Top matches of the week! There aren’t enough hours in the day to watch everything, but see if you agree with what Andrew managed to catch!
Alright, so this is an easier week with not a lot…OH WAIT! Wrestle Circus is back this weekend. I should probably cover that.
We have MOTY monthly pools to assess and the first may winner. As for the current Match of the Year pool, this is what won for April.
- January – NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 13 IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kenny Omega (c) vs Hiroshi Tanahashi
- February – NXT Halftime Heat: Ricochet, Aleister Black & Velveteen Dream vs Adam Cole, Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa
- March – Stardom: Wonder of Stardom Title Match: Jungle Kyona vs Momo Watanabe (c)
- April – WrestleMania 35: WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston vs Daniel Bryan (c)
So yes, as you can see, Kofi’s victory rang true with many people, and it holds up well in the pool so far. As for the first match of May, AJPW Champion Carnival Finals: Kento Miyahara vs Jake Lee, won the weekly vote.
This could be a nice harbinger of things to come this year. Technically, 4 different brands have a match in the MOTY pool, AJPW has a match for May, and we’ve got an interesting smattering of matches this week.
Let’s get to the matches!
5. Wrestle Circus: oVe Rules Match: JT Dunn vs Sami Callihan
From My Analysis:
Callihan makes this a NoDq oVe rules match as soon as he comes out, and this goes as we expect. A lot of chairs, low blows, spitting and not a bad match. It did however irk me that Sami hit Dunn with a Daryl plushie cat, and the commentary thought they were saying Pharaoh, even though they kept saying he hit him with a cat. Also commentary annoyed me because they don’t really call moves and just say “wrestling maneuver” quite often. Get a play by play person who can call moves and maybe watches wrestling. Who doesn’t know who Daryl is? Hell, ROH sent out an apology when Bad Luck Fale “killed” him.
Winner: Dunn via Death by Elbows
Rating: *** 1/2
4. NXT: Matt Riddle vs Adam Cole
Snippet from Mitchell’s Coverage:
Cole flails and reaches but Riddle drags him away from ropes! But Cole turns and kicks, only for Riddle to reel him into a Bromission! Cole counters to a cover, TWO! Riddle roundhouses Cole! Fisherman Buster and float over, to another! But Riddle goes for another hat trick, only to get Last Shot brainbuster! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives and Cole is in shock! Full Sail hopes they “Fight Forever!” but this has to end somehow. Cole crawls away to a corner while Riddle slowly sits up. Cole comes back but gets more of those palm strikes! He shoves and fakes Riddle out to mule kick a knee!
Cole hops up, leaps, Panama City Sunrise denied! But Riddle’s Dude Buster is denied with a sunset! Riddle rolls through but misses the kick. Cole rolls him again but Riddle rolls through to powerbomb lift. Cole slips out and ducks a kick to SUPERKICK Riddle in the back! Last Shot shining wizard!! Cover, TWO?! Only Johnny Gargano has done this! Fans cheer for “NXT! NXT!” while Cole has flashbacks to New York. Cole and Riddle slowly stand, and Cole brings down the knee pad. But Riddle reels Cole in, only to get an enziguri. Cole runs but into a Bro Trigger! Bro To Sleep! Powerbomb, to Kami-BRO-ye!
But Cole flops out of the ring! And the Undisputed Era finally arrive to help. Strong helps Cole up despite being dead weight, but Riddle hops on the apron. Riddle Penalty Kicks Strong down, then gets Cole back in. Riddle slingshots, into a SUPERKICK!! Cover, TWO!? BROMISSION!! Cole taps, Riddle wins!!
Winner: Riddle via BroMission
Rating: *** 3/4
3. Wrestle Circus Encore: Sammy Guevara vs Joey Janela
From My Analysis:
The second qualifying match after the intermission, and it’s one with solid names. Both Janela and Sammy have signed to AEW recently, but Janela is trying to re-prove himself coming off his major injury. This match definitely lived up nicely, there was good desperation from both, not a lot of ridiculous moments or excessive near falls. The folding chairs got a workout in the early part of the match, but after that, things were confined to the ring. Really good match.
