Thursday, October 19, 2017

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 10/19/17: NXT Recap

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

NXT returned this week for more NXT action at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida. This week, Qualifying Matches for the NXT Women's Championship continued. SAnitY and Undisputed Era battled in a Six Man Tag Team main event.

** NXT TV Card **

- Sonya Deville, Ruby Riot and Ember Moon battled in a Triple Threat Match to determine another spot in the NXT Women's Championship Fatal Four Way Match at NXT WarGames.
- Aleister Black battled Raul Mendoza.
- Kassius Ohno battled Cezar Bononi.
- SAnitY battled The Undisputed Era in a Six Man Tag Team Match. 

- NXT World Champion Drew McIntyre had a special sitdown interview.

** NXT **

- "NXT Women's Championship, Triple Threat Qualifying Match": Sonya Deville vs. Ruby Riot vs. Ember Moon: The match closes out with Ruby hitting a cross body outside, taking out Ember and Sonya and injuring her leg. Sonya traps Ruby in a ankle lock submission in the middle of the ring as Ruby tries to reach the ropes. Ruby is about to tap out when suddenly Ember hits the Eclipse Stunner on Sonya, breaking the submission and sending Sonya to the floor. Ember quickly covers Ruby and scores the pinfall to advance to the Fatal Four Way Match at NXT WarGames.
Winner: Ember Moon, by pinfall.

- Outside security footage shows The Undisputed Era confronting Roderick Strong and attempting to get him to join their faction.  Strong appears to turn down the offer and walks away.

- Backstage, NXT GM William Regal is interviewed. Billie Kay and Peyton Royce interrupt. Regal announces a battle royal next week to determine the last spot in the NXT Women's Championship Fatal Four Way Match at NXT WarGames. Billie and Peyton are disgusted with the decision and walk out.

- Raul Mendoza vs. Aleister Black: Before the match The Velveteen Dream Patrick Clark hits the ring, steals Black's jacket and stands on the ramp while wearing it. The match closes out with Mendoza getting a near fall senton on Black. Black catches a kick from Mendoza and unloads a series of kicks of his own. Black lands a springboard moonsault and then the Black Mass kick for the pinfall.
Winner: Aleister Black, by pinfall.

- Sitdown Interview With Drew McIntyre: McIntyre tells the story about his first run in WWE, getting let go, explaining to his family how he was unemployed and wondering how he would make it in life with wrestling being the only job he ever had. McIntyre never gave up and ended up back in the WWE and is now the NXT World Champion. Zelina Vega interrupts and says that Almas and McIntyre have a lot in common, except Almas was never fired and fell flat on his face like McIntyre. Zelina accuses McIntyre of dodging Andrade "Cien" Almas. McIntyre says he'll fight anyone, anytime and if Almas wants a title shot then he needs to come ask like a man instead of sending his associate to do his dirty work.

- Kassius Ohno vs. Cezar Bononi: The match closes out with Bononi missing a drop kick and gets hit with an Ohno senton. Ohno unloads kicks, sending Bononi outside and then hits a drop kick. Back in the ring, Ohno nails the huge rolling elbow to the back of the head of Bononi and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Kassius Ohno, by pinfall.

- "Six Man Tag Team Match": The Undisputed Era vs. SAnitY: The match closes out with Dain hitting a Samoan Drop and Fallaway Slam on Fish and O'Reilly. Dain hits a Vader Bomb on Fish, but eats a super kick by Cole. Cole is left all alone with SAnitY, but The Authors of Pain suddenly hit the ring and attack SAnitY, causing a DQ.
Winners: SAnitY, by DQ.

- After the match, the Undisputed Era escape as The Authors of Pain hit the Super Collider on SAnitY to end the show.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Podcast 10/18/17: On Cavs & NBA Opening Night, MLB Playoffs, College Upsets & NFL Week 6

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Spread Offense 10/18/17: College Football Week 8 Preview

By Pat Luhta, @PLuhta

Upsets galore was the trend for week 7, and my new top 10 ballot reflects those changes.


10. Wisconsin (last week: 10)
9. Notre Dame (last week: NR)
8. Oklahoma (last week: NR)
7. Clemson (last week: 1)
6. Miami (last week: 9)
5. Ohio State (last week: 7)
4. TCU (last week: 5)
3. Georgia (last week: 4)
2. Penn State (last week: 3)
1. Alabama (last week: 2)

The upsets started on Friday night, where both Clemson and Washington State went down to unranked teams. Clemson lost QB Kelly Bryant in the 2nd quarter and the Syracuse Orange played well out there and pulled off a huge upset. Clemson fell from the #1 spot in my top 10 ballot to #7, thanks to some other upsets along with giving them the benefit of the doubt due to Bryant's injury. Then, the Washington State Cougars were not only beat, but humiliated, by the Cal Golden Bears. Top 10 teams do get upset, it happens, but losing 37-3 to an unranked team is unforgivable and fell out of my top 10. The Cougars' rival, the Washington Huskies, also fell ill with the upset bug. The Huskies looked bad against the Arizona State Sun Devils and lost a sloppy game, 13-7. And just like their in-state rival, they also fell out of my top 10.

I still do not want to move Wisconsin from that 10 spot, it's not only that they haven't played a good team but they haven't blown a team out like other schools have been doing. If they were blowing the doors off these teams then I could start buying into them, but 33-24 against Northwestern, 38-17 against Nebraska and 17-9 against Purdue isn't doing much to sway my opinion.

For the 2nd week in a row, 2 new teams are in my top 10. Oklahoma makes an appearance again after a big win against rival Texas, stabilizing themselves after a rough couple of weeks. And I'm starting to buy Notre Dame, who makes an appearance at #9 this week. A 1 point loss to Georgia(who is ranked #3) is all that is separating them from currently being undefeated, they have convincingly won all of their other games and that includes a 38-18 road win at Michigan State.

Alabama takes back the #1 spot, where many felt they rightfully belonged in the 1st place.


5. Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
4. Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
3. Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
2. Bryce Love, RB, Stanford
1. Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

Right now, this seems like a 3 player race for the Heisman. Lamar Jackson's Heisman run is on life support now as it appears he won't be going back to back with trophy wins. And Jonathan Taylor has popped up on my Heisman watch list after his 2nd straight 200 yard performance. Wisconsin will hit the bulk of the schedule soon so his campaign will be defined by that stretch.

Baker Mayfield pops back up to 3 after a big game against Texas, also helping his campaign are the struggles of Lamar Jackson and Luke Falk last week. RB Bryce Love had yet another big game, rushing for 147 yards and 2 scores in a 49-7 win over Oregon. Penn State was off last weekend, but Barkley has Michigan this week followed by Ohio State, 2 huge games for him to stake his claim to the Heisman trophy.


