Sunday, August 6, 2017

Weekend 3 Count 8/6/17

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon, brought to you by Triple Threat CLE brings you the Weekend 3 Count. W3C brings you wrestling news, rumors and recaps from around the wrestling world. You'll find news rumors and recaps involving WWE, NXT, GFW, ROH, Lucha Underground, NJPW, House of Hardcore, NWA, ICW, CZW, FIP, PWG, AAW, EVOLVE, PROGRESS, SHINE, SHIMMER and any Indy promotion that I find an interesting story or a cool discovery in. Be sure to check out the W3C every Sunday afternoon at @TripleThreatCLE

** Theme Song Of The Week **
This week's theme song is going back to another ECW original. One of my favorites in ECW "The Franchise" Shane Douglas.

*** WWE ***

- Roster Draft Coming Soon?: There has been talk this week that we could see another roster shakeup coming after WWE SummerSlam. This time it'll be an actual draft taking place and rumors have said that NXT will also be included in the draft. So WWE Superstars could get drafted to NXT and NXT Superstars could get drafted to the main roster on one of the two shows.

- Bayley Injured On RAW: WWE announced this past week that Bayley had suffered a shoulder injury while facing Nia Jax on Monday Night RAW. Bayley was evaluated by medical personnel, but the official diagnosis was inconclusive due to the amount of swelling involved. Bayley has been told to rest the shoulder until next week, at which point doctors are hopeful that the swelling will have sufficiently gone down so that she may be reevaluated and a firm verdict can be reached. Bayley commented on her injury:

"Everything just tensed up around it. I've never had an injury like this before, so I can't really know what it is. I guess we're gonna see."

- New #1 Contender to The WWE World Heavyweight Championship Decided: If you missed Smackdown Live this past week, Shinsuke Nakamura became the new #1 Contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Shinsuke Nakamura will now go on to WWE SummerSlam and face Jinder Mahal for the title.

- Jon "Bones" Jones Calls Out Brock Lesnar: This past Saturday night, Jon "Bones" Jones defeated Daniel Cormier to win the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. After the match, Jones proceeded to call out Brock Lesnar as his next opponent. When asked what's next for him, Jones simply said "Brock....Lesnar!" Jones then said “If you want to know what it feels like to get your ass kicked by someone who weighs forty pounds less than you, meet me in the octagon.” It has been rumored that Brock Lesnar wants to step back into the UFC octagon for the next UFC pay per view in November and rumors were saying that Lesnar most likely would meet the winner of Jones/Cormier. Brock Lesnar was asked for his comments later on Sunday afternoon, Lesnar stated to Jones "Be careful for what you wish for, young man." Dana White, UFC President, also commented and stated "It’s fun to talk about, but the reality of it happening anytime soon, it’s not a reality." I'll keep you updated on this story as I find out more information.

- Christiane "Cyborg" Justino Calls Out Becky Lynch: Another UFC fighter called out a professional wrestler this week for a match at WWE SummerSlam. Cyborg, who just won the UFC Women's Featherweight Championship called out Becky Lynch to a match at WWE SummerSlam. Becky posted a video taunting Cyborg before her UFC bout. Cyborg responded by tagging Becky and Triple H in a Twitter response and asking for the match.

- Eva Marie Done: Eva Marie officially said goodbye to the WWE on Twitter this week, cutting all ties with the company.

** 205 Live Recap **
This week's show saw Akira Tozawa battle Ariya Daivari in a #1 Contenders Match for the opportunity to face WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville at WWE SummerSlam.

- Brian Kendrick vs. Jack Gallagher: The match closes out quickly with Gallagher unloading on Kendrick and refusing to listen to the referee. The referee is forced to finally DQ Gallagher.
Winner: Brian Kendrick, by DQ.

- After the match, Gallagher tosses Kendrick into the barricade and grinds Kendrick's face in the apron LED board. Kendrick jumps the barricade and escapes into the crowd.

- Backstage, Rich Swann and TJ Perkins decide to challenge each other to a rematch next week after taking verbal shots at each other.

