Merry Christmas and Happy SmackDown! As a gift to us all, The Bulgarian Brute challenges the King of Strong Style for the United States Championship!
- Mustafa Ali VS Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Ali wins.
- 8 Man Tag: The Usos & The Club VS The Bar & SAnitY; The Usos & The Club win.
- Jeff Hardy VS Samoa Joe; Joe wins, by disqualification.
- WWE United States Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura VS Rusev w/ Lana; Rusev wins and becomes the new WWE United States Champion.
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It’s a Holly Jolly SmackDown!
It’s the best time of the year~! It may be cold but there’s also gold, and a FABULOUS cup of cheer! Yes, “Truthy Claus” and “Carm-Elf-a” bring out presents for all! Truth & Carmella go to the ring and Truth welcomes us to a very special Christmas SmackDown. Truth was up all night delivering presents to the good boys and girls of the WWE Universe, with the help of his lovely elf. And on their way back, they just had to stop by as a present to themselves. That, and the reindeer were tired. Everyone knows Dasher and Dancer, Jermaine and Tito, Lil’ Michael and Randy- Truthy Claus, let’s move on to a CAROL BREAK~! Carol’s here? No, songs! Oh…! Hit it! Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle All the Way!
But wait, here comes Krampus! Er, Daniel Bryan! The WWE Champion says that as champion, he accepts that instead of spending time with family, he has to be in this “cesspool” of a city. But he will not accept legitimizing the “farce” of Truthy Claus. Fans may not realize this, but Truth isn’t the real Santa. “Fickle! Fickle!” Bryan shames Truth, Carmella and the fans. But he’s not here for them, he’s going to expose the real Santa Claus! Bryan understands why fans love Santa. He’s the personification of materialism. But all that gets anyone is the loss of half of the coral reef! And islands of roaming garbage! People just want more and more, so we only end up with more and more trash!
Does Truthy Claus know what else happens? The glaciers melt and the sea levels rise so that there won’t be a North Pole or Santa Claus! Truth thinks Bryan is one “angry little elf.” Bryan sees they’re just laughing it off. That should be expected, because Truth’s career is itself a “tired old joke.” Maybe, but Bryan better watch out, better not cry. Because Truthy Claus is going to the Royal Rumble. As the winner of Mixed Match Challenge, he’ll be Number 30. And maybe, just maybe, after Truth wins, he’ll take that title from Bryan and be the last one laughing. If Bryan is still champion by then. Bryan asks a legitimate question: how will Truth win when he can’t even count to 30? Oh he can count to 30. But he only needs to count to 7 for the DANCE BREAK!
But Bryan chop blocks Truth! And then Bryan drags Truth to a post and slams his leg into it! He kicks over a tree then slams Truth’s legs into the posts more! Carmella tells Bryan to stop but Bryan just throws gift boxes. Bryan stalks Truth to chop block him again! “You want jokes?!” Here’s a Heel Hook! Fans boo and jeer while Truth endures the twisting. Truth taps but it doesn’t matter, Bryan doesn’t let go until he’s satisfied. Carmella goes to comfort Truth but Bryan grabs Truth for stomps! Referees rush the ring but Bryan keeps going with another Heel Hook! Bryan finally lets go so that he can hold his title up high. Will Bryan ruin Christmas for everyone in the WWE Universe? Or is his comeuppance coming in the New Year?
Mustafa Ali VS Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
The Beacon of Light pinned the New Daniel Bryan in last week’s tag team match alongside AJ Styles, but El Idolo wants to prove Ali can’t beat him. Will Almas & Vega give us all a Tranquilo Navidad? Or will Ali give them the gift of defeat?
The bell rings and Almas dropkicks Ali right away! Almas stomps a mudhole into Ali then backs off to sneer. Almas stands Ali up to CHOP him then scoop slam him. He sits Ali up for the shotgun dropkick while fans boo. Almas scoops Ali up for a back suplex, then brings him up again to a corner. He gives Ali another sharp CHOP, but Ali hits back with haymakers. Ali backs Almas down but Almas knees low. Almas whips Ali corner to corner but Ali goes up and over. Ali runs and headscissors Almas down! Ali elbows Almas away, then hops up, but Vega distracts. Almas shoves Ali over and out! Fans boo while Almas catches his breath. Vega talks trash while we go picture in picture.
Ali writhes on the outside but Almas comes out to fetch him. Vega talks trash the entire time Almas drags Ali up. Almas snake eyes Ali on the apron, then puts him back in the ring. Cover, TWO! Almas keeps his cool and brings Ali up again. He whips Ali to a corner, then blocks the boots. He turns Ali sideways for the draping backbreaker to clubbing forearm! Cover, ONE! Ali still has heart but Almas slams his arms down. Almas kicks Ali while he’s down, then puts on an armlock. Ali endures the stretch and the knee in his back. Ali gets up and fights back, but Almas knees low. Almas wrenches the arm to a back suplex, but Ali makes it a crossbody! TWO, and Almas clobbers Ali with a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Almas grins and tranquilos as he’s rather amused now.
Almas puts Ali in a corner for another CHOP! He runs in but turns Ali sideways again. Ali fights back and boots him away. Ali throws hands but Almas hits back. The two brawl back and forth, and they even trade chops! Almas swings but Ali dodges to flapjack dropkick him! Ali fires up while Almas gets to a corner. Ali whips Almas but Almas reverses, only for Ali to slip out and send Almas into buckles. He roundhouses Almas back, and we return to single picture as he hits the somersault facebuster! Cover, TWO! The Heart of 205 Live keeps his focus, but Almas gets a waistlock. Ali bucks, kicks and SUPERKICKS Almas off, but Almas ducks the next kick to hit the back elbow! Cover, TWO!! Almas and Vega are both frustrated with Ali’s resilience.
Almas drags Ali over to a corner and wants to go around, but Ali dropkicks him in return! Ali climbs, but Almas trips him up! Ali’s in the Tree of Woe, and gets the double stomps! Cover, TWO!! Ali lives and Almas is shocked! Almas fires himself back up and drags Ali to his feet. He suplexes Ali up top, then gives him another CHOP. Almas climbs and Ali fights him off. Almas wishes a “Merry Christmas!” but Ali fights back. Ali adjusts, for a sunset flip powerbomb! But Almas lands on his feet! Almas runs in but misses Cien Knees! Ali runs in for a tilt-o-whirl DDT! Almas is in the drop zone and Ali hurries up top! 0-5-4!! Cover, Ali wins!!
Winner: Mustafa Ali, by pinfall
The Beacon of Light continues to shine on SmackDown! A victory over the current WWE Champion and now one on a former NXT Champion, Ali is racking up the resume on the main roster. Will Ali soon find himself under the spotlight of a title match?
Samoa Joe speaks.
