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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (9/12/18)

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The NXT Champion, Tommaso Ciampa, returns to the air! What will he have to say about his blackhearted reign? Plus, Shayna Baszler returns to in-ring action!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS Cezar Bononi & Adrian Jaoude; Lorcan & Burch win.
  • Shayna Baszler VS Violet Payne; Baszler wins.
  • Raul Mendoza VS Lars Sullivan; Sullivan wins.
  • Nikki Cross VS Bianca Belair; Double Count-out.

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Tommaso Ciampa arrives!

The NXT Champion is back, but he’s not going to talk to NXT Media. He heads right inside, what will he have to say?

 

Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS Cezar Bononi & Adrian Jaoude!

The brawlers return! The brawler of Boston is back from injury and so he and the brawler from Britain are in action against these two behemoths from Brazil! Can Lorcan & Burch make a big impact in their return to NXT? Or will Bononi & Jaoude make an even bigger one when they ruin it?

Fans chant “One Two!” for the punching pair as Burch starts with Bononi. Bononi and Burch tie up, and go around until Burch gets a hammerlock. Bononi elbows but Burch hits back. Burch gives European Uppercuts, then swings Bononi around for a headbutt! Burch also hits a corner clothesline and enziguri, to then hit a second rope missile dropkick! He kips right up and brings Bononi over. Lorcan tags in and the One-Two combo double suplex. Jaoude rushes in but the referee keeps him back. Lorcan keeps on Bononi as he tags Burch back in. They double chop Bononi, then Burch wrenches the arm. Burch tries to bring Bononi to the mat but Bononi is too tall and strong. Tag to Jaoude and now the Brazilian duo isolate him in the corner.

Jaoude goes for an armlock but Burch forearms. Burch has a cravat, but Jaoude pries his way out for a reverse straitjacket, aka the Juji Garami! Jaoude pushes Burch but Burch feeds off the fans. Jaoude knees low to then throw Burch using the Garami! He throws body shots and tags into Bononi. Bononi stomps a mudhole and clubs away on Burch, then backs off. Tag to Jaoude and the Brazilians work together for a backbreaker and running knee! Cover, ONE, but Jaoude keeps on Burch with a modified keylock. Fans chant “One Two! Three Four!” Jaoude knees low and whips but Burch goes back and slides under, hot tag to Lorcan!

Lorcan grabs Jaoude to slap, slap and SLAP! He runs to run Jaoude over with a EuroUpper! Lorcan also takes out Bononi for good measure. Lorcan hits another EuroUpper on Jaoude, ducks Bononi, and comes back for a DOUBLE Blockbuster! Fans fire up with Lorcan as he tags into Burch. They bring Jaoude up, for the draping DDT! Cover, Burch & Lorcan win!

Winners: Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan, Burch pinning

The One-Two gets the one-two-there! The NXT Tag Team Division is stacking up, but with War Machine on the trail of the Undisputed Era, when will Lorcan & Burch find themselves near the titles again?

 

Tommaso Ciampa heads to the ring!

And he actually has theme music now. But that aside, Full Sail still boos and jeers at the Psycho Killer walking down the ramp. And even still, Ciampa still soaks it all in with a sinister grin and laugh as he holds up his NXT Championship. Ciampa ignores the fans chanting “You Suck! You Suck!” as he says “That music is a personal message from the champ to each and every one of you.” It is Ciampa’s way of saying, in the most polite way possible, “Shut up!” For the last month, Ciampa has heard all the whispers and pointed fingers, “I know who did it! I know who took out Aleister Black!” It had to be Ciampa. They based this on what? Imagination? Ciampa doesn’t play make believe, he lives in the real world, and bases opinions on facts.

When Ciampa confronts someone, he does it publicly, on the biggest stage possible, “with all the eyes of the world on me, so you can worship your master at work!” Fans are a thunderous mix as Ciampa says he isn’t going to lie to us, because a champ never lies. The fact is, Ciampa had all the intentions in taking out Aleister before Brooklyn, but someone beat him to the punch. Just like the fans, he wants to know who. But he doesn’t, because he’d be patting them on the back and say “Job well done.” However, Ciampa wants fans to understand: even if Aleister was at Brooklyn, things would remain the same. Gargano loses, Aleister loses, Ciampa wins. Ciampa takes a moment to admire the belt before continuing.

