Thursday, May 25, 2017

5/25 Impact Wrestling Report

Impact opens with a video recap of what took place last week on the show. From Low-Ki retaining his title in the return of the Ultimate X match, to the conclusion of last week's match between James Storm and EC3. Which saw Magnus interfere and Bruce Prichard run down to exact order. Prichard ended up booking a 3 way match between Carter, Storm and Magnus for tonight, with the winner getting a world title shot against the champion Bobby Lashley. The conclusion of Prichard's announcement saw EC3 react by spiking Bruce to the ground. The video to the open can be seen below:

* Jeremy Borash and 'Da Pope' are on commentary at ringside. They intro the show while Bruce Prichard makes his way to the ring with Tyrus.
Bruce Prichard announces that he has hired Tyrus for security after what EC3 did to him last week. Prichard goes on to note that EC3's actions are currently under review by Impact management. Bruce then invites the Impact World Champion Bobby Lashley to the ring. Lashley addresses the audience and says that he is the most dominant wrestler in the history of the industry. He calls Storm, Carter and Magnus, a bunch of nobodies who are battling to get beaten by him eventually. EC3 is out next....

Carter mockingly tells Prichard that he is looking forward to reading Prichard's review of him. EC3 then turns his attention to Lashley. He gives him a spoiler alert, that he is going to win tonight and then go on to beat Lashley for the Impact Title at the Slammiversary pay-per-view in July. Magnus is out next. He addresses Lashley first and says that his credentials speak for himself, and that he and Lashley have never met in the ring. Magnus insults EC3 and calls him "EC Cheese" and then takes a direct a shot at Prichard. Magnus says that Prichard has begun the same reign of terror, that he inflicted on the company in the past. James Storm is out last and makes his way down the ramp with mic in hand. Lashley tries to cut him off in mid-speech and Storm insults Lashley by saying that he has a tiny head for a man of his size. The Cowboy then promises to come into the ring for a fight. Prichard tries to put a halt to the chaos and books tonight's main event as a No DQ match between Carter, Storm and Magnus. Prichard then warns the three participants, that they are not allowed to strike each other until their match later on and that if they do, they will be suspended. EC3 teases Storm to strike him as the show heads to it's first break.

During the break, Ethan Carter is interviewed backstage. He hypes the main event tonight and what he is going to do to Magnus and James Storm.

Borash and Pope reset the show at ringside and hype what's in store for Impact tonight. Borash says that Josh Mathews has promised to reveal who his tag team partner will be for their upcoming match at Slammiversary.
Kongo Kong & KM w/Laurel Van Ness & Sienna vs. Braxton Sutter & Mahabali Shera w/Allie
Borash notes on commentary that Impact will debut on TV in India two weeks from tonight..... Hard to see Shera nowadays and not think of the "Maharajah".......

Laurel and Sienna taunt Allie at ringside before the action begins. Sutter and Shera try to team up against Kongo but their attempts fail. Shera tries to slam Kong but is unable to. When KM gets in the ring, Mahabali turns the tables until Laurel gets on the apron to distract him. Shera gets isolated in the corner and Kongo is back in and starts to beat on him. Kongo and KM take turns beating on Shera and Kongo eventually slaps on a nerve hold. Moments later, Shera gets splashed by the big man, he's then supelexed and Kongo falls on him with a senton. The heels stay in charge, as the show heads to break.

After the break, Shera eventually rallies and tags in Braxton Sutter. Braxton gets momentum with a big power slam on KM. He and Shera then double team KM until Kongo gets involved. Sutter battle Kongo to the outside. Laurel gets on the apron and tries to kiss Shera. KM sneaks up from behind and knocks down Mahabali. Laurel and Sienna then start chasing Allie around the ring. Allie manages to escape and then get the better of the two women. Seconds later, Kongo headbutts Shera from the apron and KM rolls him up with a handful of tights for the pinfall victory.

Kongo Kong & KM defeat Braxton Sutter & Mahabali Shera
After the match, The men brawl up the ramp and to the backstage area. Laurel Van Ness and Sienna corner Allie inside the ring and they attack and double team Allie until Rosemary comes out. Her face is painted death mask style. Rosemary teases helping Sienna and Laurel but ends up aiding Allie by spewing green mist at Laurel and Sienna. She then hits the red wedding on Laurel and clotheslines Sienna. Rosemary gets a huge pop and chant from the crowd. Her and Allie stare each other down, as the show heads to break.

The Veterans Of War (Mayweather & Wilcox) vs Fallah Bahh & Mario Bokara

The winner of this match will go on to face LAX in the final for The GFW Tag Team Titles..... If LAX wins, They will become dual champs..... VOW dominates the early action with some power tandem offense. Mario Bokara being on the bad end of it. Mayweather, aka the former Crimson executes a nice looking throw suplex on Mario for a near fall until Bahh breaks up the count. Fallah is eventually tagged in and he goes head to head with Mayweather. Bahh slams him down and hits a slow motion splash. Bokara is back in and he works over Mayweather. He and his partner Bahh start tagging in and out. Bahh drops a Yokozuna styled leg drop on Mayweather. Fallah then hits a succession of palm strikes. He then attempts to splash Mayweather in the corner but he misses. Wilcox is tagged in and Bokara joins him in the ring. Wilcox over powers him with an overhead suplex. Fallah is back in and gets thrown to the outside. Bokara is left to fend for himself and is finished off by VOW, as their tandem finisher entitled "Mother.Of.All.Bombs." and get the victory.
The Veterans Of War defeat Mario Bokara & Fallah Bahh to advance to the finals of the GFW Tag Team Title Tournament to face LAX

The show goes to break with a shot of Josh Mathews backstage, as he makes his way to ringside.