#20 UCF at Navy - 3:30 PM

Week 8 doesn't have quite the slate of good games that we normally hope for, but this game is a nice appetizer before the 2 huge night games

Central Florida is not having any problems on offense or defense this season, averaging 50 points per game while only giving up just under 17 points per game. QB McKenzie Milton has been impressive this season, his 15 TD's and his 70% completion percentage currently has him as the 2nd highest rated QB in the nation as far as passing efficiency goes. The Golden Knights also add a balanced running attack to go along with their passing game, averaging 225 yards a game on the ground. Navy is looking to bounce back after their first loss of the season last week, a 30-27 loss to Memphis in a game where they turned the ball over 5 times.
Navy always offers some unique challenges, their triple option is tough to defend and the Midshipmen average just under 400 rushing yards per game. The key will be for UCF to get them out of their comfort zone and force them to pass, 3rd down and long situations and getting on the scoreboard early and building a lead will do it. Easier said than done though, QB Zach Abey already has over 1,000 rushing yards on the season and Navy will turn to him to keep the offense going and get a big win here.


#19 Michigan at #2 Penn State - 7:30 PM

Saquon Barkley vs. the Michigan defense.

That's what this game comes down to, Barkley is a Heisman candidate that accounts for 38% of Penn State's offense. He is both their leading rusher and receiver and Penn State goes as he goes. Michigan though, doesn't allow many yards, especially on the ground, and they are possibly the best defense in the country. They only allow 85 rushing yards and 138 passing yards a game and the most points that they've given up in a game has been 20. Michigan will especially need the defense to show up due to their struggling offense, they will need to turn to the run game heavily in this game in order to score some points. If Barkley does break loose a bit though and Penn State has some success against the stingy Michigan defense, then Michigan will be put in a tough spot due to their issues at QB and it will be made into an even tougher game for them to win. The "white out" at Beaver Stadium will be in full effect as they have not forgotten the 49-10 loss that Michigan handed them last year, while Michigan looks to make a huge statement on the road and keep their sights set on a Big Ten championship.

PREDICTION: Michigan 24-23

#11 USC at #13 Notre Dame - 7:30 PM

A big rivalry here takes place Saturday night, with the USC Trojans heading to South Bend, IN to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. On paper, this looks about as even as it gets, both teams are similar in points per game, points allowed per game, total yards for per game and total yards against per game. USC continues to escape games this season, as was the case last week as they defeated Utah, 28-27. They have turnover issues which is the cause of these close games, including a loss to Washington State, and they are facing a Notre Dame team that is good enough to where they can't afford to play a sloppy game. Notre Dame has won 4 straight since their 1 point loss to Georgia, and each game has not been a contest even. The Irish may not have a big passing game, only 7 passing touchdowns in 6 games, but their rushing attack(which includes QB Brandon Wimbush) has been getting it done. Wimbush and RB Josh Adams have combined for nearly 1,200 rushing yards and 13 TD's, this is something that USC needs to contain in order to pull off a big road win. If Notre Dame can keep their running game going though along with pressuring USC QB Sam Darnold and getting some turnovers then this will be a statement win for them.

Notre Dame 30-27

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 10/18/17: Smackdown Live Seattle Recap

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

Smackdown Live was live this week in Seattle, Washington, hometown to Smackdown Live General Manager Daniel Bryan. This week's show moved forward as WWE Survivor Series is the next stop for Smackdown Live. What new feuds lie ahead for the blue brand??

** Smackdown Live Card **

- WWE Smackdown Live Women's Champion Nattie Neidhart, Lana and Tamina battled Charlotte, Naomi and Becky Lynch in a Six Woman Tag Team Match.
- WWE United States Champion Baron Corbin battled Sin Cara in a non title match.
- Bobby Roode battled Dolph Ziggler.
- Shinsuke Nakamura and Randy Orton battled Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens.

- Smackdown Live General Manager Daniel Bryan calls out Sami Zayn to explain his recent actions.

- WWE World Heavyweight Champion Jinder Mahal makes a special announcement regarding WWE Survivor Series.

- The Fashion Files Returned.

** Smackdown Live **

- Daniel Bryan Calls Out Sami Zayn: Bryan says it's great to be home and hypes tonight's show. Bryan wants to address someone who disappointed him and calls out Sami Zayn. Zayn says he's still a great guy, all he did was take back his career and accuses Bryan of jealousy for not being able to wrestle anymore. Zayn accuses Bryan of having the fans to help him along the way getting him to the top spot, but where are the fans for Zayn. Zayn says he doesn't care about the fans and maybe Bryan would still be wrestling if he didn't care about the fans at one point too. Zayn calls Bryan nothing but a housewife now as Kevin Owens arrives. Owens is happy Zayn is listening to what Owens has stated from day one and agrees with everything Zayn has stated. Bryan says Owens has never once cared about Zayn, he only cares about himself. Bryan says he cares what's best for the fans, but Owens says Bryan only cares what's best for business. Zayn says Bryan has become what he fought against his entire career, a sellout. Zayn again thanks Owens and Owens mocks Bryan as Bryan promises to find a couple guys to take care of Zayn and Owens to end the segment.

- "Six Woman Tag Team Match": Charlotte, Naomi and Becky Lynch vs. Nattie Neidhart, Lana and Tamina: The match closes out with Nattie breaking up the Figure Four submission and sends Charlotte into the corner. Becky hits the Bexploder on Nattie, sending her outside. Tamina lands a super kick, sending Becky outside. Naomi cross body blocks Tamina to the floor. Charlotte traps Lana in the Figure Four submission and bridges into the Figure Eight for the tap out win.
Winners: Charlotte, Naomi and Becky Lynch, by submission.

- After the match, Nattie attacks Charlotte and sends her into the announcers table. Nattie grabs a steel chair, but Charlotte fights back and chases off Nattie.

- Backstage, Daniel Bryan informs Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens that he has acquired Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura to face them tonight. Zayn and Owens walk out as Bryan smiles.

- The Fashion Files: Pulp Fashion Edition: Tyler Breeze chokes on a cheeseburger and The Ascension offer to help, but only if Breezango will be their friends. Breeze survives, but Fandango still refuses to be The Ascension's friends. Breezango's briefcase comes up missing, The Ascension offer to help find it, but Breezango refuse and walk off.

- Baron Corbin officially announces that the US Open Challenges are closed for good and he'll only defend the WWE United States Championship when it benefits him.

- Baron Corbin vs. Sin Cara: The match closes out with Sin Cara drop kicking Corbin outside. Sin Cara hits a suicide dive and then leaps off the top rope and takes Corbin out again. Sin Cara beats the ten count and Corbin gets counted out.
Winner: Sin Cara, by countout.