Winner: Guevara via Shooting Star Press
Rating: *** 3/4
SmackDown Live: WWE Championship Triple Threat: Kofi Kingston (c) vs Sami Zayn vs AJ Styles
Winner: Kofi via Trouble in Paradise
Rating: *** 1/2
SmackDown Live: SmackDown Tag Team Championship: Daniel Bryan & Rowan vs The Usos
Winner: Rowan via Iron Claw Slam
Rating: *** 1/4
WWE Raw: Seth Rollins & AJ Styles vs Bobby Lashley & Baron Corbin
Winner: Corbin via End of Days
Rating: *** 1/4
ROH War of the Worlds: 4 Corner Survival TV Title: Shane Taylor vs Jeff Cobb (c) vs Brody King vs Hirooki Goto
Winner: Taylor via Greetings from 216
Rating: *** 1/4
IMPACT: Josh Alexander & Moose vs LAX
Winner: LAX via Tandem Reverse Slam
WWE RAW: Roman Reigns vs Drew McIntyre
Winner: Reigns via DQ
Wrestle Circus: Puma King vs Jake Atlas
Winner: King via Avalanche Drop
IMPACT: Desi Hit Squad vs The Deaners vs Brent Banks & Aiden Prince vs Dez & Wentz
Winner: Desi Hit Squad via Roll-Up
2. WWE Raw: WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston (c) vs Daniel Bryan
Snippet from Mitchell’s Coverage:
Raw returns once more, and fans rally for Kofi as he and Bryan slowly stand. Kofi throws haymakers then whips, but Bryan reverses. Kofi kicks Bryan away then runs, but Bryan tosses him out hard! The referee checks on Kofi but he’s somehow okay to continue. Bryan fetches Kofi and whips him at barriers! Kofi slumps down while Bryan refreshes the count. Bryan drags Kofi up to whip him at steps. But Kofi climbs up quick and LEAPS onto Bryan! Kofi wipes Bryan out but also himself! Kofi gets up to put Bryan in the ring then climbs up again. Bryan stands and Kofi crossbodies to Bryan’s back! Cover, TWO! Kofi keeps his cool while he brings Bryan up again. Kofi whips Bryan but Bryan reverses, to reel Kofi in for another Lebell Lock!
Bryan pulls back hard while fans rally for Kofi! Kofi endures but he’s stuck in the middle of the ring! Bryan rakes the eyes and nose but Kofi rolls around. Kofi gets a ropebreak with his legs! Bryan lets go at 4 but he grins because the damage is done. Fans rally again but Bryan gives Kofi more No Kicks! Bryan targets that arm with each one, but Kofi wills himself to his feet. Kofi throws haymakers and kicks of his own! He backs Bryan to a corner but backs off to run in. Bryan dodges the splash and back suplexes, but Kofi lands on his feet. Kofi dodges and hits a leaping lariat! Kofi drops the Boom Drop!
Fans fire up as Kofi takes aim from a corner. “New! Day Rocks!” echoes out as Kofi runs and spins, but into a dropkick! German Suplex with a bridge! TWO, and Bryan can’t believe it! Bryan takes aim from the corner now, mocking the Yes Movement he killed. Bryan runs but misses, but then dodges Kofi! He goes after the arm again but Kofi fights the hold off. Tilt-o-whirl, into Trouble in Paradise!! Cover, Kofi wins!!
Winner: Kofi via Trouble in Paradise
Rating: *** 3/4
1. IMPACT: oVe Rules 8 Man: oVe vs Tommy Dreamer vs Fallah Bahh vs Rich Swann vs Willie Mack
From My Coverage:
This was a hell of a spectacle. A great hardcore style match with personality. All of the weapons made sense, hell even the usage of Legos was funny since Fallah wrestles in bare feet so he basically toughed it out fire walker style to run across the ring for a splash. Fallah also had a great counter. Madman Fulton jumps off the ladder and Fallah catches him for a big Samoan Drop. This was a spot fest of course, but it was fun. It was ECW style and not death match style, so I enjoyed it a quite a bit. Just wow, lots of fun and oVe picking up the win is actually a good thing.
