Lucha Underground Season 4, “A Match Made in Heaven”
Lucha Underground’s biggest and baddest stables wage war in an Atomicos Match! If the Reptile Tribe wins, Johnny Mundo MUST become Kobra Moon’s slave!
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- Trios Match: The White Rabbit Tribe VS ???; rescheduled as…
- Sacrifice to the Gods: Mala Suerte VS Matanza Cueto; Matanza wins, Mala is sacrificed.
- Joey Ryan & Jack Evans VS XO Lishus & Ivelisse; Jack & Joey win.
- Gift of the Gods Championship: El Dragon Azteca Jr VS Mariposa; Azteca wins and retains the Gift of the Gods Championship.
- Atomicos Match: The Worldwide Underground VS The Reptile Tribe; The Worldwide Underground wins, Johnny gets his wish.
PLAY BY PLAY
Antonio Cueto lets someone know “everything is ready.”
He’s planning yet another Sacrifice to the Gods for tonight. But then he sees Mariposa walking in. The monarch of the Moth Tribe finally meets the legendary father. Her father had so many stories about him, but they didn’t do the man justice. Mari never expected Antonio was so handsome. She always “fantasized about being with a Cueto, because it was forbidden.” But this isn’t about seduction. This is about the Gift of the Gods Championship. Antonio apologizes to the “young butterfly”, but she isn’t deserving. The Moths have a lot of money, and they always get what they want. She throws down big stacks, and waits for his response.
“Money is the ultimate aphrodisiac.” And Antonio can never say no to someone as beautiful and dangerous as her. She never takes no for an answer, either. She takes her leave, but will she be taking the Gift of the Gods title, too?
Trios Match: The White Rabbit Tribe VS ???
Before the Mad Hatter, Paul London, and his kooky cohorts begin this match, Antonio Cueto lets them know he’s proud they volunteered for this match. But however, he’s changing this match up so that only one man competes. Make your decision now. Paul London steps up, and volunteers Mala Suerte. Mala is surprised, but London says that when he failed the tribe last week, he failed The White Rabbit. This is his punishment. But don’t worry, this is his chance for redemption. Antonio lets Mala know he’s been chosen, as the next Sacrifice to the Gods!!
Sacrifice to the Gods: Mala Suerte VS Matanza Cueto!
Talk about bad luck for Mr. Bad Luck himself. He looks all around, but here comes The Monster! Mala hits first with a wrecking ball dropkick. He puts Matanza in the corner and throws forearm after forearm! He even gives the demigod some Popeye rope-a-dope! Mala then goes to the far corner, and the Believers are rallying behind him. He stands up top, to then hop down and hippity-hop into a running dropkick! But it all does nothing to the Monster. Matanza runs Mala over with one headbutt! Matanza whips and hits WRATH OF THE GODS! Cover, Matanza wins!
Winner: Matanza Cueto, by pinfall
The Monster is 4-0 in these Sacrifice matches, and though Saltador begs for mercy, Paul London lets Matanza sacrifice Mala in a flash of lightning. London laughs though his trio is now just a duo. Will the White Rabbit be pleased with this outcome?
Joey Ryan & Jack Evans VS XO Lishus & Ivelisse!
This match is full of eccentricity and oozes aggression. And in the Sleazy One’s case, it oozes body oil… The Baddest Bitch in the Temple has had issue with the erotic egotist while the Dragonslayer has issue with the neon-colored newbie getting the upset victory in his debut. Can #Ivelishus defeat the Mouth & The Musk?
The bell rings and Jack starts against Ivelisse. She mocks his chit-chat as they tie up. Jack baits Ivelisse into a low grapple to then kick her stomach. He wrenches an arm but she reverses to a hammerlock. She ducks his elbow to give him a hammerlock STO! Jack kicks back but she catches it to stomp a hand. Jack comes back but she ducks the kick. He springboards but she gets under again. Ivelisse throws Jack with a huricanrana, and he scrambles to tag out. Joey Ryan comes in, puts the lollipop away, then runs at Ivelisse, only to get an arm-drag. Ivelisse puts Joey in her corner, for a swift chop! Tag to XO before another chop. Ivelisse feeds Joey to XO’s twerk attack! XO gives Joey ten whole booty bumps before pushing him away.
Believers fire up but so does Joey. There seem to be strange chemistry between these two. The fans sense it as they point out “Joey Likes It!” Joey wants XO to plant a big one right on the lips. XO obliges, with big basement dropkick! XO twerks into a moonsault, but Joey dodges! Joey tags in Jack, and Jack springboards in for a karate kick to XO! Jack puts XO in a corner for haymakers, then whips corner to corner. XO reverses, then handsprings in, for a SLAP! Jack is furious, but XO goes Matrix to dodge the clothesline. Then spiderwalks to creep Jack out. XO handspring kicks Jack down, covers, but Joey stomps it apart. Joey grabs a leg but is pushed away. Hot tag to Ivelisse!
Ivelisse rallies on Joey & Jack with forearms. She scorpion kicks Jack, then whips him to ropes. Jack rolls off her back, but she blocks his kick. She flips him back but he lands on his feet for a spinning roundhouse! Fans applaud, because they respect the ability. But then they boo because they hate his ego. Jack covers, TWO! Jack grows frustrated but fans rally for Ivelisse.
Tag to Joey, and he keeps Ivelisse away from XO. He puts her in an open corner, to grind his boot into her chin. She reaches for XO, but Joey keeps her away with a snapmare and a grind into the mat. She scrambles free but can’t get away from Joey. He puts on a chinlock as fans rally up again. She feeds off the energy and fights back with body shots. Joey pushes her but she ducks under his clothesline to then wheelbarrow DDT! Both of them are down but the fans are on Ivelisse’s side. Hot tags to Jack and XO! XO slides under Jack’s boot to give him a dropkick-flip and a back elbow. XO back kicks, front kicks, sweeps and split-legdrop! Cover but Joey breaks it again.
Ivelisse kicks Joey out, then helps XO. XO catapults Jack into a SUPERKICK, and then Jack falls back onto XO’s knees! She adds a switch kick, and dropkicks Joey back out. XO covers, TWO! XO and Ivelisse have a short argument, but Ivelisse goes after Joey again. He puts her on the apron to SUPERKICK her down! Joey runs into a heel kick from XO, but Jack lurks on the outside. XO twerks again, then hits the knee-sault. But Jack’s the legal partner, and he comes flying in with a springboard roundhouse! Jack shouts “It’s over!” as he puts XO in to a modified gogoplata, pulling XO’s throat into the shin of his leg! XO endures, but fades out. The ref calls it, Jack & Joey win!
Winners: Joey Ryan & Jack Evans, Jack by submission
But Jack won’t let go! The referee and even Joey tell Jack to stop, this is too much. Joey pries at Jack’s hold but Jack resists. Ivelisse comes in and stomps Jack out! XO is free, but the damage is done. Wanting to win is one thing, but Jack seems hellbent on making the flamboyant rookie suffer. Jack says it won’t be over until XO is dead! Will XO make a recovery? Or will the Dragonslayer soon be the Lishuslayer, too?
Gift of the Gods Championship: El Dragon Azteca Jr VS Mariposa!