“The title has something it would like me to tell you all.” The belt THANKS Ciampa for putting it back in the main event of TakeOver! Because Ciampa IS the champion of champions, who talks the talk and walks the walk. When Ciampa says he’s going to do something, he does it! That makes Ciampa THE greatest NXT success story EVER! That’s what makes Ciampa “YOUR NXT Champion!” Fans duel as Ciampa says his final point. He really wants everyone watching and everyone in the locker room to listen to this. “Because the fact is, if you want to be a success, if you want to be a winner, if you want to be a champion, then follow the lead of Tommaso Ciampa.” The man with the darkest heart in NXT declares himself the mold of greatness, but will there come a challenger to break that mold?

 

Shayna Baszler VS Violet Payne!

The Queen of Spades no longer reigns with an iron fist, but she’s got her eyes set on her rematch with the Pirate Princess. Will Baszler build momentum back up by making Payne feel some pain? Or will she overlook the newcomer and end up in an upset?

The fans know “Shayna’s gonna kill~ you!” as the bell rings. Violet goes right at Shayna, but runs right into the takedown! Shayna throws hands from both sides, then gets up to stalk Violet. Violet sits up but Shayna knees her right down! Shayna goes after the hand, especially the fingers and wrist. She ends the entire limb all different ways, then into a modifed anaconda lock! Violet somehow doesn’t tap, so Shayna hammerlocks and STOMPS the arm! Violet feels the same as Dakota Kai did months ago, but Shayna shows even less mercy. She puts Violet in the Kirafuda Klutch! Violet taps, Shayna wins!

Winner: Shayan Baszler, by submission

But Shayna won’t let go until Violet goes to sleep! And she even toys with the unconscious Violet with slaps across the face. Bully Baszler made the rookie tap AND snap, so what will she do to Kairi when they have their title rematch?

Wait, Shayna isn’t leaving Violet alone after all! She goes right back and drags Violet back in the ring, into another Kirafuda Klutch! Violet gasps for air as referees rush in! Shayna holds on until Violet is out again, then paces about, before putting Violet in the Kirafuda AGAIN! Bully Baszler is downright evil as she squeezes Violet until she’s purple! Shayna finally lets go, to dump Violet out of the ring. The Queen of Spades finally storms off, leaving the poor Payne alone. Will she brutalize Kairi so bad that this looks like playful rough housing?

 

NXT receives footage of Heavy Machinery’s physical encounter.

Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic were investigating the Aleister Black assault case and were narrowing in on their top suspect, “Tomato Champus.” Mispronunciations aside, they just saw Ciampa claim he was innocent, but aren’t buying it. Ciampa walks over and heard Dozer get his name wrong. He wants them to say his name with respect. Or are they just like these fans who think this is a game? Otis tells Ciampa they aren’t playing around, so if Ciampa wants to get it on, they can get it on. GM William Regal sees them and keeps the peace. But it’s nice to see Ciampa, so they’ll talk in his office. The match will have to wait. Otis makes sure Ciampa knows, “I’m comin’!!” When and where will Dozer get his hands on Ciampa?

 

The Undisputed Era speak.

Roderick Strong has to get something off his chest, something that’s been bothering him. What’s that? The War Raiders talking about “You can run but you can’t hide.” This isn’t Hide ‘n’ Seek, Strong plays that with his son and wins every time. They’re way too popular to hide, Kyle O’Reilly gets spotted just shopping for groceries. The War Raiders are the real cowards, and a few hundred years short of making fashion statements. Where is it in the Viking handbook that you wait to attack your targets from behind?

But moving on from Rowe & Hanson, Adam Cole brings up next week’s first time ever, Champion VS Champion, Ricochet VS Pete Dunne. It should be called the Adam Cole Invitational, because whoever ends up North American Champion will defend against him via his rematch clause. Cole doesn’t care who wins, he gets his rematch one way or another, and in the end, his opponent will fail. He’s going to scout things out, because whether it’s Ricochet, Pete Dunne or the “Bore Raiders”, they’re not on the level of these four. “And that is Undisputed.” Clearly there’s no lack of confidence, but will there be some regret when those title match-ups finally happen?

 

Raul Mendoza VS Lars Sullivan!

The literal average man wants payback on the Leviathan for ruining his match with the Top One Percent. EC3 would probably be going after Lars himself if Lars didn’t take him out first. Can Mendoza survive the mauling the Mile High Monster has in store? Or will he just be another victim of Sullivan’s wrath?

