Smash Wrestling The Legend of Smash Preview

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Today at Smash Wrestling The Legend of Smash and history will be made at Smash Wrestling. It is a stacked card including Cody Rhodes as he takes on Tyson Dux. I will provide my overall thoughts for the entire card.

Well Oiled Machines vs Halal Beefcake

This will be a fantastic matchup between two underrated tag team in Smash Wrestling. The Well Oiled have become a staple in Smash Wrestling and they have been my favourite new tag team. As far as Halal Beefcake is concerned, Abe “Action” Jackson and Joe Coleman should be an interesting pairing as a team. Both Abe Jackson and Joe Coleman are underrated workers in the ring, getting to watch them over the years. The Well Oil Machines are too good and too much handle for Halal Beefcake they will pick up the win.

John Greed Invitational

This will be a new direction for John Greed as he has split with Sebastian Suave as a tag team with the Overdogs. I expect John Greed to have an impressive showing and be the last one standing in his invitational.

Kevin Bennett Vs Franky The Mobster

Both Kevin Bennett and Franky The Mobster have gained a lot of momentum currently in Smash Wrestling. Kevin Bennett is the number one contender for the Smash Wrestling Championship, in addition, Franky The Mobster hasn’t lost in a very long time. There is no love lost, between the fans and Kevin Bennett they absolutely hate him. However, Bennett always finds ways to win using his bodyguard big Tank and The Muscle. This will be a close contest I can not see Bennett losing his winning streak will continue.

Triple Threat Match

Mike Bailey vs Stu Grayson vs. Evil Uno

This will be an insane triple threat match between three of the most underrated wrestlers in Canada. It is a very rare sight to see the Super Smash Bros against each other. One aspect is for sure that throughout this match will have many high flying spots. As far as a winner is concerned for this contest I am leaning towards Mike Bailey to get the three count.

Facade vs Tarik

Tarik was pissed at night two of Smash Vs Progress because he didn’t have a match. Therefore he issued an open challenge to anybody in the back. To everybody surprise, Facade accepted Tarik challenge this match will feature a clash of styles between power and high flying moves between both men.  I do not see Tarik losing anytime soon so he will get the win.

Special Challenge

Cody vs Tyson Dux

I am extremely to see Cody Rhodes ever since he left the WWE and pairing him, against Tyson “Textbook” Dux you can expect an excellent match. I am happy for Cody Rhodes getting the opportunity to have dream matches with anybody on the independent circuit and selling out everywhere. Cody will go over in this matchup no doubt in my mind.

Steel Cage

Scotty O’Shea vs. Banks

In Wrestling moments and feuds are what makes Wrestling so special, today marks the end of a heated rivalry between O’shea and Banks. Their rivalry has been going on for a couple of years now and last month O’Shea was victorious in controversial fashion. Therefore that is the reason why Banks and O’Shea will be a steel cage to settle their differences once and for all. This is another difficult match to predict  but I am going with the one man dynasty, Brent Banks will be victorious it what will be an instant classic.

Backlash Review

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Last night history was made for the SmackDown brand because it was the first pay per view of the new era. Backlash many quality matches I will provide my thoughts, analysis, and the results of the top 3 matches.

1) New Champions

The show was filled with his historic moments crowning three new champions for the SmackDown brand. I was surprised that the women’s match started off the show it should have been kept towards the middle of the pay per view. The rules of the Six-Pack Challenge were simple six women would battle each other and the last women standing would be crowned the first ever SmackDown Women’s Champion.

It was complete chaos as every woman fought for themselves Naomi pinned Alexa Bliss, Natalya made Naomi tapped out to the Sharpshooter and then Nikki Bella eliminated Natalya. It was down to three woman once again during the match there was no love lost between Nikki and Carmella due to their interactions leading up to the match. Carmella shocked the world when she eliminated Nikki Bella via a roll up pin. It was down to the two women Becky and Carmella; Becky Lynch unleashed multiple suplexes that were followed by her finisher the Dis-arm-her. Carmella had no choice but to tap out and Becky Lynch was crowned the first ever SmackDown Women’s champion.

SmackDown Tag Team Champions

Heath Slater journey to a SmackDown contract has been very exciting. At the WWE draft that took place two months ago, Heath Slater was not drafted to the RAW or SmackDown brand. Heath Slater was put in weekly matches but always he came up short. At Backlash, Slater had a chance to change his fortune if he along with his tag team partner Rhyno defeated the Usos to gain a SmackDown contract in addition to being crowned the first ever SmackDown tag team Champions along with Rhyno.

