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Top 5 Matches: Week Ending 10/7/2018

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Well now, most of us had WWE on a Saturday and we get New Japan tomorrow. So it’s just an odd weekend when there’s no PPV matches on Sunday, but that gave me more football time. All in all, not really complaining.

But since this is a wrestling article I guess I should get back on topic eh?

Last week was the last week that fed into the September Match Pool. So instead of writing it twice, I’ll just list out September’s pool, and it should be obvious.

  • All In NWA Championship Match: Cody vs Nick Aldis (c)
  • MLW Fusion MLW Tag Team Title Match: Pentagon & Fenix (c) vs Rey Horus & Drago
  • Hell in a Cell WWE Championship Match: AJ Styles (c) vs Samoa Joe
  • NXT: Ricochet (c) vs Pete Dunne (c)
  • ROH: Will Ospreay vs Jay Lethal (c)

Now I think this is a first, when we go an entire month without any New Japan matches in the pool. So see, there’s no bias or fudging of numbers. As for who I’m gonna vote for, my vote goes to, NWA Championship Match: Cody vs Nick Aldis (c). Historical aspect and overall emotion is just too good to ignore.

With that out of the way, let’s get to this week’s matches. No New Japan since King of Pro Wrestling is on Monday, but that should all change next article.

5. WWE Super Show-Down SmackDown Women’s Title Match: Becky Lynch (c) vs Charlotte Flair

From Mitchell’s Coverage:

The Lass Kicker finally sits back atop her Women’s Division, but her former friend in The Queen of Flair won’t just sit back and let her have her way. Will Becky’s two-year struggle be for naught? Or will she be too Relent-Lass for Charlotte to overcome?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Charlotte and Becky circle and Melbourne is more on Becky’s side than Charlotte’s. Becky likes that as she kicks and forearms Charlotte. She grinds Charlotte against ropes. Charlotte boots but Becky blocks that to send it sideways. Becky goes after that leg then sweeps the other. She drags Charlotte up but Charlotte fights back with big knees and forearms. Charlotte puts Becky in a corner but Becky boots back. Becky kicks Charlotte into buckles then goes out of the ring. She drags Charlotte all the way out and to the floor! The referee checks on Charlotte and reprimands Becky, but Becky keeps on Charlotte by shoving her into the post! Charlotte shouts in pain from her shoulder, but Becky puts her back in the ring. Cover, TWO!

Becky keeps her cool and stomps a mudhole into Charlotte. She backs off at 4 but goes after Charlotte at the ropes. She stops at 4 again, to bring Charlotte up. Becky elbows Charlotte’s neck then whips her to a corner. Charlotte tumbles to the apron then slingshots in for a roll up. TWO, and Charlotte chops! Becky dodges the next one to tilt-o-whirl takedown into the Fujiwara armbar! Becky pulls back as hard as she can but Charlotte endures. Charlotte powers her way up but Becky brings her back down! Becky pulls on fingers on top of the arm, but Charlotte still endures. Fans rally as they stand up, and Charlotte sidewalk slams Becky! Becky staggers into a back suplex! Both women are down but stirring. Fans rally up for Becky as she stands.

Becky gives Charlotte EuroUppers, then a back kick. Charlotte turns that around to knee drop the back of the leg! Becky staggers into more Flair chops! Charlotte chops and chops then whips but Becky blocks. Charlotte kicks the bad leg, then puts Becky in a corner. Becky dodges to jump kick! Becky scoops Charlotte, but Charlotte fights out. Charlotte scoops and tosses Becky with the exploder! Becky flounders to a corner while Charlotte kips up. Charlotte walks over but Becky puts her into buckles. Becky hops up, leaps and hits the forearms. Cover, TWO! Becky grows frustrated already, but she knows Charlotte well enough to know this won’t be so easy. Becky glares at Charlotte and goes after the arm. Charlotte gets a takedown and wants her hold but Becky punches her away. Charlottes boots Becky down! Cover, TWO!

Charlotte keeps her cool, and takes a moment to catch her breath. Becky gets her in a roll up, TWO! Charlotte forearms Becky but Becky comes back with a forearm. Charlotte forearms again, but so does Becky. They go back and forth, staggering but still standing with every shot. Becky gets an edge, then headbutts! Charlotte SPEARS! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives and now Charlotte is growing frustrated. Charlotte sits up first and drags herself up with ropes. She gets herself to a corner and climbs up top. Charlotte aims, moonsault hits knees! Becky rolls Charlotte up, TWO! Enziguri! Becky staggers over but she wants to go up top. She takes aim, leg drop flops as Charlotte evades!

Charlotte boots Becky back down, then goes after the legs. She drags Becky around for the Boston Crab! Becky endures and crawls towards ropes, for the ropebreak! Charlotte lets go, and grits her teeth. Becky grabs her belt and wants out. But Charlotte pursues, tackling Becky into barriers! Charlotte puts Becky in the ring, but Becky kicks her. Charlotte SPEARS again! But she doesn’t cover, she wants the Figure Four! She gets it! Charlotte wants the bridge but Becky knows it. Becky moves around and drags towards the ropes, but Charlotte gets the Figure Eight! But Becky slaps her with the belt!

