The Mixed Match Challenge rolls on as the Season 1 Champions, Team AWESKA returns! Can they open with a win? Or will the FABULOUS Truth give them the L?
- Bobby Lashley & Mickie James VS Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox; Lashley & Mickie win.
- The Miz & Asuka VS R-Truth & Carmella; Miz & Asuka win.
PLAY BY PLAY
For those who missed it: The Mixed Match Challenge is round robin this year!
The Monster and the Flame defeated Team Pawz last week, but that doesn’t mean Kevin Owens and Natalya are out. There is still plenty of time for the Prizefighter and the Queen of Harts to get wins. But naturally, that means Braun Strowman & Ember Moon are already off to a great start. The same goes for The #FenomenalFlair scoring a win and giving The #DayOneGlow a loss. This tournament goes all the way into December, with the best of both blocks meeting at TLC! Who takes the next step and who falls back as we continue season two?
Bobby Lashley & Mickie James VS Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox!
The Boss, Sasha Banks, was meant to return to the Mixed Match Challenge, but injury took her out before she could join the Dominator. Now a six-time Women’s Champion moves up, and we have two MMC debuts! Will #CountryDominance or #Mahalicia take their first step towards TLC?
Of course, the Manager of the Hour, Lio Rush, joins the Rocky Mountain Machine and Raw’s Wonder Woman as they make their entrance. On the other side, “Captain” Foxy and the Modern Day Maharaja have Sunil Singh, but it is clear Alicia and Sunil don’t get along as well as Lio and Mickie already do. That aside, the teams sort out and the bell rings, we start with Lashley and Mahal.
Denver is of course on Lashley’s side, but Mahal says “Shanti” in an attempt to calm everyone down. Lashley wants to high-five Alicia, but Mahal says that she is not allowed to, she’s Mahal’s partner. Alicia says she can high five people, but Lashley goes after Mahal. Mahal gets the wristlock then wrenches. Lashley reverses to his own wristlock and wrench. Mahal grabs the ropes while Alicia chants “Shanti.” Mahal gets a headlock, but Lashley powers out. Things speed up and Lashley shows off agility. The two big men are at a stalemate, but the fans are loving their hometown hero. Mahal is frustrated, and Sunil tells the fans to chant “Shanti” instead. Mahal flexes, and wants to have a quick push-up contest? Lashley accepts, though he keeps his eyes on Mahal. Both men go push-up for push-up but Lashley impresses with speed.
Mahal can’t keep up, so he shows off strength by having Alicia be his weight. But then Mickie does the same for Lashley, and he still goes that fast! Sunil adds on and it’s too much! Mahal is upset with Sunil, as is Alicia. Alicia returns to her corner while fans still chant for Lashley. Lashley gives Mahal the neckbreaker! He lifts but Mahal slips out, only to run into the powerslam! Cover, but Alicia breaks it up! Then she “claws” at Lashley, to no real effect. Lashley stands up and asks what she’s even doing. Sunil fans Mahal and fans chant for Mickie! Lashley knows Mickie and Alicia are friends on Raw. Mickie flies in and tackles her friend to the ground! Cover, TWO!
Mickie gets Alicia in a waistlock and rolls her back with bridge, TWO! Alicia forearms Mickie, then calms herself before hitting Mickie with more forearms. Alicia whips and gives Mickie a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Alicia drags Mickie away from Lashley to drop elbows. She puts Mickie in the body scissors while we see Bayley & Finn Balor, aka Team B’n’B, in the back commenting live. They’re confident they’ll win, but meanwhile in the ring, Mickie powers her way up against Alicia. Mickie whips but Alicia counters and kicks to then Northern Lights! Bridge, TWO! Alicia throws a tantrum before putting Mickie in a chinlock. Mahal likes what he sees, but fans rally for Mickie. Meanwhile, Team AWESKA warm up with A-List martial arts.
