Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 12/12/17: RAW Cleveland Recap

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

It's the beginning of the week and time to kick things off in wrestling with Monday Night RAW! This week RAW was live in Triple Threat CLE's hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. The Shield and The Bar continue their feud, Woken Matt Hardy has finally arrived and Absolution continue to target the women's division. Great way to start off the week!

** Monday Night RAW Card **

- Bayley and Mickie James battled Mandy Rose and Paige.
- Finn Balor battled Curtis Axel.
- WWE RAW World Tag Team Champion Sheamus battled Seth Rollins.
- Tony Nese, Mustafa Ali, Cedric Alexander and Ariya Daivari battled in a Fatal Four Way Match with the winner battling Drew Gulak in a #1 Contenders Match.
- WWE Intercontinental Champion Roman Reigns defended his title against WWE RAW World Tag Team Champion Cesaro.
- Dean Ambrose battled Samoa Joe.
- Braun Strowman battled Kane in a #1 Contenders Match.

** RAW Highlights **

- Samoa Joe And The Bar One Up The Shield: Samoa Joe kicks off RAW and brags about having The Shield's number, he'll deal with Dean Ambrose later, but wants Roman Reigns right now. Joe continues his rant until The Shield are show backstage and Reigns heads to the ring. Sheamus and Cesaro attack Reigns from behind and beat him down on the ramp. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins run out next and brawl with Sheamus and Cesaro. Joe goes for the Coquina Clutch submission on Reigns, but Reigns escapes. Sheamus, Cesaro and Joe beat down Rollins and Reigns until Ambrose tries to make the save, but gets beat down too. The Shield are left laid out as Sheamus, Cesaro and Joe celebrate in the ring.

- Bayley and Mickie James vs. Mandy Rose and Paige: The first match of the night saw Absolution continue their feud with Bayley and Mickie James in tag team action. Sonya Deville tries to interfere, but gets knocked off the apron by Mickie. Bayley unloads on Paige in the corner until the referee orders her back. Mickie goes for the Mickie DDT on Mandy, but gets kicked and knocked out by Paige. Mandy covers Mickie and scores the pinfall.

- The Bray Wyatt And Broken Matt Hardy Feud Continues: Bray Wyatt says it's always been good vs. evil. Woken Matt Hardy appears on the TitanTron and says there's a Great War coming. Bray calls Matt the ying to his yang. Matt and Bray go back and forth again and Bray says that only one of them can survive. Matt says that Bray will be deleted. Bray and Matt laugh hysterically at each other to end the segment. 

- Finn Balor vs. Curtis Axel: The second match of the night saw Balor battle Axel. Axel is looking for revenge for Bo Dallas after Dallas lost to Balor last week. The Miztourage attack and beat down Balor before the bell. Balor tells the referee that he's alright and the match starts. Balor with the Slingblade on Axel and then hits the running drop kick into the corner on Axel. Bo Dallas attempts to interfere, but changes his mind and steps back. Balor with Coup de Grace on Axel and Balor scores the pinfall.

- Seth Rollins vs. Sheamus: The third match of the night saw Rollins battle Sheamus with The Shield, Cesaro and Samoa Joe banned from ringside, after what took place earlier. Rollins hits a Falcon Arrow on Sheamus for a near fall. Sheamus counters the high knee from Rollins and ends up hitting a senton on Rollins. Sheamus can't connect with the Brogue Kick on Rollins, allowing Rollins to hit a super kick. Rollins hits the high knee on Sheamus and scores the pinfall.

- "Second Chance Fatal Four Way Match": Tony Nese vs. Mustafa Ali vs. Cedric Alexander vs. Ariya Daivari: Due to Rich Swann's arrest and suspension over the weekend, a new Fatal Four Way Match was announced to determine who would face Drew Gulak in the #1 Contenders Match for a shot at the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. Nese pulls down the knee pad and hits a running knee on Cedric, but Ali stops the pinfall. Nese and Daivari double team Ali until Ali dumps Nese outside. Daivari with a near fall rollup on Cedric. Cedric counters a Daivari clothesline and nails a kick. Cedric sends Nese flying off the apron and then hits the Lumbar Check on Daivari to score the pinfall. Cedric will battle Drew Gulak next week with the winner facing Enzo Amore for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. 

- Roman Reigns Defends The WWE Intercontinental Championship Against Cesaro: The fifth match of the night saw Roman Reigns defend his title against Cesaro in a one on one match. Both men unload shots while on their knees until the referee steps in, allowing Cesaro to get a near fall rollup. Cesaro argues with the referee and then unloads uppercuts on Reigns. Cesaro continues the series of uppercuts as the referee warns Cesaro to back off. Reigns counters the Neutralizer with a back body drop on Cesaro. Reigns drills Cesaro with the spear, scores the pinfall and retains his title. 

- Absolution Goes To War With Asuka: The past two weeks, Absolution have been eyeing Asuka but not making any moves. Asuka was supposed to battle Alicia Fox, but instead again gets surrounded by Absolution. Asuka sends Mandy Rose flying with a kick. Sonya Deville and Paige try to two on one Asuka. Asuka traps Paige in an armbar submission, but gets attacked by Mandy and Sonya. Paige hits a knee on Asuka and the three on one beat down begins. Sasha Banks, Bayley, Dana Brooke, Nia Jax, Alexa Bliss, Mickie James and Alicia Fox suddenly all hit the ring and go after Absolution. Absolution avoid the beat down and escape the ring. 

