Raw gets Rowdy, and a little crazy, as Ronda Rousey makes her television in-ring debut against Alicia Fox! Can Ronda clear out the Goddess’ newest sidekick?
- Roman Reigns VS Baron Corbin; Roman wins.
- Bobby Roode VS Mojo Rawley; Roode wins.
- Rezar w/ Akam VS Titus O’Neil w/ Titus Worldwide; Rezar wins.
- Braun Strowman VS Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh; Mahal wins, by disqualification.
- Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre VS Seth Rollins
& Roman Reigns; becomes…
- 2v1 Handicap Match: Ziggler & McIntyre VS Rollins; Ziggler & McIntyre win.
- The Revival VS The B-Team; no contest.
- The Riott Squad VS The Boss & Hug Connection; The Riott Squad wins.
- Ronda Rousey w/ Natalya VS Alicia Fox w/ Alexa Bliss; Ronda wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Raw reviews the shocking turn of events from last week.
Kurt Angle gave Paul Heyman an ultimatum for both him and his client. Heyman tried his hardest to convince Lesnar to care, but Lesnar just wouldn’t hear him out. Commissioner Stephanie McMahon, in the “interest” of maintaining the Summerslam main event, made sure Angle made sure Roman Reigns was nowhere in the building. The Big Dog was kicked out of the Yard, but not without giving the Lone Wolf a shot in the chops first.
The end of the night came, Heyman told Lesnar what was on the line, and asked as Lesnar’s friend to do this. But Lesnar told Heyman they’re not friends. Lesnar sent Heyman out for him, but that only angered Angle more. Angle called Lesnar the “worst Universal Champion of all time”, and declared both Heyman and Lesnar were fired! But then The Beast would appear! Does management have a problem with Lesnar? Before they could answer, Lesnar gave Angle an F5! And he made Baron Corbin back down with a look. Then he’d grab his Advocate by the jaw! Lesnar made Heyman look at Angle, then almost choked him out. The Conqueror has become The Tyrant, but can anyone hope to dethrone him?
Kurt Angle heads to the ring!
The Olympic Gold Medalist GM has the Constable in tow as he welcomes Jacksonville to the show. Angle reminds us that tonight is Ronda Rousey’s TV wrestling debut! Angle appreciates Ronda likes competing on Raw and with no complaints. Whether Ronda wins or loses at Sumemrslam, she’s a champion in Angle’s eyes. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about Lesnar. Constable Corbin warns Angle to watch his words, but Angle has to get this out. Lesnar doesn’t care about the fans, the championship or Angle. Heyman managed to get Lesnar out before Raw went off the air, so Heyman’s job is still secure. But Lesnar and his attack on Angle has– Well first, here comes Roman Reigns!
The Big Dog is back, and he joins Angle & Corbin in the ring. Roman tells Angle that while he has a lot of respect as GM, Angle should’ve known better. If you kick the Dog out, who protects the Yard? It’s how Lesnar was able to rag doll Angle last week. Corbin shouldn’t be smiling, he didn’t do a damn thing! Actually, Corbin ran like “a scared, little old-” Angle knows no one likes what Lesnar did, from top to bottom. Oh really? Is Angle about to say what he’s about to say? Lesnar gets indefinitely suspended to keep the match off? No, far from it. Lesnar will defend his Universal Championship against Roman Reigns. And Angle really wants Roman to kick Lesnar’s ass.
Wow, that’s a sound bite. Corbin says that’s unprofessional, there are no favorites in management. And if Lesnar was here, he’d– He’d what? Look at Corbin to make him run away again? Corbin didn’t run away, he was the bigger man. And Corbin was tired from beating up “little tiny Finn Balor.” Y’know, someone who was already Universal Champion? Corbin does so much, what else could he have done. Acted like a man, for one. Oh and Angle is an example? He comes out acting like this is his show. All he does is make matches. Stephanie McMahon and Triple H are in charge, and put Corbin in charge to watch Angle, because Angle can’t be trusted. Angle admits to that, he just makes matches. But here’s a match idea: Roman Reigns VS Baron Corbin, RIGHT NOW! The only one who hates the idea is Corbin.
Roman Reigns VS Baron Corbin!
Corbin sucker punches Roman! The referee is slow to appearing, but Corbin waits for Roman to stand again. SUPERMAN PUNCH! Corbin goes down, Roman covers, TWO!! That was almost a quick finish and everyone knows it. Corbin bails out of the ring to clear his head, but we go to break.
Raw returns and Corbin has Roman in a chinlock. Roman stands up and powers out, then things speed up. Roman scoops but Corbin slips off to shove him. Corbin runs, slides out but slides back in to clobber Roman! Cover, TWO! The Big Dog gasps for air while the Lone Wolf works to keep his cool. Corbin grabs Roman by his hair and puts him in a corner. Corbin throws heavy hands, then whips Roman corner to corner hard. Roman hits buckles then the mat, and Corbin mockingly applauds. Fans boo and jeer the cocky Constable while he trash talks Roman. Corbin drags Roman up and Roman fights back with body shots. Roman runs, but into a big back elbow! Cover, TWO! Corbin puts Roman in a half-nelson chinbar. Roman endures the twisting while fans build to a rally. Roman stands up, but Corbin throws him down.
Corbin sneers as he looms over Roman. He stomps on Roman, then drives elbows into Roman’s forehead. Corbin reapplies the half-nelson chinbar and bends Roman back. Fans rally up again and Roman reaches for ropes. Roman stands up, and fights out with haymakers. Corbin shoves Roman but gets a kick for it. They collide with clothelines but Rmoan stays standing. Roman whips but Corbin reverses and ducks the leaping lariat. Roman anticipates Corbin and clotheslines him out! The fans fire up while Roman pursues Corbin. Drive-By! Corbin goes down, but Roman brings him back up and in. Corbin rolls back out, then uppercuts Roman at the ropes! He shoves Roman into a post, and has control while we go to break.
Raw returns again, and Corbin has Roman in the half-nelson chinbar again. Fans rally up again and Roman feeds off the energy. Fans duel as Roman stands up and fights back again. Corbin shoves Roman, but Roman holds ropes. Corbin runs into an elbow, but reverses the whip, only to get the leaping lariat! Roman boots Corbin, then shoves him for the Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO! Roman keeps his cool as he stalks Corbin to a corner. He gives the close-range clotheslines, and gets all 10. Roman runs, and boots Corbin down! Fans fire up as Roman locks and loads. Roman runs out, but Corbin blocks the Superman punch. Roman gets out of the Choke Slam, but runs into DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO! Corbin is furious over Roman surviving. He and Roman slowly stand while fans rally up.
Roman gets to a corner, and Corbin runs in for a big clothesline. Corbin gives another, and another, then reels Roman in. Roman fires forearms to stop, then whips Corbin. Corbin slides out, accidentally knocks over a cameraman, then slides back in, for a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, TWO! Roman is shocked, but Corbin still lives. Both men are down but Roman has energy to give. Fans fire up as he gets to a corner. Roman lets out the howl, but Corbin has escaped to the apron. Corbin walks away, not feeling the need to finish this. But here comes Finn Balor! The Extraordinary Man walks down the ramp and Corbin finds himself stuck. Corbin protests, but gets a FLYING Superman Punch! Roman puts Corbin in the ring, lets out the howl, and SPEAR! Cover, Roman wins!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall
An assist to Finn for keeping Corbin caged in, but Roman wins again! Can Roman finally get it done on The Beast at Summerslam? That’s yet to be seen, but for now, Roman gives Finn the nod and fist bump. Finn gets in the ring, takes off the jacket, and looks to give the Constable some payback. He hits the blasting dropkick! Then he climbs up top, COUP DE GRACE! The double stomp leaves the big bad Lone Wolf wincing. Will these two settle this grudge in the near future?
Kurt Angle meets with Seth Rollins.
The Architect’s focus is on the Intercontinental Champion, but points out how Drew McIntyre always rears his ugly head to help out Dolph Ziggler. And how when Rollins aims for McIntyre, he has to worry about Ziggler. Rollins wants to know how he can take care of both of them. Angle suggests he find a partner to take those two on in a tag team match. Rollins accepts the terms, can he find someone to stand up to the Show-Off & The Scottish Terminator tonight?
Bobby Roode VS Mojo Rawley!
The Glorious One took offense to being called all hype from the former Hype Man. When push came to shove last week, Roode would start a fight with Mojo backstage in the locker room. Can Roode show Mojo which one of them is really just hype? Or will Mojo prove he’s better than Absolutely GLORIOUS?
The bell rings and the two tie up right away. Roode gets a headlock, then spins around to a hammerlock. Mojo elbows out, then headbutts Roode to a corner. Mojo bumps Roode off buckles, then stalks behind him. Roode checks his face, then throws haymakers on Mojo. Roode whips Mojo corner to corner but Mojo reveres, only for Roode to run out with a lariat. Mojo crawls now, but turns around into a kick. Mojo denies the DDT, Roode gets a waistlock but Mojo standing switches. Roode throws Mojo out then dropkicks him down. The Killer Instinct is on the defensive while we go to break.
Raw returns and Mojo has Roode in a rear bearhug. Mojo taunts Roode while squeezing the ribs. Roode endures while he works out of the hold. Roode pries Mojo’s hands apart, but Mojo knees low. Mojo gut wrenches Roode for a throw, then covers, TWO! Mojo keeps his cool while Roode clutches his back. He rams forearms into Roode, then covers, TWO. Mojo puts Roode in another bearhug, but Roode works against it. Fans rally up for Roode, and Roode feeds off it. Roode powers his way up but Mojo squeezes tighter. Roode endures but Mojo keeps taunting him. They stand up, fans rally again, and Roode elbows his way out. Roode runs, but into a sidewalk slam! Mojo watches Roode intently while he’s on the mat. Mojo moderately mocks the Glorious pose, then lifts Roode. Roode sunset flips, TWO!
Roode blocks right hands to give right hands, but Mojo knees low. Mojo whips but Roode kicks him away. Roode ducks, runs and rallies with forearm smashes and lariats. Mojo gets to a corner but Roode gives him a clothesline to neckbreaker! Fans fire up with Roode as he hops up. Roode takes aim, GLORIOUS Blockbuster! His back slows him down but he doesn’t stop. Fans fire up again as he winds it up… GLORIOUS! He kicks, but Mojo powers him to a corner. Mojo rolls out but runs into boots. Roode up again, but jumps to be caught into a fireman’s carry. Mojo pops Roode, GLORIOUS DDT! cover, Roode wins!
Winner: Bobby Roode, by pinfall
A win out of nowhere, that is the ability of Roode’s intellect. Has Roode’s GLORIOUS talent shut Mojo down? Or will Mojo rise again for more?
WWE staff goes over tonight’s details with Elias.
But The Drifter doesn’t want to worry about that, he’s already seen it all in his head. They just need to do their jobs, and it’ll be perfect. What will Elias have to say when he hits the stage?