Back to the ring, Mickie fights Alicia off then dumps her out! Mahal coaches Alicia up, but he intercepts Lashley instead! Lio protests, and Mickie SLAPS Mahal! Alicia boots Mickie then covers, TWO! Lashley and Lio rally with the fans for Mickie while Alicia is too angry to Shanti. Alicia drags Mickie up but MIckie pushes her into Mahal! Mahal is upset, but Mickie crawls to tag Lashley! Lashley rallies on Mahal, clubbing and clothesline-ing him down, then scoop slamming him, too! Corner clothesline leads to a corner to corner whip. Lashley rams hsi shoulder in, then brings Mahal out. Alicia runs in but into Mickie’s running facebuster! Both women bail out, and Mahal jumps for the knee strike on Lashley!
Everyone is down, but Sunil gets in Lio’s face. So Lio enziguris Sunil down! Mahal glares at Lio, but Lio is too fast to hit! Lio slips into the ring, Mahal pursues, but runs into Lashley’s crossbody! Lashley then brings Mahal up, the vertigo suplex! And slam! Cover, Lashley & Mickie win!
Winners: #CountryDominance, Lashley pinning
The newly formed duo is now 1-0 while #Mahalicia are 0-1! There are still a lot of match-ups to come, but will Lashley & Mickie be the team to give the Monster & the Flame a run for their money? And for Mahal & Alicia, they have to turn things around quick, because Bayley & Balor are coming for them!
Backstage interview with Mahal & Alicia.
Clearly they’re not happy with their loss tonight, but they need to refocus. Mahal’s breathing techniques must be practiced for them to have a chance. No, they’re doing this HER way! She’s the captain, she’s calling the shots! At the same time, Carmella and R-Truth are coming in for their match. The Princess of Staten Island says they’re gonna show #Mahalicia how it’s done.
The Miz & Asuka VS R-Truth & Carmella!
The season one champions return as the Hollywood A-Lister and the Empress of Tomorrow promise to do it all again in season two. However, Miz has had his run ins with the FABULOUS Truth already, including SmackDown from earlier tonight! Will Truth & Carmella get revenge for the untimely cancellation of Truth TV? Or is no one ready for AWESKA?!
Fans still chant “Truth TV!” but Miz says it’s Miz TV! Denver ignores him and continues to chant for Truth TV. The bell rings, and both Miz and Asuka offer the other the chance to start. They get corners confused, Miz and Asuka end up on the left of hard cam. And teams finally figure out who starts, it will be the ladies as the Empress and the Princess give us a Money in the Bank rematch. Fans like that because they like Asuka. They don’t like Miz, though. Anyway, Asuka and Carmella finally circle, but then Miz tags in. Truth comes in and fans again chant “Truth TV!” Miz gets upset as he ties up with Truth. Truth arm-drags Miz and asks “What’s up!?” He arm-drags Miz again, then again. Truth breaks it down, and fans chant “Dance Break!”
Miz grows further annoyed, then backs away to a corner to bait Truth in. Truth stops the eye poke, but Miz elbows him. Miz runs but into a hip toss! Truth gives us the floss as he and Carmella hit the dance break. Asuka gets in, and she joins the dancing! Miz is further annoyed, and he wants to shut the dancing down. Fans say “YES! YES!” to dancing. Fine, Miz will show you dancing. Moonwalk-off between Miz and ‘Mella! Fans build up the hype, as Miz… astronaut moon walks. Truth SUPERKICKS Miz out, but Asuka fires off on Carmella! Carmella dodges and sends Asuka out, and then the Fabulous Truth… fake AWESKA out. To then actually moonwalk, and hit the splits!
