Mathew dives back into Stardom to catch us up with some of the early new year action!
Welcome to the second day of Stardom’s New Years Stars show and while the first show wasn’t considered great, a lot happened to cover the next show as we have a title match tonight with more hype leading to the 8 Year Anniversary show coming soon.
We got some ground to cover, so let’s not waste any time as we…dive right in.
To remind my new readers on how my rating system works:
0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
1 Star: Vince Russo
2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
5 Stars: Jim Cornette
Mary Apache & Sadie Gibbs vs. Hanan, Hina, Natsumi, & Rina
Review: Our first match is a handicap match with the sisters, Hanan, Hina, and Rina along with Natsumi taking on Sadie Gibbs and Mary Apache. At the first show, Sadie really impressed me in her Stardom debut and she would even get the win for her team also. Will Sadie be able to pull off a second win or will the sisters sneak in a victory?
The sisters and Natsumi would work together well for a little bit with the sisters locking Sadie with the Double Armbar and Leg Lock while Natsumi would apply the Paradise Lock on Mary between the ropes to show they were going to start out strong. After that little bit of momentum though, the match would start to fall apart as it would start to be a little sloppy mess with Hina and Rina being out of sequence while Natsumi not having the right flow as well. Sadie though was the highlight of the match as she would take the moves well against the other rookies and showed great athletic ability when she could as she hits her Cartwheel Moonsault to the outside. Mary Apache wasn’t in the ring much except for the last minute or so to finish the match as she hits Rina and Hina with a Double Clothesline that looked weak and pinned them for the finish. Not a good way to start the show.
Rating: Tony Schiavone
Tag Team Match
Queen’s Quest (Bea Priestly & Viper) vs. Bobbi Tyler & Hana Kimura
Review: Our next match is a tag team match with Queen’s Quest members, Bea Priestly and Viper taking on Bobbi Tyler and Hana Kimura. Bea definitely gained some momentum after winning the elimination match for her team in the main event of the last show and Viper is actually set to defend her two titles against a fellow member, Utami Hayashishita at the 8th Anniversary show, so the two would need some momentum going forward. Hana and Bobbi may have lost Jamie but they still wanna make the most of this tour and win this match. Can Hana and Bobbi get a win or does Queen’s Quest take it?
Bea went from one of my least favorites in Stardom last year to someone that I enjoy watching now since she has improved dramatically since I’ve last seen here and she’s been showing a lot of progress here, now I need that to keep on going and she’ll have a great career in Stardom. Bea and Viper turned out to be a pretty good team when they tagged up here while Hana and Bobbi are kinda just there at this point. That’s how I feel about Hana in Stardom right now, she’s just there with no progression in her career there. What should Hana do? I think she should wrestle like how she does everywhere else for once and maybe she should bring in ASUKA to Stardom and they could dominate the tag division and if you haven’t checked her out, I recommend you do so. One move that stood out the most was Bea hitting Bobbi with a Codebreaker and she held her there as Viper hits Bobbi with the Senton, looked painful yet awesome. Bea would then hit the Curb Stomp and picks up the win for her team.
Rating: Eric Bischoff
Six Man Tag Team Match
Queen’s Quest (AZM, Konami & Momo Watanabe) vs. Alex Gracia, Saki Kashima & Tam Nakano
Review: We got a six-man tag match next with Queen’s Quest members, AZM, Konami, and Momo Watanabe taking on STARS members Saki Kashima and Tam Nakano along with Alex Gracia. This is more of a preview match for Momo and Tam due to them having a Wonder of Stardom Championship match coming up at the 8th-anniversary show, so a win here for either of them could change the direction of who could be the winner. Can Queen’s Quest win two matches in a row or do Tam and her team get the victory?
Tam and Momo starting the match off was the right call since you want to be invested in the upcoming match when they actually do fight as the two of them keep giving you small samples of what’s to eventually come and I got exactly that. I thought it was a fun tag match with all six of these women performed at a solid level with all of them getting equal amount of time to shine in the match. Tam showing a lot more progression in the ring was a nice thing and you can tell how badly she wants to beat Momo for that title, and this type of aggression could exactly be what she needs to make that happen. When Tam and AZM were in the ring, AZM started to show why this young lady can be the baddest bitch on the roster as she would do her best to try and take her out and her members would do a Triple Dropkick for a two count. AZM hits a Tilt-a-Whirl into a Fujiwara Armbar to try and make Tam tap out but she would fail to do so when Saki breaks the hold. Tam hits a Double Knee Drop on the second rope and AZM would kick out at two but Tam would pull her up to hit a Running Knee Strike, and then tops it off with a beautiful Tiger Suplex to get the victory as she looks ready to take on Momo.