Winner: Callihan via Piledriver
Well, it’s hard to argue Sami Callihan’s impact on this week. Two hardcore matches against a smattering of different opponents and he made quality matches of both of them. As much as I really did enjoy Sammy Guevara’s match, the match that main evented IMPACT this week, is my choice. The oVe rules 8 man, played so well into the story, it was a well executed match and definitely shows that hardcore matches can have personality and don’t need to be bloody death matches. Definitely reminiscent of ECW.
As always, let us know what you think! Pick your favorite from the list, or admonish us on leaving something out!
Tiffany’s Takes: WWE 205 Live (5/21/19)
Did the 205 Live Crew deliver this week?
Tiffany Takes time to look into this week’s edition of WWE 205 Live. Did the Cruiserweight Division deliver?
After a tough bout at Money in the Bank, where does the Cruiserweight Championship (and all of the WWE 205 Live crew) go now?
Singh Brothers vs Jack Gallagher and Humberto Carrillo: I was a little disappointed that Lucha House Party’s RSVP got lost in the mail, but I’m assuming that they’re selling the beatdown from Lars Sullivan. However, it was nice to see that things are good-ish between Carrillo and Gallagher after last week. However, it sucks that the Singhs still lost! Sure, they look like cut rate male strippers in their ring gear, but they’re really talented should be getting better than being beat every week, didn’t they suffer enough of that working for Jinder Mahal?
Fatal Five Way: Akira Tozawa vs Brian Kendrick vs Mike Kanellis vs Oney Lorcan vs Ariya Daivari: Before I discuss this match and how much I hate multi-man matches that aren’t for a title or a contendership, I want to praise Maria Kanellis for her tribute to the late Ashley Massaro, who passed away over the weekend. During Maria’s first run in WWE way back when, she and Massaro were friends and sometimes on-screen partners and allies, including the storyline of Ashley convincing Maria to pose for Playboy, over the objections of Maria’s onscreen boyfriend, Santino Marella. Yes, THAT Santino Marella. Maria wrote Ashley’s name on the palm of her left hand and showed it as she and Mike Kanellis did their pose. I know Maria has talked about how much Ashley meant to her, but it was nice to see her pay tribute to her former friend, especially since WWE has made no further mention of Massaro outside of a ‘In Memory Of’ at Money in the Bank. Plus, I loved her outfit.
Back to the ACTUAL match. I really hate when WWE does multi-man matches that don’t really have a purpose. This match wasn’t for a #1 Contendership, it was just to put the five top-ish guys in the ring and see what happened. I was actually stunned that Tozawa won since I still think Daivari is going to be going for the championship in Saudi Arabia, but it was interesting to see Tozawa and Kendrick mix it up a little. Kanellis’ bad luck continues to be frustrating, it’s hard to see what, if anything, WWE has planned for him other than just having him lose every week.
Overall Thoughts: So, how was 205 this week? It was a little…lacking. It had two great matches but it felt like there wasn’t a real direction they were heading. The Fatal Five Way was just to see who was the best but that logic was a little dumb because it was more about who was opportunistic than who was better in the ring.
I did enjoy the team of Gallagher and Carrillo, but I can see Carrillo’s gimmick, whatever it is, getting old really quick. Hopefully the teaming with Gallagher will give Carrillo more of an edge, like teaming with Sasha Banks gave Bayley more of an edge.
I still think it’s going to be Nese vs Daivari II at Super Show Down, but we’ll have to wait and see.
That’s it for Tiffany’s 205 Takes! Tune in tomorrow for my takes on the NXTs!
Tiffany’s Takes: WWE SmackDown Live (5/21/19)
Did Smackdown deliver in your eyes?
WWE followed up an eventful edition of Raw with another eventful edition of WWE Smackdown Live, and Tiffany has her Takes on the entire thing!
After the shocking events of Money in the Bank, how will SmackDown move into SummerSlam season?
Money In the Bank: I’m already over this. The yapbox for Mr. Money in the Bank managed to be so obnoxious tonight, it made want to do things with that briefcase that are physically impossible. Hopefully the fact that there hasn’t been a successful men’s Money in the Bank cash-in since Dean Ambrose in 2016 will hold true.
