Sunday, April 23, 2017

Weekend 3 Count 4/23/17

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon, brought to you by Triple Threat CLE brings you the Weekend 3 Count. W3C brings you wrestling news, rumors and recaps from around the wrestling world. You'll find news rumors and recaps involving WWE, NXT, Impact Wrestling, ROH, Lucha Underground, NJPW, House of Hardcore, ICW, CZW, FIP, AAW, 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 ***

- The New Day On Hold: WWE announced this week that there may be a possibility that The New Day are left off of TV until Kofi Kingston returns from rehab after having leg surgery two weeks ago. The New Day were drafted to Smackdown Live during last week's Superstar Shakeup Draft. WWE feels it would be better to debut them on Smackdown Live when all three are at 100%. There is no current time table for when Kofi will return to action.

- Plans For The Hardys: Sources are saying that once the whole issue with Impact Wrestling ends over the Broken Matt Hardy gimmick, Matt will return to his Broken Matt Hardy gimmick in the WWE. Sources have also said that Jeff Hardy will remain in his Charismatic Enigma gimmick that he is currently gone back too. Sources have said that both Hardy's will have pushes coming very soon.

- Dash Wilder Injured: WWE announced this week that Dash Wilder of The Revival suffered a fractured jaw during an NXT Live event last Friday night. The injury will sideline Wilder for at least two months.

- Former Impact Knockout Possibly Signing: WWE recently announced that former Impact Knockout and Impact Knockout Champion Jade is currently in Orlando at the WWE/NXT Performance Center. Rumors are stating that Jade will be apart of the 32 Women Tournament taking place this summer.

- Mike and Maria Bennett Are Coming To The WWE: According to, Mike Bennett and his wife Maria Kanellis Bennett are set for a WWE debut. This will be a return to the company for Maria, but will be Mike Bennett's first arrival. Mike and Maria are reportedly being rumored to be headed to WWE's Smackdown Live brand.

** 205 Live Recap **
This week's main event saw Austin Aries look to get revenge on TJ Perkins after Perkins turned on Aries last week. The love triangle between Noam Dar, Alicia Fox and Rich Swann finally comes to a close.

1.) Akira Tozawa vs. Tony Nese: The match closes out with Brian Kendrick showing up at ringside. Nese sends Tozawa into the ropes, lying over the middle rope. Kendrick jumps up on the apron, but the referee immediately catches Kendrick and tells him to back off. Nese gets distracted by Kendrick as well and tells Kendrick to get down. Tozawa sneaks up on Nese and gets the surprise roll up pinfall. After the match, Kendrick tries to apologize, but gets decked by Nese.
Winner: Akira Tozawa, by pinfall.

2.) Rich Swann Promo: Swann says things with Noam Dar and Alicia Fox have gone on long enough, it's time to finish this up. Swann calls out Alicia and Noam Dar follows. Swann says that Alicia needs to make a decision now on who she likes. Alicia rips on Dar, saying that he's annoying, his cologne stinks and hates how he says her name. Alicia kicks Dar to the curb and tells him they're through. Swann tells Alicia that all the gifts he sent her were straight from the heart and now she gets what she really deserves. As Alicia moves in for a kiss, Swann cuts her off and asks her if she remembers Cedric Alexander and how she broke his heart. Swann says the whole world now knows what a piece of trash Alicia is, who moves on from one guy to the next that can provide the most for her and her only. Swann dumps Alicia and leaves her angry.

3.) Mustafa Ali vs. Ariya Daivari: The match closes out with both men trading strikes on the top rope. Ali back flips off and then plants a drop kick on Daivari as he jumps down. Ali goes for the 450 Splash, but Drew Gulak suddenly interrupts the match, sounding off sirens on a bullhorn and picketing with a picket sign against high flyers. Daivari hits a Hammerlock Lariat on Ali during the distraction and scores the pinfall. After the match, Gulak says he'll stop at nothing to make 205 Live better.
Winner: Ariya Daivari, by pinfall.