“How’s it going, Jeff?” He’s sure the Hardy Family enjoyed the holidays. It must be nice to make up for forgotten memories, or the ones that Jeff destroyed. But Joe is glad to have Hardy in the ring tonight. Joe is concerned about Jeff. Jeff says he’s strong, but there was this look in his eye. It was the look of a man looking for a place to “park his desires.” Joe is the new addiction. But he’ll cure Jeff of his pain and anger, so that the obsession will fade away, “along with everything else around you.” It’s for Hardy’s own good.
8 Man Tag: The Usos & The Club VS The Bar & SAnitY!
Last week, Jimmy & Jey took on the Good Brothers to prove a point of why they’ve been on TV while Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson haven’t. But then another team that hasn’t had much time to shine decided to jump in. Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe & Killian Dain want their turn, but for now they’ll team with the SmackDown Tag Team Champions to turn away two other worthy contenders. Will Cesaro & Sheamus be able to coexist with such a chaotic crew? Or will the Uso Penitentiary be #TooSweet for Christmas?
SmackDown returns as The New Day appears?! Fresno, feel~ the power~ as Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods and Big E make their way to the ring in Christmas attire and stacks of flapjacks. They sit at their commentary table, after taking the time to mess with Corey Graves, and then The Bar make their entrance. Teams sort out and we begin with The Celtic Gladiator and Machine Gun Abs Anderson.
Sheamus powers Anderson right to a corner, and has him on the top rope. Anderson fights him off and CHOPS him back. Anderson whips but Sheamus reverses, only for Anderson to kick him back. Sheamus kicks Anderson and tags in Cesaro, but Ceasro gets a spinebuster! Tag to Jey Uso, for a fast hip attack! Cover, ONE! Jey wrenches Cesaro and brings him over to tag in Jimmy. Jimmy climbs and ax handles Cesaro’s arm. Cesaro knees back and tags in Wolfe. Wolfe hammers Jimmy and Big Damo tags in. SAnitY mug Jimmy and Damo scoops Jimmy. Jimmy slips out to chop Damo, but Damo shoves him. They collide, and Young distracts. Jimmy turns around into the Divide! Fans boo and jeer while we go to break.
SmackDown returns and Damo wrenches Jimmy’s neck. Fans rally up and Jimmy fights up. The New Day know all of SAnitY is insane but also unsanitary. Damo runs Jimmy over and tags in Wolfe. Wolfe stomps and moonsaults! Cover, TWO! Wolfe drags Jimmy over to tag in Sheamus. Sheamus pulls Jimmy against the ropes for Beats of the Bodhrain! He goes fast to get 10, then drags Jimmy in with a chinlock. Fans continue to rally and Jimmy gets a jawbreaker! Sheamus staggers but hits Jey! He turns around into the dragon whip enziguri! Sheamus staggers to tag Cesaro, and Cesaro boots Anderson. Cesaro shoves Jimmy but Jimmy hits Damo! Samoan Drop! Both men are down but crawling, hot tags to Wolfe and Gallows!
Big LG rallies with lariats and a roundhouse! He uppercuts Sheamus, then runs at Wolfe for a splash! Gallows pumphandle slams Wolfe and covers, but Damo breaks it. Anderson this Damo with a flying neckbreaker! Cesaro rocks Anderson with a European Uppercut! Gallows throws Cesaro out but runs into Wolfe’s boot. Sheamus tags in and knees Gallows! Fireman’s carry and tag to Cesaro, A-Swiss-ted White Noise! Cover, but the Usos break it! SUPERKICK for Damo! SUPERKICK for Wolfe! And double SUPERKICKS for Young! BROGUE for Jimmy but SUPERKICK for Sheamus! Jey runs at Cesaro but gets a flapjack EuroUpper! Gallows YAKUZA kicks Cesaro, tag to Anderson! Magic Killer! Cover, The Club & Usos win!
Winners: The Usos & The Club, Karl Anderson pinning
The Club pin one half of the SmackDown Tag Team Championships! After all this time off, have Gallows & Anderson just won themselves a title shot for the New Year?
The Cruiserweight Division congratulates Mustafa Ali.
THE Brian Kendrick, Akira Tozawa and of course, Cedric Alexander all give Ali big props on winning over Daniel Bryan. But someone not of 205 Live greets him. If Shelton Benjamin is giving Ali congrats, that’s big. But then Daniel Bryan attacks Ali from behind!! The WWE Champion refuses to be shown up, but the Cruiserweights and Benjamin back him off. Only for Bryan to come back for more! Bryan says Ali doesn’t deserve to be on the main roster, has this attack just sidelined Ali from it?
It’s a special Christmas Edition of Miz TV!
The Most Must-See WWE Talk Show and its Hollywood A-Lister host, The Miz, are in Fresno for this “Mizmas” episode, with the World Cup trophy in the ring. And what better way to close out 2018 than with the Best in the World, and Miz’s co-bestie, Shane McMahon! Shane O’Mac heads to the ring and Fresno is excited to see him. He thanks them for the ovation and wishes them a Merry Christmas. Miz asks if Shane saw his match last week. Yes, it’s very impressive. But that’s not what this is about, is it? Nope! Tell us about the McMahon Family’s plan for a fresh start! Well they’re finally listening to the fans. Fans want new stars, they’re on the way. New match-ups, that’s already happening. New opportunities, that’s always been SmackDown’s way. But now fans will help shape the narrative.
Miz for one thought Shane was perfect as Commissioner. SmackDown didn’t suffer like Raw did with Baron Corbin because they had Paige. Oh, here’s a question. No, Miz shouldn’t. Nevermind. No, speak your mind, Miz. Well alright, new WWE, Miz will do it. There are four members of the McMahon Family so Shane doesn’t have to do everything. How about finally joining The Miz in becoming the #BestTagTeamintheWorld?! Shane reminds Miz they’ve talked about this before. And he was pretty sure this interview was about the new direction of the company. It is, but also, “one for them, one for me.” Miz won his Mixed Tag Match against the FABULOUS Truth, with a new partner. So what does Shane say? Shane says Miz was successful. And? And what?
Okay fine. Miz has been begging to be Shane’s tag partner, and fans think it’s because Miz is sucking up. That’s not it. Miz wants to team with Shane because of his dad. Miz is a Grand Slam Champion, with multiple times in just about everything, and is a Mr. Money in the Bank. Yet Mr. Mizanin has never said he was proud of Miz. Miz won at WRESTLEMANIA! All Mr. Mizanin said was “You should thank The Rock for helping you.” Whether it’s in the ring or out, Miz wonders, “Will this be enough for him?” And it’s always “No.” Until Best in the World. Miz’s dad goes, “Wow! Shane is something else!” Usually his dad loves the aerial superstars, but what was it about Shane? Shane is a man without fear, and fights for what he believes in!
