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3 Impacts From Impact

The final Impact before Slammiversary is in the books! Who is the most prepared for the big event? Here are my 3 Impacts From Impact:

Moose appears to be every bit as ready for Slammiversary as his opponent, Austin Aries, is. Moose responded to A-Double’s attack towards his good friend, DeAngelo Williams, by calling out the Impact World Champion. However, Aries appeared at the video screen under the claim that he wasn’t actually inside the Impact Zone, but that was revealed to be a ruse, as Aries appeared from behind and delivered chair shots to the challenger. Aries celebrated, but he was unaware that Moose was back up on his feet, and that led to the challenger laying out the champion, who escaped Moose’s swing of the chair. There’s no doubt. Aries and Moose are ready for Slammiversary.

Allie and Tessa Blanchard were in action just days before their one-on-one faceoff at Slammiversary. The women were in tag action, as Allie was paired with Tessa’s first Impact foe, Kiera Hogan, while Tessa teamed with the woman Allie defeated a week prior, Shotzi Blackheart. Though it appeared that Tessa and Shotzi’s partnership was one of convenience–definitely not Shotzi’s. The entire match saw Tessa basically order her partner around, and it ended with Tessa leaving Shotzi behind to be defeated by Allie and Kiera, as Tessa’s mind was solely on Slammiversary. It wouldn’t surprise me if this leads to the two partners actually facing off next week, but only time will tell.

Joe Hendry made his Impact in-ring debut against Eli Drake, stemming from Eli’s victory over Grado in the past week. The match was also made due to Eli’s assumptions that Hendry is sneaking around with Grado’s girlfriend, Katarina (remember, they did have history together). Hendry denied the claims and as for the match itself, Hendry was victorious over the former Impact World Champion. However, even Grado started to have some doubts, as Hendry and Katarina did seem to bond together. As I’ve said before, there’s a feeling in the gut of this writer that Grado’s BFF and his lady love could turn on him and end up with each other, and time will tell if that comes to pass.

Those are my 3 Impacts From Impact! A review of Slammiversary will come after the PPV! Until then!

3 Impacts From Impact

Slammiversary is closing in, and things are getting crazy in the Impact Zone! Who appears to be most ready for Slammiversary? Here are my 3 Impacts From Impact:

Austin Aries appears to be ready and focused for Moose, as he later appeared and interrupted Josh Mathews’ interview with DeAngelo Williams, an NFL RB and friend of Moose. DeAngelo said ever so colorfully that Moose is all in and ready for A-Double, which prompted the World Champion himself to come out and verbally confront DeAngelo. The verbal confrontation quickly became physical, ending with A-Double laying out DeAngelo with multiple chair shots. This already intriguing main event for Slammiversary became even more so following A-Double’s message to Moose through DeAngelo.

Impact also saw Shotzi Blackheart make an appearance, following her outing during the RISE of the Knockouts special. Shotzi, who has competed for RISE and other promotions such as Championship Wrestling From Hollywood, served as Allie’s opponent, working in a rare heel role. Her outing was spectacular, but she came up short against the former two-time Knockouts Champion. After the match, though, Allie ended up on the receiving end of an attack from a vengeful and furious Tessa Blanchard, who did so in response to Allie taking down Tessa a week prior. At that time, I figured that a match between Tessa and Allie would take place at Slammiversary; after the latest brawl, it became official.

Speaking of Slammiversary implications, Impact started out with a challenge, as Kingston, Homicide, and Hernandez (now known as the OGz), made one to LAX after winning a squash match. The battle lines were drawn when King revealed that he had Konnan taken out to take over LAX, with Ortiz and Santana regaining the tag titles under King. This brought out Homicide and Hernandez, the original LAX members, to attack the current LAX, and regarding the opening of Impact, King laid out the challenge to LAX:  a 5150 Street Fight at Slammiversary!

Those are my 3 Impacts From Impact! Until next time!

The Lucha Lowdown (Season 4, Episode 6)

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

The show kicks off with the same people who ended last week’s episode:  The Rabbit Club. With a more sinister look, Paul London entered the ring and faced off against the debuting Dezmond X, in a match for the last remaining Aztec Medallion. When we last saw the Rabbit Club, they brutally killed, yes killed Mascarita Sagrada, after Sagrada led him to the White Rabbit. Any belief that their murderous actions would lead to any sort of power or advantage was squashed, as Dezmond rolled up London to capture the final Medallion.

