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*** WWE ***
- Randy Orton Wins The Royal Rumble: In case you missed the Royal Rumble this past Sunday, Randy Orton won the 30 Man Royal Rumble Match and will go on to get a WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match at Wrestlemania 33.
- The Club Win The WWE RAW World Tag Team Championship: In case you missed the Royal Rumble this past Sunday, The Club, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson defeated Sheamus and Cesaro to win the WWE RAW World Tag Team Championship.
- Neville Wins The WWE Cruiserweight Championship: In case you missed the Royal Rumble this past Sunday, Neville defeated Rich Swann to win the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
- Charlotte's Streak Continues: After successfully defending her WWE RAW Women's Championship against Bayley at the WWE Royal Rumble, Charlotte has moved to 16-0 in title matches on pay per views.
- Goldberg Coming To RAW: Last Monday night Brock Lesnar challenged Goldberg to one more match at Wrestlemania 33. Goldberg stated that he will be on RAW tomorrow night to answer Lesnar's challenge.
- The Undertaker Possibly Injured At The Royal Rumble: Following The Undertaker's elimination at the Royal Rumble witnesses have said that The Undertaker was having mobility issues. WWE Officials are thinking that The Undertaker may have come back too soon from his previous surgery. It's still unknown who The Undertaker will face at Wrestlemania 33 and as of this writing The Undertaker is still planned to compete.
- Seth Rollins Injured: WWE stated this week that Seth Rollins may have suffered another knee injury this past Monday on RAW after being attacked by Samoa Joe. Rollins was seen leaving RAW on crutches and tweeted out a picture of his knee wrapped. Rumors stated later in the week that he would be out 4 to 6 months due to the knee injury. However, as of Thursday, reports were saying Rollins would be back in 8 weeks, which would be the Wednesday before WrestleMania 33. There still may be hope for the Rollins vs. Triple H match after all.
- Finn Balor Update: Rumors are stating that Finn Balor was supposed to be #30 at the Royal Rumble, however, Balor’s doctor wasn't able to clear him for the event. Roman Reigns was put in at the last minute since Balor couldn't go. Balor was also slated to start a storyline with The Undertaker during the Rumble which would've set up The Undertaker vs. Finn Balor at Wrestlemania 33. WWE looks to be going with The Undertaker vs. Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania 33 now.
- Nikki Bella Retiring: Sources have stated that Wrestlemania 33 will be Nikki Bella's last professional wrestling match. Nikki has stated that she has been having minor issues with her neck again and will look to get it surgically repaired after Wrestlemania. The injury is similar to what Edge had that forced him into retirement far too early.
- WWE Announces Their Madison Square Garden Show: This week WWE released some of the matches that will take place at the WWE Madison Square Garden show on March 13th.
- "WWE Universal Championship Match": Kevin Owens (c) vs. Brock Lesnar
- "WWE Intercontinental, Triple Threat Match": Dean Ambrose (c) vs. The Miz vs. Baron Corbin
- Randy Orton vs. Luke Harper
- Dolph Ziggler vs. Apollo Crews
*** 205 Live Recap ***
1.) Tony Nese vs. Lince Dorado: The match closes out with Dorado landing a few punches and then lands a power slam on Nese. Dorado hits a springboard stunner on Nese. Nese regains advantage of the match, lowers his knee pad and hits the Running Kneese for the pinfall. After the match, Nese attacks Dorado until TJ Perkins hits the ring and nails the Detonation Kick on Nese.
2.) Backstage, Rich Swann is wearing a walking boot and is on crutches. Swann says he'll be out for a bit, but will be back to regain the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. Neville attacks Swann and leaves him laying.
3.) Akira Tozawa vs. Aaron Solo: The match closes out with Solo unloading strikes on Tozawa. Tozawa lands a jumping hurricanrana, sending Solo to the floor. Tozawa hits a suicide dive on Solo, then takes the action back into the ring. Tozawa misses some offense, but gets a roll through and hits a snap german suplex on Solo for the pinfall.
