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Friday, November 13, 2015

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NXT TV, Nov 4
Apollo Crews vs Finn Balor NXT title match tonight. 

Asuka makes her way to the ring first. Man her music is great. Reminds me of The Sword. She takes on...Cameron??? Wow. Don't know what to say. Haven't seen her in a while. But we probably won't see her again for a while after Asuka kills her.
Asuka is so damn quick. Cameron threw a slap and Asuka snatched it and took her over into an arm bar with ease.  But after that Cameron spends a minute or two in control. But then Asuka turns it on and really takes it to Cameron, mocking her and making her look completely amateur. Asuka just shows off, hitting all sorts of crazy moves and making Cameron tap to the Asuka Lock.

Next, Carmella gives Tom Phillips an update about Big Cass and he has a sprained MCL. Then Dash and Dawson show up and act like dicks. Carmella says they'll be sorry when Enzo and Cass come back, but Dawson says the only thing they're sorry about is they didn't do this sooner. And next week, they have a NXT Tag Title shot. And they leave a wheelchair for the Vaudevillains. 
(Looking back this segment was almost prophetic – it was just a day later that WWE announced WWE Champion Seth Rollins will miss 6-9 months with a severe knee injury, tearing his ACL, MCL and medial meniscus. In response there will be a tournament held at Survivor Series to crown a new champion)

Jordan and Gable promo, Jordan talks about how they earned everyone's respect at Respect, but still aren't where they need to be - the champs. But Gable says chill, they are still on the rise. Jordan wants to challenge the greatest NXT tag team, The Ascension, and Gable agrees.

Next, Bull Dempsey comes out to new music but still looks the same and wearing the Dr Death robe. Commentary says he is on a carb only diet, so yeah, his gimmick is just that he's a fat dude. He takes on Angelo Dawkins. Sawyer Fulton is with him. I don't get these guys.
Dawkins is actually beating up Bull early on as Fulton yells at him. But then Bull starts his comeback. Bull uses his gut for a lot of attacks and to block Dawkins, so, yeah, fat guy gimmick. Bull hits the ass drop from the top rope for the win. Then Fulton walks off and leaves Dawkins in the ring. Angle I guess? Anyone care? This is like when Jordan and Dillinger broke up except I don't really see potential for either. 

Next, Tom Phillips talks to the Vaudevillains about the wheelchair. Talk about how Dash and Dawson are not gentlemen and are their toughest challenge. But they will retain their tag team titles - indubitably. 

25 years of Undertaker at SS? Hmm...farewell tour beginning? 

Tom talks to Bayley. She says it wasn't hard to find partners to meet Alexa's 6 man challenge. Her partners are - The Hype Bros! They run down BAMF and Bayley seems to like staying hype.

Yes! Eva Marie is back! I can't wait until Asuka kicks her head off her shoulders. She takes on some blonde gorgeous blue eyed angel. Gionna Daddio? Dunno. She gets a jobber entrance.
Eva Marie does one arm drag adequately then taunts and flips her hair in Gionna face. Gionna does one or two things then Eva takes over. To this point, they still haven't said blonde girls name. Blondie starts to come back, hits a few drop kicks but Eva cuts her off. Looked it up and yup, I was right. Gionna Daddio as Marley. What an awful name. You're either a stoner or a dog who dies in a movie.
Then Eva wins after a horrible looking big boot and an even worse flatliner she hit while Marley was on her knees and Eva kinda slid in there. It was bad. Lots of boos. The big boot got a “What Was That” chant. And she blows a kiss to the crowd.
Takeaway? Less Eva Marie, more Marley.

Emma and Dana Brooke call Asuka childish and Brooke wants to get back in the ring with her. Emma says she's going to give Asuka a welcoming to NXT. Sure you will.

Oh shit, Ace of Spades is the official song for NXT Takeover London. 

