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Lucha Underground Season 4, “Pet Cemetary”

The King of Hunters wants that Lucha Underground Championship, but he’s not the only one targeting Pentagon Dark. Who gets their shot at the Aztec gold?

 

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Gift of the Gods Championship: El Dragon Azteca Jr. VS Ivelisse; Azteca wins and retains the Gift of the Gods Championship.
  • King Cuerno VS ???; double disqualification, BOTH King Cuerno and Mil Muertes will challenge Pentagon Dark for the Lucha Underground Championship next week.
  • Lucha Underground Trios Championships: The Reptile Tribe VS Los Lucha Super Amigos; The Reptile Tribe wins and retains the Lucha Underground Trios Championships.

PLAY BY PLAY

Gift of the Gods Championship: El Dragon Azteca Jr. VS Ivelisse!

The Heir of the Eagle Tribe has vowed to defend his title all the way to Ultima Lucha Quatro. If he succeeds in retaining the entire way, he plans on challenging whoever the Lucha Underground Champion is in the main event. But now, the Baddest Bitch in the Temple steps up to challenge his mission. Can Ivelisse grab that gold for herself to then put Pentagon Dark on her radar?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised and we begin! The fans duel between these two as Azteca swings first. Ivelisse ducks and mule kicks, to then whip. Azteca reverses but Ivelisse wheelbarrows and arm-drags. She runs and springboards to arm-drag Azteca again. He gets to a corner and she runs in, but misses. She SUPERKICKS him back, then hops up to leap for flying headscissors! Azteca bails out while fans fire up. Ivelisse takes aim and builds speed, but runs into the calf kick! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Ivelisse while Azteca puts her in a corner hard. She falls to the mat but he waits for her to stand. Ivelisse stirs so Azteca brings her up, but she fires back with body shots. He throws her down, then brings her up again to whip her hard. Fans duel as Azteca covers, TWO!

Ivelisse drags herself up by the ropes while Azteca backs off. Azteca returns and wrenches her arm to then smack it. He goes after the legs and turns her, but she blocks it by grabbing his leg. He manages to pry her off and turn her all the way over! Azteca puts on a deep Boston Crab to go after the repaired leg. He then shifts to a Bully Choke, but fans rally up. Ivelisse gets up to fight back. Azteca throws her down by her red hair, then runs. She dodges his leg drop, and fans rally up again. Ivelisse runs, dodges, and rallies with lariats. She has Azteca reeling as she runs into the corner. He puts her on the apron but she dodges and kicks him back. Ivelisse climbs and springboards for the tornado DDT! Cover, TWO! She’s so close but the fans keep her going.

Ivelisse runs at Azteca, and tilt-o-whirls into the Octopus Stretch! She pulls on the neck and arm while fans chant “TAP! TAP!” Azteca powers out to a sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up again and Azteca whips Ivelisse. She reverses but he goes up and over. He misses in the corner but pushes her away. Azteca hops up, jumps and flying arm-drags her out of the ring. Azteca then springboards to FLY! But she dodges him, and he hits nothing but railing at the stairs! Azteca crashes and burns as fans lose their minds. Ivelisse drags Azteca up and into the ring. She takes aim, runs out, rolling destroyer! Cover, TWO!! That was even closer, but “This is Awesome!” Ivelisse works to keep her cool, but she shouts that this is her time!

Ivelisse slaps Azteca around, then rocks him with a spinning enziguri! Cover, TWO!! Ivelisse grows frustrated but the fans are thunderous. Ivelisse wants the rear naked choke, but Azteca powers up and throws her off. Azteca heads to the top rope and fans are mixed. Ivelisse stops him up top and then slaps away on him. He shoves her down, adjusts, but she gets him again! Ivelisse climbs up, throws forearms up to 10, then prepares the superplex. Azteca resists and headbutts her down. He again adjusts, and leaps for the leg drop! Cover, Azteca wins!

Winner: El Dragon Azteca Jr, by pinfall; still Gift of the Gods Champion

The Eagle continues to soar towards Ultima Lucha Quatro, but he and the Believers still respect the Baddest Bitch. Can Azteca make it all the way to UL4 to challenge THE Lucha Underground Champion? Meanwhile, La Sicaria wants herself some singles gold, but what will it take for her to get there?