5.) Neville and Noam Dar vs. Jack Gallagher and Cedric Alexander: The match closes out with Neville refusing to tag in and leaves Dar alone. Alexander hits a springboard clothesline on Dar and follows that with a springboard enziguri. Dar tries to run, but gets caught by Gallagher and tossed back into the ring to Alexander. Alexander hits the Lumbar Check on Dar and scores the pinfall.
*** NXT ***
- Authors Of Pain Win The NXT World Tag Team Championship: In case you missed NXT Takeover: San Antonio last Saturday night, The Authors of Pain defeated #DIY to win the NXT World Tag Team Championship.
- Seth Rollins Invades NXT: In case you missed NXT Takeover: San Antonio last Saturday night, RAW's Seth Rollins invaded NXT in hopes of finally getting his hands on Triple H. Triple H had Rollins escorted out of the building by security.
- Corey Graves Leaving NXT: This past week at NXT Takeover: San Antonio, Corey Graves announced that he would be stepping down from being an NXT announcer and moving on the other projects within the WWE. Graves will be replaced by ROH and Independent wrestling icon Nigel McGuinness.
- Shinsuke Nakamura Staying In NXT: Royal Rumble came and went and there was no Nakamura debut like many thought would happen. According to Triple H, he feels that Nakamura is still needed in NXT due to not having a high profile babyface to battle Bobby Roode at the moment. Triple H also stated that Nakamura is not ready for the television aspect of a live main roster show as of yet.
*** IMPACT WRESTLING ***
This week the four briefcase winners from a couple weeks ago get to turn in their briefcases and challenge anyone they choose on Open Fight Night.
1.) The Broken Hardy's Promo: Broken Matt Hardy says he's seen visions from the 7 deities of tag team championships all over the world that they must win. Matt says they have a teleportation mechanism that will allow them to leap into any promotion at any time and help them delete every tag team in the world. Jeff Hardy with briefcase #1 announces that he's challenging Bobby Lashley tonight for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Lashley appears and says he expected this from Jeff Hardy and accepts the challenge.
2.) "TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match": Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Jeff Hardy: The match closes out with Hardy hitting the Twist Of Fate and the Swanton Bomb for a near fall. Hardy hits a second Swanton Bomb, but Lashley gets his foot on the ropes for the pinfall break. Lashley goes out to the floor where Hardy tosses him into the steel steps. Hardy misses a suicide springboard and crashes on the floor. Lashley tosses Hardy back into the ring, hits the spear to score the pinfall and retain the title.
3.) Eddie Edwards and Bobby Lashley Face To Face: After the match, Eddie Edwards hits the ring and has a face to face with Lashley. Edwards congratulates Lashley and compliments him. Lashley says he doesn't need Edwards' praise. Edwards says he's here for his title rematch and calls Lashley Triple B "Bitch Boy Bobby". Lashley claims that when Edwards was the champ, Lashley had to jump through hoops for a title shot, so the answer is no. Edwards mocks Lashley with the Triple B name again until Lashley finally agrees to give Edwards a rematch, but it'll be his last opportunity.
4.) Backstage, Eli Drake refuses to announce who he's turning his briefcase in on yet.
5.) Backstage, Rosemary again confronts Brandi Rhodes, trying to get her to join The Decay, but Brandi says no.
6.) Sienna vs. Brooke Tessmacher: The match closes out with Maria beating down Brooke while Sienna distracted the referee. Brooke counters the AK47 and unloads some offense on Sienna. Sienna counters a suplex and goes for The Silencer. Brooke counters and locks Sienna in a reverse bridged chinlock. Sienna powers out, but gets hit with a backbreaker by Brooke. Brooke goes to the top rope, but gets shoved off by Maria. Sienna hits The Silencer on Brooke and scores the pinfall.
7.) Backstage, Aron Rex is getting makeup applied, Rockstar Spud yells at the makeup lady, dismisses her and applies the makeup for Rex. Rex gets mad when Spud calls him bloody fabulous because he hates violence and bodily fluids. Spud calls him Rexcellent instead.
8.) The DCC use briefcase #2 to challenge The Decay to a Falls Count Anywhere Match.
