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Come on you all knew this was going to be my theme of the week this week! All my friends and even my wife can tell you (Cause I dragged her to one of their concerts at the Cleveland House of Blues) that Chris Jericho and Fozzy are one of my favorite rock/metal bands of today! Don't like Fozzy? Do you know what happens if you don't like Fozzy?? Do ya?? Well then..........YOU JUST MADE THE LIST!!!!! This is Fozzy's new single off of their upcoming album out sometime late summer. The song will also be used as NXT Takeover: Chicago's official theme song.
*** WWE ***
- New Champions Crowned At WWE Payback: If you missed WWE Payback this past Sunday then go check out my recap of the show and check out just how Chris Jericho became the new WWE United States Champion and Alexa Bliss became the new WWE RAW Women's Champion.
- Alexa Bliss Accomplishes A First: Alexa Bliss has become the first and only lady in the Women's Division so far to win both the WWE RAW Women's Championship and the WWE Smackdown Live Women's Championship.
- New Champion Crowned On Smackdown Live: Just two days after winning the WWE United States Championship, Chris Jericho defended and lost the title back to Kevin Owens this past week on Smackdown Live. You can check out the Smackdown Live recap below.
- Charlotte Flair Nude Photos Leaked: Unfortunately for Charlotte Flair, she has become the latest victim in having personal nude photos of her leaked this past week. Charlotte posted on her Twitter account that she is embarrassed and is demanding that all the photos be taken down now.
** Smackdown Live Recap **
Tonight's main event saw newly crowned WWE United States Champion Chris Jericho defend his title against Kevin Owens.
- Jinder Mahal gets interrupted doing a photo shoot with Randy Orton's WWE World Heavyweight Championship by Shane McMahon. Shane orders Mahal to give back the title because championships are earned around here. Mahal gives it back and says he's beating Orton at WWE Backlash. Shane tells Mahal he needs to worry about his match tonight against Sami Zayn.
Winner: Jinder Mahal, by pinfall.
- Backstage, Nattie Neidhart, Carmella, James Ellsworth and Tamina Snuka try to get Becky Lynch to join their faction. Becky says she'll think about it.
- Backstage, Dolph Ziggler can't believe all the attention that Shinsuke Nakamura is getting. Shane McMahon interrupts and talks about Ziggler's confrontation with Nakamura. Ziggler says the only thing impressive about Nakamura is his entrance and tonight he's going to hurt Sin Cara.
Winner: Tye Dillinger, by pinfall.
- Backstage, Aiden English walks past Chris Jericho crying. Jericho says there's no crying in wrestling and adds English to The List. Jericho also adds Renee Young to The List just for fun.
- Backstage, Charlotte says the WWE Smackdown Live Women's Championship is her destiny even if she's teaming with Naomi tonight. Carmella, Nattie Neidhart and Tamina surround Charlotte and attack her. The trio welcome Charlotte to Smackdown Live after tossing her into production cases.
Winners: Carmella and Nattie Neidhart, by pinfall.
- Sin Cara vs. Dolph Ziggler: The match closes out with Sin Cara countering the Fameasser with a slam for a near fall. Ziggler counters a moonsault by getting his knees up. Ziggler makes Sin Cara eat a super kick for the pinfall.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler, by pinfall.
- Backstage, Fandango and Tyler Breeze hype their WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Championship Match at WWE Backlash with an episode of Fashion Files.
Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall, to win the WWE United States Championship.
** 205 Live Recap **
This week's main event saw Noam Dar and Rich Swann finally go one on one.
Winner: TJ Perkins, by submission.
- Backstage, Brian Kendrick says he wanted to be Akira Tozawa's mentor, but he now feels insulted. Kendrick felt that Tozawa lacked focus and that's why he was teaching him lessons. Tozawa suddenly appears out of nowhere and kicks Kendrick's head off.
Winner: Drew Gulak, by pinfall.
Winner: Noam Dar, by pinfall.
*** NXT ***
- Candice LeRae Makes Her NXT Debut: Independent wrestling favorite Candice LeRae made her official NXT TV debut this past Wednesday in the #1 Contenders Battle Royal. Here are some facts and highlights about Candice so far.
