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Balor & Banks Name Their WWE MMC Team, Superstars On MMC Pairings (Videos), Lars Sullivan’s Creepy Resolution

WWE has released the above and below videos stemming from this week’s WWE Mixed Match Challenge announcements.

See what Alexa Bliss, Braun Strowman, Charlotte Flair and Bobby Roode have to say about their teammates for WWE Mixed Match Challenge.

Read Also: Bayley Not Happy with Raw Team Announced for Mixed Match Challenge

The newly aligned “Demon Boss” tandem are charged up after learning that they will represent Raw at WWE Mixed Match Challenge, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 10 ET/7 PT. Follow WWE Mixed Match Challenge on Facebook for more updates.

WWE.com has published a new article featuring several WWE NXT stars, including Zelina Vega, Roderick Strong, Lacey Evans and more offering their New Year’s Resolutions. Below is what Lars Sullivan had to say regarding his goals in 2018:

“My New Year’s resolutions are as follows: I plan to win an NXT championship. If you’re in this business and your goal isn’t to win a championship, get out. In fact, I would suggest anyone in my path to just get out anyway — it’ll save you the pain and anguish I will cause you. I anticipate this becoming a reality by SummerSlam. Number two, become Stephanie McMahon’s favorite wrestler. Mrs. McMahon is a true visionary and pioneer in sports-entertainment. Mrs. McMahon has always been my favorite authority figure by virtue of her principles, values, morals and ethics. I’d love to have the opportunity to compete on Raw, Mrs. McMahon. [Smiles] My third resolution is to put at least two people through a table. I won’t lie, when [Killian] Dain splashed me through the table, it hurt, but I liked it.  I’d like to share that feeling with others, so they can feel the pure ecstasy and pleasure that I did.”

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Raw adds the team of Sasha Banks & Finn Balor to Mixed Match Challenge

Sorry Bayley fans. Depending how they work it, Raw’s second team announced for the Mixed Match Challenge could have one of the best entrances of the tournament. Today (Jan. 4) GM Kurt Angle brought Sasha Banks into his office to reveal who her partner would be in the upcoming Facebook Watch bracket.

Then Curt Hawkins showed up but after the fake out, Finn Balor smiled his was into the room. Joining the previously announced teams of Braun Strowman-Alexa Bliss and Bobby Roode-Charlotte Flair, Balor and Banks have now officially paired up for the tourney.

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It’s still unclear if the Mixed Match Challenge will follow the current WWE canon when it comes to feuds but Balor and Banks make for a cool face team with high flying abilities.

This past week on Raw, Balor rejoined up with Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows while Banks has spent the past few weeks going back and forth with Absolution.

With 20 wrestlers still left in the talent pool before the Jan. 16 tournament premieres on Facebook, who would you like to see paired up to fill out the remaining Raw side of the Mixed Match Challenge?

Alicia Fox, Asuka, Bayley, Goldust, Nia Jax, The Miz, Samoa Joe and whoever replaces Enzo Amore, Becky Lynch, Carmella, Jimmy Uso, Lana, Naomi, Natalya, Rusev, Sami Zayn, Shinsuke Nakamura and The New Day

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Cody Rhodes Praises Marty Scurll’s Wrestle Kingdom Attire, Big Attendance For the Event, Watch New Year’s Dash Free

It was announced last night that this year’s Wrestle Kingdom 12 event brought in 34,995 fans to the Tokyo Dome in Japan. You can check out our complete results coverage of the event at this link.

Watch New Year’s Dash Free

In related news, New Japan has announced that its New Year’s Dash event, which is akin to the Raw after WrestleMania show, will air free on NJPW World:

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Cody Rhodes Praises Marty Scurll’s Wrestle Kingdom Attire

As seen at Wrestle Kingdom 12, The Villain, Marty Scurll, debuted an elaborate costume, which included popout wings, for his match entrance, which you can check out in the GIF below:

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Cody Rhodes, who lost a match at Wrestle Kingdom to Kota Ibushi, Tweeted the following comment on Scurll’s ring outfit:

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Chris Jericho vs. Kenny Omega in GIFs

The expectations for Chris Jericho vs. Kenny Omega blasted through the roof of the Tokyo Dome before the first bell at New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Wrestle Kingdom 12 sounded. At the marquee Japanese wrestling event of the year, Jericho and Omega did their best to steal the show.

361 days away from the end of year, when 2018 closes up shop, Chris Jericho vs. Kenny Omega has already staked its claim to be on the short list of everyone’s match-of-year candidates.

Here are all the best GIFs that defined Alpha vs. Omega on Jan. 4 in Tokyo, Japan.

The big match feel began with each man’s walk to the ring. Backed by his own Fozzy tune’s Jericho and his custom light up jacket soaked in the moment.

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Breaking out new walkout attire, The Cleaner came ready to change the world.

In a no DQ match for Omega’s IWGP United States title, Jericho didn’t wait for the match to begin to start putting the boots to the champ.

In what was a violent, at times grimy affair the first big spot came from Omega and it was a near miss.

Jericho followed up Omega’s leap of faith with a Walls of Jericho attempt sprung across the broken table and blatant push to the referee’s face as he dropped the hold.

Still working outside of the ring, Omega would strike back with another ECW-esque spot of his own.

The theme of Omega of laying it all on the line continued but it was again countered by Jericho, who remained one step ahead of the younger champ in the early portions of the match.

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If you don’t mark out for a 47-year-old Chris Jericho landing a Lionsault in 2018 we don’t what to tell you.

Omega would take on more punishment before getting busted open. The crimison mask across Omega’s face may have planted the seed for a rally for the Best Bout Machine.

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The Man of 1,004 Holds would had a few more tricks up sleeve hitting a vintage Liontamer as well as a filthy Codebreaker on Omega.

In pro wrestling karma at it’s finest the same chair Chris Jericho brought into the ring as a weapon led to his demise. Looking for one more finishing move, Jericho ate a chair shot instead and walked into a One Winged Angel from Kenny Omega for the finish.

You read the buildup and have now seen the match, did Chris Jericho vs. Kenny Omega live up to the hype? Future match of year candidate or too early in the year to consider it?

Huge H/T to TDE Wrestling and Italo Santana for chronicling pro wrestling history in GIF form.

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Second Smackdown Team Revealed for WWE Mixed Match Challenge (Video)

WWE.com has announced the following, revealing Rusev and Lana will be teamed up for the WWE Mixed Match Challenge.

The team joins already announced tournament teams consisting of Finn Balor and Sasha Banks, Braun Strowman and Alexa Bliss, and Bobby Roode and Charlotte Flair.

SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan dropped a bombshell when he revealed that Rusev will team up with his wife Lana in the unprecedented WWE Mixed Match Challenge tournament on Facebook Watch.

The in-ring partnership between The Bulgarian Brute and The Ravishing Russian is an intriguing one to say the least. Rusev is a two-time Unites Champion who demands respect against any opponent in both singles and tag team competition. While Lana has not competed as extensively as her spouse, the Total Divas co-star has been quite visible in the struggle for supremacy in the SmackDown LIVE Women’s division and has officially entered the first-ever 30-Woman Over-the-Top Royal Rumble Match, signaling that she is, in fact, ready for top-notch competition.

Obviously, success for any tag team requires more than physical skill. There must also be an intuition between the competitors, something that can take years for two Superstars to develop. However, for a married couple in love, there is a much higher chance that element will already be intact, raising the odds that the WWE Mixed Match Challenge will end up being transformed into Rusev Day!

Together, Rusev and Lana will do battle in a ground-breaking tournament on Facebook Watch, where unlikely male-female WWE Superstar pairings will attempt to win $100,000 for a charity of their choice.

Check back with WWE.com to learn other #WWEMMC combinations as they become available. Follow WWE Mixed Match Challenge on Facebook for updates, and find out how you can impact the show’s matchups, stipulations and more along the way. WWE Mixed Match Challenge begins Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 10 ET/7 PT, exclusively on Facebook Watch.

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Chris Jericho vs. Kenny Omega in GIFs

The expectations for Chris Jericho vs. Kenny Omega blasted through the roof of the Tokyo Dome before the first bell at New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Wrestle Kingdom 12 sounded. At the marquee Japanese wrestling event of the year, Jericho and Omega did their best to steal the show.

361 days away from the end of year, when 2018 closes up shop, Chris Jericho vs. Kenny Omega has already staked its claim to be on the short list of everyone’s match-of-year candidates.

Here are all the best GIFs that defined Alpha vs. Omega on Jan. 4 in Tokyo, Japan.

The big match feel began with each man’s walk to the ring. Backed by his own Fozzy tune’s Jericho and his custom light up jacket soaked in the moment.

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Breaking out new walkout attire, The Cleaner came ready to change the world.

In a no DQ match for Omega’s IWGP United States title, Jericho didn’t wait for the match to begin to start putting the boots to the champ.

In what was a violent, at times grimy affair the first big spot came from Omega and it was a near miss.

Jericho followed up Omega’s leap of faith with a Walls of Jericho attempt sprung across the broken table and blatant push to the referee’s face as he dropped the hold.

Still working outside of the ring, Omega would strike back with another ECW-esque spot of his own.

The theme of Omega of laying it all on the line continued but it was again countered by Jericho, who remained one step ahead of the younger champ in the early portions of the match.

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If you don’t mark out for a 47-year-old Chris Jericho landing a Lionsault in 2018 we don’t what to tell you.

Omega would take on more punishment before getting busted open. The crimison mask across Omega’s face may have planted the seed for a rally for the Best Bout Machine.

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The Man of 1,004 Holds would had a few more tricks up sleeve hitting a vintage Liontamer as well as a filthy Codebreaker on Omega.

In pro wrestling karma at it’s finest the same chair Chris Jericho brought into the ring as a weapon led to his demise. Looking for one more finishing move, Jericho ate a chair shot instead and walked into a One Winged Angel from Kenny Omega for the finish.

You read the buildup and have now seen the match, did Chris Jericho vs. Kenny Omega live up to the hype? Future match of year candidate or too early in the year to consider it?

Huge H/T to TDE Wrestling and Italo Santana for chronicling pro wrestling history in GIF form.

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Next SmackDown LIVE Tandem Announced For WWE Mixed Match Challenge


WWE has officially announced the second SmackDown LIVE tandem for the upcoming Mixed Match Challenge tournament, which will air live exclusively on Facebook Watch beginning on Tuesday, January 16th at 10:00 PM EST.
Joining Bobby Roode and SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair will be Rusev and his wife, Lana. Below

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Raw Stars React to WWE MMC Pairing, Bayley Not a Fan of the Decision, Smackdown Top 10, 2008 Rumble Video

WWE has released the above video.

In one of the most shocking moments in WWE history, John Cena returns unannounced from an injury as the 30th entrant in the Royal Rumble Match.

