NXT Takeover: Unstoppable, 5/20
The first match on Takeover was Tyler
Breeze taking on Finn Balor for the #1 contender spot. Breeze came to the ring
flanked by several “models” each taking selfies or whatever as Breeze entered.
Before the match starts, they show video
from the parking lot where Hideo Itami was “attacked” prior to the show to
write him out of the match. He allegedly has a severe shoulder injury and could
be out 6-8 months. Several arriving wrestlers rush over to help him but Kevin
Owens walks by unphased and just says “That’s a shame.”
Finn Balor debuts slightly updated demon
paint. Now he has wings and spikes on his back as well as a giant eye on his
Breeze takes off the turnbuckle after
hitting a Supermodel Kick and stomps Finn in the opposite corner but the ref
pulls him out. Finn rolls up Breeze and when he kicks out, Finn is tossed into
the exposed buckle. Breeze hits a Beauty Shot but Finn kicks out! And Breeze is
furious with the ref.
Balor escapes the ring and heads up the
ramp. He surprises Breeze when he walks by then climbs the entranceway and leaps
onto Breeze. Finn drags Breeze back to the ring and shotgun dropkick into the
corner followed by a Coup de Grace for the win. Kevin Owens watches the match
on a monitor backstage.
Hafthor Bjornsson (The Mountain on Game of Thrones and basically a demigod out of Norse mythology after breaking a 1,000 year old strength record) is in the crowd with
They do some recaps of the NXT tour
shows in Philly and Albany.
Next match, Dana Brooke and (Evil) Emma
vs Charlotte and Bayley. Thought it was interesting that Bayley got top
billing, entering after Charlotte.
Brooke starts with Bayley but Charlotte
soon tags in to take a few shots at Brooke. Emma and Bayley go face to face but
Emma runs away and puts Brooke in between them, but Bayley leaps through the
ropes and dropkick both of them.
Charlotte locks in Figure 8 but Brooke
breaks it up. Bayley takes out Brooke with a Belly to Bayley and Charlotte hits
Natural Selection on Emma for the win. Bayley and Charlotte hug and both do a
Flair Strut as the segment ends.
OK match overall but they didn’t seem to
work well together, the teams that is. Brooke is still a little too green and
missed some spots which made the match feel uneven overall.
Recap of Sami Zayn vs John Cena to
hammer home that Zayn is hurt, in case you missed it.
Next, Rhyno makes his way out to take on
Baron Corbin. Rhyno gets a huge reaction but Corbin’s reaction is pretty mixed.
Corbin botches falling out of the ring.
Before long, Corbin takes control of the match, keeping Rhyno on the mat. Rhyno
fights back a little and they collide both going to the mat. Rhyno starts to
get some momentum. Corbin fights out of a belly to belly but Rhyno hits one.
Sets up for Gore but Corbin catches a lariat and wins with End of Days.
Corbin’s longest match by far. Showed a
little more than he has before but wasn’t overly impressive. Still lots of
little slip ups and needs to work on developing his heel persona more.
Recap of Kevin Owens on Raw, taking out
Cena and stomping on the US Title belt.
NXT Tag Title match next, Enzo and Cass
out first to take on Blake and Murphy. Enzo calls Blake and Murphy Team
Cottonelle, because they’re S-A-W-F-T SAWFT.
Blake and Murphy have new, more subdued
music now, but their tron and light show is still seizure inducing.
Enzo in first but quickly tags out to
Cass who takes control of the tag champs. Enzo and Cass using good double team
moves to keep the champs off balance.
Cass tag Enzo and sets him up on the top
rope to throw him into a splash but Alexa Bliss attacks Carmella from behind
which distracts Cass. He goes to check on Carmella and gets super kicked by
Murphy while Alexa pushes Enzo from the top rope behind the ref’s back. Blake
pins Enzo to retain and Alexa walks out with the champs.
Recap of Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks’
former friendship and how it all fell apart during a fatal fourway for the
title, when Sasha beat Charlotte for the title.
Becky unveils a new look for the match,
a vaguely steampunk aesthetic and fiery orange hair. Sasha gets a surprisingly
big response from the crowd but people are behind Becky, more and more as the
match goes on.
