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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (1/3/20)

205 Live is alive in 2020!

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Let’s make the New Decade just as fast and furious as the old one!

Everyone has New Year’s Resolutions, but The Premier Athlete’s is to get back to the NXT Cruiserweight Championship! Will he start that with a win over said champion, Angel Garza?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Danny Burch VS Ariya Daivari; Daivari wins.
  • The Singh Brothers VS Casey Storm & Anthony Wayne; The Singh Brothers win.
  • Angel Garza VS Tony Nese; Garza wins.

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Danny Burch VS Ariya Daivari!

The Govena is going to stay gritty, even in the New Year! But the Persian Lion looks to finally get the gold he’s always wanted. Who keeps their resolution longer with a win tonight?

The bell rings and the two circle. Burch and Daivari circle and Daivari headlocks. Burch powers out but Daivari runs him over. Daivari lounges on the top rope but Memphis boos. Burch keeps his cool and Daivari returns. The two circle again and tie up. Burch wrenches to a wristlock and grinds Daivari down with an armlock. Burch twists the arm and stands on it to then get a neck wrench. Burch headlock takeovers but Daivari moves around. Burch gives some quick palm strikes to Daivari’s forehead, but Daivari gets to his feet. Daivari tries but can’t power out and Burch grinds on the headlock more. Daivari wrenches out to a keylock but Burch wrenches back to get the wristlock again. Burch has a knuckle lock and uses it to bring Daivari to his knees. He even denies Daivari a punch with it.

Burch spins around to trip Daivari up and roll him for a stomp to the hands! And he clamps on a headlock again! Daivari gets to ropes but Burch waits until 4 to let go. Burch headlocks while Daivari is on the apron and drags him out onto the ropes, to then drop him! Daivari checks his teeth but Burch shrugs. Burch mocks the lounging! Memphis cheers this turnabout but Daivari is upset. Daivari runs at Burch but Burch side-steps to headlock Daivari again. Daivari puts Burch in a corner and Burch honors the break, but Daivari throws punches! Daivari bumps Burch off buckles but Burch turns things around to get the headlock again. Daivari powers out and things speed up, Burch catches the leg to YANK Daivari out of the air!

Fans cheer as Burch brings Daivari up for European Uppercuts! Burch stomps a mudhole into Daivari at the corner, then bumps him off buckles. Burch throws EuroUppers and whips Daivari corner to corner. Daivari reverses but runs into a boot! Burch hops up but Daivari YANKS him down now! Burch writhes as he bails out, and Daivari soaks up the heat. Daivari takes time to catch his breath before going out to fetch Burch. Daivari throws Burch into barriers! “I don’t hear you Memphis pieces of garbage anymore!” Well that gets fan to boo and jeer. Daivari drags Burch into the ring and covers, TWO! Daivari keeps on Burch in the corner by pulling on the ears. Daivari whips Burch to ropes but Burch kicks him back, then runs, only for Daivari to knee him down! Cover, TWO! Daivari grows annoyed with Burch but then tells Memphis that they suck.

Daivari chokes Burch at the ropes and rakes the face! The ref reprimands but Daivari snapmares Burch into a chinbar and chicken wing. Daivari grinds Burch down, returning all that technical skill from earlier. Fans rally up for Burch and he fights his way up. Burch jawbreakers free, then runs in, only to miss in the corner. Daivari half nelsons, spins Burch around for the reverse DDT! Cover, TWO! Daivari is frustrated and the fans building to a rally only annoy him more. Daivari toys with Burch and throws haymakers. Daivari drags Burch to a drop zone and climbs up, saying this one’s for Memphis. Fans don’t want it, since Daivari is mocking Jerry Lawler’s pulling down of the straps! Daivari grins as he holds up the fist, but Burch BOOTS him first!

Burch gets up as Daivari wobbles, but runs into a sleeper! Burch powers out with a back suplex! Fans cheer while both men are down. Burch and Daivari stir as the standing count begins. The count reaches 5 before Burch is up at the ropes. Daivari follows but Burch counter punches him! And again! Burch fires off fast forearms and EuroUppers! Burch whips and elbows Daivari down! Burch spins Daivari for another EuroUpper! Corner clothesline and enziguri, then a snapmare to a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Daivari lives but Burch won’t let up. Burch suplexes but Daivari slips out to shove, only for Burch to come back with a HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO, into a CROSSFACE! Daivari rolls it back for a cover, TWO!