Raw Stars React to WWE MMC Pairing, Bayley Not a Fan of the Decision

As noted, Finn Balor and Sasha Banks will be teaming up for the WWE Mixed Match Challenge, and the two Raw stars Tweeted the following reaction to the announcement:

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While Banks and Balor seem happy to be competing alongside one another in the tournament, one Raw star who is not happy with the teaming is Bayley, as she Tweeted the following:

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WWE Smackdown Top 10 Video

Below is this week’s WWE Smackdown top 10 moments video:

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WWE Raw’s Next Pairing Announced For Mixed Match Challenge Tournament


WWE has officially announced the next pairing for the upcoming Mixed Match Challenge tournament, which, as a reminder, will air live exclusively on Facebook Watch beginning on Tuesday, January 16th at 10:00 PM EST.
The next pairing comes from the Raw brand, as General Manager Kurt Angle has announced that

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New Japan Pro Wrestling Wrestle Kingdom 12 match recommendations

I’m gonna do my usual spiel about these match recommendations below, but let’s be frank here, folks— it’s Wrestle Kingdom. It’s New Japan’s biggest show of the year. If you care even a little about New Japan Pro Wrestling in the year of our lord 2018, you’re probably gonna want to watch the whole thing. Even the stuff that isn’t, strictly speaking, worth your time is gonna give you an idea of where Gedo might be taking us this year.

That being said, as always, I’ve got a very simple five point scale laid out where a 1 is total skip, 2 you can probably skip unless you love one of the folks in it, 3 is a match that’s worth watching but not necessarily worth making time for, a 4 is a solid recommendation to make time for if you can, and a 5 is a must-watch.

Mind you, these are not star ratings. They’re not meant to be absolute ratings in any sense, but rather a simple (and hopefully sensible) way to determine if a match is worth your time. A one is not necessarily a bad match, but rather just one I feel like you’re best off skipping. I have my biases, of course, but hopefully I can make it easy for you to adjust for them.

And of course, if you want full results, you can check those out right here while I (try!) to keep things at a distance here and concentrate on the stories told and what makes a match worth watching or not.

New Japan Rumble (2)

The early goings of the Rumble are all about Katsuya Kitamura… until Leo Tonga comes in to give him competition for the biggest man in the match. As more men come in the crowd eventually thins (including a really cool series of eliminations where Nagata took Nakanishi out with a cradle, Kitamura and Owens used Manabu’s dead weight to pin Nagata, and then Chase snapped off a piledriver to take Katsuya out) and the next phase is about Suzuki-gun clearing house and holding court.

The junior dads show up, TMIV evens the score, they get their vengeance but Gambino clears things out again. Rise and fall, so it goes, the story of the match very much that you can get a little momentum but sooner or later the ebb and flow catches you. No iron man, constant change until finally someone.

So I was a little disappointed with the field this year, not nearly enough old men who usually aren’t around for my taste, but the finishing run with Kakihara and Cheeseburger takes it up a notch. Nowhere near a must-watch, but not a total skip either.

Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH) (c) vs. Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) (IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship) (5)

Bucks start off with a shocking lack of respect, jawing at RPG3K as if they were still young boys, but the tag champs quickly show them that they are not with some hype double teams… and YOH’s back takes the ramp hard and the Bucks smell blood in the water much the same as they did against the last junior team to have the Roppongi name, working his back over and taking Rocky Romero out with a powerbomb on the apron.

Fighting through the pain while the Bucks continue to target his back, he can’t get away but Matt Jackson takes the floor hard on a flip bump of his own and the tide starts to turn, forcing the Bucks to resort to subterfuge and taking the match outside… where YOH hits a back body drop and finally gets some space to breathe as he leaves Jackson in agony!

Malfunction at the junction, hot tag, and the match becomes a question of whose back gives out long enough to keep them down for three amidst gobs of sick tag moves. This was a great sequel to those fantastic RPG Vice/Bucks matches from last year with the added bonus that RPG3K are a more focused team than Roppongi Vice, without the (admittedly usually fun!) diversions into comedy weirdness. Watch it!

Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga, & Tanga Loa) (c) vs. Chaos (Beretta, Tomohiro Ishii, & Toru Yano) vs. Michael Elgin & War Machine (Hanson & Ray Rowe) vs. Suzuki-gun (Taichi, Takashi Iizuka, & Zack Sabre, Jr.) vs. Taguchi Japan (Juice Robinson, Ryusuke Taguchi, & Togi Makabe) (NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship Gauntlet Match) (2)

Suzuki-gun and Big War Machine to start here, Suzuki-gun engaging in their usual shenanigans but soon enough Team HOSS use their sheer strength advantage to come out of the hole. Some fun stuff from Sabre and Rowe in here, and soon enough the Technical Wizard advances his team to the next match of the gauntlet.

Chaos out third, chaos (no pun intended) ensues and Yano wraps it up pretty quickly in the way only the Sublime Master Thief can and Taguchi Japan are out fourth, so our champions will be last. Makabe runs the show for a little while, Juice gets a star turn, and the Sublime Master Thief does them in as well. The champions come out fresh and the final match of the gauntlet hinges on Beretta as Ricky Morton, praying for a hot tag or an opening to end it.

Anyway, this isn’t bad, there’s a couple cool sequences in here, but it exists basically just to get a bunch of guys on the card, watch accordingly.

Cody Rhodes vs. Kota Ibushi (5)

Cody stalling early but he doesn’t milk it and the match gets to the feeling out quickly. Rhodes gets a bit of an advantage on the mat, looking to end it with his submission early but Ibushi takes to the air and… proceeds to wipe Brandi Rhodes out and, in his concern for her, open himself up to getting his block knocked off by Cody! It was a ruse!

Working over Kota’s surgically repaired neck, getting a chair involved on the floor, Ibushi manages to get a comeback in there, Golden Triangle, but he has trouble capitalizing after all the wear on his neck. Struggle over a suplex in the ropes and again Brandi is the decider! CROSS RHODES OFF THE APRON PUTS IBUSHI ON HIS HEAD! Rhodes happy to take a countout but Kota makes it back in!

Ibushi is seriously out of it and the match becomes about whether or not he can get it together before Cody finishes him.

This was, being frank, shockingly good. I wasn’t expecting very much out of it at all given Cody’s track record in New Japan shows held on Japanese soil, but by god they went out there, Rhodes put his best foot forward, Ibushi is Ibushi, and they had a really good match built around the Rhodes being dicks and Kota being a madman who never gives up. A lot of cool nearfalls and reversals in the finishing stretch, too. Great match!

Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith, Jr. & Lance Archer) (c) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL & SANADA) (IWGP Tag Team Championship) (3)

Killer Bomb right out the gates so KES mean business! Taking the action outside and back in, they isolate EVIL and work him over with quick tags, at one point chokeslamming him off the apron into a pile of young lions. SANADA gets in but nothing changes, more quick tags and violence, but SANADA’s speed eventually gets him an opening and EVIL comes back in hot.

LIJ start rallying but KES have such power and did such damage early that they keep tipping the tide back as the match breaks down and the concept of a legal man goes out the window for a few minutes. Trading big bombs, the score is finally even enough that it’s a question of who can drop the biggest the fastest and we proceed to the finish.

This started off fun with KES running hot and eager to deliver a beating but slowly lost me as the match carried on. Not bad, but I can’t give a strong recommendation as a result.

Hirooki Goto vs. Minoru Suzuki (c) (NEVER Openweight Championship Hair vs. Hair Match) (3)

Trading hard right hands early, Suzuki goes right to the sleeper hold and nearly chokes Goto out then and there! Refusing a potential stoppage, he takes Hirooki to the floor for his usual brand of violence. Back inside, Goto fires up and fights back but all that does is give Minoru want he wants and he’s all fired up. Hirooki throwing everything he has but it’s not enough and then the interference comes.

When the dust settles and their respective stables have fought through and back, Suzuki is an offensive dynamo and Goto’s just taking it! He’s not about to lose his hair that easy though, and no matter how many times Minoru takes him to the post he keeps getting a little more every time.

So this was really good with a great story built around Suzuki being dominant just beating Goto pillar to post and ol’ sad sack Goto trying to prove that he’s not a failure and regain the title he won from his best friend a year ago. Plus the sheer swagger on display in the post-match, good stuff.

Hiromu Takahashi vs. KUSHIDA vs. Marty Scurll (c) vs. Will Ospreay (IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship) (4)

Scurll staying out of the proceedings early as Ospreay and KUSHIDA go at it, content to slip in for a cheap shot here and there and it nearly costs him the match as Takahashi rolls up on him! The pace picks up, the action fast and furious as it ebbs and flows and heads to the floor… WILL HITS A MOONSAULT OFF A SCAFFOLD! A mini-match between KUSHIDA and Ospreay follows until Marty comes in.

Champion in control for a little while, then the action picks back up, a series of lariats leaving all four men down and out. A four-way slugfest breaks out and Scurll counters the Oscutter into the chickenwing! Both of them wiped out, we get some KUSHIDA/Hiromu, always very enjoyable, until the English lads get back into it. The big nearfalls start kicking in, Marty literally tapes Takahashi to the guardrail while Ospreay and KUSHIDA try to murder each other in the turnbuckles.

They fend him off, avalanche armbar, Will refusing to lose and he manages a deadlift buckle bomb! Marty gets some powder out but he can’t keep KUSHIDA down with it and Hiromu comes back in hot! More big nearfalls, an impromptu alliance between our Englishmen goes bad and indeed we’re on our way to the finish.

Not a perfect match, it was a bit overlong and there were a few stretches (mainly involving Marty Scurll’s schtick, to be fair) that had me rolling my eyes, but when it was on, it was on in a big way and you should probably watch it and decide for yourself.

Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. “Switchblade” Jay White (IWGP Intercontinental Championship) (1)

Feeling out, Tanahashi with a slight edge until a plancha comes up empty and tweaks the bad knee! White immediately goes on the attack, wrenching, pounding, and tearing, but the Ace’s veteran wiles kick in for some breathing room and he starts to rally. Jay is able to use the knee as a lever to cut him off but even in the short time he was on top the damage Tanahashi did to the leg is enough to keep him from being as dominant as he was at the outset.

Hiroshi in charge, he gets the High Fly Flow to the floor he once said he was never going to do again and has done in basically every match since, but back in the ring Switchblade is able to turn it around and get back to attacking the leg. And from there the match settles around the idea that if Hiroshi can just get a head of steam and get through his signature maneuvers he’ll take it, but getting that head of steam past White is no guarantee.

This was largely fine in the outline but in the execution I can’t help but compare it to Tanahashi’s G1 Climax match against Zack Sabre, Jr., a match also built largely around a real injury being exploited, and find it wanting. It has neither the drama nor the visceral excitement of that match and instead feels like an overlong paint-by-numbers reproduction. Unless you’re a diehard Tanahashi fan or really need to see how Jay White did in his first big match, I think this one is a pass.