Asuka is upset for Miz because Miz was gonna use her as a shield. Miz mans up, for about a second. Asuka shouts at him to get in, but he still stays back. Since Miz won’t go in, Truth goes out to chase Miz! Miz catches Truth on the reentry and stomps away! Miz soaks up the heat as he puts Truth in a corner. Mr. & Mrs. Machka are commenting, and arguing about Milwaukee. Miz snapmares and boots Truth, but fans want Asuka. Miz ignores that to put Truth in a chinlock. Fans rally up and Truth gets up. Truth fights back and rocks Miz with a haymaker. Truth whips but Miz reverses to send Truth into buckles hard. Miz backs off to run in for the A-List lariat. Truth staggers while Miz climbs up. Miz leaps but gets an uppercut this time!
Both men are down and both women are ready. Hot tag to Asuka and Carmella, they rush at each other! Asuka dropkicks Carmella down then whips. Carmella reverses but gets another dropkick! Asuka is fired up as she lifts. Carmella resists but ends up in the pop-up knee! Asuka back hands and haymakers, to then hip attack! Cover, TWO! Asuka keeps going as she sits Carmella up. She whips but Carmella reverses, and Carmella dodges the missile dropkick. Asuka gets to a corner while fans chant “Ellsworth! Ellsworth!” Carmella runs in but Miz saves Asuka from the bronco buster! Shining wizard, cover, TWO! Asuka keeps going as she drags Carmella up. She wants her lock but Carmella breaks free and SLAPS her! Then FABULOUS Kick! Cover, but Miz drags Carmella off!
Carmella is angry now, but he blocks her kick. She apologizes to him now, but Truth rocks Miz with furious haymakers! Miz dumps Truth out, and Asuka gets Carmella. Carmella shoves Asuka into Miz, rolls up, TWO!! FABULOUS Kick for Miz, but armbar takedown into the Asuka Lock!! Carmella taps, AWESKA wins!
Winners: AWESKA, Asuka by submission
The MMC champions are still undefeated into season 2! Can they continue this streak all the way to the finals? Or will they end up with L’s before TLC?
Joe’s AAA Review & Results (12/9/2018)
Joe Dinan checks in with your AAA review and results for the week ending 12/9/2018!
AAA on Twitch 12/8
La Parkita, Nino Hamburguesa, and Dinastia vs La Parkita Negra, Arkangel Divino, and Ultimo Maldito
The match starts with chaos. Everybody is doing moves to each other. Mini Parka and Parka Negra get in there and trade moves. Maldito and Hamburger Boy are in next and Hamburger boy hits a shoulder block. Negra hits a reverseranna on Parkita. They team up on Hamburger Boy. Boy counters with a headlock, head scissors take over on Negra and Maldito. Dinastia and Divino are in and Dinastia hits a power slam on him. Negra beats on Dinastia and Parkita works on him. Maldito then works over Parkita. Maldito hits a tiger pile driver on him. Dinastia hits a asai moonsault, then celebrates even though he hit his teammate. Divino does a moonsault off the top. They get everyone seated in the corner and Hamburger Boy does a running senton. Then he goes to the top and splashes them for the win. Hamburger Boy pins Parkita Negra with a top rope splash.
Winners: La Parkita, Nino Hamburguesa, and Dinastia
Starfire and Lady Maravilla vs Mamba and Lady Shani
Shani and Starefire start the match out with some grappling. Maravilla comes in quick to double Shani. Afterwards they double Mamba. Starfire hits a drop kick off the top. Mamba hits a big move on Maravilla and now they’re getting the heat back doubling Starfire. We get back to normalcy in the ring. Shani hits a drop kick on Starfire. She gets to the top and hits a hurricanrana on Shani. Maravilla drop kicks Mamba to the outside and hits a cross body to the outside. Starfire hits a michinoku driver on Shani for a two count. Shani hits the Okada neck breaker and the ref counts slow. Shani argues with the ref and Starfire comes from behind and hits a german suplex for a fast count. Starfire pins Lady Shani with a german suplex and fast count.
Starfire wants a title fight after the match. Not immediately, in the future. They brawl after the match and promo.
