Sunday, December 17, 2017

Weekend 3 Count 12/17/17

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, ROH, Lucha Underground, NJPW, House of Hardcore, NWA, ICW, CZW, FIP, PWG, AAW, EVOLVE, PROGRESS, SHINE, SHIMMER, BEYOND, DEFIANT 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 ***

- Rich Swann Arrested: Last weekend, 205 Live superstar Rich Swann was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and battery, according to reports in Florida. Alachua County's Sheriff in Florida said the 26 year old faces allegations of kidnap/false imprisonment of an adult and battery. Kidnapping and false imprisonment in Florida is a third degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Battery is a first degree misdemeanour in Florida, with penalties of up to one year in jail or 12 months probation and a $1,000 fine.

- Rich Swann Suspended: After the announcement of Rich Swann being arrested, WWE immediately announced that Swann was suspended indefinitely. WWE has a zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence. Rich Swann was scheduled to face Drew Gulak on Monday Night RAW this week in a #1 Contenders Match, but those plans will obviously change.

- Christmas Title Match Rumors: According to sources, WWE may be planning a huge WWE Intercontinental Championship Match for Christmas Night on Monday Night RAW. As of right now rumors are stating that Roman Reigns will be defending his WWE Intercontinental Championship against John Cena.

- WWE Signs Superstar From Kuwait: WWE announced by Twitter that they made history and signed their first ever Kuwaiti wrestler, Nasser Alruwayeh, to a performer's contract. Triple H was part of the reveal process along with Shadia Bseiso who was the first Arab woman from the Middle East to sign with the company.

- Porn Star Takes Shots At WWE: Mia Khalifa is currently stirring the pot with the world of professional wrestling. The former adult film star recently made comments about Ronda Rousey jumping to the WWE. Mia stated that Ronda was committing career suicide by jumping to professional wrestling.

Mia stated the following: "This is where her career will go to die. I have no respect for the WWE, it's not a real sport. It's embarrassing. That's embarrassing, though, to go from real fights to wearing a sequin unitard to pretending to fight."

Hurricane Helms stated the following on Twitter about Mia's comments: "I'm not gonna get upset that a porn star doesn't respect Pro Wrestling. She's entitled to her opinion. Our bodies take a pounding and well... so does hers."

** 205 Live Recap **

- Ariya Daivari vs. Cedric Alexander: The first match of the night saw Zo Train member Daivari battle Alexander in a one on one match. Alexander will battle Drew Gulak next week in a #1 Contender match to determine who will go on and battle Enzo Amore for his WWE Cruiserweight Championship. Gulak is at ringside and guarantees he's defeated Alexander next week. Gulak gets involved and clotheslines Alexander outside while the referee is distracted. Gulak tells Daivari to get off the top rope, but Daivari leaps anyway and gets a near fall splash on Alexander. Alexander hits the Lumbar Check on Daivari and scores the pinfall.

- Jack Gallagher vs. Kalisto: The second match of the night saw Gallagher battle Kalisto. This match focused on Brian Kendrick and Jack Gallagher being angry that Kalisto keeps being handed opportunity after opportunity while they are passed over. Kalisto hurricanranas Gallagher into the mat. Gallagher tries to cheat with a thumb into Kalisto's eye and then a headbutt. Kalisto wraps up Gallagher in a rollup and scores the pinfall. After the match, Kendrick attacks and chop blocks Kalisto. Gran Metalik hits the ring and helps Kalisto fight off his attackers.

- Enzo Amore vs. Tony Nese: The main event of the show saw Enzo Amore battle fellow Zo Train member Tony Nese. Enzo has accused Drew Gulak, Tony Nese and Ariya Daivari of forming a faction behind Enzo's back, which all three denied. Enzo singled out Nese for this match, after Nese told Enzo to calm down. Before the match even begins, Enzo trash talks Nese, making Nese angry. Ariya Daivari then jumps in and attacks Nese from behind. Enzo and Daivari beat down Nese and remind him to know his place on the Zo Train. Enzo then orders Drew Gulak to help with the beat down. Gulak goes nose to nose with Enzo and finally backs down by kicking Nese in the face. Enzo orders Gulak to continue beating down Nese and then finally hits the JawDoneZo on Nese to end the show.

** Tribute To The Troops Recap **

- Lillian Garcia returned to sing the National Anthem.

- "Six Man Tag Team Match": The Shield defeated Samoa Joe, Sheamus and Cesaro, by pinfall after Roman Reigns spears Cesaro.

- "Triple Threat Match": Charlotte defeated Ruby Riot and Carmella. Charlotte trapped Ruby in the Figure Eight submission and got the tap out win. 

- Cleveland's own, Machine Gun Kelly, made a special performance for the troops.

- "Eight Man Tag Team Match": The New Day and The Usos defeated Shelton Benjamin, Chad Gable, Rusev and Aiden English, by pinfall after The New Day hit the Midnight Hour.

- "Six Woman Tag Team Match": Absolution defeated Bayley, Mickie James and Sasha Banks, by pinfall after Paige hit the RamPaige on Mickie.