But wait, XO Lishus and Joey Ryan appear. They can tell she’s upset, but she put on one hell of a match. If she wants gold as much as they do, then why not form a new trio? And then they can challenge whoever the champions are after tonight, because a trio of Ivelisse, Joey Ryan and XO himself, well that’s #XOlicious. What does she say? “Hell yeah, let’s do this!” Ivelisse finds herself in another unique team, but will she become the first three-time trios champion?

 

King Cuerno VS ???

The hunt is on as the Deer Tribe heir wants after Pentagon Dark’s title. Antonio Cueto comes out to comment on Cuerno’s attack that sent the message to Pentagon. Antonio admires Cuerno’s follow through. However, there is another man who has been even more dominant lately. That man also deserves himself a Lucha Underground Championship match, so this match will determine who challenges Pentagon next week for that title. Believers like the sound of that. Antonio introduces the opponent who hates Cuerno’s guts: MIL MUERTES!! The Man of 1000 Deaths owes Cuerno for taking that Gauntlet of the Gods from him at Ultima Lucha Tres! Has the hunter become the hunted!?

The bell rings and Muertes rushes Cuerno immediately! Cuerno dodges and dodges to then throw a haymaker. But it does nothing! Muertes grabs Cuerno and puts him in the corner for close-range clotheslines! Muertes hits 9, then uses the tenth for a powerful punch! Fans cheer as Muertes drags Cuerno up and throws him around. Cuerno dodges again to calf kick and lift Muertes. Muertes slips out to shove and powerslam Cuerno! Then he rains down rights and lefts! The Believers love this as Muertes drags Cuerno up. Cuerno slips out, shoves and gives Muertes a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Muertes gets to a corner, and Cuerno runs in for big double knees! Cuerno swing kicks Muertes out, then climbs up, only for Muertes to stop him.

Fans duel as Muertes climbs up, for the SUPERPLEX! Muertes stands up right away and looms over Cuerno. He drags Cuerno up and whips, but Cuerno kicks him away. Cuerno runs into the choke slam! Muertes seethes as he decides to go up. Cuerno crawls over as Muertes climbs, and Cuerno manages to counter the double ax handles with a big knee strike! Cuerno staggers but runs, only for double clotheslines to take them both out! Fans are thunderous as Muertes slowly sits up. Cuerno follows and they brawl on their knees with quick haymakers. They brawl as they stand, and Muertes rocks Cuerno with bigger shots. Cuerno hits back and whips, but Muertes reverses. Cuerno holds ropes then ducks, but Muertes counters the code breaker by throwing Cuerno out. But Cuerno brings Muertes with him, and now they’re on the floor.

The brawl continues even out here, and Cuerno fires off many shots, only to get rocked by an uppercut! The referee wants them to return to the ring, but neither man cares. They continue to brawl, neither showing any give. Muertes rocks Cuerno, but Cuerno keeps coming back. The referee insists they go into the ring, so they both shove the referee down! The brawl continues while fans boo and jeer over the disrespect for the official. Muertes continues to rock Cuerno with his rights, but Cuerno continues to come back with his own. Muertes brings Cuerno up the stairs, but the referee calls for the bell?

Double Disqualification

The referee spoils the fun but the brawl continues. Muertes and Cuerno grab at each other’s masks while fans tell the referee this choice is “Bullsh*t! Bullsh*t!” But Antonio Cueto returns to correct this. He shouts for them to stop fighting for one second! The two listen, and Antonio says that while neither men won, he won’t punish their lust for fighting. In fact, he rewards it! Therefore, Muertes and Cuerno, you BOTH get a shot at the Lucha Underground Championship, in a Triple Threat! Pentagon will have two truly lethal challengers to deal with, will he be able to survive? Actually, both Cuerno and Muertes keep fighting each other! Pentagon appears and watches. He’s just as entertained as the Believers, but will even Cero Miedo overcome death and the hunt?

 

Lucha Underground Trios Championships: The Reptile Tribe VS Los Lucha Super Amigos!

Kobra Moon’s once mighty kingdom is dwindling. She punished Pindar with death a season ago, Vibora was slain at the hands of the now Mr. & Mrs. Mundo, and then the Worldwide Underground wished for Drago’s freedom. Now it is just the Queen, her King in Daga, and her new knight in the Undead Death Machine, Jeremiah Snake. Meanwhile, the most exciting trio has reunited! Fenix is back from the dead thanks to Aerostar, and these former trios champions get another shot just on reputation alone. Can the Firebird, the Firebreather and the luchador of time and space return to glory? Or will the desperate snakes be more dangerous than ever?