4.) Austin Aries vs. TJ Perkins: The match closes out with Aries getting the Last Chancery submission applied on Perkins, but can't cinch it in completely due to a leg injury caused by Perkins. Perkins escapes to the floor, but Aries follows and tosses Perkins back into the ring. Perkins lands a kick to the face of Aries, going after his past eye injury. Aries counters the Detonation Kick and hits the Discus Fivearm to score the pinfall. After the match, Neville hits the ring and attacks Aries. Aries comes back and traps Neville in the Last Chancery submission, but Perkins attacks Aries. Perkins hits the Detonation Kick on Aries and then Neville locks Aries in the Rings of Saturn submission.
Winner: Austin Aries, by pinfall.

*** NXT ***

- Ember Moon Injured: It was announced that Ember Moon may have suffered an injury this week during the NXT TV tapings. The match that Moon was involved in seen her attempt a suicide dive. Moon struck the barricade shoulder first on the way out and was unable to continue. Moon was seen crying and had to be helped to the back by referees and medics.

- Dan Matha Debuts: This past week in NXT, former Canadian Football League player, Dan Matha, made his WWE NXT live event debut in Atlanta. Matha lost to Kassius Ohno and received the "Who Are You?" chants from the NXT crowd.

- NXT Takeover: Chicago Updated Card: As of right now the following will take place at NXT Takeover: Chicago in May.

** "NXT World Championship Match": Bobby Roode (c) vs. Hideo Itami

** "NXT World Tag Team Championship, Ladder Match": Authors of Pain (c) vs. #DIY

** "NXT Women's Championship, Fatal Four Way Match": Asuka (c) vs. Ember Moon vs. Nikki Cross vs. Ruby Riot

*** Impact Wrestling ***

** Impact TV Recap **
This week's show saw "The Cowboy" James Storm battle Bobby Lashley, with Lashley's Impact World Heavyweight Championship on the line. Two past Impact wrestlers made their surprising returns and competed in a Six Way Dance for the X Division Championship. And news about Jeff Jarrett's Global Force Wrestling were announced.

Full Show Highlights:

1.) LAX vs. Jake Holmes and Joe Coleman: The match closes out with Holmes and Coleman dominated by LAX. LAX hit the Street Sweeper on Holmes and score the pinfall. After the match, Konnan grabs a microphone and hypes up LAX as the best tag team in Impact right now. The Decay interrupt and brawl with LAX until Impact Security have to break both teams up.
Winners: LAX, by pinfall.

2.) Karen Jarrett Promo: Karen officially announces that Jeff Jarrett's Global Force Wrestling has merged with Impact Wrestling as a whole. Karen hypes up tonight's show and then gets interrupted by a returning Sonjay Dutt. Dutt says it's great to be back, runs down his history in the X Division and asks to be included in tonight's title match. Andrew Everett interrupts, says he respects Dutt, but wants Trevor Lee one on one. Shane Helms and Trevor Lee interrupt, Helms calls Dutt a failure and no one asked for Dutt to come back. Bruce Prichard interrupts next, tells Helms and Lee they don't run things around here and then announces a Six Way Battle tonight for the X Division Championship. Dutt and Everett brawl with Helms and Lee, chasing them from the ring.

3.) A video is shown to hype up the future return of Crimson to Impact Wrestling, showing his background in life and in wrestling.

4.) "Impact Knockout's Championship Match": Rosemary (c) vs. ODB: The match closes out with Rosemary hitting a running forearm and landing a suplex on ODB. Rosemary misses a top rope senton splash and then gets planted by an ODB fallaway slam. ODB with a Thesz Press and then corners Rosemary. Rosemary lands a kick on ODB and hits the surprise Red Wedding to score the pinfall to retain her title.
Winner: Rosemary, by pinfall, to retain the Impact Knockout's Championship.

