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 ***
"How tough do I think Brock Lesnar is? Listen, I respect any man that steps into the octagon, because it takes balls. But, you're gonna go in there, and take steroids to do it? F**k you, you cocky son of a bi**h. Kiss my a**. I will knock Brock Lesnar out with one f***ing punch. I will pick him up, and throw him out of the octagon like the pu**y that he is. Am I making myself clear? F**k you, Brock Lesnar! F**k steroids! Steroids are the scourge of this sport, and anyone that takes them, kiss my a**!"
- Goldberg On RAW Tomorrow: Last week on RAW, it was announced that Goldberg would be at tomorrow's RAW to again talk about facing Brock Lesnar. Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar has been officially announced for WWE Survivor Series in November.
- Randy Orton Joining The Wyatt Family?: Last week on Smackdown Live, Randy Orton turned on Kane during Kane's No DQ Match against Bray Wyatt. Orton laid out Kane with an RKO and then stated that if you can't beat them then join them. It still hasn't been officially announced as of yet if Orton is apart of The Wyatt Family.
- Becky Lynch Returns: WWE Smackdown Live Women's Champion Becky Lynch returned to action last Saturday at WWE's live event in Sioux City, Iowa. Becky was out of action for a few weeks due to an undisclosed health issue that was unrelated to in-ring competition. Becky will defend her title against Alexa Bliss on the November 8th Smackdown Live edition from Glasgow, Scotland.
- Kalisto Returns: Kalisto returned from his back injury that put him out of action back in August. Kalisto appeared at a RAW live event last weekend in Sioux City, Iowa, helping Sin Cara after his loss to Braun Strowman.
- Putting The Flair In Charlotte: WWE announced this week that Charlotte will now be announced as Charlotte Flair going forward at all TV and pay per view events. No official reason was given, but I'm sure the last name Flair has a lot to do with the decision.
- The Rise Of James Ellsworth: PWInsider.com is reporting that there are a lot of people backstage in WWE right now that are pushing for James Ellsworth to be signed to a full-time WWE contract. According to the WWE, Ellsworth has had strong sales of his new Ellsworth’s t-shirt that debut last week. WWE is currently thinking about making Ellsworth a full time superstar on Smackdown Live.
- Three Possible Scenarios: Sources are saying that WWE are focusing on three main attractions that they think could bring them ratings in early 2017 and leading into Wrestlemania 33. The first is trying to get the AJ Styles vs. Shawn Michaels match signed for Royal Rumble. Styles has said that he wants Michaels in his home town of San Antonio, Texas. The main road block is getting Michaels to come out of retirement and do it, which he's turned down numerous times in the past. The second scenario is WWE is looking at bringing Bubba Ray Dudley back and using him as a heel similar to his TNA Bully Ray character. Bubba was a great main eventer with his heel Bully Ray character in TNA. The last scenario is the possibility of finally bringing Kurt Angle back for the Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania season. The WWE looks to be possibly getting closer and closer to letting Angle come back for one last mini run.
- Possible Hall Of Fame Inductees: Rumors have begun to circulate in the WWE about who will go into the Hall of Fame Class of 2017 during Wrestlemania weekend. As of now three names are being rumored to be possibly heading to the Hall of Fame. The first being Bill Goldberg, who returns for one last match at WWE Survivor Series against Brock Lesnar. The second rumored superstar is former WWE and TNA Women's Champion Mickie James. Mickie returns at NXT in November to battle NXT Women's Champion Asuka at Takeover: Toronto. The final superstar being rumored is WCW Icon Diamond Dallas Page.
- Halloween Edition Of RAW: According to PWInsider.com, there has been a lot of talk about tomorrow night's RAW being Halloween filled, with WWE possibly bringing back old “spooky” gimmicks/talents for the Halloween themed edition of RAW, which takes place live on Halloween night.
-- "WWE Universal Championship, Hell In A Cell Match": Kevin Owens (c) vs. Seth Rollins
-- "WWE United States Championship, Hell In A Cell Match": Roman Reigns (c) vs. Rusev
-- "WWE RAW Women's Championship, Hell In A Cell Match": Sasha Banks (c) vs. Charlotte
-- "WWE RAW World Tag Team Championship Match": The New Day (c) vs. Sheamus and Cesaro
-- "WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match": TJ Perkins (c) vs. Brian Kendrick
-- Enzo and Big Cass vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
-- Bayley vs. Dana Brooke
-- "Six Man Tag Team Match": Sin Cara, Lince Dorado and Cedric Alexander vs. Tony Nese, Ariya Daivari and Drew Gulak
As always if you can't catch tonight's WWE Hell In A Cell event, just check back at Triple Threat CLE on Monday afternoon, as I'll provide the Hell In A Cell recap.