But wait, what is Jake Strong doing here? He talks to Drago and Aerostar specifically. If they win these titles, then he wants them to know they’ll be defending them against him. And The Savage doesn’t need partners to fight against these three, because he’s a big strong wrestler. “And we all know a wrestler beats a luchador every single time!” Strong promises to snap their ankles because he can, and because it makes him strong! Believers duel, “Strong!” “Sucks!”, but the Savage is coming for the amigos one way or another. Can Drago and Aero focus on their opponents tonight and worry about Strong later?

The trios sort out and we begin with Snake going after both Aero and Drago! He hits Fenix for good measure, too, then drags Drago over to the Reptile corner. He bounces Drago off Kobra’s boot then tags in Daga. Daga goes to the opposite corner while Snake grinds his boot into Drago. Daga runs back in, and with help from Snake, he gives Drago a big hesitation dropkick. Cover, TWO! Daga keeps on Drago with haymakers while Fenix slowly returns to the corner. Believers rally up for Drago even as Daga throws big forearms. Tag to Snake, and Snake gives Drago a venomous chop! Tag back to Daga and Daga puts Dragon in an open corner. He hears the fans cheer for Drago, but gives Drago his own sharp chop.

The King of snakes embraces the heat as he throws more hands on Drago. He tags Snake back in and together they mug Drago. They double whip Drago but Drago ducks and waistlocks Snake. Snake standing switches but Drago ducks, sending Daga’s haymaker into Snake! Drago then counter kicks Daga, and tilt-o-whirls to a school boy. Daga rolls out, but runs into a SUPERKICK! Snake runs into kicks, then Drago gets past Daga to go up top. Drago grabs Daga in a headscissors while linking to Snake with a facelock. Daga throws Drago off, but Drago uses that to tornado DDT Snake! Drago then dodges Daga to tilt-o-whirl DDT him! Cover on Snake, TWO! Fans fire up but Snake thumbs Drago’s eyes. Snake adjusts, but Fenix tags in and hits a rolling cutter!

The darker Fenix has the fans fired up but Melissa looks concerned at ringside. Daga reverses the whip but runs into a back elbow. Fenix hops up, Daga shoves him, but Fenix saves himself with a jump and back flip! Snake grabs Fenix but Fenix boots Daaga away to then escape and PELE Snake! Fenix kips up and calf kicks Daga, then runs to boot Snake on the other side! Fans fire up with Fenix and Melissa is relieved. Aero wants a tag, but Fenix senses Kobra coming up behind. He kicks but she leans back. He backs her down, and tags out to Aero. The tag was a bit stiff but Aero is ready to kick Snake. Aero hops up, big corkscrew crossbody! Daga full nelsons Aero, but Aero ducks and now Snake’s haymaker hits Daga!

Aero trips Snake onto the ropes, bumps Daga, then uses Snake as a springboard for the rolling cutter! Fans fire up for Aerostar while Daga rolls out. Aero runs but into Snake’s big lariat! Fans boo as Snake drags Aero back up. Snake suplexes and holds Aero up, to then bring him down. Tag to Daga, and they mug Aero on the mat. Daga whips Aero but Aero reverses, only for Daga to put him on the apron. Aero shoulders back in, slingshot and springboards for the code breaker. Daga still haymakers and dropkicks Aero down! Both men are down but the Believers fire up. Both men crawl, hot tags to Snake and Drago!

Drago rolls off Snake’s back, sweeps the legs and hits the kick. Daga runs in but gets a kick and a neckbreaker. Drago runs into Snake’s boot then SUPERKICK, then Snake grabs Drago. Snake lifts but Drago headscissors Snake out! Daga returns but Drago dodges and arm-drags him out. Aero is in, and he goes to the top rope to FLY onto both Daga and Snake! Believers fire up for this, but Drago tries to get Fenix back into the fight. Drago tags Fenix, and Fenix has his target. They work together, and Fenix LAUNCHES Drago onto the entire Reptile Tribe! Fenix fires up with the Believers, he builds up power, but then SUPERKICKS Aero!? Melissa doesn’t understand, and neither do the Believers.