The Heir to the Eagle Tribe had a long and winding road to his first Gift of the Gods creation match, mostly because Antonio Cueto kept making changes. But in the end, Azteca won out and now has the belt that promises a guaranteed title opportunity at THE Lucha Underground Championship. However, Azteca is putting a big challenge on himself, as he vows to retain this belt all the way to Ultima Lucha Quatro’s main event! The Moth Tribe’s own heiress wants that glory for herself, can she clip the young eagle’s wings before he ever takes flight?
Introductions are made and the belt is raised, but behind the referee’s back, Mari offers a handshake. Azteca takes it, but she kicks him in the balls! The referee is shocked, but the bell rings. Mari brings Azteca to a corner, and puts his leg on the second rope, to kick at the groin! The referee warns her not to get too close, but it’s too late for that. Azteca winces and writhes but Mari covers. TWO, but Mari keeps on him. She puts him in a corner but he turns it around. Azteca hits a discus clothesline, then runs in fro a big forearm. He slings her out and builds up speed for a shotgun dropkick! Cover, TWO! The Believers duel while Azteca brings Mari up. He runs, but into her Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO!
Mari grows frustrated with the ballsy Azteca, but she flaps her wings as she takes aim. She runs out, but he dodges her boot to give a boot! Azteca positions Mari, then climbs up as fans rally. He reaches the top rope, takes aim, for a 450 splash! Cover, TWO! Azteca can’t believe how close that was. He argues with the ref, but has to accept the call. Azteca drags Mari up by her pigtails, but she gets around, for a Vertabreaker! Cover, TWO!! Believers are loving this quick but intense match. Mari drags Azteca up, and tries for another. He spins out, wheelbarrow to victory roll, cross leg pin! Azteca wins!
Winner: El Dragon Azteca Jr, by pinfall; still Gift of the Gods Champion
The Eagle soars over the Moth and flies on towards the sun that is the Lucha Underground Championship! The Believers cheer him on, but can Azteca survive the gauntlet that is the remaining weeks until Ultima Lucha 4?
Atomicos Match: The Worldwide Underground VS The Reptile Tribe!
This faction warfare has escalated to a boiling point, and this is the blow-off! A deal was struck between the two leaders: If Johnny Mundo and his band of misfits win, the Queen of Snakes must grant him his heart’s desire; but if Kobra Moon and her brood of vipers win, Mundo must serve her the rest of his life. However, the Guru of Greatness and his Wera Loca Valkyrie went behind Kobra’s back by beheading Vibora, in the Reptile’s own lair! How can this be an Atomicos match when the Reptiles are without their Luchasaurus? What will Mundo’s wish be should his team win?
Kobra Moon speaks, knowing that Mundo was behind Vibora’s death. It was cold-blooded, but Kobra respects that. It further proves that he belongs with them! And Mundo surely thought this would give his team the advantage. But this Queen has many loyal subjects, and now we shall all meet her newest servant, “brought back from the dead with venom!” Witness the reborn, Jeremiah SNAKE!! Yes, Jeremiah Crane was buried alive in the Three Way to the Grave with Mil Muertes and Fenix. But now, he has comeback as Kobra Moon’s undead Death Machine! Does Worldwide Underground stand a chance now that they have to do things 4v4?
Mundo lets Kobra know he “digs” the last minute line-up change. He does the same thing, and tells Ricky that this is one job he’s not gonna do. The WWU needs someone they can trust to handle business. He has the night off, so why not go play with his doll or something. Ricky is a little hurt, but he accepts being benched. Mundo found himself someone he could count on, but Jack is too afraid of snakes. Mundo found someone who isn’t afraid but is also capable of cutting the heads off all these snakes. He introduces his new WWU member, Aerostar! Yes, the time-traveling, out-of-this-world luchador, as well as long-time friend and rival of Drago, joins the other side in hopes of freeing the firebreathing knight.
Lucha Underground returns from break and we finally begin this high-stakes 8-person tag. The WWU flanks the Reptiles on all sides, and the bell rings. Mundo gives the signal, and all eight luchadors crawl! Mundo goes after King Daga, Aero goes after Drago, the Darewolf against the zombie Crane, and of course, Wera Loca herself against The Snake Queen! Jeremiah throws PJ out but Taya throws Kobra. Kobra drags Taya out to join her but Taya tackles her in return. Aero has gotten Drago out of the way, so we truly start with Mundo and “Jeremiah Snake.” They brawl with furious forearms, but Snake knees low. Mundo reverses the whip to then hit the Flying Chuck! The brawl continues on the outside while Mundo slaps Snake with his headband. Mundo runs, but Snake pursues. They go back and forth with dodging and chasing, but Snake waits to lariat Mundo down!
Mundo rolls out, but Snake keeps on him from the apron with a boot! Aero gets in the ring and dropkicks Snake down. Aero then builds speed, to FLY onto everyone! The Believers are fired up, but Drago and Daga regroup in the ring. Drago builds speed and Daga gives him a boost, Drago corkscrews onto everyone! Taya has gotten away and dropkicks Daga out. Kobra slithers around while Taya climbs up top. Taya LEAPS and again everyone is bowled over. Kobra is the only one safe. She lurks while Mundo gets on the apron. He wants to take flight, but Snake returns to triangle dropkick at him. Mundo dodges, but a roundhouse rocks him. Kobra gets going, she uses Snake for the wheelbarrow boost to then bulldog Mundo onto everyone else! Snake goes out and drags Mundo up while The Believers lose their minds.
Snake brings Mundo around while the others brawl. He spits on his hand, tastes it again, then CHOPS Mundo in the chest. The brawl follows them and the Reptiles stack the WWU on chairs. Snake gets the fans fired up, and Kobra lets out a primal scream with him. Snake goes all the way around the ring, building up speed, to BOWL WWU OVER! It’s a perfect strike, and the Believers are thunderous! Kobra coordinates the team, and Daga puts Taya in the ring. Snake slithers over as she cowers against ropes. But the Believers give her courage, and the Crazy Blonde give a dirty bird to the undead Snake. So he bites it!! She slaps him off, then slaps him again. Taya rocks him with elbows, but runs into the boot! The teams finally go to their corners as Taya fights back.
Snake whips but she reverses into a German Suplex! Taya crawls for the WWU corner, hot tag to PJ Black! The Darewolf springboards onto Snake then blasts the Reptile’s corner. He runs back at Snake, dodges and runs him over. He rallies with shoulders, handsprings and arm-drags Snake down. PJ sweeps the legs, double stomps the back, then double flexes. He bucks Snake off the waistlock to rock him with a heel kick! Cover, but Drago breaks it. PJ tags out to Mundo, and they both attack Drago. Double whip and elbows to snapmare. They run and give a boot sandwich to Drago, then bow and high-five. Snake returns, they double whip him. Snake dropkicks them down, then fires up. He fireman’s carry on Mundo but Mundo shoves him into Kobra! Mundo calf kicks Snake down, then springboards to kick Daga down.
The Believers fire up as Mundo brings Snake up. Moonlight Drive hits, but he’s not done there. He brings Snake up, but Snake rakes his eyes! Snake tags to Drago, who then tags to Kobra, and Snake helps rocket launch Kobra at Mundo! Mundo catches her, but Drago and Snake come in to kick Mundo down! But Mundo rolls through, still holding on to Kobra! They SUPERKICK him now, and they ALL cover, TWO!! Mundo sits up to fight back on all three Reptiles! He fires off with haymakers and forearms, then runs, into a TRIPLE Boot! Drago runs, tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, but the WWU break it up. PJ and Taya throw Snake and Kobra out, then join them for another brawl.
