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Eva Marie opens NXT this week and gets
the reaction we’ve come to expect – outright and utter disdain. She seems to be
handling it well though and not as shaken by the unbridled hatred as she used
to be. I love how WWE tries to spin the hate for Eva into “controversy”. They
do the same thing with John Cena and it’s completely transparent. Partner Eva
with Dana Brooke and watch the NXT Zone burn down with the rage of all the
Eva Marie takes on Carmella who is the
lesser of two evils in this one. And Carmella, while not at the level of some
other NXT female talent, at least has the generational edge over other girls.
Carmella goes right at Eva early,
backing her in the corner and hammering her then dumps her out of the ring. Carmella
really animated in the ring, taking Enzo’s mannerisms and making them work for
her and the crowd is into it.
Eva back in the ring and coming back to
a thunderous “You can’t wrestle chant.” Some obvious botches by Eva. She
doesn’t look as lost as she once did but doesn’t look completely comfortable.
At least she’s trying to show some personality, mocking the “How you doing”
chants. But the “Super Dragon” chants during this match shows how much people
Carmella starting mounting a comeback
and hits a few Thesz Presses and I think I heard an “All Botch Everything”
chant, which is pretty great. Carmella slams Eva down backward but Eva gets a
foot on the rope at 2. It was out of frame so it seemed like the ref just
stopped counting Eva getting pinned again – WWE working the smarks**.
Carmella is upset about the call and Eva
surprises her, throws her out of the ring and Carmella hits her head hard on
the ramp and can’t answer the 10 count, letting Eva Marie stumbling backwards
into a victory. And they also play up that Eva Marie is undefeated in NXT,
which I’m sure can’t be true but you better believe they are going to run with
**This was also the same ref as the
other time Eva didn’t kick out. Could just be to work the smarks but what if it
turned into like, an angle where WWE is shadily behind Eva and has refs collude
to always have her win – basically WWE using the dirtsheet/smark rumors about
their treatment/use of Eva Marie for a storyline.
That Nia Jax vignette. Oh but it’s a new
one – confirmed NXT listens to my show since last week I complained about it
being the same vignette over and over. Still just “coming soon.”
The next NXT Takeover is dubbed
“Respect” even though I’m pretty sure they didn’t mention that last week.
Recap of the Bayley/Sasha Banks
confrontation last week and hype for the Ironman main event Women’s title match
at Takeover. And it’s really, really well done – rivaling any video package for
any male title feud.
Next, Bull Dempsey taking on Tyler
Breeze. And people are still behind the Bull-Fit chant, luckily. I could see
that losing steam very quickly though.
Breeze really tentative to lock up with
Bull and once he does, Bull easily handles Breeze. Bull starts to muss Breeze’s
hair and it makes Breeze furious but Bull keeps throwing him around.
Breeze tosses Bull up and over the ropes
then runs into him and Bull hits the floor hard and the ref begins the count.
Bull barely gets into the ring at 9 and Breeze stomps away on him.
Breeze keeping Bull on the mat with a
headlock but Bull doing whatever he can to break the hold and try to return to
his feet. Bull starting to making a comeback, using his gut to attack Breeze
and then knocks him down with a standing splash. Bull sets up Breeze for the
top rope ass splash but Breeze moves out of the way. Bull sets up for it again but Breeze throws
him to the mat and gets his feet on the ropes to pin Bull.
Promo for that new WWE Network series
called “Breaking Ground” and premiers 10/26, following NXT trainees as they
work toward making the main roster. Seems like they focus on Bayley a lot but
also saw some Solomon Crowe and Apollo Crews in there.
Some recaps of NXT shows in Houson,
Austin and San Antonio.
William Regal to introduce Kana signing
and the bestowing of her WWE name, Asuka. Damn, she has some badass
music. Probably the best music for any female in WWE, next to Sasha’s theme.
She comes out wearing that creepy geisha mask (or whatever it is) and she’s
incredibly enthusiastic on her entrance – picture the exact opposite of her
demeanor at Takeover.
