Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 8/16/17: Smackdown Live Providence Recap

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

Smackdown Live was live this week in Providence, Rhode Island. We continue down the road to WWE SummerSlam this Sunday! What did Smackdown Live have in store for us this week for their go home show??

** Smackdown Live Card **

- Nattie Neidhart battled Becky Lynch.
- Rusev battled Chad Gable.
- WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Champions The New Day battled The Usos in a non title match.
- WWE World Heavyweight Champion Jinder Mahal battled John Cena in a non title match, with a surprise ending.

- WWE World Heavyweight Champion Jinder Mahal celebrates India's Independence Day.

- WWE United States Champion AJ Styles, Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon all meet face to face to talk about what happened last week.

** Smackdown Live **

- Jinder Mahal Promo: Mahal announces that today is India's Independence Day, brings Indian dancers out and has a woman sing the Indian national anthem. The dancers and The Singh Brothers all dance around in the ring to the celebration. Mahal says he will beat John Cena tonight, takes credit for all the international WWE Network subscribers who will watch him retain his title at WWE SummerSlam. Mahal says he'll prove that Shinsuke Nakamura's destiny is to lose to Mahal. Nakamura interrupts and heads to the ring. Nakamura says that today is also the day in Japan when they pray to everyone who died in war and they pray in peace. Nakamura guarantees Mahal loses to Nakamura at WWE SummerSlam. Mahal and Nakamura stare each other down to end the segment. 

- WWE send a get well soon to Ric Flair, who had emergency surgery on Monday.

- Nattie Neidhart vs. Becky Lynch: The match closes out with Becky getting a Bexploder and a close near fall. Nattie counters the Dis Arm Her submission and attempts the Sharpshooter submission, but Becky counters. Becky and Nattie trade more offense until Nattie finally traps Becky in the Sharpshooter submission and gets the tap out win.
Winner: Nattie Neidhart, by submission.

- After the match, Nattie attacks Becky and reapplies the Sharpshooter submission. Naomi hits the ring and makes the save, as Nattie escapes. Carmella and James Ellsworth appear next. Carmella says may the best woman win at WWE SummerSlam. Ellsworth then says whoever wins will really be the loser as Carmella holds up her Money In The Bank briefcase to end the segment.

- Backstage, Tamina asks Lana why she doesn't have a match tonight and Lana says it's because she's not ready. Lana says no one fears Tamina, she'll use her ravishing ways on Tamina and she'll become a destructive force. Lana says after that she and Tamina will be unstoppable together.

- Backstage, The Usos demand to face Woods and Kofi tonight since they'll be facing Big E and Woods at WWE SummerSlam.

- Rusev vs. Chad Gable: The match closes out with Rusev and Gable brawling on the floor. Rusev unloads on Gable, uses the steel steps as a weapon and then tosses Gable over the announcers table, getting him DQ'ed.
Winner: Chad Gable, by DQ.

- After the match, Rusev stomps on Gable and locks in The Accolade submission. Rusev then grabs a microphone to call out Randy Orton. Orton comes out of nowhere and hits the RKO, laying out Rusev to end the segment.

- AJ Styles Promo: Styles immediately calls out Shane McMahon. Shane says Styles doesn't need to apologize for last week because he knew the Pele Kick was an accident. Styles just wanted to make sure Shane wasn't going to use that as an excuse to screw over Styles at WWE SummerSlam. Styles says he'll call the match down the middle, but if Styles touches him then Shane will retaliate. Styles asks if that's a threat as Kevin Owens interrupts. Owens thinks the Pele Kick wasn't an accident and wants to shake Shane's hand. Shane says it wouldn't be right, maybe he shook shake Styles' hand instead. Owens and Styles trash talk and start brawling. Styles almost punches Shane, then dodges a super kick from Owens, which hits Shane. Owens escapes the ring angry as Styles laughs to end the segment.

- The New Day vs. The Usos: The match closes out with both teams brawling. Kofi sends Jey into the barricade. Both teams trade offense until The Usos hit a double Uso Kick on Kofi to score the pinfall.
Winners: The Usos, by pinfall.

- We get another Breezango Fashion Peaks video. Breezango warn the tag team division that something dark is coming.

- Jinder Mahal vs. John Cena: The match closes out with The Singh Brothers trying to help Mahal, but get busted by the referee and ejected to the back. Cena traps Mahal in the STF submission, but Mahal reaches the ropes. Mahal counters the AA, hits a knee on Cena and gets a near fall. Cena blocks the Cobra Clutch Slam and hits the AA for a near fall. Cena takes Mahal to the top rope, hits a Super AA and goes for the cover. Baron Corbin hits the ring and attacks Cena, getting Mahal DQ'ed.
Winner: John Cena, by DQ.

- After the match, Corbin hits Cena with his Money In The Bank briefcase and talks trash. Corbin leaves, comes back, looks at Mahal still knocked out and cashes in his Money In The Bank briefcase.

- "WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match": Jinder Mahal (c) vs. Baron Corbin: As soon as the bell rings, Corbin knocks Cena off the apron. Mahal takes advantage of the distraction, rolls up Corbin and scores the pinfall, to retain his title.
Winner: Jinder Mahal, by pinfall, to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

- After the match, Corbin talks trash and throws a tantrum as Cena laughs at him and Mahal celebrates to end the show.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 8/15/17: RAW Boston Recap

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

It's that time again ladies and gents, it's the first day of wrestling for the new week, it's RAW, it's the go home show to this Sunday's WWE SummerSlam and it was live in Boston, Massachusetts!! What surprises did RAW have in store for us before we head into Sunday??

** This Weeks Card **

- Sasha Banks battled Nia Jax in a #1 Contenders Match to determine who'll face Alexa Bliss for the WWE RAW Women's Championship at WWE SummerSlam.
- WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville defended his title against Akira Tozawa.
- Finn Balor battled Bray Wyatt.
- Mickie James battled Emma.
- WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz battled Jason Jordan in a non title match.
- Jason Jordan and The Hardy Boys battled The Miztourage in a Six Man Tag Team Match.

- Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins try to settle their differences.

- Big Cass sets a trap for the Big Show.

- WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe and Braun Strowman all meet face to face.

** RAW **

- Dean Ambrose Promo: Ambrose immediately calls out Seth Rollins so they can talk out their issues. Ambrose wants to know what Rollins' deal is. Rollins says they could run RAW if they just team up already and put the past behind them. Rollins offers a Shield fist bump, but Ambrose refuses. Both men argue and Rollins says that maybe he was wrong and things just won't work. Ambrose stops Rollins from leaving and offers Rollins a Shield fist bump, but Rollins refuses. Ambrose and Rollins shove each other and then start brawling all over ringside.
Sheamus and Cesaro hit the ring and attack Ambrose and Rollins while they're brawling. Ambrose is tossed over the barricade and then Rollins is double teamed. Ambrose comes back to save Rollins, but gets double teamed too. Rollins comes back and helps Ambrose gain control. Ambrose and Rollins unload on Sheamus and Cesaro and clear the ring. Ambrose and Rollins finally share a Shield fist bump as the fans go crazy. Kurt Angle arrives next and announces Ambrose/Rollins vs. Sheamus/Cesaro at WWE SummerSlam for the tag team titles.

- "#1 Contenders Match": Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax: WWE RAW Women's Champion Alexa Bliss was at ringside sitting in a lifeguard chair watching this match. The match closes out with Sasha countering a superplex and hitting double knees in the corner on Nia for a near fall. Sasha unloads more knees until Nia blocks with a boot on Sasha. Sasha grabs Nia and locks in the Banks Statement submission, but Nia crawls to the ropes. Nia lifts Sasha into the air, but Sasha counters with a spinning DDT and then reapplies the Banks Statement submission. Nia finally taps out giving Sasha the victory.
Winner: Sasha Banks, by submission, to become the #1 Contender.

- Backstage, The Miztourage interrupt Kurt Angle and The Hardy Boys while they're talking. Miz isn't happy with what Brock Lesnar did last week, but Angle doesn't care. Miz demands Jason Jordan tonight and Angle accepts the match. Angle gets called away by officials because there is something going on between Finn Balor and Bray Wyatt. Angle rushes off as Miz is left disrespected again because he wasn't done talking. 

- Backstage, Kurt Angle and WWE officials are trying to separate Bray Wyatt and Finn Balor from brawling. Angle announces that WWE SummerSlam is coming early because it'll be Balor vs. Bray tonight.

- In the ring, Elias Samson sits with his guitar and starts singing about what a dump of a city Boston is. R-Truth interrupts Elias and ends up getting beaten down and laid out with Drift Away by Elias.

- Big Cass Promo: Cass is in the ring with the shark cage that Enzo will be locked in at WWE SummerSlam. Cass mocks Big Show and Enzo, stating that Enzo needs Show to back him up backstage when he runs his mouth. Cass sends a warning that he's the new 7 footer on the block and Show can't beat Cass without Enzo's help. Cass says he'll prove to Show and to the world that he's the top big man now. Enzo interrupts Cass, starts cracking jokes and then calls out Big Show. Show goes after Cass, but suddenly Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson attack Show from behind. Gallows, Anderson and Cass beat down Show in the middle of the ring and then place his arm in the doorway of the shark cage. Cass Big Boots Enzo off the apron and then slams the cage door right on Show's arm. Gallows, Anderson and Cass continue to beat on Show's now injured arm until WWE Officials make the save.

- "WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match": Neville (c) vs. Akira Tozawa: The match closes out with Tozawa hitting a boot and some offense on Neville. Tozawa goes to the top, but Neville grabs the referee and uses him as a shield. Neville attempts the Rings of Saturn submission, but Tozawa counters and gets a near fall. Neville goes for the Red Arrow, but Tozawa moves. Tozawa goes to the top rope, hits the Senton on Neville and scores the pinfall to win the title.
Winner: Akira Tozawa, by pinfall, to win the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.

- Backstage, WWE Medical tell Big Show that his arm is broken. Enzo apologizes to Show. Show says he's fought bigger and better men before. He's not missing SummerSlam.

- Backstage, Emma isn't happy about Sasha Banks being the only one talked about on social media. Mickie James tells Emma to put her phone down and step into the ring with Mickie tonight. Emma accepts the challenge.

- Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt: The match closes out with Balor hitting the Slingblade on Bray. Bray dodges the running drop kick and hits a senton on Balor. Balor counters Sister Abigail, hits a foot stomp and sends Bray outside. Balor drop kicks Bray into the barricade and then tosses Bray back into the ring. Balor goes for the Coup de Grace, but gets crotched on the ropes by Bray. Bray hits Sister Abigail on Balor and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Bray Wyatt, by pinfall.

- After the match, Bray hits another Sister Abigail on Balor. Bray then appears with a bucket of blood. Bray pours it over Balor and says this is what happens when you send a boy into the devil's world.

- Mickie James vs. Emma: The match closes out with Emma taking Mickie to the mat. Emma hits a double underhook on Mickie for a near fall. Mickie plants a boot on Emma, but gets tripped up by the legs. Emma attempts a handful of near falls, but ends up eating the Mick Kick, allowing Mickie to score the pinfall.
Winner: Mickie James, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Finn Balor is spotted leaving Kurt Angle's office. Balor says he got a rematch with Bray Wyatt at WWE SummerSlam. Balor says that Bray has his demons, but Balor has a demon of his own.

- The Miz vs. Jason Jordan: The match closes out quickly with all three members of The Miztourage attacking Jordan and beating him down, giving Jordan the DQ win.
Winner: Jason Jordan, by DQ.