Fenix attacks Aero in the corner, and then brings him up, for a spinning muscle buster?! Snake takes advantage, and gives Aero the butterfly breaker! Cover, The Reptiles win!

Winners: The Reptile Tribe, Jeremiah Snake pinning; still Lucha Underground Trios Champions

The Reptiles retain, but only because something is not right in the mind, or perhaps the soul, of the Man of 1000 Lives. Melissa is so confused, it’s Kobra Moon who makes the official announcement. Melissa tries to get through to Fenix, but he only responds with the dead eyes of a shark. She keeps trying to reason with him, but he takes hold of her, to shove her down!? Believers boo and jeer this dark Fenix, and Azteca comes out to check on his friend. Has something gone wrong with Fenix’s revival? What will it take to bring back the Fenix we used to know?

 

Antonio Cueto gets himself a drink.

However, someone comes to meet with him. It’s Marty “The Moth” Martinez. Marty is manic as ever as Antonio invites him in. Marty presents more money, much like his sister did. He’s all healed up, but health never mattered to Antonio. Guilty as charged. Marty brings up the bribe Mariposa paid Antonio a few weeks ago. Yes, that is correct. And therefore, Marty has also “earned” himself a shot at the Gift of the Gods Championship. Marty drops a couple more stacks, because he wants something more. What more could the maniac moth want from Antonio? Or perhaps, who?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A very stacked card for Lucha Underground tonight, with a lot of great storyline integration. We waste little time getting right to it, with Dragon Azteca defending his title against Ivelisse. A great match, and it made sense that Azteca retains to keep his story going. Ivelisse of course has her own story, as she, XO Lishus and Joey Ryan ended up on the same page after dealing with Jack Evans. They want after the Trios Championships, but I’m sure Jack Evans will come back for revenge, even if he has to do it without the Worldwide Underground. Cuerno VS Muertes was great, even with the double DQ. I’m surprised no one mentioned Catrina’s absence, but even within LU, they have their own separation of kayfabe and reality. A triple threat for the title is going to be amazing, it’d be quite the shock if Pentagon loses.

Then the Trios Championship match tonight was great. I loved that Fenix really was different, such as wearing all black. I was hoping for less mindless and more heartless, but Fenix did a nice enough combination of both. Him turning now was a bit surprising, but it brings in Azteca’s story of having feelings for Melissa, and it leaves Aero and Drago open to take Jake Strong on in a handicap match to settle their story. While Marty buys a Gift of the Gods match, I’m betting his bonus involves Melissa, who has always been his obsession. This will further Azteca’s story of his feelings for Melissa while bringing Fenix back around. I can see Fenix finding some of his humanity again in protecting her, but it will take him facing Azteca to bring it all back. Azteca might retain the belt, but Fenix will probably get the girl.

My Score: 8.5/10


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NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.119 ~ 24TH JANUARY 2021

A former King of Pancrase and Triple Crown champion steps up to challenge for the GHC National title at Budokan! NOAH shaping up for their biggest event in a decade! 

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NEWS

Hajime Ohara tests positive for COVID-19

It was announced on the 22nd January that Hajime Ohara had tested positive for Covid after a routine PCR test. The Osaka card was changed with YO-HEY filling in for him. Ohara has not shown any symptoms of fever, cough or loss of taste so far, and temperature taken on the morning of the 24th January was normal. Ohara is isolating at home, and true to form is studying (he was taking an online English class), and and eating nutritiously. He is determined to be back to NOAH for The Budokan.

In Osaka, the roster paid tribute to him, with YO-HEY making the Muy Bien sign, and Naomichi Marufuji finishing his promo (tantrum) with “Muy Bien”.

Kenoh from Murakami to Masakatsu

In a match that lasted only nine minutes and forty seconds, which was really for how long it needed to last, Kenoh defeated Kazunari Masakatsu for the GHC National title in Osaka on the 23rd January 2021. The match started off somewhat MMA style, and went to mat wrestling. Kenoh got his own back on Murakami for felling him with a closed fist, by doing the same, but this seemed to only make Murakami mad and he unleashed a volley of kicks and punches on Kenoh. After a brief loss of temper, Kenoh came to his senses and realized that he was going to have to take Murakami down, and he did it by using the sleeper hold, which caused the referee to stop the match.