- Dean Ambrose vs. Samoa Joe: The sixth match of the night saw Ambrose battle Joe. Earlier in the night Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns defeated Sheamus and Cesaro. Ambrose looked to hit the trifecta for The Shield. Also earlier in the night, Jason Jordan again tried to get a match against Samoa Joe, however, RAW GM Kurt Angle denied Jordan's request. Jordan arrived during the match and watched from the ramp. Jordan gets on the apron and distracts Joe and the referee both. Ambrose tries to pin Joe, but Jordan distracting the referee stops it from happening. Ambrose goes after Jordan, but Joe suicide dives on to both of them. Joe hits a senton on Jordan and then chokes Ambrose unconscious with the Coquina Clutch submission for the victory.  

- "#1 Contenders Match: Braun Strowman vs. Kane: It was announced earlier in the night that the main event of the show would be Strowman vs. Kane with the winner advancing to the WWE Royal Rumble and battling Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal Championship. Kane and Strowman both hit choke slams for near falls. Kane rolls outside where Strowman follows. Kane sends Strowman into the crowd, but Strowman running tackles Kane right through the barricade. Both Kane and Strowman are counted out with no official #1 Contender. After the match, Strowman attacks Kane. Both Kane and Strowman grab the steel steps and charge at each other with steps in hand. Strowman grabs a table next as Kane lands a steel chair shot. Kane unloads on the neck and back of Strowman with the chair. Strowman fights back until both men go down. Kane and Strowman both sit up and stare at each other. Kane tries to choke slam Strowman through the table, but Strowman fights it. Strowman scoops up Kane and puts him through the table with the running power slam to end the show.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

On TV This Week 12/10 - 12/16

By Raven Williams, @nevaRWilliams

SUNDAY 12/10

Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers (NBC, 8:20pm)

Edmonton Oilers @ Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL, 7pm)
Outlander, FINALE (Starz, 8pm)

The Walking Dead, Mid-Season FINALE (AMC, 9pm)
Guy's Big Project, FINALE (Food Network, 9pm & 10pm)

Robot Chicken, PREMIERE (Cartoon Network, 11:30pm)

MONDAY 12/11

New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins (ESPN, 8:15pm)

New Orleans Pelicans @ Houston Rockets (NBA TV, 8pm)
Toronto Raptors @ Los Angeles Clippers (NBA TV, 10:30pm)

Chicago State @ Northwestern (FOX Sports 1, 7pm)
Alabama A&M @ DePaul (FOX Sports 1, 9pm)
Robert Kirkman's Secret History Of Comics, FINALE (AMC, 10pm)


Atlanta Hawks @ Cleveland Cavaliers (FOX Sports Ohio, 7pm)
Los Angeles Lakers @ New York Knicks (ESPN, 7pm)
Philadelphia 76ers @ Minnesota Timberwolves (ESPN, 9:30pm)

Edmonton Oilers @ Columbus Blue Jackets (FOX Sports Ohio, 7pm)
Tampa Bay Lightning @ St. Louis Blues (NBC Sports, 8pm)

St. Peter's @ Seton Hall (FOX Sports 1, 7pm)
Mississippi State @ Cincinnati (ESPN 2, 7pm)
Michigan @ Texas (ESPN 2, 9pm)
Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown 2017 (The CW, 8pm)

Gwen Stefani's You Make It Feel Like Christmas (NBC, 9pm)

REAL Sports With Bryant Gumbel, FINALE (HBO, 10pm)
The Hunt For The Zodiac Killer, FINALE (History, 10pm)
Ink Master: Angels, FINALE (Spike, 10pm)
Chrisley Knows Best, FINALE (USA, 10pm)
The Cromarties, FINALE (USA, 10:30pm)


Oklahoma City Thunder @ Indiana Pacers (ESPN, 7pm)
Charlotte Hornets @ Houston Rockets (ESPN, 9:30pm)

Boston Bruins @ Detroit Red Wings (NBC Sports, 8pm)

Villanova @ Temple (ESPN 2, 7pm)
Western Kentucky @ Wisconsin (FOX Sports 1, 8pm)
The Librarians, PREMIERE (TNT, 8pm)

Golden Globes 75th Anniversary Special (NBC, 9pm)
Little Women: Atlanta, PREMIERE (Lifetime, 9pm)

The A Word, FINALE (Sundance, 10pm)


Denver Broncos @ Indianapolis Colts (NBC/NFL, 8:25pm)

Los Angeles Lakers @ Cleveland Cavaliers (TNT/FOX Sports Ohio, 8pm)
Dallas Mavericks @ Golden State Warriors (TNT, 10:30pm)

Pittsburgh Penguins @ Vegas Golden Knights (NHL, 10pm)

Texas Southern @ Baylor (ESPN 2, 8:30pm)

Boxing: Diego De La Hoya vs. Jose Salgado (ESPN 2, 10:30pm)

U.S. Olympic Trials; Curling, Mixed Doubles (NBC Sports, 7pm)
Women's College Volleyball, Semifinal (ESPN, 7pm)
Women's College Volleyball, Semifinal (ESPN, 9:30pm)
WWE Tribute To The Troops (USA, 8pm)
Showtime At The Apollo; Christmas (FOX, 8pm)
iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2017 (The CW, 8pm)
The Wonderful World Of Disney: Holiday Special (ABC, 8pm)
Disney Prep & Landing (ABC, 8:30pm)