Daga returns, but so does Aero. While the King helps his Queen, the astronaut luchador goes to his friend. Aero wants Drago to see this, as he springboard corkscrews onto the cluster! They all go down, leaving the knight from Infra Mundo alone with Johnny Mundo. Mundo hits first, but Drago slips out of Moonlight Drive to SUPERKICK. Dragon runs into a super punch, but gives one back. They run, Drago springboards, Dragon’s Lair but Mundo slips out for a Shining Wizard! Mundo has Drago down, Fin Del Mundo! Cover, WWU wins!
Winners: The Worldwide Underground, Johnny Mundo by pinfall
Mundo has won for his team, and wins a wish to be granted by Kobra Moon. Before Kobra can slither away, he brings up their deal. Mundo knows a certain someone could use a wish, too. Taya thinks he means her, but he actually means “the man who stepped up tonight” for his team. His wish is for Aerostar to get his wish. Kobra, you MUST free Drago! Kobra wants anything but that, but a deal is a deal. Taya herself is shocked, but “a deal is a deal”! “Set Him Free! Set Him Free!” Drago is confused, but Aero is thankful that Mundo gave him his friend back. Aero unlocks the collar around Drago’s neck, and leads him away. Will it be an easy road back from Kobra’s brainwashing?
However, Taya wants an explanation. How could Johnny be such an idiot? He chose to help Aerostar? This was for nothing now! Taya is almost in tears, but Mundo explains back. Kobra could not grant Mundo’s wish. Only Taya can. What? Mundo has PJ step up, and PJ makes sure he still has it. Oh it was down his pants. But is that…? Yes! It’s a ring! An engagement ring! The Believers give a standing ovation as Mundo kneels. “Taya, will you marry me?” What will Ms. Eliza– er, Taya, say to Macho Mundo? The Believers hope it’s “SI! SI!” Taya is again in tears, but for a good reason now. She says yes!! Ooooh Yeeeah~! Mundo slips the ring on Taya’s finger, and it’s official with a kiss. This is a happy ending for all! Who’s ready to RSVP to the wedding of the future Mr. & Mrs. Slam Town?
But meanwhile, backstage…
Ricky tells Rosa he has a wish, too. “That Taya and Johnny are together until death do them part.” Rosa likes the sound of that. What wicked wedding gift does Ricky have planned for them?
A great little episode of Lucha Underground right here, with lots of nice twists and turns for the fun of the entire audience. The story of the Rabbit Tribe takes an even darker turn as London seems to be corrupted by THE White Rabbit’s blood lust. No more Mala Suerte, but does that mean White Rabbit and his caged up dark Mascarita will be joining the fight? The tag team match was another dark development for Jack Evans and XO Lishus. XO has been the fun-loving Face but I wonder if he’d come back slightly more aggressive. Dragon Azteca and Mariposa do great in their match, for how short it felt. I’m still waiting for Azteca’s self-imposed challenge runs into the Sacrifice to the Gods streak to see which one ends first. Until then, Azteca should face everyone possible to really build himself up.
Then all that stuff in the Atomicos was great. The surprises were nice, but Lucha Underground upped how cheesy they are with zombie Crane. Though, it was actually great, because Sami Callihan’s too great to give up. And I kinda hope this counts as a Face Turn for the WWU outside of Jack and Ricky. Not only does Mundo do the right thing in freeing Drago, Mundo and Taya have made such a great couple since first being in Lucha Underground together, and the fans really got behind that marriage proposal moment. But as always in pro-wrestling, I expect the Reptiles to want revenge during the wedding.
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s WWE TLC Results & Report! (12/16/18)
It’s time for Tables, Ladders and Chairs! Will AJ Styles take the WWE Championship back from the “New” Daniel Bryan? Will Baron Corbin become GM by forfeit?
- Kickoff Show – WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Buddy Murphy VS Cedric Alexander; Murphy wins and retains the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
- Kickoff Show – Ladder Match: Elias VS Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush; Elias wins.
- Mixed Match Challenge Finals: Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox w/ The Singh Brothers VS R-Truth & Carmella; Truth & Carmella win MMC Season 2, and are now the 30th spots in both the Men’s & Women’s Royal Rumbles.
- SmackDown Tag Team Championship Triple Threat: The Bar VS The Usos VS The New Day; The Bar win and retain the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.
- TLC Match: Baron Corbin VS Braun Strowman; Strowman wins, Corbin is no longer Raw GM, Strowman faces Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble for the WWE Universal Championship.
- Tables Match: Natalya VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad; Natalya wins.
- Finn Balor VS Drew McIntyre; Finn wins.
- Chairs Match: Randy Orton VS Rey Mysterio; Mysterio wins.
- Raw Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey VS Nia Jax; wins and
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: Seth Rollins VS Dean Ambrose; wins and
- WWE Championship: Daniel Bryan VS AJ Styles; wins and
- SmackDown Women’s Championship TLC Triple Threat: Becky Lynch VS Charlotte Flair VS Asuka; wins and
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the WWE TLC Kickoff Show!
Jonathan Coachman, Booker T, David Otunga and Sam Roberts discuss the stories and possible outcomes of all the matches on tonight’s card!
Baron Corbin practices his victory for later tonight.
The temporary Raw GM wants Jojo to put in way more emotion for the announcement that he will be the permanent GM. Heath Slater is going to be his referee and will count to 10, then Jojo will announce the decision. Charly Caruso comes in, and Corbin informs her that she has been handpicked to interview him after his victory by forfeit. She’s thankful for that, but she’s also here to interview him about the rumor that Braun Strowman will still be here tonight. Even if that were possible, Corbin would shatter Braun’s good elbow to pieces. And Corbin no longer responds to questions beneath a Raw GM. Now, from the top! “Ladies and gentlemen, your winner by forfeit, and permanent general manager, Baron Corbin.” Much better. But will that really be the announcement by the end of the TLC Match?
Kickoff Show – WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Buddy Murphy VS Cedric Alexander!
The Juggernaut won the title in his hometown of Melbourne, Australia, at the Super Show-Down event. However, the Age of Alexander looks to rebuild itself in San Jose! Can the Soul of 205 Live survive the unstoppable?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised and we begin! Alexander and Murphy circle and tie up. Murphy gets a waistlock but Alexander the standing switch. Murphy wrenches an arm but Alexander rolls through and reverses! Alexander wrenches the wrist but Murphy slips through the headlock takeover. Alexander headscissors but Murphy pops out. Roles reverse and now Alexander pops out of the headscissors. Murphy sweeps, cover, ONE. Alexander sweeps, ONE, and both men handspring up! Fans fire up for this even exchange and chant “205! 205!” for the fastest hour of WWE. Alexander waistlocks but Murphy breaks out. Alexander dodges and headscissors Murphy out! Fans fire up again as Alexander builds speed. Alexander dodges and ducks Murphy to dropkick him down! Cover, TWO!
