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!
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- 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?
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
Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Hard to Kill Results & Match Ratings: 1.16.21
Three title matches, the return of Decay, Barbed Wire Massacre and a main event with Kenny Omega. Impact Wrestling’s Hard to Kill definitely sounds like it’s got a little bit of everything. Check out how it went!
So the news that made many people cry a few days ago, was that Alex Shelley would be out of the main event. He went out of his way to film a response/promo/apology so fans knew it was something non-pandemic related, so that was an effort that wasn’t necessary, though appreciated.
Aside from losing it’s “Dream Match” luster, we get Moose as a replacement, which could really work for the cold calculated persona he’s taken on after his EC3 encounter. We also get to crown Knockouts Tag Team champions for the first time in seven and a half years. Let’s also not forget, this could end up being Taya’s swan song from Impact, so we should expect a good match but no Wera Loca victory.
Let’s see if we get any surprises!
- Decay (Rosemary & Crazzy Steve) vs Tenille Dashwood & Kaleb: Steve wins via King Kill 33 @8:55 – * ½
- Old School Rules Match: Violent by Design (Joe Doering, Eric Young & Deaner) vs Tommy Dreamer, Rhino & Cousin Jake: EY wins via Piledriver @9:55 – ** ½
- Knockouts Tag Team Title Finals: Fire & Flava (Kiera Hogan & Tasha Steelz) vs Nevaeh & Havok: Kiera wins via Face the Music @8:40 – *** – TITLE CHANGE!!
- Ace Austin w/Madman Fulton vs Matt Cardona: Cardona wins via DQ @2:30 – N/A
- X Division Championship: Manik (c) vs Rohit Raju vs Chris Bey: Manik retains via Ole Cradle @13:50 – *** ½
- Knockouts Championship: Deonna Purrazzo (c) w/Kimber Lee & Susan vs Taya Valkyrie w/ Decay: Deonna retains via Venus de Milo @11:40 – *** ¼
- Ethan Page vs The Karate Man: Karate Man WINS…Fatality – 200 Stars
- Barbed Wire Massacre: Sami Callihan vs Eddie Edwards: Eddie wins via Diehard Flowsion @18:50 – *** ¾
- Moose, Rich Swann &Chris Sabin vs Kenny Omega, Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows: Kenny Omega wins via One Winged Angel @20:30 – ****
During the last few moments of the Countdown, Madison Rayne officially retired from wrestling and from Impact Wrestling. Not sure how long she’ll stay a house wife, but good for her. She did great to actually prove to people she was a decent wrestler since her run during the WOH tournament, she was a fun commentator, so good for her.
Decay (Rosemary & Crazzy Steve) vs Tenille Dashwood & Kaleb
The weird thing about this match was the dynamic between who was involved and what went on. Crazzy Steve showed a very high work rate in this match, with his strikes and moves looking fantastic. But Rosemary got exposed a bit on still being less than 100% with the knee and generally sloppy on a lot of spots.
Kaleb and Tenille definitely tried to add comedy and their quirky personalities, but the fact that we saw a lot of sloppiness, Steve working his ass off and just comedy spots or gimmick spots too often; this was a giant mess of a match. It also didn’t help that D’lo and Striker are still getting used to each other, so the announcing was distractingly bad.
It can only get better from here!
Old School Rules Match: Violent by Design (Joe Doering, Eric Young & Deaner) vs Tommy Dreamer, Rhino & Cousin Jake
This starts the same way every Tommy Dreamer match starts, with a brawl and weapon use. This wasn’t a terrible match, but it’s really not anything worth going deeply in to. EY did the flair corner to top rope spot, which ended with Dreamer hitting him with a cookie sheet. We had a Tower spot in the corner, with Joe Powerbombing a Suplex, and it landed right into Dreamer’s face.
Doering got to look like a beast when the entire team took the chairs to him, and he still fought back, ending up in control. Dreamer introduced tacks, then we saw the Signature/Finisher spam which ends with EY breaking up the pinfall and hitting Cousin Jake with the Piledriver.
Again, decent enough, but nothing really special.
Knockouts Tag Team Title Finals: Fire & Flava (Kiera Hogan & Tasha Steelz) vs Nevaeh & Havok
Oh, Brian Hebner is back for this match. Slightly surprising.
Kiera and Tasha try to start fast, but the bigger women over power the smaller team and throw them around a little bit. Havok beats up on both of them, Neavaeh comes in to keep up the momentum, but eventually Tasha and Kiera start making a comeback. We see Fire and Flava go for a lot of quick spots, fast tags and trying to spin around the larger women, but they just get taken for a ride more often than not.