9.) "Falls Count Anywhere Match": The DCC vs. The Decay: The match closes out with James Storm laying out Crazzy Steve with a side winder suplex. Abyss goes for a choke slam on Storm unto a barbed wire board, but Bram makes the save and hits Abyss with a beer bottle. Storm connects with The Last Call on Abyss and Abyss falls onto the barbed wire board. Crazzy Steve takes control with steel chair shots to The DCC. The DCC finally over power Steve and beat him down. Bram piledrives Steve through a table bridged between the apron and the guardrail and scores the pinfall on the floor.
10.) Backstage, Maria tells Braxton Sutter that he has to propose and marry Laurel Van Ness or else Allie will suffer. Sutter doesn't want to, but Mike Bennett says he needs a powerful woman by his side.
11.) Drew Galloway Promo: Galloway says he made a bold statement when he said the TNA Grand Championship will be better than the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Galloway says some people don't like the title, but he feels it's because of the rules and the fact that Aron Rex was the inaugural champion. Galloway says that since tonight is Open Fight Night he'll challenge anyone for the title. Moose comes out and says he doesn't appreciate Galloway kicking him in the jewels two times in a row to win and then retain the title, he wants a rematch tonight. Galloway says no one wants to see them wrestle again and he's too late because he already had a challenger lined up. Galloway announces an unknown wrestler named Rob Rizen as his opponent.
12.) "TNA Grand Championship Match": Drew Galloway (c) vs. Rob Rizen: The match closes out with Galloway making quick work of Rizen in round one. Galloway with a spike piledriver and the Future Shock DDT to score the pinfall, to retain the title.
14.) "TNA X-Division Championship, Ladder Match": DJ Z (c) vs. Trevor Lee: DJ Z comes out with his leg wrapped after Lee's attack from last week. The match closes out with Lee and DJ Z trading shots on the ladder. DJ Z knocks Lee off, but struggles to climb the ladder with his bad leg. DJ Z leaps off the ladder and plants Lee with the ZDT. DJ Z tries to climb the ladder as Shane Helms slides Lee a steel chair. Lee hits DJ Z with the chair on his bad leg and knocks him off the ladder. Lee traps DJ Z's leg in the chair and sets the ladder on top of the chair so DJ Z can't move. Lee climbs the ladder, grabs the title and becomes the new champion.
15.) Backstage, Tyrus says that Eli Drake still isn't announcing his challenge just yet.
16.) Backstage, Robbie E mocks Aron Rex and Rockstar Spud and challenges Rex to a match next week.
17.) Eli Drake and Tyrus are out with briefcase #4 and are about to announce their challenge. Ethan Carter interrupts and heads to the ring. Tyrus mocks EC3's injured midsection. Drake cheap shots EC3 and chooses his challenger.
18.) Eli Drake vs. Ethan Carter: The match closes out with Drake hitting a backbreaker and working over EC3's injured midsection. EC3 lands a clothesline on Drake and follows that with a jawbreaker. Drake hits a lariat and goes for his finisher, but EC3 counters out. Drake regains control and tries the finisher again, but EC3 again counters out of it. EC3 surprises Drake with a rollup and scores the pinfall. After the match, Drake argues with Tyrus, grabs a baseball bat and goes after EC3. Drake connects with the bat on EC3 and then lays EC3 out with an inverted stunner. Drake unloads bat shots on EC3 when the lights suddenly go out. The lights are back on and The DCC are in the ring. The DCC join Drake in beating down EC3. The DCC then turn on Drake and Tyrus and attack them. James Storm hits The Last Call on Drake as Bram and Kingston beat down Tyrus. The DCC then spike piledrive EC3 on top of a steel chair and stand tall to end the show.
- Anthem Dropping The TNA Name: After buying TNA Wrestling last month, Anthem have made another decision on a change in their new investment. TNA Impact Wrestling will now have the TNA name dropped and will just be called Impact Wrestling from this day forward.
