leaves, leaving Melissa alone with the mystical amulet. Has the curse been passed on?

 

Big Bad Steve w/ The Beautiful Brenda VS Jake Strong!

In their Lucha Underground debuts under Infamous Incorporated, these two men failed to win the Trios Championships for Famous B. Though, it was Famous B’s fault. But even so, the “Savage” Strong brutally beat down BBS, Sammy Guevara and Famous B himself. Steve is back for revenge, but will he just end up with a broken ankle like Famous B?

The bell rings and they tie up. Strong puts BBS in a corner, then fires off body shots. Strong reels BBS in for a waistlock, but BBS blocks the lift. BBS elbows and haymakers Strong, but Strong barely staggers. Strong gives back a big lariat that knocks BBS over. Strong bumps BBS off a buckle, then fires off forearms into the kidneys. Fans are strongly behind Strong as he goes to the outside to throw hammering fists right to the head. BBS staggers out of the corner and falls to the mat, but Strong isn’t done with him. Strong runs corner to corner for an All American Vader Bomb! He isn’t covering, though, he’s firing himself up. BBS slowly stirs, but Strong runs to run him over with a clothesline. Strong still doesn’t cover, because he wants the leg! Savage Ankle Lock! BBS taps, Strong wins!

Winner: Jake Strong, by submission

Strong isn’t letting go, he wants BBS to suffer. And there’s the snap! BBS has a broken ankle! Strong truly is savage and shows no mercy. Who else in Lucha Underground will end up with broken ankles before Strong is stopped?

But he’s not done there! Strong goes out and picks up the crawling BBS for a gutwrench powerbomb to the floor! Strong has no mercy for anyone. Will it only be a matter of time before he challenges for championship gold?

 

Antonio Cueto has a drink in his office.

But he isn’t alone. “I believe you have something that doesn’t belong to you.” King Cuerno admits to having the Gauntlet of the Gods. “It was… stolen from me.” And he doesn’t know where it is now. Antonio is sure Cuerno has heard the stories from his ancestors. The Gauntlet is dangerous in the wrong hands, because it can make the user “into a god.” Why do you think Antonio stole it from Muertes? But then someone stole it from him. Maybe it was Muertes? Only the gods know the truth.

But Antonio offers something on their behalf, that will perhaps convince Cuerno to return the Gauntlet. It is not only an ancient Aztec Medallion, but the one specifically from Cuerno’s tribe of hunters! Win this and Cuerno will have a chance at the Gift of the Gods, and from there a chance to be Lucha Underground Champion. And since Antonio is feeling generous, he’ll give Cuerno that chance on top of a chance for revenge against the man who eliminated him in Aztec Warfare: Chavo Guerrero.

Cuerno accepts, but in comes Cage. He knows everyone saw what he did to Pentagon. He wants to finish the job. Cage is a very impatient man. Cuerno laughs. Cuerno is a man, Cage is a machine. Antonio admits what he did to Pentagon Dark was impressive. But that doesn’t mean Cage gets a title match. Instead, he’ll have to earn it with an Aztec Medallion. Cage’s opponent will be the man whose tribe this medallion represents. And from what Cuerno has told Antonio, that man has possession of the Gauntlet. next week, Cage will have a chance at revenge, against Mil Muertes. Two big matches for big opportunities at both championships and revenge! But who will come out of them the victors?

 

Johnny Mundo & Taya Valkyrie VS Kobra Moon & Daga!

A clash of clans has come to The Temple, and it was started by the Queen of Serpents sending #Luchasaurus, Vibora, after the Guru of Greatness in Aztec Warfare. Mundo and the “Crazy Blonde” struck back, but now things are going to be fair and square in the ring. Which devious duo will prove themselves Lucha Underground’s true power couple?