When Impact returns, Jeremy Borash and Da Pope reset the show at ringside. The tweeting sound comes over the sound system and Josh Mathews makes his way to the ring.
Josh Mathews promotes his Slammiversary tag match against Borash and Joseph Park. Mathews calls JB into the ring. Josh Mathews says that he apologizes for some of his actions of late. He says that he has made up with Shark Boy. He also followed Dave Penzer on Twitter after unfriending him initially. Josh then says that he called Mike Tenay to apologize to him for stealing his play by play job. Mathews even mentions Jim Ross. Josh then pretends to cry and says that he has been jealous of Borash all along. Josh then goes on to claim that he is the vice president of Impact Wrestling. Mathews offers to shake Borash's hand........ Joseph Park comes out and joins JB in ring. Park advises Borash to not accept Josh's apology. Joseph then revisits the history between Mathews and Borash. Mathews then snaps at Park and says that he should be the face of this company and that he should call every single major sporting event.

This leads to Park and Borash demanding to know who Josh's partner is. Park says they don't have to wait for Slammiversary, he will beat Josh now. Josh calls for a referee but before the match can begin the music interrupts and out comes 'Big Poppa Pump' Scott Steiner. Borash and Park sell shock on their faces as Steiner makes his way to the ring. Park and Borash attempt to retreat. They run into the crowd and Steiner goes after them. In the process, Scott Steiner ends up knocking down a "fan". Park ends up by the ringside area and Mathews low blows him from behind. Josh then calls Steiner into the ring while he gets on the mic and taunts Park and the crowd. Park is then taken into the ring and 'Big Poppa Pump' puts him in The Steiner Recliner. Mathews gloats about Steiner being his partner at Slammiversary. Borash then chased up the ramp by Steiner.

Josh Mathews is back as the play by play man at ringside. He instructs Keith Mitchell back in the truck to replay what just happened again..... A Moose vignette then airs where he talks about his career thus far and how The Grand Championship has made him a better wrestler.

McKenzie Mitchell is backstage. She asks Eli Drake about his recent actions against Moose. When Eli starts justifying what he did, Moose arrives and tries to attack Eli but is held back by officials. Drake then challenges Moose to a Grand Championship match next week. Moose accepts and then Eli strikes him. They both brawl briefly and then Chris Adonis shows up to attack Moose as well.
Davey Richards & Angelina Love vs. Eddie Edwards & Alisha
Mathews gets in a pretty good joke during the introductions by Dave Penzer. Josh says that they should get a different ring announcer, like maybe the guy who wrote a book and stooged off his colleagues... Funny...... Eddie and his wife waste no time and charge after Richards and Love immediately. After Eddie hits a caffeine dive on Richards. Love rakes Eddie's eyes from behind. Alisha ends up diving off the top rope and onto Angelina, as the show heads to break.....

Edwards and his wife stay in control after the break. Love helps turn the tables in her husband's favor by striking Eddie from behind. The crowd is pretty hot for all of this. Richards then takes out his former partner's knee and slaps on a figure four leg lock. Angelina assists her husband by giving him leverage when the referee isn't looking. Edwards reverses the figure four and the hold is broken. Richards beats down on Edwards and taunts the crowd. Love then runs around the ring and knocks Alisha off of the apron. Richards continues to taunt the crowd and heads to the top rope. He leaps off but Edwards moves out of the way. Eddie then connects with an overhead suplex on Richards. The wives are both tagged in and go at it catfight style. Alisha gets the better of Angelina but misses with a cross body off the top. Love tries to finish off Alisha with a scissors kick but Alisha counters with a roll up and pins her.
Eddie Edwards and Alisha defeat Davey Richards and Angelina Love

After the match, Richards and Love attack Edwards and his wife. Davey handcuffs Eddie to the bottom rope. He is then forced to watch as Alisha is put through a table with a powerbomb by Angelina Love.

A Rockstar Spud interview airs with him laying in bed. Spud says that he promised to get revenge on Swoggle this week on Impact but that UK doctors have advised him to rest up another week. As Spud continues his promo, His mother yells out at him. Spud tells his mom to keep Kayfabe and then promises to get revenge on Swoggle soon.

Ethan Carter III vs. 'The Cowboy' James Storm vs. Magnus
Mathews mentions on commentary how strange it is that the winner of this match, will bypass the GFW champion Alberto El Patron...
One fall to the finish in this triple threat match. Storm takes the fight to both Carter and Magnus early on. He hits a Thesz press and a sling blade. All 3 men then end up battling to the outside. James gets his hands on a soda bottle from a fan at ringside. After taking a swig, He slams the bottle up against the heads of both EC3 and Magnus. Storm then takes a 'Make Impact Great Again' hat off of a fan and puts it on. He then continues to beat down on Carter and Magnus. Storm attempts to suplex Carter onto the ramp way but Magnus blocks it. Magnus and Carter then team up and double suplex Storm onto the rampway, as the show heads to break.

