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Mitchell’s Lucha Underground Report! (8/1/18)

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Lucha Underground Season 4, “The Ranks of the Reptiles”

The fight over the Lucha Underground Championship takes a new twist as Pentagon Dark and the Machine Called Cage must find themselves tag team partners!

 

Gifs can be found courtesy of http://frentique.tumblr.com/

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Daga w/ Kobra Moon VS PJ Black; Daga wins.
  • Lucha Underground Trios Championships: The Mack, Son of Havoc & Killshot VS The Rabbit Tribe; Mack, Havoc & Killshot win and retain the Trios Championships.
  • Pentagon Dark & ??? VS Cage & ???; rescheduled as…
  • 2v1 Handicap: Cage & King Cuerno VS Pentagon Dark; Cage & Cuerno win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Antonio Cueto issued a statement.

Pentagon Dark and The Machine Called Cage have been fighting tooth and nail so hard, that El Padre del Jefe wants them to take it easy. Instead of another 1v1 match, they are to find themselves one partner each for a 2v2 tag match for tonight’s main event! Who will join the Bone Collector and #Swolverine in their war over the Lucha Underground Championship?

 

Daga w/ Kobra Moon VS PJ Black!

The Reptile Tribe and the Worldwide Underground are still at war in the Temple over which stable shall rule Lucha Underground. Kobra’s King is ready to fight, but Johnny Mundo sends out his Darewolf knight instead. Will PJ make the Reptile King look more like a pawn tonight?

The two circle and tie up. PJ gets a wristlock but Daga rolls and handsprings through. Daga gets a headlock, but PJ powers out. Daga runs PJ over with that shoulder, then covers. TWO, but Daga keeps on PJ with a wristlock. Daga goes after the arm with a wrench and even a headbutt. He whips PJ but PJ reverses. Daga comes back with a tilt-o-whirl into a guillotine. PJ powers out for a suplex! PJ flexes then covers, TWO. He keeps Daga down by going after the legs. PJ works to turn Daga over, and gets a pendulum surfboard! He adds insult to injury as he bumps Daga’s head into the buckles. Kobra protests but PJ lets Daga go, so that he can stomp on him.

PJ drags Daga up and around for a back suplex. He rolls back to bring Daga up again for another suplex. Another roll through and he puts on a modified Rings of Saturn. Fans rally up and Daga feeds off the energy. PJ makes it a backslide, TWO! PJ gives a stiff forearm, then takes off a glove for a sharp chop. Daga chops back, so PJ gives a foerarm. Daga brawls with PJ and kicks a leg, but PJ pokes him in the eyes! The referee reprimands PJ but PJ just drags Daga out for a whip. Daga rolls off his back, but PJ does the same. PJ rocks Daga with a roaring elbow! PJ springboards from the top rope for a Wolfsault, but Daga avoids it with a roll. Daga kips up then runs for a shotgun kick!

Both men stand as Believers rally up. PJ hits first with forearms, then body shots in a corner. He chops sharp and overhand, then backs up to run back in. Daga goes up and rolls PJ back, to then somersault for a DDT! Daga rolls PJ into the guillotine! Kobra grins while PJ fades. PJ gets his legs back for a ropebreak. Daga lets go but rallies the fans up. Daga runs at PJ, but into the mule kick. PJ springboards into a dragon sleeper! Inverted suplex, but then roll back into the dragon sleeper hold! Daga endures while Believers duel. Daga slips back so PJ goes to a normal sleeper.

They stand up, and Daga puts PJ into buckles. Daga elbows, chops and repeat. He sweeps the legs, then runs in corner to corner for the hesitation dropkick! Cover, TWO, but into a crossface! PJ slips out and rocks Daga with a haymaker. Daga staggers while PJ stalks him. PJ throws more forearms, but Daga throws them back. They brawl again, and PJ heel kicks Daga down! PJ climbs up top, gets the fans fired up, but Daga trips him up! Daga climbs up to join PJ, hits PJ more, then SUPER STEINERS! But PJ holds on to sunset flip it! TWO and Daga sits, TWO! Daga rolls PJ, gets the legs to roll him, then puts on a crucifix clutch! PJ taps, Daga wins!

Winner: Daga, by submission

Daga heeps PJ down, and the Queen of Snakes slithers in. She screams, and ehre comes Drago and Vibora! The entire tribe is here, surrounding the downed Darewolf. They all stomp away the vulnerable WWU soldier, then feed him to the Luchasaurus in Tombstone position. But to the rescue, it’s Mundo and Taya! The WWU’s Guru of Greatness springboards in to dropkick Vibora down! The Valkyrie goes after Drago and Kobra while Mundo goes after Daga. Daga is thrown out, then so are Daga and Drago. Ricky “Mundo” Mantel appears fashionably late, but he stumbles into Vibora. Ricky chops, but it does nothing! Vibora headbutts Ricky down, then grabs Mundo. PJ returns with TWO kendo sticks! PJ smacks away on Vibora, then hands a stick to Mundo. They both SMACK and SMACK Vibora, then double clothesline him out!

The Reptiles regroup while the WWU hold the ring! But Kobra speaks, saying “It is simple, Johnny Mundo. The Reptile Tribe is in your future.” Mundo either accepts it, or perishes. Mundo counters by telling “Medusa” that before she turns the crowd to stone with her face, he has a better idea. If Kobra wants him so bad, just try and take him. The Reptile Tribe challenges Mundo and his “minions” to an 8 Person Tag. And when the Reptiles win, Mundo pledges allegiance to Kobra, and bows before her for the rest of his days.

And what if WWU wins? Well if they win, the Queen will grant him any wish he desires. Not that the Reptiles will lose. Challenge accepted. It’ll be a win-win, because when WWU wins, the wish will be the Reptiles going to Slam Town! Kobra has the last word, saying Mundo better enjoy his freedom while he can, because he will soon belong to her.

 

The Mack prepares backstage.

But Catrina surprises him! She needs to start wearing a bell or something. The Lady in Red brings good news for him, though. Mil Muertes beating him down last week wasn’t enough? Mack crossed Mil Muertes, and Muertes doesn’t forgive nor does he forget. He’ll come for Mack soon enough. Mack admits Muertes scares the hell out of him, but the Man of 1000 Deaths better back off or Mack will “drop his ass and not give it a second thought.” Catrina sees “death swirls around” The Mack, so just breathe it in. “Your cousin certainly did.” What is she… OH SNAP! Is that Big Rick’s skull in there?! The eye patch and big cigar certainly give it away. Will Mack suffer the same fate? Or are these mind games of the Femme Fatale Reborn?

 

El Dragon Azteca Jr. is in the ring!

The Heir of the Eagle Tribe says last week was the most difficult fight of his career. But he came through it the proudest moment of his career, because he is the new Gift of the Gods Champion! This title gives him a guaranteed match against the Lucha Underground Champion, and Azteca plans to win that match, too! Azteca would be dishonoring his ancestors and the mask he wears if he doesn’t. His Eagle Tribe was the most legendary of the seven tribes, and he’s ready to mix both the tribe’s legacy and the legacy of El Dragon Azteca.

Azteca vows that while Ultima Lucha 4 is a long way’s off, he will defend his title against any and all challengers who think they can take it from him! He won’t back down from any fight. And the only time he plans to give the belt up is when he cashes it in for his shot at THE LU Championship, at Ultima Lucha Quatro!! This is for everyone who has supported him, gracias. The young eagle vows to fly high all the way until the biggest event of the season! Can he do it? Or will he be like Icarus, and fly too close to the sun, only to crash and burn?

 

Lucha Underground Trios Championships: The Mack, Son of Havoc & Killshot VS The Rabbit Tribe!

Only so many teams have held the Temple’s tag titles, but more often than not, the championship teams have been plagued by dysfunction. That is still true with this team, as the Man from the Open Road replaces Killshot’s Brother in Arms, Dante Fox. Meanwhile, the Mad Hatter, Paul London, and his jumpy amigos have found a new ferocity after meeting the White Rabbit. Can the current champions put their differences aside to keep from losing the gold?

Killshot doesn’t help things by insisting Havoc move aside. Paul London starts for his team to face the Lucha Weapon of Mass Destruction at the bell. London kicks low and clubs away. He drags Killshot over but Killshot resists. Saltador reaches out to tag in, then so does Mala Suerte, and they both jump in. The Mack and Havoc reinforce Killshot, and the six men stand face to face. Saltador blows a kiss, and a brawl breaks out! They pair off as Mala throws Havoc out. Killshot chucks Saltador while London and Mack scrap. He and Mala circle now as fans build to a rally.

Mala lunges in but Killshot evades to put on a waistlock. Mala reverses to a wristlock, but Killshot reverses it back. Mr. Bad Luck runs and acrobatically arm-drags Killshot. Killshot manages to roll through, then ducks under the clothesline to swing capoeria kicks. Mala avoids one bu gets caught into a headscissor throw. He rolls out of the ring, and Killshot keeps his eyes on the squirrelly rabbit. Mala slides back in, but Havoc tags himself in! Killshot grimaces but has no choice but to exit. Havoc circles with Mala now as fans rally up. Havoc kicks low then whips Mala, but Mala rolls for a cover! TWO, and Havoc speeds up to sunset flip. Mala rolls through and dropkicks Havoc down. Cover, TWO, but Mala keeps on Havoc. London tags back in, and climbs up for rabbit stomps.