- Tony Nese vs. Gran Metalik: The match closes out with Metalik knocking Nese off the ropes and getting a near fall cross body. Metalik hits an elbow drop for another near fall on Nese. Nese kicks Metalik off the ropes and hits Running Kneese for the pinfall.
Winner: Tony Nese, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Neville says that Titus O'Neil and Akira Tozawa have been a thorn in his side, so it should be obvious on who he wants to win the #1 Contenders Match. Neville then says it doesn't matter because whoever wins will fall to the King of the Cruiserweights.

- "#1 Contenders Match": Akira Tozawa vs. Ariya Daivari: The match closes out with Daivari missing a splash and eating a shining wizard from Tozawa for a near fall. Daivari knocks Tozawa off the ropes and then gets a near fall frog splash. Tozawa counters the Rainmaker, sends Daivari outside and then hits a suicide dive. Back in the ring, Tozawa hits the senton off the ropes on Daivari and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Akira Tozawa, by pinfall, to become the new #1 Contender.

*** NXT ***

- NXT Release: WWE announced this week that NXT has released NXT wrestler HoHo Lun.

*** GFW ***

** GFW Impact Recap **
This week's show saw LAX again promise us a new member since Alberto El Patron refused to join and has gone to war with them. Also Moose defended his GFW Grand Championship against Ethan Carter.

- At LAX's Clubhouse, Konnan guarantees the newest member of LAX tonight. Konnan promises that the newest member will introduce Impact to a new level of violence never before seen.

- "Super X Cup Tournament Match": Dezmond Xavier vs. Drago: The match closes out with Drago hitting the running flip DDT on Xavier for a near fall. Drago gets frustrated and ends up getting tripped into a 619 from Xavier. Xavier hits a twisting corkscrew splash called the Final Flash on Drago and scores the pinfall, to advance to the Finals.
Winner: Dezmomd Xavier, by pinfall. 

- Backstage, Ethan Carter says he's a hot commodity, calls Bruce Prichard, who's judging in the GFW Global Championship Match tonight corrupt and states that it'll only take him one round to beat Moose.

- Backstage, Alberto El Patron and his family state that they're not worried about LAX or their new member because Konnan has been known to be a liar. El Patron then questions his brother El Hijo because he's been friendly with Konnan lately. El Hijo calls El Patron crazy and he's loyal to his family. El Patron says he doesn't believe him as Bruce Prichard and Karen Jarrett interrupt and tell all of them to calm down.

- Trevor Lee vs. Mumbai Cat #1: The match closes out with Mumbai Cat #2 switching places with #1 and unloads on Lee with offense. Mumbai Cat #2 hits a tornado DDT and a cross body splash to score the upset pinfall on Lee.
Winner: Mumbai Cat, by pinfall.

- After the match, Mumbai Cat unmasks himself and its really Sonjay Dutt. GFW Security escort Dutt out of the building, but not before Dutt challenges Trevor Lee to a Ladder Match for the GFW X Division Championship at Destination X.

- Backstage, Grado gets a pep talk from Joseph Park to concentrate on his match tonight and he promises Grado he'll figure out how to get he and Laurel Van Ness married.

- Eli Drake vs. Eddie Edwards: The match never happens as Edwards gets jumped from behind and beat down by Kongo Kong.
Winner: No Contest.

- Backstage, Kongo Kong and Laurel Van Ness continue to go nuts. Kong jumps standby wrestler Richard Justice and beats him down.

- "GFW Grand Championship Match": Moose (c) vs. Ethan Carter: Round One ends with EC3 taking it 29-28. Round Two ends with Moose taking it 29-28. The match closes out with EC3 hitting the One Percenter on Moose for a near fall. Moose plants EC3 with the leaping choke slam, however, time expires in Round Three before Moose can get the pinfall. The judges give Round Three to EC3 30-28, making EC3 the new GFW Grand Champion.
Winner: Ethan Carter, by decision, to win the GFW Grand Championship.

