Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon 2/28/17: RAW Green Bay Recap

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon, brought to you by Triple Threat CLE, brings you the RAW Recap for the week.

This week RAW was live in Green Bay, Wisconsin. RAW served it's go home show to this Sunday night's WWE Fastlane pay per view. Goldberg returned to give his final thoughts on his match against WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens at WWE Fastlane. The New Day battled Rusev and Jinder Mahal in tag team action. Akira Tozawa battled Noam Dar in one on one Cruiserweight Division action. Sasha Banks and WWE RAW Women's Champion Bayley battled Charlotte and Nia Jax in tag team action. Big Cass battled WWE RAW World Tag Team Champion Luke Gallows. Sheamus battled Titus O'Neil in one on one action. Seth Rollins returns to give us an update on his leg injury. Big Show battled The Shining Stars in a Handicap Match. Jack Gallagher and TJ Perkins battled WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville and Tony Nese in tag team action. Samoa Joe battled Cesaro in one on one action. Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns have a contract signing to make their match at WWE Fastlane official.

** RAW **

- Goldberg Promo: Goldberg promises the fans, his wife, his son and Kevin Owens that he will win the WWE Universal Championship and defend it against Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 33. Kevin Owens interrupts and stands on the stage. Owens says that Goldberg is next in the evolution of Kevin Owens as the champ. Goldberg says all that speech did was piss Goldberg off and dares Owens to get in the ring. Owens wants a Street Fight tonight, but then backs out and says Green Bay doesn't deserve it, so he'll wait till Sunday. Owens promises he'll beat Goldberg on Sunday and all the Goldberg chants will die permanently.

- The New Day Promo: New Day hype their hosting of Wrestlemania 33 and continue to push for New Day ice cream. The New Day then mock the Oscar flub by announcing The Shining Stars as their opponents. Once Epico and Primo appear, The New Day admit their mistake and say it's supposed to be Rusev and Jinder Mahal. The Shining Stars get Big Show later.

- The New Day vs. Rusev and Jinder Mahal: The match closes out with Mahal escaping Big E's Big Ending and boots Big E. Woods splashes Mahal as Big E eats a thrust kick from Rusev. Outside the ring Kofi and Lana begin arguing, distracting Rusev. Mahal gets distracted with Rusev leaving him and gets pinned by Woods with a bridging O'Connor Roll. After the match, Rusev and Mahal argue about what happened.
Winners: The New Day, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Big Cass tells Enzo that they need to focus because Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson have won tag titles all over the world and Big Cass and Enzo haven't won any titles anywhere yet. Enzo says Cass is right and then runs off at the mouth about winning gold.

- Backstage, Samoa Joe interrupts Cesaro and Sheamus. Joe says it's funny that Cesaro is still reaching for the brass ring. Cesaro says that at least he's not carrying Triple H's jock strap like Joe. Sheamus offers to Brogue Kick Joe, but Cesaro says he's got this as Joe walks off.

- Backstage, Stephanie McMahon gives Mick Foley another pep talk, mentions Triple H ending Foley's career once, Triple H gets stronger yearly while Foley falls. Stephanie concludes by saying Foley can't even live up to his own expectations.

- Akira Tozawa vs. Noam Dar: The match closes out with Tozawa hitting a suicide dive on Dar and takes the fight back into the ring. Tozawa misses a dive off the ropes, but lands on his feet and unloads kicks on Dar. Tozawa dodges a kick and scores the pinfall on a german suplex bridge. After the match, Brian Kendrick attacks Tozawa from behind, beats Tozawa down and says lesson #3 is having eyes in the back of your head at all times.
Winner: Akira Tozawa, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Samoa Joe asks Mick Foley if he's having a nice day. Foley says he used to like Joe, but now he's just Triple H's puppet and puts him in a match against Cesaro.

- Sasha Banks and Bayley vs. Charlotte and Nia Jax: The match closes out with Charlotte dumping Bayley on the apron, but Bayley dumps Charlotte on the ropes. Bayley goes to the top rope, leaps on Nia's back and locks in a chinlock. Nia dumps Bayley on the mat, but Bayley comes back and knocks Charlotte off the apron. Nia drops Bayley and then knocks Sasha off the apron. Sasha leaps at Nia, but gets caught and slammed on top of Bayley. Nia hits the leg drop on Bayley and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Nia Jax and Charlotte, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Mick Foley tells Braun Strowman he has no competition for him tonight. Strowman wants Roman Reigns to sign a contract to make their WWE Fastlane match official so Reigns can't back out. Foley says he'll do what he can, but if it doesn't go Strowman's way then don't blame Foley.

- Luke Gallows vs. Big Cass: The match closes out with Cass hitting the Empire Elbow, but gets distracted by Karl Anderson. Enzo sends Anderson into the steel steps as Cass hits a big boot on Gallows and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Big Cass, by pinfall.

- Titus O'Neil vs. Sheamus: Sheamus picks up the quick pinfall after hitting the Brogue Kick after Titus tries to attack.
Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall.

- Seth Rollins Promo: Rollins arrives still using a crutch to walk. Rollins says his rehab is going good and he hopes to be back soon. Rollins says that maybe he deserved this, he let his ego get in the way and should've expected Triple H to stab him in the back. Rollins says it doesn't look like the doctors will clear him in time for Wrestlemania 33. Triple H and Samoa Jow suddenly interrupt and head to ringside. Triple H says it's good to see Rollins and it's best that he's not at Wrestlemania. Triple H says he used to call Rollins the future, but now he's the past and just another washed up superstar. Triple H warns Rollins not to show up at Wrestlemania and call Triple H out because it'll be the last thing Rollins ever does. Rollins says he has nothing to lose, he will be at Wrestlemania and if it's the last thing he ever does, it'll be Triple H's last too.

