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the battle royal from last week.
opens this episode of NXT. She has a slightly updated mask on, it looks a bit
more colorful now. Also, she has a video and it’s mostly the creepy mask too. I
feel like the mask is a symbol of Asuka and her character. You’ll only really
know about her what she shows you. It doesn’t matter what you see on the
outside (the mask) because she could easily change her demeanor (take off the
mask) and be something completely different.
on Billie Kay. It looks like she too has a little bit of a visual update to her
gear and a new song too. She even gets a short video promo before the match.
extends for a handshake and Kay accepts but pulls Asuka in for a knee to the midsection.
Billie stays on top of Asuka, hammering her in the corner and drops her with a
delayed vertical suplex.
stuns Billie with a kick and starts to unleash a few more kicks. Asuka catches
a flying arm bar and turns it into a seated arm bar. Asuka hits a german suplex
and a knee right to Billie’s face as she’s seated on the mat. Asuka gets the
Asuka Lock crossface chicken wing, Billie tries to fight back but has to tap
package about Baron Corbin. Pretty sure we’ve seen this before. About how he’s
special and he’s going to do what he wants and doesn’t care what anyone thinks
about him, blah, blah.
Enzo and Cass with Carmella take on Dash and Dawson. Enzo and Cass with their
usual excellent mic work. Dash and Dawson still have their satin jackets,
looking like the new Varsity Club.
Dawson working together to isolate Enzo and working over Enzo’s knee. Cass
tries to help out Enzo but still gets knocked out of the ring by Dawson. He
turns around and gets rolled up by Enzo for the surprise win! (I don’t think
Cass was ever legally in this match)
Dawson aren’t happy about that and beat down Enzo after it’s over while Cass is
down outside. Cass tries to save Enzo but he’s overwhelmed by D&D who take
him to the ground and hammer him on the mat. D&D lost the match but they
won the fight and sent a message to Enzo and Cass as well as the Vaudevillains.
special message from Eva Marie in Paris. Says she still on vacay, taking in the
culture (you know what I’m talking about…well, maybe not). Wanted to give
everyone a present – this special message since she’s sure everyone misses her.
Danny Burch to no doubt do the job to someone. He takes on James Storm?? What’s
he doing in the NXT Zone?! Not sure if he’s gonna be full time or if it’s gonna
be a Rhyno-type deal. They say he started in WCW and spent the last 15 years on
the independent circuit. LOL – didn’t know TNA was considered an indy.
starts out strong but Storm turns the tide quickly. Storm hits, I guess, his
finisher (they call it The 8 Second Right) for the win in a short match
(started like an Air Raid Crash but he swung Burch around and dropped him on
his back). Storm caps it off with his catchphrase “Sorry about yo damn luck.”
Crews gets his title shot in two weeks – guess they aren’t playing this feud
until Takeover London.
announcement is followed by a Crews video package, “Who is Apollo Crews”
letting his personality out a little. Talks about how you have to take chances
to reach your dreams and succeed and that you can’t be afraid to fail – even
though that is his biggest fear.
reveals his upbringing - he’s first generation American since his parents are
from Africa. He lived all over America and in Africa, in Uganda, for a while.
Talks about his dad watched wrestling so he started and became hooked. How
Ultimate Warrior really captured his attention with his energy and his passion.
Talks about his dream was always to be a wrestler. His father, especially,
didn’t want him to do it but he knew he had to try and had the drive to
succeed, despite realizing the years of work it takes to maybe get a chance in
the big time.
they still showing Nia Jax vignettes? She debuted already. Did they not realize
this? Yeah, next week, we get it. Lots of people are going to be on the show
next week – why don’t you give them vignettes? The answer to that riddle is
“Because they aren’t related to The Rock”
Bliss with Blake and Murphy out next. So Blake and The Murphy are just her
enforcers now, right? I’m down with that. Was their tag title run to just build
their names so it’d be meaningful when they take a backseat to Alexa’s career?
Possible, since I don’t see Blake and Murphy getting near the belts again nor
going to the main roster, since they are more bland than the Matadores.
