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Four undefeated teams battle to find the very best in both the Raw and SmackDown blocks! Which teams will take the lead in Mixed Match Challenge Season 2?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Braun Strowman & Ember Moon VS Bobby Lashley & Mickie James w/ Lio Rush; Strowman & Moon win.
  • AJ Styles ??? & Charlotte Flair VS The Miz & Asuka; Flair & Jeff Hardy win.

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It’s Mixed Match Challenge Episode 9!

While Survivor Series is on the horizon, there is now a prize on top of pride on the line in this special tournament! The finals at TLC will now be for the 30th and final spots in both the Men’s and Women’s Royal Rumble matches! Therefore, these undefeated streaks mean more now than ever! The #MonsterEclipse clashes with #CountryDominance for Raw while the #FenomenalFlair try to stop the Mixed Match Challenge champions, #AWESKA! Will the Rocky Mountain Machine and Kickie James #GetTheseHands? Or will The Monster Among Men & War Goddess be dominated? Will The Miz & Asuka stay undefeated? Or will they not be ready for The Phenomenal One & The Queen?

 

Backstage interview with The Miz & Asuka!

The Mixed Match Challenge champions look to continue their roll against the other undefeated team on the SmackDown Block. At this moment in time, AJ Styles was busy with his WWE Championship match. Miz says it doesn’t matter if Styles wins or loses to Daniel Bryan, he’s not getting past The Miz. AWESKA has “humiliated team after team after team.” In some cases, it was so bad, superstars passed up the chance to be part of this second season because they knew the champs were returning. Miz and Asuka have laid the very foundation that no one can duplicate, and that includes Charlotte & Styles! Miz & Asuka will win MMC again, they will be the 30th entrants and both of them will main event Wrestlemania!

Speaking of ‘Mania, Asuka lost her streak to Charlotte at Wrestlemania 34. How will Asuka look to settle the score? Asuka admits Charlotte is good, but the Empress will do her best to end the Queen. And together with The Miz, “We Will Win! We Will Win!” Because they are AWESKA!

 

Backstage interview with #CountryDominance!

Mickie James, Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush walk in, and they’re enjoying their roll into tonight’s match. Strowman is bigger than Lashley, is he worried about that? No, because the bigger they are, the harder they fall. And both Strowman & Ember will fall at these hands here. Ember has been impressive, and Mickie respects Ember, but Ember doesn’t have the body of work Mickie has. Ember doesn’t even know what it’s like to have gold on the main roster yet. Mickie reminds us she’s the six-time Women’s Champion, and she has blazed a trail unlike any other.

The now 24 year old piece of gold speaks up, saying that’ it’s very simple. Just look at Mickie, one of the greatest. Then look at Lashley, looking like Schwarzenegger in his prime. “Michaelangelo couldn’t have thought to sculpt a better work of art.” Lashley hits us with the flexing. Lashley respects the WWE Universe, he loves the WWE Universe, but will he love getting in the ring with the Monster Among Men?

 

Braun Strowman & Ember Moon VS Bobby Lashley & Mickie James w/ Lio Rush!

Just because The Monster and The Dominator are on the same team at Survivor Series doesn’t mean these two will just give up on that Mixed Match Challenge prize. At the same time, Stephanie McMahon may have promised Strowman a second chance at The Beast and his Universal Championship, but you can’t always trust a McMahon. Will Strowman ensure himself and Ember a path to the top? Or will they feel the veteran impact and lose their win streak?

The teams sort out, and it will be ladies first. Ember and Mickie circle, and fans duel. Mickie and Ember tie up and go around, and Mickie arm-drags Ember to the mat. They still grapple and Ember arm-drags Mickie now. They both dropkick, but those cancel out. Mickie kips up, so Ember handsprings. Mickie rushes but Ember trips her up for a cover. ONE as Mickie slips out, Mickie Oklahoma Rolls Ember! ONE as Ember gets out, and Ember rolls Mickie. TWO but Ember stays on Mickie and goes for a backslide. Mickie resists, but Ember still brings Mickie over. Mickie lands on her feet but Ember swings on her, only to get caught into an abdominal stretch! Ember endures as Mickie bends and stretches her. Fans duel while we look backstage.