*** NXT ***
- Dory Funk Appears In NXT: WWE Hall of Famer Dory Funk appeared at last Saturday night's NXT live event in Ocala, Florida. Funk cut a promo but was interrupted by Elias Samson. Wesley Blake, now a baby face and also who was trained by Funk, arrived to back up his mentor. Blake went on to defeat Samson in a one on one match.
- Austin Aries Injured: According to reports, Austin Aries may have suffered an injury Wednesday night in a match against Shinsuke Nakamura in Fresno, California. Aries received a kick to the head from Nakamura, and the referee immediately threw up the "X" to signal that something went wrong. Aries had to be helped out of the building and could be seen sporting a black eye. Original reports noted that Aries might have had a broken jaw, but it appears as though it could be related to the cut around his eye.
#1: Alvin Abitz: Abitz is an army veteran with a kickboxing and a rugby background. Abitz is 6’6″, 280 pounds and hails from Wisconsin.
#2: Theophilus Agbi: Agbi was named to the NCWA All-American Team in 2013 and 2015. Agbi is 6’5″ and 270 pounds.
#3: “Crazy” Mary Dobson (Sarah Bridges): Dobson was trained in the Kaientai Dojo in Japan. Dobson has wrestled in ICW, HXC, wXw, Shimmer, SHINE, Women Of Honor, and in Japan.
#4: Demitrius Bronson: Bronson is a former NFL running back for the Seattle Seahawks and the Miami Dolphins. Bronson has no prior wrestling experience.
#5: Tommy End (Tommy Budgen): End is well known in England in their British Independent Wrestling promotions. End has been a champion in ICW, PROGRESS, and wXw. End has also competed in CZW, EVOLVE, and PWG. End has also been compared to England's version of CM Punk, having a similar wrestling style and submission style of wrestling.
#6: Taynara Melo de Carvalho: Taynara is a black belt in judo and competed in the 2016 Olympic trials in Rio. Taynara has no prior wrestling experience.
#7: Victoria Gonzalez: Victoria is a second generation wrestler (she’s the daughter of Ricky "Speedy" Gonzalez). Victoria is 6'1" and has wrestled in Texas independent wrestling promotions.
#8: Roderick Strong (Chris Lindsey): Strong is a former ROH World Heavyweight Champion, ROH Television Champion and ROH World Tag Team Champion. Strong has already made his NXT debut as Austin Aries' mystery partner in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Tournament Classic.
#9: Big Damo (Damian Mackle): Damo has made a name for himself in England in the British Independent promotions. Damo was trained by former NXT World Champion and WWE Universal Champion Finn Balor. Damo has also made single match appearances in NJPW and TNA.
- Roderick Strong Earning Respect: Wrestling Observer recently posted an article stating that WWE management already loves Roderick Strong and is very happy to have Strong on the NXT roster. Strong reportedly got a great reaction from people backstage after his tag team match with Austin Aries. Strong, a 13-year veteran, is considered one of the best wrestlers in the business today.
*** TNA ***
- TNA Recap:
-- At the Hardy Estate, The Hardy's prepare for a treat or delete Halloween party. Broken Matt Hardy senses that an outsider will show up at the estate tonight.
-- Ethan Carter and Jessie Godderz vs. Aron Rex and Eli Drake: The match closes out with EC3 getting tossed outside. Godderz hits a springboard on Drake. Rex rakes Godderz in the face and then puts what looks like a ring on his finger. Rex knocks out Godderz with a punch with the ring on his finger and scores the pinfall.
-- Backstage, Maria Bennett brags about laying out Brandi Rhodes last week. Brandi arrives and chases off Maria.
-- Backstage, Grado says he's dressing up for Halloween tonight as someone he's always wanted to dress up as.
-- At the Hardy Estate, trick or treating has begun and Broken Matt Hardy is handing out green beans instead of candy. Brother Nero Jeff Hardy sings Obsolete with the kids.