Taraji's White Hot Holidays (FOX, 9pm)

Safari Live, PREMIERE (NatGeo Wild, 10pm)

FRIDAY 12/15

NCAA Division III Championship (ESPNU, 7pm)
NCAA FCS Championship, First Semifinal (ESPN 2, 8pm)

Maryland-Eastern Shore @ Creighton (FOX Sports 1, 8pm)

Oklahoma City Thunder @ Philadelphia 76ers (ESPN, 7pm)
San Antonio Spurs @ Houston Rockets (ESPN, 9:30pm)

Los Angeles Kings @ New York Rangers (NHL, 7pm)

A Football Life: John Randle (NFL, 9pm)

Bellator MMA Live (Spike, 9pm)
Boxing: Vargas vs. Herrera (FOX Sports 1, 10pm)
The 86th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade (The CW, 8pm)

Z Nation, FINALE (Syfy, 9pm & 10pm)
The Exorcist, FINALE (FOX, 9pm)
Savage Kingdom, FINALE (NatGeo Wild, 9pm)


Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl: North Carolina A&T vs. Grambling State (ABC, 12pm)
R & L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Troy vs. North Texas (ESPN, 1pm)
AutoNation Cure Bowl: Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State (CBS SportsNet, 2:30pm)
Las Vegas Bowl: Boise State vs. Oregon (ABC, 3:30pm)
Gildan New Mexico Bowl: Marshall vs. Colorado State (ESPN, 4:30pm)

NCAA Division II Championship (ESPN 2, 6pm)
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl: Middle Tennessee State vs. Arkansas State (ESPN, 8pm)

Louisville vs. Memphis (ESPN 2, 12pm)
Detroit Mercy @ Michigan (ESPNU, 12pm)
Butler vs. Purdue (FOX, 12pm)
Miami @ George Washington (CBS SportsNet, 12pm)
Syracuse @ Georgetown (CBS, 12:30pm)

Virginia Tech @ Kentucky (ESPN 2, 2pm)
Northwestern @ DePaul (FOX Sports 1, 2pm)
Michigan State @ Oakland (ESPNU, 2:30pm)
Indiana vs. Notre Dame (FOX, 2:30pm)
Georgia @ Massachusetts (NBC Sports, 3pm)
Cincinnati @ UCLA (CBS, 3:30pm)
Oklahoma @ Wichita State (ESPN 2, 4pm)
Oregon @ Fresno State (CBS SportsNet, 6pm)
Kansas @ Nebraska (FOX Sports 1, 8pm)
Arizona @ New Mexico (CBS SportsNet, 8pm)
Utah @ BYU (ESPN 2, 11pm)

Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions (NFL, 4:20pm)
Los Angeles Chargers @ Kansas City Chiefs (NFL, 8:20pm)

Utah Jazz @ Cleveland Cavaliers (FOX Sports Ohio, 7:30pm)
Oklahoma City Thunder @ New York Knicks (NBA TV, 7:30pm)

Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators (NBC Sports, 7pm)
Columbus Blue Jackets @ Carolina Hurricanes (FOX Sports Ohio, 7pm)

PNC Father / Son Challenge (NBC, 4pm)

Premier League: Manchester City FC vs. Tottenham Hotspur FC (NBC, 12:30pm)

UFC Fight Night: Lawler vs. RDA - Prelims (FOX Sports 1, 5pm)
UFC Fight Night: Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael Dos Anjos (FOX, 8pm)
Boxing: David Lemieux vs. Billy Joe Saunders (HBO, 9:40pm)

U.S. Olympic Trials: Short Track Speed Skating (NBC, 2:30pm)
MOVIE: Going In Style (HBO, 8pm)

I Want A Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown! (ABC, 8pm)

Saturday Night Live; Kevin Hart, Foo Fighters (NBC, 11:30pm)

Weekend 3 Count 12/10/17

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 rumors and recaps involving WWE, NXT, Impact, ROH, Lucha Underground, NJPW, House of Hardcore, NWA, ICW, CZW, FIP, PWG, AAW, EVOLVE, PROGRESS, SHINE, SHIMMER, BEYOND, DEFIANT and any Indy promotion that I find an interesting story or a cool discovery in. Be sure to check out the W3C every Sunday afternoon at @TripleThreatCLE

*** WWE ***

- Sheamus News: This past week it was reported that Sheamus has been dealing with serious neck issues for the past six months and has been diagnosed with spinal stenosis. Sheamus has been rehabbing his neck for quite some time, and even took a brief hiatus to recover in his home country of Ireland. Spinal stenosis is a serious injury that has shortened and ended the wrestling careers of WWE Hall of Famers Edge and Stone Cold Steve Austin. I'll keep you posted on this news in week's to come.

- WWE Testing Out "Woken" Matt Hardy: Last week at WWE live events, WWE began testing out the "Woken" Matt Hardy gimmick and as expected it has become a hit with the live audience. It may now only be a matter of time before we see the gimmick arrive on RAW now that Matt Hardy is clear from the lawsuit from Impact Wrestling and now can use the gimmick of being Broken. 

- WWE Testing Out Live Cruiserweight Shows: Vince McMahon announced during his weekly conference call that the WWE will run three live shows in January, featuring the 205 Live roster only. PWInsider reported that the 205 Live tours in January and potentially February will be an experiment by WWE to determine if it's a financially viable concept

- R-Truth Injury Update: WWE announced this week that R-Truth underwent successful shoulder surgery on Monday morning. Truth had bone removed from his shoulder and there currently isn't a official return time as of yet.