Bliss takes on Peyton Royce. Is this new music too? Is this the same music
can really maintain an advantage early on. Bliss showing that she’s more than
capable enough to deliver quality singles matches, transitioning to moves well
and working heel effectively.
hits several big kicks and a dropkick but only gets a 2 count on Alexa. Alexa
starts hammering on Peyton and then hits a Glitz Flip on the downed Peyton. Alexa
climbs the ropes and hits a Sparkle Splash to win.
time – Baron Corbin vs Rhyno, former partners explode.
kinda figured out why Corbin’s stomach looks weird – it’s his pants, they are
way too low. They are like chick jeans, hip huggers than ride way too low.
they go right at each other to start and I have a feeling this will be much of
the match, just a hard-hitting brawl. Rhyno controlling early but Corbin turns
the tide after throwing Rhyno into the ring steps.
control, Corbin keeps Rhyno on the mat and off his feet so he can build up
momentum and work for the Gore. Rhyno tries to fight up but Corbin is able to
hit a huge sidewalk slam for 2.
starts to fight back into it and finally has Corbin in position for the Gore.
Rhyno hits it – but Corbin kicks out! Rhyno up and sizes up another Gore but
this time Corbin catches him and hits the End of Days for the win.
after the main event, Samoa Joe cuts a backstage promo about how he’s gonna
kill Tyler Breeze for ruining his chance to win the battle royal. I don’t know
why this was shown after the main event. It was pre-recorded – it could’ve run
literally any time during that episode. Like during that pointless Nia Jax
Swann, ZZ, Patrick Clark and others report to Performance Center
several Tough Enough contestants who were given developmental contracts, such
as Patrick Clark and ZZ (pretty much everyone from the final few rounds was
given a contract), I noticed a few indy names on there – Richard Swann,
Adrienne Reese (Athena), and Christopher Girard (Biff Busick).
been a few pictures of Athena working NXT live shows in Florida and there have
been rumors of Busick’s signing for what feels like months now. This isn’t
Swann’s first time trying to get a WWE contract either. He’s taken part in
training camps before with the hope of being offered a contract but it seems
like he finally accomplished that goal. They all bring unique styles and
personalities to WWE so let’s hope they can build on those strengths in NXT and
not just try and mold them into something entirely different.
Biggest news is that
tickets are on sale for S2 filming of Lucha Underground – Nov 14, 15 and Nov.
With ADR back in WWE, what
does that mean for Lucha? Allegedly, per the dirtsheets, AAA had no idea that
Alberto would be back working with WWE – even though he is the AAA Mega
I'd guess that it means
Johnny Mundo won't be getting revenge on Alberto El Patron for getting thrown
through a window at Ultima Lucha.
Da Meltz is reporting that Cheerleader
Melissa will be on LU S2, taking on the role of Marty the Moth's sister. Her
name has been in the news lately, as she was recently named USA Branch
President for Stardom Wrestling, as they recently started doing shows in CA.
Out first, Addiction to
take on ANX. Kaz starts fast and Sabin trips up King. Sabin gets thrown out and
ANX takes control. Kaz lifts Titus for backdrop and Daniels rakes his eyes so
the Addiction can stop their momentum. King gets a hot tag and starts to turn
the tide but Addiction cuts him off and all 4 guys are down.
Daniels sets up for BME
but someone in KRD gear runs out and distracts Daniels. He gets Daniels to
chase him and allows ANX hit their finish (tandem blockbuster/powerbomb). Who
is this KRD guy? Is it Sabin again? If so, why is he messing with the
Addiction? Regardless, ANX has a win over the former champs.
The Kingdom out next.
The tag champs, Michael Bennett and Matt Taven, Maria Kanellis, and Adam Cole
are all looking slick (Maria in a little black dress - my god). Bennett tells a
story about how The Kingdom are best friends and how they're snakes (the
story from Natural Born Killers).
Cole says O'Reilly
doesn't deserve to be anywhere near the World title. Cole says they have been
compared their entire careers and he is the better member of Future Shock. Says
it makes him sick that guys like O'Reilly, AJ Styles and Michael Elgin are in
the World title hunt and he is not (and runs down Elgin gaining popularity from
the G1, saying he had to go all the way to Japan to become relevant again and calls
him Little Mike).
Cole says The Kingdoms
goal is to win the TV and World titles too. But then reDRagon comes out.
Security holds them back from getting in the ring. Fish says they want to take
out Cole and The Kingdom. Cole says there's 3 of them and only 2 of you - then
Elgin shows up, with new music too, and runs off The Kingdom. Next week,
Kingdom vs reDRagon and Michael Elgin.