- Backstage, The Usos are interviewed. The Usos state that they are the hottest thing going and they have the tag team division on lock. Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin interrupt, disagree with The Usos and promise to come for their tag team titles.

- Jinder Mahal's WWE Survivor Series Announcement: Mahal says he received his hero's welcome in India last week and he's beaten every worthy wrestler on Smackdown Live. Mahal says that he must now beat the most dominant force in the WWE, The Beast Brock Lesnar. Mahal throws down an open challenge to Lesnar for WWE Survivor Series. AJ Styles suddenly interrupts and heads to the ring. Styles says he heard the Lesnar challenge clearly, but he's baffled about Mahal's comments about beating every worthy Smackdown Live wrestler when he's yet to battle Styles. Mahal says Styles is a loser and isn't worthy. Mahal tells Styles to get to the back of the line. Styles attacks and lays out The Singh Brothers then goes after Mahal. Styles hits the Pele Kick on Mahal before The Singh Brothers pull Mahal to safety.

- Backstage, Jinder Mahal confronts Daniel Bryan and demands revenge on AJ Styles. Bryan asks Mahal what he wants to do. Mahal says that Sunil Singh will battle Styles next week. Bryan accepts the challenge. 

- Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler: The match closes out with Ziggler getting a near fall rollup on Roode with a handful of tights. Ziggler counters the Glorious DDT, Roode counters that and gets a near fall rollup on Ziggler. Ziggler gets another rollup with a handful of tights on Roode. and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Aiden English is singing. The New Day interrupt with their trombone and the backstage staff start dancing with New Day. New Day mock English until Rusev interrupts. Rusev says that it's no more New Day it's now Rusev Day. New Day start playing a song for Rusev and English sings a song for Rusev. Rusev gets angry and says this isn't a joke to end the segment. 

- Shinsuke Nakamura and Randy Orton vs. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn: The match closes out with Owens hitting a super kick on Orton. Nakamura tosses Owens outside. Zayn goes for the Helluva Kick on Orton, but gets power slammed for a near fall. Owens sends Nakamura into the steel steps as Zayn low blows Orton. Zayn hits the Helluva Kick on Orton and scores the pinfall.
Winners: Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens, by pinfall.

- After the match, Zayn and Owens mock Daniel Bryan and ask what he has next for them. Bryan says Shane McMahon will decide that next week. Owens announces that he and Zayn are best friends, the best that Smackdown Live has and there's nothing anyone can do about it. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

2017-18 NBA Predictions

Randy Groce, Cleveland Cavaliers & NBA Writer (@Brownsareaweful)
Eastern Conference Finals: Cavs v Wizards
Western Conference Finals: Warriors v Rockets
NBA Finals: Cavs v Warriors, Winner: Cavs
MVP: Kawhi Leonard
Most Improved Player: Joel Embiid
Rookie Of The Year: De'Aaron Fox
Cavs Wins: 57

Cliff Gulley, NBA Writer (@CLG2282)
Eastern Conference Finals: Cavs v Wizards
Western Conference Finals: Warriors v Thunder
NBA Finals: Cavs v Warriors, Winner: Cavs
MVP: LeBron James
Most Improved Player: Dante Exum
Rookie Of The Year: Ben Simmons
Cavs Wins: 62

Pat Luhta, MLB Writer & NCAA Football Writer (@PLuhta)
Eastern Conference Finals: Cavs v Celtics
Western Conference Finals: Warriors v Thunder
NBA Finals: Cavs v Warriors, Winner: Warriors
MVP: John Wall
Most Improved Player: Rodney Hood
Rookie Of The Year: Josh Jackson
Cavs Wins: 58

Jason Disantis, Ohio State Writer, UFC Writer (@JasonInCLE)
Eastern Conference Finals: Cavs v Wizards
Western Conference Finals: Warriors v Thunder
NBA Finals: Cavs v Warriors, Winner: Warriors
MVP: LeBron James
Most Improved Player: Kristaps Porzingis
Rookie Of The Year: Lonzo Ball
Cavs Wins: 57

Pat Tregoning, NCAA Basketball Writer (@PatNShaker)
Eastern Conference Finals: Cavs v Wizards
Western Conference Finals: Warriors v Rockets
NBA Finals: Cavs v Warriors, Winner: Cavs
MVP: James Harden
Most Improved Player: Myles Turner
Rookie Of The Year: Ben Simmons
Cavs Wins: 57

Katelin Marshall, Cleveland Browns & NFL Writer (@KatelinKnowsCLE)
Eastern Conference Finals: Cavs v Celtics
Western Conference Finals: Warriors v Thunder
NBA Finals: Cavs v Warriors, Winner: Cavs
MVP: LeBron James
Most Improved Player: Myles Turner
Rookie Of The Year: Lonzo Ball
Cavs Wins: 55

Jaison Roberts, Pittsburgh Steelers Writer (@Kratoslives)
Eastern Conference Finals: Cavs v Wizards
Western Conference Finals: Warriors v Spurs
NBA Finals: Cavs v Warriors, Winner: Cavs
MVP: LeBron James
Most Improved Player: Derrick Rose
Rookie Of The Year: Jayson Tatum
Cavs Wins: 70

Brandon Albright, Wrestling Writer (@B_Rock1978)
Eastern Conference Finals: Cavs v Celtics
Western Conference Finals: Warriors v Spurs
NBA Finals: Cavs v Spurs, Winner: Spurs
MVP: Russell Westbrook
Most Improved Player: Brandon Ingram
Rookie Of The Year: Lonzo Ball
Cavs Wins: 57

Raven Williams, Editor, Entertainment Writer, Host (@nevaRWilliams)
Eastern Conference Finals: Cavs v Wizards
Western Conference Finals: Warriors v Thunder
NBA Finals: Cavs v Warriors, Winner: Cavs
MVP: Kawhi Leonard
Most Improved Player: Devin Booker
Rookie Of The Year: Dennis Smith Jr.
Cavs Wins: 61

Full Court Press: 2017-18 NBA Preview

By Randall Groce, @Brownsareaweful

A lot has changed since the season ended last June. Six all stars from last year are now on different teams. Paul George went to the OKC Thunder. Paul Millsap went to Denver. Jimmy Butler is in Minnesota. Gordon Hayward moved on to Boston. Kyrie Irving joined him about a month later, which caused Isaiah Thomas to go to Cleveland. Did you get all of that?

After the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers to claim their second title in three years, many wondered what impact that might have on the direction teams would go about in building teams this past offseason with so many big name free agents available. In the East, the question is do you build to win immediately to try and take down the Cavaliers, or slowly put together a roster that will be ready to win once LeBron finally retires. A team that seems to have done both are the Boston Celtics.

