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Mitchell’s Lucha Underground Results & Report! (10/3/18)

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Lucha Underground Season 4, “The Moth and the Butterfly”

The NEW Lucha Underground Champion, Marty “The Moth” Martinez, promises to issue a statement to his Ultima Lucha 4 opponent, Pentagon Dark!

 

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Trios Match: The Rabbit Tribe VS Ivelisse, Joey Ryan & XO Lishus; The Rabbit Tribe wins.
  • Killshot VS Son of Havoc; Son of Havoc wins.
  • Lucha Underground Championship No Disqualification: Marty “The Moth” Martinez w/ Reclusa VS Mariposa; Marty wins and retains the Lucha Underground Championship; will defend the title against Pentagon Dark at Ultima Lucha Cuatro.

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Melissa Santos finds Aerostar on the Temple rooftop.

She asks what happened, in reference to Fenix turning to a darker shadow of his former self. The Man of Time and Space realizes now that he “should not have undone what time had already done.” But Fenix was a friend. Melissa says she would’ve done the same, because Fenix is her “everything.” When Catrina took Fenix’s life force for her own, her darkness in return “infected him like a disease.” Fenix wasn’t meant to come back this time. Catrina changed him. Into what? Something evil. Melissa believes she can save him, but Aero says nothing can be done. “He’s already gone.” How is he so sure? Because he’s seen the end. Of? Everything. Is Aerostar’s vision of the future set in stone? Or is there still time to change it?

 

Trios Match: The Rabbit Tribe VS Ivelisse, Joey Ryan & XO Lishus!

The eclectic collection of the Good, the Bad & the Sleazy were so close to taking the titles from the Reptiles, but not even Joey Ryan could withstand the boa constrictor hold of Daga. But to add insult to injury, the Mad Hatter returned and introduced two new members of the Tribe. The Rabbits would go rabid on Ivelisse, Joey & XO, so naturally this match is for revenge! Will Ivelisse’s new team get it? Or will they just get jumped all over again?

The White Rabbit has his teammates flank the ring. Ivelisse’s team stand their ground, but the moment XO and Joey take their eyes off Paul London & El Bunny, they strike! The bell rings as Bunny kicks Joey out and London stomps Ivelisse. He and Ivelisse start by default, and he scoops her up onto his shoulder. She slips out of the long dart to then arm-drag him down. She arm-drags him again, then avoids his lunge. Ivelisse has the Believers on her side as she springboard arm-drags now. London backs away but with a Cheshire cat smile. Bunny tags in and Ivelisse gives a tag to XO. XO and Bunny circle, then Bunny dodges and runs to springboard headbutt! Cover, TWO! Bunny snapmares and kicks XO hard, then whips. XO reverses but Bunny goes tot he apron. XO’s handspring hits buckles, Bunny swings in to knock XO down.

Bunny gets big air for a big bronco buster! Believers are impressed, and now London tags in. London grabs for XO but XO kicks him away. XO fights back with elbows now but London knees low. London kicks XO back then whips. XO leaps for the sunset flip, TWO! London clobbers XO with a lariat! White Rabbit orders London to show no mercy, so London grabs XO by his hair. XO enziguris London away and tags to Ivelisse! Ivelisse rallies on London and El Bunny! Believers are thunderous as she sends London into Bunny, for a one-and-a-half German Suplex! She goes after London and tags in Joey. They work together for a double whip into XO’s twerk attack! He gets three and then kicks London down for Ivelisse and Joey to double mule kick! Joey covers, but El Bunny breaks it!

Joey rolls to a corner while Bunny rallies on Ivelisse and XO! Bunny headscissors XO all the way out, and finally the White Rabbit tags in. London wrecks XO and Bunny DIVES on Ivelisse, leaving Joey vulnerable to the White Rabbit. Believers rally behind Joey and he SUPERKICKS White Rabbit. White Rabbit stays standing, so Joey SUPERKICKS him again! The White Rabbit still stays up! So Joey resorts to his secret weapon: the lollipop! White Rabbit swats the sticky candy away, then grabs Joey in a BIG saido suplex! But the White Rabbit is not done. He takes out a white glove, puts it on, and uses a mandible claw! He chokes Joey out, the ref has to call it!

Winners: The Rabbit Tribe, White Rabbit by submission

But White Rabbit keeps going Down the Rabbit Hole, and comes up with Joey’s blood on his glove. Ticktock goes the clock, is the eccentric trio’s time already up?

 

Matt Striker and Vampiro run down the current Ultima Lucha Cuatro card!

The Mack looks to prove he’s not afraid to die when he goes 1v1 with Mil Muertes in a Death Match! Will Mack survive the Man of 1000 Deaths? Or will he kill the grim reaper of lucha libre himself?

El Dragon Azteca Jr. looks to defend Melissa Santos and get even with the dark Fenix in a 2 out of 3 Falls match! Is there still light within the tainted Firebird? Or will he burn the Eagle’s wings?

And THE main event, it will be Pentagon Dark seeking ultimate revenge in his rematch with Marty “The Moth” Martinez! The “Creepy Bastard” still has his message to the Breaker of Bones later tonight, what will Marty have to say about meeting Pentagon 1v1, fair and square?

 

Killshot VS Son of Havoc!

The Weapon of Lucha Destruction and the Man from the Open Road were Lucha Underground Trios Champions together with The Mack, but not without tension. Killshot didn’t appreciate Havoc replacing his Brother in Arms, Dante Fox. And when it came down to it, Killshot was willing to lose the titles than stay teamed with Havoc. But when Killshot came back around to talk some trash, Havoc got even with him by snatching his mask off! These two will finally have it out, who will survive this two-man war?

Lucha Underground returns as the bell rings, and Killshot goes right at Havoc with a kick! He goes after Havoc’s mask! Havoc breaks free to give body shots and haymakers. Believers are on Havoc’s side as he runs in, but Killshot goes up and over to roll Havoc. He then headscissors but Havoc handsprings to land on his feet. Killshot kips up but right into Havoc’s dropkick! Killshot bails out, but Havoc slingshots over. He lands on the apron but Killshot anchors the feet to then yank Havoc into a fireman’s carry. Killshot tosses Havoc at the railing! Havoc sits down on the bench, but Killshot goes after his mask again! Havoc holds on while Believers boo. Killshot throws in knees then throws Havoc back in the ring.