- "Handicap Match": Big Show vs. The Shining Stars: The match closes out with Epico and Primo double teaming Show to his knees. Primo leaps off the top rope, but gets swatted down by Show. Show hits the Knockout Punch Epico and then choke slams Primo to score the pinfall.
Winner: Big Show, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Neville interrupts Tony Nese and asks him if he remembers the plan of putting Jack Gallagher in his place before WWE Fastlane. Nese says he remembers, but he's going to do what's best for him too. Neville tells Nese not to screw things up and walks out.

- Jack Gallagher and TJ Perkins vs. Neville and Tony Nese: The match closes out with Gallagher hitting a drop kick on Nese and a near fall crossbody. Gallagher tosses Neville onto the apron. Perkins hits the Detonation Kick on Nese and Gallagher follows with a drop kick. Gallagher applies a submission and makes Nese tap out as Neville looks on and refuses to help Nese.
Winners: Jack Gallagher and TJ Perkins, by submission.

- Backstage, Sasha Banks tells Bayley that she'll be at ringside when Bayley defends her title against Charlotte at WWE Fastlane to watch her back. Stephanie McMahon interrupts and informs Sasha that she'll be battling Nia Jax at WWE Fastlane.

- Cesaro vs. Samoa Joe: The match closes out with Joe countering the Cesaro Swing, so Cesaro hits a double stomp instead for a near fall. Joe counters The Neutralizer and Cesaro injures his leg in the ropes. Joe kicks Cesaro's injured leg and then hits a Uranage for the pinfall.
Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall.

- Samoa Joe Promo: Joe says he's made an impact on RAW by hurting people and reminds everyone backstage to not step up to The Destroyer. Sami Zayn suddenly attacks Joe and unloads on Joe. Zayn and Joe brawl to the side of the stage until Joe gets a cheap shot in as WWE Security arrive. Zayn flies off the RAW stage and takes out Joe and security until finally being pulled off Joe.

- Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman Contract Signing: Mick Foley is in the ring for the contract signing. Strowman mocks Foley, Foley demands respect and Strowman calls Foley pathetic. Foley gets in Strowman's face and says Strowman will learn to respect Foley or else. Roman Reigns arrives and heads to the ring. Strowman attacks Reigns, sends Reigns into the ringpost and then tosses Reigns over the barricade. Strowman and Reigns brawl into the production area where Reigns hits a Superman Punch and then spears Strowman through the barricade.
Reigns goes to sign the contract as Strowman asks Reigns if that's all he's got. Reigns hits another Superman Punch and goes for the spear. Strowman catches Reigns, tosses him into the corner and the turnbuckle breaks causing Reigns to spill to the floor. Strowman leaves as Reigns gets to his feet and signs the contract to end the show.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

On TV This Week 2/26/17 - 3/4/17

By Raven Williams, @nevaRWilliams


Suns @ Bucks (NBA TV, 3:30pm)
Pelicans @ Thunder (NBA TV, 7pm)
Hornets @ Clippers (NBA TV, 9:30pm)

Dodgers @ Brewers (MLB, 4pm)
Indians @ Cubs (MLB, 8pm)

Blue Jackets @ Rangers (FOX Sports Ohio, 5pm)
Blues @ Blackhawks (NBC Sports, 7:30pm)

Butler @ Xavier (FOX Sports 1, 3:30pm)
Wisconsin @ Michigan State (CBS, 4pm)
Georgia Tech @ Notre Dame (ESPNU, 6:30pm)
Washington @ Washington State (ESPNU, 8:30pm)

2017 Daytona 500 (FOX, 2pm)

College Track & Field; SEC Indoor Championship (ESPN, 8pm)
Oscars: Live from the Red Carpet (ABC, 7pm)
The Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel (ABC, 8:30pm)


Bucks @ Cavaliers (TNT, 7pm)
Pacers @ Rockets (TNT, 9:30pm)

Padres @ Angels (MLB, 4pm)
Astros @ Mets (MLB, 9pm)

North Carolina @ Virginia (ESPN, 7pm)
West Virginia @ Baylor (ESPNU, 7pm)
WOMENS: Connecticut @ South Florida (ESPN 2, 7pm)
WOMENS: Baylor @ Oklahoma (FOX Sports 1, 8pm)
Oklahoma @ Kansas (ESPN, 9pm)
Miami @ Virginia Tech (ESPN 2, 9pm)

Kings @ Wild (NBC Sports, 8pm)
The Voice, PREMIERE (NBC, 8pm)
When We Rise (ABC, 9pm)
Taken, PREMIERE (NBC, 10pm)
Chris Webber's Full Court Pranks, Nick Swisher vs. Susanne The Fan (truTV, 10pm)
The High Court, with Doug Benson (Comedy Central, 12am)


Warriors @ Wizards (NBA TV, 7pm)
Hornets @ Lakers (NBA TV, 10:30pm)

Avalanche @ Flyers (NBC Sports, 7pm)
Blue Jackets @ Canadiens (FOX Sports Ohio, 7:30pm)

Royals @ Brewers (MLB, 4pm)
Angels @ Cubs (MLB, 9pm)

Georgetown @ Seton Hall (FOX Sports 1, 6:30pm)
Indiana @ Purdue (ESPN, 7pm)
Florida State @ Duke (ESPN 2, 7pm)
Mississippi State @ South Carolina (ESPNU, 7pm)