Lucha Underground returns as the teams sort out. Daga wants Mundo, but Mundo opts out as Taya starts. Taya and Daga circle and tie up. Daga gets the waistlock, throws Taya down then flips her over. Taya arm-drags Daga from the mat, but he cartwheels through. Taya speeds things up, tilt-o-whirl but again Daga cartwheels through. They rush each other, Taya sweeps the legs, cover but no count as Daga immediately gets up and wrings Taya out. Daga rolls through to crucifix, TWO and the fans applaud the stand-off. They go again, and Taya gives a stiff pair of back elbows. She runs but baits Daga into a boot. Daga staggers, she mule kicks him, and shouts “Viva la Wera Loca!” Fans like the swagger as she gives Daga a stiff knee. Taya runs, but into Daga’s sharp dropkick! Daga lets Taya crawl to her corner and tag in Mundo.

Mundo shoves Daga, so Daga gives a European Uppercut and haymakers. Daga wants Mundo to stay down, but Mundo speeds things up, only for Daga to come down on him with double stomps. Cover, TWO, and Mundo crawls away, clutching his back. Daga keeps on that back but Mundo bucks him off for a shining wizard and standing shooting star! Cover, TWO, but now Mundo has control as he kicks Daga around. Daga hits back but Mundo keeps him down with a knee. Fans rally as Mundo whips Daga. Daga holds ropes to kick and SUPERKICK Mundo away. Mundo ducks a punch to dropkick Daga, and Kobra tags in. Kobra climbs up and hits a flying huricanrana! She dropkicks Mundo down, covers, TWO.

Kobra drags Mundo up and over, Daga tags in. The snakes double team Mundo, then whip him again. Daga whips Kobra in for a big dropkick, and then Daga adds his own! Daga drags Mundo out for Kobra’s assisted splash! Cover, TWO! Daga grows upset with the referee, but fans rally. Mundo crawls but Daga clubs him down. Daga has Mundo in a corner and chops! Daga whips corner to corner but Mundo dodges and slides under. Mundo goes back out to swing kick Daga. Mundo springboards for a corkscrew crossbody! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Mundo drags Daga over. Tag to Taya, and WWU work together for a Mexican Surfboard and leg drop! Cover, TWO!

Mundo comes back and they chop Daga before double whipping. Daga ducks but Taya standing switches. Mundo aims, but Daga dodges, that SUPERKICK goes into Taya’s face! Taya is down, and Daga fires off on Mundo! Daga crawls, hot tag to Kobra! Kobra stalks Mundo, but he begs for a time-out. There are no time-outs in Lucha, she gives cobra kicks and knees to both Mundo and Taya. Kobra fires up but Mundo gets away. Taya dares Kobra to bring it, and now the luchadoras have at it. Kobra runs, tilt-o-whirl to Russian leg sweep! But wait, PJ Black is here! He kicks Kobra down while Mundo distracts the ref. Taya picks the bones with her surfboard stomp! Cover, Taya & Mundo win!

Winners: Johnny Mundo & Taya, Taya pinning

WWU used numbers to outsmart the Reptiles in #SlamTown. But this war is far from over, as Vibora appears! Taya runs in, but he grabs her around the throat. Mundo tries, but he fails. The Darewolf dropkicks Vibora but runs into a knee. Taya and Mundo try again, but Vibora shows off his agility! SUPERKICK takes Taya out again, then a headbutt does the same to Mundo. PJ gets a bicycle boot, and now Vibora runs in at Mr. & Mrs. WWU. Mundo gets out of the way of that Luchasaurus Cannonball!

Mundo crawls away but Vibora has him in his sights. Choke grip, choke slam! And standing moonsault! What can’t Vibora do!? Kobra orders Vibora to keep going, and with Daga’s help, they gather up the WWU. Mundo gets away again, but PJ and Taya are not so lucky. PJ and Taya are choked with each other’s arms! Kobra tells Mundo, “Soon, you will bow down to me, and call me your Queen~!” Will the Reptile Tribe conquer Lucha Underground with cold-blooded cruelty?

 

Antonio opens the door to the Monster’s lair.

Matanza is beating a man as if he were a punching bag. Antonio says “it’s time for your first sacrifice. Come with me.” The father leads his unholy son out of the darkness. Who is about to be a lamb for their slaughter?

 

Mr. Pectacular VS Matanza Cueto!