Jimmy and Jey Uso made quick work of The Hype Bros in a second chance challenge earlier in the night. Even though The Uso had more tag experience than the unlikely duo of Slater and Rhyno. However, Slater and Rhyno have seemed to have found magic as a team. All it took was a Gore to change Heath Slater life forever. After the match, Slater was very emotional as expected and promised his Beulah a double-wide trailer which was very comical.

Main event

It was the main event that everybody was waiting for it was AJ Styles against Dean Ambrose for the WWE World Championship. The outcome of the match had serious ramifications for the future of SmackDown.

These two heavyweights had an instant classic and this is not a difficult task when AJ Styles in the ring. AJ Styles used questionable methods to get the win Dean Ambrose attempted the Dirty Deeds DDT. However, when the referee was not looking AJ Styles delivered a low blow with his leg followed by a Styles Clash for the win and he became the new WWE World Championship. This win AJ Styles has now cemented his legacy because he has now held the WWE World Champion, IWGP Heavyweight Champion, TNA Heavyweight Champion and NWA Heavyweight Champion.

2) Showing off

I thought that if it was not for the main event this would be the best match of the entire night. For weeks leading up to this pay-per-view confrontation, the outspoken Miz complained that SmackDown LIVE wasn’t showing him the respect he deserved as champion. The Miz showdown on Taking Smack one on one encounter with Daniel Bryan. Once again The Miz showcased his brilliance before the match asking for a raise because he is putting SmackDown on the map.

The match really showed off both the Miz and Dolph Ziggler skills in the ring both wrestlers were beating the living hell out of each other. The Miz pulled out all the stops to pick up the win and retain his intercontinental championship. The Miz got assistance from his wife Maryse when she sprayed something in The Showoff’s face, which was followed by the Skull-Crushing Finale to steal a win over Dolph Ziggler.

3) New direction

Last night The Usos made their debut since they turned heels on American Alpha this past SmackDown. The Uso have always been entertaining as a tag team throughout their career winning the WWE Tag Team Champions twice in the past. However, the transition to bad guys for the Usos feels very nature fans can tell with their current change in altitude they are 100 perfect invested. I love the fact that they have done away with old traditions including their colourful attire, face paint, flying moves, and pyro. In exchange, they now wear all black attire with hoodie zipper jackets which I love.

Overall I enjoyed this pay per view but I felt like it was another episode of SmackDown. In addition having Kane take on, Bray Wyatt was pointless because Orton suffered an undisclosed injury. I ran a poll on Twitter and this pay per view got mixed reviews. I would give Backlash an 8/10 because it was entertaining due to all the new champions that were crowned.

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Backlash Preview

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This Sunday marks the first pay-per-view Backlash in the new era of the WWE and the SmackDown brand. It will be difficult for Backlash live up or surpass this past Summerslam I will provide my thoughts, analysis for this overall card.

Intercontinental Championship

Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz w/Maryse

This match will feature two of the most underrated workers in the WWE as The Miz looks to defend his Intercontinental Championship against Dolph Ziggler. Fans can criticize The Miz all they want, but he has the ability to elevate the Intercontinental Championship and he draws significant hate. This Sunday at Backlash will mark the 160 days as a champion for the A-Lister. The Miz’s star power has never been this high throughout his career ever since that very memorable shoot on Daniel Bryan last month.

Dolph Ziggler will look to rebound after he failed to capture the WWE World Championship against Dean Ambrose at SummerSlam. On this past episode of Talking Smack Dolph Ziggler made an appearance, he stated he will once again showcase why he is the best in the ring. These two have had quite a history in the past with a series of great matches. I envision Dolph Ziggler pulling out the win however The Miz will retain his Intercontinental Championship with the help of Maryse.

SmackDown Women’s Champion

Six-Pack Challenge

At Backlash history will be made when SmackDown will crown the first SmackDown Women’s Champion. It will be a Six-Pack challenge featuring Becky Lynch, Nikki Bella, Natalya, Naomi, Alexa Bliss and Carmella. The SmackDown Live General Manager, Daniel Bryan explained that it will be an elimination match, therefore, the last women standing will be crowned champion.