Winner: Charlotte via DQ

Rating: *** 3/4

 

4. NXT: Johnny Gargano vs Tony Nese

From Mitchell’s Coverage:

Johnny Wrestling may have had his shortcomings and mistakes as of late, but he’s moving past his obsession with Tommaso Ciampa one match at a time. Will he make progress with that against the Premier Athlete? Or will the Abs of 205 Live start making moves in NXT?

The bell rings and fans duel between “Johnny Wrestling!” and “Johnny Failure!” Gargano ties up with Nese but Nese gets the wristlock. Gargano rolls and handsprings to reverse back. Nese get a headlock but Gargano powers out, only for Nese to run him over. Things speed up and Nese catches Gargano. Gargano slips out and shoves, to then follow and headscissor Nese! Nese bails out but Gargano runs, only to get run over by an elbow! Nese kicks Gargano in the corner and stomp a mudhole. Fans continue to duel as Nese chops Gargano sharply. Nese whips Gargano corner to corner but Gargano goes up and over. Gargano rolls, Nese goes up and over, but then Gargano goes up to school boy kick Nese!

Nese staggers and Gargano clotheslines him against the ropes! Nese bails out but Gargano builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit from one southpaw to another! Fans fire up and Gargano smiles. Gargano feels a bit more like himself now, and he puts Nese up against barriers for a chop. He puts Nese back in the ring and “Johnny Freakin’ Wrestling” climbs up top! Nese stops him with a swipe at the legs, and Gargano is stuck up top. Nese knees Gargano up to the fireman’s carry, then drops him for the gutbuster. Cover, TWO! Nese stomps away on Gargano, covers, TWO! Nese puts on a rear bearhug then slams Gargano down to the mat. Roll to a cover, TWO! Nese puts Gargano in a body scissors and squeezes. Fans rally up as Gargano endures, but Nese brings an arm over to chop Gargano on the chest!

Nese squeezes again and even toys with Gargano, but that only angers Gargano. Gargano pries at the feet, breaks the grip, and makes it a cover. TWO and Nese has the squeeze back on. Fans rally as Gargano works around to start throwing forearms. Nese pushes him away but then goes back to the bearhug. Gargano fights out but Nese shoves and sweeps! Nese then hops up, triangle moonsault! Gargano evades but Nese lands on his feet, so Gargano hits the slingshot DDT! Fans cheer and duel while Gargano gets himself up. Nese crawls away but walks into haymakers. Gargano rallies with forearms, then enziguris Nese to a corner. Gargano runs in but Nese puts him on the apron. Nese runs, but into the slingshot spear! Cover, TWO! Gargano keeps his cool while Nese survives.

Gargano puts Nese in a corner to stomp a mudhole of his own. He backs off at 4, but then Nese puts Gargano in the corner. Gargano comes back with forearms, Nese shoves to give Gargano a forearm! Nese handsprings to dodge the forearm, tot he kick, knee, and kick. Gargano jumps the sweep to buzzsaw! Then mule kick, but Nese rolls up to deadlift! Sunset flip counter, TWO! Gargano runs, tilt-o-whirls to a takedown! GargaNO Escape, but a roll over! TWO and another lift, buckle bomb!! The referee checks on Gargano while fans declare “This is Awesome!” Both men are down but stirring. Gargano makes sure his arms are still good while he rolls out of the ring. Nese stands and slingshots, but goes to the apron when Gargano dodges. Gargano swings and Nese cartwheels over him, but he turns around into a forearm!

Gargano puts Nese back in, then slingshots again, but Nese blocks the DDT! Nese tosses Gargano back out! And then FLIES! Direct hit, then Nese puts Gargano back in quick. Nese climbs up, 450 splash!! Cover, TWO!! Gargano survives and it shocks the Premier Athlete! Fans love it, though, as they chant “NXT! NXT!” Nese drags himself up, gritting his teeth. He drags Gargano to a corner and positions him. He scrapes his shoe on Gargano’s face, then runs side to side. Gargano dodges the knee to give an enziguri! Gargano runs but Nese reels him in, German Suplex to buckles! Kneepad down, but SUPERKICK!! Gargano runs for a BIG clothesline! Fans fire up for Gargano as he grits his teeth and puts on the GargaNo Escape! Nese taps, Gargano wins!

Winner: Gargano via Garga-NO Escape

Rating: ****

 

3. Stardom World of Stardom & Wonder of Stardom Double Championship Match: Kagetsu (c) vs Momo Watanabe (c)

Both women are coming off of near misses in the 5 Star Grand Prix, but as champions they still had respectable showings. Momo is still young, so Kagetsu doesn’t really respect her completely. Momo however really tries her best to be a little stoic like the former Queen’s Quest leader, Io Shirai. So let’s see if we get a double champion or something different.

The match starts off nicely mat based. Both just trade headlocks and counters until Kagetsu takes things to the outside. She throws Momo into the first 2 or 3 rows of a few sections. She then beats and chokes her with an umbrella. I guess there are no rules on the outside, but as we all know, Japanese referees really really apply their discretion to a lot.