After the break, All 3 men are back in the ring with steel chairs. The Mangus-EC3 partnership continues and they beat down on James Storm. Carter and Magnus take turns striking Storm with a Singapore cane. Storm tries to fight back and clotheslines Carter down, but Magnus takes him down with a clothesline of his own. The beating and double teaming continues. When Carter attempts to strike Storm with the cane with Magnus holding him up, Carter accidentally hits Magnus. Carter tries to make amends with Magnus after the mistake. He lashes out a fallen Storm and then offers to hold up James for him. Magnus takes a swing at Storm but hits Carter instead. The partnership is out the window and Carter and Magnus go at it. They knock each other out and all 3 men are down. Storm gets up first and goes after Carter. He hits a flurry of offensive moves on him. Magnus tries to attack Storm from behind, but James ends up taking Magnus and Carter down with a DDT/neckbreaker combo. Storm then gets a hold of a steel chair and starts welting Carter and Magnus with it. Magnus is then set up in the corner with a trash can and Storm slams the steel chair into the trash can. Carter is back up and he ends up hitting a TK3 on Storm for a near pin fall. Carter then attempts a stinger splash on Magnus but misses. Magnus then hits running knees on EC3. Storm is back in the action and he hits an enzuguri on Magnus. He then hits a hangman's DDT on Carter onto the ring apron. Moments later, Magnus takes down Storm and gets in the clover leaf submission. EC3 recovers and hits Magnus from behind with a steel chair. Carter then hits the 1 percenter on Magnus for a very near pinfall. Storm's back and connects with a code breaker on EC3 through a steel chair. It leads to another near fall.
James Storm then makes his way to the top rope. Magnus joins him up there but ends hanging upside down from the top rope. Carter runs over and goes to suplex Storm off the top but at the same time, Magnus suplexes them both from the tree of woe position. Frantic finish sees Storm throw Carter into a steel chair in the corner. He then hits a neck breaker on Carter. Magnus breaks up the potential fall with a flying elbow. Storm then hits the last call kick on Magnus but before he can cover Magnus for the victory. EC3 high knees Storm to the outside and covers Magnus for the pinfall victory.
Ethan Carter III defeats James Storm & Magnus to become the #1 contender to The Impact World Championship
The show ends with EC3 celebrating his victory.

Matt Hardy’s ‘Broken’ Trademark Application Given Initial Refusal

– The trademark application that Matt Hardy filed for “Broken Matt Hardy” in March has been given an initial refusal by the US Patent and Trademark Office. PWInsider reports that the registration application was denied because it “identifies only the name of a particular character/personal name” and doesn’t function in a way to “identify and distinguish applicant’s services from those of others and to indicate the source of applicant’s services.”
Essentially, what this means is that Hardy filed the trademark without naming any services (such as DVD sales, merchandise and the like) that it would be associated with. The application only listed “Entertainment services, namely, wrestling exhibits and performances by a professional wrestler and entertainer.” Impact also filed a trademark request for “Broken Matt” on April 28th that is for “DVDs featuring wrestling performances, interviews with wrestlers, backstage happenings and behind-the-scenes information; wristbands; commemorative photographs; posters; trading cards; clothing, namely, shirts, t-shirts, sweatshirts, caps, visors and arm sleeves; entertainment services, namely, wrestling exhibitions and performances by a professional wrestler; entertainment services, namely, ongoing wrestling exhibitions and performances by a professional wrestler and entertainer rendered live and recorded for the purpose of distribution through broadcast media; and toy action figures and accessories therefor.”
You can see the full refusal notice below. Hardy has six months from today’s refusal to respond before the application is abandoned.
“Registration is refused because the applied-for mark, as used on the specimen of record, identifies only the name of a particular character/personal name; it does not function as a service mark to identify and distinguish applicant’s services from those of others and to indicate the source of applicant’s services. Trademark Act Sections 1, 2, 3 and 45, 15 U.S.C. §§1051-1053, 1127; see In re Hechinger Inv. Co. of Del., 24 USPQ2d 1057, 1059 (TTAB 1991); In re McDonald’s Corp., 229 USPQ 555, 555 (TTAB 1985); TMEP §§904.07(b), 1301.02(b).
The name of a character is registrable as a service mark only where the record shows that it is used in a manner that would be perceived by consumers as identifying the services in addition to identifying the character. In re Fla. Cypress Gardens Inc., 208 USPQ 288, 292 (TTAB 1980); TMEP §1301.02(b).
Personal names (actual names and pseudonyms) of individuals or groups function as marks only if they identify and distinguish the services recited and not merely the individual or group. In re Mancino, 219 USPQ 1047 (TTAB 1983) (holding that BOOM BOOM would be viewed by the public solely as applicant’s professional boxing nickname and not as an identifier of the service of conducting professional boxing exhibitions); In re Lee Trevino Enters., 182 USPQ 253 (TTAB 1974) (LEE TREVINO used merely to identify a famous professional golfer rather than as a mark to identify and distinguish any services rendered by him); In re Generation Gap Prods., Inc., 170 USPQ 423 (TTAB 1971) (GORDON ROSE used only to identify a particular individual and not as a service mark to identify the services of a singing group).
In this case, the two Youtube specimens merely name a wrestler. The name of the wrestler, however, is not an indicator of source for the services. Consumers would understand “TNA One Night Only” as the trademark for the wrestling service. The “Moments of Glory” specimen does not appear to advertise the provision of any services at all.
The “Eventbrite” specimen appears to show proper service mark use and function as a service mark. However, the specimen is unacceptable because it is unclear that it shows “use in commerce” that the United States can regulate as the specimen advertises an event in Cork County, Ireland and not in the United States. 15 U.S.C. §1127; TMEP §§901.03, 901.04.
Applicant may respond to this refusal by submitting a substitute specimen or amending applicant’s basis

Opinionated View- Well it's not his to trademark anyway.

