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- Petey Williams d. Trevor Lee, Jack Evans and Puma King – pin fall on Lee, Canadian Destroyer
- Maximo d. Grado – pin fall, kiss
- Loser Leaves IMPACT: Rojit Ronju d. Gursinder Singh – pin fall, face buster DDT
- Austin Aries/ Moose/ Killer Kross d. Johnny Impact/ Fallah Bahh/ Eddie Edwards – pin fall, Aries pins Impact, brain buster
- Tessa Blanchard d. Keyra – pin fall, Buzzsaw DDT
IMPACT! WRESTLING (10/11)
Video package recapping the feuds going into Bound For Glory kick us off tonight!
Trevor Lee vs. Jack Evans vs. Puma King vs. Petey Williams
All four men square off to start, then Lee celebrates and all four men begin exchanging blows. This will not be easy to follow. Puma starting with Petey after, and they wrestle to a stalemate.
Petey hits a drop toe hold onto Puma on the second rope and hits a dropkick to his back. Puma reverses a whip and hits a flapjack, then Lee runs in a hits a tilt a whirl back breaker on Puma for two. Lee throws Petey and dumps Puma out.
Lee puts Petey in a corner, chokes him with his boot, and tries to start a USA chant. Lee hits a hard whip on Oetey in a corner, covers for two. A delayed vertical suplex is reversed and then Petey hits a side Russian leg sweep on Lee. Petey goes for the Destroyer, but it’s reversed. Petey with a double leg, into a sharpshooter. Evans breaks up the hold, then dropkicks Puma and goes to work on Petey.
One legged drop kick on Petey, then into a standing moonsault by Evans, Lee breaks it up, Puma in as well and he delivers kicks to Lee and Evans. Puma then flies off the buckles to Evans on the floor, runs back in and hits Lee with a code breaker for two.
Evans hits a dropkick/moonsault off Puma, landing on Lee for two. Puma charges Evans in the corner and whips him across, but it’s reversed. Puma goes up top, but Evans hits a cartwheel enziguri on Puma on the top rope. Evans then comes off the top with a 630 Splash, but Lee then hits a stomp on a standing Evans. Petey Williams goes for a tornado move, lands on his feet, and then hits A CANADIAN DESTROYER on Lee for the 1-2-3!!!!!
Winner: Petey Williams (pin fall)
Backstage, the OGz are arriving to the arena for their summit tonight.
Backstage interview with Rich Swann who says he’s happy Sydal found someone to buy into his hippy bull crap. He says he found a partner for Sunday, and they’re going to go off.He then calls for the footage to be played, and his tag team partner is WILLIE MACK!!!!
Grado vs. Maximo
Grado is coming out solo tonight after what happened to Joe Hendry last week.
Maximo gets a huge pop from the AAA crowd in Mexico City. Don calls him the Mexican Grado lol
Maximo has a shirt that says “KISS ME” and the crowd begins to chant “beso”
Both men play to the crowd before they start. Maximo goes behind Grado and gyrates his hips, to which Grado begs off. Grado then goes behind and Maximo grinds on him again.
Maximo then hits a shoulder tackle and then cartwheels away. Grado stacks up Maximo for two, and then a bodyslam. Grado with a diving headbutt for two again. Maximo goes down stairs to break up the punch combo, and then chops away in the corner. Maximo the distracts Grado and goes to kiss him, then goes off the ropes with a pair of clotheslines for two.
Maximo hits a drop kick that sends Grado to the floor and he follows it up with a tope suicida!!! Throws Grado back in and covers for two.
Grado then regains the advantage, hits his combo and elbow, then lowers his straps. Now it looks like he’s wearing a girdle. Maximo then kisses Grado and covers him for the 1-2-3
Winner: Maximo (pin fall)
After the match, Grado goes to shake hands, which Maximo accepts, and then Grado kisses Maximo HAHA
Backstage we see Bahh, Impact and Edwards. They’re trying to get Eddie’s attention. Eddie then starts talking to Moose, saying if he wants to involve his wife, then tonight will be a little taste of what he will do to him at Bound For Glory.