Lars laughs at the much smaller Mendoza, but Mendoza is itching for this fight. The bell rings and Mendoza dodges Lars. Lars lunges in and grabs Mendoza this time. But Mendoza slips out to kick back. Mendoza kicks and kicks but Lars stops him with a whip. Mendoza slides under to springboard enziguri! Lars puts him on the apron to then block the kick and toss Mendoza halfway across the ring! Mendoza crawls to a corner, but Lars tosses him out of it! Fans want “One More Time!” so Lars throws Mendoza one more time! Mendoza writhes from the painful impact, but Lars isn’t done with him. Lars runs in for a big corner splash, then gives him the saido suplex toss! Lars laughs, as he enjoys what he’s doing to Mendoza.

Fans rally up and Mendoza fights back with a chop! But Lars clobbers Mendoza with one forearm! Lars sits Mendoza up for a neck wrench, then a wrench the other way. Fans rally up again while Lars laughs. Mendoza fades, but fans give him a second wind. Mendoza stands and fights back, to then jawbreaker out! Lars runs into Mendoza’s boots, then into the post! Mendoza kicks away on that leg, but his whip is blocked by power. He manages to slip and slide to the apron to swing kick Lars away. Springboard missile dropkick, but Lars only staggers. Mendoza runs, but into a pop-up powerslam! Lars isn’t done, he drags Mendoza up for crossface forearms. Then, the FREAK ACCIDENT! Cover, Lars wins!

Winner: Lars Sullivan, by pinfall

The monster of NXT just mangled Mendoza. It didn’t matter how much fire Mendoza had, the Leviathan had much more aggression and love of destruction. Will Lars climb back up to the NXT Championship scene and do the same to someone like Ciampa?

 

NXT Media interviews Pete Dunne.

The Bruiserweight faces the One and Only, winner takes all. Things have gotten heated, will that affect his mindset? Dunne’s mindset is fine. Their loss is on Ricochet, but Dunne does admit he probably should’ve stayed out of Ricochet’s problems. At the same time, Dunne does want after the gold Ricochet now holds, so he plans on becoming the first dual North American and United Kingdom Champion. Ricochet’s only been champion, but Dunne is the longest reigning WWE champion today. The only problem Dunne will have is figuring out how to fit both titles in his mouth. He says that’s his only problem, but will he soon have a One and Only problem?

 

Backstage interview with Ricochet to respond.

The second-ever NXT North American Champion heard Dunne’s words, and thinks it’s funny. Dunne says Ricochet can’t handle the situation, but in reality, Dunne knows Ricochet has been in these situations long before joining NXT. Ricochet knows Dunne is the same, but he’s just another hurdle he has to leap over. It doesn’t matter how long someone has been champion, it just matters that you are champion. Ricochet will prove it when he retains his NAC while taking Dunne’s UKC. Then Ricochet will be the One and Only Dual Champion. The King of Flight is ready to reach new heights, but will the Bruiserweight drag him down to the ground?

 

The Forgotten Sons speak.

“Trashed. Tossed aside. Erased. Lost. Forgotten.” They gave so much of themselves, but once their usefulness was used up, they were forsaken. “Like garbage.” These three “twisted heaps” are not alone. They have each other, and they will be heard. Discarded but never forgotten again. Will they stamp their names on history by taking the NXT Tag Team Division by storm?

 

NXT Media took a survey for Ricochet VS Dunne.

Most fans went with Ricochet, but the survey was interrupted by an argument between Aliyah and Dakota Kai, that also bruoght in Lacey Evans and Deonna Purrazzo. The “ladies” of NXT didn’t want to escalate things, but it seems Team Kick has a new member. These four ladies face off next week, which side will win this battle?

William Regal continues his investigation into Aleister Black’s attack.

The Pirate Princess is innocent, but hopes to be of help in the investigation. She leaves, and next is Kassius Ohno. The Knockout Artist has his own perspective to share, but it seems he wasn’t a suspect at all. Ohno is confused. Is he invisible? No, it’s not that, Kairi gave him an alibi because they were together with Candice. However, when Ohno did walk in, he seemed upset.

Really? Good Guy Kassius? Oh no. If Regal paid attention to him more, maybe he’d see Ohno is actually upset all the time! Imagine being the returning hot free agents only to be pushed to the back of the line. Look at all the other “hottest free agents” that have come and gone. What does Ohno have to do to be part of TakeOver? Buy his own ticket? Sit in the front row with a nice suit on? Regal assures Ohno that he’s on the radar. Ohno doesn’t think so. But just let him know when the newest toy shows up, so he can “take care of him.”

 

Nikki Cross VS Bianca Belair!

