Monday, September 25, 2017

WWE No Mercy Recap


By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

That's another RAW represented WWE No Mercy pay per view in the books ladies and gentlemen. WWE No Mercy was live at the famous Staples Center in Los Angeles, California and was also live on the WWE Network. All the WWE RAW titles were on the line, including the WWE Universal Championship. If you missed the show or even if you didn't, then keep on reading and enjoy as I bring you the WWE No Mercy recap.

** WWE No Mercy Card **

- WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar defended his title against Braun Strowman.
- WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz defended his title against Jason Jordan.
- WWE RAW World Tag Team Champions Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins defended their titles against Sheamus and Cesaro.
- WWE RAW Women's Champion Alexa Bliss defended her title against Sasha Banks, Nia Jax, Emma and Bayley in a Fatal Five Way Match.
- WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville defended his title against Enzo Amore.
- John Cena battled Roman Reigns. 
- Bray Wyatt battled Finn Balor.
- Elias Samson battled Apollo Crews. 

** WWE No Mercy PreShow **

- Social Media Lounge Interview With Alexa Bliss: Alexa talks about what a great edition Asuka will be to the RAW roster when she arrives in October. Alexa promises to leave tonight still the WWE RAW Women's Champion. Alexa then answers a few fan questions and even mocks one fan that proposes to her.

- Elias Samson vs. Apollo Crews: The match closes out with Elias nailing a clothesline and taking control of Crews. Elias lands a mule kick for a near fall. Crews hits a suplex, clothesline, a big boot and a splash on Elias for a near fall, as Titus O'Neil cheers on Crews. Elias counters out of a scoop slam, but eats an enziguri. Elias rolls outside where Titus talks trash to him. Back in the ring, Crews leaps off the top rope, but has to roll through on the landing as Elias moves out of the way. Elias sends Crews into the corner and then hits Drift Away to score the pinfall.
Winner: Elias Samson, by pinfall.

- After the match, Elias attacks Crews, but retreats as soon as Titus O'Neil hits the ring.

** WWE No Mercy **

- "WWE Intercontinental Championship Match": The Miz (c) vs. Jason Jordan: The match closes out with Jordan countering the Skull Crushing Finale and hits two suplexes on The Miz for a near fall. Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas pull Miz outside, but they both get attacked by Jordan. Jordan tosses Miz back into the ring and applies a crossface submission. Miz reaches for the ropes and finally grabs them to release the hold. Jordan charges, misses and hits shoulder first into the corner. Miz charges for his corner clothesline, but Jordan catches Miz and hits a belly to belly suplex. Jordan spears Miz in the corner and takes control as Bo Dallas suddenly climbs to the top rope. Jordan sends Dallas flying, which distracts the referee. Jordan rolls up Miz, but the referee misses the pinfall, still distracted by Dallas. Miz kicks Jordan into Axel, who's on the apron, allowing Axel to cheap shot Jordan. Miz hits the Skull Crushing Finale on Jordan and scores the pinfall to retain his title.
Winner: The Miz, by pinfall, to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship.

- After the match, Jason Jordan is interviewed. Jordan says he just couldn't beat Miz because the odds were against him with The Miztourage at ringside. Jordan says he doesn't respect Miz and he wants a rematch.

- Bray Wyatt vs. Finn Balor: The match closes out with Balor hitting a corner drop kick on Bray. Balor goes to the top rope, but Bray cuts him off. Balor knocks Bray off the ropes and hits Coup de Grace on Bray for a near fall. Bray and Balor trade counters until Bray drops Balor with a punch for a near fall. Bray sends Balor across the ring twice with suplexes then goes to the second rope. Balor counters by kicking Bray in the head and shoving Bray to the mat. Balor hits two straight corner drop kicks on Bray then goes to the top rope. Balor hits Coup de Grace on Bray and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Sheamus and Cesaro are interviewed. Sheamus and Cesaro state that they are alpha males and Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins are the ones that need to make adjustments. Sheamus and Cesaro predict that Ambrose and Rollins turn on each other tonight. 

- "WWE RAW World Tag Team Championship Match": Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins (c) vs. Sheamus and Cesaro: The match closes out with Sheamus and Cesaro double teaming Ambrose. Cesaro applies the Sharpshooter submission on Ambrose and then turns that into a crossface. Ambrose reaches the ropes and Sheamus tags in. Sheamus and Cesaro hit a double Irish Cross for a near fall. Cesaro and Ambrose trade punches until Ambrose hits a clothesline. Sheamus tags in and drills Ambrose with White Noise as Cesaro hits a power bomb on Rollins on top of Ambrose for a near fall. Cesaro hits a double stomp on Rollins and then tags Sheamus. Sheamus misses the Brogue Kick and Ambrose gets a near fall rollup. Sheamus tries another Brogue Kick, but accidentally nails Cesaro. Rollins hits the knee to the face on Sheamus allowing Ambrose to hit Dirty Deeds for the pinfall to retain their titles.
Winners: Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, by pinfall, to retain the WWE RAW World Tag Team Championship.



- "WWE RAW Women's Championship, Fatal Five Way Match": Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Emma vs. Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax vs. Bayley: The match closes out with Emma getting a near fall on Alexa. Alexa takes control and trash talks Emma. Bayley sends Alexa into the corner and then Emma butterfly suplexes Bayley. Emma gets a near fall splash on Bayley and then brawls with Sasha. Sasha hits a bulldog and double knees on Emma for a near fall. Sasha hits a backstabber on Alexa and then applies the Banks Statement submission. Bayley breaks up the submission and gets a near fall on Alexa. Bayley gets a near fall Bayley To Belly on Alexa as Sasha breaks up the pinfall. Nia attacks Sasha, drops her and hits the leg drop for a near fall. Nia charges Alexa, misses and hits the turnbuckle. Bayley gets sent into Emma, taking them both out. Alexa hits a DDT on Bayley and scores the pinfall to retain her title.
Winner: Alexa Bliss, by pinfall, to retain the WWE RAW Women's Championship.


- After the match, Alexa is interviewed. Alexa says there are alot of stars in Hollywood but there is only one true goddess and it's her.

- John Cena vs. Roman Reigns: The match closes out with Cena getting a near fall AA on Reigns. Reigns gets a near fall Superman Punch on Cena. Cena dodges the spear causing Reigns to hit the turnbuckle. Cena and Reigns end up on the second rope where Cena hits a Super AA for a near fall. Cena has words with the referee and then starts taking apart the announcers table. Cena takes Reigns on top of the announcers table and goes for an AA. Reigns counters out and spears Cena off the table and through the second announcers table. Reigns tosses Cena into the ring and gets a near fall. Cena counters a Reigns attack and hits two straight AA's for another near fall. Cena can't believe it and just stares at Reigns as he crawls to get up. Reigns pops up and hits a Superman Punch on Cena. Reigns then hits the spear on Cena and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall.


- After the match, Cena and Reigns nod at each other as a sign of respect and then Cena raises Reigns' hand. Cena walks out with a "thank you Cena" chant and salutes the fans.