Main event time now. Looks like it will get a decent amount of time. Crews out first then Finn in his badass leather jacket.
Very evenly matched at first. Crews surprising Balor, but Balor staying right in it. I think it's interesting to note that Balor is taking on the heel role of applying rest holds and submissions to slow things down and Crews is the one popping the crowd and hitting high impact moves. But then Finn hits a huge tope after sending Crews to the outside then...a commercial for “The Condemned 2” starring Randy Orton.
This has just been a really hard hitting, really intense match where neither guy can maintain an advantage. Then somehow, Crews hits the Gorilla Press but Balor gets the knees up on the moonsault. Balor hits a Bloody Sunday implant DDT but Crews kicks out at 2. Crazy back and forth and both dudes are down - then Baron Corbin runs in and attacks them both! But mainly, he's focused on Crews.
Corbin throws Crews into the steps and Balor attacks Corbin to try and distract him but Corbin has none of it. He hammers Balor with punches until Samoa Joe runs off Corbin. They stare each other down until Corbin leaves the stage - then Joe turns and attacks Balor! He puts Balor on the corner, says "I did this to you!" then plants him with a Muscle Buster. Joe grabs the NXT Title and stands over Balor with it. Joe drapes the belt over Finn and leaves.

Ring of Honor
ROH TV 11/4
O'Reilly says he respects and admires Styles but he will do whatever he has to do to get his hands on his former friend, Adam Cole.

Nigel and Mark Briscoe on commentary.

First out, Silas Young and Beer City Bruiser with the Boys, who are sporting new clothes –
jeans, wife beater, slicked back hair and sun glasses. Next out are the Young Bucks. The Bucks are set to take on Young and the Bruiser. The Boys are still trying to fan people, but they're fanning the Bucks which makes Silas even madder. The Bucks take control easily and it isn't long before Silas forces the Boys to take their spot in the match, saying they were supposed to be in the match anyway and he and Bruiser warmed up the Bucks for them. 
The Boys actually able to start getting some offense in, but the Bucks cut them off with superkicks, dive on Silas and Bruiser then a DOUBLE More Bang For Your Buck (Matt double rolling thing, Nick 450 on both for win). Silas is furious the Boys lost. He and Bruiser get in their face but the Bucks sneak back in, superkick Bruiser and set up to superkick Silas but he runs off before he can get his.

After a commercial, BJ Whitmer is at commentary, yelling at Nigel to fire Steve Corino. Mark yells that he's on commentary and for Whitmer to get out and then they kinda stare each other down. Moving Whitmer from the Corino feud to a feud with Mark? I’m not mad about it but, this feud is even more adjace than Whitmer/Corino.
Replay of Corino punching Whitmer. Also, Veda Scott has apparently served Nigel with papers, a lawsuit about an unsafe work environment.

Roderick Strong vs Will Ferrara next. Ferrara looks to start quickly but Strong has much more experience and is able to impose his offense easily. Roddy just going to town, throwing Ferrara around with suplexes, stretching him with a camel clutch and crazy chin bar and an abdominal stretch. He gets a few 2 counts but Ferrara fights back and hits a tornado DDT for 2. But Roddy, out of nowhere, hits a double knee gut buster, jumping knee and locks in Strong Hold for the win. They shake hands after the match surprisingly and Ferrara leaves.

Main event - Jay Lethal replaces Mark Briscoe on commentary for Adam Cole vs Kyle O'Reilly vs AJ Styles. Kingdom with Cole and Fish and Elgin with O'Reilly. I'd imagine the Bucks will be with Styles (yup). And man, his music is awful. Is this the kinda stuff Rocky makes? Geez. Not great.
Before the match starts, Nigel orders everyone not in the match to the back so we have a clean match. At the bell, Cole runs away but O'Reilly tricks him into getting in the ring with Styles. Gonna be tough to take many notes since this is so fast and things happening very quickly. After a lot of insanity, Styles gets wiped out on a dive and Cole goes to work on O'Reilly's leg in the ring. On commentary, Lethal talks about how he isn't afraid to face Roddy again, he's just worried what Roddy might do when he loses to Lethal a 3rd time. 
But once Styles gets back in, it's back to high octane three way dance action. O'Reilly gets a close 2 on Cole after a flurry of strikes and a brain buster. Then O'Reilly triangle on Styles, Styles setting up for Styles Clash until Cole superkick him in the back of the head and he sorts hits a Styles Clash on O'Reilly. Cole throws Styles out and a neckbreaker on his knee to O'Reilly for the win! Didn't expect that to finish it.
Then the Kingdom runs out and attacks O'Reilly but then Fish, Elgin and the Bucks run in and it's mayhem. Everyone gets taken to the outside and the Bucks hit a big tope to take everyone out. Styles and Matt hold Taven and Bennett for a double Indytaker. But then Lethal gets in the ring and gets in the face of Styles.