Believers duel but are mostly on Havoc’s side. Killshot still goes after the mask, pulling at the laces with a smile on his face. He stands on Havoc’s hand so that Havoc can’t resist, then takes that hand to hammerlock stomp it! Havoc clutches his arm while the referee checks on him. Believers continue to cheer even as Killshot chops Havoc. Killshot trash talks and chops Havoc again, but Havoc fires up. Killshot grabs Havoc by his beard, but it’s Havoc who chops and forearms Killshot. Havoc swings, Killshot dodges, but Havoc slips out of the back suplex. Havoc elbows Killshot away, then boots him. Killshot runs back in but Havoc lowers the ropes to dump him out. Killshot manages to handspring and land on his feet. He turns around and narrowly avoids the wrecking ball dropkick, but then gets hit on the second go!

Killshot staggers and Havoc builds speed to DIVE! Havoc sends Killshot to the steps and Believers are fired up. Havoc puts Killshot in the ring, and he climbs up as fans build to a rally. He aims and jumps, dumdum stomps to the back, then the moonsault! Cover, TWO! Havoc knows he’s close, and Killshot is frustrated because of that. Fans are dueling, and Havoc fireman’s carry. Killshot pulls at the mask to escape! Havoc fights his way out, but Killshot clubs his back. Killshot whips but Havoc rebounds for the cutter! Cover, TWO!! Havoc almost got Killshot again, but he’s still got moves to try. Believers rally up as he climbs up. Havoc leaps but Kilslhot gets under. Killshot gets Havoc in a cradling toss into the corner, then knee triggers Havoc in the back!

Havoc is hanging on and Killshot gives him Tree of Woe stomps! Killshot butterflies for the slam, cover, TWO!! Killshot grows frustrated while Believers rally for Havoc. He grabs Havoc’s arm again, and kicks Havoc in the face. Havoc catches that boot, and then reels Killshot in for the forearm. Havoc bicycle boots, then again! He runs, but into Killshot’s boot! Killshot drags Havoc up, runs but into the wheelbarrow. Havoc goes up, but Killshot catches him into an armbar! Havoc resists but Killshot has that elbow! Killshot pulls but Havoc sits up. Havoc escapes, Oklahoma roll but Killshot slips out to La Mahistrol, but Havoc blocks it halfway! Havoc covers, Havoc WINS!

Winner: Son of Havoc, by pinfall

It didn’t take a big move to finish this, it took savvy! However, this isn’t over, as Killshot knee triggers Havoc in the head! The lucha soldier is a sore loser, and decides to take his dog tags and make them into knuckle dusters. He goes over to Havoc to rain down steel on Havoc’s face! Killshot seems to care more about being the last man standing than a man of honor. He also says that since Havoc snatched his mask, he’s going to return the favor! Killshot goes after the laces, and Believers are thunderous as the mask starts coming loose. Havoc holds on but can’t, Killshot gets the mask off! Havoc hides his face, but here comes Antonio Cueto!

“Papa Cueto” knows Killshot knows how much the mask means to Havoc, because Killshot’s mask means just as much to him. Both men are on the run, hiding their faces from those who want after them. Those masks are also symbols of the warriors they have. At Ultima Lucha 4, only one man gets to keep their symbol! Yes, it will be a Mask VS Mask match! Killshot and Son of Havoc put their identities on the line along with their pride! Who will come away still wearing that pride on their face? And who will leave no longer sure of who they are without it?

 

Marty “The Moth” Martinez heads to the ring!

Of course, Melissa Santos is very reluctant to introduce Marty for many reasons, not least of which is that he is now THE Lucha Underground Champion thanks to 1) paying Antonio Cueto to make the Gift of the Gods Championship an instant cash-in and 2) having his new and equally crazy girlfriend help him beat up an already beat up Pentagon Dark. But controversy and conspiracy aside, The Moth and his black widow enter the ring. Marty introduces himself, and of course the Believers boo. They chant “Cero Miedo!” Marty’s journey started three years ago, when “an egotistical, ego-maniacal” luchadora by the name Sexy star embarrassed the Martinez family! Believers ignore him to chant “Cero Miedo!” Marty explains that Sexy Star hasn’t been forgotten, which is why “Reclusa” was sent after her.

And behold! The Brown Recluse Spider presents Sexy Star’s mask! It is true that Sexy has arachnophobia, and has been missing all season, and now we learn what happened to her. Believers boo, but the “Awesome Queen of the Arachnids” is why we no longer have the Temple’s Wonder Woman. Marty confirms that the only thing that remains is “this silly, stupid mask!” Blame it all on Reclusa. “Adios, Sexy.” However, there’s someone else who humiliated Marty more than Sexy ever did: Pentagon Dark! Believers continue their chant as Marty explains this is all for breaking his arms. Marty took the one thing Pentagon cared about: the championship! But wait, there’s someone else. Someone more beautiful. Melissa senses he means her, and she gives the Cero Miedo hands. Marty says it’s not Melissa, but Mariposa he means!

Marty says that when he was at his lowest point, his sister forced him to focus. And for that, Marty owes her. So his first defense will not be against Pentagon at Ultima Lucha, but against Mariposa here tonight! He does owe her. “So let’s play, just like when we were kids!” Mari appears, which heir to the Moth Tribe will stand atop the Temple?

 

Lucha Underground Championship No Disqualification Match: Marty “The Moth” Martinez w/ Reclusa VS Mariposa!

Pentagon Dark still gets his shot at Ultima Lucha Cuatro, but will it be against the brother or the sister?

During commercials, Marty made sure he and Mari wouldn’t get in trouble for “playing rough” and got Antonio Cueto to make this No DQ.

Lucha Underground returns from break as the belt is raised and the bell is rung. The screwball siblings go forehead to forehead, but then Marty tries to play nice with a brush of Mari’s shoulder. Mari responds with a headbutt! Marty low blows! He drags Mari up for an atomic drop into the corner, then clubs away on his sister’s back. Then he clubs away on her face! Reclusa likes what he’s doing to Mari’s mask as he tears away. He then clubs away more before dragging Mari out for a draping STO! Marty stomps his sister, then pulls her outside. He picks Mari up and then bowls for chairs! Marty grins while his sister stirs in the rubble. He throws her right into the announce desk! Marty and Reclusa laugh while Mari bleeds from the impact!

Marty drags his sister up and smashes her on the top of the desk! He wants her to bleed, then he stomps her again. Marty drags Mari up for a waistlock, shifts to a wheelbarrow, and then swings her into the side of the desk! Mari has never been this vulnerable before, but Marty shows her no mercy. He puts Mari in the ring and Believers actually rally up for Mari. Marty covers, TWO! Believers tell Marty what they think of him, but Marty throws Mari into a corner. He stomps a mudhole into his sister, but she manages to escape the ring. Marty keeps on her, bringing her to railings. He goes to throw her but she blocks, to throw him into railings instead! Mari finally gets hers as she bounces her brother off steel!

