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Top 5 Matches: Week Ending 11/29/2020

Last official Top 5 voting week before the MoTY pool breakdowns and the bigger votes commence! Come and see what made the list this week!

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We had a some fun matches last week; whereas this week, there is one that stands head and shoulders above the other. It still might not win the votes since the tournaments in NJPW aren’t exactly interesting or consistent. So who really knows.

Last week, the right match won the vote, but it should be interesting to see if it can pull off the full upset for the month of November, NOAH the Chronicle vol 4: GHC Heavyweight Championship: Go Shiozaki (c) vs Katsuhiko Nakajima, will have an uphill battle.

Now let’s see which match will be the last to qualify for possible MoTY via Top 5 vote!

Quick Top 5:

  1. NJPW BOSJ 27: Robbie Eagles vs Hiromu Takahashi
    Rating: **** 1/2
  2. WWE Raw: Matt Riddle vs Sheamus
    Rating: *** 3/4
  3. NJPW WTL: Dangerous Tekkers vs Jeff Cobb & Great O-Khan
    Rating: *** 3/4
  4. NXT UK: Heritage Cup: Trent Seven vs A-Kid
    Rating: *** 3/4
  5. NJPW WTL: SANADA & Shingo Takagi vs YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto
    Rating: *** 3/4

 

Honorable Mentions:

  • NJPW BOSJ 27: Master Wato vs SHO
    Rating: *** 1/2
  • NJPW WTL: SANADA & Shingo Takagi vs FinJuice
    Rating: *** 1/2
  • WWE Raw: Bobby Lashley vs Keith Lee
    Rating: *** 1/2
  • WWE Raw: Tag Team Championship: The New Day vs Hurt Business
    Rating: *** 1/2
  • NJPW BOSJ 27: Ryusuke Taguchi vs Yuya Uemura
    Rating: *** 1/2
  • NXT: Ladder Match: Pete Dunne vs Kyle O’Reilly
    Rating: *** 1/4
  • NJPW BOSJ 27: Taiji Ishimori vs BUSHI
    Rating: *** 1/4
  • IMPACT!: Impact World Championship: Ken Shamrock w/Sami Callihan vs Rich Swann (c)
    Rating; ***
  • AEW Dynamite: SCU vs Jericho & Hager
    Rating: ***
  • NXT: Candice LeRae vs Ember Moon
    Rating: ***

2t. NJPW WTL: SANADA & Shingo Takagi vs YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto

From Mitchell’s Coverage:

Takagi drags Goto out to bump him off the apron. Sanada scoops Hashi for a backbreaker! Sanada goes up top, MOONSAULT, but Hashi dodges! Goto sends Takagi into railing, Sanada runs in but Hashi boots him. Hashi runs at Sanada but Sanada spins him for SHIRANUI, to DRAGON SLEEPER! Hashi endures but Goto gets in to dragon sleeper Sanada! Hashi picks Sanada up, Takagi stops that! Goto and Hashi are shoved into each other, DOUBLE LARIATS! Takagi PUMPING BOMBERS Goto out of the ring! Sanada EuroUppers Hashi, Takagi PUMPING BOMBERS, but Hashi stays up!? Hashi shoves Takagi into Sanada then SUPERKICKS!

Hashi runs, Takagi clotheslines him at ropes! Takagi keeps moving, PUMPING BOMBER!! Sanada drags Hashi up, T K O! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives but Sanada says he’ll end it! Takagi sends GOto into railing for good measure while Sanada dragon sleepers. But Hashi spins through to cradle! TWO, Hashi scoops but Sanada slips out to dragon sleeper, but Hashi victory rolls! TWO!! Hashi swings into an O’Conner roll, but he switches to roll Sanada! TWO!!! Sanada is in a corner, he elbows Hashi then QUEBRADA, to dragon sleeper! Hashi endures, Takagi and Goto still brawl as the SKULL SWING becomes SKULL END!! Hashi flails and kicks while Takagi and Goto brawl, HASHI TAPS! LIJ WINS!