London drags Havoc up for headbutts, then kicks away in a corner. He gives Havoc a hadouken, then runs in only to miss the corner splash. Havoc swing kicks London, then whips him across the ring. London reverses but Havoc reverses back to then sweep the legs and drop the elbow. Cover, TWO, and London flounders to a corner. Havoc runs into boots, but counters with a backbreaker. Saltador tags in, but Havoc drop toeholds. Havoc brings him over and tags in Mack! Mack and Havoc whip but Saltador holds ropes. Mack runs into boots, and Havoc is thrown out of the ring. Saltador and Mack speed up, but Mack hits a leaping shoulder! Mack fireman’s carries Saltador, Samoan Drop and kip up to moonsault! Cover, TWO!

Saltador rolls out of the ring and regroups with the Rabbit Tribe. Mack builds speed but is tripped up by London and Mala. They drag Mack out and shove him into the apron. Mala goes back in and builds speed. Killshot intercepts and shoves Mala into London! Killshot then runs to the apron, but is tripped up by London. He goes down, but Havoc climbs up top. Saltador shoves Havoc down, and he bowls everyone over! Saltador takes aim now, and springboard swantons onto everyone! The Believers are loving it! Saltador puts London, and goes to put Mala in. London tells him to instead put one of the champions in. Saltador puts Mack in and London climbs up. Mala tags but is tripped up by Killshot. London is kept from flying by Killshot.

Killshot climbs up to join him, as does Mack. The OG members of this trio prepare a superplex, but Mala & Saltador join them from behind. Havoc somehow slides in under London, and it’s an INSANE Tower of Doom!! A Double Superplex Powerbomb for London, but Killshot & The Mack suffer Super Russian Leg Sweeps! The Believers are thunderous and losing their minds! Havoc gets up and double dumdum stomps Saltador and London! Standing Moonsault! London writhes but Mala throws Havoc out. Killshot comes in but gets a roaring elbow. Mack gets a forearm, too, but then Killshot retaliates with a knee trigger! Killshot is fired up but London grabs him from behind. Killshot fights out and sweeps London’s legs to the SUPERKICK him down. Mala runs back in but Killshot side-steps to 619 the gut! Things keep speeding up, Killshot rolls through the sunset flip to double stomp!

Killshot hurries to the apron, where he double stomps London off the apron! The One Man Army is roaring as he climbs back up. Saltador goes after him, but gets a swing kick off the top! Killshot sets him up in the Tree of Woe, for more double stomps! The Believers are fired up as he aims at Mala. Step in, but stunner! Mala is fired up, but he gets a MACK Stunner! Havoc DIVES on Saltador and London! Mack climbs up, but Killshot tags in! Frog Splash hits, but Killshot covers. Mack is shocked but his team still wins!

Winners: The Mack, Killshot & Son of Havoc, Killshot pinning; still Lucha Underground Trios Champions

Dysfunction was put aside, but apparently ego was not. Killshot made sure he was responsible for the cover, as well as most of the action. He even makes sure to be the one that collects the belts from the ref. Killshot gives Mack his belt with little friendship behind it, and he just tosses one to Havoc. He wants to make it clear he’s the ace of the team, but will that ego only serve to break this team apart in the end?

 

Pentagon Dark & ??? VS Cage & ???

The Believers have waited all night to see who the Lucha Underground Champion and the strongest contender have recruited for tonight’s match. First out is the Swolverine, who says that when Antonio told him to pick a partner, Cage knew he’d need a cold-blooded killer. Cage chose none other than the King of Hunters, King Cuerno! This is a rather dangerous duo, but who will they face? Pentagon appears, and reminds both Cuerno and Cage they’re in his Temple. Pentagon doesn’t need anyone, he’ll go it alone! The Temple will witness him break both men in half. That’s because Pentagon has #CeroMiedo! Pentagon may have no fear, but does he have too much pride to think he can win all by himself?

2v1 Handicap: Cage & King Cuerno VS Pentagon Dark!

Lucha Underground returns from break as both opponents stand before the Lucha Underground Champion. The bell rings and they both rush him. Pentagon ducks under to then come back with chops on both of them. He kicks Cuerno off his feet then kicks Cage. Cage stays standing and Cuerno gets back up, they both kick Pentagon in the stomach. Cage runs into a SUPERKICK, then Cuerno is put on the apron. Pentagon baits Cage, Cage swings but clotheslines Cuerno as Pentagon evades. Pentagon Slingblades Cage, then Slingblades again. Cage rolls out and regroups with Cuerno while Pentagon builds speed. Pentagon FLIES and takes them both out!

Believers fire up for the champion as he drags Cuerno up. Pentagon throws Cuerno into railing, then goes back to Cage. He kicks Cage’s leg again, then stalks him around the corner. Pentagon clears fans out, then goes bowling for chairs! Believers are thunderous for Pentagon and he feeds off the energy, CERO MIEDO! But Cuerno returns to barrel Pentagon down on the steps. Cuerno drags Pentagon to the ring and feeds him to Cage. Cage deadlift SUPERPLEXES Pentagon up and in! Cage keeps going, climbing up top again. Cuerno is on the other side, and hits a frog splash! He moves aside for Cage to add a Macho Elbow! Cover, TWO, to Cage’s & Cuerno’s surprise. Believers still rally for Pentagon, even as Cage tags to Cuerno.

Cuerno stalks Pentagon to a corner, then drags him to the center. Fans rally up while Cuerno runs and hits a splash. Cover, TWO, but Cuerno does not let up. He drags Pentagon up to whip him, then dropkick him down! Cage likes what he sees as the Hunter whips Pentagon again. Pentagon kicks back and fans rally up again. Pentagon takes off the glove but Cage lurks. Cage trips Pentagon on the run and Cuerno kicks Pentagon’s face. Fans boo and jeer, but Cuerno and Cage grin. Cage tags back in, and Cuerno puts Pentagon in their corner. Cuerno tricks the referee, and gets a cheap knee to the groin on Pentagon. Fans boo but Cuerno gets away with that. Cuerno whips Pentagon corner to corner, but Pentagon goes up and over for the backstabber!

But he forgets Cage is legal, until Cage swings on him. Pentagon kicks the leg out to then mule kick Cage’s face. Cuerno gets up but gets a SUPERKICK! Pentagon aims at Cage as he runs the ropes, for the flying Destroyer! Cover, TWO! Cage survives, but Pentagon knows it took more than that last time. Fans rally up as Pentagon throws forearms. Cero Miedo, but Pentagon runs into a flapjack and knee trigger! Cuerno drags Pentagon up, scoops him, for Thrill of the Kill! Cage wants to finish this, though, and dismisses Cuerno. Seems Cuerno was only needed to make Pentagon more manageable for the Machine. Cage suplexes Pentagon up, for the Weapon X driver! Cover, Cage & Cuerno win!

Winners: King Cuerno & Cage, Cage pinning

Pentagon’s ego may have cost him the win tonight, but Cage’s ego is the one that swells here. But Cage is not done yet, as he brings in steel chairs. He stalks the vulnerable Lucha Underground Champion. Terminator drums echo out as he places Pentagon on one chair, to then take the other. Cage mocks Cero Miedo, before giving Pentagon a Con-CHAIR-To!! The Machine gives an encore Con-Chair-To, too! The Breaker of Bones is the one left for dead tonight. Will Cage crush Pentagon once and for all when the title is again on the line?

 

Somewhere in the desert…

The Worldwide Underground goes Indiana Jones as they hurry down a mine shaft. This has to be the Reptile Tribe’s secret lair, given that stench. Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes? Mundo & Taya dive down into the throne room, ready to cut the head off this serpent before next week. Drago is there, but chained up. Vibora is there, too, and he SUPERKICKS Taya!

Mundo tries to fend him off, but Luchasaurus is more like Luchazilla at this point. Vibora headbutts Mundo, then grabs him by the throat. He squeezes Mundo like a constrictor, but Taya comes to. She takes up the bat, and swings away on Vibora! Vibora goes down, and Taya gives Mundo the Serpent Sword. She doesn’t want to lose Mundo to anyone, let alone Kobra Moon. They kiss, then behead Vibora! “That was hot.” They take their trophy, and Mundo’s Indiana Jones hat. What will be the fate of the Reptile Tribe now that they’re down their most powerful weapon?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A pretty solid episode of Lucha Underground, but with a disheartening ending. Daga has a good match with PJ Black, and despite both teams being Heels, neither side tried to cheat. I like the idea of this leading to a match where if WWU loses, they lose their leader. However, not only was that Indiana Mundo skit cheesy by even Lucha Underground standards, it clearly (and literally) cuts what would’ve been a Quatros (4v4) match down to a Trios. Vibora was probably if not THE most over part of the Reptile Tribe and now he’s just gone. The only way this could turn around next week is if Vibora is revealed to be a hydra and can regenerate his head. And with Taya & Mundo so confident they won’t lose, I bet that means they will.

I really like Azteca’s declaration that he’ll wait until Ultima Lucha 4 to use his Gift of the Gods cash-in ability. It’s a daring move that gives him a great story for this season, such as a string of open challenges for the title similar to Matanza’s string of Sacrifices to the God. Actually, thinking about it, I would love if “Antonio” eventually pits Matanza and Azteca against each other. The Monster either sacrifices Azteca while gaining a way back to the Lucha Underground title, or Azteca finally conquers the demigod that almost killed him last season. Azteca would gain major momentum if that were the case, and could use that to roll right into a match with the top champion at UL4.

