Friday, July 21, 2017

WWE Battleground Preview

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

WWE returns this Sunday night with the next Smackdown Live pay per view event! WWE brings us the fifth edition of WWE Battleground, live at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Smackdown Live's main championships will be on the line as the WWE superstars do battle inside the squared circle. We'll also be treated to a Flag Match and the return of the Punjabi Prison Match! All that and a heck of alot more!!

- "WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Punjabi Prison Match": Jinder Mahal (c) vs. Randy Orton: Last month at WWE Money In The Bank, Mahal defeated Randy Orton for the second pay per view in a row to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Randy Orton demanded another match with Jinder Mahal and stated that winning the world title meant nothing to Orton now, instead this rematch was for Orton's revenge for Mahal touching Orton's dad Bob Orton at WWE Money In The Bank. Shane McMahon understood how Orton felt and immediately announced that Orton would receive another world title match at WWE Battleground, but also allowed Jinder Mahal to pick the stipulation. Mahal chose a match that his idol The Great Khali made famous, The Punjabi Prison Match. Can Randy Orton survive the Punjabi Prison, get redemption for his family and win back the WWE World Heavyweight Championship? Will Jinder Mahal use the Punjabi Prison to his advantage in taking down The Viper yet again?

- "WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Championship Match": The Usos (c) vs. The New Day: Last month at WWE Money In The Bank, The New Day defeated The Usos by countout, however, The Usos retained their titles. The New Day would go on to mock The Usos for the way they backed out of their title fight and taking the countout on purpose. The Usos went on to defeat The Hype Bros. in a match that could've given the bros. a title shot. Since no #1 Contender was yet to be determined, The New Day arrived and immediately asked for a rematch at WWE Battleground, which The Usos accepted. The New Day and The Usos battled it out in a tune up Rap Battle with Wale as the celebrity host, getting the fans hyped for this tag team title match at WWE Battleground. Can The New Day defeat The Usos and prove that The New Day still Rocks? Will The Usos defeat The New Day or find another loop hole to leave still the champions?

- "WWE United States Championship Match": AJ Styles (c) vs. Kevin Owens: Kevin Owens began issuing Open Challenges to anyone for a shot at his WWE United States Championship. AJ Styles immediately answered the challenge, however, Owens turned Styles down because Owens was only looking for someone that was from the city they were touring in. AJ Styles went to Daniel Bryan and told Bryan that Kevin Owens had no clue what an open challenge meant, considering Owens continued to turn down Styles. Styles then went on to win an Independence Day Battle Royal to become #1 Contender to the WWE United States Championship. Styles would go on to defeat Owens at a live house show at Madison Square Garden and become the new WWE United States Champion, making Owens now the #1 Contender at WWE Battleground. Can AJ Styles defeat Kevin Owens and retain his newly won WWE United States Championship. Will Kevin Owens get back what Styles took from him and leave the champion?

- "Flag Match": John Cena vs. Rusev: John Cena returned to Smackdown Live on July 4th and announced he would be appearing on both RAW and Smackdown Live whenever needed. Rusev interrupted John Cena's return and complained about not getting as much exposure for his Smackdown Live return like Cena did. Rusev then went on a tirade about how much he hates America and why we're the lowest of the low out of all the other countries. Cena would go on to challenge Rusev to a Flag Match at WWE Battleground to determine which country was the toughest, America or Rusev's home country of Bulgaria. Rusev accepted the challenge and then attacked Cena from behind one week before the event to send one last message to Cena. Can Cena defend old glory and win the match? Will Rusev defend his home country of Bulgaria and stomp on America? 

- "#1 Contenders Fatal Five Way Elimination Match": Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch vs. Nattie Neidhart vs. Tamina vs. Lana: WWE Smackdown Live Women's Champion Naomi is to thank for this match getting signed, after going to Shane McMahon and asking who her next #1 Contender would be. Charlotte, Becky Lynch, Nattie Neidhart, Tamina and Lana all interrupted and stated their cases on why they should face Naomi next. Shane McMahon took them all under consideration and then announced that they would figure it out themselves in a Fatal Four Way Elimination Match with the winner going to WWE SummerSlam to face Naomi. Which Smackdown Live lady will come out victorious and punch her ticket to SummerSlam?

- Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Baron Corbin: Baron Corbin began his feud with Shinsuke Nakamura last month at WWE Money In The Bank when he attacked Nakamura from behind during Nakamura's entrance. Corbin went on to win the Money In The Bank briefcase in the process as well. The following week Nakamura stated that he'd love to face Corbin one on one because he knows that Corbin is scared. Corbin went on to attack and beat down Nakamura after those comments and said he wasn't afraid of Nakamura. Corbin and Nakamura faced each other on Smackdown Live, however, the match was ruled a no contest after both men brawled all over the arena. Daniel Bryan went on to announce that both men would face each other again at WWE Battleground. Can Nakamura defeat the self proclaimed lone wolf? Will Corbin defeat the Japanese Rockstar and possibly cash in his Money In The Bank briefcase as well against the WWE World Heavyweight Champion?

- Mike Kanellis vs. Sami Zayn: Last month at WWE Money In The Bank, Mike and Maria Kanellis made their WWE debut. During their promo on Smackdown Live, Sami Zayn accidentally interrupted them, which upset Maria. Maria demanded an apology from Zayn for his intrusion and Zayn stated he apologized twice and wasn't apologizing again. Maria ended up slapping Zayn and then Mike busted a vase over Zayn's head. One week before WWE Battleground, Mike Kanellis defeated Zayn in a one on one match. Zayn would get another shot at Kanellis at WWE Battleground in a rematch. 

- Tye Dillinger vs. Aiden English: Two months at WWE Backlash, Tye Dillinger defeated Aiden English on the Pre-Show. Five days before WWE Battleground it was announced that Dillinger and English would go one on one again on the WWE Battleground Pre-Show.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Podcast 7/19/17: On Kirk Cousins, LeBron James, Unappreciated Players & Fast Food Restaurants

By Raven Williams, @nevaRWilliams

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Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 7/20/17: NXT Recap

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

NXT returned this week for more NXT action at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida. Last week, General Manager William Regal announced that Drew McIntyre and Killian Dain would go one on one to determine the new #1 Contender to the NXT World Champion Bobby Roode. With both men undefeated in NXT, who would walk out the #1 Contender?

** This Weeks Card **

- Ember Moon battled Ruby Riot.
- Oney Lorcan battled Danny Burch.
- No Way Jose battled Cezar Bononi.  
- Drew McIntyre battled Killian Dain of SAnitY in a #1 Contenders Match. 

** NXT **

- Ember Moon vs. Ruby Riot: The match closes out with Ruby getting a near fall frankensteiner on Ember. Ember drills Ruby with a kick, follows with a slam and then the roll through clothesline into the corner. Ember goes up top and nails the Eclipse Stunner on Ruby to score the pinfall.
Winner: Ember Moon, by pinfall.

- Earlier in the day, Kassius Ohno is shown meeting with the media. Hideo Itami interrupts and asks if Ohno asked for a match. Ohno says he requested one against Itami. Itami yells at Ohno in Japanese and kicks a trash can before walking off.