*** RING OF HONOR ***
* ROH TV Recap *
This week we saw the last Semi Finals match of the Decade of Excellence Tournament with Jay Lethal battling Jay Briscoe. The winner would go on to meet Christopher Daniels in the Finals.
1.) "#1 Contenders Triple Threat Match": Cheeseburger and Will Ferrara vs. Coast To Coast vs. The Tempura Boyz: The ROH World Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks made their way out to watch this match. The match closes out with Coast to Coast hitting Coast to Coast drop kicks in the corner and get a near fall. The Tempura Boyz break up the pinfall and beat down Coast to Coast. Yohei hits the package piledriver on Ali and scores the pinfall, making The Tempura Boyz the new #1 Contenders.
2.) The Young Bucks Promo: The Bucks say they came out here to open challenge The Broken Hardy's, but they're not in the building. The Bucks offer The Tempura Boyz their title shot next week. The Tempura Boyz accept and then get attacked with the Super Kick Party from The Bucks. The Bucks invite their friend the ROH World Champion Adam Cole to the ring next.
4.) "ROH Television Championship Match": Marty Scurll (c) vs. Juice Robinson: Alex Shelley was on commentary for this match. The match closes out with Scurll sending Robinson outside. Scurll misses a kick and gets face planted on the apron. Robinson misses a cannonball into the barricade on Scurll. Back in the ring, Scurll gets a near fall piledriver on Robinson. Robinson goes for Pulp Friction, but Scurll counters and traps Robinson in the Crossface Chicken Wing submission, forcing Robinson to tap out and retaining the title. After the match, Scurll throws out an open challenge to anyone that dares to face him for the title. Chris Sabin, Jay White, Jonathan Gresham, Lio Rush, and Donovan Dijak all appear on the ROH stage, throwing their name out for the challenge.
*** Lucha Underground ***
- Lucha Underground Coming To Netflix: Lucha Underground announced this week that they have officially made a deal with Netflix to show past episodes of Lucha Underground on Netflix. The first 2 seasons will come to Netflix on February 15th.
*** NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING ***
#10.) Feud with Suzuki-Gun
#9.) Rematch with Naito
#8.) Defend his G1 Climax Trophy
#7.) Turn Face
#6.) Break The Elite away from The Bullet Club
#5.) Rematch with Okada
#4.) Main event Wrestle Kingdom 12
#3.) Win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
#2.) Feud with Ibushi
#1.) Cement his NJPW Legacy
- Kenny Omega Firing Shots At WWE: With Kenny Omega's contract currently expiring on January 31st with NJPW and officially announcing that he was renegotiating with NJPW, this past week Omega took shots at AJ Styles and John Cena. Omega tweeted the following on his Twitter page:
"You can't compare apples to oranges. And at the end of the day, I could easily have Cena and AJ's best match in the WWE. There is no argument."
My response to that Mr. Omega, is sign with the WWE and prove it!
*** EVOLVE ***
* EVOLVE 76 Recap *
1.) Catch Point Promo: Hot Sauce Williams says 2017 will bring us new faces in EVOLVE and in Catch Point. Tonight Jaka and Chris Dickinson will prove that Catch Point is the standard.
2.) Jaka vs. Peter Kaasa: The match closes out with Jaka going to the top rope. Kaasa meets him there and hits a Super Olympic Slam. Kaasa goes up top, but the ropes break and Kassa hits the mat hard. Jaka with a spinning heel kick and scores the pinfall.
3.) Catch Point Promo: Hot Sauce Williams says that is exactly what Catch Point is about. Catch Point will seize every opportunity. Williams says they will beat EVOLVE World Champion Timothy Thatcher and Jeff Cobb tonight too.
4.) Chris Dickinson vs. Darby Allin: The match closes out with Allin landing a series of headbutts, but Dickinson hits a german suplex. Dickinson hits a second german suplex and then tries a third. Allin counters the third german suplex into a near fall cradle. Dickinson goes for the Pazuzu Bomb, but Allin counters and scores a surprise victory roll pinfall. After the match, Dickinson attacks and beats down Allin.
