Sunday, October 16, 2016

Weekend 3 Count 10.16.16 #WWE #NXT #TNA #NJPW #LuchaUnderground #DolphZiggler

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon, brought to you by Triple Threat CLE brings you the Weekend 3 Count. W3C brings you wrestling news, rumors and recaps from around the wrestling world. You'll find news and recaps involving WWE, NXT, TNA, ROH, Lucha Underground, GFW, NJPW, House of Hardcore and any Indy promotion that I find an interesting story or a cool discovery in. Be sure to check out the W3C every Sunday at @TripleThreatCLE. 

*** WWE *** 

- Who's Next??: This week's top story in the WWE is the return of the former WCW United States Champion and 2 Time World Heavyweight Champion Bill Goldberg. Goldberg was on ESPN last week and made reference to wanting Brock Lesnar in a match if he was to ever return to the WWE. This past week on RAW, Paul Heyman threw out a challenge to Goldberg, stating that Lesnar would meet Goldberg anytime, anyplace. Goldberg officially tweeted out that night that he would be at tomorrow night's Monday Night RAW to answer Brock Lesnar's challenge.  According to sources, WWE is planning a Goldberg vs Brock Lesnar match at WWE Survivor Series in November.

- Goldberg's Deal: As of this time Goldberg's contract is for one match only against Brock Lesnar at WWE Survivor Series. WWE has stated, however, that they are willing to go forward with more matches depending on how Goldberg feels and how well the fans react to Goldberg's return.

- Brock Lesnar vs. Shane McMahon Plans: With the rumored Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg match possibly set to happen at Survivor Series in November, the WWE has now already made plans for Lesnar's Wrestlemania 33 opponent. It appears the plan is to revisit the feud that started at WWE Summer Slam with Lesnar and Shane McMahon, when Lesnar laid out the Smackdown Live commissioner with an F5. Vince McMahon has been pushing for this match at Wrestlemania 33, as he feels Lesnar vs. Shane McMahon would be bigger than Lesnar vs. Goldberg, that's why Lesnar vs. Goldberg was moved to Survivor Series.

- New Champion Crowned: If you missed WWE No Mercy this past Sunday, there was a new champion crowned. Dolph Ziggler defeated The Miz to win his 5th WWE Intercontinental Championship and also saved his career, which was on the line, with the win.

- Dolph Ziggler Moving Forward: Many speculated that Ziggler was in fact going to take the loss at WWE No Mercy as his contract was set to expire after the event. With Ziggler defeating The Miz, winning the WWE Intercontinental Championship and saving his career, it looks as if Ziggler will be remaining in the WWE for a little bit longer.

- WWE No Mercy: If you missed last Sunday's WWE No Mercy pay per view, be sure to head back and check out my recap of the show right here at Triple Threat CLE.

- Paige Suspended Again: WWE announced early Monday morning that Saraya-Jade Bevis (Paige) has been suspended for 60 days effective immediately, for her second violation of the company’s talent wellness policy. Paige had just returned from her first suspension of 30 days for violation of the Wellness Policy last month. Paige tweeted the following after the suspension announcement:

"Same shit different day. Kids..Please don't get prescriptions or doctors notes. Not acceptable."

- Paige's Parents Comment On The Issue: After Paige was suspended by WWE, Paige's father, United Kingdom wrestling promoter, Ricky Knight, stated the following on his Facebook page:

"ok here we go again yes i know about my daughters suspension once again she has not failed a drug test.
My daughter has had a long term neck injury which imo has not been dealt with. i have ask my daughter to return to UK For help with this injury as help and direction in the USA has not been forthcoming imo. She has been in pain and out of in ring action for a fair while now and has been prescribed pain killers which apparently is against the wellness program. i feel my daughter has been let down big time in the USA and the proper care and advice needed in the position she has been in has not happened to say i am pissed off with the situation is an understatement, this is my statement i am not open to questions thankyou for your cooperation."

Paige's mother Saraya Knight also stated her opinion on her Facebook page:

"sometimes letting out a scream just doesn't sound loud enough, banging your head against a wall doesn't reach the spot, closing down emotionally causes inner demons to surface, asking for help creates rumours, being in a sea of people but being alone, sometimes life just sucks..."

WWE also gave their opinion on the Paige suspension and stated the following:

“Saraya-Jade Bevis tested positive for an illegal substance, not a prescription drug. In addition, WWE is providing world-class medical care for her in-ring injury.”

- Chris Jericho's "The List": The above picture are all the names that are currently on Jericho's List. Jericho started The List a few weeks back, adding names of those that he considers "stupid idiots".