WWE Championship: I felt really bad for Sami Zayn. Here he is, becoming a top heel, but he gets sacrificed after a great match with Kingston, just so Dolph Ziggler, who hasn’t been on TV since January, can walk in and get a title shot. Really? Plus, what was Ziggler’s malfunction? Way he was acting, you’d think Kingston double crossed him or something.
As for Ziggler, I actually rolled my eyes at his explanation. Ziggler got the shit knocked out of him by McIntyre back in January and hasn’t shown his face since. WWE wasn’t denying him a damn thing, so the idea that he was more deserving of Kofi’s spot is nonsense. Sit down, Dolph.
One thing I found interesting was the whole situation with Big E, the real one, not the fake schmuck that came out first. Big E and Ziggler were once business associates when E first debuted on the Main Roster, the fact that E got conveniently taken out, leaving Kingston without his New Day pals raises some serious questions.
WWE 24/7 Championship: There’s a lot of things you can say about Carmella, but she’s a good friend. Not only did she spend most of her evening trying to help R-Truth keep the WWE 24/7 Championship, sacrificing a chance to pummel Mandy Rose in the process,she even tried to help him with his disguise and didn’t take advantage of him to try and grab the belt for herself. That’s friendship.
Women’s Championship: So, Emmie Slattery (Lacey Evans) and India Wilkes (Charlotte Flair) took on Scarlett O’Hara (Becky Lynch) and…I hate to refer to Bayley as Melanie Wilkes, but I’ve painted myself into that corner with the ‘Gone with the Wind’ references. ANYWAY, the two Women’s Champs took on the women they beat on Sunday. Charlotte was clearly still mad about losing her title less than five minutes after she won it, but not only did she and Emmie not win, but CHARLOTTE took the pin. However, don’t be fooled into thinking things are rainbows and unicorns between Scarlett and Melly. Becky and Charlotte are owed rematches and Becky’s coming to collect hers.
Mustafa Ali vs Andrade: God love Mustafa Ali. He took a hell of a beating on Sunday and lost the opportunity, that RUMOR says he was promised, to be the Money in the Bank winner, but then he and his poor back got another pounding at the hands of Andrade. However, unlike what happened at Money in the Bank, Ali refused to let another victory be snatched away and fought through what looked like serious pain to pin Andrade and leave Rhode Island a winner.
Roman Reigns vs Elias: Remember when everyone predicted that Drew McIntyre would be a world champ and the best thing since sliced bread last year? Well, he’s back in the position he always seems to end up in: Lackey to someone with more personality than him. It was revealed on Monday that Shane was using McIntyre as his new muscle and used him to punish Roman Reigns after Reigns defeated Elias yet again. Problem is that Reigns is great at getting guys over, but unless he can manufacture a personality and charisma for McIntyre, this feud is going to be a waste of time because McIntyre is as interesting as beige paint and barely gets a reaction.
Overall Thoughts: So, how was SmackDown? Well, it was actually pretty good. There was a lot of of story progression as WWE gears up for Saudi Arabia, Mudhole Stomping, or whatever the next US PPV is, and SummerSlam season.
I will admit to being hesitant about the 24/7 championship and there are some issues I see with it long term, but right now it’s a hoot to watch and definitely helps break up the show.
I’m ‘bleh’ on Ziggler vs Kingston. They always have great chemistry, but this whole situation is uncomfortable and weird. It feels like whoever WWE actually wanted to put with Kingston in Saudi Arabia is refusing to go and so they’re putting in Ziggler just so the match will be on the card.
Becky and Bayley was a great team up, but it’s clear that Becky isn’t going to be leaving SmackDown anytime soon, RAW Women’s Champion or not. Charlotte taking the pin was odd, but very satisfying to see.
The whole thing with Reigns and Shane is good, but it seems that WWE hasn’t given up on trying to get McIntyre over with the crowd with or without a personality. Vince is a stubborn one.
That’s it for Tiffany’s SmackDown Takes! Up next is 205 Live!