5.) DUSTIN vs. Jason Kincaid: The match closes out with Kincaid going for a suicide dive into a DDT, but DUSTIN counters and suplexes Kincaid on the floor. DUSTIN grabs a steel chair, but the referee takes it away from him. Kincaid hits a diving Stunner on DUSTIN during the distraction and then a double stomp off the ropes. Kincaid locks in the Compassionate Release submission and forces DUSTIN to tap out.
6.) "All Ego" Ethan Page vs. Zack Sabre, Jr.: The match closes out with Sabre hitting a Pele Kick and then locks Page in a body scissor Kimura Lock submission. Page powers out with a fallaway slam. Page tries for a Iconoclasm submission, but Sabre tries to counter with a Dragon Sleeper submission. Sabre gets dropped with a power slam and an RKEGO for a near fall. Page goes for the Spinning Dwayne, but Sabre counters and locks on a Triangle Choke submission. Page tries to power out, but Sabre applies major presser to the choke and forces Page to tap out. After the match, Sabre refuses to release the hold until choking Page unconscious. The Gatekeepers try to help Page, but are stopped by Darby Allin. The referee reverses the decision to a Page DQ victory, due to Sabre not releasing the choke hold.
7.) ACH vs. Matt Riddle: The match closes out with ACH and Riddle laying each other out with german suplexes. Riddle is up first and unloads forearms on ACH. ACH connects with a super kick and tries a second one. Riddle counters the second one, hits a Pele Kick and then the Bro 2 Sleep. Riddle hits the Fisherman’s Buster on ACH and scores the pinfall. After the match, both men shake hands.
8.) Matt Riddle Promo: Riddle says 2017 has been pretty good so far career wise for him. The one thing he wants though is the EVOLVE World Championship, he'll get it and 2017 will be the year of the bro. DUSTIN suddenly attacks Riddle from behind with a steel chair. DUSTIN grabs Riddle and lays him out with a DDT on the steel chair.
10.) DUSTIN Promo: DUSTIN says Riddle might be tough in the octagon, but there won't be any rules to help him in their match at EVOLVE 77. DUSTIN is curious to see how tough Riddle is when there are no rules and DUSTIN dedicates this beat down to Drew Galloway.
11.) "EVOLVE World Tag Team Championship": Catch Point (Fred Yehi and "Hot Sauce" Tracy Williams) (c) vs. Jeff Cobb and Timothy Thatcher: The match closes out with Williams beating down Cobb and sending him to the floor. Williams hits a suicide dive and then sends Cobb into the ringpost. Williams then lays Cobb out with a lariat. Thatcher meanwhile unloads elbows and knees on Yehi. Yehi lands a reverse STO then applies a Koji Clutch submission on Thatcher. Thatcher tries to power out but can't do it as Yehi makes the EVOLVE World Champion tap out.
12.) Stokely Hathaway Promo: Hathaway says that Timothy Thatcher didn't tap out and calls Thatcher's partner Jeff Cobb a fat, stupid slob that cost them their match. Cobb says he's known them a long time, but at EVOLVE 77 he's taking the EVOLVE World Championship. Cobb stares down Thatcher before leaving.
13.) "Chris Hero's Farewell Match": Chris Hero vs. Keith Lee: The match had to be stopped and then restarted due to the ropes breaking again. The match closes out with Lee countering the Rolling Elbow with a lariat and gets a very close near fall. Lee goes for a moonsault but the ropes break again. The referee let's it go this time as Hero unloads a series of elbows on Lee. Hero goes for the Rolling Elbow, but Lee counters and hits the Spirit Bomb for a near fall. Hero can barely stand, but refuses to let the referee call the match. Lee goes for a fireman's carry, but Hero comes back to life with a series of elbows. Hero hits the Cyclone Kill on Lee. Hero hits two straight Rolling Elbows and then a third to the back of Lee's head. Hero hits the Gotch Piledriver on Lee and scores the pinfall.
