WWE Weekly Wednesday Wrestling Wrap-Up Reviews: 9.19.2018

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205 Live Results + Star Ratings: 

  • TJP defeats Lince Dorado **3/4
  • Cedric Alexander defeats Drew Gulak to retain the Cruiserweight Title ****1/2

 

TJP vs Lince Dorado:

  • Good opening pacing lead by Dorado. 
  • Guillotine Choke over the middle rope by TJP followed up by a high crossbody by TJP diving back in-ring. 
  • Springboard by Dorado caught by TJP into an arm break weakening the arm for submissions later in the match. 
  • Series of suplexes by TJP for the first near fall. 
  • TJP torques Dorado’s arm in a hammerlock. Dorado tries to fight out but TJP takes him back down into a Butterfly Lock, TJP is showing solid technical ability. Dorado finally fights out but TJP takes him down with a springboard forearm. 
  • Spinning Heel Kick by Dorado comes out of nowhere taking both down. Stiff chop by Dorado into a high crossbody. Dorado hits a huricanrana sending TJP ringside, suicide dive by Dorado.
  • Moonsault by Dorado, near fall. 
  • Superkick by Dorado knocks TJP into the corner, Bronco Buster by Dorado into an Inverted DDT attempt by Dorado, TJP fights off and removes the mask of Dorado and delivers a roll-up win. Solid heel way to finish a match. 

Winner: TJP

Rating: **3/4, A pretty fun opening match and TJP looked great in this match showing a technical side and a dastardly heel side too. The match never really got anywhere though but was fun while it lasted. 

  • Lio Rush and Drake Maverick segment, Drake says regardless of Lio Rush’s appearances on RAW he still has to commit to his bookings on 205 Live and books the MOTH for a match next week against Noam Dar.
  • Drake Maverick and Mustafa Ali segment, Maverick books Ali vs. Itami.

Drew Gulak vs. Cedric Alexander(c) for the Cruiserweight Title:

  • Gulak is accompanied by Jack Gallagher and Brian Kendrick. 
  • An early attempt at the Gu-Lock by Gulak off a distraction by Kendrick fails as Cedric gets to the ropes.
  • Kendrick pulls Cedric down and the referee throws Gallagher and Kendrick out. 
  • Stiff chops by Alexander after he unsuccessfully tries to capitalize on a distracted Gulak with a pinfall attempt. 
  • Gulak catches Alexander in a flat liner attempt and drops him on his neck with a half and half suplex. 
  • Gulak keeps working the arm of Cedric. Gulak has spent a lot of this match on top. 
  • A hard elbow by Gulak hits Cedric for the first near fall.
  • Amazing Suplex over the ropes rolling on to the floor by Cedric Alexander. Really innovative and well-executed spot, both back in at a 9-count. 
  • Cedric fires up and hits a series of running strikes, Drive-By kick by Cedric to Gulak on the turnbuckle. Springboard Forearm by Cedric for a good near fall. 
  • Lumbar Check attempt by Cedric rolled up, near fall by Gulak. Neutralizer kick by Cedric knocks Gulak ringside and Alexander hits a Tope Con Hiro to ringside. 
  • Gu-Lock locked in by Gulak, Alexander grabs the ropes. 
  • Stiff lariat by Gulak, near fall. 
  • Bodyslams by Gulak as he talks about a “better 205 Live”
  • Roll up by Cedric, near fall. Great lariat by Gulak flips Alexander, near fall. 
  • Buddy Murphy shown looking on, he faces the winner at Super ShowDown.
  • Step-up enzugiri knocks Gulak back, sunset flip into a Michinoku Driver by Alexander, near fall on Gulak. 
  • Chops by Alexander but Gulak flips over the turnbuckle and delivers a smashing forearm. Flying Lariat by Gulak, who had to actually go to the top rope against his own beliefs, near fall. 
  • Gu-Lock locked in for the 3rd time by Gulak, Alexander powers him up and hits a Death Valley Driver into the corner. Great counter by Alexander after a good submission sequence. 
  • Both run at each other and hit stereo big boots into a strikefest, a lumbar check by Alexander closes. 