Jessie Godderz is back in the Temple, having debuted in Aztec Warfare 4. But Antonio Cueto comes out to see “Mr. Petacle” in his Lucha Underground. This is Jessie’s first singles match here, but sad to say, this might also be his last. Fans seem to like that. Because this isn’t just any singles match. It is another first-time-ever moment for Lucha Underground. It is a #SacrificetotheGods! And guess what, Pectacular? You’re the sacrifice! And of course, the god is The Monster, Matanza! Jessie doesn’t get what that means, but here comes Matanza!

Jessie dropkicks at the bell, but it does nothing. He flexes, and Matanza grabs him for a big German Suplex. Jessie gets to a corner but Matanza stomps a mudhole into him. Fans like this, but Matanza won’t let up. He yanks Jessie up from the mat for the sidewinder suplex! What strength! Matanza keeps going, as he whips and hits Wrath of the Gods!

Cover, Matanza wins!

Winner: Matanza Cueto, by pinfall

But The Monster God won’t stop to celebrate. The Believers chant “Sacrifice! Sacrifice!” And with lightning, Jessie is gone! This was just the first, so many more sacrifices will be made. Is anyone in Lucha Underground safe?!

 

Ancient Aztec Medallion match: King Cuerno VS Chavo Guerrero!

There is much more on the line than just one of the seven Aztec Medallions to qualify for the Gift of the Gods Championship. Chavo eliminated the King of Hunters in Aztec Warfare 4, just as Cuerno was zeroing in on the Lucha Underground Champion. Now Cuerno seeks revenge on top of his ancestral tribe’s symbol. Can Cuerno kill two birds with one arrow?

But as Guerreros love to #LieCheatAndSteal, Chavo starts early by attacking Cuerno before the bell with a DIVE! Chavo then clears fans out to bowl for chairs! Chavo digs Cuerno out from the wreckage to then suplex Cuerno against the post. Fans fire up for the devious lucha legend as he clubs away on Cuerno. Fans rally up for Cuerno while Chavo refreshes the count. Chavo bounces Cuerno off the timekeeper’s table, then off the announce desk. Chavo hits a EuroUpper, then stalks Cuerno to the stairs. He puts Cuerno back in the ring, but fans are on Cuerno’s side. Chavo climbs up, but Cuerno dropkicks him out of the sky! Cover, ONE.

Cuerno stalks Chavo now, and has him in a corner. He grinds his head into Chavo, then sharply chops him! Cuerno runs, but misses in the corner. Chavo clobbers Cuerno back, then throws body shots. Chavo runs, but into a clotheline. Cuerno covers, TWO. Cuerno keeps his cool while fans rally up. Chavo and Cuerno brawl on their knees, back and forth with haymakers. Chavo puts Cuerno in a corner and throws hands. He runs, but Cuerno dumps him out of the ring hard. Cuerno builds speed, but slides out as Chavo swings a chair! Cuerno then kicks the chair into Chavo’s face! Down goes Chavo, but Cuerno has the chair. Cuerno tosses it aside, he fights with honor. He throws Chavo into railing, then boots him back into them. Fans fire up as Cuerno runs in. Chavo flapjacks Cuerno up to the railing!

Chavo dumps Cuerno over, then goes after him from the other side. He grabs Cuerno’s arm but Cuerno yanks Chavo into railing. Cuerno sends Chavo down with a kick, then gets help from Believers. He stands up on the railing, and with fans all fired up, he FLIES onto Chavo! Both men crash down, but they’re okay to continue. Fans chant “Lucha! Lucha!” as the two stir. Cuerno gets up first, and puts Chavo in the ring. Cuerno points to the corner, and climbs up again. Fans rally, and Cuerno takes aim. Chavo gets up and trips Cuerno up! Chavo throws hands, then climbs up to join Cuerno. He prepares and hits the SUPERPLEX! Both men are down, too sore and tired to make a quick cover. Chavo crawls around, covers, TWO!

Fans rally up for Cuerno but Chavo stalks him at the ropes. Chavo stomps away, then brings Cuerno up for a hard buckle bump. Chavo puts Cuerno on the apron to grind his boot into his throat. Then Chavo grabs the legs to catapult guillotine Cuerno on the bottom rope. Cover, TWO! Chavo takes aim from across the way, but then decides to undo a buckle pad. The top rope is exposed, but the referee reprimands Chavo for it. Chavo sees Cuerno stirring as fans rally up again. Chavo goes to throw Cuerno, but Cuerno blocks! Cuerno back elbows, then throws hands on Chavo. Chavo throws hands back and they go back and forth. Cuerno gets an edge, but Chavo trips him up for another catapult! Cuerno manages to go up and over to avoid the buckle. And he kicks Chavo back!