Chris Jericho vs. Kenny Omega (c) (IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship No Disqualification Match) (5)

Jericho throwing hands before the bell! And after, punch for punch sees Omega pull ahead and Y2J crawling for the outside! A rake of the eyes and Chris keeps punishing him and gets an early Walls of Jericho in only for Kenny to make the ropes but there’s no reason to break without disqualifications! To the outside, continuing to just wreak holy hell on each other!

OMEGA COMES UP EMPTY ON A DIVE AND GOES THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE TABLE! Jericho’s smacking Red Shoes around and he puts the Liontamer on Shota Umino! Kenny’s alive and he threw a monitor at Y2J! OMEGA DOUBLE STOMP OFF THE LIGHTING RIG ONTO A TABLE! Back inside, Jericho catches him in the knee with the triangle dropkick! Chris sets up a table… AND POWERBOMBS KENNY ON THE FLOOR INSTEAD!

More brawling around the ring and then inside it, we get a sequence with a bunch of drama around a chair wedged into the ropes. Into the precision striking and Jericho rolls the clock back with the Lionsault! Omega hits the Terminator tope con giro! Back inside, Kotaro Krusher, Kenny finally feeling confident to bust out the big moves, following it up with Aoi Shoudou but the V-Trigger comes up empty!

Jockeying for position, a second attempt hits, Jericho’s woozy but able to block the Dragon suplex and lock the Walls of Jericho on! Again Omega gets into the ropes and he’s got the numbing spray and nails Chris in the eyes with it! Finally the chair comes into play and Kenny goes into it as Y2J gets a towel to clean the spray off his face. Sight restored, he keeps putting Omega into the chair!

KENNY’S BUSTED OPEN! Slugging it out, Omega gets a few Dragon suplexes off and fires himself up, blood pouring down his nose! Electric chair, denied, he plants Chris with another Dragon only to get waffled with the chair! A fresh chair in hand, Jericho going to town on Kenny’s back but the champion has fight left in him! A Van Terminator gets the opening and a V-Trigger knocks Chris to the floor through the table!

Back in the ring, Omega keeps up his torrential offense and Y2J’s gas tank is clearly running low, so the question, as ever, is can he pull it off before he comes up totally empty?

This match ruled, no doubt about it. I had my concerns about Jericho coming to New Japan but he and Kenny wrestled a smart match that started hot and built to absolutely earn all the end-game bombs. Would absolutely love to see more from Chris if this is the caliber of match we’re getting. Go watch it!

Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Tetsuya Naito (IWGP Heavyweight Championship) (5)

Lucha-themed feeling out early, fitting for these two men, before they head to the floor and trade spots. Naito’s is a wicked neckbreaker over the barricade that puts him in control, and so a theme develops, the Stardust Genius working Okada’s neck, a well-established weak point, pounding him with neckbreakers and kicks to the back of the neck.

Kazuchika back at it with a wicked DDT, starting to pick up a head of steam, working Naito’s head over in turn. Jockeying for position, Okada gets the cobra clutch after a few false starts and Tetsuya flags but does not fail! The Stardust Genius resumes control with a neckbreaker, dumps the champ on his head with a poison Frankensteiner and you can tell he’s busting out all the stops because he hits a Stardust Press only to find no water in the pool!

Slugging it out, Tetsuya with absolutely wicked overhead elbows to the back of the neck but Okada’s able to hit one of his signature dropkicks and keep from being swept away with the tide! It carries on as a very back and forth match, Naito kicking out of a Rainmaker but the champion having a clear advantage as he doesn’t even have a cover to kick out of on a Destino.

Down to the bone, just slugging it out, the Rainmaker’s tank runs low but isn’t out yet and he does the ol’ hold the wristlock spot. Another Rainmaker dodged, Destino… NOPE! Into the final stretch, the reversals and jockeying for position just leaving one man to make a mistake.

Predictably, this was a great match, although being honest I found myself watching from a bit of a distance and not getting super invested in it, or at least not as invested as ideally I’d like. But in any case, it’s the main event of Wrestle Kingdom– if you’re reading this, are you REALLY going to skip it?

Overall

Again, it feels kind of silly giving recommendations on a show like this, but I have a format and I’m sticking to it. Anyway, aside from the low point of Tanahashi/White, this was a thoroughly excellent show in the Wrestle Kingdom tradition with a bang-on double main event, a really good junior tag, and a career match for Cody. Watch those matches if nothing else and get your 999 yen worth, folks.

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Finn Balor’s WWE Mixed Match Challenge Partner Revealed (Video)

WWE has released the video above, announcing Finn Balor and Sasha Banks will team up in the WWE Mixed Match Challenge tournament.

WWE.com has also issued the following:

Raw General Manager Kurt Angle has revealed that Finn Bálor will team with Sasha Banks at WWE Mixed Match Challenge, a bold dream team  that could definitely make the difference for Team Raw in the unprecedented tournament on Facebook Watch.

Whether competing in the history-making WWE Iron Man Match against Bayley in NXT or inside Hell in a Cell against Charlotte Flair, the innovative Banks is the very definition of a trailblazer. With the distinction of being the first-ever Universal Champion and the longest-reigning NXT Champion in history, Bálor is definitely cut from the same cloth as the four-time Raw Women’s Champion.

Add to the mix their larger-than-life personas and you have a fierce combination capable of taking any team to task in the Mixed Match Challenge.

Together, Bálor and Banks will compete in an innovative Facebook Watch exclusive tournament, where unlikely male-female WWE Superstar pairings will attempt to win $100,000 for their charity.

Check back with WWE.com to learn other #WWEMMC combinations as they become available. Follow WWE Mixed Match Challenge on Facebook for updates, and find out how you can impact the show’s matchups, stipulations and more along the way. WWE Mixed Match Challenge begins Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 10 ET/7 PT, exclusively on Facebook Watch.

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Bray Wyatt Sends Message to ‘Woken Warriors’, Zayn on Facing Styles, WWE Agent Praises Young Bucks, DDP On TV

WWE Hall of Famer DDP Tweeted the following:

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WWE Producer Praises The Young Bucks

Following The Young Bucks’ match at Wrestle Kingdom 12 match, current WWE producer and former ROH star Adam Pearce Tweeted the following:

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Bray Wyatt Sends Message to ‘Woken Warriors’

Bray Wyatt Tweeted the following message to all of Matt Hardy’s “Woken Warriors”:

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Zayn on Facing Styles

Sami Zayn, who along with Kevin Owens will challenge AJ Styles for the WWE Title at Royal Rumble, Tweeted the following:

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Chris Jericho Reveals How He Got Vince McMahon to Unban AJ Styles’ ‘Styles Clash’

Chris Jericho recently spoke with Inside the Ropes, which you can watch in full in the video player above.

During the interview, Jericho discussed his WWE feud with AJ Styles, and noted how Styles’ finishing move The Styles Clash had actually been banned by WWE. On the subject of working with Styles to help elevate him in WWE, and wanting to bring the Styles Clash back for their matches, Jericho had the following to say:

“When AJ first came into the WWE Vince did not know him from a hole in the ground. And obviously, I knew AJ Styles, I had never touched him, had never been in the ring with him. Ever.

But I obviously knew his reputation, knew what we could do, and we really starting gelling. The first match was okay, second match was okay, and we started really coming together. The tag team match we had, where I turned on him against The New Day was five stars. The WrestleMania match we had was great, and the one we had the next night, the four-way with me vs Owens vs AJ vs Cesaro for the #1 contender, was a tremendous match.

And that’s the one when I basically got the Styles Clash unbanned because it was banned. And I was like, I knew that Vince had heard that somebody got hurt by the move, but I also knew that he probably didn’t even know what the move was, he just knew the name, the Styles Clash. So I pitched it to him as that cool move that AJ does where he drops you on your face, we did it at WrestleMania, we did it a couple times.

The first time I kicked out of it, just so Vince could see it, and people were so mad at me. I’m helping get this move acclimated and unbanned, and it was, the next month he’s using it on the floor against Roman Reigns.”

If any of the above quotes are used for article purposes, please credit ProWrestling.com for the transcription.

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Young Bucks, Cody Rhodes go 1-1 at Wrestle Kingdom 12

The Bullet Club was represented well at New Japan Pro Wrestling’s annual Wrestle Kingdom event. Club members were littered throughout the ten fight card held on Thursday, January 4th in the Tokyo Dome.

Other than Kenny Omega’s huge match-up with Chris Jericho, the Young Bucks and Cody Rhodes were also featured in key spots.

Matt and Nick Jackson challenged Roppongi 3K (Sho and Yoh) for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight tag team titles in the second match of the night.

The story of the matches became all four men working over and attacking the back’s of their opponent. In Roppongi 3K’s first defense of their titles, the champs adsorbed a ton of punishment throughout the nearly 20 minute contest.

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After a swanton bomb rope assisted DDT for a close two count, the Bucks repeatedly looked for a sharpeshooter finish. Isolating Yoh, the Young Bucks got multiple near falls and tapouts before a superkick into a a Meltzer Driver led to the final sharpeshooter ending.

With the win the Young Bucks became seven-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight tag team champions.

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The fourth match at Wrestle Kingdom 12 featured former Cruiserweight Classic semifinalist Kota Ibushi taking on Cody Rhodes.

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A key highlight from the 15 minute match was Rhodes hitting a nasty Cross Rhodes from the ring apron to the arena floor on Ibushi. With Brandi Rhodes at ringside, the former NXT announcer took a few bumps along the way as well.

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The eventual end for Team Rhodes would come off a Disaster Kick attempt from Cody that was beautifully countered by Ibushi, first with a swift kick to the head that led right into a straight jacket German suplex. A final kamigoye from Kota Ibushi followed up with a Phoenix splash off the top rope was enough to earn the three count over Cody Rhodes.

Whether you watched it live early this morning or are just catching up who had the better match at Wrestle Kingdom 12, The Young Bucks or Cody Rhodes?

(Big H/T to TDE Wrestling and Italo Santana for the awesome GIFs)

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John Cena a Fan of ‘Woken Matt Hardy’? (Photo), Hardy Responds, JBL Interviews Linda McMahon For Fox Business (Video)

John Cena, who is known to post random photos on his Instagram page, posted the following:

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JBL Interviews Linda McMahon For Fox Business

Former WWE Smackdown announcer JBL recently interviewed Linda McMahon for Fox Business, and you can check it out in the video player below:

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Backstage Update On How Sick Braun Strowman Was Last Week, Speculation On Kurt Angle Replacing Enzo Amore in MMC

As noted, WWE Raw star Braun Strowman was sent home from the WWE holiday tour last week due to illness, which was said to be a bad case of the flu. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter is reporting Strowman was said to be “violently” ill, and there was concern he would miss Raw this week but he appeared and competed in a match.

In related news, Enzo Amore was also sent back to his hotel in Miami on Monday after being checked into the hospital for a bad case of the flu, which forced him to miss the New Year’s Day edition of WWE Raw. Enzo was scheduled to defend the WWE Cruiserweight Title on Raw, but the match has been postponed due to Enzo’s illness.