- Oney Lorcan vs. Danny Burch: The match closes out with Lorcan hitting an uppercut that busts Burch's nose. Both men go face to face and unload strikes on each other. Burch hits a lariat and follows with a power bomb on Lorcan for a near fall. Lorcan misses a dive at Burch, but rolls through and grabs Burch by the leg. Lorcan traps Burch in a single leg crab submission and gets the tap out win.
Winner: Oney Lorcan, by submission.

- After the match, Lorcan and Burch shake hands, but Burch pulls Lorcan in close and asks for one more match. Lorcan accepts the challenge.

- No Way Jose vs. Cezar Bononi: The match closes out with Jose countering muay thai kicks from Bononi and hits a series of slaps, a hip toss and a clothesline. Jose measures up Bononi and connects with the Jose knock out punch for the pinfall.
Winner: No Way Jose, by pinfall.

- After the match, Andrade "Cien" Almas hits the ring and attacks Bononi. Jose returns and makes the save, as Almas escapes and leaves with Thea Trinidad.

- "#1 Contenders Match": Drew McIntyre vs. Killian Dain: The match closes out with McIntyre going for the Claymore, but Dain hits a slam and then a Vader Bomb for a near fall. Dain counters a double underhook and hits a fall away into a bridge for another near fall on McIntyre. Dain hits a power bomb on McIntyre for another near fall. Both men go to the top rope where Dain hits a Fisherman's Suplex on McIntyre and hooks the leg, but still gets a near fall. McIntyre hits the Future Shock DDT on Dain, but Dain kicks out at one. McIntyre hits the Claymore on Dain, but Dain gets right back up and begs McIntyre for more. McIntyre drills Dain with a second Claymore and finally scores the pinfall.
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall.

- After the match, Drew McIntyre looks into the camera and sends a message to NXT World Champion Bobby Roode. McIntyre tells Roode it's no longer his NXT and McIntyre is coming for his bloody title.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 7/19/17: Smackdown Live Birmingham Recap

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

Welcome back wrestling fans, it's this week's Smackdown Live recap! We are 5 days away from this Sunday's WWE Battleground pay per view, which means this week's Smackdown Live, from Birmingham, Alabama, was the final hype for the pay per view.

** Smackdown Live Card **

- WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Champion Jimmy Uso battled Kofi Kingston.
- Mike Kanellis battled Sami Zayn.
- Becky Lynch battled Charlotte.
- WWE United States Champion AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura battled Kevin Owens and Baron Corbin.

- WWE World Heavyweight Champion Jinder Mahal brought the Punjabi Prison structure to the show tonight to display what Randy Orton must look ahead to at WWE Battleground.

- John Cena talks about his Flag Match coming up against Rusev at WWE Battleground.

** Smackdown Live **

- Jinder Mahal Promo: Mahal arrives with the Punjabi Prison structure surrounding the ring. Mahal says the Punjabi Prison will be the legacy of Randy Orton's final resting place and then goes over the rules of the match. Mahal says he'll smash Orton's face into the structure until it matches the ugliness of our nation, drop Orton off the structure with the Cobra Clutch Slam and then walk out of the Prison still the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Randy Orton interrupts and says that Mahal is either a brave SOB or not too bright for wanting to be locked in the Prison with Orton. Orton begins to climb the structure and reminds Mahal he can't run, hide, escape or get help from The Singh Brothers. Orton says he has nothing to lose, his family to fight for and wonders what 1.3 billion people in India will think when he exposes Mahal as a disgrace. Orton sits on top of the Prison wall and promises to leave Mahal's jacked up ass lying and leave the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion at WWE Battleground, to end the segment.

- Jimmy Uso vs. Kofi Kingston: The match closes out with Kofi countering a superplex and lands a head butt on Jimmy. Jey Uso gets on the apron, but Big E and Woods are there to assist Kofi. Kofi hits a cross body block on Jimmy, but Jimmy rolls it through and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Jimmy Uso, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Shane McMahon is with all 5 ladies that will be in the Fatal Five Way Match at WWE Battleground. Charlotte says she wants to fight Lana tonight, but Nattie Neidhart interrupts and says she wants Lana tonight. Shane says no one is fighting Lana as Becky Lynch and Tamina trade insults. Nattie suggests Charlotte vs. Becky, but Charlotte says Shane wants something better because Charlotte beats Becky all the time. Becky isn't happy with Charlotte's comments so Shane makes that match official for tonight.

- Backstage, Chad Gable says it would've been nice if Jason Jordan would've given Gable a heads up about splitting up American Alpha and jumping to RAW. Gable says he spoke to Jordan after RAW and knows that he and Kurt Angle have a new beginning together and Gable supports Jordan. Gable says this opens the door for him to make a new beginning in his career now. 

- Mike Kanellis vs. Sami Zayn: The match closes out with Zayn taking out Kanellis in the corner with an Exploder. Maria Kanellis gets in the ring and yells at both Zayn and the referee. Mike uses the distraction, cheap shots Zayn and hits a Samoan Driver to score the pinfall.
Winner: Mike Kanellis, by pinfall.

- John Cena Promo: Cena talks about his Flag Match against Rusev at WWE Battleground, goes over the rules and says how much he hates Rusev for the way he disrespects America. Cena says fans hate him, but everyone loves America and promises that he's ready to defend our nation. Cena waves the American flag that's posted in the corner and says that America is a nation of fighters that never give up. Rusev suddenly jumps the barricade from the crowd and attacks Cena from behind. Rusev unloads on Cena and lands a thrust kick. Rusev hits the stomp and then traps Cena in The Accolade submission. Cena tries to power out, but Rusev shuts Cena down and leaves Cena laid out. Rusev grabs the Bulgarian flag posted in the corner and waves it to end the segment.

- Backstage, AJ Styles tries to talk strategy and about Japan with Shinsuke Nakamura. Nakamura isn't interested and instead points at Styles' WWE United States Championship and says the day Styles is ready Nakamura will answer the call.

- Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte: The match closes out with Becky countering Natural Selection and traps Charlotte in the Dis Arm Her submission. Charlotte escapes and plants a big boot on Becky for a near fall. Charlotte attempts the moonsault off the ropes, but misses. Becky traps Charlotte in the Dis Arm Her submission and gets the tap out win.
Winner: Becky Lynch, by submission.

- After the match, Becky gets jumped by Nattie Neidhart. Charlotte goes after Nattie, but gets tossed outside. Lana and Tamina double team Becky until Tamina and Nattie start arguing. Tamina drops Nattie and then stares down Lana before leaving the ring.

- Backstage, WWE Smackdown Live Women's Champion Naomi says she's not defending her title at WWE Battleground, but will be the first to congratulate whoever wins the Fatal Five Way Match. Carmella interrupts and tells Naomi that she goes where ever the champ goes and maybe we'll see a Money In The Bank cash in at WWE Battleground.

- We get the Fashion X Files this week with Fandango and Tyler Breeze. Breezango get a package with the head of a stuffed animal horse inside. They also receive a note that says "Battleground". Breezango plan to show up at WWE Battleground and end whoever is stalking them once and for all.

- AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Baron Corbin and Kevin Owens: The match closes out with Styles going for a springboard on Corbin, but Owens knocks Styles outside. Nakamura attacks Owens, but gets tossed into the timekeepers area. Styles counters End of Days with an enziguri and a Pele Kick on Corbin. Owens blind tags in and blasts Styles from behind as Styles went for the Styles Clash on Corbin. Owens hits the Pop Up Power Bomb on Styles and scores the pinfall.
Winners: Kevin Owens and Baron Corbin, by pinfall.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 7/18/17: RAW Nashville Recap

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

What's up gang?! Wrestling kicks off another exciting week with Monday Night RAW live in Nashville, Tennessee. Tonight we finally learned who has been behind the text messages that Kurt Angle has been receiving that could ruin his career as the RAW General Manager. Who did it turn out to be? Also, Roman Reigns battled Samoa Joe to determine just exactly who is going to WWE SummerSlam to battle WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar. That and plenty more action as RAW moves ahead to WWE SummerSlam in August.

** This Weeks Card **

- WWE RAW Women's Champion Alexa Bliss battled Bayley in a non title match.
- Brian Kendrick and Drew Gulak battled Jack Gallagher and Mustafa Ali.
- Finn Balor battled Elias Samson.
- Akira Tozawa battled Ariya Daivari.
- The Hardy Boys battled The Revival.
- Roman Reigns battled Samoa Joe in a #1 Contenders Match for the WWE Universal Championship.

- Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins bring up the past face to face.

- Enzo and Big Show continue their feud with Big Cass.

- Kurt Angle finally reveals his secret that could cost him his job as General Manager of Monday Night RAW.

** RAW **

- Dean Ambrose Promo: Ambrose arrives with a steel chair and immediately calls out The Miz, Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas. Seth Rollins interrupts instead and heads to the ring. Rollins says he appreciates Ambrose's toughness, but doesn't understand why he's fighting a battle he can't win without help. Ambrose brings up The Shield incident with Rollins turning and never being able to trust Rollins ever again. Rollins says it happened 3 years ago, it's time to move on, Rollins apologizes for doing it and offers Ambrose the chance to beat him down with the steel chair if that's what it'll take. The Miz, Axel and Dallas interrupt next all holding steel chairs and surround the ring, as Miz says this reunion is very touching just like a Nashville country song. Miz gets taken out by Ambrose as Axel and Dallas double team Rollins. Miz sends Ambrose into the steel steps and then helps 3 on 1 attack Rollins. Miz lays out Rollins with a Skull Crushing Finale right on a steel chair to end the segment.

- Alexa Bliss vs. Bayley: The match closes out with Bayley landing a back suplex and a elbow from the top rope. Alexa gets chased outside by Bayley, but Nia Jax is there for backup. Bayley gets distracted by Nia and gets a cheap shot from Alexa. Sasha Banks hits ringside and drop kicks Nia into the apron. Bayley gets a near fall rollup, but comes back with Bayley To Belly on Alexa, scoring the pinfall on the champ.
Winner: Bayley, by pinfall.

- We're at the commentators table and Corey Graves immediately jumps up from his seat with another text message arriving that he has to show Kurt Angle.

- Backstage, Kurt Angle and Corey Graves meet up. Angle is having second thoughts about going public with his secret. Graves reminds Angle that social media will leak it anyway, it's best to come clean. Angle agrees and thanks Graves for the friendship he's given him through this tough time.

- Backstage, Ariya Daivari interrupts Titus Worldwide and asks where Akira Tozawa's honor has gone. Daivari then challenges Tozawa to a rematch so he can finish what he started last week.

- Brian Kendrick and Drew Gulak vs. Jack Gallagher and Mustafa Ali: The match closes out with Gallagher tossing Gulak and then Kendrick tags in and attacks Gallagher. Gallagher shuts down Kendrick and hits a head butt. Ali tags in, hits the inverted 450 Splash on Kendrick and scores the pinfall.
Winners: Jack Gallagher and Mustafa Ali, by pinfall.

- Enzo Promo: Enzo says that he lost to Big Cass at WWE Great Balls of Fire, but he brought the fight to him. Enzo then mentions the fact that when someone the size of Cass gets in the ring with him like the Big Show did, Cass folds like a lawn chair. Cass suddenly interrupts and heads to the ring. Cass mocks Enzo for running his mouth again and is going to beat some sense into Enzo. Enzo escapes the ring and watches with a fan at ringside as Big Show arrives. Cass hits a boot, but Show returns with a head butt. Show beats on Cass and tosses him into the barricade repeatedly. Cass fights back with a punch and then sends Show into the barricade. Show tosses Cass into the apron and slams him on the floor. Show with chops, but Cass sends Show into the ringpost repeatedly. Cass finally gets Show down in the ring and ground and pounds him. Enzo tries to make the save, but gets laid out with a Cass big boot to end the segment.

- Backstage, Roman Reigns says he'll beat Samoa Joe tonight because Reigns is at his best when the stakes are high.

- Backstage, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins are arguing with each other. Kurt Angle interrupts and says they can fight two of the three men in the Miztourage next week. Ambrose and Rollins accept, but they want all three members in a handicap match.

- Elias Samson vs. Finn Balor: The match closes out with Balor unloading on Samson and sending him outside. Balor follows and looks to continue the offense. Samson suddenly grabs his guitar and busts it over Balor, DQ'ing Samson.
Winner: Finn Balor, by DQ.

- After the match, Bray Wyatt appears on the TitanTron laughing. Bray says he needs to satisfy his soul, inflict pain on Balor and punish Balor.

- Backstage, Bayley and Sasha Banks ask Kurt Angle to decide who the #1 Contender is between the two of them. Angle announces Bayley vs. Banks next week in a #1 Contenders Match.

- Backstage, The Revival brag about jumping The Hardy Boys last week and promise to do it again this week.

- Akira Tozawa vs. Ariya Daivari: The match closes out with Daivari attacking Tozawa's shoulder. Daivari hits a running knee on Tozawa and again beats on the shoulder. Titus O'Neil suddenly jumps on the apron and tells the referee that Tozawa forfeits the match.
Winner: Ariya Daivari, by Forfeit.

- After the match, Tozawa argues with the referee for stopping the match, argues with Titus O'Neil for telling the referee to stop the match and then walks out.

- Kurt Angle Promo: Angle apologizes for the issues he's caused the past month with his recent serious consequence. Angle says that his family is 100% supportive of his secret as is the WWE. Angle says he dated a girl in college and recently found out that they had a child together that he never knew about. Angle says his son was put up for adoption and raised by a wholesome family with American values. Angle says his son was great at sports, wrestled in college and is a current WWE Superstar. Angle introduces his son........Jason Jordan. Jordan arrives and hugs Angle to end the segment.

- The Revival vs. The Hardy Boys: The match closes out with Matt tossing Wilder outside as Jeff hits Whisper in the Wind on Dawson. Jeff goes for the Swanton Bomb, but gets shoved off the ropes by Wilder. Dawson covers Jeff, grabs the pants and scores the pinfall.
Winners: The Revival, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Samoa Joe says he's proved that he doesn't fear Brock Lesnar and warns Roman Reigns that Joe is a force of nature. Joe says his third time against Reigns tonight will be the charm.