Chavo staggers away, and Cuerno climbs up. Cuerno leaps for a sunset flip but Chavo rolls through. Cuerno hits a knee strike and Chavo ends up on the outside. Fans fire up as Cuerno draws his bow. Cuerno runs, builds speed, and DIVES for the Hunter’s Arrow!!

Fans are thunderous as Cuerno puts Chavo back in the ring. They’re dueling as Cuerno stalks Chavo. Chavo stands, and Cuerno runs in, but into a small package! TWO, and Cuerno enziguris Chavo down. Cuerno vows to finish this. He lifts Chavo in a fireamn’s carry but Chavo grabs the ref. Chavo gets away to then kick low and snap suplex. That’s one amigo, and Chavo holds on for a second amigo! Chavo gets another, but Cuerno blocks the third with a knee. Fireman’s carry into the Thrill of the Hunt! Cover, Cuerno wins!

Winner: King Cuerno, by pinfall; earns the Aztec Medallion

The Hunter takes down his wily prey, and now he has the symbol of his tribe. He adorns it with the sweat of the living legend. Cuerno is on his way to the Gift of the Gods, will he soon be hunting the Lucha Underground Champion?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A solid night for Lucha Underground for July 4th. Catrina’s ritual wasn’t as lengthy as I expected, but it does keep Fenix’s body intact, so maybe he’ll rise from the dead like Muertes has in the past. Jake Strong makes quick work of Big Bad Steve, and is wracking up a bone count much like Pentagon Dark. With plenty of Aztec Medallions left to win, I wonder if Strong will end up in the Gift of the Gods championship. It’d be a bit soon for him to win it, but he would enhance the level of talent in that match. And with Cage going up against Muertes next week, we’re getting at least one massive monster in that match as it is, so Strong standing up to Cage or Muertes would be a great moment in itself.

Mundo & Taya work pretty well as a couple, in that Mundo uses her as the shield or decoy. Taya really took some damage between Mundo’s Superkick to Vibora’s cannonball. I have a feeling between Ricky’s creepy doll and the Reptiles coming for blood, Worldwide Underground might not survive this season. Mr. Pectacular didn’t last long at all, but I figured he was only in Lucha Underground as a jobber. Of course, this takes that to a new level, he might never return. Though, disappearing in special effects is better for him than I expected. I thought Matanza was going to bust him open and scare the fans. Cuerno VS Chavo was great, and naturally with Cuerno’s tribe medallion on the line, Cuerno wins. I like that he got away with a lie, as we know he told Catrina the Gauntlet is with Aerostar. I wonder if he’ll be found out.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Andrew’s Stardom 5 Star Grand Prix Red Stars Ratings & Review: Day 7 & 8

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We get another combined article because of the way Stardom likes to stagger matches in this tournament.

Day 7 actually didn’t have any Blue Star matches at all, so now the articles will be titled a little differently. I need that Rick and Morty clip about getting your shit together and direct it at Stardom booking. Oh wait, I can!

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So with that established, I guess we should look at the matches to come. Tam is eliminated but still has 3 matches to go. So she can go from a measly 2 to a respectable 8 if she can put a few wins together. Utami and Rachael however are still very much in the thick of things, and even face one another on Day 8.

Let’s find if anyone else gets eliminated, or if we continue to have the top half stay alive.

 

Day 7

Rachael Ellering vs Tam Nakano

Rachael’s promo is fake and over enthusiastic, whereas Tam’s was realistic and a little bubbleheaded. So it’s really hard for me to ever connect to Ellering’s promos, cause she’s not convincing and her matches thus far have been…umm…shall we say, sub par. So sadly Tam seems to be in the plucky underdog role this year and always getting close with not much of a pay off. So let’s she if she picks up a win to play spoiler, or continues to come up short.