- Backstage, The Miz interrupts RAW GM Kurt Angle and asks to host a very special Miz TV on RAW Monday with Roman Reigns as his guest. Miz claims to have inside information about The Shield. Angle allows the segment and says it'll kick off RAW.

- "WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match": Neville (c) vs. Enzo Amore: The match closes out with Neville grounding Enzo and mocking him. Neville hits a super kick for a near fall. Neville lays out Enzo and goes for the Red Arrow. Neville takes his time and decides to go for a Phoenix Splash instead. Enzo dodges it and Neville crashes to the mat. Enzo hits a DDG on Neville and gets a near fall. Enzo goes for a suicide dive on Neville, but catches a kick in the face. Neville tosses Enzo over the timekeepers area, but Enzo comes back and grabs the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. Enzo runs in the ring with the title and Neville chases him. The referee warns Enzo not to use it as a weapon and grabs the title away from Enzo. Enzo low blows Neville while the referee's back is turned and steals the pinfall to win the title.
Winner: Enzo Amore, by pinfall, to win the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.

- "WWE Universal Championship Match": Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Braun Strowman: The match closes out with Braun unloading on Lesnar, blocks a Lesnar swing and lands a headbutt. Lesnar goes for an F5, but Braun counters it and sends Lesnar outside. Braun follows, tosses Lesnar into the ringpost and then back into the ring. Braun tosses Lesnar into the corner a series of times, but misses a charge and hits the turnbuckle. Lesnar applies the Kimura Lock submission, but Braun fights it. Lesnar applies the pressure and gets Braun down on the mat. Braun escapes with a spinebuster and gets a near fall.
Lesnar goes behind Braun and hits the german suplex repeatedly. Lesnar yells at Braun and hits another german suplex. Lesnar hits german suplex #6 and then goes for the F5. Braun escapes and hits the running power slam on Lesnar. Braun is unable to capitalize and falls to the mat. Braun hits another running power slam on Lesnar, but still can't capitalize on a pinfall. Lesnar grabs Braun quickly, hits the F5 out of nowhere and scores the pinfall to retain the title.
Winner: Brock Lesnar, by pinfall, to retain the WWE Universal Championship.


Sunday, September 24, 2017

On TV This Week 9/24 - 9/30


By Raven Williams, @nevaRWilliams

SUNDAY 9/24

NFL
Raiders @ Redskins (NBC, 8:20pm)

MLB
Angels @ Astros (ESPN, 8pm)

FOOTBALL
CFL: Calgary Stampeders @ Saskatchewan Roughriders (ESPN 2, 4pm)

NHL PRESEASON
St. Louis Blues @ Pittsburgh Penguins (NBC Sports, 8pm)

SOCCER
MLS: Orlando City SC @ Portland Timbers (FOX Sports 1, 8pm)
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Teen Wolf, SERIES FINALE (MTV, 8pm)
Who Shot Biggie & Tupac? (FOX, 8pm)
Storage Wars: Best Bidding Wars (A&E, 8pm)
Star Trek: Discovery (CBS, 8:30pm)

Steve Harvey's FUNDERDOME, FINALE (ABC, 9pm)
The Great Food Truck Race, FINALE (Food Network, 9pm)

Ballers, FINALE (HBO, 10pm)
The $100,000 Pyramid, FINALE (ABC, 10pm)



MONDAY 9/25

NFL
Cowboys @ Cardinals (ESPN, 8:15pm)

NHL PRESEASON
New Jersey Devils @ Ottawa Senators (NHL, 6pm)
Calgary Flames @ Winnipeg Jets (NHL, 8:30pm)
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The Voice, PREMIERE (NBC, 8pm)
So You Think You Can Dance, FINALE (FOX, 8pm)
The Big Bang Theory, PREMIERE (CBS, 8pm)
Young Sheldon, PREMIERE (CBS, 8:30pm)

Hip Hop Squares (VH1, 9pm & 9:30pm)
Kevin Can Wait, PREMIERE (CBS, 9pm)
Me, Myself & I, PREMIERE (CBS, 9:30pm)

The Brave, PREMIERE (NBC, 10pm)
The Good Doctor, PREMIERE (ABC, 10pm)
Scorpion, PREMIERE (CBS, 10pm)
People Of Earth, FINALE (TBS, 10:30pm)



TUESDAY 9/26

MLB
Twins @ Indians (STO, 7pm)
Cubs @ Cardinals (ESPN, 8pm)
(MLB, 7pm)
(MLB, 10pm)

NBA
Open Court: Executives (NBA TV, 8pm)

WNBA FINALS
Los Angeles Sparks @ Minnesota Lynx, Game 2 (ESPN 2, 8pm)

NHL PRESEASON
New York Rangers @ Philadelphia Flyers (NHL, 7pm)
Los Angeles Kings @ Vegas Golden Knights (NHL, 10pm)
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Celebrity Family Feud, FINALE (ABC, 8pm)
Lethal Weapon, PREMIERE (FOX, 8pm)
NCIS, PREMIERE (CBS, 8pm)

This Is Us, PREMIERE (NBC, 9pm)
Bull, PREMIERE (CBS, 9pm)
The Mick, PREMIERE (FOX, 9pm)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine, PREMIERE (FOX, 9:30pm)

Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders (NBC, 10pm)
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS, 10pm)
Ink Master, LIVE FINALE (Spike, 10pm)
Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT, 10pm)
Released, PREMIERE (OWN, 10pm)

90's House, PREMIERE (MTV, 11pm)



WEDNESDAY 9/27

30 For 30
"Tommy", Boxer Tommy Morrison (ESPN 2, 8pm)

MLB
Twins @ Indians (STO, 7pm)
Cubs @ Cardinals (ESPN, 7pm)
Padres @ Dodgers (ESPN, 10pm)
(MLB, 10pm)

NBA
Cleveland Cavaliers Team Preview (NBA TV, 6:30pm)

NHL PRESEASON
Buffalo Sabres @ Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL, 7pm)
Ottawa Senators @ Winnipeg Jets (NHL, 9:30pm)
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The Blacklist, PREMIERE (NBC, 8pm)
Empire, PREMIERE (FOX, 8pm)
Survivor, PREMIERE (CBS, 8pm)
The Goldbergs, PREMIERE (ABC, 8pm)
Speechless, PREMIERE (ABC, 8:30pm)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, PREMIERE (NBC, 9pm)
Star, PREMIERE (FOX, 9pm)
SEAL Team, PREMIERE (CBS, 9pm)
Modern Family, PREMIERE (ABC, 9pm)
American Housewife, PREMIERE (ABC, 9:30pm)

Chicago P.D., PREMIERE (NBC, 10pm)
Designated Survivor, PREMIERE (ABC, 10pm)
Criminal Minds, PREMIERE (CBS, 10pm)
The Lowe Files, FINALE (A&E, 10pm)
Legendary Locations, PREMIERE (Travel, 10pm)
Best Baker In America, PREMIERE (Food Network, 10pm)
Face Value, PREMIERE (BET, 10pm)
50 Central, PREMIERE (BET, 10:30pm)