And maybe that’s how Miz could finally get through to his dad. Miz believes it, too, that he and Shane could be a great team. Just give Miz a chance. Why is he even asking? Shane has much more important things to do. He’s so sorry to drag Shane into this. But Shane did say about putting opportunities in the hands of the fans, right? So maybe, this isn’t up to Miz and Shane. This is up to the fans. Fans like the sound of that! What does WWE Fresno think? Do they want the #BestTagTeamintheWorld?! “YES! YES!” Miz offers Shane a handshake. Shane hears the fans cheering, and says that Miz’s speech really resonates with him. “You better not screw me, or there’s gonna be major consequences. Let’s try this.”
It’s official! Shane and Miz, Best in the World, as a team! Even Miz has to do the “YES! YES!” fingers. Will this team take the world by storm? Perhaps even the titles?!
Rusev and Lana speak.
“Today is a big day.” Not just because it’s Christmas, but because it’s Rusev’s Birthday! Happy Birthday to Rusev! And as his gift to us, he’ll become the handsome new United States Champion. And it won’t just be Christmas or Rusev’s birthday, but the best Rusev Daaaaay~ ever! Will Rusev’s gift be golden and bright when he faces Nakamura tonight?
Jeff Hardy VS Samoa Joe!
The Charismatic Enigma has put his past behind him, but The Destroyer wants to dig it all up to throw in his face. Will Joe regret trying to give Hardy a blue Christmas?
The bell rings and fans rally as Hardy circles with Joe. They tie up and Joe puts Hardy in a corner. Joe tries a sucker punch but Hardy ducks it to fire off haymakers! Hardy keeps on Joe with shoulders, but backs off at 4. He calls to “DELETE! DELETE!” but Joe scrapes Hardy’s face on ropes! Joe jabs Hardy but dares him to get up each time. Joe elbows Hardy down, then drags him up for more. Hardy hits back with kicks, and the spin back kick! Joe staggers to a corner, Hardy gives him a Hardyac Arrest! Cover, Ropebreak! Hardy stomps Joe at the ropes, then stops at 4. He runs back in to club away but the ref backs him off. Hardy runs but into Joe’s elbow! Joe takes control back while we go picture in picture.
Joe looms over Hardy before covering, TWO! He sits Hardy up for elbow after elbow to the neck, then drags Hardy up and around. Joe puts him in a corner for CHOPS! He also jabs away on Hardy, then drags him up. Hardy hits back with elbows and haymakers. Hardy gets Joe off his feet and stomps him at the ropes. He clubs Joe to a corner then throws more hands. Hardy climbs up to give corner punches. Hardy gets all 10 then says DELETE as he drops a leg on Joe’s neck! Cover, TWO! Hardy keeps on Joe with a jawbreaker. Joe staggers to ropes and Hardy runs n to dropkick him in the back. Hardy bumps Joe on buckles as we return to single picture.
Hardy stomps a mudhole into Joe, but stops at 4. He whips but Joe reverses, to back elbow and Pele! Cover, TWO! Hardy still has life but Joe keeps his cool. Joe drags Hardy up and around to bump him off buckles. He throws in knees, then puts on an abdominal stretch. Hardy endures being pulled sideways, and endures Joe’s elbow digging into the ribs and hip. Fans rally up and Hardy pries his way out but Joe rolls him up. TWO, and Joe clobbers Hardy down. Joe drags Hardy up again to snapmare him into a neck wrench. Hardy endures while Joe twists. Fans rally and Hardy gets a second wind. Hardy fights back and whips, but Joe reverses. Hardy comes back with forearms! Atomic drop, leg-splitting leg drop! Dropkick added, cover, TWO!
Hardy catches his breath while refocusing himself. “DELETE!” echoes out but Joe denies the Twist. Joe shoves Hardy but gets an elbow. Then Whisper int he Wind! Cover, Ropebreak! Joe is a ring general as always and he denies Hardy victory. Both men stand but Hardy ducks a chop. Twist of Fate hits! Joe is in the drop zone so off comes Hardy’s shirt. Hardy climbs up top, takes aim, but Joe rolls away. Hardy hops down to slingshot and dropkick Joe! Joe staggers while Hardy goes to the apron. The apron dive takes Joe out! Hardy gets up and stomps Joe against the barriers. Hardy doesn’t stop with the knees and feet, and the referee has to pull him off!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by disqualification
Hardy’s rage boiled over, but he doesn’t care about a loss. He throws Joe over the announce desk! Hardy climbs up but Joe yanks him off! COQUINA CLUTCH!! Joe’s trap works and he chokes Hardy out behind the desk. Fans boo and jeer but Joe holds on until he’s sure Hardy’s out cold. The Destroyer seethes with a wild eyed glare as he looms over Hardy. Will Joe become a demon himself as he tries to use Hardy’s inner demons to ruin him?
Shinsuke Nakamura speaks.
“The Total Diva has asked for gold for Christmas.” But Rusev’s been too naughty this year. All he’s getting is a #Knee2Face! The King of Strong Style looks to be Rusev’s personal Grinch, but will Rusev MACHKA in the clinch?
The Usos talk backstage.
The Club got the pin but that means their teams got the win. SmackDown’s still #OnLock! Jimmy gonna go find Naomi and they’ll all meet up later. Merry Christmas, Uce! But wait, Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville find Jimmy under the mistletoe. Uh, no thanks. Jimmy doesn’t know what he’s missing. Oh Naomi has that! She runs right at Mandy, but Jimmy keeps her back. Naomi is ready to snatch a golden goddess bald! Jimmy says Naomi doesn’t need to worry, he’s better than that. But uh, how about they use the mistletoe? Big kisses and Merry Christmas.
WWE United States Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura VS Rusev w/ Lana!
The champion believes the United States of Nakamerica has no worthy contenders, but contenders have still lined up. Now it is the Super Athlete’s opportunity to regain the glory of his undefeated rookie season! Will Rusev & Lana be celebrating a very Merry Rusev Day Christmas? Or will Nakamura continue his reign long into 2019?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and fans are fired up as we begin! Nakamura and Rusev tie up and Rusev puts Nakamura against the ropes. Nakamura turns it around, and he uses his old ab rest to taunt Rusev. Rusev shoves and then haymakers Nakamura! Rusev runs but into a boot! Only to come back with a shoulder! Cover, ONE, and fans are dueling. Rusev whips Nakamura to a corner and hits corner clothesline after clothesline. He drags Nakamura out for a scoop, but Nakamura wraps on a triangle! Rusev breaks free and Nakamura is all smiles. Nakamura says “C’MON!” to Rusev while we go to break.