“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”
He introduces himself to Jacksonville, plays his guitar, and as always, he asks “Who Wants to Walk with Elias?!” Jacksonville seems into that idea. The album is out, he is changing lives on a daily basis. If you don’t have it yet, you’re one of a very few. Big names in music are afraid, because Elias is on top of all the charts with only four songs! Can he get an amen? Amen! Now, Elias’ document came out on the WWE Network, aka the Walk With Elias Network. They tried but they got it wrong, so Elias has his film crew here to do it the “real” way, Elias’ way. So please silence phones and hold applause until after he finishes.
Actually, move over, cameraman. Get a close up on the fingers, that’s the magic. Elias plays while the crew moves over, but then he gets an idea. Circle him! Like they’re orbiting around the center of the WWE Universe. The crew moves, but a bit slow for his liking. Slow like Bobby Lashley, actually. But wait, hold on, the audience is the problem. Jacksonville takes offense. Can they use CGI or something to blur them all out? Better yet, copy and paste in a better crowd. Fans boo louder now. Elias keeps his camera crew in mind. That nobody, Bobby Lashley, ruined everything last week, that’s not happening this week. Elias plays his guitar while the crew moves together around him. But speaking of Lashley, here he comes!
The Dominator heads to the ring, much to Elias’ chagrin. Lashley likes Elias’ jokes, but once again his name comes out of Elias’ mouth. He heard Elias complain about his documentary. Lashley liked how brilliant that documentary was, what’s he complaining about? Elias admits it had its moments, but it portrayed him as egotistical and out of touch. As opposed to what? Elias gets it now. Lashley is making jokes, too. But keep the camera on Elias. Fans boo, Elias tells them to shut up. Elias knows Lashley is out here to steal the spotlight, but it’s not happening. Lashley has tried to steal the spotlight but it ain’t happening. Lashley’s comeback has been a joke. No, the joke is Elias, from his boot, to guitar, to scarf to documentary to music! The next time Lashley’s name comes out Elias’ mouth, what happens to him won’t be a joke.
Elias has his crew start moving out of the ring. They can film somewhere else, like in the back where they won’t be interrupted. Don’t worry about anyone else. Elias checks the clipboard, but sues it as a decoy on Lashley! He stomps away on Lashley at the ropes, then asks who the joke really is. Elias runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Lashley isn’t smiling, but he does want Elias’ crew to document him. Fans love Lashley as he gives Elias the Vertigo Suplex slam! Is that going to make it into the second Elias documentary? Is Elias going to make it to a second album if he keeps mocking the Alpha Male?
Seth Rollins stretches backstage.
In walks Tyler Breeze. Prince Pretty heard about how he needed a tag team partner, and he’s without a partner of his own. Tyler’s gorgeous while Rollins is… passing. Y’know, if you’re into that #CrossfitJesus thing. So how about it? Crossfit Breezus? Yeah? Let’s do this before Breeze changes his mind. Roman walks in, seeing Breeze do the shield fist. Is this serious? Everyone wants in. Nah, Roman’s got this. The Shield Brothers reunite once again, can they finally shut Ziggler & McIntyre up?
Rezar w/ Akam VS Titus O’Neil w/ Titus Worldwide!
Last week, Apollo Crews proved one half of the Authors of Pain aren’t as dangerous if they’re all alone in a match. Can the Real Deal Titus Brand President prove the same about the other half? Or will the ending be changed this time around?
The bell rings and the two big men tie up. Rezar powers Titus to a corner, then backs up at 4 only to knee Titus low. He stalks Titus to give him more body shots. He trash talks in Albanian before clubbing Titus down to the mat. Rezar trash talks Apollo, too, but Titus throws hands! Titus whips but is reversed into another low knee. Rezar doesn’t let up in trash talk, nor in the attack as he rams his shoulder into Titus in a corner. He backs up at 4, and fans boo and jeer. Rezar grinds his boot into Titus, then backs off at 4 again. Dana and Apollo coach Titus up, even as Rezar shouts at them all. Rezar grinds Titus into the corner, but still lets up at 4. Titus manages to kick back, then throw hands.
Titus powers back, then whips Rezar into a corner. Now Titus gives shoulders and chops to Rezar. He whips but Rezar revesres. Titus goes up and over, to boot Rezar down! The Gator fires up, as does Jacksonville. Titus barks, runs in, and hits a big corner splash. He keeps moving, but now Akam talks trash to distract. Rezar boots Titus down! Rezar glares as he picks Titus up, SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Rezar wins!
Winner: Rezar, by pinfall
The AoP tie things up in 1v1 competition, with some indirect teamwork. Will they continue to write a story of dominance in the Raw Tag Team Division? Or are they setting themselves up for a bad ending?
Kevin Owens talks with Jinder Mahal & Sunil Singh backstage.
The Prizefighter and Modern Day Maharaja seem to be going over flashcard notes. The Kevin Owens Show returns, next!
It’s the Kevin Owens Show!
Yes, it’s back after a long hiatus, and now it’s set up on the stage instead of in the ring. Kevin welcomes everyone to this return edition, and asks we help welcome “a man who has been instrumental” in helping Kevin handle all the stress caused by Braun Strowman. Welcome Kevin’s personal guru, Jinder Mahal! Mahal comes out, with Sunil behind him. They take their seats, and Kevin thanks Mahal. Kevin was skeptical about the methods, the breathing and chanting and “crap”, but Kevin has felt so much better. At Extreme Rules, Kevin was thrown off the steel cage onto the announce table, and he thought he would live his life in pain. But now, he’s pain free! He can play with his kids without feeling his spine shifting.
Kevin has Mahal out here for that, but also because they share something special. They’ve both accomplished something rare in the WWE. When someone sees Braun Strowman, they usually see a monster. Speaking of, fans would like to see Strowman themselves. Strowman is seemingly impossible to defeat, but Kevin has achieved the impossible! Kevin defeated Strowman! And so did Mahal! Granted, Kevin did it in a “grueling steel cage match” while Mahal got a count-out, but wins are wins. In fact, if Kevin wins at Summerslam, he’ll get that Money in the Bank contract. Strowman tried to take everything from Kevin, but Kevin will do so in return. And when Kevin wins, he’ll be #KOInTheBank! A guaranteed title shot whenever and wherever, which guarantees Kevin will finally reclaim the Universal Championship!
But the truth is, Kevin has never been the same since losing that title. Kevin feels it within his grasp, all thanks to Mahal helping him be clear-headed. Kevin has an idea for what needs to happen tonight. They need to have Mahal VS Strowman one more time! It’ll be fine. Mahal did it once, he can do it again, and will do it again. Bring out The Monster Among Men, Braun Strowman! Kevin tries again. Oh but see? The Monster is afraid of them. Wait, what? What made the stage move? What’s tipping the stage?! It’s BRAUN!! The Monster gets another one over on the conniving Kevin, but is also here for that match Kevin promised!
Braun Strowman VS Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh!
The Monster Among Men wants revenge on the Modern Day Maharaja for that count-out-with-an-assist defeat last week. Now that Strowman knows what to expect, will he make back his win before defending his briefcase against Kevin?
Kevin coaches Mahal up for this, but Mahal is still reeling from the stage-tipping. Mahal still gets in the ring as Kevin shouts “Shanti!” at him. The bell rings, and Mahal asks Strowman be peaceful about this. They circle but fans chant “Get These Hands!” Strowman fires up with the Monster’s Mantra, then dares Mahal to bring the fight. Mahal refuses, but Kevin sneaks away with the briefcase. Or tries to, because Strowman sees him again. And gives chase, again! Kevin dumps the case down, but Strowman still chases him off. Then he gets in at 8! Mahal panics, he doesn’t know what to do without Kevin’s help.
Kevin sheepishly comes back while Mahal just tries to avoid Strowman. Strowman corners him and throws him! Kevin sneaks up, gets the case, and runs away! Strowman chases him down and runs him over at the stage! Mahal comes back but Strowman hits him with the briefcase! That’s a disqualification!
Winner: Jinder Mahal, by disqualification
Another example of how Strowman could still lose his briefcase to Kevin at Summerslam! Mahal gets another win, but that only angers Strowman all over again. Strowman storms down and catches Mahal at the timekeeper’s area! Sunil Singh snags the briefcase to save Mahal, but instantly regrets it. Sunil tosses the briefcase back to Strowman, but Strowman still boots Sunil down! Mahal has escaped to safety by now, but Strowman dares someone to fight! Kevin has brains, but will it be enough to outsmart Strowman’s brawn in Brooklyn?
Baron Corbin talks with Stephanie McMahon on the phone.
He then passes her on to Angle. Angle talks with the Raw Commissioner now, and understands her orders. He tries to reason with her, but Stephanie’s orders are clear. He’ll “take care of it”, but what does that mean?
Raw shares footage of Corey Graves conducting a retrospective interview with Roman Reigns.
There’s no surprise Brock Lesnar refused to be part of this, but that’s par for the course as The Beast goes. How does Roman Reigns feel about going one more time against Lesnar after all the times he’s fallen short? This rivalry of main event proportions dates all the way back to Wrestlemania 31 in 2015. They battled for the WWE World Championship in the main event. It went back and forth, until The Architect cashed-in to snag the title away from both men. That wasn’t a defeat for Roman, but it wasn’t a victory. Fast-forward to Wrestlemania 33 just this past April. They again battled back and forth, for the Universal Championship, and Lesnar truly defeated The Big Dog. Roman vowed to simply get up and keep going.
It was only a couple weeks later that they would have their third go, inside a Steel Cage! Roman hit a Spear so strong, both men went through a cage wall! But because of a referee’s hasty decision in calling it, The Beast would remain champion. The controversy would upset Roman, because he felt like the real winner that night. But then, what is his reaction to Lesnar out and saying he doesn’t care about the WWE Universe? Lesnar went so far as to assault the GM and his own manager. “You have no leader when you have a champion like Brock Lesnar.” Roman is sick of Lesnar disrespecting this lifestyle, this business that is his family’s legacy.
Lesnar still vowed to “kick Roman Reigns’ ass”, but Roman vows to do what Lesnar doesn’t. Roman is going to actually show up, earn the belt, and set a standard. Lesnar’s the Beast, but he hasn’t conquered Roman. Roman is in a scenario where losing is not an option. Will he make good on this fourth and possibly final time against Lesnar?
Kurt Angle & Baron Corbin intercept The Shield.
Corbin has Angle tell them the bad news. Angle can’t, so Corbin speaks up. It’s admirable that Roman wants to help his “brother”, but Stephanie McMahon can’t have them jeopardizing the main event of Summerslam. Roman already competed in a grueling match, so he can’t be Rollins’ partner. Well good thing Roman doesn’t care what Stephanie thinks. Stephanie knew he’d say that, so if he defies her orders, he loses his shot at Lesnar. Rollins calms Roman down and says he can handle this for the sake of the bigger picture. Well, it’s going to be a handicap match now. Does Rollins stand a chance? By the way, Roman, how’re those ribs? Roman body shots Corbin! Get the trainer, that had to hurt.