I have no clue what it is about most of Rachael’s matches, but they are hard to watch. Rachael’s Pump Kick that she over uses never looks impactful, she doesn’t take or sell offense well, and it’s just a schlog. This match was no different.

Tam’s kicks are usually crisp, but they hit awkwardly and slowly. Tam even went for a bottom rope assisted Back Body Drop, but Rachael’s foot cause the middle rope and it just looked sloppy. Tam still sold her back, while Rachael focused it, so that was good.

We also see a decent barrage at the end of the match with some false finish rollups, Rachael’s Bossman Slam and then Ellering finally finishes this with the Fallaway Powerbomb.

Winner: Ellering via Fallaway Powerbomb

Rating: * 1/2

 

Kagetsu vs Kimber Lee

Kimber always has this oddly endearing way of cutting a promo. She talks fairly slowly (the way people do when you’re speaking a language people might not understand), which I find ridiculous, but she says all the correct babyface things. Kagetsu however has a skull mask on her head, pops up into frame and just starts talking casually about things. She just wants to end the match, eat some good food and head to Osaka. It’s casually dismissive of Kimber, but not cruel, perfect tweener kind of temperature.

Kagetsu takes the early advantage and does the cocky heel thing by throwing Kimber to the outside. Hazuki and Sumire get in a few cheap shots before rolling her back in. Kagetsu takes a drink of water and then we get her water spit/mist spot. Which I’m still not sure why that isn’t a disqualification, but I like it, so I’m not questioning it.

After the initial cockiness, Kimber takes advantage of Kagetsu taking her foot of the gas and puts together some offense. A few well placed kicks and suplexes lead to the Swanton Bomb attempt, but Kimber misses. After a little more struggle, Kagetsu eventually hits a Chokeslam and then enough of the Oedo Coaster to get the pinfall.

Not Kagetsu’s best work, but it was a fairly short match and Kimber isn’t positioned as a threat in this tournament.

Winner: Kagetsu via Oedo Coaster

Rating: *** 1/4

 

Day 8

Kimber Lee vs Tam Nakano

The opening promos are pretty low energy for both women. Kimber talks about being eliminated but fighting for herself and Tam tries her best to psych herself up. The lack of points is effecting both of these women. Who will get the ball moving to end on a high note?

Not a bad match, just fairly short. Given that all of the Grand Prix matches have a 15 minute time limit, even the longer ones are a little short. Both women utilize a fair amount of kicks and flexibility in their offense, so the mirror aspect was on full display.

Kimber does her split spot, Tam goes for a Buzzsaw Kick, but Kimber blocks it and tries to sweep the leg, but Tam does a split and they both start throwing forearms from the split position. Kimber hits a kick combination first, which drops Tam but only for two. In her opening promo Tam put some emphasis on not wanting to lose to kicks, since those are kinda her thing.

Maintaining advantage, Kimber goes to the top rope but Tam shows some fight. Eventually hitting the Avalanche Snapmare and going up for her Diving Idol Knee, for only a near fall. After a few more close calls, Kimber catches Tam coming off the ropes for a Brain Buster, pulls her to a corner and lands the Swanton Bomb for the pinfall.

Valiant efforts in all her matches, but Tam really can’t catch a break.

Winner: Kimber via Swanton Bomb

Rating: ** 1/4

 

Rachael Ellering vs Utami Hayayshishita

Well, ya know I’m usually overly disinterested in whatever Rachael’s been doing, but this match was a little different. She basically got to play the heel since she was being very tough on Utami and showing some personality while arguing with the referee. So when it comes down to Rachael’s involvement, it wasn’t the thing that brought the match down, for a change.

However, after the initial burst from Rachael and the playing up a few strikes on the outside, the match never kick it into another gear. It basically was treading water for the last half. Signature moves were hit, Utami landed her Sleeper Hold takeover into the Coquina Clutch, but Rachael got out of it. I’m guess the high point was supposed to be Rachael hitting a Superplex, but nothing felt important, desperate or impressive.

The match ends just as Utami cinches in an Inside Cradle, but the time expires. All of the draws in this tournament are a little off putting.

