Friday, December 15, 2017

WWE Clash of Champions Preview


By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

What's up wrestling fans, Triple Threat CLE returns with the WWE Clash of Champions pay per view preview for this Sunday night's event, live at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. If you can't catch the show live on the WWE Network, just check out Triple Threat CLE on Monday afternoon as the recap of the show will be provided.


- "WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match": AJ Styles (c) vs. Jinder Mahal: Last month, AJ Styles defeated Jinder Mahal on an episode of Smackdown Live to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The following week, Jinder Mahal announced that he was getting his rematch against Styles at WWE Clash of Champions. Styles accepted the challenge and then fought off an attempted attack from The Singh Brothers. Styles went on to battle The Singh Brothers in a handicap match and was attacked by The Singh Brothers and Jinder Mahal. Styles defeated The Singh Brothers and then chased off Mahal after the match. One week before WWE Clash of Champions, The Singh Brothers tried to convince Styles that they were no longer aligning themselves with Mahal due to his unfair treatment of them. Styles saw right through the trick and laid out The Singh Brothers as Mahal appeared and stared down Styles. Later in the night, backstage announcer Renee Young, attempted to interview Styles, when he was suddenly attacked and laid out by Mahal and The Singh Brothers.


- "WWE United States Championship, Triple Match Match": Baron Corbin (c) vs. Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler: Baron Corbin began having his problems with Bobby Roode during a lumberjack match on Smackdown Live, which saw Corbin accidentally hit Roode, starting a brawl. Roode challenged Corbin for the WWE United States Championship the following week, but Corbin laughed off the challenge. Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan stepped in and officially announced the Triple Threat Match for WWE Clash of Champions between Corbin, Roode and Dolph Ziggler with the title on the line. All three men met face to face the following week and Ziggler bragged that he was added to the match because of all of his past accomplishments in the WWE, which was more than what Corbin and Roode have done combined. Later in the night, Roode battled Corbin in a non title match, but it ended in a No Contest, as Ziggler laid out both men with the Zig Zag. One week before WWE Clash of Champions, Corbin battled Ziggler in a non title match, which also ended in a No Contest, as Roode laid out both men with the Glorious DDT.


- "WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Championship, Fatal Four Way Match": The Usos (c) vs. The New Day vs. Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable vs. Rusev and Aiden English: Benjamin and Gable won a Fatal Four Way Match to earn themselves a tag team title match against The Usos on Smackdown Live. Benjamin and Gable went on to defeat The Usos, however, it was by countout, which titles don't change hands on a count out. Benjamin and Gable traded one on one wins with The Usos, while The New Day also snuck in a non title victory of their own on The Usos. Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan announced a Triple Threat Match at WWE Clash of Champions between The Usos, Benjamin and Gable and The New Day for the tag team titles. Two weeks before WWE Clash of Champions, Rusev and Aiden English defeated The New Day in tag team action and then defeated The Usos one week before WWE Clash of Champions in a non title match. Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan officially changed the tag team title match at WWE Clash of Champions to a Fatal Four Way Match and added Rusev and Aiden English to the match.


- "WWE Smackdown Live Women's Championship, Lumberjill Match": Charlotte (c) vs. Nattie Neidhart: Last month, Charlotte defeated Nattie Neidhart to win the WWE Smackdown Live Women's Championship in her hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. Nattie would get her rematch, however, the debut of The Riot Squad ruined Nattie's chances of winning back the title. Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan announced that Nattie Neidhart would get her rematch against Charlotte at WWE Clash of Champions. The rest of the women's division complained to Daniel Bryan about Nattie Neidhart getting another shot at the title when they all felt like they deserved to be the next challengers. Bryan settled the debate by making the whole women's division lumberjills for the title match at WWE Clash of Champions and none of them would get title shots at the moment. Charlotte faced Tamina two weeks before WWE Clash of Champions and then Ruby Riot one week before WWE Clash of Champions with both matches ending in a women's division brawl.


- Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, with Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan as Special Guest Referees: Last month at WWE Survivor Series, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn attacked Shane McMahon during the men's 5-On-5 Elimination Match, which Smackdown Live ended up losing. Shane McMahon was about to fire Owens and Zayn, but Daniel Bryan saved their jobs and put them in a match later that night as punishment instead. Later that night, Owens and Zayn defeated The New Day in a Lumberjack Match and then begged Bryan to not fire them. Bryan said he wouldn't, but Owens would face Randy Orton the following week. Owens went onto defeat Orton, after Zayn interfered and cost Orton the match. Shane McMahon then announced that Owens and Zayn would battle Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura at WWE Clash of Champions in a tag team match. Later that night, Orton defeated Zayn, but got attacked by Owens and Zayn until Nakamura made the save. Shane McMahon then announced that he would serve as the special guest referee at WWE Clash of Champions after all the chaos in the Zayn vs. Orton match. Shane then announced that if Owens and Zayn lost at WWE Clash of Champions then they would be fired from the WWE. One week before WWE Clash of Champions, Owens defeated Nakamura after the referee was knocked out and Daniel Bryan took over as the referee. Daniel Bryan then announced that he also would be a special guest referee in the tag team match at WWE Clash of Champions. 