Marty kicks back, powerbomb lift, for a railing bomb! He keeps going, to sit-out bomb her on the floor! Fans lose their mind while Reclusa enjoys watching this sibling rivalry turned ruthless. Marty drags Mari up and around, and puts her in the ring again. He stomps away but then Reclusa drags out a chair! She hands it to Marty and he holds it up triumphantly. Mari sees it coming and dodges the chair shot to then kick it into his face! Believers fire up for the Butterfly, and she low blows him! That really hurts, but Mari shows no mercy in return. Mari goes out and borrows a microphone. “Hey, Marty! You wanna play with chairs? Let’s play, bitch!” Then she kicks him in the face! Marty is stunned while Mari takes the chair and chucks it at his head!

Mari throws the chair on his body again and again, then looks for more chairs! Mari stacks chairs with authority on her brother’s body, maybe a dozen or more! She tops it off with a SMACK of steel against steel against flesh. Once, twice, three times! Four times! Five! Mari doesn’t stop, and Reclusa is angry. Mari’s hit Marty about ten times, and the Believers are thunderous. Even Vampiro gives her a standing ovation. “Ole~ ole ole ole~! Lucha~! Lucha~!” Mari drags Marty out from the chair pile and slaps him before putting him in the ring. But she isn’t done yet, as she sits the chair up. But Marty clobbers her from behind, and Reclusa lurks close by. Mari still drop toeholds Marty onto the chair! Mari stands and takes aim from the corner. She climbs up top, Marty stands up, big missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!!

Mari was so close, but she’s not done yet. She positions the chair while fans shout “This is Awesome!” Mari fireman’s carry but Marty resists. Marty runs but into the Samoan Drop on the chair! Cover, TWO!? Marty survives and Mari is furious. Believers rally up and Mari drags her brother back up. She prepares the Butterfly Effect, but Reclusa strikes with a boot! No DQ means she can get involved as Marty’s insurance policy. Marty drags Mari up, and mocks Cero Miedo to steal the Package Driver! Cover, Marty wins!

Winner: Marty “The Moth” Martinez, by pinfall; still Lucha Underground Champion

The brother retains while the sister simply stains the mat with blood. But Marty isn’t done with Mari yet. Reclusa fetches a microphone while holding Marty’s belt for him. Marty sits his “sweet, sweet sister” up, to tell her that she gave him the focus to be champion. He tastes her blood, and says that same focus will keep him champion! To Pentagon, Marty wants to see you at UL4. But the match they’ll have will be… A Cero Miedo Match! And when Marty beats Pentagon at his own game, he’ll dedicate the win to his sister, Mariposa. And Marty dedicates “this” to Pentagon. He puts Mari in the dark armbar, and breaks his own sister’s arm!! The Believers are in shock, Mari is in pain, but here comes Pentagon!!

Pentagon has a chair, Marty has the belt. Marty runs away with Reclusa, but Pentagon asks if Marty really wants a Cero Miedo match. Marty says “Si! Si!” Then Pentagon has good news for Marty: he accepts. Because Pentagon promises at UL4, he’ll break all of Marty’s bones! And some other things that can’t be translated without censoring… But either way, Pentagon will prove to everyone that only HE has #CeroMiedo! Will Pentagon get the ultimate revenge at Ultima Lucha? Or will Marty use both his new focus and his new girlfriend to keep the gold with him?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Another great episode of Lucha Underground, with some nice surprises, too. I like the story building Aerostar and Melissa give at the beginning. Fenix’s transformation is becoming more serious, as Aero implies it will lead to the end of the world. Whenever this show decides to circle back to the story about the coming battle of good and evil, man and gods, the side Fenix is on will surely have a huge advantage. Then he and Azteca will have 2 out of 3 falls at UL4, that will be great, and gives plenty of time for there to be the story of Fenix’s redemption, or perhaps lack of. Killshot VS Havoc was great, and things even out as Havoc wins but Killshot stands tall. Their Mask VS Mask match is going to be big, and could go either way.

The Rabbit Tribe is vicious, but that was obvious from how they discarded Mala Suerte and Saltador so easily. Poor Joey Ryan, he’s the one taking all these submission finishes. But chances are, Ivelisse’s trio will find a way to win in the end, probably at UL4 in a triple threat trios match for the titles. Then the big surprise was Marty having a match with Mariposa for the title. I already had a feeling they found a way to write Sexy Star off for a few real-life reasons, but using a spider-themed character like Reclusa (Laurel Van Ness/Chelsea Green) made sense. Marty VS Mari was brutal, and honestly uncomfortable for me at one point. Mari did great but of course Marty wins so that we get the top Heel going against Pentagon, the hero of LU, in a VERY brutal match type. It’s going to be great!

My Score: 8.7/10

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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (12/12/18)

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205 Live = Cruiserweight Division

The Cruiserweight Champion and challenger are set to face off at TLC, but first warm-up in Vegas! Will Buddy Murphy or Cedric Alexander come out ahead?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Buddy Murphy VS Noam Dar Gran Metalik; Murphy wins.
  • Cedric Alexander VS Tony Nese; Alexander wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Drake Maverick sets the scene for tonight!

TLC will see Buddy Murphy defend the Cruiserweight Championship against Cedric Alexander in a long awaited rematch from Super Show-Down! The champion and challenger both have something to prove to the other, and allowed Maverick himself to choose their opponents for tonight. The Scottish Supernova was eager to step up and get back at Murphy for screwing him in a match with Tony Nese. But Noam Dar is unfortunately not cleared to compete. Therefore, it will be the Juggernaut taking on the King of the Ropes, Gran Metalik! Metalik himself is eager to show he can hang with the champion.

As for the Soul of 205 Live, he still gets his match with The Premier Athlete. Alexander and Nese have gone back and forth in their own rivalry that dates back to the beginning of this brand. Nese gave Alexander a defeat the 205 Live after Alexander lost the title, and wants to be a major road block to Alexander’s rematch. “With such a small margin for error between Cedric Alexander and Buddy Murphy”, who will make it to TLC riding high on a wave of momentum?

 

Buddy Murphy VS Gran Metalik!

