Another Triple Threat will see The Usos, SAnitY and Rusev Day compete in the SmackDown Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders tournament! Winners face The Bar!
- Daniel Bryan w/ Brie Bella VS Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Bryan wins.
- Naomi VS Peyton Royce w/ Billie Kay; Naomi wins.
- SmackDown Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Tournament Triple Threat: The Usos VS SAnitY VS Rusev Day; Rusev Day wins and will face The Bar in the finals.
- The Miz w/ Maryse VS R-Truth w/ Carmella; Truth wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Renee Young opens SmackDown Live with Brie Bella & Daniel Bryan!
Mr. & Mrs. YES are in Detroit! They’re here ahead of their Hell in a Cell Mixed Tag Match with Miz. & Maryse. Before forecasting what’s to come, we must look back to last week. Bryan was facing Andrade “Cien” Almas and was moments away from winning, and Brie made sure Zelina Vega didn’t interfere. However, Miz & Maryse would, and then work together with El Idolo & La Muneca to brutalize Brie & Bryan. Bryan is so “grateful” Renee lowered the mood with that review package. But Renee points out new footage relating to Miz & Maryse themselves. The It Couple were in the arena earlier today and vowed to finish things before Hell in a Cell. Of course, no one was around to hear the two call out Brie & Bryan. Yet the It Couple used that as reason enough to say Brie & Bryan are afraid.
Bryan says that’s perfect. That is a perfect encapsulation of those two as people. They attack from behind, make them watch each other get hurt, then call people out when they know those people are not here. The It Couple are actually a couple of cowards. Brie agrees, because cowards talk. Bryan & Brie aren’t here to just talk. They’re here because they don’t want to wait for Hell in a Cell either. SmackDown is live on the USA Network, let’s fight! Unfortunately, Miz & Maryse left before the show.
However, Almas & Vega are here! And they see Bryan & Brie are “crying in the ring yet again” over how unfair it all is. The stars of hit reality show, “Total Bores.” Vega & Almas thank Renee for that footage, because it reminds them how much fun it was to walk all over “the great Daniel Bryan.” Almas is ready to do it all again. Almas wants to finish what he started right here and now! Vega & Almas head to the ring, Bryan is ready! This match begins after the break.
Daniel Bryan w/ Brie Bella VS Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
SmackDown returns as the bell rings and the two men circle. The fans are on Bryan’s side as he ties up with Almas. Almas gets a waistlock but Bryan gets the wristlock. Bryan shifts to a headlock and takeover but Amlas gets the head scissors. Bryan rolls around and works his way out, to get the wristlock back. He turns it into an arm wrench but Almas kicks low. Almas has a headlock now, but Bryan powers out. Almas runs Bryan over, then gets moving. Things speed up and Bryan flips over to wrench and arm-snap! He kicks Almas to a corner, then wrenches Almas’ arm to a shoulder breaker!
Bryan drags Almas into the Yes Lock but Almas gets the ropebreak quickly. Almas comes back but into another shoulder breaker! Almas throws forearms but Bryan give shim a European Uppercut. Bryan runs, but into the boot feint and elbow! Cover, TWO! Vega coaches Almas on while Bryan rolls to a corner. Almas stalks Bryan and drags him up, for a hanging armbar! He lets go at 4, then runs to blast Bryan off with an elbow! Bryan hist barriers and Brie checks on him, but Vega is all smiles. Almas goes out to chop Bryan, then slam his arm on the apron. They go back in, cover, TWO! Fans rally and Bryan dodges, sending Almas crashing and burning to the outside! Bryan recovers while the referee counts Almas. Bryan runs on the apron, but jumps into a dropkick!
Both men are down while the referee checks on them. Almas puts Bryan in and covers, TWO! Almas keeps on Bryan and that arm, but Bryan whips him away. Bryan gets a kick for it, but then dumps Almas up and over. Bryan DIVES and sends Almas into barriers! Fans fire up while we go picture in picture. Both men are down again but Brie rallies the fans for Bryan. Vega is panicking while both men drag themselves in before the 10 count. Bryan sits up but Almas follows. They brawl on their knees then up to their feet. Bryan gets an edge but Almas comes back with a wicked chop! Almas then stomps Bryan out at the ropes, firing himself up. Almas drags Bryan up for another chop in the corner. Bryan chops back! Bryan backs Almas down but Almas hits back with a knee and forearm.
Almas throws more forearms then whips Bryan corner to corner. Bryan goes up and over, runs and hits Almas with a leaping lariat! Fans fire up with Bryan as he runs in corner to corner for the dropkick! Then Yes Kicks! Bryan hoists Almas up, then climbs up to join him, but Almas counters the Super Steiner into a Sunset flip! TWO, but Almas gets a Fujiwara armbbar! Bryan endures as Almas pulls back on the arm. Bryan reaches for ropes, drags himself over with his legs, and gets the ropebreak. Almas lets go and is frustrated. He scoop slams Bryan, then climbs up top. Bryan trips him up! Bryan sets Almas in the Tree of Woe, for Yes Kicks! He runs corner to corner, for the basement dropkick!
Fans fire up again as Bryan brings Almas up. Bryan climbs to join Almas, but Almas fights back. Almas sends Bryan down, then adjusts, MOOONSAULT! He lands on his feet when he misses to moonsault again! TWO!! Almas adapts but Bryan survives, and fans declare “This is Awesome!” Almas and Bryan brawl again, giving kick for kick. Bryan gets an edge, then manages the buzzsaw! He kicks more, but Almas ducks that buzzsaw to school boy Bryna into buckles! Vega calls for it, Almas hits Cien Knees! Brie is worried now as Almas drags Bryan up. Hammerlock, but no DDT! Bryan sees the feint coming and kicks Almas down! Bryan aims and fans echo “YES! YES!” Knee Plus!! Cover, Bryan wins!
Winner: Daniel Bryan, by pinfall
Brie celebrates with her hubby as he gets even with El Idolo. Brie gets even with Vega by rocking her with a kick, then the Brie Mode Knee! However, they really want after Miz & Maryse, who now appear via titantron. The It Couple hopes they’re having a lovely evening. These reality stars always have lovely evenings. They’re having date night by renting out an entire Italian restaurant so they wouldn’t have to dine with people from Detroit. But if Brie & Bryan are looking for them, they’ll just have to wait for Hell in a Cell. Until then, arrivederci, Bellas.
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Backstage interview with Brie & Bryan on their way out.
Why are they leaving now? Well it’s no big deal, they’re just getting some dinner. Maybe Italian? Hopefully there’s no strict dress code. Are they going to give Miz & Maryse some just desserts?
Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch are interviewed simultaneously via titantron.
The Queen of Flair and Relent-Lass Lass Kicker are former friends turned bitter enemies over the SmackDown Women’s Championship. Is the champion, Charlotte, at all able to comprehend the breakdown of their bond? Charlotte won the title at Summerslam, but lost her best friend. Becky felt it was her night and that she deserves it, but what could Charlotte do? Charlotte wasn’t going to lie down for her, and thought Becky would do the same. Becky said it herself, may the best woman win. Oh is Charlotte down? Or does she want more of Becky’s spotlight? No, if anyone knows about growing up in a shadow, it’s Charlotte. Becky is an equal, a pioneer, who put herself in someone else’s shadow! All Becky had to do was ask for a chance!
Oh, she could ask “Her Majesty?” “Screw you!” Becky should be the one holding up the title. Like she did when she ambushed Charlotte? Do it face to face. Becky will. Becky’s done playing, she’ll start taking. It was a full-time job being a friend to someone so insecure. The only thing Becky cares about now is being back on top where she belongs! But Charlotte is in her way. So it doesn’t matter how many times she has to throw Charlotte around, Becky will win.
Charlotte “applauds” seeing the Straight Fire is back. They’re getting what they both want at Hell in a Cell. It won’t be a friend who she traveled the world with. Charlotte knows Becky is second best and just can’t handle it. Becky says Charlotte should shine the belt up real nice, because it’ll be the last time she’ll ever see it. And what will Becky’s excuse be when she wins this time? There won’t be any love lost here, but who comes out the one having lost more than just a match?
Naomi VS Peyton Royce w/ Billie Kay!
#GlowTime wants one more go at the IIconics, and it will be against the Venus Flytrap a second time. Billie and Peyton are so amused by how Naomi loves to get beat by them. But which one does she get beat up by more? Billie and Peyton both insist it’s them, “No, me!”, but then they realize they’ve been saying “Naomi”. But every woman has to understand that they are the future of the Women’s Division! Can Naomi turn it up and show the BFFs that the future is NOT IIconic? Or will Peyton shut down the glow once again?
The bell rings and Naomi rocks Peyton with forearms! She has Peyton in the corner, but has to back off at 4. Peyton slaps Naomi back, then clobbers her down. Peyton rains rights, still stinging from Naomi’s strikes. She drags Naomi up and gives body shots. She gives a forearm but fans rally for Naomi. Peyton chokes Naomi at the ropes, and Billie gets in her own shot. Peyton has Naomi in a corner as she trash talks how Naomi has no friends. But Naomi swings kicks and connects. Naomi runs to slide and hit Billie! She then trips up Peyton, shoulders in and slingshot sunset flips! Cover, Naomi wins!
Winner: Naomi, by pinfall
But Billie ruins the celebration with an attack! The Iconic Duo have Naomi and they throw her into the post! They yank her back out, and then set her up for the wheelbarrow boot! But here comes ASUKA! The Empress of Tomorrow may not be the closest friend to Naomi, but she definitely doesn’t like the IIconics. She rallies on them both with swift kicks and German Suplexes! Asuka slides and kicks Peyton out, and the IIconics regroup as they retreat. Asuka checks on Naomi, and it seems Naomi has someone on her side in this fight. Will Peyton & Billie regret running their mouths with someone so dangerous on the roster?
WWE and SmackDown look at the coming Hell in a Cell grudge match.
