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The Lucha Lowdown (Season 4, Episode 18)

Welcome to the Lucha Lowdown, which recaps the latest edition of Lucha Underground!

The show kicks off with Taya–going by Taya Mundo–demanding Antonio Cueto’s appearance. Antonio appears, and Taya wastes no time with her demand:  she wants Matanza NOW! Antonio acquiesces, making this match another “Sacrifice of the Gods.” This is Matanza’s biggest Sacrifice match, as he has never faced someone like Taya before. As usual, the First Lady of Worldwide Underground brought the fight, but Matanza took control, even thwarting Taya’s attempt at a DDT. Taya got back in it shortly afterwards, and even delivered a moonsault to Matanza, but only for a two count! Just when Taya appeared to be done for, Johnny Mundo appeared and delivered a superkick to Matanza! The former Lucha Underground Champion took down Matanza, getting his own payback from the events of the wedding.

As a result of the happenings, Johnny Mundo and Matanza will face each other at Ultima Lucha Cuatro in a Sacrifice of the Gods match, adding to the already stacked card for the event. Speaking of Ultima Lucha, the next bout has four men who will be involved in the event, as The Mack and Dragon Azteca Jr entered to face the unlikely team of Mil Muertes and Fenix in a Tornados Tag Team Match. The Mack will face off against Mil Muertes in a Deathmatch at Ultima Lucha Cuatro, while the same event will feature Fenix and Azteca going at it in a 2 Out Of 3 Falls Match. In a Tornados Tag Team Match, all participants are allowed to be in the ring, and after the chaos, it was Fenix and Mack going at it in the ring, until Mil entered and faced Mack. Mil sent Mack over the top rope, and he and Fenix worked together to take down Azteca!

Their animosity towards each other was shown a bit, but they still managed to work together against their opponents. Mack delivered Stunners to both opponents; first separately and then simultaneously! Fenix took down Mack, only to be on the receiving end of an amazing DDT from Azteca! Azteca’s pin attempt on Fenix was broken up by Mil, whose own attempt was broken up by Mack. Even the cameraman isn’t safe from this back and forth action, as he ended up an inadvertent recipient of Fenix’s kick, meant for Mack. Fenix delivers a Frankensteiner to Mack, but only for a two count. Mil and Azteca fight in the ring now, with the latter speared by the former. All four are in now, and it ends with Fenix and Mil taking down their opponents simultaneously, and even pinning them for the victory!

Famous B and The Beautiful Brenda are in the ring, with the former talking about the events of the wedding between Johnny Mundo and Taya. Regarding Matanza’s attack, Famous B stated that his life flashed before his eyes, and that he rehabbed his injuries and is coming out of retirement to compete! Ricky Mundo interrupts, and it looks like he is Famous B’s opponent. As we all recall, Ricky was responsible for the chaos that occurred, as he was the one who intentionally released Matanza, allowing that doll of his get in his head. Ricky defeated Famous B in no time, and then took the mic and admitted to being the culprit who released Matanza, stating that Worldwide Underground treated him like a nobody for a long time. He also stated that as long as Taya is around, Johnny will never value him, leading to a challenge towards Taya for Ultima Lucha Cuatro. The deranged Ricky would later use The Beautiful Brenda as an example of what Taya could be in for, as he placed Brenda in a crossface submission.

The main event follows, and it has Reklusa making her Lucha Underground in-ring debut against Pentagon Dark, and Reklusa wasted no time going after the #1 Contender for the Lucha Underground Championship! Despite the manic offense of Reklusa, Pentagon regains control of the match, as he took over and fought his opponent both inside and outside the squared circle. Pentagon’s plan was to send a message to Marty the Moth with his relentless offense, but he ended up on the receiving end of Reklusa’s physical trap. Pentagon fights back and delivers a devastating Jackhammer-esque move, but even then, Reklusa kicks out at two, and kicked out again after another high impact manuever from Pentagon! Reklusa delivers the Canadian Destroyer to Pentagon, but only for a two count! However, Pentagon managed to finish off Reklusa with the piledriver, and after the three count, he has his sights set on the Lucha Underground Championship! Pentagon originally planned on breaking Reklusa’s arm, but instead, he brought out the thumbtacks for more devastation. However, Marty appeared and went after Pentagon with a barbed wire bat, and even more shocking, Marty and Reklusa doused Pentagon with gasoline, appearing that Marty was going to set him on fire, only for Marty to blow out the flame from his lighter! Wow!