The Juggernaut wants to show the tag team victory the Heart & Soul of 205 Live have over him means nothing by taking on anyone tonight. The King of the Ropes wants to ride the high his Lucha House Party amigos reached in their Tornado Tag victory last week. Murphy taking on this match is a huge gamble, but it is Las Vegas, after all. Will Murphy hit the jackpot or bust this close to TLC?

The bell rings and Murphy circles with Metalik. They tie up and Murphy powers Metalik to a corner. Murphy backs off but then pie faces Metalik. Metalik shoves Murphy then dodges to egg Murphy on. They circle again and Murphy waistlocks. Metalik standing switches but Murphy pries his way out to a wristlock. Fans chant “Lucha! Lucha!” for Metalik as Murphy yanks on his arm. Murphy brings Metalik to the mat and grinds an elbow into the shoulder. Metalik flips through and reverses, but Murphy reverses back, only for Metalik to reverse again, but Murphy wrangles him back to the mat. Metalik kips up but Murphy drives him back down, so Metalik headscissors. Murphy pops out but Metalik sweeps and covers. ONE and Murphy sweeps to cover, ONE. Metalik handsprings again and fans fire up.

The “Lucha! Lucha!” chants return but Murphy keeps his cool. Murphy and Metalik tie up again and Murphy kicks low. Murphy clubs Metalik then wrenches into a back suplex. Metalik slips out and speeds up to handspring past Murphy. Metalik headscissors and throws Murphy out. Now Metalik builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit on Murphy and the champ goes down! Fans chant for Metalik as he gets up and goes after Murphy. Murphy shoves him away then knees low, but Metalik sends him into barriers. Metalik stalks Murphy from the barrier’s edge, to leap for another headscissor! The fans fire up as Metalik puts Murphy in the ring. Cover, TWO! Metalik keeps the fans going as he goes to Murphy. Murphy yanks Metalik into buckles!

Murphy gets up and puts Metalik on the top rope. He climbs up to join Metalik but Metalik fights back. Metalik shoves Murphy down but Murphy’s right back up! Metalik shoves him away again, and boots him back. Murphy staggers, but catches Metalik’s leap into a suplex! Both men are down but fans fire up. Murphy crawls to a cover, TWO! Metalik shows his toughness but Murphy keeps his cool. Murphy drags Metalik up to throw him out. He leaves Metalik for dead as the count climbs. Metalik crawls back at 6, and gets in at 8! Murphy stomps Metalik out, then throws a heavy right hand! Cover, TWO! Murphy grows frustrated but he puts Metalik in a grounded stretch.

Fans rally as Metalik endures the forearm in the face. Metalik pries his way out but Murphy drives in elbows to the chest! Cover, TWO! Murphy wraps Metalik up in a chinlock, but Metalik fights his way up. Metalik rams Murphy into buckles while throwing in body shots. Metalik gets free but walks into a boot! Murphy drags Metalik up and throws him out, but Metalik stays on the apron. Murphy is annoyed as he goes back over to Metalik. He brings Metalik up but Metalik swing kicks him away! Metalik aims and springboards, big crossbody! Cover, TWO! Metalik kicks Murphy’s legs but Murphy shoves Metalik. Metalik springboards for the back elbow! He CHOPS Murphy then whips, but Murphy reverses. Metalik walks the ropes, and springboards for the missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Metalik keeps his cool, and starts up another “Lucha! Lucha!” He lifts Murphy in a fireman’s carry, but Murphy slips out. Murphy fires off his strike fest, but misses the knee to get a SUPERKICK! Metalik gets another fireman’s carry but Murphy slips out and shoves Metalik to the ropes, KNEE TRIGGER! Murphy runs, but into a fireman’s carry, Metalik Driver!! TWO!! Metalik almost had the Cruiserweight Champion, but Murphy’s tougher than that. Metalik drags Murphy to a drop zone, then climbs up top. Murphy revives and rolls out to the apron. Murphy goes for Metalik but Metalik shoves him down. Metalik goes after Murphy but Murphy drop toeholds him into the desk! Murphy then back suplexes Metalik right on the apron! Murphy puts Metalik in and climbs up top, for a flying meteora! Cover, TWO! Metalik shows he’s tough, too, and Murphy can’t believe it.

Both men slowly stir with the 10 count. Fans rally up as Murphy stands first. Murphy drags Metalik up but Metalik inside cradles! TWO and Metalik boots Murphy down! Metalik climbs but Murphy tucks him in, only for Metalik to pop out and mule kick Murphy away! Metalik finishes climbing, and moonsaults, onto boots! Murphy deadlifts to a sit-out bomb! TWO!? Metalik lives and Murphy is furious. But fans love this and bring back the “Lucha! Lucha!” Metalik gets to the ropes but Murphy grits his teeth. Murphy drags Metalik up and around, for the point blank knee trigger! Then, pumphandle to victory roll!? TWO! Metalik springboards, but into Murphy’s Law! Cover, Murphy wins!

Winner: Buddy Murphy, by pinfall

The Cruiserweight Champion finally finishes it off and moves on to his title defense this Sunday! If the King of the Ropes put up such a great fight, how much more will the Age of Alexander do? And what shape will Alexander be after his match later tonight?

 

Akira Tozawa & THE Brian Kendrick meet with Drake Maverick.

The Stamina Monster helps The Man with a Plan with his collar as the GM walks in. Maverick approves their match with Drew Gulak & Jack Gallagher, under Street Fight rules. How ironic, really. How? Well, their Street Fight match against each other. And now they’re working together in a Street Fight tag match. Yes, true. Kendrick admits he’s changed since then. When he returned to the WWE, he manipulated and cheated because he was desperate. Kendrick was doing whatever he had to in order to keep his dream, and Tozawa was one of the main targets. So Kendrick should thank Gallager & Gulak for beating that out of him. What Kendrick needs to do now is lift this Division up. Kendrick’s a changed man.

Tozawa agrees and supports Kendrick. But the problem now is that Kendrick still looks the same. Tozawa has an idea. Well, okay… What kind of makeover will Tozawa give Kendrick? And Tozawa thanks Maverick for his time, but reminds Maverick he lost those Raw Tag Team Championships. “So, you’re FIRED!” Tozawa can’t fire people, he’s not the GM or anything. But can he and Kendrick fire up and melt the cruel winter?

 

Drew Gulak & Jack Gallagher respond.