Winner: SANADA via Skull End

 

2t. NXT UK: Heritage Cup: Trent Seven vs A-Kid

From Mitchell’s Coverage:

Seven drags himself up first at 2. The count reaches 5 before Seven stands. BT Sports Studio is buzzing as AK flounders around at 7! Seven is in, AK hears 9 and bolts into the ring! AK is in at 9.9!! Seven grits his teeth in frustration as he sits up. A-Kid is in a daze as Seven stalks up behind him. Seven drags AK up by an arm, and has a half straitjacket! Ripcord to SEVEN STAR LARIAT!!! But Seven says that’s not enough!? Seven drags him back up, AK flounders but Seven torture racks! BIRMING- NO! AK lands and SUPERKICKS!! Seven is against ropes, DYNAMIC DROPKICK hits again!! AK has to crawl to a cover now, but Seven drags HIM into the omoplata!

Seven fights against his own bad arm to get AK’s other arm but AK uses his own leg to block! AK turns things around to omoplata Seven! Seven resists, AK chinbars him into the crossface! Seven elbows back and reaches out, AK grabs at the arm more! AK catches Seven to the RINGS OF SATURN!! Seven endures, refuses to quit but AK uses his leg to hook the arm!! Seven quits, AK WINS!!

Winner: A-Kid 2-1

 

2t. NJPW WTL: Dangerous Tekkers vs Jeff Cobb & Great O-Khan

From Mitchell’s Coverage:
Khan puts ZSJ up top to Mongolian CHOP! Khan puts ZSJ in the Tree of Woe and digs his boot in! Red Shoes counts, Khan stomps, then runs corner to corner. Taichi gets in as Khan returns, for a sobat and ROUNDHOUSE! Taichi DECKS Cobb, frees ZSJ and the Tekkers go after Khan, PENALTY KICK! Cover but Cobb breaks it! Cobb fires forearms on the Tekkers then whips ZSJ for a TOUR- Tilt-o-whirl! ZSJ has a sleeper, then spins him around! Taichi aims, but ZSJ can’t suplex Cobb! ZSJ EuroUppers Cobb into Taichi’s BOOT! ZSJ scoops but Cobb topples him over! Khan CLOBBERS Taichi, Cobb dead lifts and pops ZSJ up for a suplex!

Fans cheer the incredible strength and Khan looks to finish this! Eliminator claw, but ZSJ armbar counters! ZSJ drags Khan into a triangle hold, but Khan dead lifts! Cobb and Taichi brawl on the outside as Khan claws ZSJ’s face! Khan hands ZSJ off to Cobb but ZSJ slips out to shove Cobb into TENSHO JUJIHOU SUPERKICK! Khan returns and CLAWS Taichi’s face! Taichi drops to a knee, but Khan brings him up, only for Taichi to CHOKE Khan! It’s a choke versus the iron claw! But ZSJ wrenches and PELES, Taichi ROUNDHOUSES! EuroUpper, ZACK MEPHISTO!! Cover, the Tekkers win!!

Winner: Tekkers via Zack Mephisto

 

2t. WWE Raw: Matt Riddle vs Sheamus

From Mitchell’s Coverage:
Riddle endures, CHOPS and forearms Sheamus, but Sheamus clubs him back! Sheamus cranks on the leg, Riddle is down, TWO as Riddle sits up. Riddle kicks and kicks with his free leg, and kicks and kicks, until he is free! And he still kicks! Cover, TWO! Riddle grits his teeth again as Sheamus sits up, but Sheamus ducks the PK, only to get a FINAL FLASH!! Cover, TWO!?! Sheamus survives and shocks Riddle! Riddle fires himself up, foams at the mouth a bit, and he drags Sheamus to a drop zone. Riddle goes up top but Sheamus clubs him down! Sheamus clubs Riddle more, then climbs up behind him. Sheamus brings Riddle up but Riddle hits back.