St. John's @ Creighton (CBS SportsNet, 8pm)
Ohio State @ Penn State (Big Ten, 8:30pm)
DePaul @ Providence (FOX Sports 1, 8:30pm)
Vanderbilt @ Kentucky (ESPN, 9pm)
Oklahoma State @ Iowa State (ESPN 2, 9pm)
Pittsburgh @ Georgia Tech (ESPNU, 9pm)
Presidential Address (Major networks, 9pm)
Tattoo Girls, FINALE (TLC, 10pm)
Taboo, FINALE (FX, 10pm)


Cavaliers @ Celtics (ESPN, 8pm)
Rockets @ Clippers (ESPN, 10:30pm)

Penguins @ Blackhawks (NBC Sports, 8pm)

Arkansas @ Florida (ESPN 2, 7pm)
Michigan @ Northwestern (Big Ten, 7pm)
Texas @ Texas Tech (ESPN 2, 9pm)
Kansas State @ TCU (ESPNU, 9pm)
Marquette @ Xavier (FOX Sports 1, 9pm)
Washington @ UCLA (FOX Sports 1, 11pm)
Catfish: The TV Show (MTV, 8pm)
Hunted, FINALE (CBS, 8pm)
When We Rise (ABC, 9pm)
TIME: The Kalief Browder Story, PREMIERE (Spike, 10pm)
Suits, FINALE (USA, 10pm)
UConn: The March To Madness, PREMIERE (HBO, 10pm)


Warriors @ Bulls (TNT, 8pm)
Thunder @ Trail Blazers (TNT, 10:30pm)

Wild @ Blue Jackets (FOX Sports Ohio, 7pm)
Rangers @ Bruins (NBC Sports, 7pm)

Nebraska @ Minnesota (ESPN, 7pm)
Houston @ Cincinnati (ESPN 2, 7pm)
UCF @ South Florida (ESPNU, 7pm)
Tulsa @ SMU (CBS SportsNet, 8pm)

Iowa @ Wisconsin (ESPN, 9pm)
Stanford @ Colorado (ESPN 2, 9pm)
Tulane @ Memphis (ESPNU, 9pm)
California @ Utah (ESPNU, 11pm)
When We Rise (ABC, 9pm)
My Kitchen Rules, FINALE (FOX, 9pm)
60 Days In, PREMIERE (A&E, 9pm)
Top Chef, FINALE (Bravo, 9pm)
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'n Out (MTV, 9pm)
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'n Out (MTV, 9:40pm)
The History of Comedy (CNN, 10pm)


Cavaliers @ Hawks (ESPN/FOX Sports Ohio, 8pm)
Spurs @ Pelicans (ESPN, 9:30pm)

Lightning @ Penguins (NHL, 7pm)

Harvard @ Princeton (ESPNU, 5pm)
Iowa State @ West Virginia (ESPN 2, 7pm)
Akron @ Kent State (ESPN 2, 9pm)

Bellator MMA Live (Spike, 9pm)

Minnesota United FC @ Portland Timbers (FOX Sports 1, 9:30pm)
Emerald City, FINALE (NBC, 9pm)
When We Rise, FINALE (ABC, 9pm)
Uncommon Sense Live (MTV 2, 11:30pm)


Cavaliers @ Heat (FOX Sports Ohio, 8pm)
Clippers @ Bulls (ABC, 8:30pm)

Blue Jackets @ Senators (FOX Sports Ohio, 7pm)
Canadiens @ Rangers (NHL, 7pm)

Kentucky @ Texas A&M (CBS, 12pm)
Indiana @ Ohio State (ESPN, 12pm)
Illinois @ Rutgers (ESPNU, 12pm)
Notre Dame @ Louisville (CBS, 2pm)
Florida @ Vanderbilt (ESPN, 2pm)
Georgia @ Arkansas (ESPN 2, 2pm)
TCU @ Oklahoma (ESPNews, 3pm)
Arizona @ Arizona State (CBS, 4pm)
Baylor @ Texas (ESPN, 4pm)
Memphis @ SMU (ESPN 2, 4pm)
Kansas @ Oklahoma (ESPN, 6pm)
Oregon @ Oregon State (ESPN 2, 6pm)
Duke @ North Carolina (ESPN, 8:15pm)
Washington State @ UCLA (ESPNU, 9:30pm)

XFINITY Series: Rinnai 250 (FOX Sports 1, 2pm)
Camping World Truck Series: Active Pest Control 200 (FOX Sports 1, 4:30pm)

WGC Mexico Championship, Third Round (NBC, 3pm)

UFC 209: Woodley vs. Thompson 2 - Prelims (FOX Sports 1, 8pm)
Boxing: Premier Boxing Champions (CBS, 9pm)

English Premier League: Liverpool FC vs. Arsenal FC (NBC Sports, 12:25pm)
WOMENS SOCCER: SheBelieves Cup: England vs. United States (FOX, 5pm)

Gymnastics: American Cup (NBC, 1pm)
Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular (ABC, 3pm)
Saturday Night Live: Octavia Spencer, (NBC, 11:30pm)

Weekend 3 Count 2/26/17

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, TNA, ROH, Lucha Underground, NJPW, House of Hardcore, ICW, CZW, FIP, EVOLVE, 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

*** WWE ***

- Naomi Vacates WWE Smackdown Live Women's Championship: This past Tuesday night, Naomi had to vacate her WWE Smackdown Live Women's Championship due to injury. Daniel Bryan immediately made a match between Alexa Bliss and Becky Lynch to crown a new champion that night.

- Alexa Bliss Wins Title: Alexa Bliss defeated Becky Lynch last Tuesday on Smackdown Live to become a 2 time WWE Smackdown Live Women's Champion.