5.) Backstage, Bruce Prichard and Karen Jarrett announce Andrew Everett, Trevor Lee, Suicide and Sonjay Dutt as four of the six men in the X Division Championship Match. Before the other two are announced, Sienna interrupts Karen, mocks all the GFW women's talent backstage and demands to know where the GFW Women's Champion Christina Von Eerie is. Karen promises Sienna that she's here and Sienna better be ready for her.

6.) Kongo Kong vs. Chris Silvio: Kong makes quick work of Silvio, hitting a top rope splash for the pinfall.
Winner: Kongo Kong, by pinfall.

7.) Backstage, James Storm cuts a promo on how he's winning the Impact World Championship tonight. A video is then shown of Alberto El Patron stating that he hopes Bobby Lashley wins tonight so he can finish what he started with Lashley last month.

8.) Backstage, GFW World Champion Magnus runs down his history with Impact Wrestling and feels that he deserves a world title shot first before Alberto El Patron.

9.) "Impact World Heavyweight Championship Match": Bobby Lashley (c) vs. James Storm: Before the match, Josh Mathews showed up with Bobby Lashley, sat in at commentary even though he's been banned and mocked Jeremy Borash and The Pope for their embarrassing commentary. The match closes out with Ethan Carter showing up to watch the match at ringside. Lashley ducks The Last Call, but gets dropped with the Eye of the Storm for a near fall. Lashley hits The Dominator on Storm and gets a near fall of his own. Lashley grabs a steel chair, swings at Storm, misses and hits himself in the face on the rope richocet. Both men fight into the corner where referee Brian Hebner accidentally gets knocked out. Storm hits The Last Call, but there's no referee to count the pinfall. Storm grabs a beer bottle to use on Lashley, but EC3 grabs it away from Storm and busts the bottle over Storm's head. Lashley hits the spear, laying out Storm and scores the pinfall as Brian Hebner comes to.
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall, to retain the Impact World Heavyweight Championship.

10.) Backstage, Dutch Mantell announces that the fifth wrestler in the Six Way Battle for the X Division Championship will be Dezmond Xavier. As for the sixth.....its a surprise.

11.) A video is shown of Chris Adonis attacking Moose at a Border City Wrestling show in Canada. Moose says that since he won the Impact Grand Championship he's had a target on his back. Chris Adonis interrupts and says he's not coming after him, but he knows someone else that is. Davey Richards suddenly attacks Moose from behind and leaves Moose laid out.

12.) "Impact X Division Championship, Six Way Battle Match": Trevor Lee (c) vs. Andrew Everett vs. Suicide vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. Dezmomd Xavier vs. ????: The surprise sixth entrant is announced as........Low Ki. The match closes out with all six men brawling. Suicide connects with a suicide dive onto the floor. Everett follows and hits a Shooting Star Press on the floor, taking everyone out. Everett and Xavier battle on the ropes which ends with Everett hitting two Frankendrivers on Xavier and Lee. Everett goes back up top, but gets cut off by Low Ki. Low Ki delivers a huge kick that sends Everett flying off the top rope. Low Ki climbs the ropes, hits the flying double foot stomp on Lee and scores the pinfall to win the title. After the match, Low Ki celebrates with the title as Jeremy Borash knocks down Josh Mathews and The Pope walks out at the commentary table.
Winner: Low Ki, by pinfall, to win the Impact X Division Championship.

- Alberto El Patron Officially Signs With Impact: Although Alberto El Patron has been wrestling with Impact since March, apparently it was a pay by date agreement. Impact Wrestling has officially announced this week that Alberto El Patron has now signed a contract and is officially apart of Impact Wrestling.

- Jeff Jarrett's Global Force Wrestling Merges With Impact: Impact Wrestling announced this week that Impact President Jeff Jarrett has merged his Global Force Wrestling promotion with Impact Wrestling. This was obviously a no brainer as Global Force Wrestling hasn't had much going on in the wrestling world for the past 6 to 8 months.