Main event time now -
Page vs Briscoe, no DQ. Bj Whitmer on commentary. Jay out next, no Mark though.
Whitmer says this is the biggest match of Page's career and he's beyond ready.
Page asks for handshake
then slaps Briscoe. Briscoe hits a big boot and a line over the ropes to the
outside and Page thrown into the barricade. Briscoe for a dive but Page smashes
him with a chair as he flies out. Page gets out a table and it's getting crazy
early. Page yells at Briscoe in the corner to say his name, referencing when
Briscoe said he didn't know who Page was.
Briscoe down in the
corner and Whitmer handing crutch to Page but Mark runs in and grabs it and
walks out with it. Page big DDT on a chair and back from commercials, Page is
still in control. Briscoe dodges and Page bad shoulder into the ring post. Page
lands on the table he set up and Briscoe double stomp him through it. Briscoe
neckbreaker with a chair and gets another table set up in the corner. Page
ducks and a pump handle suplex through the table.
Back from commercials
and they're still battling. Page sets up another table at ringside. Jay sets up
for Jay Driller but Page turns into Right of Passage (thr Dudebuster). Jay
grabs a chair and hits Page then Jay Driller through the table. Jay rolls Page
in and covers but only 2 count! Page ducks a big boot and hits his own, tries
to get BJ attention (probably for the other crutch) but he's too wrapped up
with Steve Corino and Page gets Jay Driller and pinned.
Whitmer in as Briscoe
gets up and hammers him with the crutch. Corino gets in to distract Whitmer and
let Briscoe roll out. Corino in his face and Whitmer says hit me, so Corino
punches him but he also had a roll of quarters in his hand and Whitmer is out
cold. Corino heads out and hugs Kevin Kelly and walks up the ramp - is he done
indefinitely, Nigel will make a ruling at the TV taping on Oct. 23.
This announcement was
unexpected but not necessarily unbelievable. The Young Bucks are the hottest
free agents in pro wrestling so obviously, every company out there was looking
to lock them down.
If you watched the
recent Young Bucks documentary from Highspots, you learn just how important
family is to both Nick and Matt. An exclusive deal with ROH guarantees that
they will be able to provide for their families and also be able to spend more
time at home and less time on the road. Matt also stated that this contract is
the biggest exclusive contract ROH has ever signed.
Having signed an
exclusive contract like reDRagon, Michael Elgin and Adam Cole, this guarantees
the Bucks will be at all future ROH shows. But unlike past exclusive contracts,
the Young Bucks will still be participating in New Japan as well as being able
to take select indy dates – specifically PWG, since the Bucks view it as their
home promotion and really helped launch their careers.
Top matches for ROH Final
Battle, Dec in Philly, are Lethal vs Styles for the World title, and The
Kingdom vs War Machine for the tag titles. Styles was slated to work a recent
ROH TV taping but hurt his back against Okada at King of Pro Wrestling and made
it worse on a long flight. He believes he will be fine for Final Battle.
New Japan Pro Wrestling
Super Jr first round has
been pretty good. Bucks/Taguchi and Dorada was good and worked in a lot of
comedy. Timesplitters vs Ricochet/Sydal has been great. Plus all these guys
have a lot of history.
Kushida faced Ricochet in
the Super Junior tournament final, which Ricochet won, and Sydal defeated
Kushida at an ROH TV taping recently. Plus Shelley and Sydal were influential
indy guys in the mid 2000s, who have had a big influence on the style today.
And Ricochet too has had a big impact on the junior heavyweight style, but to a
lesser degree since Shelley and Sydal debuted several years before him.
The show on the 24th was
pretty good overall and the first round of Super Jr tag really delivered. The
crowd was really vocal all night long too. I feel like there was more chanting
than usual and there was even dueling chants. Chanting is much more typical in
American/British crowds than in Japan. WWE/NXT/ROH fan influence perhaps?
Also, Chase Owens (an NWA
wrestler in NJPW) has apparently joined Biz Cliz as he started teaming with
Omega in the Super Jr. tourney. But we’ll see how long that partnership lasts
since Owens and Omega lost in the first round.