THURSDAY 9/28

NFL
Bears @ Packers (CBS/NFL, 8:25pm)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Texas @ Iowa State (ESPN, 8pm)

MLB
(MLB, 7pm)

NHL PRESEASON
Chicago Blackhawks @ Detroit Red Wings (NHL, 7:30pm)
Arizona Coyotes @ Los Angeles Kings (NHL, 10:30pm)
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Grey's Anatomy, PREMIERE (ABC, 8pm)
Superstore, PREMIERE (NBC, 8pm)
The Vietnam War, FINALE (PBS, 8pm)

Will & Grace, PREMIERE (NBC, 9pm)
Great News, PREMIERE (NBC, 9:30pm)

Chicago Fire, PREMIERE (NBC, 10pm)
How To Get Away With Murder, PREMIERE (ABC, 10pm)
Nathan For You, PREMIERE (Comedy Central, 10pm)
The Guest Book, FINALE (TBS, 10:30pm)



FRIDAY 9/29

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Miami @ Duke (ESPN, 7pm)
Dartmouth @ Pennsylvania (NBC Sports, 7pm)
Nebraska @ Illinois (FOX Sports 1, 8pm)
BYU @ Utah State (CBS SportsNet, 8pm)
USC @ Washington State (ESPN, 10:30pm)

MLB
White Sox @ Indians (STO, 7pm)
(MLB, 7pm)

NFL
A Football Life: John Madden (NFL, 9pm)

WNBA FINALS
Minnesota Lynx @ Los Angeles Sparks, Game 3 (ESPN 2, 8pm)

NHL PRESEASON
Washington Capitals @ Carolina Hurricanes (NHL, 7:30pm)
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Marvel's Inhumans, PREMIERE (ABC, 8pm)
MacGyver, PREMIERE (CBS, 8pm)
Hell's Kitchen, PREMIERE (FOX, 8pm)

Z Nation, PREMIERE (Syfy, 9pm)
Dateline NBC, PREMIERE (NBC, 9pm)
Hawaii Five-0, PREMIERE (CBS, 9pm)
The Exocist, PREMIERE (FOX, 9pm)
Active Shooter: America Under Fire, PREMIERE (Showtime, 9pm)

Blue Bloods, PREMIERE (CBS, 10pm)



SATURDAY 9/30

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Northwestern @ Wisconsin (ABC, 12pm)
Vanderbilt @ Florida (ESPN, 12pm)
Maryland @ Minnesota (FOX Sports 1, 12pm)
North Carolina @ Georgia Tech (ESPN 2, 12pm)

Georgia @ Tennessee (CBS, 3:30pm)
Iowa @ Michigan State (FOX, 4pm)
Miami (OH) @ Notre Dame (NBC Sports, 5pm)
Mississippi State @ Auburn (ESPN, 6pm)
Memphis @ UCF (ESPN 2, 7pm)

Ohio State @ Rutgers (Big Ten, 7:30pm)
Clemson @ Virginia Tech (ABC, 8pm)
Oklahoma State @ Texas Tech (FOX, 8pm)
Mississippi @ Alabama (ESPN, 9pm)
California @ Oregon (FOX Sports 1, 10:30pm)
Colorado @ UCLA (ESPN 2, 10:30pm)

MLB
(FOX, 1pm)
(MLB, 1pm)
Brewers @ Cardinals (FOX Sports 1, 4pm)
White Sox @ Indians (STO, 7pm)
(MLB, 10pm)

NBA PRESEASON
Timberwolves vs. Lakers (NBA TV, 10pm)

NHL PRESEASON
Columbus Blue Jackets @ Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL, 3pm)
Detroit Red Wings @ Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL, 7pm)
Anaheim Ducks @ Los Angeles Kings (NHL, 10:30pm)

RACING
XFINITY Series: Use Your Melon. Drive Sober 200 (NBC Sports, 3pm)
Camping World Truck Series: Las Vegas 350 (FOX Sports 1, 8pm)

GOLF
2017 Presidents Cup, Day 3 (NBC, 8am - 4pm)
2017 Presidents Cup, Day (NBC, 4pm)
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MOVIE: Why Him? (HBO, 8pm)
MOVIE: All Nighter (Starz, 8pm)

COMEDY: Felipe Esparza: Translate This (HBO, 10pm)

Saturday Night Live, PREMIERE; Ryan Gosling, Jay Z (NBC, 11:30pm)

Weekend 3 Count 9/24/17


By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon, brought to you by Triple Threat CLE brings you the Weekend 3 Count. W3C brings you wrestling news, rumors and recaps from around the wrestling world. You'll find news rumors and recaps involving WWE, NXT, GFW, ROH, Lucha Underground, NJPW, House of Hardcore, NWA, ICW, CZW, FIP, PWG, AAW, EVOLVE, PROGRESS, SHINE, SHIMMER and any Indy promotion that I find an interesting story or a cool discovery in. Be sure to check out the W3C every Sunday afternoon at @TripleThreatCLE

** Theme Song Of The Week **
This week's theme song is the official theme song for tonight's WWE No Mercy pay per view. "No Mercy" by KIT.



*** WWE ***



- Jason Jordan Becomes #1 Contender: If you missed RAW this past week, Jason Jordan won a Six Pack Challenge Match to become the new #1 Contender to The Miz and the WWE Intercontinental Championship.



- Charlotte Becomes #1 Contender: If you missed Smackdown Live this past week, Charlotte won a Fatal Four Way Match to become the new #1 Contender to Nattie Neidhart and the WWE Smackdown Live Women's Championship. 

- Bayley Returns: This past week on RAW Bayley returned from her shoulder injury and was immediately added to the WWE RAW Women's Championship Match at WWE No Mercy, making the match a Fatal Five Way Match.

- Paige News: According to sources, Paige has begun training at the Performance Center and is expected to make her return to Smackdown Live very soon.

- WWE Announces The Return Of Starrcade: WWE announced this week that WWE will have a live event in Greensboro, North Carolina on November 25th and it will be a resurrection of the old WCW Starrcade event. Past NWA superstars The Rock N Roll Express and Ricky Steamboat have been signed to make an appearance at the live show.


** 205 Live Recap **

- Cedric Alexander vs. Brian Kendrick: The match closes out with Alexander countering Sliced Bread #2. Kendrick attempts a rollup on Alexander, but Alexander counters that into a rollup of his own and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall.

- After the match, Kendrick and Jack Gallagher attack Alexander. Kendrick traps Alexander in an abdominal stretch and Gallagher unloads a series of head butts on Alexander.

- Backstage, Jack Gallagher says you can be nice or you can be a winner. Jack can no longer live with being a joke.

- Drew Gulak Promo: Gulak says he's a man with ideas. Gulak says Fashion jail was horrible and unspeakable. Gulak then mocks Akira Tozawa and then goes into another one of his power point presentations. Akira Tozawa interrupts for his match next against Noam Dar.