SmackDown returns to see Nakamura give Rusev some Bad Vibrations. He puts on a cravat and grinds Rusev down, but Rusev endures. Fans continue to duel while Nakamura snapmares. Nakamura jumps but Rusev avoids the knee drop! Rusev quickly suplexes Nakamura up and over! Rusev stalks Nakamura and brings him up for a deadlift half-hatch suplex! He keeps on Nakamura with a back suplex, and covers, TWO! Rusev doesn’t lose focus, he stays on Nakamura with stomps. Nakamura gets to a corner but Rusev rams his shoulder in. Fans duel again, and Rusev whips Nakamura corner to corner. Nakamura dodges to roundhouse Rusev in the back. He puts Rusev up top for the Top Shelf Knee! Cover, TWO! Nakamura tries again, TWO!
Nakamura keeps on Rusev with sharp kicks to the back. Rusev grits his teeth as he gets up. Nakamura rams in knees, and Rusev goes to ropes. Nakamura chokes Rusev on the ropes then kicks and kicks and kicks! The ref backs Nakamura off while fans boo and jeer. Nakamura goes back to Rusev but Rusev throws body shots back. Rusev throws haymakers and whips, but Nakamura knees him again. Rusev tumbles to the apron and Nakamura stomps him out there! Nakamura lets off at 4, and Lana coaches Rusev up. Nakamura drags Rusev up for a cobra clutch, but Rusev pries at the hold. Fans duel and Rusev headbutts Nakamura in a cravat! Rusev swings but Nakamura swings around to an armbar! Then a triangle! Rusev makes it a cover, TWO, and he’s free!
Rusev runs but is put on the apron. He hits Nakamura back, then lines it up. Rusev tries to suplex Nakamura to the outside, but Nakamura breaks free and dropkicks Rusev down! Nakamura leaves him out there while we go to one more break.
SmackDown returns again, and Nakamura rams knees into Rusev’s ribs and shoulders! Lana and the fans continue to rally but it’s hard for her to watch her husband take those knees. Nakamura drops one, covers, TWO! Rusev is gasping but he still lives. Nakamura toys with him, then grabs him in a facelock. Rusev gets up and they go around, but Nakamura rams in more knees. Nakamura grinds Rusev down to the mat, but Rusev gets a second wind. Rusev stands and powers Nakamura off with a toss! Both men are down but stirring. Rusev runs into more knees! Nakamura kicks and kicks, but Rusev blocks one. Rusev roars and clobbers Nakamura with lariat after lariat! He whips Nakamura for a splash at the ropes, then scoops Nakamura for standing knees. Rusev throws Nakamura with a Fall Away Slam!
Nakamura rolls to a corner but Rusev tackles him with a shoulder. Running heel kick! Cover, TWO! Rusev feels he’s getting closer, and keeps his focus. Fans give him strength as they cheer for “Rusev Day!” Rusev scoops but Nakamura slips out. Nakamura fires off strikes, but runs into a pop-up knee! And roundhouse! Cover, TWO!! That was the closest yet! Rusev grows frustrated, but Lana keeps him in this. Rusev looms over Nakamura, but Nakamura slips away from the Accolade. Nakamura gets out but Rusev pursues, and throws him into barriers! Rusev brings Nakamura around to throw him at the timekeeper’s area. He puts Nakamura back in but Nakamura spins to kick Rusev back! Nakamura throws Rusev into steel steps! Nakamura bounces Rusev off the announce desk and then puts him in the ring.
However, Nakamura refreshes the count so he can guillotine knee drop Rusev’s neck on the apron! Nakamura then climbs up top, for a flying knee! Rusev is reeling while Nakamura aims from the corner. Nakamura wants it, he runs in, but into a MACHKA KICK!! Cover, TWO!! That was the closet yet for Rusev! Rusev fires up again and fans fire up with him! Rusev wants to CRUSH, and he goes for the Accolade. Nakamura sunset flips and gets the triangle! Rusev stays standing but Nakamura throws hands. Rusev fades and Nakamura keeps it from being a cover. Fans cheer Rusev on and Rusev gets a third wind for a deadlift powerbomb! Rusev is free, and has another shot! He runs in, but Nakamura sends him into a post! Roll up, TWO!! Point blank knee! Cover, TWO!? Rusev lives!?
Fresno says “This is Awesome!” but it’s far from over! Nakamura aims again, and Rusev slowly stirs. Nakamura runs at Rusev, but dodges the Machka Kick! Rusev gets a kick, but then CLOBBERS Nakamura! The Bulgarian Brute stomps the mat, aims, MACHKA KICK!! Cover, Rusev wins!!
Winner: Rusev, by pinfall; NEW WWE United States Champion
It’s a GOLDEN Rusev Day Christmas!! Rusev has the United States Championship back, and everyone celebrates! Will this Christmas birthday wish
AJ Styles meets with Vince McMahon.
Vince wants to get to know the Phenomenal One. What’s his name? Who is he? Uh, AJ Styles… A two-time WWE Champion, and SmackDown is the House that AJ Styles Built. Yes, but then, why didn’t Styles compete tonight? Why was Bryan the one raising hell here? Vince doesn’t get this. This “New” Daniel Bryan is around, but where is the “real” AJ Styles? Superstars come and go, winning titles, earning money and then becoming complacent. Vince knows that’s not Styles. Because Styles is like Vince. Styles a darkness in his heart and a tormented soul. Vince wants to see that unleashed. If Styles can harness all of that, and uses it to go after anyone and everyone in that ring, Vince sees great things for Styles. “That animal is begging to get out.” And that animal is eating Styles alive.
Styles wants to use it and Vince wants to see it, yeah! Vince slaps Styles, so Styles punches Vince!! Styles’ rage has been unleashed, just like Vince wanted. Vince grins, because he’s just fine. But will Vince come to regret unleashing the Phenomenal Animal?
A pretty great Christmas SmackDown right here. Again, like Raw Before Christmas, this was recorded after last week’s SmackDown so SmackDown wasn’t really live this time. And if that wasn’t clear, just listen to how WWE upped the volume on the crowd and piped in extra noise to make it seem like the fans weren’t tired after five hours of WWE programming (since 205 Live is still filmed on Tuesdays, too). But a tired crowd didn’t take away from the quality of anything.
First, I like the tease from R-Truth that he’s gonna win the Royal Rumble and challenge Daniel Bryan. That seems very unlikely but it’d be crazy if it happened. Bryan of course ups his Heel heat with beating up Truth, defaming Christmas and Santa, and then going after Mustafa Ali backstage. Ali VS Almas was great, and Ali goes over to keep himself riding high, but I can already see people going “Oh no, Almas is buried!” Almas fans should take a hint from him and tranquilo. This “fresh start” only just started, so Almas has time to recover.