Jeff Hardy has done many great things, but he’s yet to step into the sadistic steel. But Randy Orton’s obsession with erasing the Enigma’s identity has pushed Hardy to push his limits further than ever before. Hardy fights for family and honor for the first time inside the Cell. He will soar higher than the Heavens and his depravity will reach the depths of Hell. Then Orton will have brought about his own destruction.
On the flip side, Orton promised to make everyone squirm, and that his actions would not be for the faint of heart. He promised to erase heroes and destroy idols. “But Jeff Hardy refuses to go quietly. Good.” Orton wants to feel Hardy take his last gasp before being stomped out. He’s no stranger to the cruelty that is the Cell. It changes you, inside and out. “What I do to Jeff Hardy will be sickening.” It will be perverse and disgusting, but it will make Orton smile. Orton vows to erase the Enigma for good. Will Hardy overcome the Legend Killer’s mission to kill his legacy? Or will The Apex Predator succeed in eliminating his target?
GM Paige meets with Miz & Maryse.
Seems they’re no longer at the restaurant. Partly because the restaurant served food he wouldn’t even serve his dog. But also because they want to confront Bryan & Brie once again. But Brie & Bryan left. Oh of course, they’re still running scared of the hardest hitting couple in WWE today. Hold on, Paige still has something for them: Miz is in a match. Against who? Whoever wants at him. Miz isn’t even ready! Paige should stop being a bad GM and start being a good GM. Right, fine, you two are free to leave again. But if you do, never come back. In other words, Miz better suit up. Who will accept this Punch Miz in the Face Open Challenge?
R-Truth thinks he’s found Carmella.
But it’s just Maryse. But Maryse is shocked he mistook her for that Staten Island trash. What’s Truth up to? He’s booking a match with Carmella. But she can’t handle the Truth. Don’t talk to his wife like that. Miz married Maryse? When did they last team up again? Seven years ago. Right, that was the last time Truth was relevant. Truth has become a joke. Well. Truth has no idea what Carmella sees in him. Truth storms off, but maybe he needs more than just his eyes checked…
Samoa Joe heads to the ring!
The Destroyer has been using the Phenomenal One’s own family as fodder for his mind games, including last week’s promise to visit the Styles family home. However, that’s definitely not here in Detroit. Joe takes up the mic to say, “Ooooh, Weeendyyy~!” Joe has walked the building back and forth, up and down, but it seems the Styles Family took him seriously. Last week, Joe said he’d stop by, and surely somewhere in Gainesville, Georgia, the Styles Family is watching. Little Annie must be trembling in fear over the stories of “Uncle Joe”, but surely is “hubby” AJ Styles, watching the door and windows, armed with a baseball bat. Maybe Joe will come through the back?
But that’s not happening, because Joe is not some monster. Joe only said things like that to keep his promise to Wendy. Look at your husband to see what Joe’s done for you. Joe has forced Styles to actually care about his family. Joe has forced Styles to come home and look after his family. Samoa Joe has kept his promise, so the Styles Family should enjoy it. Annie should enjoy Styles tucking her in for the night, because there will be many more nights just like this. “Because, Annie, at Hell in a Cell, a very, very bad man is coming to take your daddy’s championship.” Then daddy goes night-night! But wait, AJ Styles is on the titantron! “Threatening another man, Joe? I get that. Threatening another man’s family?” That’s when talking stops. Joe just smirks and shrugs it off, but AJ Styles is HERE!
Joe looks around, but Styles comes right down the ramp to do this face to face. Both men are ready to fight, so it’s a fight we get! They brawl in the ring, Joe rocking Styles and punching away at the ropes. Styles dodges to fire off body shots in return! Fans are fired up for Styles as he bobs ‘n’ weaves and sends Joe reeling. Joe drags Styles out to throw him into steel steps! Styles tumbles over the side, but Joe isn’t done. Joe grabs a chair, but Styles FLIES with the Phenomenal Forearm! Styles has Joe down, and with fury in his eyes, takes that chair for his own! Styles SMACKS, but only gets LED post. Joe scurries away while referees rush out to keep them apart.
Fans boo, they want to “Let Them Fight!” So Styles takes a detour, to slingshot and springboard! He wipes out Joe and more refs! Paige and more refs rush out to stop this but Styles won’t listen. Fans still want ot “Let Them Fight!” but referees force Styles to the back. Styles showed Joe what happens when you mouth off, but what happens when they
R-Truth and Tye Dillinger search for Carmella.
The FABULOUS Princess has to be around here somewhere, Truth just knows it. And there she is! Truth asks Carmella if she’s seen Carmella. Uh, this IS Carmella. Just leave her alone already! Well sorry. Truth wants a quick truce to have Carmella ringside to counter Miz’s Carmella. No that was Maryse. No, Maryse is his cousin. Miz’s Carmella called this Carmella “Staten Island trash.” What now?! If Maryse wasn’t married to Miz, she’d be back in Montreal bagging groceries. Carmella has more talent in her one pinkie than Maryse does in her entire body. Carmella vows to feed Maryse her own bleach blonde hair. Is that a yes? Possibly. Tye wants to know what’s going on. Truth is teaching him something. And what is that? How to get into a SmackDown main event! Oh… Truth is accepting that open challenge, but will he make the best of it?
SmackDown Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Tournament Triple Threat: The Usos VS SAnitY VS Rusev Day!
Cesaro & Sheamus won last week’s Triple Threat to be one half of the finals, it’s time to determine the other half! Will The Bar end up in the Uso Penitentiary, in utter anarchy, or part of the most popular WWE holiday ever?
MC Artiste, Aiden English, says the Shakespeare of Song, the Bulgarian Brute and Ravishing Russian are stronger than ever before, to take tag title gold and kick down the door. All others better stay out of the way, because in Detroit Rock City, they only celebrate RUSEV DAAAY~!
We go picture in picture as the teams sort themselves out. SAnitY represents themselves with big Killian Dain and wily Eric Young. Eric starts with Jimmy Uso, leaving Rusev Day to wait it out. Eric kicks and clubs away on Jimmy, then whips him to a corner, Jimmy goes up and over to arm-drag Eric into an armlock. They get up, and Jimmy whips. Eric holds ropes and Rusev tags in. Eric has no choice but to exit, and Rusev circles with Jimmy. But then Eric tags back in. Rusev throws Eric and Jimmy covers, TWO. Jimmy wrenches Eric’s arm but Eric forearms him down. Eric shouts then runs, btu English tags in. English rocks Eric then whips Jimmy. Rusev tags in and Rusev Day works together for the whip, elbow and clothesline. Cover, TWO and we return to single picture.
Rusev tags English back in and they stomp a machka hole into Jimmy. English whips Jimmy but jimmy slides to a stop to rock English with an uppercut! Jimmy chops English then tags in Jey. Jey runs in for a big forearm smash, then covers. TWO, but Jey keeps on English with a scoop slam. Cover, TWO, but Jey chops English. Jey whips but Big Damo tags in. Jey dodges English but Damo drags Jey out to run him over! The Beast of Belfast glares at Jey before putting him in. Tag to Eric and SAnitY work together for the gutbuster and ax handle. Cover, TWO, but Rusev Day was ready to break it. Eric stomps Jey then tags Damo back in. Damo stomps Jey, then keeps him cornered. He clubs Jey on the back, then brings him around for a fisherman suplex! Cover, TWO!
Damo wrenches Jey’s neck while fans rally. Jey endures and powers up but Damo throws him back down. Damo goes back to the neck wrench, but fans rally up again. Jey feeds off the energy and heads for Jimmy, but Damo clubs him back down. Damo splashes then covers, TWO. SAnitY grows frustrated but Damo goes back to the neck wrench. Jey endures again while Rusev Day talks strategy. Fans rally up for Lana Day, and Rusev even coaches Jey up. Jey gets up and fights back with haymakers! Jey runs, but into a shotgun dropkick from Damo! It sends Jey right out, and Eric tags in. Eric aims for Jey, and hits a flying elbow! The men of madness have control while we go to break.
SmackDown returns as both Damo and Jey Uso are down! Hot tags to Jimmy and Eric! Jimmy rallies and gets the reverse dragon whip kick! Eric ends up in a corner and Jimmy runs for the hip attack! Jimmy scoops but Eric slips out. Rusev tags in via Jimmy just before Eric whips Jimmy into the ropes! Rusev rallies with roundhouse kicks and a big shoulder tackle, then the spinning heel kick on the run! The Bulgarian Lion has Detroit fired up as he stomps the mat. Rusev has to kick Alexander Wolfe first, but then goes at Eric. Eric dodges, Jey tags in and Eric gives Rusev a neckbreaker. Jey USO SPLASH on Eric, but English breaks it! Damo returns to give English the Divide, then stops Jimmy’s kick with a lariat. Jey SUPERKICKS Damo, then builds speed. Rusev tags in and Jey FLIES onto SAnitY!
Fans chant “Rusev Day!” and Rusev builds speed, to run into Jimmy’s punch, English gives Jimmy a DDT on the apron! Rusev recovers, but Eric rolls him up! Cover, with ropes, but English stops that! Eric argues with English but gets a MACHKA KICK! Cover, Rusev Day wins!!
Winners: Rusev Day, Rusev pinning; advance to the finals
Rusev Day is victorious! But The Bar appears to remind them who they’re up against next. Can the Bulgarian Brute & Drama King overcome the Swiss Cyborg & Celtic Gladiator?
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The Miz w/ Maryse VS R-Truth w/ Carmella!
The It Couple has been playing cat ‘n’ mouse with Brie & Bryan, but they’ve fallen into a trap of their own making. The Hollywood A-Lister talked down to his former #AwesomeTruth tag partner, and Mrs. A-Lister talked trash about the Princess of Staten Island. Will Truth and Carmella show Miz what’s up in the Motor City? Or will Miz & Maryse actually back up all their talk for once?