The Loony Lass came close to taking the NXT Women’s Championship for herself, but she instead went to sleep with a smile on her face. Meanwhile, the EST is the only “Un-De-Fea-Ted” woman left in NXT. Can Bianca continue that streak to then move up towards the title? Or will Nikki make it back up to try for gold one more time?

Fans are excited for Nikki but that just annoys Bianca. The fans duel now, chanting for “EST! EST!” just as much. Nikki lunges but Bianca backs up. Nikki is having too much fun moving around, even as Bianca shoves her down. She gets around Bianca and waves hi. She gets under Bianca again, then scares Bianca off her feet! Fans are having almost as much fun as Nikki is as she shoves Bianca. Bianca hits back with a shoulder, then handsprings over Nikki. Nikki likes! She ducks under and monkey flips, then tilt-o-whirl headscissors. Nikki hops on for a sleeper, but Bianca swings her around for a backbreaker. Cover, TWO! Fans duel again as Bianca stalks Nikki to a corner.

Nikki gets up but Bianca drives in her shoulder! Bianca carries Nikki out of the corner and into a bearhug to use that impressive strength. Fans rally for Nikki and Nikki fights back with a headbutt. Nikki sunset flips but Bianca drags her up and into a corner. Bianca runs in but into an elbow. Nikki runs out but is caught, scooped, and lifted! Bianca military presses then dumps Nikki. Bianca says kiss this, then goes for the EST splash. She misses as Nikki gets clear! Nikki gets up, dodges and crossbodies! She thrashes Bianca around, then rallies with forearms. Nikki tackles with a Thezs Press and gives more fast hands! She has Bianca in the corner for a manic mudhole stomp.

Nikki runs in and hits a big corner splash. Bianca staggers while Nikki climbs, but Bianca gets to the apron. Nikki just changes plans and sweets the legs. Nikki has Bianca in the apron and fires off clubbing forearms! She stops at the ref’s count, and Bianca shoves her into the steel steps. Both women slowly stand, Bianca LASHES Nikki with her hair! But then Nikki hops on for another sleeper! The count passes 5, Bianca slams Nikki and herself onto the ramp! Both women get counted out!

Double Count-out; No Contest

Bianca doesn’t win, but she doesn’t lose, so she’s technically still undefeated. Even so, Bianca doesn’t appreciate this blemish on her spotless record. She and Nikki brawl on the ramp! Bianca bumps Nikki off the apron, but more referees come out. The officials work to separate the two even as fans want to “Let Them Fight!” Nikki gives chase and now she and Bianca brawl near the announce desk. Bianca clubs Nikki down but won’t let the refs stop her. Bianca tosses Nikki up and over onto the announce desk! Nikki recovers quick, and FLIES onto Bianca and the referees! Nikki puts the Cross in Crossbody, and smiles though she’s down and out. Will these two be given a rematch to settle the score?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Another packed episode of NXT that builds plenty of stuff for down the line. It was great to see Lorcan & Burch back, as well as the on-air debut of at least part of that talked-about Brazilian stable. Bononi & Jaoude have legit talents but it was good for Lorcan & Burch to go over here in their return. Then Ciampa sandwiching them with his appearance and promo was great, Ciampa getting in Heavy Machinery’s face was great. Ciampa uses similar reasoning to Lars Sullivan as to why he wasn’t who attacked Aleister Black, and thankfully they kept it from being him so that it wasn’t just the obvious. Otis taking on Ciampa 1v1 would be a great opportunity for The Dozer, even though we know he’s going to lose. And when Aleister finally returns, his rematch with Ciampa is going to be killer.

Shayna just upped the ante on being a Heel physically, but it actually works that Kairi didn’t come out. Shayna can naturally accuse her of being a coward now, and this will help extend and heat up their build towards the rematch. I would love if that rematch was also more than just a normal match, I bet Kairi and Shayna could make even just a No Disqualification match incredible. The same goes for Lars Sullivan VS EC3. Lars himself is such a monster that it’d be okay if EC3 felt the need to go hardcore on him in order to win. The Undisputed Era are also setting themselves up for things, their respective tag title and North American title matches will be great. There are such great rivalries in NXT, it puts Raw and even SmackDown to shame.

I liked Kassius Ohno actually getting upset that he wasn’t a suspect, because he wants to be taken seriously as a threat. He has to be the first real opponent for Keith Lee and/or Matt Riddle at this point, he is making a point of going after the “new guy”. Nikki VS Bianca was surprisingly fast, but boy was it great. This will surely become a thing to give Bianca that boost up to the title scene, and should also be something that escalates to a No Disqualification or even a Falls Count Anywhere to fit what happened tonight. Then Nikki can go up to main and Bianca can go after the title, win win for them both!