2v1 Handicap: Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre VS Seth Rollins!
The Show-Off & The Stud have an even better chance of winning now that it’s just The Kingslayer. Can Rollins survive being the one caught up in the conspiracy crossfire?
Rollins has no choice but to start against Drew McIntyre. Fans want Dean Ambrose, but he’s sadly far from returning given that elbow injury. Rollins daringly SLAPS McIntyre, then leads him on a cat ‘n’ mouse chase. Rollins dropkicks McINtyre, then grabs Ziggler. He goes after the Show-Off with stomps, then dodges McIntyre to roll him. SUPERKIKC for McINtyre, then a clothesline for Ziggler. Rollins hurries up top, but Ziggler goes after him. He kicks Ziggler away, but flies into a catch! McIntyre spins around from the momentum and dumps Rollins on his side, but then deadlifts him back up for a backbreaker! Rollins writhes but McIntyre rains right hands. McIntyre glares as he drags Rollins back up. He puts Rollins in a corner, then whips him corner to corner. Rollins tumbles up and down, then Ziggler tags in.
Ziggler taunts Rollins while fans rally up for him. Rollins hits Ziggler with haymakers, but Ziggler kicks low. ZIggler puts Rollins in the corner and McIntyre tags back in. McIntyre gives body shots and swift chops. Fans keep trying, but Rollins is put in the seated abdominal stretch. Rollins endures while they continue to rally, but Ziggler likes the control he sees. McIntyre grinds and stretches Rollins more, but fans rally up. Rollins gives a jawbreaker, but McIntyre deadlift throws Rollins down. Tag to Ziggler, and Ziggler continues to rope-a-dope with Rollins. Ziggler taunts Rollins, that when Rollins is all alone, he loses. Rollins fights back with body shots, but Ziggler stops him with a haymaker. Ziggler bumps Rollins off buckles, then runs in. The splash misses! Rollins can’t tag out, he can only recover on the mat.
Fans rally up again and Rollins denies a tag with chops and haymakers. he whips Ziggler, but Ziggler dodges. Ziggler holds on and throws Rollins out. Rollins trips McIntyre! Then he baits McIntyre to run into a post! Rollins has an opening as he rushes Ziggler. Slingblade! Rollins forearm smashes, then runs for a clothesline to send Ziggler out. Fans fire up while Rollins takes aim. Rollins builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit, and Rollins puts Ziggler in the ring. Rollins springboards, flying clothesline! Rollins and Jacksonville fire up as he mule kicks, but Ziggler dodges the stomp. Ziggler kicks, but runs into a Buckle Bomb! McIntyre tags in! And clobbers Rollins! McIntyre glares again, then tags Ziggler. They bring Rollins up to finish this. McIntyre runs, but into a knee! School boy on Ziggler, but McIntyre breaks it. SUPERKICK from Ziggler, cover, Ziggler & McIntyre win!
Winner(s): Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre, Ziggler pinning
It was fast, furious and chaotic. There may have been controversy, but it doesn’t really matter now. Rollins lost against both Show-Off and Stud tonight, but can he find a way to not lose again at Summerslam?
The Revival VS The B-Team!
The #TopGuys want to prove Bo Dallas & Curt Axel are anything but the “best” team. With a win here tonight, Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder can enter the Raw Tag Team Championship discussion. Will they #SayYeah to a title shot in the near future? Or will the “undefeated” champions keep their streak alive?
The bell rings and Axel starts against Dawson. They tie up and Dawson brings Axel to the Revival’s corner. Dash tags in but Axel gets away. Axel and Dash tie up and Axel gets an arm wrench. Dash fights out and gives European Uppercuts. He whips Axel corner to corner to give corner clothesline and more uppercuts. Axel comes back with his own clothesline, then tags in Bo. B-Team holds Dash in place and Bo hits a corner elbow. He fires off on Dash, then feeds him to Axel’s knee. Cover, TWO, and Dash powers Bo to a corner. Tag to Dawson and the Revival mug Bo. Dash kicks Bo for a loop, then Dawson drags Bo up to bump him off buckles.
Dawson chops Bo, then gives him a EuroUpper. He reels Bo in for a lariat, then covers. TWO, but Dawson tries again. TWO, so Dawson grabs a handful of hair. He wraps Bo in a cobra clutch and thrashes Bo around. Bo endures and fights his way up. He reaches for Axel, but Dawson denies a tag. Bo fights out and trades blows with Dawson. Dawson shoves Bo, but they collide on the rebound! Both men go down, both partners reach out. They crawl for their corners, but THE DELETERS APPEAR! They’ve replaced Axel and Dash! When?! But that doesn’t matter, the attack begins!
Dawson gets a Twist of Fate while Bo gets Sister Abigail’s Kiss! The former champions will show no mercy until they reacquire the titles! Who will be DELETED and DEFEATED when this war on there fronts is all over?
Renee Young has a sit-down interview with Paul Heyman.
Last week, it was clear Brock Lesnar no longer considers The Advocate his advocate. Lesnar has completely cut all ties with Heyman, they have not spoken these last seven days. Heyman wants to, but Lesnar doesn’t. Heyman knows Lesnar won’t like him saying this, but they must continue the interview. Renee wants to bring up last week, but Heyman doesn’t like where this is going. Is Lesnar still a friend? Strangely enough, yes. Heyman’s family was friends with Lesnar’s family. This is not how Heyman envisioned this story ending. They were going to ride off into the sunset, Lesnar holding two championship belts while Heyman shouted “reigning, defending, undisputed” and all that.
At this point in Lesnar’s career, does he still need Heyman? Heyman holds back the tears, and tells Renee to keep going. They’ve spent a lot of time in the WWE. Does Heyman have any potential new clients in mind? That question would’ve been better a week ago. This entire situation is inconceivable. How could Heyman just replace Lesnar? Then about Summerslam, as the last question of the night. Who will be Universal Champion? Heyman has been with Lesnar for 16 years, the highs and the lows. Yet Heyman has never seen this Lesnar. This more driven, focused and more violent Lesnar. Against this Lesnar, “Roman Reigns doesn’t stand a chance.” The Advocate is a broken man, but will the Beast leave Roman the same after Brooklyn?
The Riott Squad VS The Boss & Hug Connection!
The Juvenile Delinquent and Country Viking want another try against the #LegitHuggable duo after last week’s defeat. Can Liv & Sarah get even with Bayley & Banks while Ruby Riott is still on the sidelines? Or will it be 2-0 for the reunited best friends?
The bell rings, the gear is put away, and it’ll be Sasha starting against Liv first. THey tie up and go around the ring. Liv pulls hair but teh referee separates them. They tie up again but Sasha gets away. Liv rocks her with a right, then stomps away in a corner. She screams at the ref for counting, but then runs into buckles. Sasha bumps her off more buckles, then gives Liv some nightshade. Bayley tags in, Sasha tackles Liv and Bayley covers. TWO, but Bayley brings Liv up. Liv kicks back, then tags Sarah. Sarah runs into a hip toss, then Bayley adds a sliding lariat and elbow drop. Cover, ONE, but Bayley is on Sarah with an armlock. Sarah endures so Bayley drags her around to a mounted position. Bayley wrenches the arm but Sarah forearms out.
Sarah whips Bayley to a corner but runs into boots. Bayley goes up, crossbody! Cover, TWO! Sarah keeps on Bayley, going after her arm in return. Sarah whips but Bayley reverses only to be reversed back, and Bayley hits buckles hard! Liv tags in to add leaping stomps! Cover, but Bayley gets out and away. The Squad has control while we go to break.
Raw returns to see Sarah grinding Bayley into the mat with a cobra clutch. Fans rally up and Bayley feeds off it. Bayley stands but Sarah wrangles her back down. Liv and Sarah both shot that Bayley isn’t going anywhere as Sarah thrashes Bayley around. Sasha rallies the fans and Bayley powers up again. Bayley jawbreakers out, then crawls. Sarah keeps wrist control and reels Bayley back into the hold! Sarah gives Bayley a backbreaker then slams Bayley to the mat, all while maintaining the clutch. Bayley powers up again and arm-drags Sarha off! She crawls for Sasha, but Sarah yanks Sasha off! Sarah drags Bayley all the way over, and both Squad members stomp away. Liv tags in and climbs up, and Sarah feeds Bayley’s face to Liv’s knees. Liv then gives Bayley a facebuster, cover, TWO!
The Squad is furious, but Liv keep son Bayley. She whips Bayley but Bayley goes up and over. Bayley can’t get to Sasha before Liv throws her into the corner again. Liv runs in, but into snake eyes! Sasha and the fans are red hot, and gets teh hot tag! Sarah tags in, too, but it’s The Boss who rallies! Sasha dropkicks Sarah, then blocks a kick to give a knee. Sarah is reeling, but she puts Sasha on the apron. Sasha knees back in, then hoists Sarah up top. Bayley tags in and takes Sasha’s place up top. Sasha tags back in for Bayley’s SUPER STEINER, then hits METEORA! Cover, but Liv breaks it up!
Bayley throws Liv out hard, then takes aim from the apron. But someone saves Liv? Enziguri for Bayley! It’s RUBY! She’s back!! The Squad is at full power as Sarah rolls Sasha up. The Riott Squad wins!
W inner: The Riott Squad, Sarah Logan pinning
The gang’s all here as the squad leader makes a surprise return! With Ruby back at the helm, can she lead her team to bigger things in the near future?
Raw quickly reviews Rowdy Rousey joining the WWE.
From a surprise appearance at the Royal Rumble to a mixed tag match victory at Wrestlemania, Ronda has taken pro-wrestling by storm. She and Nia Jax went toe to toe, strength for toughness, at Money in the Bank. But what would’ve been a crowning achievement for Ronda became the golden opportunity for the Five Foot Fury. The Goddess reigns once again, but that only pissed Ronda off. Perhaps too much, as Ronda beat down tiny Alexa Bliss and put her through a table! The only problem was she also hit Kurt Angle in her rage, so she was suspended 30 days. But those 30 days have come and gone, and in return for good behavior, Ronda has a title shot at Summerslam!
Of course, Alexa always makes sure she has someone by her side to do her bidding. Ronda is done with that, which brings us to tonight’s main event! Ronda makes her Raw in-ring debut, with the Queen of Harts by her side. Can Ronda remove Ms. Crazy Like a Fox to have a clear shot at Alexa Bliss?
Ronda Rousey w/ Natalya VS Alicia Fox w/ Alexa Bliss!
Chary Caruso quickly interviews Alicia & Alexa in the ring before the match. Alexa is “so excited” to have people talking about Ronda. Charly’s had all night to think of questions to ask, and she asks about Ronda? They’re in the presence of a trailblazer and former champion! Don’t be rude, Jacksonville. Charly, this is where you use that journalism degree to use and ask a good question.