“A Street Fight is the perfect place to end the career of THE Brian Kendrick.” And what Kendrick needs to understand that the beating they gave him wasn’t to humiliate but to redeem Kendrick. Kendrick was fired once, twice, so maybe this isn’t for him. Gallagher & Gulak didn’t go far enough, because if they had, the team of Tozawa & Kendrick wouldn’t have existed. And that’s why a Street Fight Tag is perfect: they can go as far as they want, and anything is legal. So when they face off for the final time, you WILL tap out. Who will survive this gritty grudge match?

 

Backstage interview with Ariya Daivari.

The Persian Lion has beaten down local competitors two weeks in a row, what is the reason behind that? Wrestling used to be simple: find two of the toughest men, put them in a ring, and let them battle it out until only one was left standing. It was never meant to be flashy or pretty. “What’s happened to this business?” All anyone seems to care about is dressing up like their favorite superheroes or retweeting compliments. Daivari was out with an injured neck, and he watched 205 Live have a lot of flash, but no fight.

Hideo Itami walks over, and says he was watching last week. “Good job.” The two shake hands, and there seems to be mutual respect for their mean streaks. Daivari says Itami is one of the last true men in the Cruiserweight Division, and the only one worthy of respect. Will Daivari and Itami bring 205 Live back to a rougher and more “respectful” time of wrestling?

 

Cedric Alexander VS Tony Nese!

The Soul of 205 Live wants to rebuild his legacy starting with TLC, but the Premier Athlete says he’s not worthy. The Juggernaut already goes in tired but victorious, will Alexander be able to do the same?

The bell rings and Nese flexes on Alexander. Alexander ignores it as he circles with Nese. Fans rally up as the two tie up. Alexander pushes Nese back to a corner but backs off at 4. Alexander flexes back and circles with him again. Vegas is on Alexander’s side and that annoys Nese. Nese and Alexander tie up and Nese gets a waistlock. Alexander tries to break out but Nese rolls him. Nese flexes again but Alexander shrugs it off. Alexander and Nese tie up again and Alexander gets the wristlock. Nese pulls hair and gets the reversal. Alexander rolls and handsprings to reverse back then get a takedown. Nese shoves Alexander back and gets his own takedown, but Alexander pushes him away. Alexander rolls, handsprings and headscissors but Nese handsprings through!

Alexander runs into Nese’s back elbow, but Alexander gets under Nese’s moonsault! Nese goes Matrix to dodge Alexander, but Alexander hits the dropkick! Fans fire up as Alexander covers, TWO! Alexander checks his teeth while catching his breath before going back to Nese. He bumps Nese off buckles and then CHOPS. Alexander CHOPS again, then follows Nese to ropes. Nese mule kicks and then goes to backslide, but Alexander hooks ropes to stay grounded. Alexander reels Nese in to toss him out! Fans fire up as Alexander builds speed, but Nese slides in! Alexander barely grabs the rope in time to stop himself, and he manages to shoulder Nese back. Nese rolls as Alexander springboards to SHORYUKEN! Cover, TWO!

Nese keeps on Alexander with stomps, then he flexes again. Fans boo as Nese clubs Alexander. Alexander chops back, but Nese kciks him to a corner. Nese whips corner to corner hard, then covers, TWO! Nese keeps his cool as fans duel. Alexander chops back again, then boots from a corner. Alexander runs into a throat chop! Nese runs and hotshots Alexander down! Then triangle jump moonsault! Cover, TWO! Nese argues the count but the ref says it was two. Nese stomps away on Alexander then brings him up for a scoop slam. Cover, TWO! Nese sits Alexander up for the body scissor squeeze. Fans rally while Alexander endures. Nese grabs for an arm but Alexander resists, so Nese clubs him. Nese gets the arm and CHOPS Alexander. Alexander punches back and breaks free!

Alexander throws more hands, then runs, but into a big clothesline! Cover, TWO! Alexander survives and Nese is surprised, but Nese keeps his cool. Nese wraps on a chinlock and drives a knee into Alexander’s back. Fans rally and Alexander feeds off the energy. Alexander gets up but Nese throws him to the apron. Alexander boots Nese back, then springboards. He fakes out the uppercut to step-springboard for a complete shot! Nese gets to a corner and fans rally up. Alexander takes off the elbow pads and rallies on Nese. He gives Nese an uppercut now, but msises in the corner. Nese runs into the dropkick and hits buckles. Alexander goes to the apron to kick Nese back in! Nese staggers, Alexander springboards, flying lariat hits! Cover, TWO! Nese is dazed but he survives.

Alexander fires up with the fans as he stalks Nese. He brings Nese up but Nese mule kicks and knee lifts. Nese roundhouses but misses the sweep to get a buzzsaw! Cover, TWO! Alexander grows frustrated and gets a wild look in his eyes. Alexander goes back to Nese and brings him up. Nese clutches ropes and Alexander has no choice but to let go. Alexander walks into a gutbuster! Cover, TWO! Nese keeps on Alexander with a shove and a back elbow. Then Nese runs for big forearms! Cover, TWO!! Alexander barely gets out and Nese grows frustrated. Nese drags Alexander up, saying “I’m better than you!” He slaps Alexander as he repeats that, but Alexander slaps back!

Alexander blocks the kick to give an elbow, then runs to handspring. Nese catches the Neuralizer into a Samoan Drop! But Nese can’t cover, he’s too exhausted. Nese forces himself to stand and bring Alexander up. He whips but Alexander reverses. Nese grabs ropes then dumps Alexander out. Nese runs to FLY! Direct hit folds Alexander up! The referee checks on both men, but they’re both okay to continue. Nese drags Alexander up and in, then goes to a corner. Nese climbs up, leaps, but his 450 flops! Alexander goes to cradle but Nese blocks it, TWO!! Michinoku Driver outta nowhere! TWO!! Alexander can’t believe Nese survives, but fans are fired up!

Vegas cheers Alexander on as he stalks Nese. Alexander brings Nese up but Nese sprawls to block. Nese elbows Alexander but walks into a roundhouse. Alexander lifts but Nese slips out to a cover, TWO! Neuralizer! Then Lumbar Check!! Cover, Alexander wins!!

Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall

The Premier Athlete pushed Alexander to his limits but it wasn’t enough, the challenger keeps pace with the champion. Speaking of, Buddy Murphy returns to stare Alexander down. Alexander dares Murphy to bring the fight, there’s nothing but “space and opportunity” between them! Murphy takes a look at his belt, and puts it down so he can rush the ring! Murphy gets in but Alexander gets him down! The champion and challenger brawl on the mat, but then Murphy bails out. Alexander doesn’t let him go as he FLIES out! Fans fire up as Alexander gets back in the ring. Alexander dares Murphy to keep the fight going, but Murphy reconsiders. The Soul of 205 Live is fired up, but will he be able to reclaim his throne? Or will he be stopped by the unstoppable?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A great go-home for 205 Live that also feeds a bit into next week’s episode. I do like the full circle Kendrick is going through having another Street Fight based match for a blow-off. I just hope Tozawa’s new wardrobe ideas don’t make Kendrick reconsider the partnership. We still need more teams for the potential Cruiserweight Tag Team Division. And in which case, Daivari’s promo about joining forces with Itami started to sound more like a reason he’d join up with Gulak & Gallagher. But I suppose more than one Heel team can have the motivation of wanting a more brutal and less flashy style of wrestling to prevail. But where Gulak & Gallagher love ground game and grapples, Itami & Daivari can be about strikes and drivers. A match between those four might be pretty good, too.

The two matches we got tonight were the only matches we needed. It’s a shame Noam Dar didn’t get to go against Buddy Murphy, but Murphy VS Metalik was still an incredible opener. The styles went well together, and Metalik still looks really strong in losing. Alexander VS Nese was incredible again, even after the many other times we’ve seen it. I was curious as to why it wasn’t Alexander VS Ali, but not only would it be too soon, we know now Ali VS Bryan was in the works. I was surprised Murphy agreed to brawl against Alexander for even that little bit. As the Heel, he should’ve just stayed back rather than fight to retreat. It still got the fans fired up, but maybe this is so Alexander can stand tall and give the math to Murphy.

My Score: 8.8/10

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

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Ricochet puts up his NXT North American Championship on the line, but against who? Plus, EC3 wants payback on Bobby Fish for that vicious chair attack!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • EC3 VS Bobby Fish w/ The Undisputed Era; EC3 wins.
  • Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS The Mighty; Lorcan & Burch win.
  • NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender Fatal 4 Way Qualifier: Mia Yim VS Reina Gonzalez; Yim wins and joins the NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender Fatal 4 Way.
  • NXT North American Championship: Ricochet VS ???; Ricochet wins and retains the NXT North American Championship.

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EC3 VS Bobby Fish w/ The Undisputed Era!

The Top One Percent looks to keep it 100 as he goes for payback against the Infamous One for what he did weeks before TakeOver: WarGames II. But Fish has his friends by his side as always, will EC3 be able to win with Kyle O’Reilly, Roderick Strong and Adam Cole lurking?

Adam Cole says the holidays have come early because now Fish gets to humiliate the “Top One Percent of Morons”. EC3 was dumb enough to think he’d elevate his career to new heights. But with the help of a chair, Fish showed EC3 that NXT is their world! The Undisputed Era is the center of the NXT Universe, and everything revolves around her. This has been a career year and is just the beginning of an entire decade! And in 2019, the four of them will be “draped in gold”. That’s not a threat, “that is Undisputed.” But EC3 makes his entrance and we begin this grudge match!

Fish and EC3 are ready to go with the bell. Fish moves around but EC3 corners him, so Fish bails out. The Undisputed Era cheer Fish’s mind games on, and so do some fans. Fish returns but wants EC3 to stay back. EC3 doesn’t and he hip tosses Fish in! Fish scrambles to a corner and EC3 fires off hands and stomps! EC3 whips corner to corner but Fish ducks down to go after the leg. EC3 powers Fish off and hits a BIG powerbomb! Fish staggers about and EC3 clotheslines him right out! EC3 goes out with him, but gets back in the ring, all fired up! Fish is reeling and the Era coach him up, but EC3 comes out. EC3 fetches Fish into the ring and puts on a half nelson. Fish gets up but EC3 makes it a nerve hold to keep him down.

Fish gets up and powers EC3 to a corner, but EC3 turns it around. EC3 CHOPS Fish, and again! Then he biels Fish across the way. Roddy and Kyle distract, and Fish chop blocks the bad leg! Fish rains down rights but EC3 pushes him off. Fish stomps EC3, then kicks him. The Era is rabid as Fish throws hands and puts EC3 in a corner. Fish throws body shots and forearms, then kicks away at the back leg. Dragon screw throws EC3 for a loop! Fish grabs the bad leg and pulls on it, standing on the other leg to keep him down. Fans rally and EC3 pushes Fish off! EC3 runs in but misses, and then turns around into an exploder! Cover, TWO! Fish is furious, but he goes back for more.

Fish brings EC3 up but it’s EC3 who hits the suplex! EC3 grits his teeth as he gets up, and he counter punches Fish. He fires off lefts and rights then whips, but Fish snaps against the ropes awkwardly. EC3 takes advantage with a scoop slam, then wants Fish to “Say My Name!” Name Drop elbow hits! Roddy and Kyle distract again but EC3 hits them for it. But Fish still gets the chop block! Fish goes for a leg but EC3 cradles! EC3 WINS!

Winners: EC3, by pinfall

But The Era attack! All four of them stomp away like rabid dogs, but here come Heavy Machinery! Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic use size to even up the numbers! Dozer clobbers Cole and Strong while Tucky gets rid of reDRagon! Kyle tries to escape but Heavy Machinery drag him back in. EC3 gets Kyle up for the One Percenter! Fans are thunderous for this trio as EC3 gets Dozer pumping up. Dozer gets going with the Caterpillar elbow! Will Heavy Machinery help the Top One Percent end this Undisputed Era once and for all?

 

NXT Media catches up to Dakota Kai and Io Shirai.

They fought together to stop The Horsewomen from ganging up on Captain Kick. Jessamyn Duke & Marina Shafir keep sticking their noses in Shayna Baszler’s matches, so these two are going to stop that personally. The Genius of the Sky don’t want her friends getting bullied, so all that’s left is a match. That’ll happen next week, who takes a victory in this Women’s Division war?

 

Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS The Mighty!

The One Two Combination defeated Shane Thorne & Nick Miller already, but this is about the sore loser sneak attack after the match! Will Thorne & Miller regret punking out this pair of pugilists? Or will Lorcan & Burch finally make The Mighty kneel?

Lorcan & Burch are raring to go but they still wait for the bell. Thorne starts with Lorcan and Lorcan fires off! Then Miller and Burch get in and it’s a pair of brawls! Burch throws Miller out then Lorcan throws Thorne out. Burch goes out and Miller shoves him into the apron, but Lorcan FLIES! Lorcan wipes The Mighty out and fans fire up! Lorcan puts Thorne in and then runs into the corner for a big elbow. He gets moving but Thorne follows with a European Uppercut! Thorne runs but Lorcan follows to rock him back! Lorcan suckers Thorne into an elbow and a powerbomb! Then the Half Crab! Miller comes in but gets CHOPS! Thorne gets Lorcan with the saido suplex! Tag to Miller and he whips Lorcan. Miller hits a big corner clothesline, then whips into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Lorcan lives but Miller keeps on him.