— We Are Stardom (@we_are_stardom) January 9, 2019
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Eight Man Tag Team Match
Oedo Tai (Hazuki, Jamie Hayter, Kagetsu & Natsu Sumire) vs. JAN (Jungle Kyona, Kaori Yoneyama, Natsuko Tora & Ruaka)
Review: We now have an eight-man tag match with JAN members, Jungle Kyona, Kaori Yoneyama, Natsuko Tora, and Ruaka taking on Oedo Tai. If you’ve seen the last show, Jamie Hayter would betray Hana and Bobbi to join Oedo Tai and this will be her first match as apart of her new home, so it’s time to see how she’ll do. This match is all mostly for more hype between Kagetsu and Jungle Kyona since they’ll be fighting each other at the 8th-Anniversary show for the World of Stardom Championship. Will Oedo Tai win or does JAN take it with Kyona pinning Kagetsu again?
Oedo Tai does their little dance without Jamie since she would come out after the dance. Sumire and Kaori start it off and Sumire does her same little shenanigans like the previous show with her Freddie Mercury stuff. Sumire would do the We Will Rock You stomps again and Kaori would hit her to get that heat going in and they stop hitting each other to do the little chant as they do their handshake and tag themselves out. Despite the odd pacing during the match, I thought it was another fun showcase for eight of the women and Hazuki keeps being the showcase for these types of matches with how good she is in the ring. I liked how Kagetsu and Kyona didn’t touch each other until near the ending of the match and had enough time together with them going back and forth with the strikes as it’s another match I’m very much looking forward to. Kagetsu and Hazuki would do a Double Suicide Dive to the outside and then Kyona would dive onto them right after. Jamie and Ruaka are in the ring now and it looked like Ruaka was going to pull an upset, but Nao Yamaguchi would hit her back with the Oedo Tai sign to distract her and Jamie hits the Running Knee Strike for the win.
Rating: Eric Bischoff
Future of Stardom Title Match
Starlight Kid (c) vs. Utami Hayashishita
Review: We got one of our big matches for the show as Starlight Kid is set to defend her Future of Stardom Championship against Utami Hayashishita. I said before that I felt like Utami going for this belt would be a downgrade for her due to her performance in the Five Star Grand Prix, but it looks like they have other plans for her after she made the claimed that she wanted to win all the belts in Stardom this year and since she can qualify for this belt, this is her first stop. Starlight has held the title since April when she became the first champion and it’s about time she has a real opponent for it instead of just AZM, so time to put her to the test. Will Starlight win the biggest match in her career or will we have a new champion?
Starlight and Utami worked really well together and while it’s not the same as Starlight and AZM, they still worked. They were technical, they would push each other when they would need to, they played their strengths so well here. The progression between both of these women this year was such a huge improvement that they both are the future of the company, just like the belt that they’re currently fighting for now. Starlight started to work on her leg a little bit and it’s a smart move since she needs her legs to keep her strength up for when she does her Torture Rack. Starlight had Utami down and she hits her Rounding Frogsplash for a two count and once Starlight went back up to the turnbuckle, Utami would try to get the Torture Rack in and Starlight fights out of it. Starlight would eventually get caught in an Argentine Backbreaker but Starlight would be able to kick out of it. Starlight would try to go for a Headscissor but Utami caught her into the Torture Rack and she would make her tap out as we have a new champion!
It looks like Utami was able to claim a second title and her first singles title in her career. She’s able to win two titles in the course of five months, so it looks like Stardom really is going to push forward with the Utami all belts thing and while it’s a big gamble since it could slowly backfire if not careful but we’ll play it by ear. She now has her match with Viper and if she defeats her, she’ll add two more titles to her collection and that’ll be a big deal for Utami. Starlight did very well with the title and I can’t wait to see what she does next.
The Future of Stardom title is on the line, on Stardom World! Starlight Kid makes her 6th title defense vs the Big Rookie, Utami Hayashishita, who already has one half of the tag team championship! Kid vs Utami, on https://t.co/q8dHnF58vW! pic.twitter.com/lltekGwjoC
— We Are Stardom (@we_are_stardom) January 9, 2019
Rating: Bruce Prichard
Alex Gracia and AZM and Bea Priestley and Bobbi Tyler and Hana Kimura and Hanan and Hazuki and Hina and Jamie Hayter and Jungle Kyona and Kagetsu and Kaori Yoneyama and Konami and Momo Watanabe and Natsuko Tora and Natsumi and Natsu Sumire and Rina and Ruaka and Saki Kashima and Starlight Kid and Tam Nakano and Utami Hayashishita and Viper
Review: We now have our main event as it’ll be a Battle Royal with all the people that were booked on today’s show. Not sure what the prize is for winning this but I think the winner does get a title match for any belt they pick. Utami recently won the Future of Stardom Championship, so this would be a good time for her to win and collect another title opportunity if she wanted to. Other people could have a chance to win it, so we’ll see how things go. Who will win the Battle Royal?