- The Bludgeon Brothers vs. Breezango: Breezango had been predicting for months during their Fashion Files segments that Luke Harper and Erick Rowan were out to get them. The Ascension were originally thought to have been behind the whole thing, but tried to befriend Breezango to prove their innocence. The Ascension sacrificed themselves to a beat down by The Bludgeon Brothers and then convinced Breezango to finally meet The Bludgeon Brothers at WWE Clash of Champions to settle things once and for all.


- Mojo Rawley vs. Zack Ryder: After Zack Ryder returned from injury over the summer, The Hype Bros reformed, but hit a losing streak and appeared to be having problems. After losing to The Bludgeon Brothers two weeks in a row, Mojo finally snapped and beat down Ryder from behind. Mojo then stated that he was doing fine on his own in singles action until Ryder came back and made things difficult. Ryder would go on to challenge Mojo and the match was made official for WWE Clash of Champions.

Browns Preview 12/15/17: Baltimore Ravens @ Cleveland Browns


By Katelin Marshall, @KatelinKnowsCLE

The still winless Cleveland Browns host the Baltimore Ravens in their last home game of the season this week. The Browns lost a heartbreaker last week to the Green Bay Packers in overtime. The Ravens also lost last week in a shootout with the Pittsburgh Steelers.


Browns Offense vs Ravens Defense


The last time the Browns played the Ravens the offense had a tough time. Kizer turned the ball over four times and as a team, the Browns turned it over five times total. That game was when Kizer exited the game with a migraine and then returned not at full health.

For the Browns offensively they need to take care of the football, it is that simple. And it starts with Kizer. The Ravens are going to bring pressure and force Kizer to beat them. Yes, the Browns have Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman but in the second half of the game last week they had issues with getting them the ball. A win or a loss is going to be because of Kizer's play.

The Ravens aren't going to let the running game get going. Crowell had his first 100+ yard game of the season last week but don't expect the same this week. The Browns running game will need get 100 yards total, between Crowell, Duke Johnson, and Kizer in order to keep the Browns in the game.



Browns Defense vs Ravens Offense



Joe Flacco hasn't had a great year so the Browns should force him into difficult throws under pressure. The Ravens have a solid running game led by Alex Collins who has 825 rushing yards this season. Joe Schobert and Christian Kirksey are the keys guys on defense this Sunday. They need to keep containment and not allow the big running play. Also it is on Gregg Williams to put guys in a the best position, which didn't happen in the fourth quarter last week.

The Browns desperately need to stop the run this week, The weather conditions won't be that great and hopefully the Browns can bait Flacco into some bad throws like he's prone to do.




Five Guys to Watch


1. DeShone Kizer: It's all on the quarterback, and Kizer hasn't shown the ability to take care of the football. Let's hope last weeks mistakes are a turning point in his young career.

2. Josh Gordon:
Two games into his return Gordon has five catches, over 100 yards and a touchdown. He should have had a better game statistically last week but " no calls" on apparent penalties cost him and the Browns points.

3. Isaiah Crowell: Crowell needs to build upon a solid week last week. With not ideal weather conditions the Browns need someone to carry the rock and carry it well.

4. Nate Orchard: Orchard is getting more playing time with the first team since the Ogbah injury. He's not the run stopper Ogbah is but Orchard needs to step up since he playing on the run heavy side. Also it wouldn't hurt for him to pressure Flacco into some bad passes.

5. The playcallers: Hue Jackson and Gregg Williams need to improve on their second half play calling. Hue went super conservative last week, which is fine as long as he sticks with it. Williams did the same thing, he basically went to a prevent defense with the defensive backs lined up seven yards off of the line of scrimmage. That's one of the main reasons the Browns lost the lead last week. Allowing free jumps off of the line of scrimmage.


Injury:

Weather:

Betting Line (As of 12/14/17) Baltimore -7


Prediction

Baltimore 27 Browns 10

Another terrible loss, and the Browns will finishes winless at home this year. It really is getting harder to write these previews knowing the Browns have only a slim chance to pull up the upset. Next week it's onto Chicago on Xmas Eve...

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Podcast 12/13/17: On John Dorsey's Browns, Aaron Rodgers' Return, MLB Hot Stove, Star Wars & More


By Raven Williams, @nevaRWilliams

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Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 12/14/17: NXT Recap


By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

NXT returned this week for more NXT action at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida. This week, NXT was shown not only on the WWE Network, but it was also shown as a special on the USA Network. There have been rumors of WWE possibly bringing NXT to the USA Network, this was kind of a test run.

** NXT TV Card **

- NXT World Champion Andrade "Cien" Almas battled Fabian Aichner in a non title match
- The Authors of Pain battled Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch.
- NXT Women's Champion Ember Moon battled Peyton Royce in a non title match.
- Aleister Black battled Adam Cole in a qualifying match for the #1 Contenders Fatal Four Way Match.

** NXT **

- Andrade "Cien" Almas vs. Fabian Aichner: The first match of the night saw the NXT World Champion Almas battle up and comer Aichner. Aichner took it to Almas with a flying suicide dive and a springboard DDT for a near fall. Almas finally fights back and sends Aichner hard into the steel steps. Almas hits the Hammerlock DDT on Aichner and scores the pinfall.


- The Authors of Pain vs. Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch: Lorcan and Burch put up a small fight against AOP, until AOP hit double Death Valley Drivers into the corner. AOP hit the Super Collider and follow that up with The Last Chapter to take the quick pinfall.