That’s the Lucha Lowdown! Until next time!

Total Diva Fallout (Episodes 8.04 and 8.05)

Welcome to the Total Diva Fallout, which recaps the latest edition of Total Divas! This week, another double episode edition, with a look at “Paige’s Secret” and “Pink Hair Don’t Care.”

“Paige’s Secret,” had some good stories, one of them being an emotional one involving Brie learning that she can no longer breastfeed Birdie Joe. Though Paige had her story, the main one to me was Nattie’s attempt to prove that she can be a good hostess, as she attempted to put together a barbecue at her house. Unfortunately for the Queen of Harts, the gathering was the definition of Murphy’s Law: whatever could go wrong, did. No food in the house, that was brought by Titus O’Neil, and worse yet, Lana was supposed to arrive with Nattie’s parents, except Lana and Ellie were having the time of their lives drinking. Oh boy!

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I mentioned Paige; her story had Nia attempting to set her up with her brother. Paige clearly was not interested, but it’s not because of him. As Paige revealed early in the episode, she has a boyfriend, but it wouldn’t be until the near end of the episode that Paige finally revealed the truth to Nia and Nattie. Seeing Nia’s brother actually brought back memories, because he had a strong resemblance to Vincent, who Total Divas fans remember as Cameron’s boyfriend.Image result for lana pink hair wwe

“Pink Hair Don’t Care,” was another episode that had Lana attempting to stand out to get TV time. I love Lana’s passion, but at times she has moments that make some viewers believe that they’re watching an episode of I Love Lucy. Playing the part of Ethel Mertz in Lana’s latest plan was Nattie, as she helped Lana with her latest idea: dyeing her hair pink. The reason for this is due to a continuous “problem” in the Women’s Division: too many blondes. Needless to say, it was a bit of a mess, and after the dye job was finished, Nattie gave her honest opinion: she didn’t like the look. Lana ended up ditching the idea, especially after Mark Carrano met with her and informed her that she would be on TV working an angle!

 

Paige was shown dealing with people harassing her over her scandal last year, where suggestive photos of her were leaked. She revealed the tough time she had dealing with the incident to the Bellas, and that led to a climactic scene where the Bellas and Paige were shown using sledgehammers to smash a used car. I loved that scene; it was so, so amazing! And it was emotional hearing what Paige has gone through, and she has gone through quite a lot in the last year or so. But she is standing strong and enjoying her role as SmackDown’s General Manager.

That’s the Total Diva Fallout! Until next time!

 

Women’s Wrestling Wrap-Up

Welcome to the latest edition of the Women’s Wrestling Wrap-Up, which recaps everything in women’s wrestling from the past week, beginning with Monday’s Raw.

We saw a very heated war of words between Ronda Rousey and the Bellas, which ended with Ronda fighting off the Bellas’ private security while the twins ran off. Before this, Tamina Snuka made her return to Raw, as she and Dana Brooke were defeated by Ember Moon and Nia Jax. During the match, it was announced that the four women, among many others, would be featured in a battle royal at Evolution, with the winner receiving a future championship opportunity. The match’s aftermath saw a confrontation between Tamina and real-life cousin Nia Jax, with Ember and Tamina actually teaming up to toss Nia over the top rope. Ember attempted to do the same to Tamina, but Dana tossed out both women. We also saw a match between Natalya and Ruby Riott end in a brawl that included the rest of the Squad and a pair of Horsewomen (Bayley and Sasha Banks), and another confrontation between the Alexa/Mickie duo and Trish & Lita.