Oh look, Mayu Iwatani is sitting in the crowd to enjoy the show while she waits to get cleared for an in-ring return. Almost everyone starts fighting outside of the ring except for Kagetsu as she just chills out in the ring while everyone just beats the daylights out of each other. Viper starts off with a little hot streak as she eliminated Rina, Hina, Natsumi, and Bobbi Taylor until people would dog pile onto Viper to get her eliminated. People would start getting eliminated left and right and it looks like some people were missing in the ring, and it turns out that all members of Oedo Tai were sitting with the audience as they started eating some snacks while the others killed each other, a brilliant strategy by our Prime Minister.
— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) January 12, 2019
While Oedo Tai is having a picnic outside, Tam and Utami are left in the ring and wouldn’t last long as Utami eliminated Tam. Hazuki comes back from her little break as she starts fighting off Konami and Momo for a little bit but Konami and Hazuki would go back and forth while Momo was on the turnbuckle trying not to hit her partner as Hazuki would push Momo off as she held onto the ropes and as Hazuki tried to eliminate her, Konami would flip Hazuki over to make her hang next to Momo. Hazuki got Konami over and she would eliminate the both of them as she somehow gets eliminated by Starlight Kid. Starlight and Utami are alone in the ring once again as Starlight looks to get some revenge from her title loss and the two are still as crisp as they were in their title match. Utami and Starlight are on the apron as they would fight back and forth for a little bit, but Starlight would find a way to overcome her as she hits a 619 on Utami to eliminate her as Starlight won the match! After the match, Starlight would talk about how she lost the belt but challenges Hazuki for the High Speed Championship at the January 6th show and Hazuki told her she’s not giving her the belt even though she doesn’t need the belt, she told Starlight that giving it to her would decrease the value of it. Starlight was about to close the show but you see Kagetsu feeding Mayu in the background and gets called out on it, that was cute.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters
Overall: It was just about the same as the previous show but slightly a bit better since it was entertaining with a great title match. I do feel like the show will slowly getting better once we get closer to the anniversary show and we should have more quality as the year goes on, but the first two shows of the new year have been a hit or miss.
Favorite Match: Starlight Kid vs. Utami Hayashishita
Least Favorite Match: Mary Apache & Sadie Gibbs vs. Hanan, Hina, Natsumi, & Rina
Mitchell’s Women of Wrestling Results & Report! (2/15/19)
How will WOW address last week’s unclear ending?
WOW ended with controversy last week as both Santana Garrett AND Jungle Grrrl got the pin on Tessa Blanchard! Who is truly the world champion?!
- Havoc VS Fire; Havoc wins.
- Kristen Davidson w/ Samantha Smart VS Chantilly Chella; wins.
- Razor w/ Fury VS Faith the Lioness; Faith wins.
- Vacated WOW World Championship: Jungle Grrrl VS Tessa Blanchard; Blanchard wins and becomes the new WOW World Champion.
PLAY BY PLAY
David McLane again welcomes us to WOW!
The matchmaker knows last week’s star-studded Triple Threat for the Women of Wrestling World Championship was wild but also ended in a double pin. Jungle Grrrl hit her splash but Santana Garrett also covered Tessa Blanchard’s legs for an impossible scenario. Senior official Scrappy McGowan came out to ensure the integrity of the title, and chose to postpone awarding it until after the officials could properly review the footage.
And tonight, that long awaited decision is made. McLane holds up the currently vacated title as he first introduces Jungle Grrrl. He would introduce Santana, but the despicable acts Tessa Blanchard did to her father, Keny G, Santana is with her father at the hospital. That is tragic, but the show must go on. So the other competitor for this vacated title will be the Born Legend, Tessa Blanchard! Tessa hits the ring and takes the mic while fans boo and jeer. Tessa says Santana isn’t here not because of her dad. Santana’s not here because she’s afraid! Santana isn’t here because she needs oxygen just like her daddy. But Tessa is fine with that, she’ll take on Jungle Grrrl or any woman in WOW. Even if it’s the biggest and baddest- Speaking of, here comes the biggest and baddest, THE BEAST!
Beast introduces herself to Tessa. And if Tessa wants the biggest and baddest, here she is! McLane and the fans agree. Tessa says the bigger they are, the harder they fall. These two may be big and bad, but Beast and JG aren’t on Tessa’s level! Tessa starts shoving but JG scoops her up! Tessa slips out and shoves JG into Beast! Beast fights with JG while Tessa runs away! Fans are thunderous but officials hurry to pull the Queen of the Amazon and the Alpha Female apart! Will Tessa regret standing between these two Women of Wrestling?