Burch runs in but into another BOOT! Daivari puts Burch on the top rope and crosses the arms, ICONOCLASM! Cover, TWO!! Burch survives and Daivari can’t believe it! Daivari drags Burch to a drop zone and heads up top. This one isn’t for Memphis but for Daivari now, LION SPLASH FLOPS! CROSSFACE RETURNS! Burch cranks back, Daivari endures, but a man in a pink lucha mask jumps the rails?! Daivari is tapping but the ref doesn’t see it! He has to deal with “Senor Rosado” here, so Burch lets Daivari go. Daivari LOW BLOW UPPERCUTS! And then hammerlock for the LION’S LARIAT! Cover, Daivari wins!

Winner: Ariya Daivari, by pinfall

The Persian Lion wins and the man in the pink mask grabs a mic? The mystery man joins Daivari in the ring, and reveals himself to be THE Brian Kendrick! “Hello. How you doing, Memphis?” THE Brian Kendrick reminds them that he’s a professional wrestler. Kendrick is really good at pro-wrestling because he’s been doing it for a long time. Some of the fans might remember him, but Kendrick wants to remind “YOU” that he is THE Brian Kendrick! The man who STARTED this Cruiserweight Division! He is the “Best Damn Thing That Ever Happened to Cruiserweight Wrestling! Now, do something.”

Kendrick drops the mic to then cravat and give Burch some SLICED BREAD! Kendrick and Daivari, two 205 Live OG’s, might be united in their mission to “protect” the brand. But will 2020 really be that different for the Persian Lion and the Man with a Plan?

 

205 Live (mostly Tom Philips) congratulates The Singh Brothers on their big 2019.

Namely, it was 12/13/19 that Sunil Singh and his wife welcomed baby boy Gurveer Singh Sihra into the world. As Sunil tweeted, “Thank you God for this amazing blessing,” but #BabyBollywood needs them tassels! But things would get even better for the holidays as The Singh Brothers would go on a spree of WWE 24/7 Championship wins, including a win in the World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden! The Singhs added more reigns to their records, and are feeling great for having been part of all WWE brands, other than NXT UK. Will 2020 only have more #LightsCameraandBollywoodAction?

The Singh Brothers VS Casey Storm & Anthony Wayne!

Looks like we’re about to find out! Proud papa Sunil and Uncle Samir are going to have another chance to prove they’re the best team on 205 Live with the brand’s first tag match of 2020!

The teams sort out and Samir starts against Wayne. The two circle and tie up, but Samir knees low and elbows Wayne down. Samir brings Wayne up to club him back down, Tom sings the praises of “the world’s greatest uncle,” but Aiden English feels he’s a way better uncle. Samir brings Wayne up again to whip and knee him down. Samir tags in Sunil, and the Singhs double whip and double elbow Wayne down! Sunil swivels his hips and drags Wayne up, telling him to “go tag your partner, you piece of garbage!” Sunil whips Wayne to his corner, and Sunil waits. Storm tags in and hurries after Sunil but gets a CHOP for it! And another! Sunil CHOPS Storm into a corner and stomps a Bollywood mudhole. The ref counts but Sunil pulls Storm’s hair to put him in the Singh corner.

Tag to Samir and Samir whips Sunil for Sunil to whip Samir, but Storm dodges! Samir hits buckles hard and Storm hurries to tag Wayne back in! Wayne runs in and rallies on Sunil with big hands! Wayne whips, Sunil reverses but Wayne hits a forearm! Wayne wobbles and hits Samir, then whips Sunil. Sunil reverses and hits the windmill kick! “Piece of garbage” has angered Papa Sunil. Sunil tags to Samir, Storm runs into a SUPERKICK! The Bollywood Boys have Wayne for the BOLLYWOOD BLAST! Cover, the Singh Brothers win!

Winners: The Singh Brothers, Samir by pinfall

Cut, that’s a wrap! 2020 starts with another win for the Singhs, but will they have a Bollywood Blockbuster on their hands?

 

Angel Garza VS Tony Nese!

El Campeon es en la casa but The Premier Athlete wants that title! This is a rematch from their #1 Contender’s Match that led Garza to the gold, will Nese make sure history doesn’t repeat in 2020?