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SmackDown 1000 took place the next night, and there was no women’s action, other than Charlotte and Becky Lynch brawling after the latter’s appearance on The Cutting Edge. The next day was the premiere of NXT UK, and that featured some women’s action:  Toni Storm defeating Nina Samuels in singles action. On NXT, Nikki Cross’ match against Bianca BelAir was interrupted by the returning Aleister Black, who received the name of his attacker, and Lucha Underground saw Reklusa defeated by Pentagon Dark, while Taya went after Matanza. Regarding the Mae Young Classic, Io Shirai, Toni Storm, Rhea Ripley, and Meiko Satomura all advanced to the tournament’s Final Four.Image result for jordynne grace wwe

Impact saw Taya victorious over Katarina, but after her match, she had some biting words for Tessa Blanchard regarding her title contest at Bound For Glory, stating that she no longer respects Tessa. Later on, Allie defeated Alisha Edwards in singles action, but the match saw the darkness within Allie begin to take over, as she viciously assaulted Alisha during and after her match, with Allie suddenly becoming apologetic afterwards while a shocked Kiera Hogan tended to Alisha.

Impact promoted the upcoming debut of a new Knockout without revealing her identity, but those of us who read the dirt sheets know who it is: Jordynne Grace. Some info on Jordynne:  she’s 22 years of age, but she has already had a few years of wrestling under her belt. She is only 5’1″, but she has a muscular frame and acts as a powerhouse character, regardless of where she’s heroic or villainous. Jordynne has competed as a villainess at Women Superstars Uncensored, where she captured the Spirit Championship from Kiera Hogan. WWE fans caught a glimpse of Jordynne when she appeared backstage during the Great Balls of Fire PPV in 2017. Sadly, Jordynne revealed on Twitter that she is rehabbing an injured ankle, but she did participate in the Impact tapings before her injury befell her.

I had a feeling that Evolution would feature a Battle Royal. However, I thought that the Raw women would have their matches, the SD women would have their separate matches, and the BR would feature a number of NXT and NXT UK women, some eliminated MYC women, and some alums. Instead, the BR features the rest of SD’s women, as well as Raw representatives, Alicia Fox, Dana Brooke, Nia Jax, Tamina, and Ember Moon. It was also announced that a number of alums and Hall of Famers would be in the Battle Royal, including Molly Holly, Michelle McCool, and Hall of Famers Ivory and Alundra Blayze. It was reported that a number of SD women are not happy with being relegated to the Battle Royal, and I can’t say I blame them. With the inevitable addition of a match pitting Nattie, Sasha Banks, and Bayley against the Riott Squad, we could see three matches from the Raw side, while SD only has the title match.

A new week begins with the final countdown to Evolution, which will include the semifinals of the Mae Young Classic! Until next week!

3 Impacts From Impact (Bound For Glory Edition)

Another epic and amazing Bound For Glory event has come and gone, and with that said, here is the Bound For Glory edition of 3 Impacts From Impact:

The biggest Impact came from the man with that very word in his surname, as Johnny Impact finally captured the Impact World Championship against Austin Aries. The rivalry became very personal very recently thanks to Aries delivering verbal shots towards Johnny’s real-life wife, Taya Valkyrie. In fact, I have to bring up the fact that a fan held up a sign during the match that said “Rosita Disapproves,” referencing Aries’ former fiancee, Thea Trinidad, who was in Impact as Rosita and currently in WWE as Zelina Vega. Aries stated that his backup will be at ringside, while asking Johnny to bring Taya as his support, and it ended well for Johnny, as he left Bound For Glory as World Champion.

Before supporting her husband in the main event, Taya competed in a title match of her own, as she went one-on-one with Tessa Blanchard. This was a long time coming for Taya, she had proven herself already as a Knockout in Impact, and she was getting this opportunity in the grand stage of Bound For Glory. To the surprise of no one, Taya and Tessa competed in a spectacular match, as both women gave their all. However, to the surprise of some (myself included), Tessa emerged victorious, retaining the title against Taya. One has to wonder if Taya will remain in the title picture, while another question is:  “Who’s next for Tessa?”