Alexander keeps his cool, then CHOPS Murphy against the ropes. Murphy dumps Alexander to the apron but Alexander rocks him with a right! Alexander lines it up, but gets a knee trigger on reentry! We go picture in picture while Alexander falls out of the ring. Murphy fetches Alexander into the ring then climbs up. Murphy leaps for a meteora! Cover, TWO! Alexander lives but Murphy keeps his eyes on him. Murphy drives a knee in and wraps on a chinlock. Murphy shifts to drive elbows into Alexander’s shoulder and chest. Cover, TWO! Murphy gets Alexander back in the chinlock but fans build to a rally. Alexander gets up and fights back with body shots. Alexander breaks free to throw a forearm, then shoves Murphy to a corner. Murphy boots back, then hops up.
Murphy brings Alexander around for a hangman sleeper hold! He lets go at 4, but dares Alexander to stand back up. Murphy leaps, but into a SUPERKICK! Alexander and Murphy are both down, and fans build to another rally. Alexander gets to a corner, and runs corner to corner at Murphy. He rams in a shoulder then swings a kick to kick Murphy from the corner! Springboard complete shot, and then Alexander wrecks Murphy with a dropkick! Alexander keeps going, springboard lariat! Cover, TWO!! Murphy survives and Alexander is frustrated. Alexander stands while Murphy clutches ribs. Alexander drags Murphy up, but Murphy slips out of the lift. Murphy boots, dodges, but Alexander counters! Murphy sits on it, with trunks! TWO, and Alexander gets a sudden Michinoku! Cover, TWO!!
Alexander is shocked again, and thinks of what else he must do. Alexander stands and brings Murphy up. He throws a stiff forearm and Murphy falls over. Murphy slowly rises but Alexander punches him back down. Alexander brings Murphy up but Murphy blocks to fire off strikes! The knee misses, but so does the enziguri. Alexander rolls to uppercut! Alexander runs but Murphy reels him in. Murphy ducks the kick to shove Alexander, but Alexander elbow shim away. Alexander hops up, but gets tucked in for a SUPERKICK! And a sit-out powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Now Alexander lives and Murphy is shocked! Murphy drags himself up while Alexander crawls. Murphy stalks Alexander to a corner, and scrapes him out to the apron. They both stand on the edge, and Alexander suddenly gets Murphy with a Death Valley Driver! Alexander puts Murphy in, cover, TWO! LUMBAR CHECK!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!
Murphy finds a way to survive, and Alexander is beside himself. Murphy slumps out of the ring, but Alexander pursues. Alexander drags Murphy up but that’s 205 pounds of dead weight. Alexander puts Murphy in and stalks him to a corner. Murphy yanks Alexander into buckles! Murphy runs back in for a knee trigger! Then he drags Alexander up, Murphy’s Law! Cover, Murphy wins!
Winner: Buddy Murphy, by pinfall; still WWE Cruiserweight Champion
The Age of Alexander’s revival will not be at the expense of the Juggernaut! The unstoppable run of Buddy Murphy continues, will it ever end?
Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.
The Drifter is in San Jose, and has one of his guitars in hand. But in a Ladder match with Bobby Lashley, another of his guitars will be above the ring as the prize. Even so, he asks the usual question: “Who wants to Walk with Elias?!” San Jose does! TLC will be TLCG: Tables, Ladders, Chairs & Guitars. A ladder is a great symbol, he’s already climbed the ladder of success. Now he must climb to reclaim his beautiful Fender. And once he does, he’ll play a tune on Lashley that he’ll never forget. But right now, Elias plays a classic with his own spin on it. “Do you know the way to San Jose?” So please, silence phones, hold applause and maybe sing along. But no such luck, as Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush make their entrance.
Kickoff Show – Ladder Match: Elias VS Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush!
This is a very unique Ladder match for The Drifter and the Rocky Mountain Machine. Instead of the prize being a title or a contract, it is one of Elias’ prized guitars. Will Elias save his Fender from Lashley’s grasp? Or will that guitar soon bring a smash hit across someone’s back?
Lio speaks on the way out. “Once again, you are sadly mistaken!” Nobody came here for Elias. They all paid to see The Almighty Bobby! And their favorite pose: Bobby’s booty! Anyway, the bell rings and the two circle in the ring. Lashley and Elias tie up and end up all over the ropes. Elias powers out of the headlock but Lashley runs him over. Lio hypes Lashley up as Lashley hits a complete shot. Lashley heads for a ladder already, but fans tell him “Lashley Sucks!” Lashley brings a ladder up and in, but Elias dropkicks it into him! Elias stomps the ladder onto Lashley, then jumps to stomp through the rungs! Elias drags the ladder into the ring, then a second. He backs Lio off before going into the ring. Lio coaches Lashley up while Elias stands a ladder up.
Elias begins to climb but Lio gets in to stop him! Lio runs but can’t escape! Elias throws Lio but Lio goes under the ladder. Lashley returns to knock the ladder over. Lashley and Elias brawl, but Elias whips Lashley to hit him with a big knee! Elias picks up his second ladder and stands it up in a corner. He goes to Lashley for a chop, then body shots. Elias whips but Lashley reverses to send Elias into the ladder! Lashley runs to SPEAR Elias into the ladder. THe ladder falls on Elias’ back, but Lashley brings Elias up for the Vertigo Suplex! Lashley drives Elias down quick, then picks up the second ladder. Fans still say “Lashley Sucks!” especially as Lashley uses the AK slam to throw the ladder down on Elias!
We go picture in picture as Lashley stands up the first ladder. Lashley begins to climb, but Elias uses the second ladder to hit Lashley! Lashley comes off the ladder but Elias keeps on him! Elias rams the ladder into Bobby, then sets it up in another corner. Elias whips Lashley to ropes to run him over with a lariat! He keeps on Lashley with another whip but Lashley reverses. Elias goes up to mule kick Lashley! But then he runs into a belly2belly suplex that throws him into the ladder! Elias writhes while Lio chants. Lashley gets up and traps Elias in a corner with the ladder. Lashley rains down rights then kicks the ladder into Elias. Lio coaches Lashley to stand up the first ladder, and Lashley begins his climb. Lashley is almost there, but Elias returns to club him on the back!
Elias brings Lashley down with a powerbomb on the other ladder!! Lashley writhes in pain now, and Elias clibms. But Lio climbs up first! Elias stops Lio from touching the guitar, then knocks him off the ladder! Elias grabs his guitar, unhooks it, and wins!
The Drifter has his guitar back, but now the question is: who to use it on? Elias aims for Lashley, but Lio jumps on him first! Elias throws Lio off easily, but runs into a SPINEBUSTER from Lashley! Lashley tells Lio to get up and Lio climbs up top. Lio aims, and hits the Final Hour splash! Lashely picks up the guitar and aims at Elias. Elias stands, to get SMACKED with the guitar! Both guitar and Elias are broken, will the Almighty Lashley climb his own ladder of success towards a title?
“As another year comes to an end, you have to wonder: did you make the mark?”
The Shield is broken. The Baddest Woman on the Planet has a Facebreaker in her way. And history is made again. “And all it’s gonna take is a little TLC.”
Mixed Match Challenge Finals: Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox w/ The Singh Brothers VS R-Truth & Carmella!