In that case, how did Alicia prepare for The Baddest Woman on the Planet? Ronda’s “great”, but banged up. That’s points for Alicia. Even if they sit and talk about Ronda’s achievements, like UFC Hall of Fame and Olympic medals, was she the captain of the Raw Survivor Series team? No, but enough of Charly. Alexa dismisses her, and to be serious, WWE Evolution wouldn’t be possible without women like Alicia. And before the biggest match of her career, Alexa thanks Alicia for her contributions. That’s from all of the women of WWE except Ronda. Ronda isn’t grateful for anything, nor does she deserve a title shot! But Alexa will pick up the pieces in Brooklyn. Has Alicia spent the last decade sacrificing just so an overrated rookie can steal the thunder? NO! But here comes Ronda!
Ronda enters the ring and we finally begin. The bell rings, but Alicia keeps her distance in a corner. Alicia tells Ronda that this ring is her house, not Ronda’s. She is honored to be Ronda’s first, but it’s not gonna last. Alicia’s right, it won’t last. Alicia swings on Ronda, but gets taken down! Foxy runs for it, and Ronda scares Alexa back from the apron. The two regroup and Alicia returns to the ring. Only to duck out again. Alexa distracts again, but Natty trips her up! The Queen shows the Goddess what’s up, but then Alexa shoves her into a post! Alicia tries to take advantage, but Alexa does! Alexa trips Ronda, Alicia pounces. The referee backs Alicia off, but she comes back for a mudhole stomp. This only angers Ronda.
Alicia sees the glare, and gets the fists! Ronda whips and reels Alicia in for a SWIFT takedown, then another. Ronda gives Alicia a third, and Alicia has no choice but to get out now. Jacksonville is fired up as Ronda fetches Alicia, to put her into the barriers! They go back in the ring, so Alexa tries once more to distract Ronda. Ronda sees Alicia coming, though, and throws her! Alicia might be regretting her choice to side with Alexa. Ronda grabs the arm, and shows Alexa what waits for her in Brooklyn. ARMBAR! Alicia taps, Ronda wins!
Winner: Ronda Rousey, by submission
The Baddest Woman on the Planet has put fear in the eyes of the Raw Women’s Champion. Natty celebrates with Ronda while Alexa regroups with Alicia. Charly returns to interview Ronda on her first Raw TV victory. Ronda thanks everyone for supporting her, and she feels great for being able to focus on Sumermslam. Alexa tries an ambush, but it doesn’t work! Ronda throws her right off! It doesn’t matter how tightly Alexa holds onto the belt now, because it’ll be Ronda’s soon enough! Ronda doesn’t just drop the mic, she bashes it. Will Alexa be down a belt and one arm after Brooklyn?
This was a rather lackluster Raw that had one of the more fun and energetic endings as of late. The opening was standard Raw formula: someone in the authority talks; Roman comes out; something something “impromptu match”. But given it was Roman VS Corbin, in Roman’s home state, Roman was “over” by default. He and Corbin have a decent match, but hey, Finn Balor made sure it wasn’t a count-out win and a pinfall for Roman. This gives us Finn VS Corbin at Summerslam, even though I was personally hoping this ended with Extreme Rules. Maybe now Finn can win to get to a true title program. Then comes a wave of filler as Roode beats Mojo, Rezar beats Titus, and Mahal “defeats” Strowman. I really hope that all this trickery from Kevin Owens means Strowman keeps that briefcase to keep our hopes alive.
I’m also not liking the development with Roman that’s happening. I get Roman wants to help Rollins, but now it’s just ridiculous that Stephanie is keeping him out of things because it’s #BestForBusiness. There was talk WWE (aka Vince McMahon) wanted to make Roman some sort of Daniel Bryan meets Stone Cold in his “fight against authority”, but it’s not working at all. Though, him giving Corbin the swift shots he deserves is fun. However, as fans were sensing, the rest of the segment has to be leading to Ambrose making a surprise return to help Rollins out against McIntyre-Ziggler. Changing The B-Team’s theme to something generic was insult to injury tonight, but at least we’re getting that triple threat tag title match out of the way now rather than at Summerslam. The AoP will likely defeat Titus Worldwide once more and finally get at those titles.
Paul Heyman did amazing again, but now as the depressed and confused confidant of Lesnar rather than the usual boastful blowhard he’s been. His eyes were so red, and the tears were coming down, he was perfect. He even managed to put Lesnar over one more time. It’ll all still go to putting Roman that much higher when he finally wins, but that’s not something Heyman can help. The newest rematch of Riott Squad VS Bayley-Banks was a good match, but I really did like the surprise return of Ruby herself. The Women’s Tag Division is clearly coming with them pushing that mouthful of a name for Sasha & Bayley, but I wonder if the Riott Squad will try to Freebird the titles like The New Day does.
And Ronda was the best part of the night, by miles. While Vince is trying to make Roman Reigns some sort of Stone Cold meets Daniel Bryan with the blatant “look, The Authority is picking on him!” so we’ll like him, Ronda Rousey is the female and GENUINE fusion of those characters, which is why we LOVE her. She will no doubt win that title at Summerslam to then take it on through Hell in a Cell and to WWE Evolution, because she is that popular, she is that good, and is only improving. She may have thrown Alicia around a bit too hard, but Alicia definitely earned some time off on her own end.
My Score: 7.8/10
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Mitchell’s Lucha Underground Results & Report! (10/17/18)
Lucha Underground Season 4, “Savagery”
With the Gift of the Gods Championship needing reformation, a Battle Royal will be held! Who will come out with a chance at THE Lucha Underground title?
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- Gift of the Gods Battle Royal: Jake Strong wins and eliminates no one from next week’s Gift of the Gods Championship Match.
- The Mack VS Killshot; The Mack wins, by disqualification.
- Jake Strong VS Johnny Mundo; Strong wins.
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Antonio Cueto tends to the Ancient Aztec Medallions.
The seven gold medals must be in pristine condition for tonight. But first, “The Savage” Jake Strong walks in, in a suit. Antonio offers him a seat, and Strong takes it. Antonio asks if Strong would like anything, Strong simply asks why he was asked into Antonio’s office. Well, since arriving in the Temple, Strong has been more dominant than even Antonio could’ve imagined. At Ultima Lucha, there’s no reason Strong can’t be in the main event. Antonio has no doubt that neither Marty the Moth nor Pentagon Dark could defeat him. Strong speaks up, and says he will become Lucha Underground not because Antonio handed it to him on a silver platter, but because he did it himself. “Thanks, but no thanks.”
Antonio understands. Strong doesn’t want anyone doubting his supremacy. Strong slams his fist on the desk, and says no man will. Of course not. Which is why Antonio will give Strong one of the seven Aztec Medallions. “They were forged 5000 years ago, and together, they create the Gift of the Gods.” Strong knows the story behind that title. Right, of course. Then in the ring, Strong will have the opportunity to prove his supremacy and be that much closer to the Gift of the Gods. Strong takes the medallion, and brings up “the sacrifices you’ve fed to your son.” Antonio better save some for him. Oh, and this isn’t Antonio’s Temple anymore. It’s Strong’s! But see you out there. There is more to The Savage than meets the eye. Will anyone be able to stop him from completely taking over Lucha Underground?
Antonio Cueto is ringside!
He presents the Gift of the Gods belt, and reminds us all that “Ultima Lucha Cuatro is right around the corner! Which means, we must decide a new Gift of the Gods Champion!” The Believers are excited to hear that, so Antonio lets us know that the medallions are already award to truly deserving luchadores.
First, Aerostar! The Man of Time and Space has been a major staple of Lucha Underground, so he’s a natural choice. Second, making a return to the Temple, Darewolf PJ Black! The Worldwide Underground’s adrenaline junkie survived an attack by Matanza Cueto, this GotG battle should be nothing to him. Third, it’s Hernandez! The Super-Mex is back with more swagger than before, but will he finally get Lucha Underground gold? Fourth, Big Bad Steve! The Infamous Inc. mechanic returns, all healed up and ready for this human demolition derby. Fifth, King Cuerno! The Hunter was Gift of the Gods Champion before, and looks to repeat now that it has an instant cash-in ability. Sixth, Jake Strong! The Savage is undefeated one on one, but will he be able to stay strong against six others?
And last but certainly not least, a certain star who was Missing in Action, the One Man Lucha Army, DANTE FOX!! Yes, the former Lucha Underground Trios Champion who has been absent since last season finally returns, and aims right for the top! The Believers are thunderous as Fox joins the field of seven. Antonio feels that the number 7 is unlucky, so next week, only SIX get to be in the Gift of the Gods Championship match. So yes, just like earlier this season, these seven will battle in a Battle Royal! The winner eliminates one of the losers, and that match is RIGHT NOW!
Gift of the Gods Battle Royal!
The bell rings, and we begin! The seven do their best to split up as Big Bad Steve wants payback on The Savage, and Super-Mex goes after Dante Fox. PJ Black goes after King Cuerno while Aerostar stays just out of reach. Aero goes after Strong but BBS hits Aero for it. It seems the Mechanic doesn’t want to share his revenge. Strong goes after Fox and Hernandez at the same time while PJ fights off Cuerno. BBS whips Aero but Aero dodges to tilt-o-tilt-o-tilt-o-whirl headscissor him down! Fans fire up with Aero as he runs, then rolls, but ends up in BBS’s Canadian rack, only to spin and arm-drag out of it! Aero baits BBS and dumps him out. BBS stays on the apron and rocks Aero back. He brags to long and gets a 619! Aerostar ELIMINATES Big Bad Steve!
Hernandez kicks Aerostar upon his return, then whips him. Aero reverses but Hernandez goes up and out to shoulder back in. Hernandez says “Suck It!” but then PJ Black and King Cuerno double boot him down! Black and Cuerno ELIMINATE Hernandez! Cuerno and Black go at it again, speeding up and trading hip toss counters. Black sends Cuerno out but Cuerno stays on the apron. PJ throws forearm after forearm but Cuerno holds on. Cuerno uses Black to get back in, but Strong clotheslines them both over to the apron! Black and Cuerno hold on, but Strong goes after each of them. Black blocks and Cuerno counter attacks with the swing kick! Fox runs at Strong but Strong tosses him up, Fox double missile dropkicks Black and Cuerno! Fox ELIMINATES Cuerno and Black!
Jake Strong, Aerostar and Dante Fox are the last three in. Strong throws Aero but Aero skins the cat. Strong throws Fox but Fox does the same. Aerostar kicks Strong away, then springboards, but Strong shoves him right down! Strong ELIMINATES Aerostar! But Fox has Strong! Fox gets Strong up but Strong holds on. Strong comes back in and tries to dump Fox out. Fox holds on and Believers duel. Fox gets out and goes behind, but gets an elbow. Strong throws Fox but Fox flips and lands on his feet on the apron. Strong rushes in but into a swing kick! Fox springboards and hits a missile dropkick! He has Strong on the ropes, builds speed, but runs into a boot. Strong runs, builds speed and clobbers Fox with a clothesline! Strong picks Fox up and throws him out!