Especially now that there is a new and Face United States Champion! I am so glad that Rusev VS Nakamura was given time to breathe, and it’s great that Rusev won. I know the audio was played with but I’m sure the fans live in attendance were thrilled to see Rusev holding a title again. No rematch clause means Nakamura moves on, and Rusev VS Almas (with Lana and Vega perhaps interacting) will be great for SmackDown’s 2019. I’m just torn that while Rusev shouldn’t lose right away, Almas needs to get something for him to stay afloat. Maybe it will be controversial with Vega and Lana being a distraction or even interfering, and that costs Rusev the title. Either way a series between these two would be great, and maybe even throw Nakamura in because he’ll want revenge.
The only real downside to such a tired crowd was that Miz’s great promo was all but wasted. Miz wanting his dad’s approval as a pro-wrestler has been known for some time, especially after Miz And Mrs. debuted on USA. It was a really well delivered speech and that’s because of the bit of truth he put into it. And it’s totally something Shane McMahon would understand given the decades of kayfabe with Vince. Shane and Miz might join the SmackDown Tag Team Division as soon as next week’s New Year’s Day SmackDown. There’s a chance they’ll still face each other at Wrestlemania, but there’s half a chance they make it to Mania to fight for those titles. I’m up for it either way.
Hardy VS Joe was pretty good, too, and clearly not over, either. Maybe they’ll have a proper blow-off like a No Disqualification match or something similar so that neither has to hold back. Maybe a Last Man Standing, or if WWE was really daring, bring back the I Quit Match for this. If Joe wants to truly destroy Hardy, that would be the way to go. I really like that The Club got the win in their 8 Man Tag match. Gallows & Anderson should definitely get the tag title match with The Bar, but I’m not sure WWE will give them those titles yet. The Club being another team to have held both Raw and SmackDown titles would be great for them, and they deserve it, but it’s hard to tell if Vince is letting go of his bias against things that aren’t his original product.
Though given that surprise ending segment, he still likes Styles. Vince would only let a superstar he likes punch him in the face. This concept of unlocking Styles’ darkness, something past even being a Heel, is an interesting choice of direction. Perhaps the “Real” Styles will try to get ahead of other contenders and go after Bryan again. Styles VS Ali would be great to see on the way there, and perhaps maybe even the entire locker room just to see how the “Real” Styles would face them compared to the supposed fake one.
My Score: 8.3/10
(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.35~ 19TH MAY 2019
Hisame brings us updates on all our NOAH favourites! RATEL’S, AXIZ and Kongoh! Also a nice update on YO-HEY’s unique state of mind.
Hisame brings us updates on all our NOAH favourites! RATEL’S, AXIZ and Kongoh! Also a nice update on YO-HEY’s unique state of mind.
CURRENT TOUR RECAP
“Under blue skies” NOAH held an event on the 18th May, which was only two events, and was held for their new sponsors, and 500 people on the roof of the Sekichu store in Saitama.
Sekichu are a hardware store who seem to specialize in home cleaning products, they also seem to have some kind of association with both All Japan and DDT too, and Jun Akiyama was there on the day wrapped against the spring cold in a Sekichu jacket.
The day was “non canon” and featured only ten wrestlers (plus the injured Naomichi Marufuji who was on commentary and gave autographs), everything was lighthearted with Go Shiozaki wearing a Sekichu company logo box on his head, and Taniguchi apologizing for knocking down a company display (which he was thrown into by Shiozaki). At the end of the event the fans got the chance to pose with the wrestlers, and it seems that the mascots did the same, and AXIZ also leaned on Hitoshi Kumano and almost squished him.
On seeing Daisuke Harada posing with one, IPW’S Ben Basden said “@IPWUK do you really want this representing your company? Fly him over to England already, he clearly has nothing better to do.”
The next day, the 19th in Gunma, was when the real events of the show happened, especially on the junior front involving RATELS and their enemies Stinger.
YO-HEY had said that he would be making an announcement in Gunma, and he stepped into the ring to do it after the match (which Stinger had lost via a lariat from Tadasuke on Junta Miyawaki). YO-HEY told Yoshinari Ogawa and Kotaro Suzuki that for Global Junior Tag League, he would indeed be teaming with HAYATA and going for the third consecutive win, but he would be doing this as a member of Stinger. Getting the win in any league, equals a challenge for the belt, but while normally this would mean either another team and another team alone getting it, in this situation it would mean the belt would be half Stingers, and half RATELS. Ogawa didn’t like this, and he and Kotaro attacked YO-HEY, stamping on his chest after Ogawa had knocked him down with an elbow.
HAYATA ran to the ring and threw himself over YO-HEY to protect him, and as he was pulled off of him, Daisuke Harada and Tadasuke ran in for the assist, the four of them did their tandem kick and threw Stinger out of the ring.
Afterwards, RATELS helped YO-HEY up.
Daisuke Harada asked the crowd what YO-HEY was? Was he RATELS? Or was he Stinger?
The crowd had no hesitation in unanimously saying that he was RATELS.
YO-HEY removed his Stinger t-shirt, and the four of them did their handshake, before Tadasuke carried a grinning YO-HEY from the ring on his back (I think YO-HEY’S lungs were probably a little overworked after the exertion), and Harada welcomed him home…although he did say that despite the fact that the four of them were going to start again from scratch, YO-HEY should not think that he was going to go easy on him.
YO-HEY later posted on Twitter that RATELS had forgiven him for his betrayal, and were kind.
So, now Stinger are a man down and both teams stand at four against two, it will be interesting to see if Naomichi Marufuji joins Stinger. After all, he is feuding with Daisuke Harada, Yoshinari Ogawa and Kotaro Suzuki are old friends (and heels), and in NOAH the line between the interaction in matches and units between juniors and heavyweights is one that is often crossed.
Elsewhere, Kongoh got another win when the four of them (Kenoh, Masa Kitamiya, Atsushi Kotoge and Yoshiki Inamura) defeated the team of Kaito Kiyomiya, Shuehi Taniguchi, Minoru Tanaka and Akitoshi Saito, with Kitamiya evening the score against Taniguchi with the Saito Suplex. Naturally,
Kenoh started screaming afterwards about the usual things.
Katsuhiko Nakajima had another one of his classic beating up on Takashi Sugiura with a smug look on his face pictures taken. Nakajima, unfortunately, has failed to realize that this all spurs Sugiura to revenge, which is usually taken in a brutal way in title matches.
Global Junior Tag League starts on the 28th May 2019 at Korakuen Hall.
Post match promos – Esupowaru Isanuma, Saitama
Two of the NOAH seniors, Naomichi Marufuji and Takashi Sugiura in particular, are baiting Kenoh. As you know Sugiura called the name “Kongoh” tacky, with Kenoh calling him a “stupid old man”.
Marufuji, however, seems to have gone a step further to wind him up, after reading an article in “Puroresu Weekly” and photoshopping a bottle of brown sauce which he labelled as the flavor of Kenoh’s gut.