Winner: Time Limit Draw

Rating: ***

 

Red Stars Standings:

Kagetsu 4-1-1 (9 Points)
Rachael Ellering 4-1-1 (9 Points)
Jungle Kyona 3-1-2 (8 Points)
Utami Hayashishita 3-1-2 (8 Points)
Konami 3-3 (6 Points) – Eliminated
Kimber Lee 2-4 (4 Points) – Eliminated
Tam Nakano 1-5 (2 Points) – Eliminated
Natsuko Tora 1-5 (2 Points) – Eliminated

 

Thoughts:

You know Stardom, you know what happens when you make Tam look good but don’t give her wins? Nothing happens, it’s actually decent story telling and could set up for a big upset of Kagetsu on the Finals day. So as much as the fan in me hates watching Tam come up short (Naito fans around the world know that feel), her determination and the storyline wrinkles could pay off later.

As for the two days…meh? Nothing stood out and these really just felt like matches to set up for the final swerve. These kind of days happen in all tournaments, it just hit really hard in these four matches. I just really really hope Rachael doesn’t win Red Stars.


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Mathew’s Stardom 5 Star Grand Prix Blue Stars Results & Review: Day 8

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So tomorrow is the last day of the Five Star Grand Prix where we will have our final four matches and the final match on the same day but we got two matches left to cover before we go to the final day.

This show is for people that didn’t have their six matches before the final day and we’re using this to make sure they’re all caught up to speed and we can see who has a chance to make it and who doesn’t. I know it says day 8 in my headline but I had no matches on the seventh day, so I decided to just skip it and go where I have my actual matches. So who wins these two matches?

Let’s find out and…dive right in.

 

Grand Prix Blue Stars Match
Kelly Klein vs. Natsu Sumire

Review: It’s pretty clear that Sumire is pretty much eliminated and even if she does win this match and her last one, the fact that Mayu would hold the tiebreaker over her if she lost today and won tomorrow, but would still be out if Momo won on the final day since she’d have nine points while Sumire would still have eight if she won both and wouldn’t matter, but she has been one of the highlights of this tournament due to her personality flourishing a lot more here and the fans loving her more and more. Sumire in her pre-match interview seems to be more focused on her bust size and even talked about the supplements she’s been taking for a couple weeks now and is disappointed that there’s been no change in her results just yet and hopes to provide progress updates. Kelly is her opponent tonight and if Kelly does win here, she’ll be in the top spot of the standings and would have a strong chance of winning. Can Kelly win again or will Sumire ruin it for her?

Once again, Sumire made the match fun when it was needed due to it not being the best bout in the tournament here but they did work with what they got, even if it was as pretty standard as they come. Kelly did an okay job in the match as well and probably my least favorite outing of her in the Grand Prix and she just wanted to dominate Sumire. Sumire was mostly doing her antics that you would see in her matches with the false handshakes, cradling them up when they least expect it, and just whipping them. It looked like Kelly was going to go for the win here and when she ran the ropes, Kagetsu kicked her in the back to stun her long enough for Sumire to grab the Oedo Tai sign so she could hit Kelly with it, but Kelly moved out of the way causing the sign to bounce off the ropes and hit Sumire instead in which it gets turned around for Kelly to hit the Fireman’s Carry Slam for the victory and she’s now in first place.

Rating: Tony Schiavone

 

Grand Prix Blue Stars Match
Hazuki vs. Mayu Iwatani

Review: A win here is very crucial for Mayu Iwatani if she wants to tie it up with Kelly, otherwise she would be eliminated from the tournament and her opponent, Hazuki would take the top spot with nine points and potentially win the whole thing if things work out in her favor. The last time the both of them fought one on one was around February during the ROH Women of Honor tournament and Mayu would come out the winner of that match and Mayu wants to beat her again to show she’s on a whole different level now. Who will take the top spot of the standings, Mayu or Hazuki?

Hazuki is in my top 5 wrestlers of Stardom right now and this match here with Mayu just solidified my statement for this claim. This whole tournament, she has been one of the most consistent wrestlers in her matches with her sequences being on point, her moves are crisp, and how to handle a match lately has been outstanding that she should be under peoples radar. Hazuki right away was being aggressive with Mayu before the bell even rang when she attacked her from behind and kept rolling her up which failed, but she kept on the attack by throwing her around into chairs on the outside and even destroyed Mayu’s arm during the whole match and not holding back on her, I love this side of Hazuki.