Winner: Cedric Alexander Retains! Day Count: 143+

Rating: ****1/2, this is my favorite cruiserweight match of the year just topping Buddy Murphy vs. Alexander but this one had a great story along with well-executed spots. These two worked very cleanly without a botch and the pacing was fantastic with the opening being a feeling out period and it really escalating. The main story was Gulak went to insane lengths for him to grab the title and make a better 205 Live showing resiliency and even breaking his “No Fly Zone” rule. These two put on a very good match and Alexander looks great going into his match against Buddy Murphy at Super ShowDown. 

ricochet-pete-dunne-nxt-tv-logoNXT TV Results + Star Ratings:

  • Aliyah and Lacey Evans defeat Deonna Purazzo and Dakota Kai **
  • Jaxson Ryker defeats Humberto Cardillo N/A

Deonna Purazzo and Dakota Kai vs. Lacey Evans and Aliyah:

  • Deonna and Evans start the match. 
  • Tilt-A-Whirl by Evans caught into a Fujiwara arm lock by Deonna, Evans fights out.
  • Evans attacks Deonna in the corner with elbow shots. 
  • Bronco Buster by Evans onto Deonna, near fall. 
  • Aliyah kicks the hand of Kai ringside turning the refs’ attention so the heels can team up against Deonna momentarily. 
  • Aliyah and Evans are isolating Deonna, hot tag to Kai. Broski Boot by Kai, near fall save by Evans. 
  • O’Connor roll by Kai, Evans hits a KO Punch stopping the pin on Aliyah and pins Kai for the win. 

Winner: Aliyah and Evans

Rating: **, a very mediocre showcase match for 3 talented women and Aliyah. 

  • Velveteen Dream interview, Dream walks away from a question about the mysterious assault on Aleister Black. 
  • Street Profits interview. These guys are pretty fun.
  • Replay from the Nikki Cross and Bianca Belair brawl from last week

Humberto Carrillo vs. Jaxson Ryker:

  • Ryker is an NXT debut but he’s also Gunner from TNA. 
  • Springboard by Carillo caught with an ax handle strike by Ryker.
  • Slingshot Powerbomb by Ryker ends the squash match. 

Winner: Jaxson Ryker

Rating: N/A, squash

  • William Regal and Candice LeRae segment about the Black attack. LeRaw says Ciampa might’ve done it. Regal asks her about Johnny Gargano maybe doing it.

Ricochet(North American Title) vs. Pete Dunne(UK Title) Winner Takes All Match:

  • An obvious Undisputed ERA match to interfere in, this won’t end clean. 
  • Keith Lee video package, I’m VERY hyped for Lee’s future in NXT.
  • Otis Dozovic vs. Tomasso Ciampa announced for next week. 
  • Big fight feels.
  • Dunne absolutely wrenches the arm of Ricochet giving him the early advantage, Dunne spends a while, in the beginning, working the arm of Rico. 
  • Solid technical start to the match.
  • Surfboard Lock by Pete Dunne but Ricochet falls out of it onto a pin on Dunne only getting one count.
  • Stiff elbow by Dunne absolutely decks Ricochet. Ricochet starts to speed up though and hits a huricanrana sending Dunne to ringside. Suicide Dive hits for Rico. 
  • Dunne wrenches back the fingers of Ricochet and continues to work the arm of Rico.
  • Rolling Thunder Lariat by Ricochet flips Dunne and gives Ricochet much-needed space. 
  • Springboard uppercut by Ricochet gives the first near fall. 
  • Fire up sequence by Dunne, Ricochet lands off Dunne’s explex and hits a Standing Shooting Star on Dunne, near fall. 
  • Ricochet caught into an armbar by Dunne, Ricochet tries to pin his way out, near fall. Dunne dodges a standing moonsault by Ricochet.
  • Jumping knee by Ricochet drops Dunne in the drop zone, Springboard uppercut by Ricochet gets caught with an elbow by Dunne. Explex by Dunne, near fall. 
  • Bitter End attempt but Ricochet lands on his feet. Snap kick by Dunne, Rico side steps Dunne sending him to the outside. 
  • Amazing moonsault off the post to ringside by Rico misses, Hard elbow by Dunne connects. Explex on the apron by Dunne, awesome sequence. Bitter End reversed into a reverserana by Ricochet, great near fall. 
  • This match is great and all but I’m just anxiously awaiting the non-finish.
  • Hand stomp/snap kick combo by Dunne starts a strikefest. Dunne catches a rolling Rico for a lariat. Handspring Tornado DDT by Ricochet, near fall. 
  • Awesome supercanrana by Rico followed by an ax kick/flatliner combo by Rico, great near fall. That awesome sequence of moves by Rico gets a standing ovation from the crowd. 
  • 450 by Ricochet caught into a triangle hold by Dunne, Ricochet powers into a powerbomb.
  • Finger break by Dunne gets Rico in a Kimura Lock, Ricochet deadlifts Dunne into a brainbuster, awesome show of strength. 
  • Undisputed ERA jumps the match ending it in a Double DQ closing it predictably. War Raiders chase UE out of the ring.