- Ember Moon vs. Peyton Royce: This match was a WWE Network exclusive match only and wasn't shown on the USA Network due to commercial time needed. Peyton held her own against the NXT Women's Champion, as Billie Kay was also at ringside pulling off distraction antics. Ember hits the Eclipse Stunner on Peyton and scores the pinfall. After the match, Billie Kay helps Peyton two on one attack Ember, sending Ember face first into Billie's knee. Nikki Cross suddenly hits the ring and unloads on Peyton and Billie, chasing them both from the ring. Nikki eyes Ember and the NXT Women's Championship lying on the mat until running off into the crowd. 

- Adam Cole vs. Aleister Black: The main event of the show saw Cole and Black battle in a one on one match with the winner advancing to the Fatal Four Way Match to determine a new #1 Contender. Cole gets a near fall Back Stabber. Both men traded shots on each other until Cole gets a near fall neck breaker. Black counters the super kick and hits Cole with a high knee. Black hits the Black Mass kick on Cole and scores the pinfall.


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 12/13/17: Smackdown Live Cincinnati Recap


By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

Smackdown Live was live this week in Cincinnati, Ohio with the final build up to this Sunday night's WWE Clash of Champions pay per view, live on the WWE Network.

** Smackdown Live Card **

- WWE Smackdown Live Women's Champion Charlotte battled Ruby Riot in a non title match.
- WWE United States Champion Baron Corbin battled Dolph Ziggler in a non title match.
- WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Champions The Usos battled Rusev and Aiden English in a non title match.
- Shinsuke Nakamura battled Kevin Owens.

** Smackdown Live **

- AJ Styles And The Singh Brothers Face To Face: Styles kicks off Smackdown Live to hype his World Title defense against Jinder Mahal at WWE Clash of Champions. Styles gives Mahal props, but says he's not losing what he just won and knows Mahal will do what ever it takes to get back the title. The Singh Brothers interrupt and express they're hatred for Mahal for turning on them. Styles shows compassion for them and The Singh Brothers ask to be in Styles' corner when he battles Mahal because they are done with Mahal. The Singh Brothers complain about getting treated unfairly by Mahal while Mahal travels first class and makes them kiss his feet. Styles then asks The Singh Brothers why they were with Mahal at the live event in India if they're over Mahal. Styles says he's not falling for this trick and attacks The Singh Brothers as Mahal appears on the stage. Styles takes out The Singh Brothers and then stares down Mahal to end the segment. 

- Charlotte vs. Ruby Riot: The first match of the night saw the leader of the Riot Squad, Ruby Riot, battle Charlotte in a one on one match. Nattie Neidhart, who challenges Charlotte at WWE Clash of Champions sat in on commentary for this match. Charlotte goes outside and unloads on Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan, who try to help Ruby. Charlotte then attacks Nattie, but Nattie fires back and attacks Charlotte, getting Ruby DQ'ed. After the match, The Riot Squad beat down Charlotte and attempt to injure her with the steel steps. Naomi hits the ring, takes out Sarah and Liv and then goes after Ruby. Naomi hits the Rear View on Ruby before Sarah and Liv pull her to safety. Lana, Tamina and Carmella suddenly arrive next and unload on The Riot Squad, chasing them off.

- Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler: The second match of the night saw Corbin battle Ziggler in a one on one match. Corbin, Ziggler and Bobby Roode will battle in a Triple Threat Match at WWE Clash of Champions. Bobby Roode shows up as Corbin and Ziggler take each other out. Roode lays out Ziggler with a Glorious DDT, getting Corbin DQ'ed. After the match, Corbin tries to attack Roode, but also gets laid out with a Glorious DDT.

- The Bludgeon Brothers vs. Colin Delaney and Joe Monroe: The third match of the night saw Luke Harper and Erick Rowan continue their dominace in the tag team division. The Bludgeon Brothers get the easy squash match victory over Delaney and Monroe.

- Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn Occupy Smackdown: Owens and Zayn appear with "Yep" shirts on, trying to sway Smackdown Live GM Daniel Bryan to side with them. Owens says that people think that Vince and Stephanie McMahon are horrible, but Shane McMahon has made his life miserable for the past 9 months on Smackdown Live. Owens says it's time to show the world that this business is bigger than Shane and his vendetta and he and Zayn are Occupying Smackdown. Owens calls out all their supporters to hit the ring and help take over the show, but Daniel Bryan is the only one to appear. Bryan questions Owens and Zayn on their actions and says the night he formed the "Yes Movement" it was about the fans not him. Owens and Zayn rant about Shane and how he's out to get them. Bryan says that Owens and Zayn are talented and he'll make sure the tag team match at WWE Clash of Champions is a fair fight. Bryan then announces that he also will be the special guest referee along with Shane McMahon and knows that he and Shane will have each other's backs in the decision making. 

- The Usos vs. Rusev and Aiden English: The fourth match of the night saw The Usos battle Rusev and Aiden English in tag team action. Both teams will be apart of a Fatal Four Way Match at WWE Clash of Champions. The New Day were on commentary for this match. Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable also arrived to let their voice be heard about the Fatal Four Way Match at WWE Clash of Champions. Rusev hits the Machka Kick on Jimmy setting English up to score the pinfall.

- Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kevin Owens: The main event of the show saw Nakamura and Owens battle it out in a one on one match. Daniel Bryan arrived to do commentary for this match. Owens accidentally knocks out the referee in the match which forces Daniel Bryan to get involved as the referee. Nakamura counters the Pop Up Power Bomb. Sami Zayn hits the ring, but so does Randy Orton, who takes out Zayn. Zayn pokes Orton in the eye and shoves him into the ring post. Zayn distracts Nakamura, allowing Owens to hit the Pop Up Power Bomb for the pinfall by Daniel Bryan.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 12/12/17: RAW Cleveland Recap


By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

It's the beginning of the week and time to kick things off in wrestling with Monday Night RAW! This week RAW was live in Triple Threat CLE's hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. The Shield and The Bar continue their feud, Woken Matt Hardy has finally arrived and Absolution continue to target the women's division. Great way to start off the week!

** Monday Night RAW Card **

- Bayley and Mickie James battled Mandy Rose and Paige.
- Finn Balor battled Curtis Axel.
- WWE RAW World Tag Team Champion Sheamus battled Seth Rollins.
- Tony Nese, Mustafa Ali, Cedric Alexander and Ariya Daivari battled in a Fatal Four Way Match with the winner battling Drew Gulak in a #1 Contenders Match.
- WWE Intercontinental Champion Roman Reigns defended his title against WWE RAW World Tag Team Champion Cesaro.
- Dean Ambrose battled Samoa Joe.
- Braun Strowman battled Kane in a #1 Contenders Match.

** RAW Highlights **

- Samoa Joe And The Bar One Up The Shield: Samoa Joe kicks off RAW and brags about having The Shield's number, he'll deal with Dean Ambrose later, but wants Roman Reigns right now. Joe continues his rant until The Shield are show backstage and Reigns heads to the ring. Sheamus and Cesaro attack Reigns from behind and beat him down on the ramp. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins run out next and brawl with Sheamus and Cesaro. Joe goes for the Coquina Clutch submission on Reigns, but Reigns escapes. Sheamus, Cesaro and Joe beat down Rollins and Reigns until Ambrose tries to make the save, but gets beat down too. The Shield are left laid out as Sheamus, Cesaro and Joe celebrate in the ring.

- Bayley and Mickie James vs. Mandy Rose and Paige: The first match of the night saw Absolution continue their feud with Bayley and Mickie James in tag team action. Sonya Deville tries to interfere, but gets knocked off the apron by Mickie. Bayley unloads on Paige in the corner until the referee orders her back. Mickie goes for the Mickie DDT on Mandy, but gets kicked and knocked out by Paige. Mandy covers Mickie and scores the pinfall.

- The Bray Wyatt And Broken Matt Hardy Feud Continues: Bray Wyatt says it's always been good vs. evil. Woken Matt Hardy appears on the TitanTron and says there's a Great War coming. Bray calls Matt the ying to his yang. Matt and Bray go back and forth again and Bray says that only one of them can survive. Matt says that Bray will be deleted. Bray and Matt laugh hysterically at each other to end the segment. 

- Finn Balor vs. Curtis Axel: The second match of the night saw Balor battle Axel. Axel is looking for revenge for Bo Dallas after Dallas lost to Balor last week. The Miztourage attack and beat down Balor before the bell. Balor tells the referee that he's alright and the match starts. Balor with the Slingblade on Axel and then hits the running drop kick into the corner on Axel. Bo Dallas attempts to interfere, but changes his mind and steps back. Balor with Coup de Grace on Axel and Balor scores the pinfall.

- Seth Rollins vs. Sheamus: The third match of the night saw Rollins battle Sheamus with The Shield, Cesaro and Samoa Joe banned from ringside, after what took place earlier. Rollins hits a Falcon Arrow on Sheamus for a near fall. Sheamus counters the high knee from Rollins and ends up hitting a senton on Rollins. Sheamus can't connect with the Brogue Kick on Rollins, allowing Rollins to hit a super kick. Rollins hits the high knee on Sheamus and scores the pinfall.

- "Second Chance Fatal Four Way Match": Tony Nese vs. Mustafa Ali vs. Cedric Alexander vs. Ariya Daivari: Due to Rich Swann's arrest and suspension over the weekend, a new Fatal Four Way Match was announced to determine who would face Drew Gulak in the #1 Contenders Match for a shot at the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. Nese pulls down the knee pad and hits a running knee on Cedric, but Ali stops the pinfall. Nese and Daivari double team Ali until Ali dumps Nese outside. Daivari with a near fall rollup on Cedric. Cedric counters a Daivari clothesline and nails a kick. Cedric sends Nese flying off the apron and then hits the Lumbar Check on Daivari to score the pinfall. Cedric will battle Drew Gulak next week with the winner facing Enzo Amore for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. 

- Roman Reigns Defends The WWE Intercontinental Championship Against Cesaro: The fifth match of the night saw Roman Reigns defend his title against Cesaro in a one on one match. Both men unload shots while on their knees until the referee steps in, allowing Cesaro to get a near fall rollup. Cesaro argues with the referee and then unloads uppercuts on Reigns. Cesaro continues the series of uppercuts as the referee warns Cesaro to back off. Reigns counters the Neutralizer with a back body drop on Cesaro. Reigns drills Cesaro with the spear, scores the pinfall and retains his title. 