Winner: Jake Strong
The Savage survives the Battle Royal, and Believers are divided. Antonio congratulates Strong on winning, and asks who he wishes to eliminate from next week’s title match. Strong says “Nobody!” He doesn’t care what Antonio thinks, Strong wants all seven men in the match, so that he can destroy every single one! Antonio accepts the choice, and we will have a “Seven to Survive” ELIMINATION Match for the Gift of the Gods Championship! Is that all? Strong will take anyone on and still snap them in half. Then Antonio has just the man. The Savage will take on… Johnny Mundo! The Guru of Greatness has a big match for the main event, will he be able to stop Strong’s streak? Or will he be down a leg before facing Matanza in their Sacrifice to the Gods match?
The Mack VS Killshot!
Before the hero from the streets and the Weapon of Lucha Destruction have their own separate grudge matches, they must settle things between each other. The Mack and Killshot were friends ever since entering the Temple, but things sure have changed. Will Mack gain momentum before facing death? Or will Killshot score points before putting his mask on the line?
Son of Havoc watches from high above, just as invested in this match’s outcome as any of the Believers. The bell rings and Killshot argues with The Mack. Killshot slaps Mack, Mack SLAPS Killshot! Havoc likes that. Killshot swings on Mack but things speed up. Mack spins and arm-drags Killshot but Killshot handsprings through. Killshot comes back but Mack dodges. Killshot handstand walks but Mack dropkicks him out of it! Mack fireman’s carry to Samoan Drop, to kip up and standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Killshot gets to a corner but Mack runs around the world for a big forearm smash! Then side to side for a bicycle boot! Mack keeps moving, but runs into a knee trigger from Killshot!
Believers rally up as Killshot drags Mack up by his nose. Killshot gives sharp body shots but Mack goes for a stunner. Killshot denies that with a shove. Mack ends up on the apron, and Killshot sweeps the legs. Killshot mule kicks Mack into a Tree of Woe on the apron! Killshot hurries to the apron, for his Kill Stomps! Havoc isn’t liking that. Killshot puts Mack back in as Believers rally up. Mack sits up while Killshot soaks in the heat. Killshot stalks Mack, reels him in, but Mack denies the Half ‘n’ Half with an arm-drag. Mack boots Killshot but Killshot mule kicks, front kicks, but Mack ducks the roundhouse. Mack throws Killshot with a German Suplex! Havoc likes that! Mack gets up while Killshot is in a corner. Mack runs into the knee! Killshot hops up, but leaps into the stunner!
But wait! Mil Muertes runs in, and SPEARS Mack!!
Winner: The Mack, by disqualification
The Man of 1000 Deaths won’t let his opponent roll into Ultima Lucha so easily. But Son of Havoc hurries down to ringside to save Mack with springboard stomps! Killshot goes after Havoc and now the fight is on. Killshot feeds Havoc to Muertes’ urenage! But Mack rises, to go for a stunner. Muertes denies that into his Flat Liner! Death is coming, will it strike down a fan favorite? Will Havoc or Killshot hold onto their identity that is their mask?
Matt Striker interviews XO Lishus & Ivelisse in the ring.
Two thirds of the newest and most eclectic trio in Lucha Underground give Matt this exclusive interview. But what’s up? They were invited to face both the sneaky Reptile Tribe and the cowardly Rabbit Tribe, in a Three Way Trios Title Elimination Match at Ultima Lucha Cuatro. Believers like the sound of that. But then, do they accept the challenge? Joey Ryan is unfortunately out of action. This calls for a new partner, and they have found the tough young badass who has quite the future. Welcome… Sammy Guevara! Another Infamous Inc. alumni, Sammy returns from injury at the hands of The Savage.
Sammy stands with Ivelisse and XO, but then Famous B appears! He points out the exclusive contract Sammy is under. It’s nice Sammy wants to be part of that trio, but he signed a 7 year contract with no breaks to Famous B. Didn’t he check the fine print? Infamous Incorporate owns Sammy! So sorry Ivelisse and XO Lishus, but you’ll be receiving a Cease & Desist! If Sammy wants to go to UL4, team with Doctor Wagner and Texano, and Famous B will pull them from that Tijuana house show. The Believers want Sammy to fight the contract, but Famous B says “Git!” Sammy decides to DIVE instead! He wipes out Famous B, and puts that contract in the trash! Then he dumps the trash on Famous B, and SUPERKICKS the can! Sammy is a free agent now, can he help Ivelisse & XO take those trios titles?
Jake Strong VS Johnny Mundo!
The Savage is ready to take on anyone at any time, but the leader of the Worldwide Underground is aiming for the Monster, Matanza. Can Mundo keep his focus and get through Strong before looking to sacrifice the demigod to the gods? Or will Strong’s streak continue as he goes after the Gift of the Gods?
Lucha Underground returns as the bell rings. Mundo and Strong circle, and Mundo goes for a leg. Strong stops him with a takedown and waistlock. Strong rolls Mundo around and slams him down. He rolls Mundo around more but fans rally up. Mundo arm-drags out of a slam then arm-drags Strong again. He whips Strong but Strong reverses. Mundo stops himself but runs into a belly2belly! Strong circles Mundo as fans chant. He knees low then throws Mundo but Mundo comes back with the Flying Chuck! Cover, TWO! Mundo gets out and fires the fans up. He aims at Strong but Strong blocks the swing kick. Strong brings Mundo to the other side and bounces him off the post! Mundo goes down and Strong embraces both cheers and jeers.
Strong fetches Mundo from the floor to give him a LOUD chop! Mundo crawls but Strong pursues. Strong puts Mundo in a ring then takes his time returning. He stomps a mudhole into Mundo but backs off at 4. Strong drags Mundo back up as fans duel. Strong runs side to side for a big corner clothesline, then goes the other way for another. He keeps moving, and clobbers Mundo from behind! Strong grins as he looms over Mundo. He runs in, Vader Bomb meets boots! Mundo gets up and brings Strong over, for a tornado DDT! Both men are down but Believers fire up. A 10 count begins but Mundo is up quick. Mundo throws heavy hands and kicks and even forearms. He whips but Strong reverses, Mundo comes back with a calf kick. Then Shining Wizard! Standing shooting star, cover, TWO!
Fans rally behind Mundo as he aims at Strong. Mundo brings Strong up for Moonlight Drive but Strong powers out. Strong runs but misses, Mundo slides under and around to swing kick! Mundo springboards but Strong trips him up! Mundo tumbles from top rope to post to steps to floor! Strong goes out but from the other side. He comes around to knee and whip Mundo. Mundo leaps up and over the railing, then rocks Strong as Strong gives chase. The haymakers don’t slow Strong down, he keeps coming, and now they fight among the Believers. Mundo kicks, Strong grabs the leg for the ankle lock! Mundo “borrows” a drink from a fan to splash it in Strong’s face! Strong lets go, and Mundo gets moving. Strong just grimaces as he fires himself up.
Mundo gets moving, and leaps from railing to railing! Strong hurries to catch up to Mundo, but Mundo is ready. Mundo throws a punch but Strong blocks and counter punches. Strong drags Mundo to the railing, and shovels him over with a back drop! But Mundo lands on his feet, to powerbomb Strong to the floor!! The Believers lose their minds while Mundo sits up with a grin. Mundo mocks the “Strong!” hammer fist, then looms over The Savage. He drags Strong up and in, then climbs up top. Strong stirs but he’s in the drop zone. Mundo flips for the elbow! Cover, TWO! Strong survives the somersault elbow, and fans declare “This is Lucha!”
Mundo stands and stalks Strong, stomping and clubbing him in the corner. Strong keeps getting up, so Mundo fires up the fans and runs in. Strong puts him on the apron but Mundo hits back. Mundo climbs up but Strong hits back. Strong climbs up but Mundo resists. Mundo fights back with body shots, but Strong throws forearms. They brawl up top, Mundo rakes the eyes and forearms Strong away. Strong runs back, hops up, and throws Mundo with a SUPER overhead suplex! Then, Strong Vader Bomb! Cover, TWO!! Believers are thunderous while both men are down. A 10 count begins again, but Strong is up at 5. He drags Mundo up with the gut wrench, but Mundo holds on to ropes. Mundo turns it around into a Russian leg sweep! Mundo puts Strong in the drop zone, and jumps, but Strong rolls him up! TWO, ANKLE LOCK!
Strong has Mundo’s leg and Mundo is stuck int he middle of the ring. Mundo turns and shoves Strong all the way out. Strong comes back in, SUPERKICK! Moonlight Drive!! Cover, TWO!? Strong is superhuman, but both men are down again. Another 10 count begins, and Believers count along. Neither man stands until 9.5! Strong throws a haymaker, MUndo gives it back. Strong hits again, Mundo hits again. They go back and forth with Believers divided. Mundo kicks then gets an edge. He winds up, but Strong blocks the kick into another Ankle Lock! Mundo scrambles and reaches but Strong keeps pulling him away. Mundo rolls, but Strong holds on! Believers duel, but Mundo takes off an elbow pad and tosses it. The referee gets that out of the ring, so he doesn’t see Mundo low blow mule kick Strong!!
Not even Strong is strong enough to take that. Mundo is still “Johnny Rudo” deep down, and has Strong in another drop zone. Mundo climbs, even with a bad ankle, for Fin Del Mundo! He covers, TWO!? And ANKLE LOCK!! Strong has Mundo again, and Mundo scrambles. Mundo can’t, he taps! Strong wins!!
Winner: Jake Strong, by submission
The singles undefeated streak continues! Strong defeats a former Lucha Underground Champion and rolls right into that Seven to Survive match. But he’s not done with Mundo. The Savage grabs the ankle and Believers duel, but here comes Matanza?! The Monster stares at Strong, who grins. Strong gives Mundo over to the demigod, and Matanza clobbers Mundo! Matanza chokes and clubs and headbutts Mundo over and over! But here comes Taya! Taya saves her husband as she jumps on Matanza, but Matanza throws her down. Wera Loca is in danger as Matanza brinsg her up, for Wrath of the Gods! Mundo bleeds, but the real pain is seeing his wife beaten down. Matanza keeps going after Mundo to open that wound up more! Fans boo and jeer as the blood paints the mat.
Antonio Cueto walks out. Matanza stops slaughtering Mundo at the orders of his father. Mundo is in horrible shape and Ultima Lucha 4 is only weeks away. Will Mundo be able to survive the season finale? Or will he just be another Sacrifice to the Gods?
A pretty solid episode here. I’m starting to get the feeling “The Savage” Jake Strong is partially influenced by DC Comics Vandal Savage. His talk with Antonio Cueto and that voice change at one point, I’m thinking Strong isn’t just your average mortal wrestler. In Lucha Underground, where there is a time traveler, a human phoenix, a human dragon, an evil demigod and several undead, Strong being an eternally youthful warrior turned wrestler wouldn’t be too much of a stretch. Strong dominates that Battle Royal, but it was a good move for him to want all seven men to participate. Making it elimination was also a good move, that Gift of the Gods match could take an entire episode itself now.