Winner: Double DQ

Rating: ****1/2, what could’ve been a MOTY contender because of amazing spots and a great chemistry between Dunne and Ricochet got cut short because of an attack by Undisputed ERA. However, this match delivered on so many levels. I normally give non-finish matches under a 4-star rating regardless, however, this match was heading into the 5-star regions and I had to acknowledge the match these two put on. The crowd was into it 100% and both got to look really strong. 

 

NXT Takeover Brooklyn 4 Review

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NXT Takeover Brooklyn 4 Results:

  • Undisputed ERA defeats Mustache Mountain to retain the NXT Tag Titles via pin @18:05 ****3/4
  • Velveteen Dream defeats EC3 via pin @15:05 ***3/4
  • Ricochet defeats Adam Cole to win the NXT North American Title @15:22 ****1/4
  • Kairi Sane defeats Shayna Baszler to win the NXT Women’s Title @ 13:35 ****1/2
  • Tomasso Ciampa defeats Johnny Gargano to retain the NXT Title in a Last Man Standing Match *****

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Undisputed ERA(c) vs. Mustache Mountain for the NXT Tag Titles:

This match is a rematch from the UK Tournament and the absolute classic they had last month on NXT TV. This match played out very similarly to the previous clashes but that isn’t a complaint. These two teams do an amazing job of mixing technical wrestling and high spots.

Roderick Strong and Trent Seven started this match and early in the match ERA returns to the pack mentality by isolating Seven. Tyler Bate hits a hot tag in and does another amazing Double-Spin spot, callback spot to the previous encounters, with Roddy on his shoulders and Kyle O’Reilly in the swing position. Tyler Bate looked incredibly strong in this match. ERA begins to regain the pack mentality and begins to go for isolating the leg of Bate. They play through an awesome desperation tag sequence with Bate going through hell to get the tag to Seven with ERA clinging to Bate to stop the hot tag. Seven makes the hot tag and hits an amazing suicide dive for a man of that size. Series of big moves by ERA on Seven to begin the match’s near falls. Seven looks resilient and Strong locks in the Strong Hold on Seven and Kyle locks in a triangle on Bate. Tyler Bate powers up and powerbombs KOR into Strong to stop the double submission spot which is another callback to previous encounters. Tyler Bate hits an amazing sequence of moves outside with a great over-the-ropes suicide dive taking out Kyle and a rebound lariat ringside to Strong. Bate speeds Roddy back into the ring and hits the Tyler Driver 97 for an awesome near fall. While Bate is on the top rope, Kyle smashes the previously worked leg of Bate into the post and follows it up with a heel hook in-ring on Bate. Strong stops Bate from getting to the ropes and Trent Seven teases throwing in the towel, a callback to their NXT TV match where Tyler Bate threw in the towel for Seven. Bate fights his way out to tag Seven and Seven hits a Seven Star lariat on O’Reilly for another great near fall. Tandem Burning Hammer for a near fall by Mustache Mountain. “Fight Forever” chants start and almost by queue, ERA hits the Axe and Smash Strike sequence for the win. 

Rating: ****3/4, These two teams put on an AMAZING trilogy of tag matches and even though their NXT TV match was better this match was a high spot for the show and an amazing opener. This match might’ve been a perfect 5-stars if the spots were new and not just callbacks to awesome spots that we have seen before. The match had gone into another gear in terms of awesome near falls and great moments over their previous encounters but the NXT TV match had a far superior story. It’ll be interesting to see where Mustache Mountain goes from here, I’m guessing they headline the NXT UK tag division. 