Read Also: Strowman’s Partner Revealed For First WWE Mixed Match Challenge Team

Enzo was also pulled from the WWE Mixed Match Challenge by Raw GM Kurt Angle, as a result of Enzo’s illness, and the leader of the “Zo Train” will be replaced in the tournament. The announcement of Enzo being pulled from the WWE MMC has lead to speculation that Kurt Angle himself will be replacing him, however The Wrestling Observer Newsletter is reporting that is not the case and Angle will not replace Enzo.

Enzo originally contracted the flu while he was in Toronto for the WWE holiday live event, and he ended up not competing against Kalisto that night as scheduled. Enzo did not want to go to the hospital in Toronto, so he waited until he arrived in Miami before checking himself into a Miami medical facility.

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Chris Jericho Addresses Fan Criticism Of Dedicating NJPW Match to Chris Benoit

As we noted yesterday, prior to his match against Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom 12, Chris Jericho posted some fan art on his Instagram page, depicting the souls of the late Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero behind Jericho, and Jericho used the artwork to dedicate his NJPW match to his “fallen brothers.”

Jericho received a few negative reactions from the internet wrestling community following his dedication of the match to Chris Benoit, stemming from the tragic events which took place in Benoit’s life, and Jericho has since released the video below reacting to the online criticism. Below is a quote from Jericho in the video:

“Yeah I know what Chris did, I think about it every single day. I was involved more than any one of you are. So trust me, I understand. The horrible, horrible events that took place. And I will never forgive it and I will never understand it. But I have my reasons for doing what I’m doing, so don’t anybody tell me, anybody make smart ass remarks about what I say or do…Nobody tells me what to do, I have my reasons, and I think about the loss of Nancy Benoit and Daniel Benoit every single f**king day.”

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Eli Drake vs Alberto El Patron, Loser Leaves Town Match, Big Stipulation for LAX & More On Impact Wrestling Tonight

The following matches will air on tonight’s edition of Impact Wrestling, which is the first new episode of the show in 2018.

Impact Wrestling Global Championship Match:
-Eli Drake (c) vs. Alberto El Patron. The bout was taped at a WrestlePro event back in early December.

Impact Wrestling X-Division Championship Match:
-Trevor Lee (c) vs.Taiji Ishimori

-EC3 vs. Fallah Bah vs. Matt Sydal

-oVe vs. LAX. If LAX loses the match, the team must disband.

-James Storm vs. Dan Lambert. If James Storm loses the match, he must leave Impact Wrestling.

-Chandler Park vs. John Bolden

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Voting Now Open for 2017 NXT Year End Awards, View The Categories & Nominees

WWE has released the following announcement on the 2017 NXT year end awards:

Voting is now open for the NXT Year-End Awards! Cast your vote now to determine the best of NXT from 2017.

There are nine different categories for the NXT Universe to vote on, exclusively on Twitter. In order for a vote to be official, you must include BOTH of the following in your tweet: (1) the hashtag of the category, and (2) the hashtag of the nominee you are voting for. Please limit your votes to one category/nominee per tweet.

The winners of each category will be announced the night of NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia, which will take place Saturday, Jan. 27, on the award-winning WWE Network and across all digital platforms.

The categories and nominees for each category are as follows:

NXT TakeOver of the Year

#NXTAwardTakeOver
#SanAntonio
#Orlando
#BrooklynIII
#Chicago
#WarGames

NXT Female Competitor of the Year Award

#NXTAwardFemale
#Asuka
#EmberMoon
#NikkiCross
#RubyRiott
#IconicDuo — Billie Kay & Peyton Royce

NXT Male Competitor of the Year Award

#NXTAwardMale
#BobbyRoode
#DrewMcIntyre
#AleisterBlack
#AndradeAlmas
#RoderickStrong

Overall NXT Competitor of the Year Award

#NXTAwardOverall
#BobbyRoode
#DrewMcIntyre
#AleisterBlack
#AndradeAlmas
#RoderickStrong
#Asuka
#EmberMoon
#NikkiCross
#RubyRiott
#IconicDuo — Billie Kay & Peyton Royce

NXT Tag Team of the Year Award

#NXTAwardTagTeam
#AuthorsOfPain
#SAnitY
#TheRevival
#DIY
#UndisputedERA — Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly

NXT Breakout Star of the Year Award

#NXTAwardBreakoutStar
#AleisterBlack
#AndradeAlmasZelinaVega
#UndisputedERA
#SonyaDeville
#RubyRiott
#VelveteenDream
#LarsSullivan

Future Star of NXT Award

#NXTAwardFutureStar
#StreetProfits
#HeavyMachinery
#ShaynaBaszler
#KairiSane
#FabianAichner
#CezarBononi
#LioRush
#BiancaBelair
#LaceyEvans

NXT Match of the Year Award

#NXTAwardMatch
#GarganoVsAlmas
 — Johnny Gargano vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas (TakeOver: Brooklyn III)
#AsukaVsMoon — Asuka vs. Ember Moon (NXT Women’s Championship Match, TakeOver: Brooklyn III)
#McIntyreVsAlmas — Drew McIntyre vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas (NXT Championship Match, TakeOver: WarGames)
#DIYVsRevivalVsAOP — #DIY vs. The Revival vs. Authors of Pain (NXT Tag Team Championship Triple Threat Tag Team Elimination Match, TakeOver: Orlando)
#BateVsDunne — Tyler Bate vs. Pete Dunne (WWE U.K. Championship Match, TakeOver: Chicago)
#WarGamesMatch — SAnitY vs. Authors of Pain & Roderick Strong vs. Undisputed ERA (TakeOver: WarGames)
#AsukaVsCross — Asuka vs. Nikki Cross (NXT Women’s Championship Last Woman Standing Match, NXT TV, June 28, 2017)
#DIYVsAOP — #DIY vs. Authors of Pain (NXT Tag Team Championship Ladder Match, TakeOver: Chicago)
#StrongVsRoode — Roderick Strong vs. Bobby Roode (NXT Championship Match, NXT TV, July 5, 2017)
#WomensBattleRoyal — NXT Women’s Championship Qualifying Battle Royal (NXT TV, Oct. 25, 2017)
#BlackVsDream — Aleister Black vs. Velveteen Dream (TakeOver: WarGames)
#GarganoVsOhno — Johnny Gargano vs. Kassius Ohno (NXT TV, Dec. 6, 2017)

NXT Rivalry of the Year Award

#NXTAwardRivalry
#NakamuraRoode — Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Bobby Roode
#MoonAsuka — Ember Moon vs. Asuka
#BateDunne — Tyler Bate vs. Pete Dunne
#SAnitYUndisputed — SAnitY vs. Undisputed ERA
#BlackDream — Aleister Black vs. Velveteen Dream
#OhnoItami — Kassius Ohno vs. Hideo Itami
#DIYAOP — #DIY vs. Authors of Pain

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Presenting: WWE’s New Years Resolutions (2018)!

Well Cagesiders it’s that time again. It’s time to toss out the old 2017 calendar and pin up 2018. With a new year comes new possibilities, new starts, new desires and new resolutions.

On the one hand, the whole notion of a new years resolution is silly. January 1st is no different than December 31st. It’s still a cold day in the early part of winter. If we had no calendars or any way to know what day it was, new years day wouldn’t be any different than any other day. The idea of it being “next year” or “a new year” is purely arbitrary. Every day is a year after last year’s day. You can toss a dart at a calendar and designate that the start of your own personal new year.

I mean in China “new years” doesn’t come for another month or so. Jews and Muslims have theirs in September. Nevertheless, here we are, at the start of what we in the west call 2018, and with it comes all the people looking to start the new year with promises to themselves.

Over in WWE land, you can be sure the employees independently-contracted Superstars are celebrating the only way they know how: On the road, tired and achy. I wonder what kinds of things they’re “resolving” to themselves around the WWE…

Here we go…


WWE.com

Dear self,

You’ve had a great year in 2017. You helped expand the borders of WWE’s BRAND and, more importantly, established the BRAND of the WWE as the premiere entertainment BRAND in all of media.

BRAND!

I suppose I should congratulate myself but I think instead I’ll write a little resolution. Last year you did so much for so many other people. This year, do a little something for yourself. I think the WWE universe is starting to forget your face! So my resolution is this: Get more involved in the on screen happenings of Raw. Let the men know who’s the boss. Let the women know who literally created them from nothing and molded them into existence. Now go out there and have a great 2018!


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Dear self,

You did it. You made 2017 the most delightful of any since you began your employment with WWE. Certainly it took a few months…almost all of them…but 2017 was the year where you finally found a permanent place on the main-roster. It’s a shame poor, sad, tiny Simon Gotch had to take his flux capacitor-enabled motorcar back to 1915, where his personal brand of a-holery could be better appreciated, but such is life.

As wondrous as 2017 was, I enter 2018 with a bit of trepidation. As you know, I’ve been teaming with Rusev and though the partnership has yielded great fruit, it nevertheless carries with it certain…worries. My new year’s resolution is to move beyond this partnership to one that is more befitting my own natural…circumstances.

To put it simply: I resolve either to grow a mohawk and become the Gillberg of Sheamus or shave my head and be the Gillberg of Cesaro. Either way I must get out of this Rusev situation. He “accidentally” called me Lana last night and I’m worried what may come next.


WWE.com

Dear self,

I’m going to grab that brass ring. No, I’m not just going to grab it: I’m going to do a 450 splash off the top rope, spring off the floor like a college cheer team captain, do a corkscrew twist and grab the ring off Vince McMahon’s finger dangling from the rafters like in a ladder match. He’ll have to notice me then!

I’m good enough, I’m smart enough and gosh darn it people like me.


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Dear self,

Be more like Kevin Owens.


WWE.com

Ich hasse diese ganze stinkende Firma.

Die Leute sind laut und dumm. Das Essen ist langweilig. Niemand schätzt meinen Humor. Ich habe gestern die lustigste Geschichte erzählt und alles, was Vince gesagt hat, war “Hast du deine Nase schon repariert?” Mit meiner Nase ist nichts verkehrt, du hast Skeletor verdorben, es waren meine Zähne. Deshalb trage ich das Mundstück. Ich glaube nicht, dass er meinen Namen kennt. Letzte Woche hat er mich Zander genannt.

Ich vermisse meine Katze.

bray

Dear self,

Our Father who art in Heaven, Hallowed by Thy name,

Thank you Lord for a blessed 2017. Winning the WWE Title last year was a true answer to prayer. I knew if I worked hard, kept my nose down and trusted your will, You’d see me through my trials.

I pray that 2018 allows me more opportunities to shine the light of the Gospel, entertain your children all over the world, and just be a great example to all. Guide, guard and direct my steps. Forgive me when I stumble, and bring me home to Heaven someday.

In Jesus name,

Amen.


WWE.com

Dear self,

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? As the iced-winds of February chill my nipples, I feel inner warmth at the thoughts of your embrace. Your radiant eyes glisten in my memory and brighten even the darkest of my days. Truly there is no darkness as long as you are in my heart. There is no loneliness as long as you are on my mind. As the waters of the stream—

wait

(*checks calendar*)

Ah shoot. Alright…uh…

knee pads.