SmackDown has done an excellent job at developing a deep Women’s division. Now five women in this match are established but the one woman that blew me away with her development is Carmella. Carmella needed to turn heel and be different to stay out of Enzo and big Cass shadow. Carmella has made quite an easy transition as a heel and I love the fact that she attacked Nikki Bella on Taking Smack. This attack gave her credibility in addition she be picked her biggest win in her young career making Nikki Bella tap out in a six women match this past SmackDown.

This is an extremely difficult match to predict because you can make a case for each woman to win. The obvious choice is the longest reigning Divas Champion Nikki Bella but giving her the does no good in the long run. To be honest, I can’t see Natalya, Naomi or Bliss winning the SmackDown Women’s Champion.

The perfect scenario in this situation is that Becky Lynch needs the SmackDown Women’s Championship, in order to finally her the momentum she truly deserves. However, I would not be surprised if the WWE gives the SmackDown Women’s Championship to Carmella.

Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton

I do not know to expect between Bray Wyatt and the Apex predator Randy Orton. This match developed when Bray Wyatt sent an open challenge to Orton and he accepted Bray challenge. The master of the mind games Bray Wyatt sent Orton one of his cryptic messages. He stated that Orton is a just a normal man that can feel pain and suffering just like everybody else. This is another toss up and the match can, either way, however, a win for Orton does him no and Bray is in a desperate need for a win.

Smackdown Tag Team Championship tournament

Another momentum for the new era of SmackDown Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon announced that there would be new WWE tag titles, in an eight-team tournament, there were weekly matches on SmackDown. The finals would take place at Backlash.

The real story of this tournament is that Heath Slater has been entertaining showcasing his comical skills. Heath Slater was battling week after week on both RAW and RAW. After weeks of being unsuccessful Slater was given an opportunity by Commissioner Shane McMahon and General Manager Daniel Bryan to take part in the tag team tournament, provided he could find a partner. Slater was successful and he formed unlikely tag team convincing Rhyno to team with him. However in order to get a SmackDown Live contract only if he and Rhyno were to pull off a miracle and win the entire tournament.

Against all odds, The One Man Band Heath Slater and The Man Beast Rhyno made it to the final round. They destroyed their competition The Headbangers in round 1 and The Hype Bros in round 2. It looked like American Alpha was destined for the finals of the tournament. American Alpha made quick work of Breezango to nobody surprise this set up an intriguing match which involved   The Usos in the semi-finals of the tournament. After American Alpha shocked the world once they defeated the Usos in record time. Jimmy and Jey Uso snapped and they brutally attacked Chad Gable, injuring him and preventing American Alpha from competing at Backlash.

On Talking Smack, Bryan and Shane McMahon announced that The Usos will take on The Hype Bros. The winners would face off at Backlash Slater and Rhyno later on in the finals. I see The Usos getting past The Hype Bros very easy and booking their ticket the finals of the tournament. I envision that Jason Jordan one-half of American Alpha will screw the Usos out of the WWE Tag Team Championship as revenge for taking out his tag team partner in Chad Gable.  Heath Slater and Rhyno will make history and become the first ever SmackDown Tag Team Champions. In addition, it sets up a feud between American Alpha and The Usos once Chad Gable returns from his injury.

Main Event
WWE Championship
AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose

This will be a compelling main event as AJ Styles has all the momentum in the world right now AJ Styles is 2-0 against John Cena he shifts his focus on the WWE World Champion Dean Ambrose.The Phenomenal One fought off Dolph Ziggler and defeated him last month on SmackDown to ensure that the title match would remain a one-on-one contest. AJ Styles have made a quite an impact without The Club on SmackDown and he has earned a new trademark the face that runs the place.

Dean Ambrose on the other side has been a competitive champion defending his championship against anyone. Ambrose latest title defense was against “The Showoff” Dolph Ziggler at Summerslam he survived. However, at Backlash he faces his toughest challenge in AJ Styles. Ambrose will do whatever it takes to retain his championship and he will be successful.

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The KO Show

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There was an overwhelming feeling of disappointment when Finn Balor suffered a shoulder injury at this past SummerSlam this past Sunday night. It’s unfortunate because he won the first ever WWE Universal Champion, but the next day on RAW he had to give up the championship due to the injury.