** Was born and raised in Riverside, California.
** Was trained by Jesse Hernandez and TJ Perkins.
** Is currently married to NXT's Johnny Gargano.
** Made her debut in 2002 and has wrestled for PWG from 2006-2015.
** Is well known to battle men in the ring, as she has competed in many intergender singles matches and tag team matches.
** Has been in World Championship matches against other men in many promotions.
** Teamed with Joey Ryan and called themselves The World's Cutest Tag Team.
** Has wrestled for NWA, Impact Wrestling, CZW, FIP, SHIMMER, SHINE and a Japanese promotion called DDT.
** Won the PWG World Tag Team Championship, Fighting Spirit Pro World Tag Team Championship and Dreamwave World Tag Team Championship all with Joey Ryan.
** Has won singles and tag team titles in AWS, DDT, Dreamwave Wrestling, FWE, Fighting Spirit Pro and PWG.
** Signed with NXT in 2017.
** (AIW) Candice LaRae vs. Johnny Gargano:
*** IMPACT/GLOBAL FORCE WRESTLING ***
** Impact TV Recap **
This week's show saw Magnus defend his GFW World Championship against Matt Morgan. Christina Von Eerie defended her GFW Women's Championship against Sienna. The main event of the show saw Alberto El Patron battle Eli Drake.
Winner: Matt Sydal, by pinfall.
- Backstage, GFW World Champion Magnus says he's beating Alberto El Patron next week and going on to face Bobby Lashley for the Impact World Championship at Impact Slammiversary. Matt Morgan interrupts and feels that he should be the #1 Contender. Bruce Prichard interrupts next and announces Morgan vs. Magnus tonight for the GFW World Championship.
- Backstage, KM is shown bullying the janitor.
- "GFW Women's Championship Match": Christina Von Eerie (c) vs. Sienna: The match closes out with Sienna going for the AK 47, but Christina counters it and traps Sienna in a sleeper hold. Sienna escapes, hits The Silencer on Christina and scores the pinfall to win the title.
Winner: Sienna, by pinfall, to win the GFW Women's Championship.
- Backstage, Eli Drake complains to Bruce Prichard and insults Alberto El Patron and Matt Morgan. Alberto appears and tells Drake if he wants a match all he has to do is ask. Alberto challenges Drake tonight with Alberto's GFW World Championship Match next week on the line.
- Suspended Jeremy Borash appears in the crowd behind Josh Mathews holding a sign that says Brutal AF and it points at Mathews.
- Backstage, Karen Jarrett announces that Alisha Edwards will make her wrestling debut next week against Angelina Love. Sienna suddenly appears and rubs her GFW Women's Championship win in Karen's face. Karen reminds Sienna that there is a line of women waiting to face Sienna now.
- Ethan Carter vs. John Bolen: The match closes out with EC3 dominating the match and squashing Bolen. EC3 with a running knee, the TK3 and finally the One Percenter to score the pinfall.
Winner: Ethan Carter, by pinfall.
- Suspended Jeremy Borash appears in the crowd again behind Josh Mathews with a sign pointing to Mathews reading P.O.S. Borash turns the sign around and it reads #FreeJB. Mathews finally calls for security to get rid of JB.
- "GFW World Championship Match": Magnus (c) vs. 'The Blueprint' Matt Morgan: The match closes out with Morgan hitting the Carbon Footprint boot, but Magnus rolls outside. Morgan goes down as his knee gave out after delivering the boot. Magnus grabs a steel chair looking for the DQ, but the referee grabs the chair away from Magnus. Magnus hits a low blow while the referee isn't looking and then a Michinoku Driver on Morgan. Magnus with a top rope elbow drop on Morgan and the pinfall to retain his title.
Winner: Magnus, by pinfall, to retain the GFW World Championship.
- Backstage, Bobby Lashley lists off his accomplishments and says that he's the only World Champion in Impact Wrestling.
- Backstage, Impact World Tag Team Champions LAX announce that they will have a funeral for The Decay next week.
