It’s a Mixed Match Challenge Season 1 rematch as Jimmy Uso & Naomi again battle Rusev & Lana to prove which is the best married couple in WWE today!
- Finn Balor & Bayley VS Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox; Balor & Bayley win.
- Jimmy Uso & Naomi VS Rusev & Lana; Jimmy & Naomi win.
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Mixed Match Challenge continues the round robin!
In the Raw Block, #MonsterEclipse, aka Braun Strowman & Ember Moon, are tied with #CountryDominance, aka Mickie James & Bobby Lashley, at 1-0. But this tournament has really only just begun! The 0-1 #Mahalicia have their second match already against Team B’n’B, Bayley & Finn Balor! Finn and Bayley each have singles wins over Jinder Mahal and Alicia Fox, but now it’s time for their tag team showdown!
Meanwhile, the SmackDown Block is led by the #FenomenalFlair, AJ Styles & Charlotte, and #AWESKA, The Miz & Asuke, at 1-0. The top two teams are taking the week off, because we’re getting a power couple rematch from Season 1 first! The #RavishingRusevDay puts their Milwaukee misunderstanding aside so they can face the #DayOneGlow of Jimmy Uso & Naomi!
Finn Balor & Bayley VS Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox!
The Extraordinary & The Huggable have been on a roll as of late, but will the Modern Day Maharaja and his Crazy like a Fox “captain” be able to turn it around?
Fans chant “Too Sweet!” for B’n’B and rally up as the ladies start. Bayley and Alicia circle with the bell, but Alicia keeps her distance. She wants to wrestle Finn? That’s not possible, Alicia, that’s illegal per the rules. Alicia accuses Finn of being a chicken, but Jinder tries to remind Alicia the rules are what’s keeping her from facing Finn. Alicia and Bayley continue to circle, and Alicia starts pushing Finn as she calls him a chicken. Bayley rolls Alicia up, ONE! Bayley hip tosses Alicia then La Mahistrol, TWO. Alicia backs off but Bayley goes after her again. Alicia gets to the ropes and then her corner. She tags Mahal in, so Finn comes in by default. Mahal tries to calm Alicia but the fans fire up with Finn.
Finn and Mahal tie up, Finn gets a waistlock. Mahal elbows out and gets the headlock takeover. Alicia chants “Shanti!” while fans rally for Finn. Mahal gets another takedown then shifts to the chinlock. Alicia argues with Sunil Singh while fans rally. Finn stands but Mahal brings him down. Mahal grinds Finn down, but Finn endures. Finn stands up and powers out, then thigns speed up. Finn arm-drags Mahal around, then gets the armlock. Mahal stands up quick, Finn wrenches the arm but Mahal knees low. Mahal whips but Finn reverses, only for Mahal to sunset flip. Finn rolls through to dropkick Mahal down! Mahal gets to his corner so Finn backs off. Alicia tags, and Bayley comes in.
Bayley sees Alicia coming and gets a waistlock. Alicia elbows and whips but Bayley reverses. Bayley runs in but Alicia goes up and over for the sunset flip. TWO, and Bayley clotheslines Alicia down! Bayley mocks Shanti, then brings Alicia up. Bayley powers Alicia to a corner for big shoulders, then rolls back for the wacky waving double gunning back elbow! Sunil coaches Alicia and Alicia puts Bayley on the apron. Alicia forearms Bayley and Bayley falls, into Sunil’s arms! Whoa now, Bayley has Finn. Alicia tells Sunil to put Bayley down. He does, and Alicia puts Bayley into a post! Alicia drags Bayley up and puts her in the ring. Bayley sits up, to get Alicia’s running facebuster! Cover, TWO, but Alicia keeps on Bayley with a chinlock. Alicia thrashes Bayley around but fans rally up.