- Akira Tozawa vs. Noam Dar: The match closes out with Tozawa hitting the senton splash on Dar for the pinfall.

- Backstage, TJ Perkins apologizes to Rich Swann and wants to work things out. Swann doesn't think it's a great idea. TJP wants another match, but Swann declines.

- Rich Swann vs. Lince Dorado: Before the match can even start, Dorado is found laid out on the floor. Swann checks on Dorado, but suddenly gets attacked from behind by TJ Perkins. TJP kicks Swann, rips out a piece of Swann's hair and then hits the Detonation Kick.



- Neville and Enzo Amore Face To Face: Neville hypes WWE No Mercy and promises a comedy act with Enzo. Neville says he'll prove what a joke Enzo is and is unqualified for the Neville Level. Enzo interrupts and heads to the ring. Neville laughs at Enzo, who has his shoulder wrapped from getting jumped by Braun Strowman on RAW. Enzo calls Neville jealous because Enzo has made 205 Live the realest show in the room. Enzo admits that he can't match up to Neville but he's twice the superstar Neville is. Enzo lists off his accomplishments of selling merchandise and hanging with celebrities. Neville says none of that matters if you can't fight. Neville says all his cheating won't help him at WWE No Mercy. Enzo ends up kicking Neville in the junk and leaves Neville hurting to end the show.


*** NXT ***

- Adam Cole's In Ring Debut: Adam Cole will finally make his in ring debut with NXT this week when he battles Eric Young one on one.

- Roderick Strong Becomes #1 Contender: This past week on NXT TV, Strong reminded NXT GM William Regal that he was still owed a title shot for defeating Bobby Roode. Regal made the match official and Strong will meet NXT World Champion Drew McIntyre in two weeks.


*** GFW ***

** Impact TV Recap **

- We get an In Memorial of Bobby Heenan to kick off the show.

- Johnny Impact Promo: Impact wants his title shot tonight, but Eli Drake is in Mexico. KM interrupts to remind Impact of that. Impact says he seen Drake's car in the parking lot, so he thinks it's a lie. KM then dares Impact to put his title shot on the line against him tonight. Impact accepts and that match is now.



- "#1 Contenders Match": Johnny Impact vs. KM: The match closes out with KM trying to steal a rollup using the ropes for leverage, but gets busted by the referee. Impact drops KM and hits the Thursday Night Delight to score the pinfall.
Winner: Johnny Impact, by pinfall.

- Taya Valkyrie vs. Ava Storie: The match closes out quickly with Taya hitting the Road to Valhalla on Ava to score the pinfall.
Winner: Taya Valkyrie, by pinfall.

- After the match, Taya says she came to Impact Wrestling to be the Knockouts Champion. Rosemary interrupts and says that the hive think it's terribly funny that Taya thinks she deserves a title shot before Rosemary. Taya and Rosemary start brawling as Sienna hits the ring. Taya gets shoved into Sienna by Rosemary as Taya wasn't too happy with Sienna's interference. Allie hits the ring to help, but so does Taryn Terrell. Allie and Rosemary suffer a 3 on 2 beat down until Gail Kim hits the ring and makes the save. 

- oVe find out where LAX are hanging out in a club and meet face to face. Konnan tells oVe they can have a tag team titles rematch next week and order oVe to leave the club.

- Pagano and El Hijo del Fantasma vs. Eddie Edwards and Ethan Carter: The match closes out with EC3 and Pagano brawling outside. Edwards hits a Blue Thunder Bomb, but the referee misses the pinfall because he's distracted by what's going on outside. Texano Jr. hits the ring and hits a power bomb on Edwards. Fantasma covers and scores the pinfall.
Winners: Pagano and El Hijo del Fantasma, by pinfall.

- After the match, Edwards and EC3 get triple teamed. James Storm hits the ring and makes the save. Storm goes face to face with EC3 and then shakes Edwards' hand before leaving. 

- Backstage, Johnny Impact runs into Texano Jr. while looking for Eli Drake. Texano tells Impact that Drake is in Mexico and Texano never once liked Impact. Impact says he'll put his #1 Contender spot on the line again tonight if Texano wants to go.

- Kongo Kong vs. Mahabali Shera: The match closes out with Kong hitting a headbutt and the corner cannonball on Shera. Kong goes to the top rope and hits the splash on Shera to score the pinfall.
Winner: Kongo Kong, by pinfall.

- Eli Drake is shown in Mexico, ready to defend his title tonight and he thinks it's funny that Johnny Impact ran from Mexico when he heard Drake was coming. Drake guarantees victory over Impact when they finally meet.



- "#1 Contenders Match": Johnny Impact vs. Texano Jr.: The match closes out with Impact missing a moonsault. Texano hits a senton on Impact and gets a near fall. Texano delivers a chop/clothesline combo in the corner on Impact. Impact comes back with a german suplex and then hits Starship Pain to score the pinfall.
Winner: Johnny Impact, by pinfall.

- In Karen Jarrett's office, Karen grants Taya, Sienna and Taryn a match with Rosemary, Allie and Gail Kim. Karen says she'll be looking forward to seeing Sienna and company get their ass beat.



- "GFW World Championship Match": Eli Drake (c) vs. Bronce: The match closes out with Drake toying with his opponent until finally hitting the Gravy Train to score the pinfall and retain his title.
Winner: Eli Drake, by pinfall, to retain the GFW World Championship.

- GFW Going Back To Impact Wrestling?: This past week, sources have stated that Anthem may be changing Global Force Wrestling back to Impact Wrestling soon. Anthem stated that now that Jeff Jarrett has stepped down they are looking at changing GFW back to Impact Wrestling. Anthem stated that it was all Jarrett's idea to change the name and Anthem purchased Impact Wrestling, not GFW.


*** RING OF HONOR ***

** ROH TV Recap **

- Hangman Adam Page vs. Kenny King: The match closes out with Page missing a lariat, allowing King to trap Page in the Muta Lock submission. Page escapes, but eats a jumping kick from King who follows that up with the Royal Flush for the pinfall.
Winner: Kenny King, by pinfall.

- Marty Scurll vs. Rocky Romero: The match closes out with Scurll countering Sliced Bread #2 and hits a super kick on Romero. Romero comes back with a hurricanrana into an arm bar submission. Scurll reaches the ropes, but gets pummeled with a series of kicks from Romero. Scurll hits a lariat on Romero and then gets the pinfall with the Bird of Prey.
Winner: Marty Scurll, by pinfall.

- The Briscoes vs. The Kingdom (Vinny Marseglia & TK O’Ryan): The match closes out with Vinny hitting a senton for a near fall. TK grabs a baseball bat, but fails at using it. The Kingdom double team Mark, but Jay saves him. Mark suicide dives onto Vinny outside as Jay plants TK with the Jay Driller and scores the pinfall.
Winners: The Briscoes, by pinfall.


*** Lucha Underground ***

** Lucha Underground TV Recap **

- We see Melissa Santos training for her match with Fenix tonight. Melissa asks to see Fenix without the mask, but Fenix says no because his mask is everything to him. Fenix says if he loses his mask, he will lose everything. Melissa says he won't lose her.