Bound For Glory is always full of surprises, and the biggest one came during Eli Drake’s open challenge. Eli laid out a challenged to anyone from New York City, and out came James Ellsworth! Now Ellsworth is no New Yorker, though in answer to Eli’s claim about his residency, Ellsworth stated that he “dated a girl from Staten Island,” a reference to his WWE angle with Carmella. It was epic to see Ellsworth in an Impact ring, but he ended up easily defeated by Eli Drake, who demanded Hall of Fame competition. Before you can say, “ask and ye shall receive,” Impact’s latest Hall of Famer, Abyss, entered, and took down Eli, completing his assault by putting him through a table!

Bound For Glory was amazing and I believe the aftermath will be just as epic! Until next time!

The Lucha Lowdown (Season 4, Episode 19)

Welcome to the Lucha Lowdown, which recaps the latest edition of Lucha Underground!

We start off with Jake Strong, dressed to the nines, in Antonio Cueto’s office. Cueto wants to put Strong in the main event of Ultima Lucha Cuatro, but Strong does not want a free ride, stating that no man will doubt his supremacy. Cueto later offers Strong one of the seven Aztec Medallions, which is a ticket to the Gift of the Gods Championship. Strong stated he better same some of Matanza’s sacrifices for him, while adding that it’s no longer Cueto’s temple, it’s his.

In the temple, Cueto announced that he has awarded the seven Medallions from the Gift of the Gods Championship, usually, combatants have to fight for the medallions. The holders were introduced as follows:  Aerostar, PJ Black, Hernandez, Big Bad Steve, King Cuerno, the aforementioned Jake Strong, and the returning Dante Fox! Cueto announced that six of the seven men will compete for the Gift of the Gods Championship, and that the seven of them will compete in a battle royal for the right to choose who is out of the match. We saw this before regarding the last septet, and it ended up with The Mack winning and taking Mil Muertes out of the match. Big Bad Steve and Hernandez are the first two ousted, and we see Black and Cuerno go at it, only for Strong to send both of them over, but not out. It was Aerostar’s kick that eliminated both men, and his elimination left just Strong and Fox.

Both combatants fought back and forth, hitting each other with everything in their arsenal, but in the end, Strong eliminated Fox and won the battle royal. As for who Strong chose to eliminate, in a strange response, Strong decided not to eliminate anyone, stating that he wanted all of them. Cueto made the match:  a Seven to Survive Elimination Match for the Gift of the Gods Championship. Strong said that he’ll beat ANYONE that Cueto gives him, leading to a match made for later in the program:  Jake Strong vs Johnny Mundo!

We are now treated to a match between former Trios Champions Killshot and The Mack, and this has been a long time coming as well. Mack was not happy with Killshot’s treatment towards their partner, Son of Havoc, and that has led Killshot to believe that Mack turned his back on him. Speaking of Son of Havoc, he was shown up top as an interested viewer. Another interested party was Mil Muertes, as he invaded the ring and went after The Mack, leading to a DQ in Mack’s favor. Son of Havoc’s attempt to help his friend got him taken down by Mil, who later thwarted Mack’s attempt at a Stunner.

Matt Striker interviews Ivelisse and Xo Lishus, with the former stating that they were challenged to face The Rabbit Tribe AND the Reptile Tribe, but Joey Ryan was not cleared after his attack at the hands of the White Rabbit. Xo Lishus introduced their new partner, Sammy Guevara, who was last seen getting his ankle snapped by Jake Strong. However, Famous B showed up and reminded Sammy that he signed a seven-year deal with him, and that he is ordering him to leave with him and partner up with Dr. Wagner and Tejano. Instead, Sammy delivers a Suicide Dive on Famous B and chucks the contract in the trash can, which he placed over Famous B’s head. Wrestlers always did have a way to tender their resignations.