- #1 Contender Match Announced: Due to last Tuesday's #1 Contender’s Battle Royal ending in a double elimination between AJ Styles and Luke Harper, it was announced that Styles and Harper will meet one on one to determine a #1 Contender this week on Smackdown Live.

- The New Day Hosting Wrestlemania 33: The New Day officially announced on Monday that they will be the official hosts of this year's Wrestlemania in Orlando, Florida. The New Day stated that they like to have fun so their main goal will be to make sure everyone is having fun at Wrestlemania.

- Diamond Dallas Page Hall Of Fame Bound: WWE officially announced this week that DDP will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2017.

- Rumored Summer Slam Title Match: Rumors have begun circulating this past week that WWE may already have their WWE Universal Championship Match planned out for Summer Slam in August. As of now the WWE is planning to run with Brock Lesnar defending the WWE Universal Championship against Braun Strowman. As of now these are only rumors and nothing for sure has been stated yet.

** 205 Live Recap **
This week, Brian Kendrick battled Akira Tozawa in a one on one match. Also #1 Contender to the WWE Cruiserweight Championship, Jack Gallagher, was in action against Tony Nese in the main event.

1.) Brian Kendrick vs. Akira Tozawa: The match closes out with Kendrick attempting to apply the Captain's Hook, but Tozawa blocks it. Tozawa sends Kendrick outside and then takes Kendrick out with a suicide diving headbutt. Kendrick grabs Tozawa's foot and ties it up underneath the ring trapping Tozawa outside. Kendrick gets back in the ring and wins by countout as Tozawa can't free his foot in time.

2.) Backstage, Brian Kendrick says he's teaching Akira Tozawa lessons. RAW it was the beat down and tonight it was the countout loss. Kendrick says there will be more lessons for Tozawa coming soon.

3.) Backstage, Noam Dar mocks Rich Swann and guarantees that he and Alicia Fox aren't having issues, even though she's not with Dar tonight.

4.) Noam Dar vs. Mustafa Ali: The match closes out with Ali hitting a tornado DDT on Dar and then Ali goes to the second rope. Dar cuts off Ali and sends him into the ringpost. Dar connects with a Shining Wizard on Ali and scores the pinfall.

5.) Backstage, Neville says Jack Gallagher made the mistake of touching the king on RAW, now Gallagher has Neville's attention.

6.) Backstage, Jack Gallagher says tonight will be a preview of how he'll win the WWE Cruiserweight Championship, with technique, footwork, and a great mustache.

7.) Jack Gallagher vs. Tony Nese: The match closes out with Gallagher hitting a headbutt and placing Nese in the tree of woe. Nese hits a german suplex on Gallagher and goes to the top rope. Gallagher cuts off Nese and lands a superplex. Gallagher connects with the running corner drop kick and scores the pinfall to end the show.

*** NXT ***

- Heidi Lovelace Given NXT Name: Independent woman's wrestler Heidi Lovelace signed on with WWE NXT over the summer and has officially debuted her new gimmick name for NXT house shows. Lovelace will now be known as Ruby Riot and it's unknown when she'll make her official NXT TV debut.

- Finn Balor Returns: In a huge NXT surprise this week, Finn Balor returned at a live NXT show. Andrade "Cien" Almas and Bobby Roode joined forces in beating down Shinsuke Nakamura when suddenly The Demon King returned and made the save for Nakamura.

- New Developmental Signee: Squared Circle Signings is reporting that WWE has signed 22 year old Canadian olympic weightlifter Isabel Lahela to a developmental contract. It was noted that she took part in a WWE tryout last September at the WWE Performance Center.

*** Impact Wrestling ***

** Impact Wrestling Recap **
This week Cody Rhodes returned to Impact, The Broken Hardy's search for more gold on their Expedition of Gold Tour and we were all invited to the wedding of Braxton Sutter and Laurel Van Ness.

1.) At The Hardy Compound, Matt Hardy talks to George Washington the giraffe and then Vanguard One. Matt tells Jeff he needs to house his abilities in Jeff's vessel until he returns from his teleportation to Egypt. Matt transferes his abilities to Jeff and then transports to Egypt

2.) Cody and Brandi Rhodes Promo: Cody talks about where he's been and how he's now back in Impact. Cody mentions Bobby Lashley attacking him last time, but assures Lashley that he's not here for him. Cody says he's here for Brandi and mentions how proud he is of her. Brandi says she's been spending her time trying to be like Cody, thanks Cody for his inspiration and then thanks Moose for helping train her. Cody calls Moose out so he can join Cody and Brandi. Moose arrives, Cody thanks Moose for his help and considers Moose apart of the Rhodes family. Cody, however, losses his cool when he finds out Brandi has Moose's phone number, because since they train together, eventually they'll sleep together. Moose immediately cuts in, tells Cody he's got it all wrong and he was just there to help. Brandi tries to calm Cody down when Cody suddenly starts laughing and says he was just kidding. Cody kisses his wife, but then suddenly low blows Moose. Cody lays Moose out with Cross Rhodes, grabs Brandi by the arm and forces her to leave with him.

3.) Eli Drake vs. Tyrus: Drake and Tyrus meet in the ring where Drake offers to give Tyrus a raise on his current deal with Drake. Tyrus grabs Drake by the throat, but then releases Drake, gives Drake a hug and accepts the raise and the return of their partnership.

4.) Backstage, Maria, Sienna and Laurel Van Ness are prepping for Laurel's Wedding and wonder where Allie is.

5.) At the Hardy Compound, Matt returns from Egypt with Skarsguard, which is a golden arc now and states he learned what must be done in Egypt. The Hardy's must win all the tag team gold in the whole world. Matt and Jeff grab Vanguard One and teleport to their next destination.