Antonio Cueto comes out and congratulates Dezmond for his victory, as he’ll participate in next week’s Gift of the Gods Championship match. He later called out the seven Medallion winners to place the Medallions on the belt to declare their spots in the match. First up was Dragon Azteca Jr, followed by King Cuerno, Ivelisse, Dezmond X, Son of Havoc, The Mack, and Mil Muertes. In true Cueto fashion, Antonio decided that seven was an unlucky number and that only six combatants will participate in next week’s Gift of the Gods match. One person will be out, and it will be decided in an impromptu battle royal, where the winner will choose who is out of the match. Already, Cuerno, Ivelisse, and Dezmond are out, and Mack and Havok ousted Mil Muertes and Azteca! Two-thirds of the reigning Trios Champions are left, making an interesting conundrum. That was solved quickly when Havoc actually sacrificed himself and performed an over the top rope Suicide Dive, fitting, because it eliminated him and gave Mack the victory. So who did Mack choose to eliminate? Not surprisingly, the biggest threat: Mil Muertes.

Next up, Vibora enters the ring, with the fiendish Kobra Moon, as he faced off against Johnny Mundo, who had his better half, Taya, with him. It didn’t take long for the women to get involved, and that involvement led to Mundo gaining the advantage, but only for a one count on Vibora. The fight continued on, with Mundo going to the top rope, and diving on top of Kobra Moon! After Taya talks trash, PJ Black is shown waiting in ambush, and he decked Vibora with a chair while Taya distracted referee Justin Borden. Mundo’s End of the World, however, only delivered a two count! A frustrated Mundo superkicked Borden, and Worldwide Underground was set on destroying Vibora, only for Drago and Daga to even the odds. Vibora fought off Mundo’s attempt with a chair by delivering a chokeslam, but that only got a two count!

We later see Ricky Mundo get his boss out of harm’s way, but they both ended up taken down by Vibora. The fight marches on, with Johnny Mundo delivering a series of kicks before being taken down by another chokeslam, this time for the victory. A pleased Kobra Moon entered the ring to celebrate with Vibora, but it was shortlived due to PJ and Taya’s chairshots. Daga and Drago returned as well, resuming a huge brawl between the two sides!

We later see Ricky Mundo with Jack Evans, the only WU member we didn’t see in the fight. Ricky lashed out at Jack for not being out there and helping his fellow members, only for Jack to again explain that he doesn’t like snakes and walk off. Ricky’s creepy doll suggests that he should eliminate Jack like he did to Angélico. The plot thickens.

On to the main event, which was made last week: Cage challenging Pentagon Dark for the Lucha Underground Championship. Though this was made last week, it had been stewing for several weeks after Cage’s attack towards Pentagon, and it was last week that Pentagon cost Cage one of the Aztec Medallions, but gave him a shot at his title. The superheavyweights went at it outside the ring before finally going inside and battling it out. Cage gave Pentagon everything and then some in his quest to capture the title, but he came up short, as Pentagon finished off The Machine and retained his title. Pentagon thwarted Cage’s attack and attempted to break his arm, only for Cage to successfully fight him off and take down the champion. He later reminded Pentagon that he can’t break his arm, because he’s not a man, he’s a machine!

That’s the Lucha Lowdown! Until next week!

Straight Up Smack Down

 

Following Sunday’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view, the Smack Down Live matches only yielded 1 title change: Shinsuke Nakamura became the new United States champion, defeating Jeff Hardy. That victory came with a low blow when the referee wasn’t looking & then a Kinshasa for a quick victory. Although after Nakamura’s victory, Randy Orton appeared with another low blow attack to Jeff Hardy:

I won’t make the easy joke about what was deleted or rendered obsolete by Nakamura & Orton, but why would Orton do this “outta nowhere”? Well, let’s take a quick trip down memory lane. This video clip was from the Superstar Shakeup episode of Smack Down Live, 3 months ago:

Orton is visibly pissed & felt disrespected here. Jump ahead to next week, where the shoe was on the other foot:

At 1:20, Byron Saxton says, “One thing about Randy Orton is he never forgets.” Probably the most prophetic thing Byron Saxton has ever said because this is what happened on Tuesday night, as Smack Down Live was in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. First, here was Jeff starting off the show where he would talk about his loss on Sunday:

Now, let’s skip forward to the very end of the night in the rematch from Sunday of Nakamura versus Hardy:

So the only thing that doesn’t compute in this timeline is their match at Backlash on May 6. There was no ill will visible between the two then & that happened two weeks after that April 24th clip with Byron’s comment. Perhaps Hardy injured Orton in the match? I’m speculating obviously, but for Orton to pull off this kind of attack on Hardy, there has to be a big reveal coming. Something’s amiss, but what a vicious attack by Orton! The crowd was visibly cringing & I imagine that most of the viewing audience was as well.  I have a feeling that many fans will be tuned in next week to see what happens next.