The Monster of Madness started her career 15 years ago, during a time when Women’s Wrestling wasn’t taken as seriously. “From the very beginning, people were telling me, ‘You’re not gonna make it very far here’.” They said she was too big, too different, and she struggled for those first few years. Havoc was trying to figure out who she should be, when one day she realized, she only had to be what she wanted to be. Havoc transformed herself and embraced the darkness.
The “Women’s Revolution” only just started a few years ago, with all these “glamorous girls” showing off what they worked so hard for, when it was women like Havoc who put in the work and carried the load. “There is a reason when these women get in the ring with me, they stare at me from across the ring, terrified.” The mask comes off, and she unleashes the monster! Who will be the first Woman of Wrestling to lose to the madness?
Havoc VS Fire!
The Monster of Madness makes her WOW TV debut and it’s against the fan favorite who finally got on a hot streak. Will Havoc put out the flames? Or will she be burned in her debut?
The bell rings and Havoc rushes Fire! Fire dodges and keeps her distance. Havoc laughs as she gives chase, but Fire keeps away. Fire ducks down but Havoc catches her by her hair! Havoc throws a heavy forearm then gets in the ref’s face. Havoc drags Fire up and clams on, to lift Fire high over head! She throws Fire to a corner, then shrieks while fans boo and jeer. Havoc runs in but Fire dodges! Fire comes back with a dropkick! And a corner splash! Fans fire up with Fire as she fires off kicks! Havoc stays up as Fire runs. Fire dodges to dropkick again, but Havoc stays standing. Fire tries a second but Havoc only steps back. Fans fire up as Fire runs, but Havoc boots her right down! Havoc shrieks again as she drags Fire up. Havoc thrashes Fire around and tosses her to the ropes!
Fans continue to cheer Fire on but Havoc is right on her at the ropes. Havoc chokes Fire but then stops at 4. She shouts at the ref to back off, then grins as she stalks Fire to a corner. Havoc puts Fire in a full nelson, then lifts for a stretch! Fire endures while fans rally up. Havoc shifts to a waistlock, wheelbarrow facebuster! Cover, TWO! Fire survives and Havoc is shocked. Havoc stretches Fire back in a modified camel clutch. Fire endures as Havoc gets the full clutch on. Havoc also pulls hair but the ref counts. Havoc clubs Fire down at 4! Fans rain down boos while Havoc looms over Fire. Havoc lifts Fire and snap suplexes hard! Havoc drags Fire to the center and says this is the end. Leg drop misses!
Fire fires back kicks! And a mule kick! Havoc’s down, Fire covers, TWO! Fire climbs up fast, big crossbody! But Havoc catches her easily! Havoc pops Fire up, Air Raid Crash! Cover, Havoc wins!
Winner: Havoc, by pinfall
The Monster of Madness wins her debut and soaks up the heat. Will she only continue to wreak havoc on the WOW roster?
WOW reports on a recent incident with one of their wrestlers.
Keta Rush was jumped in the arena alley after a WOW live event. McLane and Keta went to the production truck to examine the footage to shed light on the assailants. The security cameras caught it all as Keta was jumped 2v1. To think it was someone Keta thought of as a friend. Keta wants after her in the ring, but will she get the payback she wants?
Kristen Davidson w/ Samantha Smart VS Chantilly Chella!
The Disciplinarian and her supervisor want all the other Women of Wrestling to fall in line, and now they look to straighten out WOW’s number one party girl. Will Davidson and Smart have fun ruining Chella’s fun?
The bell rings and Chella gets the fans hyped up. Davidson just sneers as she lunges at Chella. Chella ducks and rolls and has a good time, but it only annoys Davidson and Smart. Chella and Davidson tie up and go around. Davidson pulls Chella’s hair and puts her in a corner. Davidson gets right in Chella’s face about her behavior, but Chella doesn’t get what’s so bad about partying. Chella simply wishes Davidson peace, but Davidson swings on her! Chella dodges and headlocks back. She gets the headlock takeover, but Davidson stands up. Davidson lifts Chella but Chella counters with another takedown! Davidson prevents a cover and manages to get a headscissors! Chella gets out and gets the headlock back!