Winners: Lady Maravilla and Starfire
Laredo Kid, Hijo Del Vikingo, and Myzteziz Jr vs Taurus, Australian Suicide, and Jack Evans
Match starts with Jack Evans and Laredo Kid. Evans gets crotched on the post and Kid drop kicks him. Vikingo and Myzteziz dive to the outside on the others. They triple drop kick Evans in the corner. Kid code breakers Suicide then holds him. Vikingo jumps off Myzteziz and stomps the back of Suicide. Taurus gets Myzteziz on his shoulders then catches Kid for a double fall away slam. Suicide does a press slam into a code breaker on Vikingo. He holds him and Evans hits a 450, then Taurus hits a splash. Taurus holds up Myzteziz, Evans on the top bounces off him and helps Suicide complete his pile driver on Vikingo. Vikingo makes all of them miss corner attacks. He does a moonsault off of Myzteziz and Kid’s hands on the top, then they hit their own moonsault dives after that. Incredible spot, Luchablog has the gif of it on twitter, find it.
Myzteziz hits a Canadian destroyer on Evans but Suicide breaks up the pin. Suicide then does a springboard destroyer to him, but Vikingo breaks up the pin. He does knees to the corner but Taurus breaks up the pin. Taurus shoulder blocks Vikingo and sends him flying. Laredo Kid and Vikingo go for springboard attacks but get pulled out of the ring. Evans then hits an asai moonsault on everyone. They fight on the stage and throw Taurus and Evans off and do dives. Vikingo then does a Spanish Fly on Suicide off the stage on to the rest of them. Evans and Kid are back in the ring. Evans slams him and goes to the top but gets kicked. Laredo Kid hits the Laredo Fly for the win. Laredo Kid pins Jack Evans with the Laredo Fly.
Winners: Laredo Kid, Hijo Del Vikingo, and Myzteziz Jr
(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.13 ~ 7TH DECEMBER 2018
With a vacant Heavyweight Tag Title to figure out, and some finishing touches leading up to Great Voyage in Yokohama Vol.2, let’s see what Hisame brings us this week!
Most of the roster (except for Naomichi Marufuji, who, much to his disappointment, couldn’t go due to injury, and says he has never been) went to China to participate in “Eastern Hero Wrestling”.
Despite the fact that they had broken up a few days beforehand at “Global League 2018”, Katsuhiko Nakajima and Masa Kitamiya teamed up. Nakajima’s only comment was that this was how the card had been arranged, and he walked off at the end of the match leaving Kitamiya behind.
It was a sold out over capacity crowd in Tianjin, and the crowd said in Japanese “please come back”.
Hi69, in particular, said he learned a lot of things from the trip. There were also some new athletes o the card which hadn’t been introduced to NOAH yet, Tiger God and Dragon God.
Article with results can be read here
Daisuke Harada has been announced for IPW’S Junior Heavyweight Championship Tournament on Tuesday 16th January 2019 at Milton Keynes.
For those unfamiliar with him, a small guide can be found here.
Tickets can be purchased here
Further names hopefully to be announced (I know YO-HEY & HAYATA are being hoped for)
CURRENT TOUR RECAP
Noah kicked off “Winter Navigation 2018” at Korakuen Hall, not a great attendance for the first night, but it needs to be factored in that it was a 6.30pm start on a Friday night, round about the time when people get out of work, plus there was a big event going on at the nearby Tokyo Dome.
There were two match signings, with Takashi Sugiura saying that he was not going to lose the belt or the era to “this young man” (Kaito Kiyomiya) and Kotaro Suzuki actually turned up for his with Daisuke Harada.
Kimiya Okada made his long overdue debut, and was beaten by fellow rookie, Yoshiki Inamura. Hajime Ohara (who had helped train Okada for the debut) looked on. Although Inamura picked up his first win, it should be noted that this is only a small one, and against a very green rookie. They will have a rematch on the 9th (check)
Both Atsushi Kotoge and Hitoshi Yamato were on top comedy form.