6.) Jade Promo: Jade calls out Rosemary. Rosemary appears and tells Jade that instead of trying to save the Knockout's Division from darkness she should just save herself. Jade says she's prepared to risk everything again and challenges Rosemary to a Last Knockout Standing Match. Rosemary accepts the challenge.

7.) Backstage, Mike Bennett tries to cheer up Braxton Sutter, who doesn't care about Laurel Van Ness or the wedding. All Sutter can think about is Allie.

8.) Bram vs. Jessie Godderz: The match closes out with Godderz trapping Bram in the Adonis Lock submission, but Eddie Kingston distracts Godderz on the apron. Godderz sends Bram crashing into Kingston and then rolls up Bram for the pinfall.

9.) The Hardy's are teleported to the Madison Civic Center in West Virginia and search for the Mid Atlantic Tag Team Champions. Matt and Jeff argue with the #1 Contenders, two men in cowboy hats named Matt and Louis. Another man appears, states that the champions are Mathis and Rage and they haven't been beaten in 12 years, but he thinks The Hardy's can do it. Matt and Louis agree and let The Hardy's have their #1 Contenders spot.

10.) Backstage, Allie finally arrives and gets mocked by Maria, Laurel Van Ness and Sienna. Laurel demands Allie to go book the Honeymoon Suite. Allie leaves, accidentally bumps into Braxton Sutter and asks if this is really what he wants. Sutter apologizes to Allie and says he has to do this.

11.) Backstage at the Madison Civic Center, the champions accept The Hardy's challenge and a huge locker room brawl breaks out between all the wrestlers.

12.) "Mid Atlantic Tag Team Championship Match": Mathis and Rage (c) vs. The Broken Hardy's: The match closes out with Jeff brawling with Rage backstage, where Jeff puts Rage in a dumpster and wheels him down a flight of stairs. Jeff returns to the ring where he and Matt hit the Twist Of Fate into the Swanton Bomb and score the pinfall to win the titles. The Hardy's celebrate with everyone in the ring and then suddenly teleport back to Cameron, North Carolina. Back home The Hardy's place the Mid Atlantic Tag Team Championship inside Skarsguard the Golden Arc.

13.) "The Warmaster" Josh Barnett vs. Bad Bones: Bobby Lashley sits at commentary to watch this match. The match closes out with Barnett hitting a power bomb and a northern lights suplex on Bad Bones. Barnett stares at Lashley, locks on an armbar submission and makes Bad Bones tap out. 

14.) "Impact X Division Championship Match": Trevor Lee (c) vs. DJ Z: The match closes out with DJ Z hitting a reverse hurricanrana on Lee and then goes for the ZDT. Shane Helms distracts DJ Z by grabbing his foot. Lee rolls up DJ Z with a handful of tights and steals the pinfall to retain the title. After the match, Andrew Everett hits the ring, attacks Lee and Helms and then lands a Shooting Star Press on Lee.

15.) The Braxton Sutter/Laurel Van Ness Wedding: The Best Man Mike Bennett arrives with Braxton Sutter to the alter. The Flower Girls Aron Rex and Rockstar Spud arrive next tossing flower pedals. The Bridesmaids Maria and Sienna arrive next to the alter. Laurel Van Ness is out next and then Maria demands the Ring Bearer Allie to come out now. Allie finally appears and heads to the alter. The ceremony begins, Laurel reads her vows and says she doesn't care that Sutter is broke because she's rich and will change Sutter. Sutter says he forgot his vows and just wants this to conclude already. Maria shoves Allie down and demands her to hand over the rings. Laurel says "I do" but Sutter hesitates and finally says "I'm sorry, I don't". Sutter says he can't marry Laurel because he's in love with Allie and he was being forced to marry Laurel or else Maria was going to fire Allie. Maria laughs now that the cat is out of the bag and fires Allie. Allie says Maria can't fire her because she quits. Sienna grabs Allie and Maria tries to hit Allie with her shoe. Sutter stops it and then knocks Mike Bennett down. Allie spears Maria as Brooke Tessmacher arrives and helps Allie fight off Maria and Sienna. Robbie E arrives next and goes after Mike Bennett as Allie and Sutter escape together. Allie and Sutter kiss as Laurel cries and drinks champage to end the show.

- Kevin Sullivan Returns: This past Tuesday, wrestling producer Kevin Sullivan (not the wrestler) announced on Twitter that he has returned to Impact Wrestling, working backstage with the company.

- Dutch Mantell/Zeb Colter Returns: Dutch Mantell announced on Twitter this week that he has signed on with Impact in a creative advisory role. Many expected this to happen as Mantell and Jeff Jarrett are good friends.

- Mike Bennett And Marie Bennett Sign New Contracts: The Bennett's announced this week that they both have signed new one year contracts with Impact Wrestling. 

- New Impact Creative Team Announced: According to PWInsider, the new creative team will be headed up by Jeff Jarrett and officially consisting of Dutch Mantel and Scott D’Amore. The three of them will be assisted by Abyss, Rockstar Spud and Jeremy Borash. There is also the possibility of a writer being hired to be responsible for taking the shows and turning them into scripts to be produced.


** ROH TV Recap **
This week saw the Finals of the Decade of Excellence Tournament as Christopher Daniels battled Jay Briscoe with the winner earning a future ROH World Championship Match against ROH World Champion Adam Cole.

1.) "The Last Real Man" Silas Young vs. Bull James: The match closes out with the Beer City Bruiser trying to interfere and help Young. James hits a monkey flip on Young and a tornado DDT on Bruiser. James counters Misery, but gets a full nelson knee from Young. Young is able to hit Misery on the next attempt and scores the pinfall.