- WWE Composer Jim Johnston Officially Released: Last week, there were rumors circulating on whether or not WWE composer Jim Johnston had been released or not. This week it was made official that Johnston was in fact released from the company. Johnston had worked for the company for over 32 years and had composed legendary themes for The Undertaker, DX, The Rock and many others. Over the past 3 years WWE had been using new comers CFO$ to compose theme music, leaving Johnston with limited work. Johnston wanted to stay with the company, but had a very high contract and WWE chose to let Johnston go.

- Ronda Rousey News: According to two sources close to Ronda Rousey, she is almost ready to make the announcement that she will be joining WWE as a full time wrestler. Two friends very close to Rousey told USA Today that she will be making the full time jump to WWE announcement very soon and is currently finalizing her contract. 

- Nia Jax Appearing With 205 Live Soon: According to advertisements, Nia Jax will be making special appearances with 205 Live soon to continue her new storyline with Enzo Amore. Nia will begin having a crush on Enzo and follow him around on 205 Live.

** 205 Live Recap **

- With WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore not in the building tonight, Drew Gulak took charge of the Zo Train.

- Noam Dar vs. Cedric Alexander: This match was originally supposed to be Alexander vs. Drew Gulak, but Gulak used his temporary leader of the Zo Train power and made Dar fight in his place. Dar went to the top rope and was immediately told to get down by Gulak, because he was breaking Gulak's "No Fly Zone" policy. Alexander hits the Lumbar Check on Dar while he's distracted and gets the pinfall. 

- Brian Kendrick vs. Gran Metalik: The second match of the night saw Kendrick battle Metalik in a one on one match. Kendrick distracts the referee allowing Jack Gallagher to shove Metalik off the ropes. Kendrick locks Metalik in the Captain's Hook submission and gets the tap out win.

- Tony Nese vs. Rich Swann: The main event of the show saw Swann battle Zo Train member Nese in a one on one match. Drew Gulak tries to help Nese, but Cedric Alexander arrives to help Swann. Swann gets the pinfall victory and then Gulak signals for Noam Dar and Ariya Daivari to hit the ring. Akira Tozawa and Mustafa Ali hit the ring to help Alexander and Swann to end the show. 

*** NXT ***

- Mystery Wrestler Coming: NXT showed a teaser this past week on NXT TV for an "ominous force" that will be coming to NXT soon. Rumors are saying it could either be Donovan Dijak, former TNA wrestler Gunner, former TNA wrestler Rockstar Spud or Shaya Baszler, who has the nickname "Queen of Spades". Spades were shown during the teaser trailer. 

- NXT To Be Broadcast On The USA Network: WWE announced that the December 13th episode of NXT will be aired on the USA Network, which will include a week of wrestling. That week, WWE will show Tribute To The Troops, RAW, Smackdown Live and NXT all on the USA Network.

*** Impact Wrestling ***

** Impact TV Recap **

- Caleb Konley vs. Taiji Ishimori: The first match of the night saw Konley and Taiji go one on one. Konley attacked Taiji from behind a few weeks back, setting up this match. Trevor Lee gets in a few shots on Taiji while the referee is distracted. Taiji escapes a Konley submission and ends up hitting a 450 Splash on Konley for the pinfall. After the match, Konley and Lee attack Taiji until Dezmond Xavier hits the ring to make the save.  

- "Knockouts Tournament, Triple Match Match": Sienna vs. Rosemary vs. Allie: The second match of the night saw the second triple threat match in the Knockouts Championship Tournament. Sienna gets taken out by Rosemary. Rosemary hits Allie with the Red Wedding and scores the pinfall to advance. Rosemary will battle Laurel Van Ness in the Finals to crown a new Impact Knockouts Champion.

- oVe And Sami Callihan Promo: The trio mock Canada because it's not Ohio. Callihan says things with LAX have gotten out of hand, they'll give LAX a rematch but it'll be under rules that they choose. A local Canadian tag team called TDT interrupt and mock oVe and Callihan in French. TDT kick Callihan and then splash oVe in the corner. Callihan grabs a kendo stick and unloads on TDT. LAX hit the ring and start brawling with oVe and Callihan. LAX clears the ring, Konnan throws a kendo stick at oVe and Callihan, misses and accidentally hits a fan at ringside. 

- KM films himself walking into a random gym and beating up the students inside, trying to prove himself to American Top Team. 

- "Grand Championship Match": Ethan Carter (c) vs. Matt Sydal: EC3 takes round number one and leads 1-0. Sydal takes round number two and ties things at 1-1. Sydal counters the One Percenter and lands knees on EC3. EC3 stops Sydal climbing the ropes and slaps Sydal in the face. Sydal misses the Shooting Star Press, both he and EC3 bang heads and knock each other out. The third round ends and the match is called a draw. EC3 retains his title.

- Bobby Lashley and Dan Lambert vs. Moose and James Storm: An ATT member jumps on the apron and gets axe kicked off by Moose and into two other ATT guys outside. Lashley hits the spear on Storm and Lambert tags in. Lashley isn't happy as Lambert covers Storm and steals the pinfall.

- Eli Drake and Chris Adonis vs. Petey Williams and Johnny Impact: Williams goes for the Canadian Destroyer, but Adonis locks Williams in the Adonis Lock submission. Impact hits a springboard kick and then dumps Drake outside. Impact hits Starship Pain on Adonis and scores the pinfall. After the match, Alberto El Patron attacks Drake from behind and sends him into the ringpost. El Patron then lays out Drake with a DDT right on the world title. 