-- Grado cuts a promo: Grado calls out Robbie E and says Robbie has been an inspiration to him. Grado tells Robbie that he wants to be a BroMan for Halloween. Grado wears tights that looks like Robbie's, oils up himself and puts on fake spray tan. Grado and Robbie fist bump and dance all the way into the ring. The lights suddenly go out in the arena. The lights pop back on and the three masked DCC members are in the ring and attacking Grado and Robbie. Robbie gets laid out and Grado gets dropped with a spike pile driver.
-- Earlier in the day, Allie asks TNA President Billy Corgan for a match against Laurel Van Ness, even though Allie thinks she'll get beat up. Corgan grants Allie the match.
-- "Six Man Tag, Team X Gold Match": DJ Z, Braxton Sutter and Mandrews vs. Rockstar Spud and The Decay: The match closes out with DJ Z tagging in and hitting a springboard elbow on Crazy Steve. DJ Z turns to Abyss and nails a drop kick that sends Abyss to the floor. Spud goes after DJ Z, but gets planted with the ZDT. DJ Z covers and scores the pinfall.
-- Backstage, Cody and Brandi Rhodes state that Mike and Maria Bennett aren't miracles because they are just smoke and mirrors.
-- At the Hardy Estate, there's a knock at the door and it's Shane Helms dressed as the Green Lantern. Both Hardy's make Hurricane jokes (Helms' WWE gimmick) and then slam the door in his face. Broken Matt Hardy compliments Senór Benjamin's Halloween decorations and Brother Nero Jeff Hardy dresses up as another one of his wrestling gimmicks, Itchweed. Itchweed wants to stay at the party and Matt agrees cause he likes Itchweed.
-- Eddie Edwards vs. Bobby Lashley Contract Signing: Both men are informed that they can not touch each other during the contract signing. Lashley says he's the most dominant force in TNA and MMA and will end the Eddie Edwards feel good story next week. Lashley gives Edwards the chance to just forfeit the title to him right now. Edwards says Lashley's mind games won't work this time and brags about beating Lashley last time. Lashley says Edwards got lucky, Lashley underestimated him and it was all a fluke that Edwards won. Edwards signs the contract and says Lashley will be his bitch next week. Lashley flips the table, pissed off before finally signing the contract.
-- Backstage, Laurel Van Ness flirts with Braxton Sutter because she knows Allie likes him.
-- At the Hardy Estate, Itchweed carves a Happy Halloween message in the ground.
-- Allie vs. Laurel Van Ness: Madison Rayne was on commentary for this match. The match closes out with Allie tackling and ground and pounding Laurel. Allie dodges a Laurel charge and gets a near fall rollup. Laurel surprises Allie and hits the Curb Stomp to score the pinfall.
-- At the Hardy Estate, two trick or treaters show up dressed as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Senór Benjamin stuns Trump with a taser. Itchweed asks Clinton what happened to those 382 emails. Broken Matt Hardy says they were "deleted". Vanguard One shows up, dressed as Boo Radley and scares off Clinton. Broken Matt Hardy then gives a speech to be our next president.
-- At the Hardy Estate, a girl dressed as a DCC member arrives, gives Reby Sky a laptop and tells her to make Broken Matt Hardy watch what's on it. On the laptop is the DCC challenging them to a match next week and the DCC states that the clock is running out on the Hardy's.
-- Backstage, Mike Bennett goes over his accomplishments in TNA and says that having Maria Bennett in his corner will guarantee him a victory over Cody and Brandi Rhodes.
- TNA Tapings Postponed: TNA President Billy Corgan announced that tapings for TNA Impact that were supposed to take place from November 1st through the 3rd have been postponed due to lack of funding to tape the shows.
*** RING OF HONOR ***
- ROH TV Recap:
-- Colt Cabana and Dalton Castle vs. The Tempura Boys (Sho Tanaka and Yohei Komatsu): The Tempura Boys made their ROH debut, but were squashed quickly by Cabana and Castle. Castle hits the Bang A Rang on Tanaka and scores the pinfall. After the match, Cabana and Castle have a stare down with The Briscoe Brothers.
-- Jonathan Gresham vs. Kyle O'Reilly: Gresham attempted to injure O'Reilly's shoulder during the match. O'Reilly ended up choking out Gresham and then hitting a brain buster to score the pinfall. After the match, Adam Cole and Hangman Adam Page attacked O'Reilly. Bobby Fish tried to make the save, but was attacked by Cole with steel chair shots. Page and Cole leave both O'Reilly and Fish laid out.