Davidson gets up again and pries out to a hammerlock. Davidson gets the headlock now then shifts to a snapmare. Chella handsprings through to get the headlock back again! Davidson powers out but Chella hops up for body scissors, only to get a spinebuster! Cover, TWO! Davidson trash talks Chella and clubs her, then hits a running neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Smart grows annoyed but Davidson stays on Chella at the ropes. Davidson chokes Chella but the ref backs her off. So Smart chokes Chella while he’s not looking! Smart gets away with it and Davidson drags Chella back up. Davidson gourd busters Chella, then drops the double stomps! Cover, TWO! Davidson keeps her cool as she whips Chella. Chella body scissors again, but into a wheelbarrow facebuster! Cover, TWO! Chella still lives and Smart is annoyed.
Davidson clubs Chella to the ropes, and Smart SMACKS her with the ruler! The referee warns Smart while Davidson puts Chella in a corner. Davidson whips corner to corner but Chella goes up and over to sunset flip! TWO, and Davidson hip attacks Chella fast! Then she goes side to side for the wash! Davidson drags Chella to a cover, TWO! Fans fire up for Chella but Davidson stays on her with a clutch. Chella endures and fans rally up. Chella powers up but Davidson clubs her down! Davidson drags Chella up into the fireman’s carry, but Chella fights out! Chella shoves and kicks away! Davidson swings but Chella bobs ‘n’ weaves! Chella says “Peace!” then sweeps the legs! Chella fires up and hits Meteora! Cover, TWO!
Chella keeps going, hitting a shining wizard in the corner! She rolls Davidson out then heads up top. Davidson staggers, big crossbody from Chella! Cover, TWO!! Chella can’t believe she didn’t get that. She swings a kick but Davidson ducks! Davidson fireman’s carry, TKO Neckbreaker! Cover, Davidson wins!
Winner: Kristen Davidson by pinfall
The Disciplinarian scratches off one wild child, but with a lot of help from Ms. Smart. Who else will learn not to mess with Davidson and Smart?
“Who’s next on the Psycho Sisters’ devastation list?” Oh, it’s the Lioness! “Faithy Jay, you think you’re from the streets?” Razor IS the street! The streets raised Razor. She left everything in the street. You think facing Razor is just facing another wrestler? Razor gets what she wants and never backs down. When you step to her, you’ll feel the Razor’s Edge. That WOW first-time show down is next!
Reintroducing: Faith the Lioness.
Growing up, her parents encouraged Faith to be herself and never change to fit someone else’s ideals. People have said she’s too tall for this or too thick for that, but she defies them to become who she is today. From ballet to rap to kickboxing, Faith has always had pride in who she was. She wants to blend dancing, music and wrestling into one, but her debut was a bit rough against The Beast. But even so, like a lion, she faces everything without fear. Faith was able to accept her defeat because of how great her debut felt. She can’t really put the feeling into words, but she knows she wants more. Losing only makes you stronger, because it’s about getting back up. Will Faith stand strong and get that first win?
Razor w/ Fury VS Faith the Lioness!
The Daughter of Darkness had her WOW TV debut and was successful. Now it’s time to see if the Vanguard of Violence can do the same. Will Razor cut down Faith’s pride? Or will the lioness finally sink her teeth into a victory?
The bell rings and the two approach fast and furious! Faith pushes Razor but she turns it around to put her in the corner. Razor SLAPS Faith, so Faith shoves Razor! Faith gets a headlock takeover fast, and grinds Razor to the mat. Razor stands up and powers out, only for Faith to run her over. Things speed up and Faith shows her agility! She gets another headlock takeover! Razor headscissor counters but Faith pops right out. They speed up again, Faith goes Matrix! She mule kicks and whips but Razor reverses. Fury swipes at Faith’s feet, and then Razor clobbers her! Cover, TWO! Razor grits her teeth as she drags Faith up and clubs her down. Razor stomps Faith to the ropes, then fakes an eyelash in her eye. The ref doesn’t see Fury choke Faith on the ropes!
Fans boo as Fury gets away with it, and Razor goes after Faith in a corner. Razor clubs away then whips corner to corner. Razor runs in for a big splash! She snapmares Faith down hard, then heads to a corner. She runs out, but Faith dodges the senton! Faith Penalty Kicks Razor, then scoop slams her down! Cover, TWO! Faith keeps her focus as she heads to a corner. She hops up but Razor clubs her down! Razor drags Faith up for another hard snapmare, and into a chinlock. Razor grinds Faith to the mat but fans rally up. Fury trolls the fans while Faith feeds off their energy. Jawbreaker frees Faith! Razor staggers while Faith runs, but Razor runs her over! Cover, TWO!