The Trios title match was great, lots of story on the championship side. With Mack having to worry about Muertes, I wonder if this results in some strange match where Killshot sides with Muertes & Catrina to challenge The Mack, Havoc and a third of their choosing that will turn out to be Ivelisse. Then in the main event “tag” match, for a moment I was hoping Pentagon would bring out his real-life Lucha Brother, but then I remembered Fenix is still kayfabe dead. Therefore, it was actually fine that he went it alone against both Cage and Cuerno. And it was also therefore fine that he lost. I wouldn’t be surprised if Cuerno wanted in on the title match, as a show of gratitude for his help. And whether Cage will oblige, I’d hope Antonio would make it happen.

My Score: 8/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Summerslam 2018 Report! (8/19/18)

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WWE Summerslam 2018

Summerslam is finally here, with all WWE championships on the line! Can Roman Reigns FINALLY defeat Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Match: Rusev & Lana VS Andrade “Cien” Almas & Zelina Vega; Almas & Vega win.
  • Kickoff Match: WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Cedric Alexander VS Drew Gulak; Alexander wins and retains the Cruiserweight Championship.
  • Kickoff Match: Raw Tag Team Championships: The B-Team VS The Revival; wins and
  • SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Bludgeon Brothers VS The New Day; win and
  • Finn Balor VS Baron Corbin; wins.
  • WWE United States Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura VS Jeff Hardy; wins and
  • Daniel Bryan VS The Miz; wins.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Carmella VS Charlotte Flair VS Becky Lynch; wins and
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: Dolph Ziggler w/ Drew McIntyre VS Seth Rollins w/ Dean Ambrose; wins and
  • Braun Strowman VS Kevin Owens; wins and
  • Raw Women’s Championship: Alexa Bliss VS Ronda Rousey; wins and
  • WWE Championship: AJ Styles VS Samoa Joe; wins and
  • WWE Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman VS Roman Reigns; wins and

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s time for the Summerslam Kickoff Show!

Renee Young, Booker T, David Otunga and Sam Roberts are your panelists for the #BiggestPartyoftheSummer!

JBL and Peter Rosenberg are on stage!

The band is back together, and are ready for Summerslam. JBL remembers Summerslam 2004 more fondly than the rest of us, but that’s besides the point. They recap Monday Night Raw, and how Seth Rollins counters Dolph Ziggler’s Scottish Psycho with an American Lunatic! With two-thirds of the Shield reunited, can The Architect take back the Intercontinental Championship from the Show-Off?

 

Aiden English talks with Rusev & Lana.

He vows to make it up to them with the perfect intro song. It’s impeccable, it’ll make it up! No, this is about Rusev & Lana Day, so please, English, stay behind. Mr. & Mrs. Machka head out, will English ever get right with them?

Kickoff Match: Rusev & Lana VS Andrade “Cien” Almas & Zelina Vega!

The action begins with this Mixed Tag match! El Idolo & La Muneca have gotten wins over the Bulgarian Brute & Ravishing Russian, but mostly thanks to MC Artiste stepping in and sticking his foot in his mouth. Can Rusev & Lana turn things around to prove they are the best, they are number one? (clap clap) Or will their respective holidays be ruined in this Tranquilo era?

Brooklyn chants “Rusev Day!” as the bell rings. The men start and Rusev corners Almas quickly. He backs off to then tie up with Almas, and Almas gets around Rusev. Almas leads Rusev on a cat ‘n’ mouse game, then speeds things up to Tranquilo with Vega. Fans like that, but Lana and Rusev team up to “CRUSH!” Vega throws a fit while Almas leads Rusev on another chase. Almas dropkicks and chops Rusev at the barrier, then puts him in the ring. Almas fires off, but Rusev turns it around to haymaker and stomp a mudhole. Rusev backs off to then drag Almas up. Fans still chant “Rusev Day!” as Rusev suplexes Almas. Rusev loom over Almas, then clubs him with another haymaker. Rusev rusn but Vega stops him, for Almas to pounce!

Almas puts Rusev into the post, then goes to the apron. Almas gives Rusev a hanging armbar! The ref counts and Almas lets go at 4. Vega likes what she sees, but fans want Lana. Almas keeps on Rusev with an armlock while we go picture in picture.

Rusev powers up and fights back, but Almas holds on. Almas knees low, then chokes Rusev at the ropes. Vega gets a sucker punch, but that only angers Rusev. Rusev dodges Almas in the corner, then crawls for his corner. Hot tag is denied by Vega tripping Lana! We return to single picture while Vega goes back to her corner. Almas knees Rusev, then gives the inverted tornado DDT! Cover, TWO! Vega throws another fit, but Almas keeps on Rusev with an armlock. Fans rally up for Rusev, and Rusev fights back. Almas knees low then suplexes Rusev, but Rusev blocks to counter. Almas slips out to boot Rusev from the corner. He climbs up again, but Rusev denies the DDT and shoves Almas down! Vega panics while Rusev crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Lana!

Vega has no choice but to face Lana, and Lana rallies! Lana bulldogs Vega down, then Lana-roonies! Vega rolls to ropes, but Lana gives her knees int he back. Lana whips and elbows Vega in a corner, and fans fire up. Ravishing Neckbreaker, cover, TWO! Vega rolls all the way out but Lana pursues! She bumps Vega off the apron, then puts her back in the ring. Lana sees Vega coming and hits her with an elbow. She scoops Vega for the slam, covers, TWO! Lana keeps her cool while Vega cowers to a corner. Vega yanks Lana into buckles, then turns nasty as she bicycl boots Lana down. Almas rallies for Vega, but Vega runs into a Machka Kick! Lana, CRUSH!

But Almas distracts on the apron. Rusev yanks him down, but then misses into the barriers. Lana stops Vega, throws her down, and slaps Almas! Vega rolls Lana up, with ropes, Vega & Almas win!

Winners: Almas & Vega, Vega pinning

It wasn’t Aiden’s fault this time, it was misdirection that cost Lana & Rusev. El Idolo & La Muneca climb the ladder in SmackDown, will they find themselves on their way to titles soon enough?

 

Jerry “The King” Lawler joins the panel!

He’s a little late, but as they say, you party until the cows come home, then party with the cows. King, Booker, Otunga and Renee are ready for phase two of the kickoff!

 

Backstage interview with Paul Heyman.

From his emotional “end” to his partnership with Lesnar to the plot twist where he sprays Roman Reigns, what does he say to those thinking it’s just to help Lesnar keep his title? This is live? What even was that question? Tonight is about history as Lesnar gets rid of The Big Dog, and “it’s about time.” Lesnar is prepared to rid us of Roman while he also prepares to win the UFC Heavyweight Champion. Lesnar will rid himself of the annoyance that is Roman Reigns, who always comes back for more. Heyman says “The Big Dog will not come back for more” after tonight, because the “reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion” will F5, pin, and win. “And that’s not a prediction, that’s a spoiler. Heyman then goes into Lesnar’s locker room and helps his client finish preparing. Will this spoiler really come true?

 

The three GMs of Raw, SmackDown & 205 Live talk backstage.

Everyone has goosebumps, especially Paige and Drake Maverick as this is their first Summerslam as bosses. They’ve also excited about their great match card, from the Cruiserweight Championship to Alexa VS Ronda to AJ Styles VS Samoa Joe. But then, Constable Corbin has to come in.

Baron Corbin sure hopes Kurt Angle doesn’t get a call from Stephanie. Did they get Lesnar’s room ready? Yes, so why doesn’t Corbin go cut the steak for The Beast? Or maybe get ready for Finn Balor? He doesn’t need to, Corbin is confident he can take care of Finn in “short order.” Get it? Unfortunately, yes. But Paige and Maverick would like to point out that constables are defunct in England now. And that they would wash their hands. Corbin takes his leave, but clearly none of the GMs want him to get an even bigger head. Will Finn Balor chop Corbin down to size later tonight?

 

Kickoff Match: WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Cedric Alexander VS Drew Gulak!

SmackDown had their kickoff, so here’s 205 Live’s! Will the Age of Alexander continue on through Brooklyn? Or will the Philly Fury crush the Soul of the Cruiserweight Division to give us his #Better205Live?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin. Alexander quickly corners Gulak, but backs off at the ref’s count. Gulak comes back and they tie up. Alexander puts Gulak on the ropes, then in another corner. He backs off again, and dares Gulak to bring it. Gulak and Alexander tie up again, go around, and Alexander covers. Gulak gets out quick and gets a leg. Alexander pushes Gulak back, and fans like this fast exchange. Gulak waits in a corner for the “cheater” to cool off. They tie up again, and now Gulak puts Alexander in a corner. Gulak gives a sucker punch body shot, then swings. Alexander rolls under, handsprings back, but Gulak powers him off. Gulak wants his GuLock, but Alexander powers out to dropkick Gulak down! Fans like that, but Gulak gets out of the ring.

Alexander pursues and rocks him with a right! Alexander chops Gulak, then follows him back to the ring. He gives another forearm, then another. Gulak boots him out of the step-in, then goes around to the outside. Gulak drags Alexander out for a draping neckbreaker! Alexander’s neck goes across Gulak’s knee, but Gulak isn’t done yet. Gulak brings Alexander around to flapjack him off the apron. Fans duel while Gulak puts Alexander in the ring. Gulak wrenches Alexander’s neck while we go picture in picture.

