Tonight is a special presentation of
NXT, the first episode taped somewhere other than the NXT Arena at Full Sail
University, at the Arnold Classic in Columbus, Ohio earlier in March.
Looks like a pretty big crowd. The
entrance is weird though. There’s no ramp and the actual entrance is on a stage
then the wrestlers have to walk around to the side of it and walk down some
steps to get to the ring – or just leap into the ring if you’re Kalisto.
Kalisto in singles action for the first
time in forever. I guess Sin Cara didn’t make the trip. He takes on Tyler
Breeze trying to keep Kalisto grounded
early but once he gets going, he uses the ropes and his quickness to take Breeze
to the mat with crazy arm drags and a ridiculous stalling, hand spring
hurricanrana. But Kalisto tries to springboard into the ring and Breeze catches
him with a dropkick to the face.
Kalisto gets a nearfall off a 450 but
Breeze manages to grab the ropes. Kalisto was getting some boos before that
near fall cause Breeze is so damn over despite being a heel.
Kalisto sets up for the Selina Del Sol
but Breeze pushes him off his shoulders and when Kalisto collects himself,
Breeze hits the Beauty Shot for the win.
Lots of filler. A video package of the
Owens/Riley feud. And a long package about NXT at the Arnold Classic. NXT
wrestlers visiting sick kids at a hospital, Triple H getting an award from the
International Sports Hall of Fame, Hulk Hogan talking about how the NXT title
would look good around his waist and more.
Finn Balor talks to Alex Riley. Balor
tells him he’s got Owens next week and he’ll be watching like a hawk. Riley
says good, he wants him to watch. Riley says he wants to humiliate Owens and
there isn’t going to be a tomorrow for him and that it’s time to rage. But
Balor tells him not to overlook Owens or there’ll be no tomorrow for Alex
Colin Cassady vs Wesley Blake up next.
Blake and Wesley come out to a lukewarm
reaction. But the crowd is super-hot for Enzo and Cass (and Carmella is there
too). The boos are huge for Carmella when Enzo introduces her.
Cass says Arnold likes to pump iron but
they like to pump fists. And that Wesley Blake needs to pump the brakes because
he’s about to run into a roadblock. Enzo says that “the Australian kid” needs
to didgeridoo himself a favor while they still have the NXT tag team titles is
kick rocks in flip flops and skedaddle, sweet boys.
It’s kinda surprising how much Cass can
hold his own on the mic even though Enzo is generally considered way better on
Crowd starts a “This guy’s sawft” chant
at Blake as the match starts. Then a “We want Blue Pants” chant. They ought to
consider putting her with them somehow. Have her and Carmella constantly at
odds despite being part of the same group.
At one point, Murphy jumps on the apron to distract Cass. Carmella
jumps up to yell at Murphy and Cass boots him in the face knocking him to the
floor. But then Blake shoves Cass into the ropes, knocking Carmella to the
floor then rolls him up for the win. (Maybe grabbed the tights?)
Highlighting a new NXT Diva, Dana
Brooke, who apparently was competing in the Arnold Classic. She’s pretty jacked
but also pretty agile too it looks like.
Now Alexa Bliss takes on Sasha Banks in
a nontitle match.
Sasha taking control early, stomping
Alexa’s face into the bottom buckle then dropping he knees across Alexa’s
midsection. But Bliss comes back, escaping a crossface choke and hammering on
Sasha Banks. She hits a Glitz Flip, a back handspring into a double knee drop
She hits a Thesz Press on Banks who
rolled out of the ring and when she gets up, throws her into the post. Bliss
rolls back into the ring and Banks is counted out! Alexa Bliss picks up a win
over the Women’s champ!
Kevin Owens says he’s gonna make Alex
Riley wish he never quit his coushy commentary job. He knows why Riley quit –
he needs to prove he can still do this, but the truth is he can’t. Not against
someone like Kevin Owens. And he can’t wait for his match against Finn Balor
because he wants to prove that no one is taking the title away from him and his
Alexa Bliss talks about how happy she is
she beat Sasha Banks in her hometown and showed her who’s boss, but Banks steps
in and says she never pinned her. William Regal gets between them and says
there’s an easy way to settle this, next week Sasha Banks defends her title
against Alexa Bliss.
Main event now, Alex “Say it to my face”
Riley taking on Kevin Owens.
Owens gets in the ring and gets right in
Riley’s face, holding the belt up and smirking at him. Drake tries to get
between them as Riley and Owens start to shove each other and Drake tries to
back them up to opposite corners.
Owens takes advantage early, keeping the
pressure on Riley hammering him with punches and chops. Riley tries to mount a
comeback but Owens puts quick stop to it and hits a cannonball in the corner.
Crowd solidly behind Owens with “Kill Owens Kill” chants and even breaking out
“Mr. Wrestling.” Owens mocks Riley as he’s on the mat “Come on, Riley! Rage!”
and drops an elbow.