- Backstage, Titus O'Neil apologizes to Akira Tozawa for costing him his match earlier, but says he was looking out for Tozawa's future. Tozawa tells Titus to get him a rematch with Ariya Daivari for this week's 205 Live.

- "#1 Contenders Match": Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe: The match closes out with Joe hitting a series of head butts. Reigns comes back and plants Joe with a Samoan Drop. Reigns counters the Uranage from Joe and nails the Superman Punch. Both men are down when suddenly Braun Strowman hits the ring, getting the match thrown out.
Winner: No Contest.

- After the match, Reigns lands a punch and a boot on Strowman. Strowman sends Reigns into the barricade then tosses him in between the ropes back into the ring. Joe and Strowman unload on each other until Strowman drops Joe. Strowman corner splashes Reigns and then pounds him into the corner. Reigns hits a big boot on Strowman sending him into Joe who applies the Coquina Clutch submission on Strowman. Reigns plants a Superman Punch, dropping both Strowman and Joe. Strowman counters another Superman Punch with a mid air spine buster on Reigns. Strowman plants Joe with a running power slam and then plants Reigns with two running power slams to end the show.

Monday, July 17, 2017

On Deck Circle 7/17/17: 5 Bold Predictions For The MLB's Second Half

By Pat Luhta, @PLuhta

Baseball season is now past the unofficial midway point now that the All-Star game and festivities are complete. As the MLB season is back underway, we can look at what’s ahead for the 2nd half of the season and make some predictions on what’s to come. So let’s not only make some predictions, but let’s go out on a limb and make some real bold ones here. These predictions may not seem likely but there’s no telling what could happen with this many games left to play still, so let’s jump right into it here with 5 bold predictions for the 2nd half of the MLB season.

1. The Yankees will not make the playoffs – So I’ll get started with a bold-lite prediction here and call the Yankees and non-playoff team. The Yankees got off to a hot start in April and lead the division through May and are now in the playoffs as a wildcard team so they’ve been a playoff team since the beginning of the season. They are just 6-18 since June 13th though and are tapering off rapidly, Boston has not only surpassed them for the division lead but the Tampa Bay Rays have also caught up to them and went into the All-Star break tied for the top wildcard spot. With the Twins, Royals, Angels and Rangers all within 3 games of the wildcard spot, it’s completely feasible that the Yankees miss out on the playoffs this season if they continue this type of play.

2. Carlos Correa or Jose Altuve will win AL MVP – This bold prediction is based off the previous prediction. Right now, Aaron Judge is the AL MVP and it’s not close, he has this all locked up right now. If the Yankees do miss the playoffs though and Aaron Judge hits a rookie wall, then that leaves the MVP up for debate. The Astros were an impressive 60-29 at All-Star break and on pace for roughly 110 wins this season, if they can win that many games then someone on the Astros will get big time consideration. Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve are the top 2 candidates and very similar in production, it will be a close call in which they will split votes and one will end up as the AL MVP.

3. The St. Louis Cardinals will win the NL Central – A 3rd place team that is 2 games under .500 and 5.5 games out of 1st place at all-star break, it would seem unlikely that any team under those circumstances would make a run at the division. But the Cardinals though have the benefit of playing a division that is still up for grabs, not sold on the Brewers yet and the Cubs are still a mess even with the acquisition of Jose Quintana(which the White Sox fleeced them in, btw.) The Cardinals’ bats need to wake up a bit and they can make up ground in no time, their pitching is amongst the best in the league and any team that has good pitching will have a shot at the postseason. Pitching stays where it is and bats heat up a bit, and the division is all theirs to win.

4. Pittsburgh Pirates will be biggest sellers as trade deadline approaches – Everyone right now is assuming that the Oakland A’s will be the biggest sellers, but let’s not be too sure about that. The A’s have Sonny Gray that will almost certainly be dealt and they will have other available assets such as Yonder Alonso and Khris Davis to deal as well. But the Pirates have more players that are worth trading for and being 7 games out of the division, it’s time to start dealing them. While I do not think Andrew McCutcheon will be traded, players like Gerrit Cole, Ivan Nova, Josh Harrison and Francisco Cervelli could all be on the move. Cole and Nova especially now that the market for starting pitching has been set with the trade of Jose Quintana to the Cubs, pitching will cost buyers a lot in order to deal so Pittsburgh can get younger real quick by trading either or both pitchers.

5. Bryce Harper and Clayton Kershaw will win the NL triple crown - In batting, the triple crown is when a batter leads the league in batting average, RBI's and home runs. This is one of the rarest feats in baseball, Miguel Cabrera accomplished it in 2012 but before then it was Carl Yastrzemski in 1967 and to stack the deck even more against Bryce Harper, there hasn't been a triple crown winner in the NL since 1937. That ends this year, Harper is currently 2nd in the NL in batting average, tied for 3rd in RBI's and tied for 7th in home runs(only 4 back of the current leader.) He is within striking distance of them all and will end up leading the National League in all 3 come season's end. The triple crown in pitching is a bit more common, when a pitcher leads the league in wins, ERA and strikeouts. Clayton Kershaw accomplished this once before, back in 2011 and he is primed to do it again this season.
He leads the league in wins and is 2nd in both ERA and strikeouts and is extremely close to being 1st in all 3. Max Scherzer has a 2.10 ERA while Kershaw has a 2.18 and Scherzer has 173 K's while Kershaw has 159, that slim margin is what is keeping Kershaw from currently leading in all 3. A batter and pitcher winning the triple crown in the same league in the same year has not happened since 1934 and has only happened once in the National League(back in 1884, I'm sure we all remember that), but this year we will get to witness a rare phenomenon as both Bryce Harper and Clayton Kershaw will be triple crown winners.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

On TV This Week 7/16 - 7/22

By Raven Williams, @nevaRWilliams


Yankees @ Red Sox (ESPN, 8pm)

Trail Blazers vs. Grizzlies (ESPN 2, 6pm)
Lakers vs. Mavericks (ESPN 2, 8pm)

Washington Mystics @ New York Liberty (NBA TV, 5pm)
Phoenix Mercury @ Minnesota Lynx (NBA TV, 7pm)

CONCACAF Gold Cup: Curacao vs. Mexico (FOX Sports 1, 8:30pm)
Celebrity Family Feud; Neil deGrasse Tyson vs. Rick Fox, Boy Band vs. Girl Group (ABC, 8pm)
Shahs of Sunset, PREMIERE (Bravo, 8pm)
Kids' Choice Sports 2017 (Nickelodeon, 8pm)

Game of Thrones, PREMIERE (HBO, 9pm)
The Nineties (CNN, 9pm)

The Strain, PREMIERE (FX, 10pm)
The History of Comedy: One Nation, Under Comedy (CNN, 10pm)

Remember Me, PREMIERE (PBS, 10pm)


Blue Jays @ Red Sox (ESPN, 7pm)
Indians @ Giants (STO, 10pm)
Indians @ Giants OR Padres @ Rockies (MLB, 10pm)

Las Vegas Championship: Lakers vs. Trail Blazers (ESPN, 10pm)

BIG3 Basketball; Philadelphia - Week 4 (FOX Sports 1, 8pm)
The IGN Show, PREMIERE (Disney XD, 9:30pm)