The three team elimination match for the Trios Championship has been made official, and it is also official that Taya and Ricky Mundo will face each other at Ultima Lucha Cuatro, which is two weeks away! We now go to our main event and it’s an epic one:  Jake Strong vs Johnny Mundo in a battle between former ECW Champions! Strong stated that he could take down and defeat anyone, but was clear in this match that Mundo was Strong’s toughest opponent in Lucha Underground. Despite this, Strong had Mundo set up for the Ankle Lock, but Mundo kicks him off and later gets a two count on Strong. The Ankle Lock is applied again, but Mundo delivers a low blow behind Marty Elias’ back to break it up. Despite his offense, Strong puts the Ankle Lock on Mundo again, and this time, Mundo submits!  Strong was set to snap the ankle, but once Matanza appeared, he allowed him to go after his Ultima Lucha opponent. Taya’s attempt to go after Matanza ended with both halves of the couple taken down by the massive monster.

That’s the Lucha Lowdown! Until next week!

The 2nd Mae Young Classic Review (Episode 6)

Welcome to this review of Episode 6 of the 2nd Mae Young Classic! Last week, the second round of the tournament kicked off, and it saw Lacey Lane, Meiko Satomura, Toni Storm, and Rhea Ripley all advance to the quarterfinals! The latest episode concludes the Sweet 16 and competes the field for the Elite Eight, as Evolution draws closer!

The episode began with Io Shirai facing off against Zeuxis in a very interesting battle. It was Io Shirai who ended the opening round by defeating Xia Brookside, while Zeuxis defeated Aerial Monroe to advance. Along with her technical prowess, Zeuxis brought her villainous attitude to her contest against Io, and appeared to be in full control of her opponent. However, the masked marvel’s attempt at a moonsault fell short, but Io’s didn’t; the Genius of the Sky landed her moonsault perfectly and defeated the evil Zeuxis to advance to the quarterfinals.

Deonna Purrazzo vs Xia Li was Match #2, the match I was the most excited for. Deonna defeated Priscilla Kelly to advance, while Xia Li bested Karen Q in a very interesting match. I figured that this contest would be full of passion, heart, and a relentless offense, and it didn’t disappoint. Both women went all out in their match, so much so that it was really anybody’s guess who would win and advance. Deonna put all doubt aside, as her Fujiwara Armbar managed to force the Chinese phenom to submit, setting up a quarterfinal match-up between Deonna and Io Shirai.

The third match pitted a pair of 2017 alternates against each other: Tegan Nox and Nicole Matthews. Tegan kicked off this year’s tournament with a victory over Zatara, while Nicole Matthews (a former SHIMMER Champion) defeated Isla Dawn to advance. Nicole figured that she would go through Tegan like she did with Isla, but she found herself battling a formidable opponent in Tegan. She would also come up short in her quest, as Nicole would be on the receiving end of Tegan’s Shining Wizard, placing Tegan into the quarterfinals against Rhea Ripley.

The main event and the final second round match of the tournament pitted a former WWE Divas Champion against a former Impact Knockouts Champion. Kaitlyn, in her first WWE match back after four and a half years, defeated Kavita Devi to advance, while Mia Yim defeated longtime nemesis (and fellow former Knockouts Champion) Allysin Kay in her opening round match. As expected, Mia acted as a heel in her bout against Kaitlyn, and this match saw so many close calls, as well as a shocker: Mia kicking out of Kaitlyn’s spear. After escaping the spear, Mia’s Soul Food finisher managed to take down her fellow former champion and place Mia into the Elite Eight. This surprised me, because I myself thought that they would have Kaitlyn (at least) reach the semifinals. I am still hoping that this isn’t the end of the road for Kaitlyn and that she continues wrestling; even making a full WWE return.

So who was in attendance? Three of the UFC’s Four Horsewomen–Jessamyn Duke, Marina Shafir, and former NXT Women’s Champion (and MYC finalist) Shayna Baszler–were shown in the crowd, as well as current NXT North American Champion Ricochet. 32 women started this quest, and we are now down to the final eight women remaining. With just two Wednesdays left before Evolution, the entire quarterfinals should take place in the next episode, and the week after will feature the semifinals. The quarterfinal matches are as follows: Meiko Satomura vs Lacey Lane, Mia Yim vs Toni Storm, Tegan Nox vs Rhea Ripley, and Io Shirai vs Deonna Purrazzo.