Kagetsu keeps control for a while and even does her spot where she spits water in her opponents face and then the referees as well. The funny moment here is while Momo is laying on the mat and Kagetsu is gloating, you see the referee yell at Momo and point at Kagetsu as he tries to wake her up. It definitely came off like he was sick of Kagetsu’s crap and told her to get up and kick her ass.

It’s at this point, we get more of a back and forth match. First Oedo Coaster is dodged, as Momo then lights up Kagetsu with knees and kicks. Momo manages her Pendulum Driver, but Kagetsu kicks out. Momo even pulls out a Wristclutch Half Nelson Suplex, but Kagetsu still manages to kick out.

A few submissions get exchanged and both women are exhausted. Kagetsu throws the ref into the corner to knock Momo from her perch, and then hits her with the mist. Finally lands the Oedo Coaster, but Momo shows her resiliency and kicks out. In a final flurry from them both, you see a bunch of strikes exchanged, followed by dual head kicks. Last time they were both down, both women did stereo kip ups to beat the count. However, this time, is a different time.

Neither woman makes the count, so it’s a double knock out. No titles change hands. Still an odd situation where an umbrella and spitting water are fine, but Kagetsu felt the need for a ref bump to use the mist. Just one of those odd moments is all.

Winner: Double Knockout

Rating: ****

 

Honorable Mentions:

Dragon Gate: PAC & Eita vs Shingo Takagi & BxB Hulk
Winner: PAC via Red Arrow
Rating: *** 3/4
AJPW: Hikaru Sato & Atsushi Murayama vs Kotaro Suzuki & Shuji Kondo
Winner: Kondo via King Kong Lariat
Rating: *** 1/4
WWE Super Show-Down: The Shield vs Dogs of War
Winner: Shield via Dirty Deeds
Rating: *** 1/4
AJPW: Jake Lee & Koji Iwamoto vs Sushi & Atsushi Aoki
Winner: Jake via Saito Suplex
Rating: *** 1/4
Raw: Roman Reigns vs Dolph Ziggler
Winner: Reigns via Spear
Rating: ***
Stardom Artists of Stardom Title Match: Jungle Kyona, Natsuko Tora & Kaori Yoneyama vs Mayu Iwatani, Saki Kashima & Tam Nakano
Winner: Tam via Tiger Suplex Hold
Rating: ***

 

2. WWE Super Show-Down No Holds Barred WWE Championship Match: Samoa Joe vs AJ Styles (c)

From Mitchell’s Coverage:

The Phenomenal One and the Destroyer were once good friends, but perhaps being such good friends is how Joe learned Styles’ weakness. Joe would burn the bridge between him and Styles by using Styles’ own family as a pressure point to hurt the champion. It backfired at first, as Styles went after Joe so hard, he got disqualified. Then in their rematch, Styles survived, but not without controversy. Joe demanded this match, and SmackDown GM Paige agreed. There MUST be a winner this time, so the rules go out the window! Does Styles have a chance of surviving? Or will he leave Joe for dead in the land down under?

Before the bell, Joe waits for Styles on the ramp. Styles marches his way down, eyes locked with Joe, and the fight is on! They brawl on the ramp and Joe headbutts Styles. Styles hits back and throws Joe into barriers! He puts puts Joe in the ring and this match officially begins! Styles throws Joe into a corner then throws hands. Joe can only defend himself, then he throws jabs back. Joe backs Styles down until Styles falls down. Styles stands up and hits Joe back with a heavy haymaker. Joe stands but Styles is on him again. Joe throws Styles out then follows, but Styles trips him up. Even so, Joe shoves Styles over the announce desk! Styles quickly gets up and chases Joe back into the ring.

Styles kicks Joe down, then stalks him to a corner. He kicks Joe again, then chops him. Styles bumps Joe off buckles then rams in a shoulder. Fans duel as Styles snapmares Joe and kicks him in the back. Styles kicks Joe in the chest, but Joe grits his teeth. Joe chops Styles off his feet! Joe stalks Styles now, then chops him off his feet again. He headbutts Styles then jabs him against the ropes. Joe runs and boots Styles out of the ring! Joe waits for Styles as long as it takes, because there are no count-outs. Styles stands and Joe builds speed to DIVE! Joe barrels Styles into barriers! Joe paces while Styles crawls. Styles makes it around the corner but Joe is there to bounce him off steel steps. Joe stalks Styles and whips him to barriers. Then he forearms Styles back into them!

Joe drags Styles up for a snap suplex to the floor, then looms over Styles as he writhes. He puts Styles in the ring, then soaks up the heat. Joe snapmares Styles into a vice grip on the shoulder. Styles endures but Joe has an iron grip. Fans rally up and Styles stands to fight out with elbows. Styles throws haymakers, then runs, but into Joe’s big back elbow! Cover, TWO! Joe keeps his cool as he puts that grip back on Styles’ shoulder. Styles again endures while fans rally up. Styles pries his way out and fights back with chops. He chops and forearms then whips, but Joe reverses. Joe hits the back elbow to Pele! Styles flops out to the apron while fans duel again. Joe drags Styles for a cover, TWO! Styles drags himself back to the apron, but Joe keeps his eyes on him.