Almost immediately after the match had finished, Masakatsu Funaki made his challenge. He simply pointed at the belt and asked Kenoh to be his next challenger. Kenoh accepted the challenge, and set it for the Nippon Budokan (12th February 2021), but backstage rather than scream abuse about his opponent, he actually said that he was it was exciting and he was looking forward to it. Murakami he said he had also enjoyed the match with, although he admitted to being scared by him.

Masakatsu Funaki seemed to have a few different reasons for challenging; he had the image of being a champion alongside Mutoh, Kenoh was not something he had experienced before, and he felt that the time was now to do it. He was also complimentary about Kenoh, saying that he was “in his thirties and riding high”. Funaki makes the third MMA fighter to have challenged Kenoh.

EVENT RECAPS & POST MATCH PROMOS

Event recap: HIGHER GROUND 2021 (January 23rd, Edion Arena Osaka 2nd Stadium)

Post match interviews: HIGHER GROUND 2021 (January 23rd, Edion Arena Osaka 2nd Stadium)

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

~ Atsushi Kotoge admitted some jealousy of Daisuke Harada.

~ Mohammed Yone did some catering for the roster on the way home from Osaka.

~ Naomichi Marufuji won the chop challenge against Go Shiozaki, then got annoyed at it being pointed out that he beat Shiozaki in the challenge, but wasn’t the one to make the pin and win the match. Pointed out that HE was the senior to them, and would take both their belts, “so I can enter last and show them off”. And then walked off.

~ Takashi Sugiura says he aims to create a new record, and become the GHC Heavyweight Champion at the age of 50, however if Keiji Mutoh defeats Go Shiozaki for it, he will do it when he is 60.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

ALL the titles, except the GHC Heavyweight Tag, have been challenged for and the matches will take place at The Budokan. Fans are hoping that Katsuhiko Nakajima and Masa Kitamiya will challenge, especially as they are teaming together against Takashi Sugiura (Kazushi Sakuraba is absent) on NOAH’s last show before The Budokan, on the 31st January.

 

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

Sunday 31st January: “HIGHER GROUND 2021” (11.30am JST, Korakuen Hall.)

BROADCASTS

NOAH’s 23rd January show from Osaka will be available to view on WRESTLEUNIVERSE on Tuesday 26th January. The GHC National title match, and the main event were streamed live through Periscope.

The 31st January event at Korakuen Hall has not had broadcast details announced yet.

LINKS

“Parasyte” Kazunari Murakami’s plan to take over the REIWA Ark

“For us, The Budokan is the beginning rather than the “Return” ~ Interview with Yoshiki Inamura

Kazushi Sakuraba has an astonishing determination to “become the Takako Tokiwa” of the Pro Wrestling World

Pro Wrestling Casebook ~ a shock ran through Michinoku, when Kenoh announced he was joining Noah (2013)

“Aiming to become the GHC Champion, in the year of my 60th birthday” ~ Takashi Sugiura

GIF taken from Noah’s Periscope

Match graphic taken from the Official NOAH Twitter

 


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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (1/22/21)

And you thought last week was big!

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205 Live doubles down on historic matches!

Not only are two 205 Live OG taking on a BRUTAL combination in Thatcher & Ciampa, but the WOMEN’S Dusty Cup comes to the purple ‘n’ orange!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: The Way’s Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Gigi Dolin & Cora Jade; The Way wins and advances.
  • Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari VS Timothy Thatcher & Tommaso Ciampa; Thatcher & Ciampa win and advance.

PLAY BY PLAY

205 Live explains how a certain Dusty Cup match came to be.

It was on NXT that Ashante “Thee” Adonis was in a match with the cruel Karrion Kross. Kross showed no mercy to Adonis as he hit him with TWO Doomsday Saido Suplexes and the blindside forearm smash. Then he would show no mercy to Adonis’ tag partner, Desmond Troy, by wrapping him up in the Krossjacket submission! The damage done was too severe for either man to compete tonight, and now they’re OUT of the Dusty Rhodes Classic! However, there is a new team that has been formed.

The Professor of Pain and the Psycho Killer put each other through torture inside the Fight Pit, and in the end, they found respect for each other. They’re now a killer combination and having their tag team debut TONIGHT, in the tag team tournament! Will they put the Premier Athlete and Persian Lion through similar suffering, all for a shot at history and the NXT Tag Team Championships?