  • After the match, War Raiders attack ERA and establish themselves as the next challengers. 

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EC3 vs. Velveteen Dream:

The match is a total clash of character and another match that highlights Velveteen Dream as possibly the best NXT talent ever. EC3 has yet to prove himself in NXT even though his character is awesome. 

Velveteen Dream breaks the 4th wall again and on his tights, it says “Call Me Up Vince” even though I really hope Vince doesn’t listen and Dream continues to thrive in NXT. The match starts off really slow and lethargic until Velveteen hits a Twisting DDT on the metal ramp. Velveteen throws 3 into the announce table and throws water at him. Dream pretty much carries this match. There is a sequence of big moves and near fall as the match crawls to close, EC3 hits a huge superplex for a good near fall. Dream works the neck of EC3 over the match and that plays in when 3 hits a German suplex and can’t successfully bridge due to the neck. Dream hits the first Rolling DVD for a near fall. The ending sequence in this match was amazing and saved this match from mediocrity, Dream hits a Rolling DVD on the apron and hits the Purple Rainmaker on the apron for the pin. 

Rating: ***3/4, This match is the worst Velveteen Dream Takeover match since versus Kassius Ohno. However, Velveteen has been on absolute FIRE recently and has had amazing sequences of Takeover matches. This match was slow at the beginning but picked up towards the end and had some very solid spots and an amazing closing sequence. Hopefully, this isn’t Dream’s last Takeover match but it might be. The main roster may be very near for VD. 

  • Matt Riddle debuts on camera ringside. 

Adam Cole(c) vs. Ricochet for the NXT North American Title:

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The feud revolved around becoming a “special” talent in NXT. Adam Cole has been telling Ricochet he isn’t special for the last few weeks. These two undoubtedly will put on a banger. 

The match starts with a staredown and a collar and elbow sequence making it look evenly matched. Ricochet gradually went into the flippy shit showing that he can wrestle in the early stages of this match. Rico hits the first crazy move off of a dropkick knocking Cole ringside for an amazing corkscrew dive. Rico hits a Standing Shooting Star/Pheonix Splash combo for a near fall. Cole hits an amazing catching backstabber for a near fall. Cole goes for a catching superkick but Rico blocks it, Rico goes for a lionsault and is absolutely blasted with a catching superkick by Cole. Adam hits a reverse neck breaker afterward for a very near fall. An amazing strike-fest ends with Cole falling on top for another awesome near fall. Rico hits a huricanrana off the apron setting Cole up for a closing 630 senton by Rico. 

Rating: ****1/4, These two put on the absolute banger I expected. Amazing spots, near falls and intense speed mixed to make magic. The amazing lionsault catching superkick by Cole is the spot of the night so far and Ricochet absolutely deserved the win and will have an amazing title run. 

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I will preface this review section by saying WWE needs to take a lesson from their own developmental system on how to book the women for going into Evolution. The feud revolved around the Mae Young Classic last year and Shayna looked like an absolute beast. The match also is my favorite women’s match since Asuka vs. Ember Moon from Takeover Brooklyn 3. 

The 4 horsewomen of UFC are shown ringside. Shayna hits a dropkick to the leg of Sane giving Kairi a hard fall. It also begins the intense working of the leg of Sane. Baszler drops Sane’s leg over the middle rope and torques the knee in-ring. Baszler hits a brutal stomp over the foot of Sane. Shayna Baszler looked absolutely intense in this match and mixed amazing technicals with fun match styles. Hard strikes by Baszler fire up Sane to start fighting back on her own. Sane powers into a Sliding Knee in the corner but doesn’t fire it up with the in-Sane elbow due to the leg injury so just gets a near fall. Shayna hits an awesome Gutwrench Superplex. Jumping Knee strike by Baszler for a near fall. Sane goes crazy after hitting a Running Spear, she goes for an in-Sane elbow to the back of Baszler, then a suicide crossbody to ringside, she follows it up with another in-Sane elbow for a very near fall closing an awesome sequence. This match marks the first time anyone in NXT has kicked out of the In-Sane elbow. Heel Hook by Baszler locked in on the injured leg of Sane, Sane reverses into her Anchor Hold but Baszler grabs the ropes. Sane uses the ropes and re-applies the Anchor Hold for more torque. A final In-Sane elbow attempt goes into a Coquina Clutch by Baszler but Sane rolls it up for a near fall win. 