In August, the Celtics acquired Kyrie Irving in a trade with the Cavaliers in exchange for fellow all-star Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and one of Boston's 2018 first round picks, by way of Brooklyn. The Cavs also added Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Jeff Green, and Jose Calderon. Good luck trying to dethrone them.

Three teams that seem to be waiting on LeBron to move on are the Washington Wizards, Toronto Raptors, and Milwaukee Bucks. They basically stood pat this offseason. The Philadelphia 76ers are hoping for good health. Everyone else in the East got worse. I'm not using hyperbole. Literally every team other than the six listed above got worse. Charlotte picked up Dwight Howard, so yea...they got worse too.

Now the Western conference is a completely different story. The fall of the Warriors empire doesn't seem likely to fall anytime soon, so waiting them out would not seem like the smart move. Instead, most of the teams in the West made moves this off season that will make the Warriors' path to the Finals a lot more difficult than it has been the last three seasons.

Carmelo Anthony and Paul George are now teammates with reigning MVP Russell Westbrook in OKC. On paper they pose the greatest threat to the Warriors. Again, on paper. Chris Paul was traded to the Rockets, which will allow the runner up in last year's MVP race, James Harden to go back to his natural position of shooting guard. The Spurs didn't gain a new all-star, but they have Kawhi Leonard and Greg Popovich. They'll be around when it matters.

Denver, Minnesota, Utah, and Portland will probably round out the rest of the playoff teams in the West but Sacramento, Phoenix, and the Lakers have pieces that'll be fun to watch while Dallas, New Orleans, and the Clippers try to sneak into the final playoff spot.

I must admit, when the 2017 Finals ended I was convinced there was really no reason to even pay attention to the upcoming season. What's the point? Cavs-Warriors part 4 was basically written in stone. While I still think that will be the match up next June, fans will on a nightly basis have exciting games to pay attention to. If you don't follow any team in particular the crop of young guys that just came in this season will be fun to watch as well. Dennis Smith Jr. in Dallas will probably win the Slam Dunk competition next February. De'Aaron Fox running the show in Sacramento on a team that features vets Vince Carter and Zach Randolph. Lonzo Ball dealing with the hype and pressure of playing in LA. Jayson Tatum will try to fit in with Kyrie and Gordon Hayward, and Josh Jackson will be the all-around player Phoenix is missing.

This season is going to be FUN. This is going to be a eight month journey. All that I am asking is that the regular season and the playoffs are just as entertaining as the off season was.

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 10/17/17: RAW Portland 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, live from Portland, Oregon. This week's RAW is the go home show to this Sunday night's WWE TLC pay per view. Expect more buildup to the event as The Shield officially reformed last week and will go to war with The Miz, Sheamus, Cesaro and Braun Strowman at the event.

** Monday Night RAW Card **

- Elias Samson, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson battled Jason Jordan, Titus O'Neil and Apollo Crews in a Six Man Tag Team Match.
- Cedric Alexander battled Jack Gallagher.
- Sasha Banks battled Alicia Fox.
- WWE RAW World Tag Team Champions Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins defended their titles against Sheamus and Cesaro.
- WWE RAW Women's Champion Alexa Bliss and Emma battled Mickie James and Bayley.
- Roman Reigns battled Braun Strowman in a Steel Cage Match.

- WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz returned with another edition of Miz TV with Braun Strowman as his special guest.

- Promos by Kurt Angle, Enzo Amore and Finn Balor.

** RAW **

- Kurt Angle Promo: Angle hypes this Sunday's WWE TLC pay per view and immediately gets interrupted by The Shield, who arrive with their old entrance through the crowd and dressed in their old Shield battle gear. Reigns takes the microphone and says you have two choices when dealing with The Shield, either leave the ring or get your ass beat. Rollins talks about The Shield's history and it's great to be back. Ambrose takes the microphone, hypes their match on Sunday and calls out their four opponents to fight right now. The Miz, Sheamus, Cesaro and Braun Strowman hit the ring, but are cut off by Kurt Angle, who tells them that they're not fighting until Sunday. Angle hypes Reigns vs. Strowman in a Steel Cage and Ambrose and Rollins defending the tag team titles against Sheamus and Cesaro tonight to end the segment.

- Elias Samson, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson are sitting in the ring. Gallows and Anderson warm up their voices before singing with Elias about Jason Jordan being a nerd. Jordan, Titus O'Neil and Apollo Crews interrupt and head to the ring for their match.

- "Six Man Tag Team Match": Elias Samson, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson vs. Jason Jordan, Titus O'Neil and Apollo Crews: The match closes out with Titus and Gallows hitting big boots. Jordan takes out Gallows and Anderson with spears. Crews hits the Apollo Bomb on Anderson and scores the pinfall.
Winners: Jason Jordan, Titus O'Neil and Apollo Crews, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Emma is interviewed. Emma says she's sick of hearing about Asuka, the attention should be on her because she started the Women's Revolution. Alexa Bliss interrupts and agrees with Emma. Alexa then mocks Mickie James and announces Alexa/Emma vs. Mickie and a partner of her choice if she can find one.

- Cedric Alexander vs. Jack Gallagher: The match closes out with Brian Kendrick distracting Alexander, helping Gallagher take control. Rich Swann takes out Kendrick on the floor, distracting Gallagher. Alexander hits the Lumbar Check on Gallagher and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall.

- Miz TV with The Miz: The Miz arrived with Sheamus, Cesaro and Curtis Axel. Miz hypes Sheamus and Cesaro winning back the tag team titles tonight. Sheamus and Cesaro promise to shatter The Shield tonight. Miz promises to expose The Shield as an over hyped nostalgia act on Sunday. Miz finally introduces Braun Strowman and out comes the monster. Strowman says he's going to tear The Shield apart for putting him through the announcers table last week. Strowman promises to start tonight by destroying Roman Reigns in their Steel Cage Match. Miz reminds everyone that The Shield said they'd take on as many people that stepped up to them, so Miz announces a fifth partner in the match. Kurt Angle interrupts and immediately shoots down that idea. Miz tries to change Angle's mind. Angle finally announces that if Strowman beats Reigns later then Miz can have a fifth partner, but if Strowman loses it'll go back to a three on three match. Angle then announces that everyone is banned from the ring during the tag team titles match and the Steel Cage Match.

- Sasha Banks vs. Alicia Fox: The match closes out with Alicia unloading elbows on Sasha. Alicia with more offense on Sasha and then takes Sasha to the mat. Sasha makes the comeback and traps Alicia in the Banks Statement submission for the tap out win.
Winner: Sasha Banks, by submission.