Alexander endures the twisting, even as Gulak adds more torque to it. Alexander feeds off a fan rally, and powers his way up. He fights out of the hold, but Gulak comes back with an overhead urenage! Cover, TWO! We return to single picture as Alexander writhes on the mat. Gulak drags him back up for a clubbing clothesline. He trash talks Alexander while toying with him. Gulak brings Alexander up just to knock him down again, then covers. TWO, but it’s back to a chinlock. Fans rally again, but Gulak brings Alexander up for a hangman’s chinlock, almost a Gory Special! Alexander flails while fans cheer him on. Alexander manages to flip himself over and then rocks Gulak with a forearm. They both stagger but Gulak comes back with forearms and chops of his own.

Gulak throws Alexander to the apron, but Alexander shoulders back in. Alexander hits the step-in Complete Shot! His neck slows him down, but the fans power him back up. Alexander boots Gulak, then uppercuts him. He runs and collides with Gulak, then begins a rally. He whips but Gulak reverses, only for Alexander to come back down with a takedown and fast hands! Alexander fires up while Gulak is reeling. Alexander chops Gulak, then whips him. Gulak holds the ropes and bails out, but Alexander FLIES! Down goes Gulak! But it was double-edged given that bad neck. Both men are down as a ten count begins. Alexander gets up and puts Gulak in at 5. Alexander himself takes until 6 to get in, but Gulak body shots him.

Gulak gets a swing kick, but then he trips Alexander’s springboard! Gulak drags Alexander up for a GuLOCK on the ropes! The ref counts, Gulak lets go at 4, and Alexander flops to the mat. Gulak drags Alexander all the way in, then covers, TWO! Alexander has heart as well as soul, but Gulak has aggression. He drags Alexander up, but Alexander resists the GuLock. Gulak powers Alexander back but Alexander powers Gulak around. Alexander is free and he rocks Gulak with an elbow! Both men fall but fans fire up. Alexander crawls away from Gulak, then sits up. He stands, though that neck bothers him. Gulak follows, but Alexander bobs and weaves with him. Alexander kicks, runs, but into a SLAP from Gulak!

Gulak drags Alexander up but Alexander reverses the pin. Gulak rolls, cover, TWO. Alexander jackknife, but Gulak bridges up. They both try to back slide, but Alexander handsprings, into an Ankle Lock! He rolls through to a cover, TWO! SPANISH FLY! CRUCIFIX?! TWO, but now Gulak gets Alexander, TWO, Alexander gets Gulak! ALEXANDER WINS!

Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall; still WWE Cruiserweight Champion

That was so fast, if you blinked, you missed it! The Age of Alexander lives on, and Gulak is furious. Will anyone ever dethrone the Soul of 205 Live?

 

Samoa Joe is in the Social Media Lounge.

The Destroyer looks to destroy the House that AJ Styles Built, but he doesn’t refrain from mocking Mrs. Lunatic Fringe given Dean Ambrose is back. Does Joe think he’s gone too far with AJ Styles? No, this is a man fully in control of every move he makes. But Styles is wracked with guilt. Joe doesn’t fear Styles, he has Styles where he wants him. Joe’s words have always been true, or else, why would Styles be so upset? Booker knows both Joe and Styles in the ring, so what does Joe think is his biggest advantage? Joe has mentally broken Styles. Styles is not Phenomenal right now, he is a victim. King asks Joe about the old saying, “Happy wife, happy life”. Is Styles doing this for Wendy? Of course, like Styles always has. Or has he? Joe wants to know, is Styles a family man or an egomaniac?

Otunga likes Joe’s head games, but what are Styles’ biggest weapons in return? Joe knows it’s no secret that Styles is a dynamic athlete, but whenever Joe’s taken that on, he’s snuffed it out. Styles wins titles wherever he goes, but Joe takes them from Styles. Booker asks one last question: “What advice would Joe give to Styles tonight?” Styles has a very unique opportunity. There are wrongs he must make right, and he can let Joe do it for him. Joe wants his championship, so either hand it over, or have it ripped away. The best advice Joe can give: “Have a pillow ready in the back, because I’m putting you to sleep.” Joe knows how to tear it up verbally and physically, which will hurt Styles more tonight?

 

Kickoff Match: Raw Tag Team Championships: The B-Team VS The Revival!

Raw has its turn now that the “undefeated” “Best” team takes on the #TopGuys with titles on the line! Will Curt Axel & Bo Dallas put the B in victory? Or will Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder #SayYeah to their first main roster title reign?

 


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Platt’s MLW Fusion Recap & Review for 8/17/18

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Greetings & Salutations.

MLW Fusion begins with a tribute to Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart (RIP). This was followed by a recap of last weeks Teddy Hart vs John Hennigan match. If you haven’t seen it, go out of your way to do so. This sets up this weeks main event, as Hennigan will go on to challenge world champion Low KI.

MATCH # 1: THE HART FOUNDATION(W/BRIAN PILLMAN JR) VS. ACH/RICH SWANN

Time restraints considered, these 4 had an entertaining match. I really liked the Hart Foundation’s music. The match started with a Brian Pillman chant. I must say, Pillman Jr’s hair has gotten much better(although he still dresses like a 90’s wrestler). Swann & ACH have good chemistry and have a tag title match coming up next week. In the end, the Hart Foundation pull it out with a little help from Fylin’ Brian Jr.

WINNERS: THE HART FOUNDATION

Up next we get a War Games preview followed by a promo by Team Swerve. Half way through the promo, Team Swerve is attacked by Team Havoc with Tommy Dreamer making the save.

MATCH #2: MIKE PARROW (W/THE STUD STABLE) VS TOM LAWLOR IN A DOJO MATCH

The sparring session between Lawlor and Seth Petruzelli was rudely interrupted by the Studs. After a Jake Hager(Jack Swagger) tease, we end up with friend of Chairshot Mike Parrow challenging the filthy one inside of the octagon. The bout very UFCish with elements of pro wrestling. I give them props for trying something different and tying in Lawlor’s legit mma roots. Lawlor wins with a submission hold, but this match was more about the post match beatdown of Petruzelli by The Dirty Blondes. This is used to set up next weeks tag match between The Blondes and The other two members of Team Filthy. Either way, the issue between these two factions is just getting started.

MAIN EVENT: LOW KI (CHAMPION) VS. JOHN HENNIGAN FOR THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

We start with a prematch promo with Low Ki and his business partner Salina de la Renta. Low Ki speaks like a villain in a kung fu movie. I can dig it. It makes even the most mundane statements sound important. The match begins with Hennigan still playing up the beat down of Team Swerve by coming out with taped ribs. The match itself started off slow with a lot of mat chain wrestling. Both wrestlers did a good job of playing up the injured ribs of Hennigan throughout. As the match picked up steam, we get a few signature high spots from both. In the end, Hennigan crashes and burns on a Star Ship Pain attempt and Low Ki retains. Good TV main event. I like the decision of putting the title on an established veteran like Ki. It will help to make the man who is finally able to unseat him.

Overall a solid effort. The undercard matches tend to suffer do to lack of time. However, the main event consistently delivers week in and week out. We finally have a few peculating story lines, which should help the casual fan to follow along. PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: If your local cable provider doesn’t offer BeIn Sports, the MLW YouTube channel offers the previous nights show FOR FREE at 6pm eastern the following day. I highly recommend that you go out of your way to check it out.


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4!

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NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4

NXT takes over Brooklyn for a fourth time! With Aleister Black out of action, will this FINALLY settle things between Ciampa and Gargano?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT Tag Team Championships: The Undisputed Era VS Mustache Mountain; The Undisputed Era wins and retain the NXT Tag Team Championships.
  • EC3 VS Velveteen Dream; Dream wins.
  • NXT North American Championship: Adam Cole VS Ricochet; Ricochet wins and becomes the new NXT North American Champion.
  • NXT Women’s Championship: Shayna Baszler VS Kairi Sane; Kairi wins and becomes the new NXT Women’s Champion.
  • NXT Championship Last Man Standing Match: Tommaso Ciampa VS Johnny Gargano; Ciampa wins and retains the NXT Championship.

PLAY BY PLAY

Charly Caruso, Sam Roberts & Pat McAfee are your NXT Kickoff Show panel!

 

Video interview with Ricochet.

The One and Only prepares to face Adam Cole for the NXT North American Championship. Does he feel any pressure going in? No, this moment is something he’s worked for 15 years. Ricochet has challenged Cole for this match but Cole has ducked him until now. THe King of Flight knows who Cole is, and Cole says he’s better. Ricochet knows Cole is on another level, and Ricochet isn’ ton that level. Ricochet is on the next level above them. The NXT NAC title represents not just the USA, but Mexico and Canada, at least. Is Cole a proper champion? Does Ricochet feel the pressure to represent? Ricochet feels the magnitude of this match as it’s his first 1v1 title match in NXT. He’s always exceeded expectations and overcome challenges, so he’ll just do what he does.

Ricochet says he’s better than the Undisputed Era, though he’s as world-traveled as they are. How long has he felt this way? It’s more a recent development, because the UE hide behind each other and their titles. Cole thinks he’s putting prestige on the belt, but Ricochet is going to show him what that’s really like once he becomes the new NXT NAC. There’s no limit to the confidence between Ricochet and Cole, who comes out on top when greatness collides?

 

GM William Regal joins the panel.

With the ambush attack on Aleister Black and no clear culprit, what does Regal know at this time? He knows that the Undisputed Era are in fact not the culprits. There is still so much to study and verify, but the panel will be the first people to know when he does. This mystery attacker, or attackers, disrupted TakeOver: Brooklyn 4, what will the punishment be? Regal has been in the business 35 years, but this is the hardest thing ever. He could lose a key member of the roster, who could have been something big in the business themselves. It changes the course of WWE History for no less than the next decade, as far as Regal can tell.