- Dante Fox vs. Texano: The match closes out with Fox unloading a series of kicks then hits a crucifix bomb for a near fall. Texano with a backbreaker on Fox for a near fall. Famous B, who was the special guest ring announcer, stops the match and declares Texano the winner. Fox rolls up Texano and scores the legit pinfall while Texano was distracted.
Winner: Dante Fox, by pinfall.

- After the match, Texano tries to attack Famous B, but Dario Cueto stops him. Cueto announces that next week it'll be Famous B vs. Texano. Cueto says if Famous B can beat Texano, he will make Texano his client.

- In Dario Cueto's office, both Son of Havoc and Pentagon Dark claim they'll win the Gift of the Gods Championship tonight.



- Mariposa and Marty "The Moth" Martinez vs. Melissa Santos and Fenix: The match closes out with Fenix and Melissa hitting a forearm and a leg drop. Mariposa stops Fenix from climbing the ropes as Marty grabs Melissa by the hair. Melissa slaps Marty as Fenix gets tied to the turnbuckle. Melissa gets surrounded by Marty and Mariposa and tries to deliver a kick. Melissa gets her leg caught and gets planted with a Pedigree, allowing Marty and Mariposa to score the pinfall.
Winners: Marty The Moth Martinez and Mariposa, by pinfall.

- After the match, Marty attempts to cut Melissa's hair, but Fenix finally gets free and saves Melissa.

- "Gift of the Gods Championship Match": Paul London vs. Saltador vs. Mala Suerte vs. Son of Havoc vs. Drago vs. Cortez Castro vs. Pentagon Dark: The match closes out with Drago hitting a suicide dive and then Havoc follows with one. Havoc hits a Cutter on London for a near fall. Pentagon plants Saltador with a package piledriver and then one to London. Pentagon covers London just as Havoc hits a Shooting Star Press on Saltador and makes the cover. The referee counts the pinfall for both Pentagon and Havoc. Dario Cueto appears and says that both men made the pinfall therefore there is no Gift of the Gods Champion. Cueto announces that at Ultima Lucha Tres Pentagon will face Havoc in a Ladder Match for the Gift of the Gods Championship.
Winner: No Contest

- Inside Dario Cueto's car, Cueto has the gauntlet glove and plans to give it to Agent Winter. Cueto proposes that Jeremiah Crane or Mil Muertes would be better fits for the glove and suggests a three way match with them and Cage. If Cage wins, Winter can personally destroy him.


*** NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING ***

** Destruction In Hiroshima **


- Hirooki Goto, Yoshi-Hashi and Jado defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask, by submission in a Six Man Tag Team Match. Yoshi makes Tiger Mask tap out to the Butterfly Lock submission.

- Juice Robinson and David Finlay defeated Bad Luck Fale and Leo Tonga, by pinfall, after Finlay hit a Stunner and Juice followed with Pulp Friction.

- Roppongi Vice defeated Yujiro Takahashi and Chase Owens, by pinfall, with a Strong Zero/dropkick combo.

- Yujiro Takahashi challenges Baretta to a match in the future that Baretta accepts.

- Kota Ibushi, Michael Elgin and Togi Makabe defeated Minoru Suzuki, Takashi Iizuka and Taka Michinoku, by pinfall, in a Six Man Tag Team Match, after Ibushi lands a moonsault and follows with the Kamigoye.

- Ricochet and Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Taichi and Yoshinobu Kanemaru, by submission, to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. Ricochet makes Kanemaru tap out for the win.

- Rocky Romero sends a warning to Ricochet and Ryusuke Taguchi that Romero is bringing in a huge tag team soon that will be known as Roppongi 3K. Ricochet dares Romero to bring them because they'll be ready.

- War Machine defeated The Killer Elite Squad and The Guerillas of Destiny, by pinfall, in a Triple Threat Match to retain the IWGP Tag Team Championship. War Machine hit Fallout on Smith to score the pinfall.

- Tetsuya Naito, Evil, Hiromu Takahashi and Bushi defeated Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii, Will Ospreay and Gedo, by pinfall in a Eight Man Tag Team Match. Bushi hit Gedo with MX for the pinfall.

- After the match, Naito attacked Ishii on the ramp. Evil hits Darkness Falls on Okada on a stack of steel chairs. Naito goes after Ishii's bad leg and traps him in a Figure Four Leg Lock submission.

- Kushida defeated El Desperado, by pinfall with Back To The Future to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.

- After the match, Will Ospreay says he's sick of being looked at as the guy who couldn't beat Kushida. Ospreay wants to change the junior division and then challenges Kushida to a rematch for the title. Hiromu Takahashi interrupts, but gets knocked out by Ospreay.

- Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Zack Sabre Jr., by pinfall with the High Fly Flow to retain the IWGP Intercontinental Championship. 

- After the match, Tanahashi called out Kota Ibushi and had a stare down.


*** ICW ***

- Kassius Ohno's Title Shot: This past week, Kassius Ohno battled ICW World Heavyweight Champion Joe Coffey one on one for the title. Ohno came up short as Joe Coffey was able to retain his title over Ohno.


*** Other ***

- Bobby "The Brain" Heenan Passes Away: Last weekend the wrestling world lost probably the best manager of all time in Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. Heenan was in the business for over four decades as a manager, wrestler and commentator. Heenan managed legends and WWE Hall of Famers such as Nick Bockwinkel, The Blackjacks, Big John Studd, King Kong Bundy, "Ravishing" Rick Rude, "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig, The Brain Busters (Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard), Harley Race, and the first ever WWE Hall of Famer, Andre the Giant.




And that's this week's W3C! Join me every Sunday afternoon as I bring you news, recaps and rumors all around the wrestling world!

Friday, September 22, 2017

WWE No Mercy Preview


By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

What's up wrestling fans, it's time for the WWE No Mercy preview for tonight's pay per view live on the WWE Network. WWE No Mercy is live at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California and Will consist of the RAW roster.


- "WWE Universal Championship Match": Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Braun Strowman: Last month at WWE SummerSlam, Brock Lesnar survived a Fatal Four Way Match and retained his title. One man that made a huge impact in that match and actually took Lesnar out of the match for a little while was Braun Strowman. The next night on RAW, Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman arrived to celebrate the WWE SummerSlam victory, but were interrupted by Braun Strowman. Strowman attacked Lesnar, left the champ laid out in the middle of the ring and demanded a title shot. RAW GM Kurt Angle made the announcement later in the show that Lesnar would in fact defend his title against Strowman at WWE No Mercy. Lesnar and Heyman sent a warning to Strowman that he was getting way over his head in this battle and he should expect to be conquered by The Beast at No Mercy. Strowman sent a warning of his own to Lesnar by throwing the Big Show right through a steel cage wall and warned Lesnar that that will be him at No Mercy. Will The Beast conquer Strowman? Or will the Monster Among Men defeat Lesnar??


