Michael Cole opens NXT,
and people aren’t that happy to see him. William Regal isn’t at NXT right now
(which people boo) but only because he is recovering from successful neck
surgery (which people cheer). And apparently Regal has put Michael Cole in
charge, for some reason.
Cole goes on to talk
about the challenge Eva Marie laid down to Bayley for the NXT Women’s title.
Regal did not want the match to happen but corporate called Cole and told him
that, yes, that match will happen and happen tonight. (Basically making the
story that WWE is pushing Eva Marie to the top regardless of horrible fan
reaction. Are they like, real-time satirizing main roster fans’ treatment of
Reigns with this angle?)
But Cole is also there
to oversee the contract signing between Finn Balor and Samoa Joe for the NXT
Title at Takeover London.
Balor gets to the ring
and cuts a promo. He says that Joe did what he felt he had to to get an NXT
title shot. But it taught Finn that trust and friendship in this business are a
rarity (hmm…I seem to recall saying this situation would make Balor more
cautious in the future). He wants Joe to come out and sign the contract, look
into Balor’s eyes and know that he isn’t entitled to anything.
As Joe heads to the
ring, Balor takes off his jacket and gets ready for a fight. Joe gets in the
ring, signs the contract and leaves, without ever once looking at Balor. What a
sign of disrespect. Not only that, but the head games displayed by Joe. By not
even regarding Finn with a glance, he makes it seem like Balor isn’t even a threat.
But as Finn heads up
the ramp, Joe attacks him from behind. Joe throws Balor into the ring but Balor
uses his quickness to turn the tables immediately and the refs have to pull
them apart. As the refs separate them, Joe locks in the Kokina Clutch and chokes
out the champ.
The Vaudevillains head
to the ring for their tag title rematch against Dash and Dawson. The
Vaudevillains take over early but it isn’t long before Dash and Dawson start
using some smart teamwork to turn the tide. They start to work over the
shoulder of English, keeping him isolated away from Gotch. This is Dash and
Dawson proving that they don’t need to take advantage of weaknesses – they are
proving they are capable of breaking down anyone as well as showing an ability
to keep opponents on their toes by changing strategies on the fly.
English is finally able
to make a tag to Gotch, who takes charge. But once again, quick tags and
teamwork by Dash and Dawson end his brief rally. Dash makes a blind tag behind
the back of English, leading to Dash and Dawson teaming up to hit the Shatter
Machine for the win.
As the champs
celebrate, the music of Enzo and Big Cass plays and they go right at Dash and
Dawson, brawling with them in the ring.
Tom Phillips talks to
Eva Marie. They’re in William Regal’s office for some reason. Eva says she
needs a bigger place to prepare for her championship match, and she knows Regal
won’t mind. (Is this the beginning of Eva emasculating every man on the roster
without ever getting comeuppance, sorta like Stephanie? No, exactly like
Tom asks her why she
said her title match was inevitable and she says she’s the hottest prospect,
all-around, in a long time. She’s been beating every opponent since she
returned and Bayley is a great champion, but it’s time for a real woman to
become champion. She says it’s all because of the support from the WWE Universe
and thanks Total Divas for that. Holy shit, they are going all-in on this
tongue-in-cheek stuff about how much the smart fans despise her.
But better than gifts,
is friendship and introduces everyone to her new friend, Nia Jax.
Elias Sampson vignette?
Dude’s playing a guitar and singing and shit. Because that worked so well for
Aiden English when he was a heel before the Vaudevillains became faces.
Next match, Asuka vs
Dana Brooke. Before Brooke heads to the ring, she says she’s gonna slap the
smile off Asuka’s face and then Emma blindsides Asuka! Asuka tries to defend
herself but Emma chop blocks her and locks in the Emma Lock as Dana berates
Tom Phillips talks to
Bayley about her title match. She says that to some people, Eva is the perfect
champion. She’s pretty, star of a reality show and has the backing of WWE
corporate. But she has something Eva doesn’t – Bayley is a wrestler and Eva isn’t.