- A highlight video about James Storm is shown.
- An update on Spud is shown after he was attacked by Swoggle last week. Spud is in a sling and on pain medication.
- Kongo Kong vs. William Weaks: The match closes out with Kong dominating Weaks. Kong hits three choke breakers, a cannonball and a top rope splash for the easy pinfall. After the match, Braxton Sutter hits the ring and clotheslines Kong over the top rope. Kong lands on his feet and is ordered to retreat for now by Laurel Van Ness.
Winner: Kongo Kong, by pinfall.
- Alberto El Patron vs. Eli Drake: The match closes out with Drake hitting a springboard moonsault for a near fall. El Patron counters a Celtic Cross and traps Drake in the cross arm breaker submission. Drake counters it into a near fall rollup as El Patron has to release it to avoid being pinned. Drake charges at El Patron, misses and kisses the turnbuckle. El Patron gets Drake tied up in the tree of woe and hits the top rope double foot stomp to score the pinfall.
Winner: Alberto El Patron, by pinfall.
- News On The Broken Gimmick: This past week it was discovered that Impact Wrestling have filed for the trademark rights to Broken Matt, Broken Brilliance, Brother Nero and Vanguard 1 back on April 28th. Matt Hardy already filed trademark rights to Broken Matt Hardy back on March 1st.
* Mayweather: Anthony Mayweather was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and trained by wrestling legend Harley Race. Mayweather served 5 years in the Army before getting into professional wrestling. Mayweather signed with Impact Wrestling in 2010 and went by the name Crimson. Crimson had an impressive 470 day undefeated streak and also is a 1 Time Impact World Tag Team Champion along with Matt Morgan. Crimson stayed with Impact Wrestling from 2010-2012 before leaving. Mayweather has also competed on the Independent circuit as well in OVW, USWO, AIW and Showtime Wrestling.
* Wilcox: Wilcox (real name Jax Dane) was born and raised in Bakewell, Tennessee and trained in the National Wrestling Alliance. The NWA is where Wilcox has spent most of his wrestling career and won titles in. Wilcox is a former NWA World Heavyweight Champion, NWA North American Heavyweight Champion, NWA National Heavyweight Champion and an NWA World Tag Team Champion with Rob Conway. Wilcox also has competed in NWA Smokey Mountain Wrestling, NWA Houston, NWA Branded Outlaw Wrestling and had a short stay in Ring of Honor. This is Wilcox's first appearance in Impact Wrestling.
*** RING OF HONOR ***
** ROH TV Recap **
This week's main event saw a Fatal Four Way Match to determine a second #1 Contender that will be added to the Christopher Daniels vs. Cody Rhodes ROH World Heavyweight Championship Match.
- Coast to Coast (Shaheem Ali and Leon St. Giovanni) vs. The Kingdom (Matt Taven and Vinny Marseglia): The match closes out with Taven and Marseglia hitting The Climax and then a Swanton Bomb. Taven then sends a message to ROH World Champion Christopher Daniels by hitting The Angel's Wings on Ali for the pinfall.
Winners: The Kingdom, by pinfall.
- The Young Bucks Promo: The Bucks talk about current issues within The Bullet Club being under control and then get interrupted by The Spirit Squad, Mike Mondo and Kenny Doane. Mondo talks trash to The Bucks before The Squad hit the ring to attack. The Bucks hit double super kicks and leave The Squad laid out.
- Matt Sydal vs. Travis "Flip" Gordon: The match closes out with Gordan getting the near fall upset on Sydal. Sydal ends up finishing Gordon off with the Shooting Star Press for the pinfall. After the match, ROH Television Champion Marty Scurll tries to attack Sydal. Sydal ends up chasing Scurll from the ring.
Winner: Matt Sydal, by pinfall.
- "Fatal Four Way Match": Jay Lethal vs. Adam Page vs. Jay White vs. Silas Young: The match closes out with Lethal catching Young with the Lethal Injection and scoring the pinfall. Jay Lethal has been added to the ROH World Heavyweight Championship Match between Christopher Daniels and Cody Rhodes, making it a Triple Threat Match.