The bell rings and Garza circles with Nese. Fans cheer for Garza so Garza bails out and says he dose this on his time. Garza leaves a couple fans hanging in the front row before going back to the ring. Garza grins but Nese scowls as the two circle. Garza bails out again and finds a fan to offer a high five, but the fan leaves HIM hanging! Well, can’t say he didn’t deserve that. Garza asks a young lady up front for a kiss, but she also leaves him hanging. Garza breaks even but shrugs it off to go back to the ring. Nese and Garza tie up and Garza waistlocks. Garza mocks the ab counting but Nese rolls him up, TWO. Garza offers a handshake, but Nese knows that trick from before. Fans still want Nese to “Shake His Hand!” but instead, Nese flicks his sweat at Garza! Garza and Nese circle and tie up again, Garza waistlocks but Nese switches. They go around, Nese slams Garza down!

Nese flexes on Garza and shouts, “Nobody has this right here!” Garza gets to his feet and circles with Nese again. Garza flexes his own guns, then ties up with Nese. They go for a test of strength and Nese bends Garza back fast. Garza gets his shoulders up and rises, and he slowly bends Nese back in return! Nese bridges, powers back up and now we have a deadlock. The two turn, Garza flings Nese over his shoulder but Nese lands on his feet. Nese trips Garza to cover, ONE and Garza balances up to springboard and arm-drag! Fans rally as Nese runs at Garza. Garza dodges, Nese goes up and over, and things speed up! Nese jumps over Garza, Garza hurdles Nese. Nese spins and pushes Garza, Garza rolls off Nese’s back. Garza fakes Nese out, and Nese is annoyed while fans are cheering.

Garza wants time to remove the tearaway pants, but Nese won’t let him! However, Garza gets clear and Nese’s kick goes into ropes! Nese falls, Garza drags him out and throws him into steel steps! The ref reprimands Garza but he drags Nese into the ring. Garza covers, TWO! Garza drags Nese to a corner to bump off buckles, then hoists him up onto the very top. The ref reprimands but Garza climbs up to count abs. Garza puts Nese in the Tree of Woe for a corner to corner PENALTY KICK! That kicks Nese right out of the Tree! Cover, Ropebreak! Garza drags Nese up to wrench and dragon sleeper. Garza lifts to hoist Nese back up, for a draping reverse DDT! Cover, TWO! Garza drags Nese up again to whip, but Nese dodges and crossbodies! But Garza catches Nese and wedges him in the corner, to KICK again! Nese falls and Garza covers, TWO!

Garza doesn’t waste time as he goes up top. Garza aims but Nese trips him up! Garza tumbles down to the apron and Nese stomps him down more. Nese praises himself but fans boo. Garza gets back in but Nese CHOPS him to the corner. Nese snapmares and drops a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Garza survives but Nese puts on the body scissors! Nese squeezes tight but Garza endures. Fans build to a rally and Garza works against the hold. Garza turns but Nese pulls hair. The ref reprimands but Nese shifts to a facelock. Garza fights out and throws haymakers. Nese back drops but Garza sunset flips, only for Nese to slip out and mule kick hard! Cover, TWO! Nese grows frustrated with Garza and shouts, “You call yourself a champion?!” Garza throws hands but Nese backslides him! TWO, Garza rolls Nese, TWO! Nese cradles Garza, TWO, SUPERKICK! Garza wobbles but Nese shoves him, Garza SUPERKICKS back! Both men are down and fans cheer the even exchange!

Nese and Garza slowly rise, Nese chops Garza. Garza CHOPS back. Nese CHOPS, Garza CHOPS and fans “WOO!” Garza dodges and both men CHOP! Garza gets moving and rallies with fast lariats and even a dropkick! Garza blocks a chop to give a CHOP, then springboard arm-drags again! Off come the pants! That’s what fans were waiting for! Garza tosses the pants at Nese then SUPERKICKS him down! Cover, TWO! Nese lives and Garza can’t believe! Garza drags Nese to the drop zone and heads up top. But Nese somersaults to SHORYUKEN! And then hops right up, SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO!! Garza survives and Nese is furious!