- After the match, The Hardy Boys hit the ring and make the save for Jordan. Kurt Angle announces a Six Man Tag Team Match and that match is now.

- "Six Man Tag Team Match": Jason Jordan and The Hardy Boys vs. The Miztourage: The match closes out with Bo Dallas countering a Twist of Fate, but Jeff hits Whisper in the Wind instead for a near fall. Curtis Axel tries to help Dallas, but Jeff hits a Twist of Fate on Dallas. Jordan takes out The Miz with a slam and then suplexes Dallas. Matt hits a Twist of Fate on Dallas and then Jeff hits the Swanton Bomb to score the pinfall.
Winners: Jason Jordan and The Hardy Boys, by pinfall.

- Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe and Braun Strowman Face To Face: Kurt Angle has a ton of security at ringside to keep things in order. Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman are first to arrive. Heyman claims that the WWE are conspiring against Lesnar because Lesnar has decided to listen to other things outside of the WWE. Heyman gives props to Lesnar's opponents, but says it's unfair that Lesnar can lose his title without being beaten because Lesnar is far superior than all his opponents. Heyman says that at WWE SummerSlam we'll either find out that their was a conspiracy against Lesnar or we'll all learn that Lesnar is in fact an unstoppable beast. Samoa Joe is out next and says he doesn't fear Lesnar and is ripping the title out of Heyman's hands after Joe puts Lesnar to sleep.
Braun Strowman arrives next and says he's always the last man standing. Joe reminds Strowman that he helped him put Roman Reigns down last week. Roman Reigns is out last and immediately hits a spear on Joe. Strowman hits a power slam on Reigns and shoves him outside. Strowman and Lesnar go face to face, but security separates both men quickly. Lesnar kicks a security guard and tries to break free. Strowman does the same as he and Lesnar start taking out all the security guards. Strowman and Lesnar go at it as the RAW locker room hits the ring to separate both men. Lesnar breaks free and leaps on top of Strowman, but is quickly pulled off by the locker room. Both men are held back as RAW closes out.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

On TV This Week 8/13 - 8/19

By Raven Williams, @nevaRWilliams


Red Sox @ Yankees (ESPN, 8pm)

Seahawks @ Chargers (NFL, 8pm)

CFL: BC Lions @ Saskatchewan Roughriders (ESPN 2, 8pm)
Teen Choice 2017, LIVE (FOX, 8pm)
Storage Wars: Biggest Fights, PREMIERE (A&E, 8pm)
The Cars That Made America, PREMIERE (History, 8pm)

The Nineties; The Information Age (CNN, 9pm)
Claws, FINALE (TNT, 9pm)

The History of Comedy; Politics Aside (CNN, 10pm)
I'm Dying Up Here, FINALE (Showtime, 10pm)
Famously Single, FINALE (E!, 10pm)
Guy's Family Road Trip, PREMIERE (Food Network, 10pm)


Indians @ Red Sox (STO, 6pm)
Mets @ Yankees (ESPN, 7pm)
Astros @ Diamondbacks OR Orioles @ Mariners (MLB, 10pm)

Fantasy Football Rankings, LIVE (ESPN 2, 8pm)
American Ninja Warrior; Cleveland City Finals (NBC, 8pm)
Bachelor In Paradise, PREMIERE (ABC, 8pm)
Shadowhunters, FINALE (Freeform, 8pm)
The Cars That Made America, Part 2 (History, 8pm)

Stitchers, FINALE (Freeform, 9pm)

Baller Wives, PREMIERE (VH1, 10pm)
The Real Housewives of Dallas, PREMIERE (Bravo, 10pm)
I Hart Food, PREMIERE (Food Network, 10pm)


Indians @ Twins (STO, 8pm)
White Sox @ Dodgers OR Royals @ Athletics (MLB, 10pm)

Fantasy Football Draft, LIVE (ESPN, 8pm)
The Cars That Made America, Part 3, FINALE (History, 8pm)

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, PREMIERE (A&E, 9pm)

Hard Knocks: Training Camp With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (HBO, 10pm)
The Murder of Laci Peterson, PREMIERE (A&E, 10pm)
Divided, PREMIERE (GSN, 10pm)
Tosh.0, FINALE (Comedy Central, 10pm)
The Jim Jefferies Show, FINALE (Comedy Central, 10:30pm)


Yankees @ Mets (ESPN, 7pm)
Indians @ Twins (STO, 8pm)

Los Angeles Sparks @ Washington Mystics (ESPN 2, 7pm)
CMA Fest 2017 (ABC, 8pm)

Marlon, PREMIERE (NBC, 9pm & 9:30pm)
The F Word with Gordon Ramsay, LIVE FINALE (FOX, 9pm)
Hood Adjacent with James Davis, FINALE (Comedy Central, 9pm)
Emogenius, FINALE (GSN, 9:30pm)

Broadchurch, FINALE (BBC America, 10pm)
Waypoint Presents, PREMIERE (Disney XD, 10pm)
Growing Up Supermodel, PREMIERE (Lifetime, 10pm)
Undressed, PREMIERE (MTV, 11pm & 11:30pm)


Indians @ Twins (STO, 1pm)
Yankees @ Mets OR Cardinals @ Pirates (MLB, 7pm)

Buccaneers @ Jaguars (ESPN, 8pm)

ATP: Western & Southern Open, Men's Round of 16 (ESPN 2, 9pm)
Project Runway, PREMIERE (Lifetime, 8pm)

Flipping Out, PREMIERE (Bravo, 9pm)
Alone, FINALE (History, 9pm)

Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce, PREMIERE (Bravo, 10pm)


Yankees @ Red Sox OR Mariners @ Rays (MLB, 7pm)
Indians @ Royals (STO, 8pm)

Vikings @ Seahawks (NFL, 10pm)

XFINITY Series: Food City 300 (NBC Sports, 7:30pm)