- Absolution Goes To War With Asuka: The past two weeks, Absolution have been eyeing Asuka but not making any moves. Asuka was supposed to battle Alicia Fox, but instead again gets surrounded by Absolution. Asuka sends Mandy Rose flying with a kick. Sonya Deville and Paige try to two on one Asuka. Asuka traps Paige in an armbar submission, but gets attacked by Mandy and Sonya. Paige hits a knee on Asuka and the three on one beat down begins. Sasha Banks, Bayley, Dana Brooke, Nia Jax, Alexa Bliss, Mickie James and Alicia Fox suddenly all hit the ring and go after Absolution. Absolution avoid the beat down and escape the ring. 

- Dean Ambrose vs. Samoa Joe: The sixth match of the night saw Ambrose battle Joe. Earlier in the night Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns defeated Sheamus and Cesaro. Ambrose looked to hit the trifecta for The Shield. Also earlier in the night, Jason Jordan again tried to get a match against Samoa Joe, however, RAW GM Kurt Angle denied Jordan's request. Jordan arrived during the match and watched from the ramp. Jordan gets on the apron and distracts Joe and the referee both. Ambrose tries to pin Joe, but Jordan distracting the referee stops it from happening. Ambrose goes after Jordan, but Joe suicide dives on to both of them. Joe hits a senton on Jordan and then chokes Ambrose unconscious with the Coquina Clutch submission for the victory.  

- "#1 Contenders Match: Braun Strowman vs. Kane: It was announced earlier in the night that the main event of the show would be Strowman vs. Kane with the winner advancing to the WWE Royal Rumble and battling Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal Championship. Kane and Strowman both hit choke slams for near falls. Kane rolls outside where Strowman follows. Kane sends Strowman into the crowd, but Strowman running tackles Kane right through the barricade. Both Kane and Strowman are counted out with no official #1 Contender. After the match, Strowman attacks Kane. Both Kane and Strowman grab the steel steps and charge at each other with steps in hand. Strowman grabs a table next as Kane lands a steel chair shot. Kane unloads on the neck and back of Strowman with the chair. Strowman fights back until both men go down. Kane and Strowman both sit up and stare at each other. Kane tries to choke slam Strowman through the table, but Strowman fights it. Strowman scoops up Kane and puts him through the table with the running power slam to end the show.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

On TV This Week 12/10 - 12/16


By Raven Williams, @nevaRWilliams

SUNDAY 12/10

NFL
Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers (NBC, 8:20pm)

NHL
Edmonton Oilers @ Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL, 7pm)
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Outlander, FINALE (Starz, 8pm)

The Walking Dead, Mid-Season FINALE (AMC, 9pm)
Guy's Big Project, FINALE (Food Network, 9pm & 10pm)

Robot Chicken, PREMIERE (Cartoon Network, 11:30pm)



MONDAY 12/11

NFL
New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins (ESPN, 8:15pm)

NBA
New Orleans Pelicans @ Houston Rockets (NBA TV, 8pm)
Toronto Raptors @ Los Angeles Clippers (NBA TV, 10:30pm)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Chicago State @ Northwestern (FOX Sports 1, 7pm)
Alabama A&M @ DePaul (FOX Sports 1, 9pm)
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Robert Kirkman's Secret History Of Comics, FINALE (AMC, 10pm)



TUESDAY 12/12

NBA
Atlanta Hawks @ Cleveland Cavaliers (FOX Sports Ohio, 7pm)
Los Angeles Lakers @ New York Knicks (ESPN, 7pm)
Philadelphia 76ers @ Minnesota Timberwolves (ESPN, 9:30pm)

NHL
Edmonton Oilers @ Columbus Blue Jackets (FOX Sports Ohio, 7pm)
Tampa Bay Lightning @ St. Louis Blues (NBC Sports, 8pm)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
St. Peter's @ Seton Hall (FOX Sports 1, 7pm)
Mississippi State @ Cincinnati (ESPN 2, 7pm)
Michigan @ Texas (ESPN 2, 9pm)
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Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown 2017 (The CW, 8pm)

Gwen Stefani's You Make It Feel Like Christmas (NBC, 9pm)

REAL Sports With Bryant Gumbel, FINALE (HBO, 10pm)
The Hunt For The Zodiac Killer, FINALE (History, 10pm)
Ink Master: Angels, FINALE (Spike, 10pm)
Chrisley Knows Best, FINALE (USA, 10pm)
The Cromarties, FINALE (USA, 10:30pm)



WEDNESDAY 12/13

NBA
Oklahoma City Thunder @ Indiana Pacers (ESPN, 7pm)
Charlotte Hornets @ Houston Rockets (ESPN, 9:30pm)

NHL
Boston Bruins @ Detroit Red Wings (NBC Sports, 8pm)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Villanova @ Temple (ESPN 2, 7pm)
Western Kentucky @ Wisconsin (FOX Sports 1, 8pm)
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The Librarians, PREMIERE (TNT, 8pm)

Golden Globes 75th Anniversary Special (NBC, 9pm)
Little Women: Atlanta, PREMIERE (Lifetime, 9pm)

The A Word, FINALE (Sundance, 10pm)



THURSDAY 12/14

NFL
Denver Broncos @ Indianapolis Colts (NBC/NFL, 8:25pm)

NBA
Los Angeles Lakers @ Cleveland Cavaliers (TNT/FOX Sports Ohio, 8pm)
Dallas Mavericks @ Golden State Warriors (TNT, 10:30pm)

NHL
Pittsburgh Penguins @ Vegas Golden Knights (NHL, 10pm)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Texas Southern @ Baylor (ESPN 2, 8:30pm)