- WWE Tribute To The Troops: WWE announced on Tuesday that they will be having the 14th annual Tribute To The Troops event on December 13th at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. WWE have been holding this event yearly to honor all of our military men and women.

- Elimination Chamber Is Returning: WWE announced on Tuesday that there are plans to hold another WWE Elimination Chamber event sometime in 2017. The date, city and arena have not been announced as of yet, so stay tuned.

- Tyson Kidd Update: Tyson Kidd recently posted an update on his condition on social media. Kidd stated that he still can’t feel his head or move it the way he used to, but he still remains focused on his recovery. Bruce Hart recently stated that he thinks Kidd's career is over. Kidd suffered a major injury a year and a half ago, after taking a Samoa Joe Muscle Buster wrong. Kidd landed wrong on his neck and was unable to move. Kidd has since been on the road to recovery and is still hoping to wrestle again one day.

- Cruiserweight Classic Becoming A Possible Weekly Show?: WWE have been kicking around ideas to add to the WWE Network and one of them is making the Cruiserweight Classic a weekly NXT type of a show. The show would showcase current WWE Cruiserweights and Cruiserweights from all over the world. Nothing is finally as of yet and just in talking stages at the moment.

*** NXT ***

- Mickie James Returning: Mickie James officially announced on Twitter this past Thursday that she has signed with NXT and will face NXT Women's Champion Asuka at NXT Takeover: Toronto, in November, the night before WWE Survivor Series. Mickie left the WWE back in 2010 and since then has become a multi time TNA Women's Champion, has made her own country album, married former TNA World Heavyweight Champion Magnus and had a baby. It'll be great to see Mickie back under the WWE banner again.

- Asuka's Original Opponent: According to a few wrestling sources, Asuka's original opponent wasn't Mickie James. WWE was looking at getting Trish Stratus to make a one time return to battle the current NXT Women's Champion. Trish, however, is currently pregnant, which tossed out those plans for a return match. Stratus has stated that she would love to have one last top match with the WWE before officially calling it a career.

- Sanity Revealed: This past week on NXT, Sanity finally made their debut, after weeks of videos highlighting their debut. Sanity is a new faction led by former TNA Original Eric Young and also consists of Nikki Cross, Alexander Wolfe and Sawyer Fulton.

- Hideo Itami Injured: NXT announced that Hideo Itami has suffered a neck injury while competing at a NXT house show. Itami took a power slam wrong and some damage was done to his neck. WWE have stated that it is believed to be a serious neck injury and Itami will be out of action for a long period of time at the moment.

*** TNA ***
- TNA Impact Recap:
-- Eddie Edwards cuts a promo. Edwards thanks everyone and explains how it feels to be the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion. Bobby Lashley hits the ring, tackles Edwards and starts pounding on him. Edwards tries to fight back, but eats a Lashley spear. Lashley grabs a steel chair, but Moose and Ethan Carter hit the ring and chase off Lashley.
-- The Tribunal want to talk to TNA President Billy Corgan. Corgan's bodyguard Aiden O'Shea tells them to make an appointment and they need to start impressing Corgan because they are on the bubble right now.