ATP: Western @ Southern Open, Men's Quarterfinals (ESPN 2, 8pm)

BOXING: Alberto Machado vs. Carlos Morales (ESPN 2, 11pm)
COMEDY: Tiffany Haddish: She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood (Showtime, 9pm)


Blue Jays @ Cubs (MLB, 2pm)
Dodgers @ Tigers (FOX Sports 1, 4pm)
Indians @ Royals (STO, 7pm)
Yankees @ Red Sox OR Indians @ Royals (MLB, 7pm)
Nationals @ Padres OR Brewers @ Rockies (MLB, 10pm)

Panthers @ Titans (NFL, 3pm)
Colts @ Cowboys (NFL, 7pm)
Broncos @ 49ers (NFL, 10pm)

ATP: Western & Southern Open, Semifinals (ESPN 2, 12pm)
ATP: Western & Southern Open, Men's Second Semifinal (ESPN 2, 7pm)

Monster Energy Cup Series: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race (NBC, 7pm)

2017 U.S. Amateur, Semifinal Matches (FOX, 12pm)
Wyndham Championship, Third Round (CBS, 3pm)
2017 Solheim Cup, Day 2 (NBC, 4pm)

English Premier League: Stoke City FC vs. Arsenal FC (NBC, 12:30pm)

BOXING: Terrence Crawford vs. Julius Indongo (ESPN, 10pm)

MLL Lacrosse, Championship Game (CBS Sports, 7pm)
P&G Gymnastics Championships Men's Events (NBC Sports, 9pm)
MOVIE: Nocturnal Animals (HBO, 8pm)
MOVIE: Underworld: Blood Wars (Starz, 8pm)

Halt and Catch Fire, PREMIERE (AMC, 9pm)
Wild West, PREMIERE (BBC America, 9pm)
The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway, PREMIERE (Oxygen, 9pm)

Weekend 3 Count 8/13/17

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 **
Celebrating the 20 year anniversary of Degeneration X, I proudly bring you the DX theme song for this week's theme of the week!

*** WWE ***

- Bayley Injury Update: Bayley officially announced this week that she will be dropping out of her WWE RAW Women's Championship Match at WWE SummerSlam, due to her shoulder injury she suffered two weeks ago on RAW against Nia Jax.

- New #1 Contender Match On RAW: With current #1 Contender Bayley unable to compete at WWE SummerSlam, Sasha Banks and Nia Jax will battle on tomorrow's RAW to determine a new #1 Contender.

- Scott Dawson Injured: WWE announced this week that Scott Dawson of The Revival suffered a ruptured biceps tendon tear while competing at a WWE Live Event. The injury occurred during a tag team match with The Revival battling Cesaro and Sheamus. Dawson is expected to have surgery to repair the tear and it is unknown at this time when Dawson will be able to return to the ring.

- Vince McMahon Upset With Shinsuke Nakamura: According to Sports Illustrated, it was said that Vince McMahon was furious with Shinsuke Nakamura after Nakamura accidentally dropped John Cena on his head performing an Exploder suplex last week on Smackdown Live. Vince has stated that he hasn't given up hope on Nakamura, but another mistake like that may change Vince's mind on how he feels about Nakamura.

- DX Turns 20: Triple H tweeted out this week, celebrating Degeneration X's 20th anniversary. 20 years ago Shawn Michaels, Triple H and Chyna started one of the most controversial factions in WWE history. Throughout the years, Rick Rude, Mike Tyson, X-Pac, Road Dogg and Mr. Ass Billy Gunn would also become members.

** 205 Live Recap **
This week's main event saw TJ Perkins battle Rich Swann.

- Tony Nese vs. Cedric Alexander: The match closes out with Nese countering a move into a pump handle slam for a near fall on Alexander. Alexander with a handspring off the ropes and then he trades pin reversals with Nese. Nese rolls up Alexander, grabs a handful of tights and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Tony Nese, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Brian Kendrick says that Jack Gallagher doesn't have what it takes to beat Kendrick. Gallagher attacks Kendrick from behind and beats him down until he can finally escape.

- Noam Dar vs. Mark Thomas: The match closes out with Dar makes quick work of Thomas, unloading on him in the corner with kicks and punches. Dar hits his finisher and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Noam Dar, by pinfall.

- Akira Tozawa Interview: Corey Graves interviews Tozawa inside the ring. Before Graves can get into the full detail of the interview, Neville interrupts and demands to know why Graves isn't interviewing the champion. Neville says he's the hype and Tozawa is no match for a king. Tozawa tosses a chair, takes off his jacket and asks Neville a question, but Neville mocks Tozawa's english. Neville swings and misses at Tozawa with a cheap shot attempt and gets dropped by Tozawa. Neville tries to escape, but eats a kick to the face from Tozawa.

- TJ Perkins vs. Rich Swann: The match closes out with Perkins attempting a knee lock submission, but Swann counters with a handspring splash for a near fall. Swann goes for the Phoenix Splash on Perkins, but misses and hits nothing but mat. Swann ends up on Perkins' shoulders where Perkins drops Swann back of the head first on the turnbuckle. Perkins hits the Detonation Kick and scores the pinfall.
Winner: TJ Perkins, by pinfall.

- After the match backstage, Swann says he's sick of Perkins gloating about the victory and is starting to realize who Perkins really is. Swann leaves Perkins to end the show.

*** NXT ***

- Eric Young Returns: In case you missed NXT TV last Wednesday, Eric Young made his return to the company. EY has been off of TV since June 21st due to the passing of his mother.

- The Street Profits Debut: This past week on NXT TV, Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins debuted their new team called The Street Profits.