It’s not until Kiera hits a High Round Kick, followed by Tasha with the Springboard Neckbreaker actually takes Havok off her feet. Nevaeh tries to make a save and get things back on track, but Tasha picks her leg, Havok gets wiped out after a great Super Kick from Kiera, Tasha and Kiera use some tandem attacks on Nevaeh, then Tasha slows down Havok as Kiera hits Face the Music and we have new Knockouts Tag Team Champions!
Ace Austin comes out to declare himself into the X Division Triple Threat to make it a 4 way! D’Amore comes out, says he can have a match, just not the title match. Matt Cardona comes out.
Ace Austin w/Madman Fulton vs Matt Cardona
Ace tries to go at Cardona before the ring jacket is off, but Cardona absorbs some offense and then fires back a bit. Fulton gets in the way quite often during this match, so the finish is a little telegraphed. But right as Cardona starts building momentum; Fulton slides in to cause the DQ.
Decent enough way to protect Ace and give Cardona quick win.
X Division Championship: Manik (c) vs Rohit Raju vs Chris Bey
Rohit went after Manik to try and prove his point that it’s TJP. Bey seemed dead set on finding a way to win, and as we expected in an X Division match; there were a lot of spots, but they all made sense. Rohit does manage to take off the mask, but TJP painted his face under the mask, so it still throws off Rohit. TJP strings together a few moves, goes for the Mamba Splash, but gets caught by Bey with a Cutter. Bey then hits a Double Art of Finesse, but his brief moment of not knowing who to pin, caused the pinfall breakup.
Rohit almost won the title back after his call back to hitting his Tiger Knee after a Mamba Splash but Bey kicked out. Haymakers get thrown, Rohit hits the Dragon Stomp on Bey, and looks to finish things, but TJP slides in for the style of Cradle he’s used a bit lately, and retains his title after a fun, hard fought match.
Knockouts Championship: Deonna Purrazzo (c) w/Kimber Lee & Susan vs Taya Valkyrie w/ Decay
Early on all of the seconds get kicked out, with the beauty of the situation being that Susan pulls out her phone and says she’s filming the whole thing. So Susan, really may be a middle aged transformation of Su Yung. Susan might as well be named Karen.
EVERYBODY has been ejected from ringside.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 17, 2021
As we focus on the actual match, Deonna starts slowly picking apart Taya. Going after her left arm, then her left knee and just trying to apply submission and weaken different limbs. Taya was able to push back and have her own submission attempt moment. Taya went for an STF, but the submission game isn’t her wheelhouse.
Deonna was able to pick her apart, counter a pinfall attempt and keep Taya grounded long enough to work in some holds. The normal Fujiwara didn’t get her submit, so Venus de Milo followed up and Taya verbally submitted.
Ethan Page vs The Karate Man
Since this is cinematic or at least green screen, I won’t rate this as a real match. But it was amazingly entertaining. Dragon Ball Z references, Karate Kid, and Mortal Kombat references, it was just amazing.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 17, 2021
Barbed Wire Massacre: Sami Callihan vs Eddie Edwards
Interesting pacing to get across the familiarity, twisted respect and love for punishment between these two. We saw Barbed Wire Tables, Chairs, Baseball Bats, Kendo Sticks and even an…N64 Controller!
Sami took a ton of punishment, but the story was basically playing with Eddie’s emotions to bait him into bad dives, and openings for Sami to move out of the way, or sneak in a barbed wire shot. Eddie hit a Blue Thunder Bomb on a barbed wire chair, Sami hit an Avalanche Piledriver through a barbed wire table, but none of this was enough. If anything, the Piledriver just pissed Eddie off.
Going for the callback that started it all, Sami tries to hit a Barbed Wire Chair into Eddie’s face with a Barbed Wire Bat, but Eddie hits a low blow to get a moment. Sami tries to bring himself up with a chair, Eddie hits the Boston Knee Party, then the Diehard Flowsion for the win!
Eddie hasn’t hit that Flowsion in a long time. I did appreciate Sami paying homage to Cactus Jack and Striker acknowledging Jun Akiyama and Mitsuharu Misawa on commentary though.
Moose, Rich Swann &Chris Sabin vs Kenny Omega, Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows
The early onset is interesting. Karl Anderson and Chris Sabin start off and there’s some solid technical counter wrestling, and it’s fast paced action. Moose and Gallows come in to do a big boy showdown which worked fairly well, where Swann and Omega had a brief lockup before the Brothers come in to start heeling it up.