- Backstage, Bruce Prichard admits it was him that ruled Ethan Carter the victor in Round 3. Prichard also admits that he does what's best for GFW, that's why Sonjay Dutt is banned from The Impact Zone.

- Backstage, Dutch Mantel says he's unsure of why Bruce Prichard voted Ethan Carter the winner, because it was quite obvious that the last round was owned by Moose.

- "Six Man Tag Team Match": KM, Mario Bokara and Fallah Baah vs. Grado, Suicide and Braxton Sutter: The match closes out with all six men brawling around ringside. Grado is able to score a surprise rollup pinfall on KM.
Winners: Grado, Suicide and Braxton Sutter, by pinfall.

- After the match, Joseph Park comes to the ring with Laurel Van Ness and Grado asks for her hand in marriage. Before Laurel can answer, Kongo Kong hits the ring and beats down Grado. Allie tells Braxton Sutter to help Grado, but Sutter walks off. Kong goes for a top rope splash on Grado, but Parks pulls Grado out of the ring before it can happen.

- Backstage, LAX jokes that Alberto El Patron can't even trust his own family and promises revenge on El Patron for going back on his word.

- Backstage, Braxton Sutter and Allie argue over what just happened. Sutter says his team won and Grado can fend for himself.

- Ethan Carter interrupts the show just to gloat that he's the new GFW Grand Champion and gloat about how much he loves his new title. 

- "Six Man Tag Team Match": Alberto El Patron, Dos Caras and El Hijo vs. LAX: The match closes out with El Patron hitting the double foot stomp and then kicks Homicide off the apron. The referee gets knocked down as a brawl breaks out. El Patron locks Ortiz in the cross arm breaker submission. El Hijo is in the ring with a steel chair and blasts Homicide with it. El Hijo and Homicide brawl outside, until Konnan knocks down El Hijo. El Patron traps Santana in the cross arm breaker submission when suddenly Low Ki comes out of nowhere with Warriors Way on El Patron. Low Ki has the LAX logo on his suit, revealing himself as the newest member. Santana covers El Patron as the referee wakes up and counts the pinfall.
Winners: LAX, by pinfall.

- After the match, the show ends with LAX posing with their newest member Low Ki.

- Brandi Rhodes Done With GFW: GFW Wrestling recently updated their roster online and have not added Brandi Rhodes to the Knockouts Division. This has speculated that Brandi is in fact done with GFW Wrestling, as she hasn't been seen on TV for quite sometime now.

- Champions Profile: ETHAN CARTER: Ethan Carter defeated Moose this past week to win the GFW Grand Championship.

- Ethan Carter made his professional wrestling debut in 2002. Carter was trained by Florida Championship Wrestling. Carter was born in Willoughby, Ohio. Carter wrestled as Derrick Bateman during his timeframe in WWE/NXT. Carter was introduced as the nephew of then TNA President Dixie Carter when he debuted with TNA.

- Ethan Carter has wrestled for Ohio Valley Wrestling, Florida Championship Wrestling, NXT, EVOLVE, TNA/GFW and other Indy Promotions.

- Top Titles Won:
* 1 Time AIW Absolute Champion
* 1 Time Firestorm Pro Heavyweight Champion
* 1 Time FCW Florida Tag Team Champion
* 1 Time HOG World Heavyweight Champion
* 2 Time TNA World Heavyweight Champion
* 1 Time GFW Grand Champion
* 1 Time WrestleCircus Ringmaster Champion

- PWI ranked Carter #20 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2016


** ROH TV Recap **
This week's show was all about the ladies as we got the Women of Honor.

- "Stardom High Speed Championship Match": Kris Wolf (c) vs. Sumie Sakai: The match closes out with Sakai hitting a fisherman's buster for a near fall. Sakai sends Kris into the corner and climbs the ropes. Kris counters it and hits a modified jack knife power bomb and scores the pinfall, to retain her title.
Winner: Kris Wolf, by pinfall, to retain the Stardom High Speed Championship.

- Silas Young and Beer City Bruiser interrupt the show to tell everyone that no one cares about women's wrestling and that it's now been 36 days that Jay Lethal has been out of action thanks to Young.