Dear self,

My name is Shelton Benjamin. Once upon a time I was considered one of the best in-ring workers in the world. I’ve put on classic matches with the likes of Kurt Angle, Shawn Michaels, Triple H and more. I was a major player during the post-Attitude Era of WWE, when the company was rebuilding and pushing new and different talent. After a long time away, I’ve returned to WWE and am currently working with one of the brightest young talents on Smackdown. Things are going pretty well. 2017 was pretty good to me. I’ve made a name for myself with the fans and with my peers all over again.

But not to everyone.

In 2018 I resolve to make a name for myself to Vince McMahon. He’s the guy that calls the shots. He’s the “audience of one.” If I’m ever going to be more than the midcard/tag team guy, it’s going to be because Vince McMahon believes in me. I have to make a name for myself with him.

…I should probably start by getting one of those “Hi my name is _______” stickers so he’ll stop calling me K-Kwick every time I walk by him.


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Dear self,

Be more like myself.

Vince McMahon

What year is it now? It’s already 2018? Alright then, I’ll make a resolution I suppose.

I think this year I will resolve to tell better stories on Raw and Smackdown. That’s a good and simple resolution I suppose. I’ve been doing this long enough I think I know how to tell a good story. It’s all about taking the viewer on a journey, like the time I caught the ferry over to Shelbyville. I needed a new heel for my shoe. So I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. So I tied an onion to my belt.

Which was the style at the time.

Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel. And in those days nickel’s had pictures of bumblebees on em. “Give me five bees for a quarter” you’d say. Now…where was I? Oh yes, the important thing was that I had an onion on my belt.

Which was the style at the time.

They didn’t have white onions (because of the war). The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones. Anyway, I think we’ll put the title on John Cena again and maybe give Roman Reigns a run in the main-event. As a change of pace.

What was I writing this for again? Taxes?

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Unseen Video of Lesnar & Kane On Raw, What Did Rey Mysterio Think of Y2J vs Omega?, Almas & Gargano Talk Takeover

WWE has released the above and below videos.

View unseen video of The Big Red Monster’s clash with The Beast Incarnate from the conclusion of the Jan. 1, 2018, edition of Raw.

Almas & Gargano Talk Takeover

The NXT Champion and his ruthless business manager have harsh words for Johnny Gargano in an exclusive sit-down interview.

After a tumultuous 2017, the beloved Johnny Wrestling kicks off 2018 on a high note as he prepares to face NXT Champion Andrade “Cien” Almas at NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia.

What Did Rey Mysterio Think of Y2J vs Omega?

Former WWE Champion Rey Mysterio posted the following reaction to Chris Jericho vs Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom 12:

Had high expectations for this match & as always both @kennyomegamanx & @chrisjerichofozzyDid Not Disappoint! The match was DopE and the crowd was Lit🔥#GreatFinale

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Update On No Way Jose’s NXT Status, New NXT Road Trip Events, Lana Confronts Carmella & More Total Divas Videos

WWE NXT star No Way Jose has been noticeably absent from NXT as he has been dealing with injuries, and The Wrestling Observer Newsletter is reporting Jose is expected to return to the ring sometime this month.

HHH Announces NXT Road Trip Events

Triple H has Tweeted the following regarding the first WWE NXT road trip live events of 2018:

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Lana Confronts Carmella & More Total Divas Videos

Below are two clips from last night’s new episode of Total Divas:

The Bella Twins and Nia Jax discuss their New York City adventures during SummerSlam Week.

After another argument with Lana, Natalya opens up to Nia Jax about her issues with The Ravishing Russian.

Lana tells Carmella she would never try to take her off Live Events and that Natalya is lying.

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WWE On Where Hornswoggle Is Today, WWE Backlash Pre-Sale Code, Inside Look at the Tag Teams & Women Of NXT

WWE has released the above video.

Catch up with former WWE Superstar Hornswoggle as he reflects on being a father, adjusting to life after WWE and running his own independent wrestling company and school.

WWE Backlash Pre-Sale Code

As noted, this year’s WWE Backlash PPV will take place in Newark, NJ at The Prudential Center on May 6th, and will be a Raw brand exclusive event. An internet pre-sale for tickets to the PPV is currently underway via Ticketmaster, and you can use the password WWEPC to obtain tickets.

Inside Look at NXT Tag Team & Women’s Divisions

WWE has also released the following videos from last night’s NXT “best of 2017” special:

From Heavy Machinery to TM61, meet the tandems that make up the black-and-yellow brand’s thrilling Tag Team division. Video courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

Get to know the many Superstars vying for contention in NXT’s acclaimed Women’s division. Video courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

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How Was Viewership For The First WWE Smackdown Of 2018?

According to ShowBuzz Daily, the first edition of WWE Smackdown in 2018, which featured an advertised main event of AJ Styles vs Sami Zayn in a non-title match, averaged 2.72 million viewers. This week’s number is up from last week’s 2.656 million viewership average, for a show which aired the night after Christmas.

This week’s WWE Smackdown also featured a Tag Team Title match as well as the continuation of the tension between GM Daniel Bryan and Commissioner Shane McMahon.

This week’s WWE Smackdown ranked #5 in overall cable TV viewership for the night, behind programs such as “Curse of Oak Island”, “Fixer Upper”, Tucker Carlson and Hannity.

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Sermon on the Mat (Jan. 4, 2018): NJPW, CMLL, PWR, & RevPro cards

NOVA, AIW, AAW, CWF, Progress, Xcite, & Beyond results, and all the usual free match action

Welcome back to the Sermon on the Mat, your weekly one-stop shop for news from the wider world of wrestling beyond the big cable TV monoliths that get all the coverage.

Coming soon…

NJPW New Year Dash!! (January 5, 4:30PM Eastern)

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With Wrestle Kingdom 12 in the books, what’s next? Well, what’s next is New Japan’s annual post-Wrestle Kingdom celebration, New Year Dash!! in Korakuen Hall! Everybody (or almost everybody) that was on the WK card will be on this one, but the actual matches won’t be announced until after this hits the presses. That said the closest comparison I can give is to the Raw after WrestleMania– it’s a hell of an atmosphere and it’s a good time all around.

Check it out on NJPW World, folks.

CMLL Lo Mejor del 2017 (January 6, 6PM Eastern)

  1. Audaz, Flyer, & Magia Blanca vs. Coyote, Templario, & Yago
  2. Pegasso & Titan vs. Raziel & Virus
  3. Rey Cometa vs. Soberano, Jr.
  4. Cuatrero, Forastero, & Sanson vs. Drone, Esfinge, & Guerrero Maya
  5. Gran Guerrero vs. Niebla Roja
  6. Barbaro Cavernario & Volador, Jr. vs. El Valiente & Ultimo Guerrero

CMLL are back with your usual dose of… Saturday night lucha libre action? The usual show is delayed a day due to the holidays but as you can see it’s a jam-packed Best of 2017 card! Cometa/Soberano and the main should be very good, so why not spend your Saturday night with CMLL?

Check it out, as always, free for nothin’ on ClaroSports or CMLL’s Facebook page, folks.

PWR Petaluma (January 6, 6PM Pacific)

  1. Kid Dragon vs. Ojo Blanco
  2. Diablo Azteca, El Chicano, & Fuerza Azteca vs. Grappler III, Malandro, & Zuca
  3. Colt Stevens vs. Prostipiropgolfo
  4. Jungle Boy & Ultimo Panda vs. Papo Esco & VAPOR
  5. Mariachi Loco vs. Misterioso
  6. Negro Casas vs. Skayde vs. Solar vs. Vaquero Fantasma

Pro Wrestling Revolution are back in Petaluma, California with a show for which I could not find a proper name for but one look at that battle of the old men in the main event lets you know it’ll be a hoot. Those maestros are gonna tear the house down, I bet.

So get your tickets here or check it out live on Twitch, streaming free as everything there does.

RPW Live at the Cockpit 24 / 25 (January 6-7)

—Live at the Cockpit 24 (January 6, 5PM GMT)—

  1. Josh Bodom & Zack Gibson vs. Kurtis Chapman & Ryan Smile
  2. El Phantasmo vs. Pete Dunne
  3. Zan Phoenix vs. Zoe Lucas (RPW British Women’s Championship Tournament Block A First Round Match)
  4. Britt Baker vs. Deonna Purrazzo (RPW British Women’s Championship Tournament Block A First Round Match)
  5. Charli Evans vs. Millie McKenzie (RPW British Women’s Championship Tournament Block B First Round Match)
  6. Jinny vs. Nina Samuels (RPW British Women’s Championship Tournament Block B First Round Match)
  7. CCK (Chris Brookes & Travis Banks) vs. Moustache Mountain (Trent Seven & Tyler Bate) (c) (RPW British Tag Team Championship)

—Live at the Cockpit 25 (January 7, 5PM GMT)—

  1. Josh Bodom vs. Will Ospreay
  2. Chris Brookes vs. Pete Dunne
  3. RPW British Women’s Championship Tournament Semifinals and Finals
  4. Martin Stone vs. Zack Sabre, Jr. (c) (RPW British Heavyweight Championship)

RevPro are back in the Cockpit in London, England, and they’re crowning their first ever women’s champion! Jinny is the woman to beat with her year-long undefeated streak and all, but streaks, as they say, were meant to be broken. Exciting! Plus a pair of dynamite men’s title defenses as CCK get their rematch for the tag titles and Stone and Sabre are sure to put on a clinic for the heavyweight title!

Get your tickets here or check it out on RPW On Demand, folks.

Free matches here!

Las Tortugas Ninja vs. Los Capos & Ovett

From the fine folks over at +Lucha TV, we’ve got wrestling Ninja Turtles– ‘Nuff said!

Calvin Tankman, Freddie Hudson, & Miles Morales vs. IND3 (Cole Radrick, Johnathan Wolf, & Shawn Kemp)

It’s up-and-comer time here in the free matches, and out of little Indiana indie WCWO we’ve got three of the midwest’s finest in trios action. Give it a gander and find yourself a new favorite to look out for!

CWF Mid-Atlantic Worldwide Ep. #138

Kicking off three weeks of Battlecade X8 action, you can check out full results below, but first off we have a unique tag title match. It’s Last Men Standing, and it requires BOTH men on a team to be down for the ten count for victory. Check it out!