Video package for…Sami
Zayn returning?! No word when but it seems clear he’s going back to NXT when he
returns. Kinda sucks though. I felt like that US Title Open Challenge was his
main roster debut so that’s where he should be now. He should come back and
knock Owens out of the Royal Rumble to kick off a feud with him and reintroduce
himself with the main roster fans.
Apollo Crews heads to
the ring next, he takes on Jesse Sorensen. Rich Brennan says it’s a surprise to
see him and Corey Graves asks why, and Rich has to dance around why it’s a
Sorensen holding his
own for a bit but Crews is never in any real trouble in the match as he goes on
to pin Sorensen following that crazy spinning powerbomb.
Afterward, he calls out
Baron Corbin. Corbin cost him his shot at becoming NXT Champion and accepts his
challenge for Takeover London. They call Corbin the lone wolf but when he gets
in the ring with Crews, Crews will lay him down (“lay him out” or “put him down”
would’ve been better but, whatevs)
Backstage, Corbin says
Crews will end up being the answer to a trivia question, because his career
won’t be long enough to remember. He’s been getting better at being an
insufferable douchebag lately.
Little Naitch makes his
way to the ring before the main event and he tells the ref something, then
tells Greg whatever-his-name-is something as well. Greg announces that WWE
Corporate has sent Charles Robinson to ensure that there is no controversy in
the Women’s Championship match (so basically, to ensure there’s all sorts of
Eva makes her way to
the ring with Nia Jax to all sorts of boos while it’s complete opposite for
Bayley is going to need
to do everything she can to get even a passable match out of Eva. Yoshihiko is
a more competent worker than Eva Marie. Mere minutes into the match, Eva walks
into a Bayley to Belly because she’s terrible and as the ref is counting the 3,
Nia Jax pulls him out to the floor! (and he hits hard too, landing right on his
chest) Other refs come out to check on him but Charles Robinson isn’t that
concerned about Nia’s interference. In fact, Eva rolls up Bayley and Lil Naitch
is there to count, but it’s only 2.
Bayley can’t believe
Robinson would do something like that and as Robinson goes to try and talk to
the other refs about what happened, Nia gets involved again, headbutting
Bayley. Eva completely whiffs trying to hit a running senton (the camera angle
has to switch suddenly to hide it) but Bayley kicks out. So far, Naitch’s
counts have been steady but we’ll see if that continues.
Bayley gets a few pin
combos on Eva but she only gets 2 counts. Eva is surprisingly in control for
most of this but Bayley isn’t giving up. Bayley hits a series of shoulders in
the corner and sets up for a back elbow, but Robinson steps in front of her to
buy Eva some time. As Bayley argues with Robinson, Eva takes advantage of the
opening to hit a Sliced Red – but Bayley kicks out! Eva claps her hands 5 times
to mimic the 3 count that Robinson should be counting and then almost forgets
that 3 comes after 2 (am I getting worked?).
Eva sets up for another
Sliced Red but Bayley pushes her off and Eva hits Robinson and sends him
flying. Eva goes up top but Bayley stops her and sets up for a Bayley to Belly
but Nia Jax grabs her leg and pulls her to the floor. But Bayley sweeps Nia’s
legs out and she hits the apron face first. Bayley climbs back in and hits the
super Bayley to Belly but there’s no ref! Wait, yes there is! The original ref
is back and count the 3!
(So even with Bayley
and one of the most over-produced Women’s matches in NXT history, Eva Marie
only looked competent – not even close to good.)
Afterward, Nia lays out
Bayley and flattens her with a standing leg drop. Nia grabs the women’s title
and drops another leg on Bayley, dropping the belt on her and walking out.