Joe grabs the legs and catapults Styles into the ropes for the guillotine. Styles coughs and gasps for air as he flops to the floor. Fans chant “We Want Tables!” while Styles staggers to his feet. Joe stalks Styles to stomp him at the apron. Joe drags Styles up and suplexes, but Styles holds onto ropes. Now Styles to suplex Joe out, but Joe resists. Joe gets Styles up and in but Styles slips out to then throw the Phenomenal Blitz! Joe is on his knees, Styles runs and hits the forearm! Styles catches his breath while Joe crawls to a corner. Styles runs in corner to corner for the big clothesline. Joe gets out of the fireman’s carry but Styles elbows Joe away. Styles hops up and hits the moonsault DDT! Cover, TWO! Styles keeps his cool, and drags Joe up.

Styles wants the Clash, but Joe sweeps the legs to catapult Styles into buckles. Joe then runs him over with a lariat! Cover, TWO! Joe drags Styles up for a fireman’s carry. Styles fights out to enziguri! Joe wobbles but stays standing. Styles runs but into the powerslam! Cover, TWO! Styles barely survives but Joe is still just as frustrated. Joe drags Styles back up and whips him to a corner. Styles hits back then hops up, but Joe catches the moonsault for a driver! Cover, TWO!! Joe is so close but still so far. Fans duel as Joe comes up with ideas. Joe rolls out, and he snags a chair from the timekeeper’s area. Joe aims at Styles but Styles dropkicks the chair into his face! Styles stands while Joe is down.

Styles decides to take that chair for his own, to jab it into his ribs and SMACK it across his back! Joe hides under the bottom rope but that won’t spare him. Styles jabs and SMACKS Joe again, then sits the chair up. Styles takes a seat to wait for Joe, so that he can kick him. Then he positions the chair and puts Joe in a corner. Styles backs off, runs back in, and uses the chair for a step stool, only for Joe to catch him, and urenage him onto the chair! Joe covers, TWO!! Styles still survives and Joe grows further frustrated. Joe rolls out because he wants something else. He goes to the ring, and pulls out a table! Melbourne is happy to see that!

Joe brings the table up and in, but first SMACKS Styles with the chair! Styles writhes in pain while Joe sets up that table. Joe drags Styles to the corner and up to the top rope. Fans anticipate what’s coming, but so does Styles. Styles slips out and electric chairs Joe and himself through that table!! Joe clutches his leg, but “This is Awesome!” Styles drags himself up but so does Joe. Joe can barely walk, and the referee checks on Joe. Joe says he heard something pop, but he won’t let this end the match. Styles comes over and moves the ref aside, to stalk the wounded Joe. He goes after the bad leg with vicious stomps! Styles shows no mercy for the man who threatened his family! He grabs and snaps the leg in the toehold, and says “He’s mine now!”

Styles grabs that leg for a DDT into the mat. He drags Joe up to a corner, and just as Joe said before, Styles reminds Joe there are consequences for our actions. But Joe turns things around to put Styles in the corner, only for Styles to get the leg for the Calf Crusher! Joe grabs Styles first, for the Coquina Clutch! Styles squirms around, but a ropebreak doesn’t do anything. Even so, Styles uses the ropes to get out of the hold then he roundhouses Joe away! Styles hurries back up, forearms Joe away, then hotshots him. Joe falls and Styles aims, for a springboard 450 on that bad leg! Styles doesn’t cover, he wants Joe to suffer as he suffered.

Joe rolls out but Styles pursues. Styles kicks that bad leg even as Joe hobbles. He forearms Joe against the barriers but then Joe dumps Styles over. Joe chops Styles now, right in front of the fans. Styles forearms Joe away, then uses the barriers as a springboard for the Phenomenal Forearm! Joe is now dead weight but Styles drags Joe up and in, because the fall has to happen in the ring. Styles prepares his forearm again, and aims at Joe. Joe manages to stand, and Styles springboards, but into the Coquina Clutch! Joe doesn’t have it all, and Styles backs him into buckles. But Joe holds on, and then uses the clutch to suplex Styles! Cover, TWO!!

Both men are down from exhaustion and pain, but this match must continue. They slowly stir, and Joe stands first. Joe puts Styles in a corner, then hoists him back up top. He chops Styles then tucks him in, for a Muscle Buster lift. Styles slips out as the knee gives out, roll up, TWO, COQUINA!! Joe can’t get the body scissors and Styles rolls up like Hell in a Cell! TWO, and Styles shifts right to the Calf Crusher! He even uses Joe’s own boot straps against him! Joe endures as Styles pulls way back. JOE TAPS! STYLES WINS!

