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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- 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?
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?
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
AJ’s WrestleMania 37 Night One Results & Review 4/10/21
AJ continues with the WWE coverage this Mania week! Night 1 of WrestleMania may have been rain delayed; but did that dampen the excitement?
Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls. Children of all ages… WrestleMania is finally upon us once again and this time we are for real going to have it at my champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers stadium, Raymond James and we get fans involved! We will hear the cheers, the boos and of course the ugly in the whole the but it’s still the grandest stage of them all. We have some decent matches for night one that will take place, sadly a thunder storm but if we know Vince McMahon, that’s not going to stop him.
Welcome to the Thirty-Seventh installment of WrestleMania!!!!!!!!
- Drew McIntryre vs Bobby Lashley(c) for the WWE Championship: Bobby Lashley wins via Hurt Lock – **** – TITLE DEFENSE!!!!!
- Tag Team Turmoil: Naomi & Lana vs Carmella & Billie Kay vs The Riott Squad vs Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose vs Tamina & Natalya: Tamina wins by last Elimination the Riott Squad – ** ½
- Seth Rollins vs Cesaro: Cesaro wins via Gotch Neutralizer – *** ¼
- AJ Styles & Omos vs The New Day(c) for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championships: Omos wins via Two-Handed Chokeslam – *** – TITLE CHANGE!!!
- Steel Cage: Braun Strowman vs Shane McMahon: Braun Strowman wins via Running Powerslam – ** ¼
- Bad Bunny & Damien Priest vs Miz & John Morrison: Bad Bunny wins via Electric Chair Crossbody combination – *** ¼
- Bianca Belair vs Sasha Banks(c) for the WWE SmackDown Wom0n’s Championship: Bianca Belair wins via KOD – **** – TITLE CHANGE!!!
Drew McIntyre vs Bobby Lashley
Both men try to get a strength advantage with a Collar & Elbow tie up before breaking it and going to holds now and still getting even ground. Now both men get some fighting in the corner going, delivering punches and strikes until they go to the outside where Lashley takes control and ragdolls McIntyre into the barricades before tossing Drew back in. Lashley keeps the onslaught on Drew and gets a quick pin attempt for a one and continues to get the beat down on the former champ. Lashley gets a lot of steam going as he goes to do another shoulder tackle into the corner, only to miss and Drew targets the arm of Bobby. Momentum shifting into Drew’s favor as Drew getting things going for him, suplexes and strikes galore as he goes for the Future Shock DDT. Lashley puts Drew into the corner to get separation but Drew catches the strike attempt and catches lashley into Northern Lights Suplex for a nearfall.
Bobby gets a reversal into a slam, a near fall and both men get some signature moves in. Drew hits the Glasgow Kiss and Bobby hits back with a one handed Spinebuster. After another near fall, Drew gets caught in a Hurt Lock but gets out of it quickly as they both go to the corner. Drew getting the swing this time and lands a good ol’ Alabama Slamma for a near fall of his own before trying to set up a sky-high superplex to the champion. Lashley fights off the attempt as Drew gets a Kimora Lock in to weaken the arm, Lashley fights him off again, catching Drew into a Tree of Woe but Drew sits up to launch Bobby in a Belly- To Belly. Lashley hits another one armed Spinebuster until Drew kips up and tells him to bring it, delivering a trifecta of Future Shock DDTs for a two count.
Drew in shock but goes to the corner, doing the countdown to the Claymore but Lashley rolls out of the ring. Drew tapping into a little bit of Undertaker and does a Tope Con Hilo to take MVP and Bobby out and takes Lashley back to the ring, setting up for something in from the top. Lashley catches the challenger and goes to apply another Hurt Lock but Drew runs out of the way to stun Lashley. As Lashley goes to do another Spinebuster, Drew rolls it into a Kimura Lock, perfectly on before Lashley inches slowly to the ropes to kick out. Lashley now, getting his aggression out, taking it to McIntyre in the corner until Drew gets separation, going for another Claymore until MVP distracts the former champion and misses the Claymore for Lashley to get the Hurt Lock in. Drew looked impressive to break out but Lashley didn’t break when Drew pushed off the corner and passes out from the pressure.