Huge match to be
included in “NXT’s Greatest Matches, Vol. 1”
The fabled Kassius
Ohno/Cesaro vs CM Punk and Seth Rollins match will be featured on the upcoming
NXT's Greatest Matches Vol. 1
Moose out first to take
on some jobber named Dominic Carter, who looks pretty concerned to be in there
against Moose. Carter shakes hands then Moose spears him and pins him.
Afterward, Stokely says
it's a matter of when, not if, Moose gets another title shot and he will become
the World champ. Stokely says they heard the same things from Michael Elgin
last week. He says, bruh, we go way back. But, face facts, Moose is bigger,
Moose is stronger and Moose is a better wrestler. And Moose beat his jobber
faster than Elgin did last week. Add that up and you get the fact that you
can't beat Moose.
But Big Mike has heard
enough. He asks am I talking to Stokely or Moose? He says when Moose wants real
competition or to speak for himself, Elgin is right here and doesn't back
Moose takes the mic from Stokely and says they can do this right now, but
they're interrupted by the House of Truth and...TAELER HENDRIX. Well, there
goes my concentration.
Truth says they can't
sit back and let them take Jay Lethal's name in vain. He says Lethal's name
shouldn't ever come out of their mouth because they aren't on the same level.
Truth says when reality doesn't check them, he will.
Elgin says the only
thing he will be checking is Truth's new side piece and checking her into a
motel later (what will MsChief think?!) after he beats Dijack and Diesel on his
own. Truth is furious that Elgin would speak to Taeler like that and he sics
Dijack and Diesel on them and the brawl around the ring begins.
Back from commercials,
Moose and Elgin work over Dijack and it seems like they are more interested in
trying to show up the other rather than focusing on winning the match. Things
break down a bit and Taeler grabs the leg of Elgin (making her presence felt in
her first appearance and getting Elgin back for his comments, allowing Dijack
and Diesel to focus on Moose.
Commentary says J
Diesel wants to compete by his full name now, which is Joey 'Diesel' Daddiego.
K. J Diesel is way better. There's something to be said for brevity - for a
quick, hooky wrestling name, and that new one ain't it.
Anyway, Elgin and Moose
start to fight back into it. Elgin takes Taeler and dips her at one point, like
he's going to kiss her even though she clearly doesn't want it, then he spins
her away instead. Back in the ring, Moose blind tags himself in and spear for
the win after a Elgin bucklebomb. Moose stares down Elgin as he gets the pin
and Elgin is can't believe it. Then they have a staredown.
Strong vs Lethal 3. One
more match. This time for the TV Title. Roddy cuts an impassioned promo about
how all he needs is one more shot at Lethal. Their first match was an hour draw
which Lethal was happy with, but not Roddy. Then in Philly, Roddy saw that
Lethal was scared. It's not about titles - it's about pride. He isn't just
taking the TV l, he's taking his pride.
BJ Whitmer talks trash
on Steve Corino. That he saw through his words last week, that Corino is just
scared of Whitmer. That Corino is making excuses not to fight him and everyone
bought it. Then Whitmer talks trash on Nigel, that Nigel did the same thing a
few years ago when he quit. And Nigel gets in the ring and says that he's sick
and tired of hearing Whitmer whine and talk and moan when they should be watching
Lethal vs Strong for the TV Title. So if Corino can't be at Final Battle,
neither can Whitmer! Or Page!
Kevin Kelly says that
Final Battle is the biggest payday of the year. This is another thing that sets
ROH apart from WWE. These people aren't all making big money like everyone in
WWE. They need to work to get paid and wrestling often and winning means more
Main event - Roderick
Strong vs Jay Lethal for the TV Title. No House of Truth at ringside and TWO
referees to keep everything on the up and up. Kelly says Lethal was too busy
getting his hair done to talk earlier today, so clearly he isn't taking Roddy
wrestling in the feeling out process but Lethal keeps trying to duck Strong,
jumping out of the ring and literally running away. As they fight on the
outside, Lethal gets the advantage, throwing Roddy into the guardrails and
taking over in the ring from there. Roddy trying to fight back into it but
Lethal cutting him off. Lethal hits two topes, but Roddy sidesteps the 3rd and
lands an Olympic Slam on the floor.