Becky doing a lot more technical work
than usual in this match, really work toward the arm bar finish she’s been
using in recent weeks. They trade nearfalls early on in the match too and I’m
having flashbacks to RVD vs Jerry Lynn.
Sasha eventually takes control, mocking
Becky’s pose to the crowd and stretching her with a straight jacket choke.
Becky tries to fight back but Sasha stays a step ahead, throwing her into the
corner and then drops the knees on Becky’s arm. Sasha even stretches Becky like
how Pentagon Jr breaks arms.
Becky takes Sasha to suplex city, using
a hammerlock belly to back suplex then a pump handle suplex to weaken Sasha’s
arm. Becky eventually locks in the seated arm bar but Sasha gets to the ropes.
Sasha tosses Becky out while still on the mat after the rope break then hits a
dive through the ropes but Becky sorta catches her, then throws Sasha into the
Becky goes to the top but Sasha
surprises her and pulls her down, snapping Becky’s arm across her knee then
locking in the Bank Statement for the win.
Recap of the Zayn/Owens feud. Sami comes
out first and is fired up. Owens out next with a Cena US title “Champ is here”
shirt and gets a “You can’t see him” chant.
At the bell, Owens jumps out of the ring
and stares down Zayn. But Zayn rushes out after him and hammers away on Owens
all around the ring, brushing off Owens’ attacks and pressing his own attack.
Owens sets up for an apron powerbomb but Zayn flips him backward and continues
to hammer on Owens.
Zayn throwing Owens around outside, into
the steps and into the guardrail, knocking it loose. They start brawling into
the crowd, despite the ref trying to get them back into the ring. Owens tries
to power bomb Zayn on the bare floor but he holds onto the bleacher railing to
save himself. He pops Owens over the guard rail back toward the ring then hits
a Blue Thunder Bomb for a 2 count. Owens tries to escape but he is pulled back
in and sends back elbows into Zayn. Zayn half and half suplex but only 2.
Owens counters a springboard tornado DDT
into a back breaker. He sets up for a cannonball but Zayn escapes. Zayn
exploder into the corner and sets up for Helluva Kick but Owens rolls out of
the ring. Zayn exploder outside and sets up for Helluva against the ring post
but Owens pops him up into a powerbomb on the apron.
Refs out to check on Zayn but Owens
still hammering on him. More refs show up and pulls Owens off but he won’t
stop. The trainers try to check on Zayn but Owens won’t relent and Owens throws
him back in the ring. Owens drags him to the center by his neck and picks him
up and suddenly William Regal is there in his face. Regal tries to back him off and it
looks like Owens may be listening, but then he goes back after Zayn and Regal
pulls him off by his nose and Owens turns and headbutts Regal and he falls to
the mat in a heap.
Owens goes outside to get his belt but
also grabs a chair. He gets in the ring and winds up as the refs beg him to
stop and he gets one swing in before strange music hits that we’ve never heard
before. Owens looks to the entrance way and...WHAT’S SAMOA JOE DOING IN THE NXT
Joe gets in the ring to loud “Joe is
gonna kill you” chants and gets right in the face of Kevin Owens. Owens backs
off but Joe gets back up in his face and Owens turns and walks off before
anything happens. Owens comes back out after a replay and drops his belt,
looking like he’s gonna fight and Joe puts up his hands but Owens gets his belt
and walks out,
Lucha Underground, 5/20
In the first match of the night, Marty
“The Moth” Martinez faces Prince Puma. Striker talks about Marty says he can
trace his roots back to one of the original Aztec tribes but says it in a way
that makes his lineage sound suspect.
Konnan tells Puma “This guy is a joke -
treat him like a joke.” Marty goes to shake hands and Puma does but then Marty
hugs him too, I guess because they are both Aztec. Marty wants a pre-match
photo op and Puma agrees but Marty clotheslines him when he isn’t looking.
Marty puts up a good fight but Puma gets
the win with a 630 senton.