2.) "Handicap Match": Colt Cabana vs. The Boys: Dalton Castle was on commentary for this match. The match closes out with Cabana tossing one of The Boys into Castle at the commentary table. Castle gets held back by the referee as Cabana hits the Chicago Skyline on Boy #1. Cabana applies the Billy Goats Curse submission on Boy #2 and gets the tap out victory.

3.) "Decade of Excellence Tournament Finals Match": Christopher Daniels vs. Jay Briscoe: Kazarian was on commentary for this match. The match closes out with Daniels hitting a Uranage and goes for the Best Moonsault Ever. Briscoe counters and gets a near fall roll up. Daniels hits another Uranage and misses on the second attempt at the Best Moonsault Ever. Briscoe connects with a super kick and a lariat for a near fall. Daniels counters the Jay Driller and crotches Briscoe in the corner. Daniels and Briscoe end up on the ropes and trade blows back and forth until Daniels again crotches Briscoe on the ropes. Daniels hits Super Angel Wings off the ropes and scores the pinfall to win the tournament. After the match, Daniels and Briscoe shake hands to end the show.


- Zack Sabre Jr. Signs With New Japan: Dave Meltzer confirmed last week that British pro wrestler Zack Sabre Jr. will be heading to New Japan Pro Wrestling very soon. ZSJ will be joining fellow Brit Will Ospreay in NJPW in the coming months according to Meltzer.

- Kenny Omega Returns: Kenny Omega will make his official return to New Japan Pro Wrestling this weekend at NJPW Honor Rising. There was rumors surrounding Omega since January on whether or not he would sign with WWE or return to NJPW. Omega made the decision to sign a new one year contract with NJPW.

*** AAW ***

** Art of War Recap **
AAW Art of War took place in Merrionette Park, Illinois. The main event of the evening saw a Six Man Tag Team Match with ACH, AR Fox and Fenix battling AAW World Champion Sami Callihan and 014K. The event also featured TNA's DJ Zema Ion, TNA's Trevor Lee, former NJPW wrestler Matt Sydal, former TNA wrestler Low Ki, ROH's Michael Elgin, Lucha Underground's Brian Cage, TNA's Abyss and TNA's Eddie Kingston.

1.) Chuck Taylor and Trent Baretta defeated Davey Vega and Mat Fitchett.

2.) DJ Zema Ion defeated Connor Braxton.

3.) Matt Riddle defeated Jason Kincaid.

4.) "AAW World Tag Team Championship Match": Trevor Lee defeated Matt Sydal. (Lee was forced to defend the titles in a singles match.)

5.) Low Ki defeated El Hijo Del Fantasma.

6.) Michael Elgin and Brian Cage defeated Dezmond Xavier and Zachary Wentz.

7.) Abyss defeated Eddie Kingston.

8.) "Six Man Tag Team Match": ACH, AR Fox and Fenix defeated Sami Callihan and OI4K.

*** PWG ***

** Only King's Understand Recap **
The main event of the show saw Zack Sabre Jr. defend his PWG World Championship against Chuck Taylor. The show also featured Cody Rhodes, TNA's Trevor Lee, former Lucha Underground wrestler Ricochet, ROH's  Lio Rush, Jay White, Michael Elgin and Marty Scurll, Lucha Underground's Brian Cage, ROH World Champion Adam Cole, ROH World Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks and Sami Callihan.

1.) Trevor Lee defeated Cody Rhodes. The biggest story coming out of this match was what Lee said during his in ring promo. Apparently Lee said "F*** Dusty Rhodes" which upset Cody Rhodes, who wasn't aware that Lee was going to say that in his promo.

2.) Trent defeated Rey Fenix.

3.) Matt Riddle and Jeff Cobb defeated Michael Elgin and Brian Cage.

4.) Ricochet defeated Lio Rush.

5.) Marty Scurll defeated Jay White.

6.) "Six Man Tag Team Match": Adam Cole and The Young Bucks defeated Sami Callihan and OI4K.

7.) "PWG World Championship Match": Zack Sabre Jr. (c) defeated Chuck Taylor. After the match, Sabre turned heel and joined with Marty Scurll. Both men beat down Taylor until Trent made the save.

*** Other ***

- The Rock Calls CM Punk While In A WWE Ring: If you haven't heard, this past week while filming his new movie about Paige's life, The Rock called CM Punk while standing inside a WWE ring. The call unfortunately went to voice mail and of course rumor is Vince McMahon was furious backstage about The Rock's publicity stunt. (I originally was going to post the actual video, but WWE keeps deleting everyone's videos that taped it because obviously they still want nothing to do with Punk)

Punk took to Twitter later and stated that he was out walking his dog that's why he didn't pick up the phone. He appreciated all the love that Los Angeles gave him though.

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, February 24, 2017

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon Special Edition: Diamond Dallas Page

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

What's up gang, Brandon from Triple Threat CLE back with another special edition blog for you. This time it's all about Diamond Dallas Page, who if you haven't heard has just been announced to enter the WWE Hall of Fame this year. So my question is and you can get my top five answers below....

"With Diamond Dallas Page going into the WWE Hall of Fame, which DDP moment was your favorite?"

I would love to hear what everyone's favorite moment is and I'm actually curious to know if the man himself DDP has one favorite moment that sticks out for him in his huge career.

1.) DDP Swerves The nWo: With the nWo running things in WCW they were looking to recruit more members into their faction. DDP was just beginning to make a mid card name for himself at the time, was great friends with The Outsiders, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash and even nWo/WCW President Eric Bischoff. Many considered DDP to be an automatic lock in the group and it looked like everyone was right the night Hall and Nash confronted DDP. DDP hugged Hall and Nash, accepted the nWo t-shirt and even put it on to a mixed reaction of cheers and boos from the fans. What happened next no one expected, as DDP dropped Hall with a Diamond Cutter and escaped into the crowd to celebrate with the fans and staying a loyal WCW follower in the process. DDP became public enemy #1 to the nWo and would go on to have a great feud with the nWo's Macho Man Randy Savage.