- Backstage, before Sasha Banks can be interviewed, Alicia Fox attacks her from behind. Alicia tosses Sasha into production cases and tells Sasha that she will learn to respect her.

- Enzo Amore Promo: Enzo states that the way he lost the WWE Cruiserweight Championship was unfair, which brings out the champion Kalisto. Kalisto mocks Enzo for trying to place blame and how Enzo sleeps in knock off sheets at night. Enzo claims to not wear any knock off stuff and claims to be wearing $10,000 worth of ring gear right now. Noam Dar, Ariya Daivari, Tony Nese and Drew Gulak suddenly attack Kalisto from behind and beat him down, while Enzo trash talks Kalisto. Mustafa Ali hits the ring and takes everyone out, except for Enzo, who gets the upper hand. Ali and Kalisto get the five on two beat down as Enzo continues to talk trash both men. Enzo hits the JawdonZo on Kalisto and then asks Kalisto and Ali "How their doin'" as they're both laid out.

- "WWE RAW World Tag Team Championship Match": Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins (c) vs. Sheamus and Cesaro: The match closes out with Cesaro catching a Rollins kick and then lands an uppercut. Sheamus and Cesaro double team Ambrose until Rollins makes the save. Rollins takes out Sheamus allowing Ambrose to hit Dirty Deeds on Cesaro to score the pinfall and retain their titles.
Winners: Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, by pinfall, to retain the WWE RAW World Tag Team Championship.

- Backstage, Curtis Axel is giving a pep talk to Sheamus, Cesaro and Braun Strowman. Axel says he needs Strowman to win because Axel is the fifth partner and he needs this match. Axel is pumped and wants Roman Reigns. Strowman tells him to go find Reigns than. Axel tries to back out, but Sheamus and Cesaro talk Axel into doing it, claiming their partner wouldn't be afraid of Reigns.

- Finn Balor Promo: Balor says he still hasn't quite figured out Bray Wyatt's introduction of Sister Abigail last week. Balor says Bray has tricks up his sleeve, but so does Balor. Balor promises to slay Sister Abigail with a demon of his own. Balor says his demon fears nothing and is dying to meet Sister Abigail. Balor tells Sister Abigail to run.

- Emma and Alexa Bliss vs. Mickie James and Bayley: The match closes out with Bayley taking out Emma and kicking her out to the floor. Alexa attacks Bayley from behind and takes her out. Mickie hits Alexa with the Mick Kick and scores the pinfall.
Winners: Mickie James and Bayley, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Curtis Axel finds The Shield and heads toward them.

- Backstage, The Miz hypes up Braun Strowman, Sheamus and Cesaro and then asks where Curtis Axel is. Braun says he sent him to attack Roman Reigns. Miz looks worried as he excuses himself to find Axel.

- Backstage, Mickie James is interviewed. Mickie says she's proud of her accomplishments and would love to win the WWE RAW Women's Championship and take it home to her 3 year old son.

- Backstage, The Miz finds Curtis Axel beaten up and hung upside down from a forklift. Axel is helped by WWE Officials. Miz is interviewed and reveals that Axel was never the fifth man that he's chosen if Braun Strowman wins tonight.

- "Steel Cage Match": Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman: The match closes out with Sheamus, Cesaro, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins arriving and brawling around ringside and to the backstage area. The Miz follows and locks all four men in a room to keep them away from ringside. Reigns starts climbing the cage, but Strowman stops him and lands a headbutt. Reigns kicks Strowman off the ropes, crotching him. Reigns hits two straight Superman Punches dropping Strowman to the mat. Strowman counters the spear, but eats another Superman Punch midair for a near fall. The lights suddenly turn all red in the arena and Kane bursts from under the ring mat as Reigns spears Strowman. Kane hits two choke slams on Reigns. Strowman hits the running power slam on Reigns. Kane lands the Tombstone on Reigns and then Strowman hits one more running power slam for the pinfall.
Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall.

- After the match, The Miz gloats and announces that Kane will be his fifth partner at WWE TLC to end the show.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

On TV This Week 10/15 - 10/21

By Raven Williams, @nevaRWilliams

SUNDAY 10/15

New York Giants @ Denver Broncos (NBC, 8:20pm)

NLCS, Game 2: Chicago Cubs @ Los Angeles Dodgers (TBS, 7:30pm)

MLS: Atlanta United FC @ New York Red Bulls (FOX Sports 1, 5pm)
MLS: FC Dallas @ Seattle Sounders FC (FOX Sports 1, 7:30pm)
Bundesliga: FC Bayer Munich vs. SC Freiburg (FOX Sports 1, 9:30pm)
Shahs Of Sunset, FINALE (Bravo, 8pm)

Fear The Walking Dead, FINALE (AMC, 9pm)

Survivor's Remorse, FINALE (10pm & 10:30pm)
White Famous, PREMIERE (Showtime, 10pm & 10:30pm)
Good Behavior, PREMIERE (TNT, 10pm)
The Platinum Life, PREMIERE (E!, 10pm)

MONDAY 10/16

Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans (ESPN, 8:15pm)

ALCS, Game 3: Houston Astros @ New York Yankees (FOX Sports 1, 8pm)
Fast N' Loud, PREMIERE (Discovery, 9pm)

Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party, PREMIERE (VH1, 10pm)


NBA Tip-Off (TNT, 7pm)
Boston Celtics @ Cleveland Cavaliers (TNT, 8pm)
Houston Rockets @ Golden State Warriors (TNT, 10:30pm)

NLCS, Game 3: Los Angeles Dodgers @ Chicago Cubs (TBS, 4pm)
ALCS, Game 4: Houston Astros @ New York Yankees (FOX Sports 1, 8pm)

Tampa Bay Lightning @ New Jersey Devils (NBC Sports, 7:30pm)
Columbus Blue Jackets @ Winnipeg Jets (FOX Sports Ohio, 8pm)
Montreal Canadiens @ San Jose Sharks (NBC Sports, 10:30pm)
Gucci Mane & Keyshia Ka'Oir: The Mane Event, PREMIERE (BET, 10pm)


Philadelphia 76ers @ Washington Wizards (ESPN, 7pm)
Minnesota Timberwolves @ San Antonio Spurs (ESPN, 9:30pm)

ALCS, Game 5: Houston Astros @ New York Yankees (FOX Sports 1, 4pm)
NLCS, Game 4: Los Angeles Dodgers @ Chicago Cubs (TBS, 8pm)

Chicago Blackhawks @ St. Louis Blues (NBC Sports, 8pm)
Montreal Canadiens @ Los Angeles Kings (NBC Sports, 10:30pm)
CMT Artists Of The Year 2017 (CMT, 8pm)


Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders (CBS/NFL, 8:25pm)