Winner: Styles via Calf Crusher

Rating: **** 1/4

 

1. WWE Super Show-Down Cruiserweight Championship Match: Buddy Murphy vs Cedric Alexander (c)

From Mitchell’s Coverage:

The Soul of 205 Live has been undefeated in the year 2018, especially once becoming THE Cruiserweight Champion at Wrestlemania. However, the Cruiserweight Juggernaut is the other hometown hero tonight. Can Murphy use his superior size and strength to end the #AgeofAlexander? Or is the building legacy only going to continue in the land down under?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Murphy has Melbourne on his side and he makes sure Alexander knows it. Murphy offers a handshake, only to take it back. Then he hits Alexander with a knee trigger! Cover, TWO! Murphy almost got the better of Alexander, but he keeps going. He sets Alexander in the drop zone then climbs up, but Alexander bails out. So Murphy hops down, builds up speed and FLIES! Direct hit on the champion! Melbourne is thunderous for Murphy as he puts Alexander in. Murphy climbs again and leaps at Alexander for meteora! Cover, TWO! Alexander survives but Murphy is not deterred. Murphy kicks Alexander swiftly on the back, then again. Murphy kicks Alexander a third time, then covers, TWO! Alexander isn’t that easy to defeat, but Murphy doesn’t mind.

Murphy aims but Alexander evades. Alexander gives Murphy a big uppercut, then a boot. Alexander blocks Murphy’s kick to give the elbow. Murphy staggers and Alexander runs, but into a sleeper hold! Murphy squeezes tight and brings Alexander down to a knee. Alexander endures and powers Murphy to a corner. He bounces Murphy off buckles but it takes three times to break free. Murphy then shoves Alexander into buckles! Fans cheer as Murphy drags Alexander up. Murphy sets Alexander on buckles, then runs corner to corner, only to get a SUPERKICK! Murphy is down and Alexander drags himself up. Fans rally again as Alexander walks over. Murphy rocks him with a heavy right! Alexander staggers to a corner and Murphy puts him up top.

Melbourne is behind Murphy as he climbs up. Alexander fights back and he shoves Murphy away. Murphy returns but is pushed back again. Murphy tries a third time but Alexander gets him with a SUPER Michinoku Driver!! Cover, TWO!! Melbourne is relieved that their hometown hero still lives. Alexander and Murphy both stir as the fans rally up. Alexander runs and shoulders Murphy, to then swing kick and knee strike. Murphy staggers, Alexander says “Get Over Here!” with the step-in springboard shot! Murphy rolls out of the ring but Alexander builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on the challenger! Alexander puts Murphy back in, but he has to catch his breath a moment. He gets to the apron and takes aim at Murphy.

Springboard but into a waistlock. Standing switch and shove, handspring to Neuralizer! Cover, TWO! Murphy survives but Alexander still has moves to use. Alexander drags himself up while fans chant “Aussie Aussie Aussie! OI OI OI!” Alexander drags Murphy up in a waistlock, hauls him up but Murphy resists. The champ’s back also bothers him, but he tries again. Murphy slips out and boots Alexander! Murphy hops up but gets an uppercut! Alexander climbs up but hears the fans still on Murphy’s side. Alexander brings Murphy up, but Murphy fights back. They brawl up top with body shots, but Murphy gets the edge. Murphy sunset flips but Alexander holds on. He gets tucked in, SUPERKICK to POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Melbourne can’t believe it but Alexander survives.

The fans keep rallying and Murphy sits up first. Alexander follows and the two glare at each other. Murphy grabs Alexander but Alexander enziguris! Alexander fires himself up but Murphy reels him in. Murphy dodges the kicks to give the knee trigger! Murphy pumphandles but Alexander pops out to victory roll! TWO!! SPANISH FLY OUTTA NOWHERE! Cover, TWO!! LUMBAR CHECK!! Cover again, TWO?!? Murphy survives impact after impact and Alexander’s face says it all! Melbourne is giving their hero a standing ovation as he crawls to ropes. Alexander takes off the elbow pads because he’s getting serious. He drags Murphy in but Murphy sends him out. Alexander is still on the apron, and springboards, into a knee trigger! MURPHY’S LAW!! Cover, MURPHY WINS!!

Winner: Buddy via Murphy’s Law

Rating: **** 1/4

 

Thoughts:

Now as much as I’d like to pick weird matches, I have to say, I feel the best told story is with, NXT: Johnny Gargano vs Tony Nese. We saw Nese trying to take advantage of a weakened Gargano, but as the match progressed we saw more of him come back. He had intensity, confidence and that energy that so many fans connected to. So with all that, it’s hard for me to vote against it.

Well enjoy the excessive WWE this week. Because with New Japan and Bound for Glory, it’ll be a little difficult for WWE to break into the top 5 matches next week.

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The Good, Bad And Ugly Review: WWE TLC 2018

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The last WWE PPV of the year is WWE TLC. Where does it fall on the Good, Bad or Ugly scale? Bobby will break it down and let you know.

 

Tables, Ladders and Chairs.  So much going on in the WWE right now.  They have to get the asses in the seats, literally. We have some major Championship Matches, and opportunities for change.  This show is by far one of the most important we have had in a long time. Vince McMahon himself will return to Raw tomorrow, showing TLC’s significance.  Can WWE TLC deliver, will it succeed?

THE GOOD

WWE Cruiserweight Championship Buddy Murphy (c) vs. Cedric Alexander

This was action packed as always.  They have such talent, and the ability to stun the audience every spot.  WWE TLC was no different.  The match went back and forth in the beginning, Alexander and Murphy switched control often creating many close falls.  Alexander looked to have the victory many times, and in return Murphy wore down the much faster Alexander to gain control and change momentum. This was a fantastic wrestling match, and had the crowd hot for “205.”   Alexander got aggravated not being able to seal the deal, and Murphy capitalized.  Murphy after getting devastated slammed Alexander into the corner and kneed him in the face to retain. Murphy Wins! 