The common saying in wrestling is that regardless, of what happens the show must go on. This gave four men an opportunity to change their fate and the landscape of the WWE and providing with an opportunity to be crowned the new WWE Champion. It was a fatal 4-way elimination match involving Big Cass, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens the last man still standing would be crowned the new Universal Champion. I thought that this match really saved RAW because it the rest of the show was very lackluster.

I was surprised that Big Cass was involved in this match because he is still very green in his overall young career. However, he put an impressive showing he looked like he belonged in the ring. Kevin Owens was able to score the first elimination of the match by connecting with a Frog Splash off the tope rope for the three count on Big Cass. We were down to three men Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens. All three pulled out all the stops in order to eliminate each other. There were multiple near finishes, with each wrestler connecting with their signatures and finishers moves which enhanced the level of excitement.

Triple H made his presence through the crowd and ambush attacked on Roman Reigns with a Pedigree. Triple H finally got his revenge on Roman Reigns since he lost the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania 32 back in April. Rollins picked up the pieces and he got the three count on Reigns to eliminate him from the match. Kevin Owens was out and he was able to rest for a significant part of the match. Triple H threw Owens back into the ring and it looked like Rollins had the championship in his sights.

However, Triple H had different plans and he decided to backstab The Authority guy in Rollins as Triple H delivered another Pedigree to Rollins. This literally shocked everybody in attendance and the millions watching at home. Kevin Owens was on his game and he acted quickly to get the win and he became the new WWE Universal Champion.

I predicted that Kevin Owens would win, so I wasn’t surprised at all with the outcome. For the first time in a very long time, the WWE listened to their fans because often when fans are behind a wrestler, the WWE doesn’t pull the trigger to give them a push or put the championship on that wrestler. I loved Kevin Owens facial expressions after he won the Universal Championship because it was in the heat of the moment.

Ever since his WWE debut back in 2014; Kevin Owens has bullied his way to the top in NXT he brutally assaulted, his former friend Sami Zayn and he won the NXT Championship within two months. When Kevin Owens made his debut on the main roster on RAW he made an instant impact when he defeated the face of the WWE John Cena on his very first night. Owens moved on to capture the Intercontinental Championship on two separate occasions.

Kevin Owens has quite a unique personality, he reminds me of a mix between Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock. Due to the fact that Owens always stays authentic and everything that he says, the fans believe him. On the other hand, he relates to The Rock because Owens is very entertaining and hilarious on the mic.I am looking forward to seeing how Kevin Owens performs as WWE Universal Champion. It should come to nobody’s surprise that Owens has become very successful in the WWE and Triple H has always been very high on him from the beginning.

SummerSlam Review

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It was the biggest party of the summer SummerSlam was live from Brooklyn and it was a stacked PPV card with 11 matches. As I always do I will provide you with my three count and my thoughts on SummerSlam in addition to the results.

1) New Champion

Heading into this SummerSlam PPV I was looking forward to this match between Seth Rollins and Finn Balor. It’s very rarely in wrestling that fans get to witness two wrestlers that are still in their prime and are considered two of the very best wrestlers in the world. The buildup for this match was done flawlessly; this shouldn’t be a surprise when both Seth Rollins and Finn Balor are unbelievable on the mic. I like the fact that the WWE decided to educate the fans on Finn Balor’s character “The Demon King” because not all fans watch NXT or have the WWE Network.

Before the match started both Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley showcased the new WWE Universal Championship and I must say it looks very nice. This match was filled with numerous spots that left the crowd speechless. Finn Balor was very aggressive from the start he scored a dropkick to Seth Rollins in the corner. This was followed by a Coup De Grace a double foot stomp from the top rope but Rollins was intelligent enough to move out of the ring
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Both men fought for control back and forth but Seth Rollins got his offense in including a dangerous running Buckle Bomb on the outside on the barricade. This was the moment where Balor injured his shoulder he tried to brace his fall. As a savvy veteran Rollins controlled the pace of the match but when push came to shove, Finn Balor found enough energy to connect with the Coup De Grace on Rollins to pick up the win. Finn Balor continues to make history in the WWE and he became the first inaugural WWE Universal Championship.

2) Phenomenal

I thought that this match could steal the show however due to the fact that it was a stacked PPV; this match didn’t get talked about enough it got lost in the shuffle. I must say that I have enjoyed their long feud so far and this match was a rematch from their contest at Money In The PPV.