Results

NOVA Pro Such Great Heights (December 28)

  1. Lucas Calhoun over Breaux Keller (Karate Kumite Invitational Gauntlet Match)
  2. Lucas Calhoun over Isaiah Frazier (Karate Kumite Invitational Gauntlet Match)
  3. “Supercop” Dick Justice vs. Lucas Calhoun goes to a no-contest (Karate Kumite Invitational Gauntlet Match)
  4. Sandwich Squad (Aaron Biggs & Mecha Mercenary) over Fuller House (Josh Fuller & Mike Mars)
  5. Gunner Miller (c) over AJ Gray to retain the Anarchy Triple Crown Championship
  6. Beau Crockett over Sugar Dunkerton
  7. Tim Donst over Jimmy Jacobs
  8. Alexander James over Fred Yehi
  9. Brittany Blake over Allie Kat, Angelus Layne, and Jordynne Grace (Elimination Match)
  10. Dominic Garrini over John Kermon (No Rope Match)
  11. Logan Easton LaRoux (c) over Sage Philips to retain the PWI Ultra J Championship
  12. Ugly Ducklings (Lance Lude & Rob Killjoy) over Arik Royal & David Starr
  13. Faye Jackson over Veda Scott (Street Fight)
  14. Jonathan Gresham (c) over Sonjay Dutt to retain the Powerbomb.tv Independent Wrestling Championship

So in honor of NOVA Pro’s first-ever live streamed show I took over the recap duties from our stalwart man on the scene Duke (go follow him on Twitter and check out his recap here!), and so I’ll just link that here. Suffice it to say, however, they had a live streaming debut that any wrestling promotion could be proud of, and in particular I want to shout out the way you can see exactly when I dropped all pretense of following the story of Ducks vs. AceStarr and just commenced marking out. That’s the good wrestling, folks.

Check the free preshow out right here and then he the main show up on Powerbomb.tv, you will not regret it.

AIW Rulers of the World (December 29)

  1. Tom Lawlor over Louis Lyndon
  2. Mance Warner & Shawn Shultz over Young Studs (Bobby Beverly & Eric Ryan)
  3. ”Supercop” Dick Justice, Ethan “Justice” Carter III, & Matthew Justice over Dedication Personified (Brian Carson & Dr. Daniel C. Rockingham) & Gregory “Vicious” Iron
  4. Dominic Garrini over “All Ego” Ethan Page
  5. Hornswoggle & PB Smooth over To Infinity and Beyond (Cheech & Colin Delaney) (c) to win the AIW Tag Team Championship
  6. The Production (Colby Redd, Derek Director, Frankie Flynn, & Magnum CK) over No Consequences (AJ Gray, Garrison King, Joshua Bishop, & Tre Lamar)
  7. Joey Janela (c) over Jimmy Jacobs to retain the AIW Intense Championship
  8. ”Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams over Eddie Kingston
  9. Candice LeRae over Gringo Loco, Laredo Kid, and Matt Cross
  10. Nick Gage (c) over Tim Donst to retain the AIW Absolute Championship

No Sid? No problem! AIW upped the ante with TWO stand-in Sids in that trios match right there, with EC3 and Greg Iron locking up in the jeans and leather vests. Plus, the unlikely team of the seven foot tall PB Smooth and noted cruiserweight Hornswoggle not only answered To Infinity and Beyond’s open challenge, but they won the tag titles! Sounds like a hell of a show, although it wasn’t all good news, as Jimmy Jacobs was injured and would end up having to pull out of Beyond after trying to gut through it at Xcite the next night..

Check it out when it hits Smart Mark Video, folks.

AAW Windy City Classic (December 30)

  1. Keith Lee & Shane Strickland over Scarlet and Graves (Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz)
  2. ACH vs. Matt Riddle went to a time limit draw (AAW Heavyweight Championship #1 Contender’s Match)
  3. Besties in the World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) (c) over Brubaker & Curt Stallion to retain the AAW Tag Team Championship
  4. David Starr over Eddie Kingston (Bourbon Street Fight)
  5. AR Fox over Joey Janela, Penta el Zero M, and Teddy Hart
  6. Killer Kult (Dave Crist, Jake Crist, & Sami Callihan) over Myron Reed, Stephen Wolf, & Trey Miguel
  7. Connor Braxton & Jake Something over PACO & Sean Waltman
  8. Rey Fenix (c) over Jeff Cobb to retain the AAW Heavyweight Championship

The big news coming out of this one is that time limit draw, folks. Who’s #1 contender? Well it turns out both guys are getting title shots, but Bro’s will be coming first, as he’s set to wrestle Rey Fenix on January 20!

Check it out when it hits Smart Mark Video and Highspots, folks.

CWF Battlecade X8 (December 30)

  1. Mike Mars over Dirty Daddy to win the RGL Championship (Rising Generation League Tournament Finals)
  2. Matty de Nero & Ugly Ducklings (Lance Lude & Rob Killjoy) over Ethan Sharpe & GymNasty Boys (Timmy Lou Retton & White Mike)
  3. Aric Andrews over Cam Carter, John Skyler, Mace Li, Michael McAllister, Ray Kandrack, Snooty Foxx, and Tracer X (Golden Ticket Scramble Match)
  4. The Dawsons (Dave & Zane Dawson) (c) over Sandwich Squad (Aaron Biggs & Mecha Mercenary) to retain the CWF Tag Team Championship (Last Men Standing Match)
  5. Andrew Everett over Logan Easton LaRoux (c) to win the PWI Ultra J Championship
  6. Brad Attitude over Chet Sterling
  7. Cain Justice over Nick Richards
  8. Ric Converse over CW Anderson (c) to win the PWI Heavyweight Championship and save his career (“I Quit” Match)
  9. Arik Royal over Jesse Adler (c) to win the CWF Worldwide Television Championship
  10. Trevor Lee (c) over Roy Wilkins to retain the CWF Heavyweight Championship (First Blood Match)

Battlecade X8 ended in controversy as Wilkins was bloodied by an accidental shot to the face by his own manager, Coach Gemini, and the referee was forced to call the match, leaving Trevor Lee’s record-breaking world title reign to carry into 2018, albeit without the physical possession of the brand new title belt, which Wilkins took to the back with him.

Check it out as it gets uploaded as episodes of CWF Worldwide, the first of which you can check out above!

Progress Chapter 60: Unboxing Live! 2: Unbox Harder (December 30)

  1. Chris Brookes, James Drake, Mark Davis, & Tyler Bate over Kid Lykos, Kyle Fletcher, Trent Seven, & Zack Gibson (Elimination Match)
  2. Jack Sexsmith over Joe Coffey
  3. Millie McKenzie over Candyfloss, Chakara, Charli Evans, Charlie Morgan, and Sierra Loxton
  4. Jimmy Havoc & Mark Haskins over Clint Margera & Drew Parker (12 Days of Christmas Match)
  5. Rampage Brown over “Flash” Morgan Webster
  6. Travis Banks (c) over Will Ospreay to retain the Progress World Championship
  7. Pete Dunne (c) over Jack Gallagher to retain the WWE United Kingdom Championship

As always since I recap Progress I’ll keep it short and sweet here but who would have expected at the beginning of the year that Progress would main event their last show of 2017 with a WWE-sanctioned title match? Also, exciting stuff on the horizon as after Banks defeated a returning Ospreay, he said he’s taking on all comers in the new year… and that brought TK Cooper out! He’s not cleared quite yet, but when the South Pacific Power Trip explodes it’s gonna be a hell of a match.

Check it out when it hits Demand Progress, folks..

Xcite Fight Club (December 30)

  1. Slyk Wagner Brown over Leon St. Giovanni
  2. Resistance to Transcendence (Cloudy & Isys Ephex) over Boots and Lariats (Pat Sawyer & Ray Ross) and Killer Instinct (Jacoby Riddick & Mike Skyros)
  3. Axel Lennox over Nick Ando, Rob Cook, and Simon Queen (Battle of the Tough Guys First Round Match)
  4. Alexander James (c) over Brute VanSlyke to retain the Xcite International Championship
  5. Joey Ryan over “Supercop” Dick Justice (XXX-Mas Match)
  6. Greg Excellent over “All Ego” Ethan Page
  7. “Chainsaw” Joe Gacy over Jimmy Jacobs
  8. Sean Carr (c) over Braxton Sutter to retain the Xcite Heavyweight Championship

Here’s what you need to know, folks– Dick could not be dick-flipped at first, but eventually, over the course of their mighty battle, Joey Ryan wore the Supercop down and Dick was indeed flipped! Plus after the match, Justice shared a blowpop with a lucky woman from the crowd… whose boyfriend then proposed to her, which is a hell of a way to commit to get married!

Check it out on their Twitch channel, folks.

Beyond Heavy Lies the Crown (December 31)

—Powerbomb Pre-Game—

  1. Chuck O’Neil & Tom Lawlor over American Strong (Jay Freddie & Rory Gulak)
  2. Kyle the Beast over Damien Smith
  3. Orange Cassidy over “Supercop” Dick Justice
  4. Mikey Webb over Brian Milonas
  5. Anthony Greene over Rayo
  6. Brandon Watts over Zenshi (Santiago Street Fight Mask Match)
  7. Jonathan Gresham (c) over “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams to retain the Powerbomb.tv Independent Wrestling Championship

—Heavy Lies the Crown—

  1. John Silver over Jordynne Grace
  2. Amityville Project (Dan Barry, Mike Verna, Rex Lawless, & Ryan Galeone) over Pull It Club (Dorian Graves, Joey Ryan, Johnny Cockstrong, & VSK)
  3. Wheeler YUTA over Flip Gordon
  4. Doom Patrol (Chris Dickinson & Jaka) over EYFBO (Angel Ortiz & Mike Draztik) (Tables, Ladders, & Chairs Match)
  5. Matt Tremont over Matt Riddle
  6. Keith Lee over Josh Briggs
  7. AR Fox over Rickey Shane Page
  8. Joey Janela over David Starr (Fans Bring the Weapons Match)

For more in-depth results you can check out our results post here, but Beyond rung the new year in right with an absolutely crazy main event that featured everything from a tack-studded dildo to a menorah wrapped in barbed wire!

Check the free pre-game out here and then hit the rest of the card up on Powerbomb.tv, folks, it’s a good one.

As always…

Remember folks, no matter what type of wrestling you like, no matter how down you feel about the state of WWE, Impact, ROH, or any other “big-time” pro wrestling, there’s something out there for you. There’s a pro wrestling product that can hit you in the right spot and make you love wrestling like you thought you’d never be able to love it again. It’s there, I promise. You just gotta reach out and find it, and that, my friends, is what the Sermon on the Mat is all about.

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Pete Gas On If Daniel Bryan Will Wrestle Shane McMahon, Playing Dominoes With Undertaker & Earning Respect

Former Mean Street Posse member, Pete Gas was a guest on the Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast this week where he discussed a variety of topics from modern day wrestling to backstage stories throughout his career.

Below are some highlights from the interview:

On If Daniel Bryan Will Wrestle Shane McMahon

“As a well-educated fa, I think we are going to see it. I’ve known Daniel since he was 19 years old. When we got sent to Memphis, four guys from Shawn Michaels school came in and they were taught by Shawn to be stiff, no matter how much your opponent moans to be stiff and he was adamant about it. I remember working Daniel and he was the American Dragon and those guys were way advanced and they were watching Japanese wrestling whilst we would be out and they lived and breathed it.”