 

Earlier on Tuesday, Zelina Vega interrupted A.J. Styles in a recorded WWE.COM interview, where she made the case for Andrade “Cien” Almas to challenge Styles for the title at Summer Slam. A.J. saw things a little differently:

So we were treated to Styles versus Almas in a non-title match in Tuesday night’s very first contest! Not bad. As you would expect, neither competitor disappointed & they had a really good match:

Just a fantastic display by two of the company’s best in-ring competitors. I would really like to see them as the title match at Summer Slam, but that’s probably premature for Almas at this point. Vega & Almas were interviewed following the match by Dasha Fuentes:

We learned on Tuesday that General Manager Paige will announce next week who A.J. Styles will face at Summer Slam next month. My guess is Samoa Joe, but hey who knows?

 

Team Hell No was completely unsuccessful on Sunday in their match against the Bludgeon Brothers, in part because of a backstage attack by the champions on the challengers.  The attack left Kane injured, both on screen & in real life. To his credit, Kane did compete in the match eventually but in limited fashion. The Bludgeon Brothers won fairly easily & The Miz held a public “funeral” on Tuesday night for Team Hell No in Wilkes Barre:

I have a REALLY good feeling that this is just the tip of the iceberg for The Miz versus Daniel Bryan feud for Summer Slam. I’m also pretty sure of a few other things: 1) WWE will bring up the storied past between these two, since this is now the payoff that has been years in the making & 2) Kane’s injury sped up the timeline for this feud. While its been pretty obvious from the Team Hell No reunion to the rushed A.J./Bryan & Bryan/Nakamura matches, both WWE & Bryan aren’t betting on the long term future here. Whether it’s a contract renewal or a health restriction, neither party wants to leave any stone unturned here in the short term. That’s what seems like the driving force behind this shift, but these two have been incredibly entertaining together in the past with virtually no payoff or story line escalation. This is going to be good.

 

Becky “Balboa” Lynch was in action Tuesday night against Mandy Rose & looked to continue her recent hot streak:

Solid win for Becky & her promo afterwards came off as so sincere. I was at the forefront of this Becky push because I think that she deserves a title run now. When she was crowned the inaugural Smack Down Live Women’s champion, the division had a lot of well, tenured main roster veterans. That’s a polite way of saying it, right? Now that the division has changed & changed for the better in many ways, I think that its ambassador should be Becky…at least for now, until Asuka is ready. (No pun intended.) You can’t knock anything about Becky, other than she lost a lot for almost 2 years & let’s be honest, that wasn’t her fault. She always had good matches, made her opponents look good, & brings that “straight fire” whenever she speaks. The title would be in good hands & it’s time for the Queen of Staten Island to be dethroned.

Following Becky’s promo, Paige had this segment with Carmella backstage:

Now to be fair, Paige merely stated that IF Becky wins next week then Carmella is only obligated to defend her title at Summer Slam. She never said it HAD to be defended against Becky at Summer Slam……but later in the broadcast, the announcers stated (with an on screen graphic) that was in fact the stipulation now. Apparently, WWE didn’t realize they screwed up their taped segment until it was too late to go back & re-film it. Or they just didn’t care to clean it up & figured it was such a small detail that no one would catch it. So we will see if next week’s match results in either Smack Down Live’s Woman’s Title Match for Summer Slam or the “biggest ‘Mella-bration EVER”.

Until next week, thanks for reading!

Are WWE And UFC Setting Up For A Huge Cross Promotion?

I think that the two huge conglomerates are building for a big confrontation between two of their top superstars to drum up ratings to try to boost both companies. Some of you may have seen that Monday Night Raw drew its worse rating last week in a few years and UFC just had their contract with Fox bought out by ESPN who has been working with WWE much more lately than in the past.