Does he worry about what Aleister Black will do when he comes back? Of course. But he has to be an authority figure, this is part of the job, although a stressful one. He put so much thought into what was the main event, but now things are completely different. Regal is more upset than flustered, especially on such an important night. Will he get to the bottom of this before the night is over?

 

History is Written by the Winners.

One moment changes everything. Johnny Wrestling is to blame for the Psycho Killer becoming THE NXT Champion. But just as both Gargano and Aleister Black were getting another shot, someone took out the Dutch Destroyer. The devious and the wicked are powered by their egos, but those very egos could be their downfall. One night, one moment to make history, whose NXT will this be when it’s all over?

 

NXT Tag Team Championships: The Undisputed Era VS Mustache Mountain!

The Savior of the Backbreaker and the Killer of Arms are ready to show Tyler Bate & Trent Seven that the titles are staying this side of the pond once and for all. But if it happened once, it can happen again, will British Strong Style knock Undisputed Era off the Mustache Mountain?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we begin!

Fans are already dueling as Strong starts against Seven. They circle but O’Reilly distracts. Strong htis Bate then hits Seven. He chops and throws hands while O’Reilly tags in. O’Reilly keeps on Seven while Strong intercepts Bate. Bate and Strong brawl, then Strong throws Bate into Seven. Undisputed Era whip both Mustache Mountain, but both are reversed. The challengers dare the champions, and it’s a big brawl! Bops go up, in come Bang! Undisputed Era rolls out but Mustache Mountain pursues. Seven chops O’Reilly while Bate throws hands on Strong. Seven puts O’Reilly in the ring for a sharp chop, then tags Bate. Bate climbs while Seven throws O’Reilly down. Bate knee-board sentons onto O’Reilly, then rocks Strong with a right. Cover, TWO!

Bate brings O’Reilly up but has to scare Strong off. O’Reilly kicks Bate, then tags to Strong. Strong runs into a scoop slam! Tag to Seven, and Bate helps for the senton. Cover, ONE, but Seven keeps on him. Seven rocks Strong then whips, but Strong goes over his back to give Seven a backbreaker! Strong drags Seven over, then tags O’Reilly. They mug Seven in the corner, then O’Reilly gives muay thai knees and a kick. O’Reilly brings Seven back around, tags to Strong, and he holds Seven down for Strong to stomp out. Strong adds more stomps, then drags Seven up to throw hands and chops. Tag to O’Reilly again, and O’Reilly snapmares Seven for a knee drop. Cover, TWO, but O’Reilly throws toying kicks. Seven gets up and chops back, but can’t get away from O’Reilly.

O’Reilly swings on Bate, but falls for Seven’s feint into a DDT! Seven tags Bate, and Bate huricanranas and dropkicks Strong. Bate boots and knees O’Reilly to then hit the flying European Uppercut. Fans fire up but Bate runs into a boot. Strong tags in, but both he and O’Reilly go for a spin! Flashbacks to Royal Albert Hall, but Undisputed Era fights out of it. O’Reilly puts on a sleeper, but Bate still gets Strong, for a German Suplex and Samoan Drop combo! Fans love Bate’s superhuman abilities! Bate gives running EuroUppers to both men, but then gets run over by Strong’s leaping lariat! Strong staggers over to stomp, then tags O’Reilly again. O’Reilly throws forearms and a shoulder breaker, into a hammerlock. He grounds Bate while throwing in knees.

Fans duel while O’Reilly drops a knee and rains down palm strikes. He brings Bate over and Strong tags in. Strong chops Bate, then tags O’Reilly again. Gutbuster and knee drop! Cover, TWO! Bate crawls for his corner but O’Reilly is on him with body scissors and clubbing forearms. Tag to Strong while fans rally up, Strong basement boots Bate. Strong eggs Bate on, then brings him back up for a gut wrench. He bends Bate back with the Gory Stretch. Bate endures while fans rally up. Bate works his way out of the hold, then shoves Strong. O’Reilly tags in, for a shinbreaker and sweeping kick. He wrenches Bate’s ankle in a standing heel hook, but Bate fights back with his free leg. O’Reilly grabs that leg for a snap Indian Deathlock!

Tag to Strong, and Strong takes the hand-off, to sit down on the draping ankle. Tag to O’Reilly, and he adds one of his own. Another tag to Strong for a third go, but Bate shoves Strong all the way out! Bate crawls but Strong drags him out. Bate shoves him into barriers, then crawls more. O’Reilly comes in but is tossed back out! Bate crawls, but Strong stops him by grabbing a foot. Then O’Reilly trips Seven! Seven slaps O’Reilly away, Bate gets free, hot tag! Seven rallies on Strong, whipping him to a corner then tossing him on the rebound. Then he DIVES on O’Reilly!

Seven puts O’Reilly in, then runs corner to corner for clotheslines. He hits Strong, then O’Reilly, then Strong again. O’Reilly runs in but Seven ducks, so that boot hits Strong! Seven then lifts O’Reilly up for a powerbomb! He Dragon Suplexes Strong, then lifts for the side slam! Cover, TWO! Seven was close, but the fans cheer him on. Strong crawls to ropes but Seven is on him. Seven clubs away, then wrings Strong out, but gets a forearm. Strong elbows Seven, then tags O’Reilly. O’Reilly kicks Seven down, then suplexes for the brainbuster! Cover, TWO! Undisputed Era grows frustrated, but O’Reilly keeps Seven back. He knees Seven into his corner, then hits a forearm smash. Strong tags in, they both give Seven knees, then an Olympic Slam! Cover, TWO! Seven shows that heart like he had in their previous showdown.

Undisputed Era prepare something, but Bate gives O’Reilly a rolling kick! Strong gives Bate the side slam, but Seven back hands O’Reilly. Strong trips Seven, for the Strong Hold! Seven endures the stretch, while Bate gets caught in a triangle! Dual submissions have the fans fired up, but Bate deadlifts O’Reilly to bomb him into Strong! All four men are down but this crowd is standing up! The teams go to their corners, and Seven tags Bate. Bate goes after Strong and they throw bombing hands. “This is Awesome!” as Bate rocks Strong, to then throw O’Reilly at him! Both Undisputed Era are on the outside, so Bate FLIES! Bate hits O’Reilly, but Strong throws him to the ropes, only to get the rebound lariat! Bate puts Strong back in, and Bate gets Tyler Driver ’97!! Cover, TWO!? How?! Bate can’t believe it but fans are loving it.

Bate flounders to his feet, and decides to go up top. Strong stops him with right hands, then turns him around. Bate resists whatever Strong is after, then fights him down with back elbows. O’Reilly swings Bate’s leg into the post! Bate falls, Strong is on him with a shinbreaker to buckles! Tag to O’Reilly, and he kicks Seven down. Bate’s up, but O’Reilly rolls him into a heel hook! Now Bate endures leg torture and Seven has to watch on the corner. The referee won’t let Seven get in, but Bate is so far away. Fans rally up while Bate endures this role reversal. The ref stops Seven, but that allows Strong to drag O’Reilly and Bate over. Seven grabs a towel, but he can’t bring himself to throw it! Fans shout and duel, Seven throws the towel TO THE FANS! Strong runs at him but gets tossed out!

Bate uses all his arm strength to back stroke towards his corner! O’Reilly wrenches and pulls as hard as he can, but it’s not enough! Hot tag to Seven! O’Reilly lets go of Bate but gets rocked but rights. They go back and forth, SEVEN STAR LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!?!? Seven ain’t standing for that. He tags Bate, and he brings O’Reilly up. Bate climbs on one leg, but has to fight Strong off. Seven lifts O’Reilly, Knee Drop Burning Hammer!!! Cover, TWO?!?! This is inconceivable! But the Brooklyn fans are electric! Bate tags Seven back, and Mustache Mountain regroups. Fans want them to “Fight Forever!” but this has to end somehow. Seven drags O’Reilly up in a full nelson, but Strong knee smashes Bate! Strong gets a back hand, but Seven gets a chop block, then STRONG ELIMINATION! O’Reilly covers, Undisputed Era wins!!

Winners: The Undisputed Era, O’Reilly pinning; still NXT Tag Team Champions

The tiebreaker breaks the hearts of Mustache Mountain, but only proves Strong & O’Reilly are Undisputed tag team champions. Bate & Seven fall short here, but with NXT UK on the way, can they climb to the top of a new mountain? As for Undisputed Era, they know Rowe & Hanson have staked a claim. Can the War Raiders be the team to truly take those titles away?

Speaking of the War Raiders…

They appear right behind Strong & O’Reilly! And the raid is on! Rowe throws Strong out while Hanson keeps on O’Reilly. They feed O’Reilly to Thor’s Hammer! Then Hanson DIVES on Strong! Hanson returns to the ring to climb up. Rowe brings O’Reilly up, for FALLOUT! The warpath leads to the titles, will the Undisputed Era be crushed underneath these machines of war?

 

EC3 VS Velveteen Dream!

Worlds collide, but so do larger than life personalities. The #TopOnePercentExperience is here, with egos and grudges on the line. Who takes the spotlight for themselves?