- More Content Added To The Network: Impact Wrestling announced this week that they have added DEFY Wrestling and Future Stars of Wrestling as the latest promotions that are being apart of Impact Wrestling’s “Global Wrestling Network” service. GWN includes all the past TNA/Impact pay per views, Border City Wrestling, SMASH Wrestling and much more.

- Laurel Van Ness News: It was revealed this week that Laurel Van Ness apparently didn't inform anyone in Impact management that she wanted to leave Impact Wrestling before the recent Impact tapings, where Laurel ends up winning the Impact Knockouts Championship. Laurel has been showing interest in signing with the WWE and Impact still has yet to grant Laurel her release as of yet considering she is their current Impact Knockouts Champion.

- More Talent Contracts Set To Expire: According to Impact Wrestling, it was made known this week that Ethan Carter, Bobby Lashley and Eddie Edwards all have contracts that are set to expire soon in Impact Wrestling. Rumors have begun that WWE is highly interested in Eddie Edwards to add to the NXT roster. There has been no word on whether WWE is interested in EC3 or Lashley at this time.


** ROH TV Recap **

- Marty Scurll vs. Beer City Bruiser: The first match of the night saw Scurll battle Bruiser in a one on one match. The referee goes down in the match which allows Scurll to grab his umbrella and use it as a weapon on Bruiser to score the pinfall. Jay Lethal appeared during the match and watched from the ramp.  

- The Briscoe Brothers Trash The Dudley Boys' Wrestling School: Mark and Jay Briscoe arrived at Bully Ray and Devon's Wrestling School. The Briscoes attack the students in the dojo and in the ring and hit a 3D on a student. The Briscoes destroy and trash everything throughout the school before finally leaving.  

- Coleman's Pulpit With Caprice Coleman: Coleman interviewed himself and talked about how he will defeat Kenny King and win the ROH Television Championship.

- "ROH World Tag Team Championship Match": The Motor City Machine Guns (c) vs. The Kingdom: The Motor City Machine Guns went on to defeat The Kingdom to retain their tag team titles in this match. 

- Flip Gordon vs. Hangman Adam Page: Gordon defeated Page by pinfall, but gets attacked and laid out, after the match, by The Young Bucks with super kicks. 


- Wrestle Kingdom 12 Tickets Going Fast: NJPW announced this week that tickets for Wrestle Kingdom 12, live at the Tokyo Dome on January 4th, are selling at a rapid pace and they are expecting a sell out. Wrestle Kingdom is NJPW's version of Wrestlemania. This year's show is highlighted with three huge main events, IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada defends his title against Tetsuya Naito, IWGP United States Champion Kenny Omega defends his title against WWE Legend Chris Jericho and IWGP Intercontinental Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi defends his title against Jay White. More matches for the event will be announced soon.

*** House of Hardcore ***

** HOH 36: Blizzard Brawl Recap **

- Tommy Dreamer's 36th edition of House of Hardcore returned last weekend at the Waukesha Expo Center in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

- Guido Maritato defeated Nick Cutler, by pinfall with a bridged roll up.

- MVP defeated Jay Bradley, by pinfall with Drive By Kick.

- Nick Aldis defeated Carlito, by pinfall with a top rope elbow. Former ECW World Heavyweight Champion Shane Douglas arrived with Aldis and officially named himself his manager. 

- "Fatal Four Way Match": Bull Dempsey defeated Curt Stallion, Conner Braxston, and Arik Cannon, by pinfall with a seated senton. 

- Willie Mack defeated Brian Cage, by pinfall with a frogsplash.

- Al Snow and Swoggle defeated “The Squad World Order” (Kenny and Mikey), by pinfall after Swoggle hit the Tadpole Splash.

- "Hardcore War Match": Abyss defeated Tommy Dreamer, by pinfall after Abyss hits the Black Hole Slam onto thumbtacks on Dreamer. Nick Aldis also got involved, helping Abyss.

- "Candice's Retirement Match": Candice Michelle defeated Lisa Marie Varon, by pinfall with a spinning DDT.

- Austin Aries defeated Joey Mercury, by pinfall with a rolling 450 Splash. Shane Douglas was in Mercury's corner. Tommy Dreamer came out to help Aries get the win.

*** Defiant Wrestling ***

- Defiant Wrestling Becomes Official: This past Monday, December 4th, WCPW officially dropped its name and has officially been repackaged as Defiant Wrestling. WCPW made the announcement of the change a few months back and also announced Stu Bennett (Wade Barrett) as Defiant's first General Manager.

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!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Browns Preview 12/8/17: Green Bay Packers @ Cleveland Browns

By Katelin Marshall, @KatelinKnowsCLE

The 6-6, Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers travel to Cleveland this week to take on the 0-12 Browns. If at the beginning of the season someone told you the Packers would be 6-6, the Browns were winless but still had a chance no one would have believed you. Its also been a fun Thursday as a Browns fan, Sashi Brown was fired and Hue Jackson will remain the Head Coach in 2018. *insert Mike Polk "Fun times in Cleveland Again". But on to actual game...