Kenoh said he was looking forward to kicking Marufuji (who thought he was a funny guy) on his return on the 28th, Marufuji said sarcastically for
Kenoh to be gentle.
Takashi Sugiura will celebrate his 50th birthday on May 31st, NOAH had announced plans to have a fan birthday party for him on the 25th, but not given any further details, and the announcement appears to have vanished from the site.
Kaito Kiyomiya will turn 23 on July 17th with Junta Miyawaki turning 22 on June 14th, NOAH will hold a fan party for them on the 13th July, details to be announced.
Naomichi Marufuji will turn 40 this year in September, so no doubt NOAH will also announce a fan party for him.
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
- GHC Junior Champion: Minoru Tanaka
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: AXIZ (Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Stinger (Kotaro Suzuki & Yoshinari Ogawa)
~ YO-HEY signed autographs from both himself and his lung.
~ Daisuke Harada has sworn that he will have a main event for a title match
~ Naomichi Marufuji has been bed bound due to his injury, and spent a lot of time (in between Twitter posts and hospital visits) watching Dragonball Z. He said he watched about twenty episodes.
~ Akitoshi Saito was interviewed on his thoughts of Global Junior Tag League, a league which naturally he is not part of. Heavyweights have never been asked their picks and opinions for it before, so it could be a good way for the Juniors & the Heavyweights to go to war, especially as the juniors were not asked for their opinion over Global Tag League.
~ Kaito Kiyomiya said in an interview that when the twelve year old him heard that Mitsuharu Misawa had died, he cried throughout the day.
~ As part of his rehabilitation, YO-HEY says he has been taking walks in the park.
The first night of Global Junior League will be broadcast live on G+ on May 28th 2019 at 6.30pm JST.
The 9th June show (the Misawa Memorial from Korakuen Hall, Tokyo and the second to last night of Global Junior Tag League) will be broadcast by G+ on Thursday 13th at 8pm JST.
Global Junior Tag League mini interview: Hitoshi Kumano
Global Junior Tag League mini interview: Hi69 & Minoru Tanaka
Global Junior Tag League mini interview: Hajime Ohara
Global Junior Tag League mini interview with Akitoshi Saito
Katsuhiko Nakajima interview on the late Silver King
Ten years after Misawa’s death in Hiroshima, champion Kaito Kiyomiya “looks at a new scenery”
Champ talk with Katsuhiko Nakajima
PICTURE CREDITS: Daisuke Harada, Noah GHC, PKDK, Naomichi Marufuji
Newsletter written by Hisame
Joe’s CMLL Review & Results 5/19/2019
Catching up on CMLL is easy with Joe Dinan’s weekly look at the results and happenings!
Catching up on CMLL is easy with Joe Dinan’s weekly look at the results and happenings!
Arena Puebla Monday
Tigre Rojo Jr and Millenium vs El Malayo and Black Tiger
Malayo and Rojo start the match with some grappling. Black Tiger enters next with Millenium to do some grappling. Rojo comes back in with Malayo and gets the advantage. Millenium stands on Rojo’s shoulders on the top rope and hits a cross body on Black Tiger for the pin. Rojo then hits a sloppy elbow drop on Malayo. First Fall: Rojo pins Malayo with an elbow drop.
Millenium works over Black Tiger to start. Malayo takes out Rojo then Millenium gets teamed on. Black Tiger submits Millenium with a guillotine choke. Malayo submits Rojo with a stretch submission. Second Fall: Malayo submits Rojo with a stretch.
Millenium gets teamed on to begin this round. Tigre Rojo gets worked over next. Tiger launches Millenium who hits a hurricanrana on Malayo. Tiger and Malayo fight back and take out Millenium. Malayo hits a power bomb on Rojo then submits him with a sharpshooter. Tiger hits a splash on Millenium for the win. Third Fall: Black Tiger pins Millenium with a top rope splash.
Winners: El Malayo and Black Tiger
Fuego, Drone, and Star Jr vs Universo 2000 Jr, Sagrado, and Misterioso Jr (El Olimpico)
Olimpico and Fuego start the match out grappling. Drone and Sagrado enter next and lock up. They trade a few transitions. Star Jr comes in next with Universo 2000 Jr. Universo works him over a bit. Fuego runs wild on everyone, hitting back breakers on Universo and Sagrado before getting Olimpico in a pinning combo. First Fall: Fuego pins Olimpico with a pinning combo.
Star gets worked over to begin this round. Universo trades offense with Fuego. Fuego gets the upper hand on Sagrado. Drone uses his quickness against Universo. Universo kills Star Jr on a shoulder block to the outside. Drone goes for a sunset flip but Universo jumps down on him for the pin. Second Fall: Universo pins Drone by sitting on him.
Drone gets triple teamed to begin this round. Olimpico works over Star with occasional help of his teammates. Star leaves the ring and Universo chases just to be hit by Drone off of the apron. Fuego launches Star for a double drop kick. Star and Fuego then hit dives through the middle rope on Sagrado and Olimipico. In the ring Universo hits a leg drop on Drone for a two. Drone hits a lionsault but the pin gets stopped. Olimpico gets Fuego in a neck crank and Sagrado hits a flapjack on Star for the win. Third Fall: Sagrado pins Star with a flapjack.
Winners: Universo 2000 Jr, Sagrado, and Olimpico
Volador Jr (Rey Samuray), Atlantis, and Niebla Roja vs Sanson, Cuatrero, and Cavernario (Toro Bill Jr)
Roja and Toro Bill start the match up fighting for position. Toro Bill taking his gimmick very seriously wearing a Chicago Bulls tank top. Cuatrero enters with Rey Samuray and they lock up and fight to the ground where they start grappling. Atlantis enters to go one on one with Sanson but ends up getting beat on. Toro Bill pins Samuray with a power bomb off of the top rope. Cuatrero launches Sanson for a knee strike on Roja for the pin. First Fall: Sanson pins Roja with a knee strike.
Samuray gets teamed up on to start this round. They hold Atlantis and try to untie his mask. Atlantis fights to the outside with Sanson. Roja then gets a pinning combo on Bill as does Samuray on Cuatrero. Second Fall: Rey Samuray pins Cuatrero with a pinning combo.
Roja and Cuatrero go back and forth briefly until Roja drop kicked him out. Roja dodges an attack and Bill attacks Sanson. Roja then flapjacks Bill and poses. Samuray enters and does some acrobatics and hits a hurricanrana on Sanson. Atlantis hip tosses Bill then does a double arm drag to Sanson and Cuatrero. Samuray then hits a middle rope dive on Bill but almost killed himself. Cuatrero gets knocked to the outside and Roja hits an over the top rope dive on him. In the ring Atlantis hits a hurricanrana on Sanson for the pin. Third Fall: Atlantis pins Sanson with a hurricanrana.