The crowd was split for both John Cena and AJ Styles as expected and the match had everything that fans would want near falls, excitement, and suspense. AJ Styles connected with a Styles Clash followed by a Flying Forearm to pick up the victory which cements his legendary career.

However, the last image of this match was John Cena sitting in the ring and he decided to take off his never give up armband. It will be interesting to see what the future has in store for John Cena moving forward, this was a passing the torch moment with AJ Styles. It will be interesting to see what will happen to both John Cena and AJ Styles.

3) Controversial finish

I thought that the build up to this match was excellent for all of the video packages being 15 years in the making. In addition, Orton took shots towards Lesnar for testing positive at UFC 200 on the mic leading up to the match. On the other hand, compare that with Paul Heyman’s masterful work on the mic it’s easy for fans to get invested in Lesnar’s matches. I noticed that Brock Lesnar excels in these sit-down interviews leading up to his matches because fans get to witness Lesnar’s genuine emotions.

To be honest, I don’t even know why fans are outraged because they know what they are getting with a Brock Lesnar match; it’s going to be a very quick match. Due to the fact that he has a very limited offense as his main moves are Suplex’s and his finishing move the F5, overall I enjoyed this match for what it was.

I understood the finish of the match of Lesnar busting Orton wide open with his vicious elbows, and then he gave an F5 to Shane McMahon for getting involved in his business. I didn’t have a problem with it; however, I would have preferred Orton to have won this match.

It would have been more beneficial for Orton to win rather than Lesnar going over because of his Lesnar’s part-time schedule. However, that being said it was smartly booked because Orton was defeated but he wasn’t pinned or submitted. Due to the outcome of the match, it builds up the anticipation of a rematch if they have another match on PPV.

WWE SummerSlam Results

The Usos, American Alpha, and The Hype Bros defeated Breezango, The Ascension, and The Vaudevillains Jey Uso won the match for his team after a Uso splash on Simon Gotch of the Vaudevillains.

Sami Zayn and Neville defeated The Dudley Boyz

Neville and Sami Zayn were victorious via the Red Arrow

Best of 7 Series Match 1: Sheamus defeated Cesaro

Sheamus picked up the first win in the best-of-7 series with a Brogue Kick.

Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens defeated Enzo Amore and Big Cass

Jericho pinned Amore after a Kevin Owens pop-up into a Jericho Codebreaker.

WWE Women’s Championship Match: Charlotte defeated Sasha Banks

Charlotte regained the WWE Women’s Championship after countering the Banks Statement into a pinfall.

Intercontinental Championship Match: The Miz defeated Apollo Crews

The Miz retained the Intercontinental Championship after a Skull-crushing Finale.

WWE Tag Team Championship Match: The Club defeated The New Day  

The New Day had help from former Daily Show host Jon Stewart. Stewart interfered to distract the Club Big E made a big return and attacked The Club to draw the DQ, I was shocked that the Club didn’t win and become the new WWE Tag Team Champions.

WWE Championship Match: Dean Ambrose defeated Dolph Ziggler

Ambrose retained the WWE Championship after countering a top-rope Facebuster attempt into Dirty Deeds.

Nikki Bella, Natalya, and Alexa Bliss defeated Becky Lynch, Carmella, and Naomi

A returning Nikki Bella pinned Carmella after hitting her new finisher, a fireman’s carry into a cutter.

Roman Reigns vs. Rusev for the United States Championship

This match never happened because the two were brawling on the outside way before the match even started. I loved this booking because Rusev still holds onto the US Championship and he still looked very strong.

Overall I was very pleased with this PPV it felt like a very average PPV at best. Therefore I would give this PPV a 7/10 because when comparing it to NXT TakeOver and ROH Death Before Dishonor, a couple days before they were much more entertaining PPV’s.

 

NXT Takeover Brooklyn II Review

 

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The night before SummerSlam the future of the WWE was showcased live in Brooklyn with NXT Takeover Brooklyn 2. To honest, I was more excited for NXT TakeOver than I was for Summerslam due to the matches and feuds.

1) New NXT Champion

The WWE did an incredible job building up this feud and both Joe and Nakamura have contrast in styles but a very similar as well. Shinsuke Nakamura entrance was insane there was a guy playing the violin for Nakamura’s theme song and on TV it looked unbelievable. Nakamura live entrance was easily the top 5 to 10 entrances that I saw on PPV or TV in wrestling that I was blown away. The beginning of the match started slow because both were trying to feel out each other. Nakamura was played mind games with Joe and he connected with many vicious knees

There was a great spot where Joe gave Nakamura a Powerbomb and he only got a two count then Joe right away goes for a Boston crab, that then transitioned into the STF submission. Enziguri from Nakamura gives him breathing room.  Nakamura was able to get some significant offense in with a corner knee and then he put Joe on the top buckle to perform a dangerous knee on Joe’s midsection.