205 Live Not a Hit on WWE Network

205 Live isn’t exactly a big hit on the WWE Network. The WON reports thgat the show failed to rank in the top twenty shows this week, ranking behind the likes of a three-month old episode of Ride Along and Halloween Havoc 1998.
The site notes that the show rarely ranks in the top ten and, despite airing live on the WWE Network and being built up on Raw, ranks far behind the taped NXT.

Opinionated View- Well not shocking at all. Look at how the CW division is booked on Raw as an after thought. And the matches themselves rather it on Raw or 205 are slow and plodding. There is no excitement to the division.

Impact Wrestling Preview

The following is set for tonight’s 5/25 Impact Wrestling on POP TV:
* Triple Threat #1 Contenders Match: EC3 vs. James Storm vs. Magnus
* The Richards family vs. The Edwards family
* Braxton Sutter w/Allie and Mahabali Shera vs. Kongo Kong w/Laurel Van Ness and KM w/Sienna

5/24 WWE NXT Report

“WWE: Then. Now. Forever.”
We take a look back at Takeover: Chicago, from Roderick Strong taking on Eric Young to the United Kingdom Championship between Tyler Bate and Pete Dunne, to the Triple Threat match between Asuka, Nikki Cross, and Ruby Riot for the Women’s Championship, as well as the NXT Championship match between Bobby Roode and Hideo Itami, and ending with the Ladder Match for the Tag Team Championship in which #DIY came up just short against the Authors of Pain…and Tommasso Ciampa turned on Johnny Gargano! With that, the NXT intro takes us to a packed crowd at the Allstate Arena, but not for long as the arena is enveloped in darkness while Aleister Black makes his entrance. He makes his way to the ring as commentary welcomes us to NXT, before Curt Hawkins makes his way to the ring. We see what happened when they faced off at Main Event two weeks ago, but this opening contest is underway now!

Aleister Black vs. Curtis Hawkins

Hawkins taunts Black before stomping him in the gut. Black to the ropes, flips over Hawkins and sits down in the middle of the ring. Hawkins tries to kick Black but gets caught and taken down. Hawkins gathers himself to take Black to the apron, but Black catches him with some offense before hitting a knee right to the face! He picks Hawkins up by the head with his boot but Hawkins rolls out of the ring. Black follows, and is taken down by Hawkins who brings him back into the ring. Hawkins with a chin lock, but Black gets up and takes him down! Whip to the corner by Black, who hits Hawkins with a hard kick followed by the Black Mass for the win!

Winner via pinfall: Aleister Black

Black celebrates in the ring before commentary hypes the main event as Drew Galloway is set to take on Wesley Blake. Later tonight we’ll look at the NXT Championship match from Takeover, but up next we’ll look at what happened between Tommasso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano after their tag title loss at Takeover!

Back from break, we thank Hacktivist for “Over-throne,” one of the official themes from Takeover. We take a look back at the NXT Tag Team Championship Ladder Match between #DIY and the Authors of Pain, a hard-fought battle that the Authors ultimately won. #DIY are given a big ovation from the crowd in Chicago as they head up to the stage…when Ciampa throws Gargano into the Titantron! Ciampa starts throwing punches at Gargano before hitting a hard kick to the face, and sets his “friend” up on the announce table throwing him into another table! The crowd is shocked as Ciampa just stares at Gargano. Commentary bring up the fact that Gargano’s status would not be revealed, as they show him being put into an ambulance. We then go to Takeover, at an empty Allstate Arena as Ember Moon talks about being on the sidelines for that night’s title match. She would love for Asuka to retain that night, if only so Ember can take that from her. Time heals all wounds, but battle scars last forever. We go to a look back at the Triple Threat match for the Women’s Championship, in which Asuka ultimately retained the title. Backstage, Asuka is interviewed after that match and says that no one can stand toe to toe with her.

Back from break, we see highlights from Roderick Strong taking on Eric Young, overcoming the odds of SAnitY at ringside to pick up the win. Backstage, Roddy talks about his win and moving on toward the NXT Championship. Back at ringside, the Velveteen Dream makes his way to the ring for the next match. HIs opponent, Robert Anthony, is already in the ring as this match gets underway!

The Velveteen Dream vs. Robert Anthony

Dream with a headlock on Anthony, and shows his athleticism with a leapfrog and a dropkick. Anthony fights back, only to be taken down by a Lou Thesz press. Dream has Anthony in the ropes, before Anthony fights back only to be laid into with a chop by Dream. Whip to the corner by Anthony, but Dream hits a springboard fist drop. Dream dodges a right hand to hit a neckbreaker, and climbs up to the top turnbuckle hitting a big elbow drop for the win!

Winner via pinfall: The Velveteen Dream

Dream celebrates in the ring as commentary hypes a recap of the NXT Championship match from Takeover. That special look is coming up next!

Back from break, we thank Fozzy for “Judas,” one of the themes of Takeover! We take a look back at the United Kingdom Championship match between Tyler Bate and Pete Dunne, a great clash that ended with Pete Dunne winning the championship! Backstage, Dunne is asked about winning the match and the title, responding by saying that now, everything is his. We then take a look back at the NXT Championship match, as Bobby Roode defended against Hideo Itami. Roode retained successfully, and is interviewed backstage about the win and deciding who his next opponent will be. Commentary hypes our main event as Drew McIntyre takes on Wesley Blake, up next!