Asuka gives the crowd a big “Yeeaoh!” to
introduce herself and says she’s happy to be in NXT and that this is her dream
come true and that she wants to be NXT Women’s Champion. She signs her contract
and Regal says it’s an honor for her to be there but then they’re interrupted
by Dana Brooke and Emma, who I guess weren’t happy with their heads still being
on their shoulders.
Emma says that they’re just here to
welcome Asuka and let her know they run the women’s lockerroom. Dana tells her
some stuff and that playtime is over and wants Asuka to leave, but she won’t.
Asuka walks to the apron as the crowd chants no, but she starts to walk up the
ramp. She turns around and gives them a knowing smile but just walks off and
the segment just kinda ends. Good intro, good energy, horrible ending.
Kyle Edwards talking about the Dusty
Classic and how Corbin and Rhyno defeated Gargano and Ciampa last week.
Semifinals and finals at Respect on Oct. 7.
In Texas, Dash and Dawson defeated the
Vaudevillains cleanly (you know – the tag champs. At least my idea you kept the
champs looking strong, getting screwed by their next opponents and nemesis,
Blake and Murphy. But whatever, WWE, do your own thing) to advance.
Next week, Finn Balor and Samoa Joe vs
Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady.Hype Bros vs Jason Jordan and Chad Gable for a
semifinal spot against Corbin and Rhyno. That match during live shows in
Florida. Great – more Dusty Classic recaps. I feel like they’ve only shown two
matches from the tourney on TV and they were both Corbin’s matches.
Now, Blake and Murphy tag title rematch
against the Vaudevillains.
Gotch and Blake start the match first
but it isn’t long before Blue Pants shows up to chase Alexa Bliss around the
ring. They fight into the ring and start to brawl. Blue Pants chases Alexa out
and it’s back to two-on-two.
The Vaudevillains maintain control after
Alexa is taken out of the picture. But eventually Blake and Murphy start to
work together to try and turn the tide.
A bunch of stuff happened, I wasn’t
paying attention, and Blake and Murphy have Aiden English down in the center of
the ring, after English hits the knees of Blake on a swanton. Murphy tags in
and hits a Knees of Meteora but only gets a 2. Murphy can’t believe it and
English rolls him up for 2.
English flips out of a double team move
and sends Murphy up and over the ropes to the floor. They catch Blake with a
Whirling Dervish for the win to retain the tag titles.
After the match, Enzo and Cass cut a
promo about their Dusty Classic match and how Dusty had a huge impact on their
careers. They put over their opponents – Balor and Joe – and they even though
they respect them, respect is going out the window, as are Balor and Joe’s
chances of winning.
Balor says that Dusty was his mentor and
friendship doesn’t matter next week. Joe says friends or not, he and Balor are
of a singular purpose to win the Dusty Classic.
Hernandez has been released from his LU
contract. Nothing specific, release just says they parted ways. No big loss, he
wasn't setting the world on fire in S1 and they probably weren't happy with the
situation Hernandez put them in with TNA.
Ring of Honor
ROH DA 9/23
First, Silas Young vs Michael Elgin.
Couple Big Mike chants for Elgin. People have really responded well to his G1.
And also shows how much ROH fans are aware of NJPW.
Elgin strength too much for Young early and Elgin showing off how impressive
his strength is with a stalling vertical suplex following as stalling gorilla
press slam. But Young is not going away and using some cheap shots to turn the
Turning into a solid match with neither
man really maintaining an advantage. Somehow Young kicks out of a deadlift
super falcon arrow and the hits Misery on Elgin, but Elgin rolls out of the
ring. Silas follows and rolls up the mat on the floor. Elgin reverses into a
running power bomb into a barricade followed by a spinning Liger Bomb for the
win. Elgin wants to shake but Silas walks out.
Caprice Coleman takes on ACH. They
reference that envelope that Prince Nana gave Coleman a few weeks ago.