Tag to Thorne, and Miller whips Thorne at Burch. Miller then whips Thorne back but Lorcan dodgse to tag Burch! The Governor rallies on The Mighty, and tackles Thorne with a Thesz Press! Burch rocks Miller with a right, then goes right at Thorne with a clothesline and kick. Miller runs but is sent into Thorne, and then Burch deals out more kicks! Burch hops up and leaps for a missile dropkick! And he kips up! Tag to Lorcan, and the One Two coordinate at a corner. Burch lifts Thorne but Thorne fights out. Thorne dodges Burch to SHORYUKEN Lorcan. Then he clobbers Burch. Miller returns and helps Thorne get up top quick. SUPERPLEX BOMB! Miller puts Thorne on top to cover, but Burch barrels through Miller to break it! Burch gets thrown out, and Thorne tags Miller in.

The Mighty go after Lorcan but Burch saves him from Thunder Valley. Miller tackles them both, and then scoops Lorcan. Powerslam, to Poetry in Motion cannonball! Cover on Lorcan, TWO!? The Mighty are shocked by this double toughness! Miller tags Thorne, and they again go after Lorcan. They lift Lorcan up, but get double DDT’s! Lorcan has a wild look in his eye and fans rally behind it. Lorcan takes Miller’s face and SLAPS away! Then he SLAPS away on Thorne! they BOTH slap Lorcan, but then he ducks and they slap each other!! Lorcan sends Miller into a post, then tags in Burch. Burch headbutts Thorne, and with Lorcan’s help, London Tower! Cover, Lorcan & Burch win!

Winners: Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch, Burch pinning

They did it again! The Mighty fell to the One Two Combination, who continue their hot streak since returning to action. While the Undisputed Era has Heavy Machinery to worry about, will Lorcan & Burch move up the ranks towards those NXT Tag Team Championships?

 

NXT Media has another video from Johnny Gargano.

“Aleister, you thought our story ended in Los Angeles when you ‘absolved’ me of my sins.” But Gargano never said he did nothing wrong. This is about the greater good. The ends justify the means. The end: becoming NXT Champion, and the world celebrating! So if the means meant beating someone up, Aleister was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. That’s why their story continues. Gargano says Aleister can put Gargano in a cage with the devil himself, and he’ll do whatever he has to to make sure the story ends the right way. Gargano won’t just turn the page, he closes the book on Aleister Black. Will Gargano keep his word to end the Embodiment of the End? Or will his happy ending simply #FadeToBlack?

 

Dominic Dijakovic speaks.

“The bond of blood is sacred. The roots of our tree are unbreakable. They keep us grounded.” He will fight for them, and die for them. This is “our vision”, and you will #FeastYourEyes on his debut, next week.

 

Backstage interview with Shayna Baszler and the Horsewomen.

She, Jessamyn and Marina have heard about the Fatal 4 Way #1 Contenders match. But Shayna doesn’t care, because it will always end the same way: she goes home with the title, her opponent goes home with nothing. As for the challenge issued by Dakota & Shirai, Marina & Jessamyn laugh it off. They’re ready for the “challenge”. The Horsewomen roll out, but who will have the last laugh when it’s all said and done?

 

NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender Fatal 4 Way Qualifier: Mia Yim VS Reina Gonzalez!

The Queen of Spades awaits a challenger at TakeOver: Phoenix now that she’s moved the Pirate Princess out of the way. The Un-De-Fea-Ted Bianca Belair is already one participant, and William Regal announces via Twitter that Lacey Evans will be the other. Both women have put together impressive wins, so it’s up to the Blasian Baddie and the Daughter of the Desperado to impress the GM this week. Who joins the EST and the Lady of NXT in a fight for the right to challenge #ShaynaTwoTime and her reign of terror?

The bell rings and Mia ties up with Reina. Reina powers Mia to a corner, but Mia dodges the swing to jump on for a guillotine! Reina powers out but Mia slips away. Mia leaps back on for the guillotine! Reina powers out but Mia dropkicks her back. Mia goes for Sole Food but Reina pushes her away. Reina swings but Mia dodges, and puts the guillotine back on! Reina powers out again, but to a suplex! And she hangs Mia out to dry on the rope, before throwing her down! Reina stomps a mudhole into Mia, but backs off at 4. She drags Mia out to a cover, TWO! Reina grows frustrated but fans rally up for Mia. Mia hits back, but gets clobbered! Reina runs, and boots Mia right down! Cover, ONE! Reina tries again, TWO!

Reina grows frustrated but she talks trash in Spanish. She dares the Baddie to get up, then pulls her into a Canadian torture rack! Mia endures the stretch and Reina even fish hooks. Reina jumps around to add torque, but Mia fights out. Mia arm-drags Reina into ropes, then gets space. Reina staggers over but into CHOPS! Mia throws body shots and even more chops! Mia throws palm strikes and kicks, then knees and a Pele! Reina staggers, time to Eat Da Feet! Cover, Mia wins!

Winner: Mia Yim, by pinfall

Reina eats Sole Food and Mia now sits at the winner’s table! Can the Baddie beat out the Model Soldier and EST? Who will join them as the fourth and final contender?

 

Aleister Black speaks.

“What I find interesting about the human race is that everything they do revolves around how they are feeling.” Everyone keeps asking, “What do you feel about your match with Johnny Gargano?” How does he feel about a Steel Cage Match with Gargano? He doesn’t feel anything. He just knows he has to win. “It’s come to my attention that you are far, far beyond absolution. You are far beyond redemption. And the only thing left is the total annihilation.” It will happen in that steel cage. There won’t be any running or hiding, there will simply be Gargano and his sins, and they will all #FadeToBlack! Will Aleister leave Gargano for dead inside the steel?

 

NXT North American Championship: Ricochet VS ???

The One and Only is eager to prove he’s a fighting champion and a worthy champion at that. He left it to NXT GM William Regal to choose his opponent, and Regal promised “something special” for this match. But who is it that answered this open contract challenge?

Ricochet makes his entrance and awaits his mystery challenger. The “something special” turns out to be… “Look everyone, it’s Tyler!” Prince Pretty returns to NXT in a major way! Tyler Breeze brings back the selfie cam titantron feed, and looks to revitalize himself with a new belt! Will Breeze shock everyone by becoming the third-ever North American Champion? Or will Ricochet add Breeze to the highlight reel?