-- Cheeseburger and Will Ferrara vs. BJ Whitmer and Damian Martinez: Another squash match, as Whitmer and Martinez owned Cheeseburger and Ferrera. Martinez hits a springboard punch on Cheeseburger and Whitmer scores the pinfall. After the match, Whitmer and Martinez continued the attack. Steve Corino grabs the golden spike and looks to help out Cheeseburger and Ferrera, but Corino ends up dropping the golden spike and goes back to the commentary table.
-- Motor City Machine Guns vs. Tetsuya Naito and Evil: The Machine Guns were given the night off, but instead challenged the Los Ingobernables de Japan to a match. That challenge backfired as Naito hits the Destino on Chris Sabin and scores the pinfall, in this week's main event match.
*** Lucha Underground ***
- Lucha Underground TV Recap:
-- Sexy Star tells Dario Cueto she wants her Lucha Underground Championship Match. Cueto agrees but forces her to defend her Gift Of The Gods Championship tonight against Johnny Mundo, which might take away that opportunity if she loses the title. Cueto also bans Fenix, Drago and Aerostar from ringside for the match. Sexy says she won't need help to beat Mundo and will become the first ever female Lucha Underground Champion.
-- Marty The Moth Martinez vs. Ivelisse: Marty's sister Mariposa was at ringside for this match. The match closes out with Marty hitting a spine buster on Ivelisse. Marty applies a full nelson, lifts Ivelisse in the air and slams her face first into the mat. Marty covers and scores the pinfall. After the match, Jeremiah (Sami Callihan) hits the ring and attacks Marty. Jeremiah and Ivelisse brawl with Marty and Mariposa until chasing them from the ring. Jeremiah tries to hug Ivelisse and asks for forgiveness, but Ivelisse isn't having it and tells him to go away.
-- Outside in the parking lot, Ivelisse tells Jeremiah to stop interfering in her matches. Jeremiah says that Dario Cueto has offered him a job that he's taken. Jeremiah finally talks Ivelisse into working with him. Ivelisse warns Jeremiah that Cueto is a piece of crap and will probably make them fight each other one day.
-- Inside a limo, Dario Cueto meets with Councilman Delgado. Cueto and Delgado discuss Cueto choosing "host bodies" and Cueto says he's found two possible. Delgado is pleased and gives Cueto a treasure chest. Cueto goes back inside The Temple, with the chest, before anyone sees him.
-- "Best of 5 Series, Match #3": Cage vs. Texano: The match closes out with Texano hitting a leg lariat off the top rope onto Cage and gets a near fall. Cage comes back with a turnbuckle power bomb on Texano and gets a near fall. Cage goes for his finisher, but Texano rolls Cage up and scores the pinfall. Cage still leads the series 2-1.
-- Inside Dario Cueto's office, Cueto looks inside the treasure chest, but gets interrupted by Rey Mysterio. Rey says he's tired of Chavo Guerrero's B.S. and wants a "Loser Leaves Lucha Underground Match" with Chavo. Cueto likes the idea and books it for next week.
-- The show ends with Vampiro congratulating Prince Puma on his win over Mil Muertes last week. Vampiro says the only way Muertes will be finished though is for Puma to send him to an early grave, just like Muertes did to Puma's mentor Konnan. Puma thinks about this as Vampiro says he always hated Konnan, but respects Puma.
*** W3C Wrestler Of The Week ***
- ROH World Heavyweight Champion (1 time)
- ROH World Tag Team Champion (2 times) – with Davey Richards
- ROH World Television Champion (1 time)
- ROH World Television Championship Tournament Winner (2010)
- ROH Survival of the Fittest Winner (2010)
- First Ever ROH Triple Crown Champion
- TNA World Heavyweight Champion (1 time)
- TNA X Division Champion (2 times)
- TNA World Tag Team Champion (5 times) – with Davey Richards
- TNA World Cup of Wrestling Winner (2014) – with Bully Ray, Gunner, Eric Young and ODB
- TNA World Cup of Wrestling Winner (2016) – with Jeff Hardy, Jessie Godderz, Robbie E and Jade
- Tag Team of the Year (2014) with Davey Richards
- Match of the Year (2014) The Wolves vs. The Hardys vs. Team 3D
Edwards has also won many other independent wrestling championships throughout his career.
- Eddie Edwards defeats Bobby Lashley to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship:
- Best Of Eddie Edwards:
- Eddie Edwards defeats Roderick Strong to win the ROH World Heavyweight Championship:
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!