We get a lot of Japanese tag stylings, from the triple team that Team Impact pulls off, to the way the Club breaks up any type of momentum with their own train attacks into the corner. Moose looked amazing in this match. He went toe to toe with everyone, pulled off great moves like a Standing Moonsault, leaped to the top rope for a Spanish Fly and was a really good teammate, regardless of his issues with Rich Swann. Hell Swann and Moose even hit a Doomsday Device variant together. Small aside, I did like seeing Chris Sabin pull off Cradle Shock, which just doesn’t happen often enough anymore.
Omega almost has the match one on Rich, but the only one able to break it up was Moose, and he did so. Omega went into V-Trigger spamming mode to wipe out Moose, rock Rich and then a One Winged Angel won the match for the Bullet Club former members.
Overall Score: 6.75/10
Well this started off pretty bad, but at least it built upwards. The main even had a lot of fun wrinkles which increased the storytelling, psychology and overall enjoyment of the show. Hell even when Callis nearly jumped into the ring to break up a pin on Kenny was a good little nugget.
As I said in the weekly coverage, this is probably Taya’s final match, or at least one of the last, especially since they logically moved Rosemary back to Decay with Crazzy Steve. Eddie and Sami had a hell of blood feud and it was nearly cathartic. Let’s also not overlook the fact that Tasha and Kiera actually won the Knockouts Tag titles. I almost thought they wouldn’t win just because they are so charismatic and attractive without the titles, where Havok and Nevaeh don’t exactly have electric personalities. But I’m ecstatic that Kiera finally has a title in Impact!
With the pretty awful start for the wrestling and the commentary, which put the show behind the eight ball; but it did recover fairly well. Not nearly as good as Genesis, but it managed to keep the stories rolling and end on an interesting note. A pretty good show after all was said and done.
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (1/15/21)
The Dusty Cup comes to 205 Live!
The Dusty Cup features the Cruiserweight Division… and Killian Dain?
For the first time ever, 205 Live gets to be part of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic! Who will leap out of the sweet sixteen into the second round?
- Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: El Legado del Fantasma VS The Bollywood Boyz; El Legado del Fantasma wins and advances.
- Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Curt Stallion & August Grey VS Drake Maverick & Killian Dain; Maverick & Dain win and advance.
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Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: El Legado del Fantasma VS The Bollywood Boyz!
Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza want to follow in the footsteps of Santos Escobar, and that means getting titles! But Samir & Sunil Singh want the same, so that they can shine even brighter! Will the lights, camera and Bollywood action be left on the cutting room floor by Death From Above and the Technical Assassin?
The teams sort out and Mendoza starts against Sunil. Sunil and Mendoza circle, fans rally up as they tie up, and Mendoza wrenches to a wristlock. Sunil rolls, wrenches back, but Mendoza wrenches again to wristlock. Sunil gets up, trips Mendoza up and gets a headlock. Mendoza gets up, Sunil wrenches and yanks on the arm over and over! Sunil wristlocks, Mendoza knees low and hard, then whips. Sunil reverses, Mendoza goes up and over and things speed up, Mendoza runs Sunil over! Fans fire up with Mendoza and he runs, but Sunil drops to hurdle then monkey flip! Mendoza flounders up but Sunil clotheslines him out!
Sunil dares Mendoza to come back and Mendoza does, into an arm-drag! Sunil has the arm, Mendoza fights up, but Samir tags in. The Bollywood Boyz double whip, double shoulder and double elbow! Cover, ONE, but Samir keeps on Mendoza down with an armlock. Mendoza fights up, whips free but Samir gets around to crucifix takedown! TWO, and Samir wheelbarrows to arm-drag! Another arm-drag and Samir is back on the arm! Mendoza moves around, Samir keeps on the hold, and fans rally as Mendoza fights up. Mendoza pulls hair to put Samir in the corner, Wilde tags in but runs into a drop toehold!
Samir has the arm, Wilde pulls on an ear and whips, but Samir holds on tight to wrangle Wilde down! Tag to Sunil, they whip Wilde and leap frog, to then double hip toss! Cover, TWO! Sunil wrenches, tags Samir back in and Samir hops up to drop ax handles. Wilde knees low, goes to buckle bump but Samir blocks to give the bump first! Samir ducks Mendoza’s sucker punch to punch back, but Wilde gets him for a DDT! Wilde stomps Samir, brings him up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Mendoza, he CHOPS Samir then taunts Sunil. Mendoza runs in and clotheslines, tag to Wilde! Wilde clotheslines and tags, then Mendoza repeats the process! Double suplex! Cover, TWO!