* Final Card For NXT Takeover: Brooklyn 3: *

- "NXT World Championship Match": Bobby Roode (c) vs. Drew McIntyre

- "NXT World Tag Team Championship Match": The Authors of Pain (c) vs. SAnitY

- "NXT Women's Championship Match": Asuka (c) vs. Ember Moon

- Johnny Gargano vs. Andrade "Cien" Almas 

- Aleister Black vs. Hideo Itami

*** GFW ***

** GFW Impact Recap **
The main event of the show saw GFW Unified World Champion Alberto El Patron team up with GFW X Division Champion Sonjay Dutt and Matt Sydal and battle Bobby Lashley, Trevor Lee and Low Ki in a Six Man Tag Team Match.

- Outside of the building, LAX and The Veterans of War are brawling. The brawl continues until Konnan orders LAX to back off.

- Sienna Promo: Sienna says we're looking at the epitome of a true champion and she has taken out every obstacle that Karen Jarrett threw at her. Sienna announces that she has to face a mystery opponent at Destination X and is staging a protest against it from happening right now until Karen announces who her opponent is. Karen arrives tells Sienna how she's never liked her, but she let her know that her opponent will be Gail Kim. Gail arrives and promises to win the title and retire a champion. Sienna and Gail begin brawling throughout the arena until GFW officials break things up.

- Backstage, Grado is disappointed that Laurel Van Ness hasn't married him yet because of Kongo Kong. Joseph Park gives Grado a motivational speech about their match against Kong tonight. 

- El Hijo De Fantasma and Naomichi Marufuji vs. Laredo Kid and Garza Jr.: The match closes out with Garza hitting a GTS on Fantasma. El Hijo and Laredo trade kicks on each other. Laredo goes to the floor and gets hit with a suicide dive by Fantasma. Naomichi hits Sliced Bread on Garza and scores the pinfall.
Winners: El Hijo De Fantasma and Nomichi Marufuji, by pinfall.

- "Handicap Match": Kongo Kong vs. Joseph Park and Grado: The match closes out with Park and Grado double teaming Kong to the mat and then start celebrating. Kong choke slams Grado and then hits the cannonball on Park for the pinfall.
Winner: Kongo Kong, by pinfall.

- After the match, Kong beats down Park and Grado. Laurel Van Ness yells at Kong to stop and slaps Kong. Kong grabs Laurel as Tyrus hits the ring. Tyrus and Kong go face to face until Laurel pulls Kong away.

- Backstage, Trevor Lee says he's going to prove to Sonjay Dutt that he's the real GFW X Division Champion. Low Ki gives a message to Alberto El Patron that he made a mistake not joining LAX. Bobby Lashley tells Low Ki and Lee that they aren't his friends and need to stay out of his way.

- Dutch Mantell's Down And Dirty With Dutch": Dutch is sitting with Bobby Lashley and Matt Sydal. Lashley says he never disrespected Sydal, but was merely responding to what Sydal did to him. Sydal speaks highly of the X Division and speaks highly of Lashley. Sydal says that guys the size of Lashley have never intimidated him. Lashley says there's a reason there's an X Division and it's so smaller guys can compete and not get destroyed by men the size of Lashley. Lashley says he's sick of trying to prove himself to small X Division guys and then grabs Sydal by the throat. GFW Security rush in and separate both men.

- "GFW Unified World Tag Team Championship, Street Fight Match": LAX (c) vs. Veterans of War: The match closes out with Diamante low blowing Wilcox and then Santana drop kicks a steel chair into Mayweather. Low Ki handcuffs Mayweather to the ropes and then LAX beats him down. Wilcox takes out Ortiz and Santana, but gets cracked with a Singapore cane. LAX double team and beat down both members of VOW. Wilcox gets driven through a table and then Santana hits a cannonball on Wilcox to score the pinfall and retain the titles.
Winners: LAX, by pinfall, to retain the GFW Unified World Tag Team Championship.

- "Super X Cup Tournament Match": ACH vs. Taiji Ishimori: The match closes out with ACH goes for a suplex and then turns it into a Tombstone attempt, but Ishimori counters and drops ACH with a inverted gut buster. Ishimori hits a springboard 450 splash twice on ACH and scores the pinfall, to advance to the Finals.
Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall.

- After the match Ishimori and Dezmond Xavier shake hands in front of the Super X Cup Trophy, as they will meet in the Finals.

- "Six Man Tag Team Match": Alberto El Patron, Matt Sydal and Sonjay Dutt vs. Bobby Lashley, Low Ki and Trevor Lee: The match closes out with Lee and Dutt on the top rope. Lee is on Dutt's shoulders when Sydal flies and hurricanranas Lee off Dutt's shoulders. Lashley lays out Dutt, but then gets hit with a Si Kick from El Patron. El Patron hits another Si Kick on Low Ki and then all six men begin brawling. Lashley plants Dutt with a power slam and Low Ki follows with Warriors Way on Dutt to score the pinfall.
Winners: Bobby Lashley, Low Ki and Trevor Lee, by pinfall.

- Bound For Glory News: GFW announced this week that their yearly Bound For Glory pay per view will take place in November at The Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida.

- Lockdown Possibly Returning: GFW announced this week that Lockdown might be the third pay per view that GFW brings back in 2018. GFW currently holds Slammiversary and Bound For Glory as their yearly pay per views. It was stated that Lockdown was always another big draw for the company when it was on pay per view in the past. If you've never seen Lockdown, every match on the card took place inside a steel cage.


** ROH TV Recap **
This week's show saw Christopher Daniels finally get his rematch against Cody Rhodes for the ROH World Heavyweight Championship in a 2 Out of the 3 Falls Match.