Paige is telling Charlotte that as crazy as things have been, Styles cannot compete tonight! But that’s okay, Paige has a last-minute replacement so that Charlotte can still face Team AWESKA! We’ll all learn who it is when the SmackDown match happens, who will it be?

We return to the ring as Ember feeds off the fan rally. Ember pops free and arm-drags Mickie again. Mickie comes back but gets a kick, a knee, but then ducks. Mickie kicks back but Ember dodges to run, double clotheslines! Both women sit up quick, and Ember has fire in her eyes. They stare down, but tag to their men! Fans fire up as Strowman and Lashley step into the ring. Survivor Series and Team Raw doesn’t matter when it’s about proving who the alpha male is. Strowman shouts, “You want some of this? Come in here and get it!” And they tie up fast and furious! Strowman pushes Lashley back and flexes! Lashley looks surprised, but not intimidated. They tie up and Lashley baits Strowman into the corner. Strowman shrugs it off and they go again. Lashley gets a headlock but Strowman powers out.

They bump shoulders but Lashley is the one who bounces off. Strowman brushes off his shoulder, then counters the punch to whip and bump Lashley again. Lashley manages to stay standing and runs at Strowman. Strowman barely budges from the attack! Lashley mule kicks then runs, but into a boot! Strowman roars and fans love it. But Lio swipes at The Monster. This is of course a distraction so that Lashley can tackle Strowman into the corner! Lashley then goes to suplex Strowman, but Strowman is too big. Strowman instead suplexes and throws Lashley! Lashley rolls away, and Strowman sicks Ember after Lio! The War Goddess chases the Man of the Hour, but gets a missile dropkick from Mickie!

Mickie puts her in, having tagged Lashley when we weren’t looking. Lio thinks that’s clever, but then he realizes Strowman is free to chase him! Run, Lio, run! He does, but Lashley ends up getting run over for him! As for Mickie, she’s climbed up top, and leaps into a SUPERKICK! Ember climbs up and shows her how it’s done, with an ECLIPSE! Cover, #MonsterEclipse wins!

Winners: Braun Strowman & Ember Moon, Ember by pinfall; improve to 4-0, #CountryDominance is 3-1

The undefeated team of Raw is #MonsterEclipse! There are still many weeks left, but they’re shoe-ins for the MMC Playoffs. Will Strowman & Moon be able to make it all the way to the end and TLC?

 

??? & Charlotte Flair VS The Miz & Asuka!

After what happened on tonight’s SmackDown, The Phenomenal One is no longer the Champ that Runs the Camp. Styles no longer has a title, he no longer faces The Beast at Survivor Series, and now he isn’t even able to compete for Team #FenomenalFlair! However, The Queen will have a new partner courtesy of the Glampire. Who did Paige find to fight beside Charlotte? It’s Jeff Hardy! We go from Phenomenal to the Enigmatic Flair! Can Hardy help Charlotte render Team AWESKA OBSOLETE?

As usual, only The Miz gets booed. Charlotte says “DELETE! DELETE!” along with Hardy, this Carolina Connection has already meshed. Miz mocks the hand motion claiming he’ll DELETE Hardy. It’ll be WONDERFUL~! He and Hardy circle, but the “WOO~” and “Obsolete!” chants get on Miz’s nerves. Miz knees Hardy low then steals the “DELETE!” chants as he goes for buckle bumps. Hardy counters and gives Miz the buckle bumps corner to corner! They go back again and now Miz gets “DELETE! DELETE!” buckle bumps. Fans fire up as Hardy stalks Miz. He kicks but Miz narrowly escapes the Twist. The fans then notice Asuka and Charlotte, and the men tag out. We have a Wrestlemania rematch as well as another MMC rematch as these two circle.