Back from break, commentary hypes a GLORIOUS Celebration from Bobby Roode next week on NXT. Back at ringside, Drew McIntyre makes his way to the ring for our main event. Out next is Wesley Blake, and this main event is underway!

Drew McIntyre vs. Wesley Blake

Both men lock up, and Blake goes for an arm wringer to no avail. Blake with a waist lock and an arm wringer, but Drew gets out and takes him down with a shoulder block. Drew taunts Blake before getting him in a headlock, and Blake takes him to the corner to break the hold. Chop by Blake, who taunts Drew only to get taken down with a boot to the face. Blake in the corner now as Drew hits a chop, but Blake comes back with a couple shots of his own in the ropes and then the corner. Drew follows Blake to the corner, taking him down hard. Blake on the apron, catches Drew on the top rope before hitting a big clothesline for a nearfall as we go to break.
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Back from the break, Blake is in control as he droves an elbow into Drew. Blake still working the arm as Drew gets to his feet, picking Blake up and setting him on the top turnbuckle. Blake catches him off guard, locking in a cross arm breaker before Drew gets a foot on the bottom rope to break the hold. Blake charges at Drew, who sends him right out of the ring. Blake going for the arm again, but Drew lays into him with some right hands and a couple chops. Whip to the corner by Blake, who takes a boot to the face by Drew. Drew hits him with right hands before charging at him in the corner, finishing with a double axe handle. Blake on the shoulders of Drew, but he gets out before being planted hard with a spinebuster for a nearfall by Drew! Blake drives the shoulder of Drew into the ring post for a nearfall, and follows up with a crossface…but Drew gets up, picking him up! Blake gets out, but gets caught with a reverse Alabama slam for a nearfall. Drew goes for Future Shock but Blake reverses for a nearfall. Blake up on the top as Drew kips up, catching Blake on the top turnbuckle…but he gets caught on the top rope, and Blake gets him in a tree of woe! Blake looks for the advantage, but gets taken down hard by Drew! Drew in the corner, goes for a big boot but Blake blocks only to be head butted down. Drew back in the corner, single leg Yakuza kick for the win!

Winner via pinfall: Drew McIntyre

Drew celebrates in the ring as we get replays of the match, before the show comes to a close.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

WWE NXT Preview

Advertised for WWE NXT tonight is Drew McIntyre vs. Wesley Blake, the debut of The Velveteen Dream Experience and Aleister Black will be in action.

5/23 WWE 205 Live Report

Results courtesy of
WWE 205 Live results, May 23, 2017: The most extreme lesson of all
On the latest episode of WWE 205 Live, Akira Tozawa and The Brian Kendrick engaged in WWE 205 Live’s first-ever Street Fight. Also, Cedric Alexander made his long-awaited return to the Cruiserweight division.

Rich Swann def. Ariya Daivari

Last week on WWE 205 Live, the reunited Alicia Fox and Noam Dar seemed to be looking to exact revenge on Rich Swann for breaking them up. When a courier approached Swann with a package, the former Cruiserweight Champion instead directed it to the nearby Ariya Daivari. The Persian Lion proceeded to open the package, only to be hit by a cloud of baby powder.
Ready to go one-on-one with Swann, Daivari scolded the former Cruiserweight Champion about ruining his shirt with baby powder. The two competitors exchanged blows and the match was underway. After a burst of momentum from Swann, the aggressive Daivari forcefully tossed Swann into the LED board on the ring apron, taking control of the contest.
The Persian Lion noticed Swann favoring his arm and quickly unleashed a brutal and targeted offense to keep Swann reeling. Despite the pain, Swann showed his resilience and battled back, taking down Daivari with a powerful kick. Although he was unable to secure victory following the high-impact kick, Swann pressed forward and executed his patented Phoenix Splash for the win.
Celebrating his win on the top rope, Swann was pushed face-first to the outside by Noam Dar. Reveling in her boyfriend’s actions, Alicia Fox celebrated with the Scottish Supernova and took pleasure in exacting their revenge.

Cedric Alexander def. Johnny Boone

After a three-month absence due to a knee injury, Cedric Alexander made his highly anticipated return against local competitor Johnny Boone.
Unfortunately for Boone, his opportunity inside a WWE ring started with a resounding elbow to the face by the returning Alexander. It was evident from the moment the opening bell sounded that Alexander was poised to send a message to the Cruiserweight division that he was back and better than ever.
Giving chase to his opponent around the ring, it didn’t take long for the returning Cruiserweight to display his incredible abilities and secure the win.