Miz & Maryse speak before the match. And Miz puts his hand up as always. But after eight years, Miz must continue to prove he’s superior to Daniel Bryan. He has the footage from earlier replay, showing how Miz & Maryse got the better of Bryan & Brie from behind. The It Couple are so sick of chasing Brie & Bryan across this city. They will drop them faster than a defense drops Matthew Stafford. For the last time tonight, they call Brie & Bryan out. But Maryse knows Bryan & Brie are so afraid of them. Right, Bryan tucked his tail and ran like he always has against The Miz. And now he has Brie fighting his battles for him! Wherever Bryan is, Miz asks him, “Who’s the coward now?” Detroit says it’s Miz.
Miz says it’s one thing to have little regard for your own body, but it’s another to drag your family into it. Bryan dragged Brie into this, but Miz & Maryse will put the blame for what happens on Bryan. But enough with the trash talk, Carmella & Truth head out to moonwalk! The #FABULOUSTruth are already in sync ahead of Mixed Match Challenge, will this be a preview of a future MMC match-up?
SmackDown returns and as Truth has Miz on the ropes! Truth hip tosses Miz down, then with Carmella moonwalking on the apron, Truth hits a boogie and spin leg drop! Cover, TWO! Truth has Miz in the corner to throw hands whiel fans chant “Cleveland sucks!” Miz fires out but mises, Truth gives him a spinebuster! Truth rains down rights, then whips Miz. Miz reverses and gives Truth the kitchen sink knee! Miz sits Truth up to boot him back down, then covers, TWO. Maryse is frustrated but Miz has Truth in a chinlock. Fans rally up for Truth and Truth gets up to fight back. But Miz gives him the A-Lister combo! Cover, TWO!
Miz mocks the moonwalk, mostly because he isn’t very good at it. He stomps Truth then drives in knees. Miz puts Truth in a chinlock, but Truth endures. Fans rally again and Truth gets up. Truth fights back once more, and rocks Miz with a haymaker. Truth whips but Miz reverses, and then uses the “It Kicks”! Fans prefer the “NO! NO!” kicks. Carmella and Maryse trash talk, but Miz still hits a corner to corner dropkick. Fans boo and jeer while Miz soaks up the heat. Miz runs in and hits the A-list lariat in the corner. Miz climbs up top, and hits ax handles. He takes his time with Truth as he mocks the Yes pose, and the Yes Kicks. Miz takes aim but Truth ducks the buzzsaw to roll Miz up! TWO!! Truth staggers but boots Miz from a corner.
Fans rally up again and Truth rallies! He whips but Miz reverses again, only to get the Lie Detector elbow. Miz avoids the leg drop but not the big corner splash! Truth kicks low then runs, but Miz dodges the scissor kick. Miz kicks low and hits the DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans chant “Let’s go, Truth!” but Miz again parodies the Yes pose. Miz runs but into the calf kick! Cover, TWO! Truth is close but it’s not enough. Truth stalks Miz and suplexes, but Miz slips out. Miz chop blocks the left leg! And then puts on the Figure Four, only to get caught in a cradle! TWO and Miz boots Truth right down! Miz again soaks in the heat as he stalks Truth. But Daniel Bryan’s music hits! Is he here? Yes, he and Brie have returned! Truth rolls Miz, Truth wins!!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall
And now Bryan gets his own punches on Miz! Bryan is adding injury to insult with a Yes Lock! Brie stalks Maryse and runs her down to put her in the ring! Brie kicks Maryse down, and now Miz must watch as Brie fires up. But Vega and Almas help out! It’s a swap from last week! Maryse and Miz get away while Almas and Vega put Brie and Bryan in.
Fans boo and jeer while these two ungovernables drag up Brie & Bryan, to end up in DOUBLE YES LOCKS! Almas and Vega endure what will surely be the future for Miz & Maryse, and tap out! Miz and Maryse decide to rush Brie & Bryan while they’re busy, but then the Yes Locks come off. Bryan & Brie scare Miz & Maryse back to have full control of the ring! Will the It Couple be put in their place come Hell in a Cell?
SmackDown again does things much smarter than Raw. While the Mixed Match Challenge was announced earlier today, they did not let that detract from the show. The opening segment leading into the opening match was great, we finally got a real ending to Almas VS Bryan. Almas still looked great even in defeat, but of course Bryan goes over. Miz & Maryse pretending to be tough when they’re the ones staying away adds to their Heel points, and the segments with Truth and Carmella were great as a somewhat subtle nod to that they’re going to be MMC partners this time. It was great that Bryan helped Truth win, and then it was a nice reversal from last week that Bryan & Brie get the better of Miz, Maryse, Almas & Vega to stand tall. I just fear this means Miz & Maryse win at HiaC because of how the math works out.
That interview/debate/argument between Charlotte and Becky was pretty great, and they stuck to their guns for why they’re doing this. Their match is going to be one to watch at Hell in a Cell, even without the Cell. Naomi going against the IIconics again clearly was to set up a tag team feud, but as great as it is for Asuka to be doing something, this was a missed opportunity for Tamina to come back. Maybe Tamina isn’t ready for in-ring action, but she was a logical choice over being in-laws with Naomi via Jimmy Uso. Asuka is going to be a big part of this feud, though, and will probably be the one collecting pinfalls.
I liked the video package promos for Hardy and Orton. Their Hell in a Cell really will be great, and Orton probably will do something vile while Hardy does something wild. I have no idea who will win, but I would think the winner moves on to at least a US Championship match. Styles and Joe had a great exchange, verbally and physically, and I wouldn’t be surprised if more of this happens next week to force Paige to make this the third Cell match for the PPV. SmackDown is full of stories that deserve a Cell, so why not escalate this one accordingly? Then that Triple Threat Tag was great, just like last week’s. I knew Rusev Day was gonna win it and I love that they did. Rusev Day VS The Bar is going to be great, but I can still see it going both ways.
My Score: 8.5/10
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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Results & Report! (10/15/18)
Last week’s Raw saw the return of Degeneration X, and their challenge of the Brothers of Destruction! Will Kane & The Undertaker give us all their answer?
- WWE World Cup Qualifier: Seth Rollins VS Drew McIntyre; Rollins wins and qualifies for the WWE World Cup.
- Ember Moon & Nia Jax VS Tamina & Dana Brooke; Moon & Jax win.
- WWE World Cup Qualifier: Dean Ambrose VS Dolph Ziggler; Ziggler wins and qualifies for the WWE World Cup.
- Finn Balor w/ Bayley VS Jinder Mahal w/ Alicia Fox & The Singh Brothers; Finn wins.
- Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush VS Tyler Breeze; Lashley wins.
- 2v1 Handicap Match: The Authors of Pain w/ Drake Maverick VS Kurt Angle; The AoP wins.
- Natalya VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad; Natalya wins, by disqualification.
- Six Man Tag: The Shield VS The Pack; The Shield wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Philadelphia is BRAUN!
The Monster Among Men and his Pack head out to the ring, still feeling great after having defeated The Shield in a Six Man Tag Team rematch last week on Raw. Braun Strowman moves on towards the Universal Championship at Crown Jewel in a Triple Threat against Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar, while the Raw Tag Team Champions split the other two Shield Brothers in their Crown Jewel World Cup qualifiers. Dolph Ziggler speaks first, saying the WWE Universe is looking at the greatest trio in WWE History. Drew McIntyre says they didn’t need matching outfits to do it, either. Strowman says they proved it last week, and will prove it again against anyone, anywhere! But if you didn’t see it, here’s the footage.
A highlight reel plays to show the final moments, where Ambrose would be caught off guard by a Claymore kick. Ambrose would be so upset that he just stormed out of the ring. Afterward, Ambrose was interviewed, and said, “I don’t get it. Maybe I just don’t belong anywhere anymore.” McIntyre claims he hates to tell us “I told you so,” but he does. The Pack broke The Shield, and can only imagine where Ambrose is as he tries to figure out where he belongs in the Shield agenda. Roman and Rollins are the only members who ever benefited from that team. But The Pack has spoken the truth, and only now has Ambrose opened his eyes to see it, and the Shield has been shattered. Strowman adds that at this rate, The Shield won’t be around to help The Big Dog at Crown Jewel!
And speaking of, that brings us to the WWE World Cup. McIntyre will mow through Rollins, then the entire field of eight, and prove he’s the best in the world! However, Ziggler points out his own qualifier, and who knows, these two might meet in the finals and Ziggler wins. That would be a shame, Ziggler. Ziggler’s great, but buddy, you’re no McIntyre. He knows, because he’s the most consistent superstar in WWE, just check the math. Strowman says that as great as both these two are, Strowman makes sure Roman and Lesnar both #GetTheseHands! But wait, here comes The Shield! Not from the stands, but from the stage. However, it’s only Roman and Rollins?
Rollins speaks up, saying there’s some bad news. The Shield isn’t shattered or broken, they’re alive and well! But they were also listening about who is the best in the world, and there’s news for McIntyre & Ziggler. Rollins will win and prove to everyone that he is the best. What a great speech from two-thirds of The Shield! But seriously, where is their “brother” Ambrose? Not that these two egomaniacs care that Ambrose accepted the truth. Ziggler doesn’t really care, either, he’ll take a forfeit. Shut up, Ziggler, you’re not getting a forfeit. Ambrose runs on Ambrose time, so he’ll do what he wants when he wants. Ambrose always shows up. But the funny thing is, they should worry more about these titles. Well, not that they’re ever get near them. And Strowman goes to the back of the line after Crown Jewel.
Rollins has always liked Philly, but you know why? The cheese steaks, but also because Philly is a fighting town! McIntyre’s already out here, Rollins is already out here, so let’s have their match NOW! McIntyre accepts, and no one comes out to say “no”, so it’s happening next!
WWE World Cup Qualifier: Seth Rollins VS Drew McIntyre!