Louisiana-Lafayette @ Arkansas State (ESPNU, 7:30pm)
Memphis @ Houston (ESPN, 8pm)

New York Knicks @ Oklahoma City Thunder (TNT, 8pm)
LA Clippers @ Los Angeles Lakers (TNT, 10:30pm)

NLCS, Game 5: Los Angeles Dodgers @ Chicago Cubs (TBS, 8pm)

Tampa Bay Lightning @ Columbus Blue Jackets (FOX Sports Ohio, 7pm)
The First 48, PREMIERE (A&E, 8pm)
It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (ABC, 8pm)
Toy Story Of Terror (ABC, 8:30pm)

The Eleven, PREMIERE (A&E, 9pm)
Flipping Out, FINALE (Bravo, 9pm)

Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'n Out: 15 Bad and Booty-est Moments (MTV, 11pm)

FRIDAY 10/20

Marshall @ Middle Tennessee State (ESPN 2, 7pm)
Princeton @ Harvard (NBC Sports, 7:30pm)
Colorado State @ New Mexico (ESPN 2, 10:15pm)

Cleveland Cavaliers @ Milwaukee Bucks (ESPN/FOX Sports Ohio, 7pm)
Golden State Warriors @ New Orleans Pelicans (ESPN, 9:30pm)

ALCS, Game 6: New York Yankees @ Houston Astros (FOX Sports 1, 8pm)

Bellator MMA Live (Spike, 9pm)
Superstition, PREMIERE (Syfy, 10pm)
Tracey Ullman's Show, PREMIERE (HBO, 11pm)


Oklahoma State @ Texas (ABC, 12pm)
Maryland @ Wisconsin (FOX, 12pm)
Louisville @ Florida State (ESPN, 12pm)
Iowa @ Northwestern (ESPN 2, 12pm)

Indiana @ Michigan State (ABC, 3:30pm)
Tennessee @ Alabama (CBS, 3:30pm)
Syracuse @ Miami (ESPN, 3:30pm)
North Carolina @ Virginia Tech (ESPN 2, 3:30pm)
Arizona State @ Utah (FOX Sports 1, 3:30pm)
Oklahoma @ Kansas State (FOX, 4pm)

South Florida @ Tulane (ESPN 2, 7pm)
LSU @ Mississippi (ESPN, 7:15pm)
USC @ Notre Dame (NBC, 7:30pm)
Michigan @ Penn State (ABC, 7:30pm)
Kansas @ TCU (FOX, 8pm)

Wyoming @ Boise State (ESPN 2, 10:15pm)
Colorado @ Washington State (ESPN, 10:45pm)

Orlando Magic @ Cleveland Cavaliers (FOX Sports Ohio, 8pm)
Golden State Warriors @ Memphis Grizzlies (NBA TV, 8pm)
Phoenix Suns @ LA Clippers (NBA TV, 10:30pm)

NLCS, Game 6: Chicago Cubs @ Los Angeles Dodgers (TBS, 3:30pm)
ALCS, Game 7: New York Yankees @ Houston Astros (FOX Sports 1, 8pm)

Los Angeles Kings @ Columbus Blue Jackets (FOX Sports Ohio, 7pm)
Florida Panthers @ Washington Capitals (NBC Sports, 7:30pm)

XFINITY Series: Kansas Lottery 300 (NBC, 3pm)

Premier League: Southampton FC vs. West Bromwich Albion FC (NBC, 12:30pm)

Boxing: Jezreel Corrales s. Alberto Machado (HBO, 10:05pm)
MOVIE: John Wick: Chapter 2 (HBO, 8pm)
MOVIE: Life (Starz, 8pm)

George Michael: Freedom (Showtime, 9pm)

Weekend 3 Count 10/15/17

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, GFW, ROH, Lucha Underground, NJPW, House of Hardcore, NWA, ICW, CZW, FIP, PWG, AAW, EVOLVE, PROGRESS, SHINE, SHIMMER 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

** Theme Song Of The Week **
This week's theme song goes to the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion Kalisto. Kalisto defeated Enzo Amore this past week on RAW to win the title.

*** WWE ***

- The Usos Win Tag Team Championship: If you missed WWE Hell In A Cell last weekend, The Usos defeated The New Day inside the Hell In A Cell to win the WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Championship.

- Baron Corbin Wins United States Championship: If you missed WWE Hell In A Cell last weekend, Baron Corbin defeated AJ Styles and Tye Dillinger to win the WWE United States Championship.

- Kalisto Wins WWE Cruiserweight Championship: If you missed RAW this past week Kalisto defeated Enzo Amore to win the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.

- The Shield Reunite: The Shield officially reunited this past week on RAW and took out The Miz, Sheamus, Cesaro and Braun Strowman.

- Sami Zayn Turns Heel: If you missed WWE Hell In A Cell last weekend, Sami Zayn made a heel turn as he assisted Kevin Owens in his victory over Shane McMahon.

- Bray Wyatt Introduces Sister Abigail: This past week on RAW, Bray Wyatt officially introduced Sister Abigail to Finn Balor. Bray appeared in a black veil and spoke in a demonic woman's voice. It appears that Bray will dress and act like Sister Abigail as his split personality.

- Neville Asks For Release: Rumors stated on Tuesday that Neville asked for his release from WWE after he was originally booked to face Enzo Amore and lose this past Monday on RAW. It's unknown if this is the main reason why Neville requested his release or if there is more reasons.

- Neville Update: As the week has gone on there has been no legit story as to whether or not Neville asked for his release and whether it's been granted or not. There have been many wrestlers on Twitter, however, trying to convince Neville to make the jump to either Ring of Honor or NJPW.

- Survivor Series News: According to sources, WWE may be planning a RAW vs. Smackdown Live theme for this year's event. Two matches that have already been talked about is a Non Title Champion vs. Champion match between Brock Lesnar and Jinder Mahal. Another match that has been talked about is Team Kevin Owens vs. Team Shane McMahon.

- Big Show News: According to sources, Big Show was originally stated to be retiring in January of 2018. Rumors are that Show is rehabbing his current injury and wants to make a return next year.

- Conor McGregor In Talks With WWE: Sources have stated that UFC fighter Conor McGregor is currently in talks with the WWE for a one time only appearance at Wrestlemania 34.

** 205 Live Recap **
The main event of the show saw WWE Cruiserweight Champion Kalisto and Mustafa Ali battle Enzo Amore and Ariya Daivari.