- "Six Man Tag Team Match": AJ Styles, Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Jinder Mahal, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, by pinfall after Nakamura hit the Kinshasa on Zayn.

- Announced WWE Pay Per Views For 2018:

** Jan. 28th: Royal Rumble, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
** Feb. 25th: Elimination Chamber (RAW), Las Vegas, Nevada.
** March 11th: Fastlane (SDL), Columbus, Ohio.
** April 8th: Wrestlemania 34, New Orleans, Louisiana.
** May 6th: Backlash (RAW), Newark, New Jersey.
** May 27th: Payback (SDL), Baltimore, Maryland.
** June 17th: Money In The Bank, Chicago, Illinois.
** July 15th: Battleground (RAW), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
** Aug. 19th: SummerSlam, Brooklyn, New York.
** Sept. 16th: Extreme Rules (RAW), San Antonio, Texas.
** Sept. 30th: Hell In A Cell (SDL), Nashville, Tennessee.
** Oct. 21st: TLC (RAW), Boston, Massachusetts.
** Nov. 18th: Survivor Series, Los Angeles, California.
** Dec. 16th: Clash of Champions, San Jose, California.

*** NXT ***

- Shayna Baszler Coming Soon: This past week, NXT revealed that the spade vignettes from the past few weeks is indeed MMA fighter Shayna Baszler. Baszler will be making her debut very soon.

- Announced NXT Pay Per Views For 2018:

** Jan. 27th: NXT Takeover: Philadelphia.
** April 6th: NXT Takeover: New Orleans.
** June 16th: NXT Takeover: Chicago.
** Aug. 18th: NXT Takeover: Brooklyn 4.
** Nov. 17th: NXT Takeover: WarGames 2, Los Angeles.

** Impact TV Recap **

- "Triple Threat, #1 Contenders Match": Allie defeated Sienna and KC Spinelli. Sienna goes for the AK47 on KC, but Allie sneaks in a rollup on Sienna for the pinfall.

- Taiji Ishimori and Dezmond Xavier defeated Trevor Lee and Caleb Konley, by pinfall after Ishimori rolls up Lee for the pinfall.

- "Six Man Tag Team Match": Alberto El Patron, Johnny Impact and Petey Williams defeated Eli Drake, Chris Adonis and Kongo Kong, by pinfall after Impact hits Starship Pain, but El Patron steals the pinfall after throwing Impact on the floor and hitting a splash. 

- Moose and James Storm Promo: Moose and Storm say that American Top Team are pissing them off and Moose knows Bobby Lashley can't beat him one on one. Lashley and Dan Lambert interrupt and Lashley says he'll fight Moose anytime, anyplace, but on Lashley's time. Storm says he has no respect for Lambert and wants him in a one on one match. Lambert says Storm's love for wrestling makes him sick. Lambert says he'll wrestle Storm only if Storm puts his career on the line because Storm is an Impact original and Lambert wants to cut the head off of the snake. Storm accepts but only if Lambert and ATT leave Impact when Storm wins. Lambert spits in Storm's face as Lashley and Moose brawl to the back. KM tries to save Lambert, but gets a Last Call from Storm. 

- "Impact Knockouts Championship Match": Laurel Van Ness defeated Rosemary, by pinfall to win the vacant title. Rosemary tries to mist Laurel in the face, but misses. Laurel uses the most on her hands to wipe in Rosemary's eyes to blind her. Laurel with the Unprettier on Rosemary for the pinfall.

- Sami Callihan and Konnan Face To Face: Callihan and Konnan agree to let LAX and oVe battle one more time for the tag team titles. Callihan says that if oVe win than LAX needs to leave Impact forever. Konnan agrees and then says that if oVe back out of the match than LAX will destroy everything that they love in Ohio. 

*** ROH TV Recap **

- "ROH Television Championship Match": Kenny King (c) defeated Caprice Coleman, by pinfall to retain the title. Coleman countered the Royal Flush and shoved King into Shane Taylor. King hits a corkscrew plancha on Taylor and then the Royal Flush on Coleman for the pinfall. After the match, Punishment Martinez, Shane Taylor and Silas Young three on one attack King and then start brawling with each other.

- The Addiction Promo: The Addiction mock Rowe of War Machine for getting suspended 30 days for hitting a fan last week. Daniels demands that both Rowe and Hanson should be fired. Hanson hits the ring and attacks Daniels and Kazarian. Kazarian grabs a steel chair and unloads on Hanson. The Addiction tape Hanson to the ropes and then start cutting off his beard. Daniels goes to cut off Hanson's ear, but security hit the ring. The Addiction unload on security and then escape as Hanson gets free and chases them.

- The Briscoes/Bully Ray/Tommy Dreamer Face To Face: The Briscoes brag about ruining Bully's retirement speech, attacking Tommy Dreamer at one of his shows and trashing the 3D Wrestling School. Bully Ray and Dreamer appear, but are held back by security. ROH owner Jeff Koff tells Bully and Dreamer to back off. The Briscoes mock Bully and Dreamer for taking orders from Koff. Koff announces that Bully and Dreamer will battle The Briscoes at ROH Final Battle. Bully, Dreamer and The Briscoes brawl until security separates them. 