Loaded, PREMIERE (AMC, 10pm)


Yankees @ Twins (ESPN, 8pm)
Indians @ Giants (STO, 10pm)

Chicago Sky @ Seattle Storm (ESPN 2, 9pm)
Rare -- Creatures Of The Photo Ark, PREMIERE (PBS, 9pm)

Shooter, PREMIERE (USA, 10pm)
Born This Way, FINALE (A&E, 10pm)
A Night With My Ex, PREMIERE (Bravo, 10pm)


Indians @ Giants (STO, 3pm)
Cardinals @ Mets (ESPN, 7pm)
Nationals @ Angels (ESPN, 10pm)

CONCACAF Gold Cup (FOX Sports 1, 6pm)
International Champions Cup 2017: AS Roma vs. Paris Saint-Germain (ESPN 2, 8pm)
CONCACAF Gold Cup (FOX Sports 1, 9pm)
Black Ink Crew: Chicago, PREMIERE (VH1, 8pm)

Lip Sync Battle: David Spade vs. Nina Agdal (Spike, 10pm)


Rangers @ Orioles OR Tigers @ Royals (MLB, 7pm)

The Basketball Tournament, Super 16 (ESPN 2, 7pm)

CONCACAF Gold Cup (FOX Sports 1, 7:30pm)
International Champions Cup 2017: Manchester United vs. Manchester City (ESPN, 9:30pm)
CONCACAF Gold Cup (FOX Sports 1, 10:30pm)
Hollywood Game Night; Game Night Is The New Black (NBC, 8pm)

Battle Of The Network Stars; Primetime Soaps vs. ABC Teens (ABC, 9pm)
Growing Up Hip Hop, PREMIERE (WE TV, 9pm)

Swole-Mates, PREMIERE (POP, 10pm)

Nick Cannon Presents Wild 'n Out; New Edition Cast, Nick Grant (MTV, 11pm)
SafeWord; Amber Rose vs. Charlamagne Tha God (MTV, 11:30pm)


Blue Jays @ Indians (STO, 7pm)
Astros @ Orioles OR Blue Jays @ Indians (MLB, 7pm)

MLS: Atlanta United FC @ Orlando City SC (ESPN, 7pm)

The Basketball Tournament, Super 16 (ESPN 2, 7pm)
The Basketball Tournament, Super 16 (ESPN 2, 9pm)

2017 World Series Of Poker, Final Table (ESPN, 9pm)
Disney's Descendants 2 (ABC, 8pm)

Raven's Home, PREMIERE (Disney, 10pm)


Cardinals @ Cubs (FOX Sports 1, 4pm)
Blue Jays @ Indians (STO, 7pm)
Rangers @ Rays (FOX Sports 1, 7pm)
Yankees @ Mariners OR Red Sox @ Angels (MLB, 10pm)

XFINITY Series: Lilly Diabetes 250 (NBC Sports, 3:30pm)

MLS: New York Red Bulls @ Minnesota United FC (ESPN, 4pm)
International Champions Cup 2017: Juventus vs. FC Barcelona (ESPN 2, 6pm)
International Champions Cup 2017: Paris Saint-Germain vs. Tottenham Hotspur FC (ESPN 2, 8pm)

2017 Open Championship, Third Round (NBC, 7am-3pm)

UFC Fight Night: Weidman vs. Gastelum - Prelims (FOX, 6pm)
UFC Fight Night: Weidman vs. Gastelum (FOX, 8pm)

WNBA: 2017 WNBA All-Star Game (ABC, 3:30pm)

The Basketball Tournament, Super 16 (ESPN, 12pm)
The Basketball Tournament, Super 16 (ESPN, 2pm)
The Basketball Tournament, Super 16 (ESPN 2, 4pm)
The Basketball Tournament, Super 16 (ESPN 2, 6pm)

Arena League: Cleveland Gladiators @ Tampa Bay Storm (CBS Sports, 7pm)
2017 World Series of Poker, Final Table (ESPN, 9pm)
MOVIE: Hacksaw Ridge (HBO, 8pm)
MOVIE: Risk (Showtime, 9pm)

Gone: The Forgotten Women of Ohio, PREMIERE (Spike, 9pm)
The Dude Perfect Show, PREMIERE (Nickelodeon, 9pm)
Super Southern Eats, PREMIERE (Food Network, 9:30pm)

Weekend 3 Count 7/16/17

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 I'm hitting you with a throw back theme song. I'm taking you back to the ECW days and demanding RESPECT! This week's theme is Rob Van Dam's entrance theme from ECW. "Walk" by Pantera.

*** WWE ***

- The Kurt Angle Scandal: It was announced this past week on RAW that we will finally find out who is behind the Kurt Angle text messages that have been sent to him the past month and a half. Angle has said that when he goes public with this secret tomorrow on RAW it could ruin his family and his general manager job on RAW. Rumors have said that it could be a possible affair angle with Stephanie McMahon which will set up Kurt Angle vs. Triple H at SummerSlam. Another rumor is Angle is having an affair with ex TNA President Dixie Carter and she will be on RAW. Guess we'll have to tune in to RAW to find out.

- Triple H Sends Out Another Invite: This week following the Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather press conference, Triple H sent out another invite to both fighters to make a RAW appearance and talk things out about their up coming fight.

- Talking Smack Cancelled: WWE announced this week that they have cancelled the 20 minute Talking Smack TV show after Smackdown Live every Tuesday. What was even bad is they cancelled the show but never told hosts Renee Young and Daniel Bryan. Both found out while on Twitter.

- Mae Young Classic Tournament News: WWE announced this week that they've signed Kay Lee Ray and Ayesha Raymond to compete in this summer's Mae Young Classic Tournament.

The following is the now completed roster for the Mae Young Classic Tournament.

* Dakota Kai - New Zealand
* Serena Deeb - United States
* Vanessa Borne - United States
* Xia Li - China
* Rachel Evers - United States
* Sage Beckett - United States
* Kay Lee Ray - Scotland
* Tessa Blanchard - United States
* Toni Storm - Australia
* Marti Belle - Dominican Republic
* Lacey Evans - United States
* Santana Garrett - United States
* Nicole Savoy - United States
* Ayesha Raymond - England
* Reina Gonzalez - United States
* Shayna Baszler - United States
* Piper Niven - Scotland
* Zeda - China
* Rhea Ripley - Australia
* Kavita Devi - India
* Sarah Logan - United States
* Bianca Belair - United States
* Abbey Laith - United States
* Candice LeRae - United States
* Mia Yim - South Korea
* Miranda Salinas - United States
* Renee Michelle - United States
* Princesa Sugehit - Mexico
* Mercedes Martinez - United States
* Jazzy Gabert - Germany
* Taynara Conti - Brazil
* Kairi Sane - Japan

- Ronda Rousey At Mae Young Classic Tournament: Sources have said that former UFC fighter Ronda Rousey was in attendance during the first round tournament matches in the Mae Young Classic Tournament during taping.

- Nikki Bella Return: According to sources, there is a chance that we might see a Nikki Bella return soon. Nikki has reported that she would love to compete at WWE SummerSlam. Nikki retired after Wrestlemania 33 after suffering from returning neck problem issues.