Playing Dominoes With The Undertaker

“As far as Taker goes, he was always there and helpful. I played Dominoes against Taker and Kane. I started off just watching and then they needed someone to fill in and I covered and was with Godfather and I still have the same set now.”

Earning Wrestlers Respect

“I did a signing over the summertime and it was myself, Kevin Thorne and Bob Holly and we did the signing and we go to leave, I put the books I didn’t sell in the car and go in to say goodbye. Bob grabs my wrist and he goes ‘You are one tough son of a bitch, he said ‘ I don’t know if you know this, but we used to say would try and break you guys and see who would make you moan, we hit you with everything we had and we get backstage and you’re laughing, I couldn’t break you and I got my balls busted by JBL.’ There was a whole crew of guys who used to try break us and he said to me that day I earned his respect.”

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WWE Interested In Signing Popular Mae Young Classic Participant, The Miz and Maryse Buy A New House (Photos)

Top Independent talent Candice LeRae, who is the wife of NXT star Johnny Gargano, participated in WWE’s inaugural Mae Young Classic back in 2017 and was amongst the more popular talents in the tournament.

According to The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE is interested in LeRae, and she is currently undergoing the signing process, meaning she will likely disappear from the indie scene if the deal does in fact go through.

LeRae did well in the Mae Young Classic, defeating Renee Michelle and Nicole Savoy in the round of 32 and round of 16, respectively, before losing to Shayna Baszler in the tournament’s quarterfinals. Baszler went on to compete in the finals, losing to Kairi Sane.

The Miz and Maryse Buy A New House (Photos)

As seen in the photo below, The Miz and Maryse, who are expecting their first child together, recently purchased a new home:

🎉🎉🎉 #CastleMarMiz

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Big Update On Chris Jericho Possibly Entering the Royal Rumble Match, More On JR & Lawler’s Status For WWE Raw 25

As we noted yesterday, Jim Ross Tweeted that he and Jerry Lawler have been booked for the WWE Raw 25th anniversary special on January 22nd, however they are awaiting their show assignments.

The Wrestling Observer Newsletter is reporting the belief is the duo will be calling matches for the special being broadcast from the Manhattan Center. The show is also being broadcast, simultaneously, from The Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Big Update On Chris Jericho Possibly Entering the Royal Rumble Match

We noted a few weeks ago that Chris Jericho’s band Fozzy will be playing a show on the date of WrestleMania 34, making it very unlikely he will be able to appear at WrestleMania in New Orleans.

There has also been speculation regarding Jericho’s status for the Royal Rumble PPV this month, but Fozzy has a show in Paris, France on that day, making it not possible for Jericho to be in the Rumble match as well.

As seen last night, Chris Jericho made his return to the ring at Wrestle Kingdom 12, during which he lost an IWGP United States Title No DQ match to Kenny Omega.

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PROGRESS Wrestling Announce WWE UK Championship Match, Joseph Conners Comments, Matt Sydal & Matt Riddle Fill Spots

PROGRESS Wrestling has announced that Pete Dunne will be defending his WWE UK Championship at the upcoming show, Chapter 62.

Dunne will defend the gold against fellow WWE UK star, Joseph Conners in a match that was originally supposed to take place last year in Sheffield until Dunne was unable to attend the show.

Joseph Conners Comments On Title Match

Speaking of the WWE UK Championship match, Conners himself has commented on the bout, with a tongue in cheek tweet, claiming he is expecting a warm response from the fans.

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Matt Sydal and Matt Riddle Fill Tournament Spots

Independent stars, Matt Sydal (f.k.a Evan Bourne) and Matt Riddle have been announced as competitors in wXw’s prestigious 16 Carat Gold tournament.
Both men are last minute additions and actually replacements for Rey Feniz and Penta El Zero M, who have both withdrawn due to conflicts with Lucha Underground tapings.

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Former WWE Ring Announcer On the WWE Steroid Trial, His Twitter War With The Young Bucks After ROH Final Battle

Episode 13 of “The Matt Riviera Show” hosted by 3x NWA World Tag Team Champion & Reality TV star, “The LVR Boy” Matt Riviera, is now available on YouTube.

Matt’s guest this week is legendary ring announcer Gary Michael Cappetta.

In the clip above, Gary addresses the infamous WWE ring boy pedophilia scandal and his knowledge of events that occurred while he worked for the WWE from 1974-1985:

On the WWE Ring Boy Pedophile Scandal:

“I’m very well aware of it. I knew of it, of you know, some of the goings on when I was there… Yeah, there would be some bright eyed, young, like high school age kid who might want to get into wrestling someday and be fed information that, “Oh, why don’t you join the ring crew, hang out with us, and yeah that happened.”

Other topics include:

Dr. George Zahorian & the WWE Steroid Trial:

“Dr. George, he just wanted to be buddies with everybody. And I do remember going to the tapings, and Dr. George would show up with a box with many small, white bags that, each one had vials in them. And the guys would line up, and pick up their vials… These guys lived all over the country. So, what was the chance that a doctor in Hamburg, PA was going to be prescribing medication for people who lived in San Antonio, TX, Tampa, FL, Seattle, WA.”

His Twitter war of words with Matt Jackson of The Young Bucks & wrestling fans over his comments about a spot during ROH’s Final Battle 2017:

“I was not disparaging any individual, I was disparaging 25 seconds of a match… I was talking about pro wrestling & trying to keep it true to it’s roots. Because I don’t want pro wrestling to be like Ringling Bros., where all of a sudden it disappears. We don’t have a circus anymore, because we had a leader in the circus world that wanted to be an ice show, that wanted to be a magic show, that wanted to be a drama, that didn’t want to be a circus.”

Matt and Gary also discuss Gorilla Monsoon breaking Gary into pro wrestling, the power struggle between Monsoon & Vince McMahon, working for Verne Gange, Jim Herd signing him to a contract for WCW, working for “Cowboy” Bill Watts, Gary’s work as a Spanish language teacher and much more.

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Was Chris Jericho Able to Defeat Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom?, Multiple Tokyo Dome Title Changes (Videos)

As seen during tonight’s NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 12 event, the show featured several noteworthy title changes, the first being the crowning of new IWGP Jr Heavyweight Tag Team Champions in The Young Bucks. The Bucks were able to defeat Roppongi 3K and below are some photos and videos of the match as well as other title changes which took place throughout the night.

The event also featured the highly anticipated Chris Jericho vs Kenny Omega No DQ United States Title match, which saw Omega successfully retain his Championship. The final moments of the match, which you can check out below, saw Omega hit Jericho with the One Winges Angel onto a steel chair for the pin fall victory.

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Also tonight, Berette, Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano won the Never Openweight Six Man Tag Team Titles:

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EVIL and SANADA were successfully able to defeat The Killer Elite Squad for the IWGP Tag Team Titles:

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Finally, Will Ospreay defeated Marty Scurll, who was the defending Champion, Hiromu Takahashi and KUSHIDA in a four way match to become the new IWGP Jr Heavyweight Champion:

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Was Chris Jericho Able to Defeat Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom?, Multiple Tokyo Dome Title Changes (Videos)

As seen during tonight’s NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 12 event, the show featured several noteworthy title changes, the first being the crowning of new IWGP Jr Heavyweight Tag Team Champions in The Young Bucks. The Bucks were able to defeat Roppongi 3K and below are some photos and videos of the match as well as other title changes which took place throughout the night.

The event also featured the highly anticipated Chris Jericho vs Kenny Omega No DQ United States Title match, which saw Omega successfully retain his Championship. The final moments of the match, which you can check out below, saw Omega hit Jericho with the One Winges Angel onto a steel chair for the pin fall victory.

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Also tonight, Berette, Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano won the Never Openweight Six Man Tag Team Titles:

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EVIL and SANADA were successfully able to defeat The Killer Elite Squad for the IWGP Tag Team Titles:

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Finally, Will Ospreay defeated Marty Scurll, who was the defending Champion, Hiromu Takahashi and KUSHIDA in a four way match to become the new IWGP Jr Heavyweight Champion:

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Flash Morgan Webster On Fans Streaming Wrestle Kingdom 12, PCW ‘Road To Glory’ Participants Officially Confirmed

Independent wrestler, Flash Morgan Webster has commented on wrestling fans who have streamed today’s Wrestle Kingdom 12 event.

Webster has given his opinion on those who haven’t paid to watch the show, claiming that those people are not fans of wrestling at all.

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PCW ‘Road To Glory’ Tournament Participants Confirmed

Preston City Wrestling has now confirmed all eight participants in the upcoming ‘Road To Glory’ tournament that is scheduled to take place on February 10.

The latest, and final name, to join the stacked line up is Moose, who joins a stellar list of names for what promises to be an incredible tournament.

Below is the full list of competitors for the tournament:

-Moose
-Matt Riddle
-Adam Brooks
-Iestyn Rees
-Dean Allmark
-Rampage Brown
-Zack Sabre Jr
-Apollo Crews

 

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Impact Wrestling Preview (Jan. 4, 2018): Championship Showcase

Impact Wrestling returns tonight (Jan. 4) with the final episode from the most recent set of tapings.

Here’s what’s advertised for tonight:

  • Eli Drake (c) vs. Alberto El Patron for the Impact heavyweight championship
  • oVe (c) vs. LAX for the tag team championships, if LAX loses, they must disband
  • James Storm vs. Dan Lambert career vs. career in a no holds barred match
  • Chandler Park in ring debut
  • EC3 (c) vs. Fallah Bahh vs. Matt Sydal for the Grand Championship
  • Trevor Lee (c) vs. Ishimori for the X Division championship

And as per usual, here are our five questions about Impact tonight:

1) Is this the end of the road for Eli Drake?

Drake has done very well holding onto his title since winning it last summer. However tonight he may be facing his biggest threat: a very angry Alberto El Patron.

Patron is incensed that he was stripped of his title and suspended. In his mind, Drake isn’t champion until Eli beats him. Since returning at Bound for Glory, Alberto has been vicious in his goal to win back his championship.

Drake will surely have Chris Adonis in his corner, but that may not even be enough. And of course there’s the X Factor of Johnny Impact, who still has beef with both men.

Will next week’s new taping start with a new champion? My guess is no. I think that this will eventually lead to a triple threat. But nothing is impossible.

2) How overbooked will the Storm/Lambert match be?

It weird that a possible career ending match for James Storm is against a man who is not a wrestler. For this match to even be competitive, it’ll have to be completely overbooked.

It’s a no holds barred match, which nowadays means no DQ. So all of American Top Team, including Bobby Lashley can get involved. Moose can help out the Cowboy on his behalf. It’s going to be chaotic and out of control. There’s little question in my mind on that one. Whether it comes off sloppy remains to be seen.

3) What happens if LAX loses?

Konnan said LAX would disband if his boys don’t beat oVe for the titles tonight. What does that mean?