Riddle sends Sheamus down, adjusts position but Sheamus hits him again! Sheamus climbs up, throws forearms, then fireman’s carries Riddle! He shifts Riddle around, SUPER WHITE NOISE!! Cover, TWO?!? Riddle survives and Sheamus is beside himself! Sheamus looks at Riddle from the corner, even more unsure how to put Riddle away. Sheamus beats his own chest, firing himself up. Riddle stands but then drops before the Brogue arrives! Sheamus laughs, he thinks Riddle is done. Sheamus brings Riddle up, “You’ll never be tough like me!” Riddle HEADBUTTS! ROUNDHOUSES! But Sheamus ducks the next, to Electric Chair lift! Riddle punches back, rolls through but Sheamus rolls it back! CLOVERLEAF!! Riddle endures, turns it back over, drags Sheamus down to a victory roll! RIDDLE WINS!!

Winner: Riddle via Victory Roll

 

1. NJPW BOSJ 27: Robbie Eagles vs Hiromu Takahashi

From Mitchell’s Coverage:
Fans rally up harder as Eagles dares Hiromu to stand. Hiromu does and Eagles back kicks, front kicks and dropkicks the leg! Eagles runs, into a LARIAT! But Eagles roars as he gets up! Hiromu roars, too, and the fans are thunderous again! Hiromu runs through the pain to LARIAT again! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally as hard as ever as both men are down. Hiromu grits his teeth as he gets up and gets the bad leg to move. Hiromu drags Eagles up and fireman’s carries, but Eagles slips out to dragon sleeper! Hiromu slips around, suplexes, but Eagles fights against it.

Hiromu shifts to a fireman’s carry, throws Eagles into a dragon sleeper, and inverted suplexes, but Eagles slips out of that to waistlock! Hiromu elbows but Eagles ROUNDHOUSES, HEEL KICKS and PELES! Eagles runs, into a pop-up, tries to huricanrana out of the bomb, but Hiromu double clutches. Eagles still fights back, but Hiromu powers through to VICTORIA! Fans fire up with Hiromu as he brings Eagles in, inverted suplex, TIME BOMB 2!! Cover, Hiromu wins!!

Winner: Hiromu via Time Bomb 2

 

Thoughts:

Well as I said at the start, this is really an easy vote in regards to match quality. Hiromu has had most of the marquee matches, and he’s also been the one helping the top end of the grading curve for this tournament. Eagles got eliminated after the loss, but he definitely showed a lot of skill and heart. Since this is his first tour back since quarantine, I like them establishing through losses, and it could also be a catalyst to lead him to joining The Empire since he and Ospreay were the Birds of Prey.

So there we go, Eagles vs Hiromu, gets my vote, and now we get to the finalizing Match of the Year pools and voting! Plus this means only one more year of 2020!


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Cook’s 2021 AEW Dynamite Awards Preview

Steve Cook is here to preview the 2021 AEW Dynamite Awards?!?! Check it out, you won’t be disappointed.

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Steve Cook is here to preview the 2021 AEW Dynamite Awards?!?! Check it out, you won’t be disappointed.

It’s Awards Season! Maybe it’s just me, but it feels like pro wrestling has more awards with each passing year. In addition to the Wrestling Observer, 411mania & countless other media outlets presenting awards, promotions do their own as well. WWE has the Slammys & the NXT Year-End Awards. Impact Wrestling has had their own awards since around the start of their company.

It only makes sense for AEW to add themselves to the mix. I’m a little confused by the Dynamite Awards, only because some of the moments nominated didn’t take place in 2020. Some of the late 2019 stuff was included here, which I suppose was in the interest of fairness because early 2020 would have been too soon to do awards. Still kinda off, but this will take care of itself in 2022. Probably.

Let’s take a look at this year’s AEW Dynamite Awards! I’m going to tell you who should win and who will win, so you can win your AEW Dynamite Award pool. I don’t know if people will be betting on these things, but just in case they are, here’s some help!