The finals of the Mae Young Classic will take place at Evolution on October 28.

3 Impacts From Impact (October 4 & 11, 2018)

The countdown to Bound For Glory reached its finality with the last two Impacts before the big event! With that, here is a special double feature edition of 3 Impacts From Impact:

First from October 4:

Moose made a bit of an impact that night (understatement, I know) when he actually held Eddie Edwards’ wife, Alisha, hostage, while demanding a meeting with his former friend. Moose turning on Eddie was perhaps one of the more stunning betrayals in Impact’s recent history, and he has long since stated that Eddie was never there for him when he was down and out after his loss to his now-ally, Austin Aries. The confrontation led to another match being made for Bound For Glory; pitting Eddie and Moose against each other one-on-one. Part of me is expecting Alisha to turn heel, but I don’t know how much sense it would make. An argument for this is that Alisha has also suffered due to Eddie’s behavior and actions towards Tommy Dreamer, and as devious as she can be, she could choose Bound For Glory to betray her husband. Heck, for all we know, Alisha and Moose could have been devising their plan while waiting for Eddie. On the other hand, Alisha is all Eddie has left, and with that, I can’t see Eddie’s only remaining means of support suddenly abandoning him at BFG. Stranger things have happened though.

Speaking of stranger things (not the Netflix show), the evening saw Murder Clown emerge and compete against Joe Hendry. Murder Clown was part of Katarina’s vendetta against not only Hendry, but Grado as well, as it was a month prior that Katarina’s declaration of love for Hendry did not end well for her, as she was embarrassed by Hendry. In fact, the pair had spent several weeks humiliating Katarina, and that led the vengeful villainess to enlist Murder Clown to not only defeat Hendry, but destroy him in the process. The evil Katarina added a bit more insult to injury with a low blow to ex-boyfriend Grado.

Allie and Kiera Hogan had been standing strong against Su Yung and her undead bridesmaids, but on that evening, they suffered a huge and painful setback. Despite Allie’s attempts, not only did Kiera lose to Su Yung, but she ended up as the third Knockout to end up stuffed in a coffin. With her only ally against Su taken out, Allie is left hearbroken, and appears to be on the verge of desperation. Where will this lead her? More on this later in the feature.

From October 11:

The biggest impact from the final show before BFG came between LAX and the OGz, as they met in the ring for the final time before their contest at the event. In the weeks that passed since the match was made, a cease fire took place between both sides. Konnan abided by the cease fire, and he has advised Ortiz and Santana to do the same, even with King making attempts to provoke Konnan into violating the cease fire. King has shown that he doesn’t care about the consequences and what the big bosses could do to him, and Konnan was quick to point out that King has angered the bosses with his actions, leading to Konnan telling King the news from the bosses:  the cease fire is over! The two sides brawled for the first time in weeks, and there will be plenty more to come at Bound For Glory!

The problems with the Desi Hit Squad led to Gama Singh making the ultimate decision: members Rohit Raju and Gursinder Singh will face each other to find the weak link between the two. Gama added another stipulation: the loser is out of the Squad! There was heavy hesitation, especially from Gursinder after Rohit appeared to have hurt his shoulder. That hesitation cost him, as Rohit defeated his partner, and in response to his regret, he was smacked around by Gama. And that was done to the winner of the match; imagine what Gursinder’s fate is, other than being ousted from the Squad.

We would learn that Father James Mitchell will induct Abyss into the Impact Hall of Fame, but before he does so, he had some business with Allie. Allie had a look of desperation after seeing Kiera Hogan stuffed in a coffin by Su Yung. A grudge match was made that night, but regarding Allie’s visit to Mitchell, she wanted to go back to the Undead Realm. Mitchell stated that her soul was already taken with her previous deal, but Allie’s plan was not to get that back, she wanted payback on Su. This whole thing has me very intrigued. First off, James Mitchell involved in a Knockouts feud is epic enough. Secondly, I have a sinking feeling we’ll see Kiera resurface as part of the forces of evil, either on her own or as a turned servant of Su. Either way, BFG will be interesting!