BOXING & MMA
Boxing: Diego De La Hoya vs. Jose Salgado (ESPN 2, 10:30pm)

OTHER SPORTS
U.S. Olympic Trials; Curling, Mixed Doubles (NBC Sports, 7pm)
Women's College Volleyball, Semifinal (ESPN, 7pm)
Women's College Volleyball, Semifinal (ESPN, 9:30pm)
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WWE Tribute To The Troops (USA, 8pm)
Showtime At The Apollo; Christmas (FOX, 8pm)
iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2017 (The CW, 8pm)
The Wonderful World Of Disney: Holiday Special (ABC, 8pm)
Disney Prep & Landing (ABC, 8:30pm)

Taraji's White Hot Holidays (FOX, 9pm)

Safari Live, PREMIERE (NatGeo Wild, 10pm)



FRIDAY 12/15

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
NCAA Division III Championship (ESPNU, 7pm)
NCAA FCS Championship, First Semifinal (ESPN 2, 8pm)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Maryland-Eastern Shore @ Creighton (FOX Sports 1, 8pm)

NBA
Oklahoma City Thunder @ Philadelphia 76ers (ESPN, 7pm)
San Antonio Spurs @ Houston Rockets (ESPN, 9:30pm)

NHL
Los Angeles Kings @ New York Rangers (NHL, 7pm)

NFL
A Football Life: John Randle (NFL, 9pm)

MMA & BOXING
Bellator MMA Live (Spike, 9pm)
Boxing: Vargas vs. Herrera (FOX Sports 1, 10pm)
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The 86th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade (The CW, 8pm)

Z Nation, FINALE (Syfy, 9pm & 10pm)
The Exorcist, FINALE (FOX, 9pm)
Savage Kingdom, FINALE (NatGeo Wild, 9pm)



SATURDAY 12/16

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl: North Carolina A&T vs. Grambling State (ABC, 12pm)
R & L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Troy vs. North Texas (ESPN, 1pm)
AutoNation Cure Bowl: Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State (CBS SportsNet, 2:30pm)
Las Vegas Bowl: Boise State vs. Oregon (ABC, 3:30pm)
Gildan New Mexico Bowl: Marshall vs. Colorado State (ESPN, 4:30pm)

NCAA Division II Championship (ESPN 2, 6pm)
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl: Middle Tennessee State vs. Arkansas State (ESPN, 8pm)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Louisville vs. Memphis (ESPN 2, 12pm)
Detroit Mercy @ Michigan (ESPNU, 12pm)
Butler vs. Purdue (FOX, 12pm)
Miami @ George Washington (CBS SportsNet, 12pm)
Syracuse @ Georgetown (CBS, 12:30pm)

Virginia Tech @ Kentucky (ESPN 2, 2pm)
Northwestern @ DePaul (FOX Sports 1, 2pm)
Michigan State @ Oakland (ESPNU, 2:30pm)
Indiana vs. Notre Dame (FOX, 2:30pm)
Georgia @ Massachusetts (NBC Sports, 3pm)
Cincinnati @ UCLA (CBS, 3:30pm)
Oklahoma @ Wichita State (ESPN 2, 4pm)
Oregon @ Fresno State (CBS SportsNet, 6pm)
Kansas @ Nebraska (FOX Sports 1, 8pm)
Arizona @ New Mexico (CBS SportsNet, 8pm)
Utah @ BYU (ESPN 2, 11pm)

NFL
Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions (NFL, 4:20pm)
Los Angeles Chargers @ Kansas City Chiefs (NFL, 8:20pm)

NBA
Utah Jazz @ Cleveland Cavaliers (FOX Sports Ohio, 7:30pm)
Oklahoma City Thunder @ New York Knicks (NBA TV, 7:30pm)

NHL
Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators (NBC Sports, 7pm)
Columbus Blue Jackets @ Carolina Hurricanes (FOX Sports Ohio, 7pm)

GOLF
PNC Father / Son Challenge (NBC, 4pm)

SOCCER
Premier League: Manchester City FC vs. Tottenham Hotspur FC (NBC, 12:30pm)

MMA & BOXING
UFC Fight Night: Lawler vs. RDA - Prelims (FOX Sports 1, 5pm)
UFC Fight Night: Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael Dos Anjos (FOX, 8pm)
Boxing: David Lemieux vs. Billy Joe Saunders (HBO, 9:40pm)

OTHER SPORTS
U.S. Olympic Trials: Short Track Speed Skating (NBC, 2:30pm)
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MOVIE: Going In Style (HBO, 8pm)

I Want A Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown! (ABC, 8pm)

Saturday Night Live; Kevin Hart, Foo Fighters (NBC, 11:30pm)

Weekend 3 Count 12/10/17


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 ***

- Sheamus News: This past week it was reported that Sheamus has been dealing with serious neck issues for the past six months and has been diagnosed with spinal stenosis. Sheamus has been rehabbing his neck for quite some time, and even took a brief hiatus to recover in his home country of Ireland. Spinal stenosis is a serious injury that has shortened and ended the wrestling careers of WWE Hall of Famers Edge and Stone Cold Steve Austin. I'll keep you posted on this news in week's to come.

- WWE Testing Out "Woken" Matt Hardy: Last week at WWE live events, WWE began testing out the "Woken" Matt Hardy gimmick and as expected it has become a hit with the live audience. It may now only be a matter of time before we see the gimmick arrive on RAW now that Matt Hardy is clear from the lawsuit from Impact Wrestling and now can use the gimmick of being Broken. 