They shake hands out of respect, but then tie up fast and furious. Asuka gets the arm but Charlotte reverses and wrenches. Fans duel as Asuka reverses back but Charlotte breaks free. Charlotte goes for a leg but Asuka counters with a headlock. Asuka wrenches the arm again but Charlotte gets the leg takedown. Charlotte rolls but Asuka reverses. Asuka wants her lock but Charlotte fights it off. Fans continue to duel, Asuka gets a headlock but Charlotte powers out. Things speed up but Asuka misses her attack. Charlotte kips up then dodges Asuka to arm-drag her. Asuka arm-drags back and the two double dropkick. The fans applaud as the two stand off. Charlotte and Asuka circle, Asuka kicks and whips. Charlotte tumbles to the apron to shoulder back in. She has to boot Miz down as he runs over, but then Asuka hip attacks Charlotte down!

Asuka goes out to fetch Charlotte while Miz takes pride in his distraction. She puts Charlotte in and covers, TWO! Asuka keeps on Charlotte with an armlock, but Charlotte moves around. Charlotte gets up as fans duel. We check on the social media lounge to see the Fabulous Truth discuss their plans if they won. Carmella would love to go to Paris. But they’ve been to Texas. Not that Paris, Truth…

Back in the ring, Asuka has Charlotte in an Octopus Stretch! Charlotte endures but fans rally up. Charlotte feeds off the energy but Asuka sunset flips! TWO, and Charlotte chops! Charlotte chops again, and again. Asuka catches one of those Flair chops to fireman’s carry and kick Charlotte! Asuka runs, but Charlotte ducks the kick to roll Asuka up! TWO and Charlotte boots her down! Asuka ends up by her corner so Charlotte hurries to hers, hot tag to Hardy! Miz comes in but Hardy rallies with haymakers. Hardy whips but Miz reverses, only for Hardy to come back with forearms. Hardy hits the Russian leg sweep, then the leg-trapping clutch cover! TWO, but Hardy is ready to “DELETE!” He kicks low, but Miz denies the Twist. Hardy elbows Miz away, and hits Whisper in the Wind! Cover, TWO! Miz survives and the streak still lives.

Fans rally behind Hardy as he brings Miz up. Miz has the ropes, but then cheap shots Hardy away. Miz grabs a leg but Hardy hits the spinning back kick! Hardy goes after Miz in the corner, Hardyac Arrest intercepted! Miz runs but into the Twist! Miz gets the full nelson, but Hardy drops down, victory roll! TWO!! Miz kicks low, basement DDT! Cover, but Charlotte breaks it! Asuka attacks and throws Charlotte out. Miz stalks Hardy, but his clothesline misses, and almost hits Asuka! Miz stops himself just in time, but Hardy rolls him up! Cover, Asuka back hands Hardy! Miz rolls Hardy, TWO! Miz gets up and stalks Hardy with his flappy hands. Hardy slowly stands, Miz goes for the full nelson, but Hardy arm-drags him off. Hardy runs into Miz’s elbow and Asuka tags in.

Charlotte returns to get a back kick. Then Miz & Asuka give them their AWESKA Kicks! Miz then Asuka, Miz then Asuka, and fans are divided. Miz winds it up, but misses! Hardy hits a Twist of Fate! Charlotte gets up to SPEAR Asuka! Then, Figure Eight! Deja vu to Wrestlemania, Asuka TAPS!! #EnigmaticFlair wins!

Winners: Jeff Hardy & Charlotte Flair, Flair by submission; improve to 4-0, #AWESKA is 3-1

The Mixed Match Challenge champions are no longer undefeated!! Their streak ends, but Charlotte’s continues with her new tag partner! Will Jeff Hardy help Charlotte take over the SmackDown Block? Can Charlotte use this momentum to get the better of Ronda Rousey? Or will AWESKA be back thanks to the MMC Playoffs?