-- Billy Corgan announces that Bobby Lashley lost his automatic rematch after jumping Eddie Edwards earlier. Lashley instead will have to face the winner of a match that he's setting up for later.
-- "TNA Grand Championship Match": Aron Rex (c) vs. Jesse Godderz: Godderz wins round number one and round number two 10-9. Rex lands a cheap shot on Godderz and then hits the Revelator elbow in round three and scores the pinfall to retain the championship.
-- Bobby Lashley informs Moose and Ethan Carter that Billy Corgan decided on Moose vs. EC3 with the winner facing Lashley next week.
-- The Broken Hardy's cut a promo: The Broken Era is upon us. Matt says Jeff repaid his debt to him, he is greatful for that and the Hardy's are the greatest tag team in space and time. Matt mocks those other tag team champions The Bucks of Youth (The Young Bucks) and The Day of New (The New Day) and proclaims The Hardy's will rule and defend their titles forever. Jeff sings his Obsolete song with The Decay in the lyrics. The Tribunal suddenly hit the ring, attack and beat down both Hardy's.
-- Cody Rhodes vs. Mike Bennett: The match closes out with Rhodes hitting a super plex on Bennett and goes for his American Nightmare submission. Maria distracts Rhodes, allowing Bennett to kick Rhodes away. Rhodes and Bennett start swinging on each other. Rhodes ducks under a punch and drops Bennett with Cross Rhodes to score the pinfall.
-- "TNA X Division Championship Match": DJ Z (c) vs. Marshe Rockett: The match closes out with Rockett countering the ZDT and hitting a leg lariat on DJ Z. Rockett goes for a corner splash, but DJ Z moves out of the way. DJ Z hits the ZDT on Rockett, scores the pinfall and retains the title.
-- Mike Bennett says TNA has been out to get him since day one and promises to help Maria get back her TNA Knockouts Championship. Allie informs Bennett that he, Sienna, Laurel Van Ness and anyone else associated with Maria are all banned from ringside.
-- "TNA Knockouts Championship, No DQ Match": Gail Kim (c) vs. Maria: The match closes out with Gail missing a cross body block and Maria unloads kendo stick shots on Gail. Gail blocks a kendo stick shot and drops Maria with Eat Defeat. Gail covers Maria, but pulls Maria off the mat at two and a half. Gail hits another Eat Defeat on Maria, but with a garbage can lid on Maria's face. Gail covers, scores the pinfall and retains the championship. Due to the loss, Maria is no longer in charge of the Knockouts Division.
-- Eli Drake confronts Ethan Carter backstage and calls him a choker. EC3 threatens to unleash hell on Drake. Drake tells EC3 to worry about not choking again against Moose.
-- Cody Rhodes and Eddie Edwards talk about their TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match next week.
-- The live feed cuts out and we are shown a video and given a warning from the new faction called The DCC that are coming to TNA. The DCC are three men in suits with a hood and white masks covering their faces.
-- Ethan Carter vs. Moose: The match closes out with EC3 hitting Moose with a corner splash, a flap jack and then goes for the One Percenter. Moose counters and hits Go To Hell on EC3. EC3 counters the Game Breaker and gets a near fall rollup. Moose counters another One Percenter attempt and hits the Game Breaker on EC3. Moose covers, scores the pinfall and wins a #1 contenders match against Bobby Lashley next week. After the match, Moose and Lashley go face to face to end the show.

- TNA President Billy Corgan Suing TNA: TNA President Billy Corgan has filed a lawsuit against Impact Wrestling, their parent company Impact Ventures LLC, TNA Chief Financial Officer Dean Broadhead, TNA Chairperson Dixie Carter, and even Dixie Carter's husband Serg Salias. The suit was filed in Chancery Court in Nashville Tennessee this past Wednesday. A temporary restraining order was approved, with Corgan filing a bond on Thursday to support it. A hearing has been scheduled for next Friday October 20th at 11:30AM for a temporary injunction. Corgan has requested a six-person jury to decide the outcome of the case.

- Total Nonstop Deletion: TNA and Broken Matt Hardy both recently announced that Hardy plans to film a whole episode of TNA Impact at the Hardy Estate in Cameron, North Carolina. The show will be titled "Total Nonstop Deletion." Hardy is looking to out do The Final Deletion, Delete or Decay and The Great War with this episode of Impact.

- ROH TV Recap: This week's show was recap matches from ROH Field Of Honor from back in September.
-- Kyle O' Reilly vs. Katsuyori Shibata: The match closes out with O'Reilly hitting a brain buster on Shibata, follows that up with a big kick, another brain buster and then applies a shoulder lock submission. Shibata refuses to tap out and keeps fighting to try to escape. The referee finally stops the match and awards the victory to O'Reilly after Shibata passed out from the pain. After the match, O'Reilly and Shibata talk trash to each other and Shibata shoves his NEVER Openweight Championship in O'Reilly's face.
-- "ROH World Heavyweight Championship, 4 Corners Survival Match": Adam Cole (c) vs. Jay Lethal vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tetsuya Naito: The match closes out with Lethal hitting the Hail To The King elbow drop on Cole. Tanahashi goes for a high risk maneuver, but Cole moves out of the way and Tanahashi crashes on the mat. Lethal hits the Lethal Injection on Tanahashi and then tries it on Cole. As Lethal attempts it, Naito blasts Lethal in the head with the ROH World Title. Cole plants a super kick on Naito and then the Last Shot on Lethal for the pinfall to retain the title. 

*** Lucha Underground ***
- Lucha Underground TV Recap:
-- Chavo Guerrero attacks Dragon Azteca Jr. in the locker room and beats him down. Rey Mysterio arrives, stares down Chavo and sees Azteca laid out. Rey thinks it was Pentagon Dark that attacked Azteca, but figures out it was Chavo.
-- Famous B and Dr. Wagner Jr vs. Son of Havoc and Mascarita Sagrada: The match closes out with Sagrada hitting a fireman's carry on Famous. Havoc goes to the top rope, but gets shoved off by Wagner. Sagrada gets a double team beat down. Wagner hits a slam on Sagrada, Famous covers Sagrada by placing a stethoscope on him and scores the pinfall.
-- A video plays highlighting the White Rabbit.
-- Next week, Dario Cueto will spin his Dial Of Doom again.