Afterward, Hernandez appears at the top
of the ramp. Konnan tells him he thought they were boys but turns out Hernandez
is nothing but a sorry son of a bitch. He tells him that he makes lambs look
tough, calls him baby nuts and that if he wants a shot at the title to step in
the ring and face Prince Puma right now. Hernandez was walking toward the ring
but then stops and turns around and the crowd chants baby nuts at him.
Vampiro sits down with Johnny Mundo.
Asks him why Mundo threw ADR through the window. Mundo says he came to prove
he’s the best in the world and thinks done a good job proving that. There’s a
lot of talented people in LU, but none as good as him. Says he’s know Alberto a
long time and did what he did to make a statement, to make him understand, to
make him realize. Vamp asks if he’s jealous of Alberto. Mundo says he’s been
here since day one busting his ass then Alberto just strolls in. Says he’s
overconfident, overpaid, and overrated. Says Alberto is done, he forced his
hand and went through the window. Says maybe he thought I was just some dude in
catering he could slap around. Mundo says he came to LU because he wanted to be
here, not because he didn’t have anywhere else to go. He doesn’t care that
Alberto is a 2nd generation luchadore, who he is or where he’s from - Johnny
Mundo is the biggest star in Lucha Underground and this is his world. But you
already knew that and winks.
Dario Cueto in his office talks to The
Crew about how ancient Aztecs made human sacrifices to appease the gods. And
that the Crew has a similar opportunity, to climb the ladder and make a
sacrifice of Ivelisse, Son of Havoc and Angelico. And if they can’t, that
wouldn’t just anger him, it would anger the gods. And he knows someone who
would have no problem sacrificing them.
The next match, “The Golden Warrior”
Delavar Daivari is in the ring to take on...Texano? Again? At least this time
Texano is a little more calmed down and they might actually have a real match
Daivari runs out of the ring and
sneak attacks Texano when he enters back in the ring. Striker and Vamp talk
about how Daivari got his money from his rich, real estate family but Texano
had to work for everything he got. Why are they trying to make Texano a face?
Daivari works Texano’s arm with numerous
holds, getting a few near falls. Texano takes him over with a big superplex and
it looks like he’s building momentum. He hits a codebreaker and gets a 2 count
and looks like he is in control but Big Ryck shows up from nowhere and
clotheslines Texano for the DQ. Did Daivari pay off Ryck?
Daivari calls him in and stomps Texano,
takes him to the top rope and Daivari hits a hurricanrana. Ryck forces the ref
to the mat to count a 3 as Daivari covers Texano while sipping his whiskey.
Cueto watches the action from his office
and someone pokes him in the back but when he turns around, there’s no one
there. He sits down and suddenly Catrina is behind him.
She says if it’s a sacrifice he wants,
Mil Muertes will deliver. She wants him to let Mil end the man who cannot die
and he agrees to a match next week. Asks her what match she wants and she
simply says “deathmatch.”
Like...like a for reals deathmatch?
Black Lotus walking down train tracks
with a bag. Looks like she left El Dragon Azteca. There’s a voiceover of her
saying “She appreciates all you’ve done for me but I’m ready to fulfill my
destiny - to kill the brother of Dario Cueto.” Sounds like a letter to Dragon.
Shows Dragon reading the letter and suddenly Chavo appears and says “If you
don’t want her to die, you’re gonna need my help.”
After commercial, Chavo sits down with
Dragon and says his tribe, the Guerreros and the Cuetos have a rich history -
most of it painted in blood. Dragon says the Guerreros are liars and cheaters.
Chavo agrees but they are also familia and they are in danger and Dragon can
make it stop. And in return, he’ll protect Black Lotus. Dragon says he will
clear his debts but he must protect Black Lotus with his life.
Ladder match time for Trios
Championship. The Crew out first. Followed by the champs with Ivelisse on
crutches. Before they even get to the top of the steps, the Crew are running up
them to jump the champs. The Crew overwhelm Havoc and Angelico as Ivelisse
struggles to make her way down the steps. Bael attacks Ivelisse and knocks her
down, choking her with a crutch.
Havoc pulls out a massive ladder but
Cortez and Cisco attack him before he can do anything with it.