Winners: Atlantis, Niebla Roja, and Rey Samuray
(Tag Team Tournament) Rush (Volador) & Mephisto vs Mr. Niebla and Stuka Jr vs Negro Casas and Stigma vs Angel de Oro and Euforia vs Soberano Jr and Gran Guerrero vs La Bestia del Ring (Cavernario) and Flyer vs Kraneo and Forastero vs Shocker and Guerrero Maya Jr
A moment of silence for Silver King. Volador is there, so I wonder why he wasn’t in the match before. Well anyone everybody is in the ring so let’s start this random tournament off. So they do the battle royal for the order. Maya is eliminated first. Euforia is gone next. Stigma is kicked out by Cavernario. Cavernario then gets dumped to the outside next. Gran Guerrero flies over the top rope after missing an attack. Stuka gets clotheslined out by Forastero. Mephisto and Forastero are the last two so their teams go last.
Guerrero Maya and Shocker vs Euforia and Angel de Oro
They’re really about to condense 7 matches in 45 minutes. Let’s see how that goes. Maya and Euforia start out fighting for position. Oro and Shocker enter and trade offense back and forth. Maya and Shocker start to double their adversaries. Oro gets Shocker in a pinning combo and Euforia pins Maya with a pump handle slam. Euforia pins Maya with a pump handle slam.
Winners: Euforia and Angel de Oro
Negro Casas and Stigma vs Cavernario and Flyer
Flyer and Stigma trade moves back and forth to start. Casas and Cavernario trade strikes when they get in. Flyer hits a hurricanrana on Stigma, then Casas attacks Flyer. Cavernario and Stigma trade offense with some communication problems. Stigma hurricanrana’s him to the outside. Flyer hits Casas with a vertical suplex but Stigma stopped it. Cavernario slams Flyer on Stigma then hits his slingshot splash on him for the pin. Flyer pins Casas with a pinning combo. Flyer pins Negro Casas with a pinning combo.
Winners: Flyer and Cavernario
Soberano and Gran Guerrero vs Mr. Niebla and Stuka
The match starts out fast. Soberano hits a nice hurricanrana on Stuka. He goes to beat on Niebla but Niebla is too big for him and power bombs him. Gran and Stuka fight on the outside. Soberano hits a back flip splash to the outside onto Stuka. Gran then slams Soberano onto Niebla. Soberano does another move off of Gran but Niebla breaks it up. Stuka hits a big splash off of the top rope on Gran for the pin. Niebla ties Soberano in a knot the sits on him for the….submission? Mr. Niebla submits Soberano by tying him in a knot and sitting on him.
Winners: Mr. Niebla and Stuka
Kraneo and Forastero vs Volador Jr and Mephisto
Well there’s Volador. Covering for Rush. Volador is taking this serious by wrestling with a sweater on. Kraneo gets jumped by him and Mephisto. Kraneo splashes Mephisto and Volador and the come back trail is on. Kraneo runs into Volador and Mephisto. Kraneo tries to sit on Mephisto but he moves. Volador super kicks him and Mephisto pins him. Volador hits a sunset flip for a pin on Stigma. Was clearly supposed to be a canadian destroyer. Volador pins Stigma with a sunset flip.
Winners: Volador Jr and Mephisto
Angel de Oro and Euforia vs Cavernario and Flyer
Oro and Cavernario start and they trade moves with each other. Euforia enters to stomp out Cavernario. Flyer gets teamed up on. As the match continues they trade big moves for close pin falls. Cavernario hits a back stabber on Oro for a two. Euforia hits a lean back camel clutch on Flyer. Cavernario then does it to Euforia. Oro then pins Cavernario with a michinoku driver. Angel de Oro pins Cavernario with a michinoku driver.
Winners: Angel de Oro and Euforia
Stuka and Mr. Niebla vs Volador and Mephisto
Well hey Volador doesn’t have a sweater on this time. Stuka and Volador start out but Mephisto enters quick. Stuka double arm drags them to the outside and then hits a fast dive through the middle rope on Volador. Volador somehow back in the ring before Stuka, super kicks Zakarias. Stuka goes for a big splash on Mephisto but he gets the feet up. Volador then rolls up Niebla for the pin. Volador rolls up Mr. Niebla for the pin.
Winners: Volador and Mephisto
Volador and Mephisto vs Angel de Oro and Euforia
Match starts at a break neck pace with Oro hitting big moves and then hitting a big splash on Mephisto to the outside. Euforia hits a back breaker on Volador for a two count. Mephisto hits Oro with a face buster but Oro kicks out. Oro super kicks Mephisto and hits a lionsault but Volador breaks up the pin. Oro gets Mephisto to the top but Mephisto hits a top rope face buster for the pin. Volador hurricanrana’s Euforia from the top for the win. Volador pins Euforia with a top rope hurricanrana.
Winners: Volador Jr and Mephisto
Arena Mexico Tuesday
Arkalis and Halcon Suriano Jr vs Grako and Coyote
Coyote and Halcon start out with some grappling. Grako and Arkalis then enter and go back and forth. Grako gets Arkalis in a neck stretch and Coyote submits Halcon with a standing stretch. First Fall: Coyote submits Halcon with a standing stretch.
Halcon gets taken out to start and then Arkalis gets teamed up on. Halcon pulls Coyote to the outside and then Arkalis hits a back breaker on Grako. Grako throws Halcon in the air and Halcon hits a hurricanrana for the pin. Arkalis pins Coyote with a blue thunder bomb. Second Fall: Arkalis pins Coyote with a blue thunder bomb.
Arkalis and Grako exchange offense to start the final round. Halcon gets the upper hand on Coyote then poses. Halcon hits 4 straight moonsaults on Coyote but then he gets his feet up on the 5th one. Coyote hits an underhook slam off of the top on Halcon for the pin. Grako hits an elbow drop from the top on Arkalis for the win. Third Fall: Grako pins Arkalis with an elbow drop.
Winners: Grako and Coyote
Electrico, Super Astro Jr, and Retro vs Nitro, Metalico, and Sangre Azteca
Azteca and Retro start the match out with some grappling. Metalico enters with Electrico and they start to grapple as well. Nitro enters with Astro and quickly he gets teamed on. They team up on Retro next and take him out. Nitro hits a top rope splash on Super Astro for the pin. Azteca hits a drop kick to the inner thigh on Retro and Metalico pins him. First Fall: Azteca hits a drop kick to the inner thigh on Retro. Metalico pins him.
Retro is teamed up on to start this round. Electrico gets worked over next. Astro dodges some attacks and then Retro hits a cross body on Metalico. Retro submits Azteca with an inverted bear hug and Electrico pins Metalico with an elbow drop. Second Fall: Electrico pins Metalico with an elbow drop.