Razor grows frustrated and she takes it out on Faith with more clubbing forearms. But Faith CHOPS back! Faith runs into a kick, and Razor hits The Stroke, half-nelson facebuster! Razor doesn’t end it there, she drags Faith up into a camel clutch! Faith endures as Razor grinds her forearms and digs her nails in! Faith gets an arm free, and then the other! She slips out the back but Razor clobbers her! Razor stomps Faith then bumps her off the mat. Faith crawls to a corner but Razor stomps her again. Razor grabs the arms for a surfboard stomp! Razor drags Faith to a cover, TWO! Faith lives and Razor is furious! Razor bumps Faith off buckles hard, then throws CHOPS! Razor whips corner to corner and runs in, but Faith boots her back! Faith roundhouses Razor down!
Fans fire up as Faith climbs up high. But Fury goes after a leg! Faith kicks Fury away then leaps at Razor for a BIG missile dropkick! Cover, Faith wins!!
Winner: Faith the Lioness by pinfall
The fans give a standing ovation for Faith’s first WOW TV victory! But Fury ruins the moment by attacking from behind! The Psycho Sisters beat down Faith, then toss her out of the ring! Fans boo but the damage is done. Will Fury and Razor continue to do what they want to every Woman of Wrestling they encounter?
Coming soon: Nikki Krampus.
As her last name suggests, the Norwegian Nightmare embodies the fearsome might of the punisher of misdeeds. She makes her debut next week, who will be the first to face their retribution?
Vacated WOW World Championship: Jungle Grrrl VS Tessa Blanchard!
The Born Legend loves to talk trash about the Wonder Woman of Wrestling, Santana Garrett, but she should actually be thankful to her. If not for that double pin, Tessa would have lost last week’s Triple Threat and the Queen of the Amazon would again reign. Now there’s a second chance for the third-generation wrestler, will she make the best of this golden opportunity?
Introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the streamers fly! Fans are already fired up with the bell, and Tessa circles with JG. They tie up, Tessa gets a wristlock. JG rolls and rolls to get free but Tessa backs off. Tessa and JG tie up again and Tessa gets a waistlock. JG standing switches but Tessa snapmares through to a chinlock. Tessa grinds JG down but JG gets up and works her way out. JG gets a keylock but Tessa reverses to a hammerlock to roll JG! ONE, and JG sweeps to cover! ONE, and Tessa returns the sweep, ONE! Tessa gets up but JG scares her off with a step! Tessa bails out and gets a breather. JG lets Tessa take her time, and Tessa returns to tie up again.
JG gets the headlock now and grinds Tessa down. Tessa tries but can’t power out of JG’s grip. Tessa fights with body shots and powers out, but JG runs her over! JG runs but Tessa speeds things up, only to run into a dropkick! Tessa scrambles to a corner and JG whips. Tessa reverses and rocks JG with a forearm against the ropes! She whips JG into ropes, then runs, but JG dodges the rope attack just in time! Tessa hits the ropes herself and is stinging! Fans rally up as JG drags Tessa up in a waistlock. Tessa standing switches and pushes JG to forearm her on the rebound. Tessa runs again, and dropkicks JG into the ropes! Cover, ONE!! JG is tougher than Tessa thought, but Tessa keeps her cool.
Tessa stalks JG to a corner to rock her with another right forearm! She whips JG corner to corner, then runs in, but into a boot! JG hops up but Tessa sweeps the legs! Draping code breaker! Cover, ONE!? Tessa is shocked JG is this tough! Fans rally up and it only eggs Tessa on. Tessa drags JG up to whip, but JG reverses to another dropkick! Both women are down and crawling for opposite corners. They run at each other and JG hits lariat after lariat! JG hits a corner shining wizard, then a BIG German Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! JG gets up and drags Tessa up. JG fireman’s carry while fans duel. Tessa fights out, to a hammerlock, but JG powers out! JG hits a leaping knee! Then a scoop but Tessa slips out! Tessa wrenches, sweeps the legs, armbar!
JG endures as Tessa makes the armbar part Triangle! But the legs are on the throat, that’s a choke, the referee will not count this submission! JG powers up as Tessa keeps squeezing. JG deadlifts Tessa but bombs her into the referee! The referee is down and out of the ring! JG scoops Tessa, Jungle Driver!! JG keeps going, climbing up top. Fans fire up as JG leaps, Jungle Splash!! Cover, but there’s NO ref to count! JG’s had Tessa down for more than long enough but where’s a ref?! Here’s the BEAST instead! The Beast SPEARS Jungle Grrrl! Fans are thunderous as Beast drags JG up again, for the BEAST BOMB! The Alpha Female decimates JG and then drags the ref into the ring! Tessa crawls to a cover, the ref counts it, Tessa wins!!
Winner: Tessa Blanchard, by pinfall; NEW WOW World Champion
The Beast has made her mark! The Born Legend is the new champion, and Jungle Grrrl was pinned for the first time in her WOW career! But of course, The Beast still wants the belt for her own, and Tessa shouts that she’s not afraid. Will Tessa be able to retain when The Beast is the one who helped her win? What will former WOW World Champion, Santana Garrett, have to say about this?