14.) Chris Hero Promo: Hero says that is why he's the greatest of all time, even with a broken ring, he was still able to finish off Keith Lee. Hero puts over Lee and tells the fans to applaud Lee for his performance. Hero says Lee has everything in him that Hero has. Lee just needs that killer instinct and he will be just as great as Hero is. Zack Sabre Jr. hits the ring and says that Hero's farewell doesn't end until Sabre beats Hero at EVOLVE 77 and then Kassius Ohno can piss off down to NXT. This closed out the show.
"A Hero's Exit Night #2": Chris Hero returned for his last night in EVOLVE wrestling, as he battled Zack Sabre Jr in the main event. EVOLVE World Champion Timothy Thatcher defended his title against Jeff Cobb.
1.) Barrett Brown vs. Darby Allin: Before the match can even start Ethan Page and The Gatekeepers hit the ring, attack and beat down Allin. Page lays out Brown with a lariat as well and the match is ruled a no contest.
2.) Ethan Page Promo: Page says no matter what Darby Allin does, he'll always be worthless. Page was going to give Allin a match but he's not on Page's level. Allin comes to and challenges everyone to a match. Page tells Allin to walk away, but Allin wants a piece of everyone.
3.) "Handicap Match": Barrett Brown and Darby Allin vs. "All Ego" Ethan Page and The Gatekeepers: The match closes out with Page in control of Allin. Page goes for the Package Piledriver, but Allin counters and drills Page with a headbutt. Page escapes to the floor and retreats with The Gatekeepers. Allin hits a suicide dive and takes out Page and The Gatekeepers. Zack Sabre Jr. hits the ring and joins with Allin and Brown, evening the odds. The referee changes the match to a six man tag team match.
4.) "Six Man Tag Team Match": Barrett Brown, Darby Allin, and Zack Sabre, Jr. vs. "All Ego" Ethan Page and The Gatekeepers: The match closes out with Sabre unloading uppercuts on both Gatekeepers. Sabre hits the Penalty Kick on Blaster, but Flex spears Sabre. Barrett hits a missile dropkick, but gets laid out with a Page lariat. Page delivers a crucifix bomb to the floor on Barrett. Page and Sabre brawl into the crowd as The Gatekeepers beat down Barrett. Allin climbs on top of a support beam, leaps off and hits the Coffin Drop. Back in the ring, Page hits a power bomb, Allin hits a headbutt, Blaster plants Allin with a Black Hole Slam and Sabre finally traps Blaster in a Triangle Choke submission to get the tap out victory.
5.) Laredo Kid vs. "Hot Sauce" Tracy Williams: The match closes out with Kid planting Williams with a half nelson driver and then climbs the ropes. Kid misses the Phoenix Splash on Williams, allowing Williams to regain control with a series of forearms. Williams locks Kid in a crossface submission and gets the tap out victory.
6.) Doom Patrol (Chris Dickinson and Jaka) vs. Jason Kincaid and Sammy Guevara: The match closes out with Dickinson planting Kincaid with a power bomb and then Jaka hits a bridging german suplex. Guevara unloads a series of missile dropkicks. Guevara misses a double stomp and gets laid out with a Michinoku Driver. Dickinson and Jaka hit a choke slam Doomsday Device combo on Kincaid and score the pinfall. Hot Sauce Williams brags about another Catch Point win after the match.
7.) ACH vs. Fred Yehi: The match closes out with Yehi hitting a dropkick power bomb combo on ACH for a near fall. Yehi unloads with elbows and slaps to the face. ACH fires up and unloads chops in return. Yehi returns chops and then both men unload forearms on each other. ACH hits the Buster Call and scores the pinfall.
8.) "No DQ Match": DUSTIN vs. Matt Riddle: The match closes out with DUSTIN setting up a table and laying Riddle on top. DUSTIN throws a chair at Riddle and then hits the Tope Con Giro on Riddle right through the table. DUSTIN gets a near fall double stomp and then hits a super kick. DUSTIN plants Riddle with a DDT on a steel chair for a very close near fall. DUSTIN begins stacking chairs up in the middle of the ring and then throws a chair at Riddle. DUSTIN goes to the top rope, but Riddle meets him there and plants DUSTIN with a Fisherman’s Buster right through the pyramid of steel chairs in the ring. Riddle destroys DUSTIN with repeated kicks and forearms to the head and finally scores the pinfall.