Rating: ****1/2, this match was amazing and tied in technical intensity with the high spots from Kairi Sane. I never really bought in on Kairi Sane until this match but now I’m really excited for her title reign. I’ve been on the Baszler train much longer than anyone else but she showed everyone tonight that she can really go. There was a great Underdog/Dominant Heel dynamic and a great sense of urgency and desperation making this match something special. 

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Tomasso Ciampa(c) vs. Johnny Gargano in a Last Man Standing Match:

Even though the feud is less red hot now these guys have put an amazing trilogy of matches including this one. It depends on your preferred wrestling style which is your favorite match of theirs. My personal favorite match was the Takeover Chicago match but this one was an absolute classic too. Due to an injury on Aleister Black, the triple threat was canceled and replaced with the third chapter of the DIY break up. Johnny Gargano teased being darker in this match. 

Johnny attacks before the bell and shows a lot more aggression. Gargano exposes the ring concrete early on. Ciampa hits an awesome Air Raid Crash through an announce table. Ciampa hits a stiff sequence of running knees but Gargano fights back with intense chair shots. A long headlock sequence that would be boring in any other match was made logical and exciting here, Ciampa had tried to genuinely make Johnny go to sleep and got him down for a 6 count, Gargano fights into hitting a Lawn Dart on a chair set up in the corner. Gargano sets up back-to-back stacked tables over the exposed concrete. Ciampa hits a series of his Ciampa Project finisher and sits down to watch Gargano get counted out but Johnny rises with fire and superkicks the hell out of Ciampa. They gradually start to strike-off but double lariat each other down. After one count they return to striking and fall back down closing the awesome sequence. Ciampa hits a brutal Butterfly Piledriver on the steel steps. Ciampa again grabs bolt cutters and exposes the wood under the ring. Gargano blinds Ciampa with a crutch and attacks him with the crutch calling back the first match. Gargano hits an awesome Leaping DDT on the exposed ring to get Ciampa down for a 9 count. A superkick by Gargano misses and decks a member of the ring crew. Ciampa hits a chair-assisted running knee strike through the barricade and piles ring stuff on Gargano including the knocked out crew member, Gargano gets up at 9. Back in-ring, Gargano superkicks Ciampa through the Double Table onto the concrete. Brutal spot and Ciampa is back up at 9. Fight Forever Chants come. They walk up the stage and Gargano turns the tables and throws Ciampa into the stage for the callback spot. Gargano Escape taps out Ciampa but it doesn’t matter. Gargano handcuffs Ciampa into the stage and superkicks the hell out of him and smashes his face into the metal stage. Ciampa apologizes but it’s too late and Gargano exposes his knee and launches himself at Ciampa. Gargano flies brutally into stage foliage while Ciampa gets up at 9 winning the match.

Rating: *****, These men did it, they completed a golden trilogy of 5-star matches. I believe the match at Takeover was the best Last Man Standing Match of all time. The spots were genius and probably some of the best of the whole series. Including, the exposed ring DDT by Gargano, the knee through the barricade by Ciampa and the intense ending. However, in my opinion, it lacked the hot story that both New Orleans and Chicago had and the match had felt like we had seen it before while Takeover NOLA was the first encounter and Takeover Chi was a new spin on the match. This match combined both together and while it felt less fresh it was probably one of the most exciting of their encounters combat-wise. The ending was perfect though, Gargano had gone too far and made Ciampa apologize and ended up screwing himself out of the match and possibly injuring himself. The end solidified this as a 5-star match. 

Show Grade: A-, While I very much prefer Takeover NOLA, Takeover Brooklyn 4 is the 2nd best installment in the Takeover shows this year. Unlike, Takeover Chicago none of the matches were stinkers and felt like a very well rounded show. None of the matches, however, were as good as Gargano vs. Ciampa at Takeover Chicago or the North American Ladder match at NOLA. Takeovers continue to impress and I loved every minute of this show.