Impact says games are over, they’re taking them to SlamTown. He asks Bahh is he’s nervous to which he says “No No No!”
Video package for LAX vs The OGz
The GWN moment of the week is a four corners Knockout’s match from Bound For Glory 2010
Video package for oVe vs Cage/Lucha Bros.
Backstage interview with Eli Drake. He discusses La Parka last week, saying he makes the rules, so La Parka was disqualified for bringing a chair last week. Eli delivers an open challenge for anyone who’s from New York (have to be from there) for Bound For Glory!!
Gama Singh in ring, as we will find out who the weak link in The Desi Hit Squad is.
Rojit Ronju vs. Gursinder Singh
Gama says the loser has to go back to Punjabi and will no longer be a part of the Squad.
Lock up to start, and they stalemate. Ronju attacks from behind to take advantage. Punches and kicks before Singh hits a lung blower for two. Singh whips Ronju across who levels Singh but then gets caught in submission holds. Ronju gets out and hits a shining wizard for two.
Gama continues to shout orders from the outside to both men. Both men trade forearms before Singh gets advantage and hits a dropkick and after some back and forth, hits a modified flapjack for two. Ronju gets a leg trip and a stomp to the midsection for two.
Ronju then hits a vertical suplex and a front face suplex combo for two. Singh reverses things into an Olympic Slam for two. Ronju then rolls under the bottom rope with an apparent shoulder injury, but when Singh comes back he hits a flying knee and a face buster DDT for the 1-2-3!
Winner: Rojit Ronju
Gama then slaps Ronju multiple times and kicks him out of the ring and walks to the back with him.
Johnny Impact/Fallah Bahh/Eddie Edwards vs. Austin Aries/Killer Kross/Moose
Impact and Kross will start. Chain wrestling to start and Kross hits a standing exploder suplex. Bahh tags in. Kross goes for the leg, can’t get him up. Forearm drops Bahh. Bahh slaps him back. Bahh then fires off with forearms, but Kross hits a huge clothesline that takes down Bahh. Moose tags in, calls in Eddie who also tags in.
Moose and Eddie exchange blows, with Eddie calling for more.Moose rips his shirt, removes a glove, and eats Kobashi-like chops from Eddie. Eddie reverses a suplex into one of his own. Moose mounts the corner, but Eddie hits an enziguri and a hurricanrana for two.
Eddie then mounts the buckles, but Moose dropkicks him off after an Aries distraction. Austin attacks on the floor, and tosses Eddie back in. Moose tags in Kross who stomps away, hits a snapmare and a big kick. Kross then tags in Aries, who punches Eddie and tags in Moose.
Jawbreaker by Eddie and Moose tags in Aries. Eddie hits some chops and tags in Bahh. Bahh gets a boot in the corner but then hits a belly to belly on Aries. Bahh goes up top, but Moose hits a pump kick to take him down.
Aries stomps away and tags in Kross. Double team whip to the corner and clothesline from Kross, who then knees Bahh repeatedly.
We’re back as Moose is domination Bahh and he tags in Aries. Aries hits a drop toe hold and tries a submission hold, but can’t put it on. He then tags in Moose, who continues to work over Bahh in the corner. Kross in and the beating continues.
Kross hits a DDT and covers for two. Kross sets Bahh in the corner and tags in Moose. Kross misses a shoulder charge in the corner, then Bahh hits a Samoan drop on Moose and tags in Impact, as Moose tags Aries. Aries hits a knee and boxes the ears. Impact then hits a leg lariat and a shining wizard for two. Impact then hangs Aries in the ropes and hits a German suplex off but misses Teady for Impact. Aries gets a school boy for two, floats over into a Last Chancery but Impact gets the ropes.