- John Cena vs. Roman Reigns: John Cena arrived on the RAW brand one night after WWE SummerSlam and announced that he was a free agent and could jump between both shows if he wanted. Cena stated that the main reason he jumped to RAW was to face the self proclaimed Big Dog, Roman Reigns. Reigns liked the idea of the match and officially signed the contract to face Cena at WWE No Mercy. Reigns and Cena had a face to face promo where Cena one upped Reigns on the microphone. Cena and Reigns then went through a series of tests with each other, whether teaming together or facing Jason Jordan one on one, trying to prove that they were the more superior wrestler than the other. Cena would even face Reigns' arch enemy Braun Strowman, looking to prove a point to Reigns. Cena defeated Strowman by DQ while taking a beating in the process. Who will walk out of WWE No Mercy the winner, the WWE Franchise John Cena or the WWE Future Roman Reigns?


- "WWE RAW World Tag Team Championship Match": Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins (c) vs. Sheamus and Cesaro: Last month at WWE SummerSlam, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins defeated Sheamus and Cesaro to become the new tag team champions. The following week on RAW Cesaro defeated Seth Rollins in a one on one match, after Sheamus distracted Rollins. Later in the night, Dean Ambrose defeated Cesaro, after Seth Rollins got revenge and distracted Cesaro. Sheamus and Cesaro went to RAW GM Kurt Angle and officially got their rematch for the tag team titles signed for WWE No Mercy. Will Sheamus and Cesaro regain the titles they lost at SummerSlam? Can Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins stay on the same page and retain their titles??


- "WWE RAW Women's Championship, Fatal Five Way Match": Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax vs. Emma vs. Bayley: Last month at WWE SummerSlam, Sasha Banks defeated Alexa Bliss to win the women's title. Alexa immediately demanded her rematch against Sasha the following week on RAW and won back the championship. After winning the title back, Alexa celebrated with Nia Jax, who immediately turned and laid out Alexa. Nia Jax demanded to be the next #1 Contender to the title as did Emma after Sasha was granted her rematch with Alexa. RAW GM Kurt Angle put Nia Jax and Emma in a tag match against Sasha and Alexa, with Nia and Emma both getting added to Sasha's rematch at WWE No Mercy if they won. Nia and Emma came out victorious and made the one on one match into a Fatal Four Way Match. One week before WWE No Mercy, Bayley returned from her recent shoulder injury and got involved in the current Women's Championship feud. RAW GM Kurt Angle officially put Bayley in the match at WWE No Mercy as well, making it a Fatal Five Way Match. Which WWE Women's superstar will walk out of WWE No Mercy the champion??


- "WWE Intercontinental Championship Match": The Miz (c) vs. Jason Jordan: The Miz has been an angry person throughout the month of September, due to the lack of matches. Miz interrupted RAW GM Kurt Angle and demanded to know why he was left off the WWE No Mercy card with no challenger. Angle understood and made a Fatal Four Way Match between The Hardy Boys, Jason Jordan and Elias Samson, with the winner facing The Miz at WWE No Mercy. Miz pitched another fit and demanded to know why Jordan was in the match and not two guys like Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas that deserved opportunities. Angle added Axel and Dallas and made the match a Six Pack Challenge Match instead. During the match, Miz interfered and tried his best to help either Axel or Dallas win so he'd have an easy match against one of his stablemates at WWE No Mercy. The move backfired and Jason Jordan ended up with the victory and the title shot. Miz attacked Jordan, laid him out after the match and promised Jordan that he won't leave WWE No Mercy a champion. Can Jason Jordan finally prove himself and silence the critics? Will The Miz continue on his IC Title streak and walk out victorious??


- "WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match": Neville (c) vs. Enzo Amore: Neville finished off his feud with Akira Tozawa and regained his WWE Cruiserweight Championship in the process. Enzo Amore suddenly arrived on 205 Live and confronted Neville as his possible next challenger, which Neville found very amusing. Enzo began a winning streak throughout the month of September, however, Enzo began cheating to get the victories. Enzo went on to win a Fatal Five Way Match on 205 Live, after again cheating to defeat Cedric Alexander in the end and earning a title shot at WWE No Mercy. One week before WWE No Mercy, Enzo was attacked and beaten down by Braun Strowman. Neville took advantage of the attack and hit a Red Arrow on the already knocked out Enzo. Neville and Enzo had one last face to face on 205 Live which ended with Neville making fun of Enzo until Enzo kicked Neville below the belt. Will Neville defeat Enzo and prove to the world what a joke he is? Will Enzo defeat Neville and claim his very first WWE title??


- Bray Wyatt vs. Finn Balor: Last month, Bray Wyatt defeated Finn Balor one week before WWE SummerSlam. Finn Balor got his win back after defeating Bray Wyatt at WWE SummerSlam dressed as The Demon King. Two weeks after WWE SummerSlam, Bray cost Balor a shot at the WWE Intercontinental Championship by interfering in a #1 Contenders battle royal and eliminating Balor. Bray and Balor would meet face to face again one week later and state their differences for each other. Bray then challenged Balor to a rematch at WWE No Mercy, but as Finn Balor, not as The Demon King. Balor accepted the match and it was made official by RAW GM Kurt Angle. Bray then tried to use Goldust as an example of what happens to scared men who hide behind makeup. Bray attacked and beat down Goldust until Finn Balor made the save. Will Bray defeat Balor now that he's got him in a rematch without The Demon present? Can Balor defeat Bray without The Demon, considering he's winless without The Demon??

Buckeyes Preview 9/22/17: Ohio State vs. UNLV Rebels


By Jason Disantis, @JasonInCLE


This Saturday the #10 Ohio State Buckeyes (2-1, 1-0 Big Ten) will welcome the Rebels of UNLV (1-1, 0-0 Mountain West) to the Shoe. The Buckeyes will be a heavy favorite this weekend as they continue to try and get their offense firing on all cylinders.

Last week Ohio State rolled to a 38-7 victory over Army. J.T. Barrett threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns while adding 32 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Freshman sensation J.K. Dobbins scored two touchdowns while running for 172 yards on only 13 carries.

Buckeye fans even got to see a little glimpse of the future (a future some want sooner than later) as redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins got some garbage time late in the fourth quarter. Haskins made the most of his time going 4/4 for 46 yards. Although he didn’t get much time the talent was obvious as Haskins showed off the arm that made him a top five pocket passer coming out of high school.

Although it was a comfortable win against Army, the Buckeye offense still didn’t look like a national championship offense. And with Army running the triple-option and only throwing eight passes, the Ohio State secondary didn’t get challenged. Buckeye fans can find solace in knowing that head coach Urban Meyer sees what the rest of us watching. When asked what areas of his team need to get better head coach Urban Meyer said, “Pass defense and continued growth on offense.”





Dating back to last season the Rebels have given up at least forty points in their last five games. Through two games this year UNLV is allowing 414 yards and 29.5 points a game.

Offensively the Rebels have relied on their ground game averaging 350 yards a game with junior Lexington Thomas leading the way with 341 yards and five touchdowns on the year.