This match is one of my favorites in my block next to Hazuki/Momo still being my favorite one, but this one was still pretty damn close with their chemistry in the ring together gave us a special match and it’s not even their last one for their block. They told a great story in the ring, executed everything almost flawlessly, seeing a more aggressive side of Hazuki in her previous two matches, and Mayu selling it all to make it look more dangerous than it probably is, but they were just on point with everything together. Hazuki was pulling out all the stops with having her in the Crossface, working on her arm, stiff Dropkicks and a Codebreaker, but it still wasn’t enough to take Mayu out as she hits the Dragon Suplex Hold and gets the victory to tie first place with Kelly Klein. After the match, she told the crowd that she was now in first place and hopes the crowd will still support her as she looks to win it all at the final.

Rating: Bruce Prichard

 

Overall: Can’t really give it a fair assessment due to only having two matches with one being average and the other one being great, but the average of it was solid enough. I’m glad to see that all three of my picks are in the top 4 of potential winners and excited for the last day since it’s stacked.

Favorite Match: Hazuki vs. Mayu Iwatani

Score: 6/10

Blue Stars Standings:
Mayu Iwatani: 4-2 (8 Points)
Kelly Klein: 4-2 (8 Points)
Momo Watanabe: 3-2-1 (7 Points)
Hazuki: 3-2-1 (7 Points)
Nicole Savoy: 3-3 (6 Points)
Jamie Hayter: 2-4 (4 Points)
Saki Kashima: 2-4 (2 Points)
Natsu Sumire: 2-4 (4 Points)

Now that we have our final standings before the final show tomorrow, we see that our top 4 people that could still win this are Mayu Iwatani, Kelly Klein, Momo Watanabe, and Hazuki. We’re gonna break down the final card for tomorrow and see who has a real chance and how can it be done.

  • Mayu Iwatani vs. Momo Watanabe
  • Hazuki vs. Natsu Sumire
  • Kelly Klein vs. Nicole Savoy
  • Saki Kashima vs. Jamie Hayter

Here is how these four can win.

Mayu Iwatani: Defeat Momo Watanabe and Nicole Savoy defeats Kelly Klein.

Momo Watanabe: Defeat Mayu Iwatani and Nicole Savoy defeats Kelly Klein.

Kelly Klein: Defeat Nicole Savoy

Hazuki: Defeat Nicole Savoy, Momo Watanabe defeats Mayu Iwatani, and Nicole Savoy defeats Kelly Klein

If Momo and Hazuki do win their matches and Kelly loses, these two will be in a tie and it’ll be interesting to see who gets the final spot since they did tie it up in their outing, interesting direction if that’s the case.


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Joe’s CMLL Results & Review (9/17/2018)

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CMLL Arena Puebla Show Monday

El Asturiano and Black Tiger vs Espiritu Maligno and Fuerza Chicana

Maligno and Asturiano start out the match exchanging arm drags. Maligno is bare foot so Asturiano while having him in a hold bites his feet. Not very hygienical. Tiger and Chicana make their way in trading holds. Tags are made briefly and they pick up the pace but Chicana and Tiger come back in soon after to continue the faster pace. Maligno misses a splash and Tiger gets him in a surfboard stretch for the submission, then Asturiano pins Chicana with a hurricanrana pin combo. First Fall: El Asturiano pins Fuerza Chicana with a hurricanrana.

Black Tiger hits a monkey flip on Maligno to start the round and then hits a pose. Asturiano and Chicana are in to follow. He ends up feigning a dive to the outside. Maligno and Chicana start to get heat on the other team by double teaming both guys when they get the chance. Malingo hits a baseball slide to Asturiano in the corner and then they get both of them in submissions. Some elaborate stretches. Second Fall: Espiritu Maligno submits El Asturiano with a submission hold.

Third round starts with Asturiano being double teamed. Maligno hits a drop kick on him sending him out bringing in Black Tiger to get doubled. All four are in the ring now exchanging chops. Maligno gets Asturiano in a Gory Guerrero special into a pinning combination for the pin. The Chicana gets Black Tiger in a single leg boston crab for the win. Third Fall: Fuerza Chicana submits Black Tiger with a single leg boston crab.