** 205 Live Recap **
This week's main event saw Cedric Alexander battle Noam Dar in an I Quit Match.

- Backstage, Titus O'Neil promises Akira Tozawa that he'll get him a rematch for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. Ariya Daivari interrupts and tells Tozawa his career is being mismanaged by Titus. Daivari dedicates his match to Iranian wrestler Hassan Yasdani.

- Akira Tozawa vs. Ariya Daivari: The match closes out with Neville knocking Tozawa off the top rope going for his senton finisher, DQ'ing Daivari.
Winner: Akira Tozawa, by DQ.

- After the match, Neville beats down Tozawa and tosses him into the barricade. Neville lands a kick and traps Tozawa in the Rings of Saturn submission.

- A video plays of Drew Gulak and he apologizes for jumping off the top rope two weeks ago breaking his No Fly Zone rule. Drew Gulak then challenges Mustafa Ali to a 2 Out of 3 Falls Match next week. 

- Rich Swann vs. Mario Connors: The match closes out with Swann taking control of the match and hitting the top rope Phoenix Splash for the pinfall.
Winner: Rich Swann, by pinfall.

- After the match, TJ Perkins tells Swann that he's not impressed with Swann's victory and he could've beaten Connors in half of the time that Swann did. Perkins challenges Connors and claims to be able to beat him in Swann's time, in under 3:49 seconds.

- TJ Perkins vs. Mario Connors: The match closes out with Connors countering the knee bar submission and getting a near fall rollup. Perkins hits the Detonation Kick on Connors and scores the pinfall in 28 seconds.
Winner: TJ Perkins, by pinfall.

- Brian Kendrick Promo: Brian Kendrick came out dressed as Jack Gallagher and mocks Gallagher's clothing and voice. Kendrick calls Gallagher a third rate William Regal and names a list of things that Kendrick had to do to get back to the WWE. Gallagher interrupts and informs Kendrick that he's been working hard in the UK since he was a teenager, Kendrick squandered his first run in WWE and should have looked at it as a pleasure. Kendrick and Gallagher begin brawling, with Kendrick grabbing Gallagher's umbrella and using it on him. WWE Officials hit the ring and finally separate both men.

- "I Quit Match": Cedric Alexander vs. Noam Dar: The match closes out with Alexander trapping Dar's hand in between a chair and stomping on it repeatedly. Dar at first refuses to quit, but eventually does as Alexander continues to stomp on the hand.
Winner: Cedric Alexander.

- After the match, Noam Dar stuns Alicia Fox by dumping her, stating he was never into her. Dar says he used Alicia and she's dumber than she looks. Dar says he doesn't need Alicia because he has women all over the world. Dar tells Alicia that she never meant anything to him. Dar walks out as Alicia is left in the ring crying to end the show.

*** NXT ***

- Bobby Fish's TV Debut: This past week on NXT, former ROH wrestler Bobby Fish officially made his NXT debut as he battled Aleister Black.

- Kyle O'Reilly Debuts: Former ROH World Heavyweight Champion Kyle O'Reilly made his official NXT debut during TV tapings this week. O'Reilly should be appearing sometime on NXT TV in July.

- Lei'D Tapa Debuts: Former TNA Knockout and TNA Gut Check winner Lei'D Tapa worked this week's NXT TV tapings in a match against Ember Moon.

- Thea Trinidad's NXT Name: Former TNA Knockout Thea Trinidad recently got a name change. Thea is now using the name Zolita Vega. She will be working as the valet for Andrade "Cien" Almas.

*** GFW ***

** GFW Impact Recap **
This week's main event saw GFW Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion Alberto El Patron team up with Bobby Lashley to battle LAX.

- While riding in the Parkmobile, Joseph Park tells Grado that he needs to marry a Knockout quick or else he'll be deported back to the UK.

- LAX Promo: Konnan announces Alberto El Patron as the newest member of LAX and El Patron comes to the ring. El Patron talks about his history with Konnan, but never once agreed to what they pulled last week. Konnan rips GFW and says everyone has always been against them because they're Mexican. Konnan tells El Patron to open his eyes, not listen to the higher ups or the fans and join LAX. El Patron refuses to join and says he doesn't need anyone's help. LAX suddenly jump El Patron and beat him down. Bobby Lashley hits the ring, destroys LAX and helps El Patron to his feet.

- A video from an ESPN interview with DeAngelo Williams is shown. Williams says his match at GFW Slammiversary was a one time thing and he has no interest in wrestling more at this time.

- "Super X Cup Tournament Match": ACH vs. Andrew Everett: The match closes out with Everett hitting a Pele Kick and then Mount Everett on ACH for the near fall. Everett misses a moonsault, but lands on his feet and eats a kick from ACH. ACH plants Everett with a brain buster and scores the pinfall, to advance in the tournament.
Winner: ACH, by pinfall.

- Gail Kim Promo: Gail thanks all her friends, family and the GFW roster for the great memories. Gail officially announces that she will retire at the end of 2017, but promises to go out on top.

- Chris Adonis heads to the ring, but confronts Andy and Freddie from the Pop TV show Swole Mates who are in the crowd. Adonis dares them to step in the ring. Andy and Freddie knock over the barricade and head to the ring. All three men begin flexing at each other until Eli Drake hits the ring. GFW Officials hit the ring next and separate all four men.

- "International Mini's Match": Octagoncito vs. Demus: The match closes out with Octagoncito hitting a hurricanrana and a moonsault on Demus. Octagoncito then hits a snapping hurricanrana into a rollup for the pinfall.
Winner: Octagoncito, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Grado tries asking out the Knockouts, but gets shot down by all of them. Joseph Park tells Grado to not give up and gives him champagne and chocolates to give to the next knockout.

- "GFW Grand Championship Match": Moose (c) vs. Naomichi Marufuji: Ethan Carter comes out for commentary for this match. Round one goes to Moose 29-28. Round two goes to goes to Marufuji 29-28. The match closes out in Round three with Marufuji countering the Game Changer and unloads kicks on Moose. Ethan Carter grabs the Grand Championship and hits Marufuji with it, getting Moose DQ'ed on purpose.
Winner: Naomichi Marufuji, by DQ. Moose retains the GFW Grand Championship.

After the match, Moose chases EC3 backstage.

- At LAX's Hideout, Konnan wants LAX to send Alberto El Patron and Bobby Lashley a message. Konnan wants both men carried out of the arena on stretchers later tonight.

- Trevor Lee Promo: Lee still has the GFW X Division Championship he stole from Sonjay Dutt. Lee announces himself as the champion, says he's a fighting champion and runs down all the accomplishments his opponent has had in his career. Lee refuses to take off the title to wrestle and instead leaves it on.

- Trevor Lee vs. William Weeks: The match closes out with Sonjay Dutt being shown being held back by GFW Security as Lee hits his double foot stomp finisher on Weeks to score the pinfall.
Winner: Trevor Lee, by pinfall.

- After the match, Sonjay Dutt finally hits the ring and attacks Trevor Lee. Dutt tries to get his title back, but Lee escapes with it still in his possession.