Another unique spot Joe got caught in a cross ArmBreaker but he holds onto his grip to prevent it from fully being applied. It turns into a triangle choke but Joe powers out and works a Cloverleaf. Nakamura found himself in a dangerous situation in the Coquina Clutch but he managed to get out but he got a couple stiff knees his troubles. Once again Nakamura was in the Coquina Clutch but he used his legs to reach the ropes to break the hold. Nakamura had Joe on a life when he dropped Joe with German Suplex, It looked like it was over with the Kinshasa but Joe countered into a Powerslam that gets near fall.
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Nakamura tried to escape but he was unsuccessful. Joe managed to connect with the Muscle Buster on Nakamura but he kicked out and nobody has kicked out of it before. Joe attempted to go for another one but Nakamura got free and he hit the Kinshasa only to get a near fall. The finishing sequence had Nakamura hit a second rope knee followed by a second Kinshasa to get the win. Nakamura made history in his second NXT PPV to be crowned the NXT Champion.

2) Glorious debut

I couldn’t be any happier for Booby Roode he made his NXT debut and it was glorious. I loved his entrance coming down from the sky on this tall device. The crowd was actually singing along to with his theme song. This was a good match and I wasn’t that high on Andrade “Cien” Almas at first but he is a good worker. Bobby Roode did his best to naturalize Almas high flying moves and keep the match on the ground.  The finishing sequence had Rood hit a massive Spinebuster, Then Roode connected with a Pumphandle Slam which is called The Glorious Bomb to win.

3) Tag Team match

I knew that going into this match it had the potential to steal the show the crowd was so over for both Gargano and Ciampa. Dash helped Dawson get free of a hold and when the referee tells him about it, Dawson pulls Gargano’s hair then he tags in Dash who has his arm worked by Gargano. Gargano nailed a running single leg dropkick for only a two count.

The Revival tried to do some double team moves but Gargano and Ciampa stop them and the four men standoff. They were trading blows Ciampa sent Dawson over the top and they go for the finish on Dash but Dawson pulled him out of harm’s way. Gargano took out Dash with a Suicide Dive and Ciampa took out Dawson with a knee off the apron, The Revival come back with a cheap shot and back Suplex by Dawson.

The NXT Champions had a smart strategy to neutralize Ciampa in the corner with double team moves. Ciampa thought he finally tagged Gargano, but Dash was distracting the referee so the referee doesn’t let Gargano in. The Revival hit a backbreaker/middle rope elbow double team for a close near fall.

Ciampa officially tagged in Johnny Gargano and he went to work he hit clotheslines and a snap belly to belly on Dawson. Gargano got sent to the apron where he kicked Dash and does a slingshot into a spear on Dawson for a close near fall which I love that spot. Gargano ducks clotheslines and rolls up Dawson for two as Ciampa pulls Dash outside. Tag to Ciampa who counters a DDT into his armbar. Dash pulls Gargano off and tries to get in but Johnny stops him. Dash gets free and saves the match. They try a double suplex but Gargano spears Dash.

There was a crazy series of double team moves from both Tag teams. The Revival attempt to connect with the Shatter Machine but Gargano countered and gave a Superkick Dawson. Ciampa rolled Dash up for near fall and he landed a big knee on Dash. Then he tagged in Gargano and they hit their kick/knee combo.

Gargano goes for the cover it was close but Dawson used his high IQ to put Dash’s foot on the bottom rope. Dash chopped block Gargano and he tagged in Dawson. Then Dawson locked in an Inverted Figure Four by Dawson and Gargano had no choice but to tap out. I was very surprised that Gargano and Ciampa didn’t win the NXT Tag Team Championships because they were so over with the crowd and quality as a tag team.

I thought that NXT TakeOver Brooklyn II it was the best PPV of the weekend in terms of the overall card I would give it a 9/10.