-- "Gift Of The Gods Championship Match": Sexy Star (c) vs. Jack Evans: The match closes out with PJ Black and Johnny Mundo getting involved. The referee is distracted as Mundo spears Sexy. Aerostar and Drago arrive to even the odds and go after Black and Mundo. Fenix hits the ring and distracts the referee and Evans. Sexy lands a Kendo stick shot below the belt on Evans, hits a twisting neck breaker and scores the pinfall to retain the championship.
-- Dario Cueto announces that Dragon Azteca Jr. is in the hospital and won't be in tonight's main event. Chavo Guerrero thinks he's taking Azteca's spot. Rey Mysterio interrupts and says he wants Chavo Guerrero tonight. Chavo is appalled that Rey thinks he attacked Azteca. Rey and Chavo trade punches as Cueto looks on pleased. Cueto adds Chavo to tonight's main event with Rey and Pentagon Dark.
-- "Triple Threat Match": Pentagon Dark vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Chavo Guerrero: The match closes out with Rey hitting a hurricanrana on Chavo. Pentagon catches Rey and hits a sit-down power bomb for a near fall. Rey gets both Pentagon and Chavo draped on the ropes. Rey hits the 619 on Chavo, as Pentagon dodged it. Rey goes to the top rope, but Chavo trips him up. Pentagon sends Chavo flying off the apron and then hits a Super Package Piledriver off the top rope on Rey. Pentagon covers Rey and scores the pinfall. After the match, Pentagon attempts the arm break on Rey, but Rey escapes. Chavo attacks Rey and unloads on Rey's knee with a steel chair. Chavo puts Rey in the tree of woe, shoves the referee down and then baseball swings the steel chair onto Rey's knee. Chavo celebrates to end the show.