My suspicions on this cross promotion started with this. Tell me this was not completely set up. This looks like WWE in a UFC octagon. Honestly, it is what WWE has always had, and what UFC has always been missing. Good lead up to a fight. I have always called WWE/WWF a soap opera for men. UFC is just sticking two fighters into a cage most of the time, no build up no show, just a fight. The only thing the face-off was missing was Lesnar carrying the WWE Universal Championship to the octagon with him.

So now, you have a popular UFC fighter, and a face performer that most viewers are behind because of the two weight classes and the fact that as he pointed out in the video, he is 39 in Daniel Cormier. Who is now set up to face the heel performer in WWE Universal Champion and challenger Brock Lesnar. Despite what the MMA purest may think, you need more than just two good fighters to pull off a really true big event. If you just rolled your eyes, let me give you two words, Conner McGregor. His personality, love it or hate it, love or hate him, it makes no difference, it is the fuel that burns the eventual fire that takes place. This fight will happen, and it will be huge for both brands.

Then last night on the Extreme Rules pay-per-view WWE did their best to keep the storyline relevant by doing this.

And of course you can’t have a storyline involving Brock Lesnar without including Paul Heyman, mainly because Brock is not talented enough to both wrestle and talk. He is kind of like the UFC in that respect. If you would take Paul Heyman away from Lesnar you have have a decent wrestler with no build-up. So ofcourse Heyman has to respond. He actually responded with multiple tweets, but I will only include this one.

Back to the UFC portion of this for a moment. The question of when Lesnar would be cleared to fight was answered this past Monday, as USADA released a statement stating the current WWE Universal Champion re-entered the testing pool on July 3 and had six months and four days remaining, meaning he will be eligible to return on Jan. 8, 2019.

So now we actually have a date. That helps us with the timeline, and that also means the next first date the fight can occur on is on Saturday, Jan. 19, the third Saturday of the month, the customary day for UFC PPV events. But the fight is not going to happen on this date. There is another date that makes tons more sense for a variety of reasons.

Turn in your slips at work now and ask off for this date, Saturday, Feb. 2nd, trust me. Why does this date make so much more sense? The location first, and the event the next night. The event will take place in Las Vegas, the day before Super Bowl 53. In years prior, the UFC would put on PPVs the day before the Super Bowl in Las Vegas, banking on out-of-towners coming in from all over the world to watch and bet on the game. In the last three years, the UFC has gone away from the model and instead put on “Fight Night” events, with, for example, the 2017 show taking place in Belem, Brazil.

But there will be two WWE superstars who will be the octagon that night. No, that is not a miss print, I meant to say two. This will more than likely be Cormier’s last fight in UFC. People who are big UFC fans are going to hate this next sentence, so brace yourself, here it comes. Daniel Cormier will win this fight, and both fighters will no that is the result before the bell even rings, yes like WWE the result will be predetermined. The fight will not be fake, but the result will be known and agreed upon ahead of time. Cormier has imposed a hard deadline of retiring on his 40th birthday on March 20th, so the fight fits nicely into that time line as well.

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But who will be the second WWE superstar in the octagon that night? His name is Braun Stroman. Why will he be there? Because he will perform the most epic cash in ever. For those of you reading this who are not wrestling fans, let me explain. Strowman won a ladder match against other WWE superstars to capture the Money In The Bank briefcase. The briefcase allows Stroman to cash in said briefcase anytime, anywhere for a Universal Championship opportunity. The stategy behind this is for the holder of the briefcase to pick his spot when the champion is the most vulnerable. Brock will be really vulnerable lying in the middle of a UFC ring. Stroman will come from the back, with his theme music playing and a WWE referee by his side to pin Brock and take his Universal while the world is watching the biggest UFC event of the year. It will also be no coincidence that WrestleMania 35 will take place a short time later on April 7th and a rematch can occur between Stroman and Lesnar at WWE’s biggest event of the year.

And there you have it, the largest cross promotion event, possibly ever. I see the pieces falling into place. And I not only hope this happens, but I honestly think it will. Just remember, you read it here first, and I called it first.

Women’s Wrestling Wrap-Up

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

Raw featured more drama involving Bayley and Sasha Banks, as their counseling continued, all the while, Nia Jax and Natalya defeated Alexa Bliss and Mickie James in tag team action. On SmackDown, lumberjills surrounded the ring as Asuka faced off against James Ellsworth. Though Asuka was victorious, Carmella did get the upper hand thanks to Ellsworth spraying a substance into the eyes of the Empress of Tomorrow. As a result, Paige informed Carmella that during her title defense at Extreme Rules, Ellsworth will be locked in a shark cage and hoisted above the ring.