Raw returns as The Architect and the Scottish Stud both fight for the right to join the eight-man, one-day tournament to crown the best in the WWE today! They circle while fans chant “Burn it Down!” McIntyre powers Rollins to a corner, then dares him to come out. Rollins does and he circles with McIntyre again. Rollins gets a waistlock but McIntyre pries it off. McIntyre gets the headlock but Rollins works his way out, only for McIntyre to put it back on. McIntyre grinds Rollins down, and holds on as Rollins works to power out. Rollins works against the hold again, ad pops out the back. He wrenches the arm and yanks on it, but gets a forearm for it! McIntyre puts the headlock back on, but Rollins powers out. McIntyre runs him over, then things speed up.
Rollins tries a hip toss but ducks McIntyre’s clothesline counter to then dropkick McIntyre. He keeps moving but runs into a kick from McIntyre. McIntyre lifts Rollins but Rollins headscissors him out. Fans fire up and Rollins builds speed, to DIVE! But McIntyre catches him for an overhead suplex! McIntyre drags Rollins up and in, then stalks him to the far side. Rollins bails out, but McIntyre pursues. He exposes the ring frame, but Rollins rams him into it! Then into the barriers! Rollins drags McIntyre up but here comes Ziggler! The Show-Off distracts Rollins and McIntyre crawls under the ring. Ziggler backs off and McIntyre reels Rollins into the frame! The Pack helps each other out to get control while we go to break.
Raw returns and Rollins fights his way out of the armlock. Ziggler stays ringside to coach McIntyre, and McIntyre chops Rollins. McIntyre runs in but into a SUPERKICK! Both McIntyre and Rollins are down, but Rollins gets to the apron. Rollins fires himself up, then springboards in. McIntyre gets under but Rollins evades him to slingblade! Rollins gets to a corner but McIntyre is on him with a back elbow. McIntyre drags Rollins out by his legs, but Rollins turns the inverted Alabama Slam into a victory roll! TWO! Rollins dodges and sends McIntyre into the post! Then he hops up and jumps for the blockbuster! Cover, TWO! Both men are down but Ziggler is relieved. Fans rally up with “Burn it Down!” and Rollins stands up. Rollins climbs up a corner, but McIntyre stops him with a right.
McIntyre chops Rollins, then climbs up to join him. He lifts Rollins but Rollins fights out. Rollins swing kicks McIntyre into the Tree of Woe! Rollins climbs back up, but McIntyre sits up to throw him off! Both men are down again, but now McIntyre climbs up. Rollins stands, leaps up and SUPERPLEX! Roll through, Falcon Arrow from McIntyre! Cover, TWO!! Both men are down again as Rollins survives the halfway counter. McIntyre stands and punches Rollins, but Rollins throws punches back. McIntyre kicks and chops, but Rollins reverse the whip. Rollins dodges the boot and hits the enizguri, to mule kick! Rollins stomps but Ziggler distracts again. But Rollins still stops McIntyre, and clotheslines him out, to DIVE on Ziggler! Then DIVE on McIntyre!
Rollins keeps moving and McIntyre gets back in, Mule kick, but Ziggler holds the ropes to send Rollins tumbling out! But here comes Ambrose! From behind! Ambrose throws Ziggler down but McIntyre clobbers Ambrose. CURB STOMP for McIntyre on the ground! A ring count has reached 8, McIntyre misses it!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by Count-Out; qualifies for the WWE World Cup
The Lunatic Fringe helps out his brother and now The Architect joins a star-studded field at Crown Jewel! But #AmbroseTime is still to come, can he defeat the Show-Off to bring all three Shield brothers to Saudi Arabia?
The Shield walk together backstage.
Rollins knew Ambrose would show up, he runs on Lunatic Time but it all works out. What did Rollins call him? What? He didn’t call him anything. Ambrose is the funny one, right? The one they need in case of emergencies. It’s not like that! Ambrose knows they didn’t mean it like that, but he’s got his own problems to take care of now. Ambrose’s mood seems more unstable than usual. Are Rollins and Roman sure there aren’t cracks in their Shield?
From the bowels of the arena, The Brothers of Destruction speak.
“Respect? Triple H and Shawn Michaels want to lecture us on respect?” The respect Undertaker and Kane had for DX died from DX’s own dishonesty. This reunion is built on a bed of lies. Michaels claims he stayed away out of respect, but deep down in his soul, what killed him in the shadows was nothing more than fear. The fear that HBK would feel helpless all over again. Fear that he’d be humiliated again. And fear that Taker would put HBK so far down, he’d never be able to return.
Crown Jewel will see the Brothers of Destruction reunite to face DX for the first time ever! And it will be where all of HBK’s fears come true. HHH won a battle in Melbourne, but he started a war that begins and ends at Crown Jewel. Then he can slink back to his boardroom while HBK can shuffle away to retirement. “Are you ready?” Their answer: “Rest… In… Peace…!”
Ember Moon & Nia Jax VS Tamina & Dana Brooke!
The War Goddess and Irresistible Force know that the enemy of an enemy is a friend. Therefore, they’ve become fast friends over having common enemies in Alexa Bliss, Alicia Fox & Mickie James. However, Dana has a returning superstar on her side as the Daughter of Superfly is back on Raw! These four women, plus Alicia and the IIconics are just the first of many to enter the WWE Evolution Battle Royal! The winner of that match gets a future Women’s Championship match on their brand, but who here tonight will gain major moment towards that monumental night?
Ember and Dana start with the bell and tie up. They push each other around the ring, and Dana puts Ember in a corner. Dana bounces Ember off buckles, then backs off at the ref’s count. Ember comes out but Dana gets her in a waistlock. Ember pries against the hold then bumps Dana off. She runs but Dana follows to run Ember over. Ember kips up while Dana brags, then sweeps the legs! Oklahoma roll cover, TWO! Ember whips but Dana reverses to a knee. Dana bounces Ember off buckles to then tag in Tamina. Tamina stomps and snapmares Ember into a chinlock and armlock. Fans rally up and Ember powers up to her feet. Tamina drags Ember back down while we learn of more SmackDown entrants, from Asuka to Lana to Carmella.
Ember endures and fans rally up. She stands and arm-drags Tamina off, but Tamina runs her right over. Tamina brings Ember over to then toss her to Nia’s corner! Tamina dares Nia to tag in, so Nia does. These two powerhouses circle, and Tamina dodges Nia’s punch to fire off her own. Nia pushes Tamina to corner splash, then rolls for a blockbuster! She kicks Tamina to a corner but runs into buckles. Tamina stomps then headbutts Nia. Nia headbutts back, so Tamina gives another. Tamina adds another headbutt, but Nia dodges the superkick to scoop her. Tamina slips out of the Samoan Drop to then lift Nia. Nia slips out and headbutts Tamina back. But Tamina still gets the Samoan Drop!? Both women are down but fans are loving this!
Nia and Tamina crawl for their corners, hot tag to Dana! Dana goes after Nia with fast hands, but Nia throws her at the corner. Nia runs in for a big splash, then tag to Ember. Ember climbs up while Dana staggers, into an Eclipse! Cover, Ember & Nia win!
Winners: Nia Jax & Ember Moon, Ember pinning
The Prophecy of Flame and the Game Changer win this one, but Tamina wants more! She and Nia stare down while Ember tries to keep the peace. Tamina shoves Ember, Nia shoves Tamina, Tamina SUPERKICKS Nia! But then everyone in the ring realizes that battle royal is coming, so Ember and Tamina dump Nia out of the ring! There are no friends in a shot at the Women’s Championship, so Ember goes after Tamina! Tamina fights Ember off and then powers Ember up on the ropes. Ember resists, Dana comes in to dump them both out! Can the former statistician use numbers to her advantage and become #1 contender?
Ronda Rousey heads to the ring!
The Raw Women’s Champion stood tall with The Bellas both in Melbourne and on last week’s episode, but Nikki & Brie waited until they were back in the states to blindside and betray the Baddest Woman on the Planet! Nikki gets her shot at the title but Brie will be in her corner at WWE Evolution. Tonight, Ronda has Philly on her side as she speaks. Everyone knows what happened last week. Ronda wants an explanation. The Bellas owe her that much. Ronda waits, and the Bellas appear.
Nikki & Brie says that no one here paid to see Ronda, they paid to see the twins. Fans boo, because that’s not true. But as for that explanation, Ronda isn’t owed one. This is show business, not show friends. Ronda disrespected The Bellas first by disregarding what they’ve down for the WWE. Did Ronda think they’d sit back and just watch? Ronda is why they’re back, because they were cringing at Ronda leading the (R)Evolution. She doesn’t deserve to be here, she’s a loser! She never deserved that title match, nor deserves to have that title. Nikki gives us a history lesson: they made Diva mean something. They made “Diva” strong. Total Divas and Total Bellas are what put Women’s Wrestling on the map! They’ve done more in that ring than Ronda ever will. Nikki is the longest reigning Diva’s Champion, and that current championship wouldn’t exist without the Bellas.
Ronda tries to speak but Nikki interrupts. Is she going to try and break their arms? Philly wants her to! But Ronda stays in the ring as she says she was trying to be respectful. She knew WWE was their home first, and was trying not to be judgmental, even though the Diva’s Era made her sick to stomach. They did the best they could with the best they had. When the Bellas came up to her, she thought they were so cool and accepting. She hoped they could be sister soldiers driving this (R)Evolution together! But that was Ronda’s mistake for being idealistic and naive. The Bellas are the embodiment of a stereotype: DNB, the Do Nothing Bellas.
The Bellas weren’t supporting Ronda, they were just after the spotlight, and Ronda has never seen such desperation for attention. The only thing the Bellas did that was impressive was how far they got with minimum talent! They leech off the names of their men! They plagiarize and dilute those men’s moveset. The Bellas are just relics of the past waiting to be eliminated ilke smallpox. The wait is over, because Ronda could easily rip their arms off and beat them with them! Only the referees will be able to stop Ronda and even they’re not that good. But Ronda is more than a pretty face. She will ruin them. It doesn’t matter how much money is poured into marketing, “Bella” will become a four letter word!