- Laurel Van Ness vs. Ava Storie: The match closes out with both ladies brawling outside and then back into the ring. Laurel nails a hangman's DDT on Ava then follows up with a Curb Stomp for the pinfall.
Winner: Laurel Van Ness, by pinfall.

- After the match, Grado arrives with the champagne and chocolates. Grado flirts with Laurel and hits her with compliments on how she looks and how he feels about her. Laurel looks like she's about to agree to a date with Grado, when suddenly Kongo Kong hits the ring and chases off Grado.

- Alberto El Patron and Bobby Lashley vs. LAX: The match closes out with El Patron getting a near fall Backstabber. Lashley is in and delivers a spinebuster on Ortiz. El Patron and Lashley toss Ortiz outside and then hit an assisted double foot stomp together on Santana to score the pinfall.
Winners: Alberto El Patron and Bobby Lashley, by pinfall.

- After the match, Alberto El Patron and Bobby Lashley show respect towards each other and shake hands. Lashley starts to leave heading up the ramp, but El Patron suddenly gets jumped from behind inside the ring by LAX. El Patron gets beat down, laid out and the Mexican flag draped over his body by LAX as Lashley stayed on the stage and laughed at El Patron to end the show.

- Alberto El Patron Involved In Domestic Dispute: GFW announced this week that GFW World Heavyweight Champion Alberto El Patron was involved in a domestic violence dispute at the Orlando airport on Sunday. TMZ reports that Patron allegedly "roughed up a female companion", but didn't give the name of the female. Sources have said that his girlfriend Paige was with Patron and his family in Orlando this weekend. Witnesses reported to TMZ that Paige was with Alberto at the airport that same day of the incident. TMZ also noted that Patron and the woman were arguing in the terminal and cops were called once things escalated.

- Paige's Official Statement: Paige posted the following official statement about the airport incident with Alberto El Patron.

"Alberto didn't want me to say the full story because he didn't want people to know and I didn't want people to know that I threw a drink on him. But the full story is, I had a phone call saying my uncle is in a bad way. I'm crying outside the restaurant. I go in, alberto is hugging me. I'm a little sensitive and we start bickering about something so small. I say I'm leaving and he says something that I won't write on here but it wasn't nice and I, even though I shouldn't gave done it. I threw a drink in his face because I was so angry. Again. Shouldn't have done it. It was in front of a lot of people. I walk out. He follows me a few seconds later and gets the cops and security and a crazy lady decides to leave whatever she's doing to follow us and invade our privacy in the completely low way. Only low life people would do. Anyways. It was ME who was being held for battery charges because I threw a drink on him. No. he never touched me and no I never hit him with a glass 3 times like the internet in all their glory is making out. It's completely ridiculous how one story can spiral out of control. Oh and guess what internet. He smelt like beer BECAUSE I THREW A BEER ON HIM. Nothing more. Nothing less. No one got arrested. There's no mug shots. There's no charges. Nothing. The horrible, disgusting human being of lady decided she wanted to make money out of our misfortune. I wish, WISH people would give us the privacy we deserve. I know we won't get it. But I WISH that would happen."

- GFW Suspends Alberto El Patron: Jeff Jarrett announced this week that Alberto El Patron has been suspended indefinitely from GFW until his current issues with his Domestic Violence charge is resolved.

- Jeff Jarrett Announces Future Travel Dates For Pay Per Views: Jeff Jarrett announced this week that he's planning on using the GFW Slammiversary and GFW Bound For Glory pay per view's as an opportunity to travel to different arenas again to get GFW out there more. Jarrett also announced that he plans on adding a third pay per view to the promotion some time in 2018.


** ROH TV Recap **
This week's main event saw War Machine battle The Motor City Machine Guns in tag team action.

- ROH World Heavyweight Champion Cody Rhodes says he's upset that Christopher Daniels ruined his championship party last week. Cody announces he will have another party next week with Daniels banned from the arena this time.

- "Six Man Tag Team Match": Dalton Castle and The Boys vs. Flip Gordon and Coast To Coast: The match closes out with LSG in control of Castle. LSG attempts an aerial assault, but Castle catches LSG, hits the Bang A Rang and scores the pinfall.
Winners: Dalton Castle and The Boys, by pinfall.

- A video of Silas Young is shown stating that Jay Lethal won the match, but Young won the war as Young stood outside in front of the hospital that Lethal was taken too after Best In the World, courtesy of Silas Young.

- Matt Taven vs. Ultimo Guerrero: The match closes out with Taven escaping a Stretch Muffler submission, low blowing Guerrero and hitting the Climax for the pinfall.
Winner: Matt Taven, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Silas Young makes it clear that as long as he's in Ring of Honor, Jay Lethal will never be safe.

- War Machine vs. Motor City Machine Guns: The match closes out with The Guns hitting double thrust kicks on Rowe. The Guns then suicide dive on to Hanson outside. The Guns hit the Made In Detroit double team finisher and score the pinfall.
Winners: Motor City Machine Guns, by pinfall. 

- Kevin Kelly Leaving: This past week, ROH commentator Kevin Kelly announced that he will be leaving ROH so he can dedicate more time to New Japan Pro Wrestling.

*** Lucha Underground ***

** Lucha Underground TV Recap **
This week, round two of the Cueto Cup Tournament began.

- "The Cueto Cup Tournament, Second Round Match": Taya vs. Jeremiah Crane: The match closes out with Sexy Star arriving and distracting Taya. Crane hits a kick and a Buckle Bomb on Taya for a near fall. Crane shuts down a Taya comeback and hits Cranial Contusion for the pinfall, to advance in the tournament.
Winner: Jeremiah Crane, by pinfall.

- After the match, Sexy Star reveals brass knuckles and nails Taya with them, laying her out.

- Backstage, Fenix and Aerostar talk about Drago turning on them. Fenix thinks Drago will come to his senses, but Aerostar doesn't think so.

- "The Cueto Cup Tournament Second Round Match": Mil Muertes vs. Paul London: The match closes out The Rabbit Tribe trying to interfere to help London, but they get laid out. London hits two Shooting Star Presses on Muertes, but he still kicks out at two and a half. Muertes hits a spear and then the Flatliner on London to score the pinfall, to advance in the tournament.
Winner: Mil Muertes, by pinfall.

- After the match, Catrina gives London the Lick of Death.

- Somewhere in a bar, Texano meets Brenda. Brenda takes shots and says she's truthful when drunk. Brenda says Texano is boring, which forces Texano to break a bottle with his bare hand. Brenda calms Texano down and says he needs a woman's touch. Famous B is spotted in the background, plotting a trick on Texano.

- "The Cueto Cup Tournament Second Round Match": Marty The Moth Martinez vs. Fenix: Before the match, Marty brings out a lunch box and tries to force feed Mariposa. The match closes out with Mariposa trying to interfere with Marty's lunch box. Ring announcer Melissa Santos stops Mariposa, distracting Marty. Fenix hits a bridging cradle on Marty and scores the pinfall, to advance to the next round. 
Winner: Fenix, by pinfall. 

- After the match, Marty hits Fenix with his lunch box. Marty grabs a fork out of the lunch box and stabs Fenix in the head repeatedly. Mariposa makes Melissa Santos watch as Marty eats the skin and blood of Fenix and then tells Melissa that he loves her to end the show.