 


 

My Thoughts:

I again felt compelled to share my opinions now that there’s something at stake. With the winners getting the guaranteed final spots in the respective Men’s and Women’s Royal Rumble matches, the finals at TLC finally mean something. And with there now being playoffs, the round robin records only mean you qualify and go in as either the first, second, third or fourth seeds. Now things really get interesting, but it’s interesting to think that only now are we hearing anything about this. This obviously means Vince needed the first eight weeks to decide what any of this second season meant in the grander scheme of WWE. But hey, at least he found a way to make this second season matter.

Speaking of, current events make this point in the MMC really interesting. For Raw, Strowman & Moon winning makes them the top seed on Raw and Lashley & Mickie are now second seed. If it’s anything like other sports, it’ll be the 1st VS the 4th, the 2nd VS the 3rd. Therefore, Strowman & Moon face the winner of next week, #Mahalicia VS #TeamPawz. Then I would love if in the rematch of #CountryDominance VS #B’n’B, Finn & Bayley pull of an amazing upset to then get to the Raw Block finals! It may not result in Finn VS Styles at TLC like I wanted, but Finn & Bayley getting a shot at #30 is great for both of them. Plus, Strowman doesn’t need to be #30 if he’s getting that rematch with Lesnar from Stephanie.

As for SmackDown, I’m not sure if this is a permanent replacement. I suppose Hardy stepping it would have to be permanent, it’s how things went for Mickie James stepping in for Sasha Banks. Sasha is back but Mickie stayed, so perhaps Hardy stays despite Styles only needing one week off. And while Styles lost his title, he’ll likely get his rematch at TLC. SmackDown is still a toss-up between Hardy-Flair and AWESKA, as I doubt these teams lose to #DayOneGlow or the winner between #FabulousTruth VS #RavishingRusevDay. Though, I’d still love for Charlotte to make it to the finals to face Bayley for a revisit of that old rivalry, and then we’d get some great Finn VS Hardy, Demon paint VS Brother Nero paint.


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NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.119 ~ 24TH JANUARY 2021

A former King of Pancrase and Triple Crown champion steps up to challenge for the GHC National title at Budokan! NOAH shaping up for their biggest event in a decade! 

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NEWS

Hajime Ohara tests positive for COVID-19

It was announced on the 22nd January that Hajime Ohara had tested positive for Covid after a routine PCR test. The Osaka card was changed with YO-HEY filling in for him. Ohara has not shown any symptoms of fever, cough or loss of taste so far, and temperature taken on the morning of the 24th January was normal. Ohara is isolating at home, and true to form is studying (he was taking an online English class), and and eating nutritiously. He is determined to be back to NOAH for The Budokan.

In Osaka, the roster paid tribute to him, with YO-HEY making the Muy Bien sign, and Naomichi Marufuji finishing his promo (tantrum) with “Muy Bien”.

Kenoh from Murakami to Masakatsu

In a match that lasted only nine minutes and forty seconds, which was really for how long it needed to last, Kenoh defeated Kazunari Masakatsu for the GHC National title in Osaka on the 23rd January 2021. The match started off somewhat MMA style, and went to mat wrestling. Kenoh got his own back on Murakami for felling him with a closed fist, by doing the same, but this seemed to only make Murakami mad and he unleashed a volley of kicks and punches on Kenoh. After a brief loss of temper, Kenoh came to his senses and realized that he was going to have to take Murakami down, and he did it by using the sleeper hold, which caused the referee to stop the match.

Almost immediately after the match had finished, Masakatsu Funaki made his challenge. He simply pointed at the belt and asked Kenoh to be his next challenger. Kenoh accepted the challenge, and set it for the Nippon Budokan (12th February 2021), but backstage rather than scream abuse about his opponent, he actually said that he was it was exciting and he was looking forward to it. Murakami he said he had also enjoyed the match with, although he admitted to being scared by him.

Masakatsu Funaki seemed to have a few different reasons for challenging; he had the image of being a champion alongside Mutoh, Kenoh was not something he had experienced before, and he felt that the time was now to do it. He was also complimentary about Kenoh, saying that he was “in his thirties and riding high”. Funaki makes the third MMA fighter to have challenged Kenoh.