Mack VS Killshot was pretty good, right up to Muertes attacking Mack. Havoc joining in was good, and the Heels stand tall. I’m betting next week, the go-home to the Ultima Lucha 4 multi-week event, we get Killshot & Muertes VS Mack & Havoc in a similar way to Muertes teaming with Fenix last time. Or at the very least, Muertes VS Havoc as a trade from Mack VS Killshot. Good to hear we are getting that triple threat trios match, and I really enjoyed the meta used in Sammy Guevara teaming with Ivelisse and XO. That line about a “seven year no break contract”, that was definitely Lucha Underground writers poking fun at El Rey’s own contracts for most talent, such as the apparent 7-year contract Pentagon and Fenix are under. Sammy will make a great addition to Ivelisse’s team, and I’m still confident they win the titles.
Strong doing double duty was pretty good, it adds to his character’s abilities. Mundo VS Strong was a great main event, it felt like a title match in itself. I really thought Mundo was going to win, but it makes sense for Strong to keep his singles streak until he goes for THE Lucha Underground Championship. Strong is looking to be a top character now, so it works that only another top character like Pentagon ends his streak. As for Mundo, Matanza really did a number on him and Taya. This really puts Mundo in the underdog position, as he should against a demigod, in a match where it’s kayfabe life or death. But at the same time, I’m pretty sure this means Mundo finds a way to win, and finally becomes a hero to the Believers.
My Score: 8.6/10
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Mitchell’s WWE Mae Young Classic 2 Results & Report! (10/17/18)
The second ever Mae Young Classic enters its quarterfinals! Will new or returning stars to the WWE make it past the others towards the semifinals?
- Lacey Lane VS Meiko Satomura; Satomura wins and advances to the semifinals.
- Io Shirai VS Deonna Purrazzo; Shirai wins and advances to the semifinals.
- Tegan Nox VS Rhea Ripley; Ripley wins and advances to the semifinals.
- Toni Storm VS Mia Yim; Storm wins and advances to the semifinals.
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The second WWE Mae Young Classic is down to the Elite Eight!
But that also means 24 hopefuls from around the world were denied a dream. Underdogs like Kacy Catanzaro and Jessie Elaban, NXT prospects like Taynara Conti and Xia Li, and even veterans like Ashley Rayne and Mercedes Martinez, were all stopped short. Now eight must become four, who makes it to the second ever Mae Young Classic semifinals?
Lacey Lane VS Meiko Satomura!
Florida’s own has fought hard to climb The Mountain and outdo the prodigy judoka, but now she faces The Final Boss in only the quarterfinals! Satomura eliminated Killer Kelly and Mean Ms. Martinez, so she’s no stranger to opponents with skill, and matching initials. Can Lane shock the world and establish herself in the Women’s (R)Evolution? Or is it 1000 years too soon for her to ever think she could defeat this living legend?
Lacey and Meiko shake hands and bow out of respect. They circle with the bell and fans rally up already. They tie up and Meiko powers Lacey to ropes. Fans duel as Meiko backs off, but then kicks. Lacey blocks just in time, then pushes Meiko back. They circle again, Lacey keeping some distance. They tie up again and Meiko gets a headlock. She pulls on Lacey hard but Lacey powers out. Meiko runs Lacey over, then things speed up. They each trade cartwheels, and Lacey chops! Meiko kicks, Lacey kicks, then they edge dodge. Meiko blocks a kick, but holds back from punching her. She puts the foot down and offers another handshake. Lacey doesn’t want it, she wants Meiko to take her serious. So Meiko kicks her in the chest! Lacey narrowly avoids the buzzsaw but then it comes back around and gets her the second time!
Fans are fired up as Meiko drags Lacey up. She fireman’s carry but Lacey sunset flips. Meiko blocks but Lacey avoids the stomp. Lacey kicks back then kicks Meiko down! Cover, TWO! Lacey keeps on Meiko with a waistlock but Meiko blocks the lift. Meiko standing switches and lifts Lacey but Lacey slips out and under. She trips Meiko and cartwheels over her to swing a kick. Meiko ducks but then gets the mule kick! Cover, TWO! Lacey keeps her cool and gets moving, but runs into a roundhouse! Meiko drags Lacey back up to kick again. Lacey ducks it but ends up in an cross armbreaker! Lacey clasps hands together but Meiko pries at the hands. Meiko makes it a short arm scissor but Lacey shifts around. It’s a cover, ONE and Meiko wants the armbar again.
Lacey rolls and reaches, to get the ropebreak! Meiko lets go quick, but is back on Lacey with stiff kicks. She drags Lacey up for a snap suplex! She keeps on Lacey but Lacey breaks free to bob ‘n’ weave and even back elbow Meiko. Lacey keeps on Meiko with a knee and forearms! She runs out to run in for more forearms! Then she goes corner to corner, for a shining wizard! Lacey keeps moving, but Meiko follows, only to get a springboard crossbody! Cover, TWO! Lacey can’t believe it, but she’s not going to slow down. Fans duel as Meiko dodges to roundhouse Lacey again. Meiko fireman’s carry, Death Valley Driver! Cover, Meiko wins!
Winner: Meiko Satomura, by pinfall; advances to the semifinals
The Final Boss will not be stopped! Will anything be able to stop her? Who will advance to face her in the next round?
Io Shirai VS Deonna Purrazzo!
The quarterfinals end with what could’ve easily been the finals, as the Genius of the Sky and the Virtuosa meet again from Stardom here in the WWE. Shirai flew high over Xia Brookside in the young second generation star’s first ever match, then did it again over Zeuxis in their first ever encounter. Meanwhile, Deonna used her Fujiwara specialty to make gypsy princess Priscilla Kelly and “spicy” Chinese recruit Xia Li tap out. Which star will become a superstar and shoot up into the semifinals?
Genius and Virtuosa shake hands out of respect, and the bell rings. They circle and feel it out. Fans rally up as they tie up. Deonna gets the wristlock but Shirai goes to the headlock. Deonna pries her way out back to a wristlock and shifts to her own headock. Shirai powers out but Deonna runs her over. Deonna runs but cartwheels over Shirai, then dares her to come at her. Shirai runs but Deonna follows. Deonna tilt-o-whirl headscissors but Shirai handsprings through! Things speed up and Deonna dodges the handspring but not the dropkick! Deonna bails out while fans fire up with Shirai. Shirai builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit onto the steel ramp! Both women are down but fans rally up with Shirai.
Shirai is up and puts Deonna in the ring. Shirai covers, TWO, but she keeps on Deonna with a scoop and slam. She handstands to drop knees then covers again, TWO! Deonna gasps for air but Shirai stomps on her. Deonna gets to a corner but Shirai is on her with both boots. Shirai counts along, and lifts off at 3. Deonna dodges the swinging boots to roll Shirai up, TWO! Shirai small packages, TWO, Deonna jackknifes, TWO! Shirai runs but into a waistlock. Deonna lifts but Shirai wheelbarrows and victory rolls, to double stomp Deonna! Shirai says she’s too smart, since she is a genius. She taunts Deonna over her pain, then stomps her more. Shirai drags Deonna up and throws a swift right hand. She throws another and Deonna crawls to a corner.
Shirai keeps on Deonna with forearms, then brings her back out. Deonna breaks free to chop Shirai loudly. She throws forearms but so does Shirai. Shirai whips but Deonna reverses, to hip toss, handspring and dropkick! Both women are down but fans build to a rally. Shirai and Deonna slowly stand, and Deonna mule kicks. Deonna runs to knee lift and Russian leg sweep, into the Fujiwara! Shirai endures Deonna’s favorite hold, and claws her way around to a roll up. TWO, but Shirai gets Deonna into a crossface! Deonna endures a submission move but rolls it to a cover, TWO! Deonna brings Shirai up but gets an uppercut! Shirai runs at Deonna on the ropes, 6-1-9! Then a springboard missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!
Shirai grows frustrated but she drags Deonna up. She wants a hold but Deonna resists so Shirai just dumps her down. Shirai goes to a corner but Deonna knows it’s coming and trips her up! Deonna has teh waistlock but Shirai grabs ropes. Deonna kicks an arm out, and gets the German SUpelx! She holds on for another! And then another! Deonna gets the hat trick then covers, TWO, FUJIWARA! Shirai endures the hold all over again but Deonna reaches back, and manages to hook Shirai’s other arm with her chin! The Virtuosa shows great creativity but fans rally up for Shirai. Shirai gets one arm free but looks close…! Deonna wrenches back more but Shirai rolls it over, TWO, back into Shirai’s crossface!
Shirai pulls back as hard as she can but Deonna endures. Deonna gets up and pops out with a roll, but into a knee! Shirai runs in for meteora! Then she puts Deonna in the drop zone, for the Genius Asai! Cover, Shirai wins!
Winner: Io Shirai, by pinfall; advances to the semifinal
The Genius overcomes the Virtuosa, but Deonna did win Shirai’s respect. Stardom is represented either way, but will Shirai soar all the way to WWE Evolution?
Tegan Nox VS Rhea Ripley!
The Shiniest Wizard has helped Tegan make it through Chilean Strong Style and the mighty Nicole Matthews, while the Aussie’s new attitude helped her rip up the aspirations of American Ninja KC and the Afrolicious MJ. Tegan finds herself as the underdog once again, can she make it three for three? Or will she be dragged under by the Riptide?
Tegan wants a handshake but Rhea slaps it away, so it’s business as usual. The bell rings and Rhea whips her hair right at Tegan. Tegan hits back with a dropkick! Rhea rolls out and Tegan builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit to the ramp! Tegan hobbles on that bad leg, she may have hurt it here. The referee checks on Tegan, who is furious with herself. Tegan powers through it, but it doesn’t look good. Rhea dodges Tegan, then tosses her for a flapjack! Cover, TWO! Tegan won’t let her leg stop her, but the referee calls for medics. Rhea clubs Tegan more but the match takes a timeout as the referee brings in medics.
The medic talks with Tegan about her leg while the referee keeps Rhea back. Tegan says it’s actually her good leg that’s bothering her now. Fans rally up for Tegan and Tegan insists she can fight. Tegan walks around but Rhea goes right after her with heavy hands and kicks. Rhea chokes Tegan on the ropes, but stops at 4. She brings Tegan for a bump off buckles, then chops her sharp on the chest. Rhea chops Tegan again and Tegan hobbles. Rhea chops again, but Tegan grits her teeth to chop back! Tegan fires chop after chop after chop, then runs, but into a BIG dropkick! Tegan’s legs give out and this time, the referee calls it off.