#Mahalicia and the #FABULOUSTruth have been the underdogs of Mixed Match Challenge Season 2 from their first match to their last match. But now, they’re both at the end of the tournament competing for the 30th spots of both the Men’s and Women’s Royal Rumbles! Which team wins a huge advantage on the Road to Wrestlemania?
Truth & Mella rep the Sharks with the black and teal, “What’s up?!” Jinder and Alicia finally look to be on the same page with their own matching red gear. The teams sort out and the men start. Mahal and Truth circle and duel with “What’s Up?!” against “Shanti!” Fans prefer Truth. The two tie up and Mahal gets a headlock takeover. Truth resists the cover attempt, then fights his way up. Truth powers out but Mahal runs him over. Mahal grins as he runs, but Truth goes to back drop. Mahal whips but Truth crossbodies! Cover, ONE, Backslide! TWO, so Truth rolls up! TWO, and Mahal backs off. Alicia tags in, so Carmella comes in with her. Alicia says she’s got this, but Carmella and Truth egg them on. Truth and Carmella uses splits to dodge then double hip toss! And fans want it, so we get a… DANCE BREAK~!
The Fabulous Flossing begins but the Bollywood Boys join in! Only to get thrown out! Truth returns to his corner but Alicia clobbers Carmella. Alicia hits the swinging neckbreaker, covers, TWO! Alicia wraps on a chinlock but fans rally for Carmella. Carmella fights up and out, but Alicia shoves her. Carmella tilt-o-whirls to throw Alicia! Alicia is dizzy and ends up in Carmella’s takedown for fast hands! Alicia throws Carmella by her hair to deny a tag to Truth. Northern Lights, bridge, TWO! Alicia returns to the chinlock but fans rally up again. Carmella gets up and arm-drags Alicia away. Double clotheslines take both women down! The fans and the Singh Brothers rally for their favorites, hot tag to Truth! Mahal comes in, but Truth rallies with headscissors of his own!
Truth adds clotheslines and a calf kick! Mahal scrambles while Truth does the splits. Truth kicks low but the SInghs distract. Mahal kicks low but Truth dodges. Alicia tags in as Truth dropkicks Mahal. Alicia tells Truth to get out. He has to listen because she is captain now! Truth borrows her hat, and now HE is captain. Alicia kicks low and goes for scissor kick. FABULOUS Kick from Carmella, cover, but Mahal yanks her off! Truth dumps Mahal out, then slingshots for a wrecking ball dropkick. Carmella kicks a Singh away, but walks into Alicia’s jackknife cover! TWO, Code of Silence!! Alicia taps, FABULOUS Truth wins!
Winners: R-Truth & Carmella, Carmella pinning; win the Second Mixed Match Challenge, are now the 30th entrances of the Royal Rumbles.
From last to first, Truth & Carmella win it all!
In-ring interview with FABULOUS Truth!
How do they feel about this huge opportunity they just won? Oh and where are they going for vacation? Well it’s F A B U L O U S to win. They get to enter the Royal Rumbles last, possibly go to Wrestlemania, but they’ll also be heading to… Barcelona? No, bigger. Rome? No, tropical. Rio!? Paris?! No, no, cultural epicenter. Truth chose… WWE Headquarters in Connecticut!! What. Truth, that’s not even… Well, Truth’s strange dream destinations aside, they’re still getting those Rumble spots. Can Truth & Mella make the most of golden opportunities?
SmackDown Tag Team Championship Triple Threat: The Bar VS The Usos VS The New Day!
Awww San Jose~! Three of the best teams perhaps in ALL of WWE compete for the titles tonight! Cesaro & Sheamus may not be the best rappers but they’re much better at giving European Uppercuts. But Jimmy & Jey have tag team wrestling on #LockDown while ya bois, the New~ Day~ bring positivity and pancakes! Who will be the Blue Brand’s best after tonight?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and teams sort out. Only two competitors at a time means only Sheamus against Kofi Kingston to start. Sheamus and Kofi circle, then tie up. Kofi gets a waistlock but Sheamus powers him to the open corner. Sheamus backs off and circles with Kofi again. Fans rally for New Day and Kofi gets into the mood. Sheamus gets him in a headlock but Kofi headscissors. Sheamus pops out and gets another headlock. Kofi powers out but Sheamus runs him over. Cover, ONE, and Sheamus brings Kofi into another headlock. Kofi fights out and things speed up. Kofi leaps but Sheamus catches him to a back suplex, only for Kofi to slip out and dropkick! Cover, TWO, Kofi tags Woods.
Kofi kicks Shemaus down, Woods hits a sliding lariat, and Kofi adds a splash. Woods drops the elbow and covers, but both Usos and Cesaro break it. The Usos argue with Cesaro and Kofi and a brawl breaks out! Cesaro and Kofi end up outsid,e Jey builds speed, but runs into a EuroUpper! Woods wrecks Cesaro then builds speed on his own, but runs into the Irish Curse! Cover, TWO! Sheamus kicks Woods to The Bar’s corner and chokes him on the ropes. Sheamus throws corssface forearms, then Cesaro gets a hotshot! Tag to Cesaro and The Bar hit Woods with Super Saiyan Kicks. Cover, TWO! Cesaro argues for a faster count, then taunts Woods. Woods hits back but Cesaro tags Sheamus. Sheamus kicks Woods and The Bar whip Woods for the Bar Lariat! The Bar use their catchphrase and Sheamus stomps Woods.
Sheamus sits Woods up for a chinlock, then thrashes Woods around. Woods endures as fans build to a rally. Woods fights out of the hold, but Sheamus shoves him into a shoulder. Tag to Cesaro, and The Bar double elbow drop on Woods. Cover, TWO! Cesaro keeps his eyes on the Usos while looming over Woods. Cesaro stomps Woods’ hand, then puts on another chinlock. Woods endures again, and fans rally up for the Usos. Cesaro shoves Woods but Woods hits Sheamus! Honor Roll hits Cesaro! Cesaro tags Sheamus and Sheamus hits the Usos just because. Sheamus goes to Woods but Woods hits back. Woods leaps but is put in the open corner. Sheamus has Woods up top then throws hands as he climbs. Sheamus soaks up the heat while preparing a superplex, but Woods fights him with furious body shots!
Woods crotches Sheamus on the ropes, then dropkicks him down! Both men are down in the ring and crawling. Hot tag to Cesaro, hot tag to Kofi! Kofi springboards and rallies on Cesaro! Kofi dropkicks then hits the leaping lariat! Fans fire up with Kofi as he gives Cesaro the Boom Drop! Kofi aims from the corner and fans clap along. Kofi swings but is caught into a toss! Csaro runs in, Jimmy Uso tags in. Kofi kicks Cesaro then kicks Jimmy. Kofi leaps but Cesaro catches him! Cesaro lifts Kofi but Jimmy leaps in for a crossobdy! Cover, Cesaro breaks it! Cesaro gets the dragon whip kick, but Kofi rolls Jimmy! TWO! Jimmy misses Kofi but Jey tags in.