EVENT RECAPS & POST MATCH PROMOS

Event recap: HIGHER GROUND 2021 (January 23rd, Edion Arena Osaka 2nd Stadium)

Post match interviews: HIGHER GROUND 2021 (January 23rd, Edion Arena Osaka 2nd Stadium)

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

~ Atsushi Kotoge admitted some jealousy of Daisuke Harada.

~ Mohammed Yone did some catering for the roster on the way home from Osaka.

~ Naomichi Marufuji won the chop challenge against Go Shiozaki, then got annoyed at it being pointed out that he beat Shiozaki in the challenge, but wasn’t the one to make the pin and win the match. Pointed out that HE was the senior to them, and would take both their belts, “so I can enter last and show them off”. And then walked off.

~ Takashi Sugiura says he aims to create a new record, and become the GHC Heavyweight Champion at the age of 50, however if Keiji Mutoh defeats Go Shiozaki for it, he will do it when he is 60.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

ALL the titles, except the GHC Heavyweight Tag, have been challenged for and the matches will take place at The Budokan. Fans are hoping that Katsuhiko Nakajima and Masa Kitamiya will challenge, especially as they are teaming together against Takashi Sugiura (Kazushi Sakuraba is absent) on NOAH’s last show before The Budokan, on the 31st January.

 

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

Sunday 31st January: “HIGHER GROUND 2021” (11.30am JST, Korakuen Hall.)

BROADCASTS

NOAH’s 23rd January show from Osaka will be available to view on WRESTLEUNIVERSE on Tuesday 26th January. The GHC National title match, and the main event were streamed live through Periscope.

The 31st January event at Korakuen Hall has not had broadcast details announced yet.

LINKS

“Parasyte” Kazunari Murakami’s plan to take over the REIWA Ark

“For us, The Budokan is the beginning rather than the “Return” ~ Interview with Yoshiki Inamura

Kazushi Sakuraba has an astonishing determination to “become the Takako Tokiwa” of the Pro Wrestling World

Pro Wrestling Casebook ~ a shock ran through Michinoku, when Kenoh announced he was joining Noah (2013)

“Aiming to become the GHC Champion, in the year of my 60th birthday” ~ Takashi Sugiura

GIF taken from Noah’s Periscope

Match graphic taken from the Official NOAH Twitter

 


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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (1/22/21)

And you thought last week was big!

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205 Live doubles down on historic matches!

Not only are two 205 Live OG taking on a BRUTAL combination in Thatcher & Ciampa, but the WOMEN’S Dusty Cup comes to the purple ‘n’ orange!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: The Way’s Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Gigi Dolin & Cora Jade; The Way wins and advances.
  • Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari VS Timothy Thatcher & Tommaso Ciampa; Thatcher & Ciampa win and advance.

PLAY BY PLAY

205 Live explains how a certain Dusty Cup match came to be.

It was on NXT that Ashante “Thee” Adonis was in a match with the cruel Karrion Kross. Kross showed no mercy to Adonis as he hit him with TWO Doomsday Saido Suplexes and the blindside forearm smash. Then he would show no mercy to Adonis’ tag partner, Desmond Troy, by wrapping him up in the Krossjacket submission! The damage done was too severe for either man to compete tonight, and now they’re OUT of the Dusty Rhodes Classic! However, there is a new team that has been formed.

The Professor of Pain and the Psycho Killer put each other through torture inside the Fight Pit, and in the end, they found respect for each other. They’re now a killer combination and having their tag team debut TONIGHT, in the tag team tournament! Will they put the Premier Athlete and Persian Lion through similar suffering, all for a shot at history and the NXT Tag Team Championships?

 

Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: The Way’s Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Gigi Dolin & Cora Jade!

How is this for history? 205 Live has its first-ever women’s match, and it is for this historic women’s tag team tournament! But will it be even more historic for the two debuting superstars? Or will Candice & Indi Wrestling dominate where the boys, Johnny & Austin, failed?