Survival of the Fittest 2015
Night 1 Nov. 13 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Night 2 Nov. 14 in Hopkins, Minnesota

Night 1 (No mention of PPV or iPPV)
ROH World Tag Team Titles
The Kingdom (c) vs reDRagon

Six-man tag
Bullet Club (AJ Styes and the Young Bucks) vs House of Truth

Best of 5 series finale and SOTF qualifier
ACH vs Matt Sydal

4 Corner Survival
Mark Briscoe vs Christopher Daniels vs Hanson vs Kenny King

4 Corner Survival
Jay Briscoe vs Frankie Kazarian vs Ray Rowe vs Rhett Titus

Triple Threat
Michael Elgin vs Adam Cole vs Moose

Triple Threat
Dalton Castle vs Silas Young vs Adam Page

Roderick Strong vs Cedric Alexander

Night 2 (TV Taping?)
6-way Survival of the Fittest finals

ROH Supershow of Honor with Preston City Wrestling
Nov 27
3 days, 4 shows

Michael Elgin status
Several dirtsheets have been reporting conflicting news about the former ROH World Champion. Some sites have stated that Elgin has re-signed an exclusive contract with the company, while others say he hasn’t signed anything yet.
I don’t know for sure one way or the other, but the fact that PWG announced for their upcoming Dec. shows “All Star Weekend 11” seems pretty good indication that Elgin is no longer exclusive with ROH.
He’s still with the company and will be working with New Japan in the near future – something which was always a goal for Elgin and ROH helped accomplish. His time as exclusive in ROH helped him round out his character a little more and maybe now he can earn even more acclaim now that he is seemingly a “free agent” again.

New Japan Pro Wrestling
Power Struggle results, Nov. 7
IWGP Intercontinental Championship
Shinsuke Nakamura (c) def. Karl “Machine Gun” Anderson
(Just an awesome match, rivaled only by Ishii/Honma. Afterward, Styles took the belt and handed it to Nakamura, saying he will be the one to take it from him. Nakamura and Styles have never wrestled before and we could be in for a classic at WK10)

Katsuyori Shibata and Hiroshi Tanahashi def. Kazushi Sakuraba and Kazuchika Okada
(The bad blood between Tanahashi and Okada really heated up here as they head into the home stretch before WK 10)

NEVER Openweight Championship
Tomohiro Ishii (c) def. Tomoaki Honma
(Honma came close but couldn’t win the big one and since he’s being portrayed as a perennial underdog, so I doubt he’ll ever win a title)

Bad Luck Fale and AJ Styles def. Yoshi-Hashi and Toru Yano

Super Jr tag finals
Matt Sydal and Ricochet def. RPG Vice
(Afterward, The Bucks and Timesplitters hit the ring and all made claims to being the #1 contender for the Junior tag titles. Ricochet and Sydal won this tournament, RPG Vice holds a win over reDRagon and the Bucks are former champs so they each have a claim)

reDRagon and The Timesplitters def. The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega and Chase Owens

Hirooki Goto def. “King of Darkness” EVIL (via DQ)

Cody Hall, Tama Tonga and Doc Gallows def.Juice Robinson, Captain New Japan and Togi Makabe

Mascara Dorada, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tiger Mask and Jushin “Thunder” Liger def. Jay White, David Finlay, Sho Tanaka and Yohei Komatsu
(Afterward, Liger confronted Tiger Mask and wants an NWA Junior Heavyweight Title shot at WK10)

World Tag League Block/Team announcement
-Begins Nov. 21 and runs through Dec. 9

Block A
Hiroshi Tanahashi and Michael Elgin
Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma
Hiroshi Nagata and Nakanishi
Kazuchika Okada and Yoshi-Hashi
Toru Yano and Kazushi Sakuraba
Bad Luck Fale and Tama Tonga
The Addiction (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian)