#TeamPawz Kevin Owens & Natalya are commenting in the Social Media Lounge, trying to figure out how to spell “Shanti.” Back in the ring, Alicia runs in at Bayley in the corner, but gets a flapjack onto buckles! Bayley crawls but Alicia drops her with a leg drop! Alicia drags Bayley away, then turns her over to get the chinlock back on. Finn rallies the fans for Bayley, and Bayley endures as Alicia goes after the ponytail. We see Mr. & Mrs. Machka working to focus despite Milwaukee. We return to the ring to see Alicia wrenching the arm. Alicia whips Bayley in but Bayley boots her back. Alicia blocks the boots to drag Bayley out for a bomb attempt. Bayley back drops Alicia off, and both women are down! Hot tag to Finn!
Mahal comes in but Finn rallies with forearms and elbows. Finn whips but Mahal reverses, only for Finn to knock him down. Finn runs at Mahal in the corner for the running chop. He whips Mahal corner to corner but Mahal reverses. Finn goes up and over but runs into a boot! Mahal hops up, but Finn stops him with a kick! Finn runs at Mahal for the slingblade! Then he aims, for the shotgun dropkick! Mahal is down so Finn goes up. Fans fire up but Alicia distracts and shakes the ropes! Finn falls and Mahal tags. Alicia goes after Finn!? But Bayley stops that with a Thesz Press and fast hands! Alicia gets away but Bayley has her with a big knee in the corner! Bayley climbs up now, and leaps at Alicia with the crossbody! Cover, TWO!
Bayley drags Alicia up to throw her to the apron, for a hotshot! Alicia flounders to the floor and Sunil tries to help her up. Bayley builds speed to wreck Alicia both with the dropkick! Sunil cowered away and Alicia knows it! Alicia targets Sunil now, and he goes running! She chases, but Bayley gets Sunil with the Bayley2Belly! Then she sends Alicia back out, and calls to Finn to fly! Finn builds speed, and FLIES! He gets Sunil and Mahal, and then Bayley adjusts her ponytail. Alicia turns around, into a Bayley2Belly! Cover, B’n’B wins!
Winners: Finn Balor & Bayley, Bayley pinning
The Extraordinary & the Huggable get the win in their first Mixed Match Challenge match to go 1-0! However, that also means #Mahalicia goes down to 0-2! Will there be time for Mahal & Alicia to make a recovery? Or is it already boiling down to B’n’B, Monster Eclipse and Country Dominance?
Backstage interview with B’n’B.
Bayley & Balor make their MMC debut a success, but now they face on Strowman & Moon. Their plan is simple, though, because Bayley will prepare for Ember while Finn will prepare for Braun. B’n’B says they’ll repeat their success and it’ll be #TooSweet. Jimmy Uso comes by, and asks “What you know about Milwaukee?” Well, we’ll find out soon enough.
Jimmy Uso & Naomi VS Rusev & Lana!
The Uce-GLOW Penitentiary may be 0-1, but they have everything on lock down as far as their relationship. Meanwhile, Mr. & Mrs. Machka are mulling over the “scandal” Aiden English is trying to sell. Which couple will be stronger tonight heading towards TLC and the MMC Finals?
Fans are still on the side of Rusev Day as the bell rings. But then fans change and start chanting, “Milwaukee! Milwaukee!” The teams sort out and start with the wives. Lana and Naomi tie up, and Naomi gets the headlock takeover. Lana headscissors her way out, but Naomi pops out. Naomi twerks real quick, but then she splits to dodge the clothesline. She shimmies now to tease Lana. Lana runs in but Naomi jumps over to break it down more. Lana “applauds” Naomi’s dancing skills, and offers a handshake. Naomi accepts, and Lana kicks her low! Lana whips but Naomi reverses. Lana counters with headscissors and ax kick, then hits a bulldog! Rusev likes what he sees as Naomi rolls away. Wait, is that a Lana-rooni!? And Lana twerks, too!