On NXT, Shayna Baszler found herself confronted by Candice LeRae, who slapped the NXT Women’s Champion, leading to a brawl. Later on, Kairi Sane defeated Vanessa Borne, and staked her claim to the aforementioned title, referencing her Mae Young Classic victory over Shayna. That same evening on Lucha Underground, Ivelisse defeated Joey Ryan to capture one of the seven Ancient Aztec Medallions, putting her one step closer to possibly becoming Lucha Underground Champion. The following night’s Impact Wrestling saw Allie victorious over Shotzi Blackheart, only for Tessa Blanchard to attack her from behind. As a result, Tessa and Allie will face each other at Slammiversary, and speaking of the event, Su Yung continued her haunting mind games on Madison Rayne during an interview.

At Extreme Rules, Carmella managed to successfully defend her SmackDown Women’s Championship against Asuka, thanks somehow to Ellsworth, who actually escaped his cage. He ended up on the receiving end of another beating by Asuka, only for Carmella to send Asuka head first into the cage for the victory. The Raw Women’s Championship Extreme Rules match saw plenty of chaos; not only from champion and challenger, not only from Natalya and Mickie James, but from Ronda Rousey, who left her seat and went after Mickie and Alexa. Amidst the melee, Alexa Bliss emerged victorious, and one has to believe that Ronda will get a shot at her at SummerSlam next month.

The big news broke on Thursday that former WWE Divas Champion Kaitlyn would return and participate in the second annual Mae Young Classic. Six more names were announced later on, with one of them being NXT regular Rhea Ripley, who performed at last year’s tournament, marking the first returning combatant. Other names include Nicole Matthews, who is best known for her time in SHIMMER, where she is a former SHIMMER Champion and Tag Team Champion, as well as American Ninja Warrior contestant Kacy Catanzaro. International indy stars Jinny, Vernice Gabriel, and Io Shirai were also announced, totaling seven participants in the 2nd MYC.

Despite Bayley and Sasha’s current angle, neither of them were part of Extreme Rules. The reason is that the plans have the two Horsewomen facing off against each other at SummerSlam on August 19. If this happens, it will come full circle for both women, as they faced each other in Brooklyn three years prior, where Bayley won the NXT Women’s Championship as part of a double coronation, as Sasha was moved up to the main roster along with Charlotte and Becky Lynch. Despite the ongoing fights between the two women, face and heel roles have not been established, making this a very peculiar angle.

A new week and the fallout from Extreme Rules begins with Raw tomorrow, and Impact will have their final show before Slammiversary! Until next week!

3 Impacts From Impact

Independence Day was over, but there were still plenty of fireworks at the Impact Zone! Who delivered the biggest explosion? Here are my 3 Impacts From Impact:

Without question, the biggest Impact was made by LAX, and it was delivered towards…LAX?! I will gladly explain. For weeks, Konnan had suspected that Kingston was behind the attack on him, which took out Konnan and allowed Kingston to take over. Ortiz and Santana regained the tag titles in Konnan’s absence, but even with that, Konnan’s suspicions remained. It all came to ahead in the final segment of the program, where Kingston admitted to having Konnan taken out, saying that Konnan’s time was up. At this point, I expected Ortiz and Santana to turn on Konnan, mainly due to the fact that they won the belts back with King, but to my surprise, they didn’t. A bigger surprise came when the tag champs were attacked by none other than Homicide and Hernandez…the original LAX duo! Now, Homicide had only been away from Impact for several weeks. For Hernandez, it had been a few years! Regardless, we should now expect an LAX vs LAX match for Slammiversary!

Following Allie’s appearance in defense of Madison Rayne, the pair banded together in tag team action against Su Yung and one of her undead brides. I myself was enthused over the fact that one of the undead brides would be in action, and it was a very interesting affair. However, the evil Tessa Blanchard inserted herself into the fray and went after Madison, still bitter over losing TWICE to Madison already. Allie eliminated Tessa from the equation, and the heroic pair still ended up winning. Now, a part of me hopes that there’s room for Tessa and Allie to face off at Slammiversary, we should find that out.