2.) Feuding With "Macho Man" Randy Savage: Savage and DDP began their feud when Savage helped Hall and Nash attack and spray paint DDP, then later revealed that DDP and his valet Kimberly were really husband and wife, which was a huge secret at the time. DDP got revenge on Savage at Spring Stampede with a victory, but that didn't stop Savage. Savage, with the help from Scott Hall would defeat DDP at The Great American Bash in an Anything Goes, Lights Out Match. Hall and Savage would again defeat DDP at Bash At The Beach after DDP's partner Curt Hennig turned on DDP and sided with the nWo. DDP would battle Savage and Hall again two months later at Fall Brawl, teaming with Lex Luger and winning in a No DQ Match. DDP pulled off one of my favorite swerves during this time frame as well. Savage battled the masked La Parka and ended up getting upset by La Parka after he hit a Diamond Cutter, unmasked and revealed himself as DDP in disguise. DDP and Savage would battle one more time in a Las Vegas Sudden Death Match at Halloween Havoc, which saw Savage come out victorious after Hulk Hogan attacked DDP dressed as Sting.

3.) Feuding With Bret "The Hitman" Hart: DDP began feuding with the Excellence of Execution, Bret "The Hitman" Hart immediately following his feud with Randy Savage. Hart was in his "is he or isn't he a member of the nWo" stage of his career at this time and was the reigning WCW United States Champion. DDP would defeat Hart on an episode of Nitro to capture the WCW United States Championship and would grant Hart his rematch at World War 3. DDP again came out victorious at the pay per view, but his reign as WCW United States Champion didn't last much longer as Hart would win back the title at the next Nitro in a No DQ Match, after The Giant attacked DDP and helped Hart come out victorious.

4.) Winning Battlebowl,

Becoming Lord Of The Ring: In May of 1996, WCW held Battlebowl: Lethal Lottery at WCW Slamboree. If you're not firmiliar with this event, WCW would pair two unlikely guys together in a series of tag matches. The winning team would move on to a battle royal to decide a winner of Battlebowl. DDP drew Barbarian as his partner and went on to defeat Meng and Hugh Morrus. DDP and Barbarian would next defeat Rick Steiner and The Bootyman to advance to Battlebowl. The battle royal came down to DDP and his partner Barbarian, with DDP hitting two Diamond Cutters and securing the Battlebowl Lord of the Ring victory.

5.) Facing Goldberg At WCW Halloween Havoc: This match was voted WCW Magazine's "Match of the Year" in 1998. I remember ordering this pay per view and being disappointed that I didn't get to see this match...why?...because Halloween Havoc ran slightly longer than expected which resulted in cable companies blacking out the end of the Hulk Hogan vs. Warrior match and all of the DDP vs. Goldberg match. Thankfully WCW aired the entire DDP vs. Goldberg match on Nitro, which won Nitro the ratings war for the week. Though DDP came up short in winning the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, the match was definitely a five star match and had an awesome spot where DDP countered the Jackhammer into a Diamond Cutter.

These five moments are just the tip of the iceberg on DDP's career, which also included The Diamond Exchange in AWA, managing Badd Company to a AWA World Tag Team Championship, managing The Freebirds, Managing Hall and Nash before they were Hall and Nash, breaking into wrestling professionally as a 35 year old rookie, his battles with the nWo, WCW Television Championship runs, WCW World Heavyweight Championship runs, losing and then winning back the WCW World Heavyweight Championship in the same night, teaming with NBA great Karl Malone and Tonight Show Host Jay Leno, creating a faction with Bam Bam Bigelow and Chris Kanyon, arriving in the WWE and finally starting DDP Yoga and helping Scott Hall and Jake Roberts better their lives after knocking on death's door.

In closing I just want to say congratulations to Diamond Dallas Page on his Hall of Fame Induction into this year's 2017 WWE Hall of Fame Class and please go back and check out some of DDP's great matches on the WWE Network, you won't be disappointed!

Self High Five! BANG!!!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Radio Show 2/22/17: On DeMarcus Cousins, NBA Trade Deadline & Midseason Awards

By Raven Williams, @nevaRWilliams

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Wrestling Lockup with Brandon 2/23/17: NXT Recap

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon, brought to you by Triple Threat CLE, brings you this week's NXT recap.

This week's NXT saw Ember Moon, Liv Morgan and Peyton Royce battle in a #1 Contenders Triple Threat Match. Pete Dunne battled Mark Andrews in one on one action. NXT World Champion Bobby Roode battled No Way Jose in a one on one non title match.  

** NXT **

- "#1 Contenders Triple Threat Match": Ember Moon vs. Liv Morgan vs. Peyton Royce: The match closes out with Ember going for her Eclipse Stunner, but Billie Kay interferes. Ember takes Billie out with a Stunner instead. Liv takes advantage and tosses Ember to the floor. Peyton hits the Fisherman’s Buster on Liv and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Peyton Royce, by pinfall, to become the new #1 Contender to the NXT Women's Championship.  

- Pete Dunne vs. Mark Andrews: The match closes out with Andrews getting a near fall head scissors on Dunne. Dunne goes to work on the hand and arm area on Andrews. Andrews comes back, hits the Slumdog Millionaire and then goes to the top rope. Dunne blocks Andrews' high flying by getting his knees up. Dunne hits Bitter End on Andrews and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Pete Dunne, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Peyton Royce and Billie Kay are celebrating. Peyton guarantees she'll beat Asuka next week for the NXT Women's Championship.