** King Of Pro Wrestling Recap**
- King of Pro Wrestling took place live in Tokyo, Japan at the Ryogoku Sumo Hall.
-- "Six Man Tag Team Match": Tomohiro Ishii, YOSHI-HASHI and Will Ospreay vs. The Bullet Club (Adam Cole, Bad Luck Fale and Yujiro Takahashi): The match closes out with everyone hitting their finishers on each other. Ospreay tosses Fale outside and then hits a suicide dive on him. Ishii hits a lariat on Takahashi and then the brain buster to score the pinfall.
-- "Eight Man Tag Team Match": Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Ryusuke Taguchi and Bobby Fish vs. Toru Yano, Jado, Barreta and Rocky Romero: The match closes out with all eight men brawling in and out of the ring. Romero unloads a series of clotheslines on Honma until Romero finally gets taken out with the Kokeshi. Everyone hits their finishers on each other setting up the ending of the match. Honma hits a slam on Romero and follows that up with another Kokeshi to score the pinfall. After the match, Romero and Barreta appeared to be having tension with each other with Romero taking another loss.
-- "Eight Man Tag Team Match": Go Shiozaki, Maybach Taniguchi, Katsuhiko Nakajima and Masa Kitamiya vs. Yuji Nagata, Satoshi Kojima, Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Manabu Nakanishi: The match closes out with Taniguchi and Shiozaki hitting a reverse 3D on Nakanishi and getting a near fall. Shiozaki picks up Nakanishi and hits a stalling brain buster that gets another near fall. Shiozaki measures up Nakanishi, charges and connects with a huge lariat. Shiozaki covers and scores the pinfall. After the match, Nagata and Nakajima brawl, as they both still have unfinished business with each other.
-- "IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match": The Young Bucks (c) vs. Ricochet and David Finlay: The match closes out with Finlay hitting a back stabber on Nick Jackson for a near fall. Ricochet and Finlay try to steal the Bucks' finisher More Bang For Your Buck, but Ricochet gets dropped with knees and Finlay eats a super kick. Ricochet stops a Meltzer Driver attempt, but he gets taken out by The Bucks. Finlay gets hit with More Bang For Your Buck and The Young Bucks retain their tag team titles by pinfall.
-- "IWGP Tag Team Championship Match": The Briscoe Brothers (c) vs. Guerillas Of Destiny: The match closes out with the Briscoes double teaming Tonga and hit a Razors Edge/Neck Breaker for a near fall. GOD counter the Doomsday Device and hit a Power Bomb/Neck Breaker combo for a near fall. Jay helps Mark escape a double team suplex and GOD again counter the Doomsday Device. GOD finally hit Guerilla Warfare on Mark, score the pinfall and win the tag team championship.
-- "Eight Man Tag Team Match": Hiroshi Tanahashi, Michael Elgin, KUSHIDA and Jay Lethal vs. Tetsuya Naito, SANADA, EVIL and BUSHI: The match closes out with Elgin getting worked over and blocked from tagging. Elgin finally gets the tag and we see Tanahashi and Lethal both take turns unloading. Lethal hits the Lethal Injection on Naito and Elgin hits the Buckle Bomb. Elgin plants Naito with the Elgin Bomb and scores the pinfall. After the match, EVIL destroys KUSHIDA with a steel chair shot to the head. BUSHI then hits a Code Breaker on KUSHIDA with the steel chair on him.
-- "NEVER Openweight Championship Match": Katsuyori Shibata (c) vs. Kyle O’Reilly: The match closes out with Shibata and O'Reilly trading shots with each other. O'Reilly gets a one count on a lariat and follows that with a near fall PK on Shibata. O'Reilly unloads knee strikes and kicks to Shibata. Shibata returns fire with a series of backhand slaps and then locks in the sleeper submission. O'Reilly tries to escape, but Shibata hits a PK on O'Reilly and applies a rear naked choke submission. O'Reilly refuses to tap out and eventually passes out, giving Shibata the win and retaining the title. After the match, Shibata and O'Reilly shake hands. Go Shiozaki appears and announces himself as Shibata's next challenger. EVIL suddenly attacks, lays out Shibata and announces that he's the next challenger to Shibata's title.
-- "Kenny Omega's #1 Contendership On The Line": Kenny Omega vs. Hirooki Goto: The match closes out with both men trading shots. Omega hits a knee strike and follows that with a running knee strike on Goto. Omega hits a fisherman's buster into the knee for a near fall. Omega hits another running knee strike on Goto, follows that with the One Winged Angel and scores the pinfall, to stay the #1 contender to the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
-- "IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match": Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Naomichi Marufuji: The match closes out with Okada countering the Emerald Flowsion, but eats a Marufuji kick. Okada counters Shiranui and hits the Rainmaker on Marufuji. Marufuji unloads a series of kicks and knees on Okada, but Okada plants Marufuji with a Tombstone pile driver. Okada hits the Emerald Flowshion and follows that with the Rainmaker on Marufuji, to score the pinfall and retain the championship. After the match, Kenny Omega says he's defeating Okada at Wrestle Kingdom, taking the championship and is going to make Okada his bitch like he used to do in America.

- Matt Sydal Arrested: Current NJPW pro wrestler Matt Sydal (Evan Bourne) was arrested on September 23rd while entering the country after police found 2.12 grams of liquid marijuana in his possession at the Kansai Airport in Osaka Bay. The liquid was to be used in an e-cigarette. Sydal was convicted on October 13th but there are no details on his punishment as of yet. Japan has very strict drug laws so many think that Sydal may be let go from NJPW soon.

*** W3C Wrestler Of The Week ***

This week's Wrestler Of The Week goes to Lakewood Ohio's own Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler was trained by Tom Pritchard and Canadian icon Lance Storm. Ziggler has been loyal to WWE and WWE only as Ziggler has never competed in any other professional promotion or independent wrestling  promotion besides the WWE. Ziggler got his start in FCW and OVW, both being WWE's original training grounds before NXT was formed. Ziggler was apart of the Spirit Squad faction when he debuted with the WWE.

- WWE World Heavyweight Champion (2 times)
- WWE Intercontinental Champion (5 times)
- WWE United States Champion (1 time)
- WWE World Tag Team Champion (1 time) – with The Spirit Squad
- Money in the Bank Winner (2012)
- Slammy Award Winner (2 times)
** Best Twitter Handle or Social Champion (2014) – @HEELZiggler
** Match of the Year (2014) – Team Cena vs. Team Authority at Survivor Series
- FCW Florida Tag Team Champion (2 times) – with Brad Allen (1) and Gavin Spears (1)

- Dolph Ziggler Cashes In Money In The Bank On Alberto Del Rio:

- Best Of Dolph Ziggler:

- Dolph Ziggler vs. AJ Styles:

And that's this week's W3C! Join me every Sunday afternoon as I bring you news, recaps and rumors all around the wrestling world!

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