 

Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: The Way’s Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Gigi Dolin & Cora Jade!

How is this for history? 205 Live has its first-ever women’s match, and it is for this historic women’s tag team tournament! But will it be even more historic for the two debuting superstars? Or will Candice & Indi Wrestling dominate where the boys, Johnny & Austin, failed?

The teams sort out, Indi starts against Jade and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Indi throws Jade down. Indi says Jade is NOT #Impressive, but Jade hits back with body shots! Indi knees low, whips Jade to a corner but Jade dodges! Jade tags Gigi and Gigi dodges Indi for a BOOT! Jade BOOTS Indi, then Gigi runs in to spin and ROCK Indi with a forearm! Indi hits back, drags Gigi over and tags in Candice. Candice stomps Gigi down, brings her up and through the ropes to choke her. The ref counts, Candice lets off at 4 to then CLUB Gigi down. Candice stomps Gigi, taunts Jade, but misses the leg drop!

Gigi rams Candice to the corner, tags in Jade, and Jade runs corner to corner to SHINING WIZARD! Jade brings Candice around but Indi is in the way of her run. Candice CLOBBERS Jade then covers, ONE! Candice hammers away on Jade, dribbles her off the mat, and fans boo as Candice drags Jade up with a chinlock. Candice has a neck wrench, fans chant “You Still Suck!” but Jade fights her way up. Candice CLUBS Jade, whips her to the Way’s corner, then runs in for a back body block! Indi tags in and she taunts Gigi before hitting Jade with a forearm! Indi throws Jade down to cover, TWO!

Indi keeps on Jade with a cravat for the neck crank. Jade fights up, fans rally and Jade throws body shots. Jade whips, Indi reverses and scoops for a sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Indi keeps her cool, tags Candice, and Candice wrenches Jade to snapmare and chinlock. Candice digs her knee in but Jade endures. Fans rally, Jade fights up, throws more body shots, then breaks free to uppercut! Jade runs but wobbles, but she elbows Candice again! Jade baits Candice into her own corner, dodges, but Candice gets Jade’s leg! Jade kicks Candice away, hot tags to Indi and Gigi! Gigi didges, fires off on Indi, KICKS away on the leg, then kicks that leg out! BUZZSAW!

Gigi DECKS Candice for good measure before she BOOTS Indi down! Cover, TWO! Gigi snarls as she drags Indi up and clubs her on the back. Tag to Jade, they bring Indi around together to double suplex but Indi fights it off! Indi BOOTS Jade, kicks Gigi and reels Gigi in for a suplex of her own! Indi holds Gigi up for a count of 10 before the SLAM! Gigi bails out so Indi tags Candice. Candice runs into Jade’s roll up, TWO! Jade Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Ghost pin, TWO!! Candice flounders up but gets around Jade to roll her up, TWO!! Indi tags in and kicks Jade to then back suplex SLAM! Cover, The Way wins!

Winners: The Way, by pinfall (advance to the next round)

Candice and Indi are making their way into the semifinals! But will Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter be in the way of The Way making history?

 

Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari VS Timothy Thatcher & Tommaso Ciampa!

The Premier Athlete and Persian Lion have been here since day one of 205 Live, and were looking strong going into this match when it was against Adonis & Troy. But again, it has only been a couple days since NXT, are the Professor of Pain and Psycho Killer in any shape to face them on their home turf?

The teams sort out and Nese and Daivari seem to laugh at the two former enemies trying to be a team now. Daivari starts with Thatcher, they tie up and Daivari goes after an arm. Thatcher pries him off of that with a chinlock and then grinds into a headlock. Thatcher throws Daivari down, pulls on his head, but Daivari tries to pull hair. Thatcher just smiles that jagged tooth grin as he gets back up and goes after Daivari’s arm! Thatcher wrangles Daivari with a hammerlock, traps it with his legs then gets Daivari’s legs. Thatcher pulls Daivari into a Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Daivari endures, it becomes a cover, TWO!