Despite some gaudy offensive numbers this year the Rebels find themselves as forty-point underdogs on the road in Columbus. Head coach Tony Sanchez knows that they’re going to have to get creative to stay close to the Buckeyes saying, “We’re going to have to be aggressive, take some shots down the field, think outside the box a little bit to give ourselves an opportunity.”



What: Ohio State Buckeyes vs. University of Las Vegas Rebels
When: Saturday September 23, 2017 at 12:00 PM ET
Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Watch: Big Ten Network
Spread: OSU -40
Over/Under: 65
Money Line: OSU -60000, UNLV +20000

Browns Preview 9/22/17: Cleveland Browns @ Indianapolis Colts


By Katelin Marshall, @KatelinKnowsCLE

In week three of the NFL season the (0-2) Cleveland Browns travel to Indianapolis to take on the
(0-2) Colts. Last week the Browns lost 24-10 to the Ravens. The Colts lost to the Cardinals 16-13 in overtime. The Colts are without Andrew Luck and will be starting Jacoby Brissett, who they acquired from the Patriots in the preseason.


Browns Offense vs Colts Defense

The Browns offense has struggled in the first two weeks. The Browns running game isn't were it should be and it might struggle again this week. The Browns are 25th in the league in rushing and the Colts defense is ranked seventh stopping the run. Isaiah Crowell needs to improve going forward or his carries will likely decrease going forward. The Browns need some type of a running game to get going in order to project Kizer and the lack of weapons in the passing game.

Just like the previous two weeks, Kizer needs to get the ball out a lot quicker and make better decisions. Last week Kizer threw three picks and had a fumble. Fortunately for him this week, the Colts defense gave up over 300 yards passing in the first two weeks. So this might be a great time for Kizer to have a breakout game and notch his for career victory.

But it's not just on Kizer. The receivers have struggled in the first two weeks also. And with Corey Coleman out for the next eight weeks, the Browns need someone to step up like Rashard Higgins did last week. Kenny Britt is the elder-statesman of the group and has to prove he's worth his contract. Ricardo Lewis has played well at times but has his issues like any young receiver. And guys that were brought in to make an impact, Sammie Coates and Kasen Williams need to play more of a role. Hopefully with more reps with Kizer and knowing the playbook they can see an increase of a role on offense. And let's not forget that the Browns signed Jordan Leslie to the practice squad this week, and he could potentially be brought up to the active roster before Sunday's game.



Browns Defense vs Colts Offense

The Colts and Browns offense vs defense are basically identical. The Colts are going with a young quarterback in Jacoby Brissett who is basically their long-term backup going forward when Andrew Luck gets healthy. The Colts passing game hasn't been good to start the year. Heck, the Colts are already on their second quarterback to start the young season, Scott Tolzien started for them week one against the Rams. Last week Brissett only averaged 5.8 yards per attempt going 20/37 from the field for 216 yards and an interception.

Don't sleep on the weapons Brissett has at his disposal. T.Y. Hilton is a top receiver in the league. Jack Doyle is a solid tight end, and in the slot a combination of Donte Moncrief and Kamar Aiken could give the Browns defense some fits. There is also some speculation that number one overall pick Myles Garrett could make his season debut this week. He is out of a walking boot and riding the stationary bike during practice. The Browns could be without linebacker Jamie Collins who is in the NFL's concussion protocol.

The running game for the Colts is non-existent. Frank Gore is their leading back at 34 year old and has 88 yards in two games. The Colts also use former Brown Robert Turbin out of the backfield and rookie Marlon Mack to spell Gore at times.



Five Guys to Watch

DeShone Kizer: Kizer had a terrible game last week. It's just that simple. This week is another week for him to prove himself again. To show everyone he can rebound after a terrible start and play well against a team that is beatable.

Duke Johnson: Johnson returned to the backfield last week after spending week one in the slot as a receiver. With a lot of talk of Crowell wanting carries to prove himself, don't sleep on Duke Johnson. If Crowell can't get the job done, it might be time for the Browns to give Johnson more carries going forward.

James Burgess Sr: This one is pretty simple. If Jamie Collins can't go this week, Burgress is inline to start in place of him. Burgess has played fairly well in the first two week and maybe this an opportunity to show the Browns who he is.

I don't really have five specific players to watch this week, so I am combining number four and five and just saying the wide receivers in general. Someone needs to step up. Whether its Kenny Britt, Sammie Coates, or one of the young guys. The Browns lack of receivers aren't helping Kizer at all.


Weather Report: It doesn't matter...The Colts play inside...

Injury Report: 

Betting Line (As of 9/21/17): Browns -1.5


Final Prediction: Browns 17 Colts 14

Yes, I'm picking the Browns again this week. I think Kizer will do just enough to keep the Browns ahead but it is going to be the defense making a big play and either scoring points or setting up the Offense with a short field. Also I think Hue Jackson's playcalling will be improved this week because the Browns won't have to play from behind as much, if at all, this week.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Spread Offense 9/21/17: College Football Week 4 Preview


By Pat Luhta, @PLuhta

Week 3 is in the books and we definitely learned a lot about some teams, and my top 10 ballot shows those lessons.


WEEK 4 TOP TEN

10. Ohio State (last week: NR)
9. Michigan (last week: 8)
8. Washington (last week: 7)
7. Oklahoma State (last week: 10)
6. Georgia (last week: 6)
5. USC (last week: 2 )
4. Oklahoma (last week 4)
3. Penn State (last week: 3)
2. Alabama (last week: 1)
1. Clemson (last week: 5)

There is a new #1, and the defending champs rightfully deserve the top spot. I had my reservations about Clemson this season, figuring that a young, inexperienced QB would haunt them with Auburn followed by Louisville in weeks 2 and 3 since it usually takes a few weeks to really get comfortable in there. But after shutting down Auburn in week 2, Clemson went to Louisville on Saturday night and absolutely destroyed the Cardinals. That defensive front is no joke and their offense hasn't missed a beat from last season. They are the defending champs and what's scary is that they are better this season than they were last season.

USC dropped from 2 to 5 because once again, you just can't trust this team. They went from struggling against Western Michigan to blowing the doors off of Stanford(who just lost to San Diego State so that win doesn't look so great now) to needing OT to beat a Texas team that had 51 points put up on them by Maryland in week 1. If they continue to be this Jekyll and Hyde team then eventually it'll show up at the worst time and they will lose.

Oklahoma State might have a very good defense, which is not good for opposing teams considering they always have one of the top offenses in the country. They are putting up a lot of points and not giving up many, they could be the best team in the Big 12 when it's all said and done.


WEEK 4 HEISMAN WATCH

5. Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
4. Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
3. Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
2. Sam Darnold, QB, USC
1. Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma

We also have a new current leader for the Heisman trophy, Baker Mayfield has been excellent this season which includes a win at Ohio State in which he ripped their secondary to shreds. Coming right behind him is Sam Darnold, who had another great game and the team needed everything from him in order to remain undefeated.