Best Moment on the Mic:
MJF Campaign Speech “We Deserve Better”
Cody Rhodes Accepts Mr. Brodie Lee’s Dog Collar Match Challenge
Jon Moxley “Accepts” The Inner Circle Invitation From Jericho
Brandi Rhodes Confronts Jade Cargill
Orange Cassidy Debates With Chris Jericho

Who Should Win: Orange Cassidy Debates With Chris Jericho

Honestly, one of the biggest travesties committed by the selection committee is the lack of Eddie Kingston in this category. Completely ridiculous. That being said, there aren’t any duds listed here. Brandi’s inclusion probably gets some heat from people, but her going off on Jade was tremendous. Orange’s performance against Jericho in the debate was some pretty good stuff & showed a different side of Mr. Cassidy than we’re accustomed to seeing. I’d give the award to him.

Who Will Win: Orange Cassidy Debates With Chris Jericho

We’re talking about Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s Most Popular Wrestler of the Year here, along with the Demo God. Their star power carries them to the top of the polling.

Biggest Surprise:
Matt Hardy’s Debut
Jake “The Snake” Roberts Confronts Cody Rhodes
Brodie Lee Arrives As The Exalted One
Sting’s AEW Debut
Miro Revealed As The Best Man

Who Should Win: Jake “The Snake” Roberts Confronts Cody Rhodes

Your vote here will largely depend on your fandom of the wrestler involved. Matt Hardy fans will vote for Matt Hardy. Fans of underutilized WWE talent may go for Brodie or Miro. Sting’s popularity speaks for itself. For me, it goes back to Jake The Snake being my first favorite professional wrestler. Seeing him again, especially seeing him over the issues that had plagued him for decades, was a tremendous moment.

Who Will Win: Sting’s AEW Debut

“IT’S STING!” is all that needs to be said here.

Biggest Beatdown:
The Inner Circle Jumps Orange Cassidy
The Dark Order Attacks the Nightmare Family
Nyla Rose Puts Riho & Shida Through Tables
Brian Cage Sneak Attack On Jon Moxley
The Nightmare Family And Inner Circle Brawl

Who Should Win: The Dark Order Attacks The Nightmare Family

Brodie Lee’s destruction of Cody to win the TNT Championship really put Dark Order on the map as a force to be reckoned with. My favorite part of the beatdown: we didn’t see all of it. Dustin Rhodes & QT Marshall were drug out from the back, explaining why they didn’t come out to help Cody earlier. Arn Anderson took some shots like a champ, and Brandi got choked out by Anna Jay. By the time the old TNT belt had been deposited on Cody’s carcass, the message had been sent loud & clear.

Who Will Win: The Nightmare Family And Inner Circle Brawl

This fight had a little bit of everything. MJF as a good guy. Cody smashing a window. Diamond Dallas Page looking like he could make one more run. Dippin’ Dots. Chris Jericho screaming about how he had a ticket. A hot crowd. What’s not to like?

High Flyer:
Rey Fenix
Marq Quen
Nick Jackson
Pac

Who Should Win: Rey Fenix

All four of these guys are insane, but nobody brings the insanity like Fenix. That guy just doesn’t care as long as he does as many flips as humanly possible. He & Penta were deserving winners of most web sites’ Most Underrated award, maybe he’ll get some recognition here.

Who Will Win: Nick Jackson

Fenix & Pac split the vote of Death Triangle fans, enabling Nick to ride the support of Elite fans to the crown.

Hardest Moment To Clean Up After:
Orange Cassidy Drops OJ on Inner Circle
Parking Lot Brawl
Bunkhouse Match
Big Swole Dumps Garbage On Dr. Britt Baker

Who Should Win: Orange Cassidy Drops OJ On Inner Circle

The Parking Lot Brawl is my favorite moment on the list, but the damage was largely contained to the parking lot. Big Swole’s garbage ended up in Dr. Baker’s Popemobile, not scattered all over the place. The Bunkhouse Match went everywhere and definitely deserves consideration, but the OJ incident resulted in a ruined suit & ring canvas. Definitely tough to get that stuff out.