Thatcher grabs at Daivari right away and has a facelock. Daivari endures, gets around, waistlocks, but Thatcher pries at the arm. Daivari tags Nese in, Nese rolls Thatcher up, TWO! Thatcher trips Nese and has the foot for a toe ‘n’ ankle. He shifts to a heel hook, then gets the arm but Nese scrambles around. Ciampa wants in, so Thatcher tags him in! Fans cheer as Ciampa wrenches Nese’s arm and drags him down. Nese resists the Fujiwara but Ciampa wrenches through again to a wristlock. Nese chinbars to get the arm, but Ciampa slips through to headlock. Nese throws Ciampa off but Ciampa headlocks and throws Nese down! Fans cheer as Ciampa grinds Nese into the mat.

Nese fights up, gets free to waistlock but Ciampa switches. Nese bucks Ciampa off, runs in and trips Ciampa up to go after the leg! Ciampa kicks Nese away, facelocks Nese in return and grinds him down. Fans rally, Nese moves around, and Nese powers Ciampa to the corner. Nese puts the leg on the rope, tags in Daivari, but Ciampa fights out with forearms and elbows! Ciampa DECKS Daivari but Nese trips him up! The ref reprimands but Daivari drags Nese to the corner to SLAM the leg into the post! And then he SLAMS the other leg! Thatcher storms over as Daivari keeps on the legs but the ref shouts at everyone to get back to their corners.

Daivari puts Ciampa in, drops elbows on the leg then stomps it, then drags Ciampa from Thatcher. Daivari drops more elbows, stomps the leg more, then clamps onto the leg to step through, for a Figure Four! Ciampa endures, Thatcher coaches him and the fans rally up! Ciampa drags himself and Daivari over but Nese gets in to hit Thatcher! The ref has to keep Thatcher back but Nese drags Daivari and Ciampa away! Nese tags in to stomp away on Ciampa, and Daivari finally lets Ciampa out of the hold. Fans boo and jeer while Nese flexes. Nese drags Ciampa over, tags in Daivari, and they split the wishbone on Ciampa!

Nese runs at Thatcher but Thatcher DECKS him first! Daivari has Ciampa’s leg but Ciampa enziguris back! Tag to Thatcher! Thatcher clinches Daivari for a BELLY2BELLY! Then a BELLYBELLY for Nese! EuroUppers for both Cruiserweights back and forth! Nese runs back in but Thatcher has the arm! Thatcher clamps on but has to stop Daivari first. HEEL HOOK! Nese pulls Thatcher’s ears and HOTSHOT BULLDOGS! Thatcher is down, Nese tags in, and Nese hurries to PREMIER TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! Tag back to Daivari and Daivari climbs up, LION SPLASH! Cover, but Ciampa breaks it!

Fans fire up as Ciampa returns to his corner. Daivari and Thatcher crawl, Nese tags in first! Thatcher kicks Nese away, and tags Ciampa back in! Ciampa rallies on Nese and Daivari with forearms and CHOPS! Ciampa CHOPS Daivari again but Nese dropkicks the bad leg out! Nese and Daivari both go up, DOUBLE- DECKED! Nese gets a knee, Daivari gets a forearm! Thatcher and Ciampa glare at each other, Ciampa gives Nese WILLOW’S BELL! Cover, Ciampa & Thatcher win!!

Winners: Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher, by pinfall (advance to the next round)

These two were tearing each other apart on NXT, but they’re standing together on 205 Live! Will Ciampa and Thatcher tear their way through the tournament to put their names on the Dusty Cup?


My Thoughts:

A good episode, though with some obvious results. While Gigi Dolin (Priscilla Kelly) and Cora Jade (Elayna Black) are very good wrestlers, they weren’t going to beat The Way, and it says a lot that Indi got the pin for this one. Candice & Indi are among the favorites to win the tournament, and I’m betting on a stellar match between them and KC Squared, Catanzaro & Carter. Gigi & Jade still made a good combination, and their aesthetics match up well, I hope they stick together.

Ciampa & Thatcher becoming a team after their Fight Pit match is a pretty cool way to follow up, and naturally they were going to beat the first team they faced. The OG had good combinations, but Nese and Daivari have been perennial jobbers to the stars even before this. Thatcher & Ciampa take on Undisputed Era next and that is going to be a great match that could go either way. Given the history between Undisputed Era and the current tag team champions, Lorcan & Burch, I give it 51-49, UE wins so that they can get a shot at the champions.

My Score: 8/10


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