The teams sort out, Indi starts against Jade and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Indi throws Jade down. Indi says Jade is NOT #Impressive, but Jade hits back with body shots! Indi knees low, whips Jade to a corner but Jade dodges! Jade tags Gigi and Gigi dodges Indi for a BOOT! Jade BOOTS Indi, then Gigi runs in to spin and ROCK Indi with a forearm! Indi hits back, drags Gigi over and tags in Candice. Candice stomps Gigi down, brings her up and through the ropes to choke her. The ref counts, Candice lets off at 4 to then CLUB Gigi down. Candice stomps Gigi, taunts Jade, but misses the leg drop!

Gigi rams Candice to the corner, tags in Jade, and Jade runs corner to corner to SHINING WIZARD! Jade brings Candice around but Indi is in the way of her run. Candice CLOBBERS Jade then covers, ONE! Candice hammers away on Jade, dribbles her off the mat, and fans boo as Candice drags Jade up with a chinlock. Candice has a neck wrench, fans chant “You Still Suck!” but Jade fights her way up. Candice CLUBS Jade, whips her to the Way’s corner, then runs in for a back body block! Indi tags in and she taunts Gigi before hitting Jade with a forearm! Indi throws Jade down to cover, TWO!

Indi keeps on Jade with a cravat for the neck crank. Jade fights up, fans rally and Jade throws body shots. Jade whips, Indi reverses and scoops for a sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Indi keeps her cool, tags Candice, and Candice wrenches Jade to snapmare and chinlock. Candice digs her knee in but Jade endures. Fans rally, Jade fights up, throws more body shots, then breaks free to uppercut! Jade runs but wobbles, but she elbows Candice again! Jade baits Candice into her own corner, dodges, but Candice gets Jade’s leg! Jade kicks Candice away, hot tags to Indi and Gigi! Gigi didges, fires off on Indi, KICKS away on the leg, then kicks that leg out! BUZZSAW!

Gigi DECKS Candice for good measure before she BOOTS Indi down! Cover, TWO! Gigi snarls as she drags Indi up and clubs her on the back. Tag to Jade, they bring Indi around together to double suplex but Indi fights it off! Indi BOOTS Jade, kicks Gigi and reels Gigi in for a suplex of her own! Indi holds Gigi up for a count of 10 before the SLAM! Gigi bails out so Indi tags Candice. Candice runs into Jade’s roll up, TWO! Jade Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Ghost pin, TWO!! Candice flounders up but gets around Jade to roll her up, TWO!! Indi tags in and kicks Jade to then back suplex SLAM! Cover, The Way wins!

Winners: The Way, by pinfall (advance to the next round)

Candice and Indi are making their way into the semifinals! But will Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter be in the way of The Way making history?

 

Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari VS Timothy Thatcher & Tommaso Ciampa!

The Premier Athlete and Persian Lion have been here since day one of 205 Live, and were looking strong going into this match when it was against Adonis & Troy. But again, it has only been a couple days since NXT, are the Professor of Pain and Psycho Killer in any shape to face them on their home turf?

The teams sort out and Nese and Daivari seem to laugh at the two former enemies trying to be a team now. Daivari starts with Thatcher, they tie up and Daivari goes after an arm. Thatcher pries him off of that with a chinlock and then grinds into a headlock. Thatcher throws Daivari down, pulls on his head, but Daivari tries to pull hair. Thatcher just smiles that jagged tooth grin as he gets back up and goes after Daivari’s arm! Thatcher wrangles Daivari with a hammerlock, traps it with his legs then gets Daivari’s legs. Thatcher pulls Daivari into a Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Daivari endures, it becomes a cover, TWO!

Thatcher grabs at Daivari right away and has a facelock. Daivari endures, gets around, waistlocks, but Thatcher pries at the arm. Daivari tags Nese in, Nese rolls Thatcher up, TWO! Thatcher trips Nese and has the foot for a toe ‘n’ ankle. He shifts to a heel hook, then gets the arm but Nese scrambles around. Ciampa wants in, so Thatcher tags him in! Fans cheer as Ciampa wrenches Nese’s arm and drags him down. Nese resists the Fujiwara but Ciampa wrenches through again to a wristlock. Nese chinbars to get the arm, but Ciampa slips through to headlock. Nese throws Ciampa off but Ciampa headlocks and throws Nese down! Fans cheer as Ciampa grinds Nese into the mat.