Who Will Win: Parking Lot Brawl

People get a chance to vote for this, they probably will. Orange is represented in this one too, so it’s all good.

Biggest WTF Moment:
Cody Moonsaulting Off The Steel Cage
Sammy Guevara Is Hit By The Golf Cart
The Young Bucks Frog Splash Off The Stadium Railing
MJF Lashes Cody Rhodes
Bloody Dr. Britt Baker vs. Hikaru Shida
Kenny Omega Wins AEW World Championship and Walks out of AEW

Who Should Win: Sammy Guevara Is Hit By The Golf Cart

All these moments definitely had an element of craziness, but they all pale in comparison to Sammy getting hit by the golf cart. Like, who willingly does that? Definitely something people shouted “WTF?” at.

Who Will Win: Kenny Omega Wins AEW World Championship and Walks out of AEW

We certainly saw some funny business coming when Don Callis started appearing to call big Kenny matches. Nothing quite like what we’ve gotten, where AEW is regularly making their presence felt on Impact Wrestling’s AXS TV show while Omega & Callis have joined forces with the Good Brothers to re-live their New Japan glory days. Recency bias & the general craziness of AEW & Impact crossing over make this a solid pick.

LOL Moment:
Jericho & MJF: Le Dinner Debonair
Dr. Britt Baker Waxes Tony Schiavone
Young Bucks Super Kick MJF Into Cruise Ship Pool
The Inner Circle Las Vegas Trip

Who Should Win: The Young Bucks Super Kick MJF Into Cruise Ship Pool

I’m a simple man. Anytime somebody gets thrown into a pool on a wrestling show, I laugh and cheer. As creative as Jericho & MJF’s musical number was, and as crazy as that Vegas trip was, and as much as I love Britt & Tony’s chemistry together, give me the classics every time. Man gets thrown into pool. Simple, yet effective.

Who Will Win: Jericho & MJF: Le Dinner Debonair

MJF needs another plaque honoring his musical performance to carry around. As Owen Hart & Scorpio Sky could tell you, one trophy is always better than two.

Best Twitter Follow:
MJF
Orange Cassidy
Dr. Britt Baker
Nyla Rose

Who Should Win: MJF

Dude just talks shit about everybody under the sun. Even Negative One, for heaven’s sake!

Who Will Win: Orange Cassidy

Twitter was made for people like Orange, who have no problem keeping their thoughts under 140 characters. I’m also good at it!

Breakout Male Star:
Orange Cassidy
Darby Allin
Eddie Kingston
John Silver

Who Should Win: Eddie Kingston

I can make a really good argument for every single nominee. We’ve already seen Orange’s name pop up a few times here, it’s no secret that he had an outstanding year. Darby is the current TNT Champion and has proven his worth every time we’ve seen him in the ring. The Brian Cage match took place after voting started, but it was evidence of why Allin deserves to win an award like this, and deserves his spot as TNT Champion and the man that Sting has chosen to carry on his legacy. Don’t get me started on Johnny Hungiee, once he started showing his personality on Being The Elite, everybody fell in love with the guy.

Eddie Kingston only went from needing to sell his wrestling boots to pay the rent to being one of AEW’s brightest stars. Those of us who were familiar with his work in the indies or in Impact wrestling knew about it. All Eddie needed was a chance, and he’d take care of business. That’s exactly what he did, and he’ll be in AEW as long as he wants to be.

Who Will Win: Darby Allin

It’ll be well-deserved, too. Nobody can deny that Darby brings it every time he’s out there. The man might be 170 pounds fully clothed with some chains, but his toughness and inability to quit can’t be denied.