The belt is raised and fans chant “Welcome Back!” for the NXT alumni. The bell rings and fans are already dueling. Tyler and Ricochet take a moment to enjoy it before circling. They tie up and go around, and Breeze arm-drags Ricochet. Breeze backs off to lounge on the top rope. Ricochet nods respect as Breeze comes back. They tie up again, and Ricochet gets around to a headlock. Breeze powers out but Ricochet rolls and speeds things up. Ricochet rolls off the back then ducks under to handspring and headscissor and dropkick! Breeze bails out to catch his breath, but Ricochet comes out. Breeze hurries back in, but Ricochet doesn’t give him time to rest. Ricochet and Breeze go around, Breeze goes for a Half Crab. Ricochet gets to ropes and pushes Breeze away. Breeze kicks Ricochet then runs, but into a somersault lariat!

Breeze bails out, but Ricochet fakes him out on the apron. Ricochet boots Breeze then leaps, into a dropkick! Both men are down, but fans are loving this! The fans still duel while Breeze checks his teeth. Breeze puts Ricochet into the ring, then into a corner. Breeze stomps a gorgeous mudhole into Ricochet, then shouts at the ref when he’s pulled away. Ricochet flounders but Breeze is on him with a scoop. Breeze puts Ricochet on the top rope and climbs up, but Ricochet fights him off. Breeze falls back and Ricochet is on him, but Breeze shoves. Ricochet comes back to knee Breeze back. Ricochet then somersaults from a corner to dropkick Breeze! Breeze crawls to a corner and Ricochet runs in, for a big back elbow to back hand.

Ricochet throws Breeze into buckles but misses the tiger feint kick. Breeze German Suplexes but Ricochet lands on his feet! Ricochet sends Breeze into buckles again and hits the tiger feint! Ricochet springboards for a flying uppercut! Standing shooting star! Cover, TWO! Breeze survives, showing his toughness. Fans rally up as Ricochet gets back up. Ricochet puts Breeze in a drop zone, then climbs up top. Ricochet leaps, but has to roll through the Phoenix Splash when Breeze moves. Breeze hits back with haymakers, but so does Ricochet. They brawl back and forth, and fans are divided.

They hit each other at the same time, and same goes for kicks. Ricochet turns around but both men clothesline. Breeze blocks Ricochet’s boot but Ricochet dodges Breeze’s Super Model Kick. Both men run, and collide with double crossbodies! Fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” while both men are down. A 10 count begins and the fans rally up. Breeze and Ricochet sit up slowly, and brawl on their knees. Ricochet gives an uppercut, but Breeze clubs him on the back. They continue as they stand up and Ricochet fires off forearms. Ricochet suplexes but Breeze resists. Breeze suplexes but Ricochet resists. They repeat the cycle but Ricochet slips out. Ricochet back suplexes but Breeze slips out. Breeze waistlocks but Ricochet elbows out.

Ricochet runs, springboards, but misses, SUPER MODEL KICK! And Reverse-Rana! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives and Breeze is shocked. Fans declare “This is Gorgeous!” rather than awesome, but it’s still awesome, too! Ricochet and Breeze go to opposite corners, then approach. Ricochet says NXT is his now, but Breeze mule kicks. Breeze throws haymakers, then aims a kick, but Ricochet hits with a boot first! Ricochet walks over, into a jumping knee! And an enziguri! Breeze leaps but he’s caught, into the fireman’s carry, and Samoan Driver! Cover, Ricochet wins!

Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall; still NXT North American Champion

That wasn’t just special, that was spectacular! Prince Pretty gives the King of Flight a fight he wasn’t expecting, but Ricochet shows Breeze the respect he deserves, and the two handshake. Will Breeze stick around to give it another try? Will Ricochet’s reign extend to be one of the most impressive in NXT history?

 


 

My Thoughts:

An incredible episode right here! We waste very little time getting into action and I am really impressed that EC3 pulls off another surprise win on an Undisputed Era member. He and Fish had a great match, and I really liked that it was Heavy Machinery backing EC3 up in that brawl. I think it should be a Six Man of EC3 & Heavy Machinery VS Roderick Strong & reDRagon while Adam Cole likely distracts or interferes. And while his story with the North American Championship likely isn’t over, I don’t know if NXT would want to create a secondary WarGames scenario where now it’s just EC3 and Heavy Machinery standing in for Pete Dunne & War Raiders. Cole can hang about as the leader of Undisputed Era while waiting for title scenes to change.

I’m a touch disappointed we’re only getting 2v2 next week, but Dakota & Shirai VS Jessamyn & Marina should be a great match for the last two MMA Horsewomen to make an in-ring debut with. Now in real-time, we have learned Dakota Kai is injured, but that shouldn’t affect next week’s match. Sadly it’ll mean she won’t get to be part of TakeOver: Phoenix or anything else after that, and we wish her a speedy recovery. Meanwhile, Mia and Reina have a great match. Reina having a bull rope and cowbell makes me want a Women’s Bull Rope match for the hell of it. If Reina sticks around, she should be able to gain some ground once things clear up. As it stands, Mia looks like a front runner as the Face in that Fatal 4 Way. I wonder if they’ll use a battle royal to determine the fourth participant.

That tag team match of Lorcan-Burch VS The Mighty was incredible! NXT Tag Team wrestling is getting back up there and the scrappy One Two Combo is a large part of that. Get those two on SmackDown AND 205 Live, they’ll be great tag title contenders at least. Gargano and Aleister have great promos going towards their Steel Cage match, but I hope they use the cage in different ways of physicality than we usually see. Throwing the opponent into steel is one thing, but I think NXT can use these two for something really gritty.

For me, it’s a bit of a mixed bag on Tyler Breeze’s return. It’s a bit sad that he was sent back, but it was a great surprise and Full Sail got behind him. The bottom line is this is the wrestling quality main roster should’ve given Breeze, but Vince just insisted on overemphasizing gimmick and comedy. Granted, Breeze does great with comedy, but if the Fashion Police were doing matches on this level, they’d be champions. Breeze gave Ricochet a hell of a match, and it really elevates Ricochet in winning. It’ll really take something insane to dethrone Ricochet, if Breeze got to be this strong. As for Breeze, I’m not sure what he’ll do now that he’s back. I was hoping he’d go to 205 Live, but I know HHH will treat Breeze right either way.

My Score: 8.8/10

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