- Mandy Leon vs. Jenny Rose: The match closes out with Mandy hitting a frankensteiner on Jenny for a near fall. Jenny counters a submission and turns it into a surfboard submission on Mandy. Mandy escapes, but gets lifted onto Jenny's shoulders in an electric chair drop. Jenny hits the move and hooks Mandy for the pinfall.
Winner: Jenny Rose, by pinfall.

- "Triple Threat Match": Kelly Klein vs. Deonna Purrazzo vs. Karen Q: The match closes out with Deonna countering a clothesline and tried trapping Kelly in a Fujiwara arm bar submission. Kelly escapes by unloading knees on Deonna, breaking the submission. Kelly gets drop kicked to the floor by Karen. Karen grabs Deonna and hooks her in a cradle for the pinfall.
Winner: Karen Q, by pinfall.

*** Lucha Underground ***

** Lucha Underground TV Recap **
The Final 8 of The Cueto Cup Tournament took place this week. The  main event of the show saw Lucha Underground World Champion Johnny Mundo battle El Dragon Azteca Jr. in a non title match.

- Dario Cueto is shown visiting his caged brother Matanza Cueto in The Temple's Dungeon. Dario tells Matanza that he needs to overcome his hunger or else the Gods will take him over and use his body as just another vessel. Dario leaves Matanza food, but its just out of reach to his cell door.

- "The Cueto Cup Tournament Match": Pindar vs. Fenix: The match closes out with Fenix hitting a german suplex on Pindar and then both men fight onto the top rope. Fenix hits an Exploder Suplex on Pindar off the top rope and then hits double knees for the pinfall.
Winner: Fenix, by pinfall, to advance to the Final 4.

- In Dario Cueto's office, Worldwide Underground enters. Dario isn't happy with WU interfering in their matches in order to win them. Dario bans WU from Johnny Mundo's match later tonight. Dario says he has special plans for WU, but he'll take those plans away if they interfere tonight.

- "The Cueto Cup Tournament Match": Prince Puma vs. Dante Fox: The match closes out with both men battling onto the top rope. Puma sends Fox off with an Exploder suplex and then hits a reverse driver for a near fall. Puma hits Fox with a double foot stomp, sending him into the turnbuckle. Puma hits the 630 Splash and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Prince Puma, by pinfall, to advance to the Final 4.

- After the match, Killshot hits the ring and attacks Fox. Killshot tells Fox that this isn't over between them.

- At the LAPD Headquarters, Captain Vasquez is with Detective Cortez Castro. Vasquez is upset that Castro hasn't proved that Cage killed Councilman Delgado yet. Vasquez tells Castro that she doesn't want Cage, she wants his iron fist gauntlet instead. Castro says there is no man that can get the gauntlet from Cage. Vasquez opens a drawer, revealing a half of a medallion, the other half belongs to Catrina. Vasquez hints at maybe a woman can get the gauntlet from Cage.

- Johnny Mundo vs. El Dragon Azteca Jr.: The match closes out with Azteca getting a near fall dragon roll. Azteca hits a Cassadora Bomb off the top rope on Mundo for another near fall. Mundo comes back and hits a Spanish Fly on Azteca. Mundo and Azteca trade offense and pinfall attempts until Mundo finally hits End of the World to score the pinfall.
Winner: Johnny Mundo, by pinfall.

- After the match, Mundo grabs a steel chair and beats down Azteca with it. Mundo attempts to break Azteca's neck when Rey Mysterio hits the ring. Mysterio chases off Mundo and helps Azteca. Mysterio greets his family at ringside before leaving. Johnny Mundo comes back and terrorizes the Mysterio Family. Mundo goes nose to nose with Mysterio's son Dominic as security rush out to separate both men. Rey Mysterio runs back out, but gets grabbed by Worldwide Underground. WU hold Mysterio and make him watch as Mundo hits Dominic in the head with his world title. WU run off as Mysterio tends to Dominic to end the show.