Breakout Female Star:
Anna Jay
Tay Conti
Big Swole
Penelope Ford
Hikaru Shida

Who Should Win: Anna Jay

Anna had less than ten matches before getting on AEW television, and she immediately proved that she belongs. She can only get better in the ring, and she already performs at an acceptable level. Her only weakness? She always corpses when John Silver is being peak John Silver. I can’t really blame her for it.

Who Will Win: Hikaru Shida

I mean, she is the AEW Women’s Champion. Which is at least the second most important championship in the women’s division. It’s no fault of Shida’s, she does good work, but I don’t really see that connection between her and the audience.

Bleacher Report PPV Moment of the Year:
Stadium Stampede
Jon Moxley Wins AEW World Championship
Shida Wins AEW Women’s World Championship
Kenny Omega & Adam “Hangman” Page Defeat The Young Bucks
Darby Allin Defeats Cody Rhodes For TNT Title
Young Bucks Win AEW World Tag Title

Who Should Win: Jon Moxley Wins AEW World Championship

Tons of good contenders here, but it’s tough to argue against Mox knocking off Le Champion at Revolution. He was the right man to take the title from Chris Jericho at the right time, and few champions could have carried AEW through this weird year like Moxley did.

Who Will Win: Stadium Stampede

I think the multi-man clustermess has the best chance of garnering the most votes. It was certainly one of the most unique offerings from AEW in 2020.

Will the AEW Dynamite Awards be a unique offering? Tough to say, but you can find out by streaming the show on BR Live next Wednesday! You can also find out how right I was on every single award. It’s a gift.


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Andrew’s Top 5 Matches: Week Ending 1/17/2021

Now since this week isn’t full of big events, the list should be a little more interesting. Let’s see what made the Top 5 and if it’s close to last week’s quality!

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Last week kicked things off hot and heavy, and as expected; we cooled down a little this week. Still some fun matches, but nothing should really be competition for last week’s list.

Speaking of that list, all 6 matches had some support, and that’s really nice to see. However, there has to be a winner, and by only a couple of votes; Wrestle Kingdom Night 1: Will Ospreay vs Kazuchika Okada, won the popular vote!

So let’s see what matches we get to possibly add to the January pool!

Quick Top 5:

  1. NXT UK: NXT UK Championship: Walter (c) vs A-Kid
    Rating: ****
  2. Hard to Kill: Kenny Omega, Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows vs Moose, Rich Swann & Chris Sabin
    Rating: ****
  3. Hard to Kill: Barbed Wire Massacre: Sami Callihan vs Eddie Edwards
    Rating: *** 3/4
  4. NXT: MSK vs Isaiah Scott & Jake Atlas
    Rating: *** 1/2
  5. Hard to Kill: X Division Championship: Manik (c) vs Rohit Raju vs Chris Bey
    Rating: *** 1/2
  6. IMPACT!: Rich Swann vs Karl Anderson
    Rating: *** 1/2

Honorable Mentions:

  • AEW New Year’s Smash Night 2: TNT Championship: Darby Allin (c) vs Brian Cage
    Rating: *** 1/4
  • Hard to Kill: Knockouts Championship: Deonna Purrazzo (c) w/Kimber Lee & Susan vs Taya Valkyrie w/ Decay
    Rating: *** 1/4
  • IMPACT!: Rohit Raju & Chris Bey vs Manik & Suicide
    Rating: *** 1/4
  • WWE SmackDown: Daniel Bryan vs Cesaro
    Rating: *** 1/4
  • NXT: Undisputed Era vs Breezango
    Rating: ***
  • Hard to Kill: Knockouts Tag Team Title Finals: Fire & Flava (Kiera Hogan & Tasha Steelz) vs Nevaeh & Havok
    Rating: ***
  • AEW New Year’s Smash Night 2: NWA Women’s World Championship: Serena Deeb (c) vs Tay Conti
    Rating: ***
  • WWE SmackDown: Jey Uso vs Shinsuke Nakamura
    Rating: ***
  • IMPACT!: Tenille Dashwood w/Kaleb vs Rosemary
    Rating: ***

4t. IMPACT!: Rich Swann vs Karl Anderson

From My Results:

The entire time Kenny’s been in the picture, they’ve put a lot of spotlight on some of Karl’s singles accolades in Japan. So it should come as no surprise that Karl actually came in with a plan and dominated for a good portion. Karl focused on the shoulder and it worked really well for him.