NXT TakeOver Brooklyn II Results

Austin Aries wins out with a sunset flip bomb and Last Chancery goes back on No Way Jose tapped out

Ember Moon defeated Billie Kay via a top rope stunner

Asuka defeated Bayley via a vicious kick to retain her NXT Women’s Championship

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ROH Death Before Dishonor Review

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Ring Of Honor kicked off an action-packed weekend that was filled with wrestling PPV’s and this was the first PPV Death before Dishonor. As I usually do I will provide you with my three count and my thoughts.

1) New Champion

Adam Cole and Jay Lethal told an excellent story heading into this pay-per-view main event Adam Cole decided to embarrass the ROH Champion by cutting off his dreadlocks. As a result of the ROH, match booker had no choice but to make sure that Adam Cole would not be able to compete for ROH World Champion.

However Jay Lethal had different plans because he wanted a match against Adam Cole in order to his revenge. Being an amazing heel as Adam Cole is he decided to take Lethal’s braids out of his trucks and that made Lethal irate. The two went back and forth with chops to each other but Lethal was in control of the match he scored two dropkicks. Adam Cole was placed on the table on the outside and Lethal climbed to the top rope to deliver a flying elbow but he was unsuccessful he crashed and burned as Adam Cole moved out of the way.

The pace of the match was absolutely perfect Lethal connected with the Hail to The King for a two count. The finishing sequence was unbelievable with nonstop action Adam Cole hit Lethal with the Destroyer to Lethal for a two count. It looked like Lethal was going to pick up the win with the Lethal Injection but Adam Cole kicked out at two and gave Lethal the middle finger.

Cole countered a Superkick attempt from Lethal and then Cole connects with the Shining Wizard. Cole hit the destroyer on Lethal only for a near fall then he connected with the last call multiple times on Lethal to pick up the victory. Adam Cole made history and he became a two-time ROH World Champion. After the match Adam Cole celebrates his win but then Kyle O’Reilly was behind Adam Cole and hit him with a Brain Buster, O’Reilly poses with the world title to close the show.

2) Statement victory

This was an interesting situation because it was No Holds Barred match between Adam and Jay Briscoe, these two have had a heated rivalry. The two were beating the living hell out of each other Page. Briscoe gave a Suplex to Page on the entry ramp outside. Page used his rope to choke Briscoe over the ropes Briscoe crashed to the outside. Adam Page hit a vicious Powerbomb to Briscoe on the steel chair. Adam Page was setting up a table at ringside, to give Briscoe the Rite of Passage off the ring apron. Jay Briscoe managed to get out of the move and back into the ring; he hit Page in the mat with a Death Valley Driver.

Page decided to wrap a bull rope around Briscoe’s neck he launched Briscoe onto the ring apron. Page went for a Shooting Star Press off the ring apron, but Briscoe countered with a Superkick. Adam Page hit Briscoe with the Rite of Passage through a table but Briscoe was able to kick out at the count of two. Page choked out Briscoe with the bull rope once again, this was followed that up with the Rite of Passage on Briscoe once again Adam Page to pick up the victory.

3) Getting pushed

This was the perfect way to start off the PPV a four corner survival match to crown the new number one contender for the ROH TV Championship. All four competitors Lio Rush, Jay White, Kamaitachi and Donovan Dijak all have a bright future ahead of them. Most of the intense spots through the match happened on the outside. One of the best spots was when Lio Rush hit a reverse Hurricanrana to Dijak. Dijak hit a big boot to Rush that was followed by Feast Your Eyes on Rush to pick up the victory, to became the number one contender for ROH TV Championship.

I thought from top to bottom It was a fantastic card and started a busy wrestling weekend with a bang that would give it an 8/10. Even though I am a fan of Jay Lethal, it was time for Adam Cole to get back his ROH World championship for the second time and start to reclaim his dominance back in ROH.

ROH DBD Results

Katsuyori Shibata defeated Silas Young via a PK Kick

Chaos defeated Bulletclub Yano with a low blow to Takahasi then he rolled him up to pick up the victory.


Kazuchika Okada defeated Dalton Castle via Rainmaker

Bobby Fish defeated Mark Briscoe with the Falcon Arrow Suplex to pick up the victory

The Addiction retained their ROH Tag Team Championship

Tanahashi connected with the High Fly Flow on EVIL. Tanahashi went for the pin, but Daniels used his intelligence and he tagged himself in just as Tanahashi left the top rope Daniels used a jack knife cover and pinned both men to pick up the victory.

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