Nese stalks Garza to a corner and sets him up. Garza anchors a foot so Nese can’t run, and then Garza flips him. Nese lands on his feet but Garza ROCKS him with a right hand! Garza runs but Nese ROCKS him back! Nese runs, Garza ROCKS him again. Garza runs in, Nese back drops but Garza rebounds of ropes. The two wobble as Garza steadies himself, but Nese sits down! TWO, and Nese stomps Garza down! Nese puts Garza in a corner but Garza monkey flips Nese out! Garza hurries up top, ASAI MOONSAULT! Direct hit wipes both of them out but Memphis comes alive! Garza gets up and puts Nese back in. Garza drags Nese up, underhooks but Nese Northern Lights! Cover, to a Boston Crab!

Nese has Garza locked in deep! Garza endures, grits his teeth and powers up! Garza heads for ropes and gets the ropebreak! Nese lets go at 4 but brings Garza back up. Garza standing switches but Nese slips out to German Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! Garza hurries out of the ring but Nese FLIES! The Premier Fosbury hits and Nese puts Garza in quick! Triangle MOONSAULT onto knees! Garza has the underhooks, lifts, WING CLIPPER! Cover, Garza wins!

Winner: Angel Garza, by pinfall

The Cruiserweight Champion gets a huge win to start his 2020 off! Nese gave Garza another tough match, but it’s 2-0 already. Will Nese get a third chance at El Latino? Or are there going to be plenty of new challengers for the championship in the New Year?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A pretty good episode to start 2020. I’m mostly surprised 205 Live is staying the course of being live after SmackDown. Tonight was another case where it didn’t really connect with the Memphis crowd after a great two hours of action beforehand. I wish they’d put 205 Live at Full Sail as the unofficial dark matches for NXT, but I suppose they need that time for actual NXT dark matches. But action wise, the weak thing from tonight was the jobber match, because it was a jobber match. And Tony Wayne being nWo Kurt Angle, he was just not ready for “television.” Naturally Singh Brothers win, and I’m loving Tom Philips being their #1 (and probably only) fanboy, it’s hilarious. But outside of the 24/7 Championship, I can’t see where those two are going unless they can get something going on another brand.

Daivari VS Burch was good, but perhaps too technically based for a tired crowd. NXT UK and NXT would appreciate this stuff better, but I still liked it, too. This was an interesting spot for THE Brian Kendrick to return on, but the dark times of Enzo Amore aside, guys like Kendrick, Daivari and Nese really should unite as the 205 Live OG’s. Then they can take on a trio of the new stars, like Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, Danny Burch and Raul Mendoza for a hard hitting, fast paced match fans might actually get into from the start. And speaking of Nese, Garza VS Nese was pretty good but Memphis was too tired to like the early character stuff. Though, I do appreciate that those fans left Garza hanging, that in itself was them playing along by not letting him have his fun.

It took some time for this match to get going, it was a bit sloppy, but it was still pretty good. Naturally, Garza wins, but I’m not sure who is next to challenge him with 205 Live depleted and NXT still only just getting in on Cruiserweight action since they took in the title to save the Division. But if it’s HHH at the helm, I have faith that he’ll get it going right. Maybe something for Worlds Collide so that an NXT UK Cruiserweight not doing anything gets a shot.

My Score: 8.1/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (3/2/21)

It’s Dark Before the Crossroads!

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AEW Dark 2

Dark does 14 on the way to AEW’s Crossroads!

We’re so close to AEW Revolution but Dark is still turning out the hits! It’s a stacked card of FOURTEEN, and The Dark Order is ready to make this their show!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow VS Chris Peaks & Louie Valle; win.
  • Red Velvet & KiLynn King VS Ivelisse & Diamante; win.
  • Top Flight VS Fuego Del Sol & Jon Cruz; win(s).
  • Six Man Tag: The Gunn Club VS Tony Vega, Aaron Frye & Angel Fashion; win(s).
  • Abadon VS Renee Michelle; wins.
  • Max Caster w/ Anthony Bowens VS JJ Garrett; wins.
  • Chuck Taylor VS VSK; wins.
  • Orange Cassidy VS Steven Stetson; wins.
  • SoCal Uncensored VS The Sydal Brothers; win(s).
  • Bear Country VS Baron Black & M’Badu; win(s).
  • Preston Vance w/ The Dark Order VS Daniel Joseph; wins.
  • Stu Grayson w/ The Dark Order VS JD Drake; wins.
  • The Hybrid2 VS Shawn Dean & Carlie Bravo; win.Six Man Tag: Evil Uno, Alan Angels & Colt Cabana VS Levi Shapiro, John Skyler & Ryzin; win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow w/ Arn Anderson VS Chris Peaks & Louie Valle!