Lana dares Naomi to dance now, and Rusev trash talks Jimmy. Jimmy says the dance off should happen, so the fans start chanting “Dance off! Dance off!” Hit the music! The beat drops and Lana dares Naomi to start. Naomi does, and high kicks and drops it low. She no-hands cartwheels, splits and then walks it out! Portland likes that, but now it’s Lana’s turn. Lana wiggles her way in and then pops ‘n’ locks. She handstands, coffee grinds, Lana-rooni three times in a row then spins it out. Naomi gives us a worm! Lana spins ballet style then splits. Lana whips her hair while Naomi spins. They go move for move, high kick for high kick, and even higher. The music stops but that dance-off is too close to call. Each husband supports his wife, but Portland sides with Naomi.
Rusev insists Lana wins, but Jimmy still says Naomi wins. Rusev shoves Jimmy, so now it’s time for the men to dance? Lana tags Rusev in, so now the men are legal. Meanwhile, Team AWESKA argue that they both were better dancers than any of these four. The music hits again, and Jimmy hits the Shoot kick-step. Rusev’s turn, and the Bulgarian Brute has Portland thunderous for him. He claps to start a beat, and Jimmy lets him borrow the sunglasses! We go old school, but then Rusev is too cool for Too Cool and he roundhouses Jimmy down! Cover, TWO! It was so close, but Rusev keeps on Jimmy at the ropes.
Jimmy breaks free, and Rusev spins him around, for the dragon whip enziguri! Tag to Naomi and in comes Lana. Naomi rallies with elbows, then with a roundhouse of her own. Lana staggers up and runs in but Naomi dodges to springboard roundhouse! Cover, but Rusev drags her off! Jimmy returns but Rusev gets him first. Rusev throws Jimmy out then follows, to jump into a SUPERKICK! Naomi has Lana, but Lana breaks free. Lana kicks, Ravishing Facebuster! Cover, TWO! But Lana roars, ready to crush! Jimmy gets on the mic, and asks about Milwaukee. Lana SLAPS Jimmy, but Naomi rolls Lana up! Jimmy & Naomi win!
Winners: Jimmy Uso & Naomi, Naomi pinning
Milwaukee, Milwaukee, it’s all about Milwaukee. The Day One Glow gets on the board, but there’s a lot of time left in this round robin. Will Jimmy & Naomi make a run for the top? Will Ravishing Rusev Day crash and burn?
Joe’s AAA Review & Results (12/9/2018)
Joe Dinan checks in with your AAA review and results for the week ending 12/9/2018!
AAA on Twitch 12/8
La Parkita, Nino Hamburguesa, and Dinastia vs La Parkita Negra, Arkangel Divino, and Ultimo Maldito
The match starts with chaos. Everybody is doing moves to each other. Mini Parka and Parka Negra get in there and trade moves. Maldito and Hamburger Boy are in next and Hamburger boy hits a shoulder block. Negra hits a reverseranna on Parkita. They team up on Hamburger Boy. Boy counters with a headlock, head scissors take over on Negra and Maldito. Dinastia and Divino are in and Dinastia hits a power slam on him. Negra beats on Dinastia and Parkita works on him. Maldito then works over Parkita. Maldito hits a tiger pile driver on him. Dinastia hits a asai moonsault, then celebrates even though he hit his teammate. Divino does a moonsault off the top. They get everyone seated in the corner and Hamburger Boy does a running senton. Then he goes to the top and splashes them for the win. Hamburger Boy pins Parkita Negra with a top rope splash.
Winners: La Parkita, Nino Hamburguesa, and Dinastia
Starfire and Lady Maravilla vs Mamba and Lady Shani
Shani and Starefire start the match out with some grappling. Maravilla comes in quick to double Shani. Afterwards they double Mamba. Starfire hits a drop kick off the top. Mamba hits a big move on Maravilla and now they’re getting the heat back doubling Starfire. We get back to normalcy in the ring. Shani hits a drop kick on Starfire. She gets to the top and hits a hurricanrana on Shani. Maravilla drop kicks Mamba to the outside and hits a cross body to the outside. Starfire hits a michinoku driver on Shani for a two count. Shani hits the Okada neck breaker and the ref counts slow. Shani argues with the ref and Starfire comes from behind and hits a german suplex for a fast count. Starfire pins Lady Shani with a german suplex and fast count.