SmackDown Tag Team Championship – The Bar (c) vs. The Usos vs. New Day

Surprisingly off the bat, New Day didn’t utilize Big E.  The Bar brought the pain, destroying their opponents, and maintaining control.  Xavier Woods was beaten down, with frequent tags between Sheamus and Cesaro.  The match had a slow pace at first.  Uso’s come in and fire it up with Kofi Kingston, waking up the Uso’s “Home-team”crowd.  Cesaro changed everything and dominated again.  Cesaro had a picture perfect Sharpshooter on Kingston that Woods saved with a stiff DDT.  However Sheamus comes in missing a “Brogue Kick”, and hit with a double stomp, followed by a “trouble in paradise.  Woods then hit an elbow drop on the money.  After some back and forth, Sheamus hits the“Brogue Kick” on Woods for the victory and retains the Tag Team Championships for his team at WWE TLC. 

Braun Strowman vs. Baron Corbin (TLC match) w/ Referee Heath Slater

Everyone was wondering what was going to happen here. Corbin getting on the mic for cheap heat did its job.  Everyone hates him so much.  Strowman came down to the ring and of course cannot compete, however brought up a good point, that No DQ means he can legally get some help, leading to everyone that was done wrong by Corbin to circle the ring with chairs.  Apollo Crews, Finn Balor, Gable and Roode all got their piece but not before Heath Slater got in a shot after taking his ref shirt off. Corbin got hit with some good chair shots before retreating.  Kurt Angle wasn’t having it and interrupted his escape, hitting him repeatedly with a chair.  The gang then picked Corbin clean hitting Corbin each with their respective finishers.  Strowman pins him with his foot, for the victory.  Strowman Wins!  Corbin is no longer GM, and Strowman is on his way to face Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble for the Universal Championship.   This could have been Ugly, but it was entertaining and unexpected, which is Good for everyone in these hard times at WWE TLC.   

Finn Balor vs. Drew McIntyre

This is set up to be a very important match overall. Whoever wins, could be pushed into the title scene any moment.  McIntyre was just brutal.  He really had this unstoppable presence early on, countering every bit of offense from Balor.  Balor got some offense aggressively working the knee, however got belly to belly suplexed clear across the ring. Every time Balor got too much offense, McIntyre would destroy him.  There is just so much talent here.  It was such a clean match.  Balor hit a standing double stomp and got some momentum hitting some big moves.  Balor looked for the finish but got slammed with a tilt-a-whirl back-breaker.  McIntyre hit a disgusting move off of the middle rope but only for a two count. 

The fans appreciated the effort and enjoyed this match.  Balor out of desperation caught McIntyre in the ring apron but again was countered.  McIntyre hit a Glasgow Kiss Head-butt.  Then Ziggler came out of no-where hitting a superkick.  McIntyre however came back quickly against “The Showoff” leading to Balor smashing McIntyre with a missile dropkick finishing with the Coup de Grace off the top for the hard fought victory.  Balor Wins!  Dolph Ziggler then attacked Balor backstage during an interview, leading to match on Raw this Monday.  

WWE Championship – Daniel Bryan (c) vs. AJ Styles

Good technical match overall.  Daniel Bryan taking it slow making AJ wait to get started is a classic heel move.  Both guys doing some unique moves and keeping the pace going.  This felt like a true Championship Match, which WWE TLC needed, and showed the competitors’ expertise. Bryan kept working the ribs, and hit some very hard kicks to Styles keeping him down.  Styles hit a huge closeline to buy some time.  Styles got some revenge and beat Bryan down inside and out of the ring.  Styles got his move reversed, and Bryan destroyed him with knees and a devastating neck breaker. 

Bryan followed up with “Yes Kicks” on that were on the money.  Styles got another counter with a huge kick to the head.  He worked Bryan’s knee doing major damage to the Champion.  AJ teased a “Styles Clash” but ended up rolling up and getting Bryan into a half crab. Bryan worked out of it, and got Styles into the “Yes Lock.”  Styles hit a “450” off the ropes, but didn’t get the pin, the two went back and forth and ended up with Bryan in the “calf-crusher.”  Daniel Bryan escaped, but got right back into the action.  After some back and forth, Styles hit a small package that Daniel Bryan reversed for the 1-2-3.  Daniel Bryan retains!     

SmackDown Women’s Championship – Becky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka (TLC match)

The “Main Event” of WWE TLC–this already had so much going for it.  The competitor’s, “The Man,” the crowd, the lights and sounds.  It has it all going into it.  A true historical match.  Full speed right away, this match wasn’t slow and boring.  Everyone brought their Agame in this one.  We saw constant exchange between the three headliners. Asuka destroyed Becky Lynch by tossing her onto a ladder, and power-bombed Charlotte through a table.  Charlotte was stunned but managed to return hitting Asuka with a chair and a huge moonsault off the top to the outside.  Becky continued this insanity crushing Charlotte of the top of the ladder through the announce table.  Asuka nearly had the win, until Becky cut her off fighting up the ladder.  Charlotte punished both of them coming in hot with a kendo stick. 