Winners: Espiritu Maligno and Fuerza Chicana

Oro Jr, Super Astro Jr, and Tigre Rojo Jr vs King Rocker Jr, El Malayo, and King Jaguar

King Jaguar and Oro Jr start off with some chain wrestling, exchanging holds. They meet a stale mate and King Rocker come in and continue to exchange holds and chain wrestle. Tigre Rojo and Malayo come in and pick up the pace. Malayo gets Rojo in the corner to get an advantage on him, but it doesn’t work out. Oro Jr and Rojo hit a combo neck breaker on Malayo. Super Astro hits him with a dive for a pin. Tigre Rojo gets King Jaguar in an arm bar for the first fall. First Fall: Tigre Rojo Jr submits King Jaguar with an arm bar.

King Rocker starts the second fall with Oro jr and Oro gets him to the outside and then hits a pose. Astro comes in there next with Malayo. Astro gets him to the outside and then feigns a dive and hits an elaborate pose. After that Rojo and Jaguar come in and he too gets Jaguar to the outside and feigns a dive. Finally Rocker and Malayo are working over Tigre Rojo. Once they dispose of him they start to triple team Astro Jr. Jaguar hits a big baseball slide dive on Astro. Oro Jr gets hit with a basement drop kick to the hit by King Rocker for the second fall. Second Fall: King Rocker pins Oro Jr with a basement drop kick.

Oro and Rocker start out in the third round. This becomes a triple team attack soon. It doesn’t last for long and Oro Jr, Astro, and Rojo go for dives but they get dodged and then it becomes a brawl. They exchange spots and go for pins that get broken up. Astro hits a top rope headbutt on Malayo and pins him. Oro hits a power slam on Rocker and then Tigre and him do a double team move where Rojo flips Oro onto Rocker for the pin. Third Fall: Oro pins Rocker while being flipped by Tigre Rojo.

Winners: Oro Jr, Super Astro Jr, and Tigre Rojo Jr

Guerrero Maya, Fuego, and Stigma vs El Sagrado, Misterioso, and Tiger

Interesting note, the Arena Puebla is called Temple of Pain in translation. They should do Lucha Underground out of here. Maya and Misterioso start out in the match, and as they exchange holds and perform some mat wrestling, I’d like to point out how hype Fuego’s entrance is. After they go to a stale mate Sagrado and Stigma come in. They don’t last long and Fuego and Tiger get in there and pick up the pace.

Tiger irish whips Fuego into his corner and this causes his teammates to come in and triple team Fuego for a moment. Fuego’s teammates come in to confront. Fuego makes a come back and gets Tiger to the outside and then a brawl breaks out on the outside. After that Maya starts to get triple teamed. Misterioso hits a weak drop kick bringing Maya to the outside then hits a pose, but Fuego rolls him up. First Fall: Fuego rolls up Misterioso.

The second round is started with Stigma getting triple teamed. After they dispose of Stigma to the outside, Maya comes in to try his hand but the numbers are too much. El Sagrado hits an elbow drop for the second fall. Second Fall: El Sagrado hits an elbow drop on Guerrero Maya for the pin.

Maya starts the fall getting triple teamed but made a come back by hitting everyone with a tilt-a-Whirl back breaker. After that Stigma and Fuego came and hit middle rope dives. They all start to exchange spots now, one at a time. Fuego hits his matrix bridge spot and then hits a dive. Stigma hits a big hurricanrana on Misterioso. Tiger and Stigma start to exchange chops.

Eventually Tiger hits a big power bomb. Fuego hits a big victory roll on Misterioso and the ref takes forever to go for the count and Sagrado breaks it up. Misterioso hits a reverse power slam and Fuego breaks up the pin and then he hits a big dive. Stigma hits a pinning combination on on Sagrado and Maya hits a spring board, shoulder block on Tiger for the win. Third Fall: Guerrero Maya hits a shoulder block on Tiger for the win.

Winners: Guerrero Maya, Fuego, and Stigma

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