Starfire wants a title fight after the match. Not immediately, in the future. They brawl after the match and promo.
Winners: Lady Maravilla and Starfire
Laredo Kid, Hijo Del Vikingo, and Myzteziz Jr vs Taurus, Australian Suicide, and Jack Evans
Match starts with Jack Evans and Laredo Kid. Evans gets crotched on the post and Kid drop kicks him. Vikingo and Myzteziz dive to the outside on the others. They triple drop kick Evans in the corner. Kid code breakers Suicide then holds him. Vikingo jumps off Myzteziz and stomps the back of Suicide. Taurus gets Myzteziz on his shoulders then catches Kid for a double fall away slam. Suicide does a press slam into a code breaker on Vikingo. He holds him and Evans hits a 450, then Taurus hits a splash. Taurus holds up Myzteziz, Evans on the top bounces off him and helps Suicide complete his pile driver on Vikingo. Vikingo makes all of them miss corner attacks. He does a moonsault off of Myzteziz and Kid’s hands on the top, then they hit their own moonsault dives after that. Incredible spot, Luchablog has the gif of it on twitter, find it.
Myzteziz hits a Canadian destroyer on Evans but Suicide breaks up the pin. Suicide then does a springboard destroyer to him, but Vikingo breaks up the pin. He does knees to the corner but Taurus breaks up the pin. Taurus shoulder blocks Vikingo and sends him flying. Laredo Kid and Vikingo go for springboard attacks but get pulled out of the ring. Evans then hits an asai moonsault on everyone. They fight on the stage and throw Taurus and Evans off and do dives. Vikingo then does a Spanish Fly on Suicide off the stage on to the rest of them. Evans and Kid are back in the ring. Evans slams him and goes to the top but gets kicked. Laredo Kid hits the Laredo Fly for the win. Laredo Kid pins Jack Evans with the Laredo Fly.
Winners: Laredo Kid, Hijo Del Vikingo, and Myzteziz Jr
(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.13 ~ 7TH DECEMBER 2018
With a vacant Heavyweight Tag Title to figure out, and some finishing touches leading up to Great Voyage in Yokohama Vol.2, let’s see what Hisame brings us this week!
Most of the roster (except for Naomichi Marufuji, who, much to his disappointment, couldn’t go due to injury, and says he has never been) went to China to participate in “Eastern Hero Wrestling”.
Despite the fact that they had broken up a few days beforehand at “Global League 2018”, Katsuhiko Nakajima and Masa Kitamiya teamed up. Nakajima’s only comment was that this was how the card had been arranged, and he walked off at the end of the match leaving Kitamiya behind.
It was a sold out over capacity crowd in Tianjin, and the crowd said in Japanese “please come back”.
Hi69, in particular, said he learned a lot of things from the trip. There were also some new athletes o the card which hadn’t been introduced to NOAH yet, Tiger God and Dragon God.
Article with results can be read here
Daisuke Harada has been announced for IPW’S Junior Heavyweight Championship Tournament on Tuesday 16th January 2019 at Milton Keynes.
For those unfamiliar with him, a small guide can be found here.
Tickets can be purchased here
Further names hopefully to be announced (I know YO-HEY & HAYATA are being hoped for)
CURRENT TOUR RECAP
Noah kicked off “Winter Navigation 2018” at Korakuen Hall, not a great attendance for the first night, but it needs to be factored in that it was a 6.30pm start on a Friday night, round about the time when people get out of work, plus there was a big event going on at the nearby Tokyo Dome.
There were two match signings, with Takashi Sugiura saying that he was not going to lose the belt or the era to “this young man” (Kaito Kiyomiya) and Kotaro Suzuki actually turned up for his with Daisuke Harada.
Kimiya Okada made his long overdue debut, and was beaten by fellow rookie, Yoshiki Inamura. Hajime Ohara (who had helped train Okada for the debut) looked on. Although Inamura picked up his first win, it should be noted that this is only a small one, and against a very green rookie. They will have a rematch on the 9th (check)
Both Atsushi Kotoge and Hitoshi Yamato were on top comedy form.