Rich was selling and getting caught by Shotgun kicks and a bunch of other moves, but at least proving to be resilient. Rich manages to catch Karl as Karl starts looking to finish things. A few nice strikes, the over the shoulder back kick and finally Swann’s got something. Karl does stabilize and look for the Gun Stun, but Rich ducks the Gun Stun with a School Boy Rollup and that’s the match!

Winner: Swann via School Boy Rollup

 

4t. Hard to Kill: X Division Championship: Manik (c) vs Rohit Raju vs Chris Bey

From My Results:

Rohit went after Manik to try and prove his point that it’s TJP. Bey seemed dead set on finding a way to win, and as we expected in an X Division match; there were a lot of spots, but they all made sense. Rohit does manage to take off the mask, but TJP painted his face under the mask, so it still throws off Rohit. TJP strings together a few moves, goes for the Mamba Splash, but gets caught by Bey with a Cutter. Bey then hits a Double Art of Finesse, but his brief moment of not knowing who to pin, caused the pinfall breakup.

Rohit almost won the title back after his call back to hitting his Tiger Knee after a Mamba Splash but Bey kicked out. Haymakers get thrown, Rohit hits the Dragon Stomp on Bey, and looks to finish things, but TJP slides in for the style of Cradle he’s used a bit lately, and retains his title after a fun, hard fought match.

Winner: Manik via Ole Cradle

 

4t. NXT: MSK vs Isaiah Scott & Jake Atlas

From Mitchell’s Coverage:

Swerve drags Wes up, full nelson for Atlas to HEEL KICK Wes, then a spin to a fireman’s carry, toss and SPINNING POWERSLAM! Swerve is up top, 450 SPLASH! Atlas covers, but Carter breaks it just in time! Fans fire up as Swerve grows frustrated! Swerve throws Carter back out, Atlas drags Wes back over and tags Swerve in. Atlas drags Wes to a corner, rams his shoulder in, and Swerve helps hoist Wes to the top rope. Swerve and Atlas both climb up to bring Wes up but Carter drags Atlas down in a heap! Wes shoves Swerve away and both men fall to the mat! Fans fire up as everyone is down, and Wes gets to ropes. Wes kicks Swerve away to go to his corner but no one is home.

Swerve runs in, blocks a boot, but Carter tags in! Carter ROCKS Swerve, Wes pops Swerve up to the ropes, Carter ROCKS Swerve into Wes’ NO HANDS POISON-RANA!! Carter drags Swerve up, Wes runs in, BLOCKBUSTER HART ATTACK! Cover, MSK WINS!!

Winner: MSK via Blockbuster Hart Attack

 

3. Hard to Kill: Barbed Wire Massacre: Sami Callihan vs Eddie Edwards

From My Results:

Interesting pacing to get across the familiarity, twisted respect and love for punishment between these two. We saw Barbed Wire Tables, Chairs, Baseball Bats, Kendo Sticks and even an…N64 Controller!

Sami took a ton of punishment, but the story was basically playing with Eddie’s emotions to bait him into bad dives, and openings for Sami to move out of the way, or sneak in a barbed wire shot. Eddie hit a Blue Thunder Bomb on a barbed wire chair, Sami hit an Avalanche Piledriver through a barbed wire table, but none of this was enough. If anything, the Piledriver just pissed Eddie off.

Going for the callback that started it all, Sami tries to hit a Barbed Wire Chair into Eddie’s face with a Barbed Wire Bat, but Eddie hits a low blow to get a moment. Sami tries to bring himself up with a chair, Eddie hits the Boston Knee Party, then the Diehard Flowsion for the win!