- Interview With Tye Dillinger: Dillinger talks about SAnitY attacking him and Roderick Strong and No Way Jose helping him. Dillinger says he has an agenda and it doesn't involve SAnitY.

- No Way Jose vs. Bobby Roode: The match closes out with Jose landing a near fall hammerlock slam on Roode. Jose chases Roode into the corner, but eats a boot. Jose connects with a punch on Roode and puts Roode down. Jose goes for the cover, but Roode plays possum, grabs Jose and hits the Glorious DDT for the pinfall. After the match, Roode goes after Jose's knee and locks in a half crab submission. Kassius Ohno hits the ring and chases off Roode.
Winner: Bobby Roode, by pinfall.

- Kassius Ohno Promo: Ohno says the crowd and Bobby Roode know exactly who he is, he's been in NXT before, he has always taken what he wants and Roode has what he needs. Roode, who's on the NXT stage, claims to be a fighting champion and will fight Ohno right now. Roode hits the ring and takes out Ohno's leg and goes to work on it. Ohno fights back, unloads on Roode and leaves Roode laid out in the ring to end the show.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Krunch Time With Katelin: NBA Trading Deadline Predictions

By Katelin Marshall, @KatelinKnowsCLE

The NBA trading deadline is one of the most hectic time of the sporting year. And this year is looking like one for the ages. Dating back to January there have been a number of moves that could change the state of teams not just this year but in future years. Starting with the Kyle Korver to Cleveland deal, Serge Ibaka to Toronto,  and the surprise post All-Star game Demarcus Cousins trade to New Orleans to play along side Anthony Davis. But that's all in the past and now its time to make some predictions for what's to come in the next 48 hours.

1. Carmelo Anthony doesn't get traded:
It seems unlikely that the Knicks: A. Finds a deal that benefits them going forward. B. The deal involves a contending team for Carmelo to join. The team the holds a ton of assets for a trade like this is the Boston Celtics. The Celtics have the expiring contracts and the potential top draft pick a team like Knicks would want for someone like Melo. But when it comes to the Celtics I don't see Melo waving his no-trade clause to go to Boston. If reports are true, Melo would only waive his (NTC) for Cleveland (play with LeBron) or the Clippers (play with Chris Paul).

2. The Timberwolves make a Deal involving Ricky Rubio:
    Rubio is a solid point guard, but with the way the T-Wolves play spacing becomes an issue. Rubio's inability to shoot the three consistently ends with defense clogging the paint when defending Rubio. And it doesn't help when their frontcourt; Wiggins, Anthony-Towns, and Dieng all have the same strengths of getting into the paint and finishing. Plus with the season-ending injury to Zach Lavine the T-Wolves now have a giant hole at shooting guard. A trade of Rubio to the Cavs for Iman Shumpert has been speculated for a bit since it fits a need for both teams but I don't see the Cavaliers making a trade like this...or one at all.

3. The Cavaliers keep things "Status Quo":
Like I stated in my article "What Should the Cavs Do Now with Kevin Love Out 6 Weeks?", "Status Quo" just means keeping an open roster spot for a player who is a free agent or someone who has their contract bought-out after the deadline. With the injuries to Love and J.R. Smith the Cavs should focus on getting healthy and learn how to play with the players they have now. We seen it take a month or so for Kyle Korver to fit into the Cavs offense and vise-versa. This shouldn't but much of a surprise and fans should think of Korver as their trading deadline acquisition.

4. The 76ers Deal Jahlil Okafor for a Backcourt Player:
With the emergence of Joel Embid the 76ers now have an overstock of frontcourt players. Per reports Okafor was almost dealt to Portland and was rumored in trade talks to New Orleans. The 76ers lack a young shooter guard, and lets keep it 100... Nik Stauskas isn't a starting shooter guard in the league. As of right now teams interested in Okafor are the Indiana Pacers and the Phoenix Suns. So maybe that means Brandon Knight is on the move again.

5. The Knicks Trade Derrick Rose:
If the Knicks trade anyone the smart money seems to be on Rose...and like stated earlier the T-Wolves are seeking to trade away Rubio. Minnesota's head coach Tom Thibodeau is reportedly pushing for a trade that would bring Rose to Minny. It seems unlikely but the contracts aren't too crazy to be worked out and the Knicks might want to get whatever they can for the former MVP.

6. Orlando Trades one (or more) of their Backcourt players:
 The Magic are in a mist of a rebuild...again. And they have a number of player who would seem to fit on multiple playoff teams. D.J. Augustin has played on three playoff teams in his career and its been in a backup role. Augustin is known as a three point shooter who can create his own shot at times and his contract is only $7.3 Million and at the age of 29 the four year deal shouldn't be any cause of concern for teams trading for him. C.J. Watson is older at 32 but like Augustin has playoff experience some teams would want in a backup guard. His contract isn't as bad as Augustin's two years at $5 Million per year. And lets not forget about Jodie Meeks. Meeks is in the last year of his deal

7. Boston Trades for Jimmy Butler:
This one is a long shot but the Celtics should buy into this year and make a big splash. Butler playing along side of Thomas and Horford should give the Cavs an actual series. I'm not saying they could beat the Cavaliers but a Boston vs Cleveland Eastern Conference finals should be an entertain series. The Bulls future is questionable and with the signing of Rondo and Wade they were rushed into contending when in reality that wasn't their plan. So trading Butler for the Brooklyn Nets' pick (which should be a top-4 lock) and expiring contracts is a great place to rebuild.