Impact floats out of a suplex, hits a superkick and gets two as Moose breaks it up. Moose hits a headbutt on Eddie, goes for Impact in the corner. Impact reverses the Go To Hell with an hurricanrana, Moose comes back with a clothesline and a pump kick on Eddie. Kross comes in but Bahh hits a superkick on him. Eddie with a suicide dive on Moose, and Bahh starts going up top, but Aries dropkicks him down and hits a Roaring Elbow that sends Bahh to the floor. Impact hits the Impact Kick and Starship Pain but Kross pulls him off the cover at two. Kross hits the Doomsday Saito on Impact on the floor, and Kross and Moose hits a powerbomb on the apron on Eddie. They toss Impact back in and Austin hits Impact with a brainbuster for the 1-2-3
Winners: Austin Aries/ Moose/ Killer Kross (pin fall)
Bound For Glory video package
James Mitchell is playing an organ when Allie walks up. He says he knew she would be coming and asked if the darkness has consumed her yet. She says she’s needs to go back to The Undead Realm… She says she’s not going to go get her soul back, but he reminds her that when Su put her in the coffin, she made a deal, and he soul belongs to “him” now. She says she needs to get back there and get Keira out. Mitchell agrees, but he says if he scratches her back, never mind. He will make sure the coffin will be open Sunday night, but he makes no promises. She says they have a deal and they shake on it… Mitchell laughs as we fade to black
Bound For Glory taping video package
Keyra vs. Tessa Blanchard
Keyra is considered the toughest woman in Mexico, who wrestles both women and men on the regular.
Lockup to start, Keira starts the forearm exchange. Keira hits a step up hurricanrana, and then a Michinoku Driver, followed by a moonsault off the second buckle for two. Keyra charges but Tessa rolls out. Keyra hits a superkick on Tessa on the floor, goes for a hurricanrana off the apron, but Tessa catches and slams Keyra into the post back first. Rolls her back in for a two count.
Abdominal stretch by Tessa, goes for a pump ha sleep by Meyra reverses into a cross body for two. Keyra gets Tessa in a corner, they run back and forth with clotheslines. Keyra then hits a running dropkick to a seated Tessa. Keyra pulls Tessa out, covers and gets a two. Keyra misses a charge, goes up but Tessa kicks her down and hits a Hangman DDT, then The Buzzsaw DDT for the 1-2-3
Winner: Tessa Blanchard (pin fall)
The LAX/OGz Summit is up next!
The OGz come out first, lead by King, for the Summit. LAX comes out next to a large ovation. All six men are in the ring, and King says in a few short days, they step into the Concrete Jungle and he ends the myth and legend that is Konnan. He says Konnan held him back and would never step aside. Kings says Konnan is an old dog that needs to be shot in the back of the head and put out of his misery. King says he will destroy everyone Konnan and the LAX have ever worked for.
Konnan begins his retort in Spanish (I caught that he called him a stupid dog). The fans love it. He says he will send King back to his mother. Konnan then translates, calling King “Baby Nuts” And says all he has to do is say the word and everyone in Mexico City will rush the ring and jump King and he will help them. Konnan talks about all the disrespect King has brought upon him, including burning Konnan’s old mask. Konnan talks about how he raised King, and the OGz, and made them ready. He says King isn’t making boss moves, he’s making bitch moves. He says the bosses aren’t happy, and they want Konnan to deliver a message, that the cease fire ends…
LAX jumps the OGz, who then retreat!!
Final video package for Bound For Glory, as we’re THREE DAYS AWAY!!
I WILL SEE YOU SUNDAY, FOR BOUND FOR GLORY!!
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Tiffany’s Takes: WWE NXT (5/22/19)
Prince Pretty is back on NXT!
Tiffany’s Takes dives into this week’s edition of WWE NXT as the black and yellow continues their built to Takeover XXV!
As we head into TakeOver XXV, what is the state of WWE NXT this week?
NXT Championship: I love when a babyface drops some hard facts. I also love that I’m apparently better at math than Adam Cole. Gargano pointing out that Cole’s talking point about winning the first fall was nonsense was so fun. I do like that we’re getting Part II at Take Over XXV, but I was surprised that Gargano didn’t insist that UE be banned from ringside.