If having new ring gear didn’t confirm it, having the Enforcer as coach does! Big Shotty & The Extra Talented are both part of the growing Nightmare Family! Will this new drive help them get through the Peaks ‘n’ Valle facing them?

 

 

Red Velvet & KiLynn King VS Ivelisse & Diamante!

Before joining the American Nightmare at the Crossroads, she’s teaming with the King to take on Las Sicarias! Will Velvet stir it up and serve some L’s before facing down Jade Cargill & Shaq?

 

 

Top Flight VS Fuego Del Sol & Jon Cruz!

Darius & Dante Martin are getting ready for the Revolution Tag Battle Royal and their newest chance at becoming contenders! But will the coldest team in the game today start to feel the heat against the Fire of the Sun and, uh… Mr. Jon Cruz?

 

 

Six Man Tag: The Gunn Club VS Tony Vega, Aaron Frye & Angel Fashion!

Billy and the boys are back in action as a trio but they’re still on a hot streak overall! Will they hit the mark again against Top Notch, Frye Daddy and The Fashionable Hombre?

 

 

Abadon VS Renee Michelle!

The Living Dead Girl returns to make this Dark even darker! Will she start to haunt #THEDiva in her dreams?

 


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Mitchell’s AEW Women’s Title Eliminator Tournament Coverage! (3/1/21)

The US Bracket Finals stand alone!

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AEW Women's Title Tournament

One more step before AEW Revolution!

Before meeting Ryo Mizunami on AEW Dynamite, Thunder Rosa and Nyla Rose must battle! Who meets Aneki as the US Finalist in this tournament?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Madi Wrenkowski VS Leva Bates; Wrenkowski wins.
  • Leyla Hirsch VS Miranda Alize; Hirsch wins.
  • AEW Women’s World Title Eliminator Tournament US Finals: Nyla Rose VS Thunder Rosa; Nyla wins and advances to the tournament finals on AEW Dynamite.

PLAY BY PLAY

Madi Wrenkowski VS Leva Bates!

Ms. Reality was a last-minute substitute for Anna Jay, but Britt Baker got the jump on her to kick her from the tournament. Will she make the Librarian face reality in the shadow of the bracket finals?

The bell rings and Madi circles with Leva. Madi grabs Leva’s copy of the Young Bucks’ biography, and THROWS it at her! Leva gets mad, dodges Madi and SUPERKICKS her out of the ring! Seems Leva’s been studying the Bucks’ form. Madi staggers and Leva is on the apron, for a CROSSBODY! Leva drags Madi up and into the ring, throws forearms, then whips her to a corner. Madi reverses, runs in but Leva dodges and Madi hits buckles! Leva snap suplexes Madi then hits a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Leva keeps her cool as Madi bails out to the apron. Leva taunts Madi, then storms over, but Madi hotshots Leva down! Cover, TWO!

Madi rains down furious fists, drags Leva up and runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Madi snarls but she stalks Leva to ropes. Madi fires forearms, whips Leva to ropes, but Leva ducks to CHOP back! Leva bobs ‘n’ weaves to then ROCK Madi, mule kick and front kick! Madi staggers into a corner, Leva runs in to KNEE her, then ROUNDHOUSE her, then BULLDOG! She’s been studying Nick Jackson’s combos! Cover, TWO! Leva keeps her cool, takes aim again, and SUPERKICKS Madi again! Then a cradle, TWO! Madi has the cradle now, TWO!! Madi kicks low and hits an X-FACTOR! Cover, TWO!! Leva lives and Madi can’t believe it!

Madi goes after the Bucks’ book and she starts tearing pages out! Leva trips Madi up to fire off furious fists! Leva will not stand for book abuse! Leva grabs what’s left of the book, glares at Madi, but the ref won’t let her smack Madi with it. The ref puts the book away, Madi uses one of Leva’s other books to CLOBBER her! Cover, Madi wins!

Winner: Madi Wrenkowski, by pinfall

Leva let her love of books get the better of her, and the reality is, Madi wins! Will Madi take this first career and run with it to follow in the footsteps of her teacher, Thunder Rosa?