Hitoshi Kumano and Seiya Morohashi squared up as their grudge deepened.
The Hooligans announced the 5’10 and 243 lb Yuji Hino as their new member, and he picked up the 5’10 Akitoshi Saito and slammed him as if he weighed nothing.
YO-HEY defeated Shoki Kitamura with the Super Face G, and then said to SUGI that he wanted to continue this, but SUGI said that Yokohama was impossible as there was an ZERO-ONE show on the 16th. So, it looks like the New Year will be the resumption of it.
Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima defeated Kenoh and Masa Kitamiya for the vacant GHC Heavyweight tag team titles, and were later challenged by Yuji Hino and Maybach Taniguchi.
Then Hino cut the promo of the evening:
“Shiozaki, you are a good looking guy, but your chops mean nothing. Nakajima-kun! Growing up! You are becoming an adult. You look like you’ve graduated from being a virgin”.
This is the kind of trash talking which is sadly missing from NOAH.
Kaito Kiyomiya and Daisuke Harada teamed up to take on Takashi Sugiura and Kotaro Suzuki. The ref stopped the match when Sugiura got Kiyomiya in a Olympic slam into a chokehold, afterwards Sugiura stood over the fallen Kiyomiya and told him that “on the 16th, I will show you the difference between NOAH’s future and the man who has supported NOAH for eighteen years”.
Detailed event recap can be read here
GHC BELT NEWS
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Takashi Sugiura
- GHC Junior Champion: Kotaro Suzuki
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Go Shiozaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Minoru Tanaka & Hi69
All titles will be challenged for on the 16th December at “Great Voyage in Yokohama Vol.2”
Kaito Kiyomiya will challenge for the GHC Heavyweight
Daisuke Harada will challenge for the GHC Junior
Yuji Hino & Maybach Taniguchi will challenge for the GHC Heavyweight Tag
The Backbreakers (Hajime Ohara & Hitoshi Kumano) will challenge for the GHC Junior Tag
~ Maybach Taniguchi came out with his “Sasumata” pole (literally “speared fork”) that he had used when he was part of “The Super Violent Army“.
~ Takashi Sugiura said he learned the bidets in Japan, Taiwan and China were all of equal quality.
~ Masao Inoue is holding another bowling tournament
~ Senior referee, Shu Nishinaga, said that someone had “dumped” a load of Masao Inoue’s CDs in the waiting room.
~ Go Shiozaki gave a talk for “Wrestle Talk Mania”, one of the subjects he covered was mental training in wrestling; something which Shiozaki has extensive experience in, especially in dealing with what happened to Mitsuharu Misawa right in front of his eyes, and of course getting Kaito Kiyomiya over his own nerves.
~ Naomichi Marufuji is not cleared to return to the ring yet, although he can now walk more easily, except he has a slight limp.
KING SHAMELESS CORNER
None. He’s been good this week (aside from being a bidet inspector)
The final night of Global League, 25th November, will be broadcast at 6pm on Saturday 8th December
The event on the 7th December, will be broadcast on the 15th December
The event on the 16th December, will be broadcast on the 22nd December
Today’s child of puroresu: Kaito Kiyomiya’s Story
150 people at debut?! Praise from Kobashi! Winning Global League! Kaito Kiyomiya special feature!
MINI INTERVIEW WITH KATSUHIKO NAKAJIMA: 7th December tag championship decision at Korakuen Hall, “I want you to hear the sound of Noah changing”
The scene of pro-wrestling Vol.23 ~ The wish for the soul that inherits the light of the emerald green.
Nakajima and Shiozaki to combine to take the championship
“Everybody’s Energy” ~ interview with Kaito Kiyomiya (Weekly Pro, December 2018)
“I want to advance the era” ~ mini interview with 2018 Global League winner, Kaito Kiyomiya
Takashi Sugiura’s determination for defense, “I will not hand over the belt or the era”.