Wilde keeps on Samir and throws him out hard! Wilde goes out, Mendoza talks trash, and Wilde bumps Samir off the announce desk! Wilde drags Samir back into the ring as fans rally up. Wilde cravats and cranks on Samir’s neck, but Samir fights up and body shots free! Wilde whips Samir hard into buckles! Tag to Mendoza, El Legado drags Samir up and double whip him to ropes. Samir kicks back, Mendoza clubs him, then a whip, but Samir reverses to send Mendoza into Wilde! Mendoza shoves Samir to the Legado corner but Samir dodges and Mendoza gets POST! Fans rally up as Samir crawls, hot tag to Sunil!
Sunil rallies on Mendoza with forearms and elbows, then a whip! And a BACK DROP on the rebound! Sunil keeps going, atomic drop and a running WINDMILL KICK! Wilde returns but Sunil DECKS him! Sunil goes out to bump Wilde off the 205 Live logo over and over! Mendoza runs out but he gets the same! Sunil puts Mendoza in, climbs up top and leaps, BIG ax handles! Cover, TWO! Escobar is ice cold as Samir tags in. Sunil hoists Mendoza up, FLYING UPPERCUT SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Mendoza is still in this but Samir throws haymakers in the corner. Samir hoists Mendoza up top, climbs, but Mendoza fights back! They brawl, Samir clubs Mendoza but Wilde anchors him!
Sunil YANKS Wilde down, tags in and then Samir SUPERPLEXES Mendoza! Sunil add the MACHO ELBOW! Cover, but Wilde breaks it! Not even the Bollywood remake of Power ‘n’ Glory could do it! Samir goes after Wilde with fury, then whips, only for Wilde to send him into steel steps! The ref reprimands but Mendoza gets Sunil with a FLIPPING DRIVER! Tag to Wilde, Electric Chair FLYING CODE BREAKER! Then the ENZIGURI LEG SWEEP! Cover, and Mendoza intercepts Samir, El Legado wins!
Winners: El Legado del Fantasma, by pinfall (advance to the second round)
Wilde and Mendoza make Escobar very proud, but this was just the opening round. Will Legado del Fantasma grow even stronger as the Dusty Classic continues?
Drake Maverick and Killian Dain make final preparations.
Maverick pins up the doodle of him and Dain, only for Dain to pull it back down. Dain puts on his wrist and hand tape, so Maverick does the same. Dain asks why he keeps mirroring him? Maverick says it’s 2021, a new year, a new look as they’re now matching. Look, Maverick’s a denim jeans guy now! Dain wants Maverick to promise him he fixed the music. He did! The new theme has a lot of rock to open, Dain is satisfied. Will Dain do the dance if they win? No. Not even if they win? Maverick quickly pins up the doodle again, will it be a good luck charm for the odd couple?
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Curt Stallion & August Grey VS Drake Maverick & Killian Dain!
The Lonestar and #RetroAG did great as a team in their first outing last week, but now it’s the real deal! Will Stallion and Grey ride into the second round with high spirits? Or will they be brought down by Rockstar Spud and the Belfast Beast?
The new music hits, and it’s to Dain’s liking, but then it morphs into a remix of that whistling theme Maverick had in the first place. Well, it’s fitting for their brand of dysfunction. The teams sort out and Stallion starts against Maverick. They circle and tie up, Stallion headlocks but Maverick powers out, only for Stallion to run him over. Stallion stares Maverick down as they reset and start again. They tie up, Stallion headlocks again but Maverick works on an escape. Fans rally, Maverick powers out but Stallion runs him over again. Things speed up, Maverick hurdles then throws Stallion out, to do some skipping.
Stallion runs back in but is sent back out! Maverick does more skip step, but Stallion comes back to tie up. Stallion whips Maverick to a corner, Maverick goes up and over and does his trot. Stallion rushes in, only for Maverick to hip toss and calf kick him down to an armlock! Maverick wrenches the arm, but Stallion pushes free to tag in Grey. Grey is fired up because it’s the Dusty Classic! He dares “big man” Maverick to bring it, and Maverick says one moment. He tags to Dain! Dain is a bit bigger than 205 but Grey still ties up with him. Dain pushes Grey away to a corner! Grey comes back, ties up with Dain again and gets a headlock, but Dain powers out to run Grey over!