 

Leyla Hirsch VS Miranda Alize!

#LEGIT tried but couldn’t get to the end of the tournament! But will she rebound against the Princess to be ready on the other side of Revolution?

The bell rings, Alize and Leyla circle, and Alize offers a handshake. Leyla doesn’t trust that, so they tie up instead. Leyla throws Alize down, Alize gets up to throw Leyla. They stay locked up and stand back up, and Leyla headlocks. Alize fights out, but Leyla runs her over! Leyla runs, Alize drops down then hurdles, but Leyla leaps over! Leyla arm-drags Alize, Alize arm-drags back! They speed up again, Alize tilt-o-whirl headscissors Leyla out of the ring! Leyla cools off, avoids the baseball slide, and runs back in, into a KNEE! Alize brushes herself off, gets in and runs to corner forearm smash! Alize fires off stomps, the ref counts, but Alize lets off to RAM her shoulder in!

The ref counts, Alize digs her shoulder in but lets off at 4. Alize sweeps the legs, rolls, but Leyla gets up to shotgun dropkick Alize down! Fans fire up with Leyla as she drags Alize up in a corner. Leyla throws big forearms, whips Alize corner to corner, but Alize reverses. Leyla goes up and over and runs to back slide flip Alize for a KNEE! And then a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Alize lives but Leyla keeps her cool. Leyla drags Alize up, fireman’s carries, but Alize elbows free. Alize shoves, Leyla gets around, but Leyla ripcords to KNEE her down! Alize sets Leyla up, to springboard TORNILLO ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Alize is furious but fans fire up!

Alize runs at Leyla but Leyla gets the arm for an ARMBAR! Alize taps out, Leyla wins!

Winner: Leyla Hirsch, by submission

That armbar is too legit, Alize had to quit! Will Leyla keep climbing the ladder until she’s too legit to deny a title match?

 

AEW Women’s World Title Eliminator Tournament US Finals: Nyla Rose VS Thunder Rosa!

Every rose has its thorn, and every night has its dawn! But in the battle of the Native Beast and La Mera Mera, only one can rise up and go to the true tournament finals! Who takes one step closer to Hikaru Shida and the AEW Women’s World Championship?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up as Rosa and Nyla tie up. Nyla throws Rosa down hard but Rosa shrugs that off. Fans sing Thunderstruck by AC/DC for Rosa as she circles with Nyla. They feel out the grapple, knuckle lock and Rosa gets to a waistlock. Nyla tries to pry the hold apart but Rosa shoves her to a corner. Nyla shrugs that off as Rosa grins, and they go again. Rosa dodges, kicks away on a leg, but Nyla kicks her back. Rosa kicks again, whips, but Nyla reverses and Rosa dodges. Rosa springboards but Nyla catches her! Nyla shifts Rosa around but Rosa slips off to waistlock.

Nyla backs Rosa up into a corner, but Rosa avoids the back elbows! Rosa fires off more kicks, Nyla shoves her and then clamps on a choke grip! Rosa turns the lift into a wheelbarrow and takedown to a KNEEBAR! Rosa also has an ankle lock, but Nyla endures! Nyla powers up and out, but she still hobbles. Rosa goes after that leg, but Nyla clubs Rosa away. Rosa drop toeholds but Nyla stays standing! Nyla jumps but the elbow drop misses! Rosa kicks away on the bad leg, drops elbows down on the knee, then hits a leg DDT! And another! Rosa turns Nyla over for a HALF CRAB! Fans rally as Nyla endures and Rosa sits deep!

Nyla drags herself and Rosa around, and flips the ref off for asking if she’s quitting! Nyla gets the ropebreak, Rosa lets go. Rosa runs in but Nyla throws her out! Nyla pursues, hobbling on the bad leg, and she RAMS Rosa into barriers! And then Nyla flips off her fellow wrestlers in the front row! Nyla RAMS Rosa into the apron, stomps her down, but Rosa kicks back. Nyla stomps Rosa, throws her into the ring, and then drags her up to bump her off buckles. Fans rally and duel as Nyla keeps bumping Rosa off buckles. Rosa flops down, Nyla stomps her, then runs to SPLASH! Nyla isn’t done there, she turns Rosa over for another SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Nyla is annoyed with Rosa, and she stomps away! Fans still sing for Rosa but Nyla chinlocks and digs a knee in. Rosa fights back but Nyla clubs her on the chest! Nyla bends Rosa back against her knee, but Rosa endures, so Nyla hits a BACKBREAKER! And another BACKBREAKER! Nyla covers, TWO! Rosa throws body shots, Nyla elbows her down! Rosa fires body shots, Nyla CLUBS her down! Nyla whips Rosa to a corner, then runs in, but Rosa moves and Nyla POSTS herself! Fans fire up as Rosa goes after Nyla but Nyla ROCKS her! Rosa blocks the buckle bump to fire off haymakers! Rosa bumps Nyla off buckles and Nyla falls to the floor!