Crew 3-on-1 Angelico as he tries to
climb the ladder. The Crew has ample opportunity to climb the ladder and get
the belts, but instead they choose to keep battering the champs. And it bites
them in the ass as Havoc starts to fight back and takes out all three. He sets
up a ladder under the belts but Cortez and Cisco stop him.
The Crew is definitely more interested
in inflicting pain on the champs than going for the belts. The Crew tears the
boards off Cueto’s office window and hammer Angelico with them. They then set
up two tables outside the ring and Cisco climbs it but Angelico dumps him off
and into Cueto’s office. Angelico lays Bael on a table and leaps off the top of
Cueto’s office and prepares to dive on Bael but Cortez attacks him from behind
with a kendo stick.
Havoc takes on all 3 Crew in the ring.
He takes two out with a double back elbow and sets BAel on a table. Cisco tries
to stop him but he gets pushed off through 2 tables on the outside. Havoc hits
a SSP on Bael on a table but doesn’t get all of it and the table doesn’t break.
Angelico is still in a heap on top of the office and Ivelisse is nowhere to be
Cortez is in the ring by himself. He
starts to climb the ladder and Angelico from nowhere, leaps off the office and
missile dropkicks Cortez! Everyone in the ring is down and Cueto looks on from
his office. Ivelisse starts to make her way into the ring. She starts climbing
the ladder but Cisco gets in and climbs the other side. She bites his hand and
reaches for the belts. She finally reaches one and unhooks it, winning the
match for her team. Cueto looks pretty distraught in his office.
LU maybe officially renewed?
According to the Univision corporate
website, it seems that Lucha Underground may be officially picked up for a
second season on the El Rey Network.
lists the second season as starting 4th Quarter 2015 (October 28) –
3rd Quarter 2016 (July 27). It doesn’t list any other specific info
like a set number of episodes in the second season.
Ring of Honor
ROH “Best in the World”
Friday, June 19
Jay Briscoe vs Jay Lethal – Title for
Moose vs Michael Elgin vs Roderick
Strong – World Title #1 Contender
Six-man tag – The Kingdom (Adam Cole,
Michael Bennett, and Matt Taven) vs Bullet Club (AJ Styles and the Young Bucks)
ROH “Aftershock” tour taping
Already signed – Samoa Joe and AJ Styles
vs The Addiction
Figures Toy Company announces Series 1
of ROH figures. They will include Jay Briscoe, Mark Briscoe, Adam Cole and
Lucha Libre World Cup
AAA “Lucha Libre World
Mexico City, Mexico at
Palacio de los Deportes
AAA’s Lucha Libre World
Cup tournament featured top stars from the U.S., Mexico, and Japan representing
AAA, TNA, ROH, NOAH, and All-Japan.
The match ups sounded
cool (I haven’t gotten to watch any of the show) but in the end, the AAA Dream
Team won (Alberto El Patron, Rey Mysterio and Myzteziz/original Sin Cara) won
the tournament in a surprise to absolutely no one.
– Team AAA Dream Team:
Rey Mysterio & Alberto El Patron & the Original Sin Cara
– Team Mexico Legends:
Dr. Wagner Jr. & Blue Demon, Jr. & Solar.
– Team AAA: El Hijo del
Fantasma & Psycho Clown & Texano, Jr.
– Team U.S.A./TNA: Matt
Hardy & Mr. Anderson & Johnny Mundo (Lucha Underground).
– Team U.S.A./ROH: Moose
& A.C.H. & Brian Cage (Lucha Underground).
– Team Int’l: Drew
Galloway (TNA) & El Mesías & Angélico.
– Team NOAH: Yoshihiro
Takayama & Taiji Ishimori & Atsushi Kotoge.
– Team All Japan: Kenzo
Suzuki (representing All Japan) & Tiger Mask (Koji Kanemoto) &
AAA Dream Team def. Team
NOAH in the opening quarterfinal match.
Team U.S./ROH def. Team
AAA in a quarterfinal match.
Team Mexico Legends def.
Team All Japan in a quarterfinal match.