So the semifinals are
reDRagon vs RPG Vice, which we've seen 1000 times but should still be good. And
Young Bucks vs Sydal and Ricochet, which will be insane. Guessing reDRagon vs
Sydal and Ricochet, cause otherwise the finals will be a match we've seen a lot
Road to Power Struggle
(I’m assuming this will
be on World, since it has Super Jr matches)
Sho Tanaka, Yohei
Komatsu and Jushin “Thunder” Liger vs Jay White, David Finlay and Tiger Mask
Juice Robinson, Captain
New Japan and Togi Makabe vs Mascara Dorada, Katsuyori Shibata, and Hirooki
The Timesplitters vs
Kenny Omega and Chase Owens
Toru Yano and Shinsuke Nakamura vs Tama Tonga, Bad Luck Fale, Doc Gallows and
Karl “Machine Gun” Anderson
Tomoaki Honma and Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Gedo, Tomohiro Ishii and Kazuchika Okada
Super Jr. semifinal
Matt Sydal and Ricochet
vs The Young Bucks
Super Jr. semifinal
RPG Vice vs reDRagon
Super Jr finals
Hirooki Goto vs “King
of Darkness” EVIL
Yoshi-Hashi and Toru
Yano vs Bad Luck Fale and AJ Styles
Tomohiro Ishii (c) vs
Kota Ibushi and Hiroshi
Tanahashi vs Sakuraba and Kazuchika Okada
Shinsuke Nakamura (c)
vs Karl “Machine Gun” Anderson
-Enuhito reports that
should Nakamura retain at Power Struggle, he’s said he will defend the IC belt
in an open challenge match at Wrestle Kingdom 10
-If he retains at Power
Struggle, this will be the 4th year in a row he’s defending the IC
belt at WK (2013 vs Sakuraba, 2014 vs Tanahashi, 2015 vs Ibushi)
-As with many years
past, Nakamura’s WK challenger usually appears at the November Osaka show and
is expecting this year to be the same. He says “It is a chance. Anyone, any
promotion. I am waiting at Osaka.”
-The next big event for
NJPW after the Power Struggle tour will be the World Tag League from Nov. 21 to
Dec. 9. And then the Road to Tokyo Dome begins Dec. 11.
Pro Wrestling NOAH
-The Global League is
NOAH’s G1 tournament
-Two blocks of
wrestlers face off with the winners of both blocks facing off on Nov. 8
Results (as of 10/30)
Naomichi Marifuji – 8
Takashi Sugiura – 8
Masato Tanaka – 8
Chris Hero – 8
Davey Boy Smith Jr. – 4
Satoshi Kojima – 4
Lance Archer – 2
Quiet Storm – 2
Minoru Suzuki – 10
Shelton X Benjamin – 10
Katsuhiko Nakajima – 8
Maybach Taniguchi – 6
Muhammad Yone – 4
Colt Cabana – 4
Mitsuhiro Kitamiya – 0 Takashi Iizuka – 0
-I would not be surprised
if this is leading to Marifuji winning, beating Suzuki for the GHC Heavyweight
Championship and finally ridding NOAH of Suzukigun
-Hero also posted a
picture from his recent Global League match. After he beat Kojima, he was given
a “winner’s present” (wut?) of a lifetime of free beer at a bar in Sasebo,
Nagasaki. Only problem is, he doesn’t drink.
Listening to Colt’s
podcast (the one featuring Bob Holly) and Colt mentions he’s doing another
Wrestling Road Diaries, this time with Kikutaro (saw him in CZW as Ebessan) and
Grado, titled “Wrestling Road Diaries 3: Funny Equals Money” – a play on the
highly-publicized Jim Cornette slight against Colt from their ROH days together
where Cornette claimed that “Funny doesn’t equal money.”
It’s a really unique
idea because not only is it going to focus on the use of comedy in wrestling
from three of the top, most well-known and well-liked comedic wrestlers of the
time but it is also highlighting three wrestlers who have a similar style but
come from completely different backgrounds (Colt in America, Grade in Scotland
and Kikutaro in Japan). Haven’t filmed it yet but Colt mentions that it will
hopefully be on DVD “before Wrestlemania next year” which would be WM33.
Maybe get the first champs
crowned in GFW. I think they were
Nick Aldus def Bobby Roode
Christina Von Eerie def
Amber O'Neill womens
The Bollywood Boys def
Reno Scum tag
PJ Black def Virgil Flynn,
Jigsaw and TJP Nex*Gen Championship