Hitoshi Kumano and Seiya Morohashi squared up as their grudge deepened.
The Hooligans announced the 5’10 and 243 lb Yuji Hino as their new member, and he picked up the 5’10 Akitoshi Saito and slammed him as if he weighed nothing.
YO-HEY defeated Shoki Kitamura with the Super Face G, and then said to SUGI that he wanted to continue this, but SUGI said that Yokohama was impossible as there was an ZERO-ONE show on the 16th. So, it looks like the New Year will be the resumption of it.
Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima defeated Kenoh and Masa Kitamiya for the vacant GHC Heavyweight tag team titles, and were later challenged by Yuji Hino and Maybach Taniguchi.
Then Hino cut the promo of the evening:
“Shiozaki, you are a good looking guy, but your chops mean nothing. Nakajima-kun! Growing up! You are becoming an adult. You look like you’ve graduated from being a virgin”.
This is the kind of trash talking which is sadly missing from NOAH.
Kaito Kiyomiya and Daisuke Harada teamed up to take on Takashi Sugiura and Kotaro Suzuki. The ref stopped the match when Sugiura got Kiyomiya in a Olympic slam into a chokehold, afterwards Sugiura stood over the fallen Kiyomiya and told him that “on the 16th, I will show you the difference between NOAH’s future and the man who has supported NOAH for eighteen years”.
Detailed event recap can be read here
GHC BELT NEWS
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Takashi Sugiura
- GHC Junior Champion: Kotaro Suzuki
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Go Shiozaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Minoru Tanaka & Hi69
All titles will be challenged for on the 16th December at “Great Voyage in Yokohama Vol.2”
Kaito Kiyomiya will challenge for the GHC Heavyweight
Daisuke Harada will challenge for the GHC Junior
Yuji Hino & Maybach Taniguchi will challenge for the GHC Heavyweight Tag
The Backbreakers (Hajime Ohara & Hitoshi Kumano) will challenge for the GHC Junior Tag
~ Maybach Taniguchi came out with his “Sasumata” pole (literally “speared fork”) that he had used when he was part of “The Super Violent Army“.
~ Takashi Sugiura said he learned the bidets in Japan, Taiwan and China were all of equal quality.
~ Masao Inoue is holding another bowling tournament
~ Senior referee, Shu Nishinaga, said that someone had “dumped” a load of Masao Inoue’s CDs in the waiting room.
~ Go Shiozaki gave a talk for “Wrestle Talk Mania”, one of the subjects he covered was mental training in wrestling; something which Shiozaki has extensive experience in, especially in dealing with what happened to Mitsuharu Misawa right in front of his eyes, and of course getting Kaito Kiyomiya over his own nerves.
~ Naomichi Marufuji is not cleared to return to the ring yet, although he can now walk more easily, except he has a slight limp.
KING SHAMELESS CORNER
None. He’s been good this week (aside from being a bidet inspector)
The final night of Global League, 25th November, will be broadcast at 6pm on Saturday 8th December
The event on the 7th December, will be broadcast on the 15th December
The event on the 16th December, will be broadcast on the 22nd December
Today’s child of puroresu: Kaito Kiyomiya’s Story
150 people at debut?! Praise from Kobashi! Winning Global League! Kaito Kiyomiya special feature!
MINI INTERVIEW WITH KATSUHIKO NAKAJIMA: 7th December tag championship decision at Korakuen Hall, “I want you to hear the sound of Noah changing”
The scene of pro-wrestling Vol.23 ~ The wish for the soul that inherits the light of the emerald green.
Nakajima and Shiozaki to combine to take the championship
“Everybody’s Energy” ~ interview with Kaito Kiyomiya (Weekly Pro, December 2018)
“I want to advance the era” ~ mini interview with 2018 Global League winner, Kaito Kiyomiya
Takashi Sugiura’s determination for defense, “I will not hand over the belt or the era”.