What a wild episode of WOW! Havoc, who is of course Jessicka Havok, had a decent delivery of her promo. She gets points for taking up the banner of the independent wrestling women who got the ball rolling for the Women’s (R)Evolution as coined by WWE. But she loses points for me for being yet another of the “inner darkness” kind of Heels I’m seeing in not just WOW but a few other promotions. Be proud of being big and tough, but be different. Especially when the Psycho Sisters are already filling that role of the dark, edgy Heels. Unless she becomes the third sister…
Razor VS Faith was a good match, and Faith is clearly talented. Faith feels like she could get a top Face push down the road the way she was booked against The Beast and then here against Razor. I’m still thinking the WOW World Tag Team Championships are going to be revived and a team like the Psycho Sisters would be a top Heel choice for those. Davidson VS Chella was an okay match, but there are a lot of Heels with Managers right now. I’m wondering if Davidson & Smart will get a dedicated opponent for the story their gimmick tells.
Of all the possibilities for their world title, I didn’t think they’d reset with Santana bowing out. That’s a great Face move putting family over career but it really gave Tessa Blanchard a big second chance. I did call The Beast getting involved, and it worked out perfectly to get some heat on both her and Tessa. Jungle Grrrl VS The Beast is still coming, no doubt about that. That match might be hotter than Santana coming back to get at Tessa. Not only that, but I’m hoping WOW decides to give us an episode where it’s just those two matches so that each one gets 20 to 25 minutes. As fun as it’s been to always have three to four matches a night, having two amazing matches would really help WOW gain some momentum.
My Score: 8.3/10
Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Uncaged Ratings & Review
With the tag titles changing hands last week, do we see more changes with Impact Wrestling Uncaged?
With the tag titles changing hands last week, do we see more changes with Impact Wrestling Uncaged?
The pseudo-PPV atmosphere is sure to bring in more consistent viewership, but they’re in an interesting spot. Taya and Tessa are really the only two credible Knockouts unless Gail comes out of retirement (since Rosemary, Su and Jordynne are in the same storyline), so we’ll probably see this get extended somehow. As for the other title match, The Machine has a lot of support and wrestling fans all know the money is in the chase. So I could see Cage getting “screwed” again, but I’d much rather see Cage with the title.
So let’s get hype for the show with a video package of the returning Reno Scum!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 16, 2019
- Knockout’s Championship Street Fight: Tessa Blanchard vs Taya Valkyrie (c) – Taya retains via Double Footstomp through Table – *** 3/4
- ‘All Ego’ Ethan Page vs Willie Mack: Mack wins via Stunner – ** 1/2
- Elimination 4v4: Team Impact (Fallah Bahh, Sami Callihan, Eli Drake & Eddie Edwards) vs Team AAA (Puma King, Psycho Clown, Hijo del Vikingo & Aerostar): Team AAA 4-3 – *** 3/4
- Fatal 4 Way Impact World Championship: Killer Kross vs Moose vs Johnny Impact (c) vs Brian Cage: Johnny retains via Starship Pain on Moose – *** 1/4
Both women come out with throwback shirts. Tessa comes out with the old school Four Horsemen shirt and Taya comes out in her Perros de Mal shirt (old Triple A stable she was in with Perro Aguayo Jr). This match was a little awkward at times, and the first table they had ” La Wera Loca vs Diamond” painted on, didn’t break after two spear attempts. Really good hardcore style action, with chairs, insults, ring posts and another table. Definitely more of a brawl than wrestling, but after the table didn’t break the subsequent spots seemed to be a little off. Still a solid match, entertaining to watch, good way to start off the Uncaged show. Dios perdona, los perros no.
After a quick promo with Team Impact, Scarlett joins Melissa during the commercial break moment and she’s barely dressed and her and Melissa start doing squats. I mean they’re doubling down on sex sells, and I’m not even mad.
Mack and Page was a solid match. Good brawling, Willie’s agility outlasted Page’s strikes. One would assume the winner should be closer to an X Division title shot at least. So it should be interesting where this leads.
Killer Kross follows that with his typical chilling, slightly unhinged promo, and damn it was well done.
The interesting thing about the commercial break stuff tonight is Melissa doing live interviews with different people. It’s kinda neat, like extra content.
Team Triple A has a clap back promo after the commercial, which says the Cup is staying in Mexico. If memory serves, Team Triple A beat Team TNA in the first World X Cup, so I’m curious if they’ll pull from that for a storyline.