Dream takes his time taking off his vest, to then throw it at EC3. EC3 throws it back, and tempers already flare. The bell rings, and EC3 keeps his eye on Dream. Fans duel but there are plenty of fans for Dream. Dream and EC3 tie up, but EC3 powers Dream back with a shove. He shoves Dream into a corner again, then goes after him in the corner. The ref backs him off and Dream tries to capitalize, but EC3 throws Dream out. EC3 throws Dream back in, but ends up in a headlock to a wristlock. Dream wrenches but EC3 reverses and wrings Dream out. EC3 goes after the fingers, then lifts and drops Dream. He brings Dream up again for another throw, then a grounded keylock. Dream works his way up while fans duel.

Dream knees low, then clubs EC3’s back. He gives EC3 a EuroUpper, then put shim in a corner. Corner to corner whip but EC3 reverses. Dream gets caught up top so EC3 kicks Dream’s ribs through the uprights. Dream ends up crotched. EC3 adds insult to injury as he bounces the ropes, then he clobbers Dream to the floor. He clobbers Dream again, but then Dream shoulders in. Dream slingshots but EC3 hip swivles that sunset flip. Dream pulls tights but gets punches for it. EC3 lifts but Dream slips out. Things speed up, EC3 takes Dream off his feet with a chop. EC3 whips but Dream kicks him away, only to run into a scoop slam. EC3 wants fans to say his name, then he drops the elbow. He clotheslines Dream and himself out but EC3 is just fine.

EC3 brings Dream to the ramp, for a lift. Dream reverses to the Sidewinder DDT! EC3 hits the ramp, and fans lose their minds. Dream gets to the ring and refreshes the count. He fetches EC3, to then throw EC3 into posts. Dream refreshes the count again before putting EC3 in the ring. Cover, TWO! Dream decides to go up! Big ax handle! He brings EC3 up to flapjack him on the ropes. Then they go in a corner and Dream throws hands. Dream backs off at 4 to put EC3 on the apron. He hotshots EC3, then drags him through for a neckbreaker. Cover, ONE, so Dream clamps on a neck wrench. EC3 endures as Dream twists his head around. Fans rally up and EC3 stands up.

Dream clobbers him, then turns him for a Rude Awakening, but EC3 stops it. EC3 powers things around, but Dream knees low to get that neckbreaker. Cover, TWO, but Dream “applauds” EC3. Dream says the fans don’t care about EC3. Dream throws EC3 out, then throws him into an announce desk. He bounces EC3 off it again and again, then grabs a bottle of water to SPLASH EC3 with it! Dream drinks the rest, then HHH spits it everywhere. He puts EC3 in the ring, but EC3 is on him for the STO DDT! Both men are down, but Dream gets himself to a corner.

EC3 stands and they throw hands. EC3 blocks to counter punch, but Dream whips him to a corner, only for EC3 to come out with a lariat. Top One Percent jabs and clothesline, then a big splash in the corner. EC3 runs for the rolling neckbreaker! EC3 fires up as he brings Dream up. Dream slips out to roll up, TWO! EC3 dodges the superkick but Dream denies the driver. EC3 blocks again, to get the Climax driver! Cover, TWO!

Dream rolls to a corner while EC3 stands. EC3 blocks the boot but gets a slap. That only angers EC3, and he fires haymakers! Dream flounders while EC3 clubs away on him. EC3 drags Dream up but Dream throat chops. Dream gets to a corner and to the top rope. EC3 grabs him and throws him down! Now EC3 climbs up top while Dream staggers around. EC3 hits a crossbody, but Dream rolls through! TWO, but EC3 gives back that slap. EC3 powerbombs Dream, but he’s not done there. Fans are a mix as he high stacks and deadlifts, for another bomb! Cover, TWO! Dream narrowly survives, but both he and EC3 slowly stand. Fans duel while EC3 puts Dream on the top rope. Dream and EC3 brawl but EC3 fires off many chops.

EC3 climbs but Dream still fights with him. EC3 wants the superplex, and gets the SUPERPLEX! Dream writhes but EC3 has to crawl for a cover, TWO! Dream crawls to the apron but EC3 stands again. EC3 joins Dream on the apron, lifts Dream, but Dream slips off and into the ring. SUPERKICK! To Dream Valley Driver! Cover, TWO! Dream is shocked, but he isn’t done yet. Dream drags EC3 up but EC3 slips out to German Suplex! Bridge, TWO! Both men are down again, but fans rally up. EC3 drags Dream over to the apron, but Dream lifts EC3, Dream Valley on the apron! Dream isn’t done yet, he climbs up top, for PURPLE RAIN ON THE APRON!! Cover, Dream wins!!

Winner: Velveteen Dream, by pinfall

Finally, it’s #DreamOver as he gets a TakeOver victory! Will Dream get his wish with a very important call from Vince?

 

NXT North American Championship: Adam Cole VS Ricochet!

The Panama City Playboy and the One and Only King of Flight were both in the ladder match to determine the first holder of this title. Adam Cole has led the Undisputed Era to immediate greatness in NXT, and for that, Cole feels Ricochet isn’t on his level. Ricochet agreed, because Ricochet’s on an even higher level. Who will prove themselves superior by walking out with the North American Championship tonight?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised and we begin. Cole and Ricochet stare down from across the ring while fans duel. They circle then tie up. Ricochet gets the wristlock to hammerlock, but Cole reverses to his own. Ricochet rolls through to reverse back, but so does Cole. Colde has Ricochet on his knees but Ricochet gets back up. Ricochet spins and flips through to reverse. Cole powers Ricochet to ropes, then whips out of the break. Ricochet rolls off Cole’s back to handspring, but Cole shows that Superkick and Ricochet backs off. Cole says Ricochet isn’t special like he is. Ricochet shrugs it off to circle with him. Cole gets a waistlock to headlock, and holds on tight. Ricochet gets up but Cole gets him back in the headlock. Ricochet slips behind and wrenches the arm. He whips but Cole reverses.

Cole sees Ricochet try to go up and over, just to get him back in the headlock. Ricochet powers out but Cole runs him over with a shoulder, “BAYBAY!” Cole brushes himself off but things speed up. Ricochet dropkicks Cole out of the air! Cole rolls out but Ricochet builds speed, to fake him out for a superhero landing. Ricochet grins, and dares Cole to not be a coward. Cole stays back, and avoids the slingshot. Ricochet shoulders and slingshots, hops up when Cole evades, but then is shoved down and out! Cole fetches Ricochet to throw him into barriers. Cole says he’s no coward, he’s a champion. He puts Ricochet back in to kick his ribs. Cole rains down rights, then walks off his frustration. He brings Ricochet up for a stiff neckbreaker. Cover, TWO! Ricochet checks his neck but Cole dares him to get up.

Cole toys with Ricochet, and still says “You’re not special.” Ricochet hits Cole back, but Cole knees low. Cole runs, and catches Ricochet into Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO! Cole keeps on Ricochet with a knee to the spine, then a chinlock. Ricochet endures the squeeze while fans rally up. Ricochet gets a second wind and fights out. Cole kicks low, then whips Ricochet. Ricochet holds ropes to then back elbow Cole. Cole shoves Ricochet but runs into boots. Ricochet rolls to dropkick Cole out! Ricochet steadies himself, then builds speed, to FLY! Down goes Cole but Ricochet fires up. Ricochet puts Cole in the ring, and Cole gets to a corner. Ricochet runs in corner to corner, for a big uppercut to discus elbow. He bumps Cole on buckles then a corner Tiger Feint, to springboard EuroUpper! Cover, TWO!

Ricochet dares Cole to get up now, and then he lifts Cole up. Cole fights out but Ricochet elbows him away. Ricochet runs in for a shoulder tackle to swing kick. Ricochet slingshots and springboards, but lands on his feet for a standing shooting star! Then a springboard corkscrew! Cover, TWO! Both men are down from exhaustion, but Ricochet keeps his cool. Cole slowly stirs but Ricochet is on him. Ricochet tries but Cole fights out. Ricochet chops Cole, then gives him a forearm. He chops Cole again, then wrenches the arm before whipping. Cole reverses, but Ricochet handsprings, only to get a backstabber! Cover, TWO!

Cole grows frustrated with Ricochet. He brings Ricochet up, suplexes but Ricochet resists. Cole clubs Ricochet’s back, then tries again. Ricochet slips out and rocks Cole with a forearm. Both men stagger back, but Ricochet runs in. Cole puts him on the apron but gets rocked again. Ricochet springboards, but into a SUPERKICK, that he catches! Ricochet turns Cole around for another forearm! Then he runs, springboards, but into a SUPERKICK! Last Shot Brainbuster!! Cover, TWO!! Cole cannot believe it, and neither can Brooklyn! Cole drags himself to ropes while Ricochet flounders. Fans know “This is Awesome!” but Cole plans to end it. Ricochet dodges the shining wizard, rolls him up, TWO!

Cole hits Ricochet, but Ricochet hits Cole. Ricochet runs, ducks the kick, then gives a EuroUpper. Cole forearms, Ricochet boots, Cole enziguris! Ricochet knees, Cole boots, then SUPERKICK, but ENZIGURI! Cole falls on a cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous for this action! Cole gets to a corner while Ricochet slowly stands. Fans chant “Mama Mia!” for Mauro’s sake. Ricochet seems lost, but Cole runs in. The Shining Wizard misses, and Ricochet hits a Reverse-Rana! Ricochet doesn’t cover, he drags himself to a corner, and the top rope! Ricochet aims but Cole rolls all the way out. Cole is on the apron, grinning at how clever he is. Ricochet runs over, for a SUPER HURICANRANA!