- Kalisto Promo: New WWE Cruiserweight Champion Kalisto is in the ring to celebrate his title win on RAW. Kalisto says it's a dream come true, he did it on Eddie Guerrero's birthday and he will bring honor and respect to the title. Enzo Amore interrupts. Enzo says he put 205 Live on his back, Kalisto can't do it and calls Kalisto a hypocrite for using Mustafa Ali to help him win the title. Enzo guarantees he's winning the title back at WWE TLC. Ariya Daivari tries to attack Kalisto from behind, but gets caught. Enzo and Daivari 2 on 1 beat down Kalisto until Mustafa Ali hits the ring for the save.

- "Two Out of Three Falls Match": Rich Swann vs. TJ Perkins:

** First Fall: Perkins goes for the knee bar submission on Swann, but Swann counters it and scores the pinfall to take the 1-0 lead.

** Second Fall: Both men take each other out with double clotheslines. Perkins cuts off Swann on the top rope. Perkins takes down Swann and applies the knee bar submission. Swann escapes and gets a near fall running Phoenix Splash on Perkins. Swann goes to the top rope and hits another Phoenix Splash to score the pinfall and sweep the match 2-0.
Winner: Rich Swann.

- Backstage, Drew Gulak applauds Enzo Amore for sticking to his guns. Gulak can't stand Kalisto and thanks Enzo for finally waking him up to this realization.

- Akira Tozawa vs. Drew Gulak: Before the match can even start, Gulak attacks Tozawa on the stage. Gulak stomps on Tozawa, hits him with his protesting sign in the throat and sends Tozawa into the LED board before walking out.
Winner: No Contest.

- Backstage, Cedric Alexander is interviewed. Alexander says he's not afraid to get his hands dirty against Brian Kendrick and Jack Gallagher. He's not backing down and he will be ready for their next attack.

- Mustafa Ali and Kalisto vs. Enzo Amore and Ariya Daivari: The match closes out with Kalisto hot tagging and unloading on Enzo and Daivari. Ali and Kalisto hit double suicide dives. Back in the ring, Kalisto gets distracted as Enzo sends Ali face first into the ring post. Kalisto kicks out of a Daivari pinfall and hits Salida Del Sol for his own pinfall.
Winners: Kalisto and Mustafa Ali, by pinfall.

*** NXT ***

- New Undisputed Era Member: This past week on NXT TV, Taynara Conti was revealed as the fourth member of the Undisputed Era faction, as she arrived with Adam Cole, Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly before attacking Nikki Cross.

*** Impact Wrestling ***

** Impact TV Recap **
This week's main event saw Johnny Impact battle Garza Jr. to determine a new #1 Contender to the Impact World Heavyweight Championship.

- LAX Promo: LAX are ready for their 5150 Street Fight Match against oVe at Bound For Glory. Santana wants to fight someone tonight. oVe arrives with steel chairs and state they fight tonight in any kind of match. Diamante says they're fighting all of them in a 5150 Street Fight Match at Bound For Glory and then slaps Dave Crist in the face. A brawl breaks out which ends with Dave getting laid out with a cutter on a chair and Jake getting tossed through a table.

- Rosemary vs. Anna Harper: The match closes out with Rosemary making quick work of Anna with the Red Wedding for the pinfall.
Winner: Rosemary, by pinfall.

- After the match, Rosemary invites Taya Valkyrie to come dance with the devil. Taya arrives and goes face to face with Rosemary. Rosemary attempts to mist Taya, but Taya blocks it and mists Rosemary in the face. Taya lays out Rosemary with Road to Valhalla to end the segment.

- Taryn Terrell Promo: Taryn mocks Gail Kim and her husband which immediately brings Gail out. Gail says the mind games won't work and karma will eventually slap Taryn in the face. Gail slaps Taryn and stomps away on her until she escapes the ring to end the segment.

- Backstage, Sienna plans to destroy Allie tonight. Texano promotes AAA Wrestling. Caleb Konley is out next and says their match tonight is dedicated to his friend Trevor Lee.

- In a parking lot, Grado seems to have more issues with Joseph Park as Park refers to Grado as being a meal ticket towards him.

- "Six Person Tag Team Match": Sienna, Caleb Konley, and Texano vs. Allie, Dezmond Xavier, and James Storm: The match closes out with Konley slapping Xavier. Xavier comes back and kicks Konley in the face. Xavier goes to the top rope, but gets tripped up by Trevor Lee. Storm hits the Last Call on Konley and scores the pinfall.
Winners: Allie, Dezmond Xavier and James Storm, by pinfall.

- At LAX's Headquarters, LAX laugh that they got oVe to accept their match at Bound For Glory. 

- Moose is shown with former MMA fighter Stephan Bonnar, both with metal pipes and arriving at Bobby Lashley's MMA Fight Team's facility.

- "#1 Contenders Match": Johnny Impact vs. Garza Jr.: The match closes out with Garza going to the top rope, but gets kicked by Impact. Impact goes for a superplex, but Garza shoves him away. Garza gets a near fall drop kick on Impact. Both men trade offense and pinfall until Impact holds a pinfall for the victory.
Winner: Johnny Impact, by pinfall, to become the new #1 Contender to the Impact World Heavyweight Championship.

- After the match, Chris Adonis hits Impact in the back of the head with a piece of wood.

- At Bobby Lashley's MMA Fight Team's facility, Moose and Stephan Bonnar destroy the trophy cases, trophies and dump all their memorabilia on the floor before leaving to end the show.

- Global Wrestling Network News: This past week Impact Wrestling officially kicked off the Global Wrestling Network. GWN will highlight the entire 16 year history of NWA/TNA/Impact/GFW history. The cost for the network is 7.99 a month.


** ROH TV Recap **
The main event of the show saw The Young Bucks and Hangman Adam Page defend the ROH Six Man Tag Team Championship against Silas Young, The Beer City Bruiser and Minoru Suzuki.

- Silas Young and Beer City Bruiser Promo: Silas shows off his scars from battling Jay Lethal at Death Before Dishonor and says they're scars of a real man. Young announces that he and Beer City are going after the Six Man Tag Team Championship and have found the perfect partner in Minoru Suzuki. The Young Bucks and Hangman Adam Page interrupt, mock the trio and promise to see them in the main event tonight.

- "ROH Television Championship Match": Kenny King (c) vs. Josh Woods: The match closes out with Woods applying a choke hold on King. King is able to counter out of it and get the rollup pinfall to retain his title.
Winner: Kenny King, by pinfall, to retain the ROH Television Championship.

- After the match, King says he'll take on all comers and defend the title against anyone. Shane Taylor, Chuckie T, Punishment Martinez and Mark Briscoe all interrupt and demand title shots. King says they'll all have to bow down to the King if they want title shots.

- Jay Briscoe Promo: Jay Briscoe is about to explain why he attacked Bully Ray at Death Before Dishonor, but gets interrupted by Tommy Dreamer. Dreamer tells Jay old stories about how tough Bully Ray is, but after what Jay did to Bully at Death Before Dishonor, Bully's career may be over. Dreamer tells Jay that he messed up and this will come back on Jay and he has no idea what hell will come with it. Jay looks a little concerned and walks out to end the segment.