The Usos double kick Kofi back! Jey SUPERKICKS Kofi! SUPERKICK for Woods! SUPERKICK for Sheamus! Cesaro leaps into a SUPERKICK! The Usos aim but miss Kofi. Samoan Pop!! Cover, but Woods breaks it! Jimmy and Woods brawl and fall out of the ring. Jey climbs and aims at Kofi, but Cesaro tags in! Uso Splash, but Cesaro tosses Jey into post! Cover on Kofi, TWO!! The Bar is shocked they didn’t steal that one. Cesaro stalks Kofi now while Big E coaches Kofi up. Cesaro gets Kofi in the Swiss Swing! He goes around and around for about 12 rotations, and steps through for the Sharpshooter! Kofi endures the legendary lock, but Big E keeps Kofi from quitting. Cesaro drags Kofi away, but Woods hits the Get Over Here!
Sheamus tags in and blasts Woods and then Jey! Sheamus aims at Kofi now, calling for the end. Kofi stands, dodges the Brogue and rolls Sheamus up! TWO, and Sheamus tries again. Double stomps intercept the Brogue! Tag to Woods and Woods hurries up. Trouble In Paradise, to Limit Breaker!! Cover, but Jey and Cesaro both break it! Fans are thunderous for this match as four men are down in the ring. Big E coaches up his team, but it’s Jey who stands first. Cesaro follows and gives Jey a EuroUpper. Jimmy runs in, to a pop-up EuroUpper! Kofi dropkicks Cesaro out, then Kofi climbs up top. Kofi aims at the group outside, for a SUPER TRUST FALL! He takes out both Usos and Cesaro, but Sheamus goes after Woods.
Woods resists with hands and a kick. Sheamus staggers, but Cesaro goes for Woods’ feet. Woods mule kicks Ceaor, but steps into a BROGUE! Cover, The Bar wins!
Winners: The Bar, Sheamus pinning; still SmackDown Tag Team Champions
The Swiss Cyborg and Celtic Gladiator survive the odds and the chaos! They deny two great tag teams and perhaps become the greatest team themselves. Will any team come along to dethrone this duo?
TLC Match: Baron Corbin VS Braun Strowman!
The “General Manager Elect” can win himself that position permanently, or The Monster Among Men can shockingly return from elbow surgery and win his shot at The Beast, Brock Lesnar. Can Strowman save us from Corbin’s dictatorship? Or will no one #GetTheseHands tonight?
As a bonus, Heath Slater is made the referee for this match. The #OneRefBand will have to be the one to count to 10 to see if Strowman appears. Corbin thanks the fans for the “warm welcome.” He understands the fans are upset both about Corbin’s performance as GM and Strowman’s condition. Corbin takes the complaints very seriously, he listens to and respects their input. But “Too bad! Get used to it!” After Slater counts, Strowman loses by forfeit and Corbin is THE Raw GM. Now stop wasting time, ring the bell. The bell rings, and Slater has no choice but to start. Corbin grins and counts along. Slater reaches 5 and there’s no sign of Strowman. But then at 7, Strowman’s music hits!
The Monster Among Men IS here! His bad arm is in a sling, but he’s not gonna let that stop him. Corbin protests, Strowman can’t be in any shape to compete. Strowman circles the ring and picks up a mic. Strowman enters the ring, and fans hope Corbin will “Get These Hands!” “While you were out here flapping your gums, you forgot to mention something very important, Corbin.” It’s that in a TLC Match, there are No Disqualifications. Corbin doesn’t understand what that means. Strowman explains that if someone happened to help Strowman, like someone who is “sick and tired of dealing with a crappy General Manager”, it’d be perfectly legal. Corbin sees Apollo Crews appear, chair in hand. Strowman says Corbin made his bed, now he’ll lay in it.
Because Bobby Roode & Chad Gable are also here! And Finn Balor, the de facto leader of this rebellion. Finn, Apollo, Roode & Gable all enter, armed with chairs. Corbin tells Slater to do something about this. But Slater can’t, it’s No DQ. Also, Slater quits as referee. Slater throws the shirt at Corbin and decks him! The chair-wielding rebels close in. Corbin begs for mercy, but he gets nothign but steel! Everyone gets a chair shot in, with Finn adding one more SMACK! Fans are thunderous for this anti-Corbin alliance, and Corbin refuses to continue. But here comes Kurt Angle!! The previous Raw GM is here, and he’s making sure Corbin faces the consequences.
Angle picks up a chair and jams it into Corbin! Then SMACKS away on Corbin’s back! Corbin goes back to the ring, to get a GLORIOUS combination! And Apollo’s frog splash! And the Olympic Slam! Finn climbs up to add the Coup de Grace! Slater goes back to being a ref, so that Strowman can cover and be counted. Strowman wins!!
Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall; is now the #1 contender to Brock Lesnar’s WWE Universal Championship; Corbin is NO LONGER Raw General Manager
The Monster Among Men and all of those on Raw under Corbins’ thumb have their retribution! Will Strowman be able to recover to 100% so that he can finally #GetTheseHands on the Beast’s title?
Tables Match: Natalya VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad!
The Queen of Harts lost her father, The Anvil, but the Squad Leader doesn’t seem to care. Instead, Ruby wants to use it to further break Natty’s heart. But will Natty get her revenge by breaking a table with Ruby’s body?
The Squad walk out with Ruby and again present the table with Jim Neidhart on it. The bell rings and Ruby laughs at her own joke. Natty isn’t laughing, and fans are on her side. She and Ruby tie up and Natty gets Ruby down! Natty throws fast hands but Ruby scrambles away. Ruby throws Natty into ropes! Sarah takes a swipe but Natty gets away, only for Ruby to put her in the corner. Liv anchors Natty’s feet so that Ruby can splash in the corner. Ruby throws Natty down and kicks her in the side. Ruby pulls Natty’s hair as she says Natty’s nothing. Fans rally for Natty and Natty gives Ruby a snap back suplex! Ruby regroups with The Squad but Natty bounces her face off table top! Ruby hits Natty back and hurries up to the apron. Natty climbs up and wants to suplex Ruby off!
Ruby resists so Natty slides under to slap her! Natty hotshots Ruby then runs, but Liv moves Ruby out of the way! Liv gets knocked off the apron and falls through the table! Sarah checks on Liv while Ruby kicks Natty back. Ruby also checks on Liv, and Liv needs medics to check on her. More referees come out to help with the situation, and Ruby goes back to Natty. The match continues and Sarah helps Ruby get a table. Natty fights back and throws Ruby with a German Suplex! Natty dropkicks the table into Sarah! Ruby staggers but Natty pursues. Natty SLAPS Ruby, then throws her into the apron. Natty throws Ruby into barriers, and then tells her “You wanna mess with my family, b*tch?!” She gives Ruby another slap, but then Ruby slaps Natty back! Natty stomps on Ruby and positions another table.
Natty fetches Ruby and wants a bomb, but Ruby fights out. Ruby can’t escape as Natty puts her into barriers! Sarah comes running in, but Natty dodges to send her into barriers, too! Natty scoops Sarah and slams her through a table! The Squad is down, but Ruby throws Natty into apron! Ruby brings Natty to the Anvil table. Ruby makes Natty look at Anvil, claiming “He’s ashamed of you!” Fans boo but Ruby throws Natty into steps. Ruby puts her Anvil table in the ring and sets it up in a corner. Fans rally for Natty but Ruby fetches her into the ring. Ruby whips Natty, but Natty stops herself! Natty dodges Ruby and then lifts. Ruby fights out and wheelbarrows. Natty pops out to put Ruby in a Sharpshooter! This isn’t for the win, but to torture Ruby back for what she’s said!