Metalico strikes Retro but Retro no sells it. Afterwards is a series of them getting in the ring and trading moves before their partners come in. Standard back and forth action. Retro goes for a top rope move and Azteca drop kicks him for the pin. Nitro spike pile drivers Super Astro for the win. Third Fall: Nitro pile drivers Super Astro for the win.
Winners: Nitro, Metalico, and Sangre Azteca
Fuego, Pegasso, and Stigma vs El Sagrado, Disturbio, and Kawato San
Fuego and Disturbio start out going back and forth. Sagrado enters next with Stigma and they too go back and forth. Kawato comes in next with Pegasso and they move at a faster pace. Pegasso gets Kawato to the outside and then poses but is there after attacked from behind. Sagrado gets Pegasso up for a power bomb but Pegasso rolls into it for a pin. Kawato and Disturbio arrogantly turned their backs. First Fall: Pegasso pins Sagrado with a pinning combo.
Kawato and Stigma start this round off and trade offense. Stigma wins that battle and then hits a pose. Fuego enters with Sagrado and takes him out with an arm drag. Kawato then comes from behind and hits a dragon suplex on Fuego for the pin. Second Fall: Kawato pins Fuego with a dragon suplex.
Pegasso gets teamed up on to start this round. Stigma gets Kawato out finally and Pegasso pulls Sagrado and Disturbio to the outside. Stigma and Pegasso then hit dives through the middle rope. Fuego trips Kawato and then hits a springboard splash. He moves out of the way causing Kawato’s teammates to hit him. Fuego goes for an asai moonsault but Kawato pulls him down. Pegasso and Stigma go for sunset flips but Sagrado and Disturbio counter with jumping elbow drops for the win. Third Fall: Disturbio and Sagrado pin Pegasso and Stigma with standing elbow drops.
Winners: El Sagrado, Disturbio, and Kawato San
(Match Relampago) Guerrero Maya vs Templario
These two start out super fast trading moves back and forth. Templario power slams Maya on the outside. Back in the ring Templario continued to work over Maya. Maya fights back and knocks him out of the ring then hits a middle rope flip dive. When they get back in the ring Templario starts to work over Maya again. Templario goes to the top and Maya runs up and hits an arm drag. Templario catches Maya with a german suplex for a two count. Maya reverses Templario, very sloppy for the pin. Probably should have called an audible. Guerrero Maya pins Templario with a roll up.
Winner: Guerrero Maya
Kraneo, Flyer, and El Audaz vs Mr. Niebla, Shocker, and Rey Bucanero
Audaz starts out with Bucanero and they tie up and start to grapple. Shocker comes in with Flyer and they trade strikes. Kraneo and Mr. Niebla do some sloppy spots. Kraneo dives off of the apron onto Niebla. Audaz hits a moonsault on Shocker for the pin. Flyer gets Bucanero in a hurricanrana. First Fall: Flyer pins Rey Bucanero with a hurricanrana.
Niebla and Kraneo work. Niebla postures to the crowd playing with his man boobs. Shocker works over Audaz. Audaz fights back hitting an arm drag. Audaz gets taken out. Shocker suplexes him then Bucanero kicks him to the outside. They slam Kraneo and Mr. Niebla hits a top rope splash onto him for the pin. Second Fall: Mr. Niebla pins Kraneo with a top rope splash.
There’s a bunch of brawling to start this round. Flyer and Audaz hit dives over the top rope. Kraneo back flips Niebla then sits on him for the pin. Third Fall: Kraneo pins Mr. Niebla by sitting on him.
Winners: Kraneo, Flyer, and Audaz
Atlantis, Angel de Oro, and Niebla Roja vs Rush, El Terrible, and La Bestia del Ring
Well this match starts out super fast and hot. Los Ingobernables beats up Oro and Roja and then they team on Atlantis. They all hit drop kicks on him for the pin. First Fall: Rush pins Atlantis after a triple basement drop kick.
There’s brawling on the outside to start. Atlantis goes to confront Rush but ends up getting teamed on. They throw Oro into the announce table. Rush fakes his finishing move to Atlantis just to kick him in the face and hit his pose. Terrible spins Oro around and Rush hits a basement drop kick and poses again. Rush has such a great look. Sucks he’s toiled away in Ring of Honor. Anyway, this second round continues with Roja finally making a come back. Oro and Roja attack Terrible and Bestia on the outside. Atlantis even throws Rush into the barricade. Rush retreats into the crowd and Atlantis chases him. Roja is either actually hurt or doing one hell of a job selling an ankle injury. Rush goes to the announce table and says No pasa nada perrrrros. Rush gets back in the ring and hits the drop kick in the corner. Then pins Oro by just putting a foot on him. Rush then tries to take Atlantis’ mask off and the ref gets him to stop. Roja hits Terrible with a kick combo and Bestia is late to stop the ref but the ref stops anyway. Distracted, Terrible low blows Roja and the refs pins 3. Second Fall: Terrible pins Niebla Roja with a low blow.
Rush cuts a promo. Oro gets the mic and begins one but then Rush and pals come in and beat them up some more. Rush steals poor Atlantis’ mask. I wonder if that’s the direction they’re going to go for the anniversario show. Atlantis has slowed down considerably the last few years. Maybe a nice pay day is a way to go out.
Winners: Rush, El Terrible, and La Bestia del Ring
Arena Mexico Friday
Unfortunately this show is blocked in America so I can only post results. Luckily it wasn’t that critical of a show. If it persists I’ll find a way to watch down the line, but it shouldn’t persist.
Star Jr and Magia Blanca vs Espanto Jr and Akuma
Akuma and Espanto won 2 falls to 1.
Marcela, Kaho Kobayashi, and Sanely vs Amapola, Tiffany, and Metalica
Marcela, Kaho Kobayashi, and Sanely won the match 2 falls to 1. Kaho Kobayashi hyped up her hair vs hair match with Amapola.
Rey Cometa, Esfinge, and Triton vs Hechicero, El Felino, and Tiger
Hechicero, Felino, and Tiger won 2 falls to 1. Hechicero got hurt in this match and let Esfinge pin him for a fall so he can go to the back. Maybe a hand injury.
(Match Relampago) Soberano Jr vs Negro Casas
Negro Casas won with a Canadian destroyer and a casita.
Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia, and Gran Guerrero vs Mascara Ano 2000, Mephisto, and Ephesto
Los Guerrero’s won 2 falls to 1. Mascara Ano 2000 DQ’d himself in the final fall by low blowing Ultimo Guerrero. Hyping up their future match.
Caristico, Volador Jr, and Mistico vs Cavernario, Sanson, and Cuatrero
Valiente replaced Volador in this match. Cavernario, Sanson, and Cuatrero won in straight falls. Cavernario unmasked Mistico and pinned him and challenged him to a match next week.
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