Winner: Rhea Ripley, by referee’s decision; advances to the semifinals
Tears stream down Tegan’s face, but it’s more from the pain in her leg than the pain of losing. Full Sail falls silent as this comeback Cinderella story ends tragically. Full Sail encouragingly chants “Thank You, Tegan!” in hopes she understands how much they appreciate her fighting spirit and in hopes that she makes a speedy recovery. Rhea still takes her victory, and now moves on to prepare for Io Shirai. Can the young and cocky Aussie overcome a Japanese mega star?
Toni Storm VS Mia Yim!
The Lightning from Down Under and the Blasian Baddie both want to make the best of their second WWE MYC, but now their passions collide! Toni stormed through Lady Godzilla and the fashionable Jinny, while Mia toughed it out against frenemy Allysin Kay and returning Kaitlyn. Who will grit it out and move on to face The Final Boss in the semifinals?
Mia and Toni shake hands, but Mia’s hand still bugs her a little. The bell rings and they circle. They tie up as fans duel. Mia knees low then clubs Toni down. She kicks Toni in the side, then brings her up for a kick to the chest. Toni gets to a corner but Mia presses a foot into her face. Mia chops Toni on the ropes then whips, but Toni ducks and boots Mia down! Toni fires up already and runs in for the double knees. She drags Mia out for a cover, TWO! Toni kicks Mia around now then brings her up for fast palm strikes and a back kick. Toni snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Fans duel more as Toni grabs Mia’s bad hand, throws it down, and stomps on it!
Toni stalks Mia to ropes and stomps her more. She stands Mia up for European Uppercuts, then double underhooks. Mia slips out and kicks Toni in the ribs. Mia stalks Toni to a corner and stomps a mudhole into her. She backs off at 4, then drags Toni out for a high stack cover. TWO, but Mia puts a sleeper hold on Toni. Toni endures as fans rally up. Toni powers her way up and fights back, but Mia throws her down by her hair. Mia kicks Toni while she’s down, covers, TWO! Mia is on Toni fast with a deathlock, into a bow ‘n’ arrow! Toni endures being bent back, and pops out to cover! TWO, and Mia dropkicks Toni down! Cover, TWO, but Mia is on Toni with a facelock. Fans rally up but Mia drags Toni into a deeper guillotine, with the body scissors.
Toni moves around as fans duel. Toni deadlifts Mia, to give Mia a spinebuster! Mia lets Toni go and Toni staggers to ropes. Toni comes back, but into a drop toehold, Mia puts the sleeper back on! Toni resists so Mia lets her go to kick her in the chest. Mia kicks her again, then turns her over to ax kick her in the shoulders! Cover, TWO! Mia grows frustrated with Toni’s toughness. She brings Toni up and fires palm strikes and kicks, then a Pele! Cover, TWO! Mia grits her teeth as she brings Toni up to kick her more. She goes after the legs, but then Toni boots the bad hand! Double headbutt takes both women down! Fans fire up as both women catch their breath.
The ref starts a 10 count, Mia sits up at 4. Toni follows at about 6, and they stagger towards each other. Toni throws a forearm, Mia throws one back. They go back and forth with forearms, then back and forth with slaps! And chops! And slaps! Slap, slap, slap and Toni gets an edge, until Mia knees her. Mia kicks but Toni blocks it, into a trapped-leg German Suplex! Toni fires up and runs in for the hip attack! She drags Mia up, double underhook but Mia slips out, saido suplex with bridge! TWO!! Mia can’t believe it, but Toni survives! Fans rally up as Mia runs in, but Toni goes up and over to come back. Mia blocks to a powerbomb! High stack cover, TWO!! Mia is at a loss for words, but fans say “This is Awesome!”
Mia brings Toni up and wants to feed her Sole Food, but Toni pushes her back and goes after the bad hand! Then she spins Mia around for another German! Then double underhook, Storm Zero!! Cover, Toni wins!!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall; advances to the semifinals
Toni has one of the biggest matches of this entire tournament, only to roll right into another! She may have toughed it out against the Blasian Baddie, but will she be able to best one of the best in Meiko Satomura?
A pretty strong episode here for the WWE MYC 2. I was a bit surprised by match order, but it worked out well enough. Satomura VS Lane was great for being so fast and furious, and Lacey looked great on just her speed alone. Naturally the legendary veteran goes over, it’s too soon for Lacey to be going over someone that established, and it’s too soon for a shock like that to happen. Storm VS Yim was a great main event, and Storm repeats to the semifinals. Between MYC and NXT UK, Toni clearly has the backing of WWE via Triple H, so bet on her to get that upset moment we’ve been waiting for.
It was a real shame Tegan Nox goes down like that. She and Rhea were bound to have a really great match, but injuries always come at the worst possible times. Rhea was likely going to win in the end, and she kept in character the entire time, but I’m sure in reality, she felt bad that it went down like this. Shirai VS Deonna was a really great match, though there seemed like a part in the middle where fans were probably not paying attention. I think Full Sail knew she was going over so they just kinda took some of that match for granted. But things got them back into it by the end, and they were right to think Shirai would win. Shirai VS Rhea will be great, Rhea can really show her stuff in a match with someone so skilled and in the longer semifinal formats.
Also I just realized it’s Japan VS Australia in both matches, for potentially a third Japan VS Australia in the finals at WWE Evolution. However, given that Toni Storm is currently injured [Highlight for spoilers] there might be a change. We won’t really know until after next week’s semifinals episode that acts as a go-home.
My Score: 8.6/10
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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (10/17/18)
The Cruiserweight Division is burning up in your love~ (your love~) as Mike & Maria Kanellis now join 205 Live! Or rather, now that they’re here, 205 LOVE!!
- Akira Tozawa VS Drew Gulak w/ Jack Gallagher; Tozawa wins, by disqualification.
- Fatal 5 Way: Cedric Alexander VS Tony Nese VS TJP VS Gran Metalik VS Lio Rush; Nese wins.
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Drake Maverick speaks on the changing landscape of 205 Live.
For starters, Super Show-Down saw a NEW Cruiserweight Champion be crowned in Melbourne’s own Buddy Murphy. Then new additions Mike & Maria Kanellis appear to shock Lince Dorado. And of course, former Cruiserweight Champion Cedric Alexander loses to Tony Nese in his first match since Super Show-Down. Nese has his biggest win and Alexander continues to lose, which leads to tonight’s massive main event! It will be a Fatal Five Way of Nese, Alexander, TJP, Gran Metalik and Lio Rush! All five men want to take major steps towards the title, and all have the resume to earn a shot.
Alexander wants to prove he can bounce back from this pair of defeats while Nese wants to prove he didn’t just get lucky. The FilAm Flash wants to return to the title after being the inaugural New Era Cruiserweight Champion, and truly establish himself as the “Cruiser-Great.” The King of the Ropes and the Lucha House Party have been red hot, but Gran Metalik also wants revenge on TJP for what he did to Kalisto and Lince Dorado. As for the Man of the Hour, he’s still undefeated in his short time on 205 Live, and can establish himself as the future of the Division. Who will win to prove themselves worthy of challenging the reign of the Juggernaut champion?
Akira Tozawa VS Drew Gulak w/ Jack Gallagher!
The Stamina Monster got his revenge on THE Brian Kendrick, but the only thing that came from it was Kendrick being kicked out of the Ungentle Men’s Club. Tozawa did continue to defeat Gallagher, but can he finish the clean sweep against the Philly Fury? Or will Gulak’s campaign for a #Better205Live put a stop to Tozawa’s revenge?
The bell rings and fans “AH! AH!” for Tozawa already. Gulak shouts “No Chanting! Shut it down!” But Tozawa encourages the “AH!” mostly to annoy Gulak. They tie up and Gulak gets a headlock. He brings Tozawa to the mat, but Tozawa gets back up. Fans rally but Gulak gets Tozawa down in a headlock. Cover, ONE, but Gulak is back on Tozawa with a chinlock. Tozawa stands up but Gulak knees low. Gulak suplexes but Tozawa slips out to a waistlock. Gulak elbows out but runs into a huricanrana! Tozawa whips but Gulak reverses into another headlock. Tozawa powers out but Gulak sunset flips, only for Tozawa to roll through and Penalty Kick. He adds the shouting back senton then covers, ONE! Gulak is gasping for air but Tozawa has energy to spare. The “AH! AH!” starts up again and Tozawa stomps to the beat.
Tozawa brings Gulak up but Gulak throws body shots. Tozawa chops back, then chops again. He fakes the job, to hit the jab! Gulak is rocked and even Tozawa’s hand is hurting. Gulak shoves Tozawa but things speed up, Tozawa tilt-o-whirls into an Octopus Stretch! But Gulak powers out, only to get more body shots. Tozawa runs but into a backbreaker! Gulak lifts Tozawa for a Fall Away Slam, then covers, TWO! Gulak drags Tozawa aruond and hooks the legs. He wants the surfboard, but grabs the shoulders first to get a chinlock. Gulak even fish hooks the nose! He lets up at 4 while DC duels. Gulak brings Tozawa up and whips, but Tozawa holds ropes. Gulak clubs Tozawa down then covers, TWO! He drags Tozawa back up, and powerbomb lifts into the Gory Special!
Gulak bends Tozawa’s arms back, then bends his neck back. Tozawa manages to work his way up and out to then throw hands. Gulak swings but misses, and runs into a boot. Tozawa goes up, sunset flips but Gulak rolls through for a powerbomb! High stack cover, TWO! Gulak grits his teeth as he grabs Tozawa in another chinlock. He grinds Tozawa down but fans rally up. Gulak is biting Tozawa’s ear! Tozawa endures as the “AH! AH!” starts up again. Tozawa gets up and fights back. He gets free but Gulak knees low. Gulak runs but into the kick. He ducks one kick but Tozawa slides under. Gulak blocks one kick, then another, but Tozawa ducks to hit the spinning roundhouse!
Tozawa hurries up and to a corner while Gulak is down. Tozawa climbs as fans “AH! AH!” Missile dropkick hits! And then a shining wizard! Gulak ends up outside and Gallagher comes over. Tozawa builds speed, and DIVES on them both! Gulak and Gallagher both go down and Tozawa fires back up. Tozawa moves Gallagher aside to put Gulak back in. Gulak’s in a drop zone and Tozawa climbs up again. Tozawa aims, but Gallagher trips him up!
Winner: Akira Tozawa, by disqualification
The win-loss record will show Tozawa gets the sweep, but this doesn’t feel like a win. Especially after Gallagher goes after him more! Fans boo and jeer as Gallagher grimaces and takes off his jacket. Gallagher even rolls up his sleeves before sitting Tozawa up for more fists. Gulak adds stomps, but wait, it’s KENDRICK to the rescue!? Kendrick throws Gulak out, hits Gallagher, then hits Gulak again. He throws forearms on his former friend in Gallagher, and puts on the Captain’s Hook! Gulak drags Gallagher to safety, but they’ll both have Kendrick gunning for them now. Will Kendrick become a strange ally to the Stamina Monster in this fight?
Drake Maverick meets with Buddy Murphy and Tony Nese.