Owens lays in a headlock by Riley fights
to his feet. Hits a few stiff punches and sends Owens to the outside. Owens
goes for another cannonball and Riley avoids it then hits a big spinebuster for
Owens avoids a crossbody then hits three
sentons to regain control. He throws Riley to the outside and into the solid
steel guardrail of the arena. Lifts Riley up and tosses him into that steel and
Riley crashes to the ground. Owens throws him back in and as Riley rushes in,
Owens hits a pop up powerbomb for the win.
Riley rolls to the outside and Drake
checks on him as Owens leaves. But Owens stops and grabs Riley, dragging him to
the apron. He’s about to set up for an apron powerbomb when Finn Balor’s music
hits. Owens is distracted by Balor who tells him not to do it and Owens drops
Riley. Owens acts like he’s going to leave, but then picks up Riley and sets up
for the powerbomb, when Balor jumps off the stage and onto Owens, hammering him
on the ground. Balor throws him into the steps then into the ring.
Balor hits him with a big dropkick
sending him into the corner and sets up for the double stomp but Owens manages
to roll out of the way (and gives Riley another stomp as he leaves) and
collects his belt before leaving the ringside area.
At the WWE Axxess events
during the week leading into Mania, NXT will be holding a tournament where the
winner gets a spot in the Andre the Johnson Memorial Battle Royal. Doesn’t say
everyone involved, only that Finn Balor, Adrian Neville, Tyler Breeze and Hideo
Itami will be in it.
In the semifinals, Hideo
Itami defeated Adrian Neville to advance to the finals and Finn Balor defeated
Tyler Breeze in the other semifinal match to set up a meeting between the
former tag team partners with a spot at WrestleMania 31 on the line.
In a big surprise to many,
Itami defeated Balor and will take part in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle
Royal on Sunday. Many had speculated that the winner would be Adrian Neville
with an outside chance of it being Finn Balor (I thought it would be Neville)
but WWE swerved us all and Itami now gets a chance to become the second Battle
Also, I just saw this on r/SquaredCircle - the semifinal and final match of the NXT Axxess tournament! Despite the fact that WWE didn't feel the need to film these and air them on the network, someone found fan-cam footage of the three matches and now you can watch them too.
I'd watch them quick because they'll probably be taken down soon.
Lucha Underground, 3/18
Recap of Dario Cueto turning
The Crew into his personal wrecking crew and Star and Ryck battling for the
chance to face the Crew. As well as the series between Drago and Aerostar and
the Fenix/Mil Muertes feud.
The opening match is the
third match in a best of 5 between Drago and Aerostar. Both have a victory
against the other.
Drago using unique offense
to tie up Aero’s legs and keep him on the mat but Aero eventually grabs the
ropes. Aero tries to get something going, kips up off a whip into the ropes but
Drago catches him and Alabama slam for a 2 count.
Aero escapes the ring and
slides through the corner. Drago follows and Aero catches him with a kick and
takes control. But not for long as they both hit a cross body on each other and
Aero hits a crazy reverse
splash to the outside. Aero sends him out with a big dropkick, Aero springboard
to the top and leaps off backwards onto Drago but Aero looks hurt as well.
Both guys hitting huge moves
even late into the match and it could be anyone’s game. Aero hit a crazy double
stomp on the apron but Drago takes control after baiting Aero in hanging onto
the middle and top rope then leaping over the ropes for a twisting corkscrew
Aero hits a rana from the
corner then a springboard splash to pick up the win over Drago. Aero leads the
series, 2-1, and only needs one more win to earn Cueto’s “unique opportunity.”
Konnan video package
likening the art of war to chess. That the strongest and fastest doesn’t always
win but the one who wins is the one who positions himself the best and the one
who believes he can. (Konnan was playing chess with Prince Puma and beats him,
then smashes the clock with his cane)
Crew in the ring for a
3-on-1, no DQ, elimination match against Big Ryck.
The Crew taking it to Ryck
early. Hitting “The Treatment” their three move combo in the corner.
Bael brings in the first
weapon, wedging a chair in the corner. They try to throw Ryck into it but he
overpowers them, tosses Cisco aside and throws Bael into the chair. Cortez
Castro tries to sneak attack him with the kendo stick but Ryck no sells it,
takes the stick and breaks it over Castro’s back.
Ryck eliminates Bael first
with a chokeslam. Ryck grabs Castro by the throat and Cisco comes in and gets
grabbed up too. Then boot him in the gut and try to suplex him but he suplexes
them both over.
Ryck eliminates Castro with
a kendo stick lariat. Cisco realizes he’s the last one and tries to walk out on
the match and heads up the steps, but Sexy Star meets him at the top and hits
him with a few forearms and sends him tumbling down the stairs. She throws him
back in the ring and Ryck levels Cisco with a big right hand. Cisco is busted
open and Ryck hammers the cut. He sets up the chair and hits a uranage
through the chair and pins Cisco for the win.
Next week, AAA champion
Texano defends the title agaisnt Alberto El Patron in a bull rope match and
Prince Puma defends the LU Championship in a Boyle Heights street fight match
The main event up now - a
“Grave Consequences” casket match.