9.) "EVOLVE World Championship Match": Timothy Thatcher (c) vs. Jeff Cobb: The match closes out with Thatcher hitting a butterfly suplex on Cobb, but Cobb comes back with a series of throws and a standing moonsault. Cobb misses the standing shooting star press and Thatcher locks in a Fujiwara armbar submission. Cobb tries to power lift his way out, but Thatcher locks the Fujiwara armbar submission back into place. Cobb again powers out and hits a german suplex on Thatcher. Thatcher somehow holds onto the arm on the landing and again locks in the Fujiwara armbar submission on Cobb. Cobb can't escape this time and eventually taps out.
10.) "Farewell Match": Chris Hero vs. Zack Sabre, Jr.: The match closes out with Hero hitting a Tombstone piledriver on Sabre, but misses the Death Blow as Sabre gets a near fall crucifix pin. Hero connects with the Rolling Elbow on Sabre, but Sabre somehow kicks out at two and a half. Hero grabs Sabre and plants him with a Pedigree for another near fall. Sabre gets fired up and unloads a series of forearms on Hero until Hero finally shuts down the momentum with a kick. Hero plants Sabre with a piledriver, then a jumping piledriver and then goes for the Gotch piledriver. Sabre escapes and locks in a Guillotine Choke submission on Hero. Hero tries to escape, but Sabre lands kicks to the head of Hero and reapplies the Ode to Jim Breaks submission and finally makes Hero tap out.
11.) Chris Hero Farewell Speech: Hero says he loves all the fans, thanks everyone including Sabre who he's wrestled the most for the past three years. Hero says great things about Sabre and also talks about his 18 year career and where he's come from to get here. Hero talks about all his great Japanese opponents he's faced and he can't wait to get to NXT so he can kick Hideo Itami in the face. Hero talks about his long running career in EVOLVE, doesn't see anyone but Sabre matching up to him and Sabre should be given a title shot. ACH comes out to the ring next to say a few things. ACH puts over Sabre and talks about his great memories with Chris Hero. ACH talks about how Sabre has come a long way, but ACH feels he has too, so if there were any title shots being handed out, ACH deserves a shot too. Stokely Hathaway comes out next and states that all three of them must be illiterate because the WWN Alerts page said no one gets title shots against Timothy Thatcher unless Stokely approves it first. Thatcher arrives to the ring, smiles and points at Sabre before walking away. Sabre says that after he beats Thatcher for the title, he'll give ACH the first title shot. Sabre says a few more nice things about Hero being a leader and an idol in the locker room and says it's time for Hero to show the whole world that up north. Hero mentions being released by the WWE back in 2013, but he didn't let it bring him down, became what he is in the wrestling independent scene, busted is ass and was fortunate enough to be given a second chance from the WWE. Hero gives thanks again to his colleagues, friends, family and friends and says he'll see us all again. Hero gives out hugs and high fives at ringside to end the show.
*** Other ***
- Conor McGregor Talks WWE Again: This past week UFC's Conor McGregor took part in a Q&A Session. McGregor was asked about stealing Vince McMahon's walk at the last UFC fight he competed at. McGregor stated the following about the WWE Chairman:
"I'm thinking Vince McMahon must be pissed. I don't give a f*** about Vince McMahon. I stole that walk and that walk is now mine. Not Vince or any of those mother f****** over in the WWE will do anything about it. That's my walk. I created that walk. I made that walk."
WWE is reportedly trying to get Conor McGregor to appear at Wrestlemania 33 which McGregor stated he'd be more than happy to show up for the right price. As of this writing McGregor reportedly turned down what's being called a "hefty" pay day from WWE for Wrestlemania 33.
- ESPN 30 For 30: If you haven't already, be sure to check out the latest edition of ESPN's 30 For 30 special that aired this week. The show centered around Vince McMahon's attempt at starting a football league called the XFL.
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!