Browns Offense vs Packers Defense

I know this is crazy to say but the Browns might be able to put up some points against the Packers defense. Their passing defense isn't that good, and DeShone Kizer could actually throw an accurate pass to Josh Gordon we could see Gordon go for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Again, I know it sounds nuts, but what Gordon did last week against Casey Hayward isn't really anything to take lightly. The guy shut down all the other top receivers he's gone up against this year and is ranked as the top cornerback this year. Gordon against a struggling Packers secondary screams Kizer's first 300 yard game.

The running game needs to keep on keeping on. And that means Isaiah Crowell, Duke Johnson, and DeShone Kizer. Last week they had just under 100 yards against a really tough defense in the Chargers. Now the Packers run defense is better than their pass defense because of Mike Daniels and Blake Martinez. If the Browns can get a lead and use the run game to win the time of possession it could be a recipe for success.

Browns Defense vs Packers Offense

The Packers will have to start Brett Hundley for one more week. With the help of two defensive touchdowns last week the Packers beat the Buccaneers 26-20 in overtime. In that game Hundley threw for 84 yards and threw one pick. Its fairly obvious that Green Bay misses Rodgers. The key for the Browns this game is to let Hundley beat you with his arm. He's thrown for only five touchdowns in the eight games he's played. And he's also prone to turnovers, throwing eight picks and fumbling three times.

The Browns should key in on stopping the run this week. The Packers have a running back by committee with Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones as their leading rushers. The Browns also can't forget about Hundley scrambling out of the pocket. He has good speed and ran for 66 yards last week in the overtime win.

Five Guys To Watch

1. Josh Gordon: In his first game in almost three seasons Gordon went for four catches for 85 yards. He also went up against the best corner in the league. It should be exciting to see how he plays against a struggling secondary.

2. DeShone Kizer: If it weren't for Kizer the Browns probably would have won last week. Multiple terrible throws to a wide open Josh Gordon and a sack-fumble in the redzone. That's exactly why we lost. But Sunday is another chance to redeem himself.

3. David Njoku: Njoku had a career game last week. Four catches for 74 yards and a touchdown. Hopefully this means we get to see Njoku on the field more.

4. Joe Schobert: In a game where the Browns need to stop the run Schobert seems like an obvious pick for a guy to watch.

5. Hue Jackson: Let's be 100%...Hue Jackson won the power struggle against Sashi Brown. And with that he has security for 2018.  I'm curious if Jackson starts to change up his playcalling knowing his job is safe going forward. I expect him to go into his bag of tricks this week and have a good game overall.

Injury Report:

Weather Report:

Betting Line (As of 12/7/17)
Packers -3

Browns 24 Packers 14

I know, I'm crazy for picking the Browns but with everything that's happened this week it seems like a game the Browns could accidentally win...the stars are lining up. The Packers are struggling on defense, they don't have Aaron Rodgers, and the Browns have Josh Gordon and a head coach who really doesn't have any pressure on him to win a game since 2018 is already guaranteed.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 12/7/17: NXT Recap

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

NXT returned this week for more NXT action at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida. This week, the new NXT World Champion Andrade "Cien" Almas was in the building to celebrate his world title victory from NXT WarGames.

** NXT TV Card **

- Trent Seven battled Killian Dain.
- Ruby Riot battled Sonya Deville in a No Holds Barred Match.
- Kassius Ohno battled Johnny Gargano.

- New NXT World Champion Andrade "Cien" Almas celebrates his world title victory.

** NXT **

- Andrade "Cien" Almas' World Title Celebration: New NXT World Champion Andrade "Cien" Almas kicked off this week's show with the celebration of his title win at NXT WarGames. Zelina Vega says we're all witnesses to a historic championship reign. Almas says he told us all he'd do it and then sarcastically apologizes for injuring and defeating Drew McIntyre. Almas brags about being the new NXT World Champion and we need to all embrace the legend. 

- "Fatal Four Way Qualifying Match": Trent Seven vs. Killian Dain: NXT GM William Regal announced at the beginning of the show that there would be four one on one matches with the winners advancing to a Fatal Four Way Match to determine a new #1 Contender to the NXT World Championship. Seven hits the Seven Stars Lariat on Dain, but Dain kicks out at two and a half. Dain counters a slam, drops Seven and then hits a senton to score the pinfall.

- "No Holds Barred Match": Ruby Riot vs. Sonya Deville: The second match of the night saw Ruby and Sonya continuing their fued in a No Holds Barred Match. Both ladies unload on each other. Ruby with a springboard DDT on Sonya and then a suicide dive. Sonya catches Ruby and traps her in a triangle choke submission. Ruby refuses to tap out and ends up passing out, forcing the referee to stop the match. 

- "Fatal Four Way Qualifying Match": Kassius Ohno vs. Johnny Gargano: Originally it was supposed to be The Velveteen Dream battling Ohno, but due to injury it wasn't to be. The main event of the show saw Ohno battle Gargano to determine spot number two in the Fatal Four Way Match. Gargano counters an electric chair drop and gets a near fall rollup on Ohno. Ohno attempted the rolling elbow on Gargano, but Gargano counters and unloads three stiff kicks. Gargano with a spinning head scissors on Ohno and turns that into the Gargano Escape submission. Ohno can't fight it and ends up tapping out.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 12/6/17: Smackdown Live San Diego Recap

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

Smackdown Live was live this week in San Diego, California. Things continue to heat up over on the blue brand as we get closer to next Sunday's WWE Clash of Champions pay per view.