Oh so the Bellas are talent-less diseases? “YES! YES!” Anyone who thinks that is just jealous! The word “Bella” has done more last week than Ronda has her entire WWE career. “You’re welcome.” The Bellas are the ground breakers, have knocked down more barriers and doors. Ronda doesn’t even compare. Really? Knocked down doors? Ronda’s been doing that her entire career, from judo to Strike Force to UFC and now, in the Bellas’ home of the WWE! The only door Nikki ever knocked down was to Cena’s bedroom! WHOA~! Brie holds Nikki back but Philly explodes with that one! Oh, and Cena threw Nikki out that same door. So are those two gonna catch this ass-whooping or is she gonna have to go up there?
Nikki & Brie throw down the mics, storm down the ramp, but then Nikki simply swivels those hips while security backs them up. Ronda meets the security, and knocks them down! The Bellas go running and Ronda holds down the ring. Philly is on fire and Ronda is just as heated. Will Evolution see a Diva holding her own? Or will she only be holding her broken arm after the Rowdy Women’s Champion gets through with her?
Bobby Roode and Chad Gable talk with someone back stage.
It’s Kurt Angle! He looks so relaxed. Yes, Angle owes Stephanie so much for this “vacation”. His stress level is way, way down. Gable would love a hat like that. Check out that shirt, though. It’s absolutely… GLORIOUS! They move on but Angle now parties with No Way Jose and his conga line! But then, Baron Corbin comes by. Angle must think he’s pretty smart, huh? How long has it been since Angle wrestled 1v1 anyway? 12 years. Then to help Angle prepare, Corbin has a match for him. But Angle didn’t bring his gear. Corbin’s sure Angle will figure something out, in this Handicap Match with the Authors of Pain! Does the Olympic Gold Medalist stand a chance against two behemoths at once?
WWE World Cup Qualifier: Dean Ambrose VS Dolph Ziggler!
The Lunatic Fringe may no longer like that nickname, but he’s still very much that with his behavior tonight. Will he be able to focus his frenzy and qualify for the World Cup like the Architect? Or will the Show-Off take advantage of his instability instead?
Raw returns as Ziggler makes his entrance, then the bell rings as we begin. They circle and tie up and Ambrose gets the hammerlock to headlock. Ambrose gets a headlock takeover, but Ziggler powers up and out. Ambrose runs him over with a shoulder, covers, TWO! The Lunatic keeps on Ziggler with a snapmare and crossface forearms. Cover, TWO! Ambrose snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Ziggler rolls to a corner but Ambrose is on him. Ziggler elbows him away, then gives Ambrose a neckbreaker. Cover, TWO, so Ziggler wraps him up in a sleeper hold and body scissor. Ambrose endures, then rolls to his knees. Fans rally up as he stands up and powers out. Ziggler kicks him low then turns him, but Ambrose powers out of the neckbreaker. Things speed up and Ambrose catches Ziggler to a Fall Away Slam!
Ziggler rolls out of the ring but Ambrose is on him. Ambrose throws Ziggler hard into barriers, then all the way to the other side! He drags Ziggler up and into the ring, then climbs up top. Ambrose leaps for the Lunatic Elbow but Ziggler gets under. Ziggler turns Ambrose around but Ambrose trips him up. Ambrose wants the Cloverleaf but Ziggler denies. Ziggler runs into a boot, then Ambrose heads up. Ziggler leaps up to join him, for a SUPER Facebuster! Both men are down as we go to break!
Raw returns as Ziggler scrapes his laces on Ambrose’s face. Ziggler then aims, but Ambrose counters the superkick into a catapult! Ziggler hits off the post then slumps to the mat. Ambrose gets up while Ziggler comes back out. Ambrose ducks to then club and clothesline Ziggler. He whips Ziggler to run him over with an elbow, then drags him back pup for a suplex onto the ropes! Ziggler bounces off and to the mat, where Ambrose is ready with double chicken wings. Ziggler fights out, then leaps, but the DDT is denied. Sunset flip but Ambrose turns it to a Cloverleaf! Ambrose bends Ziggler back in the middle of the ring! Ziggler drags himself towards ropes, and gets the ropebreak! Ambrose holds on to 4 before letting go.
Ambrose gets up but walks into a hotshot on the ropes. Ziggler runs in but misses his corner splash. Ambrose double chicken wing, DODON BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! The Show-Off survives but the Lunatic Fringe is far from out of ideas. Ambrose climbs back up but Ziggler trips him up! Ziggler climbs up to join Ambrose, but Ambrose resists to then send Ziggler down with a gordbuster! Ambrose adjusts but McIntyer comes out! Rollins stops him but Ambrose decides to jump on McIntyre! Rollins helps Ambrose up but Ambrose shoves him away. Ambrose runs into the ring, and into a SUPERKICK!! Cover, Ziggler wins!!
Winner: Dolph Ziggler, by pinfall; qualifies for the WWE World Cup
The Raw half of the tournament is full, and Ziggler is the last man in! Rollins can’t understand why Ambrose pushed him, but Rollins enters the ring to try and talk to Ambrose. Ambrose stands up and sees Rollins, but Ambrose just pushes past his friend. Rollins pursues, not giving up on Ambrose, but they start shoving each other. Roman comes out to keep the peace, and now Baron Corbin comes out!
The Constable sees The Shield bickering and wonders if they’re still having problems. The last thing he wants is for this team to break up on his watch. So he’ll give them a chance to redeem themselves in a special rematch from last week. The Shield VS The Pack III, tonight! Even if The Shield wasn’t arguing within itself, two members have already competed and exhausted themselves. Will they be able to survive the wild dogs of war? Or is this night the last night The Shield will be standing together?
Strowman, Ziggler & McIntyre talk backstage.
The Show-Off is so fired up, because he knew they’d get the better of The Shield. Tonight will finally be the night! The Shield is cracked and will shatter. Ambrose is vulnerable, and while Strowman wants after Roman, he needs to first crush Ambrose & Rollins while Roman watches. Strowman isn’t dumb. He knows how to hurt The Shield, so the other two need to listen. If they screw up out there, he promises they’ll #GetTheseHands, too. The Pack doesn’t seem as well-put-together, either. Will The Shield or The Pack break first?
Finn Balor w/ Bayley VS Jinder Mahal w/ Alicia Fox & The Singh Brothers!
The Extraordinary Man has his Huggable Mixed Match Challenge partner by his side in another match with the Modern Day Maharaja! Will Finn keep his win streak going? Or will #Mahalicia finally get some semblance of payback here in Philly?
Raw returns as both men stand in the ring. They circle with the bell and Mahal kicks low. Mahal scoops and slams Finn fast, then covers. TWO, so Mahal drives in his knees. Mahal wraps Finn in a chinlock, but fans rally up for Finn. Finn stands up but Mahal brings him back down to the mat. Alicia high-fives with each Singh brother as Mahal keeps Finn down. Finn feeds off the energy as the fans rally up again. Mahal knees low but FInn reverses the whip. Mahal sunset flips but Finn rolls through to dropkick him down! Finn drags Mahal up but Mahal powers him to a corner. Mahal runs into boots, Finn hits the slingblade! Finn shotgun dropkicks Mahal down, then climbs up top! COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, Finn wins!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall
But wait, Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush are headed out here? The Manager of the Hour leads his client down to the ring, and then into the ring. Lashley stares down with Finn as Lio says that Finn wishes he looked more like Lashley. Lashley shows off as Lio talks him up. Bayley backs Finn off while Lashley continues to literally flex on him. The Rocky Mountain Machine and his 23 year old piece of gold rain on Finn’s parade, but has his own match next. Will his new found ego be his downfall? Or is he truly the Heavyweight that’s back to Dominate?
Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush VS Tyler Breeze!
Raw returns and Lio continues to hype up “My Man, Bobby Lashley!” He tries to start up a chant but Philly boos. The bell rings and Breeze is wary of Lashley. But Lio says The Big Man isn’t ready yet. Show them the money pose! There it is! Lashley postures on the top rope again, showing that vascularity, but Breeze is actually wanting to have this match. Lio says no one looks as good as Lashley, and Lashley continues to flex. Breeze and Lashley finally circle, and Lashley powers Breeze to a corner. Lashley toys with Breeze and continues to flex. Breeze dodges but is powered away. Breeze ducks to enziguri! Lashley is stunned, Breeze hops up, and he leaps, but into Lashley’s arms! Lashley switches to the Vertigo Suplex! One handed! Lashley slams Breeze down and Lio cheers him on.
But Lashley isn’t done with Breeze, he lifts him for a Full Nelson! He thrashes Breeze around then throws him down. Lio likes what he sees as Lashley tackles Breeze in the corner. Lashley brings Breeze out and flexes again. Breeze fires off with fast hands and a dropkick! Breeze runs, but into a powerslam! Lio continues to chant for Lashley but Philly still boos. Lashley deadlift gut wrenches Breeze onto his shoulder, then drops him with the AK! Cover, Lashley wins!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall
The Rocky Mountain Machine only lets Lio Rush raise his hand in victory. This new combination of Lashley’s strength and Lio’s mouth look to run all over the Raw roster. Does anyone stand a chance of stopping them?
Trish Stratus & Lita are here!
The two Hall of Fame women’s champions were powerful rivals during their time in the WWE, but now they’re allied against the sassy little Goddess and her own former six-time Women’s Champion best friend. WWE Evolution will have a tag team match with no less than 20 title reigns in total, but tonight, Lita and Trish address Philly. They feel great to be back, because one week from Sunday is the first ever All Women’s PPV. Lita knows Trish knows they’ll– Before she can finish her statement, Alexa Bliss & Mickie James appear! Alexa says she’s got this. From a present hall of famer to a future one, Alexa knows. Lita is worried that she and Trish will be humiliated! How are they going to compete with The Goddess? She’ll run circles around them! Judging from the looks on their faces, Alexa nailed it.