Charlotte went psycho, until Lynch destroyed her sambo suplexing her into the barrier.  Asuka then went ballistic on Lynch with the kendo stick getting followed up by a spear from Charlotte through the barrier.  This led to Lynch getting close to the belt and a hateful face-off with Lynch and Flair.   Charlotte got the better of it, and set up Lynch on a table on the outside, slapping the hell out of her before front flipping through her and the table.  Just when Charlotte had it locked, Asuka ran up the ladder to put up a fight.  Becky Lynch came back in, and set up right next to Asuka and Charlotte ultimately fighting Flair who went over on Asuka. Ronda Rousey then got involved unexpectedly, and threw Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch off the ladder.  Asuka then had the belt to herself, climbing the ladder and winning the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship!  This match including the ending was just awesome!!! It saved the show.  Congrats Asuka, whatever is coming next will be fantastic!

THE BAD

Elias vs. Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush (Ladder Match w/ Guitar)

As always, while everyone was excited to “Walk With Elias” we did not get to as he was interrupted.  This is expected by now, but hearing Lio Rush doesn’t do the crowd any favors.  He gets a lot of heat though, and anyone working with Elias will get a reaction.  There was some decent action, and Lio Rush showed how impressive he is as well.  The physicality that these two powerhouses bring was on point, and it was a shame that this was on the pre-show.  Elias essentially fighting two guys at once, caused him to get over even more.  Elias is so hot with everyone right now, it will be great to see what will come next. Even with Lio Rush almost getting to the guitar ahead of Elias, “The Drifter” gets it!  Elias Wins, but gets completely destroyed by Lashley and Rush following the match. The highlight was that this was short and sweet and although this match wasn’t Ugly, it wasn’t Good either. 

Natalya vs. Ruby Riott (Tables Match)

This feud is rough, and has attributed quite a bit to the low ratings that Raw has seen lately.  Ruby Riott and The Riott Squad is money, but Natalya really brings it down a notch.  Liv Morgan out of nowhere took a major fall through a table, most likely breaking her ribs.  It was a nasty bump.  Natalya is so corny, even when she cussed and slapped Riott, it wasn’t believable.  Natalya beat on Riott nearly winning the match but took out Sarah Logan instead.  Riott continued to mock Jim Neidhart’s death making no sense.  Natalya after a few awkward miscues gets Riott into a “sharpshooter’, however Riott wiggled the Jim Neidhart table onto Natalya’s head breaking the hold. 

Natalya later hit a hard Electric Chair but moved the table first so that it couldn’t be used.  Natalya pulled out a Ruby Riott table, and her father’s jacket and set it up in the ring which took forever.  Ruby Riott countered but Natalya took back control.  Natalya climbed the ropes but waited too long again.  Riott kicked her in the face, climbed to the top, went for a hurricanrana but then got power-bombed by Nattie through the table. Natalya Wins!  This really was a waste of time, but not taking anything away from Ruby Riott, she could only do so much here.     

Randy Orton vs. Rey Mysterio (Chairs Match)

Rey Mysterio beat the living hell out of Orton throughout the whole beginning, beating him senseless until missing a huge spot landing onto a chair. Orton of course came back with a vengeance.  Orton took his time picking Mysterio apart.  The pace was very slow as Orton likes to play that role.  However it doesn’t suit Rey Mysterio well in these type of matches.  This was borderline boring.  Rey Mysterio came back hitting a “619” only to be cut off again by Orton.  Orton setup Rey Mysterio for an RKO onto a row of chairs, however Mysterio countered into a roll-up pin for the victory.  With the level of talent, this certainly could and should have been a lot better.  This really wasn’t Good and didn’t hold its weight on such a big night. 

Raw Women’s Championship Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Nia Jax

The opening lockup into the air by Jax was nice, but was ruined with a series of horrendous strikes back and forth.  Rousey hit a fantastic roll up into an arm bar, but was quickly overpowered into a sit down powerbomb by Nia Jax.  There was a decent series of counters but Nia smashed Rousey into the barricade stopping all momentum.  Rousey came back flying strikes but again was ruined by some slow moving awkward offense by Jax. 

Jax went over the top by going for a Samoan Drop from the second buckle however was countered by a predictable powerbomb by Rousey.  Tamina had very little to do in this match but interfered briefly delaying an inevitable arm bar by Rousey for the victory.  Rousey retains!  Although there were some decent moments, overall this really was Bad. Miscues, awkwardness and a horrible pace made this another Bad one.  Becky Lynch added a little flavor backstage attacking Nia Jax and reminding her she is “the man.” 

Intercontinental Championship Seth Rollins (c) vs. Dean Ambrose

It is very surprising that this isn’t an actual TLC stipulated match. Aside from that, there has been a lot of buildup between these two talents.  It had some Good moments, mostly by Rollins.  Rollins was getting beat on by Ambrose quite a bit, as Ambrose worked the knee.  The psychology was really strange in this match.  Rollins’ knee was hurt one minute then completely unfazed a second later. 