Rosa goes to the apron, takes aim as Nyla stands, and hits a BIG CROSSBODY! Rosa leaves Nyla behind while the ref checks on her. Nyla is okay to continue, fans sing for Rosa again, and Rosa refreshes the ring count. Nyla manages to stand as the ring count starts again, and she SLAMS Rosa on the apron! Nyla gets back in, brings Rosa around and hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Nyla drags Rosa up, reels her in and hits a BACKBREAKER! Nyla presses Rosa against her leg, then brings her up for another BACKBREAKER! Rosa fights back with haymakers and is free! Rosa runs, but into Nyla’s URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up while Nyla grows frustrated!

Nyla puts Rosa in a drop zone, climbs up the corner, but Rosa gets up! Rosa YANKS Nyla off the corner! Nyla may have clipped buckles on the way down and now a standing count begins. Rosa has fans rallying behind her and Rosa stands at 6. Nyla follows, they’re in opposite corners, but Rosa runs in for the A-LIST LARIAT! SWINGING METEORA! Rosa fires up, runs corner to corner again, and BASEMENT DROPKICKS! Rosa fires up even more and she climbs again! Fans fire up with her, and she leaps, for a BIG missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!! Nyla is still in this but Rosa isn’t giving up just yet!

Rosa drags Nyla up, reels her in, but her back won’t let her suplex. Nyla CLUBS Rosa, reels her in, and hangs her out to dry on the ropes. Nyla goes to the corner, her bad leg slows her down, but she gets up to the top. Nyla leaps for the GUILLOTINE KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Rosa survives and Nyla can’t believe it! Fans are thunderous for this, and Nyla drags Rosa up. Rosa resists the bomb and Nyla’s leg gives out! Rosa manages a fireman’s carry?! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?! Rosa can’t believe Nyla survives! Rosa drags Nyla up again, but Nyla wrenches out to waistlock. Rosa fights off the lift, wheelbarrows and STUNNERS! Then DANGEROUS SAIDO! Cover, TWO!!!

Fans are going nuts with how close that was! But Rosa goes to a corner and powers herself up the ropes! Rosa reaches the top, Nyla stands back up, Rosa LEAPS, into a BEAST BOMB!! Cover, Nyla wins!!

Winner: Nyla Rose, by pinfall (advances to the tournament finals)

Thunder Rosa tried to strike like lightning, but she was the one who got Thunderstruck! The Native Beast meats Aneki this Wednesday, but who will be going to Revolution?


My Thoughts:

Not bad for just half an hour, but I’m oddly disappointed the entire half hour wasn’t just Nyla VS Rosa. The AEW Dark bonus matches put on here were, well, typical AEW Dark matches. Leyla winning is good for her, she is a very promising talent, and Madi getting her first AEW win here was cool for her. One thing I did like about that match was that Leva Bates was trying to use the Bucks’ moves to help her. I hope that is her thing for a little bit, that’d be pretty great if Leva became like a big Young Bucks fan and started looking impressive because of their moves in her arsenal.

The US Bracket Finals was a really good match for being just under 15 minutes, but again I kinda would’ve liked if they’d gotten maybe 20 minutes. I suppose one thing is that Rosa VS Riho just happened yesterday, 2/28, so maybe that could be a reason at least in kayfabe. I thought Rosa was going to win, but Nyla winning does follow with what I was feeling about giving us a rematch with Shida from Double or Nothing. Me predicting Nyla winning doesn’t change that Nyla VS Ryo Mizunami is going to be a lot of fun, though, as both are about power and strikes, but it maybe seemed more unpredictable if it was Rosa VS Ryo.

My Score: 8/10


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