They shake hands at the bell and looks
like we'll have a clean contest. They trade holds to open, with Coleman cutting
off ACH as he tries to start flipping. Coleman staying a few steps ahead of ACH
but ACH not going away and lands a PK on the apron and rams Coleman into the
Coleman hits a series of Northern Lights
suplexes but ACH kicks out at 2. Coleman hits the one inch punch which stuns
ACH after a few seconds and Coleman gets a 2 with a top rope leg lariat. But
ACH changes the direction of the match almost immediately, hitting a 450 for
Corino talks to Coleman about that
envelope. He says it was money and also a letter. He says he didn't get the
letter at first but now he read it several times and after his match tonight,
he does get it. But doesn't elaborate on it anymore.
RPG Vice teams with Okada to take on The
Briscoes and Hirooki Goto. Okada got a huge pop live, the episode doesn't so it
justice. Goto won't shake but Briscoes shake hands with RPG.
They waste no time in this one as Jay
and Okada square off first. With Okada taking control first. Goto and Briscoes
easily over Romero and Baretta and Kelly or Corino note how Goto wants to unify
the Hwt and IC IWGP titles, which is kinda a crazy notion. RPG Vice finally
turns the table and take control of Mark after Okada and Romero knock down Goto
Hard to really keep track with so many
people in the match, moving in and out so fluidly. But the action has been
great, especially between Okada/Goto and the opposing tag team. Mark gets a 2
off a froggy bow after a huge melee involving everyone. Jay pins Baretta with a
Jay Driller for the win.
ROH DA this week
Last week in Philly
-Matt Sydal vs KUSHIDA nontitle
-Adam Page vs Will Ferrara vs Moose vs
-Adam Cole vs Shinsuke Nakamura
Nick Jackson's wife went into labor over
the weekend and couldn't make it to a few ROH live events. But hope everything
went well and congrats to Nick and his family.
New Japan Pro Wrestling
Destruction in Okayama, Sept 23
-Katsuyori Shibata, Sho Tanaka, Yohei
Komatsu and Yuji Nagata def. David Finlay, Jay White, Manabu Nakanishi and
-reDRagon def. Jushin Thunder Liger and
NWA Junior Heavyweight Championship
-Tiger Mask def. Steve Anthony to win
-Hiroshi Tanahashi and Matt Sydal def.
Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale and Tama Tonga)
-Bullet Club (Doc Gallows and Karl
Anderson) def. TenKoji (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima)
-Chaos (RPG Vice, Shinsuke Nakamura,
Tomohiro Ishii and YOSHI-HASHI) def. Alex Shelley, Captain New Japan, Hirooki
Goto, Ryusuke Taguchi and Tomoaki Honma
-Chaos (Kazuchika Okada and Toru Yano)
def. Bullet Club (AJ Styles and Cody Hall)
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
-Kenny Omega def. KUSHIDA to win the
NEVER Openweight Championship
-Togi Makabe def.Kota Ibushi to retain
Destruction in Kobe, Sept. 27
-Sho Tanaka and Yohei Komatsu def. David
Finlay and Jay White
-Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask and
Yuji Nagata def. Captain New Japan, Juice Robinson and Manabu Nakanishi
-Chaos (RPG Vice, Tomohiro Ishii and
YOSHI-HASHI) def. Mascara Dorada, Ryusuke Taguchi, Togi Makabe and Tomoaki
-TenKoji (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi
Kojima) and Matt Sydal def. Bullet Club (Doc Gallows, Karl Anderson and Kenny
-Tetsuya Naito def. Katsuyori Shibata
-Chaos (Kazuchika Okada, Kazushi
Sakuraba and Toru Yano) def. Bullet Club (AJ Styles, Cody Hall and Tama Tonga)
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team
-reDRagon def. Time Splitters to retain
-Hiroshi Tanahashi def. Bad Luck Fale to
retain his Tokyo Dome IWGP title shot
IWGP Intercontinental Championship
-Shinsuke Nakamura def. Hirooki Goto to
win the title
King of Pro Wrestling, Oct. 12
IWGP Heavyweight Championship
Kazuchika Okada (c) vs AJ Styles
Tokyo Dome IWGP title shot
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Tetsuya Naito
Togi Makabe (c) vs Tomohiro Ishii
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
Kenny Omega (c) vs Matt Sydal
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team
reDRagon (Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish)
(c) vs RPG Vice (Rocky Romero and Baretta)
Chaos (Kazushi Sakuraba, Toru Yano and
Shinsuke Nakamura) vs Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Doc Gallows, Karl Anderson)
Manabu Nakanishi, Yuji Nagata, Satoshi
Kojima and Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs Captain New Japan, Kota Ibushi, Katsuyori
Shibata and Hirooki Goto
Tomoaki Honma vs YOSHI-HASHI
Mascara Dorada, KUSHIDA, Ryusuke
Taguchi, Tiger Mask IV and Jushin Thunder Liger vs Jay White, David Finlay, Sho
Tanaka, Yohei Komatsu and Juice Robinson
PWG BOLA shipping this week (finally)
The WWNLive Experience on Wrestlemania
32 weekend in Dallas, TX will be a very special occasion – Terry Funk will be
presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the WWN Supershow: Mercury
Rising on Saturday, April 2.