Everyone loses their minds while Ricochet puts Cole in. Ricochet climbs up while Cole flounders. Ricochet stands, One and Only 630!! Cover, Ricochet wins!!

Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall; NEW NXT North American Champion

The King of Flight succeeds! He flies to an entirely new tier as he becomes the second-ever NXT NAC! Ricochet can barely believe it himself, but it’s all real. Will he take that title to new heights like he promised?

 

NXT Women’s Championship: Shayna Baszler VS Kairi Sane!

The first time these two met, the Pirate Princess won and it was in the inaugural Mae Young Classic finals. The second time, the Queen of Spades won and it was for the title. This third time will be for the title again, but it will also be for the tiebreaker. Bully Baszler claims little Kairi has no killer instinct, but Kairi says Shayna has no idea what Kairi is capable of. Will someone #TapNapOrSnap? Or will it be Anchors Aweigh on these savage seas?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this third time around begins. The two stare down while Ronda Rousey, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir cheer the fourth Four Horsewoman of MMA from the front row. Shayna and Kairi approach, feeling each other out. Shayna gets a waistlock but Kairi gets the headlock. They reverse back and forth, and Kairi rolls to a takedown. Kairi goes for a heel hook, but Shayna gives on back. Kairi gets the rope and both women let the other go. Fans cheer for Ronda and by proxy for Shayna. Kairi goes for a leg but Shayna gutwrenches. Kairi lands on her feet, and gets the takedown. Jackknife, ONE, roll up, ONE, Stretch Muffler! Shayna shoves Kairi off and now Shayna is annoyed. They get head to head and start shoving. Now they start brawling!

Shayna whips and slides under the lariat, but then reverses Kairi’s whip. Kairi still headscissors Shayna then dropkicks her out. Fans fire up with Kairi as she gets to the apron. Flying forearm takes Shayna out! Kairi puts Shayna in, catches her breath, then follows her to ropes. Kairi chops Shayna, then chops her again. She runs, but into a low dropkick to the knee. Kairi clutches that leg and now Shayna has a target. Shayna takes that leg and stomps away on it. Shayna stalks Kairi and kicks her while she’s down. The referee warns Shayna but Shayna just grins. Shayna runs but is dumped to the apron. Kairi fires off forearms, then runs, but misses. Shayna kicks Kairi then hotshots the bad leg! She grounds ‘n’ pounds Kairi from both sides. Shayna drags Kairi around, and pulls on that knee.

Kairi fights back but Shayna just twists the leg past its limits. Fans audibly react while Shayna tortures Kairi’s leg. She positions it, for the ankle stomp! Kairi writhes in pain while the referee checks on her. Fans boo and jeer as Shayna mocks Kairi’s pirate scope. Shayna stalks Kairi to a corner, and puts the leg on the rope. She mocks the marching of the plank, to then kick the leg. Kairi stumbles to the mat, and Shayna toys with her. Kairi gets mad and dares Shayna to bring it. Shayna rocks her with a right, but Kairi comes back. They brawl, and kairi starts rocking Shayna! Kairi fires left and right and faster and faster! Shayna can only guard herself, but she still gets a back hand! Then the blockbuster! Then another!

Kairi fires up and gets her leg moving. She chops Shayna in a corner and it sits Shayna down. Kairi roars as she marches her plank on one leg. Kairi comes back for the Sliding D! Cover, TWO! Kairi isn’t done here, she goes straight up. Shayna rocks her with a swing kick! Shayna climbs and clubs away. She prepares a gutwrench, and gets the GUTWRENCH SUPERPLEX! Both women are down from exhaustion, but Shayna crawls over to Kairi. They sit up and throw forearms back and forth. They stand, and Kairi fires off haymakers. Shayna kicks the bad leg, then runs, to bicycle knee! Cover, TWO! Shayna again stalks Kairi, and brings her up. Kairi slips out of the suplex, runs, and INTERCEPTOR SPEAR! She hurries up top, for an InSane Elbow to Shayna’s back! But Kairi isn’t done, she wants to treat Shayna like she did Aliyah.

Kairi’s back up, but Shayna rolls out. That doesn’t stop Kairi, she DIVES on Shayna for a crossbody! Kairi puts Shayna in, then climbs up a third time. InSane Elbow #2!! Cover, TWO!! Kairi can’t believe Shayna survives, it’s infuriating! Kairi puts Shayna’s legs in the crisscross, for the Anchor Lock! Shayna slips around, Kirafuda Klutch!! They roll around, Kairi flailing and reaching! She is so close, and with a second wind, she gets the ropebreak! Shayna lets go but she is frustrated like never before. Fans are thunderous again as Shayna grabs that bad leg, for a spinning toehold! Kairi fights but Shayna grapevines. Shayna is Kairi’s anchor, keeping her in the middle of the ring. But wait, Kairi rolls and gets a MUDA LOCK! Shayna gets the ropebreak, and gets free.

Kairi pursues, for an Anchor through the ropes! The ref counts, so Kairi has to let go at 4. Kairi roars again, brings Shayna up, for an Alabama Slam! Then, for the fourth time, Kairi climbs up. Third InSane Elbow gets Shayna’s knees!! KIRAFUDA, roll through, KAIRI WINS!!

WInner: Kairi Sane, by pinfall; NEW NXT Women’s Champion

It came out of nowhere, but a win is a win! Kairi catches Shayna by surprise, and now the prize is all hers! The tiebreaker and the title go home with the Pirate Princess, and Bully Baszler’s Reign of Terror finally ends. How far will Kairi take this new adventure? When and where will the Queen of Spades come back for her throne?

 

NXT Championship Last Man Standing Match: Tommaso Ciampa VS Johnny Gargano!

What we thought was over was far from it. What we thought would be a Triple Threat was changed. Aleister Black only lost the title because of Gargano, but someone made sure he wouldn’t get back at either member of DIY when they attacked him in the parking lot. Now Johnny Wrestling and “Tommy Entertainment” will go around one last time, until there is only one man standing! How will this vicious rivalry end!?

No matter where you go, fans boo the Psycho “A**hole”. But he takes it all in and enjoys every second of it. That aside, the introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Gargano attacks Ciampa from behind! The bell rings and Gargano stomps a mudhole on Ciampa. Ciampa gets out, takes off his coat, and Gargano takes off his venom vest before throwing hands. Ciampa whips but Gargano Thesz Presses for fast hands! Gargano tees off in a corner for punches up top, and he goes way past 10! Maybe even past 20. Gargano stops but Ciampa puts him on the apron. Ciampa wants the DDT but Gargano drops down. Gargano comes back in, but into the double underhook. He slips out and throws Ciampa out, to then slide out.

Ciampa dodges and shoves him backwards into steps. Gargano writhes but stands quickly. Ciampa is right on him with clubbing forearms, then pulls the steps apart. He clubs Gargano again, then throws Gargano, only for Gargano to reverse. Ciampa hits barriers, but Gargano picks him up and throws him into more barriers. Gargano doesn’t care that a count begins, he positions the steps closer to Ciampa. Fans are on Gargano’s side as he keeps Ciampa on the ground. Gargano brings Ciampa up for more haymakers, then stalks him to the other end. He throws Ciampa into more barriers, then pulls up floor mats! Gargano is taking a page out of Ciampa’s playbook, but Ciampa hurries to his feet. Gargano brings Ciampa over but Ciampa digs his fingers into Gargano’s face!

Ciampa sends Gargano reeling, but then he swings him over the top of the barriers. He clubs away on Gargano, then drapes him out. Gargano hops off to shove Ciampa into a post. Gargano gets on the apron, and cannonballs! He wipes Ciampa out but he’s far from done. He throws Ciampa over the announce desk! Ciampa almost wipes Nigel and Mauro out! Gargano keeps going as he clears the desk. He stands on the desk, looming over a floundering Ciampa. Gargano brings Ciampa up but Ciampa resists. Ciampa lifts Gargano, to Air Raid onto the other announce desk! It explodes under their weight! The referee checks on both men as the fans lose their minds. A double count begins, but Ciampa crawls from the wreckage first. He stands, but Gargano slowly follows. The count reaches 7 but Gargano is up.

Ciampa is on him and puts him in the ring. Ciampa goes searching under the ring, and pulls out a chair. He brings that over and aims at Gargano, but Gargano fights him off. Gargano gets the chair but Ciampa kicks him away. Ciampa clubs Gargano into a corner, then stomps a mudhole into him. Fans boo and jeer but Ciampa gives Gargano the braced knee smash! “We’re not done by a long shot,” Ciampa promises, before giving Gargano another knee smash! Ciampa grabs that chair, and he wedges it in Gargano’s face. He stomps Gargano before backing up, but as Ciampa runs in, Gargano throws the chair into his knee! Gargano thrusts the chair into Ciampa’s ribs, then SMACKS it across Ciampa’s back! And another SMACK! Gargano won’t let the count climb as he thrusts the chair in again and again.

Gargano backs off to wedge the chair in a corner. Ciampa stands at 4, but Gargano hoists him up. Ciampa slips off, for a sleeper hold! Gargano flails but there are no ropebreaks. Gargano starts to fade, and Ciampa uses ropes for leverage. Ciampa says that “fairy tales die!” Gargano fades, but fans rally up for him. Ciampa keeps the weight on Gargano, then lets go. Gargano is down as the count starts. He stirs, but the count already reaches 5 by the time he sits up. Ciampa is on Gargano right away with another sleeper. They roll to the mat, but fans keep rallying for Gargano. Fans actually duel, but Gargano gets a secnod wind. Gargano packs Ciampa into buckles but the hold is still on. He tries again, but now Ciampa makes it a hangman’s sleeper. Gargano flails, scoops Ciampa, for a long dart into the chair!