Mickie says Alexa was spot on. She’ll be Trish. Oh yes, if anyone knows Trish, it’s Mickie. Mickie’s Trish believes Mickie continues to elevate herself every single night. And they’ll finally end Stratusfaction! Alexa says Mickie nailed it. But Mickie forgot the Stratus point, too. It’s in the hips. But to face facts, Trish & Lita haven’t been in a ring in a long, long, looooong time. And while those two were kicking back, Mickie & Alexa have been kicking butt. This is the epitome of nostalgia, but nostalgia is fleeting. If Trish & Lita think they can walk right in and beat two of the best, they’re so wrong. Mickie & Alexa travel the world, it’ll be so easy. Trish & Lita should just go home, find their wrestling gear way in the back of the closet. If they think they can just win right off the couch, they’re sadly mistaken.
Are these two serious? Evolution will allow all the women in the WWE to make history, and you’re out here talking ’bout practice? Practice? Alexa & Mickie could make their careers with this match, but they’re talking ’bout practice. Practice? Philly likes the reference. But maybe Alexa & Mickie are right. The Hall of Famers should practice. Yes, some practice. Right now! Lita & Trish dare Alexa & Mickie to go, but Alexa & Mickie says they practice how they play. The jackets come off, but then go right back on. The Goddess and friend will wait for October 28th, but will they regret overlooking two hall of fame superstars?
Bayley encounters the Riott Squad.
Aw no, someone save Liv Morgan from a hug! Sarah Logan can’t see anything from that blinding smile. But Ruby says there’s no worries. Bayley doesn’t have her best friend Sasha Banks, and can’t call on Finn Balor. Bayley’s only real power is running away from a fight. Will the Squad get away with teasing the Huggable One?
The Conquistador is in the ring!
The last we knew, the man in gold was the gold medalist. Is Angle resorting to his golden bodysuit because he doesn’t have his ring gear?
2v1 Handicap Match: The Authors of Pain w/ Drake Maverick VS Kurt Angle!
Akam & Rezar don’t care about Angle’s legacy, they only destroy what they’re aimed after. The Constable plans for this 2v1 beating to be payback on Angle for Angle taking away his shot at the World Cup. Will his plans go the way he wants? Or does Angle have something up his golden sleeves?
The bell rings and Akam starts while Corbin has a seat on the stage. Akam swings on Conquistador Angle but ends up in a waistlock. He elbows out before Angle can throw him with a German Suplex. Akam powers Angle to a corner then whips him corner to corner. Angle dodges an drolls Akam but Rezar tagged in. Rezar boots Angle down before he can put on the Angle Lock. Rezar runs him over with a clothesline, then tags in Akam. The AoP drag Angle up, and give him the suplex powerbomb neckbreaker! Cover, AoP wins!
Winners: The Authors of Pain, Akam pinning
Corbin is proud of these two, as is Maverick. But then Maverick realizes this isn’t Angle at all! Akam sits Conquistador up and takes off the mask. That’s definitely NOT Angle! Especially since Angle comes up behind Corbin to give him an Angle Slam! Angle gets the better of Corbin and AoP, but will he still be able to enjoy his “vacation”? Or will Corbin come up with something worse for him later?
The Riott Squad “decorate” Natalya’s dressing room.
They give it a heaping helping of ketchup and mustard. They think it’s hilarious, but will Natty have the last laugh?
Natalya VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad!
The Queen of Harts still owes the Squad for the beating weeks before Super Show-Down, but she doesn’t have any back-up right now. Can she survive against such numbers at ringside? Or will Ruby and her girls #StartaRiott?
Natty has a mic as she comes out, because she says, “Ruby, Ruby, Ruby. Did you honestly think that I’m gonna walk blindly to the ring with you and your hooligan friends ready to attack me three on one?” No. She has back-up after all! It’s Bayley! AND Sasha Banks! The Legit Boss is back from injury, and is ready to team with her friends! The bell rings and Natty goes right at Ruby! Ruby gets to ropes but Natty is on her. The ref brings Natty back and Ruby mule kicks her. Ruby throws forearms, then throws Natty down by her hair. Cover, ONE, but Ruby keeps on Natty with a chinlock. Ruby stares Bayley & Banks down, but Natty fights out of the hold. Ruby throws her down again, then covers, TWO!
Bayley, Banks and Ruby trash talk, Natty rolls Ruby up! TWO and Ruby kicks Natty down. Ruby covers, TWO, and the Squad grows frustrated. Ruby puts Natty in a cravat, but fans rally up again. Natty gets up, arm-drags out, but runs into an STO! Cover, TWO! The Squad is further frustrated, but Natty gets to a corner. Ruby is on Natty with shoulders into the stomach, then backs off to run back in. Natty dodges and denies Deadly Nightshade to then dump Ruby out. The Squad regroups while Natty recovers in the ring. Ruby gets in and grabs Natty by her hair. She brings Natty up but Natty SLAPS Ruby! Then takedown, to the Sharpshooter! Ruby endures, Sarah chopblocks!
Winner: Natalya, by disqualification
The fight is on! Sarah & Liv brawl with Bayley & Banks and toss them back out. The Squad focuses on Natty, lifting Natty up for Ruby to run. But Bayley & Banks drag Ruby out then double Thesz Press! Sasha knees Sarah and Bayley gives her a saido suplex. Liv runs into the backstabber, to Bayley2Belly! Natty has Ruby with a German Suplex! The Queen of Harts stands tall with the #LegitHuggable duo. Will they get the better the Squad? Or will it take just a little longer to #StartaRiott?
Elias sees his daily selection of guitar picks.
However, he is very upset. There is not a single green one among them! The stagehand says he couldn’t find a green one, so Elias tosses the whole bunch back in his face. The green one was in his hair. It was a test, and this guy failed. The Drifter is ready for his performance, will he go uninterrupted this time?
Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.
“My eyes are like a crystal ball and you are looking into the future.” The future hinges on the one universal truth that even John Cena knows deep down, that WWE really stands for ‘Walk With Elias!” Elias says that he was having lunch with Carson Wentz earlier today, and talked about his injuries from last season. The injuries were painful but the real pain was psychological, like pretending to care about the city of Philadelphia. Philly of course boos, but Elias continues to say that “Gritty” is not a good mascot. But Gritty is the spitting image of the people: a fat, googly-eyed slob! So please, silence phones, hold applause and while it’s hard for Philadelphians to do, shut mouths! But here comes Apollo Crews!
Elias calls for the guys to cut the music. Apollo apologizes, but just wanted to interrupt Elias once. It felt like his turn, that’s all. Well of course Apollo interrupts Elias, Elias is the best thing going. But Apollo better pray to stay on Elias’s good side, because Apollo’s career is in Elias’s hands now. Elias is not gonna make a start out of Apollo tonight. Apollo admits he’s not like Elias, with the guitar and the singing and the jokes. But that doesn’t matter when he steps inside the ring. True, Apollo is apparently talented. But Elias has never seen it. Like how no one’s seen Bigfoot of the Flyers win the Stanley Cup. Or like Elias being taken serious as a musician. Apollo has hold himself back for too long, seeing so many people pass him up, including Elias. “And straight up, I’m sick of it.”
Elias can understand, being compared to such a star as himself! Compared to him, who is Apollo? Is Apollo not getting this? Elias can show you what happens when you interrupt him. Elias puts his guitar and stool aside, takes off the scarf and headset, but Apollo is ready with an enziguri! Then the trophy lift, that he holds onto for a good 10 seconds before dumping Elias down! Apollo says “That’s who I am!” Apollo has all the talent he needs, but when and where will he get the opportunities?
Six Man Tag: The Shield VS The Pack!
The Hounds of Justice won in Melbourne, but the Dogs of War won in Chicago. Philadelphia is the site of this major tiebreaker, but both teams are looking ready to crack at any moment. Can Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose hold it together? Or will Braun Strowman, Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler outlast them on the road to Crown Jewel?
The tension is high as both teams stand across from each other. The bell rings and the ref asks the teams to sort out. Rollins steps up for The Shield, Strowman tells Ziggler to carry his weight. Ziggler takes the start and circles with Rollins. They tie up and Ziggler gets a headlock. Ziggler wants Strowman to see what he’s doing because he can do it all day long. Rollins powers out and things speed up. Ziggler leaps into Rollins’ arms, for a scoop slam! Rollins brings Ziggler over, tags to Ambrose, and snapmares Ziggler for Ambrose’s sliding lariat. Rollins adds a knee drop and Ambrose drops an elbow. Cover, ONE, but Ambrose keeps on Ziggler. Tag back to Rollins and they double whip Ziggler into double shoulders and a split of the wishbone.
Strowman protests the double teaming while Ziggler scrambles away. Ziggler shoves Rollins into Ambrose! Ambrose takes offense but Rollins says it was Ziggler’s doing. Ziggler gets away while Roman comes in to keep the peace again. The Monster Among Men wipes them all out! Ziggler hits Roman with the DDT! Cover, TWO!! The Pack almost finished it here, but the match continues while we go to break.
Raw returns and McIntyre grinds Roman into the mat with a forearm. Fans rally up and Roman fights up to his feet. Roman punches out of the hold, then runs, but into a spinebuster! Cover, TWO! Again the Pack almost ended it but Roman survives. Tag to Ziggler and the Raw Tag Team Champions mug Roman on the mat. Ziggler stomps and stalks Roman, then puts on an armlock of his own. Roman endures again as fans build to another rally. Roman fights Ziggler off and arm-drags him away. He rallies with lariats, then crawls for his corner. Strowman shouts for the tag, but Ziggler gives it to McIntyre.
McIntyre whips Roman but Roman leaps for another lariat! Roman again crawls for his corner and McIntyre rolls. Hot tag to Strowman, who is right on Roman. He whips and squashes Roman in the corner, then says “This is how you take care of stuff!” But McIntyre tags back in! McIntyre stomps a mudhole but then Strowman tags back in. The tension mounts as Strowman barks at McIntyre. McIntyre dares Strowman to get the job done then, so Strowman drags Roman out for a headbutt and a one-handed whip. Strowman runs corner to corner, but into a boot! Roman staggers but lifts Strowman. Strowman is too much, but he still misses in the corner. Roman tries again, and gets the Samoan Drop! Both men crawl for their corners, but McIntyre & Ziggler ditch the tag to blast Rollins & Ambrose down!