- WWE Testing Out Live Cruiserweight Shows: Vince McMahon announced during his weekly conference call that the WWE will run three live shows in January, featuring the 205 Live roster only. PWInsider reported that the 205 Live tours in January and potentially February will be an experiment by WWE to determine if it's a financially viable concept

- R-Truth Injury Update: WWE announced this week that R-Truth underwent successful shoulder surgery on Monday morning. Truth had bone removed from his shoulder and there currently isn't a official return time as of yet.

- WWE Composer Jim Johnston Officially Released: Last week, there were rumors circulating on whether or not WWE composer Jim Johnston had been released or not. This week it was made official that Johnston was in fact released from the company. Johnston had worked for the company for over 32 years and had composed legendary themes for The Undertaker, DX, The Rock and many others. Over the past 3 years WWE had been using new comers CFO$ to compose theme music, leaving Johnston with limited work. Johnston wanted to stay with the company, but had a very high contract and WWE chose to let Johnston go.

- Ronda Rousey News: According to two sources close to Ronda Rousey, she is almost ready to make the announcement that she will be joining WWE as a full time wrestler. Two friends very close to Rousey told USA Today that she will be making the full time jump to WWE announcement very soon and is currently finalizing her contract. 

- Nia Jax Appearing With 205 Live Soon: According to advertisements, Nia Jax will be making special appearances with 205 Live soon to continue her new storyline with Enzo Amore. Nia will begin having a crush on Enzo and follow him around on 205 Live.


** 205 Live Recap **

- With WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore not in the building tonight, Drew Gulak took charge of the Zo Train.

- Noam Dar vs. Cedric Alexander: This match was originally supposed to be Alexander vs. Drew Gulak, but Gulak used his temporary leader of the Zo Train power and made Dar fight in his place. Dar went to the top rope and was immediately told to get down by Gulak, because he was breaking Gulak's "No Fly Zone" policy. Alexander hits the Lumbar Check on Dar while he's distracted and gets the pinfall. 

- Brian Kendrick vs. Gran Metalik: The second match of the night saw Kendrick battle Metalik in a one on one match. Kendrick distracts the referee allowing Jack Gallagher to shove Metalik off the ropes. Kendrick locks Metalik in the Captain's Hook submission and gets the tap out win.

- Tony Nese vs. Rich Swann: The main event of the show saw Swann battle Zo Train member Nese in a one on one match. Drew Gulak tries to help Nese, but Cedric Alexander arrives to help Swann. Swann gets the pinfall victory and then Gulak signals for Noam Dar and Ariya Daivari to hit the ring. Akira Tozawa and Mustafa Ali hit the ring to help Alexander and Swann to end the show. 


*** NXT ***

- Mystery Wrestler Coming: NXT showed a teaser this past week on NXT TV for an "ominous force" that will be coming to NXT soon. Rumors are saying it could either be Donovan Dijak, former TNA wrestler Gunner, former TNA wrestler Rockstar Spud or Shaya Baszler, who has the nickname "Queen of Spades". Spades were shown during the teaser trailer. 

- NXT To Be Broadcast On The USA Network: WWE announced that the December 13th episode of NXT will be aired on the USA Network, which will include a week of wrestling. That week, WWE will show Tribute To The Troops, RAW, Smackdown Live and NXT all on the USA Network.


*** Impact Wrestling ***

** Impact TV Recap **

- Caleb Konley vs. Taiji Ishimori: The first match of the night saw Konley and Taiji go one on one. Konley attacked Taiji from behind a few weeks back, setting up this match. Trevor Lee gets in a few shots on Taiji while the referee is distracted. Taiji escapes a Konley submission and ends up hitting a 450 Splash on Konley for the pinfall. After the match, Konley and Lee attack Taiji until Dezmond Xavier hits the ring to make the save.  

- "Knockouts Tournament, Triple Match Match": Sienna vs. Rosemary vs. Allie: The second match of the night saw the second triple threat match in the Knockouts Championship Tournament. Sienna gets taken out by Rosemary. Rosemary hits Allie with the Red Wedding and scores the pinfall to advance. Rosemary will battle Laurel Van Ness in the Finals to crown a new Impact Knockouts Champion.

- oVe And Sami Callihan Promo: The trio mock Canada because it's not Ohio. Callihan says things with LAX have gotten out of hand, they'll give LAX a rematch but it'll be under rules that they choose. A local Canadian tag team called TDT interrupt and mock oVe and Callihan in French. TDT kick Callihan and then splash oVe in the corner. Callihan grabs a kendo stick and unloads on TDT. LAX hit the ring and start brawling with oVe and Callihan. LAX clears the ring, Konnan throws a kendo stick at oVe and Callihan, misses and accidentally hits a fan at ringside. 

- KM films himself walking into a random gym and beating up the students inside, trying to prove himself to American Top Team. 

- "Grand Championship Match": Ethan Carter (c) vs. Matt Sydal: EC3 takes round number one and leads 1-0. Sydal takes round number two and ties things at 1-1. Sydal counters the One Percenter and lands knees on EC3. EC3 stops Sydal climbing the ropes and slaps Sydal in the face. Sydal misses the Shooting Star Press, both he and EC3 bang heads and knock each other out. The third round ends and the match is called a draw. EC3 retains his title.