Those are my 3 Impacts From Impact! A Bound For Glory edition is coming!

Total Diva Fallout (Season 8, Episode 3)

Welcome to the Total Diva Fallout, which recaps the latest episode of Total Divas! In this edition, it is a look back at the episode, “The Real Nicole.”

Now, despite the episode’s title, the Bellas are hardly featured. The main story involves Lana, as she is looking to be featured on WWE TV in an angle. Unfortunately, her attempt landed her in hot water, as material of her and Rusev out on the beach together caught Mark Carrano’s attention. The couple received the signature Mark Carrano talking-to, though let’s face it, if Creative had given Lana something to do on TV, this wouldn’t have happened. What I loved was Lana addressing the fans and asking for their thoughts on what Lana’s look should be. I have said this before in the past, I truly love Lana’s drive.

Naomi’s story had Jimmy Uso attempting to curb her sweet tooth, as she had been eating a lot of sugary stuff lately. It hasn’t been easy, as we’ve seen Jimmy uncover a lot of Naomi’s sugary treats, and it has led to both of them trying out natural honey with no sugar. This, to me, was a filler story. It was pretty darn entertaining, but it was still filler, just something for the show. What wasn’t filler was Natalya’s aftermath of her WM wardrobe malfunction, and it came just as she was set to be placed in a storyline with Ronda Rousey. She overcame the backlash, which wasn’t long but still damaging, and her angle with Ronda has gone well entering the present day.

Speaking of Nattie, I was among many who couldn’t help but express heartbreak for her as we saw her father, the legendary Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, featured. The Anvil passed away just a few months ago, and a dedication was shown at episode’s end.

That is the Total Diva Fallout; until next time.

The 2nd Mae Young Classic Review (Episode 5)

Welcome to this review of Episode 5 of the 2nd Mae Young Classic! After a captivating and exciting opening round, the second round of the tournament got underway, as Evolution draws near.

For the second straight episode, Hiroyo Matsumoto kicked off the action, this time against Toni Storm in the second round’s opening match. Hiroyo defeated Rachel Evers to advance, while Toni Storm defeated longtime foe Jinny to reach Round 2. This was a back and forth battle between two phenomenal competitors, and just like last week, Hiroyo brought her ruthlessness and displayed villainous aggression towards her opponent. Despite the evenness of the match, this time, Hiroyo would come up short, as Toni rolled her up for the victory, placing the Aussie sensation into the Elite Eight.

Rhea Ripley’s match against Kacy Catanzaro was next. Rhea defeated MJ Jenkins to advance to the second round, while Kacy defeated Reina Gonzalez, who is a friend of Rhea’s. Rhea dominated and mocked her opponent throughout, but Mighty Kacy (as Beth Phoenix called her on commentary) fought back against her imposing opponent. It looked like an upset was in the works in this immensely captivating bout. But sadly, there was no joy in Full Sail–Mighty Kacy’s luck had just ran out. Rhea’s Riptide eliminated the American Ninja Warrior alum and placed her into the quarterfinals, a step farther than last year.

Match #3 pitted Taynara Conti against the head-turning talent known as Lacey Lane. Lacey defeated Vanessa Kraven to advance, while Taynara advanced with a victory over Jessie Elaban, already moving farther than she did last year. This was heated even before they stepped into the ring, as the two women got into it when the Sweet 16 was introduced. So it was no shock that they brought it against each other in their second round match, but in the end, Lacey prevailed with the Crucifix Bomb, continuing her Cinderella run in the tournament.

The main event of Episode 5 was a battle between seasoned veterans, as Meiko Satomura faced off against Mercedes Martinez. This is the second MYC main event this year for both women, as Meiko defeated Killer Kelly in the first episode’s main event, while Mercedes defeated Ashley Rayne in the second episode’s main event. To say this was a classic would be an understatement; the combatants had the people in Full Sale in awe, shock, and amazement. Meiko and Mercedes’ match, IMO, was among the best of the entire tournament, and to my surprise, it would be Meiko who emerged victorious after a Scorpion Kick, putting the Japanese phenom into the quarterfinals.