My Score: 8.5/10


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Andrew’s Stardom 5 Star Grand Prix Red Stars Ratings & Review: Day 7 & 8

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We get another combined article because of the way Stardom likes to stagger matches in this tournament.

Day 7 actually didn’t have any Blue Star matches at all, so now the articles will be titled a little differently. I need that Rick and Morty clip about getting your shit together and direct it at Stardom booking. Oh wait, I can!

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So with that established, I guess we should look at the matches to come. Tam is eliminated but still has 3 matches to go. So she can go from a measly 2 to a respectable 8 if she can put a few wins together. Utami and Rachael however are still very much in the thick of things, and even face one another on Day 8.

Let’s find if anyone else gets eliminated, or if we continue to have the top half stay alive.

 

Day 7

Rachael Ellering vs Tam Nakano

Rachael’s promo is fake and over enthusiastic, whereas Tam’s was realistic and a little bubbleheaded. So it’s really hard for me to ever connect to Ellering’s promos, cause she’s not convincing and her matches thus far have been…umm…shall we say, sub par. So sadly Tam seems to be in the plucky underdog role this year and always getting close with not much of a pay off. So let’s she if she picks up a win to play spoiler, or continues to come up short.

I have no clue what it is about most of Rachael’s matches, but they are hard to watch. Rachael’s Pump Kick that she over uses never looks impactful, she doesn’t take or sell offense well, and it’s just a schlog. This match was no different.

Tam’s kicks are usually crisp, but they hit awkwardly and slowly. Tam even went for a bottom rope assisted Back Body Drop, but Rachael’s foot cause the middle rope and it just looked sloppy. Tam still sold her back, while Rachael focused it, so that was good.

We also see a decent barrage at the end of the match with some false finish rollups, Rachael’s Bossman Slam and then Ellering finally finishes this with the Fallaway Powerbomb.

Winner: Ellering via Fallaway Powerbomb

Rating: * 1/2

 

Kagetsu vs Kimber Lee

Kimber always has this oddly endearing way of cutting a promo. She talks fairly slowly (the way people do when you’re speaking a language people might not understand), which I find ridiculous, but she says all the correct babyface things. Kagetsu however has a skull mask on her head, pops up into frame and just starts talking casually about things. She just wants to end the match, eat some good food and head to Osaka. It’s casually dismissive of Kimber, but not cruel, perfect tweener kind of temperature.

Kagetsu takes the early advantage and does the cocky heel thing by throwing Kimber to the outside. Hazuki and Sumire get in a few cheap shots before rolling her back in. Kagetsu takes a drink of water and then we get her water spit/mist spot. Which I’m still not sure why that isn’t a disqualification, but I like it, so I’m not questioning it.

After the initial cockiness, Kimber takes advantage of Kagetsu taking her foot of the gas and puts together some offense. A few well placed kicks and suplexes lead to the Swanton Bomb attempt, but Kimber misses. After a little more struggle, Kagetsu eventually hits a Chokeslam and then enough of the Oedo Coaster to get the pinfall.

Not Kagetsu’s best work, but it was a fairly short match and Kimber isn’t positioned as a threat in this tournament.

Winner: Kagetsu via Oedo Coaster

Rating: *** 1/4

 

Day 8

Kimber Lee vs Tam Nakano

The opening promos are pretty low energy for both women. Kimber talks about being eliminated but fighting for herself and Tam tries her best to psych herself up. The lack of points is effecting both of these women. Who will get the ball moving to end on a high note?

Not a bad match, just fairly short. Given that all of the Grand Prix matches have a 15 minute time limit, even the longer ones are a little short. Both women utilize a fair amount of kicks and flexibility in their offense, so the mirror aspect was on full display.

Kimber does her split spot, Tam goes for a Buzzsaw Kick, but Kimber blocks it and tries to sweep the leg, but Tam does a split and they both start throwing forearms from the split position. Kimber hits a kick combination first, which drops Tam but only for two. In her opening promo Tam put some emphasis on not wanting to lose to kicks, since those are kinda her thing.

Maintaining advantage, Kimber goes to the top rope but Tam shows some fight. Eventually hitting the Avalanche Snapmare and going up for her Diving Idol Knee, for only a near fall. After a few more close calls, Kimber catches Tam coming off the ropes for a Brain Buster, pulls her to a corner and lands the Swanton Bomb for the pinfall.