Tag Team Turmoil
Naomi & Lana vs Carmella & Billie Kay to start off the gauntlet style matchup as Naomi and Lana take the early advantage against Carmella. Carmella gets a tag onto Billie Kay but the advantage is still Lana and Naomi. When all four get in for chaos, Billie Kay goes for a roll up and beat Naomi and Lana for the next team to come out…
Riott Squad come out and take it to Billie early on but Carmella gets a tag and starts a beat down against Liv Morgan. Ruby breaks up the pin attempt but as Billie goes for the same pin attempt, the ref catches it and the Riott Squad get a tag and the advantage as Billie Kay gets brutalized, pinned and Carmella starts to beat up Liv before the next team come in…
Dana and Mandy come out and Ruby fights the two alone from the beat down as the fresher team gets things going and Liv barely gets a break of a pin attempt as Mandy and Dana work Ruby’s neck now. As Mandy cuts the ring off from Ruby, Ruby starts to fight out of the corner and gets Liv into the match now as they start the beat down of Mandy Rose. As the Riott Squad lose the advantage, Rose and Brooke get some damage with a superplex and Swanton combination but Liv gets a reversal on Dana and get the pinfall.
Natalya and Tamina are the last two to get in the match up and start the powerhouse assault on the Riott Squad. The two getting the best of the most tenured tag team in the whole match up as Liv tries to break out of their grasp. Ruby gets the tag and hit the codebreaker/senton combination to Tamina only for a two though and Tamina gets the advantage back, gets the tag to Natalya and they hit a Hart Attack. Natalya looks to get the Sharpshooter but changes her mind and tags Tamina in for the Superfly Splash to get the Day Two Tag Team Championship opportunity.
Seth Rollins vs Cesaro-
Cesaro goes quick into the offense with an Uppercut and goes for the Swing early but Seth rushes out and panics with Cesaro getting more and more of a beat down. Cesaro getting a good amount of offense going as Seth starts to target Cesaro’s arm and starts to pick things up after with his Superplex/Falcon Arrow combo after getting distance. Seth getting cocky again as he tries to take it to Cesaro but the Swiss Cyborg gets his strikes in again, taking down Seth with Uppercuts and goes for the swing again constantly, first time gets countered into a cradle, second time Seth gets to the ropes but the third time is the charm for nine rotations of the Swing and Sharpshooter. Seth breaks out of the hold and moves out of another Uppercut attempt from the corner, hurting Cesaro’s arm again as Rollins gets his high offense in, knees, Slingblades and a 360 Splash but nothing keeps Cesaro down. Seth tries for a ripcord knee but Cesaro changes it into a Neutralizer and a two count. Rollins crawls to the ropes and gets his legs grabbed again for yet ANOTHER Swing but flips out of it, into a Pedigree but fails to get the victory again.
Rollins gets his speech in about being God as he hits Cesaro in time to set up the Curb Stomp. Rollins gets caught into a Uppercut (second best Stomp counter) and takes Rollins spinning, first with a no handed Airplane Spin, Giant Swing and finishes it with a Neutralizer.
(Now get my Red and Pewter out of my sight on Rollins. They are winners unlike you tonight, Seth.)
New Day vs AJ Styles and Omos-
We… are getting Omos to start off against Kofi…? Oh no. New Day goaded AJ to start.
Kofi and AJ using their speed to go off and do some of their big moves or attempt them as AJ thinks he gets an advantage but Kofi gets it, with a slam and near fall, teasing AJ after a beat down as the champs get frequent tags, even getting a Unicorn Stampede off before Xavier holds AJ down for a bit. They keep teasing Omos to tag in but to no avail, New Day beating AJ down more. Kofi goes to tease AJ to get to tag AJ but tags Woods in to cut him off from tagging Omos. After a flurry from AJ to separate from Woods, Kofi tags himself in and fights AJ from tagging the big man in until AJ separates himself from the two and realizes, “I can tag the big man…? I CAN TAG THE BIG MAN!”
Omos comes in and Xavier can’t knock Omos down as Kofi tries to tag in and chop down the big man as The New Day… well to quote the remake of The Longest Yard… they shit themselves. Omos dismantles and smashes The New Day in the ring. Omos basically is breaking them apart as AJ flings over Omos for a Phenomenal Forearm and Omos two handed Chokeslams Kofi down for the win… Jesus Christ. They made him look like a billion dollars in the ring tonight.
Braun Strowman vs Shane McMahon-
As Braun comes in second, Elias and Ryker goes and beats Strowman down with chairs before the bell and Shane tells them to bring Braun in for it to start.