One quarterfinal match is locked in already after Episode 5, as Meiko Satomura’s victory sets up a match against Lacey Lane. The second round will conclude in the following episode, which will feature Mia Yim facing off against Kaitlyn, Tegan Nox vs Nicole Matthews, Io Shirai vs Zeuxis, and Deonna Purrazzo facing off against Xia Li. To be honest, Deonna/Xia is one I’m looking forward to the most; both women are small but lethal, and I think that match will be the best one from Episode 6.

The Mae Young Classic continues every Wednesday until two finalists are decided. The finals will take place at Evolution on October 28.

Straight Up Smack Down

 

Indianapolis was the location for Tuesday night’s Smack Down Live and the main objective was centered around all of the fallout, following Super Show Down from Saturday morning in Melbourne.  The show kicked off with a rematch involving Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair. The stipulation was that if Becky Lynch were to be disqualified, Charlotte would become the new champion. This was a result of Becky’s disqualification, yet subsequent title retention, at Super Show Down.

What a crazy ending to this segment, but at this point nothing should surprise us about the lengths these two superstars will go to! I cringed when Charlotte missed on that moonsault outside of the ring. She could have blown out both of her knees. So the double count out keeps the belt on Becky & satisfies the match stipulation. As a result of this chaos, General Manager Paige made a special announcement regarding the upcoming all female pay-per-view, Evolution:

First ever, huh?  How soon we forget that in June of last year Asuka faced Nikki Cross in a Last Woman Standing match:

Regardless, this should be one heck of a match on the pay-per-view & by all rights, could steal the show.

 

Miz tried to stir up some bad blood between A.J. Styles & Daniel Bryan, but neither superstar took the bait. This forced Miz to lose his cool & spout off another fantastic promo, where he literally called “next” on the winner of this upcoming title match:

Man, he is so good. Miz single-handedly saved this segment from the approaching boredom toward it was headed. The show then segwayed into an A.J. Styles versus Shelton Benjamin match-up:

Daniel Bryan applauding & showing his respect at the end will probably be a clip that becomes part of the video montage prior to this match. If there is a falling out or these two just play the roles in a story of who is the better wrestler, I really feel that moment will be in the beginning part of the compilation.

 

The WWE World Cup tournament was announced & began taking place this week, for the upcoming Crown Jewel pay-per-view. Superstars will compete in a tournament, that will ultimately name a winner in Saudi Arabia. Raw had a few preliminary matches & Smack Down Live’s first qualifying match pitted Jeff Hardy against Samoa Joe:

I thought this was a smart, sensible way for Jeff to win that didn’t come at Joe’s expense. Joe’s knee injury was a result of his No Disqualification match against A.J. at Super Show Down & it would make sense that the injury had not yet healed.

The second qualifying match involved Randy Orton against…….Big Show?!

Wow this was the first time I’ve seen Big Show on live television since….I can’t remember when. Show looked ok & has a long working relationship with Randy, so they took pretty good care of each other in this match. The ending was great for the villain, with Randy using a eye poke to gain the advantage toward winning the match. A pretty good match by all accounts.

 

Last week, Aiden aired a video clip with a quick cut ending called One Night in Milwaukee. It put Lana in a very bad light, as she was seen approaching Aiden in his dressing room & the last words spoken were her saying, “Aiden, I want you.”  I wrote that I fully expected another quick cut scenario this week from Aiden & he didn’t disappoint:

So that kind of ends this part of the angle then, I guess? I felt that they could have stretched this out another week before the real video was aired, so maybe creative has a different angle they want to use next?  We’ll obviously find out what they come up with next week, but this could also just end up going right to their one on one match at this point.

 

Finally, next week’s Smack Down Live is episode 1,000 for the show. The Undertaker has been announced as a confirmed appearance for the show & so has Rey Mysterio, Jr.! Rey has even been announced in a World Cup qualifying match against Shinsuke Nakamura. By all logic, that sounds like a scenario that Rey should be victorious in.

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