Several figures dressed up
in “Day of the Dead” facepaint bring the casket in. Mil Muertes out first,
descending the stairs with the stone. Fenix out next with some new gear, black
tights with yellow/red designs (looks like fire) and bright white boots.
Catrina also comes out with Fenix, the first time I think that she has actually
accompanied him to the ring.
But as soon as Fenix hits
the arena floor, Mil dives through the ropes with a tope, picks him up and
slams Fenix into the announcer table. Sends him in the ring and just starts
hammering on Fenix.
Fenix slams Mil into the casket
and then both guys start hitting each other with the decorations brought out
for the casket. Fenix then DDT Mil onto the casket and dents it. Fenix runs
into the ring and sets up for a tope through the ropes but Mil lifts up the
casket and Fenix crashes into it.
Mil, looking like he’s
trying to rip Fenix’s mask off, and tries to pull him up on the casket. But as
he’s doing so, he rips Fenix’s mask open and Fenix scrambles to try and pull it
down over his face. But Mil stays on the attack, undoing the bottom turnbuckle
and taking it to use as a weapon and smashes Fenix in the face with it over and
over and Fenix is busted open big time and Mil bites the cut numerous times. I
don’t know how Fenix mask is staying on.
Mil takes Fenix up the steps
and smashes him into the railings and support beams. He throws Fenix over a
railing and onto a ledge and Mil threatens to throw him to the floor below.
Fenix turns it around, trying to suplex Mil to the floor but Mil lifts him up
and throws him into some metal box hanging from the ceiling then into the crowd
and they head back to ringside.
Mil clearing the announcer
table and powerbombs Fenix onto it but it doesn’t break! Mil drags the casket
into the ring but Fenix is getting time to recover. Mil sets the casket in a
corner as Fenix pulls himself back into the ring. Fenix rushes in and Mil
overhead belly to belly onto the casket! Mil goes back to the cut and bites it
as Fenix tries to collect himself in the corner.
Mil rushes into the corner
and Fenix superkick and goes up top. But Mil uppercut stuns him and lands a top
Blood is pouring out of
Fenix’s head. Mil pulls the casket back out and onto the roller. Mil takes
Fenix around the arena and through the crowd. Mil smashes Fenix with a chair in
the crowd, over and over (wooden chairs too so there’s no give). He misses a
kick and gets crotched on the guardrail and Fenix headkick sends him down to
the floor. Fenix on the rail and tope con hilo onto Mil on the floor! He’s
covered in blood and his mask is barely hanging on.
Fenix tries to whip Mil into
the guard rail but gets reversed and he hits hard. Mil then slams his head into
the railing over and over. But Fenix somehow has enough to hit two superkicks
and climbs onto the railing and hits a moonsault onto Mil!
Catrina very close to the
wrestlers, watching the battle intently. Fenix ducks a clothesline and Mil
levels Catrina! And she writhes on the ground, Mil is distracted briefly and
Fenix enzugari. Fenix back in the ring and Mil follows, biting his head more.
Catrina back up and
staggering to the side of the casket. Mil has Fenix in a suplex position,
trying to take him over the top to the floor or onto the casket. Fenix blocks
as Catrina opens the casket.
Fenix hits a combo of
strikes and frees himself. Mil collecting himself on the apron and Fenix head
up top and lands a huge double stomp to the back of his head, sending Mil into
the casket. Catrina grabs Mil’s stone, licks it and throws it into the casket
and closes it giving Fenix the win. The procession of death comes back to wheel
Ring of Honor
ROH is hosting “Supercard of Honor IX”
in Redwood City, CA on 3/27. Three big main event matches have been signed
along with several other matches.
Briscoe defends the ROH Championship against Samoa Joe
Lethal defends the ROH TV Title against Jushin “Thunder” Liger
defends the ROH Tag Team Titles against The Kingdom (Matt Taven and Michael
-Original members of The Decade square
off as BJ Whitmer faces Jacobs
-Michael Elgin vs Frankie Kazarian
-Christopher Daniels vs Roderick Strong
Evolve 39 results
-Drew Gulak defeated Timothy Thatcher
-Biff Busick defeated Tommy End
-Chris Hero defeated Ethan Page
-Ricochet, Rich Swann and Uhaa Nation defeated
The Premier Athlete Brand (Caleb Konley, Brian Cage and TJ Perkins)
Dragon Gate USA Open The Freedom Gate
-Johnny Gargano (c) defeated AR Fox
(Gargano’s knee is pretty banged up after the match so we’ll
have to see if he’s able to face Drew Galloway on Saturday)
-Drew Galloway (c) defeated PJ Black
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
PWG’s “Don’t Sweat the Technique” will
be held on April 3 from scenic Reseda, California.
Scheduled matches are:
-Roderick Strong defends the PWG World
title against Zack Sabre Jr.
-World’s Cutest Tag Team face Beaver
Boys in a non-title match
-Chris Hero vs Tommy End
-Brian Cage vs Biff Busick
-ACH vs. Tommaso Ciampa
-“Speedball” Mike Bailey vs Trevor Lee
-Andrew Everett vs Ricochet
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