The tag team match between Gargano/Riddle vs UE was fabulous! It seems that all is back on track between Strong and Cole, at least for now, but it remains to be seen how it’ll be after TakeOver.
North American Championship: This segment was really interesting. Tyler Breeze never really got any traction on the Main Roster, so moving him back to NXT makes sense. I think the match between him and Dream will be an interesting one, but I don’t see Dream dropping the title.
Women’s Division: Candice LeRae seems to finally be back on track after months of being Gargano’s perpetually worried and vengeful wife. Her match with the Lone Star Loca, Reina Gonzalez was so good! WWE certainly seemed impressed with Gonazalez after the Mae Young Classic, so it was nice to see her get some screen time. Going by Baszler’s actions after the match, it appears that Ms. LeRae is on track for a title shot, thank God.
Remind me to never piss off Io Shirai. The Genius of the Skies definitely seems to be tapping into her hardcore side because the sight of her wielding that Kendo stick AND using it scared the shit out of me. It’s pretty clear that the reckoning between Shirai and Shayna Baszler is going to happen at TakeOver.
Well, it is officially official, Mia Yim and Bianca Belair will meet again NEXT week and settle the score. I really want Yim to win this because her booking has been weird considering her talent.
Elisa looks great in her Chairshot gear.
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NXT Tag Team Championship: Another announcement was made officially official – Viking Raiders are no longer NXT Tag Team Champions, but because the Street Profits didn’t get an ACTUAL pinfall, the titles are now vacant. I love that Regal has made it a ladder match between the only four tag teams in NXT right now: Forgotten Sons, Street Profits, Burch and Lorcan, and Undisputed Era. I have a feeling Forgotten Sons will win, but we’ll see.
Sean Maluta vs Mansoor: This was a good, if random match. Sean Maluta has been back to WWE several times since the Cruiserweight Classic, but he never seems to stick around for very long. Mansoor seems to be someone WWE is very high on considering he’s racked up several victories over the last few months. The match was okay, but since it was two jobbers going at it, it was hard to get into. I was more excited about Maluta than Mansoor.
Overall Thoughts: So, how was NXT US this week? It was really good. They’re really kicking the build to TakeOver XXV into high gear without making it seem really rushed, especially in situations where substitutes are being made (Dream vs Breeze).
Even though it LOOKS like all is well in Undisputed Era, the fact that all of them have matches next Saturday makes me wonder if that’s when the final breakdown will happen, especially with Strong taking on Riddle. I’m very excited by the change in Io Shirai, I think Baszler’s going to learn the hard way to never underestimate someone’s willingness to fight.
That’s it for Tiffany’s WWE NXT Takes. Be back on Monday for RAW!
Andrew’s WWE Raw and SmackDown Live Ratings & Analysis (5/20 + 5/21/2019)
Coming out of Money in the Bank, how do the WWE main roster shows stack up?
Coming out of Money in the Bank, how do the WWE main roster shows stack up?
We’ve got a Beast in the Bank and a new title being debuted on Raw.
So generally speaking this could be interesting. I guess there’s only one way to find out.
Let’s get to the shows!
- Sami Zayn vs Braun Strowman: Strowman wins via Running Powerslam – N/A
- Cesaro vs Ricochet: Cesaro wins via Gotch Neutralizer – ** ½
- The Usos vs The Revival: Revival wins via Dirty Roll-Up – *** ¼
- Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross vs The IIconics & Lacey Evans: Becky wins via Guillotine Leg Drop – **
- WWE 24/7 Championship Scramble: Titus O’Neil wins – * ½
- WWE 24/7 Championship: Robert Roode vs Titus O’Neil (c): Roode wins via Roll-Up – N/A
- Drew McIntyre vs The Miz: McIntyre wins via Claymore – ** ½
- WWE 24/7 Championship: Robert Roode (c) vs R-Truth: Truth wins via Roll-Up – N/A
- NoDQ Tag Match: Seth Rollins & Kofi Kingston vs Bobby Lashley & Baron Corbin: Kingston wins via Trouble in Paradise – ** ¼
Brock and Heyman come out to kick things off. Brock seems to be loving the hate, using the briefcase like a boombox. Heyman doesn’t say anything interesting beyond the fact that he made it clear that Brock isn’t sure which belt he wants yet. But Brock seems to be tickled, and I was amused.