Block B
Meiyu Tag (Hirooki Goto and Katsuyori Shibata)
TenKoji (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima)
Tetsuya Naito and EVIL
Shinsuke Nakamura and Tomohiro Ishii
AJ Styles and Yujiro Takahashi
Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows
The Kingdom (Matt Taven and Michael Bennett with Maria Kanellis)

Wrestle Kingdom 10 (so far)
IWGP Heavyweight Championship
Kazuchika Okada (c) vs Hiroshi Tanahashi

IWGP Intercontinental Championship
Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs AJ Styles

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
Kenny Omega (c) vs Kushida

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
reDRagon (c) vs Matt Sydal and Ricochet vs RPG Vice vs The Young Bucks

Jim Ross says WK10 commentary from him is “unlikely”

Pro Wrestling NOAH
Global League Tournament, 2015
-Naomichi Marufuji defeated Shelton X Benjamin to win the Global League Tournament
-Marufuji will now go on to face GHC Champion Minoru Suzuki on Dec 23
-Also on Dec. 23, Big in USA (Chris Hero and Colt Cabana) challenge Killer Elite Squad for the GHC Tag Titles.
-If Taichi puts the GHC Junior belt on the line, Suzukigun could possibly lose at the GHC titles in one night

-Matches announced for All Star Weekend 11, as well as the first show of 2016, which will be on Jan. 2.
-ASW 11 tix go on sale Thurs. Nov. 19 at 8 pm PDT

ASW 11, Night 1
Mark Andrews vs Chuck Taylor

Ricochet vs Marty Scurll

The Unbreakable F’n Machines return! And they face The Wolves!

Kenny Omega vs Mike Bailey

PWG Tag Team Titles
The Young Bucks (c) vs Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa

PWG World Title
Roderick Strong (c) vs Matt Sydal

ASW 11, Night 2
Kikutaro returns! He faces Chuck Taylor!

Mark Andrews vs Ricochet

Marty Scurll vs Timothy Thatcher

Unbreakable F’n Machines vs Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa

Kenny Omega vs Will Ospreay

Matt Sydal vs Trevor Lee

Guerrilla Warfare
Chris Hero, Mike Bailey and the World’s Cutest Tag Team vs Mount Rushmore 2.0

Jan. 2
Drew Galloway returns
Akira Tozawa returns
Zack Sabre Jr. returns

House of Hardcore 10
Philadelphia, PA
Tajiri and Tommy Dreamer vs EC3 and Eric Young

Rhino vs Abyss

Bobby Roode vs Austin Aries

Chris Hero vs Lance Hoyt

Eddie Kingston vs Tommaso Ciampa

Tony Nese vs Alex Reynolds vs JT Dunn

Also appearing:
Colt Cabana, Guido Maritano, Tony Mamaluke, Thea Trinidad, Mia Yim, Justin Roberts and more

Also, Dean Malenko is being inducted into the ECW Arena Hardcore Hall of Fame at HOH 10

HOH 11
Corona, NY

NY Street Fight
Tommy Dreamer vs EC3

The Wolves vs Bobby Roode and Austin Aries

Monsters Ball Match
Sabu vs Abyss

Tajiri vs Chris Hero

Jade vs Thea Trinidad

Also appearing:
Colt Cabana, Eric Young, Lance Hoyt, Eddie Kingston, Tommaso Ciampa, Brian Myers, Justin Roberts and more

Jersey All Pro Wrestling 19th Anniversary
Nov. 14, Rahway, NJ

First Time Ever
Rey Mysterio Jr vs Low Ki

JAPW Light Heavyweight Championship
BLK Jeez (c) vs Joey Janela

Shane Strickland vs 2Hot Steve Scott vs “The Product” David Starr vs Lio Rush vs Lance Anoa’I vs Azrieal

World’s Cutest Tag Team vs Chris Dicksinson and Heidi Lovelace

MVP vs Monsta Mack

Kimer Lee vs Shelly Martinez

Also appearing
The Hardy Boyz

LAX reunites (Homicide, Hernandez and Shelly Martinez)

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