- "ROH Six Man Tag Team Championship Match": The Young Bucks and Hangman Adam Page (c) vs. Silas Young, The Beer City Bruiser and Minoru Suzuki: The match closes out with Hangman hitting the Indytaker on Young outside. Hangman hits the Rite of Passage on Bruiser and scores the pinfall to retain the titles.
Winners: The Young Bucks and Hangman Adam Page, by pinfall, to retain the ROH Six Man Tag Team Championship.

- After the match, Bruiser blames Suzuki for their loss and they begin brawling. ROH officials have to separate Young, Bruiser and Suzuki to end the show. 

*** Lucha Underground ***

** Ultima Lucha Tres **
This week was part 3 of 4 of the Lucha Underground season finale.

- "Last Luchadora Standing Match": Taya vs. Sexy Star: The match closes out with both ladies brawling into the crowd. Taya unloads chops and then grabs a table. Taya stacks some tables and then trades kicks with Sexy. Both ladies fight into the upper balcony and trade chops. Both ladies fight into the camera deck area and both end up falling and crashing through the stacked tables. The referee counts to 10 with Sexy Star barely answering the count for the win.
Winner: Sexy Star.

- "Lucha Underground Trios Championship Match": The Reptile Tribe (Drago, Vibora, Pindar)(c) vs. The Mack, Killshot and Dante Fox: The match closes out with Fox hitting a suicide dive. Drago follows with a suicide dive of his own. Vibora hits a lariat on Killshot. Mack hits a pounce on Vibora. Fox and Killshot team together and hit suicide dives. Kobra Moon slides Pindar a weapon, but Mack stops it from being used. Fox hits Lo Mein Pain and Mack hits a Stunner. Killshot hits the double foot stomp and Mack scores the pinfall to win the titles.
Winners: The Mack, Dante Fox and Killshot, by pinfall, to win the Lucha Underground Trios Championship.

- "Lucha Underground Gift of The Gods Championship, Ladder Match": Pentagon vs. Son of Havoc: The match closes out with Havoc beating down Pentagon and then stacking steel chairs. Pentagon hits the package piledriver on the chairs. Pentagon sets up a bridged ladder against the ropes and then sets up a table. Havoc is laid on the table and then Pentagon climbs the ladder. Havoc cuts off Pentagon, Pentagon unloads kicks and both men brawl while on the bridged ladder. Pentagon tosses Havoc off and right through a table. Pentagon climbs the ladder and grabs the title for the victory.
Winner: Pentagon, to win the Lucha Underground Gift of the Gods Championship.

- At Vampiro's Lair, Vampiro tells Prince Puma to defeat Johnny Mundo so he can save his career and win the title. Puma agrees with his mission. A mystery voice applauds Vampiro on doing a great job. Vampiro thanks the voice and calls it master.


** King of Pro Wrestling **
NJPW returned with their King of Pro Wrestling pay per view. Kazuchika Okada defended his IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Evil. Tetsuya Naito defended his Wrestle Kingdom 12 briefcase against Tomohiro Ishii.

- "Six Man Tag Team Match": Sanada, Hiromu Takahashi and Bushi vs. Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi and Leo Tonga: The match closes out with Bushi misting Fale in the face and getting the roll up pinfall.
Winners: Sanada, Hiromu Takahashi and Bushi, by pinfall.

- Toru Yano and Hirooki Goto vs. Minoru Suzuki and Zack Sabre Jr.: The match closes out with Yano and Suzuki brawling outside. Yano lands a low blow on Suzuki and beats the 20 count for the win.
Winners: Toru Yano and Hirooki Goto, by countout.

- "IWGP Jr. Tag Team Championship Match": Ryusuke Taguchi and Ricochet (c) vs. Roppongi 3K (Sho Tanaka and Yohei Komatsu): The match closes out with Ricochet getting a rollup into a double foot stomp. Roppongi 3K regain control, hit the double team Flatliner, score the pinfall and win the titles.
Winners: Roppongi 3K, by pinfall, to win the IWGP Jr. Tag Team Championship.

- "IWGP Tag Team Championship, Tornado Rules, Elimination Match": The Killer Elite Squad (Lance Archer and Davey Boy Smith Jr.) (c) vs. War Machine (Hanson and Rowe) vs. Guerillas of Destiny (Tanga Loa and Tama Tonga): KES score the first fall elimination on GOD. Loa crashes into a steel chair wedged in the corner and gets pinned with the Killer Bomb. The match closes out with War Machine attempting to put Archer through a table. Smith makes the save, KES hit a Killer Bomb right through the table, score the pinfall and retain their titles.
Winners: Killer Elite Squad, to retain the IWGP Tag Team Championship.

- "Six Man Tag Team Match": Yoshi Hashi, Beretta and Jado vs. Kenny Omega, Cody Rhodes and Marty Scurll: The match closes out with all six men brawling. Jado traps Scurll in a cross face submission. Scurll counters out of it, applies the chicken wing submission and gets Jado to tap out.
Winners: Kenny Omega, Cody Rhodes and Marty Scurll, by submission.

- Hiroshi Tanahashi and Togi Makabe vs. Kota Ibushi and Juice Robinson: The match closes out with Makabe going for the King Kong knee drop, but comes up empty. Juice hits Pulp Friction and scores the pinfall.
Winners: Kota Ibushi and Juice Robinson, by pinfall.

- "IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Match": Kushida (c) vs. Will Ospreay: The match closes out with Kushida countering the OsCutter into the Hoverboard Lock submission. Ospreay escapes, counters Back To The Future, but gets hit with a Kushida Cutter. Ospreay catches Kushida with a flapjack and follows with the OsCutter to score the pinfall and win the title.
Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall, to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.

- After the match, Hiromu Takahashi arrives but so does Marty Scurll, who breaks Takahashi's fingers. Scurll makes an open challenge to Ospreay.

- "WrestleKingdom 12 Briefcase Match": G1 Winner Tetsuya Naito vs. Tomohiro Ishii: The match closes out with Naito countering a brain buster and gets a near fall Destino on Ishii. Naito hits a second Destino on Ishii and scores the pinfall, to retain his briefcase.
Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall, to retain the Wrestle Kingdom 12 Breifcase.

- "IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match": Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Evil: The match closes out with Evil countering the Rainmaker with a head butt and a near fall. Okada counters Everything Is Evil and hits the Rainmaker on Evil. Okada hits a Tombstone and another Rainmaker to score the pinfall to retain his title.
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall, to retain the IWGP 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!