In more Knockouts action, Katarina competed on Impact for the first time in six years, as she defeated another returning face in the form of Rebel. Grado, of course, was by Katarina’s side, and after the match, they were both greeted by Joe Hendry, who is a friend of Grado’s. Hendry was revealed as the newest member of the Impact roster, and it was also revealed that he and Katarina had some history. My humble opinion: Katarina’s turning heel. When she returned as Grado’s girlfriend, I felt that it was a matter of time before she dumped him. Hendry’s debut and revelation of a past between him and Katarina may open the door for that. It may be gradual, but we may see Hendry make the turn first, and then Katarina dumps Grado for Hendry afterwards. Only time will tell.

Those are my 3 Impacts from Impact! Until next time!

The Lucha Lowdown (Season 4, Episode 5)

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

We kick things on the temple, and Cortez Castro is in the ring with a Singapore Cane in hand. As to why he’s in the ring, well, Antonio Cueto is out to cover that base. He revealed what we know:  that Castro’s a police officer. Antonio also got to the root of the matter, Castro is Matanza’s latest sacrifice, and in just a matter of seconds, Matanza defeated Castro, and afterwards, Castro joined Mr. Pectacular in Matanza’s growing list of sacrifices.

Next up, one of the five remaining Aztec Medallions is on the line, as the always sleazy Joey Ryan faces off against Ivelisse. Ivelisse is coming off getting a violent revenge on former boyfriend Jeremiah Crane during Grave Consequences, and she is now looking to do something she’s never done: compete in a Gift of the Gods Match. Ryan proved to be a formidable foe, but Ivelisse continuously countered against the offense of her opponent. This includes Ivelisse delivering various lethal kicks to Ryan, as well as a German Suplex for a two count. Ryan set Ivelisse up for a Power Bomb, but Ivelisse gets out of it and delivered a Sunset Flip for the victory! Ivelisse joins Dragon Azteca Jr and King Cuerno as collectors of one of the Aztec Medallions.

Another Aztec Medallion match follows, but it’s a very interesting one. It’s a three way match, and the participants are the Trios Champions: Killshot, Son of Havoc, and The Mack. Antonio Cueto comes out and decides to add yet another wrinkle to this already intriguing match:  a second Aztec Medallion! In this match, the winner gets one medallion, and the other goes to the defeated combatant who was not pinned. The champions wasted no time fighting each other, and as the early stages of the match showed, if there is an antagonist in this match, it’s definitely Killshot, who was taken out of the ring, allowing Mack and Havoc to go at it in the ring. Killshot gets back in, only for Mack to take him back out and deliver an over the top rope dive on top of his partners.

Mack and Killshot fight in the ring, while Havoc is out of the ring momentarily, but he does get back into the fray. As Matt Striker mentioned, it would have been easier for Havoc to stay out, he would win a Medallion regardless of what happened in the ring, but that is not Havoc’s style. Killshot talks trash to Havoc, with Havoc answering back physically, leading to a back and forth battle with shots being traded. Mack gets back in, and all three combatants fight in the ring against each other. Mack delivered a tackle to Havoc and later turns his attention to Killshot, who delivers a clothesline to Killshot before receiving a dropkick. Havoc later delivers a double curb stomp to both combatants, but he is later on the receiving end of Mack’s offense.

After all of that, Mack’s near fall was actually the first of the match, with Havoc kicking out and staying alive. Killshot prevented Havoc from delivering his finisher, and took him down, only for Mack to end up delivering a Stunner to Killshot! BOTH of Mack’s opponents were down, and when it came to the choice of which one to pin, Mack decided to pin Killshot for the victory. As a result, Mack received a Medallion for the win, and Havoc got one because he wasn’t the one pinned. Killshot, of course, didn’t take things well, as he shoved away Havoc and knocked Mack’s Medallion out of his hands.

There are now two Aztec Medallions left, and one of them is on the line in the main event, as Mil Muertes, along with the new-look Lady in Red, Catrina, faces off against Cage. This match was made a week prior, after Cage took down Pentagon Dark in his quest for the Lucha Underground Championship. When super-heavyweights clash, it’s expected to be a brawl, but the combatants started things off by delivering some technical wrestling moves…THEN the brawling started. Cage actually grabbed Catrina by her hair, but he paid for it at the hands of Mil Muertes. The combatants returned to the ring, but Mil inadvertently speared the ref, allowing Justin Borden to enter as a replacement and nearly count a victory for Cage. Cage took out Borden, but Rick Knox enters and counts two in Mil’s favor. Mil took down Knox, leaving no new officials left.