Shane grabs one of the chairs and beats Braun down with the chair over and over, going for a quick win and escaping but Braun, limping, stops Shane and taking more strikes from Shane for a good amount, limping and weakened as Shane breaks sheet metal from the top of the cage to continue the beat down and near fall. Braun now taking the fight to Shane as he stops Shane from escaping and tossing Shane into the cage walls over and over as Shane gets Braun’s hands now before getting squashed between the cage walls. Braun gets the full advantage in the match until his legs give out from earlier and Shane slides out, doing a swinging DDT and setting Braun up to go from Florida all the way to Cali with the Coast to Coast for a second near fall. Ryker and Elias climb the outside to get Shane out but Strowman runs into the cage to loosen all three of them. More offense goes on before Shane gets away and climbs out almost until he pisses off Braun and… gets caught, pulling the cage apart and dragging Shane back in. Braun getting a bright idea as he props Shane up on the cage, going up himself before Braun launches Shane off the cage and climbs back in, stumbling and standing up for himself and everyone who was bullied that’s watching before hitting a Running Powerslam for the win.
We get a small break for the cage to be taken down to honor the inductees to the 2020 Hall of Fame, Shatner, Liger, JBL, The Bella Twins, The British Bulldog, Titus O’Neal with the Warrior Award and the New World Order, Waltman, Hall, Nash and Hogan.
Bad Bunny & Damien Priest vs Miz & John Morrison-
Priest and Miz start it off and Miz goes to the corner and goads Bunny to come in and tags in as they walk around a little bit and Miz being an ass saying he can get the first shot as Bad Bunny pops Miz down. Bunny actually goes for a waist lock as Miz swings wild, Bunny ducks and gets another jab in before Miz gets pissed off and both of them trade blows in the corner of the ring before Miz gets the advantage, taking Bad Bunny into one corner and gets cocky a little before getting countered and Bunny flings Miz down with an arm drag. Miz rolls out and gets caught INTO A LA MAGISTAL AND A NEAR FALL! Miz had to get cheap after a a short pep talk with Morrison as Bad Bunny showing he’s better than Enzo with the rope spot. Bunny gets the advantage again as he slides under the ropes and does a well done Tilt-A-Whirl Head Scissor on Miz before tagging Morrison and getting some control in the match for M&M.
Miz gets back in and taunts Damien Priest by putting Bad Bunny in a headlock, inches away from Priest until Bunny gets some fight in him, dropping Morrison from the apron and almost getting to Priest, countering Miz’s stop with a Sunset Flip but getting beaten down after the pin attempt. Miz and Morrison take it to Bunny on the outside a bit. Morrison gets tagged in and taunts Booker T with a Spinarooni (A perfect one at that) as the tag to Miz gets in and Priest tries to get the crowd amped up. Miz cheap shots Priest and takes the ref’s attention away as M&M just keep embarrassing Bad Bunny with kicks in the corner. Miz gets cocky again and goes for his signature clothesline in the corner but Bunny stops him, dropping Morrison’s attack from the apron and hits a Tornado DDT onto Miz as he finally tags Damien Priest.
Damien goes to both men with his speed and strength, suplexing Miz into Morrison and hitting a chokeslam into a nearfall as all four men now get in the ring. Stereo Falcon Arrows, Damien Priest getting his step up Tope Con Hilo and Bunny with a crossbody. Priest gets Miz into the ring and Miz counters it into a Skull Crushing Finale into a pinfall. Bad Bunny goes to break it up and almost gets a tag in before Morrison pulls Bunny down. Bad Bunny having none of it from Morrison, hits a God Damn Destroyer as Priest props Miz up, gets the tag and lands a crossbody on the Miz for the win.
(Okay… Bad Bunny actually impressed me. Showed he cared. I give him props for that. I really do.)
Bianca Belair vs Sasha Banks-
Both women size each other up for Collar & Elbows and Sasha shoves Bianca down, getting the trash talk started before Bianca kips up and shows a good amount of her –est’s, being Strong, Quick, Fast against Sasha as Sasha gets annoyed and gets caught by Bianca, rolling her out of the ring as Bianca goes to the outside. After some fighting on the apron, Sasha goes for a good suicide dive attempt but Bianca catches her and carries her to the ring as the match gets back to the ring. Bianca gets her usually offense going but Sasha actually grabs the hair of Bianca during the cartwheel and takes control this time around, getting her edge back and weakening the challenger. Sasha takes her to the corner and goes for the double knee attempt from the apron before Bianca catches her and drops her on her shoulder as they both go to the outside. Bianca’s hair gets caught by Sasha and Bianca takes control on the outside before the ref gets to 8 and both come back in. Bianca showed off her strength this time after a cradle attempt and does an impressive amount of time on a stalling suplex. Sasha keeps using Bianca’s hair to try to stop her after the Suplex but Bianca uses her hair as a ripcord effect into a clothesline. Sasha gets beat down from a Standing Shooting Star and getting propped into the corner as Belair goes for a 450 attempt from the top rope and Sasha counters, getting the momentum change momentarily.