Both men are down, but Gargano rolls out to escape the count. Ciampa manages to get up at 6, so Gargano searches under the ring. He brings out a table! Fans love the look of this as Gargano sets the table up. Gargano won’t leave it at this, he brings out a second table! He has them stacked, but Ciampa goes after him first. Gargano and Ciampa brawl, but then Gargano tries to suplex. Ciampa resists, fights back, then suplexes Gargano in. Gargano slips out, but Ciampa standing switches for a German Suplex. Ciampa holds on for another German Suplex. Gargano grabs the chair but Ciampa gets him to let go for a third German! Ciampa stands first and gives Gargano another braced knee smash!

Ciampa has the chair again, and rams it into Gargano’s ribs, and SMACKS it across the back. He SMACKS Gargano again, then tells him to stay down. Gargano doesn’t, so Ciampa SMACKS him again. The count returns, but Gargano still moves. Ciampa lifts Gargano, for Project Ciampa! He’s not done, he immediately gives Gargano a second! Then a THIRD! Gargano is done again, so Ciampa pulls up a chair and sits. Ciampa listens to the count while fans boo and jeer. Gargano stirs at 5, pushes himself up at 8, and somehow stands to SUPERKICK Ciampa! Somehow Gargano has enough in him to fight, but both he and Ciampa are down. The count begins and they stand at 5.

Ciampa throws a haymaker but Gargano gives one back. Ciampa gives another, but so does Gargano. Another from Ciampa, another from Gargano, and they pick up speed with these haymakers. Gargano gets more, blocks the boot then clubs away. Ciampa ducks, boots, but runs into the roll up and kick! Gargano runs but is put on the apron. Slingshot into the knee! Then double underhook, but huricanrana reversal, into enziguri! Gargano runs but into a boot, to come back with a forearm, only to get another German! Yet Gargano kicks and German Suplexes Ciampa! They give each other clotheslines, but it takes the third time to take each other down. The count only reaches ONE and they’re up!! The fans want them to “Fight Forever!” and it looks like they will.

Gargano fakes Ciampa out but gets a knee, to give a SUPERKICK. Ciampa blocks but still gets the discus forearm! The count reaches 5 this time, but Ciampa gets up at 7. Gargano follows at 9, but he wobbles over. Gargano slingshots, avoids the sweep to SUPERKICK and CANNONBALL! The cannonball misses this time, but Ciampa keeps on Gargano by throwing him into barriers. They make their way back to the steps, and Ciampa gives Gargano a butterfly piledriver! Gargano eats steps, and the count begins again. Ciampa stands at 6, but Gargano somehow stands at 9! Ciampa grows frustrated while Gargano flounders around. He goes back under the ring and pulls out the tool box. Flashbacks to TakeOver: Chicago II and the Street Fight as he clips strings from the ring mat.

Ciampa bounces Gargano off the steps before exposing the wood of the ring floor. He won with his hands cuffed, so he clearly feels he’ll win with his hands free. Ciampa fetches Gargano, but gets a face full of fire extinguisher! Ciampa flails and writhes, eyes stinging from the CO2! Gargano has a crutch, Ciampa’s former weapon of choice, and SMACKS Ciampa with it! The crutch breaks apart, but Gargano still uses it to attack. Gargano walks into the facelock, but he fights out. They brawl on opposite sides of the ropes, and Ciampa waves good-bye. But he gets the swing kick! Then a slingshot DDT onto the wood!! Gargano gives Ciampa a taste of his own medicine and fans let Ciampa know, “You Deserve It!” The count reaches 7 but Ciampa is still down. Ciampa rolls out to stand at 9, but Gargano DIVES on him!

Gargano puts Ciampa back in but Ciampa rolls back out. Gargano DIVES again! Ciampa is blasted back to the announce desk, and Gargano keeps on him with haymakers. SUPERKICK but Ciampa dodges and it hits a staff member! Ciampa throws Gargano into the corner of a monitor! Then gives him a chair knee through the timekeeper’s area!! Ciampa literally buries Gargano alive under the barriers, the chair, that downed staffer, and even the ring bell! Anythnig that isn’t bolted down is now on top of Gargano. The count begins as Ciampa looks down on the mountain of carnage he’s left behind. He wants the ref to count faster, just to be safe.

The count reaches 5, but somehow Gargano uncovers himself. It’s 8, and Gargano gets out from under the barrier! Ciampa was so close but still so far way from putting Gargano down. Fans love this superhuman effort, but Ciampa decides to add another element from Chicago. He has handcuffs! And he puts Gargano in a corner to cuff him. Gargano resists and pulls Ciampa into the post. Gargano has the cuffs now, and decides to follow Ciampa’s idea. He cuffs Ciampa’s hand, but Ciampa resists. Ciampa elbows Gargano right in the jaw! Ciampa goes back to the double stack tables, and brings Gargano up. Gargano fights out, lifts Ciampa in return, but Ciampa fights out. Ciampa hits Gargano, lifts him up, but Gargano slips into the ring. Gargano hits Ciampa and Ciampa teeters. Gargano SUPERKICKS Ciampa down through the tables!!

The count begins again, and passes 5 before Ciampa sits up. Ciampa uses what’s left of a crutch to stand at 9.5! Fans are getting their wish, these two look to “Fight Forever!” Ciampa staggers around but Gargano grimaces. Gargano locks his eyes on Ciampa, and fans know he has something brewing. Gargano goes out but Ciampa starts retreating. They end up on the stage, and Gargano kicks the crutch away. Gargano grounds ‘n’ pounds Ciampa on the ramp, then drags him up, to throw him into stage LED! That’s a flashback to the DIY breakdown. And then, GargaNO Escape! Ciampa taps, but that’s not how you win or lose this match.

Gargano grabs the cuffed hand, and drags Ciampa around by it, to cuff it to part of the stage! Ciampa can’t get away, so he begs for mercy. Gargano doesn’t show it, as he smashes Ciampa’s face into those LED boards! SUPERKICK! Ciampa is out, but Brooklyn wants “One More Time!” Gargano wants it, too, but Ciampa apologizes. Gargano says it’s too late for sorry, as he again SUPERKICKS Ciampa! Fans want yet another, so Gargano gives another SUPERKICK!

Gargano says Ciampa did this to himself. Ciampa begs and pleads with Gargano. But Gargano still doesn’t accept the apology, even as the count keeps climbing. Ciampa pleads, the referee counts, and Gargano… Pulls down his knee pad! Gargano gives Ciampa the Psycho Knee! But it also sends Gargano spilling over the edge and onto all the spare trunks! Both men are down, so now the count applies to both of them. The count reaches 5 but neither man stirs. Gargano shows signs of life at 7, crawls around, but CIampa slides off the stage just before 10!!

Winner: Tommaso Ciampa; still NXT Champion

Ciampa took so much damage, but it’s Gargano who suffers for going too far. Gargano loses by the slimmest of margins, but this is still Ciampa’s NXT. Ciampa leaves Gargano down and out, and possibly with a busted knee. He has the referee raise his hand, and he embraces the boos from Brooklyn. But then he comes back just to point and laugh at his fallen foe one more time. With Aleister Black still out with his own injuries from that ambush, who will step up to challenge the Blackhearted champion? As for Gargano, will this injury keep him out for a long time?

 


 

My Thoughts:

What an incredible night from NXT. They again set the bar really high on the main roster for Summerslam tomorrow. Another TakeOver opens with another amazing tag team championship match, and so many times I thought Mustache Mountain had it, but in the end it’s as I expected. Bate & Seven will move over to NXT UK to undoubtedly get those tag titles, but I’m also glad War Raiders made their presence known. We are going to hop onto that program right away, and I’m going to enjoy this taste of ROH in NXT. Then, Dream VS EC3 wasn’t enough to top previous Dream TakeOver matches, but what made it special was that Dream finally won. His pants read “Call me up” but let’s not let it be Vince, aka Raw. Dream needs to be “called up” by Paige and SmackDown or not at all.

Both the North American and Women’s Championships changed hands, and they were done so well that I can’t see anyone complaining. Cole VS Ricochet and Shayna VS Kairi were both back and forth because of how well they competitors knew each other, and it was great for the Faces to go over the Heel here. Ricochet makes Cole eat his words while Kairi shows Shayna she’s not unstoppable. These title changes set up great things for the future, especially with WWE Evolution on the horizon with a promised NXT Women’s Championship match. The way this works out for the combined Women’s Division is that we could see Kairi retain her title while fellow Stardom alum, Io Shirai, wins the second Mae Young Classic, to set up a Stardom-in-NXT instant classic down the road.

Then there was the Last Man Standing Match. The first one for the NXT Championship, and it already sets a high bar for the title. Actually it raises the bar for any Last Man Standing in the WWE period. With Aleister Black out, who knows what the Triple Threat would’ve been, but I’m willing to bet it still ended up very much the same: Gargano goes too far on Ciampa and it backfires, so that at the very least, Gargano doesn’t win. I can’t be sure how I really feel about Ciampa retaining this way, but I’m just curious if it’ll now tie itself into Aleister’s story. Aleister might accuse Ciampa of the attack to be completely wrong, but I wonder if they’d really just have Gargano go “It was me, Aleister! It was me all along!”

My Score: 8.8/10


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