And the following day, WWN will host
Funk’s Grill and BBQ Tailgate Party, across the street from Texas Stadium. Funk
will be available for pictures and autographs at the Tailgate Party.
Highspots is introducing
WomensWrestlingNetwork.com with the entire Queens of Combat series, female
wrestler interviews and more. Can try it for only .99 for the first month with
the code 99CENT. It is regularly $9.99
Evolve 49, Oct. 17, 7 pm
Evolve Champion Timothy Thatcher and TJ
Perkins vs. RPG Vice (Trent Baretta and Rocky Romero)
Winner gets title shot at Evolve 50
Drew Gulak vs. Trevor Lee
Anthony Nese with So Cal Val vs. Andrew
Everett vs. Matt Cage vs. Peter Kassa
Tracy Williams vs. Willie Mack
Matt Riddle vs. Jonathan Gresham
Evolve 50, Oct. 18, 8 pm
Timothy Thatcher (c) vs Winner of Drew
RPG Vice (Trent Baretta and Rocky
Romero) vs Premier Athlete Brand (Caleb Konley and Anthony Nese)
Willie Mack vs Loser of Drew
TJ Perkins vs Tracy Williams
Matt Riddle vs Chris Dickinson
Next CZW iPPV is Tangled Web on Oct 10.
NOI vs OI4K in Tangled Web match
JT Dunn vs David Starr
Greg Excellent vs Dick Justice
You can get CZW iPPV on StreamCZW.com
Then on Oct 17,
CZW travels to Montreal to face IWS in a joint show where Team Tremendous
defends CZW tag titles against Tabernak de Team and NOI faces The Hardcore
Ninjas, Green Phantom and Vampiro!
No CZW PPV this year. Said earlier in
2015 that there'd be 2 PPV this year but didnt do anything to promote them,
which they spun and said "We want to wait til 2016 to get better promotion
of a PPV before we go to InDemand"
AIW doubleheader this weekend
Girls Night Out 16, Oct
3, 3 p.m.
(c) vs Tessa Blanchard
Candice LeRae vs
LuFisto vs “Crazy”
Allysin Kay vs
Annie Social vs
Solo Darling vs
Leva Bates vs
Ray Lyn vs Britt
Oct.3, 7:30 p.m.
Ricky Shane Page
(c) vs Alex Daniels
vs Frankie Flynn
Mad Man Pondo vs
Entertainment vs Weird World
vs Brian Carson
John Greed vs
Broderick Shaw vs Big Moe vs Steve Brown vs Jackson Stone vs John Silver
Eric Ryan and
Flip Kendrick vs Joshua Signh and Dr. Daniel C. Rockingham
Louis Lyndon vs.
“The Glitch” Skyler Fayden
Beyond gave Biff Busick a great send off
at the #GRRR. Link with vid:
Powder Keg results
-Donovan Dijack def Andrew Everett
-Brian Fury def Trevor Lee
-Alexxis Neveah def Tess Blanchard
-Pinkie Sanchez and EYFBO def The CanAm
-Doom Patrol def War Machine
-Timothy Thatcher (open challenge) def