Dain runs, Grey ducks and hurdles, but he decides to avoid the punch. Grey leaps but the crossbody bounces off of Dain! Dain tags in Grey, they double whip Grey and Dain uses Maverick to trip Grey up for the back senton! Human weapon, scoop slam senton! Maverick covers, ONE! Maverick clamps onto an arm, wrenches, and Dain tags in. Dain BOOTS Grey down, then fireman’s carries Maverick for the SWINGING BOOTS! Dain even RAMS Stallion with Maverick! Dain lets Maverick go back to the corner so he can CLUB Grey! Dain then fireman’s carries Grey but Grey slips out to tag in Stallion!
The Cruiserweights go after the heavyweight together! Mule kick, front kick, forearm and ROLLING ELBOW! They bring Dain in but Dain DOUBLE SUPLEXES them! Grey and Stallion bail out, Maverick tags in and he says Dain is the one to dive?! Fans want to see it and Dain gives it a try, only to pick up Maverick and TOSS him! Maverick topples Stallion and Grey over and fans fire up! Dain goes out to fetch Stallion into the ring and then puts Maverick in. Dain clubs Grey down and Maverick covers, TWO! Maverick hikes up his pants and brings Stallion up, but Stallion hits a REVERSE NECKBREAKER!
Tag to Grey and Grey whips Maverick. Leap frog into HEADBUTT, then the BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Grey clamps on tight with a chinlock and Maverick endures. Fans rally up, Maverick fights up, but Grey keeps him from Dain. Maverick keeps trying but Grey wrangles him away. Fans duel now as Maverick fights up. Maverick throws body shots, backs Grey down, but Grey CLUBS Maverick first! Grey back suplexes, Maverick lands on his feet, and boots Grey away! Maverick hits Stallion for good measure, slides under Grey and hot tags Dain! Dain rallies with big clotheslines, then he TOSSES Stallion in! They both get LARIATS!
Dain brings Grey around for an OVERHEAD suplex! Dain runs in to corner splash Stallion, then does the same to Grey! He whips Grey into Stallion and SHOTGUN DROPKICKS them both down! Stallion staggers, but into an URENAGE! SLINGSHOT SENTON! Dain has the fans fired up as he aims at Grey, but Grey dodges, only to get the DIVIDE! Cover, but Stallion breaks it! Dain grabs Stallion and whips him to a corner, but misses to get buckles! Stallion runs at Maverick but gets double boots! Maverick rolls Stallion to his feet for a JUMPING NECKBREAKER! Grey staggers, blocks a kick and KNEES Maverick! Dragon sleeper to a SPINNING POWERSLAM! But Dain drops a senton on Grey!
Fans fire up as Grey runs but Stallion gets around him to waistlock. Stallion tries to lift, Grey SUPERKICKS Dain into the GERMAN! Bridging cover, ONE! Stallion tries a lateral press, but Maverick breaks it! Grey and Maverick brawl, Maverick hits him and Stallion back and forth! Fast hands and feet, but he gets mugged 2v1! Stallion and Grey stomp Maverick in the corner, CHOP him, then whip him corner to corner. Dain puts Maverick on the outside to BOOT Grey and buckle bump Stallion! Tag to Maverick, BOOTS at the corner! Dain drags Stallion up, Maverick LEAPS to take out Grey!
Dain POWERBOMBS Stallion! Maverick wants a high-five, but he gets used as a human weapon again, POWERBOMB SENTON! Cover, Maverick and Dain win!
Winners: Drake Maverick & Killian Dain, by pinfall (advance to the second round)
One of the more unique combinations in this year’s Dusty Cup gets through to the next round! But they’re going up against a couple of rascals in MSK, will the dysfunction fall apart?
A pretty good 205 Live that at least got over half an hour this time. Legado VS Bollywood Boyz was a good opener, and it makes sense for Legado to advance. There is always a good story behind a faction wanting to have title belts for each member, but there’s a good chance they’re facing Imperium next round. Imperium wants to do the same thing between both NXT and NXT UK, and Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner will definitely want to get back to the titles. In the end, I don’t see Legado or Imperium being Dusty Cup winners, though.
Maverick & Dain VS Stallion & Grey was a good match, but with Stallion having the Cruiserweight title shot in his back pocket, and with Maverick & Dain being a fan favorite combo, it makes sense Maverick & Dain won. I just knew that Maverick’s new choice for a theme was really just a swerve. Dain & Maverick are probably losing to MSK, though, as MSK are new and it’d mean a lot more if they got into the semifinals. Though again, I wouldn’t see Dain & Maverick winning the cup, even if there is some story there between them and Lorcan-Burch. Though that would be a great shocker.
My Score: 8.3/10
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