** G1 Climax Night #10 Highlights **
NJPW continued with the G1 Climax Tournament this week.


- Evil defeated Toru Yano.
- Minoru Suzuki defeated Tama Tonga.
- Sanada defeated Michael Elgin.
- Kenny Omega defeated Satoshi Kojima.
- Kazuchika Okada defeated Juice Robinson.


- Kazuchika Okada 10
- Kenny Omega 8
- EVIL 8
- Minoru Suzuki 6
- Sanada 6
- Tama Tonga 4
- Michael Elgin 4
- Toru Yano 2
- Juice Robinson 2
- Satoshi Kojima 0

** G1 Climax Night #11 Highlights **


- Yoshi Hashi defeated Bad Luck Fale.
- Zack Sabre Jr. defeated Togi Makabe.
- Tomohiro Ishii defeated Yuji Nagata.
- Tetsuya Naito defeated Hirooki Goto.
- Kota Ibushi defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi.


- Zack Sabre Jr. 8
- Hiroshi Tanahashi 8
- Tomohiro Ishii 8
- Tetsuya Naito 8
- Kota Ibushi 6
- Togi Makabe 6
- Hirooki Goto 6
- Bad Luck Fale 6
- Yoshi-Hashi 4
- Yuji Nagata 0

** G1 Climax Night #12 Highlights **


- SANADA defeated Juice Robinson
- Toru Yano defeated Michael Elgin
- Minoru Suzuki defeated Satoshi Kojima
- Kazuckika Okada defeated Tama Tonga
- Kenny Omega defeated EVIL


- Kazuchika Okada 12
- Kenny Omega 10
- EVIL 8
- Minoru Suzuki 8
- Michael Elgin 4
- Tama Tonga 4
- Toru Yano 4
- Juice Robinson 2
- Satoshi Kojima 0

** G1 Climax Night #13 Highlights **


- Kota Ibushi defeated Yuji Nagata
- Bad Luck Fale defeated Tomohiro Ishii
- Hirooki Goto defeated YOSHI-HASHI
- Tetsuya Naito defeated Zack Sabre Jr.
- Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Togi Makabe


- Tetsuya Naito 10
- Hiroshi Tanahashi 8
- Zack Sabre Jr. 8
- Tomohiro Ishii 8
- Kota Ibushi 8
- Hirooki Goto 8
- Bad Luck Fale 8
- Togi Makabe 6
- Yuji Nagata 0

** G1 Climax Night #14 Highlights **


- Toru Yano defeated Tama Tonga.
- Satoshi Kojima defeated SANADA.
- Michael Elgin defeated Minoru Suzuki.
- Juice Robinson defeated Kenny Omega.
- EVIL defeated Kazuchika Okada.


- Kazuchika Okada 12
- Kenny Omega 10
- EVIL 10
- Minoru Suzuki 8
- Michael Elgin 6
- Toru Yano 6
- Tama Tonga 4
- Juice Robinson 4
- Satoshi Kojima 2

*** ICW ***

** Shug's Hoose Party 4 Night #1 **
ICW was live in Glasgow, Scotland for night #1 of their two night pay per view. The main event of the show saw WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne defend his title in a Fatal Four Way Match against BT Gunn, Trent Seven and Wolfgang. The event also saw the ICW return of WWE Cruiserweight Noam Dar.

- Grado announced that he could not compete tonight due to other commitments. Grado then announced his match at Night #2 against Sha Samuels would be a Loser Leaves ICW Match. Samuels interrupts, but gets jumped from behind and beat down by Bram, who was making his ICW debut.

- Mikey Whiplash defeated Stevie Boy in a Dog Collar Match. After the match, Whiplash tried to put Stevie Boy in a coffin, but Jimmy Havoc made the save.

- It was announced that Rey Mysterio would be at the next pay per view on November 19th called Fear and Loathing X.

- Kid Fite defeated Bull James.

- Super Crazy defeated Jody Fleisch.

- "ICW Women’s Championship Match": Kasey defeated Kay Lee Ray (c) to become the new ICW Women’s Champion.