Winner: Eddie via Diehard Flowsion

 

1t. Hard to Kill: Kenny Omega, Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows vs Moose, Rich Swann & Chris Sabin

From My Results:

We get a lot of Japanese tag stylings, from the triple team that Team Impact pulls off, to the way the Club breaks up any type of momentum with their own train attacks into the corner. Moose looked amazing in this match. He went toe to toe with everyone, pulled off great moves like a Standing Moonsault, leaped to the top rope for a Spanish Fly and was a really good teammate, regardless of his issues with Rich Swann. Hell Swann and Moose even hit a Doomsday Device variant together. Small aside, I did like seeing Chris Sabin pull off Cradle Shock, which just doesn’t happen often enough anymore.

Omega almost has the match one on Rich, but the only one able to break it up was Moose, and he did so. Omega went into V-Trigger spamming mode to wipe out Moose, rock Rich and then a One Winged Angel won the match for the Bullet Club former members.

Winner: Omega via One Winged Angel

 

1t. NXT UK: NXT UK Championship: Walter (c) vs A-Kid

From Mitchell’s Coverage:

AK survives two powerful impacts and BT Sports Studio is thunderous! Walter stirs and crawls over to AK. Walter facelocks AK, drags him up and eggs him on. Walter CHOPS AK back down and AK flops to ropes! AK sits up and Walter kicks at him again. Walter CLUBS AK but AK gets up with a clenched jaw. AK SLAPS Walter, then catches the chop to a takedown! AK locks up one arm, wants the other, but Walter resists! AK shifts to an ARMBAR! Walter clasps hands, moves around, but AK keeps his shoulders up in the triangle hold! Walter moves around, rolls them both to the ropes then out of the ring! Walter APRON BOMBS AK down!!

AK crumples to the floor but Walter drags him back up to put him in. Walter stalks AK but AK fires off palm strikes! Walter grabs AK for a sleeper but AK pries it off to PELE! Walter staggers, AK runs, into a LARIAT!! Walter CHOPS AK on the back! And POINT-BLANK LARIATS!! Cover, Walter wins!!

Winner: Walter via Burning Lariat

 

Thoughts:

Well it’s hard to argue that Walter vs A-Kid was the best match, it only lacked a little punch since I don’t follow NXT UK super closely; so I didn’t see A-Kid as a credible threat. He did prove himself fairly well with the MMA style strikes and grappling attacks, but he’s still to fresh of a face to me, for me to have bought in as much as say Ilja or Tyler Bate, when they had their big versus little man matches.

Impact did bring some higher quality, but that’s to be expected since they had a PPV and a Go Home. The Rascalz debuting as MSK was nice, so I’m glad they got a small moment to shine.

Either way, Walter vs A-Kid, is my vote for match of the week. Which one gets your vote?


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DING DONG, HELLO~! Talking Smack!

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

And you thought last week was big!

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

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DWI Podcast #259: Circle the Wagons

PC, DP & AJ give their thoughts on the NFL Championship Games, WWE's Mania announcement and more Royal Rumble trivia.

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POD is WAR: Kayfabe Princess

The truculent trio is back to discuss WWE's WrestleMania announcement, Hard To Kill and Brooklyn's 'Big 3".

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Mtichell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (1/21/21)

Who is NXT UK's one true queen?

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The #Miranda Show: Billie Kay’s Resume, Hard To Kill, WrestleMania and more!

How amazing are Billie Kay's resume & networking skills? Miranda uses her experience to discuss, plus Hard To Kill and...

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The Nerds tackle WarGames! The movie from 1983, not the wrestling match. Global Thermonuclear War sounds like a fun game!...

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Badlands Wrestling Mount Rushmores #68: REACH for the Stars

Omega Luke joins the show to discuss his wrestling career, and discusses a couple of Mount Rushmores!

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Rey Ca$h and Mags bring you #HeadTrauma Thursdays, as they rank all of the current Bullet Club members.

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