Valiant efforts in all her matches, but Tam really can’t catch a break.

Winner: Kimber via Swanton Bomb

Rating: ** 1/4

 

Rachael Ellering vs Utami Hayayshishita

Well, ya know I’m usually overly disinterested in whatever Rachael’s been doing, but this match was a little different. She basically got to play the heel since she was being very tough on Utami and showing some personality while arguing with the referee. So when it comes down to Rachael’s involvement, it wasn’t the thing that brought the match down, for a change.

However, after the initial burst from Rachael and the playing up a few strikes on the outside, the match never kick it into another gear. It basically was treading water for the last half. Signature moves were hit, Utami landed her Sleeper Hold takeover into the Coquina Clutch, but Rachael got out of it. I’m guess the high point was supposed to be Rachael hitting a Superplex, but nothing felt important, desperate or impressive.

The match ends just as Utami cinches in an Inside Cradle, but the time expires. All of the draws in this tournament are a little off putting.

Winner: Time Limit Draw

Rating: ***

 

Red Stars Standings:

Kagetsu 4-1-1 (9 Points)
Rachael Ellering 4-1-1 (9 Points)
Jungle Kyona 3-1-2 (8 Points)
Utami Hayashishita 3-1-2 (8 Points)
Konami 3-3 (6 Points) – Eliminated
Kimber Lee 2-4 (4 Points) – Eliminated
Tam Nakano 1-5 (2 Points) – Eliminated
Natsuko Tora 1-5 (2 Points) – Eliminated

 

Thoughts:

You know Stardom, you know what happens when you make Tam look good but don’t give her wins? Nothing happens, it’s actually decent story telling and could set up for a big upset of Kagetsu on the Finals day. So as much as the fan in me hates watching Tam come up short (Naito fans around the world know that feel), her determination and the storyline wrinkles could pay off later.

As for the two days…meh? Nothing stood out and these really just felt like matches to set up for the final swerve. These kind of days happen in all tournaments, it just hit really hard in these four matches. I just really really hope Rachael doesn’t win Red Stars.


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Mathew’s Stardom 5 Star Grand Prix Blue Stars Results & Review: Day 8

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So tomorrow is the last day of the Five Star Grand Prix where we will have our final four matches and the final match on the same day but we got two matches left to cover before we go to the final day.

This show is for people that didn’t have their six matches before the final day and we’re using this to make sure they’re all caught up to speed and we can see who has a chance to make it and who doesn’t. I know it says day 8 in my headline but I had no matches on the seventh day, so I decided to just skip it and go where I have my actual matches. So who wins these two matches?

Let’s find out and…dive right in.

 

Grand Prix Blue Stars Match
Kelly Klein vs. Natsu Sumire

Review: It’s pretty clear that Sumire is pretty much eliminated and even if she does win this match and her last one, the fact that Mayu would hold the tiebreaker over her if she lost today and won tomorrow, but would still be out if Momo won on the final day since she’d have nine points while Sumire would still have eight if she won both and wouldn’t matter, but she has been one of the highlights of this tournament due to her personality flourishing a lot more here and the fans loving her more and more. Sumire in her pre-match interview seems to be more focused on her bust size and even talked about the supplements she’s been taking for a couple weeks now and is disappointed that there’s been no change in her results just yet and hopes to provide progress updates. Kelly is her opponent tonight and if Kelly does win here, she’ll be in the top spot of the standings and would have a strong chance of winning. Can Kelly win again or will Sumire ruin it for her?

Once again, Sumire made the match fun when it was needed due to it not being the best bout in the tournament here but they did work with what they got, even if it was as pretty standard as they come. Kelly did an okay job in the match as well and probably my least favorite outing of her in the Grand Prix and she just wanted to dominate Sumire. Sumire was mostly doing her antics that you would see in her matches with the false handshakes, cradling them up when they least expect it, and just whipping them. It looked like Kelly was going to go for the win here and when she ran the ropes, Kagetsu kicked her in the back to stun her long enough for Sumire to grab the Oedo Tai sign so she could hit Kelly with it, but Kelly moved out of the way causing the sign to bounce off the ropes and hit Sumire instead in which it gets turned around for Kelly to hit the Fireman’s Carry Slam for the victory and she’s now in first place.