Bianca catches some of Sasha’s high speed offense and does powerbomb pinfalls as Sasha kicks out of the first two, reversing the third with an X-Factor and taking control back with a Tornado DDt for another near fall. Banks now goes to the top for a Frog Splash. Sasha gets her anger and ruthlessness to wrap Bianca’s hair around her opponent into a Bank Statement and somehow, Bianca powers through and gets to the ropes before Sasha starts stopping on Bianca’s face after the break. Banks keeps going with the trash talking but Bianca shoves her into the corner post with some Shoulder Tackles and sets her up for a Superplex. Sasha fights her off and attempts a cartwheel kick before Sasha grabs the feet into a Tree of Woe position to land a Meteora. Sasha misses the first one, goes to a knee strike from the Tree as Bianca sits up so Sasha lands knees first into the turnbuckle and eats a 450 Splash for a near fall. Sasha tries to get control again after but gets whipped in the midsection with Bianca’s hair and after a fight to swing around, Bianca grabs Sasha up and lands the Kiss Of Death to win her first Women’s Championship in WWE.
Overall Score: 8/10
Well not too bad for the first fan attended event for WWE… barring NXT of course. Bad Bunny showed he can actually care about wrestling, wasn’t expecting a Canadian Destroyer… or I guess Puerto Rican Destroyer. Cesaro gets his moment, Bianca gets her moment. AJ Styles is now a Grand Slam Champion and every match except for the Tag Team Turmoil thing was pretty solid. I actually can’t wait for night two of Mania. Did it match Stand and Deliver Night One? No. That is still the best match of the week so far but they brought a good amount of fire this night and held a candle to Night Two all things considered. Well we have one more day for me to do Mania Week writing so let’s see if Night two can live up to Night One.
Just… people stop wearing my Bucs colors and lose in the process. Seriously. Disappointed me tonight Seth and New Day.
WWE 24/7 Championship Results & Report! (4/10/21)
BEHOLD! The Night Panther!!
It’s the epic conclusion to the Legend of the Night Planter!
Mild-mannered Old Spice salesman, Joseph Average, finds himself in the middle of an incredible WWE 24/7 Championship prophecy! But is he hero or villain?
- WWE 24/7 Championship Picnic Panic: R-Truth VS Akira Tozawa & Night Panther; Truth retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
R-Truth is having a picnic.
“This is just not your ordinary picnic. We eatin’ good.” And after spraying some Old Spice Night Panther, they’re smellin’ good, too! But Akira Tozawa is sneaking up to snatch Truth’s snacks! Truth goes to reach for some, sees Tozawa, and Tozawa says, “Say cheese~!” What’s Tozawa doing at Truth’s picnic?! And with Ninja Referee (Drew Gulak) and the Night Panther! Truth finds he’s outnumbered! Tozawa and Ninja Ref Gulak grab Truth, and Truth says, “Oh no! Say it ain’t so, Joe!” He went from Average Joe, to Average Ninja! But if you go full ninja, you go evil. But, Joe’s not evil…
Tozawa shouts, “ATTACK!” But stand back, there’s a Hurricane comin’ through! A hurricane? Truth’s insurance covers that. But what is he doing here? What’s he doing here? Everyone knows that hurricanes and night panthers are mortal enemies. Truth confirms. And yet, here Joe is, ruining Truth’s picnic with his baby. Wazzupwiththat?! Night Panther, attack!! Night Panther punches at Hurricane but is blocked and counter punched! Truth breaks free of the kung-fu grip, and hurries with Hurricane to the Truth Cave! AWAY~!
The ninjas pick themselves up and Tozawa blames Night Panther for this. But he tried…! Tozawa takes away Night Panther’s seemingly endless blackbelt. Was this Yokozuna sized? But Tozawa doesn’t care what the prophecy says, Joseph Average is NOT the Night Panther! The “HAH! HAH! HAH!” turns into laughter at Joe’s failure, and Joe runs away in shame. Ninja Ref Gulak tries to talk with Tozawa but he won’t hear it. Will Tozawa ever get the 24/7 Championship away from Truth? Will Joseph Average redeem himself? Or is there truly someone else who the Night Panther mantle is meant for?
Not quite as conclusive as I thought, but this was a pretty great next part to this story with Eric Bugenhagen, aka Ricky Buge, aka The Buge, now Joseph “The Night Panther” Average, who may not even be the Night Panther anymore. I like that we got The Hurricane in this, and if it weren’t for the divide of WWE and AEW, I would love if the cinematic wrestling universe got Matt Hardy involved with this title. Having a brand deal feels right up the “Big Money Matt” gimmick’s alley. I hope Buge returns and proves himself as the Night Panther, or even just as Joseph Average. This is the kind of fun this title needs to be having either way.
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