Lamar Jackson slides from 1st to 3rd now after a less than stellar performance (to say the least) against Clemson. Jackson was bottled up for the most part as the Clemson defense made him look very human last Saturday night. He only completed 50% of his passes and had 3.4 yards a carry when running the ball, he did have 3 TD passes but 2 of those came when the game was way out of reach (Clemson won 47-21.) Still plenty of time for Jackson to climb back to the top, but a blowout loss like this is definitely a setback for the reigning Heisman trophy winner.


WEEK 4 PREVIEW


#16 TCU at #6 Oklahoma State - 3:30 PM


Oklahoma State has been rolling this season, putting up points in bunches while showing that they can also get stops on defense. QB Mason Rudolph has been leading this team and they are now looking down the road to a Big 12 title and possible playoff berth with the way they have been playing. Their first test comes to Stillwater this Saturday as QB Kenny Hill and the TCU Horned Frogs also look to remain undefeated and pull off a big upset here. TCU looks like a "surprise" team this season, as they were not ranked at the beginning but after 3 straight wins everyone seems to be buying in. Oklahoma State will put up points, but if TCU can slow them down a bit along with being able to break OKSU's defense then they have a chance to pull off the upset. That will be a tough task though, Oklahoma State will be ready and it will take a mistake free game in order for the Horned Frogs to come away with a win.

Prediction: Oklahoma State 44-21


#17 Mississippi State at #11 Georgia - 7:00 PM


The team with the best offense and defense in the SEC currently is, shockingly enough, the Mississippi State Bulldogs. MSU put everyone on notice with a 37-7 thrashing of LSU last Saturday, and now has another big test in front of them. With a top ranked defense though and a QB in Nick Fitzgerald leading the team, MSU looks like they will be ready for any and all comers. Georgia will again start freshman QB Jake Fromm as QB Jacob Eason is just getting back to practice, so look for UGA to utilize their run game and generate their offense from there. Georgia's defensive line will also be the key here, DL Trenton Thompson is one of the best in the country and the Georgia line will look to rattle MSU's Fitzgerald and shut down a team that is currently averaging over 40 points per game. The battle of the Bulldogs and the battle of undefeated teams, should be a stellar game between the hedges.

Prediction: Georgia 27-23


#4 Penn State at Iowa - 7:30 PM

Penn State is another team that has just been rolling so far and looks to be in the playoff mix all season. RB Saquon Barkley has been leading the way for the Nittany Lions, leading the team in both rushing and receiving, and is definitely a Heisman candidate. QB Trace McSorley also brings a lot of talent to the table and is more than just a game manager, while the defense has been excellent so far this season. But do not let the fact that Iowa is unranked fool you, this team is pretty talented and has upset on their mind. Iowa QB Nate Stanley has already thrown 10 touchdowns in their first 3 games while only being intercepted once, and distributes the ball well with 6 different players catching touchdown passes. The biggest factor may end up being the home crowd, where Iowa is always a hostile environment. Ask Ohio State, ask Michigan, ask plenty of other top schools and they can tell you how humbling of an experience that Kinnick Stadium can be. A big crowd on a Saturday night could swing momentum real quick, and Penn State will need to jump out to a lead and control the game in order to take that crowd out of it.

Prediction: Penn State 30-17

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 9/21/17: NXT Recap


By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

NXT returned this week for more NXT action at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida. This week the Undisputed Era were in action as Tyler Bate and Trent Seven looked for revenge for the UE's beat down of Wolfgang last week.

** NXT TV Card **

- Johnny Gargano battled Tino Sabbatelli.
- Bianca Belair battled Lacey Evans.
- No Way Jose battled Lars Sullivan.
- The Undisputed Era battled Mustache Mountain.

- Aleister Black gets a visitor during his promo.

** NXT **

- Johnny Gargano vs. Tino Sabbatelli: The match closes out with Gargano unloading and nailing the step up enziguri on Tino. Tino catches Gargano in a reversal and hits a power slam. Gargano is up and locks in the Gargano Escape submission and Tino taps out quickly.
Winner: Johnny Gargano, by submission.

- In NXT GM William Regal's office, Roderick Strong tells Regal he kept his promise of giving him a match with Bobby Roode, now he wants his other promise granted, a NXT World Championship Match against Drew McIntyre. Regal announces it'll happen in two weeks.

- Backstage, Sonya Deville says she never got to face Asuka and it's a good thing because she would've broken Asuka's undefeated streak. Sonya lays claim to the now vacant NXT Women's Championship.

- Lacey Evans vs. Bianca Belair: The match closes out with Lacey countering Bianca into a leg sweep and then connects with a slingshot elbow. Bianca is back up and flip suplexes Lacey. Lacey comes back and unloads knees and punches on Bianca. Bianca counters a shot and sends Lacey face first into the ropes and then unloads her ponytail whip on Lacey. Bianca hits a reverse power bomb and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall.

- Aleister Black Promo: Black says that 15 years ago, he started a journey that led him in to NXT. His body earned scars and tattoos in that 15 years time. The Velveteen Dream Patrick Clark suddenly interrupts Black. Clark says Black hasn't seen the light of the Velveteen Dream yet, he doesn't see pain or scars, just lies in the form of tattoos and Black is scared of fear and seeing the light. Black heard enough as he sends the microphone flying out of Clark's hands with the Black Mass kick. Black sits Indian style which doesn't bother Clark as he crawls over to and away from Black to end the promo.

- Backstage, Dakota Kai says she may be new to NXT, but those who watched the Mae Young Classic know exactly who she is. Dakota is the captain of team kick and wants an NXT Women's Championship Match.

- No Way Jose vs. Lars Sullivan: The match closes out with Sullivan hitting a series of corner splashes on Jose and then applies a chin lock submission. Jose escapes and applies a sleeper hold submission on Sullivan. Sullivan crashes Jose into the corner to break the hold. Jose unloads on Sullivan, but Sullivan doesn't budge. Sullivan plants Jose and then hits a diving head butt off the ropes. Sullivan hits a delayed slam on Jose and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Lars Sullivan, by pinfall.

- The Undisputed Era (Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly) vs. Mustache Mountain (Tyler Bate and Trent Seven): The match closes out with Bate and Seven double teaming O'Reilly and then hitting a jack knife cover for a near fall. O'Reilly counters the Tyler Driver into a guillotine body scissor. Bate tries to escape, but Fish lands a knee after taking out Seven. Fish and O'Reilly hit a suplex/kick combo for a close near fall. Bate shoves The Undisputed Era into each other and finally hot tags Seven. Seven unloads, but gets hit with a flying arm bar from O'Reilly. Seven attempts a counter, but eats a kick from Fish. Bate tries to help save Seven, but Adam Cole trips up Bate and takes him out. Fish and O'Reilly hit their high low kicks on Seven and score the pinfall.
Winners: The Undisputed Era, by pinfall.


- After the match, Drew McIntyre hits the ring as The Undisputed Era retreat quickly. SAnitY suddenly arrives to stop The Undisputed Era's exit. We get brawling and chaos to close out this week's show.