- Impact Makes A Deal With AAA Mexico: Jeff Jarrett and Impact Wrestling finalized their contract this week to allow both parties to use each other's talent for upcoming shows. The only catch for AAA Mexico wrestlers is they are not allowed to use the gimmicks they use in Lucha Underground if they are under contract with LU as well.

- Crazzy Steve Done With Impact: Former Impact Tag Team Champion Crazzy Steve appears to be done with the company after appearing at tonight's Impact Wrestling television taping. Steve, who made his Impact Wrestling debut in April of 2014 as part of The Menagerie, thanked Impact on his Twitter.

*** Ring Of Honor ***

** ROH TV Recap **
This week's show held the Vegas Wildcard Random Wrestler 8 Man Tag Team Match. The winning team will then earn the right to compete in a Fatal Four Way Match at a later date to determine a new #1 Contender to the ROH World Heavyweight Championship.

1.) Chris Sabin vs. Caprice Coleman: The match closes out with Sabin hitting a cannonball dive on Kenny King who's at ringside. Sabin sunset flips Coleman, but King grabs onto Coleman trying to help him steal the pinfall. Lio Rush arrives and kicks King off of Coleman stopping the pinfall. Sabin follows through with the sunset flip on Coleman and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Chris Sabin, by pinfall.

2.) Roppogi Vice vs. Cheeseburger and Will Ferrara: The match closes out with Cheeseburger and Romero take each other out on the floor. Beretta and Ferrara trade strikes until Ferrara hits a release german suplex on Beretta. Beretta catches Ferrara and sets him up for Strong Zero. Cheeseburger tries to make the save, but comes up short. RPG hit the double team Strong Zero and score the pinfall. After the match, Ferrara is upset and walks out on Cheeseburger. 
Winners: Roppogi Vice, by pinfall.

3.) Vegas Wildcard Random Drawing: Team #1 is drawn as Silas Young, Hangman Page, Jay White and Jay Lethal. Team #2 is drawn as Colt Cabana, Lio Rush, Hanson of War Machine and Bobby Fish.

4.) "Vegas Wildcard 8 Man Tag Team Match": Silas Young, Hangman Page, Jay White and Jay Lethal vs. Colt Cabana, Lio Rush, Hanson and Bobby Fish: The match closes out with Hanson hitting a cartwheel clothesline on White and then Hanson gets taken out by Page with a springboard lariat. Cabana hits a running forearm on Page and then Lethal hits Lethal Combination on Cabana. Page purposely hits his own partner Lethal and then goes to walk out. Kazarian appears, blocks Page's exit and then attacks Page. Rush attacks Lethal and goes for Dragon's Call. Lethal blocks it with his knees up and then hits the Lethal Injection on Rush to score the pinfall. After the match, Young takes credit for the victory and mocks his three partners before leaving.
Winners: Jay Lethal, Jay White, Silas Young and Hangman Page, by pinfall.

- Mr. Anderson.......Anderson Arrives In ROH: Ring of Honor announced this past week that former WWE and TNA star Ken Anderson, aka Mr. Kennedy in WWE, will be making his ROH debut at their "Masters of Craft" event on Saturday, April 28th. Anderson will challenge "The Villain" Marty Scurll for the ROH Television Championship.

*** Other ***

- Rosey Of 3 Minute Warning Passes: Former WWE Superstar Matthew Anoaʻi, better known as Rosey of 3 Minute Warning and Rosey The Superhero In Training has passed away at the age of 47. Rosey's father is Sika Anoaʻi, who competed as one half of the Wild Samoans. Rosey's cousin was the late Eddie Fatu, aka Umaga, whom Rosey teamed with in 3 Minute Warning. Rosey's younger brother is current WWE superstar Roman Reigns. Cause of death is said to have been heart failure.

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!

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