Next week, Adam Cole vs
Dalton Castle, who we haven't seen in a while. And Mark Briscoe back on
commentary, by popular demand allegedly.
Anyway, Roddy hits a
big superplex from the top for 2. Lethal superkick and Lethal Injection, but
Roddy kicks out! Roddy hits several jumping knees and a series of forearms and
sets up for a superplex but Lethal turns into a cutter at the last moment and
Strong kicks out! Roddy stuns Lethal with two knees, a Sick Kick, the End of
Heartache and locks in the Strong Hold! And Lethal taps! Roddy is the new TV
Champion! The House of Truth is out to console Lethal, who is incensed that he
lost and he is no longer the undisputed champion.
This week on ROH TV
Adam Page vs Will Ferrara
Jay Lethal calls out AJ Styles on their way to Final Battle
And Dalton Castle vs Adam Cole
World Tag League results (As
Hiroshi Tanahashi and
Michael Elgin - 6
Togi Makabe and Tomoaki
Honma - 6
Kazuchika Okada and
Yoshi-Hashi - 6
The Addiction (Christopher
Daniels and Frankie Kazarian) - 4
Yuji Nagata and Manabu
Nakanishi - 4
Toru Yano and Kazushi
Sakuraba - 4
Bad Luck Fale and Tama Tonga
Tetsuya Naito and EVIL - 8
Meiyu Tag (Hirooki Goto and
Katsuyori Shibata) - 8
TenKoji (Hiroyoshi Tenzan
and Satoshi Kojima) - 4
Karl Anderson and Doc
Gallows - 4
Shinsuke Nakamura and
Tomohiro Ishii - 4
AJ Styles and Yujiro
Takahashi - 2
The Kingdom (Matt Taven and
Michael Bennett with Maria Kanellis) - 2
Los Ingobernables de Japon seem to be the front runners to winning the WTL and
I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Los Ingobernables wins it all.
-In Block A, Togi
Makabe and Tomoaki Honma didn’t start strong (losing to Sakuraba/Yano and
Nakanishi/Nagata) but have won their next 3 matches. Michael Elgin and Hiroshi
Tanahashi also have three wins but still have two matches left. They look like
gimmes (Tonga/Fale and Sakurabab/Yano) but Tanahashi has problems with both
teams. Fale and Tana have had several run ins and Yano and Tana have been
feuding off-and-on for years. I could definitely see Yano stealing a win for
his team, putting Tana and Elgin at even points with Makabe and Honma. And
unless Honma’s personal life troubles sink his professional prospects (more on
that in a bit) I’m picking them to win Block A.
-In Block B,
Ingobernables still have to face Meiyu and have only lost once, to Nakamura and
Ishii. Meiyu Tag has also only lost once as well, falling to TenKoji. So it
seems likely that these two teams will decide the winner of Block B. This block
was a little depleted because of an injury to AJ Styles, but since he was
tagging with Yujiro, I don’t think they were going to be winning much.
Just a little over a
week left in the tour. The final day of block action is Dec. 6 and the finals
will take place on Dec. 9.
AJ Styles misses
several World Tag League days
AJ Styles was pulled
from NJPW WTL D6 due to injury. He’s been dealing with a lower back injury for
some time now and it seems like it’s catching up with him.
In fact, he’s missed several
days of the WTL tour. It’s been reported that New Japan made a statement that
he would be back as soon as he’s ready – but I’ve seen conflicting reports,
citing an interview Styles did with a Japanese wrestling magazine, which states
that he would take time off until Final Battle to be ready for his title match
against Jay Lethal. (In the same article, it was also allegedly said that
Styles would stop taking indy bookings in 2016 and focus on what’s important –
ROH and New Japan.)