Nese fights up, gets free to waistlock but Ciampa switches. Nese bucks Ciampa off, runs in and trips Ciampa up to go after the leg! Ciampa kicks Nese away, facelocks Nese in return and grinds him down. Fans rally, Nese moves around, and Nese powers Ciampa to the corner. Nese puts the leg on the rope, tags in Daivari, but Ciampa fights out with forearms and elbows! Ciampa DECKS Daivari but Nese trips him up! The ref reprimands but Daivari drags Nese to the corner to SLAM the leg into the post! And then he SLAMS the other leg! Thatcher storms over as Daivari keeps on the legs but the ref shouts at everyone to get back to their corners.

Daivari puts Ciampa in, drops elbows on the leg then stomps it, then drags Ciampa from Thatcher. Daivari drops more elbows, stomps the leg more, then clamps onto the leg to step through, for a Figure Four! Ciampa endures, Thatcher coaches him and the fans rally up! Ciampa drags himself and Daivari over but Nese gets in to hit Thatcher! The ref has to keep Thatcher back but Nese drags Daivari and Ciampa away! Nese tags in to stomp away on Ciampa, and Daivari finally lets Ciampa out of the hold. Fans boo and jeer while Nese flexes. Nese drags Ciampa over, tags in Daivari, and they split the wishbone on Ciampa!

Nese runs at Thatcher but Thatcher DECKS him first! Daivari has Ciampa’s leg but Ciampa enziguris back! Tag to Thatcher! Thatcher clinches Daivari for a BELLY2BELLY! Then a BELLYBELLY for Nese! EuroUppers for both Cruiserweights back and forth! Nese runs back in but Thatcher has the arm! Thatcher clamps on but has to stop Daivari first. HEEL HOOK! Nese pulls Thatcher’s ears and HOTSHOT BULLDOGS! Thatcher is down, Nese tags in, and Nese hurries to PREMIER TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! Tag back to Daivari and Daivari climbs up, LION SPLASH! Cover, but Ciampa breaks it!

Fans fire up as Ciampa returns to his corner. Daivari and Thatcher crawl, Nese tags in first! Thatcher kicks Nese away, and tags Ciampa back in! Ciampa rallies on Nese and Daivari with forearms and CHOPS! Ciampa CHOPS Daivari again but Nese dropkicks the bad leg out! Nese and Daivari both go up, DOUBLE- DECKED! Nese gets a knee, Daivari gets a forearm! Thatcher and Ciampa glare at each other, Ciampa gives Nese WILLOW’S BELL! Cover, Ciampa & Thatcher win!!

Winners: Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher, by pinfall (advance to the next round)

These two were tearing each other apart on NXT, but they’re standing together on 205 Live! Will Ciampa and Thatcher tear their way through the tournament to put their names on the Dusty Cup?


My Thoughts:

A good episode, though with some obvious results. While Gigi Dolin (Priscilla Kelly) and Cora Jade (Elayna Black) are very good wrestlers, they weren’t going to beat The Way, and it says a lot that Indi got the pin for this one. Candice & Indi are among the favorites to win the tournament, and I’m betting on a stellar match between them and KC Squared, Catanzaro & Carter. Gigi & Jade still made a good combination, and their aesthetics match up well, I hope they stick together.

Ciampa & Thatcher becoming a team after their Fight Pit match is a pretty cool way to follow up, and naturally they were going to beat the first team they faced. The OG had good combinations, but Nese and Daivari have been perennial jobbers to the stars even before this. Thatcher & Ciampa take on Undisputed Era next and that is going to be a great match that could go either way. Given the history between Undisputed Era and the current tag team champions, Lorcan & Burch, I give it 51-49, UE wins so that they can get a shot at the champions.

My Score: 8/10


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