Does it mean they’ll leave Impact and we won’t see them again? That would be disappointing since Ortiz and Santana are very talented. Does it mean that everyone sticks around but aren’t working together? That wouldn’t really fit for Konnan, who’s only on-screen job is to be the mouth piece for the group. Or would it mean an exit for Konnan and Homicide but the young guys stick around?

Of course, it this all will be moot if the 5150 win that gold back.

4) Does Chandler Park have the same dark side as his cousin?

Chandler Park has a wrestling match tonight and I’m dying to know if he has the same darkness Joseph Park does. Joseph can’t wrestle. But when he sees his own blood, he blacks out and his alter ego Abyss takes over. Does All Ego have a similar alter ego? Do the Parks have a shared monster?

I’m seriously pumped to find out.

5) Where’s Petey?

Three weeks ago, Kongo Kong, at the behest of Jimmy Jacobs, powerbombed Petey Williams into the crowd and walked out of the arena with the limp Canadian over his shoulder.

So… uh… where is he? Is this some Kane’s red boiler room stuff? Is he going to be gone for awhile? Am I going to see him on the side of a milk carton soon?

Inquiring minds want to know.


Impact Wrestling airs tonight at 8 EST on Pop TV. Who’s watching?

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Wrestle Kingdom 12 Full Match Results/Clips; Chris Jericho vs Kenny Omega, Kazuchika Okada vs Tetsuya Naito and more


New Japan Rumble: Mashito Kakihara(a NJOW/UWF legend who battled and defeated cancer) def. Bushi, Chase Owens, Cheeseburger, David Finlay, Delirious, El Desperado, Gino Gambino, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Jyushin "Thunder" Liger, Katsuya Kitamura, Leo Tonga, Manubu Nakanishi, Satoshi Kojima, Taka Michinoku, Tiger Mask, Toa Henare, Yoshi-Hashi, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Yuji Ngata and Yujiro Takahashi 

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Kazuchika Okada retains the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, what’s next?

Wrestle Kingdom 12 (check full results out right here) is over and, predictably, the main event delivered an epic clash in their usual fashion.

The match saw Naito target the neck early and often, Okada riposting by targeting the head with DDTs and the like, hoping to set his shiny new cobra clutch up, back and forth, trading control repeatedly as their respective injuries are levied. The Rainmaker’s sequences grew longer and longer, but the Stardust Genius refused to fail and all the New Japan main event trademark reversals and nearfalls were well on display.

In the end, Naito got greedy after reversing a Rainmaker into Destino, trying for a second only to have it reversed into a Tombstone piledriver and, yes, a final Rainmaker that saw Kazuchika retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

It’s something of a curious move, as it begs the question– where do we go from here? Okada has held the record for longest IWGP Heavyweight Championship reign for a few months now, and has just crossed, as of this morning, into having the record for most total days with that title. He’s not lacking for credible contenders, the New Japan roster is well packed with them, but Naito felt like the guy to end a record-setting reign. And so if the Stardust Genius came up short… who’s next?

There you have it, folks

Where DOES Okada go from here? Let us know in the comments, Cagesiders.

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Daily Open Thread: Jan. 4, 2018

Here’s your “Daily Open Thread” for Jan. 4, 2018. Come chat about whatever you would like. Come back all day and night for discussion of all things pro wrestling and beyond, some of the former but much more of the latter. Basically, this is the spot to yak about anything related to anything other than pro wrestling.

Don’t forget to check out everything else we have going on here at Cageside today. Keep checking that front page for content throughout the day, but for now, scroll on down to the comments and talk about whatever your heart desires.

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Tye Dillinger Comments On Wrestle Kingdom 12, Walter Reflects On Match, El Ligero Hoping For Booking

WWE Superstar, Tye Dillinger, has been live tweeting throughout today’s Wrestle Kingdom 12 event, enjoying the show throughout.

The Perfect 10 dealt with several complaints from fans that a WWE Superstar shouldn’t be commenting on other shows, with Dillinger stating that he simply loves the business.

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Walter Reflects On Match

Independent star, Walter has been reflecting on a previous match against Ricochet, claiming it is one of his favorite matches of 2017.

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El Ligero Hoping To Fill Weekend Slot

Popular UK independent wrestler, El Ligero is currently looking for work this weekend after a late cancellation, with Ligero wanting to fill the date, which happens to be his birthday.

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Kenny Omega retains the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship in a wild brawl

Chris Jericho made his return to New Japan Pro Wrestling today (and, as you can see, he brought his light-up jacket with him!) at Wrestle Kingdom 12 (full results ongoing right here), and he did it by having the match that his feud with Kenny Omega deserved.

They started off hot, brawling inside and outside of the ring, allaying any fears that their intense, bloody interactions would be subsumed into a standard pro wrestling match. Gradually the brawling was broken up by hardcore spots (Omega being busted open once again, this time by being repeatedly put into a chair wedged in the ropes) and big moves before inevitably they moved into Omega’s trademark finishing stretch, trading nearfalls with aplomb, including a rare Liontamer (transitioned to out of the Walls of Jericho after rolling through the electric chair, no less!) and a One-Winged Angel that saw Jericho get the ropes.

In the end, Kenny stood victorious thanks to a One-Winged Angel on a chair and retained the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship.

But really the key takeaway here is that Jericho, who perhaps tried a little too hard to convince us that he was as good as he ever was in his last WWE run, came in and had a match that absolutely lived up to the standard New Japan has set and the standard Omega delivers just about every time he wrestles.

There you have it, folks

Kenny Omega remains your IWGP United States Champion, but Chris Jericho proved this excursion of his to not be just flash, and I for one would be happy to see him back for more. What say you, Cagesiders?

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WWE Reveals Nominees For 2017 NXT Year-End Awards


WWE has officially revealed the nominees for the 2017 NXT Year-End Awards, and the company has also announced that voting for the awards is also open, with the winners being announced at NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia on January 27th.
Below are the nominees:

NXT TakeOver of the Year–San Antonio–Orlando–Brooklyn III–Chicago–WarGames
NXT

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Impact Wrestling Results, Live Blog (Jan. 4, 2018): Alberto El Patron vs. Eli Drake

Impact Wrestling is back tonight (Jan. 4) from Ottawa, Ontario and will be airing on Pop TV at 8 PM EST. This is your spot for the live updates and to talk about it with your fellow fans.

Tonight, Alberto El Patron will challenge Eli Drake for the Impact world championship. Also, EC3 will defend his Grand Championship against Matt Sydal and Fallah Bahh, Trevor Lee will defend the X Division title against Taiji Ishimori, and LAX will challenge oVe for the tag titles, but if they are not successful, they must disband. James Storm will have a career vs. career match against Dan Lambert and Chandler Park will have his first Impact match.

We’ll be here at 8 EST when Impact starts, so come join us!


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Rumor Roundup (Jan. 4, 2018): Strowman title talk, WWE signings, sick wrestlers, more!

Speculating on the rumors surrounding pro wrestling is a favored pastime of many fans, perhaps second only to actually watching the matches. In this daily column, we take a look at the latest rumors being churned out by the pro wrestling rumor mill.

Important reminder: Rumors are just that — rumors. None of this has been confirmed as legitimate news or fact, it’s just circulating around the pro wrestling rumor mill. Remember, take it all with a grain of salt.

Rumors for the Day:

  • An ad showing Braun Strowman defending the Universal title at Elimination Chamber circulated online recently, but it was fan-made (Big Cass being included as an opponent along with Brock Lesnar, Cesaro, Roman Reigns and Finn Balor should have given it away) and in no way an indication Strowman is winning the belt at Royal Rumble.
  • Being in Orlando made it easy for lots of wrestlers to attend SmackDown on Tuesday, but the presence of Ricochet and Tessa Blanchard was probably a sign both are joining WWE soon.
  • There’s a “good chance” Bobby Lashley signs with WWE when his Impact contract is up, per Wrestling Observer.
  • Wrestling Inc reports that while Enzo Amore was the only person sent home from Raw this week, several members of the roster have been sick with flu-like symptoms.
  • Ring of Honor’s streaming service will be called “Honor Club”.

If you have heard of any interesting rumors that you’d like to add, feel free to post them in the comments section below. Just remember they are rumors and not confirmed as fact, so please take them as such. Have fun with it.

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WWE NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia gets a grudge match

Snuck into the midst of a two hour special “Year in Review” episode of NXT on WWE Network, the black and yellow brand revealed the second official match for their upcoming Royal Rumble weekend live event.

The match isn’t a surprise, as most fans who watching Adam Cole and Undisputed ERA cost Aleister Black a shot at the NXT championship during Dec. 27’s #1 contender Fatal 4Way likely saw a one-on-one match between the pair coming. Their rivalry actually goes back to the qualifier for that bout, which saw the then-undefeated Black pin the arrogant Cole to advance.

Undisputed ERA currently hold tag team gold, as well, and champs Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish will probably have a defense elsewhere on Jan. 27’s TakeOver: Philadelphia. But that won’t stop them from trying to help out Cole. Will General Manager William Regal add a stipulation to prevent interference? Could Black’s now-respected rival Velveteen Dream return from injury to even the odds?

We’ll find out in a little more than three weeks when Black vs. Cole joins the NXT title match between Andrade “Cien” Almas and Johnny Gargano on the Network card.

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Chris Jericho responds to criticism of dedicating his Wrestle Kingdom match to Chris Benoit

In reporting on the controversy surrounding Chris Jericho posting an illustration of Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero to his Instagram and dedicating his Jan. 4 Tokyo Dome match against Kenny Omega to the memory of his “Fallen Brothers”, I stated that I didn’t think Jericho would respond to criticism of honoring Benoit. How we should talk about the wrestling great who murdered his wife and son before killing himself in 2007 remains an incendiary topic, and I figured Y2J would let that post be his final word on the subject before heading into Wrestle Kingdom 12.

But in a follow-up video on his live feed, Jericho finished a message promoting the Omega match with a response to critics of the earlier post:

“I get a couple smartass remarks here for an Instagram post that I put up of this great fan art that somebody drew of me with kind of the spirits of Eddie and Benoit behind me and I said I dedicate the match to those guys.

Yeah, I know, what Chris did. I think about it every single day. I was involved more than any one of you were. So trust me, I understand the horrible, horrible events that took place. I’ll never forgive it, I’ll never understand it – but I have my reasons for doing what I’m doing, so don’t anybody tell me, don’t anybody make smartass remarks about what I say and what I do…

Nobody tells me what to do, I have my reasons, and I think about the loss of Nancy Benoit and Daniel Benoit every single day. So that’s enough of that, I’ll never talk about it again.”

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Chris Jericho responds to criticism regarding Instagram tribute to Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit (via IG: chrisjerichofozzy)

Chris Jericho responds to criticism regarding Instagram tribute to Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit (via IG: chrisjerichofozzy)

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Seeing as he’s not talking about it any further, we may never learn what his reasons were for bringing discussion of the Benoit tragedy into the excitement for his New Japan match. But his statement is confirmation Jericho did put thought into posting that image, and probably that he knew the dedication would spark debate.

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