The two top guys worked until exhaustion, however sometimes, it was just too slow.  The high-spots were huge though, but we have seen them all before.  Nothing special here, which is beyond logic.  The Ambrose Shield Spot was just purely horrendous but Rollins followed it up with a sick kick to the face.  Ambrose retaliated by hitting a deep Dirty Deeds for the non-climatic victory.  We have a new Intercontinental Champion but this match was one of the biggest disappointments in recent history, and that is saying something.          

THE UGLY

WWE Mixed Match Challenge Final – R-Truth & Carmella vs. Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox

Legitimately, the fact that this wasn’t on the pre-show is criminal. A match nearly no fan cares about, with lower echelon talent was perfect bait for the pre-show slot.  Carmella and R-Truth got the crowd going, and Mahal being a former Champion recently showed some potential for something Good, however Alicia Fox, the Singh Brothers and the fact that there is little interest, made this an Ugly Match.  A few botches, a lot of miscues, and complete waste of time, this really was a horrible match.  Thankfully, Carmella locked up Fox in the Code of Silence rather quickly, R-Truth and Carmella Win! 

Final Tally

  • Good:  6
  • Bad:  5
  • Ugly:  1

Overall:  Good (The Main Event pushed it over the edge in many ways)

Don’t forget, this show had some pretty bad moments.  The Good outweighed the Bad, but it really had some very tough things to get past.  The Main Event however, as expected was special.  It really killed it and had it’s rightful place as the Main Event and in history.  Asuka winning the Title is huge, and wherever this story is going, will be money! Please continue to follow, comment, like and share.  TLC is now in the books.  Vince McMahon is back tomorrow, which will make for an interesting Monday Night Raw. 

 

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Greg DeMarco is back with his next Daily DeMarco, asking what Vince McMahon will do in the wake of WWE TLC!




WWE TLC is over, and it’s time to prepare ourselves for the Royal Rumble–and thus the start of The Road To WrestleMania!

But first, I want to remind you that we are currently seeking contributors to The Chairshot. We have plenty of opportunities, and we are open to other ideas as well. Hit me up and let’s see where you fit in.

Looking At WWE TLC

I had high hopes for the show, and I feel like it failed to deliver. There were some things I liked, and others that fell flat to me. Overall covering it felt more like work than normal, which I don’t like.

What I liked:

  • Finn Balor and Drew McIntyre put on a great match, one that likely doesn’t get the credit it deserves in the long run. Loved it.
  • Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles gave us a classic, in a match that got the time it needed and delivered big time.
  • The Bar, New Day, and The Usos were entertaining as usual. I want WWE to find some sort of way to blow this off, perhaps giving them time at WrestleMania could do the trick.
  • Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, and Asuka were more than deserving of the closing spot on the show (“main event” is a relative term in WWE). Highly enjoyable match and I am excited to see Asuka as champion.

What I didn’t like:

  • Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins felt like they didn’t want to be there. I feel like a stipulation could really help them as they’ve been friends and/or foes for quite a while. Give them more to work with!
  • Ronda Rousey vs Nia Jax didn’t do anything for me. Rousey looked good early, but Nia just sucks beyond belief.

I didn’t rate this show, as WWE is Andrew’s territory, but I can’t see it coming in better than a 6/10 for me.




What’s Next with Vince McMahon coming to Raw?

The Boss is headed to Raw, where he will undoubtedly address the lack of a General Manager. But I feel like there’s more to it. We’ve had reports of some “idea” that is supposedly so wonderful it will turn things around. I can’t fathom what it is, but I have two ideas that are likely WAY off.

And since I am an old school WWE/WWF fan, both have the word “Challenge” in them!

Royal Rumble Challenge

This is basically a way for WWE to make Royal Rumble qualifying seem like a big deal. Vince can point out that Raw has 15 slots for the Royal Rumble (bigger roster, gives Smackdown 10 and 5 wildcard slots), and he is putting all of them up for grabs. Basically he puts talent in a “brass ring” situation, where they’ll do anything for a spot. Matches, angles, stories, etc, all centered around getting into the Royal Rumble.

WrestleMania Challenge

This one is bigger–a G1 Classic style tournament that plays out primarily on Raw (maybe a match per week on SD as well) for the opportunity to book yourself in any match–any match of your choosing–at WrestleMania. It can play out with the finals taking pace at Fastlane. This would provide a storyline thread all the way through winter, and give WWE a chance to use a new concept. Between the TV properties, the website, and social media, a WrestleMania Challenge would provide WWE with a ton of content–and content creation is the name of the game.

I am very interested to see how Vince McMahon can “shake things up” on Raw, as we are hitting a time of the year that’s always exciting for fans and analysts alike. Let’s hope something good is on the horizon.

Good Reads on The Chairshot

Technical difficulties meant it got out late, but check out our Staff Picks for WWE TLC and see how we did!

Check out Andrew’s match ratings for WWE TLC

See what Tom had to say about Finn Balor and Drew McIntyre after WWE TLC

Thank you for reading the third Daily DeMarco! Here’s to many more…




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