The Pack regroups, Ziggler tags in then tags McIntyre. They both go after Roman, Claymore ZigZag! Cover, but Rollins AND Ambrose break it! They kick Ziggler out then coach Roman up. Roman comes to and crawls for his corner, but McIntyre climbs up top. McIntyre leaps into an uppercut! Tag to Rollins! Springboard clothesline, then tag to Ambrose. They double clothesline McIntyre around then out of the ring. Strowman runs back in but misses, they double shoulder him out! Ambrose & Rollins build speed, to double DIVE on the tag team champions! Rollins & Ambrose keep moving, to double DIVE on Strowman! But he catches them both, so Roman saves them with a flying SUPERMAN PUNCH! Ambrose climbs up top, to leap at McIntyre, but McIntyre boots him. McIntyre goes for the legs but Ambrose jackknifes! Ziggler breaks the cover, but Rollins throws him out.
Rollins enziguris McIntyre, Ambrose hits Dirty Deeds! Cover, but Ziggler barrels Rollins into Ambrose again! Everyone is down again, but Ambrose and Rollins sit up first. Rollins again explains, but Ambrose is again upset. Ambrose turns around, but Rollins turns him back around, and Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds! Rollins powers out of it, Ziggler shoves them into each other again!! ZIGZAG!! Cover, TWO!! Ziggler is furious, but McIntyre is back. They bring Ambrose up, but SUPERMAN PUNCH! SUPERMAN PUNCH for Ziggler, but Strowman scoops Roman. Roman slips out, and dodges Strowman again. McIntyre runs in but Roman dodges, the Claymore takes out Strowman!! McIntyre realizes what happened, but runs into a SPEAR!!
But Ziggler is lurking, only to be denied his ZigZag. SHIELD BOMB OUTTA NOWHERE! The Cerberus hits, Ambrose covers, The Shield wins!!
Winners: The Shield, Dean Ambrose pinning
In the end, the brotherhood survives! Ambrose knows who his friends are, and holds tight with Rollins & Reigns. If not eve The Pack can break them up, can anything stop this trio?
As for Strowman, Ziggler & McIntyre, The Monster is NOT happy. He joins them in the ring and Philly hopes they “Get These Hands!” Strowman drags Ziggler up and shouts “What did I tell you!?” He scoops Ziggler, for a Monster Slam! But then McIntyre gives Strowman another Claymore! That one was on purpose. McIntyre leaves Strowman behind and even ditches Dolph. However, Strowman eventually stands up, and dares McIntyre to fight him. Is The Pack the team that fell apart? Will McIntyre regret standing up to a Monster?
This Raw wasn’t as good as recent weeks in my opinion. For one, we are getting more Shield and Pack and all that as we build to Crown Jewel, a PPV that might not even happen given current political climates. It was rather obvious the actual dialogue never once mentioned Saudi Arabia, so it seems WWE is just waiting to see how things turn out before making any substantial changes. And just looking at how the WWE World Cup qualifiers were left between The Shield and Pack, it’s rather disappointing they aren’t giving a chance to other stars. Finn Balor was relegated to squashing Jinder Mahal and then being overshadowed by Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush attempting to get heat. Philly didn’t really go for it, and I myself am just hoping we get to Finn VS Lashley now before fans just stop caring about Lashley altogether.
It seems like the WWE is scrapping the Women’s Tag Division at the moment, they’re instead just throwing in all the women they would’ve had in tag teams into that #1 Contender’s Battle Royal. I suppose that’s fine, it’ll allow them to get more women on the card and get that 50 Stephanie McMahon promised. The best moment of the night, though, was Ronda and The Bellas. It was probably the best promo battle the Bellas have ever been in, and Ronda’s burn on Nikki was atomic! Their match is finally feeling good and will probably be worthy of the main event. The tag team match of Alexa-Mickie VS Trish-Lita sounds good given their promos, too, and could be used as a great opener or halfway point match.
Tamina’s return was a nice surprise but it was almost too out of nowhere, no one really knew how to receive her. Her standing against Nia, that either needs to be a feud or a new tag team. When The Riott Squad picked on Bayley out of nowhere, it almost gave away that Sasha Banks was coming back tonight. And given the two of them backed up Natty against The Riott Squad, I’m thinking a Six Woman Tag at Evolution, after I assume next week’s Raw go-home gives us a Boss & Hug Connection return against Liv & Sarah. I’d like to see Natty, Sasah & Bayley win, it just works for the sake of the Women’s Tag that we’re still waiting on.
Angle getting the better of Corbin was great. I almost thought the Not-Angle Conquistador was going to turn out to be Heath Slater given his encounter with Corbin a few weeks ago, but seems Slater can’t even get himself a squash match now. This is good long-term build towards Survivor Series, Corbin VS Angle to be GM of Raw. I hope Slater teams up with Angle to continue fighting Corbin, but chances are WWE won’t think of that. Though they did seem to realize Apollo Crews needs something to do, so he’s having another go at Elias. But if this is a push for Apollo, it’ll be his third time trying. Maybe Apollo just needs to go to SmackDown instead so that, as his promo implied, he can focus on his athletic ability. Plus, I’d love to see Apollo go against any of the SmackDown superstars.
But of course, the show ends with The Shield VS The Pack III. The match itself was great again, just as the other two times before. Story wise, I actually like that, for all the pushing of this Shield break-up where Ambrose no longer gets along with Rollins & Reigns, the team that’s breaking up is The Pack. What’s interesting is that after he stood up to Strowman, McIntyre didn’t drag Ziggler away with him. Perhaps their team-up might be over soon, after they end up losing the Raw Tag Team Championships to either Rollins-Ambrose or The Authors of Pain. And of course, I bet their break-up happens during the match, which ensures the other team becomes the new champions.
My Score: 8/10
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Joe’s CMLL Review & Ratings (10/15/2018)
CMLL Arena Puebla Monday
Lestat, Rey Samuray, Asturiano vs Rey Apocalipsis, Joker, and Guerrero Espacial
Samuray and Joker start off and Samuray is so much taller than Joker. They start grappling on their feet which soon becomes mat wrestling. Asturiano and Guerrero make their way in and continue the trend of grappling. They hit a stale mate and shake hands bringing in Lestat and Apocalipsis. They pick up the pace as Lestat attacks his partners in the corner. Lestat gets Apocalipsis out of the ring, and hits Guerrero with a fireman’s carry. Then Samuray hits a springboard 450 for the pin. Asturiano hits a lionsault on Joker for the fall. First Fall: Asturiano hits a lionsault on Joker for the pin.
Lestat and Apocalipsis start off the next fall. Lestat hits a hurricanrana and goes for a top rope dive but Rey’s female companion covers him. Asturiano comes in with Joker briefly but he hits a pose and Samuray and Guerrero enter. Samuray hits a head scissors then a springboard arm drag, then feigns a dive. Lestat comes in with Apocalipsis. Rey has him in his corner and they take him out. Asturiano comes to make the save but he suffers the same fate. Samuray gets triple teamed until he’s hit with a fireman’s carry then a splash off the top by Joker which pins him. Lestat comes in and gets double teamed and then Guerrero submits him for the fall. Second Fall: Guerrero Espacial submits Lestat with a stretch for the fall.
Third fall starts with Lestat being triple teamed. Samuray makes the save and they start to exchange spots. Lestat comes in and hits a springboard leg drop on Apocalipsis but the count is broken up. Rey Samuray hits a lionsault but gets up after 2. Samuray hits a rotating dive off the top on Guerrero for the pin. Joker then hits him with a canadian destroyer for a pin. Apocalipsis and Lestat get in. Lestat hits a death valley driver. He goes to the top and misses the swanton bomb. Apocalipsis gets him in a leg roll which leads to an arm bar for the win. Third Fall: Apocalipsis submits Lestat with an arm bar.
Winners: Rey Apocalipsis, Joker, and Guerrero Espacial
Marcella, Lluvia, and La Vaquerita vs Dayls, Tiffany, Amapola
Tiffany starts with Vaquerita. They exchange submission holds and counters. Lluvia and Dayls make their way in. They start to work at a faster pace until Lluvia stops and takes her shirt off. Dayls doesn’t let up and attacks her after. Lluvia hits a face buster and feigns a dive. This brings in Marcella and Amapola. Marcella hits a head scissor take over then a foot stomp from the top. The match starts to break down, Vaquerita hits a drop kick off the top, then Lluvia hits one in the corner on Dayls for the fall. First Fall: Lluvia pins Dayls with a corner drop kick.
Marcella starts with Tiffany and they’re slapping each other in the chest to start. It quickly breaks down and all 6 women are in the ring. The two other are taken out and Vaquerita gets triple teamed. She gets taken out and Lluvia comes in and she gets drop kicked to the ramp. Marcella tries to help but she’s drop kicked to the floor. Tiffany gets Vaquerita in a torture rack like submission for the fall. Second Fall: Tiffany submits La Vaquerita with a modified torture rack.
Third round begins with more triple teaming on Marcella. They take one out and move on to triple teaming the next. They make a come back and get a triple submission in the center of the ring but it’s broken up. Marcella goes for a vertical suplex but Dayls reverses it into a small package for the win. Third Fall: Dayls pins Marcella with a small package.
Winners: Dayls, Tiffany, and Amapola
Diamante Azul, Kraneo, and Volcano vs Hechicero, Templario, and El Felino
Volcano starts off with Templario and I don’t think you’re going to see much mat wrestling with Volcano. Templario tries to move around Volcano but he can’t because he’s too big. Volcano hits a big boot on Templario sending him to the outside. All of them stare down for a moment before Azul and Hechicero come in. Hechicero tries to unmask him while they’re grappling on the ground. Felino gets in their next with Kraneo next. Kraneo body slams Felino and is about to go for a splash but then Templario and Hechicero come in to attack him and this leads to a brawl. They hit Kraneo with a triple team spine buster but sell their backs afterwards. They get him in a triple submission afterwards. Hechicero hits a running knee on Azul and Felino pins him. First Fall: Hechicero hits a running knee on Diamante Azul and Felino pins him.