Akira Tozawa def. The Brian Kendrick

The bitter rivalry between Akira Tozawa and The Brian Kendrick logged its most extreme chapter to date as the two Superstars battled in WWE 205 Live’s first-ever Street Fight.
As the opening bell sounded, the tension in the ring was palpable. Kendrick quickly escaped to the outside to reach for a weapon, but Tozawa countered with a dive through the top ropes. Adding insult to injury, The Man with a Plan charged at his nemesis on the outside only for Tozawa to move, sending Kendrick sailing over the announce table.
The Stamina Monster wasted little time taking Kendrick back inside the ring and unleashed several strikes on his shell-shocked opponent. Despite a few flurries of momentum, Kendrick struggled to keep the intense Japanese Superstar at bay. However, the wily veteran finally took control of the bout, throwing his jacket into Tozawa’s face and commencing an aggressive offense.
In control of the contest, Kendrick showed how bitter the rivalry had become by duct-taping Tozawa’s mouth shut and applying the Captain’s Hook. The Stamina Monster soon escaped, dumping Kendrick to the outside where the two Superstars mercilessly brawled some more. Kendrick once again used the duct tape to trap Tozawa to the ring post, using his belt to attack his opponent’s back. Trying to up the ante and set up a table, Kendrick was stopped as the Japanese competitor broke free.
The bitter enemies continued to brawl, reaching deep down to throw everything they had at one another. Reversing another Captain’s Hook with a DDT into the steel steps, Tozawa placed Kendrick on top the table and ascended to the top rope. With the WWE Universe behind him, The Stamina Monster launched himself into the air, delivering a crushing senton to Kendrick through the table.
With his last bit of energy, Tozawa rolled Kendrick into the ring and secured the pinfall, delivering the final lesson.

5.23 WWE Smackdown Report

Tonight's WWE SmackDown opens with a video package on Jinder Mahal's WWE Title win at Backlash.
- We're live from Toledo, Ohio with Tom Phillips, JBL and Byron Saxton. They start talking when we hear a bunch of police sirens in the background. The camera cuts outside and there's a police escort making its way to the parking lot. They stop and The Singh Brothers hop out of a car. They place a carpet down and new WWE Champion Jinder Mahal steps out of a car. He takes a look around and gets ready for his Punjabi Celebration.
- We go back to the ring and out comes SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon.
Shane talks about how history was made at Backlash with the WWE Title change and fans boo. Shane announces that Randy Orton will get his rematch at the Money In the Bank pay-per-view from St. Louis. He also announces the Money In the Bank Ladder Match and introduces the participants as we see the briefcase hanging above the ring. Out first comes AJ Styles to a pop. Baron Corbin is out next followed by Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler and WWE United States Champion Kevin Owens. Shane halts production and says Owens knows he's not one of the participants. Shane introduces the final participant and out comes Shinsuke Nakamura to a pop.
Owens throws a fit and can't believe these 5 are in the match. He understands why some of these guys are in the match as Sami and Nakamura won at Backlash. Owens says he also won at Backlash. The guy he beat is in the match but he's not. Owens doesn't get that and says it must come down to favoritism. He says SmackDown is the land of opportunity but Shane dictates who gets those opportunities. Owens wonders if it''s something else. He thinks Shane is a little upset because Owens did what he couldn't do at WrestleMania 33 - defeat AJ. Shane ends up agreeing and putting Owens in the match as the 6th participant.
Corbin tells Owens to shut up and stop talking. Corbin says Owens got himself into the match but it won't turn out good for him. Corbin knocks the others and tells Shane he should just lower the briefcase down and give it to Corbin now. AJ shuts Corbin up and reminds him that this is the house AJ Styles built. AJ knocks Owens and calls him WWE's version of Eric Cartman. Fans chant Cartman now. AJ doesn't care who it is, he plans on getting that case and getting his title back. Sami throws his two cents in but Corbin interrupts and says his win at Backlash was a fluke. They argue and Owens tells them to shut up. Ziggler interrupts and says he's the only one to actually cash in and win, and he will do it again. Nakamura takes the mic and fans chant his name. Nakamura introduces himself, for those who still don't know him. Nakamura says we can call him Mr. Money In the Bank for now. Shane announces Corbin vs. Sami in a Backlash rematch for tonight. He makes the main event as well - Ziggler and Owens vs. Styles and Nakamura. Shane's music hits as everyone faces off.
- We see Becky, Charlotte and Naomi walking to the ring. We go to commercial.

Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch vs. Carmella and Natalya
Back from the break and out first comes Charlotte Flair for this tag team match. Becky Lynch is out next as Greg Hamilton does the introduction. SmackDown Women's Champion Naomi is with her. Carmella and Natalya wait in the ring. James Ellsworth is at ringside with Tamina Snuka.
Carmella and Becky start things off and Becky takes control. We go to commercial as Charlotte comes in to even the odds up. Tom sends us to picture-in-picture viewing but it appears that does not apply to USA Network on the Sling service.
Back from the break and Becky finally gets a hot tag as she kicks away a Sharpshooter. Charlotte unloads and takes out Carmella. She goes to work on Natalya and hits a neckbreaker, then a big boot for a 2 count. Charlotte goes up for the moonsault but Tamina gets on the apron. Naomi takes her out. Charlotte climbs down but Natalya hits her with a German suplex. Becky tags in and goes to the top. Becky with a dropkick to Natalya. Carmella tag sin and rocks Becky with forearms. More back and forth. Ellsworth gets involved and tries to make the save but Becky still gets the win with the Disarm Her.
Winners: Becky Lynch and Charlotte
- After the match, Naomi enters the ring and celebrates with the winners.
- Still to come, Corbin vs. Sami and Jinder's celebration. Back to commercial.

Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin
Back from the break and both Superstars are out. The match barely gets underway when Sami rolls Corbin up for the quick win out of nowhere.
Winner: Sami Zayn
- After the bell, Sami jumps up and starts celebrating but Corbin nails him from behind. Corbin unloads and sends Sami to the floor. Corbin sends Sami into the timekeeper's area and grabs a steel chair. Corbin nails Sami with the chair and keeps up the attack, fighting over into an area by the crowd. Corbin scoops Sami up and drops his neck over the railing. Corbin mushes Sami's face into the ringside barrier and unloads on him with punches. Corbin marches off to the back as fans boo. Officials check on Sami and a stretcher is brought out.
- Still to come, our tag team main event. Also, another edition of The Fashion Files. Back to commercial.
- Back from the break and we see what just happened to Sami. He was stretchered out during the commercial.
- AJ greets Shinsuke Nakamura backstage and hypes their first time teaming tonight. AJ admits he learned a few things from Nakamura in Japan but tonight, Nakamura needs to follow his lead because this is the house AJ built. AJ says everything will turn out fine if he does that. Nakamura says tonight they will team but he's taking the briefcase at Money In the Bank and making AJ's house Nakamura's playground. Nakamura walks off.

- We get another edition of The Fashion Files with Tyler Breeze and Fandango approaching Shane McMahon. They go to turn their badges in but Shane puts them in singles matches against The Usos tonight.
- We see the final preparations being made in the ring for Jinder's celebration. Back to commercial.

- Back from the break and several Indian dancers come out to kick off the Punjabi Celebration. The Singh Brothers appear next and walk down a red carpet in between the dancers. They stop at ringside. New WWE Champion Jinder Mahal is out next as his music hits. Jinder stops and greets The Singh Brothers before entering the ring with them. The dancers are dancing around the ring now.
Jinder raises the title in the middle of the ring as the music stops. Fans boo. Jinder goes on about how people in his home country are cheering for him. People boo him here because of how he talks and how he looks but he proved everyone wrong with the win at Backlash. Jinder says Randy Orton is just like everyone else, he's on the wrong path but Jinder is on the rise. Jinder goes on and says the people can't ruin his celebration, they can't hijack The Maharaja's crowning. Jinder says this isn't about the fans, it's about him celebrating his accomplishments, celebrating his people, celebrating the Punjab and celebrating India. Jinder tells everyone to keep quiet so he can speak to his people in Punjabi. The segment ends as pyro goes off above the ring and Jinder's music hits again. Jinder poses with the title as the dancers make their way to the back.
- Still to come, Nakamura and AJ vs. Owens and Ziggler. Back to commercial.
- Back from the break and we get a new vignette for Lana's debut, coming soon.

Jey Uso vs. Tyler Breeze
Back from the break and out comes SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos. Tyler Breeze is out next with Fandango.
The bell rings and Uso doesn't look interested. He takes a mic and says they already beat these two chumps at Backlash. Uso goes after Fandango, who shot him with a water gun, but Breeze takes advantage and rolls Uso up for the quick win.
Winner: Tyler Breeze
- After the bell, Jimmy Uso wants his match.
Jimmy Uso vs. Fandango
The bell rings and Uso goes to work on Fandango, whipping him hard into the turnbuckle. Breeze gets chased around the ring, distracting both Usos. He decks Jey as Fandango rolls up Jimmy off the distraction for another easy win.
Winner: Fandango
- After the match, Breezango takes the mic and wants a rematch for the titles. They taunt The Usos and The Usos call for the match right now. A referee goes to the timekeeper's area and puts on a headset to communicate with the back. The match is official.

SmackDown Tag Team Title Match: Breezango vs. The Usos
The referee raises the titles as both teams get ready to go. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and the match is underway. Fandango and Jey get hot tags at the same time and go at it. Fandango drops Jey with a spinning kick. Fandango takes out both of The Usos and covers Jey for a close 2 count. Uso counters a Falcon Arrow and sends Fandango into the ring post. The Usos double team both of their opponents.
Uso goes to the top for a big splash but Fandango gets his knees up. Fandango with a close 2 count. Fandango climbs back to the top but has to kick Jey off the apron. Jimmy takes advantage and nails him. Jimmy climbs up. Jey tags in but Fandango doesn't see it. Fandango hits the Last Dance on Jimmy but Jey follows right up with a top rope splash to Fandango for the win.
Winners: The Usos
- After the match, The Usos stand tall as we go to replays. Breeze and Fandango are shown recovering on the floor.
- Still to come, AJ and Nakamura vs. Owens and Ziggler. Back to commercial.

- Back from the break and Shane is on the phone. Natalya walks in and wants her shot at the SmackDown Women's Title. James Ellsworth and Carmella are in next to make her case for getting a title shot. They argue until Becky comes in. Tamina walks in next and she also wants a title shot. Charlotte enters next. Shane announces a Fatal 5 Way Elimination Match for next week. The winner faces Naomi at Money In the Bank.