- Christopher Daniels and Kazarian Promo From 3 Weeks Ago: It was stated that ROH originally banned this promo from TV, but have decided to show it. During the promo, Daniels and Kazarian take shots at ROH and the fans. Kazarian says he's pissed that Daniels was booed by the fans the night Cody Rhodes beat Daniels for the title. Kazarian says it makes him sick that the same fans that praised Daniels when he won the title turned their backs and booed Daniels. Daniels says he made ROH and he can't believe how quickly the fans turned on him after praising him. Daniels cusses out the fans, gives them the bird and says no one cheered Cody when he was Stardust. Daniels reminds the fans that he stayed loyal and signed a two year deal with ROH while Cody refuses to sign on. Daniels says he's never doing anything for the fans ever again and once he wins back the ROH World Title, he's demanding his release from ROH and he's taking the title with him.

- Silas Young and Beer City Bruiser Promo: Silas Young and Beer City Bruiser arrive and announce that it has now been 43 days since the last time we've seen Jay Lethal, who's been out after being injured by Young. Lethal's music hits and Lethal finally returns, hitting the ring. Lethal unloads on Young and Beer City with steel chair shots. ROH security hit the ring, but get destroyed by Lethal. Lethal goes back to beating down Young and Beer City with the steel chair. More ROH security hit the ring and they're laid out by Lethal as well. Lethal goes back to beating down Young and Beer City until finally stopping and leaving the ring.

- "ROH World Heavyweight Championship, 2 Out of 3 Falls Match": Cody Rhodes (c) vs. Christopher Daniels:

** First Fall: The referee gets knocked out in the match allowing Kazarian to toss Daniels a steel chair. Marty Scurll hits the ring and brawls with Kazarian all the way backstage. The referee is back up and grabs the steel chair away from Daniels. Daniels plays tug of war with the steel chair with the referee. Cody rolls up Daniels from behind, scores the pinfall and takes the 1-0 lead.

** Second Fall: Before the second fall can begin, Daniels unloads steel chair shots on Cody, beating him down. The match closes out with Daniels going for Angel's Wings, but Cody counters. Daniels hooks Angel's Wings again, hits it and gets a very close near fall on Cody. Daniels goes for the Best Moonsault Ever, but misses. Cody hits Cross Rhodes on Daniels and scores the pinfall to retain the title winning the match 2-0.
Winner: Cody Rhodes, to retain the ROH World Heavyweight Championship.

*** Lucha Underground ***

** Lucha Underground TV Recap **
This week's show saw more Quartefinals action of The Cueto Cup Tournament. Also 3 of the 7 Gift of the Gods Medallions were given out on this week's show.

- "Trios Match For Three Of Seven Gift Of The Gods Medallions": The Rabbit Tribe (Paul London, Saltador and Mala Suerte) vs. Worldwide Underground (Taya, PJ Black and Ricky Mandel): The match closes out with The Rabbit Tribe hitting high offense on WU, taking out Taya and Black. London goes to the top rope and hits a Shooting Star Press on Mandel and scores the pinfall.
Winners: The Rabbit Tribe, by pinfall, winning 3 of 7 Gift of the Gods Medallions.

- Backstage, WU agent Benji says if it was up to him WU would all be fired for losing, because his top client Johnny Mundo has enough stress right now. Mundo says Benji is working hard getting Mundo endorsement deals, so WU needs to make sure they help Mundo retain his title against Rey Mysterio.

- "The Cueto Cup Tournament Match": Mil Muertes vs. Jeremiah Crane: The match closes out with Crane grabbing a table, but Crane gets speared into the table by Muertes and then power bombed on top of it. Crane counters another spear and traps Muertes in a front face choke submission. Muertes powers out and hits a spinning choke slam on Crane for a near fall. Muertes sets up a table in the corner, but Crane hits a cannonball on Muertes through the table and gets a near fall. Crane climbs the ropes and leaps at Muertes, but Crane gets caught and drilled with the Flatliner, securing the pinfall for Muertes, advancing in the tournament. 
Winner: Mil Muertes, by pinfall.

- After the match, Catrina gives Crane the lick of death, but Crane grabs Catrina and kisses her. Muertes kicks Crane in the head and drills him with another Flatliner.

- An FBI agent arrives and talks to Dario Cueto. The Order have chosen him to replace Councilman Carlos Delgado. The agent says he’s a big Pentagon Dark fan but even his skin will burn when the war comes and all that matters is bringing the gods back to power.

- "The Cueto Cup Tournament Match": Texano vs. Pentagon Dark: The match closes out with Pentagon hitting a Backstabber on Texano. Texano traps Pentagon in an Indian Death Lock submission, but Pentagon escapes. Texano puts Pentagon in the tree of woe and lands a delayed drop kick. Famous B tosses Texano a horseshoe, but Pentagon intercepts it, knocks out Texano with it and scores the pinfall, to advance in the tournament.
Winner: Pentagon Dark, by pinfall.

- After the match, Pentagon breaks Famous B and Brenda's arm.
- Catrina meets Captain Vazquez. Vazquez says the Gods want to use Cage's gauntlet as a gateway. Vazquez and Catrina combine their medallions and it's discovered that Vazquez is Catrina's mother and only Catrina can take Cage's gauntlet. 

- Official Semi Finals of The Cueto Cup Tournament Bracket: The following matches have been made for The Cueto Cup Tournament Semi Finals.

** Pentagon Dark vs. Mil Muertes
** Prince Puma vs. Fenix


** G1 Climax Night #15 Highlights **
NJPW continued with more G1 Climax Tournament action this week.


- Yuji Nagata defeated Zack Sabre Jr.
- Kota Ibushi defeated YOSHI-HASHI.
- Bad Luck Fale defeated Hirooki Goto.
- Tetsuya Naito defeated Togi Makabe.
- Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Tomohiro Ishii.


- Tetsuya Naito 12
- Hiroshi Tanahashi 12
- Bad Luck Fale 10
- Kota Ibushi 10
- Zack Sabre Jr. 8
- Tomohiro Ishii 8
- Hirooki Goto 8
- Togi Makabe 6
- Yuji Nagata 2

** G1 Climax Night #16 Highlights **


- Tama Tonga defeated Satoshi Kojima
- Juice Robinson defeated Toru Yano
- Michael Elgin defeated EVIL
- Kenny Omega defeated SANADA
- Kazuchika Okada vs. Minoru Suzuki ended in a 30 minute time limit draw.