Ruby grabs the table, and tips it to hit Natty on the back of the head! Natty goes down and Ruby gets free. Both women are down but fans rally up. Ruby gets back up and Natty crawls away. Ruby sets the Anvil table up on its legs. Natty stirs while Ruby struggles with the set up. Natty gets Ruby up in an Electric Chair, for the drop! Ruby writhes while Natty catches her breath. Natty stands while Ruby rolls out. Natty clears out the wrecked tables to bring out a new one. But this has RUBY on it! Natty grins over the poetic justice. Natty puts the Riott table in the ring, but she also puts on her dad’s jacket! The Anvil is with Natty in spirit now as she goes after Ruby.
Natty boots Ruby right down, then sets up the Riott table. Natty positions it just right, and then goes after Ruby. But Ruby goes to kick, only for Natty to scoop her. Ruby slips out to SUPERKICK Natty down! Ruby decides to use Natty’s table now. She puts Natty on top, but Natty stops her on the top rope! Natty bounces Ruby off her own image, and then sets her up just right. Natty climbs up top, but Ruby stops her with a kick! Ruby climbs up now, and pats Natty on the cheek. Ruby stands up, but the Frankensteiner is blocked! Natty brings Ruby back up, for a SUPER POWERBOMB, through the table!!
Revenge is sweet! The Queen of Harts makes her father proud, and makes Ruby pay in the best way. Will Natty leave The Squad behind and finally get back towards a title?
Finn Balor VS Drew McIntyre!
The Extraordinary Man already got back at Baron Corbin for everything he’s done on Raw, now Finn looks to settle scores with the Scottish Psycho. McIntyre has already hit Finn with Claymores before, will there be another boot in Finn’s future?
The bell rings and fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” Finn ties up with McIntyre and McIntyre puts Finn in a corner. McIntyre backs off at 4 but Finn chops him. It doesn’t do much, and McIntyre throws hands and chops of his own in Finn! McIntyre stalks Finn, and stomps the hand as he mocks the Too Sweet. McIntyre whips but Finn kicks him back. It still does little, and McIntyre scoops Finn. Finn slips out to kick away, but McIntyre clubs him with a clothesline. McIntyre stomps Finn more, then CHOPS Finn in a corner. McIntyre puts Finn in another corner but Finn dropkicks a leg out! Fans fire up with Finn as he drags McIntyre up. McIntyre powers Finn to a corner to stomp and chop back.
McIntyre hoists Finn up top then climbs up to trash talk him. But Finn slips out to trip McIntyre up! Finn stomps away on McIntyre, then climbs back up. McIntyre gets up to grab Finn by the throat! McIntyre brings Finn down to throw him overhead across the way! Finn is down, but McIntyre’s own legs are weakened. McIntyre keeps on Finn with a rain of rights. Fans rally for Finn and he kicks the bad leg. McIntyre whips Finn at buckles hard, and Finn hits the mat. McIntyre taunts Finn, “Fight up, Balor! Fight!” Finn shoulders in, then slingshots to a sunset. McIntyre holds ropes then stomps Finn again. McIntyre tosses Finn again! Cover, TWO! McIntyre keeps on Finn with a chinbar and armlock.
Fans rally while Finn endures. Finn fights out and kicks the bad leg. McIntyre kicks out Finn’s leg, then deadlift suplexes Finn up and over! Cover, TWO! Finn lives but McIntyre mocks him. “Reach! Reach!” McIntyre clubs Finn down and puts the chinbar back on. Fans rally and Finn gets up again. McIntyre wrangles Finn back down and keeps on the armlock and chinbar. Fans keep cheering and Finn gets up again. Finn pries his way out of the hold but McIntyre puts him in a corner. Finn boots back, and throws forearms. McIntyre stays standing but Finn keeps hitting him. Finn goes for the legs but McIntyre clubs him back. McIntyre lifts but Finn slips out to trip McIntyre and hit the double stomps! Finn fires up with the fans and runs at McIntyre in a corner, running chops!
Finn whips corner to corner but McIntyre reverses. McIntyre misses Finn, Finn goes tilt-o-whirl for the DDT! Finn clotheslines McIntyre out, then builds speed, to FLY! Direct hit takes McIntyre down! Finn brings McIntyre up and in, but McIntyre whips him. Slingblade! Finn aims but runs into a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Cover, TWO! McIntyre is frustrated, but he won’t let up. McIntyre sits Finn up to chop him. “You’re pathetic! You’re nothing to me!” But Finn kicks back! Finn’s boot is countered but Finn counters the Alabama slam to a cover! TWO, but Finn dodges McIntyre to kicks him down! Finn climbs up but McIntyre stops him. McIntyre CHOPS Finn then climbs up to join him. McIntyre hauls Finn up, SUPER Celtic Cross!! Cover, TWO!! Finn still lives and McIntyre is furious!
Fans rally up while McIntyre looms over Finn. McIntyre drags Finn up to throw him out. McIntyre watches Finn crawl before going out. Finn uses the apron skirt to trap McIntyre! Finn punches and stomps away! McIntyre crawls away, blocks the Penalty Kick and throws Finn down! McIntyre grins and laughs but the ring count passes 5. Glasgow kiss headbutt brings Finn down! McIntyre refreshes the count and mocks the Too Sweet. McIntyre hauls Finn up with ease, and puts him in the ring. But wait, Ziggler appears to SUPERKICK! The ref didn’t see it, and McIntyre is down! The Show-Off returns the favor for Finn from weeks ago, but Ziggler also has a chair! McIntyre boots the chair into Ziggler!
McIntyre and Ziggler scrap and McIntyre puts Ziggler into the ring. The referee tells McIntyre not to use the chair, but McIntyre still brings it in. Finn blasts the chair into McIntyre! Finn climbs, COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, Finn wins!!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall
The Scottish Terminator lost focus and the Extraordinary Man takes advantage! Ziggler may not have cared about Finn getting a win, but he did get his payback on McIntyre. Will McIntyre target them both for revenge in the New Year?
Chairs Match: Randy Orton VS Rey Mysterio!
The Viper wants to make another hero into a victim, but the King of Lucha Libre won’t let it happen! With steel chairs at the ready, will Mysterio turn the hunter into the hunted?
The bell rings and Mysterio circles with Orton. Orton kicks low and clubs Mysterio on the back. Orton throws Mysterio out and he grabs a chair. Mysterio kicks Orton and grabs a chair. Mysterio jabs it into Orton’s ribs, then SMACKS him on the back! Orton scrambles away but Mysterio keeps chase. Mysterio SMACKS Orton again, then jabs him some more. Mysterio gives another SMACK! Orton goes to a corner and Mysterio keeps on him with the chair edge. Mysterio gets another chair, and sits it up in front of Orton. Mysterio goes corner to corner but Orton dodges. Orton clubs Mysterio on the top rope, then borrows that chair to SMACK Mysterio down. Mysterio writhes and ends up on the apron, but Orton places the chair.