Sami Callihan calls out Swann one more time, Swann throws the shirt at Callihan, so a fight ensues. Swann gets the best of things momentarily, but an eye gauge allows Sami the opening to toss Rich around a little, Piledriver him on the stage and then Powerbomb him off the stage through a table. So I guess Sami will get the X Divison shot, but might have to go through Willie Mack first in the following weeks before Rebellion.
A lot of fun fast paced action, good dives, good strikes, nice story telling and only one slip so far from Aerostar. Eli Drake is the first one eliminated by Puma King because he tries to tell Eddie to not use the kendo stick, but tries to use it himself, Eddie catches him and takes his stick back, then pushing Eli. So one Gedo Clutch later, Eli is eliminated by pinfall. Fallah Bah eliminates Vikingo after a Twisted Running Powerslam. Aerostar eliminates Bahh after a Crucifix Pin when Bahh misses the Banzai Drop. Boston Knee Party from Eddie eliminates Aerostar. Piledriver from Sami eliminates Puma King. Two on one advantage with Sami and Eddie against Psycho Clown. Eddie hits a Boston Knee Party lays out Psycho Clown, but Sami pushes Eddie off and tries to steal the spotlight, only a two count, Psycho Rolls Up Sami for the pinfall elimination. Eddie has Psycho on the ropes, but Eli returns, takes Kenny the Kendo Stick and distracts Eddie. Then he hits Eddie to give Psycho a shot to hit a Backstabber, followed up the La Magistral for the victory. So Impact kinda played themselves, but it was a damn good match with a lot to unpack.
Melissa finally returns after a few commercial breaks off, with Sami Callihan and David Crist. This was ridiculous but great. Just erratic idiocy, they steal Melissa’s sandals at some point, David sings “Hey there Samuel” and Sami does a pitch like a dating service while Melissa is getting her sandals. So dumb, but great.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 16, 2019
Small promotional video package for Reno Scum. Returning to Impact for the first time since the first wave of GFW “invasion” (nearly 2 years).
A quick little moment with Dark Allie, Su Yung and Rosemary, followed by a commercial with Melissa and KM & Fallah Bahh. Very funny, Melissa plays off the wrestlers well. She needs to stick around since she’s got a nice personality and seems to work well with most of the guys.
Scarlett with a weird video package, her in a bed, a little moan and showing cleavage is her formula. So if it ain’t broke, I’m not gonna fix it, shut up, stop judging me!
LAX joins Melissa before the main event and the Latina comes out in her. She’s more animated that usual, very fun and entertaining. She even busts their chops a little, but they take it in stride and seem to enjoy each other’s company.
Since the match starts with only about 12 minutes before time limit the match wasn’t going to be a technical masterpiece, but for what it was it was fun. It was more of a brawl, since there were 3 bigger guys. Kross had a bunch of moments looking like a beat, Cage looked like a million bucks hitting the Drill Claw on both Moose and Kross. But Johnny pulled the opportunistic thing, and while Kross and Cage were tied up, Johnny pulls Moose to the corner, barely hits Starship Pain and sneaks in a pinfall before Cage finishes the Drill Claw + pin on Kross. So Johnny retains while looking like a punk, and the crowd wanted nothing to do with him. Terminator claps most of the match.
.@MrGMSI_BCage had the World Championship right within his fingertips once again…
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 16, 2019
Overall Score: 7.5/10
Solid solid show from start to finish. Tessa and Taya got things kicked off well, Melissa doing backstage interviews as the Twitch commercial break stuff was great. World Cup match was fun and set up a few storylines for the Impact stars while Team Triple A got the home field advantage win. Main event was a little disappointing to be honest. Johnny has worn out his fan support both in Mexico and on Twitch chat. Granted yes, I’m hopeful this is building towards a big blow off at Rebellion, maybe with Cage going over and Austin Aries returning, but I guess we’ll have to see.
Also from the main event, we see some cracks in the Moose and Kross alliance, so that could definitely be an interesting match in the near future.
So yeah, we have a lot to chew on moving into TV tapings for the shows leading up to Rebellion, but from a completely playlist mentality view point, Cage got screwed. Brian Cage better be getting this damn title soon, or I want him to put Don Callis through the announce table.
Now the weekly Twitch viewers portion:
- Week 1: High – 10,350 / Low – 8,500
- Week 2: High – 8,000 / Low – 6,500
- Week 3: High – 8,500 / Low – 7,900
- Week 4: High – 7,100 / Low – 5,300
- Week 5: High – 7,450 / Low – 5,650
- Uncaged: High – 9,000/ Low – 8,000
Well it looks like people just need a reason to tune in. Not only was this week mostly main event talent, but since the event had was named, I feel like people just expected better quality. So still no record breaking high, but solid numbers throughout the entire show.