Winner: Jay Lethal, by pinfall.
- Adam Cole's Contract Expires: Ring of Honor announced this week that as of May 1st, Adam Cole's ROH contract has officially expired and Cole is now a free agent. Rumors have been saying that Cole is headed to NXT.
** Formed the tag team called Future Shock with tag team partner Kyle O'Reilly.
** Was apart of the faction called The Kingdom.
** Was apart of the The Bullet Club Ring of Honor edition.
** Winner of the 2014 Survival of the Fittest Tournament.
** Won the ROH Television Championship, defeating Roderick Strong. Cole would hold the title for 246 days.
** Won the ROH World Heavyweight Championship, defeating Michael Elgin in the finals of a tournament to crown a new champion. Cole would hold the title for 275 days.
** Won the ROH World Heavyweight Championship, defeating Jay Lethal. Cole would hold the title for 105 days.
** Won the ROH World Heavyweight Championship, by defeating Kyle O'Reilly, becoming the only 3 Time ROH World Heavyweight Champion. Cole would hold the title for 65 days.
* ROH Masters of the Craft Recap *
ROH returned this week with a special show at the Eisenhower Community Center in Hopkins, Minnesota. The main event of the show saw ROH World Champion Christopher Daniels, Kazarian and Dalton Castle battle The Bullet Club (Hangman Adam Page and the ROH World Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks) in a Six Man Tag Team Match. The card also included what could be Adam Cole's last ROH event and the ROH debut of Mr. Andersoooonnnnn.....Anderson.
- Vinny Marseglia vs. Shaheem Ali: The match closes out with Marseglia hitting a frog splash on Ali to score the pinfall. The Kingdom's leader Matt Taven hypes his match against Adam Cole tonight and states that the original Kingdom formed 3 years ago.
Winner: Vinny Marseglia, by pinfall.
- Jay Lethal vs. The Beer City Bruiser: Bruiser rips on the fans because he's from Wisconsin and Wisconsin Green Bay Packers fans hate Minnesota Vikings fans. The match closes out with Lethal hitting the Lethal Injection on Bruiser and scoring the pinfall.
Winner: Jay Lethal, by pinfall.
Winners: War Machine, by pinfall.
- Matt Taven vs. Adam Cole: The Kingdom's leader Taven battled The Bullet Club's Cole in this match. Taven worked over Cole's arm and Cole worked over Taven's leg. The match closes out with Both men attempting and reversing small package pinfalls. Taven finally gets the advantage and scores the pinfall on another reversed small package. After the match, Adam Cole gets the "Thank You Adam" chants from the fans. Rumors have already stated that Adam Cole is on his way to either the WWE main roster or NXT.
Winner: Matt Taven, by pinfall.
Winner: Marty Scurll, by pinfall, to retain the ROH Television Championship.
- Cheeseburger and Will Ferrara vs. The Carnies: The Carnies were a local tag team used for this match. The match closes out with Cheeseburger and Ferrara getting the pinfall.
Winner: Cheeseburger and Will Ferrara, by pinfall.
- Punisher Martinez vs. Jay White: The match closes out with White getting a surprise rollup on Martinez. After the match, an angry Martinez viciously attacks White. Martinez plants White with a sit down choke slam and then hits the Curb Stomp. Martinez looks to continue the beating, but finally leaves the ring.
Winner: Jay White, by pinfall.
Winners: The Briscoes, by pinfall.
- "No DQ Match": Silas Young vs. Bully Ray: The match closes out with Beer City Bruiser getting involved and helping Young 2 on 1 Bully. Jay Lethal hits the ring and helps Bully fight off the double team. Bully hits the Bully Bomb on Young and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Bully Ray, by pinfall.
Winners: Christopher Daniels, Kazarian and Dalton Castle, by pinfall.
*** NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING ***
** NJPW Dontaku Recap **
NJPW Dontaku took place live at the Fukuoka Convention Center in Fukuoka, Japan. The main event of the show saw IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada defend his title against Bad Luck Fale.