- Kazuchika Okada 13
- Kenny Omega 12
- EVIL 10
- Minoru Suzuki 9
- Michael Elgin 8
- Toru Yano 6
- Tama Tonga 6
- Juice Robinson 6
- Satoshi Kojima 2

** G1 Climax Night #17 Highlights **


- Bad Luck Fale defeated Yuji Nagata.
- Togi Makabe defeated YOSHI-HASHI.
- Zack Sabre Jr. defeated Tomohiro Ishii.
- Hirooki Goto defeated Kota Ibushi.
- Tetsuya Naito defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi.


- Tetsuya Naito 14: Winner
- Hiroshi Tanahashi 12
- Bad Luck Fale 12
- Kota Ibushi 10
- Hirooki Goto 10
- Zack Sabre Jr. 10
- Tomohiro Ishii 8
- Togi Makabe 8
- Yuji Nagata 2

** G1 Climax Night #18 Highlights **


- Juice Robinson defeated Michael Elgin.
- Tama Tonga defeated SANADA.
- Toru Yano defeated Minoru Suzuki.
- EVIL defeated Satoshi Kojima.
- Kenny Omega defeated Kazuchika Okada.


- Kenny Omega 14: Winner
- Kazuchika Okada 13
- EVIL 12
- Minoru Suzuki 9
- Michael Elgin 8
- Toru Yano 8
- Tama Tonga 8
- Juice Robinson 8
- Satoshi Kojima 2

- Yoshihiro Takayama Paralyzed: According to the MMA website called Middle Easy, MMA fighter and former IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Yoshihiro Takayama is reportedly paralyzed from the neck down. Back on May 6th, Takayama attempted a sunset flip on his opponent, however, botched the spot and ended up falling on his head. Thoughts and prayers go out to the Takayama family during this difficult new journey in life. 

*** CZW ***

** Once In A Lifetime Recap **
CZW returned this week with their Once In A Lifetime event, live in Voorhees, New Jersey. CZW World Champion Shane Strickland defended his title against Masada. The most talked about match on the card, however, was CZW icon Father Matt Tremont battling Japan's own Atsushi Onita.

- "Ten Man Aerial Assault Match": Ace Romero defeated Ken Broadway, Smiley, Mike Greca, Brandon Watts, Jason Gory, Anthony Bennett, Kit Osbourne, Pandita and Jimmy Lloyd.

- "CZW Wired Championship Match": Maxwell Jacob Friedman (c) defeated John Silver.

- "Triple Threat Match": The Storm Of Entrails (Dan O’Hare and SHLAK) defeated The Awakening (Stockade and G-Raver) and Hideki Hosaka and RAIJIN-Yaguchi.

- Tim Donst defeated Austin Shakespeare.

- "CZW World Championship Match": Shane Strickland (c) defeated MASADA.

- Lio Rush defeated Joey Janela.

- "Once In A Lifetime Match": Matt Tremont vs. Atsushi Onita ended in a No Contest after RAIJIN-Yaguchi and Hideki Hosaka attacked Matt Tremont. Danny Havoc and Rickey Shane Page hit the ring to make the save. The match was made into a Six Man Tag Team Match.

- "Six Man Tag Team Match": Atsushi Onita, RAIJIN-Yaguchi and Hideki Hosaka defeated Matt Tremont, Danny Havoc and Rickey Shane Page.

- After the match, Onita dares Tremont to come to Japan and face him in a match with real explosions. Tremont accepts the challenge.

*** AAW ***

** AAW Jawbreaker Recap **
AAW returned this week with AAW Jawbreaker, live from LaSalle, Illinois. AAW kicked off the first two matches in the AAW Women's Championship Tournament. Former WWE Superstar Bob "Hardcore" Holly made a special appearance as he battled Keith Lee. AAW World Champion Sami Callihan was in Six Man Tag Team action.

- Alex Daniels and Davey Vega defeated Ace Perry and Paco.

- "AAW Women's Championship Tournament Match": Jessicka Havoc defeated Leah Vaughan, to advance in the tournament.

- "AAW Women's Championship Tournament Match": Ivelisse defeated Samantha Heights, to advance in the tournament.

- Brubaker defeated CJ Esparza.

- Bucky Collins defeated Mike Hartenbower.

- "Six Pack Challenge Match": Myron Reed defeated Kody Rice, Brett Gakiy, Jake Something, Arik Cannon and Juntai Miller.

- Keith Lee defeated Bob "Hardcore" Holly.

- Chuck Taylor defeated Andrew Everett.

- "AAW World Tag Team Championship Match": Zachary Wentz and Dezmond Xavier (c) defeated Stephen Wolf and Trey Miguel.

- Mat Fitchett defeated ACH.

- "Six Man Tag Team Match": Juventud Guerrera, Rey Fenix and AR Fox defeated Sami Callihan, Dave Crist and Jake Crist.

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, August 11, 2017

Krunch Time With Katelin: 5 Takeaways From The Browns First Preseason Game

By Katelin Marshall, @KatelinKnowsCLE

The Cleveland Browns defeated the Saints 20-14 in the first week of the preseason. Rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer played the entire second half and lead the team to a win with a 45 yards touchdown pass to take the lead with 1:52 left in the fourth quarter. The game was an up-and-down game for the Browns. They committed 12 penalties most of them being either false starts or because of being lined up offsides. With that being said here are five thing that stood out to me in the game against the Saints.