Second fall begins with them interacting with the midgets that are ring side. Hechicero and Templario hit a double suplex on Volcano. Hechicero, Templario, and Felino continue to triple team everybody. They start to make a come back and Kraneo hits Felino with a hip attack in the corner. Volcano hits a sit out press slam on Templario for the pin. Azul body slams Hechicero and Kraneo goes up to the top for a splash and pin. Second Fall: Kraneo pins Hechicero with a splash off the top.
Third round starts with Kraneo and Felino in the ring attacking each other. Kraneo hits a double splash on Hechicero and Templario after they try to double him. Templario then is in there alone with Volcano and he’s trying to get him down again. He gets Templario out of there, Hechicero comes in and tries to hit a springboard attack but he’s caught and slammed. Felino tries his hand but to no avail, and Volcano feigns a dive when Felino goes to the outside. I don’t think we’ll be seeing him dive. Templario is in there with Azul now. Azul gets off rapid fire tilt-a-whirl back breakers. Azul hits a hurricanrana on Hechicero then goes for a middle rope dive. Leading to Templario and Volcano in the ring again. Volcano hits a spine bsuter then his handspring splash. Kraneo sits on Felino after a failed sunset flip for the win. Third Fall: Kraneo sits out on El Felino after a failed sunset flip.
Winners: Kraneo, Volcano, Diamante Azul
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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.5 ~ 12TH OCTOBER 2018
CURRENT TOUR RECAP
As Noah head towards the end of the year, Autumn Navigation began on October 7th in Gunma. I am afraid I don’t have too much information about the first two shows.
Naomichi Marufuji’s feud (not so much Akitoshi Saito’s) with Mitsuya Nagai and “The Hooligans” began in earnest. Marufuji came out with a weary expression like he had to deal with something that was tiresome (and to him it is, as he says that The Hooligans are not worthy of the title shot, although he’s had to begrudgingly give them one), and this match was to prove just to be that as Nagai came out to “second”.
“Second” in this case being another word for “interfere”, which he did by pulling the referee out of the ring when Marufuji went for the pin on Taniguchi. While the ref and Nagai argued, Cody Hall used the distraction to creep into the ring and ambush Marufuji with “The Hooligan” bomb, meaning that Taniguchi got the win when the ref got back in the ring.
Afterwards The Hooligans stood over Marufuji, Cody Hall & Taniguchi holding the heavyweight tag belts, and Taniguchi with his foot on him.
Marufuji said afterwards that he was irritated before, but he’s angry now, and he’s had enough. This wasn’t enough, however, to stop The Hooligans from running over them again on the 11th October.
Noah have started the pre-matches for Global League; on the 11th October, Masa Kitamiya and Katsuhiko Nakajima faced off against each other after a long while. Nakajima, as ever, smirking when kicking someone, this time his tag partner.
NOAH MERCHANDISE AVAILABLE IN EUROPE & USA
IPW have announced that they have become the official merchandise vendor for Noah for Europe, and I understand they also deliver to the USA. I am afraid for any other country, you would need to check directly with them. Shop can be accessed via the link above.
“COME AT ME YOU BASTARDS”
Kenoh’s column this week is thought to be generally not too interesting (aside from maybe the end about appearing in a quiz show), but he does give some interesting insights into life in Noah and how wrestlers branching out into other programs beyond wrestling, can help a product.
Speaking of Kenoh, I read a very sweet story in an interview earlier this week.
When Kenoh was a tiny infant (about two or three), he used to stand at the window of the Nippon Kempo watching them practice until his mother removed him. Even when it snowed, he would stand at the window.
His mother later asked if he could see inside, and then enrolled him in the school.
NAOMICHI MARUFUJI VS HIKARU SHIDA
For her tenth anniversary in wrestling, Hikaru Shida challenged Naomichi Marufuji to a rematch. They had last clashed on April 17th, and she had been knocked out within a few minutes (108 seconds to be precise). This time she managed to last eighteen minutes with him. He took knee attacks, and she took chops.
Marufuji won with the high knee, and said afterwards that “the match was fun, and with so much potential, I want you to be the top girl”.”.
WINTER NAVIGATION 2018 & EARLY DATES FOR JANUARY 2019
Noah have announced the dates for “Winter Navigation 2018”, plus “Great Voyage in Yokohama Vol.2” and “NOAHFul Gift in Differ”.
They have also announced dates for January 2019.
Last year NOAHFUL Gift was held in ShinKiba, this year it will be being held at Korakuen Hall. Although Noah have announced no plans for the format as of yet, it will most likely feature the flea market in which Noah sell their old ring wear to fans (in the old days they would also serve Dojo chanko) and the usual battle royal and comedy matches.
Genba Hirayanagi threatened to appear last year in some gnarly old pants when he heard there was a flea-market. Sugiura said no one would want them, and Marufuji told him that it was “called obstruction of business”.
Thankfully Genba’s questionable taste in clothes is not a recurring feature, but Akitoshi Saito in cosplay is. In past years we have seen a lounge singer (complete with frilled cuffs, cummerbund and a velvet suit), and a pigtailed joshi. 2017 saw him in a video which was played in installments throughout the evening flanked by Moose in a Burger King hat, Eddie Edwards in a Santa hat (both were trying not to laugh), and Saito in various stages of undress whilst wearing a wig and make-up.
During the Battle Royale last year, everyone dressed up; well, almost everyone, as Kenoh appeared in an old karate outfit, and HAYATA came as himself in DOVE Pro. Other highlights included Takashi Sugiura being labelled a “vulgar and tasteless Santa” by Tokyo Sports, Hi69 was a “Panda” (his costume was purple tights and Panda face-paint, and according to Hajime Ohara he had gone out and bought his costume the night before, leading Sugi to point, laugh and say “that’s not a Panda, that’s a monster), Hajime Ohara as Kiki from “Kiki’s Delivery Service” complete with satchel full of bakery goods, a Jiji on his shoulder, black wig with a bow and a broom, Hitoshi Kumano as a bear, Daisuke Harada as HAYATA (which HAYATA did not appreciate and glared at him afterwards) and of course the inevitable Mr. Koto (Atsushi Kotoge).
Needless to say its a fun show, and if you are going to be in Tokyo over Christmas\New Year, I not only envy you, I also highly recommend you go and see it. All grudges, rivalries and title matches are put aside, and the roster relax and have fun.
Naomichi Marufuji and Hi69 will miss Noah’s event on the 18th November as they will be participating in Ryuku Dragon Pro in Okinawa
Kenoh will be appearing for KAIENTAI DOJO on Sunday October 28th, he will team with Tank Nagai against Yuri Asakawa & Kengo Mashimo.
Junta Miyawaki will make his second appearance for YOUNGDOMS (FREEDOMS sub brand) on the 5th November, he will team with Shunsuke Sayama vs Toru Sugiura and SUSUMU
GHC BELT NEWS
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Takashi Sugiura
- GHC Junior Champion: Daisuke Harada
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Naomichi Marufuji & Akitoshi Saito
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Minoru Tanaka & Hi69
The GHC Heavyweight Championship currently has no challenger as Global League will begin in late October to determine the number one contender.
Daisuke Harada and Atsushi Kotoge will clash over the GHC Junior Championship on October 30th at Korakuen Hall (match signing to be held the same day)
Naomichi Marufuji & Akitoshi Saito will defend the GHC Heavyweight Tag Championship against “The Hooligans” (Maybach Taniguchi and Cody Hall) on Sunday October 14th in Kobe.
The GHC Junior Tag Championship has not been challenged for yet.
- Naomichi Marufuji was involved in a minor car accident this week when someone reversed into him, he is fine fortunately.
- Noah released Halloween Revolutionary cloaks for kids which were sold on the 11th October, with the Revolutionary Hero on hand to sign them. Atsushi Kotoge has said that the manufacturing cost is too high to make them for adults.
- Takashi Sugiura gave a defense match interview, in it he said he wants to be the first reigning champion in history to win Global League, and if that happens he will nominate his own opponent, which will be Masato Tanaka. They have fought against each other in the past, but they have never had a title match over a single belt.
- Mitsuya Nagai called a lady in the crowd “you old bag” because she was mouthing off to him.
- Mohammed Yone’s disco ball for his entry has become a thing
- People would like to see Atsushi Kotoge and Kaito Kiyomiya tag together and challenge for the belts
- HAYATA has a new online diary, “HAYATAbot”, I am afraid that to access it requires a paid subscription
- Kenoh will finally get his wish for a singles match with Naomichi Marufuji on the 8th November at Korakuen Hall for Global League 2018.
- Like Hi69 does, Atsushi Kotoge did a short question time with fans on Twitter, highlights included; Kotoge saying he doesn’t drink at home, and Go Shiozaki asking what the capes were made of to which, Kotoge said playfully, “asshole, I’ll go and look”. He never actually answered Shiozaki’s question.
- Kenoh’s friend, Masahiro-san (whom Kenoh has blocked, and who Masahiro-san calls “that asshole who blocked me”), posted a few candid pictures of when he stayed at Kenoh’s home for the night on Twitter. Masahiro-san usually deletes them a few minutes after posting, but they were there long enough to ascertain Kenoh bought tourist fodder Union Jack boxer shorts when he visited London for Frontline Pro Wrestling.
- Hajime Ohara is holding exercise classes in Kawasaki which are open to adults of every age and sex. The classes will be simple exercises in how to build, tone and maintain muscles and how to exercises with a water bottle.
KING SHAMLESS’S CORNER
None this week, he’s managed to behave himself.
English language translation of Naomichi Marufuji’s biography, “Heir to The Ark”
Takashi Sugiura’s sixth defense interview
Akira Taue loved the “Talk Battle” with Toshiaki Kawada
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