- Hirai Kawato and Yoshitatsu vs. Katsuya Kitamura and Tomoyuki Oka: Tag team action kicked off the Pre-Show of the event. The match closes out with Kawato hitting a springboard dropkick on Oka. Yoshi traps Kitamura in a knee bar submission and makes him tap out.
Winners: Hirai Kawato and Yoshitatsu, by submission.
- Will Ospreay and Yoshi-Hashi vs. Yujiro Takahashi and Chase Owens: The match closes out with with Ospreay hot tagging in and unloading. Ospreay lays out Takahashi with a Sasuke Special and Yoshi gets the tap out victory with the Karma submission.
Winners: Will Ospreay and Yoshi-Hashi, by submission.
- "Six Man Tag Team Match": Tiger Mask, Tiger Mask W and Togi Makabe vs. Jushin Thunder Liger, Manabu Nakanishi and Yuji Nagata: The match closes out with Nakanishi hitting a power bomb and getting a six man brawl started. Liger and Nagata are sent to the floor with Pele Kicks and both Tiger's fly with suicide dives. Makabe hits the King Kong knee drop on Nakanishi and scores the pinfall.
Winners: Tiger Mask, Tiger Mask W and Togi Makabe, by pinfall.
- "Ten Man Tag Team Match": Hirooki Goto, Toru Yano, Jado, Rocky Romero and Beretta vs. Minoru Suzuki, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Taichi, El Desperado and TAKA Michinoku: The match closes out with Goto and Yano getting beat down until a ten man brawl breaks out. Michinoku gets laid out with the Ushigoroshi for the pinfall.
Winners: Hirooki Goto, Toru Yano, Jado, Romero and Beretta, by pinfall.
Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall.
- KUSHIDA and Juice Robinson vs. Hiromu Takahashi and Tetsuya Naito: The match closes out with Juice locking in the Hoverboard submission on Takahashi, but Naito breaks it up and plants Juice with a german suplex. Juice eats double super kicks, getting laid out. KUSHIDA gets planted with the Time Bomb and pinned.
Winners: Hiromu Takahashi and Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall.
- "IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, Triple Threat Match": War Machine (c) vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima vs. Tama Tanga and Tanga Loa: The match closes out with War Machine going for Fallout, but Loa makes the save by sending Hanson off the ropes. Rowe goes on to connect with a knee on Kojima. Rowe and Tenzan exchange shots until Tenzan connects with a spinning wheel kick. Tenzan goes for the moonsault, but War Machine double team him, hit Fallout and score the pinfall to retain their titles.
Winners: War Machine, by pinfall, to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.
Winners: SANADA, EVIL and BUSHI, by pinfall, to win the NEVER Six Man Tag Team Championship.
Winner: Kenny Omega, by pinfall.
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall, to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
- Main Event For NJPW Dominion Announced: NJPW officially announced Kenny Omega as the next #1 Contender for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. It'll be Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in the main event at NJPW Dominion.
- Wrestlers Announced For Upcoming NJPW Super Juniors Tournament:
*** BLOCK A: Jushin Thunder Liger, Ricochet, Dragon Lee, Will Ospreay, Marty Scurll, Taichi, TAKA Michinoku and Hiromu Takahashi.
*** BLOCK B: Tiger Mask, Ryusuke Taguchi, KUSHIDA, Volador Jr., ACH, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, El Desperado and BUSHI.
*** NWA ***
- Billy Corgan Buying NWA: According to PWInsider, Smashing Pumpkins lead singer Billy Corgan has agreed to purchase the legendary National Wrestling Alliance. Corgan will own the NWA name, rights, trademarks and the legendary NWA World Heavyweight Championship that has been around for well over 100 years.
*** Other ***
- Sean "X-Pac" Waltman Arrested: This past week, former WWE and WCW superstar Sean Waltman was stopped and arrested at LAX airport. Waltman was charged with carrying meth and weed on him as he attempted to board a plane from Los Angeles to London, England. Waltman since being released has stated that the pills customs say were meth were actually a dietary supplement to deal with his yeast infection.
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!