Nevertheless, the fight continued, and both men delivered a vicious fight to each other, with Cage set to deliver a chair shot to Mil Muertes. However, in a huge shocker, Pentagon Dark revealed himself to be disguised as a fan, and he beat down Cage with a steel chair! After Cage was placed back into the ring, Mil Muertes delivered the final blow to Cage, picking up the victory and an Aztec Medallion, while Pentagon Dark got his payback. However, the usual Lick of Death from Catrina did not follow, as her new look comes with a new demeanor. Pentagon informed Cage not to feel bad about losing the Medallion, as he is giving Cage something better: a shot at the Lucha Underground Championship next week!

For the first time this season, the Rabbit Club make an appearance! So does Mascarita Sagrada, who promised the group that he would introduce them to the White Rabbit. We finally see the White Rabbit, with Paul London wanting his guidance for whatever he wishes. The White Rabbit wanted them to do one thing:  kill the man who brought them to him, Sagrada. London does so by bludgeoning Sagrada, much to the White Rabbit’s amusement. Wow.

That’s the Lucha Lowdown! Until next week!

Former Divas Champion Returns to WWE; Enters 2nd Mae Young Classic

Earlier today, a big breaking story broke in the world of women’s wrestling, as it was announced that Celeste Bonin, aka Kaitlyn, was officially announced as the first confirmed participant in the 2nd Mae Young Classic tournament! For Kaitlyn, this will mark a return to WWE for the first time since early 2014. Kaitlyn’s WWE career began as one of six contestants in the all female season of NXT, which was a competition show back then. She was actually a replacement for Aloisia, the 6’9″ wrestler best known under the name Isis the Amazon, but despite this, Kaitlyn won the competition, outlasting Maxine, Naomi, AJ, Aksana, and Jamie Keyes.

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After officially debuting on the main roster in early 2011, Kaitlyn began her first official angle as one half of The Chickbusters with real life best friend AJ Lee. It was later that summer that the duo began feuding with the nearly formed villainous pair known as the Divas of Doom, which consisted of real-life best friends Beth Phoenix and Natalya. The feud began with Natalya’s heel turn on August 5, as she attacked AJ after defeating her, doing so in solidarity to Beth’s attack towards Kelly Kelly four days prior. The feud was a one-sided affair, as the Divas of Doom always defeated the Chickbusters, and it led to an angle in late November where Kaitlyn began turning heel by lashing out at AJ over their losses. It was on December 9 that Kaitlyn completed her heel turn and betrayed AJ in favor of joining the Divas of Doom. The segment was taped three nights prior, and it saw the Chickbusters again losing to DOD, followed by Kaitlyn leaving with her new villainous allies. However, the segment was cut from the SmackDown broadcast on the airdate, putting an abrupt end to the angle.

Kaitlyn spent 2012 appearing on NXT, and it was later that year that she competed on a WWE PPV for the first time, as she, Layla, and Tamina defeated Beth, Natalya, and Eve Torres. This was the beginning of Kaitlyn’s slow elevation, which included winning a #1 Contender’s battle royal to face Layla at Night of Champions. At the PPV, Kaitlyn was attacked backstage, allowing Eve to replace Kaitlyn and win the title from Layla. In the weeks that followed, Aksana was revealed as Kaitlyn’s attacker, and it led to Kaitlyn and Layla both challenging Eve at Hell in A Cell, which saw both challengers defeated. Kaitlyn failed on many attempts to dethrone Eve, but on January 14, 2013, Kaitlyn finally defeated Eve to capture the Divas Championship, doing so on the 20th Anniversary edition of Raw in Kaitlyn’s hometown of Houston.