Team U.S./TNA def. Team
Int’l in a quarterfinal match.
AAA Dream Team def. Team
U.S./ROH in a semi-final match.
Team U.S/TNA def. Team
Mexico Legends in a semi-final match.
AAA Dream Team def. Team U.S./TNA in the
finals to win the tournament.
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
-The Beaver Boys (Alex Reynolds and John
Silver) def. Team Tremendous (Dan Barry and Bill Carr)
-The Inner City Machine Guns (Ricochet
and Rich Swann) def. Drew Gulak and Biff Busick
-Trevor Lee and Andrew Everett def. ‘Speedball’
Mike Bailey and Matt Sydal
-Monster Mafia (Ethan Page and Josh
Alexander) def. The World’s Cutest Tag Team to become the PWG tag team champions
(Roderick Strong interfered to cause the loss)
-The Beaver Boys def. Monster Mafia to become
the new PWG tag team champions
-Trevor Lee and Andrew Everett defeated
The Inner City Machine Guns
-Johnny Gargano def. TJ Perkins
-Roderick Strong def. Chris Hero and
Brian Cage to retain the PWG title
-Andrew Everett & Trevor Lee
defeated The Beaver Boys to win DDT4 AND become the new PWG tag team champions
Absolute Intense Wrestling
JT Lightning Invitational results
Night 1, May 23
(Both Jennifer Blake and Alessandro Del
Bruno were unable to make the show. Tyson Dux could not make the tournament due
to family issues and Alexia Nicole could not make the Girls’ Night Out show on
Night 2 due to border issues)
-Louis Lyndon def. Tyler Thomas
-Matt Cross def. Joshua Singh
-Josh Prohibition def. Dick Justive
-Davey Vega def. Heidi Lovelace
-DJ Z def. Alex Daniels
-Athena def. Flip Kendrick
-BJ Whitmer def Doug Gilbert via
-Cedric Alexander def Colin Delaney
-Nick Gage def. Eric Ryan
-Tracy Williams def. Little Guido
-2 Cold Scorpio def. Cheech
-Raymond Rowe def. Rickey Shane Page
Girls’ Night Out 15
-Rae Lyn def. Angeldust
-Mary Dobson def. Marti Belle
-Mary Elizabeth Monroe and Taeler
Hendrix def. The Social Network of Annie Social and Heidi Lovelace
-Ethan Page comes out and talks about
border issues. He has his tights on and talks about debuting on GNO 6. Page
challenges Tyler Thomas.
-Ethan Page def. Tyler Thomas with the
(Candice LeRae missed her flight.)
-Jenny Rose def. Annie Social (replacing
-Allysin Kay def. Mia Yim
-Veda Scott and Josh Alexander def.
Athena and Rickey Shane Page
-Alex Daniels, Kaplan, and Brian Carson def.
Joshua Singh, Frankie Flynn, and Ryan Fairly
-Josh Prohibition def. Matt Cross
-DJ Z def. Cedric Alexander
-Tracy Williams def. Athena
-Raymond Rowe def. Nick Gage
-Intense Champion Davey Vega def. BJ
-Louis Lyndon def. 2 Cold Scorpio
-Samoa Joe def. Johnny Gargano with the
-Tim Donst came out to cut a promo when
Nick Gage interrupted. Donst revealed that he will be coming back at Absolution
X to wrestle Gage!
-Nightmare Freddy def. Dick Justice with
a claw hold
(Davey Vega is out of the tournament
because of an injury. Louis Lyndon gets a bye to the finals.)
-Josh Prohibition def. DJ Z
-Raymond Rowe def. Tracy
-Josh Alexander def Ethan Page after a
tombstone to retain
Tag Team Championship
-To Infinity and Beyond def. the FBI
when Delaney pins Smothers
2015 Final (three way elimination)
-Raymond Rowe def. Josh Prohibition and
Louis Lyndon to win the 2015 JLIT
Labels: DDT4 results, JTLI results, Lucha Libre World Cup, Lucha Underground, NXT, NXT Takeover Unstoppable, Ring of Honor, Ring of Honor on Destination America