Foley takes a Uber to the arena! We all know he didn’t pay for that one, Foley is notoriously cheap.
Wait, so Sami and Braun are going to have a match? Even though Braun didn’t hang Sami up, and we can kinda figure it was Brock, or someone trying to help Brock. We need to see Sami get smashed? I mean, the crowd seemed to like it, even though Braun is bland and his involvement against Sami is just dumb. But it is what it is.
Wh-Why do we need to hear Lars Sullivan talk? So, generic cornball question from Charles is interrupted by…the god damn Lucha House Party. Okay well that’s a half point off of the score. Oh god, they’re giving them a modicum of offense too. Sheesh…no one cares about any of these four. Stupid Lucha morons.
Ricochet and Cesaro time! Oh okay, start with a commercial, hey the match starts to pick up, and then we go to that crappy picture in picture commercial break during what might’ve been a Sasuke Special from Ricochet. Well, talk about taking a match that could’ve been match of the night, and butchering it with poorly timed breaks.
So Styles and Corbin will clash eventually? Well…ugh.
So Shane is claiming he’s done with The Miz and moving onto Reigns. But now Shane has Drew Mcintyre in his arsenal as well as Elias. While I don’t mind this whole thing from a pro wrestling perspective, I’d really prefer McIntyre to stand on his own for a singles push soon. Playing the lackey really isn’t a great look, even though yes, it’s well positioned in the story.
This was a solid match between the two best tag teams in WWE. The fact that The Revival went over because of heel tactics is even better. So with the Usos’ being jerks and The Revival taking a few short cuts, we might get to see a few good matches out of this. I don’t need a whole year like New Day and The Usos basically had, but a few months of solid matches would be great.
Firefly Fun House introduces another verse to the theme song and a 90s style introduction clip, and then distorted into a creepy video with depressed kids and Let Him In, written on faces and shirts. Not the quality I’ve been expecting, but not awful.
Alexa comes out for Moment of Bliss with Nikki Cross in tow. Alexa is seemingly getting nasty with Nikki and she’s just acting like a loyal puppy who wants to make Alexa happy. Granted, I still see this as a bigger game, but that’s not the point Becky Lynch comes out for the interview and IIconics and Lacey Evans interrupt. A few decent lines were thrown around, Becky challenges all 3. Nikki immediately stepping up to fight with Becky was cute and perfectly simple with the “I’ll be your partner”. Also the way the heels try to dismiss it since they’re one short and Becky just shrugs at Alexa and says “She’ll do”. Plus the whole just stand there and look pretty, let the man do the work – that’s just a fantastic line, and Alexa plays along bringing her coffee. If Alexa really is hurt, this was a genius way to get them all over in a match. Alexa being disinterested sipping her coffee and just occasionally rooting on her team was perfect. This was such a perfect moment with a decent match attached.
Okay so the new title is effectively the PG Hardcore DDT Heavymetal Weight 24/7 and Free Tank of Gas championship! Foley has a scramble match and we see a few people we rarely see, including Eric Young doing his best Crash Holly impression. Titus World Slide wins the scramble, so he’s the inaugural champion, only to be rolled up at the top of the ramp by Robert Roode after like 65 seconds of being champion. Then the Scooby Doo chase begins!
Miz puts up a solid fight being out numbered and outclassed by McIntyre. So Shane just being a manipulative prick is great. Working his way on the Mr. McMahon 2.0 persona is entertaining and again, Roman and Miz being on the same page and working together as a positive thing…are just unexpected.
Joe makes a convincing point that the referee screwed up. I guess we’ll see how this goes.