Kaitlyn’s brief heel turn in November 2013

The first months of Kaitlyn’s title reign were interesting, as Layla was on the verge of turning heel and manipulating her way into a title opportunity against her longtime ally. After the angle was kiboshed, Kaitlyn ended up feuding with the now-villainous AJ Lee, which resulted in AJ defeating Kaitlyn at Payback on June 16, 2013 to capture the Divas Championship (beginning AJ’s 295-day reign). Kaitlyn had Layla back in her corner during her quest to regain the title, which saw her come up short at Money In the Bank in July. She earned another chance in August on SmackDown, but during the match, Layla turned heel by betraying Kaitlyn in favor of AJ, intentionally costing Kaitlyn the title. The feud was finally settled at SummerSlam, which saw Kaitlyn and Dolph Ziggler defeat AJ and Big E Langston. Interestingly, Kaitlyn briefly turned heel entering Survivor Series, as she became part of AJ Lee’s team against the cast of Total Divas. The teams faced off in an elimination match at Survivor Series, as well as a rematch on Raw the following evening, with the Total Divas cast winning both times. Kaitlyn’s last WWE match (at the time) took place on the January 8, 2014 edition of Main Event: a loss to AJ Lee.

Kaitlyn’s return to WWE has been rumored following her return to wrestling earlier this year. It was on February 10, 2018 that Kaitlyn (under her real name, Celeste Bonin) competed in her first wrestling match in 49 months, defeating indy sensation Rachael Ellering at a Coastal Championship Wrestling event in Florida. It was after her departure from WWE that Kaitlyn began her fitness clothing business, Celestial Bodiez, and also got married to bodybuilder PJ Braun–a marriage that ended last year. Fans (myself included) had been hoping for Kaitlyn to return to WWE after her indy appearance, so this news is music to those fans’ ears. As for this fan, I am happy that Kaitlyn’s back for the Mae Young Classic, and I hope it leads to a full time return to WWE. I also hope that Kaitlyn finally acts as a heel in her return; a heel turn had been teased for Kaitlyn numerous times, but she never got the chance to act as a villainess, something I believe she would flourish in.

As announced earlier, the 2nd Mae Young Classic will be taped in early August, though it has still yet to be announced when the tournament will air on the WWE Network.

Straight Up Smack Down

 

The “go home” show for Extreme Rules guided Smack Down Live to Manchester, New Hampshire. (I had to google it because WWE was apparently not proud to be there?) MizTV began the night, as he introduced his two very popular guests; Daniel Bryan & Kane…..

Great opening segment for the night’s show & I can’t criticize any portion of the execution or the creative part. Well done! This was the solid backdrop for the rest of the show & really helped keep the audience invested until the very end. When we finally got to the end, here is how the main event shook out:

So Bryan gets the pinfall on Eric Young, but the act afterward really looked like a part you would see after the show went “dark.”  I’m surprised that WWE aired this type of audience pandering, but since they had pyro to set off (which is uncommon now), it makes sense that they would want to get the most eyes they could on that segment. Heck, I’m writing about it so I guess that means it worked, right?

Also, New Day versus SAnitY was announced for Extreme Rules’ Kickoff show this Sunday.

 

Asuka got another shot at James Ellsworth this week, in a lumberjack game. Not shown in this clip was Carmella taunting all of the lumberjacks individually & differently, before James was introduced. Also not shown was James’ introduction, where he came to the ring & removed his shirt, then stated “None of you ladies are ready for Asuka but James Ellsworth is!” (while Carmella was standing RIGHT behind him).  If you were not convinced by James’ declaration, his T shirt clearing reiterated that statement.

Asuka gets her revenge, but that wasn’t all! GM Paige had some mighty words for the Ellsworth/Carmella crew following the match:

Low key, Smack Down Live had a televised A.J. Styles versus Shinsuke Nakamura match on the show this week! You know, the “Dream Match” that had been repeatedly billed as such at Wrestle Mania & in the months afterwards? One difference though……no this was not another Last Man Standing match, Rusev was sitting ringside:

How is that fair, Paige? Styles & Nakamura had a full length match (not really shown) & their reward for their Extreme Rules’ opponents interference is now having to participate in another consecutive match? Where’s the logic in that?!

The match was also entertaining, but I’m struggling with that announcement by Paige. Rusev made a pretty good case for his chances this Sunday:

 

FINALLY!!!!  After a month-long tease, Andrade “Cien” Almas faced former friend Sin Cara in a match this week:

Well, I guess the wait was worth it! I was very impressed by their match & thought that as far as WWE’s pay-per-view matches go, this match would have been more than worthy to be on a Sunday card. The pace was good, the two had fantastic chemistry, & really kept my interest. I also like that Almas won with one of his set up moves & not the finisher. That little detail is lost so often on lesser opponents nowadays. Almas SHOULD defeat Sin Cara with the Crotch-to-the-Face.

 

Enjoy Extreme Rules on Sunday & as always, thanks for reading!

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