Orton goes out to the apron and brings Mysterio up. Mysterio fights out and shoulders Orton back. Mysterio jabs Orton again, then runs, to dropkick the feet out! Orton bumps apron on the way down, and Mysterio has his chair back. Mysterio runs with it, to boogie board the chair onto Orton! Fans fire up for that creativity but both men writhe from the pain. Mysterio brings another chair over and SMACKS Orton again! Orton scrambles into more chairs but Mysterio kicks him in the rib. Mysterio bumps Orton off the apron and sits him down in a chair. Mysterio throws more hands, then lines up a shot from the apron. He leaps, but Orton dodges to send the seated senton onto the chair! Orton grins as he stalks Mysterio again. Orton brings Mysterio up to SMACK him down!
Now Orton clears off an announce desk and sets a chair on top. Orton goes back to Mysterio and brings him over. He throws Mysterio face first onto the chair! Mysterio is stuck on the table while Orton puts chairs in the ring. Orton grins as he brings Mysterio back to the ring. Cover, TWO! Mysterio is tougher than that but Orton doesn’t seem to mind. Orton goes to his chair pile and wedges one in the corner. Orton goes to Mysterio and kicks him away from picking up a chair. He hauls Mysterio up, runs at the corner, but Mysterio slips out. Mysterio headscissors Orton into that chair! Mysterio runs, but into a powerslam! Cover, TWO! Orton keeps his cool while he watches Mysterio crawl. Mysterio gets to the apron, but Orton heads over with a chair.
Orton places the chair down and drags Mysterio out through the ropes. Fans know what’s coming, but so does Mysterio! Mysterio gets in, puts Orton on the ropes, but the 619 is denied! Mysterio still kicks Orton away, then hurries to a corner. He springboards, but Orton throws a chair at him! Mysterio crash lands, Orton covers, TWO! Orton gets another chair and stomps Mysterio down. Orton wedges the chair into a corner, but the lower level this time. He goes back to Mysterio, armed with another chair. Mysterio kicks Orton away, takes that chair and SMACKS Orton again! Orton is on the ropes, 619 connects! Mysterio hurries up top, but Orton trips him up. Orton now has Mysterio where he wants him, and swings Mysterio into the chair!
Mysterio is stuck in the Tree of Woe, and Orton grabs yet even more chairs. Orton goes to Mysterio to bounce him off the corner chair again, then sets the new chairs up. Mysterio falls out of the Tree but Orton makes sure his line-up is perfect. Orton then goes to Mysterio and drags him up in a cravat. Orton aims for the chairs, but Mysterio slips out. Mysterio mule kicks and rolls to throw Orton into his own chairs! Then victory roll cover! Mysterio wins!!
Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall
Orton is furious but that’s a win! Mysterio is no victim, and certainly not the Apex Predator’s prey. But even with this win, will Orton still hunt Mysterio down?
Backstage interview with Finn Balor!
He got a big win thanks to Dolph Ziggler. Finn doesn’t understand why, but Ziggler shows up to say “You’re welcome.” Finn didn’t have a chance without him. Ziggler says Finn is lucky he was there. Finn stops Ziggler from leaving but Ziggler throws Finn into trunks! It seems Finn has only moved on from McIntyre to have beef with the Show-Off. Will Finn get the last word against Ziggler?
Raw Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey VS Nia Jax!
As the Baddest Woman puts it, the real test of a champion is if they can fight in sickness or in health, ready to throw down even on their worst day. The Irresistible Force is ready to give Ronda that worst day, and break her face while ending her undefeated reign. Will this Money in the Bank rematch finally settle who is THE baddest woman of WWE?
Joe’s Lucha Libre Weekly: News & Analysis
As the year winds down, we see all of our favorite companies setting up for 2019. Joe will give us a nice snapshot of where some of our favorite Luchadors are headed, down the home stretch of 2018.
Arena Mexico Last Friday
Volador Jr and Ultimo Guerrero wrestled in the main event in a rare singles match with nothing on the line. It was a really good match that saw Volador winning. That’s interesting and since he pinned the heavyweight champion, I wonder if that’s a program that look for. Volador doesn’t seem to be any less over since losing his hair so why not keep booking him strong? When he grows his hair back fully it could help a younger talent get over again. He’s clearly talented enough to stay over. Atlantis, El Valiente, and Diamante Azul took on Rush, El Terrible, and La Bestia del Ring. This was a DQ finish which saw the former winning. It’s typical for a Los Ingobernables match. There wasn’t much else important on the show. It wasn’t a huge show and only drew 6,000 fans. Looks like they’re back to the pre LA Park numbers.
Arena Puebla Monday
The main event of this show was Volador against El Terrible. He challenged him on a previous show to a singles match because he’s tired of the way Los Ingobernables acts during their matches. He won the match in a match that wasn’t very good and featured a lot of posturing. The third fall was okay but it was really slow moving. Caristico, Angel de Oro, and Niebla Roja faced Cavernario, Hechicero, and Rey Bucanero. This was a really fun match. Caristico, Oro, and Roja have good chemistry together. They ended up winning the match in three falls.
Arena Mexico Tuesday
Atlantis, Diamante Azul, and Stuka faced Cavernario, El Terrible, and Euforia in the main event. It was an okay match. Atlantis was moving decently in this match. The former won the match when Atlantis got Cavernario in a torture rack. The co main event featured, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr, and Black Panther facing off against Mephisto, Luciferno, and Rey Bucanero. This also wasn’t a bad match. Blue Panther can still go at a reasonably high rate for a man who is almost 60. He did two middle rope dives. But the latter team won with an elaborate submission, as Mexico is known for.
Arena Mexico Friday Preview
The main event for this show is Caristico, Volador Jr, and El Valiente vs Ultimo Guerrero, Sanson, and Cuatrero. An interesting pairing for the latter team. Also interesting to know that Rush will be on MLW live on Friday interest of being in Mexico. The co main event is Angel de Oro, Niebla Roja, and Flyer vs Shocker, El Terrible, and Rey Bucanero. Sounds like a fun match up. There is a lightning match between Soberano Jr and Forastero. That should also be a fun match.
AAA had a show. Yeah, that had a show. Moose returned to AAA which is cool, I like Moose. Dr. Wagner, Psycho Clown, and Pagano faced Moose, Blue Demon Jr, and Rey Escorpion in the main event. It was a brawl like match where Pagano unceremoniously pinned Moose in the main event. The OGTs faced Porde de Norte in the co main event in which was a fun match. Aerostar faces Monster Clown in a strap match and he won. It was somewhat brutal but not as crazy as I’ve seen in AAA. It was pretty much a nothing show.
They have a show on Christmas. Branded as the AAA vs Elite. Elite being a dead brand they resurrected just for storyline reasons. I’m not watching that live probably because I’m not an animal. Psycho Clown, La Parka, and Pagano will face Electro Shock, Taurus, and Rey Escorpion in the main event. The co main event sees Averno, Chessman, and Super Fly face Australian Suicide, Golden Magic, and Jack Evans. Hijo Del Vikingo, Luchador Sorpersa, and Halcon 78 Jr face Emperador Azteca, Samoano, and Tonga. Faby Apache and Lady Shani face Lady Maravilla and Keyra. Chicano, Vanilla, and Villano III Jr face Chica Tormenta, Demus, and Toxin. Then there’s a minis match.
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