World 1 year anniversary playlist, everything on it is free! Seems like it’s
only matches from December, so a lot of the more recent matches on it are WTL
matches but there’s matches on there going back to the 70s, so lots of Inoki
matches. Looks like on page 5, it goes from 2011-12 to the 90s and then lots of
matches from the 80s and into the 70s. Guys like Dusty Rhodes, The Great Mutah,
Vader, WWE Hall of Famer Tatsumi Fujinami, friend of the show Bob Backlund,
Bruiser Brody, Hulk Hogan, Stan Hansen, some dude named Andre the Giant - all
on this free playlist.
Pro uploaded to NJPW World
Wars UK, October 3, 2015
Tanahashi vs Big Damo
Okada vs Will Ospreay
Club (Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows) vs Shah Samuels and James Castle
Nakamura vs Marty Scurll
vs Mark Haskin and Joel Redman
vs Lord Gideon Gray
Naito vs KUSHIDA vs Martin Kirby
Honma accused of domestic abuse, responds with his own allegations
god. Hulk Hogan cursed Honma. Honma has been accused of some serious domestic
abuse and if the reports are true, it sounds like Honma is a real piece of
shit. I'm really disappointed. I loved the underdog Honmamania character but it
sounds like he's done for. Stories about Taichi cheating on his wife resulted
in his push disappearing and getting suspended. So if this Honma stuff is
true, I wouldn't be surprised if they cut him entirely.
has responded, denying all claims made by Ichiki. In fact, Honma is claiming
that HE has been the victim of HER domestic abuse.
the hell is going on? Is Honma going to be the underdog in real life too?
Or...just a piece of shit. Really hard to say in these personal, domestic
quarrels. It’s all he-said, she-said - who do you believe?
World’s Cutest Tag Team
headed to DDT
One half of WCTT, Joey
Ryan, recently took part in a tour of Japan for DDT (his first for DDT, I
believe). And recently it was announced that Candice LeRae would be joining him
on an upcoming tour.
Stardom 2015 USA Tour recap. It’s in Japanese though so it
might be kinda hard to follow. The wrestling is cool though.
-The first ever Evolve Tag Team Champions will be
crowned during a three day tournament in January 2016
Evolve 53 (Jan. 22, Ybor City, FL)
Evolve 54 (Jan. 23, Orlando, FL)
Evolve 55 (Jan. 24, Orlando, FL)
-This is the same weekend as the WWE Royal
Rumble, which will also take place in Orlando
Johnny Gargano and Drew Galloway
The Premier Athlete Brand (Tony Nese and Caleb
Drew Gulak and TJ
Evolve Champion Timothy
Thatcher and Zack Sabre Jr.
-8 teams have been
announced so I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s all of them
Some big PWG DVD news a
week before All Star Weekend 11
-Two new compilations
only that - PWG Blu Rays coming!
Bucks FWE documentary
familiar with Tommy End?
The recently released
Solomon Crowe returned to the independent scene in a big way, attacking the
newly crowned AAW Pro champion Eddie Kingston Friday night at the Windy City
There were also rumors
last week that Callihan may be headed to ROH/NJPW in the future, but these
reports are so far unfounded.
Callihan is also slated
to appear at CZW’s Cage of Death 17 on Dec. 12, which will be live on iPPV.
asked for his release to head back to the indies and reinvent his image, stated
in a story recently published by ProWrestlingSheet.com. He’s already made an
appearance at AAW in Chicago and won the 2CW Championship, so it seems like
Callihan is just getting started turning the indie scene on its ear.
Mentioned CZW and Cage
of Death before…
Matt Tremont (c) vs
Masada vs AR Fox vs Devon Moore
CZW Tag Team
Team Tremendous (c) vs
TV Ready (Blk Jeez and Pepper Parks)
Joey Janela (c) vs Lio
Danny Havoc vs Ricky
The Amazing Gulaks vs
The Beaver Boys
Greg Excellent vs Ton
A scramble match for a
spot in Best of the Best
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