1. Myles Garrett looks the part as the consensus number one overall pick. Garrett got into the backfield a number of times. Both in passing and run stopping situations. But what was most impressive about Garrett was when he chased down the Saints running back 15 yards down field after he broke a tackle. That was the play that sticks out most to me. Garrett's hustle and speed to run all the way down field to help force the running back out of bounds is exactly why this defense will be vastly improved.

2. The defense causing two turnovers. Both were forced fumbles because the defensive linemen swatted at the ball when attacking the quarterback. If the Browns are going to win games this year this is exactly what they need to do. Give the offense a short field to work with and then capitalizing on it. Which they did, the first fumble recovery ended with a touchdown run from Matt Dayes. And the second was the game clincher with 17 second left.

3. Cam Erving isn't good. Its that simple. At this point I don't know if he will even make the team. The guy tries and gives 100% effort on every play, but at some point the Browns will have to give up on Erving. The tape shows that he looks lost out on the field and the amount of times he gets manhandled on the line is concerning. Yes, he'd be another first round bust for the Browns but at this point I don't think fans care much about that.

4. Brock Osweiler didn't play well statistically. 6/14 for 42 yards. But there were some issues with the Browns receivers though. Kenny Britt had some issues in the red zone. Brock threw a great pass into the corner of the end zone but Britt couldn't get his second foot in for the touchdown. Osweiler also had a nice pass to receiver Ricardo Lewis down the seam but Lewis broke in from his route and the pass sailed incomplete. Brock also had a couple of miss throws. One to Seth DeValve which he just missed him for a touchdown, and on a third and long were Brock took a shot down field but threw the ball out of bounds. Overall I think Brock did okay. He seems to have a nice command of the offense and will probably start next against the Giants but he didn't do anything that would give him a commanding lead in the quarterback competition.

5. I know it was only one game and it was against the Saints second-fourth team, but DeShone Kizer made a nice name for himself last night. He lead the Browns to victory and did a nice job moving the ball down the field. Kizer still has a lot to learn. He was sacked three times and each time it seemed like he held onto the ball way to long. Without a doubt Kizer has the best "arm talent" on this team, as we seen on both of his deep balls and he already has shown an ability to step up into the pocket and throw. It will be interesting to see what Hue Jackson does with Kizer for the game against the Giants. I don't think he'd start Kizer but I do think Coach Hue wants to play Kizer with/against better talent.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Podcast 8/9/17: Browns Preseason Game, All-Time Favorite Uniforms & TV Show Reboots

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Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 8/10/17: NXT Recap

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

NXT returned this week for more NXT action at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida. This week's show saw more build up towards NXT Takeover: Brooklyn 3. NXT World Champion Bobby Roode and #1 Contender Drew McIntyre have a face to face just two weeks away from the event. Also on this week's edition, No Way Jose finally got his match against Andrade "Cien" Almas.

** NXT TV Card **

- The Street Profits debut in NXT and battle The Metro Brothers.
- Oney Lorcan battled Danny Burch.
- No Way Jose battled Andrade "Cien" Almas.

- SAnitY sets a trap for the NXT World Tag Team Champions The Authors of Pain.

- NXT World Champion Bobby Roode and #1 Contender Drew McIntyre meet face to face with a surprise guest.

** NXT **

- SAnitY Promo: NXT kicks off with Nikki Cross disrupting the show, then Wolfe and Dain join her in the ring and call out The Authors of Pain. AOP appear but get jumped from behind by Eric Young. EY beats down Rezar and then zip ties him to the barricade, as the rest of SAnitY beat down Akam. Rezar rips the barricade out of its base and hits the ring dragging the piece of the barricade with him. SAnitY attack and beat down Rezar and then they pose with the NXT World Tag Team Championship to end the segment.

- Backstage, Peyton Royce and Billie Kay are giving a makeup tutorial and then mock Ruby Riot when they spot her in the background.

- The Metro Brothers vs. The Street Profits: The match closes out with Chris Metro getting in offense on Ford, sends him to the corner and tags in his brother JC Metro. Ford escapes and tags in Dawkins. The Street Profits unload and get the quick pinfall victory.
Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall.

- Bobby Roode and Drew McIntyre Face Off: NXT GM William Regal introduces Bobby Roode and Drew McIntyre. Roode comes out with security and says he hired security to protect everyone from Roderick Strong. Roode mocks McIntyre's first WWE run and says that Roode doesn't need a second chance because he's accomplished everything he has said he'd do. Roode says this is his NXT and McIntyre was never The Chosen One, he's just The One. McIntyre thinks it's funny that Roode is an ass that believes everything that spews from his mouth. Roderick Strong interrupts, says he respects William Regal's rule of not starting anything, but this is about Strong's family being disrespected by Roode. Roode says he'll defend the title against Strong, but Strong has to go through McIntyre first. Regal announces that McIntyre will battle Strong next week, if Strong wins then he gets a title shot against Roode after Takeover: Brooklyn 3.

- Backstage, Johnny Gargano says he has yet to miss a Takeover since last year and doesn't plan on missing next week's. Gargano demands a match for Takeover: Brooklyn 3.

- Oney Lorcan vs. Danny Burch: The match closes out with Lorcan hitting uppercuts and a running blockbuster on Burch. Both men trade shots until Lorcan locks in a single leg crab submission and then turns it into a Boston Crab submission. Burch counters out of it and gets a rollup pinfall for the victory.
Winner: Danny Burch, by pinfall.

- After the match, Lorcan slaps away a handshake from Burch, but then changes his mind and shakes Burch's hand.

- No Way Jose vs. Andrade "Cien" Almas: The match closes out with Almas sending Jose into the corner with a kick. Jose hits running knees in the corner on Almas and goes for the cover. Vega distracts Jose, allowing Almas to hit the Hammerlock DDT for the pinfall.
Winner: Andrade "Cien" Almas, by pinfall.

- After the match, Vega grabs the microphone and says that if Johnny Gargano wants a match at Takeover: Brooklyn 3 then Almas accepts his challenge.