** Smackdown Live Card **

- The New Day battled Rusev and Aiden English.
- The Bludgeon Brothers battled Adam James and Josh Carr. 
- WWE United States Champion Baron Corbin battled Bobby Roode in a non title match.
- WWE Smackdown Live Women's Champion Charlotte battled Tamina in a non title match.
- Randy Orton battled Sami Zayn, with Kevin Owens handcuffed to the ropes.

** Smackdown Live **

- The Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens Show: Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens kick off Smackdown Live in the ring. Owens says that when you're as great of an athlete as he is, you never stop learning. Owens has learned that the McMahon family will stop at nothing when they make you a target. Owens and Zayn point out that Shane used Randy Orton to end his career last week and do his dirty work. Owens showed the world that he's not afraid of Orton or Shane's vendetta and actually outsmarted Shane. Zayn mocks the fans, announcers and the ringside staff. Orton suddenly appears out of nowhere and hits an RKO on Owens. Shane McMahon arrives next, states that he does have a vendetta against Owens and Zayn. Shane announces Zayn vs. Orton tonight with Owens handcuffed to the ropes and Zayn/Owens vs. Orton and a partner of his choice at WWE Clash of Champions.

- The New Day vs. Rusev and Aiden English: The first match of the night saw The New Day battle Rusev and Aiden English in tag team action. English avoids a Big Ending by raking Big E's eyes. Rusev sends Big E into the steel steps, but gets taken out by a Kofi suicide dive. Back in the ring, Kofi goes for a springboard on Rusev, but Rusev shakes the ropes, making Kofi hit the mat hard. Rusev hits a thrust kick on Kofi and scores the pinfall.

- The Bludgeon Brothers Stay Dominate: The second match of the night saw Luke Harper and Erick Rowan battle local wrestlers Adam James and Josh Carr. Harper and Rowan continue their dominance and finish off James and Carr in a quick squash match.

- Baron Corbin vs. Bobby Roode: The third match of the night saw Corbin and Roode go one on one. Earlier in the evening Dolph Ziggler confronted both Corbin and Roode and made it clear that both men have no chance of winning at WWE Clash of Champions now that Ziggler was added to the triple threat match. Roode and Corbin hit each other with clotheslines and lay each other out at the same time. Dolph Ziggler hits the ring and lays out Roode with the Zig Zag, giving Roode the DQ victory. Ziggler then measures up Corbin and hits him with a Zig Zag too.

- Charlotte vs. Tamina: Earlier in the show it was announced that Charlotte would now be defending her title at WWE Clash of Champions in a Lumberjill Match, after many of the women in the women's division argued with Smackdown Live GM Daniel Bryan that they should be the #1 Contender. Nattie Neidhart also confronted the women's division earlier in the show and tried to get some of the ladies on her side to help her during that match. The fourth match of the night saw the champ, Charlotte, battle one of the Lumberjills, Tamina. Charlotte counters the Samoan Drop, hits a Big Boot on Tamina and then gets the tap out win with the Figure Eight submission. After the match, Nattie Neidhart taunts Charlotte from the apron. Ruby Riot, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan arrive next and taunt the whole women's division. Tamina attacks Sarah and a huge brawl breaks out with with all the women. Carmella and Lana hold back Tamina. Ruby and Liv hold back Sarah. Charlotte escapes and celebrates with her title.

- Randy Orton vs. Sami Zayn, With Kevin Owens Handcuffed To The Ropes: The main event of the show saw Randy Orton and Sami Zayn go one on one, with Kevin Owens handcuffed to the ropes. Zayn and Owens tried to go over Shane McMahon's head and get Smackdown Live GM Daniel Bryan to lift the handcuff clause, but had no luck. Zayn grabs bolt cutters and tries to cut Owens loose, but Orton drops Zayn. Back in the ring, Zayn goes to the top rope, but gets crotched on the ropes, as Owens tries to use the bolt cutters. Orton goes for a draping DDT on Owens, but Zayn gets a near fall rollup. Orton misses an RKO and Zayn misses the Helluva Kick. Orton rolls up Zayn and scores the pinfall. After the match, Owens and Zayn double team Orton until Shinsuke Nakamura hits the ring. Nakamura hits the Kinshasa on Owens as Orton hits the RKO on Zayn.

- Shane McMahon Makes A Huge Announcement: Backstage, Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan are talking. Shane announces that he will make himself the special guest referee in the Zayn/Owens vs. Orton/Nakamura match at WWE Clash of Champions. If Owens and Zayn lose they will be fired from the WWE forever.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 12/5/17: RAW Los Angeles Recap

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

It's the beginning of the week and time to kick things off in wrestling with Monday Night RAW! This week RAW was live in Los Angeles, California, at the famous Staples Center. Paige makes her return to the squared circle for the first time in almost two years as she battles Sasha Banks. Also Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose get their rematch for the WWE RAW World Tag Team Championship against the champions Sheamus and Cesaro.

** Monday Night RAW Card **

- WWE Intercontinental Champion Roman Reigns defended his title against Jason Jordan.
- Paige battled Sasha Banks.
- Tony Nese, Drew Gulak, Cedric Alexander and Mustafa Ali battled in a Fatal Four Way Match.
- Asuka battled Alicia Fox.
- Finn Balor battled Bo Dallas.
- WWE RAW World Tag Team Champions Sheamus and Cesaro defended their titles against Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose.