- Bobby Lashley and Dan Lambert vs. Moose and James Storm: An ATT member jumps on the apron and gets axe kicked off by Moose and into two other ATT guys outside. Lashley hits the spear on Storm and Lambert tags in. Lashley isn't happy as Lambert covers Storm and steals the pinfall.

- Eli Drake and Chris Adonis vs. Petey Williams and Johnny Impact: Williams goes for the Canadian Destroyer, but Adonis locks Williams in the Adonis Lock submission. Impact hits a springboard kick and then dumps Drake outside. Impact hits Starship Pain on Adonis and scores the pinfall. After the match, Alberto El Patron attacks Drake from behind and sends him into the ringpost. El Patron then lays out Drake with a DDT right on the world title. 

- More Content Added To The Network: Impact Wrestling announced this week that they have added DEFY Wrestling and Future Stars of Wrestling as the latest promotions that are being apart of Impact Wrestling’s “Global Wrestling Network” service. GWN includes all the past TNA/Impact pay per views, Border City Wrestling, SMASH Wrestling and much more.

- Laurel Van Ness News: It was revealed this week that Laurel Van Ness apparently didn't inform anyone in Impact management that she wanted to leave Impact Wrestling before the recent Impact tapings, where Laurel ends up winning the Impact Knockouts Championship. Laurel has been showing interest in signing with the WWE and Impact still has yet to grant Laurel her release as of yet considering she is their current Impact Knockouts Champion.

- More Talent Contracts Set To Expire: According to Impact Wrestling, it was made known this week that Ethan Carter, Bobby Lashley and Eddie Edwards all have contracts that are set to expire soon in Impact Wrestling. Rumors have begun that WWE is highly interested in Eddie Edwards to add to the NXT roster. There has been no word on whether WWE is interested in EC3 or Lashley at this time.


*** RING OF HONOR ***

** ROH TV Recap **

- Marty Scurll vs. Beer City Bruiser: The first match of the night saw Scurll battle Bruiser in a one on one match. The referee goes down in the match which allows Scurll to grab his umbrella and use it as a weapon on Bruiser to score the pinfall. Jay Lethal appeared during the match and watched from the ramp.  

- The Briscoe Brothers Trash The Dudley Boys' Wrestling School: Mark and Jay Briscoe arrived at Bully Ray and Devon's Wrestling School. The Briscoes attack the students in the dojo and in the ring and hit a 3D on a student. The Briscoes destroy and trash everything throughout the school before finally leaving.  

- Coleman's Pulpit With Caprice Coleman: Coleman interviewed himself and talked about how he will defeat Kenny King and win the ROH Television Championship.

- "ROH World Tag Team Championship Match": The Motor City Machine Guns (c) vs. The Kingdom: The Motor City Machine Guns went on to defeat The Kingdom to retain their tag team titles in this match. 

- Flip Gordon vs. Hangman Adam Page: Gordon defeated Page by pinfall, but gets attacked and laid out, after the match, by The Young Bucks with super kicks. 


*** NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING ***

- Wrestle Kingdom 12 Tickets Going Fast: NJPW announced this week that tickets for Wrestle Kingdom 12, live at the Tokyo Dome on January 4th, are selling at a rapid pace and they are expecting a sell out. Wrestle Kingdom is NJPW's version of Wrestlemania. This year's show is highlighted with three huge main events, IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada defends his title against Tetsuya Naito, IWGP United States Champion Kenny Omega defends his title against WWE Legend Chris Jericho and IWGP Intercontinental Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi defends his title against Jay White. More matches for the event will be announced soon.


*** House of Hardcore ***

** HOH 36: Blizzard Brawl Recap **

- Tommy Dreamer's 36th edition of House of Hardcore returned last weekend at the Waukesha Expo Center in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

- Guido Maritato defeated Nick Cutler, by pinfall with a bridged roll up.

- MVP defeated Jay Bradley, by pinfall with Drive By Kick.

- Nick Aldis defeated Carlito, by pinfall with a top rope elbow. Former ECW World Heavyweight Champion Shane Douglas arrived with Aldis and officially named himself his manager. 

- "Fatal Four Way Match": Bull Dempsey defeated Curt Stallion, Conner Braxston, and Arik Cannon, by pinfall with a seated senton. 

- Willie Mack defeated Brian Cage, by pinfall with a frogsplash.

- Al Snow and Swoggle defeated “The Squad World Order” (Kenny and Mikey), by pinfall after Swoggle hit the Tadpole Splash.

- "Hardcore War Match": Abyss defeated Tommy Dreamer, by pinfall after Abyss hits the Black Hole Slam onto thumbtacks on Dreamer. Nick Aldis also got involved, helping Abyss.

- "Candice's Retirement Match": Candice Michelle defeated Lisa Marie Varon, by pinfall with a spinning DDT.

- Austin Aries defeated Joey Mercury, by pinfall with a rolling 450 Splash. Shane Douglas was in Mercury's corner. Tommy Dreamer came out to help Aries get the win.





*** Defiant Wrestling ***

- Defiant Wrestling Becomes Official: This past Monday, December 4th, WCPW officially dropped its name and has officially been repackaged as Defiant Wrestling. WCPW made the announcement of the change a few months back and also announced Stu Bennett (Wade Barrett) as Defiant's first General Manager.



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!