As 205 Live GM, Maverick congratulates the new Cruiserweight Champion on his win. Murphy thanks Maverick for that, but also points out he’d have been champion six months ago if not for that “stupid weigh-in.” But that’s the past. The Body Guys are looking forward to a new 205 Live built around them: the champ, and “the only other guy on the 205 Live roster to pin Cedric Alexander this year.” That entire locker room will find out that “everything runs through us.” Murphy & Nese look to flex some pull along with their muscles, but will the Premier Athlete really have it so easy against four of the best in the Cruiserweight Division?
Mike & Maria Kanellis speak.
“Attacking Lince Dorado last week, it was nothing personal. Just business.” But Mike’s been waiting a long time for an opportunity in the WWE, so when one presented itself, they capitalized on it. This is part of a much bigger plan, which ends in the Cruiserweight Championship coming to the Power Couple. However, the Golden Lynx looks for payback next week, will the power of love protect Mike from a Golden Rewind?
Hideo Itami speaks.
He says first in Japanese, then in English, that Mustafa Ali should’ve just walked away and shown some respect. But now in Falls Count Anywhere, Itami vows to end Ali’s career. Itami smiles and laughs, because he’s looking forward to it.
Mustafa Ali responds.
“Hideo and I, we’ve been on this road for far too long. It’s time to take a new road.” The Beacon of Light says on this road, things go down differently. This road has no twists or turns, just a straight line for a collision course. This road has no place to run or hide, because wherever Itami goes, Ali goes. There’s no respect on this road, only redemption. Where Itami goes down, Ali stands tall. “See you down the road.” Will the Heart of 205 Live still have life in it after a rematch with the Innovator of the GTS? Or will it be a dead end for them both?
Fatal 5 Way: Cedric Alexander VS Tony Nese VS TJP VS Gran Metalik VS Lio Rush!
The Age of Alexander wants to rebuild his legacy, but the Premier Athlete wants to pave his own over it. The FilAm Flash wants to humiliate the lucha libre tradition, but the King of the Ropes won’t stand for it. As for the Man of the Hour, he simply came to collect! Who will succeed in their mission and take a step towards the top of the Cruiserweight Division?
Current Cruiserweight Champion, Buddy Murphy, watches from backstage, wanting to see the moment someone wins this match. The bell rings and DC cheers its own 23 Year old Piece of Gold. The five circle and TJP rushes Metalik while Lio gets out of the way. TJP drags Metalik out of the ring, wanting to focus on their lucha libre grudge. He bumps Metalik off barriers, while Nese and Alexander brawl in the ring. Nese backs Alexander down but Alexander chops him back. Alexander clotheslines Nese out and Lio comes back in. Lio talks trash with Alexander, but Alexander catches that kick. Alexander flips Lio but Lio lands on his feet. Things speed up as Lio keeps changing directions on a dime. Lio slides but Alexander catches him. Alexander yanks Lio back up but Lio arm-drags.
Things speed up again and Alexander handsprings back to headscissor, but Lio lands on his feet again! Lio says “it’s not happening”. Alexander rushes Lio but Lio ducks. Lio whips but Alexander reverses, only for Lio to springboard and headscissor Alexander again. Lio does a dance and knows Alexander knows what that means. Alexander rushes Lio and the chase is on. They pass around the corner and Nese clobbers Alexander! Metalik and Lio are in the ring, and the luchador dares Lio do come at him. Metalik swing kicks Lio away, then springboards for a crossbody! He keeps moving and handsprings but Lio avoids it. Lio runs but Metalik dodges, tilt-o-whirl gutbuster! Metalik keeps moving, runs the ropes, and hits the missile dropkick! He drags Lio to a cover but Nese throws Metalik out hard.
Nese has Lio but Lio fires off forearms. Lio whips but Nese stops himself. Nese elbows Lio then leaps but Lio gets clear. Nese goes Matrix to then mule kick, knee lift and roundhouse, but Lio dodges to mule kick and enziguri back! Lio stands tall while Nese rolls out, and DC cheers their own. Murphy seems moderately impressed as Lio dropkicks Alexander back out. Lio joins everyone on the outside and drags Metalik in. Metalik crawls but Lio dares him to stand up. But TJP grabs Lio in a modified abdominal stretch. Metalik swings on TJP but ends up in another abdominal stretch. TJP has mirrored stretches, and goes after Metalik’s mask!
Nese comes in and rolls TJP up, but TJP resists. Lio runs in, but into a German Suplex! Nese bridges to have both TJP and Lio in simultaneous pins! Metalik breaks both covers just in time! Nese kicks Metalik back, then throws TJP into a post. TJP tumbles out while Nese runs Metalik over with an elbow. Nese rocks Alexander to keep him out of the ring, and now the Premier Athlete flexes. Fans boo and jeer but Nese stomps Metalik and Lio. Nese wrenches Metalik’s neck while putting his weight on him. Fans rally up for the others, and Metalik fights back. Nese back suplexes Metalik down, covers, TWO!
Nese goes back to the neck wrench, but lets go to intercept and throw out Alexander. Alexander hasn’t gotten much of anything, and Nese goes back to Metalik for more neck wrench. Metalik fights but Nese drops a leg. Nese soaks in the heat, then drags Metalik up and over. He puts Metalik in the Tree of Woe to then stomp a mudhole into him. Nese brings back Full Contact Cardio! Fans boo more but Nese simply counts out that 8-pack. But Alexander rolls him up! TWO, and Nese runs Alexander over again! Cover, TWO! Nese drags Metalik up, but Metalik fights back. Nese knees then whips Metalik, but Metalik stops himself to SUPERKICK Nese back!
Metalik jumps up and quebradas, but Nese catches it and makes it a cover. ONE, and Nese fireman’s carry. Metalik fights out and suplexes, for a brain buster! Cover, but Alexander breaks it just in time. Alexander goes after Metalik but is powered to a corner, for a LOUD chop! Metalik runs in but into a boot. Alexander springboards for the clothesline! Fans fire up with the former champ as he runs at Nese. Alexander rallies with lariats and a big uppercut. Alexander whips but Nese reverses, only for Alexander to dropkick the legs out. He hurries to the apron, but Alexander has to jump over TJP’s swipes at his legs. Alexander boots TJP then kicks Nese, to then hit the springboard complete shot! Cover, but Lio breaks it!
DC cheers Lio he stomps Alexander. TJP comes in and fireman’s carry, but Lio slips out to put TJP in a corner for a forearm smash. Lio hoists TJP up top then climbs up. They brawl up top, and TJP dumps Lio all the way down. Metalik swing kicks TJP, then brings him back up. TJP resists the superplex, but Alexander adds on. They both want to suplex TJP, but in comes Nese. Nese throws Alexander down then electric chairs Metalik. TJP works with Nese, but Metalik victory rolls to avoid the crossbody! TJP gets Alexander but Alexander rolls through! Cover on Nese, TWO! Lio climbs, Alexander hits a Michinoku Driver on TJP, cover, TWO! Final Hour frog splash on Alexander! Cover, but Nese and Metalik both break it! All five men are down but DC fires up. DC chants for “205! 205!” as the five men stir.
DC goes back to cheering for Lio while Metalik and Nese brawl. Metalik chops Nese but Nese mule kicks Metalik. Nese runs but Metalik dodges, handspring arm-drag and dropkick! TJP is up to rolling sobat Metalik! Lio is up to mule kick and heel kick TJP! Nese is up but Lio bobs ‘n’ weaves to fire back. Lio swings but Nese shoves to rock him with that left! Nese turns around, Alexander blows past to handspring and Neuralizer! Cover, TWO!! All five men are down again, but fans rally up. Alexander grits his teeth as he glares at Nese. Nese crawls to the apron but Alexander is on him. SUPERKICK from Metalik, but Alexander swing kicks him down. Alexander builds speed to FLY onto Metalik! He gets Metalik back in, but TJP rocks Alexander to cover Metalik! TWO, but TJP is after that mask again!
Metalik kicks TJP away, but TJP clubs him back down. TJP whips but Metalik DIVES onto Alexander! TJP hits the triangle wrekcing dropkick, but then Lio handspring kicks TJP! Nese rolls Lio, TWO, to a deadlift bomb to the OUTSIDE! Lio, TJP, Metalik and Alexander are all down, and Nese has his pick. Nese drags Lio up and in, covers, but Alexander drags him off it. Nese shoves Alexander away but Metalik is on Nese. Metalik chops Nese in the corner, thenw hips him corner to corner. Nese reverses but runs into a SUPERKICK! Sling-dog! Metalik climbs up but TJP shoves him right off. TJP has Nese in the kneebar! Nese endures, but is so close. Alexander stomps TJP, only to get put in the kneebar!
Metalik stomps TJP and then whips TJP. TJP holds ropes and puts Metalik on the apron. TJP runs, but Metalik springboards to let TJP go under AND Asai at the same time! All five men are down once again, but Nese and Lio stand. Nese runs into a SUPERKICK! Lio hurries up top and DC fires up for the hometown hero! Alexander runs in but gets a haymaker. Lio leaps for a flying headscissor, but Alexander blocks with pure power! And lifts Lio, to then pop him into the Lumbar Check!! But Nese rolls Alexander up, Nese wins!!
Winner: Tony Nese, by pinfall
Alexander is shocked! Not only did Nese get the better of him, Nese has done it two weeks in a row! The Premier Athlete is becoming the gatekeeper to his friend’s Cruiserweight Championship, what will it take for anyone to get through him?
A solid episode of 205 Live, though a shorter one with just over 43 minutes. We open with Tozawa VS Gulak because we get an incredible surprise main event. Tozawa VS Gulak went about as expected, and I’m glad to see I was right, THE Brian Kendrick saves Tozawa from a beating. These former rivals and former Cruiserweight Champions make quite the team on paper, but there’s a chance we’ll get a moment of dysfunction. Kendrick could easily just say he’s only helping Tozawa to get back at Gallagher & Gulak. But at the same time, Tozawa could distrust Kendrick up until the very end, thinking this is some kind of scheme. Either way, I hope the blow-off gives Tozawa and Kendrick the win, this feud feels like the kind Faces should win.
Nice promo from Mr. & Mrs. Kanellis, and I look forward to Mike VS Dorado next week. Same for the Itami and Ali promos, especially Ali’s. Ali’s was like a movie or something, it’s that good. And Ali should win that Falls Count Anywhere, it’s another case of where a Face should go over. The Fatal 5 Way main event was spectacular, and it’s a good choice having Nese go over. Nese wants to keep everyone else down so no one can challenge Murphy, but I say again, Nese might end up winning himself that opportunity. I doubt Nese would want to take the belt from Murphy, and I kinda hope the belt doesn’t lead to the Body Guys breaking up while the Cruiserweight Tag Division is still unofficial. Nese should simply be an obstacle everyone else must get passed if they want at Murphy, like a Body Guy Bodyguard.
My Score: 8.5/10
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