** RAW Highlights **

- Jason Jordan Demands A Chance: RAW GM Kurt Angle kicked off the show and immediately is interrupted by Jason Jordan. Jordan wants a shot at Roman Reigns and the IC Title, but Angle reminds Jordan about his leg injury. Jordan says he can handle it and knows he can beat Reigns. Roman Reigns interrupts and heads to the ring. Reigns says he wants Samoa Joe and if Jordan wants a title shot don't run to daddy to ask for it, step up and earn it. Jordan has words with Reigns as Samoa Joe interrupts. Joe accepts Reigns' challenge, but will allow Reigns to change his mind before it's too late. Jordan has words with Joe now and challenges Joe to a match as well. Reigns tells Jordan to back off, forcing Jordan to attack Reigns from behind. Angle holds Jordan back and orders him to leave the ring. Reigns orders Angle to give him Jordan right now. Angle tries to keep Jordan and Reigns apart to end the segment.

- Roman Reigns Defends The Gold: RAW GM Kurt Angle finally agreed to let Jason Jordan face Roman Reigns for the WWE Intercontinental Championship after their altercation to start RAW. Reigns goes after Jordan's bad knee during the match. Reigns hits a Superman Punch for a near fall. Jordan is able to dodge the spear and hit two northern lights suplexes for a near fall. Reigns is able to hit another Superman Punch and the spear to score the pinfall. After the match, Samoa Joe attacks Reigns in the ring. Joe goes for the Coquina Clutch submission, but Jordan suplexes Joe. Reigns hits a Superman Punch on Jordan and then talks trash to Joe, who's on the RAW stage.

- Paige's In Ring Return: The second match of the night saw Paige's first match back from injury, battling Sasha Banks. Paige arrived with Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville. Sasha Banks arrived with Mickie James and Bayley. Alexa Bliss was also out on commentary. Paige counters the Banks Statement submission, Sasha counters the RamPaige and is able to lock in the Banks Statement submission on the second attempt. Paige escapes and rolls to the floor where Paige's team and Sasha's team start brawling. Sasha gets distracted and gets kicked by Paige. Paige hits the RamPaige and scores the pinfall.

- The Cruiserweight Mini Tournament Continues: Last week, RAW GM Kurt Angle announced two fatal four way matches with the winner of both matches facing in a one on one match to determine a #1 Contender to the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. Rich Swann won the first match last week. Before the match, WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore demanded Drew Gulak and Tony Nese to make the Zo Train proud and win tonight. The third match of the night saw the second fatal four way match in the mini tournament. Nese hits double knees on Ali and then Alexander hits the Lumbar Check on Nese. Alexander takes out Ali, then gets hit with a knee by Gulak. Gulak covers Ali and steals the pinfall, advancing to the finals to battle Rich Swann on next week's RAW.

- Elias Samson's Concert Performance: Earlier in the night, Elias Samson demanded a rematch against Roman Reigns for the IC Title, but didn't get it. RAW GM Kurt Angle turned down the idea, due to Jason Jordan already getting the title shot. Elias informed Angle he'd have a concert tonight instead until Angle could find Elias a worthy opponent. Elias is in the ring with his guitar and mocks the city of Los Angeles in his song. Braun Strowman interrupts and attacks Elias. Elias sends Strowman into the ringpost and then busts his guitar over Strowman's back. Strowman isn't fazed at all as he attacks Elias and hits the running power slam. Strowman continues the assault on Elias until Kane appears on the TitanTron. Kane promises to ascend Strowman into the abyss next week with only one monster coming out alive.

- Asuka's Dominance Continues: The fourth match of the night saw Asuka battle Alicia Fox. Alicia gets a good amount of offense in on Asuka and goes for the scissors kick. Asuka counters, kicks Alicia and gets Alicia to tap out to an arm bar submission. After the match, Paige, Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose arrive and surround Asuka. Asuka again smiles and walks past all three ladies, leaving the ring. Paige tells Alicia how much she loves her, but Sonya and Mandy don't feel the same about Alicia. The trio attack and beat down Alicia. Absolution leave Alicia laid out in the middle of the ring and celebrate. 

- Bo Dallas Battles The Demon: The fifth match of the night saw Finn Balor and Bo Dallas go one on one. Dallas tries to keep Balor grounded with submission style wrestling. Balor hits the Slingblade and the drop kick into the corner on Dallas. Balor goes to the top rope and hits Coup de Grace on Dallas and scores the pinfall.

- "Woken" Matt Hardy Awakens: Bray Wyatt cuts a promo backstage and gets interrupted by Woken Matt Hardy. Bray and Matt go back and forth with Bray calling Matt a coward and Matt delivering his trademarked broken Matt Hardy promos, thanking the entities for awakening him. Bray says he feels alive again and Matt sentences Bray to total deletion. Bray and Matt both laugh at each other as a "delete" chant begins.

- The Bar Defends The Gold: The main event of the show saw Sheamus and Cesaro defend their tag team titles against Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose. Rollins counters The Neutralizer, but eats an uppercut from Cesaro. Rollins counters another Neutralizer and gets a near fall high knee. Sheamus attacks Rollins and unloads a series of knees and stomps on Rollins. The referee warns Sheamus, but he doesn't listen and gets he and Cesaro DQ'ed. After the match, RAW GM Kurt Angle arrives and restarts the match as a No DQ Match. Samoa Joe suddenly hits the ring and attacks Ambrose and Rollins. Roman Reigns hits the ring and chases Joe off. Reigns hits a Superman Punch on Cesaro. Sheamus, however, gets the Brogue Kick on Ambrose and scores the pinfall to retain the titles.