Rating: Tony Schiavone

 

Grand Prix Blue Stars Match
Hazuki vs. Mayu Iwatani

Review: A win here is very crucial for Mayu Iwatani if she wants to tie it up with Kelly, otherwise she would be eliminated from the tournament and her opponent, Hazuki would take the top spot with nine points and potentially win the whole thing if things work out in her favor. The last time the both of them fought one on one was around February during the ROH Women of Honor tournament and Mayu would come out the winner of that match and Mayu wants to beat her again to show she’s on a whole different level now. Who will take the top spot of the standings, Mayu or Hazuki?

Hazuki is in my top 5 wrestlers of Stardom right now and this match here with Mayu just solidified my statement for this claim. This whole tournament, she has been one of the most consistent wrestlers in her matches with her sequences being on point, her moves are crisp, and how to handle a match lately has been outstanding that she should be under peoples radar. Hazuki right away was being aggressive with Mayu before the bell even rang when she attacked her from behind and kept rolling her up which failed, but she kept on the attack by throwing her around into chairs on the outside and even destroyed Mayu’s arm during the whole match and not holding back on her, I love this side of Hazuki.

This match is one of my favorites in my block next to Hazuki/Momo still being my favorite one, but this one was still pretty damn close with their chemistry in the ring together gave us a special match and it’s not even their last one for their block. They told a great story in the ring, executed everything almost flawlessly, seeing a more aggressive side of Hazuki in her previous two matches, and Mayu selling it all to make it look more dangerous than it probably is, but they were just on point with everything together. Hazuki was pulling out all the stops with having her in the Crossface, working on her arm, stiff Dropkicks and a Codebreaker, but it still wasn’t enough to take Mayu out as she hits the Dragon Suplex Hold and gets the victory to tie first place with Kelly Klein. After the match, she told the crowd that she was now in first place and hopes the crowd will still support her as she looks to win it all at the final.

Rating: Bruce Prichard

 

Overall: Can’t really give it a fair assessment due to only having two matches with one being average and the other one being great, but the average of it was solid enough. I’m glad to see that all three of my picks are in the top 4 of potential winners and excited for the last day since it’s stacked.

Favorite Match: Hazuki vs. Mayu Iwatani

Score: 6/10

Blue Stars Standings:
Mayu Iwatani: 4-2 (8 Points)
Kelly Klein: 4-2 (8 Points)
Momo Watanabe: 3-2-1 (7 Points)
Hazuki: 3-2-1 (7 Points)
Nicole Savoy: 3-3 (6 Points)
Jamie Hayter: 2-4 (4 Points)
Saki Kashima: 2-4 (2 Points)
Natsu Sumire: 2-4 (4 Points)

Now that we have our final standings before the final show tomorrow, we see that our top 4 people that could still win this are Mayu Iwatani, Kelly Klein, Momo Watanabe, and Hazuki. We’re gonna break down the final card for tomorrow and see who has a real chance and how can it be done.

  • Mayu Iwatani vs. Momo Watanabe
  • Hazuki vs. Natsu Sumire
  • Kelly Klein vs. Nicole Savoy
  • Saki Kashima vs. Jamie Hayter

Here is how these four can win.

Mayu Iwatani: Defeat Momo Watanabe and Nicole Savoy defeats Kelly Klein.

Momo Watanabe: Defeat Mayu Iwatani and Nicole Savoy defeats Kelly Klein.

Kelly Klein: Defeat Nicole Savoy

Hazuki: Defeat Nicole Savoy, Momo Watanabe defeats Mayu Iwatani, and Nicole Savoy defeats Kelly Klein

If Momo and Hazuki do win their matches and Kelly loses, these two will be in a tie and it’ll be interesting to see who gets the final spot since they did tie it up in their outing, interesting direction if that’s the case.


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CMLL Arena Puebla Show Monday

El Asturiano and Black Tiger vs Espiritu Maligno and Fuerza Chicana

Maligno and Asturiano start out the match exchanging arm drags. Maligno is bare foot so Asturiano while having him in a hold bites his feet. Not very hygienical. Tiger and Chicana make their way in trading holds. Tags are made briefly and they pick up the pace but Chicana and Tiger come back in soon after to continue the faster pace. Maligno misses a splash and Tiger gets him in a surfboard stretch for the submission, then Asturiano pins Chicana with a hurricanrana pin combo. First Fall: El Asturiano pins Fuerza Chicana with a hurricanrana.

Black Tiger hits a monkey flip on Maligno to start the round and then hits a pose. Asturiano and Chicana are in to follow. He ends up feigning a dive to the outside. Maligno and Chicana start to get heat on the other team by double teaming both guys when they get the chance. Malingo hits a baseball slide to Asturiano in the corner and then they get both of them in submissions. Some elaborate stretches. Second Fall: Espiritu Maligno submits El Asturiano with a submission hold.