- Joe Henry defeated Lionheart in an Unsanctioned Match.

- "ICW Zero G Championship, Ladder Match": Kenny Williams defeated Zack Gibson (c) to become the new ICW Zero-G Champion.

- Dickie Divers defeated Thomas Kearins.

- "WWE United Kingdom Championship, Fatal Four Way Match": Pete Dunne (c) defeated BT Gunn, Trent Seven and Wolfgang.

- The Pinky Party (Noam Dar and Sha Samuels) defeated Joe Coffey and Bram.

** Shug's Hoose Party 4 Night #2 **
ICW returned for night number two of their two night pay per view. The main event of the show saw ICW World Heavyweight Champion Joe Coffey defend his title against Joe Jester in a Steel Cage Match.

- Jody Fleisch defeated Aaron Echo.

- Molly Spartan tried to interview Lionheart, but Lionheart kicked her out of the ring. ICW owner Mark Dallas interrupted and announced Lionheart will battle Rob Van Dam at Fear and Loathing X.

- Wolfgang defeated Super Crazy.

- "ICW Zero-G Championship Match": BT Gunn defeated Kenny Williams (c) to win the ICW Zero G Championship.

- "Kiss My Arse Match": DCT and Adam Shane defeated Davey Blaze and The Wee Man.

- "Loser Leaves Insane Championship Wrestling Match": Sha Samuels defeated Grado.

- Bram interrupts Ravie Davie and Session Moth Martina's Scheme Wedding and beats everyone down. 

- Ravie Davie defeated Bram.

- "ICW Women’s Championship Match": Kasey (c) defeated Kay Lee Ray.

- Polo Promotions (Mark Coffey and Jackie Polo) defeated The Marauders (Wild Boar and Mike Bird). Polo Promotions earn a ICW World Tag Team Championship Match.

- "ICW World Heavyweight Championship, Steel Cage Match": Joe Coffey (c) defeated Jack Jester.

- Champions Profile: KENNY WILLIAMS: Kenny Williams defeated Zack Gibson this past week in a Ladder Match to become the new ICW Zero G Champion.

- Kenny Williams made his professional wrestling debut in 2012, was trained by Kid Fite / TJ Rage and hails from Glasgow, Scotland. 

- Kenny Williams has wrestled for ICW and other Indy Promotions.

- Top Titles Won:
* 1 Time BCW Openweight Champion.
* 2 Time ICW Zero G Champion.
* 1 Time PBW World Tag Team Champion.

- Champions Profile: KASEY: Kasey defeated Kay Lee Ray this past week to become the new ICW Women's Champion.

- Kasey made her pro wrestling debut in 2010, was trained by Alan "Machine" Cunningham and hails from Belfast, Northern Ireland.

- Kasey has wrestled for ICW, GFW/TNA and other Indy Promotions.

- Top Titles Won:
* 1 Time British Empire Women's  Champion.
* 1 Time W3L Women's Champion.
* 1 Time ICW Women's Champion.

- Champions Profile: BT GUNN: BT Gunn defeated Kenny Williams this past week for the ICW Zero G Championship.

- BT Gunn made his professional wrestling debut in 2006, was trained by Conscience and Eric Canyon and hails from Glasgow, Scotland.

- BT Gunn has wrestled in ICW and other Indy Promotions.

- Top Titles Won:
* 2 Time ICW World Heavyweight Champion.
* 3 Time ICW World Tag Team Champion.
* 1 Time ICW Zero G Champion.
* 1 Time BCW Heavyweight Champion.
* 1 Time BCW Openweight Champion.
* 1 Time BCW Tag Team Champion.
* 2 Time MEW World Tag Team Champion.
* 2 Time PBW Heavyweight Championship.
* 1 Time PBW Tag Team Champion.
* 2 Time PWE Tag Team Champion.
* 1 Time NWA Scottish Heavyweight Champion.
* 1 Time SWE Heavyweight Championship.
* 1 Time Target Wrestling Champion.
* 1 Time Target Wrestling Tag Team Champion.

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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