Oh R-Truth has a car ready for Robert Roode, and funnily enough, a referee also. One Roll-Up later and the perfect Saturday Morning Cartoons on the brain mofo has the 24/7 belt. Three total champions in like 60 minutes. This is gonna be gold. I’m waiting for a Bayley Buddy to pin the champion.
So even though the tag match was turned into a NoDQ match, Bobby and Baron still kind of suck. Solid match all in all, but it’s very reminiscent of when Baron was GM and he’d just add stipulations and still fail more often than not.
Overall Score: 6.5/10
Really solid episode of Raw. Decent wrestling, storylines were moved along well enough, 24/7 title could be fun and damn did that whole Moment of Bliss thing play out like a damn beauty. So I would give the show a 7, but Lucha House Party being on the show and getting in offense is a half point off.
Firefly Fun House was a little disappointing and just there, so neither added nor subtracted to the Steiner Math.
SmackDown Live Ratings:
- Andrade vs Ali: Ali wins via Inside Cradle – *** ¼
- Carmella vs Mandy Rose: No Contest – *
- Kofi Kingston vs Sami Zayn: Kofi wins via Trouble in Paradise – ** ½
- Becky Lynch & Bayley vs Lacey Evans & Charlotte Flair: Bayley wins via Roll-Up – **
- Elias vs Roman Reigns: Reigns wins via Spear – ***
So Elias apologizes to Shane and uses the fact he put all his energy into the performance, for why he lost. It’s a decent excuse. Oh we’re getting a rematch tonight. Gotta love Shane trying to set up anything and everything to soften up Roman for Jam in the Sand III.
Okay so the fake out reveal for Big E was funny and then the side comments about Becky’s mom were also amusing. Kofi trying to end the digressions by saying he needs to be serious since he’s champion was an amusing jab at people saying he’s a comedy act. KO and Sami interrupt, as Sami talks, the New Day take a jab at KO losing and Owens just walks off. Sami makes a challenge to stand up for him and his buddy. Ok, I don’t expect Sami to win, but it should be a decent match.
Carmella and a bunch of others are looking for R-Truth, but Carmella is his friend, trying to help him out. So we get Truth in a blonde wig and Carmella needing to give him a makeover.
So we get a great match for people who like good wrestling. Andrade and Ali seem to work well together and it was just fun to watch. Ali getting the win is interesting, cause that makes you wonder if he positioned himself as next in line for the Intercontinental Championship, or maybe it becomes a Triple Threat. This result could have interesting ramifications.
Mandy Rose and Carmella have beef that came from the MiTB Ladder match, and we get a non-finish when the undercard mob comes out to get R-Truth since he came out to second Carmella. I’m a little annoyed at the non-finish, but Carmella and R-Truth are amusing.
Kofi and Sami was shorter than I’d like, and also didn’t do much to help Sami, but I guess if they’re moving away from KO and Sami until after the Saudi show, it was fine. Plus the Dolph Ziggler attack needed time, so the shorter match was necessary I suppose.
Roman walks in and Elias is looming above him singing his song – and it was actually pretty neat. I like the way the scene was framed, and definitely came off as Elias trying to play mind games.
This women’s tag wasn’t really set up in as entertaining of a way as the 6 woman tag from Monday. This is just Champs versus people they just beat. The match was fine and Bayley getting the pinfall after Becky got ganged up on a little bit was fine.
Oh Jinder and the B-Team catch Truth, but he manages to get away.
The ring work may not have been fantastic, but the story beats were entertaining. Shane trying everything to screw Roman over the same way he’s screwed with Miz, but failing this time, added a wrinkle. Shane looked concerned for a change, until Drew McIntyre showed up to tip the scales. Shane going from concerned to “yup this was all part of the plan, yup”, is a fun moment.
Overall Score: 6/10
Even though I didn’t mind the show, it was really nothing overly special. A few beats were rehashed from Money in the Bank and Monday, so this falls into the same rut that SmackDown has hit lately. Instead of feeling like two shows, SmackDown just extends certain stories and feels like only half of the show is dedicated to new/unique stories.
So not a bad show, but in no way was it a must watch.
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