Third round starts with Asturiano being double teamed. Maligno hits a drop kick on him sending him out bringing in Black Tiger to get doubled. All four are in the ring now exchanging chops. Maligno gets Asturiano in a Gory Guerrero special into a pinning combination for the pin. The Chicana gets Black Tiger in a single leg boston crab for the win. Third Fall: Fuerza Chicana submits Black Tiger with a single leg boston crab.

Winners: Espiritu Maligno and Fuerza Chicana

Oro Jr, Super Astro Jr, and Tigre Rojo Jr vs King Rocker Jr, El Malayo, and King Jaguar

King Jaguar and Oro Jr start off with some chain wrestling, exchanging holds. They meet a stale mate and King Rocker come in and continue to exchange holds and chain wrestle. Tigre Rojo and Malayo come in and pick up the pace. Malayo gets Rojo in the corner to get an advantage on him, but it doesn’t work out. Oro Jr and Rojo hit a combo neck breaker on Malayo. Super Astro hits him with a dive for a pin. Tigre Rojo gets King Jaguar in an arm bar for the first fall. First Fall: Tigre Rojo Jr submits King Jaguar with an arm bar.

King Rocker starts the second fall with Oro jr and Oro gets him to the outside and then hits a pose. Astro comes in there next with Malayo. Astro gets him to the outside and then feigns a dive and hits an elaborate pose. After that Rojo and Jaguar come in and he too gets Jaguar to the outside and feigns a dive. Finally Rocker and Malayo are working over Tigre Rojo. Once they dispose of him they start to triple team Astro Jr. Jaguar hits a big baseball slide dive on Astro. Oro Jr gets hit with a basement drop kick to the hit by King Rocker for the second fall. Second Fall: King Rocker pins Oro Jr with a basement drop kick.

Oro and Rocker start out in the third round. This becomes a triple team attack soon. It doesn’t last for long and Oro Jr, Astro, and Rojo go for dives but they get dodged and then it becomes a brawl. They exchange spots and go for pins that get broken up. Astro hits a top rope headbutt on Malayo and pins him. Oro hits a power slam on Rocker and then Tigre and him do a double team move where Rojo flips Oro onto Rocker for the pin. Third Fall: Oro pins Rocker while being flipped by Tigre Rojo.

Winners: Oro Jr, Super Astro Jr, and Tigre Rojo Jr

Guerrero Maya, Fuego, and Stigma vs El Sagrado, Misterioso, and Tiger

Interesting note, the Arena Puebla is called Temple of Pain in translation. They should do Lucha Underground out of here. Maya and Misterioso start out in the match, and as they exchange holds and perform some mat wrestling, I’d like to point out how hype Fuego’s entrance is. After they go to a stale mate Sagrado and Stigma come in. They don’t last long and Fuego and Tiger get in there and pick up the pace.

Tiger irish whips Fuego into his corner and this causes his teammates to come in and triple team Fuego for a moment. Fuego’s teammates come in to confront. Fuego makes a come back and gets Tiger to the outside and then a brawl breaks out on the outside. After that Maya starts to get triple teamed. Misterioso hits a weak drop kick bringing Maya to the outside then hits a pose, but Fuego rolls him up. First Fall: Fuego rolls up Misterioso.

The second round is started with Stigma getting triple teamed. After they dispose of Stigma to the outside, Maya comes in to try his hand but the numbers are too much. El Sagrado hits an elbow drop for the second fall. Second Fall: El Sagrado hits an elbow drop on Guerrero Maya for the pin.

Maya starts the fall getting triple teamed but made a come back by hitting everyone with a tilt-a-Whirl back breaker. After that Stigma and Fuego came and hit middle rope dives. They all start to exchange spots now, one at a time. Fuego hits his matrix bridge spot and then hits a dive. Stigma hits a big hurricanrana on Misterioso. Tiger and Stigma start to exchange chops.

Eventually Tiger hits a big power bomb. Fuego hits a big victory roll on Misterioso and the ref takes forever to go for the count and Sagrado breaks it up. Misterioso hits a reverse power slam and Fuego breaks up the pin and then he hits a big dive. Stigma hits a pinning combination on on Sagrado and Maya hits a spring board, shoulder block on Tiger for the win. Third Fall: Guerrero Maya hits a shoulder block on Tiger for the win.

Winners: Guerrero Maya, Fuego, and Stigma

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