- Matt Taven defeated Jay Lethal, by pinfall. Marty Scurll arrived and slid his umbrella into the ring. Lethal grabbed the umbrella, tossed it at Scurll and talked trash to him. Taven rolls up Lethal during the distraction and scores the pinfall.

- Cody Rhodes vs. Dalton Castle Final Battle Contract Signing: Cody arrived with meats, cheeses and champagne and told Castle to try them. Cody is questioned on not taking Castle seriously and Cody says he'd rather drink champagne with his wife Brandi. Castle says he's breaking Cody's heart at Final Battle and all Cody overdressed, overpaid and overrated. Cody and Castle both sign the contract and stare each other down to end the show.


- Chris Jericho Attacks Kenny Omega: This past week at the NJPW World Tag League Finals Show, Chris Jericho made a surprise appearance and attacked Kenny Omega from behind. Jericho laid Omega out with a Code Breaker and then unloaded on Omega, busting Omega open. Jericho then proceeded to hit a Code Breaker on NJPW official Don Callis after Callis attempted to check on Omega's condition.

- Kenny Omega Gets Revenge: After the vicious attack by Chris Jericho, Kenny Omega got his revenge by attacking Jericho while he was at a press conference, promoting Wrestle Kingdom 12 and talking about his attack on Omega. Omega tackled Jericho and unloaded on him behind the press conference table until NJPW officials and press were able to separate both men.

*** EVOLVE ***

** EVOLVE 96 Recap **

- Dominic Garrini defeated Joey Lynch, by submission with the Mighty Mouse.

- Kyle the Beast and Shane Mercer defeated Matt Knicks and Stevie Fierce, by pinfall with Moonsault and Battery by Mercer on to Fierce.

- Jarek 1:20 defeated Stephen Wolf, by pinfall with a Doctor Bomb lift drop into a DDT.

- Zack Sabre, Jr. defeated DJZ, by pinfall with the European Clutch.

- AR Fox defeated Jason Kincaid, by pinfall with Lo Mein Pain and a 450 Splash.

- Darby Allin defeated Austin Theory, by pinfall with Last Supper.

- "EVOLVE World Tag Team Championship Match": Catch Point (Jaka and “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams)(c) vs. The WorkHorsemen (Anthony Henry and James Drake) ended in a No Contest, after The End invaded and beat everyone down.

- "No Rope Breaks Match": Matt Riddle defeated Fred Yehi, by submission with the Bromission.

- "WWN World Championship Match": Keith Lee (c) defeated WALTER, by pinfall with Ground Zero to retain his WWN World Championship.

** EVOLVE 97 Recap **

- Dominic Garrini defeated Craig Mitchell, by submission after trapping Mitchell in the Mighty Mouse submission. After the match, The End arrive and attack both men. Parrow tosses Garrini at Odinson who lays out Garrini with a Pounce. Parrow plants Mitchell with a Blue Thunder Bomb. The End hit a double team powerbomb on Mitchell before leaving. 

- Matt Knicks and Stevie Fierce defeated Brandon Watts and Stephen Wolf, by pinfall with a double team Unprettier on Wolf.

- Jared 1:20 vs. Jason Kincaid went to a time limit draw.

- The WorkHorsemen (Anthony Henry and James Drake) defeated Kyle The Beast and Shane Mercer, by pinfall after Drake hit a moonsault on Mercer.

- AR Fox defeated DJZ, by pinfall with the Foxcatcher.

- Darby Allin defeated Keith Lee and "Hot Sauce" Tracy Williams in a Triple Threat Match. Darby pins Williams with the Last Supper. Allin earns any match of his choosing in 2018. After the match, Stokely Hathaway calls Lee garbage and then begs for forgiveness as Lee stalks him. Williams attacks Lee with elbows, but Lee fights back with his own elbows. Jaka hits the ring, but eats a Lee lariat. Chris Dickinson hits the ring and drops Lee with a German suplex. Dickinson and Jaka pick Lee up and lay him out with the Death Trap.

- "FIP World Heavyweight Championship Match": Austin Theory defeated Fred Yehi (c), by pinfall to win the FIP World Heavyweight Championship. Yehi gets a near fall in the end, but Priscilla Kelly saves Theory by putting his foot on the ropes. Theory hits the single underhook fisherman spinning reverse STO and scores the pinfall to take the title.

- "No Rope Breaks Match": Matt Riddle defeated WALTER, by stoppage after Riddle unloads a non stop series of elbow strikes on WALTER until the referee stepped in and stopped the match. After the match, Riddle offers a hand shake, but WALTER lays Riddle out with a boot.

- "EVOLVE World Championship Match": Zack Sabre Jr. (c) defeated Jaka, by submission with a calf killer/stretch muffler combination submission. After the match, The End arrives and attacks. Chris Dickinson hits the ring and german suplexes Parrow and hits a Michinoku Driver on Odinson. Drennan has a steel chair and unloads on Jaka's knee, injuring it. Dickinson with a suicide dive on The End. Dickinson and Tracy Williams chase off The End to end the show.

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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