Kevin Owens and Dolph Ziggler vs. Shinsuke Nakamura and AJ Styles
Back from the break and Dolph Ziggler, WWE United States Champion Kevin Owens, AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura are all out for the main event. AJ starts off with Ziggler.
Back and forth to start. Ziggler misses a dropkick but AJ comes right back with a dropkick of his own. Nakamura gets a tag. Ziggler wants none of him and tags in Owens. Fans pop as Nakamura and Owens face off. Owens talks trash and Nakamura decks him. Nakamura goes to work and goes for an early Kinshasa but Owens rolls to the floor for a breather. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Nakamura and Owens finally go at it. Nakamura with a big knee to the gut and some good vibrations in the corner. Owens uses the top rope on Nakamura and turns it around. Owens unloads with stomps and yells about being the champ. Owens keeps Nakamura in the corner and tags in Ziggler for a bit of double teaming. Fans chant for AJ. Ziggler keeps control of Nakamura out of the corner and hits a neckbreaker for a 2 count. Ziggler keeps Nakamura grounded now.
Nakamura looks for a comeback but Ziggler floors him and grounds him again. Owens tags in and keeps Nakamura down before showing off some. Owens with shots in the corner now. Owens takes Nakamura down and kicks him in the back. Owens with a headlock now. Fans chant for AJ as Owens keeps Nakamura down. Nakamura fights up but Owens floors him. Ziggler comes back in for a bit of double teaming. Nakamura finally fights out of the corner and decks both. Nakamura looks to make a tag but Ziggler rams him back into the corner. Owens tags in and knocks Styles off the apron. Owens with a clothesline and a corner cannonball for a 2 count. Owens mounts Nakamura with right hands as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Ziggler cuts Nakamura off with a dropkick for a 2 count. Owens tags in and keeps up the attack. Owens splashes Nakamura for a 2 count. Owens with more offense and a tag to Ziggler, telling him to finish Nakamura. Nakamura fights Ziggler off but Ziggler knees him. Ziggler charges but runs into the ring post. AJ gets the hot tag and unloads on Ziggler with strikes and a clothesline. AJ with a sliding forearm for a 2 count on Ziggler.
AJ knocks Owens off the apron. Ziggler and AJ trade holds. AJ with the fireman's carry neckbreaker for a 2 count. Styles goes for the Styles Clash but Owens distracts him. Ziggler takes advantage and drops AJ over the top rope. Ziggler sends AJ to the floor. Owens with a senton on the floor. Owens sends AJ into the apron and brings him back up onto the apron for a running knee to the back, sending AJ back to the floor. Owens taunts Nakamura. Owens brings AJ back into the ring and grounds him with a headlock.
Styles fights up and out from Owens. Owens backdrops him for another pin attempt. Owens with elbows to the head now. Ziggler takes AJ to the top for a superplex but it's blocked. AJ slides to the mat. Ziggler rushes down and stops him from tagging. AJ ducks a clothesline and plants Ziggler on his face. Both are down now. Nakamura and Owens tag at the same time and they go at it. Nakamura unloads and hits a running knee in the corner. Nakamura places Owens on the top turnbuckle and runs in with a high knee for a 2 count. Owens fights back but runs into a knee. Nakamura drops Owens for a 2 count as Ziggler breaks the pin.
Ziggler misses a Zig Zag on Nakamura. Nakamura launches him with an exploder. Owens stops a Kinshasa to Ziggler. AJ with a pele kick to Owens. AJ goes for the Styles Clash on Owens but Ziggler superkicks him. Nakamura dropkicks Ziggler out of the ring. Nakamura hits Kinshasa on Owens and covers for the pin.
Winners: AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura
- After the match, Nakamura's music hits as he stands tall. AJ and Nakamura have their arms raised in the middle of the ring as we go to replays. Nakamura continues the celebration as AJ looks on, standing on the second turnbuckle. SmackDown goes off the air with AJ and Nakamura standing in the middle of the ring facing off as we see the Money In the Bank briefcase hanging high.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Official WWE Announcement of The Mae Young Classic – Triple H Comments

Here is WWE’s official announcement of the Mae Young Classic…
WWE announces Mae Young Classic women’s tournament to be held at Full Sail Live July 13 and 14
WWE has announced that the first-ever Mae Young Classic women’s tournament will take place Thursday, July 13, and Friday, July 14, from Full Sail Live in Orlando, Fla.
Tickets will go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. ET via
The tournament, named after WWE Hall of Famer and one of the greatest WWE Superstars in history, Mae Young, will feature 32 of the top female competitors from around the world participating in a single-elimination tournament. The unprecedented event will stream later this summer exclusively on WWE Network.
“The Mae Young Classic will mark a significant moment in the evolution of WWE,” said Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events and Creative. “We are proud to provide this unique opportunity for the best female talent from around the world.”
Additional information on the Mae Young Classic will be announced in the coming weeks.

Opinionated View-  Well we knew this was coming and it will just be like the CWC or the UK tournament. And I don't mean that in a good way. I think it will get way to much hype. WWE will all but ignore it after its done. And worse of all some really talented wrestlers will turn down chances else where in hopes WWE will sign them.

And for anyone about to say "You don't know what you are talking about..." Look at the facts the CW division is a snore fest. And the UK title means nothing.

Women’s MITB in The Works For Next Month

According to Pro Wrestling Sheet, WWE officials are planning to announce a women’s Money in the Bank match for next month’s event. The MITB PPV will feature the Smackdown, brand, and the plan is to have two Money in the Bank matches, one for the men and one for the women. This would be the first women’s MITB match in WWE history. On the Smackdown side, champion Naomi, Becky Lynch and Charlotte have been battling Tamina, Carmella and Natalya so they are likely participants.

Opinionated View- PANIC PANIC! EVERYBODY PANIC! This is just an awful idea. I mean I could maybe see doing it when you had Alexa and Mickie still on the smackdown roster. But now the only one with talent is Becky. Naomi is awful and for anyone that wants to talk about Namoi's "High Flying" its bare bones basic stuffthat is mostly just falling foreward. Charlotte is just awful now she's turned into a poor man's version of her father's style taking away anything that made her fun outside of the one moonsault she does. Tamnia hurts herself doing basic stuff you want to put her in a ladder match? Carmella can't do anything and the fans don't care. Natayla is not worth watching at all these days.