*** EVOLVE ***

** EVOLVE 88 **

- EVOLVE 88 was live in my current hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. The main event of the show saw EVOLVE World Champion Zack Sabre Jr. defend his title against former EVOLVE World Champion Timothy Thatcher.

- Jason Kincaid defeated Caleb Konley, by pinfall.

- ACH vs. Austin Theory was a no contest. ACH came out for the match and refused to fight because a man with his talent deserves to be farther up on the card. After ACH walked out, Ethan Case arrived and accepted the match with Austin Theory.

- Austin Theory defeated Ethan Case, by pinfall. Case was able to hit two Ace Crushers on Theory during the match, but couldn't put Theory away. Theory hits the TKO on Case and scores the pinfall.

- Keith Lee defeated Ethan Page, by pinfall. Page was unable to put Lee away with the RKEgo on the apron. Lee regained control and finished Page off with his finisher.

- After the match, Keith Lee called out Stokely Hathaway and Hot Sauce Tracy Williams. Williams arrives and he and Lee brawl throughout the arena. Lee grabs Hathaway and attempts to lay him out, however, Timothy Thatcher hits the ring and attacks Lee. Thatcher and Williams beat down Lee until Darby Allin hits the ring and makes the save, leading into Williams vs. Darby next.

- Hot Sauce Tracy Williams defeated Darby Allin, by submission. Williams worked over Allin's arm throughout the match which paid off as Williams made Allin tap out to the Crossface submission.

- Fred Yehi announced that his match for his #1 Contendership contract against Gabe was called off, due to Gabe having an elbow infection. Yehi issued an open challenge to anyone to face him in Gabe's place. ACH answers the challenge and demands the match right now.

- Fred Yehi defeated ACH, by submission. ACH misses the 450 Splash on Yehi, allowing Yehi to get the tap out win on ACH with the Koji Clutch submission.

- "EVOLVE World Tag Team Championship Match": Anthony Henry and James Drake defeated Chris Dickinson and Jaka (c), by pinfall, to win the EVOLVE World Tag Team Championship. Drake hit Dickinson with the Drill Bit to score the pinfall.

- "EVOLVE World Championship Match": Zack Sabre Jr. (c) defeated Timothy Thatcher, by submission, to retain his title. Thatcher locked Sabre in an arm bar submission, but Sabre found a way to escape. Sabre catches Thatcher and traps him in the Octopus Stretch submission and gets the tap out win.

** EVOLVE 89 **

The main event of the show saw Zack Sabre Jr. defend his EVOLVE World Championship against Fred Yehi.

- Timothy Thatcher defeated Darby Allin, by pinfall, with a crucifix pin.

- ACH defeated Ethan Page, by pinfall, with a rollup pinfall.

- Jason Kincaid defeated Jon Davis, by pinfall, with the double foot stomp.

- Keith Lee vs. Hot Sauce Tracy Williams went to a no contest. Lee and Williams brawled all over the arena and eventually knocked out the referee. Lee and Williams continued brawling until the EVOLVE locker room emptied out and tried to separate both men.

- "EVOLVE World Tag Team Championship, Triple Threat Match": Anthony Henry and James Drake (c) defeated Chris Dickinson and Jaka and Lance Lude and Rob Killjoy, by pinfall, to retain their titles. Drake hits a diving moonsault on Lude to score the pinfall.

- Austin Theory defeated Trent Baretta, by pinfall, with the TKO.

- "EVOLVE World Championship Match": Zack Sabre Jr. (c) defeated Fred Yehi, by pinfall, to retain his title, with the European Clutch Slam.

- Champions Profile: ANTHONY HENRY: Henry teamed up with James Drake at EVOLVE 88 this week and defeated Chris Dickinson and Jaka to become the new EVOLVE World Tag Team Champions.

- Anthony Henry made his pro wrestling debut in 2002 and was trained by Sal Rinauro and Todd Sexton.

- Anthony Henry has competed in EVOLVE, FIP, CZW, NWA and other Indy Promotions.

- Top Titles Won:
** 1 Time APW World Tag Team Champion.
** 3 Time APW North Georgia Champion.
** 2 Time NWA Southern States Champion.
** 2 Time NWA North Georgia Champion. 
** 5 Time NWA Anarchy Young Lions Champion.
** 1 Time NWA Anarchy Tag Team Champion.
** 1 Time EVOLVE World Tag Team Champion.

- PWI ranked Anthony Henry #484 in the PWI 500 of top male wrestlers of 2016.

- Champions Profile: JAMES DRAKE:

Drake teamed up with Anthony Henry at EVOLVE 88 this week and defeated Chris Dickinson and Jaka to become the new EVOLVE World Tag Team Champions.

- James Drake made his professional wrestling debut in 2010 over in the United Kingdom.

- James Drake has competed with EVOLVE and other Indy Promotions.

- Top Titles Won:
** FSW Adrenaline Champion.
** FSW Tag Team Champion.
** GPW Heavyweight Champion.
** BWP Tag Team Champion.
** EVOLVE World Tag Team Champion.

*** PWG ***

** Pushin' Forward Back Recap **
The main event of the show saw saw PWG World Champion Zack Sabre Jr. defend his title against Chuck Taylor.

- Sammy Guevara defeated Rey Horus, by pinfall, with a 630 Senton Splash.

- Michael Elgin and Brian Cage defeated The Young Bucks, by pinfall, after Elgin hit the Elgin Bomb on Matt Jackson.

- "Triple Threat Match": Keith Lee defeated Lio Rush and Trent, by pinfall, with an Attitude Adjustment into a slam.

- "Fatal Four Way Match": Dezmond Xavier defeated Dave Crist, Sami Callihan and Jake Crist, by pinfall, with the spiral tap on Dave.

- Ricochet defeated Trevor Lee, by pinfall, with the Benadryller.

- "PWG World Championship Match": Chuck Taylor defeated Zack Sabre Jr. (c), by pinfall, with the Awful Waffle, to win the title.

** Champions Profile: CHUCK TAYLOR

Chuck Taylor defeated Zack Sabre Jr. at PWG Pushin' Forward Back to become the new PWG World Champion.

- Chuck Taylor made his professional wrestling debut in 2002 and was trained by Brandon Walker. Taylor is currently an assistant trainer at The Wrestle Factory.

- Chuck Taylor has worked for CHIKARA, ROH, CZW, EVOLVE, PWG and other Indy Promotions.

- Top Titles Won:
** 2 Time CPW Global Champion.
** 2 Time CHIKARA Campeonatos de Parejas.
** 1 Time CZW Junior Heavyweight Champion.
** 1 Time DDT Pro-Wrestling
Ironman Heavymetalweight Champion.
** 1 Time EVOLVE World Tag Team Champion.
** 2 Time IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Champion.
** 2 Time IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Champion.
** 1 Time IWA Mid-South Women's Champion.
** 1 Time IPW Junior Heavyweight Champion.
** 1 Time OSW Cruiserweight Champion.
** 1 Time PWG World Champion.
** 1 Time USWO World Tag Team Champion.

- PWI ranked Taylor #127 of the 500 best singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2012.

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!